Saturday, November 14, 2009
not news, BUT a great warming story. by the way horses are also used as therapy for disabled children (both emotionally and physically)
note: this story only refers to MEN. i guess women are immune to ptsd...........
Equine Therapy Helps Withdrawn Vets Re-Connect
i didn't know ANYTHING about it until i read the following on boing boing. i am going to eventually purchase (and thereby SUPPORT) most if not ALL of the indie designers fighting this bullshite (note: i am NOT a big gamer. i have a few games on my itouch. most are spelling games)
so if you can, please consider supporting these independent designers too!
The Edge Case: Indies Rally To Raise Copyfight Awareness
The story of Tim Langdell's relentless and darkly fascinating trademark fight against any and all users of the name 'Edge' has been quietly storming under the surface for the better part of this year.
In a nutshell: Langdell's Edge Games, a UK-based publisher in the earliest days of home computer games, has tirelessly struggled to maintain ownership over the word against any would-be competitor, regardless of discipline, growing more convoluted and ludicrous the farther down the rabbit hole you go (the Chaos Edge blog is the most damning at documenting just how bizarre it's become).
For nearly two decades, it seemed to work. Edge Games successfully struck settlements with movie and comic book companies, further strengthening his grip on the four-letter word, but then Langdell attempted to swat down what should have been his easiest target: tiny French indie developer Mobigame, and their iPhone debut, titled, of course, Edge (pictured left).
After successfully managing to get the game removed from the App Store, Langdell butted up against what could prove to be his downfall: the collective, unshakable 'might' of the indie game community, who've coalesced around the Mobigame struggle and mounted reams of evidence and circumstantial quotes about Langdell's business practices in his early days, seeking to shred the paper tiger and expose what little claim Edge Games has over the trademark.......
it's that they're not woman or man enough to say what they mean and mean what they say. there's always an excuse. i didn't mean it this way or that way. of fucking COURSE YOU DID. admit it
Denver Post mocks lawmaker for denying he compared Obama to terrorists
By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Colorado Republican State Senator Dave Schultheis had the dubious honor of being named "Worst Person in the World" on Thursday by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann for his unfortunate use of Twitter.
"Don’t for a second, think Obama wants what is best for U.S.," Schultheis tweeted. "He is flying the U.S. plane right into the ground at full speed. Let’s roll."
"'Let's roll," Olbermann repeated. "The rallying cry from Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, PA on 9/11."
Schultheis has denied that the 911 reference was intentional, telling the Denver Post, "It's a comment people use all the time any more. 'Let's get going. Let's move on. Let's make major changes,' I can see it now. But you're busy doing jillions of things during the day. You sometimes don't analyze every single word.".....
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Mark Frauenfelder at boing boing posted this:
he asked for a second opinion, he THINKS he gets it but wanted more input. there were 154 responses so far.
in almost all libraries? granted, i wouldn't want a very young child checking out a book or graphic novel which contained explicit images of a sexual nature (or violent nature for that matter). BUT i sure do believe, if after being told to return the book, and refusing to do so, sharon cook and beth boisvert's asses SHOULD have been FIRED if i was a parent i'd want to make decisions about what my children did or didn't read. i wouldn't want a STRANGER to decide that. (recommend yes, decide NO) those librarians should never have censored The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Black Dossier. it wasn't THEIR decision
Child protection or censorship?
Library employees lose jobs over book
NICHOLASVILLE — Sharon Cook is either a hero or a villain.
She is either due your thanks for doing everything in her power to protect children from obscenity or she is due your disdain for wantonly taking away the constitutional rights of the people of Jessamine County.
She never meant to do the latter. She absolutely meant to do the former.
It all started in the fall of 2008, and she is still doing it. The proof is in her knapsack, in a bright yellow flexible file folder, hidden from prying eyes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Black Dossier. It has pink and yellow highlighter tags sticking out, marking the pages that contain explicit sexual content.
It is the Jessamine County Public Library's copy, which she has checked out and not returned. She is being fined 10 cents a day for her breach of library contract — and for her moral stand.
She was, she says, simply appalled that a child could find a book that contained so many outright visually obscene graphics in the Jessamine library where she worked. So nine months ago, she challenged its right to be included in the collection, and when that failed, she simply checked it out herself..........
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GOP bigwigs’ health insurance covers elective abortions: report
By Daniel Tencer
The health insurance plan offered to employees of the Republican National Committee includes coverage for elective abortions, a fact that could compromise the party's insistence that abortion be left out of any health care reform measure.
Since 1991, the RNC -- the group that co-ordinates Republican activities at the national level -- has been on a health insurance plan from insurer Cigna that offers elective abortion coverage, and the RNC signed up for the coverage even though it was an optional part of the package, says a report at Politico..................
The citizens of Coshocton, Ohio are without their free Internet after a single download prompted the Motion Picture Association of America to shut down the town's municipal Wi-Fi network.
This is by no means the first time the MPAA has stepped on the little guy in their crusade to eradicate piracy, but it is a particularly egregious instance of it. The free Wi-Fi network in Coshocton, Ohio supported anywhere from "a dozen people a day to 100 during busy times," all of whom are left without Internet after the shut down. As nations like Finland move to make broadband access a legal right, it is unfortunately clear that some powerful people in our country still consider it a privilege and not a necessity............
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Fox apologizes for using bogus teaparty protest clip
By David Edwards and John Byrne
Shocker: Fox News isn't always fair and balanced.
After Comedy Central's The Daily Show pointed out Tuesday night that Fox News' Sean Hannity program used footage from another GOP protest in a clip about a recent teaparty rally, Hannity admitted the network incorrectly used bogus footage in their interview with Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN).
"Finally tonight...Although it pains me to say this, Jon Stewart, Comedy Central - he was right," Hannity admitted Wednesday.
"On his program last night he mentioned that we had played some incorrect video on this program last week while talking about the Republican Health Care rally on Capitol Hill," Hannity continued.
"He was correct, we screwed up - we aired some video of a rally in September, along with a video from the actual event," he added. "It was an inadvertent mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. So Mr. Stewart, you were right… we apologize… and by the way, I want to thank you, and all your writers, for watching.".........
and if any morons want to actually elect him (michele bachmann got elected didn't she?), let 'em.
Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Lou Dobbs, the most opinionated and divisive anchor at a cable network that bills itself as a straight-news oasis, resigned from CNN on Wednesday night, saying in his final broadcast that he wants "to go beyond the role" of a television journalist in tackling the country's problems.
Framing his move as a response to the urging of "some leaders in media, politics and business," Dobbs struck a populist tone, attempting to position himself as a political leader who would mount a campaign "to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C." He said that public debate was now defined by "partisanship and ideology" and that he would continue to speak out "in the most honest and direct language possible.".......
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Heritage Foundation Sticks Up For Violent Sex Offenders
by Chris Harris
The Heritage Foundation's True Colors
As we have mentioned before, the conservative Heritage Foundation produces the website Overcriminalized.com, which advocates the theory that "as a result of rampant overcriminalization, trivial conduct is now often punished as a crime."
Heritage claims the website:
... describes the trend in America - and particularly in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.
A sampling of what the Heritage Foundation views as the "rampant overcriminalization" of "trivial conduct" is truly striking and shows why conservative politicians should think twice before embracing the views held by the conservative think tank.
As you can see below, the folks at Heritage oppose legislation tackling child sex slavery, child sex trafficking, child pornography and violence against children.
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is not having to have egg on your face justification for ignoring EVIDENCE? no, it's not
Students Who Exposed 30-Year-Old Wrongful Conviction Being Targeted By Chicago DA
Posted by Ari Berman, The Nation
There's a very important editorial in The Nation this week that I hope everyone will take the time to read. It's about the wrongful conviction of Anthony McKinney, who's been in prison for thirty-one years for a murder he did not commit. I'm posting the relevant portions below.On the evening of September 15, 1978, a white security guard named Donald Lundahl was murdered in a robbery gone awry in a racially fraught southern suburb of Chicago. Police fingered Anthony McKinney, an 18-year-old African-American with no criminal record, as the killer. The prosecution sought death by lethal injection; the judge sentenced McKinney to life in prison..........
..........In 2003 Protess and his students began examining McKinney's case. Over three years of painstaking reporting, they unearthed startling new evidence: the prosecution's two main witnesses, 15 and 18 at the time of the trial, recanted their testimony during interviews with the students, claiming they were beaten by the police and intimidated into doctoring the facts; McKinney alleged that he was beaten with a pipe by a detective with a history of police brutality before signing a sham confession; TV logs proved that both witnesses were watching a boxing match at the time of the shooting and thus could not have seen the murder; an ex-gang member, Anthony Drake, confessed on tape to being at the murder scene, named two perpetrators and said McKinney was not involved; current and former residents of the neighborhood confirmed they heard Drake and two other suspects confess to Lundahl's murder...........
this is one hell of an unbelievable story
Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists
Posted by Declan McCullagh
In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.
The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site "not to disclose the existence of this request" unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.
Kristina Clair, a 34-year old Linux administrator living in Philadelphia who provides free server space for Indymedia.us, said she was shocked to receive the Justice Department's subpoena. (The Independent Media Center is a left-of-center amalgamation of journalists and advocates that – according to their principles of unity and mission statement – work toward "promoting social and economic justice" and "social change.")
The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded "all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us" on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to "include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information," including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers' Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on. ................
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
and i'm not going to complain about YOUR beliefs except when they start stomping on MINE and MY FREEDOMS too.
No longer conservative about his religion
By Dana Milbank
It says much about the transformation of the Republican Party that even Newt Gingrich is now carrying the cross.
When Gingrich came to power 15 years ago, his Contract With America was a document of fiscal conservatism that mentioned God only in passing. When he led the impeachment of Bill Clinton a decade ago over the Monica Lewinsky affair, Gingrich was involved in his own longtime extramarital relationship with a former aide, who is now his third wife.
"Newt," Christopher DeMuth put it gently as he introduced the former House speaker Monday to a forum at the American Enterprise Institute, is "a politician who in his private life is a seriously religious man but who does not make religious belief an upfront part of his political platform."
His first two wives might have quibbled with the description of Gingrich as a seriously religious man in private. But after Monday's performance, nobody will ever again say that he "does not make religious belief an upfront part of his political platform." His talk was titled "The Victory of the Cross: How Spiritual Renewal Helped Topple the Berlin Wall.".............
Saudi Women Activists launch the “Black Ribbons Campaign” on November 6th
On November 6. 1990, 47 brave Saudi women drove their cars publicly in the capitol of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to demand their right to drive. They were subsequently detained, their passports were confiscated, and fired from their jobs.
On the 19th anniversary of this event, Saudi women’s activists, led by Wajeha al Huwaider, are launching the “Black Ribbons Campaign”, demanding that:
A) Saudi woman be treated as a citizen just like her male counterpart.
B) Saudi woman enjoys her rights to marry, divorce, inherit, gain custody of children, travel, work, study, drive cars and live on an equal footing with man.
C) Saudi woman gain the legal capacity to represent herself in official and government agencies without the need of a male guardian..............
hey, wtf would actually WANT to hear her speak unless it's as a comedienne?
Palin sees conspiracy in new dollar coins
By John Byrne
It now seems clear why the staff to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn't want anyone to bring recording devices or cell phones to her speech Friday night.
Even news outlets like Politico -- which have prominently featured Dick Cheney's terror jeremiads -- would have been likely to lampoon her.
But the ban on recording devices didn't stop them. Politico says they bought three tickets to Palin's Wisconsin speech and then penned a write-up. Their review was somewhat grim, taking aim at Palin's frequent use of the words "bogus" and "awesome" and delivering a strange anecdote about dollar coins.
"Palin had remarks prepared but frequently wandered off-script to make a point, offering audience members a casual “awesome” or “bogus” in discussing otherwise weighty topics," Jonathan Martin wrote in his review.
He quotes Palin as saying, “It is so bogus that society is sending a message right now and has been for probably the last 40 years that a woman isn’t strong enough or smart enough to be able to pursue an education, a career and her rights and still let her baby live.”.........
Noting that there had been a lot of “change” of late, Palin recalled a recent conversation with a friend about how the phrase “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of the new coins.
“Who calls a shot like that?” she demanded. “Who makes a decision like that?”
She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”
The decision to put "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the edges of presidential dollar coins has received little attention from the press, but was reversed in 2007, before President Barack Obama took office. Sens. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Robert Byrd (D-WV) sponsored legislation to move the motto back to the front face of the coins........
Murdoch: Glenn Beck Was ‘Right’ To Say Obama Is ‘A Racist’ With ‘A Deep-Seated Hatred For White People’
After President Obama inserted himself into the July spat between Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Officer Jim Crowley, Glenn Beck infamously declared on Fox & Friends that Obama “exposed himself” with the incident “as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.” Challenged by co-host Brian Kilmeade, Beck claimed that he was “not saying that he doesn’t like white people,” just that he’s a “racist.” Beck’s comments led to a boycott of his program by Color for Change, which has resulted in 81 companies refusing to advertise on his show.
In an interview with Sky News Australia last week, Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News’ parent company, stood by Beck. Though he claimed that Beck probably shouldn’t have said such a thing, Murdoch concluded that “if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was right”:........
hey you stupid pieces of shite, put the crack pipe down and back away slowly
Conservative group links gay-rights movement to Islamic terrorism
By Daniel Tencer
A prominent social-conservative activist group is using comments made by readers on a gay-rights Web site as "evidence" that the LGBT movement is mulling using "organized terrorism" against Christians.
The Liberty Counsel released a statement on Monday linking Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in last week's Fort Hood massacre, to the gay-rights movement.
"In the wake of the horrific act of Islamic domestic terrorism at Fort Hood Texas, it has been learned that militant homosexual activists recently made similar online postings to those of Nidal Malik Hasan, threatening additional acts of terrorism against Christians," stated an email from Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel's director of cultural affairs, as well as an associate dean at Liberty University Law School...........
Monday, November 09, 2009
and i'm not even a batman fan
it's an instructable too!
make a life sized batmobile tumbler and batman themed Halloween display
yes, he did say that
i could not watch the video all the way through. i was feeling nauseated
stray and i were commenting on the story. i actually said i thought most of the people holding the signs didn't even think there was a holocaust to begin with so they have no way of understanding what they're doing IS EVIL. (well they understand it, they just DENY IT).
i wish these people no harm. what i do wish is for them to come to understand. that's all. i want them to understand.
well here's the proof (and note they're so smart, some don't even know the gender of mr wiesel)
Teabaggers attack Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
by John Aravosis
The photo below is of Elie Wiesel in the Buchenwald concentration camp. He's in the second row from the bottom, seventh from the left (next to the wood support).
Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel criticized a Teabagger protester in Washington, DC this week who held up a sign showing dead bodies from the Dachau concentration camp stacked in a pile, and compared this to the Democrats' health care reform plan. Here are a few of the Teabaggers' responses to Weisel, posted on Politico:Rothschilds nothing! Everyone knows that Obama is George Soros sock puppet. Wasn't Soros Jewish once upon a time? May the Schwartz be with you.
The jews need to clam up and accept the fact that they are in a Chritian country.
This hollowcost thing is totally overblown by the jewish.
Eli Wiesel should just go back to Indonesia. I don't see him condemnig the terrorist shooter at Fort Hood.
Elie is a whiner. She should stop her whining. You didn't not complane when the libs were calling Bush Hitler.........
i don't care HOW much one 'binge drinks'. rape is NOT an option. thinking women are simply playthings (the men are the lions, the women are the antelopes) is beyond my scope of understanding.
if these 'men' are so proud of their views on women, why not come on out and identify themselves? it is my wish to have each and every one of these men known to the world. i would wish their names and photographs be posted in each corner of the globe. i would wish they would have to stand in front of their mother and tell their mother exactly why they think it's ok to commit violence against women.
Elite college students proud of 'pro-rape' Facebook page
A GROUP of past and present University of Sydney students set up a ''pro-rape'' page in the sports and recreation section on Facebook, describing themselves as ''anti-consent''.
The male students, mostly from the elite, all-male St Paul's College, initially ensured the ''Define Statutory'' group had an open, public profile, and proudly displayed their membership on their personal Facebook pages.
Both the commander of the NSW Police sex crimes unit and the head of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre condemned the site, describing it as ''grooming perpetrators of sexual violence''.
The Facebook page, which has since shut but ran from August until late last month, is part of a broader culture at the residential colleges that demeans women in a sexist and often sexually violent way, experts say.
The Herald has spoken to several women, also past and present residential college students, who have experienced sexual assault and attempted assaults on campus. They say the privileged atmosphere of colleges, combined with a culture of binge drinking and few restraints on behaviour, mean most rapes go unreported..........
Sunday, November 08, 2009
i think MOST of the women of color on the wire were bold, bright, strong, intelligent. some were way too fierce though (i forgot the character's name. it was a boy whose dad was in jail and his mom was the wicked fierce one. she was forcing him to sell drugs. calling the kid out. telling him he wasn't a man.)
anyway, the women characters were ALL strong. and yes, that woman i described above was in NO WAY a GOOD mother. i'm acknowledging that
what i AM saying though, in relation to the MEN characters, the women were NOT represented equally. there were
on the hbo wire cast page
there were about 83 characters totals
and that leaves
that ain't good
The Wire's gender problem
Posted by Rose Afriyie
The Wire, the HBO series that ran for five seasons, will apparently live on, despite its shelf life, in a class at Harvard. And Professor William Wilson, the self-admitted "huge fan" who will be teaching the class, is high off of The Wire's Kool-Aid:
"I do not hesitate to say that it has done more to enhance our understanding of the challenges of urban life and the problems of urban inequality, more than any other media event or scholarly publication," Wilson told the audience before poking fun at himself, "including studies by social scientists."
As a racial justice advocate who loves politics and sexually diverse representations of people of color, one can't help but be a sucka for The Wire. (Also, I am not going to lie. I might have dedicated a Facebook status, or ten, to good-God-what-have-you-done-to-me Idris Elba.) But when you fasten your feminist goggles and take another gander, you are bound to get bamboozled, psyched out and sucka-punched by yet another attempt to be progressive -- hold the feminism...............
now she (or her minions) are going after women (well, this isn't her first attempt)
by the way, i went to pick up a copy of
one hundred years of solitude
for a friend to read on a plane trip. when i picked it up, right there on the cover was a sticker that said 'as seen on oprah, chosen for oprah's book club'. i let out a yell right there and then.
oprah keep your hands off of shite i like. ok? i'll stay out of your shite if you stay out of mine.
A recent article from Oprah.com called "Are You a Feminist or a Feminine-ist?" is starting to get a little bit of attention. (We found it thanks to mollyfye on twitter, and Girldrive has a great post about it too.)
Here's the teaser:
Being a strong, powerful woman doesn't mean you have to be tough, overworked and unattractive. Karen Salmansohn explains how power and success come from being in touch with your feminine, sexy and loving side.Oh, I can't wait to hear the rest of this one. Strap in, cause we're going to take on the whole piece. It opens with a charming anecdote.
True story: My friend David got mugged at a bank machine by a beautiful, leggy, sexy woman.
"Actually, it might have been a transvestite," David corrected himself.
"It's okay if you were mugged by a woman," I told him, smiling.
Now embarrassed, David said, "The more I think about it, the more I'm sure he was a transvestite."
I laughed but was also intrigued by why David would be so embarrassed to be mugged by a beautiful, leggy, sexy woman, but not a man................
i actually heard part of this interview the other day in my car. i knew my radio was on npr, but i didn't know it was a democracy now interview
i've seen her lecture before and i've seen her perform before. she's just wonderful
Actor, Playwright Anna Deavere Smith Weaves Multiple Stories of Healthcare Struggles into New Solo Performance “Let Me Down Easy”
i tried to find a pic credit but i could not
the earth was NOT created in seven days. we have been here longer than a few thousand years. humans and dinos did NOT roam the earth together. you can make all the museum exhibits you want. you can quote all the verse you want. you can point your finger and shake your head. but, i don't give a flying fuck. YOU ARE WRONG.
believe in your god. i'm not questioning that. i know why you do. fear. i get that part. what i don't get is not believing in SCIENCE. REALITY. TRUTH.
In Turkey, fertile ground for creationism
U.S. critics of evolution help translate their ideas for a society already torn between Islam and secularism
ISTANBUL -- Sema Ergezen teaches biology to Turkish students interested in teaching science themselves, and she has long struggled with her students' ignorance of, and sometimes hostility to, the notion of evolution.
But she was taken aback when several of her Marmara University students recently accused her of being an atheist, or worse, for teaching anything but the doctrine that God created the Earth and everything on it.
"They said I was a liar if I called myself a Muslim because I also accepted evolution," she said.
What especially disturbed -- and amused -- the veteran professor was that the arguments for creationism presented by some of the students came directly from the country where she was educated in the biological sciences years before -- the United States. Translated and adapted for a Muslim society, the purported proofs that Darwinism and evolution were wrong came directly from American proponents of Christian creationism and its less overtly religious offshoot, intelligent design.
Ergezen's experience has become increasingly common. While creationism and intelligent design appear to be in some retreat in the United States, they have blossomed within Muslim Turkey. With direct and indirect help from American foes of evolution, similarly-minded Turks have aggressively made the case that Charles Darwin's theory is scientifically wrong and is the underlying source of most of the world's conflicts because it excludes God from human affairs..........
i don't understand how anyone could be against health reform. i understand having issues with certain things (i do, we all would) but i don't understand not wanting an overhaul. our health care system is a mess. the rich get richer and the poor get sick and/or die without adequate health care. there are people WORKING with no insurance. people who can't afford check up, drugs and even emergency treatment.
i don't want us all to hold hands and sway from side to side while singing kumbaya. i DO want us all to make sure our neighbors are taken care of. one never knows when it's us that will be needing that care
House Democrats pass health-care bill
One Republican votes for plan Senate will act next on legislation
Hours after President Obama exhorted Democratic lawmakers to "answer the call of history," the House hit an unprecedented milestone on the path to health-care reform, approving a trillion-dollar package late Saturday that seeks to overhaul private insurance practices and guarantee comprehensive and affordable coverage to almost every American.
After months of acrimonious partisanship, Democrats closed ranks on a 220-215 vote that included 39 defections, mostly from the party's conservative ranks. But the bill attracted a surprise Republican convert: Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao of Louisiana, who represents the Democratic-leaning district of New Orleans and had been the target of a last-minute White House lobbying campaign. GOP House leaders had predicted their members would unanimously oppose the bill.
Democrats have sought for decades to provide universal health care, but not since the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid has a chamber of Congress approved such a vast expansion of coverage. Action now shifts to the Senate, which could spend the rest of the year debating its version of the health-care overhaul. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring a measure to the floor before Thanksgiving, but legislation may not reach Obama's desk before the new year...............