Archive for August 15th, 2017

Durham’s Confederate Statue Comes Down


(Atlantic Politics) – David A. Graham:

Unwilling to wait for local officials to act to take down a Civil War monument, a group of protesters took matters into their own hands Monday night. …

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Toppled grey soldier monument in Durham, NC


Atomic Blonde


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Short form: I wish there were more thrillers that had such great lighting, interesting characters, adult plot, and which did such a beautiful job of treading the line between suspension of disbelief and failure to suspend disbelief. If you like action movies, go see it unless you are allergic to 80s music and beautifully choreographed but intense violence. …

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Atomic Blonde, 2017 film

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?


(NY Times) – Paul Krugman:

A key moment came in the 1970s, when Irving Kristol, the godfather of neoconservatism, embraced supply-side economics — the claim, refuted by all available evidence and experience, that tax cuts pay for themselves by boosting economic growth. Writing years later, he actually boasted about valuing political expediency over intellectual integrity: “I was not certain of its economic merits but quickly saw its political possibilities.” In another essay, he cheerfully conceded to having had a “cavalier attitude toward the budget deficit,” because it was all about creating a Republican majority — so “political effectiveness was the priority, not the accounting deficiencies of government.” …

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Irving Kristol