Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: DRMs, the DNC Hack, Hot Red Spot, and a Lube Ban

EFF is suing the American govt over DRMs.  I’m with the EFF. (via CNN) What we do and don’t know about the DNC hack. (via Vice) Jupiter’s spot is actually red hot.  (via NYT) Tanzania is attempting to combat homosexualtiy and HIV/AIDS by banning lube.   (via CCTV-Africa) Featured image …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Herstory Made, “Sister Clones,” the Value of Advanced Courses, and the Kindness Contagion

It’s official: Hillary Clinton is the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination of a major party in the United States. (via CNN) Dolly the Sheep’s “sister clones” are still alive. (via NPR) Taking advanced courses in high school don’t necessarily better prepare students for college. (via The Atlantic) Kindness …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Artifacts of the Space Race, Movie Women in Science, Butterfly Evolution, Reading in Silence

What are we doing with the leftovers of the Apollo missions? (via JSTOR Daily) Ghostbusters puts women in science front and center. (via Think Progress) We may be watching the evolution of a new butterfly species in Africa. (via Christian Science Monitor) Living in a noisy environment could hamper learning …


On Encouraging that Pesky Youth Vote

‘Tis the season of elections, and of handwringing over those damn kids these days who are too apathetic or whatever to get out and vote.  Rather than rail about the horrors of Kids These Days (TM) I have a few suggestions about things that would make me more excited to …


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  • User AvatarSEVA Skeptics Regarding point 1: Your vote does count. But if you feel it doesn't, don't rely on others to work to make that change for you,... – Jul 26, 1:18 PM
  • User AvatarElizabeth By instead of I mean I live in Georgia. It may stop being a staunchly red state in my lifetime, but I'm not holding my... – Jul 25, 12:50 PM
  • User AvatarBuzz Parsec Item 2 - volunteer for a campaign or candidate that you support. You will help enormously with getting that candidate or issue to have traction... – Jul 25, 12:34 PM
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Cryptophile: Cerberus

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …



Religion and Spirituality

Constructive Criticism: Christian Advertising

I write blog posts on the terrible ways (tracts, street preachers) Christians attempt to convince me that their religion is the best.  It is easy to identify problems.  It is less easy, though often more important, to identify better solution. So.  What I would prefer to see Christians doing, instead …



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Cryptophile: Hobbits

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. In my always-timely fashion it’s only been over three months since my last post. Evidently being unemployed does not necessarily mean you have time on your hands. …




Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day.  It’s a day to talk about the problems women around the world face in dealing with their periods.  There are a lot of girls who miss a lot of school because they lack access to any menstrual supplies for dealing with the situation. In …