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How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

Hiroko Tabuchi in the paper of record: In places like Nashville, Koch-financed activists are finding tremendous success. Early polling here had suggested that the $5.4 billion transit plan would easily pass. It was backed by the city’s popular mayor and a coalition of businesses. Its supporters had outspent the opposition, and Nashville was choking on […]

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5 things white people can do before they call the cops on a black person

Reasonable list from Mashable, should be filed under “common fucking sense.”

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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills

Marshall Allen, writing at ProPublica The United States spends more per person on health care than any other country. A lot more. As a country, by many measures, we are not getting our money’s worth. […] Experts frequently blame this on the high prices charged by doctors and hospitals. But less scrutinized is the role […]

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What kind of restaurant is closed on Sundays?

Criminy! What kind of restaurant is closed on Sundays??? For fuck’s sake, it’s 2018, not 1818! Well, to each their own, but if they don’t want my business–fuck ’em.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on America

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter: Let’s Make America Smart Again.

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Police Union Head Wonders Why Everybody Suddenly Wants Them to Stop Stealing People’s Stuff

If you want to get a sense of how poorly police unions grasp why the citizenry have grown more and more upset with them, check out this absolutely awful commentary by Chuck Canterbury, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, over at The Daily Caller. Canterbury’s here to defend civil asset forfeiture, the process by […]

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All are equal, but not all are treated equally

Rabbi Shai Held writing at CNN: If you’re white and you don’t believe that white privilege is real, talk to an African-American parent about “the conversation,” in which they teach their children to be cautious and tentative around officers of the law.

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A few thoughts on “Voter Photo ID”

I understand the purpose: to help prevent voter fraud; and while reasonable opinions vary as to any supposed secondary or non-stated purpose(s), I don’t feel that reasonable opinions can vary on the importance of eliminating voter fraud. That being said, you have to admit it seems a little peculiar that you need a Photo ID […]

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Religiosity on the decline, atheism on the rise

A new global survey on faith and atheism, released by WIN-Gallup International, and based on interviews with more than 50,000 people selected from 57 countries — asked participants, “irrespective of whether they attended a place of worship, if they considered themselves to be religious, not religious, or an atheist.” Dominique Mosbergen writing at the Huffington […]

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Chick-fil-A and free speech

Teller (@MrTeller) on Twitter: A clear little essay on Chick-fil-A and the 1st Amendment in Boston. In addition to dealing with what the Mayor of Boston, and others such as certain Chicago Aldermen, have said on the matter, the linked piece is actually a clear and concise primer on Chick-fil-A and the First Amendment, and […]

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