March 27th, 2014

Questionnaire

Wendell Berry

1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.

September 25th, 2013

I made a helpful visual explainer to help you distinguish between a filibuster and other, similar things.

Reblogged from
September 17th, 2013

To all of you people who keep sharing that Huff Po stick-figure thing about how Gen Y is unhappy because they’re unrealistic delusional ingrates:

You know, this thing

If you wrote that, or you like that, I have some thoughts for you:

1) I’m actually more tail-end-of-Gen-X in temperament, age, and outlook.

2) Go f**k yourselves. 

You have no idea about student debt, underemployment, life-long renting. “Stop feeling special” is some shitty advice. I don’t feel special or entitled, just poor. The only thing that makes me special is I have more ballooning debt than you. I’ve tempered the hell out of my expectations of work, and I’ve exceeded those expectations crazily to have one interesting, exciting damned career that’s culminated in some leadership roles for national publications. And I’m still poor and in debt and worked beyond the point where it can be managed with my health and my desire to actually see the son I’m helping to raise. 

Last weekend my baby had a fever, and we contemplated taking him to the ER, and my first thought was - had to be - “Oh God, that could wipe out our savings! Maybe he can just ride it out?” Our status in this Big Financial Game had sucked my basic humanity towards my child away for a minute. If I wish for something better, is that me simply being entitled and delusional?

Younger journos see me as a success story and ask my advice, and I feel like a fraud, because I’m doing what I love, and it makes me completely miserable and exhausts me.

So take your “revise your expectations! check your ego!” Horatio Alger bullshit, and stuff it. While you’re at it, stuff this economy. Not this GDP, not this unemployment level: this economy, this financial system that establishes complete social and political control over us, that conditions us to believe that we don’t deserve basic shelter and clothing and food and education and LIFE-SUSTAINING MEDICAL CARE unless we throw our lives into vassalage and hope, pray, that the lords don’t fuck with our retirements or our coverages. (Maybe if we’re extra productive, someday they’ll do a match in the 401k again, like our ancestors used to talk about!)

Take the system that siphons off our capacities for human flourishing in hopes that we get thrown a little coin of the realm in return. Take that system and blow it up, you cowards.

Oh, and also, stop thinking that you’re special.

September 3rd, 2013
Western civilization has always glorified the hero, the sacrifice of life for the city, the state, the nation; it has rarely asked the question of whether the established city, state, nation were worth the sacrifice.
August 29th, 2013

What Buzzfeed is like.

August 5th, 2013

All is proceeding smoothly with my side project, “Phat Pharoahs: Postcolonialism and the Semiotics of Snapback Hats.”

(via)

July 31st, 2013

cordjefferson:

I did this last night.

Yes you did. Yes you did.

Related note: Must find out about these “lacrosse camps.” They sound awful. Don’t need my son getting mixed up in the wrong crowd.

July 23rd, 2013

"List of unusual deaths," from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of unusual deaths. This list includes unique or extremely rare circumstances of death recorded throughout history, noted as being unusual by multiple sources. Some of the deaths are mythological or are considered to be unsubstantiated by contemporary researchers.

Some other articles also cover deaths that might be considered unusual or ironic, including List of entertainers who died during a performanceList of inventors killed by their own inventionsList of association footballers who died while playingList of professional cyclists who died during a race and the List of political self-immolations.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths)

July 23rd, 2013

That awkward moment at 400 feet when you and your ill-fated assistant realize the flying Ford Pinto was not your best idea.

July 19th, 2013

kohenari:

If you’re not following Adam Weinstein on Twitter, you’re missing a truly masterful performance as he retweets some of the best of the racist, conspiracy-theorist wingnuttery from around the interwebs in the wake of President Obama’s comments on Trayvon Martin’s death and the George Zimmerman trial.

Thanks! Diving into this madness is not for everyone. But I consider it kinda important to flush out the mildewy buildup on society’s machinery every now and then.

Reblogged from Ari Kohen's Blog
July 16th, 2013

nickbaumann:

Chart: The likelihood that you’ll get away with killing someone, based on your race and the race of the person you killed. (via Richard Florida)

Reblogged from Nick Baumann
July 15th, 2013

"I’d expect nothing less from a member of your tribe, after all, didn’t you guys trade Jesus for a bag of nickels?"

I only received one piece of fan mail today. But I thought it worth sharing, since it’s exemplary.

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Subject: i’d expect nothing less

Dear Weinstein:

Do you give this much coverage to the random attacks on white people all across the country at the hands of blacks and browns?  Did you ever stop and think that maybe George Zimmerman did act in self defense?  I wasn’t there the night of the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin incident that led to Trayvon’s death, and neither were you.  I’m not sure why you make it a point to write personal attacks against George Zimmerman in your articles, when  you don’t know for sure what happened that night.  Young black males TERRORIZE every town and city in America that has a substantial black population, yet you dedicate weeks on one trial because the alleged victim is black.  Who’s really the racist?  I’d expect nothing less from a member of your tribe, after all, didn’t you guys trade Jesus for a bag of nickels?

Brian J. Riece Jr.

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Why do I do what I do? Not for riches or fame, God knows.

I just want people who think like “Brian J. Riece Jr.” to be flushed out into the open. If they can’t stop being racist fools, than maybe at least they can be made to feel that their place in culture is marginal, radical — that the future is not theirs, that nobody in the marketplace of ideas will buy the putrescence that they’re selling, and that there are costs to being hateful boors.

That’s my hope, anyway. Maybe I’m wrong. Will we let them have the future?

Adam Weinstein.
Gawker staff writer.
I started the Mother Jones Tumblr and finished your mother's pot roast.

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