Lots of Slactivists, cause I was catching up on reading (after having just caught up on reading).
Because you, too, may need a corgi barking at a pumpkin. That helps my day to avoid being a complete disaster. (Grokked from John)
Gareth Powell's 8 steps to becoming a published writer. First rule of Write Club? Writers write. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)
"And now, since you stuck around through the first wave of threats, you are now a much BIGGER problem. Because the Worst Possible Thing has happened: as a result of those attacks, you are NOW serving Victim-Flavored Koolaid." On trolls and how women are persecuted on the internet for no other reason that being women who's voices are being heard. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
How can someone have depressions if…" So this. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)
Good news, everyone. "Despite the fact that consumers pay more than $32 billion annually in overdraft fees alone, a new report found that the amount of money banks make off customer-account fees declined for the first time in seven decades." So what's really the cause? That terrible thing called regulation and an informed consumer. But we don't need no government in our daily lives, do we? Don't worry, even though profits are down and the banks want to tell you all this regulation is hurting you more than them, all those bank people will still be getting generous bonuses this year. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Proving that there is no limit to how far right the whackaloon right can be, "In a scathing piece for Politico, Bozell accused Rove of historically opposing every truly conservative leader in the GOP, siding instead with 'liberal' and 'moderate' factions of the party." So just how far to the right does the party need to move to right for that to look like the truth?
Some insight into the brouhaha over the AP College Board's history standards. Sure, it isn't partisan at all. It's just without the concept of "American Exceptionalism" (aka AMURIKAFUCKYEA!) a lot of what conservatives believe in falls apart. Also, the person who started this whole thing will have to actually rewrite his study materials that he sells to AP students who want to do well on the tests.
Dark money continues to gobble up the political debate. Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.
"'You put me in charge of Medicaid,' (Arizona Politician, Pearce told one caller, 'the first thing I'd do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.'" That would be the non-compassionate conservatism that GW Bush said he wasn't one (and all of the GOP said, "No, we're the nice guys"). And now you know why the rest of us nod our heads and say, "Uh, yea, Bob. Sure." (Grokked from the Slactivist)
"Well economic theory… said that if insurance premium costs became less burdensome, that would free up money for higher cash wages. And, indeed, the Kaiser Family Foundation is out today with new reporting on employer benefit costs that reveals the slowdown is visible in this slice of the market. Premium costs rose by just 3 percent, a number much lower than they routinely rose by in the recent past… So how about those wage rises?" I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you (well, maybe, okay, because more people have health insurance now a trip to the urgent care isn't so devastating). So, there's another conservative myth that didn't prove out (note, specifically mentioned by "lower costs = higher wages so don't do Obamacare because it'll cost more" which didn't prove out either, also "trickle-down economics"). "(S)o in the absence of other strong institutions, like powerful labor unions, employers have had all the leverage, and there's been no pressure to pass savings on to workers. Corporate profits are at an all-time high instead." Another reason I became a progressive. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Best healthcare system in the world my Aunt Fanny. Unless you count "we bill like no one else." (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Tweet of my heart: @sidlipsey My favorite press release ever: "Malala will make her first statement on winning the Nobel Peace Prize after school."