Nob discusses how pizza can explain the US attitude toward the TPP…maybe.
While understanding the American reaction to Ghost in the Shell casting, Nob thinks it could serve to reinforce a different, emerging conception of Japanese identity.
A quick look beneath the headlines from this past weekend’s contests.
Nob gets a bit nitpicky over numbers: Or why context matters when discussing statistics.
The Force Awakens cautiously steps back into the universe – but it risks shrinking the setting too much.
For whatever it’s worth, the FCC has released the full text of its Title II Reclassification… (Link and full text of the new regulations after the break.)
Senate Bill 2685, the “USA Freedom Act” which would have placed significant new safeguards into electronic surveillance and ended the NSA’s meta-data collection program came up for a cloture vote today….
Nob delves into some numbers over city size and population to see if liberal cities are just really bad at density, or if they’re constrained by something else.
Nob’s brief take on Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech and his articulation of a “vision”.
The article itself or the comments section? This is post-racial America, where simply liking rap music is grounds to be declared “no angel” and having your murder by cops justified by angry white men.
In non-cops being horrible news. The Obama Administration announces the work-around for the Hobby Lobby ruling. So yes, they basically expanded the religious institution exemption to Hobby Lobby. This should probably have simply been done from the start. Still, one wonders if it’ll shut up the usual suspects or if it’ll just send them into…
So saw this interesting piece in my article feed today. I tend to be unReasonable when it comes to reading their stuff, so can someone more familiar tell me why this isn’t a problem? Edit: I’m now more or less convinced that Mark Ames is a lunatic, that his conclusions and theories about how the…
Although overshadowed by the performance of the Nadeshiko Japan and the glorious play of Homare Sawa in the last few years, the Samurai Blues look to make an impact on their fifth consecutive World Cup. With a middle of the pack draw in Group C, Japan looks to make it two tournaments in a row getting to…
Brookings will be hosting a fantastic discussion on the subject next Thursday. Carrie Cordero, Jameel Jaffer, Julian Sanchez, and John Inglis moderated by Ben Wittes will be a MUCH MUCH more interesting and substantive discussion than that farce that recently featured Greenwald and Dershowitz, primarily because unlike Dershowitz the discussion participants will know wtf they’re…
I get that some folks thought we were being too hard on Silver over the Pielke stuff. Fine. But look at this recent piece of utter dreck. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics (ie not Benjamin Morris) would know that you don’t suss out meaning in regressions using highly highly correlated numbers.
Punishment’s far too strong a word for the Eich story.
Nob’s look at insurance coverage and why the question’s not about conscience but money.
Nob’s Random Thoughts on the Weinstein Piece and Climate Change Morality.
There’s a great petition at WH.gov to have the White House buy that single album example and use it as a gift to the 6 millionth Healthcare.gov sign-up.
Tod notes in his column that he believes Paul Krugman’s “turning” on Nate Silver shows that there’s a growing tendency on the Left to disavow reality that disagrees with their views. I’m not unsympathetic to the notion that there is some polarization going on, but I think that Tod is missing the actual story regarding…
A neat little David Carr piece about my grad school friend Conor Kenny’s experience at the Mohawk Incident a couple days ago. REMINDER: If you’re going to drink, don’t fucking drive.
My grandfather, Tamotsu Akimoto died on the 12th. He’d lived through 3 Emperors, a World War, an Olympics in Tokyo (and the approval of another!), and died peacefully in his sleep. His was the generation that fought our wars of aggression, then were forced to rebuild from the ashes. But all I can say is…
Republican Rep Tom Cole is unhappy with the Washington Redskins name and has sent a letter with Senator Cantwell urging them to change it.
I’m not out to start an intra-blog war. Kazzy isn’t the first one to suggest that the anti-Sochi protests are simply another reclassification of anti-Russia bias. There’s pieces such as the one by Peter Lavelle noting the hyperbolic nature of much of the western media’s criticism. All this would make it seem like there’s a core of…
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December, Yasukuni Shrine is once again a focus of international controversy. As the League’s only practicing Shinto, I have decided to put together a short primer on the issues surrounding the shrine, and what the controversy is driven by both domestically and internationally.
The White House has released its new “Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies” today.
Despite stiff competition from many state houses and even the US Capitol this season, the Michigan Legislature has managed to pull off a surprise upset in the “Worst Legislature” Bowl by overriding Governor Rick Snyder’s 2012 veto of the so-called “Rape Insurance Bill”. Freed from the constraints of an executive veto, the legislature overwhelmingly voted…
Six month deal between Iran and P5+1 reached over nuclear program.
…if employers reducing costs by cutting labor costs ala Walmart is laudable, does that make Costco the world’s greatest monster?
…it’s because of inflicting spontaneous violence on jackasses like this.
The rapid increase in capital mobility has propelled economic globalization. Labor lags significantly behind in mobility increases. Is this a problem?
…please stop fucking around with the debt ceiling. The fluctuations in Treasury yields do horrible things to long-term debt servicing. In addition to whatever else this stunt did, it added well over 100 million dollars to the national debt just from treasury yield spikes. This is akin to setting money on fire and using it…
…And OU still Sucks.
Nob looks at the balance act involved in constitutionalism.
So evidently Edward Snowden sought asylum in a country that’s been doing this stuff. Do we want to take bets on whether or not the contents of his data were used to help beef up these capabilities?
A symbol of all that is wrong with the current American corporate culture and legal system. This is evidently real, not an Onion headline. And for all the boomers and slightly younger than boomers who keep telling us to suck it up. Fish you! You try working half a dozen unpaid internships where you gain…