- Crossing the Line – The Nib – Medium
A well-done short comic about Americans being racially profiled by the Border Patrol while returning to the USA.
- The Pros and Cons of Kink-Shaming | Noah Berlatsky on Patreon
The problem with going after a white supremacist for having bigfoot porn on his Instagram.
- “BUT BLACKS COMMIT MORE CRIMES”: Scholars discuss conservative logic – Sociology Toolbox
An interesting discussion between some professors.
- Florida Couple Gets to Keep Home’s ‘Starry’ Paint Job; Mayor Must Publicly Apologize for $10,000 Fine – Hit & Run : Reason.com
Damn straight. I hope that mayor loses his next election, too.
- Video: Iranian women are protesting against the arrest of Maedeh Hojabri by dancing on the streets
And on the internet.
- Blow Hard 2: Blowing Really Hard Now – Dead Philosophers in Heaven
Aristotle explained what he really meant about the flute.
- The Tired Trope of Blaming Trump on ‘Liberal Smugness’ | FAIR
- Income inequality: The difference between the US and Europe, in one chart – Vox
Basically, it’s remained steady in Europe at the same time it’s become much more extreme in the US.
- How The Media Paints A False Picture of VA Health Care
By always comparing the VA’s results to an imaginary perfect alternative, rather than comparing the results to the private sector. “… by failing to compare it to other health care systems, journalists can present a distorted impression that plays into ongoing efforts to privatize an agency that outperforms the rest of the U.S. health care system on most metrics.”
- The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges | Quanta Magazine
- MRI costs: why this surgeon is challenging NC’s certificate of need law – Vox
He wants to buy and MRI machine and offer relatively cheap MRIs, but a North Carolina law effectively gives hospitals a monopoly on owning MRIs. Sometimes libertarians are right about over regulation.
- Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’ | The Independent
In the 1950s, the CIA secretly funded abstract impressionism in order to contrast the US’s freedom and sophistication with the rigid art from the Soviet Union. No, really, this happened.
- Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants
Wait, haven’t I been told again and again that conservatives have nothing against legal immigrants?
- Aurora parents fighting to stop legally adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported | FOX31 Denver
Well, obviously this four-year-old is some sort of criminal.
- The lawsuit between Canadian millionaire Harold Peerenboom and Marvel Comics billionaire Ike Perlmutter is super bizarre. Both of them have homes in a gated community in Palm Beach, and there was a dispute over the contract with the tennis pro which blew up, and up, and up.
- The Shadow Rulers of the VA — ProPublica
The same Ike Perlmutter is also a close friend of Donald Trump’s, and has been shadow running the VA, despite having no official position and no accountability.
- Various right-wing sites are gloating over the horrific murder of two lefty American tourists who were biking in Tajikistan. (Sample headlines: “Death By Entitlement” and “Universal Love Theory Tested And Disproved.”) Tajikistan is considered a safe area for tourists; this attack was apparently an anomaly. I’m reminded of the disgusting comments from some leftists about Otto Warmbier.
- Agnes Scott vs. Princeton College Bowl: the biggest upset in quiz show history.
I find it interesting that the kind of very tough quiz show still popular in Britain, was once popular in the U.S.. Why did difficult quiz shows stop being popular in the U.S.? Was it due to the quiz show scandals of the 50s?
- A linguist discusses gender-marked words and “guys”
“I would argue that women are appropriating ‘guys’ and its ilk, not to be seen as masculine, but to be included in the category of ‘the general’.” (Thanks to Mandolin for this link.)
- We Are All Scutoids: A Brand-New Shape, Explained | The New Yorker
“What matters is that mathematicians had never before conceived of the scutoid, much less given it a name. What matters even more is that scutoids turn out to be everywhere, especially in living things.” This video may be helpful for trying to picture a scutoid.
- California Court Says Starbucks Must Pay for Off-the-Clock Work. The Fallout Could Affect ‘A Lot of Jobs.’ – Rewire.News
It’s about the couple of minutes of work performed after clocking out (locking up, turning the alarm on, etc.) It’s a small amount of work, but over years it adds up, and I don’t see why people shouldn’t be paid for it.
- Comic: Lab Rats Discuss Their Options
I really enjoyed this short comic about a couple of lab rats chatting. It’s nine pages long, but not much dialog per page so it’s a very quick read.
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