- The Bigot in the Machine
- Birth Control At The Supreme Court: Does Free Coverage Violate Religious Freedom? – I am 100% on the side of requiring institutions to opt out – both from the “not an undue burden” perspective and a purely practical/bureaucratic point of view. (It’s like making plans with a friend – when you ask if they want to meet for coffee, you need a yes or a no in order to make plans and take action. Not silence.) Not only is filing a single form not an undue burden, the institutions involved don’t seem to consider that *they* are seeking to impose a huge burden on their employees whose religious belief is that contraception is just fine. I feel like this is part of a larger trend where job seekers will need to add potential employer’s religious and moral beliefs to their interview questions, regardless of whether the company is for-profit, non-profit, or religious… Unfortunately, most job seekers today are not in a position to turn down a job offer if they actually get one.
- North Carolina Passes Law Blocking Measures To Protect LGBT People – This will negatively impact many marginalized groups, but it seems particularly targeted at transgender people who want to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. To which this response seems to sum things up:
These are the people that say, “criminals don’t obey gun laws,” but somehow child sex predators are politely rueing bathroom social norms?
— Monika MHz (@MonikaMHz) March 24, 2016
- An antidote to Islamophobia
…whether or not one shares that belief, we can choose, together, to believe in redemption. In human decency. We can save our soul — whether we take that term to mean our character as a nation, or something more mystical — but we must do it together.
How? By not staying uncomfortably silent when one’s relatives or coworkers start carrying on about “the Muslims.’’ By asking a proprietor to change the channel when an in-store TV blares pundits preaching hate. By finding out what your kids are being taught about Muslims at school. By contributing to a rebuilding fund for a mosque struck by vandals.
These things take time and energy. They can make us uncomfortable. But far more costly is the collective choice — through assent or silence — to become comfortable with this religious and racial hatred. We’ve seen where that dark road leads. It is not too late for us, together, to choose a different path.
- Why it seems impossible to buy your first home
- When Is A Slate Not A Slate? Or Why Is The Puppy Sad – Ah, Hugos nomination season.
- How to use AI to automatically schedule your appointments with x.ai – Ending on a brighter, “hey that’s cool” note.
- It could’ve been great – On ‘Magic In North America’ and respect & cultural appropriation.
“The level of support for Trump is genuinely horrifying to me” edition (note: I do respect that he is willing to change his mind AND ADMIT IT when presented with new evidence – unlike other politicians – but that’s about the only thing I respect about him)
- Pastor Max Lucado Baffled Over Evangelical Trump Supporters
- Trump Doesn’t Own Most Of The Products He Pitched Last Night – This is priceless – Trump holds a press conference to refute Romney saying all Trump products flopped, & the majority of the evidence presented are not Trump’s products. Some are owned by other people/companies with “Trump” in the name; some don’t even have that. If Clinton did something like this, Trump fans would be frothing at the mouth with rage.
- Trump supporter charged after sucker-punching protester at North Carolina rally – The level of hostility and violence directed at POC protesters is alarming, and Trump usually seems to encourage it from the stage. When asked about it at a debate, he claimed the victims of this violence were scary & violent – funny, that sounds a lot like the justification white police officers use for shooting unarmed black children, or the way racists talk about “those people.”
(Some coverage of Trump’s cancelled rally in Chicago indicates that there were minor scuffles between supporters and protesters *after* the cancellation was announced. I’m willing to revise this opinion based on future evidence, but I’d be willing to bet most of these were started by Trump fans who were angry someone spoiled their party.)
[Edited to add: follow-up article on Chicago: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/13/470237011/this-cant-go-on-in-chicago-says-anti-trump-protester]
This is why access to safe abortions is so important. Evidence indicates that without access to abortion-providing healthcare professionals, people will choose DIY methods that are dangerous to women.
- What tech usage rules would kids make for their parents?
- America’s High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries’ High School Dropouts
- ‘Body Hacking’ Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers – I think transhumanism is an interesting concept, but I feel like some of the things described in this article aren’t actually transhumanism so much as cosmetic body mods that involve electronics (an LED in your hand doesn’t change how you interact with the world – at best it serves as a dimmed flashlight). Related question, though: in the photo near end of this piece, why is the earring considered acceptable but other mods discussed in the story aren’t?
I’m curious how many politicians believe your choices are the sole determining factor in your life outcome (and not society, privilege, chance, your parents’ $1 million gift) while at the same time doing everything they can to take away choices from segments of society (women, immigrants, people with lower incomes, etc.). It’s not honest to say “we both had a chance” in a wrestling match where your opponent starts with one shoulder on the mat.
- How SyFy’s The Expanse cast its multiracial future – My favorite new show, and this is part of why.
- Racketeering suit claims Mark Driscoll misused Mars Hill donor dollars – Not surprising at all. Also not surprising that he’s denying it and holding on to the spotlight and power people keep giving him despite everything about his history… who does that sound like? (If there weren’t so many real-life consequences and implications and people being hurt by their message, I’d be fascinated by watching to see what it will take for Trump and Driscoll’s supporters to say “that’s pretty fucked up” and walk away.)
- I dare you to read this and still feel good about tipping
- ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Challenges Stereotypes One Song At A Time – My 2nd favorite new show. (Related spoilers: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Darryl Is TV’s Most Darling Bisexual – Darryl’s coming out scene was the most adorable thing)