- Long-running baboon war at Toronto Zoo comes to an end – Macleans.ca
- California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers – The New York Times
Reminds me of the people who depend on Obamacare and voted for Trump. (And not all of them failed to realize that Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing.)
- How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack – The New Yorker
- DHS analysis found no evidence of extra threat posed by travel-ban nations: report | TheHill
Americans are willing to accept big losses of freedom to a man claiming to be protecting us from terrorism.
- I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days – The Atlantic
- Poll: One-Third Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same – The New York Times
- Republican Members of Congress Are Hiding From Their Constituents – Slog – The Stranger
They want to take away their constituents’ health care, but can’t actually work up the guts to talk to their constituents about it.
- Experience: I accidentally bought a giant pig | Life and style | The Guardian
- The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Why Democrats Should Block Gorsuch | Alternet
- Discussion of Nazi-punching on Tumblr.
The people who most favor punching Nazis, are not people who keep careful, tight bounds on who counts as a Nazi.
- Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is ‘collapsing,’ new Piketty research finds – MarketWatch
The graph is impressive looking.
- Dutch Get Creative to Solve a Prison Problem: Too Many Empty Cells – NYTimes.com
- This economist taught monkeys to use money.
It’s really a pretty neat experiment – Ben told me about it. Eventually, the monkeys invented prostitution.
- It Takes A Village To Bully A Transgender Kindergartner
Parents at a charter school band together – and invite in a hate group – to harass a trans child, including doxing the child on a major right-wing website (The Daily Signal). Ugh, ugh, ugh.
- Transplant patient holds her own heart after life-saving operation | The Independent
I mean, you can click through and read it if you want, she sounds really cool actually, but basically I’ve put it on the link farm because I’m really into that headline.
- The Trouble With Anti-Antiracism | Jacobin
Referring to left anti-antiracism, not right anti-antiracism.
- Article: Florida’s Shenanigans Make a Great Case for (Re-)Separation of Ballot and State | OpEdNews
Ballot rules are used to keep third parties down. And that sucks. Not that I’m feeling like a big fan of third parties these days, but it’s anti-democratic to keep them off the ballot for trumped-up reasons.
- Did George Washington’s false teeth come from his slaves?: A look at the evidence, the responses to that evidence, and the limitations of history – The Washington Papers
His dentures were definitely made of human teeth, not wooden as the myth has it. We can’t know for sure if the teeth came from his slaves, but it seems likely, given how far below market value he paid for the teeth.
- Speaking of our founding fathers, according to this, Jefferson began his “relationship” with Sally Hennings in 1787, when Hennings was 14. Jefferson would have been 44 at that time.
- Removals vs returns: how to think about Obama’s deportation record – Vox
- The Complicated Racial Politics of Going “Undercover” to Report on the Jim Crow South | History | Smithsonian
- Senator Mark Chelgren Aims To Purge Democrats From Iowa Universities – Iowa Starting Line
“The Secretary of State’s office would be directed to provide voter registration lists to the colleges so that new job applicants’ party affiliation could be checked before the hiring process gets underway.” But remember, it’s liberals who want to crush free speech at universities.
- The Story Of Henry ‘Box’ Brown, The Slave Who Mailed Himself To Freedom | GOOD
- Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump – The New York Times
- Listening to Trump Voters with ACA Coverage: What They Want in a Health Care Plan | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Mainly, they want lower deductibles. Which is reasonable, but there is no way to lower deductibles without either 1) making the insurance cheap and useless in other ways, which would be unacceptable to these same voters, or 2) having the government cover more of the cost, which is unacceptable to the politicians these voters put in office.
- Trump’s Budget Proposal Threatens Democratic and Republican Ambitions
An interesting look at the budget as a competition for resources between generations.
- Tom Perez Announces Plan to Drastically Expand Voter Protections at the DNC — Tom Perez
Good. Perez has a lot of background in fighting for voting rights; that may be exactly what’s needed.
- I’ve been arguing on Tumblr about why Democrats shouldn’t offer a compromise on Roe v Wade.
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