Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kaiser Wilhen

Here, have a chicken character I drew. It actually began as a fake clip art drawing I made for my part of an Animal Law group presentation about the conditions of egg-laying hens and what different labels for eggs mean.

My portion of the project was to compare the U.S.'s minimum standards for the treatment of hens and requirements for labels to the E.U.'s. The gist is that the E.U. is ahead of us in every conceivable way in this area.

If you're eating eggs in the E.U., the hens are treated pretty well. If you're eating eggs in the United States, there's around a 90% chance that they're treated horribly, even if it has some promising label on it like "American Human Society certified". It's depressing. There are only a couple of labels in the United States that actually indicate that the hens are being treated well.

The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough. My sleeping has been bad and exams are coming up. I've also been working on side projects and doing things for friends of mine.

Last Saturday I woke up around 7AM to get to the courthouse down in the Loop so I could be my classmate's defendant in a mock trial for his Intro to Trial Advocacy class. After that ended around 1 and we got lunch, then I walked with him to SAIC's MFA art show, which was humongous. Then I went to a fundraiser theater production being held by Northwestern's med school, then went to a bar nearby with some friends after that, then went to another bar on Kinsey where several classmates were having a big birthday party, then went to the end of a pop country concert at a bar up at North and Clybourn, then ran into some LLM students I know and hung out with them until about six. I think I slept pretty late on Sunday, but I don't remember right now.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Boston has been very brave lately. I mean, sure the net danger of being around Boston during the lockdown was still much lower than that of being somewhere in Chicago or the Bronx, but it looked scary! And it totally increased my net faith in humanity that a horrible thing was committed by people and some people who were running on the day of the bombing kept running somewhere and not stealing wallets and shoes from people.

Now we need to do 10,000 Boston bombings in the Muslim world to make sure this never happens in the U.S. again!

Hey so I know this might seem like an absurd opinion to have if you live in the developed world, but life isn't wonderful, it's horrible, and the Boston bombings lowered my faith in humanity because they reminded me of how we do these same horrible things to people every day in the Muslim world and people here really don't seem to think or care that we do.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why Are People So Surprised That Some People In Boston Were Helpful

I hate Facebook after a tragedy. People "lose faith" and "regain faith" in humanity way too easily. Genocide isn't enough for you? You have to lose your faith every time you read an article about people being bad on Buzzfeed and then regain it every time you read an article about people being nice? And why are people so amazed that there are actually people trying to be helpful after an attack? Did you expect 100% of the people there to just go "Wow, something bad happened and people are hurt while I'm fine, I'd better not be helpful!"

The attack on Boston sucked and it sucked a particular amount and we shouldn't try to pretend that we saw how wonderful humanity was yesterday or something. Just shut up and move on and keep trying to improve the human condition and minimizing the harm to people that we're responsible for.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Stupid Mallard Fillmore And Ethnic Profiling/I Turned 25 Today

If I responded to every political cartoon I disagreed with, that would be too much. But occasionally I want to.

Here's today stupid Mallard Fillmore. A lot of people find it really offensive when conservatives advocate for [ethnic] profiling, as Bruce Tinsley subtly does in this cartoon:

I'm not really very offended by Republicans who defend mild racial/demographic profiling. Because if you don't actually think about it, hearing about agents pulling Grandma or a small child to the side to search them sounds ridiculous. And if you're a dumb-ish white person, it might make sense to you in your comfortable never-suspected-of-anything bubble that airport security should as a practical matter be more inclined to investigate the people who are demographically most likely to be airplane terrorists, and they shouldn't waste time on old ladies and children. And they're right that the TSA only has limited resources for doing the more intense searches that we're talking about here, and every old lady searched means roughly one fewer swarthy bearded guy searched.

But not only is this opinion and practice discriminatory and against what our society's values should be, it's also stupid and not actually practical. And when we suffer the first high-profile attack on a plane committed by terrorists who deliberately used a pale child or old woman to smuggle a device onto a plane, these conservative racial profiling defenders will finally shut the fuck up about it and pretend they never had that opinion. It's unfortunate that it might have to come to that.

Also I turned 25 today. I feel about 25 so I guess it's good that those things match up.