How To Protect the President

An interesting look.

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Domestic Violence Revelations

Join us today, Saturday 22 June 2013, at 4:00pm London time, 11am Eastern US time, 8am Pacific US time, for Episode Four of Erin Pizzey’s Domestic Violence Revelations. This episode will feature selected readings from Chapter 3 of her classic suppressed book, Prone to Violence, read by Diana Davison. We will be discussing in particular the issue of the effect on children of violence and abuse, and how their experiences of violence and abuse often carry forward to lead them to become abusive and dangerous people themselves.

As usual the work is hated by gender ideologues who deny the reality that domestic violence and abuse are a human issue, not a gendered issue. But the reality is that this affects everyone, at all levels of society.

We also invite you to call in with your questions, your comments, and your personal stories if you would like to share them.


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Us and what army?

We thought we had it all figured out, right?  We’d all of us millions look at all the pictures of the Boston Marathon bombing scene and we’d knock this thing out in a couple of days.

Oops.  “Saudi national”?  Oops.  (Ok, well, let’s just say.)  Those shifty-eyed guys in the pictures — the obvious terrorists?  Not quite.

There seemed to be some confusion, yes, but I was certain that this was going to work.  I even expressed my enthusiasm to Glenn Reynolds, who even quoted my doing so.

So, as we say, maybe not so much, actually, it turns out.  Scott Greenfield:

Yet another attempt to harness the magnificent power of the interwebz demonstrated conclusively that 1000 people can be just as wrong as one.  According to the Atlantic Wire, the reason the FBI release photos of the Tsarnaev brothers was to “fend off Reddit and the New York Post.”

The social media site and notorious tabloid emerged as front runners in the race to distribute potentially useful but ultimately useless information in the early days of the investigation. The Post identified a Saudi suspect and reported 12 people were killed in the initial blasts. Both were not true. They then identified two people on their Thursday BAG MEN cover as F.B.I. suspects. That was also not true. Meanwhile, Reddit was on the case early looking at every picture possible trying to identify potential suspects. “I’d take thousands of people over a select few very smart investigators any day,” one moderator said of the Boston suspect hunting sub-Reddit. Except, they didn’t find a thing, and only helped add to the confusionsurrounding the case.

Reflecting the two greatest virtues of the digital age, speed and the power of crowds, both the sub-Redditors and the Post managed to screw up royally. Way to go.

As many of us watched the unfolding news reports following the Boston Marathon bombing, it was impossible not to recognize that reports contradicted each other from channel to channel, with breathless anchors trying desperately to fill air time when they had nothing to say. It wasn’t long before the Al Qaeda pundits were out in force, screen shots of Al Jazeera graced the tube and chicken little was screaming about the apocalypse.  A disgraceful display of irrelevance in the rush to pretend otherwise.

But the internet is better than that.  Where the mainstream media is impotent, the virtual citizenry was on the case.

The F.B.I. wanted to limit the damage being done” to people being wrongly identified by Reddit or the Post or any other amateur sleuthing being done. Once they were able to identify which faces in the crowd were the suspects late on Wednesday afternoon, they had a decision to make. The fear was that if they didn’t head off the Internet’s Sherlock Holmes approach early, then all-out chaos would ensue during the investigation.

People who had nothing whatsoever to do with the bombings were outed and accused. Their names, faces, will be forever emblazoned on the internet as bombers who weren’t.  All because of religion that adores the brilliance of the crowd over actual thought.


Is he right?

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I don’t care what anyone says, I still dig Brian Wallace’s Infographics. Like this one: popular gifts and spending over time.

One of these days I’ll have to think of one I’d like. A Men’s Rights one no doubt. 😉

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Cash Me If You Can

Brian’s got a new infographic his group’s done.

One of these days that bastard’s gonna do me a favor and make one for me in return for all the free plugs I give him. 😉

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