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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Equal Rights, Primary Picks, Hominid DNA, and more…

    Quickies: Equal Rights, Primary Picks, Hominid DNA, and more…

    Welcome to your Friday Quickies! The US House of Representatives votes to extend the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. This comes on the heels of ratification by Virginia as reported in a previous Quickies. As with most good things these days, the Senate is not likely to follow suit until we VOTE TRUMP AND MITCH AND THEIR…

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

    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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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Civility and protest in the face of challenges to our democracy…

    Quickies: Civility and protest in the face of challenges to our democracy…

    It’s Friday, and today, I have some longer, more thoughtful reads bookmarked for the quickies. Civility is Overrated – at The Atlantic, Adam Serwer digs into the history of how Reconstruction failed Black Americans and how the false veneer of political civility has often masked rampant oppression and violence in this country. “The true threat to America is not an…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Catch up on impeachment, or just a good book…

    Quickies: Catch up on impeachment, or just a good book…

    It’s Friday! There are so many threads to the impeachment story, so I’m quite glad that NPR’s Up First podcast put together a nice, logical, timeline of the events that led up to now. Or at least til Nov 2, when it posted. As the NPR Politics Podcast always reminds us, “Things may have changed by the time you hear…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: White supremacy, misogyny, and gun violence in America

    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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  • ActivismPhoto of California Senate Says Show Us Your Taxes or Stay Off Our Ballot

    California Senate Says Show Us Your Taxes or Stay Off Our Ballot

    The California State Senate voted Thursday to pass a bill that tells Trump to put up or STFU. The Bill approved in a 27-10 vote, (all 10 republicans voted no – shocking to literally no-one) now goes to Governor Newsom for his approval and signature. Republicans are trying to spin the story by saying that this would be bad for…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Popper and the Paradox of Tolerance

    Popper and the Paradox of Tolerance

    In the days since the recent tragedy in Charlottesville, there has been a new addition to the online/social-media meta-discourse on the problem of protected political speech in the context of the open and ongoing resurgence of white nationalism and Nazi iconography in American politics. It is a series of memes based on Karl Popper’s idea of the “Paradox of Tolerance,”…

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  • Meta StuffPhoto of It’s the Skepchick Sundaylies! Non-Christian Scouts, Staying Strong, and a Free Press

    It’s the Skepchick Sundaylies! Non-Christian Scouts, Staying Strong, and a Free Press

    Sunday Funny: Endangered Species: Protect’em all! (via Bird and Moon) Teen Skepchick The Atheist Promise | Modernising Scouts Non-Christian alternatives don’t mean anything if no one knows about them. Mad Art Lab Nolite te bastardes carborundorum Amy makes art inspired by Margaret Atwood’s disturbingly relevant novel from 1985. Trump Bans Press that Reports Facts He Doesn’t Like A free press…

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