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This video is about a pop song "A Man Like Putin".  
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This piece is long, and not all that easy going, but well worth it.

Bigotry is an inherently negative attitude. But racism is, essentially, just a hierarchical notion. It really has nothing inherent to do with hate. Bigotry says someone is bad. Racism says ‘I am better’. Which implies someone is worse. But it doesn’t necessarily dwell on it, darkly, let alone violently. Racism can walk on the sunny side of the street, in its mind.

Ervin does not seem to be bubbling over with race hate, in an emotional sense. This is why he felt that charges of racism, against him, were unjust. A racist is a bigot is consumed with hate. Ervin looked in his heart, saw no bubbling hate, per se, for the black man. He exonerated himself on that charge, and felt anger at his unjust accusers for calling him racist.

What he felt was love of hierarchy and order and preservation of social status.
My Chait thread was a moderate disaster. I was like: 'by saying X, I think Chait meant Y.' And you were like: 'by saying 'by saying X, Chait meant Z,' are you saying Q?' And I was like: what? Z? Q?...
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Thanks, Jay. Well worth reading. 
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Here's something to help you if you really want to feel depressed.  The good news is that longitudinal studies show that many people do change their minds...eventually.

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Don't read this blog post. Definitely don't read it to the end. Didn't I tell you not to read this blog post? You're still doing it... We can laugh at our inherent ability to be contrary, but unfortunately something similar can happen when we give a human being scientific evidence that debunks ...
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Just got Nickel Creek's new album today and loving it.

This is a cover of a song recorded by Mother Mother.  Their version: Hayloft - Music Video

This sort of thing is the reason I love Nickel Creek so much.  They have big ears.  Huge ears, that listen to everything.
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YouTube has been assaulting me with ads for the album.  This is one time I'm happy that they track me.
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Often the construct of masculinity is directly harmful to men.   Here's a good example.

When he went to the doctor the next month, Hunter learned that he had ruptured several disks in his back. Despite this, Hunter says, his team leader called him a “pussy” for taking light duty. So Hunter sucked it up and worked through the pain.
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Sorry, what sort of thing?
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Apparently Sean wrote this song on May 20th, 2011.  That may be Harold Camping's loss, but it's our gain.
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Tagalog has no gendered pronouns, yet a name for eldest brother: Kuya. And that incident was the first time I clearly remember Tonton calling me by that name, the first time I remember anyone designating me unquestionably as male.
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I don't think things need to be based in some kind of fundamental brain biochemistry in order to be deep-seated and powerful.  The brain has powerful self-reinforcement mechanisms.  I certainly believe that the brain has reinforcement mechanisms that work very strongly on things like gender and sexual preference, so that they undergo powerful feedback that makes them unlikely to change.  While I think that a random combination of environmental and social influences might have led me to become gay earlier, in some ways that was pretty arbitrary before I had strong sexual preferences, I'm quite unlikely to become gay now, once my sexual preferences are established.
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This song is getting the most publicity of any in their new album.  It's not a bad choice, showcasing how Nickel Creek can rock out while unplugged.
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From Playing At The World, a history of Dungeons and Dragons, along with it's wargaming antecedents.  This excerpt concerns a miniatures wargame run on Wednesday night by Murray Fletcher Pratt, comprising mainly naval miniatures, with some aircraft.

For all these system innovations, however, perhaps the most startling novelty in Pratt's wargaming sessions was the presnce of female players.  Once his group had embraced the system,

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_ the sweethearts and wives influence became manifest.  One of the latter appeared as a spectator of what was originally intended to be a purely stag game.  In the midst of the ensuing red-hot engagement she was discovered flat on her stomach., aiming the guns of a cruiser and muttering something like "I'll get the so-and-so this time."  From that date on there was no checking the rising tide of feminism.  Today there are nearly as many players of one sex as of the other, and one of the feminine delegation has been praised by a naval officer as the most competent tactitian of the group._

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Even the illustrations in Pratt's rulebook, which were drawn by his second wife Inga Stevens Pratt, show a skirted woman alongside her male counterparts kneeling on the game floor, angling a cardboard firing arrow at her target.  The significance of this development must be understood in terms of some remarks of H.G. Wells, whose Little Wars is "a game for boys... and for that more intelligent sort of girls who like boys' games and books."  While those words are relatively enlightened for his chauvinist era, perhaps slightly less generous is Wells's anecdotal complaint of being interrupted during a wargame "by a great rustle and chattering of lady visitors.  They regarded the objects upon the floor with the empty disdain of their sex for all imaginative things."  Between the time of Wells and Pratt, the cause of women's rights advanced quite far on both sides of the Atlantic: consider that the Nineteenth Amendment passed in 1920, only a decade before Pratt's games began.  Pratt's circle is the first to attest to female wargamers.

All of these advances were buried, however, in history.
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If you had to live in H. G. Wells's society, you would probably share his disdain for the "chatter" of "ladies" (which he may quite consciously have distinguished from "women"). It's perfectly reasonable to think that the gender constraints of the past were problematical for both men and women.
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Current events has me thinking of this song.
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