The Nation: A Broken Compensation System Is Leaving the Most Vulnerable Workers in Pain.
“The double injustice of paying for the physical suffering imposed by your employer is no accident; it’s calculated cruelty. The Workers’ Compensation system has been gradually eroded to limit employer liability, while disenfranchised, precarious workers often have little choice but to accept an inadequate award or none at all.” My italics.
Dazed: India’s NDTV stages poignant protest of rape documentary ban.
“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy.” My first thought, besides rage, was “how or why does he believe this is so?” The details are much more nefarious, the reasons for rape culture within the country.
Later, related: UN finds ‘alarmingly high’ levels of violence against women.
Even later, related: “A recent interview between Karaki and Hani al-Seba’i, a Muslim scholar, is gaining international attention after Karaki cut the segment short following al-Seba’i’s sexist remarks, including telling Karaki to “shut up” and that it was “beneath” him to be interviewed by her.”
The Mischiefs of Faction: The Obamacare Case - How We Got Here, and Why It Matters.
Yes, well ... many of the Republican/Conservative thinktanks got their start in the post-Nixon years, during the Carter Administration. They’ve been playing the ‘long game’ ... something Dems haven’t been particularly good with (having enjoyed long majorities in the last century).
Zenobia: Empress of the East ... elegy for Hatra.
The bulldozers of ISIS continue to advance. Hatrene religion, by my recollection, was a pre-Islamic sun-worshipping culture.
c|net: Man arrested for refusing to give phone passcode to border agents.
NY Times: Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling.
“As a result of the vote, Hermosa Beach now owes E&B $17.5 million to terminate the contract, under the terms of an agreement ending litigation with the firm.” Ouch. With oil prices so low, companies may pursue mineral rights litigation not to actually drill, but to simply minimize the red in their ledgers.
Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.
Mother Jones: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.
This will make you livid.
Vox: These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity.
Heavenly, the miracles Mother Nature throws at unappreciating bigots.
Slate: Baby boomers delaying retirement - It’s a myth, because retirement is bleaker than ever
Altered title for length. Read it.
WSJ: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Should be a War Crime.
I agree, of course. But we also have to ask ourselves why this gets us more outraged (as a culture) than the abduction and forcible rape of Yazidi girls.
HowIRound: Andrew Jackson Is Not As Bad As You Think—He’s Far, Far Bloodier.
“The lessons of Bloody Bloody are seen in American society today. Today, Native women are murdered at a rate higher than any other race in America. The majority of the perpetrators of violent crimes against Native women are non-Native men. The ‘jokes’ in Bloody Bloody about killing Indians are not ‘jokes.’ They are a reality.” Never give a native individual a $20 bill in change. Never.
Autoweek: Carmen Jorda and Formula One’s money problem.
“Honestly, if Jorda were a man, most F1 fans would look at the Lotus deal with mild irritation. ‘Another guy with money is getting a gig he doesn’t deserve.’ But when it’s a good-looking woman who gets the job, people lose their minds.”
Channel4.com: Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq.
“According to Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the majority of original statues have been taken to the Baghdad Museum for safe-keeping. [snip] Nonetheless, the stone winged bull you can see being destroyed is an original, probably one at the gates to Nineveh, dating back to the seventh century.” My italic emphasis.
Reuters: Dutch restorers offer to repair Rome hooliganism damage for free.
So they should. Again, it amazes me that we have any historical aesthetics to enjoy, given mankind’s idiotic destructive tendencies.
TechDirt: The Guardian Details The Horrors Of Chicago Police’s ‘CIA-Style Black Site’.
“Now, it’s roughly around here where you’re thinking one of two things. Some of you are thinking that such a claim as this is so outlandish that there’s very little chance that it’s true. Others must be thinking that the accusations of abuse and the denial of rights are rare mistakes made by a tiny percentage of officers. Too bad this secret wasn’t all that secret.” I saw the Guardian’s link earlier, but was waiting for independent corroboration of the accusations.
c|net: Google’s Blogger to put sexually explicit content behind privacy wall.
Remembering the early days when amateur First Amendment advocates would have had a cow over this. Crickets.
Medium: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Baby Photos Online.
“Wait a minute. How is this possible? Seriously, is it even allowed? Aren’t we violating the privacy of these children and their families by commercializing these intimate family moments? We share your concern. In fact, this is precisely our point: By selling these mugs we’re violating people’s privacy in three ways ...”
KOAT: DWI checkpoint signs not a good idea in NM, attorney general says.
BBC: The pioneering female astronauts who never saw space.
“[Jerrie] Cobb was bought out the tank after nine hours and 40 minutes ‒ a record at the time, as no man had endured more than six hours and 20 minutes and no woman more than six hours. On top of that, Cobb had not suffered any hallucinations.”
Archaeology News Network: The men who smuggle the loot that funds IS.
The Atlantic: Why Walmart Raised Its Wages.
“The CEO of Walmart announced earlier today that all of the company’s employees will, starting in April, be paid at least $9 an hour, nearly $2 more than the federal minimum wage. That’s still far short of the $15 per hour pushed for by OUR Walmart, a union — like group of Walmart workers. Still, it’s a change for a company that has stubbornly opposed such a raise for years.” Good news, nonetheless.
Aeon: Where are all the women hermits?
Some things you never notice until someone points them out. Where is the woman adventurer of Colin Fletcher stripe (‘The Man Who Walked Through Time’)? An adventure with no culture-salving or stereotype-feeding references to men, relationship issues, psychological crises or children? Just an independent woman and her curiousity in the wide outdoors? Adding some of these books to my ‘to-read’ list. If you know of any good ones, suggestions welcome.
RT: Massive protests in Turkey after student murdered & burnt in attempted rape.
“... the driver of the minibus attempted to rape Aslan, and stabbed her to death after she resisted with pepper spray. He then sought the help of his father and a friend to get rid of the body, which they burnt.” Ladies, *incapacitate* your attackers. Make sure he can’t get up while you get away.
Yahoo News: Police in Washington state fatally shoot man who threw rocks at them.
As I’ve mentioned, disproportionate response.