Lateish link love

Link Love is what I should have been doing yesterday when nobody showed up to office hours and I was too braindead to do real work…

Celest Pewter with recommendations for activism focus

The University of Tulsa wants to learn about your reactions to the media coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. If you are in the U.S., please complete this short, anonymous survey to help us better understand the effects of the nomination and its news coverage.

Snopes with a how-to if you’re turned away from the polls on election day and what to do to request and follow up on a provisional ballot.

Brian Kemp has purged over 300,000 voters from Georgia rolls  He’s also blocking 53,000 new registrations.

High rate of absentee ballots thrown out in Gwinnett, Georgia

Georgia county orders elderly black voters off bus taking them to the polls

Florida Gov. Rick Scott got a 500,000 donation from a private-equity CEO and then a week later invested $200 million of the state pension money in the CEO’s private-equity fund, Cereberus, losing taxpayers a huge amount over what they would gained had that money been invested in an S&P 500 index fund.  This is not against the law(!)

Texas Tribune fact checks Cruz/O’Rourke second debate

The Russia probe has uncovered a widespread Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 election

In case you were wondering… Heidi and Ted Cruz can absolutely afford a second home.  They currently live in a luxury condo that they bought for >$800K back in 2008.

#metoo and the legacy of black women’s testimonies

A good thread about the importance of getting a flu shot.

Two stories about getting abortion pills online.  Jezebel and the Atlantic

History of the Sears’ catalog and how it changed the South.

What happened to private sector pensions?

Vox’s recommended charities for 2018

Congrats to nzmuse!

Congrats to Dame Eleanor Hull!

Maureen Johnson’s clinic

Heinlein’s fan mail solution

This boss’s day

8 Responses to “Lateish link love”

  1. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I made postcards! Let me see if I can insert an image into a comment…
    hm, only as a link apparently. Boo.

  2. rose Says:

    thank you. ALWAYS get flu shot. Look into pneumonia and shingles vaccines too!!!!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      One of the doctors we just had over for board games was mentioning that it’s useful to get a booster to prevent shingles. (His mother has gotten it twice.)

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        My doctor said pneumonia shot wasn’t necessary at my age because it only covered some kinds and I’d want to wait until I got older. I might revisit that, though. Ditto on shingles. For some reason I thought you could only get it if you were, like, over 50 of something, but everyone I know who’s gotten shingles has been under 50.

      • bogart Says:

        Per the internet (and more particularly the CDC on the internet), the new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is recommended for those 50+. Whether’s it’s available to those younger or not, I don’t know. I do know that it’s supposed to be much better than the earlier vaccine, so much so that both my DH and my mom were advised to get re-vaccinated (and did) when it became available.

      • teresa Says:

        Yes please please get a flu shot! Everyone!

        The “pneumonia” shot covers 23 (in the newer version) strains of the strep pneumoniae bacteria, but doesn’t protect against pneumonia caused by viruses and any other bacteria- so most pneumonia isn’t covered. The vaccine is recommended for people 65+ and with some medical problems because of the higher relative prevalence of and potential complications from those specific bacteria in that population. Everyone doesn’t get the vaccine because the benefit is not great for most younger healthy people (obviously the financial and time/resource costs of trying to vaccinate a large population that won’t benefit much plays in too).

        The shingles/zoster booster is recommended for 50+ for similar reasons- even though plenty of people under 50 get shingles your individual risk is higher if you’re over 50 AND you’re more likely to get seriously sick vs just be super uncomfortable.

        You can get non-recommended vaccines if you want…they just usually aren’t especially useful. Also you probably would have to pay out of pocket, because, american healthcare.

        You can see CDC recommendations for vaccines here if you’re curious:
        Or graphically here:

        AND since i’m biased I’d like to add that a couple weeks ago the FDA extended the approval for the HPV vaccine to include everyone age 27-45, so people those ages who haven’t been vaccinated can get it now :)

      • gasstationwithoutpumps Says:

        That reminds me—I had the zoster shingles vaccine 3 years ago, but CDC is now recommending two doses of Shingrix for people aged 50+, even for those who have had the zoster vaccine, so I should get my Shingrix shots soon.

        I have had both pneumococcus vaccines: Pneumovax-23 and Prevnar-13, since they cover different strains of pneumococcus (I’m at somewhat high risk of pneumonia, if not vaccinated).

        If you work on a college campus, you might want to look into meningococcal vaccines also. has a good list of recommendations of vaccines according to age, health conditions, international travel, …

  3. nicoleandmaggie Says:

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