Opaque Policy, Ruined Careers, and Dipshit Local Officials

Good morning! ‘Scuze me while I take deep breaths to stave off feminist hulk after watching this Samantha Bee segment on 400,000 untested rape kits across the country, and the dipshit local officials who are trying to keep it that way.

As if we needed to be reminded that, yes, government policy has a lasting impact on society and, yes, sometimes those who craft it do not always have pure, noble and transparent intentions, a former Nixon policy advisory admitted that the War on Drugs was specifically designed to disempower and incarcerate political activists and African-American communities. Read the entire Harper’s piece and then read it again, and then ask why a national federal summit on Marijuana legalization is co-sponsored by an organization solely devoted to studying the harms of cannabis, and why "the summit will not include leading doctors who treat patients with medical marijuana, or patients themselves."

In the National Review, Yuval Lenin asks why Republicans aren’t doing more to stop Trump in Silence Isn’t Savvy.

According to this sensationalist headline, "Children don't ruin women's careers — husbands do.” And while I love the National Post, the headline is blatant clickbait, so let's look at the study in question. The HBS study took a look at alumni from the storied business school and measured who stayed in the workforce, and who “opt-ed out” to become full-time moms. While the self-professed opt-out rate was decidedly lower than business myths would have you believe, another number is more revealing: "About 40 percent of Gen X and boomer women said their spouses’ careers took priority over theirs, while only about 20 percent of them had planned on their careers taking a back seat.” and more significantly, "65 percent of Gen X women and 72 percent of boomer women… say they’re the ones who do most of the child care in their relationships.” And remember, these are women alumni of Harvard Business School. Of the men surveyed in the study, "70 percent of Gen X and boomer men say their careers are more important than their wives’."