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It is very important to UC Davis that you forget the incident in which non-aggressive student protesters were summarily pepper-sprayed by campus police. Please do not link or otherwise mention this incident, which is embarrassing to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, due to her presumable complicity in authorizing extrajudicial punishment against nonviolent citizens.

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So the video-game-industry-and-media-politics-social-media-experience has been going nuts since yesterday when Alison Rapp, this previously-outward-facing Nintendo marketing person was fired.  She had been the target of some aggressive GamerGate-and-so-aligned harassment.  She was, presumably, targeted because of her self-described radical feminist views as promulgated on Twitter, and because of a college paper she wrote wherein she argued, on (I believe) free speech and cultural-autonomy grounds, against Western countries pressuring countries like Japan to crack down with child pornography laws on fictional depictions of nonexistent minors.

When Rapp announced her firing on Twitter, she said it was because Nintendo no longer saw her as a "safe" employee, implying that it had caved to harassment pressure.  Nintendo put out a statement saying that she had been fired from her marketing position for unrelated reasons due to a second job in conflict with company culture.  Rapp came back and said that her side job was anonymous, and moonlighting is generally accepted at Nintendo, per policy.

Patrick Klepek posted this article, and Twitter blew up with outrage over letting the terrorists win or what have you, condemning Nintendo for being on the wrong side of things. Then I googled trying to find out what her side job was.

Turns out she was moonlighting as a Camgirl, while also working as a marketing representative for a known-to-be-conservative generally-family-friendly global video game company.

Oh.

I switched back to the old G+ site after running the "new Google+" since it was first offered. I virtually never change back to the  "old style" on any website, but when I did it this time it was like a cool breeze.

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Shared for the sentence "I think that most people would be willing to concede that illegal immigrants are more likely to have immigrated illegally than other populations." 

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Damned if you do

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In a world filled with facile analysis of sloppy statistics, Scott Alexander rides again.

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Predictably, George R.R. Martin has fucked up. Winds of Winter is not done, and will be delayed until after Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The book will be spoiled by the inferior TV series, and as we all know it is impossible to avoid seeing these things while also participating in internet.

This is what I get for breaking my own rules and starting a book series before it's complete.

Oh good, the "New Google+" actively evokes that winning design philosophy behind the Windows Hangouts application.

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