Gen X Is a Mess 

The New York Times has lost it’s generational mind or at least the tried and true anti-Millennial clickbait isn’t working anymore.

As “Reality Bites” celebrates its 25th anniversary; as groups like Bikini Kill, Wu-Tang Clan and Hootie & the Blowfish reunite for tours; as generational idols like Ani DiFranco and Liz Phair publish memoirs; and as the first real Gen X candidates make a run for president, Gen X is in the air.

Wtf. This is your thesis? “In the air.”

And you know what else Gen X is? Getting older.

The newspaper of record everyone.

Its oldest members are 54; its youngest are preparing for 40.

Maths are fun, but this article not so much. It fails as a nostalgia trip and offers no insight for the uninitiated looking for a map.

The Constitutional System Is Not Built to Resist Trump’s Defiance of Congress 

Jeffrey Toobin is wrong:

Our constitutional system never contemplated a President like Donald Trump. The Framers anticipated friction among the three branches of government, which has been a constant throughout our history, but the Trump White House has now established a complete blockade against the legislative branch, thwarting any meaningful oversight. The system, it appears, may simply be incapable of responding to this kind of challenge.

I’m pretty sure the Founders did explicitly think about the over-reach and abusive tyranny of a Donald Trump. What they failed to anticipate was our utterly craven Republican senators.

Link via Taegan Goddard.

Marvel Hires Jonathan Hickman to Reboot the X-Men 

Jonathan Hickman:

I think the X-Men is about finding the family that you never knew you had. One that accepts you for who you are, who loves you at your best and worst, and who shares your dreams for what the world can be. You know, everybody wants to love somebody, everyone wants to be loved, and it’s pretty great when you find both. Especially if you’re, say, a weirdo mutant with eyeballs covering your whole body.

Can’t wait.

Elizabeth Warren Turns Down Fox News 

Elizabeth Warren:

Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.


Cooking As A Service 

Jason Kottke gaming out the future of app-based meal delivery services:

Flexible, modular kitchens that are available for rent for any chef who wants to cook in it, and that have easy access to delivery cars and which pay for no front-of-house extras seem pretty obviously like the next iteration of back-end Cooking as a Service, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them pop up everywhere soon enough. If they can collectively bring down the cost of outsourced cooking another 20-30%, I think the economics start looking pretty compelling for outsourced cooking (including delivery) to effectively pay for itself out of the savings incurred by paying for ingredients and cooking equipment in bulk.

We’ve rarely had good experience with takeout services, but as our family cook if we had more diverse options to choose from and/or if the more ho hum options were less expensive, maybe we’d try more often? Hooray for economics, I guess. With the spate of (Mothers Day oriented?) articles on the web bemoaning the lack of domestic work contributed by dads, the feminist in me would be inclined to cheer on this development as well.

Republican State Legislator Attacks Vaccine Scientist Accusing Him of Sorcery 

The Washington Post:

“You are bought and paid for by the biggest special interest in politics,” [Republican state legislator, Rep. Jonathan Stickland] wrote. “Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self enriching ‘science.’ ”

It must be hard for Republicans to carry their increasingly heavy baskets of mythologies, half-truths, and contradictory beliefs.

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