Monthly Archives: November 2004

Maybe not…

From the methodology section of the FBI report it says:

The FBI collects hate crime data regard-ing criminal offenses that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offenderís bias against a race, religion, sexual ori-entation, ethnicity/national origin, or dis-ability, and committed against persons, property, or society.

So unless gender-based crimes are counted along with their orientation-based cousins, they’re not counted.

UPDATE

Gender-based violence is a significant social and historical problem, with women the predominant victims. Only recently, however, have these acts of violence been characterized as hate crimes. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 would make gender a category of bias-motivated crime.

Except for crimes against homosexuals, the federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act does not collect data on gender.

American Psychological Association

The above article is 6 years old. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 apparently didn’t pass, as Gender, Sexuality, and Disability are still not considered under Federal Hate Crimes. The FBI counts the statistics for sexuality and disability, but not gender.

Maybe not…

From the methodology section of the FBI report it says:

The FBI collects hate crime data regard-ing criminal offenses that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offenderís bias against a race, religion, sexual ori-entation, ethnicity/national origin, or dis-ability, and committed against persons, property, or society.

So unless gender-based crimes are counted along with their orientation-based cousins, they’re not counted.

UPDATE

Gender-based violence is a significant social and historical problem, with women the predominant victims. Only recently, however, have these acts of violence been characterized as hate crimes. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 would make gender a category of bias-motivated crime.

Except for crimes against homosexuals, the federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act does not collect data on gender.

American Psychological Association

The above article is 6 years old. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 apparently didn’t pass, as Gender, Sexuality, and Disability are still not considered under Federal Hate Crimes. The FBI counts the statistics for sexuality and disability, but not gender.

2003 Hate Crime Stats released

The 2003 Hate Crime Stats have been released. (The link is to the FBI’s report, in PDF format)

Lots of charts, but the “offenses by Bias Motivation” interested me in that it categorizes everything they consider hate:

Race: 3,844 incidents
Religion: 1,343 incidents
Sexual Orientation: 1,239 incidents
Ethnicity/National Origin: 1,026 incidents
Disability: 33 incidents
Multiple Biases: 4 incidents

In general, the numbers don’t surprise me. I was curious whether they counted hate crimes motivated on gender. It’s possible they classified it based on the sexual orientation of the victim, but that’s not entirely accurate. Gender and Sexual Orientation are not the same thing.

I know there are misogynists out there, as well as their men-hating counterparts, the word for which I am forgetting right now. (Misandrogyny?) I assume crimes they commit based on that hatred are considered hate crimes, right?

Note: ‘Misandrist’ was the word I was looking for. A misandrogynist would be one who hated hermaphrodites.

The monkeys are improving…

After 9.01237e+37 pages in this session, a monkey typed:

Anthonio. In sooth IC5A]OhTDwi9(vR3WvYpT)9b
utDZIrA…

the first 20 letters of which match “The Merchant of Venice”:

Anthonio. In sooth I know not why I am so sad,
It wearies me: you say it wearies you;

(unfortunately, I only have another hour before I will have to end this session, so if my monkeys are going to surpass the 22 character record, they need to work harder.)

The monkeys are improving…

After 9.01237e+37 pages in this session, a monkey typed:

Anthonio. In sooth IC5A]OhTDwi9(vR3WvYpT)9b
utDZIrA…

the first 20 letters of which match “The Merchant of Venice”:

Anthonio. In sooth I know not why I am so sad,
It wearies me: you say it wearies you;

(unfortunately, I only have another hour before I will have to end this session, so if my monkeys are going to surpass the 22 character record, they need to work harder.)

Urban vs Rural

More analysis on the Urban/Rural split of America.

As I said in earlier posts, I still tend to agree with Barack Obama’s assessment. A candidate who sticks to Progressive and Liberal policies, and backs it up with a moral faith-based foundation, will win.

Those who actually vote on policy lean to the left. And while this is frustrating for us on the Left, we should also feel encouraged that if we can find a candidate who shares our views, but has a ‘personality’ the rest of America likes, we should be in pretty good shape.

Give enough monkeys enough time…

Monkey Shakespeare Simulator

Simulates monkeys typing random keystrokes…and matches random keystrokes against Shakespeare database.

The longer you keep the simulator going, the better the chance the monkeys have of achieving greatness.

Current record: 22 Shakespearean keystrokes.

I’ve been letting it run in the background for a few minutes…and my monkeys are up to 19.

After 8.78899e+36 pages in this session, a monkey typed:

Leonato. I learne i[Ix’W4B3NtW([A9AuZEkUX,e&Wiy1N5…

the first 19 letters of which match “Much adoe about Nothing”:

Leonato. I learne in this Letter, that Don Peter of Arragon,
comes this night to Messina

Give enough monkeys enough time…

Monkey Shakespeare Simulator

Simulates monkeys typing random keystrokes…and matches random keystrokes against Shakespeare database.

The longer you keep the simulator going, the better the chance the monkeys have of achieving greatness.

Current record: 22 Shakespearean keystrokes.

I’ve been letting it run in the background for a few minutes…and my monkeys are up to 19.

After 8.78899e+36 pages in this session, a monkey typed:

Leonato. I learne i[Ix’W4B3NtW([A9AuZEkUX,e&Wiy1N5…

the first 19 letters of which match “Much adoe about Nothing”:

Leonato. I learne in this Letter, that Don Peter of Arragon,
comes this night to Messina

Language Lesson

Which is more ironic:

1) Rain on your wedding day
2)

irony.jpg

The answer is (2).

Irony (The two most common uses)

* An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
* Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.

No one would ever expect to see someone ironing their clothes underwater — without electrocuting themselves.

Notice no definition exists comparable to “something that sucks.”

But, you protest, no one expects rain on their wedding day!

No, no one wants rain on their wedding day. Expectation requires either some sort of control, or a knowledge of the odds. So if it were July, in the Northern hemisphere, and it snowed, that would be ironic. But it would be ironic whether you were getting married or not. If you were in the middle of a desert, and it rained, that would be ironic.

Or if you were Thor…and it rained on your Wedding day…or didn’t rain…depending upon what you, Thor, the God of Thunder, expected…that would be ironic.

Oh, hell, it’s been 8 years. It’s a losing battle.