Archive for January 2010
…with only 51 votes. A strategy from Ian Millhiser of CAP.
Short video on the magic of scale once made for IBM. Here’s the Simpsons version. Still more scale games here.
* Rip Torn apparently tried to rob a bank. What? Not a hoax, not an imaginary story.
* ‘Godfather used Facebook to run empire from jail.’ Let’s hope the FBI doesn’t know about my Twitter account.
* Counternarrative watch: There seems to be little to endear citizens to their legislature or to the president trying to influence it. It’s too bad, because even with the wrench thrown in by Republican Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts, this Democratic Congress is on a path to become one of the most productive since the Great Society 89th Congress in 1965-66, and Obama already has the most legislative success of any modern president — and that includes Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson. The deep dysfunction of our politics may have produced public disdain, but it has also delivered record accomplishment.
* Yglesias has a quick primer on still another way our institutions make legislation terrible.
* And this all-white basketball league sounds like a great, totally not racist idea. “There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.” Naturally, this made Colbert.