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Love that in a lot of classic literature people just “randomly” fall ill but bro their homes were stacked to the roof with arsenic and asbestos and lead and radium of course they were sick all the time.
And then they’re like “we took my ill wife to the seaside and her condition improved remarkably” and it’s like Edward your house has seven time bombs in it please just leave your wife at the seaside and she’ll do very well not getting mesothelioma.
Edward your wife may be entitled to financial compensation
Been a rough couple days for one of our favorite cats, send Miette some good thoughts.
Happiness for Miette!
You DRUG Miette? You lace her lizard with the HALLUCINOGEN??
Are we at the burning man??
Tripping balls for Miette. Tripping balls for Miette for 36 hours.
ok but this was probably my favorite addition
Got my mid-year performance evaluation documentation today. Apparently I am doing “excellent” work at telling people “fuck, no, don’t do that” with varying degrees of politeness and deference.
Here is Peach doing her very best rectangle.
I was sad until I opened the Sims and made a dog called Chocolate Milk and I think you should look at him
i was sad until i opened tumblr and saw a dog called Chocolate Milk and i think you should look at him
help, my (jewish converted) mother is arguing we are "white" and not "an ethnoreligion."
btw the whole discussion stemmed from job applications asking for your race and listing like, black, hispanic, aboriginal, white, other" and i said "we should technically be our own category.
So, she’s wrong about us not being an ethnoreligion, full-stop. Because we are, we are at once an ethnicity, a religion, and a nation/people.
Where words like “white” get tricky are that the sociological construct of “race” post-dates Judaism. We were a tribal people long before “race” or even “ethnicity” were things. And historically speaking, we’ve been considered in various times and in various settings by the broader society to be our own ethnicity and even, in the context of racialized antisemitism, our own race.
We aren’t considered a race these days, by-and-large, but we remain a tribal ethnoreligious group. So are we white? There remains considerable debate about that, because we aren’t a racial monolith (because we aren’t a race): there are black Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Chinese Jews, Indian Jews, Middle Eastern Jews, Hispanic/Latinx Jews, European Jews…
It’s complicated. And our relationship with whiteness in the western world is equally complicated. Because race is a construct. In Mexico I am white. In America I very much am not. But my ethnicity doesn’t change when I cross the border.
Now, I’m honestly glad government forms don’t separate us out. I trust no western government to keep detailed records of us like that. But in terms of picking “white” or “other” or “choose not to disclose,” I think any of those options is defensible.
I understand why jurors need to be sequestered from media coverage and stuff, but it’s crazy that they’re prohibited from doing ANY internet research or fact-checking related to the case. Some guy is being fined $11k because he Googled a patch that an ICE officer was wearing in their case – the jury was told in court it was a trade workers’ union patch, but the guy didn’t think it was since he was a retired pipe fitter and didn’t recognize the logo. So he went home and googled it and says he found it to be a white supremacist logo. And since he googled it, he’s being charged with contempt and fined for the costs of the mistrial he caused by doing so. But like… doesn’t that mean that our court system is set up so that juries could be lied to (by prosecutors, etc) and be unable to do any verification or fact-checking without literally committing a crime……?
@the-library-alcove Sorry, yours was just the nearest reblog of this at hand, but I saw this post many times.
So, I agree that the punishment in this case was harsh (although possibly standard for a juror causing a mistrial, but that’s court dependent).
But the rule is good.
This is the rule that keeps jurors from looking up the social media posts of victims in sexual assault or child exploitation and obscenity cases. It keeps jurors from deciding “the victim deserved it.”
This is the rule that keeps jurors in medical malpractice suits from relying on junk science.
This is the rule that keeps jurors from looking up whether or not the witness/victim/defendant on the stand is a “good person” based on their subjective judgment. Regardless of relevance to the case.
The rule is sound.
The problem in this specific case, if in fact the defense attorney wasn’t going to bring it up (which they may have), is either that what the juror found is speculation or there was a lack of resources for public defenders and immigration defense attorneys. We need to fund immigration and criminal defense attorneys better. But that’s not a reason to jettison sound judicial practice.
Hey y’all! Big old Smashwords summer/winter sale seemed like a good time to do a SUPERPOWERED LOVE sale… also convenient because book 10 is due in the end of August, and that’ll be THE LAST ONE EVER! Wooooo! Need to catch up?
As a Brit, I’d like to remind the world that we invented curry, it’s our unofficial national dish. We eat it more than anything else and you can go into any of our fish and chip shops and get curry all over your deep fat fried foods. That whole white people thing is just the USA. I think we exported all the people with no taste which might explain a lot.
As an Indian I can assure you that we’ve been eating curry since 2000 BCE so go take your colonialism elsewhere.
Did this guy seriously try to claim curry is a British food?