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    How is Astrology Still A Thing When It Fails To Predict A Pandemic?

    The New York Times posted an article on Saturday by Hayley Phelan titled Will Coronavirus Kill Astrology? and although I know the answer to this type of headline is always no, I was intrigued and hopeful. Astrology hasn’t been on my radar for a few years and I though maybe Covid-19 would indeed have a significant impact on believers. The…

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    Melissa Harris-Perry to MSNBC: “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.”

    In a letter to her staff today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated she would not be hosting her MSNBC show this weekend, alleging that MSNBC has seized editorial control from her:  Here is the reality: our show was taken—without comment or discussion or notice— in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and…

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    You Don’t Have To Watch Anything

    Content Note: This post includes discussions of sexual assault and the experience of being triggered. It also contains a spoiler for episode six of Jessica Jones. This week we found out that the very popular Netflix show “Jessica Jones” has been renewed for a second season. This show’s first season has been particularly popular in part because of it takes…

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    Cross-post: Trigger Warnings Will Destroy Us ALL! (or not)

    Editor’s Note: this piece originally appeared on Grounded Parents and is written by Deek. ***** Trigger Warning: infant death, graphic description of fetal tissue There is this man who stands a block from the entrance to my workplace. He props up two four-foot signs emblazoned with photographs of bloody, dead, micro-preemie babies, and another with the words “Stop Abortion Now!” I say “babies”…

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    Five Reasons ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is a Feminist Film

    I saw Magic Mike XXL over the weekend knowing absolutely nothing about the film going in except that both Mallory Ortberg and Alex endorsed it (which would be enough for me to do pretty much anything, if we’re being honest). While I expected it to be fun, I did not expect the characters and writing to impress me as much as…

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    Everything to Everyone

    As many of you might have noticed, last week was Convergence, the annual sci-fi and fantasy convention at which the Skepchicks run their own science/skepticism track. As per usual it was oodles of fun, and also as per usual it left many of us with lots to think about. One panel in particular struck me with how clearly it illustrated…

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  • FeaturedPhoto of Girls and Boys with Science Toys

    Girls and Boys with Science Toys

    I’ve just come back from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was wowed and stunned by the amazing projects and smart young men and women from all over the world doing science and engineering of all kinds. On the way to the airport, I check in online to find that science is once again being described as “boys with…

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    What Ferguson Can Teach Journalists

    One of my many takeaways from Ferguson coverage over the last two weeks has been a confirmation of a suspicion I’ve held for awhile: journalists have more than earned their bad rap. Sources don’t assume that we’ll quote them unfairly, that prejudice and stereotypes will dominate our narrative, and that we’re after “the story” rather than the truth because they’re…

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