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John Hodgman, speaking in front of President Obama, takes the opportunity to discuss the nerd/jock divide. (Via Ezra, where you can also view the President’s fairly funny speech.)
- Racism’s Hidden Toll. Does the stress of living in a white-dominated society make African Americans get sick and die younger than their white counterparts? Apparently, yes. (Focuses on the research of Arline Geronimus, who I swiped from a lot when writing this post.) (Related thought: If discrimination and bigotry causes bad health, what does that say about the claim that fat people have health problems more often than middle-weight people?)
- How copyright stifles progress, and how it could be rethought to encourage progress.
- Video: Christians exorcising the gay out of teens. Very disturbing. Except that you can no longer view it, because the people who apparently abused a gay teen in the name of religion, have claimed that allowing the public to see the evidence violates their copyright.
- I really wish I could be in China a month from now, to view the full solar eclipse. Boing Boing quotes Roberto Casati:
A total eclipse is by far the most impressive natural phenomenon that we terrestrials can witness. The staging doesn’t lessen its brutal effects. The temperature drops. A mysterious cold wind starts blowing. The shadow comes running up like a hurricane on the sea. The light collapses, and in just a few seconds, a metallic night falls–it comes on so fast the mind is not ready for it. On the horizon, unreachably far away, are the vestiges of daytime: an orangy twilight all around, as if a set designer made a mistake in projecting a sunset. In the midst of all this is a sun that’s no longer a furnace but just an unlucky rock: its shining fringe is like the silver mane of hair of some aged celestial divinity; and stars glitter again, caught out of place in this out-of-joint nighttime.
- “The idea that the US doesn’t ration health care is absurd. We certainly do. We just make people do it to themselves out of economic hardship.”
- It’s both gratifying and weird to see Rad Geek, a libertarian who is not a right-winger or an anti-immigrant racist, completely school another libertarian who is a right-winger and a racist. Gratifying because Rad Geek rocks and the person he’s arguing against has genuinely offensive opinions, and weird because some of the particulars of the argument — like, which one of them is being more genuinely radically anti-government? — are places I’d never even think to go.
- Under Misspelled Banner, Buchanan And White Nationalist Brimelow Argue For English-Only Initiatives. Irony has a liberal bias.
- Awsome colorist Steve Oliff is interviewed about comics coloring techniques and technology in the 1980s, when a lot of innovation was taking place. What, me nerdy?
- Dear Andrea Dworkin, a critique of Dworkin’s views on women, sex and pornography. (Via).
- I Feel Pretty, I Feel Coerced Into Being Co-Opted By the Patriarchalist Beauty Myth (Via).
- The assumptions made when discussing “trafficking”
- 77 members of Congress call on Obama to improve enforcing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, by ordering that the Army stop asking, and stop listening to snitches.
- If you’re putting off donating to Democrats until they stop putting off gay rights, here’s an awesome FAX you can send.
- Katie Roiphe reviews the stripper-memoir genre and finds it formulaic and, disappointingly, slut-shaming. Good article, except when Roiphe criticizes other writers for their trite use of feminism, I truly want someone to shove a pie into her face. (Via Amanda‘s Facebook.)
- A Graphical Overview of Same Sex Marriage Debate
- No, the DOJ brief did not say gay relationships are like incest and pedophilia. Yes, it was offensive.