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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.

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Journal: Revolution 60: A game review I can get behind. 1

Journal by BarbaraHudson
This review of Revolution 60 sounds like it was written by me. But I can assure you, it's not. Exerpts:

an insipid, stumbling, humorless mess of a game that should never have left the brainstorming stage - the kind of game social justice warriors insist everyone wants to see, but in reality, the reaction seems to be put that thing back where it came from or so help me.


the problems start with our main characters. You play as Holiday, an assassin in a painted-on catsuit who rides a motorcycle and has no personality other than the current demands of the plot. The rest of her team consists of a handful of one-dimensional TV Tropes personalities shoved into the shells of life-sized, dead-eyed Polly Pocket dolls whose only purpose seems to be to give Holiday something to do other than be Generic Badass #624.

on the crappy graphics

Iâ(TM)ve seen some pretty shitty graphics in my time gaming, and that includes the old PS1 games where Cloud Strifeâ(TM)s hands looked like muffins and Lara Croftâ(TM)s boobs could slice butter in July. Thatâ(TM)s shitty by todayâ(TM)s standards, but back then, we didnâ(TM)t know any better! Wu had 4 years and a $500,000 budget to make a game. Unless she was making it for the PS1, thereâ(TM)s no excuse for this.

the sexist stereotypes of women

So, what does our strong female protagonist look like? Surely sheâ(TM)s not in any way oversexualized or drawn in a way that makes her look like an alien had a one night stand with a Blood Elf â" AAAAAAAAAH!. This shit looks like some creep from Second Life just figured out how to use the morphing tool.

âoeDiversity and female empowerment!â cries Miss Wu as she aggressively designs a group of expressionless, hourglass-shaped white girls with less personality than the cockroach from Wall-E. For a game designer whoâ(TM)s all about making a game thatâ(TM)s supposed to be eliminating hypersexuality and glorifying/representing women in a mature way, Wu seems a little too comfortable putting her military soldiers into skin-tight, formfitting outfits with no armor and laughably short skirts/pants. They all have the same skin color and hourglass shape with ample boobs, long legs, perfect hair, and perpetual duckface.

So, tell us how you REALLY feel ...

Revolution 60 is offensive â" and the worst part is that it was created to have the opposite effect. It offends me as a gamer that someone would think that this sort of crap would fly just because an all-woman team made it, and it offends me as a woman because Iâ(TM)m here to play games, not to be pandered to. And Iâ(TM)m sure as fuck not going to identify with a game meant to represent my gender when the characters have about as much personality as a piece of styrofoam. My verdict? Complete and utter shit.

There's more - about the crappy game play, the crappy voice acting, the crappy enemies, the crappy "world" ... you get the picture :-)

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Journal: Anatomy Of A Stalker 6

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Kathy Rowe really knows how to stalk someone - both online and in real life.

Some of the techniques she used against the couple:

  • signing the targets up to magazine subscriptions
  • sending them $1,200 worth of adult diapers
  • posting ads for fake parties at their home
  • leaving their photographs on sex websites.
  • listing their house for sale
  • leaflets neighbors warning that a sex offender had moved onto their street
  • romantic Valentineâ(TM)s Day cards to wives in the neighborhood pretending to be signed by Mr. Rice
  • online ad inviting high school teenagers to a New Yearâ(TM)s Eve party at their home
  • online ad for July 4, giving their address for a fake "free fireworks" giveaway
  • internet posts advertising sex with the wife.
  • responding to an ad by pretending to be the wife by sending her address to one man instructing: "I like to be surprised and have a man just show up at the door and force his way in the door."
  • posting the wife's picture under the heading "Carmel Valley Freak Show. Come see me during the day while my husband is at work."
  • yet another response to an online ad - "Will make it extra wild and worth your time."

And people (mostly pretend to) freak out when someone publishes their address online (easily obtainable by pretty much anyone).

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Journal: Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest Is No More 3

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Remember Zoe Quinn and her claim to being a game developer because she used a flip-book template generator to make that totally awful Depression Quest? Well, expired the day before Valentine's Day. It's in the "pending deletion" phase. Clicking on it brings you to the notice that it's expired.

Just letting everyone know so that maybe someone can put something more, shall we say, "entertaining" there because there are a LOT of links to that site.

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Journal: Fraud and marketing wearable medical devices 2

Journal by BarbaraHudson
A company called DexCon is trying to market a wearable glucose sensor, which is all nice and good, except I smell a (few) rats.

"Diabetics really donâ(TM)t want others to know they have diabetes," said Valdes, adding that individuals with the condition check their blood-sugar levels approximately 50 times a day.

First, anyone with insulin-dependent diabetes is told to advise friends, teachers, and co-workers so that in the event of a hypoglycemic event people don't do the wrong thing, don't panic, etc. And they won't wonder why you're munching something high in sugar during a class, meeting, or other activities.

Second, 50 times a day? Get real. Drop the zero and you're more likely in the ballpark for those who test often, though if they're stable, many people do a morning check, and if all's good, just maintain their original injection schedule to the next day. Then every few weeks or when the morning test shows something out of whack, or they're sick, test at every meal and bedtime for a week to make sure everything is stable. 50 times a day would cost about $18,000, just for the test strips. It would also mean testing 3x an hour 16 hours a day. This is just hype to make the device, which costs more than using test strips, look less like a huge increase in both initial and ongoing costs.

Third, what's really funny is that if you search around on the net, you still have to do at least two old-style prick-the-finger tests a day to give the device a baseline to work from. And the sensor isn't in the watch - you have to inject it into your body and keep it there. The sensor is expensive and wears out. As do the batteries in the transmitter to the watch.

So, less accuracy, higher cost, more inconvenience, and a healthy dose of misinformation and a few lies? Not even if you gave me one with 6 months free.

And hey, it's fugly (read the comments from a user who notes you still have to do the finger stick 2x a day anyway). Have fun protecting the adhesive tape while taking a bath, shower, or swim.

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Journal: Keep burning those modpoints, punk 4

Journal by drinkypoo

Science and religion are in full accord but science and faith are in complete discord.