Monthly Archives: July 2014

There are no words. Apparently. Just Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam!

In April 2012, as Steve and Paula Alarcon were sleeping, someone fired five shots through the bedroom window, hitting them in the legs. Steve Alarcon wasn’t able to walk for months. Paula Alarcon did better, once the risk of bleeding … Continue reading

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Nom nom, blech, I’m eating dirt.

Hello, strangers! May I have your attention? I was a huge jerk, and I’m so sorry. I will do anything, anything, to show how sorry I am. I will humiliate myself in front of the whole world – that’s you. … Continue reading

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Public restroom mishap

This happened at a women’s restroom at a highway gas station in Utah. Three stalls. Our protagonist, thinking the handicapped stall is empty, opens the door. It is not empty.

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Non-apology of the year thus far!

Four days ago, the New York Times ran a devastating account of the horrific mishandling of a sexual assault incident at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The long, extensively reported piece is a difficult read, but an essential one.  Today’s New York Times … Continue reading

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Why didn’t you come see me, Dad?

It’s no fun having to visit your kid in jail. It’s even less fun when instead of seeing him, you get locked into a steel-doored concrete room and forgotten. Farad Polk had been visiting his son, who’s awaiting trial (drugs), … Continue reading

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Sock puppet on a mission to help lazy pigs

  John Huppenthal is Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona. “Schools chief” in headlinese. He’s an ambitious, presentable chap who worked his way from local office to state office. Turns out he’s been posting on blogs as Falcon9, Socrates, and … Continue reading

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Nerf Herder’s “Sorry” video

Nerf Herder is best known as the band that did the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme, among the greatest tv show themes in history. (Click that link to be hypnotized by the opening sequence from all seven seasons.) But writer Meg Nesterov just pointed me … Continue reading

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SorryWatch has ways of shutting that whole post-unapology down

You may remember former Congressman Todd Akin’s 2012 comment, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” He was explaining SCIENCE: Women who were ACTUALLY raped (i.e., not FALLEN women or … Continue reading

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Dear Equinox: Stop Trying to Make #PreApology Happen

On Twitter yesterday, the Chief Marketing Officer of Equinox Gyms posted this: This wittiness is tied to Equinox’s new campaign, all tied to the notion of “preapology.” LET’S DISCUSS.

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Facebook is not actually sorry

Why should Facebook be sorry for conducting a huge study that tried to manipulate users’ emotions by jiggering which posts users saw, all without telling them? To be sorry, you need incentive. You need to want to be better, do better, make your … Continue reading

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