Not signed in (Sign In)
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2013
    So. Um. Fun things happening in the city I live in.

    And really, The Daily Show is offering pretty much the same commentary as our major news outlets, so...yeah. Except they missed the part where Ford finished his apology/re-election plug by saying "God Bless the people of Toronto" and the entire press room ERUPTED with laughter.

  1.  (11025.862)
    @ oldhat - I can't wait for the inevitable Rob Ford/Marion Berry buddy-road flick.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2013
    Black woman seeks help after car accident in white neighborhood -- gets shot to death on front porch

    Police have now asked that charges be brought against the shooter. But since a Stand Your Ground law applies in Michigan, the charges may not stick. As Rania Khalek has rightly pointed out on her blog, “The problem with a law like Stand Your Ground is that it excuses and encourages deadly force against “perceived” threats. In the United States, where implicit and structural racism persists on a vast scale, is it wise to empower people who almost certainly have irrational and racist fears.”
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2013 edited
    @oldhat I think this guy went to the same school of mayoring

    Mayor says best thing for disabled children to guillotine them

    Edited to say just had it pointed out as very old news. Half asleep. Sorry.
  2.  (11025.865)

    Watch now, as the right-wing media and the NRA run a smear campaign against the victim.
  3.  (11025.866)
    @Steve Toase - Is it bad that this line made me laugh out loud?

    Mr Lister also quit the children's committee and now faces a council probe.
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2013 edited
    Not bad. Not bad at all!

    Comic strip panel tattoo Blank cartoon panel tattoo

    Link fixed. Thanks.
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2013
    Broken linkkkkk
  4.  (11025.869)
  5.  (11025.870)
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    See, exactly what punishment could be worse than his actual crime?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    Sadly, I'm sure the gulag bosses can think of something.
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    I don't think it's about McDonalds so much as Dad denying the child food with his "anywhere else or nowhere" thing. Plus it sounds like there's some other issues here.
  6.  (11025.875)
  7.  (11025.876)
    Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans' personal debt

    "Very few people know how cheaply their debts have been bought by collectors. It changes the psychology of the debtor, knowing this.

    “So when you get called up by the debt collector, and you're being asked to pay the full amount of your debt, you now know that the debt collector has bought your debt very, very cheaply. As cheaply as we bought it. And that gives you moral ammunition to have a different conversation with the debt collector."
  8.  (11025.877)
    '... not as an object but as an example of “design fiction”—the practice of devising plans for or prototypes of objects and systems that, while impractical, express some critique of the present or vision of the future.'

    So... "design fiction" as futurist critique. Discuss?
  9.  (11025.878)
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2013 edited
    @kay - I don't know that it's useful to redefine fiction to include things that are real. Why not just say that "The Liberator" is a provocative example of, you know, actual design.

    From the comments section:

    Let’s be honest here, the ‘Liberator Gun’ is essentially just a bunch of printed plastic parts put together, much a like a model car. It’s a provocative prototype, that happens to be in the form of a gun

    And, since it fires bullets, that means it is a gun.

    I kind of feel like the authors have found themselves attracted to "The Liberator" and its creation myth, and are now struggling to explain this to us - to themselves - as something other than a brush with a redneck, cousin-lovin', from-my-cold-dead-hands firearm hardon.

    The fiction, then, is this story about "The Liberator", not "The Liberator" itself.
  10.  (11025.880)

    Incidentally, my dream thing in the research diving has been and is to take half a years off, hit a ship and go do research and gather samples from exactly that stuff.