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Slutwalk Toronto via Wikipedia.

I though the concept of Slutwalk was cool when I first heard about it.  Taking back derogatory terms for sexual liberalization?  Awesome!  Sign me up for SlutWalk NYC for October 1.  I also followed them on Tumblr to remind myself of the date and get updates of any changes.

But I was not happy to receive an invite to the Dominuque Strauss-Kahn Protest, which seemingly presumes his guilt in the sexual assault case and labels the accuser as “the victim.”   Slutwalk’s characterization that DSK was treated lightly by the press this whole time is wrong.  Their claim that DSK paid people off for character assassination of the victim is unfounded.  They cited no evidence in that claim, presented  no rebuttals to all the contradicting evidence, and are walking on a dangerous presumption of guilt that is against the spirit of our entire legal system.

Reuters’ Anya Schiffrin makes excellent points in her blog about other organizations presenting their visceral emotional reactions rather than talking about the facts:

Much of the reporting has been done in haste and that’s too bad. One example was The New York Times’ piece on the sexist culture of the IMF which conflated  rape, sexual harassment and work place discrimination against women with the mundane subject of  affairs at the office.  By combining these four different subjects, the Times muddied the subject without adding much to our understanding.

By creating this fringe protest, SlutWalk NYC is undermining both its credibility and primary objectives.  A single court case with dubious evidence is hardly a paradigm of “rape culture” worthy of a protest.

I hope SlutWalk’s home-based Toronto organization doesn’t associate itself with its New York City satellite organization’s poor choice in politics.

[Edit:  I wrote a related post, On Feminism and Gender Egalitarianism, partially as a response to comments below. And another post commenting upon a race-issues blog which criticized a sign at Slutwalk NYC.]

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Social commentary Tags: Dominuque Strauss-Kahn, DSK, innocent until proven guilty, protest, sexual assault, Slutwalk, Slutwalk NYC

I’m not bringing back WW on a regular basis, but I would feel bad about going three days without posting anything.  I have a couple half-written posts that I’ll finish and edit when I’m not so sleep-deprived.

Today I finished up my continuing education for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.  Now I have to pay the bastards $80 and renew my piece of paper that says I’m all dedicated to my job and shit.  Four of my CE hours were insulin-related education.

In honor of my achievement, have a tasteless webcomic:

Categories: Webcomic Wednesday Tags: diabetes, lollipop, Married to the Sea

So I don’t normally do one picture posts, but this is the very heterosexual Marcus Bachmann in Iowa circa August 2011 eating a local delicacy:

This is best thing I’ve seen since the Gay Barbarians telling him they need to be “disciplined” and Bachmann’s dance in this youtube video at 1:45.

Oh, here’s Michelle too:

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: corn dog, dance, gay, Marcus Bachmann, Michelle Bachmann

Image via flickr’s DonkeyHotey. Pretend ‘June’ is ‘August’

TPM compiles a video of some highlights of the August 11, 2011 Republican debate.  It was more interesting than the first GOP primary debate for sure.

The Daily Beast declares Rick Perry as the winner.  They also compiled their 7 favorite moments from the debate.

T-Paw blew it big time in this debate,  says Salon’s Steve Kornacki, and didn’t do much except try to tear Bachmann a new one.  And they all generally defensive about fiscal policy questioning, according to the NY Times. has put together “a helpful guide to a few of the more fascinating positions they’ve taken.”  The charts pays close attention to what the candidates said–and what they didnt say. Will they backtrack? Will they double down? Will they hope we forget?

Herman Cain signed off closed off his portion of the debate (where he tried and failed to temper his earlier remarks about Muslims) with:  “A poet once said, ‘Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.”  Daily Intel identifies the quote as disco singer Donna Summer, from her song The Power of One.  She recorded it just over a decade ago as the theme song for Pokémon: The Movie 2000.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2011 debate, August 11, GOP primary debate, Herman Cain, Iowa debate, Pokémon: The Movie 2000, republican candidates

“Knock knock?” “Who’s there?” “Unlimited union and corporate campaign contributions.” “Unlimited union and corporate campaign contributions who?” “That’s the thing, I don’t think I should have to tell you.”

Link below for Colbert’s first SuperPAC video.

(I like WordPress’s recent adoption of the Tumblr reblog function.)

Really. Those of you who are going to the Iowa straw poll in Ames, Iowa, I encourage this. Vote Rick Parry. With an A. For America. … Read More

via Introspection

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: rick parry, stephen colbert, superPAC, video

There are 75,500 Google image results for “sad stockbroker.”

Round up time:

Paul Krugman, of course, is highly critical of the move. He dedicated a post in his blog to a quote from Atrios:

Apparently we’re supposed to care about what some idiots at some corrupt organization think about anything.

Statistics whiz Nate Silver provides us with a comprehensive post with solid statistical evidence that S&P’s previous ratings are pretty worthless and says their “advice has more often than not led investors toward the losing side of bets.”

My favorite libertarian blogger, Andrew Sullivan, thinks the that downgrade makes sense.

A libertarian I like much less, Professor Richard A. Epstein, claims to have “4 Reasons S&P Got it Right,” but mostly rants about spending.

An anonymous author for the WSJ says, “The Obama Administration’s attempt to discredit S&P only makes the U.S. look worse” and it was the “Keynesian and statist revival of the last four years have brought the U.S. to this downgrade.”

Economics of Contempts says, “To say that S&P analysts aren’t the sharpest tools in the drawer is a massive understatement.”

Karl Smith of Modeled Behavior comments, “I think the value of S&P’s action is that it has given both sides ammo where they need it, which seems like it should strengthen our ability to make a deal. Ironically, perhaps the act of issuing this report will help make the conclusions of the report less true. I hope so anyway.”

I hope so too.

I can understand S&P wanting to reclaim their integrity after their terrible track record, but is manufacturing a fear-induced international market crisis really worth that right now? I’m leaning towards no, so I’m still not fully understanding S&P’s motivation here. Especially when they own and maintain the S&P 500 index, which unsurprisingly dropped after their parent agency’s own downgrade.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: AA+, Andrew Sullivan, downgrade, economic opinion, Nate Silver, Paul Krugman, rating, round up, S&P, S&P 500

I will add or cross off items on this list as needed.  Some are easy and I’m on the verge of doing.  Others will take years.

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  • Get an advanced degree in science, but do something else for my primary source of income.
  • Make an important scientific contribution.
  • Publish an important political opinion.
  • Learn to snowboard.
  • Learn to swim better.
  • Learn tennis.
  • Learn yoga.
  • Travel to every continent.  (Except Antarctica.  Fuck Antarctica.)
  • Have enough money where I can work because I want to, not because I have to.
  • Learn to sew
  • Save someone’s life.
  • Learn to breakdance.
  • Learn a martial art.  (Mid-level belt or some degree of proficiency.)
  • Learn to code/use Linux.
  • Design my own website.
  • Create a viral video on youtube.
  • Have my own clothing line of functional, high-quality, aesthetically pleasing clothes for women.
  • Perform a feat of fisticuffery.
  • Publish some kind of book. (Deliberately leaving this one vague).
  • Be the number one Google search result for my name.
  • Be good friends with a doctor, a lawyer, an artist, and a scientist.  Different people, of course.
  • Go real rock climbing.
  • Be proficient at a musical instrument.  Probably keyboard.
  • Be able to sing and play said musical instrument at the same time.
  • Skydive.
  • Design my own living space.
  • Own a ferret.
  • Own a Welsh Corgi named Prometheus Maximus.
  • Learn to love and be loved in returned.  Ongoing. ♥

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: autodidact, bucket list, learn, life goals, self-improvement, travel