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Monthly Archive: September 2009

Sep 19 2009

Pirate How To

From my favoritest pirate ever, despite the hair. Oh, you mean it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. Never mind.

Sep 18 2009

Purity and Outreach

Generally, however, purity movements either abandon their quest for purity in favor of rewarding in-group status (see the treatment of recent Republican infidelity revelations) or they splinter into tinier sects, some still obsessed with purity, others offering various loopholes (see the Mormon polygamist groups). None of these outcomes are anything I want to see for …

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Sep 18 2009

Methodology Matters

Via Barbara Drescher comes a lovely analysis behind some rather sensational reporting: Technology addiction among young people is having a disruptive effect on their learning, researchers have warned. Their report concluded that modern gadgets worsened pupils’ spelling and concentration, encouraged plagiarism and disrupted lessons. Luckily for those of us who might have some contact with …

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Sep 16 2009

Commenter Behavior and Misbehavior

Those of you interested in trolling (the “cross this bridge and I’ll eat you” kind, not the “anybody biting?” kind), should read a couple of recent threads. At Making Light is “The Bully Pulpit,” an examination in the abstract of dealing with misbehavior and drawing the line between behavior and being. It’s a short post …

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Sep 15 2009

Dear Democrats

You want my money, I know. I gave you a bunch in the last election, and you’d really like me to give more. However, before you send that e-mail and interrupt what I’m doing, here’s what you should know about what I want. I don’t want a bunch of money spent on safe elections. As …

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Sep 14 2009

Goodnight, Miss Vida

Sep 14 2009

Joe Wilson and SCV Links

So, I was engaged in a little…discussion on Facebook with commenter Rob (#26) from Greg’s post, “Joe Wilson’s outburst is not about civility. It’s about racism.” We were…chatting about Rep. “Joe” Wilson’s membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), when someone dropped in some reading that was too good not to pass along. Thanks …

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Sep 14 2009

How Many Cops

…does it take to protect a counter-protester from teabaggers? More than they originally thought, apparently. I particularly like the bit toward the end in which the counter-protester is being a pain in the cops’ ass. They’d obviously very much prefer that his protest be done as soon as possible to avoid conflict. That’s just as …

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Sep 13 2009

How to Think

I’m feeling terribly lazy today (which is a huge step up from exhausted). In lieu of the thoughts on outreach and purity movements that are bubbling around in my head (the thoughts, not the…oh, never mind), I direct you to the generally excellent Vagina Dentata and a crash course in critical thinking. This was interesting …

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Sep 11 2009

Why Vaccinate? For the Fragile

Carrie, of course, is not otherwise healthy. She’s prone to seizures, one of the rare complications of pertussis. She also has that problem with swallowing. Think back to the last time you had a bad coughing fit. It’s gross, but think about the saliva and the mucus. Think about the last time you threw up. …

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