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February 28, 2010

San Francisco wants pillow fighters to pay $35K to clean up their mess

City Insider : DPW wants flash pillow fighters to pay $35,000
City officials are trying to determine the organizers of the annual Valentine's Day flash-mob-esque event to have them pay the $35,000 tab for cleaning up the last two years' events, said Mohammed Nuru, the department's deputy director. "Should the city be cleaning up after these people?" Nuru said. "As a resident of this city, I really don't think my tax dollars should be going to this kind of thing." City officials also want organizers of the pillow fight and similar events to abide by city rules for such gatherings: apply for a permit and provide cleanup, security and portable toilets. "I'm all for the event, but we should have guidelines," Nuru said after the fifth year of the massive outdoor pillow fight at Justin Herman Plaza near the Ferry Building. "To just come and trash the city with really no regard for others? ... It's not right."

February 24, 2010

Performance Art Meets Industrial Pit

Quoth Mojonaut Katie: I am hoping you might want to...

February 23, 2010

Why are the Washington Post and New York Times soliciting such bizarre editorials?

Two of the strangest op-eds ever solicited | Media Matters for America This is egregious. The New York Times went out and found an employee of the largest defense contractor in the world and asked her to write an editorial calling for more Afghan civilians to die. I think the NyT and the WaPo have some explaining to do.
It turns out that two of the most inflammatory op-ed columns in recent memory were not unsolicited pieces that happened to impress editors at the Washington Post and New York Times; they were, instead, commissioned pieces that those newspapers actively solicited. A few weeks ago, the Post ran an almost unbelievably bad op-ed in which Gerard Alexander asserted that liberals are more condescending to conservatives than conservatives are to liberals. Alexander later revealed that the Post approached him about the column, raising the question of whether the Post is asking around to see if anyone wants to write a column about conservatives being a bunch of ignorant jerks. I kind of doubt it. . . . To summarize: the NYT Op-Ed Page decided, for whatever reasons, that it wanted to find someone to urge more civilian deaths in Afghanistan. The person it found to do that is someone about whom virtually nothing was known, yet works for one of the largest, most sprawling and influential defense firms in the nation, a virtual arm of the Pentagon, but they decided there was no reason to have its readers know that.

February 22, 2010

Witness the extreme entitlement of "Mommy Rage"

Metro - Managing mommy rage This is an Op-Ed in Boston's Metro. The comments are wonderfully brutal.
Move out of my way. Help me, please. Hold a door. Offer my kid your seat on the bus. Walk faster. Why so slow? Out of my way, I’m a mom! Yes, I have mommy rage. I don’t hide my feelings, and if you make me angry you will know it. I’ve always been honest, vocal and very straightforward. But since becoming a mom all of those qualities have escalated to a heightened state. If you see me trying to navigate a double stroller, why can’t you move out of my way? When my behind is scrunched up to the door, one foot behind me, one arm on a stroller handle, and another holding my other kid, would it kill you to just open the door and hold it? I mean, you are standing right there. What happened to common courtesy? . . . If you work in a store, hurry up. I don’t always have time for small talk … especially when I’m with my kids. And I certainly don’t have time to wait while you are on your e-mail. I won’t be shy about letting you know. I don’t want your animals touching or licking us, either. I don’t care if they are hypo-allergenic — someone did once try to calm me down with that rebuttal. . . .

February 21, 2010

New Orleans is putting prostitues on the sex offender list

kuar: : Changing The View: Sex Workers As True Victims (2010-01-27) This is abhorrent. A large number of prostitutes are forced into it by slavers, by pimps, by bad people. And now they get the additional lifetime stigma of being branded a sex offender? This is victim blaming at its worst. Can we get human traffickers and pimps put on the offender list instead?
New Orleans' police and the district attorney's office are applying a law written for child molesters to arrest people who are being prostituted. These women are arrested for perpetrating acts of "unnatural copulation" — a felony conviction, for which the women must serve long jail sentences and register as sex offenders. Of the 861 sex offenders currently registered in New Orleans, 483 were convicted of a crime against nature — and of those convicted of this crime against nature, 78 percent are black and almost all are women. On the international front, girls and women subject to sex trafficking and exploitation are perceived as victims. However, in the U.S., they are cast aside as "hos," "prostitutes" and "bad girls" — and now, in New Orleans, as sex offenders. Yet these discarded American girls and women share the same experiences of sexual victimization, poverty and abuse endured by those who are trafficked abroad.