Steven Rosenfeld says that between gerrymandering and Voter ID, "Republicans have a starting-line advantage...of 10 percent" in state and federal legislative elections. Sadly, we have no data yet describing advantage Interstate Crosscheck also delivers to Republican candidates, who do seem to keep winning despite the relative unpopularity of their ideas. Of course, Democrats could put a stop to all of this, by actually standing up and delivering for voters, but they're too busy sucking up to their big donors and polishing their civility trophies to do that.
David Dayen at The Intercept describes how Google tried to keep fraud artists from exploiting drug addiction treatment seekers and wound up making the problem worse. Big drug treatment corporations were gaming Google's ad system to trap patients in expensive and ineffective care (which makes those patients repeat customers, big corporations are so clever!), so Google stopped all drug treatment center ads, which has the unfortunately effect of keeping patients away from small (and good) treatment centers, which then go out of business. So, essentially, they used a sledgehammer when a ball-peen hammer would have done the job -- oh, and also failed to do the job.
So I'm reading about how "Oklahomans Turn 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Into a Protest Against Big Oil," and I must admit I had a hard time getting past the notion that ZOMG Oklahoma actually has an "Oilfield Prayer Day"? After all, when you cut taxes for oil corporations and then can't even keep schools open five days a week, the completely logical response is to have a "day of prayer" for oil corporations! Oh, and get the Department of Homeland (sic) Security to designate certain protestors as "domestic terrorists." Supply-Side Jesus surely smiles on Oklahoma.
Adam Johnson at FAIR points out that the "liberal" media, when discussing relations with Iran, tend to use the same stock photos of Iranian women walking past an anti-American mural. And here you thought the big newspapers all employed photographers, who could take real photographs of real Iranians! Of course, newspapers are anxious to cut any job that doesn't directly redistribute income upward to executives, hence a lot of reporters take their own photos now, and newspapers rely on stock photos more. And thus we have yet another emblem of the sick, immoral, and decadent society we've become.
Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin says Americans ought to "respect" their President. Of course a demagogue would say that (and about a fellow demagogue who only got 46% of the popular vote, no less!), but Vladimir Putin really doesn't know America at all, because here in America, we regard the right to criticize the President as a birthright. Besides, how about Donald Trump earn some damn respect? Is that so much to ask?