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About Ormond

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    Besides ASOIAF:Given names, their usage and history

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  1. Yes, views on this are very different in Alaska than they are in Canada. The difference is that the word "Eskimo" is used to refer to Arctic peoples who have similar lifestyles but who belong to two different linguistic groups, the Inuit and the Yupik. All of the Arctic natives in Canada are Inuit, so it makes sense there for that term to be used. But in Alaska, the Yupik speaking people don't want to be called Inuit because they simply aren't part of that linguistic group, so the word "Eskimo" is still used there when referring to Arctic natives in general. https://www.uaf.edu/anlc/resources/inuit-eskimo/+
  2. I had to Google GDPR to know what you were referring to, and I still don't know why it affects this since what I read talked about its application to banking and financial sites, not newspapers. But if you send me your email address through a personal message I will send you a copy of what I wrote.
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    As a name expert I am not completely OK with your example. I don't think this issue should be decided on the basis of whether one of the names on the cake is ambiguous according to gender at this particular moment in our culture. Wherever we draw the line, I don't think it should put Sam and Steve on one side and Mark & Roger or Sarah & Sue on the other. Surely people shouldn't be discriminated against or not just because of their names.
  4. Here's the link to today's column, about one of the more common male names I hadn't written about yet: http://www.omaha.com/living/evans-from-roman-origins-a-name-that-still-hits-the/article_54dd2333-9670-5e39-9078-f06f4694140a.html
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    Well, I think what Roseanne said was worse than what Samantha Bee said, but that doesn't mean I approve of Bee. In the American context, calling a woman a "cunt" is an unfair sexist way to refer to someone you don't like. (I realize that in Britain "cunt" is often used as an insult to men as well as women, but it is very rarely applied to men in the USA.) I don't think any woman (or man) should be reduced to a single body part in public discussion. P.S. And no, it doesn't matter to me that Bee is herself a woman, and certainly doesn't matter to me that the narcissist in the White House uses the term regularly. Two wrongs don't make a right.
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    Please explain. When I search for "Rusher" in Google News I just get all sorts of articles about "pass rushers" in American football.
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    The real problem with calling Trump an "idiot" is that the word "idiot" itself is so poorly defined. Originally, it was one of the three categories of mental handicap or retardation, and meant that one had a "mental age" of two years old or less. By that original definition, Trump is certainly not an "idiot". You can perhaps say he is emotionally an "idiot", but the term really didn't apply to emotion originally, and he obviously has a vocabulary and intellectual capacity greater than that of the average two year old. But of course no one uses the term "idiot" to really mean "mental age of less than 2 years" any more. It's just an insult we fling at people who have done something we think is "stupid." It's no longer a meaningful comment about someone's overall intelligence, just an expression of amazement or outrage at particular instances of poor behavior or lack of understanding. I call Trump an "idiot" all the time in my head myself, but it's not a useful term to use to understand him either in terms of politics or his own personality and capacities.
  8. I don't think the research on the issue bears out your conjecture in the second paragraph. I think there is research showing that violent video games affect likelihood of violent behavior just as other media do. I would like to emphasize again that I believe that the problem of gun violence in America would best be tackled by reforming gun laws. That would reduce the death rate way more than anything else. I just think the claim that there is NO correlation between violent video games and any actual violence is a decidedly minority opinion among those who research the issue.
  9. Not impressed. Of course the attempt by the NRA and other gun fanatics to put all of the blame for mass shootings on video games is ridiculous. The difference between the USA and other countries on that FORM of violence is of course mostly explained by the guns. But I don't agree with the idea that there is no relationship between violence and consumption of violent media. Within Japan, those who consume more violent media commit more violence. Because of their strict gun laws, that thankfully is not exhibited as "mass shootings" in Japan. But it still is one (of many) influences on violent behavior.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Maybe this should go into Entertainment, but I am sure it will be part of American Politics soon enough (Trump will probably be tweeting about it soon.) But ABC has cancelled "Roseanne" because of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. Too bad they can't cancel the revival of "The Apprentice" that has taken over the White House. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/29/abc-cancels-roseanne-after-barrs-racist-tweet.html http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/29/media/roseanne-twitter-chelsea-clinton/index.html
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    Death of Gardner Dozois

    I just happened to glance at the Locus magazine site and learned that Gardner Dozois died today. http://locusmag.com/2018/05/gardner-dozois-1947-2018/ Gardner Dozois was one of the great editors of science fiction and fantasy. He was co-editor with GRRM of several anthologies -- among them Dangerous Women, Rogues, Down these strange streets, Warriors, Old Venus, Old Mars, Songs of Love and Death, and Songs of the Dying Earth. His staff bio on the Locus site reads: Dozois was certainly one of the most important editors, reviewers, and promoters of science fiction and fantasy during the last several decades, and he will be sorely missed. It is shocking to have another great in the field leave us so soon.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Again, this is just irrelevant to the main argument. The most important point is that, in both the USA and Japan, those who view more violent media are more aggressive on average themselves.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    I don't see how one accesses TV programs would affect the difference between the USA and Japan in total viewing because the reason Japanese children and teens don't watch as much TV (or indulge as much in many other pastimes) as American schoolkids is because they have longer school days and much more homework. They don't have as much free time to be influenced by media, whether it's delivered as conventional TV, YouTube, Netflix, or video games, as American kids do. And of course the question of whether or not violent media affects behavior really should not be mostly decided by looking at differences between average rates of violence between two different cultures. There are a great many other differences between Japanese and American culture that go into this -- one of the most important ones being the different attitudes and laws about guns, of course. What is really relevant to the question of whether media violence has an effect is the fact that within BOTH the USA and Japan (and other countries) those who watch more violent media are more likely to commit violence. https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2017/04/11/mediaviolence For me the most important paragraph in the above is:
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    The difference in "realism" is not in terms of goriness but in terms of long term consequences for survivors and perpetrators -- and the main difference would still be that Japanese teenagers watch a lot less TV than Americans, so the total number of acts of violence they are exposed to is less, even if the level of violence on the TV series is the same.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Absolutely. The idea that individualism in American culture is a recent right-wing phenomenon is hogwash. Ever since psychologists started doing cross-cultural research on individualism and collectivism, American citizens have averaged out with the highest level of individualism. But we did not invent this -- England is the most individualistic country in Europe and there is some historical evidence that it has been as far back as medieval times. The UK and Australia generally end up being #2 and #3 on individualism in cross cultural studies. It's a general phenomenon of English-speaking cultures -- the USA just upped its game on individualism a little bit from England to get where we are.