Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saturday roundup

I will be better with regular updates! I've been once again embroiled in spiraling home repair/improvement projects.

Surprise! Eating meat is still bad for the planet.

Income inequality is always structural.

It's true, I should have cut my mother off sooner; I didn't, for my dad. And I'm far from glad she's in her current state, but I'm very glad she's no longer in a position to constantly terrorize everyone around her.

Jill Filipovic is on fire here, but this, from McSweeney's, is *everything*:

Always read Robin Givhan, whether's she's fashion-reporting or rocking fashion sociology:
The hat has become a symbol of us vs. them, of exclusion and suspicion, of garrulous narcissism, of white male privilege, of violence and hate. For minorities and the disenfranchised, it can spark a kind of gut-level disgust that brings ancestral ghosts to the fore. Here, in 2019, their painful past is present.
The MAGA hat speaks to America’s greatness with lies of omission and contortion. To wear a MAGA hat is to wrap oneself in a Confederate flag. The look may be more modern and the fit more precise, but it’s just as woeful and ugly.
To wear the hat is to take on history and divisiveness. Because whatever personal meaning might be attached to the hat, the new broader cultural meaning overrides. It is too late to save the hat from this fate. And it’s too soon to try to reclaim it and give it new life.
On the topic of fashion criticism, see my thoughts on puffer jackets.

WashPo discovered unrefined sunflower oil and I had thoughts (read the whole thread).

Have some periodic-table porn.

Polar bear meets camera.