Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Mashup Stage 64

In an effort to build up the Ethecofem community into a place where any walk of life will feel welcome to come and discuss things we are looking for another regular contributor, preferably of the female persuasion to balance things out a bit, but anyone interested is welcome. We like a variety of viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives. And as always she is on the eternal lookout for guest bloggers as well. If you're interested drop a line at ethecofem[at]gmail[dot]com.

Support the 45,000 Verizon strikers!: Daisy taking it to the street in support Verizon employees.

Black Mother, Black Woman: "But it appears that women, unlike men, are shown an insurmountable amount of leniency when it comes to negating their parental duties. Or at least that’s what Assistant Director of Child Support Division, Angela Anton, professes. “Instead of being deadbeats, mothers are more dead broke from the economy and are having issues with drugs and alcohol.”"

Cops: Neighbor chases kidnapper, saves child: Have I finally gotten just a bit too cynical or is it odd that the article leads off with saying that the kidnapper was a man but didn't mention that the hero was a man until almost halfway through?

Raccoon Knocks Out Power...And Survives: I guess this raccoon was only struck by lightning 66 times. (Props to whoever gets that reference and mad props to anyone that can find me a clip of it.)

Free computer science courses, new teaching technology reinvent online education: Even though it won't count towards any certificate/degree I really like this idea and am seriously considering taking one.

Single-player only games gone in three years says veteran designer: Considering that broadband penetration is lacking I think this might be a bit premature.

I'm sorry but your prince is in another castle.

Sex bias claims by men rise: "She said complaints relating to dress codes were less common but an increasing number of men were complaining they were denied admittance to clubs and pubs for wearing flashy jewellery despite their bejewelled female companions being allowed entry." Odd. (Fro tip to

Mother gets probation in home circumcision: Remember Keemonta Peterson? The woman that tried to circumcise her son based on reading The Bible and watching Youtube videos? Yeah she got sentenced to five years probation. May have something to do with the judge telling her, "Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bergstrom told Peterson on Monday that "the reality is you love your children and had absolutely no intent to harm your child." Yeah.

Sperm-donor dad off birth certificate: That's an awful way to treat a dad that's been an active part in a child's life. And if you're thinking of saying something to the effect of "but his name on the certificate shouldn't matter" please explain why the bio-mom's ex-partner went to court to get the birth certificate changed.

It’s Final; John Wyatt Will Never See His Daughter: Its amazing that in this day and age where people go on and on about "the best interests of the children" people are so ready to let stuff like this happen. Here we had a ready, willing, and able man that wanted to be a father. But no the mother decided not only that she didn't want to raise the child but also decided that he should have to part in the child's life. People would be tripping over themselves to call him a deadbeat if he rant out on her. So what do you call a woman that literally sneaks off and puts a child up for adoption rather than giving the father a chance to raise the child? And another thing. Speaking of "best interests of the children" I wonder how many children in Utah (yes the two live in Virginia but she apparently had to go to Utah for an adoption agency...) need a good home, a good home that that adoptive family could have provided. Plain and simple that agency is more interested in other things than the children they are supposed to be looking out for.

A Dose of Stupid v.52: And yet and still feminists cream their undergarments in joy over manboobz like he's even greater than sliced bread (that's a one up on the phrase "best thing since sliced bread").

College Rape Accusations and the Presumption of Male Guilt: "OCR's new interpretation of Title IX "strongly discourages" universities from permitting the accused "to question or cross-examine the accuser" during the hearing. In addition, if universities provide an appeals process, it must be available to both parties—which subjects the accused to double jeopardy."

Bachelor Pad: Let’s All Throw Eggs At The Ugly Girl!: More proof why I really, really, really, can't stand reality television. Although I do have to admit that such treatment is a reflection of reality. Damn humanity if f'd up.

Patricia Overberg dies: "Patricia Overberg, the first known domestic violence shelter director in the United States to help male victims along with female victims, passed away today (August 11, 2011). Patricia is being honored by men’s rights activists as a hero and civil rights pioneer, similar to the shelter director Erin Pizzey in England."

A little something I've been digging this week.

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Eagle33 said...

That veteren game designer is still wrong in my opinion.

Not every gamer out there has access to wireless internet connections in their own homes and not every gamer can afford the fees for the online, multi-player expierence. As long as those gamers exist, like myself for example, single-player gaming will stay a neccessity.

Danny said...

My point exactly Eagle. Broadband availability is still way too sparse to be talking about something this big. Speaking of did you know that some of the titles that will be coming from EA will be requiring you to be online at all times just to play them?

Eagle33 said...

Yeah, and EA should be boycotted for alienating the majority (and yes, we single-player gamers are still a majority). Luckily I'm not a fan of their catalogue so consider it a pre-emptive boycott.

One thing to also consider is storyline. With multi-player games now the norm, it seems like the single-player storyline and missions have taken a big hit in order to provide the gimmick of on-line co-operative play.

That's something else I don't want to see dissappear. Regardless of whether or not storytelling in games get it done, to have that option vanish for the sake of bells and whistles of multi-player is what I dread.

Danny said...