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    You know what I love? Food. You know what I love even more than food? […]

    • What sort of ‘food’ and what sort of ‘process?’
      Industrial packaged food seems to include an array of substances that nobody would pick to start with; ‘Crystalized Cottonseed oil’ anyone? That’s what ‘Crisco’s’ name is derived from.
      Garbanzos, sesame seeds, garlic, olive oil are a long way from corn syrup, hydrogenated seed oils, cornstarch, weird thickening ‘gums,’ etc. etc.

    • Very interesting analysis, Rebecca. Your thoughts echoed mine when I first heard of this.

      So yeah, point 1, eating ultraprocessed food allows you to eat more, easily, and there lies the harm.

      I would love to see one of these studies where actual calorie intake was constant, rather than just “eat as much as you like”. A lot of Michael Moseley’s “research” fails in that respect, it drives me crazy.

      Point 2 , depressed people eat a lot of ultraprocessed food (because it’s easy and you don’t feel like cooking).
      So depression is associated with ultraprocessed food.

      Depression is also associated with poor health outcomes. No shit, Sherlock! Now tell me, which is cause and which is effect?

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    Yes, sorry! Fixed!

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    Getting sexually harassed sucks, but what sucks even more is that that’s o […]

    • “There is some good news. The researchers found that if it was one of Sarah’s coworkers who reported her sexual harassment to HR, the subjects weren’t less likely to punish her.”

      Possible typo on “weren’t”? Because otherwise that doesn’t _sound_ like good news?

    • Apropos of nothing, I suppose; but I was shocked – I’d like to think of a stronger and better word for it, but I can’t – at the reaction by a broad swath of what was then thought of as the skeptic “community” to those comments by you, and to statements and disclosures by other women in the community saying basically the same things about their own experiences. People I had always respected and thought of as rational and even, just seemed to go absolutely over the rail when they started discussing this issue, and I became so disillusioned that I ended up leaving “skepticism” behind (as a part of my identity, not the methodology of course). In retrospect, it seems like the skeptical community had what amounts to the beginnings of a MeToo moment, but completely failed to rise to it – or more like positively quashed it.

      I almost had to laugh a couple of years later when GG happened, because it was practically a shot-for-shot remake; it was seriously uncanny.

    • The HR training at my company says we have a duty to report harassing behavior we observe, and asking the victim if you should can contribute to a hostile culture by making only the specific victim responsible for deciding what is harassing behavior. I have no idea if there’s any empirical validation to that idea, but it runs contrary to one clause of one sentence in your post and I thought I’d share.

    • Hi Rebecca,
      I’m sorry you’ve had such an awful experience.

      I’ve been diverted to your website from PZ Myers. I was confused by his reference to Michael Shermer and Sam Harris.

      How do you feel they have contributed to your awful experience or are relevant to the whole chain of events?

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    • I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, Rebecca, but Shapiro is actually Jewish. Doesn’t make him any less of a rightwing asshat, but he’s not a presuppositionalist or any kind of Christian – he practices Orthodox Judaism

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    Naomi Wolf is back with a brand new book, and you know what that means! […]

    • The other day at a restaurant someone told me she was big into chemtrails and I actually did a spit take with my water.

    • Thank you for this article, which comes as a surprise. I have taught Wolf to undergrads, and had no idea she was such a shoddy scholar.

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    • Musk lost me with his hyperloop. Since then I’ve viewed everything he proposes as covering up for something awful he did/wants to do. I’m sure it doesn’t help that I work in transit, and all of his proposals for fixing public transit amount to “build separate trains/tunnels for rich people.” But I see “Free Internet” and think, “Yay!” then read “from Elon Musk” and I’m like, “Oh, never mind.”

    • I saw two shooting stars last night
      I wished on them but they were only satellites
      It’s wrong to wish on space hardware
      I wish, I wish, I wish you’d care
      – Billy Bragg from “A New England”

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    • What your article fails to address is that the outcome of a polygraph examination is reliant on not only the most up to date equipment but also the polygraph examiner. Most accredited examiners are forensic psychologists and therefore have other skills to determine whether or not someone is being deceptive. The industry needs to be regulated and the polygraph should never be used for entertainment purposes.

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    I guess I have to talk about it, because, well, it’s what I do — thanks to 25 white male congressmen and one female governor, Alabama has e […]

    • Rate per 1000 women of childbearing age (15-44) in Canada which has no legislation at all restricting women’s access to abortion: 13.1.

      Rate per 1000 women of childbearing age (15-44) in the US, which has many legislative restrictions: 14.6

      Also, abortions are covered by medicare in Canada, but women have to pay for them in the US (correct me if I am wrong about that).

      Clearly, allowing women the right to make choices regarding their own bodies will result in the downfall of civilization and a descent into irreversible moral depravity. /sarcasm

      Anyone who thinks the restrictions have anything to do with saving lives is deluded. It is all about keeping women as second class citizens.

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    You are 100% wrong and Carrier’s own narrative plus the documents he insisted on submitting to the public record make it very clear that he cheated on his wife, and then they decided to try a polyamorous and/or open relationship before breaking up, not that I actually care and frankly I’m grossed out that I even know that much about his fucking fuck life.

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    Thanks but I already read all those e-mails out loud on camera once. I’m not going to do it again for someone clearly arguing in bad faith.

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    LMAO yes complaining on Facebook that a man was creepy to you is the overreaction. Suing her for $2 million is just another Monday.

    • complaining on Facebook that a man was creepy to you

      Your characterization leaves out nearly all of the facts (including statements by other bloggers, consequences), and even then describes what’s left in a vague ill-fitting way.

      And I’m not saying “overreaction”.

      What are the “direct statements”?

      • Thanks but I already read all those e-mails out loud on camera once. I’m not going to do it again for someone clearly arguing in bad faith.

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    Three years ago, I wrote over on Skepchick about Richard Carrier. You may know him as the guy who you may have seen at atheist conferences […]

    • by “hints” I mean “direct statements.”

      What direct statements?

      Suing half-a-dozen bloggers and student activists for $2 million, all because some women felt uncomfortable and had the temerity to say as much.

      Always weird to see it implied that someone is making a small thing into a big deal, when they are just reacting to someone else who made it into a big deal.

      The defendants didn’t say he merely made some people “uncomfortable”, so no that’s not what he’s suing over. Here’s something he says he’s suing for:

      the defendants in my case continue to claim I’m a sexual harasser who engaged in “persistent, obnoxious sexual behavior in defiance of specific requests that he cease.” That’s demonstrably false. And that’s defamation. I present the evidence below.

      https://www.richardcarrier.info/fairtrial.html

      • LMAO yes complaining on Facebook that a man was creepy to you is the overreaction. Suing her for $2 million is just another Monday.

        • complaining on Facebook that a man was creepy to you

          Your characterization leaves out nearly all of the facts (including statements by other bloggers, consequences), and even then describes what’s left in a vague ill-fitting way.

          And I’m not saying “overreaction”.

          What are the “direct statements”?

          • Thanks but I already read all those e-mails out loud on camera once. I’m not going to do it again for someone clearly arguing in bad faith.

      • The things I was told are mentioned in Skepticon’s official statement that they were banning him from the conference, and also statements made to me by women who had observed his behavior. There were also several examples of rather creepy behavior in his blog that had made *me* uncomfortable over time. When we heard the more specific accusations, we made the entirely reasonable statement that we were suspending his account pending further examination.

        Carrier turned that into a multi-million dollar lawsuit, which sounds like “a big deal” to me.

        Your perspective seems profoundly skewed if you think being suspended from a blog is a big deal, while hitting multiple people with ludicrous multi-million dollar suits is a small thing. Especially when, if he hadn’t initiated this absurd reaction, the whole thing would have been forgotten by now.

        • Your perspective seems profoundly skewed if you think being suspended from a blog is a big deal

          …but that’s not what I think. That’s not what I said. That isn’t all that happened, and you of all people should know.

    • Great video as usual, sounds like Carrier 100% Streisand effected himself here.

    • Not to try to justify Carrier’s allegedly* creepy behavior, I believe he and his wife have a polyamorous relationship, so the foursome in the hotel might not be cheating per se.

      Though that he then stated that he told his wife about it several months later makes me think it maybe violated the bounds of their relationship.

      *I said allegedly, he can’t sue me.

      • You are 100% wrong and Carrier’s own narrative plus the documents he insisted on submitting to the public record make it very clear that he cheated on his wife, and then they decided to try a polyamorous and/or open relationship before breaking up, not that I actually care and frankly I’m grossed out that I even know that much about his fucking fuck life.

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    The New York Post has informed me that “Having a pretty wife or rich husband ‘maximizes’ life: study.” Well gosh, I want a maximized life. W […]

    • Haven’t quite finished reading this yet, but I just had to butt in with:

      Wait, they’re having lab assistants objectively rate the photos of the participants? Don’t they know that “lab assistants” are probably undergrads or maybe grad students, and therefor this shares the same bias as every psych study ever, namely the “students aren’t an average cross-section of society” bias? And why doesn’t this have an official cognitive bias or logical fallacy name? Or does it?

      PS Finished reading and my questions stand. I propose the “Parsec/Watson Effect” as the name for this, if it needs one and we are first. (Okay, Watson/Parsec Effect if you insist, but I’ll demand compensation.)

    • “So the researchers thought, well if picky people continue looking at other possible options even after making their decision, maybe that extends to marriage and so…”

      That sentence ends differently to my expectations.

      I would have thought that marriage is one situation where “looking at other possible options” after the fact is bound to end badly!

  • Rebecca Watson posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    (And here is another comment!)

  • Rebecca Watson posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    And now I’m leaving another comment (weird things are afoot, gosh I missed this)!

  • Rebecca Watson posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Don’t mind me, just leaving a test comment!

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