Commentary at The Mary Sue – I feel like there’s a false equivalency for some of the pairings. “Do something about climate change / don’t do something about climate change” are opposites, but “I understand my identity” and “I have value as a person” are different sorts of beliefs, and opposing them is a direct attack on that person rather than a simple opinion.
- You Are Not So Smart 099 – The Half Life of Facts
- How One Inmate Changed The Prison System From The Inside
- Will the governor let Indiana gas stations sell cold beer? – Remember, regulations that protect public interests (health, safety, the environment) are excessive and stifling. Regulations that protect a subset of business owners from competition are good and necessary.
- The Women of American Gods Get to Actually Be People – I’m so excited for this show… if, like me, you’re feeling burnt out on Jon Snow’s Throne Game you should check out American Gods next weekend.
- Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever
- We Asked People What They Know About Taxes. See If You Know The Answers
via The Mary Sue – In all writing, viewpoint is key in establishing audience sympathies and “good guys/bad guys.” For TV & film, though, editing’s role is often overlooked.
- Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Director Rian Johnson reveals Carrie Fisher helped re-write screenplay – You probably don’t know how many of your favorite movies were saved by Fisher.
- A Survivor player cruelly outed another as transgender for “strategy.” It backfired on him, hard
- Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men – with a more detailed write-up at Snopes
- Amtrak’s long-distance train routes could get the ax – If you’re angry about airlines treating passengers… “poorly,” this is bad news.
- Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks – Software and EULAs are greatly complicating ownership. Do you know how much of what you’ve paid for you actually own?
- A Cultural Moment For Polyamory
- ‘The Hello Girls’ Chronicles The Women Who Fought For America — And For Recognition
- D.C. Circuit Court Issues Dangerous Decision for Cybersecurity: Ethiopia is Free to Spy on Americans in Their Own Homes
- Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon
- Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes
- These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned.
- Thanks to Twitter, Ghost in the Shell Never Stood a Ghost of a Chance
- How Trans Consultants Saved Dragon Age: Inquisition
- After 12 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes – Reminder that if you’re an American, your government has been killing innocent civilians abroad for almost two decades.
- Sex Nerd Sandra #212: Yes Means Yes! Consent With Jaclyn Friedman!
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says – You know how the late aughts’ job market set Millennials’ lives back by a decade compared to previous generations and all we got were think-pieces saying we ruined everything? Get ready for round two.
- Millennials Are America’s Queerest, Least Binary Generation Yet – For all the bad the Internet brings, it’s been wonderful for letting isolated teens know they’re not alone and giving them a community.
- The ACA Won – Did Ryan or Trump lose, or did ACA/Obamacare win?
- What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America – Tweren’t Democrats who killed the coal mine.
- Climate Progress, With or Without Trump
Love the conclusion – humans are bad at communicating when data indicate that something is helpful for some people but not all.
Heard someone use this clip to explain gaslighting, and it’s pretty much perfect.
- UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it
- CVS selling homeopathic remedies: It gets personal