Observed on 30th Street between P and Q, Georgetown, D.C.:


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A Couple of Thoughts About the Rolling Stone UVA-Rape Article

By now, you might have come across this Rolling Stone article about rape at the University of Virginia. While I recommend it, it’s very graphic and horrifying (so you might not want to read it). Back when I was a wee Mad Biologist, I applied to UVA (and for the record was accepted). When I visited, I remember the constant references to the Honor Code and Mr. Jefferson–as in Thomas. Of course, anyone familiar with the sordid underside of Southern Honor wouldn’t be entirely surprised that sexual assault was rampant and willfully ignored. Just following in the footsteps of Mr. Jefferson, I suppose.

One other point, and then some links to previous posts about campus rape. Doesn’t this imply a very serious flaw in the admissions policy? From my perspective, not raping people is a pretty damn low bar to clear. I realize we live in a society which too often excuses or occasionally even condones rape. But I hope someone, not just at UVA but other universities, will spend some time trying to figure out how limit the number of rapists accepted to their schools in the first place. Because–and I’m not being glib here–we have launched air strikes for less. This is a serious human rights violation, not ‘boys will be boys.’

Anyway, I wrote these a while ago, and regrettably, they’re still germane:

Why We Still Have College Adminstrations That Are Soft on Rape

The Math Behind Why Harvard and Other Universities Don’t Take Rape Seriously

Twenty Four Years Later, Nothing Has Changed Regarding Campus Rape

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Links 11/22/14

Links for you. Science:

Save the museums: Italy’s curators must band together to preserve their valuable collections
Poachers Are Now Slaughtering Africa’s Giraffes: Populations have plunged 40 percent as the animals are killed for their meat, often to feed elephant hunters.
Less time for science: Added duties offset researchers’ gains in productivity
It’s a total shirtstorm
For Ebola patients, getting treatment quickly is crucial


The War Nerd: Why Sherman was right to burn Atlanta (must-read)
Overlooking Rape
Doxxing defense: Remove your personal info from data brokers
Nicholas Kristof on what ‘whites just don’t get’ about racial inequality
Arlington streetcar demise sends message to poorer residents: Keep riding the bus
Foolishness, Poverty, Mobility
Suffer Little Children
Here’s why Democrats couldn’t run on the economy in 2014
New York Fed, Goldman in Criminal Investigation for Sharing Confidential Information
So Sorry, Minneapolis Teachers
100% Charter Fail
The Bill Cosby story, and the time I got sexually harassed in the Senate
Bill Cosby Once Publicly Bullied A Notre Dame Football Player To Tears (it gets worse)
Federal infant mortality funding restored for D.C., potentially saving dozens of jobs

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That’s a lot of satellite dishes on top of this building seen on M Street, Downtown, D.C.:


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Well, Nothing to Worry About Then

Apparently, the global warming crisis has a simple solution (boldface mine):

The fact that half of Americans cite the end times as a cause of recent severe weather events suggests a kind of fatalism that would certainly lead to less urgency when it comes to issues like climate change. Even many of those who believe in climate change — and about one-quarter of Americans don’t, per the survey — seem to think natural disasters are part of something that is preordained.

In addition, 39 percent of Americans say God would not allow humans to destroy the Earth (53 percent disagree). So, apparently, most of those who believe we’re in the end times also believe God would intervene. Basically at least four in 10 Americans see little reason for a human response — or, at least, doubt things will wind up being catastrophic.

This is insane.

And the congregation responds: This another reason why we can’t have nice things.

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Links 11/21/14

Links for you. Science:

Mammoths are a huge part of my life. But cloning them is wrong
Gecko-inspired adhesives allow people to climb walls
Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on. Every year, the US government gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support
Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper
Chagas Disease in America: Undiagnosed, Unappreciated


Whatever Happened to Overtime? It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents. And Obama could fix it—without Congress. (excellent)
Remember Christie’s controversial Ebola policy? (we do)
Some Thoughts on the 2014 Election (the entire damn Republican Party is the 1990s militia movement)
Reality Leaves Newark and Invades Rick Hess’s Happy, Shiny World (“Imagine what it’s like, then, having to pay taxes to support a school system where you have no ability to shape policy or determine personnel through the exercise of your democratic rights.”)
Quick, Some Meaningless Budget Numbers from the NYT
Why I Left United Airlines
Slurstorm, and the flaws in “Shirtstorm” arguments
Today in #Ebolanoia: Man in isolation at Delhi airport after officials insist on testing his semen
Wisconsin as a Frontier of School Privatization: Will Anyone Notice the Looting?
Nobody Should Shed A Single Solitary Salty Tear Over Senator Mary Landrieu
American Rand Stand, Con’t
D.C. To Test Demand-Based Parking Prices In Penn Quarter
Facebook reveals cop who killed black St. Louis teen an Obama-hating ammosexual
Ebola Response in Liberia Is Hampered by Infighting
The Republican Health Care Pathology
Anonymous Operation #HoodsOff IDs St. Louis Klan Members — Including Cops
No, the Culture Wars Haven’t Heated Up. It Just Seems Like They Have.
Chair of NY Regents Threatens to Close Schools that DeBlasio Wants to Help
Orange moves to change policy to keep Satanist coloring book out of schools

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One That Got Away

I think it’s broken. White Cage by Bernardi Roig, Dupont Circle, at the corner of Q and 21st Streets, D.C.:


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