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Archive for August 2009

Don’t worry, I shake my baby all the time…

August 26, 2009

So I’m staying with a friend right now in New York while I try to get myself established. She however, has just taken off to visit her dad up in the Berkshires, leaving me responsible for her skittish but nevertheless lovely cat, Maggie. The problem is that I’m heading back for graduation tomorrow morning, and […]

Sully preaches

August 25, 2009

Cheney was too long with the ring of power. Sullivan responds with what his assistant blogger Chris Bodenner aptly labels “a barnburner.”  Sample: King is right, of course, that the difference between what Bush authorized and the new revelations is non-existent. There is no moral or legal distinction between subjecting someone to 960 hours of […]

I approve of District 9 (UPDATED, Spoilers)

August 21, 2009

It hurt, but in a good way. That is all. ~ UPDATE: A friend of mine posted a link to A.O. Scott’s review of the movie at the NYT, flagging it by saying “I thought this was great. But it’s not for the queasy.” What follows is the debate that ensued: DM: Really? I thought […]

Ever notice how people tend to “respond” to Jon Stewart right before he goes on vacation?

August 21, 2009

Case in point, O’Reilly last night: The Thursday-night show, taped before O’Reilly aired, was the last new Daily Show for three weeks. Articles 2 and 3. Jim Cramer’s March and May barbs at Jon Stewart (which in and of themselves sounded pathetic after Stewart so comprehensively handed him his ass) came conveniently on Thursdays as […]

TARP talk

August 21, 2009

…with Neil Barofsky (of the TARP oversight committee) and very little obnoxious laughter. It’s almost—but not quite—as interesting as Elizabeth Warren’s fight with Adam Davidson at NPR’s Planet Money a few months back. Via Metafilter

How American health care killed his father…

August 18, 2009

From the most recent Atlantic comes an amazing piece informed both personally from experience, and generally from substantial research, on the US health care system. Read it if you read nothing else all week. Sample: My survivor’s grief has taken the form of an obsession with our health-care system. For more than a year, I’ve […]

…he fled from the scene, losing his sneakers while running away…

August 18, 2009

Columbia security alert about an attempted robbery (posted outside of my friend’s appartment): On August 5, 2009 at about 12:10 a.m., a student was the victim of an attempted robbery on Morningsie Ave. near W. 122St. The student was approached from behind by a male, who displayed an imitation pistol and demanded the victim’s I-phone. […]


August 16, 2009

…iz teh r0xx0rs. From the description: Exemple of ‘Are’are music, as filmed and studied by ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in the Solomon Islands. From Metafilter.

Leaked Radiohead track!

August 15, 2009

Check it. Via Metafilter.

Cogent and persuasive conservative healthcare ideas…

August 15, 2009

…relatively (to the screamers) speaking. Who knew? David Frum makes his case on Bill Moyers’ Journal: BILL MOYERS: So what’s the plan you would like to see the Republicans put on the table? DAVID FRUM: Well, let’s start by focusing on what do you think is the problem? You can’t solve a problem unless you […]