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I'm trying to get back to my habit of blogging stuff I find and posting original stuff here on Mastodon โ€“ I will resist the lures of the Fb Algorithm!

me blog:

Slavoj Zizek โ€” Eurocentrism & the European Legacy

How to spot fact from online fiction
1 Who wrote it?
2 Does the headline match the article?
3 Whatโ€™s the web address?
4 Is it satire?
5 How widely reported is it?
6 Whatโ€™s the source?
7 Is it a scientific claim?
8 What do the fact checkers have to say?

@jd I know saying "oh shit, that's horrible" isn't enough, but oh shit that really is horrible. And just saddening. :/

'Pontiac, Illinois, is home to one of the stateโ€™s major maximum security prisons. This is a map of Pontiac Illinois. Can you find the prison? Itโ€™sโ€ฆ not that hard.

(IL is one of 44 states where prisoners count for districting as living in the prison but cannot vote.)'


wasn't a moderate.

Cornell West '...These neoliberal revisionists thrive on the spectacle of their smartness and the visibility of their mainstream status โ€“ yet rarely, if ever, have they said a mumbling word about what would have concerned King, such as US drone strikes, house raids, and torture sites, or raised their voices about escalating inequality, poverty or Wall Street domination under neoliberal administrations โ€“ be the president white or black...'

@jd They always do. It's highly predictable.

Also it's not that Watson is doggedly telling the truth about genetics despite political unpopularity - which is what the right wingers usually claim. It's that he's wrong about the science and letting his personal prejudice overtake his judgement.

DNA pioneer James Watson has final honours stripped amid racism row

Tragic ๐Ÿ˜ขโ€‹
Watson needs to read Stephen Jay Gould's book 'The Mismeasure of Man'

article: '...According to top geneticists, even the most sophisticated DNA assessments are unable to find solid evidence of racial differences in intelligence.

Dr Watson told an interviewer in 2007 he was โ€œinherently gloomy about the prospect of Africaโ€ because โ€œall our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours โ€“ where all the testing says not reallyโ€.

He also said that while he would like everyone to be equal, โ€œpeople who have to deal with black employees find this is not true"...'

โ€˜Traditional masculinityโ€™ deemed โ€˜harmfulโ€™ by American Psychological Association
โ€“ article:
'...The American Psychological Association (APA) officially labeled โ€œtraditional masculinityโ€ as โ€œharmfulโ€ in a new report.

The label is in the report titled โ€œGuidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,โ€ a first of its kind for the association, which was featured in the January issue of โ€œMonitor on Psychologyโ€ magazine.

โ€œTraditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit malesโ€™ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,โ€ according to an excerpt in the 36-page report...'

the .pdf report:

@jd Have a friend who works there and I'm not surprised. Also there's "Resistance" type art all over the place to make it seem "quirky" and "alternative"

@jd i don't think this works tbh, a lot of people aren't comfortable being called queer. lgbt+ is not an ideal term, but this proposal certainly isn't better in my opinion.

Itโ€™s Time to Drop the โ€˜LGBTโ€™ From โ€˜LGBTQโ€™
โ€“ The case for a new term that describes all sexual minorities
by Jonathan Rauch
'...And so the unwieldy four-letter acronym reigned. It had its advantages. It signaled factional inclusion to those inside the movement, and factional solidarity to those outside the movement. In that sense, it was good politics and good symbolism. But it wasnโ€™t stable. Factionalism rarely is. As activists and theorists sought to cover every base, they recognized asexuality and intersexuality and various other identities by coining LGBTQIAA+, LGBTTIQQ2SA, and other telescoping designations. Lately seems to have become the norm, on the assumption that Q, for queer, can stand in for all the rest...'

Inside 'cult-like' Facebook, where employees only pretend to be happy all the time
'...Several former employees likened the culture to a โ€œcult.โ€ [....] mployees donโ€™t complain in the workplace.

โ€œThereโ€™s a real culture of โ€˜Even if you are f---ing miserable, you need to act like you love this place,โ€™โ€ said one ex-employee who left in October. โ€œIt is not OK to act like this is not the best place to work.โ€

[....] โ€œYou have invisible charges against you, and that figures mightily into your review,โ€ said an employee who left in October. โ€œYour negative feedback can haunt you for all your days at Facebook.โ€...'

Why are 200 million workers on strike in India?
'...India has a workforce of over 520 million, only 6-7% of whom are employed in formal enterprises, of which barely 2% of are unionized. Most of the unionization is limited to public sector employees, with very few instances of a formal union being active within the private sector or informal sector. In the last Employment and Unemployment Survey to be conducted by the government in 2012, over 62% of the employed were estimated to be daily wage workers, making their source of income seasonal and very vulnerable to market fluctuations. There is very little to indicate that things have changed radically in the past seven years. If anything, the very nature of unorganized labor has changed...'

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