Link Love (2015-05-02)


Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers – TED

“A leading sexologist in Denmark has called for pornography to be shown in the classroom, claiming that starting a debate about the industry could help teenagers become “conscientious and critical consumers” who are able to tell the difference between pornography and the reality of sexual relationships.” Porn belongs in the classroom, says Danish professor – The Guardian

Highbrow Starts Your Morning with an Educational Course – LifeHacker

“Please understand the difference between “happy” and “healthy.” When you’ve got the flu, you probably feel miserable with it, but I’ve been sick for years. I can’t be miserable all the time, in fact I work hard at not being miserable. So if you’re talking to me and I sound happy, it means I’m happy. That’s all. I may be tired. I may be in pain. I may be sicker than ever. Please, don’t say, “Oh, you’re sounding better!” I am not sounding better, I am sounding happy. If you want to comment on that, you’re welcome.
Please understand that being able to stand up for five minutes doesn’t necessarily mean that I can stand up for ten minutes, or an hour. It’s quite likely that doing that five minutes has exhausted my resources and I’ll need to recover. Imagine an athlete after a race. They couldn’t repeat that feat right away either. With a lot of diseases you’re either paralyzed or you can move. With this one it gets more confusing.
Please repeat the above paragraph substituting, “sitting up,” “walking,” “thinking,” “being sociable” and so on … it applies to everything. That’s what a fatigue-based illness does to you.
Please understand that chronic illnesses are variable. It’s quite possible (for me it’s common) that one day I am able to walk to the park and back, while the next day I’ll have trouble getting to the kitchen. Please don’t attack me when I’m ill by saying, “But you did it before!” If you want me to do something, ask if I can and I’ll tell you. In a similar vein, I may need to cancel an invitation at the last minute. If this happens, please don’t take it personally.” Letter to Normals: Getting Others to See Your Symptoms – Fibromyalgia Network

Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Must Read – Business Insider

“Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of “trickle-down techonomics,” and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it’s not equally distributed. As he says, “the real innovation is in finding ways to include everyone.”” Jon Gosier: The problem with “trickle-down techonomics” – TED


“Do you know how many people the Bible says were raised from the dead on Easter weekend?
When Christian friends engage me in debate about the reliability of the Bible, I like to ask them that to see how well they know the book they so revere. One of the hallmarks of fundamentalism is the belief that the Bible can’t be wrong, and that has produced a plethora of problems for American society. But believing in a perfect Bible doesn’t always lead to actually knowing what the book says.  So when I ask them this question, the answer I usually get is: “It says only one person was raised from the dead:  Jesus.”  But that’s not correct, and what happens next fascinates me.” The Greatest Story Never Told – Godless in Dixie


“The entire concept of “mommy wars” reduces the real and actual economic, social, and healthcare problems materially affecting the lives of women to a cat fight among irrational, silly females, thereby keeping us distracted from the ways we’re getting screwed while simultaneously reinforcing the patriarchy’s dismissal of our claims.” The fight is real, but mommy wars are not – renegade mothering

Frats lobby Congress to make it harder to report campus sexual assault – Feministing

“In the context of call-out culture, it is easy to forget that the individual we are calling out is a human being, and that different human beings in different social locations will be receptive to different strategies for learning and growing. For instance, most call-outs I have witnessed immediately render anyone who has committed a perceived wrong as an outsider to the community. One action becomes a reason to pass judgment on someone’s entire being, as if there is no difference between a community member or friend and a random stranger walking down the street (who is of course also someone’s friend). Call-out culture can end up mirroring what the prison industrial complex teaches us about crime and punishment: to banish and dispose of individuals rather than to engage with them as people with complicated stories and histories.” A Note on Call-Out Culture – Briarpatch Magazine

8 Things Non-binary People Need to Know – Everyday Feminism


Use the Microwave to Dry Your Herbs for Long-Lasting Intense Flavor – Serious Eats

“Decades-old documents have surfaced showing that the powerful U.S. sugar industry skewed the government’s medical research on dental care—and ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.
Despite a widespread understanding that sugar played a key role in tooth decay, sugar industry leaders advocated for policies that did not recommend people eat less sugar, according to an archive of industry letters dating back to the 1950s preserved by the University of Illinois and analyzed by a team of researchers at the University of California in San Francisco. And the government listened, according to a new report published in the journal PLOS Medicine.” The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth – Washington Post

Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are – TED

“If only our lives were more predictable and certain, we’d feel a greater sense of security and safety. Yet, much of what happens to us is beyond our ability to control. This is because everything is constantly changing. Impermanence is a universal law, and uncertainty is one of its corollaries. No one is immune from life’s uncertainty—the rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick. But for the chronically ill—which includes those who suffer from chronic pain—it can feel as if uncertainty permeates everything we do.” How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty – Psychology Today

The Definitive Guide to Nuts – Mark’s Daily Apple

“Everybody knows that most women go a little crazy right before they get their period, that their reproductive hormones cause their emotions to fluctuate wildly. Except: There’s very little scientific consensus about premenstrual syndrome. Says psychologist Robyn Stein DeLuca, science doesn’t agree on the definition, cause, treatment or even existence of PMS. She explores what we know and don’t know about it — and why the popular myth has persisted.” Robyn Stein DeLuca: The good news about PMS – TED

You’re more than (2 of) your parts – Katy Says

“So those are 5 of my alternatives that I hope you can use to bring some relaxation into your lives. These are by far not the only ways to relax and we’d love to hear in the comments some of your methods as well.” Guest Post by Michelle Spring – Can’t Do the “OM” Thing? 5 Alternatives to Traditional Meditation – The Paleo Mom

10 Ways to Reduce and Manage Brain Fog – The Princess in the Tower


Heart Roast – The Paleo Mom

Middle Eastern Glazed Chicken – Autoimmune Paleo

Paleo Pop Tarts (AIP/Nut Free/Egg Free) – Predominantly Paleo

No-Bake Paleo Lime Tartlets (Autoimmune-Friendly) – Beyond the Bite

Turkey and Zucchini Lasagna with Sweet Potato Noodles – He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Sima: Recipe for Finnish Fermented Lemonade – Ever in Transit

Paleo Plantain Wrap (AIP) – Real Food Forager

Paleo Cereal Flakes (AIP) – Cook It Up Paleo

Chicken Pot Pie (Autoimmune Paleo) – Pretty in Primal

Tasty Yummies: How to Make Dairy-Free Cultured “Cream Cheese” – Paleo Parents

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