- On Twitter, I argue that if prisoners could vote, and one or two state representatives need the prisoner vote to get elected, that would be good.
- Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind – The New York Times
This story isn’t as focused on Ms Gilmore as the title sounds; it’s about her, but also about the case for moving towards prison abolition. (Alternative link.)
- Amia Srinivasan · Does anyone have the right to sex? · London Review of Books
“Here, she tells us, is the task of feminism: to treat as axiomatic our free sexual choices, while also seeing why, as MacKinnon has always said, such choices, under patriarchy, are rarely free.”
- 2020 Candidates Are Very Hesitant About Letting Prisoners Vote | HuffPost
I foresee a bunch of links about the different positions of Dem candidates. This is an issue where Bernie is better than the others, all of whom are either “no” or “no comment” or “I’ll think about it.” Gabbard is the worst – she’s not only against voting in prison, but also against voting while on parole.
- What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?
An infuriating story by a Washington Post reporter who spent months researching a story about sexual harassment at 60 Minutes – only to have 60 Minutes successfully pressure her boss, Marty Baron (painted as a hero in the 2015 movie Spotlight) to leave 60 Minutes boss Jeff Fager out of the story.
- (134) The Man Who Set Up His Own Toll Road, Without Permission – YouTube
This was in the UK; as the video points out, it would be illegal to do it in the U.S..
- The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center | The New Yorker
The founder has been fired amid allegations of sexual abuse, racism, and just generally being a grifter. Written by a former SPLC staffer who thinks the SPLC does some good work, but also cons donors, takes in way more money than it needs or spends, and profits the people at the top.
- The problems with one-size-fits-all laws on opioid prescriptions – The Washington Post
- ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: The Equal Pay Day 2019. Where Echidne Dons Her Economist’s Hat And Fixes Mistakes in Beliefs
The mistaken beliefs are roughly divided into “discrimination is everything” and “discrimination is nothing.” Thanks to Mandolin for the link.
- Vertical Panoramic Photographs of New York Churches
These are simply amazing.
- One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines | WIRED
Although the moral scolds who’d rather see people dead than high are less powerful in Canada than in the U.S., this is still a cutting-edge idea even in Canada. Vending machines aside, the interventions that seem to have the most potential are all focused on improving supply, in one way or another, rather than on reducing demand.
- I find this short video of a Chimpanzee fluently browsing videos on a smartphone just fascinating.
- The Boarding Houses that Built America | The American Conservative
I lean towards agreeing with this article, but I wish the writer had been specific about which regulations preventing boarding houses and SROs from returning he would like to see repealed, and if repealing them would have any bad effects. In other words, is this a case where Chesterson’s Fence applies?
- The outlook for the Portland housing market | City Observatory
Portland is building many new residences, and rent – if not exactly falling – has stopped rising. At least, according to the graphs on this page.
- The Sexualized Messages Dress Codes are Sending to Students
- Barcelona School Commission Evaluates 600 Children’s Books for Sexist Content | Smart News | Smithsonian
They removed about two hundred of the books, which are for age 6 and under, from school library shelves.
- Rowan Atkinson: Welcome to Hell – YouTube
Just a stand-up routine I enjoyed. Atkinson starred in one of my favorite TV shows ever, “Black Adder.”
- Putting Numbers in Context: A Winnable Battle Our Side Doesn’t Want to Fight | Dean Baker on Patreon
A very simple and, I think, pretty irrefutable idea: News should report budget numbers as a percentage of the budget along with dollar amounts, rather than just reporting amounts.
- The Computer Scientist Who Wants to Put a Name to Every Face in Civil War Photographs | Innovation | Smithsonian
It’s pretty neat – they’re using a combination of facial recognition software and crowd-sourcing. Despite the headline, it seems impossible to me that they’ll be able to put a name to every face, but they’ll certainly put names to a lot of faces.
- Anita Hill deserves better than Joe Biden’s excuses.
- Pussy – Gwen Benaway
“Latest essay from me: on my pussy, my life as a post op trans girl, and the “real” problem with Andrea Long Chu’s recent op ed on her surgery.” Thoughtful and gorgeously written.
- Gender Critical | ContraPoints – YouTube
“Denying trans people their gender identity because “abolish gender” is like denying citizenship to immigrants because “abolish borders.” You’re targeting the people who are the most vulnerable under the present system, and then leveraging that system against them, under the pretense of abolishing it.”
- For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved. – The Washington Post
Actually, I think the mystery is only partly solved. I mean, where did the shipping container come from, exactly? Did no one notice a shipping container full of Garfield telephones had gone missing?
- College admissions scandal: a modest proposal to fix admissions – Vox
Rather than make wealthy parents pay insane prices for illegal means to get their kids admitted, set aside “rich kids” slots to be sold to the highest bidder, and use the proceeds to pay for more poor kids attending elite schools.
- Latino outreach or Google Translate? 2020 Dem candidates bungle Spanish websites
- ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: Christopher Ingraham on the Sex Dearth Among Young Americans
I didn’t realize that how the now-famous graphs were calculated is not publicly available. That might not mean anything, but it’s less than ideal. Anyway, yeah, the incel interpretation of the sex dearth really makes no sense.
- Food and Diabetes, or, People are Weird | Kelly Thinks Too Much
Thanks to Mandolin for the link.
- #MarALard*ss and the Left’s Fat Problem – Your Fat Friend – Medium
Content warning: Anti-fat sneers from the left, both aimed at Trump and in general. “We talk about calories in, calories out like we talk about poor people saving money. We assume that we could outwit poverty, outsmart our own bodies. Suddenly, we become so deeply conservative.”
- Evaluating James Damore’s Google Gender Diversity Memo on the Merits
- The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous – The Atlantic – Pocket
There are more effective treatments – but they have trouble gaining traction, because everyone has heard that AA’s model is the only way. (Content warning for a brief fatphobic comment.)
- The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black
In case you thought Canada was better.
- The photos at the top and bottom of this post came from Dancers Among Us, by Jordan Matter.
- Trump’s absurd threat to close the Mexican border “if the drugs don’t stop” – Vox
Trump is more brazenly awful on this, but his tough-on-drugs stop-the-flow position is the mainstream of American policymakers in both parties. Drug policy is an area where puritanism and faux-macho posturing rule.
- Why some US cities are opening safe spaces for injecting heroin – Vox
The Trump administration is threatening (and in one case taking) legal action.
- 8 Reasons Why Insulin is so Outrageously Expensive – T1International
Did you know it’s legal for a pharmaceutical company to pay a competitor to not sell a competing drug? I didn’t. That really doesn’t seem like it should be legal.
- (137) The Great Tragedy of the Buffy HD Remaster – YouTube
I mean, not an important issue, obviously. But it really is impressive how badly Fox screwed this up. I’m very glad I have the DVDs from before this was made. Perhaps now that Buffy, like nearly all other franchises, is owned by Disney, there will be a better remaster done.
- Trump pushed to close El Paso border, told admin officials to resume family separations and agents not to admit migrants – CNNPolitics
“After the President left the room, agents sought further advice from their leaders, who told them they were not giving them that direction and if they did what the President said they would take on personal liability.”
- Trump Administration Grants Waiver To Law To Miracle Hill Foster Agency, Which Turns Away Catholics and Jews
- How Not to Have a Constructive Debate | The New Republic
“The left is often criticized for shutting down debate. But is productive debate even possible when we can’t agree on the terms?” Thanks to nobody for the link!
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