Monthly Archives: March 2013

now that we’re winning, let’s double down!

There’s a concern that we might be winning (finally!) the war against Al-Qaeda, and then what will KBR do for a living? Don’t worry, guys. Sen. Bob Corker has you covered: During a hearing today on U.S. counterterrorism policies, U.S. … Continue reading

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for the taking

Michael Lind has a pretty good three-part series up on Salon (1, 2, 3) about distinguishing between the “useful” and “useless” rich — i.e., between people who actually are “job creators,” who actually do drive innovation, and those whose livelihood … Continue reading

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everything you know about livestock and climate change is backwards (maybe)

This talk by biologist Allan Savory has been generating some heat: It’s a long, methodical talk, so for impatient readers, I’ll summarize. Savory’s basic points are that: There’s a lot more “desert” in the world than there used to be. … Continue reading

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the minimum wage is more effective when we don’t fight over it

Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently made headlines by pointing out that if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity in the U.S., it would be almost $22/hour. The linked article quotes Erika Johnsen of Hot Air pooh-poohing the idea that … Continue reading

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Steubenville 3: guns are not magic

Everyone who uses guns ought to know this, and indeed most do, but it might be worth saying again anyway: a gun is not a magic totem, and ensuring that everyone is armed does not guarantee safety. It doesn’t keep … Continue reading

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Steubenville, some add’l notes

Saw a couple more good links this morning. Thanks to a pastor friend for the link to Lauren Nelson’s very clear explanation of what is meant by “rape culture” and why we can’t stop talking about it yet. And reading … Continue reading

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Steubenville

A lot of good things have been written in the wake of the judgment in the terrible Steubenville, OH, rape case. Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous writes (in response to CNN’s hamfisted and insensitive trial coverage that focused on … Continue reading

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