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.
Vox: A Republican lawmaker may have inadvertently confirmed Democrats’ suspicions of voter ID.
“I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.” Candor! The veil slips, if just for a second.
Guardian.UK: Gay Talese in Twitter storm after failing to name inspirational female writers.
Thinking it over, I can immediately (without hesitation) name Mary O’Hara and Marguerite Henry (because I loved horses as a child).
The Atlantic: Why Promising Baltimore Students Don’t Escape Poverty.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. You pull a child out of a bad situation, put her/him in a good one, they’ll thrive. Boarding schools might help solve this - if there were the will to vivify them. America might end up stunned at the excellence unleashed. I saw, via his childhood diary, how my own father (ensconced in an orphanage) went from near-illegible and near-unintelligible to quicksilver, witty and erudite in a few short years after being sponsored to a private prep school (where he had to shovel out the stables, do the most menial chores to stay). Riffing off an earlier post, ‘social elites’ felt he had to ‘prove’ himself by superhuman efforts in order to ‘deserve’ education. Physical labor, excessive hours ... and catching up to grade level? Efforts that social elites could never match, even if they wanted to. And that is what is wrong with having the ‘haves’ legislate aid to the ‘have nots’. They load the dice. The fact that Dad succeeded, is amazing.
NPR/Book Review: ‘Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings’ By Stephen O’Connor.
“Begun when she was an adolescent, the affair lasted a lifetime, and despite the liberty-espousing statesman’s acute criticism of slavery, he never freed Sally Hemings. Together they produced four living children, who were also born into slavery, but freed upon Jefferson’s death — the only slave family so liberated by him.”
WaPo: Switzerland shocked by Muslim teens who refused to shake hands with female teachers.
“The Swiss Muslim community has largely suggested that the boys are misinterpreting Islamic teachings with their refusal to shake their teachers’ hands.” Isn’t the overriding consensus that immigrants fully integrate to the dominant culture within two generations? If so, accommodation of such fringe interpretations just hinders that process. Esp. when it’s not the consensus interpretation of Islamic teaching?
WaPo: The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world.
“But he says his study illustrates how religious rituals like human sacrifice are often designed to serve someone other than the gods: ‘It shows how religion can be exploited by social elites to their own benefit.’” I’ll repost some of Roger Waters, then:
God wants sedition
God wants sex
God wants freedom
God wants semtex
What God wants
[God help us all]
We have a lot of social elites in Santa Fe. And I grew up around them in Princeton (I was ‘working class’, when P-town still had such a thing). The elites have left working class so far behind, they can no longer understand the day-to-day challenges involved. They have no conception of the triggers hidden in our economy to depress those who are financially stressed. Because social elites don’t experience the great ‘thumb’ riding on our lower classes, they have no empathy for them. And if the plebs complain ... ‘sacrifice’ them!
NPR: New Mexico’s Truth - Stunning Vistas And Child Poverty?
“I do think it’s critical that we draw attention to what’s going on with our children and our families here in New Mexico, but I think there’s a way to do it that’s actionable and that’s positive, and unfortunately I think they did it in a way that was destructive and divisive.” It is an unfortunate parody, but if you cannot get attention any other way, what choice do advocates have? NM Truth seems to push early education. We’ve found NM has a cultural resistance to early education. I’ve heard the term ‘indoctrination’ bandied about by parents. Perhaps a better strategy is one of pushing parents to educate their children to a higher level than themselves - and helping them feel comfortable about it. Early education isn’t the only education.
PDN: Tracing The Final Hours of a Victim of a U.S. Airstrike.
DiscoverMag: Mummies in the Americas Belong to a Vanished Civilization.
“The drastic decline of indigenous populations following the arrival of the conquistadores was well documented, but never empirically proven. Now, peering back in time with the help of genetics and statistics, the researchers were able to definitively show the unprecedented decimation in South and Central America.”
NPR: ‘It Was Torture’ - An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges ‘Horrible Mistakes’.
“The idea that there’s interrogation, and then enhanced interrogation, and then torture — there is no middle ground [snip] Torture is an enhanced interrogation.” I must quote Hamlet here: “... when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
NPR: Robert Kennedy - Delivering News of King’s Death.
I mark the date, and remind all of what America has lost in these past decades. Oh, we’ve gained much. But politics in particular falls far short.
NY Times: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to ‘One Person One Vote’.
“Counting all people amplifies the voting power of places that have large numbers of residents who cannot vote legally — including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens, illegal immigrants, children and prisoners. Those places tend to be urban and to vote Democratic.” Another decision that favors Democrats. More pressure on the recalcitrant Republicans to go ahead and choose a Scalia-successor.
Mashable: Construction worker hangs Mexican flag on Vancouver’s Trump Tower.
“I put a Mexican flag on the roof of the Trump Tower in Vancouver, just to show that he is benefiting from us and that we are working hard on his projects and that we are not all criminals.” After Trump’s statements months ago, we all wondered how his buildings were raised without *any* immigrant work. And how are those buildings cleaned and maintained? Pot. Kettle. Black.
The Atlantic: The End of Welfare as We Know It.
“The numbers of people receiving food stamps will drop, and thousands more people won’t be able to eat, or survive. But to the policymakers who look for a shrinking welfare program, the changes will be considered a success.” Bill Clinton’s cave to the Republican Congress still destroys many lives and families. We thought Reagan was bad; I’ve not forgiven this craven settlement. “Bipartisanship”, my arse.
The Atlantic: Before Katniss and Furiosa, the 1910s’ Female Action Stars Ruled the Silver Screen.
“Serials focused on women action heroes from the start, possibly thanks to the format’s tie-ins with magazines and newspapers, which aimed to draw female readers because they were attractive to advertisers.” I was just wondering yesterday what happened to female bronc riders, seemingly populous prior to WWII. Turns out Gene Autry enforced a Puritanical parochialism on rodeo that still lingers.
Indian Country Today: The Excruciating Legacy of NAGPRA.
LA Times: San Francisco State investigating confrontation over man’s dreadlocks.
“Wait, where’s Egypt? [snip] Tell me.” College fail. Everyone deserves better.
The Atlantic: The State of Palmyra’s Ruins.
Reuters: Cuba’s Fidel Castro knocks sweet-talking Obama after ‘honey-coated’ visit.
NY Times: Sherpa - They Die, We Go Home.
$5k to court death 30-40 times a season. Criminal.
Guardian.UK: Staged picture from Brussels bombings prompts ethics debate.
“It’s one more example of a photographer doing something that destroys public trust in the media.” You hope it’s not too egregious, and yet, given the behavior on Instagram and other social services ...
WaPo: National Enquirer story is ‘garbage’ from ‘Donald Trump and his henchmen.’
“When he’s scared, when he’s losing, his first and natural resort is to go to sleaze and to go to slime.” So, refuse your support under any circumstances. The votes you win may be substantial.
naked cap: How McKinsey Helped Turn Big Pharma into a Rent Extraction Business.
“Drug companies in the US benefit from decades of large-scale research and development by the National Institutes and Health and other Federal agencies. They also get R&D tax credits that to a large degree represent an acceleration of tax break for the expected future profits. Yet when those profits actually show up, they shift them offshore to avoid paying taxes in the US.” And more. How to raise your BP in one short article.