- Atheism and the Basis of Morality (pdf).The author argues that believing in an all-powerful,
all-wideomnipresent, all-knowing God is incompatible with common morality, such as the idea that we shouldn’t permit a child to suffer terribly if we have a choice.
Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets – Vox
Multiple studies have pointed to this same conclusion: It ends up costing cities less to provide housing for the homeless, then not. But this idea doesn’t even seem to be on the map at all, except among the left side of the left.
- Asking the Wrong Questions: It’s Easy to Be a Saint in Paradise: Thoughts on The Good Place’s Third Season
wonderful and thoughtful blog post on the ethics of The Good Place, by Abigail Nussbaum. Thanks to Mandolin for the link.
- Scott Satens provides highlights of the results of the recent Basic Income experiment in Iceland.
Interestingly, people on Basic Income got slightly less assistance than the control group on welfare – but reported higher levels of happiness.
- Americans are becoming more socially isolated, but they’re not feeling lonelier
- Self-Styled Free Speech Advocate Dave Rubin Praises Jair Bolsonaro For Ridding Schools Of ‘The SJW Stuff’ – Angry White Men
- Donald Trump handed a chance to supercharge voter suppression in 2020.
I don’t think the decision was necessarily legally wrong. But it still frees up the RNC to step up voter suppression efforts – specifically, sending “security” personnel to go stand in front of minority-heavy voting locations.
- Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation in Private For DNA Test
Some Cherokee Nation members are saying that the apology should have been public.
- The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History | History | Smithsonian
The story is more complex, and goes back further, than some people think.
- The Destruction of Black Wall Street – by Chelsea Saunders
A short comic about the 1921 white riot that destroyed a prosperous Black community.”
- 16 Black Moms Are Getting a Basic Income in Mississippi. Here’s How It’s Working. – Rewire.News
It’s a pilot program; if it goes well, the plan is to expand it.
- How Big Is the Male-Female Wage Gap, Really? – The Atlantic
There is no “real” answer to this question, because – even when well-done – the answer to “how big is the wage gap” is always dependent on which wage gap is being measured. This is about measuring the wage gap over the course of fifteen years; measured this way, the answer is 50%.
- Pelosi Aide Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About “Medicare for All”
Aside from the “Pelosi is anti M4A” part of things (which is not a surprise), it’s interesting to see what they’re thinking about Obamacare and pharmaceutical prices.
- 3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked
- Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You. – Reason.com
As part of an anti-trafficking initiative, hotels, airlines, etc, are being told to be suspicious of things like single women and interracial families.
- Cops Say Cindy McCain Didn’t Catch Toddler Trafficker at Airport: Reason
“I went over the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid. She was waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off an airplane.” That’s McCain’s version of the story; the truth appears to be, McCain called the police on a perfectly innocent mom who was with her different-race child.
- This filmmaker sat down with neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned. – Vox
- Restorative Justice | Thing of Things
“There are some things you are entitled to that are completely non-negotiable, no matter how bad a person you are…. You have a right not to be tortured. You have a right not to be assaulted or killed, except when necessary to defend others. You have a right to food and water and shelter. You have a right to human interaction (but not to force unwilling people to interact with you, and that sometimes means sufficiently disliked people are doomed to loneliness– but it is a tragedy, every time).”
- U.S. Economy: Higher Minimum Wages Haven’t Increased Unemployment – Bloomberg
The evidence is now clear: Either raising the minimum wage doesn’t increase unemployment, or it increases unemployment by such a small degree that it can’t be reliably measured.
- I might simply link to Henry Farrell’s response to people who want to engage him on race and IQ, next time someone wants to engage me on the subject. (A reminder: arguing for so-called “scientific racism” is not allowed on “Alas.”)
- Venomous yellow scorpions are moving into Brazil’s big cities – and the infestation may be unstoppable
A lot of causes – including sanitation issues and global warming – have combined to make a possibly insolvable problem.
- Causation Fallacy 2.0: Revisiting the Myth and Math of Affirmative Action.
Even if Harvard and other schools that are the focus of current lawsuits stopped admitting Black and Latinx students entirely, that would not significantly improve the odds of admission for White and Asian students. (Journal article, sci-hub link).
- Is Harvard Really Biased Against Asian American Students?
Asian students are correct to think they’re being discriminated against in admissions. But that discrimination isn’t due to formal AA programs benefiting minorities, but due to informal racism for the benefit of white applicants. “These findings suggest that the same constellation of grades, activities, awards, essays, and test scores are interpreted as intellectual curiosity and academic excellence when presented by white applicants, but interpreted as evidence of an unimaginative applicant who is “booksmart and one-dimensional” when submitted by a student who is Asian American.”
- This Nancy strip is brilliant.
- Carol Anderson on Republican voter suppression – Vox
- Latino Turnout Surged. Then Texas Questioned 98,000 Voters’ Citizenship. | HuffPost
We are increasingly dividing into the pro-democracy and anti-democracy parties.
- Can bees do math? Yes – new research shows they can be taught to add and subtract
But can they be trained to do my taxes?
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