Looking for more ideological contrast than they got last time , the people at Bloggingheads.TV set me up to talk to Matt Welch, editor in chief of Reason magazine. He was very nice and polite, and he loves trains. We both think it's a good idea for the government to be honest about how much revenue it needs to match expenses, rather than pretending not to be spending money on the things it's spending money on. We may differ on the means of achieving that balance. I am still not very good at acting natural while sitting in front of a webcam, watching myself have a telephone conversation with a person whose face I can't see. But I remembered not to rattle a coffee spoon at the microphone this time. If you like writers talking, here you go.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.