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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"There's a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes out pointing to the excesses of police brutality, particularly in cases in which officers killed black men and boys. The other side, supportive of police, comes out pointing to the nuances of the cases and perhaps the ways that the victims are to blame for their deaths -- he had a criminal record, he didn't listen to the police, and so on.

This didn't really happen after Justine Damond, a white woman, was shot and killed by a black police officer. While many people, including Black Lives Matter activists, criticized the shooting, very few defended Noor in the same way they have stood up for police officers in previous incidents. Not many articles focused on nitpicking the lack of information we have to try to weaken the case against the police. There's been little to no victim blaming." read more


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter, [President] Trump repeatedly boasts of the bills he has signed -- 42 as of this week. ... On Monday, he went even further, claiming to have bested all of his predecessors in turning bills into law. "We've signed more bills -- and I'm talking about through the legislature -- than any president, ever," Trump said at a "Made in America" event at the White House. "For a while, Harry Truman had us. And now, I think, we have everybody." ... President Jimmy Carter signed 70 bills in the first six months, according to an analysis of bills signed by previous White House occupants. Bill Clinton signed 50. George W. Bush signed 20 bills into law. Barack Obama signed 39 bills during the period, including an $800 billion stimulus program to confront an economic disaster, legislation to make it easier for women to sue for equal pay, a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco and an expansion of the federal health insurance program for children. Mr. Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both had signed more bills into law by their 100-day mark than Mr. Trump did in almost twice that time. Truman had signed 55 bills and Roosevelt had signed 76 during their first 100 days. read more


Friday, July 14, 2017

The Election Integrity Commission which has been facing criticism and refusal of cooperation from states over concerns of legality and voter privacy concerns posted emails from critics on the White House website. In doing so they exposed the email addresses, names, phone numbers and mailing addresses of those who have commented on the commission.

While the commission's new webpage does state that contact information may be published, the information that was published was collected before the webpage was created. read more


Friday, July 07, 2017

We know Conman Donnie and his handful of remain supporters don't believe these numbers but the US economy added 222K jobs in June and the unemployment rate bumped up a notch to 4.4% as more people have entered the job market.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

After some contention over the wording of the resolution, Southern Baptists, the second largest religious denomination in the US, condemned the alt-right movement and white supremacy at their recent annual convention. The denomination was originally founded by pro-slavery southerners in 1845. The resolution states the following: "Be it resolved, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13-14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further resolved, that we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil intended to bring suffering and division to our society." read more


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I am so glad to see Moffat gone. He did the same stories over and over again. Bill is the third companion in a row to sort of die but not really. Moffat is pretty good when it comes to writing a single episode or even a two parter but he has been terrible when it comes to longer story arcs. I look forward to the new Doctor too. Capaldi did a decent job and I wish he would have had better stories to work with but I'll be glad to see his stupid guitar and ray bans gone.

As for the gender switch. I never really thought of the Doctor as having a specific gender anyway. The first gender change during a regeneration in Doctor Who happened in 1976 when Eldrad, who was from a different alien race that could regenerate, switched from male to female during regeneration. Since then there have been a number of references to Gallifreyans changing gender during regeneration. I.M. Foreman did it in the Interference novels which was published by BBC. The Doctor has been female before, though not canon, it has occurred in some officially licensed BBC content. The Doctor was portrayed as a female in the audio production "Exile" as well as in a BBC produced short that was written by Steven Moffat where the Doctor regenerated twice in 20 minutes and was played by Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley. www.youtube.com

In the modern series, when 10 regen'ed into 11, Matt Smith's Doctor briefly thought he was a female when he first saw his long lock of hair hanging in his face. He also had recalled past experiences with another Time Lord, The Corsair, who had switched genders more than once. And then of course recently we saw two different Time Lords who had switched genders, The Master/Missy and The General, a male whose backstory was that he had previously been female was shown regenerating into a female incarnation.

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