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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30 2013

Record-straightening time

Update: A helpful informant got curious and did a little digging on Vacula’s timeline and came up with…quite a lot of Vacual prodding me to go on his podcast, just since March 3 – less than two months. To wit: Mar 3, 6:35 PM Vacula: “Ophelia, you should be guest on future show” https://twitter.com/justinvacula/status/308360095786483713 Mar …

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Apr 30 2013

We’ve learned critical thinking too well?

Oh really? Critical thinking has so thoroughly colonized our idea of education that we tend to think it’s the only kind of thinking. Tests try to measure it, and ritzy private schools all claim to teach it. Critical thinking–analysis, not mere acceptance–is a skill we can all learn. And we’ve learned it too well. Really? …

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Apr 30 2013

A blessing to the babies

An Iowa anti-abortion fanatic muses aloud on YouTube that it would be quite a good thing if someone killed the people who recently reopened a Kansas abortion clinic. [Dave] Leach posted the comments this month on YouTube. His posting includes a recorded phone conversation he had with another man, whom Leach identifies as abortion opponent …

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Apr 29 2013

Ireland to Marie Fleming: you HAVE to stay alive and suffer

She’s allowed to commit suicide, because suicide was decriminalized in Ireland in 1993. But she has MS, so she can’t commit suicide, and what the state won’t allow is help from someone else. That’s exactly the situation Eric MacDonald’s wife Elizabeth was in. It’s a bad situation. Knowing you’re going to become ever more disabled, …

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Apr 29 2013

Annals of horror

Update: Notice (as I didn’t until prodded) that the date on the item is August 24, 2011. Still worth knowing about. One for the Jaw Dropped in Horror files. A Pennsylvania judge sent children to prison in exchange for money. Accused of perpetrating a “profound evil,” former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to …

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Apr 28 2013

Being a target

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I was out all afternoon and now I can’t get caught up. This morning, on the page o’ nonstop bullshit, I added this: April 28 part deux because I missed it before -

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Apr 28 2013

Mehdi Hasan challenges the bigots, fanatics and reactionaries of the Islamic world

Fair’s fair. I looked around for more by Mehdi Hasan, and found a piece he did for Huffington Post UK last August, telling off the “blasphemy” laws in Pakistan. It’s much more liberal than what he’s been saying on Twitter for the past three days. I, for one, am fed up with politicians, mullahs and mobs using …

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Apr 28 2013

Cracks? What cracks?

One of the owners of the factory building that collapsed in Dhaka has been arrested; he’d been in hiding ever since the building fell down. There has been widespread anger at the disaster and six people, including three factory owners and two engineers, have now been arrested. The building housed several garment factories. By Sunday …

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Apr 28 2013

Stuff and Nonsense on the track record of the anti-vax movement

Have a useful post listing times the anti-vaccination movement has been wrong. Anti-vaccinationists have made a wide range of claims about the dangers of vaccines. In spite of the fact that they have generally had neither data nor a plausible mechanism for the claimed effect, several of their claims have been investigated by researchers. As …

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Apr 27 2013

It won’t be Dartmouth

Oh, how familiar. Via Stephanie – at Dartmouth, some students at Dartmouth College interrupted an evening of entertainment for prospective students with a brief protest against racism, homophobia, sexism, and rape culture on campus. This protest was met by additional racism, homophobia, sexism, and rape culture in comments posted online. The college cancelled classes for …

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