A few things going on out there…
- Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran — Just because it’s the latest and it’s also, you know, important…
- Oped: Trump-Haley in 2020 — OK, when you stop screaming after reading that headline, consider that the piece begins with these words: “I’m proud to have founded the Democrats for Trump movement in 2016.” Yikes, who knew there was such a thing? Kind of starts this guy, Andrew Stein, in a bit of a credibility hole, doesn’t it? Also, Bill Kristol asserts that the guy “pled guilty to lying in a financial fraud.” Oh, and he looks the part.
- ‘We don’t trust you!’: After fatal police shooting, black residents confront Buttigieg — And apparently, some of them are ticked that he took off in the middle of this crisis to come to Columbia on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how the young man handles this situation.
- What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues — I learned a few things from this piece about how Amazon does very little to prevent the sale of shoddy, counterfeit books via its platform. Here’s a sidebar story…
- OK, I’m envious of Jeff Bezos — No, not because he’s a gazillionaire, although that’s a nice bonus, but because of the way he is able to order his working day. His goal “Make three good decisions a day and no meetings before 10 a.m.” Sounds like the perfect job description to me. I’d be glad to do it for 1 percent of what he makes.
- Stonewall and the Myth of Self-Deliverance — Probably the most interesting opinion piece I read over the weekend. I liked it, but what I liked best wasn’t the main point. (His main point was that oppressed groups seldom end the oppression on their own.) I liked a secondary, perhaps you would even say implied, point: That demonstrations are not the best way to effect social and political change. Bit of a hobby-horse of mine, as y’all know. I need to make a point to check out more by this guy, Kwame Anthony Appiah. He’s sufficiently iconoclastic that there’s no telling where he might go, so I might end up hating his stuff. But I doubt he’d be boring.
- Happy April! Here’s an Open Thread for the weekend
- Open Thread for Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Open Thread for (late) Thursday, March 26, 2020
- Open Thread for Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- Open Thread for Friday, March 20, 2020
- Open Thread for Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Open Thread for Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (with possible live updates)
- Open Thread for Monday, March 9, 2020
- Open Thread for Monday, March 2, 2020
- Open Thread for Monday, February 3, 2020