theatlantic:



Looking out over a crowd of hundreds of thousands, President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [Image: Rob Carr/Getty]
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I had spent about 5 minutes trying to photoshop Barad-Dur over the Washington Monument when I suddenly said to myself “Wait, what are you doing?”

theatlantic:

Looking out over a crowd of hundreds of thousands, President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [Image: Rob Carr/Getty]

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I had spent about 5 minutes trying to photoshop Barad-Dur over the Washington Monument when I suddenly said to myself “Wait, what are you doing?”

theatlantic:

DNC Tells a Joke About Romney’s Tax Plan Details

The Democratic National Committee released a single-serving joke site—RomneyTaxPlan.com—that displays an enticing button promising to allow you to “GET THE DETAILS” on the plan but that scurries away from your pointer when you try to click on it.


OK, that’s funny.

theatlantic:

DNC Tells a Joke About Romney’s Tax Plan Details

The Democratic National Committee released a single-serving joke site—RomneyTaxPlan.com—that displays an enticing button promising to allow you to “GET THE DETAILS” on the plan but that scurries away from your pointer when you try to click on it.

OK, that’s funny.

bringtheruckuss:

The platform also calls for the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, allowing the Federal government to treat same-sex marriages as marriages for the purpose of Federal law.

theatlantic:

4chan and Reddit Are Trying to Send Taylor Swift to Perform at a School for the Deaf

Swift has partnered up with Papa John’s Pizza and Chegg, a textbook rental company, for the “Taylor Swift On Campus” contest which, through the magic of Facebook “likes” and whatnot, gives the school with the most online votes a concert with Swift. And like a mountain lion eyeing a baby deer, Reddit (along with a collective of trolls) has its sights and its sense of humor set on Swift.

Read more. [Image: taylorswiftoncampus.com]

This is perfect.
Evil on all levels.

theatlantic:

4chan and Reddit Are Trying to Send Taylor Swift to Perform at a School for the Deaf

Swift has partnered up with Papa John’s Pizza and Chegg, a textbook rental company, for the “Taylor Swift On Campus” contest which, through the magic of Facebook “likes” and whatnot, gives the school with the most online votes a concert with Swift. And like a mountain lion eyeing a baby deer, Reddit (along with a collective of trolls) has its sights and its sense of humor set on Swift.

Read more. [Image: taylorswiftoncampus.com]

This is perfect.

Evil on all levels.

theatlantic:

Why Are Democrats Losing the Wisconsin Recall?

The battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, raging for the last 15 months, finally comes to a head next week with the recall election that could oust him from the statehouse. But Republicans seem very, very sure that won’t happen.
In the final days before Tuesday’s vote on whether to retain Walker or replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Republicans are crowing as if they’ve already won, while Democrats strain to insist they’re still in it. […]
The gelling conventional wisdom that Walker is set to triumph was bolstered by a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon that showed Walker ahead by 7 percentage points. The independent poll, conducted May 23-26, put Walker at 52 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent, outside the 4.1-point margin of error. And you couldn’t really argue that the poll was slanted toward the GOP: It also showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent.
So is the Walker race really over? And if so, what happened?
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Walker is going to win because of 6 things:
 Job numbers are up, which he may or may not have anything to do with (I have a hard time believing that elected officials, whether state or federal, have that much to do with job creation, especially when their only tool is tax incentives to the wealthy)
Tom Barrett is milquetoast at best, charisma-wise, and his campaign reflects that.  There’s no flash, no inspiration, no proposed solutions, just the same old attack and defend.
I really believe that getting the rest of the state to believe in a politician from Milwaukee is next to impossible. The rest of the state resents Milwaukee (probably justifiably so) because we represent such a large portion of the state’s problems and receive the largets amount of negative attention, nationally.   Walker was able to overcome that because of the timing of the last election and the upswell of the Tea Party movement, but Barrett is not receiving a similar push because of his personality and-
The state (and the nation, I think) are feeling weary of protest movements with no tangible results and this election just took SO LONG to happen.  We’re living in an immediate gratification age, and some people have either forgotten their anger, or just moved on from it.  
The Journal-Sentinel endorsing Walker was the final nail in the coffin, in my opinion.  If there were ANY undecided or waffling voters left, Barrett’s inability to garner support from his own city must certainly make their decision for them.
There’s too much at stake, and as romantic as bringing down the Koch Brothers and the SuperPACs through a grassroots movement sounds, it’s just depressingly unrealistic.
I believe Scott Walker is a liar and I know I’m going to have to look at that self-important shit-eating grin for years, and it makes me kind of sad right now.

theatlantic:

Why Are Democrats Losing the Wisconsin Recall?

The battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, raging for the last 15 months, finally comes to a head next week with the recall election that could oust him from the statehouse. But Republicans seem very, very sure that won’t happen.

In the final days before Tuesday’s vote on whether to retain Walker or replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Republicans are crowing as if they’ve already won, while Democrats strain to insist they’re still in it. […]

The gelling conventional wisdom that Walker is set to triumph was bolstered by a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon that showed Walker ahead by 7 percentage points. The independent poll, conducted May 23-26, put Walker at 52 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent, outside the 4.1-point margin of error. And you couldn’t really argue that the poll was slanted toward the GOP: It also showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent.

So is the Walker race really over? And if so, what happened?

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Walker is going to win because of 6 things:

  1.  Job numbers are up, which he may or may not have anything to do with (I have a hard time believing that elected officials, whether state or federal, have that much to do with job creation, especially when their only tool is tax incentives to the wealthy)
  2. Tom Barrett is milquetoast at best, charisma-wise, and his campaign reflects that.  There’s no flash, no inspiration, no proposed solutions, just the same old attack and defend.
  3. I really believe that getting the rest of the state to believe in a politician from Milwaukee is next to impossible. The rest of the state resents Milwaukee (probably justifiably so) because we represent such a large portion of the state’s problems and receive the largets amount of negative attention, nationally.   Walker was able to overcome that because of the timing of the last election and the upswell of the Tea Party movement, but Barrett is not receiving a similar push because of his personality and-
  4. The state (and the nation, I think) are feeling weary of protest movements with no tangible results and this election just took SO LONG to happen.  We’re living in an immediate gratification age, and some people have either forgotten their anger, or just moved on from it.  
  5. The Journal-Sentinel endorsing Walker was the final nail in the coffin, in my opinion.  If there were ANY undecided or waffling voters left, Barrett’s inability to garner support from his own city must certainly make their decision for them.
  6. There’s too much at stake, and as romantic as bringing down the Koch Brothers and the SuperPACs through a grassroots movement sounds, it’s just depressingly unrealistic.

I believe Scott Walker is a liar and I know I’m going to have to look at that self-important shit-eating grin for years, and it makes me kind of sad right now.

shortformblog:

Sources claim Hugo Chavez’s cancer could kill him very soon
An unnamed source told HDNet’s Dan Rather that Chavez may not live to see the results of his reelection bid when Venezuelans vote on October 7. According to the report, Chavez suffers from an especially aggressive form of cancer known as metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, and is not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most.” (Photo by chavezcandanga) source
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That is CLEARLY Steven Seagal.

shortformblog:

An unnamed source told HDNet’s Dan Rather that Chavez may not live to see the results of his reelection bid when Venezuelans vote on October 7. According to the report, Chavez suffers from an especially aggressive form of cancer known as metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, and is not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most.” (Photo by chavezcandanga) source

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That is CLEARLY Steven Seagal.

"I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was."

Mitt Romney, on why he’s defending… something. (via theatlantic)

You couldn’t script anything this perfect.

"

It is astounding how significantly one idea can shape a society and its policies. Consider this one.

If taxes on the rich go up, job creation will go down.

This idea is an article of faith for Republicans and seldom challenged by Democrats and has shaped much of today’s economic landscape.

But sometimes the ideas that we know to be true are dead wrong. For thousands of years people were sure that earth was at the center of the universe. It’s not, and an astronomer who still believed that it was, would do some lousy astronomy.

In the same way, a policy maker who believed that the rich and businesses are “job creators” and therefore should not be taxed, would make equally bad policy.

I have started or helped start, dozens of businesses and initially hired lots of people. But if no one could have afforded to buy what we had to sell, my businesses would all have failed and all those jobs would have evaporated.

That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a “circle of life” like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me.

"

"How do you write for children? I really have never figured that out. So I decided to just ignore it."

soupsoup:

I had followed William Gagen’s coverage of Occupy Oakland several months ago and then heard he was going to try and enter Syria to livestream what was going on there. Few journalists have been able to get into Syria so this was not a small feat.

William, better known online as WillyFoReal, wound up spending about three days slipping in and out of Syria just along the Turkish border. In the clip above, he and Geoffrey Giraffe tell me about their incredibly dangerous experience. In the final day, their transmissions were intercepted and they were being closed in on. They came face to face with the fact that they were in real danger of being killed.

I have such mixed feelings about this.

On one hand, the idea of sharing the knowledge of how to live-stream and show the world things they may not otherwise be seeing is SUCH a powerful democratic tool, and one whose importance has been more than evident over the last 18 months.  Also, I love Anthony’s specific “tech” angle on the story.

On the other hand, the idea of starting a live-streaming academy to create world-travelling, crisis-seeking citizen journalists is GOING to get well-meaning people killed.  

"I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol… I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded."

Pat Robertson, on why marijuana should be legalized. (via theatlantic)

It just feels so unnatural to agree with Pat Robertson.

"

Steve Jobs was a visionary, a brilliant innovator who reshaped entire industries by the force of his will, a genius at giving consumers not only what they wanted, but what they didn’t yet know they wanted.


He was also a world-class asshole.

"

Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson from the Steve Jobs Biography

Apple’s founder and CEO could be a cruel and nasty guy. He was also the greatest chief executive of our time. Don’t go thinking those two things are related.

(via theatlantic)

motherjones:

UC Davis police officer pepper sprays sitting students because, well, just because.
Think that’s %$#ing horrible? The video’s worse.
Via John Aravosis at AmericaBlog:

I’m sorry, this has gone too far. This has happened in police department  after police department, and it has gone too far. Our police look like  the goons in Russia and China. Please watch this video and send it to  everyone you know. This has gone too far.


This is pretty horrifying.
Here’s my idealogical crisis of faith about OWS:  It doesn’t become powerful until all of those people standing around taking pictures are sitting down with the protestors.  They can’t pepper spray everyone.  But I can’t bring myself to be one of those people because I don’t understand what it ultimately accomplishes.  Me not understanding the intent is not the same as condemning the intent, but I just kind of don’t get it, you know?

motherjones:

UC Davis police officer pepper sprays sitting students because, well, just because.

Think that’s %$#ing horrible? The video’s worse.

Via John Aravosis at AmericaBlog:

I’m sorry, this has gone too far. This has happened in police department after police department, and it has gone too far. Our police look like the goons in Russia and China. Please watch this video and send it to everyone you know. This has gone too far.

This is pretty horrifying.

Here’s my idealogical crisis of faith about OWS:  It doesn’t become powerful until all of those people standing around taking pictures are sitting down with the protestors.  They can’t pepper spray everyone.  But I can’t bring myself to be one of those people because I don’t understand what it ultimately accomplishes.  Me not understanding the intent is not the same as condemning the intent, but I just kind of don’t get it, you know?

After a series of false starts, it appears that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal’s detention in Iran may end soon. On Wednesday morning, NPR noted that Iran’s Press TV had issued an alert saying that Tehran Appeals court had agreed to commute last month’s eight year prison sentence for spying.CNN also reported that an unnamed U.S. official says that the hikers were released on bail. The details of the release, as the Associated Pressreported, included a $1 million dollar bail deal. ”The case is over,” said Masoud Shafiei, their lawyer, to the AP. “The court has ordered that they be freed on bail.”


I’m so relieved they got this done.