This has been a weird beginning to 2015. I haven’t been able to come up with any kind of post that is longer than a few sentences, and this one is no better. At least I finally got my camera out again — first time since I made the mistake of poking my finger onto the shutter.
Pro-Tip — don’t touch the shutter in your camera with your finger.
I hope to get to posting things soon.
I have read comic books in the past, though I was never a very dedicated collector. My favorite superhero is still Batman. I’ve read ones I thought had great art but lousy stories, and ones with great stories and meh art. And like most fans, casual and dedicated, I looked forward to live action versions of the books.
As my last post probably showed, I was wrapped in my privilege for most of my life. I had no idea where or how the feminists were fighting. White hetero male was oblivious.
Some folks have decided Christina Hoff Sommers is deserving of her self-labeling as a Feminist. Yet, she works for the mighty right-wing American Enterprise Institute. The right-wing is far from giving a crap about how women are treated. Women are barely people to the current conservatives.
Which brings me to this summary of her dishonesty.
I mean this: Christina Hoff Sommers, in her many recent public statements about rape and sexual assault in America, understates the prevalence of rape in this country in ways that are unsupported by the evidence. She analogizes America’s rape crisis to entirely invented “crises” of the past while wildly overstating the evidence for the existence of an epidemic of false rape claims. To read her writing, watch her videos, and follow her on Twitter is to be given a wholly unrealistic impression of the scale and seriousness of rape in America. And that’s the case — and this is crucial — even if you agree with her contention that rape reporting data is seriously flawed.
Let me say that again, because this was a core claim that her supporters made on Saturday afternoon: I am not calling Christina Hoff Sommers a rape denialist because we rely on different statistical estimates of the prevalence of rape. I am calling her a rape denialist because the way she deploys even her own preferred statistics is fundamentally bogus.
That article goes on to show how Sommers is either being dishonest, disingenuous, or completely out of touch with reality.
So, religion, any new discoveries about how the universe works since we last spoke? No. Too bad.
Because science has done it again.
Today the collaboration for the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of two new particles in the baryon family. The particles, known as the Xi_b’- and Xi_b*-, were predicted to exist by the quark model but had never been seen before.
More confirmation of theories we already have about what subatomic particles existed and when.