Long, interesting essay by Emily Bazelon about the intellectual debate over "sex positivity" among feminists. (NY Times)
In Canberra, Australia, a drone package delivery service had to shut down after nesting ravens repeatedly attacked drones flying near their nests.
The looming fight over Apple's requirement that remote workers return to the office.
Why do we have women's chess tournaments? "I support the right to fun, even when it undermines feminist ideology."
During the US Civil War, mapmakers struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing political situation in the southwest.
Winners of the Nature Conservancy's 2021 photo contest.
Excellent Guardian profile of Paul Gilroy, Afro-Caribbean-British scholar of race, history, and humanism, with interesting glimpses of the debates roiling that part of the academic world.
Vox says that given all the supply chain problems around the world, you should do your Christmas shopping now. Have a nice day!
The US Fish and Wildlife Service says 23 species should be removed from their Endangered Species list because they are extinct. Most have likely been extinct for decades, although controversy continues over a few, like the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. (NY Times)
Strange article about pawpaws that blames their decline on something to do with race and colonization, failing to mention that compared to bananas or pears they just don't taste very good.
Many Afghans are burying or otherwise caching works of art to hide them from the Taliban. (Washington Post)
On the internet, everything is a symptom of mental illness.
Suicide among American soldiers: "Last year, the military lost 385 active duty members to suicide, up from 267 people in 2015." Currently, the military suicide rate is three times that for civilians. (Washington Post)
People in New Guinea may have been hatching and raising Cassowary chicks 18,000 years ago.
Review of the evidence on whether pre-K raises elementary school achievement, not positive.
A close look at what "supply chain issues" really look like on the ground. (Washington Post)
These days the news makes it seem like professors live in fear of attacks from leftist students and colleagues, but Yale just had a professor resign from a prestigious post because wealthy conservative donors objected the liberal slant of her teaching and public comments. (NY Times)
And the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. Nice, but I want a ban on super-exaggerated false color.
This week's music: Anna Vidovic plays Asturias by Isaac Albéniz on classical guitar.