Thursday, May 05, 2016

Thread, Thread, Thread

So many poopy heads, hard to know which one to highlight.

The Trump Show

That's what this entire election is going to be. The political press loves the Freak Show, and they'll be his carnival barkers.

Much more fun than policy.

Lunch Thread



Leaving aside the issue that the charter movement (not all charters schools) is basically a grift, I do not understand how our supposed education reformer experts (they aren't experts, of course, just grifters) and the people who listen to them don't get that closing down schools and reshuffling teachers and moving kids around all the time has an incredibly negative effect on a child's education and mental/emotional well-being.

I moved around a lot as a kid. Going to a new school was very traumatic. You had to make new friends (or try to). You had to learn all of the unwritten rules/customs of the new institution. All of that is incredibly difficult for an 8-year-old. It's hard to learn when you're still trying to cope with the lunchroom etiquette.


Obviously girls are the most affected by this stuff, but it doesn't exactly help boys become enlightened and healthy beings either.

A poster at an Arizona school that compared girls to meat and boys to wolves has been taken down after a picture of it taken by a student was widely shared on social media.

The poster, which has the caption “So you think you come to school looking pretty cute” under a picture of what appear to be scantily clad anime characters, then the caption “but what boys see is meat” under a picture of a wolf, was spotted in the library of Desert Ridge high school in Mesa, Arizona, by senior Alissa Adams during a class on 27 April.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Opera

This applies to basically any too-expensive-for-most-people live performance genre. I'm pretty sure the Met can fill every seat for every performance if they price things correctly. That's a bit complicated, of course, because we are talking about price discrimination (soak the richie riches, sell the leftovers at a discount to the less rich). But I don't think it's that complicated. In any season there are probably some superstar performances which will sell out, or at least close enough. But otherwise, I'd guess attendance isn't that hard to predict. They can reasonably guess there will be 200 empty seats or whatever. Get rid of rush tickets, which involve uncertainty and waiting, and change it to a lottery where people know by noon or whenever that they have a discounted seat. The miracle of phone apps can make this work. Distribute discounted tickets as a standard practice to university student activities office. Show up at 10AM, get your tickets, if no one does throw them into the lottery pool. Anyway, the point is to engage in price discrimination in ways which don't make it too inconvenient for those who pay the cheaper prices. I get rush tix at my local orchestra occasionally, but it isn't exactly convenient. Turns a two hour evening into a 5 hour one. I don't always have 5 hours to spare.

I used to go to the Met occasionally because I knew someone who had a line to discounted tickets. They still weren't cheap, but they weren't sold for crazy prices. But I can't afford to pay the standard rate, and nor can most young people (I no longer am) who might be the future audience.

Trump's VP

Adam Baldwin? Jim Cramer?

Place your bets...

Evevning Thread


As For November

Sure the CW that Trump is unlikely to win is probably right - the polls and The Math actually back that CW - but if Trump actually hires smart people who know how to run campaigns then his loss isn't exactly assured. From what I can tell the national Republican consultant class is filled with self-promoters and grifters who usually don't know how to run a lemonade stand, but there have to be a few who know what they're doing...

A Healthy As Ever

The GOP currently runs the House, the Senate, has most governorships, and most state legislatures. Pretty sure Trump won't change things that much. The "worst" case scenario from the perspective of GOP insiders is that the distribution of wingnut welfare might change a bit. The horrors.

The GOP is dead, but, you know, long live the GOP, now Trumpified.

I See The WaPo Editorial Board Still Owns No Mirrors

What a lovely little war it was supposed to be.

Bye Lyin' Ted

America's most repulsive human is no longer running for president.

America's worst human still is.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

All Hail Trump

With his big Indiana win he's basically won this thing. As I've written before, I doubt (don't remember, but doubt it) I predicted his success when he first entered the race. I likely thought "no chance." But after a few months of him being ahead in basically every poll all available information at the time told us he was the likely candidate. Things can change, of course, so it wasn't as if in December his candidacy was inevitable. Still, if you were going to place a bet at the time you should have placed it on Trump.

All of the professional pundits kept telling us that Trump couldn't win. They kept pushing Rubio as inevitable and Kasich as the serious moderate and Fiorina because she didn't gnaw off her own foot at a kiddie table debate and whoever else was the seemingly agreed upon favorite of the week with their 6% poll numbers. Trump was actually ahead, always.

Evening Thread


All About The Jobs

A lot of the opposition to Trump from the Republican insiders is that he doesn't need them. When a Republican gets back in the White House, they're all supposed to return to their rightful places in the Royal Court. Trump appointees might not be as unpredictable as people think, but the people who fancy themselves as the true rightful rulers of Washington know that Trump won't quite see things that way.

Tuesday Crass Commercialism

David Dayen wrote a book. You should buy it. Chain of Title.

Living Large

It's the big corruption that matters most, but the little corruption is often simpler to understand and if you're willing to say 'who cares' about the little things...
For the fifth straight year, Emanuel’s close friend, confidant and unofficial adviser Michael Sacks made the list. The mayor reported receiving transportation and sports tickets from Sacks, who also is Emanuel’s most reliable campaign contributor. Sacks, his family and his company's employees have given $3.6 million to the mayor’s campaign and Emanuel-aligned political funds since he first ran for mayor in 2010.


That report noted that nearly 60 percent of Emanuel’s top circle of 103 elite donors had benefited from his city government, receiving contracts, zoning changes, business permits, pension work, board appointments, regulatory help or some other tangible benefit. Included on that list of firms that benefited was Finnegan’s Madison Dearborn, which holds a significant stake in the CDW Government firm that has received two Emanuel administration contracts worth more than $39 million.

Middle Age

Back problems at the moment, making sucky blogger suckier. Will do my best...