Daily Archives: August 24, 2010

Native Skeptic

What does skepticism look like from a Native American perspective?

…change is never an easy obstacle to overcome. People fear the unknown and find comfort in daily routines, habits, and ritual tradition. Society itself has become too comfortable with some of the ways we think and perceive issues in America. People tend to not understand what is outside of that “comfort zone” that they have created for themselves simply because they are afraid of a change….

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Why do women shop?

Yet another study on why women shop, from an evolutionary perspective:

In an unconscious attempt to outdo female rivals, ovulating women buy sexier clothing, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

“Not unlike the chimps featured on the Discovery Channel, women become more competitive with other females during the handful of days each month when they are ovulating. The desire for women at peak fertility to unconsciously choose products that enhance appearance is driven by a desire to outdo attractive rival women,” write authors Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius (both University of Minnesota), Sarah E. Hill (Texas Christian University), Carin Perilloux (University of Texas at Austin) and Norman Li (Singapore Management University).

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Phillidelphia Bloggers will pay $300 each to keep blogging

For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

“The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

Now, here’s the thing. I copied that from a story I found on the web, but the assholes who wrote the story did not have the courtesy to link to Marilyn’s blog! Imagine that!

So, here’s the reference to the site, so you can type in the URL. But I’m not going to make this easy for you because, well, they’re obviously assholes:

It’s at Philidelphia’s “citypaper” and the url is citypaper dot net slash articles two oh one oh oh eight one nine, with some backslahses in there where you might expect, followed by blogging business priviledge tax philidelphia but with dashes where I put spaces and stuff speld right. Good luck.

Not a dry eye in the house

You know of DuWayne Brayton as the over the top highly opinionated commenter who is always giving everyone a hard time on this blog, or when not here, on his own blog. (Which, by the way, has recently undergone a style change, and I like it.)

Well, you may not know that DuWayne writes fiction now and then. Have a look at this piece, “Leaving.”

I’m afraid the people who really need to read this are not going to. So pass it around, please. It’s quite good .