Skepchick Quickies 4.4

Hello all! Last night, I staged an elaborate hostile takeover at Skepchick HQ and am now TOTALLY IN CHARGE OF THE QUICKIES. Be nice and tell me how much you love me in the comments or you’ll NEVER SEE JEN AGAIN. MWAA HAAA HAAA HAA…

(I’m kidding. She’ll be back. I’m just covering for her. Don’t panic or send me hate mail. She’s fine. Really.  I’ll post a photo of her holding up today’s newspaper.)

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming!


Maria D'Souza grew up in different countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Kenya and it shows. She currently lives in the Bay Area and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. RE: pregnant woman charged with murder after attempted suicide.

    1) “Feticide” should not be a crime. Let’s hold off the witch hunts until the abortion issue is settled appropriately.

    2) Suicidal actions while suffering major depressive disorder or other mental illnesses and episodes are not taken with rational thought, and such thoughts are often completely out of the person’s abilities to control. Even with medication and cognitive-behavior therapy, it takes 5 weeks to 6 months for a person suffering depression to fully exit the episode. Charges against persons suffering any severe mental disorder should be considered case by case, and mitigated as necessary.

    3) Suicidal persons need appropriate psychiatric help and support—not imprisonment. This case does NOTHING to further society, does not bring justice to the deceased, and does not correct the behavior of the defendant.

    IM not-so-HO.

  2. RE: coffee and fast food

    Don’t read the comments, folks. They’ll make you twitch. >.<

  3. RE: There’s a new anti-vax reporter in town.

    Sporting double barrels of ignorance & hype.

  4. Fast food and coffee combined make for a particularly bad combination.

    But then… why does it taste good?

    I’m confused.

  5. But, but, but conservatives promised us that this wasn’t the point of the laws. They told us over and over that this would never happen. That everyone who pointed out that prosecutions like this could happen were just being paranoid alarmist. Conservatives claim an absolute hold on morality. Can it be they were lying?

  6. In addition to being faked with an iphone app (the “ghost” is a stock image), the whole story seems to be fake. The story quotes Julie Walsh of Redhill, UK, who says her daughter Sarah took the photo of her grandson, but a commenter claiming to be Sarah Walsh of Redhill says she knows nothing of the photo, and another commenter says he’s her brother, lives with her, the first he heard of any of this was when the media contacted them, and what’s more, he and Sarah’s mother is not named Julie!

    So who’s lying, the Metro or the commenters? Since there is already proof that the Metro published a fake picture, and the two commenters have consistent stories, I think the burden of proof is on the Metro. I’m not holding my breath for a response, though.

    Here’s a hint for all you “journalists” out there: If you’re going to make up a story out of whole cloth, don’t use the names of real people.

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