I've decided to turn a corner on things, and stop being such a layabout. In accordance, I am going to post something at least once a week. Here's what's been on my mind:
A new chemical bond has been discovered. It sounds like a kind of special case, but it's not nothing.
I also may no longer live in Idaho, but I do keep up on the goings-on. This week the legislature finally heard testimony about adding the words "gender identity and sexual orientation" to Idaho's standing Human Rights Act.
The thing that I've found really interesting about this conflict is how people in Idaho have long wrongly assumed that these protections are already written into state law. They say they act as though that's the case, but I don't trust them. Unfortunately, this is something I heard on the radio, so I don't have a good link, but when you think about it, people are generally paranoid about an overly-litigious society.
I know when I was trying to go back to work several people told me that no one would dare screw with me for fear of ADA complications. In short, that's bad advice. If you're already in a disempowered position, it's not always straightforward what protections the law affords, and accessing them requires making and proving an illegal imposition on your rights.
Thus, the mistaken impression that The State protects LGBT Idahoans is not enough to ensure that happens. It may usually be the case, but when it's not, someone gets screwed.
In not-exactly-biology, I was really into this article by Olga Khazan, and it made me think a little:
I always thought it was weird/insane when coal miners claimed that they were the ones disregarding safety rules and not using equipment by their own judgment, not under the orders of supervisors requiring unsafe work practices to help the bottom line. But in this article, it says,
Coal workers are supposed to be offered masks to wear, Smiddy said, but “for a 12-hour shift in a coal mine, there's almost nobody who can wear a mask. They say, ‘It's heavy on my face, I can't breathe with it on.’”
Oh, and if you've made it this far, please leave a comment saying you're reading, or hit me up on social media. I'll keep shouting into the void if you don't, but I'd appreciate it if I knew someone was reading.