And This Time, No Mask

Anti-abortionist prevented from going to Australia. Read it, it’s important.

The battle to prevent Newman from coming to Australia for a speaking tour began earlier this week, after a lawmaker sent a letter to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton saying Newman could pose a threat to community safety (I’ll bet any money on no criminal record, because if he had one you better be damn sure they’d have mentioned it.

“I am most concerned that Mr. Newman’s call for abortionists to be executed could lead to threats or the commission of acts of violence against women and medical professionals,” wrote Terri Butler, a member of the opposition Labor Party.

Immigration officials then revoked Newman’s visa.

Newman was pretty clearly referring to government sanctioned executions when he said that performing an abortion should be an execution-worthy act. The reason I’m sure of this is that we would have heard of him before this otherwise. But let’s say he really did mean that he wanted people to hold “executions” of abortionists in the streets or something, I don’t know. It makes no sense, but let’s roll with it.

How does it apply, in any way, to all medical professionals? Or all women? Is he telling us to assume that anybody in a doctor’s office is an ipso facto abortionist? How are you supposed to be violent towards women if you don’t know which of them have had abortions? Do we believe he’s trying to incite people to just round up women, ask them if they had an abortion, and kill them if they say yes? Is ANYBODY even PRETENDING to take this seriously? I doubt it.

“Here in Australia, we are a very open democracy,” Terri Butler, a Labor member of the Australian Parliament, told the New York Times. “We have a lot of discussion, frank discussion, vehement discussion, about issues on which we disagree. And abortion is one of those things. But we don’t welcome extremists into our country.

Annnnnnnd I’m done. I don’t have anything to say to that one.

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The Pope criticizes a pretend Catholic.

“[The Mayor of Rome] pretends to be Catholic, it came on him all of a sudden. It doesn’t happen like that,” Francis said.

The pope’s cutting comments on the politician — who observers say rubbed the pontiff up the wrong way with his vocal support of gay marriage and euthanasia — came as Francis returned from a barnstorming visit to the United States and Cuba.

Asked on the flight home if the pope had invited Marino, Francis said, “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”


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The Universe I’d Most Like to Write In

This may come as a shock to you, but I really like “Firefly”.

I know! Surprising, right? I guess I don’t mention it THAT much, but I like the show.

I was thinking of the various book universes I’ve read about, and about Holmes pastiches, and Wright’s “Awake in the Night Land” anthology, and I thought about what world I would enjoy writing about the most.

Yeah, definitely “Firefly”. That speech style and setting can’t be beat. I’d love to talk about Mal and the Serenity crew, but I could have fun with my own characters too.

Just off the top of my head. Currently working on a post for “Out of Gas” as a follow-up to my “Heart of Gold” post.

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New Superversive SF Post: Firefly’s Dark Heart of Gold

Here you go. You should have it by now. Comment here, there, or wherever else you’d like.

A brief excerpt:

“Heart of Gold”‘s conceit is just too ridiculous for me to take seriously. The idea that babies are sometimes better off being raised by whores in a whorehouse is downright risible, as is the idea that believing in the importance of the traditional family turns you into a maniac. What the mother SHOULD have done at the end is either tried to get out of the whorehouse somewhere and into respectable work or else tried to get the baby adopted by somebody else.

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Politics Over Dinner

We just had a discussion over dinner about politics – what the most important issue is, who the best candidate is, etc. I’m going to zoom in on a particularly interesting section of the conversation:

Person A: If it were up to me, I’d have a basic test that people would need to pass to vote.

Me: Eh, I don’t know. In theory, yeah. I just don’t trust the people designing the test. Actually, my idea is much more radical than that. You’re not going to like it at all.

Person A: What’s your idea?

Me: I’d restrict voting to people who are married with a certain middle class level of income.


Person A: …That’s completely insane. You know you’d be restricting yourself from voting?

Me: Absolutely. Married people are the people who have the most stake in making sure society is set up for the future, as opposed to instant gratification – government handouts. No question.

Person A: That’s so insane. What if your aunt wanted to vote to make a better life for her nieces and nephews? She can’t vote now?

Me: No. She might have the right idea, but single people in general wouldn’t have the same stake in society as married people. You don’t make rules based on exceptions.

Person A: So what if you’re divorced? You can’t vote now? Come on.

Me: No. If you’re divorced, you’re not as interested in the forwarding of society.

Person A: Well, what if your religion forbids you from marrying or something like that?

Me: Then your religion is clearly not going to have as large a stake in the betterment of the future of society, and people a part of it should not vote.

Person A: [For the rest of the conversation repeats how my idea is so insane it’s not even worth discussing]

…Annnnnnnnnd scene. Yes, this actually just happened.

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New Superversive SF Post: Fixing the Abrams Star Trek Films, Part 1

In which I attempt to solve the more obvious writing issues of the new Abrams Star Trek films.

Part 1 is about the first film. Part 2 will be about “Into Darkness”. Read it, love it, comment where you want to. You get the idea.

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Wisdom from “The Office”

Women can’t resist a man singing show tunes. It’s so powerful even a lot of men can’t resist a man singing show tunes.

– Andy Bernard

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