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What I’m Reading – January 11, 2015

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Bigotry

– “Isabella Sankey, the policy director at human rights body Liberty, said: ‘Turning our teachers and childminders into an army of involuntary spies will not stop the terrorist threat. Far from bringing those at the margins back into mainstream society, it will sow seeds of mistrust, division and alienation from an early age.'” Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers ‘is heavy-handed’ (h/t @saladinahmed)

Rape Culture

– “What’s truly baffling here is why the show’s producers didn’t edit this stuff out, trim it down, or make some kind of statement about it beforehand. Sure, Cosby wasn’t a big topic a year ago, but he’s easily one of the most loathed celebrities in America right now.” Keshia Knight Pulliam Fired From Celebrity Apprentice for Not Talking to Bill Cosby (h/t @BlackInformant)

– “It reveals that Harding and others were often confused by what the procedures of the hearing were, that Winston and the woman told incredibly different versions of the events that night, and, looking at the whole of what was presented over those two days, it’s unclear how Harding came to his final decision.” Jameis Winston Conduct Hearing Transcript Reveals Mass Confusion and Bizarre Decision-Making (via @scATX)

Racism

– ‘”In [the grand juror]’s view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges,’ the lawsuit says.” Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case (h/t @sarahkendzior)

Capitalism

– “Can you imagine the outrage if hotels blocked cell phones, forcing guests to use their profit-hogging landline phones? Of course, the American Hotel and Lodging association is saying this isn’t about gouging customers, it’s about protecting their networks.” Hotel chains are asking the FCC for permission to block personal WiFi devices on their properties (h/t @teigland_cindy)

– “The CBPP’s Ed Bolen said he expects the requirement to accelerate a decline in enrollment that has been driven so far by people getting jobs and earning too much money to qualify for assistance. People who are unable to find jobs will be out of luck, since few states offer training or workfare programs that meet the requirements.” Food Stamp Enrollment Expected To Drop By 1 Million Next Year (h/t @Velma1984)

Misogyny

– “But in a classic example of the difference between surface “equality” and genuine equity, many public restrooms continue to be facilities that are equal in physical space, while favoring men’s bodies, experiences, and needs.” The Everyday Sexism of Women Waiting in Public Toilet Lines (h/t @msfoundation)

Family

– “You’re probably hearing a lot about how no love can compare to the love a mother has for her child. Parents might be telling you that you’ll never ever EVER understand what real love feels like unless you become a parent yourself. Well, now that I’ve crossed over from “nonparent” to “parent,” and with apologies to my fellow parents, I want to deliver this important message: You pretty much get it.” Loco Parentis: You Pretty Much Get It

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