Amazon: Your One-Stop Shop for Niche, Long-Lasting Books

I for one welcome my Bezosian overlords

Alex Tabarrok points us to this rather odd, ranty essay from Ursula K. Le Guin  in which she argues that Amazon is bad because … it pushes new books. Or something. It’s kind of hard to grok Le Guin’s main point, to be honest. I think this might be it?

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Media Expert: New York Times Staffers ‘Shocked’ by Negative Hillary Clinton Coverage

The Grey Lady.

Some New York Times staffers are concerned about the paper’s lack of favorable coverage of Hillary Clinton, according to noted media expert Eric Boehlert.

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Major Clinton Foundation Donor Insists: Blogger Must Be Flogged

Hillary Clinton visits Saudi Arabia (AP)

The government of Saudi Arabia, one of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation, has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment handed down against blogger Raif Badawi, who was convicted in 2012 of “insulting Islam through electronic channels.” Badawi’s crime was encouraging open debate on cultural and religious issues on his blog, the Liberal Saudi Network. The decision to uphold his sentence comes despite widespread international outcry:

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‘Game of Thrones’ Stacks the Deck in Dany’s Favor

Time to reset the Vox correction clock

Spoilers for the ninth episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones below.

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Three Questions for Democrats

Liberals (AP)

Here are three questions for liberals to consider in light of recent events:

 1. Why do you hate science, bro?

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Sociopath Explains Why He’s Above Paying Off His Debts

Lee Siegel, dismantling oppression

I’m utterly fascinated by Lee Siegel’s op-ed in the New York Times about how he was too good to pay off his college debts.

No really. That’s the whole piece. Let’s leave aside the basic moral question about whether or not one should feel some sense of obligation to repay one’s debts.  It’s filled with lines like:

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Wine Is Grape Juice. Whiskey Is Life. #ChooseLife

This is the best bourbon. It's borderline criminal that Buffalo Trace changed the label.

My favorite portion of Mother Jones‘s website is definitely “Ben’s Thoughts,” where Ben Dreyfuss just kind of riffs on whatever is going through his head at any given time. Fantastic stuff. His headline game is strong, but his URL game is unbelievable.

He wrote something particularly great yesterday, though, and I just had to share it with you. It’s superficially about whiskey’s superiority to wine (a fact no True American would deny). But it’s really about life. Here’s Ben:

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AWKWARD: Disney Made Its Fired Workers Train Foreign Replacements

Disney CEO Bob Iger (AP)

The New York Times published a troubling report Thursday highlighting the trend among American corporations of hiring outsourcing firms to replace their tech employees with foreign workers brought into the country on temporary H-1B visas. In many cases, the fired employees are then compelled to stay on and train their foreign replacements:

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COUNTERPOINT: Bridget von Hammersmark Was a TERRIBLE Spy


Over at Slash Film, Ethan Anderton proposes a list of the 15 best movies spies. I have no substantive objections to most of the people on the list. But I must strongly agitate against the inclusion of Inglourious Basterds‘ Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Krueger). She was, in fact, a terrible spy.

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ANALYSIS: How Hillary Clinton Can One-Up Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner (Vanity Fair)

Caitlyn Jenner dominated the media conversation this week when she officially introduced herself in a Vanity Fair cover story, joining the short list of conservative Republicans to be featured in the magazine.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is preparing to officially announce her presidential campaign for the second time in two months. If Hillary wanted to one-up Caitlyn Jenner as way to increase the publicity surrounding her campaign and to boost her flagging poll numbers, there a way she could do it, a Free Beacon analysis has found.

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A Free Beacon Comic Strip: Media Matters!


Media Matters! is a comic strip that documents the wacky adventures of truth warriors David Brock and Eric Boehlert. The so-called mainstream media has it in for Hillary Clinton, but Brock and Boehlert will stop at nothing to expose their lies. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. In the trenches of the war for justice, friendships are put to the test, but at the end of the day, these heroes never fail to prove themselves worthy servants of The Cause. (Note: The dialogue for these comics is comprised (almost exclusively) of verbatim quotes lifted from Boehlert’s Twitter feed.)

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Bill Clinton’s Swedish Secret Exposed


Former President Bill Clinton established a separate fundraising arm of the Clinton Foundation in Sweden that was never disclosed to the State Department during his wife’s tenure as Secretary of State, the Washington Times reports. The entity, incorporated in Sweden as the William J. Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse, raised $26 million in donations at the same time the Swedish government was lobbying the State Department against tighter sanctions on Iran, on the grounds that increased restrictions would harm Swedish businesses:

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American Imperialism FTW


The rest of the world loves to whinge and moan about U.S. aggression—until it needs something done, of course. And then they’re happy we haven’t given in to the reigning international order like the rest of the failed imperial powers out there.

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Biff Diddle Presents: WAR CATS

"I'm your worst nightmeower!"

The following is a new Free Beacon feature inspired by our public editor, Biff Diddle, who was last seen near the Zubair Islands (Yemen) on New Year’s Eve, 2014. The images are based on a series of unpublished sketches found amongst Mr. Diddle’s personal belongings, the majority of which were dated prior to the launch of the cat-centric website BuzzFeed, thus proving Mr. Diddle’s purrr-spicacious grasp of the 21st century media landscape. They are being published here in an effort to bring our readers a modicum of joy during these turbulent times as we pray for Biff.

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Hillary Clinton’s Nine-Month-Old Granddaughter Wears Oscar de la Renta

Hillary Clinton and Oscar de la Renta (AP)

Becoming a grandmother has made Hillary Clinton think long and hard about what kind of world she wants to leave behind for future generations—a world in which every American will have the same opportunities as nine-month-old Charlotte Clinton-Mezvinsky. In Hillary Clinton’s America, for example, every infant child will be swathed in the hippest fabrics from the hottest celebrity fashion barons.

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