Society Archives

  1. The GitHub Rug

    I somehow missed this kerfuffle when it was all going down, but I read about it recently and it’s stuck with me. I think if I were in the decision making position when this happened my first instinct would would have been to dig in my heels. When I first saw the “United Meritocracy of…

  2. Obama May Be Best Economic President Ever →

    Here’s an interesting calculation: Suppose that in 1929, you put $100,000 in a 401(k) fully invested in stocks. Under the 40 years of Republican presidents, you would have ended up with only $126,000. Under the Democrats, you would have amassed a retirement nest egg of $3.9 million! (All numbers are adjusted for inflation.)

    There are some interesting numbers in here, worth fact-checking. I’ve always been in the “things are better when everyone is doing well” camp, regardless of where I’ve fallen on the scale.

    Also, from the :bang: department…

    Deitrick says he’s perpetually shocked that Democrats don’t trumpet their economic triumphs.

  3. Argument Clinic

    So I’m watching this and laughing, and then it hits this part: M: An argument isn’t just contradiction. O: Well! it CAN be! M: No it can’t! M: An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition. O: No it isn’t! M: Yes it is! ’tisn’t just contradiction. O: Look, if…

  4. Guns

    To demand gun control is not to “politicize” this tragedy. It is to respond to it with decency and common sense. — Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 15, 2012 I get that crazy people always find a way to kill. I don’t get why we bend over backwards to make it as efficient as possible for…

  5. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public…

    Carl Sagan

  6. Zima

    The best part about this exchange is I’m honestly not 100% sure which of Dave’s tweets John is replying to (with the Zima response).

  7. Influence

    A year ago the Clients from Hell website was all the rage with folks in the client services business. I enjoyed reading it. It was cathartic to see other people struggling with their clients as well, and many of them in much more absurd circumstances than the majority of us ever experience. I subscribed to…

  8. AT&T Commercial: Funny Email

    I don’t get this commercial. Regardless of service quality/speed/etc., the way it’s presented doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be more effective if the rest of the group (all using AT&T) got the email quickly, then one remaining person got the email later? Isn’t the incentive to avoid being left out? Getting the email first and…