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Entries from June 2008

More Book Club Fun

June 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Some ruminations on status and income inequalities here.

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Tags: Self Promotion · Uncategorized

But How Do You KNOW There Isn’t a Ticking Time-Bomb?

June 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

From ABC News: Asked by Tapper how Obama could be so sure that certain controversial domestic anti-terrorism policies instituted by the Bush administration were not instrumental to the protection of U.S. citizens, Obama said that he did not necessarily oppose all the efforts, but “it is my firm belief that we can track terrorists, we […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Law · War

Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

June 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My first contribution to the Clay Shirky book club over at TPM Cafe is now up. Update: Aaand a follow-up.

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Tags: Self Promotion

The Surge at Velvet Lounge

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

The Surge at Velvet Lounge

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Tags: Tumblr

Shorter Andy McCarthy

June 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Our highest national aspiration should be “America: Hey, it’s better than Somalia.”

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Tags: Stupid Shit

Skills as Network Goods

June 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I was once, hard as this may be to believe, a much bigger geek.  Oh, sure, I can still kludge a little code, fake my way through cocktails at CFP, even chuckle at nine out of 10 xkcd jokes. But, say, 16 years ago, on a night like this, I’d be sitting at my desk […]

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Tags: Economics · Tech and Tech Policy

Shirking Duty

June 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ll be participating in this week’s TPM Book Club discussion of Clay Shirky’s excellent new book Here Comes Everybody. Check it out; there should be an intro essay from Shirky sometime today, and I’ll post links periodically as I chime in.

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Tags: Self Promotion · Sociology · Tech and Tech Policy

Damn You, Radley!

June 16th, 2008 · No Comments

So Addictive!

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Say Vas?

June 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

So, a little late to the ball here, but I only just came across reports of indignation over a leftish German paper’s decision to illustrate Barack Obama’s clinching the Democratic nomination with a big front-page photo of the White House headlined: “Uncle Barack’s Cabin?”  The tasteless headline itself I’m basically willing to believe was not […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Pinched for a Lobster

June 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This may be the most insane thing I’ve heard this week. Apparently, U.S. courts sentenced a man to eight years in prison for importing undersized lobsters, in violation of Honduran law. The kicker: The attorney general of Honduras wrote the courts in the wake of the convictions to make clear that the supposed law in […]

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Tags: Law · Stupid Shit