Blurring the Line

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus: Reports of bondage rituals (digitaljournal.com) Kink.com CEO says fetish porn is not to blame for shocking sex cases (New York Daily News) When I was very young, CBS’s adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, was one of the most popular shows out there. Since my father was a huge fan of M*A*S*H, which also ran on CBS, I’d see lots of promotions for the show, and for a time the sight of Bixby’s Dr. David Banner transforming into…

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Don’t Get Punchy

Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros Tells Listeners to Punch Obama Voters In the Face (Yahoo!) Lost amidst the coverage of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma last week was news that, in addition to spying on Associated Press reporters, the Justice Department also spied on Fox News Channel on-screen personality James Rosen, tracking his movements and phone calls, seizing his e-mails, and even accusing him of committing a crime in their affidavit. Coming on the heels of the AP scandal, this story likely would have exploded were…

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#freekate

Kaitlyn Hunt Refuses Plea Deal: Gay Teen Charged Over Underage Relationship Will Appear In Court (Huffington Post) ACLU of Florida Statement on Prosecution of 18-Year-Old Kaitlyn Hunt (aclufl.org) Several years ago, when I was still playing dance games at arcades and going to tournaments and such, I got to know someone who was a registered sex offender here in Ohio. When he was nineteen years old he had a consensual relationship with a woman who was seventeen; the age of consent here in Ohio is…

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Exploration Versus Programming

Google Play Music All Access: search giant launches rival to Spotify (guardian.co.uk) I’ve had three “Internet radio stations” since I launched the .org back in 2000. The first was from a very primitive service that I could never program right; no matter what I did, it just kept churning out classical music all the time, so I hardly ever used it. The second was programmed through Launchcast when it was still a part of Yahoo!, and that worked a lot better for me, even introducing…

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Republicans: Do Your ****ing Jobs

Conservative Advice To GOP: Don’t Legislate, Focus On Scandals (NPR.org) In the autumn of 2010 I decided to stop following politics so closely, in part to focus on my fiction writing, but also because I was getting sick and tired of all the Tea Party nonsense and could see the handwriting on the wall in terms of how the midterm elections would turn out. I still kept half an ear on the news, though, since I needed to know what was going on for my…

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