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Research and Gardening

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Lisa Jardine makes a great point

no narrative will be intelligible to a reader if it includes all the detail the author amassed in the course of their research. A clear thread has to be teased from the mass of available evidence, to focus, direct and ultimately give meaning to what has been assembled for analysis. Daring to discard is as crucial as safe-guarding, for effective knowledge management and transmission today.

Audio available here

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February 27, 2012 at 05:18

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A Tale of 5 Men and 5 Women

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The Colbert Report invited Nancy Pelosi as its guest on the episode of Feb 22, 2012. During the interview Stephen Colbert brought up the all-male witness panel for the hearing regarding the contraception mandate in Obamacare (around the 18′ mark). Nancy Pelosi had this to say

But it isn’t up to 5 guys sitting around the table in Washington D.C. to determine what that size and timing [of family] would be.

Does she think it is appropriate for women to comment on men’s health issues? If not, did she know that Drs. Jennifer Crosswell, Tracy Dana, Rongwei Fu, Helen Koenig and Ashley Maltz and Ms. Christina Bougatsos tell healthy men not to undergo PSA screening? Would she tell them that it isn’t up to 5 women sitting around the table in (wherever they sit around a table) to tell men whether or not to get the PSA screen?

More importantly it isn’t just up to 5 guys or 5 women or whoever else to determine what the size and timing of the family should be. That is a decision that belongs to the parents and parents alone. Getting a mixed-sex witness panel would not change that.

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February 26, 2012 at 10:56

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Fuck/Marry/Kill

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I came across a game called “Fuck/Marry/Kill” on Jezebel where it was applied to the sons of Mitt Romney. It seems the rules of the games are that given a picture of a person you have to choose whether you want to fuck them, marry them or kill them. It seems like this is a popular game amongst American feminist blogs so I thought I should try it out too. However killing is bad, mmmkay? So I will replace “kill” with pretend that they don’t and have never existed.

So here we go

  • Dianne Feinstein
Ignore

Pretending that she doesn’t exist because she is ugly as fuck

  • Barbara Boxer
Ignore

Pretending that she doesn’t exist because she is ugly as fuck

  • Mary Landrieu
FUCK!

Cute and Hot!! Definitely a FUCK!!

Ignore

And that is why she doesn’t make the marriage grade. Strictly a pump and dump.

  • Barbara Mikulski
Ignore

Pretending that she doesn’t exist because she is ugly as fuck

  • Debbie Stabenow
Ignore

Pretending that she doesn’t exist because she is ugly as fuck

  • Amy Klobuchar
fuck

Crazy Eyes. Strictly good for one fuck only. Next time she may want to disembowel you.

  • Claire McCAskill
Ignore

Was probably quite pretty when young. But marriage is dangerous. Ex-husband was murdered. Let us just pretend that she does not exist.

  • Jeanne Shaheen
fuck

Not pretty enough to marry, not ugly enough to ignore. Lets just put a brown paper bag on her face and give her a pity fuck.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand
Marry

Damn, now that is hot. And hasn’t deteriorated to Landrieu’s extent. Marry.

  • Kay Hagan

Looks like a horny suburban wife. Bag-on-face fuck.

  • Patty Murray
Ignore

Just looks weird and creepy. Pretending that she doesn’t exist.

  • Maria Cantwell
fuck

Looks haven’t completely disappeared as of yet. Fuck.

I would have done Gabrielle Giffords too but then Jezebel may have thought I was misguided and inflammatory.

Update: Jezebel calls for Congressman to buy an indulgence from the Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Action Fund.

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February 24, 2012 at 21:55

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Hero?

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Mike Riggs of Reason.com calls out ABC news’ Jim Avila on shamelessly glorifying military drones as “our unmanned heroes in war zones”.

I always thought that to be called a hero, one had to do some extraordinary deed, beyond the call of duty, and at considerable risk to oneself. Dear Jim Avila, do you know of any unmanned drone, a non-sentient entity lacking free will and agency, do an extraordinary deed, beyond its call of duty and at considerable risk to itself? Has the concept of a hero become so devalued?

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February 22, 2012 at 04:22

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In His Defence He Was Admiring the Necklace

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February 22, 2012 at 02:55

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The Father Is Blameless Too

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Greatbong informs us all of the Peer Baba who impregnated 300 women, who were forced into sex with him by their husbands and in-laws in the hope of a son (Some may have went of their own free will but the program implies that mostly the women were forced to have sex with this Peer Baba). The interesting aspect to this is part 3 of the program where the gynaecologist tries to explain to the public that women cannot choose the sex of the child and hence must not be blamed (3′ 10” mark).

  

So far so good. However she goes on to say that since it is the sperm which carries the X or Y chromosomse which determines the sex, it is the man who is responsible for the sex of the child and thus the man is to blame. But since when did men have the ability to choose whether they ejaculate sperms carrying X chromosome or Y chromosome? Why is it necessary to blame men to absolve women of any responsibility? Blame them for blaming their wives, blame them for forcing their wives to have sex with some Peer Baba in order to bear sons. But don’t blame them for choosing the sex of the child. It is wrong scientifically and morally.

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February 21, 2012 at 05:55

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Off With Their Heads!

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The Honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull East would rather hang a banker each week than execute strikers in front of their families

In case tweets vanish in the ether

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February 18, 2012 at 10:23

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Off with His Head!

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Dear Ishani Nirgudkar,

Why stop only at acid-throwing? Eagerly await the list of all other crimes for which you would like to mandate capital punishment.

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February 18, 2012 at 10:01

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What do Dalits, Adivasis, and Suicide-Committing Farmers Want?

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Dear Mr. Sampath, you say

[Rahul Gandhi’s] beard is a metaphorical representation of his profound grief at the plight of India’s malnourished millions, the Dalits, the adivasis, and the suicide-committing farmers, all of whom have been waiting for 60 years for the barest essentials of life, like FDI in retail, lower taxes for corporates, and fiscal discipline, which any day are more important than utopian, outdated, commie ideas like food, health and education for all, even for those who can’t pay for it.

Did the implementation of utopian, commie ideas for 40 years since independence provide food, health and education for all, even for those who couldn’t pay for them?

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February 18, 2012 at 09:52

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So Does Fracking Cause Contamination or Not?

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February 18, 2012 at 08:25

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