Tuesday’s child is fair of links

From a year ago, Crooked Timber reviews how little protection employees have in the workplace and the conviction of some libertarians that as long as you can change jobs, there’s no reason to think “sleep with me or get fired” is coercive. It’s long but very good.
•Robert Nielsen looks at monopolies on a small local scale.
•Slacktivist ponders on the appeal for believing we’re surrounded by evil monsters. Here he thinks about it some more.
•A slacktivist post from 2007 (Slacktivist Fred Clark periodically links to some of his older work before he moved to his new website) on the problem of seeing everything from the shareholder’s point of view.
More from Paul Krugman about austerity. Kevin Drumm suggests that the moral aspects (Cut waste! Reign in reckless spending!) make it palatable to the public, but aren’t necessarily what people in power think.
•Conservative voices shriek with outrage about Obama’s conduct on pretty much everything. Including “umbrellagate.” Which is not meant to excuse Obama’s spying on journalists or indicting them for reporting on leaks. Or the White House view the war on terror is the new status quo. Though I know plenty of conservatives who are fine with endless war on terror providing it targets Muslims. After all, this is the greatest battle of all human history!
•Sure enough, right-wingers still manage to bring the crazy: One guy suggests people pushing for impeachment are really running a Democrat scam, while another suggests if Americans are paranoid about UN black helicopters and internment camps that don’t exist, this is a good thing.
•In the same spirit as the right-bloggers, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan explains that even if Obama had nothing to do with any of the current crop of scandals, he’s at fault because rot spreads from the top, sort of.
•Here’s a more nuanced look at the IRS’ alleged persecution of conservative political groups.
•A great post on why society needs feminism.
•American industry has its own solution to the tragedy that killed 161 garment workers in Bangladesh this month: Move to other countries where death gets less attention.
•Americas North and South on the truth behind a recently circulating image of a weeping Brazilian Indian.
•A homeowner in a mortgage modification program paid his bills early to avoid missing a payment. Wells Fargo forecloses on the ground he paid too soon. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren asks federal regulators why bank frauds don’t lead to more prosecutions.
•A Republican-backed agriculture bill means probably big money for big agriculture but $20.5 billion in food-stamp cuts. And in North Carolina, legislators push a bill responding to footage of turkey farmers beating birds with metal bars. The bill “would ban photography at a place of employment, make it a crime for anyone to make false statements on a job application (such as when an animal welfare activist applies for a job at an agribusiness operation for the purposes of an investigation), and make it mandatory to turn any recording over to authorities within 24 hours.”
Nothing new here. Multiple states have “produce disparagement” laws that make it a crime to say (for example) that eating Texas beef or Florida oranges is unhealthy. But not being new doesn’t make it good.
•Defeating the Dragons remembers her painful adolescence—one problem with it being her parents didn’t believe adolescence existed. She was supposed to act as an adult, but without any of the power that comes with that (I didn’t realize until I read her “about” but DtD is another refugee from the Florida Panhandle, though my parents were never that conservative, thank goodness).

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