April 22nd, 2011

News

Republican statehouses, 'the Arab spring,' and bad ideas

FRIDAY NEWS:
* "Unrest across the Middle East and North Africa has not yet run its course."
* Top read: how the Republicans' real victories were in statehouses nationwide, and how they are using those gains to push their influence. More here.
* Yes, we're increasing our forces in Libya. Despite a complete lack of any long-range plan.
* "Rep. Chris Van Hollen and a team of campaign finance lawyers have launched a legal attack on two rules written by the Federal Election Commission — rules that currently shield wealthy and corporate donors from public identification."
* David Von Drehle discusses income inequality.
* Yes, we left the gold standard for a reason.
* By the numbers: Nate Silver on covering the Republican presidential contenders.
* 'World's biggest spider fossil discovered.'
* Cracked.com presents five bad ideas humanity sticks with out of habit.

King Mob

Courtesy ninjacooter

"Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault... Not everyone has to chant 'I'm a slut and I'm proud.' No matter how you identify, even if you don't consider yourself a sexual person, we'd like to have anyone who is supportive of creating a more positive environment for women and believes that rape shouldn't be permitted."

[Oh, and: SlutWalk DC will be Saturday, August 13th at 12:00pm on the National Mall.]