A University of Wisconsin student tells her story. A nugget:

Unfortunately, I can’t simply turn gray and disappear into the concrete, effectively avoiding every catcall and come-on that blocks my path. So, instead, I wear my defense mechanisms like armor — that way when they ask me what I was wearing during the incident in question, I can toss my baggy sweatshirt and baseball cap on the table and not have to worry that my victimization will not be taken seriously because my skirt was too short and my top too revealing.

But curve-concealing clothes and a low brim hat doesn’t cut it. Whether the snakes can see you or not, they can sense you.

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Frolicking beyond the Palin.

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Story:

Gov. Pat McCrory could call lawmakers into session as soon as next week to repeal House Bill 2 – but only if the Charlotte City Council first drops the ordinance that prompted it, his office confirmed Friday.

Charlotte refused.

Title:  The HB2


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The Republican Party’s fascination with what goes on in other persons’ bedrooms continues to amaze me. Video stores (remember video stores?) had back rooms for persons like them.

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Jackie tries to pick a side.

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18 September 2016 · Comments Off on Baskets Strike Back · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

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16 September 2016 · Comments Off on Flagging Interests · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Jingo bells, jingo bells, jingo all the way . . . .

And, for our second number, let’s have a resounding rendition of Oh, Comply All Ye Faithful.

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15 September 2016 · Comments Off on Libertarianism, a Sucker’s Game · Categories: Culture Warriors, Mammon, Political Theatre

Thom gets a bit heated towards the end.

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14 September 2016 · Comments Off on The Disney Princess Diaries · Categories: Culture Warriors

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14 September 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Shooting the messenger frolics.

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12 September 2016 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, the Girls’ Gauntlet Dept. · Categories: Culture Warriors, Too Venal for Words

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11 September 2016 · Comments Off on The Rendering · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors

It would seem that everything gets rendered unto Caesar.

These persons worship no Jesus that I know.

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06 September 2016 · Comments Off on Samuel Johnson Was Right · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel In related news, David Niose questions attempts to “instill” patriotism. A snippet:

Knowing that group loyalty is a natural human inclination, we should consider why certain sectors of American society are so obsessed with trying to “instill” patriotism in us. Lawmakers in Missouri, for example, enacted a new law last week requiring recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at least once each day in public schools. (Note the “at least” in that last sentence—as if mere once-a-day pledge recitation might be insufficient!) Missouri is following the cue of other states around the country, believing that government (and sometimes private institutions) must take affirmative steps to condition citizens, via a steady flow of patriotic exercises, into the mental state of national allegiance.

Such conditioning is neither necessary nor healthy, and as a society we should rethink it. Just ask Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player who unleashed a public outcry after respectfully dissenting from the national anthem. For doing nothing more than sitting out a ceremonial song at the start of a football game, Kaepernick has been called a traitor and worse. Or ask Bradford Campeau-Laurion, who was once ejected from Yankee Stadium for having the audacity to use the seventh-inning stretch to visit the men’s room rather than sing “God Bless America.” Such hostile responses to mild gestures of dissent show not a healthy patriotism but an aggressive, chauvinistic nationalism.

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02 September 2016 · Comments Off on “I Trolled You So” · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

At Psychology Today Blogs, Joe Pierre reviews recent research revealing why anonymous internet comments are so wretched. A snippet (emphasis added):

(Psychologist John–ed.) Suler attributed the disinhibiting effects of online communication to several factors, most notably the ability to be anonymous (hiding our identity), invisible (not seeing nor being seen in face-to-face contact), and asynchronous (not interacting in real time). While Suler’s hypotheses were largely speculative at the time, subsequent research by Dr. Russell Haines and colleagues suggests that while anonymity does increase participation on online discourse, it does so across the board, without any specific or disproportionate benefit to shy people.2 The potential for anonymous online communication to have an “equalizing effect,” allowing shy people to speak up, was not supported in his experimental study. Instead, Haines found that anonymity “removes the accountability cues and frees members to express unpopular or socially undesirable arguments,” freeing reticent opinions as opposed to reticent people.2 In other words, the anonymity of online communication gives us the sense that it’s okay to speak our minds, sharing opinions that we’d more likely keep private – appropriately so – in face-to-face social interactions.

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30 August 2016 · Comments Off on A Matter of Trust · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

Historiann.

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29 August 2016 · Comments Off on Revelation · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Culture Warriors

Zebra:  to Croc:  Why are you all dressed up?  Croc:  Crocs start


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