Quickies: Racism, Chronic Eye Pain, and Ashley Madison’s Bots
- Can drinking tea turn you into a whore? – Surely it can, at least according to these alarmist eighteenth-century philosophers. (I think Kate Beaton needs to use this for her next comic. It reminds me of the inspiration she used for Velocipede.)
- I Was Raised As A Racist: 6 Weird Things I Learned – “I think that very few people are so cartoonishly evil that they sit their kids down and give them long lectures on why other cultures are a threat to our glowing, angel-white way of life. I’m not saying that those people don’t exist, but for the most part becoming a racist is all about slightly more subtle conditioning.” From mrmisconception.
- Privilege And Pressure: A Memoir Of Growing Up Black And Elite In ‘Negroland’ – “Growing up in the 1950s, Margo Jefferson was part of Chicago’s black upper class. The daughter of a prominent doctor and his socialite wife, Jefferson inhabited a world of ambition, education and sophistication — a place she calls ‘Negroland.’ That afforded her many opportunities, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic says. But life was also undercut by the fear that her errors and failures would reflect poorly on her family and, subsequently, her race.”
- ‘Dry Eye’ Has Ruined People’s Lives — And Stumped The Medical Community – Sometimes, chronic pain does not have a clear-cut answer (or at least, not one that is yet understood) and patients feel ignored by their doctors. This is the story one one ophthalmologist who is researching chronic, excruciating eye pain.
- A Recipe for Sexual Assault – “According to a recent national Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents, nearly one-third agree that sexual assault is prevalent on college campuses nationwide. But only 6 percent believe it’s prevalent at their own institutions.”
- How Ashley Madison Hid Its Fembot Con From Users and Investigators – “An analysis of company e-mails, coupled with evidence from Ashley Madison source code, reveals that company executives were in a constant battle to hide the truth. In emails to disgruntled members of the site, and even the California attorney general, they shaded the truth about how the bots fit into their business plan.”
- 10 Years In, Tulsa’s Pre-K Investment Is Paying Off – Investing in children is an investment in the future.