Quickies

Quickies: Side Saddle, Antibiotic Resistance Breakthrough, and Inside the (Canceled) Trump Rally

  • The Surprising Resurgence of Side Saddle – The history in this article is a cool reminder of all the bullshit women have had to put up with to preserve the idea of their “virtue.” The fact that people still do it is giving me a case of the eye-rolls.
  • How Adults Can Encourage Kids To Be Original Thinkers – “We could do a lot more conditional teaching. I think we could do a lot more encouraging kids to ask questions about multiple possibilities as opposed to searching for the one correct answer.”
  • The Secrets of Set Decoration from ‘Working Girl’ – Joan Cusack’s hair, makeup, and styling kind of deserve their own film. And I mean that in a good way!
  • MRSA superbug’s resistance to antibiotics is broken – “Called tarocin A and tarocin B, these compounds target a different part of a bacterium’s cell wall, called teichoic acid. Neither of these drugs kill bacteria on their own, but when either one is combined with an antibiotic, the combination can kill MRSA in both clinical samples and in infected mice. The compounds haven’t yet been tested in humans.”
  • Inside the Rowdy, Racist Canceled Trump Rally – “Make no mistake what it felt like to the people in that room: unconditional humiliation of the Trump faithful — some of whom had been waiting there since the previous day — at the hands of the black and Latino and Muslim men and women who were mocked and scorned and sucker-punched and kicked out of other rallies, and arrested at other protests, and called garbage and rapists and terrorists and scum, in Chicago and around the country.” From Courtney.
  • You’re probably shopping for vegetables wrong. Here’s how to do it better. – In spite of the clickbait headline, there are some helpful pictures on what to look for when you pick out veggies. The only other tip I would add for strawberries is that you need to smell the package to pick the ripest ones.

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