Currently, NIH-funded research must become available to the public after no more than 12 months following acceptance for publication. The Research Works Act would change that by essentially broadening the definition of “private-sector” research work to include work that is now considered open-access and placing such it behind publisher fee barriers.
Sexual harassment is now nothing. Welcome to the era of gender harassment denialism. The harassment skeptics claim that harassment, like racism, used to exist but is now over. Twenty years ago, when charges were leveled at Clarence Thomas, supporters of the accused refused to take the accuser seriously. Now supporters of the accused refuse to take the accusation itself seriously. We have gone from not knowing what sexual harassment is to not believing it still happens. All in less than 20 years.
The idea of sending troops to the border is not without recent precedent. In May 2006, in an address televised live from the Oval Office, Bush called for the short-term deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops, though he said they would not be involved in direct law enforcement activities.
So I just took part in a 28-comment facebook thread about I don’t know what. But it all boiled down to white-male privilege blinding an old high school friend to the ignorance of some of his own beliefs about America, its role in the world, women (particularly Muslim women), and absolute cultural assimilation and its place in our country (it has none).
Anyway, I was overly nice because you can’t (always) fight ignorance with outrage, no matter how much you’d like to.