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The Met makes 400,000 art images free for download and use http://www.openculture.com/2014/05/the-met-puts-400000-high-res-images-online.html

Adblock for Chrome allegedly turned evil https://palant.de/2014/07/29/which-is-better-adblock-or-adblock-plus

Not content with a gag rule service agribusiness, Florida has a gag rule on doctors discussing guns. NRA supports it, showing they don't actually care about the Bill of Rights. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/29/3464945/court-upholds-florida-law-that-punishes-doctors-for-talking-about-guns/

Hungary's PM explicitly rejects liberal democracy, citing as examples countries which are poorer than Hungary. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/29/5946115/hungarys-prime-minister-thinks-its-time-to-ditch-liberal-democracy
Their ambassador to Italy has previously called Jews "agents of Satan" http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5927769/anti-semitism-hungary-ambassador

complexity in US poverty measures. The EITC can't win the War on Poverty because tax credits are excluded from the official income consideration. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/29/5946395/eitc-poverty-supplemental-measure-official-threshold

Median US household 20% poorer than in 1984. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/29/5948549/median-household-wealth-decline

Did you want a website that selects and presents free longform (2000+ word) articles from around the web? http://longform.org/

In addition to the 50 state quarter program (now extended to DC and five territories), there was a Presidential dollar coin program, which also came with collectible coins featuring their spouses. This feels a bit creepy to me. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_$1_Coin_Program

A page that supports my argument that metro/rapid transit stops should be half a mile apart. http://publictransport.about.com/od/Transit_Planning/a/The-Proper-Stop-Spacing-Of-Rapid-Transit-Lines.htm

The US is using less coal -- and exporting more to other countries, likely to burn it in a dirtier fashion. Obama refuses to consider what this means for the US's environmental impact. http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Not-in-my-backyard-US-sending-dirty-coal-abroad-5650807.php

Chris Christie embraces pension theft http://www.nationalmemo.com/governor-christie-embraces-theft/

Ideas for fixing the antibiotic pipeline http://www.vox.com/2014/7/27/5936441/the-business-model-for-antibiotics-is-broken-here-are-three

tool clip hair clip http://www.animicausa.com/shop/Gifts-for-Him/Leatherdos-Mini-tools-clip/tpflypage.tpl.html

Denser cities have more social mobility. There's a segment that argues buses are better for the poor than trains, but I suspect that's a selection effect; politics and gentrification mean that the poor end up being served by buses, that doesn't mean extending trains to a poor neighborhood would be bad. But better bus service for the poor would beat better train service for the rich. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5881083/suburban-sprawl-public-transit-economic-mobility

Arizona tortures another prisoner to death. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5931633/arizona-death-penalty-execution-joseph-wood
Even at best, 7% of lethal injection executions were botched. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/29/5666706/botched-executions-have-been-around-as-long-as-the-death-penalty

In defense of Mansfield Park and Fanny Price http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/07/10/in-defense-of-fanny-price/

Remember when California was looking like a failed state? Looking good now, apart from the drought: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/hows-california-doing/
While Kansas volunteers to suffer in proving supply-side tax cuts don't work: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/opinion/kansas-ruinous-tax-cuts.html

Links on Nicholas Kristof, the white knight who idolizes sweatshops while vilifying sex work:

A roundup allegedly rescued 168 children and arrested 281 pimps. This seems an odd ratio: poor pimps than trafficking victims? http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Surge-in-Child-Sex-Trafficking-Cases-in-Maryland-268000151.html

The science of food comas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postprandial_somnolence

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Jul. 29th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
Some places define pimp as anyone who benefits for prostitution of another person, so if Alice is prostituted by Bob, Bob's wife Carol can be considered to benefit when Bob uses the proceeds to pay the rent/mortgage/insurance/utilities. Two pimps, one prostitute.

I think the tortured executee may not be compatible with your position on abortion. A while back you posted an item about the low oxygenation of the fetal blood in utero and IIRC said that consciousness and personhood di d not proceed until air-breathing elevated O2 to its habitual level, and that movement prior to that was reflexive. If the lethal injection works the way it is intended, the prisoner loses consciousness and ceases to breathe, lowering the O2 levels to the point where reflexive snorting and snuffling begins. I don't mean to suggest that anyone takes the personhood to end when consciousness and breathing cease, but if the situation is accurately described by the state, the subject is too far gone to be experiencing discomfort. I believe the large numbers of sleep apnea sufferers support the state in that they likewise struggle for air during apnea, but do not commonly report tortured sensations
Jul. 30th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
"If the lethal injection works the way... if the situation is accurately described by the state"

Whole point was that it's not working as intended, and I'm dubious about the state competence here.
Jul. 30th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
yes, but the man's reported physical struggles to breathe while drugged are the evidence for thinking the he was consciously suffering and thus that the state's methods are bogus. This evidence is not sufficient given what we know about physical struggling in insensate people.

I suppose the state is at least partly off in that their triple drug formula is intended to suppress even the involuntary movements, but that's still short of torture.
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