in which a lot keeps happening.

Some must-listen podcasts: Breaking News [Radiolab] Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now [OnBeing] Meeting the Russians [NPR: Planet Money] - This week's most important news stories may have been: Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means. (Politico) Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a … Continue reading in which a lot keeps happening.

In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”

On the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal: The President vs. Federal Law Enforcement: Trump Attacks Everyone (Lawfare) As for the convoluted rationale he uses to get to this corruption, well, suffice it to say that Trump’s suggestion that the FBI voluntarily began reporting to the Justice Department around the Nixon era betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the wave … Continue reading In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”

Update: 7/14/17

Y'all, there's so much happening. I want to talk about health care, and the procedural ruin that is happening in our Congress, and the broader failure of the underlying structure of representative democracy in this country, and Jared Kushner's SF-86, and how horribly terrifying the situation with North Korea seems, and the spate of recent … Continue reading Update: 7/14/17

Happy Independence Day

[source: twitter] [source: twitter]   [source: twitter] - The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the … Continue reading Happy Independence Day

Cause for Alarm: James Comey

On James Comey's firing, and why I am alarmed: short version, see "Donald Trump has now fired three of the people investigating him" (The Independent); "Preet Bharara, Sally Yates, and James Comey: Fired While Investigating Donald Trump" (CNN). Long version, see below. ~ Can President Donald Trump Fire FBI Director James Comey? (Newsweek - published … Continue reading Cause for Alarm: James Comey

Link Dump #4

It's been a while since I updated. Here's what I'm working on: Until then, here's some worthwhile media to spend some time with. The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A. (NYTimes) Sophie Scholl and the legacy of resistance (JSTOR) The Early Spy Manual That Turned Bad Middle Management Into An Espionage Tactic (Atlas Obscura) Housekeepers versus … Continue reading Link Dump #4

Link Dump #3

What Calling Congress Achieves (New Yorker) Well, call it a flood. Call it, like Noah, the flood. Never mind the end of the day; last month, Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, got three thousand calls in one night. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, got thirty-one thousand in three weeks. Last year, in a … Continue reading Link Dump #3