Quickies: Killer Whales, Gwendoline Christie’s Awesomeness, and the Charter School Leadership Cartel

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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 the knowledge and experience gained over the years to ensure pod survival. Gwendoline Christie’s Panel at ACE Comic Con Was the Most Feminist, …

Quickies: This week in loss, resistance, nostalgia, and more…

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Is it Friday already? A veteran of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and leader in Congress today, Representative Elijah Cummings has died at age 68. Did you celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the US last Monday? Read why this holiday is an act of resistance to colonization even today. My friend from college tagged me …

Open-minded Politicians are LESS LIKELY to Get Elected!

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This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Back in my early 20s I made some extra money working as a political canvasser for a group called Washington Citizen Action. We were dropped off in a neighborhood around 5pm and knocked on …

Quickies: All Good News Distraction Edition

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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 news today. This was more difficult to do than expected. Girl Boss: On the International Day of …

Quickies: Welcome your Future Dog Overlord…

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Hello from fabulous Las Vegas! I’m visiting with some lovely folks, most notably Friend of Skepchick Scott Sigler and OG Skepchick A Kovacs as they host Siglerfest2k19, a celebration of all the weird and wonderful shit that comes out of Scott’s brain. If you like horror, thrillers, sci-fi, football, science, or apocalyptic stories in any …

What the Hell Happened to Bad Chart Thursday?

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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 satire has become really difficult to write lately, with reality repeatedly seeming like an Onion headline. And every day, there are serious …

Study: Maybe You Can’t Orgasm Because of Rabbits on Antidepressants

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This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’m so excited, because I have yet another opportunity to talk about a study in my favorite scientific journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Today’s study is about rabbits. Or is …

Oprah Endorses Vaccines Because They May Save Her Life

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This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: So we’re all on the same page here concerning the flu vaccine, right? Fucking get it? And get it now? Good. Great! Here’s the thing with convincing people to get vaccinated: the most compelling …