Friday, February 19, 2010

Dr. Wes on Swiss call girls who offer full cardiac services: "Looks like we've done a good job getting the message out on the benefits of automatic external defibrillators..."


Targeting sexism in the most effective way

The Spearhead blog has a post listing feminist law professors by name and University which is titled, "Meet your Oppressors:"

Are you one of the millions of men who has seen his life crumble under the treads of the family law system? Did you ever wonder why hatred and abuse directed toward men was so prevalent in school? Maybe you’re an employer who got screwed in a sexual harassment lawsuit, or an employee who was falsely accused.

Of course, the following list is not comprehensive, but it’s a good start. It shows where they work, and has links to CVs that detail their experience and affiliations. Those who are interested in activism can use the info to protest the nearest school, or if they are alumni to demand an explanation for why the school is promoting sexist, misandrist female supremacists.

The list has been taken from the feminist law professor blog. Are all of these academics misandric female supremacists? I dunno, they might be or they might not. I would want more specific instances and examples of exactly what these professors are doing that is harming men and then address those issues. For example, if they are truly teaching students in the classroom to be sexist, tape a session--depending on the law in your area-- and put it on the web with a warning along with their name and university. Write to alumni and tell them what you found, along with the URL to the video and question whether they want to donate to support such abuse. Use specific examples, not generalities.

I think men's rights activists would be better off targeting more direct instances of injustice such as that of Judge Donald Poppy from Wisconsin who admits that he is sexist when administering court decisions, letting women off for sexual assault when he admits a man would be in jail. Writing letters, protesting near a sexist judge's office or home, and calling his place of business would perhaps make him think twice about his injustice against men. Poppy is running for re-election in April of 2010 and the race is uncontested. Too bad.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

This is kind of interesting: America's Most Dangerous Drivers By Profession. I wonder why these ten are the most dangerous? Rushing to get to work for some of them or maybe for #3--going too slow to avoid getting there? And I am curious about #8.

Gee, what a surprise...

A number of you have sent in various links about Crystal Gale Mangum, the Duke rape accuser being arrested today (thanks to all who did). Here is the story for those of you who haven't seen it:

The woman who was at the center of the phony Duke lacrosse rape case was arrested today and charged with attempted murder.

The Durham Police Department told ABC News that Crystal Gale Mangum got into an argument with her boyfriend, Milton Walker, shortly after midnight on Thursday.

The arrest warrant claims that Mangum, 33, scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker before taking all of his clothes and setting them on fire in a bath tub. Firefighters were sent to the home to extinguish the blaze.

Police said they had to evacuate three children, ages 10, 9 and 3, from the apartment because of the fire. It was not immediately known whose children they were.

Mangum is charged with first-degree attempted murder for communicating a threat because she allegedly told Walker in front of officers, "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!"

She was also charged with five counts of arson, simple assault, identity theft, damage to property and resist, delay and obstruction of justice. In addition, she faces three counts of child endangerment.

Mangum is being held without bond and her first court appearance is scheduled for today.

K C Johnson, author of the book on this case, Until Proven Innocent has more at his blog, Durham-in-Wonderland.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Taking tweeting too far?

I was just reading at CNBC about a toy fair in New York and scanned the new toys. What I couldn't believe was that Mattel has just put out the dumbest toy (or maybe it's ingenious) I've seen in a while: a tag that allows you to follow your pet's every move on the internet. I looked the Puppy Tweets toy up on Amazon and found this description:

Tweets are the new Barks! Ever wonder what your pup is doing while you're away? Well, now you can get the 411 with text messages from Puppy Tweets! Whenever your dog moves, barks (or just naps), the tag knows it and sends a WiFi signal to your computer which then sends you a Tweet via Twitter. Simply set up a Twitter page for your dog and your Puppy Tweets tag starts generating Tweets. Puppy Tweets comes pre-loaded with over 500 phrases that put a humorous or insightful spin on your dog's daily activity. For example, a bark may generate a Tweet of: “I bark because I miss you. There I said it. Now hurry home.” A quick run through the house could produce: “I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing and…OOUUUCHH!” Invite your friends and family to follow your pet on Twitter and help your dog follow his or her favorite puppy pals or celebrities. Puppy Twitter lets you connect with your pet over the Internet.

Do you really want Twitter updates on all your friends' and family's pets? And what if little Fido is taking a whiz on the new rug? Do you really want to know this if you're not there? Or does it only tell you something cute? Maybe that's better, or at least more comforting.


Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers!