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04 April 2012 @ 12:58 pm
I Have Been AWOL Lately  
I've been grieving for an old friend who recently died and still reacting to the aftermath of my husband's car accident and our new one-car status.

But this is a must-read. I can't recommend it highly enough: http://www.alternet.org/story/154794/5_big_media_stereotypes_about_the_south_%28and_the_real_story_behind_them%29/

I also continue to read coverage about Trayvon Martin's death. Still waiting for charges in the case.

Here are a few more interesting links:

Black off-duty cop shot 28 times by white cops and HE gets charged and is about to be sentenced for trying to shoot them despite an eyewitness. The case involves evidence suppression, destruction, and a mistrial resulting in being tried again without jurors being aware that he was found innocent of several charges the first time around (a violation of double-jeopardy).


And did you know that conservatives have a problem with the theory of relativity? I didn't, either. Read more: http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/chris-mooney-republican-brain-science-denial

Here's a triumph of journalism--creepy app gets pulled after this article was run detailing privacy and safety concerns. I'm sure another version will pop up, however, so I think it's important to pass on so more women can be aware of the possibilities of apps that combine your Facebook information, location tags and google maps so that they can adjust privacy settings accordingly.


Finally, I was rather late in discovering Gotye and want to pass on this video, featuring Kimba: http://youtu.be/8UVNT4wvIGY I think it's rather clever. Also check out Smoke and Mirrors video.
Mari Adkins: head deskmariadkins on April 4th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
yeah my biggest problem with reading the hunger games was that suzanne collins portrayed appalachian people as poor and dumb. crap like that pains me bad.
Tapatitapati on April 4th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)

I think in that context education was being very limited for anyone who didn't need it to produce techie things for the Capitol. It wasn't meant as a fault of the people but rather a device of oppression. All the districts were given only what knowledge they absolutely needed for their particular type of labor.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 4th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
i think you may be right - but it still strikes a nerve. too, the entire populace of a place isn't going to be dumb as rocks no matter what the government is doing.
Tapatitapati on April 4th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
I felt like there were smart people in each district throughout the series. They tended to be the rebels or those most creatively skirting the oppressive rules.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 5th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
you raise a good point there.

i just don't like broad brushes. they make me uncomfortable - which was probably part of the writer's point.