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Zoom is ruining conversation because it's much harder to interrupt.

I'm reading "How the Zoom era has ruined conversation." (WaPo) Maybe you think it's better to disempower the interrupters. If so, you need to hear from those who understand the importance of overlapping conversation — collaborative conversation: Suppose someone is speaking and another person, eager to express agreement, chimes in at the end of their sentence. Over Zoom, this tends to derail the discussion or narrative.... Then there’s the turn-waiting....[S]ociolinguist Deborah Tannen... descri...
Tags: Technology, Law, California, Etiquette, Conversation, Thomas, WaPo, Clarence Thomas, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Deborah Tannen


Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report

The Justice Department under former President Trump obtained phone records of Washington Post reporters and attempted to get access to...
Tags: Washington Post, Russia, Justice Department, Trump, WaPo


"Scotland goes to the polls Thursday in a vote that could eventually lead to a truly historic event: the crackup of the United Kingdom."

"The independence movement has gained momentum in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit. And the pandemic has further encouraged the idea that Scotland might be better off going its own way, with policies determined in Edinburgh viewed more favorably by Scots than those pronounced at Westminster. As a result, the Scottish National Party, led by the popular First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, 50, is expected to perform well in Thursday’s vote for seats in the regional Parliam...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Britain, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, Parliament, National party, WaPo, Ann Althouse, U.K, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon


Pants On Fire: Biden’s Bogus Gun Control Claim Up in Smoke

Joe Biden has been caught in another canard about guns. (Screen snip, Biden-Harris campaign.) U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- When Joe Biden declared during his address to Congress and the country—as quoted by The Hill—that, “We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity again. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We did it before and it worked,” he evidently didn’t count on people listening who knew better. One of those people was the National Review’s David Harsanyi, and he quickly blew the whistl...
Tags: New York, Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, White House, America, Joe Biden, Idaho, House, Gun Control, Capitol Hill, Biden, Nra, National Review, Hill


Anti-Gun Lobbying Group Expects & Demands Action for Helping Elect Dems

March For Our Lives wants something from congressional Democrats and they’re not subtle about it. (U S Capital Building Congress), iStock-1154438278 U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- An official with the gun prohibition lobbying group “March for Our Lives” has acknowledged his group expects action on gun control for having worked to elect an anti-gun Congressional majority and president. Quoted by Politico, Max Markham, identified as the March for Our Lives policy director, reportedly stated; “We didn...
Tags: Guns, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, Joe Biden, House, New York Times, Italy, Gun Control, Kansas, Dallas, National Mall, Fox News, Capitol Hill


"There is little countries can do to lift their native-born birthrates; nor is it even clear why the U.S. fertility rate, which now stands substantially below the replacement rate of 2.1 babies per woman, is so low."

Says the Editorial Board of The Washington Post in "The 2020 Census is a clarion call for immigration."I was just saying that President Biden's plan to vastly increase support for families with children could be justified by the need to inspire Americans to keep having children. Here's what I wrote 3 days ago: There was some concern expressed yesterday over the "remarkable slackening" in population growth seen in the 2020 census. What will it do to the economy going forward if Americans don't ma...
Tags: Law, Immigration, United States, Population, Biden, WaPo, Beemer, Ann Althouse, Temüjin, Editorial Board of The Washington Post


"There was talk, at one point, of calling Aidy Bryant's show 'fat bitch'... the studio and network were like, 'Uh, no'...."

"But being fat is part of what the series is about. 'Shrill' is based on Lindy West’s memoir, sparked by her viral 2011 column, 'Hello, I Am Fat'... West’s story resonated with Bryant.... 'It is a descriptor and, like, I am fat,' says Bryant, 33. 'To me, it’s like taking the power out of it. It doesn’t have to be so loaded. It’s just true, and sitting with that, it makes it easier for me. It just feels a little less frightening.'... Will 'Shrill' leave a lasting impact on how fat people are trea...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Fat, Aidy Bryant, Elizabeth Taylor, Normal, Bryant, Michaels, WaPo, Chris Farley, Farley, John Belushi, Aidy, Lindy West, Ann Althouse, Insults


"The reality TV ordeal of a Russian who joined a Chinese boy band show by accident – and made it to the final despite urging fans to vote him off – has finally ended..."

"... after nearly three months. Vladislav Ivanov, a 27-year-old from Vladivostok, was kicked out of the Produce Camp 2021 on Saturday after viewers ignored his pleas to leave and backed him all the way to the final. Ivanov, who speaks Mandarin, joined the show as a Chinese translator. But he said he was invited to sign up as a contestant after the directors noticed his good looks.... He appeared to regret his decision almost immediately but could not leave without breaching his contract. His l...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Law, China, Netflix, Xi Jinping, Pop Culture, Slavery, American Idol, Howard Stern, Worst, White, Communist Party, Reuters, Smiling, Keaton


"With a software update that arrived this week called iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, Apple is finally forcing apps to come clean about a kind of surveillance they’ve been conducting on us for the past decade...."

"Some apps, such as The Sims, Venmo and Shake Shack have been seeking permission to track for a few weeks now. Facebook and its sister app Instagram began asking permission on Monday and the company says it will roll out the pop up — and a screen arguing why you should allow it to track — over the next few weeks. Facebook and other apps that make money by collecting our data and showing us hyper-targeted ads aren’t happy about having to ask permission. Mark Zuckerberg and friends have deluded ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Journalism, Zuckerberg, Don, Fowler, WaPo, Shake Shack, Geoffrey A Fowler, Ann Althouse


"When I talk to school administrators, they consistently tell me that off-campus speech bedevils them, and the lower courts desperately need some guidance in this area."

Said lawprof Justin Driver, quoted in "A cheerleader’s Snapchat rant leads to ‘momentous’ Supreme Court case on student speech" (WaPo). The case is about a 14-year-old girl's Snapchat that said, "Fuck school, fuck softball, fuck everything." She got suspended from the cheerleading squad. From the article: The [school] district, supported in the Supreme Court by the Biden administration, poses a number of problems: the student who publishes answers to the test; the player who undermines the coach...
Tags: Supreme Court, Bullying, Law, Censorship, Snapchat, Biden, District Of Columbia, Free Speech, The Web, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words, Justin Driver


"[W]hen an alleged rapist writes a book about a brilliant but problematic novelist, and when that book is lauded and celebrated up until..."

"... the moment two women say the author assaulted them — when all that happens, you wonder how the 900-page tome reads in hindsight." Writes Monica Hesse (in WaPo). She bought the book after the publisher withdrew it. You can still download the Kindle version. [ADDED: You can even buy the hardcover book at that link. Amazon has its stock to ship. But the publisher, Norton, isn't shipping any more books, and it's not doing publicity.]That takes some of the heat out of the argument that the book ...
Tags: Amazon, Marriage, Law, Labor, Cheese, Censorship, Reading, Karen, Feminism, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Philip Roth, John, Bob, Matt Lauer, Maggie


"This is a surreal depiction in which racism is concentrated everywhere. Everyone manifests racism, but then also a vulnerable human side."

"The characters' stories were nicely, complexly interwoven. I liked it — even when it skewed melodramatic. I liked that you were kept on your toes about which characters to love or hate, to respect or revile."That's something I blogged in February 2006, after watching the movie "Crash," which had just been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The movie went on to win that Oscar, a fact I'm contemplating this morning because I'm reading "The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pic...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, La, US, America, Oscar, Oscars, Homophobia, Brokeback Mountain, Racists, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Washington Post Here, Temüjin


"Her art comes to life by oxidization. Just like apples, bananas oxidize, or turn brown, as the enzymes in their cells are released and interact with the oxygen in the air."

"Cells that are damaged — because they’ve been poked with a fork or dropped on the floor — brown faster. By varying when she applied the marks, Chojnicka discovered that she could create a palette of shades, resulting in surprisingly intricate pictures." From "Bored in the pandemic, she made art by bruising bananas. Now she has an international following" (WaPo), which is all about this Instagram feed. It's not high art. It's stuff like this: View this post o...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Washington Post, Bananas, 1960s, Atlas Obscura, WaPo, Donovan, Ann Althouse, Mellow Yellow, Chojnicka


Dems Rush to Pass D.C. Statehood in Power Grab that Will Threaten 2A

Dems Rush to Pass D.C. Statehood in Power Grab that Will Threaten 2A, iStock-1154438278 U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Capitol Hill Democrats are rushing to give the District of Columbia statehood, a crusade that has been going on for at least three decades and which critics insist is nothing more than a raw power grab. On Thursday, the House voted 216-208 to pass H.R. 51. Prior to the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated, “The Democrats’ D.C. statehood scheme is about two things: cons...
Tags: Maryland, Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Democrats, Washington Dc, House, US Senate, Fox News, Nancy Pelosi, Republican, Biden


Biden’s Nose Keeps Growing as WaPo Gives 2 New ‘Pinocchios’ on Guns

Joe Biden has been caught by the Washington P:ost Fact Checker again, earning two ‘Pinocchios.’ (Screen snip, YouTube, CNN) U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- If one thing is consistent about Joe Biden, it is his penchant for getting caught telling whoppers even Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler cannot abide, his latest being remarks about gun owners for which he earned two “Pinocchios” Monday. The newspaper rates falsehoods on a scale of one to four “Pinocchios,” named for the cartoon charact...
Tags: Post, Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, Colorado, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Court, America, Georgia, Joe Biden, House, Social Security


"Azaria, who is White..."

Is he?I'm trying to read the WaPo article, "Hank Azaria apologizes for playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ for three decades." I've already blogged about this apology, so I'm not rehashing that. I just want to focus on the unsupported assertion that Azaria "is White." If Azaria is White, maybe Apu is also White. The question whether people from India are white has been litigated in the United States. From Wikipedia's article "Racial classification of Indian Americans":  Throughout much of the early 2...
Tags: Supreme Court, Greece, Law, Wikipedia, India, New York City, Immigration, US, America, Spain, United States, Aclu, Queens, Jack, The Simpsons, White


WaPo mocked for fawning feature on Kamala Harris' crocheting: 'How's the border going?'

Vice President Kamala Harris loves to crochet, the Washington Post reported this week, in its latest glowing feature of the VP. The...
Tags: Washington Post, Kamala Harris, WaPo


"President Biden promised to usher in a golden age of bipartisan cooperation, but instead he is showing a reverse Midas touch..."

"... taking issues that once united Republicans and Democrats and making them partisan and divisive," writes Marc A. Thiessen (at WaPo).Until Biden came along, every single covid-19 relief bill was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses.... For Biden, who promised to put his “whole soul” into uniting Republicans and Democrats, passing a bipartisan covid bill should have been a layup. I mean, Trump did it five times. But instead, the president has turned unity into division ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Iain, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Marc A Thiessen, Bob Boyd, Iain (the commenter


WaPo fact checker mocks Biden White House for claiming illegal immigration surge was seasonal

After reports of record-breaking migrant border apprehensions last month, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler said Thursday the...
Tags: Washington Post, WaPo, Glenn Kessler, Biden White House


Justice Stephen G. Breyer said something very obvious about Supreme Court authority.

But he's authoritative, and he's pushing back liberal politicos, and he said it in a speech at Harvard Law School, so it's news, reported here, at "Justice Breyer says expanding the Supreme Court could erode trust" (WaPo). In remarks prepared for a speech at Harvard Law School, Breyer wrote that the court’s authority depends on “a trust that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics.” He added: “Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed tha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Court, Harvard, Biden, Separation of Powers, Gore, Trump, Bush, Harvard Law School, WaPo, Breyer, Stephen G Breyer, Ann Althouse


"How Ron DeSantis’s critics are turning him into a hero for the right"

A WaPo column by Aaron Blake. Over the past year, DeSantis has repeatedly found himself targeted for his coronavirus response, sometimes in overwrought ways. The culmination came Sunday in a “60 Minutes” piece that cast a spotlight on his decision to run Florida’s coronavirus vaccination program through the grocery store chain Publix, which had donated $100,000 to his campaign in the weeks prior.... Even Florida officials with ties to the Democratic Party have defended the decision to use Publix...
Tags: Florida, Law, Gop, 60 Minutes, Trump, Democratic Party, Publix, Palm Beach County, WaPo, Aaron Blake, Ron DeSantis, Dave Kerner, Ann Althouse, DeSantis, 2024 Campaign


"To me, this is something you do, ideally, zero times. You never experience the impulse to do it, and you lead a pleasant life."

"You travel. You eat lunchmeat sandwiches. Maybe you do a marathon, or climb something. You lead a blithe existence for many decades, you die in your bed in your mid-nineties surrounded by your cherished relatives, and in all that time, you never walk up to a colleague on the floor of the House of Representatives and out of nowhere present him with a nude photograph of someone you claim to have had sex with. But if you can’t do it zero times, then ideally it happens only once. It happens only on...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Etiquette, Feminism, House, House Of Representatives, Naked, Vanity Fair, Matt, WaPo, Alexandra Petri, Petri, Matt Gaetz, Ann Althouse, Gaetz


"If they are right, if that is what it takes to get grocery stores, that says a lot about those corporations think of certain communities. It’s a sad commentary on those corporations."

Said Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s), quoted in "In a bid to bring grocers to food deserts, Prince George’s turns to alcohol sales" (WaPo). The issue is whether to let grocery stores sell beer and wine. They'd be more likely to open if they can sell beer and wine, and there are places in the state (Maryland) where there aren't enough grocery stores, and that's detrimental to the health of the poorer people who live there. But there's also the idea that beer and wine are bad for people (...
Tags: Maryland, Shopping, Law, Economics, Drinking, Davis, George, WaPo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Said Del Dereck E Davis D Prince George


Rep. Matt Gaetz also showed photos of nude women to Florida political allies, WaPo reports

CHEYENNE, WY - JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) holds a phone to the microphone as Donald Trump Jr. speaks remotely to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz and Trump Jr. added their voices to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images The Washington Post reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz showed photos of nude women to people in Florida ...
Tags: Post, Florida, Politics, Washington Post, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, Paul ryan, Times, Donald Trump, Cheney, Justice Department, Joel, Ryan, Matt


"Though still early in his presidency, these three false claims have been repeated by President Biden despite previous fact-checking."

Writes WaPo fact checker Glenn Kessler, in "President Biden, recidivist": "[T]here are three claims President Biden has made that appear impervious to fact-checking, given that he’s already said them at least three times. Some readers have noticed, sending us puzzled emails about why the president keeps making these statements."  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Biden, WaPo, Glenn Kessler, Ann Althouse


"No mention of the perps race in the headline. That is weirdly the most obvious clue to their race nowadays. #JouralismDiesInWokeness."

Says one of the commenters on the Washington Post article "New York authorities file hate-crime charges in attack on Asian American woman." There isn't even an attacker in the headline. The only human beings in the headline are the "authorities" and the "Asian American woman." The evildoer disappears. There's no attacker, only an "attack." But if there are hate crime charges, then the human mind is all important. "Attack" stresses the outward action. "Hate" requires a hater. There is a shadow of...
Tags: Headlines, New York, Crime, Law, Washington Post, Manhattan, Midtown, Hate, Elliot, WaPo, Cyrus Vance Jr, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Vilma Kari


"The plan, set to be introduced by Biden in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, says it will enable drivers across the country to find electric charging stations for their vehicles on the road."

"Every lead pipe in the country would be replaced. All Americans would have access to high-speed Internet broadband by the end of the decade. As many as 2 million homes and housing units would be built, retrofitted or renovated. Biden released the spending plan with a slew of tax hikes on businesses that is likely to be the most contentious part of his proposal. The White House says the proposal would pay for itself over 15 years because many of the tax increases would remain even as the spendin...
Tags: Taxes, Law, White House, Biden, Pittsburgh, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Biden economics


"Stay home Patrick of Tennessee. We don’t need maga anti-vaxers spreading pestilence across our country. As a matter of fact, don’t even leave your trailer park."

"Board the doors shut and stay inside with your AR-15. I think all of these anti-vaxers should be required to have ‘do not resuscitate’ tattooed on their foreheads." Says the top-rated commenter on a Washington Post article, "‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy/White House-led effort tries to corral more than a dozen initiatives." The commenter is responding to this: There is evidence vaccine passports could motivate skeptical Americans to get shots. Several vac...
Tags: UK, Technology, Privacy, Law, Washington Post, White House, Singapore, Theresa May, Tennessee, Denmark, Frank Luntz, Trump, Wolf, Patrick, WaPo, voter ID


Reading the next 4 WaPo articles on Joe Biden's press conference.

Let me continue with the links I found in the top left corner of the front page of The Washington Post this morning (at around 6):1. "Analysis: In news conference, Biden made some incorrect statements and claims lacking context." On the inside the headline is: "Fact-checking President Biden’s first news conference." Biden's claim that the U.S. has given far more vaccination shots is a distortion, because some other countries have given shots to a larger percentage of the population. Biden repeat...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Gop, Biden, The Washington Post, Jim Crow, WaPo, Glenn Kessler, Aaron Blake, Ann Althouse, Robin Givhan, Pragmatism, Pinocchios Biden


Reading the Washington Post coverage of Biden's press conference.

There are 5 pieces lined up on the left side of the front page and more scattered about, so this is a big task. Let me get the blog started this morning with just the first headline: "Biden prioritizes infrastructure and pandemic ahead of guns and immigration." On the inside, the headine makes Biden sound weaker: "Biden promises to tackle the nation’s crises, but says some may wait." Prioritizing specific issues sounds like what an active, skillful executive would do. The inside headline present...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, United States, Biden, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Honduras Guatemala El Salvador, Biden And Immigration