Link Farm and Open Thread, Squirrel Face Edition
- My friend PH Lee’s short story Just Enough Rain has been nominated for a Nebula Award! Congrats, Lee!
- Millions of Angry, Armed Americans Stand Ready to Seize Power If Trump Loses in 2024
Disturbing. Not surprising, but disturbing.
- Transgender Teens and Their Families Prepare to Flee Texas – Mother Jones
“But even if families manage to avoid a knock on the door from child protective services, many worry that the governor’s directive could fuel anti-transgender sentiment and harassment in their communities or discourage doctors from prescribing medically necessary treatments.”
- Idaho legislation infringes on transgender youth, families | Idaho Statesman
“If you want to live in a state that controls you, that removes your choice, that tells you how to raise your children, a state that inserts itself into your family’s private medical decisions, then maybe you should support HB 675, a bill that criminalizes medical experts for providing care to my transgender child. This bill puts politics over the health and well-being of my family and turns my beautiful and thriving daughter into a political prop.”
- Telltale Signs of Democratic Backsliding
“So how can we tell whether a country is likely to experience, or already is experiencing, democratic backsliding? Fortunately, enough research has been done to help us identify key telltale signs…”
- Hamilton Flays the Filibuster (and Slams the Senate) | The New Yorker
Mainly quotes from Federalist no 22. See also.
- The Shameful Final Grievance of the Declaration of Independence
The revolution wasn’t only an effort to establish independence from the British—it was also a push to preserve slavery and suppress Native American resistance.
- ‘I Lost Everything’: More Than 160 Former Hertz Customers Are Suing Company Over Claims It Falsified Stolen Car Reports, Landing Some Drivers In Jail
Hat tip to Gay and Tonic.
- What would artificial wombs mean for humans?
Includes a list of “Ten things that were basic, regular, near-universal experiences for most people in the world’s most technologically advanced societies just four decades ago, all of which are either rare or almost unimaginable today.” And that list could be a lot longer, of course.
- In Higher Education, New Educational Gag Orders Would Exert Unprecedented Control Over College Teaching – PEN America
- “I loathe these people”: Rick and Morty creator’s backlash against TV’s bad fans | Television | The Guardian
- What are words worth? Thoughts on the pardoning of witches – language: a feminist guide
I think I disagree with one premise of the article – I don’t think that a “pardon” carries with it an assumption of guilt, since legally people can be pardoned because they are innocent. (For example). But it’s an interesting article that covers a lot more ground than my nit-pick with one premise. (Thanks to Mandolin).
- All the King’s Women: the Fats – Fantasy Magazine
“Stephen King hates fat people.”
- #MeToo: Eric Schneiderman Says He’s Changed. Is It Enough?
Medium-long, frustrating article about Schneiderman’s post-#MeToo life, including his ongoing conversations with a friend, herself a survivor of sexual violence, who has been trying to make him understand the harms he caused.
- The Strangely Tangled Legal Battle Over a Series of Shark Sculptures Near the Antepavillion in London
The video is very entertaining. I am on the shark’s side.
- Men experience body image issues, too — and this actor says it’s time to talk about it | CBC Radio
The article begins with the actor, but wanders away and is actually about male body image, especially for older men. “But research shows that men now receive more cultural messages than they have in the past about retaining lean, muscular physiques as they grow older, she said. However, because men are also socially conditioned to be stoic and not emotionally expressive, they don’t talk about body image much…”
- Biden’s economic message doesn’t really matter | by Katelyn Burns | Feb, 2022 | Medium
“…it’s laughably absurd to believe that rural Republicans are storming school board meetings, and vandalizing their liberal neighbors’ property because of ‘defund the police.'”
- Two Teenagers Were Fighting. Only the Black One Was Handcuffed. – The New York Times (And an alternate link).
The video is very clear. By the time the cops arrived, the bigger, white boy was on top; they put the white boy on a sofa while they tackled and handcuffed the black boy.
- Rikers Guards Are Punishing Inmates Who Speak Out
There’s probably no group in the US whose free speech is as routinely smashed as prisoners. For every story like this that gets reported, there’s no way of knowing how many prisoners were more successfully silenced.
- “He Died Like an Animal”: Some Police Departments Hogtie People Despite Knowing The Risks | The Marshall Project
- No, the war in Ukraine wasn’t because of pronouns | by Katelyn Burns | Feb, 2022 | Medium
“So if an obsession with pronouns makes a group of people weak, the evidence here is that the far right is the weakest among us, and it’s not even close.”
- Florida House passes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill
“This bill goes way beyond the text on its page. It sends a terrible message to our youth that there is something so wrong, so inappropriate, so dangerous about this topic that we have to censor it from classroom instruction.” … “…in less than two months this year, conservative state legislators have filed more than 170 anti-LGBTQ bills.”
- EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn’t hurt sales | Engadget
It’s a 2017 article, but it was news to me, so…
- Wyoming Senate Votes to Defund Gender and Women’s Studies
It still has to get through the Wyoming House, however. In the past a law like this would be unequivocally unconstitutional; I honestly don’t know if the current Supreme Court would agree, if it comes to that.
- Opinion | War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies – The New York Times (And an alternative link).
- In Missouri, Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman proposes abortion law to stop women from accessing abortions out of state – The Washington Post
It’s a variation on Texas’ new anti-abortion law; it gives Missouri residents the ability to sue people in other states if they in any way assist someone from Missouri’s abortion.
- The Short, Strange, Very Predictable Story of Caroline Calloway’s Snake Oil
She sounds like someone who’s found a niche that is simultaneously perfect for and incredibly unhealthy for her. There’s something very funny about people angry because they paid for a product called “Snake Oil” and were scammed.
- A Vast Web of Vengeance – The New York Times (Alternate link.)
A sixty-year-old Canadian women uses the internet to get revenge on dozens of innocent people, many of whom she’s never met, and she’s surprisingly and horribly effective at it.
- The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism | The New Republic
“Slippery slope thinking, fallacious to most, is the reactionary liberal’s primary means of understanding the world around them, and their tendency to catastrophize produces a state of alarm about the spread of dangerous ideas as constant and hysterical as the stereotypical liberal arts student’s. Thus, White Fragility, the widely criticized and lampooned book by social justice educator Robin DiAngelo, can be characterized by Matt Taibbi as not merely counterproductive, misguided, or even harmful but actually “Hitlerian.””
- Opinion | Who Should Be Allowed to Transition? – The New York Times
“Far from accidental, this stereotyping was one of the early aims of the gatekeeping model: to ensure that only people who could “pass” would be allowed to transition. … Conventional attractiveness — and gender conformity — became a proxy for successful transition, a bias that still shows up today.”
- The Migrant Workers Who Follow Climate Disasters | The New Yorker
“Gonzalez is part of a new transitory workforce, made up largely of immigrants, many undocumented, who follow climate disasters around the country the way agricultural workers follow crops, helping communities rebuild.”
- The photos accompanying this link farm are by Steven Weeks and Semyon Borisov on Unsplash
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