Female Scientist Gets Called Whore, Kicks Ass, Takes Names

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Scientists are people too and, sadly, the sciences are often still a hotbed of misogyny and, um, stupid men who can’t shut up.

Dr. Danielle Lee is a science blogger for Scientific American which is basically an American institution. She’s good enough that “Biology Online,” which I’d never heard of (that means nothing, there’s tons of things I haven’t heard of), wanted to offer her a ‘guest blogger’ opportunity. Cool beans, right?

Not so. When the issue of money came up the fur started to fly. Link to original here.

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Yeah, not the best sales pitch I’ve ever heard either. Dr. Lee was having none of it and so she crafted this wonderful reply in all it’s South Memphis accented beauty.

Which absolutely reminds me of this essence of this. [tc-mark]


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Former GOP Executive Director Says Transgender People Belong “In A Camp”

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Earlier this year, Jessica Blankenship, one of my favorite Thought Catalog writers, wrote an article called, “Need Someone To Hate Today? Meet Todd Kincannon”.

In the article, Blankenship cites a number of incendiary tweets and statements by Kincannon, the former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party. Earlier this year, Kincannon wrote that “Trayvon Martin was a dangerous thug who needed to be put down like a rabid dog,” that the Super Bowl “sucks more dick than adult Trayvon Martin would have for drug money.” He then followed this up by claiming that he’s “not really a racist.” Sure thing, buddy. Whatever you say.

He’s also sounded off on Hurricane Katrina victims and once told a veteran of the Iraq War that he wishes the soldier would have “come home in a body bag.” (Support the troops, amirite!?)

Last night, he decided to tear into transgender people…

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17 Inspiring Quotes About Cats That Will Make You Lose Faith In Dogs

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Everything a cat is and does physically is to me beautiful, lovely, stimulating, soothing, attractive and an enchantment. Paul Gallico
I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often. Julio Cortázar

In my next life I want to be a cat. To sleep 20 hours a day and wait to be fed. To sit around licking my ass. Charles Bukowski
Cat hate reflects an ugly, stupid, loutish, bigoted spirit. William S. Burroughs
Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat. Mark Twain

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31 Things That Are More Important Than Being In A Relationship Right Now

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Whether you’re dating someone or single, it’s important to take self-inventory, being intentional about the relationships you have and the relationships you want. How often do we make checklists of our needs? I firmly believe that you can do anything you want while you’re in a relationship — except flap your arms and fly, because you can’t do that ever — but before you go about throwing yourself into something, it’s best to ask the big questions.

Here are 31 things that I believe are equally important as being in a relationship or in the case of #2, way more important. Kerry Washington is more important than everything.

1. Having healthy and fulfilling friendships with the people who have stuck by you forever — and who will stay by your side, even as relationships come and go.

2. Making sure that you’re caught up on Scandal.

3. Being in…

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Reid’s Downgrade Remark Foreshadows Fitch Warning

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Updated, 5:20 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the floor a bit after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday that rating agencies are talking about downgrading U.S. debt “as soon as tonight.”

The remark likely did not arise from inside knowledge about the plans of ratings agencies, a Reid adviser says. “To my knowledge, he has not been briefed,” said Adam Jentleson, Reid’s spokesman.

But after markets closed Tuesday evening, Fitch Ratings placed the U.S. credit rating under review for a downgrade, citing risks stemming from the looming debt crisis.  “Although Fitch continues to believe that the debt ceiling will be raised soon, the political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility could increase the risk of a U.S. default,” the agency wrote.

The move is not a downgrade, or an indictment of broader U.S. economic conditions. Rather, it is a warning issued on the basis of Congressional negotiators’ inability to break the partisan impasse…

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