Anyone who purports that these restrictive new laws aren't meant to discriminate against minorities is simply denying the obvious reality.

And they are a "solution" without a problem. In 2020 the Georgia vote was counted three times. More than any other state. And there was no evidence of fraud. There was no evidence for voter fraud in any state in the 2020 election. But, because Trump said that there was, his voters accept that they was.

Voting is a basic right. These current efforts to restrict votes and deny people the right to vote in virtually all "red states" totally chaps my ass. Win elections by having good candidates with good ideas and policies, not by limiting who gets to vote!


100 WORDS

Thrifty Words 100 Challenge #8: Storms

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Hurricanes are an evil alliance, formed among wind, ocean, and sky with the goal of devastating land structures and killing people and animals. Growing up in Louisiana, I have experienced several of them. Audrey was my first and scariest.

June 25, 1957. I was eight-years-old. Back then, there was little warning. I recall hiding in a closet in fear as trees toppled, the house shook, and the wind roared like a runaway train.

We were lucky. We lost trees, some roof, electricity, and water for three weeks. But over 500 people and countless animals died. Audrey was a memorable bitch!


The proliferation of state laws is not really about protecting fetuses; it’s about controlling women

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Earlier this week (on March 9, 2021) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state. Like a similar new bill in Tennessee that I wrote about recently, the new bill does not provide exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest.

Arkansas is one of at least 14 states where legislatures have proposed not just restrictions but outright bans on abortion.

Like in Tennessee, the bans were pushed by Republicans who want to force the U.S. Supreme…


The scientific discipline of endocrinology originates from a belief in “organ magic.”

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Consumption of human or animal organs was thought to increase powers or cure ailments. For example, warriors thought that eating the hearts of their enemies increased their courage. As early as 1400 BC, Hindus prescribed testicular tissue for male impotence.

The birth of modern endocrinology was stimulated by Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard, a controversial and eccentric figure, who self-reported in 1889, at age 72, “rejuvenated sexual prowess after subcutaneous injection of extracts of monkey testis.” …


With a focus on academia

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All women, academic and non-academic, probably do not need to read a quantitative study to know that they get interrupted more often than their male counterparts.

I have attended hundreds of academic and scientific professional meetings over the past 50 years. One given is that women making presentations will receive more questions and more aggressive, condescending, and hostile questions following their presentations than will men.

I have had many female graduate students over the years. I noted early on that when young females made presentations of their research findings at professional meetings, they get aggressive questions from older men. Some…


Yes, I know where you are coming from. I believe in science, facts, logic, and critical thinking.


Why is the political clout of the nonreligious not being recognized?

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Several constituencies have rightly received credit for their significant contributions to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s election. Notably black Americans (especially black women), young voters, even Native Americans such as the Navajos in Arizona.

However, another significantly more extensive and growing demographic has been rarely (if at all) mentioned. As reported on TheHumanist.com, that demographic is nonreligious Americans

According to the AP VoteCast survey taken just before the November 3, 2020 election, nonreligious Americans (those answering “none” to the question of their religion and who make up 21 percent…

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Old unreformed unf**kwithable professor with a rock & roll soul, still crazy after all these years and still running against the wind.

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