Why Vegans Shouldn't Swallow - A Pro-Life Manifesto

Vegans and unethical swine (no offense meant to swine, it is hard to combat the ingrained anthropocentrism of our language) of the world, I come to you to deliver a manifesto. Vegans, you have been hoodwinked, tricked into believing that you have succeeded at ethical consumption. But the world conspires against your… » 8/01/15 4:15pm Saturday 4:15pm

Share some puzzles in the cross thread

Hello fellow kinjaeers and welcome to the very weekly Whitenoise, Hackerspace, Groupthink, Odeck, Tay, Oppo, Backtalk, Clashtalk, and Powder Room cross thread. This week we take a break from kinja and discuss puzzles. Games you’re liking or liked, puzzles you just solved or are looking to solve...if it’s puzzeling… » 7/30/15 10:32am Thursday 10:32am

Five Professional Wrestlers of Color You Should Know About

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about pro wrestling recently, and a lot of rewatching old matches. I had my favorites, the Undertaker above all others, but this isn’t about him. This is about the wrestlers of color who brought joy to my childhood and early adulthood, who have done great things for the business and… » 7/26/15 5:38pm 7/26/15 5:38pm

Police May Still Face Blame if Sandra Bland Committed Suicide

Autopsy results announced by the local prosecutor confirmed the police’s original party line this week, as reported by the New York Times: Sandra Bland’s manner of death was suicide - more specifically, reported on CNN.com, “self-inflicted asphyxiation.” The family has commissioned a private autopsy, and maybe a… » 7/26/15 1:25pm 7/26/15 1:25pm

Burning for You: Burnout in the Mental Health Field

I work as a counselor for teenage girls with level two trauma, autism, behavioral disorders, or sometimes all three. More often than not, when I tell people that first
meet me about my job, they wince. The next comments usually include some variants of the following:

“Oh wow, that’s tough....”
“I couldn’t do… » 7/23/15 8:21pm 7/23/15 8:21pm

Tell me your ban stories in the Cross Thread

‘ello happy people and welcome to the I know it’ll be late cross thread. Sorry about that, but scheduled shares don’t work on stuff that’s scheduled (gah kinja, why?) . This is the weekly pan-kinja cross thread, shared out to Whitenoise, Hackerspace, Groupthink, Odeck, Tay, Oppo, Backtalk, Clashtalk, and Powder Room.… » 7/16/15 12:15pm 7/16/15 12:15pm

A Death Sentence by Any Other Name

The first time I sat second chair on a murder trial, the client was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He’d allegedly committed the crime when he was 18. (In order to function as a defense attorney, I find it necessary not to form an opinion of guilt or innocence before, during, or after my handling… » 7/15/15 7:20am 7/15/15 7:20am

Share your Subblog in the Cross Thread

‘ello one and all and welcome to the very weekly Whitenoise, Hackerspace, Groupthink, Odeck, Tay, Oppo, Backtalk, Clashtalk, and Powder Room cross thread. Last week, Lexador made the very excellent suggestion that I shoud ask ya’ll to recommend articles from your corner of the kinjaverse that you think are worth a… » 7/02/15 11:23am 7/02/15 11:23am

Democracy and Hypocrisy: Scalia's Striking Lack of Logic 

I attended a university where Antonin Scalia taught, and he had many friends remaining among the faculty. When he visited to speak at the law school, I declined to apply for the very sought-after tickets, because I did not want to be in the same room with him.
» 6/29/15 8:03am 6/29/15 8:03am

Yes, Race and Gender Are Social Constructs. No, They Are Not Alike

Recent events in blackface have brought renewed attention to the concept of social construction. If gender is a social construct and race is as well, some wonder why it’s okay for transgender people to change their gender presentation but not for white people to become black. The answer is that yes, race and gender… » 6/18/15 12:26am 6/18/15 12:26am