Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 27 2011

Cover Yourself

Did you know there were demonstrations all over the U.S. yesterday for two different causes? Well, actually, there’s a fair chance you do, that you were at one of these marches or demonstrations. There’s even a good chance you had to choose between showing your support for Wisconsin’s public unions and telling Congress that the …

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Feb 26 2011

Saturday Storytime: White Charles

Sarah Monette is the author of the Melusine series of novels and much, much more, including several short stories available online. From Clarkesworld Magazine, we have “White Charles”: I accepted the mug he offered; the tea was hot and sweet and very strong. He watched, and when I had met whatever his criteria were, he …

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Feb 25 2011

Of Politics and Pizzas

I love Keith Ellison, my congressional representative. It isn’t that he was one of the few new candidates for national office in the last few years who I heard campaign on what he had already accomplished for people as part of the government rather than on what he would do if given the chance. It …

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Feb 22 2011

Fit to Speak

Rush Limbaugh has, as usual, been saying some incredibly stupid things. In this case, he’s suggesting that Michelle Obama is a hypocrite for suggesting people try to improve their eating habits because she doesn’t look like a supermodel or starlet. There’s plenty of idiocy here that should be noted. However, there are good and bad …

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Feb 21 2011

Sex, Science, and Social Policy

When it comes to the politicization of scientific topics and science denialism, everyone knows about the forces opposing our understanding evolution and global warming. Would it surprise you to see similar tactics on display when the subject is sex? In the well-known cases, political actors band together with researchers who continually produce results favoring the …

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Feb 20 2011

Get Over It

In today’s Observer, writer and poker champion Victoria Coren shared a story about the reaction of some guy (apparently some sort of celebrity in Britain) to a suggestion that he follow her on Twitter. To keep it brief: “IT suggests I follow Victoria Coren. Who the hell is she? Y should I follow her? Her …

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Feb 19 2011

Saturday Storytime: Moonlighting

I occasionally link to free short fiction from this blog. I think it’s time to start doing it in a more organized fashion. Welcome to the inaugural edition of Saturday Storytime. Today’s author is my friend Doug Hulick, with his short story, “Moonlighting.” An excerpt: Ayshin cleared his throat as he placed both of his …

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Feb 17 2011

Traffic I Don’t Need

When the search terms used to reach a post bring you extra, special joy: For the record, most of these “readers” come from countries where English is not the first language.

Feb 16 2011

Should Have Known

I want to return to one of those stupid things that people are saying about the sexual assault of Lara Logan. It’s the idea that “I’m not saying she deserved to be assaulted, but she should have known that her hair/her clothes/traveling to a country where (insert Middle Eastern or Muslim stereotype here) would make …

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Feb 15 2011

Shut Up Already

I’m a fairly quiet person. I don’t talk a lot. It isn’t because my brain is empty. It certainly isn’t because sitting back and listening gets you an audience in return. Like any woman, I get ignored and talked over all the time. In fact, I have a three-strikes rule. Interrupt or talk over me …

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