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Source: An embarrassment of not-riches

The Writer in Black: Defense against terrorist attacks

Source: The Writer in Black: Defense against terrorist attacks

He’s right.

We don’t have enough police to protect us– but we don’t NEED them, because we have a huge army of undercover law enforcement just…hanging out.

Armed citizens.

And unless there’s some rather special checks in place, you can’t be sure who will be carrying– even if it’s in a gun free zone.  I’ll take being kicked out of the mall for life over not being alive to come to the mall, or losing my kids.

Blog: Missing the Point on the ‘Transgender’ Bathroom Wars

To wit: this has nothing to do with men masquerading as women so effectively that they can use a women’s bathroom while raising nary an eyebrow. Such men obviously don’t need a law to gain access to the girl’s room.

This is about socially reengineering society — about changing hearts and minds — by legitimizing made-up sexual statuses.

Please make sure you’ve fully digested the above line before continuing.

Obviously, no man, no matter how well he does the RuPaul thing, should use women’s facilities. But we’re not going to administer a genetic test at the restroom door. If a guy in a dress enters and exits and no one is any the wiser, it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Source: Blog: Missing the Point on the ‘Transgender’ Bathroom Wars

For Once, I Kinda Disagree with Lileks!

Bless her heart – and I say that in the genuine Northerner sense, not the passive-aggressive barbed Southern sense – but how can you think A) there was broadcast TV in the TWENTIES, and that it looked like something from the SIXTIES?

Source: LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2016

I’m going to guess she’s 25, since it’s an OK midlin’ number for someone who wasn’t noted as looking very young.

So born in ’91.

Figure her mother was 25, since the average age at first birth in 2000 was 24.9 and they mention it went up, but I don’t know how many siblings she had.

So her mom would be born in ’66.  The Andy Griffith show would be a “something grandma watched” type show.  She probably thinks of MASH if she’s asked to think of something that a 60s show– I had to go check. (’72; it’s just like some of that music from the 90s that you’d swear is from the 80s, stylistic.)

Now, we’ll assume she does have a sort of vague understanding of history– this is a good thing, by the way.  A sense of “stuff happened during this decade” rather than “before me.”

Here’s a possible layout, assuming she’s had a little exposure but isn’t a fan of anything involved:

So: 70s would be “when mom was a kid.”

60s would be “hippies and Vietnam.”

50s would be “Grandma was a kid,” but would also be expecting Andy Griffith type plots/stories.

40s, WWII.

30s, the depression or something?  It was before WWII.

And so you’re left with the 20s for “heck if I know, it’s really old but it’s not, like, a Disney princess thing.”

She might even know that Star Trek and Batman are 60s shows, but not know enough to trip on the technology based advancements besides color.

Certain Humanity | Shadowdancer Studios

Medical progress is a truly wondrous thing. Before, babies born too early would almost certainly die; but it might surprise most that the first attempts to try keep them alive happened in the 1870s in Paris, after obstetrician Dr. Stéphane Tarnier decided to try using an incubator on human babies to keep them warm and save them from hypothermia after seeing an incubator warming baby chickens. I strongly urge you to read the article I linked. His insistence, and Dr. Couney’s advocacy and medical exhibit – a proof of life demonstration and charitable care – is some truly breath-taking medical history.

Couney never charged parents for the care he provided, which also included rotating shifts of doctors and nurses looking after the babies. According to historian Jeffrey Baker, Couney’s exhibits “offered a standard of technological care not matched in any hospital of the time.”

In a wonderful interview recorded by Storycorps and aired on NPR, a former incubator baby from one of Couney’s exhibits described how fragile she was at birth: “My father said I was so tiny, he could hold me in his hand,” said 95 year-old Lucille Horn, who was born prematurely in 1920 at the shockingly low birth weight of under two pounds. Baby Lucille was given no chance to live by her doctor.

“I couldn’t live on my own, I was too weak to survive … You just died because you didn’t belong in the world.” Horn said. But Horn’s father, who had seen one of Couney’s exhibits on his honeymoon, bundled tiny Lucille up and took her out of the hospital. “I’m taking her to the incubator in Coney Island. The doctor said there’s not a chance in hell that she’ll live, but he said, ‘But she’s alive now,’ and he hailed a cab and took me to Dr. Couney’s exhibit, and that’s where I stayed for about six months.”

Because of those men, babies who would’ve otherwise died didn’t, and their parents were given hope that their tiny baby would live. Medical progress, resulting in life that would otherwise been lost, now taken for granted today. As technology advanced, the earlier and earlier preterm babies could survive, until a baby born at 23-24 weeks could survive now. That ’24 week line was determined by available technology.

Source: Certain Humanity | Shadowdancer Studios

Go read the whole thing; this bit is awesome, but the philosophical lead-in is also very important and good.


I can’t comment there– neither of my browsers use Java– so I’ll post my comment here.

I was amused the first time I was accused of being pro-life because of my religion, because I wasn’t aware my religion <I>had</i> any teachings on abortion. (Yes, our local Catholic education was THAT bad; why would a volunteer want to talk to teens about something tough like abortion when she “knew” we supported it?)
Similar to you– scientifically based. Although mine was from exposure to animals, especially miscarried calves (there’s one plant that if they eat, you get an early second trimester abortion almost 100% of the time in cattle– the science teacher even had one of the calves in a big pickle jar. Absolutely perfect, just no hair….right down to his little tongue sticking out a bit, like they usually are right after birth.)

Publishers and pies

Self-styled publishing industry pundit Michael Kozlowski, whose foolishness is exceeded only by his bad manners, had this nugget of conventional wisdom to offer in the comment box of an article on The Passive Voice:

Indie authors are for the most part very lazy. They spam out e-books without any regard for quality and think quantity is better. I have noticed over the years that if you mention the e-book industry declining they will always say “its [sic] because we don’t want/need an ISBN” and then they will defend the indie movement.

If indie authors really wanted to be taken seriously they would buy cheap ISBN numbers and be counted. But that takes a few hours worth of work, something they aren’t willing to do.

Indie authors for the most part are lazy, incompetent and have no regard for the self-publishing movement.

I found that I could not let this go unchallenged. My reply follows:

OK, Kozlowski. I wasn’t going to waste my time commenting on your drivel at its original location, because I have a pretty strong suspicion that disapproving comments are ‘curated’ out of existence. But you’re here, so I’ll have a bash.

Source: Publishers and pies


Go read the rest; each point is answered, both as it stands and when corrected for factual inaccuracies.

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