Is the Tower of Pisa unleaning?
Okay, it’s a little delayed given that the Harper’s Index regularly comes out around the 15th of the month previous to the publication date, but better late than …. you know. It was the fault of my vacation, which was 50 percent dedicated to serious vegging and 50 percent catching up on reading books (remember those?). I didn’t actually catch up, but I did shorten the stack somewhat:
Portion of Americans who believe another world war is likely: 2/3
Percentage of Americans who say they would be “not at all” willing to volunteer to fight in another world war: 42
Who say they would be “very” or “somewhat” willing: 31
Estimated percentage chance that the UN’s “worst-case scenario” for
global warming is too optimistic: 35
Year by which a Norwegian company aims to use dead fish to help
power cruise ships: 2021
Percentage of US college graduates whose first jobs do not typically require a college degree: 43
Of college graduates whose jobs five years after graduation do not typically
require a college degree: 35
Average value of labor that US employees annually donate to their employers by
not taking vacation days: $561
Time at which Arkansas shuts down the website on which Medicaid recipients must report their work hours: 9:00 pm
Number of states with lower rates of internet access than Arkansas: 0
Percentage of 18- to 29-year-old social-media users who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to personalize ads: 54
Who say it’s acceptable for their data to be used to show them messages
from political campaigns: 35
Number of degrees since 1999 by which the Leaning Tower of Pisa
has straightened: 0.55
“The feminists had destroyed the old image of woman, but they could not erase the hostility, the prejudice, the discrimination that still remained.”
~~Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963
On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Extend Debate on Alito:
It seems clear to me that the significance of Alito's views on executive power, access to the courts, civil liberties, the right to privacy, the federal Commerce power, and a myriad of other issues, is only now coming into proper focus. More time is needed for the Senate to properly carry out its Constitutional function of advice and consent.
An appointment to the Supreme Court is for a lifetime. Samuel Alito is 55 years old and, like Justice O'Connor, is likely to sit on the Court for a quarter century if confirmed.
Given the stakes, an additional period of consideration and debate seems appropriate. The length of this additional period need not necessarily be long nor the debate protracted. It seems to me that with a fairly brief period of consideration, the members of the Senate can chart a course for appropriate action regarding Judge Alito.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The shutdown drags on. It’s anybody's guess how the Senate votes on it tomorrow. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter frame the (in)action. Ivanka bags bizarre new Chinese trademarks. Trump photoshops himself some weight loss & longer fingers.