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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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What I’ve Been Reading Feb. 25

I enjoyed reading this – written by an ex-Scientologist about, well, Scientology. Also, spell check apparently recognizes Scientology, but not Scientologist or ex-Scientologist. I guess we know spell check’s opinion of followers of Scientology.*

Removing rhino horns to save rhinos. I think it’s fantastic that this community banded together to try to protect rhinos. I can only hope it goes well.

Privacy Bill of Rights? Unfortunately sounds like it only really covers the internet when there are many aspects of privacy that need to be protected. Still, it’s better than nothing. Hopefully if anything becomes law out of this, the law will have teeth.

I love science. 🙂 Biology, chemistry, physics – they’re all awesome. I definitely like to read about new stuff going on in various fields, and I often wish I has taken more science courses in college.

Want to read something delightfully unsubstantial? Entertainment photographers (not paparazzi) actually initiate photo-snapping bans on certainly celebrities when those celebrities are rude to them.

Look! More science, but this time it seems to frighten the author of the piece. I’m not exactly sure why.

“Theocracy and Its Discontents” – worth reading.

*That was a joke. I hope you caught it.

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What I’ve Been Reading Feb. 24

I can’t say I’m excited about any of the Republican presidential candidates. If we elected First Ladies, Michelle Obama would have my vote hands down.

Somebody sure hates Obama. Funny, though, he seems to have a lot of faith in Republicans:

The biggest burden on this week’s two Republican front-runners, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, will be to describe—in detail—what really happened to the U.S. economy the past three years.

Earth to Henninger, neither Santorum or Romney are economists or seem to understand economics any more than Obama does.

Okay, the United States Post Office needs to be run like a business, and Congress needs to allow it to be so run. Slower service is certainly not something that will help USPS, but the mass closings that cause the slower service will help.

Little, tiny horses? Maybe global warming isn’t all bad! (That’s a joke, for anyone who missed it…)

I liked this op/ed on health care in the United States. It’s not perfect, but the author made some interesting points.

Transportation funding. Woot. Not. Also, hell no are they going to keep track of “miles driven” in my vehicle. Seriously, that is the worst idea of the bunch, and that includes the inflation suggestion (which would probably just build inflation into the economy – trust me, we don’t want to have to do what Volcker did). As much as I hate tolls and their unique brand of privacy invasion (in PA, Ohio and IN you get a ticket when you get on the tollway and you give up the ticket and pay when you get off and all of the gas stations and fast food places available along the way are located in “plazas” or “oases.” It’s a very controlled driving experience – my mom calls them “Nanny roads”) I’d rather deal with tollways than the government putting a GPS tracker in my car.

Despite what you may be thinking based on this and a few earlier posts, I am not a conspiracy theorist that thinks the government is watching me all the time. I am merely a concerned citizen – particularly concerned by the various incidences of government erosion of privacy (and also concerned with various incidences of private industry eroding my privacy).


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Thank You, Constance Johnson

I appreciate and support Constance Johnson‘s point in her explanation of her “spilled semen” amendment to OK’s personhood bill. I especially like:

“Finally, this amendment seeks to draw humorous attention to the hypocrisy and inconsistency of this proposal – from the Republican perspective of down-sized government and less government intrusion into people’s private affairs.”

She makes a very salient point with this. It’s something that I often wonder about, and that I address in one of my upcoming posts.

I don’t want to launch into a defense of abortion rights and women’s right, but I do want to bring up one point. How can so many people be anti-choice when we know from both history and from occurrences in other countries that making abortion illegal, more than anything, puts the health of women at risk? How can anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing or known about back alley abortions think that making abortion illegal is a good idea?

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