Monthly Archives: September 2012

Something I’ve Just Realized

When I was a kid, and quite a few kids in my school district ended up dying of accidents, or cancers and other diseases, a good chunk of the kids who died were popular kids, rich kids, and/or athletes.

But in “issues” books for kids, at least during the 70’s and 80’s, the sick and unlucky kids were always unpopular kids, usually social outcasts due to their hobbies or their family’s socioeconomic position. You never had to see how other popular kids dealt with their popular friends having terminal illnesses, whereas in real life this happens fairly often (albeit usually in high school these days, not in elementary or junior high).

So yeah, this was probably part of my loathing of “issues” books from back then. The authors really were trying to kill off all of us funny-looking kids, and pretending that the popular could live untouched.

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Interview with a Troll

A man who’s been constantly harassed since 2009 finds his troll and deals with him. Via Ed Driscoll guestposting at Instapundit.

First of all, we see again that most trolls are probably minors, unless they’re the kind of overgrown minors who do some of this stuff. Secondly, we see that just as in school, the bullies are having a high old time that is totally disconnected from consequences or sanity. Third, we see that it’s the work of someone deeply insecure.

I don’t know if being unmasked and sent to counseling will do the trick. A lot of bullies grow out of it, but a lot of Internet trolls do end up as overgrown minors, still reveling in making other people unhappy for no reason. The other thing is that this kid went beyond normal troll behavior, into real life pranks, and the pranks were of a really disturbing nature. I don’t think he was just pretending to be creepy, although school-age kids often do go pretty far beyond the pale if they don’t have anyone reining them in. It’s not the sort of thing you can sort out from a blog story or a luncheon. I hope he gets a really good psychologist, that’s all I’m saying.

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Shuttle Endeavour Pics from CA Twitter Users

1. Still not happy that Dayton was denied its shuttle; still not happy about all the lies involved by the East and West Coast “winners.”

2. But it’s heartwarming to see that a little “sense of wonder” is still alive in Hollywood’s celebrities.

3. So why don’t you folks go down to Mohave Spaceport? Surely you’re not always working.

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Iranian Ladies Doin’ It for Themselves

A Shi’ite Iranian cleric who criticized an unknown woman’s fashion choices on the street claims that he was beaten up by a girl.

Usually, I don’t approve of anybody beating up anybody else. But I’ll make an exception for this story, especially since the woman probably was trying to defend herself against the man getting her arrested in his busybodiness.

It’s also possible that he is just pushing a story to cover up why he’s in the hospital after an assault. Stranger things have happened.

Via Instapundit.

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Vilerat’s Revenge?

When you make a diplomat/game-strategist a martyr, by murdering him out of hatred for Christianity and most good things, and thus possibly sending him directly to Heaven — he might have some interesting ideas of what to pray for, in front of the Throne.

For example, this little organizational effort sounds suspiciously like the stuff “Vilerat” used to organize on Eve Online. Ditto the post below.

Not revenge, per se. Just a fitting shake-up of the situation.

Got no proof. But heck, he sounds like the kind of guy who had an urge to make the most out of his influence to make good (or entertaining, in-game) changes. Sending him to the next life early may have been a real strategic error.

Btw, the two ex-SEALs killed in Benghazi trying to defend the consulate were not there as paid embassy security, despite the White House saying so. I’m sure they have interesting petitions for the Most High, also.

“”Woods and Doherty weren’t part of the detail, nor were they personally responsible for the ambassador’s security, but they stepped into the breach when the attacks occurred and their actions saved the lives of others,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Guardian.

So as the consulate was pummeled with mortar fire from an organized al-Qaida terrorist attack, the two men, with no preparation and no ground intelligence, just plain stepped forward without any obligation to do so, and died defending the U.S. after the non-U.S. contractors who were paid to do that ran away.

Such information ought to get out, because these men died heroes. They didn’t have to be there, but they went anyway defending against a terrorist attack that can only be compared to the Alamo.”

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The Cheeriest News of the Week

Israel demanded recognition of the Arab/Muslim theft of land from Jewish refugees.

I’m still not sure I didn’t dream this, or that it’s not Opposites Blog Day.

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One Fine Day….

An excellent little fantasy movie. If you’ve got five minutes, check it out.

(Of course, it could also be sf.)

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