Today on the Dish, Andrew outlined the similarities between the movements for legal weed and marriage equality, reviewed new evidence proving that John McCain has been an intellectually-dishonest douche, and recommended a Quentin Crisp quote as representative of Israel’s settlement mindset – in addition to joining Koplow and Ibish to decipher Netanyahu’s related intentions. Our popular Roid Age thread continued with Andrew further elaborating on his support for legalized steroids. Also, he and others continued The Daily’s post-mortem and considered the best mediums for long-form journalism.
In political coverage, we featured more letters from millennial voters, rounded up reax to the GOP’s opening fiscal-cliff offer, and hoped for a second-term carbon tax, while John Judis put GOP moderates on the political endangered species list, Tom Ricks emailed in his disappointment with MSNBC, and Michael Moore fared-well in the making of his capitalism documentary. Looking internationally, Charles Kenny pointed out how the multi-allied US is a major reason there aren’t many invasions anymore, we surveyed the depressing (and largely neocon-enabled) worldwide terrorism stats, and in Syria the struggling Assad regime assembled some of its chemical weapons.
In assorted coverage, readers contributed their own examples of imperfect novel endings – a problem that another reader indicated applies to video games as well. Alyssa applauded how the unborn royal will inherit the throne no matter its gender, Frank Dikotter explored Mao’s Stalin fixation, Scott Sherman highlighted how a 1962 press strike changed the course of the media industry, and while Leslie Jamison tried out gangland tourism, Julia Phillips mushed along on a 685 mile dog sled race in Russia. Jazz was not dying as readers responded to last week’s post about the Great American Songbook. Munchausen syndrome flourished online and Cienna Madrid explained why. We also heard arguments for including servicewomen in combat, lamented the possible loss-by-consolidation of Virgin Atlantic, and profiled the Amazon e-threat to brick-and-mortar retail. Then Jon Michaud noted how peanut butter was originally an upper-class health food, McKibben shared his concerns about the health of our oceans, The Economist looked at the self-centered salaries of powerful men, Maria Popova looked to literature for the meaning of love, and Alexandra Lange tracked the rise of the butter knife.
The 2012 mega-mashups have started and our MHB looked at the year’s pop music, readers narrowed down this week’s VFYW contest to Sausalito’s Glen Avenue, Germany’s president mulled over his punch in our FOTD, Monte Carlo dawned through the VFYW, and honestly, the last Batman movie really did suck.