Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 11 2010

The Edge and Beyond

Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint came out while I was in high school. I didn’t read it then, although I rather wish I had. Although I loved it on reading it, it didn’t immediately become my favorite book. It has, however, stayed in that place through to the present. Why? Well, there are a few things. It …

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Dec 10 2010

Nothing to Hide

Do you know how many people were killed on the four hijacked flights on September 11, 2001? The answer is 266, including the 19 hijackers. Two months later, 260 people died when a single plane broke apart in the air due to pilot error. None of them were hijackers. Yes, there were thousands on the …

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Dec 09 2010

Now We’re Just Haggling

The charges against Julian Assange were read out in a British court on Tuesday: She said the first complainant, Miss A, said she was victim of “unlawful coercion” on the night of 14 August in Stockholm. The court heard Assange is accused of using his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner. …

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Dec 08 2010

A Conversation About Wikileaks

Men attempting to smear the accusers in the Assange rape case are simply watching their governments attack Wikileaks, then taking out their frustration at their own helplessness on those whom they view to be more powerless than them. A phenomenon easily viewed in animals and children is made disgustingly visible in adults as well. Discuss.

Dec 07 2010

Instant Popularity Polling

I’ve been enjoying myself watching the comments sections on Minneapolis Star Tribune articles about the recount in the Minnesota gubernatorial race. Normally, conservatives leave more comments, but liberals and conservatives have a fairly even hold on “like” and “dislike” ratings. Not so much at the moment. If the votes here determined the outcome of the …

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Dec 05 2010

How Must She Behave to Have Been Raped?

I don’t know whether the rape charges against Julian Assange are valid. I do know, however, that they are rape charges. It doesn’t matter whether a woman consented to have sex with you. If she tells you to stop, and you don’t stop, that is still sexual assault. I don’t care how frustrating it is …

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Dec 04 2010

Nonapologies, Whatever Edition

I’m guessing you’re aware of the concept of the nonapology, the thing that is phrased as an apology, often even contain the words “I’m sorry,” and expresses an utter lack of responsibility for any actions. “I’m sorry if you were offended.” “I’m sorry you feel that way about it.” I heard a new one today. …

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Dec 03 2010

Things You May Not Know About Wikileaks

More specifically, this post is things you may not have picked up from the general reporting over Wikileaks release of U.S. diplomatic correspondence. From the NY Times explanation of their decision to post material related to the correspondence and their later elaboration in response to reader questions (and condemnations): The U.S. government did have the …

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Dec 02 2010

Experiment IV

I read about Republicans getting stupid over NSF grants and shook my head. I’d prefer to not believe it, but…. Then I read that one of these grants studied sounds for video games, and I sat up. Sure, I thought. Sure that’s what they’re studying. Uh, huh. Experiment IV We won’t be there to be …

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Dec 01 2010


Oh. Hi. Let’s just go through a few of the highlights since my last blog post, shall we? Let’s start with that day. Sunday Having spent the last three weeks in the middle of fall housecleaning, the past two while our main staircase is being finished, I have about an hour’s more work to do …

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