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Archive for July, 2013

When the Medical News Is Not about Weight

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Debbie says: Cancer risk news is everywhere (because cancer is so common, and so scary). Most early articles linking increased cancer risk to anything will turn out not to be true, or to be overstated, or hugely influenced by other factors. So, I wasn’t as interested in this article because of what it says as […]

Rosy Esparza: What’s A Life Worth?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Last Friday, Rosy Esparza (apparently also known as Rosa Ayala-Goana) died after falling off the Texas Giant rollercoaster, at the Six Flags over Texas amusement park in Arlington, Texas. Other passengers on the ride heard her express her concern that she hadn’t been fully secured before the ride started, and have […]

Iceland Photos

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Laurie says: Here are some more of my “snapshots” from Iceland. The first 2 photos were taken at Þingvellir. I was walking on the rift valley and seeing the continental drift.  It’s a remarkable feeling to be between the plates. Seeing the rifts and deep crevasses has a surreal quality. .. .. It is the […]

Judith Butler: The Cat’s Meow

Friday, July 19th, 2013

  Laurie and Debbie’s cats say: Meow! We don’t usually read the internet, because it doesn’t come with either tuna or strings to chase. But we do like Binary This, especially when they make so much sense. This is just the beginning. You want to read the rest. We don’t get why Judith Butler (who […]

Evolutionary Psychology Gets the Thrashing It Deserves

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Debbie says: Before I start this post on an almost completely unrelated topic, I just want to say briefly that I wish I had the superpowers to protect all the young black men who are at newly-empowered risk of vigilante violence. Justice has not been served, racism is alive and well, and there is almost […]

Ramadan Began This Week

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: We started out thinking we’d blog about this superb post from Muslimah Media Watch which we saw on Racialicious, but the more we looked at it, the more we realized we didn’t have anything to add or analyze. So we’re just reposting the whole thing. We recommend exploring the links. Ramadan […]

Back From My Travels

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Laurie says: I’m back from my travels to Iceland, Helsinki and Estonia. I’ve just spent a month in almost eternal light and I’m 10 hours behind and very jet lagged. I read William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition on the plane coming back. The protagonist who is jet lagged believes that your soul doesn’t do air travel […]

“The Role of Sex in History”

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Debbie says: (Title taken from The Lion in Winter, line spoken by Eleanor of Aquitaine) Just for fun on the long weekend, this article got me thinking about sex work in history. Dating from the 2nd century B.C.E. is … a circular bathhouse measuring nearly 25 feet in diameter, at the center of which was […]