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Zemgirl

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Ed Yong with another good article, about a dancing parrot and what is needed for an animal to be able to dance.


There's video, too.
 
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I'm trying to work my way through this article - so important, but so hard to read.

 

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Since anyone who spends time on FSU has read about eating disorders and body dysmorphia, read this wonderful long article by a normal older woman. It’s sad and hilarious at the same time:

 

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ESPN.com Outside the Lines has a long and interesting article about an Olympic athlete turned coach who molested boys and young men for decades, and the difficulty of bringing him to justice because of the statute of limitations and the legal nature of sexual battery:

The report arrived just six months before expiration of California's three-year statute of limitations on sexual battery by fraud -- touching the genitals under false pretenses. With Benjamin, the detectives had a shot at bringing a case to the district attorney. It wouldn't be easy. Because the allegation did not include a claim of penetration, the sexual battery was what is referred to as a "wobbler," meaning it might not be charged by prosecutors as a felony.

In an effort to increase their chances of getting a felony filed, the detectives sought to show prosecutors that the alleged offense was part of a pattern -- in this case dating back to the 1970s. So Johnson and Menifee continued chasing down men whose accounts bolstered their case.

"A lot of these men didn't even know they were victims of crimes until more recent things started coming out in the news about women, the #MeToo movement and what was happening to them," Johnson says. "... I think a lot of that has to do with ... society being more open to what is and is not a crime when it comes to all spectrums of sexual assault."
 

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The Atlantic's latest cover story, by Vann Newkirk, is excellent - and can be seen as something of a companion piece to Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Case for Reparations.

 

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This article is certainly interesting but also extremely sad. Someone decided that it would be a good idea to steal from his wealthy Saudi employer. He stole an estimated $20m in valuables in 1989. But was soon caught after returning home to Thailand. However, that is where the story begins! As many as six people may have been murdered because of the theft.

 

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