A Very Fox News Christmas

tvguide Last year, the people (okay, person) behind May Not Be True News previewed the holiday season programming on Al Gore’s Current TV. Shows such as “I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus” and “No, Virginia” brought holiday cheer to many dozens of viewers. In August, the network went belly-up. Don’t blame us. Continue reading A Very Fox News Christmas

The Tea Party Luddites

dont tread Ask Tea Party adherents what inspires them most and many will say their reverence of history. Indeed it’s not unusual at Tea Party rallies to see bands of self-referential patriots dressed up in Revolutionary War garb, wearing tricorn hats and carrying their defiant Don’t Tread on Me flags. Continue reading The Tea Party Luddites

Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever

LocationOfHypothalamusYale law school professor Dan Kahan’s new research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government,” but for me a better title is the headline on science writer Chris Mooney’s piece about it in Grist:  “Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math.” Continue reading Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever

The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”

Karl Rove The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen the word “omnishambles” as their word of the year. How apt.

Oxford defines the word as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”

One only has to look at the Romney-Ryan campaign and the misbegotten efforts of the “super PACS” to see how applicable the word is to American politics.

But the Romney campaign is not the only one to merit application of the word of the year. Continue reading The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”