Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 25th through July 31st:
- The ‘busyness’ curse: our time is valuable, and its under threat | Sarah Burnside – We are told our old world is being superseded by an exciting 24/7 economy. It might be inevitable, but when were any of us asked whether this was what we actually wanted?
- Listen Up, America: It’s Time to Start Making Mass Transit Free! – Though it might seem counterintuitive, city governments have much to gain by letting riders off the hook.
- Conservative Media React To Domestic Violence Ad With Call For More Guns – Right-wing media reacted to an ad depicting gun-based domestic violence with the dangerous claim that keeping guns in the home would prevent such attacks. In fact, the presence of a firearm in a home where domestic abuse occurs increases the risk a woman will be murdered.
- Fast-Food Workers Just Took McDonald’s Down a Notch – On Tuesday evening, the federal government dealt a huge blow to McDonald’s, which has for over a year and a half been the target of worker protests and lawsuits over its low wages and questionable labor practices.
- National Review declares war against the nerds – Why are conservatives so annoyed by Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Because, you know, science.
- House Republicans vote to sue Obama over hated healthcare law not implemented fast enough – You can't make this up. The same people who hate this law are suing because the president slowed down its implementation:
- The McDonald’s Mom paradox: why are we not letting this woman make enough money to take care of her own child? | Sadhbh Walshe – Another working single mother goes to jail for 'abandoning' a young kid. Politicians keep funding families that earn six figures, and not a new minimum wage. Something doesn't add up
- “When does your decency kick in?” Police overreach and the Eric Garner difference – Another funeral for another unarmed black man taken down by NYPD. But here's how videotape may set this case apart
- National Review’s Dishonest History – If black voters reject Republicans, it’s not because they’ve been fooled by Democrats, but because they’ve been alienated by 50 years of revanchist right-wing populism.
- The Backlash to the Backlash on Border Children – Perhaps not since that fleeting moment of national unity in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy nearly 13 years ago have so many diverse faith traditions, from Catholic bishops to Quakers, from evangelical Christians to liberal Jews, come together with such genuine fervor on any public issue.
The "backlash to the backlash" on the U.S. border crisis has now begun.