A Few Interesting Links

I don’t really have time to write up the kind of posts these stories deserve, at least not in a timely manner, but I’d still very much like to share.

First, something that should come as a surprise to no one.  A CDC study has found that states with loose gun laws and high degrees of gun ownership have the most deaths by gun violence, while states with tight gun laws and low amounts of gun violence have the fewest:

New Study Ranks 50 States by Gun Sense and Gun Violence Deaths

In the comments for that post, there was a link to an older one that should also come as no surprise, which demonstrates that yet another study has found that the United States has far more gun deaths than any other developed country.  I mean, it isn’t even close.

In more positive news, it turns out that nearly half of Americans are now willing to concede that poverty may result from something other than character flaws in the poor!  Why, it’s almost civilized!  I blame the economic crash.  There are far too many people in this country – maybe far too many people, period – who don’t  care about anything that doesn’t touch them directly.  With that in mind, it seems more likely that a large percentage of the American people has experienced poverty for themselves now, than that they’ve grown some empathy.

In more genuinely positive news, a California state senator is pushing a bill that would require universities to adopt an “affirmative consent” standard of sex.  In other words, “she didn’t say no” would no longer be a defense.  Naturally, the usual crowd of misogynists and rape apologists has their knickers in a twist over this.  Check it out here for further information and a good brawl.

 

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7 responses to “A Few Interesting Links

  1. We are getting there. Soon enough my version of “consent” will stop being a rhetorical push back and start being what feminists are actually arguing for.

    Consent includes at a minimum, but is not limited to the proper paperwork filled out in triplicate and notarized followed by a two week waiting period when the paperwork is again filled out in triplicate and notarized followed by a two week cool down period when the proper paperwork is filled out in triplicate and notarized for a third time. Once the act starts a log must be time stamped and initialed by both parties every 5 min with a full signature every 15 and it must get notarized every hour on the hour. This is soon to be the the the minimum of consent.

    • Hey, GNL. Didn’t bother to follow the link and read the article before you set fire to your strawman, did you? You really should have. It would have prevented you from looking quite so evil and stupid.

      Had you read the article, you would have seen that the whole point of it is that it’s actually very easy to tell, even from body language alone, whether someone wants to have sex with you or not. It’s only the rapists and their apologists – that would be you – who pretend that consent is some complicated, mysterious thing, because it benefits them for the line to be blurry. But…and here’s the key…they know damn good and well when someone wants to have sex with them and when someone doesn’t, because it turns them on when that someone doesn’t.

      Now, I seem to remember telling you that you weren’t welcome here. Since I’ve addressed you, you get one chance to respond in a way that’s suitable for a decent human being. Blow it and you’re gone again.

      • Body language is not clear. Some people are notably bad at reading body language. If we want a version of consent that is admissible as evidence in a court of law to disprove a rape allegation, we need something in writing. I’m sorry if me being more worried about daily ass rapes in prison than making your feelz happy doesn’t make your feelz happy.

        Every time we push further away from understanding that communication can be unclear and assert that consent is 100% clear 100% of the time for 100% of people we are pushing not towards less rape, but to a legalistic version of consent that involves paperwork and notaries. This is how courts determine if a contract is valid.

        • Know what, GNL? You probably should get the contract, the notaries, and the cool down periods. You get reassurance for your phobia, and your partner gets every possible chance to escape you.

          Now. I gave you a chance to be decent – although, to be fair, I knew you wouldn’t take it – and you come back with your continued insistence that the options are “contract in triplicate” or “consent is confusing”. That shit isn’t welcome here. Don’t come back.

          Let’s see if you understand that no means no.

          • Hi. I’m genderneutrallanguage, and I refuse to take “no” for an answer, which is probably why I’m so worried about going to jail because of a “false rape allegation”, and why I work so hard to make it seem like it’s a difficult and confusing thing to determine if someone actually wants to have sex with me. These “language” and “talking” things you speak of are beneath my consideration.

            In order to make up for my boorishness at continuing to intrude where I’ve repeatedly been told I’m not wanted, please enjoy this picture of a cute kitty in a tiara:

            Kitty Princess

  2. A CDC study has found that states with loose gun laws and high degrees of gun ownership have the most deaths by gun violence,

    Not an exactly accurate representation of the study, is it?

    according to a Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

    It isn’t a CDC study; it is ‘study’ from the VPC — an admitted gun control group. Call me a little skeptical of their study. Of course there is the whole “correlation is not causation” issue also.
    Perhaps those states with lax gun control laws and higher ownership are that way because of the violence in the state?

    which demonstrates that yet another study has found that the United States has far more gun deaths than any other developed country. I mean, it isn’t even close.

    I love looking at the details of these “studies” to find out how much they have to twist the data in order to get the results.

    I mean South Africa is on the list but not Honduras with a homicide rate of 64 per 100K. Mexico is also absent — is it a developed country?

    Perhaps there is an agenda involved; trying to make it look like America is more violent — and that violence is caused by firearms?

    Bob

    • according to a Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

      It isn’t a CDC study; it is ‘study’ from the VPC — an admitted gun control group.

      Hmm. Looks like we’re both wrong. You’re right that it’s not a study by the CDC. Really, I should have known better. I know full well that, thanks to pressure from the gun-industry lobby (the NRA), the CDC was banned from doing any such studies from 1996 until 2013, and even now no such studies have been funded.

      One the other hand, the VPC didn’t do the study themselves, just an analysis of CDC data. So you can’t claim that they just made up the numbers.

      Wouldn’t it be nice if this could be settled by a neutral party? Maybe if the CDC was given funding for a study…

      Of course there is the whole “correlation is not causation” issue also.
      Perhaps those states with lax gun control laws and higher ownership are that way because of the violence in the state?

      Perhaps. Maybe they should institute gun control laws similar to those in the states with low gun-death rates, and see if their residents are as successful at killing each other with knives?

      I love looking at the details of these “studies” to find out how much they have to twist the data in order to get the results.

      I mean South Africa is on the list but not Honduras with a homicide rate of 64 per 100K. Mexico is also absent — is it a developed country?

      1) The fact that there are 27 countries out there who get better results than we do, and your response is “At least we’re better than X”, doesn’t say good things about you.

      2) I’ll admit that Mexico is in pretty rough shape. Hey, interesting factoid, did you know that approximately 70% of guns used in criminal activity and captured by the police in Mexico came from the U.S.?

      Perhaps there is an agenda involved; trying to make it look like America is more violent — and that violence is caused by firearms?

      America is more violent. That’s not really in question. And whatever may cause the violence, the firearms make it much easier to kill.

      Of course, it’s not just the presence of the guns themselves. Switzerland, the second-place finisher, has a little over half the number of guns per 100 people that we do, but only a little over a third of our firearm-related deaths. If it was the guns themselves, the proportions would be the same.

      If I had to guess, I’d say the difference is that the United States has a grossly reckless and irresponsible gun culture. In Switzerland, most males between 20 and 30 are conscripted into the military and keep their weapons in their homes in order to maintain militia readiness (kinda like the original intention of the Second Amendment) after their period of basic training. During that period, they receive yearly mandatory training with their weapons.

      In the U.S., you have a constant drumbeat of fear against the Other who is out there just waiting to invade your home in the night, rape your wife and daughters, and kill everyone – plus the promise that stocking up on military-grade hardware can make you safe from that threat. You have a macho, chest-beating culture where fools treat their guns as toys and look to prove their manhood by finding a legitimate excuse to use them…or at least to intimidate a Chipotle with them. You have people who’ve been stocking up for years, just waiting for the revolution to begin so they can play Red Dawn with real bullets.

      And the few who actually treat their weapons with the respect and responsibility they deserve still do their damnedest to make sure that there are as few barriers as possible to prevent guns from getting into the hands of people who really shouldn’t have them…then say “crazy people are the real problem” when someone shoots up a Wal-Mart.

      That would be my guess, anyway. Sure wish someone could do a study to see if there’s anything to it.

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