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!

How They Win | Charles Bramesco, Input 🔗

The story of a really amazing marriage between old school craft and new school technology. 🎥

Horny Tortoise Retires After Prolific Sexual Career | Claire Lampen, The Cut 🔗

No particular reason this headline jumped out at me. 🐢🐢🐢

A Diverse America Votes To Uphold The Constitution; A Largely Male White America Votes To Abrogate It | Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel.net 🔗

The Democrats who voted in favor included 11 women, and 13 people of color or Latinx (Ted Lieu missed the vote recovering from a heart procedure). Several are immigrants. These Democrats voted to uphold the Constitution a bunch of white men, several of them owners of African-American slaves, wrote hundreds of years ago.

The Republicans who voted against were all white. Just two were women.

//@pratik @davextreme

//@gruber Nope, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Our journalists think they did a great job in 2016 and the WSJ editorial page is just a classier version of Fox News. 🤮

Ezra Klein Show: Because Internet. 🔗🎙

Gretchen McCulloch has a lot to say about language online. I wonder a lot of whether we need an impermanent social space online. 🤔

The blue wave crashed down on Pennsylvania again… | Julia Terruso, The Inquirer

Locally, Democrats will hold all five seats on the Delaware County Council, a Republican stronghold since the Civil War…

Emphasis mine.

What Emmett Till’s Bulletproof Memorial Says About Us | Zak Cheney-Rice, NYMag.com 🔗

The vandals’ motives remain obscure, but their conduct suggests a hostility toward Till’s memorialization — or at least a glib or disdainful attitude toward it — that reflects a broader American tendency.

Obscure? I think it’s ok to assume people who destroy memorials to lynching victims are racist. American journalisms’ stupidly high bar for attributing racist motives is racist itself. 😡🙄