We see some great things here at the White House every day, and sharing that stuff with you is one of the best parts of our jobs. That’s why we’re launching a Tumblr. We’ll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science…
“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo. And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”—President Obama • Kiboshing his daughters’ future attempts to rebel against him and Michelle. (via shortformblog)
Since 9/11, a total of 238 American citizens have died from terrorist attacks, or an average of 29 per year. To put that in some perspective, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average American is as likely to be crushed to death by televisions or furniture as they are to be killed by a terrorist.
Now that you mention it, I have seen some particularly suspicious furniture lately.
“Texas — a state famous for its size and stature — claims an outsize share of the country’s industrial accidents. As of May 2012, the state held 1,827 facilities deemed at risk of toxic or flammable chemical accidents, about one-tenth of all those in the nation, according to data from the EPA’s Risk Management Program as tabulated by the Right-to-Know Network, a non-profit government watchdog. Yet the state was responsible for nearly 50 percent of the evacuations and property damage costs caused by accidents at such plants over the previous five years, according to a Huffington Post review of the data.”—West Fertilizer Plant’s Hazards Eluded Regulators For Nearly 30 Years (via robot-heart-politics)
“The current historical moment, with historically high rates of mass unemployment in both the U.S. and Europe and with interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds at historic lows, is precisely the set of circumstances under which we would expect public borrowing to have large positive effects, with comparably fewer costs. Moreover, it is precisely the set of circumstances under which we expect austerity to have substantial negative effects.”—Thomas Herndon, who “shook the economics world last week by debunking an influential paper from Harvard econ professors Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff that claimed countries with debt to GDP above 90% experience much lower growth.”
TRIGGER WARNING: This video has a disturbing moment of graphic violence where nobody gets hurt. However, it makes a very thought-provoking and important point. I know that not everyone agrees with banning assault weapons (I’m pretty sure it will never realistically happen anyways), but I also know the Founding Fathers had a very different perspective than we do. No matter where you stand, a standardized universal background check system could make sure we were all accountable to each other. We won’t know until we actually try it.