Quickies: Surnames, Sweet Potatoes, and Star Wars
- ‘Bill Wants To Meet You’: Why Political Fundraising Emails Work – “Here’s the thing: as odd as some of these messages appear to be, campaigns know they work. Most political operations conduct meticulous tests to see which appeals work best, before they blast notes out to their bases. It’s an approach perfected by President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, which hauled in about $500 million based on email fundraising.”
- Japan top court upholds law on married couples’ surnames – “Women in Japan were traditionally able to retain their maiden names after marriage, until 1898 when the law was enacted as part of a feudal family system where all women and children came under control of the male head of the household. The system was abolished in 1948 – but the surname law has been retained.”
- In Kenya, so much depends on the orange flesh sweet potato – “On the nutrition front, it addresses health needs for pregnant women. It’s loaded with Vitamin A, an immunity booster, great for vision and crucial for organ development in the fetus. The orange flesh variety also provides a defense against disease for people who are HIV positive.”
- Why The Politics Of The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Makes No Sense – Political scientists dissect the political structures seen in Star Wars.
- Trump Supporters Shout “Sieg Heil,” “Light Him on Fire” at Black Protester – Why are people still pretending that Trump and others are supported by anything other than raw fear and racism.
- Muslim women had to create a crisis safety manual to deal with hate – “Muslim women have responded to the manual with exasperation. Anytime a Muslim commits a crime, they know they’ll be impacted. It may be a tweet, a racist comment on a bus, or a direct threat. So far, Al-Khatahtbeh says Muslim women have dealt with it on their own or with their friends.”