1. RT @billmaher: I gotta say this about D C: few cities have more “I hated that guy in college” guys walking around than this one

Red-State Cities Find Euphemisms To Prepare for Global Warming:

The pattern illustrates a growing disconnect between the debate still raging in politics and the reality on the ground. In many city planning departments, it has become like Voldemort, the arch-villain of the Harry Potter stories: It’s the issue that cannot be named.

The cognitive dissonance can only hold so long. At some point the denial side will have to admit they are wrong.

The Biggest Robbers In America Are Employers:

The amount of money employers had to pay because they were found guilty of wage theft is nearly three times greater than all the money stolen in robberies, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

That $50 billion figure dwarfs the $14 billion taken from victims of robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and car thefts in 2012. That’s less than a third of the cost of wage theft, according to EPI’s estimations.

The NLRB needs to be reformed for the post labour union era. It should be the advocate for those who are robbed by their employers and it isn’t.

  1. RT @billmaher: I gotta say this about D C: few cities have more “I hated that guy in college” guys walking around than this one
  2. Real lesson of 9/11 is “don’t let an enemy bait you into a fight on his terms” Current ISIL strategy makes me wonder if we learned it.

The Worst Governments in America Are Local:

Uber has brought taxicab regulations, unlike other manifestations of Big Small Government, onto the national stage. It has scrambled partisan lines. Republicans have attempted to turn Uber into a symbol of free-market economics that can appeal to young and urban voters. Uber hired David Plouffe, the Obama-campaign whiz, to run its political operations. Plouffe’s hire provoked a wave of recriminations from the left wing of his party—here was another D.C. sellout working for the Man. But Plouffe’s support for Uber could also be understood as a natural extension of Obama-style moderate liberalism. At the federal level, where government power is checked by a hostile Republican Party, liberalism means advocating for subsidized medical care, or funding for science and infrastructure. At the local level, moderate liberalism may in fact be at odds with regulation, and advocates of “more government” are sometimes defending an organized racket.

intra-Democratic politics is not optimized to root out most government failure. Democratic voters tend to apply an ideology shaped by high-profile national struggles to their local voting habits; they may, for instance, associate arguments against regulation with the sorts of spurious claims made by polluters, Wall Street, or other robber barons, even if Uber’s argument against intrusive regulations has vastly more merit than the coal industry’s.

Worth a read. While it starts with a discussion of Ferguson, it gets what the liberal position on local regulations should be. Restricted to concerns about public safety, equal access and accountability to the public. The fact is that most of the worst regulations are at the local level. Most of the crony capitalism happens on the local level. It’s not the EPA and OSHA, it’s local intrusive regulations that are a problem.

  1. Real lesson of 9/11 is “don’t let an enemy bait you into a fight on his terms” Current ISIL strategy makes me wonder if we learned it.
  2. RT @ValeriePlame: Is it just me, or should the Pentagon be conducting a thorough review of billions of $ and years to train completely inef…
  3. How soon after Scottish Independence will England and Scotland be at war again? Weeks? Months?

  1. How soon after Scottish Independence will England and Scotland be at war again? Weeks? Months?
  2. I’m going to guess that Apple’s smaller iPhone 6c will be announced at the June 2015 WWDC.

  1. Two factor authentication is meaningless if session keys and single use passwords can be easily compromised.
  2. RT @badbanana: An iWatch! At last, something other than a phone to look at while my life passes by unnoticed.

  1. RT @badbanana: An iWatch! At last, something other than a phone to look at while my life passes by unnoticed.
  2. Looking forward to hearing my iPhone using friends change their minds about large screen phones.

When The Economist blamed Irish peasants for starving to death:

its extraordinary blindness to how real life economic power relations work is reminiscent of the magazine’s beginnings in the 19th century, when it fulminated at the very idea that the British government should do anything about the Irish famine that was happening on its doorstep. After all, it was the peasants’ own fault that they were starving.

Laissez faire is often used as an excuse to blame victim.

  1. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.
  2. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.

  1. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.

Why is “libertarian” Uber sponsoring San Francisco’s giant police militarization conference?:

Given Peter Thiel’s involvement with defense and domestic policing contractor Palantir and now Uber’s support of police militarization, we’re getting a clearer picture of where Valley libertarians stand on the issue. The government is bad… and police militarization is a threat to our liberty. Buuuuuuut, the warrior cop’s money is as good as anyone’s. Business is business.

Pretty much.

  1. First step in police de-militarization is to stop using phrase front-line when referring to policing. Call it a neighborhood.

Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on:

At ground zero of Reddit’s celebrity nude leak, where, as you are reading this, an orgy of men are sharing and ogling and re-sharing and re-ogling, lies this placard:

DO NOT POST ANY INFORMATION, TRUE OR FALSE, ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON(S) LEAKING THESE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS. IF YOU DO THAT YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS SUBREDDIT.

Somewhere in some hotel room is a 20 something actress who is crying because the whole internet saw her naked. And they rush to protect the privacy of the person who hacked into her account.

  1. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.
  2. First step in police de-militarization is to stop using phrase front-line when referring to policing. Call it a neighborhood.
  3. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.