Is anyone else dreading the drama of the new Supreme Court confirmation hearings? There is the Ring Cycle-length theater of trying to trap the nominee into stating how he or she would rule on sensitive issues that might come before the court. More annoying are the senators who play forensics investigator, sifting through the nominee’s entire past for any evidence that he or she had a random thought or engaged in a trivial behavior the opposing party then tries to use to prove unfitness. Both sides do it. So we get the endless hectoring of Sonia Sotomayor by Republicans for her "wise Latina woman"comment and the ridiculous painting by Democrats of Samuel Alito as a racist. Therefore, potential nominees, make sure you never wrote on a high-school civics exam that socialism can sometimes provide benefits to citizens.
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
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.