So, is the EU building illegal settlements in Israel?

Matthew Yglesias has made the important discovery that things matter in presidential contests other than what boxes a candidate checks. Let us congratulate him on his personal growth. Also, Jonathan Chait. Steven Berman responds, as does Noah Berlatsky. At the end of the day… I’ll take it, I guess.

Brendan Nyhan tweetstorms the rise of Donald Trump, and the multifactorial institutional failures that made it happen, and Der Spiegel explains how the US media made it happen.

As Trump serves as a warning sign about democracy for the rest of the world, an insider explains how the nomination could be stolen from him.

Sarah Fallon and Wired explain that cancer rates spiking in Fukushima were not due to radiation.

Mark Judge argues that cities are the new suburbs and suburbs are the new cities.

The arctic island of Svalbard is trying to figure out how to get people to come visit during its very dark, very cold winters.

Should we fix our broken hearts and inappropriate desires with pharmaceuticals?

There are various aspects of my wife’s job that can get her very worked up. This is one of them. She proverbially (and sometimes literally) weeps for patients that are kept past their time.

Six (non-conservative) psychologists and sociologists in three studies suggest there is a substantial ideological bias in social science research. {More}

Hey, there’s something about Canada we don’t want to talk about.

A Taiwanese model posed for a picture in an ad for a cosmetic clinic. It ruined her life and she sued.

Exxon finds itself in the unenviable position of people asking them “Hey, isn’t that what the tobacco companies did?”

It came around too late for me, but it does seem like Facebook would be fertile ground for flirting and all that. It seems weird to me they never really did the matchmaking thing. They’d have some great analytics.

Peter Tatchell has changed his mind on the gay cake issue. It’s a bit different from the wedding cake issue over here, though, as it required a specific message being put onto the cake.

It’s not just me: Anime really was great twenty years ago.

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17 Responses to Linkluster Full Circle Plus One Hundred

  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    A clearly pro-gay message is considerably different from a simple wedding cake.

  2. Oscar Gordon says:

    Also, the Thyroid cancer article is nice, and not nearly enough people who need to read it, will.

  3. Michael Drew says:

    At the end of the Berman piece is he trying to suggest that they were slow to come around because they wanted to hold on to hoping for a Trump nomination because they thought Clinton would “likely lose” to… Cruz?

    • trumwill says:

      I am going to admit that I laughed out loud on that one. The polls have (thus far) been pretty generous to Cruz, but that obviously wouldn’t last. But Cruz is right in their blind spot.

      • Michael Drew says:

        In that case I’ll admit that I was impressed by the tying of the liberal love of Leviathan and hubris at thinking it can be controlled to the belief that the consequences of unleashing Godzilla could be controlled.

        Leviathan and Godzilla (Frankenstein seems like the right monster here, but…) seem like different kinds of mistakes to me, but it was creative nonetheless. And honestly, a fair point about unintended consequences in general.

        • trumwill says:

          I at least partially agree on Leviathan vs Godzilla. It was a well-made point and I think there is enough truth to it to be interesting, but not quite enough for the relationship between the two things to be convincing.

  4. Michael Drew says:

    Is the title a Great War reference?

    Also, you brought up your wife’s profession. I’ve been wondering: is there concern that the admitting-privileges laws will or are forcing or pressuring physicians who don’t want to perform abortions to do so?

    Also… broken hearts, yes, inappropriate desires, no. Until they’re actually dangerous.

    • trumwill says:

      The title+image actually worked on a couple of levels. I’m kind of proud of it, actually.

      It’s not something I worry is imminent, but do worry about in a vague “tide of history” sort of way. For the immediate future, there is enough opposition to abortion (including among people who believe it should be legal) that there is an understanding about why doctors wouldn’t want to perform an abortion that doesn’t exist nearly so much for pharmacists who don’t want to dispense birth control. But all such things are subject to change, and the Democratic Party has been moving to a more uncompromising posture on the issue, so what I thought was “That’s probably outside of my wife’s career-span” has sort of shifted to “Well, maybe not.”

      Though, for unrelated reasons, she may not be delivering babies past the near future.

      • Michael Drew says:

        What is the image? It’s really striking. (I’m obsessed with WWI.)

        • trumwill says:

          I’m afraid I have no idea. I ran across it randomly one day while searching images and immediately knew I had to save it because it’s just amazing.

        • Michael Drew says:

          I think it’s a drawing.

        • Michael Drew says:

          …Or some type of collage/composite of images, including some pencil work.

          • trumwill says:

            My thought is that it was CG.

            With regard to your interest in WWI, I’d recommend Turtledove’s The Great War quadrilogy. It takes place in the Southern Victory series, but you don’t need to read the before and after. Even if you’re not in to Union/Confederacy, it’s heavy on WWI (about the “North American Front” with USA vs Canada and CSA).

        • Michael Drew says:

          I’m more into the European causes, strategy, and consequences, but I’m certainly interested in the American role, so I’ll put that on the list. I am also interested in America’s expanding role in the world during that time as well, though I think of that as it’s own track of interest apart from WWI per se, so that sounds like one I should get to. Thanks.

        • Michael Drew, you might find Paul Fussell’s GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY (ca. 1975), interesting. I’ve never read it myself–and it probably focuses more on the cultural consequences than the geopolitical causes–but it’s a pretty highly acclaimed book on WWI and the UK.

        • Michael Drew says:


          I haven’t read it either, but I have looked at it, and listened to multiple podcasts that discuss it. From what I gather it’s one of the best treatments of the War Poets, and maybe the most important work on the cultural fallout. Thanks to you, too

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