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Reprise: What's it like to have one leg?

I don’t blog on disability issues very much, but I noticed at tigtog’s place a link to a blog that’s new to me – The Gimp Parade, and also via that link, I became aware of one of the very

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Posted in culture, Disability, life, Philosophy, Technology

Eliminating nuclear weapons??

According to Judge Christopher Weeramantry, launching a new “International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”: The main reason we are held hostage by the most destructive technology on earth is simple: the complete lack of international resolve to ban nuclear weapons

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Posted in activism, Ethics, Foreign policy, Nuclear, politics, War

Sour Cherries from the Orchard of M Arouet

While simply following the historical wire of the small Jewish nation, one sees that it could not have another end. It is even praised it to have left Egypt like a horde of robbers, carrying all that it had borrowed

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Posted in history, Philosophy, politics

Cyberbullies again

DeviousDiva, a pseudonymous British expat living and blogging in Greece, has been harassed by Greek nationalist bloggers, threatening to out her, for writing a series on the maltreatment of the Roma in Athens. Thankfully the major culprit blog has now

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Posted in activism, Ethics, Race

Mr Burke's Acclaimed Cherry

We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of

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Posted in levity, Philosophy, politics

Decline to publish unacceptable content

Kos thinks women (well, specifically Kathy Sierra) whine unjustifiably about being harassed online, which is not a big deal, apparently. Bitch PhD explains to him that he is being an arse, as do quite a few Kossacks. Kos and Bitch

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Posted in culture, Ethics, sociology

Jonestown v. the Beltway

There’s a bit of a contrast in the reaction to radio shock jock Don Imus’ racist slurs in the US and the ACMA verdict on Alan Jones’ Cronulla broadcasts. Imus has been pulled from MSNBC, and advertisers have deserted him

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Posted in Ethics, media, politics, Race

"Laughing at the disabled"

Update: I’ve written a post on the latest development in this affair, the suspension of Hookham and MacLennan for six months without pay, which I think is a completely over the top reaction, and says something very dodgy about QUT.

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Posted in culture, Disability, education, Ethics, politics

Whistleblowing Wiki: coming soon to a corrupt governing body near you

A new venture: Wikileaks, will be set up to enable anonymous, untraceable “principled leaks” in the public interest. Wikileaks was founded by Chinese dissidents, mathematicians and startup company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Our advisory

Posted in activism, Ethics, media

Civility 2.0

In the wake of very distasteful things like the character assassination of Jill Filopivic and the horrendous cyberbullying of Kathy Sierra, there’s a welcome movement in the US blogosphere to adopt voluntary civility codes for blogs, as reported at Reason.

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Posted in culture, Ethics

How dare those Limeys not give us more martyrs?

This is the frothing, eye-bulging reaction from some of the screeching warmonkeys pounding their keyboards in the US to the peaceful resolution of the British sailors’ hostage situation in Iran. Michelle Malkin, who has described the British personnel as “cringeworthy”,

Posted in Ethics, Iran

Thunderbolts from the heavens?

Legislators in Mexico City are moving towards decriminalising abortion. Scott from Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the central point well: The key question of abortion policy is always not whether women will get abortions, but whether non-affluent women will have

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Posted in Apocalypse, Developing world, feminism, Iraq, Law, Lesbian and Gay, Philosophy, politics, Poverty, religion, USA, War

All In The Timing

Dr John Billings, creator of the Billings Method of contraception, has died in Melbourne at the age of 89. The Billings Method involves calculating the times at which a woman is most likely to become pregnant (I won’t go into

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Posted in activism, Crime, Ethics, feminism, history, Law, life, Parenting, sexuality
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