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Great White Writers

July 15, 2010

So there’s this.

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Audre Lorde wrote like
David Foster Wallace

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Toni Morrison writes like
Charles Dickens

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Zora Neale Hurston wrote like
David Foster Wallace

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Cool, huh? Glad to know I’m in good company.


thindeath, fatdeath, and deathcorn

June 6, 2010

I thought I’d spend some time talking about my body, given that this is the internet, something primarily designed to enable discussions about bodies and celebrities. Or both! More on Amy Winehouse later.

So. After examining chest x-rays for an unrelated roller derby non-injury, my doctor told me she suspected emphysema (or COPD, basically the pharmaceutical industry’s non-threatening acronym for emphysema and/or bronchitis). An initial round of tests appear to support my doctor’s inference.

There are more tests to come, and plenty of conditions to rule out (including pulmonary excellence). Frankly, society isn’t particularly invested in my body, either. At least not my lungs. *ahem* However, after scouring the internet for fun facts, I have a couple of observations. Read more…

About “special interests” and the pesky law

May 17, 2010

The Albany Times-Union is reporting on the latest horrors of special interests. It turns out that people are using the court system to make executive branches of state governments enforce the law. The horror! The privilege! The specialness of interests!

FWIW, I’ve got a pretty large personal stake in one of the lawsuits in question.

Count this as another fallout of the recession, where the judicial branch is used by special interests in high-profile cases to impose spending decisions on the executive and legislative branches.

The result [of governments trying to break the law?] includes court decisions that rule on one major element of spending — for example an effort to restore school aid or to block state worker furloughs — on its legal merits, not whether taxpayers can afford it, [Patricia Salkin, associate dean of the University of Albany’s Government Law Center] said. [emphasis mine]

Or this…. [Trigger Warning: Prison Violence]

May 17, 2010

From the Syracuse Post-Standard: [Trigger Warning] Pregnant inmate died after hours of agony in Syracuse jail

Chuniece Patterson was pregnant and complaining of abdominal pain in her cell at the Justice Center jail in Syracuse.

Fourteen hours later, she was dead.

The jail’s records of Patterson’s medical care give no indication that anyone examined her abdomen. No pelvic exam. No ultrasound. Any of them would’ve shown she had an ectopic pregnancy in her fallopian tube and would’ve probably indicated that it had ruptured, according to a doctor. Surgery could’ve saved her life, he said.

The first time [Deputy Diane Stech saw Patterson on the floor], Patterson obeyed Stech’s order to get up, the report said. Fifteen minutes later, Patterson was on the floor again, leaning on the toilet and splashing water in her face, Stech wrote. The deputy told her to stop and Patterson rolled onto the floor, the report said….

“I looked down at inmate Patterson, again told inmate to get off the floor,” Stech wrote. “It looked as if the inmate looked at me. I continued with my tour.”

Inmate Rhonda Dunn said she saw Patterson through her cell window. Patterson was lying on the floor, Dunn said. She’d heard Patterson moaning all night, and watched her writhing in pain, Dunn said.

“I was like, ‘Miss Diane, get over there!’” Dunn said she told Stech.

On her last visit to Patterson’s cell, Stech found her unresponsive, the report said. Stech called in other deputies and medical workers, who tried to revive her, the records show.

There’s not much to be said that hasn’t been said before. Assuming that authorities were unaware (or more likely, indifferent) to criticisms that police target minority communities for particularly harsh punishments and that jails are exceedingly dangerous places where authorities punish inmates (notably LGBT people and heterosexual women) with unofficially sanctioned rape, assault, denial of health care and other forms of violence that fly in the face of the idea of jails as sites of “rehabilitation”, it’s hard to believe that they were unprepared to deal with Ms. Patterson’s ectopic pregnancy. An inmate died a similar death in the same jail in the 1990s.

There are no words for this [Trigger Warning: Police Violence]

May 17, 2010

From the Detroit News: [Trigger Warning] Family grieves death of girl, 7, in police raid

Police entered the Jones’ family on suspicions that a murder suspect was present. Upon entering the house, an officer’s gun fired, shooting and killing 7 year-old Aiyana Jones.

“I saw them (police) running with my daughter out of the house. They had my mother on the floor, and they just kept me there for like two hours,” said Charles Jones, 25. “I knew it was bad, and they probably had my baby at the hospital, because someone asked me if she had any allergies.

“Her blood was everywhere and I was trying to stay calm, but nobody would talk to me. None of them even tried to console me.”

Erik Saunders, 43, a family friend, said the shooting was reminiscent of civil rights era.

“This is like 1960s all over,” he said. “Police have no respect for the citizens of this city.”

The Jones family is in my thoughts as they attempt to process these unthinkable events.

Pandora Radio Challenge

May 13, 2010

1) Go to Pandora Radio
2) Create a station based on a riot grrrl band
3) See how long it is before you’ve heard 30 straight minutes of music from bands without any female members.

The lowest time wins! I haven’t been keeping track, but I think I’ve accomplished the feat in question in about 6 hours of listening over two days.

If I had any, I’d offer money to the winner, so ze could buy honest-to-Goddess albums. But I don’t.

Solving systemic violence: A violent approach [Trigger Warning]

May 13, 2010

From the Syracuse Post-Standard: [TW]Judge says abused Syracuse woman should have sought help before killing boyfriend.

I wonder if the judge in question has ever sought help for domestic violence. There are folks in Syracuse that offer assistance. However, I don’t suggest calling the police. Based on the stories I’ve heard about police calls in response to domestic violence, the SPD is *cough* unhelpful, even on occasions when they bother to send someone. I’d refer to the police reports, but they don’t exist in either of the cases I’m thinking of. I’m sure judge Aloi is conveniently ignorant of all of this, though, so onward:

Defense lawyer Thomas Ryan asked Aloi to consider even less than the 12 years agreed to when Comer pleaded guilty. Ryan said Comer had a litany of problems: a learning disability, significant developmental impairment, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar and antisocial disorders and poor impulse control.

He also said Comer had a lengthy history of physical, sexual and emotional abuse that started with her father when she was a child.

12 years? How about 120? :eyeroll:

There’s room for further commentary here, but yeah. 12 years.