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Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30 2013

The clean-shaven majority

So apparently there’s a thing in the UK called (toe-curlingly) “Movember”? And it’s something about growing moustaches and raising money for charity? I guess? Something like that. Anyway Neil Singh and Arianne Shahvisi tell us in the New Statesman why it’s a bad thing. For the most part, sponsored activities (day-long silences, sponge-throwing, public waxing) …

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Nov 30 2013

Tattycoram’s rage

A passage from Little Dorrit that particularly struck me is in chapter 2. (LD is public domain, so we can quote as much as we like. Ima quote a lot.) The Meagles adopted a girl from the “foundling home” in Coram’s Fields in London, to be a maid for their beloved pampered daughter. (There’s a …

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Nov 30 2013

Those parts of the brain were completely switched off

Imagine being a neuroscientist, and studying brain scans of murderers to look for psychopathic traits. Imagine doing that and looking at scans of family members for comparison purposes, and then finding one that is way at the extreme edge of what you’re finding in the murderers’ scans. Whoops, the scans got mixed up. The techs …

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Nov 30 2013

Thankful Dinesh

And then there’s Dinesh D’Souza, with a festive Thanksgiving tweet. I am thankful this week when I remember that American is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House! Great god almighty. What is wrong with people?

Nov 30 2013

Reading Dickens

I’ve started reading Little Dorrit for the third or fourth time…skim-reading it in places, because I long ago decided that the only way to read Dickens is to jump when you start to get bored, because there’s no denying he gave a wealth of detail and sometimes it’s about something you just don’t need a …

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Nov 30 2013

Bullying at 35 thousand feet

One of the hot social media items this morning is a woman who made a big fuss about a delayed flight because Thanksgiving and a guy who retaliated. The point of the item seems to be that the guy did a great job of schooling the woman. I beg to differ. Elan Gale Live-Tweets his …

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Nov 30 2013

I get comments

franc

Author franc 0 approved [email protected] In Response To Dayna Morales may have made it up Comment Submitted on 2013/11/29 at 11:53 pm “Why do people do this?” Same reason people accuse Shermer of rape. Human degradation masked as social justice. Duh. The comment doesn’t amount to much. It’s clearly just a pretext for the real …

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Nov 29 2013

He usually let the football coach take care of that sort of thing

Meanwhile, back in Steubenville, Ohio… A year ago this week, Michael McVey, the superintendent of schools in Steubenville, Ohio, sat in a conference room down the hall from his office and said he knew none of the details of Aug. 11, 2012, the night a 16-year-old girl was raped by two Steubenville High football players …

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Nov 29 2013

85% versus zero

Orac, as he indicated in a comment, has been following the Sarah Hershberger case. He has a very informative post from October 28; very informative and very sad. A couple of weeks ago, I commented on the story of 10 year old Amish girl in northeast Ohio with cancer whose parents, alarmed by the side …

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Nov 29 2013

Well are you?

Want a Friday after Thanksgiving (in the US) quiz? Here, via Dave Silverman on Facebook, is one called Are you smarter than an atheist? (That’s silly. They don’t mean smarter, they mean better-informed-about-religion. Not the same thing at all.) I scored 100%. Dave got one wrong; Dave Muscato got 100%. It’s a bit irritating to take …

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