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Mods and Mockers

We have moderators! To better protect this blog from terrible comments by terrible people, I’ve invited several longtime Mammotheers to be mods, and they have graciously accepted. You may know them as Kittehserf and emilygoddess, but from now on they will be known as, well, the same names but with “MOD” at the end, and they will help to enforce the comment policy and keep discussions running smoothly.

Those of you who aren’t mods, feel free to contact me or any of the other mods when you see a troubling comment or a commenter who deserves the boot. You can email whichever of us is on duty at  whtmmods@hotmail.com or you can put a request for a ban (or moderation, or for an over-the-line comment to be deleted) in the comments themselves.

To make it easier for all of us mods to find these requests in the comments, please accompany your request with the words “MOD REQUEST” in all caps. Put that in the subject line of any emails you send as well.

Hopefully with more mods on board and a tougher stance on trolls we’ll be able to keep the comments a safer place for everyone. (Except asshole trolls, but they don’t count.)

I’m also bringing back Troll Challenges for some annoying commenters who might not deserve a full ban, just to see if they’re willing to follow some basic rules. Feel free to suggest Troll Challenges to me and the other mods.

EDIT: Added the new mod email address.

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Woody
Woody
7 years ago

“To better protect this blog from terrible comments by terrible people”

You mean, people who disagree with the accepted dogma.

sebhai
sebhai
7 years ago

“You mean, people who disagree with the accepted dogma.”

I mean stubborn people who refused to accept the evidence that does not support their world view and still they had to repeat the same point again and again…

Phoenician in a time of Romans
Phoenician in a time of Romans
7 years ago

Cauliflower is just boring

i saw this interesting bit from Jamie Oliver yesterday – he took the white pieces of cauliflower, stuck it through a food processor really fine, and then used it as a substitute for rice in a curry, getting it to soak up the flavours as a neutral base while being a vege rather than a carb.

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

@Phoenician: that sounds interesting, white rice is high GI and I believe diabetics avoid it for that reason. I do chuckle when I see sushi being advertised as healthy (although it would depend on the referent, sushi is indeed healthier than deep fried mars bars, for example).

And then along came Woody
Tall thin Woody
Slow-walkin Woody
Slow-talkin Woody
Along came long, lean, lanky Woody

pallygirl
pallygirl
7 years ago

Ooooo, just thought of a challenge. They have to take their most recent comment that has a logic error, identify the error and describe it in plain English using that comment as the basis for description/definition. Posting a second example using cats would give extra credit.

LBT
LBT
7 years ago

RE: emilygoddess

I’ve been trying to think of a good one for Woody, like making him … link to one of David’s posts on Elam (a different one each time).

I like this idea. I also wouldn’t mind making Woody just NOT mention any other MRA or his feelings on them, since that’s basically all he does.

RE: Chthulu’s Intern

wRiTe ThEiR eNtIrE cOmMeNt LiKe ThIs.

OH GOD NO. The idea is making them LESS annoying. LESS!

RE: Woody

You mean, people who disagree with the accepted dogma.

This is funny, coming from a guy who seems to believe Paul Elam can do no wrong. (And damn, he just proved my challenge for him was wrong.)

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

That’s it. Woody must make a comment that isn’t sulky or petulant, and that doesn’t contain any blatant ass-kissing aimed at another, more prominent MRA. It can be about anything! What he had for lunch today, his favorite band, whatever. Just not sulking or praising other MRAs.

Have an original thought, Woody, prove that you’re not actually made of wood!

brooked
7 years ago

The Mod contact button is super awesome.

brooked
7 years ago

Here’s a helpful source for homelessness statistics in the US.

http://homeless.samhsa.gov/ResourceFiles/hrc_factsheet.pdf

A study conducted in New York City and Philadelphia indicated that people experiencing chronic homelessness were predominately Black and male:
• In New York City, 92.9% were Black and 82.3% were male
• In Philadelphia, 92.9% were Black and 71.1% were male

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

David, I love the Giant Kitty Face on the sidebar!

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

Tracy, those portraits are fantastic.

::looks speculatively at Mads::

Winter Walker
7 years ago

The Giant Kitty Face is truly majestic.
And those cat portraits have seriously inspired me. I need to paint my cat dressed like me! In everyday grubbies, formal wear, and all my fun costumes…
{Looks down at clothes, then at cat.}
I think little Miss Molly Hadfield would be adorable in a ballet leotard, massive army surplus pants, lacy socks, skater sneaks, and green glitter nail polish! XD <3

Winter Walker
7 years ago

kitteh, your cat is named Mads? As in Mikkelsen? 😉

Unimaginative
Unimaginative
7 years ago

My go-to recipe for broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and radishes (so far, we’ll see what else we can do):

– Preheat oven to 400F
– Chop veg into bite-size pieces (about 1 head cauliflower, 2 heads broccoli, or what have you)
– Toss onto a baking tray
– Dot with garlic butter
– Sprinkle with about 4 slices bacon, chopped
– Roast, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until your preferred level of caramelization is achieved.

Also, for brussels sprouts, this turned out really well, although I found the chinese sausage a little too sweet. I haven’t tried subbing it out yet, but I will eventually.

http://www.steamykitchen.com/21289-brussels-sprouts-chinese-sausage-recipe.html

Unimaginative
Unimaginative
7 years ago

You feline servants must be rubbing off on me. In all those pictures, I thought the cats looked more realistic, and there was something kind of off about the humans.

Regarding pet portraits, this artist has been praised in a few places I’ve come across, for her ability to really capture the animals’ personalities. http://www.laurabonner.com

mildlymagnificent
7 years ago

Oh dear. I’ve forgotten who I was looking this stuff up for. Countering MRA bullshit on violence.

Easy read. http://kareningalasmith.com/2013/04/29/this-thing-about-male-victims/
Longish read. http://www.brown.uk.com/domesticviolence/dobash.pdf
The discussion about how and why using the Conflict Tactics Scale results in weird conclusions is pretty good. This one would be much improved by spaces between paragraphs, I find the whole pages of unrelieved text a bit hard to take.

Takeaway quote …

While it might be useful to study only women who have been arrested for using nonlethal violence against a male partner, this is such a rare occurrence that it would be difficult to obtain an adequate sample.

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

@Winter Walker, lol, no, her name’s Madeleine, but she always gets called Maddie or Mads. I confess I’m not a Mads Mikkelsen fan. Men with no eyebrows always look odd to me. I saw him in Unit One, years ago. He was very good, but I found Lars Brygmann much more eye-candyish (plus I liked his character better). 🙂

@Unimaginative:

You feline servants must be rubbing off on me. In all those pictures, I thought the cats looked more realistic, and there was something kind of off about the humans.

What can I say?

@mildlymagnificent – that was for historophilia.

Winter Walker
7 years ago

@kittehserf, And here I was having fun imagining a cat playing a James Bond villain! I think feline Bond villains would be so much more fun than human ones. Just imagine Daniel Craig being swarmed by evil kitty minions, and finally giving up the fight, overcome by the sheer cuteness! 😀

I confess, I wasn’t sure why I found Mads Mikklesen so attractive. Then I found out that he started his career as a dancer, and it all made sense. I rewatched a couple of episodes of Hannibal, keeping a conscious eye on how he moves, and ended up smitten. Being a dancer myself, I have a deep appreciation for graceful, elegant movement, and he’s got the grace and elegance nailed, even when committing gruesome acts of murder and cannibalism. I suppose that either says how beautifully he moves, or that I’m a sick, twisted little shit.

And yes, my Molly Hadfield is named after both Molly Ringwald, and a musical Canadian astronaut. Cat names are such fun!

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

“While I think we should look into the gap in college attendance, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem ”

Not caught up, but I need to check something on that one, I seem to remember seeing that men are enrolling at the same rates, but women are enrolling at higher rates, relative to previous enrollment for their gender.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

Yep — http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/03/06/womens-college-enrollment-gains-leave-men-behind/ — men are enrolling at the same rate they have been, women are enrolling more than they used to. Now, why the number of men enrolling hasn’t also increased is an interesting question, but no one is picking female applicants over them or anything like that.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

“You mean, people who disagree with the accepted dogma.”

I mean stubborn people who refused to accept the evidence that does not support their world view and still they had to repeat the same point again and again…

Yes and no. The tedious ones can be ignored, what really spawned the need for mods was an asshole questioning a regular who was sexually assaulted as to why they didn’t do something to stop it. And, of course, all the other rape apologia.

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

Winter Walker, LOL! I didn’t even know Mikkelson had played a Bond villain.

We must be about due to watch Unit One again. I’ll have to keep a lookout for how he moves. Make a change from thinking urgh no those eyebrow ridges and that awful hairdo. 😉

Naming cats is such fun, yes! Our boy Hadji,who passed over just five years ago, was named for the writer Harold Nicolson (Hadji was his nickname). Mum and I were fans of Harold and Vita and their gardens, after watching and reading Portrait of a Marriage. I was using a kitty-patterned souvenir teatowel from Knole – Vita’s childhood home – one night when we had our tiny new kitten, and the idea came: Hadji!

Fibinachi
7 years ago

Congratulations to both emilygoddess and kittehserf!

Hip hip huzzah!
Hip hip huzzah!

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