A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Report Shows “Stunning” Increase in Anti-Government Groups

by evanmcmurry

Headline’s not as scary as it sounds–this seems to be somewhat a product of taxonomy, i.e., “It depends on how you define hate groups.” The truly stunning part is at the end: “Meanwhile, ‘nativist extremist’ groups—vigilante anti-immigrant organizations—dropped from 319 in 2010 to 184 last year, albeit apparently for a slightly different reason. In states like Arizona and Alabama, the cause of these organizations has been taken up by state legislatures, apparently reducing the need for vigilante action, according to the report.”

#cowabunga

by evanmcmurry

I think my favorite sentence in this stupid magical-realism-Holocaust novel I’m reading is “Hey.” Because Romanian Jews in 1941 totally said, “Hey,” right?

Boss Actually Rich, Notices Some Guy

by evanmcmurry

BREAKING! HUGE! Bruce Springsteen, despite pushing lib causes, has >$200 million. How has NOBODY noticed this yet?!?!? http://t.co/LGqNNuDa

Adventures in the Void, Throwing at Your Son Edition

by evanmcmurry

“On February 27, 2006, to train for the World Baseball Classic, Clemens pitched in an exhibition game between the Astros and his son’s minor league team. In his first at-bat, [his son] Koby hit a home run off his father. In his next at-bat, Roger threw an inside pitch that almost hit Koby.”

Americans hate government regulation, except when they don’t, which is always

by evanmcmurry

Come on, assholes: “Americans have increasingly turned against the idea of “government regulation” since the beginning of the Obama administration…BUT when you drill down to specific rules and industries, a strikingly different portrait emerges: The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that government regulations of the food industry, car safety, workplace safety, prescription drugs, and even environmental protection should either be strengthened or be preserved as they are, with only a small fraction believing they should be reduced.”

#transparency

by evanmcmurry

Everybody wants footage of the cops being brutal — and we’re all in favor of that…But there’s an argument being made that we shouldn’t film protestor misbehavior, or that livestreamers are somehow doing the cops’ job for them.”

Today in logic, Growing Pains edition

by evanmcmurry

Not to mention, of course, that the imputation that ‘unnatural’ means ‘wrong’ is one of those stupid things people say when they haven’t thought through the implications of the assertion. I mean, you’re aware television is ‘unnatural,’ right? So are pants. So are eyeglasses, cell phones, indoor plumbing, the Growing Pains complete second season on DVD, and just about any weapon more complicated than a rock.”

Adventures in the void

by evanmcmurry

Article’s tone is a little off, but nonetheless a seriously fascinating look at how Target gets better ad results by intentionally showing ads for things you don’t want, thereby creating the illusion of randomness, as opposed to, say, something tracking your searches:

“Once a marketing campaign reaches a threshold level of sophistication, it is impossible to distinguish between genuine mistakes in data collection and analysis from intentional mistakes designed to put the audience at ease.”

Chug

by evanmcmurry

Given everything we know about contemporary, reality-TV-based views on the relationship of exhibitionism and selfhood, and the tendency for NYT trend pieces to be adorably wrong, there’s probably nothing to this article. But I like thinking that somewhere in Florida, spring breakers are unhappy.

#oops

by evanmcmurry

The best part of this? The first thing that went through Rick Perry’s head when he was told about it was, “Man, I could have been President if I wasn’t so stupid.”