Gray is a kind of black

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:55 am
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50 years ago, it was hip to say that Bugs Bunny was queer (cross-dresses, kisses Elmer Fudd). Now we hear that he’s Black. There’s a whole list of Black cartoon characters, but it doesn’t include my totemic hero, Wile E. Coyote. I guess he’s Native American.

Thanx to Metafilter

The team’s execution

Apr. 21st, 2017 07:25 am
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I guess the death penalty is so bad that even keeping a piece of shit like Charlie Manson alive for 50 years at public expense is preferable. The latest is the Arkansas chemical farce, in which it turns out that the state refuses to do DNA tests that might exonerate two of the people it is eager to kill.

I never had strong feelings about the death penalty. (I was raised collectivist, so killing one person for the general good seemed more reasonable to me than it does to some.) I never thought it was terribly important to make sure that the individual was smart enough and sane enough to be executed. But if the state is going to kill somebody, the least it can do is take all reasonable means to make sure that they have the actual perp. This is nowhere near the first time that the collective lust to kill has overcome such technicalities. At best the death penalty is one of those nice things we can’t have because people are turds.

Thanx to Radley Balko, who is wonderful about keeping an eye on this sort of thing.
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Jim Wright makes the elitist suggestion that we have things done by people who know how to do them.

Mandatory Jollity

Apr. 20th, 2017 05:39 am
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Good cheer can be one of the more onerous requirements of work. And of course it’s worse for women.

Thanx to Metafilter

Beginning

Apr. 20th, 2017 05:33 am
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Nisi Shawl looks at The Jewels of Aptor.

Thanx to Tor.com.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

Reburying the undead

Apr. 19th, 2017 06:14 am
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World Fantasy Con realizes that Lovecraft doesn’t belong on the nominee pins either.

Thanx to File 770
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I never liked David Lynch. I saw Eraserhead but fell asleep after the first three or four hours and missed all the good parts. Here’s a discussion of why his Dune sucks badly.

Thanx to Tor.com.

“Rights”

Apr. 19th, 2017 05:32 am
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All-male panel fails to pass Maryland bill ending rapists' parental rights

Thanx to [personal profile] twistedchick, who made a moderate and reasonable suggestion: NONE OF THESE GUYS SHOULD EVER GET LAID AGAIN. BY ANYONE. ANYWHERE. AND NO WOMAN SHOULD TOLERATE THEM.

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