BillMoyers: American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates.
Here’s a way to look at it. It’s only slightly more risky to have a baby in Iraq, than in Texas. 50 vs. 35.8 per 100,000. Sub-Saharan Africa still leads, with upwards of 300.
Vox: I arrived at my friend’s party. A few hours later she died, exactly as planned.
NY Review of Books: ‘Hot’ Sex & Young Girls, by Zoë Heller.
“It would be a salutary thing to have some old-school feminist pugnacity injected back into the culture.” Amen. Though I suspect a bitter backlash when the current generation starts to age and realizes all they gave up.
PS Mag: Here’s Why the Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA Over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe
Vox: Amber Heard did what abuse victims are “supposed” to do.
NPR: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?
“Back at James Madison University, Travis Rieder explains a PowerPoint graph that seems to offer hope. Bringing down global fertility by just half a child per woman ‘could be the thing that saves us’, he says.” Broadcast this one, far and wide.
Capital and Main: DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons.
“The DOJ’s decision is a testament to the long and tiring work of some of In the Public Interest’s closest allies, including Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch, ACLU, AFL-CIO, AFSC, AFSCME, Prison Legal News, Enlace, Justice Strategies, SEIU, Teamsters, CWA, AFGE, PICO, the Sentencing Project, Brave New Films, NAACP and many more.” Congratulations!
DebugMe: Sites Where Girls Can Learn to Code Online.
538: The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill.
Good news in the midst of mayhem.
College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
OneHeadlightInk: “Woman Walks Ahead” Casting Native American Children and Adults.
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
The Atlantic: Does ‘Economic Anxiety’ Explain Donald Trump?
NYT: Love. Labor. Lost.
Good God. Talk about overthinking things.
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
BillMoyers: Donald Trump Is Encouraging Intimidation and Racial Profiling at the Polls.
This could be interpreted as no-investment amateur Sturmabteilung (Perhaps a more familiar term: ‘Brownshirt’) tactics.
Eidolon: Re-Queering Sappho.
BillMoyers: Why Trump Is In Youngstown.
“While they cheer for Trump’s promise to build a wall and exclude Muslims, they forget that in the 1920s several towns in the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, elected mayors and city councils who were openly affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and who won their elections by fomenting fear and resentment of Catholic and Jewish immigrants who, they warned, could not be trusted because of their allegiance to the Pope or to Bolshevism and would drive down wages.” Those who do fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The Atlantic: A Conservative Entitlement Program for Paid Family Leave.
“... now a Republican-backed research group is going significantly beyond those plans and suggesting the kind of solution conservatives have rejected for years: a new entitlement program for the working poor.” Perhaps another sign of a more wide-ranging political ideology course-correction, to return to (what I consider) ‘center’ philosophies. We’ve been so far rightward for so long ... only those who can remember McGovern seem to recall what a real Democrat was. Don’t even start me on what a ‘moderate Republican’ used to be.
InTheseTimes: The Radicalism of Black Lives Matter.
DYT: ‘Underneath We Are Women’ Photo Series Features 100 Women In Lingerie.
NY Times Mag: Fractured Lands - How the Arab World Came Apart.
Allegedly 42,000 words. Take your time.
PS Mag: Twenty Years Ago, We Reformed Welfare.
“The program’s fixed block-grant structure meant it couldn’t respond to economic downturns by increasing aid. During the downturn — which was, lest you forget, the most severe economic slowdown in recent history — many states actually aggressively cut people from the welfare rolls in the face of budgetary pressures, reporting declines in their welfare caseloads.” Yeah, the Clintons should not brag about this. My fellow Dems know about the bait-and-switch of block grants. Well, if you oppose them now, you should not believe this is a feather in the Clinton cap. Never again.
Vox: A federal report just confirmed it: for-profit prisons are more dangerous than public ones.
Note, this is one of Gary Johnson’s bragging points. We haven’t been wild about their performance in NM, certainly.