Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Eternal Things and Dwarves

‘Tis the time of year for my grandmother to send me a very pointed message about her god. Since I deconverted this has been our only communication.  Let’s see if it is effective in bringing me back to the ranks of Christianity. This year I just got an email, the …

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Reality Checks: 2023 Enters Public Domain, RIP Raven Wilkinson, “Legal” Hacking challenged, and Japanese Whaling

For the first time in 20 years, copyrighted works enter public domain.  (via Smithsonian Magazine) Raven Wilkinson, a black ballerina who danced in the segregated south, is dead at 83.   (via NYT) ACLU wants protocols governing hacking. (via Ars Technica) Japan resumes whaling. (via NPR) Featured image credit:Cyrille Humbert via flickr

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Reality Checks: Text telecommunications, Ethics Complaints against Kavanaugh, Masturbating for Magical, and New Carnivorous Dinosaur

FCC says texts aren’t communications. (via Ars Technica) All ethics complaints against Kavanaugh dropped. All of them. (via NPR) Apparently magical masturbation is a thing. Crystal dildos just don’t sound good. (via Vice) Carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Alps. (via Livescience) Featured image credit:Opacity via flickr

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Reality Checks: RIP Evelyn Berezin, Teen Vaping, Tornado Formation, and the Dangers of Moon Missions

Farewell Evelyn Berezin, who should get more recognition. (via Ars Technica) Teen vaping increases. Do you vape? (via NPR) Tornadoes form from the ground up, contrary to what we thought. Huh. (via Phys) Moon dust breathing could be really really toxic. (via Futurism) Featured image credit: NOAA photo library via …

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Reality Checks: Poor People Deserve Slow Internet, Later School Starts, Dying with your Boots on in the 14th Century, and Michael Cohen Sentenced

US ISPs believe providing equal service to the poor would just be unfair. (via the Register) School starting later is good for teens.(via NPR) Dying with your boots on in the Thames. (via Ars Technica) Trump’s former lawyer goes to prison. (via Al Jazeera) Featured image credit: feck_ARt_post via flickr

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Reality Checks: Uncompensated Labor and the Wage Gap, Slavery Bibles, Baggage Handling Laws, and the Difficulties of Driving as an AI (or Human)

Gender pay equality and the uncompensated labor gap. (via theMarySue) Slave Bible from the 1800s was edited to avoid inciting possible rebellion. (via NPR) Tammy Duckworth gets a law passed requiring airlines to reveal baggage handling problems. (via Chicago Business) Driving is a hard problem. (via Ars Technica) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Ocasio-Cortez on Staff Salaries, Medieval Plague Travels, Senators Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Guilt, and Forced Hugging

Ocasio-Cortez, with whom I am falling madly in love, criticizes congress for employing unpaid interns. (via Business Insider) Mapping plague bacteria. (via Ars Technica) US Senators convinced Saudi Prince behind journalist murder. (via NPR) Forced hugging: it is a thing in corporations. Somehow. (via themarysue) Featured image credit:NIAID via flickr

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Reality Checks: Influential Films, Presidential Funerals, the Brightness of the Observable Universe, and a Database of Fugitive Slave Ads

Wizard of Oz is the most influential film of all time. (via Ars Technica) Presidential funerals, an overview. (via NPR) Measuring the brightness of the universe. (via Engadget) A database of fugitive slave ads from Cornell.  (via hyperallergic) featured image credit:Hades2k via flickr

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