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Digest for May 5th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for May 5th from 13:18 to 13:24:

  • Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit – For Sterling, Bundy and their amoral company, the good old days were pre-emancipation, when white men like them were men, and federal law said black men were, well, only three-fifths human.
  • In Deep South Where GOP Rejected Obamacare, Tens of Thousands Die Unnecessarily Every Year – The Center for Disease Control house found that 900,000 people a year die of five leading causes every year in the US, and that 20% to 40% of these deaths are preventable (i.e. 180,000 to 360,000 needn’t die).
  • How We Lost 200 Black Girls in 12 Days – Historically, far too little has been done about missing black children.
  • How Oklahoma’s GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has done what almost no death penalty foe has been able to do in decades of fighting capital punishment: She’s made the country feel sorry for a heinous killer. Last week, she turned a man who shot a 19-year-old woman and watched as she was buried alive, into exhibit A as to why the death penalty should be abolished.
  • What makes U.S. ‘primitive, backward’? – The recent and ghastly botched execution of a man in Oklahoma has rekindled my thoughts on capital punishment — a practice outlawed in most civilized countries. Indeed, most of the industrialized world looks with horror on the United States, in this regard, as a primitive and backward country.
  • Quantifying the Effects of Homophobia – Data confirms that antigay laws do society more harm than good.
  • Do Men Cling To Their Mask of Masculinity? – Graham Phoenix used to regard the life he was leading as a lie. His fear was that people would see him as weak, indecisive and scared. He wonders whether this is typical for men?
  • The Black Man in the White House: Racism Is Alive and Well in America – While many say racism is over and point to the fact that America has its first black president, Barack Obama's election actually ignited racial tension in the country, rather than ending it. As a result white supremacists, hate crimes and Internet sites like Stormfront have grown exponentially.
  • Robert Reich: The 4 Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality – Despite Piketty's proof that inequality is epic, the right clings desperately to its mythology.

    Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to do about it.

    Herewith, the four biggest right-wing lies about inequality, followed by the truth.

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