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What I’ve Been Reading: April 9 (aka I’m too lazy to write a real post)

AIDS in Romania – it’s really horrifying to think how many people (in Romania) contracted HIV because of unsanitary medical procedures and how many people are unaware of being infected.

The Economist had an interesting and short article about the wide array of problems found in healthcare in the United States. It’s nice when people admit the problem is complicated and multifaceted and will not be solved by universal healthcare.

I’ve never been so thankful for statutory rape laws in the United States. Twelve is too young for sex, consensual or not, prostitute or not. I think Brazil needs to work on its laws in that area.

Prostitution seems to be a popular topic today. Taslima Nasreen wrote a post speaking out against sex slavery and prostitution. Greta Christina replied both saying she agrees sexual exploitation is wrong and pointing out that not all prostitution is sexual exploitation. If you read one, make sure you read both!

“A Voice For Men”: The link posted via Facebook to this post did not immediately raise red flags. When I clicked the link, though, my first flag went up because of the “false rape society” banner at the top. Not to say there aren’t falsely accused men out there or that they don’t deserve a voice – of course they do. It’s just that a website like that is bound to attract just as many men claiming to falsely accused when they weren’t as legitimately falsely accused men. The second red flag comes up further down the page, when they start to hate on women and feminists. Do you think maybe it’d be better to share this information without the added thought that women are evil? And without the oft-repeated quote (from a single source) that women in domestically violent relationships are just as or more violent? It sounded as if they were trying to push the “more violent” really hard. And finally, differentiating between sexual violence and domestic violence is a must – they’re not mutually exclusive, of course, but they’re also not the same thing. Possibly a good topic for a Man Boobz post!

Unwieldy movement, indeed. What do you think of Occupy? My family and I were discussing it: the first comment on the subject illustrated how hard to understand the movement is because it lacks a clearly unified stance. The second comment, showed that the speaker understands how confusing the movement is. The third comment, from myself, gave an example of all the different views attributable to the movement.

Voxcorvegis wrote a great post on think tanks. Why does the press report so widely on the biased “studies”?

It’s occurred to me in the past few months that if the Mitt Romney who became governor of MA were running for president, he quite likely would have my vote. Unfortunately, a different Romney seems to be running for president. I’m not sure if this is the first Romney in disguise, a man with a personality disorder of sorts, or just a man who wants to win so badly that he’ll say anything (a man without integrity).

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What I’ve Been Reading: April 7

Rebecca Watson tweeted: Apparently this is what a religious holiday means at an abortion clinic.

Africa’s third female head of state ever. Awesome. Joyce Banda in Malawi.

Part of a letter from a person in Iowa City:

“Calling the Affordable Care Act “ObamaCare” was clearly coined as a derogatory reference to health care reform.”

Problem: Obamacare might possibly have been coined as derogatory, but these days it’s just an abbreviation. Just like every other bill spoken about by the general public seems to earn a nickname, Obamacare earned a nickname. The Affordable Care Act might only be three syllables more*, but it doesn’t roll off the tongue nearly as well, and writing it out is rather a pain. Nicknames aren’t necessarily derogatory. Focus on something else. (Is Romneycare considered derogatory? Because I figure that’s just an easy nickname as well.)

Nuclear Grrl’s “atheist me” is rather eloquent.

Oh, good, the author remembered to include Bella on her list of pathetic female film characters.

“Selling You On Facebook” The amount of data collected about us is creepy.

I’ve always thought this is how we should think about sex:

“Four of 10 males between 15 and 19 who had not had sex said the main reason was that they hadn’t met the right person or that they were in a relationship but waiting for the right time”

The author of this article is right,

“But maybe more American boys are now waiting because they have gained cultural leeway to choose a first time that feels emotionally right. If so, their liberation from rigid masculinity norms should be seen as a victory for the very feminist movement that Rush Limbaugh recently decried.”

I don’t think it needs to be regulated, and I’m not sure class-action is the right thing to do, but concession prices are ridiculous. I go to movie theaters rarely these days because the tickets themselves cost twice as much as they did 7 years ago, and because even if I want popcorn or an icee, I can’t usually bring myself to drop more money on them. I just don’t get why they charge so much.

Clean hydrogen? This is kind of cool. Of course it seems like we’ve heard it all before. I guess we’ll find out in coming years.

I can’t resist including more puppies.

*three, right? I can do math…

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What I’ve Been Reading: April 4

In case you didn’t read my post earlier about trans issues, I recommend this blog post (to which I linked in my other post as well).

Thevenerablecorvex at voxcorvegis was nice enough to give a link to a glossary of transgenderism. It’s quite helpful.

Bravery in counterprotesting. I love the sign, “We are not one nation under God. We are one nation under Canada.”

So much discussion of the healthcare law, and Obama says something less than intelligent.*

I’m glad I’m not the only one worried about the effect Dodd-Frank will have on smaller banks.

Jonathan Turley wrote a post about the law in Arizona that’s not in line with the freedom of speech. It’s a short examination of what’s wrong with the law.

Loved this post from the Skeptic Detective.

Forced psychiatric treatment of a transsexual girl – definitely not okay. Not even sure this should be called “psychiatric treatment,” it sounds more like mental manipulation.

*Yes, it was one thing. No, this is not an attack on Obama. If you decide to comment about how I’m attacking Obama, I will just delete the comment. I’m not.

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What I’ve Been Reading: April 3

This is the longest piece I’ve seen on early puberty in girls. It’s an interesting read. Also, kinesiologists are crazy people.

Is government regulation of Chinese medicine practitioners lending undue credibility or just protecting the public? (in Australia) More studies like this one need to be done on Chinese medicine.

Odd, but funny. “An Open Letter to the Tiny White Man the Republican Party Has Sent to Live in My Underpants

“When Religion Collides with Medical Care”

Interesting interview about a book written by a historian on whether or not Jesus really existed. The two things I have problems with are the way he talks about questioning the existence of Jesus as if it’s crazy to do so and that he calls Jesus the most important Western historical figure. I don’t think it’s crazy to question the existence of a figure surrounded by ridiculous mythology. I also question the existence of Hercules, Helen of Troy and Odysseus.

Another post about the “Girls Around Me” app. I agree with the author, but I still think “Girls Around Me” is a good example of why we all need to be careful about what we reveal online. It’s a sort of ideological practical dichotomy.

In case you were curious I started reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks two days ago. It’s awesome. Definitely highly recommended.

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