April 19, 2014 Leave a comment
1) NYT on the divisions in the NC Republican Party. We’ll know just how divided it actually is when the Senate primary occurs next month.
2) How zebras got their stripes. Best evidence suggest that stripes deter biting flies.
3) Charter schools are not the solution to educational inequality.
4) Forget ADHD, now we’ve got Slow Cognitive Tempo. Seriously.
5) Chait provides a long summary of his much longer piece on Obama, race, and racism.
6) Politico on “is there a wonk bubble?” Uhhhh, yes! I love it. Though sometimes I hate how much high-quality wonk content there is to read every day now.
7) The full story on the Jameis Winston rape “investigation.” So disturbing and depressing.
8) Former MLB player gives account of being racially profiled shoveling snow in his own driveway.
9) Evan Osnos on politicians literally shooting legislation in their advertisements and what it all means. It’s not good.
10) Short version of a man convicted of armed robbery and accidentally not sent to jail for 13 years who turned into a totally productive citizen. Longer version. This American Life version. Seriously calls into question a lot about how we think about crime and punishment.
11) Research suggests students retain more when reading from “real” books than e-books.
12) Mark Kleiman on how legalized pot would change America.
13) Best thing I’ve read on the Cliven Bundy travesty. This guy and anybody out there with a gun “defending” him needs to be in jail. Seriously. Timothy Egan:
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.
Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not.
So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat. Easterners, especially clueless ones in politics and the press, have always had a soft spot for a defiant white dude in a Stetson.
Truly atrocious and deplorable the support he’s been getting from the right.
14) Way too many teachers have been resigning from Wake County, NC during the school year. Surely because the legislature has made it quite clear just how little the value educators.