Covfefe Distraction: May 31, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

While we’re all in a flap about covfefe (and please, PLEASE listen to this press briefing with Spicey, because is it worth it to listen to him say that a small group of people know what it means, and listen to the press laugh him out of the room), here’s some actual things that happened today.

  1. A leaked document indicates that the administration will attempt to give carte blanche to any employer to refuse to cover birth control. To quote Erin Gloria Ryan in The Daily Beast: “The draft of the rule, obtained by Vox’s Sarah Kliff and Dylan Scott, would allow any employer or university to opt out of providing birth control to their employees or students by citing religious objection. The rule only applies to religious and morality-based objections to female contraception. It does not apply to other things a religion may find morally objectionable, like psychiatric drugs, blood transfusions, or Viagra. In addition, the rule would not require an employer to formally register their objection with the government before ending contraception coverage. Employers would be required to notify employees in advance of the change, but once the policy change was in effect, women would not be able to use their workplace insurance policies to pay for contraception. Even if was prescribed for reasons apart from prevention of pregnancy.” In other words, we only give a shit about whether or not women can control their own reproductive freedom.
  2. We’re going to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Accords, which makes it a good day to also hear about how the UAE is going to colonize Mars, since bye-bye Earth. It was a nice run.
  3. A noose was found in an exhibit about segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Post-racial what?

So, sure. Let’s all make some memes about covfefe, and debate its meaning (and I have my own personal idea, and it involves your sex life, so I’ll keep it to myself). But while we do it, the world is still burning around us.

Though, also….

D

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