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    A few weeks back I was talking about vaping with a friend, who asked me if I […]

    • C’mon Rebecca, don’t blame this on capitalism. Capitalism is an economic system, not a business plan. If anything, this is more an issue with free markets than capitalism, but even that isn’t accurate. Black markets are not free because they are not subject to the controls afforded by open competition, government and the courts.

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    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Redditors suddenly […]

    • I forgive you for bringing down the effect size because A) you don’t bring it down nearly as much as some the atheists I work with, and, B) being an idiot doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person. 🙂

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    • Geographical displacement isn’t exactly great archaeology. But how much can the piece be sent ‘back to Egypt?’
      Which Egypt? Mubarak’s–Nasser’s–Farouk’s– the British protectorate–the Ottoman province–the Arab fiefdom–Alexander the Great’s conquest?
      And even those are starting more than 1,000 years after Nefertiti.
      Yeah, the Germans were probably guilty of a glorified ‘pot dig’ to stock the museum back home. And we’re damn’ lucky the piece wasn’t lost or wrecked during the War. But we can’t expect every portable piece of history to be re-interred for the sake of ‘return.
      No really comfortable solution here. It ain’t right for it to be in Berlin, but its hard to explain just why it feels that way to me.’

      • Trying to tie it to a specific Egyptian politician is spurious. The claim is not that it should belong to a specific Egyptian government regime (though the state would likely be responsible for handling it, in practice). The claim is that it belongs to the wider Egyptian people, to their cultural and geographical heritage. Pharaohs’ tombs are naturally culturally associated with their history, and not with Germany’s. The current German pretense that it’s a natural part of their heritage is clearly silly, a post hoc rationalisation of what was obviously theft. Not theft from an identifiable individual, but from a people at large.

        • But then…do Native American artifacts belong to the European Americans who live on the same territory now? The Egyptian people of today aren’t a sealed-off Shangri-la-ish population. People do move around a lot in 3,000 years.
          Its nitpicking, since they’re a damn’ sight closer than the Germans.

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    • I think he’s a little bit of an asshole, depending on how he talked to the kid. His contributing child support for a kid he didn’t even want is admirable, though. At the very least I hope he gave like a medical history and was as kind to the kid as possible while still saying he didn’t want him in his life.

      Probably the main reason I think he’s a little bit of an asshole is because I could never imagine doing anything like that to a kid. I also have kids, so that’s another reason. The mom is about a trillion times bigger asshole, though, if not more.

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    I have pretty severe depression and also terrible internet habits, so I […]

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    When I was in my late teens, I dated a moron. It’s a rite of passage, i […]

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    I recently wrote a Tweet that went viral. Yes, thank you, I’m very #blessed. I […]

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    What would you do with a wormhole? Like, if you have the ability to make a […]

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    Allow me to start this video by admitting my biases: I fucking love whales. I […]

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    I’m sad to announce that women have been eliminated. All of them. Even me. C […]

    • I would SWEAR that this exact thing has happened at least once before. My tricksy memory tells me I even saw it here, to the point I was wondering if this was a repost or update to an existing story. I guess there is so much British TERFiness to go around that it all blends together.

      Ah well. Good on Always, at least.

    • I always thought TERFs hated trans women because they thought they were really guys trying to muscle in to their movement and take over. I never knew they also hate trans men. WTF?

    • Honestly, I’ve used Always products for years and never noticed any Venus symbols at all.

      I will always (no pun intended) be grateful for the package inserts in Tampax boxes that diagrammed the female reproductive system and explained the biology of menstruation. I never learned this as a captive in a religious school.

      Some people get their knickers in a twist over the stupidest things. Maybe TERFs should fight climate change or fascism or anything worthwhile, but of course they will continue to be pains in our asses.

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    Bad news, friends — everything science has told us about women is wrong. […]

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    Back in my early 20s I made some extra money working as a political canvasser […]

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    I’m so excited, because I have yet another opportunity to talk about a study i […]

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    So we’re all on the same page here concerning the flu vaccine, right? F […]

    • Reminds me of the (mostly) Republican congressmen that are anti-gay until their own child comes out.

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    Good news, Richard Dawkins is back on his bullshit. I mean, I’m not sure he w […]

    • James Lindsay & Helen Pluckrose

      These two are also the authors of a horrifyingly ignorant, and just horrible, essay about how trans* people need to shut up about trans rights (among other things) because they were the only rational and reasonable voices on the issues of gender equality and gender liberation and voices like theirs were being drowned out.

      It was colossally bad.

    • OT, I know, but I just wanted to thank you very, very much for supplying transcripts when you post a video.

      I’m someone who has a very hard time absorbing things from videos (or podcasts), and most people who post videos or link to videos can’t be bothered to find or supply a transcript or even a summary. Those people are effectively saying to me and to other people who for whatever reason can’t watch or process videos, “this is a members-only conversation, it’s not for the likes of you!

      Again, thank you!

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    Well, it’s late September and you know what that means: time for me to be s […]

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    Last week I talked about the headlines claiming being a vegetarian increases […]

    • An all meat diet can produce short term health benefits for *some* people. In a way the carnivore diet is just a very extreme elimination diet. So if you have an undiagnosed allergy or intolerance, say to gluten, then suddenly cutting out bread and all other gluten sources is going to make you feel better. Then all you have to worry about is the colon cancer.

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