I just realized it’s been decades since I’ve heard “male chauvinist pig” used in casual conversation ...
Guardian.UK: Native American artefacts sold for £1m in France.
Wrong. Many tribes are still in the process of reconstructing their past, after the failed ‘Americanizing’ policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any and all relics help them in this process. The Hopi have a particularly hard row to hoe; their small reservation was surrounded by the US Government’s various grants to the Navajo (one of the Hopi’s traditional enemies). I wish this sale had not occurred. It may be right in law, but not in ethics.
Metafilter: Is the Affordable Care Act a ‘Republican’ Health Plan?
Apparently hyperbole. The individual mandate is shared by the Heritage Foundation concept, little else. Perhaps that explains the Roberts/Supreme Court opinion. The comment thread on this one is less helpful than usual.
The Observer.UK: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’.
A worthy read. I believe the only way to cure this is on the micro-level. Almost to the point of having local community ‘debates’ about politics, where everyone can listen, shout, gesticulate, foam at the mouth … and perhaps a more reasonable future can be realized. The question is, how to arrange such a device.
Death and Taxes: Google is now funding numerous Tea Party groups.
The New Yorker/Postscript: Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.
Design You Trust: 83-Year-old Man Lives in Makeshift VW Beetle.
Makes me feel ashamed for believing I’ve got a rough life at times.
Youtube: NMELC/NM Copper Rule Video.
Hey, I know a lot o’ these people. Some backstory here, courtesy of the SF New Mexican. Debate the ‘logic’ of allowing groundwater pollution in a state that is still experiencing record-setting drought … if you can. Lined pits should be the law, at the very least. As we’ve seen with industries in the past, it’s too easy to set up a shell corporation and then bankrupt it before the expensive cleanup is required, dumping it on taxpayers. It’s a very common ‘rerun’ we’ve lived through many times before. It would be nice if our politicians would get on our side, for once. At this rate, ‘slippery slope’ is very likely. Donate if you can. NMELC does a fantastic job opposing these kinds of things, but they need $$ to do so.
Appropriate Disclosure: NMELC is a client of mine; however I get no compensation for agreeing with their actions. Only for occasional codesmithing.
Guardian.UK: Black women should have the right to wear an afro.
Crazy people. Afros are great, perfectly acceptable anywhere.
WSJ: When Superstition Works.
“People who have both a high need for control and a sense of helplessness in a given situation — such as the straight-A perfectionist who didn’t have time to study for an exam — are the most likely to succumb to conditioned superstition.” One to read and remember. No wonder economically challenged folks are such easy marks.
NPR/code switch: Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs.
CNN Opinion: Young men, get a ‘yes’ text before sex.
Hmmm. Reading this, I wondered about the admissability of texts. Here. It seems they are, in combination with voicemails, geotagged metadata and browsing histories, becoming commonplace in the courtroom.
I suppose I fear that in all too many situations a pre-event ‘yes’ could very well end up a ‘no’ in person.
Guardian.UK: How can we end the male domination of philosophy?
On board until that last paragraph.
The Dish: Charity Can’t Replace Government.
Sad that anyone even needs to express this obvious fact.
NY Times: Albuquerque Rejects 20-Week Abortion Ban.
CNN: Lawmaker takes sledgehammer to Hawaii homeless’ cart.
And a Democrat, no less. Curing a disease by treating individual symptoms. Like that works … ri-ight.
naked cap: Walmart Has Thanksgiving Food Drive for its Own Needy Employees.
I remember a time when the Ways and Means Committee would have responded immediately to something like this. Elsewhere, I see people online lauding businesses for hiring homeless people. One must be careful to ask … “For how much per hour?” A pittance is not enough, though it seems to salve the ‘better than nothing’ crowd. Living wage, one hopes (desperately). We who can maintain an even financial keel have no conception of how significantly the system is tipped against those currently suffering in this economy.
McClatchy: Obama woos tribes, says he’ll visit Indian Country in 2014.
Words, words, words. The sequestration hurts. Actions, Mr P. Actions.
SF New Mexican: Folk Art Market to unveil new name, new ventures.
Hmmm. They need to consider how they lay out the Market. For the last two years, I’ve been hearing locals say it’s just too crowded and too hot, so they forego the experience. I try to encourage people to ride their bikes … makes getting in and out so much easier. No standing around in the heat for a bus. The Market even has a ‘bike concierge’.
DoubleMesh: Men Posing Like Motorcycle Models.
Some things you just wish you could unsee. But it needs to be expressed so we’re aware of how ridiculous some of these poses actually are, and how demeaning.
Related: There’s a ‘reality’ meme on Tumblr: you can tell if a woman actually rides the motorcycle she’s posing with by her footwear. Folks post all kinds of shots that percolate through on the regular ‘motorcycles’ and ‘vintage motorcycles’ hashtag searches - and it’s true. You can tell instantly. Nobody kickstarts a cafe racer with Louboutins — and you’d risk serious injury to try. But you’ll also realize there were a great deal of very happy motorcycling ladies in the past. [I wish I could point you, but when I want to find anything on Tumblr, their new search feature is just too limited. Experiment with some search terms, you’ll eventually find a couple.]
Bloomberg: How McDonald’s and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens.
“Both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are engaging in perfectly legal behavior. The system was set up long ago in ways that failed to imagine companies doing this. Yes, they are taking advantage of the taxpayer, but they are also operating within the law. Which means it is time to change those outdated rules.” The proposed solutions: raise the minimum wage, and charge back public assistance to the companies. Sounds excellent to me.
ProPublica: Coming in January: Obamacare Rate Shock Part Two.
“So many people may feel they have a grip on their premium costs and think they have reasonable coverage only to encounter unpleasant surprises in the form of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts.” Read that fine print before you go signing up for a specific plan, kids.
Raven Foundation: How a Pacifist Says Thank You on Veterans Day.
A year old - but still a worthy read. “For the pacifist, the battle is with the Empire of Violence that exists in every nation, in every ideology, indeed, in every human heart.”
Economist: Daily chart - Remembrance.
Most infographics take a couple of seconds to parse. This one takes a couple of minutes.
PS Mag: How the Patients Most in Need of Insurance Are Getting Squeezed.
“But as problems continue to bog down the federal health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, it’s an open question whether people in the risk pools can get a policy in time. ‘They are very frightened because many of them are undergoing chemotherapy or they’re on high-dollar drugs, and they need to make certain that they have coverage effective January 1.’” Because of the problems and the confusion, some have less than seven weeks now to get a policy. The site still isn’t working reliably, and accurate rates are apparently hard to come by, even when the site works properly. A recipe for financial disaster; is it any wonder people are slow to sign up? “Dear Mr President, an extension is the only humane solution.”