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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 29 2013

Monday Miscellany

Bitchtopia has a story you’ve heard before, written beautifully. [Content note: suicide, self-harm, abuse] Just because a story is difficult to tell, does not mean it should not be heard. Unfortunately, this story is neither unique nor rare. The odds of you having heard it before are high, perhaps you’ve even heard this one. But …

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Apr 28 2013

For Best Results, Trust in God and Use Large Sample Sizes

Belief in treatment credibility and expectancy of success across levels of belief in God.

Earlier this week, Crommunist pointed me to this article in The Atlantic, People Who Believe in God are More Responsive to Treatment of Depression. And ohhh boy do I have feelings and crinkly skeptic eyebrows. [As a side note, I’d like to thank The Atlantic for putting a link to the original research in their footnotes. Nice touch, actually …

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Apr 24 2013

Scammers on Craigslist

Scam

Oh, there’s nothing new about scammers on CL, but what is the point of having a blog if I cannot post about them.  I am trying to sell a basically new MacBook Pro because my stolen computer got returned to me several weeks after I got a replacement.  I got an e-mail from someone asking …

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Apr 22 2013

Your ED Friend: Six Years Later

A photographer friend took this for me--a lasting reminder that I can be happy in this body.

[Obvious TW is really glaringly obvious.] “I had an eating disorder.” “I guessed.” We were juniors, boyfriend and girlfriend, officially. Up late and texting, doing that flirting thing where you demand each others deepest secrets and pretend you’re giving yours away. Except I did give mine away. “I had an eating disorder.” I was lying, of …

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Apr 22 2013

I get e-mail — Cinematic Appraisals: “Mind Science” or Pseudoscience

polygraph

I got a very hurt e-mail from someone yesterday. A few years ago, before I was at Freethoughtblogs, I wrote an article about a service offered to film producers called “Cinematic Appraisals”.  I had recently optioned my screenplay and I was generally up-to-date with everything, but a friend sent me a link to their site telling me …

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Apr 22 2013

Monday Miscellany

Bulimia, Non-Purging Type? Should that continue to be a diagnosis? Tetyana works through it. (For a crash course on bulimia, I strongly suggest her guest post for this site.) Chana looks at glorifying political incorrectness. This social disapproval is what people are referring to when they talk about political correctness and the lack of free speech. What …

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Apr 17 2013

Musical Wednesdays: Dreams on the Ukulele (Fleetwood Mac)

Apr 16 2013

5 beautiful things from today

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I’m trying to force myself to be more engaged with the world, which can be difficult to do when you’ve got the imaginary pressure of “must write something brilliant” when really you just aren’t feeling brilliant at all.  Instead, see all of these other brilliant things. 1. Modern Art in Cake Caitlin Freeman makes awesome …

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Apr 15 2013

Boston and the bad that reveals the good

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look …

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Apr 15 2013

Monday Miscellany

Oh hai. It’s a new week! I’m back at work at the Unspecified Internship at a Neat Place. But, I can tell you what I’m doing this summer–working at the SSA! This post by Yvain/Scott Alexander is so good it gets TWO pull quotes: I can’t even get angry with people who say polyamory is …

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