Boom Round Up: February 22

ThinkProgress counters: Check The Entire Speech

Biden On SCOTUS: I Didn’t Say What I Very Clearly Said In ’92


Kafkatrapping via

One very notable pathology is a form of argument that, reduced to essence, runs like this: “Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…} confirms that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…}.” I’ve been presented with enough instances of this recently that I’ve decided that it needs a name. I call this general style of argument “kafkatrapping”, and the above the Model A kafkatrap. In this essay, I will show that the kafkatrap is a form of argument that is so fallacious and manipulative that those subjected to it are entitled to reject it based entirely on the form of the argument, without reference to whatever particular sin or thoughtcrime is being alleged. I will also attempt to show that kafkatrapping is so self-destructive to the causes that employ it that change activists should root it out of their own speech and thoughts.

Hillary Clinton Emails: Secret Negotiations With New York Times, Trade Bill Lobbying Revealed In Latest State Department Release

Bank CEO reveals how Obama administration shook him down

Obama: I don’t get ‘a kick out of big government’

How can anyone doubt his sincerity?


What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Why Democrats Should Beware Sanders

Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.

Leftist Piety?

I’ve heard it called “Luxurious Concerns.” That is, your concerns mark your social status. If your concerns are about keeping your job, paying your rent, or whether your kids’ school is any damn good, you’re worried about Big Things, and therefore you are marked as a Struggling Person. Only those who have really made it — who are at the top of the economic and social order — have the luxury of worrying about the Small Things. And if you worry about the Very Small Things, or indeed the Microscopic Things, then, well and truly, you have arrived… If you can’t afford a Luxury Car, or a Luxury Apartment, you can at least adorn yourself with Luxury Worries. It’s very cheap. Easy, too… Our modern class of intellectually-insecure social climbers are posing as connoisseurs of offensiveness.

How to Spot a Narcissist (Trump Persuasion Series)

How Biden killed John Roberts’s nomination in 1992.

Did Global Warming Pause?
“Don’t you remember the science being settled?” – Steve Green

Iran has executed every single male in one village

Dixiecrats Triumphant

Oscaars? Pfah! Spare me the lecturefest. I spent the night with my Nerd Posse playing a Co Op game called Borderlands 2, that is ten times the experience any movie theatre experience is.

But I do appreciate the craft. Here’s a terrific breakdown on how the Coen brothers use use shot – reverse shot.