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By tigtog on December 12, 2013
Apparently the ANC had been alerted to the completely unskilled performance of this “interpreter” as long as 18 months ago, but are pointing fingers elsewhere for his selection for the memorial because it was a “state-organised” event.
By tigtog on December 6, 2013
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
By tigtog on December 3, 2013
So, the whole #teamelan vs #teamdianne thing that’s been keeping a large segment of the twitterverse, bookface and the blogosphere hatertained this weekend?
By tigtog on November 28, 2013
Because the neverending pushback against it year after year after year had very almost ground me down, to the point where I was avoiding reading WRD posts so that I wouldn’t have to see the comments. This post by Jane Gilmore at King’s Tribune (via Clementine Ford’s discussion of it on her FB timeline) made me decide to post after all.
By tigtog on November 25, 2013
For some reason, I don’t think my unsolicited correspondent is telling me the entire truth about xir diligence in background research.
By tigtog on November 4, 2013
David Brin’s latest essay in his longoing series about our Transparent Society:
I want the watchers to be watched.
By shonias on October 10, 2013
TW: Discussions of rape culture and child sexual abuse The 21st annual Ernie awards were held at NSW Parliament House last night, and for the first time I was there for the … festivities? It’s a fun night, but also a little arduous. It’s fantastic to be in room with 400 (nearly all) women, to […]
By tigtog on September 30, 2013
So, how’s that “global warming hiatus” (aka a small slowdown in the rate of warming although the globe has continued to heat up during this “hiatus”) looking now, denialistas?
By tigtog on September 17, 2013
Pax Dickinson, whose employment as CTO at Business Insider was abruptly terminated when the board’s attention was drawn to some of his bigoted jackass tweets and the potential liability risk they could present to the company, had an interview in nymag entitled Pax Dickinson on His Regrets, the Media ‘Witch Hunt,’ and What Women Need to Understand About Men (so not doubling down in any way at all) where Pax shares his fear that “turning [tech] into a politically correct wasteland” will take away “the freewheeling nature of [tech that] leads to innovation [which is] really important to this country and to the world”.
Matt Yglesias calls bullshit…
By tigtog on September 3, 2013
We see it too often online, and more than we’d like to offline too: this idea that “I’m entitled to my opinion” means something more than merely being entitled to express an opinion one holds – that somehow all opinions are equally entitled to respect from other people, or that all opinions are equally entitled to be treated seriously.
Patrick’s post lays out why this frequently whimpered whine is nonsense.
By Orlando on September 2, 2013
From Allison Benedikt at Slate comes this delightfully provocatively phrased piece, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person”. This seems like a conversation that is worth having.
By tigtog on August 16, 2013
“There is no plausible way that Xavier Damman doesn’t know that he alerted a stalker to a conversation [taking] place about him. There is no plausible way that Xavier Damman doesn’t know that he sent a list of people who care about online stalking to a known online stalker.”
By tigtog on August 8, 2013
Well, this got interesting fast. The floodgates appear to be opening in the atheoskeptosphere with regard to people deciding that keeping names out of the we-need-anti-harassment-policies discussion wasn’t doing much good for effecting change.
While we’re talking about workplace and convention harassment incidents (particularly amongst the groups for which conventions are also workplaces), I’ve been meaning to link to this excellent post from last month about why conventions are harassment hotspots (there’s Science! on this).
By tigtog on July 29, 2013
It’s become unfashionable to talk about The System as a mechanism for oppression, but let’s ask ourselves the ever-relevant question made famous by Cicero: cui bono?