1. Happy to be on John Derbyshire’s RSS feed list and to be mentioned along with these other great bloggers.
2. Interview with a TV critic on modern day dramas.
3. Eric Barker asks if Starbucks baristas have greater emotional intelligence (people skills) than doctors. He points out that surgeons display some psychopathic traits. This makes sense. One would have to be cool, calm, collected, and largely unmoved by human pain and suffering in order to perform such tasks. Becoming invested in people, joking around with them, and such also humanizes the relationship and makes it difficult to perform with a clear mind. Being a doctor or a surgeon – like police officers or soldiers – is a positive application of a anti-social impulse. It’s kind of like how Dexter funnels his pathological desire to kill people into killing just bad guys and making the world a better place. Surgeons probably get off on performing the difficult task of surgery. Helping people live is an added bonus.
4. Are student debt holders next in line for a bailout? If the GOP were smart (it’s not), it would jump on some sort of reform measure. Of course, like amnesty, if the GOP stuck to conservative principles of not just bailing out irresponsible people (me et al) by maybe just allowing for the bankruptability of student debt, liberals would swoop in and just forgive all of the debt and win the political battle.
5. The killing of Jordan Davis is drawing comparisons to Trayvon Martin. The similarities are clear: seemingly unarmed young black men killed by non-black men who were legally carrying handguns. The Davis case *sounds* (we were burned on the Martin case, and we won’t be burned again) much worse than the Martin case. Ta-Nehisi Coates gets that, he writes at the end of his piece on the killing:
As an aside, I don’t think Trayvon Martin comparisons are necessarily helpful here. The single aggravating factor in Martin’s death was the lack of police action.
No, the single aggravating factor was the media manipulation of the story. The comparisons between Davis and Martin are not apt because Davis did not physically attack his shooter.
At GMP, Noah Brand misses the mark worse than Ta-Nehisi:
What’s worse, over the coming days and weeks, we’ll see plenty more affluent middle-aged white guys coming forward in the media to defend that narrative. We did last time, we will this time, and we will next time. Unless anyone seriously believes there won’t be a next time?
As of yet, no middle aged white men have come forward to defend the shooting of Jordan Davis. Why? Because people (including middle aged white men) are fair-minded. If Davis was shot by a man who complained about loud music, it seems clear to most that the complainant went too far. That’s different than George Zimmerman seeing a stranger in his neighborhood after a series of burglaries. So if middle aged white men are fair in the instance of Jordan Davis, maybe they were being fair in the case of Trayvon Martin. As you’ll recall, almost everyone believed that Zimmerman was guilty, full stop, in the first couple of weeks of reporting on the case. The pendulum swung as it became clear that the narrative didn’t match the evidence of the case.