30 days of TAH day 11

favorite beyond beliefs:  all of ‘em

and i know this is today’s question NOT b/c of the master questions list, but b/c of other tumblr posters/search… why is that?

where groovy meets cool

via http://www.metafilter.com/70925/i-can-has-privilij  and leads one to discover http://www.metafilter.com/82081/Holy-Knapsacks 

what’s interesting is http://archive.uua.org/ga/ga99/238thandeka.html

therefore, i propose:  i’d like to see the term, “blind-spot” replace “privilege.”  such a semantic effort at clarity would lower the hackles of people who “get accused of having privilege” when they aren’t “feeling the privilege.” 

that’s male blind-spot -or- that’s white blind-spot -or- that’s heteronormative blind-spot… those phrases work to warn the reader/listener that there’s literally and figuratively more to see than they’re allowing themselves to see, engages the person with a less accusatory tone, and it calls the phenomenon out for what it is truly:  a deficit, not a benefit.

which one is based on a true story?

courtesy of  pulp-o-mizer via boingboing and alternet.

<p>Just like a woman to see something as sexist.</p>

i know there was some reasonable discussion of gendered posing, but here&#8217;s how dim i am:  i thought the first character was Fionna in trousers, and i thought, &#8220;RIGHT ON!&#8221;
when i realized my mistake, i thought, &#8220;why not?&#8221;
my 2 cents:
1) i would be amenable to seeing a greater variety of ethnicities, abilities, and girl-centered adventure series in animation ( it reminds how bummed i was to realize Thor was a boy when i was very little).  PPG, Juniper Lee, and Kim Possible are long gone.
2) little visual cues like long hair (see above re. Thor), trousers, &amp;c. are still ingrained in animation as clues to gender, but do they have to be?  it&#8217;s still weird to ponder the fact that Ben10 is a character with BROWN HAIR&#8212; a revelation in the superhero world of yellow/orange/black (although the Marvel&#8217;verse has about 3 exceptions that prove the rule)&#8212; so if garden-variety brown hair is a  a rarity, i&#8217;m not expecting to see another character like Bessie from Mighty B! come along for a very long time&#8230; that girl slips into a pair of jeans, and i&#8217;m looking into a mirror&#8230; not that i deserve that more than anyone else, but it&#8217;s nice to see it once in a blue moon.

i know there was some reasonable discussion of gendered posing, but here’s how dim i am:  i thought the first character was Fionna in trousers, and i thought, “RIGHT ON!”

when i realized my mistake, i thought, “why not?”

my 2 cents:

1) i would be amenable to seeing a greater variety of ethnicities, abilities, and girl-centered adventure series in animation ( it reminds how bummed i was to realize Thor was a boy when i was very little).  PPG, Juniper Lee, and Kim Possible are long gone.

2) little visual cues like long hair (see above re. Thor), trousers, &c. are still ingrained in animation as clues to gender, but do they have to be?  it’s still weird to ponder the fact that Ben10 is a character with BROWN HAIR— a revelation in the superhero world of yellow/orange/black (although the Marvel’verse has about 3 exceptions that prove the rule)— so if garden-variety brown hair is a  a rarity, i’m not expecting to see another character like Bessie from Mighty B! come along for a very long time… that girl slips into a pair of jeans, and i’m looking into a mirror… not that i deserve that more than anyone else, but it’s nice to see it once in a blue moon.

(Source: natazilla)

current tv sucking the air out of the room

anybody sick of those floppy fish epa/ad council psas?  i don’t give 2 shits about on-set “handlers” supervising, all i know is i see red and flip the channel every time it comes on, and i wish asthma attacks on everyone involved in the ad’s making.

current tv, i can’t believe you haven’t taken that fucking thing off the air yet.

btw, no way am i linking to the ad, but if anyone has a few choice words about cruelty to animals, write:  hooven.molly@epa.gov

Being really narcissistic is a tip off. Because narcissists aren’t all that smart. They have huge gaps in their awareness. They aren’t all there. 

This is why I am suspicious of Jensen, Lierre Keith, Cameron Murphey and Aric Mcbey. It’s their Narcissism and huge gaps of awareness. But really its not that. Its not really any thing ABOUT THEM personally. 

Here is what it is: 

Its the VIOLENCE they call for. Its not real complicated.



ftr, everything i have read about darby points to classic narcissism as well, so i guess that makes him a narc x2. 

AND— radical politics plus advocacy of a ‘happy meat’ diet plus invocation of the noble savage stereotype equals a big red flag waving frantically, saying, "hey, in case you missed it, this is total bull s#!t." 

(Deb) Roy (a researcher at MIT’s Media Lab) and  (Joseph) Bates (an adjunct professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University)  knew that algorithms for processing visual data are often fairly error-prone: A system that identifies objects in static images, for instance, is considered good if it’s right about half the time.



think about that.  a 50/50 accuracy rate which is not even good enough to win at horseshoes is considered “good” in a system that identifies static objects.  i wonder what moving objects receive in the way of accuracy…




Authentication uses are error-prone, and in some cases such as ‘face recognition’, highly error-prone. Identification uses are highly error-prone, in some cases such as ‘face recognition’, hugely error-prone.”

"…A Highly Intrusive Error-Prone Technology requires Tight Regulation….  Biometrics are Subject to Almost No Regulation
There is an almost complete absence of such protections. There are virtually no statutory protections in place.

Biometrics Privacy Code has been published, and accepted by the Privacy Commissioner. The Code was produced by the so-called 'Biometrics 'Institute'. But that organisation is merely an industry association, and one that grossly compromises accepted principles by including both sellers and buyers inside a single lobby-group. And the purpose of the ‘Institute’ in publishing its Code was to forestall formal regulation. The public interest has been relegated to the role of an onlooker.

That Code has been almost completely ignored by technology providers and user organisations, and has had no impact at all on industry practices. Self-regulation in this, as in so many other areas, has been an abject failure. Yet if organisations had complied with even that weak and ineffectual Code, some of the gross excesses that companies and government agencies seek to impose would have been prevented.”




whether it’s australia or the u.s., it’s not good news…



"In every case, the experience has been the same: facial recognition is a clunker that holds little promise to make us safer.

According to documents released to the ACLU pursuant to a request under Florida’s open-records law (the “Sunshine” law), the system failed to match volunteer employees who had been entered into the database fully 503 out of 958 times, or 53 percent of the time.

"Even with recent, high quality photographs and subjects who were not trying to fool the system, the face-recognition technology was less accurate than a coin toss," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the National ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program. "Under real world conditions, Osama Bin Laden himself could easily evade a face recognition system."

"Once again, even in a pristine test using photographs of cooperative subjects taken under ideal conditions, face-recognition is a disaster," said Steinhardt. "We hope that Palm Beach County will recognize that this system is a waste of money and preserve scarce security resources for programs that will actually make us safer."

i knew there was a good reason the original ‘little mermaid’ always creeped me out in a ‘giving tree’ kind of way.

which points in a direct line to the works of lars von trier and the martyrdom of buffy, et al. re. whedon.  they all give me the creeps!

not going to wait until international women’s day rolls around again, right Courage Wolf? (incidentally, next year -2012- it falls on a full moon.  thanks to spookyrollerdisco for video above.)

"james bond— who’s he?"


women, yeeeeeyuuuhhh

(Source: spookyrollerdisco)

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vocalizing while flipping my tongue in and out of my mouth

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"Let it burn, Let it burn, let the Fucker Burn, Burn, Burn. The first time I had to confront the flag was in Vietnam—Black GI’s in my unit refused to stand & salute it! After much debate & anguish I did the same. The second time I was when I found Marine Vets burning the flag in anger, Finally I had to understand why youth carried the Viet Cong flag in support of the Vietnamese. I found out that it was because the Vietnamese were right & deserved to Win! Since then I’ve seen it burned all over the world & welcomed it. The US deserved to be defeated in Vietnam & deserves the same around the World."

— joe urgo, viet vet- 1968

from slam book in dread (sic) scott’s “what is the proper way to display the american flag?”

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