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posted by [personal profile] askye at 09:56pm on 16/08/2011
I don't know anyone in Missouri and I'm not sure what anyone who might live there can do -- write letters? Demand resignations? Something.

This story is just so maddening.  A middle school girl (with special needs) was sexually assualted, harassed, and then raped by a classmate in 2008-2009. They didn't believe her and she "recanted". The school officials, without her mother's knowledge, made her write an apology letter. They then expelled her from school and referred her to authorities for making a "false report".

She returned to school in 2009-2010. The same boy continued his harassment and attacks and she didn't say anything. Until she was raped AGAIN. The school officials didn't believe her. Again. Her mother took her to authorities this time, there was an investigation there was DNA evidence that proved she was raped by this boy. The boy was charged and pled guilty.

The girl's mother is suing the school for not protecting her daughter.

The school is fighting back and saying that this lawsuit is frivolous.

AND that "The girl failed and neglected to use reasonable means to protect her self, the response says. Any damages the girl may have sustained, “were as a result of the negligence, carelessness, or conduct of third parties over whom the District Defendants had neither control nor the right to control,” according to the school district response."

So the school is claiming that they had NO CONTROL and NO RIGHT to CONTROL the student who attacked this girl.

They seemed fine with finding a way to control her - forcing her to apologize, putting her in harms way. 

The story is here

The comments are, actually, fairly sane. The last time I looked there was no blame the victim.

That's all from the newspaper article.

If you read the complaint you find out the girl was interrogated without her mother present. That when she returned to school her mother asked for protection and monitoring and was denied. The male student dragged her to the back of a library and raped her there.

The school suspended her after the second attack for "Disrespectful Conduct and Public Display of Affection"

TTwo of the school officials - the principal and the school counselor -- named in the suit are women. I know being a woman doesn't make a person do the right thing when it comes to rape and sexual assault but despite that I hold women to a higher standard.

I also know the response is in legal jargon and they have to make claims in response to a suit but still.

A female student was raped twice and blamed and punished twice by a school. Everyone named in the suit should be fired. Actually I think they should all admit they were wrong and quit but I know that won't happen.

By the way - the school district that banned Slaughterhouse 5-- this is a school in that district.

The book (along with 2 others) were banned when a man with no children in the school district complained they "contradicted the Bible."

The school district is able to "protect" students from words and ideas from a complaint made by a man with no ties to the school.

And yet they have "no control nor any right to control" a student at one of their schools.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 06:19pm on 25/07/2011 under
I keep thinking about this.

It really pisses me off the way the whole thing is handled. Not just the policy itself but the deletions and no responses. But especially the attitude that only using your real name is legitimate.

At this point I don't think I want a G+ account even if Google changes their policy. I'm beginning to think I don't want to give Google anymore of my business.

I also keep thinking do these people who think Real Names and Transparency equal honesty and niceness really believe that? Do they really believe that if everyone had to use some kind of Internet Passport and show their real information that suddenly people would be nice?

It doesn't happen with in person interactions. If it did, if seeing someone's face or knowing their name meant everyone was nice and civil and polite we wouldn't have bullying, harassment, stalking, people being rude.

Also in physical interactions and real world situations we don't give up the kind of information that Real Name Only people want us to give up. People don't tell everyone they meet their Real Legal Name, Spouse's Legal Name, children's names, where they live, where they work, where they went to school, etc and so on.

Unless it's a situation where there's a work badge everyday people go to gyms, clubs, bars, restaurants, concerts, movies, classes, workshops, etc and don't show their Real Name.

If it suddenly became a requirement that everyone had to WEAR their names EVERYWHERE I'm pretty sure a bunch of these Real Name Only people would flip out.

How many people interact on a daily basis and don't know each others names?

Some people may say well it's different, Real Life is different. But different how? There's no requirement that anyone tell the truth. Just because you are physically near someone when an interaction takes place doesn't mean it's going to be transparent or civil.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 08:43pm on 19/07/2011
I did not know Sandy. I never met her or emailed her, never communicated with her (as far as I know). But she still touched my life through fic, vidding and her contributions. Some of the websites and projects she maintained or were a part of certainly shaped my fannish activities and tastes.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 01:23pm on 13/07/2011 under
Everytime I hear Country Song by Seether I think about Supernatural and think it would make a good vid.

It also makes me want to go watch a bunch of Angel/Lindsey vids, so I guess I think it would work for that.

I mean, I only have a vague idea of how I'd make it work, since I'm not a vidder, but the music and the lyrics just put me in that mindset.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 03:52pm on 12/07/2011
Dad is coming to visit on Thursday! He's in Maine right now. I have a lot to do to get things ready and I'm not really motivated with the heat (it's like 85F outside and I have no a/c). I forgot to open the windows last night when it got cool so I wasn't able to trap cool air in the house.

I really need to get things done.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 08:39pm on 08/07/2011
So there's a discussion going on Plus about real names it can be found here

I can't participate because I don't have an account but it seems that a lot of people are saying real names only and implying or flat out stating that using a psued is bad, means you have something to hide, or are only using it so you can harass people and be uncivil.

I wanted to make sure that people know what's going on.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 01:50pm on 08/07/2011
I saw this article linked it's talking about people using their Second Life names for accounts on Google+. The accounts are being cancelled because they violate community standards.

"After reviewing your profile," a message from Google reads, "we determined that the name you provided violates our community standards."

This seems to be the community standard they are referring to "The problem, it appears, can be found buried in Google's Community Standards document which is implicitly agreed to when a Google Account is created. 'Your profile should represent you', the document states. 'We don't allow impersonation of others or other behavior that is misleading or intended to be misleading.

To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles,' the document continues, 'use the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of these would be acceptable."

The article only deals with Second Life avatar names but I'm sure that people using fannish psueds would be considered violating the standards as well.

I don't have a Google+ account but I thought everyone should know this.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 09:07pm on 27/06/2011
I have a temp assignment. A reboxing project at a warehouse. I've never done anything like this I'll see how it goes.

i have to be there at 5:50 am. Which means leaving here at 5:10 am (just to be sure I'm there on time).

I didn't go to sleep until 3 am this morning and woke up at noon. Tomorrow is going to be interesting.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 05:35pm on 06/06/2011
The good - I have a job interview tomorrow!! It's for a part time receptionist job BUT it's right here in town, versus driving and I think I could find another part time job get enough hours to cover all my expenses.

The bad - I'm fighting iwth my printer. It will finally accept the cartridges - new ones I replaced a few weeks ago,b ut hadn't printed anything out. And I had to replace the cable.

Now it's printing with but about every 5th line or so is all messed up and only partially printed. I don't know what to do and I really want to have a clean copy of my resume to take to the interview. Plus I wanted to have a print out of all my information (previous job addresses, phone numbers, etc) in case I'm asked to fill out an application.

I guess if I can't get this to work I can go to the library first thing in the morning.
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posted by [personal profile] askye at 01:44pm on 21/05/2011
so right after I made my beef noodle casserole thing I found - a better tomato free beef casserole recipe. Sigh.

Oh , well I have more meat in the freezer. Next dish I make though is chicken (I have a bunch of that in the freezer too )

I went and discovered the Farmer's Market. Now, there's no produce. There were plants, eggs, baked goods, preserves, crafts, wine and Greek food AND Puerto Rican Food! Which is HUGE. HUGE. Because it is the only place in the whole county to get anything like that. Unless one counts Taco Bell which I don't. Anyway I had largish breakfast and wasn't hungry and only got a Tembleque - coconut custard thing.

But next Saturday, I'm walking over there and having lunch.

Haven't exercised today but will do something this evening I think, I'm a little sore.

Oh and Will is coming over in about an hour! I haven't seen him since... Tuesday I guess.


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