Rant on journalists

“It is not clear why this sort of activity should be treated as a crime at all.” This is basically the unofficial libertarian motto. Via ENB, Supposedly Enlightened Colorado Bill Could Yield More Criminal Charges Against Teen Sexters. I am very much in favor of teens sending nudes. I don’t want to look at them, but I wish I had nudes from when I was a teen. And that someone had gotten to see my body while everything was higher up and less dimpled. Oh well. Age isn’t all bad. My boobs are lower but my butt is bigger so, you win some you lose some.

Would it be weird if I acquired near-encyclopedic knowledge of my favorite essayists? Like you know how people know sportsball players and musicians and will regale you with stats and biography, I kind of want to do that for people who write about their lives.

“The press used to subsist on leaks; it now thrives on plants. The politician is not a liar or a demagogue but a product. It was therefore revealed a month ago that the hacks Marc Ambinder and Mike Allen of respectively the boring Atlantic and vapid Politico sold their souls to Hillary Clinton’s staff in order to get access: first reads were promised, quote approval, word veto, talking point insertion, narrative change and forced rewrite. Time Warner, Conde Nast and Hearst don’t hire editors in chief anymore but editors able to understand the value of the marketing division to the newsroom and how they should be merged, which is code for content branding.”

I HATE nostalgia for an imagined past. I’m not a huge fan of unearned self-importance. I don’t like it when people who are un-self-aware of their tremendous privilege whine about non-problems. These are some reasons I tend to dislike journalists who I haven’t met. IRL, they’re witty and funny and thoughtful and some of my besties. But when they talk about themselves online I want to punch them all in the face. Listen, when you’re a Yemeni journalist who Obama is keeping in prison on bullshit terror charges you can whine. But a long, self-important, whiny piece on why content marketing is the worst thing to ever happen? Fuck you. Via @rachsyme.

I love my tattoo but I’ve never felt more sure it was a good idea than I do seeing it on someone else. #weownourselves

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This is a perfect example of systemic racism: A day in the life of a young black male engineering “coding” student.

I wish I were an attractive man so I’d get these @DevasaurusRex texts.

Another reason I hate journalists. [email protected] knows of “no instances I know of where Clinton was doing the bidding of a donor or benefactor.” WUT? How about this or this?

“Hey libertarians, if you had focused less on tax rates and more on actual liberty, maybe your ideology would be more popular right now.” [email protected]

Been saying this for years. The rich don’t need help avoiding taxes and they’re the least of the poor’s problems.

@CalebWatney chimed in: “It’s all about the relative popularity for the group you’re courting. So long as you court the GOP, tax cuts work!” But Trump’s rise belies that claim.

“Today I was on a list of libertarians that need to be “phsycially removed from society” with a lot of prestigous names. Don’t ask me how it happened, but I’m honoured.” -Leslee Petersen sums up my thoughts on the same list perfectly. It’s so nice to hear I matter!

Diddy is launching a charter school!

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