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The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material — including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday. ...

Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country. Under a revised March 2004 media law signed by Karzai, content deemed insulting to Islam is banned. Criminal penalties were left vaguely worded, leaving open the possibility of punishment in accordance with Shariah, or Islamic law



"They used these pieces to make a replica of the 1918 virus, and brought it back to "life" -- viruses are not truly alive like other microbes -- by combining it with modern influenza virus pieces and growing it in bacteria."
I get so annoyed when it is claimed that life is not life.
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The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material — including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday. ...

Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country. Under a revised March 2004 media law signed by Karzai, content deemed insulting to Islam is banned. Criminal penalties were left vaguely worded, leaving open the possibility of punishment in accordance with Shariah, or Islamic law



"They used these pieces to make a replica of the 1918 virus, and brought it back to "life" -- viruses are not truly alive like other microbes -- by combining it with modern influenza virus pieces and growing it in bacteria."
I get so annoyed when it is claimed that life is not life.
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Judiciary Committee passes cockfighting bill, tables domestic violence bill
"A bill protecting cocks passed through the House Judiciary Committee...Both cockfighting and domestic violence are currently misdemeanor crimes, punishable by 30 days in jail. If the bill passes, cockfighting will become a felony, punishable by five years in jail. Domestic violence crimes will remain a misdemeanor.

...Rep. Altman spoke about domestic violence, "There ought not to be a second offense. The woman ought to not be around the man. I mean you women want it one way and not another.
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Judiciary Committee passes cockfighting bill, tables domestic violence bill
"A bill protecting cocks passed through the House Judiciary Committee...Both cockfighting and domestic violence are currently misdemeanor crimes, punishable by 30 days in jail. If the bill passes, cockfighting will become a felony, punishable by five years in jail. Domestic violence crimes will remain a misdemeanor.

...Rep. Altman spoke about domestic violence, "There ought not to be a second offense. The woman ought to not be around the man. I mean you women want it one way and not another.

Blame

Jun. 9th, 2005 03:07 am
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"Women: Having Problems Reaching Orgasm? Blame Your Mom"
Uh... because Dad didn't contribute half of the genetic material?

"...striking a blow at those who pin the blame for female sexual dysfunction on social or cultural factors."

"So blame that when your partner fails yet again to derive any pleasure from your sophisticated bonking techniques."

"Women who have difficulty reaching orgasm can blame it on their genes."

"Do not blame your husband if you have problems reaching orgasm"

"Girls who can't orgasm can blame it on their genes"

"They blame, for instance, an oppressive upbringing, conservative religion or male social pressures that can inhibit a woman's sexuality and discourage her from even talking about her sexual problems."

"WOMEN who struggle to achieve orgasm may have their genes to blame..."

"Previous research has documented the widespread phenomenon of women who never or rarely reach orgasm but — unlike male sexual dysfunction — the causes of this problem have been explored only sketchily..."

Blame

Jun. 9th, 2005 03:07 am
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"Women: Having Problems Reaching Orgasm? Blame Your Mom"
Uh... because Dad didn't contribute half of the genetic material?

"...striking a blow at those who pin the blame for female sexual dysfunction on social or cultural factors."

"So blame that when your partner fails yet again to derive any pleasure from your sophisticated bonking techniques."

"Women who have difficulty reaching orgasm can blame it on their genes."

"Do not blame your husband if you have problems reaching orgasm"

"Girls who can't orgasm can blame it on their genes"

"They blame, for instance, an oppressive upbringing, conservative religion or male social pressures that can inhibit a woman's sexuality and discourage her from even talking about her sexual problems."

"WOMEN who struggle to achieve orgasm may have their genes to blame..."

"Previous research has documented the widespread phenomenon of women who never or rarely reach orgasm but — unlike male sexual dysfunction — the causes of this problem have been explored only sketchily..."
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Much African American fiction in the twentieth century includes a common pivotal element in the growth of black characters: the first time one stands up to white indignity; refuses to touch one’s hat; objects to being called “boy”; and of course most famously, doesn’t give up one’s bus seat. For gay people, the equivalent experience, reproduced over and over again in fiction and reality, is the time when one finds dignity and courage by leaving one’s family, moving hundreds or thousands of miles, and finally finding a replacement family in the gay neighborhoods of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. And, very often, never seeing or speaking to that birth family again.

...In living memory, African Americans have had the right to marry and to form families. One of the many evils of slavery was the way it could destroy families, which would stay together only at the suffrance of the master’s pleasure. But from the moment the slaves were free, it was a given that, of course, black people could marry. (Though it sadly took far too long to end the proscriptions against mixed-race marriages.) It pains me that you could regard my right to do the same as some kind of negotiable point.
— via [livejournal.com profile] wispfox
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Much African American fiction in the twentieth century includes a common pivotal element in the growth of black characters: the first time one stands up to white indignity; refuses to touch one’s hat; objects to being called “boy”; and of course most famously, doesn’t give up one’s bus seat. For gay people, the equivalent experience, reproduced over and over again in fiction and reality, is the time when one finds dignity and courage by leaving one’s family, moving hundreds or thousands of miles, and finally finding a replacement family in the gay neighborhoods of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. And, very often, never seeing or speaking to that birth family again.

...In living memory, African Americans have had the right to marry and to form families. One of the many evils of slavery was the way it could destroy families, which would stay together only at the suffrance of the master’s pleasure. But from the moment the slaves were free, it was a given that, of course, black people could marry. (Though it sadly took far too long to end the proscriptions against mixed-race marriages.) It pains me that you could regard my right to do the same as some kind of negotiable point.
— via [livejournal.com profile] wispfox
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The success of the wikipedia surprises me. I would expect something like any other online discussion area, such as comments on Yahoo News where something like "The mideast is and always will be the melting pot for Terrorists/Murderers. Sit back and enjoy the show...the less we will have to fight in the years to come." is the norm, and is even exceptional for ability to spell. Or some image rating services where 90% of the comments are idiots trying to make the person in the picture feel bad and 5% are idiots trying to make the person in the picture give them a blow job. I sometimes want to add bulletin boards/discussion to the GNP FAQ, but don't want to have to spend time weeding out piles of inanities from morons or keeping them contained in a special area where morons are permitted.

Of course, I haven't seen any objective measures of wikipedia quality and veracity relative to other encyclopedias. But things I have seen have been impressive. I even lost my virginity and made a small tweak to one of the pages myself.
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The success of the wikipedia surprises me. I would expect something like any other online discussion area, such as comments on Yahoo News where something like "The mideast is and always will be the melting pot for Terrorists/Murderers. Sit back and enjoy the show...the less we will have to fight in the years to come." is the norm, and is even exceptional for ability to spell. Or some image rating services where 90% of the comments are idiots trying to make the person in the picture feel bad and 5% are idiots trying to make the person in the picture give them a blow job. I sometimes want to add bulletin boards/discussion to the GNP FAQ, but don't want to have to spend time weeding out piles of inanities from morons or keeping them contained in a special area where morons are permitted.

Of course, I haven't seen any objective measures of wikipedia quality and veracity relative to other encyclopedias. But things I have seen have been impressive. I even lost my virginity and made a small tweak to one of the pages myself.
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CNN exit polls - data by age, race, income, religion, etc.

Here we learn:
  • Boys Like Bush
  • Nader likers are Latino or Other, age 30 to 44, with lots of money and a college degree, going to church either never or many times a week but nothing in between, owning children and guns and fine health care in a small town, and voting mostly on moral values. They also think things are going well in Iraq for some reason, but don't think it has anything to do with terrorism.
  • People of drafting age are less likely to vote for Bush.
  • 65% of people vote based on money. The less they have, the more they vote for Kerry. The more they have, the more they vote for Bush. 35% of people buck the trend.
  • 65% of people vote based on religion. The less they have, the more they vote for Kerry. The more they have, the more they vote for Bush. 35% of people buck the trend.
  • 18% of voters have served in the military? I guess wars and drafts will do that...
  • 4% of voters are lesbian / gay / bi, and a quarter of them vote for Bush.
  • Bush voters care about terrorism, moral values, and taxes. Kerry voters care about the economy, health care, Iraq, and education.
  • 2% of those who strongly disapprove of how Bush is handling his job voted for him anyway.
  • Blah blah blah.
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CNN exit polls - data by age, race, income, religion, etc.

Here we learn:
  • Boys Like Bush
  • Nader likers are Latino or Other, age 30 to 44, with lots of money and a college degree, going to church either never or many times a week but nothing in between, owning children and guns and fine health care in a small town, and voting mostly on moral values. They also think things are going well in Iraq for some reason, but don't think it has anything to do with terrorism.
  • People of drafting age are less likely to vote for Bush.
  • 65% of people vote based on money. The less they have, the more they vote for Kerry. The more they have, the more they vote for Bush. 35% of people buck the trend.
  • 65% of people vote based on religion. The less they have, the more they vote for Kerry. The more they have, the more they vote for Bush. 35% of people buck the trend.
  • 18% of voters have served in the military? I guess wars and drafts will do that...
  • 4% of voters are lesbian / gay / bi, and a quarter of them vote for Bush.
  • Bush voters care about terrorism, moral values, and taxes. Kerry voters care about the economy, health care, Iraq, and education.
  • 2% of those who strongly disapprove of how Bush is handling his job voted for him anyway.
  • Blah blah blah.
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Female vs male narcissississts

Do people "drop by" any more?

I kind of would like to have a home where people stopped by and sat about reading or playing with the cats or building odd structures on the table, but perhaps that doesn't happen in homes without children, and perhaps I'm stuck in the ideas of the past.
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Female vs male narcissississts

Do people "drop by" any more?

I kind of would like to have a home where people stopped by and sat about reading or playing with the cats or building odd structures on the table, but perhaps that doesn't happen in homes without children, and perhaps I'm stuck in the ideas of the past.
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a me review of Sophie's World:

4/5 stars
Readable but flawed lightweight intro to Western philosophy

This book attempts to do an overview of philosophy suitable for teenagers or older, with an intertwined story to keep the material from getting too dry. It's a great idea, and succeeds to some degree (since it kept me reading until the end), but has its problems:

- The fictional characters in it are for the most part are unconvincing cardboard cutouts that trot around agreeing with and sounding like the author, and the story they're involved in is kind of dull for the first few hundred pages.

- Part of the message toward the end of the book is that we're now living in a global society, but the philosophy is almost entirely the standard European fare, with only a couple limited references to Buddhism giving it a wider scope. A big point is made about how tragic it is to not be aware of the last 3000 years of (Western) philosophy, but apparently it's not so tragic to be unaware of the last 3000 years of non-European philosophy.

- The book purports to value sexual equality. But the mothers depicted in the book are vapid and dismissed almost contemptuously, and the bulk of the book consists of wise old learned males pontificating to the young female protagonists. And the young female protagonists are often reduced to short exclamations about how amazing the things the wise old learned males are saying, or otherwise generally agreeing with the opinions of the author.

- There's much complaining about philosophy not being taught in schools, which sounds like a reasonable gripe. But also much whining about how nothing truly important is being taught in schools, which is odd considering the young female protagonists wouldn't be able to read any of their philosophy course that goes on throughout the book without having attended school. Reminds me of a dumb but successful businessman who claimed everything important he learned in school was on the football field.

- The young philosophers are often admonished to never leap to conclusions, but the author does so all the time. He seems to be someone who is interested in philosophy, but not very good at doing philosophy, so the book weakens as he drifts off from communicating what previous philosophers have said and starts saying his own stuff.

All in all, I would recommend it as a quick overview of pre-modern Western philosophy, useful for getting the reader sufficiently oriented to do further reading on specific subjects.
jodawi: (madonna and child)
a me review of Sophie's World:

4/5 stars
Readable but flawed lightweight intro to Western philosophy

This book attempts to do an overview of philosophy suitable for teenagers or older, with an intertwined story to keep the material from getting too dry. It's a great idea, and succeeds to some degree (since it kept me reading until the end), but has its problems:

- The fictional characters in it are for the most part are unconvincing cardboard cutouts that trot around agreeing with and sounding like the author, and the story they're involved in is kind of dull for the first few hundred pages.

- Part of the message toward the end of the book is that we're now living in a global society, but the philosophy is almost entirely the standard European fare, with only a couple limited references to Buddhism giving it a wider scope. A big point is made about how tragic it is to not be aware of the last 3000 years of (Western) philosophy, but apparently it's not so tragic to be unaware of the last 3000 years of non-European philosophy.

- The book purports to value sexual equality. But the mothers depicted in the book are vapid and dismissed almost contemptuously, and the bulk of the book consists of wise old learned males pontificating to the young female protagonists. And the young female protagonists are often reduced to short exclamations about how amazing the things the wise old learned males are saying, or otherwise generally agreeing with the opinions of the author.

- There's much complaining about philosophy not being taught in schools, which sounds like a reasonable gripe. But also much whining about how nothing truly important is being taught in schools, which is odd considering the young female protagonists wouldn't be able to read any of their philosophy course that goes on throughout the book without having attended school. Reminds me of a dumb but successful businessman who claimed everything important he learned in school was on the football field.

- The young philosophers are often admonished to never leap to conclusions, but the author does so all the time. He seems to be someone who is interested in philosophy, but not very good at doing philosophy, so the book weakens as he drifts off from communicating what previous philosophers have said and starts saying his own stuff.

All in all, I would recommend it as a quick overview of pre-modern Western philosophy, useful for getting the reader sufficiently oriented to do further reading on specific subjects.

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