Democrats Are Winning The Fundraising Race In The Senate | Nathaniel Rakich, 538 🔗

In competitive Senate elections… Democrats have raised $34.1 million in total contributions in the first six months of 2019, and Republicans have raised $29.3 million.


Irish Politics & Jewish Politics 🔗

People Of Color | Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns, & Money

One of the interesting transformations in recent decades is that of Irish-Americans becoming an increasingly hard-core right-wing group.

I’d like to see the data behind this. It makes me wonder what has kept American Jews relatively liberal. Now, we’re not the most enlightened demographic, but even as the Israeli government has cozied up to the GOP, we still provide reliable votes for Democrats.

If all we can do is witness, that is not nothing. 🔗

No matter how insignificant the thing you have to do, do it as well as you can, give it as much of your care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important. For it will be by those small things that you shall be judged. -Mahatma Gandhi

Summer Vacation In An Age Of Concentration Camps, Part 1. | Charli Carpenter, _Lawyers, Guns, & Money

Why Bill de Blasio is so hated, explained | Emily Stewart 🔗

Stewart is trying way too hard here. Asian New Yorkers ain’t too infatuated with de Blasio either. And 70% of Black New Yorkers think he shouldn’t be running for President. Even the core of his base thinks he’s being an idiot.

New Yorkers might be just a touch arrogant about our city—de Blasio checking out for beers in Iowa is not a good look. And that’s not considering his transit plan is throwing money at a ferry for tourists while doing nothing for pedestrian safety.

Bloomberg sucked, but at least he rode the subway and appeared to want to be our mayor.

A white woman from Ohio asked Gillibrand about white privilege. Her answer was spot on. | Catherine Kim, 🔗

Your suffering is just as important as a black or brown person’s suffering but to fix the problems that are happening in a black community you need far more transformational efforts that targeted for real racism that exists every day.

Gillibrand knocks it out of the park. I’m going to start using her answer when asked about privilege.

It’s Summer In NYC, And The Cockroaches Have Taken Flight, C Lampen | gothamist 🔗

Welcome to “the romantic season for cockroaches,” friends: When temps exceed about 90 degrees, cockroaches hit their stride.

Summer in the city “Someone under stress meets someone looking pretty”

Nate Silver gets into the English mocking fun! ⚽️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🔗

The spectacular power of Big Lens

The lenses in my glasses – and yours too, most likely – are made by Essilor, a French multinational that controls almost half of the world’s prescription lens business and has acquired more than 250 other companies in the past 20 years.

I just don’t see how gobbling up 250 companies can be a good thing.

There is a good chance, meanwhile, that your frames are made by Luxottica, an Italian company with an unparalleled combination of factories, designer labels and retail outlets. Luxottica pioneered the use of luxury brands in the optical business, and one of the many powerful functions of names such as Ray-Ban (which is owned by Luxottica) or Vogue (which is owned by Luxottica) or Prada (whose glasses are made by Luxottica) or Oliver Peoples (which is owned by Luxottica) or high-street outlets such as LensCrafters, the largest optical retailer in the US (which is owned by Luxottica), or John Lewis Opticians in the UK (which is run by Luxottica), or Sunglass Hut (which is owned by Luxottica) is to make the marketplace feel more varied than it actually is.

At least Fabulous Fanny’s is not owned by them.

Is a University Honoring a Holocaust Denier? | Scott Jaschik | Inside Higher Ed 🔗

“Therein lies the problem,” Bowen wrote. “We don’t know. We don’t know if he intended to use the [Holocaust Denial] books as part of a conversation regarding how to evaluate the legitimacy of materials or whether his intent was not as noble. We simply don’t know.”

I wonder if he did other questionable scholarship?

Link offered reasons other than anti-Semitism to explain Hitler’s hatred for Jewish people….“Jews were prominent in banking, the press, the Socialist party and the Communist party,” Link wrote. He later references the “many Jewish bankers” in Germany at the time.

Really, who can say what was in his heart?

So You Want to Market a Product for Men | Madeleine Aggeler | The Cut 🔗

…the No. 1 criticism of water among male thirst-quenchers was: “Not violent enough.”

Ahhhhhh, Liquid Death really hits the spot.

We Americans will really try anything before even contemplating the right thing. 🔗

To teach the algorithm, a team from the company shows up on location and proceeds to stage mock attacks.

The San Diego zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a 10cm dagger-like claw on each foot. 🔗

Maybe breeding the decedents of velociraptors as pets is not the best idea…

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledged on Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank… 🔗

Well there goes even the pretense of not making the apartheid state permanent.

“Affectionate” is the word people keep using. | Anna North, Vox 🔗

I wonder if Biden has ever rubbed noses with a man he just met. Or inhaled a man’s hair and kissed him on the head from behind.

If not, maybe he should think about if there’s more than just “affection” going on.

Muslims and Jews face a common threat from white supremacists. We must fight it together | Jonathan Freedland and Mehdi Hasan, The Guardian 🔗

…both the Muslim who hates Jews and the Jew who hates Muslims forget that the white supremacist hates them both.

America may be fundamentally broken. 🔗

During active shooter drill, four teachers at a time were taken into a room, told to crouch down and were shot execution style with some sort of projectiles—resulting in injuries to the extent that welts appeared, and blood was drawn.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… 🔗

Brexiters lobby for European veto of article 50 extension | Patrick Wintour, The Guardian 🔗

Is there any precedent for elected representatives trying to lobby foreign governments to oppose their own government? It’s like the House GOP inviting Netanyahu taken to the nth degree.

For the love of all that is holy, why? 🔗

Remember, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 are now called USB 3.2, with USB 3.0 being USB 3.2 Gen 1 (also formerly USB 3.1 Gen 1), USB 3.1 Gen 1 is now being called USB 3.2 Gen 2, and then there’s USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 for 20Gbps speeds.

Ministers hold emergency talks after they realise UK has shortage of the right pallets 🔗

I’m beginning to think the folks hoping for a no-deal Brexit haven’t really thought everything through.