zwei dinge

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  • zwei dinge commented on the blog post Acknowledgements

    2012-12-21 16:18:28View | Delete

    Goodbye, David. Your work is really special, and I can’t wait to see what form it takes next. Thanks for everything, and enjoy the vacation that you’ve earned a thousand times over.

  • zwei dinge commented on the blog post A Programming Note

    2012-12-06 08:31:56View | Delete

    I don’t often comment here, but I want to tell you, David, that I’ve read your posts every single day since I first came to FDL a year and a half ago. You more than anyone else keep me clued in to the details of how things are going in this country, and how they ought to be going but aren’t. If it weren’t for you I never would’ve understood the mortgage crisis, much less the national settlement, the ongoing lawsuits, and the supposed housing recovery. I could mention dozens of other cases of which the same is true. Your intelligent, humble voice backed by your encyclopedic knowledge of all things political and your good heart has been really important to my thinking. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done here, and best of luck figuring out what it is you want to do next.

  • zwei dinge commented on the diary post A tale of two universes: debating on dailykos.com by cassiodorus.

    2012-10-31 19:55:10View | Delete

    Thanks for the diary. I’ve only read a bit of Habermas, but my impression is that his theory of discourse ethics is not very well equipped to deal with people like the Dem loyalists at DKos, because it presupposes that participants in a debate are already committed to the norms of discourse. If, by contrast, [...]

  • Thanks for the update, Kevin. If we’re counting Stein and Honkala arrests, let’s not forget the one at the August protest against Fannie Mae in Philly. That was what first got me really excited about their campaign.

  • zwei dinge commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: De-Autonomizing Women

    2012-10-28 20:28:47View | Delete

    While I agree that it’s distressing to hear these kinds of views being aired more and more frequently, I don’t think the discourse itself is really the problem. In fact, I suspect that part of the reason we’re seeing a resurgence of unabashedly misogynistic discourse is because the mainstream media succeeded in making feminism passé in the ’80s and ’90s, and it became part of the conventional (un)wisdom that the feminists’ goals were basically secured. In reality, of course, misogyny remained alive and well, and the decline in public discussion about it only allowed it to go unchallenged. If its current manifestations become sufficiently shocking to the public to provoke a widespread recognition that the work of feminism isn’t over yet, I think that will be a good thing on the whole.

  • Thanks for the story, Kevin, and thank you to the members of the delegation for putting themselves at risk to oppose drone strikes.

    I’d be curious to know where the 2/3 figure for Pakistani military expenditures comes from. According to the Asia Times, it’s more like 1/5 to 1/3 of the budget depending on what you count.

  • zwei dinge commented on the diary post Which Political Commercial is More Nauseating? by Ohio Barbarian.

    2012-05-10 20:37:59View | Delete

    Actually, I think the hammer and sickle shirt in the Obama video belongs to a tea partier. Here’s a photo of the shirt. Obama surely knows he needs to be careful about showing his disdain for the left too openly in an election year.

  • Thanks for the observations. The sign on the BBVA bank actually says “nonviolence protects the banks.”

  • zwei dinge became a registered member

    2011-12-06 19:52:32View | Delete