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Rebecca Watson

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    On July 5th of this year, Donald Trump announced that he would pay a million dollars to the charity of Elizabeth Warren’s choice if she t […]

    • Thank you. I took one look at how the more toxic Dems *cough*Daily Kos*cough* were handling this, and yeah, unsurprisingly, everyone but Meteor Blades was attacking Meteor Blades and using a commercial genealogy site as if it was an official statement from the Cherokee.

      To be fair, Trump could very well be the first Indian POTUS. Of course, more for the nepotism than anything. Reneging on every deal he’s ever made is there too.

      (And now I’m stealing from Trevor Noah’s “Trump is the first African POTUS” joke, but it’s better than what I had written out which plagiarized Lenny Bruce instead.)

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    Did you know that boys, not girls, are more often the victims of dating violence? It’s true because a study said so! Pack it up everybody, t […]

    • Yeah, when you conflate the two, things get…yeah.

      However, there is definitely a correlation between being a domestic abuser and shooting people. Also a correlation between being an incel and shooting people. Wow, who knew misogyny would correlate so well to murder? Lots of people would.

    • AFAIK, every culture socializes male abusiveness differently from female abusiveness. I wonder if there would actually be a difference if the socializations were non-gendered.

      When the abuse is violent, males are stronger and do more damage on average. I think that tends to skew our perception of the harm.

      The bottom line is that we need to teach both boys and girls how to have healthy relationships; and how to recognize early on if they are in an unhealthy one.

      Given how many kids have no opportunity to witness a healthy relationship, I expect this to take at least 1000 years.

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    I know I’ve already made several videos about Brett Kavanaugh and the woman he attempted to rape, Christine Blasey Ford, but this whole s […]

    • “So there it is, right? Memory is infallible, eyewitnesses can’t be trusted, there’s no way we should believe an accusation of sexual assault several decades after it happened. Right?”

      One edit: Should read “memory is fallible”. But this still doesn’t change this: Ford and the other alleged (covering my legal ass here) victims knew Kavanaugh, and they didn’t have a therapist with an agenda fucking with them like so many, e.g., “Satanic ritual abuse” cases do. And oh yeah, we have his yearbook, and the reference to “Devil’s Triangle”. Yeah, that’s a sex thing. It refers to a threesome between two men and one woman. Not necessarily rape, but in high school? Most likely.

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    For the past decade, everyone has been concerned with the bees. What’s happening to them? Where are they going? What is the cause of colony c […]

    • Why did the researchers choose the exposure levels of 5 and 10 mg? Is it reasonable to assume that an individual honeybee could be exposed to those levels outside of the laboratory?

    • Well, there was his talk about Chinese mercantilism…

      Anyway, yeah, I always end up saying “It’s not killing the bees, but I killed the wasps.” (I had a major wasp infestation earlier this year.)

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    I’m a Libra, an ENTJ, a Slytherin (apparently), a Samantha, and a Monkey according to a placemat at the Chinese restaurant I went to as a k […]

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    In my previous video, I talked a little bit about Republicans trying to push through Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court despite a lot of […]

    • It’s an interesting defense, since someone who raped one woman didn’t rape 3.7 billion women. So, you see, he’s a nice guy after all.

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    Currently, US Republican representatives are trying to push through Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, despite that f […]

    • Lie Detector was a cute game, but when you’re accused of a crime, you will be stressed.

      We can only suss out lies by looking for inconsistencies.

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    Flu season is here, and so I wanted to make a quick video encouraging you to get a flu shot! Let’s go over a few of the most common o […]

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    Here in the United States, we don’t have socialized healthcare because we hate the idea of paying for someone else’s medical bills. So ins […]

    • What’s amazing to me is, people still think crowdfunding is the greatest thing. I mean, it worked for Salk, but that was then. This is the era of scams on every crowdfunding site.

      I won’t go as far as the MSM in saying millennials are serial killers (RIP malls, dating, drive-in movies, drive-thrus, etc.), but millennials are certainly criminals. (Besides the aforementioned scams, the entire internet economy is one giant pyramid scheme, which often involves selling fan-made merchandise.)

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    I’ve mentioned a little bit about QAnon in previous videos without going into much about what it is, and who “Q” is — I’ve only talked […]

    • I may have told this one before but one of the great moments in the 70s was when some psychic predicted a massive tidal wave and the Premier of the State went down to the main pier of the State Capital on the actual day in question along with thousands of people.

      Needless to say the watery Armageddon failed to materialise and a whole bunch of people had their skeptical viewpoint reinforced for great justice.

    • Yeah, even most /x/ folks seem to know they’re a con.

      Plus, the metaphor doesn’t make sense. Bakers don’t assemble crumbs to make a cake.

      Granted, they’re not the first ones to use bad metaphors. *cough*the entirety of The World is Flat by the only guy even more disconnected from reality than Trumpsters*cough*

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    As a science communicator and a person who is generally interested in cool tech, I think I surprise a lot of people by not being an early […]

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    We’re living in a time of absolute information overload. The week I’m recording this video, one of the US President’s staff is being convi […]

    • This is going to be one of those like when everyone said “If Hillary doesn’t win, a racist is going to be president.” as if that had never happened before in the entire history of the United States, isn’t it?

      It makes my blood boil too, and “boil” just happens to rhyme with the reason the US is fine with it. Well, one reason. (There is a pseudoleft faction so possessed by orientalism, they are totally fine ignoring Saudis or Iranians or whoever behaving badly, but they have no power outside of academia. However, more millennials support this faction than any previous generation.)

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    It’s that time again! Time for Wrong Information to Go Viral on the Twitters. And yes, it’s always that time. That time literally never sto […]

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    It’s probably no surprise to you, if you’re subscribed to my youtube channel or patreon, that the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) is saf […]

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    There’s so much bad news happening right now that I wanted to make a quick video about something pretty awesome. Even though it does i […]

    • Seems worth considering that our current Neanderthal DNA percentage (3% for people from Europe or Asia) might measure the proportion of Neanderthals to ‘modern’ humans during the period they (we) lived in parallel.

    • It is also worth noting that the parents of this young woman, were more distant genetically from each other, than are any two humans alive today.

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    Mollie Tibbetts was a 20-year old woman who was recently murdered in Iowa. Her name is everywhere right now because Donald Trump claims her […]

    • Yeah wow. I could tell the exact point in the story where you really started to get angry and passionate about this.

      If it’s any consolation the situation is very bad here as well. My old man mentioned the other day about how there were so many homeless women on the streets and I pointed out that undoubtedly they were all victims of domestic violence. That stopped him, to his credit he went very quiet.

      Actually no, that all makes it worse not better. Fuck this world.

    • Middle of para 3″ that”=”and” would make sense
      But as a dramatic moment it works well

      By the way do you know I have been following for 10 years now?
      I still regard you as an excellent journalist and a touchstone of good sense with a finger on the pulse of important news.

      Thank you for everything, Rebecca.

    • >The Problem isn’t Immigrants. It’s Men who Murder Women.

      The only way you could have ceded the argument any more is if you argued “The Problem isn’t Immigrants. It’s Humans who Murder Humans”. Also a true statement, but a completely useless one when it comes to policy or even explanation of why this happened. Yours in no better.

      I mean, what is one supposed to do with a blanket statement that implicates 3.7 billion people and half the population?

      >Of course, many anti-immigration fascists like Candace Owens have seized upon this opportunity to go on a full-on public relations blitz

      They did. But how is that different than what you’re doing? You’re supposed be a dispassionate objective skeptic. Instead, you’re as ideological as they are except they could actually attach a policy to their (flawed) argument – you can’t because there is no policy or strategy you can implement to target 3.7 billion people. Men aren’t going anywhere.

      • You’re (somewhat) right, but only somewhat. In Minnesota about two decades ago, it wasn’t just whites involved in human trafficking and gang rape of Indian women, Somalis were as well.

        But don’t forget about the white traffickers and rapists. It was the Somalis who added clitoridectomy to the mix as well, though.

        It’s not exactly PC to say it, because it’s one of those “we love you until you open your mouth” things white liberals love to do, the things intersectionality was supposed to fight but was ultimately subsumed by.

      • “there is no policy or strategy you can implement to target 3.7 billion people”

        Yes there is. You can educate boys to be respectful of women. I did it and it’s not hard.

        • >You can educate boys to be respectful of women.

          You sound enlightened. Not like the rest of us that are taught to disrespect women … especially in context of the article which dealt with the abduction and murder of a woman.

          But OK, I’ll bite, how do you craft a global policy to “educate boys to be respectful of women”?

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    SNOWFLAKES! ‘Trigger warnings’ may undermine ’emotional resilience,’ Harvard study finds, or so says a headline on…well, gopusa. […]

    • By the way, today’s WaPo has a look back at Technocracy, Inc. and how it relates to modern Silicon Valley.

      There were Technocracy, Inc. types all throughout the Clinton campaign as well. One of the things that really skeezed me about them.

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    New research has emerged showing that women are more likely to survive heart attacks if they’re treated by a female doctor. The result c […]

    • That thing about warning signs of heart attack in women is especially important. There are still those (especially older doctors, people tend to cling to what they were taught, and the older you are, the more out of date that information is) who cling to the “small man” myth, that is, that male and female bodies are the same except for the genitalia and the larger mass of the male body.

      As for those male doctors, who knew that being isolated from half the population was a guaranteed path to medical incompetence?

    • I wonder if there is enough data in the study to follow this effect over the twenty years of the study. I am a fairly recent (male) doctor, and we (in my med school class, 60% women, 40% men) were educated pretty thoroughly on the different symptomatology between women and men in the case of acute MI. Maybe this serious issue is in the process of being resolved. I sincerely hope so!

    • It’s a great title Rebecca, the title says it all and suggests the solution.

      I generalise here.

      People have been brainwashed into regarding price as the most important criterion. Price is easy to quantify, quality is not.

      When you* are young and invulnerable or Republican and arrogant, thinking ill health is some sort of moral deficiency, you don’t think too much about it. When you are old or vulnerable, pregnant, or with young sick kids, the odds begin to stack up against you and you realise how important a good doctor is.

      Unfortunately in a Capitalist system, market forces rule and if everybody goes to the quick in and out sausage** factory type doctor, the more caring and careful type of doctor has fewer patients and relatively speaking is underpaid.

      Worse, the more caring doctor receives criticism for being behind schedule because they always devote additional time to patients with more serious problems.

      As you may remember my wife is a GP and we have lived with this shit for 40 plus years.

      So if you want to support the caring doctor, go and see them and support them when your problems are simple, as they may not be there when you really need them.

      *As always, You = plural you, not you in particular, I could say we
      **Sausage factory – male – see what I did there?!
      although there are many caring male doctors as well.

    • Also, don’t fucking rock up to a 15 minute appointment with a shopping list of problems, schedule a longer session or see your doctor more frequently.

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    As an American who has lived in the United States for the vast majority of my life, I think I can safely say that we’ve got some problems h […]

    • It’s no surprise at all. People forget when gun control first caught on in this country. It wasn’t on the left. It was Ronald Reagan, taking guns out of the hands of Black Panthers.

      For Indians, our experience has been that everyday racists tend to get creative, doing things like drugging you, driving you up a cliff, wrapping you in a blanket, and throwing you off. Northern Plains nice, you know? (I mean, back in the 70s, they even rented an American Legion hall for a lynching, so, yeah.) But racist cops? They’ve got a gun right there and a hair-trigger sense of fear, which is of course much more racial. (I mean, shooting a naked guy. Where is he going to hide his gun? Don’t answer that.)

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    It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of evolutionary psychology. A few years back I did a lecture tour where I shared the most hilariously bad […]

    • Nothing new. Remember the “warrior gene”, found coincidentally in populations (never white populations) known for being warlike?

      If you say “Okay, do you have any evidence to back up your assertions?”, cries of “PoMo!” will ensue. Which, to be fair, postmodern types are a pain in the ass as well (e.g., arguing that male domination is tied to cultures with a solar calendar).

      What I find interesting about Murray is the number of centrists and lefter-than-thou types who will argue for his “cognitive elite” once you get rid of the racist element. Obviously they’re still idiots, but it shows how much of eugenics is considered consensus among politicians and pundits (but importantly not geneticists).

    • “he also defended the neo-Nazi Milo Yiannopolous, arguing that he couldn’t possibly be a neo-Nazi because he’s gay and “half-Jewish.”

      LMFAO the first thing Hitler did when he marched into Austria was to search and destroy the records of his Jewish ancestry.

      Also Hitler’s rival for leadership until 1936 Ernst Roehm was known as “the Breechloader”

      Self loathing and transferrence can account for a lot of Adolf’s mental pathology. Neither gay nor Jewish rules out fascist ideology.

      Hypocrisy and delusion are rampant in the world of politics to this day. What a surprise.

      • It’s a possibility, but strikes me as idle speculation about Hitler. Basically, Hitler’s grandmother, Maria Schicklgruber, was a maid for a Jewish household, and the argument is that possibly she had an affair with one of the men of the household, and that man was the father of Hitler’s father, Alois Hitler, né Schicklgruber. Doesn’t sound like any reasonable person would count that as more than speculation, though.

        Of course, the obvious example would be Satmars marching in support of people who love to use Nazi imagery.

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