But I do have a few.
First, I'm running a short sale on the Okay, So Look ebook. It is just $0.99 through Sunday, so if you've never read it... now's your chance! And if you like it, check out Here's the Deal - not on sale, but worth the $3.99, I think.
The "you may also like" links on the last post led me down a rabbit hole of old posts about my kids when they were little. Reading the posts I wrote for Petunia's first and second birthdays really made me smile. I went looking for posts about Pumpkin's early birthdays, and apparently I didn't start those until her third birthday. It is nice to read about my kids when they were tiny. They are huge now: 11 and 8. But still delightful, just in different ways. I should write more about these years, so that I can look back wistfully when they are 18 and 15....
In actual links:
My "if you read only one" pick this week is Adam Serwer on the ascendency of white nationalists in US politics.
But if you can find time for a second thing... Richard Flanagan's speech about the Uluru Statement is wonderful, and speaks to a broader context beyond Australia, too.
New Congressional Budget Office numbers show it is cheaper for the government to pay for Medicaid for someone than to subsidize that person's private health insurance. As the article points out, this is partially due to the fact that recent changes to Obamacare (e.g., doing away with the individual mandate) have caused the premiums for Obamacare to go up.
For all the talk about the risks of Democrats swinging too far to the left, I suspect that future historians will spend more time analyzing the impact of the Republicans swinging so far right. That and the impact of Fox News. I suspect there will be many history theses and books written about the rise of Fox News and how it changed America.
In lighter news: I need to go to Berlin.
Recommended listening: Ezra Klein's interview with Adam Davidson about taking the non-Russia story aspects of Trump's corruption seriously. I particularly like the point about the need to make there be consequences for this corruption or face a slide towards a rent-seeking economy.
Dance like no one is watching, love like you've never been hurt, email like it will be read in a deposition, and talk like Omarosa's in the room https://t.co/wAdxXljPW4— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) August 9, 2018
Best lolsob of the week:
Honestly, I thought Kris Kobach was motivated by a genuine and deeply-felt desire to deny the maximum number of his fellow citizens the right to vote and I'm very disappointed to learn that he may have been in it for the money. https://t.co/8govSJhHva— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) August 4, 2018
Although this xkcd cartoon is a close second and another instant classic xkcd.
Happy weekend, everyone!