Open Thread and Link Farm, Fish Hurricane Edition

The amazing photos accompanying this Open Thread are by Andreas Hemb and Christian Vizl.

  1. The three most popular movies at theaters in the United States and Canada in 2017 — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman” — were each driven by female characters, something that has not happened in at least 37 years, as far back as full box office data is available.”
  2. What Research Tells Us About How Women Are Treated at Work
  3. Well-adjusted man with good priorities sues Iliza Shlesinger over women-only comedy show 
    “Shlesinger’s “Girls Night In” is described as “a hybrid stand up show and interactive discussion between Iliza and the women in the audience aimed at giving women a place to vent in a supportive, fun and inclusive environment.”
  4. In the heart of Anti-Trump Country, voters still pine for an America better than its president | Will Bunch
  5. The Partisanship of Feminism – The Atlantic
    “A liberal woman’s emergence as a serious presidential contender in 2008, and then as her party’s nominee eight years later, drove feminists of both genders toward the Democratic Party and anti-feminists of both genders toward the GOP.”
  6. The Elusive Backfire Effect: Mass Attitudes’ Steadfast Factual Adherence by Thomas Wood, Ethan Porter :: SSRN
    A new study finds that citizens are more open to facts that go against their partisan preferences than some other studies have found. One possible reason for the difference, according to the paper: previous studies have used undergraduate samples rather than general population samples.
  7. The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment – Vox
  8. Trump’s Pick to Run 2020 Census Has Defended Racial Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Laws – Mother Jones
  9. Sarah Silverman’s response to a Twitter troll is a master class in compassion – Blog | q | CBC Radio
  10. What Liberals Get Wrong About Identity Politics | New Republic
  11. #NotYourModelMinority: Asian Americans in the affirmative action debate | Urban Institute
  12. Justice Department inquiry renews debate over whether top colleges hold some applicants to an unfair standard — and what the data say about Asian-American applicants.
  13. The Uncomfortable Truth About Affirmative Action and Asian-Americans | The New Yorker
  14. Investigating Whether Affirmative Action Hurts Asians – The Atlantic
  15. What the Trans Moment Has to Offer Radical Feminism – The TransAdvocate
    “For to describe accurately the class of potential and actual victims of rape would necessarily mean including people who are trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, intersex, and otherwise not specifically cisgender.”
  16. How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to History | Smart News | Smithsonian
  17. Why dolphins are deep thinkers | Science | The Guardian
    Dolphins make plans and use tools.
  18. No, #MeToo Is Not a Witch Hunt – Pacific Standard
  19. This might be the best map of the 2016 election you ever see – Vox
  20. These are the arguments against net neutrality and why they’re wrong | TechCrunch

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6 Responses to Open Thread and Link Farm, Fish Hurricane Edition

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    Petar says:

    Re #16 I wonder what your definition of ‘nearly successful’ is.

    I was unable to find any account of there having been more than 500 men in the uprising. Worse, I have not been able to find anything in support of that number. It seems to have originated with Peter Kolchin, and there is nothing in his ‘American Slavery’ that makes me think that this number is more than a gut feeling. The only contemporary source, by the victors, claims that they valiantly defeated 200 bandits, and makes the nonsensical claim that half of those were mounted. The latter is a shameless boast. This makes me think that the former is unlikely to humbly understate the number of enemy combatants by 60%. The number of killed and executed rebels is less than 100. The number of captured slaves returned to their masters is less than 100. Considering the savagery of the executions, the complete records of the returned slaves, and the high compensation paid for each executed slave, I have serious doubts 300 men slipped through the slave owners’ fingers.

    But lets pretend that 500 is not an unsupported claim.

    Those ‘500’ men were stopped by two companies of militia, 30 regulars, and 40 sailors, totaling less than 300 men. There are account of braggarts claiming that they participated in the suppression, and being subject to ridicule. I think that it is very unlikely that the number of men opposing the rebels was higher the universally accepted 300.

    So, basically, you have at most 500 rebels, who made their way across at most 35km in the course of less than 24 hours, being stopped by at most 300 men, drawn within 6 hours, at night, mostly from the port of New Orleans itself, and the plantations directly across the river. Two white slave owners were executed on their property. None of the suppressing forces fell in combat.

    The free/enslaved population of Louisiana one year earlier was 75,000/36,000.

    By what criteria is the rebellion ‘nearly successful’ and at what? Establishing an independent republic on United States territory? The Smithsonian Magazine (I assume) website is down, so I cannot read the article, and do not know what nonsense it contains.

    For comparison, in the war of 1812, over 500,000 men were involved just on the side of the US. Considering how many sides claim victory in that war, I would not call it ‘nearly successful’ either.

    That same century, there were numerous rebellions by the Christian populations on the Balkans, some ultimately successful, some not. The crumbling Ottoman empire was by no mean as powerful or organized as the US. Some of the failed rebellions resulted in 50,000+ casualties for the Empire, and no one calls them ‘nearly successful’, especially considering how the numbers of those Christian populations dropped by 10-20% afterwards, from executions and enslavement.

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    Ampersand says:

    Petar – “Nearly successful” was the Smithsonian Magazine’s headline, not mine, I think. I agree with you that the headline is inaccurate, and I’m sorry I didn’t change it. Nonethless, if you don’t get stuck on the headline, it’s an interesting event, and one I hadn’t known about.

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    Petar says:

    I knew about it, because my best friend may have had relatives among the executed, and because the rebellion was surprising well organized, according to some oral accounts. I’m not going to argue those are true, but even if they are not, this in no way diminishes the bravery of the rebels.

    (I dislike the word ‘rebel’ in this context. All other languages I speak have a word that shares a root with ‘rise’, i.e. with uprising. ‘Insurrectionist’, ‘insurgent’, etc. seems wrong for the purpose in English)

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    Jake Squid says:

    I was, until now, unaware that 19th century hairstyles was so influenced by Water Buffaloes.

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    Kate says:

    An excellent responst to Trump’s most recent racist comments by Adam Sewer at the Atlantic. Some key points from the article:

    It would be useless to point out that African immigrants are, on average, more highly educated and more likely to be gainfully employed than native-born Americans, or that immigrants in general are less likely to commit crimes. Trump’s is not a logic that employs facts, it is one that employs tribe. It is the logic of “us” being better than “them,” with white Scandinavians reflecting a self-definition of “us,” that excludes blacks and latinos regardless of their relationship to this country.

    This is to say nothing of the fact that America’s wealth relative to the poverty of Haiti, El Salvador, and the nations of Africa is directly related to U.S. and European colonialism. It is a convenient trick to rob a person of all they have, even their own body, and then mock them for their poverty, and blame it on their nature.

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