Quickies

Quickies: Bone Broths, Misinformed Senators, and Amy Poehler is Wonderful

  • America wants Harriet Tubman on $20 bill – “Right now, our currency is very male and very white. A grassroots campaign called Women on 20s hopes to change that, and started an online petition to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty.” From Amy.
  • Louisiana Senator Is Not Cool With Scientists Murdering All The Creationists Dead – According to the senator, “There was a time, sir, when scientists thought that the world was flat. And if you get to the end of it, you’d fall off. There was another time when scientists thought that the sun revolved around the world. And they always thought to ensure that anyone who disagreed with their “science” was a heretic. People were burned for not believing that the world was flat. People were really badly treated.” Yep, he is saying that scientists allegedly burned people for not believing in their science. Hmm I think he may have gotten the words wrong in his Mad Libs history book. From CriticalDragon1177.
  • How the Bone Broth Debate Boiled Over So Suddenly – Paleo-inspired businesses are making money selling bone broth, i.e. bones boiled in water for a long time and sold as a miracle caveman elixir. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the rest of the non-Paleo-fad world just calls this “soup (without noodles).”
  • Vienna Introduces New, Same-Sex Themed Crosswalk Signals – “Reuters reports that the crosswalk signals were installed to coincide with two big events planned for the city: The Eurovision Song Contest and “Life Ball,” a charity event to raise money to fight HIV and AIDS.”
  • Amy Poehler is Really Making Herself Uncomfortable – ” ‘I have these meetings with really powerful men and they ask me all the time, “Where are your kids? Are your kids here?”?’ she says with a sneer. ‘It’s such a weird question. Never in a million years do I ask guys where their kids are. It would be comparable to me going to a guy, “Do you feel like you see your kids enough?”?’ “
  • First Jem And The Holograms Trailer Is Truly Outrageous—In How Bad It Is – Aw maaaan! I didn’t even see any scenes where they were fighting the Misfits!

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8 Comments

  1. May 13, 2015 at 10:52 am —

    Mary,

    I especially like the hilarious image Wonkette used for their story about Sen. Elbert Guillory.
    http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/science-witch-burners-sepia-2.jpg

  2. May 13, 2015 at 11:32 am —

    That is a hilarious image, criticaldragon111! What I love about Sen. Guillory’s statement is that it’s doubly ignorant. No one ever thought the earth was flat in the first place! That’s one of my favorite myths.

    People who believe in pseudoscience are also fond of misusing the Galileo persecution story. I had a very uncomfortable date with a New Ager, who explained to me (among other things) that kidney beans look like kidneys because they’re good for the kidneys, and walnuts look like brains because they’re food for your brains. I think he needed to eat a few more walnuts…. Anyway, after several such exchanges, he pulled the Galileo card. So, my skepticism means I would persecute Galileo because–using the scientific method–he disproved a popular misconception? It’s amazing how many people miss the point of that story!

  3. May 13, 2015 at 11:36 am —

    Re: Jem
    Yeah, that’s horrible. For once, I recommend reading the buzzfeed comments. Some of them are priceless.

  4. May 14, 2015 at 7:15 am —

    I’ve been consuming bone broth for years, but it’s because I think “that’s the normal way to make stock”, not “this is a magical health elixir!”

    It is unfair (but predictable) that the restaurants that think to market and specify BONE broth get more for their soup/broth than other restaurants that do the same thing. OTOH, it is true that pretty much all the stock you can buy in the supermarket is NOT bone broth and IMO does not taste as good. (Also, canned soup that is not “natural and organic” tends to make me sick to my stomach, at least if it’s the main part of my meal/snack. So do Cheetos and Doritos. I might be one of the few people who “gets sick from MSG” who ACTUALLY gets sick from MSG. Or it could be some other ingredient.)

    • May 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm —

      I could just be salt, most regular canned soup is salted to within an inch of its life.

    • May 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm —

      I don’t know what the ingredient is, but there is something in most vegetable soups that gives me terrible reflux, and an aftertaste I can’t get rid of. It’s not in everything, but it is in most things, from tomato soup to beef veggie. Pretty much the only soups I can eat from a can are the cream based ones.

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