Quickies: Racial segregation in progressive cities, what English sounds like, penis-size recall study

  • The Harsh Truth About Progressive Cities–“These are America’s most progressive, forward-thinking, open-minded, and social-justice-focused cities. They also have the worst racial disparities in the nation and some of the worst racial segregation.” From Julia
  • What English Sounds Like to Non-English Speakers–“Skwerl, a short film by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, attempts to show the English language through the ears of non-English speakers. Throughout the film you can make out certain words you know, but the majority of the dialogue is incomprehensible.” From Critical Dragon1177
  • Ig Nobellian Miller’s new use for 3D printing: Women’s penis size recall–“Studies of women’s penis size preferences typically have relied on their abstract ratings or selecting amongst 2D, flaccid images. This study used haptic stimuli to allow assessment of women’s size recall accuracy for the first time, as well as examine their preferences for erect penis sizes in different relationship contexts.”
  • God Agrees Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is A-Hole, Sends Her To Jail–“Poor criming-while-white bigot and hell-bound harlot Kim Davis, her day of reckoning has come, her god has forsaken her, and off to the pokey she goes.”
  • 15+ Mind-Bending Photos That Seem Fake But Are Actually Real–It’s Friday, so go waste some time on these cool photos. I’m not sure whether the no Photoshop claim is true, but it doesn’t make them any less useful for serious procrastination purposes.

And for Cute Animal Friday, Ray Greek sent us this link to a video showing a seal getting its tummy rubbed. Also: This bulldog turtles up when forced to wear a life vest.

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Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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    1. No to defend appropriation which is obviously uncaring, but how do you ask an entire heterogeneous population anything?

      1. Use the tools of critical thinking and skepticism?

        Ask a random (or non-random, e.g. friends and acquaintances) sampling of the affected population.

        Do research, i.e. read books and articles, google and listen to the people in the population. If the appropriateness of a particular action is not agreed on within the community, you’ll soon find out.

        Form tentative testable hypotheses about what constitutes inappropriate appropriation and test them (only do things that you think are appropriate, of course. Run them by your internal IRB before performing experiments on humans or other sentient beings.)

        Expect to be wrong a lot of the time and fix it when you are.

        1. Indeed. Like, if I see an antivaxxer (to use an example which I presume everyone here will find vile) tying us to them, it’s clearly a problem. Obviously antivaxxers are a bipartisan issue.

          But then you have people like Ward Churchill, who managed to tie defending Al Qaida (or at least blaming 9/11 victims for their own demise) to Indians.

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