Archives August 2006

We Know You’re Guilty. We Don’t Need to Prove it.

The Washington Post has
another scary dictatorship article.

A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such “commissions” to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal.

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Kohlberg’s Moral Stages

I just ran across a reference to Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development, and was immediately intrigued enough to spend my attention span learning just enough to mistakenly be sure that I know something about the subject.

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Word O’ the Day

The first definition the OED gives of scumbag is “condom”, from “scum” meaning “foam” or “froth”, and by extension “semen”. This usage dates back to 1967. “Scumbag” as an insult shows up in 1971.