April 2009

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Shadows are the best disinfectant

The Poor Man Institute: “I don’t think that’s what would happen at all.  I don’t think so - and neither, apparently, did the torturers, which is why they did it in secret, and why they lied about it for so long, why they still can’t bring themselves to call it what it is, and why they still refuse to whip out the awesome secret evidence they have right here in their back pocket that will totally bust everybody.”


Dana Milbank - So Much for the Specter of a Flu Pandemic

washingtonpost.com: “in Washington, even a potential pandemic pales in comparison to a party switcher”


Monday, 13 April 2009

We re teaching students how to live in a totalitarian society

The Fish Wrap: “What has become apparent, however, is the fact that zero tolerance policies fail to decrease the number of students bringing weapons to school, victims of violent crime and students trying alcohol, cigarettes and other illegal drugs.”


Thursday, 9 April 2009

Between battles, the story: Dave Arneson has passed on

Ars Technica: “Arneson understood that these things were of historical interest; history stands on the edge of knife, and a few different decisions one way or the other and the world would be a completely different place… we only forget that because we’re comforted by putting historical events in a neat order. Arneson wanted to get into the heads of these people and play ‘what-if.’ Arneson understood that real stories came from what happened between the battles.”


More On Cuba - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “But my point is that it’s weak to act like Castro is consistent with best of the progressive tradition. It’s weak to call out Dick Cheney here, and cheer on Castro over there. It’s weak to shout apartheid at Israel, and then turn around and applaud Castro. It’s weak to say, ‘Yeah, I hear you but…’ Either repressively ruling a country for half a century and then conspiring to pass power to your brother, is wrong or it isn’t. We have to choose. Or we have to be jesters.”