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Treme, Season 3, Episode 6, “Careless Love”

Hurricane Sandy is about to slam into the East Cost, potentially causing flooding and damage from the Carolinas to Maine. My own home state, West Virginia, was once vaguely threatened by its arrival, although...


Black Swans and Perfect Storms

So the town of East Hampton has declared a state of emergency. School is cancelled tomorrow, emergency personnel will be knocking on doors in low-lying areas. MON TIKI is deep in a well-sheltered corner...


We have a winner for the NBA Trivia Challenge

First of all, thanks to everyone who played the Challenge – either here in the threads or by email. I had hoped that the questions asked would be hard enough that no one would...


Wrong Question, Mr. President

How about, “Where’s your photo ID?”  An interesting play to secure the key “Seven-year-old with adult sense of humor” demographic.


Baseball and Providence

It all starts far, far from any stadium. There are no diamonds and no throngs of adoring fans—just a crackling radio hissing through a stale summer garage into air as golden-tinged as the dead,...


Disruption Junction, What’s Your Function?

Two news items from the world of digital commerce and culture catch my attention: 1) Facebook has started charging businesses for “better placement” of their updates to their Facebook pages. Mark Cuban is not...


Intimate Ballots

The “joke” in the Dunham-for-Obama ad is the equivalence it posits between voting and sex.  But a more basic premise of the ad—one which I think is not challenged by either its irony or...


Post-post-racial America

Looking at the polling data earlier this week, I noticed my longtime worst nightmare for the 2012 presidential election was becoming a distinct possibility — a cardiac-arrest-close Obama defeat due to his losing white...


Friday Jukebox: Music Is Better Than Politics

That is “Timebomb” by the Old 97’s, a fantastic song that has been included on several soundtracks, including the relatively good one that accompanied the entirely forgettable Clay Pigeons. Without getting too heteronormative, I’d...


Sketching Out States in Fantasy: Two Cases from Avlis

As promised here are two cases from Avlis of magic equipped societies. I will begin with a (moderately) short description of each state, then compare the place of magic and its political economy. This...


Brennan’s World: Drones and Future Administrations

So hot on the heels of Jason’s thought provoking piece, the Washington Post has an interesting profile of the role played by John Brennan in the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism policy. Bobby Chesney has an...


Win the NBA Trivia Challenge and Rule My Gravatar!

Believe it or not, we’re now less than week away from the start of the new NBA season. After last year’s lockout debacle, it’s especially comforting to know I’ll have my League Pass to help...



Have you seen any ads for the History Channel’s new miniseries, The Men Who Built America?



“Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.” I wish I could say more than, “Bravo!”  But I can’t....


Being in Uncertainty

Claire Creffield, an atheist who finds that, sometimes, “invoking the concept of God seems a very compelling way indeed of doing justice to the strangeness, the beauty and the peril of our lives,” asks...


How Big Is the Multiplier?

by James Hanley This guest post is in response to a discussion with Clawback on the multiplier effect of government spending for fiscal stimulus. I argued there was no consensus about whether that multiplier...