Amanda

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

    Quickies: Bring out the guillotines

    A little soundtrack for your morning reading of TeenVogue’s coverage of anti-capitalism can be found here. How the French revolution is inspiring today’s online anti-capitalists – “On social media, a tone-deaf tweet or Facebook post from any wealthy CEO or out-of-touch politician is invariably met with a sea of guillotine gifs, calls for retribution against predatory billionaires, or otherwise vitriolic…

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    Koala

    Quickies: Koalas are not “functionally extinct”

    No, koalas are not “functionally extinct” but they are in trouble – There’s been reporting that due to the wildfires in Australia, koalas have lost 80% of their habitat, making them functionally extinct. See this twitter thread on the actual losses, as well as the unnecessary hyperbole of the current reporting. Yes, the wildfires are terrible and destructive and climate…

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    Quickies: John Updike the malfunctioning sex robot

    I’ve talked here before about my personal choice to not read books by cishet white men. Our first link today is an excellent confirmation that that was a good decision, and helps reduce the daily amount of misogyny that I’m exposed to. Malfunctioning sex robot – By Patricia Lockwood for the London Review of Books. John Updike is a revered…

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    Front of Lafayette County, Mississippi court house

    Quickies: History of Mississippi’s court system charging black children as adults

    Bound by statute – From Reveal: “In the last 25 years, Mississippi has charged 5,000 children as adults. Three out of every four of them were black.” THREE OUT OF FOUR. That is 150 black children being charged as adults, every year for 25 years. Cornell’s new fine art library has see-through grate floors – Making them inaccessible to anyone…

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    Cenote (underground cavern with groundwater) in Mexican state of Quintana Roo

    Quickies: How hymens actually work

    How hymens actually work – Hint: Not at all like TI thinks they do. It is 2019 and we still have to state that policing your children’s hymen is disgusting and misogynistic. Danica Roem is now the first out trans person to be re-elected to state legislature – She won 56% of the vote in her district in Virginia. APA…

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    Quickies: Stacey Abrams’ new voter protection initiative

    Stacey Abrams launches multi-million dollar voter protection initiative in 20 states – “With this new program, Abrams, who formerly served as minority leader in the Georgia legislature, will continue her efforts to promote election fairness. Now, she’s joining forces with state Democratic parties to advance voter protection infrastructure before a nominee is decided, and will also work with the state…

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    Quickies: Quack foundation declares gay people are possessed by ghosts

    Spiritual Science Research Foundation declares that 85% of LGBT+ people are possessed by ghosts – …does this mean I can make some extra cash tonight by renting myself out for Halloween parties as a haunted ghost person? Does switching to Comic Sans really fix writer’s block? – I know we’ve got some NaNoWriMo participants out there, has anyone tried this…

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    Graffiti of cartoon man saying blah blah blah

    Quickies: The epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals

    Steven Pinker, Sam Harris, and the epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals – Pinker can’t take even mild criticism and Harris choose to die on the hill of defending a racist who cloaks his racism in “science.” As well as Jerry Coyne, Michael Shermer, and the whole annoying lot of them who fancy themselves to be so much more important,…

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