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Friday links

  • This is what we’ve come to. Two employees, who did nothing wrong, got fired from their jobs for refusing to serve a woman who entered their business after it had already closed for the night. They refused service to several people, but only the one belonged to the Offended Class. (H/T jc2k in comments)
  • Stockton will become the first city in the U.S. to give out free cash in hopes of ending poverty and inequality. (At least it’s donated cash.)
  • Those new tariffs will harm everyone. Except perhaps a few cronies.
  • The senator who pushed the successful “right to try” bill for terminally ill patients is being loud, clear, and as emphatic as he can be that his intent was to cripple the FDA’s power.
  • Hey, Oregon. If you’re having trouble, maybe the solution is damn stupid drug testing and more respect for individual character and competence. (Also H/T jc2k)
  • He spent two decades in prison. He turned his life around. He was released and doing well. Then prosecutors insisted, on a cruel technicality, that he needed another 10 years behind bars. (There’s an active campaign now to get him out.)
  • How the ‘Net is changing dog rescue and adoption.
  • When bookstore employees get bored.
  • Your awwwwww story for the day: In war-torn Syria, a cat rescuer and a rescued kitten comfort a grieving dog.


  1. Mike
    Mike June 1, 2018 2:09 pm

    About the trade dispute… The last time the US imposed steel tariffs (President Bush in 2002), it cost America 200,000 jobs and $4 billion in lost wages.

    Here’s what Reagan had to say about trade wars…

  2. Iwoots
    Iwoots June 1, 2018 8:22 pm

    Regarding the bakery employees….former employees.

    Putting aside questions of what they (formerly?) believed about “professional equity activist{s}”, they are fortunate to no longer be working for such a “tolerant” business; and have learned a hard lesson about who really goes to the guillotine/gulag/etc.

    Would be interesting to followup with this bakery in about a year to see if they are still in business; or if the ‘silent majority’ decided to vote ‘NO’ with their money.

  3. deLaune
    deLaune June 2, 2018 5:29 am

    The bakery employees are obviously racist. They treated all three women the same: two white and one black. How much more proof do we need?

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 2, 2018 10:13 am

    Weeeeellll, I haven’t worked retail much, since I suck at selling things. But I did work in a gun store for a couple of years.
    If I still had customers in the store, and folks walked in four minutes or six minutes after official “closing time,” I served them.
    Of course this is friendly Texas, not Portland, and we didn’t usually get late customers.

    And Stockton handing out cash seems a lot better than the present paternalistic micromanaged “live where we provide subsidized housing and send your kid to our licensed and subsidized day care and buy the food we approve and don’t save anything” system we have now.

    Must be contrary day.

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