#1393; In which the Floor is open

#1393; In which the Floor is open
By David Malki

April 20, 2018 at 01:00AM
via Wondermark http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wondermark/~3/AUQ3aYGhvWc/

If We Had a Liberal Media We Wouldn’t Have Had a Paul Ryan

If We Had a Liberal Media We Wouldn't Have Had a Paul Ryan
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April 19, 2018 at 02:23PM
via My Reading List: Unread https://splinternews.com/if-we-had-a-liberal-media-we-wouldnt-have-had-a-paul-ry-1825304484?rev=1524160016950

«No media ecosystem with a systemic liberal bias would’ve ever allowed an Ayn Rand acolyte offering warmed-over Jack Kempism to be treated as a serious person with important ideas. If rank-and-file members of the media actually evinced any understanding of ideology and political economy, Ryan simply couldn’t have gotten away with it. Imagine an avowed Marxist-Leninist ascending to the speakership as a Democrat, and a “Meet the Press” panel debating her New Economic Policy as, /well, maybe a bit of a political lift, but something Republicans are really going to have to take seriously./»

Trump Throws UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Under the Bus

Trump Throws UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Under the Bus
By Nancy LeTourneau

April 17, 2018 at 08:00AM
via Washington Monthly https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/04/17/trump-throws-un-ambassador-nikki-haley-under-the-bus/

«There will be those who interpret these incidents as an example of Vladimir Putin pulling the president’s chain. That might very well be the case. But we don’t know that for sure. What we do know is that this president has no idea of what he’s doing from one day to the next and therefore, neither do any of his staff or Cabinet members. There are members of Congress who have learned that from things like Trump’s back and forth on negotiating a DACA deal. World leaders should also be getting the picture when it comes to things like Trump’s position on North Korea or his trade policies. Everything is at the whim of a 71 year-old man with the impulse control of a two year-old.»

Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen’s Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation

Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen’s Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
By Ken White

April 16, 2018 at 06:54PM
via Popehat https://www.popehat.com/2018/04/16/lawsplainer-michael-cohens-attempt-to-delay-the-stormy-daniels-litigation/

Beyond the Pee Tape, What the Steele Dossier Got Right

Beyond the Pee Tape, What the Steele Dossier Got Right
By Nancy LeTourneau

April 16, 2018 at 11:18AM
via Washington Monthly https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/04/16/beyond-the-pee-tape-what-the-steele-dossier-got-right/

The Meat Industry and Exploited Undocumented Labor

The Meat Industry and Exploited Undocumented Labor
By Erik Loomis

April 12, 2018 at 08:16AM
via Lawyers, Guns & Money http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2018/04/meat-industry-exploited-undocumented-labor

A Balanced Budget Amendment Takes a Good Idea and Stands it on its Head

A Balanced Budget Amendment Takes a Good Idea and Stands it on its Head
By Ed Dolan

April 12, 2018 at 09:13AM
via Niskanen Center https://niskanencenter.org/blog/balanced-budget-amendment/

The Principle of Professional Law Enforcement Is Now on the Line

The Principle of Professional Law Enforcement Is Now on the Line
By Benjamin Wittes

April 12, 2018 at 02:44PM
via The Atlantic http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/theatlantic/TZRn/~3/0p_hkTHpOH4/

«Trump is livid because Rosenstein has supervised two separate investigations that involve both Trump himself and those close to him, now including Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen—and because Rosenstein has not loosed the Justice Department and the FBI on Hillary Clinton and other political foes of the president. In other words, the president wants to fire Rosenstein because apolitical law enforcement is stronger with him than without him, and the president is at war with the very notion of apolitical law enforcement.

You don’t need to take my word on this point. Trump himself says it all the time—and loudly.»

The Falsity of the Sanders Venezuela Meme

The Falsity of the Sanders Venezuela Meme
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April 14, 2018 at 04:30PM
via My Reading List: Unread http://quillette.com/2018/03/10/sanders-venezuela-meme

«Either way, what makes Sanders unusual among American radicals […] is that he has never uttered a kind word for the cargo cult of Hugo Chavez. The more strange then, that he has been accused, convicted, and tarred-and-feathered on precisely that charge.»

JSON-LD and Why I Hate the Semantic Web

JSON-LD and Why I Hate the Semantic Web
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April 13, 2018 at 02:41PM
via My Reading List: Unread http://manu.sporny.org/2014/json-ld-origins-2

I have a fondness for the Semantic Web, and enjoyed the time I spent in its orbit. But I’ve also been removed from it for a few years now, in part because of the tactical, practical brain-dead-ness of RDF and its ecosystem. So this is a breath of fresh air, not only that I’m not alone, but that people are still making progress.