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Penis Parity Day

Today is an important day for women in America who are lucky enough to actually have a job. What day is this? I refer to it as "Penis Parity Day" although other, proper institutions refer to it by the more boring name, "Equal Pay Day". This day celebrates the dubious honour that, after slaving away from 1 January 2010 until 12 April 2011, women have finally earned the same amount of income as a man for doing the same job. For you mathematically-challenged men out there who determine salaries and raises, that translates into 103 more days to earn the same monetary reward for doing the same job.

Which makes me wonder why any men have jobs at all since female employees provide a much larger return on investment.

In honour of this auspicious day, I think all women should wear a strap-on to work. Just to, you know, make the point.

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Jason Clay: How Big Brands Can Help Save Biodiversity

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Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.
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Reinforcements Ordered in the War on Brains

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Rachel Maddow talks about her former show, The War on Brains -- she mentions that even though the program no longer exists, America's war on brains continues. Perhaps the most ridiculous example that she cites is the woman who claims on television that "the separation of church and state" is not mentioned anywhere in the US Constitution -- a fact that can be easily confirmed by anyone who can read by checking the original document.
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Free Money?

Aug 10 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, Employment, Ethics, NYC life

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Image: The Baltimore Sun.

I just mailed a letter back to the comptroller for Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital [now: New York-Presbyterian Hospital], which promises a refund for one of several duplicate charges that the hospital levied against me for medical bills that were "unpaid." I know I should be happy about this, but instead, I am very very angry. Why?
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ScienceBlogs = ZombieBlogs

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Ethics


Unless you've been living under a rock, or you are the CEO of Seed Media Group (SMG), you are well aware that Bora Zivkovic left ScienceBlogs 24 hours ago. Shockingly, despite this important loss, Adam Bly, CEO of SMG, has not communicated with any of us who remain at ScienceBlogs about this loss either by telephone, email, text, twitter, carrier pigeon or even with smoke signals. As far as I am concerned, ScienceBlogs is now ZombieBlogs, the undead, a heartless and soulless brain-eating monster that once was a beautiful living ideal.

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SMG/Sb Ethical Lapse Claims Another 'SciBling'

Jul 19 2010 Published by under Ethics

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I am greatly saddened to be able to tell you finally that my friend and colleague -- no, former colleague -- Bora Zivkovic, is leaving ScienceBlogs for good. I suspected and then knew for the past week and a half that this was coming, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I am deeply, deeply upset. So upset that I am really not able to talk about it. But in short, Bora is like a brother to me and since I've no family to speak of (until a few short months ago, when my real-life brother contacted me), Bora was the closest person to a brother I've ever had. I am sure you will want to continue reading his blog, so be sure to change your blogroll to include Bora's independent site at wordpress.

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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This video is really interesting for two reasons: first, it's a hand-drawn animation that evolves in front of your eyes, and second, I think it explains why scientists like to write blogs for the public about science -- for free! Adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, this fascinating video illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Jul 15 2010 Published by under Ethics

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Migration #2 (1995)
Fine art quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert.
[Hand dyed, machine pieced, appliqued, and quilted 100% cotton fabric, 80/20 cotton/poly batting]
Collection of The National Quilt Museum of the United States.

I have been trying to write this blog entry for several days now. I've actually written it a couple dozen times but I have deleted every one so far. But even though it's difficult to write, this is something I need to tell you, dear readers, even if my attempt at an explanation is clumsy.

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Orientation Day in the MSM

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This video is a rather .. interesting ... look at the challenges of working as a journalist in the mainstream media in these technologically challenging days.

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Top Catholic Priest Sexually Abused His Own Sons

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This video explores the question; "how much money would you want in exchange to be raped and sodomized throughout your childhood years?" This is a question that I also would like answers to. Any thoughts?

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