August 27, 2004

Blogs & News

I never realized until reading this piece by Ken Layne just how many people shared my hatred of gratuitous registration, or that I wasn't the only one who always registers as a 90 year old male from some random zip code. The site he refers to, one that allows people to bypass the offending registration, is up and running again.

Ms. Musings with a post and good links on how fairy-tale archetypes reflect young women, how they've changed over the years, and the way they're being used in marketing gimmicks. Also, a book review post that focuses mainly on a recent article that argues for a re-translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, saying that the original translation was so badly flawed that it significantly distorted the meaning and coherence of the text.

Trish Wilson with evidence of a growing trend in court regulation of mothers' behavior, discussing a recent case where a custodial mother was jailed for smoking in front of her children.

The Guardian covers a recent study indicating that pollutants are causing a rise in brain disease. Yet another case of privatizing profits while externalizing the costs of business.

Ampersand has a good blog and news roundup of his own. Also: Yesterday was the anniversary of women getting the vote. Why is it that the term activist judges never applies to judges who go against legislative decisions in favor of conservative causes? What it means that the latest so-called partial birth abortion ban failed in a highly sympathetic federal court.

The Sideshow talks about our homeland insecurity and the recent columns of Bruce Schneier.

Atrios: MoveOn is a PAC, not a 527, not that the media can be bothered to figure out the difference. He notes here that the Republican convention will get more network time, and below that you can find the ratings numbers that show the lately abyssmal CNN dropping below MSNBC.

Pinko Feminist Hellcat has some book recommendations.

A little while ago, Respectful of Otters posted about something I don't think I've covered on the blog here, the new requirements that emergency rooms ask about immigration status. Sounds like an epidemic just waiting to happen.

Kathryn Cramer has more on the intrigues of the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea.

Daily Kos: Another Swift Boat lie well and thoroughly demolished. In the one act of retaliation they're capable of, the International Olympic Committee's anger at Bush's use of the games as a political symbol will cost New York the 2012 Olympics. The GOP platform committee has decided to avoid even the token gesture of throwing a bone to social moderates.

Max Sawicky on rising poverty numbers and what should be the top campaign issues.

Matt Yglesias on how to spot a bad political idea, why the Bush campaign should maybe avoid the 'poisoning pregnant women' point.

At Seeing the Forest, Big Dan has a lengthy and interesting post on the merits and demerits of the death penalty.

Beautiful Horizons has a post on the Chilean judiciary's decision to go ahead and try Pinochet anyhow.

Posted by natasha at August 27, 2004 01:32 PM | Recommended Reading | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

You register as a 90 year old man, too? So do I and I always use a junk e-mail address. My zip code is always 90210.

One time I registered as a 21 year old black male from Baltimore City. I think the rheumatism was getting to me. ;)

I HATE having to register at sites. I skip more of them now rather than register. Talk about intruding on my privacy just to send me spam.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at August 27, 2004 02:26 PM

OMG! You use the 90210 zip code too? I always use either that one, or the the one at my grandparents' retirement community.

The thing is, they never seem to ask the basic question about who uses their sites. People who go online for any significant amount of their information gathering or virtual socializing likely have at least a dozen registrations for sites they use regularly. After any length of time, it's practically impossible to keep track, and it's so easy to go somewhere else. It's like they think they've got a corner on the market or something. Twits.

Posted by: natasha at August 29, 2004 12:17 AM

I bet a lot of people use that zip code. Natasha, I wonder what those registration sites would think if it turned out that about 90% of the people who sign up all live in the 90210 zip code? ;)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at August 29, 2004 05:02 PM