The Greek people reject the EU's latest austerity bailout by a resounding 61-39 margin. I'd express hope that the pollsters who had this race neck-and-neck for the last week won't be able to find work as pollsters again, but servants of power can always find work. We should applaud the courage of the Greek people, who have already endured so much, and will endure much yet. But I hope the folks who squealed ZOMG THE EU WILL KICK TEH GREEKZ OUT!!!!! will one day realize that wasn't exactly a threat.
Sarah Kaplan and Justin Wm. Moyer explain "Why Racists Burn Black Churches." Long story short: black churches have been centers of black culture since even before they were legal (they weren't, for slaves, before 1865) -- places to find community, to learn to read, to resist oppression -- and racists have been burning them down since they got started, until Birmingham, AL became known as "Bombingham" during a particularly bad KKK wave of terror.
Senate Intelligence Committee approves appropriations bill requiring social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, et al) to report any content posted by "suspected terrorists" to our government. Which power could never be turned on someone's political enemies! What's wrong with getting warrants from a judge again? Oh, right -- because someone (cough George W. Bush cough) was too incompetent to stop a major terrorist attack, we have to crap all over our Constitution to stop the next one. Sorry, I forgot.
Paul Buchheit reminds us that, contra a recent Stanford study, there's plenty of evidence that charter schools don't do squat for kids. You don't necessarily need to know that the Stanford study ignored data that might have disproven its findings -- you need only know that charter schools can admit or dismiss whomever they like, so they should be able to "perform better." That they generally don't, even with their built-in head start, should be cause for concern.
ProPublica reminds us that though we're learning more about Big Pharma's payments to doctors, we know little about their payments to nurses and physician's assistants. These are important people, who, perhaps not coincidentally, tend to make rather less money than doctors. Someone at Big Pharma thought they were a genius for coming up with the idea of getting to them, but BFD -- I only think you're a genius if you do something useful, and delivering money upward to your CEO isn't useful.
Finally, all of the county clerks in Decatur County, TN resign over having to hand out gay marriage licenses. Good riddance -- it's not like just anyone can be a county clerk, but America's a big place, and in Decatur County, I'll bet there are plenty of people actually willing and able to uphold the law, since civilized societies need people willing to uphold the law even if it's not convenient for them. Yes, I said "convenient" -- no one's forcing county clerks to enter into gay marriages themselves.