“War-mongering is self-justifying. If you bungle a war in Iraq, it does not mean you need to sit back and reflect on the bungling. It means you should make more war, lest Iraq become a base for your enemies. If Vladimir Putin violates Ukrainian sovereignty, it is evidence for a more muscular approach. If he doesn’t, than it is evidence that he fears American power. If there are no terrorist attacks on American soil, than drones must be right and our security state must be effective. If there are attacks, then our security state must increase its surveillance, and more bombs should be dropped. Violence begets violence. Peace begets violence. The circle continues.”
“On the Internet, women are overpowered and devalued. We don’t always think about our online lives in those terms—after all, our days are filled with work to do, friends to keep up with, Netflix to watch. But when anonymous harassers come along—saying they would like to rape us, or cut off our heads, or scrutinize our bodies in public, or shame us for our sexual habits—they serve to remind us in ways both big and small that we can’t be at ease online. It is precisely the banality of Internet harassment, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks has argued, that makes it “both so effective and so harmful, especially as a form of discrimination.””
A Beginner’s Guide to the USA’s World Cup Draw
HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS. World Cup 2014 is just six months away. It was looking real good for the US men’s national soccer team (USMNT, henceforth) after they cruised through the qualifying round. Today I sat down to watch the draw, used to divvy up 32 teams into 8 groups over lunch. This was NOT a good idea! Things went sub-optimally for America.
A few people less soccer-mad than I have asked what it all means, and the more I think about it, the less freaked out I get. But only slightly less freaked out. First thing: The World Cup starts with a group stage, in which the USA plays 3 other teams 1 time each. Top 2 in each group advance to the knockout rounds, which is 16 teams going head-to-head, a la March Madness. Got it? K.
Team America certainly can advance beyond the group stage, but it’ll be a tough one. Here’s a breakdown of the USA’s 3 group stage opponents:
GERMANY: Holy smokes. It’s Germany! Says it all. What makes this one interesting is the USMNT’s own Deutschland influence — our coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, was one of Germany’s greatest players of all-time before coaching the team in 2006. And several of our key players, including Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson, are German dual-nationals who’ve chosen to play for America. (Some may call them Germany rejects. I WILL NOT.)