Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15th, outsourced

“I don’t think that we should be telling women anything. I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.”

Don't want (registered) sex offenders in your neighborhood? Build a tiny park.

I saw this article about living with less linked to in a few places, and it reminded me of the time we sold almost everything we owned and how liberating that was.

I saw this in a few places, too: serving convenience foods for dinner doesn't save time. (I think the article ends up saying it actually might save you 10 or 20 minutes, but you get the point.) Interesting food for thought.

More obituaries need to read like this one: "Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam's on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap." [HT Jen]

Diabulimia: skipping insulin to lose weight. [HT Ashi]

I wish I wish this map of which countries America does/doesn't like (and vice versa) could have included more countries!!! Still, pretty neat.

Seriously, no, THIS is the most useless infomercial product ever. I mean, if it were self-chilling or something, then maybe, but it's not. Fushies are just pillows for your feet. Lame.

This (I think fake) product, on the other hand, seems not to exist but actually could be useful. [HT Kathy]

I KNEW IT: babies can be mean-spirited. [HT Kathy]


Amanda Ball said...

I only have 9 maternity shirts and I can't bring myself to buy more.

Glenda The Good said...

I always knew babies were violent. You should see Cheetah go after Peach when Peach is on my lap, the weirder thing is that they are clickie even as babies. Biology and bullying...hand in retched hand :(

Timothy Browning said...

The sex offender problem is so tough. Tragedy of the commons at its worst. It seems like the end result will be pushing sex offenders into poorer and poorer areas, thus shifting the burden of the problem, once again, to the poor, who are going to be much less better equipped to protect their children in the first place.

Liz Johnson said...

I once saw something that said that we need to make it so that rape is an unfathomable a crime as incest, or having sex with your own grandmother. It might not cure every case, but our level of disgust for the crime has go to go up. It needs to become so taboo that we wouldn't even think of it - we should have the same response to a rapist as we do to a person who cuts up people, stores them in a freezer, and then makes smoothies out of them for breakfast. IT SHOULD BE THAT HORRIFIC AND OUTLANDISH.

(sorry for the all caps.)

I agree with Timothy Browning on the sex offender thing - it's so tricky. And I don't know that I'm necessarily worried about the sex offenders who are caught, registered, and keep their parole officer updated. I'm much more concerned about the ones who are never caught/convicted, and there's obviously no way to track them. We're kidding ourselves if we think that building a park is going to keep our kids safe - it's an illusion of control. I don't know what percentage, but many kids are assaulted by a close family member who hasn't ever been convicted before. Anyways, it's just much messier than building a park and forcing the convicted sex offenders to poorer areas in clusters.


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