- Meta-analysis of field experiments shows no change in racial discrimination in hiring over time | PNAS
“We find no change in the levels of discrimination against African Americans since 1989, although we do find some indication of declining discrimination against Latinos.”
- The TSA is a waste of money that doesn’t save lives and might actually cost them – Vox
The cost in lives is an indirect effect; it comes about because driving is more dangerous than flying, and making flying slower and less convenient substantially increases the number of people who drive (for example, from NYC to DC).
- On eating watermelon in front of white people – Vox
“It is a sobering thing to face your interior white supremacist nag.”
- What I Learned From Playing A Brutal Fat-Shamer On TV | HuffPost
An actress from “Shrill” on the stress of playing a bigot, and what it taught her about her own internalized fatphobia. I thought the bit about how she made sure to always have donuts near her at a table reading was an ironic opposite of how some fat people are careful to never be seen with fattening junk food in a professional setting.
- Experiment: audio from the Cats trailer over the Star Wars Mandalorian trailer – YouTube
It works freakishly well.
- (141) How Star Wars was saved in the edit – YouTube
“A video essay exploring how Star Wars’ editors recut and rearranged Star Wars: A New Hope to create the cinematic classic it became.” I find this sort of thing – particularly how footage shot for other scenes was repurposed to serve the new story structure – just fascinating.
- Who’s Considered Thin Enough for Eating Disorder Treatment?
How stereotypes and bias leads to maltreatment of fat people with eating disorders. “Doctors will say, ‘Well, whatever you’re doing is working!’ if a heavy patient does lose some weight, without asking to see what they’re eating or how much they’re exercising. Or they give blanket advice like, ‘Try to cut whatever you’re eating in half,’ when someone may already be dangerously restricting.”
- Study: many of the “oldest” people in the world may not be as old as we think – Vox
A new study suggests that the majority of 110+ year olds are exaggerating or in some cases frauds, which puts a bunch of research into question.
“The paper still needs to undergo peer review, but if its findings hold, it does illustrate an interesting statistical phenomenon: When you’re looking for something exceptionally rare, your data set will be dominated by errors and false positives.”
- Biden: As President, I’ll Let McConnell Block Everything
- Men Who Send Unsolicited Dick Pics Are Bigger Narcissists, Study Finds – VICE
- And, relatedly: I Confronted the Men Who Sent Me Unsolicited Dick Pics – VICE
- A Statue in the U.K. Had to Be Moved Because It Was Too Popular | Smart News | Smithsonian
The idea of a statue in an isolated area on the moors sounds really cool to me. But it proved so popular that visitors were eroding the site.
- Song: 50/50 by Garfunkel and Oates – YouTube
“It probably didn’t cross your mind / That your mom had goals too / That had nothing to do with getting married / And nothing to do with having you.”
- Opinion | Harry Reid: The Filibuster Is Suffocating the Will of the American People – The New York Times (Alternative link.)
So glad to see Reid finally acknowledging reality. Think of what a different world it would be if he had realized this at the start of the Obama administration. It’s odd – Reid was largely against getting rid of the filibuster (although he did reduce it’s scope a little) when the Dems had the Senate, and is now in favor of it now that the Republicans hold the Senate.
- Here Are 7 ‘Radical’ Left Ideas (Almost) All Americans Support“(Almost) All is an exaggeration – when I hear “almost all,” I think of numbers like 95%, not 75% – but still interesting.
- 15 Charts That Perfectly Illustrate How To Properly Pet Animals
Thanks Mandolin for the link!
- A Maryland teenager who shared a video of her own sex act was punished as a child pornographer.
- Thousands of Jews protest ICE raids across U.S., 44 arrested in NYC | +972 Magazine
- Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” copyright case: the $2.8 million verdict is alarming – Vox
This is alarming. This is going to chill the hell out of artistic freedom, if it’s not overturned on appeal. A good example of how copyright law can undercut free speech.
- The Good Samaritan | Radiolab | WNYC Studios
Fascinating podcast. Man, that prosecutor is a scumbag. Also of interest (spoiler alert): It seems very likely that the “drug reaction” experienced by the EMT was a form of panic attack. His symptoms were real – but putting drug users in prison for people’s panic attacks is a terrible miscarriage of justice.
- Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” – CNN.
The article does say the trademark application is likely to be rejected. One hopes.
- I’m Latino. I’m Hispanic. And they’re different, so I drew a comic to explain. – Vox
- Preschoolers’ perceptions of gender appropriate toys and their parents’ beliefs about genderized behaviors – Early Childhood Educational Journal (pdf link).
Study: Parents with gender-neutral ideologies are perceived by their kids as not being gender neutral. “Responses indicated that, in spite of evidence that many of these parents reject common gender stereotypes, their children predicted parents would consistently apply these stereotypes as reflected by their approval or disapproval of children’s choices to play with gender stereotyped or cross-gender toys.”
- Richard Linklater, Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein Team for Sondheim Musical | Collider
Linklater, whose movie “Boyhood” was filmed gradually across many years, is planning to do the same thing with his film adaptation of “Merrily We Roll Along,” taking twenty years to film the movie so he can film the actors at different ages. I’m as excited by this as I can be by anything I won’t get to see until I’m in my 70s.
- Circumcision is harmful and wrong and should not be outlawed – The Unit of Caring
- What the cancellation of The Hunt says about the power of right-wing outrage culture | Media Matters for America
- Should voting be required by law?
- The Case for a Fareless TriMet – News – Portland Mercury
It’s a great idea in theory – as usual, the question is how to fund it.
- The Difference Between Happiness & Joy — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER
An interesting story about a free (or, rather, a pay-what-you-like-but-free-is-fine) restaurant.
- How Elizabeth Warren Works the Political System
This, I think, is the pitch for Warren – she not only has progressive values, but a track record of grubbing out small victories in a gridlocked system.
- Shakesville: The End of This Road
After fifteen years, Melissa is retiring Shakesville.
- When the Mind’s Eye Is Blind – Scientific American
I’m not sure who gave me this link – it may have been someone in comments? If so, thank you. Anyhow, this is one of those interesting articles I read going “yes, yes, this is me, this is me, this is exactly like me.” For example, I’ve sometimes found it odd that I have aphantasia, face blindness, and a memory so bad it’s a joke among my friends. But: “… some individuals with aphantasia report weakness in autobiographical memory, remembrance of events in their lives. In addition, many with aphantasia also suffer from prosopagnosia, impaired face recognition.”
- Is It Illegal to Share Your Netflix Password? – OneZero
No, it’s not. (And Netflix quietly encourages some sharing). But Disney is branding password-sharing “piracy” in advance of it’s new streaming service.
- Bang Bros Bought a Huge Porn Doxing Forum and Set Fire to It – VICE
They literally made a big pile of all the hard drives, squirted some flammable liquid on the drives, and set them on fire.
- Some info about the artist who did the paintings illustrating this post, who goes by the name “Nemo.”
I love the street art photos I’ve been finding to go with these link farm posts, but I’ve found that it’s often hard to find out who to credit. Which makes sense.
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