novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
Christie says he was misled on George Washington Bridge lane closures | emails in question -- The scandal widens.

Man gets 8-month sentence in toddler-slapping case -- "Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six months in prison, and Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said he imposed a higher sentence in part because of Hundley's criminal history, which includes a previous assault."

What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual -- "Dylan Byers knows nothing of your work, and therefore your work must not exist. [...] The machinery of racism requires no bigotry from Dylan Byers. It merely requires that Dylan Byers sit still."

The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a 'Skillful Cook'
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)
Over in [ profile] liberal, [ profile] nbda1997 uses Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood's deft flick, as a parable. Specifically, this person focuses on the main character's flaw of bigotry and expands:

I really believe that political correctness, especially when taken to the extreme that it has in our country today, does very little to ease racial tension. When people are constantly required to edit and censor themselves, they are forced to leave feelings bottled up and frustration grows.

[...] What I am saying is that treating someone who uses a racial slur almost like a criminal is not only unfair, but ultimately gives that racial slur more power. Rather than ostracizing the person, why not just give it right back to them and get the tension out of the way?

I would love to hear what Mr. Eastwood would say to such an argument. The thread takes a twist, though.

I think there needs to be a Bigots Anonymous. Right now, the only outlets for feelings of racial (or sexual, or religious, or gender, or class) superiority funnel toward emphasizing that stance. There needs to be a counterpoint, some venue where persons can meet and, by acknowledging their shame, can come to a point of catharsis and repentance. The shared aspect would be the primary feature, as the nature of bigotry is something that is very personal and private; the remedy, commonsensically, would need to involve renouncement in front of a group.
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)
Teen Birth Rates Higher in Highly Religious States

[T]he results don't say anything about cause and effect, though study researcher Joseph Strayhorn of Drexel University College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh offers a speculation of the most probable explanation: "We conjecture that religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself."

[...] They found a strong correlation between statewide conservative religiousness and statewide teen birth rate even when they accounted for income and abortion rates.

For instance, the results showed more abortions among teenagers in the less religious states, which would skew the findings since fewer teens in these states would have births. But even after accounting for the abortions, the study team still found a state's level of religiosity could predict their teen birth rate. The higher the religiosity, the higher was the teen birth rate on average.
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)
I just wanted to note my disgust at the trailers for the upcoming Jennifer's Body.
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)
Orson Scott Card. I have yet to read any of his work. (I know!)

He's said some things about democracy, homosexuality, and marriage. Keep in mind this was published by the Mormon Times.

In response, [ profile] pnkrokhockeymom points to [ profile] jimhines' I For One Welcome Our New Gay Overlords as well as [ profile] scalzi's No Fair! You’re Saying What the Amendment Does! (Actually, regarding the latter, I think that had that happened in Michigan, Proposition 2 would never have passed.)

These people have said pretty much all that I would have attempted--except this one thing. The final paragraph (other than being 'the "get-out-of-rape-free" card', as [ profile] scalzi said) seems to encourage Americans to desire (at the least) or act (at the most) to see the demise of the Constitution. Last I checked, that was treason, or at least the hint of it.
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)
I found this blog via [ profile] supergee, but I'm not feeling the sarcasm.


novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (Default)

October 2014

12 131415161718
192021 22 232425


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags