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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 18 2011

Just in Case the World Ends

Need a bit of this at the end of this week. The Chariot This is a song that came upon me one night When the news, it had been telling me ’bout one more war and one more fight

Mar 16 2011

Rights Must Be Protected *and* Shared

Via Mike the Mad Biologist comes an excellent article entitled “Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand,” a reminder of the cost of those things we consider rights and assume cannot be taken from us. Those who fought to achieve these rights endured tremendous suffering, pain and deprivation. It is they who made possible our middle …

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Mar 15 2011

Good Female Game Characters

I can’t think of one thing that needs to be added to this, except to note that the same goes for any kind of storytelling.

Mar 14 2011

Don’t Pass It On

Want to make a nurse happy? Just say, “While you’re in my record, how long has it been since my last tetanus booster? Long enough that it was before they recommended an adult pertussis booster?” Oh, do the eyes ever light up. Four days after getting a DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccination, my shoulder …

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Mar 13 2011

Rape Myth #1: She’s Probably Lying

Tawana Brawley. Duke University men’s lacrosse team. If you see a rape allegation in the news, those words aren’t far behind. They are talismans, touchstones for the idea that we must never, ever forget that women lie about rape. These women lied; therefore, women lie. The truth is, of course, that some women do lie …

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Mar 12 2011

Saturday Storytime: Balanced Ecology

James Schmitz has always been my favorite Golden Age SF author. Part of it is that his heroes (of multiple genders) are competent. It is a joy to see them at work, scheming against seemingly impossible odds. A rather large part of it, though, is that his non-human characters live in a way that one …

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Mar 11 2011

Don’t Talk, Just Read

You may have noticed that it…bothers me when people say stupid stuff about rape. Yes, it’s harmful, both because it invalidates those who have experienced rape and because it validates those who think rape is no big deal. That’s the part that infuriates me. The part that annoys me and sticks under my skin, hanging …

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Mar 10 2011

That Ain’t Right

By now you probably know that the Republican Wisconsin senators decided that union busting wasn’t a budget issue after all, split their bill in a closed session (in a state with open meeting laws), and passed it with only Sen. Schultz voting against it. The Republicans in the Assembly have already passed the provisions once, …

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Mar 09 2011

Transcription “Journalism” Fails on Rape

So…the New York Times put out an article about an eleven-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas. Well, actually, the article wasn’t about her. It’s about how all these people around the event were devastated by it. You know, the guys who did it (who helpfully created pictorial and video evidence such that the …

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Mar 07 2011

Responsible Retirement

It’s not hard to find organizations talking about retirement being in a crisis due to pensions. From organizations using that narrative to undercut unions to reporting that uses a snapshot approach to talk about plans with very long life-spans, the idea that pension plan funding and retiring baby boomers are going to bankrupt us all …

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