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Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Re:Careful with distinctions here... (Score 1) 786

Hypothetical situation: Let's say you travel to another country where you don't speak the language.

"I don't speak the language" isn't a Get Out Of Jail Free card. People may make exceptions for you, but those exceptions will only get you so far. You have to make an extraordinary effort to learn the language, or accept that you're going to have to be isolated with others who speak yours.

Social interaction is a lot like that. Some people may make exceptions for you based on your disability, but acting out and then falling back on your disability as an excuse is just going to rub most people the wrong way. I struggle too. I've got ADHD and social anxiety, which makes me seem aloof and distant.

Oh, and that woman who called you "sexist" for opening the door for her? She's got a problem too. I've run into people like that, and they're impenetrable walls.

Comment Cultural Interest (Score 1) 387

Interest in space wore off when the glamorous visions of the Space Age wore off, and as a culture we became aware of the banal realities of it.

But kids have started to get interested in space again, thanks to Chris Hadfield's charisma and social media savvy.

We need to *keep* them interested, though.

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