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On It's the Anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's "Illegal" Vote

@snakelet I don't understand -- are you suggesting that we shouldn't have to read a quote which makes it obvious that SBA said and believed racist things? I kind of feel like that would be more of a problem, morally speaking: that would be to fictionalise her into a paragon. (and then, of course, we in time could 'discover' that she also believed and said racist things, and then decide that she is in fact an ultimate monster and nothing she did was of value because of her moral turpitude.)

Isn't it essential that we be willing to talk about the fact that people can hold opinions that are morally unconscionable to you or i, and also simultaneously do things that are great or noble or advance the course of human freedom?

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:29 am 0

On What Is the Deal With Bees Right Now

@AnnieM can i suggest you NEVER investigate the episodes in which a swarm of bees attack some hornets because they are beyond nightmare fodder.

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm 1

On Vampire Diaries Author Now Writing Fan Fiction For Her Own Series

I wonder how much of the idea for the WSJ article came from the Awl piece on LJ Smith from a couple of months back...

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 3:34 am 0

On A Butt Load Means 491 Liters

@ru_ri the british poet laureate also traditionally receives, annually, a hundred pounds and a "butt of sack". Poets need their wine!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:05 am 0

On "PRODUCT DETAILS: This attachment for your bath will hold your beverage in a wine glass while you bathe."

@KJZ special wine, real good wine

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 am 3

On Multilingual Gibberish

@katzenklavier yeah, I think too much familiarity with the languages in question kind of ruins it - the Japanese contained consonant mixtures that aren't normally possible (and the clipped bits of it had a rhythm more like Korean) and that threw me entirely.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:23 am 0

On Hair Removal Techniques from 1532: "Boil together a solution of one pint of arsenic & an eighth of a pint of quicklime..."

A friend of mine pointed out, after one of multiple iterations of the 'ruskin freaked out by pubic hair' story, that it isn't as if we see body hair on male nudes either-- but women are expected to live to the image in a way that men are not.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm 0

On False Dichotomy vs Who Cares

"PUTTING A BRA ON VS LIVING MY BEST LIFE"

brb getting this picked out in studs on the back of a leather jacket i will wear forever

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm 1

On It's All In Your Head: A Conversation About Being Sick Without a Diagnosis

@pintje yeah, I was totally reminded of Morgellons - and since I think of M.E. as being a physical ailment, and Morgellons as being significantly more psychosomatic in origin (sorry, Joni), it meant I had to sit and consider how it was I was so definite on this.

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm 0

On It's All In Your Head: A Conversation About Being Sick Without a Diagnosis

@bureaucrab my doctors - admittedly in the UK's NHS - have definitely used diagnostic flowcharts when dealing with a rare-ish health problem I presented with -- and also the Map of Medicine healthguide system is standard when thinking about treatment options. it seems pretty unlikely that US doctors wouldn't be using similar systems! Maybe they don't like letting patients see that they're using them because it ruins the illusion of doctor-knows-all...

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm 0