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(Picture of Dutch “walk” sign, from Spacing Toronto, via Bean.)
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- Should we be in a war (or whatever you call it) in Afghanistan? Eric Martin thinks it’s a futile and destructive effort (and I tend to agree), but fairly quotes an intelligent case for the war, as well.
- The case for the singular “they”
- Israel has agreed to a temporary settlement freeze, which is a great start. I worry about if they’ll really go through with it, but David correctly cautions against making the perfect the enemy of the good.
- Press Release: Company Denies its Robots Feed On The Dead
- Obama sucks department: There is an independent watchdog over TARP, and the Obama adminstration is working hard at undercutting him, if not shutting him up entirely. Apparently, Obama thinks that actual accountability for big finance is a bad thing.
- It would take a long book to describe everything horrifying about Arizona Sheriff Arpaio’s racist police state policies, but Womanist Musings scratches the vile surface, as does this Shakesville post. This post at Feministe is also worth reading. The Unapologetic Mexican has a video of the results of Arpaio’s immigration raids. Arpaio also associates with neo-nazis. And his office has been accused of laxness in investigating rape cases.
- Ann at Feministing comments on what I find most frightening about Sheriff Arpaio: His popularity. “Arpaio is popular because he’s hateful. He racially profiles Latinos, his ratings go up. He divides families and goes out of his way to deport peaceful people who are just here to make a living, his ratings go up. He treats jail inmates — some of whom have not even been convicted of a crime — as subhuman, his ratings go up. He sort of functions as a conduit for the worst impulses in our society.”
- Pharmacy Refuses To Fill Trans Woman’s Prescription
- Isn’t it funny how all powerful women in politics get slammed for having an abrasive personal style? “Doesn’t everyone know that politics is a business in which the only people who get ahead are soft-spoken sweethearts like Rahm Emanuel and Chuck Schumer?”
censoringchilling the speech of Jews department: The controversy over a documentary about Rachel Corrie being shown at a Jewish film festival, as well as over whether or not Cindy Corrie (Rachel’s mother) should be allowed to speak: “this woman has no business attending and speaking at a Jewish event like the film festival.” Disgusting.
- On being white and using the N-word.
- The court-appointed attorney came to visit. He noted that the household was “comfortable and physically safe for the infant” and the child “seemed to be doing well.” And he filed a motion to order the Department of Health and Human resources to remove her “from physical placement in homosexual home.” (via.)
- Probably you’ve already seen the dancing wedding processional video, but if not, and you want to see something adorable… (Via).
- Really interesting blog post about rape jokes, and the five ways the author sees of responding to them. (Via).
- This John Stewart bit making fun of “birthers” — people who believe, contrary to a mountain of evidence, that President Obama wasn’t born in the USA — really cracked me up.
- Does the way we compensate cops make it too difficult to fire or discipline them?
- My friend Dylan is selling some swell stickers, to correct the poor punctuation that is all too common in advertisments. Are these stickers really needed? Yes.
- Three Myths About the Consumer Financial Product Agency. I know it sounds boring. But if you’re sick of getting bilked by credit cards and banks hiding their gouging rules in six pages of ultra-fine print, then this is an issue you should be paying attention to.
- The Swiftboating of Human Rights Watch. But they criticized Israel, so they must deserve it.
- “Let’s not pretend that taxes on the very very rich are somehow the same as taxes on middle America.”
- The grid of shadows created by the new roof of the Great Court of the British Museum is breathtaking. (Via).
- Margaret Cho: “And I think that it’s time to take into our own hands this power and to say, “You know what – I’m beautiful – I just am. And that’s my light – I’m just a beautiful woman.” And I am just going to start talking about how beautiful I am, and people will start talking about it after I start talking it.” More at Pursuit of Harpyness.
- An analysis of where we’ve seen the trailer for “Whip It” before. (And yet, I’ll probably watch it — it looks like the sort of familiar teen crap that I sometimes enjoy.)
- “In this study, the participants (psychology students no less), were given a booklet explaining how cognitive biases work that described eight of the most common ones. They were then asked to rate how susceptible they were to each of the biases and then how susceptible the ‘average American’ was. Each rated themselves as less affected by biases than other people, instantly causing an irony loop in the fabric of space and time.” (Via.)
- Neat photo gallery of what’s in people’s fridges (thanks Bean).
- God does deliver justice, but only on a small scale: