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Dawkins was dis-invited to speak at a science conference after tweeting what he calls an "irreverent joke song"
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[Star Wars spoilers ahead] Having now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens four times in eight days, I’m thoroughly obsessed with the movie and have become fascinated by the growing ranks of Fin…
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You may have heard of "redlining" as a method of not only enforcing racial segregation in the US, but as a systematic method of taking wealth away from the nascent black middle class in the 20th century: the Federal Housing Administration, set up to help Americans get housing in 1934, routinely surveyed every residential tract in the country and classified them according to "risk." Areas with black populations, or which might soon acquire black populations, were marked in red; those areas could not get ordinary home loans at all, with only highly predatory loans (of sorts as bad as the subprime ones of the past few years, and even worse) available.

This was the engine for any number of scams: "blockbusting," for example, in which a realtor would convince the residents of a neighborhood that black families were about to move in, get them to sell at a discount before prices crashed, then actually bring said black families in and sell to them at outrageous prices, because they could only get special high-interest loans. Often, these loans were rigged so that they could never be successfully paid off, allowing the sellers to seize both the houses and all of the mortgage payments over the years; this is one of the major reasons why black wealth (as opposed to income) is, on the average, only one tenth of average white wealth.

But these seem like general abstractions. The scan below, unearthed by Alexis Madrigal, shows you what it looked like in practice: this is a government assessment of a tract in Oakland in 1937. It describes the tract's "favorable influences" as "convenience to local and San Francisco transportation, schools, and local shopping districts. Good climatic conditions." The "detrimental influences" are "Infiltration of colored residents. There are now about twelve families scattered over the area indicated."

If you look at the rest of the form, you'll see that under the description of "inhabitants," not only are there fields to describe common occupations and salaries in the area, but the percent foreign-born, and a field marked "Infiltration of ___". ("Orientals & Negroes," in this case) But they note that "unless one knows about the colored families living in the district, there is no means of distinguishing their homes from those of their white neighbors. The homes of the Negroes are in many instances better kept than the adjoining homes of white owners."

Nonetheless, "loans in this area should be governed according to hazard" – that is, this area was color-coded red on the map, due to the hazard of further "infiltration."

This wasn't a private organization; this was an official government form, used by a federal agency to ensure that black people could not get loans, and that any neighborhoods with black people in them would quickly become worthless from a housing perspective to anybody white: that is, to legally create ghettos.

So if you're wondering how the economics of the US, and of black poverty, came about: here's where it starts.


If you want to know more about redlining, there are a few great places to start: the Wikipedia article,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redlining

Alexis Madrigal's article about it:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-racist-housing-policy-that-made-your-neighborhood/371439/

and Ta-Nehisi Coates' famous "reparations" article, which is actually almost entirely about redlining as well:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
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YubiKey special offer, for GitHub users only, is LIVE. We’ve upped stock to 10K to honor your patience. Thank you!  
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“Depression is a seemingly endless cycle of self-care and self-soothing followed by immense guilt for the amount of time you spend doing that instead of something else more “productive.” It’s trying everything under the sun to feel differently. It’s having some things work but only sometimes and never long enough. It’s being too tired to do that one thing you know will help.” http://buff.ly/1KGW2Aj

(An important thing to add, though, is that many things on this list are markers of pretty severe depression. If you're reading this and thinking, "Well, yeah, sort of, but it's not THAT bad, so I must be totally okay," know that mild/moderate depression is a thing and you deserve support and treatment even if your problems aren't "as bad' as some other people's.)
I haven’t been blogging much over the past few months. This is why. I am trying to take big steps to get better but that takes a lot of energy that I don’t have very often lately. Just …
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“Civility, in the real world, has one function: to defend the powerful and connected against criticism. I believe in kindness. I believe in empathy. When they are warranted and appropriate, as they are with strangers or those who lack influence and power. But I have never seen civility endorsed, in the way it constantly is against me, in a way that doesn’t seek to preserve the delicate feelings of the already-influential. Yes, I believe that political correctness has some negative consequences, yes. We have to be able to say so when it does. But political correctness is a sometimes-unhelpful way to defend the weak. Civility, at least as it exists in real practice, is an always-unhelpful way to defend the powerful. It’s political correctness in the defense of the connected. And unlike most people who call for political correctness, those who call for civility tend to have teeth. They actually can achieve some of the nefarious personal consequences that are routinely associated with political correctness, precisely because the people who call for civility are the ones with the power.”
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First: How this came about Last month, I wrote a post about the lack of options to play fat female characters in video games. The genesis of that post came from the fact that I'd recently started p...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated the average annual number of gun deaths per 100,000 residents in U.S. counties. The resulting map is striking.
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It is a sad thing in America when it is easier to get a gun than mental health care. 
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The United States is coming under heavy criticism on Saturday after apparently launching a pre-dawn airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed nine of the charity’s local staff members. At least 37 people were seriously injured in the...
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Richard Dawkins is not your garden-variety Internet troll. He’s a retired professor at Oxford University and the author of a number of well-received, best-selling books on science and atheism. His book The Selfish Gene is one of the most-read popular accounts of evolution, and it introduced the term “meme,” long...
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A gay atheist computer geek who escaped Kansas and is now working in the Bay Area tech industry.
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Ruining your fun since 2009!

The True Meaning of Christmas (That Everyone Forgets) | Cracked.com
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It's hard to understand why Christmas came to be a big deal, even for people who have never stepped foot inside a church, without understand

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A rape victim is falsely accused of making up her attack — her disturbing experience deserves national attention

An Unbelievable Story of Rape
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An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.

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"Killing Reagan" battle is really for the soul of the GOP. Too bad both sides are grifters and hacks

U.S. gun deaths, 2004-2010
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated the average annual number of gun deaths per 100,000 residents in U.S. counties. Th

Violence Is Not a Product of Mental Illness. Violence Is a Product of An...
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In the 1980s, around the time of the massive deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, I was working toward my degree in clinical psycholo

Obama Says That Our Gun Supply Leads to More Deaths. The GOP Has No Plau...
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On Thursday evening, as details trickled in from the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama pointed the finger of blame at Ameri

As tech threatens jobs, we must test a universal basic income
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Paying a basic wage to all could hold society together if automation destroys swathes of work, but we need more trials to be sure, says Fede

Richard Dawkins & Bill Maher Still Baffled Why So Many Liberals Thin...
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Their moral libertarianism and attacks on Islam don't make them edgy "truth tellers".

U.S. Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan Kills ...
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The United States is coming under heavy criticism on Saturday after apparently launching a pre-dawn airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières

Why Is Richard Dawkins Such a Jerk on Social Media?
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Richard Dawkins is not your garden-variety Internet troll. He’s a retired professor at Oxford University and the author of a number of well-

The secret Republican love affair with Planned Parenthood: A history
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While party faithful now call for the organization's neck, there was once a time when it's leaders backed the cause

The effect that blaming autism on vaccines has on actual autistic children
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This is what I see from children who are afraid that their parents see them as disappointing, broken representations of the child they reall

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—And It's All in One Place | WIRED
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By comparison, Microsoft Windows—one of the most complex software tools ever built for a single computer—is about 50 million lines.

She's a Banker, Owns a BMW and Obama Follows Her on Twitter: But NY Cops...
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Although the police did not find any drugs, they confiscated her BMW and took her into custody.

I Was a Domestic Violence Victim -- My Town Wanted Me Evicted for Callin...
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A local ‘nuisance law’ in Pennsylvania gave residents one strike if they called the police for help. After three strikes, you were evicted.