fix articles 127620, isaac asimov
Sexual Offense in California (tags)
Yet, somehow the attitude for some citizens thus goes, after more legislation has been proposed, and in process of being enacted (Assembly Bill 1844 Chelsea’s Law), in California following the recent rape and killings by one John Gardener, a sexual offender released from prison and not very closely and competently monitored by the system, is that everyone, that is everyone thought to be a “good” citizen of the state of California, ought be able to live in a Utopian world in which “no one” feels offended—especially sexually offended—and this idealism should reside no matter how arbitrary and contradictory the propensity to feel offended may seem.
Sexual Offender As Label Versus the Zealotry of the Self-Righteous (tags)
Sexuality and eroticism has always been “offensive” to somebody. Especially is this so in this land of the blue-nose, which descended here from a long Christian paranoia of anything erotic and unclean. But where is this psychology of “erotophobia” mentioned in California’s latest crusade against anything that falls under the rubric of “sexual offender?”
The Shortwave Report 10/30 Listen Globally! (tags)
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia
The Physics of the Impossible: Sci-fi tech as attainable dream or approaching nightmare (tags)
Teleportation. Force-Fields. Invisibility. Faster than light travel. Contact with alien and robotic intelligences. Are these things possible? Do we even want them? Presented in conjunction with a fund-raising AUCTION of books, autographs, sci-fi collectables, and more.
The Future Is Nearly Here: Do We Want It?? "The Physics of The Impossible" (CalS (tags)
Time travel. Teleportation. Other intelligences. According to Michio Kaku's recent bestseller of the same title, some of these things are on the verge of becoming real. But should they??? Do science fiction novels and movies present us with a dream of the future, or a nightmare to be avoided at all costs? Do you really WANT to live in Star Wars or Star Trek??
"The Afrocentric Pejorative" (tags)
Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines it as “Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. A contemptuous term used to refer to a black person” and “A person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.” Louis WIlliam Rose comments on the word nobody can say.