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The lessons of Georgia's unjust execution of a developmentally disabled murderer

theweek.com — Warren Lee Hill was a developmentally disabled black man in Georgia. He indisputably killed a fellow prisoner while serving a life sentence for indisputably killing his girlfriend. Regardless of the law or the facts, in other words, regardless of "evolving standards of decency," regardless of a Supreme Court prohibition against the execution of the mentally disabled, regardless of the uniformity of medical opinion supporting his cause, Warren Hill never had a chance.

This is what the Grand Canyon looks like filled with clouds

theweek.com — The Grand Canyon fills up with rolling fog normally only once every few years. But on Wednesday, clouds filled the famous canyon for the second time in six weeks. The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion, and it happens when cold, moist air gets trapped beneath a layer of warmer air.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SpeedReads: Watch the Grand Canyon fill with clouds, in a rare phenomenon called total cloud inversion: bit.ly/1ByHTkr pic.twitter.com/Ha3g6cnvUK

Suge Knight arrested on murder charges after deadly auto incident

theweek.com — The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said that Death Row Records cofounder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself in early Friday to face questioning over a deadly incident in which two people were run over by a red pickup on Thursday afternoon. One, a 55-year-old man, died, the other man was injured.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SpeedReads: Suge Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after fatal auto incident in Compton: bit.ly/1DepJXb pic.twitter.com/NZNm7xqmr1

What's wrong with political correctness? A few observations from a mansplainer.

theweek.com — Political correctness has never hurt me. Strangers on the internet have never started a hashtag campaign to shame me or deprive me of my livelihood. I've never been "called out" by the more politically correct. No one has ever tried to teach me how I can be a better ally to marginalized groups.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @michaelbd: Intersectional politics: It is a left-wing version of Dana Carvey’s church lady. “Could it beeeee…… Patriarchy?” theweek.com/articles/53629…

Jan 29, 2015

Intersectional politics: It is a left-wing version of Dana Carvey’s church lady. “Could it beeeee…… Patriarchy?” theweek.com/articles/53629…

Jan 29, 2015

"Like Milton’s Satan, I thought I might offer an outsider’s observations on the scene.” theweek.com/articles/53629…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @bitteranagram: "PC talks about solidarity, but performs itself as expressive individualism." theweek.com/articles/53629…

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Why Andrew Sullivan matters

theweek.com — It's telling, I think, that Andrew Sullivan's announcement on Wednesday that he's retiring his enormously popular blog - - has inspired tweets, Facebook posts, and longer tributes (and denunciations) that read an awful lot like obituaries. Even though Sullivan is still very much alive.

Obama's middle-out economics is good. Bottom-up economics is better.

theweek.com — Lately, the Democrats have been trying to rebrand their political vision as "middle-out economics." It's certainly preferable to "upper-class economics" or "crazy-rich-fatcat" economics. And the basic argument for bulking up the middle class' purchasing power over the long haul is sound. But it also raises an uncomfortable, if obvious question: What about the lower class?
Jan 30, 2015

RT @ryanlcooper: "If you lift up the bottom, people will be less afraid of falling from the top." m.theweek.com/articles/53659… by @jeffspross

Red Army

cdn.app.theweek.com — A new look at the bad guys of the 1980 Olympics Hockey legend Slava Fetisov has to be "one of the most likable, soulful sports heroes you could ever hope to meet," said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal .

529 college savings plans are everything that is wrong with American policy

theweek.com — President Obama suffered a minor political setback this week, when a proposal to end the 529 college savings tax credit, unveiled during the recent State of the Union address, sparked a backlash. He has now dropped the proposal. On one level, it's no big deal, since it's only a small policy, letting people build college savings accounts without being taxed.
Jan 29, 2015

In which @ryanlcooper calls 529 plans a "steaming garbage pile," which is funny but maybe a touch strong. theweek.com/articles/53631…

Jan 29, 2015

In which @ryanlcooper refers to 529s as a "steaming garbage pile" in the tax code. theweek.com/articles/536319

Jan 29, 2015

"So, let's be clear: the 529 tax credit is a piece of utter trash policy." theweek.com/articles/53631…

Jan 29, 2015

"In other words, 529s work best when they're least needed, and fall to pieces when they're needed most." theweek.com/articles/53631…

Kenny G says he's the reason why Starbucks sells Frappuccinos

theweek.com — The next time you find yourself enjoying a frappuccino at Starbucks, be sure to silently thank the icy beverage's inspiration: Kenny G. In an interview with Bloomberg, the smooth jazz virtuoso said that as an early investor in Starbucks, he convinced chairman and CEO Howard Schultz to rip off another company's drink.
Jan 30, 2015

Huh. RT @SpeedReads: Kenny G says he's the reason why Frappuccinos are on the Starbucks menu: bit.ly/1tCAPFw pic.twitter.com/EeSFkpFNhR

On Kimmel, Boston's biggest stars claim credit for deflating Tom Brady's footballs

theweek.com — Lots of people take responsibility for crimes they didn't commit, Jimmy Kimmel said on Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, citing the Lindbergh baby kidnapping as an example. The same holds true of (much) lesser crimes, like the Patriots' (alleged) deflating of their game footballs in the AFC championship game.

John Oliver is in awe of the Super Bowl

theweek.com — An avid soccer fan, John Oliver told David Letterman on Thursday's Late Show that he's been "brainwashed" into embracing American football's Super Bowl. "I'm on a green card, and if I don't watch the Super Bowl, I get ejected," he joked, added that he actually loves the big game, "because it's peak America, isn't it?
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SpeedReads: A "brainwashed" John Oliver is in awe of the Super Bowl—& says the rest of the world is, too: bit.ly/1HoTfA3 http:/…

Remains of Buddhist monk found in lotus position

theweek.com — After 200 years of peace and solitude, the mummified remains of a meditating Buddhist monk have been found in Mongolia. 200 years old 'meditating mummy' found in Mongolia http://t.co/NNORpJkjjG pic.twitter.com/yy9yNUwRug - Siberian Times (@siberian_times) January 28, 2015 The ash-colored man was found in the lotus position with no visible decay, the New York Daily News reports, and early estimates say he could be at least two centuries old.

How Michelle Obama's fashion diplomacy helped erode India's color prejudice

theweek.com — President Barack Obama went to India seeking a breakthrough on global warming and regional security. But it may be First Lady Michelle Obama's fashion diplomacy that will achieve real progress on an issue of far more immediate relevance to the lives of millions of Indians: Breaking India's notorious obsession with skin color.
Jan 29, 2015

The no-veil thing was mostly hype. Michelle Obama's real fashion statement was in India. @shikhadalmia reports buff.ly/1A3FVwZ

529s college savings plans are everything that is wrong with American policy

theweek.com — President Obama suffered a minor political setback this week, when a proposal to end the 529 college savings tax credit, unveiled during the recent State of the Union address, sparked a backlash. He has now dropped the proposal. On one level, it's no big deal, since it's only a small policy, letting people build college savings accounts without being taxed.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Daniel_Luzer: "So, let's be clear: the 529 tax credit is a piece of utter trash policy" theweek.com/articles/53631… via @ryanlcooper

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ryanlcooper: "529s work best when they're least needed, and fall to pieces when they're needed most." theweek.com/articles/536319

How the GOP embraced being the Party of Death

theweek.com — As part of their longstanding war on the Affordable Care Act, conservatives have filed a lawsuit willfully misreading the statute to deny upwards of 10 million people subsidies to purchase insurance. This denial of insurance will almost certainly lead to significant amounts of preventable death and suffering.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @hiltzikm: Good response to Michael Strain's ludicrous ACA op-ed from @LemieuxLGM: theweek.com/articles/53620… My take last week: ow.ly/HZC4B

Jan 29, 2015

Good response to Michael Strain's ludicrous ACA op-ed from @LemieuxLGM: theweek.com/articles/53620… My take last week: ow.ly/HZC4B

Jan 29, 2015

Read @LemieuxLGM on how ObamaCare turned the GOP into the Party of Death: bit.ly/1EREiRO via @TheWeek

A shaky successor to Breaking Bad

theweek.com — The announcement of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul was met with equal parts glee and trepidation. Breaking Bad had already earned its place in the pantheon of TV's all-time great dramas, and the chance to spend a little more time in that world, with one of its greatest characters, was impossible to turn down.

The long, troubled history of the new Ghostbusters movie: A timeline

theweek.com — Strap on your Proton Packs, fans: After years and years of troubled production, - a franchise many concluded was deader than the ghosts busted in the first two films - is finally headed back to theaters. This week, director Paul Feig confirmed that he'll be helming a Ghostbusters reboot starring four comediennes: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
Jan 29, 2015

How did the Ghostbusters reboot happen? 26 years of failure. A chronicle of failed attempts to make Ghostbusters 3: theweek.com/articles/471237

The subversive brilliance of Marshawn Lynch

theweek.com — With the sports media obsessing over the precise degree to which Tom Brady and the Patriots' balls were inflated in the AFC Championship game, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's brief conversation with reporters might have slipped past the notice of all but hardcore fans.

If Bobby Jindal wants to preach forced American assimilation, he should visit Brooklyn

theweek.com — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is out promoting his idea for how to nip homegrown Islamist terrorism in the bud. He has been spreading his message in Europe and the U.S., on TV, radio programs, and even Christian revival gatherings. Terrorism is despicable, and there are never enough good ideas on how to prevent it.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @TheWeek: If Bobby Jindal wants to preach forced American assimilation, he should visit Brooklyn, says @PJWeber bit.ly/1wDEIoE