Nancy Has Been in the Comics Since 1933. Now She Uses Snapchat. - The New York Times
Olivia Jaimes is a pseudonym, and the cartoonist requested the email interview for fear that a conversation might reveal clues to her identity. “I’m a pretty private person and I want to be insulated from the whole ‘Big Thing’ that a classic comic strip is,” she wrote. “The pseudonym lets me do that, and I’m really grateful for it.”
nancy  nyt  pseudonyms 
2 days ago
ZAP! Lightning, Gods, and Mushrooms :Cornell Mushroom Blog
I'm reading this thing about how farmers in Japan considered thunderstorms to be good luck because they’d make more mushrooms grow so some Japanese scientists created this lil electrical machine that they wheeled through the forest administering shocks to the ground to simulate lightning strikes and the areas that they shocked yielded twice as many mushrooms as unshocked plots of land ⚡️🍄
17 days ago
Trump’s must-see TV: Judge Jeanine’s show and her positive take on the president - The Washington Post
Aides sometimes plot to have guests make points on Fox that they have been unable to get the president to agree to in person. “He will listen more when it is on TV,” a senior administration official said.
news  wp  prez  trump 
18 days ago
The Batman Universe – The Depths of Continuity in Batman #44
A few years ago, Tom King put some continuity easter eggs in Grayson #12. Donovan Grant did a great article here at The Batman Universe about the links from continuity. Once again, Tom King has given longtime fans some continuity goodness. In Batman #44, various scenes from Batman and Catwoman’s relationship are showcased. Let’s take a look at what pieces of history Tom King drew from.
18 days ago
The Great Comics Switcheroonie | Troubleshooting Comics
On April 1st of 1997, that day's newspapers gave a jolt to regular readers of the comics when they saw their favorite strips being drawn by many wrong artists. Some strips had guest stars crossing over from other strips, while others tried to pass for the usual strip but just looked, well, off!
26 days ago
Fellow Travelers
– foreign policy. from the left.
politics  blog 
27 days ago
Donald Trump's secret data reversal - POLITICO
Yet the company’s services do not receive high marks from all former clients. Cruz’s data operation, which was seen as the class of the GOP primary field, was disappointed in Cambridge Analytica’s services and stopped using them before the Nevada GOP caucuses in late February, according to a former staffer for the Texas Republican.

“There’s this idea that there’s a magic sauce of personality targeting that can overcome any issue, and the fact is that’s just not the case,” said the former staffer, adding that Cambridge “doesn’t have a level of understanding or experience that allows them to target American voters.”
5 weeks ago
How Democrats can wipe out the GOP and fix America
Below, I will outline a draft platform that would both accomplish worthy goals and provide political benefits.
5 weeks ago
The Modern Moloch - 99% Invisible
Automotive interests banded together under the name Motordom. One of Motordom’s public relations gurus was a man named E. B. Lefferts, who put forth a radical idea: don’t blame cars, blame human recklessness. Lefferts and Motordom sought to exonerate the machine by placing the blame with individuals.
5 weeks ago
The Market Can't Solve a Massacre
Our political rhetoric, like our moral imagination, uses the vocabulary and logic of the market, of assets and investments, of incentives and innovation.
politics  gun's 
6 weeks ago
Shashi Tharoor: In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer - The Washington Post
Many of us will remember Churchill as a war criminal and an enemy of decency and humanity, a blinkered imperialist untroubled by the oppression of non-white peoples. Ultimately, his great failure — his long darkest hour — was his constant effort to deny us freedom.
people  wp 
6 weeks ago
How to crush Trump
Jeff Stein: Lets call it "The Cooper Doctrine:" @ryanlcooper's 5-point plan for when Ds retake power:

1) Statehood for DC & PR;
2) Make Election Day a holiday;
3) Free universal health care;
4) Giant tax hikes on rich/corporations;
5) Stop listening to Ben Wittes
how  politics 
8 weeks ago
Even As a Student Movement Rises, Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting Young People
At the Bank of America Leveraged Finance Conference in November, the CFO of one of the largest companies involved in gun accessories and ammunition was explicit about the video-game appeal to young gun enthusiasts. “It has become a recreational shooting market, partly driven by the Xbox generation coming of age,” said Stephen Nolan, of Vista Outdoor.
gun's  games 
8 weeks ago
Cinco 2.5
paul's computer (tayne, celery man)
9 weeks ago
Random Name Generator
Behind the Name is a website for learning about all aspects of given names. Its scope is broad: all given names from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database. Names from mythology and fiction are also eligible. There are currently 21100 names in the database, a fraction of what the scope entails.
via:cosmic  tool 
9 weeks ago
Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill Again
Bomb-making materials were discovered in the bedroom of Daniel Morley, above, who had ties to Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
WTF  news 
10 weeks ago
Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First
The bad news for grassroots activists is that the Democratic Party’s leaders cannot be reasoned with. But they can be beaten.
january 2018
Joe Biden Backed Bills To Make It Harder For Americans To Reduce Their Student Debt
As a senator from Delaware -- a corporate tax haven where the financial industry is one of the state’s largest employers -- Biden was one of the key proponents of the 2005 legislation that is now bearing down on students like Ryan. That bill effectively prevents the $150 billion worth of private student debt from being discharged, rescheduled or renegotiated as other debt can be in bankruptcy court.
january 2018
The Marxist case for the Nintendo Switch
It's remarkable both as a come-from-behind victory, and also as a way a corporation succeeded by breaking out of what Marxists call the capitalist dialectic — that is, by ignoring the received wisdom of the market and the ideology of capitalism itself.
games  lol 
january 2018
The goal of this site is to serve as a research resource for individual and organizational targets of Project Veritas, lawyers representing the victims, and the media.
january 2018
The year we wanted the internet to be smaller - The Verge
“The internet when I was younger was just a bunch of weirdo strangers who were all weirdo strangers together and felt like a community for that.”
january 2018
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.
blogs  econ 
december 2017
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.
econ  politics  why 
december 2017
Which is better, Applebee's or Cracker Barrel? Our critic ranks America’s most popular chains. | The Washington Post
Tom Sietsema ate three times each at the top 10 full-service chains, and tells you what’s good — and what’s not
review  list  food 
december 2017
Who Are The Real Nazis? | Current Affairs
It’s time to start taking this stuff seriously. Historians have got to respond to books like D’Souza’s, and they have to do so in depth. They need to concede the points that are right, and vigorously contest the points that are wrong. It may seem like this is “beneath criticism,” but nothing is beneath criticism if large numbers of people believe it. And while Dinesh D’Souza may appear a laughingstock from the vantage point of the academy and the press, his books continue to quietly sell hundreds of thousands of copies.
politics  books 
december 2017
'Uber for busses' startup launches ICO to end tipping as you know it
Skedaddle, an 'Uber-for-buses' startup, is launching a blockchain project that aims to completely eliminate tipping.
november 2017
The Cause and Consequences of the Retail Apocalypse | New Republic
The mismanagement of Sears reflects an ongoing pattern: private equity takeover artists that benefit from hobbling the companies they purchase.
november 2017
Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim? The money battle outside the Happiest Place on Earth - Los Angeles Times
Even if the parking garage fills just half its spaces, it would still generate more than $35 million in annual revenue and easily hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the structure.

That money all goes to Walt Disney Co. The city of Anaheim, which owns the garage and spent $108.2 million to build it, charges the company just $1 a year for the lease.
november 2017
The Sad Song of Privilege | The Baffler
Here’s the thing about “privilege” rhetoric: it’s meant to be a thought experiment that articulates the different ways in which different groups navigate the world. But, on a personal level, it’s a dead end. And even as a thought experiment, I don’t think it’s very good one.
october 2017
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