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The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter Contributing editor, The New Republic
Nov 22, 2021
the funny thing is he also basically made this face in 2 probably spent the exact same amount of time and energy doing the last Wes Anderson movie too but he still has a couple nice moments in it
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Nov 13, 2021
kid picked some Wonder Woman Golden Book for bedtime and now I'm mad again that the Martian Manhunter isn't one of the canonical Justice League founding members anymore. They did J'onn dirty. Cyborg is fine but if he had to replace someone Arthur Curry is right there
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Nov 5, 2021
an intellectual whose work I have read admiringly and who I am very confident is much smarter than I am has, once again, run aground on the obvious "reject wokeness" response of "who, precisely, is supposed to do what, precisely, to whom, and by what mechanism will that work" if Biden said "I reject Ibram X Kendi" it would be a) meaningless/unbelieved by people to whom he's already a villain, b) demoralizing/alienating to Kendi admirers, c) utterly meaningless to most people. general anti-CRT speech would be basically the same result. who does what?
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Oct 29, 2021
everyone's making fun of this guy's other tweet but this one is like "all this movie has to offer is sumptuous visuals and a brilliant score" Image sound is a massively underrated element of filmmaking and what I've come to realize now that I don't go to theaters that often is that it's become a hugely more important part of the theater experience for me than visual effects
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Oct 14, 2021
she's pretty clearly laying the groundwork to become an independent, probably after the midterms like the material reasons why she's acting like this are obvious but she's assiduously tending to her donor base and breaking ties with the local Dem party. you don't really need to do anything to "cash in" after one term, you need a donor base to run an independent campaign
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Sep 4, 2021
after many months the supply chains have finally delivered the kid's new bike Image want to see the kid on the bike? that might cost you. theap.substack.com
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May 2, 2021
In U.S. cities there effectively isn't traffic enforcement besides speed cameras and pretextual stops. There's parking enforcement for some but you wouldn't call 911 on someone running a red and they'd scoff if you did. Cops don't chase people making illegal turns. the reasons for this are pretty obvious: it's easier to stop scofflaws on foot and no one wants high-speed chases for any act of bad driving. but DOTs and mayors haven't really translated this into the obvious lesson that "enforcement" can't produce "Vision Zero."
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May 2, 2021
doesn't code the same way because they're an anglosphere country/our jolly friends across the pond but the UK is rapidly becoming an "illiberal democracy" as Fareed Zakaria would put it. one reason the Tories are so strong is they absorbed supporters of the far-right parties. anyway yeah if I were Scotland and NI I'd get the hell out and let England consign itself to its chosen fate
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Apr 20, 2021
this was just articulated better by @adamkotsko but the enraging thing about this and Pelosi's insane statement is that there's no whiff of regret or attempt at apology from people with actual power in the system that killed Floyd.
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Apr 11, 2021
i was taking notes to add to this thread while and after watching the most audience-insulting two-parter I can remember from any Trek franchise (I didn't watch much "Enterprise") and it ended at 1,700 words (i will not post the 1,700 words)
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Feb 24, 2021
If a liberal rich person wanted to recreate the messaging success of the right AND save journalism, they'd buy some papers and lose money on them at the rate the Falun Gong loses money on the Epoch Times, instead of introducing new Business Models and giving up after a year they'd buy papers in bad straits and invest in them, send free print copies to every household in key regions, and also open the money hose for heavily promoted digital content. how the right does this is not a trade secret, they just consider it a different kind of investment
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Feb 24, 2021
the donor model that fuels the liberal nonprofit world will never work to produce useful journalism newrepublic.com/article/155011… but it will also never fail consultants whose primary skill is talking to donors newrepublic.com/article/156496…
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Feb 17, 2021
i mean assuming Yang is telling the truth in which city does he own this one home makes sense!
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Mar 14, 2020
The actual gist of this story is that there is strong (and readily available) evidence that presymptomatic and asymptomatic people are driving the spread of the virus but U.S. officials are effectively denying this for some reason. cnn.com/2020/03/14/hea…
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Jan 4, 2020
Is there anything anyone involved in the American foreign policy creation industry over the last several decades can point to as a win? this is basically the answer and it is stuff we could've built on and made universal ten times over with the money we spent on the other stuff
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Aug 17, 2018
For our health and happiness we should be radically pedestrianizing the entire country. Instead we'll make it illegal to walk along busy roads because billionaires don't want to share space with other humans on the way to the airport. I don't strictly mean "closing areas off to cars," I mean places everywhere where people live and work and shop should be designed so it's pleasant and safe to walk around. This doesn't require density. It can be done without demanding the exurbs become Brooklyn.
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