My Obsessions

Oct 20

Captain America -

Great piece in Esquire’s Politics blog. #bravery #politics

Oct 18

Are Women Better Decision Makers? -

Neuroscientists have uncovered evidence suggesting that, when the pressure is on, women bring unique strengths to decision making.

From Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing Dissent: -

"Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970."

SCOTUS upholds Texas voter ID law -

Only the three women judges dissented…you can vote with a gun license but not a school I.D.

Oct 15

Gamergate: The Future Of The Culture Wars -

The best article on #gamergate I’ve come across.

How Pakistan Fails Its Children -

Roughly half of 10-year-olds demonstrate the competence expected of 6-year-olds in their mother tongues, or in Urdu, the national language. The number is lower for English. Arithmetic scores for 10-year-olds, when tested for the competence level expected of 7-year-olds, also hover near 50 percent.

Women Die When Domestic Abusers Keep Their Guns -

Under the 1996 Lautenberg amendment to the Federal Gun Control Act, people who are subject to permanent domestic violence restraining orders can’t own or buy guns. (The law generally doesn’t apply to dating partners or temporary restraining orders, although there are legislative efforts underway to change that.)

But Michigan — like most states — doesn’t have a law requiring people with domestic violence restraining orders to actually surrender their firearms to authorities.

Only 23 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit people with domestic violence restraining orders from owning or buying guns.

What are they gonna do about it? -

68% of the top 100 retail companies in the U.S. say the country’s stagnant wages pose a major threat to their bottom lines.

But even as two-thirds of the companies in the study pointed to stagnating wages as a source of their problems, many of them have opposed or stayed silent on any proposed wage increases

HBO to Cut the Cord -

HBO will launch a standalone streaming video service in the U.S. that will allow you to watch its programming without paying for an expensive cable subscription.

Stem Cells Allow Nearly Blind Patients to See -

Stem cells from human embryos can be a safe and effective source of therapies for two types of eye diseases—age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 60, and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, a rarer, inherited condition that can leave patients legally blind and only able to sense hand motions.