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Men with guns and other links

We pay a lot of attention to whether mass shooters are black or Muslim—but as Slacktivist points out, we don’t attach any significance to them all being men. We hunted the mammoth makes a similar point.

•Cheap broadband? Competitive broadband choices? Don’t expect them any time soon.

•Microsoft is accepting requests to remove revenge porn.

•Stewart Parnell owned a peanut-butter company. He knowingly sold salmonella-tainted food and covered up the fact. Nine people died, hundreds were sickened. A life sentence seems fair.

•Military shootings: not just from Muslims.

•Although Neville Chamberlain is frequently condemned for not drawing a line in the sand against Germany, appeasement may have been a good call.

•Citibank must pay $700 million over what the government charges was deceptive marketing of credit protection services (as in offering a free trial that wasn’t free) or charging for services customers didn’t receive or weren’t eligible for.

•Some men’s rights activists speculate the government will tax them for remaining single. And to avoid the 40 percent tax, they’ll have to sleep with fat women, OMG! No, it didn’t make much sense.

•A new study claims that men are rougher on women gamers on multiplayer online games because of evolutionary psychology and the importance of status to finding a mate. Echidne finds some flaws in it. Comments are also good.

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End of June political links

Digby looks at right-wing extremism and finds (this is not news) that it’s a lot more lethal than the Islamic kind. Here she looks at some of the attacks that have fallen under the radar.

•A woman argues that yes, princess stories are feminist.

•Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife is a conservative activist. Does that give him a conflict of interest in some cases?

•The FCC chair says he doesn’t want the agency micro-managing broadband, just regulating it.

•Donald Trump says Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists. But he adds it’s outrageous to imply there’s any racism in that remark.

•Even if housing discrimination isn’t intentional, people can sue over programs that have a discriminatory effect.

•After the violence of the 1960s and ’70s I was always amazed that years later pundits would pontificate about “What if terrorism ever comes to America?” Here’s an example of the terrorism that was already here.

•Some businesses have claimed that even filling out a “no our insurance does not cover birth control” form violates their faith as it will pave the way for employees to eventually get birth control. An appellate judge says baloney. He makes good sense, though if this hits the Supremes, I’m not betting on them agreeing. Speaking of which, Scott Lemieux of LGM argues that one of the primary reasons gay rights are doing better than reproductive rights is that Justice Arthur Kennedy supports one and not the other. Much good discussion at the link.

•Someone keeps pooping on the warehouse floor. The warehouse owner demands DNA samples to try and identify the source of the fecal matter. A court rules that violates laws on gathering and using genetic information.

•”I have no respect for your ancestors. As far as your ancestors are concerned, I shouldn’t be a law professor at Georgetown. I should be a slave. That’s why they fought that war. I don’t understand what it means to be proud of a legacy of terrorism and violence.”—Paul Butler, Georgetown Law.

•”What should a man do if he is regularly denied sex by his wife? Should he masturbate, visit brothels or should be commit adultery?”—Men’s rights blogger Amartya Talukdar on why it’s wrong to criminalize marital rape (as noted at the link yes, masturbating is actually a better solution than rape). The same writer is also a Holocaust denier.

•In a general rant about people who criticize the police, the head of the Kentucky police union explains it’s the critics who cause problems like Ferguson and they must pay!

•App-based companies such as Uber fight against having their contractors listed as employees. The app-based Instacart shopping services has officially declared its shoppers are company employees.

•Verizon once promised a city-wide FIOS network in New York by 2014. A city audit found it failed massively. Verizon disagrees.

•A VR designer compares his new system to IMAX in an interview. IMAX demands the website take down the interview.

•I’m quite cool with Rush Limbaugh losing audience. At this point, however, there are enough people following in his wake I’m not sure it will affect the political landscape at all.

•A medical-bill collector that allegedly violated federal law in its methods will have to cough up $5.4 million to consumers.

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Political links

New York resident Kalief Browder was accused of a minor theft and spent three years in Rikers without the case coming to trial. A look at the Brooklyn Courts where the right to a speedy trial doesn’t exist.

•Another lone wolf terrorist who isn’t a Muslim.

•Despite the governor’s veto, the state assembly has given magistrates the right to refuse to marry anyone if they have a religious objection. My previous take on this issue here.

•Human Rights Watch reports that Khmer Rouge killers have largely escaped punishment.

•Iowa says being drunk on your front steps is not public drunkenness, so it’s legal.

•A conservative writer is shocked that the proposed new AP History standards assert that, for example, natives struggled to maintain their independence against European colonial forces. Because that’s just leftist groupthink babble or something.

•An appeals court has decided against blocking net neutrality while the suits against it are in play.

•Nobel prize-winner Sir Tim Hunt mansplains women don’t belong in the lab because they cry too much and keep falling in love with the guys. Echidne discusses.

•I’ve mentioned before that liking a movie or book doesn’t mean you want to live like that. Try telling that to Kyle Smith, who insists men love Goodfellas because the characters live the perfect male fantasy. And that women hate it because they know women are irrelevant to the fantasy life except as eye candy, which is the way men want them. And if women had made Goodfellas it would be a disaster because it’d have to be all sensitive and you couldn’t have guys insulting each other or belittling their buddies.

This is a fairly familiar type of What Men Are Like argument. The writer invariably assumes all men are like him, therefore what he likes and dreams of is what all men desire. Except it’s not true that all men are like that (my two best friends are women—not even counting TYG—and I don’t see any appeal in an all-male space). And as for women being so supposedly super-sensitive—as the writer Natalie Angier says, were the people who believe that ever in high school?

•The Justice Department apparently polices the comments section on Reason magazine.

•Libertarians have talked for years of shipping enough true believers into a small state to take over the government. Apparently some men’s rights activists have a similar idea.

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Putting in a full day is way tiring, so links!

The Chechen president declares that if women were locked up and kept off social media, they’d be easier to control. Oh, and he supports his police chief threatening to take his new bride (chief is 50, bride is 17) by force if she and her family objected.

•You may have heard about Josh Duggar molesting younger girls, including his sisters, when he was in his teens. The parents talk a lot about how God has helped them in their struggles … not so much about their daughters’ struggles.

•Abercrombie and Fitch turned down a job applicant because she wore a headscarf in an interview (they assumed she was Muslim, would insist on wearing a hijab and they have a no caps policy). The Supreme Court says they were wrong.

•TSA agents absolutely suck at stopping people from bringing illicit stuff on flights.

•Here’s a lovely theory from a few months ago: if we legalize rape on private property, women will stop doing things that make them vulnerable (going into private places with bad people, getting drunk—you know, all the stuff that supposedly makes them deserve it) and so there will be less rape. Prosecuting rape just makes women into children by shielding them from the consequences of their actions! Unsurprisingly, the advocate does not mention legalizing man-on-man rape. And here we have an antifeminist who claims that since the guy says he wants to prevent rape, his heart is clearly in the right place.

•AT&T argues that data throttling (slowing down the Internet speeds for people who use a lot of data) is legal no matter what the FTC says. The company would also like to exempt services that cut deals with it (or are business affiliates) from data caps.

•Freshman North Carolina Senator Jeff Jackson has proposed bills on sex crimes that would, among other things, include kids younger than 13 in the definition of statutory rape. Unfortunately the provisions are now attached to a Republican bill that would extend the mandatory waiting period for abortion to 72 hours. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker mansplains that as people loving sharing ultrasounds of their babies, a mandatory ultrasound can’t possibly be bad.

•The company that handled Atlantic City’s loan program for struggling homeowners and businesses did a dreadful job. Privatization, as I’ve mentioned before, is much overrated.

Harassment of a female journalist.

•The federal government is considering new rules restricting access to federal aid to for-profit colleges whose graduates can’t get jobs. A lawsuit to block the change failed.

•Bernie Sanders makes a good point: people say raising the minimum wage will slow growth, but when the benefits of a growing economy are so tilted to the 1 percent, what difference does it make?

•I’ve read multiple liberal evangelicals or former evangelicals who say the only sexual standard is married/unmarried. Nothing about consent. By which logic, Josh Duggar molesting teenage girls isn’t any worse than premarital sex.

•The Voice for Men men’s-right group says it stands up for men on issues of health, reproductive rights, genital mutilation and more. Only the founder says it’s not fighting for any of those things.

•As Arizona slashes college funding, the U of Ark. finds a solution: catering to rich out-of-state kids who’ll pay bigger bucks.

•James Fallows, who called a lot of the problems of the Iraq war before they happened, now says the question to ask is not what supporters think of the war in hindsight, but what did you think at the time? Why did you get it wrong? And how does looking back at Iraq affect your view on future wars?

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Stoning women to death and other political links

A men’s rights rant argues that if feminists oppose a death penalty for female adulterers “see women as lifelong children: too weak, frail, stupid and mercurial to be trusted with adult responsibility when it comes to adhering to the strict requirements” of a proper marriage and unable to undertake “adult responsibilities.”

Quite aside from the implicit assumption that stoning to death is an appropriate penalty for women who cheat (yet not for men who cheat, because—the post is quite explicit—it’s more important to keep women faithful), the writer is completely wrong. Much of the Victorian concept of men and women having separate spheres was because women simply weren’t adults the way men were: they could handle domestic chores but nothing so coarse as politics or business. And a truly feminine woman never discussed that, she just gave light, fluffy babble to amuse the man.

Oh, the blogger does assert that we need more equal marriage, but to get that we have to restore economic inequality: if the man has all the money, then women will have to work harder to be sexy and keep the balance of power, so it’s a world of win for everybody!

•Corporations sponsoring the World Cup in Qatar (2022) are very, very concerned about human-rights violations and the treatment of workers building the stadiums … but not enough to do anything.

•According to GM, when you buy your car, you’re not really buying the software it runs on, which makes it very hard to deal with the hardware.

•Delta allegedly keeps small travel sites from tapping its data. Funny, corporations feel the perfect right to use our data when they want to …

•The Care.com website bans one member without saying why. But they reserve the right to tell other people.

•Local boys: A professor from Duke explains that Asian Americans are totally cool about acting white like a minority should, unlike those black people who refuse to assimilate and go around shooting each other all the time. And when he got criticized, OMG, thought police! Good discussion here.

•And more thought police—someone dared criticize a conservative!

•Subsidies to bring jobs to states or communities don’t work that well.

•Abortion bans around the Americas.

•The GOP’s core is dying off. But the party is still big on war.So is David Brooks who admits the Iraq War was mishandled but still wants intervention.

•Speaking of Iraq, a National Review writer explains it was all for the best—it got W a second term, so all the dead are a win-win!

Bryan Caplan, the libertarian who thinks women had more freedom in the 19th century than the 21st, also thinks the Shah of Iran was “strong on civil liberties.” Incorrect.

•Opening up the Arctic to oil drilling is a bad policy decision

•Some people like to tweet and drive. Or watch video and drive. What could go wrong? Which makes this post (and discussion in comments) quite pertinent.

•A painter in Iraq is facing prison for criticizing the regime.

•A congressman declines to explain why he pushed his wife and mistress to get abortions, but still supports an abortion ban.

•The FBI illegally spied on protestors fighting (peacefully) the Keystone pipeline. Sounds familiar.

•Once again Republicans show their devotion to state’s rights.

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Unlinked, unhonored and unsung: political linkage

What if Ayn Rand wrote the Baby Sitter’s Club?

•Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle charges they turned a blind eye to dubious third-party charges on phone bills because of related fees.

•I’ve mentioned Joseph Epstein before, as a believer we were better off in the days when white guys ran everything. His new theory: Obama and (if elected) Hilary Clinton are totally elected based on their minority status, whereas white guys ran for office entirely on merit.

Consumerist on the Salmonella risks of chicken and the ineffective regulations relating to it.

•Our old friend David Brooks is now whining that nobody’s having serious moral discussions. He’s wrong.

•Personally I find the idea of a computerized fitting room a little creepy.

•No, abortion is not easier to get in the US than in Europe.

•Google’s self-driving cars are already involved in accidents (though not necessarily the car’s fault).

•So much for supporting the troops: Texas right-wingers are worried new military exercises are setting up for a military takeover of the state.

•One peer review had a simple solution for improving a paper: have male co-authors to avoid “ideologically biased assumptions.”

•My current home state of North Carolina had its own religious-rights don’t-have-to-serve-gays bill that was even more generous to believers than any other that’s been passed around (they can disregard a law if it’s a “burden” rather than a “significant burden” for instance). It didn’t pass, but I’m curious how the pols who supported it would react when someone other than the religious right started exercising their freedom?

•One small victory: The NSA’s fondness for collecting bulk metadata about phone calls without any connection to national security is illegal.

•I was never under any illusion the culture wars were fading away any time soon. But if you were, Digby has the scoop.

•If you think your hospital being “in plan” for medical insurance means all your tests and treatments are in-plan—no, not always.

•Slacktivist once quipped that some conservatives are curdled with horror at the thought of food stamp recipients getting decent cheese. Unfortunately,  it’s impossible to parody right-wingers any more (more here).

•I’ve read plenty of assertions that if people would just be good and do whatever the police command, they’d be fine. Which is a)not true. People, particularly black Americans, have been shot or beaten while handcuffed, on the ground and generally not fighting back. Some white people on the other hand, can threaten and point guns at the cops and be fine. Digby has more. Me too.

•A reminder how blatant and ugly sexual harassment can get.

•A 10 year old in Paraguay has been raped, is now pregnant and can’t get an abortion. Because having a 10-year-old bear a child is healthier! Oh, and the mother, who reported that the stepfather was abusing the girl but got no response from authorities, is now jailed for not doing more to stop it.

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Political miscellanea

Mindy Kaling’s brother, Vijay Chokal-Ingam claims he was able to win admission to medical school by pretending to be black on his admissions forms, when the real him couldn’t make the cut. This article shows that it’s nonsense—among other things, Chokal-Ingam didn’t apply to the same schools as himself, so how does he know?

And of course, if it were possible to fake being a legacy admission and get admission that way, surely it would be just as un-meritocratic, but critics of affirmative action just skip over that bit.

•Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller

has a brother, Buckley who’s charming message to a New York official is described here. Suffice to say, he implies she’s some kind of frigid bitch who has never engaged in certain sexual acts, which proves she’s worth of mockery.

Tucker Carlson says his brother meant it in “the nicest way.” I am … unconvinced. And he can’t imagine why anyone thinks this is worthy of fuss and ooh, his brother has been very hurt by the public response.

Cry me a river.

•Textbooks used in Texas schools must emphasize how the Bible and Moses are the foundations of American democracy.  Never mind facts when you can force religion on schoolkids.

•A conservative predicts how gay marriage and birth control (except the rhythm method which is totally different from all other birth control) will destroy America. Meanwhile, over in Iran, the religious authorities continue restricting access to birth control and abortion (as well as not meeting clothing rules and other mandates).

•As I’ve mentioned before, when men snap, some people are willing to blame women. Some men’s rights activists in fact think it makes perfect sense to take violent action against the oppressor feminists.

•Libertarians frequently invoke the danger of ridiculous customer lawsuits to justify tort reform. They rarely acknowledge that lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits can be just as bad in business-to-business courtroom action. Like the Italian pizza-making association threatening to sue McDonalds for a commercial implying kids prefer burgers to pizza. Or patent trolls who claim to have patented podcasting so everyone better pay up.

•A number of companies have adopted an on-call approach to retail work: workers don’t know until right before their shift whether they’re actually working or not (which makes a mess of both scheduling and budgeting). New York’s attorney general is looking into the legality.

•Equally nasty, Amazon makes warehouse workers sign non-compete agreements that ban them from working with any company that sells competing products for 18 months after they leave Amazon (as the article notes, what products don’t compete with Amazon). Non-compete agreements are supposed to protect against employees walking off with trade secrets; targeting warehouse workers feels more like a way to discourage them quitting grueling jobs that pay poorly for the work.

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