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295 Miracles a Day

In this month’s Scientific American, Michael Shermer points out that, per the Theory of Large Numbers, those one-in-a-million miracles happen 295 times a day in America.

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The 1/4 Rule

I find the 1/4 rule facinating. According to my social psychology Ph.D. candidate roommate, people believe that women make up 1/2 of any group when only about 1/4 of the group is populated by women. My roomie and I tested this theory on various movies and television shows. The “token” female anchor or female character […]

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Ah, China

And, I just have to share an almost blistering review of China Mieville’s latest, Iron Council. As the SF/F genre has a terrible tendency to overhype/overpraise their own, it was nice to see somebody take China to task for some of the purple prose. He’s got some great stuff, fantastic ideas, and I fully intend […]

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Pro-choice feminist vs. Pro-abortion Femi-Nazi?

According to this article 52% of Republicans polled believed a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion was a personal choice, and Roe vs. Wade should not be overturned. However: Substantially fewer Republicans than Democrats defined themselves as “pro-choice” even when they articulated pro-choice values, responding that they believe women “should […]

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Same Story

I’ve just finished reading Susan Faludi’s Backlash (yes, I know, it’s a classic I have no excuses for not getting to sooner). It’s a fantastic, slightly exhausting and anger-provoking book about the backlash against women’s rights in the 80s. Now I’m reading about the latest on the mess of sexual harrassment against women and blatantly […]

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What’s on my Plate…

via: feministing.com As many as one in ten college women suffer from a clinical or nearly clinical eating disorder, including 5.1% who suffer from bulimia nervosa. According to Washington Post writer Shankar Vedantam, women are over-represented in ads for psychiatric drugs and “are usually shown as being submissive, sexy or asleep.” Nothing sexier than a […]

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I’m sorry…

I’m sorry. I laughed. And laughed. And laughed… Here’s the deal: I don’t think it makes you gay just because you beat off to images of Brad Pitt.

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Doctorow

Turns out Cory Doctorow has a new book coming out. The cover art kicks ass. I survived another boxing class last night. I think I’m getting addicted to it. Trying to figure out how to up the number of classes I take every week. Ha.