A white American woman in the Heartland underwent female genital mutilation for the crime of self-molestation at age 3. She doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.
Arthur D. Hlavaty
From the Oval Throne of Pope Guilty I
04 December 2016 @ 11:20 am
03 December 2016 @ 05:41 am
As my friend Stef Maruch says, the notion of having to put on a clown face every day to come across as properly female is scary. Like sex and so many other things, makeup is something people should do if they want to, but should be purely optional. Hillary Clinton, having lost the election, has decided to forgo that particular option. If the forces of truth, justice, and the American way connect on one of their Hail Mary passes (recount or faithless electors), not only will we have immeasurably better governance, but there will be the small pleasure of knowing that the millions of Americans who voted for Trump because he has a prick (as well as being one) have a woman president who doesn’t even play along with their silly rules for face painting.
Thanx to Metafilter
Thanx to Metafilter
03 December 2016 @ 05:37 am
02 December 2016 @ 03:58 pm
02 December 2016 @ 05:45 am
I am one of those liberal elitist pigs who want to use the armed power of the state to force the American people to live under the yoke of a system where they can get sick without being financially ruined. Donald Trump has been elected after promising to save the people from it, but now that appears to be no more likely than getting Goldman Sachs out of the Treasury Dept. Charles Pierce discusses how that’s workin out for ya. One theory I’ve heard is that is that Obamacare will be replaced by Trumpcare, which will be an identical balance of mercy for the sick and disabled with continuing to allow the insurance gangs to steal with both hands and a few prostheses but will be freed of the Black Muslim cooties that make the present system intolerable for so many.
01 December 2016 @ 02:04 pm
Kellogg’s has stopped advertising with Breitbart, which is accusing them of “economic censorship” (a contradiction in terms to alleged Free Marketers unless it is being done to them). Here are some tasteless replies.
01 December 2016 @ 09:06 am
Firefox is repaired.
01 December 2016 @ 06:21 am
Unsurprising psychological study of libertarians:
Thanx to andrewducker
1. Libertarians will value liberty more strongly and consistently than liberals or conservatives, at the expense of other moral concerns.That explains why I wanted to be a libertarian, though I have long since decided that a lot of problems such as Tragedy of the Commons, Coordination Problem, Externalities, etc., keep it from working.
2. Libertarians will rely upon emotion less – and reason more – than will either liberals or conservatives.
3. Libertarians will be more individualistic and less collectivist compared to both liberals and conservatives.
Thanx to andrewducker
01 December 2016 @ 05:49 am
Apparently, Firefox has a bug that makes it even less trustworthy than the Net usually is, so I have installed Chrome and am using it for the duration, with redoing passwords and other fun stuff. The continuing saga of computers becoming the sort of thing I want to use computers to deal with.
30 November 2016 @ 05:47 am
29 November 2016 @ 02:14 pm
29 November 2016 @ 05:46 am
Lon Atkins (1942-2016) Guy Lillian said it well enough that I won’t try to improve:
Lon Atkins, lost either yesterday or just this morning, was a titan in our Southern fannish world. His Rebel Award, his Fan GoHship at the DSC, were beautiful if finally inadequate reflections of his contribution to our early days as a regional fandom and our growth into the vibrant and important segment of SFdom we’ve become. He was Official Editor of SFPA for four years and kept it going through its slimmest days. His fabled battles at the Hearts table with his great friend Hank Reinhardt were not only legendary, but entertaining, helping to build the sense of community that marks the region and its game. He did the best apazines — the best-written, the best-reproed, the most comprehensive — I have ever seen. And he was a gentleman.
I am lost in regret. Lon was a mentor and a model for how a good man conducts himself in science fiction fandom. MELIKAPHKAZ forever!