Author Archives: Andrea

Trump’s Taxes

Links and articles are all over the internet, and the New York Times has a paywall for most articles, so I’ll just post a link to the relevant MetaFilter thread:

MetaFilter: surely this.

“Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance [NY Times]. Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

“Bücher für Dich”

eat.READ.sleep. ist ein neuer Podcast vom NDR, über den in heute gestolpert bin. Gleich beim ersten Reinhören war ich so begeistert, dass ich direkt alle acht bisher erschienen Folgen heruntergeladen und schon fast zur Hälfte gehört habe. Die Kombination von kürzeren und längeren Buchbesprechungen bzw. -tipps sowie Essen und Rezept mit Bezug zu einem Buch gefällt mir sehr gut. Genau das richtige für einen Freitagabend, um das Wochenende einzuleiten.

“Nach einer literarischen Vorspeise servieren Katharina Mahrenholtz, Daniel Kaiser und Jan Ehlert aktuelle Neuerscheinungen und Lieblingsbücher. Für die Bestseller-Challenge lesen sie sich durch die Titel der aktuellen Top Ten – kneifen gilt nicht, deutliche Meinung ist erwünscht! Beim Quiz können alle ihr Literatur-Wissen testen und Fun Facts für die nächste Party sammeln. Dazu gibt es Interviews mit Büchermenschen und Insights aus der Buchbranche. Alle Buchtipps stehen in den Shownotes!”

Jeopardizing people’s health.

The Washington Post: ‘People are just being dishonest’: Parents are sending coronavirus-infected kids to school, Wisconsin officials warn. “As authorities in suburban Milwaukee gamed out the complex preparations to allow children back into classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, they didn’t plan for one scenario: parents deliberately sending infected kids to school.
Yet that’s exactly what’s happened multiple times in Washington and Ozaukee counties, health officials said this week.”

The Washington Post: The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak. “POSTVILLE, Iowa — It wasn’t until their colleagues began to disappear that workers at Agri Star Meat and Poultry realized there was a killer in their midst.
First came the rumors that rabbis at the kosher plant had been quarantined. Then a man who worked in the poultry department fell ill. They heard whispers about friends of friends who had been stricken with scorching fevers and unbearable chills — characteristic symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Where was the contagion coming from?”

“It’s unclear why the state did not report the full number of positive antibody tests. But at least 20 percent and as many as 29 percent of Agri Star workers contracted the coronavirus between mid-March and early May. These numbers, which Guerrero confirmed, clearly exceed the CDC’s recommended definition for an outbreak — two or more linked cases of a disease — and likely meet Iowa’s 10 percent threshold.
Health experts and worker advocates have criticized Iowa’s metric, which was adapted from an older policy for monitoring flu outbreaks in schools.
Covid-19 is far more contagious and virulent than the flu, said Jan Flora, a sociology professor at Iowa State University. “To use the same threshold means that the state and the meatpacking plant will always be attempting to close the barn door after the horse has escaped.”
In denying The Post’s request for Agri Star’s case numbers, the Iowa Department of Public Health said it only released information about workplaces in cases of “active viral infection.” In other words, because the state took so long to test workers, the peak of the outbreak had already passed — so Iowa never had to acknowledge that the outbreak occurred at all.

Emphasis mine.

“Akademische Kompetenz gegen dumme Aussage”

Deutsche Welle Meinung: Trump, Johnson und das Gift des Populismus. “Lügen und Rechtsbrüche der Regierung sind der Stoff, der Demokratien schleichend zerstören können. Sie wirken nicht anders auf Gesellschaften, als Gift auf Oppositionelle, meint Martin Muno.”

“Wie toxisch jahrelange populistische Herrschaft wirkt, sieht man derzeit in den USA. Wenn eine sachliche Auseinandersetzung zwischen Demokraten und Republikanern immer weniger möglich wird, wenn es ernsthafte Gedankenspiele gibt, dass das Ergebnis der Präsidentenwahl im November nicht anerkannt werden könnte, wenn bewaffnete Milizen in den Straßen patrouillieren, dann ist es bis zum geistigen Bürgerkrieg nicht mehr weit.

Populismus vergiftet also ganze Gesellschaften – sei es in den USA, Großbritannien, Polen oder Ungarn. Und führt die jeweiligen Staaten näher an diejenigen, in denen Oppositionelle ganz buchstäblich vergiftet werden.”

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” RBG

The New York Times: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87. “The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom.”

“Wendy W. Williams, an emeritus professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and Justice Ginsburg’s authorized biographer, wrote in a 2013 article that Ms. Ginsburg’s litigation campaign succeeded in “targeting, laser-like, the complex and pervasive legal framework that treated women as yin and men as yang, and either rewarded them for their compliance with sex-appropriate role behavior or penalized them for deviation from it.”

Professor Williams continued: “She saw that male and female were viewed in law and beyond as a natural duality — polar opposites interconnected and interdependent by nature or divine design — and she understood that you couldn’t untie one half of that knot.” Male plaintiffs were thus essential to the project of dismantling what Justice Ginsburg referred to as “sex-role pigeonholing.” Sex discrimination hurt both men and women, and both stood to be liberated by Ruth Ginsburg’s vision of sex equality.”

Slate.com: What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Would Want America to Do Now
Throughout all of the late-breaking notorious fame, the justice knew that she was just one link in the chain.
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“America has lost a warrior and it’s OK to be crushed. I am flattened. And I will mourn, because she deserves to be mourned. But we are also facing an almighty battle that will rage in the coming weeks, with attempts to fill her seat in an unseemly and grotesque manner. It will be hard, and painful, but if you find yourself feeling hopeless and powerless, then you are empathically doing it wrong. Because if anyone had a right to say “nah,” it was the woman who couldn’t get a job or a clerkship after graduating at the top of her class. But she pushed on, and then she pushed forward. She stepped into the fight of the phenomenal women who paved the path before, and now, well, it’s time to step into her fight and get it finished. I think the Notorious RBG would have peered owlishly out at all of us tonight and asked what the heck we are waiting for. And I think we can probably honor her best by getting to it.”

Barack Obama on Medium.com: My Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard. The questions before the Court now and in the coming years — with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.”

ACLU: In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020).

“She began Harvard Law School as a young mother and one of only nine women in her class, and became the architect of a legal strategy to eradicate gender discrimination in the United States. She modeled her approach after that of Thurgood Marshall on race discrimination, planning for a series of cases at the Supreme Court, each precedent paving the way for the next that would further expand rights and protections. In 1993, she joined the court as an associate justice, and over the decades became a cultural icon beloved for her vision and passion in defending the rights of women.”

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