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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23835 on: October 14, 2013, 03:35:10 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

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Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

Good.

There's more to the story, though:

- woman gets asked to write, politely asks about things like payment, and gets called a name for expecting to get paid.  (A name, ironically, which usually indicates payment for services, if you know what I mean.)

- she then posts about her experience on her blog, which is run through a second magazine (Scientific American).

- second magazine takes the post down with no warning and no notice to her.  It turns out the two magazines are under the same umbrella organization (kind of - not entirely clear on how exactly they're connected, but there is some connection.)

- editor at second magazine defends the takedown saying their magazine is about "discovering science" and thus a blog post about the particular challenges women of color in science face aren't right for the magazine.

- several other authors for that magazine come forward and show their own blog posts - many about being female/minorities and how that makes the academic science world more difficult - have never been taken down and some were, in fact, sought out specifically to write about that exact topic.

- internet firestorm about the original insult, Scientific American's take that talking about discrimination in the science community isn't of benefit to the community as a whole, and whether their refusal to publish her blog post about the sexist insult is, in itself, sexist.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23836 on: October 14, 2013, 05:03:55 PM »
Yea, that storm isn't over yet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23837 on: October 14, 2013, 05:32:16 PM »
Someone else who thinks Halloween decorations are scary.

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-entertainment/halloween-shop-displays-too-scary-for-some-20131011-2vdf8.html#utm_source=FD&utm_medium=lifeandstylepuff&utm_campaign=scary

Funny thing is, Halloween isn't that big here so the decorations are rather token.

Oh, the horror. ::) Looks like she passed the sourpuss gene on to the poor kid.


She can't show her kid "Look, this is just a piece of plastic."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23838 on: October 14, 2013, 07:23:42 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???
At first he was being supported to the point of  DNLee's original post being taken down by Scientific American. There was major backlash and they have reversed their decision to censor her and restored her post. I haven't seen any reports of him being fired, and he should be.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23839 on: October 14, 2013, 07:51:28 PM »
One of them spilled beer on me and refused to apologize, saying, "That's just what you gotta expect at a football game!" (only with considerably more cursing involved).

This happened in Australia where a fan had the hood of their hoodie filled with beer.

http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/hoodiegate-police-hunt-beer-prank-culprits/20131014-2vh6j.html

The police at the game told him that he should have expected it so he went to the police station afterwards. Police are trying to track down the culprits, posting photos, but some of the comments on the radio yesterday were along the lines of "Well, it's a football game. Accidents happen. What did you expect?"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23840 on: October 14, 2013, 08:31:05 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23841 on: October 14, 2013, 09:01:51 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

What's a Mexican wave? I've heard of the "the wave" but not a Mexican one...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23842 on: October 14, 2013, 09:08:22 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

What's a Mexican wave? I've heard of the "the wave" but not a Mexican one...

It's what everyone outside North America calls "the wave"  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23843 on: October 14, 2013, 10:14:52 PM »
Isn't calling it "the wave " a bit too ambiguous?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23844 on: October 14, 2013, 10:54:28 PM »
A thwap with a flounder to the SS who parked over the line at the library so far that I had to crawl in through the passenger door of my car. 

I know that they were SS because the spot next to me was empty when I went in, and it was on the end of the row so there was no other car on the other side forcing them to park funny.  Also that spot is wider than normal anyway.  They were a good 4 feet from the left hand side of the space and darned near a foot into mine.  I suppose it could have been worse.  I could have had SS on both sides and had to crawl in through the hatchback.  BTDT.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23845 on: October 15, 2013, 08:19:18 AM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

I was at a gig a few years ago where a jerk a few rows in front would go for a new cup of beer every 20 minutes or so, take about 3 sips and then launch it into the air to spray over all the people below. Evil!Cherry was fighting the urge to pour her water bottle over his head during a "trip" by the end.

The thing that annoyed me most was that the venue, like many, took advantage of the captive audience to overcharge massively on drinks and food. The idiot probably spent about 50 on beer so he could throw it on people.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23846 on: October 15, 2013, 08:26:02 AM »
This morning on one of the morning shows, I heard people talking about ways they deterred sales people who came by unsolicited.  Some of things seemed to be a bit snowflakey from what I can recall.   If a salesperson or other solicitor rings my doorbell, I will kindly turn them away - I do not need a new vacuum (have 1 already), hear your political speech (not a political person here), or you trying to tell me about your religion (happy with my choice of Deity and faith).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23847 on: October 15, 2013, 10:38:06 AM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???
At first he was being supported to the point of  DNLee's original post being taken down by Scientific American. There was major backlash and they have reversed their decision to censor her and restored her post. I haven't seen any reports of him being fired, and he should be.

He was let go by biology-online.org, where he was blogging.  However, he works for the NIH as an HIV/AIDS researcher.  He still has that job. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23848 on: October 15, 2013, 12:15:17 PM »
A big 'ol roll of the eyes to the SS acquaintance who decided that the best response to a minor disagreement  was to cut me off and un-friend me on FaceBook.... who threw a tantrum that I didn't notice the un-friending until it was pointed out to me... and then threw another tantrum when my response to the news of the un-friending was "I really don't care".   

The cut direct.  Un-friending.  These do not mean what I think that you think they mean....

And this is a grown woman in her late 30s with two kids by the way... not a middle school tween, behavior notwithstanding.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23849 on: October 15, 2013, 04:08:32 PM »
 A single trip to the bank this morning, a whole flurry of SSs along the way.

Two of note:

SSIParkusWhereIWantus aka the gentleman driving the supersized SUV who parked across the driveway going in and out of the bank. I am actually glad you decided to pull over to have the intense cell phone conversation you were having instead of doing it while driving. However, you could have pulled 15 to 20 feet into the parking lot and parked in a spot to take the call instead of making it impossible to pull in or out of the bank. And glaring and swearing at the guy ahead of me who tooted his horn to get your attention was not polite either.

SSINeedusExtraSpaceusToTurnus aka the gentleman who needed to swerve out of the turn lane into the travel lane in order to make a simple 90-degree turn. That intersection is of modern design and provides plenty of room to make the turn. You were driving a smaller four-door sedan, not a full-sized semi-truck with an attached heavily loaded trailer. There was zero reason why the front part of your car needed to swerve right, into the travel lane, before following the car ahead of you to take the left turn.