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  • Protesters Blare Christine Blasey Ford Testimony and Dress Up as Handmaids outside Kavanaugh Speech, USA Today: “As guests filed into Union Station to hear a keynote speech by Supreme Court Justice Brett […]

  • The Homophobic Activist Who Won an Audience with Two Supreme Court Justices, the New Yorker: Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh met with an anti-LGTBQ activist only weeks after hearing […]

  • Trump Is in Denial About Getting Booed Again, This Time at a UFC Fight, Mother Jones: Odds are you didn’t miss this news over the weekend, but I’m sharing it anyway because Trump getting real feedback from […]

  • Bot Bias: Study Finds a Medical Algorithm Favors White Patients Over Sicker Black Ones, the Root: “An algorithm used by major hospitals and healthcare providers misjudged how sick black patients were compared […]

  • After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leaders, Smithsonian: This article is a few years old, but it describes observations of female killer whales becoming pod leaders after they hit menopause, using […]

  • As the dumpster fire all around us expands to reveal it was actually a tire fire all along–much bigger, difficult to put out, with toxic effects we’ll be dealing with for years–I’ve decided to link to only good […]

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Ha ha! Awesome.

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks so much for your comment. I sometimes feel very disconnected to what happens after I publish a post, so I really appreciate hearing that Bad Chart Thursday is being put to good use. It’s really motivating, actually.

  • Bad Chart Thursday, for me, has always been about examining through satire how people and organizations mislead, through charts or through ideas I can illuminate as nonsense simply by charting the logic. But […]

    • For years, I’ve found BCT really useful for teaching my students what not to do with their graphs. So I hope it does pick up again eventually. But your reasons for pausing make good sense, so do what you need to.

      • Thanks so much for your comment. I sometimes feel very disconnected to what happens after I publish a post, so I really appreciate hearing that Bad Chart Thursday is being put to good use. It’s really motivating, actually.

    • I have missed Bad Chart Thursday. Hopefully you will be able to bring it back, though I admit the news cycle makes that difficult these days.

      On the bad chart presented today, on another blog someone posted a similar chart for Nixon’s 1972 presidential victory. It looks very similar to the chart presented today for Trump, and it says, “This was Nixon’s map from 1972. Ask someone what happened to him.”

      https://twitter.com/goldengateblond/status/1178126914382249984/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1178126914382249984&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwhyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com%2F

    • Actually, this is a bad chart. It takes each county, converts to circle and scales by population, keeping the color the same. However, that really doesn’t show the reality. Each county should split into *two* circles, one red and one blue and they should scale to the population of each of them to show the real situation.

      • Or maybe the color of the circles could be shaded from pure red through various shades of purple to pure blue depending on the percentage of votes. But I don’t know how obvious or subtle the color differences would be. Also, just to virtue-signal, would people with red-green color blindness have more difficulty getting information from this sort of chart, or is the difference between red and blue sufficient that any sighted person can distinguish the shades?

  • Photos: What the Youth Climate Strike Looks Like around the World, by Brian Resnick and Danielle Scruggs, Vox: The climate strikes around the world on Friday, September 20, were nothing short of extraordinary, […]

  • In the midst of my OCD-fueled frenzy of clicking refresh on Twitter to get more impeachment news, I came across a remarkable Twitter thread that deserves more eyeballs from Americans, in part because the New York […]

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I doubt Trump will be removed from office, both because of the Republicans in the Senate and because of the timing before the next election. But even if Trump were removed, and even if Pence were not implicated (which he is in the current Ukraine situation–he also pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden), Pence wouldn’t have the power to do much…[Read more]

  • I usually try to post articles here that people may have missed over the weekend, but this weekend, nothing I read seemed as important as the latest news of Trump attempting to pressure Ukraine into fabricating an […]

    • The problem with calling for impeachment as a solution to these problems is: what happens if Trump is removed from office?
      Will Pence be any better?

      No matter how bad you think things are, they can always be worse.

      It seems to me that our focus should be on evicting the Republicans from Congress and from state legislatures first. Trump has power in large part because so many of the people in power at all levels are willing to support what he does.

      • I doubt Trump will be removed from office, both because of the Republicans in the Senate and because of the timing before the next election. But even if Trump were removed, and even if Pence were not implicated (which he is in the current Ukraine situation–he also pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden), Pence wouldn’t have the power to do much (or the time to do it in), and Pence isn’t likely to be actively attempting to court foreign interference in our election. He’s going along, but I don’t see him initiating this.

        The problem with NOT starting impeachment proceedings now is that we would likely not have a free and fair election in 2020 to vote Trump and the Republicans out. Impeachment is now a necessary response to stop Trump et al. from seeking foreign interference in our elections–and that’s just what we know about. We need the impeachment proceedings SO THAT WE CAN vote them out in 2020.

        Then, of course, there is the moral issue. Not starting impeachment proceedings is condoning everything Trump and company are doing: the obstruction, the corruption, the abuses of power. Impeachment loses all power if it is not used in such obvious circumstances.

      • If Trump is impeached, who is the Republican nominee next year? They have a lot of (awful) candidates, but do those candidates have the “appeal” of Trump?

        • That should be removed, not impeached.

          • I suspect Romney is in the mix.

            • He’d do better than he did in 2012? Hmmm.

            • I didn’t imply that. Some of his recent statements imply to me that he is trying to position himself as the moderate, sane, competent alternative to Trump and might be considering a run if Trump gets removed or seems to most Repubs to be so obviously unelectable that they feel safe trying to dump him.

              BTW, there were almost 400 of us residents of Romney’s home town (Belmont MA) who actively campaigned against him in 2012… By “actively”, I mean people who participated in door-to-door canvassing, phone banks, car-pooling up to New Hampshire for GOTV on election day, etc. not just putting up lawn signs or signing petitions against him. I don’t think he’s particularly gain popularity since then, but what do I know? I’m from Massachusetts…

  • Brett Kavanaugh: Even Worse Than We Thought, by Jessica Mason at the Mary Sue: Although the focus during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings was his sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford, others […]

  • Men Now Avoid Women at Work–Another Sign We’re Being Punished for #MeToo, by Arwa Mahdawi at the Guardian: “What’s really interesting about this study, however, is that it thoroughly debunks the argument t […]

    • If that backlash stud was presented graphically, it would be a great candidate for Bad Chart Thursday.

      “Men Avoid Women . .” except, by their own numbers, most men don’t.

      Both study groups were small – compare to the much larger sample sizes used by pollsters, and which still have significant margins of error.

      The study was on two different groups. There is no continuity to show that anyone changed their stance, either positively or negatively.

      It ignores the fact that the statement “Most A=B” also contains the statement Some A=Not-B”.

      Sheesh.

  • A New Poll Shows What Really Interests ‘Pro-Lifers’: Controlling Women, by Jill Filipovic at the Guardian: “A Supermajority/PerryUndem survey released this week divides respondents by their position on […]

    • The “You may like” sponsored ads that show up are irksome to a skeptic.

    • It’s good to have some quantifiable data on the forced-birthers. There are truly terrifying areas of the country these days with the hate being out in the open. I hope that the elections over the next year continue with the shifts we sat in ’18.

    • “Pro-liferers are sexists in denial.” There’s a lot of that going around. A lot of republicans are also racists in denial, and fossil-fuel promoters are climate-changers in denial and health care privatizers are death-mongers in denial and Boltonites are war mongers in denial… Funny how they are often the same people. I wonder how much of the “denial” is real and how much is just public face-saving? I think they know perfectly well they are sexists and racists and people who want to exploit desperately sick people (I’m looking at you, promoters of chronic Lyme disease and a million other forms of quackery as well as the people who want to deny health care as a right) and people who want to murder all those foreigners they don’t like (except when they can economically exploit them.

      The good news from diving into the polls (follow the link in the link) is most people, not just democratic and minority women, seem to be on the right side of most of these issues. Get out and vote and don’t let them stop you! Organize!

      Also, when looking through the poll results, see where you fit in and think about whether you could be doing better.

      Also, watch the vlog about why the Amazon is burning. Phil Plait linked to the same video earlier today and it’s really enlightening.

      I need me some animals acting silly now.

    • “Pro-liferers are sexists in denial.” There’s a lot of that going around. A lot of republicans are also racists in denial, and fossil-fuel promoters are climate-changers in denial and health care privatizers are death-mongers in denial and Boltonites are war mongers in denial… Funny how they are often the same people. I wonder how much of the “denial” is real and how much is just public face-saving? I think they know perfectly well they are sexists and racists and people who want to exploit desperately sick people (I’m looking at you, promoters of chronic Lyme disease and a million other forms of quackery as well as the people who want to deny health care as a right) and people who want to murder all those foreigners they don’t like (except when they can economically exploit them.

      The good news from diving into the polls (follow the link in the link) is most people, not just democratic and minority women, seem to be on the right side of most of these issues. Get out and vote and don’t let them stop you! Organize!

      Also, when looking through the poll results, see where you fit in and think about whether you could be doing better.

      Also, watch the vlog about why the Amazon is burning. Phil Plait linked to the same video earlier today and it’s really enlightening.

      I need me some animals acting silly now.

  • Dating Sim Meets Survival Horror: The Game that Exposes Pick-up Artists, by Laura Hudson at The Guardian: “Created by artist and academic Angela Washko, The Game: The Game drops you smack dab in the middle of […]

  • Racism, Inc.: How Donald Trump Profits from Xenophobia, by Sophia A. McClennen at Salon: Most of us are aware of how Trump profits from his racism, but this article breaks it down, with ways to make it less […]

  • Crowd in Stadium Starts Chanting “Equal Pay” After U.S. Women’s Team Wins World Cup, by Daniel Politi at Slate: After winning the World Cup for the fourth freaking time, US women’s soccer players are still […]

  • Sinclair is forcing its stations to run a commentary segment that’s essentially a Trump campaign ad, by Pam Vogel at Salon: Sinclair’s enforcement of pro-Trump propaganda on local news in the stations it o […]

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