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Paradigmatic Profane Past Participle

April 17, 2019

CSICon 2019 is happening. I don’t mean right this minute, I mean in October, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Q will be there. And the string theory guy. And she who is Goop-bane. Even the guy who made the PalmPilot. I feel like I’m not selling this very well. Just…just trust me, it’s great. I mean, look at that fancy website! You don’t make a website like that for no reason. So just go register.

Pew Research releases data showing a big uptick in those who say Jews face discrimination in the U.S. from 2016 to 2019, and a weirdly large percentage of people who think whites and men face discrimination.

Michael Hiltzik at the LA Times explains why the University of California-San Francisco must not affiliate with a Catholic hospital chain:

We’re not talking about conflicting “views” of discrimination. When a woman, unlike a man, can’t receive the full range of legal treatments that meet the medical standard of care, or a transgender patient can’t undergo a procedure that a woman can routinely receive, that’s discrimination — full stop. …

…this proposal involves an unacceptable compromise of sound medical principles. UC has a chance to take a stand against the encroachment of religious ideology into medicine. If the University of California won’t take that stand, who will?

Michigan’s attorney general, Dana Nessel, says that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, women and doctors will not be prosecuted for abortions, despite Michigan’s 173-year-old law outlawing abortions, but made moot by Roe.

Emily Johnson at Religion & Politics looks at the importance of women’s leadership in the religious right:

In the particular case of evangelical conservatism, women’s national leadership was a function of the movement’s development through existing church networks and through a growing evangelical subculture that emphasized women’s special authority on issues related to family and sexuality.

The Supreme Court hears a case on “profane trademarks,” in this case the clothing line known as “FUCT,” or, as the government’s lawyer put it, “the equivalent of the profane past participle form of . . . perhaps the paradigmatic word of profanity in our language.” Heavens to Betsy!

Rockland County, NY is trying once again to keep the measles outbreak from worsening with a new order for those infected to keep away from public places lest they face a $2000 fine.

Ali Gorman at ABC 6 in Philadelphia reminds us that adults need their vaccines, too.

Brian Dickerson at the Detroit Free Press compares the responsibility of streaming platforms to weed out anti-vaxx propaganda to that of grocery stores:

Content providers like Amazon and Netflix don’t just have the right to reject pseudo-science peddled by charlatans; they have a moral duty to do so, one that can’t be mitigated by the fact that a bogus documentary is trending.

Like the grocers who wittingly or unwittingly sells tainted meat, they shouldn’t be excused from accountability just because the cuts they offer are especially popular with their customers.

Parents are suing the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s preschool over the sexual abuse of at least seven toddlers by one of the teachers there.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issues a report on the forced conversions and marriages of Hindu and Christian girls to Muslim men, about 1000 of which happened last year in one province alone.

At the New York Times, Hartosh Singh Bal warns of the damage being done to Indian society by Narendra Modi’s fear-stoking campaign:

And yet again on campaign trail, Mr. Modi, whom nobody would accuse of being bothered about minority rights, sought to use the persecution of Hindu and Sikh minorities in Pakistan to whip up passions of Hindu voters. “The fundamentalists tortured our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Is Congress not a culprit for this?” Mr. Modi said. “Our daughters are being tortured in Pakistan even now,” he added.

Did Modi descend an escalator before saying these things?

A new study shows that while anti-gay sentiment decreased in states where same-sex marriage was legalized at the state level, national legalization may have sparked a “backlash effect” that worsened attitudes against LGBTQ folks in the states that had not legalized same-sex marriage:

While the data gathered by the researchers cannot show the “specific factors driving this effect,” the researchers postured “a tipping point of local support had not yet been reached for the majority to accept the federal ruling” despite a softening of antigay bias before Obergefell.

“Research at the individual level suggests that the attention given the federal decision may have sharpened some respondents’ sense of symbolic threat to their lifestyle and values, and this sense of threat could have exacerbated antigay biases among those individuals,” the study says.

Rewire.News rounds up some truly awful measures churning through state legislatures regarding abortion and LGBTQ rights. Read and despair.

Introducing the Twitter account @justsaysinmice, which points out overblown headlines about science topics. Quartz reports:

It might not be that interesting to readers to discover that a particular development, which seems to affect rodents, is actually years away from the human research phase and even further from clinical use. So though these facts may well be revealed in a story, the headlines written to entice readers often do not make this critical distinction.

Speaking of mice, mice can do space. Pretty damn well, actually.

There is such thing as a Sasquatch calling contest. That’s like holding a unicorn race or a spell-casting duel.

Quote of the Day

Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the current state of conspiracy belief:

Trump is so closely tied to the “new conspiracism” that it can be hard to tell the ranter from the rant. … Spreading conspiracy theories once had a price—printing or even mimeographing a tract costs money—but now, as Muirhead and Rosenblum point out, anyone can post a madcap theory or a doctored photograph virtually for free. … [W]hat’s new about the “new conspiracism” is the number of people exposed to it. If there’s a “natural human desire” to get at some hidden truth, it’s never been easier to indulge that desire.

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