- “I’m not transphobic, but…”: A feminist case against the feminist case against trans inclusivity–Verso
- Jet Li says he rejected The Matrix because he didn’t want his kung fu moves digitally recorded | Abacus
“They could own [my moves] as an intellectual property forever. So I said I couldn’t do that.” Li’s objection makes perfect sense. But it would be amazing, from an archival standpoint, for such a full record of Li’s moves to exist.
- ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: The Happy Hour For Birds?
Birds who eat fermenting berries off the ground get drunk.
- Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and the rigging of American politics – Vox
This has become a very central issue to my thinking – that the system is enormously rigged against Democrats, and Republicans are determined to use that advantage to increase that advantage.
- The Good Place: Watch the exact moment that the cast found out about the big Season One twist | EW.com
Thanks to Mandolin for this link. And also for the happy hour for birds link.
- U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. – The New York Times
I was particularly struck by the way that Republican members of congress went to bat to protect right-wing domestic terrorists, forcing Homeland Security to withdraw a report on right-wing extremism. A similar report on domestic left-wing extremism was not objected to by anyone.
- Ideas Have Consequences: The Impact of Law and Economics on American Justice
“After attending economics training [at George Mason University], participating judges use more economics language, render more conservative verdicts in economics cases, rule against regulatory agencies more often, and render longer criminal sentences.”
- Even janitors have noncompetes now. Nobody is safe. – The Washington Post
In this particular case, the company dropped it’s lawsuit against its former janitor after it became a news story. Which is nice – but doesn’t alter the larger problem.
- The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country | Boston Review
A criticism of J.D. Vance’s book, and in particular it’s racial politics.
- Scientist in remote Antarctic outpost stabs colleague who told him endings of books he was reading – Daily Record
- Josh Hastings had a record of misconduct as a Little Rock police officer. Then he shot Bobby Moore. – The Washington Post
This lengthy article by the amazing Radley Balko makes the point that police abuse and even murder isn’t about a few bad apples in the barrel; it’s about the barrel itself being bad.
- Charging ‘Dealers’ with Homicide: Explained – The Appeal
“Caleb Smith ordered online what he thought was Adderall to help him study. His girlfriend asked to try it. She died from an overdose. It turned out the substance was fentanyl. Prosecutors charged Caleb with “drug-induced homicide.” Then he killed himself.”
- Opinion: It’s past time to repeal Oregon’s Jim Crow era jury law
“But that deliberative process breaks down when a majority of jurors can merely ignore the dissenting views of their fellow jurors.” An issue I’ve never given any thought to before.
- Retweets Are Trash – The Atlantic – Medium
“I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less repetitive, and a little less filled with outrage.” And, related: How to turn off retweets.
- Zinnia Jones on Dating and Transphobia | Noah Berlatsky on Patreon
- Millennials Have Caused U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet: New Study | PEOPLE.com
Basically, people that in the past would have been likely to marry young and eventually divorce, are now not getting married in the first place, which is predicted to mean a much lower divorce rate.
- FBI Data Shows Plenty Of Vandalism, Little Violence Against U.S. Jews
– The Forward
- Lucy Lawless, In A Greenpeace Action, Belts Out Xena War Cries While Illegally Boarding Oil Ship – TMZ.com
Really, do you need anything more than that headline?
- After a mass shooting: A survivor’s life | The Washington Post
This is a long read, and a deeply unhappy read, but I still recommend it. It’s a portrait of a young woman, and of her mother, whose lives were drastically harmed by a mass shooter.
- Massachusetts has an answer to America’s gun problem – Vox
The right mix of gun laws – particularly but not only the permit-to-purchase system – helps Massachusetts have the lowest rate of gun deaths in the US.
“An acclaimed American charity said it was saving some of the world’s most vulnerable girls from sexual exploitation. But from the very beginning, girls were being raped.”
A long read, sad and infuriating, about what happened when an American woman started a school for girls in Liberia. A reminder that there’s good reason for people to be suspicious of the white savior mode of charity. (Via).
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