Noel Ignatiev writes "To Those Who Believe in Voting." I believe that voting is merely the beginning of your duty as an American citizen; Mr. Ignatiev thinks you should skip voting and get to the organizing, protesting, and demonstrating. You should get to the organizing, protesting, and demonstrating! But vote first, because bad politicians tend to do very well in elections where fewer people vote (cases in point: 2010 and 2014).
Shafaq Hasan at Non-Profit Quarterly investigates "The Socioeconomics of the Rape Kit Backlog." And surprise! The lower your position on the socioeconomic ladder, the more likely you are to be raped, and the more likely any rape kit from your rape will sit there (as at least 11,000 have done in Detroit alone), uninvestigated by an either overworked or apathetic police force. I tend toward "overworked," generally, but not when it comes to rape -- and I suspect anyone who's ever heard men talk would agree.
Ho hum, Republicans are trying to attach another must-pass bill amendment killing Pentagon regulations aiming to protect soldiers from predatory lenders. Because why not, when the "liberal" media won't lift a finger to report it? But just you watch, when you march against President Scott Walker's war, how quickly the Republicans will say you "hate the troops."
The Center for Effective Government promotes "Public Service Recognition Week," which government workers at federal, state, and local levels surely need, in a time when the "liberal" media uses them for throat-punching practice. And n.b. that as we've cut government workers, we've increased contract workers, who generally get paid more and don't do as good a job as civil servants do, so says John DiIulio, who should know, having outed Tha Bush Mobb's ignorance of, and apathy toward, good public policy earlier than almost anyone else.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged several former and current executives of for-profit college chain ITT with fraud. For the usual -- "concealment" of bad job placement figures and lying to investors about how badly their student loans were doing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also sued ITT a little over a year ago. Think those ads, ubiquitous if you're home watching Magnum, P.I. during the day, might go the way of Corinthian College?
Finally, the first "solar road" in existence in the Netherlands is actually producing more power than its engineers thought it would after six months. Its developers built the road for bike traffic, but they're working on one that could handle cars, trucks, and buses. Solar roads aren't as energy-efficient as rooftop solar (because you can't tilt the road, of course), but there are lots of roads, and it'd be hard to imagine us not needing them, the hovercar having apparently gone the way of the personal jetpack.