An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future. —
Dexter Filkins: What We Left Behind in Iraq : The New Yorker
A Federal Court Looks at Wisconsin’s Political War -
Any piece of shit can be elected if they’re crazy enough….
Tom Engelhardt: Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
The Heartbleed Bug Is Mostly Fixed, but Not Entirely
AT&T Adds More Data to GoPhone Plans at No Extra Cost -
No, no, no. The failure to add data at no extra cost would have cost AT&T more in lost sales.
Anyone else think it weird that the answer to the first clue in Friday’s @nytimes crossword was “Fo shizzle?”— Mark Fitzgerald (@fitzbeat)April 19, 2014
Maybe weird, but isn’t “of shizzle” the universal answer? Is there a single question for which it isn’t the answer?
A British model has claimed celebrity photographer Terry Richardson offered her the opportunity to pose for fashion bible Vogue in exchange for sex. —
Terry Richardson ‘offered model Emma Appleton Vogue photo-shoot in exchange for SEX’ | Mail Online
For the record and for what it’s worth — and I suppose it’s a sort of pointless issue anyway: Vile as what Bryan Singer’s accused of — being a pig, a doper of sorts, and having a taste for boys, the “victims” have a clue what they’re up to, or should. Or they bigger problems in the first place than Singer.
But Richardson is less a different kind of scum than just a whole lower level. And no one who matters feels any compulsion to do anything about him. (Instant update: He’s lost one client, at least, for now.)
Strange to say, however, when inflation started coming in well below the target, the Riksbank just kept raising rates, and switched to the financial stability justification. —
Further Notes on Sweden - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
Bet an Ikea meatball that a few people got enriched by this insane policy.
There you go.
If the GOP deigned to increase the IRS’ resources sufficiently to grab a big chunk of this, then taxes wouldn’t have to be raised on or loopholes closed for their special interests, right? (Not a joke.)
“Why’s that …” Berger repeated to himself, before telling Astorino: “Look at my face. Most people say I look a lot like my dad. He’s twice the man you’ll ever be.”
The candidate asked Berger who he meant, and when Berger answered, Astorino said, “Oh. Well. I apologize.”
This didn’t satisfy the student, who fired back, “The next time you wanna let go the most senior official in the county, holding his position flawlessly for 14 years, longer than you, an hour before Passover, so you can give some judge who didn’t get, what, re-elected, some health insurance?”
Westchester sources confirm that Astorino did terminate Bruce Berger—an appointee of former country executive Andy Spano, who Astorino defeated—to move in one of his own people. — Looks like New York’s finally going to have a governor as classy as Christie.
You can see employment in the public sector explode during Obama’s reign.
And if you’re not seeing it? You’re not looking hard enough.
(Source: Business Insider)
Seymour M. Hersh is writing an alternative history of the war on terror. —
Seymour M. Hersh · LRB
There’s only a single true history — and the question is how close any given work gets to it.
There is no such thing as alternative theory.
Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even WORSE than Its Coverage of Iraq? -
Sort of like asking which is better, horseshit or bullshit.