Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Assault is not a feeling. The Aziz Ansari story shows why language matters | Tiffany Wright | Opinion | The Guardian

Assault is not a feeling. The Aziz Ansari story shows why language matters | Tiffany Wright | Opinion | The Guardian



Yes, yes, yes. 

What happened was a bad date.  But it was not assault.  The woman in the story was not threatened. The man had no power over her. He 'undressed' her.  He didn't rip the clothes off her, choke her into submission.  He undressed her.  If she was uncomfortable, why didn't she say "No thanks, I'll just leave now".   At any point during the evening, why didn't she just say "No thanks, this isn't what I want, I'm leaving now".  Yes, he kept asking for sex.  But she was not helpless, she was not held at knifepoint, not threatened.  She was being seduced [rather badly] and she didn't say [by her own account] "No thanks, I'll just leave now", until the end of the evening.  What was she hoping would happen if she stuck it out? That he would be magically transformed into a good boyfriend?

Why does it cost $32,093 just to give birth in America? | US news | The Guardian

Why does it cost $32,093 just to give birth in America? | US news | The Guardian



Costs more: and more mothers die than in any other developed country. What madness is this?

Bankrupted by giving birth: having premature twins cost me everything | Jen Sinconis | Opinion | The Guardian

Bankrupted by giving birth: having premature twins cost me everything | Jen Sinconis | Opinion | The Guardian



Only in America.  Yes, we can save those babies, but it's going to cost you everything you have.  And leave you worrying about coverage for the rest of your lives.

The Daily 202: Unexpected defeat in rural Wisconsin special election sets off alarm bells for Republicans - The Washington Post

The Daily 202: Unexpected defeat in rural Wisconsin special election sets off alarm bells for Republicans - The Washington Post:



President Trump became the first Republican to carry Wisconsin in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan by running up his score in places like the rural 10th state Senate district, which includes a swath of five counties between Eau Claire and Superior along the Minnesota border.

Trump won there by 17 points in 2016. A special election was triggered when Gov. Scott Walker tapped a popular state senator, who had held the seat since 2000, to become his agriculture secretary. Last night, Democratic candidate Patty Schachtner won by nine points.

How America's 'childcare deserts' are driving women out of the workforce | US news | The Guardian

How America's 'childcare deserts' are driving women out of the workforce | US news | The Guardian

Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns Citing Administration Indifference : The Two-Way : NPR

Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns Citing Administration Indifference : The Two-Way : NPR:



Three-quarters of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them.

Nine of the panel's 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed in their resignations. The bipartisan panel was appointed by President Obama and the terms of all members who quit were set to expire in May.


Draining the swamp of everything useful and good, to make more room for those dedicated to destroying the agencies they've been appointed to.  More room for those who adhere to the 'fly in the face of facts' stance of the current administration.  More room for those willing to destroy our natural world to squeeze a few more dollars out of it for their personal port folios.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump’s behalf - The Washington Post

Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump’s behalf - The Washington Post

The Daily 202: Denials by Cotton and Perdue of profane Trump comment encapsulate why people distrust politicians - The Washington Post

The Daily 202: Denials by Cotton and Perdue of profane Trump comment encapsulate why people distrust politicians - The Washington Post

Raging, isolated Trump retreats deeper into his bubble - The Washington Post

Raging, isolated Trump retreats deeper into his bubble - The Washington Post

Ralph Northam spends his first day as Virginia governor watching Republicans in the legislature decimate several of his priorities - The Washington Post

Ralph Northam spends his first day as Virginia governor watching Republicans in the legislature decimate several of his priorities - The Washington Post:



"As long as Virginians’ lives are at risk because there are too many guns in the hands of people who would use them to harm others, we will fight on this ground,” he said. “As long as schools, churches, offices and concert venues are exposed to horrific, preventable violence, we will fight on this ground. As long as the people who sent us all here continue to cry out for solutions to the epidemic of gun violence, we will fight on this ground.”


EU declares war on plastic waste | Environment | The Guardian

EU declares war on plastic waste | Environment | The Guardian

Bad Policy for Worse Health: Against Medicaid Work Requirements

Bad Policy for Worse Health: Against Medicaid Work Requirements:



But these perspectives are wrong: the vast majority of Medicaid recipients cannot work; do work but are not eligible for health insurance; or cannot afford to pay for health insurance themselves. Many work for small companies that do not offer health insurance, or that offer insurance with cost-sharing arrangements that make them unaffordable to employees. Medicaid experts have determined that virtually everybody on Medicaid who can work, already does. According to the non-partisan and widely respected Kaiser Family Foundation, about 80% of adult Medicaid recipients are part of working families. Add to this data point the fact that many Medicaid eligibles work in some of the most difficult and underpaid industries. Many of them work multiple jobs. Most Medicaid eligibles who do not work are either disabled or have caregiving responsibilities. Forcing this last group to work, of course, has the result of pulling them from such responsibilities, with potentially negative consequences for those they care for. Ohio should support caregivers.

Bad Policy for Worse Health: Against Medicaid Work Requirements

Bad Policy for Worse Health: Against Medicaid Work Requirements:



 But these perspectives are wrong: the vast majority of Medicaid recipients cannot work; do work but are not eligible for health insurance; or cannot afford to pay for health insurance themselves. Many work for small companies that do not offer health insurance, or that offer insurance with cost-sharing arrangements that make them unaffordable to employees. Medicaid experts have determined that virtually everybody on Medicaid who can work, already does. According to the non-partisan and widely respected Kaiser Family Foundation, about 80% of adult Medicaid recipients are part of working families. Add to this data point the fact that many Medicaid eligibles work in some of the most difficult and underpaid industries. Many of them work multiple jobs. Most Medicaid eligibles who do not work are either disabled or have caregiving responsibilities. Forcing this last group to work, of course, has the result of pulling them from such responsibilities, with potentially negative consequences for those they care for. Ohio should support caregivers.

Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home - BBC News

Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home - BBC News:



On the California Department of Education website, Mr Turpin is listed as the principal of Sandcastle Day School - a private school operated out of his home.

The school was opened in March 2011, the website says. Six pupils are enrolled there, all in different grades.

In California, private schools operate outside the jurisdiction of the education department and most regulations. They are directly accountable to students and their parents or guardians, and the state has no authority to monitor or evaluate them.

Teachers at private schools in California also do not need to hold a valid state teaching qualification.


OK, California, this is one area where you're not leading the country.  No school should be able to operate in this manner. No regulations? Accountable only to the students and their guardians? No teacher requirements?  Perfect setup for someone trying to hide the fact that their children are being utterly and absolutely controlled. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

The false alarm in Hawaii revealed an abdication of leadership by Trump - The Washington Post

The false alarm in Hawaii revealed an abdication of leadership by Trump - The Washington Post

Things That Make the Librarian Angry – today in librarian tabs – Medium

Things That Make the Librarian Angry – today in librarian tabs – Medium:



Having a waiting list for library ebooks is really stupid, on the face of it. As a librarian I’m pretty savvy about digital content—enough to know that patrons want it, lots of it. However, we have a short list of ways that we can offer it in a lendable fashion. At work I keep my game face on. At home I just want to tell people the truth, the frustrating truth: offering digital content in this way has short term benefits but long term negative consequences.

Trump reportedly interrupted intel briefing to ask Korean American, “Where are you from?” - Vox

Trump reportedly interrupted intel briefing to ask Korean American, “Where are you from?” - Vox

How a man’s first-ever tweet, about Obama’s respect, proved more popular than Trump’s bluster - The Washington Post

How a man’s first-ever tweet, about Obama’s respect, proved more popular than Trump’s bluster - The Washington Post



A tale of two presidents.  I miss the days when we had a President who acted presidential.

Incoming N.J. governor plans a swing to the left — and a model for the country - The Washington Post

Incoming N.J. governor plans a swing to the left — and a model for the country - The Washington Post:



Undergirding all of it: automatic voter registration, early voting and the right to register with a political party as late as Election Day.

Murphy’s moves could resonate in other states. Republicans, who control 33 governor’s mansions, are defending 26 of them in this year’s midterm elections. The prospect of New Jersey shifting to the left, smack in the middle of the nation’s largest media market, strikes Republicans as an opportunity to warn voters in swing states of what could happen if Democrats take power.


Yup, warn them of all those nasty things the Democrats are planning.  Equal rights! Gender equality!  Automatic voter registration! Early voting!  A living minimum wage! Horrible! Why, they're actually planning on treating people like valued human beings!

Two senators do backflips to protect a racist president - The Washington Post

Two senators do backflips to protect a racist president - The Washington Post:



(The Los Angeles Times reports that “research found that of the 1.4 million [African immigrants] who are 25 and older, 41% have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30% of all immigrants and 32% of the U.S.-born population. Of the 19,000 U.S. immigrants from Norway — a country Trump reportedly told lawmakers is a good source of immigrants — 38% have college educations”). 


But facts don't matter! It's what people believe that matters, right?! [only in Bizarro world]

Every CRS Report - EveryCRSReport.com

Every CRS Report - EveryCRSReport.com



government reports for the masses.  what a concept!

We paid for them, why shouldn't we get to see them?

In 2017 Congress, lawmaking lagged despite GOP control | Pew Research Center

In 2017 Congress, lawmaking lagged despite GOP control | Pew Research Center:



The GOP-led 115th Congress enacted a total of 97 laws last year, the fourth-fewest for the first calendar year of a congressional session in the past three decades. That was 18 fewer than in 2015, the first year of the 114th Congress, when Democrat Barack Obama was president and Republicans ran both the House and Senate. The current Congress also enacted the sixth-fewest substantive laws (83) in its first year, six fewer than in 2015.

California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda | US news | The Guardian

California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda | US news | The Guardian:



Trump unveiled a plan last week to open up US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas along the Pacific Ocean.

The administration later reversed its position, saying it would not allow drilling off the Florida coast, following pressure from the state’s Republican governor. That further fueled claims that Trump was again targeting California, which has the world’s sixth largest economy and overwhelmingly voted against the president.


Well of course he's going to target them.  Because he's a vindictive little wanker, with the morals of a spoiled child.   And his base loves him for it.  Yea, get those liberals, those people who think everyone should have equal rights, who think immigrants are people, who think women should be free of male oppression, who think we do need to address climate change even if it is hard.   

Florida prisoners plan Martin Luther King Day strike over 'slavery' | US news | The Guardian

Florida prisoners plan Martin Luther King Day strike over 'slavery' | US news | The Guardian



Yes, it's prison, not a bed of roses. But forced labor is still forced labor. And inhumane conditions do nothing to reduce recidivism.  They demean both the prisoners and the prison keepers. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?

When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?



Our failure to act will be paid for by our children and grandchildren.  They should be very very angry with us.

The Secret to Understanding Kamala Harris – Mother Jones

The Secret to Understanding Kamala Harris – Mother Jones

Dismal Charter School Graduation Rates Should Alarm Parents And Elected Officials

Dismal Charter School Graduation Rates Should Alarm Parents And Elected Officials:



In a recent study, Fleeter found that, excluding dropout recovery charters, the charter graduation rate is about 45 percent compared to the graduation rate of 73 percent for Ohio’s six largest urban districts.

Trump just denied his ‘shithole’ comment. In the process, he confirmed the worst. - The Washington Post

Trump just denied his ‘shithole’ comment. In the process, he confirmed the worst. - The Washington Post

What did the men with Donald Trump do when he spoke of ‘shithole countries’? - The Washington Post

What did the men with Donald Trump do when he spoke of ‘shithole countries’? - The Washington Post:



When Trump called disfavored countries “shitholes,” he was indulging the most lethal and persistent tribalism of all: pure, unabashed racism. After a candidacy and now a presidency marked by implications of racism, the president has grown more comfortable with speaking in overtly racist terms, condemning whole countries and their people for not being more like “Norway,” one of the whitest countries on Earth.


No surprise here.  We knew what he was.  We know who the people are who proudly call themselves 'deplorables'. 

What we don't know is why he would think anyone from Norway would want to leave their country and come here?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Medicaid Restrictions That Require Recipients To Work Miss The Point, Critics Say : Shots - Health News : NPR

Medicaid Restrictions That Require Recipients To Work Miss The Point, Critics Say : Shots - Health News : NPR:



And even if states create programs that help people find jobs, and provide things like childcare and transportation, Rosenbaum says, there's no evidence that they would lead to more employment. And those programs are expensive.

"If you do a work program, it costs real money," she says, "and the federal government has said, 'we won't pay any of those costs.' "

What's more likely, Rosenbaum says, is that states will basically say, 'Get a job on your own, or get off Medicaid.' "

And what that does, she says, is create a hurdle for everybody on Medicaid. People who are working are going to have to prove they are employed, so even people with jobs could stand to lose their insurance because of red tape. In fact, the state of Indiana's own projections show that with a work requirement, Medicaid will cover fewer people and cost more.

Friday, January 12, 2018

If Oprah took on Trump, he would be the ultimate winner | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

If Oprah took on Trump, he would be the ultimate winner | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian:



And yet, no matter how enticing the prospect of seeing Trump confronted by a black woman who is his superior in every way, I’m not sure I want Oprah Winfrey to run for president. And it’s not because I don’t think she might win.

My worry is that a Trump v Winfrey contest would confirm that the Trump era was no aberration, but a new normal. It would say that, from now on, the US presidency is a celebrity post, open only to those who have found spectacular fame, usually via television. Presidential elections inevitably include an element of the popularity contest, but if the next one is The Apprentice v Oprah, then a future beckons in which all such elections will be nothing but.

A pastor admitted a past ‘sexual incident’ with a teen, saying he was ‘deeply sorry.’ His congregation gave him a standing ovation. - The Washington Post

A pastor admitted a past ‘sexual incident’ with a teen, saying he was ‘deeply sorry.’ His congregation gave him a standing ovation. - The Washington Post:



But Savage’s situation tracks with a larger tendency within the evangelical community, according to Christa Brown, an expert on church abuse scandals and coverups. “Religious leaders use forgiveness theology as a cover, and as an avoidance, of accountability,” Brown told The Washington Post. “And it’s a way of further shaming victims. ‘What a bad girl you are, you aren’t forgiving.’”


It's all the females fault. She lured, she tempted, and now she won't forgive him for succumbing to her wiles.   WTF?  If men are so strong, why are they so weak?

We got a glimpse of Trump negotiating today. It … wasn’t great. - The Washington Post

We got a glimpse of Trump negotiating today. It … wasn’t great. - The Washington Post:



The problem? Trump didn't know what “clean DACA bill” meant. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly interjected and made clear that Trump believes a “clean” bill would include border security. Except that's not at all what a clean bill is; that's a compromise bill. A clean bill, by definition, only has one component to it.
Imagine that.  The stable genius didn't know what he was talking about. 

BBC - Capital - What workers around the world do for lunch

BBC - Capital - What workers around the world do for lunch

BBC - Travel - What it’s like to live in a well-governed country

BBC - Travel - What it’s like to live in a well-governed country



Perhaps these are the countries Trump wants us to emulate? In order to MAGA?

BBC - Future - The astronaut fighting to save our home in space

BBC - Future - The astronaut fighting to save our home in space:



But, unless the private sector steps in, Foale fears that in 2024 the space agencies – and the politicians that fund them – will end up destroying one of the world’s greatest engineering accomplishments, not to mention a massive economic investment by millions of taxpayers around the world.

President Trump cancels London trip, blames Obama for embassy deal - NBC News

President Trump cancels London trip, blames Obama for embassy deal - NBC News:



He criticised the move from "perhaps the best located and finest embassy," even though the relocation was initiated under George W. Bush's administration in 2008 and followed security concerns in the aftermath of terror attacks such as the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.


Once again, Trump is the emperor of false news.  And his loyal followers will accept his lies and angrily refute and attempt to correct them. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Last Call For Motor Voter Over

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Last Call For Motor Voter Over:



Ohio purged 2 million voters from 2011 to 2016, more than any other state, including over 840,000 for infrequent voting. At least 144,000 voters in Ohio’s three largest counties, home to Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, have been purged since the 2012 election, with voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods twice as likely to be removed as those in Republican-leaning ones, according to a  Reuters analysis.


It's not about stopping illegal voting. It's about stopping anyone who doesn't swallow the GOP program from voting.  And once they have us erased from the polls, do you really think they'll stop?

Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground : The Two-Way : NPR

Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground : The Two-Way : NPR



Has anyone studied climate change and human birth sex ratios?

Well, of course they have: https://www.livescience.com/48070-male-fetus-climate-change.html

'Deport Them': Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients : NPR

'Deport Them': Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients : NPR:



 Arpaio told NPR that DACA recipients should be sent back in this controversial way:

"They can do a lot of good in those countries. They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country. That's just my idea."

He likened it to the Peace Corps and indicated he'd be open to them returning later to the United States legally.




This man just needs to shut up and go away.

Judge Throws Out Challenge To Alabama Voter ID Law : The Two-Way : NPR

Judge Throws Out Challenge To Alabama Voter ID Law : The Two-Way : NPR:



Merrill maintained the case should be thrown out, arguing the law provided for a wide range of acceptable IDs and procedures for voters to obtain a valid photo voter identification card, including waiving fees for nondriver IDs. Additionally, the state has a mobile ID unit that provides free voter ID cards for people who lack transportation to other state offices to obtain one.

Coogler found that "even though Black and Latino registered voters are almost twice as likely as white voters to lack an acceptable photo ID, no one is prevented from voting." He says the state has made it easy to get an ID for voting purposes.

After Florida Gets Offshore Drilling Exemption, Other States Ask For The Same : The Two-Way : NPR

After Florida Gets Offshore Drilling Exemption, Other States Ask For The Same : The Two-Way : NPR:



After the news broke about Republican-governed Florida, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked whether there are different rules for blue states like California.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, told reporters in South Carolina he plans to ask the Trump administration for an exemption, calling it "a matter of serious importance."


Well of course there are different rules for the blue states.  Why do you think they messed with SALT the way they did? Because they think that people who vote Democratic are less than people.  Because we dare to oppose their agenda. 

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements - The Washington Post

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements - The Washington Post



And that didn't take long, did it.  Sign the bill giving tax breaks to millionaires, adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, and just a few weeks later, let's start trimming away at Medicaid. 

One of the first states waiting for permission: Kentucky.  With over 1 million people enrolled in the program.   And 62.54% of voters in 2016 were for Trump.   I wonder how many of those voters are  on Medicaid?

And here's the thing: 60% of non-elderly adults on Medicaid are already working.  Of those without a job [according to Kaiser Family Foundation analysis] more than a third are disabled, 30% are caring for young children, 15 percent are in school. Which leaves 10% who might be able to work.  If there were jobs available.  But if the program works the way proponents want it to, it will also make it much harder for that 90%.  They would continually update and document their compliance with the rules, or risk losing their benefits. 

"Under Kentucky’s waiver application, for instance, people on Medicaid would be required to report income changes within 10 days, noted Cara Stewart of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center. For low-wage workers, such as waitresses with fluctuating wages, “it boggles my mind,” Stewart said."
And for those of you who've never paid attention, living at the bottom of the ladder is already a constant running effort. It takes a lot of work to live with little, a lot of juggling and catching up.