Sappho When I came across the history podcast Footnoting History, I knew I found my niche. I listened to everything from an analysis of Jane Austen’s novels to the Victorians’ chilling Christmas traditions, and excitedly discussed these historical tales with my boyfriend. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Torture; bullying; silencing.]I've got a new piece at Shareblue about why we must be very cynical about the future utility of the independence expressed by some of Trump's cabinet nominees during their confirmation hearings:During his confirmation hearing to head the CIA, Rep. Show More Summary
Last night, under cover of darkness, Senate Republicans bypassed "roll back and revise" and "repeal and replace" with a third option for addressing the Affordable Care Act: "repeal and go fuck yourself," wherein they repeal the current ACA and replace with jack shit. Show More Summary
Mothers held at Berks Detention Center ask Obama to pardon them. Four homeless people die of exposure in Portland in first 10 days of 2017. This is climate change and injustice at work. During his confirmation hearing, former ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson refused to answer a question about the climate denial and misinformation campaign his company lead […]
Suggested by Shaker ivyceltress: "If you could send a message back to an earlier version of yourself when would it be and what would you say?""You'll be okay."
Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will likely mean very bad things for women’s health. We stand to lose insurance coverage of contraception and maternal and newborn care. But the majority-Republican House...Show More Summary
The Women’s March on Washington has released its official policy platform, a far-reaching four-page statement that takes clear stances on reproductive rights, immigration reform, and worker’s issues.
This week in Donald Trump tweets with a long backstory: Thursday morning, the president-elect wrote on Twitter, “Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean.”...Show More Summary
This Is Us returned from its midseason break on Tuesday night, so here is a thread for discussion! What did you think of the newest episode? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Discuss!
Trans activist, author, and civil liberties advocate Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a thirty-five year prison sentence for disclosing classified documents to Wikileaks, may finally be granted reprieve.According to NBC News,...Show More Summary
About a month ago, we had a Trump Despair thread, and, with the way I'm feeling after spending this week immersed in confirmation hearings for his cabinet nominees, I thought that maybe some of us could use another one.With every fresh...Show More Summary
What am I even supposed to do with these silly wee Dorito ears?! As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
Government leaders in Germany have approved a proposed bill that would take steps to close the nation’s gender wage gap, one of the highest in Europe. The bill would require medium- and large-sized companies to increase salary transparency,...Show More Summary
A few months ago, Pope Francis announced that the sin of abortion can now be forgiven by any Catholic priest, as opposed to requiring the approval of a higher-ranking bishop. Without softening the church’s position that abortion is a grave sin, the move was in keeping with the tone of practical mercy that has defined this papacy.
Schumer announces he will oppose Sessions' nomination for Attorney General: "After reviewing his record and giving careful consideration to his answers during the hearing, I am not confident in Senator Sessions' ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration. Show More Summary
In a late night vote, Senate Republicans eliminated healthcare for 30 million Americans without any plan to replace it. Morally indefensible — Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) January 12, 2017 GOP said theyd keep the parts of ACA Americans liked. Show More Summary
I've got a new piece at Shareblue about Trump's press conference yesterday, and it may be one of the most important things I've written about the president-elect.Giving his first press conference since last July, Donald Trump seemed rattled when he first appeared in front of reporters. Show More Summary
Last spring, Beyoncé told Garage magazine that she considers having a child her greatest achievement yet. “Out of everything I’ve accomplished,” she said, “my proudest moment hands down was when I gave birth to my daughter Blue.” This statement incited a fair amount of chatter, much of it disapproving, on the internet. Show More Summary
Suggested by Shaker particolored: "Describe your ideal lazy afternoon. What would you do (or not do)?"
The news out of Washington, D.C. is dominated by dispiriting dispatches from the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and Trump’s dystopian announcement that he has no plans to neutralize his many conflicts of interest once he ascends to the highest office in the land. Show More Summary