Oct 14, 2015
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Un-Enchanted Evening
I would add that if you think you might be depressed, please seek professional help. I recognise (from my own experience with the "black dog") some of the thinking patterns that seem to me to pervade your letter: black and white thinking, being judgmental (about yourself), filtering out positives, being overly self-critical, etc. I'm not a psychologist and it's impossible to tell from your brief letter, but if these comments resonate, you might be depressed. I say this because, objectively, you seem to me to be being way too hard on yourself. Being too hard on yourself might just mean that you're having a moment of introspection, or it might mean that the chemicals in your brain are playing tricks on you.
Apr 29, 2015
commented on Jeffrey Toobin Slams Scalia
I don't know anything about American law, but under the English system the parties could apply (to the remaining judges on the bench) for him to be removed on the grounds of apparent bias. In In re Pinochet an order of the House of Lords was set aside on the grounds of apparent bias because Lord Hoffman had previous been a member of Amnesty International. No court, even the House of Lords, is immune from the doctrine.
Nov 4, 2014
commented on The Bowler Hat Is the New Fedora
Paul this was a very negative and unpleasant post. There are so many awful things to complain about already - please don't keep adding to the list. Live and let live. BTW, I've come to like the porkpie. I don't know if that symbolises any particular subculture and I don't care. Not caring about nonsense like this is one of the advantages of having progressed into my fifth decade.
Oct 14, 2014
commented on Penn Jillette, Arbiter of Cuntiness, Is Coming to Town
I still don't understand the American use of "the c word" to describe women. Is it not as offensive in America as it is in Australia to refer to a woman as "a c***"?
I agree with his opinion (stress, it's only an opinion) that the article by Lindy West was not funny (or witty), but that response was appalling.
Mar 4, 2014
commented on SL Letters & Tweets of the Day: An Enemy of the Bi People
Not sure if I need to qualify in order to comment on this issue? (i.e. I'm not bi) It sometimes seems to me that you're not free to weigh in on any debate about sexuality unless you identify as being within a particular band on the sexuality spectrum.
That said, from my own perspective, my thoughts are as follows:
(1) IMHO, Dan is 100% correct; but
(2) Even if (1) is wrong, given his evident sincerity and commitment to LGBTI rights, and given the runs that he's put on the board vis-à-vis literally helping it to get better for so many people, this criticism of him seems particularly churlish and unfair.
Not wishing to piss in your pocket Dan, but I think you're amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do.