Alas, No : The only way out for Republicans is through.

Bus on fire I have seen an ever-increasing number of people asking some version of this question over the last two weeks:

What will it take to get Republicans to stand up to Trump?

The answer to this question, I think, is that, with the exception of a few edge cases, the Republican Party will remain silent pretty much regardless of what Trump does.

Here is the calculation I think the GOP leadership and most of its members have made. While Trump’s disapproval ratings are historically high, his base (probably somewhere around 20%) remains entirely committed to him. They don’t believe the press, they hate the Democrats, and they will stick with Trump because he’s their guy. The Republican Party needs these voters—they are probably electorally doomed without them, so they do not want to do anything to alienate them.

At the same time, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, etc. are not stupid. I am pretty sure they know what Trump is and understand that the wheels are off the bus, the whole thing is on fire, and Trump will continue steering it into every tree and utility pole on the road until the whole thing explodes.

Given that, I imagine their plan is to stand back and let him keep driving until the ugly, fiery end. They can then point to the Democrats as having been the ones to push for investigations, prosecutions, etc. and turn Trump into some sort of martyr. They will have rid themselves of him, but as long as they are not actively participating in his downfall, they can claim to his base that it’s not their fault.

The frightening part is that, given the epistemic closure on the Right, this strategy just might work.

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  1. Yes, your team mascot is racist.
  2. That's not how any of this works.
  3. The Justice Department's public comment line is (202) 353-1555.
  4. Who is left to check Trump’s power? Basically no one.
  5. It is deeply disturbing that Trump just fired James Comey.
  6. The handling of race in Hulu's adaptation of *The Handmaid's Tale* is weird.
  7. You get from Star Wars what you bring into it.
  8. You should go read Lawfare's post about Trump and Russia.
  9. If the robots are taking all the jobs and the market is broken anyway, just give people a basic income.
  10. Bannon never left, and neither will Gorka.
  11. Republican claims about pre-existing conditions are bullshit.
  12. American identity has not collapsed. The GOP has abandoned it.
  13. Trump's base isn't going to turn on him.
  14. Trolls, or What do we do when tactical responses and right/just responses do not align?
  15. The limited redemption of Anakin Skywalker
  16. Trump’s *Face The Nation* interview
  17. Trump’s agenda is Trump, and at that, he is succeeding—for now.
  18. The FCC is coming after network net neutrality again.
  19. Trump's "tax plan" (quotes intentional) is gibberish and ought to be treated as such.
  20. We probably need to accept that complicated things are complicated.
  21. Luke Skywalker is right. It’s time for the Jedi to end.
  22. There are many more Juiceros out there.
  23. Jevons, Hanlon, and Conway walk into a bar…
  24. The marketplace of ideas cuts both ways.
  25. No, the Internet is not really democratic.
  26. Empathy as an indicator of political opinions
  27. In what order do you read book series?
  28. The Republican party is intellectually bankrupt.
  29. Telling people they've been suckered is not a winning argument, even if it's true.
  30. Trump is a deadbeat, and the Republicans are his latest creditors.
  31. A missing chapter of parenting books
  32. It's weird how Republicans keep supporting a racist asshole.
  33. At least some of these rogue government Twitter accounts probably aren't for real.
  34. Paul Ryan is a terrible person.
  35. I just called Scott Pruitt's office.
  36. My question for Sean Spicer
  37. Poor people's iPhones
  38. The job is so much more enjoyable when there aren't any rules you have to follow.
  39. Most anti-immigration arguments make no sense to me.
  40. Two true statements about Trump and the press
  41. Removing street lanes to reduce congestion
  42. I just called the Governor’s office about his position on making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  43. Stop calling it "the winter White House."
  44. This sentence is a lie.
  45. Charles Pierce on the DeVos confirmation
  46. "You'll like it better with me."
  47. Josh Marshall is right.
  48. Trump attacks the judiciary
  49. Trump is a lot of things, but claiming that he is mentally ill is silly.
  50. What Trump's authoritianism will look like
  51. Link: Liberals on the edge of a nervous breakdown
  52. Ohio! Call Rob Portman about DeVos!
  53. A question for Facebook and Twitter
  54. Let's not make our job even more difficult than it already is.
  55. Link: Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump?
  56. Link: Throw sand in the gears of everything.
  57. I just called Warren and Markey's offices about delaying the Sessions and Tillerson votes.
  58. What's the record for the shortest time to a Constitutional crisis?
  59. What does the Secretary of Defense think of Trump's Muslim ban?
  60. A proposal regarding the executive orders
  61. If you're okay with this, I'm not sure I have much to say to you.
  62. I just called Gov. Charlie Baker's office about declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  63. Trump's voter fraud lies don't even make internal sense.
  64. Link: Trump is a dangerous, delusional lunatic.
  65. Millionaires are terrible people.
  66. I called Sen. Warren's office about her decision to support Ben Carson for HUD.
  67. Calling senators to oppose Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions
  68. Who do I know in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, or Washington?
  69. Calling senators about Betsy DeVos
  70. PopMatters' list of the 50 best post-punk albums
  71. Link: How to culture jam a populist
  72. Thank you, everybody.
  73. Women's March on Washington, Sister Rally - Greenfield, MA
  74. People getting punched is generally bad, but I'm not going to lose much sleep over this one.
  75. And with that done…
  76. The inauguration
  77. "Deals"
  78. Music: William Basinski's *The Disintegration Loops*
  79. Thanks to National Geographic, I now know that Goldfish have been VANILLA GRAHAM FLAVOR BLASTED!!!
  80. Advice from the EFF on talking to your Congressional representatives
  81. Today in business newspeak: "Delightful"
  82. There are words to describe what Trump is doing. We just have to start using them.
  83. Trump’s denial-of-service attack on democracy and government
  84. Call your Senators, tell them you don't support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
  85. The main argument I've seen for Trump not being a fascist is people's reluctance to use the word "fascist."
  86. Republicans have no interest in actually governing.
  87. Discussing health insurance with the British
  88. A Nemosine Singularity with a medium nib
  89. Resisting Trump and the Republicans is just work.
  90. If the Republicans say they are going to repeal Obamacare, we should take them at their word.
  91. Book review: Emma Cline's *The Girls*
  92. Last night, I wrote a letter for the first time in ages.
  93. Christmas, 2016
  94. It's not fake news, it's propaganda.
  95. Telling people they have been conned doesn't generally work.
  96. What Trump says on Twitter is not the only problem, but it’s still a problem.
  97. Betsy DeVos is awful.
  98. Trump decides to grace the *New York Times* an interview.
  99. Things that have happened since yesterday
  100. The Sessions nomination and the Senate
  101. All of Trump's cabinet picks should be blocked.
  102. The protests need to continue, but I fear it will not end well.
  103. Rooting for Trump to fail
  104. It’s not much, but it’s something.
  105. Priebus as chief of staff is not a good thing.
  106. Link dump for the week ending 2016-11-13
  107. How long do we wait?
  108. White People Problems are not the only problems.
  109. It’s not just about economics.
  110. Some true statements
  111. Understanding something doesn’t mean you agree with it.
  112. It's not all going to be okay.
  113. That feeling you're feeling
  114. Trump won for a lot of reasons. Racism is one of them, and it’s a big one.
  115. Things for which I have no time or patience right now
  116. So.
  117. The Republicans aren’t going to learn any lessons from this election.
  118. Something to keep in mind while watching the results this evening
  119. Jay Rosen on Trump and the right-wing assault on facts
  120. Just thinkin' about tomorrow.
  121. Because upgrading is never simple.
  122. A bit more on Jonathan Safran Foer's *Here I Am*
  123. A touchscreen laptop would be a usability nightmare.
  124. Locker room talk
  125. What Republicans can live with
  126. "Yeah, but he's *our* loser!"
  127. The thing about Mike Pence
  128. Fact-checking Donald Trump
  129. The first debate
  130. Don't get your hopes up that Trump will pay a price for his continued birtherism.
  131. Most parenting advice is terrible.
  132. Not everyone gets sick days.
  133. Hillary Clinton's secret policy trove
  134. "A six-foot-tall painting of himself"
  135. Justin Trudeau, "a living TED Talk"
  136. Missing the entire point of *ST:TNG*
  137. "Looking presidential"
  138. Tim Murphy's *Christodora* is the best novel I have read so far this year.
  139. The party of Lincoln
  140. Getting rid of comment sections
  141. "The transformative potential of deliberative democracy"
  142. Clinton calling out the entire GOP might have been more satisfying, but probably less effective.
  143. Cal Newport on Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy
  144. A few things have happened since the Civil War and Robert Byrd.
  145. Sports and patriotism displays are sort of creepy.
  146. Keeping books on shelves
  147. Good times at Fukushima
  148. Of *course* Trump isn't going to bother with building anything.
  149. Uber opens the company store
  150. Blogging didn't die. It was killed.
  151. Call me crazy, but I think Clinton probably knows what she's doing.
  152. Atrios on Uber
  153. Trophies for participating
  154. Adventures in disaster recovery
  155. "If we look at Column AK on Tab 3 of this list of open tickets…"
  156. Clay Shirky on protest voting
  157. Blair Witch
  158. We are broadcasting from the year 2016…
  159. Your third party won't save you.
  160. Nathan Robinson on voting for the lesser of two evils
  161. And this is the book that made Trump famous.
  162. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
  163. Michael Arnovitz on Hillary Clinton
  164. Not every problem is a software problem.
  165. The second most terrifying thing about this election
  166. Profiles In Courage, featuring Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan
  167. Describes most of my Facebook these days…
  168. A reminder that writers and readers of tech blogs are not ordinary people
  169. Martin Longman on voting v. organizing
  170. Josh Marshall on New York's closed primary system
  171. Rutger Bregman on universal basic income
  172. Jurgen Appelo on why information radiators don't work
  173. Ulysses app is kind of nice
  174. Democrats
  175. If your solution is to shuttle employees to the main office on a supertechnotrain, you're doing it wrong.
  176. Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels
  177. I might trust the algorithm if I thought it were any good.
  178. Iowa
  179. On Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
  180. Audiobooks, podcasts, and the challenges of building stuff oneself
  181. There is no such thing as a structureless organization.
  182. God-damned Internet of Things
  183. Switching to Reeder for RSS
  184. Stringing small tools together wins again.
  185. Spoilers
  186. "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control
  187. Richard Kaufman on *The Thing*
  188. Benjamin Brooks on working from home
  189. Laurie Ruettimann on open floor plan offices
  190. I really hope Bimodal IT is intended as descriptive, not prescriptive.
  191. There is a reason that stuff happens.
  192. The grand evasion of gun control
  193. Zach Holman on remote-first vs. remote-friendly
  194. Feeling kinda meh about the X-Files trailer
  195. Is the pope Catholic?
  196. Right-wing kook likes right-wing kook
  197. Sure, Google—blame the humans.
  198. Yep, we're fine on the schedule, except that everyone hates the schedule.
  199. If it walks like a Trump and quacks like a Trump…
  200. It's not just politics. The tech community's objectivity is a myth.
  201. Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.
  202. Nuts-McCubbins 2016!
  203. Those impolite protesters
  204. "The Other Sixties"
  205. Why I (mostly) stopped using Linux
  206. Trump trump trumpity trump
  207. Education and the health of democracy
  208. Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.
  209. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  210. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  211. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  212. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  213. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  214. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  215. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  216. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  217. Decentralizing GitHub
  218. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  219. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  220. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  221. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  222. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  223. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  224. Who will explain the explainers?
  225. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  226. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  227. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  228. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  229. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  230. What's good for me must be good for you.
  231. The police state and its enablers
  232. A new Craw Kickstarter
  233. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  234. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  235. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  236. People are not resources.
  237. Chewie, we're home.
  238. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  239. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  240. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  241. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  242. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  243. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  244. Happy birthday, Merle!
  245. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  246. Bigots gonna bigot
  247. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  248. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  249. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  250. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  251. TV - *Bloodline*
  252. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  253. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  254. Why I like minimalist art.
  255. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  256. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  257. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  258. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  259. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  260. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  261. A new Aliens movie?
  262. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  263. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  264. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  265. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  266. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  267. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  268. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  269. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  270. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  271. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  272. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  273. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  274. Rand Paul is a kook.
  275. Due is a nice reminders app.
  276. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  277. Dan Burton, still a moron
  278. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  279. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  280. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  281. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  282. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  283. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  284. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  285. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  286. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  287. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  288. No, blogging is not dead.
  289. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  290. Scott Walker is terrible.
  291. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  292. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  293. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  294. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  295. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  296. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  297. Phrases that should be banned
  298. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  299. A novel twist in gameplay
  300. An entrepreneur in every pot
  301. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  302. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  303. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  304. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  305. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  306. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  307. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  308. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  309. So long, 2014.
  310. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  311. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  312. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  313. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  314. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  315. Flash photography
  316. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  317. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  318. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  319. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  320. Uber needs poor people.
  321. The problem with Radiolab
  322. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  323. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  324. The Star Wars teaser
  325. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  326. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  327. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  328. It's morning in America.
  329. My *Serial* think-piece
  330. Cod vacations
  331. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  332. Railing
  333. Found a sunny spot
  334. 1970s Legos
  335. DANZIG!
  336. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  337. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  338. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  339. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  340. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  341. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  342. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  343. A very helpful related search
  344. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  345. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  346. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  347. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  348. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  349. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  350. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  351. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  352. Dilbert is not funny.
  353. Pink Floyd
  354. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  355. Mobile friendly
  356. Dave Winer's Radio3
  357. Resistance to change
  358. That pope
  359. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  360. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  361. Your data-mining sucks (2014).
  362. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  363. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  364. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  365. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  366. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  367. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  368. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  369. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  370. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  371. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  372. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  373. Massachusetts Republicans
  374. Birthright #1
  375. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  376. Kids these days
  377. *Aliens* documentary
  378. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  379. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  380. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  381. Jack Bruce
  382. You seem to have missed something.
  383. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  384. Meg & Mog
  385. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  386. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  387. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  388. Technological change vs. cultural change
  389. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  390. Sleater-Kinney
  391. BE AFRAID!
  392. Medium's on it, bro!
  393. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  394. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  395. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  396. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  397. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  398. A useful roadmap
  399. Not much longer now…
  400. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  401. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  402. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  403. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  404. Deliberately missing the point
  405. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  406. Freshman year of college is calling.
  407. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  408. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  409. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  410. What's the worst that could happen?
  411. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  412. Both sides do it.
  413. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  414. With friends like these…
  415. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  416. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  417. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  418. Hell #9438
  419. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  420. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  421. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  422. War forever
  423. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  424. IT'S NOT A TOOMAH!
  425. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  426. Disconnecting pay from performance
  427. Hosting my own stuff
  428. All Ebola, all the time
  429. The kids these days
  430. Laboratories of democracy!
  431. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  432. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  433. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  434. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  435. The new phone is here.
  436. Crap Architecture
  437. iPhone Parking Lot
  438. Starting Proust
  439. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  440. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  441. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  442. The Apple tech press is weird.
  443. VHS v. Betamax
  444. The answer is always "n + 1".
  445. Conservative intellectuals
  446. Zappos is creepy.
  447. Your phone is not the problem.
  448. Deconstruction
  449. Inspirational
  450. Process improvement
  451. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  452. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  453. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  454. Complicated things are complicated.
  455. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  456. That technology thing you like
  457. Priorities, people
  458. WAR!
  459. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  460. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  461. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  462. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  463. 42
  464. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  465. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  466. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  467. Trying out Beats Music
  468. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  469. The synthetic unity of experience
  470. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  471. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  472. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  473. State of the Union predictions
  474. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  475. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  476. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  477. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  478. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  479. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  480. Thinking before you write
  481. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  482. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  483. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  484. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  485. Hate the show, not the venue.
  486. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  487. FUD As a Service
  488. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  489. Crippling injuries build character.
  490. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  491. Saving bookstores
  492. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  493. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  494. Internet activism
  495. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  496. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  497. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  498. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  499. Your tax dollars at work
  500. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  501. Holacracy
  502. Yes, people really do still blog.
  503. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  504. Duck Dynasty
  505. No one cares about your private cloud.
  506. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  507. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  508. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  509. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  510. Money is speech
  511. Clearly
  512. Parking
  513. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  514. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  515. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  516. Unhelpful advice
  517. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  518. People don't scale
  519. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  520. Movies that scared me
  521. Epistemology
  522. Bespoke
  523. Califone, *Stitches*
  524. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  525. We want INFORMATION!
  526. Passive-aggressive politeness
  527. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  528. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  529. Google cars
  530. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  531. Really, DC? REALLY?
  532. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  533. Suspension of disbelief
  534. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  535. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  536. Personal experience v. policy
  537. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  538. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  539. The Washington Post and AWS
  540. St. Patrick’s Day
  541. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  542. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  543. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  544. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  545. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  546. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  547. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  548. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  549. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  550. Meetings
  551. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  552. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  553. Time-tracking
  554. Prophecy
  555. More guns
  556. Guns
  557. Bold Leadership
  558. Hanlon's Razor
  559. That legacy stuff
  560. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  561. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  562. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  563. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  564. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  565. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  566. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  567. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  568. That Kant was a smart guy.
  569. Petraeus
  570. The World War Z trailer
  571. You should have bicycles
  572. The technorati fallacy
  573. One of my favorite types of requests
  574. The Lucasfilm thing
  575. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  576. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  577. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  578. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  579. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  580. Undecided voters
  581. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  582. Found a new philosophy podcast
  583. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  584. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  585. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  586. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  587. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  588. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  589. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  590. Safety nets
  591. So, the Romney thing
  592. Your data-mining sucks
  593. Started watching Homeland
  594. The Clint Eastwood thing
  595. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  596. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  597. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  598. The Lance Armstrong thing
  599. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  600. A lot of Can
  601. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  602. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  603. Writing apps
  604. Distorted markets
  605. App.net, or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  606. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  607. A bit more on the HBO thing
  608. OS upgrades
  609. Or I could just go listen to the album
  610. Monster Movie Week!
  611. As goes Sparrow...
  612. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  613. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  614. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  615. Nope, advertising just sucks
  616. Reading
  617. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  618. Who needs it!
  619. Advantage, Mutt
  620. Do you want the answer, or not?
  621. ACA coverage and systems failure
  622. To-do lists
  623. So long, Weather Underground
  624. Checked baggage
  625. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  626. From the $2 bins at the record store
  627. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  628. The HBO thing
  629. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  630. Not exactly random, but good listening
  631. The Dark Knight... meh
  632. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  633. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  634. Memorial Day
  635. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  636. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  637. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  638. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  639. Experimenting with Pelican
  640. Readlists
  641. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  642. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  643. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  644. War Hazard Eliminated!
  645. Unintended Consequences
  646. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  647. You’re playing their game
  648. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  649. Breitbart
  650. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  651. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  652. A bit more on The Shining
  653. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  654. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  655. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  656. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  657. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  658. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  659. Ip Man
  660. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  661. Bogeyman
  662. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  663. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  664. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  665. BASIC
  666. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  667. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  668. My power is beyond your understanding!
  669. Out-stupiding the TSA
  670. I see what you did there
  671. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  672. That "15 albums" thing
  673. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  674. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  675. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  676. That's an interesting definition you have there
  677. James Cameron v. the philistines
  678. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  679. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  680. Whither censure?
  681. Stealing TV, Part II
  682. OCTOBER?!
  683. Chasing boogeymen
  684. Nice vetting job, folks
  685. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  686. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  687. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  688. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  689. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  690. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  691. Supporting the freedom-haters
  692. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  693. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  694. Music update - February 2006
  695. The Corporation
  696. Watching TV without having TV
  697. Google strikes again (2006)
  698. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  699. Touchy subject
  700. Take my ports. Please.
  701. NUTS!
  702. One year older than I was at this time last year
  703. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  704. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  705. Lewis Black
  706. Uhhhhhhh...
  707. The Yes Men
  708. And again, my apologies
  709. I did it for you, Damien
  710. DRUNKEN CHENEY KILLS AGAIN!!!
  711. The site may be slow today
  712. Electronic mediocrity
  713. Maybe they are better off...
  714. Angry Dick strikes again
  715. Capote
  716. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  717. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  718. Wherein Pete despairs
  719. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  720. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  721. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  722. Hide your puppies
  723. I like VoIP
  724. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  725. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  726. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  727. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  728. The hearings are on.
  729. Apples and oranges
  730. And in somewhat less serious news...
  731. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  732. War in name only
  733. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  734. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  735. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  736. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  737. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  738. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  739. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
  740. Flirting with the dark side
  741. Countdown to a big waste of time
  742. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  743. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  744. Weekend music update
  745. The New York Times finally throws down
  746. Today’s project
  747. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  748. The broken record continues to spin
  749. Long time, no music
  750. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  751. At least someone is putting up a fight
  752. More legal contortions
  753. More on Iran
  754. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  755. Only 20 more hours to go
  756. Original intent
  757. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  758. You say Alito, I say whatever
  759. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  760. I don’t want to live with the bears
  761. Quick TV update
  762. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  763. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  764. Reading too much into The West Wing
  765. A question, sir...
  766. Blogging about blogging
  767. A few changes
  768. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  769. Year-end music round-up
  770. Again with the wire-tapping
  771. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  772. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  773. I’m genuinely shocked
  774. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  775. Angry Dick
  776. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  777. Sorry for the delay
  778. The time grows near
  779. Site news - October 2005
  780. Quote of the Day
  781. Serenity
  782. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  783. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  784. Forensic Show #23
  785. It’s TV time again
  786. Nothing to see here
  787. Going from bad to worse to...
  788. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  789. Google Talk
  790. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  791. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  792. Voting != Democracy
  793. He’s not lying
  794. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  795. The perfect album?
  796. Movies, movies, movies
  797. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  798. A bit of background
  799. Leaving, on a jet plane
  800. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  801. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  802. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  803. Again with this story
  804. Music update - July 2005
  805. PLAME NAME BLAME GAME!
  806. Whither Rove?
  807. How quaint.
  808. Intellects vast and cool...
  809. and... They’re off!
  810. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  811. I’m back
  812. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  813. Thank you, FARK
  814. ZOMBIES!
  815. On second thought...
  816. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  817. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  818. So it actually didn’t suck
  819. More on the filibuster debate
  820. YES!!
  821. Going nuclear/constitutional
  822. Worth a listen?
  823. Music update - May 2005)
  824. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  825. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  826. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  827. More on taxes
  828. Happy April 15th
  829. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  830. Long live the Death Tax
  831. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  832. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  833. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  834. METAL!!!
  835. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  836. This is the coolest thing EVER
  837. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  838. April Fools Day
  839. Groundhog Day, Part II
  840. The devil movies always get me.
  841. IM Annoyances
  842. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  843. What the hell?
  844. I suggest we start a pool...
  845. Drill, drill, drill!
  846. This is getting out of hand.
  847. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  848. the gates... THE GATES!!
  849. More “indecency”
  850. And again...
  851. Where have I heard this before?
  852. Anybody want gmail?
  853. Dirty, dirty titties
  854. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  855. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  856. One man’s Conservative...
  857. Google strikes again! (2005)
  858. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  859. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  860. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  861. Argh, I say.
  862. A rose is a rose.
  863. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  864. Sorry...
  865. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  866. Amusement
  867. The bottom-end of 2004
  868. How Bush Won
  869. New Music
  870. Foolishness
  871. Good news, I think...
  872. The first of many, I’m sure...
  873. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  874. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  875. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  876. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  877. Site news - November 2004
  878. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  879. More good web radio
  880. Another post-election site
  881. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  882. Sorry, everybody
  883. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  884. Apologies
  885. Nonsense
  886. Some new music
  887. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  888. The music is back online
  889. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  890. Odds and Ends
  891. SCIENCE!
  892. Making a bad situation worse
  893. Derrida, Part II
  894. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  895. The Faith-Based Presidency
  896. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  897. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  898. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.