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Friday, October 14, 2016

Stuff I read today: October 14, 2016



-Quanta Magazine reports, “Two young computer scientists have figured out how to fairly divide cake among any number of people, setting to rest a problem mathematicians have struggled with for decades. Their work has startled many researchers who believed that such a fair-division protocol was probably impossible.”

Researchers will now turn to the more recent issue of how make antigay wedding caterers reveal where they hid the knife at same-sex wedding celebrations. Had this solution been available to Marie Antoinette, she might have kept her head.

-”Damn that shoe! It fits!” Josh Barro on Twitter: “The lesson of this campaign is not that Dems were too mean to pre-Trump Republicans. It's that they were right all along about Republicans.”

-Ben Carson told the Morning Joe panel it doesn’t matter whether Donald Trump’s accusers are lying, because we can’t be discussing morality, and Judeo-Christian values, during an election campaign. When Dr Stabby didn’t like what he was hearing, he asked if the questioner’s mic could be cut off.

Then he told BBC journo Katty Kay to “put a plug in it.”

-Civitas Institute’s- and Mr Trump’s favorite economist- shares the candidate’s off-the-wall economic views and bottomless neediness.


-Governor McCrory says it’s perfectly safe to live near a Duke Energy coal ash pond, and any number of ginormous hogshit lagoons, in eastern North Carolina when a hurricane strikes. So safe, he inspects them way less.

-Conservatives who have, for decades despised and delegitimized the federal courts as the sandbox of old men in black robes, now see it a the last line of defense of the privileges of old white men in white robes. The Supreme Court is the Last and Greatest Voter Suppression Tool.

-Come the Trumpocalypse, kaiju cards will be the rage.

-Here is why Republican pols always drag up their wives and daughters to talk about Trump: they’re special. Other women are not:

But about a decade before his comments were recorded by Access Hollywood, Trump betrayed a similar mind-set in an interview with ABC’s Nancy Collins. In response to a question about his relationship with women, Trump said, “Psychologists will tell you that some women want to be treated with respect — others differently.”

Collins: Let’s talk about women. Your feelings toward them seem conflicted, even chauvinistic, confusing since you adore and respect your mother so much.

Trump: I have great relationships with women, my mother, Ivana, Marla, my female executives are better than the men: tougher, smarter.

So why in 1992 did you tell a writer for New York Magazine, Marie Brenner, that ‘You have to treat women like shit” — ultimately pouring a bottle of wine down her back?

I didn’t say that. The woman’s a liar, extremely unattractive, lots of problems because of her looks.

That statement is exactly why women think you’re a chauvinist pig.

-A cool, private sector-y solution to federal court funding: require all docs be filed electronically. Then charge to see them.


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