Category Archive: Equality

Mar 23 2014

The Eugenics Creed

Salon has a good essay on Charles Davenport, a prominent American biologist from the first half of the 20th century who was one of the loudest voices promoting the eugenics movement. Oh, let’s call it what it was: the Wealthy White Racist movement. It begins with the tale of Carrie Buck, as was previously told …

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Mar 19 2014

Why we need immigration reform

Because treating people differently because of where their parents came from is state-sanctioned bigotry.

Mar 18 2014

Good essay on the propagation of sexist culture

Nate Silver’s new tech journalism startup is catching some flak lately for promoting a sexist attitude that excludes women — which he denies. They’re nerds, he says, they can’t possibly be anything like the piggish jocks who picked on them in high school. Not so, says Zeynep Tufekci. That logic doesn’t follow. How does that …

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Mar 16 2014

I’m not willing to trade one woman for the entire membership of CPAC

That’s what I don’t get about American Atheists courting CPAC. I could see it as an attention-getter, to highlight and criticize the right-wing religiosity of an organization of nutbags, but as outreach? No way. Dana Hunter won’t compromise on some things, and trading one Dana Hunter for even a million freakish conservatives wouldn’t be a …

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Mar 16 2014

GitHub sounds rather…dysfunctional

Read Julie Ann Horvath’s story about what it’s like to be a woman and an engineer at a tech company. Horvath has given TechCrunch her version of the events, a story that contains serious allegations towards GitHub, its internal policies, and its culture. The situation has greater import than a single person’s struggle: Horvath’s story …

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Mar 15 2014

Weapons-grade projection

Wow. Some loon yelled at me on twitter that it’s progressives who are really the racists here, not conservatives, and to prove it, he sent me this mind-blowingly stupid article. It’s textbook projection: he lists a series of progressive issues, recites what we say is the reason, and then carefully explains what he claims is …

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Mar 14 2014

I think Fox News got schooled

The odious Eric Bolling tried to “school” Jon Stewart on the horrible exploitation of the American taxpayer by criminal looters, AKA poor people. He gets delightfully shredded. (Below the fold because somehow Comedy Central clips always get turned into autoplay obnoxiousness here.)

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Mar 13 2014

Why do we keep going?

I have to empathize with Rebecca Watson here — sometimes it’s enough to piss the jerks off.

Mar 12 2014

Republicans never stray far from their racist roots

Former second place winner of the US presidency Paul Ryan reveals his understanding of poverty. It’s those black people. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America’s poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements for …

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Mar 09 2014

Democracy! Transparency! Diversity!

Janet Stemwedel has written up a summary of #scioSafe from ScienceOnline, outlining some good strategies for building a better organization and conference. It’s good reading for anyone who wants to make any group better.

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