Monday Miscellaneous

Arizona Republican Advocates Stoning Children.

“The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21” – Republican Charlie Fuqua, from his book God’s Law

“I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people” – Charles Fuqua, as quoted by the Associated Press

From a book I happened to have about policing: in the first article (“Police Officers: A Gender Perspective” by Loretta Stalans, Loyola University of Chicago) about the status of female police officers in the 1950s:

 The acceptance won by female officers came at a high cost. This different stance allowed gender stereotypes to remain intact and justified the men’s perspective that women’s work was not worth as much as men’s worth. Women were paid substantially less than men, but were required to have qualifications than men. For example, women were required to have a high school diploma and often required to have college education and work experience, whereas men did not face education requirements until 1955 (Feinman, 1994). The number of women in police departments was kept low by quotas, an women were given different training from that given to men. Besides the lower pay, departments did not allow women to be promoted, regardless of their ability or experience. By emphasizing how women were different from men, women allowed male officers to view them as necessary tools for the performance of undesirable duties rather than persons with equal talent and competence.

The full citation of Feinman is Feinman, C. (1994). Women in the criminal justice system. Westport, CT: Praeger; the emphasis is mine. tl;dr – benevolent sexism sucks too.

Voter turnout’s quite correlated with income.

Voter Turnout By Income, 2008 US Presidential Election. Source.

And finally, one of those things that’s just a great piece of advice no matter what you’re trying to do.

Morning guys. I hope you remember today that if you slip up you can restart your day at any time. You don’t have to wait til the next day to start over. Just sit down, breathe for a few minutes, and start again.

Reminds me of one of my favorite SIXX:A.M. songs….


Yesterday wasn’t the best of days; I slept like ten hours (which for me is a not-good sign) and then felt exhausted for most of the day, as if I hadn’t slept at all, and multiple cups of coffee (and a caffeine pill) didn’t seem to help at all.

I also ran 4.6 miles. Yeah, and had I known it was 4.6 miles, I would have stayed out longer to make it an even 5.0. And then I stayed up for like five more hours, because night runs are way too exhilarating for their own good. Oh well. Guess I wasn’t actually tired after all, just more jerkbrain lies.

Trying to train myself out of saying “I can’t” again; as far as I’m concerned, if my brain can lie about anything, it means I pretty much have to test everything empirically, just in case. And no matter what it says, I’m never too tired to run, apparently.

PGP and other things

Yes, I have a 4095 bit key; no I have no clue how I managed that one. It’s a total wonder why people still think I’m competent at things.

Anyways, I now have PGP keys and use the blasted things. For a change, I’m mostly using a GUI interface, and it’s awesome. Check it out: Enigmail. It is, like, absurdly easy. Practically install-and-go.

(In absolutely unrelated, I love abusing hovertext, apparently.  Hover over things with dotted underlines for snark.)

Emacs M-x spook: Power lines Adriatic Infrastructure security Terror Abu Ghraib Plume Becker Belknap doctrine WHO U.S. Consulate Decapitated Trafficking Agent Montenegro

So unprepared

Sometimes I can be really bad at life. It’s -7 C outside and I’m wearing sneakers, a hoodie, and some sweatpants.

Taping over my sneakers to make them just a little warmer….

Tape blocks the wind a bit....

Tape blocks the wind a bit….