Given the long history of racist stereotypes about poverty, and the fact that the public has a lot of misconceptions about evolution, the continued use -- and abuse -- of pseudoscience to promote inequality is a serious concern. Scientists may create words and phrases, but they don't have a monopoly on them; terms often take on different meanings through time, or when adopted by different groups of people. Just because "fitness" or "Social Darwinism" have a troubled past or variable meanings through time doesn’t mean we should avoid them. Rather, it means that we have to be explicit about our usage, and understand the context around such phrases.
On April 11, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin). These five publishers are part of a group known as the Big 6; they are responsible for the publication of many of your favorite books. Stephen King is published by Simon & Schuster, for example. The DOJ accuses these five publishers of making illegal agreements with Apple that have resulted in higher pricing for e-books.
[Editor's update, April 11: Angela B. Corey, special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, has announced that George Zimmerman is in custody and will be charged with second degree murder. She is not commenting on Zimmerman's location nor any other facts in the case. MSNBC reports that second degree murder is the highest possible charge that fits the facts known in this case. -- Julie]...more
Hillary Clinton has a sense of humor! As Mashable noted, this week Clinton contributed her own text to Texts From Hillary. I’m not going to spoil it by telling you what her text said. It’s more fun to read on the blog. But needless to say, it was funny ... and had to do with a scrunchie.
Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign in a press conference today, after taking the weekend off to spend with his three-year-old daughter. Bella, who has Trisomy 18, had contracted pneumonia and was released from the hospital Monday.
[Editor's Note: The Trayvon Martin case has brought into the open "the talk" that many black parents have with their sons. Last week, The National Review writer John Derbyshire attempted to spoof the concept by writing a post called "The Talk: Nonblack Version" on Taki's Magazine. After much public outrage, The National Review fired Derbyshire....more
It's news to me, as I am sure it will be to you, but apparently Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks that women who work don't really need the money! And therefore shouldn’t earn the same salary as men who have the same job.
As far as beer commercials are concerned, women might as well be blow-up sex dolls -- as long as they're pretty dolls. But in what looks (at first) like a win for feminism, Newcastle Brown Ale is running a TV commercial featuring a female brewmaster. The commercial goes on and on about her skilled hands, showing them sifting through barley and such. But wait for the punchline:
"Why do we focus so much on our brewmaster's hands? Because she's not an attractive woman."...more
I'm out. I'm just all out. I can read more, talk more, opine more. But really -- how much more is there to actually say, that hasn't already been said, about the Republican candidates remaining in the primary battle to be the party's nominee for the 2012 general election?...more