College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
OneHeadlightInk: “Woman Walks Ahead” Casting Native American Children and Adults.
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
The Atlantic: Does ‘Economic Anxiety’ Explain Donald Trump?
NYT: Love. Labor. Lost.
Good God. Talk about overthinking things.
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
BillMoyers: Donald Trump Is Encouraging Intimidation and Racial Profiling at the Polls.
This could be interpreted as no-investment amateur Sturmabteilung (Perhaps a more familiar term: ‘Brownshirt’) tactics.
Eidolon: Re-Queering Sappho.
BillMoyers: Why Trump Is In Youngstown.
“While they cheer for Trump’s promise to build a wall and exclude Muslims, they forget that in the 1920s several towns in the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, elected mayors and city councils who were openly affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and who won their elections by fomenting fear and resentment of Catholic and Jewish immigrants who, they warned, could not be trusted because of their allegiance to the Pope or to Bolshevism and would drive down wages.” Those who do fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The Atlantic: A Conservative Entitlement Program for Paid Family Leave.
“... now a Republican-backed research group is going significantly beyond those plans and suggesting the kind of solution conservatives have rejected for years: a new entitlement program for the working poor.” Perhaps another sign of a more wide-ranging political ideology course-correction, to return to (what I consider) ‘center’ philosophies. We’ve been so far rightward for so long ... only those who can remember McGovern seem to recall what a real Democrat was. Don’t even start me on what a ‘moderate Republican’ used to be.
InTheseTimes: The Radicalism of Black Lives Matter.
DYT: ‘Underneath We Are Women’ Photo Series Features 100 Women In Lingerie.
NY Times Mag: Fractured Lands - How the Arab World Came Apart.
Allegedly 42,000 words. Take your time.
PS Mag: Twenty Years Ago, We Reformed Welfare.
“The program’s fixed block-grant structure meant it couldn’t respond to economic downturns by increasing aid. During the downturn — which was, lest you forget, the most severe economic slowdown in recent history — many states actually aggressively cut people from the welfare rolls in the face of budgetary pressures, reporting declines in their welfare caseloads.” Yeah, the Clintons should not brag about this. My fellow Dems know about the bait-and-switch of block grants. Well, if you oppose them now, you should not believe this is a feather in the Clinton cap. Never again.
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.]