Dec 8, 2015
commented on A Storytelling Renaissance Is Happening Right Under Your Thumb
@1, I like Radiolab but agree that they often dumb things down in irritating ways. And I've never bought this framing: "On each episode of Radiolab, the hosts go through the process of learning about a compelling topic as the show unfolds, rather than the usual journalistic process of understanding everything about a topic before explaining it." Having listened for a long time, it seems much more likely to me that this is pretense, just as seem the "faith vs. science" type arguments that the two hosts occasionally get into.
Dec 4, 2015
commented on Trump's Lead Grows
Risk is too great. Elections in this country are strongly driven by the interaction of the incumbent party + the economy. If the economy happens to tank in the next year, the chances are that the Republican - WHOEVER THEY ARE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE SAYING - will win.
As well, as others have noted - Trump getting the nomination pushes the Overton Window into horribly extreme new territory.
Oct 6, 2015
commented on Unclear On the Whole "Advice Column" Concept
He's an idiot. But I'm far more embarrassed for Dan Savage. Gary J. Blige has 261 followers (right now): who gives a shit what he thinks, Dan?
Why call him out on a post on the Slog? What purpose does it solve to ridicule him in public? Are you that thin-skinned or sensitive, Dan, that you need reassurance that he's wrong?
Fight at your weight class, Dan: quit punching down. It's boring and plays into the (otherwise bullshit) "Dan Savage is a bully" narrative.
Sep 3, 2015
commented on Trump Poised to Pledge He Won't Run As an Independent
Why would anyone expect Trump to abide by this? If he loses the primary, why on earth wouldn't he just claim (perhaps accurately!) that a ton of people begged him to run as an independent, and ~I didn't betray the GOP: the GOP betrayed America!~. It's the simplest move in the world, and the people who love Trump for being brash and tactless will love him EVEN MORE for it.
Apr 11, 2015
commented on What to Look Forward to Now that Hillary's Officially Running
@10 Goddamnit, that posted before I was done snarking on it.
"And Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president. This was never in any doubt, so the fact that it's been "leaked" that she's announcing her candidacy tomorrow isn't particularly surprising. Yeah, yeah, you're running for President, we know."
Hmmm. You would have said exactly this same thing - she's inevitable, there's no doubt - 8 years ago. We know this because many people said so - it's online if you look for it.
Some amount of humility in predictions like this would seem Warren'ted (SEE WHAT I DID THERE).