Title IX and George Orwell

As young adults settle in on college campuses around the country, they’ll experience new freedom to make mistakes. While we hope for good choices based on parental example, the fact is that most people learn only from painful experience.

Some will have their first brush with alcohol or drugs. An unlucky few will mix the two and awaken next to someone else in a room full of regret. That’s a horrible way to “win” the sexually-transmitted disease lottery or the pregnancy sweepstakes, but worse, it is also an invitation for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to levy permanent and devastating consequences to their future.

Under Title IX law, there is virtually no need to respect rules of evidence or constitutionally guaranteed rights to a speedy trial, a jury of one’s peers, the ability to confront and question witnesses or the provision for a capable defense.

Hello, Title IX; goodbye, Sixth Amendment!

Recently there has been much discussion of the ways certain aspects of Title IX are being implemented on college campuses.  The latest entry is from Robert McClain at cleveland.com. Mr. McClain (presumably no relation to John McClain) opines in “The dark side of Title IX sexual-assault investigations” that college freshmen (not freshwomen) have much to worry about. Shortly we’ll write about Title IX and George Orwell. First, however, some background. Here are the first four paragraphs of Mc. McClain’s column →

Here at pfpfp we are of two minds about this issue.  On the one hand, we really like sex.  But on the other hand, one often unintended consequence (at least for those considerably younger than us) is pregnancy.  And that flies in the face of the stated purpose of this blog.

Mr. McClain is far from the first to write about this.  The case of “mattress girl” at Columbia University has become a cause celebré among both progressives and conservatives.  (If you’ve been living in a cave for the past two years, a good summary of the issue is on Wikipedia. This also about the most neutral presentation you can find.  Good conservative comments are at the National Review and Reason. Contrary viewpoints are found in several articles at Jezebel.com. And, of course, there is the case of the Duke University lacrosse team. In the Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote eloquently about this.

In response to an article by Hans Bader at LibertyUnyielding.com: “College: Students must agree ‘why’ they had sex to avoid sexual assault charges,” David Burge (better known by his nom-de-blog Iowahawk) has this advice for college freshmen:Iowahawk suggestion

Title IX and George Orwell

You may remember a significant subplot of 1984. The Junior Anti-Sex League.  Here are a couple of images from various sources:

1984 cover detail1984 cover

JASL buttonAnd there’s even JASL swag:

JASL bag

Conclusion

That Orwell guy was sure smart.  And, mostly because we don’t have to worry about consequences (old, happily married), we have to endorse this idea.

Obama’s Halloween Costumes for Bo and Sunny

Here are my suggestions for President Obama’s Halloween costumes for Bo and Sunny (the two White House dogs).  All are available from Target stores.

First, the original wiener costume for a wiener dog.  $12 – $16.

Wiener Wiener Dog

Next, for the more conventionally-shaped dog. $10 – $14.

Hot Dog

Finally, for those who want to go less conventional, this model works well. $16.

Taco Dog

A Car We Can Get Behind

A Car We Can Get Behind

Today on our way to our usual hike at a local open space preserve that will remain anonymous (well, unless you know where to look), we saw a car we can get behind.  Here’s what we saw:

A Car We Can Get Behind
The Official Car of PFPFP (license blurred, but if you see this car you won’t need the plate number)

Here are a couple of closeups to give you the idea:

A Car We Can Get Behind
Sign Closeup
A Car We Can Get Behind
Car Closeup

NukeMap3D Shows You the Future

[Update August 3, 2013: The site is back online and the bug noted below (which I still believe is a feature) has been fixed.  Selecting San Francisco as a target no longer targets New York City.]

NukeMap3D shows you the future that we at pfpfp hope for. Pick your target city, …

Target Choices

 … or you can just type in a city name.  I picked Downer’s Grove, Illinois, southwest of Chicago:

Downers Grove, IL targeted

Once the city is targeted, you get to select the size of the weapon you want:

Bomb ChoicesIf you want to play with my setup (target: Downer’s Grove, IL; 1 megaton blast) click here.  If you’d just like to see a video, here it is:

Alex has been kind enough to estimate of casualties as well as a map of the likely spread of fallout:

Casualties Estimates, Downers Grove Target

NukeMap3D: at pfpfp.org we fully support this effort.

Driving and Texting: An Obvious Solution

An enormous number of people use text messaging while they are driving.  In California and a number of other states this is illegal.  But that has not stopped the carnage on our freeways.  At PFPFP.org we have a proposal that should solve the problem in short order.

A simple change to the law is all that is required.  Make it legal to text while driving as long as the driver (also, presumably, the texter) is not wearing a seat belt.  Ideally, airbags would be switched off, too, but that presents technical difficulties that us folks at pfpfp are not prepared to take on.

We Need More of This!Prediction: within a few years the problem of drivers texting will take care of itself.  And, as an added bonus, this will further our organization’s goals.

Martian Not Mayan

Curiosity Lander
Curiosity Lander

As the Curiosity spacecraft approaches Mars, I have realized something important.  Martian not Mayan!  The source of the upcoming apocalypse will be the red planet, not a centuries-dead civilization.

So far, the Martians have been nice to us.  We’ve sent up a bunch of cool toys that I’m sure they’ve enjoyed playing with.  But Curiosity contains a nuclear reactor.  Act of war, anyone?

The Martians will not be pleased.  Remember, you read it here first.

A Terrific Idea from Australia

Today I ran across a terrific idea from Australia.  Blogger Damon Young writing for abc.net.au penned an entry titled “Surviving the suburban purgatory of the school run.”  Mr. Young expounds on various aspects of dropping off and collecting children from school.  He begins with a pithy quote from Gwyneth Paltrow, followed by this summary from Mr. Young: “The thought of doing school pickup until she was 58, Paltrow joked, put paid to her plans for a third child.”

So far, so good.  But the best part comes in the comments.  This goodie by “Dino not to be confused with :” was grabbed by Margaret Smith (@DrMobs).  Here’s what Dino proposes:

“My suggestion is we lower the legal driving age to three. Kid’s are much more tech savvy these days and they could download an app or something.”

What a great idea!  Parents would no longer have to put up with being chauffeurs.  And we have to add Dino to our list of people we admire.

Lower the Driving Age to Three!
Lower the Driving Age to Three!