Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Other People Are Horrible

The term "hipster" used to refer to poor 20somethings who drank PBRs, wore skinny jeans, had beards (the men) and tattoos, worked as bartenders or baristas, and probably were in a band. Then it referred to "rich white people moving into Brooklyn with their two young children." Now it seems to mean "anyone who embraces anything vaguely trendy that I don't like."

Whatever It Takes

Horrible person Matt Miller makes vapid campaign ad.

The Worst Person In The World

Of course that post title is always a bit tongue-in-cheek, but surely D'Souza is a candidate.
According to The New York Times, D'Souza's lawyer is claiming that the conservative pundit is being "targeted...because of his consistently caustic and highly publicized criticism" of President Obama. (The prosecution has called these claims "entirely without merit.") The Times also reports that prosecutors claim to have a recording made by the husband of a woman D'Souza was "involved with romantically" who was "one of the alleged straw donors." According to the woman, D'Souza said that if he were eventually charged, he might plead not guilty to help "get his story out there":

We Did It Cheaply

One big mistake many American cities made too accommodate the car was to knock down buildings and build surface parking lots, and then later just surround any new building with giant surface parking lots (YMMV depending on precisely which city we're talking about). It isn't as if cities in Yurp didn't have to accommodate cars too, even if they didn't always do it quite as eagerly. A fairly standard feature of European cities are giant municipal underground parking lots. They're often built under big plazas and other attractions. They're neatly tucked away, with signs generously sprinkled around with displays informing you which lots have available spaces.

We spent a lot of money on automobile-related program activities, but we mostly screwed up the last step. Giant underground lots are expensive.

Bus Wankers

I don't know enough about Seattle politics or transportation, but service cuts are going to hurt and increase congestion.

Advanced Trolling

Controversy Unleashed

Lead story in the hometown paper.

Followed by a moose controversy.

There has been good Obamacare coverage. Tailor-made subject for local newspapers--anecdotal stories about people helped by the program.  Early on, of course, stories about people having trouble signing up. And, lately, coverage of Medicaid expansion, up to the governor's veto.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Evening Thread


Younger Than Reagan '80

Not sure I'll ever get over Paul Begala (who I think is actually a good guy) playing nice with Erick son of Erick.

The Final Days Of Colbert Nation

I might be over-interpreting, but since the Letterman gig announcement I think he's been sticking the knife in just a little bit deeper and having fun doing it.

Generation Lead

A suggestion that Kevin (or somebody) should look specifically at domestic violence. That's probably a tough one as changing cultural norms (sadly) are going to impact actual data on that, but my take is that it isn't so much that lead turned people into "criminals," it's that it turned them into violence-prone assholes. Obviously violence is generally a criminal act and domestic violence is hopefully treated as a criminal act, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that relative to the frequency other violent crimes it's probably a pretty direct measure of "violence-prone assholeness."

I Feel Fine

I'm weirdly an optimist about climate change, or specifically the degree to which it will usher in an era of global devastation. Don't get me wrong, I think it'll be serious and costly, but I also think the time frames generally given give us time to adapt. It's hard to resettle coastal city inhabitants in a 10 year time frame, it's less hard to do so in a 50 year time frame.

My optimism is only relative, of course, and I in no way claim it's correct or that I think we shouldn't be doing something about the issue.

The Worst Person In The World

Fred Hiatt.

Wealthy White People From Good Backgrounds Are Never Involved In Crime

And suburban high school students from good schools never take drugs! This WaPo article is a parody of the genre.

They called the operation the “Main Line take over project.” In terms of intricacy and ambition, it appears more suited for the business pages than the crime blotter.


In all, they look like everyday, if wealthy, teens and 20-somethings — perhaps characters out of “The Social Network,” the movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s birth. Not the sort to be caught with what investigators say they found: eight pounds of marijuana, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of ecstasy, three grams of hash oil, $11,000 in cash, two AR-15 rifles, one handgun and loads of ammo.


“This is a huge story because of the prestige of the schools involved,” one of Brooks’s friends, who requested anonymity, told The Washington Post. “It’s not like this is the first time there has been a drug bust. It’s the uniqueness of the perpetrators.”


“The shoulder injury put him down the wrong path,” said the friend, who visited with Brooks at a January party after Brooks had learned prosecutors were investigating him. “His friends were off at college, and he was chilling at home and got bored. The idle mind is a dangerous one.”

And of course newspaper commenters are suddenly sympathetic.

Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit

It's a total mystery why people don't buy cars, houses, fancy clothes, or play golf anymore.
For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.



Monday, April 21, 2014

And In The End

Trial balloons are floated to see who tries to pop them, but we can hope.