DRDB! 29: "Look at this guy smash his own nuts by crossing his legs."
This is not a highbrow affair and that's okay
|Karl Spurzem||Jun 20, 2019|
It took 29 weeks for me to directly acknowledge the awful namesake of this newsletter because there were so many better things to do with our collective time. I’m not going to link to his damn thing (don’t read David Brooks!) so I’m just going to drop these tweets here.
It has been -0- days since the last mention of David Brooks.
An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That's Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border (Esquire)
“We have what I would call a concentration camp system… mass detention of civilians without trial.”
Teenage Pricks (The Baffler)
Alex Pareene: “Legitimizing complete irresponsibility is also exactly why the mainstream, respectable GOP eventually embraced Trumpism. It’s a force that protects the monstrously unfair world they’ve built. They want to ensure that righteous mobs don’t dismantle the institutions that crank out Jared Kushners and Brett Kavanaughs, so they go along with the big lie, aimed at their lessers, that the people who want to destroy those elite institutions are also determined to punish ‘your son.’ A movement that is designed to preserve the privilege of teens like Brett Kavanaugh to behave poorly and still run the country is telling less-privileged white teens that it’s actually fighting for their much more meager privilege to be racist and piggish and not face consequences.” See also: the privilege of being a Harvard-bound racist and having David Brooks defend you in the New York Times.
The USWNT’s equal pay lawsuit is a fight for all of women’s sports (SB Nation)
US Soccer, the organization in charge of the national teams, needs to clean house. They have a real track record of being assholes. Not only for drastically underpaying female players and prolonging this lawsuit, but they even went out of their way to ban Megan Rapinoe’s kneeling protest.
What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane (The Atlantic)
When the Atlantic isn’t busy trying to promote some obnoxious political hot take, they sometimes publish great long-form journalism like this: William Langewiesche on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 back in March 2014.
18 Questions. 21 Democrats. Here’s What They Said. (NYT)
21 Democrats answered the same 18 questions on video. Joe Biden declined to participate.
The Nonwhite Working Class (Slate)
“Lewis was one of those people who did not vote for president, for the first time in his adult life. He has plenty to say about why he finds Donald Trump appalling: his comments about women, his deportation of a local Jordanian business owner, his petty feuds. But he found little to like in Hillary Clinton; he told me that he felt she was hiding something. Other black voters in Youngstown told me they didn’t like her stance on trade or abortion, or remembered her ‘superpredators’ speech, or her husband’s crime and welfare bills.”
On the Trail of New York’s Nutcracker Kings (Grub Street)
“The candy-colored drinks are such a staple of summer in the city that ‘nutcracker’ has become an umbrella term for any sweet, boozy drink that’s sold illegally on the street, out of barber shops or bodegas, and, increasingly, online.” See also: The Oral History of Four Loko
"The problem is a government that won't get in the fight on the side of the people." (The American Prospect)
This is your weekly Elizabeth Warren good news watch. Ezra Klein also has a good interview with Warren. To quote my pal John: “I am a Liz-ard Queen!”
Idles: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR Music)
“I don't care about the next James Bond / He kills for country, queen and god / We don't need another murderous toff / I'm just wondering where the high street's gone”
Boaty McBoatface makes major climate change discovery on maiden outing (The Telegraph)
The “publicly-named robotic submersible” is already providing novel climate change doom and gloom regarding ocean temperatures, current, and rising sea levels.