Category Archives: I Hate You

There is no Racial Profiling Going on in the US.

This one is a couple of years old. I found it while digging around in some ancient stuff.

Really, none whatsoever. Of course, there are some things that could be interpreted as such, but that would be a mistake. Take for example the below conversation between the Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau, circa December 2003. This transcript is an exaggeration, of course, but the underlying facts are about right. As you’ll see, this dialogue demonstrates that the US Department of Homeland Security is not engaging in any racial-profiling-type activities.

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What makes news

See, I live in Canada. And in Canada there are really only two things that consistently make our blood boil: politics and Hockey. But the question remains: which one is more important? Well, perhaps this photo of the front page of today’s Gazette will clarify things:

Making news in Canada
See, we just had an election. The Conservative Party, out of office for twelve years or so, made it back in. This is big news. But Mario Lemieux, the hockey star from Ville Emard, owner of the Pittsburg Penguins, has just announced that, due to illness, he has hung up his gloves for the last time. This is also big news, as evidenced by the fact that although the election got the headline, Lemieux’ story got the above-the-fold photo and more space on page 1 (follow the image link to the Flickr page for real-estate comparison).

And finally, from the stylus of R Stevens, here is an insight into a typical reaction to Monday night’s happenings.

George Bush doesn’t care

I think I may have developed some carpal tunnel syndrome or some other, similar RSI, so I ought to keep this short.

I was reading through my huge backlog of Worldchanging articles, and in an interview with Bruce Sterling I came across the phrase (by Bruce) “George Bush doesn’t care about Kyoto and “jobs.”” And I thought to myself: wouldn’t it be neat to gather a list of things George Bush doesn’t care about, as reported by people on the internets? Well, here goes. These are almost all pre-Katrina, since after the Kanye West thing there were all sorts of people trying to be funny with “George Bush doesn’t care about your mom”-type comments. Feel free to chip in with more links or your own opinions.

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A joke told sotto voce

Alain: I’ve got a joke for you.
He lowers his voice, and I think “Oh, shit.”
Alain: Why are there no black people on The Flintstones?
Me: …
Alain: Because back then, they were still apes! [laughs]
Me, not laughing: That’s really bad.
Alain, still laughing: Yeah, I know!
Me: As in, it’s not funny.
He stops laughing and quickly changes the subject.

Anyone want to comment on the prevalence of racism in Quebec? I don’t know if this sort of thing is more or less common here than in other parts of Canada and the world, but it seems very common and widely accepted.

Update: corrected speling in title. Incidentally, there is some really bad pronunciation on the Dictionary.com entry.

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Here’s some fun spam I got recently:

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Geeky Yarmulke

There was a post on BoingBoing today about a geek who designed himself a yarmulke bearing such images as the Bluetooth logo, a PSP, an iPod, a cellphone, and so on. Kinda interesting. But this quote from the original article caught my eye:

My wife Leah spent three months crocheting the gadget yarmulka based on a design I created for her. She is not pleased with the idea that Iā€™m going to want a new one with different gadgets ā€“ maybe a WiMAX logo? Nokia 8801? Motorola PEBL? ā€“ in a few months.

Sounds like the rest of the statement is “… but she will anyway, because I want her to.” Hey, what kind of geek is Avi if he doesn’t even want to DIY? Better to have his wife spend three months crocheting the bloody thing?