October 14th, 2003

breaking bad

rant

There is a high profile case in the UK at the moment which concerns a 17 year old girl. She says that she went to a footbal player's hotel room to have sex with him. She says that seven of his friends came in, she didn't want to have sex with all of them, but five of them forced her to. These allegations have not yet been proved, and I know nothing more about the case than what I say here.

But Barbara Amiel has strong opinions over at the Daily Telegraph.
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Is there any women reading this who hasn't ever decided to abbreviate a sexual encounter? Men can always cope with that can't they? I wouldn't call it 'behaving like a light switch' but 'behaving like a sentient being'. Of course action can be 'turned off at will' - that's what 'will' means. Why don't men complain about this kind of characterisation, which paints them as more degraded than animals?

From crooked timber (there are some nutty responses there too).
breaking bad

rant II

From the Independent via Electrolyte

US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment of farmers who do not give information about guerrillas attacking US troops.

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But more than that, it is stupid and vicious,