Sunday 17th of November 2019

“That it took barely 12 hours to issue the punishments spoke to how distasteful the NFL considered the episode. But it also shows just how hypocritical and uncaring the league is when it comes to domestic violence and sexual abuse.” NFL again shows its hypocrisy


Thursday 14th of November 2019

“In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.” EFF: Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Australia had an unusually dry day. For the first time in recorded history, not a drop fell on the entire continent.” QUARTZ DAILY BRIEF FROM NOVEMBER 12, 2019


Trump Administration Rule Allowing Refusals in Health Care Struck Down

American Civil Liberties Union:

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down the Trump administration’s rule that allows health care institutions and providers to deny patients information and treatment based on personal religious or moral beliefs.

That’s good to hear. I know people who are afraid of change, generally, and afraid of gay people, specifically, love shit like this, but I really don’t think anyone wants to think of a world where the ER doctor needs to know your views on, say, infant baptism, before she treats you!

“Today’s decision is an important victory against the Trump Administration’s cruel and unlawful attempts to roll back critical patient protections,” said Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney with the Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU. “Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, but religious beliefs do not include a license to discriminate, to deny essential care, or to cause harm to others.” (emphasis added)

Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

[via Reason]

Thursday 7th of November 2019

“Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, but religious beliefs do not include a license to discriminate, to deny essential care, or to cause harm to others.” FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE ALLOWING REFUSALS IN HEALTH CARE


Friday 1st of November 2019

Really loving my AirPods Pro. I’m… what? What? No, I can’t hear you, let me switch to Transparency mode!


Tuesday 29th of October 2019

xkcd: Emulation


Thursday 17th of October 2019

“Every decision the City of Memphis has made throughout this process has been thoughtful and most importantly, legal” Tennessee Supreme Court won’t hear appeal in Memphis Confederate statue removal, paving way for relocation


South Park: Band in China…

NYT: How Italians Became ‘White’

Brent Staples, writing at the paper of record:

Darker skinned southern Italians endured the penalties of blackness on both sides of the Atlantic. In Italy, Northerners had long held that Southerners — particularly Sicilians — were an “uncivilized” and racially inferior people, too obviously African to be part of Europe.

Racist dogma about Southern Italians found fertile soil in the United States. As the historian Jennifer Guglielmo writes, the newcomers encountered waves of books, magazines and newspapers that “bombarded Americans with images of Italians as racially suspect.” They were sometimes shut out of schools, movie houses and labor unions, or consigned to church pews set aside for black people. They were described in the press as “swarthy,” “kinky haired” members of a criminal race and derided in the streets with epithets like “dago,” “guinea” — a term of derision applied to enslaved Africans and their descendants — and more familiarly racist insults like “white nigger” and “nigger wop.”

An excellent, well-researched article. It’s unfortunate that we Americans tend to forget our past so quickly and so easily. Sadly, I can recall my mother recounting stories from her youth wherein she was regularly called names, including “dago”, “wop”, even “nigger wop,” among others.

The influential anti-immigrant racist Representative Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts […] argued, beliefs about immigrants were in themselves sufficient to warrant higher barriers to immigration. Congress ratified that notion during the 1920s, curtailing Italian immigration on racial grounds, even though Italians were legally white, with all of the rights whiteness entailed.

The Italian-Americans who labored in the campaign that overturned racist immigration restrictions in 1965 used the romantic fictions built up around Columbus to political advantage. This shows yet again how racial categories that people mistakenly view as matters of biology grow out of highly politicized myth making.