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Link Roundup: September 24, 2016


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Social Justice

  * [Use of Force Project]( -- Some Black Lives Matter activists put together this useful site that analyzes use of force policies across American police forces, with some intriguing results and suggestions for reducing police brutality and excess violence.
  * ['You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.' Fliers like these are showing up on lawns across the US.]( -- What I can't tell is whether Klan membership is genuinely up, or whether existing members are now more active, feeling emboldened by the Trump campaign and the newfound visibility of the alt-right movement. Either way, a scary development.
  * [A comedian has been accused of sexual assault -- and women are speaking out]( -- This time it's Aaron Glaser. Another chapter in an all-too-rampant problem.
  * [Punishing Chelsea Manning for a suicide attempt would be a disgrace]( -- Indeed, punishing anyone for a suicide attempt is cruel and bizarre--it's a wonder it's even Constitutional (I suspect it actually isn't).
  * [Will the left survive the millennials?]( -- Lionel Shriver asks this in her most put-upon tone possible. Maybe I should write a response to that one, too. Shame on the New York _Times_ for giving op-ed space to this crank.


  * [Food insecurity is associated with increased risk of obesity in California women]( -- Exactly what it says on the tin. It is often considered counterintuitive that food insecurity would lead to obesity, but with some thought and analysis it makes perfect sense.
  * [We have a moral obligation to allow drug analysis at music festivals]( -- Not something I would have thought of, but a great idea.


  * [Chris Christie knew about bridge lane closings as they happened, prosecutors say]( -- The New Jersey governor long claimed he had no idea bridge access was curtailed in Fort Lee, that it was the work of rogue subordinates, but now we know otherwise. This is another nail in the coffin of Christie's political career.
  * [Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems]( -- I don't expect this to really harm him since his supporters don't care about such details, but the audacity of this man continues to amaze. To connect the dots: Trump does something bad; Trump gets sued/threatened; Trump promises to make good through donations; Trump uses his foundation, which is funded primarily by _other people_, to facilitate the donations; Trump's problem goes away. It costs him almost nothing.
  * [What's really ailing Hillary]( -- Yet another think piece on why Clinton doesn't deal well with the media, though this one lets the media off the hook too easily.
  * [Why I'm not voting]( -- I disagree with the author's decision not to vote, but a number of good points are still raised here.
  * [Don't waste your vote on the corporate agenda--vote for Jill Stein and the Greens]( -- I wholeheartedly disagree with this, even if the intentions are good.
  * [Your vote for Jill Stein is a wasted vote]( -- A counterpoint to the above, and sums up my thoughts on the matter.


  * [Inside the troubled development of _Star Citizen_]( -- The ambitious, $120 million-plus, as-yet-unfinished video game is poised to be one of the biggest gaming boondoggles of all time, not least because Chris Roberts is an awful manager.


  * [I called the Wells Fargo ethics line and was fired]( -- What really happens to whistleblowers in corporate America. Another lesson here would be "bankers are scum." Truly a tale as old as time.

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