May. 21st, 2017

silveradept: Domo-kun, wearing glass and a blue suit with a white shirt and red tie, sitting at a table. (Domokun Anchor)
Let's begin with this: information that challenges the things we hold as part of our core must overcome several mountains' worth of bias to change us.

Greetings. While the Internet can be anywhere from a completely civil place to a cesspit of horribleness, generally speaking, there is an unstated rule that children should be exempted from the horrible things adults will do to each other without a second thought. Thus, emergency custody was granted to the birth mother of two children who were heavily featured in mean "prank" videos perpetrated on them by their adoptive parents.

A young man was convicted of perpetrating a bomb hoax for planting what looked like an explosive device on a London Underground train.

Guards who cut off an inmate's water supply, leading to his death by dehydration, and then didn't actually tell anyone what they had done, could face charges for their action and subsequent inaction. Mrr. Perjury charges are being filed against recanting witnesses.

Programs that intend to help prisoners land on their feet when they exit prison.

Volunteer denistry in the front lines of Ukraine's war.

Massive arrests following the not-election of Turkey's president, a bid for power and to remove any sort of opposition that might exist.

The legacy of the Tropes versus Women series of videos, both for their content (which is excellent), and for the reams of harassment and support generated around the series, its content, and the fact that it is a woman talking about the ways women are represented in games, which some men believe is their exclusive domain.

The group of students that took on their school and forced them to have serious conversations and actually do things about sexual misconduct.

Kinkiness is more popular that people are willing to admit to publicly.

Little Free Libraries occasionally run into obstructive bureaucrats that insist the structures violate zoning ordinances and have to be permitted and licensed. Even though we generally want to promote a literate society, for some people, there are only the rules and whether or not those rules are being obeyed.

Men, especially those in political power, need to get a clue about women's issues, and then start treating it seriously. Not that this is a new problem, or a uniquely American one, as the story of Omaya Sutematsu demonstrates. But elected officials believing that women get abortions so that they can travel is an indicator of how far things have to go. Or when access to care becomes prohibitively expensive, even with an organization trying very hard to make it affordable. Or the fact that genital cutting for women still exists as a practice.

Chechnya, who deny the existence of anyone not straight, nonetheless is embarking upon a campaign to kill anyone not straight. As such purges go, the police are telling parents to kill their children and engaging in torture to get more names of supposed not straight people. Elsewhere, the comedy set that wasn't, as a final gift to those that have been coming to see Hannah Gadsby.

Mental health and healing is different for marginalized people - they do not have the luxury of contexts that the white majority believes is essential to healing.

The nature of Captain America allows for a much wider and diverse range of stories than what Marvel has been doing with him. This is the secret to his powerful following - that Steve, Sam, and Bucky are each in turn a rejection of the prevailing narrative about what a man "should" be. Fans are rejecting the idea of a Captain America that aligns himself with fascists in droves, and yet Marvel wants the fans to sit tight until the end and be patient with them. Which should sound very familiar to anyone who has tried to advocate for a social justice position or help for a minority group. Or anyone who takes a look at what the situation is really like in Gotham City.

Marvel is also asking store employees to wear and display the symbols of HYDRA in comic stores, to make a real-life promotion of the already underway alignment of Captain America with symbols of Nazism. Because there are plenty of white supremacists that are identifying with this new Captain America and are emboldened by Thor's Hammer supposedly finding him worthy, which smashes together the Norse fascination of many white Supremacists with an Aryan ideal body in Captain America. They've also been emboldened by recent political events, too.

Adam Savage supports gender as something other than a binary, and pushes back when accused of promoting pseudoscience with this support. The presence of queer characters in young adult fiction mirrors and anticipates the acceptance of queer people in society.

Ambition is both a thing that is and isn't essential, but the danger is that someone else gets to define the goals and endpoints of ambition.

Men without degrees in countries that are wealthy are feeling left behind - because they are. But rather than regress the clock by taking things away from women in their quest for equity, the focus should be on getting those men up to speed in the new world that they will have to navigate. Which will also include things that will help families stay together and meet their expenses, things that will pay workers wages that are enough to live on, instead of having any gesture toward fair pay be immediately eviscerated by large banks, debt owners, and others who believe that the investors in the company deserve all the money that gets made and further believe that they should be an uncontested monopoly in their sector (have we mentioned that the flight attendant, just like every other front-line customer service position, is being set up to fail at their work to provide that service should any tiny thing go wrong?), and give men who have been raised to expect a certain amount of patriarchy and define their manhood in ways that tend toward the toxic a place to cope or to let the pressure valve hiss for a while.

Maybe Ontario can figure it out, with their basic income experment.

Because poverty has effects, spreads, and otherwise can function as if it was a disease, which would mean the correct way to deal with it is as one might with an epidemic - prevntative care for those who are at risk, intensive treatment for those who are infected, with the idea of returning everyone to health and preventing the further spread of the disease.

A perverse incentive - the children of immigrant families in the United States spend less money raising the child by sending them away to be raised in their home countries and then repatriate them later. Which might be a subset of the perverse incentives that drive the adoption processes and refuse to give women contemplating their options complete information. When what might be better is programs to visit parents at home to mae sure they're okay and their kids are ready for schools.

The uniquely American smile, bigger in both frequency and size.

The story of trying to find more than five hundred children disappeared in Argentina during the reign of a terrible dictator and his torturous subordinates.

The idea that "radical Islamic terrorism" might be more about people who would be terrorists finding a convenient script to adopt.

A lawusit from the Cherokee Nation alleging that various pharmacetical stores did not do their part in trying to prevent an opiod crisis.

The removal of monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans.

The idea that intimacy is crucial for good relationships and excellent sex, accompanied by the idea that the movie-version of soulmates is horse-excrement.

The idea of distributing glitter in honor of Carrie Fisher, who often used it as a way of combating her own mental health issues. If there was glitter in your life around 4 May, it might have been in honor of her.

It is entirely possible to be attracted to someone's presentation without being sexually attracted to them.

A details-accurate replica of the Anne of Green Gables areas is part of an abandoned Japanese theme park that intended to duplicate that part of Prince Edward Island.

The layouts and approximate rent costs of various Marvel superheroes.

Prepaid card manufacturers are using the offer of sweepstakes rewards to encourage their users to save money for the future. In other words, if you have a possible immediate reward for an action, people are more likely to take that, even if it's incredibly long odds, rather than going with the option that will build up more over time. It's lottery economics, now being put to use to get people to save money.

A movie that came from a First Nations child who was forcibly separated from her family and sent off to school to become white. An updating of a drug-related public service announcement to take into account the knowledge that certain types of people are more likely to be arrested and have their lives ruined for drug usage. Actors in support of making the treatment of refugees more humane.

Refugee camps in Bangladesh, unrest in Venezuela, the long history of Standing Rock as a place where white people tried to take the money and lives of First Nations tribes,

A nonstandard review of the dresses on display at the Met Gala, paired nicely with the amount of science and engineering that goes into dresses that very few people recognize as such. Avoiding poisoning someone through infusing toxic elements into their cocktails. Using the dirt on a vehicle to create works of art. Ear tattoos, a channel of dancers who dance selected parts of their Broadway resumes while providing a commentary track to the dance, the pictures of a state fair from 1941, pictures of the deadly women Soviet snipers who killed more than their share of Nazis, the best way to become a misandrist bloodsucker, the beautiful illustrations of the utterances of a two year-old child.

A thread about cat social behavior and how to best bond with your fuzzy butts. The birds of North America, dogs photograped from underneath, the use of lumpsucker fish to help salmon, cats standing on keyboards that have their picture taken by the security program, dogs photographed in very nice situations, animals cuddling with stuffed toys, what children will do with pets if given the opportunity, a podcast about the ways that animal words influence everything, the pet squirrel craze, a legendary corvid captured in photographs, the movie that answered whether all four limbs of a horse were off the ground at any given time, the use of moss as a bandage during the first Great War, dandelion seeds as perfect pipettes, female dragonflies that fake their own deaths to avoid being pursued by male dragonflies, the intelligence and memory capability of fish, cats and their props, finding cat hair in intimate places, finding a dog thought extinct while looking for intersexual pigs, getting animals iout of zoos in warzones and other horrible conditions, the super bloom of California, a corvid cafe, the abilities of sheep, artistic mollusks, feral chickens, a caterpillar that can eat plastic, chasing feral parakeets,

And then, the opposite - design decisions that shuld have been thought through more carefully and the knowledge that from the very beginning, the Fyre Festival was going to turn out badly.


Morbidity and literary time - on average, how many books you will read before perishing. Which may need some fluctuation. For example, at what point do all of these Internet pages and fanfic that I read count as a "book" toward the count of my average? Supposedly, people are too busy to read books, but I don't think that's quite right - I think that the text that would have been covered by books as leisure reading is now being taken over by social media feeds, articles, and possibly game text.

Or things like The Book Smuggler's Hugo Awards Packet.

Books and their electronic counterparts are finding their equilibrium, and it has nothing to do with what's in this article, really, about how books have returned to being objects d'art, and their various advantages to their electronic counterparts. People read on or off devices for reasons that have to do with convenience, ability, and the desires of the reader, not anything that has to do with the book, other than perhaps the author and the price point.

Posters from the past that request or demand that you read and/or buy books.

Content acquisition is happening through all available channels, legitimate and pirate, because consumers want access to what they want access to, and are increasingly unwilling to jump through the hoops and demands of cable monoplies.

Being on the autism spectrum may also mean an increased capacity to take in stimuli and pay attention to them, which can be good on tasks that require lots of input bandwidth, and problematic on tasks that don't.

Technology tells us Shoney's restaurants and the hub hospitality system for many major hotel chains were both breached and had credit card data stolen.

There is still inadequate protection for students and their data in education technology and cloud services. There are databases of facial recognition that can be used to identify you in your normal life and days, used by law enforcement without checks on the data or its usage.



It also mentions that creating sex scenes for video games is actually kind of difficult,

Letters from mathematical concepts to the mathematicians that discovered them, a company that synthesises cadavers from organic material using additive manufacturing processes, the ways in which our consumer data is being used to refine pricing for maximum profit, the knowledge that there are some twenty-five million digitized books on servers in Google that nobody has access to read or purchase, because a class-action settlement couldn't create the necesary infrastructure for it to happen, scientists attempting to defeat climate change so as to preserve coffee plants, an artifical womb that could be rather helpful for fetal development, the preferences of people and their chocolate bunnies, the fact that we don't really know what blood typing is for, even though discovering it was a crucial thing, the ancient origins of color printing, the beginning of testing of a malaria vaccine, the ways in which the nighttime is lighting up (or not) over time, being able to record a duet with yourself before and after transition, the introduction of sociology into a dungeon crawl, the reasons why life moved to the land - eyes work a lot better out of the water, the reasons why we need more and better choices than the Cult of Likes, the attitudes over time toward cannibalism, an investigation into whether or not heavy opiod use can cause memory loss, the interest of Iceland in licorice,

Last for tonight, some good news. And things that want to make you smile.

And celebrities, mostly without clothes, posing with fish. Gillian Anderson, naturally, has an eel.

Okay, and Ms. Frizzle at the March for Science.
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