Still more Interesting and Marginally Useful Internet Crap

Posted: September 27, 2015 in Humor, Livin' in the USA, Politics, Sex
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Logo of Campaign against sex robotsWhen I saw  a news report about a campaign to ban sex robots, I laughed. I thought that the “campaign,” if it actually existed, was the result of:

  1. The entire Onion staff going on a PCP binge
  2. Denizens of the fetid, postmodernist swamps of academia unleashing a new mutant horror upon an unsuspecting public
  3. Some pranksters doing an excellent imitation of the entire Onion staff going on a PCP binge

Then I saw another article on the campaign, and followed the link to the campaign’s web site. I still wasn’t convinced it was real, despite persuasive evidence on the site–sex robots will, somehow, “objectify” women, and (as always) must be banned for the sake of the children. You’d think that would have been enough, but no. So, I looked up both members of the “organizing committee”–all two of ’em–and they’re real academics with real jobs in academia! I’ve gotta stop being so suspicious.

The Guardian has a good article, “I was fresh meat,” on a negative aspect of AA we haven’t covered here: sexual exploitation of newcomers. As long as we’re on the topic of Alcoholics Anonymous, I’ll mention again that the best online source of information on AA is Orange Papers.

If the entirely unwarranted worship of Ronald Reagan by Republicans makes you queasy (as any type of hero worship should), check out The Intercept’s “Seven things about Ronald Reagan you won’t hear at the Reagan Library GOP debate.” It’ll provide several handy facts you can cite the next time an acquaintance shows disturbing signs of Reagan worship.

The stupidity of the right’s rhetoric about a “war on police” is revealed by the figures reporting violence committed by police and violence committed against police. According to The Guardian‘s “Counted U.S. Police Killings,” “US police kill more in days than other countries do in years.” There’s no government registry of police killings, so The Guardian‘s count of 862 citizens killed by U.S. cops so far this year is very probably low. At the same time, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 96 cops have died in the line of duty this year. However, according to the same pro-police site, last year over half of the 117 police fatalities resulted from accidents or illness, with only 49 resulting from assault (primarily gunshots). Assuming the same holds true this year, that would mean that 39 cops have died from citizen assaults in 2015. Compare that with the 862 citizens killed by the police. That works out to a 22:1 ratio. There’s a war on all right, a war of the nation’s cops on its citizens.

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