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I've been collecting links for a couple of days again.

  • 10 Things Every Adult Should Know. With much swearing, and a load of truly depressing comments. Link gacked from miss_s_b.
  • Diana Wynne Jones fanfic! Not slash, though, that'd be WRONG. Unless it involved Howl.
  • This is Slash, though - Axl/Slash slash. This is why you should keep ex-boyfriends on Facebook, so that they can pop up and say things like "I wonder what Slash thinks of slash? And whether there is Slash slash?" And then tell you about Rule 34, which you should really have known about already.
  • This is fabulous. The head of Rationalist International challenges India's most powerful tantrik (black magician) to kill him live on TV. Write-up and video.
  • The Divine Comedy doing No-One Knows is available as a digital download.
  • From various people - I think coalescent was first: Batshit insane feminist talks about Firefly. And Joss. This is seriously wacked-out stuff, and worse, there are people agreeing with her. I can't even choose which bits to quote, although this (from the comments) gives a taster:
    I feel awful for Joss Whedon's wife. From what I've read about him and the interviews I've watched, I'm fairly certain that he rapes his wife and abuses her in various other ways. I honestly can't think of anything worse than living with a man like Joss who thinks of women like the way he portrays in his tv shows. How awful. The comment about the money was meant to be about how I personally could see no benefit from being with a man like Joss OTHER than money. Joss uses and abuses her. Probably rapes her and thinks of women as whores etc, etc. Obviously, Ms Whedon has her own reasons for staying. Fear, patriarchal concepts of love, etc. But I would argue that she gives everything and gets nothing. Money is the only concrete thing that she could possibly gain. But as I said money is worth nothing compared with self-integrity, self-esteem, love (sister/lesbian/gynaffectionate love) etc.

  • And from rhodri, An 11-year-old girl dies from diabetes "after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help".
    The girl's parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to "apparently they didn't have enough faith," the police chief said.

    They believed the key to healing "was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray," he said.

    The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.


    Gnaaaaargh. Utter rage and frustration. Also, the couple's three other kids are still with them, because there's "no evidence of abuse". W.T.F.
  • Possible voting reforming coming up, according to the Guardian - bringing in the Additional Voting System, where you get a second choice; opening polling stations at the weekend; and making voting compulsory. I agree with all of this - I've long been a supporter of compulsory voting, as long as there's a "none of the above" option so that you can register your dissatisfaction with the lot of them. I'd be interested in hearing other points of view, though.
  • This CIF open thread on "What makes you angry?" is by turns depressing, comforting and funny.


Edit: Oh! Also, I looked up next year's Eastercon, and not only is it the 60th anniversary, it's in Bradford. So I'm definitely going, and with any luck I'll be able to meet up with some of you Leeds/Bradford/Sheffield lot?

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pickwick
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah - this lot don't seem to be affiliated to a particular sect, and they watched her getting steadily iller and iller for a month, and all they did was try and get more people to pray for her. Words fail me.
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burkesworks
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I've long been a supporter of compulsory voting

I haven't. Horrible, horrible idea to force compulsion at the ballot box; and if NuLab were to bring this in you can bet that ID cards and/or the National Identity Register will eventually come into play!
pickwick
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
That is a very good point. I don't mind voting being compulsory on principle - paying taxes is compulsory, and I see voting as a similar obligation on people living in our society. But it would get tied in with all sorts of shit I do not like.
matgb
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
What he said. More here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12430551402&ref=mf
which Tez probably can't read but doesn't actually need to.

The way to increase turnout is not to follow the much-resented Australian model but to instead ensure that the system encourages a diversity of politicians and that every vote counts. Most of the low turnout can be accounted for in safe seats, the safer the seat the lower the turnout. If every seat is truly contensted then parties campaign everywhere rather than in just the key marginals, etc.
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momentsmusicaux
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm in favour of compulsory voting, providing there's a 'fuck off you're all twats' option, and you're allowed to spoil your ballot paper or vote blank.

And parents who pray to heal their kids? They're just demonstrating natural selection. Let's just smile and watch, shall we?
pickwick
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yep - as long as the compulsion is just to turn up at the polling station, basically. So that apathy isn't an excuse any more.

I wouldn't mind if they killed THEMSELVES - Darwin Awards nominees for sure - but the kids? Urgh :S
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dave_t_lurker
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'd probably be ok with compulsory voting as long as there was a "none of the above" option, or similar. It is probably a slippery slope though.

I'm wondering if that extreme feminist LJ is really a troll. Reads rather like Mille Tant from Viz...

I've been looking for that Indian video on youtube, not found it yet.
pickwick
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Mmm. And I don't really trust the government to implement it properly. Maybe we could get the Inland Revenue to do it!

People seemed fairly sure she wasn't a troll, but I dunno why, I never really looked.

I thought there were videos on that page, but they were just screencaps :D Let me know if you find it!
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sovietkiki
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
The "10 Things Every Adult Should Know..." list made me lol. Especially the thing about anal. HOW ARE GUYS THIS CLUELESS? I MEAN. IT'S. IT'S COMMON SENSE, GUYS. D:

The "11 year old dead because her parents were retarded" thing is...retarded. (No offence to retarded people, I just find the word oddly appropriate in this rage.) WHY HAVE THEIR OTHER KIDS NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY? WHYYYYY? No signs of abuse my ass. THEY LET THEIR KID DIE BECAUSE THE THOUGHT THE MAGIC GUY UPSTAIRS LISTENS TO PLIGHTS LIKE THOSE. Fuck, by that logic, nobody who prays should die of disease ever. AND GUESS WHAT, ASSHATS, THEY DO.
pickwick
Mar. 26th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
But I LOVED LOVED LOVED all the people in the comments going "Dude, if you like something up your ass, you're totally a homo..." when the writer was female. Way to prove how clueless they are.

I know. RAGE. RAGE.
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confusiontempst
Mar. 26th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Man, thats some stupid feminism right there.

They need to find a way to exclude those people from labelling themselves feminists, they make the sane parts of feminism look stupid.
matgb
Mar. 26th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, re Eastercon, SB and I are already looking at options, given it's a short bus journey away we'll be there for some of it minimum, no idea how much total though, might even help out in some way.

And that was being discussed before I found out Grimwood was a guest of honour...

Edited at 2008-03-26 09:49 pm (UTC)
burkesworks
Mar. 26th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Now I'm not one for science fiction conventions as you well know, but the fact that next year's Eastercon is being held within 3 miles of my house AND that there'll be a HYOOGE turnout of folk from my friendslist means that I may well put my head around the door for this.
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dakegra
Mar. 26th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Eastercon: oooh. JC-G is ace.
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