Quickies: Ray Rice, Science Funding, and Ghosts

  • What the Ray Rice Video Really Shows – The New Yorker sums up the hypocrisy of the reaction about the video where Ray Rice abuses his fiance. (Content warning: domestic violence.)
  • U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding – “Nationwide, about 16 percent of scientists with sustaining (known as ‘R01’) grants in 2012 lost them the following year, according to an NPR analysis. That left about 3,500 scientists nationwide scrambling to find money to keep their labs alive.”
  • The ABCs Of Everything That Will Kill You – “Do you ever feel like you can’t eat, drink, or enjoy anything because you’re constantly worried about how it will impact your health? This video, inspired by Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, assures you with gleeful hyperbole that everything will kill you in the end.” I feel like this video is my internal monologue.
  • Why Do People Believe in Ghosts? – “A 2002 study found that believers in ghosts were more likely than non-believers to report unusual phenomena while touring a site in Britain with a reputation for being haunted.” I don’t believe in ghosts, but I also don’t go around taunting them, juuust in case.
  • Why I’ve Stopped Reading Twitter Mentions – Amanda Marcotte recounts her experience with the constant harassment she faces on Twitter. (Many hugs over in your direction, Amanda!)

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Everyone is coming down hard on the NFL for “tolerating” domestic violence, but what about every other profession? I am sure there are investment bankers that beat their wives/girlfriends, just like there are politicians, and people from every walk of life. Why do those professions get a pass?

    1. Uh, do you have any concrete evidence that “they are getting a pass”?

      You are sure? Of course you’re sure; there are abusive partners in EVERY PROFESSION EVER.

      Maybe this is news to you, but it’s possible to be concerned about a current issue without giving others a pass.

      Your comment just makes no logical sense at all.

    2. Because the NFL is in the specific business of using the violence of these players to their advantage, and they have a history of looking the other way when it comes to domestic abuse. The fact that the owners saw that tape and did anything besides immediately dismiss Rice speaks volumes to their self serving nature, after all that “fire” is what they want to see in their players.

      Could it happen in other professions, yes of course it could but few professions have such a vested interest in letting this kind of aggression stand, except for sports and maybe the military but the military would never let that happen. Oh, never mind.

      1. Remember the Sandusky cover up? Yep. Sports and the military are known to cover this shit up. Oh, and the Catholic church. And the police force. None of these organizations have ever gotten a pass.

        And Skepchick CONSTANTLY talks about sexism and violence against women outside of sports. So I don’t know what the fuck daedalus2u is on about.

        1. Yep. A combination of Dear Muslima and Zoe Quinn. First, it’s just as bad or worse other places. Second, how dare you single out my favorite beer-drinking dude-bro fetish!

          How come some hypothetical dude who works some hypothetical somewhere wasn’t on national TV when he beat his wife, but an overpaid superstar from a multi-billion dollar media monopoly got noticed??? It’s just not fair to the rich celebrity wife-beaters, this extra scrutiny their fame begets…….and it’s REALLY mean to suggest their employer consider another resume for that particular staff position!

          Marilove — what about the investment bankers? Who’s policing THEM????

          Hahhhh! Polemical checkmate!

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