Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday grab-bag

● Slate is doing a series titled "The massive liberal failure on race." The second article takes on affirmative action's ugly origins and lousy track record: 

The black unemployment rate holds steady at double the white unemployment rate; the median net worth for black households is about 7 percent of white households; annual per capita income for blacks is 62 cents for every dollar of per capita income for whites. When presented with these figures, supporters of affirmative action typically use them as evidence that conservatives kept affirmative action from working. Others say the statistics are proof that affirmative action didn’t really work that well to begin with. But there’s always the third option to consider: that persistent racial inequality is, at least in part, the result of affirmative action working exactly as it was intended to.
● One of those articles that makes me realize I do not understand the Internet: More than 7,000 people collectively lost $300,000 in an online galactic war

● I don't know why Esquire is rerunning this 1998 article on Latrobe's own Mr. Rogers, but it's a hell of a piece. Author Tom Junod references Rogers' one-of-a-kind 1997 Emmy acceptance speech, which you can see here

● Having had my interest piqued by Wanda Guthrie's posting of this article on Facebook, found this Scientific American post: "Pretending Keystone XL Politics is Science."

Video of the week: This past Sunday was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan. 50 years! We're as far away from the Beatles' U.S. debut as they were from the outbreak of World War I. 

Anyway, skipping ahead a few years, here's a Beatles-related vignette that has always stuck in my mind: John and Yoko's encounter with cantankerous cartoonist Al Capp during the infamous bed-in of 1969:

Capp's doing a pretty good Bill O'Reilly here, isn't he? 

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