Jan. 1st, 2017

What I got out of reading Dexter Filkins' fine and frightening New Yorker article on the possible collapse of the Mosul Dam is that the greatest number of casualties attending both Hussein's despotism and US policy toward Iraq in the last century may include hundreds of thousands of people who were not yet born when the 2003 invasion began.

Seal the wall and make the Americans pay for it. We won't, but we should.

What fun!

Jan. 1st, 2017 03:51 pm
"Do not taunt Deplora-ball."

Myriad flowers of joyless spontaneity will bloom, but don't expect an invite unless you're alt-establishment and already rich. Just a hunch.

I suppose that now is as good as time as any in which to admit that I never can see "MAGA" without hearing Paolo Bonacelli screaming it.
Lindsay Ellis' video review-essay on the musical and movie of Rent runs to just over 45 minutes, but is nevertheless efficient in making the case against the source material, Chris Columbus' film, the Reagan administration's response to the spread of HIV/AIDS (which, like the Clinton administration's response to the genocide in Rwanda, wasn't just a matter of failing to save lives, but also of obstructing others' constructive efforts), and quietism in the present moment. Also, it's a pretty entertaining take-down and works as a listenable podcast for anyone who would rather not multi-task in silence.



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