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  2. at 2001 Kezar Odyssey

     

  3. "The public believes that the constitutionally-established institutions control national security policy, but that view is mistaken. Judicial review is negligible; congressional oversight is dysfunctional; and presidential control is nominal. Absent a more informed and engaged electorate, little possibility exists for restoring accountability in the
    formulation and execution of national security policy."
    — 

    Why doesn’t anything really change between presidents?

    National Security and Double Government

     
  4. humansofnewyork:

    Seen in Midtown

     

  5. "The thing about San Francisco is that someone or something is always vying for your attention. The guy handing you a flyer for something you don’t want. The cyclist ringing her bell at you as she blows through the stop sign. The rattle of Muni. The homeless, everywhere the homeless, San Francisco’s great intractable shame. And something is always under construction—I mean, other than houses."
     
  6. www.longasshippiejams.net\whoa (at The Exploratorium)

     
  7. at Ghost Tree

     

  8. "First sentences matter. The “right [most] basic in our democracy,” the individual “right to participate” — the heart of the Voting Rights Act, the right for which John Lewis had his skull cracked on Alabama’s Pettus Bridge — was not given pride of place in the opening line of Roberts’s Shelby County opinion. It was given pride of place in McCutcheon, a lawsuit brought by an Alabama businessman “who contributed a total of some $33,000 to 16 candidates for federal office in the 2012 election cycle,” and “wanted to give $1,776 each to 12 more” but was legally barred from doing so."
     

  9. What was absolutely clear from that research was that by “corruption,” the Framers certainly did not mean quid pro quo corruption alone. That exclusive usage is completely modern. And while there were cases where by “corruption” the Framers plainly meant quid pro quo corruption, these cases were the exception. The much more common usage was “corruption” as in improper dependence. Parliament, for example, was “corrupt,” according to the Framers, because it had developed an improper dependence on the King. That impropriety had nothing to do with any quid pro quo. It had everything to do with the wrong incentives being allowed into the system because of that improper dependence.

     

  10. A directive can go out — “trend this” — and ten thousand users will jump into the pool at once, causing a mighty enough splash to draw further attention from onlookers. Once something has been labeled as evil, exploitative or wrong, any attempts to provide counterpoint are defined as a symbol of “internalized racism/sexism/homophobia” or “tone policing” or “respectability politics” on the part of the critic. Voices without a multitude of retweeters behind them are often cowed or bullied into silence. Factual errors and sourcing mistakes are frequently swept under the rug. Sweeping rhetoric and grandiose statements — the better to draw attention by — become the primary stuff of dialogue. The lurking trolls of the Internet are magnetically drawn to these loud and colorful gestures and respond with disgusting, personal and often pornographic or violent rejoinders, which both further fuel the firestorm and provide a kind of validation for the campaign’s leadership: We must be hitting a nerve because the enemy is attacking us in force.