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Have you ever had that experience where you’re walking along and someone tries to hand you a religious tract, and you smile politely and say no thank you and try to keep going, but they reach out again and for whatever reason you stop, and then the following conversation happens? “Can I tell you about […]

Almost a year ago, Frontline ran a detailed article of how Stand Your Ground laws fare when broken down by race, based on the work of the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. The study used FBI data on homicides from 2005-2009 (43,500), singling out the cases of single shooters targeting a single stranger. So, then, […]

One of the first things I saw when I got off the plane in Philadelphia Sunday night, after a trans-Pacific flight, was this statement from Rep. Jodie Laubenberg: In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out. The woman had five months to make that decision, at […]

As some folks know, I’m leading a discussion this afternoon on citizen/DIY science and research ethics, with my co-moderator, Dr. Judy Stone. One of the things that Judy and I have been talking about lately is whether or not there’s really a concern with ethical research in citizen science, or if the concern is with […]

It’s been a banner year for rape in the media, and apparently December just felt left out. Joining the likes of: Todd “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down” Akin (outgoing Rep, R-Missouri);1 Paul “forcible rape” Ryan (2012 GOP VP candidate);2 Chuck “I would hope that […]

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