A let’s prevent the AHCA link-love (Also cute animal pics and other links.)

ACHA vote THIS WEEK. THIS WEEK.  More info hereCall/protest/etc. even if you’ve already called and protested and etc.

Explanation of estimated deaths from the AHCA.

How the AHCA will cause Veterans to lose health care coverage by state.

Add an amendment making sure you personally get to keep reasonable health care coverage to the AHCA amendment process. More explanation here in this thread on how it works— it is not a silver bullet, but if we get to this point it will shed light.

RNC voter data leak

Economics and policy in the age of Trump

#1 notes that socialism is not incompatible with capitalism, and in some people’s views is an improved version of capitalism!  (If you’re using economic theories of capitalism– political scientists are probably using different jargon.)

Learning to read as an adult changes deep regions in the brain

Mrs. Comet Hunter ramps up summer

Why have teenagers stopped getting summer jobs?

Adventures in downsizing

Cat domination




I love you (and links)

One would think that after more than a decade and a half of years in marriage and 20-odd years together that I wouldn’t be learning new things about you.

But this year I did learn something new.

One of the things you said you loved about me back when we were teenagers was how much I cared about things.  You’ve generally been calm and have tended not to pay much attention to current events.  But you liked about me that I wasn’t and I did… you said you admired that.

Generally when something has been important enough to me, I’ve been able to ask you to do something and you’ve done it.  I’ve always thought that you’d gotten out of your comfort zone in those cases because of your love for me and because I thought things were important.

But this time you’re doing more than I’ve ever asked.  I asked that you attend a university anti-hate rally, go to the women’s march, and make calls with the weekly actions from one of the lists.  You’re doing that, but so much more. You’re paying attention to the news and occasionally send me links.  You’ve volunteered for all sorts of things with the local democrats [and now indivisible].  You’re helping the local group that works with immigrants.  You’ve become a certified voter registrar.  You’ve gone so far out of your comfort zone with all this activism.  And you’re not even unemployed yet!

And I asked you why, and you said because it matters.  Because you need to do something about all the horrible things going on.  Because it’s the right thing.  Not because I think it’s the right thing, but because it is the right thing.  You don’t seem to be enjoying all of this– you’re still an introvert who dislikes politics and are much more comfortable with playing games on a virtual landscape or with the sterile world of saving lives through engineering.  But you’re doing it anyway.  Because you’re a responsible person.  A good person.

You told me this morning that you’d slept poorly because you’d had a nightmare about gunslingers and then when you woke up you kept thinking about politics and couldn’t get back to sleep.  Usually that’s me who is doing that (and usually I wake you up and you talk to me until I fall sleep again).

I don’t know what life is going to be like in a few months when this post posts.  I don’t know who our president is going to be or what kind of links will be following this post.  Right now as I type this, the news is about lies about ties to Russia as the President’s men are recusing and resigning.  Remember that?

But I do know, whatever the future holds, where ever we are this June 17th or next or any June 17th after, I am lucky to have been able to spend my life with you.  I admire you.  You are the best person I know (our children, as always, included, as they came from you).  And, as always, I love you so very much.  Thank you for sharing your life with me.

And now for some links!


Juneteenth is this weekend (technically it’s Monday, but the weekend is better for celebrating)!  Celebrate the actual end of slavery!

What can you do if your senators are Democrats?

Republican senators are unable to explain even what they are trying to fix with the AHCA.

Republican health care bill would raise insurance premiums

Russia may have actually hacked some voting.

Counter-protests last weekend

Another thread on sexism and HRC

Celebrate bureaurcracy

Stop pretending you’re not rich

#2 will live seemingly forever

Maybe I need a writing hat!

Saliva DNA and migration

I cleaned out my email inbox a bit… here’s some scholarly articles:

Ugh Uber

Manager bias decreases work output for minorities (get rid of racist managers!)

Gender diversity and performance in venture capital

The lifecycle of scholarly performance across fields

Head Start works even better when followed by better funded K-12

The presidential election was bad for health

/end scholarly articles

Modern love fairy tales

Ow, the title on this.

Get Old Man’s War for free through June 21st

This is a nice mansion

This is a cat house

Interview with Seanan McGuire

Nerd!  Also, Sweet

Link Love

The senate is trying to pass the ACHA without input from anybody– they’re hoping to put a vote up right after the CBO comes out without allowing anybody to understand what is in the bill.  It looks like they might have enough votes to do it.  Why?  Because they think they can.  They think we’re all distracted by this whole Comey thing.  They want to do the same thing that the House did and pass it without giving anyone time to understand it first.  Why?  Because it is a bad bill that will hurt Americans.  Even if you’re in a state where you know your legislators aren’t listening to you, it is important to keep contacting them to let them know that you’re paying attention.  Because the more they think they can get away with, the more that they’re going to do.  I’ll try to finish up one of the posts on more ways to activism that’s sitting in drafts, because it’s important to become active again.  Until then, read this excellent twitter thread with suggestions and links and discussion of the ACHA and explanations of what the GOP senate is trying to do.  I know it has been hard and tiring and demoralizing, believe me, I know, but it’s still incredibly important.  Let’s give it another push.  Because every little bit that we do literally saves lives down the line.

Who is human in your America?

Race and government by design

This entire thread by John Hodgman

The Iowa General Assembly cut funding to the long term care office in order to punish Kim Weaver for running against noted racist Steve King in Iowa.

JK Rowling on why “liberals” who attack women for being women are not really liberals.

You don’t get to talk about abortion unless

How sexism played a role in Trump’s election

Ariana Grande, y’all

eighteen hours

Oh yeah, that’s totally a nipple

Can men and women be friends?

Do you enjoy travel?  Why?


Chalk paint

Wish Linda from a windy city gal a happy belated birthday!

Link Love

If you read one thing this week from this list, make it this transcript

A gofundme campaign is not health insurance.  Surely we could provide insulin to all type I diabetics… there’s very little moral hazard there unless there’s some use for insulin for non-diabetics that I’m not aware of.

A thread about assault of people who question your views.

Why they can’t, literary style

Turns out Trump didn’t actually save jobs at Carrier.

Neil Gaiman will do a reading of the cheesecake factory menu if this site raises 500K for refugees

Oh Jeez


So much this

I’m glad my DH isn’t like this

This is where I’m at too (though I have different aged toes)

How to keep your group motivated


The TSA found a Scientist’s 3-D Printed mouse penis


A story about Mr. Rogers that made me cry

A saver vs. spender relationship from the perspective of the former spender

Status goods

Working in small vs large offices

What do you do when your day starts later than you’d planned?

I want one of these so much

A day in the life

A book by only its cover


Link love for another long week

It is not too early to register to vote

Keep activisting, here’s why!

How the trump administration is destroying the affordable care act through incompetence, not just malice.

Trump administration makes it harder for workers without access to 401K to save for retirement.

Which is a worse dystopia:  Handmaid’s Tale or MadMax?  (But, as a commenter in this Scalzi thread points out– maybe we are already heading towards both)

What about the mother I never had? (death from self-abortion)

The real problem with Ryan and McCarthy’s pre-election conversation about Trump being paid by the Russians.

Russian money laundering for Trump

This underreported video from a couple of weeks ago is worth watching.

Trump suggests imprisoning journalists

MSNBC is ending one of their top rated shows because it is taking a “hard turn to the right” for no good business reason.  It seems they’re letting ideology get in the way of profit maximizing.  Or perhaps they have bigger political plans that actual liberals are too skeptical to fall in line with.

How to comment if you want to keep the national monuments Trump wants to get rid of


Doomed to repeat it.

The cost of leaning in

Is this career advice helpful or harmful?

Cool idea

That might have been a little racist

h/t delagar for this link (that #2 already knew about) of sex advice for teens

The reasons for NOT writing listed here are among the most insightful I’ve seen

How to invest in your accumulation years

Edible games

Asking strangers why they read

I love this magazine article title.  Black twitter’s response to the content



Link Love: Stay strong!

Hey guys!  It’s been another crazy week.  Here’s how to stay sane from a therapist.  I’m not sure how to best give a pep-talk, but I do feel like if I keep fighting and resisting that means that everyone like me is still fighting and resisting too.  So hang in there, because that means everyone else like you is hanging in there too.  I do feel a little lack of direction right now, but so does everybody else, including most of the bad guys, so that’s something, right?  If you want to know what you can do, our current recommendations are 5calls and indivisible, but we want to continue to encourage everybody to find a local group— especially those of you in red and purple states.  It’s time to go nuclear.

Why the Census director’s resignation is a BIG DEAL.  Not just for academics, but also for political power reasons.  The fascists can keep more political power if they under-count cities.

This NJ Republican just lost any claim of being a moderate (voted for the ACHA).

Confused by the James Comey Firing?  Here’s an easy to understand Primer from 5/10.

We linked to this before, but for mother’s day, here’s the mama’s bail out day donation page.

Here’s a plausible theory about why the GOP is going along with a fascist no matter how awful he gets.  It would seem to explain my senators…

WTF is wrong with the NYTIMES?

How our democracy was hijacked.

I wish this were my senator.  Instead I get a true believer whose people have been told to lie (“I’m just an intern, but I think I’m supposed to say that we can’t give you that information [about planned appearances], oh wait, I’m supposed to say we don’t have that information, but even if I had it I couldn’t give it, I don’t have it, I’m just an intern.”)

A couple of our older posts on health insurance markets:  How the used car market is like health insurance and What is the purpose of medical insurance?

A stressed nation (three months have passed… )

Publishing while female.  Being in business school while female.

When schoolie mcschoolface is the best of the options.

This is highly unsettling.

How big is a buttload?

Nicki Minaj went on the best kind of spending spree.


These are even better than regular green and black  (We get no $ etc.)


Link Love

FDA denies Trump admin directed agency to display Fox News on its tvs despite email evidence to the contrary.

Indivisible suggests next steps now that Trumpcare has passed the House.  Suggestions from Delagar.  We gave $350 to swing left— $10 for each of 35 opponents in swing districts where the republican congress-people voted to destroy lives with TrumpCare.

Even people with employer-based healthcare aren’t exempt from the negative changes from Trumpcare.

Donations from this poster sale go to help resettle refugees.  We have the LOVE poster in the hallway between our children’s rooms (next to DC2’s signs for the women’s march and the science march) and it is just adorable.

Amanda Knox on why quid pro quo is bad for the US.

Delagar shares her lack of health insurance story.  It’s not pretty.  Jen Sorensen shares hers again.

Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t enough.

This is what criminalizing free speech looks likeLiterally.

Trump’s administration is successfully terrorizing immigrants.  One of my colleagues who volunteers with a local immigrant group told me that a trailer park owner in town has been using immigrants’ increased fear of government to perpetrate fraud against them by levying fake fines that they pretend are from the city.

Stupid Puritans.

F the police.  :(

It makes me so angry that media is still doing this.  And thank you, Washington Post for pointing it out.  Angry and tired.

Wandsci is here to help.

This really is epic.

Tutus  and more tutus

Elsevier is being a jerk.

How to make time for research?  People disagree!

The tragic history of Piedmont, Alabama.  Why there was a civil war.

Hate has no home here, a burn by a 7th grader

Word can read your prose aloud to you.

Linking to a gai shan life’s link love because of the cute hedgehog pic at the bottom.

How much is too much?

The horror of the creeping bellflower

US and Canada at the same latitudes as Europe

Baby animal names

Academic Noir