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White Collar Machismo

“We can’t get mothers to work more hours. We’ve tried, and failed, for forty years. Mothers won’t bite for a simple reason: if they work 55 hours a week, they will leave home at, say, 8:30 and return at 8:30 every day of the workweek, assuming an average commute time. Most moms have this one little hang-up: they want to see their children awake. Increasingly, many fathers do, too.”

Our Health Care “System”

In the past, I’ve gotten what I can only call “Fake Insurance.” Which is insurance with high deductible, minimal payouts, and the ability to cease coverage if I were to actually have cause to use the insurance I was “purchasing.” Basically, the only reason to have the insurance is to avoid a Lapse in Coverage. So, considering that I had motivation to keep coverage, and not have them cease coverage, I basically acted like I was uninsured.

Linky Friday #38

Science: [S1] We’re apparently making monkeys dumber. [S2] Our kidney shortage hits the unemployed hardest. Writing: [W1] I am quite pleased to see my friend Abel participating in the petition by LDS authors to get a uncancel a book by a gay author on account to his acknowledging his partner. [W2] Eleven words that can’t…

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The Price Of Citizenship (Updated)

New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled today in favor of a plaintiff who sued for violation of one of that state’s anti-discrimination laws based on a photographer refusing to take pictures at her same-sex commitment ceremony. Burt Likko presents a digest of the decision.

Sex-ed, Lies, & Protection

My sex-ed in school was… not entirely honest. And not necessarily because of the right-wingers wanting to scare me out of having sex. They lied to get us to use condoms. They said flat out that there is no difference in sensation if you’re wearing a condom and if you’re not. They said to guys…

Linky Friday #36

Residence: [R1] Recent research suggests that housing vouchers do not disperse crime, as previously thought. One thing I find interesting is that the article mentions that these vouchers are putting a lot of recipients in the suburbs. This piece is in Atlantic Cities, which loves to gloat about increasing poverty in the suburbs. If they…

Collegiate Return on Investment

Salary.com has the scoop. There aren’t any surprises, for those who pay attention to such things. It’s worth noting that the difference here actually has less to do with ROI and more to do with whether you attended public school or private. The “worst” degree, which is communications, still pays for itself 58% of the…

A Freedom Lost

Link It’s a great speech, though somewhat undermined by the fact that you’re dead for part of the first second after impact. I do like this commercial for seatbelts: Link I remember my father describing to me a commercial about life jackets. It involved a couple of kids sitting on a boatzoomed-in like, holding each…

The Benefits of Air Steerage

James Atlas complains about inequality in the skies: The choice of “snacks” on some recent flights I’ve taken include blue potato chips, a cranberry-almond bar, a packet of trail mix and — a selection I haven’t been offered before — popcorn. But it makes sense: the cabin already feels like a movie theater at the…

Pensacola Blues

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has had a bad couple of weeks. Not as bad as their marks, though. A couple weeks ago, deputies shot a man getting some cigarettes out of his car. Then a couple days ago they shot two dogs. After entering someone’s house without a warrant.