The Internet is not broken, and does not need to be fixed. Left-wing extremists have been crying wolf for the past decade about the harm to the Internet if the federal government didn’t regulate it. Not only were they wrong, but the Internet has exploded with innovation. Do not regulate the Internet. The best way to keep it open and free is what has kept it open and free all along—no government intervention.

There’s an organization out there called American Commitment that is preying on stupid people who see things through Amurikkah-tinted glasses by reframing the debate on net neutrality into a “government takeover” of the internet. If you are one of the 2.4 million people who signed this petition, you are among the 2.4 million stupidest people in the country. Just thought I should tell you so you can learn to embrace your stupidity and realize that you’re letting some jackasses paid for by the Koch family feed your brain with mind-numbing bullshit.

May you see the error of your ways and spend a couple of minutes researching the jerks that are brainwashing you. Thanks. — Ernie @ SFB

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"As George Orwell noted long ago, the best way to justify brutalizing a people is by turning them into a euphemism."

haaretz:

Benjamin Netanyahu is right to worry about Islamic State, an Iranian nuclear weapon, and Hamas. Each poses real, if distinct, threats. But Israel’s fundamental problem in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is not an abstraction called “militant Islam.” And it cannot be solved in Cairo, Riyadh or…

The key here is this: Colleges need to get more specific about who they want to help, and why. Universities’ commitment to ‘diversity’ is important, but it’s a poor substitute for a policy of equal access for the disadvantaged because ‘diverse’ students and disadvantaged students are not necessarily one and the same.
I’ve never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, ‘don’t try to fly too high,’ or whether it might also be thought of as ‘forget the wax and feathers, and do a better job on the wings.’
theeconomist:

Goldilocks nationalism: The size and homogeneity of a country’s population has a big bearing on its economic policies

theeconomist:

Goldilocks nationalism: The size and homogeneity of a country’s population has a big bearing on its economic policies

Latest Polling Figures, 12 Days before Election

The latest pre-election polls came out this morning, just a dozen days before Bolivia’s 2014 general election. No surprises: Evo Morales is pretty much a lock to win an unprecedented third term (the constitutionality of this remains debated, but won’t make a difference). Remember, all Evo needs is to win at least 40 percent of the vote and beat his nearest rival by 10 points to avoid a runoff.…

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How could an organization that monitors its employees’ appearance and regulates how long they can celebrate on the field not pursue, with the same zeal, available video evidence of one of them knocking out his fiancée in an elevator?

Ian Crouch on Husain Abdullah and the N.F.L.’s unsportsmanlike conduct.

(via newyorker)

Indeed.

When asked whether he has gotten any offers to venture into Hollywood during his 20-year career, Jung Woo Sung replied, “Going abroad should not be an actor’s ultimate goal.”

He added, “Of course, filming foreign projects is up to the individual, and they will have a reason for doing so.” Then he frankly stated, “Hollywood is a white-dominated industry, so unfortunately the main character has to be white. But I want to be a main character.”

He further explained, “I’m not sure why Asian actors must make it their goal to enter Hollywood, if it means that they will end up playing villains and supporting characters.”

south korean actor, jung woo sung, speaking frankly about casting and job opportunities in hollywood. (x)

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theeconomist:

Why can’t we do it peacefully? A continent’s dwindling secessionists looked wistfully at Scotland

theeconomist:

Why can’t we do it peacefully? A continent’s dwindling secessionists looked wistfully at Scotland

nprcodeswitch:

PSA courtesy of How To Get Away With Murder

Yep.