Category Archives: In the news

Please Stop Snarking About Kim Davis’ Four Marriages

I’ve been seeing a zillion memes like this today about Kim Davis, the Christian Kentucky Clerk who is going to jail for contempt of court, because she’s refusing to do her job and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 1) … Continue reading

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The Stories That Should Have Been 2015 Hugo Nominees, With Links

Tobias Buckell posted this compilation of the Hugo nominees that would have been if the nomination process hadn’t been hijacked with slate voting. One of the most unfair things about the use of slates this year, is that many stories … Continue reading

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Hugo Awards Are In; Puppies Lose Big; The Alternative Nominees; E Pluribus Hugo Proposal Passes Its First Vote

Best Novel – The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books) Best Novella – No Award Best Novelette – “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed, April 2014) Best Short … Continue reading

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Baltimore

I really don’t have anything to say. But I can quote. Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Nonviolence as Compliance“: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and “nonviolent.” These well-intended … Continue reading

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On Hugos and the No-Award Option

Winning the Hugo requires winning a two-stage process of voting. First a work is one of five winners of the nomination stage, and then one of those five wins the final stage. The Puppy-nominated works did not legitimately win the … Continue reading

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#SavingChase: Judge Orders Mom Arrested For Violating Agreement To Have Her 4-Year-Old Son Circumcised

From the Florida Sun Sentinel (if that link is paywall blocked, try this indirect link). Despite the threat of being jailed Tuesday, a West Boynton mother hid with her 4-year-old son in a domestic violence shelter, the latest twist in … Continue reading

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Kevin Moore On Starbucks “Race Together”

My friend Kevin Moore draws and writes: I love the expressions Kevin drew, especially in panel 4. This reminded me of the discussion in comments here, where a few posters were (rightly) concerned that Starbucks employees aren’t paid enough to … Continue reading

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Texas Kindergarden Sends Five-Year-Old Home Because He Has Awesome Hair

This story is sort of an intesectionality jackpot, combining as it does elements of racism, religious bigotry, and sexism. For five-year-old Malachi Wilson, the first day of kindergarten will always be one he remembers. As it turns out, Monday, which … Continue reading

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Nine thoughts about the police shooting of Kajieme Powell

Huffington Post reports: St. Louis officials have identified the 25-year-old man shot dead yesterday in an officer-involved shooting that happened only a few miles from where Michael Brown was killed by police earlier this month. Authorities said Kajieme Powell stole … Continue reading

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Must-Read Jamelle Bouie Article On The Decades-Old Context For Ferguson

Ferguson protests over Michael Brown won’t end soon: The black community’s anger is rooted in a history of racism. This longish (well, longer than a blog post) article by Jamelle Bouie, about the long history of official racism in Ferguson, … Continue reading

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