The Penn State case, and other links, including some for writers

Echidne discusses the possibility that the Penn State scandal would have been reported a lot quicker if the victim had been a girl. She’s dubious, partly because predators are careful enough that a serial attacker wouldn’t rape a young girl in a situation as obvious as a men’s locker room——he’d find somewhere else.
I’m skeptical too. Catholic priests, after all, raped girls as well as boys, but the church showed no more interest in prosecuting those cases (something I’ve discussed here). And Paterno fought against university efforts to discipline his players in multiple cases, including assault and sexual assault. So it’s not as if there was a big culture of accountability there. In general, organizations never want to see themselves held accountable to outsiders and they consistently protect their members (soldiers, cops, business executives) by covering up or stonewalling. So I’d say girl or not, we’d have had a cover-up.
•This article details how the Republicans are, as I’ve observed before, way to the right of Ronald Reagan, including on tax and spending policy. It follows the path step-by-step until we reach the present point where any increase in taxes is forbidden even though we know damn well that cutting taxes doesn’t boost the economy——and conversely, raising taxes doesn’t kill it.
•This article rips into liberals who ignore Obama’s horrendous record on government power, war-making, Constitutional violations and so on. The New York Times likewise says that while Obama’s administration may not be employing torture (though I don’t think ordering extra-judicial assassinations is an improvement), it’s done absolutely nothing to undo the Bush administration’s work legitimizing it as a tool. Which means sooner or later, we’re going to get someone in office who uses it again.
•The Rolling Stone says that pepper-spraying peaceful protesters shows how screwed-up we’ve become. And links to another horrifying example: In Indiana, private attorneys handle asset-forfeiture (the law that allows cops to take property from someone suspected of drug theft, even without convicting them) and get to keep some of the proceeds.
•For writers: What’s on Page 69 of your book?
•Richard Kadrey, who’s enjoying success with the Sandman Slim series, reflects on the importance of plugging away and not giving up. To which I’ll add a link to my own post on how nice it is to be in a field where I’m judged by my work, not my clothes.
•And speaking of work, I have a new article out at the Raleigh Public Record.

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