26NBC: Court says ‘upskirting’ is legal in Georgia.
Vox/Ezra Klein: Donald Trump’s nomination is the first time American politics has left me trul
We know all this. Our eyes have seen it, our ears have heard it, the queasiness in our guts confirm it. So why can’t anyone DO anything about it? That’s what we, the unbelieving, wonder.
Time: An Unhinged Republican Convention and the Nation’s Greatest Test.
Interesting to get Klein’s view. Esp. on the Benghazi ordeal - which echoes my own take.
Gawker: Video Shows Unarmed Black Man Pleading With Arms Raised Before Getting Shot by Police.
New Scientist: Let’s ditch the idea that only home-cooked food is good for kids.
“... home-made meals based on 408 bestselling cookbook recipes for infants and young children are not always healthier than ready meals and convenience products. In fact, on many measures they seemed less healthy: they tended to have a lower vegetable variety per meal and were more likely to exceed maximum recommendations for energy and fat content.” I used to enjoy Campbell’s chicken noodle soup as a kid, eventually making my own Mrs. Grass’ (with the oil/egg). I mean, come on. Lighten up. You’d think we were talking about infant formula (ducking swiftly) ...
PS Mag: How the Recent Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge Will Impact Law and Order Policing.
TPM: Violence, Blood and Betrayal inside the Trump Potemkin Village.
“He is a dangerous man for a dangerous moment.” Don’t usually post TPM, but this is a pretty reasonable take.
Vanity Fair: The Civil War that Could Doom the N.R.A.
Ripe for a new organization to disrupt, no?
Guardian.UK: Never Trump faction rebels on the floor of Republican convention - video.
Last comment heard on the video: “Did they just railroad us ... ?” Yep. Again, ignoring Roberts Rules of Order.
Later: Journalists removed? So much for the brash bragging about patriotism.
The Nation: As the GOP Convention Begins, Ohio Is Purging Tens of Thousands of Democratic Voters.
“ The fear is that voters who cast ballots in 2008 but have not participated since, particularly first-time voters for Obama, will show up in 2016 to find that they are no longer registered. Ohio has purged more voters over a 5-year period than any other state.” Every dirty trick in the book.
In These Times: Many Pro-Bernie Groups Still Don’t Trust Clinton. Here’s Their Plan.
“the bulk of People for Bernie’s efforts, Wong says, will be devoted to advocating for policies like single-payer health care and debt-free college that formed the core of Sanders’ platform—by holding Clinton accountable to the commitments she made during negotiations over the Democratic platform and pushing her to the left on issues where she and grassroots activists remain divided.” Well, that’s their only move at this point. Let’s hope they all stick to the agenda.
FishbowlNY: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Lively Celebrity Journalism Discussion.
“Jennifer, I wish you had spoken out earlier. I wish you hadn’t given all those interviews over the years where you described your diets and exercise regimen with the implication that we should all follow your lead if we wanted to be beautiful and acceptable.” Biting the hand ... ?
Little White Lies: Why do women make better film editors?
“Men tend to be a bit fragile when it comes to creativity and women have a tendency to be calm and steer things in the right direction.” A bit sexist, no? ‘Maternal guidance?’ Am I missing something here? Article sounds British. I believe both sexes bring different talents to the table - not based on tired stereotypes.
PS Blog: Photo Editors Weigh In on Jonathan Bachman’s Iconic Photo.
I post at the risk of overdoing. Remember it’s the issue, not the photo, one should be exercised about.
BBC: Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’.
SF New Mexican: Photographer reaches $50K settlement over state police stop.
“Pierre-Louis — who is 6-foot-2, African-American and now in his 50s — was pulled over and ordered to kneel while handcuffed on the pavement. The suspect who had allegedly pointed a gun at another man was later described by the victim as a 5-foot-2 Hispanic man in his 20s.”
SF New Mexican: Albuquerque police receive directive after Dallas shootings.
Two-up ... and nervous, methinks. Be nice, everyone.
NY Times: How America Heals After Dallas.
There have to be solutions other than ‘put three in the center of body mass’. How we’ve gotten to this point, I can’t fathom. Police training is clearly inadequate, civilian response unpredictable. I myself only recently learned (the hard way) that we’re supposed to keep our two hands on the steering wheel until the officer taps on the window. How I missed this all these years, bespeaks how others behave in unpredictable (to law enforcement) ways. Take your hands off the wheel, the officer will put their hands on their weapon. Given the last couple of days, you really, REALLY don’t want that.
Dissent: How the British Far Right Went Mainstream.
Saved for later reading; I can’t vouch for the opinions.
Guardian.UK/Opinion/Xeni Jardin: Why Muslims around the world made my tweet go viral.
MeFi: Elie Wiesel, born Sept 30, 1928 - died July 2, 2016.
I come out of ‘weekend mode’ to mark the great man’s passing.
The Nation: The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working.
If’n you wanna get mad.
BillMoyers:The Political Industrial Complex: Government of, by and for… Consultants!
“Of the more than $400 million into ‘independent expenditures’ to tout or troll candidates running for president and Congress this year, more than $500,000 has gone to pay consultants. Again, this does not include spending by dark money groups, which never have to disclose this level of detail about their expenditures. Who says politicians can’t create jobs?” My italic emphasis.
TechDirt: Texas Judge Indicted For Making Secret 10-Year Deal With Red Light Camera Co.
“Cameras have issued tickets to walls, parked vehicles, and many, many drivers obeying all traffic laws. Millions of dollars of refunds have been paid out by municipalities who once thought they’d have to do nothing more than sit back and let the cash roll in.” These things need to be removed from service. End of story. It would be just as fair to put a randomize script on the City’s events page, and send out bills.
New Yorker: The Politics of the Benghazi Report.
“Whether or not that is a tactical error for the Republicans, it is a loss for rational discourse.” By focusing on the tree, they lost the forest. A whole lot of 20/20 hindsight and armchair quarterbacking. No revelations.