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Jan 13, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

Thanks for such a fluid and readable treatment of a complicated set of facts. I’ve got a new goal: read The Golden Ass. A translation of course; which one is best for an easily distracted American high school teacher?

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The Farrer, Straus, and Giroux edition (translated by Robert Graves, author of the "I, Claudius" novels) is my pick for someone new to Apuleius. I have to say that Finkelpearl's translation is just as good - except it's not complete. The story of Cupid & Psyche has a wonderful, dreamlike quality worthy of comparison with the best of Hans Christian Andersen. The FSG/Graves translation is unabridged & unexpurgated.

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Jan 13, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

Thanks so much. I never finished “I Claudius” but I’m very intrigued by Graves and will seek it out.

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"which leads to what is probably the only well-written bestiality scene in all literature."

Nothing that comes today will be more amusing than this.

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Titter.

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Removed (Banned)Jan 13, 2023Liked by Helen Dale
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Titter #2

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DEFINITELY not a society you can turn into animal liberationists… That is all.

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Jan 14, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

This is excellent - a combination of law, classics and ethics. Multiple niche interests combined is joyous

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Cheers!

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Jan 14, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

re tip jars, I just posted this on the page on "Class and State", but in case you don't check old pages: Question (and I don't see an email to ask it). You linked to a Free Speech Union briefing listing things like payment processors, and I'm currently looking into options. However the document you linked to does *not* rate "Buy Me a Coffee”, and I don't seem to find it in a search. Are you sure that one is problematic, or was it Kofi that is listed that is problematic? One problem with most options is they don't protect anonymity for those who wish to use pen names, but Buy Me a Coffee does which is why I'm wondering about it. Even if someone creates a DBA name or a business entity: in most locations the owners of those are public information (and there is often not a way to create an anonymous entity elsewhere without needing to also register it locally in those locations). Thanks.

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I must admit I thought "Buy Me a Coffee" and "Ko-Fi" were the same outfit - probably because I've seen the names used interchangeably. The wildlife photographer Carl Bovis has a "Buy Me a Coffee" link and it goes to Ko-Fi.

I now see, however, that they're two different companies. "Buy Me a Coffee" has its terms here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/terms

I'm always wary when I see rights-talk, because rights and harms are now defined so expansively, but those terms strike me as reasonable on a first pass.

I will add that the FSU recommended Stripe, and I now know (because people have used it successfully to pay tips) that it works. It doesn't, however, permit anonymity, or if it does, not without faffle.

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Jan 14, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

Thanks for confirming that. I'm still in the process of figuring out how to setup a pen name based publication. There really aren't many good options for those who wish both freedom of speech and to use a pen name.

Although I'm wary of any vendors that might shut down speech they dislike, thats a theoretical possibility in contrast to the definite reality of sites that give out legal names. Fortunately I am in a jurisdiction where I can use an anonymous LLC, however I'm aware that most people can't which is why I mentioned that. Also I'd prefer to avoid even that leaking since it does give a clue about the state I'm in. I'd considered risking it to use Substack with Stripe: but it turns out that Substack doesn't seem to handle sales tax on digital items which is required in many US states now so I'm not sure I can.

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Jan 17, 2023Liked by Helen Dale

Takes me back to a Philosophy of Art seminar in which the (brilliant) teacher excitedly asked, "what the Hell is going on that you can kill and eat an animal but you can't have sex with it?" I've a feeling we were discussing Singer at the time.

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"....the outrage from disabled people (many of whom think Singer wants them dead)".

Well, as Singer says as much, no wonder.

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