Quickies

Quickies: Paid Paternity Leave, Getting a Green Card in America, and The Future from the 1800s

  • Carly Fiorina Calls Planned Parenthood Shooter a ‘Protester,’ Decries ‘Left-Wing Tactics’ – There’s not much to say except: linemouth.
  • Chiraq And The ‘Sex-Strike’ Myth – “One might as well claim that sharecroppers could have ended debt-peonage if only they’d refused to pick cotton. But the kleptocrats of Mississippi did not serve at the pleasure of sharecroppers. And rapists don’t ply their trade at the leisure of women. They ply their trade through great violence–a tactic shown to be quite effective against any manner of ‘strike,’ no matter the genre.”
  • Theatre director’s magic wand turns Sleeping Beauty into a prince – From Radium.
  • How a system meant to develop drugs for rare diseases broke down – “Since 2007, the US government has attempted to draw companies into this sparsely occupied space by creating an incentive program. Manufacturers who license products for specified ‘neglected’ diseases are granted the right to an expedited Food and Drug Administration review when they want to bring another product to market. It seems like a good idea — and may still be. But a number of groups that supported the program aren’t happy with how it is playing out so far. Let’s explore why.”
  • Here’s How Artists in the Late 1800s Imagined Life in the Year 2000 – “The illustrations reveal a hopeful future of machine-automated chores, and many scenes are set underwater or are takes on any number of flying machines, heavily influenced by the invention and burgeoning romance of flight.”
  • Paid Leave for Dads: A Feminist Issue – “Workplaces are (slowly) becoming more equal. Yet many have policies that all but ensure that households will stay stuck in the past.” From Rachelle.
  • How To Get Your Green Card In America – “In February 2015, the government was still processing some family-related visa applications filed as far back as August 1991. It was still processing some employment-related visa applications from December 2003. We have applicants in the system who have been waiting for legal permanent resident status for more than 20 years. Many of them are already in the U.S., paying taxes, and contributing to our economy in a multitude of ways. And yet President Obama’s executive action to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation has just been delayed by a court ruling, again. The setbacks never end.”

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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