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Funny thing, I’ve debated this issue about the pay gap for the past 15 years or so.  This article  is an interesting read–and it made me chuckle how a couple of the excuses that you always hear were brought to attention in this short article.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9642178

Kathy Sierra was threatened (and feared for her life) after calling for a bloggers code of conduct.  The story is above, but what got me curious was this code of conduct.  I found one such proposed code on Tim O’Reilly’s website.   Take a second to check it out.  I think a self imposed code like this would make the internet a lot friendlier place.  Especially in disagreements.

 1)Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.
 2)Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
 3)Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
 4)Ignore the trolls.
 5)Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
 6)If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
 7)Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.
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Yesterday after work, as I arrived home, my roommates were watching tv with an expression of pure grimness on their faces.  My roommate’s boyfriend was with him–he graduated from Virginia Tech a few years ago and of all of us, the tragedy hit him the hardest.  Today, the day after it unfolded there’s blame evident on the tv, the internet the radio.  The media is wondering whether the school officials did everything they could, students are wondering why they weren’t evacuated sooner, which is all human nature to find a reason, a motive, a scapegoat perhaps.  The usual namepointing about guns and that “republicans are to blame” has already begun. 

However, at this point, I’m just taking a moment for the victims and the families they left behind.  I think its too soon to worry about motive,about why–there’ll be plenty of that in the next couple of weeks.  The shooter was named, and yes I feel for his family also.  They live in the same county that I reside and I can’t imagine what they’re going through either.

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NPR did a really cool tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her work for and behalf of the mentally handicapped.  Love or hate the Kennedy’s, this is worth checking out (and maybe even leaving behind your feelings about Chappaquiddick):

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9136962

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
Henry Kissinger, New York Times, Oct. 28, 1973

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“Armageddon is not exactly a foreign policy.”

–Madeline Albright on The Colbert Report.

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