Not at all safe for work, but here’s Rachel Lark’s music video for “The Unicorn Song”. If you’re in the world of polyamory, you’ll find it _high-_larious!

When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday | The Atlantic 🔗

…[African Americans] gathered together to watch fireworks and listen to orators recite the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Thirteenth Amendment…

Let’s “update” our traditions.

The Police Are Still Rioting | Zak Cheney-Rice, NY Magazine 🔗

“They just wouldn’t stop shooting…”

Not about the NYPD this time, but the police violence continues even though the media has moved on.

Officers Who Police Union Falsely Claimed Were “Poisoned” By Shake Shack Reportedly Never Had Symptoms | Ben Yakas, gothamist 🔗

The entire department and the unions are paranoid about the people they are supposed to protect. Everyone who is not them is a deadly threat.

NYPD Commissioner Tells Attorney General She’s Not “Being Fair” During Police Brutality Hearing | Sydney Pereira, gothamist 🔗

The NYPD needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. The culture of fear is too entrenched when the commissioner defends running over protestors.

What The June 2 Primaries Can Tell Us About November 🔗

New Mexico…will elect a U.S. House delegation made up entirely of women of color this fall, as Hispanic or Native American women won the Democratic and Republican primaries for all three of its congressional seats.

Just talked to my state senator’s office about the out of control NYPD. The representative pointed me to a great resource, the Green Book Online. It has contact information for all city, county, state, & fed gov agencies & reps as well as city, state, & fed courts. 🔗

This Is an Us Problem | Ed Burmila, Gin & Tacos 🔗

An excellent explanation of why “Don’t riot, vote” misses a big part of the picture—the Democratic Party is responsible for police brutality as well. Minneapolis has had a Democrat as mayor since 1978.

What To Do About Police Unions | Erik Loomis 🔗

As a strong supporter of worker rights, I really struggle with this question.

Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal | Bonnie Kristian, The American Conservative 🔗

A comprehensive survey of what the protests are in response to. It’s not simply about the murder of George Floyd.

A better source for effective reforms is here.

In some calming world news, Indian and Chinese troops are skirmishing on their border and Trump has offered to mediate. 🔗

Here’s Why Men Are Pointing Loaded Guns at Their Dicks l Matthew Gault, Vice 🔗

Gun people are taking pictures of themselves aiming weapons at their dicks. The safety is off, their finger hovers on the trigger, and the barrel of the weapon is pointed straight at their genitals.

Future historians are going to be so confused.

Let Hong Kong move to America | Matthew Yglesias, Vox . 🔗

The US should play “the role it has played time and again for victims of political repression abroad — open America’s borders and offer a place of refuge, freedom, and prosperity.”

Amen.

Church is Different Than Shopping | Warren Throckmorton 🔗

My ideas here are also based on my experience as a church attender and a shopper. Having done both for much of my life, I can safely say that full participation in church and going shopping are different activities.

This is a ways off, but a medical researcher friend, Kambiz Shekdar, is participating in a Zoom panel about “the impact of COVID-19 and what it means for New Yorkers and those involved in pursuing treatments and cures” at the West Village LGBT Community Center. 🔗

NYPD: We won’t wear masks but we’ll tackle you to the ground, punch you in the head, and scream in the face of bystanders to stop filming our assault.

De Blasio: “Respect goes both ways.”

He’s a disgrace who ran on social justice and caved to the cops within days. 🔗 @miraz

An Economist, Hubris, & Evidence 🔗

“Why Aren’t We All on the Same Time Zone?” | Patrick J. Kiger, howstuffworks

It might take some getting used to, but [Steve] Hanke, [a professor of applied economics], thinks that in a generation, children who grew up with UTC would no longer associate, say 7 a.m. with breakfast time or 9 a.m. with starting work. And the switch not unheard of.

"China currently has this 'problem' in that it has one time zone for a huge swath of East-West real estate," Henry adds. "But it is totally cured by having local decisions as to opening/closing times for businesses and so on. That would obviously be essential for a world-wide system."

Maybe an expertise in economics doesn’t mean one is an expert in biology/sociology/etc. And maybe the policy of an authoritarian regime is not good evidence that the people like it.

I love it when self-confident fools* talk to Chotiner. They always are wary, always make sure to make their own recording, and always end up utterly exposed by simply answering his questions. 🔗

* Perhaps Epstein’s law degree doesn’t make him an epidemiologist.

Abortion Opponents: Is Saving Lives Worth the Disruption? | Libby Anne 🔗

It seems harsh to ask whether the nation might be better off letting a few hundred thousand people die.

How can these people call themselves pro-life with a straight face?

Is There a Pro-Life Call to Death? | Warren Throckmorton 🔗

There are many things more precious than life.

There is a deep sickness within conservative Christianity in this country.

Maybe the best cat video ever! 🐱🔗 //@hollyhoneychurch @dejus

Oh, good, COVID-19 has reached NYC. Nothing like a virus that’s often asymptotic in the quite sanitary environment of our subway system. 😬🔗

For all you NYC folk and musical theater fans out there: SNL knocks it out of the park again with Airport Sushi! 🗽🎭🔗

If China valued free speech, there would be no coronavirus crisis | Verna Yu, The Guardian 🔗

…links to Do You Hear the People Sing, a song popularised in recent Hong Kong protests, were quickly censored by police.

Les Mis having more of an impact than I ever would’ve imagined!