Daily Trawl

Turns out I did find some news after all.

1. Felix Salmon on healthcare.
Making sense about why US costs are too high.

2. David Swanson on the Federal Bureau of Incitement.
I’m fairly sure that the Hoover FBI used provocateurs and active agitation to try and undermine the anti-war and other left-wing movements of the 60s, but they’ve definitely got more … blase? Rankly careless? About it during the WoT.

3. Glen Greenwald on American Exceptionalism.
An excellent look (via comment on some unwise tweets by Charles Cooke) at how warped the US version of this age-old nationalistic mantra really is. Cooke’s reply is here. I also kinda wish I wasn’t being given so many opportunities to link to this lately, but this one is even more apposite than last time.

4. Teens have sex: Yankees shocked.
Tracy Clark-Fory pointing out, yet again, that US (and Anglo nations in general) attitudes to developing sexuality are fucked right up, but really don’t have to be. I’m likely to return to this topic from time to time in the future.

5. R. J. Eskow makes sense about guns.
Some of this is a bit handwavey, but many of the points are solid and he does cover the really significant answer to the 2nd-Ammendment Absolutist argument; “well-regulated militias” don’t shoot up primary schools.

And finally, to bookend that last one, here’s my award for the Daily Troll, from the wtf I don’t even department. Everything about this is vintage internet idiocy; from the site (leave Canada out of it, South Park already did that joke), to the language, to the faux-Hemmingway sentence structures, to the incoherent and factually-challenged arguments, to the slavery apologism (“War for Southern Independence” my arse) to the supporting links which are, in fact, word-embedded advertising. There isn’t even a partial attempt to present this as reality-based journalism, let alone to actualy do any. Have fun.


February 2013
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