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Vox does an explainer on the theory that lizard people control the world

Kiwi cartoonist Toby Morris went seriously viral with this lovely little piece about how many tiny inequalities add up to real differences of opportunity. It has generated many, many point-missing comments. I particularly enjoy the ones from people who have no idea Toby’s writing from New Zealand. Here’s a favourite: “We don’t see Richard’s immigrant ancestors who were Paula and her parents. This is misleading.”
Toby has followed up with some reflections on this piece going viral and what he’s trying to achieve with it.

Another great comic about the awkwardness of working out how to greet people in different cultures!

Evil Dead/Marvel Zombies mashup short:

I somehow think the photographer behind these portraits of purity ball fathers-and-daughters is not being entirely genuine when he talks about his respect for the subjects. Evidence: the bloody great oil pump in the background of the headline shot.

Via Michael U: why we love repetition in music. (In Mike’s tweet he especially recommended listening to the speech-to-sound illusion tracks, and I repeat that recommendation. I repeat that recommendation. I repeat that recommendation.)

Way back when, I wandered into a record store (kids, ask your parents about those) and saw a young woman doing a lovely acoustic set. I bought the CD (kids, ask your parents about those) the minute she was done. Anika Moa has been a consistently delightful person since then, but she reveals an unexpected (by me) comedic talent in her incredible interview series for the Herald. Check out her chat with the NZ Bachelor about his experience on the programme. Kiwi as, and I laughed like a buffoon.

I’ve seen lots of smart & savvy people sharing this Jacobin piece about recent trends for “natural foods” and the history of eating. It’s well-researched and full of surprising little facts, and it seems to be resonating with lots of good folks. But I really, really disliked it. Linking it anyway because it’s definitely getting attention, but I’ll also link to Phil Sandifer’s very brief reply.

My lovely friend Jaimee’s publicising her fascinating longitudinal research into patterns of bullying, with some genuinely fresh insights, like: if you were a bully to others but were never a victim, you’re marked for trouble down the line.

And finally, via Mat Gritt: Catalog Living, a glimpse into the exciting world of people living in your catalogs

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  1. Ben | May 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Jon Ronson gives a helpful guide to understanding Icke, which is needed to understand lizard people:
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/mar/17/features.weekend

  2. Stephanie | June 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    “Kiwi cartoonist Toby Morris went seriously viral with this lovely little piece about how many tiny inequalities add up to real differences of opportunity.”
    It’s a really powerful way of talking about the issue. And that’s assuming that Paula’s family are supporting her in her efforts to improve her lot – and _that_ seriously makes a difference. As an example, we were quite poor growing up, but our extended family weren’t – I’ve lost count of the favours they did for us when we were kids, on top of the general expectation that we’d be going to university. I had a couple of friends back when I lived in Auckland who had really opposite stories – a woman who’s father beat her when she insisted on being allowed to finish 6th form instead of quitting school to work in a bank and start paying board, and a man who had to support himself in a supermarket job in his final year at high school because his father was so abusive. And they both made it, got good degrees and good jobs, but holy cow did they have to hustle to get there. And I keep on thinking, how many really smart people are out there who just had one obstacle too many to get through? (It drives me *nuts* to hear some solidly middle class, multi generational middle class prat going on about “equality of opportunity not equality of outcome”. Just by being born to their particular family they got an unequal opportunity.)

    “Another great comic about the awkwardness of working out how to greet people in different cultures!”
    The first time I went to England, we went to a family reunion with some second and third cousins I’d never met before. They all grabbed my hand and tugged me down to do the cheek brush thing. It was really surprising!

    “I’ve seen lots of smart & savvy people sharing this Jacobin piece about recent trends for “natural foods” and the history of eating.”
    Well, it’s a fair point that being fussy about food is a class issue. Slow food or organic food or ‘super foods’ are all things for people who have some surplus cash. Did you ever see the “Supersizers Go…” series? They go through a bunch of historical periods eating the diet of the period. Their Restoration episode had the Supersizers eating a middle class diet (which was all meat), peasants ate bread, and no one ate vegetables because they’d *been in the dirt.* (You were allowed oranges if you went to the opera). Then they got to the point where someone started promoting vegetarianism, and one of the Supersizers almost burst into tears about being able to eat salad again.

  3. morgue | June 4, 2015 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    all of these comments sparked thinking in me but it’s now weds midnight & i still haven’t had time to think those thoughts through to a conclusion. maybe tomorrow? in any case thanks for your great comment

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