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by JasonL
07 Dec 2020, 11:27
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

FWIW, I just posted something in defense of this student club that is being preemptively canceled. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/12/07/after-students-propose-racial-justice-club-some-professors-deem-it-divisive How many of these do I have to weigh in on before I accumulate enough good be...
by JasonL
07 Dec 2020, 11:03
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

Do the crying babies include the WSJ editorial board (who fired Stephens and Weiss for being insufficient to Trumpy), the well-heeled donors of magazines like NR and Reason or media execs at Fox and Sinclair? Or is it different because the crying babies on the left are on Twitter rather than doing ...
by JasonL
07 Dec 2020, 10:59
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

...but where they are right is there isn't really anything to "do" about it... I have been coming to the position that there isn't anything to do about anything. There is literally nothing I as an individual can be doing to help make America better. The only thing to "do" is take note of how Americ...
by JasonL
07 Dec 2020, 10:16
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

It can't come soon enough, but it will come. Ken White is right about one thing, there is a marketplace of ideas involved in the crying to get people fired, lying about harms and threats to themselves for any alternative expression, and so on. For this thing that is definitely not happening and abso...
by JasonL
04 Dec 2020, 12:43
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

I think the Obama numbers being manipulated thing is a great deep dive. I haven’t read those articles but that’s fine. My point is Alex Nowrasteh isn’t being trumpy or unreasonable and Cato isn’t somehow doing anything untoward because they presented an argument about literally anyone other than tru...
by JasonL
04 Dec 2020, 11:19
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

It’s not Trumpy, it’s, at best, lazy and incurious. It’s the Holden Caufield school of political analysis. What would you call someone that say, “sure China is bad with the way they surveil their citizens, but the US surveils their citizens too, so it’s really just as bad here”? But in this case Ob...
by JasonL
04 Dec 2020, 11:14
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

It is very relevant that there was in real life a Fire Bari slack inside NYT. Which is bananas.
by JasonL
04 Dec 2020, 09:06
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

But, ok. Is that take by Gillespie "trumpy"? ETA: there is no measure that shows anything other than BHO being the undisputed king of using law enforcement to remove immigrants. I'm not saying this is the only thing to look at in a "who is worst" contest but it's not nothing and it isn't so trivial ...
by JasonL
04 Dec 2020, 08:56
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia
Replies: 78
Views: 2175

Re: Reason fires Shikha Dalmia

Current 5thC dances around this a bit at the beginning. They do an odd thing where they act like twitter invented the donor story not Shikha herself. I do think we are entering a world in which institutions might need policy adjustments about discussing departures. The new vibe is flame throwing on ...
by JasonL
01 Dec 2020, 14:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards
Replies: 304
Views: 35742

Re: The Future Will Despise Us Brutal Bastards

I really think you can grandstand on it all you want but future pandemic planning had better take cultural willingness to be a dominant feature of policies. I saw someone super BLM rah rah posting "how NZ solved Covid TWICE" which, the name itself makes me ask some questions, but anyway someone who ...
by JasonL
30 Nov 2020, 09:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8250
Views: 480035

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

But really, what the hell is the story about if not about Baby Yoda? I don't watch it, but I assumed it was about the Mandalorian. (It’s not) but it could be like how Ronin is about Jean Reno’s character, not Robert De Niro’s. What color is the hangarbay on Naboo! You just got ambushed by chocky mi...
by JasonL
27 Nov 2020, 22:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

A fringe. Right. One professor. Right. Certainly not the only left narrative heard anywhere for months. Certainly not the position of major media outlets. Certainly not the position of the mayors of cities who ordered no interference in real justice. GTFO. The political calculus of the left was to a...
by JasonL
27 Nov 2020, 16:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

If we are indulging alternate histories, as much as I try to imagine one with Jeb or Hillary in office (BTW are we sure about how this goes down with Hillary in office?), I also try to imagine one where movement and politics coalesce around just literally Campaign Zero. Seeking specific reforms, pro...
by JasonL
27 Nov 2020, 16:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

If the question is whether violent rioters, looters, vandals, etc. should face punishment proportional to their crimes, the answer is yes. If the question is whether preventing such things should include more sanity and cool from the top levels, and efforts to de-escalate societal tensions, the ans...
by JasonL
27 Nov 2020, 15:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

The casual nature of the transition between someone giving orders the military personnel and the relationship between Trump and protestors or rioters is a thing I can’t understand. I love you to man but that’s an absurd analogy from where I’m sitting. The shopkeepers are neither trump nor in any cap...
by JasonL
27 Nov 2020, 12:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 206
Views: 20868

Re: Voting methodologies

I'd be happier if both houses of Congress were term limited. I don't care whether an ignorant state electorate or corrupt state government picks senators as long as they can't pick the same one more than two times, three tops. I'm really coming around to this. I don't think voting methodologies mat...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 12:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Well, it’s not nothing because burned city blocks by these powerless people isn’t nothing. But in the big stage tge appointments will tell us what concessions are being made to populists, the shift of the tax and spending plans which are right now moderate will tell us something, and who wins mid te...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 12:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Keeping an eye on if she gets an appointment like Labor, what she says, and if it counts as "having power". This woman has proposed that a federal agency overseeing "public interest" gets to veto, I'm not even joking, any transaction in the US economy of which she disapproves. She does this under ab...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 11:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Is "everything is Trumps fault and just in case you detect something else those people are impotent anyway" an unreasonable summary? Because it doesn't seem like it. That isn't even remotely close to what I said. Fair enough I haven't read your post in this context. I do think the jadagulian argume...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 11:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Jason, you often equate putting some blame on one person with denying everyone else's agency. Blame is not a quantized all or nothing phenomenon. Trump acted pretty much opposite every reasonable expectation of an important job. It's no surprise that certain pathologies then got out of hand on both...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 11:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

The standard here is "people with power" are responsible for divisiveness through demagoguery. And nobody else is. I'm keeping a special eye on one E Warren.
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 11:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

"Other people made decisions too. If you want to pin 90,000 deaths in NY on policies that Cuomo greenlit, ok, sure. But also remember that Cuomo wasn't making decisions in a vacuum. No state or city official was making decisions in a vacuum. It was always in the atmosphere fomented by Trump, who we ...
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 11:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

I can't wait to see how this evolves over the Biden years and into the next election cycle. "The people with actual power". Ok Shem. Popcorn out.
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 10:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

Is "everything is Trumps fault and just in case you detect something else those people are impotent anyway" an unreasonable summary? Because it doesn't seem like it.
by JasonL
25 Nov 2020, 08:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 147
Views: 6287

Re: Whither the Democratic Party?

I find all this pretty remarkable. I shouldn't by this point, but I do. I fcking hate the guy but ffs. Trump made people do this, created that behavior, the entire summer was an illusion that didn't matter. The crime rates and looting and burning are meh and not anyone's fault except orange guy. Med...