Chauncey DeVega suggests that "Christianity hinders racial justice." We could quarrel about that, I suppose, though I suspect that quarrel also hinders racial justice, but I agree that the automatic forgiveness white folks seem to expect from black folks after yet another murder certainly hinders racial justice. And who expects forgiveness from white people whenever a white person gets murdered? I have to say I've never heard that come up.
Ho hum, the "liberal" media keep flogging discredited anti-Iran nuke deal propaganda days after they're properly discredited. How did "inspections of military sites will respect Iran's military security needs" turn into ZOMG IRANZ WILL INSPECT ITSELFZ!!!!!!? Because haters gonna hate, that's why. And if a lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth puts on its shoes, the "liberal" media spreads lies around the world before the truth gets out of bed.
Kate Cox at the Consumerist instructs us that Ashley Madison (the dating site for adulterers) may not be able to legally prevent people from looking over all the client info that got hacked last month, despite their best efforts. Ashley Madison seems to think it has copyrighted all of that client info, but generally, as Ms. Cox says, "you can copyright original works, but not lists of facts." Will Ashley Madison claim that these lists are unique enough that they represent narratives, and thus are "original works," in a sense? I guess that would be interesting.
Bryce Covert reminds us that the Monday morning stock market plunge would have wreaked absolute havoc on Social Security if our government had privatized Social Security -- as Mr. Bush wanted to do in 2005 and as several Republican Presidential candidates still want to do now. But they're so criminally insane they'll probably use the Monday morning stock plunge as proof of privatization's necessity. (Ms. Covert also points out that most smart investment is actually counterintuitive -- folks want to sell when things start to go bad and buy when things start to go good, but these are pretty much the wrong things to do at those times, if you think about it.)
Finally, an SEI report finds that some two-thirds of a particular kind of carbon-trading (Joint Implementation, where one country finances a carbon-reducing project in another country, instead of just trading credits) "are unlikely to represent additional emissions reductions." In some cases, JI projects simply created more carbon emissions so they get carbon credits for "reducing" them, and in others, the carbon-reducing projects simply didn't exist, though people still made money off them. Hence yet another reason I prefer good old-fashioned regulation to carbon-trading schemes.