Archive for November 2009

Why Countries Hate Being Occupied

Here’s a thoughtful piece that should be obvious but too often isn’t: just why it is that military occupation makes people angry, no matter how well-intentioned it may be. “Why They Hate Us: Lessons from Civil War Reconstruction”,, Nov. 23, 2009 Although as the first commenter pointed out, the question is when it’s worthwhile […]

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The Conchords And Hurt Feelings

Just like Raanan, I too was a bad FOTC fan for season 2. (Though it’s hard to be a good one when you’ve canceled HBO.) But props to Raanan for pointing me to this awesome video: I hate being told that I look like a llama.

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Megabus and the Real-Life Ethical Dilemma

Damn, I felt today like I was in the boat scene from The Dark Knight. Most of you dudes know I split my time these days between school in Ann Arbor and home in Chicago. The best way to get back and forth is Megabus, which I took yet again today. (For anyone interested, here’s […]

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Health-Care Reform – Still Not Final, Homes

So the House version of the health-care reform bill just passed by five votes, 220 to 215. There was exactly one Republican vote in favor, from Rep. Joseph Cao of New Orleans, who I imagine is the most hated man in the party right now. (In a racially intolerant throwback, the “g–k” word is floating […]

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Gail Collins Agrees

I’m not the only one: Hark! The Voters Speak!, New York Times, Nov. 5, 2009

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2009 Election Results: Not Really Signifying Much

I saw tonight — I’m still awake doing negotiations homework, good times — that the G.O.P. won in two governor’s races but lost the 23rd Congressional District race this Tuesday. My response: wait until 2010 to make any considered response. While I think the 23rd Congressional race is interesting because of the internal power dynamics […]

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Clothing-Size Deflation Is Real

Hey, clothes-wearing people. I assume I’m not the only one who’s noticed that clothing sizes have totally changed in the past 2-3 years or so — what used to be an XL is now only a large, what used to be a large is now a medium, and what used to be XXXL is now […]

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