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    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    Weird Science: Snug as bug in a bug in a bug
    The citrus mealybug looks like a walking dandruff flake, or perhaps a woodlouse that’s been rolled in flour. It’s also the insect version of a Russian nesting doll. If you look inside its cells, you’ll find a bacterium called Tremblaya princeps. And if you look inside Tremblaya, you’ll find yet another bacterium called Moranella endobia.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
    Man riding a motorcycle on a highway in British Columbia finds himself being chased by a huge timber wolf.

    And slows down enough to turn around and take pictures.

    That's a beautiful wolf, and he looks like he's having fun.
    wolf on the run
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
    Nice doggy just likes to chase cars (in the hope that they crash and he gets to eat the people inside).
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
    Shame the wolf is likely going to end up getting run over, or shot. Wolves btw, are fucking awesome.
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013 edited
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
    Man, now I wanna donate to that robo-roach thing people were going on about there.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
    Yes, wolves are fucking awesome. I'm glad most of them have the sense to stay the hell away from humans.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013 edited
    So the other day, this happened :

    Then Mike Krahulik not-quite-apologized and pulled the I-can't-be-transphobic-I-have-a-trans-friend card.

    There are some reactions. Here is one. Here is another one.

    I don't know if those kind of things hurt Penny Arcade as a "brand" but I wouldn't like to be in Robert Khoo's shoes right now and have to deal with that shit.

    EDIT : Wait, I missed the part where he actually apologized for being an asshole and acknowledged his ignorance.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013
    If I ran a company and he was an employee, he'd be getting a 'get the hell off social media, you're no good at it' talk.

    You can see it kicking in as a defense mechanism for him at other times in the past; even in Strip Search you can see he resorts to throwing out insults when he's poked a bit. One of the contestants had a similar response and the escalation of insults because neither knew how to back down was a little sad.

    That said, the company and it's activities go so far beyond the comic now that I don't think it'll hurt them too much in the longer run. I wonder if a lot of people that go to PAX even read the comic, for example.

    On a scale of 1 to Orson Scott Card, he's still got a long way to go...
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013 edited
    His remarks remind me of: "it's not that I hate < insert marginalized group >, I just hate all the activists who talk out about < marginalized group > because they make a big deal out of things that involve them". See also: "I wish people would stop bringing up < blank >-ism/phobia; we're all human. When you bring up < your issues >, you're just separating yourself."

    Also the idea that it's OK for him to be an asshole online but when an activist is doing such, it hurts his fee-fees and he should "retaliate". As if when one person in a marginalized group is angry, that means he has the right to just shit all over every last one of them.

    Suffice to say, I try to ignore whatever comes out of Penny Arcade because it's usually pretty ignorant, tinged with "I'm going to just throw all this fuel on the fire because someone complained in a way I did not like". I'm glad he apologized, at least. I wish he would've explained what transfolks were trying to say when they say "not all women have a vagina/not all men have a penis" 'cause when I learned that, it actually helped me understand what a lot of my friends go through, but, meh, hisblogandall.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013
    And now he's decided to go one step further (maybe taking a cue from kickstarter ?) :

    I’ve spent the last few days trying to apologize to people I hurt. I’ve been doing it via email and I’ve given out my phone number a lot. I realize I was wrong and I’m genuinely sorry. I also realize I can’t possibly apologize on the phone to each and every person I hurt. I’m going to keep trying, but I’ve also decided to personally make a donation to the Trevor Project of $20,000.00. I also plan to keep interacting with people on a personal level and I understand that will be an ongoing process. In the meantime I’m hoping this donation will do some real good for a group that desperately needs it.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013
    Twitter is such an easy medium to offend people on, and a pretty much impossible medium if you're trying to explain what you meant without digging yourself deeper.

    Doubly so if you take almost anything anyone says as an attack and don't know how to walk away (you can see on some of the diary videos they did that someone has bought him a plaque that sits on his desk that says 'do not engage', so they clearly know he has a tendency to go off on one and sought to remind him at least while he's in the office...)

    I hope he learns from it.
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    The Tennessean:

    Tennessee government official tells citizens that complaining about water pollution is considered an act of terrorism (with audio)
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    Karhulik screwed up, he knows he screwed up, he's trying to make amends. I've got no problems with this.

    On the plus side, I learned something new. I'd never heard "cis" used before. Still not sure if I've got it right, but at least I know it's a thing.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2013
    Snowden leaves Hong Kong
    Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency, left Hong Kong on a flight for Moscow on Sunday and his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland, the South China Morning Post said.
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2013 edited
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2013
    I read Penny Arcade's comic, watch Strip Search and that's about it. The whole thing with Karhulik was...ugh. He really should have stopped talking. However, I'm mainly pissed off with the his supporters, who were replying to people with some incredibly nasty shit like "you're just a mentally ill man" and other horribly transphobic shit. Karhulik's douchebaggery could have moved on to a conversation about the differences between gender and sex but instead it went the way it went.

    I'm glad that he apologized, though, and I'm glad that he's donating money to the Trevor Project, which is a gesture that didn't have to be made (even though I think he was probably forced to do that). I hope he learns something, but am thinking that it won't be anything beyond "do not engage", a lesson he knew anyways.
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2013
    Undercover Police spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, accused of running smear campaign against their fight for justice

    A police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups has revealed how he participated in an operation to spy on and attempt to "smear" the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing and campaigners angry at the failure to bring his killers to justice.

    Peter Francis, a former undercover police officer turned whistleblower, said his superiors wanted him to find "dirt" that could be used against members of the Lawrence family, in the period shortly after Lawrence's racist murder in April 1993.

    The murder of Stephen Lawrence cast a long shadow over the met and was the catalyst behind them being found to be 'instituionally racist' - a phrase which I am still unsure what it actually means.

    Unrelated to the above there was a great comment article yesterday by John Harris that makes a very interesting couple of points, including:

    irrespective of election results, there will be many more flashpoints around the planet, and politics – here as elsewhere – will sooner or later have to be reinvented. On the left, most people remain in thrall to a worldview little changed since the early 20th century, whereby the top-down state can supposedly be captured, and used to tame an inhuman market. But what does the state do now, as a matter of in-built logic? In Britain, it props up banks, humiliates the poor – and, as we know now, scans everybody's emails and mobile phone records. Even when it is seeing to its more benign functions, it is now so cold and target-driven that initiative, empathy and care are often nowhere to be seen.

    It's not a long article but it is well worth clicking through to read all of.