матрациFacebook has deleted “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!”, a user-created page, and apologized to the Pakistani government which had blocked Facebook. A Pakistani minister said Facebook had assured them that “nothing of this sort will happen in the future”. Yeah, good luck with that. And fuck you, Facebook. How about not knuckling under to paternalistic theocratic […]
random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
regarding the male Washington, D.C., mayoral aide who used the word "niggardly' and then was canned / asked to resign / resigned, and the resulting brouhaha about political-correct language etc.:
But the point about 'niggardly' is that words are more than their origin and their dictionary definition. The very sound of them carries weight and meaning, as does their real or perceived relationship to other words. 'Niggardly' belongs in society's vocabulary trashbin, not through any fault of its own, but because it transcends its definition and automatically conveys a feeling of bigotry. For God's sake, it sounds like the adjective form of a word that we can't bear to speak or even write! How can anyone use it? It's like putting up a wallpaper pattern that looks very much like a series of swastikas, but it's not! It's really a Scandinavian design that symbolizes good luck for the upcoming ice fishing season.
Archive for June, 2010
The Supreme Court on Tuesday released its decision in Berghuis v. Thompkins, reversing the 6th Circuit and eviscerating the simple bright line rule of Miranda: The police must advise suspects of their rights; for responses to police questioning to be admissible in court, the suspects must make a knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of those […]
One of the best articles I’ve read on the math used to estimate Gulf Oil Spill quantities: Jenn Kepka’s “Putting the Gulf oil spill in perspective”, Salon.com, 5/28.