State Secretary John Kerry in an interview with Meet the Press:
You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.
He was talking about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in case it’s not clear.
MAR 04, 2014
Steven Hyden reflects on Leno’s departure from The Tonight Show:
I would argue that “Why won’t he just leave already?” is Leno’s legacy, and that the constant drama-queening his haters blast him for is a two-way street. As a longtime Leno loather, let me cop to this: I won’t miss his show, but I will miss complaining about his show. Leno, self-consciously or not, played a great heel, and people my age relished every hiss and boo we spat at him.
FEB 24, 2014
I’ve enjoyed reading people theorize about what’s going to happen because it’s a sign that you’re connecting. But I’m also sort of surprised by how far afield they’re getting. Like, why do you think we’re tricking you? It’s because you’ve been abused as an audience for more than 20 years.
FEB 19, 2014
Les Claypool is not much of a hater, but the one song he hates the most is “Wanted Dead or Alive”:
Bon Jovi was actually a big influence on Primus back in the day. Basically, the influence was that we wanted to make music that was the polar opposite of Bon Jovi.
It’s a fun read. The whole interview is based around that song. His observations about contemporary country music, perhaps clichés at one time, are hard to deny today.
FEB 11, 2014
Jeb Lund on why it shouldn’t matter whether NFL players are ready for openly gay prospect Michael Sam:
In an autocracy, you don’t have any power unless the boss lends it to you. […] We talk about football organizations as “teams,” but this is vassalage.
Which makes any arguments about the NFL needing to be “ready” for Michael Sam a non-starter. Football isn’t crowdsourced. You can’t paint the NFL as a strictly hierarchical organization, then do a 180º and say that change must come from the consent of the players and be attenuated according to their moods. (It’s this same thinking that led Truman to integrate the armed forces: This is not a discussion, it’s an order.) If you did, teams wouldn’t work now, even if they were 100 percent heterosexual (and they very likely aren’t).
Discovered today that the average NFL franchise has been owned by the same family/ownership group for **34 years**
so re: Michael Sam – not so much that NFL is a politically conservative culture (although it may be) but an extremely risk-averse one
FEB 11, 2014
McDonalds Canada have responded to a viral picture of “pink goop” that was purported to be the main ingredient of McNuggets by showing us how they are made. The negative publicity presented them with an opportunity, and they seized it.
FEB 07, 2014
It has been five years since the start of Obama’s drone strike campaign:
The escalation in the drone war has happened with almost no official transparency from the White House. It took Obama three years to publicly mention his use of drones. […]
In this period Bureau records show drones reportedly killed at least 236 civilians – including 61 children. And according to a leaked CIA record of drone strikes, seen by the McClatchy news agency, the US often did not know who it was killing.
JAN 24, 2014
Pushing back against speculation that fallout from the film “Blackfish” is hurting its business, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Monday that its world-famous marine parks set a fourth-quarter attendance record and that it will soon report the highest annual revenue in its 50-year history. […]
Boosted by the bigger crowds, SeaWorld said it expects to report record full-year revenue of approximately $1.46 billion when the newly public company officially reports its fourth-quarter results in March.
Attendance is down for the year overall. Still, all we had to do was not show up.
JAN 21, 2014
This is what real disruption looks like:
The San Francisco Cab Drivers Association (SFCDA), an association for registered taxi drivers that promotes fair working conditions and business practice, reports that one-third of the 8,500 or so taxi drivers in San Francisco – over 2,800 – have ditched driving a registered cab in the last 12 months to drive for a private transportation startup like Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar instead.
JAN 17, 2014
Sir David Attenborough from his Reddit AMA:
It’s not possible to reverse the damage we’ve done. We are undoubtedly exterminating species at a speed which has never been known before.
He speaks of the Holocene extinction:
According to the species-area theory and based on upper-bound estimating, the present rate of extinction may be up to 140,000 species per year. […]
Overall, the Holocene extinction can be characterized by humanity’s presence.
JAN 09, 2014