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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, discusses the proposed Virginia ultrasound law that would mandate performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the case on affirmative action in higher education, Fisher vs. University of Texas, and Montana's attempt to reverse the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporate political spending.

Guests:

Emily Bazelon

Comments [6]

" . . . but its not like he left the cam on or recorded or anything
he just like took a five sec peep lol . . . "

Yang: I would feel seriously violated

It seems that the prosecutor has failed to bring a case on behalf of the only person willing to state feelings of being injured, Hannah Yang. Of course an appropriately emotional, inflammatory, "reality" narrative to "gin up" a mass audience needs to be fashioned.

Here's one: Hannah Yang (Tyler's friend) and Molly Wei (Ravi's friend) are in fierce competitions with each other for spots on the Junior Varsity Basketball Team and the Mathematics Club. During the media's "feeding frenzy" in the aftermath of Clementi's suicide, Ms. Yang saw a way to "poleaxe" her rival by over dramatizing the incident's "gay bias" and "misuse of cyberspace" memes. (Her identity kept confidential by the news organizations that profited from the only "broadcasts" of the parties' sexual identities.)
Is it true?
Why does that matter?

Feb. 24 2012 02:46 PM

RE: The subtitle for Ms. Bazelon's article:
"We may never know why Tyler Clementi jumped off the GW Bridge.
Next week’s trial of his roommate won’t offer any answers either"

[The trial should have almost nothing to do with the reasons for Tyler Clementi's suicide. Should the prosecution "open the door" to this issue
the jurors will "learn" more about Mr. Clementi's background and family than may even be "true".]

and her final sentence,
"It’s hard to see what good Ravi’s trial can do for Tyler’s memory, or for anything at all.",

[In any event it may well serve the purpose the trial was intended for, i.e., providing a regulated forum for the determination as to whether Mr. Ravi is legally guilty, and therefore deserving of penal sanction.
I am sure that Mr. Clementi's memory will be well cared for by his brother and his cousin.]

Feb. 22 2012 01:12 PM
Desiree from Park Slope

Tyler Clementi's roommate didn't JUST spy on him and kee kee in private to his friends, he POSTED IT ON TWITTER!
Made homophobic comments about the videos he recorded
What is wrong with people?
How in the world is that NOT a criminal act?
If Tyler had been a woman, would we even be having this conversation about whether or not what his roommate did was criminal and malicious in intent?

Feb. 22 2012 11:29 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I disagree, as well intentioned as it is - race based affirmative action is never a good idea, especially with regards to education. You can get the same results with class and geography etc.

Feb. 22 2012 11:18 AM
Nick from UWS

The Citizens United decision is clear evidence of the corporate corruption of our current Supreme Court "justices", and I would be overjoyed to see every state decide to attempt to trash it and throw it back in their disgusting paid-off faces.

Feb. 22 2012 11:17 AM

What about the 67 years of discrimination practiced at UT-Austin? That is, from its founding in 1883 until they finally admitted minorities in 1950. Is there no way for the institution to correct the present effects of past discrimination? Affirmative action is a double-edged sword and should only be used as a last resort. However, the assigning value to different aspects our personal backgrounds - gender, race, income, veteran status, etc. - are valid criteria for an admission committee to consider. The only trump card should be 'Can the applicant succeed here?'. I would have hoped that the need for affirmative action was over but until the average income of various sub-groups is statistically insignificant, we still have work to do. Or do the 'non-minority' candidates always get to start at the 20 yard line?

Feb. 22 2012 10:42 AM

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