“Rape is a hate crime, just like queer-bashing and lynching. Think about what would happen if a white comedian made a joke about lynching a black person in the audience. The guy would be globally banned and boycotted. Why do we not treat rape in the same way? Maybe I'm to old to "get" it but I find Tosh inane an obnoxious, and I always change the channel when he shows up on the screen. I have no idea why anyone would want to go to his show in the first place, so I will just continue to ban him as I always have done.”
doorlie on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:20:09
“That doesn't mean a joke is not funny, it just isn't politically correct. But that's a horse of a different race.”
Softcorps on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:17:37
“Rape isn't a hate crime. I'm sure under the right circumstances it could be, but if a straight white Christian male rapes a straight white Christian female, how can it be a hate crime?”
1Charles W on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:16:54
“I'm black mam and haven't cared when comedians HAVE made those kinds of jokes. The truth is everything can and is offensive in comedy to someone. Unless you go back to jokes like, hey what do you call a magic carpet, a car and a dog put together? A flying car pet. Dadoomp. I don't mean to come off bad though but we seem to sensitive these days, but only when it's on things that hit home for us. If you were eighty years old you most likely wouldn't want to hear old people jokes. If you were a Amish you wouldn't want to hear an Amish joke. Even if you were a corn farmer you wouldn't want to hear jokes about corn being usless or a dumb crop. The point is that no matter how "harmless" any joke may seem they can al be offensive if you have the right person in the crowd.”
stupidllama on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14:05
“your post is a hate crime. i would rather read 1000 rape jokes about your mother then read anymore of anything you have to say.”
“Looking to Disney for strong female role models seems absurd. Why not go to someone a bit more modern...like anime genius Miyazake? Princess Mononoke: now THERE'S a princess who kicks ass. Furthermore Miyazake has had a female lead in very single one of his films, because as he puts it, "girls are the future." I wish more filmmakers were like him. Anyway I've never really thought Pixar as being equivalent Disney. Even with a lack of female leads, Pixar does have a lot of feisty women characters in their films, but I'm glad to see their applying their chops to the princess racket.”
“There more I read reflections of how the Bush administration mishandled the bin Laden situation, the harder it is for me to believe that Bush himself did not have a hidden agenda to keep bin Laden alive. I'm not a big conspiracy theorist, but given his family's long-standing relationship with the bin Laden oil dynasty, doesn't it just seem a little odd that he repeatedly rebuffed attempts to get bin Laden even before 9-11. Can he really be that dumb, or was his negligence deliberate?”
“Anybody interested in how to fix (and NOT to fix) the economy should listen to the Robert Reich interview on Fresh Air last week http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130189031 . Reich just published a book in which he argues that the main cause of our economic woes is the high concentration of wealth among America's 1% of richest individuals. The last time this gap was this high was in 1928! The New Deal helped strengthen the middle class and reduce poverty, and has since been all but undone by the people who claim capitalism is the same as democracy!”
“Mark Pincus was recently quoted by former co-workers as promoting a design policy of stealing other people's ideas in his company. Many people may not be aware of this. http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-08/news/farmvillains/ One of his former employees was quoted as saying that the company's policy is the opposite of Google's: "Do Evil."”
“Catarina I really appreciate your critique of Jaron Lanier's article, and I have one more to add. As a scholar of virtual reality and virtual worlds, I feel compelled to point out that Jaron Lanier is NOT the father of Virtual Reality. He popularized VR, to be sure, and created low-cost solutions, but he never invented the concept nor the core technology. The father of Virtual Reality is indisputably Ivan Sutherland, inventor of the technology and co-founder of the first VR company.
Lanier (ironically) is also woefully ignorant of current trends in virtual worlds. The merger of VR and the Internet, worlds such as Second Life, There.com and others have spawned complex market economies in which players are rewarded for their contribution with virtual currency, and there are now virtual world denizens who make their real world livings entirely through their user-created content.
The larger issue here, and I agree again with your assessment: Lanier misses a key point. "Free" content is a vast oversimplification of what really happens in these contexts. Crowd-sourcing can often lead to massive economic benefits on a much larger scale than the IP/patent mentality of the mid 1990s.”
hp blogger Caterina Fake on Jan 19, 2010 at 23:14:02
“Yes, gamegrrrl, I agree -- having spent some time in Second Life and There (and making a game myself, though not nearly so immersive) I've not encountered a lot of VR aficionados who have mentioned Lanier as a forebear. I'll have to read up on Ivan Sutherland, thanks for the information!”
“What is unfortunate is that a lot of people are NOT talking about the REAL problem with torture: it actually exacerbates terrorism. The British government learned this the hard way with the IRA, as outlined in this PBS article: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/torture/justify/3.html . They found that not only did torture serve as a positive PR and recruitment platform for terrorist groups, but prisoners who were tortured were more likely to return to terrorist activity than those who where not. So while the debates rage on about whether torture gets results in terms of interrogation techniques, what no-one is talking about is that torture leads to more of the very thing it is trying to prevent.”
“Well this is a good example of the way Obama operates, and I actually think it's very smart. He gives a nod to the evangelicals on a cosmetic level (and yes, a symbolic one), but on the substantive level, he's nominating more openly gay appointees to his cabinet than any time in history. It MEANS a lot to evangelicals to have a guy pray for them; it means a lot more for progressives to make appointments that are going to make a difference to our agenda. Like it or not, Obama is trying to live up to his campaign promise of representing ALL Americans, but I think where it really counts, he's actually leaning further to the left than people realize. Look at his environment and labor appointments! Unlike his predecessor (good riddance!) he is willing to listen to people that have a different point of view. Frankly, I think that's pretty progressive!”
nomescher on Dec 21, 2008 at 00:44:13
“Well said. I still feel uneasy and disappointed at the sour tone that the Warren pick and his anticipated presence has (and will) visited upon what should be a day of celebration for many, including the GLBT community. Yet Obama is nothing if not smart. What could be the unspoken rationales for inviting Warren? Well, if he wants to abolish Don't Ask Don't Tell, let alone repeal DOMA, he's going to have to neutralize some of the opposition from the religious movement. The Warren selection is a bone to that element of the evangelical movement that his campaign actively courted, but since it's Warren, it's a very big bone. To change the course of government and make sure the changes don't get undone after he's gone, he has to reach out to those evangelicals who are persuadable. The new Democratic majority he's building includes the young, white evangelicals who doubled their support for Obama in 2008 vs Kerry in 2004. Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania & Virginia were states where their support may have made the difference. Once Inauguration Day is a distant memory, Obama may move strongly to abolish Don't Ask Don't Tell in Term 1 and maybe DOMA in Term 2. And the Rick Warrens will be hard pressed to ungratefully stand in his way, especially if they get to play roles in advancing the global warming, African AIDS, and "I am my brother's keeper" agendas. Obama has demonstrated patience over time, with strategic success. Can we?”
“This was a beautiful and moving post. For my entire life I have felt that the so-called American Dream was bought at the expense of others, esp. African Americans and Native Americans. This is our burden of karma, the "original sin of slavery." We could never really hold true to our "ideals" until we came to grips with this haunting hypocrisy. We have a long way to go to heal this wound, but this is a step in the right direction. There's so much more to Obama than "the first black President," but the ghosts of the slaves encountered by the Adamses on their first day in the White House have something to celebrate today. As does America. I too am proud of what we've accomplished.”
“This is totally disgusting, esp. when accompanied by today's Huffpost headline. The whole country is taking and the oil companies are raking in the bucks. This is what comes of electing an "Oil President."”
g man on Oct 30, 2008 at 11:01:50
“It was all part of Bush's trickle up economics. The oil companies raise their prices during hard times. We all have to cut our household budgets to pay for the increase in oil, and Exxon makes record profits. Nicely done Bush!!! I bet daddy is proud.
Now is the time for CHANGE!!! OBAMA '08!!!
The sad thing is that the profits didn't lead to job creation. From what I read, very little with actually trickle down. Most of the share holders are investing overseas... that doesn't do much to help our country during these hard times. For the rich, it's not Country First... it's Money First. Don't be fooled by McBlame... the only way to CHANGE things is to vote for OBAMA.”
sonofsamphm1c on Oct 30, 2008 at 10:44:54
“This is their 3rd quarter result - July, August, and September.
You'll probably get what you want in their 4th quarter results.
Though their margins might go up on lower barrel prices.”
“I've been riding my bike to work for the past two and a half years, and I can't recommend it enough. For one thing, it's a great way to get exercise. Secondly, all my co-workers complain about traffic which is a non-issue for me. My daily commute is not only brisk but fun! Third, I never have to worry about parking (although occasionally some of the bike racks at the university where I work can get pretty packed.) And fourth, but by all means not LEAST is the fact that I am saving hundreds of dollars a month on gas. When I lived in L.A. my gas bill was $200 a month; now I use a tank of gas a semester.
There are all kinds of stylish urban bikes you can buy now. My favorite bike company is called Electra (www.electrabike.com) and they have several urban bicycle models, including the Townie (the one I have) and a model called the Amsderdam, which emulates the classic city bikes that prevail in European countries.
Great article. There is no etter way to reduce your carbon footprint.”
“Wow, this story is the very definition of irony on two counts.
First, I find it remarkable that no-one seems to have pointed out that Muslim Terrorists and Socialists/Communists have traditionally been ARCH ENEMIES. If we recall, Osama Bin Laden was credited with driving Russia out of Afganistan (with plenty of help from America!). Traditional socialism (at least of the Marxist sort) is by definition anti-religion, so it's In fact, the very conflation of these two ideologies exposes the complete ignorance of those making this claim: Not only is it untrue, it's impossible by definition.
Second, it never ceases to amaze me that people can perform acts of terrorism while simultaneously accusing others of being terrorists. This seems to be a pervasive hypocrisy that no-one seems to comment on here. It sounds like McCain and Palen are the ones who are "palling around with terrorists."”
“Hallelujah! In a few short years, white people will be the minority in the United States. Obama may or may not represent the present, but he looks an awful lot like the future. Half my family is half "Euro-American" and half "Afro-Caribbean American." My grandparents, who were Italian, were "ethnic" in the first half of the last century. They only became "white" after moving into a white neighborhood. And why did everyone make such a big deal about Obama being in Hawaii with his FAMILY, while the actual PRESIDENT did the usual "duck-and-dodge" about the whole Russia/Georgia thing? He was PLANNING TO GO TO HIS MILLIONAIRE RANCH ALL WEEK. Originally Condi was going to MEET HIM AT THE RANCH after going out there, a week to late. Hello New Orleans? Meanwhile France showed up and brokered a cease-fire, and Condi showed up when the fireworks over to wag her finger at Putin. It's mind-boggling the double-standards and hypocracy. Also pointed out this week by John Stewart, McCain's innane remarks about how "the days of invading a sovereign nation are over." Which days might those be? 2001????