- How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community – The New York Times (And an alternative link, although the fancy photo intro won’t work there.)
Printing out small but solid houses to be affordable housing in Mexico. Interesting!
- She Supported Her Child Being Trans. So They Were Separated.
This is fucking enraging – and is where the campaign against best-practice medical treatment for trans kids leads. “A 2019 Family Court Review analysis of ten cases involving mothers who affirmed their child’s nonconforming identity found that, in four of the cases, mothers lost physical or legal custody of their children.”
- A Michigan woman tried to hire an assassin online at RentAHitman.com. Now, she’s going to prison. – The Washington Post
“The bogus website has led to the conviction of multiple people who tried to hire professional killers online…. he’s still a little dumbfounded people don’t realize his site is bogus.” (The site itself is pretty funny.)
- Dear Isis: An open letter from Gabrielle Union apologizing to her “Bring It On” character.
- Lucky, Alice Sebold’s memoir about her rape, is even more brutal to read now that Anthony Broadwater has been exonerated.
/”…it’s not the responsibility of a traumatized rape victim to fairly investigate and prosecute the person who assaulted her. That is the duty of the police and prosecutors, who failed both Sebold and Broadwater at every stage, from the moment she first reported the crime to the moment he was convicted.”
- The ugly origins of the “War on Christmas”
“The so-called “War on Christmas” began more than a century ago. Remember Henry Ford?”
- Workers Are Using ‘Mouse Movers’ So They Can Use the Bathroom in Peace
I was very confused by this headline until I realized they meant computer mice.
- The Troubling Obsession With Political “Tribalism” | The New Republic
- Liberals Never Cared About Substantive Criminal Justice Reform, They Just Liked Slogans
“No matter how many charts and graphs wonks throw at you, remember that the U.S. is already the most incarcerated population on Earth and continues to have one of the highest crime rates among rich countries, including, by far, the highest homicide rate. “
- The Great ‘West Side Story’ Debate – The New York Times (And an alternate link.)
A roundtable-style discussion of West Side Story, focusing on how the musical depicts Puerto Ricans. (This was conducted prior to the new movie’s release.)
- Where Is The Comma In “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Supposed To Go? – YouTube
A short (2 minutes 45 seconds), funny video.
- Lies, Damn Lies and ‘Self-Censorship’ Statistics
“Another pretended to find that 80% of college students were self-censoring but only got to that figure by counting up everyone who didn’t answer that they had literally never had an opinion they didn’t express.”
- The Conditional Be in African-American English
I hadn’t known about the “conditional be,” but it makes a lot of sense. “She showed the kids a picture in which Cookie Monster is sick in bed with no cookies while Elmo stands nearby eating cookies. When she asked, “Who be eating cookies?” white kids tended to point to Elmo while black kids chose Cookie Monster. “But,” Jackson relates, “when I asked, ‘Who is eating cookies?’ the black kids understood that it was Elmo and that it was not the same.”
- Saving Democracy Will Require Institutional and Civil Resistance at All Levels | Washington Monthly
“Blue America needs to start thinking about and planning for what “Break glass in case of emergency” measures look like—because it’s more likely a matter of when, not if. It not only can happen here; it probably will happen here.” I was disappointed that the article didn’t actually do any of the thinking of what the measures “look like” it calls for?
- Has Sexual Harassment at Work Decreased Since #MeToo?
A before-and-after survey suggests that workplace sexual harassment has decreased, but other forms of workplace misogyny may have increased.
- Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever
“It’s as though someone had read about food and restaurants, but had never experienced either, and this was their attempt to recreate it.” The highlight, I think, was a foam served in a plaster model of the chef’s open mouth, with no utensils; you’re supposed to lick the foam out.
- And then scroll to the bottom of this page to read the chef’s response, which includes asking “what is food?”
- Dollar Street.
Fascinating website, using thousands of photos to show what actual daily life looks like for people on different incomes in different parts of the world. You can pick a family and go in depth on their lifestyle, or pick a feature – “what do kids’ toys look like?” – and look at that feature across many families. Very interesting to just click around in.
- What Philadelphia Reveals About America’s Homicide Surge — ProPublica
Extremely good, but a long read.
- The Best Obituary I’ll Read All Year Probably – Fayetteville Observer
“A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday…”
- We Need to Pack the Supreme Court Now | Time (And an alternate link.)
“I spent the last seven months on President Biden’s Supreme Court commission, talking, listening, and sometimes arguing with experts from a variety of legal backgrounds—activists, professors, and former judges. I went into the process thinking that the system was working but that improvements were possible. I came out scared.”
- Texas AG Paxton’s $2.2M voter fraud unit closed three cases in 2021. GOP lawmakers still boosted its budget.
It’s only the taxpayer’s money, after all, why not spend millions of dollars on a politically beneficial snipe hunt?
- Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out — ProPublica
Horrifying. ““They told us to make you stop or we are all in trouble,” his parents said. Then other Chinese students at Purdue began hounding him, calling him a CIA agent and threatening to report him to the embassy and the MSS.”
- The art of Aphantasia: how “mind blind” artists create without being able to visualise
I also have aphantasia, and found Glen Keane’s description of how he draws without having a “mind’s eye” to be very accurate. (Although sadly, I don’t draw nearly as well as Keane.)
- Photos by Jessica Favaro and jean wimmerlin on Unsplash.
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