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Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 1) 379

by Rakarra (#49556409) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Pakistan is a country of islands of modernity, surrounded by an ocean of the dark age. It's definitely neither uniform nor unified. It has little control over its own mountainous regions, barbarians operate with little repercussion, and even in the civilized areas the government, even the military, is corrupt and purchasable by extremists.

Also, Ms. Bhutto probably has much better protection than the poor murdered girl.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 379

by Rakarra (#49556377) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

In my entertainment choices, I prefer women like Princess Leah (tactician, soldier, leader), Ripley (skilled worker, fighter, protector), Kaylee Frye (engineer), Motoko (marksman, police officer) etc., because they represent women who have and cultivate real skills and use them to good effect under trying circumstances....rather than women who's primary contribution to the plot is her physical desirability (or perhaps her happenstance noble birth). I am just distressed that women like these are more common in fantasy than in reality.

Well, most of those shabby scripts are written by men who don't know how to write women (hey, you write what you know best), but they do know how to target the teenage boy market. One of the feminist blogs I actually have a little regard for made the good point that women can't complain TOO loudly when they don't get into screenwriting and instead expect everything the men will write will reflect their ideals.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 4, Insightful) 212

Sorry, I fail to see, how mere racism [forward.com] or sexism [femitup.com] can lead to a boycott, while abuse of a suspect gets a pass. And not just once either!

Because, in the US, many Americans are fine with the idea that doing bad things to bad people in pursuit of a good goal is a-ok.

Jack Bauer could get away with torturing a guy because Jack Bauer was right, he was not corrupt, he fighting for the good guys, and the guy he was torturing was trying to hide details on some terrorist attack. That's easy to screenwrite for. The problem is that in real life, often the people who think they are right and good actually aren't, they torture the wrong person, and there are unintended consequences.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 677

by Rakarra (#49548861) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

and from recently released documents he was 100% correct

It's shocking exactly how easy it is to verify this fact and how little difference that has made to the narrative.

Clearly the people who continue to verbally attack McCarthy aren't attacking him for being incorrect - they're attacking him for being right.

Because it was witch hunting. No one is saying that witches/communists didn't exist. But he used that as a cover for using the federal government to attack political enemies and plenty of people who just got in the way.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 677

by Rakarra (#49548781) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Every generation starts out more liberal and open-minded, and ends up more conservative and bitter.

I hear this weird disconnect every time talk about pot use comes up. I'll always hear people from the 60s talking about how it was ok when they used pot, but how it's terrible/awful/dangerous if young people use it today. There is always some desperate attempt to cling to some BS argument, ANY argument to show how they're right and not hypocritical. Frequently the most compelling was "the marijuana was normal when I as young, but it's so much stronger and more potent today! It's much more dangerous." This is, of course, all nonsense, a way for them to have their cake and eat it too.

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford

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