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Silent Spring was excerpted in The New Yorker before its 1962 publication. Furor over the book from the chemical industry came swiftly. [Rachel] Carson was accused of being a communist sympathizer and sexist statements dismissed her as a spinster who was “hysterical” and “over empathetic.” One major pesticide manufacturer threatened to sue her publisher, implying that she was some kind of agricultural propagandist working for the Soviet Union.More politics and policy below the fold.
At 4:30 p.m. today, with many of the justices at an out-of-state conference, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last Friday that Arkansas law and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.Ron Fournier:
It was a one-sentence order without any elaboration granting motions by the state and four counties for a stay.
Here it is.
This will again end the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Arkansas. It's been an on-and-off process in a handful of counties since Saturday, with most of some 500 licenses issued in Pulaski County. Video above from Fox 16's David Goins shows one of the last ceremonies at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
It's easy to demonize conservatives and Christians. It's harder to recognize that faith is a stern master, especially among African-Americans whose animus toward homosexuality runs deep. We should know by now that social change takes times, but the American public tends to eventually get things right.Jamelle Bouie:
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice," Martin Luther King Jr. said of the fight for racial equality. Five decades later, Donaldson and his wife posed for pictures in front of the Little Rock Nine monument and dismissed the fight for sexual equality. In the not-too-distant future, their views on homosexuality will pass into history. Nobody can stop the arc of justice.
Overall, MTV confirms the general view of millennials: Compared with previous generations, they’re more tolerant and diverse and profess a deeper commitment to equality and fairness. At the same time, however, they’re committed to an ideal of colorblindness that leaves them uncomfortable with race, opposed to measures to reduce racial inequality, and a bit confused about what racism is.
Atif Mian and Amir Sufi are convinced that the Great Recession could have been just another ordinary, lowercase recession if the federal government had acted more aggressively to help homeowners by reducing mortgage debts.Susan Glasser:
The two men — economics professors who are part of a new generation of scholars whose work relies on enormous data sets — argue in a new book, “House of Debt,” out this month, that the government misunderstood the deepest recession since the 1930s. They are particularly critical of Timothy Geithner, the former Treasury secretary, and Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, for focusing on preserving the financial system without addressing what the authors regard as the underlying and more important problem of excessive household debt. They say the recovery remains painfully sluggish as a result.
At stake in their debate with Mr. Geithner, whose own account of the crisis was published last week — in a book called “Stress Test” — is not just the judgment of history but also the question of how best to prevent crises.
Editing While Female
Field notes from one of journalism’s most dangerous jobs.
Of course, when it comes to stories about female editors and their difficult alleged management styles, it’s not about the journalism. Google the phrase and you’ll see what I mean: Among the articles you are likely to encounter is a controversial Politico news story last year by Dylan Byers about Abramson’s tenure at the Times. The article had a great scoop as its lede, about a conflict between Abramson and the managing editor, Dean Baquet, who will now succeed her, but what drew most attention was the criticism leveled at Abramson in the article by various anonymous sources. And those complaints more or less boiled down to critiques of her style and personality: “temperament.” It occasioned a furious backlash elsewhere in the media, as women rushed to defend Abramson and mock the article for its caricatured, out-of-date portrayal of a woman boss. “Leave Jill Abramson Alone, You Sexists,” demanded an article in the Daily Beast. Some now see the Politico article as a harbinger of this week’s ugly denouement, or proof of how Abramson really was a flawed leader.