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Monday links

  • Fight back against a brutal cop and be charged with a federal hate crime? Bad idea. Very bad.
  • A sex worker describes the harm the feds’ seizure of Backpage is doing to her.
  • Venmo is a peer-to-peer payments network. Venmo is also a social network. Why the hell would you want friends and casual strangers to see where you’re spending your money? Unless for some goofy reason you actually want them track and speculate about your activities.
  • Sure, that’ll do it. Solve the Illinois government pension crisis by putting more taxes on homeowners’ backs. The economic ignorance from the Chicago Fed is as stunning as the venality of their proposed “solution.” (Via Why in comments)
  • Rand Paul asks why Gina Haspel won’t come clean on torture and coverup.
  • Abetted by some of the top foundations in science, identity politics is damaging STEM fields. (Why does it never occur to anybody that if you want more women and minorities in a tough field, you should better educate the individuals rather than corrupt the disciplines?)
  • Post-Sunday irreverence from Duffle Blog: Those troops you prayed for yesterday are up to all kinds of NSFW sinning today.
  • People share hilariously bad stock photos of their professions.

9 Comments

  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 14, 2018 8:53 am

    The Illinois government pension crisis solution is a very small version of the upcoming federal solution to the national Social security crisis methinks.

  2. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 14, 2018 10:27 am

    So, the minority of people who aren’t covered by hate crime laws is set to shrink a bit more.
    The answer is simple. If you just include us, everyone will be protected by hate-induced enhanced sentences.

    Why the hell would you want friends and casual strangers to see where you’re spending your money?
    Venmo: Conspicuous consumption? 😉

    What happens on base, stays on base.

    Personally, one of the great mysteries of human sociology is why so many people are so fanatical about strictly and unnaturally regulating one of the handful of essential human behaviors. It’s as normal as eating and sleeping. If it wasn’t for sex, we wouldn’t be here.
    But O.M.G. how the pecksniffs obsess over “doing it.”

  3. jc2k
    jc2k May 14, 2018 1:30 pm

    We’ll know what’s going on if houses start burning down at an increased rate in Illinois.

  4. ellendra
    ellendra May 14, 2018 2:20 pm

    Re: bad stock photos

    I’m afraid to see what stock photos would come up for “plant breeder”!

  5. fred
    fred May 14, 2018 3:16 pm

    Venmo….we are insane.Period.

    The work pics,loved the husky and the computer board one,too dang funny!

    Hate crimes for cops.Gotta love the Police State.

    Whaaaat??? Taxes being raised,no way!!

  6. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal May 14, 2018 7:59 pm

    Hey, Claire- how did they convince you to pose for that picture behind your typewriter?

  7. Claire
    Claire May 15, 2018 4:09 am

    Hahaha, Kent. I wish.

  8. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 15, 2018 7:38 am

    kentmcmanigal made me go back and look, now I am glad.

  9. Claire
    Claire May 15, 2018 7:56 am

    I’ve gone back and looked at those pix and their acid comments three or four times. My favorite is still the “vet” examining the husky. But the wild fantasy of that writer one definitely has a certain charm.

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