• Quickies
    "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention"

    Quickies: White supremacy, misogyny, and gun violence in America

    Everything is shit and I am tired. A Former FBI Whistleblower Explains Why the Federal Government Is Failing on Domestic Terrorism—And How to Fix It – “It’s a matter of Justice Department policy that deprioritizes this white supremacist violence. As a matter of policy, the Justice Department defers the investigation of hate crimes to state local law enforcement agencies… but…

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  • Random Asides
    Deaths from various unrelated causes

    Bad Chart Thursday: Gun Deaths Don’t Matter Because Cancer

    In President Obama’s response to the mass shooting in Oregon last week, he asked the US media to report gun deaths side by side with terrorism deaths to demonstrate that far more Americans are killed by guns than by terrorism, yet we don’t spend a fraction of the resources used to combat terrorism in efforts to reduce gun violence. Various…

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  • Guest Bloggers
    Child in American Monster tshirt

    Cross Post: Kids + Guns

    ***Editor’s note:  This cross post from Grounded Parents is by J.G. Hovey. Click through the link at the bottom to read the full post and make comments.  ******   I was 16 or 17 when I pulled into the mall’s parking ramp one day for my work shift. I was fiddling around in the car and getting my things together when…

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  • Parenting
    Veronica Rutledge

    Cross Post: Guns Don’t Kill People, Toddlers Kill People

    Editor’s note:  This cross post from Grounded Parents was written by Erich Bacher two weeks after Veronica Rutledge was shot in the head by her 2-year-old son. Click through the link at the bottom to read the full post and make comments.  ****** I feel sick, sitting down to write this. It’s been over two weeks since Veronica Rutledge, Nuclear…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies! PUAs, Student Comprehension, ENIAC Bartik, and a Mother’s Intuition

    Sunday Funny: Location Sharing (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance Olivia walks us through the last DBT skill. The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias With each passing step, The Game just gets creepier. (Trigger Warning.) Escéptica Bios: Jean Jennings Bartik (en español) Silvia shares…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies: Paper Classes, Dinner Time, and Guide Dogs

    Sunday Funny: Orb Hammer (via xkcd) Escéptica Pakistan and Nobel Prizes (en español) Lulú explains why many Pakistanis are not thrilled with their Nobel laureates. School of Doubt Campus Security Apostrophobia talks to her admins about ebola and guns on campus. Be Careful What You Wish For (Especially When It Involves Prison) An old acquaintance of Alasdair’s is in jail…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: August 4 – August 10 on the Skepchick Network

    ‘Sup. Monday, amirite? (I am right.) Fix those blues with a dose of Skepchick Network awesome. Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria Xe’nedra shares here experiment with UV light. Suspension of Disbelief: Pacific Rim Lauren’s flatmate dragged her to Pacific Rim, and she’s glad he did. You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock Xe’nedra celebrates National Women’s…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: Guns. Just guns.

    I’ll be honest—guns scare me. Which they should, I guess, because they’re guns. Yet somehow, I ended up in Texas… where we have signs on restaurants that say things like “No firearms”. (Where I come from, that’s just understood as normal etiquette. No guns at the dinner table.) But as much as I fear them, I’m still torn on the…

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