The Reading List, 6/22/2014

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  • Sadomasochism isn’t a dirty word.–”And today over at #SexEd, Planned Parenthood opponents were up in fucking arms because professionals who are trusted to offer open and shame-free advice about sex were “caught on tape” offering open and shame-free advice on kink – a type of sexual expression.”
  • What it’s like to cough so violently that you can’t inhale–”Collected from your comments on the several pertussis posts I did over the weekend.”
  • Submit Your Panel Proposals for #FtBCon by July 22!–”FtBCon 3 is fast approaching: August 22-24, 2014. As always, we’re going to have a full weekend of panels, talks, and Cards Against Humanity.”
  • How to skeptic–”Saying you should ‘keep their intentions and goals in mind when someone is imperfect’ about ‘your side’ only is simply to embrace the fundamental attribution error in a permanent bear-hug.”

The Wider Web

  • Thirteen ways of looking at a narrative.–”By the end of this essay, I expect I will have ruined Hollywood movies for you forever.”
  • talking about like ”””neckbeards”””–”it is that, over the course of my life, the men who have harassed me, bullied me, done sexualized things to me without my consent, or directed misogyny at me have usually been Pretty and Popular and Well-Liked sorts who went to parties on weekends”
  • An uncommon household: The history of an early American same-sex marriage–”The women were pillars of their community for four and a half decades, living together in a small house, running a tailoring business, teaching Sunday School, and acting as surrogate mothers and caregivers to hundreds of nieces and nephews. They were also, according to their own understanding and that of those around them, a married couple.”
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates and the boundaries of legitimate debate–”But the piece is part of a larger project, a redefinition of what counts as a legitimate conversation about race in the United States and an attempt to define what intellectual credentials are required to enter that debate.”
  • The Promise of The Green Line: A Family History–”I am told I rode on one of those last University Avenue street cars in 1954, a four-year-old carried on the lap of my Irish-born grandmother (She would have approved of a ‘Green Line’) who learned when my father was a baby that a brief street car trip up and down University Avenue was the perfect sleeping tonic for a fussy baby.”
  • Helter Skelter: connecting some of the dots of white supremacist violence–”The myth, created and nurtured by white supremacy, of the savagery and inherent criminality of black people has resulted in repeated violent backlash against black communities. Backlash, incidentally, not against actual harms or danger, but against the fear of harm and danger that never seem to actually bear fruit.”
  • The Devil Made Me Do It: How Christianity Enables Sexual Abusers–”There was no difference in their eyes between two teenagers ‘falling into sin’ by having a consensual sexual relationship and one person sexually assaulting another – both were simply sexual sin.”
  • Living as a woman in a science fiction future–”Science fiction lied. As I got older, not only did I see the insidious cracks in the futures I loved (the clothes, the endless kissing of Kirk, the problematic nature of some of McCaffrey’s ideas) I also saw how rare these women were.”
  • “Game of Thrones” fails the female gaze: Why prestige TV refuses to cater erotically to women–”I’d add that the realist position falters if one accepts that hemorrhoids, measles, miscarriages, pinkeye, and hot consensual sex involving fully visible male members were all probably more common than orgies, brothels and rapes, and yet they play a considerably smaller role.”
  • We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome–”Then she all but disappears from the film, raising the question of why the story spent so much time on her in the first place.”
  • Where Art Meets Abuse: Terry Richardson and #AbuserDynamics–”Even those performers who are part of scenes of extreme violence, such as rape scenes, describe the need for plenty of rehearsal, a safe environment, trust, as well as space for figuring things out in the moment.”
  • Auctions for Science: DIY Plague Doctor Mask & Photo Shoot for 4 at CONvergence–”We do not get a cut of ticket sales or charge anything extra for what we offer. We do not profit. At all. This is why we need your help.”
  • SKEPTIPROM–”Join us the Saturday night of Skepticon for what is going to be the best prom ever as we’ve taken out all the raging teenage hormones and added a crapload of glitter and skepticism.”
  • “What Can I Do To Help”?–”Existing with painful emotions is actually a skill and a difficult one to learn. But if you want to help someone learn it, what you can do instead of asking how you can help is suggest concrete things that allow someone to tolerate distress.”
  • Will Louisiana Help The U.S. Gulf Become An Abortion-Free Zone?–”It seems as if every week we read another ‘The worst anti-abortion bill to be signed into law’ story, yet each law truly does top the last in scope and impact on limiting abortion access to near non-existence.”
  • Silence is Complicity–”First, some history, It was widely known–in some circles–that Marion Zimmer Bradley was complicit in the sexual abuse of children by her husband, Walter Breen.”
  • Why I Support The Helsinki 2017 Worldcon Bid, by Elizabeth Bear, age 42 2/3–”Have you noticed that they’re managing to get liqueurs that taste like pine tree sap (strangely delicious, actually) as well as scrumptious smoked fish to every corner of the United States?”
  • Autopsy Contradicts the Official Story–”Cohen’s autopsy report, released on June 12 by Lockett’s attorneys, disputes Oklahoma prison officials’ reports of Lockett’s veins “blowing out” during the execution.”
  • Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about–”But when we look to atheist and humanist organizations for solidarity on these issues, there is a staggering lack of interest. And though some mainstream atheist organizations have jumped on the “diversity” bandwagon, they haven’t seriously grappled with the issue.”
  • What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong–”The strength of a prediction made from a model depends on the quality of the historical evidence and on the reliability of the methods used to gather and interpret it. Historical analysis proceeds from certain conditions regarding proof. None of these conditions have been met.”
  • Dear Marc Andreessen–”The debate is, as ever, really about power. So let’s set robots aside, and with them your black and white dichotomy of pro-growth, pro-tech heroes versus regressive Luddites.”
  • Turning anti-gay hate into love with a Loring Park memorial to Joel Larson–”In the late-1980s and early 1990s, a rash of hate crimes hit Loring Park and other areas of the city where LGBT people gathered. 1990 alone saw 112 ‘gay bashings,’ a number that spiked to 130 for just the first half of 1991.”
  • In landmark decision, Patent Office cancels trademark for Redskins football team–”In the previous case, the team’s attorneys argued that losing trademark protections and the exclusive right to their brand would cause ‘every imaginable loss you can think of.’”

The Reading List, 6/11/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • Plausibility–”You want to make it believable. You see what I’m getting at? You don’t want to say ‘my friend is a saint, and for this saintliness he is roundly punished.’”
  • Elliot Rodger and Misogyny Denialism: The Call Is Coming From Inside The House–”So many people are contorting themselves into pretzels to find any motivation at all other than misogyny. What the fuck is going on here?”
  • They Have To See It With Their Own Eyes: Men and Violence Against Women–”Men who refuse to take violence against women seriously until it happens right the fuck in front of their faces are as complicit in this injustice as men who commit violence against women.”
  • Represent–”That’s what the harassers call me. Sometimes they vary it to Oafy, just like any 5-year-old. And the Global Secular Council thinks it’s appropriate to follow their lead.”
  • Round 3, or is it 4–”So much for instructing the Social Media team for future to take less liberties in this regard. And as for tweeting an apology – !”
  • Why do they think they are above being questioned?–”The refusal is now taking the form of pretending not to know how to do it, not to know what they did that’s apology worthy, not to know how apologies work, not to know that they are an organization and thus responsible for what branches of their organization do.”
  • Hello, World. Still Fucked Up, I See: Elliot Rodger Edition–”I do agree that, yes, Rodger had some serious issues, and that the little don’t-kill-people switch in his brain was broken, and we need to improve the way we recognize and handle people whose don’t-kill-people switches are broken. But I’m also going to mention that there are many people whose don’t-kill-people switches don’t function properly.”

The Wider Web

The Reading List, 6/8/2014

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The Reading List, 6/4/2014

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The Reading List, 6/1/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • People of Color Beyond Faith – Please Support!–”People of Color Beyond Faith are a new coalition of atheist/humanist of color organizations whose primary focus is social justice. They’re planning several national and local projects which focus on humanist issues that deeply impact communities of color.”

The Wider Web

  • The wages of low pay–”Unless we change our public policies, that price will explode as a significant number of children grow up without proper care and diet, and with no reason to believe their own initiative will make their lives any better.”
  • Why I Miss Being A Born-Again Christian–”Many people would call this a good thing, this kicking of the ‘opiate of the masses’ habit, and I would too. Putting on my existential big-girl pants. Confronting the fact that God didn’t get me through any hard times. I did.”
  • #YesAllWomen–”Oh, and then I’ve had it happen that the guy acts like you were LYING to them by HAVING A FUN CONVERSATION AND BEING INTERESTING. HOW DARE I BE FUN IF IM NOT WILLING TO FALL IN LOVE/AND OR HAVE SEX WITH THEM?!?!”
  • Male Entitlement Is a Deadly Drug–”Similarly, when Christian terrorists shoot abortion providers, or Islamist fanatics bomb schools or marketplaces, we don’t leap to blame mental illness. But in this case, there are people who disregard the murderer’s own clearly stated motivation, because that would force them to admit that sexism is a much more serious danger than they’d previously believed.”
  • NE mayor challenges atheists over faith-based event: ‘Take me to f-cking court — I don’t care’–”One of the group’s members, Robert Fuller, said he gave his business card to Mayor Douglas Kindig and asked to speak with him later about his concerns, but the mayor indicated he wasn’t interested.”
  • Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor Speech–”So. If they think we are a threat? Let’s give them a threat. They want to call us savages? Let’s show them exactly what that means.”
  • A Series of Portraits From Women in Secularism 3–”I did something at this year’s event that I really wish I had done in the years prior. I brought my camera.”
  • Global Warming’s ‘Useful Idiots’–”Take George F. Will, who helpfully explains that the reason behind these reports is a global conspiracy so immense that it encompasses approximately 97 percent of the world’s scientific establishment.”
  • “Where do your characters come from?”–”Because I seriously have no idea how to answer this question. At least not in a way that makes me sound sane.”
  • Trigger warnings are not censorship–”Likewise, David M. Perry, an associate professor of history at Dominican University, notes that informing students of potentially triggering content makes them more able to engage with and learn from the material as opposed to being surprised by it. He writes, ‘Spoilers might be bad for entertainment, but they are good for education.’”
  • When I was a freshman, my sister was in eighth grade.–”When he was arrested, some of my sister’s friends (some female, even) told her that she was selfish for saying no so many times.”
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds–”Classic nerd fantasy, right? Immensely attractive to the young male audience who saw it. And a stock trope, the “bed trick,” that many of the nerds watching probably knew dates back to the legend of King Arthur. It’s also, you know, rape.”
  • 5 Questions with The Curly Hair Mafia–”The way that the stories in horror are populated tells us a lot about how we identify with characters, how we sympathize with them (or how we are entertained by their suffering).”
  • Machine Gun Misogynists: How Open Carry Texas Tried To Silence Me–”My initial feelings of fear and anxiety were founded – if calling 911 is in itself a dangerous act, where can I turn?”
  • #WisCon Post, Part the Second: The Elephant in the Room or #FrenkelFail–”But nice guys do not view women as property, as objects they can do anything they like to regardless of consent. And this is WisCon, the premier feminist science fiction and fantasy convention, which means the stakes are much higher.”

The Reading List, 5/28/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • On ‘Bad Media’ and Bingeing–”It’s nice that you want to write those articles about eating disorders, and I’m all in favor. But please, let’s not talk about how bad it is that Other, Bad Media glorifies disordered behavior when all you’ll write about is the stuff that makes you skinnier.”
  • How to explain–”He’s a good person (see above about diversity), and firing the first woman editor made him look bad, so that’s why he had to attack her after he fired her. Totally makes sense.”
  • That’s not how you do it–”They’re not going to accomplish much if they’re just going to announce a set of goals on a website and then pose wisely to convince other people to go do the actual work, somehow.”
  • And now we pull down / on the lever–”This is the music Lauren played 3 minutes before each talk or panel was scheduled to start, as a signal to everyone to come in and sit down and be quiet.”
  • Tweeters can’t stop us–”So much for the beloved “secular community” eh – if we ask our “thought leaders” questions, they will blow us off as mere pesky Tweeters.”
  • People who are currently at dinner with you–”The Twitter account seemed to want to have it both ways – to sneer from a great height at talk of ‘skin color’ while still patting itself on the back for ‘working on diversity.’”
  • Viewer discretion is advised–”If you’re the type of person to flip your shit about people using trigger warnings, you might not want to read this post unless you have the resources to attack me for defending the use of trigger warnings.”
  • Masculinity, Violence, and Bandaid Solutions–”And before you call Rodger ‘crazy’: it is not actually ‘crazy’ to believe stuff that’s been shoved down your throat from birth.”

The Wider Web

  • On Animals, Part III: A Conversation with Barbara J. King and Jessica Pierce–”The evolutionary trajectory of humans is more complicated. For one thing, we’re omnivores. This means that the contribution of meat to the diet of contemporary populations varies greatly and indeed the same was true for ancestral populations in prehistory.”
  • Reporting Rape: More On The “Proper Authorities”–”You can read the story for the rest of what the NYPD did, but I want to bold that part. This is a sworn police officer, making a statement that’s appalling not only culturally, but in its sheer, astounding legal ignorance.”
  • Nicholas Wade and race: building a scientific façade–”Practical. Simple. Wade wants us to cut up human diversity into five races not because that’s what the statistical analyses show, but because thinking about it as a gradient is hard.”
  • The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade–”In making these assertions Wade ignores the majority of data and conclusions from anthropology, population genetics, human biology and evolutionary biology.”
  • The Case for Reparations–”Between 1882 and 1968, more black people were lynched in Mississippi than in any other state. ‘You and I know what’s the best way to keep the nigger from voting,’ blustered Theodore Bilbo, a Mississippi senator and a proud Klansman.”
  • We Are All Short Now–”There’s nothing ‘better’ about being tall. But we all behave – really, almost all of us – as though being short is bad, something to be ashamed of, and indeed, something to fudge.”
  • Fed Up with Sexual Harassment: Guest Post By Dara Norman–”After the larger meeting ended, we were chatting, and I asked who she thought I meant. She was reluctant to say so I named the person I was referring to… no not that person… I named someone else (at the same institution)… no not that person.”
  • If scientists were to make the arbitrary decision that biological race is real, can you think of a positive outcome?–”These are arbitrary decisions made by lumpers and splitters (who are first and foremost humans and who are therefore not, nor required to be, consistent in their lumping and splitting ways). These kinds of debates will never be resolved as long as someone takes the opposing side.”
  • Interview with Caroline Fiennes–”We tend to think that all charities are good, but it turns out that some are much better than others. I’m not talking about their administrative cost, but rather what they achieve.”
  • An Open Letter on Feminism In Tech–”Being nice doesn’t work. We’ve been nice. Some of us that have written down our stories here have even been paraded around by men in the industry for how nice we’ve been in trying to address the social problems in tech as a way to discredit more vocal, astutely firm feminist voices.”
  • Attorneys for North Dakota Argue Viability Begins at Conception–”In a later case, Gonzales v. Carhart, the Supreme Court said that when lawmakers are considering matters of ‘contested science,’ lawmakers are essentially free to choose a side in the scientific debate and there’s not much the courts can do about it.”
  • Islamophobia? Muslimophobia? Anti-Muslim Bigotry? A discussion between Ex-Muslims on appropriate neologisms–”During the last day or so, community members at the Ex-Muslims of North America have been having a discussion regarding the terminology we ought to use to differentiate between undue discrimination against Muslims and reasoned critique of Islam.”
  • On Paying Your Atheist Speakers–”This all mirrors a debate in larger society, where asking people to work for free has become a third rail, with good reason.”
  • Twitter Agrees to Block ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan–”This censorship comes as challenges to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy law have become increasingly deadly, amid a flurry of arrests, killings and assassination attempts on secularists.”
  • Engraved on the Eye [free stories by Saladin Ahmed on Smashwords]–”These short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy Anthologies.”
  • As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish–”‘How is this not extortion? You know, the thing that is illegal when the Mafia does it,’ asked Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House, echoing remarks being made across social media.”
  • Macmillan Authors Rally Fans in Battle with Amazon–”As the news broke last weekend, several Tor/Forge authors immediately reacted to Amazon’s ceasing direct sales of their books by replacing Amazon’s links on their sites and redirecting their fans to Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.”
  • Morning coffee and an Amazon rant (Storify)–”I like the publishing industry. I live here. It’s where I keep my stuff.”
  • Why the Amazon buy buttons disappeared on my website today–”I don’t think punishing the authors and readers by delaying books, hiding search results, and playing around, is a good thing. As a result, I’ve pulled the buttons for Amazon links on my site until this is resolved to stand in solidarity with the authors at Hachette.”
  • The Cult of Positivity–”Positivity hasn’t done a damn thing to help my MS. It didn’t prevent me from getting MS, it won’t stop the progression of MS, and it won’t treat or cure my MS.”
  • I don’t want to do this anymore–” I would love for no escorts to have to bust their asses and risk their bodies and minds dealing with sometimes large hordes of protestors and fake-ass ‘counselors’.”
  • Stop Citing My 1975 ‘Global Cooling’ Article–”Now, as the author of that story, after decades of scientific advances, let me say this: while the hypotheses described in that original story seemed right at the time, climate scientists now know that they were seriously incomplete. Our climate is warming — not cooling, as the original story suggested.”
  • A brief history of the war between Reddit and Tumblr–”Likewise, subreddits like r/TumblrInAction allow Reddit users to gang up on bloggers by sending dozens or hundreds of pageviews their way—some of which may translate into hateful messages and responses. In that sense, it’s less like ‘trolling’ and more like bullying.”
  • Leaving Islam for Atheism, and Finding a Much-Needed Place Among Peers–”There are few role models for former Muslims, and although the religion’s history contains some notable skeptics, very few of them are women.”
  • Neko Case had the best response to a sexist ‘Playboy’ tweet–”DONT PEGGY OLSEN ME, MOTHERFUCKERS.”
  • The Pick-Up Artist Community’s Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder–”It is disturbing, if not surprising, that they are using these murders to reinforce their hatred of women and ‘Beta’ men, and to cement their own status at the top of the pyramid.”
  • Elliot Rodger And Men Who Hate Women–”We live in a culture that constantly devalues women in a million little different ways, and that culture has evolved to include a vast online community of men who take that devaluation to its natural conclusion: brutal, violent hatred of women.”
  • Women in Secularism Explained… by David Brooks?–”A successful panel can happen as if by magic sometimes, but I think really relies on an integration of expertise, personal experience, and articulation.”

The Reading List, 5/25/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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The Wider Web

  • What Atheist Community is For: Help Angelina Collier’s Children–”Angelina was a newcomer to the nonbeliever community, but she was definitely one of us.”
  • To pee or not to pee–”For people all over the world, the pen is mighty. But for mice, there is no pen. There is only pee.” With bonus poem.
  • Chilean activist destroys student debt records worth $500m–”There have been protests in Chile since 2011 calling for reform of the university system and for free high-quality education.”
  • The sea is full of life, but not quite that full–”There is nothing unusual whatsoever about this picture…except for that it’s based on a misconception.”
  • W Continues Fashion’s Tradition of Using ‘Exotic’ People As Props–”W magazine recently sent fashion photographer Tim Walker and supermodel Edie Campbell to Burma, where they shot an editorial that juxtaposed Campbell (so white! so chic!) against the a background of the nation’s ‘exotic’ landmarks and citizens.”
  • Dear Sudan: Stop ‘slut-shaming’ women with religious double standards–”If only the case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim were unusual.”
  • All Ages–”Kids care about finding something in the world to relate to. Kids don’t give a care about sexual orientation, not the way adults do.”
  • Science Pseudonyms vs Science Sockpuppets–”‘He’s saying that scientists using pseudonyms is a form of misconduct!’ I thought to myself. It turns out that the story is rather more complicated – and very bizarre.”
  • Instability and Our Troublesome Inheritance–”We know conclusively, based on studies in marginal journals edited by racists, that this racial difference is largely genetic (and we have controlled for a deleterious environment by excluding poor students and poorly educated parents).”
  • What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?–”One day nine-year-old Elaine started asking me about birth control out of the blue. I said to her, ‘Listen, I need to call your parents and ask them if it’s OK for me to talk to you about this, OK?’”
  • Editing While Female–”It was predictably awful, and I was not in the least bit surprised. Because this has happened to just about every woman I know who has dared to take up a highly visible leadership position in our great but troubled news organizations. Including me.”
  • Frustrated by Columbia’s inaction, student reports sexual assault to police–”During that time, she said, the policeman to whom she originally gave her statement was standing outside the room, actively dismissing her story to the friends she had brought to the precinct office with her for support.”
  • What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong–”Yes, I was creating a market for local emmer wheat, but I wasn’t doing anything to support the recipe behind it. Championing Klaas’s wheat and only his wheat was tantamount to treating his farm like a grocery store.”
  • long hidden dialect roundup–”So, this anthology has been available for what, 10 days? 2 weeks? Anyway, it hasn’t been long, and already Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History has sparked a rich and necessary debate about the use of dialect in fiction.”
  • Alzheimer’s Patient Killed by her Children in Exorcism–”Irena, who is believed to have been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, was unable to comprehend what was happening and the siblings, belieing that her symptoms were caused by possession, took the exorcism even further.”
  • Attorney general says racial equality threatened in subtle ways–”‘This is the work that truly matters – because policies that disenfranchise specific groups are more pernicious than hateful rants,’ Holder told the graduates at Morgan State, a historically black college.”
  • Women Don’t Fear Power. Power Fears Women.–”Both were navigating the high pressures of their professional lives while simultaneously challenging everyone’s–-their employees’, their employer’s, the media’s–-embedded notions of gendered behavior: from their ‘brusque,’ ‘pushy’ and ‘aggressive’ dispositions, speech patterns, body language, ambition, confidence and more.”
  • Forgotten Heroes Who Changed the Course of American History–”For those wondering why we remember Paul Revere’s name above all the other successful riders from the Revolution, the simple reason is because Henry Wadsworth Longfellow found that Revere rhymes with a lot of things, including ‘listen my children and you shall hear.’”
  • Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start–”Too often, though, we talk about online abuse like we talk about bad weather: We shake our heads, shrug, and assume there’s nothing we can do.”
  • Sex Workers Deserve Health Care, Too–”What you should be wondering is why this GiveForward page—started to raise funds to help a very sick person—is no longer live. That would be due to WePay, through which payments are processed on GiveForward.”
  • Fingernails–”A major battle the no-choice side has won is that of convincing a great many people, including many of those who support abortion rights, that abortion itself is tragic.”
  • Big Picture Lessons from an Unfortunate Tweet–”You think the Director of a major university’s atmospheric sciences program (Go Dawgs) with a BS, MS, and PHD in meteorology from a top program (Go Noles) doesn’t know that the climate changes naturally?”
  • On the Origin of White Power–”Nicholas Wade is not a racist. In his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, the former science writer for the New York Times states this explicitly.”

The Reading List, 5/21/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • The video game that would REALLY keep you up at night–”But what if I was to tell you the story of a video game that was literally designed to steal your ability to sleep… among other things? Sounds far-fetched, right? Read on, gentle reader.”
  • Support Bread and Roses: We need your help–”Reaching our fundraising target of £15,000 will help us produce quality and timely programmes that will continue to bring free-thought to Iran and the region as well as the west where it is sorely needed for many years to come!”
  • Apologizing For Others–”When you do that – when you try to explain – you are treating your friend/loved one AND your audience poorly; you are assuming an incompetence on one side or the other that likely doesn’t exist.”
  • Introduction to “Redneckaissance: Honey Boo Boo, Tumblr, and the Stereotype of Poor White Trash”–”My first realization that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had become a complex discursive phenomenon came with the appearance of an image from the show in my social media feeds.”
  • How the Purity Myth Perpetuates Rape Culture–”A lot of people think they have abandoned the idea of female sexual purity simply because they are liberal and/or nonreligious. As a person who runs in liberal and nonreligious circles, I can tell you that this is not necessarily the case.”

The Wider Web

The Reading List, 5/18/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • On Evaluating Arguments from Consensus–”On the one hand, this looks like an Argument from Authority, a recognized fallacy. On the other hand, we commonly think it should add weight to a conclusion that the relevant experts endorse it.”
  • I Get Racist and Sexist Hate Mail–”‘Set about destroying civilisation right down to her own ex familys DNA.’”
  • Non-Believer Murdered — Let’s Help Her Kids–”A member of our community has been murdered. She was a victim of domestic violence. And we have a lousy safety net in this country, which is going to make things even harder on her kids in this already terrible situation.”

The Wider Web

The Reading List, 5/14/2014

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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  • Most Fitness Apps Don’t Use Proven Motivational Techniques–”Creating a good motivational app isn’t simple, Conroy notes. For instance, people need different motivation aids to start exercising, and then to continue once that becomes routine.”
  • Finnish Weird–”This [free] publication introduces you to suomikumma, “Finnish Weird”, showcases a few of its bright stars, and also gives you a couple of short stories to read.”
  • In Greece v Galloway, Even Kagan Just Doesn’t Get It–”How does a round robin of various religious prayers and secular invocations at city council meetings fix the problem of making a single meeting welcoming to all citizens?”
  • Why There’s So Much Confusion Over Nutrition and Health–”In reality, there’s significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree?”
  • Call Me Crazy: Why Sanism Matters to Queer and Feminist Activists–”Indeed, some of the most common reasons for treatment in insane asylums in early medical history were “sexual perversion”, masturbation, and homosexual tendencies.”
  • Judicial Hijinks in Effort to Kill Walker Criminal Probe and Destroy Evidence–”Perhaps even more astoundingly, Randa ordered prosecutors to destroy all evidence gathered in the investigation.”
  • Lying to Men–”I have been lying to men since I was old enough to know the difference between truth and lies.”
  • How Internet Trolls Improved My Self Esteem–”Back when the insults began in earnest, it would have been shockingly easy to hurt my feelings. What I realized, though, was that the trolls were so terrible at it.”
  • White House solar panels power up–”Obama will – once again – bypass a deadlocked Congress and use his executive authority to announce $2bn funding for energy-saving measures at federal government buildings, as well as new financing and training programmes for solar installations.”
  • FBI investigating Bundy supporters in BLM dispute–”Bundy supporters have insisted in emails and calls to 8 News NOW that no one in the crowd pointed weapons at BLM or Metro, but officers told the I-Team that is exactly what they saw, that many with guns set up behind women and children.”
  • Axes of Access Don’t Intersect for the Disabled Patient–”A person with multiple sclerosis (MS) can run into these poor fits between environment and form at any turn of the road or the wheelchair, but the last place one might expect a difficulty is in the healthcare environment.”
  • Are you an atheist? Get mad at the US supreme court. Believer? You, too–”And it will only intensify the clashes between those who want to invoke specific deities, and those who have amorphous or other religious beliefs – as if both of those groups weren’t preparing for future battles over prayer already.”
  • A modern pope gets old school on the Devil–”Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces­ of evil at his beck and call.”