- 2020 election: this child tax credit expansion could slash poverty – Vox
A $3000-per-child child allowance is being proposed by some Democrats.
- Trump’s reign of corruption will now face real opposition. Here are three things to watch. – The Washington Post
- US enters new phase as women change the face of Congress | US news | The Guardian
- I’m fine with women in power, just not this one specific woman currently in power – The Washington Post
- Cops Force Doctors to Anally Probe Drug Suspect, Bill Him $4500
Sickening. The word “rape” is never used in the story, but I don’t see why not. Thanks to Grace for the link.
- Deported to Honduras, an asylum seeker who feared MS-13 was murdered. His children are fighting to stay in the United States. – Washington Post
- Scott Wiener’s SB-50 could fix California’s housing crisis – Vox
The bill is designed to encourage development in rich areas, and to avoid gentrification (by not allowing new construction to replace current rental properties). Interesting.
- The 10 most wonderfully weird SNL sketches from 2018, ranked – The Washington Post
It’s hard to beat the lobster sketch, but I also really liked the Barbie interns and the fallen down teacher.
- Alice Walker’s Conspiracy Theories Aren’t Just Anti-Semitic – They’re Anti-Black – The Forward
- And if you need context for the above link: Alice Walker’s controversial endorsement of David Icke, explained – Vox
- Dan Savage has a good rant here about Tumblr’s adult content ban.
Thanks to Mandolin for this link.
- Meet the Woman Who Invented Cosplay – Racked
- Seth Rudetsky takes 23 minutes to go over all the things he thinks are cool in Hamilton’s ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ song.
The song itself is three minutes and seven seconds long.
- The best argument against kidney sales fails | Journal of Medical Ethics
The author argues that kidney markets can be set up in a way that will avoid creditors and others pressuring poor people to sell their kidneys.
- Sanatan Dinda – An Indian Visual Artist
This artist does the best body painting I can recall seeing.
- A Veteran Supreme Court Justice Cited a Debunked Planned Parenthood Smear in an Opinion
Specifically, Judge Thomas apparently believes the debunked accusation that Planned Parenthood “engaged in ‘the illegal sale of fetal organs’” enough to cite it in his official Supreme Court dissent (although, to be clear, he did say “alleged”). Or, alternatively, Thomas knows that it’s complete bullshit, but is cynical and partisan enough to cite the “alleged” organ sales anyway. In either case, it indicates the major problem with the Republicans today – that completely batshit and evil conspiracy theories are bought into, sincerely or cynically, at the very highest levels. (See, also: climate change. See, also: Millions of illegal immigrants voting.)
- Doomrocket’s choices for the 30 best comic book covers of 2018.
I don’t agree with every choice, but I still love looking through these sorts of features (and many of the covers are stunners). Bill Sienkiewicz has three (!) covers on the list.
- The $400 Rape – Jessica Valenti – Medium
An alleged rapist pleads to a lesser charge and is let off with a $400 fine. Content warning for sexual assault, obviously.
- One Woman Who Knew Her Rights Forced Border Patrol Off a Greyhound Bus | American Civil Liberties Union
- On Weight Loss Surgery And The Unbearable Thinness Of Being – The Establishment
Content warning for, well, discussion of anti-fat bigotry.
- Germany: The first basic income experiment in Germany will start in 2019 | Basic Income News
It’s an experiment, not a country-wide policy, comparing their usual system (which has sanctions if people fail to do things such as look for work) to a basic income scheme.
- Florida Sheriff Worked With ICE to Illegally Jail and Nearly Deport US Citizen | American Civil Liberties Union
- Why is Everyone Blaming Vice Admiral Holdo? – Purple Serpents In Her Hair
Holdo was right not to tell Poe the plan!
- Thundercats reboot, Steven Universe & CalArts style insult explained – Polygon
This article was written before the new “She-Ra,” which is approximately 1463x better than the original, premiered, but I’ve seen the same meaningless “CalArts style” criticism of that show, too.
- CBS Paid the Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims – The New York Times
The network introduced tapes of Dushku (Faith on “Buffy”) swearing on-set to suggest she was fired for being unprofessional, rather than because she asked the lead actor to stop making sexually suggestive jokes about her. The network didn’t recognize that the tapes also contained the lead actor acting exactly as Dushku described – a ten million dollar mistake. Good for Dushku.
- J’Accuse…! Why Jeanne Calment’s 122-year old longevity record may be fake
Essentially, if this theory is right (and although we’ll never know for sure, I find the arguments persuasive), the real Jeanne Calment died at around age 60. In order to avoid paying inheritance taxes, the wealthy family claimed that Jeanne’s daughter had died, and the daughter took on Jeanne’s identity. The rich really are different!
ETA:I’ve looked into this more, and although I stupidly didn’t save the links, I’ve also seen arguments for Calment NOT being a hoax, which I also found persuasive. Controversies I honestly don’t care about either way can be so much fun to read. I’m going to continue to think it’s a hoax, but only because I think that’s a better story.
- Steve Stewart-Williams on Twitter: My Top 12 Favourite Perceptual Illusions
- Mankato professor taking heat for tweet that God is guilty of #MeToo violation – StarTribune.com
The tweet said “The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”
- Are Scandals About Illegal Abuse of “Rescued” Sex Workers In India, Distracting From Legal, Systematic Abuses? | openDemocracy
“Those who are held against their will in ‘protection homes’ – lawfully under the ITPA –resort to escaping, rioting, and self-harm in an attempt to regain or at least assert their own agency.”
- DeVos’ Proposed Changes to Title IX, Explained | National Women’s Law Center
Some of the changes – such as the requirement that accused students have access to the evidence against them – strike me as fair and positive changes. But many of the changes are terrible and will leave stuydent rape victims with less recourse.
- How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard – Vox
- I should be in bed right now but instead I’m reading this twitter thread of funny things from Tumblr, and it’s super cracking me up, and I have to quit reading these and go to bed but I can’t.
- What is TikTok? The app that used to be Musical.ly, explained. – Vox
I’ve never heard of TikTok before, but it’s apparently bigger than Twitter or Instagram, and hoooo boooy is it goofy. Fuck the youtubers making fun of people for having fun.
- Massachusetts federal court rules you have the right to secretly record cops.
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