As I heard persons say back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un growing up white under Jim Crow, “What’s the big deal? It was only a [insert slur of choice here].”
Still not too bad.
The four-week average, a less volatile measure than the weekly numbers, decreased to 274,750 last week from 278,500.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 46,000 to 2.26 million in the week ended July 18.
Republicans, no doubt, have a plan to fix the disturbing downward trend in joblessness.
Another picture from my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Trevor Timm thinks he has discovered part of Donald Trump’s appeal.
For Trump supporters, it doesn’t matter what he says, just how he says it. And if Republicans think calling out Trump’s flip-flops will actually matter, they will soon look as foolish as the journalists guaranteeing his demise after the McCain comments. It only guarantees he will attack them more . . . .
Read the rest.
Greet prospective home buyers politely.
A five-year-old child accidentally shot his seven-year-old sister in the leg after the siblings followed a cat into a bedroom and found a handgun under a bed, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said. Saturday afternoon’s accidental shooting happened when the family was viewing the Beaverdam Road home that was for sale.“
The investigation revealed that while the family was viewing a home for sale, the two children followed a cat into a bedroom. One child followed the cat under the bed, where the handgun was stored,” investigators said. “The victim was shot in the leg and had non-life threatening injuries.”
No charges will be filed because what the hey! stuff happens.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, how is it not criminal negligence to leave a loaded gun under the damned bed in a house open for real estate showings?
Shorter Bill Cosby (and many many others): “But she really wanted it.”
Yeah, Bill (and many many others). Keep telling yourself that.
In The Guardian, Frank Pasquale and Siva Vaidhyanathan see a precedent for Uber etc.
It’s not the precedent you would expect. Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):
The analogy is most obvious in the case of an American civil rights law itself. Uber has ignored advocates for the blind, and other disabled persons, when they claim Uber’s drivers discriminate against them. In response to a lawsuit by the National Federation of the Blind, Uber bluntly asserts that it’s merely a communication platform, not the type of employer meant to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some judges and regulators accept that reasoning; others reject it. But the larger lesson is clear: Uber’s aggressive efforts to avoid or evade disability laws are nothing less than a form of corporate nullification, as menacing to the rule of law as defiance of civil rights laws in the days after courts ruled against racial segregation in the US.
Follow the link for the rest of the article.
Conservatism and racism in the post-Civil Rights era are one and the same.