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- Thanks to a link Shel dropped into comments on my “Theda’s Kin” post, I fell down a rabbit hole of the brain’s striking ability to make accurate snap judgments. Here’s a short version of what Shel was getting at: how we can tell criminals from non-criminals with only their faces to go by. And similar accuracy turns out to apply with our “gaydar,” “mordar,” etc. (What’s mordar, you may ask? Why, it’s our unusual ability to quickly recognize Mormoms, even when they’re not walking up to our doors two-by-two wearing suits and ID badges.)
- But then, sometimes, as in this short story, identity is a trickier matter. (H/T. MJR)
- In Colorado, so-called switchblade knives and gravity knives are no longer illegal, thanks to local activists, sensible legislators, and Knife Rights. ‘Bout time. Anti-knife laws were born out of a 1950s moral panic and should have been done away with long ago.
- The shoot back movement among gays and trans people seems to be growing. Good for them. Good for Erin Palette. And good for us all.
- A few takes on government health-care debacles. Rob Kenyon says, “The game is up, House leadership” (and it’s a good thing the Republicans “Obamacare Lite” bill went down in flames). Debra Saunders muses that Trump got the level of loyalty he merited. But lest we forget, Matt Lewis remind us — in the story of another Matt Lewis and his wife — how badly Obamacare screwed over U.S. health insurance and health care.
- How ISPs can sell your data and how you can protect yourself.
- So. Did you turn off all your lights for Earth Hour on Saturday? Nope, I didn’t think so. And good thing you didn’t honor that stupid, harmful occasion.