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    Last week I had a spicy take. I mean, let’s be honest, I have a spicy take a […]

    • 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 […]

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    You know what I love? An update. “90 Day Fiance: where are they now???” Or r/l […]

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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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    You know how every week or so in the US there’s a new mass shooting, and how w […]

    • Can I use the five bucks for a ginormous pumpkin spice soy latte for a caffeine deprived disaster survivor (maybe me?)

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    Oh no, a new study shows that “Vegan and vegetarian diet could increase s […]

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    Let’s talk about censorship, and how wrong it is for government officials to u […]

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    Yet another outlet has made the incredibly stupid and money-grubbing decision […]

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    Okay so the laptop I use to make these video has been in the shop for the past […]

    • I previously made this comment on the Patreon comments section, but suspect I did something wrong so I’m re-posting it here (more or less), mostly because it contain a major brag. 🙂

      A closed container (or one with only a small leak) of a liquid whose boiling point is below the external temperature can explode suddenly and with great energy when the liquid boils. This is called a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion, or BLEVE.

      The liquid can boil because the container is in a fire that heats the liquid above it’s boiling point. This is what often happens when tanker trucks or rail cars are involved in a crash or fire. The explosion is not caused by the flammable contents of the tank burning, though if the contents are flammable, it can make the results much more catastrophic. However, even water can explode this way. The Mythbuster’s launching a hot water heater through the roof of a house was a boiling water BLEVE.

      A BLEVE can also occur if the liquid’s boiling point is below normal room temperature and just heats up due to exposure to room-temperature air or water. This is what causes an uninsulated bottle of liquid nitrogen to explode, especially when it’s dropped in a bucket of water. (The water will warm up the nitrogen much more quickly than air would.)

      A strange case of a BLEVE is when the liquid in the tank is under great pressure. The pressure raises the boiling point of the liquid above surrounding temperature, so it won’t boil. However, if the tank springs a leak, the pressure will drop, and the boiling point will go down. When it drops below the external temperature, the liquid will boil and the tank will explode. I think this is what caused the high-pressure helium tanks to explode in both SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosions.

      If you look up BLEVE in Wikipedia, you’ll see my dad cited as one of the people who discovered and named the BLEVE. Woot!

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