1. Tweets for 2014-07-21

    1. RT @badbanana: Texted the raven, “nvrmor.”

  2. Obamacare implementation went great and people love it →

    None of this proves that the Affordable Care Act is a good law or that conservatives should love it. But it does prove that the Affordable Care Act is working just fine. When an initiative comes in ahead of schedule and below-cost, that’s called working. And the people on the new Obamacare plans are using them and they like them.

    We are two decades away from people holding up signs demanding the government keep out of their Obamacare.

  3. Tweets for 2014-07-20

    1. RT @badbanana: Texted the raven, “nvrmor.”

  4. Christie: I Would Bring Traffic Over the Border to a Standstill →

    Testing the political waters in Iowa today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that if he is elected President, he would bring the flow of illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border to a virtual standstill.

    Andy Borowitz will be here all week. Try the veal.

  5. Sweden school choice: The country’s disastrous experiment with Milton Friedman and vouchers. →

    Advocates for choice-based solutions should take a look at what’s happened to schools in Sweden, where parents and educators would be thrilled to trade their country’s steep drop in PISA scores over the past 10 years for America’s middling but consistent results. What’s caused the recent crisis in Swedish education? Researchers and policy analysts are increasingly pointing the finger at many of the choice-oriented reforms that are being championed as the way forward for American schools. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that adding more accountability and discipline to American schools would be a bad thing, it does hint at the many headaches that can come from trying to do so by aggressively introducing marketlike competition to education.

    The argument from the right will be that it wasn’t free market enough. That if there had been less government it would have worked.

    Clearly, this reform didn’t work in Sweden. Maybe there was some basic flaw in the implementation. Maybe its just a flawed idea.

  6. Tweets for 2014-07-15

    1. Gen X dismissal of millennials is sounding more and more like boomer dismissal of Gen X.
    2. Whenever a famous or semi-famous musician dies, my first thought is “I can’t believe Keith Richards outlived them”

  7. Unused LotR Audio Commentary By Howard Zinn And Noam Chomsky →

    Chomsky: We should examine carefully what’s being established here in the prologue. For one, the point is clearly made that the “master ring,” the so-called “one ring to rule them all,” is actually a rather elaborate justification for preemptive war on Mordor.

    I followed this from kottke. This is amazing. They capture Chomsky’s brilliance peppered with bullshit perfectly.

  8. Tweets for 2014-07-14

    1. Whenever a famous or semi-famous musician dies, my first thought is “I can’t believe Keith Richards outlived them”
    2. HuffPo has become a content Ouroboros; forever consuming link bait to produce link bait.

  9. Build We Won’t →

    We can’t simply write a check to the highway fund, we’re told, because that would increase the deficit. And deficits are evil, at least when there’s a Democrat in the White House, even if the government can borrow at incredibly low interest rates. And we can’t raise gas taxes because that would be a tax increase, and tax increases are even more evil than deficits. So our roads must be allowed to fall into disrepair.

  10. How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin →

    The state’s rainy-day fund is dwindling to zero. Month after month, revenue comes in even lower than fiscal officials’ most dire expectations. In the rest of the country, school budgets are finally beginning to recover from the toll of the last recession; in Kansas, they’re still falling. Healthcare, assistance for the poor, courts, and other state services are being eviscerated.

    The cynic in me thinks that’s the result they want. To cut taxes on the wealthy and services for the poor and blame the poor economy on immigrants and Obama.