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Tech and sexism

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When I first read this story I thought the woman in the story was a self-serving, over-reacting simpleton. I still think she is, based on her own account of the events that led to her infantile reaction. So this woman overheard two guys at a tech conference make jokes about forking and dongles, both tech — Continue reading Β»

Belgian twins choose euthanasia

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Is there a right more precious than the freedom to choose what to do with one's own life? Here's the case of twins who decided to end their lives, rather than face a cruel and torturous life ahead. Disagree if you want, choose a different path if it happens to you, but keep yourself and — Continue reading Β»

Prostitution, So What?

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Once again the American legal hypocrisy rears its ugly head to punish a bunch of adults for doing something it should be no one's business. (β€˜Zumba Madam’ Allegedly Used Maine Dance Studio As Brothel and Made Videos of Customers - The Daily Beast.) A group of men up in Maine paid for sex and now — Continue reading Β»

Shoosh Square, Tehran

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When I was a kid growing up in Tehran, one of the favorite metaphors for an untidy place was to compare it to the Shoosh square in southern Tehran. Actually at one time Shoosh square and street were merely downtown areas but the city had sprawled north leaving the Shoosh area in the south, relatively — Continue reading Β»

Who's the real prostitute?

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Every time a woman is labeled a prostitute (like the story below) it irks me to no end. The word has such a negative and insulting connotation, its liberal usage should be avoided. So these women sell sexual services. What exactly is wrong with that, if they're of age and not forced into it? Before — Continue reading Β»

Facebook Privacy?

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Who needs spies and detectives when people willingly put all their personal data for the whole world to see? Funny how parts of the world pine for a littleΒ reliefΒ from the prying eyes of their governments, yet in the US people are addicted to sharing everything with everyone, including the government. The young can be excused — Continue reading Β»

College Prank or Bias Intimidation?

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I have been fascinated with the Dharun Ravi bias case since I read about it a few weeks ago on The New Yorker. The fact is that this case hits close to home for many who are or have been to college because no doubt many of us were involved in similar cases or at — Continue reading Β»

Internet Explorer IQ

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Tying browser usage to intelligence makes as much sense as linking hair color to sleeping habits. No doubt someone will come up with that study at some point too. So going by this study, a few years back 90% of the world was stupid and suddenly most people smartened up by switching away from IE. — Continue reading Β»

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