Bridge over I-295, Portland.
A University of Southern Maine student has died following an apparent accident in the Philippines.
Kim Lim, a junior marketing and general management double major, was hiking with friends when he drowned. USM President Theo Kalikow released the news in an email to the community Wednesday afternoon.
Kim had been studying abroad in South Korea at our partner institution, Sogang University, and had travelled from South Korea to the Philippines. Kim and friends were hiking near Tappiya Falls when he drowned. His traveling companions were not USM students, and no one else was hurt.
Lim was a USM presidential scholar as well as the recipient of the Mitchell Institute’s 2010 Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Pioneer Scholar Award, which recognizes first-generation college students from recently immigrated families. According to Kalikow, Lim’s family had relocated from Cambodia to South Portland in order to provide educational opportunities to him and his brother Khoung, also a USM student.
Dang, now real Portland is gonna be so OVER!
Via the Portlandia Facebook page.
Erick Erickson, a Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief of the right wing blog RedState was very misunderstood on Twitter today, according to Fox News Contributor and right wing blogger Erick Erickson.
Erickson received criticism after he appeared to (he did) lightheartedly endorse the new Pope Francis’s connection to the wholesale slaughter of Argentine leftists during the country’s Dirty War.
“That lefties are accusing the new pope of handing over lefties to the right wing junta for execution makes me adore the new pope,” tweeted the hilarious blogger this afternoon.
The tweet refers to the fact that Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was implicated by a human rights lawyer in connection the disappearance of two liberal Jesuit priests in the 1970s.
But regardless of whether Francis had connections to human rights violations in Argentina, it’s pretty clear Erickson is blatantly joking about massive forced disappearances, murders, assassinations, you name it.
Erickson insists he was misquoted. Because Death Panels.
“Lefties upset about the death squads in Argentina back in the day are all about death panels in the United States,” he tweeted several minutes after the original tweet endorsing mass murder.
So there’s that.
Yup, that’s pretty much it.
Clifford Strike is representing Mohamed Abdi, one of six men accused of gang-raping a woman in Portland, Maine last year. In a bail hearing Tuesday, Strike mentioned as somehow relevant that the survivor of the attack had “voluntarily asked to listen to 2 Chainz’ music,” some of which contains lyrics alluding to rape.
I could write until my hands fall off about this absurd legitimization of victim-blaming rape culture, but I won’t. I will just say “voluntarily” listening to music with lyrics about rape is not asking to be raped any more than someone is asking to be shot by listening to music that glorifies violence.
Apparently Strike knew it was dumb, and asked the judge to disregard the reference to the lyrics. Look, I know it’s the defense attorney’s job to defend his client, who may of course be innocent. But that role, inherent to protecting any shred of justice in the justice system, should not include making disgusting claims that listening to a certain type of music means asking to be raped.
: The 2 Chainz song in question was “No Lie.”
Anonymous asked: I get the feeling that James Bond is racist. A white dude, jet-setting around the world. And the buy guy nearly always is a white guy commanding over foreigners. Man. Get it together MI6.
Hold up, you just realized this sexist, imperialist wet dream of a dying and corrupt empire might be a little racist?
Anonymous asked: Is the antiracism the new racism nowadays?
No, fuck off.