- Cash/Consent: The War on Sex Work | by Lorelei Lee
This essay is excellent – resisting simplistic narratives about sex work from both anti-sex work crusaders and pro-sex work liberals.
- NYC restaurant industry is thriving after $15 minimum wage – Business Insider
Thanks to Grace for the link!
- Northern snakehead: This invasive species can live on land and breathe air. Authorities suggest you kill them on sight. – The Washington Post (And an alternative link.)
They’re not dangerous to humans (although they do sometimes eat mice), but in the U.S. they’re an invasive species.
- These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. – The New York Times (And an alternate link).
“Alcohol breath tests, a linchpin of the criminal justice system, are often unreliable…”
- Did Emma Sulkowicz Get Redpilled?
It sounds like the answer may be “no, but she’s got new libertarian friends and she was never actually all that political anyway.”
- The Adults In The Room: Deadspin
“A metastasizing swath of media is controlled by private-equity vultures and capricious billionaires and other people who genuinely believe that they are rich because they are smart and that they are smart because they are rich, and that anyone less rich is by definition less smart. They know what they know, and they don’t need to know anything else.”
- The Bernie vs. Warren Debate We Need by Eric Levitz.
This is the best article on the “Warren or Bernie?” debate I’ve read. Even if people don’t agree with the conclusions (and really, Levitz doesn’t come to a conclusion), these are the kinds of questions leftists need to be thinking about.
- How online allies joined a trans artist’s street art war
TERFs and LGBT folks in Oxford fight each other through the medium of anonymous stickers.
- No, Obama is Not a Member of the Intellectual Dark Web
- Twitter hates me. The Des Moines Register fired me. Here’s what really happened. – Columbia Journalism Review
This was the reporter who was (unfairly) fired for reporting on some guy’s racist teenage tweets. (Read the story for why I think his firing was unfair). What’s oddest is that the reporter is one of the clearest-cut cases of someone being fired due to outrage on social media – and yet he denies that he was “cancelled.”
- If 2020 Democrats Are Going to Be Serious About Climate, They Need to Cut Out Congress – Mother Jones
What the President can do without Congress’ approval.
- How ‘Slings & Arrows’ on Acorn TV made a Shakespeare fest a cult hit – Los Angeles Times
This decades-old TV show is one of my favorite TV shows ever. But the reason I’m including this in the link farm is that the article mentions that the Slings and Arrows creators are shopping around a prequel to the series. Fingers very much crossed!
- The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 – Wikipedia
In which a relatively harmless tradition of hat-snatching goes overboard.
- This 195-Gigapixel Photo of Shanghai Has To Be Seen To Be Believed | IFLScience
That’s an article about the photo; here’s the photo. I spent a couple of hours just exploring the photo.
- One year after Kavanaugh, I can’t go back to SCOTUS.
A short piece by Dahlia Lithwick. “That is the problem with power: It incentivizes forgiveness and forgetting.”
- A Comprehensive Defense of Trans People : musicotic
A very impressive list of references and links.
- James Dean Reborn in CGI for Vietnam War Action-Drama (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter
The movie will co-star a CGI recreation of Dean; all the other parts will be played by living actors. “‘This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us,’ said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, which represents Dean’s family alongside more than 1,700 entertainment, sports, music and historical personalities, including the likes of Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ingrid Bergman, Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis and Jack Lemmon.”
- Disney Is Quietly Placing Classic Fox Movies Into Its Vault, and That’s Worrying
- Trump’s Justice Dept. Wants to get rid of old antitrust rules that keep major film studios in check – The Atlantic
It’s hard to see what possible benefit consumers could get from this. I think the question is not if Disney will buy a major movie theater chain, but when.
- Rats learned how to drive tiny cars and it reduced their stress, researchers say – The Washington Post
“Beyond the adorableness, it has real scientific value” sounds like a New Yorker cartoon caption to me.
- The A.V. Club’s 100 best TV shows of the 2010s
- Making Sense of Autogynephilia Debates – Julia Serano – Medium
A readable guide to what Ray Blanchard’s autogynephilia theory is, and why Blanchard is wrong. It’s long, but also well-divided into sections, so you can read just the first section for a basic overview or continue if you want more.
- Actually, The SUV-Defeating Rock Is Good
“It has made it its purpose to demonstrate that a great deal of SUV drivers have no fucking clue what they’re doing and cannot be trusted to drive in public.”
- How Rich Would Bill Gates Be Without His Copyright on Windows? | Op-Eds & Columns | CEPR
- Why Black Voters Prefer Establishment Candidates Over Liberal Alternatives | FiveThirtyEight
This article is from early October, before “the squad” endorsed Bernie, but I think it’s still worth reading.
- Five Reasons the Diet Soda Myth Won’t Die – The New York Times (Alternate link.)
I think that at a fundamental level, the idea that diet soda is secretly poisoning us is too good a story, too intuitively correct, for us to drop it merely because it’s not true.
- On Race, Genetics, and Pseudoscience – Violent metaphors
“Describing race as a social construct does not undermine its existence, nor its importance; it merely points out that there is no fundamental biological basis for race.”
- OK boomer: The psychology of why baby boomers complain about millenials and Gen Z – VoxMemories are not accurate, and generational personality differences are like astrology.
- Hesitant hitmen jailed over botched assassination in China – BBC News
The case involves a chain of five hitmen, each of whom (but the last one) tried to subcontract the hit to another hitman.
- The Art of Power: How Louis XIV Ruled France … With Ballet | Mental Floss
A French classical musician I sat next to on a plane told me this story, and I had to google it once I got home to make sure he wasn’t pulling my jambe.
- This animated gif shows the difference between the “red vs blue” map as it’s currently often presented – showing red counties (i.e., counties where there were more Republican than Democratic votes for President) – versus a map that shows how many actual votes are represented, rather than land mass. I’m not describing it well, but if you look at it, it’s pretty clear.
- Ohio Was Set to Purge 235,000 Voters. It Was Wrong About 20%. – The New York Times (Alternate link.)Including about 20,000 voters from a heavily Democratic area who were purged because there was no record of them voting in upcoming elections.
- Stephen King’s Maine Home to Become a Museum and writer’s retreat | Mental Floss
- According to a new paper, 43% of white students at Harvard are “ALDC”: athletes, legacy, donors’ kids, or children of faculty. (Sci-hub link.)
In comparison, only 16% of non-white students at Harvard are ALDC. 70% of ALDC students wouldn’t have gotten in without ALDC preferences. Without ALDC preferences, there would be as many or more Asians, Blacks, and Latinx students, but fewer white students.
- Painting “Zebra Stripes” on Cows Wards Off Biting Flies | RealClearScience
Small sample size and not yet replicated, but interesting nonetheless. Also, loved that whoever created the photo illustration decided that it made sense to label the “body” and the “leg,” preventing me from mixing up those body parts. (Okay, probably there’s some sensible reason for that if one reads the study…).
- “You and a super intelligent snail both get 1 million dollars, and you both become immortal, however you die if the snail touches you. It always knows where you are and slowly crawls toward you. What’s your plan?”
I really enjoyed reading the answer that got the most “upvotes” (right at the top of the thread).
- The backlash against Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers going mainstream – Vox
Foodies were in favor of the faux-meat burgers until they started being served in fast food restaurants.
- Florida GOP leaders finally utter ‘sea level rise,’ lament ‘lost decade’ | Miami Herald
It’s not so much “we lost” as “we deliberately threw it away.” And more like three decades.
- 20 Years Later, and the Women of Angel Still Deserve More | TV Guide
“With the deaths of Darla, Cordelia, and Fred, Angel says that a woman is a person until she gets pregnant, and that’s the end of her story.” On her Twitter, the woman who played Cordelia praised this article, saying it made her feel seen.
- The art at the bottom and top of this post is by French artist Levalet. Check out Levalet’s website. I love their work, which nicely combines whimsical humor with really strong rendering skills.
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