Saturday, March 28, 2015

Excluded by intersectionality: Cameron Redus

Addicting Info – Chilling Audio With Student’s Last Words To Cop Released: ‘So You Are Going To Shoot Me?’ (VIDEOS): "The details of the case remain murky, because of course Cpl. Chris Carter didn’t have his dash cam turned on. He claimed he stopped Redus for speeding and driving erratically, and that he had to shoot because Redus acted drunk and belligerent. Apparently, white privilege doesn’t go as far as it used to. Still, five shots seems rather excessive."

Two thoughts about free speech, plus afterthoughts

The only people who do not deserve free speech are the people who mock it—but they should have it anyway.

"I believe in free speech, but..." is the censor's equivalent of "I'm not racist, but..." The "but" reveals the truth.

ETA: A dictator is literally "the one who speaks". Only would-be dictators dream of silencing others.

ETA 2: "If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
—Benjamin Franklin

ETA 3: Mark Twain is often wrongly credited with a quote I like: "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." Whoever actually said it might've been inspired by this:

"How anybody expects a man to stay in business with every two-bit wowser in the country claiming a veto over what we can say and can't say and what we can show and what we can't show — it's enough to make you throw up. The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak." —Robert A. Heinlein, The Man Who Sold the Moon

ETA 4: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." —Thomas Jefferson

ETA 5: On "speaking to truth to power":

"All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship." —George Bernard Shaw

ETA 6: I've shared this before, but it's always good:

"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker." —Frederick Douglass, "A Plea for Free Speech in Boston"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Three ways to see Cats Laughing at Minicon 50

1)      Live at Minicon 50
     FridayApril 3 ~ 8p
     Doubletree Inn – Bloomington
     $40 at the door one-day registration for the convention also gets you into the concert
2)      ConcertWindow – live streaming concerts on your computor
3)      Buy the DVD of the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Excluded by intersectionality: David Kassick

Cop charged with homicide for shooting unarmed man who was tasered and lying facedown in the snow: "Pennsylvania police officer Lisa J. Mearkle was charged yesterday with criminal homicide in the shooting death of 59-year-old David Kassick. Mearkle shot Kassick twice as he lay facedown in the snow, after a traffic stop—for an expired inspection sticker."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An internet meme about the female gaze and male objectification

Saw this going around:

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The cartoonist main character fails to grasp that her idea of a sexy Batman is not every woman's idea. It's not dishonest, of course, because it's her idea of sexy. But if you want to know what most women think a sexy guy looks like, romance covers are a useful place to start.

By the by, I agree with her that Batman should be built for dexterity. For me, this is the canonical Batman:

ETA: I hate it when memes lose the names of the artists. The cartoon is by David Willis.