Social Media: Threat or Menace?

Oct. 4th, 2015 06:36 am
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The Times Book Review leads off with two books about the evil of on-screen communication, as if people could not dehumanize and bully one another face-to-face. Since I may have saved my life many years ago by discovering a communications medium (fanzines) that enabled me to get to know people without having social skills, I have my doubts. It's a disability issue.

Beyond PETA

Oct. 4th, 2015 06:08 am
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Man beaten to death in India for allegedly eating beef

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Lime Crime: Fake deaths, Nazi costumes, legal threats against 13 year-old girls, hacker attacks, class action lawsuits, FDA warnings, credit card fraud, cold sores, and questionably named eyeshadow palettes called "China Doll."

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We will soon have Yelp for people. One ray of hope: "You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service."

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Throwup Throwback

Sep. 30th, 2015 08:30 pm
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The Past is a foreign country, and it sometimes sends us the wretched refuse of its teeming shores. Arizona (unsurprisingly) has a Loyalty Oath. That excellent writer James Sallis told them to place it where the sun don't shine.

ETA: Which inspired George R. R. Martin to note that he lives in New Mexico, rather than the state that aspires to grow up to be Mississippi.

Antivenom for brownback bites

Sep. 30th, 2015 06:15 am
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If you're in the mood to read some obscene abuse, here's The Rude Pundit passing verbiage upon Sam Brownback, who declared Zombie Month because he has nothing to fear from them.

At play in MacArthur Park

Sep. 30th, 2015 06:00 am
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Some people hate the word genius because it implies that abilities are not given out in a fair and equitable manner. So every year when the MacArthur Foundation gives out its awards, there are those who don't want to use the G word. In any event, this year the foundation did a good thing in declaring Ta-Nehisi Coates one, as explained by Yoni Appelbaum. Bonus: The winner himself wise-asses about it.


Sep. 30th, 2015 05:44 am
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Barney Frank said that half the Republicans in Congress are Michele Bachmann and the other half are afraid of running against her in a primary. Here's an immodest proposal for the latter. It would be nice.

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