Link Love: A week has felt like a year ever since the 2016 election started getting heated up

and this week is no different.  Yes to all the comedians saying, “I’m old enough to remember when we were all just worried about nuclear war with North Korea.”

So as you can see in the bottom video link, for some reason I’ve had “John and Hank have got a purple tank” stuck in my head (possibly from watching some of the Indiana Jones clip that shows every fight with Nazis… I hate Nazis).   If you listen to that often enough and don’t click away, eventually youtube plays the most excellent John and Green We are All Bat People songify (which is how #1 discovered Vlogbrothers).  One of the lines that John says is, “Crime is not actually caused by evil.”  When this songify first came out, I agreed with him whole-heartedly.  Crime *is* caused by “systematic disenfranchisement and lack of opportunity” (and lead in the water, and so on).  But that’s only small crime.  The crime that superheroes only fight when they’re bored waiting for the movie or comic book to get underway.  The muggings and petty thievery.  Until this year, I believed that super-villains were overblown.  I was wrong.  I was very wrong.  Steve Bannon isn’t disenfranchised.  He doesn’t lack opportunity.  He is just full-stop evil.  A super-villain.  Whoever is writing these anti-Trans laws and funding politicians to bully Trans people; that person is evil and powerful.  Nazis in their crisp white Trump polos and khakis– they’re not lacking opportunity.  This isn’t economic anxiety.  They’re not just misguided.  Comic books and other fantastic novels have been warning us about this kind of evil for ages.  Not all villains are complicated.  Not all villains are well-meaning but misguided.  The kind of bully Trump is is an ageless one.  Literature and history have been warning us, but because we lived in a society where their voices were dulled and Hitler was a long-dead memory (and other genocidal leaders geographically so far away), we scoffed at them as unrealistic.

So what can you do?  I’m still following actions for americans and 5calls for action items.  Even if I don’t say it here, I still make calls every week, and boy do those $25 donations to various groups and candidates sure add up.  DH is still going to local indivisible meetings (he’s now the treasurer) and democratic party meetings and the occasional protest or rally.  Voter enfranchisement is an incredibly important issue right now– DH is a voter registrar and I’ll be attending the local indivisible become a voter registrar workshop in September.  There are a lot of ways to get active and to fight hate and to bring our country back on the path bending towards justice.  (As always, please leave suggestions in the comments!)

A chilling report from a synagogue in Charlottesville

Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests  Here are the states that have introduced legislation to make it legal to hit protesters with cars  If you live in one– call up your state legislators and tell them WTF

Hate that doesn’t hide.

An excellent rant by FrugalToque

Turns out fascists didn’t actually get the trains to run on time.  That was just propaganda!

Godwin provides an important corollary to his law

One way to confront racists

Here’s another

And if you’re more into cream pies than punches or conversation, here’s another.

A debunking handbook


AP provides standards on how to talk about racists (and other bigots)

Which is the more dangerous kind of nazi?

Anti-nazi comics

Unfortunately the short documentary video clip of Sir Nicholas George Winton who organized the rescue of 669 children, mostly Jewish from the Nazis got taken down (the company gave permission, but twitter is being slow to release it).  There’s a longer version on youtube that is less dramatic.  Watch it.  You need to watch it.  Have lots of kleenex handy.  Then hug your loved ones close to you.  (I’ve also put a shorter youtube clip down below.)

Go Illinois!

GOP senator Corker accuses mom who paid $40 to meet with him because she was worried about her kids’ insurance of being a paid fake activist.

Oregon makes abortion accessible to all women

Texas Women now have to pay for rape insurance (also insurance to cover ectopic pregnancies as the amendment about saving the life of the mother did not make it into the bill)

More research showing that refugees have zero effect on native outcomes

This is pretty good

#Notallstatues are bad:  The English Pug and the French Poodle

I also have this question

dog poop paper vs. plastic

A book definitely makes a guy more attractive.  More hot guys.

I would totally buy this if DH’s old t-shirts weren’t so comfy

Jeans through the ages

How songs get stuck in my head

Link love for a long week

This week was really pushing it on the “I hate white men” front #notallwhitemen.  I’m tired of sexism, I’m tired of mansplaining, and I’m especially tired of so-called liberal men who do nothing but tell women that they’re doing it wrong.  F@#$23ing put forth some effort yourself, jackasses.  Instead of telling the woman she should be doing something different than what she’s doing (ESPECIALLY if what you think she’s wasting her time on involves her advocating for abortion rights or police not killing black people or any of those other things so-called socialist white men deem as unimportant, you racist misogynist prick), why don’t you @#$23ing take up the torch and do the thing you’re telling her to do instead.  Instead of just writing posts or complaining in the hallway at work about how wimmen are doing it wrong and wasting their time, do what you think should be done instead yourself.  As much as you want it to be true, women are not your lackeys (yet).  I know the Republican party is working its best to have a desperate subservient woman in every home, but they’re not there yet.  Don’t help them get there.

Shout out to other Gen Xers (and boomers) who are having childhood flashbacks of learning to duck-and-cover in the event of a nuclear bomb.

BTW, if you or someone you love in the US is under 40, you can buy FDA approved Potassium Iodide from Amazon for use in a nuclear emergency (note affiliate link).  Remembering Katrina, I don’t really trust that the US will have their supply chains ready for this kind of emergency.  A package is $14.  Here’s the CDC’s instructions on how to use it.

This is truly terrifying thread.  Here’s an addendum.

Well, obviously

Even if you already know all there is to know about the prisoner’s dilemma, this link is really amazing and well worth the (15-30 min) it takes to play through it.  If I were teaching micro instead of methods, I would definitely add it as a class assignment for discussion.

Creating a hostile work environment seems to be reason enough to fire someone.  Here’s some more reasons.  Here’s a thread on “debate” that really isn’t debate.

Speaking of hostile work environments, in 1998, Milton Friedman said that the pendulum had tipped too far in gender equity in economics and now men were being discriminated against.  AND that statement was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (a top journal in our field).  I Can’t Even.

Seems legit and well-argued.

Scalzi talks about when he realized GLBTQ people are people.  I don’t remember ever not knowing that, something I attribute (after considerable introspection) to having lived in SF as a small child and having parents who were from the Bay Area and had partnered friends.  Where it’s safer to be out, a wider spectrum of people will be out.  (Also one of my great-aunts was most likely in a long-term lesbian relationship.)  I’m not saying I was perfect– I’ve said cringeworthy things as a teen (telling someone when I was 15 that he couldn’t possibly know he was homosexual because he was only 13 and shouldn’t be interested in anybody yet, for example), but that I’m grateful to have had a wider and more varied experience than a lot of people did back in the 1980s– not just the “they’re all promiscuous dudes dying of AIDS” narrative the media was selling at the time.  So I saw that stereotype and similar from Tales of the City, and saw gay best friends and effeminate males in movies, but also had known adults in more pedestrian relationships and as soon as I got to boarding school met lots of boys and girls with all kinds of different personalities discovering and living their sexuality (including every letter of GLBTQ!).  College brought me in contact with both stereotypical and not-stereotypical gay guys and I had a bunch of friends who came out as lesbian and bisexual in college (a few of whom dated the same terrible emotionally destructive girlfriend, something that showed me that some homosexual partners can be just as bad news as heterosexual ones!)  One of the things I love right now is that really amazing self-publishing authors are starting to tell the stories of same-sex relationships without the standard tropes of tragedy striking half the couple (Deanna Raybourn– you could have done better).  We have a future Wednesday post that talks more about our thoughts on culture normalizing GLBTQ– We’ve been pushing it off a bit after the Trump Transgender ban hit because it seemed to strike too much of an optimistic note given current events.  Keep making those phone calls about protecting Transgender rights . It’s likely there’s also state and local things going on– rights are expanding in some states and are under attack in others. I’m not sure how to figure out what’s going on in your particular state, but maybe your local Indivisible group can help?

Iowa dems win special election in Trump +22 district

5calls is soliciting donations

One author on this paper is a bit of a known racist/misogynist, so it isn’t surprising that he buried the lede (check out the last sentence).  The summary of the paper in the NBER reporter has a very different spin on the same findings:  Over the first 20 years in the U.S., the average adult refugee pays taxes that exceed relocation costs and social benefits. 

Taxes, Behavior, and Regressive Incentives  One of the things I’ve been noticing on the PF blogosphere is an increased tipping towards go @#$3 the poor, I want what’s mine.  We’ll be trying to push back on that a bit in posts and comments as we go forward on the internet.  I hope you all do the same.  Because I really do believe that most people are good deep down, but culture can tip notions of fairness.  Right now there are a lot of Russian bots and US oligarchs that want us to become a more fascist union with even greater income inequality.  But the future of our nation depends on how we treat our children and the opportunities adults have to get out of poverty.  And in a rich nation, we can do far better with how we treat the worst off.  Life does not need to be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”– after all this isn’t 1651 anymore.  Let’s tip towards reminding folks that kindness should be our first response.  (I agree with this article #2 sent me that notes the same thing about tipping towards lack of empathy, BUT I disagree that we cannot change culture.  We ARE culture.  Debating may not work, but reminding, telling people’s stories, telling our own stories, shutting people down when they show lack of empathy towards others… these are things that actually work.  I’ve seen them work on fora.  But there need to be enough empathetic voices to change the tide.  Maybe we need pay-it-forward bots to combat the screw-everybody-who-isn’t-me bots)

Not just Russian bots are spreading propaganda for personal gain.  There’s also US bots.

This Scalzi short story has new meaning

My grandma is in here.  (My parents have a hardcopy of this book, complete with pictures.  It’s pretty amazing.)

Well read black girl

A few personal finance sites have been making arguments that you MUST have a pre-nup and if it’s too late for a pre-nup, then you need to go out and get yourself a post-nup immediately no matter what your circumstances.  This well-reasoned article does a much better job of talking about the pros and cons of when you should have a pre-nup or post-nup.

If you live in Canada, don’t save for your children’s education using a group RESP!

Everyone is sorry.

Huh, it really is a mallow from the marsh.  Who knew.  (Besides #2, of course.  She seems to known all sorts of random trivia.)

Ice Cream, America, and War

Do you have any suggestions for how to break into tech?

Jordan the cat’s library card


a woo hoo

Boy that was a chatty link love this week.  Maybe we should have turned some of those paragraphs into posts.  Let us know in the comments!


Link love

There’s no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers.

I dunno, seems to me like 10K is pretty cheap to hire a collaborative ghost writer.

I have been having skin problems after showering ever since DH replaced the shower filter (and I didn’t have them on my recent trip).  I am considering getting a whole house filter– we think it’ll be about 2K to buy a 10-year system + professional installation.  Any thoughtsThis is what our water tastes like without filtering, though we do have a kitchen sink filter in addition to the shower filter.

An updated study empirically showing what has been empirically shown before but now in a newer and different context:  Mortgage deductions don’t encourage homeownership, just bigger houses.

The value of a liberal arts education.

Class, relationships, and money

My vote is Ghost Pee, but do you know what this mystery liquid could be?

I love how Gabourey Sidibhe talks about books

Martha Wells recommends books.

This is great

So many little video clips of Grandpa Mason

Check out the table of contents, page 11, and footnote 3.  Heck, just read the entire thing.

Link Love

#1 is still traveling AND has a cold.  #2 has some new additions to her family that she will no doubt post about in the future once she stops spending so much time playing with them.  Which is to say, even with all the overwhelming political nonsense going on this week, the link-love is pretty short.


Why we should protest the transgender military ban

The military spends more on Viagra than on transgender soldiers’ medical expenses

This is really detailed and comprehensive (and might make you barf up breakfast) (trigger:  online harassment)

Huh, economists barely beat out political scientists in being unpleasant

In defense of self-imposed hard-line rules



Link Love

Not much this week– #1 is traveling and #2 has had company.  We’ve had some good news on the not destroying health insurance front, but it’s still not over, so we can’t get complacent.  Republicans are also pushing a narrative that regular people just don’t care about Trump’s ties to Russia.  And, as always, there’s a ton of different horrible stuff that you can act on.  Give 5calls a whirl if you haven’t lately.  Or get connected locally (we like indivisible— but there are a lot of options!).  Campaigns for midterms are getting started across the country, and they need your help and donations.

This scientist was punished by the Trump administration for speaking up about climate change.

Trump’s border wall is already being built and it is destroying a wildlife refuge

Trump’s twitter bots are a fake news army taking over facts

How libertarianism means that the bullies are in charge.

financial samurai discusses 529 plan details

Why is the scariest student loan number less than $5000?  (tl:dr– those are low income folks who didn’t finish their degree)

How to trick people into saving money

Link Love

If you live in Colorado, you can become a “confidential voter” meaning that Colorado cannot share your voter information (not even with Trump).

Newest version of the Senate Republican healthcare bill is still a nightmare.  I know we sound like broken records, but we still need everyone to be making those phone calls to senators.  With this new bill they only have two Rs saying no.  It could pass.  We need to keep calling.


Remember the little boy with the heart surgery?  His mom has been getting death threats for sharing their story.

A hero using his privilege for good.

This discussion of race and gender surrounding the bachelor in paradise scandal was really good.  (Trigger: discussions of sexual assault)

Meanwhile:  this season’s Bachelorette is prompting discussions about race and class. (Why racist Lee should never have been on the show in the first place.)

BLM puts out an ad

An interview with Roxanne Gay

Kid Rock is running for senate.

Redneck revolt

Douchebag is still pretty weak, but it is accurate.

Wow, Dr. Jen Gunter and GOOP’s misogynistic, mansplaining hit job.  Note:  GOOP is endangering its readers with pseudoscience in order to sell dangerous products.


#2 is saving the planet!

How pro writers deal with criticism

Ugh, I found out my SIL’s school district is being scammed by a terrible 403(b) provider.  I hope she takes DH’s advice (and my FIL’s advice) to stop contributing to it since it isn’t matched, and to open up a Vanguard IRA instead.  I will rant more about this at length sometime in August (you have to hear about all sorts of other personal money stuff, mostly stuff breaking down, first– sorry!)

Can’t fail with FIRE

Suck it up

I want to eat stuffed pizza

Fun Funny comfort reads for the SFF soul.

Wait for it

David Bowie hogwarts

Oops!  (Also I kinda want to read it…)

Link Love

Republican lawmakers buy health insurance stocks as they surge during Obamacare repeal effort.

Black moms die in childbirth 3 times as often as white moms.  Except in North Carolina.

How do we empty the pool (as opposed to teaching people to swim)?

Why Do College-Going Interventions Work?

We present evidence from a series of field experiments in college coaching/mentoring. We find large impacts on college attendance and persistence, but only in the treatments where we use an intensive boots-on-the-ground approach to helping students. Our treatments that provide financial incentives or information alone do not appear to be effective. For women, assignment to our mentoring treatment yields a 15 percentage point increase in the college-going rate while treatment on the treated estimates are 30 percentage points (against a control complier mean rate of 43 percent). We find much smaller treatment effects for men, and the difference in treatment effects across genders is partially explained by the differential in self-reported labor market opportunities. We do not find evidence that the treatment effect derives from simple behavioral mistakes, student disorganization, or a lack of easily obtained information. Instead our mentoring program appears to substitute for the potentially expensive and often missing ingredient of skilled parental or teacher time and encouragement.

How Trump’s rhetoric is hurting journalists— and how even white male CIS Christian journalists are getting a taste of what it’s like to be a woman or minority on the internet.

Republicans voted to eliminate the only federal agency that make sure voting machines can’t be hacked.

Delagar fixes her dryer.

Where does your time go?

Money mistakes with a mortgage.  Also– for our readers who are interested in getting started with the basics of personal finance and handling their money, Feminist Financier has some really great posts that start at the beginning (you don’t have to want to be financially independent to get use from her posts).  She does a really good job defining terms and explaining concepts.  (And there are few enough posts that you can start with her first post and move forward.)

I know some of you have remodeled parts of your houses (including bathrooms)– help Stacking Pennies out with suggestions of where she should even start.

This webcomic is sweet.