Mid-week quick hits

Tuesday night and I’m already up to 21 for the week!  So, here you go.

1) You’d think that anybody who was actually a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld would know he would not want to hug a stranger.

2) This is the dumbest HS yearbook oversight yet– a kid’s “Trump: Make America Great Again” shirt was photoshopped to plain black in his yearbook photo.  OMG that’s so stupid.

3) Enjoyed this from Paulina Porizkova (who used to adorn my middle school locker with photos cut out from the SI Swimsuit issue) on how America made her a feminist.

4) I try not to use the term “evil” about politicians, but it may well fit Kris Kobach, the man trying to make it as hard as possible to vote behind fraudulent voter fraud claims.

For Kobach, the question of citizenship, and who has a rightful claim to it, is at the heart of his lawsuits and legislation. Years before Donald Trump began talking about building a wall, the fate of America’s white majority was a matter of considerable interest to Kobach, who once agreed with a caller to his radio show that a rise in Latino immigration could lead to the “ethnic cleansing” of whites and has written scores of laws across the country to crack down on undocumented immigration…

Kobach’s plans represent a radical reordering of American priorities. They would help preserve Republican majorities. But they could also reduce the size and influence of the country’s nonwhite population. For years, Republicans have used racially coded appeals to white voters as a means to win elections. Kobach has inverted the priorities, using elections, and advocating voting restrictions that make it easier for Republicans to win them, as the vehicle for implementing policies that protect the interests and aims of a shrinking white majority. This has made him one of the leading intellectual architects of a new nativist movement that is rapidly gaining influence not just in the United States but across the globe.

5) I love this from David Plotz on all the jobs in America that employ way more people than (Trump’s obsession of) coal miners.

6) The headline from the Monkey Cage post captures it, “The Confederate flag largely disappeared after the Civil War. The fight against civil rights brought it back.”

7) Loved this “in defense of cultural appropriation.”  Hell yeah:

The accusation of cultural appropriation is a secular version of the charge of blasphemy. It’s the insistence that certain beliefs and images are so important to particular cultures that they may not appropriated by others. This is most clearly seen in the debate about Ms. Schutz’s painting “Open Casket.”

In 1955, Emmett Till’s mother urged the publication of photographs of her son’s mutilated body as it lay in its coffin. Till’s murder, and the photographs, played a major role in shaping the civil rights movement and have acquired an almost sacred quality. It was from those photos that Ms. Schutz began her painting.

To suggest that she, as a white painter, should not depict images of black suffering is as troubling as the demand by some Muslims that Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” should be censored because of supposed blasphemies in its depiction of Islam. In fact, it’s more troubling because, as the critic Adam Shatz has observed, the campaign against Ms. Schutz’s work contains an “implicit disavowal that acts of radical sympathy, and imaginative identification, are possible across racial lines.”

Seventy years ago, racist radio stations refused to play “race music” for a white audience. Today, antiracist activists insist that white painters should not portray black subjects. To appropriate a phrase from a culture not my own: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

8) How Dallas— a city with a third white residents, but only 5% white public school students– is looking to integrate.  Good for them.

9) It’s not exactly shocking to learn how cruise ships exploit their workers, but it is sad.

10) Seth Masket on what we can learn from the White House’s ongoing problem with typos.

11) Good stuff from Katherine Cramer on how rural people are so resentful of those in cities.  Huge flaw in this, though.  Nowhere does she point out that rural people are 100% wrong in thinking that they are subsidizing those in cities (an example from Minnesota).

12) Mentally ill people should not wield knives at police.  Police– especially a pair of them– should not should people for brandishing a knife until non-lethal and deescalation measures have proven ineffective.  Alas, legally, they can just shoot.

13) MS is obsessed with emoji differences between platforms.  Here’s a nice Slate video on the matter.  I love the tongue-out ghostImage result for ios emoji ghost and use it all the time.  Little did I realize how different it appears to my non-IOS friends.  And here’s a website with a comprehensive comparison.

14) Even Erick Erickson seems to get the reality of race in America.  Now for the rest of the Republican party.

15) Why, yes, there is a vegan strip club in Portland.

16) I was curious as to whether google image search could identify an insect I found.  

It couldn’t, but my FB friends could.  It’s a milkweed bug.  Great NPR story on the difficulty computer algorithms have with tasks like this– best one, labradoodle vs fried chicken.

17) This EJ Dionne piece on the (asymmetric) destruction of political norms is very good.

18) Radley Balko on Sessions’ amazing wrongness on drug policy.

19) McSweeney’s with writing advice with a title that makes this hilarious, “WRITING ADVICE TO MY STUDENTS THAT WOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN GOOD SEX ADVICE FOR MY HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIENDS.”

20) I don’t think I previously linked this excellent NYT feature on women in the infantry.  Good stuff.

21) Elevators are key to the modern city.  Cool New Yorker video:

The history of elevators is a history not just of engineering but also of psychological trickery and human adaptation. It’s the job of elevators to obscure from passengers that they’re “hovering over an abyss,” as Paumgarten says. And the passengers, in turn, keep our cities moving by stepping into these small flying boxes every day, as though it were nothing at all.



About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Mid-week quick hits

  1. itchy says:

    3. Love this.

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