Friday, June 6, 2014

Where on the Internet is Dave these days?

For the record, for most purposes the majority of what I do on the Internet these days happens over here, on Google+. You can even send me a message from there, instead of adding it to a random post.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Who is "Mr. Z"?

A few years ago, I posted about a judge in New Zealand who just didn't understand the Internet. It turns out, they grow their judiciary pretty dense in the UK, too. Apparently, Sir Fred Goodwin, former chief of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has won a "superinjunction", preventing anyone in the UK from revealing that he is "Mr. Z", the plaintiff in a libel case. Yeah, like that's going to work out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FAQ: Huh?

Yes, I know. I ask myself the same question sometimes.

FAQ: Have you stopped beating your children?

So I don't get questions exactly like that. But a large number of correspondents assume that, because I am a vocal advocate of the right of parents to choose corporal punishment, I practice it myself. In fact, I have never spanked my girls, and hope that I will never have to exercise that option.

FAQ: Fix it for me!

I'm the parent of a teenager, and I've suddenly realized s/he's out of control. What's the best way to spank my child?

OK, go back and read the page. See the part where I say that needing to spank an older child may be indicative of deeper problems? I'm talking about you. You've been what my mom has reservedly called "a flake" as a parent. Don't blame Mom, she's had to deal with a lot of you as a Guardian ad Litem. At this point there's no "right punishment" that's going to solve the problem, your whole family needs counseling. Now.

FAQ: Pedantry

Dave, you twit! You've misused "negative reinforcement."

Yup. But you knew what it meant, didn't you? (P.S. Good luck with your Psych degree)

FAQ: References?

I'm working on a pro-spanking speech/paper. Do you have any studies or references I can use?

Short answer: Nope
Long answer: Studies supporting spanking don't exist primarily because the necessity to defend spanking is a fairly new occurrence. Unfortunately, as the emotional anti-spanking rhetoric becomes more ingrained in our culture, studies supporting it won't be allowed because "it's abuse!"

That said, I wasn't kidding when I suggested Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers as a valuable resource. Chapter eight really does contain an excellent and very persuasive treatise on the validity of spanking.