- Universal basic income: This nonprofit is about to test it in a big way.
They’ll be providing 15-year basic incomes to thousands of people in Kenya, to see what happens. It’ll take years, as any good study of this kind would, but I’ll be very interested to see the outcome.
- If Basic Income creates dependence, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
- Magical Thinking: Sanders, Clinton, and the Federal Reserve Board | Beat the Press
The snark about Arthur Brooks that opens this column is pretty generic, but the final two paragraphs are really interesting. “Given the views of [The Federal Reserve], any candidate who indicates a desire to substantially lower the unemployment rate without addressing the Fed’s plans is engaged in magical thinking.”
- It’s Confederate History Month?
A post gathering links to David Neiwert‘s series on Confederate history (and against the lost cause myth). I haven’t read these yet, but Neiwert is usually excellent. (Thanks, Mandolin!)
- On renaming the Woodrow Wilson School: The standards of his time, and ours | Economic Policy Institute
I don’t agree with the author’s opposition to renaming the building, but the discussion of why the “standards of his time” argument is historically ignorant is very good.
- A woman could be replacing Jackson on the $20 bill — and Hamilton stays on the $10 – Vox
Presumably, all the people who say that buildings can never be renamed will be against replacing Jackson. Funny point: Jackson himself was opposed to paper money.
- All the things that people say about millennials’ relationship to social media have been said about other media. / Boing Boing
- The Sheriff Who Wants the Public to See How Brutal His Jail Guards Can Be – The Atlantic
As is too often the case with prison reform efforts, the union is on the side of wrong here, trying to keep prisoner abuse secret.
- Muslim anti-Isis march not covered by mainstream media outlets.
When someone says “why don’t any Muslims object to” blah blah blah, have they considered that maybe the media doesn’t report it when they do?
- I Was a Men’s Rights Activist — MEL Magazine
One man’s journey from MRA to feminism.
- Pro-War Dead-enders and Our Unending Wars | The American Conservative
“To make matters worse, every intervention always has a die-hard group of dead-enders that will defend the rightness and success of their war no matter what results it produces.”
- Some decent counter-arguments against EvoPsych | SINMANTYX
- What would the end of the gender wage gap look like?
- Ghost in the Shell & Scarlett Johansson
There’s been a lot of justified criticism of the movie’s producers for casting a white woman in the lead (the comic is about an Asian woman). But this person argues, persuasively, that Johansson – who can afford to turn down roles – should be criticized as well.
- And see also this: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producers Ran SFX Tests to Make White Actors Look Asian
Andrew Wheeler commented, “We now have confirmation that Hollywood thinks Asian people are a fantastical mythical race that must be built in CG, like elves and orcs.”
- 272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? – The New York Times
- ‘You want to know what they’re writing, even if it hurts’: my online abuse | Technology | The Guardian
” Five tales from the frontline of online shaming.” Includes an account from former Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic.
- Statistics about Abusive Comments at The Guardian
“Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men.”
- The Guardian analyzed 75 million internet comments. What it found explains an entire culture war. – Vox
“The organization’s approach to moderating comments is a good start, but it won’t work for the bulk of the internet.”
- The real reason mass incarceration happened – Vox
Shorter Vox: Because voters wanted it to happen.
- Ted Cruz helped defend Texas ban against sale of sex toys in 2007 | US news | The Guardian
“Cruz and the state argued that masturbation (and/or sex for pleasure alone) is not covered by the right to privacy and thus is subject to state regulation.” This was from when Texas (with Cruz as its Solicitor General,) was trying to ban sex toys. But conservatives are all about small government, and protecting liberty.
UPDATE: Ted Cruz Says He Won’t Ban Dildos If He Becomes President – BuzzFeed News. Phew!
- Some thoughts about identity and the Democratic primary – Lirael
- The Cultural Revolution: An Anniversary Steeped in Embarrassment | The Diplomat
- official opinion on “Chariot for Women”, the new Uber competitor that only hires women drivers and only picks up women – The Unit of Caring And then read this rebuttal.
- Video shows white cops performing roadside cavity search of black man – The Washington Post
As Popehat points out, this is a form of rape.
- Are Most Body Cavity Searches Even Constitutional? – The Atlantic
“What I can’t fathom is why Americans tolerate this when it happens so frequently that multiple examples have now made their way onto YouTube.”
- The Strange Case of the Woman Who Can’t Remember Her Past—Or Imagine Her Future | WIRED
- You Can’t Whitewash The Alt-Right’s Bigotry
An article by Cathy Young, criticizing the “alt-right” for racism and anti-semitism. It’s nice to see something like this coming from someone in Cathy’s camp. (Although, unsurprisingly, a section of the article blames the alt-right on the left.) There’s a follow-up on Cathy’s blog in which she answers some alt-right critics.
- The Mess That Came After Nintendo Fired An Employee
- A National Report Card On Women and Firefighting
Pdf file. I’m including this link because the issue of women and firefighting – and in particular, the controversy over the strength and physical standards – comes up fairly frequently, and there’s a section of this report giving a basic overview of the issue. But there’s also other stuff on interest in the report.
- Taking an deeper look at Clinton’s record as secretary of state. | The Diplomat
A longish overview, focused entirely on her record as it pertains to Asia. If Clinton is elected, I think we can expect to see a renewed emphasis on relations and trade with countries in Asia.
- The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth – BuzzFeed News.
Fascinating longread about the life of the man often identified as a Black confederate soldier. “Not even death could prevent them from being forced to serve the Confederate cause one last time.”
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