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February 5, 2016
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Today’s Links February 5, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

February 4, 2016
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Ted Cruz Won The Iowa Caucuses. Here’s What He Wants To Do To America.

Ted Cruz Won The Iowa Caucuses. Here’s What He Wants To Do To America.

From the moment he launched his presidential bid, conventional wisdom said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wouldn’t even get close to becoming president. This week Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses, and got a little closer to the White House. Here’s why that should scare you.

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February 2, 2016
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Today’s Links February 2, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • We’d rather pay for prison: Poverty, mental illness and the high cost of justice failing before a crime is even committed
    In America, our answer to crime only focuses on the end game—that grand sweeping gesture of a trial, jail time, or the death penalty, as if the whole process offered any sort of remedy for the deep wounds of our society.
  • To understand Michael Jackson and his skin, you have to go beyond race
    Understanding Michael Jackson’s skin and what it was like for him to live in it isn’t simply a matter of picking a skin color and an actor to match.
  • If the Snack Industry Was Like the Gun Industry We Would Be Even Fatter
    Imagine what our lives would look like if for the last several decades, the snack food industry had put a portion of every bag of chips ever purchased into a fund set aside strictly to promote and preserve your personal right to crunch. Over the years, they spent that money advertising, lobbying and funding political candidates, all the time warning the public that the government was trying to take away your right to enjoy pretzels with your football and beer. They stoked fear, claiming that militant health foodies were taking over and that the government was coming to confiscate your Pringles. They appealed to your core values. This isn’t just about the right to Cheez Doodles, but about your God-given right as Americans to put Doritos in your kids’ lunch bags.
  • Angry, White Primaries
    This election, as we’ve all heard, is dominated by angry white people. That is because the primary system is fundamentally racist.
  • A Right to the Land: Native Americans and Militias in Oregon and Nevada
    If anyone has the right to demand that the U.S. government hand back federal lands to the people it’s Native Americans. For hundreds of years, the federal government has stripped territory from Indigenous tribes who have continually fought to regain their lands as sovereign nations.

January 25, 2016
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Today’s Links January 25, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • The Poor of Flint Were Left Under the Cover of Darkness
    It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad. Residents of Flint, Mich., reported that the stuff smelled. It was yellowish brown. You drank it and your hair fell out. Or you developed a rash. Or you were nauseous.. Again, this was in April.
  • Australia Gears Up to Celebrate Anniversary of Colonial Slaughter
    The original Australians are the oldest human presence. To the European invaders, they did not exist because their continent had been declared terra nullius: empty land. To justify this fiction, mass murder was ordained. But this truth has no place in the Australian consciousness.
  • It's Time to Get the Lead Out
    Why does it take a disaster like this to get the attention of political leaders that safeguarding water and air and other resources is a human right? The primary responsibility of government "i.e. local, state and federal," is to protect the lives of its citizens. Clearly, this wasn’t at the top of the priority list for this governor.
  • This New Yorker Cover Perfectly Explains the Problem With Donald Trump | Mother Jones
    The point here is that what is distasteful about Trump is not that he offends old-fashioned American values; Trump is distasteful because he taps into certain old-fashioned American values—nativism, brash tough talk, slow-burning authoritarianism; family dynasties—that have played a not-inconsequential role throughout our history.
  • The Work-Life Balance Goes to Court
    Workers like those involved in two new lawsuits against Walmart shouldn’t have to choose between satisfying supervisors and caring for their families.

January 24, 2016
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Today’s Links January 24, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

January 13, 2016
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Today’s Links January 13, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

January 8, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Presidential Tears And Wingnut Clowns

Wingnut Week In Review: Presidential Tears And Wingnut Clowns

When President Obama introduced his executive actions on gun control, he wept as he talked about Sandy Hook Elementary. Wingnuts couldn’t understand why he would still cry over 20 dead first graders.

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January 7, 2016
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Today’s Links January 7, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

January 4, 2016
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Today’s Links January 4, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

December 29, 2015
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Today’s Links December 29, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

December 23, 2015
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2015: The Year That Black Lives Mattered, At Last

Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Laquan McDonald. Sandra Bland. Walter Scott. Rekia Boyd. Tamir Rice. Most Americans have at least heard their names, and the stories of how they died. We have seen videos and images of their deaths, or of the aftermaths. They are African-Americans who have been killed by police, or died in police custody, in just over a year. There are many more. Continue Reading →