“In one recent study, more than 100 university psychologists were asked to rate the CVs of Dr. Karen Miller or Dr. Brian Miller, fictitious applicants for an academic tenure-track job. The CVs were identical, apart from the name. Yet strangely, the male Dr. Miller was perceived (by both male and female reviewers) to have better research, teaching, and service experience than the luckless female Dr. Miller. Overall, about three-quarters of the psychologists thought that Dr. Brian was hirable, while only just under half had the same confidence in Dr. Karen. The same researchers also sent out applications for the position of tenured professor, again identical but for the male and female name at the top. This time, the application was so strong that most of the raters thought that tenure was deserved, regardless of sex. However, the endorsement of Karen’s application was four times more likely to be accompanied by cautionary caveats scrawled in the margins of the questionnaire: such as, ‘I would need to see evidence that she had gotten these grants and publications on her own’ and ‘We would have to see her job talk.’”—Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (via cockchomp)
This is a brilliant article on why Starship Troopers is a great movie:
… I don’t see how it could be missed, but a lot of intelligent people got it wrong nonetheless. Or maybe they just underestimated it: Big-budget science-fiction spectaculars like this one aren’t expected to have subtext …
The line between the world of Starship Troopers and Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed gets thinner every day
Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of society, as it is for him to make land originally. Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.
Thank you for your correspondence concerning the legalization of marijuana. I regret the delay in responding.
That’s cool B. I know you’re busy passing “tough-on-crime” bills in a time when the crime rate is at an all-time low. Mandatory minimum sentencing for everybody, right!
Marijuana is a psychoactive substance causing alteration of mental and physical functions. The use of psychoactive substances raises issues of public health and safety, both for the user and for those in the broader society affected by the user’s conduct.
The production and trafficking of illicit drugs is the most significant source of money for gangs and organized crime. It does profound harm to neighbourhoods, where homes are turned into grow-ops and crystal meth labs.
Again, bang on the money, in fact I think I mentioned that in my letter to you… as, you know, ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY WE SHOULD LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. Cut marijuana out of the dealers cash supply, focus law enforcement on harder drugs, etc. etc.
Many Canadians are concerned that a relaxation of the law prohibiting possession of marijuana would result in greater use of the drug and therefore would increase the health and safety hazards associated with it. Although research is still continuing on the effects of marijuana use, there is enough information to clearly identify health hazards. Regular and heavy use of cannabis can lead to a psychological or physiological dependence, thereby worsening an individual’s overall condition.
Coffee, tea, Red Bull, alcohol, tobacco, reddit and kombucha all match that description.
Moreover, legalizing access to marijuana would put Canada in contravention of international agreements to which it is a party, including the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. This convention, for instance, obliges Canada to maintain stringent domestic control over certain drugs, including marijuana. In particular, Canada is required to treat possession, sale, cultivation, and importing activities involving this substance as punishable offences.
I note your views on this issue; however, I would like to point out that the Government has no intention to introduce legislation that would decriminalize the possession of cannabis. The Government is opposed to decriminalizing or legalizing illicit drugs.
No problem; however, I would like to point out that I have no intention of voting for you, or anyone in your party in the next election. I am opposed to almost everything you guys do. Except getting rid of the penny, that was pretty awesome. Nice job on that one. Seriously.
Thank you again for writing.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson
One last thing, Rob. When history proves me right, and you wrong, I hope you are still alive to see how wrong you were. That, or someone you care about gets mandatory minimum sentenced for something stupid. xoxo, Cory
[…] each crewmember gets a cell phone that operates using a prepaid SIM card; they also get a two-week plastic pill organizer filled with 14 SIM cards where the pills should be. […] Every morning, each crewmember swaps out his phone’s card for the card in next day’s compartment in the pill organizers. After all 14 cards are used, they start over at the first one.
If the app game ever falls apart, I can always do this. JUST KIDDING LAW ENFORCEMENT/FAMILY!