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Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 21 2010

Speaking Out

Unless you speak up and tell the world that gays, lesbians and other sexual and gender minorities are due the same protection of their human rights under the law that the rest of us have, this is what you’re supporting. United Nations — African and Arab nations succeeded by a whisker in deleting three words …

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Nov 18 2010

The Telephone Game

If you get the opportunity to see The Telephone Game, do it. This will be more difficult if you’re not in the Twin Cities, but more worthwhile if you’ve ever done theater, particularly experimental theater, or like your movies slightly odd. I just got back from the premier. I went without great expectations, knowing this …

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Nov 15 2010

More on Maddow and Stewart

Since interviews of Jon Stewart are rare, they tend to get passed along quickly. I assume most of the people who want to have seen Rachel Maddow’s interview with Stewart on what he was attempting to do with the Rally to Restore Sanity. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the unedited version–long but worthwhile. …

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Nov 11 2010

Serving Those Who Serve Us

I don’t usually reprint the emails I get from political figures. Today, for Veterans Day, I’m making an exception. I can’t really say it better than this. Veterans Day provides us with the chance to mark the debt of honor we owe to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States. We …

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Nov 10 2010

A Difference of Opinion

My friend Kelly doesn’t often go off on a rant, or at least he doesn’t usually write them down. But when he does? Stand back. One of the things that we as a genre community seem to be most vulnerable to is the idea that our personal favorite type of writing is the only type …

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Nov 09 2010

Little Conversations

Ugh. No time for a proper blog post, probably not for a couple of days (although I’ve been wrong about these things before). Apropos of that, enjoy. Little Conversations You know I never could say anything in twenty words or less.

Nov 07 2010

HPV and the Bigots of AVN

Jane J Kim, PhD, an assistant professor of health decision science in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, constructed models to assess the cost-effectiveness of the HPV shot across a range of potential scenarios involving men who have sex with men. The scenarios were based …

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Nov 05 2010

Droit de Seigneur

As others have pointed out, child sexual abuse is not a problem exclusive to religion. Plenty of organizations in which adults have authority over children contain predators. What is unique to churches, however, is the degree of authority priests and pastors have over the adults who would normally protect these children. It’s a power they …

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Nov 04 2010

Auto-Argumentation

Oh. This. This is beautiful. The result is the Twitter chatbot @AI_AGW. Its operation is fairly simple: Every five minutes, it searches twitter for several hundred set phrases that tend to correspond to any of the usual tired arguments about how global warming isn’t happening or humans aren’t responsible for it. It then spits back …

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Nov 01 2010

Taking Back My Country

There’s a certain irony in the conservatives saying that they’re “taking back their country,” because that’s exactly what I intend to do tomorrow. Oh, I don’t mean it the way they mean it. I’ve never been rich or male, so this country was, at best, only partially mine to do with as I saw fit. …

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