- Mandate the Covid-19 vaccine, not masks – Vox
“The federal government could require vaccination for its own employees, as President Joe Biden is reportedly considering, and offer incentives, financial or otherwise, for others to do the same. Local and state governments could require vaccines for their employees, health care workers, schools, and public spaces, from restaurants to museums. Even without any government support, private organizations could act alone, requiring vaccinations for their employees and, ultimately, proof of vaccination for anyone on their premises.” Edited to add: Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal – Vox
- Opinion | Generation labels mean nothing. It’s time to retire them. – The Washington Post (and an alternative link).
“…measuring and describing social change is essential, and it can be useful to analyze the historical period in which people were born and raised. People should write books and articles on these topics. But drawing arbitrary lines between birth years and slapping names on them isn’t helping.”
- “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian draws specific details from my life.
Interesting essay by the woman who the viral short story was partly based on.
- Amanda Knox: Does My Name Belong To Me?
Kind of an interesting comparison to the Cat Person link above. Knox, through no fault of her own, is famous for a murder where no one remembers the name of either the victim or the killer. Now there’s yet another movie based on her life, and publicizing with her name, without consulting her at all.
- LA Wi spa anti-trans protest: How an apparent hoax created real violence.
A transphobic hoax (about a made-up trans woman changing in front of made-up children) led to a transphobic protestor stabbing two people – a counterprotester and also one of his allies.
- Critical race theory battles are driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs
“In Eureka, Missouri, the only Black woman in the Rockwood School District’s administration resigned from her position as diversity coordinator after threats of violence grew so severe that the district hired private security to patrol her house.”
- Christopher Rufo and the Critical Race Theory Moral Panic
An article about the right-wing journalist most responsible for creating the CRT booga-booga hysteria.
- Burger King workers in Nebraska depart and leave message on outdoor billboard: “We all quit”
Good for them!
- Lyme disease vaccine: the frustrating reason there isn’t one for humans – Vox
The answer is, there is a vaccine for Lyme disease. It’s safe and it works. But anti-Vax hysteria drove it from the market, and now no pharm company wants to touch it. Honestly, of all the things people are okay with free speech being limited for – the sex trades, copyright issues, libel, etc – I think one of the strongest cases can be made for banning or publishing anti-vax ideas outside of a list of accredited peer-reviewed journals. Would it have costs? Yes. But the alternative isn’t “no costs,” but hundreds of thousands of people needlessly suffering illness or death, and everyone being less safe.
- Loki was a trans story. The Marvel show played with gender… | by Katelyn Burns | Jul, 2021 | Medium
I enjoyed Loki. I wasn’t as excited by it as I was by Wandavision, but I thought it stuck the landing better.
- Trans kids in the US were seeking treatment decades before today’s political battles over access to health care
- Two classes of trans kids are emerging – those who have access to puberty blockers, and those who don’t
- Why Statistics Don’t Capture The Full Extent Of The Systemic Bias In Policing | FiveThirtyEight
- Spotify Has Changed The Way We’ll Be Losing Our Music Libraries – The Atlantic
But all forms of music libraries have always gotten lost – think of how hard it is to play LPs, let alone cassette tapes, let alone 8-tracks.
- People in Missouri are wearing disguises to secretly get vaccinated: doctor – Raw Story
This is perfectly normal.
- This link farm is decorated by a mini-gallery of comic book covers by British cartoonist Brian Bolland.
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