Link Love (2014-11-18)

Thought-provoking

“Simply put, fast food is frequently more cost-effective for low-income people.
Elaine Livas, who runs Project SHARE, a food pantry in Carlisle, PA, says that “low-income families might know milk is better for their kids, but when it comes to filling a hungry stomach, a cheaper high-calorie option can look pretty good.”
Furthermore, low-income people may not have storage for fresh food or appropriate or adequate facilities to prepare it.” Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Foods Is Classist – Everyday Feminism

Signs Your Relationship Is Toxic – Her Campus

“Ever since cooks began playing with the equipment of the food industry, chefs have felt compelled to join one of two camps. The first believes any kitchen is incomplete without a centrifuge, combination steam-convection oven, and $6,000 vacuum-seal machine and immersion circulator to cook 22-hour eggs sous vide. The second camp takes pride in telling you that all these gadgets, and ingredients like hydrocolloids and calcium baths, are outlawed in theirkitchens—because gadgets and industrial powders have nothing to do with cooking. But now that the equipment, ideas, and techniques of modernist cuisine have been around more than a decade, a new generation of chefs declines to declare loyalty to either camp. To me, the most interesting cooks today are not on the barricades but those eager to discover new flavors. They use low-tech means like fermentation and cook over a stove.” One Lab’s Quixotic Quest for New Flavors – MIT Technology Review

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love to Correct (That Aren’t Actually Wrong) – Io9

“Stereotypes would have you believe that Irish people look askance at those who don’t drink alcohol. While this may be the case, it’s nothing in comparison to the suspicion levelled on someone who doesn’t drink tea. What kind of person doesn’t drink tea? What is this not drinking tea? How does that even work?
Tea is ubiquitous. We drink tea in the morning for breakfast, we take a cuppa into the office, have a mug after lunch. If you’re looking sad, I’ll pop the kettle on. Good news requires tea to celebrate. Nervous or worried about something? Tea. Working hard? Tea. Need to relax? Tea. Visit someone’s house? Tea- and nothing matches the consternation of a host who’s just been told that their visitor doesn’t fancy a cup. What are we supposed to do now?! Better brew up a nice soothing cup mug just to take the edge off.” Let’s talk tea: An essential guide for visitors to Ireland – Consider the Tea Cosy

The Sake of Argument – xkcd

Religion

“The word “spanking” is used in so many different ways. Some use it to mean slapping a toddler’s bottom or thigh for misbehavior in the moment, others use it to mean sending a child to their room for a paddling, and some use it to encompass essentially any physical violence. My parents practiced a sort of “ritualized spanking” a la Michael Pearl and James Dobson. Despite my parents’ best intentions—and their care in following the rules laid out by these teachers—my experience was profoundly negative.” The Problems with Spanking a la Dobson – Love, Joy, Feminism

““You’re not telling your therapist that you’re having problems with self-harm and depression, are you?”
“No, mom. I’m there because I’m angry with my two older sisters for turning their backs on God and being rebellious, and hurting my parents.”
“Good. I don’t think that’s really something to tell your counselor about.”” Melting Memory Masks – Cynthia Jeub

“There are true Muslim reformists who are willing to call a spade a spade while working for the true betterment of their peoples — but their voices are drowned out by the noise of apologists who are all-too-often aided by the Western left. Those who accept distortions in order to hold on to a comforting dream-world where Islamic fundamentalism is merely an aberration are harming reform by encouraging apologists.” Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This Is Why – Friendly Atheist

Equality

“The power of the Internet for organizing Men’s Rights Activists, Pick Up Artists, and other anti-feminist groups has meant a surge in numbers of those who see feminism as “anti-male” or who despise the ways that feminism subverts patriarchal masculinity.
And ironically, these groups prey on men who feel hurt, who feel insecure, who feel entitled to sex, but who struggle socially and can’t find fulfilling relationships.
MRAs and PUAs tell insecure men that the problem is feminism, not patriarchy, and in doing so, fuel a particularly violent online (and offline) misogyny.
Yet the hurt and frustration these men face when it comes to sexuality is almost always directly tied to the ways in which patriarchal masculinity distorts male sexuality – which is a battle that feminism fights.” 5 Lies that Distort Male Sexuality – Everyday Feminism

“Ms. Lovelace’s role in tech, for example, is so paramount that her story is the opening and closing chapter. An English mathematician and writer, she wrote the first-ever computer algorithm, put forth the idea that humanities and technology should coexist and dreamed up the concept of artificial intelligence.
“Ada Lovelace defined the digital age,” Mr. Isaacson said in one of several recent interviews about the book. He was sitting outside the Blue Bottle coffee shop in Mint Plaza in San Francisco, known as a hothouse for programmers and venture capitalists. “Yet she, along with all these other women, was ignored or forgotten.”
“If it wasn’t for Ada Lovelace, there’s a chance that none of this would even exist,” Mr. Isaacson added as he waved his hand in the air, gesturing as if to encompass all of Silicon Valley and the techies sitting around us.
In her day, she was all but ignored, too.” ‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson: How Technology Shaped Technology – NY Times

“What Laurie Penny calls for in this book is mutiny. Mutiny against the mythology of “falling apart elegantly,” as we’ve constructed eating disorders to be; mutiny against the careful persona curation of social media, which so many women have mastered because we’re so used to being thought of as commodities. Mutiny for sex workers and men who are tired of the patriarchy too and for women who question the institutionalization of “love,” and all of the other people whom Penny addresses in the bulk of the book—which is about far more than eating disorders and good girls, and functions much as a primer on where feminism could go if we want it to. Mutiny against the idea that for queer youth, “It Gets Better” should be sufficient protection in a world where it should be better now. Mutiny against feminism as a show pony strictly for women who have the time, money, and social platform to be the public face of feminism.” Laurie Penny’s “Unspeakable Things” – The Beheld

“For a social media site with pretensions to respectability, Reddit shows an astounding tolerance for hate. As anyone who has ever explored the site’s dark underbelly knows well, the site hosts a vast array of subreddits devoted to celebrations of such things as “white pride” and violence against women.” Reddit hits a new low with a subreddit promoting the “corrective” rape of “sluts” and “harlots” – we hunted the mammoth

“To call this revolutionary or game changing is disheartening. If we are just now considering this a time in which males should get involved in the conversation, I am sad for humanity. We needed white people involved in equality at the start of the civil rights movement. We needed men involved in women’s rights and equality the very moment the law/ social standards began to divide. We needed heterosexuals to stand up for same-sex partnership – all without the question, “What do I get out of it?”” When It Comes to Emma Watson, “Revolutionary” Is Not the Word – Bitchtopia

““What’s your favorite princess?” he asked.
Seriously? That’s the first question he could think to ask a five-year-old girl? She was drawing equations on the chalkboard for goodness sake. Was asking what she wasworking on so hard? Or asking her what grade she’s in, or her favorite subject at school? Or what books she’s been reading? Or what she likes to do? What, I wonder, would he have asked her if she’d been a boy? Certainly not her favorite princess.” “What’s Your Favorite Princess?” – Love, Joy, Feminism

Inspirational

“There’s this one Thich Nhat Hanh quote that I really love. He says,
“There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.”” no mud, no lotus – Effervescence

Create a Stress Free Home – Danielle Dowling

Health

The Great Dairy Debate – The Paleo Mom

5 Things You Can Do After Lunch to Improve Sleep Quality – Whole9

Are You Lower Carb Than You Think? – Chris Kresser

16 Ways Green Space Improves Your Life – Mark’s Daily Apple

Manage Your Anxiety With These 12 Useful Tips – Lifehack

Cold and Flu Remedies for the Autoimmune Sufferer – Autoimmune Paleo

Recipes

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Pita Pockets (Paleo, AIP, Top 8-Allergen Free) – He won’t know it’s paleo

What to Do With Elderberries – And Here We Are…

(Autoimmune Paleo) Chewy Banana Spice Cookies – Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes – My Whole Food Life

3-Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream – Foraged Dish

Paleo Chocolate Bacon and Salted Caramel Pots de Crème – The Healthy Foodie

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo Friendly) – Gourmande in the Kitchen

AIP Rustic Apple Cinnamon Rolls (No Added Sugar) – Grazed and Enthused

Butternut Squash Risotto – Autoimmune Paleo

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