Iowa

Jan. 25th, 2015 05:59 am
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The Keystone Kandidates show is beginning, and Charles Pierce is there.

Monopoly of legitimized violence

Jan. 23rd, 2015 06:11 am
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Illinois schools are requiring students to hand over their Facebook passwords. Needless to say, this is purely intended to protect victims and is not in any way a totalitarian power grab. As they explain,
The main driver behind the new cyberbullying law is to minimize destructive behavior associated with it, including “antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping [classes] and dropping out of school, fighting, using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and sexual violence,”
And of course failure to respect the principal's authoritye

On the money

Jan. 20th, 2015 06:11 am
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Part of the indoctrination we got in the 50s was that wonderful man of the people Andrew Jackson. Later we learned that he was a slave owner who uprooted more Native Americans than any other president. He definitely isn't the sort of person who should be on our currency. Here's a better idea.

Thanx to Follow Me Here

I also read it for the stories

Jan. 19th, 2015 02:14 pm
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Alice K. Turner, Playboy's fiction editor for many years, gave us much excellent speculative and other fiction.

Thanx to Flogging Babel

ETA: I reviewed one of her books

TLA

Jan. 18th, 2015 04:48 pm
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80 percent of Americans support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA.

Philip Larkin

Jan. 18th, 2015 10:12 am
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Hugo Black was once required by politeness to attend the funeral of a legal colleague he disliked. When a late-arriving colleague asked what had happened thus far, he replied, "The defense opened."

When Philip Larkin died, the prosecution opened. He had been a serious poet who was loved by the masses (perhaps the last to reach that status without musical accompaniment), but his biographer and the editor of his letters portrayed him as a nasty little man who hated women, Jews, blacks, and just about everyone else.

I was not of course shocked that poetry I love came from someone of deplorable views. I went through it long ago with Ezra Pound, and I even found it somewhat sporting to appreciate someone who despised my kind so much. I also expected the pendulum to swing in Larkin's case, and it has.

Now James Booth has written Philip Larkin: Life, Art, and Love, and the defense has made a strong case. Booth argues persuasively that the nasty stuff in the letters to his mates Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest is performance, playing with racially and religiously offensive terms as they did the words we didn't used to be able to say on television, no more evidence of real hatred that the ritual closure of all missives with the word bum was evidence of anal eroticism. I like to think I would have been able to guess as much even if I hadn't done the same in my own extended adolescence. And of course even the sort of close readers who can find offense in their alphabet soup never managed to cite evidence of the deplorable attitudes in the published poetry.

The book is by no means a whitewash. Larkin famously said, "Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me)," and he was right about the second part. He made himself miserable, and shared the pain with all the women he was involved with, and Booth tells that story too. We are dealing with a flawed human being, and I need feel neither pride nor shame in loving the verse.

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Jan. 18th, 2015 10:00 pm
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
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We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.

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Jan. 18th, 2015 08:21 pm
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We are (inevitably) running a little bit late -- the code push will begin in about half an hour or so. We'll update this entry when we're beginning.

This code push contains some rewrites/conversions of various pages on the site, so things will look a little different than what you're used to. The most obvious change will probably be to the Create Entry page -- it's not a redesign, and things will continue to behave the exact same way they have been, they'll just look a little bit different. Do not adjust the horizontal, do not adjust the vertical.

EDIT: Sorry, [staff profile] mark got started before I could update! We are in the middle of pushing now.

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