Link Love (2015-02-07)

Thought-provoking

How to Deal with Chronic Complainers – LifeHacker

“A Swedish adventure racing team was stopped for a meal in Ecuador before the final two stages of a 430-mile race through the rainforest when they saw a miserable-looking stray dog. Mikael Lindnord, one of the racers, pitied the thing and tossed the dog a meatball to eat.
The dog, who the racers eventually named Arthur, then followed them for the rest of the grueling race, through deep jungle and mud on a 20-mile trek, even swimming alongside the team’s kayaks for one portion.” Adventure racer gives stray dog a meatball, dog follows him to finish line of 430-mile race – For The Win

Stop Being Socially Awkward Pt. 1 – Dr NerdLove

“There are different kinds of difficulty, and although the English language likes to lump them together, they have different causes and solutions. Depending on what kind of difficulty you’re facing, the proper course of action might be to buckle down or despair.” Different Kinds of Difficulty – Scott H Young

The Pros and Cons of Comparing Yourself to Others – Mark’s Daily Apple

Religion

“So where does this leave the intellectual Christian today?  Clearly there have been many diverse intellectual traditions within the Christian faith over the centuries, some enjoying a rich and intellectually sophisticated history.  Some of the greatest western thinkers were Christians, and some of them even made theology and biblical study their primary focus.  I cannot and will not deny that.  However, I am arguing that these highly intelligent people developed and contributed to their various traditions in spite of the pervasive anti-intellectualism found laced throughout the Bible.  They serve as an excellent illustration of the human desire to understand the world better even in the midst of settings where such ambitions are disparaged.  On behalf of the human race, I’m proud of their drive to know more, and to make sense of the religion which they were taught to believe (in most cases when they were still very young and impressionable).” Anti-Intellectualism and the Bible – Godless in Dixie

Leelah Alcorn and Evangelical Storytelling – Love, Joy, Feminism

“The argument that ISIS’s brutality has nothing to do with religion simply does not hold.
Going by the numbers flocking to Iraq and Syria these days, it is clear that a small but significant number of religious Muslims consider the ideology of ISIS legitimate, honorable and worthy enough to give up their lives for.
We do have a real problem with a very plausible interpretation of the Quran that ISIS cleverly uses to its advantage. It’s time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS’s brutality and Quranic literalism. It has become far too dangerous to be polite and leave religion out of the discussion.” Does Islamic State’s Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion? – Fathima Imra Nazeer – Huffington Post

“In the wake of the massacre that took place in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, I have been called upon as a scholar specializing in Islamic paintings of the Prophet to explain whether images of Muhammad are banned in Islam.
The short and simple answer is no. The Koran does not prohibit figural imagery. Rather, it castigates the worship of idols, which are understood as concrete embodiments of the polytheistic beliefs that Islam supplanted when it emerged as a purely monotheistic faith in the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century.
Moreover, the Hadith, or Sayings of the Prophet, present us with an ambiguous picture at best: At turns we read of artists dared to breathe life into their figures and, at others, of pillows ornamented with figural imagery.” The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet – Newsweek

Equality

Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them. – TED

“I do not intend for a moment to minimise Aaronson’s suffering. Having been a lonely, anxious, horny young person who hated herself and was bullied I can categorically say that it is an awful place to be. I have seen responses to nerd anti-feminism along the lines of “being bullied at school doesn’t make you oppressed”. Maybe it’s not a vector of oppression in the same way, but it’s not nothing. It burns. It takes a long time to heal. Feminism, however, is not to blame for making life hell for “shy, nerdy men”. Patriarchy is to blame for that. It is a real shame that Aaronson picked up Andrea Dworkin rather than any of the many feminist theorists and writers who manage to combine raw rage with refusal to resort to sexual shame as an instructive tool. Weaponised shame – male, female or other – has no place in any feminism I subscribe to. Ironically, Aronson actually writes a lot like Dworkin – he writes from pain felt and relived and wrenched from the intimate core of himself, and because of that his writing is powerfully honest, but also flawed. The thing is that the after effects of trauma tend to hang around long after the stimulus is past.” On Nerd Entitlement – New Statesman

Images of Queer Women in History – Everyday Feminism

“Instead of telling us that her success is thanks to good luck and other people’s good will, Poehler makes clear in the book that her path to fame was paved with hard work and a refusal to take any shit. It’s an all-too-obvious but still much-needed call to women who’ve been told for far too long – at the office, at school, all over the internet – to be too nice if we want to get ahead (or just get along).
I’m sick of powerful women who rely on self-deprecation and likeability to make people feel comfortable with their success. Modesty and niceness are overrated – and I don’t believe for a second that they are the traits of wildly successful women. Tell us how you really got there. I know it wasn’t just “taking a seat at the table” or because you stopped saying sorry.” The secret to success? ‘Bitchiness’ – Jessica Valenti – The Guardian

“Some nerdy guys seem to think being a woman means getting dates and sex whenever we want. First of all, this is not true (seriously, how many women spent years pining over a guy who never gives them a second look?). But second, this completely ignores the mocking and bulling women face for their gender.” “Hey, Dreamboat!”: Teenage Girls Get Mocked To – Love, Joy, Feminism

Inspirational

Even in our darkest moments, we can usually find, perhaps not sparkle, but a tiny glimmer of something positive.” Two great ways to be happy (or at least happier) – Ellen Bard

40 Ways to Practice Self-Kindness – Kindness Blog

Health

The Caveman’s Guide to Building a Better Office – 99U

Natural Alternatives to Pads & Tampons – Wellness Mama

10 Ways to Detox Your Home – Mind Body Green

How to overcome anxiety – Paleo for Women

Seal Meat: Veal of the Ocean? – Modern Farmer

Is It Paleo? Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and Lecithin, Oh My! – The Paleo Mom

The Call of the Wild – Mark’s Daily Apple

Desk Exercises for Strength and Focus – Create As Folk

Top 12 Paleo Cold and Flu Remedies – Paleo

Could female self-hatred be the real cause of autoimmune disease – Sarah Wilson

Recipes

Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Mommypotamus

Paleo Gingerbread Latte Creamer – Paleo Dulce

AIP Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream – Grazed and Enthused

Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Pizza! – The Real Food Guide

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cake (Grain, Dairy, ,Nut-Free) – Primally Inspired

The Healthy Gingerbread House – He won’t know it’s Paleo

AIP/Thanksgiving Paleo Persimmon Fruit Salad – A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Maple Pumpkin Collagen Shake (AIP, Paleo) – Healing Family Eats

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe in a Crockpot – Wellness Mama

Guest Post by Vibrant Life Army Wife – Mini Rustic Apple Pies (Autoimmune Protocol Friendly) – The Paleo Mom

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