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November 25, 2003

A Collection of Interesting Links

Posting will be scarce for the next week due to the holidays. In the meantime, here are some posts and articles that caught my attention.

  • While the media rubbernecks the Michael Jackson carnage, General Tommy Franks's comment that should the U. S. be hit with WMDs that the Constitution would be discarded in favor of military rule is ignored. Sometimes I think that people like Michael Jackson and Der Gropenfuehrer are paid by Bush and the neo-cons to act as distractions from major life-changing events that desperately need coverage.

  • Scathing critique of misogynistic fathers rights tactics and propaganda in Australia: "The mythology that portrayed men as victims was driving debate over domestic violence, child custody and child support issues, the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alastair Nicholson, said yesterday. Justice Nicholson said there was a common view that men were victimised by the Child Support Scheme, and the myth was at its most extreme with claims that men were as often victims of family violence as they were the perpetrators of it."

  • From TalkLeft, author Sara Paretsky has her p. i. V. I. Warshawski collide head-first with the Patriot Act.

  • These links are really cool. Wait until the page loads in, and then run your cursor over the images.

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  • The world's only known albino gorilla has died at The Barcelona Zoo from skin cancer.

  • A handful of fathers' rights activists who have been accused of abuse, whose children refuse to see them, and whose wives fled them get sympathy from The Guardian (U. K.). Why do these malcontents get so much media, government, and public attention and sympathy? You have to wonder why the reporter felt sympathy for David Rolfe, "a boat designer from Beaconsfield, had come out in sympathy with other fathers denied access to their children. He had not seen his younger daughter, now almost 18, in the four years since the family court granted his wife a non-molestation order against him in his absence. His 31-year-old daughter had also been turned against him, he said. Speaking of the court order against him, he said. "I did hit her on one occasion, which she induced me to as part of a calculated plot which I later discovered. For that one moment all of my rights as a father were destroyed."

    Gee, what a dad.

  • Remember the October 12 bombing in Bali? You probably know about the seven who were convicted and the memorial that was recently unveiled. Did you know that the site is haunted? [via A Skeptical Blog.]

  • And finally, just in time for Thanksgiving, a couple of skull-numbingly stupid questions customer service folk have heard on the Butterball Turkey Talk Line.

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