Open Thread and Link Farm, Keep Yer Damned Mask On Edition

  1. The naming of dogs – language: a feminist guide
    The names we choose for children, and for dogs, are gendered – but in opposite ways. (Thanks to Mandolin for the link.)
  2. Instacart Shoppers Will Stage Nationwide Strike
    Instacart shoppers are asking customers to delete the instacart app entirely (#DeleteInstacart). I’m looking into Dumpling as a possible more ethical alternative.
  3. The Limitations of FIRE’s Database | Just Visiting
    FIRE’s exclusions tend to give a pass to right-wing attacks on academic speech. “The database also does not include incidents such as Boise State University suspending dozens of sections of a diversity and equity course over a report of bias against a white student that it turns out did not happen. It does not include mention of the recent vote by the University of Nebraska regents on a resolution to ban the teaching of critical race theory.”
  4. If You Think Progressives Won’t Compromise with Centrists, You Have It Backwards
    Written by uber-centrist Jonathan Chait.
  5. The Actual Human Stakes of the Reconciliation Bill Are Being Ignored in Favor of “Left vs Moderate’ Horse Race Coverage – by Adam Johnson – The Column
  6. Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually. Smart growth policies may be the answer. | USAPP
  7. Review: Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ Netflix Comedy Review
    “It’s too on the nose that in this analogy a person only joins one group at a time. These intersections are blind spots for Dave. He speaks about Black and queer struggles as if they are strictly in competition, not always entangled.”
  8. Victory for WMU Student Athletes with Religious Objections to Vaccination – Reason.com
    But it seems to me, reading the ruling, that all the university has to do is stop offering religious exemptions, and the reasons for ruling for the students will evaporate.
  9. A Tale of Two Resignations | Daily Nous
    “Two philosophy professors recently announced their resignations from their respective universities. Both say that their administrations failed to adequately defend their freedoms and protect them from harassment and threats. But there are some differences between the stories that affect what might be learned from them.”
  10. COVID-19 Killed My Husband in Jail. So Did Democrats’ Indifference ❧ Current Affairs
  11. Four Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge. — ProPublica
    This story is simply infuriating. “They would eventually estimate that kids had been wrongly arrested 500 times. And that was just for kids arrested by the sheriff’s office. This estimate didn’t account for other law enforcement agencies in the county… As for how many times the juvenile detention center had improperly locked up kids through its “filter system,” the lawyers estimated that number at 1,500.”
  12. Sesame Street Is Part of the Prison Industrial Complex Now
    Sesame Street has formed a partnership with a really scummy profiting-from-prisons corporation to make videos for kids of prisoners. The making videos part is fine, but…
  13. Murders spiked in 2020. More police is not the solution.
    “Even if more police reduce crime, given its various collateral costs—and benefits!—is policing the best place to spend another dollar? One study suggests that a dollar spent on policing reduces crime by ~$1.60—which may seem effective, until we note that a different study indicated that a dollar spent on drug treatment reduced the social costs of just crime by ~$4—on top of the health benefits of treatment…”
  14. Photos accompanying this link farm are by Pascal Riben and Deleece Cook.

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4 Responses to Open Thread and Link Farm, Keep Yer Damned Mask On Edition

  1. 1
    Elkins says:

    I am utterly enamored of the two photographers you’ve showcased here.

    Also of Unsplash in general, which was not a website I’d known about until now.

  2. 2
    Kate says:

    Why did excess mortality in the USA in 2020 rise more among young adults than among the cohorts that accounted for almost all COVID deaths?, at Lawyers, Guns and Money

    The post suggests that 15-20% of the rise in death among young people might be attributable to the increase in homicide. Some other possiblities kicked around in comments were, traffic fatalities, drug overdoses and workplace fatalities (due to lax enforcement at OSHA under Trump). All have risen (suicide was mentioned, but appears to have remained steady).
    Violent crime overall went up only 5%, as murder went up 30% (a figure which brings us nowhere near the levels we were at when crime was highest in the early 1990’s, BTW). One contributing factor might be that overwhelmed hospitals were unable to treat gunshot victims (or chose not to prioritized them), so what would have been classed as assault became homicide. It will be interesting to see how murder rates track with locations overwhelmed by COVID.
    This may also have been a factor in traffic accidents, but speed on empty roads was probably the main culprit here (along with people driving very long distances to avoid air travel during the pandemic).

  3. 3
    Jacqueline Onassis Squid says:

    As I wrote elsewhere…

    Chappelle is one of the best stand-up comedians of my lifetime. He’s also always been an anti-LGBTQ bigot. He’s just become more and more blatant about it over time to the point that he doesn’t actually make jokes about the subject any more. He just states his bigotry and hate and thinks that it’s funny. He’s wrong.

    Fuck that guy.

  4. 4
    David Speyer says:

    A CS Lewis quote that I always think of when dealing with bigoted comedy:

    “Cruelty is shameful – unless the cruel man can represent it as a practical joke. A thousand bawdy or even blasphemous, jokes do not help towards a man’s damnation so much as his discovery that almost anything he wants to do can be done, not only without the disapproval but with the admiration of his fellows, if only it can get itself treated as a Joke.”

    From the Screwtape Letters, Chapter XI.

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