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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Mortal Work Of Art

quote [ Writer Shelley Jackson invites participants in a new work entitled "Skin." Each participant must agree to have one word of the story tattooed upon his or her body. ... The full text will be known only to participants, who may, but need not choose to establish communication with one another. ]

We're so in sync, we finish each other's ...

[SFW] [art] [+3]
[by Hugh E.@11:05amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Alan Abel Has Died, For Real This Time

quote [ Long before The Onion began printing farcical news articles, long before the Yes Men enacted their first culture-jamming political pranks, there was Alan Abel. A former jazz drummer and stand-up comic who was later a writer, campus lecturer and filmmaker, Mr. Abel was best known as a perennial public gadfly, a self-appointed calling that combined the verbal pyrotechnics of a 19th-century flimflam man with acute 20th-century media savvy. ]

It was all fun and games until ...

[SFW] [obituaries] [+1 Informative]
[by Hugh E.@12:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 7 September 2018

India’s Supreme Court unanimously strikes down law criminalizing gay sex

quote [ India’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down one of the world’s oldest bans on consensual gay sex, a groundbreaking victory for gay rights that buried one of the most glaring vestiges of India’s colonial past. ]

Just in case, like me, you needed some good news today.

[article in extended]

[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+10 Good]
[by Hugh E.@12:16amGMT] [21 comments]

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Democrats Are Wrong About Republicans. Republicans Are Wrong About Democrats.

quote [ The defining divide in American politics is probably between Republicans and Democrats. It encapsulates all our other divides — by race, education, religion and more — and it’s growing. This partisan divide is such a big part of people’s political identities, in fact, that it’s reinforced simply by “negative partisanship,” or loyalty to a party because you don’t like the other party. ]

"And this is why I hate you, And how I understand, That no-one ever knows or loves another." - Robert Smith

[SFW] [people] [+4 Insightful]
[by Hugh E.@5:52amGMT] [6 comments]

Monday, 16 July 2018

#WalkAway attack on Democrats is a likely Kremlin operation

quote [ To be clear: This isn’t being circulated by earnest yet misguided voters who formerly identified as Democrats. This is clearly being circulated by trolls connected to the Russian influence operations. ]

She says, "Shh, I know it's only in my head"
(nod to ScoobySnacks)

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Informative]
[by Hugh E.@12:42pmGMT] [12 comments]

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change

quote [ Today, this law still sits at the heart of a major question about the modern Internet: How much responsibility do online platforms have for how their users behave or get treated? ]

Brought to mind by some comments on 5th Earth's Bitcoin hidden links post. Not exactly the same legal issue, but something to mull.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Hugh E.@9:37pmGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Montpelier thanks French city for misspelled jerseys

quote [ "It's just great that out of a little kindness, another little kindness happens, and if everyone in the world spread kindness, the world would be such a better place." ]

A happy little story of making good by doing goodness.
[SFW] [people] [+7 Good]
[by Hugh E.@3:08pmGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Welcome to the Nightmare Machine

quote [ Welcome to the Nightmare Machine: an algorithm that has been trained to generate horrifying images. It is attempting to find the scariest faces and locations possible, and gets humans to tell it which are the worst. ]

With Hallowe'en on a Monday this year, I imagine many of its celebrants will be using the weekend as Hallowe'en Observed. May this get you off to a techy start.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 WTF]
[by Hugh E.@10:40amGMT] [7 comments]

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins | Jeff Sparrow

quote [ Why are the New Atheists such jerks? Case in point: Richard Dawkins continuing pursuit of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas 14-year-old humiliated in school after authorities mistook his homemade clock for a bomb.

The other day, The God Delusion author called Ahmed a hoaxer and responded to suggestions he was only a kid by linking to a report about a juvenile Islamic State (Isis) fighter. And how old is this kid? Dawkins asked. ]

Does atheism need a Papa Francis? Is Dawkins to atheism as Dworkin to feminism? Is oudenangelism even necessary? Or can southern atheist just say, "Bless your heart," and leave it at that?
[SFW] [politics] [+1]
[by Hugh E.@12:38amGMT] [24 comments]

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