- Fixing the Eyewitness Problem – The New Yorker
Excellent longread, about an innocent man’s conviction for rape in 1986 due to bad police ID procedures. This story could make a good movie, although movie producers would be tempted to focus entirely on the white characters.
- Ex-cop Daniel Holtzclaw was just sentenced to 263 years in prison for raping black women – Vox
- History News Network | Why We Should Junk the Electoral College
The EC was created to protect slavery, not the small states. (The link currently isn’t working, so so here’s a link to the original article on Findlaw.)
- The Invisibility of Black Women | Boston Review
- Labeling sex offenders’ passports is overkill | Lenore Skenazy, New York Post
A horrifyingly bad idea. However, contrary to what Skenazy claims, I don’t think it’s passed the Senate yet (unless it’s there under a different title). I asked her on Twitter but got no response.
- Inside The Persistent Boys Club Of Animation
A good article, that both covers how much things have improved and how much things still need improving. I’m irrationally relieved that Glen Keane, whose drawings I love, comes off well in a brief reference.
- Waiting for Bowie — Sady Doyle.
Probably the best essay about David Bowie I’ve read since his death.
- How Diversity Destroyed Affirmative Action | The Nation
“Once race-conscious admissions stopped being about equity and reparation, the only argument for it was the enrichment of white students. That was never going to hold up.”
- Bernie Sanders Calls For Michigan Governor To Resign Over Poisoned Water Scandal | ThinkProgress
This seems extremely reasonable to me. Mild and understated, really.
- How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year | Ars Technica
“We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up.”
- Safe sex work: Britain declares 1st permanent, legalized ‘red light district’ open for business — RT UK
- Ted Cruz and the courts
“Indeed, those who take the anti-Cruz argument seriously should read the text carefully and they explain why anyone alive today is eligible for the presidency given that none were alive at the time the Constitution was ratified.”
- Lynch, Waters, Soderbergh: A Generation of MIA Filmmakers | Flavorwire
Ben showed me this, an interesting article about how movie economics mean that fewer and fewer people can get small films financed anymore – and some directors with lengthy, critically praised careers can’t get their movies financed anymore.
- The Schools Where Free Speech Goes to Die | The Nation
Katha Pollit on draconian speech restrictions at Christian universities.
- From Pickup Artist to Pariah — The Cut
A long read about the Waking Life coffee shop scandal in Asheville. I don’t feel sorry for the guy – you act like a mean asshole, people stop liking you – but I do think he should consider moving. It’s an interesting observation (if true) that for PUAs, getting what they want – that is, getting to have a lot of sex with many different women – tends to make them more misogynistic.
- “Crying” About Anti-Semitism Beyond the Dogwhistle
“Whether there was an implied substitution of “Jew” for “New York” is in many ways a side issue. It is groups like the Jews, that is, the people who distinctively live in urban coastal centers, who are presented to the nation as worthy of scorn.”
- Panadaptationism strikes again!
Why do women’s shirts and men’s shirts have buttons on different sides? Horses! Or maybe Napoleon. Wait, it’s weapons!
- This Bernie Sanders ad perfectly demonstrates his problem on foreign policy – Vox
“Sanders wants to position himself as challenging the status quo, but on foreign policy he is pretty in line with that status quo.”
- Study: Increased cost sharing does NOT make better health care shoppers.
- Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters | Center for American Progress
- Frozen Tardigrade Brought Back to Life After 30 Years
Water bears are just the coolest.
- The Last 5 Years Have Been Terrible for Abortion Rights
In the decade that followed Roe (1973–1982), states adopted 380 abortion restrictions, or an average of 38 per year. In 2011, however, 92 new restrictions were put in place nationally.”
- Nike Ends Independent Monitoring of Its Sweatshops – Lawyers, Guns & Money
- Why a “moonshot to cure cancer” is doomed to failure
- Claiming Crip: What You’re Really Saying When You Call Me “Inspirational”
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