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Digest for February 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for February 17th from 15:14 to 15:24:

  • Is Welfare Reform Causing Earlier Deaths? – We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.
  • The Worst Sort of Violence Against Children – Keeping public schools defunded and dysfunctional is also a form of violence. Promoting privatization and competition when kids really just need resources is also cruelty. Pretending that standardized curriculum and tests are a Civil Right is also savagery. It’s called class warfare. Its most prominent victims are children. Its most active soldiers are teachers. And we’re on the front lines every day.
  • Could we please not forgive Sarah Palin? She is an unrepentant nightmare – Everyone. I am begging you. Do not participate in or encourage the aw-shucks redemption of Sarah Palin – or any other unrepentant nightmare person, for that matter. She does not deserve it. She is the same person she was in 2008 (though seemingly even more desperate and eager to pander) and she is still actively trying to make the world worse.
  • Guess we don’t live in a post-racial world after all: 13 disturbing criminal justice statistics – Next time someone tells you we live in a post-racial world– after all, we have a black president– show them these stats.
  • Lesley Gore, Feminist Icon – …while the girl group genre, at the behest of older male producers like Phil Spector, was dominated by songs that portrayed girls as boy-crazy damsels in distress—"The Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri Las and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles being iconic examples—Gore stood out by showing a more defiant, feminist side with her 1963 hit "You Don't Own Me." The song portrays a narrator standing up to her controlling, possessive boyfriend: "You don't own me, don't try to change me in any way/You don't own me, don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay."

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