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If My Words are Worth Nothing, Why Are You Stealing Them?

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A few days ago, I noticed that people were sharing around my blog post “Muslim, queer, feminist: it’s as complicated as it sounds” without including my Twitter username. Not a huge deal – they were linking back to my blog, so I was still getting clicks and page views out of it – but it was a little disconcerting (not bad, just disconcerting) to realise that my work was being shared around by people who didn’t even know me and therefore couldn’t directly credit me as the creator.

People keep telling me this is a consequence of “fame” (I wasn’t even aware that I was famous!) – that people will share your work without letting you know about it. I suppose I can live with that, as long as people aren’t just copy-pasting words of mine without any kind of course or attribution…

…which is exactly what happened to me…

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An Open Letter to Elinor Burkett


Elinor Burkett begins her recent New York Times editorial,

“Do women and men have different brains?

“Back when Lawrence H. Summers was president of Harvard and suggested that they did, the reaction was swift and merciless. Pundits branded him sexist. Faculty members deemed him a troglodyte. Alumni withheld donations.

“But when Bruce Jenner said much the same thing in an April interview with Diane Sawyer, he was lionized for his bravery, even for his progressivism.”

In so doing, she holds up the perspective of the once-president of arguably the most elite university in the world next to the perspective of an olympic athlete and reality television star, as discursively comparable units, as though the two perspectives bare the same weight on feminist debate, gender politics, or the real lives of women. This is her second mistake. Her first was the mis-gendering of Caitlyn.

Burkett continues,

“This was the prelude to a…

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Milky Way, Northern Lights and a Cool Tent

North Western Images - photos by Andy Porter

The New Moon is marked every month on my calendar. As it gets closer I start watching the weather service map, looking for where there will be clear skies. Last month was a complete dud, the 5-night window only saw overcast and rain.

But this weekend the sky was clear. I had three people sign up for my Night Sky Photo Tour on Saturday night.

Officially the New Moon is tonight, June 16th, but if you are close, one or two days plus or minus, you will get the lighting you want.

Camped under the Milky Way Camped under the Milky Way

This first shot I have been dreaming of for some time. My son is 10 years old and he likes to go camping with his friends, swimming and being goof balls. Of course they always bring their electronic devices. I made sure to tell them to save some battery life for dark.


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Coca-Cola Deepening its Ties in Triathlon

I drink tons of coke! Tried to quit twice ( I once lasted about a year without having coke).

Craig Moscetti

The practice is standard for many long-course triathletes. Drink Coca-Cola during the run. I admit, in the heat of competition, I’ve relied on it too.

Pass through any aid station on the run course of a half-Ironman or full Ironman distance triathlon, and Coke will be one of the beverage offerings. It’s also common at many ultra-marathons.174933_web_Ironman_0335

Take two-time IRONMAN World Champion Chris McCormack who once said in an interview, “the best sports drink in the world is Coca-Cola!” For three-time World Champion, Craig Alexander, it’s the same.

Now, Coca-Cola is deepening its position in triathlon. It’s products wont just appear at aid stations, but a new Coca-Cola-sponsored professional triathlon team, “Team Bravo,” will race with its logo on their kits. The team includes some top pros, and four “up-and-coming” pros from Brazil, including the likes of Tim Don, Rachel Joyce, and Paul Matthews. Craig Alexander’s also affiliated…

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Dupuis: ‘I will play in the National Hockey League again’

Dupuis proves that you can do anything you set your mind to.


If you’ve got a few minutes this afternoon, give this rather harrowing piece by Pascal Dupuis at the Players’ Tribune a read.

It’s all about Dupuis’ experience with blood clots, and how he tried to hide the potentially fatal ailment.

An excerpt:

Call me stupid but I didn’t say anything to anyone about it. Not my teammates. Not my trainers. Not my wife. The hockey player in me — he’s saying it’s nothing. He’s thinking, You just battled through eight months of rehab for your knee. Everyone was second-guessing you. You’re 35. This is it.

I finished practice.

I would not recommend this to anyone but the truth is that I played five more NHL games without ⅓ of a lung.

At the end of the piece, Dupuis vows to play again.

“I don’t care if it takes six months or a year or two years,” he writes. “I will…

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