For libertarians the case against modern conservatism is that its free market values are incompatible with other traditionalist values based upon religious belief. For conservatives the case against libertarians is that no one wants to be a libertarian.
Due process is about the relationship between the state and a citizen in terms of the former’s authority and the latter’s rights. But the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing has nothing to do with a clear, definite understanding of due process. The confirmation process is a political, not a legal procedure, slapped together by Congressional staffers. The stakes may be high in this process, but there are no rules established by law to govern them. General notions of “fairness” may be more appropriate when discussing how Kavanaugh should be treated, but “due process” isn’t required to be one of them.
What if every hyperreal public moment of Omarosa’s has been part of a limited hangout? What would that look like? What’s its purpose? I contend that it would look very much like what we’ve seen thus far--real in some sense, contrived and coordinated in a much deeper sense such that it’s more real than real. Even more so if we consider how she threatened April Ryan, one of the few prominent black reporters in the White House briefing room, like a scene from a BET reality show. Or that weird fiasco where she brought her wedding party to the White House, like a scene from a BET soap opera.
I re-read "Is Enron Overpriced" every now and then because McLean is a very fine writer with a clear, effortless voice and a flare for weaving facts into a compelling narrative. And because ours is a world in which many emperors wear no clothes but can convince us they’re robed in the finest silks. Also because there will always another Enron out there, lurking just beyond our unexamined assumptions and our greed.
"In the face of what may be the beginning of an existential crisis for this administration, thus far no elected or appointed official has willingly jumped ship from the Trump agenda. To quote John Heileman recently on Nicole Wallace’s MSNBC show, they are "Craven, weak-willed enablers."
"The 90s were a crucible for pitchers. Newer ballparks were smaller and had stingier foul territories. The strike zone was the size of a license plate. Two rounds of expansion drafts diluted talent. More power hitting followed, as well as more 300 strikeout seasons by elite pitchers. The “Colorado Effect” made a superstar of Larry Walker but was harsh on pitchers who had to survive at high altitude. Baseballs were allegedly juiced. And so were the hitters—allegedly."
"AI perception management campaigns like Watson, Alexa, Apple, Google, etc. distract us from understanding the true state of the technology. There’s a considerable gulf separating what AI technology can do at this time and what it might be able to do in the future. Though progress in the field has been considerable, much of it builds on breakthroughs that are decades old, which should make us concerned about over-hyping AI’s potential."
"Institutional racism is about statistics and history, laws and policies, data and evidence, facts we know about our institutions that call our feelings and beliefs into question."
Today: the root of The Root, fastball ceiling, gig schmig, pickleball politics, and high hanging fruit.
Despite facts and data, Edward Blum and a political network that Mother Jones calls the "dark money ATM of the conservative movement" push the idea that there are too many brown and and black (especially black) people on elite college campuses who are not worthy.