The Atlantic: Debating ‘The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration’.
Click “Read On” on the topmost item, to see one person’s take on the Texas “chain gang” system. Not what some might expect.
Mashable: Town comes together to give elderly man a heartwarming makeover.
Needed this today.
ITT: Bernie Sanders’ Refusal To Attack Hillary Clinton Isn’t Just Principled—It&rs
“On September 14, the Huffington Post received an email from one of Clinton’s Super PACs that intimated Sanders would begin diplomatic ties with terrorists and linked him to the socialist former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.” Stay classy, Hill.
WarOnTheRocks: Navigating the Islamic State Challenge [audio].
BBC: Girl gets through security to deliver message to Pope.
The Atlantic: Maids in America - The Decline of Domestic Help.
1912: “Ladies are sometimes not honest in money matters concerning the girls they employ. I have known many nice girls to work for little money — two dollars and a half or three dollars a week — and one week out of every five or six the lady would forget, or pretend to forget, to pay for. If the girl has given no written receipt for her wages, she sometimes has no proof of what is due her.”
JSTOR Daily: “Let the Traumatic Image Haunt Us”.
Perhaps — and I’ve expressed my unease with this before — the trick is to *not* send professional photographers to cover crises. The proverbial ‘straight photograph’ elicited the reaction here. A famed photographer would have tried to frame the little body artistically, finding a graphical beauty in the tragedy. As it was, the snapshot was enough.
For instance, I love a rusty wrecked vehicle as much as the next artful photographer. But what happened to the gas and oil, leached away into the ground to disturb our water-tables, the rubber degrading and offgassing ... what does it really represent? And repeated so many millions of times over our land.
In These Times: Why Walking Down a Dark Alley at 2 A.M. Is Not ‘Asking For It’.
“If we get assaulted while walking alone in the dark, we’re told we should have used our heads and anticipated the danger. [snip] But if we’re honest about the amount of mental real estate we devote to anticipating danger, then we’re told we’re acting like crazy man-haters, jumping at shadows and tarring an entire gender with the brush that rightly belongs to a relatively small number of criminals.”
SF New Mex: Trinity downwinders decry secrecy in new federal study of atomic test’s health imp
“This new uneasiness was apparent as they met in Santa Fe last week with National Cancer Institute researchers who are making the first attempt to document possible doses of radiation received by individuals across the state and assess the health risks.” Looking after seventy years? The worst cases are probably already six feet under.
SF New Mex: Families of people slain by cops protest NRA’s police shooting competition.
“It is disturbing that the NRA gave an award to APD Officer Lt. Greg Brachle in their competition last year, and he was the officer who is being sued by his fellow police officer for shooting him 7 times and critically wounding him last January.”
The Atlantic: Callisto, a New App That Makes It Easier to Report Campus Sexual Assault.
NPR: Faced With Spate Of Tremors, Oklahoma Looks To Shake Up Its Oil Regulations.
“You said you wanna rock ‘n’ roll instead
We’re just talking about the future
Forget about the past
It’ll always be with us
It’s never gonna die”
Quartz: The pope warns churches to take in refugees—or else.
“Well, if that is what you want to do, then pay taxes! A religious school is tax-exempt because it is religious, but if it is functioning as a hotel, then it should pay taxes just like its neighbor. Otherwise it is not fair business.”
Vox: CBO says 630,000 women could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood is defunded.
“CBO, for its part, says it would be a mixed bag: Of Planned Parenthood’s 2.6 million patients, the agency estimates that between 130,000 and 630,000 ‘would face reduced access to care.’” Even the smaller # is concerning.
NY Times: Obama Calls Out Republicans on Planned Parenthood.
The Repubs won’t be happy until everyone under the age of 21 is ignorant of the actual mechanics of sex. More cannon fodder.
Vox: I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry.
“It makes me burn when people assume I could give something up and then I wouldn’t need assistance.” And there is a very good point within - one can’t forget the preparation time for so-called ‘healthy meals’. Having to be gluten free, I can tell you even without foodstamps I can fully understand this argument.
LRB: Daniel Soar, Short Cuts.
“New inventions – just check out the website for the Lethality Division of the US Army Research Laboratory’s Material Research Directorate – promise clever things, and better soldiers, but when it comes to dealing with the enemy nothing is really as effective as firing at people from far enough away that they can’t fire back.” I’ve read this twice now, and still can’t quite figure out where he stands.
Dissent: What the Animas River Spill Teaches Us.
NY Times/FirstDraft: Bernie Sanders Makes Rare Appeal to Evangelicals at Liberty University.
“But as a Christian, I think the responsibility to help them falls to the church, not the government.” Such naivete is no longer charming.
The Hill: Huckabee says Dred Scott still ‘law of land’.
“Huckabee mentioned the Supreme Court decision as he defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’s decision to defy the court’s ruling on gay marriage and refuse to issue marriage licenses.” ^%^$&!@^&@#^&%$&^!%!
ABC: Erin Brockovich Accuses Feds of Lying About Mine Waste Spill.
“Navajo officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the EPA have declined the tribe’s requests for continued help, including the appointment of a federal recovery coordinator. A FEMA spokeswoman said the EPA was the lead agency and would be responsible for coordinating with the tribe and other local governments.” Leaving the fox to remediate the henhouse. Thanks, FEMA. Wasn’t this enough?
Medium/Those People: Black America, please stop appropriating African clothing and tribal marks.
“I’m not trying to start a war, but I would just like you all to realize the hypocrisy of seeing someone wearing a Fulani septum ring, rocking a djellaba, painted with Yoruba-like tribal marks, all the while claiming that this is meant to be respectful. It’s a hodgepodge, a juxtaposition, a right mess of regional, ethnic and cultural customs and it screams ignorance and cultural insensitivity.” Sure to generate some spirited discussion in social channels.
Archaeology News Network: Archaeologists study largest Native American massacre site.
Dazed: How you can help the refugee crisis [Drop off points in Europe!]
Of note. Handy.
ThinkProgress: Kim Davis Held In Contempt Of Court, Now In U.S. Marshals’ Custody.
“Attorneys representing the same-sex couples in this case reportedly offered a deal, that Judge Bunning agreed to, which would allow Davis to leave jail if she permitted several of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. According to multiple sources on Twitter, however, Davis has refused this deal and elected to remain in jail.”