June 29th, 2018

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A good talk that almost any JS developer will relate to. I have felt the joy and the pain of optional typing (the joy when the code becomes self-documenting and catches you when you are about to do something stupid; the pain that you can no longer do anything elegant with your code) and will readily subscribe to the truth behind this variation of the good/cheap/fast statement (2nd line):



— but I haven’t yet had the smarts to experience the joy of the other way.

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So the BBC reported yesterday on the vote about giving the OPCW some additional investigative powers. Russia voted against the proposal, and a BBC journalist wants to present the Russian point of view. In order to do so, she goes on to interview none other than Vitaly protect-the-children-from-gay-propaganda Milonov, who is physically painful to listen to; his words, intonations, speech mannerisms, and the very mental processes are a punishment to inflict upon the listeners. Now, why would the BBC choose such a repulsive personality to voice the Russian position?

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An article from RT points out that NY Times’ cartoons of Trump and Putin as gay lovers are exploiting the repressed public stereotype that a gay relationship is something shameful and demeaning. And the reason the usually easily triggered left are not crying foul is because the target of the cartoon is aligned with their perception of the enemy.

I will not comment on the analysis; I am sure it can be countered by numerous examples of cartoons depicting heterosexual relationships between politicians. It’s just that this article reminded me of an outrage in social media when some pranksters projected an image of a banana onto the US embassy in Russia. It was then presented as a blatant manifestation of systemic Russian racism. Well, if those bananas were racist, then perhaps these cartoons are homophobic.