Slaying the Sacred Cows: Identity Politics, Outrage Porn, and Lifestyle Branding

Here's a quick question: What was the progressive community outraged about last week? How about last month?
I'm not talking about real issues, like inequality or the Forever War we are engaged in.
I'm talking about the never-ending serious of petty outrages that the online community loves and can't do without. You know what I'm talking about.

Sunday Open Thread 04-12-15

Caucus99percent site history and site meta. Please read this all the way through, folks, especially the end, it's important for the future of this site.

Good morning 99percenters!
First up, a little site meta. The autoplay problem with the Video button in the editor toolbar has been corrected, you can now embed videos easily and quickly by clicking the "Insert Video" button and enter the video url in the top box, select "OK" and you're done, give it a try. It also works with many different sources (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). When I get some time I'll write a FAQ explaining all the various functions of the toolbar. Most of the buttons work by simply highlighting the text that you want wrapped with HTML code and then selecting the appropriate button in the toolbar, it will automatically wrap the text. It's very easy once you get used to it. Open a diary and just play with the buttons and then just cancel the diary or leave the page, that's the best way to learn what each button does.

The Only Sensible Choice for Populists is to Exit the Democratic Party

In 1995 and 1996, I managed the entertainment career of a new Nashville recording artist – a young woman I’ll call Brenda. She was beautiful, and multitalented, and even though she had been performing professionally for less than two years, her career was on the fast track to success. She was gregarious to a fault, and always fun to be around, but she exhibited one personality quirk that drove me crazy: she had a fanatical schoolgirl crush on Dwight Yoakam.

Open Thread - Friday April 10, 2015

Like politics, religion can bring out the worst in people. Religion is used to discriminate, intimidate and attracts psychopathic personalities. Sociopaths use religion to manipulate and control people. How else can we explain James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson or David Koresh?