Toby Keith In Saudi Arabia

While having Il Trumpe represent the U.S. abroad is one long national humiliation*, the weirdest thing about it was the Toby Keith performance (yes, the Saudis brought in Keith to play).

This is like going to Paris and then eating at a McDonald’s. Sure, you could do that (and not being snooty about McDonald’s or Toby Keith), but that kind of defeats the purpose. There are plenty of places in the U.S. to hear Toby Keith.


*There are also reports that he’s very tired. As always, everything Trump accuses his opponents of, he turns out to do himself–in spades. And, of course, his daughter received $100 million for her foundation too…

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Intersectionality, East Of The River

Fellow D.C. resident Alice Marshall makes an excellent point (boldface mine):

I live in a poor, overwhelmingly African American, neighborhood. The majority of people earn minimum wage or just a little more. Access to health care is limited and people get old before their time. Medicare for All, HR 676 would be a yuge benefit for my neighborhood. Those who earn enough to have to pay healthcare premiums would experience a dramatic increase in disposable income as their payments in to a Medicare tax would be far lower than their current premiums. Ask any Canadian what their Medicare tax is and you will understand. For those of my neighborhood who use Medicaid, the benefits under HR 676 would be far better.

$15/hour minimum wage would have the effect of pouring thousands of dollars into my neighborhood. It would have a dramatic effect upon local businesses as people would immediately spend it on all the things they currently deny themselves.

Free university at the University of DC would dramatically increase the number of people getting an education. People would go to school instead of jail.

Increasing social security benefits would also pour money into my neighborhood, which would instantly be spent on local businesses, thus creating local jobs.

Bernie’s economic agenda would benefit the entire working class, most especially in the lives of women and minorities.

What struck me as weird was how a policy platform, especially on economic issues, that could have been lifted from an activist meeting in D.C.’s wards 7 and 8, became something that was supposedly ‘non-intersectional’, even though, as Marshall describes, it’s precisely what D.C. residents in black neighborhoods have demanded for about forty years. If you want to understand why some Democrats recoil from the word intersectional, this is why.

Despite Sanders’ revolution rhetoric, which I’ve argued was a mistake, what he was proposing was one-part New Deal liberalism and one part Great Society liberalism (with some upgrades for 2017). Yet too many in the Democratic Party hate this stuff, even though it’s quite popular–and not just ‘east-of-the-river.’

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Links 5/21/17

Links for you. Science:

The Confusion Over the New Ebola Outbreak
When the Lab Rat Is a Snake
Extremely Rare ‘T. Rex’ Ant Found Alive for First Time
Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze
The Coral Reefs You Never Heard of, in the Path of Trump’s Drilling Plan


Whoops! Union Station Screen Played Porn Monday Night
Conservative Voters Aren’t Monocausal
Don’t Grade Teachers With a Bad Algorithm
The Senate Starts to Look at Trump’s Businesses
Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right
Newbury Street’s future may be a matter of tastes
The painful truth about teeth: You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor
The Trump administration gets the history of Internet regulations all wrong
Protests against removing Confederate monuments are not really about history
Senate Democrats can stop Trump’s Russia scandal from becoming the new normal
Avoiding consequences
The “Sammies” — therapy for feds’ during tough times under Trump
There Can be No Progressive Coalition Without Working Class Whites
Democrats, Widely Disliked, Need Sanders
For 400,000 Pieces of Silver, Obama Undermines Democrats’ Populist Appeal

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The Logical Outcome Of The Politics Of Petty Meaness

Some people are just big meanies (boldface mine):

And, like countless California motorists with severe disabilities, particularly in congested Los Angeles, Kovic often has trouble finding a handicapped parking space. After he does, some thoughtless driver just might park illegally in the adjacent restricted space, despite the painted crosshatched lines, and block his reentry…

Not all emailers were as understanding about the disabled as Ferren was.

This was from Louis: “The whole notion of preferential parking for handicapped people is wrong at the very outset…. It is tyranny for the state to force some people to alleviate hardships suffered by others.”

He called it the product of “left-wing do-gooders.”

I get someone taking the space because he’s being inconsiderate. I don’t approve, but I can see someone thinking he could get away with it. But how fucked up do you have to be to cloak your selfishness over a stupid parking space in political rhetoric?

Then again, it does explain Republican attitudes about healthcare…

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Links 5/20/17

Links for you. Science:

Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ (excellent; must-read, accessible to non-specialists)
Have No Fear, Doctor Trump Is Here
More on not enough faculty positions
David Lipman Leaves NCBI (this is a very big deal for biology, and has gone mostly unremarked)
A Defense of the Reality of Time


What Does the President Owe, and to Whom Does He Owe It?
Why Metro Riders Are Feeling The Heat At Dupont Circle, Farragut North (Two. Fucking. Years.)
More Job Guarantee Muddle
We Live in the World Roger Ailes Broke
Why taking drugs to treat addiction doesn’t mean you’re ‘still addicted’
Is the end of Donald Trump’s presidency drawing nearer? Either way he will have done great harm to America
Why Bernie Sanders Wasn’t Invited to CAP’s Ideas Conference
Dem’s Professional Left Conference elbows out Sanders. Kos there to demean Sanders role.
Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich
The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero
Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America
Turks’ Violence in Washington Must Not Be Ignored
New lawsuit alleges brutal gang rapes and dog fighting at Baylor football parties
US vs UK healthcare
Secret report shows ‘special’ treatment for public officials in D.C. school lottery
At Their Peril, Establishment Democrats Shun Bernie
You got any better suggestions?
New D.C. legislation aims to convert vacant office buildings into affordable housing

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts:

Is Fox News Now The Government Approved ‘News’ Station?

Well, That Post About Gillibrand Didn’t Age Well

The Blut Und Boden Wing Of The Republican Party

Trump’s Narcissism Just Damaged Our National Security


An Environment Of Lies

A Humongous Fungus Among Us

The Trump Administration Has A Very Unserious NIH Budget Proposal

The Derp State: Erdogan’s Goons Humiliate The U.S.

Chemical Saftey During The Reign Of Il Trumpe

Not Every Week Can Be Like This One

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Links 5/19/17

Links for you. Science:

Don’t put ground up wasp nest in your vagina (people need to be told this…)
Patterns Of Death In The South Still Show The Outlines Of Slavery
Science committee Dems to Trump: Stop with the fake news and get a science adviser
The White House’s new war on drugs could drive up the HIV rate (they probably consider this God’s will or something…)
Trump’s budget expected to massively slash research on renewable energy — and ‘clean coal’


The Pathetic Story Behind Donald Trump’s One-Page Tax Plan
‘The pill mill of America’: where drugs mean there are no good choices, only less awful ones
Did Donald Trump Violate His Oath of Office?
Malware Case Is Major Blow for the N.S.A.
Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, a New Push for Statehood
We’re All Driftglass Now
D.C.: Don’t Give the Carnegie Library to Apple. The company plans to turn a Beaux Arts gem into a lavish gadget store. But there should be a better public use of such a cherished site
This wasn’t just a primary victory. This was a revolution
The Mall Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Changing
Is this champion disrupter of D.C. development a crusader or an extortionist? (definitely an asshole, either way)
House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump
Michael Flynn is the nexus of the scandal that could cripple Trump
WaPo Gets Its Hands On School Lottery Report, And It’s Not A Good Look
Unreliable Data Can Threaten Democracy

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