- Antisemitism in the Labour Party – what’s going on? — Crooked Timber
- Hugo Awards: Double Nominations: kevin_standlee
Another idea from Kevin Standlee regarding adding a third stage to the Hugo Awards, to make it harder for a small minority of voters to game the nomination. This one allows people to vote for works, rather than against works, in the middle stage.
- I love this 1969 photo of Hillary Rodham (not yet) Clinton. (Thanks, Mandolin.)
- Accidental Republican candor about voter-ID laws | MSNBC
This time from former Senator Jim DeMint, current President of The Heritage Foundation.
- Long story; short pier: Pellucid limpidity
Hard to sum up. Kip quotes an argument against the idea of transparency in prose, and further arguments about the last few minutes of Urinetown betrays the show. I don’t agree with the quoted argument about transparency – just as I’m against the idea that transparency is always the superior choice, I’m against the idea that it’s always an inferior choice – but it’s interesting.
- Breeding Dory | Hakai Magazine
Researchers are racing to figure out how to breed blue tangs in captivity before Disney releases “Finding Dory” next month, because otherwise demand for the fish could be terrible for wild blue tangs.
- Preserving community character is impossible – Vox
The last sentence seems like a stretch to me (just because a community makes a conscious choice doesn’t mean it will be the right choice, or even that a “right” choice is available to be made), but the basic point about the inevitability of change seems on target.
- Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’ – The New York Times
An entire community is being resettled – at a cost of tens of millions of dollars – because their current location is being destroyed by climate change. (Indirect link.)
- Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck – The Atlantic
“Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.”
- After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight – NYTimes.com
It’s sort of terrifying how their bodies changed to force them to regain the weight. And the article doesn’t even get into the long-term harm that can be caused by rapid weight loss and by weight cycling. (Indirect link.)
- The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies | World news | The Guardian
- Shooting from the Hip | SINMANTYX
I’ve already linked once to this skeptical look at evolutionary psychology, but I’m linking it again because there’s now an interesting exchange in the comments between the blogger and a researcher who works in EP.
- Christian Homeschool Leader Announces Conference for Arranging Child Marriages
- Lawsuit Claims A Transgender Girl Is Ruining Her Classmates’ Lives By Peeing | ThinkProgress
Thanks to Grace for this link (and dozens of others I’ve forgotten to credit her for over the years.)
- Gay Marriage Won, But Other Liberal Causes Will Probably Struggle To Copy Its Success
Although looking this, it seems to me that I’m right to be optimistic about the future of trans rights.
- Conservatism’s Constitutional Agenda
“That, in a nutshell, is the conservative constitutional agenda against the liberal state: restrict the meaning of commerce and the scope of the Commerce Clause, expand the meaning of commercial speech and the scope of the First Amendment’s protections.”
- Fame Is Other People
Interesting essay on being friends with the girlfriend of a Glee celebrity. “She stays off Tumblr, which, as home to much of the Criss fan fiction, is for her ‘a very scary and angry place.'”
- If you think college faculty are liberal, it’s only because American politics has twisted your perspective
- The last great masculine delusion: What even Grayson Perry doesn’t get
“With all deserved praise duly paid, there was a crucial point missing from the programme and it was this: Masculinity is a political construction.”
- The Inside Story of How Bill Clinton Sacrificed Prisoners’ Rights for Political Gain
“If it was unclear how proposals to shorten appeals for state prisoners related to federal terror cases, prosecutors nonetheless applauded Clinton’s remarks.”
- Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down
Shorter VOX: Because ratings.
- Eyes on Trade: New Data Reveal That Obama’s Korea Trade Pact on Which the TPP Was Modeled Resulted in Doubling of Trade Deficit
- Jane Jacobs believed cities should be fun — and changed urban planning forever – Vox
“Jacob’s lack of traditional expertise worked in her favor. Her theory of how cities worked was based on how she saw people behave, rather than how architects hoped they would behave.”
- Future President Trump has some thoughts on climate change
Of course, any other Republican nominee would have been likely to have equally ridiculous opinions about climate change and policy – albeit perhaps less ridiculously expressed.
- Would prosecutors be less aggressive if significantly more monies were devoted to indigent criminal defense?
The blogger argues probably not, but thinks it’s worth doing anyway.
- The Finger Swipe Order | Ordinary Times
“By ordering a defendant to use her fingerprint to unlock her phone, is a judge effectively ordering her to testify against herself? Keep in mind, you can’t be legally ordered to reveal a password.
- Texts between Jimmy Olsen and his friend who draws fanart
Very funny (and short) Superman fanfic.
- I enjoyed this three-minute science fiction video:
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