Days 16, 17, 18 and 19 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

I’m still alive! For now.

  • No puppet! No puppet!
  • Atlas Obscura is awesome. They did a great article about a birth control handbook that college students read back when that was illegal.
  • Teaching isn’t an act of charity. It’s a job.
  • A lot of Republicans would see us dead, I fear. Also, that’s a magnificently worthless apology.
  • Ben Sasse is part of a long, proud line of Republicans that soaks up admiration for their words while getting off scot-free with their actual votes.
  • Trump’s aides don’t know how to turn on the lights in the White House. Trump doesn’t know what he signs until he sees it on Fox News. These things are both awful.
  • Some libraries are doing away with overdue fees because they’re not effective at getting people to return books on time, but they are effective at encouraging people not to bother checking out books. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.
  • If you’re a young, conservative, blond woman, you can stay three nights in Dallas and attend a leadership conference, all for $25 (plus transportation)! The wingnut welfare train runs all night.
  • The Onion is a national treasure. Enjoy a classic: “Sonny Corleone Would Still Be Alive Today If He Had E-ZPass”
  • I’m feeling much less confident in the general strike than I did in the women’s marches (h/t Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money).
  • 2+2=5
  • Sean Duffy is a lunatic Congressman who literally said, today, “Look at the good things that came from it!” regarding the fucking Charleston massacre.
  • Refugees
  • Tom Perez’s Department of Labor will be sorely missed (h/t Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money).
  • The confirmation of Betsy DeVos is a goddamned national tragedy. Seriously, what’s the point of working hard and bettering yourself when a hack like this is the most powerful education official in the country?
  • The term “meritocracy” was originally satirical, because the people in charge can always define “merit” to be whatever they like. Such as, for instance, social skills and interviewing capability over test scores. But like “political correctness,” it is now used sincerely.

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