Missing white woman syndrome is a vernacular term for the disproportionately greater degree of coverage in television, radio, and print news reporting of a missing person case involving a young, attractive, middle or upper middle class white woman, compared with cases concerning a missing male, or missing persons of other races or classes. These features are said to provoke discrimination in the reporting as news of the disappearance of a young white woman, and so to increase public interest in her disappearance.
Charlie weighs on the Megrahi debate and seems to think the mercilessness of the US government response is endemic to its society in a broader sense, comparing its response to how its handling the healthcare debate. I’m not so sure it’s just an American problem, given the reaction of Cameron and many other british politicians. And then there’s the rise of the BNP and the Daily Mail…
“We are defined as a nation by how we treat those who have chosen to hurt us. Do we choose mercy even when they did not chose mercy? This was not about whether one man was guilty or innocent. Nor is it about whether he had a right to mercy but whether we as a nation, despite the continuing pain of many, are willing to be merciful.”—
It’s interesting to see what the various politicians etc. have to say about Megrahi’s release. Seems I agree most with the representative of the Church of Scotland, and I’m a little disappointed the only liberal politician mentioned completely skirted the issue. Note that Cameron would have had him strung up by his innards it seems…
“Sure, there are countless youth engaged in informal learning every day when they go online. But what about all of the youth who lack access? Or who live in a community where learning how to use technology is not valued? Or who tries to engage alone? There’s an ever-increasing participation gap emerging between the haves and the have-nots.”—apophenia: some thoughts on technophilia
Citizen Radio from the start of the month do a great analysis of the American healthcare situation which might be of interest to other woefully underinformed brits. Note, the first 40 minutes can be summed up as “lol, we went to Amsterdam AND GOT HIGH” and should probably be skipped.
We had a visit from Alberto at work on Wednesday, who gave a fascinating talk about the current state and future of the industry. It seems like there are a lot of opportunities for applying the sort of technology found in EDA for organising and analysing systems to other fields.
“Each morning I have a look at what’s on the front pages of the papers, and stick it in a short script for t’radio. It’s interesting to see the same ‘formula’ each morning, when the front pages of each is condensed into just a sentence. … The MAIL has a report showing that if immigrations laws were stricter, the gypsy-based swine-virus wouldn’t have got here in the first place.”—Tim Johns: This morning’s papers
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”—C.S. Lewis quoted in defense of Brewdog here.
“Bad news, though: to remedy this, we would actually have to adopt a system of aesthetics that values content over cultural positioning, and a system of rebellion that values resistance to power over nihilistic, self-indulgent acceptance of it. And that is just so out of style.”—