Political Animal


August 09, 2012 12:42 PM Lunch Links

By Ryan Cooper

While I catch a quick lunch, here are some choice tidbits from around the web:

1. Conor Friedersdorf tries on calling out political ad lies for what they are, and boy it feels pretty good. Preach, brother!

2. A physicist recounts the increasingly extreme measures the body undergoes to survive above 26,000 feet.

3. “At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in.

4. Brad DeLong masterfully dissects the latest colossally hackish white paper from Mitt Romney’s economic advisers.

5. NPR ranks the top 100 teen novels. Some good ones, and several I haven’t heard of. Any underappreciated gems in there?

6. The story of a goldbug who created his own remarkably successful currency. Irrational faith can go a long way when it comes to money.

7. John Sides looks into what really happened in the 1980 campaign.

Am I missing anything?

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • SadOldVet on August 09, 2012 2:04 PM:

    “At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in.”

    At 6:00 PM on Friday evenings, I sank into my comfy couch and waited for my personally approved dose of LSD to kick in. In fact, I did this for about 1/3rd of Fridays over a year and a half period of time in the early 1970's. Unlike these scientists, I had no scientific insights or flashes of brilliance. However, I did have a straight arrow roommate who enjoyed my tripping and who provided supervision and transportation for a wide variety of activities. I did have some great hallucinations and a great time; and as the LSD wore off the go-go-go from the speed that the LSD was mixed with provided impetus for a 'cleaning jones' that kept our apartment immaculate.

    Ah, but to be in my 20's again!

  • T2 on August 09, 2012 2:15 PM:

    just a comment about an article over on Daily Kos....some Young Republicans campaigning for Romney - they admit to not agreeing with the GOP on any social issues or basically anything. One kid said she thought that probably Romney might make it easier for her to get a job out of college. The blind being led by the blind.
    If ever a group as a whole should take a dose of LSD, it is Republicans. I wouldn't want to be in the room with them, however.

  • June on August 09, 2012 2:22 PM:

    Wow, Cooper - glad you enjoyed Friedersdorf's piece - to me it was a lot words put to use in the service of context-free, false-equivalency drivel.

  • AmusedOldVet on August 09, 2012 2:43 PM:

    While I am on a roll, some random observations about the Olympics...

    1) It is good to be retired and have time to waste watching mostly boring crap on tv. I have never seen more than a few hours of any Olympics before and have watched (or semi-watched) a lot of sports that I have never seen before.

    2) NBC seemed to have run out of A-Teamers and B-Teamers and C-Teamers for their broadcasters.

    3) At least on NBCSP, CNBC, and MSNBC you get to watch mostly athletics and not mostly bloviators attempting to create 'heros'.

    4) The USA Women's Soccer Team is awesome and I hope they beat the Japanese in the final game which is about to start.

    5) Women's Field Hockey may be boring, but they do have some really pretty thin women. As opposed to Water Polo which is even more boring and seems to be the 'sport' for fat men and women wanting to be 'athletes'.

    6) Why is it that the USA Women's Basketball Team has such pretty black women and such really ugly white women?

    7) Are Horse Dressage olympic events in the Olympics because somebody actually is interested in such boring crap?

  • anonymous gal on August 09, 2012 2:45 PM:

    Ryan--just read your essay on "Monetary Stimulus is a Moral Obligation"--so well done, thank you.

    Over at Daily Kos, Dave Waldman has this--complete with Romney and his Bain Buddies stuffing their clothes with their many benjamins:


    And I just read a frightening article on Romney economics by a Reagan-GHBush era author who called our president "a career marxist street agitator." I was really offended by that remark, and how the author (and Romney) blatantly want all things for the rich.
    No wonder Romney wants this--wonder if it IS the SOLE reason he won't release his income tax information:
    'Allow a tax holiday for the repatriation of the trillions in profits that corporations have parked overseas to avoid the double taxation they face in bringing the money back to America. Over the long run he would eliminate that double taxation by adopting a system of territoriality, so taxes apply to corporate profits only in the country where those profits are earned."

    Can you imagine the number of companies going over seas with that kind of a permanent system?
    And Romney still lies to the American people saying only he will increase jobs.
    And as T2 says, some people believe that.

    Romney--tax evader and outsourcer in chief.