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What I’m Reading: November 23, 2014

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Injustice

– ‘One is Stites’ cousin, Judy Mitchell, who is convinced Fennell is the real killer. “I just know he did [it],” she told The Intercept. “We’ve got to do something to stop this execution.”’ Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill an Innocent Man? (h/t @JeremyScahill)

Capitalism

– “Over dinner, he outlined the notion of spending “a million dollars” to hire four top opposition researchers and four journalists. That team could, he said, help Uber fight back against the press — they’d look into “your personal lives, your families,” and give the media a taste of its own medicine.” Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

Reproductive Health

– “Comparisons between abortion and slavery are popular among the anti-choice crowd because most people agree that slavery is morally wrong.” Abortion Is Not Like Slavery, So Stop Comparing the Two (via @AngryBlackLady)

Rape and Celebrity

– “One reason that we have collectively plugged our ears against a decade of dismal revelations about Bill Cosby is that he made lots of Americans feel good about two things we rarely have reason to feel good about: race and gender.” No One Wanted to Talk About Bill Cosby’s Alleged Crimes Because He Made White America Feel Good About Race (h/t @ProfessorCrunk)

Language

– “Swearing, profanity, cursing, obscenity, and scatological terms are all different things. (Swearing is a subset of profanity, as we shall see, but it’s rather like squares being a subset of rectangles; there’s a good reason for the distinction.) They are not interchangeable.” This Is Thin Privilege

Size Bigotry

– “You may note that I’ve left off things like crying babies, tantruming toddlers, etc. That’s because I don’t think that people existing in an airport or on a plane should be treated as an annoyance.” 10 Things More Annoying Than Fat People On a Plane

Health

– “Health departments must work to sort out what medication is needed, what is available, and what is the best way to get it to those who need it. Who has you covered during a public health emergency? (via Me)

Racism

– “Western charity songs like the one being proposed by Geldof are not only patronising, they’re redundant and unoriginal. Producing an Ebola song now to raise money, nearly one year after the first reported case in Guinea, is belated at best. It reeks of the “white saviour complex” because it negates local efforts that have come before it.” Africans Respond to the Re-Release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

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