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So, we break up. We break up because we’re not good enough, our lives aren’t good enough, our relationship isn’t good enough…The inevitable creeping in of latent, subtle dissatisfaction. The fights. “Something is wrong, but I don’t know what it is.” “This isn’t working.” “I need something more.” And, we break up. Another love lost. Another graveyard of shiny, happy couple selfies.

Source: This Is How We Date Now | Thought Catalog

The Bad Guy

Thought Catalog:

But sometimes, it’s you. Sometimes you are the bad guy. You are not very nice sometimes. Just as you don’t deserve other people at their worst, neither do they deserve you at yours. Sometimes you’re the one who stood someone up. Sometimes you’re the one who got frustrated in a store and decided to take it out on the shop assistant getting paid a minimum wage who has been on his or her feet for eight hours prior and is trying their very best to stay professional with you. Sometimes you let toxic words tumble off your tongue.

Sometimes there was no excuse for what you did. There was no extraneous factor that forced you to act in a way that was despicable. There was only you and your choices — the only things responsible for your words and actions. You lost your sense of awareness and you forgot about everybody else around you, who do not serve the purpose of populating your life as mere cameo appearances, but live their own terrifyingly real stories.

Nailed it.

Sad But True

Marco Arment:

The Tea Party is probably the loudest and most dangerous fringe in U.S. politics today (and that’s saying a lot — both sides have some really whacked-out fringes). But this just shows that the real power in the Republican party is, was, and always be big money. And big money won’t let a debt default happen, because it could be very expensive for them.

Beats by Dre made up 40% of US headphone sale this holiday


Beats’ growth has fuelled the overall headphone market in the US, which rose from $1.8bn in 2011 to $2.4bn in 2012, according to NPD, the market research firm. Despite the increasing competition, Beats remains the market leader: it had 40 per cent of all US headphone sales and close to 70 per cent of premium priced headphone sales over the Christmas period. Its 2012 revenues rose from $298m to $519m. Unlisted Beats does not disclose whether or not it makes a profit.


That is ridiculous.

So Dysfunctional

Congress is patting itself on the back for something it didn’t even do.  Surprise, surprise…

It’s not exactly right to say that congressional leaders cut a deal last night. Rather, they learned that they didn’t have to cut a deal. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) realized it could stretch its resources through the end of the week, which happens to be the end of the fiscal year (yeah, fiscal years end in September). Since Republicans and Democrats have already agreed to a baseline level of funding for the agency in the next fiscal year, there was no need to reach a deal on the funds this week. But let’s be clear about what happened here: It’s not that our legislators averted a crisis. It’s that the crisis averted itself.

via Wonkbook

LongReads and Wonkblog



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via The Washington Post.

This is awesome.  Congrats Mark!

Republicans Didn’t Get Obama Message

Some in the GOP want to sink the jobs bill even though they like it, report Marin Cogan and Jake Sherman: “House Republicans may pass bits and pieces of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, but behind the scenes, some Republicans are becoming worried about giving Obama any victories — even on issues the GOP has supported in the past. And despite public declarations about finding common ground with Obama, some Republicans are privately grumbling that their leaders are being too accommodating with the president. ‘Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?’ said one senior House Republican aide who requested anonymity to discuss the matter freely. ‘I just don’t want to co-own the economy by having to tout that we passed a jobs bill that won’t work or at least won’t do enough.'”

via Wonkbook: The question Obama’s jobs plan can’t answer – The Washington Post.