The Flying Cat

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Professors Love Answering Cold Emails from White Dudes, "Meh" on Everyone Else







Two more kickers: “There’s absolutely no benefit seen when women reach out to female faculty, nor do we see benefits from black students reaching out to black faculty or Hispanic students reaching out to Hispanic faculty,” and, “In business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.” Word, this sounds great, we’re doing great. [NPR]

But white male privilege doesn’t exist?

And then there’s this:

Milkman found there were very large disparities between academic departments and between schools. Faculty at private schools were significantly more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty at public schools. And faculty in fields that were very lucrative were also more likely to discriminate. So there was very little discrimination in the humanities. There was more discrimination among faculty at the natural sciences. And there was a lot of discrimination among the faculty at business schools.

Uh-huh tell me again how science and money are ideologically neutral.


This is the kind of privilege that tends to be invisible to those who benefit from it. The white male student is likely to tell himself “I succeeded because I worked hard at networking and put myself out there—anybody could do the same! The playing field is level, you just have to make your own opportunities and pull yourself up by the bootstraps!” And many dudes like this simply *will not believe* their female/nonwhite classmates when told that our experience of the world is systematically different.

But yeah, everything’s equal and we don’t need feminism.

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Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)

The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery afar, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover

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Your Religious Beliefs Can Get You Out Of Pretty Much Anything Now, Thanks SCOTUS!




Guys, guys, you don’t have to do any of the things required of citizens of the U.S., like, you know, testifying in court cases or obeying laws or not committing crimes if you say that it’s against your religion! I mean, it doesn’t even have to actually be against the rules of any known religion. You just have to say it and include the words “sincerely held.”

It is an actual Get Out Of Jail Free card.

Huh. When’s the next jubilee year in the Hebrew calendar? I’d like all my debts to be forgiven, as part of my sincerely held beliefs in my ancestral cultural religion.

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Secret Law is Not Law




The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Cindy Cohn is on fire: “Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as ‘law’ at all.”

The US Government and agencies like the DEA, NSA, TSA and FBI conduct mass-scale domestic…

Wow. Yes. If a law is kept secret from the public, it’s not law, and the public should not be held accountable for breaking it.