Note to Self: This is your reminder:
The Robot Uprising Is Near: Berkeley's Blum Center Building wants me to pay with Apple Pay in order for me to enter itself...
Vernor Vinge: A Fire Upon the Deep: "How could this happen?...
...A million schedules were suddenly advanced. An orderly flowering was out of the question now, and so there was no more need for the humans left in the Lab. The change was small for all its cosmic significance. For the humans remaining aground, a moment of horror, staring at their displays, realizing that all their fears were true (not realizing how much worse than true). Five seconds, ten seconds, more change than ten thousand years of a human civilization. A billion trillion constructions, mold curling out from every wall, rebuilding what had been merely superhuman. This was as powerful as a proper flowering, though not quite so finely tuned...
Weekend Theology Corner: Elizabeth Bruenig: A better sex ethic
Excellent! It could however have been shorter. I suggest:
Shorter Elizabeth Bruenig: "In matters of sexual morality, as in all other matters, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and love thy neighbor as thyself."
Still-Shorter Grigua's Prayer Version: "Don't be a dick!"
A Certain Lawyer, willing to justify himself: "And who is my neighbor?"
To which there are two answers:
Issa ibn Yusuf: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves..."
Shorter Issa ibn Yusuf: "You're being a dick."
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: This is what Trump would be doing if he thought he could get away with it...
A correspondent writes:
Wow. Can you imagine being told you are a "lower status" purge victim and so you get held in the "Courtyard by Marriot"?
Vivian Nereim: A Second Saudi Hotel Is Mysteriously Booked Up After Crackdown: "Perhaps the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton isn’t big enough to house all the well-heeled suspects being round up in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge...
Live from the Religious Patriarchy's Self-Made Gehenna: @yyantand on Twitter: "Notre Dame spent 5 years suing the federal government for the right to provide moral health insurance. They now have that right. And they’re choosing not to exercise it. They’re choosing to provide immoral health insurance. Shameful. Scandalous..."
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: I had always thought that Alwaleed bin Talal was the public face of forces inside Saudi Arabia that were too strong not to be conciliated. I wonder if MBS is going to back down, if he is going to be constantly looking behind to see who is coming for him, or if I have misread the situation:
Paul Murphy: A Saudi purge list: "– Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding///
On Twitter: Perhaps the question "should Christians be Christians?" is like the question "should Communists be Communists?".
For in its essence, the problem—the poisoned chalice—that Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus handed the Christian bishops of his day in the fourth century C.E. was closely analogous to the problem that Lenin's successful coup 100 years less two days ago handed him and his comrades.
Live from the Old New Republic's Self-Made Gehenna: Snarky from Joseph Epstein. Still—unless I have missed it—no public statements from Kinsley, Hertzberg, or Sullivan. Cowards:
Joseph Epstein: The Sins of Leon Wieseltier: "What made it all so rich, of course, was the Tartuffian quality of its perpetrator, Leon Wieseltier, the earnest young man who wrote to me from Oxford some 40 years ago...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Karl Marx really loathed social classes that deviated from their proper societal role: Karl Marx on Napoleon III and his lumpenproletariat, from the 18th Brumaire: Napoleon III was his own Breitbart:
Live from the Wide Missouri: How things get warped, and how telling the truth in a way that Todd Akin was proud to be characterized (in private) and that his core supporters loved to hear is somehow as "attack ad":
Live from the Kinsley, Hertzberg, Sullivan Self-Made Gehenna: Apropos of Leon Wieseltier, their role thereof, and their silence regarding their role:
Live from the MCP Bunker: Still looking for some kind of acknowledgement from any of Hendrik Hertzberg, Michael Kinsley, Andrew Sullivan—or, indeed, Marty Peretz—just how big of an asshole Leon Wieseltier they let rampage around their magazine, delighting in making women feel like pieces of meat...
Silence seems to be an acknowledgement that is is one of those: "my behavior was worse than you imagine, even though you know it was worse than you imagine..." moments...
Live from the Right-Wing Economists' Self-Made Fresh Incidence Hell: One more time, morons: will you at least try to understand it if presented this way?
With a fixed required after-tax rate of return r...
A proportional tax t can either be administered as a fraction of factor cost or a fraction of market price...
You said that technocracy was still possible because there was still substantial agreement on models—and as an example you pointed out that there used to be strong disagreements about monetary policy and whether policy should be made by a "rule", and now there isn't much of anybody who thinks so.
Live from CBO: There is one very important thing to recognize about the year of Repeal and Replace is that the CBO's power and influence was at a maximum even though its bureaucratic influence was zero. The bureaucratic influence of CBO comes from the fact that the midpoint of its ranges determine whether pieces of legislation do not or do fit within the parameters of the Reconciliation process and the Budget Enforcement Act, and thus are or are not subject to a 60-vote point-of-order in the Senate. But those questions have never been at issue this year. And yet the CBO has wielded enormous influence, just by saying what it thinks the effects of proposed pieces of legislation are.
That is an amazing accomplishment.
Live from the Gehenna That Was The Old New Republic: Shame on Franklin Foer and Andrew Sullivan for refusing to comment. Kudos to Charles Lane for talking on the record—but "no complaints from female staffers ever came to him... [because while] the editor was nominally the supervisor of Leon Wieseltier... that was not reality... Leon had total autonomy as literary editor and a very close, almost brother-like relationship with the owner at the time, Marty Peretz..." evades the important fact that no complaints came to him because nobody thought he would be any help. And he should examine his conscience. But he is a mensch here.
And for the rest who talk but not on the record? Kinsley, Hertzberg, Beinart, Just? Feh...
Jason Cherkis: 'I Was Blind And Complicit And Just, Like, Did Nothing': New Republic Staffers Speak Out: "'I accept I was blind and complicit and just, like, did nothing', one former top New Republic editor, who asked to remain anonymous to speak candidly, told HuffPost...
Live from Sexual Harassment Central: Could Wieseltier please change his statement? Could he not say the false: "I am ashamed to know that I made any of [the women with whom I worked] feel demeaned and disrespected"? Could he say, instead, the true: "I am ashamed that now the public knows that I gleefully and joyfully made women with whom I worked feel demeaned and disrespected—and violated"?
Hiring assholes is almost always a bad idea, Brookings Institution. Sir Isaiah would not be pleased:
I seem to have a disagreement with Jason Furman here:
@jasonfurman: Not seeing the math error. Mankiw said static. His soln is right for static (defined as unchanged base)... And dynamic version is higher.
I was taught the definition of "static" by the Jedi Masters at OTA in the early 1990s...
Note to Self: Where Does the Use of "Takers" as in "Makers and Takers" and "A Nation of Takers" Come From?: It appears to come from right-wing loon and goldbug Edmund Contoski:
@Noahpinion: On Twitter: Brad DeLong will find your algebra errors: http://www.bradford-delong.com/2017/10/note-to-self-greg-mankiw-providing-backup-for-kevin-hassett-department-larry-summers-one-last-time-on-who-benefits-fro.html
delong: Every day, a new fresh hell...
Today's new fresh hell is chasing links on the way back from Edinburgh to find Mulligan, Cochrane, Mankiw all marveling over how "gorgeous" and "striking" it is that the ratio of the wage gain to the "static" revenue loss is always 1/(1-t)—how it is a remarkable and important insight that the production function parameters drop it. With not a single one saying:
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Matthew Yglesias: Establishment Republicans mystified by their base should look at Ed Gillespie’s campaign: "Gillespie and his campaign feel that a hysterical racialized scare campaign about gang rape with zero grounding in policy reality will sell better than some kind of tedious seminar about immigration’s impact on wages...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Peter Suderman: The G.O.P. Is a Mess. It’s Not All Trump’s Fault: "When the year began, the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, cited health care and taxes as his top legislative priorities...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Matthew Yglesias: If this kept happening with a septuagenarian colleague at your work:
@mattyglesias: If this kept happening with a septuagenarian colleague at your work, there’d be some difficult conversations with HR.
Live from Timeless Coffee: Let the record show that even though I live in what is supposed to be Avocado Toast Central, this is the first time I have ever seen the phrase "avocado toast" used non-ironically:
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: I endorse Duncan Black here. I am not going to ignore that this is a situation that calls for the removal of the President immediately via the Amendment 25 process. And shame on everybody else who pretends not to notice this:
May 11, 2017: Degenerative: "Time keeps on ticking..."
October 12, 2017: Sundown: "It's a bit more... mainstream... now...
...but I posted this at the time because it was obvious and no one in "serious" journalism could say it or even really suggest it. I don't mean I'm a sort of brave truthteller, I just mean I'm a dumb blogger who can say what he wants and journalists, for better or for worse, "can't" always (sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not).
Should-Read: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry: The hypocrisy of Bob Corker: "It is well-understood that the United States, and the West in general, is in the grips of a populist insurgency that often has noxious ideas...
Twitter: @jbarro and @mschmitt9: Our politics is about small concerns and concerns too big:
Twitter: @dhnexon, @hilzoy, & Friends: I am so TIRED of people asking why TNC does not "give us hope".":
@dhnexon: I've spent the past 2 days rereading @thomaschattwill critique of @tanehisicoates in the NYT for a post on the 'new' race vs. class debate. I'm afraid to say that I'm not a fan.
Twitter: One more Democratic speech:
@RevDrBarber: Both @VP & Richard Spencer pulled stunts to stoke white rage this weekend. But neither proposes policies that would help poor white people.
@mattyglesias: This is well said. I’d only add that they’re not helping middle class white people either. White supremacy is America’s oldest & best con.
Memories of the Eastern Front: War on the Rocks: The Motherland Calls: The Battle of Stalingrad, 75 Years Later: "In September, Stalin sent General Vasily Chuikov to take command of the embattled survivors of the 62nd Army...
Should-Read: Highly recommended:
Walter Jon Williams: Quillifer: "Sir Basil gaped at me, then laughed...
...“My advocate!” he scorned. “That is precisely what I need, another advocate! And further, one who reads his Mallio in the Rawlings translation, hah!”
He pointed a finger at me. “Look you—how would you translate the following: ‘Quatenus permittit aurum prodit lex’?”
I was a little surprised to find myself at school again, but rose to the challenge. “‘Laws goeth where gold pleaseth.’” Though there was no way to translate “prodit” in all its subtlety, with its hint of betrayal, and of keeping the subject on a short leash, and bound by strict Necessity.
“Ay, plain but serviceable enough,” Sir Basil judged. “Yet Rawlings has it, ‘Howsoever gold and laws goeth ever in company.’ He understands not even that prodit, which is plain as—” He made a fist. “As the corruption of the common law by the judiciary!”
“I have the Delward translation at home,” I said. “But I preferred not to risk it on the journey”...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage, Watching Its Opinions-of-Shape-of-Earth-Differ Inhabitants: I score this one for Erik Loomis.
Milo and Bannon do plot to cow America's universities and use them as backdrops for their dingbat kabuki, and Trump—well, it is not clear that Trump plots anything at all save to vent the id of his base. Republicans do believe that "food, health care and shelter are all limited resources that should only be given to those that have earned the privilege and can afford those things." Brendan Nyhan's claims otherwise seem—well, they seem rather foolish refusals to acknowledge reality:
Erik Loomis: Pundits: They Love Political Norms that "Both Sides Do It," Hate Accurate Descriptions of Republican Policies: "Evidently Brendan Nyhan followed me on Twitter. Nyhan is a political scientist at Dartmouth and frequent writer in the New York Times who contributes eye-rollers such as this... http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/10/pundits-love-political-norms-sides-hate-accurate-descriptions-republican-policies
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Matthew Yglesias: Puerto Rico is all our worst fears about Trump coming real: "it’s essentially inconceivable that the next objectively difficult crisis that Trump fumbles will be more in Kelly’s wheelhouse than a disaster requiring a military response in the Caribbean... https://www.vox.com/2017/10/1/16390006/puerto-rico-trump
Looking Forward to Four Years During Which Most if Not All of America's Potential for Human Progress Is Likely to Be Wasted
With each passing day Donald Trump looks more and more like Silvio Berlusconi: bunga-bunga governance, with a number of unlikely and unforeseen disasters and a major drag on the country--except in states where his policies are neutralized.
Nevertheless, remember: WE ARE WITH HER!
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