2205 MetaFilter comments by Steve_at_Linnwood (displaying 1 through 50)

Red versus blue. Richard Florida calls for devolving American federal power to the cities, so that progressive and conservative urban areas can do their own thing.
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A recent study [PDF] conducted by Benjamin Edelman (Harvard Business School) found that conservative and religious states consume the most online porn. "The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1,000 home broadband users....Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election..."
comment posted at 7:09 AM on Mar-1-09

Hands Behind Your Back. Do the Indie Kid (SLYT).
comment posted at 12:31 PM on Apr-11-08

A gay Republican news story that you probably didn't read about in the paper: In late August, Ralph Gonzalez--Republican strategist, former Georgia GOP executive director, and "political powerhouse"--was murdered (along with his roommate, David Abrami, another Republican political consultant) by Gonzalez' "friend" and former Marine Jason Robert Drake. Characterized as the result of a "lovers' quarrel," it's a bizarre crime story that should've made at least a ripple in the national news, given some other recent incidents. But it never did.
comment posted at 9:21 PM on Sep-19-07

Farewell to the Sopranos [NPR Audio link] Jerry Capeci, who runs the organized crime website GangLandNews.com, tells Madeleine Brand how he thinks the series will end.
comment posted at 1:02 AM on Jun-11-07

The National Automobile Slum: I propose that we now identify the human ecology of America precisely for what it really has become: the national automobile slum.-- James Howard Kunstler “Can America Survive Suburbia?”
comment posted at 12:45 AM on Mar-21-07

Swimming with Sharks. How do College Republicans learn to use dirty tricks? They practice on each other. TNR's Franklin Foer describes the summer 2005 race for College Republican National Committee chair. Via Paul Krugman. Previously.
comment posted at 1:20 PM on Mar-20-07

On NING now, you can have not just your own blog, but your own social network. I can remember back in 2000 I stopped blogging because there were just too many, but after having begun to manage profiles on a half-dozen major social networking sites, I tire of logging in to each for its own purpose. How can we get our Internet to the day where I have my ONE TRUE PROFILE which is accessible to any user from any other social network - where is the super-social network? Or, are we destined to continue on the track of fragmented communities spontaneously springing up and moving on as personalities and trends change? Am I as a user destined to wander from network to network as new networks are built with the next new feature? Or, worse yet, am I destined to maintain a stable of a dozen network profiles, each with a specific niche purpose. Come on now, that's ridiculous. The killer app for 07, 08 or 09 and beyond will be the solution to this problem.
comment posted at 9:26 PM on Mar-7-07

News Filter Anna Nicole Smith collapses and dies suddenly.
comment posted at 12:56 PM on Feb-8-07

Astronaut charged with kidnap attempt. It's current, it's for real, and each paragraph is weirder than the last.
comment posted at 9:03 AM on Feb-9-07

According to one colleague, Senator Obama is "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." For what it's worth, Senator Biden says that Senator Obama was not insulted by the remark, but no public reaction from his presumably inarticulate or non-bright or unclean counterparts yet. Can we get senators to stop saying stupid things about black people? Can we at least get everyone to stop using "articulate" as the stock compliment for people of color in positions of political power?
comment posted at 2:25 PM on Jan-31-07

A hefty chunk of Boston was paralyzed today in reaction to the discovery of numerous devices consisting of circuit boards attached to girders. The ones that have been found have been disabled. The subway is crippled; numerous lines have been shut down and been replaced by emergency bus service as authorities root out the remaining instances of what could be bombs! Here is a photo one of these nefarious devices in action.
comment posted at 9:35 PM on Jan-31-07

Senator John McCain (R. - AZ) has introduced legislation [PDF] that would hold blogs responsible for all activity in their comments sections and user profiles. Provisions of the proposed bill include: (1) commercial websites and personal blogs "would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000," (2) bloggers with comment sections may face "even stiffer penalties" than ISPs, and (3) any social-networking site must take "effective measures" to remove any Web page that's "associated" with a sex offender. "Because 'social-networking site' isn't defined, it could encompass far more than just MySpace.com, Friendster and similar sites." The list could include any site that allows comments, authot and personal profiles. Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that this proposal may be based more "on fear or political considerations rather than on the facts." "McCain’s legislation could deal a serious blow to the blogosphere. Lacking resources to police their sites, many individual blogs may have to shut down open discussion."*
comment posted at 10:32 AM on Dec-14-06

Milton Friedman has died. One of the most famous economists to come out of the Chicago school, his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom was a straightforward challenge to the predominant Keynesian model that government intervention was frequently necessary to prevent market failures, arguing instead that the way to true political freedom was through economic freedom. He was a devout monetarist and although conventional wisdom conflates conservatism with laissez-faire economics, he described his own philosophy as liberal in the Enlightenment sense of the word. His 1980 book Free to Choose, written with his wife Rose in conjunction with the PBS series of the same name, explained in layman's term his philosophy of how a truly free market works for the benefit of society.
comment posted at 12:42 AM on Nov-19-06

I'm a Safe Rider. Are you? (warning: flash video and awesome music ahead)
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comment posted at 10:04 PM on Nov-14-06

Britney Spears files for divorce from husband Kevin Federline. Spears, rocketed to fame in 1998 at the age of 16 by her debut single Hit Me Baby One More Time, married backup dancer Kevin Federline in September of 2004, scarcely nine months after her first abortive Las Vegasmarriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander. After two children (and one sculpture), Britney graciously introduced her husband at the recent Teen Choice awards where Kevin played a song from his new album. It looked like nothing could stop those two lovebirds. But after a recent Letterman appearance with a hot recently pregnant Britney showed up not wearing her rings, the truth finally came out. The dream is over.
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Rosa Parks wants you to buy a Chevy!
comment posted at 12:47 PM on Oct-11-06

Barrack Obama is being urged by former political opponent Dan Hynes to run for president in '08 in a most eloquent open letter.
comment posted at 1:56 PM on Sep-14-06
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McKinney, Lieberman gone - just another news blip
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The return of astronauts to the moon by 2020? Yeah! Hurricane predictions, long-term monitoring of weather and climate change? Not so much. (related here and here)
comment posted at 10:18 AM on Jun-16-06

For those of you that love photos of animals getting along with other animals that they would normally be eating, the photos section of the Animal Liberation Front website is for you.
comment posted at 1:34 AM on Jun-12-06

Corruption Filter: Rep. William Jefferson (D. Louisiana) has been caught on tape accepting more than $100,000 in cash bribes. This is the same Rep. Jefferson who commandeered Katrina relief resources to secure his personal home and retrieve a laptop, three briefcases and a large box.

Jefferson was already under federal investigation pre-Katrina and his house had been raided once for evidence. Jefferson's offices were raided again yesterday where the FBI found another 90k in cash in the freezer. Does anyone else think they know what was so important he had to use a National Guard helicopter to secure it?
comment posted at 11:56 PM on May-21-06

In 'Cartoon Wars', the latest (two part) episode of South Park, writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone parody the show that parodies everybody, Family Guy. The South Park episode features Cartman and Kyle at war over an imaginary episode of Family Guy that features a (censored) image of the Prophet Muhammed (QT preview here). But in writing their 'stinging satire' (some say of Family Guy itself, while others say it is a criticism of Islamofacism), have Trey and Matt ironically missed the fact that they themselves actually featured a non-censored image of the Prophet Muhammed in South Park almost five years ago?
comment posted at 10:43 AM on Apr-13-06

The happiness poll results are in and to no one's surprise, rich people are happier than poor people. Also, Republicans are happier than Democrats.
comment posted at 9:25 AM on Mar-16-06

Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in San Quentin tonight. The founder of the "Crips" street gang, in 1979 Williams was convicted of several murders involving armed robbery. From prison he has campaigned against gang violence, work that earned him several Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He was denied clemency by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier in the day.
comment posted at 2:35 AM on Dec-13-05

Where's the green? In Canada, as elections loom closer, men in suits discuss each other for our bemusement on national television and radio, but where is the green party all of this? %5 of the popular vote, and unable to appear on the nationally televised debates hosted by the public broadcaster...via...
comment posted at 12:18 AM on Dec-13-05

Tomorrow Stan "Tookie" Williams founder of the Crips gang is scheduled to die. Many feel that Tookie has turned has life around, he's written books about his life, and has had his story made into a movie and even been nominated for the Nobel Prize Some say he deserves clemency others do not this morning Tookie was denied an appeal to the California Supreme Court and is waiting on a federal appeal. Which begs the question Should Tookie Die?
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