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Schaaf’s “Safe Parking” Site Had Intended Consequences | Hyphenated-Republic
2019-07-13_13-25-53-e1564708276546.pngWhen Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and her City Administrators unveiled the city-run “Safe Parking” site in late June, Schaaf and her administrators made it clear to the invited coterie of corporate news reporters that the city would soon ban overnight parking in the adjacent 85th/Edes corridor. Though warned well ahead of time, no reporter from any local print or broadcast media was on alert for the coming eviction. You can consider this reporter an original source for that data, because I was the sole journalist who reported the arrival of courtesy towing stickers three weeks later on July 11. The square orange stickers the size of a magazine festooned nearly every vehicle along the corridor, warning current inhabitants that they had 72 hours to vacate the area, or be subject to citation and tow.

Dozens of vehicles that had found safe harbor on the corridor for years now had to flee to other parts unknown, and with many adjoining corridors already blocked from overnight parking, this meant they would have to migrate to already congested areas in East Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods. And that was the good news. Many of the corridor’s inhabitants lived in non-functioning vehicles—unregisterable beaters they’d bought for pennies to strictly live in, or vehicles that had once been sound and had broken down over time.
Oakland  homeless  solution  fail 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Writing on the Wall: Report Suggests Border Project Is Off-Track and Over Budget > ENGINEERING.com
According to the GAO, the results of the test were less than satisfactory. All four concrete prototypes would present “extensive” construction challenges, two of the others would present “substantial” challenges, and the last two would present only “moderate” challenges. Six of the prototypes would need “substantial” or “extensive” design changes to accommodate surface drainage, and the same number would require “substantial” or “extensive” changes to accommodate Border Patrol’s gates.

Only four of the prototypes could be built on 45-degree slopes, while three of them would not be constructible on any slope over 15 percent. One of the prototypes could not be constructed on any slope without a redesign. This is a particular challenge on the U.S. southern border, where much of the terrain is difficult or mountainous. While the original GAO report included data on the susceptibility of the walls to scaling and breaching, CBP asked that the GAO not make that information public out of security concerns.
Trump  wall  engineering  fail  GAO  report  politics  immigration 
january 2019 by Quercki
(6) Amy Patrick - Howdy. To recap: I’m a licensed structural and...
Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

What disasters?

Off the top of my head...
1) It will mess with our ability to drain land in flash flooding. Anything impeding the ability of water to get where it needs to go (doesn’t matter if there are holes in the wall or whatever) is going to dramatically increase the risk of flooding.
2) Messes with all kind of stuff ecologically. For all other projects, we have to do an Environmental Site Assessment, which is arduous. They’re either planning to circumvent all this, or they haven’t accounted for it yet, because that’s part of the design process, and this thing hasn’t been designed.
3) The prototypes they came up with are nearly impossible to build or don’t actually do the job.
Trump  wall  engineer  engineering  fail  facebook 
january 2019 by Quercki
Why Does Our Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars? | The Nation
In his new book, Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions, University of Cincinnati legal scholar Mark Godsey examines why that happens. Godsey was a former prosecutor who would later go on to co-found the Ohio Innocence Project, a chapter of the national organization. The book, which is in part a confessional, looks at how innocent people can become the victims of faulty eyewitness testimony, bad forensics, and a variety of blinding cognitive biases on the part of law-enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and judges, and why the system so tenaciously defends the status quo, even when it’s guilty of railroading innocent citizens.


With so much attention rightly focused on racial injustice in recent years, Godsey’s book offers another important piece of the puzzle. You can listen to my 25-minute discussion with Godsey in the player above, or read a transcript that’s been edited for length and clarity below.
justice  prison  fail 
march 2018 by Quercki
Jake Sherman on Twitter: "Something extraordinary just happened on the floor. Republicans closed the vote while democrats were yelling they wanted to vote. Steve Womack — budget chair — was in the speakers chair. Rule passes 211-207. This on top of le
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Something extraordinary just happened on the floor. Republicans closed the vote while democrats were yelling they wanted to vote. Steve Womack — budget chair — was in the speakers chair. Rule passes 211-207. This on top of less than 24 hours to read a bill.
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vote  Republican  fail 
march 2018 by Quercki
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was surrounded by cowering "good guys with guns" / Boing Boing
While a shooter rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the school's armed cop (who was a Broward County Sheriff's Deputy) and three of his deputy colleagues were hiding behind a police car outside the school.

Earlier reports mentioned that the school cop, Scot Peterson, had resigned when word got out that he'd done nothing to stop the shooter; but it turns out that it wasn't just him -- literally every "good guy with a gun" at the school hid quietly while the shooter murdered 17 people and injured 15 others.
guns  massacre  NRA  fail 
february 2018 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton and Journalism’s Failures – Jeff Jarvis – Medium
Fourth, instead of convening and informing a civilized public conversation — the necessary precondition to a deliberative democracy — journalism appealed to base emotions and stirred up conflict. I’ll blame the business model. Until we fix that, we’re screwed.
Fifth, journalism sought scandal and made it up when it didn’t exist. Fucking emails. I will remain profoundly disappointed in the journalistic judgment of The New York Times because of emails (and, of course, WMDs). There simply was not a scandal there; the Times ginned it up. Or as Clinton says, the Inspector General found the scandal to be “baloney.” On the criminal referral story, she notes The Times had to publish two retractions.
Hillary  journalism  fail  NYTimes  criminal  retraction 
september 2017 by Quercki
Trump supporters' 'Mother of All Rallies' was a massive failure | Metro News
A pro-Donald Trump protest dubbed the ‘Mother of All Rallies’ (MOAR) hasn’t exactly lived up to its name.

Organisers had hoped to attract a million people to Washington DC for a massive demonstration showing their support for the US president.


Donald Trump shares mock-up of himself hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball
But it didn’t go to plan – with the crowd size estimated to be about 1,000 by journalists in the US capital.

Hilariously, Trump supporters were outnumbered by fans of a hip hop group holding their own protest in front of the Lincoln Memorial nearby.

Calling themselves ‘Juggalos’, more than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse were protesting against the FBI classifying them as a gang.
Trump  demonstration  fail 
september 2017 by Quercki
US court upholds Obama-era retirement advice rule
A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday upheld an Obama-era rule designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice, in a possible setback for President Donald Trump's efforts to scale back government regulation.

The stinging 81-page ruling comes just days after Trump ordered the Labor Department to review the "fiduciary" rule — a move widely interpreted as an effort to delay or kill the regulation.

The decision by Chief Judge Barbara Lynn for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas is a stunning defeat for the business and financial services industry groups that had sought to overturn it.

And while it is not expected to stop the Labor Department from delaying the rule's April 10 compliance deadline while it conducts the review, some legal experts say it could make it more difficult for the Labor Department to find a way to justify scrapping or significantly altering the rule.

This marks the second time now a federal district court has upheld the fiduciary rule. A third court, meanwhile, rejected an effort to stay the rule's implementation.

"Three courts have now carefully considered the full range of industry attacks on the DOL's best interest fiduciary rule, and they have firmly rejected all of them," said Stephen Hall, the legal director of Better Markets, a non-profit group that supports the rule.
Trump  court  fail  fiduciary  protection  retirement  investing 
february 2017 by Quercki
Trump’s Yemen Raid That Killed Nine Children: What Went Wrong
A new investigation into the special forces raid targeting Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has found the the operation went “dreadfully wrong,” killing nine children under the age of 13, with the youngest victim a three-month-old baby.

In the first military operation authorized under President Trump, U.S. commandos launched a raid on an Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula stronghold (AQAP) in the al-Bayda province, leaving at least 25 civilians dead, as well as a U.S. soldier.

But new evidence from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) reveals the extent of the mission’s collateral damage. As U.S. forces embarked on the raid after weeks of preparation, targeting what they believed was an Al-Qaeda compound, their cover was blown. An armed battle began in the dark of night. AQAP militants fired from rooftops, leading the U.S. to call in an airstrike on a building that likely caused civilian casualties, U.S. military officials told CNN.

The U.S.’s $75 million Osprey aircraft was destroyed as they sought top AQAP militants; their ultimate target was reportedly AQAP chief Qasim al Raymi.

The report is in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s claim that the raid was “absolutely a success."

Trump, who ordered the mission over dinner with key aides including son-in-law Jared Kushner, took to Twitter on Thursday to defend the raid, calling it a “winning mission.” He responded to criticism from Senator John McCain, who said “When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost and wounded I don't believe you can call it a success.” Trump claimed McCain’s criticism “only emboldens the enemy.”
Trump  Yemen  war  fail 
february 2017 by Quercki
In striking reversal, Trump tells China what it wants to hear | MSNBC
As of last night, the new president has dramatically changed course.
President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call Thursday that he intends to honor the so-called “One China” policy, after earlier suggesting it was open for negotiation in comments that rankled Beijing, the White House said.

“The two leaders discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy,” the statement said, which described the talks as “extremely cordial.”
Note the oddity of the phrasing: Trump didn’t just endorse the One China policy; he did so “at the request” of the Chinese president. In other words, Xi Jinping told Trump he wanted the White House to reiterate its support for the policy – publicly and in writing – and the U.S. president effectively responded, “Sure thing.”

It’s hard not to see this as a humiliating moment for Trump, who seriously thought he could play diplomatic hardball with Beijing, only to fail spectacularly with a gambit that was clearly not thought out well.

In fact, by some measures, there was some groveling involved. After Trump thumped his chest a bit, talking openly about his skepticism of One China, Beijing started ignoring the White House. This week, the U.S. president tried to play nice, sending his Chinese counterpart a letter, wishing him a happy Chinese New Year.
Trump  China  diplomacy  fail 
february 2017 by Quercki
Trump's religious talk causes unease among social conservatives | MSNBC
But given the setting and the audience, it’s rather extraordinary that Trump didn’t seem to have the foggiest idea how to even pretend to talk about matters of faith.
 
It’s not that Trump’s comments were emblematic of hostility towards religion, but rather, he reflected a degree of indifference. The Washington Monthly’s Ed Kilgore had a good piece on this:
Calling the Blessed Sacrament “the little cracker” would be jarring to Catholics. Most conservative evangelicals drink grape juice at communion, not wine. And all sorts of conservative Christians would dislike the idea of feeling cleansed by communion; the idea is to cleanse oneself through some sort of self-examination (with or without clerical assistance) before communion, which gets back to the idea of asking for forgiveness. Even the “I do that as often as possible” is a bit off for Presbyterians like him; back in the day American Presbyterians typically took communion once a year, on Easter, after an entire day of examination and self-examination – you know, “asking for forgiveness.”
 
Ah well, nobody really expects candidates to be theologians, but everything about Trump screamed the oafish tycoon speaking the unaccustomed language of faith.
Right-wing blogger Erick Erickson added, “Donald Trump made a potentially fatal error yesterday in Iowa…. The media might not have noticed. But it was the talk of evangelicals yesterday and today at church.”
 
For what it’s worth, other candidates quickly made clear they noticed. Jeb Bush told a conservative radio show yesterday he “regularly” asks God for forgiveness. “I’m as imperfect under God’s watchful eye as the next person,” the Florida Republican said. “And if you start with that premise, then you’re seeking his forgiveness to be better, to be more committed to taking care of people, to be more committed to being a loving husband, a good father.”
 
Some candidates understand the language of faith, some don’t.
Trump  Christian  fail 
october 2016 by Quercki
How bad science misled chronic fatigue syndrome patients
in the American research community, no serious researchers were expressing doubts about the organic basis for the illness. Immunologists found clear patterns in the immune system, and exercise physiologists were seeing highly unusual physiological changes in ME/CFS patients after exercise.

I knew that the right forms of psychotherapy and careful exercise could help patients cope, and I would have been thrilled if they could have cured me. The problem was that, so far as I could tell, it just wasn’t true.

A deeply flawed study

Still, I’m a science writer. I respect and value science. So the PACE trial left me befuddled: It seemed like a great study — big, controlled, peer-reviewed — but I couldn’t reconcile the results with my own experience.

So I and many other patients dug into the science. And almost immediately we saw enormous problems.

Before the trial of 641 patients began, the researchers had announced their standards for success — that is, what “improvement” and “recovery” meant in statistically measurable terms. To be considered recovered, participants had to meet established thresholds on self-assessments of fatigue and physical function, and they had to say they felt much better overall.

But after the unblinded trial started, the researchers weakened all these standards, by a lot. Their revised definition of “recovery” was so loose that patients could get worse over the course of the trial on both fatigue and physical function and still be considered “recovered.” The threshold for physical function was so low that an average 80-year-old would exceed it.
chronic_fatigue_syndrome  exertion_intolerance  science  data  fail  medicine 
october 2016 by Quercki
Exploiting Feminism for Profit | Media Diversified
I can’t celebrate seeing feminism exploited in the ad breaks by a company that has been built by taking millions from the taxpayer. Virgin ushers publicly run assets into the private sector then languishes on subsidies from the public purse while making a huge profit. This is not an outlandish statement; it’s what has happened in the past. Take a look at their involvement in the privatisation of our railways and you’ll see a pattern: Virgin takes state subsidies, distributes massive payouts for their shareholders, while the quality of service declines.
equality  fail  feminism  racism  solutions  danger 
november 2015 by Quercki
TSA airport screeners’ ability to detect weapons declared “pitiful” | Ars Technica
Nov 3, 2015 5:18pm PST
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US lawmakers and federal watchdogs on Tuesday derided the Transportation Security Administration's ability, or lack thereof, to adequately detect weapons and other contraband during the passenger screening process at the nation's airports.

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US AIRPORT SCREENERS MISSED 95% OF WEAPONS, EXPLOSIVES IN UNDERCOVER TESTS
According to a report, secret test operation uncovers widespread security failures.
"In looking at the number of times people got through with guns or bombs in these covert testing exercises it really was pathetic. When I say that I mean pitiful," said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), speaking Tuesday during a House Oversight hearing concerning classified reports from federal watchdogs. "Just thinking about the breaches there, it's horrific," he added.

Auditors from the Inspector General's Office, posing as travelers, discovered enormous loopholes in the TSA's screening process. A leaked classified report this summer found that as much as 95 percent of contraband, like weapons and explosives, got through during clandestine testings. Lynch's comments were in response to the classified report's findings.

"The failures included failures in the technology, failures in TSA procedures, and human error," Inspector General John Roth told (PDF) the committee. "We found layers of security simply missing."

Jennifer Grover, of the General Accounting Office, told the committee that the "TSA has consistently fallen short in basic program management."
TSA  Homeland_Security  fail  guns  explosives 
november 2015 by Quercki
Obama scores major foreign policy victory with Senate vote | MSNBC
When the international nuclear agreement came together, the possibility of Congress derailing the diplomatic solution and killing the policy was quite real.
 

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Senate disapproval vote on Iran deal fails

But as of this afternoon, the breakthrough foreign policy will advance.
Senate Democrats delivered President Barack Obama a victory when they blocked a resolution of disapproval against the deal.
 
The procedural vote, 58-42, fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote and came after a lengthy floor debate – the culmination of acrimonious and often partisan back and forth following the agreement between the U.S., Iran and five world powers was struck.
The vote fell along predictable lines: all 42 Democratic supporters of the policy stuck together to derail the Republican effort. That was no small feat, and Democratic leaders like Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) deserve a lot of credit for the progressive accomplishment.
 
It was just three weeks ago that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) vowed with great confidence, “We’re going to kill this deal.”
 
No, actually you’re not.
 
I can appreciate the fact that the procedural steps can get a little complicated, but here’s the bottom line: Republican opponents of the international agreement assumed they would pass today’s bill, send it to President Obama, and have a knock-down-drag-out fight in Congress over how and whether to override the White House’s veto.
Obama  Iran  nuclear  diplomacy  win  GOP  fail 
september 2015 by Quercki
TSA failure: Investigators able to smuggle weapons past airport checks in 95 percent of tests - newsnet5.com Cleveland
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News learned exclusively.

The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
....
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated by the findings he sought a detailed briefing on them last week at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to sources. U.S. officials insisted changes have already been made at airports to address vulnerabilities identified by the latest tests.

“Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General's report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report,” the DHS said in a written statement to ABC News.

Homeland security officials insist that security at the nation’s airports is strong – that there are layers of security including bomb sniffing dogs and other technologies seen and unseen. But the officials that ABC News spoke to admit these were disappointing results.
...
In addition, the review determined that despite spending $540 million for checked baggage screening equipment and another $11 million for training since a previous review in 2009, the TSA failed to make any noticeable improvements in that time.
homelandsecurity  fail  data 
june 2015 by Quercki
Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of American Lawyers - Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of American Lawyers
The failure of lawyers is a tragedy in two parts. First, there has been an intellectual failure of the profession to scrutinize the evidentiary and logical foundations of modern policing and mass incarceration. Second, the profession has failed in everyday practice to ensure that the contemporary criminal legal system functions consistently with our rights and values.
police  law  lawyers  fail  ***** 
april 2015 by Quercki
Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’ - Columbia Journalism Review
In her interviews, Jackie freely used a first name - but no last name - of the lifeguard she said had orchestrated her rape. On Sept. 16, for the first time, Erdely raised the possibility of tracking this man down.

“Any idea what he’s up to now?” Erdely asked, according to her notes.

“No, I just know he’s graduated. I’ve blocked him on Facebook,” Jackie replied. “One of my friends looked him up - she wanted to see him so she could recognize and kill him,” Jackie said, laughing. “I couldn’t even look at his Facebook page.”

“How would you feel if I reached out to him for a comment?” Erdely asked, the notes record.

“I’m not sure I would be comfortable with that.”

That exchange inaugurated a six-week struggle between Erdely and Jackie. For a while, it seemed to Erdely as if the stalemate might lead Jackie to withdraw from cooperation altogether.

On Oct. 20, Erdely asked again for the man’s last name. “I’m not going to use his name in the article, but I have to do my due diligence anyway,” Erdely told Jackie, according to the writer’s notes. “I imagine he’s going to say nothing, but it’s something I need to do.”

“I don’t want to give his last name,” Jackie replied. “I don’t even want to get him involved in this. … He completely terrifies me. I’ve never been so scared of a person in my entire life, and I’ve never wanted to tell anybody his last name. … I guess part of me was thinking that he’d never even know about the article.”

“Of course he’s going to know about the article,” Erdely said. “He’s going to read it. He probably knows about the article already.”
rape  journalism  fail 
april 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Rolling Stone, Jackie, and What Went Wrong
Yesterday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a comprehensive report on the failures of Rolling Stone's story on the reported gang rape of a University of Virginia student known as Jackie. It is a thorough and damning document, and I highly recommend taking the time to read the report in its entirety.

Despite the many grievous errors in the reporting process, Rolling Stone continues to defend its process, and the magazine's publisher, Jann Wenner, was quoted in the New York Times blaming the entire clusterfuck on Jackie:
In an interview discussing Columbia's findings, Jann S. Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, acknowledged the piece's flaws but said that it represented an isolated and unusual episode and that Ms. Erdely would continue to write for the magazine. The problems with the article started with its source, Mr. Wenner said. He described her as "a really expert fabulist storyteller" who managed to manipulate the magazine's journalism process. When asked to clarify, he said that he was not trying to blame Jackie, "but obviously there is something here that is untruthful, and something sits at her doorstep."
Leaving aside that this is gross victim-blaming, if one young woman is able to fundamentally undermine a journalistic process all on her own by being a manipulative storyteller, that doesn't suggest a very reliable process, Mr. Wenner.

Naturally, the takeaway from this will be (again) that Jackie is a liar, but the Columbia Journalism Review does not make that conclusion, just as investigating police did not. CJR reports that there were discrepancies in Jackie's story, that she was sometimes evasive, that she was scared, and that she nonetheless seemed credible to Rolling Stone until she didn't anymore.

And the report makes abundantly clear that she didn't seem credible anymore only after questions were raised about the story that have everything to do with failures in Rolling Stone's reporting process.

Which isn't really about her credibility at all, but theirs.
rape  journalism  fail 
april 2015 by Quercki
How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint - NYTimes.com
Whatever precisely happened that September night, the internal records, along with interviews with students, sexual-assault experts and college officials, depict a school ill prepared to evaluate an allegation so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence. As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused.

At a time of great emotional turmoil, students who say they were assaulted must make a choice: Seek help from their school, turn to the criminal justice system or simply remain silent. The great majority — including the student in this case — choose their school, because of the expectation of anonymity and the belief that administrators will offer the sort of support that the police will not.

Yet many students come to regret that decision, wishing they had never reported the assault in the first place.

The woman at Hobart and William Smith is no exception. With no advocate to speak up for her at the disciplinary hearing, panelists interrupted her answers, at times misrepresented evidence and asked about a campus-police report she had not seen. The hearing proceeded before her rape-kit results were known, and the medical records indicating trauma were not shown to two of the three panel members.
college  rape  sexual_assault  fail 
july 2014 by Quercki
NSA: a threat to national security - Boing Boing
In an excellent editorial, Bruce Schneier explains how the NSA weakens American security (because the NSA relies upon weaknesses in American technology to permit it to spy) without stopping terrorism (by General Keith Alexander's own admission, the only plot foiled by bulk NSA spying was a plan by a guy in San Diego to send $8500 to some Somali militants).
NSA  Homeland_Security  fail 
january 2014 by Quercki
Power and Helplessness in the Women's Movement by Joanna Russ
To risk failure is bad enough. To risk success is even worse. After all, women have been burnt alive for claiming a power which was, paradoxically, not enough to save them. It's safer to be weak, safer to have someone else be strong for you and be punished for it in your place.
feminism  patriarchy  fail 
november 2012 by Quercki
Shakesville: Today in Rape Culture
[TW] Winnipeg Free Press under the succinct headline "Rape victim 'inviting,' so no jail":
A convicted rapist will not go to jail because a Manitoba judge says the victim sent signals that "sex was in the air" through her suggestive attire and flirtatious conduct on the night of the attack.
Queen's Bench Justice Robert Dewar called [convicted rapist Kenneth] Rhodes a "clumsy Don Juan" who may have misunderstood what the victim wanted when he forced intercourse along a darkened highway outside Thompson in 2006.

Rhodes and a friend met the 26-year-old woman and her girlfriend earlier that night outside a bar under what the judge called "inviting circumstances." Dewar specifically noted the women were wearing tube tops with no bra, high heels and plenty of makeup.

"Don Juan"? I see what you're doing there. To hell with that.

I'd say the whole "forced intercourse" thing indicates that the rapist knew damn well what the victim wanted, namely, to not have "sex" with him. Which is exactly what makes Mr. Rhodes' actions rape, not sex. Which is exactly why the court convicted Mr. Rhodes of rape. Because he's a rapist.
rape  rape.culture  fail 
february 2011 by Quercki
A commentary of Wiio's laws
Wiio's laws are humoristically formulated serious observations about how human communication usually fails except by accident. This document comments on the applicability and consequences of the laws, especially as regards to communication on the Internet.
communications  linguistics  fail  privilege  Shelby 
december 2010 by Quercki
*Sigh* Last Post on Superfreakonomics, I Promise - J. Bradford DeLong's Grasping Reality with All Eight Tentacles
So I finally got a copy of chapter 5 of Superfreakonomics.

In the abstract I really like the idea of cheap geoengineering solutions to global warming. My personal favorite is a giant parasol 18,000 miles in diameter at L1 to absorb and then reradiate a chunk of sunlight in other bands. But I have never been able to find anyone here at Berkeley who (a) knows what they are talking about, and (b) agrees with Levitt and Dubner that we know that Al Gore efficiency-and-conservation solutions are much less cost-effective than Mt. Pinatubo geoengineering solutions in dealing with global warming. That NASA and Energy and OSTP should be working on and funding research into the possibilities of geoengineering is something everybody I talk to agrees with. But nobody I talk to agrees with Levitt and Dubner that efficiency-and-conservation efforts are futile, and that we should shut them down to bet all our chips on geoengineering.
climate  fail  freakonomics 
october 2009 by Quercki
Disappointed in my alma mater | Change Happens
Out of Chicago comes an upsetting story of a woman who was raped, did “everything she was supposed to,” and couldn’t prosecute her attacker because the people who examined her at University Health Services didn’t do a rape kit (or, and this is the disputed part, tell her she needed to go to the emergency room for one). She is now suing the University of Chicago, and although it seems like the lawsuit is running into difficulties in a legal sense, there is no doubt in my mind that the university failed to have clear policies in place that would have protected her.
rape  violence  university  college  fail 
april 2009 by Quercki

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