Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Burn All The Printing Presses

Tuesday Night

Tomorrow is...

Urban Hellhole

Ugh. My neighborhood.
A teenage boy is recovering after getting shot in his left buttocks during an argument on a South Philly corner, police said.

Evening Thread

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Lacking Self-Awareness



Tuesday Crass Commercialism

Friend and very early friend of the blog Michelangelo Signorile has a new book. It's rather timely.



America's Worst Humans

David Brooks

Travels In Unsafe Lands

Beutler:
As a purely logistical matter, Indiana’s RFRA stacks the deck for discriminatory businesses. Same-sex couples denied hotel rooms, or meals, or even wedding venues could theoretically sue, and many probably would. Where protected by non-discrimination law, some might even win. But the effect in the moment, when the gay customer seeks to pay for a service, would be the same as if the discrimination had been state-sanctioned: The customer would have to find other accommodations.

Not so long ago I went on a weekend hiking trip with some same sex couples. As hiking tends to be in the middle of nowhere, so does accommodation. It occurred to me - and no doubt it occurred to those couples, as I assume it regularly does - that presuming whatever hotel we booked would have no issue with that was actually not a 100% bet. All was fine, and in fact the hotel clerk was a trans woman which diminished the likelihood of problems significantly, but nonetheless it was a small educational moment. Having to worry about shit like this is kind of a big deal.

The War On Some Women Who Have Miscarriages

Perhaps the more important reason to stay the hell out of Indiana.
On Monday, the state of Indiana sentenced 33-year-old Indian-American Purvi Patel to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide - an act that causes the death of a fetus - and neglect of a dependent. She received a 30-year-sentence on the felony neglect charge, 10 of which were suspended. A six-year sentence for feticide will be served concurrently.

Jubilee

One maddening thing about the financial crisis was that fixing it was so easy. They gave free money to the banks. They could've given free money to everybody (in various ways). They chose not to do so.

All that quantitative easing bought big shitpile. It also could've helped actual people and bought real stuff.

Morning Thread

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reminder

Boycotts are mostly a PR tool. The pain is the negative publicity, for the most part.

Evening Thread

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Sharing The Bikes

Hey, it's finally here.

I'm too much of a coward to bike into center city, though if stations are located in appropriate places I might use it to travel between residential neighborhoods on journeys which don't require me to go through center city. Anyway, hope it functions well.


...for locals, map here, some strange coverage holes.

America's Worst Humans

Herry Patel.

Failure Is Proof Of My Ability To Succeed

I suppose it's actually smart. If Fiorina keeps talking about how awesome she was running HP then it will become truthy. Reporters won't bother to offer up any contradiction, and it will become a fact for the purpose of the campaign.

Not that she'll win or anything.

Nothing To See Here

Climate change isn't something I follow comprehensively, but it seems like all the latest news "uh oh, this is worse than we thought."

I guess we'll find it soon enough... is it going to be catastrophic or merely horribly expensive?

Nice Things

$80 per month to travel anywhere in Île-de-France? Pretty good deal.