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June 19, 2012

"My way of stopping sexist guys in online games"

A Soliloquy of Sorts, My way of stopping sexist guys in online games
I was playing Mass Effect multiplayer in a private match, and in the middle of a wave, a Phantom (one of the few grunt enemies who is a woman) was trying to kill the team. As we were making the killing blow, this one guy, the only person I hadn’t played with before, shouted “Get back in the kitchen!” Well this guy didn’t realize that I was a woman, and I quickly lectured him on how asinine jokes does not bode well with team comradery. This was a tough Gold mission, and the kitchen-joke-making jerk was a really low level and by far the lowest scoring person on the team, while I, as a Salarian Infiltrator, had the highest score by far. He didn’t respond well to my asking him to check himself, so I told him that “Unless you apologize or say you’ll stop making those stupid jokes, I’m not going to revive you or help you out or anything.” In less than thirty seconds he died, and although as an Infiltrator, I make the best medic, I didn’t revive him. With each passing wave, he kept on getting frustrated as not only did he continuously die and received no help from myself, particularly since I also didn’t inform him when instant-kill enemies were right on him, but I also made sure to snipe every enemy he was about to kill so that each round was not a fun experience for him. This continued until he shut up and said he wouldn’t be making those jokes anymore. No one makes a kitchen joke on my gaming turf!
(via Eliza Gauger on tumblr)

June 18, 2012

Bath Salts: America's new stupidly-named drug catastrophe

Today's #LongRead. Bath Salts: Deep in the Heart of America's New Drug Nightmare | SPIN
As small knots of sweaty tweakers gape from across the street, visibly frustrated that one of their favorite haunts is being hit, the law-enforcement troops inside the Joint hit pay dirt. After a meticulous, two-and-a-half-hour ceiling-to-floor toss, the cops emerge with a bulging Hefty bag and cardboard cartons brimming with $70,000 worth of synthetic marijuana known as Spice and what they assume to be bath salts, the latter being sold in little foil packets. By the time night falls, the task force teams seize $250,000 in illegal synthetic drugs in the greater Columbus area. Selling and possessing bath salts in Ohio is a felony, yet due to loopholes in state and federal laws, the anonymity of the Internet, and the pace at which the chemicals can be altered, prosecuting anyone above a street-level seller and buyer currently poses a stiff challenge. About two years ago, bath salts — a lab-brewed drug that unpredictably mimics a freakish combination of coke, meth, and Ecstasy — suddenly popped into public consciousness with a rat-tat-tat of reports from emergency rooms and law-enforcement officials that sounded like the stuff of a D.A.R.E. officer's most florid nightmare. By most accounts, the drug — then legal — first surfaced in Louisiana in mid-2010, quickly moved through the South, and then spread out in all directions. It was, in fact, in Louisiana where one of the first Code Red warnings about bath salts emerged, when a user lost her arm and part of her shoulder after she shot herself up and sparked a flesh-eating bacteria.