Quickies

Quickies: How to Make a Protest Work, Your Bra Size is a Myth, and Cat Island

  • Republicans will try a little-used tactic to kill five Obama regulations today – “The background here is that it would be tricky and time-consuming for the Trump administration to repeal many Obama-era regulations all by itself. But Congress can easily wipe out a subset of Obama’s agency rules using the 1996 Congressional Review Act, which allows the House and Senate to nullify any recently finalized federal regulation by a simple majority vote in both chambers — so long as the president agrees.”
  • Lanai Cat Sanctuary – “The Lanai Cat Sanctuary is home to some 500 furry felines, who happily roam and play on 25,000 square feet of land on one of the most remote islands in the United States.” Sounds like a pretty fun place to be right now.
  • 4 rules for making a protest work, according to experts – “While these recent protests have channeled opposition to the new president’s campaign rhetoric and first round of executive orders, scholars say it’s critical that today’s protesters learn from history about how protests can succeed — and how they can fail.”
  • The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s – “Colored by hand and highly detailed, Emslie and Reynolds’ 1851 Geological Diagrams is one of their many artistic portfolios. Maps show the distribution of plants, air currents, and religion, while charts ingeniously splay out major rivers, mountains, waterfalls, and even famous historic buildings.”
  • Sometimes, It Does Hurt To Ask – “In 2017, the public support for transgender people is growing. Last August, nonpartisan independent research organization PRRI found that 72 percent of Americans favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws. Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington pointed out the struggles facing transgender Americans as a specific reason to march. But what good is support for if they can’t afford treatment?”
  • Your Bra Size Is a Myth – “In a world of vanity sizes and mysterious designations like “medium,” you usually have to try clothes on before you have any clue if they fit. Bra sizing would seem to be different, since it involves numbers and math, but I’m here with bad news: There is no such thing as Your One True Bra Size.”
  • Under DeVos, Here’s How School Choice Might Work – “Last fall, AFC issued a report ranking the existing private school choice programs. There are 50 of them, located in 25 states and Washington, D.C., by AFC’s count. AFC included only those programs that explicitly allow students to attend religious schools. DeVos, whose family has long supported causes associated with the Christian religious right, has publicly called education reform a way to ‘advance God’s kingdom.’ “

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