May 10, 2015 1 Comment
1) TNR’s Danny Vinik on how the Republican party is out of ideas.
2) My kids love Phineas and Ferb and alas no new episodes. This Slate article explains what makes it so good.
3) Nice editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal on how NC Republicans need to value education. I don’t think they are listening.
4) More and more people seem to be figuring out that the “war on drugs” isn’t just a colossal failure here in America, but around the world.
Many of the harms associated with drug use — the violence, the criminal activity, the loss of life — have been shown to be direct consequences of the way we wage the drug war, rather than of drug use itself. More countries are beginning to acknowledge this troubled history, but the U.N. treaties governing drug policy haven’t been significantly updated since the 1960s.
5) So why is it that college keeps getting so much more expensive?
During the 2001 to 2011 time period, state funding per student fell $3,081 at research universities and $2,067 at nonresearch universities, a decline that was “in near lockstep with tuition increases,” according to the report. The result is a “dramatic shift” in who is paying for the cost of a public education.
6) Among those people who actually research guns, there is a clear consensus that more guns means more dead people.
7) You may have seen a study saying that beards are full of fecal bacteria. Turns out that study (and the reporting on it) were full of crap.
8)Why most diets don’t actually work.
9) Nice column from Ross Douthat on liberal vs. conservative views on poverty and culture.
10) The Economist looks at the data to answer just how many people out there are gay.
11) Chait argues that HRC has set a trap for Republicans on the issue of immigration.
12) I don’t know that I would call something that happened without any human involvement GMO, but if you want to consider it the non-sexual combination of genes from very different species, nature beat us to it with sweet potatoes thousands of years ago.
13) Tina Fey’s awesomeness knows no bounds.
14) I saw there was a new poll showing 57% of Republicans would like Christianity to be our national religion “we don’t need any stinkin’ separation of church and state!” and I just knew it had to come from PPP.
15) Our bail policies are too punitive towards poor people (oh come on, everything in our criminal justice system is too punitive towards poor people).
16) So all those tax cuts in Kansas— now they can’t even afford to keep their schools open. Good thing to know we’re trying to follow a similar model here.
17) It’s two years old, but John F just shared on FB. The love you get from your parents has life-long benefits. Love may not be all you need, but it sure helps.
18) It’s great to be exonerated for a crime you didn’t commit rather than keep rotting in prison, but there’s still plenty of hardship afterwards.
19) Nice essay from Dahlia Lithwick on how being laid up with a bad back and on pain meds affected her parenting and relationship with her children.
20) Loved this episode of 99% Invisible on “perfect security,” nice to see that Slate did too and added some key visuals.