LINKS I'VE HAD OPEN FOR A WHILE AND NEVER GOT AROUND TO SHARING THAT I'M DUMPING NOW, SOME PROBABLY FROM PEOPLE HERE. YOLO.
The problems of equating shariah with law - I've been meaning to dump this somewhere and now I can just close that tab rather than waiting for an appropriate place. Interesting because I have a passing familiarity with Greek notions of canon...
Who goes Nazi? Probably stolen from a certain snail. Some parts age well, some don't. But some of these bastards are still going Nazi.
Ask Dr Boli: Fun Facts About the Civil War For a short time, Dr Boli was, unfortunately, on First Things. Now he's on his own. He's the sort of conservat-ish humorist I like. a Q&A on the confederate flag
Sherman Alexie A great article about Sherman Alexie on Not Being "The Kind of Indian That’s Expected". Lot of stuff to say about the state of the nation.
Some article about abstinence only education. An appropriate conversation for this never came up.
How should we protest neo-Nazis I think I was going to reflect on how this blames protesters for the reaction they get rather than letting it serve as a wake-up call to the people who react against protesters? cf MLK letter from Birmingham jail. On some occasions their recommendations may be best, but I really can't accept that non-confrontation in all instances is best because the public gets sympathetic to Nazis when they are confronted.
Baseball stadium dirt systems Mildly interesting story.
Fox News still hasn't apologized for the Seth Rich story The right wing news is just sick. There are not depths to which they will not stoop and, sadly enough, they have people who wish it were so and follow them into the depths. I found out somebody I went to high school with had killed herself in Haiti when people started making "Hillary Clinton had this woman killed because she uncovered the child prostitution ring Bill etc etc etc...". These conspiracy theorist people have no souls.
Everything you know about poverty is wrong A good article to trot out every once in a while which shows some of the stupidity of common conservative tropes about poverty. One might want to find the underlying studies since people hate MoJo.
Matt Bruenig on related issues: about the "Success Sequence" People often go on about the "success sequence" - graduate high school, get jorb, get married, wait to have kids, etc - as preventing poverty, but he points out that this begs the question.
Excerpt from BIG CHICKEN the horrors of animal agriculture and its effects on human health, in this case on the workers. Wild stuff.
We lost the climate war. Time to surrender A good reflection on how it's time to disarm and completely dismantle our tools of war.
fucking arpaio's pardon This man undermined the rule of law and now his pardon is undermining the rule of law. He should be tried by The Hague.
Medicine and Medieval Hospital Somebody asked a question about this and I was interested so I looked up this article and then lost interest in digesting it to answer the question.
Christianity and Culture: part 1 This author is a lawyer in California who was raised by wacky fundamentalists and left that and is somewhat disillusioned by Evangelicalism but still believes and tries to deconstruct the culture warrior myths and purity culture nonsense - as well as explain it to outsiders. Here's the first post of a series he recently wrote on culture and the culture wars. If you have an interest in how Fundamentalism works, look at his Christian Patriarchy and Modesty Culture things. Eye-opening stuff.
Book Review: The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry That guy also reads a lot of books and reviews them - based on this review, I really need get this book!
Matt Bruenig on labor market coercion after Damore he has some thoughts and quite rightly points out that labor market regulations are the sort of thing that would protect a conservative in Silicon Valley, but the people complaining here are the sort that want to strip those away. I also agree that we need to be very careful about wanting to fire people based on their commentary about their job and their extra-curricular activities, as it were, but I think there's a good case for firing Damore anyway. However, I don't know anything about labor law in CA and am not a lawyer, I just hung out in an HR department for a while in IL.
Education and love are not the solution to racism. "Education, love and exemplary black people will not deliver America from racism, Kendi says. Racist ideas grow out of discriminatory policies, he argues, not the other way around. And if his new center can help identify and dismantle those policies in the U.S. and around the world, he believes we can start to eliminate racism. At least that’s the goal."
Some music: Man Man - Life Fantastic (full album) Found because of the whole MANWOLF thing.
BACK TO NON-LINKS
Man, my neck still hurts. That's why I'm running so much. Maybe I can lift on Monday again. Weight around 215#. Probably lose some more, but I fear starting to lose significant muscle.
Baseball is going okay. Cubs have the division.
Because of the muscle thing, I started looking at maybe supplementing protein instead of getting it all from food. Pea is pretty cheap. A benefit of this is that the wifing unit has trouble eating sometimes, needs to eat more protein, and wants flavorless futuristic sludge, which this can be. So we'll give it a whirl maybe.
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