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wilwheaton: micdotcom: It’s now perfectly legal to take...

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:00:00 -0400

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wilwheaton:

micdotcom:

It’s now perfectly legal to take upskirts photos in Georgia

For the time being,  it’s completely legal in Georgia to be a sexist creeper who looks up women’s skirts in public without their consent. CBS46 reported that this week, taking an invasive photo of a woman’s body in public is still considered fair game. And it’s all according to a ridiculous legal technicality.

Just something to think about when you’re considering going to Dragon*Con later this year.

This happened in Massachusetts a few years back. It took the Legislature one day to fix the problem.

It’s actually sort of a hard problem. First, you don’t want overly inclusive criminal laws. So a law that says “no taking pictures of underwear,” it criminalizes totally acceptable behavior. Second, criminal laws need to be narrowly construed. If the law says “no taking pictures of people in dressing room” it permits creepers to do things any other place. Third, the law needs to hit behavior that is so unacceptable that we want to lock people up for it. So merely odious but not criminal stuff doesn’t get covered.

Actually drafting a statute that covers all of this is really hard. You don’t want to lock up the person who was trying to take a picture of a squirrel and maybe accidently caught something in the background.




Opinions on the name "Dudley"

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:39:27 -0500

sexpigeon:

Got any?

Options for nicknames include “dud,” which invites jokes and Dudsies, which would cause me to shove my own kid in a locker. Man, I hope this isn’t one of those “I’m having a child and this is a my favorite name.” In which case I’m a. Asshole for not reading the room.




Clinton and Sanders’ “Top Contributors”

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:11:41 -0400

Clinton and Sanders’ “Top Contributors”: kaiserwilhelm: squashedcomments: kaiserwilhelm: squashed: There’s this image going around the Internet comparing the “top ten donors” of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s “Top Contributors” are basically a list of megabanks. For Sander’s it’s a basically a list of unions. Usually the image is followed by comments like, “This is really… Sanders has openly stated he’s not going to receive money from PACs of any kind. So, I have to scratch my head when someone states that he’s ‘basically getting money from PACs..” I would have to agree that it bothers me as well, when information is misrepresented.  Is the implication that I’m making up the claim that Sanders has, in the past, received a substantial amount of money from union PACs? I wasn’t aware that Sanders had sworn off all PACs and can’t find a source for that. His donations from traditional PACs, however, are pretty well documented. The problem here, is that the information provided isn’t sourced or qualified. EDIT: I was able to find how the data was aggregated in the link provided. It’s CAREER spanning. Meaning, all-total. Not the most recent election. On top of that, the data is NOT broken out by LARGE vs. SMALL contributions.  Essentially, it lumps poor people money in with rich people money. I read the linked article you link to and can’t find any information that states the data is aggregated from employers & employees. I was finally able to find the information I was looking for, here:https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000528 “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.” When your statement includes the qualifier, ‘in the past’, it can take on a different meaning. Probably my mistake. Let’s look at Clinton’s profile, compared to Sanders’sClinton’s last fundraising (most recent election) https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000019&cycle=2008 Sanders’s last fundraising profile https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000528&cycle=2014 Summary for Sanders vs. Clinton: Small Individual contributions:Sanders: 63%Clinton: 28%Large individual contributions:Sanders: 32%Clinton: 77% PAC contributions:Sanders: 6%Clinton: 4% To summarize the most recent data from this website, Sanders gets more SMALL contributions from a larger number of people. Clinton gets more LARGE contributions from a fewer number of people.  As far a s PAC money goes, both candidates appear to take a pretty similar cut.  But taking a look at the Top 5 contributors for each candidate, it’s pretty easy to spot who’s deep within Wall St.Clinton Top 5 (Campaign cmte & PAC combined): CitigroupGoldman SachsMetLifeCorningJP MorganSanders Top 5 (same criteria) Sheet Metal Workers UntionComm Workers of AmericaUNITE HEREAmerican Postal Workers UnionMachinists/Aerospace Union It’s pretty clear, that if people are looking for a candidate that is more aligned with blue-collar, regular citizens… it’s not Clinton. If you happen to disagree with Sanders’s policies, that’s one thing. But the data presented here paints a clear picture of who is supporting who. I don’t agree with your last sentence. If a union is listed as the large contributor it indicates a lot of PAC money from the union. Money from union workers would be listed under the employer. The big problem in trying a head to head comparison is that Clinton has way more money from way more sources. So even if unions gave her the same amount of money, they don’t make the list. The underlying concern is probably accurate. Bernie is a big pro union guy. Clinton’s cozier with big money. (I don’t think it’s proven by fundraising data–but it’s probably still true f[...]



Clinton and Sanders’ “Top Contributors”

Wed, 06 May 2015 00:58:47 -0400

Clinton and Sanders’ “Top Contributors”:

kaiserwilhelm:

squashed:

There’s this image going around the Internet comparing the “top ten donors” of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s “Top Contributors” are basically a list of megabanks. For Sander’s it’s a basically a list of unions.

Usually the image is followed by comments like, “This is really…

Sanders has openly stated he’s not going to receive money from PACs of any kind. So, I have to scratch my head when someone states that he’s ‘basically getting money from PACs..”


I would have to agree that it bothers me as well, when information is misrepresented. 

Is the implication that I’m making up the claim that Sanders has, in the past, received a substantial amount of money from union PACs? I wasn’t aware that Sanders had sworn off all PACs and can’t find a source for that. His donations from traditional PACs, however, are pretty well documented.




zombiecuddle: hikergirl: jhrmn: zombiecuddle: Anyone know...

Tue, 05 May 2015 21:11:51 -0400

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zombiecuddle:

hikergirl:

jhrmn:

zombiecuddle:

Anyone know what these are? They line my commute walk and smell amazing in the evenings.

If I’m not mistaken, those are flowers

LOL (I believe they are creeping phlox)

Aw, hell yes, thank you!

So I’m late to this party–but creeping phlox is right. They also come in different colors. And they’re like one of the best plants. Because check out how they like spill out of the bed and just go everywhere.




About Last Night

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:40:18 -0500

About Last Night:

other-stuff:

squashed:

It should surprise exactly zero of you when I confess that I find last night’s election results discouraging. I’m a chronic optimist—and I’m sure I’ll talk about silver-linings later. But by and large, I think a lot of people who support a lot of bankrupt policies just got elected. With that said,…

Herman is a great guy!

Herman has America’s best interests at heart!




baratheonprime: squashedcomments: baratheonprime: squashed: ...

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:23:37 -0500

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baratheonprime:

squashedcomments:

baratheonprime:

squashed:

The Massachusetts Republican Party sent this to the former resident to shame him for not voting recently. I assume the reason for this has a lot to do with how his house was foreclosed by the Republican’s Wall Street Buddies.

Republicans: Because We Care

Wall Street gave more money to Barry in ‘08 than McCain. Try harder.

Everybody gave more money to Barry in ‘08 than McCain. That flipped in 2012 when Obama stood up to Wall Street.

Yeah. Stood up to Wall Street. Sure buddy.

Not sure what your argument is there. I’d think the roughly $50 billion in settlements combined with the almost uniform rage of the finance guys would confirm the hostility. But if you know better?




OMG CHARLIE BAKER IS LOSING RIGHT NOW PLEASE KEEP LOSING.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:31:59 -0500

mlle-pompadourz:

GET AWAY FROM ME WHITE DEVIL

I think Coakley actually manages to pull this off by a hair.




baratheonprime: squashed: The Massachusetts Republican Party...

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:31:06 -0500

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baratheonprime:

squashed:

The Massachusetts Republican Party sent this to the former resident to shame him for not voting recently. I assume the reason for this has a lot to do with how his house was foreclosed by the Republican’s Wall Street Buddies.

Republicans: Because We Care

Wall Street gave more money to Barry in ‘08 than McCain. Try harder.

Everybody gave more money to Barry in ‘08 than McCain. That flipped in 2012 when Obama stood up to Wall Street.




politicalprof: kohenari: If you were even moderately aware of...

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:44:48 -0500

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politicalprof:

kohenari:

If you were even moderately aware of what was going on around you on Halloween this year, you likely noticed that a million people dressed up as Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.”

But the 1,000,000 Elsas represent a real problem for all of us because they highlight a serious flaw in the way our society thinks about heroes and heroism.

Because Elsa isn’t the hero of “Frozen;” Anna is.

Elsa might be the main character and the queen of Arendelle. She might sing the hit song and have the magical ice powers that endanger everyone around her. But Anna goes on the hero’s journey and Anna risks her life to save her sister and the kingdom.

If you dress up like Elsa rather than Anna, I’d say you’re suggesting that you don’t really know what it means to be a hero. You just think it means being the main character, wearing the fanciest dress, or singing the song that my kids never stop singing.

Because, quite clearly, Anna is the hero of this story. You ought to want to be like her.

Politicalprof: I had a long talk with a young woman who could not see that Anna is the star of Frozen. And its hero. Completely.

In fairness to the million Elsas, Halloween costumes aren’t always chosen based on who is the hero. (E.g., one year my sister went as dental floss.) You might dress up as Elsa because you have natural platinum blonde hair and it’s a great excuse to rock it. You might choose Elsa because you want to wear the prettiest dress. You might choose Elsa because you want to subtly warn your friends that you are a danger to everybody around you. (Haven’t actually seen frozen.)




suchtango: davereed: tinyhousesgalore: Tiny house built by...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:02:33 -0400

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suchtango:

davereed:

tinyhousesgalore:

Tiny house built by Heirloom Custom Tiny Homes in Oregon. See more here!

I would make a pig-sty of every room within .1 seconds.

So, the whole thing in 1 second? Bah, that’s part of the point though: if you don’t have anything, what’s to make a mess with? I suppose I could probably find something.

Beautiful house, though.

I mean, yeah, a beautiful house. But they plunked a Haier Washer/Dryer combo in it and those things break in like a month and there’s pretty much zero customer support, even when the thing is under warranty.

All I’m saying is read the Amazon reviews before buying a washing machine. And don’t be like, “Oh, that was like just a couple disgruntled people with unrealistic expectations.” Sure, you’re clever. You figured out you could use Amazon Prime to get Amazon to pay shipping for a washing machine. Except we all know the cost of shipping is factored into the price at this point. So you’re not as smart as you think.

And by “you” I mean “a friend.”




Joe Biden sticks both feet in his mouth. – Quartz

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:18:28 -0400

Joe Biden sticks both feet in his mouth. – Quartz:

tangoaside:

squashed:

suchverydoge:

The US vice president called the crown prince of Abu Dhabi to take back remarks that the United Arab Emirates had funded Al Qaeda fighters in Syria. On Saturday, Biden apologized to Recep Tayyip Erdogan for claiming Turkey’s president had admitted to allowing potential ISIL recruits to cross into Syria.”

Remember all the concern in 2008 about Biden being a gaffe machine? As it turns out, he sometimes accidentally says something true and makes things awkward for everybody.

So…you’re saying I could be VP?

Maybe. Qualifications for VP are ambiguous. I sometimes wonder if the Obama administration asks Biden to do this sort of thing so it can later be like, “Oh, that was just Biden. We’re not saying the entire world knows you caused this mess.”




Identity politics

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:49:49 -0400

politicalprof:

squashed:

politicalprof:

So in response to my post how dominant white males are as elected
Republican members of Congress, I got this reply:

“Only 2% of black people are republican so this makes sense right? Try to turn this into a racist thing?”

Because white people can’t vote for black candidates? Or, let’s say, men can’t vote for women?

#How to not use statistics intelligently

I don’t want to reflexively back your probably-dumb interlocutor—but the statement can’t be dismissed quite that easily. Before candidates can be elected you’ve got to recruit them. If your political party is mostly white men, that’s your candidate pool.

Then you have the problem that basically all politics are identity politics. White people can vote for black candidates. But … for some reason a party disproportionately composed of white dudes elects an awful lot of white dudes.

I don’t think there’s any need to “try to turn this into a racist thing.” Maybe the disproportionate racial makeup of the Republican Party is a coincidence?

Politicalprof: ehh. I think you have perhaps conflated the broader membership of the Republican Party among voters with the membership of the Republican Party serving in Congress. There is no way the demographics of the Republican Party are 98% white males among Republican voters even as it is mostly white males in Congress.

It is certainly the case the Republicans skew white and male even among voters. But that’s not all there is.

Plus, the Democrats used to have the same problem, with the additional fact that they were pretty much a Southern-only party. Then, with some remarkable policy changes, their demographic makeup shifted in turn.

In 2012 Lindsay Graham noted that Republicans aren’t producing enough “angry white guys” to survive in the long term. The scary part for them is that little appears to be changing in 2014.

Quick points–though I don’t think we disagree too much.

  1. The commentor’s claim was that 2% of African Americans are Republicans, not that 2% of Republicans are African American. I haven’t checked the number on that.
  2. I think your point holds on the gender split but not the race split.
  3. The Democrats solved their problem. The Republicans could elect to do the same thing. But … right.



DOJ official admits what we all know: Lois Lerner's emails exist–they just refuse to retrieve them

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:25:40 -0400

DOJ official admits what we all know: Lois Lerner's emails exist–they just refuse to retrieve them:

poorrichardsnews:

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Emails don’t just disappear in a puff of smoke when a hard drive crashes. That’s not how the internet works. It’s how the Obama administration wants you to the think the internet works, but that’s not how the internet actually works.

Now, the Justice Department is…

I’m not going to add this one to any list until somebody tells me what the DoJ official actually said rather than a paraphrase by an attorney for a partisan organization.




George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson - National Report

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:48:11 -0400

George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson - National Report:

digital-joker:

I shouldn’t find this so fucking tragic funny, but fuck him.

I thought he was homeless? How’d he get to Ferguson?

This is not a real thing.




zombiecuddle: Completely crushed it at work today. Stood in for...

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:48:54 -0400

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zombiecuddle:

Completely crushed it at work today. Stood in for the director as her designee during a state commission meeting. Someone tried to step to me but ya boy stayed cool. Anyway now I’m watching a Jackie Chan movie and playing Civ 5. I have an order of celebratory wings on the way. Planning to get wasted. Might live/drunk blog a close reading of the McCullen SCOTUS ruling later because I’m really cool

Sidenote: I just finished a Civ V game where I won the space race as the Babylonians. I basically decided to just sprint to the end of the tech tree, build a space ship, and leave conquering the world for the suckers. No wars the entire game. Lessons learned: 1. It worked. 2. It was really, really boring. Like I built a giant death robot then didn’t use it.




Meliorism

Wed, 28 May 2014 19:29:20 -0400

Meliorism: mlle-pompadourz: alekscanard: “Feminists”,And I use that term loosely,Since a lot of the “feminism”I’ve been seeing latelySounds an awful lot like misandry.And irrelevant questions aboutBags of toxic candy.“Feminists” will say that because I’m a white maleIn a privileged position you shouldn’t listen to me.Because in… You’re such a fucking idiot and I’m reblogging this just so people point and laugh at your pathetic woo-woo excuse for poe-tree. “I’m a humanist!” “Feminists are misandrist!” Super fucking original arguments, bro.  You really made us think. Per request: From one privileged white dude to another, you can’t be doing this stuff. You just broke at least half a dozen major rules. That’s not me being the PC police. I mean the rules like “wear deodorant” that prevent you from inadvertently making enemies by not knowing you stink. Give it space. Even if you disagree, in light of a tragedy, step back a bit. It’s too soon. Never ever put yourself somewhere where you’re saying “I’m sorry for you loss, but…” White guys trying to do rhyming poetry and/or rap really need to understand scansion. Careful with other people’s tags. Particularly when a tag is getting a lot of attention. I’m thinking in particular of that #yesallwoman tag. It’s a thing that’s happening and you’ve got to let it be not about you. No internal rhyme involving friend/end unless you are under twelve or an aging rocker whose phoning in a mediocre record to pay off a cartel. No poetry that concludes, “All you need is love.” People have allergies. I know The Beatles did it a long time ago but they were going through a phase, okay. Joking aside, gender-motivated violence is a serious issue and “can’t we all just love eachother” is not a serious solution. Don’t say “I’m an equalist” or anything like that if you’re trying to critique feminism or any sub-movement thereof. It’s just not a cogent critique. It makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Feminism, as an intellectual project, digs deeply into ways that gender affect society. Unsurprisingly, it turns out it does so in ways that are, on net, grossly unfair to women. So … let’s do a quick thought experiment about M&Ms. Say I try to divide a pack of M&Ms between us. You observe that my pile looks a lot bigger than yours. I say, “No. I believe in equal division of M&Ms.” You say, “But you have 48 and I only got 7.” I say, “No. I believe in equality–why are you hatefully counting M&Ms. Don’t you believe in equalism” And you say, “Could maybe I just have three more of yours to make this a bit more fair?” And I’m like, “I earned these, hater.” Part of solving a problem is understanding it. Part of understanding is seeing the patterns. When we observe, for example, that women experience sexual violence and unwanted sexual advances far, far more than men, it should tell us that there’s a problem. With that knowledge, we can look for ways to solve it. And when you object or become defensive when people raise the issue, people might legitimately wonder whether you’re on their side or the problem’s. We all react to tragedies in different ways. I understand that. And I understand that we’ve all got stuff to say. I don’t know your situation. But for most of us white dudes, this is one where our best contribution to public discourse is to conscientiously create space for those with more important things to say. That could mean keeping quiet or at least taking it a bit easy on self-promotion through tags for a while. O[...]



The only reason why I wouldn't fuck a short guy is if he was hung up on being short.

Tue, 27 May 2014 23:34:11 -0400

mlle-pompadourz:

That shit is boring as fuq. Life is too short*, and there are too many men interested in me. Take a number and quit crying, Napoleon

*Pun!

This one time I was in line at a bagel shop and started feeling weird and insecure. A there were all these guys around me. Some were my height. Some were taller. Some were a bit shorter–but not as much sorter than usual. They all had shirts that said things like “Springfield Basketball.” So basically I couldn’t figure out why I felt weird and left.

All I’m saying is that I started getting hangups when I was a normal height for like three minutes.




pegobry: alwaysabeautifullife: Penance makes good glue. This...

Fri, 23 May 2014 07:55:26 -0400

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pegobry:

alwaysabeautifullife:

Penance makes good glue.

This is heresy. Christians are saved by grace. Penance is wonderful, but it is an expression of gratitude for forgiveness, which is freely granted.

Peg, while you’re right, of course, that the plate thin is heresy, I’m most amused by calling a picture of a broken plate “heresy.”




jakke: squashed: jakke: Hey so the New York Federal Reserve has an awesome (if bleak) article...

Tue, 13 May 2014 19:57:59 -0400

jakke:

squashed:

jakke:

Hey so the New York Federal Reserve has an awesome (if bleak) article about homeownership and student loan debt. Before the crash, thirty-year-olds with student loans were way more likely to have taken out mortgages (because student loans mean degrees which mean higher income). But since the crash, this has reversed - young adults are all taking out fewer mortgages and those with student loans are taking out even fewer.

[cut for genuflection towards sinister capitalist overlords]

I’d add a couple of other things that could be contributing to this. First, an increase in the sort of for-profit loan harvesting school could shift the balance quite a bit. Traditionally, student loans correlated with degrees and employment potential. But then you get schools like the Richmond School of Health and Technology. So now you have people with student loan debt who don’t have any sort of useful degrees.

Second, if people are buying homes slightly later in their careers due to tightened credit or any other factor, we could expect a trend like this. Somebody who starts a job right out of highschool could be in year nine at 27. Somebody who gets a four year degree might only be in year 5 at 27. This could also correlate with trends on when people get married or have kids.

The second point is entirely what the New York Fed is talking about here, so no disagreements there. Effectively people are getting into homeownership way later in life than they used to, and even later if they have student loan debt. So this is a problem in terms of encouraging retirement savings and the efficacy of tax breaks for mortgage holders and so on.

As for the first point - unquestionably there are some very sinister for-profit schools saddling students with massive debt and useless degrees. But I’m not sure that’s a new post-crash phenomenon - that link refers to RSHT students going back to 2004. A couple weeks ago I posted about a study from the San Francisco Fed that suggests degree holders are still earning way more than non-degree holders - I think that’s a sign that useless degrees aren’t yet a big problem at the aggregate level?

I have no idea whether the sort of thing happening at RSHT is a big enough thing to affect numbers. I do know that a whole lot of my super-vulnerable, indigent clients went back to school at the height of the recession. And a lot were in programs that weren’t going to grant degrees–and certainly weren’t going to grant a BA. But I don’t know if that was a local thing or a temporary spike or whatever.