Quickies

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    Quickies: 99% of women don’t regret their abortion…

    It’s the first week of classes for me, which means I’m basically brain dead by this point and I have no actual idea what’s going on in the world. But I’ll try anyway… First long term study of women’s feelings about abortion say that five years after the procedure, 99% of women still say it was the right decision, and…

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    Quickies: The Wage-Suicide Link, Vulnerable Voting Machines, and Adaptive Fashion

    Higher Minimum Wages Linked to Reduced Suicide Rate, Ars Technica: “A number of studies . . . have indicated that financial stressors are a significant contributor [to suicides]. And a few recent studies have suggested a public policy that can reduce financial stress does seem to have an influence on suicide rates: the minimum wage. Now, researchers from Emory University…

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    Quickies: Perspective on Iran, Presidential primaries, and lots of science…

    This week, the headlines were dominated by military action between the United States and Iran. I am in no way qualified to begin to comment on these matters, but I do recommend an early episode of the NPR podcast Throughline on the history of US-Iranian relations. I have found Throughline’s deep dives into the history behind current events to be…

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    Quickies: The harm of Isaac Asimov

    Today we’re going to start with a well-written article on a tough subject, and move on to some education and self-care. Asimov’s empire, Asimov’s wall – CN: Sexual assault. It’s old news to the sci fi literary community that Asimov was a gross groping misogynist. But we don’t talk enough about the example that he set for other authors, how…

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    Quickies: It’s the first Cute Animal Friday of 2020!

    Welcome to the first Friday of the new year. It’s going to take me a while to get used to it being “The Twenties.” Though sometimes, it feels like we’ve regressed to the 1920s. Horrific anti-semitic attacks are on the rise in New York and elsewhere. Here are some things you can do to be an ally against anti-semitism. A…

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    Quickies: Snow art, top astronomy discoveries, and a Star War…

    On this week of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, I’m keeping the Friday Quickies light and fun. Hope you are enjoying your end of December festivities! WARNING – SPOILERS for latest Star Wars: Nine Spin-offs we want after seeing The Rise of Skywalker, via Topher. It doesn’t have the one I’d desperately like to see, but that’s also a spoiler so…

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    Quickies: Trump Presidential Library at a Trailer Park, GOP Admits Voter Suppression, and the LGBT Mafia Strikes Again

    $1 Billion for Briny Breezes? Real Estate Broker Thinks Trump Would Buy . . . and Residents Are Listening, Palm Beach Post: This is too on the nose not to share. Apparently, Trump family friend Vanilla Ice is pushing for a Palm Beach County trailer park as the site for Trump’s presidential library. Every word in that sentence is true.…

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    Quickies: Stars and Galaxies and BIRBS

    Anything big happen this week? I’m kidding… I was as delighted about the impeachment vote as anyone here. But, I’d like to start off my weekend with an all science quickies. Twin astronomer examines twin stars – Interestingly, he’s a fraternal twin, but he discovered that stars born together are chemically identical. Astronomers use MeerKAT, a radio telescope array in…

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