Coates has a big brain. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/07/ta_nehisi_coates_the_between_the_world_and_me_author_on_charleston_obama.html There are obviously higher compliments to pay him and his insight, but I am intrigued by this throwaway comment he alludes, that at his age… his 40’s… he’s acquired the skills to say what he wants to say. Ya know, I’m a dilettante…. But I track with that, I just think there might be some broad wisdom that’s in your 40’s you have the experience to approach the sweet spot of your contemplative powers. Maybe I’ll still be saying that 10 years from now though and it will be a similar pleasant surprise.
I’m not sure why if you are the plaintiff’s lawyer and the family, that you settle at $6M. Not sure you couldn’t get a jury award on $100M. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/07/13/new_york_city_settles_with_eric_garner_s_family_for_5_9_million.html Which would go a long way towards modifying police behavior.
Panned. http://www.hotair.com/archives/2015/07/13/true-detective-isnt-going-to-get-better-is-it/ I’ll stick it out until the end, but…. Paradoxically, there’s enough there to keep you hooked while still being a horseshit script. That ‘louche’ thing jumped out at me the other night, though I didn’t dwell on it. I was like, what? What it is there is the screenwriter self-indulging himself. I didn’t like the shootout, also a screenwriter self-indulgency there.
Solid in many ways. Solid command, solid temperament, http://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2015/07/obama-numbers-way-above-average-president I say, despite that I’m not a Democrat. Thing is, I thinks it’s persuasively true that he was a creature of the hard, academic left in his 20’s and 30’s. And so it’s somewhat surprising he outgrew that to embrace metropolitan, corporate liberalism.
Thurow – thanks for the link. I do read them all. Lester Thurow having this wisdom is counter-intuitive to me, cuz I guess in my brain I had obtusely indexed carded him as a communist. I read his Wikipedia and recall the old industrial policy hawks, when that was a thing. There’s still Thomas Friedman I guess. Getting back to Sanders…ya know, an ostensibly smart man. Learn-ed, credentialed. Big brain there. And yet for him, he’d obviate growth if that growth was reaped too much by the already prosperous. With ‘too much’ being subjective anyway, and with a blindness to the absolute knowledge that growth = progress, growth lifts all boats, the big and the little. I tell ya, I like to say there’s a Pol Pot wing out there, and that’s supposed to be sort of hyperbolic…. But Sanders, that’s Pol Pot thinking, that’s actual Marxist / socialism, and it isn’t a flattering thing that so many people agree with him.