Boxing Day Links

Apparently some men’s-rights activists have decided that as John Scalzi is a feminist, he must be doing it for a hidden agenda.
•Costco has settled a decade-old sex-discrimination lawsuit, paying a fine and agreeing to review its promotion policies.
•Soon-to-be-ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg admits that some people suffer from bad luck. But you know, it’s not like government should try to make it easier for the unlucky or anything. At the link, Slacktivist disagrees.
•A blogger points out that yes, libraries still serve a useful purpose, including (but not limited to) providing books for people to read.
•Here’s a classic, the argument that covering pre-existing conditions such as cancer is like getting coverage for your car or house after an accident. Right-wing pundit and economics professor Walter Williams has made this argument (perhaps his subtle means of proving his claims about the ignorance of college professors are true).
The pol (Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens) is wrong. A car crash is a single, time-limited event (ditto your house burning down). Disease treatment is often a long, ongoing experience. A closer match would be discovering your house is at high risk for flooding so you take out flood insurance. Even though the condition was there when you bought the house, you can still buy insurance.
And Hudgens ingores that a)the goal is to get everyone insured so having problems before you buy insurance won’t be an issue. b)insurers are notorious for canceling insurance on the grounds of some past illness or incident just when a patient needs heavy medical treatment—even if the pre-existing condition had nothing to do with the treatment; and c)he specifically invokes that the crash “is your fault.” Because he imagines health problems are always the patient’s fault?
•The idea reading romances proves women are all waiting for a handsome prince crops up yet again. But it’s still malarkey.
•David Brooks is very fond of the sexist, racist anti-semites who ran the country a century ago because their higher morality and sense of duty to the country made them great leaders (short answer: bullshit). In the WSJ, Joseph Epstein makes the same argument, but can’t go further than to say they were “tolerant of social prejudice, if not often downright snobbish.” So he’s actually writing with less substance than Brooks, which is difficult.
•An investigative report says Wells Fargo’s pressure on employees to open new accounts leads to high-pressure sales and other unethical behavior (like issuing credit cards to customers who don’t even want them).
•Slacktivist reminds us what sort of activists are considered acceptable on Christian talk radio. Or on Fox.
•Okay, this is funny. Despite all the crap the firm receives about its richsplaining advice to employees on budgeting, McDonalds only revises its advice website when it realizes it includes warnings about fast food being unhealthy.

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