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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31 2013

It’s charisma

Some grey bloke did a nice video last October. I may have already posted it but never mind, here it is again.

Jan 31 2013

Remembering Chaucer

Coming up this week at the Tate Modern: a major performance-art event conceived and curated by US artist Suzanne Lacy. Silver Action will see 400 women aged 60 and over – who have taken part in some of the last century’s major political protests, from the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike to Greenham Common – …

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Jan 31 2013

Always a horrible waste

What a waste. What a horrible waste. Less than two weeks ago, Hadiya Pendleton was leading her classmates in the King College Prep School Marching Band down Pennsylvania Avenue on the afternoon of President Obama’s second inauguration. It would be an opportunity of a lifetime for any 15 year old, but for Pendleton, it was …

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Jan 31 2013

Rushdie the radfem

Salman Rushdie’s in India and he talked to the BBC there. I transcribed most of it. The bigger question India needs to ask itself is about gender relations, is about how men think about women, and actually to an extent how women think about women because again there’s a lot of oppression inside families by …

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Jan 31 2013

Everyday sexism at the Beeb

BBC World does a thing where it reads a proverb as a little filler item. Yesterday’s proverb – which is currently visible on its Africa page – is a charmer. Today’s African Proverb “He who never saw his mother while she was young thinks his father wasted the dowry” A Maragoli proverb from Western Kenya …

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Jan 30 2013

Grievance 1: your face bruising my fist

Lee Moore is hoping for a cease fire. I think a cease fire could be possible, since I haven’t been firing except when attacked. That makes it easy to agree to a cease fire. Do I want to write about Reap Paden and Atheist Asshole all the time? Fuck no. Of course not. If they …

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Jan 30 2013

And with one bound she was free

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More harassment. More complications. More failure to disclose. More clumsy attempts at setups. More provocation followed by noisy media blitz to express outrage at the response to the provocation. The A-news people, who do that podcast I was invited to do, posted a podcast on Monday, the day I was invited. Lee Moore, the guy who …

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Jan 29 2013

Still eating cat food

How cute. Yesterday a guy invited me to do a podcast on Women in Secularism and “problems with online discussion (cyber bullying).” I said sure. Later he told me that he has a couple of partners on the podcast, one of whom is…Reap Paden. Oh. Not doing that then. So what do we have here? Why …

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Jan 29 2013

Anything to take away their humanity

One thing in that interview with Nick Turse… On how the military trained U.S. troops to dehumanize the Vietnamese “The idea was that the Vietnamese, they weren’t really people. They were subhuman, mere ‘gooks’ who could be killed or abused at will and, you know, veterans I talked to told me that from the moment …

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Jan 29 2013

Anything that moves

There was an interview on Fresh Air yesterday with a guy who’s written a book about civilian massacres and other atrocities in the Vietnam War, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Apparently the received wisdom is that My Lai was an aberration. I actually didn’t know that – I thought My …

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