By Bill Fostex on Open Thread
@sockhopbop This kind of positive, Internet-community-oriented activity helps keep kids like @probs off the streets.
This is the most gripping story I've read all day, and I read that Times story about the Professor, the Bikini Model, and the Suitcase Full of Trouble this morning.
@sockhopbop Ethics pizza is gross anyway. Nobody should eat that much vegan cheese in one go.
One of the best things I ever did in my whole life was quit my Ph.D. - I now work in consulting and I have no regrets!
@sockhopbop I am definitely a Ravenclaw. Let's do another online quiz to be sure. Yep.
@sockhopbop I suspect that I would be in Hufflepuff. But like, a Cedric Diggory kind of, right good ol chap sort of Hufflepuff. who dies in the fourth act. no no, it's cool, harry's life is more important. The greater good and all. spoiler alert
By velveeta chz on Logan Saw a Dude Steal Some Coffee And Said Nothing And Mike Is Like, That's Wrong
I'm a public defender, so I'm with Logan here. The criminal consequences of a theft of even a minimal amount can be severe for someone who is already on the fringes. In MD, theft under $100 carries a potential penalty of 90 days in jail, with additional penalties possible if the person has prior convictions. I have seen people who stole less than $10 worth of stuff go to jail, even when the complainant got his or her money back. Sometimes people have mental illness, sometimes they have substance abuse issues, sometimes they're just poor and trying to make a little cash on the side. I know a lot of people have more sympathy for the guy stealing lunch than they do for the guy lifting DVDs from walmart, but I have to say, having had both those clients, often their lives are equally unstable. This isn't to say that I think theft is okay, or that the law shouldn't prohibit it, but once someone gets brought into the machine of the criminal justice system, it brings about a whole host of consequences, some very far-reaching, that are often disproportionate to the offense. I just think the criminal justice system is horribly, terribly unfair to poor people, which for me is best encapsulated in this quote, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12, 23 (1956) (quoting Anatole France).
By honey cowl on Open Thread
I got a new jobbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The period after you answered my letter felt a lot like the last line of Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable: “You must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” This is not a question; it’s a snapshot of my life since I got “Sugared.” Every day, I was sure I would not be able to write—yet by the end of each day, I had written." Oh, that good old chestnut: "Treat Writing As If It Were A Precious and Desperately Vital Existential Proposition Rather Than What It Is, Which Is Just Writing" And here: When I become overwhelmed with all that I feel and everything I must say—it is almost too much that I must artfully arrange the internal mess—when the feelings are firing and the chair is beginning to get warm and the words are positioning themselves... MY GOD.
@sockhopbop A doctoral exercise in Underwater Basket Weaving.