Quickies: Family dinners, switching off autoimmune diseases, and Reddit charity donations returned

  • Let’s stop idealizing the home-cooked family dinner – “Beyond just the time and money constraints, women find that their very own families present a major obstacle to their desire to provide diverse, home-cooked meals. The women interviewed faced not just children but grown adults who are whiny, picky, and ungrateful for their efforts.”
  • Scientists discover how to “switch off” autoimmune disease – “Rather than the body’s immune system destroying its own tissue by mistake, researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered how cells convert from being aggressive to actually protecting against disease.” From Amy.
  • Prostate cancer foundation to Reddit “fappers”: We don’t want your tainted money – “With Reddit emerging, over the past several days, as one of the central distribution hubs for a vast cache of stolen nude pictures of assorted celebrities…one Redditor thought he saw a way for the newly created TheFappening subreddit to spin itself as a public-minded enterprise rather than as a large-scale enabler of criminal activity: why not take a few minutes off from frantic masturbation to raise a few bucks for charity?”
  • No eyeliner allowed in driver’s license photo – “The South Carolina DMV unconstitutionally demands that a 16-year-old boy remove his “everyday” foundation, mascara, eye shadow and lip gloss before it takes his driver’s license photo, the boy’s mom claims in court.” From Ray.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. I like the article about home-cooked meals. The lack of gratitude when someone goes to the trouble to cook dinner is extraordinary. I get that people have the right not to eat what they don’t want to eat, but it seems pretty self-indulgent to expect every meal to be exactly geared to one’s picky tastes.

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