drjon ([personal profile] drjon) wrote2012-06-06 11:44 pm

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What the CeCe McDonald Sentencing Says to Me
This is the kind of twist in logic that turns the criminal justice system into a sick Mobius strip where people on the margins can’t win... It’s not new that people harass trans women. It’s not new that trans women get singled out by police for committing some kind of infraction and arrested. It’s not new that they are forced in with non-trans men, that they get shitty legal representation, are persecuted by prosecutors and see no leniency from judges. But even with all of that not newness, I find myself completely unprepared for a trans woman or anyone to be arrested for defending herself from A NEONAZI IN A GROUP OF OTHER BIGOTS who had already caused substantial bodily injury to her. It amounts to, in my opinion, convicting someone FOR SURVIVING. And that is intolerable.

I understand about the scissors.
In his words to Ms. McDonald at her plea bargain, Judge Daniel Moreno stated that in introducing scissors into the altercation--which was not the first weapon brought into play, as she’d already been lacerated with a broken beer mug--"You realize. . . you endangered other lives."Other lives. Yes. Because as long as it was only her life being endangered, that was acceptable. Because, hey, she was trans and black and that made some drunken assholes angry, and we all know how that’s supposed to end. Let me tell you a story...

Great big JudgeFAIL there.

The Hidden Autistics - Asperger's in Adults
It took a few sessions to realize this fine gentleman suffered mightly with the symtoms of Asperger Syndrome, which he kept well managed and thoroughly hidden. Contrary to the stereotyoes of adults on the spectrum, my patient displayed no "meltdown" behavior, was keenly (TOO keenly) aware of people's reactions to him and exhibited no bizarre special interests or encyclopedic knowledge of vaccuum models...

Ketamine Improved Bipolar Depression Within Minutes, Study Suggests
A group of researchers previously found that a single dose of ketamine produced rapid antidepressant effects in depressed patients with bipolar disorder. They have now replicated that finding in an independent group of depressed patients, also with bipolar disorder.

Alan Moore Elaborates His Stance on "Before Watchmen"
Moore further calls his "Watchmen" contract "creator-hostile" according to lawyers who offered to review the original document he'd signed. "There was a clause that essentially said that, if in the future, there were any documents or contracts that I refused to sign, DC was entitled to appoint an attorney to sign them instead," said Moore. "[The lawyers] said it was the most creator-hostile contract they’d ever seen."

Rupert watch: Tony Blair lying at the Leveson Inquiry
Former British PM Tony Blair testified at the Leveson Inquiry this week and told a litany of lies to protect his shattered reputation, says Michael Collins.

How the internet killed porn
It's 15 years since Louis Theroux turned the TV cameras on to the US porn industry. Now he is revisiting it to see if anything has changed -- and he finds a business in crisis

Amanda's Million
Last week Amanda Palmer became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. Her project's numbers: $1,192,793 pledged by 24,883 people in 30 days. A musician getting a million dollars from the internet is a very big deal. How did it happen?

Well, she worked her arse off for years and years. That woud be how.

Shut Up and Take My Money: Fans Should Hire Artists
Two weeks after Kickstarter launched in April 2008, I was fishing around for an idea to test the platform and launched a project for Kind of Bloop... But unlike nearly every other album project on Kickstarter, I’m not a musician. I’ve never written a song, with or without vintage videogame consoles, and wouldn’t know where to start. Instead, I hired musicians I love to make the music.

One Million Moms drops off Facebook after Green Lantern post backfires
the conservative Christian campaign has retreated from Facebook after a post about DC Comics’ reintroduction of Green Lantern Alan Scott as gay was inundated by comments largely supportive of the publisher’s decision.

A Message To Women From A Man: You Are Not "Crazy"
You’re so sensitive. You’re so emotional. You’re defensive. You’re overreacting. Calm down. Relax. Stop freaking out! You’re crazy! I was just joking, don’t you have a sense of humor? You’re so dramatic. Just get over it already! Sound familiar? If you’re a woman, it probably does... Gaslighting is a term to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy...

Why We Need To Stop Saying "Calm Down" and "You’re Crazy"
When people hear the order to "calm down"--no adult ever responds with relief, "Phew, thank god you told me to calm down, otherwise I’d be flipping out." We will also never hear anybody say, "Wait! That’s an option?! I can be calm?" So why do we insist on requesting or demanding calm?

Injection offers hope for treating auto-immune disease
The new approach involves increasing good regulating cells in the body, unlike most current research which focuses on stopping "bad" or "effector" cells... The researchers induced the body’s T-cell front-line defences by injecting cell-signalling proteins called cytokines, in particular cytokine Interleukin-5 (II-5 cytokine)...

Scientists grow bacon from stem cells
A new technique that turns pig stem cells into strips of meat could offer a green alternative to the slaughterhouse and help end hunger.

The world's worst password requirements list
The Attorney General of Texas Child Support website has the worst set of password requirements I've ever seen...

Banksy Made A Free, Downloadable Work For The Diamond Jubilee
Download it and print it out or something!

‘Tank Man’ stood tall in Tiananmen Square -- yet remains unidentified more than 20 years later
Defiance against China’s military might became symbol of pro-democracy movement in 1989

Google to Alert Users to Chinese Censorship
Google has quietly upped the ante in a long-running dispute with the Chinese authorities over censorship, adding a software twist to its search page that warns users when they type a search term whose results are likely to be blocked in China.

A Look at the Conduct of Graham Linehan and Steven Moffat on Twitter
"Twitter made me", says the heading on The Guardian's latest interview with Graham Linehan (much to his consternation), but the question is, what has it made him into, and what kind of monster is it making of media bigshots?

It would be hypocritical of me not to point out that some of the behaviours of commenters is pretty rude, and mention that I've blocked and banninated folks over it before. But I also suspect that if you're a Celeb, you prolly shouldn't be naked on the Internet the way these folks are: that's where PR folks and Media Advisors and all that actually have a role to play that isn't sycophantic oral happy-ending.

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand
Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend...

Rooftop fish farms to feed Germany's sprawling urban population
Efficient City Farming brings aquaculture to town centres, putting fishtanks in car parks to provide sustainable food to city dwellers

Germany: Now Winning The War.

Space Cases: The Weirdest Legal Claims in Outer Space
In January, a Quebec man named Sylvio Langvein walked into a courthouse in Canada and filed a suit declaring himself owner of the planets in our solar system, four of Jupiter’s moons, and the interplanetary space between.... The case is bizarre, but not unprecedented....

The Overthinking Person’s Drinking Game

How to get through a great deal of alcohol in a very short time

Italy plans to tax Vatican on commercial properties
Italy's Catholic Church faces an annual multi-million euro bill over government plans to strip it of its tax-exempt status.

Panther or thylacine?
THE Australian Northern Rivers may be home to a thylacine-type animal thought to be extinct on the mainland for more than 3000 years, according to a wildlife expert. With recent sightings of an unusual animal reported in the Nimbin Valley and Byron Bay, and many more sightings in previous years across the region, wildlife expert Gary Opit said a thylacine was a possible explanation.

Nasa plots deep-space base just past the dark side of the moon as a 'stepping stone' to Mars
The U.S. space agency is forming a team to draw up plans for the outpost, to be parked at a spot in space known as the Earth-moon libration point 2 (EML-2).

‘Island-Hopping’ to the Stars
...a pattern of slow expansion would make interstellar migration almost inevitable if humans (or their machine surrogates) can adapt to life in the outer Solar System and beyond. Propulsion is always a huge issue, but in this scenario we also focus on the ability to build and maintain habitats on distant objects, exploiting their raw materials and preparing for the next leap outwards. Long-haul technologies would surely arise from a culture capable of these things, but the possibility exists that interstellar travel will mean slow and steady outpost building before the target is reached.

Dutch Pave the Way for Looser Copyright Laws: Mashups and remixes could be protected by law.
Much to the displeasure of the wider EU, the Dutch want to liberalize their copyright laws to explicitly allow remixes and mashups. The irony is that their inspiration is not political movements like Sweden's Pirate Party, but America's laws about fair use.

Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works
Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The CAT User's Manual: CAT v. 7.0: Completely Autonomous Tester User Installation and Documentation
Upon receiving the CAT unit, the user should examine the unit to verify that all I/O channels are operational. Look for minor bugs in or on the system. Bugs are indicative of the MOMCAT production environment. The user may manually remove any bugs... The CAT unit is guaranteed against catastrophic failure. Nine coupons are included...

Quantum dots control brain cells for the first time
Having such control over the brain could one day provide a non-invasive treatment for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, depression and epilepsy. In the nearer term, quantum dots could be used to treat blindness by reactivating damaged retinal cells.

TINKER TAILOR: A guide for the perplexed
What makes the movie hard to grasp? If we can get a sense of this, we might get to know Tinker Tailor more intimately, while also producing some ideas about how mainstream films work generally. To attempt an answer, I have to go into detail...

‘Blade Runner’ Makers At Alcon Say Harrison Ford Not In Talks To Star
...adamantly denying a web report claiming original star Harrison Ford is in early talks to return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Andrew Kosove, who runs Alcon with Broderick Johnson, said he and his partner couldn’t sit by as the unsubstantiated report spread like wildfire all over the world.

Badass of the Week. Julie D'Aubigny
Julie D'Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and bang a nun. If nothing in that sentence at least marginally interests you, I have no idea why you're visiting this website.

-: Chat with Friends through ms dos Command Prompt :-
All you need is your friend's IP Address and your Command Prompt.

How To Tell HTML from HTML5

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Gods, I wish I'd had this when I was doing the client tango...