Skepchick Quickies 9.19
On September 19, 1692, Giles Corey, accused of wizardry, was executed as part of the Salem Witch Trials. If you’re familiar with the history, you may remember him as the man who refused to enter a plea even though he was being tortured by putting heavy stones on his chest. He was crushed to death but his last words were, “More weight!”
- Spacewalker Sunita Williams becomes space station commander – She is the second woman to take charge of the station. From Amy.
- How To Exclude Women Without Really Trying – I went to a college that was 75% male, so this definitely rings true for me. From Bug.
- Cheating Upwards – Placing an importance on test scores instead of individual growth has led to an epidemic of cheating in schools.
- It’s judicial machismo that jails women like Sarah Catt – A woman was sentenced to prison for a late term abortion, but did she break the law? From Max.
- Flush the Sporns! – A call to action in the fight against junk medicine. From Elyse.
- Who Are Mitt Romney’s 47%? – An excellent break down of the numbers behind the millions of alleged “entitled victims” who don’t pay federal income tax. Spoiler Alert: Mitt Romney is clueless.