June 16, 2013
Sources With Secrets Find New Outlets for Sharing

Sources With Secrets Find New Outlets for Sharing

Must read from New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan:

…in a democracy threatened by excessive secrecy and the criminalizing of news gathering, the more sunlight the better.

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June 17, 2012
Lisa Brown, Michigan Lawmaker, To Help Perform 'Vagina Monologues'

Lisa Brown, you a BAMF!

May 29, 2012

Mitt Romney on horse, c. 2004.


Mitt Romney on horse, c. 2004.

May 24, 2012
Arizona Congressman Who Proposed DC Abortion Ban Gets Hilarious Payback from Pissed Off DC Residents

And THIS is how you play the game of Politics. Tip of the cap, citizens of DC.

Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who proposed a 20-week abortion ban in Washington, DC and then barred DC’s pro-choice female delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton from speaking out against the measure has a new problem on his hands: a flood of DC residents who are bringing their municipal complaints directly to the Congressman, who they’re calling “Mayor.” From potholes to rodent problems to public transportation complaints, DC residents have followed Franks’ lead and begun funneling their problems to him rather than the city’s own government. Well played, smartasses. Well fucking played.

May 16, 2012
“Traditional” and Reformist Practices: Advanced Islamic Education in Northern Nigeria

This post is the third in a series on Muslim schooling in Northern Nigeria by Alex Thurston for The Revealer. The first post gave an overview of the series, and the second discussed Qur’anic schools.

15 May 2012

Alex Thurston: In Nigeria, advanced Islamic education–the step following one’s basic instruction in the Qur’an–takes various forms. Here, I’ll examine the traditional settings for advanced Islamic education. The term “traditional” is a problematic one, as “traditions” are sometimes much more recent – and more consciously invented – than outsiders might assume. But the term has some use for describing systems that have evolved over time and were not directly created by colonial or postcolonial governments or by postcolonial reformist movements. “Advanced Islamic education,” meanwhile, refers here to training beyond the memorization of the Qur’an and instruction in the basic ritual requirements of Islam.

Continue reading here.

April 23, 2012
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."

Mark Twain

April 17, 2012

Wow, really interesting:


How We Pay Taxes: 11 Charts

I’ll come right out and say it: Taxes are awesome.

Yes, awesome. If you care about national values, or the relationship of citizens to their government, or the way we choose to award and discourage behavior, there is nowhere better to start than the gnarled and fascinating world of levies and tax breaks. Tax week gives American families a reason to consider moving to Bermunda, but it also gives me an excuse to spend the day finding my favorite, most controversial, and most illuminating graphs about taxes. Here they are. If you’ve think I’ve picked the wrong ones, or if you’ve got a better chart yourself, leave it in the comment section. I’m rounding up your favorite tax graphs tomorrow.

(via theatlantic)

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April 8, 2012
Abstinence-Only Education Now Includes Warning Against Dangers of Fingerblasting

Considering the fact that abstinence-only sex education does not work, the fact that lawmakers are doubling down on a terrible idea really demonstrates a unique commitment to failure and denial of reality. Kudos, Tennessee. I see the Volunteer State has Volunteered to see an uptick in teen pregnancy in the upcoming years.

Oh, Jezebel. You do me good.

March 28, 2012
"A black body in public space must presume its own guilt and be prepared to present a rigidly controlled public performance of docility and respectability."

Trayvon Martin: What It’s Like to Be a Problem | The Nation

Melissa Harris-Perry delivers an eloquent and insightful discussion on race and public space in America.

Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space. For decades, Jim Crow laws made this crime statutory. They codified the spaces into which black bodies could not pass without encountering legal punishment. They made public blackness a punishable offense. The 1964 Civil Rights Act removed the legal barriers but not the social sanctions and potentially violent consequences of this “crime.” George Zimmerman’s slaying of Trayvon Martin—and the subsequent campaign to smear Martin—is the latest and most jarring reminder that it is often impossible for a black body to be innocent.

Read the full article here

March 6, 2012
US Congress expands authoritarian anti-protest law


A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would expand existing anti-protest laws that make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by a lengthy prison term—to “enter or remain in” an area designated as “restricted.”

The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill.

Read the whole article for the whole picture. Better know your rights, so you can stand up to protect them!

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