- Why it’s fine to cast POC actors in traditionally white roles, but bad to cast white actors in POC roles, explained with a jar of chocolate covered raisins.
- Wilbur Ross broke law, violated Constitution in census decision, judge rules – The Washington Post
“Ross claimed he was acting at the request of the Justice Department in the interest of enforcing the Voting Rights Act. In reality, the “evidence establishes” that the voting rights explanation was just “a pretext” and that Ross “acted in bad faith” when he claimed otherwise. He pursued the citizenship question after hearing from then-White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon and Kris Kobach, the vice chair of Trump’s now-disbanded voting fraud commission.”
- Volunteers Sentenced for Leaving Food and Water for Migrants in the Arizona Desert – Hit & Run : Reason.com
- Federal judge shuts down Trump administration’s discrimination against children of same-sex couples.
“U.S. District Judge John F. Walter of California rejected the State Department’s startling assertion that a married gay couple’s son was born ‘out of wedlock’ and thus is ineligible for citizenship.” Fucking hell, what asshats. They’d go back to putting people in jail for gay sex in a second, if they thought they could get away with it.
- Women Do Ask for More Money at Work. They Just Don’t Get It.
These findings contradict some well-known earlier studies; this study’s different findings could be because it compares men and women in similar jobs. “Previous studies that reached the “women don’t ask” conclusion often failed to account for certain types of jobs (and industries) being dominated by one gender, focusing instead on the overall number of men or women who’d reported salary negotiations, which — given the number of women who work jobs with ‘non-negotiable’ salaries — skewed their findings.” (Alternative link.)
- The girl who executed Nazis after seducing them in bars dies aged 92 – NZ Herald
It’s hard not to wonder what I would have done if I had been around then. I’m certain I would not have been this courageous.
- In a first, U.S. calls on German banks to close BDS accounts – BDS – Jerusalem Post
The ongoing opposition to free speech on this issue is mind-boggling.
- “The Tragedy of the Commons” is a terrible and racist paper.
“…we’ve let a flawed metaphor by a racist ecologist define environmental thinking for a half century.”
- It’s time to stop calling climate activists hypocrites | Ricochet
I sometimes consider doing a cartoon on this subject, except that Matt Bors has already done the perfect cartoon on this subject.
- Cultured meat will now be regulated by the FDA and USDA – Vox
Interestingly, this is regulation that lab-grown meat makers are really happy about. (Because it reassures investors.)
- The American Family Act, Democrats’ dramatic plan to cut child poverty, explained – Vox
It can’t pass while the Republicans hold the Senate and White House, but it’s still good to get this on the Democratic policy agenda. The plan would pay all households (except rich households) $250-$300 per child, every month. “Poverty among children would fall from 14.8 percent to 9.5 percent, meaning 4 million kids would escape poverty. Deep poverty — the share of kids living on half the poverty line or less — would fall almost by half, from 4.6 percent to 2.4 percent.”
- The Curious Career of Martin Brest | Dirk Knemeyer
The director of “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Midnight Run,” “Scent of a Woman,” “Meet Joe Black” and the famously disastrous “Gigli”… and although there are rumors, no one actually seems to know where his is now.
- (132) Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – YouTube
I thought this one is unusually funny – especially his discussion of why he won’t use snail mail, which begins at about 8:10.
- ‘Whores But Organized’: Sex Workers Rally for Reform | by Molly Crabapple | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
There’s nothing new here in terms of policy proposals. But the inroads into getting support from politicians seem new to me. I’m disappointed that NY NOW rallied against the NY decriminalization bill.
- Very good twitter thread by Alexandra Erin on the limits of smoking guns.
“I am convinced that no scene in any superhero movie is less realistic than Batman Returns when Batman plays Penguin saying ‘I played this city like a harp from hell!’ for Gotham and they turn on him, instead of saying ‘You don’t understand his humor.'”
- (132) Flight of the Conchords- Albi The Racist Dragon
Funny parody of stupid fake liberalism. I came to this via Lindsey Ellis’ evisceration of the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake.
- Alan Krueger was the rare economist whose work improved the lives of millions.
Dr. Kruger’s research on the minimum wage has been cited on “Alas” many times over the years. He was crucial to the practice of natural experiments to economics. Kruger, who advised both the Clinton and Obama administrations, was only 58, and his final book, on economics and pop music, is scheduled to be published this summer.
- Ramsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner — and police and prison guards have punished him for it -Chloé Cooper Jones
Content warning for prisoner abuse. A long, depressing read.
- Men’s Rights Firm Teases ‘Hot New Girlfriend’ In Ad Somebody Thought Was Cool | Above the Law
- A short video by a group of female animators about standing up against a serial harasser in the animation industry.
- How the CDC’s opioid prescribing guideline is harming pain patients – STAT
- 3 Ways John Wick is Deeper Than You Realized – Kiva Bay – Medium
Interesting stuff about the use of color, and the symbolism of cars, in the first John Wick film. (I wouldn’t call it deep, but I love that film.)
- What Referendum? Florida GOP Set to Exclude Up to 80% of Felons From Voting
The law requires all court fees and fines – which can be very high (“As the WLRN report detailed, any conviction for drug trafficking—even a low-level, non-violent conviction—carries a mandatory fine of $25,000 to $500,000 per count”) – to be paid before voting rights are restored. Basically, a poll tax.
- Voting Rights Roundup: Iowa GOP wants to legally ban many students at public colleges from voting
Unless the students sign a statement saying they intend to remain in Iowa after graduation. But private college students don’t face this requirement.
- This Cohen hearing fight was everything wrong with how America talks about “racism” – Vox
- Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian
- A Rediscovered Portrait of Harriet Tubman Is Unveiled
- Mesa Airlines Flight Attendant Held by ICE for two months Has Been Freed – but could still be deported.
She’s lived in the US since she’s a toddler, married to an American, works and pays taxes – but ICE is still trying to deport her to Peru, and might succeed. There is no logic here, no rationality – just bigotry. But this is what the Republican party wants our country to be; this is the issue, more than any other, that Trump ran on.
- Opinion | Getting Rid of the Electoral College Isn’t Just About Trump – The New York Times
None of the arguments for the electoral college are true. (Alternative link.)
- Tell Me I’m Fat – This American Life
I thought this episode of This American Life was really good. I was especially struck by “act 2,” in which Elna Baker, who lost 110 pounds and kept it off, discusses her experience.
- ‘Shrill’: A Fat Girl’s Review of Aidy Bryant Show – Variety
I think this review is very accurate, including how painful watching the first few episodes can be (despite the funny). I loved the show. (Show trailer.)
- Shrill Accused of Plagiarizing Pool Party Scene. But is it a coincidence? | IndieWire
Yes, it’s a coincidence. One thing I’ve learned from political cartooning is that basic ideas are thought of by different people independently ALL THE TIME. And sometimes those people publicly accuse you of plagiarism. (Also, the pool party scene, in episode 4, is amazing – the best scene of a good series).
- How ‘Shrill’ Made Aidy Bryant’s Best Outfits From Scratch
Because they had to, because they couldn’t find the clothing they wanted in Bryant’s size. (Alternative link.)
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