- Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls – The New York Times
The logic of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision was that we no longer needed the preclearance mandate in this day and age. But Republicans have been proving the Supreme Court wrong all over the country by trying to keep minority voters from voting. They haven’t changed at all since the 1960s. (Indirect link.)
- Everyday Feminism Is Bad At Feminist Theory Again | Thing of Things
“But this article adopts entirely the wrong approach. I want men to become less sexist because I think it will help other people, yes. But I also want them to become less sexist because I think it will help them.”
- Hillary, Bernie, and the DNC: Dirty tricks?
Cathy Young examines the arguments that Hillary stole the election from Bernie, and finds them underwhelming.
- Wild Gorillas Groom U.S. Tourist in Uganda
“Local rangers were also stumped, telling King that, while baby gorillas sometimes interact with humans, the rangers had never known adult animals to take such an interest.”
- Pirate Printers: Shirts and Totes Printed Directly on Urban Utility Covers
- Hitting people is not “soft”: Reporting and police tactics « Now Face North
- To Diet Or Not Diet: Science Weighs In
I’d heard of this study before, but I didn’t know about Judith Stern’s role in it before. Reassuring if true.
- The Sitcom Trope About Fat People That’s Way More F*cked Up Than You Might Think — Everyday Feminism
The trope in question is having a former fat character played by a thin person (the most famous example being Monica from Friends). I thought the author’s point about how this reinforces a “your life begins after you get thin” thought process was very interesting.
- The strange case of Marina Joyce and internet hysteria | Technology | The Guardian
A popular Youtube makeup blogger’s fans decided that she was being held hostage and forced to make videos selling dresses.
- Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas | MNN – Mother Nature Network
A much more scientific discussion of this here.
- The Secret To KFC’s “Eleven Secret Herbs and Spices” Is That There Are Only Four Not-So-Secret Ingredients | JONATHAN TURLEY
- Sargon of Akkad launches petition to save free speech by censoring SJW professors :: We Hunted The Mammoth
Over 80,000 people signed the petition, which says something about how strong anti-free-speech sentiment among anti-SJWs can be. Admittedly, this petition is too inept to be dangerous.
- Trump’s Indecent Proposal — Crooked Timber
What can McCarthy and “have you no sense of decency” tell us about Trump and this moment?
- What Happens if Trump Drops Out?
- Report: GOP Strategists Hoping to Distance Trump From Downticket
- Texas to execute man for sitting in a truck while his friend unexpectedly murdered someone in a store.
Also, yet more evidence that the death penalty has no deterrent effect.
- Social justice, shipping, and ideology: when fandom becomes a crusade, things get ugly – Vox
- Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier – The New York Times
Interesting study treating Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid as a “natural experiment.” (Indirect link).
- Mercy in the Age of Mandatory Minimums | Cato Institute
- Mercedes-Benz Reportedly Working On Line Of Electric Vehicles To Take On Tesla – Consumerist
- Minnesota Carpet Cleaning Business Sues US Olympic Committee Over Its Ridiculous Social Media Rules | Techdirt
- “I wasn’t expecting to burst into tears:” the surprisingly emotional experience of Clinton’s nomination – Vox
- Your kid is way more likely to be poisoned by crayons than by marijuana – The Washington Post
- Language Policing: Intersectionality | Thing of Things
- Only 20 Percent Of Voters Are ‘Real Americans‘ | FiveThirtyEight
- Innovation and Its Enemies
“People almost never reject technological progress out of sheer ignorance. Rather, they fight to protect their own interests and livelihoods, whether that be operating a dairy farm or running a government.”
- Study: Top Bank Execs Saw the Crisis Coming and Sold Their Company’s Shares | naked capitalism
- Senator Tim Scott’s Speech on Race and Policing – The Atlantic
- Box Turtle Bulletin » Today In History: 1962: New York’s WBAI Radio Broadcasts Talk Show Featuring Eight Gay Men
- Consent and Altsex Cultures | Thing of Things
- Climate scientists are under attack from frivolous lawsuits | Lauren Kurtz | Environment | The Guardian
- End Needless Interactions With Police Officers During Traffic Stops – The Atlantic
- Giving up on the “American Dream”? – Open City
Interesting article featuring brief interviews with Asian immigrant street merchants.
- Future of Film I: Why Summer 2013 was Destined for Losses – Liam Boluk | Ivey Business Review
This longform 2014 article, about the economics behind the increasing dominance of ultra-expensive “tentpole” films in movie offerings (even though many of them are expensive flops), is really interesting and still applicable.
- Ethics Hero: Angela Martin, As St. Paul Strangers Prevent A Suicide | Ethics Alarms
- Is Watching Gymnastics Worse Than being an NFL Fan?
Includes some stunning photographs of elite female gymnasts by Andres Kudacki, including the photo of Madison Kocian seen below.
- At the 2016 Rio Olympics, What to Make of the Bedazzled Femininity and Ferocious Athleticism That Defines Women’s Gymnastics? – The Atlantic
Madison Kocian competes on the balance beamr during the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships, Friday, June 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (Photo/Andres Kudacki)