Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 20 2009

Required Reading

A few items worthy of some serious thought. This one is older, but I’ve been thinking about it since it was posted, so it’s definitely worth sharing. The Gates arrest and the chatter afterward prompted my friend Naomi to some serious comparison of policing styles and outcomes. Even at the time, even as a snotty …

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Aug 19 2009

Quick and Easy Advocacy

Something happened today that was cool enough to share. It happened at work, so the details will be almost nonexistent, but I think the idea will come through. We have periodic office-wide meetings in which we talk about the various things different parts of the company are doing for our clients. They’re about being able …

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Aug 18 2009

This Is About Sex, Right?

No, this isn’t a story about sex trafficking. This is a story about immigrant women working in factories in fields all across the country. And [Southern Poverty Law Center's] response is not to criminalize their work, thus penalizing the victims, but rather to help them file lawsuits against their employers and attackers. You can read …

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Aug 16 2009



Aug 15 2009

Pretty in Pink

It is a day to go and play, but apropos of the discussion at Quiche Moraine, I thought I’d leave you with this lovely cover. The one who insists he was first in the line is the last to remember her name.

Aug 14 2009

Congratulations, Doctor

Betül has successfully survived, researched, survived, written, survived, defended and survived. Congratulations, Dr. Arslan! Now you can get back to that all important blogging. (You left it over here, by the way.)

Aug 14 2009

Destroy Ferris

He didn’t flinch from geekdom. It wasn’t prettied up, Hollywood geekdom in his movies, or at least, not all of it. Hughes’s geekdom was awkward and painful. It was played for laughs, but they were always at least half-sympathetic laughs, which was rare at the time. He didn’t do issue films or bright, fluffy teen …

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Aug 14 2009

Bring Bing Back Home!

Bing Haubrich has made new friends in Japan, but they want to keep him there. In fact, they have threatened to hold him for ransom unless his American friends and family do two things: 1. Answer questions about Japan/Nippon culture and cuisine. 2. Donate money to help his mother pay the plane fare for his …

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Aug 13 2009

Not the Dolphins!!!

I know they’re bad. You know they’re bad. But try explaining to your friends who make more emotion-based decisions why they shouldn’t use antibacterial products for normal, daily applications. Actually, now you can. Dolphins are swimming in waters tainted with germ-killing soaps, but they aren’t winding up squeaky clean. Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in …

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Aug 12 2009

Reality-Based Politics

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has no quarrel with publicly funded treatment for alcoholics. But he said he struggles with taxpayer money going to housing for chronic alcoholics that offer no treatment at all. Not only that, he was surprised to learn, the so-called “wet houses” don’t even require their homeless residents to stay sober. …

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