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.
Hellemanworld: Is it a blessing to be poor?
“According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it would only take US$30 billion a year to launch the necessary agricultural programs to completely solve global food insecurity. Severe hunger afflicts 862 million people each year; only $30 billion could save them. Although that sounds like a lot of money, in 2008 the US bailed out Wall Street for more than 23 times that amount!” My italic emphasis. Been thinking about poverty today. Much food for thought in this article from 2012. Ignore the religious bent (if it bothers you), and concentrate on the numbers quoted. I particularly like the point that ‘poverty is the absence of choice.’
Telegraph.UK: Travel as a solo woman - 10 lessons for the intrepid.
“In many traditional cultures having your own wheels elevates you to ‘male’ status which equals instant respect – but be prepared to have conversations about brake pads and carburettors in a foreign language ...”
Yahoo/AP Exclusive: IS militants drawing steady stream of recruits.
“U.S. officials fear that some of the foreign fighters will return undetected to their homes in Europe or the U.S. to mount terrorist attacks.” That’s going to sell a lot of concealed-carry permits, you watch.
Slate/Inside Higher Ed: Marquette tries to fire tenured professor over blog post.
If blogs are dead and have no value, then what is this blog post doing?
BuzzFeed: Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson’s Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died.
“... it took the administration’s own surgeon general, Dr. C. Everett Koop, issuing his groundbreaking ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome’ — without giving advance notice to the White House — and the Senate pressing for a presidential commission on AIDS for the White House to take steps toward action.” Koop was no fool; gagged by the Reagan White House, he routed around them. Read here.