Politics

Drought Measures Presented in a Dry Manner

Drought Measures Presented in a Dry Manner

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer and we’re now officially in a drought here in California. Until Governor Gavin Newsom declared it, we were evidently in an ex officio drought, which was a little like having a learner’s permit but not being allowed to climb into the full disaster to buckle up and go for a spin. Or having a designer need to have a licensed architect sign off on an architectural drawing in order to make it an architectural design.

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Odds & Trends: Brylcream, Gavin and the Amazing City Council Pay Raise

Odds & Trends: Brylcream, Gavin and the Amazing City Council Pay Raise

I’ve lived in California since I was not-quite eight years old and it’s often felt like being in a TV show I joined “in progress” because its opening was pre-empted by a hockey game in overtime. (“Folks, the players have just six minutes left to beat each other senseless with their sticks and fists in the name of good sport and icy fun, so please stay with us.”)

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Facebook Oversight Board’s Oversights

Facebook Oversight Board’s Oversights

Forgive me, Facebook, for I have sinned. Ever since learning that you actually have an oversight board—composed of “academics, activists and political leaders,” according to the Wall Street Journal—I’ve shamelessly begged its members to invite me to join.

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Exclusive! A Transcript of Prince Harry’s Job Interview

Exclusive! A Transcript of Prince Harry’s Job Interview

It was reported recently in every conceivable news outlet, on all social media websites, via carrier puffins and by zombie Pony Express riders that Prince Harry—aka, the Duke or Duck of Sussex, depending on how badly you suffer from Anglophilia—has been hired by the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder.

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Our Man Joe: Same-Day Disappointment—Guaranteed!

Our Man Joe: Same-Day Disappointment—Guaranteed!

Just three weeks ago, on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, the aphids were already gathering on the plants of democracy. (You can see why I’ve cut back on the metaphor-consulting side of my business.)

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