Quick Marks (August 24)

Quick thoughts on some of today’s news: Southern Poverty Law Center gets hit with a lawsuit, A curvy blogger creates a #BeInYourSkin body positive calendar, the mathematical secrets of ancient tablet have been unlocked after almost a century, and a woman has been sentenced to 10 years for making false rape claims.

Southern Poverty Law Center Hit With Lawsuit

This is not new. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been labeling Christian groups hate groups for some time now, and I’ve always felt that it’s a defamation of character. It’s a false accusation, and I’m happy that someone is finally standing up to them.

An evangelical ministry has filed a federal lawsuit against the influential Southern Poverty Law Center, saying that the group sought to defame it when it designated the religious institution as an “active hate group” because of its stance against homosexuality.

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center ‘hate group’ label hit in evangelicals’ lawsuit

Curvy Blogger Creates Body Positive Calendar

I’m not saying that being overweight is healthy, or quite frankly, attractive, but some people do. And that’s okay, because that means there’s someone for everyone.

What I hate, though, is fat shaming. If someone’s happy, and comfortable,
in their skin, no matter the size, it’s their business. I’ve read some of the hurtful comments that people make towards people who are over-weight, and I think the case can be made, that the people making the comments are no better than a someone hurling racist, or sexist, insult.

Brianna McDonnell, a body-positive fashion blogger at the B Word,  created #BeInYourSkin 2018 editorial calendar that features 25 plus-size bloggers, influencers, and friends as part of a campaign to empower and inspire — an idea which she told Mic came “organically”. “I wanted to create images of plus-size women that were creative, different, sexy, artful, strong, empowering and editorial,” she said. “I wanted to create something for plus-size women, where they could see themselves in the images.

Source: Curvy blogger creates body positive calendar with friends: ‘It is about representation’

Mathematical Secrets of Ancient Tablet Unlocked After Nearly 100 Years

Further proof that our ancestors were not as stupid, or ignorant, as the enlightened among us would think.

Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers

Source: Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study

Woman Jailed For 10 years For Making False Rape Claims

This needs to happen more often. The false accuser should receive the sentence they would have imparted on the innocent victim.

Jemma Beale, 25, from west London, invented four separate incidents of sexual assault, one of which led to man being wrongly convicted

Source: Woman jailed for 10 years for making series of false rape claims

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