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Thor's Day 
9th-Dec-2010 07:42 am
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Happy birthday to alexjay, avad, and racerxgirl!

State of the 'Song
Progress is. My temp is back down to the 97s. The main thing is the remaining congestion and especially the shortness of breath.

Julian Assange
The whole media/blog treatment of the Assange rape case is reminding me a lot of the Polanski coverage, in all the worst ways. Yes, I have to write about it for BARCC. In the meantime, here's a Link Soup for it:
* Tiger Beatdown
* I'm Not Dead, I'm Enraged
* Jim Hines
* Feministe and more Feministe
* Liz Henry
* Kate Harding
* Ferrett (warning: comments full of rape apologists, but original post is good)

One thing I want you to take away from this, which I will cover later, is that this is not about a condom breaking. That's the Assange-supporter spin on one facet of one of the rapes Assange is accused of. Yes, there's more than one. Yes, the timing is convenient, but that doesn't mean he didn't do it. Yes, I hear y'all being like "and Al Capone was busted for tax evasion instead of his real criminal activities," but hey, was Capone not guilty of tax evasion? He was. So this may be a "convenient" way for police to seize Assange, but that doesn't mean he's not guilty.

Link Soup
* Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Law.
* Pirates sex toys. I'm shocked except no.
* Win necklaces based on Steam Powered stories!

Daily Science
Writing with a nanoquill: Dip-pen nanolithography with a porous tip generates nanopatterns with viruses.

Plans
I'm still convalescing, so work, then rest.
Comments 
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9th-Dec-2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
This so freakin' much. I've been side-eyeing posts by people who normally seem pretty with it with sexual assault issues and resisting the urge to say "wtf is wrong with you?"
9th-Dec-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
You are, of course, completely right.

And yet we humans tend to REALLY SUCK AT THIS.

stupid pattern-forming socialized monkeys
9th-Dec-2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
"One thing I want you to take away from this, which I will cover later, is that this is not about a condom breaking. That's the Assange-supporter spin on one facet of one of the rapes Assange is accused of. Yes, there's more than one. Yes, the timing is convenient, but that doesn't mean he didn't do it. Yes, I hear y'all being like "and Al Capone was busted for tax evasion instead of his real criminal activities," but hey, was Capone not guilty of tax evasion? He was. So this may be a "convenient" way for police to seize Assange, but that doesn't mean he's not guilty."

Very well put.
9th-Dec-2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the b-day wishes....

Yeah, the Assange case is a mess. : /
9th-Dec-2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hallelujah from the choir on the Assange case.

First, would that all governments put as much effort into rape cases as they have this one. (I'd put a snark tag, but I just don't have the strength.) The fact that they don't suggests that the prosecution of this case may be motivated by concerns other than the wellbeing of the women who filed charges.

Like you said, Wikileaks and Assange are two different entities. One can muse about the politics behind his prosecution WITHOUT assuming that the women must be lying. It's not a physical paradox or anything that they may be telling the truth AND the prosecution is politically motivated. One doesn't negate the other like in a bad sci-fi episode.
9th-Dec-2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'd put a snark tag, but I just don't have the strength.

Yeah. Likewise I just did not have it in me yesterday to deal with the rape apologists in Ferrett's comments. Activists get tired sometimes too y0.
9th-Dec-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Can I make a brief aside that I am happy ferret of opensource boob fame gets this so well?
9th-Dec-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Eh, we all fuck up sometimes. It's good when we learn from it, yes!
9th-Dec-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm just irritated that I was at the dentist when it got out of hand, or I would have dispensed some smackdowns in mid-process. Vexing.
9th-Dec-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
You had a few people doing a good job in there, at least.
9th-Dec-2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I would have shot it down in mid-argument. I don't mind arguments based on differing opinions (even when I'm violently opposed to said arguments), but when the arguments start with the idiotic proposition of "it's about a broken condom" when it wasn't - which nobody really called them on - then it flourishes in dumb directions. Best to knock that down at the base.
9th-Dec-2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
He might also be innocent. That's the whole point of having a trial: to establish guilt or innocence.

You seem to be assuming that he's guilty. So apparently is most of the rest of the world.

I have no opinion and TBH -- I don't care either way. It doesn't affect my opinion of WikiLeaks and the work they do. As for Assange -- I've never met him, am never likely to, the whole thing is irrelevant to me.
9th-Dec-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm not assuming that he's guilty - I'm just not assuming that he's innocent.
9th-Dec-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Whatever the truth is, without a doubt the decision and timing of it are political. Which is going to cause problems whatever the outcome.

If he's found guilty, then there will be suspicions of politically motivated trial fixing, and doubt will be cast on the conviction...assuming that a jury can reach a conviction with the degree of doubt already involved.

If he's found innocent then there will be accusations of a 'set-up' and that'll make it harder in future for other high-profile rape cases.

Either way, the political ends are being served just by him being accused... and that in of itself is sickening. To use the law in this manner of case, as a tool to punish Assange not for any crime he's committed, but because he's embarrassed the political establishment and exposed their dirty dealings. It demeans the victims and prostitutes the very idea of the rule of law.
9th-Dec-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
If he's found guilty, then there will be suspicions of politically motivated trial fixing,

The way it has come about means that his supporters will never believe he really did it, regardless of outcome here.
9th-Dec-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Pretty much, yeah. Moreover their arguments will sound plausible too, because lets face it, the trial is is politically tainted whether he did it or not.

Edited at 2010-12-09 04:49 pm (UTC)
9th-Dec-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
JFC, the assholes in Ferrett's post. JFC.

Why can't people see that ignoring specific and explicit parameters for a sexual encounter and proceeding to have sex anyway against that consent is rape. And it is not the same kind of false pretenses as "my ex gf cheated on me, so are you saying she raped me?"

SLIPPERY SLOPE, MY ASS.
9th-Dec-2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I KNOW. I just could not deal with getting into it yesterday, argh.
22nd-Dec-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
--Someone must have pointed out by now that the Pirates sex toys are based on the 2 Pirates porno movies. I'd assumed you knew about them; our store's had them on sale for months.

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