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Spider Woman (from the New Yorker): “Spiders have a bad reputation, largely undeserved. The great majority aren’t venomous enough to harm us, or their fangs are too small, or their jaw muscles are too puny, or they simply see no profit in attacking large, indigestible creatures that can crush them with their toes. Unlike snake venom, which is designed to kill vertebrates, spider venom is almost always meant for insects. Its toxins can stop a hornet in mid-flight, but they lack proper targets in the human nervous system. “If we were wired for spider venoms the way insects are, we would be screwed,” Binford says.”
Hey Focus on the Family: Masturbation is Actually Important (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “God isn’t going to send you to hell because you masturbate … but if you do masturbate, you need to break the habit, because sexual fulfillment is for marriage and marriage only, and masturbating now might ruin your chances of sexual fulfillment in marriage.
This is wrong on so many levels. Let me start by addressing two.”
Georgia’s Total Abortion Ban Would Give Rights to a Fertilized Egg (from Rewire News): ““Personhood” laws seek to classify fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses as people with full legal recognition and protection. The “any stage of development” language would alter Georgia law. However, it carefully avoids the question of fertilized ovum created for the purposes of in vitro fertilization (IVF), which happens in a medical setting outside of a person’s body.”
The case against lawns (from Curbed): “After the neighbors replaced the nearby woods with an oversized house and lawn, annihilating a small ecosystem, the birds at our bird feeder grew fewer and fewer, and their species changed to hardier, more urbane types: sparrows, robins, some cardinals, and an occasional cedar waxwing. To this day, I wonder what happened to the goldfinches. There were plants in that patch of forest; rare plants, like the elusive sandhill lily and the tiny five-petaled blankets of sandhills pixie-moss, that were lost, further endangering these already brow-beaten species found only in this part of the world. Meanwhile, the neighbors’ lawn, like many lawns, introduced plants that we only too late realized had great potential to be invasive, such as Bradford pear and Chinese privet. What is lost to this carelessness cannot be regained. As we build more and more of our houses with lawns, we deprive ourselves of both natural signposts and crucial ecological elements.”
Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism (from Motherboard via Vice): “Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove.”
And that’s all for now. Drop by again when I’ll have more interesting information for you to digest. Until then, happy reading!