Thursday, March 23, 2017


Comic strip showing a cat using the scientific method. The cat looks at a wine glass and thinks, "I wonder if this will bounce." It pushes the wine glass and watches it fall, then turns and looks at a second glass and thinks, "Maybe that one will." Image source.
1. Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 1: Suffer the Little Children and Part 2 (posted March 17) [content note: extremely misogynistic, gay-hating, trans-hating, queer-hating, Muslim-hating language]

2. Animation: The Little Mermaid (posted 2012) "As much as Ariel laments in a moment that "If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again", her father has driven her away. Ariel isn't safe under the sea, not emotionally or psychologically. Her life's obsession with studying and understanding and educating herself on human culture will never be accepted -- and if she persists in trying to do so clandestinely, it will only be a matter of time before someone discovers her secret, betrays her to the king, and all her work is destroyed. She knows that fate is inevitable, because it's just happened not ten minutes ago."

3. ‘Somebody else’s babies’ (posted March 13) "Think about it. “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here,” the signs say, because it’s understood that “Drive Like Somebody Else’s Kids Live Here” wouldn’t be an effective slogan."

4. Katy Perry’s Memorable Move from Jesus Camps to Kissing Girls: “People Can Change” (posted March 20) "These days, I get an incomparable high from finally knowing myself. And it feels more real than any story I was ever taught on a felt board."

5. Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or (posted March 22) "Yes, girls need to know that they don’t have to like princesses and pink and sparkly and pastel barbie sticker books. But they also need to know that they can like all of those things and still aspire to a career in science."

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