Highlights From Yet Another Week Of Afflictor

This week, the GOP may wreck healthcare, though I’m sure the doctors Americans will soon be able to afford will be fine.

Drop your trousers, cupcake.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Oh snap, that was the wrong leg.

I don’t treat Mexicans.

I’m prescribing lots of bed rest.


• Something I wrote about the GOP in January seems truer now with American healthcare on life support.

• Identity politics allow the GOP to not worry about bad policy.

• Jack Ma thinks our technological revolution may lead to WWIII.

• Sue Halpern asks pertinent questions about “whistleblower” Julian Assange.

• Germany spied on the US as the US spied on Germany. Not at all surprising.

• Human moderators, not algorithms, scrub the worst of the Internet.

• A raft of technologists and futurists consider conscious machines.

The Great Leveler author Walter Scheidel thinks further about wealth inequality.

Andrew O’Hagan addresses the fate of the novel in our wired, unreal age.

• Tim Kurkjian predicts what the MLB will look like in 2037.

• Old Print Article: Robert Louis Stevenson dies in Samoa. (1894)

• A brief note from 1928 about pet giraffe prices.

• This week’s Afflictor keyphrase searches: Eugene Landy, MADCOMS, etc.