Honestly, I should have posted this ages ago – much of this now seems out of date. But on the other hand, maybe a mostly coronavirus-free list of stuff to read will be a relief to some?
- Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.) – The New York Times. (And an alternate link.)
- The Middle East Isn’t Worth It Anymore – WSJ
A former U.S. ambassador to Israel argues that the US doesn’t have many vital interests at stake in the middle east anymore, but our policy hasn’t changed to reflect that.
- People First Language is a Problem, Not A Solution, For Fat People – Dances With Fat
Thanks to Mandolin for the link.
- A Black Market for Life-Saving Insulin Thrives on Social Media | OneZero
What’s really nice about this is that it’s not a money market, for the most part. It’s people helping people out with their extra bits of insulin.
- Opinion | Why Democrats Still Have to Appeal to the Center, but Republicans Don’t – The New York Times. (Alternate link.)
We’re facing a plausible future where Republicans will be able to control the government with just 30% of the popular vote.
- Republicans push to weaken court that caught them rigging elections | US news | The Guardian
They will do anything to avoid having to win elections by getting the support of a majority of voters.
- The Debate Link: Technically, Any Number of Seconds Can Be Split Any Number of Times
A darkly amusing note about the “split second decision” metric used to defend police officers.
- Billy Joel Plays “Piano Man” for the First Time At the Bar He Based the Song On – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
- The “perfect storm” behind the recent college closings in New England | Boston.comAs incomes fail to rise, and as there are fewer high school graduates, small colleges will close in coming years. This will also be bad for small towns where the economy depends on the local college existing.
- States with unified GOP control spend more on higher education when there is an overrepresentation of white students and less when there is not.
- Portion of US border wall in California falls over in high winds and lands on Mexican side – CNNPolitics
This was a new portion of the wall – apparently the concrete foundation had not finished curing. Or maybe it was God’s judgement. Hard to say. (Just kidding, it’s easy to say, I’m an atheist.)
- A local theater played a program of all of 2020’s Oscar-nominated live action and animated films. A lot of them were very good, but I think my favorite was The Neighbors’ Window. Of the animated movies, I think my favorite was Mémorable, but unfortunately I can’t find a copy of that online with english subtitles.
- American Dirt controversy: How it happened and what publishers have learned.
I thought this was interesting: “But the most common take on the American Dirt fiasco is that it resulted from Flatiron’s hubristic failure in what the industry refers to as “positioning”—that is, communicating the genre a house considers a new book to fit into.” In this theory, by positioning and marketing the book as a serious social commentary, rather than as a light thriller, the publishers invited a kind of scrutiny the book couldn’t withstand.
- GOP lawmaker can’t identify where the constitution says socialists ‘either go to prison or are shot’ – Raw Story
How is this not an Onion headline?
- CityLab Daily: There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood – CityLab
Dangerous violence in cities is concentrated with a tiny portion of the population.
- State-federal task forces are out of control – The Washington Post
An FBI agent and a state officer jointly beat the crap out of an innocent man. But they’re incredibly hard to sue, because they effectively claim that they’re a Federal task force when sued under state law, but a state task force when sued under Federal law.
- America’s monopoly and antitrust problem, explained by your internet bill – Vox
- To Dream of a Jewish President | The New Republic
Inspired by Talmudic approaches, this article examines what it would mean if Bernie wins and we have a Jewish president.
- The top and bottom images are paintings by the French street artist Seth, whose work is as playful (and sometimes as dark) as childhood itself.