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    Last week, Britain discovered that they had a eugenicist advising the prime […]

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    I want to talk about empathy today. So comedian Kate Willett, who has been on […]

    • Single payer healthcare come coupled with baggage such as (but not limited to) concern for the environment, assistance and/or supports for people less well off than yourself, demarginalization of disadvantaged groups, fair wages and so on.

      No matter how much I read, or what I read, I cannot seem to empathize with people who would deny any or all of the above to their fellow humans.

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    Remember Jordan Peterson? He’s the Canadian author who uses pseudoscience to t […]

    • Addiction is the best refutation of all the Free Will posturing of Libertarian assholes. Ayn Rand’s denial, while chainsmoking herself to death, after watching her husband drink himself to death, and living on speed for decades, ought to put this bullshit to bed for good.
      Mikhaila’s declaration that there was no ‘psychological’ element in Peterson’s drug history is all of a piece. Tolerance, adaptation, and the unpleasantness of withdrawal, do not explain real addiction. Why would anyone relapse, once they were effectively ‘cleaned up,’ unless there were non-chemical factors involved?

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    Nobody does science reporting quite like British tabloids, and let me be very […]

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    The sudden discovery and spread of the Coronavirus at the start of the new […]

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    People in 43 cities are drinking “forever chemicals” in their tap water, scr […]

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    Five years ago I made a video about how dangerous tackle football is, […]

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    Today’s video checks so many boxes near and dear to my heart: Epstein! Libel l […]

    • So if the NYT wrote an article titled, “A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Money From Questionable Sources, Do It In Secret,” that would have been just fine? Is it a problem of them (in his opinion) inaccurately summarizing his position (which they didn’t), or does he just not like having Epstein’s name in the title of the article? Because either way, it’s not defamation, and Lessig certainly knows it. I mean, he has to know it, right? Ugh.

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    • Of the two sides, I would think that regret over having children is so much worse. How does one hide that regret from their child/children? That’s got to be impossible to hide. That would also be a good study to not only conduct but track – do they eventually make peace with the choice? And when? When the children become teens? When they move out on their own? Never? Is the regret simply over the work and expense of raising children or are there perceived “missed opportunities?” The nuances could be fascinating.

      • I think framing this as two-sided is a pro-lifer rhetorical trick. There’s a whole range of views. Almost all of those viewpoints don’t include telling women what to do with their bodies. Even if those views are also firmly anti-abortion. Framing this as “two sides” creates a false equivalence between the tiny, loud pro-life minority’s opinion of women and everyone else’s.

    • As far as my aunt and uncle are concerned, they’re nearing the ages my grandparents lived to, and they don’t seem to regret not having children. I don’t understand the decision, as I love my kids, but I’m not going to try to make anyone feel bad about not wanting or having kids. I don’t understand other choices people make, but if they don’t hurt others I see no reason to try and police them.

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    I love having a mildly popular website. There are so many positives to it: […]

    • https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/01/24/hhs-issues-notice-of-violation-to-california-for-its-abortion-coverage-mandate.html
      The Federal government is trying to punish California for requiring ALL private healthcare insurers provide coverage for full female reproductive healthcare. Their claim is that 28,000 people are being forced to cover abortion services against their “deeply held beliefs”.
      They do this with the direct desire to teach California a lesson so that other states will not try to cover full reproductive services for women. Fortunately, Newsom and Becerra bought have vowed to fight this.
      I am so sick of people’s “deeply held beliefs” trumping the right for all women to access the healthcare they need. I don’t think anyone who has not spent at least 3 months on my unit or another city hospital L and D unit and has at least 1 semester of OB/GYN education under their belt should ever have any right to create legislation that curtails healthcare in any way. Seriously, is there any other legislation written to directly change healthcare for political ends? Fuck them.

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    This being the darkest timeline, we must all find ways to extract joy where we […]

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    Gwyneth Paltrow’s “GOOP” is getting a TV show!

    I saw the trailer for the s […]

    • Being publicly subsidized means CBC doesn’t have to prostitute themselves as much. We get some good science programming that might not have enough audience to make a profit.

    • At first, I thought the Goopies and their advertising team must just be stunningly clueless. But then I see things like the 30 second ad spot with “It’s dangerous” and “It’s untested” juxtaposed with “Let’s milk the shite out of this”.

      I actually now really hope there is some poor beleaguered ad designer who got stuck with the Goop campaign and this is their protest. Every day they make it a little more ludicrous in hopes of getting fired, and every day the Goopies just lap it up and ask for more. One day, Lone Ad Person. One day your sacrifice will be known, and you will quaff in Valhalla.

    • It almost makes me want to resubscribe to Netflix and then cancel again.

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    It’s that time again! At the end of each year, I offer my psychic p […]

    • It may not be cancer or heart disease, but the FDA approved two completely different breakthrough treatments for sickle cell anemia ten days apart in November. I think you can give yourself a hit there.

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    In my live science trivia show Quiz-o-Tron I used to always end with a round […]

    • It’s bizarre they confused “max” for “avg”. And really, by now if you do a study like that, you’d expect – from many years of anecdotes at least – to expect an answer somewhere around 120 years. It wouldn’t mean that 120 or very nearby is the definitive answer, but it’d be a red flag needing much more evidence if it fell far from there.

      But again, “max” as “avg”. How is it even possible to do that, since all you need to know to know that the avg isn’t the max is to know or have heard of a single person over that average age. It doesn’t even need study or much data; you turn on any show with Betty White or Bob Newhart on it, think for a moment, and you’re on the corrected path. How did they manage to avoid making those obvious connections?

    • The data on humans that the researchers discarded seems to be pretty close. The oldest documented human was Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 years, 164 days. That’s pretty close to the 120 years that their study estimated was the max natural lifespan.

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    SPOILER ALERT: you actually enjoy a movie MORE when someone spoils it. GET IT? […]

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    Many years ago I used to give one of my favorite talks of all time, which was […]

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    JK Rowling, who you may know as the author of the theory that wizards don’t n […]

    • The better reason not to use TERF in place of transphobe is that it is not a synonym for transphobe. It is a subset of transphobe. Not all bigoted fuckfaces are radical feminists.

    • Thought this might help people feel better after Rowling let the LGBT community and its allies down.

      If you’re feeling sad about JK Rowling, here’s a heartwarming story about Buffy’s Anthony Stewart-Head going out of his way for a young trans fan https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/12/20/jk-rowling-anthony-stewart-head-trans-fan/

    • My son is 9 and lives the Harry Potter series. I think NK Jemisin is a little out of his league till he’s a few years older. Do you have any suggestions of series or authors to suggest to him? Honestly I’m only asking because even at the library they generally recommend the most popular, which isn’t always the best or most inclusive.

      • That’s an excellent question Josh. I’m going to do some research and put together a list of Potterternatives over at Grounded Parents. Look for it soon!

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    “Finally,” reads a viral tweet with 4,600 likes and 1,300 retweets, “Ev […]

    • FWIW, Christianity Today has a circulation of 130,000; the website gets 4.3 million view/month.

      There are roughly 80 million Evangelical Christians in the US.

      So, CT reaches maybe 5% of them

  • Matt Bevin was the Republican governor of the state of Kentucky from 2015 to 2019. He was defeated this year by Democrat Andy Beshear, which was a pretty momentous occasion considering how deeply Republican […]

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    I recently saw news that an Ohio state legislator had introduced a bill that […]

    • I heard about this before, Rebecca, its beyond disgusting. This is the danger of what can happen when laws are made by ideologues.

    • I hate living in Ohio. I can’t move away, because that’s exactly what they want. FML

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