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    Inauguration and Vaccine Quickies

    Happy Inauguration Week, US friends! I hope you took a little time to take a breath before getting right back to work. Amanda Gorman. Amanda. Gorman. I didn’t know the inauguration could be “won” but she won it. Like many others, I greatly enjoyed the fashion choices, particularly Dr. Biden’s sparkly blue coat that is from a clothing line named…

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    Bad Chart Thursday: How Trump Sees Voters

    In response to an argument no one was making, a Trump supporter gifted everyone on a Facebook thread with this week’s featured chart. I think it was secretly a cry for help because it (unintentionally?) mocks Trump. Here’s the chart in question: The top of the chart is not credited, although it resembles a US government agency pie chart, such…

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    Quickies: A controversial moment, a vicious proposal, a ridiculous claim, and a potty mouth

    Welcome to your Friday Quickies! Brandt Jean’s Act Of Grace Toward His Brother’s Killer Sparks A Debate Over Forgiving – NPR does a pretty good job of capturing a wide array of voices, specifically black voices, commenting on this controversial moment. You all heard how the Trump administration actually considered a gorram alligator-filled moat for a border wall, right? The…

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  • Parenting

    Cross-Post: Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.

    Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Deek and originally featured on Grounded Parents. A link to the whole article, where you can leave comments, is at the bottom.  ****** You may have seen it in your Facebook news feed: a picture of a mother in the NICU cradling her baby surrounded by medical equipment, a smiling child with down…

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  • Feminism

    Cross-Post: Family Meme Time

    The following post was written by AJ at Queereka. To read the full article and comment, head over to Queereka. What do you do when a normally cool close family member sends you an obnoxious meme? My Dad and I send each other gross and funny stuff off the internet all the time. We’re close, and share a similar wicked sense…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies! Phone Judgment, Secular Christmas, Plankton and Galaxies, Asexual Nudes, and Gendered Kid Clothing

    Sunday Funny: Recursion (via Manfeels Park) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 122: Heat of the Sublime Mindy explores what happens when water melts and boils. DBT Skills: Chillaxin Olivia explains how focusing on one thing that makes you feel good can help diffuse a stressful situation. The Inevitable Judgment Against Phones Elizabeth has had just about enough of your…

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    Skepchick Sundaylies: Climate Change Bummer, the Second Temple, Summer Vacation, and GMOs

    Sunday Funny: Everything at Manfeels Park Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 102: Reflections Mindy learns more and more about mechanical waves, like what happens when they bounce off a barrier Mad Art Lab A Web, Not a Road: The Anthropology of Margaret Mead Dale writes, “There is hardly a name in science more encrusted with bad faith generalizations and well-meaning…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

    I have been reading about internet memes and how and why derivative and satirical works get spread on the internet in preparation for a panel I am going to be on at CONvergence/SkepchickCon next week. It is an interesting topic I had never thought that deeply about. I am not looking at the comparison of memes to actual genetics as…

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