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Steve Jobs doesn't like college students; transgender tax collectors; tweeting about rape

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Busy weekend keep you from catching up on your reading? Here are some of the stories that caught my eye:

The D.C. mayoral race wound up being a riveting contest centered around race relations and the role of the government. Paul Schwartzman and Chris L. Jenkins get to the bottom of how Mayor Adrian Fenty lost the black vote and his job.

The Atlantic Wire asks if it's okay to tweet about rape, after Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland tweeted an interview with a rape victim. I follow McClelland on Twitter and found the interview both gripping and horrifying. It forced McClelland's followers to confront an issue they might otherwise skip over in a magazine. What do you think?

In preparation for the Fall TV season, Hank Stuever breaks down almost every new show and customizes viewing schedules for every type of TV watcher. It's pretty much the most comprehensive TV reviewing I've ever seen and solved, for me, the conundrum of choosing Terriers or Nikita.

It turns out Steve Jobs is really rude, at least according to a college journalism student.

This video aired back in July, but it's fascinating. To combat tax corruption in Pakistan, one neighborhood hired transgendered tax collectors to embarrass residents into paying their debts. Many of the rich have huge outstanding taxes, including Nawaz Sharif. Perhaps we should borrow their collectors for Capitol Hill?

And a tweet to sum up the events of last week:

Came back from vacation to discover witchcraft and masturbation had eclipsed mosque zoning as our most pressing national issue.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
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Team Nikita.

And I have also had to tell college students to do their own damn homework. I just don't have the visibility Steve Jobs has.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 20, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Think about it. Can you imagine any other minority group so despised, loathed, and detested that someone would hire them so that their mere presence would cause delinquent taxpayers to cough up?

Of course it's different in the USA. Here, the average age that transgendered youths are thrown out of home as a shame and embarrassment in 13 1/2. 40% who transition never receive a job offer again in their lives, 35% are unemployed, 85% make below average wages (though over 30% have graduate qualifications...). And a bill that was first proposed in the 1970s to remedy this, and give them one or two (not all) of the protections everyone else gets in the Civil Rights Act 1964... that's still stuck in a house committee, and has been for nearly 18 months, with no chance of a Senate vote. It's been 35 years, and still counting.

Not so different after all... because in 38 states it's legal to summarily fire them for being transgendered, even in states that protect gays.

Posted by: aebrain | September 22, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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