Efforts to understand, improve, or do less harm to the world around me.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Veteran journalist on the news

Very well-written overview of the state of our free press.  I've heard pieces of this but to see it all together really hits home and in a good way.  (Charles Lewis leaves 60 Minutes)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantastic please-label-it appeal

I'd read about the Supreme Court case, but this was a wonderful exploration of the background and terrible reasoning behind it.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ride the snake

One of my all time favorite SNL bits meant to poke fun at the weight loss industry, and one of the few things me and my friends have quoted now for years.

Oddly, there are two versions out there: one with a brief unfunny gag that got cut and this one, which works a whole lot better.

Top pay subsidies

Having seen this effect elsewhere, I was pleased to finally understand why pay for those at the top only ever goes up.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Non-partisan effort to help push money out of politics

I've been looking some way any way even address the idea of getting a Democracy that is not for sale.  I've always been a fan of Lawrence Lessig and really like his idea described in the MayDay kickstarter.

Is the poison the cure?

An admittedly left-leaning look at the death penalty, but probably the best overview I've seen that isn't also terribly depressing.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Excellent statement about basic privacy

From Bill Maher's ongoing "New Rules" bit.  A great summary of why it's still important.

One of the best Mr. Show bits

Some hilarious social commentary from an amazing show back in the 90s that nobody seems to know about.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Pope and US Military agree on something: global warming

That was not expected.

John Oliver's excellent Net Neutrality review

Very well done breakdown and very informative.  Also, nice to see that his show is essentially doing a more in depth Daily Show.