From the Atlantic:
Millennial politics is simple, really. Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They're for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they've heard of. They'd like Washington to fix everything, just so long as it doesn't run anything.
That's all from a new Reason Foundation poll surveying 2,000 young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Millennials' political views are, at best, in a stage of constant metamorphosis and, at worst, "totally incoherent," as Dylan Matthews puts it.
It's not just the Reason Foundation. In March, Pew came out with a similar survey of Millennial attitudes that offered another smorgasbord of paradoxes:
That's a very clear result, confirmed by two independent studies: Reason's, and Pew's: "Millennial politics" are "incoherent" or "paradoxical." (The Atlantic then goes on to discuss "millennial politics" is if the concept were neither, but that tells you more about the utility of empty signifiers than it does about politics.) Read below the fold...
A cat feeding machine which uses facial-recognition technology to stop greedy felines stealing each other's food has been unveiled.
Cats have to place their heads inside the feeder to eat and drink - but food and water is only dispensed if their faces are recognised by the on-board computer.
Here's the video. Read below the fold...
Hayes Brown in “Timeline: The Month That Brought Gaza Back To The Breaking Point” attempts to give a progressive summary of the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians since June 12th.
One year ago, Hayes Brown points out, John Kerry pushed the Israeli government and Palestinian leaderships to try to achieve a two-state solution, stressing that the window of opportunity was fast closing. Read below the fold...