The Nation: As the GOP Convention Begins, Ohio Is Purging Tens of Thousands of Democratic Voters.
“ The fear is that voters who cast ballots in 2008 but have not participated since, particularly first-time voters for Obama, will show up in 2016 to find that they are no longer registered. Ohio has purged more voters over a 5-year period than any other state.” Every dirty trick in the book.
In These Times: Many Pro-Bernie Groups Still Don’t Trust Clinton. Here’s Their Plan.
“the bulk of People for Bernie’s efforts, Wong says, will be devoted to advocating for policies like single-payer health care and debt-free college that formed the core of Sanders’ platform—by holding Clinton accountable to the commitments she made during negotiations over the Democratic platform and pushing her to the left on issues where she and grassroots activists remain divided.” Well, that’s their only move at this point. Let’s hope they all stick to the agenda.
FishbowlNY: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Lively Celebrity Journalism Discussion.
“Jennifer, I wish you had spoken out earlier. I wish you hadn’t given all those interviews over the years where you described your diets and exercise regimen with the implication that we should all follow your lead if we wanted to be beautiful and acceptable.” Biting the hand ... ?
Little White Lies: Why do women make better film editors?
“Men tend to be a bit fragile when it comes to creativity and women have a tendency to be calm and steer things in the right direction.” A bit sexist, no? ‘Maternal guidance?’ Am I missing something here? Article sounds British. I believe both sexes bring different talents to the table - not based on tired stereotypes.
PS Blog: Photo Editors Weigh In on Jonathan Bachman’s Iconic Photo.
I post at the risk of overdoing. Remember it’s the issue, not the photo, one should be exercised about.
BBC: Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’.
SF New Mexican: Photographer reaches $50K settlement over state police stop.
“Pierre-Louis — who is 6-foot-2, African-American and now in his 50s — was pulled over and ordered to kneel while handcuffed on the pavement. The suspect who had allegedly pointed a gun at another man was later described by the victim as a 5-foot-2 Hispanic man in his 20s.”
SF New Mexican: Albuquerque police receive directive after Dallas shootings.
Two-up ... and nervous, methinks. Be nice, everyone.
NY Times: How America Heals After Dallas.
There have to be solutions other than ‘put three in the center of body mass’. How we’ve gotten to this point, I can’t fathom. Police training is clearly inadequate, civilian response unpredictable. I myself only recently learned (the hard way) that we’re supposed to keep our two hands on the steering wheel until the officer taps on the window. How I missed this all these years, bespeaks how others behave in unpredictable (to law enforcement) ways. Take your hands off the wheel, the officer will put their hands on their weapon. Given the last couple of days, you really, REALLY don’t want that.
Dissent: How the British Far Right Went Mainstream.
Saved for later reading; I can’t vouch for the opinions.
Guardian.UK/Opinion/Xeni Jardin: Why Muslims around the world made my tweet go viral.
MeFi: Elie Wiesel, born Sept 30, 1928 - died July 2, 2016.
I come out of ‘weekend mode’ to mark the great man’s passing.
The Nation: The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working.
If’n you wanna get mad.
BillMoyers:The Political Industrial Complex: Government of, by and for… Consultants!
“Of the more than $400 million into ‘independent expenditures’ to tout or troll candidates running for president and Congress this year, more than $500,000 has gone to pay consultants. Again, this does not include spending by dark money groups, which never have to disclose this level of detail about their expenditures. Who says politicians can’t create jobs?” My italic emphasis.
TechDirt: Texas Judge Indicted For Making Secret 10-Year Deal With Red Light Camera Co.
“Cameras have issued tickets to walls, parked vehicles, and many, many drivers obeying all traffic laws. Millions of dollars of refunds have been paid out by municipalities who once thought they’d have to do nothing more than sit back and let the cash roll in.” These things need to be removed from service. End of story. It would be just as fair to put a randomize script on the City’s events page, and send out bills.
New Yorker: The Politics of the Benghazi Report.
“Whether or not that is a tactical error for the Republicans, it is a loss for rational discourse.” By focusing on the tree, they lost the forest. A whole lot of 20/20 hindsight and armchair quarterbacking. No revelations.
Dazed: Far-right group look for non-existent migrants in empty camp.
Pffft. In America, they would have been waltzing around with AR-15s.
Aeon: Want to build a just society? John Rawls said to start by ignoring your identity.
Hmmm. I’ve always thought this idea would work best if there were a majority religion that believed in immediate reincarnation upon decease. Odds of being reborn into an affluent society are pretty small. We’d start floating all boats pretty damned quick.
NY Times: Brexit Proponents’ False Promises Crumble.
Okay, kids. You see the problem here, yes? WHERE WAS THE NEWS MEDIA? Where were the debunking articles? The in-depth stories? This is a HUGE warning for our upcoming election. You’re subscribed to entertainment rags, not hard journalism sources.
We have to start demanding better from journalism. Facts, not innuendo. No editorializing but on the Editorials page. More.
THIS is our challenge for the future. What is “news”? What is legitimate “journalism” in the internet age, when clickthroughs pay the bills? How can we have real news without sensationalism or fantasy?
WaPo: Sanders’s next challenge - Where will he take his revolution?
“... at the urging of his wife, Jane Sanders, he has been talking to his inner circle about launching a grass-roots organization to harness the energy of his supporters.” Listen to your better half, Bern.
Independent.UK: Jesse Williams gives powerful BET Awards acceptance speech on racism in America.
Ironic that even the Brit Independent can’t parse his speech correctly. See if you can spot it - “critique of our impression”, not “critique of our oppression.” Underlines the problem, IMHO. Noone’s really listening.
Forbes: Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050.
“... large corporations are able to continue engaging in increasingly environmentally exploitative behaviour by obscuring the link between endless economic growth and worsening environmental destruction.” Interesting, coming from Forbes. Note also, GM crops at the present time are not producing the yields projected. Something’s gotta give. We should begin controlling population now, before we continue on this viruslike trajectory.
The Toast: Female Philosophers of the Early Modern Era.
“Here’s another list of seventeenth century philosophers: Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Catherine Cockburn, Bathsua Makin. You can take a philosophy degree, including Early Modern philosophy, and not come across a single one of these women. ”
Prospect.org: Who’s to Blame for Brexit? The Elites.
“If Europe responds to Brexit by consolidating more control, they’ll have learned nothing from the yearning for people to free themselves from the yoke of unaccountable external rule, and the UK won’t be the first to leave.” Great find from Kevin [GitM] on FB.
BBC: North Korea missiles ‘a serious threat’ after new tests.
From my reading, these are conservative estimates of range. Accuracy, however, esp. over a polar route, is another question. Soviet missiles were woeful during the Cold War. Aim at Phoenix, hit Akron ... that kind of inaccuracy.