In July of 2011, Anders Breivik set off a bomb in front of government buildings in Oslo, killing 8 people, then gunned down dozens more at a summer camp for the youth league of the Norwegian labor party; in all, 77 people died by his hand. Breivik, a virulent Islamaphobe with a manifesto he wanted to publicize, thought he was striking a blow at the “Cultural Marxists,” multiculturalists, and feminists who, in his mind, were destroying European culture.
On Free Northerner, a far-right manosphere blog run by a self-described “Christian Reactionary,” the regulars are debating how Breivik did their cause more good or harm.
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In my experience one of the more dangerous types of human is the man or woman with an intense and unshakeable conviction that he or she is a “good” person, doing the “right” thing.
The danger is that such a person will see everything they think, say and do through the prism of perceived good and rightness, and this vision inevitably blinds them to the damage they are, like every other human being, capable of inflicting. Because they are unable to see they are incapable of taking responsibility, let alone making atonement or working towards change. So they continue on their blundering path, leaving havoc in their wake, entirely unable to acknowledge they’ve had any part in its production.
Or as Yeats puts it: The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.
(Actually, that poem, The Second Coming, is worth a read:…
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TalkingPointsMemo has gotten hold of an inadvertently hilarious internal document from the “breastaurant” chain Twin Peaks that provides an interesting glimpse into what those who run the company may actually think of the customers who pay their salaries.
Twin Peaks, as TPM writer Tara Culp-Ressler notes, is essentially Hooters on steroids, and the chain has been spreading like ebola; in 2013, it was the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the US. It also seems to be quite popular with Biker gangs; the gigantic biker shootout last weekend took place at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
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18 May 2015, Orissa
Sabitri and her six-month-old daughter were torched to death by her husband Bulu Das in Titikhandi village for dowry. The couple were married for 8 years and also have an older who too was doused with kerosene, but managed to escape. Bulu had been demanding Rs.10,000 in extra dowry from Sabitri and frequently beat and tortured her for it.
If I have seen a little further,
it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
We all know the quote. But often we don’t know the name of those Giants.
And she was not concerned that we know the true story, for in science, the shoulders are many and the results are what matter.
Newton’s giants were many: Copernicus, Galileo, Bruno, Kepler, Wallis, … But others were nameless.
Her giants included Newton, Haley, but also Annie Cannon.
And she was a giant, but who few know her name, for her almost contribution, or rather, her until recently uncredited contribution. For a man took that credit by publishing four years later essentially the same idea she had told him about — and that she deserved the real credit, for she was the first person to observe it and understand it. Moreover, she had the imagination not blinded by “conventional wisdom:” the scientific heterodoxy, which wasn’t really science at the time, anyway. Consensus science is never a science.
But she didn’t know that…
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Thanks to @STEMWomen, who noted on twitter that “Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that the sun is mainly composed of hydrogen,” citing this Facebook page from Astronomy/Astrophysics History and News.
The American Museum of Natural History has an online excerpt about Cecilia Payne from COSMIC HORIZONS: ASTRONOMY AT THE CUTTING EDGE, edited by Steven Soter and Neil deGrasse Tyson, a publication of the New Press. © 2000 American Museum of Natural History.