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Category Archive: Crime

Jul 21 2014

Your weekly dose of John Oliver

With a cameo by Al Franken! I’m really liking this guy — he’s quite the social justice warrior.

Jul 20 2014

No more US support for Israel

They no longer hold the moral high ground, if ever they did. The massacre in Shejaiya is an obscenity. Two small bodies lie on the metal table inside the morgue at Gaza’s Shifa hospital. Omama is nine years old. Her right forearm is mangled and charred and the top half of her skull has been …

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Jul 20 2014

Alternative career choices for chemists

What? Breaking Bad had a grain of truth? Read this story about a university chemist who was probably involved in making meth; he was also a consultant to the police, and an expert witness who helped accused meth dealers get acquitted. And he’s free and a successful CEO in Europe. That part of the story …

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Jul 13 2014

The priorities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The NY Times features a long and horrific story on a gang rape at a college campus. Hang on, I shouldn’t call it a gang rape: a campus committee acquitted the football players who participated, despite all the evidence of what had been going on. Remember, there is no such thing as rape culture. This …

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Jul 12 2014

I feel so dirty now

Kent Hovind is counting the days now, and unfortunately he has followers who are going to afflict us with badly made videos. If you feel the need to be deathly bored, here’s an interview with Hovind’s “lawyer” (not really a lawyer, but a “consultant” on Hovind’s financial planning — which is why he’s in jail …

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Jul 10 2014

That’s an awful breakfast

But it’s a powerful short story, Trigger Warning: Breakfast. We hear all the time from MRAs about how women make false rape accusations to cover their regrets about having sex, but this rings far more true: that they sometimes make new narratives to cover over their regrets about being raped.

Jun 25 2014

Criminal, arrogant, and stupid

Ah, Mormons. Utah is a lovely state, but one thing I don’t miss at all are inhabitants who make a mess of it — I recall a camping trip in the Stansburys in which we found a campsite totally trashed by the previous visitors. That just took a little clean up, but here’s a story …

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Jun 23 2014

Human beings seeking a better life

Italian navy rescue asylum seekers

That’s what I see in this boatload of immigrants trying to reach Italy. There have been several mass drownings recently, and the Italian navy is trying to rescue people. It’s not clear from the article what they do with them — are they granted asylum in Italy? Or sent back? Or parked in a refugee …

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Jun 21 2014

Rad’s video

I just got around to watching Cristina Rad’s rebuttal of Jaclyn Glenn — it’s often difficult to find a spot of time and a quiet place to watch videos when I’m flitting about. It’s very good. It pins down a lot of my difficulties with the “He’s Crazy!” brigade. It’s just not an explanation. It’s …

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Jun 19 2014

There’s a simple solution to every problem

And it’s usually wrong and makes everything worse. I see that the Baltimore police have a response to a panicky pet. No excuses for the dog; it was lost and apparently a bit frantic, and tried to bite someone. Nala’s owner, Sarah Gossard, said that her dog “had a collar around its neck with tags, …

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