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Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech

Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech

Feminist princesses? Fuck yeah! – Elyse’s awesome husband Brian is blogging at More Than Men! In his first post, he examines the Disney princesses. New exoplanet could be Earth’s cousin – Or not! From Criticaldragon1177. A tale of two mothers – Both in Arizona. From Sarah. xkcd on free speech – There really is an xkcd for everything! Cute Animal Friday! From now... »

Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts

Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts

Maggots bring the heat – I it when Bug Girl talks forensics. Judge overturns tough North Dakota abortion law – The law had banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detectable. Mind over milkshake: How your thoughts fool your stomach – From Will. Astronaut wears Firefly and Star Trek shirts in space – A supporter of the Klingon empire, even. »

Quickies: Homeless Jesus, stereotypes, and voodoo dolls

Quickies: Homeless Jesus, stereotypes, and voodoo dolls

Statue of a homeless Jesus startles wealthy community – Somebody called the cops on Jesus. The Representation Project: Rewrite the story – Strict gender stereotypes harm us all. Someone finally notices that John Scalzi wrote a book with a 50/50 male/female character split – “I didn’t make a huge deal about it when I was writing THD; I just reminded myself to write women cha... »

Quickies: Jenny McCarthy Backpedals, the Heroin Epidemic, and Homeless Jesus

Quickies: Jenny McCarthy Backpedals, the Heroin Epidemic, and Homeless Jesus

Today is April 14th, and I just want to take a minute to remind you that if you’re up really late tonight (or rather, early tomorrow), you might see the lunar eclipse! Is anyone planning on watching for it? Jenny McCarthy: “I’m Not ‘Anti-Vaccine’” – Phil Plait (and everyone else) disagrees with Jenny McCarthy on her latest position on vaccines. The New Face of Heroin – “The... »

Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots

Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots

AFGHANISTAN (From Mary) Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the national election. She covered conflicts for more than 20 years, and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. RWANDA (From Mary) How Rwanda’s Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos: in a culture where it’s highly unseemly to eat anything in the street, eating ic... »

Quickies: Placebos, lab-made vaginas, new Goldieblox commercial

Quickies: Placebos, lab-made vaginas, new Goldieblox commercial

Placebo pills made for kids – What do you think of this? From Sarah. Laboratory-grown vaginas implanted in patients – The top comment has a great explanation. From Rebecca. Brazil’s government gives money to women because “they’re more reliable” – “The thinking here, like in other countries that offer cash transfers and microloans primarily to women,... »

Quickies: The harm of psychics, female scientists, and why we don’t read

Quickies: The harm of psychics, female scientists, and why we don’t read

Psychics and mediums: What’s the harm? – Great post by Rebecca Hensler, founder of the Grief Beyond Belief group. Why are there so few female scientists? – Another post in The Toast’s series Gal Science. National Health and Medical Research Council says Australians ‘wasting money’ on homeopathy – From Jack99. Serious reading takes a hit from online scannin... »

Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads

Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads

On April 9, 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of a human voice, using a phonautograph. (And honestly, it sounds like something you’d hear in a creepy movie.) Neither Female Nor Male - ”So what will it do to our collective minds when forced to grasp that some people are neither gender? Not male, or female, but something else either encompassing, or ... »

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