By 1860 there were approximately 4,000,000 slaves in the United States, the second largest slave society—slave population—in the world. The only one larger was Russian serfdom. Brazil was close. But in 1860 American slaves, as a financial asset, were worth approximately three and a half billion dollars—that’s just as property. Three and a half billion dollars was the net worth, roughly, of slaves in 1860. In today’s dollars that would be approximately seventy-five billion dollars. In 1860 slaves as an asset were worth more than all of America’s manufacturing, all of the railroads, all of the productive capacity of the United States put together. Slaves were the single largest, by far, financial asset of property in the entire American economy. The only thing worth more than the slaves in the American economy of the 1850s was the land itself, and no one can really put a dollar value on all of the land of North America.
David Blight (via Ta-Nehisi Coates)

I want one of these ugly things. I think the idea is so cool. Too bad it costs a lot of money—no one knows how much because the price is in euros or something. Someday I will get one.

Is there something about our perspective now that often makes it more effective for us to experience drama when it’s sort of smuggled to us within comedy?

TV show idea

The opening credits ARE the closing credits! How? I’ll tell you how. The whole episode is the cold open. Hahaha, you can’t stop watching. It’s all cold open!

It’s more of a Shelbyville idea…

A friend just pointed out this amazing Zizek paragraph:

"But are the terrorist fundamentalists really fundamentalists in the authentic sense of the term? Do they really believe? What they lack is a feature that is easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the Amish in the United States — the absence of resentment and envy, the deep indifference towards the nonbelievers’ way of life. If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by nonbelievers. Why should they envy them? When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns. He just benevolently notes that the hedonist’s search for happiness is self-defeating. In contrast to true fundamentalists, the terrorist pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued and fascinated by the sinful life of the nonbelievers. One can feel that, in fighting the sinful other, they are fighting their own temptation. This is why the so-called fundamentalists of ISIS are a disgrace to true fundamentalism."

Ah, this BoJack show gets out-of-control good. It’s as fucking good anything.

If there was no such thing as skiing and you made it up and tried to describe it in a novel. It would sound so silly. Or imagine the same thing with NASCAR.

I feel like Battlestar Galactica is really stepping its game up at the start of season 3.

Bojack’s dad gets angry that Bojack didn’t build his treehouse using good old plain Christian nails but instead used screws, which he calls “fancy Jew nails.”

Would you rig a democratic election for the good of the country? The answer should be no. It should always be no. That’s what I’ll teach my kids someday. I’ll say, kids, no rigging elections!

Admiral Adama gets it.

One of my favorite opening credit sequences of all time: Bojack Horseman.

I’m loving this show.

I’m still pretty early on in Orange Is The New Black and it is a good show but there are times when the writing is like kind of terrible. Whole plot lines just don’t really make sense. I mean the idea that there could be any human being that could ever still have any interest in marrying this Jason Biggs character given everything we’ve seen so far is completely ridiculous. There’s no fucking way.

Look y’all, a landscape!

Look y’all, a landscape!