When does a watershed become a sex panic?

12/21/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Link: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/when-does-a-watershed-become-a-sex-panic

The affirmative-consent and preponderance-of-the-evidence regimes shift the burden of proof from the accuser to the accused, eliminating the presumption of innocence. If the presumption of innocence is rooted in the idea that it is better to let ten guilty people go free than risk jailing one innocent person, then the policing of sex seems to assume that it’s better to have ten times less sex than to risk having a nonconsensual sexual experience. The problem is not just that this reduces the amount of sex people are likely to be having; it also serves to blur the boundaries between rape, nonviolent sexual coercion, and bad, fumbling, drunken sex. The effect is both to criminalize bad sex and trivialize rape.

When saying yes is easier than saying no

12/21/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/sunday-review/when-saying-yes-is-easier-than-saying-no.html

Sometimes “yes” means “no,” simply because it is easier to go through with it than explain our way out of the situation. Sometimes “no” means “yes,” because you actually do want to do it, but you know you’re not supposed tolest you be labeled a slut. And if you’re a man, that “no” often means “just try harder” — because, you know, persuasion is part of the game.

“A lot of what we as young men learn as seduction is really more like preparatory sexual assault training,” the sociologist Harry Brod, a longtime lecturer on the topic of consent, once told me. (Or as a 37-year-old male friend observed: “In a man’s mind, ‘no’ is always negotiable.”)


Consider the drinking analogy: Most of us understand, or at least we should, that a blackout drunk person cannot consent to sex. On some campuses, that inability to consent applies even if someone has had just a sip or two. But what about a woman who doesn’t feel that she can speak up because of cultural expectations? Should that woman be considered unable to consent, too?

Best dutch oven loaf ever

12/13/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

For the past few weeks I've been making dutch oven loaves, which is essentially a quick and dirty loaf - a no-knead load without the no-kneading:

1) mix the dough -- start with 80% hydration, but ending up with 90% just to make sure I've got a soupy poulish

2) Into the mixer, and then wallop it in standard fashion until it clings to the paddle

3) One rise - in a bowl that's been filled with a fair bit of oil -- originally to keep from sticking but then I realized that bread impregnated with oil is GOOD.

4) Into the dutch oven - @ 500F for 15 minutes, with the lid closed, and then down to 350F for another 1/2 hour or so until I can't stand it and have to get it out of there.

5) actually I've taken to just shutting off the oven and leaving the bread to keep cooking / drying -- 90% hydration makes for a seriously WET bread.

ANYHOO-- tonight was a little different...

1) Mix ingredients -- 1kg flour, and 80% hydration - but leave it rest for a while until the liquid all gets absorbed. Stir by hand and slowly by hook - making sure it's all mixed in

2) SLOW mixing with paddle -- adding very little more water -- trying to keep it down, but with slow mixing, I still get it looking pretty mushy and integrated. Keep up the mixing but slowly -- it goes and goes --- I can see it tightening up, but not outrageously. After about 10 minutes or so, I increase the speed to get it to firm up.

3) Into the dutch oven for standard baking -- 15 minutes @ 500 and then back it off to 350. The result? AMAZING crust -- just amazingly crusty!

Oh - and I mistakenly grabbed the pepper flakes instead of the onion/ garlic bagel topping -- so it's this awesome hot bread! SCORE!

Where is your God now?

11/20/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opinion/climate-capitalism-crisis.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

The problem with the general view that intelligence will save us is that it involves pinning the failures of capitalist society on supposedly dumb people (them), who, so the logic goes, need to be replaced with supposedly smart ones (us). This is a spectacular delusion.

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