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Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
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Originally posted by Golden Key:
Eutychus--

As I highlighted in the AP quote, work and housing rights *are* at issue. AIUI, they had been at issue...

See, here's where you're going wrong. They had not been at issue. Other laws, particularly of the privacy type, had been barring that kind of discrimination for years.

So why the new and later repealed law, if those rights were already covered?

Political grandstanding, that's what. Soon to be matched by the other side in the repeal.

The net effect when it comes to landlords, employers, etc is to put us right back where we were before-- which is to say, protected by privacy laws.

Really. We're not complete barbarians. Only partial ones.

And Moo has the right idea about Newsweek.

Because, of course, no-one can find this information out about anyone except by asking them at interview, because Facebook doesn't exist, no-one knows anything about anyone else's business, no-one ever talks to their friends about this sort of thing, and people desperate for work never answer interview questions that shouldn't be asked but are asked anyway.

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And anti-discrimination laws can't stop that, unfortunately.

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quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
ISTM that there's a marked difference in style. AP's style tends to be simple, unemotional, and direct. The Newsweek article (and the Feministing, IIRC) are more expressive.

I want my news reports to be simple, unemotional, and direct. Given accurate information, I can generate my own appropriate emotions.

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quote:
Originally posted by Matt Black:
And anti-discrimination laws can't stop that, unfortunately.

If I reject your application because I do not like goths, no one will know if I do not say it out loud. However, if I establish a pattern of rejecting goths however qualified, anti-discrimination laws can be applied. They cannot end discrimination entirely, but they can help.
Their existence sends a message. Just as the lack thereof sends one. As a lawyer, you should know that.
In the presence discrimination, laws that actively prohibit discrimination are necessary.

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Proving that sort of discrimination is highly problematic. AS a lawyer, I do indeed know that! [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Matt Black:
Proving that sort of discrimination is highly problematic. AS a lawyer, I do indeed know that! [Razz]

And without anti-discrimination laws, it makes things worse.
And shennigans like the law under discussion send the message as to which side "interpretation" will fall.

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Oh, agreed. This is the tragedy of this thread - that we're all shooting at our own side.

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So, who else has heard of wikitribune?
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Originally posted by RooK:
So, who else has heard of wikitribune?

It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

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First I've heard of it. I wonder if, like the Society of Professional Journalists, they will develop a Code of Ethics?

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quote:
Originally posted by Ricardus:
... I mean, given that the majority of posts here have been arguing the toss over Eutychus, and close to zero have been spent responding to the one poster who actually is a woman from Missouri, I don't think anyone really gets to take the moral high ground on this one ...

I'm ignoring Lamb Chopped's contribution because she's been consistent in her posts on anti-discrimination legislation. She's repeatedly stated she's prepared to accept being personally discriminated against on certain grounds so that she can discriminate against others on other grounds.

And following up on what RuthW said: support your local newspaper. Heck, support two.

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quote:
Originally posted by Soror Magna:

And following up on what RuthW said: support your local newspaper. Heck, support two.

Local, national and world.

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quote:
Originally posted by Soror Magna:
I'm ignoring Lamb Chopped's contribution because she's been consistent in her posts on anti-discrimination legislation.

Back from hols! The temptation was too great. Well, ignore if you must. But AP confirms her view about the largely symbolic nature of the St Louis provision. So she was right on that point wasn't she? And it's a pretty important point, isn't it?

I suppose it may be possible to argue that the defence Lamb Chopped claims to exist in the pre-existing privacy laws doesn't exist. But it's pretty hard to believe that in view of the AP statement that the St Louis provision was largely symbolic. Which makes its repeal largely symbolic. Which is one of the reasons, maybe the major one, which make the Newsweek article largely flawed.

None of which detracts from my suspicion that the intentions of the MO legislators are both malevolent and discriminatory. But the AP article provides more justification for my suspicion than the Newsweek article, which as Moo observed gives justification for suspicion about Newsweek articles.

BTW I'm not suspicious of Lamb Chopped either. As a DH and Purg Host I get to read all her stuff. I don't agree with all the opinions she expresses. That doesn't make her an untrustworthy source on matters of fact. Why should it?

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Originally posted by Barnabas62:
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Originally posted by Soror Magna:
I'm ignoring Lamb Chopped's contribution because she's been consistent in her posts on anti-discrimination legislation.

Back from hols! The temptation was too great. Well, ignore if you must. But AP confirms her view about the largely symbolic nature of the St Louis provision. So she was right on that point wasn't she? And it's a pretty important point, isn't it?

Because symbolism doesn't matter? In a state with ONE place to get an abortion? A state which funds pregnancy "resource" centres that lie about the health effects of abortion? A state whose governor is actively trying to legislate abortion out of existence?
SB 5 does more than "symbolically" roll back protections. It includes provisions to make running a clinic which provides abortions more difficult.
This is more than symbolism, this is an attack.

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I provided you with facts concerning the law. I did not address the abortion location issue at all. My facts turned out to be correct. Why are you so upset with me?

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quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
I provided you with facts concerning the law. I did not address the abortion location issue at all. My facts turned out to be correct. Why are you so upset with me?

I'm not upset with you. I merely addressed why not responding to you was not the affront that Ricardus thinks it was.

Though you did say
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Duh we do stupid legal tricks. Getting your panties in a twist over our legal grandstanding is a waste of time. Go for the real problems that need real outrage.
which is dismissive of what some of us think are real problems with Missouri's current stance on women's reproductive rights.
I think this bill by Missouri contains direct threat and that the symbolic part of it is a real threat. A fact without context loses significance. I gave context in my previous post.
As to your state's poor treatment of black people, I have plenty of outrage to spare for that as well. No need to apportion it.

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You could easily take the abortion location issue to be outrage-worthy. Getting het up because someone (several someones on both sides) have misused the legislative system for grandstanding purposes, not so much. If nothing else, think of the time wasted! The confusion added to the issue in the public mind! (witness Newsweek) I'm rather pissed at them (both sides) on account of this abuse of the legal system. There are far more useful things they could be doing, as the whole world knows after Ferguson.

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Eutychus--

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Disclosure: writing appropriate headlines for press releases is something I get paid to do.

Um, if you'd led with this, you might have saved yourself a lot of trouble.

And...are the standards for press release headlines the same as for magazine headlines? They serve different purposes.

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@ lilBuddha

I argued upthread that symbolism does matter. It signals intentions and tone. And the strengthened anti-abortion provisions of SB5 are not symbolic. It is the repeal of the St Louis provision which is largely symbolic, as was the provision itself. And it is the headline and the substance of the Newsweek article which misrepresents that aspect of SB5. Unlike the AP article.

What's to stop Newsweek publishing a correction and then going for the jugular on the anti-abortion provisions? I reckon they could do that and they ought to do that. They got it wrong.

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Originally posted by Soror Magna:
She's repeatedly stated she's prepared to accept being personally discriminated against on certain grounds so that she can discriminate against others on other grounds.

I've read those posts too and I didn't agree with them and thought they were daft. But not half as daft as that silly caricature you've just scribbled of her views.

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quote:
Originally posted by Barnabas62:
What's to stop Newsweek publishing a correction and then going for the jugular on the anti-abortion provisions? I reckon they could do that and they ought to do that. They got it wrong.

[Killing me]

Once you've crossed into the "ethic" of clickbait headlines and maximising revenue being the determining factors, I don't think "getting it wrong" counts for much.

I think you can forget piffling things like "corrections" unless the money you are likely to pay out on a lawsuit exceeds your advertising revenue.

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Sure, but as I understand it, Newsweek was previously a respected publication. Appreciating all bottom line arguments is one thing, looking after your long term reputation is another. They could decide to reverse the downhill trend. RooK's post suggests there might actually be a decent market out there for ethical journalism.

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quote:
Originally posted by Barnabas62:
Sure, but as I understand it, Newsweek was previously a respected publication. Appreciating all bottom line arguments is one thing, looking after your long term reputation is another. They could decide to reverse the downhill trend. RooK's post suggests there might actually be a decent market out there for ethical journalism.

On the other hand, protecting a publication's long-term reputation becomes a quixotic endeavor when the publication's going belly-up for lack of revenue.

When the general readership (and those trying to sell them products) is increasingly (A) too busy scrabbling to survive to read; (B) too poorly-educated to grasp what little they do read; (C) far more interested in the latest Kardashian scandal-drama than in what their government is/isn't doing, the Fourth Estate's real job, however ethically performed, gets pushed right off the table.

Let's see how many folks sign up for the Wikimedia project.

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quote:
Originally posted by mdijon:
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Originally posted by Soror Magna:
She's repeatedly stated she's prepared to accept being personally discriminated against on certain grounds so that she can discriminate against others on other grounds.

I've read those posts too and I didn't agree with them and thought they were daft. But not half as daft as that silly caricature you've just scribbled of her views.
I don't mind anyone thinking me daft, but I do appreciate your recognizing this as a silly caricature. I can't recall ever stating on the Ship anywhere that I intended to discriminate against anybody on any grounds. Citation, Soror Magna?

The overriding theme of my posts on that thread was that I judged it better to put up with minor discrimination (even and especially against myself) than to give the state power to waltz in and destroy a family's livelihood over a cake, however wrongheaded they might be.

The key words there were "minor" (no one dies for lack of a wedding cake--we're not talking medical care or jobs) and "livelihood" (since family businesses are being shut down for a religious decision that others disagree with. I judge the relative amount of harm in such cases to favor leaving the discriminator alone. And I backed up my reasoning by pointing to the real though minor harm my family suffers at the hand of my racist neighbors. We could retaliate legally, and might even win. But they'd probably lose their retirement $ and possibly their home just defending the case, win or lose. The punishment would be wildly incommensurate. And that's just wrong.

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quote:
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Originally posted by Barnabas62:
Sure, but as I understand it, Newsweek was previously a respected publication. Appreciating all bottom line arguments is one thing, looking after your long term reputation is another. They could decide to reverse the downhill trend. RooK's post suggests there might actually be a decent market out there for ethical journalism.

On the other hand, protecting a publication's long-term reputation becomes a quixotic endeavor when the publication's going belly-up for lack of revenue.

When the general readership (and those trying to sell them products) is increasingly (A) too busy scrabbling to survive to read; (B) too poorly-educated to grasp what little they do read; (C) far more interested in the latest Kardashian scandal-drama than in what their government is/isn't doing, the Fourth Estate's real job, however ethically performed, gets pushed right off the table.

Let's see how many folks sign up for the Wikimedia project.

Fair enough. I may well be whistling in the increasing dark. I hope not, for all sorts of reason. The main one is that the Fourth Estate's real job is pretty vital in an increasingly 'spinny' political world. If it becomes increasingly 'spinny', we all lose.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:

The key words there were "minor"

It is not minor. The laws exist because of the pervasive nature of allowing discrimination in too many "minor" situations.
THis has been covered throughly in DH, but if you choose to serve the public, you do so by those rules and not your own.

BTW, what you choose to endure re racism does not translate to what everyone else should endure.

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I'm not intending to sidetrack this thread. I do think that you place far too great an emphasis on symbolism (yes, I know it has its place) vs actual real-life here and now demonstrable harm on the ground. And the self-righteousness is stinging.

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quote:
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On the other hand, protecting a publication's long-term reputation becomes a quixotic endeavor when the publication's going belly-up for lack of revenue.

Unfortunate, but true.
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When the general readership (and those trying to sell them products) is increasingly (A) too busy scrabbling to survive to read;

This is not true. It is increasingly easy to find news and in digest form. One only needs to sort the wheat from the chaff initially.

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(B) too poorly-educated to grasp what little they do read;

In part, by choice. Again, the information is more readily available. So too, is the misinformation.

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(C) far more interested in the latest Kardashian scandal-drama than in what their government is/isn't doing, the Fourth Estate's real job, however ethically performed, gets pushed right off the table.

Complete and ridiculously true.
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Let's see how many folks sign up for the Wikimedia project.

There is a market for information that is as objective as possible. Unfortunately, it is small and will not be the source of the general public.

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When the general readership (and those trying to sell them products) is increasingly (A) too busy scrabbling to survive to read;

This is not true. It is increasingly easy to find news and in digest form. One only needs to sort the wheat from the chaff initially.
We may move in different circles, and I don't know if the eye-corner you occupy is in the UK or the US. In the US, where I live, many people of my acquaintance work at low-wage jobs and therefore have 2 or 3 of these in efforts to keep the bills paid. One guy I know is a teller at a bank 37.5 hours a week, a check-out clerk at a supermarket another 20 hours a week, and drives a 12-hour shift Sunday nights for a local cab company, getting off in time to shower, change, and eat before reporting to his bank job. He cannot make the rent on his run-of-the-mill apartment on his bank job. He commutes to his job sites by bike to save car expenses. He has neither the leisure or energy to pay attention to news in any format. While his situation is a tad extreme, I know hardly anyone who works fewer than 60 hours a week, even if they're salaried and theoretically working 40; they're afraid of getting canned if they "produce less."
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(B) too poorly-educated to grasp what little they do read;

In part, by choice. Again, the information is more readily available. So too, is the misinformation.
I wonder which part you believe is "by choice?" Most ordinary people where I live use public schools, which are busy getting starved of funds by all these charter, private, home-school "options" which the better-off, empowered by Republicans, are busy shunting their kids off to. The school district assigns your kids to the neighborhood school, and if the neighborhood isn't well-off, the school's usually in pretty dire straits too. Kids get very little choice about their schooling, and it isn't easily made up for later. I teach freshman comp at a community college, and in any given semester, about 20% of my students are functionally illiterate, another 20% struggle for comprehension, perhaps 5% read fluently, and I deliberately choose simple, straightforward, reading matter in hope of reaching more than 10% of the class. Students often claim they have never, before taking my class, read an entire book before. (If they have, it's Harry Potter or the Twilight series, and then with the aid of the resulting movies.)
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Let's see how many folks sign up for the Wikimedia project.

There is a market for information that is as objective as possible. Unfortunately, it is small and will not be the source of the general public.
And THIS is exactly the problem: the general public’s access to reliable information is increasingly restricted. On one side, access is restricted by undereducation. You can’t make smart choices about wheat and chaff when you haven’t been trained to distinguish one from another (especially if you have little vocab and poor reading skills). You’re not likely to TRY making smart choices when many politicians and “news sources” are drumming it into the public mind that the “lamestream media” are a pack of coastal elitists / liberal liars / politically correct commie pinko radicals, etc., and Is Not For The Likes Of You.

On another hand, access is restricted by cost. The cost of reliable media sources competes, for many, with necessities. When that money comes on top of challenging mental work, after you’re already worn out from your 12-14-hour 7-day-a-week work schedule, guess what happens?

On a third hand, now access is restricted by sheer confusion over “fake news.” Most people I encounter, without the skills or sense or know-how to evaluate competing / conflicting narratives, simply give up and tune out. They claim all politicians are crooks and liars, and ignore / grudgingly put up with whatever government does, assuming there’s nothing which can be done about it; they claim “the media” is useless (since for these folks, that’s literally true), and discount whatever they happen, however accidentally, to see, hear, and/or read.

Except for the sports scores, of course.

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Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
The key words there were "minor" (no one dies for lack of a wedding cake--we're not talking medical care or jobs)

I don't think that is the right criterion. Nobody dies for lack of being able to drink at the same water fountain as white people. Nobody dies from having a cross burned on their lawn. Nobody dies from being a second-class citizen. That's not a very useful,or even moral, criterion when discussing systematic oppression or discrimination.

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Originally posted by mdijon:
I've read those posts too and I didn't agree with them and thought they were daft. But not half as daft as that silly caricature you've just scribbled of her views.

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Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
I don't mind anyone thinking me daft, but I do appreciate your recognizing this as a silly caricature. I can't recall ever stating on the Ship anywhere that I intended to discriminate against anybody on any grounds.

This is hell, so I guess I could have said I thought you were daft if I needed to, but it was only those views I took aim at.

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Originally posted by mousethief:
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Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
The key words there were "minor" (no one dies for lack of a wedding cake--we're not talking medical care or jobs)

I don't think that is the right criterion. Nobody dies for lack of being able to drink at the same water fountain as white people. Nobody dies from having a cross burned on their lawn. Nobody dies from being a second-class citizen. That's not a very useful,or even moral, criterion when discussing systematic oppression or discrimination.
It also fails the "minor" test when people face repeated incidents, of varied kinds, every single day of their lives, from childhood on up, which question, diminish, and discount their very being. We've known since Brown v Board of Education the damage this constant, repetitive undercutting does to the developing human.

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Originally posted by Ohher:
]We may move in different circles, and I don't know if the eye-corner you occupy is in the UK or the US. In the US, where I live, many people of my acquaintance work at low-wage jobs and therefore have 2 or 3 of these in efforts to keep the bills paid.

I am not discounting anything you have said. From what I have seen and read, Americans do work more hours on average than much of the rest of the first world.
However, most do have a telly and do have smartphones. Whist keeping up with current events is not as relaxing as watching the actions of the famous, but irrelevant, it isn't difficult to find out what is going on in the world. And considering how that affects one's wages, health, etc., there is little excuse to not try.
Education and learning are not the exclusive purview of the economically comfortable. Yes, if one has to make a greater effort to survive, going beyond that is wearying and more difficult.
This is a reason, but it is not an excuse unless one is content always being unnecessarily poor.
Being poor makes everything more difficult and it is not a fair thing. But it will never get better if an effort is not made. The rich certainly are not going to change the system.

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Originally posted by RooK:
So, who else has heard of wikitribune?

Looks interesting! Thanks, Rook.

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