Sunday Link Love

Here’s a big document of things you can do, places you can donate, etc. to help the kids in US concentration camps (h/t Delagar)

US journalist has his rights trampled at the US border because he was a journalist entering from Mexico.  Aka, this week in fascism.

How much the tent cities are costing US taxpayers in straight up $$, and a comparison of the much lower costs of the more humane Obama policies that didn’t violate US law.




Yes we do have concentration camps

This is a terrifying thread expounding upon the logical consequences of the previous tweet.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Tell your favorite democratic candidate that you want there to be discussion about climate change.  Call your senators and congresspeople to tell them you want action on climate change (here’s a script and phone numbers).  Find out what is happening in your state while we still have a democracy and lean hard on your elected officials.  Donate money to groups that help fight climate change from a political level– I don’t know which though– does anybody have suggestions?  If so I will link to them up hear and give $25 myself.  People who give us these doom and gloom climate scenarios (I’m looking at you first, Al Gore) need to follow up with “now that you’re fired up here’s what to do” and it needs to be political action, not just turning off lights and unplugging appliances.

Chuck Todd is debate’s biggest loser

and letting the women in the department do all that pesky service work

Pseudo science and rational woo

The credible hulk

France is bacon.

Ask the grumpies: Which is more important: Macro or Micro?

Leah asks:

Which is more important, macro or micro economics?

For most people, microeconomics is more important.  Both, however, are very important for the government, particularly the federal government.

Macroeconomics tells us about whether there should be a Fed, how should we peg the monetary system (if we should), when should the government spend and when should it pay back debt, how can the government lower unemployment and inflation using monetary policy, and so on.

Microeconomics tells us everything else.  How do we best invest in kids?  How to firms set prices?  How do we help marginalized groups?  How much should people save for retirement?  How do we best finance schools?  And on and on and on…

So… both are incredibly important, but there are a lot more microeconomists out there.

A few thoughts

You grow up learning about WWII and you wonder what you would have done if you had been in Germany as the Nazis come to power. Especially if you were a white skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed non-Jewish (thus privileged) kid. What would you do to stop the rise to power? What would you do when they started rounding people up and sending them to camps. And later, would you help people escape? Would you flee the country? Would you turn people in? How would you balance fear and your moral compass. Would you break unjust laws? Would you convince yourself that you were just following orders and obeying the law, or would you risk your freedom, your life, your family?

We’re not in the latter stage yet. But we do have concentration camps. The government is rounding up people. The conditions in the camps, even for children, are appalling. What can we do?

Turns out it is hard to do anything.

You try to do more within the system. But it seems like the system doesn’t care. It doesn’t respond.

(So many people give up. They do less. They stop protesting. Things are getting worse, but they don’t realize how much faster things would have gotten worse without those protests, calls, letters, canvassing.)

(note the date on this tweet)

But still, you try to do more within the system. It still seems like the system doesn’t care. It still seems like doesn’t respond to your individual efforts. It only responds to group efforts.

You can’t ignore injustices. You can’t ignore atrocities. Because if you ignore things, if you don’t do things, there is no group.

But it’s not just you. Each person does their bit. It’s the group effort that makes things happen.

You can’t do it alone, but if enough people do it alone, you have a group.

And if the group is large enough, it can’t be ignored.

Do something to fight US concentration camps — make it so we can’t be ignored.

Children’s lives and well-being depend on us speaking out and doing something.

Call (or fax)




Link love

What follows is a series of atrocities that the US has committed in US immigrant concentration camps.  Some of these are pretty awful, but they are things that we are doing to people within our borders.  We need to stop these atrocities.  I think it is difficult to read any one of these and not want to help, but it is quite possible that the series of them together are overwhelming.  So I am going to start with things we can do, and you can just skip over once you’ve hit your breaking point.  Please, if you are a US citizen, do one of these items– at the very least give an elected representative a call or give some money to Raices Texas.  Raices Texas can help individuals, calling can stop policies if enough people call.

  1. Call your MOC:  Demand congress act to end abuses of detained immigrants  You can do this even if you’ve already called before– news of abuses has been coming out pretty steadily as you can see below.  If you can’t get through via phone, here’s how you can send a fax for free.
  2. Call your state elected officials:  Demand sunshine on detention centers
  3. Donate to Raices Texas
  4. other places to donate:
  5. Call your elected officials about the upcoming ICE raids.
  6. attend (and/or organize) a protest/vigil on July 12.
  7. Subscribe to the Texas Tribune
  8. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper asking for more coverage and/or talking about how awful this all is.

Justice department argues against providing soap, toothpaste, beds, to detained children

An expert on concentration camps says that is exactly what the US is running at the border  A related article from Slate.

This lengthy thread from the Texas Tribune details the conditions and abuses at the concentration camps at our border

Joe Hill is running a fundraiser for refugees

Paired action:  donate to Doug Jones who is the Democratic candidate against Roy Moore

Mick Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog’s advisory board

Referees and editors in economics are not gender neutral

Socialists go back to the past!

Ruth Janetta Temple

Celebrate Juneteenth!

The Problem with Health Sharing Ministries

Yet another IBS experiment: Fermented food overload

We also just seasoned our cast iron with flaxseed oil using this technique and it is amazing!  Eggs!

The story behind old town road

Ask the grumpies: teens today

Anoninmass asks:

[T]een daughter wants birth control but refuses to learn how to drive, is this weird?

No… not weird.  Kids today are less likely to want a driver’s license right away.  We don’t really know why. But this is documented all over the place, even including cities with crappy public transportation.  My guess is that kids like being chauffeured and their parents are more willing to do it (and the current generation of dads are more involved with their kids) whereas boomer parents were less likely to drive kids places so they needed a car to get anywhere.  But that’s completely uneducated based on no real research.  Maybe it’s easier to walk places now and no reson to go to the mall.  Who knows!

Even though teens are not more promiscuous compared to recent generations, apparently they’re being much better about using birth control.  Long term birth control is also much better than it used to be.  I also do not know why teen sex hasn’t changed (maybe a combination of a more permissive society being balanced out by more attentive parenting) or why kids are more likely to actually use birth control than in the past.  My guess there would be a better job of culture making birth control seem normal (you can tell a hero is a good guy because he puts on a condom in romance novels and tv shows) although there is still an erosion of non-abstinence based education or planned parenthood in much of the country.

So… basically your teen daughter is completely normal for her generation!

In which the contractors came and went: Step 2 of the kitchen process

white kitchen with green gingham wallpaper, crappy countertops, and lots of green gigham accents

Where we started.  We did paint over the wallpaper many years ago.

The contractors came.

kitchen getting ready for countertop removal with tools

DH put the blue tape over the sink to remind himself that the water is off!

They took off the old ugly countertop.

The sink area sans countertops. Back of a gentleman working on a countertop removal.

One of our big hopes was that they’d be able to keep our fancy glass cabinet/tea nook (formerly microwave nook). They were.

drawers with counterop removed, showing green gingham shelf liner. Impressively the board for the tea nook remains unscathed.
Then the started putting the countertop on.  This was one piece with no seam.

Here you can see the other part of the countertop came in two pieces.  They matched up the seam really well and you honestly cannot tell here.

Here’s it all together with the sink put in.

There’s another seam in the middle of the stovetop, but you can only tell if you specifically know to look for it.  After the countertop, they moved onto the stovetop, though they did not actually connect it.

The next day the plumber (eventually) came back and hooked up the stovetop for us.  (Note in this picture and the next two that there is a drawer that no longer closes.)

He also put the faucets and garbage disposal in.  (I vetoed a soap dispenser because I hate not being able to see if something is empty and I also hate cleaning soap dispensers, so they didn’t drill a hole for it.)

  Here’s how it looks now.

We’re not done yet.  We need to shorten or replace that drawer so it closes.  We need to replace the gingham knobs and get new shelf liner.  If it were just me, I’d go with brushed metal knobs and plain white shelf liner, but DH wants to be more interesting in our middle age and so we’ve ordered 14 sample knobs of various dark blue on ceramic from home depot ($51, but I assume we’ll be able to return the ones we don’t use) and a bunch of one dollar shelf liner paper samples from Houzz.  There’s also some gold accents we’d like to replace with brushed metal.  And that little water tap is dangerously powerful– if we had a party, someone innocently eating cheese and crackers would get drenched when someone else tried to get some tap water.   I haven’t done a full accounting of how much all of this has cost, but for posterity’s sake, I need to note here that the plumber did $400 of additional work (on top of the turn-off/hook-up fees), adding and replacing valves before the countertop people came in.

So this is not the last post– a future post will have a final picture with better lighting and no green gingham in sight.

What do you think, grumpy nation?