July 2009

Slippery Slopes

31 July, 2009 // 4 Comments

One of the very valid criticisms of abortion which rarely gets raised in the public discourse is the intersection between abortion and concerns about disability rights. It’s a conversation that’s happening, but it’s not attracting ...

Boxy Scapulars

31 July, 2009 // 0 Comments

A heavy casualty load for British troops in Afghanistan has led the Britons to call on an American surgical team for assistance; it’s interesting to me that the British situation in Afghanistan is not getting any coverage at all in the news ...

Thursday Night LIFE: Ominous Rumblings Edition

30 July, 2009 // 0 Comments

In 1939, the writing may have been on the wall, but LIFE Magazine seemed almost unaware. As always, click on the images for embiggenment and a transcription of the captions if you have trouble reading. There’s a lavish multiple page spread on ...

101

30 July, 2009 // 2 Comments

We are all stumbling, to various degrees. One of the interesting things about being human is that we keep discovering the same things again and again and being convinced that they are entirely new and that we are the first to  have thought about ...

Wavering Tulips

30 July, 2009 // 2 Comments

Curious about the representation of the LGBQT community on television? I’ve got some delicious, delicious statistics for you! (Hint: HBO leads the pack.) Oakland is taking a new approach to juvenile justice which focuses on actually giving ...

Operation Normative

29 July, 2009 // 0 Comments

Operation Beautiful has been getting a great deal of press in the feminist community lately, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I’ve read a lot of comments arguing that it’s empowering and revolutionary and awesome, but I ...

Throbbing Fish

29 July, 2009 // 0 Comments

The media persists in using the wrong pronouns and in picking heinously offensive terms when talking about transgendered people. Which I could kind of get, out of sheer ignorance, except that transgender advocates are being consulted about the ...

Goodness on Six Feet Under

28 July, 2009 // 0 Comments

After my discussion about content on Six Feet Under which kind of startled and upset me, I thought that it would only be fair to talk about content which pleased and excited me, because it really is a great series, even if I disliked some of the ...

Soughing Cellos

28 July, 2009 // 1 Comment

Chris Potter of the Pittsburgh City Paper has hit the nail on the head in his article discussing debate over global warming: because this society has a very short attention span, getting people to pay attention to long term issues and trends is ...

A Pocket Guide to Thoughtful Disagreement

27 July, 2009 // 5 Comments

So, when I got linked on Whedonesque last week, my first thought was “woo hoo! I’ve achieved one of my life goals!” No, I jest. But I was pretty excited. And then I read the first comment, which started “Wow, I hugely ...
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