Late-Night Post-Oscar Open Thread: Well, That Was Awkward…

(h/t: commentor LAMH)

I only caught the end of the Oscars telecast because I was waiting for the local news, and I honestly assumed the BIG SHOCK ENDING was another lame-o Jimmy Fallon Kimmel joke at first. Per the LA Times:

After an erroneous announcement, ‘Moonlight’ was named Oscar-winner for best picture. ‘La La Land’ was announced first.

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ drama is about a young African American coming to grips with his sexuality.

At first, Faye Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the winner, after her co-presenter Warren Beatty studied the card at length.

Producers and castmembers from “La La Land,” the candy-colored big-screen romantic musical about two artists striving to fulfill their dreams, were on stage thanking everyone for their win when the mistake was caught.

“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz caught the mistake from the stage and interrupted the celebration, calling attention to the discrepancy on the winners card in his hand.

At that point, someone showed the card to the camera, which clearly indicated “Moonlight” had won…

Warren Beatty then stepped to mic and explained that the reason it had taken him so long to read the card, was because he was looking at something that said Emma Stone had won. At that point, he showed it to Dunaway, who announced “La La Land,” Beatty assured viewers that the error was unintentional and he wasn’t trying to turn the biggest award into a joke…

The moment will go down as one of the strangest and most shocking in Oscar history, with the room in disarray as they sorted out the error.

Stone did win Best Actress for La La Land, so perhaps an errant card ended up in the Best Picture envelope. Prediction: There will be somewhere north of ten thousand thinkpieces & essays within the next ten days, explicating on how two of the whitest stars in Hollywood ended up on the wrong end of that particular fraught confrontation…


Late Evening Open Thread: Time to Rethink the Whole Top of the Food Chain Thing…

Video at this link!

Real or photoshopped?

That might be your reaction when you see a photo of a bobcat dragging a 4-foot-shark from the water.

YouReporter John Bailey sent the picture to us which he said he took at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

He claims the cat leaped into the water, caught the shark, and dragged it to shore.

The photographer thinks he ended up getting too close and may have caused the cat to drop the shark and run off into the forest.

Wildlife experts say it’s not uncommon for bobcats to be wandering Florida beaches.

They say it’s possible the cat is a female and might have been trying to catch food for its babies.

“My first reaction was amazement that somebody actually took that picture  because bobcats are generally very, very reclusive. You don’t really see them out and about too often,” said Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Care Director Amy Kight.

Bobcats are normally not considered aggressive.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

It’s not as though Mitch McConnell would be going down in the record books for any positive actions, after all. Given the history of Southern racists’ fragile ‘honor’, I suppose we should be grateful these ‘gentlemen’ are no longer allowed to carry weapons in the chamber. Per the Washington Post:

Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character.

In an extraordinarily rare move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren’s speech, in a near-empty chamber as debate on Sessions’s nomination heads toward a Wednesday evening vote, and said that she had breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from figures such as the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King….

“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation,” he said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Other Democrats later came to her defense and tried to have King’s letter placed into the Senate record. But Republican senators quickly objected. They did so again when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the chamber’s only African American woman, asked that Warren be allowed to resume participation in the debate…

Public reaction quickly intensified online., an online clothing website for independent designers, began selling a “She Persisted” T-shirt or sweatshirt — seizing on McConnell’s admonition of Warren. Democrats began using #LetLizSpeak on Twitter and posted copies of King’s letter on Facebook to draw more attention to Warren’s speech…

(Olivia Pope would’ve told McConnell he was making a serious mistake, one suspects.)

One to ponder

For forty four and half states, that is the most important thing to think about tonight.

For the other 5.5 states and their diaspora, we’ll process that point in a couple of days.

Call Congress (and see results)

If you’re happy and you know it —- Call Congress
If you’re scared and you know it — Call Congress
If you’re mad and you know it — Call Congress

Keep up the calls. Call about what you are passionate about, call about what you care about. Call about what you can.

And see results:

As you’re calling Democrats who are in tough Districts (Senate Heitkamp is in a Trump +30 state) tell their staffers thank you. Tell them you appreciate that their boss is going out on the limb for our vision and values of America. The staffer answering the phone has no power and is getting deluged right now. Be nice and then register your opinion.

We’re getting results, so keep calling

Trump and the global creative class

Richard Florida was one of my professors in grad school.  He was an adviser to a couple of projects that I loved working on and he served as one of my early job references.  I think his Creative Class work is interesting despite significant causality concerns of the chicken and egg and its inability to really speak to distributional issues within regions.

The core insight that powers his work is that it is wise to pay a lot of attention to where people with lots of choices end up and concentrate.  He focuses a lot on younger people who are heavily educated and who have weak ties to their home geographic area.  This is because these individuals can move fairly cheaply and fairly broadly.  A twenty seven year old with no kids and no mortgage is far more mobile than a forty three year old with two kids and seventeen years left on their mortgage.  This is a really smart insight.  Where it goes from there may be another story (bike paths might not save us all).

Why is this important?


We’re much less attractive as a country to very smart, mobile international students and researchers this week than we were last week. And I bet that we’ll be less attractive next week than this week. Think about the incentive for a twenty something looking to do a post-doc? They could come here and work with an awesome group but when they need to travel to a conference overseas they might not be allowed back into the country? Or they could go to Canada or Japan or Australia or the EU where they don’t have that new worry as a cost to their calculus of choice.

Will this stop all international brain drain that the US massively benefits from? No, but it will impede it.

Get on the phone

Let’s politely destroy his voice mail box.