Author: Michael Siegel

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Thursday Throughput for 5/9/19

Even with three nuclear disasters, the number of casualties is tiny. And it is especially tiny when compared to the environmental and human cost associated with fossil fuels.

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The Trouble With Incumbency

My point is that a Trump defeat would be the first time in modern American politics where a good economy wasn’t enough to keep an incumbent in office.

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If Facebook Is The Problem, Is This The Solution?

I don’t think the idea of using anti-trust law to keep companies from monopolizing online sales is completely stupid. Not totally. Not 100%. But that is the last tool I would reach for, not the first.

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Thursday Throughput for 4/11/19

Black holes were first theorized in the 18th century. But because they are…you know…black…we couldn’t image them directly. Until now.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/28/2019

This entire nontroversy is a result of two things colliding: one good and one bad. The bad part is that NASA’s spacesuits were built in 1978, The good part is that NASA has recruited more women.

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Tenshot: Into the Spiderverse

For me, the sign of a great movie is when I’m both enjoying the current scene and giddy with anticipation for the scene to come.

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Save Our English

The beautiful thing about English is that you don’t have to use such an awkward phrasing as “accused of having sex with an incapacitated woman against her will”. You can use only three words: “accused of rape.”

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Not OK With Losing OK

The hacks and grifters were determined to make an innocent gesture into an evil one. And now they’ve succeeded. So … congratulations, I guess.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/14

Here’s the thing though: even if vaccines did cause autism, even if they caused other injuries, it would still be worth it.

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Tenshot: The Hobbit

The Hobbit movies are good movies; they could have been great movies.

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The Florida Story Teetering on the Edge

The Florida raids are becoming a textbook cases for how police and prosecutors overstate the problem of sex trafficking in this country. But even if further investigation does show that some of these women were being coerced, that only makes the case for decriminalization even stronger.

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McCabe, Trump and the 25th Amendment

The only way Trump leaves before 2025 is if he gets voted out of office next November. His political opponents would do well to focus on that instead of pie-in-the-sky daydreams of the cabinet spiriting him out of our lives.

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The Green New Deal Isn’t Ripe

So … that’s the GND. So what do I think of it? To be honest, I’d expect more out of a freshman year term paper.

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Fyre and the Age of Humbug

It is, perhaps, the supreme irony of our time that when we have access to all the information in the world literally in the palm of our hand, humbug has become more powerful than ever.