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Comment Re:Columbus (Score 1) 277

To say he was the first to discover the Americas, means we end up assuming he was a better sailor than all those who came before him. And that feeds into the heroic image many people have of him now (which I think a lot of people have issue with - once they learn the facts).

To turn Columbus into a hero is inherently racist. And by talking about the positive things Columbus did (and to embellish them), and ignore the rest of what he did is turning him into a hero.

Comment Re:Columbus (Score 1) 277

Could that be because the US didn't exist until the Constitution was ratified? Or perhaps the Articles of Confederation? Or at least the unified statements of the DoI made by the representatives of the various colonies?

I should have been clearer: Columbus never set foot on any land which is now nor has ever been a part of the US. Maybe the mock Facebook page should have started at the Declaration of Independence or ratification of the Constitution.

Did Columbus discover the Americas? Yes (from a European perspective, anyway). Did he land in the United States of America? No.

He wasn't the first European to arrive at the Americas. There were several before him.

He certainly popularised the area - he was an innovator in the exploitation of land and peoples, which people for centuries to come imitated:

Christopher Columbus introduced two phenomena that revolutionized race relations and transformed the modern world: the taking of land, wealth, and labor from indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere, leading to their near extermination, and the transatlantic slave trade, which created a racial underclass. (James W. Loewen, "Lies My Teacher Told Me")

Comment TFA completely wrong on age requirement (Score 2) 192

There are obvious reasons why there are federal age requirements for Internet use: sexual predators, cyberbullying, adult content and explicit language.

Those are the obvious reasons. But none of those are correct.

[U.S. Congress] wanted to make certain that corporations could not collect or sell data about children under the age of 13 without parental permission, so they created a requirement to check age and get parental permission for those under 13. Most companies took one look at COPPA and decided that the process of getting parental consent was far too onerous so they simply required all participants to be at least 13 years of age.


Submission + - Swedish Hackerspace raided by the police (forskningsavd.se) 4

intedinmamma writes: At 20.45 on Saturday the 28th of November the police raided the social centre Utkanten in Malmö, where the hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen is housed. Twenty officers in full riot gear and ski masks broke into the space, using crowbars. The official reason for the raid was to do a “pub check” because of the suspicion that there was illegal selling of alcohol going on at a punk concert. After the raid the cops confiscated a lot of stuff, being indiscriminate as to whose effects were removed. A lot of equipment from Forskningsavdelningen were taken, and also some personal belongings, even though the hackerspace was unaffiliated with the group arranging the concert downstairs.

Comment The first result for my name is a banjo player (Score 1) 205

I'm going to sue!

But seriously, if we combine this with that recent request for help from the fellow whose name brings up a paedophile ... surely we can sue for defamation of character whether the comments are referring to ourselves or not? That would be my logical conclusion without reading TFA.

Comment The blocking is secret from the user's POV too (Score 1) 203

One thing I noticed when looking at the Virgin Killers page while it was being blocked was that it pretended to be a 404 error (a very unconvincing one). This is presumably part of their "don't alert people" ploy too, but it confounds the majority of people from being able to discover that it's being blocked.

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