Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gallows humor

I haz it, as demonstrated by the fact that this article made me snort-laugh: Khaled Mashaal: Hamas Leader Hunted by Netanyahu Haunts Israel - TIME. Lessons, lessons...

...well, Mossad, maybe don't try to assassinate people using a method from Shakespeare? Because that worked out ever so well for Claudius.

...and maybe don't do it in a way practically designed to piss off a leader who's spent three decades bucking regional trends and trying to reach a peace agreement? I mean, no Middle East leader is without blemish, but come on!

...also, maybe don't make hilarious melodramatic warnings that you might try again (“The terrorist...must understand that anyone who executes terror will not enjoy immunity”) when the previous attempt sounds like a rejected Get Smart plot.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This is not a thing: Non-Muslim attorney in hijab wants other women in court to wear hijab

This is old, but it came up in looking into the backstory of current 9/11 trial shenanigans. Look, no one should wear distractingly revealing clothes in court. And although I'm pretty sure she's misinterpreting the purpose of hijab/modest clothing in Islam (supposed to be about the wearer, not about other people, and for that reason not supposed to be imposed) I guess she can wear whatever she wants. But I get the distinct feeling this is a stunt move, meant to draw attention, which is the opposite of hijab. This is underscored by the behaviour of the defendants.

And see above re: not imposing it on others.

Attorney in hijab defends call for other women at 9/11 hearing to wear 'appropriate' clothing | Fox News

Saturday, June 14, 2014

From BoingBoing: The Problem with "Nature vs. Nurture" When It Comes to Sexuality

THANK GOD, and I hope they never do find a single gene, because step number 2 will be trying to eradicate it.

From BoingBoing: The Problem with "Nature vs. Nurture" When It Comes to Sexuality


True story: for most of my life I thought that because switchblades were illegal, all folding knives including my beloved wee victornox was illegal. (You could hurt someone with it, but they'd have to agree to hold still.) This was underscored when, as an articling student, the guards at Federal Court told me I'd have to put the knife, which I'd brought by accident on my keychain, into the locker with my cellphone (totally acceptable rule) and then listed it on the receipt as "switchblade".

Switchblade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia