Farmington Daily Times: San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone.
As I’ve mentioned many a time, it is a terrible shame scent cannot be broadcast. If so, you would understand why the oil and gas areas are worst. You know, amazing things might happen if we had a way to share smells across long distances. I wonder if anyone’s working on such a device.
NY Times: Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage.
“The system would be financed by payroll taxes of 3.3 percent for workers and 6.7 percent for employers. It would impose a 10 percent tax on investment income, people who are self-employed and some small-business income.” Sounds reasonable, if it can be supported on such. Yet 10% for self-employed ... ouch. Double-ouch. Compared to ‘workers’ and ‘employers’. We small businesses have a hard enough time. But if we could actually *use* it, we could bear it.
c|net: Women have a ‘bitch-switch,’ says telecom CEO.
And we men don’t have a ‘bastard button’?
DJ: ‘All Belgians to get iodine pills’ in case of nuclear accident.
“The reactor pressure vessels at both sites have shown signs of metal degradation, raising fears about their safety. They were temporarily closed but resumed service last December.” Show some sense. Close ‘em down.
Seattle Times: It’s official - Kennewick Man is Native American.
Re/code: Activists urge Google - ‘Don’t be evil, #DumpTrump’.
National Geographic: Exclusive Photos Show Destruction of Nineveh Gates by ISIS.
“According to Danti, the Islamic State’s scorched earth policy is psychological warfare intended to give the appearance that they are in control and to make onlookers feel powerless.” The payback for this wonton destruction, however, may be merciless.
SF New Mexican: Tens of thousands set to gather for nation’s largest powwow.
If you haven’t experienced it, put it on the bucket list.
PS Mag: Can Holy Lands Become Holy Democracies?
A very good, if somewhat light, read.
NY Times: Beyoncé Unearths Pain and Lets It Flow in ‘Lemonade’.
“How is this not a work of pretentious self-pity? How isn’t this the mistake of the year?” Perhaps it is the first wave of a much-needed correction for objectification and misogyny in hiphop lyrics. Waking up to the complexities, realities and responsibilities of relationship, color, sex. Ironic, then, that Billy Paul died over the weekend. He gave us the man’s view - smooth, no drama. Beyonce rips out the lady’s. Compare.
The New Yorker: Hillary Clinton Should Be Allowed to Boast.
Best expressed thoughts on the subject that I’ve read. Yet there’s another current in the mix. If she’s the ‘best candidate’, that ‘expectation of perfection’ is working against her.
NY Times: How to Explain Mansplaining.
Dear God, this is filled with things I’ve never experienced. Perhaps it is regional. My maternal line is from the South. I grew up around women who would talk the brass off doorknobs. “You’ve heard this story before? Well, it’s a good story and you’ll sit and hear it again.” Two of my relatives, bless them, could talk about two different subjects at the same time - and ANSWER COHERENTLY. You won’t believe me, but I swear it’s true. The matriarchal nature of my Cherokee-light background guaranteed that when a woman said jump, I’d ask how high and what I should be wearing.
No, this is decidedly *not* my experience. I find men do it, women do it, everyone does it. It’s a communication style that’s been encouraged ... perhaps by blogs and social media, now that I think about it. ‘All opinion is important.’ I find everyone loves to talk, and talk at length. Everyone.
Dazed: M.I.A criticises political conversation in America.
“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. [snip] You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”
naked cap: Greg Palast on How the New York and US Elections are Being Stolen.
“In Brooklyn alone, over 125,000 names were quietly scrubbed from the voter rolls in the five months leading up to the primary. To put it in prospective, the number of voters purged equals about half of the number who got to vote.”
The Atlantic: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm.
“Pathologizing normal experience.” Oh boy, this is the READ OF THE WEEK. Long, but mark out some time to take it all in.
Bill Moyers: Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option.
Politico: Secret Service takes on new credentialing role for conventions.
The Nation: Clinton and Sanders Sue Arizona Over 5-Hour Lines in the March Primary.
This issue - long lines for whatever reason - has not just been an issue in AZ. Thanks to frequent reader Evelyn, I know this has been a problem in many of the Midwestern states as well. A significant problem. This particular article sees it through one lens (the Voting Rights Act), but I contend any inability to allow voters to freely cast ballots is voter suppression. Even being unprepared for the turnout. Bureacracy is as bad a boogeyman as any. And noone knows the benefits of ‘evade while blocking’ like a politician does.
Vox: Hillary Clinton slams moderators for failing to ask a single abortion question.
It’s a great, important point. More of this, Hill.
TripleCrisis: No Country for Old People.
Dazed: Could you now be prosecuted for having a miscarriage?
Miscarriage is traumatic enough. This shall not stand.
Atlantic: Deutsche Bank Puts Plan to Create 250 Jobs in North Carolina on Hold.
A bank. So, the pressure is going to continue to build.
Times of Israel: US students pictured playing ‘Jews vs. Nazis’ drinking game.
Not my Princeton. Though sports-oriented high school guys were always at the bottom when it comes to brains. Except for one guy. Lacrosse, football ... arms like treetrunks. And taking advanced physics. Awesome. But all the others ... meh.
Aeon: How clever is it to dismiss IQ tests?
There are good critiques over IQ. See the “Criticism” section of the Wikipedia entry. I suppose it’s the racial disparities in score that make me doubt. Black babies pick up so much faster than white ones - they make eye contact sooner, smile sooner. Smart, happy little kids. I’ve mentioned this before - If IQ is worthy and useful, then there’s something terrible - heinous - going on with black children.
TheStage.UK: Half of Brits don’t want female Hamlets, claims research.
Since it’s the season of outrage, I wonder when “sexual appropriation” will become a thing.