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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
Number of posts: 18,237

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I think there should be an emphasis on voting to hide ad-hominem posts.

I recently was part of a jury where someone accused someone else of identifying with mass murderers. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=4812165

Not only is that ad-hominem (i.e. a personal attack) , the person attacked in no way identified with mass murderers. The jury barely hid the post and two of those who voted not to hide posted comments that made them seem unaware that ad-hominem is a logical fallacy and in general an ugly and toxic debate tactic. If you cannot win an argument without attacking someone personally, generally that means that your argument fails. Not to mention that directly attacking posters instead of their arguments is about the most direct way to make DU an unpleasant place to be.

I think that jury instructions should include an emphasis that suggests people hide ad-hominem posts and calls such posts out as, to use what has become a trite phrase, "making DU suck". Clearly, three out of seven jurors in the above mentioned jury seemed to have no appreciation for how inappropriate ad-hominem is as a tactic.

I think that emphasizing this as an inappropriate way to behave would pay dividends when primary time comes around.

No pressure... everyone who has had a dog or cat knows this one...

Rally against street harassment April 5th in NYC

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Emily May <emily@ihollaback.org>
Date: March 31, 2014 at 8:18:13 PM EDT
To: Emily May <emily@ihollaback.org>
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: 4/5 NYC Rally Against Street Harassment, 12 foot tall "Cat Against Catcalls" to be unveiled

Contact: Emily May
cell: 646-823-3082

12 foot tall “Cat Against Catcalls” to be unveiled

What: The rally against street harassment is part of international anti-street harassment week (March 30-April 5). The event will be hosted by La Roka and will include 20 speakers, mini-workshops on self-defense, wheat-pasting, bystander intervention, and a chalk walk. We’ll also being unveiling a new public art project: a 12 foot tall “cat against catcalls,” that will be placed in high density harassment areas following the rally.

Who: The event is co-hosted by 47 organizations including Hollaback!, an international movement working to end street harassment (www.ihollaback.org), Girl Be Heard, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Arab American Association of New York, BABE, Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, bklyn boihood, Bronx AIDS Services (DBA-BOOM!) Health, Center Against Domestic Violence Center for Anti-Violence Education, Community Driven Solutions, CONNECT, Don't Harass Me, Bro, Feminist Dialogue, GEMS, Girl Be Heard, Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio, Mount Sinai SAVI Program, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Price of Silence, Sakhi, Sayfty, Soapbox, Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, The Feminist Society at NYU, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater NY, Violence Intervention program, Women In Media & News, Young Feminists & Allies, Virtual NOW Chapter, YWCA of Brooklyn, STEPS to End Family Violence, New York City Anti-Violence Project, NYAWC, Brooklyn-Queens NOW, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Safe Horizon, Councilmember Lander, Councilmember Palma, Girls for Gender Equity, Hollaback!, Move the Fuck Over Bro, NOW-NYC, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Stop Street Harassment, Stop Telling Women to Smile, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, The Applied Theatre Collective, and Councilmember Levin.

Where: New York City, Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Square (east of the fountain).

When: April 5th, 2014, from 1-2pm. Speakers (1-2pm), mini-workshops (2-2:30), and chalk walk (2:30-3).

Live tweet the event: #endSHnyc

About Hollaback! Hollaback (ihollaback.org) is a nonprofit and movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.


Emily May
Executive Director
twitter: @ihollaback
facebook: facebook.com/ihollaback

Need more info on what we do? Watch this two minute overview of our work, check out my MAKERS interviews and TEDxWomen talk and read our 2013 State of the Streets Report, profiling the work of our sites internationally.

30 3rd Avenue, #800B
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Chris Christie investigates self, finds self not guilty. OJ Simpson, Sandusky, Tsarnaev next?

OK, so EarlG I'm not, but who is?

Everytime I see a rape victim made out to be a/the villain, my belief that rape culture exists

is reinforced.

xPost from V&M: Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare.

Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare. Keep an eye out for the money quote starting at around 2:45!

xPost from V&M: Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare.

Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare. Keep an eye out for the money quote starting at around 2:45!

Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare.

Me on Fox News' America's News HQ regarding Obama's Marketing of ACA/Obamacare. Keep an eye out for the money quote starting at around 2:45!

"a war of aggression...is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime"


A war of aggression, sometimes also war of conquest, is a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense, usually for territorial gain and subjugation.
The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which followed World War II, called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil thing...to initiate a war of aggression...is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court refers to the crime of aggression as one of the “most serious crimes of concern to the international community”

xpost from LGBT: I mean it. I will not do Russian State Media.

From: Steven Leser <ccccc@ddddd.com>
To: XXXX XXXX <aaaaaaa@bbbb.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: radio program


I've checked some of your videos, you seem like a nice person. This is not aimed at you so please don't take it that way, but I have been boycotting Russian state media since shortly after the passage of the anti-gay law in June and I am adding the anschluss/unprovoked war of aggression in Crimea to that list of reasons now why I will not do Russian state media. I've heard the pro-Russian arguments that attempt to explain Crimea away, there are always excuses for unprovoked wars of aggression. I am not swayed. I don't care who may have owned what in the past. At one time the United Kingdom owned the state I live in. That does not give them the right to take it back if they could. I've also heard the lame attempts to portray the anti-gay law as something benign.

Again, I am not buying it.

So you know, I protested my own President, George W. Bush for the Iraq war so you can understand that if I don't give the President of my own country a pass for an illegal war, I am not going to do it for the leader of another country.

At this point I view Russia as an outlaw state headed by bigots and war criminals.

Unless Russia leaves Crimea and repeals the anti-gay law, I've done my last appearances on Russian state media. Not only that, I will do my best to get as many folks as I can not to watch or listen to Russian state media and every business and financial fund I possibly can to divest from Russia.

Different folks and shows from RT and VoR have been contacting me semi-regularly over the last 6-8 months hoping I will change my mind. I am not going to change my mind. Both of those issues are completely non-negotiable for me.

Again, this is not aimed at you personally but I think an explanation is in order.


From: XXXX XXXXX <XXXXX@yahoo.com>
To: "ccccc@dddd.com" <ccccc@ddddd.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:32 PM
Subject: radio program

Dear Steven,

This is XXXX XXXXX, I'm a radio host from the Voice of Russia, Moscow.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in discussing the situation in Crimea on my radio show tomorrow at X am EST?
The program is recorded and lasts 30 minutes.

Please let me know, and I'll be happy to give you more details,

Thank you in advance,

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