Quickies

Quickies: Advice for Dealing with Feeemales, Media Coverage of White Gang Violence, and Nudity in Game of Thrones

  • Advice for Interacting With Women, or Advice for Interacting With Children? – “When Austin, Texas, elected a majority-female city council, the city hosted a workshop on interacting with women in government. It did not go well.” I’m curious, were the non-female members of the city council actually Ferengis? This article also has a fun quiz at the bottom to see if you can tell the difference between advice given to children or women!
  • There’s a Meaning to the Horrible Noise the Emergency Alert System Makes – “Those awful screeches you hear at the beginning of the Emergency Alert System are digitized codes that communicate the type of threat, area (counties) threatened, and how long the threat is in place.” Cool, I love learning neat facts like this!
  • Honey Bunches of Lies – This article explains why exactly people who think that ingesting local honey will cure their seasonal allergies are wrong and the science behind what really what happens.
  • Media coverage of gang violence sure looks different when the perpetrators are white – “Those who are using what happened in Waco to start conversations about stereotypes and media biases against black people aren’t complaining about the tenor of this weekend’s media coverage. They’re saying something a little different: that by being pretty reasonable and sticking to the facts, this coverage highlights the absurdity of the language and analysis that have been deployed in other instances, when the accused criminals are black.”
  • Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing? – “It’s seems incredible that so many people had never heard about the time American law enforcement bombed U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, which, on top of the deaths, left dozens of bystanders’ homes destroyed in an uncontrolled fire that the police commissioner told firefighters not to put out right away. The details are so extreme, so over-the-top. How have we forgotten this?”
  • The naked hypocrisy of Game Of Thrones’ nudity – “The HBO series wants to have it both ways when it comes to respecting and objectifying women.” (Probably NSFW even though the nudity is censored.)

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3 Comments

  1. May 20, 2015 at 10:25 am —

    As a beekeeper, the question I hate the most is “Do you sell raw honey?” (Isn’t it all raw? I mean, I don’t collect synthetic honey from the bees…), but a close second is “Will this help my allergies?”. Now I can show them this article, thanks!

    • May 20, 2015 at 11:13 am —

      “Raw” Honey is unfiltered and has a lot of wax and other hive viscera mixed in.

      Honey sold in stores is frequently clarified by some process I’m unfamiliar with. Considering the rather large distinction in taste and texture, I can understand people being interested, without any pseudoscience necessarily being involved.

  2. May 20, 2015 at 11:22 am —

    I remember the MOVE bombing very well. I was living in Brooklyn at the time, but it was covered pretty thoroughly in the local papers.

    What I found interesting/ironic was that the mayor at the time — Wilson Goode — was black, so one might naively thought that he would have been more reluctant to agree to bombing a group of fellow African-Americans that, while annoying, were not a threat to anyone. My theory was that, just as Democrats are inclined to go along with foolish policies of force or military action by their fear of being accused of being “wimps,” so Mayor Goode went along with this ridiculously excessive use of force for fear of being accused of being biased in favor of African-Americans. One reason I suspect that is that his predecessor — Frank Rizzo — was a rather racist law-and-order former police officer and police commissioner, and Goode may have felt the need to forstall criticism from Rizzo.

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