The Jeer Hunter

Meryl Streep finally landed the role of a lifetime: Meryl Streep. In the midst of an otherwise bland Golden Globes, Streep used her lifetime achievement award to launch the first official retaliatory strike in the culture wars that promise to dominate American discourse over the next four years. "There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there's nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege and power and the capacity to fight back." Streep started her speech by apologizing for losing her voice. I'd argue that she actually found her voice last night (and the voice of artists across the country). In addition to calling out Trump, she expressed the importance of supporting journalists in the coming years. Meryl Streep has made a career of acting like other people. After last night's speech speech, it's America's turn to act like her.

+ Trump responded by calling Streep "over-rated" and a "Hillary flunky." He also insisted that he never mocked a disabled report. (He did.)

+ Am I arguing that Hollywood is always right and middle America is always wrong? Hell no. From the LA Times, here's a very interesting series on the places where the entertainment industry may have fallen short.

+ La La Land set a new record for Golden Globe wins. Here are all the winners.


This One Better Go to Eleven

"A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device." In a keynote for the ages, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone ten years ago today. Here's a visual history of consumer tech's most important product. (My son was born at about the same time as the iPhone. So he's basically never had my full, uninterrupted attention.)

+ "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share." Here's what people said after the first iPhone was announced.

+ Buzzfeed: 16 photos that will remind you what life was like in 2007. (Just picture people not staring at their iPhones...)


Second Opinions

Obamacare is in the legislative crosshairs. Before the jackhammering starts, it's probably worth taking note of what people on both sides of the aisle like about the health law. From staying on your parents plan, to eliminating out of pocket costs, to preventing insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, the list of elements with bipartisan public support is not insignificant.

+ I'm guessing there will be unanimous support for a drug that enables teeth to repair themselves.


Kush Job

"I would love to have Jared helping us with deals with other nations, and see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things. He's very talented." That was the President-elect on his son-in-law last month. And as of Monday, we're getting reports that Jared Kushner will indeed be getting a gig in the White House (if he can bypass the nepotism rules.)

+ NYMag on the incredible rise of Jared Kushner. The Young Trump.


What Have We Done?

"The great mistake of the web's idealists was a near-total failure to create institutions designed to preserve that which was good about the web (its openness, its room for a diversity of voices and its earnest amateurism), and to ward off that which was bad (the trolling, the clickbait, the demands of excessive and intrusive advertising, the security breaches). There was too much faith that everything would take care of itself – that "netizens" were different, that the culture of the web was intrinsically better. Unfortunately, that excessive faith in web culture left a void, one that became filled by the lowest forms of human conduct and the basest norms of commerce. It really was just like the classic story of the party that went sour." Tim Wu talks about his new book in which he argues that the Internet is the latest communications tool to fall under advertising's spell.

+ An ode to 1999: Living In The Beautiful Bubble Of The Not-Quite Internet.


Shooting Range

Election 2016 was further proof that all politics is local (or at least regional). Geography maps to many of our differences. And that could include our relationship to guns. Consider the impact of gun violence on areas "that saw two or more gun homicide incidents in a single year. Four and a half million Americans live in areas of these cities with the highest numbers of gun homicide, which are marked by intense poverty, low levels of education, and racial segregation. Geographically, these neighborhood areas are small: a total of about 1,200 neighborhood census tracts, which, laid side by side, would fit into an area just 42 miles wide by 42 miles long."

+ WaPo: "Gun silencers are hard to buy. Donald Trump Jr. and silencer makers want to change that." It's called the Hearing Protection Act.


Kids Today

According to the Dept of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child in America went up 3 percent last year. "The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2015 to age 18 is $233,610." (That's how much I have set aside just for in-app purchases.)


You Had Me At Hike

As I write this, the college football championship isn't being played for a few hours. But Alabama has already beaten Clemson (and everyone else) when it comes to the money game. From Bloomberg: College Football has a inequality problem.


Bling Sting

"The suspects, said to be mainly in their fifties and known to police, were detained in co-ordinated raids in the Paris region and elsewhere." Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the robbing of Kim Kardashian's jewelry in Paris last October. (They should play Keeping Up With The Kardashians on a loop in their jail cells.)


Bottom of the News

"Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show was a bad place to take LSD for the first time." Erin Gloria Ryan: I Dropped Acid and Saw Into the Future. My Surreal First Time At CES. (On the plus side, the show actually seemed interesting to her.)

+ Steve Carell And Kristen Wiig won the funny at the Golden Globes.

+ Here in NorCal, we're getting hit with a pretty severe series of rainstorms. One of the victims was "an iconic giant sequoia tree in California's Sierra Nevada that was hollowed out for cars to drive through."