Jots with dots 3/31

Word of the week: Hegemony http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemony

Stylebook: This cast a pall over yesterday. http://bringmethenews.com/2015/03/30/video-shows-missing-u-of-m-student-entering-mississippi-river/ Figure, the police and press unwillingness to use the word ‘suicide’ might be explainable, as that’s ostensibly a judgment reserved for the coroner’s office, and they haven’t weighed in here. It is curious I think that ‘entering the river’ is the phrase used to avoid saying ‘leapt off the bridge’. I don’t know who is being protected, and if it’s that important they be protected…. It seems infantile. Tangentially related: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/03/30/the_uva_case_and_rape-hoax_denial_126087.html

I said that: http://nypost.com/2015/03/27/hillary-is-too-old-to-run/ Over 65 is too old, without many exceptions. The energy and appearance of engagement just seem lacking among all these older pols you see. I did hear Jerry Brown the other night, and there was nothing halting or elderly about his speech at all.

I agree with this seemingly counterintuitive notion: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/03/republicans_and_democrats_won_t_do_anything_to_fix_inequality_don_t_expect.html Ameliorating income inequality requires radical change in taxation policy. Ya know, the Pres. probably desires to have more progressive taxes but he can’t get that. But he’s not a poseur. Hillary Clinton’s insincerity is ocean’s deep however, and ya wonder if an institutional candidate like that doesn’t resurrect the Naderite wing, which has been acquiescent in the Obama years.

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