Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th through November 16th:
- Behind Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee Debt Campaign, Personal Finance Book For Debtors And Defaulters –
"Occupy Wall Street alumni have hatched a new plan: Raise money and then bail people out of debt. The campaign, called Rolling Jubilee, kicks off Thursday night with a live-streaming telethon broadcast on the Jubilee's web site.
While Occupy's latest initiative may or may not succeed, Strike Debt, the group behind the Jubilee campaign, hopes to aid struggling debtors in another way: They have written a personal finance book. Unlike other educational money books, it's not for people who have money, but for people who don't. "
- Public shaming sentences: Can judges subject criminals to humiliation? – Slate Magazine –
"Cleveland resident Shena Hardin was caught driving her SUV on the sidewalk to avoid stopping for a school bus. On Tuesday and Wednesday, she served her sentence for the crime: standing on a street corner with a sign that read, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” Is public shaming a constitutional punishment?"
- GOP’s scandal envy – Salon.com –
"So what’s going on here? I can sum it up in two words: scandal envy. Republicans are indescribably frustrated by the fact that Barack Obama, whom they regard as both illegitimate and corrupt, went through an entire term without a major scandal. "
- When Pro-Life Means Death – The Daily Beast –
"Since the death of Savita Halappanavar on Oct. 28, outrage in Ireland and the rest of the world has steadily gathered force, and on Wednesday, demonstrators outside Parliament held candles as a minute’s silence was observed to commemorate the 31-year-old. Some wept while others expressed anger. “I have a heartbeat too!” one sign read."
- Dying for a Pro-Life Cause –
"Savita Halappanavar died because her fetus's heartbeat was given priority over her own, a situation that still happens too frequently around the world. "
- Uwe E. Reinhardt: The Mid-20th Century Infrastructure of the U.S. – NYTimes.com –
"Europeans visiting the Northeastern United States – and many parts of the East Coast — can show their children what Europe’s infrastructure looked like during the 1960s."
- Defending the Right to Treat Your Employees Like Dirt –
"What CEOs who object to Obamacare are really saying"
- White voters rejected the politics of exclusion –
This election proves that many white voters are signaling their willingness to trade in old-fashioned white supremacy for an inclusive American identity.
- End the drug war – Salon.com –
"What’s next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same way alcohol is already legalized, regulated and taxed. Since those anti-drug war principles are now enshrined in Colorado’s constitution, only the feds can stop this Rocky Mountain state – if they so choose. But will they? And should they even be able to?
The answer to the former is maybe. "
- Pat Choate: Some Tips for Dazed Republicans –
Republicans are trying to figure out why they did so poorly in the 2012 presidential and Congressional elections. I have a few tips that they may find useful in forthcoming elections.