China 2016, USA 2020

Christina Xu: Contrary to popular sentiment in the US, Chinese readers don’t blindly trust the state-run media. Rather, they distrust it so much that they don’t trust any form of media, instead putting their faith in what their friends and family tell them. [ lipitor 10mg pills $54.00 | ed trial packs levitra 20mg + […]

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keeping the hamsters alive

this morning, google served me up the following “news” without knowing who I was: this appears to be their default offering for an English speaker in Los Angeles. we have two poltically neutral stories that will lead the user to the conservative Fox News site, a third from the conservative Daily Mail, a fourth from […]

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The separation of powers and personalities.

Yesterday I spent some time thinking about the differences between grifters and leaders and how the public stage beckons and rewards them both. So much so that, from a certain distance, and if viewing only a single scene, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two kinds of players. Today, Josh Marshall eloquently disabuses […]

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If you know any Italians, please forward this anecdote to them.

An anecdote that must be shared: Their favorite activity, however, seems to be holding joint press conferences. At one of their most memorable appearances together, in Moscow, in 2008, a Russian journalist named Natalia Melikova asked Putin about his apparent marital trouble and rumored romance with the young and indecently plastic gymnast-cum-parliamentarian Alina Kabaeva. When […]

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Countering the real threat of fake news.

Short version: To counter the real threat of fake stories – e.g., “Right-Wingers Stand By Their Fabricated Mexican Drug Cartel Raid Story” – it’s not enough to expose a lie by replacing it with a rational proof. We must also require that the leaders who benefit from such lies renounce them publicly. Long version: We’re not so […]

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IT circa 1880: the newspaper.

News journalists and software developers are two branches of the same tree: information technology. [ enalapril 2.5mg pills $183.00 | geriforte 100 tablet bottle $348.00 | stromectol 6mg pills $378.00 | cipralex 5mg pills $225.00 | accutane 20mg pills $156.00 | artane 2mg pills $275.00 | viagra for recreation | ibuprofen 400mg pills $195.00 | […]

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Blind spots.

The AP quotes one of the pilots of the NWA flight that overshot its destination by 150 miles: “We were not asleep; we were not having an argument; we were not having a fight.” Has anyone asked them if they were making out? Update: sadly, it was a Dilbert moment. (Or Tufte.) [ lipitor 10mg […]

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journamalism

I should know better than to respond to a post on BoingBoing. When it veers into politics, it’s too often fluffernutter. But this post, by a guest blogger, was hard to swallow: [This 1968 Rolling Stones story denouncing the Yippies’ tactics], in the middle of the Vietnam War, one year before Woodstock would prove just […]

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dry humor

Chris Beam: No doubt the new political appointees can handle the job. Roos, as CEO of a global, technology-focused law firm, understands trade issues likely to arise in Japan. Rivkin has international experience as a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. And Obama’s appointee to Great Britain, Louis Susman, speaks fluent English. via […]

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swarmy

OG responds to my open email to NPR’s Morning Edition on their misuse of the Dow Jones Industrial Average: You suggest that the DJIA is not relevant to understanding the “reaction” to Obama’s address on auto industry restructuring. The DJIA is certainly not an “expert.” However, as you note, it is “an indirect representation of […]

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