Saturday’s Forum

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Maria Antonova

    A hospital near Moscow mixed up two patients, one of them died and his body handed over to the wrong family who buried him only to found out their real grandpa was alive. But because his only document is a death certificate he can’t leave the hospital.

    Seeing this went viral, a couple more anecdotal details: when the family was picking up the (wrong) corpse, they actually said, this is not our grandpa. But hospital staff convinced them, saying the facial bones shift after death.

    The body was buried at the family plot, under the wrong name. Now it needs to be exhumed, but the dead man’s actual family is not particularly interested in this body. The hospital meanwhile is saying, just leave the corpse be, why go through all this hassle?

    The family whose grandfather has been wrongly pronounced dead cannot move him to a better hospital because a dead man has no legal rights, not to a pension, not to a rehabilitation program (he had a stroke). So they have to go through the prosecutor to reinstate his rights.

    The crazy story is true and is being chronicled by the man’s (his name is Grigory Vasilyev) granddaughter. Apparently there is now a criminal probe and a planned exhumation with DNA analysis next week. What a nightmare!

    I’d like to say, “Only in Russia” but Florida is tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Hold muh beer. Watch this!”

  2. Kathy says:

    A new set of polls from Pew about perceptions of America is out.

    Too bad the Democrats can’t make the EU into several states.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Greg Abbott putting the ass in Texas: Texas will build a wall along its border with Mexico, governor says

    The Republican Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has announced that the state will build a wall along its southern border with Mexico, sparking criticism from human rights and immigration advocacy groups.

    Citing the Biden administration’s rollback of Trump-era immigration policies, Abbott announced the border wall plans amid other security measures including plans for Texas to construct its own detention centers and $1bn of the state’s budget being allocated to border security. Abbott also declared that more undocumented immigrants will be arrested and sent to local jails versus being turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as Ice.

    “I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall,” said Abbott at a border security summit in Del Rio on Thursday.

    They could spend this money on Medicaid expansion, or maybe winterizing their electrical infrastructure, or possibly actually educating their children, but no, instead Texans will be treated to a billion dollar series of xenophobic performances in court rooms for at least a decade. And they will probably vote for more of it.

  4. Kathy says:


    They should also apportion money for ladder insurance.

  5. charon says:


    Red meat for the GOP base, he thinks he has a shot at the GOP 2024 Presidential nomination.

    Also, trying to outflank Ron DeSantis.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    US vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

    In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated.

    Oklahoma has not asked for new doses from the government for more than a month, spurning its 200,000-a-week allotment. Around the country, states are rushing to use up doses before they expire this summer.

    The U.S. is confronted with an ever-growing surplus of coronavirus vaccine, looming expiration dates and stubbornly lagging demand at a time when the developing world is clamoring for doses to stem a rise in infections.

    Million-dollar prizes, free beer and marijuana, raffled-off hunting rifles and countless other giveaways around the country have failed to significantly move the needle on vaccine hesitancy, raising the specter of new outbreaks.

    Adam Kinzinger

    Jun 10
    Note to some GOP members: outrage that we are donating vaccines (when so many of you pat anti-vaxism on the head or fully spoon with it) is NOT a Pro-Life position.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @charon: he thinks he has a shot at the GOP 2024 Presidential nomination.

    I kinda doubt t rump has given permission.

  8. CSK says:

    I think Rick Perry said that if you build a 20 foot wall, there’ll be a boom in 30 foot ladder production.

  9. Teve says:


    The attacks on critical race theory are clearly an attempt to discredit the literature millions of people sought out last year to understand how George Floyd wound up dead on a street corner.

    The goal is to leave the next dead black person inexplicable by history.

    Of course people have decried leftism on campus for so long that it’s cliché. In order to make the public care they had to hit that limbic switch by saying it’s being taught to children — innocent white ones at that. It’s all “Hide your childrens! The race people will get them!”

    The real objective of this campaign is to disrupt the political momentum of the movement that sprung up after George Floyd’s death and translated into political support for progressive/Democratic candidates.

    Not coincidentally this is happening as Republican legislatures attempt to shore up and resurrect the very forms of systemic bias that CRT is concerned with critiquing.

    Render the obvious invisible and the insidious inexplicable and you make the terrible more possible.

  10. Teve says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Would it Shock you to learn that Texas is in the bottom quintile of educational attainment?

    (For any Texan readers, that means bottom one-fifth. 😀 )

  11. Kathy says:


    Come to think of it, an investment in ladder futures would make more sense. After all, if Texas submits insurance claims for every instance of ladder use, their premiums would go sky high.

  12. charon says:


    I kinda doubt t rump has given permission.

    Trump will be too demented by then to deny him, in a wheelchair at best, or bedridden and inarticulate more likely.

  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Teve: Would it surprise you that the Texas State Board of Education picks the textbooks for our country?*

    *well, a whole lot of our country at least.

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @charon: We can dream anyway.

  15. CSK says:

    Speaking of Trump, he claims he’s turned down two offers from publishers for a book, because he’s working on “a much more important project right now.” But nonetheless, he’s “writing like crazy,” and when he’s finished it will be “the book of all books.”

    No word on who the publishers he rejected might be.

  16. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Teen who recorded Floyd’s arrest, death wins Pulitzer nod

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and began recording when she saw George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer was given a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes on Friday for her video that helped to launch a global movement to protest racial injustice.

    Darnella Frazier was cited “for courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality, around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” the Pulitzer Prizes said.

    Frazier was not giving interviews to the media, her publicist said Friday.
    Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, said in a column for Nieman Lab last month that Frazier should win a Pulitzer for her video. Clark, who has been a Pulitzer juror five times, told The Associated Press on Friday that Frazier was like the many journalists or artists who have won Pulitzer Prizes for standing up for tolerance, equality and social justice.

    “There she was, at 17, sort of witnessing an injustice and she stood there in the face of threats and captured that video,” he said, adding, “It would be hard to select, even from the work of professional journalists over recent years or decades, a 10-minute video that had as profound an impact as this young woman’s video did.”

    Frazier’s video was “globe shaking,” spoke truth to power and gave a voice to the voiceless, Clark said.

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: In other words, nobody want to ghost write it for him. I’ll bet Lindsey Graham is available.

  18. CSK says:

    Several hundred authors and people in publishing signed an open letter last January begging the industry not to give Trump and whoever his ghost might be a book contract.

    Trump is said to be quite jealous of the multimillion dollar deal Pence got. I’m sure he’s seething with resentment.

  19. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: He’ll get a deal eventually, some RW publisher will do it. I suspect the hangup right now is money. Nobody thinks tfg’s memoir is worth anywhere near what he thinks it is, especially when the only people who’d buy it have spent all their excess dollars on ammo.

  20. CSK says:

    Regnery might do it, since they picked up Josh Hawley’s book after Simon and Schuster canceled it in the aftermath of January 6. But sure, if Trump wants 70 million, to top Obama’s 60 million, he won’t get it.

  21. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: Yeah, they will, for the right money. What does every RW publisher love far more than trump? Profits.

    ps: is regnery the one publishing Pence’s book? I haven’t been paying much attention to it.

  22. CSK says:

    No, Simon and Schuster offered Pence a two-book contract.

    Oddly, S&S does the distribution for Regnery.

  23. CSK says:

    All publishers love profits.

  24. steve says:

    Even as Covid winds down we keep having problems. One of my advanced practice nurses has become a vocal anti-vaxxer. Ha been spreading the idea that the vaccine will magnetize you. Had to pull him into the office to remind him that it what it really has is micro-chips sending information to Bill Gates.


  25. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: What is more, all publishers love profits more than trump.

  26. CSK says:

    Oh, absolutely.
    But what about that 5G coverage?

  27. Teve says:

    @steve: put money on the table. Get a neodymium magnet and pull out a $100 and ask him if he’d like to wager $100 that the magnet will jump up 1/4″ and attach to the underside of your forearm.

    My long history as a math tutor showed me that if there is a way to put a math problem in terms of money, people immediately become much smarter.

  28. Slugger says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: If only Nikolai Gogol was still alive!
    BTW, is being magnetic bad? It might come in handy if you were working with lots of small screws and nuts.

  29. Kathy says:


    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the iron present in our bodies has always been magnetic.

  30. Mimai says:


    Yes! Thinking in bets. Skin in the game. Specific predictions. These bring so much clarity to opinions, discussions, etc. And yet it is so very rare to see such things. I wonder why…

  31. Teve says:

    I’m trying to get some tips on how to paint my stove which got damaged in a grease fire. (Alcohol may have been involved, but we should look forward, not back). And I made the mistake of trying to do it on my work computer. And it reminded me that without ad blocking most of the internet is unusable. After I click the fourth auto-play pop-up ad out of the way I’m not going to keep trying to read your site, I’m going to leave.

  32. CSK says:

    There have been occasions where ghostwriters would work for loathsome people, but on the very strict condition that a) they get a lot of money and b) that their names appear nowhere in connection with the book.

    I was amused that Trump allowed Tony Schwartz’s name to be on the cover of The Art of the Deal, and even more amazed that Trump paid Schwartz so well, but apparently The Former Guy’s only concern was that his own name appear in BIG GOLD LETTERS on the dust jacket.

  33. Stormy Dragon says:


    I’d like to say, “Only in Russia” but Florida is tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Hold muh beer. Watch this!”

    For the record: the Social Security Administration wrongfully declares about 14,000 people dead every year, it takes months to correct, and causes all sorts of problems even afterward because you keep getting accounts at private businesses randomly closed because your name is circulating around on privately compiled “these people are dead” lists.

    Social Security wrongly declares 14,000 people dead each year

  34. Stormy Dragon says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    As a side note, this is also why things like mandating e-Verify are a terrible idea. Even if there’s a tiny false positive rate, that leads to potentially millions of people being banned from being able to work.

  35. Teve says:


    Republican attacks on Biden agenda can’t break through conservative media’s culture wars

    Paul Kane
    June 12, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

    Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) started off talking about the cancellation of a domestic oil pipeline, the job losses and higher gas prices, key kitchen-table items that Republicans believe will be critical to winning back the majority next year.

    But after two minutes, Cramer’s hosts on Newsmax pivoted to a brief discussion of the Pentagon’s budget and then a long session about whether Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had allowed “wokeness” to creep into the military’s training programs.

    That eight-minute appearance encapsulated much of the GOP’s struggle to define President Biden’s agenda. According to Republican thinking, Biden and his congressional allies are pushing an unnecessarily big-spending slate of legislation that is risking the first major bout of inflation in more than four decades.

    But these Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, have not been able to break through to much of America with that particular note, unable to place much political pressure on Democrats who are wavering on these proposals.

    In a late April Washington Post-ABC poll, 65 percent of Americans supported the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Biden signed into law in March, while just 31 percent opposed it.

    Support for Biden’s $2 trillion spending plan on roads, bridges and other infrastructure ranged in April, the last time it was reliably polled, from 49 percent approval in a Fox News poll to 68 percent approval in a Monmouth survey. But every poll shows support levels well above those not approving of that kind of mega-spending plan.

    Story continues below advertisement

    Republicans have tried to beat the drum against the Biden agenda. For weeks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has hammered away, echoing the critique from Larry Summers, former top economic adviser to the Clinton and Obama administrations, that the pandemic relief package spent way too much money and could prompt an inflation run.

    But that message has, so far, been largely drowned out, especially in the conservative media echo chamber that is intensely focused on cultural issues that spark outrage and help ratings but do little to help win elections.

    “Have we not been able to break through on the message in the broader way? No, we haven’t,” Cramer said Thursday afternoon, a couple hours before his Newsmax interview shifted into a discussion of “critical race theory” at the Pentagon.

  36. CSK says:

    What goes around, comes around. This is what you get when you cater to “the base.”

  37. senyordave says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: And they will probably vote for more of it.

    Other than the lives of my family, I would bet anything on it.

  38. gVOR08 says:

    @CSK: That, Regnery, or someone like them, will print it. And they’ll sell a lot of copies, most in bulk to be handed out at rallies and conventions.

  39. CSK says:

    All this depends on whether the ghostwriter can get Trump to sit still long enough to interview him.

  40. Kathy says:


    I thought the adult coloring book fad had passed.

    On the other hand, if El Cheeto publishes a book (we know he won’t write it), he’ll expect the RNC and others to buy millions of copies of it, because if they don’t exist to enrich him and stroke his ego, what good are they?

  41. CSK says:

    Indeed. Although to be fair to Trump–and I hate being fair to Trump–he won’t be the only
    politician whose memoir gets bought in bulk and handed out like party favors at conventions and such. Publishers know that, and not only expect it, but encourage it.

  42. Teve says:

    I used to use Goodreads just for a quick summary, but now that I have an account on the site it’s really fantastic and I can organize the stuff I want to read, which used to sit in a neglected text file on my phone.

  43. Just nutha ignint cracker says:
  44. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: The thing I can’t figure out is that when I was younger, Del Rio was a big agricultural area (grapefruit were grown there in addition to other crops). How is Abbot’s announcement good news here? Do grapefruit pick, sort, and box themselves now? Will people crossing the border legally work for a lower piecework rate than illegal crossers to? I’m not seeing the bottom line here.

  45. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Well, they could be Moonhak and Scholastic, but I suspect that they’re far more prestigious publishers.

    @OzarkHillbilly: Ask yourself, do you really want a book with your name on it ghosted by Lindsey Graham?

  46. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: My attempt to duplicate the coding failed. Here’s the link as hot:

  47. Jay L Gischer says:

    It’s always great to have one’s priors confirmed by “experts”. So I loved this piece about how misinformation works these days from two professors of the philosophy of science:

    It’s always been the case that humans have been dependent on social ties to gain knowledge and belief. There’s been misinformation and propaganda for hundreds of years. If you’re a governing body, you have interests you’re trying to protect. You want to control what people believe. What’s changed is social media and the structure of communication between people. Now people have tremendous ability to shape who they interact with. Say you’re an anti-vaxxer. You find people online who are also anti-vaxxers and communicate with them rather than people who challenge your beliefs.

    The other important thing is that this new structure means that all sorts of influencers—the Russian government, various industry groups, other government groups—have direct access to people. They can communicate with people in a much more personal way. They can pose on Twitter and Facebook as a normal person who you might want to interact with. If you look at Facebook in the lead up to the 2016 election, the Russian Internet Research Agency created animal-lovers groups, Black Lives Matter groups, gun-rights groups, and anti-immigrant groups. They could build trust with people who would naturally be part of these groups. And once they grounded that trust, they could influence them by getting them not to vote or by driving polarization, causing more extreme rhetoric. They can make other people trust them in ways that would have been very difficult without social media.

  48. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    I don’t think Moonhak actually publishes anything. Or was that your point? 😀

  49. charon says:

    Thucydides on Partisanship, Insurrection, and the Risks of Civil War
    Our LARPing is training us in the vices that our political system is straining to keep at bay.

  50. Michael Cain says:


    And it reminded me that without ad blocking most of the internet is unusable.

    An ad-blocker. A cookie-manager. And in my case, a piece of JavaScript that runs against almost all pages I download that forces font family and font sizes into a small number of values. It makes everything look much tidier and more consistent. I started writing it one day years back when I had encountered a larger than usual number of sites that made you want to find the designer and ask, “Did you study ugly and unreadable at school, or are you just naturally gifted that way?”

  51. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Who do I have to pay to be declared dead? Just think of all the bills, lawsuits, and warrants I can ignore if I’m dead!

  52. Teve says:

    @Michael Cain: I used to run all those, the problem is I now only use an iPad and a cell phone, and it’s much more inconvenient to fix those problems. You can’t run plugins on iPad browsers for instance.

    It’s just that today I’m at a remote office and wanted to use the nice big screen at my desk so I opened up chrome and searched for a few things and dear god. Half the pages I encountered I just wound up closing before I even tried to read any more. The text keeps jumping downwards because you’re loading multiple auto play videos in multiple directions? Fuck your website.

  53. gVOR08 says:

    @Kathy: A couple weeks ago there was a letter to my local FL semi-pro newspaper bemoaning how no one overseas respects America under Biden, not like how everyone loved us under Trump. Since the Pew report came out I haven’t quite convinced myself it’s worth a letter to them. Data never seems to make any dent, but I guess I should try.

  54. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Forest, trees, all that.

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: I don’t want a book with my name on it. But we aren’t talking about me, we’re talking about trump and I doubt he thinks about anything that deeply.

  55. Teve says:

    @Teve: the really shitty thing is that one company is responsible for the persistence of that garbage. If Google put out a press release tomorrow saying that all web pages with autoplay video and pop-ups were going to be immediately deprecated to the second page of search results, 3 hours later there wouldn’t be a single page with that shit on it anymore. But Google makes money selling those ads so that’ll never happen.

  56. Mikey says:


    A couple weeks ago there was a letter to my local FL semi-pro newspaper bemoaning how no one overseas respects America under Biden, not like how everyone loved us under Trump.

    Those of us with direct familial connections to overseas could have told you that was horseshit before the Pew poll came out… 😉

  57. Kathy says:


    they did love them some Orange Turd in Russia, North Korea, and assorted other third-world dictatorships, just like they’d like the US to be.

  58. flat earth luddite says:

    @Michael Cain:
    So, is this package available from your on-line store? How much —-no no no, I don’t really care what the price is! Sold to the Luddite!

  59. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Moonhak was the publisher in Korea for the Eric Carle illustrated books that I used reading to preschool and Kindergarteners while I was there–Today is Monday, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and the others. I probably should have tried to connect to the Bandi and Luni’s bookstore webpage for a better link (with pictures of the books), but I just saw they’re going banko. So sad… 🙁

    ETA: And Moonhak may well NOT publish anything anymore. I’ve been gone for 6 years now. (Good point.)

  60. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: “…we’re talking about trump…”

    Point taken. —

  61. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    I just looked at the site very quickly, but it seems to be a clearing house for connecting Kidlit and YA authors with publishers.

  62. JohnSF says:

    Speaking of international affairs and reputation, it seems a major subplot at the G7 has been various foreign leaders telling PM Johnson that it’s about time to get his act together and fulfill the UK’s agreements with the EU.
    Even got ambushed by Pierre Trudeau, LOL.

    However, afterwards Johnson doubles down again.
    Either this is just BS for the base, or we’re heading for a real row with both the EU and the US.

    It appears clear that Macron is about done, and even the phlegmatic Merkel is showing signs of getting weary with it.
    And I suspect President Biden is not best pleased about distractions from his key agenda (climate and China) by Johnson’s antics. Especially when Washington issued a clear warning pre-summit, and the Conservatives are now trying to downplay it as “nothing much really, storm in teacup, US isn’t really onside with Brussels.”

  63. CSK says:

    Pierre Trudeau’s been dead since 2000. I assume you mean Justin? 😀

  64. JohnSF says:


    Pierre Trudeau’s been dead since 2000.


    Though at this rate Trudeau Snr. rising from the grave to slap Johnson’s silly head wouldn’t surprise me that much.

  65. gVOR08 says:

    @Kathy: And if I point out they love Biden in Europe, it’ll be because Biden’s a pushover while they didn’t like Trump because they feared his America First machismo.

  66. JohnSF says:

    Interestingly, I’ve read quite a few reports out of Europe (didn’t bookmark them, sorry) indicating that in some ways Biden is rather peturbing some European govts.

    WRT Russia, Biden\Blinken\State seem relatively relaxed re. Russia: it’s an irritant, not a real challenger.
    Contain it and it will wither on the vine.
    And there’s no point escalating Nordstream; it’s virtually a done deal, and does it really matter if Russian gas gets to western Europe bypassing Ukraine? Ukraine can be secured in other ways.
    And US also seems to have relegated Mid-East to a second tier issue.

    But what has raised eyebrows: Biden is NOT reverting to the “neutral umpire” default stance of Obama and Bush 2 and Clinton and Bush 1.
    This administration appears deadly serious about constructing systems of counter-pressure re. China.

    And expects Europe to get on board.
    This may lead to some tensions with Berlin: Germans hate interference with trading relations; and it’s difficult to disentangle self-interest from “all will be well if only we all have happy tradings” of varying degrees of sincerity (a long term theme in German foreign policy).
    Also London, where the recipients of China’s “generous assistance” bank the proceeds of their side-deals, while loading their countries with debt on loan-shark terms.

    Biden is NOT the “placeholder President” some Europeans naively expected.

  67. Teve says:

    @gVOR08: so, Trump was tough with our allies and Kissyface with Russia and North Korea, whereas Biden is the opposite, huh?

    OK. Guess I voted correctly.

  68. JohnSF says:

    Also: the question of the stashing of the ill gotten gains of China deals is probably another reason why Chancellor Sunak was ill-advised to suggest a exemption from G7’s global taxation regime for the City.
    London appears determined to tread on Washington’s toes lately.

  69. Michael Cain says:

    @flat earth luddite:

    So, is this package available from your on-line store? How much —-no no no, I don’t really care what the price is! Sold to the Luddite!

    It’s a GreaseMonkey script that works on Firefox. I haven’t tried it in any other environments. I keep thinking I should put it up at Greasy Fork or such, but haven’t for whatever reason. If you’re really interested, I can put a copy of the source code up where you can download it.

  70. DrDaveT says:


    Has been spreading the idea that the vaccine will magnetize you.

    Let me guess — this is someone who is completely OK with injecting people full of gadolinium for their contrast MRIs?

  71. Teve says:


    I told a woman tonight I teach college and the next words out of her mouth was “I hope you don’t teach critical race theory.” That is a bonkers world right there.


    On a plane in 1993 (when Rush L was in fullest bloom) the guy sitting next to me looked at the historical monograph I was reading and asked, in an accusatory tone, “that’s not one of those REVISIONIST history books is it?”

    Ugh. It makes me so upset that we Democrats just haven’t shaped our message properly. This is So our fault.

  72. JohnSF says:

    In some respects it seems Biden is being quite tough with allies: the message “playtime is over” re. China is being delivered to London and Berlin.
    The difference is this administration is not the flailing incoherent, Russia-cringe chaos that Trump’s was.

    Rule #1: If you are serious about China, don’t piss down the legs of South Korea and Japan.
    Related #2: If concerned about China developing leverage of economic coercion, don’t flounce out of the TPP to throw chum to the boobs. (Also, thanks a lot Bernie. Twit.)

  73. JohnSF says:

    I had my second (Astra Zeneca) jab a few weeks ago.
    Upper arm is still painful from time to time.
    Unfortunately, Magneto superpowers still not activated.

    Also, Alexa and Siri keep arguing about which I should be linking to via 5G telepathy.
    Modern life, eh?
    That’s the Spirit of the Age.

  74. Teve says:


    On the picket line in recent days, multiple miners striking against Warrior Met Coal have been struck by cars driven by Warrior Met personnel.

    “We have members in casts, we have members in the hospital,” the @MineWorkers president said.

    How could we Democrats have changed our messaging to reach the drivers of those cars? Obviously this is a big communications failure on our part.

  75. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: The site, I think, was for Jacket Flap–which appears to be such a clearing house. It provided a link to Moonhak Soochup that showed that they had gotten the rights to produce a Korean translation of Harry Potter books. That was as close as I could get to Moonhak’s website. Still, if Bandi and Luni’s has gone banko, it may be hard times for Korean commercial publishing. There is still Kyobo Books, though. Other than Kyobo and Bandi, though, I don’t recall ever having seen a book store, per se, while I was in Korea. There were bookstores that sold the schoolbooks that students use. and a few used/collector bookshops here and there, but nothing on the scale of independent book sellers here.

  76. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Teve: How could we Democrats have changed our messaging to reach the drivers of those cars?

    More money than the mining companies were offering.

  77. Gustopher says: