The Gillette Ad redux

About a week ago when I was in Hawaii, Grania put up a post, “Storm in a jockstrap“, about the new Gillette Razor ad calling out male behavior. This is what Grania said before presenting a bunch of tweets both extolling and opposing the ad.

Gillette has unleashed its latest commercial. Instead of its usual claim that it’s the best a man can get, this time they have opted for some social education and encouraged men to call out other men they see behaving badly. It’s not the worst advice ever given, although I suspect that many in the world are weary of being lectured to, especially by multi-billion dollar corporations; and even more are sick of the call-out culture of social media that may have started in an honest attempt to draw the line against society’s most egregious offenders, but has given way to nasty dog-piling on anyone who may have inadvertently trodden on someone else’s toes.

I have to say that I agree with her. When I first saw the ad, which I’ve put below, I had a two-sided response. First, I agreed with every sentiment that it expressed. Yes, there are stereotypical “male” traits (some of them, like aggression, probably the result of evolution) that are harmful to women and to society as a whole.

At the same time, I resented having to be lectured about this in almost every venue I read. Yes, some men need to absorb the ad’s lessons, but I doubt whether the ad itself would be effective. After all (or so I think), men who behave well toward women tend to hang out with similar men, and that’s true for men who behave badly.

I’d like to think I’m one of those men who has already absorbed the ad’s lessons, but my feeling wasn’t just a #NotAllMen response. I was, as Grania felt, tired of the call-out culture that leads to incessant and pompous moralizing as well as virtue flaunting. While I have no objection to the ad, and agree 100% with its message, I don’t need to hear it all the time, nor do I think that such presentations are more of an honest attempt to reform society than to ride current tides of opinion to publicize a company.

But I’m a man and lack credibility on this issue. If I say the ad didn’t move me, I risk being accused of being toxically masculine, or at least being defensive about being a male (but should I be defensive?). So let’s look at the opinion of science writer Faye Flam, who has experienced this behavior herself (for one thing, she got a physics degree from CalTech, which almost invites incursions of misogyny). Nobody can say that Faye isn’t a feminist, for she’s stuck up for the rights of women consistently through her career.

Here’s Faye’s latest column for Bloomberg Opinion, the venue for which she writes (click on the screenshot):

Why is the ad bad medicine? Here’s Faye’s take:

Reaction to the Gillette ad followed political lines, with commenters on the right seething and those on the left reporting that they cheered, even cried. I tried to watch it a couple of times for research purposes. It was pompous, humorless and weirdly retrograde, with men swooping in to save pretty damsels from thuggish jerks. But then, if Gillette ads depicted the real world, they’d have to switch from selling razors to selling pepper spray.

There are several common types of toxic male behavior. Gillette addresses what I’ll call Type 1, which is street harassment — a problem I’ve experienced since I was 13 (and yes, I looked 13). In the real world, the kinds of adult men who sneak up on women, or teenage girls, to make obscene propositions or harass them with catcalls don’t hang out with the kinds of nice guys who would stop them with a brotherly “not cool.”

Type 2 toxicity goes the other way: Men sometimes attack me online for looking so “ugly/unattractive/hideous” that my viewpoint can’t possibly matter. Why would science columns inspire this? Who knows? The subject matter gives them material; they tell me I’m so ugly a Neanderthal wouldn’t sleep with me. (There is evidence to the contrary when I step outside and several Neanderthals treat me to an uninvited description of how they would go about that very thing.)

The takeaway for me is that some men believe women exist solely for decorative purposes, and if we’re decoratively inadequate, we’re worthless. Donald Trump is a big user of this kind of toxicity. Remember when he accused New York Times columnist Gail Collins of having the face of a pig?

So if many men act in ways the ad portrays, what’s her beef? Mainly that not all stereotypically “male” traits are bad. And while you might think from the following, and especially from the subheadline above, that Faye believes that women are responsible for solving the bad behavior of men, that’s not true. But first read this, which implies otherwise:

Let’s be realistic: I don’t ask men to defend me against this sort of thing, and I can’t get excited about a razor company pretending to care. True defense must come from within — from reserves of stoicism, self-reliance and perseverance.

The American Psychological Association is in a better position than Gillette to figure out what’s wrong with these men. Quoted in that New York Times column, Harvard professor Steven Pinker argues the APA is following false leads. Stoicism, for example, is a good quality, not, as the new guidelines say, harmful. He’s got that right. And he argues that the guidelines should encourage “one side of the masculine virtues — the dignity, responsibility, self-control, and self-reliance.”

Wait — don’t I and other women need those virtues as well? These are the kinds of character traits that separate children from adults, but not men from women. I emailed him for clarification and he said that indeed, these are human virtues but “might be associated with men because they get into more trouble without them.”

To make sure I understood Faye’s message, and to ask if she thought the onus was at least in part on women to de-toxify males, I called her and said, “Look, some people are going to say that your ‘solution’ is akin to blaming rape victims for their rape. Is that what you meant?”

Faye quickly emphasized that no, that wasn’t what she meant; what she meant was that she never had males defending her against the sexism she encountered and still encounters, and therefore, to survive it, she had to cultivate her inner reserves. In other words, when she said “True defense must come from within,” she meant that this was true for her—and not a prescription for all women.  The sub-headline is also misleading in this way, so I’m glad I called her. The article may get tweaked a bit.

Faye also wanted to emphasize that she sees sexism in America as falling largely along political lines: that the misogyny and sexism seem to emanate almost entirely from the Right rather than from the Left.

So, you can weigh in on all these issues: Do women bear any responsibility for detoxifying males?. Does sexism occur largely along political lines? And, of course, what do you think of the Gillette ad?




Predict the Oscars

This has been a horrible year for movies for me: I haven’t seen a single movie in any of the categories below. (My poor excuse: I’ve been traveling a lot.) Ergo, I can’t weigh in on the Oscars, and I don’t think my nephew Steven, a movie buff, has made his annual list of “Golden Steves“—his own list of nominated movies. (Steven’s is inevitably more highbrow—and better—than the movies up for Oscars.)

So, as I have some pressing work to do today (some journalism for which I’ll actually get paid), I’ll let the readers weigh in by voting. If you wish, you can note your personal nominations in these Six Big Categories in the comments. The first person to guess them all correctly will win a prize: either an autographed book by yours truly or a cat book of my choice.

So guess—and comment.







Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ blasphemy

Today’s Jesus and Mo, called “brutal,” came with a short emailed addendum: “Today the boys are coming to terms with brutal history.” Well, in some places history hasn’t progressed that much, 

Here, from Wikipedia, is a map of where blasphemy is outlawed, and what the degree of punishment is. As the article notes:

As of 2012, 33 countries had some form of anti-blasphemy laws in their legal code. Of these, 21 were Muslim-majority nations – Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, the UAE and the Western Sahara. Blasphemy is treated as a capital crime (death penalty) in some Muslim nations. In these nations, such laws have led to the persecution, lynchings, murder or arrest of minorities and dissident members, after flimsy accusations.

You can figure out which countries punish blasphemy by death from the map below:


And where apostasy (renunciation of faith) is a capital crime: Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. There’s a very large overlap with the capital-punishment countries above, and all are Muslim-majority nations. It looks as if Mo needn’t worry so much.

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Brisbane sent us another batch of arthropods. His notes are indented:

More of the amazing arthropods of Borneo. Here’s a few more Jumping Spiders [salticids]. Definitely my favourite group.

I couldn’t stop taking photos of the charming Harmochirus brachiatus. He struck so many photogenic poses.

I finally found a Myrmarachne, this one M. cornuta. In my favourite group, the jumping spiders, my favourite sub-group are the ant mimics. [JAC: see drawings at the link; this one is definitely an ant mimic, skinny and with a long petiole.]

Plexippus petersi has the cool common name of Common Housefly Catcher. [JAC: as the link shows, it also eats other spiders, sometimes big ones.)

Last is yet another salticid that I can’t find an ID for:

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s a hump day: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and it’s National Pie Day. Awesome! Pie is the best breakfast dish there is. In India today it’s also a celebration day of Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian nationalist who (born on this day in 1897), died in 1945 under mysterious circumstances.

My beef with Pinker (a honking big steak dinner) didn’t take place as his plane to Chicago was delayed, forcing the cancellation of his event.

Today’s News in History: On January 23, 1556, the deadliest earthquake in history occurred—in Shannxi province in China. It killed as many as 830,000 people. (Deaths were due to landslides, collapsing houses, and deep fissures in the earth.) It was the third deadliest natural disaster in history (plagues aren’t counted), after two floods in China: the 1931 China floods (death toll: 1-4 million), and the 1887 Yellow River flood (death toll ca. 1-2 million). Have a look at Wikipedia’s list: China and India can’t catch a break.

On this day in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded the degree of doctor of medicine by Geneva Medical College in New York, making her America’s first female doctor. In 1849, for crying out loud! She had a distinguished career as physician, feminist, educator, and reformer, and here she is:

On this day in 1941, Charles Lindbergh, testifying before the U.S. Congress, recommended that America negotiate a nonaggression treaty with Adolf Hitler (Lucky Lindy had long been mesmerized by the Nazis). Lindbergh was also an anti-Semite, blaming the Jews for leading the U.S. toward war. Here’s a speech he gave in Iowa in September, 1941, decrying those who recommended war, including the Jews. (Not included in this truncated speech was his statement, “The Jews are one of the principal forces attempting to lead the U.S. into the war. The Jews’ greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our Government. I am saying that the leaders of the Jewish race wish to involve us in the war for reasons that are not American.”) Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

This kind of stuff made Lindberg’s popularity plummet.

On January 23, 1957, Walter Frederick Morrison sold the rights to his flying saucer to the Wham-O toy company, which called it the “Frisbee.” The rest is history. On this day in 1973, President Richard Nixon announced that a peace agreement had been reached in Vietnam.  Thirteen years later, the first members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: they included Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. Good choices!

Finally, on this day 17 years ago, U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was later beheaded.

Notables born on this day include John Hancock (1737), Stendhal (1783), Édouard Manet (1832), David Hilbert (1862), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Django Reinhardt (1910), Giant Baba (1938), Chesley Sullenberger (1951), and Mariska Hargitay (1964).

Remembering the incomparable Django, who played fantastic jazz guitar with only three digits (tweet from Matthew):

Those who died on January 23 include Arthur Guinness (1803; and yes, the brewer), William Pitt the Younger (1806), Gustave Doré (1883), Anna Pavlova (1931), Edvard Munch (1944), Pierre Bonnard (1947), Kid Ory (1973), Paul Robeson (1976), Salvador Dali (1989), Helmut Newton (2004), Jack LaLanne (2011), and Ernie Banks (2015).

Everybody knows Munch’s “The Scream,” but here’s another lovely painting of his: “Madonna” (1894-1895):

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Andrzej, recuperating from his heart attack, must follow doctor’s orders. Hili is helping!

A: And how am I to work?
Hili: The doctor recommended frequent breaks.
In Polish:
Ja: I jak ja mam pracować?
Hili: Lekarz zalecił ci częste przerwy.

Reader Barry sent this dude in a pit of pythons, adding “I hope they are well fed.”

An unaffectionate cat sent by Heather Hastie:

And a very affectionate cat, also from Heather:

From Grania: Baby pandas in the snow. Need I say more?

Rep. Ilhan Omar admits to Bari Weiss that she, Omar, was befuddled when she posted her infamous Israel tweet. We’ll see how she rolls when the House begins trying to do something.

Does it take this for Trump voters to realize what kind of monster they elected?

This is one squirrel who’s laid on the fat for the winter. Remember, they don’t hibernate, so keep feeding them (#SquirrelAppreciationDay):

Tweets from Matthew. Backstory: last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine published an anti-genetics hit piece on David Reich and other paleogeneticists. Not only Reich, but several respected geneticists pushed back, and I may write about this. Meanwhile, look at Reich’s own responses, linked in the tweet below:

A palindrome you may not have known:

Ponder this theory that connects word usage with transportation mode:


Asiatic honeybees make “The Wave” to deter predators

Reader Mehul called my attention to a phenomenon of which I was unaware. It’s amazing too: a “wave” of honeybees in a colony, created to divert or scare away predators. One honey-sipping moth makes it through the bee cloud, but that’s because of another evolutionary trick.

Have a look at this stunning Attenborough segment.

The Palestinian Territories constitute the real “apartheid state”

The New York Times is rapidly becoming an anti-Israel paper. For every Bari Weiss op-ed (and there’s a good one today), there are several anti-Israeli articles, often filled with lies and misconceptions, like the piece below that appeared Friday. As CAMERA wrote after seeing Alexander’s article:

The New York Times‘s disproportionate focus on criticism of Israel, including its very existence, is hardly a new phenomenon, despite Alexander’s assertion to the contrary. In her op-ed, she argues: “Not so long ago, it was fairly rare to hear this perspective,” i.e., that Israel is committing “horrific human rights abuses” and “legalized discrimination.” (Her position seems to contradict Levy’s [Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy], who argued that “it’s getting more difficult” to publish such views.) In fact, CAMERA’s comprehensive study (“Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict“) found that in the period from July 2011 through March 2012, six of seven editorials, five of six columns ,and four of seven op-eds about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict predominantly criticized Israel. None predominantly criticized the Palestinians.

Indeed, particularly at The New York Times, the suggestion that Michelle Alexander is breaking a “silence” regarding bad Israeli behavior is laughable. One only has to recall the stunning 2014 admission of then-New York Times op-ed editor Matt Seaton after a series of op-eds charging Israelis, but not Palestinians, with racism. He acknowledged that the paper holds a lower standard for Palestinian wrongdoings, exempting them from scrutiny due to their stateless existence.

I’ve intended to dispel some of Alexander’s misconceptions, but while reading her piece, and listening to Bari Weiss’s eloquent but not uncritical defense of Israel on the Joe Rogan show, I decided to take on another issue: is Israel an apartheid state? This is an oft-heard charge of the benighted Israel-haters.

The answer is “no”, but that the Palestinian Territories surely comprise far more of an apartheid state. Below I’ll list some reasons why.  This will dispel two of the Left-wing smears directed at Israel: that it’s an apartheid state that treats its Arab citizens unequally, and that gay rights in Israel were enacted only to “pinkwash” the state, making it look more tolerant in an effort to hide its malfeasance.

The “pinkwashing” claim is so ludicrous that it should be lumped with the claims of 9-11 truthers, and I won’t deal with it here. But what about the “apartheid state” charge?

First of all, using the term “apartheid” with respect to Israel implies that the state itself has a group of citizens (presumably Arabs, both Christian and Muslim) that has second-class status, that lack fundamental rights, and are treated abysmally. In other words, that Israel is pretty much like South Africa when the real apartheid system was in place. That’s arrant nonsense. This is combined with another claim: that Israel demonizes Palestinians who aren’t citizens far more than Palestinians demonize Israeli citizens and Jews. That’s not true, either. Here are some facts.

1.) No Jews are allowed to live in the Palestinian Territories (areas A and B of the West Bank and in Gaza). As far as I know, not one Jew lives in these areas. In contrast, there are many Arabs, both Muslims and Christians, living in Israel; they are citizens. No Jew can be a citizen in the Palestinian Territories—and presumably not in any future Palestinian State. (Mahmoud Abbas has officially announced that he will not allow any Jew to live in his future Palestinian state.)

2.) Gays and women are second-class citizens in Palestine and are oppressed. Apostates and infidels, of course, are killed. This is not the case in Israel, where women and gays have full legal equality, and atheists and Muslim citizens have full rights. (I’d venture to guess that a large fraction of non-Orthodox Jews in Israel are really “culturally Jewish” atheists like me.)

3.) The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has Arab members, both Muslims and Christians. There are of course no Jews in the governing bodies of the Palestinian territories.

4.) It is a capital crime for any person in the Palestinian territories to sell land to Jews, though some Jews want to buy back ancestral homes that were taken over by Jordan and given to Arabs in East Jerusalem. While no Israeli can sell Israeli land to a Palestinian, it is not a capital crime. And, of course, Israeli Jews are completely allowed to sell land to Israeli Arabs.

5.) Muslim citizens of Israel have full legal rights: the right to vote, the right to go to any hospital for treatment, the right to work, to study, and to pray in the mosque. This doesn’t apply to Palestine because no Jews are allowed to live there.

6.) The Palestinian Constitution (presumably the document that will underlie a future Palestinian State) says that Islam is the official religion of the state, that it will be governed by sharia law, and that Arabic will be the official language (see Article 4).  In contrast, although Israel has no formal constitution, it is formally a secular democracy with no official religion and is governed by democratically passed laws and not religious sharia laws. According to the British Mandates, Arabic was the second language of the area, but had no official status under Israeli law. Since last year, Israeli law states that the official language of Israel is Hebrew with Arabic having the status of a “special language”; this will not impact the role of the Arabic language in Israel. Regardless, the Palestinian Territories are far more theocratic than is Israel, and I doubt that any readers would prefer to live under that theocracy than an Israeli-style democracy. The theocracy will persist even if the standard of living in a new Palestinian state should rise.

7.) Palestinians are allowed to visit Israel under certain circumstances, like praying in a mosque, working, or studying. In contrast, the rules against Israelis visiting Palestine are much stricter, allowing mostly official delegations and journalists.

8.) While this isn’t completely relevant to the actions of apartheid, it’s well known that official Palestinian state media, like newspapers and television, regularly portray Jews as demons and enemies who, according to concepts of Islamic/Palestinian duty, should be killed. (Martyrdom via killing Jews is of course considered a great good for a Palestinian Muslim and is celebrated by many citizens—even the mothers of suicide bombers.) There is no equivalent to this kind of hatred in Israeli media.

I will update and correct these points as needed, but it’s already clear that Israel is a long way from being an apartheid state, and that the Palestinian Territories conform far more to that characterization than does Israel. This is well known but ignored by the Regressive Left and by the media.

Why the disparity in calling out one group versus another? I’ve talked about the bigotry of low expectations before, but there is also an element of antisemitism involved. The government of Israel is far from perfect, but is infinitely better than the government in charge of Palestine. Yes, Palestine is an apartheid “state”, and, when there is a two-state solution—if there ever is one (and I do favor that solution)—let there be no doubt that the nation of Palestine will be far more repressive, far more “apartheid-ish”, than the State of Israel.



Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s contribution is another batch of beautiful bird photos by reader Colin Franks (website here, Instagram here, and Facebook page here). The IDs are his:

Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma):

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens):

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens):

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis):

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena):

Great Horned Owlets (Bubo virginianus):

Red-winged Blackbird (female) (Agelaius phoeniceus):

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerine):

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Ceiling Cat forgive me, for I have overslept again, as I still have Hawaii jet lag. It’s Tuesday, January 22, and back to work for all those Americans who had Martin Luther King, Jr. day off yesterday. Tonight I’ll be having a (literal) beef with Steve Pinker, but more on that later. It’s National Southern Food Day, honoring the one region of the U.S. that truly has produced a coherent and indigenous cuisine that’s more than just a few scattered dishes. It’s also Grandfather’s Day in Poland, though various countries have different dates for Grandfather’s and/or Grandmother’s Days.

On this day in 1901, upon the death of Queen Victoria (who also died on this day after a reign of 63 years and 7 months), Edward VII was proclaimed King of England.  Exactly four years later, Bloody Sunday occurred in St. Petersburg, in which disaffected workers marched to petition the Czar. Shooting ensued, with between 150 and 300 civilians killed. This led to disaffection with the Czar, formerly seen as the protector of peasants and workers, and ultimately culminated in the Russian Revolution 12 years later. Here’s a painting of the petitioners, led by the priest Father Gapon, near the city’s Narva Gate. Father Gapon, however, was discovered to be a police agent and was killed by his own people.

On this day in 1927, according to Wikipedia, “Teddy Wakelam gives the first live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.” On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its commercial debut for Pan Am Airlines, flying from JFK airport in New York to Heathrow airport in London.

A banner day which, we hope, will not be relegated by today’s U.S. Supreme Court to the dustbin of history: it was on January 22, 1973, that the Court delivered decisions in the two cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing voluntary abortion in the entire U.S.

Finally, it was on this day in 1984 that the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to use the “mouse” and graphical interface, was introduced during a commercial at the Super Bowl. I’ve put that amazing commercial below; how many of you remember it?

From Mac History, which put up the video:

“1984” is an American television commercial which introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer for the first time. It was conceived by Steve Hayden, Brent Thomas and Lee Clow at Chiat/Day, Venice, produced by New York production company Fairbanks Films, and directed by Ridley Scott. Anya Major performed as the unnamed heroine and David Graham as Big Brother. Its only U.S. daytime televised broadcast was on January 22, 1984 during and as part of the telecast of the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII. Chiat/Day also ran the ad one other time on television, in December 1983 right before the 1:00 am sign-off on KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho, so that the advertisement could be submitted to award ceremonies for that year.

Notables born on this day include Francis Bacon (1561), Captain Kidd (1564; but Wikipedia gives no birth day on that year for Kidd), Lord Byron (1788), August Strindberg (1849), D. W. Griffith (1875), Lev Landau (1908; Nobel Laureate), Ann Sothern and U Thant (both 1909), Irving Kristol (1920), Sam Cooke (1931), Peter Beard (1938), and Linda Blair (1959).

Here’s one of Beard’s many African pictures (from the British Journal of Photography):

Those who died on January 22 include Shah Jahan (1666), Queen Victoria (1901), Duke Kahanamoku (1968), Lyndon Johnson (1973), Telly Savalas (1994), Craig Claiborne (2000), Ann Miller (2004), Heath Ledger (2008), and Ursula Le Guin (last year).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is scrounging between Andrzej’s and Malgorzata’s desks:

A: What did you find there?
Hili: Two pens, a tube of glue and some of your notes.
In Polish:
Ja: Co tam znalazłaś?
Hili: Dwa długopisy, klej i jakieś twoje notatki.

A picture contributed by reader Merilee; the artist is a pastor, Cuyler Black:

A tweet from reader Jeremy, who noted that yesterday was Squirrel Appreciation Day and also found a Japanese website that’s dedicated to photos of squirrels eating human food like this.

Tweets from Heather Hastie, the first demonstrating the remarkable camouflage abilities of cuttlefish. In this case one of them disguises itself as a coral!

A hedgehog having a nice stretch:

Tweets from Grania. The first is from Titania McGrath, who—along with Godfrey Elfwick, almost certainly the same person—seems to have fooled a lot of people. Get this, folks: Titania and Godfrey are being SATIRICAL. I am sometimes excoriated for retweeting Titania by those who think her tweets are serious.

Grania says “This is a Star Trek joke; your readers will get it.” Well, I hope so, because I don’t.

An amusing typo:

Tweets from Matthew. Look at this fish jump! We don’t know its size so we can’t tell how high, but it’s certainly pretty high.

This really is a gripping introduction to a science paper. I wish I had written some like this, but it’s hard to spice up Drosophila speciation genetics:

Matthew says, correctly, that this is a flying squirrel. Another tweet in honor of yesterday’s Squirrel Appreciation Day.

A tree leaved with Bramblings!

And, in case you don’t know Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla), a kind of finch, here’s one:


Bari Weiss interviewed by Joe Rogan

Bari Weiss is live right now on Joe Rogan’s show, and at the moment she’s talking about Israel, Palestine, and the press coverage of the issue. Now she’s on to identity politics. The link is below:

h/t: Grania