Category Archives: Politics

Stop Doom Scrolling

Your brain is not designed to endlessly absorb awful news, overwhelming emotion, and a sense of helplessness. The human brain is simple, and you’re overwhelming it. About 11,000 years ago, we exited the Pleistocene. At that time, we ceased being purely hunter-gatherers, and moved into an agrarian society. We learned to farm, communicate better, and[read more]

But seriously, let’s “ask China” how they tested so many people.

Buried in the subtext of a racist flourish before exiting stage right, yesterday’s press conference accidentally asked a much more important question: How did China manage to test so many people? First, China’s numbers: LOL nope. Moving on then… What China did effectively was testing, isolation, and mapping the spread. Hubei Province is no small[read more]

The one where the Washington Post accidentally highlights the generational divide of the Democratic Party

One entertaining part about being a fly on the wall is being able to read how people “of a slightly different generation” view responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know Paul Kane or Mike DeBonis, but I do know they co-authored a piece this morning in the Washington Post that answers a question that…[read more]

What Beavis & Butthead can teach us about politics in 2020.

Sometimes, when I need a chuckle, I’ll hearken back to this piping-hot take from guy-who-is-often-wrong-as-fuck, Jonathan Chait. It was called “2012 or Never“, and I still remember reading it the day it was published. This was earlier in the Twitter-era, but politically active types still shared it around, patting themselves on the back. Back then,[read more]

White House Coronavirus Press Briefing (Probably)

The podium buzzes with people. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx shuffle about, while Vice President Pence touches his nose and mouth, before shaking hands with four people in flight suits. We wait for President Trump to take the podium. President Trump enters from the left, shaking hands with everyone on stage. He begins reading prepared[read more]

The Narrative of right-wing media: It’s wrestling, basically

Professional wrestling is professional, but it’s only “wrestling” in the sense that it mimes wrestling. Wrestling, as you would define it as a scholastic or Olympic sport, makes for poor television. (With exceptions for stories like Anthony Robles, the one-legged wrestler. That was fuckin’ awesome.) Bob Costas does an admirable job trying to make the[read more]

There is no “going back to normal” after this. Things will never be the same.

It all does feel like a scene from a Michael Bay film, doesn’t it? A typecast news anchor-woman in a responsible blazer flashes across our screen, her muted voice playing in the background. “Scientists are rushing to find a cure for the vaccine, but experts say it could be over a year away.” Will Smith[read more]

Here’s the reality of how clicks work: You need me.

I found out that “.sucks” is a domain suffix you can own, so I figured I might as well embrace the fact that I must suck. Because according to the clickbait overlords of the internet — I do suck. However, I suck in a way that makes me indispensable to the internet. If you’re not[read more]