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Newsweek’s new poll has Bush at 26%, but now we’ve reached something new: the average of all major polls (including the perennial Republican outliers that give Bush a 10-point bump) now have Bush in the twenties. What does that mean? Bush has no support among Democrats. He has no support among Independents. And now, for the last half year, his support among Republicans shows week-on-week steady erosion. We’re now eating well into “the base.” Why? Well, isn’t the real question: who are these 26%? Are they people who don’t read newspapers, and watch the news? Or, more likely, people who take their news from hysterical rightwing talk radio and Fox News.
Bush’s war stewardship is demonstrated to be incompetent. His cabinet is shown to be full of knaves and scoundrels. He has feverishly corrupted all the core institutions of the country. A year ago, the Beltway punditry was telling us that he had “bottomed out” around 40%, and it was impossible for him to drop any lower. As usual, they were completely wrong. And now that his numbers have reached lower-than-the-worst-days-of-Watergate levels, notice how the vacuous chattering class has suddenly stopped talking about polls?
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Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Average speed of Heinz ketchup, from the mouth of an upended bottle, in miles per year:
After studying the fall of 64,000 individual raindrops, scientists found that some small raindrops fall faster than they ought to.
The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighbors’ loud lovemaking.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”