Thursday, September 14, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: AAE, Medicare for All, Kurt Vonnegut, climate change & real estate, & the DACA deal

The photos above are of the old Michigan Central Station building in Detroit, Michigan. This is an awesome old building that had been abandoned and falling down for a couple of decades, but it finally got new owners and it’s being renovated. These photos are from some sort of fundraising gala yesterday. You can read a little more about the gala and the building on Reddit.

5 Things to Read Today (9/14/17)

Language Jones: Bare Subject Relatives and the Sophisticated Complexity of AAE
“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the complexity and sophistication of AAE syntax. Much of the work and outreach around AAE in the last 50 years has been trying to demonstrate that AAE is neither deficient nor wrong. There’s a big jump, however, between not wrong, which is the end goal for many linguists, and marvelously rich, which seemingly hasn’t percolated through the field much beyond AAE specialists.”

Brookings Institution: Why Bernie Sanders’s plan for universal health care is only half right
“There is a better way — called universal catastrophic coverage — which borrows from both progressive and conservative playbooks. It would combine the federal guarantee of insurance for all with the cost-controlling benefits of insurers competing for that business.”

The Atlantic: Fiction: The Drone King
The Drone King is a newly discovered short story by Kurt Vonnegut, so if you’re a fan, get to reading: “One thing about the investment-counseling business: The surroundings are almost always nice. Wherever my work takes me, prosperity has beat me there.”

McClatchy DC: Real estate industry blocks sea-level warnings that could crimp profits on coastal properties
“All along the coast of the southeast United States, the real estate industry confronts a hurricane. Not the kind that swirls in the Atlantic, but a storm of scientific information about sea-level rise that threatens the most lucrative, commission-boosting properties.”

Vox: Trump’s DACA deal is still nowhere close to being done
“On Wednesday night, Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer left a dinner with Trump thinking they had reached an agreement: The president would support enshrining the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law in exchange for some kind of border security package — just not funding for a border wall.”

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