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Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 30 2013

Do you know Linkin Park at all?

Then listen to this. I don’t know why it’s bringing me so much joy (but at least something is). RosalinaSama, you are a genius. HT Mashable / Brian Hernandez (You can listen to the entire Hybrid Theory album remixed, called PSYBrid Theory, on that link.)

Dec 30 2013

GTA V won’t make you kill sex workers

In a recent piece, Cassie Rodenberg wrote on Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games, low income areas and sex worker violence. Rodenberg, who writes the White Noise blog for Scientific American, could rightfully be expected to provide actual evidence, data and careful linking for her claims. This is particularly so because claims of GTA …

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Dec 27 2013

Should we stop supporting lostprophets, on streaming services, because of Ian Watkins?

The Welsh band, lostprophets, have essentially disbanded, after lead singer Ian Watkins was found guilty of horrible crimes against children. I stopped listening many years ago, thankfully, but I can imagine my first instinct would be to delete all their albums, destroy their CDs and remove any posters or paraphernalia. People have, obviously, also wondered …

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Dec 26 2013

Wrong (or right) is a conclusion – not judgement

A commenter indicated, in a post on my comment policy, that “having a comment policy is wrong.” That was the end of the statement. This touches on something broader: Right and wrong are conclusions, not the beginnings of a judgement. When people declare something is wrong – or, worse, is just wrong – we have …

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Dec 23 2013

Justine Sacco wasn’t the biggest problem about her Twitter storm UPDATE

Over at Big Think, I argued that Sacco’s apparent racism – or rather, her racist Tweet – was probably the least worrying part of her whole “Twitter storm”. What worried me and continues to worry me are our default responses to people and how we caricature, so we can attack, convey pure bile, and do …

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Dec 21 2013

Go to JustineSacco.com

This… Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white! — Justine Sacco Tweet (@JustineSacco) December 20, 2013 …led to someone taking time to not send threats to Ms Sacco or merely complain to their friends about how nasty racists are (who would disagree?) and do this: http://justinesacco.com/ Using attention, current focus and …

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Dec 21 2013

Canada top court is sensibile about sex worker laws; Internet reactionaries are not

Great news from Canada. Canada’s top court has struck down three key laws concerning prostitution in this country, declaring them unconstitutional, disproportionate and overly broad. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said the laws prohibiting keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating in public for purposes of prostitution “do not …

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Dec 20 2013

Watch the video of talks from Free Society Institute’s conference “Thinking Things Through”

Some time back, some of the most thoughtful, eloquent people from South Africa joined forces, in some kind of Avengers move, to discuss and combat “[o]bstacles to a free society [such as] oppressive or irrational legislation, moral confusions, bigotry and prejudice, and misconceptions about science and secularism.” This was the Free Society Institute‘s conference titled …

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Dec 20 2013

I just unpublished an article: Here’s why (UPDATED)

I made what I thought were legitimate criticisms of Holly Baxter’s piece, premised on criticisms with her points in her piece for the Guardian on crowdfunding. I spent a long time writing it and trying to be careful, since I’m aware she is currently facing much unnecessary, unwanted and unwarranted digital hate. I’ve decided, despite …

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Dec 19 2013

I forgot to mention how lovely the Internet can be

Last week I went for (mild) surgery. I’m so special, I know. I had never been before and I was told I’d be put under general, so would be completely unconscious. I hate sleep enough already precisely for this reason, of being immobile and unaware of what’s happening. Anyway, somehow one of my digital friends …

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