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I was meaning to look up the video from Mizzou that had that assault happen, and watch the Skepticon Q&A with the journalist who made it, to see what all the drama was about so I could judge for myself.
Might have to put that off to when I have more time and aren’t just coming off being sick.
There does seem to be some of the general anti-SJ regressives just reflexively attacking Skepticon, but there’s also some of that pushback that sounds a lot like “you can’t criticize that guy he’s autistic”… Yeah, no. If you know someone is autistic, sure, that should probably guide how you deliver your criticism, but if they do wrong they do wrong and should not be beyond criticism. If someone is high functioning enough to do a public Q&A, they are probably functional enough to be held accountable for misconduct. Bitching about the criticism and not engaging at all with the content or even tone of said criticism really sounds like you are saying otherwise. And that’s a problem.
Still need to check out the relevant videos, just some of the criticism that has gone out is pretty much crap.
June 11, 2015 Leave a comment
Even looking at this from a standpoint of assuming the cops reasonably thought Tamir was a threat, they still fucked up.
What they should have done is parked the car a bit away, yelled the warning without the engine noise or sirens possibly interfering, and taken cover behind the car just in case Tamir fired on them.
That would have almost certainly lead to Tamir surviving, possibly getting yelled at for being careless in showing off the toy gun but surviving, and even in the bizarro world where the gun was real and he was a threat, would have kept the cops and innocent bystanders safe.
Almost running him over and firing before the door is even completely open is stupid however you look at it. If he was *already* shooting at people maybe a crazy stunt like that would make sense, but he wasn’t.
It might be debatable whether first degree murder should apply, but certainly second degree would IMO.
I try to give cops some leeway- if they hold fire too long in a situation where they do need to shoot someone, innocent people die just as surely as when they fire too quickly. It’s a balance, and imperfect humans will never get it right 100% of the time. But even giving them as much credit as possible, there’s just no way they were remotely in the right. AT BEST they were incredibly reckless to the point a second degree murder charge, for depraved indifference to human life, should apply- or whatever the equivalent charge is under Ohio law. And that’s reckless even if it could be established that they reasonably believed Tamir to be a threat, and that appears to be quite a stretch.
June 4, 2015 Leave a comment
This is dumb.
Trans people not lucky enough to get on puberty blockers as kids develop anatomical structures matching their assigned gender(excpetions for some intersex and hormone related conditions that are sometimes also present, but that’s not the case here). Their skeletal structure, size, and musculature, all the things relevant to athletic competition, are standard issue for their birth assigned gender.
Unless they can come up with a scientifically supported argument that being a closeted transwoman gave her an advantage, and that either she knew this at the time(you might be able to argue cheating on this count), or that the advantage was so huge that no man could possibly overcome it(not just that they failed to, which is a matter of historical fact, but that they couldn’t), there’s simply no argument here. She earned her medals. Want to say otherwise- show the research. The biochemistry showing more efficient calorie use, the stats on transwomen defeating men in athletic competition, show some *actual data*.
My expectation that such an advantage would ever be shown to exist… Well, about as close to zero as they can get. Literally the only reason I don’t say zero is that I’ve been wrong in the past.
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