Recent reads.

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PRISON + SENTENCING REFORM, RULE OF LAW.

Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial. Bernish, C., The Free Thought Project (Jan. 2016).

Why Innocent People Plead Guilty. Rakoff, J.S., New York Review of Books (Nov. 2014).

[^h/t (both) Amy Lou]

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ABORTION.

Study: At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortion. Jacobson, J., RH Reality Check (Nov. 2015).

Tennessee woman nearly dies trying coat hanger abortion — and then gets jailed for attempted murder. Edwards, D., Raw Story (Dec. 2015).

There Are No More Hospitals in Cincinnati That Offer Abortions in Cases of Fatal Fetal Anomalies. Davies, M., Jezebel (Jan. 2016).

Kasich signs bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Kludt, T. and Spodak, C., CNN (Feb. 2016). [Welcome to the Abattoir, “moderate” Republican Governor and Presidential Candidate John Kasich. –Ed.]

Brazilian Legislators Look to Increase Abortion Penalties in the Wake of Zika Outbreak. Sandy, M., Time (Feb. 2016).

ART + CULTURE.

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13 Bathrooms You Will Instantly Fall In Love With. Grumstrup, C., Dose (Dec. 2015). [OMGOMGOMG. I need 13 bathrooms right now. –Ed.]

2016 European Figure Skating Championships: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. YouTube (Jan. 2016). [Okay, WOW. –Ed.]

MEDIA.

Chomsky and his critics. Sayeed, T., Mondoweiss (Feb. 2016).

SURVEILLANCE STATE.

Big Banks Hiring Former Spies to Snoop on Employees. Numbers, E., The Anti-Media (Feb. 2016).(“Every move bank employees make is likely being monitored by former military intelligence or CIA and GCHQ members.”)

Apple Defies Court Order, Refuses To Comply With FBI Demand. Wilkinson, A., Second Nexus (Feb. 2016).

DoJ forced Google to turn over Jacob Appelbaum’s email, then gagged Google. Doctorow, C., BoingBoing  (Dec. 2015).

HARASSMENT + ABUSE.

When I Quit Cutting My Hair, I Learned How Men Treat Women On American Roads. Baruth, J., Vocativ (Jan. 2016). (“Once cowardly road-ragers realize I’m a man, they quickly back off.”)

 

POLICE.

Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions for International Drug Cartels. Gardner, J., The Free Thought Project (Dec. 2015). [And why wouldn’t they? –Ed.]

It’s official: There never was a ‘war on cops’. Ingraham, C., Washington Post (Dec. 2015).

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SEX + SEXUALITY.

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QUOTES.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. –Upton Sinclair (1935)

Capitalism is fascism plus murder. –Upton Sinclair (1944)

The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to “End Poverty in California” I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them. –Upton Sinclair (1951)

Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. –Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man (1871)

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