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1. I missed this: Eric Schliesser, a Dutch philosopher, sent an email to fellow philosophers suggesting that they boycott conferences without female presenters.
2. Mark Steyn on the ‘War on Women’:
The “war” on women boils down to Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old schoolgirl, demanding Georgetown Law should pay for its students’ contraceptives – notwithstanding that the entire cost of that four-year contraceptive bill works out to less than the first week’s paycheck of a Georgetown Law graduate’s first job (average starting salary: $160 grand per year). War is hell.
3. A landlord fined $40,000 by the EPA for not telling a tenant about the lead paint history of a property. Reminds me of a story my dad repeated during the summer of 2010 to me and anyone else who would listen. A local contractor was fined $35,000 for various offenses including improper scaffolding padding. Contractor couldn’t handle the fines and quickly went out of business.
4. The biggest reason California is bankrupt: while government employees have increased by 9.3% over the past decade their compensation has increased by more than 40%.
Instead of condemning Paul Ryan for not being cool enough to get it, Tom Morello might want to ask how it is possible that “the embodiment of the machine we are raging against” ended up liking him. What was the precise mechanism that caused that to happen? Do you think– everyone take a moment– that Paul Ryan liked it on his own free will? That if we dropped those beats on some 10th century viking marauders, they’d be all in?
And why, when Tom Morello wants to rage against Paul Ryan, he does it through the subversive, iconoclastic, angry medium of…. Rolling Stone? That’ll get him. Let me be clear: I don’t blame Morello for writing in Rolling Stone, I blame him for not asking himself what kind of a man is he that attracts Rolling Stone. (2)
Paul Ryan and Tom Morello are 100% the exact same person.