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Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? - NYTimes.com
For the committed leftist, the ‘‘liberal’’ is a weak-minded, market-friendly centrist, wonky and technocratic and condescending to the working class. The liberal is pious about diversity but ready to abandon any belief at the slightest drop in poll numbers — a person who is, as the folk singer Phil Ochs once said, ‘‘10 degrees to the left of center in good times, 10 degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.’’ The anonymous Twitter account ‘‘liberalism.txt’’ is a relentless stream of images and retweets that supposedly illustrate this liberal vacuousness: say, the chief executive of Patagonia’s being hailed as a leader of ‘‘corporate resistance to Trump,’’ or Chelsea Clinton’s accusing Steve Bannon of ‘‘fat shaming’’ Sean Spicer.
politics  nyt  language 
19 days ago
What politicians mean when they say the United States was founded as a Christian nation - The Washington Post
Claiming that people moved by deep prejudice against most of world’s Christians wanted to form a “Christian nation” makes no sense. 
wp  faith  politics 
21 days ago
The Universal Scrobbler
For Last.fm users, The Universal Scrobbler ensures every song you listen to is scrobbled to your profile. It provides a number of methods for manually scrobbling listened tracks when automatic scrobbling isn't an option, such as listening to vinyl or on a car radio.
music 
22 days ago
The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak
In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.
politics  gah 
5 weeks ago
Why Are So Many Young Voters Falling for Old Socialists? - NYTimes.com
Meanwhile, people my age — I’m 29 — are more in need of a robust leftist platform than ever. The post-Cold War capitalist order has failed us: Across Europe and the United States, millennials are worse off than their parents were and are too poor to start new families. In the United States, they are loaded with college debt (or far less likely to be employed without a college degree) and are engaged in precarious and non-unionized labor. Also the earth is melting.
politics  nyt 
5 weeks ago
This Is Internet
RT : Everyone... I made a fun zine about the Internet and websites. and wow. amazing. it's available for pre-order now…
net  zine  g0m  want  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Emperor Norton - Wikipedia
Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818[2] – January 8, 1880), known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States"[3] and subsequently "Protector of Mexico".[4]
bio  wikipedia 
7 weeks ago
US anti-Trump protesters facing decades behind bars | USA | Al Jazeera
"I'm looking at spending more than three times my age in prison for going to a protest. No human being should be in a cage that long, especially not for trying to live."
injustice 
7 weeks ago
All the Queen's Men: Two Paste Writers Review Shattered :: Politics :: Features :: Hillary Clinton :: Paste
But the passage is a great microcosm of the major flaw of this book, which is that the writers are so insanely wrapped up in their own DC worldview that they failed to learn the major lesson of the election—voters didn’t care about this inside baseball bullshit!
review  book  election16 
9 weeks ago
The Real Obama
In 1999, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, had proposed the concept of “collateral consequences” (colloquially known as “too big to jail”), whereby “the state could pursue non-criminal alternatives for companies if they believed prosecuting them might result in too much ‘collateral’ damage” to the economy. Thus, when banking giant HSBC was revealed to be laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and groups linked to al-Qaeda, Obama’s Justice Department allowed the bank to escape with a fine and no criminal charges, on the grounds that a prosecution might damage HSBC too much and have wider effects on the economy. T
obama  politics  econ 
9 weeks ago
Who cares what college students think? | The Outline
If Trump’s victory proves anything, it’s the opposite of what Sullivan contends — the unfiltered airing of retrograde, racist views, even when given nominal critique afterward, only serves to empower the far right.
politics  media  punditry  why  lowenaffchen 
10 weeks ago
Republicans Party Like It’s 1984 - NYTimes.com
This is an act of deliberate betrayal: Everything about Trumpcare is specifically designed to do exactly the opposite of what Trump, Paul Ryan and other Republicans said it would.
politics  congress  nyt  healthcare 
11 weeks ago
monte hellman quest at tom moody
A worthwhile activity for cinema nerds might be to watch all Monte Hellman films. He has something to teach you even if you have no hankering to make a movie. Below is the Wikipedians' ragtag assessment of his corpus, with one consumer's viewings in bold.
to.watch  film 
11 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.” - Umberto…
comics  politics  from twitter
12 weeks ago
iOS Stock Wallpaper Collection
The goal is to collect every stock iOS wallpaper since the launch of the iPhone, in order, and in the highest available resolution.
gallery 
12 weeks ago
Hunter Goes Postal II: Tucker's "Jacuzzi Case"
Yeah, James, lighten up.  After all, if you can't laugh about someone's five-year-old daughter getting her intestines sucked out in a public wading pool, what can you laugh about?
meatheads  ugh  media  politics 
april 2017
Poor Disabled Children Pushed Off of SSI Because of Welfare Reform Had Horrible Lives – MattBruenig | Politics
What this research tells us is that welfare reform did not just blow a hole into the US poor relief system that subsequent generations of women and children have fallen into. It also screwed the contemporary generation of poor disabled children for the rest of their lives, condemning them to scrape together scant earnings in order to lead lives of crushing poverty.
politics  gah 
april 2017
Instead of taxes, make corporations give the government stock - LA Times
This system would eliminate almost all opportunities for gaming since a company would not be able to deny the government its share of profits unless it also withheld profits from its other shareholders. And we would not call that “tax avoidance” but outright theft – the sort of thing that gets people sent to jail.
econ 
april 2017
D R E W • F R I E D M A N: Observing Jared Kushner
drew friedman reminiscing about his time at the new york observer
illustration 
april 2017
What Gorsuch Means | Matt Stoller
It’s vital to recognize that, when it comes to the legal ratification of political-economic power, it often doesn’t matter whether a justice was nominated by the Democrats or the Republicans. Both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are acolytes of extreme conservative jurist Bork on antitrust, and joined Scalia’s majority opinion in Trinko.
law  politics 
april 2017
I-85 collapse
RT : finally those hollywood bigwigs gave us the sequel to 車火 we've been demanding
video  twitter  from twitter
march 2017
The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized
Mr. McConnell’s rebuke — “nevertheless, she persisted” — went viral. Three days later, Reebok’s website was offering a T-shirt featuring the phrase. Ms. Warren’s political argument — that Mr. Sessions was not qualified to be attorney general because of a history of racism — was repurposed as an inspirational workout slogan.
nyt  politics  ugh  from twitter
march 2017
Remember The Internet?
Growing up online ain’t what it used to be.
comic  net  from twitter
march 2017
David Letterman on Donald Trump and Late-Night TV Today
So I go over there, and it’s a building the size of the Pentagon. It’s enormous. If you took somebody from — I don’t know, pick a country where they don’t have Designer Shoe Warehouses — blindfolded them and turned them loose in this place, they would just think, You people are insane. Who needs this many shoes?
letterman  interview 
march 2017
Your political Harry Potter references are Riddikulus
o here we are. Donald Trump’s fascist rhetoric is becoming normalized through pure repetition. Every possible pop culture comparison has been tweeted and aggregated, John Oliver has eviscerated him again and again, Saturday Night Live has forced its best and brightest to parody him every week, and yet he remains as powerful as ever.
politics  media  lowenaffchen 
march 2017
Q & A with Fatal Farm - Popshifter
Zachary Johnson and Jeffrey Max, a.k.a. Fatal Farm, accept all responsibility and/or blame for Lasagna Cat. . . along with parodies of ’80s TV Themes and Infinite Solutions, a series of science-y “educational” shorts. All are nothing short of brilliant: a bizarre mix of mundane, surreal, and disturbing that will either render you utterly confused or drooling with laughter (and I’m not ashamed to say, I’m in the latter camp).
interview 
february 2017
fire car re-enactment
RT : a longtime dream came true tonight
video  from twitter
february 2017
Dilbert creator Scott Adams is the worst blogger | The Outline
Ruminations on 1990s white-collar ennui seem quaint when viewed through a 21st-century lens ... The salaried cubicle jobs rejected in Office Space and Fight Club are now objects of desire for survivors of the dot-com bubble and the 2007 financial crisis.
politics  comics 
february 2017
Tishaura Jones slams Post editorial board while declining interview | Local News | stlamerican.com
You just moved here. It isn’t your city, yet. And graffiti is not what’s killing it.
politics 
february 2017
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