“I love Coke more than anything, but I know full well that it’s poison. It destroys your teeth. It increases your appetite. It turns children in evil rage Gremlins. It offers nothing in the way of nutritional value. I have a cousin who used to work for UPS and whenever they had to clean the inside of the UPS truck, they doused the inside with Coke because it acted as a corrosive agent. That’s how fucking horrible soda is for you. It has no business being sold in public schools. Any soda lobbyist telling you about the benefits of drinking their product is a liar and a fucking scumbag. We all know it’s bad for us, and yet we continue drinking it (take it from someone who is currently unable to stop drinking Coke Zero).”—Drew Magary
These buttons will vanish. The previous wave of buttons for Delicious and Digg and Co. vanished, Facebook and Twitter and G+ might vanish or they might survive, but the buttons will vanish for sure. Or do you seriously think that in ten years we will still have those buttons on every page? No, right? Why, because you already know as a user that they’re not that great. So why not get rid of them now? Because “they’re not doing any harm”? Are you sure?
"A Polish death camp" - Sikorski also tonight tweeted a link to an Economist story noting that “few things annoy Poles more than being blamed for the crimes committed by the Nazi occupiers of their homeland. For many years, Polish media, diplomats and politicians have tried to persuade outsiders to stop using the phrase ‘Polish death camps’ as a shorthand description of Auschwitz and other exemplars of Nazi brutality and mass murder. Unfortunately this seems to have escaped Barack Obama’s staff seem not to have noticed this.”
One person says the phrase “Polish death camp”, a phrase referring to an unfortunate event that is geographically correct. It offends everyone in Poland. Another person spells continental name of our country wrong in a promotional product - except it really wasn’t him, it was clearly the work of some design firm that doesn’t check their work enough.
One is much worse than the other, right? They’re not even close in scope. Besides, isn’t Mitt Romney supposed to be good at doing business-stuff? But he can’t run a campaign that hires a competent creative firm? How am I supposed to feel comfortable with anyone voting for this guy? Ugh.
(That said, Democrats continue to undermine their own candidate for not being everything they ever wanted a candidate to be, and the Republicans are motivated and mobilized in ways no one on the left wants to be, so it’s looking much more like we’re going to have a new President next year. What a disaster. Hopefully he knows how to spell America by then.)
So I guess questions of 'natural-born citizenship' re: Presidential elections are just saved for guys who were born in Hawaii.
Questions were occasionally asked about [George] Romney’s eligibility to run for President owing to his birth in Mexico, given the ambiguity in the United States Constitution over the phrase “natural-born citizen”. (Romney departed the race before the matter could be more definitively resolved, although the preponderance of opinion since then has been that he was eligible.)
TAPPER: And there was a New York Times story today by Jo Becker and Scott Shane about the way that President Obama conducts some of the counterterrorism operations. One of the things that I think was most interesting was the fact that one of the ways — one of the ways that the administration has been able to assert that there have been so few civilian casualties in any of these drone attacks is because the presumption is that if you are in these locations, you are guilty of terrorism and the — there’s almost a “guilty until proven innocent” quality.
I’m wondering how on earth the administration can square that with the president’s past language on human rights and avoiding civilian casualties?
CARNEY: I think your description of the policies is not quite exact. I would refer you to John Brennan’s speech not long ago on these matters in which he was very explicit and transparent about methods that are used in our counterterrorism operations and the care that is taken to avoid civilian casualties. We have at our disposal tools that make avoidance of civilian casualties much easier and tools that make precision targeting possible in ways that have never existed in the past. And I think that this administration’s commitment, this president’s commitment to, A, go after those who would do harm to the United States and do harm to our allies, is clear.
“We are actually in a classic depression. A depression is when nobody wants to spend. Everybody wants to pay down their debt at the same time. Everybody is trying to pull back, either because they got too far into debt, or because if they’re a corporation, they can’t sell because consumers are pulling back. The thing about an economy is that it fits together. My spending is your income. Your spending is my income, so if we all pull back at the same time, we’re in a depression. The way to get out of it is for somebody to spend so that people can pay down their debt, so that we don’t have a depression. So that we have a chance to work out of whatever excesses we had in the past, and that somebody has to be the government.”—Paul Krugman (via ericmortensen)
Another exciting day for the Longform iPad app: two fantastic, and very different, sites have joined our roster of magazines. Los Angeles Review of Books—one of the most exciting, ambitious publications to launch in the last few years—turns out several lengthy pieces every week from some of the country’s best writers. A few recent favorites: Hua Hsu’s history of office chairs, and this free-ranging conversation between music writers Simon Reynolds and Greil Marcus.
Also new in the app today is a feed from Counterparties, the curatorial project from Reuters’ Felix Salmon. Counterparties is a little different than most of the feeds in the app, instead of focusing on a single publication, Salmon uses a tool called Percolate (which was created by Longform friend Noah Brier) to curate the best reading on business and the economy from across the web. By adding Counterparties, you’ll get all the long features from amongst Salmon’s picks, an ever-updating window on the world’s economies that we’ve been really enjoying using internally for the last weeks.
“The sheer magnitude of Facebook’s success is one reason why, as the company charges toward what will likely be the most successful public offering in the history of capitalism, its critics are growing in number”—
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an Obama administration appeal arguing that attorneys, journalists and human rights groups have no right to sue over a law making it easier for U.S. intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on foreign communications.
This is why it’s not at all surprising to see Booker going to bat for private equity. The allies he’s cultivated on Wall Street and in the financial industry (think, for instance, of his chummy relationship with Michael Bloomberg) have made Booker a prolific fundraiser, and when he ventured into the ultra-expensive statewide game, he’ll need them more than ever. Many of them have turned fiercely against Obama over the past few years, convinced that he’s unfairly targeted them. Booker’s words on “Meet the Press” may have enraged the average Obama supporter, but to the Wall Street class they were probably close to heroic – finally, a big-name Democrat with the cojones to call out Obama on his class warfare!
The Booker calculation, in other words, is probably that the average Democratic voter’s memory of his outburst will fade long before 2014 – but that the average Wall Street donor’s won’t.
“You’re at a Parisian café, and you’re reading your Sartre book and you’re reading Le Monde and you’re thinking of the big issues of the world and you see there’s a dog under the table next to you and you pet the dog. You don’t suddenly become stupid when you pet the dog.”—Jonah Peretti