In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’ – Required coverages were one of the biggest benefits of Obamacare. It’s the difference between health insurance that can keep you alive and out of bankruptcy and a contract where you give money to a corporation and never get anything in return.
A New Generation Overthrows Gender – One of my favorite things about the internet is kids (and adults) finding community & support when they don’t fit the prescribed norms for things like gender, sexuality, or religion.
The Narrative Spectrum -Human consciousness functions as jumped-up pattern recognition (the brain assigning narrative to its own functions), & Malka Older has been talking about how that pattern recognitions works (& fails) in modern information flows. Also you should check out her book Infomocracy, it’s the other of my top-two books from 2016.
Best analysis I’ve heard is about 2/3 through – trademarking a slur you’re trying to reclaim legally prevents the rest of your demographic from working to reclaim it with you.
Hobby Lobby fined $3 million for smuggled Iraqi artifacts – Much like Ken Ham, jerks using their religion to justify whatever they want to do continue to be jerks. Also, notice their justification – it boils down to “despite legal experts telling us it was a bad idea and probably illegal, we didn’t know any better!” Sound like any other prominent reactionaries in 2017?
Telling parents not to vaccinate their kids because of autism is a lie, is evil, and stigmatizing/hateful towards autistic people. Our neurology is not a disease. Stop using us to make kids sick.
Truckin’ – Everyone agrees that automation and software are changing the future of employment. But our split on how to respond is turning into no response at all, which is going to hurt us all. So far there seem to be three camps – refusal (preserve jobs by making change illegal), adaptation (where I am – basic income, actually funding retraining initiatives instead of just talking about them), and a tiny rich minority who don’t give a shit because they’re just gonna get richer as the majority suffer (good long-term thinking there, fellas).