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A Mother in Baltimore…

(CN: Violence against a teen) It’s Thursday April 30th, 2015, and the city of Baltimore is still reeling from the events surrounding the suspicious death of 25 year old African American Freddie Gray whilst in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department allegedly for possession of a switchblade. According to news …

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Virtual Field Tripping: Shelf Life from the AMNH

I adore the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. From my first trip there as an awkward tween, I’ve been hooked. Before we were married, Spouse and I fell in love among AMNH’s dinosaurs. It was only natural that when Offspring came along we would make one …

Ages 6-9FeminismLanguageMedia & Technology

Is Your Kid’s Favorite Superhero Sexist?

I spent most of Thursday (when I wasn’t working, of course) flipping back and forth between two breaking comic-related stories. The first was actually really exciting (to me) news that DC is working on a new superhero concept featuring and aimed at girl comic fans. My first reaction was something pretty …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)LGBTQMedia & Technology

On Blocking and Unfriending and Muting and Silencing in General

Recently I unfriended one of my friends on Facebook. Well, I say friend.  We knew each other in grad school.  We ran with the same pack, as one does in grad school.  But when I joined FB, she reached out to me, and I friended her. We had grown to …

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Guest Post: No, False Balance Is Not Responsible Journalism

Ed’s Note: Today’s guest post author wished to remain anonymous. This post is about the idea that every viewpoint has an equally valid opposite, based on the erroneous notion any contrasting view is equally credible, no matter how unsupported that opinion is.  ***** One of the local TV stations here in Maine airs …

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FoodMedia & TechnologyScience

Kavin Can’t Even: A Fun GMO Quiz and MSNBC Joins Right-to-Know Bandwagon

We can’t expect MSNBC to be objective. I’m a liberal Democrat and even I know that. Still, I was extremely disappointed to see a recent poll on its website titled, “Do you think GMO labeling should be mandatory?” On its surface, this question isn’t incredibly problematic. It’s a simple yes …

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Should a 13-Year-Old have to Dismiss Sexism to be “Classy?”

For that matter, why should a 13-year-old have to contend with highly public sexualized misogyny, with a side order of racial baggage to begin with? These are the questions I found myself asking on Monday in the wake of the reporting about Mo’ne Davis, and a college ball player who …

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Team Snarky Science v. The Food Babe – Does Everyone Have to Play?

You don’t have to tell me the Food Babe is an idiot. I’m completely on board. You had me at Pumpkin Spice Latte contains no actual pumpkin. Her shtick is a mess of misunderstandings of science at best and outright lies at worst. Basically, she’s full of shit. And, of course, …

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ActivismMedia & TechnologyScience

I’m a Science Shorty Award Finalist. Thank you!

I wanted to write a quick thank you note to everyone who nominated me for a Shorty Award in Science. The Hollywood Reporter announced finalists this morning, and I was flattered to see my name among such distinguished company as Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye! Despite accusations that I’m …

HealthHumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: High School- The ’70s vs Today Part 1

Hey there meme wrecking fans, its time for another round of every one’s favorite game, Dangerously Misleading Nostalgia Time!!!! Our next contestant comes to us all the way from tickld, where giant walls of text roam the meme landscape leaving crushed metaphors and discarded similes strewn in their obnoxious and …