Open Thread and Link Farm, Oh Fishy Fishy Fishy Fish Edition
- Treasury Secretary Warren? Progressives Line Up to Press Their Agenda on Biden – The New York Times. And an alternate link.
“But as they adjust to the possible new reality of divided government, many progressive groups and leaders are focusing their attention on Mr. Biden’s executive branch appointments with intense urgency, viewing these positions as gatekeepers, in effect, for vast numbers of policy.”
- Why Trump and Republicans Are Undermining Democracy
- My Son is No Sex Offender – Persuasion
“But like hundreds of thousands, he is unjustly trapped on the registry.”
- Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate sues Netflix for giving Sherlock Holmes too many feelings – The Passive Voice
Their theory is that, although the Sherlock character is public domain, Doyle didn’t develop Sherlock’s emotions until the later stories, which are not yet in the public domain; therefore a Sherlock with emotions is a violation of their copyright. (Although, needless to say, they have created nothing.)
- The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states – Vox
- The Only Time The Oscars Ended Early
Turns out that ending early is a mistake. But also a great story.
- Is Plastic Recycling A Lie?
- The Curse of Monster Island: an experiment in unmoderated free speech – The Skeptic
The horrible people you attract might be even more horrible than you’re imagining.
- People’s Savings Are Down To $0 Because Of The Pandemic
“Even people who built rainy day funds over years are watching their savings run down to zero, with no relief from the government in sight.”
- A short essay about Xander from Buffy, the episode “The Zeppo,” and trans masculinity.
“The Zeppo” is one of my favorite episodes, and I’ve seen it many times, so I love reading some thoughts on it that I haven’t even considered. (Probably because I’m cis.)
- How to address police “testilying.”
Police routinely lie and never face consequences. And it’s unclear how to change that.
- All U.S. Residents Deserve to Vote, Not Just Citizens
Including immigrants, documented or not.
- Was Nazi Germany Everyone’s Fault? – Pacific Standard
I’ve heard many arguments that the Nazis were widely supported by ordinary Germans, so reading a counter-argument is interesting.
- 5 Ways Weight Stigma Harms Fat People’s Health | The Mighty
- The magical thinking of guys who love logic | The Outline
” Calling your opinions and feelings ‘rational,’ as opposed to the ‘irrational’ opinions and feelings of others, is a shortcut to boosting your self-esteem. And it’s certainly not as though this tendency is unique to reactionaries; I think we’re all prone to this sometimes.”
- When YouTube Red-Pills the Love of Your Life
This article is referenced in the above article, but the reference isn’t totally accurate. I wonder how common these relationships are. That some redpilled guys have produced “guides” to converting girlfriends and wives to redpill ideology is disturbing.
- G.O.P.-Appointed Judges Threaten Democracy, Liberals Seeking Court Expansion Say – The New York Times. And an alternate link.
“Republican appointees interpreted the law in a way that impeded ballot access 80 percent of the time, versus 37 percent for Democratic ones. The numbers were even more stark when limited to judges appointed by President Trump, who has had tremendous success at rapidly reshaping the judiciary. Of 60 rulings in election-related cases, 85 percent were “anti-democracy” according to the analysis.”
- ‘We’re like athletes’: the secret lives of giant-vegetable growers | Vegetables | The Guardian
I think, but I’m not sure, that I have Mandolin to thank for this link.
- A bunch of people over the years have asked why on earth Democrats oppose Voter ID. Here’s a succinct explanation (including references) on Twitter, and in case the Twitter copy doesn’t persist, here’s another copy.
- Donald Trump Didn’t Really Win 52% of White Women in 2016 | Time
“…the percentage of white women who voted for Trump was actually 47%, compared to 45% for Clinton. That’s still a plurality… But it’s essentially a tie, which makes for a very different story than a 9-point margin for Trump.”
- What happened to that ‘blue wave’? – The Washington Post. And an alternative link.
” Republican presidents going back to Eisenhower have systematically invested in their party’s organizational capacities at the national, state and local levels: funding local party-building initiatives, assiduously recruiting activists, volunteers, and candidates, teaching campaign techniques, and launching fundraising systems. Democratic presidents, in contrast, have repeatedly emphasized enacting policies over party-building.”
- Why the First Monument of Real Women in Central Park Matters—and Why It’s Controversial | Smithsonian Magazine
The process of making the statue – which depicts Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fourteen feet high – was interesting. Originally it was just Anthony and Stanton depicted; after objections to the whiteness, Truth was added in, and after further objections, Truth was made to be active rather than just listening. I favor all that, but some (not all) of the objections remaining – like that the three of them probably never literally planned together atthe same table – seem silly to me.
- I adore this AP photo of the sculptor working on the statue.
- Here’s a double-page fight scene from issue three of the current “Black Widow” comic. Art by Elena Casagrande, colors by Jordie Bellaire. And here’s a twitter thread where I discuss why I like this spread so much. (The reproduction of the art in the twitter thread is low-res and some important details are lost, which is why I included a separate link to the art).
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