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.
Slate: The United States of Debt looks into rising health care costs.
KOB: Restaurant selling ‘Black Olives Matters’ shirts following social media backlash.
And you thought “All Lives Matter” was as controversial as you could get ...
New Yorker: The Crotchgrabber.
This was very common in the ‘90’s in crowded subway and PATH cars in NJ and NY. Note, with the larger-than-average gay population in NYC, men being groped was also frequent, though I can’t speak to frequency-comparison. More than once I wanted to pulp a guy, and couldn’t tell who did it.
WaPo: Clinton’s Republican outreach a step too far for already suspicious liberals.
Noam Chomsky: “I don’t like it, but it cannot give me pause, since the alternative is vastly worse, even on endorsements. [snip] I don’t see the significance of neocons endorsing Clinton, probably not because they particularly like her but because they are concerned, sometimes terrified, about Trump.”
Political Wire: An October Surprise for Hillary Clinton?
Atlas Obscura: Highgate Cemetery – Greater London, England.
Complete with some weird backstory.
ineteconomics.org: Stark New Evidence on How Money Shapes America’s Elections.
“Their answer is stunning: there is strong, direct link between what the major political parties spend and the percentage of votes they win – far stronger than all the airy dismissals of the role of money in elections would ever lead you to think, and certainly stronger than anything you read in your poli sci class.”
PS Mag: If Hillary Clinton Loses the Election, It Won’t Be Because of Sexism.
Interesting. Subsequent analysis showed Geraldine Ferraro faced significant gendered language in routine media reports; a media that was much more professional than today’s. Methinks this be redirectional fluff.
NY Times: Embarrassing Photos of Me, Thanks to My Right-Wing Stalkers.
“When my daughter reports someone taking pictures of her at the airport, it drives me nuts. I have no idea if it’s actually this outfit; common decency would suggest otherwise, but that seems an increasingly rare commodity.” My italic emphasis.
NY Mag: Trump Proves Republican Obama Hate Was Never About Ideas.
“As careful studies of the tea-party movement revealed, what animated Republican voters was a fear of cultural change. Their anti-statism was confined to programs that seemed to benefit people other than themselves. Racial resentment and ethnocentrism, not passion for limited government, drove the conservative base.” And this ugliness ain’t going away soon. Here’s a mindbender - who, more devious, is coming *after* Trump to energize these ideologies? Make no mistake, they’re already planning. [And I’m not a conspiracy lover.]
Duluth News-Tribune: Renowned Ojibwe author Jim Northrup remembered.
“In Vietnam, Bob Hope came to help us celebrate Christmas. I couldn’t figure out the link between peace on earth and a rice paddy fire fight. Today there is no tree inside my house. We just leave them outside where they continue to grow.” RIP. Your voice and thought will be missed. Of note: Ojibwe funeral traditions.
Buzzfeed: Robert Reich Says The Gig Economy Can Be A “Nightmare”.
The New Yorker: How Rousseau Predicted Trump.
“He simply assumed that his own experience of social disadvantage and poverty — though he was rarely truly poor and had a knack for finding wealthy patrons—sufficed to make his arguments superior to those of people who lived more privileged lives.” Presaged might be a better term.
Slate: Cindy Sheehan on how the Democrats are using Khizr and Ghazala Khan.
Political Wire: VFW Tears Into Trump.
“There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed.” And the gutless cohorts won’t rescind their endorsements.
NY Times: The Blog That Disappeared.
If you use a service, be warned. Back up your stuff locally! Before using any new service, make sure you can get out what you so carefully put in.
NY Mag: Fmr. Fox Booker: Harassed by Ailes for 20 Years.
“He’s a predator” Speechless. Just speechless. You’d see this stuff in NYC in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, and having moved to NM I never really ever saw it again. Seems it hasn’t died, this behavior.
TechDirt: DNC Claims That Wikileaks Has ‘Malware Embedded Throughout The Site’.
“We’ve seen various organizations impacted by Wikileaks come up with all sorts of excuses and claims about why people shouldn’t use the site, but “the site is embedded with malware” is a new one. It also seems hellishly unlikely.”
PS Mag: A New Analysis Suggests Hillary Clinton’s Economic Plan Will Boost Employment and GDP.
And on the flip side, a non-economist view.
Vox: 9 prominent feminists on what Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy really means.
Vox: Bernie-or-Busters are nothing like PUMAs.
“... a lot of Sanders’s delegates don’t really come from the Democratic Party. Some are brand new to politics. Many, Yglesias notes, come from the world of political activism. Their loyalty is not necessarily to the party or even to Sen. Sanders, but to an issue or an agenda. They will support a candidate or a party only to the extent that it is a way to advance the agenda.” See Emmett’s comment on this post here.
In Santa Fe, the leftover ‘60’s hippies came out in force for Bernie. ‘60’s wannabees followed (new voters). They started with the candidate, but the candidate was ‘issues bundled.’ Now they don’t need the candidate.
Whiteker: Suicide Squad debut on track to shatter Box Office record for August.
Of course it will. First, the whole premise is fun, not weighted down with backstory (except perhaps Leto’s Joker). And every young hormonal male in America wants to see Margot Robbie play Harley Quinn. The tragedy of her circumstances is lost on them - they’ll probably even get their girlfriends to come, to “larn sometin’”.
Rolling Stone: DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted Campaign.
This makes it kind of hard to celebrate the first female nomination in US political history. “What does it all mean? If you’re a Clinton fan, probably nothing. To anyone else, it shows that the primary season was very far from a fair fight. The Sanders camp was forced to fund all of its own operations, while the Clinton campaign could essentially use the entire Democratic Party structure as adjunct staff. The DNC not only wasn’t neutral, but helped with oppo research against Sanders and media crisis management.”
Later: Hate to be a bummer after that ripper Obama just gave, but this further info certainly looks bad.
Times of Israel: Turkey shutters dozens of news outlets in media crackdown.
The election is worrisome, but continuing events in Turkey serve to alarm.