You know who you are . . . / Optician Training
The Baffler,  August 3, 2016

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You know who you are . . . / Optician Training


• Those darned millennials! We all know they aren’t buying houses because they’re too busy living with their parents and not getting jobs—and they sure as hell aren’t civic minded enough. (A lot of that’s due to economic insecurity—some of which is due to our elders standing in the way—but that explanation doesn’t make for compelling clickbait fodder.) But just when you thought these lazy youngsters couldn’t get any worse, it turns out they’re not having as much sex as their predecessors. As one millennial told the Washington Post

He has never had sex, although he likes porn. “I’d rather be watching YouTube videos and making money.” Sex, he said, is “not going to be something people ask you for on your résumé.”

• Trump’s recent bout of comments on Russia have been met with enough hysteria to fuel America’s insatiable thirst for outrage. But the candidate has also received some bizarre defenses from the left, highlighting “the American left’s failure to articulate a coherent approach to Russia.”

• “All of a sudden I became aware, or I remembered, that there is a better world somewhere else, that being in this one, where we were waiting for The Purge: Election Year to shock us, was a waste of the time allotted to me in this life and that, if I were going to see a movie, what time I have would be better spent with a form of cinema that acknowledges something other than the bloodshed and mayhem into which the world has fallen.”

• Things aren’t fine

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