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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
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19 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    It tells you plenty. Many of issues you write about are a symptom of the problems caused by that kind of economic issue!

  2. #2 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The Post critic, like so many so-called intellectuals, feels that the writers, artists, musicians, etc. that he likes SHOULD be popular and so wants to change the rules to make that so. Just as the Democrats in Florida felt that Gore SHOULD have won, and so kept changing the rules in an attempt to make it so. They don’t even understand that this kind of behavior is cheating, which is what makes them so dangerous. At base they have no sympathy for rules, laws, or customs that do not work to their advantage. They have no degree of devotion to democracy, no concept of honesty, no principals whatsoever …. other than that they should have their war and to hell with everyone else (all for our own good, mind you.)

    The Conservatives have their own flaws, mind.

  3. #3 |  shecky | 

    Don’t click on that “Good to know that conservatives are also still capable of saying really stupid things about libertarianism” link unless you like the sensation of your brain cells rotting away. Christ, that was fucking stupid!

  4. #4 |  Mike T | 

    It tells you plenty. Many of issues you write about are a symptom of the problems caused by that kind of economic issue!

    Most of America’s social problems can be traced back to the fact that nuclear families are no longer the norm in quite a few communities.

  5. #5 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    The election was in November, which means the Republicans don’t have to keep pretending they still like Libertarians for almost two whole years now. Remember Zonation when 2012 rolls around and all those conservatives out there are suddenly talking about how much they like small government and personal liberty and how conservatives and libertarians are BFF.

    It never lasts a second past the ballots being counted.

  6. #6 |  BoscoH | 

    Wait, this Zonation guy is not for real, right?

  7. #7 |  ThinkAnarchy | 

    @ the youtube clip from PJTV,

    “what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this (internet) is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  8. #8 |  rightshu | 

    I think the most telling thing about that FayObserver article and the attitude behind it is that the author (and, of course, his fellow travelers) believe that the most important thing to punish the top earners, bringing them down and laying them low. Why not, instead, create a climate of opportunity that allows those at the bottom to rise up?

  9. #9 |  AL | 

    That Zonation/PJTV clip was just really, really awful. So many gross generalizations (“independents can’t think for themselves,” “liberals hate rich people,” etc.). Gotta love at the end where he just takes personal offense to Gillespie’s completely innocuous use of “mutant” as a metaphor. Right, because when you don’t have a point or anything coherent to say, just get offended so you can feel self-righteous. Moreover, he starts denying that he’s a mutant in the literal sense, indicating that he probably didn’t do well in biology class (where you learn quickly, if you had paid any attention, that all living organisms are mutants). This is made more ironic in that he complained a few minutes earlier that people need to have straight A’s on their report cards before they express themselves freely.

    So much fail crammed into 8 minutes. I hope this clown’s career doesn’t go very far.

  10. #10 |  Mister DNA | 

    That Zonation dude makes Stepin Fetchit look like Malcolm X.

  11. #11 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    That Zonation clip was awful, I could only watch for a minute and a half. It’s like weaponized stupidity.

  12. #12 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    What the fuck, Radley? why even waste time with this “zonation” goofball?

  13. #13 |  Rojo | 

    On the best-selling books issue, I see two ways of reading that article, at least.

    The friendly way is that the author of the piece was complaining that people flock like lemmings almost entirely to the know quantities that inhabit the best-seller lists and thereby miss other material. Further, as an illustration of that point, here’s a bunch of names that the author recommends to read who aren’t don’t get on that list. And the admittedly silly idea of banning an author from the lists after one appearance was a purely rhetorical device.

    The unfriendly way is the way Radley and some above commenters have read it.

    I think I fall somewhere between and definitely would not have made the points I agree with (that flocking like lemmings exclusively to the best-sellers is not a good idea) in the same way, and am not sure that the problem is even very problematic in the long run, although I imagine an author trying and failing to get on the best-seller lists might disagree. As a reader, I simply ignore the best-seller lists. Problem solved for me and all other readers that do the same! Those that follow the herd would probably follow the herd in some other way if the best-seller lists were banned. Oprah Book Club anyone?

    …And I frankly felt insulted when she mentioned Gene Wolfe and said, “You’ve never heard of Wolfe, right?” I thought to myself, “No, I have in fact read quite a bit of Wolfe, including the exact series you just mentioned, twice even!” (Which I also highly recommend, btw). Never a good idea to talk down to your audience… might even be an impediment to reaching the best-seller list.

  14. #14 |  Rojo | 

    Correction: “he mentioned…,” not “she.” I misread Michael as Michelle.

  15. #15 |  derfel cadarn | 

    What makes Dirda think that anyone cares what he “thinks”(unsure any thought process was involved).He is an elitist a$$hole,he can read whatever he likes,but thinking that I require his advice or consent is definitely a miscalculation. People of Dirda`s ilk are the primary problem in America today. The fact that Dirda has won a Pulitzer only enforces the perception that like the Nobel the prizes carry the weight of hydrogen,all fluff no substance.

  16. #16 |  Warren Bonesteel | 

    From what I can see, the insanity has become a national and global pandemic.

    I’ve also noticed that the most insane people among us are in charge of things…or else they want to be in charge of other people, places and things.

  17. #17 |  Tommil | 

    Re: Washington Post Book Critic. It brings to mind a quote from My Cousin Vinny, “You were serious about that?!”

  18. #18 |  Milano | 

    But if you change the NYT bestseller list, how will I sneer derisively at the “lemmings” held in its thrall? I guess my innate superiority will have to do.

  19. #19 |  Brian | 

    Regarding the guy from the Washington Post whining, I think it’s a fantastic idea. In fact, we should apply his rule to every kind of championship. Win the World Series once? Fine, you can’t go again until everyone else has had their win. Same thing with the Superbowl, the Stanley Cup, and the Indy 500. Wrestling, boxing, golf, you name it.

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