It’s been a bit of a disturbing week, but there’s always hope for the future.
Last week marked the trial of Jian Gomeshi. Here are a few posts and articles that discuss the issues at the heart of the frenzy.
- Jane Eaton Hamilton writes about preludes to assault.
- Jian Gomeshi and the problem of narcissistic male rage. Gabor Maté for The Toronto Star.
- Heather Mallick offers Dos and Don’ts for testifying women. What the Gomeshi trial teaches us about the perfect female complainant. The Toronto Star.
- Elvira Kurt had a weekly spot on Q while Gomeshi was host. Here’s what she’s saying now. The Georgia Straight.
The judge will render sentence March 25, 2016.
Related and equally terrible: Zoë Quinn explains why she just dropped the harassment charges against the man who started GamerGate.
A neuroscience researcher shares four rituals that will make you happier. The Business Insider.
Argentinean and Brazilian doctors investigate mosquito insecticide as a possible cause of micorcephaly. The Ecologist. Just to keep things balanced, a scientist friend provided me with a link to the original New England Journal of Medicine article on the Zika virus’s association with microcephaly.
Julia Roberts is Mother Nature.
Michael Shermer, founder of Skeptic Magazine, states improving animal rights improves the quality of human life. Big Think.
Phil Plait says that a small asteroid will definitely miss Earth on March 5th. Slate.
Uluru, as seen from space. Phil Plait for Slate.
Here’s the big astronomy news of the week: The laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory (LIGO) sees gravitational waves for the first time ever as two black holes eat each other. Slate.
Big in a different way: Researchers have discovered a 300 mile wide crater under the Antarctic ice which could date back as far as the Permian-Triassic Extinction. Ohio State University Research News.
How two sisters and one murder inspired 500 songs. Atlas Obscura.
Lots of thought-worthy material here. I hope you find some inspiration for your creative endeavours.
See you Saturday for more CanCon 2015 reportage.