One New York Times columnist is especially delusional when it comes to Iraq:
It’s really hard to give simple sound-bite answers about past mistakes. The question, would you go back and undo your errors is unanswerable. It’s only useful to ask, what wisdom have you learned from your misjudgments that will help you going forward?
Which brings us to Iraq. From the current vantage point, the decision to go to war was a clear misjudgment, made by President George W. Bush and supported by 72 percent of the American public who were polled at the time. I supported it, too.
While another has a complete grasp on reality:
Yes, the narrative goes, we now know that invading Iraq was a terrible mistake, and it’s about time that everyone admits it. Now let’s move on.
Well, let’s not — because that’s a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it’s false. The Iraq war wasn’t an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war.
Time to see what life was like 100 years ago. Just when people were figuring out the newfangled power source, electricity:
The technology doesn’t surprise me as much as some guy picking up a stranger on the street and leading him to a house to look at his electrical gadgets. What a weird pickup line.
Nope. Don’t see anything about a garden, or a snake, or dinosaurs or an ark. (Click to enlarge)
So many questions on what would have happened if there was no assassination.
In the course of American history, four presidents have been assassinated (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy). Two others were shot, but survived (Theodore Roosevelt, who was out of office but running on the Bull Moose ticket, and Ronald Reagan). And two more were shot at, one twice (Franklin Roosevelt and Gerald Ford). Countless politicians have been shot, some killed.
But we still can’t get anyone to act on gun control.
So, I’m walking down the street in San Francisco today, and all of a sudden, I’m thinking, “I’ve been here before,” which is impossible because I’ve never been here before.
But I knew the street. When I got to the end, I saw this:
And that’s when I realized I had been here in my time machine, because I posted this in January:
The sense of being there was so real because I had been so fascinated with this video when I first saw it.
This chart recently ran on XKCD:
Don’t know what all of these are about, but I recognize the murders, kidnappings, hijackings, abandoned ships and other oddities.
But what’s the Kentucky Meat Shower?
OK. I agree. That’s weird.
I don’t know who many of these characters are, but if you’re in those states, they’re obvious. Via Vox, which gives a rundown on every one of them at this link. (Click to enlarge):