Author of Make It Mighty Ugly, due out in fall 2014. Also, writer and editor, pusher of Mighty Ugly (the workshops), lover of nachos and summer camp.

It might not end the war on women, but at least it will give our beloved representatives something soft to cuddle when they have nightmares about slut-demons and whore-monsters taking over the world with our birth-control riddled godzila-sized vaginas.

In contrast to groups like the Tea Party, the crowd at Maker Faire is diverse, includes children and adults of all ages, and never finds itself in conflict with other groups based on identity or politics. More importantly, the jobs that many of us have in 2030 will be determined by young people who attended a Maker Faire, in industries that they’ve created. There is no other political movement in America today with a credible claim at creating the jobs of the future.

Hot damn. Anil Dash hands Malcolm Gladwell a scotch and says, “Sit down, old man.”

Make The Revolution - Anil Dash

Study: Misinformed Partisans Really Hate Facts

via savingpaper:

It’s what one researcher calls the “I Know I’m Right” syndrome:

Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.

In another study:

More than 1,000 Illinois residents were asked questions about welfare — the percentage of the federal budget spent on welfare, the number of people enrolled in the program, the percentage of enrollees who are black, and the average payout. More than half indicated that they were confident that their answers were correct — but in fact only 3 percent of the people got more than half of the questions right. Perhaps more disturbingly, the ones who were the most confident they were right were by and large the ones who knew the least about the topic. (Most of these participants expressed views that suggested a strong antiwelfare bias.)

Studies by other researchers have observed similar phenomena when addressing education, health care reform, immigration, affirmative action, gun control, and other issues that tend to attract strong partisan opinion.

No one has to be afraid of the Best Party, because it is the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.

Icelandic comedian and now Reykjavik Mayor Jon Gnarr, whose “Best Party” — founded to satirize his country’s political system — emerged as the big winner this week in Reykjavik’s municipal elections.

His party also won 6 of the City Council’s 15 seats. Mr. Gnarr, in search of a coalition partner, ruled out any party whose members had not seen all five seasons of The Wire. (via savingpaper)

The single mother's manifesto, by J.K. Rowling

Read this, whether you’re a single parent or not, whether you’re British or not.

Al Franken kicks eleventy-million kinds of ass in health-care hearing - Boing Boing

My favourite part isn’t the sarcasm, it’s his point about cherry-picking statistics.

Americana That Barack Obama Has Made Un-American


Even though he didn’t deserve it, it’s still awesome that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, right? No, it’s not. It used to be, but now that Barack Obama has done it, it’s un-American.

It’s been getting kind of confusing keeping track of what’s truly American anymore, so Gawker came up with a handy list of things that are socialist and foreign because Barack Obama has soiled them, by doing them.

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