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Overheard in the Office...

Me: "So... if a pregnant woman sneaks across the Rio Grande and gets caught... can she be deported before the fetus gets due process?"RX: "You know, $#!+ like this is why no one likes you." — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) May 20, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Spitting In The Wind, T'hee, Overheard

David Cameron's book to be published in September

Former PM reportedly wanted to hold off until after Brexit but For the Record could now precede itDavid Cameron’s autobiography will be published in September, his publisher has announced.Cameron sold the rights to his memoir to William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins, for a reported £800,000 in 2016 and promised to give a frank account of his time in Downing Street. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Politics, David Cameron, Conservatives, UK News, Culture, Cameron, Autobiography and memoir, Harpercollins, Brexit, William Collins, Politics books

Should the people always get what they want from their politicians?

Should we listen to the voice of “the people” or the conviction of their representatives? Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has inspired virulent debate about the answer. Amidst Theresa May’s repeated failure to pass her Brexit deal in the House of Commons this spring, the Prime Minister appealed directly to the frustrations and feelings of the people. “You the public have had enough,” she asserted in a speech of March 20. “You are tired of the political games and the arcane procedural ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, White House, European Union, History, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Literature, Bristol, British, Baker, Montgomery, Brexit, Social Sciences

QotD: Tortured Language Edition

"The city's part of the deal will be paid for with an extension of the "innkeeper's tax," a few more pennies on the dollars that pay for hotel rooms. 'Cos what're visitors going to do if room rates go up, use some online service that presently doesn't pay that tax...? Oh, that's right, they might just do that. Better yet, local news sources are claiming "it won't cost taxpayers a dime;" taxpayers who vote in Marion County, that is."Bobbi notes the bizarre language created by trying to find a ...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, Marion County, Bobbi, Horton hears a Hoosier, Money Makes The World Go 'round

At least it's entertaining?

From the WaPo:"Then, this past February, Trump announced on Twitter that Americans should “HOLD THE DATE!” on July 4 for a “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”"This is, of course, like anything else done by President Camacho (to include breathing) an absolute red cape waved before the bull of the press, and triggers more hand-wringing and Won't Somebody Do Something? . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Trump, Tam, Camacho, Life In The Monkey House, Bread And Circuses

Black is the Body

Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine is a memoir, made up of several personal essays that meld together the experiences of author Emily Bernard’s family. From growing up black in the South to addressing interracial marriage, international adoption and motherhood, the book tells a tale of race in America—but it’s more than that. Anchored by a horrific violent …
Tags: Books, Politics, Design, Race, Reading, Writers, Summer Reading, Memoirs, Emily Bernard

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Nine

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Nine The more the world spins out of control, the more Jon and Rob try to make some sense out of the irrational and, at times, ponderous.  Episode 109 of Radio City… is no exception and it’s a very full conversation.  Settle in as the boys analyze and dissect the redacted Muller Report; the Notre Dame fire;  the parole for the getaway driver in the 1981 Brink’s armored car robbery/murder of 2 police officers; the hockey playo...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Notre Dame, Popular culture, Popdose

The worrying ideology that helps Trump’s new friendship with Brazil

As the conflict develops in Venezuela between the US-backed Juan Guaidó and the incumbent government of Nicolás Maduro, one staunch supporter of the United States position is Brazil. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has also expressed support for Trump’s wall project, and for moving embassies to Jerusalem. This new friendship between the United States and Brazil is one of the few foreign-policy achievements of the Trump administration, which has generally seemed better at losing old friends tha...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Washington, France, White House, Russia, US, Jerusalem, Austria, Racism, United States, Italy, Brazil, Catholic Church

How research and policy affect responses to sexual violence

Sexual violence in war has never been as visible as in the last ten years or so. We talk about it in global and national policy spaces, the media reports about sexual violence in conflicts around the world, and research in this area is booming. This is a major change, as sexual violence has long been considered irrelevant when thinking of war. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, issued in 2000, reflects this interest in valuing a gender perspective i...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Feminism, Journals, United Nations Security Council, Rwanda, Social Sciences, Yugoslavia, Denis Mukwege, Oxford Journals, Nadia Murad, CC0 Public Domain, Sexual Violence, Feminist Studies, Gender studies

Gun Control… and Three Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Faster School Training Safety Students Guns Teachers U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I listened to Florida legislators argue why school staff should be disarmed. I shook my head because their foolishness was so strong. This is the time when legislators need commons sense.. even if we have to give it to them good and hard. Their arguments sound like this: We should protect our students with plastic no-guns signs since you can’t prove that a teacher won’t go crazy and shoot people. Any gun at school ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Guns, Navy, Faster, Nra, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Rob Morse, Polite Society Podcast Rob, William April, Three Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Seven

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Seven Once again, Rob and Jon roll out an absolute smorgasbord of topics for discussion on this 107th installment of Radio City…  You’re being given fair warning that there’s a lot here, so get comfortable – as (amongst multiple topics), the boys discuss the criminally-obscene costs of bridges and public transportation in New York City after the latest fare and toll increases; the discovery and release of a previously-unheard Ma...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, New York City, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Marvin Gaye, Popular culture

WATCH: Trump claims 'coup' against him led by Mueller, 'I didn't need a gun' to defeat 'attempted overthrow'

While speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, Indiana just now, President Donald Trump spoke to pro-weapons advocates about a failed coup against him. “I didn't need a gun” to ward off a coup by Robert Mueller, Donald said. He said the FBI was “trying to infiltrate the White House,” and urges an inquiry into the investigation surrounding his contacts with Russia. Trump claimed “corruption” at the “highest level” of the Justice Department, and called U.S. law en...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Guns, White House, Russia, Fbi, Fox, Hillary Clinton, United States, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Nra, Coup, National Rifle Association

April linkfest

The 2019 Deadspin Name of the Year is down to the Elite Eight. Vote for your favorites in a field that includes Pope Thrower, Pretzel Monteclaro, and Jizyah Shorts. Yes, they’re all real names. ( ) For background, see my 2018 Visual Thesaurus column about the tournament. * How great writing begins: an analysis of the opening paragraphs of “the 94 most compelling articles” in The Atlantic, Fast Company, and the New York Times op-ed section. (Better Humans) * In English, it’s “Once ...
Tags: Google, Books, Politics, Design, Writing, Restaurants, US, Story, United States, New York Times, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Trademark, Titles

QotD: Don't Be A Dick Edition...

"Look, this is the United States of America, where you can peacefully protest any darned thing you want and just as peacefully cheer it on, and when either happens, it's better to look at the issues and the optics than impugn the character and/or the intelligence of the people waving signs."-Bobbi [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Qotd, Tam, United States of America, Don, Bobbi, Life In The Monkey House

Strange Times, Stranger Bedfellows

Let's go over some of the greatest hits of former congresswoman Cynthia "Slugger" McKinney (Crazy-GA):While she was a sitting representative, she traveled to Cuba to help Fidel with the sugar cane harvest.In 2008 she demonstrated that being a nutter was no barrier to heading the Green Party presidential ticket.In 2009, she got herself photogenically pulled over by the Israeli boat cops, smuggling halal supplies into Gaza.For whatever reason, she'd fallen largely off my personal lolcow radar for ...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Gaza, Green Party, Cuba, Alex Jones, Tam, Jake, Fred, Fidel, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Cynthia McKinney, Cynthia Slugger McKinney

Srećko Horvat: ‘The current system is more violent than any revolution’

The philosopher and activist counts Yanis Varoufakis, Slavoj Žižek and Julian Assange as friends, and his new book calls for a global liberation movement to bring down capitalismUp until the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991, foreigners were not allowed to visit the beautiful Dalmatian island of Vis, then home to a major naval base. Two years ago it was the location for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, doubling as the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi.One way of looking at the transformation from mil...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, World news, Culture, Croatia, Politics books, Philosophy books


They opened the box on Schrodinger's Probe to reveal the Rashomon Report: It says exactly what everybody thought it was going to say. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 19, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tam, Schrodinger, Life In The Monkey House, Spitting In The Wind, Tamara K

Who invented modern democracy?

Did modern democracy start its long career in the North Atlantic? Was it invented by the Americans, the French and the British? The French Revolution certainly helped to inject modern meaning into a term previously chiefly associated with the ancient world, with ancient Greece and republican Rome. In the 1830s the French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville concluded from his trip to the United States that it was possible for a modern state to function as a democracy (in both a political and a soci...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Greece, Democracy, France, Russia, Americas, Spain, History, World, Rome, Britain, United States, French Revolution

We Need to Talk About Putin and Putin v the People review – a gut-level patriot

Putin has convinced many Russians that he has raised their country from its knees. But for how much longer, ask these two books, by Mark Galeotti and by Samuel A Greene and Graeme B RobertsonOne of the silver linings running through the dark clouds of their history is that Russians have developed a strong line in subversive political humour. In one joke that has recently been doing the rounds, Putin asks Stalin: “Why is everything here so bad? What should I do?” “Execute the entire government an...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Culture, Foreign Policy, Kremlin, Stalin, Mark Galeotti, Politics books, Samuel A Greene, Graeme B RobertsonOne

End The War on Drugs Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

With 100% of the proceeds from sales going to Drug Policy Alliance—an important organization that aims to advance policies and attitudes surrounding drug use and prohibition—this “End The War on Drugs” T-shirt offers a simple, but significant message. With a boxy silhouette, it’s perfect for all genders and sizes, and is available from small to XXL.
Tags: Politics, Design, Law, Clothing, Cannabis, Apparel, 420, Drug Policy Alliance, T-shirts, Gifts That Give Back, Law Reform, Cannabis Culture

12 of the most important books for women in philosophy

To celebrate women’s enormous contributions to philosophy, here is a reading list of books that explore recent feminist philosophy and women philosophers. Despite their apparent invisibility in the field in the past, women have been practising philosophers for centuries. Some of the great social and cultural movements have also been enriched by the female minds and their indefatigable efforts. Explore books on feminist philosophy, gender oppression, and women’s empowerment by female authors who ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, US, America, Reading List, Feminism, Athens, Philosophy, Feminist, Julia Gillard, Smith, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Cherry, Adam Smith

Harold Wilson’s resignation honours – why so controversial?

On February 6 Marcia Falkender, the Baroness Falkender, died. She was one of the late Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s closest and longest-serving colleagues, first as his personal then political secretary. An enigmatic figure, she has been variously reviled, mocked, and defended since the end of Wilson’s political career. Most notoriously she was connected to Wilson’s 1976 resignation honours list, the “Lavender List.”Twice a year, every year, the British government publishes a list of people it ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, British, Harold Wilson, Political Parties, British history, British politics, Political History, 20th century British politics, 10 Downing Street, 1weceb, British Honours System, British Political History, Lavender List

Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, the Poles have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against the rodent coypus, foreigners from somewhere foreign with tomato-red teeth, who had been introduced to Britain in the 1920s as a fur crop called nutria. Once these shy...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Boston, Fiction, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Short Stories, Essays, British identity and society, Article 50

What makes the EU, the UN, and their peers legitimate?

The first “Brexit” is almost a century old, and it did not even involve Britain. It occurred on 14 June 1926, when Brazil notified the League of Nations it would leave the world organization. Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, and Peru, together with Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan, followed in the 1930s. These mass withdrawals from the League were widely interpreted as a sign that the organization was in crisis.Brexit is not a singular phenomenon. In legal...
Tags: Books, Japan, Politics, UK, New York, Featured, France, China, Singapore, India, Africa, US, David Cameron, Eu, Britain, United States

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Five

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Five From the duo that doesn’t know when to slow down, Jon and Rob are at it again, with another inspired, interesting and enlightening conversation!  This week’s discussion includes the horrific taping of a man beating a homeless woman on the New York City subway; everyone’s automatic reaction to Robert Mueller’s findings; the complete misappropriation of language due to the semantic drift of the younger generation’s love for buzzwo...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, New York City, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Popular culture, Paul Weller

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' book sales now under state investigation

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is now being investigated by the state prosecutor over questions of corruption surrounding sales of her self-published children’s book series, 'Healthy Holly.' JUST IN: Health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh more than $100,000 for “Healthy Holly” books during a time when it sought a lucrative city contract. https://t.co/eziPrQrSkA — The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) April 1, 2019 "Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh more...
Tags: Post, Books, Corruption, Politics, News, Maryland, Abc, Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser, Baltimore, WSJ, Larry Hogan, Holly, Baltimore Sun, Catherine Pugh, Pugh

So that's about how this is gonna go...

So, basically Mueller released Trump's short form birth certificate. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) March 25, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tamara, Trump, Tam, Mueller, Life In The Monkey House

Word of the week: Cow

Last week’s headlines were full of bovine references. I’m not talking about the usual bull: This was all about a fake cow with hundreds of thousands of (presumably) real Twitter followers—a cowfluencer, you might say—that’s being sued by a sitting U.S. congressman. The cow in question (1,200 followers on March 18, 634,000 followers on March 24):   The congressman (404,000 followers):   Yes, Devin Nunes of California’s Central Valley, the ranking Republican on the House Intellige...
Tags: Twitter, Books, Politics, California, Washington, White House, Russia, Poetry, Connecticut, Linguistics, Humor, Shakespeare, House Intelligence Committee, UC Berkeley, Fort Worth, Central Valley

Book review: The Lies We Were Told, by Simon Wren-Lewis

Simon Wren-Lewis started a blog in 2011, the unassuming but highly respected Mainly Macro. He has been commenting on it ever since as an economist and academic, and The Lies We Were Told gathers together the best of his blog posts into a book. The years since 2011 have been eventful and the book covers […]
Tags: Books, Politics, Future, Economics, Simon Wren Lewis

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