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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?