Quickies

Quickies: Stop Saying You’re Bad at Math, Chinese Vaccine Scandal, and #AirbnbWhileBlack

  • Drawn to Comics: Which Eisner-Nominated Comics Should You Check Out? – I’m bookmarking all of these for later.
  • #AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy – “Luca and his colleagues found requests with African American sounding names were roughly 16 percent less likely to be accepted than their white-sounding counterparts. They found discrimination across the board: among cheap listings and expensive listings, in diverse neighborhoods and homogenous neighborhoods, and with novice hosts as well as experienced hosts. They also found that black hosts were also less likely to accept requests from guests with African American-sounding names than with white-sounding ones.”
  • The Extremist Likely Headed to Texas’ Influential School Board Thinks Pre-K Is Pro-Gay Propaganda – “Bruner—a Republican candidate for the District 9 seat on the Texas State Board of Education, who came in just shy of the 50 percent she needed to bag the nomination on Super Tuesday—has yet to walk back her claims that President Barack Obama worked as a gay prostitute in his 20s, or that humans cohabited the earth with dinosaurs, or that sex-education classes ‘stimulate children to experiment with sex,’ or that Islam ‘is not a real religion.’ “
  • Men Praying Bitchily In Western Art History – Includes classic paintings with captions like, “I’LL PRAY TO YOU WHEN AND ONLY WHEN YOU’RE READY TO LISTEN TO ME TALK ABOUT MY MANUSCRIPT.”
  • Why Chinese Parents Don’t Necessarily Trust Childhood Vaccines – “But since last month, a nationwide scandal involving the illegal resale of vaccines has dented public confidence in the program, ignited public anger at the government and added fuel to ongoing small-scale street protests by parents who believed vaccines have injured or sickened their children.”
  • A Day With Ken Ham  – “The Creation Museum is open to public school field trips, and the museum’s founder has some thoughts on separation of church and state.”
  • Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’ – “Often adults are well-meaning when telling children about their own math phobia: after all, won’t it make the children feel better if they know that others feel that way as well? Research shows the answer is a resounding ‘no.’ “

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4 Comments

  1. April 27, 2016 at 10:16 am —

    On the AirBnB story.

    This is what an unregulated free market looks like. People are allowed to do what they want for what ever reason and because it is unregulated and they are not employees there are no repercussions.

    The “sharing economy” is a scam for everybody but the app developers (kind of modified pyramid schemes) and the faster we move to dismantle it the better off we will all be.

    • April 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm —

      Agreed. of course the other approach is to attempt regulation, which has happened in Oz with Uber X for instance. I don’t know the details but there have been negotiations with some State governments, some successful and others not. In my State Uber is presently banned.

  2. April 28, 2016 at 1:35 am —

    Mary

    “The Creation Museum is open to public school field trips, and the museum’s founder has some thoughts on separation of church and state.”

    Which of course Ken Ham expects us to believe is a lie from Satan.

  3. April 28, 2016 at 1:38 am —

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    If a field trip isn’t enough creationism for public schools, they can take part in the Creation Museum’s Science Fair. “It’s open to homeschoolers, Christian school students, and public school students,” the Creation Museum’s website says. “As long as you agree with AiG’s Statement of Faith and will conduct a quality experiment, you can apply.”
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    And that means that they can’t do any actual science for fear that it might to debunk Mr. Ham’s cherished beliefs, such as snakes being able to talk.

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