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Journal: Now I can say "I told you so!" Duggars 19 Kids and Counting is DEAD 2

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Back when I said that the Duggars were irresponsible over-breeders who were ignoring the over-population problem, I got a *lot* of flack saying, basically, that they were able to raise their kids properly and provide for them, so so what".

Turns out they were most certainly NOT raising their kids properly, despite their smarmy christian family values. Turns out they've been hiding a secret - their son Josh molested 5 of his sisters and at least one other young girl 12 years ago, and they covered it up.

They did tell the cops - specifically a friend of theirs, a sheriff who is now doing 56 years for kiddie porn. All he did was give Josh Duggar a stern talking to. The church? Pray for forgiveness. After all, they hid it until the statute of limitations was past, so not much else to do.

The only reason it came out was because one of the victims had written about it, and hid the story in a book, which she lent out years later. Otherwise, the Duggars would still be on TV.

Josh "no longer works for the Family Research Council, a right-wing christian organization that recently campaigned against same-sex parents adopting children because of the potential dangers to the child.

Told you so - though it's sick that it had to come to this when there were warning signs that something was not right with that family years ago.

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Journal: OMFG GNOME3 is asstacular

Journal by drinkypoo

This is not news to most people, but I just tried it for the first time on my first-ever normal Debian Wheezy install (I've always done minimal, netinst etc. and built it up from there for a purpose) and wow, GNOME3 is amazingly horrible. It makes Unity look usable. If that was the idea, mission accomplished, I guess.

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Journal: Fall-out from Bruce Jenner hits close to home +11 funny :-)

Journal by BarbaraHudson

By now everyone's heard the news of Bruce Jenner's gender identity not matching up with his physical identity.

Now, last month I rented out my spare bedroom to a guy (his mom vouched for him). Anyway, he's a hockey freak, and the games come on right after the supper-time news broadcasts.

So, I'm sitting on my couch watching the tail end of the news, while he's sitting beside me waiting for the game. The last item was a Bruce Jenner story follow-up. He goes "hmmph!" I say "I take it you don't approve?" "I don't get it. If you were born a man, you should stay a man. That's how God made him."

He has no clue .. and it's funny as all heck from my perspective. And of course, my friends "in the know" also find it funny. I wonder how long before someone spills the beans?



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Journal: More complex than "I vas just followink orders" 1

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Sometimes there is no "winning move" but you don't have much of a choice about "playing the game."

Ontario Court of Appeal allows duress as murder defence


The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 16 2015, 10:11 PM EDT

People who find themselves in a âoekill or be killedâ situation can claim duress as a defence to murder, even though the Criminal Code explicitly rules it out, the Ontario Court of Appeal said Thursday.

Until now, claiming the right to kill an innocent person to save oneâ(TM)s own life has been seen as the greater of two evils. But the court had a different way of looking at duress, offering the hypothetical example of someone faced with killing an innocent person or having their own child be killed. âoeThe putative victims are equally innocent,â the court said.

The court cited a principle that criminal law is not designed for âoea community of saints or heroes,â but for ordinary people making voluntary moral choices. And sometimes those choices are no more free than the choice of a condemned man walking to the gallows, the court said.

âoeSociety may regret or even deplore the accusedâ(TM)s failure to ârise to the occasion,â(TM) but it cannot, in a criminal justice system predicated on individual autonomy, justly criminalize and punish conduct absent a realistic choice,â Justice David Doherty wrote in a 3-0 ruling. The court was not asked to rule on the constitutionality of the law barring duress as a defence to murder, but said that law is probably unconstitutional.

France and Germany do not bar duress as a defence to murder, and 11 U.S. states have laws declaring duress can be a defence to murder.

Toronto lawyer Daniel Santoro, who represented Mr. Aravena, said the ruling is the first by an appeal court in Canada to affirm that duress can be used as a defence to murder. âoeIt recognizes that sometimes people are put into horrible situations where they have no realistic choice, and trying to punish someone in that situation as a murderer is not fair,â

Given the choice between you and someone else being killed, or just someone else, sometimes the only realistic choice is to try to minimize the body count.

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Journal: "Fox English" - for all your trailer-park trash. 9

Journal by BarbaraHudson
Reads more like one of those "made-in-ebonia" instruction manuals from the dark ages. Or something passed through several machine translations.

Example: "She was out promoting the paperback edition of her reserve "A Preventing Opportunity,"

Should have been ""She was out promoting the paperback edition of her biography "A Fighting Chance," Google for the phrase to see the original sources and you'll see that they can't even plagiarize properly.

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Journal: Ontario preparing ban on gay and trans "conversion therapy" for children.

Journal by BarbaraHudson
The practice of promising parents that they can "straighten out" their gay or lesbian kids has been under fire around the world, with no evidence of long-term success, and lots of suicides. Exerpt from the APA:

Is It Possible To Change Oneâ(TM)s Sexual Orientation (âoeReparative Therapyâ)?

There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of âoereparative therapyâ as a treatment to change oneâ(TM)s sexual orientation, nor is it included in the APAâ(TM)s Task Force Report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. More importantly, altering sexual orientation is not an appropriate goal of psychiatric treatment. Some may seek conversion to heterosexuality because of the difficulties that they encounter as a member of a stigmatized group. Clinical experience indicates that those who have integrated their sexual orientation into a positive sense of self-function at a healthier psychological level than those who have not. âoeGay affirmative psychotherapyâ may be helpful in the coming out process, fostering a positive psychological development and overcoming the effects of stigmatization. A position statement adopted by the Board in December 1998 said:

"The American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as âoereparativeâ or âoeconversionâ therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder, or based upon a prior assumption that the patient should change his/ her homosexual orientation.â

And yet, it's still practiced. Now Ontario is preparing to ban "conversion therapy" for children.

A bill that would ban therapy to 'convert' gay and transgender children and youth got support from MPPs of all political stripes in the Ontario legislature on Thursday.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth shouldnâ(TM)t be told it would be better if they were âoestraight,â she said.

DiNovo dedicated her bill to American transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide on Dec. 28 after undergoing conversion therapy.

Hopefully this "outbreak of common sense" will spread. Attempting conversion therapy on kids is child abuse.

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Journal: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over. 72

Journal by BarbaraHudson

I'm pretty sure that the whole "Social Justice Warrior" thing is dying. Going like a rabid dog at the stupidest provocations gets old fast. SJWs generally go for emotional reactions from others, same as trolls. No wonder that more and more we're feeling like we're all being trolled.

Still, some people will take offense at the slightest disagreement - like my latest foe. Go figure.

Maybe we should have a week with NO stories about gender imbalance anywhere. Just for a break to let people get a chance to catch their breath and get a bit of perspective.

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Journal: Strange way to quit drinking coffee 7

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Today I woke up and I felt I was more or less back to my old self. At 6 months duration, this was the worst depressive episode ever, and I had been fearing that was the way things were going to be from now on. On Tuesday, I noticed something a bit different, but didn't dare hope. Wednesday I was walking my dog and when he brushed up against me and I petted him, I think that was the first time in ages that I had a real smile. Considering I didn't even have the energy to walk him since I don't know, it was good.

The side effects of the meds are still there, but if I have to live with them, it could be worse.

Looking back, I've lost / missed a lot in 6 months.

On the positive side, I used to drink half a pot of coffee at breakfast to try to combat the depression-induced drowsiness, and the rest (and then some) during the day. It wasn't working so last month I decided to stop drinking coffee. There was one cup left in the coffee maker, so I drank it, and that was it. I don't miss it, which is strange considering coffee has been there since my first job ever.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to put the coffee maker and kettle away, freeing up more counter space. There was enough coffee in the coffee can to make two cups, so I said "why not, rather than have it go to waste?" Ick! Turns out I don't even like coffee any more.

Of course, in my life there's always another "shoe to drop", but until then, I intend to be happy :-)

Still, with half a year gone in some mental "fog", I'm going to hope the next time is far, far, away. And I hope everyone else has as good a Friday the 13th.

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Journal: What do I have to enable now? Fucking DICE. 5

Journal by drinkypoo

Welp, I can use Slashdot in Chrome and not in Firefox, which implies that something I'm blocking in Firefox is preventing the new improved Slashdot from working. What new spyware bullshit do I have to enable to use Slashdot now? Thanks, DICE! You'll run this place the rest of the way into the ground any day now.

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Journal: Lollipop as bad as I feared

Journal by BarbaraHudson

When I looked at the development docs for Lollipop, my reaction to their "material design" was "this is going to be a problem." After updating to it and playing around for 15 minutes, I'm not impressed.

Simplifying stuff too much doesn't make it easier to tell what something does. The bottom icons, for example, are now a triangle, a circle, and a square. It's even harder visually to tell if a toggle is on or off. The phone app has been downgraded again in terms of screen real estate, showing even fewer speed dial entries w/o scrolling, and they really need to check their spelling.The tabs are "SPEED DIAL | RECENTS | CONTACTS" Come on, "recent" is an adjective. It modifies the noun, which can be singular or plural. You wouldn't write "RECENTS CALL", would you?

The low contrast between text and backgrounds might be "stylish", but good design would have form follow function. Making stuff harder to read, even with huge fonts? Don't do me no favors, mkay. And the on-screen keyboard ... yuck.

Some horizontal tabs are now partially off-screen. so unless you knew what they were before the update, you'll have to guess. Switching from Dalvik to ART (Android RunTime) was an option in Kitkat 4.4.4. Now it's not just the default - there is no option to go back to Dalvik as the runtime.

Is it faster? Not that I can tell. Going from the lock screen to whatever app was last opened is definitely slower - probably because of the fancy-pants wipe with an arc in it. It's not all negative, though. Maps now has moved the Directions and Explore buttons to the map itself rather than having to go through a menu.

But their "Material Design" doesn't bring anything materially better to the table.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine