The center’s own records — kept in a restricted section of its Web site, but...– That’s one of the more badass lines I’ve read in a news article in a while. Gingrich Gave Push to Clients, Not Just Ideas - NYTimes.com (via moth)
$34.90 (+$0.72) (+2.1%) The financial world was shaken today when CEO Jamie...– JPMorgan Chase (JPM) | The Onion
Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that.– The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (via freins)
The Age of the Superfluous Worker - NYTimes.com →
arewepayingattention: The lethal combination of capitalism’s growing inability to create jobs and the right’s rigid religion of free enterprise does not bode well for the future Or, the same sentiment but without the stronger political angle, from Planet Money’s Adam Davidson: The Dwindling Power of a College Degree.
At the time, the explanation [for an off-color joke Paterno made about beating...– Could Women Have Saved Penn State? - The Daily Beast (via notadinnerparty)
Socrates’ daimon was an inheritance from the Pythagoreans. All of our daimons...– Guy Davenport, born today, in the essay “Keeping Time,” as reprinted in The Hunter Gracchus. (via ascendingcoherence)
I have never yet known a man admit that he was either rich or asleep: perhaps...– Patrick O’Brian, Master and Commander The Patrick O’Brian Aubrey/Maturin Series Available Digitally on 12/5 (via wwnorton) Yay! Love this series, and the lone movie was an excellent adaptation. Anyone want a shelf of mismatched, cheap paperback editions?
PolitiFact | Republican lawmakers classified pizza... →
What it does is allow just two tablespoons of tomato paste to continue to count as a serving of vegetables. The USDA had proposed requiring a full half-cup of the concentrated tomato spread before it would count as a fruit or veggie — a standard “serving” by volume — far more than you’d find slathered on a slice o’ school cafeteria pizza. (And, yes, we’re aware the...
The basic scam in the Internet Age is pretty easy even for the financially...– The Great American Bubble Machine | Politics News | Rolling Stone My new enduring metaphor for IPOs and financial largesse.
Costly Osprey Hybrid Craft Symbol of Fight to Cut... →
People who didn’t live pre-Internet can’t grasp how devoid of ideas life in my...– Mary Karr (via thebronzemedal)
W. W. Norton: After Catullus →
wwnorton: A penknife engraved first your name, then his, then a heart around them with a wedded plus, then an X across it all— the drawn out chronicle of your last uncontested crush still knuckling over twenty years later in the backyard of your parents’ house. For as I learned this evening, it was your crossed heart that broke, not his, and so made romance into something fleshed, impregnable,...
Although excessive police force has long been a reflexive response to American...– “The Roots of the UC-Davis Pepper-Spraying.” Glenn Greenwald, giving the fucks that few others do. (via marathonpacks)
A harrowing sectarian war has spread across the Syrian city of Homs this month,...– In Homs, Syria, Sectarian Battles Stir Fears of Civil War - NYTimes.com I realize there’s nothing cheery about this story or the civil-war-minded turn in Syrian resistance to al-Assad. But I found myself musing on how—were it another city and time—it wouldn’t citing taxi drivers as a...
The Whiteboard: Why the big banks are like... →
paddyhirsch: Thanks to the financial crisis, the banks are hanging their heads a bit now, like a dog that realizes that its owner is enraged by the destruction of the sofa. Warren knows this is an opportunity for the government to get Wall Street under control again, and put the appropriate boundaries in place. Like us, she’s on the march, and rightly so. Unfortunately, also like us, she’s...
Laurie Abraham: Teaching Good Sex →
ladyjournos: What it means to teach “comprehensive sex ed.” The New York Times || November 16, 2011
Why Turkey Turned Away From Syria - Room for... →
Really nice collection of opinion pieces on Syria and Turkey, as the Arab League steps up pressure on al-Assad.
To Skip the 'Talk' About Sex, Have an Ongoing... →
Via @hellbox, who’s friend is quoted. Good stuff. My mom did it *all* wrong.
Community is a thinking person’s show, and it does require more of a viewer’s...– Jace Lacob, on the case for keeping NBC’s Community around. (via newsweek)
We simply can’t accept a culture in which Community and tent camps are not...– @ambiguitweets
Scores killed in Syrian clashes, activists say -... →
JSTN: The Neil deGrasse Tyson “Ask Me Anything”... →
jstn: The Neil deGrasse Tyson “Ask Me Anything” post is the culmination of reddit. Every answer is worth reading but these are my favorites: What never fails to blow your mind in physics? 1) The fact that an electron has no known size — it’s smaller than the smallest measurement we have ever made…
It is only three years since a judge in St Petersburg, Russia, threw out a case...– American business is far from perfect, but it is generally agreed to be leading the way in tackling sexual harassment in the workplace. Most other countries have a lot of catching up to do. (via theeconomist)
The entrancement of film is that the reading protocols are invisible. You give...– Writer Jonathan Lethem on why he loves meta-nonfiction — and hates superhero flicks. Read more. (via theatlantic) Thought Willie might enjoy this.
PBS Frontline | Syria Undercover →
charquaouia: Reporter Ramita Navai goes undercover for a rare look at the uprising from inside Syria. Plus a profile of the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest—President Bashar al-Assad. Must-watch.
The beers of the ancient Egyptians were flavored with cardamom and coriander,...– Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” from my Kindle highlights.
The New Patterns of Culture: Slow, Fast & Spiky →
This is great stuff.