List of people bullied and badgered, pressured and purged for speaking their mind

Mind you, some dedicated assholes on that list, but still…
I’d prefer less censorship, even for dickheads.

“This book is red” – “Really?!?”

I just saw this on tumblr

In social issues class today our professor held up a black book and was like “this book is red” and we were all “no” and he said “yes it is” and we were just all “that’s not right” and he turned it around and the back cover was red and he said “Don’t tell somebody they’re wrong until you’ve seen things from their point of view”

I do not know what this anecdote is supposed to illustrate. The children are still right: The book in question is not red. It is, at best, “partly red” or “has a red side”.

In other words: This teacher teaches sloppy thinking. The children were fully justified in contradicting him but he will have intimidated some from speaking out in future.
Way to go…

How does Homeopathy work?

And now for something completely different…

How does Homeopathy work?

A Report on Women in Drugs from 1992

Choice Quote:

All the experts indignantly dismiss biological conjectures purporting to explain why males seem more violent than females. “Then why are the Nuzwangdees of Guyana — or is it the Wangduzees of New Guinea? Well, anyway, I heard there’s some tribe somewhere where more women than men are into GrecoRoman wrestling, or is it Australian football?” retorts Dr. Womyndaughter.
Media stereotypes victimize men as well. “Tragically, male dealers internalize the media’s image of them,” muses Dr. Spode. “The one man I talked to while preparing our report was hyper-masculine: aggressive, dominating, reckless, ruthless, muscular … and, yet, strangely intriguing.”

Read the rest here.