As the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “we are aware of no President, not even such ruthless pragmatists as Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson, who would have written a public statement like this without so much as a grace note about America’s abiding values and principles,” and that it was “startling to see a U.S. President brag in a statement about a bloodthirsty murder” that he scored commercial deals with the Saudis.
There have been a thousand little moments like this where we ask what is America and get back an appalling answer. Perhaps it's better that we pull back the curtain and reveal our true nature and then deal with that. Perhaps we can finally end American Exceptionalism as an excuse for so many things.
I struggle with these answers mostly because I find myself slipping into a dark place. A misanthropy is weighing me down. I have no will for a passing smile to a stranger because my glance conceals my fictional analysis of their morality. I find myself asking how many grandmothers cheer for the imprisonment of children. My estimate is high.
This is my country. I'm not great but I try to be better than the lowest bar we've set for our president. I don't do enough. It's hard to find the will in these times. I think that's how evil wins. By grinding down the desire to resist. I am resisting but I'd like to rest.
I read this New Yorker article not because I care that much about Linux but because I became fascinated about the concept.
On Sunday, the benevolent dictator announced that he would be stepping down temporarily, to “get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.” Torvalds ...
This is an incredible piece of journalism by Ariane Lange at BuzzFeed:
Old letters, emails, and transcripts of AOL conversations between the women and Kricfalusi back up many of their claims. They each have witnesses to parts of their stories. Yet both women worried that they sounded “crazy.” For years ...
This episode of YANSS came along at a crucial time for me. I've been struggling with lesser traits.
I love the idea of the “out self” and how we align our internal compass to what we project outwardly. This isn’t just about politics. We all exhibit the most ...
These people are gone. The voices of reasoning that stood witness to our most terrible decisions as a country are rapidly vanishing. Now we, as a country, seem to have developed selective amnesia about where we come from.
The following videos on YouTube are from a series of lectures and ...
There's a good deal of buzz around hypothetical details of the upcoming TouchID replacement.
I don't have a strong opinion about the quality of the experience for unlocking my iPhone with my face. If it works, then great. If it doesn't then I'd be disappointed.1 ...
Sam Harris has an excellent and deeply intellectual podcast. This week's episode features an interview with Professor Stuart Russell about the current and future state of A.I. and it's potential impact on society.
I've taken a very specific stand against journalism paywalls in the past. It felt like an artificial barrier that restricted access to potentially vital information. It felt like a failure of foresight in an industry that refused to acknowledge the reality that they documented every day. I was wrong ...
Kurt Vonnegut would be 94 today. His words and thought experiments shaped who I am. He made me a better person. I’m glad he kept his shit together for as long as he did.
“There is a tragic flaw in our ...
If you're like me, then you may be looking for some distractions this week that don't involve Twitter, the internet, television or even other humans. I've found solace in iBooks and the Kindle service. Hardbound and Viki for Wikipedia are also great distractions.
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