The full video of the lunch meeting, over two hours long and released by the Center for Medical Progress after complaints by Planned Parenthood, shows something very different from what these critics claim. Clearly, the shorter version was edited to eliminate statements by Dr. Nucatola explaining that Planned Parenthood does not profit from tissue donation, which requires the clear consent of the patient. Planned Parenthood affiliates only accept money — between $30 and $100 per specimen, according to Dr. Nucatola — to cover costs associated with collecting and transporting the tissue. “This is not something with any revenue stream that affiliates are looking at,” she said.

(via The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood - The New York Times)

The video is a fraud but it doesn’t matter. Few if any of the people who were outraged by the story when it was posted will every post a correction. It will now be a fact in the edges of the right wing universe that planned parenthood profits from abortions by selling fetus parts. And that was the plan from the start.

Online postings suggest that Houser eventually became too radical for TV. For instance, he was openly concerned that the United States was racist against whites, and he sympathized with both the Westboro Baptist Church and KKK leaders like David Duke. (The forum postings and tweets have been attributed to Houser by the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to the Times.)

Houser’s Facebook profile, which is much more muted, is linked to only two groups—one pledging to “Stand With Rand [Paul]” and the other celebrating Irish-American heritage. According to RawStory, Houser also published a short manifesto in 2013 that accused the United States of “oozing the puss of foolishness and perversion.” He also called for the country to come up with a right-wing party like Greece’s Golden Dawn, according to the site. Another forum posting expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler.

(via Everything We Know So Far About the Louisiana Theater Shooter | VICE | United States)

Political correctness demands we ignore right wing views when they belong to mass murderers. Or question why this guy was able to get a gun after a history of mental illness and violent threats.

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the last decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.

It was fine when all this crossing-of-the-line was directed at President Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.

(via Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted - The New York Times)

One of the most common libertarian arguments you hear is that we don’t need government regulation to prevent discrimination because bigotry is bad for business and therefore the free market will stop it. Take Rand Paul arguing that “it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant.” Or Reason trying to show that bakeries refusing gay customers take an economic hit for it. It’s a pleasing idea, that businesses will realize that bigotry costs them money and will adjust their business practices accordingly, with no government intervention required.

Well, now we have a perfect experiment to see how well that theory plays out in real life, with Reddit, which is a major corporation and not some two-bit rural bakery refusing to make a cake for a lesbian couple. As Reddit has learned, bigotry is, indeed, bad for business. Maintaining a free space for bigots to organize in is costing Reddit real money, as they have to pay for server space and now can’t even collect ad revenue on the bigoted forums.

But instead of proving the liberation argument right—that bigotry will cost you money and therefore businesses will choose anti-bigotry—the opposite is happening. Reddit is choosing to lose money rather than lose the bigots.

(via How The Reddit Debacle Proves Libertarians Wrong)

Libertarian views on discrimination somehow manage to be equal parts comical and abhorrent. The Reddit debacle is demonstrating this.

The clown who made a buck selling a book called “Liberal Fascism” to halfwits is calling Donald Trump a low-rent carnival barker.

(via driftglass: Doughy Pantload: Then and Now)

Interesting comparison between what Jonah Goldberg wrote about the Swiftboating of Kerry in 2004 and the attacks by Trump on McCain in 2015.

Economists often judge the appropriateness of a minimum wage by comparing it with the local median wage—the theory being that, in cities with higher pay across the board, a higher minimum will be less of a burden….In New York City, $15 in 2018 would still amount to more than 60 percent of the metro area’s median wage, which is high. In cities like Buffalo and Binghamton, $15 by 2021 would be worth more than 70 percent of the area median, which is extremely high.

(via New York wage board approves $15 minimum wage for fast food workers: The plan makes no sense.)

One of the disingenuous debate tactics you see when people discuss the minimum wage is to suggest “why not a million dollars an hour?” as if proposed minimum wage levels are just pulled out of air based on what feels good. Levels like 10.10 and 12.60 are based on looking at median wages as well as other factors in the market. When you do the math, $15 is too high. Unless the goal is to cap the size of fast food chains at 30 locations.

The strategy of targeting those believed to be behind the violence, born of years studying the origins of shootings, has intensified this year. Officers on the street, who are recording far fewer arrests and a still plummeting number of stops, are now focusing on a few hundred people who are believed to fuel rounds of retaliatory shootings. At a recent City Council hearing, Mr. Bratton called it “quality policing, not quantity policing.”

(via As Shootings Rise in New York, Police Focus on a Small Number of Young Men - The New York Times)

It’s becoming clear that stop and frisk was an obstacle to police work.

When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take risks. “Many other researchers have replicated the finding that entrepreneurship is more about cash than dash,” University of Warwick professor Andrew Oswald tells Quartz. “Genes probably matter, as in most things in life, but not much.”

“If one does not have money in the form of a family with money, the chances of becoming an entrepreneur drop quite a bit,” Levine tells Quartz.

(via Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money - Quartz)

Girls Go Geek… Again!:

Women had started to flock to computer science in the mid-1960s, during the early days of computing, when men were already dominating other technical professions but had yet to dominate the world of computing. For about two decades, the percentages of women who earned Computer Science degrees rose steadily, peaking at 37% in 1984.

The c64 was released in 1982 and marketed almost exclusively to boys. Wargames was released in 1983. Tron in 1982. This seems to match up with the decline of women in computer science.

like Google’s neural network, we human beings are designed by evolution to find patterns in everything we see and hear; this ability enables us to quickly and efficiently make sense of the world around us. But it can also lead us to find patterns that aren’t there — the proverbial faces we see in the clouds, for example.

Deep Dream shows us what can happen when pattern recognition gets the best of us — like the software, we can conjure elaborate visions out of pretty much nothing at all. That’s how conspiracy theorists look at the world, finding “evidence” of elaborate conspiracies pretty much everywhere they look.

(via Face in a Cloud: How ideologues are like Google’s Deep Dream neural networks | we hunted the mammoth)

Worth a read.