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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 29,866

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Porn. Rape?

I was reading posts on tonight's war-du-jour, porn, and I did a little research. I'm big on looking at outcomes data - in this case, is there evidence that porn causes sexual violence?

Seems to me that porn started becoming reasonably available around 1980, and has steadily increased in accesibility since. I wondered how the incidence of rape has changed during that time. Turns out it's changed a lot: it's dropped by 80%.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics#United_States

While this doesn't prove - at all - that more porn equals less rape, it does seem to counter any claim that more porn causes more rape.

If anyone has expertise in this area, I'd appreciate your feedback.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 18, 2014, 11:28 PM (181 replies)

I have a crazy #%^* ing idea

How about we stop calling each other bitches and/or cunts? Just stop. Crazy, huh?

And stop calling each other assholes, cocks, shitheads, feminazis, motherfuckers, racists, misandrysts, ratfuckers, and all of that other stuff that does nothing but get blood boiling?

People are none of these things. We are people, each trying to do the best we can we the information that we have. Some of us have bad information. Bad information leads to bad acts.

So the next time someone posts a Sports Illustrated cover, or claims that most boys are taken to prostitutes by their parents, how about we skip the "you #%^*ing suck you #%^*ing %^*#er" part, show why the act is bad, and try to move forward?

America's 99% are getting further crushed each day. Perhaps we can spend some more energy on that, and less on who on DU sucks and why.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 17, 2014, 08:06 PM (29 replies)

"American Spring"? A preview of November's elections.

We'll have both houses of Congress come next January.

2016's the bigger problem. By then, the not-obviously-insane Republicans will be back in control of their party.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 17, 2014, 12:08 AM (11 replies)

Dartmouth Expels White Student For Wearing Sombrero

Dartmouth Expels White Student For Wearing Sombrero

Dartmouth College has expelled a white student for wearing a sombrero to a Cinco de Mayo party.

According to a statement released today by the university, sophomore Ashley Ryan, 20, was thrown out of the Ivy League school for “racial aggression” after a student of Mexican heritage complained that her use of Mexico’s traditional wide-brimmed hat was culturally insensitive.

...

“I was called into the dean’s office this morning. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it maybe had something to do with the amount of alcohol I drank that night.

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In recent months, however, it has become more well known for the poor quality of its administration than the high quality of its academics. In April, for example, the administration banned a sorority from using the word "fiesta" at charity fundraiser, the latest in a long line of decisions that many criticize as political correctness run amok.

NB: this is sarcasm, from the Daily Currant. Chill.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 15, 2014, 10:51 PM (4 replies)

Only by favoring the rich can we keep the Internet neutral

Only by cutting Social Security can we maintain Social Security
Only by spying on everyone can we ensure our privacy
Give unto Wall Street all the money. All of it, and nobody gets hurt.

Thus sayeth the Third Way.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 15, 2014, 03:46 PM (10 replies)

On whole, how well do you think DUers treat their fellow humans?

My favorite rabbi in Hebrew school never gave a grade higher than 98%: only The Creator could ever be perfect (100%), and even 99% was too close to 100% for a mortal to receive.

On whole, given our great imperfections, how do you think DUers compare to other people with regard to treating others?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 13, 2014, 09:11 PM (12 replies)

Another SHAMELESS Request for Recs:

Do me a solid and rec the following post:

I notice a lot of umbrage about privilege, and I honestly think it's off base a little.

Or at least give it a read, and rec if you agree.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 12, 2014, 10:27 PM (5 replies)

Greenwald: Thumbs Up or Down?

Pretty controversial fellow!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 12, 2014, 09:20 PM (100 replies)

Thanks Moms!*

Before I had a child, I'd watch parents with children and think "gee, raising kids can't be as tough as it looks". Now I know: it's even tougher.

But Moms do it. Sickness, injury, dribbling and throwing food, getting lost at the mall, getting a call from the lock up, the whole thing. Years of it, day after day. One foot in front of the other.

Among all moms there is a group that deserves a special call out: mothers of children with disabilities. As tough as it is to be a "regular" mom, it is so much tougher still to live with the heartbreak of a wounded child, the physical exhaustion and lowered income from tending to special needs, the unending tension-filled meetings with specialists and school staff. The increased rates of divorce and poverty. Planning for adulthood, or in some cases the death of a young child. Always the worry, worry. These mothers are special angels.

As challenging as it all is, I don't know a mother of any child, "typical" or disabled, who'd trade their role away if given the chance. (At least most of the time.) Their efforts cultivate love, and love is the most wonderful fruit of our universe.

God bless you all, mothers, today and every day. Thank you for your role in filling our world with wonderful children, our next generation.

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*and Dads too, but we get a different day so stay out of the limelight now, OK?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 11, 2014, 01:58 PM (0 replies)

Duh. Doubling down on stupid... yields bigger stupid.

I understand that most Republicans either can't be bothered with math or just don't understand the stuff, or God said math was the Devil's plaything or whatever. Otherwise, like Elizabeth Warren (and me) they'd become Democrats of some stripe.

I recall the Warren/Brown senate race less than two years ago. I'd had my eye on Warren for years (no, not in that way, you nitwit) and knew she could skin Brown alive in a debate with ease, but was frustrated by her reluctance to do so. She didn't need to get out her cutlery, because Brown was too busy bludgeoning himself with his mighty Stupid Hammer.

Brown attacked Warren for being smart: "Professor Warren" would spit from his mouth like a rotten piece of meat. He attacked her for reporting that she was part Native American just because that's what her parents told her, even though she'd never benefited from that identification.

The good people of my Commonwealth were, as a whole, utterly appalled but this garbage, as any reasonable people would be. Brown slipped in the polls. Whereupon Brown apparently determined that the problem with his strategy was that he wasn't doing enough of it, so he pulled out the stops. "Professor Warren" got spit out like accidentally-ingested drain cleaner, and Brown's staff held a "spontaneous" rally in Boston to highlight Warren's ancestry, complete with war whoops and tomahawk chops. It was a wonder to behold. Amplifying the bad strategy only amplified his descent in the polls, and now we have Senator "Professor" Warren.

Thanks Scott!

So now the Republicans want to double down on BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi, a fully-fake scandal. At this point, most Americans understand that BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi is crap, that Congress should be getting real stuff done instead. The only people who care about Benghazi are Republican voters, who will still vote for Republicans if more BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi hearings are held. Everyone else? We'll just get more pissed at Republicans, and they'll lose potential votes.

BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi's also a fully-fake scandal that's so mightily idiotic that it can be countered effectively in five minutes, with the Benghazi-philes coming out looking like colossal dopes, as Hillary Clinton proved.

Doubling down on The Stupid.

Good luck with that.

Unless Democrats totally @#$% up, both houses of Congress will be Democratic come next January.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 10, 2014, 08:12 PM (7 replies)
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