Today's prize in the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge is a pair of memberships to Seattle Art Museum. Thanks, SAM, for helping us help homeless youth by supporting YouthCare and the Orion Center!
Would you like to be able to go look at art as much as you want, until your eyeballs fall right out? You'll get unlimited free admissions, exclusive access to special exhibitions, discounts in the SAM SHOPs (good for holiday gifts for the smart people with good taste that you know!), and more, while also casting a vote for who the best band/blog in the history of time is. Do it!!!
Donate to the Orion Center right now—any amount counts!—then forward us your receipt with a note about what you love about museums. Donate/forward by 4:30 pm to enter! The most ardent museum-lover wins!
And Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's on behalf of Seattlish/anti-Dan-Savage!
The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
Want a shiny commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN? Just give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle!
Alex Pareene explains that the traditional political understanding of presidential politics doesn't apply to Elizabeth Warren. It's not about a clash of personalities, and it's not a recasting of 2008's Clinton vs. Obama fight. It's about the party:
The point of arguing for more “economic populism” isn’t necessarily to take down Hillary Clinton in 2016, though I’d certainly rather have a President Warren than another President Clinton. (Though — and I say this as a Warren admirer — she’s kind of a blank slate on non-finance issues, right?) Clinton isn’t quite inevitable, but aiming immediately for the presidency is in many respects reaching for a symbolic victory before achieving anything substantial. The point of “economic populism” is to fix the Democratic Party at every level.
The trick, of course, is to fix the Democratic Party without descending into a leftward version of the Republican Party's current teabaggy hell for the next decade. I think it's absolutely possible to promote economic populism in such a way that doesn't turn off independents and moderates. It's not easy, but it's possible.
Seattle's mayor-elect, Ed Murray, will announce his senior staff positions and department heads this week, according to Murray spokesman Jeff Reading. Reading says Murray may hold a press conference on Wednesday.
Will it actually happen? Last Friday Murray announced a press conference for this morning with Bernard Melekian, his advisor on law-enforcement issues, but Murray canceled that event Friday night without explanation. Which is too bad: After running a campaign long on gauzy promises of togetherness and short on specific plans, I'm guessing lots of reporters wanted to see how Murray talks about policy now that he's won. Can he pick a side—sometimes a side that will turn off dissenters—and still be a paragon of unity?
Murray's staff roll-out puts him a couple weeks behind Mayor Mke McGinn who named his staff—two real estate men and a political strategist—in late November of 2009. However, McGinn didn't have a formal transition team, whereas Murray has focused on hosting a massive transitional loya jirga.
Bertha, the world's widest tunnel-boring machine at 58 feet in diameter, is lodged beneath downtown Seattle after encountering a mysterious obstruction, says KaDeena Yerkan at the Washington State Department of Transportation. The fact that Bertha is "stuck" was first brought to my attention on Twitter by KING 5's Linda Brill. So I followed up with the state to ask long she's been stuck, how long it will take to get her dislodged, and whether the object in her path is in fact Mayor Mike McGinn. "I'm trying to gather information now," says Yerkan. "We know that Bertha has hit some kind of obstruction—don't know if it's manmade or natural. I should have more info very soon." Stay tuned. In the meantime, a deep thought: A tunneling machine that can't tunnel through an obstruction may not be the greatest tunneling machine.
UPDATE at 12:20 PM: Bertha herself has commented to say she's fine—she's just kinda, um, not fine?
Seeing some reports that I’m stuck. I’m working fine, but have encountered an obstruction. I’ll keep you posted.— Bertha (@BerthaDigsSR99) December 9, 2013
But In 2006, I wrote a full profile of Francine Seders that I think is worth revisiting, because Seders turned out to be even more interesting, more wonderful, and more ineffable than I suspected when I set out to write the piece in the first place. From the story:
Today, at 40, the Francine Seders Gallery is the oldest gallery in the city still run day-to-day by its founder, and probably the city's most unlikely art success. Even Seders herself is surprised by it. "I never cater to people with money, which would help," she says, wearing a dress and folding her hands in her lap, looking like a cross between Cezanne's proper, upright wife, and Bonnard's languorous Marthe. "What can I talk to them about? They don't want to talk about the books that I read. Maybe I should play golf and have a martini."
Rather, the 80-year-old is learning Chinese from books and gardening. She'll still work from home, where she'll still be the dealer who never deals.
Christmas Eve is the gallery's last day open. The final show is works by Norman Lundin, Dale Lindmann, Dina Barzel, Michael Howard, and Diann Knezovich. She's always got something around by Jacob Lawrence and Gwen Knight, so if you don't see anything, you might ask. Don't forget to look at the art in the staircase that leads to the basement. (Gallery.)
Nothing like a graph to demonstrate how fucked we all are. I know Congress was designed for spirited debate between opposing viewpoints, but any elementary school student could look at this graph and determine that the next step in this pattern is that the red blob and the blue blob go off in their own directions and form red blob and blue blob families of their own:
It is sad the way Seattle voters have grown increasingly out-of-touch with the Seattle Times editorial board:
BACKERS of a $15 minimum wage who are celebrating victory in SeaTac now aim to seize the day in Seattle. They do have the political momentum. What they don’t have is a sense of responsibility or of any information on the actual effects of the law they favor.
Shorter Seattle Times: Back off until you lose all the political momentum.
Earlier in his career, Washington state Treasurer Jim McIntire, Democrat, was the principal investigator for a University of Washington study of the impacts of increases in the minimum wage in 1989 and 1990. The study, funded by the Legislature, found that for every 10 workers who got a raise, one worker lost a job — though many of the laid-off workers were replaced by other ones, typically of higher skill.
So what you're saying is that a 23-year-old study found that when wages were hiked, one out of ten jobs were lost, though most of those lost jobs were replaced by higher paying ones? So, um, 95-or-so percent of low-wage workers did better? And your problem is?
The passage of SeaTac Proposition 1 gives that city a minimum wage for some workers 61 percent higher than the $9.32 minimum around it. “That is a pretty dramatic change and could have some significant impacts,” McIntire said recently. “I would counsel the folks in Seattle to see how it goes in SeaTac.”
Because SeaTac is the perfect proxy for Seattle, right? Um, no:
It is sound advice. The Seattle City Council has approved $100,000 for a study of the issue. The study should find real information on jobs gained and lost, consumer spending and business investment in SeaTac before it reaches a conclusion. Let’s find out what happens in that small city before making a decision for a population 23 times larger.
Remember also that SeaTac’s measure won’t cover all jobs. Many are inside the airport, protected from competition, which won’t be true of jobs in Seattle. A Seattle proposal that would cover a broader group of workers could have wider negative consequences.
In other words, we should wait years to push a $15 minimum wage in Seattle (because that's how long it would take to adequately study its impact in SeaTac), even though there's not much to learn from the experience in SeaTac because, unlike in Seattle, SeaTac Prop 1 mostly raises wages for airport workers at captive businesses with captive customers. So really, all the editors are arguing for (again!) is to delay the $15 minimum wage fight until its momentum ebbs. Because they think their readers are stoopid.
I repeat—$15 minimum wage opponents and their surrogates at the Seattle Times have already lost the debate. Mayor-elect Ed Murray promised to make a $15 minimum wage a priority, and a majority of city council members are publicly on board in the wake of Kshama Sawant's $15-proxy election. If we don't get an ordinance passed and signed by July, an initiative is going to the ballot in November.
So my sincere advice to Seattle's business community is that they come to the table in an honest effort to shape the ordinance instead of wasting their time on this futile effort to kill it.
I. Can't. Wait.
I am most looking forward to when the mustachioed Watson sees Sherlock for the first time after his long absence... I think there's a good chance Watson will punch him.
Twitter was atwitter yesterday, about a big story expected in today's The New York Times. It has five parts; I've only read one so far, and it's well worth your time.
It's a story about Dasani. She's a talented 11-year-old whose parents can't afford rent in New York, the most economically unequal city in the country with the second-highest child poverty rate in the developed world (only Romania neglects more kids than we do).
Dasani and her family dream of moving up in the world into the projects. In part one of reporter Andrea Elliott's story, Dasani starts school at LaGuardia Arts. Almost all the students there are on free or reduced lunch, but they mostly live in the projects. It isn't long before Dasani is exposed to her fellow students as stuck living in a shelter. Six of the middle school's 157 students live in shelters.
At the bottom of part one, you can watch short videos of Dasani dancing and being interviewed by her mother. You can also read the source notes behind Elliott's story, which have been separated in order to keep the main narrative moving—it's not gummed up by "according to"s and statistics, but the notes reveal tremendous amounts of research behind Elliott's descriptions of the conditions and the stories she shares.
To follow talk about the story on Twitter, it's under #InvisibleChild. Interesting questions are arising already.
This is a New York Times story, but it's not a New York-only story.
I would really love it if in honor of all the kids in need of some help, you'd join me in making a donation to Slog's Charity Challenge this year, which we've tried to make fun by including Pearl Jam and Macklemore and whatnot, but which really is a way to keep kids like Dasani hooked up with the most basic needs through YouthCare's Orion Center at Denny and Stewart.
You know who can't wait to get high? Adorable Christmas caroling ladies! As part of the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, the Beaconettes regaled downtown Seattle passersby this past weekend with everything that's great about legal pot. To the tune of "Mr Sandman," natch:
Let's put this present under the tree: With legalization support this year leaping to 58 percent of Americans, the Obama administration taking a hand-off approach, and songs about taking a "big hit" joining the Christian holiday canon, the war on pot is toast. Lyrics after the jump:
The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge continues! If you're just tuning in, we're pitting the fans of the hometown heroes of music against the fans of America's Hometown Blog™ to raise money to support YouthCare's Orion Center. (And another excellent blog has gotten in on it too, running a pro-Orion-Center, anti-Dan-Savage fundraising campaign! Whatever works, people!)
It's twenty-five degrees out in Seattle right now. Tomorrow, it's supposed to snow. YouthCare and the Orion Center help our city's homeless young people by providing daily hot meals, a clothing bank, a safe indoor place to sleep, GED classes, job training programs, and assistance with finding permanent housing. It's especially important right now, but our goal is to show Seattle cares and raise enough to keep the Orion Center operational for the next calendar year. And look, everybody—we're making it happen!
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER:
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $13,788.14
• Pearl Jam fans: $19,993.27
• Slog fans: $5,550.00
And Seattlish fans are still donating: $800 so far!
TOTAL $$$: $40,131.41
Are Pearl Jam fans the best fans? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans rally? How about the news that "Same Love" is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year? Forty percent—that's almost half—of the kids that YouthCare and the Orion Center sees left home or were kicked out because of their sexuality. Things are changing (yes!!!), but right now, they need our help. Donate to the Orion Center right now!
And Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's on behalf of Seattlish/anti-Dan-Savage!
The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
And, of course, if you give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle, we'll give you a commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN! Your choice!
Snowden: A hero in America, and now in Azeroth, Edward Snowden has disclosed a new trove of documents showing the NSA has been spying on players using World of Warcraft and Second Life. "Fearing that terrorist or criminal networks could use the games to communicate secretly, move money or plot attacks, the documents show, intelligence operatives have entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves, gnomes and supermodels," reports ProPublica.
Snow Den? "A search is on in the mountains of rural northwestern Nevada for a couple and four children who went to play in the snow Sunday and haven't returned."
Snow Then? Maybe around Seattle this evening.
When Not Complicit, Outraged: AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo tells federal government to cut back on snooping.
Is This Literally Buying an Election? A hand recount, requested by the losing side, of course, will begin today on SeaTac's $15 minimum wage measure that voters passed by a 73-vote margin. Here's background on King County Elections' recount process, which explains the cost is $0.25 for each of the 6,003 ballot cast.
Blow Hard, Says the Seattle City Council: They're considering bill that would protect whistle-blowers in city government, in part by handing the cases over to the city's ethics commission.
To Be an Undercover Agent: Officers consider a busting a "snuggle-parlor":
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.
For $60, customers at the Snuggle House can spend an hour hugging, cuddling and spooning with professional snugglers.
Snugglers contend touching helps relieve stress. But Madison officials suspect the business is a front for prostitution and, if it's not, fear snuggling could lead to sexual assault. Not buying the message that the business is all warm and fuzzy, police have talked openly about conducting a sting operation at the business, and city attorneys are drafting a new ordinance to regulate snuggling.
A new ordinance to regulate snuggling!
Netanyahu is not going to attend Mandela's funeral because the trip is too expensive. Peres is not going because he is sick. But surely the expense and the illness would be cleared in an instant if the shadow of the long and ugly history between Israel and South Africa was obliterated by the sun of forgetfulness...
One of Nelson Mandela’s richest legacies to the world is his treasure trove of quotes that inspire and encourage. Just look at these from the Daily Beast or these on Brainy Quote – or take a little traipse on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll feel convinced we can all do the impossible, that democracy will overcome tyranny, that the bitterest of enemies can make peace.
Assessing his legacy in this part of the world is a little more complicated. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Monday that the premier would not attend the Mandela’s funeral, citing the soaring costs of a last-minute trip, it underscored the less-than-chummy relations between Israel and South Africa. President Shimon Peres is also staying home, because he has the flu.
But tight budgets and sick notes do little to mask the lingering discomfort between the two nations. Jerusalem maintained close military and economic ties with Johannesburg even in the final days of the apartheid regime, when most of the world was backing away, and the then-leader of the African National Congress never forgot it.
To be fair to Israel:
Israel's decision in September of 1987 to join the rest of the world in imposing sanctions on South Africa left the apartheid regime totally dumbstruck, so much so that its leader at the time, president P.W. Botha (long known as the "Great Crocodile"), sent a secret letter to prime minister Yitzhak Shamir accusing him of stabbing him in the back. "How could you do this to us, after so many years of friendship and alliance?" Botha railed. Botha, who died Tuesday night aged 90, was a staunch friend of Israel and the architect of the Pretoria-Jerusalem alliance during the dark years of apartheid. He felt so personally hurt by the Israeli sanctions that he wrote directly to the prime minister. Being a stickler for formalities, like many an Afrikaner gentleman, and also such a loyal friend of the Israelis, Botha didn't make his pain public, and would not release the "top secret" memo to the media.Few alliances in the 20th century are as historically strange (even twisted) as the one that formed between Pretoria and Jerusalem.
The officer who shot a protester in the head this summer is doing everything he can to hide his identity in court...
It gets weirder. At the first hearing in September, there were five people sitting in the defendant’s seating area, so the lawyers for Sarisülük’s family didn’t know which one was Şahbaz [the officer who murdered the protester, Sarisülük]. Sarisülük’s lawyers added that at this hearing, around 80 police officers—not in uniform—showed up at the courtroom. Eventually, the court forced Şahbaz’s cohorts to fall back. But when the real Şahbaz emerged, there was something peculiar about him. “The officer who appeared in the video [of the incident] and the person in the courtroom did not look the same,” says Hüseyin Aslan, one of the lawyers representing Sarisülük’s family along with the state-appointed prosecutor.The weirdness, which does not end there but continues to the end of the post, is not only a symptom of the gap between the two forms of state power—the ideological apparatus and the repressive one—but also between the modern state and the older and deeper order of the family. Turkish society seems to be still tied to the tension we find in the heart of the ancient Greek play Antigone—the tension between the rights of the state (peace, compliance, respect) and the rights of the family (the right to bury and claim the debt on their dead).
The reason: He was wearing a wig and a fake mustache. Both disguises came loose as a scuffle broke out between Şahbaz and Sarisülük’s relatives during the hearing, and the wig wound up on the floor. Neither the police nor Şahbaz have commented about his costume, though some observers say it may be for his protection. Sahbaz’s lawyer said that his client was going to be lynched by Sarisülük’s family.
Of course, this advice was meant for their swimming-in-cash corporate execs, not their drowning-in-cooking-oil poverty-level workers.
The tipping guide from etiquette maven Emily Post on McDonald's website lists several high-ticket suggestions for givers during the holiday season, including "a gift from your family (or one week's pay), plus a small gift from your child" for an au pair, "one day's pay" for a housekeeper and "cost of one cleaning" for a pool cleaner.
The site also lists suggestions for dog walkers, massage therapists and personal fitness trainers.
Via the great QT, who headlined it "Marie McAntoinette Update," which would be a great new Slog category.
Another day, another Catholic school teacher fired for being gay. Says the teacher who was fired...
Today I applied for a marriage license since NJ now has marriage equality. After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner. Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today. I am an alumnus of the school and have taught there for 12 years. I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed and except for this post, am at a loss for words. If you'd like to share your words with my principal or headmaster, please do. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Seymour Hersh, writing in the London Review of Books:
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.
Both The New Yorker and The Washington Post declined to run this story, with the Post reportedly expressing concerns about Hersh's sourcing. The Obama administration has called the thrust of Hersh's story "simply false."
I am afraid I have to protest. I do not belong to the circle of philosophers. My profession, if one can even speak of it at all, is political theory. I neither feel like a philosopher, nor do I believe that I have been accepted in the circle of philosophers, as you so kindly suppose.
Arendt is now perhaps best remembered for her book about World War II war crimes, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. It's controversial in part because Arendt tries to strip Eichmann and other Nazis of their bogeyman status, revealing them as nothing so much as bland bureaucrats. She didn't absolve them of their evil deeds, but she did strenuously make the case that they were ordinary people...
Duck Dynasty is in its fourth season (51 episodes!), which is amazing because superhuman strength is required to reach even the middle of a single 20-minute show. The one I watched, "Spring Clean Pong" (it was first screened a year ago), opens with the beards picking berries (Mama, we are told, makes the best pie with these here berries). The men shake a tree, the berries fall, and the men pick the berries from the ground. One of the beards decides to eat a berry he has just picked—but almost immediately he spits it out and wipes his mouth with the back of his hand. "Damn! That berry tastes terrible." Another beard, pointing at something on the ground: "Did you pick it up from right there? You did? Because that's a coon turd [not a berry]." This is entertainment? And why in the world is a city person like me even watching this nonsense? Because the hicks who make the duck calls have decided to make wine.
The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge continues, and Pearl Jam fans have jumped ahead!!! Could it be the energy from Pearl Jam's amazing hometown show on Friday night?! They wouldn't stop playing even when KeyArena turned the lights on—that's how much they love their fans, and rightfully so, because their fans are the kind of people who are coming out in droves to support YouthCare's Orion Center.
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER:
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $13,443.14
• Pearl Jam fans, taking the lead!: $16,228.27
• Slog fans (hearts!): $5,425.00
And Seattlish fans are still donating too, to the tune of $750!
TOTAL $$$: $35,846.41
Then again, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had a pretty good day yesterday... if you consider picking up a bunch of Grammy nominations a good day. "Same Love" is up for Song of the Year, people. It makes you tear up a little bit, doesn't it?
About 74 percent of those that YouthCare sees were physically or sexually abused at home, while 40 percent left home or were kicked out because of their sexuality. YouthCare and the Orion Center help our city's homeless young people by providing daily hot meals, a clothing bank, shelter beds, GED classes, job training programs, and help finding permanent housing. These are our city's exploited and forgotten kids: We want to keep the Orion Center fully funded and operational for the next year. We're a third of the way to our goal!
Let's do this. Donate to the Orion Center right now!
And Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's on behalf of Seattlish/anti-Dan-Savage! And, of course, if you give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle, we'll give you a commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN! Your choice!
Now, onward! And remember: the fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
Captionless photos run through Aaron Huey's book of photos from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota like an unruly river, some to the edges of the pages, overflowing the banks of what we see. There's beautiful bleakness, mostly free of context—maybe because, as Huey told me, "the more time I spend [at Pine Ridge], the more confused I am about what to do with it."
As a journalist for National Geographic and Harper's, Huey became a righteous advocate, exhorting the federal government to honor the treaties and give back the Black Hills. You may have seen his "Honor the Treaties" poster campaign with street-art mogul Shepard Fairey.
But there are problems.
Brrr: Seattle police are driving around with a van picking up cold homeless people and bringing them to shelters.
Eww: Cops are still monsters, says Gawker.
Jobs: The latest jobs numbers are in from the Bureau of Labor Statistics! To summarize: Older workers are doing ok, the death of manufacturing has been exaggerated, pay hasn't budged for restaurant and hotel workers, and there are still millions of long-term unemployed folks.
Blech: Oh JP Morgan, does your villainy know no bounds? (It appears the answer is yes, as this story is about corruption in China.)
Hah: Morale is down at the National Security Agency.
Boo: The FBI, by installing malware on someone's machine, can "covertly activate a computer’s camera—without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording."
Wow: Some Syrian refugees fleeing war are settling—of all places—in Gaza.
Apartheid: The Israeli military allegedly shot and killed a boy named Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi in Ramallah and attacked a Palestinian commemoration of Nelson Mandela yesterday.
Filmmaker Jesse Freeston offers a disturbing and comprehensive look at last week's elections in Honduras and argues they're just another piece of the country's unfolding and internationally-backed coupism:
He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys.
Remember the Candlelight Vigil for Nelson Mandela: It's tonight at the International Fountain at Seattle Center, at 6:30 p.m. Goldy explains why Nelson Mandela was such an important man.
Seattle Forms Socialist District: Well, not really, but Kshama Sawant did really well in what will be her home council district. For more district analysis, look here. Plus, you should see this overview of where Seattle's most conservative voters live.
Where's Your Pot At? Check this handy map!
Shape Up or Ship Out: Chief Pugel basically tells the SPD to stop being racist and embrace reform.
Speaking of Cops in Need of Reform: The sergeant who threatened Dominic Holden has been placed on leave.
Fifteen Miles for Fifteen Dollars: Goldy covers the minimum wage march.
Valuing Santa Over the Presidency: Dan Savage says the GOP is blowing itself up over stupid shit.
White Man Insists He's Not Racist: What we need is a Clippy-style software robot who can tell you how to avoid being dumb when you're charged with racism.
Slog Hates Chimps: Or at least, you don't think chimps deserve human rights.
Nobody Loves Slugs: Go die in the cold, invertebrate scum.
You Have Lots of Opinions About Typing: And many of you had suggestions for Jen Graves's typing-related pains.
Give Big to the 2013 Holiday Charity Challenge! All the information you need is right here. If you give more than $25, remember to forward your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your fancy commenter tag. Help your favorite band (or blog) win the title of the most givingest musical act (or bunch of lazy, self-hating stoners) in the history of charity!
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans: GIVE HERE!
• Pearl Jam fans: GIVE HERE!
• Slog fans: GIVE HERE!