Archive | April, 2013

Gun confiscation is happening even if some rumors are false

Some gun confiscation rumors are false. However gun owners are having weapons or permits taken, sometimes because of something someone else did which involved no violence or genuine threat of violence. Gun sites are running stories saying New York is confiscating guns based on prescription drug records, but give no identifying details or cites. I tend […]

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On Gaming and Rape Culture

Last week, on a popular roleplaying games community on Facebook, someone posted a photo of a naked woman in chains, accompanied by what I thought was a pretty misogynistic comment. I treated it the way I normally treat that sort of thing — I blocked the person who made the post, so I would no […]

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3D printing meets sexting (or should that be “meats”)?

It was a mashup that was destined to happen, 3D printing and sexting. Horrified governments and parents tried to stop the madness… The video nasties moment finally came for 3D printers when it was discovered that Katie Evans, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl at a sought-after academy in the Home Counties, had sent volumetric scans of her own genitals […]

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Our Panopticon Society. You will be monitored 24/7

We are increasingly moving towards a Panopticon society, with constant monitoring of our location, internet activity, phone calls, and activities. Jeremy Bentham invented the Panopticon and probably would wet his pants in excitement over possibilities of surveillance he could only dream of. The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and […]

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Iain Banks Has Gallbladder Cancer, Cancels All Upcoming Appearances

Awful news from superlative Scottish writer Iain Banks, author of such noted fictional works as The Wasp Factory (a disconcerting, entirely electrifying debut novel), The Bridge, and (as Iain M. Banks) The Culture Series: I have cancer.  It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas […]

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Those Crazy Americans And Their Conspiracy Theories

From the UK’s Independent newspaper, a snapshot of a paranoid and schizophrenic nation: One in five Republican voters believes Barack Obama is the ‘antichrist’ and nearly a third of all Americans think a secret power elite controls the world, according to new research on conspiracy theories. A national poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling […]

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Marriage Equality Opponents Want To Have Their Hate and Eat It, Too

Opponents of marriage equality are losing their battle to deny gay and lesbian people the right to marry the person they love. So now they are trying a new tactic to counter all the bad press their bigotry has earned them (emphasis is in original): Conservatives have long claimed that they’re somehow the victim of […]

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Ok, Fine — You Want Stupid Online April Fools Day Pranks? Here.

Let’s first get something out of the way: I absolutely loathe April 1st. Loathe. To the core of my very being. Indeed, nothing engenders an ice-cream headache of mute dread like firing up the interwebs on April Fools Day does, sick with the uncomfortable certainty that every retweet, share and link is gonna be clicked at […]

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