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Gay student savagely beaten with pipe, school administrators do nothing

Student attacked with metal pipe said school administrators did nothing to help | khou.com | Home The student told administrators in a written statement and told his bus driver that other students were planning on attacking him. They all did nothing at all.
Jayron Martin said he begged two principals at his school and his bus driver for help before he was hit repeatedly with a metal pipe. . . . According to the 16-year-old, the attack took place off campus. He said a fellow student beat him after school while eight others stood around and watched. Martin believes he was beaten because he’s gay. “All they kept saying was, ‘We going to get you. We going to fight you,’ and all that and so when they started coming after me they were like, ‘You’re not going to be gay anymore.’ They just kept hitting me,” he said. . . . Martin said the group chased him, and he ran into one of his neighbors' home. While there, Martin said, one of the teens beat him for seven minutes with a pipe. He said the attack didn’t stop until the man who lives in that home came downstairs. “Then the man came down with his shotgun and he was like, ‘Y’all need to stop. Y’all need to stop,’ And the boy wouldn’t stop and he just kept hitting me and hitting me and so he cocked his gun and that’s when he ran out,” Martin said.
*via Dorian*

November 18, 2009

'I'm going to tell my son the worst swearword in the world'

Jon Ronson on telling his son the worst swearword in the world | Life and style | The Guardian Jon Ronson is the best.
My eight-year-old son, Joel, comes into my office to ask if there's a worse swearword than fuck. "No," I say. There's a silence. "You're lying," he says. "There's none worse than fuck," I say. Joel narrows his eyes. "I know you're lying," he says. He leaves the room. On Saturday I take Joel to Chessington World of Adventures. What a crappy theme park! None the less, we have a wonderful day together. "You're a great dad!" Joel says as we drive home. "And you're a great son!" I reply with a magical twinkle. We smile lovingly at each other. "There is a worse swearword than fuck, isn't there?" says Joel. "Yes, there is!" I say, still with a magical twinkle. . . .
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November 17, 2009

This is how Russians protest sexual harassment in higher education

English Russia -- Exclaiming Against Sexual Harassment
The makers of the protest turned out to be no one but volunteers of women’s movement “Femen”. Not so long ago they conducted a protest, also in Kiev, against such a groundless and rootless flackery for swine flu epidemy in Ukraine. Since then they have already made their name as a provocative and out-of-line group of adolescent people sweeping the things up. The signs they hold saying things like “Universities of prostitution”, “Blowjob for a pass-fail”, “Scoring asses” and “A-students”. Signs on the chairs state: Dean, Lecturer, Professor. The event gathered lots of journalists around and gossiping about it is still heard on the Internet. But apart from puzzled faces of public officers we would never know whether such protests are helpful for the state of problems or not.

November 16, 2009

Russell Davies' lecture on games, pretending

russell davies: playful This is a really nice piece of work. It's worth your time if you have ever thought about fun or games or the power of pretending or why most games are a bit rubbish. Below is a small excerpt, presented without context so as to generate within you, dear reader, a spark of intrigue to lure you into reading this piece.
Lots of things that are supposed to be games are really collections. Have you ever tried to play the official pokemon card game? It's intensely complicated, we never even got close to finishing a game. So Arthur (my son) and his friends used to improvise their own games to play with them - usually some variant of Top Trumps. Which means collecting has to turn into negotiation and collecting play becomes social. This, to me, seems to be the most valuable bit of most of Arthur's play - the negotiation and social problem-solving they have to do to invent the rules for their own games. It's clearly more interesting to them too, because they spend way more time arguing about and changing the rules than they do actually playing the game they're devising.