More Republicans try to ban books on race, LGBTQ issues. Some want them burned.

It’s fine and good that a novel on queer identity is *available* at a *high school* *library*.

Banning (and burning!) books is never a good look. ⁦…
Here is a tweet with images deemed most offensive. My sense is that having such a book available in a high school library is in keeping with the sexual awareness of most students that age. And similar content should be available for straight students, too.
I suppose I start from presumption that high school students (95% of whom have access to a smartphone --…) can access sexual materials. To have a librarian who has (hopefully thoughtfully) chosen a book is more educational and developmentally supportive.
Banning books is never a good look — when the right does it or when the left does. And here’s an apt tweet that went viral two days ago.

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Students at University of Sussex, acting immaturely & engaged in a kind of modern witch burning, should be deeply ashamed.

But even more ashamed should be Professor Stock's colleagues, who should have rallied to publicly defend her & principle of open discourse at a *university*
For views like this “I feel very worried for teenagers who are now foreclosing reproductive possibilities and their future... based on an idea that they may come to relinquish at a later date” students at Sussex engaged in a kind of modern witch-burning.…
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I recently learned of these written records regarding the father of Agamemnon. The myths, and the history, and the archaeology are all so moving — stretching across time (almost) immemorial.
The site of Mycenae is stunning. So different than what one thinks of classical Greece. ImageImageImageImage
On the other side of this wall was likely the bath where Clytemnestra killed Agamemnon. Image
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Blow by blow of appalling administrator behavior via @TheFIREorg: 'When Colbert hadn’t apologized, Cosgrove sent an email to Yale Law’s entire second-year class to “condemn in the strongest possible terms” the assertedly “pejorative and racist language.”'…
Such a public email, at odds with the facts, is indeed an administrative sanction of the student, and was unwarranted. This indicates the falsity of the claim by this elite law school that 'nothing was done' to the student.
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MIT cancels geophysics lecture by @DorianAbbot about the climates of extra-solar planets after some people are outraged re his unrelated views on the harm arising from certain kinds of diversity initiatives. Prof. Abbot reacts with grace.…
There is no right to be invited to speak at a college. But, once a person is invited, a college should never yield to demands to withdraw an invitation. People can protest if they want. But honoring demands for disinvitation is incompatible with the mission of a great university.
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An epidemic sweeps through a population unwilling to take it seriously: Idaho -- an act in four parts.
Down with vaccines!…
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Love at first sight is such a fascinating scientific (and not just literary) phenomenon.… It's possible to imagine evolutionary origins for this experience. Its often reciprocated nature is an important clue.
Here is another recent example in the news (among many "Woodstock" couples; here Judy and Jerry Griffin):…
I think there are important environmental triggers to the love-at-first-sight phenomenon (including a heightened sense of expectation), and not just biological underpinnings, of course.
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