A program announcement: I'll be in San Jose for the next few days, covering the eighth annual Netroots Nation conference. No disrespect meant to the hosts and organizers, but the lead-up chatter among some activists and reporters (i.e., the ones I know) has been: What's the story this year? Nobody wants another "liberals give up on Obama" groupthink fest. (Those stories from 2011 hold up poorly). Immigration's prominent on the agenda, and the focus of some of the reporting I have planned, but the next progressive priority is ... ? Progressives aren't as conference-crazed as conservatives (there have been three major Rethink confabs on the right this year, already), so this is the first chance in a while for the movement to butt heads, be pandered to by labor, etc.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really 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.