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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Henry Bowman | 

    The Forrestal Building in DC (Dept. of Energy HQ) is also rather ugly.

  2. #2 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    At least it isn’t BORING. And I’ve seen worse. Lots worse. The Princeton Arts Council building, for example;,-Arts-Council-o.jpg

    The picture makes the best of it, but its proportions are bad, the colors of the material clash, and it frankly looks like it was put together out of spare parts.

    To my mind what it demonstrates is that the Princeton Arts Council has more money than is good for it.

  3. #3 |  Goober | 

    Okay, so the girl who put her Dad in prison for 9 years was a minor when she lied, so you can’t charge her, right?

    But what about the 3 years she was legally an adult that she kept the lie and continued to allow him to rot in prison?

    She needs to go to jail for a while and think about what she did. And if that “cools” other girl’s from falsely reporting incidents, then this is a good thing, right?

    They always say this – that if a liar is caught in a lie, that punishing the liar might scare other people from coming forth with real crimes. i don’t understand how letting liars get away with lying is going to help a rape victim come forward with her story, but i can definitley see it showing other girls who are considering lying that there will be no ramifications if they so choose.

    Chystal Mangum is a perfect example of someone who should be serving the sentence of the men she tried to falsely convict. Her running about free from punishment for her crimes merely reinforces for the next girl who wants to get some attention that there is no downside to ruining a man’s life.

  4. #4 |  The Late Andy Rooney | 

    @Nancy Lebovitz

    I don’t know enough about shield laws to answer your question, but I do know of cases in which they have prevented the defense from raising questions about the accuser’s credibility and/or history of making false accusations. The case of Oliver Jovanovic (in New York) is a particularly chilling example, and has been covered in the New York Times by John Tierney, the same person who did so much to bring attention to the Richard Paey case.

  5. #5 |  Mark | 

    This is the ugliest building (there are actually several of them in a complex) that I am aware of:

    It is a travesty and the owners are seeking historic status 10 years early so they can get a subsidy to update the exterior.

  6. #6 |  Bob | 

    “There should be no indictment of the system.” Incorrect. When a father is wrongly imprisoned for a decade raping his daughter, it most certainly is an indictment of the system.

    Yup. The system is messed up.

    When I was younger, I was told that “rape” was a crime of violence. And yet… no actual violence needs to be perpetrated for some man to be charged.

    And Nancy?
    #47: Nancy Lebovitz

    Mike T, you seem to be assuming that only women might be making false accusations.

    Yeah. That’s basically the case. Women make the vast majority of false accusations. Sorry, but it’s true.

    Here’s what I want to see… The crime of “Rape” needs to be a result of a violent assault involving sexual activity.

    There has to be sex… You know how that works.

    There has to be violence… I.E. Injury beyond what could be expected in consensual sex consistent with the victim.

    By that measure, I expect most “rape” cases would be tossed.

  7. #7 |  Jerryskids | 

    Re: Bloomberg “We do see this as a fairness issue,” according to Edward Walsh, a spokesman for the Department of Taxation and Finance, noting that Pilates studios have to pay sales tax. “Businesses that provide similar services should be subject to the same taxes in the city.”

    I wonder if he spent even a microsecond considering the argument that if yoga studios didn’t have to pay city sales taxes, fairness would dictate not charging Pilates studios or weight control or health salons city taxes either. Funny how fairness only works the one way.

    And #54 Bob – if you insist that ‘rape’ must include an element of violence, remind me to sleep with one eye open anytime I am in your vicinity. Surprise buttsecks gives a whole new meaning to ‘a rude awakening’.

  8. #8 |  Rune | 

    WRT rape, a new and important Danish study shows that consensual leaves as many lesions in the woman’s vagina as rape does. Lesions are traditionally takes as proof of forcible entry, but this cannot now hold. I wonder how many men have been convicted on vaginal lesions and the word of a woman alone?

  9. #9 |  Mike T | 


    Mike T, you seem to be assuming that only women might be making false accusations.

    Are you sure that a history of lying about sexual partners is excluded, as distinct from just having had a number of partners?

    It is my understanding that rape shield laws tend to generally block the defense counsel from examining the alleged victim about her sexual history. This is problematic from a constitutional perspective because shielding the plaintiff in any way that might impeach their credibility undermines the due process rights of the defendant.

    Consider a woman who has had literally “about a 1000 sexual partners” (search the British tabloids as there is a woman who proudly claimed this) and almost all of them have been men whom she could not claim she knew or trusted. Therefore, if she claims one raped, but she has no strong evidence such as clear signs of struggle or a witness testifying to coercion, how can the jury trust that this man is different from her other partners? That’s one of the problems with proving rape in ways that objectively meet constitutional muster.

    As to your other question, do you really want to go there when the overwhelming majority of criminal complaints of rape are made by women?

  10. #10 |  central texas | 

    “There should be no indictment of the system.

    Well at least the prosecutor took immediate steps to end the damage. Give them that. If it had been that asshole from Williamson Co, TX, the father would still be in prison and the court of criminal appeals would be explaining that they were on vacation and could not be bothered, or something.

  11. #11 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    Incidentally, the comment about Soviet-style buildings isn’t hyperbole: these are in Vorkuta, Siberia but are pretty typical.

  12. #12 |  Bee | 

    I lived in a “neo-Stalinist” apartment complex once overseas, complete with communal creche, elementary school, community room, bakery, corner shop, and athletic facilities. Aggressively ugly buildings, but the “planned village” feel of it was surprisingly friendly. I ended up loving it and was very sorry to come back to a spacious suburban house in the States.

    Cheers to the poster who nominated the UCSD library – I worry what would happen to it in an earthquake. My nomination: People seem to love or hate the new LAUSD HS #9 building:

  13. #13 |  Lefty | 

    In the absence of actual evidence we have no way of knowing if the girl was lying about her father as a child or is lying now. All we have is an admitted lier with two stories.

    And that’s exactly why physical evidence should be a requirement to put someone in jail.

  14. #14 |  Damian P. | 

    A few “ugliest building” contenders from Atlantic Canada:

    Confederation Building, St. John’s, NL:

    St. John’s, NL City Hall:

    Fenwick Tower, Halifax, NS:

    Centennial Building, Fredericton, NB:

  15. #15 |  Nathanael | 

    “The fact is the system isn’t broken because the rules are written or interpreted badly (with a couple high profile exceptions), the system is broken because the foxes are guarding the hen house. No law or doctrine can stop testilying police offices working with prosecutors who are perfectly willing to suborn perjury. ”

    In the UK they have private prosecutions, which does the trick nicely.

    In the US, we were supposed to be able to elect different prosecutors. Perhaps someday that will work but it’s not working right now.

    And then there’s the grand jury, which has been nerfed and abused by prosecutors (its purpose was to be an *independent* check on what prosecutors said, so prosecutors were mandatorily *excluded* from grand jury hearings. Does that happen now? no.)