The appeal of the Rolling Stones was that you were supposed to feel lucky some cool junkies invited you to listen to their sex party through a keyhole, but Bowie had a message about the salvation of humanity. He seemed to be telling us that the looming apocalypse was survivable? Escapable, maybe? Maybe not, though.

John Roderick

Stay Classy, Wisco GOP 

Did he just give me the finger?

– Wisconsin State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) after receiving the unambiguous gesture on the Assembly floor from Representative Bob Gannon (R-Slinger)

Justice Vs Truth 

Duke University Law School professor Lisa Kern Griffin in a great OP-ED for The New York Times on Netflix’s Making a Murderer series:

The prosecutor in Mr. Avery’s trial argued in his closing statement that “reasonable doubts are for innocent people.” They are not. And procedural protections like access to defense counsel and freedom from coerced interrogations extend to both the innocent and the guilty. The real contribution of these documentaries is not to ask “whodunit” but to reveal what was done to the defendants.

As listeners and viewers consume these stories, they are reminded of the humanity of the individuals involved — and they learn to see the defendants as more than abstractions. That knowledge should lead people to understand that resolution and justice are not the same thing. And whether or not the truth of these crimes ever comes out, shows, podcasts and narrative articles can make the public aware of distortions that occur in the legal process.

She closes with a warning against easy slacktivistm. Go read the whole thing.

An Unexpanded Universe 

Those bothered by the echoes between Star Wars and The Force Awakens are going to be really pissed off when they find out about World War One and World War Two. “Britain and America fight Germany again? Really!?” (Probably best not to even mention any of the Gulf wars).

– Jeremy Keith on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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