Friday News Links

Apologies about missing last week. Computer issues made it impossible to get online. (The computer's been fading for a while, so its demise wasn't a surprise.)

So, things have been happening. Here are some articles that you might not have seen...

A man filed suit against four members of Congress, alleging that their display of the rainbow-colored Pride Flag is a religious display. (His lawsuit demands the court declare homosexuality to be a religion. I'm not kidding.)

"The White House, Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency have dovetailed to engineer a dizzying reversal of clean air and water regulations implemented by Barack Obama’s administration." Just in case you thought he was getting nothing done.

Something that would have made it into last week's link post if last week's link post had gone live: One big issue in healthcare is delivery. Looking at this problem might help strengthen the ACA.

An interesting read: Dear Secular, Liberal Ameri…

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A few stories you may or may not have seen this week:

What did you do for the 4th of July? Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t think liberals should celebrate. Twitter responded...

Apparently the House of Representatives has a "no sleeveless" dress code for women. In the summer. In Washington, D.C.

On the 4th, NPR Tweeted out the Declaration of Independence line by line. "Trump backers (seemingly unaware of the source document) accused the media organization of playing partisan politics and attacking the president." One Twitter poster responded that perhaps NPR should tweet out War of the Worlds next.

I'm sure you already saw New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the beach that he closed to everyone else...

The Republican party asked for Obamacare "horror stories" on Twitter. They did not get what they expected.

A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMI…

Crazy Like a Fox?


A certain someone's Twitter feed went a bit nutso over the holiday weekend. And everyone seems to be talking about it. Well, more like yelling about it. And screaming. And #25thAmendmentNow has been trending.

But all of this has got me wondering. Is he crazy? Is he deranged? Or is he playing a long con game?

Think about it. What are we not talking about right now? We're focused on the crazy. So, what do they not want us paying attention to?

I have a few ideas. If you have others, please share them. We need to get daylight on all of the things that are getting shoved into the shade of the crazy tweets.

First, the newly renamed BCRA. I hear talk that McConnell is making deals over the recess so that tentative nays become yeas. Now's the time to call your senators and make sure they know how much you hate this bill.

The travel ban went into effect last week. SCOTUS allowed parts to go into effect.

Mueller and the #TrumpRussia investigations. Are they getting closer…

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A few things we've seen on the Internet this week:

Get the feeling that the government has been filled by supervillains? Turns out we've seen some of these tactics in comic books already. (via io9)

There's a reason rural, Christian white America won't change, and we won't be able to convince them otherwise. 
Think it's just the patriarchy that wants to push women back into the dark ages? Nope. There are plenty of women who think this is a good idea. 
5 things parents need to know about the #WealthCare bill. 
195 members of Congress have filed a lawsuit against 45. Rep. Alan Lowenthal said, "The suit alleges that the President, by retaining interests in his business organization, has violated constitutional restrictions on taking gifts and benefits from foreign leaders. According to the Constitution’s ‘emolument clause,’ the President must seek Congressional approval to receive such gifts. If the President won’t follow the Constitution, then Congress must step…

Another promise broken

So, Jared Kushner's meeting with Abbas was "tense", and when he gives his report to his father-in-law, Trump may decide to abandon Mideast peace talks.

I'm shocked, just shocked, I tell you.  I mean, who knew that peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians could be so difficult to achieve?

(Um, Hillary Clinton knew...a First Lady who was present when Ehud Barak and Yassir Arafat were brought together at the White House...a Secretary of State who negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas...but I digress.)

Fifty years after the Six Day War,  the West Bank situation is reaching critical mass.  There are only two options:  create a Palestinian State on the West Bank, or grant the inhabitants of the West Bank full Israeli citizenship,

But the Palestinian population of the West Bank, as well as the Israeli Arab population, is large, and growing.  The Arab population will eventually outnumber the Jewish population, and Israel as a uniquely Jewish state would ce…

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In case you missed it...

Science has a new explanation for homosexuality. It's a way to keep a family strong.

If you've been on Twitter lately, you already know this is the case. 45 hasn't been tweeting about attacks against Muslims.

The FBI won't say that 45 is not a Russian agent.

Oops. The Republican party "accidentally" leaked info for for a whole bunch of voters.

And before the text of the health care bill leaked (spoiler: it's worse than we thought), McConnell hid the bill in his mouth. (This one's from The Onion, because we need a laugh right about now.)

The administration is trying to create instability in the insurance market by delaying payments so that ACA insurers may have to raise rates.

Have a Democratic Senator (like me) and have no reason to call them? Now you do. Ask them to withhold consent and filibuster by amendment.

What stories have we missed this week?

The Illusion of Knowledge

I've been neglecting this blog since April. Not because there aren't things to say. I think it's because it's all been coming at us fast and furious, and it's hard to boil down feelings to just one topic.

So, today I thought I'd post this video I stumbled across about three weeks ago. I meant to post it before now, but, well...

It kind of explains a lot, don't you think?

I found this via the Huffington Post. Check it out to find links to the Dunning-Kruger effect and Salience Bias.