Quickies: Diversity, Boy Scouts hire an openly gay man, and NASA’s future deep space exploration

  • The double standards of diversity – “Equality and diversity aren’t just ideas, but they should be values that we are practicing fearlessly and continuously. We should be holding the privileged to the same standard that we hold the marginalized.”
  • Boy Scouts in New York hire openly gay Eagle Scout in spite of national rules – “Tessier already had become a warrior in the battle against the Boy Scouts policy. In 2013, he stood on a street corner and protested its policy against gay youth. The organization later agreed to lift that ban.”
  • NASA funds 12 deep-space exploration technologies – “The awards, which were granted via a program called Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP), set up NASA partnerships with 10 aerospace companies and one public university to develop tech in three different areas: advanced electric propulsion, human habitation and small satellites.”
  • Con job – Tree lobsters on how it seems like some diversity panels are done…
  • Cute Animal Friday! Okay, I know they’re drawn but still, cat forms of government are so cute. And if you ask me, fennec fox kits are right up there with red pandas for cuteness.


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

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