In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law, "saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution." GOOD.

[Content Note: Reproductive coercion; hostility to consent] A county sheriff in Michigan denied a pregnant inmate access to an abortion, and he is being hailed as a hero in an editorial in local press headlined: "Sheriff's refusal to allow abortion results in a new family." Rage. Seethe. Boil.

Fox News is all a-twitter with the news that "Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for 'video' explanation." OH MY GOD! CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?! A PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION COORDINATING A RESPONSE?! HOLY SHIT! #impeachObummer

[CN: Drones; death] Ha ha transparency schmansparency: "The official number of civilians killed each year by U.S. drone strikes will remain unknown, after senators dropped a demand for a public declaration, congressional aides said, after the U.S. intelligence chief expressed concerns the disclosure might reveal classified information." Ah, national security is at stake. That old canard.

At Think Progress, Jessica Goldstein has an interesting interview with Janet Vertesi, a woman who tried to hide her pregnancy from Google. What I found most compelling about her experiment was how she discovered that trying to live in a way where your information isn't being constantly mined looks suspicious: "[I]t was disconcerting because the kinds of things you're doing are, if it were taken in the aggregate, it looks like we're up to no good. Who else is on Tor every day and pulling out cash all over the city and taking out enormous gift cards to buy a stroller? It's the kind of thing, taken in the aggregate, that flags you in law enforcement systems. Fortunately, we never had the FBI show up at our door. But you start noticing the lengths, the extremes you have to go to to try to not be tracked. They put you in a very, very discomfiting position."

Have you heard about this neat kid who was accepted by all eight Ivy League universities? "Kwasi Enin will announce his decision at William Floyd High School at a news conference, the type of event usually reserved for college football and basketball recruits." LOL. Awesome. I love that.

RIP Bob Hoskins. I know that you will probably be remembered most for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but you'll always be Spoor from Brazil to me.

screen cap from the movie 'Brazil' with Bob Hoskins as Spoor, dressed in a red jumpsuit and oversized red cap
All you've got to do is blow your nose and it's fixed, innit?

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