Mar 302007

Call me naive, but I guess I’m never going to understand how poisoning one’s own citizens is a strategically sound way of defending one’s country…

MARCH 29, 2007
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CDC Study Shows Boston Area Infants Exposed to Dangerous Rocket Fuel Ingredient through Breast Milk EWG Calls on EPA to Set Nation-Wide Standards for Perchlorate
Washington, DC —An Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of recently published data from scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Boston University (BU) shows that infants are being exposed to dangerous levels of the rocket fuel component perchlorate.

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Mar 302007

Several days ago a fellow woman blogger received death threats. It’s not the first time that has happened and it won’t be the last. What is different is that that she went public with her story and it has prompted a very necessary conversation about the impact of cyber harrassment.

Having been writing publicly on the web for a few years now, I have been the recipient of some pretty vicious epithets and been offered several anatomically impossible suggestions for re-arranging my body parts. Fortunately, no death threats, but none the less, at a minimum, it feels creepy and and worse it can inhibit you from feeling free to express your thoughts because it may not be safe to do so.

There is a whole school of thought out there that says toughen up, this is what free speech is all about yada yada. I don’t subscribe to that line of faulty reasoning. Harrassment online is no more free speech than it is in the offline world. It is a crime and a violation of the victim’s rights. And just as it is in real life, women get the worst of it. Women bloggers seem much more likely to receive threatening comments, many of them couched in terms of sexually violent acts. Most of these writers would never dream of addressing a male blogger in that way.

As for those who say toughen up, if you want to play the game you have to put up with this crap, in a word, screw that. It isn’t acceptable to say that is the way it is and put up or shut up. Bullying is no more acceptable online than off and should not be acceptable to thinking, morally balanced people, so let’s put a stop to it!

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Mar 292007

The following makes so much sense, I’ll completely understand if you think I’m making this up (but I’m not):

Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu is campaigning for president on a feminist plank.

According to an interview with the Associated Press,

“She said she would craft a feminism-based China policy emphasizing respect, cooperation and love, rather than competition and conflict.

“The idea of feminism is not an idea to compete or to take over others,” said Lu, who hopes to receive her party’s nomination in May and win next year’s general election.”

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Mar 292007

Kudos to Garry Trudeau for this week’s Doonesbury  which addresses sexual assault in the military.  It is always astounding to me how much cartoonists can say with a minimum of words as opposed to the rest of us wannabe pundits who usually require a minimum of 600 words to be coherent (and even then…)!

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