Hoyden about Town http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Otterday! And Open Thread http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:49 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204

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I have such a soft spot for these sea otter mama-babe pics. Morro Bay, photo by Chuq Von Rospach.

Sea Otter mom with cuddly, fuzzy pup cuddled onto her chest. Mum has her eyes closed as if exhausted/napping. She is floating on her back in calm waters.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:05:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17201

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A text macro: text above the skull and crossbones flag says "to err is human". Text below the flag says "to arr is pirate".

To err is human, to arr is pirate

Just saw a photo on FaceStalk of my youngest niece all dressed up as a pirate, which I won’t share with you, but which is awesome. Looks like her school is actually celebrating the day? Or maybe that was just her choice for end of term mufti day? I guess I’ll find out when I see her next week.

Anybody else doing anything Awrrrrrsomely Piratical today, m’hearties?

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Dawkins stirs the pot again http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:04:31 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17193

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I’ve just posted at Feministe about the latest developments in the skeptosphere’s Deep Rifts TM. For those who’d rather discuss the ongoing cyberstorm that began with Elevatorgate here, this is the thread for you. Links to other people’s posts especially welcome.

For those who’d rather talk about anything but Dawkins cynically clickbaiting yet again, there’s always the Open Thread or the Media Circus Thread.


UPDATE – FURTHER READING:

Dana Hunter at En Tequila Es Verdad – The Shermer Allegations: Some Considerations for Those to Whom This Is a Nasty Shock

Dawkins has now doubled down and jumped the shark with a triple twist and pike – Richard Dawkins: The Wrongering. See also Rebecca Watson at Skepchick – Dear Innocent People Murdered in Witch Hunts

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Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:55:12 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185

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Quoting (with permission) Paul Norton on FB:

You know there is something wrong when government ministers, parliamentary secretaries and their various shills use language that clearly indicates that they regard welfare and “welfare dependency” as greater evils than destitution, homelessless, starvation and the aggravation of chronic mental illness through a combination of ideological demonisation and bureaucratic harassment.

I think it’s time we posed the question: given a choice between a welfare system in which some people get money they don’t deserve but nobody dies miserably, and a welfare system in which nobody gets money they don’t deserve but people die miserably, which do we prefer? And does Bill Shorten have the ticker to frame the issue that way and declare which option he prefers?

Some news stories related to how we view the “undeserving” in the West these days:

The contrast with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare” is stark, and John Oliver sums it up (particularly with note to the national lotteries at the end) – the usual ‘don’t read YouTube comments’ caveat applies:

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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The 76th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140904.17180/the-76th-down-under-feminists-carnival-is-up/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140904.17180/the-76th-down-under-feminists-carnival-is-up/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:55:10 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17180

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the logo for the Down Under Feminists Carnival - the international symbol for 'female' with the Southern Cross in the centre

The excellent Scarlett of The Scarlett Woman presents us with DUFC #76! Go have a read.

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 October, 2014 and will be hosted by me at Zero at the Bone. Submissions to chally.zeroatthebone [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form, which you probably won’t be able to because it’s been down a lot lately. We’re working on an alternative.

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in September. Submissions are due on 2 October at the latest, but it’ll be easier on me if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the word!

Check out the Down Under Feminists Carnival homepage for more information.

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Media Circus: Blaming/Shaming Women Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140901.17177/media-circus-blamingshaming-women-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140901.17177/media-circus-blamingshaming-women-edition/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:45:53 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17177

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In just the last week Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and over 100 female showbiz celebrities brought it all on themselves, doncha know.

Also in the last week our current Federal LNP government has kept on working to push its ideological agenda through Parliament, against what seems horribly likely to be insufficient opposition despite the best efforts of the Greens.

The PM and masked minions are raiding the Universal Entitlements Bank of Australia, while Nick Minchin tries to revive the engine of getaway vehicle Joe Hockey.

Orderly and methodical (The Canberra Times, 26 August 2014)

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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All those people giving Lego the benefit of the doubt? http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140827.17168/all-those-people-giving-lego-the-benefit-of-the-doubt/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140827.17168/all-those-people-giving-lego-the-benefit-of-the-doubt/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:13:42 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17168

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Screw that.

The news has come in that the “female scientists” Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will not be produced beyond its initial run. Despite selling out almost immediately, it will only exist as a limited edition set. The company does not plan to release it as a standard line.

Here is the summary from Margot at Reel Girl:

“So instead of launching a major marketing campaign for the scientists, the way they did for Friends, for example, showing non-stop ads on TV and creating mini-movies featuring the figs all over the internet, these scientists will be hidden from kidworld. The figs won’t be seen on T-shirts, shoes sold at Stride Rite, lunchboxes or cereal boxes. There is no upcoming blockbuster movie where the chemist, archeologist, and paleontologist are a team of brilliant, brave heroes fighting evil. No, instead, LEGO’s female scientists are destined to a similar fate as female superheros, possible to find if parents scour the internet, but missing from your children’s daily life, not present in stores that sell kids clothing, books, and toys, a venue where our children will mostly likely have to settle for slave Leia.”

My previous grumble on this topic.

So can we please dispense with the argument that this is not really the company’s fault, because their job is just to make money? They could make money with this product, they have proof of demand. They’re choosing not to pursue it.

At least it gave us @LegoAcademics

3 Female Lego minifigs. Text: Cheers everyone! The @LegoAcademics are totally listing this as 'impact' on their next grant proposal.

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi’s first episode discussion thread http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140823.17149/doctor-who-peter-capaldis-first-episode-discussion-thread/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140823.17149/doctor-who-peter-capaldis-first-episode-discussion-thread/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:25:07 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17149 Once the ABC and BBC broadcasts begin, this thread should be assumed to contain spoilers. ]]> My bio for Hoyden still reads:

This page is the only place in the entire Hoyden community where Mary dares to confess that she is not especially interested in Doctor Who. She hastens to assure Hoyden‘s dedicated readers that she has nothing but affection for otters.

Twelfth Doctor in the Tardis

This is no longer quite true: I now watch the big events. I saw the 50th anniversary episode, the last Christmas episode and I have every intention of watching the first Capaldi episode and seeing how it goes. Thus, a thread!

Note on times:

In Australia, the ABC will simulcast the episode with the BBC. This means it will screen at 4:50am AEST on Sunday August 24 (4:20am ACST, 2:50am AWST). It becomes available on ABC iview at the end of the screening and will also repeat at 7:40pm in local time.

No spoilers before broadcast please. Once the ABC and BBC broadcasts begin, this thread should be assumed to contain spoilers.

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Otterday! And Open Thread http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140823.17143/otterday-and-open-thread-297/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140823.17143/otterday-and-open-thread-297/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:00:40 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17143

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Both sea otter and river otter lovers will be happy today – it’s bonus Double Otter Day! Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by these whispering Asian Short-Clawed otters, courtesy of Tim Dutton on flickr:

closeup of the faces of two fuzzy Asian Short Clawed Otters. One appears to be whispering into the other's ear.

And this sea otter, cuddling a clump of kelp. Why? I have no clue. This is by J. Maughn, also on flickr.

Southern Sea Otter floating on its back in calm waters, eyes closed. It is cuddling a large clump of kelp to its chest.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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Media Circus: No Snappy Title edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140820.17141/media-circus-no-snappy-title-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140820.17141/media-circus-no-snappy-title-edition/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:55 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17141

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I have been mostly speechless/typingless at the latest goings in local/federal politics, taking refuge in offline activities. Elsewhere the police brutality in Ferguson MO and egregious overreaction to peaceful protests, and the continuing atrocities perpetrated by the expanding Islamic State essentially makes me want to vomit rather than write. And there are stilling missing girls in Nigeria, and other horrors happening all over. But I should still put up a post for the rest of you to vent/rant or even ideally substantively discuss these issues, because disengagement is never going to be a solution, even if it’s sometimes temporarily necessary for some self-care. Go for it.

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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