Matt Taibbi has written the obvious but excellent article on American incompetence and mendacity in regard to Afghanistan: Every image coming out of Afghanistan this past weekend was an advertisement for the incompetence, arrogance, and double-dealing nature of American foreign policy leaders. Scenes of military dogs being evacuated while our troops fire weapons in the […]
We link a lot to Matt Taibbi. He is smart, he cares (mostly) about the right things, and he is beholden to no one. Which means that, with the polarising idiocy of our times, Taibbi is hated by pretty much everyone. It’s always a good bet to judge a man by his enemies. Taibbi has […]
It was big news that the estate of Theodor Geisel – aka Dr. Seuss – had decided to cease publication of six Seuss titles, because of their portrayal of people “in ways that are hurtful and wrong”. Seuss is huge, of course, but in the scheme of it the news shouldn’t have been that huge. […]
Glenn Greenwald has written a great article (also linked on this post), on journalistic snooping and the war on privacy. Matt Taibbi has strongly endorsed Greenwald’s article, and has followed up with his own (paywalled).
We had intended to make RatS a regular thing but, like many plans of mice and Marty, it fell by the wayside. Maybe we’ll try again. Matt Taibbi is the nerdish heir to Hunter S. Thompson. He is simultaneously unleashed and meticulous. He also has a habit of pissing off Democrats, and plenty on the […]
(The preamble for this post is now a post-amble, at the end.) (16/10/21) Two questions have been added to the Specialist Error List, and one to the Methods Error List.
That got your attention, didn’t it? And, having tabloided you here, we confess we’re not gonna defend Craig Kelly. The man is a dangerous idiot. We will, however, defend the right of Kelly and his dangerously idiotic comrades to spout their dangerous idiocy. It pains us to write this, coming straight after anti-lockdown and anti-vax […]
Last month, science writer Donald McNeil got shoved out of the New York Times. McNeil has waited until he was formally out of the Times to have his say. Now, he has done so. The whole thing is insane. Part One: Introduction Part Two: What Happened January 28? Part Three: What Happened in the 2019 […]
Matt Taibbi has written a great article on the GameStop game: Suck it, Wall Street. (Subheading: In a blowout comedy for the ages, finance pirates take it up the clacker.) It’s all really worth reading, but here’s Taibbi’s summary: [E]verybody “understands” what happened with GameStop. Unlike some other Wall Street stories, this one isn’t complicated. […]
Yes, of course we’ve read on this nonsense, as have probably most readers of this blog; it’s either that or reruns of Bachelor Chef Island. For those divorced from virtual reality, however, here is: an open letter trying to kick Steven Pinker out of the club; an open letter in Harper’s attacking cancel culture; an […]