Edition Day Backwards, Farm Link and Thread Open


  1. On Taste
    “Having taste tends to make you dislike popular things and to dislike more things. This is, I think, because taste does not so much change the things you care about as give you more things to care about.”
  2. Six Women Say a Seattle Man Posed as a Female Porn Recruiter in Order to Lure Them to His Apartment for Sex. What Can the Law Do About It?
  3. Angry Trump fans call for ‘Muslim social justice warrior’ Paul Ryan to resign
    This makes it official: “SJW” literally means “anyone to the speaker’s left who criticizes bigotry.”
  4. Why you should be legally required to vote
    I also think that a government that is voted on by more of the population has more moral legitimacy (all else held equal).
  5. Feminism Proving Popular With Men After Being Re-Released In Tactical Matte Black – Point & Clickbait
    Thanks to Grace for the link.
  6. Vote Prohibition Party
    “The Prohibition Party, a part of our nation’s history, is endangered! With your vote, you can help strengthen America’s oldest third party.”
  7. Taming the Global Supply Chain: A Statement of Principles – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money
    And further comment here by Brian O’Neil.
  8. Thiel and Speech
    “If a billionaire can come up with enough cases that are plausible enough to not get thrown out, any media company can be bankrupted defending themselves. Unlike with 1st Amendment cases, there is no legal or constitutional recourse.”
  9. The Scientist Who Talks to ISIS – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  10. At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real | Feature | Chicago Reader
  11. Don’t Overthink It: Donald Trump Will Probably Lose | New Republic
  12. Story time. So back in my youth I was this little nerd…
  13. United States of Paranoia: They See Gangs of Stalkers – The New York Times
    “The group was organized around the conviction that its members are victims of a sprawling conspiracy to harass thousands of everyday Americans with mind-control weapons and armies of so-called gang stalkers.” (Indirect link.)
  14. Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City – The New York Times Magazine
    Interesting longform article about the ongoing problem of segregated schools in Brooklyn. (Indirect link.)
  15. Confession Booth | Amber A’Lee Frost
    A critical look at We Believe You, a book collecting survivors’ stories of campus rape. I don’t agree with all of it, but it makes good points.
  16. Trump vs. Clinton on Orlando attack – Business Insider
    “The speeches Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gave on Monday in response to the Orlando, Florida, terrorist attack laid out the key distinction in visions between the two candidates.”
  17. Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience | FiveThirtyEight
    There doesn’t seem to be any significant correlation between a President having past governmental experience, and how highly historians rank their administration.
  18. Harvard Study Confirms Media’s Role In Trump’s Political Rise
  19. Stop. Using. Periods. Period. – The Washington Post
    Apparently in text messages, among some people, using a period at the end of a sentence is considered rude. Live and learn
  20. Deadliest Mass Shootings – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money
    It takes nothing away from the tragedy in Florida to realize that there have been even deadlier shootings, usually perpetrated against Native Americans.
  21. Apartment Building Attempts To Coerce Tenants Into Crazy Social Media Policy Post-Lease | Techdirt
    And I’m sure some of the attempts were successful. This isn’t the government, but it is an example of how private actors threaten free speech.
  22. The zombie wildfires have awakened in Alaska | Grist
  23. The IMF says neoliberalism was oversold.
  24. How Venezuela’s socialist dream collapsed into a nightmare – Vox
  25. The Trucker, His Downfall, and the US Economy – Sociological Images
  26. Extreme Close-Ups of the Human Eye | Bored Panda
    I just find it so cool that eyes in close-up look lacey.


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2 Responses to Edition Day Backwards, Farm Link and Thread Open

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    RonF says:


    “if you can’t be bothered to vote, you probably aren’t paying attention; and if you aren’t paying attention, we’ll probably all be better off if you keep not bothering.”

    My feelings exactly.

    It’s true that people who don’t vote are disengaged — but that’s not quite the same as saying that they aren’t paying attention. It may simply be that they don’t think their votes matter.

    “People are more likely to vote when they feel efficacious,” says Yanna Krupnikov, a political science professor at Stony Brook University. “When people believe that their political preferences do not matter at all, they are less likely to turn out and vote.”

    This creates something of a catch-22. The voters who are least well served by the system — such as the poor or African-Americans or Hispanics — feel that their votes don’t matter, and therefore are less inclined to vote. This is not necessarily because they aren’t paying attention. It’s often because they are paying attention, and recognize that the political system does not care about them. But by not voting, they ensure that the system is even less responsive. This in turn alienates them further — and so on.

    Non-voters aren’t foolish or ignorant. They are making reasonable, even informed choices about the effort of voting versus the power of their votes.

    If people don’t recognize that all groups are made up of individuals and that voting as an individual is the only way to have your group’s desires recognized and responded to, then you are being foolish and ignorant. The reason that our political system is unresponsive to given groups is because those given groups don’t vote. The history of our nation shows that when groups DO vote, then they are responded to.

  2. 2
    RonF says:

    A “Complaint and Request for Prompt Investigation and Disbarment” has been brought before the Maryland Bar Association seeking to have Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby disbarred because of the prosecutions she has brought forward (and is continuing to bring forward, which is part of the complaint) in the Freddie Gray cases. The gist of it is that she allegedly violated numerous sections of the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Have a read. It does not appear to be frivolous.

    Complainant respectfully suggests that Respondent appears:

    A. to have violated RPC 3.8(a) of the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct [RPC] for attorneys which requires that a prosecutor refrain from prosecuting a charge unless it is supported by probable cause, and national standards which establish that a prosecution should proceed only if there is sufficient admissible evidence to support a conviction;

    B. to have violated RPC 3.6(b) and RPC 3.8(e) which limit the content of public statements which prosecutors may permissibly make in connection with criminal proceedings;

    C. to have violated RPC 3.8(d) by having improperly, illegally, and unconstitutionally withheld and otherwise failed to turn over to defense counsel exculpatory evidence;

    D. to, in further violation of RPC 3.8(a), be continuing prosecutions against four of the officers although – especially in the light of detailed findings of fact in two rulings by Judge Barry Williams – there is no longer any basis to reasonably believe that the remaining charges are supported by probable cause, and/or that there is sufficient admissible evidence to support a conviction;

    E. to have engaged in conduct which, in its totality, and in light of the above, is inconsistent with the conduct required of attorneys, and especially of public prosecutors, under various ethical standards, including RPC 8.4(c) [“engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation”] and RPC 8.4(d) [“engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice”].

    Complainant most respectfully suggests there are disturbing similarities to the situation involving Mike Nifong and his wrongfully continuing prosecution of the infamous Duke lacrosse rape cases.

    You might remember that Mike Nifong was eventually disbarred over the Duke lacrosse “rape” cases.