Author Archives: Monotreme

About Monotreme

Monotreme is an unabashedly liberal dog lover, writer, and former scientist who now teaches at a University in an almost-square state out West somewhere. http://www.logarchism.com | http://www.sevendeadlysynapses.com

David Broder (1929–2011)

Sad news today: Pulitzer-prize-winning Washington Post columnist David Broder has died at 81. A listing of Broder’s recent columns can be found here. This would be a good opportunity for 538 Refugees readers to comment on their favorite (or least-favorite) … Continue reading

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Will Ye Have the Poor Always With You?

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. — Matthew 26:11 (KJV) In last week’s set of comments, a regular commenter observed: Since blacks married themselves to the Democratic Party 50 years ago, the … Continue reading

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Albert Snyder v. Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church et al.

The Supreme Court has just released its ruling, on an 8–1 vote (Justice Alito dissenting) in Albert Snyder v. Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church et al. The court finds that Westboro Baptist Church has a First Amendment right to picket military … Continue reading

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Is Roger Ailing?

This weekend, the Internets (a series of tubes) were buzzing about the “possible” indictment of Roger Ailes. Ailes, you may recall, is the mastermind of Fox News. The accusation, reported in Friday’s New York Times, is that he obstructed justice … Continue reading

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Gadhafi Flees into Chavez’ Arms?

There are unconfirmed reports on Twitter (quoting Al Jazeera) that Col. Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya for South America, possibly Venezuela. Comments, or further developments, may be posted below. Update: Gadhafi’s Son says his father is still in Libya and will … Continue reading

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Outrage Speech: Was the Left Right?

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s widely-reported observation that hate speech was partially responsible for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has prompted several heated discussions on this blog, as well as other venues. Let me say one thing, because people … Continue reading

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CPAC Straw Poll

CPAC Straw Poll results are out Ron Paul – 30% Mitt Romney – 23% Gary Johnson – 6% Chris Christie – 6% Newt Gingrich – 5% Tim Pawlenty – 4% Michele Bachmann – 4% Mitch Daniels – 4% Sarah Palin … Continue reading

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The Economics of Blogging

Nate has an interesting article up on the “Economics of Blogging” using the sale of HuffPo as a springboard. One interesting factoid I got from the article: 1,000 page views are worth about $6.25. It’s a really good analysis of … Continue reading

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Help the Kyl-less

Over at the original 538 blog, Nate Silver has just posted up an article on the contenders for the seat now held by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Sen. Kyl announced his decision to not seek re-election today. Read Nate’s article, … Continue reading

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538Refugees Twitter Account

Mr. Universe has set up a new Twitter account for the 538Refugees blog: @538refugees (naturally). For those already using Twitter, please follow this account. We’ll try to push you a link every time a new article is posted, so you can … Continue reading

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