Thanks to Grace for suggesting the header:
Many of these links I gathered before I went on my east coast trip – which is to say, two weeks ago or more. I wonder if any of them have aged badly in that time?
- The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie – The New York Times
This long article, about the search for information about two brilliant, but very obscure, female musicians in the 1930s, is the most fascinating thing I’ve read all month. I can’t remember who told me to read it, but whoever it was, thank you.
- My Family’s Slave
“She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.” This engrossing, disturbing article has been much-discussed and much-criticized. To me, it’s a valuable slash disturbing article about how easily one can be in complicity with evil, and the author (to me) doesn’t seem to be making excuses for his own participation.
- Raspberry Stethoscope — On being a fat medical student, at the start of our metabolism module
- How ‘woke’ went from black activist watchword to teen internet slang
- No, Cato Institute, Sweatshops Are Not Feminist
Good article arguing against the pro-sweatshop arguments that are all-too-common.
- The painful truth about teeth – The Washington Post
Living with chronic, treatable tooth pain is commonplace for poor Americans.
- Headlines that say GOP bill makes sexual assault a pre-existing condition are misleading | PolitiFact
What the GOP bill does is make it possible for insurance companies to discriminate against, and refuse to cover, rape victims who seek treatment (such as anti-AIDS medication). That’s horrific, but many progressives seem to believe that the Trumpcare bill explicitly makes singles out rape victims and makes sexual assault a pre-existing condition, and that’s not accurate.
- Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ – Vox
- House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill – Bloomberg
I hadn’t realized that they haven’t yet submitted the bill to the Senate – and neither, apparently, had many Republican representatives.
- You don’t get to talk about abortion unless… | Kelly Thinks Too Much
- Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps, secret documents reveal | The Independent
- GOP Congressman Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer – WNYC News – WNYC
Frelinghuysen’s not a minor player – he’s the head of the House Appropriations Committee. This sort of thing, which pretty much zero Republicans will object to, is a far more dire threat to free speech than campus protestors.
- Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter | New Republic
- Ann Coulter at Berkeley: Untangling the Truth | California Magazine
- Why Are Women Reluctant to Use the Word Rape? – Flare
- The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’ – The Daily Beast
- 7 reasons why today’s left should be optimistic – Vox
- The War against Chinese Restaurants
“… there was once a national movement to eliminate Chinese restaurants, using innovative legal methods to drive them out.”
- What percent of all humans that ever lived are alive now? – Quora
Of course, answering this question requires making many assumptions, but the answer is, a bit over 6%.
- Asking the Wrong Questions: They’re All Going to Laugh at You: On Three Versions of Much Ado About Nothing
Very down on Whedon’s version, really loved the Tennant/Tate version.
- A Big Diet-Science Lab Has Been Publishing Shoddy Research — Science of Us
The researcher in question is Brian Wansink, who posted a comment on “Alas” once, years ago, after I criticized a terrible study of his having to do with watching fat people at Chinese buffets.
- Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal – Vox
What complete hypocrites.
- Hot Girls Wanted: Exploiting Sex Workers in the Name of Exposing Porn Exploitation? – Hit & Run : Reason.com
The Netflix documentary, produced by (sigh) Rashida Jones, publicized a porn actress’ real name without her permission, among other things. That seems pretty deplorable.
- The Marketplace of Ideas Could Use a Few Product Recalls
Just because an idea is bad, doesn’t mean it’ll sink.
- The Campus Free Speech Battle You’re Not Seeing
- Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong – The New York Times
- Why you should call the government to report crimes committed by extraterrestrials.
- How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science
“…then I talked to the climate skeptics who had made this argument to me, and it turns out they had done so with full knowledge they were being misleading.”
- Why did Trump win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer. – The Washington Post
If you have a bit more time, the slideshow presentation of the results is interesting.