Have you heard about the #banbossy campaign started by the eminently boring Sheryl Sandberg? I mean, I’m very happy that Sandberg is managing to make a pile out of people’s lack of extreme intellectual sophistication. I always support people’s attempts to enrich themselves by legal means. But can anything be sillier than this campaign?
The whole idea is based on the ancient sexist stereotype that women are tender flowers who need to be approached with extreme care because their unstable psyches can collapse at any moment. The most popular form of bastardized feminism these days is that which strives to remove every aspect of reality which might hurt the tender feelings of fair damsels.
The real winners, the only actual winners, are people who know how to sell. If you can’t sell, you need to stand as close as possible to those who can. The distance between you and somebody who is good at sales is the same as the distance that separates you from relative comfort and security.
This is neither good nor bad. This is simply capitalism.
Reader Stille reminded me that I haven’t been quoting Tony Judt recently. And she’s right, he is really good. One of the historian’s greatest strengths is his talent for using just the right words to transmit his message. See this for instance:
The irrational, occasionally surreal quality of Soviet economic practice was faithfully reproduced throughout the bloc.
This is the best description of Soviet economy that I have ever seen.
If you want to say “a Ukrainian woman”, do you say “una mujer ucraniana” or “una mujer ucrania”?
And if you say “Ukrainian people”, is it “ucranianos” or “ucranios”?
I always say “ucranianos” but El Pais says “ucranios” on every page. I hate this new-fangled “ucranios” like I can’t tell you. Where did it come from?
“My friend Ol. will be voting for Quebec Solidaire,” I told my father.
“Oh God, how can he, how can he?!?” my father exclaimed.
“Look,” I said, “today I spent time with Ol who votes Quebec Solidaire. Then I had dinner with my friend O. who is pro-Palestine. And now I’m sitting here with you who votes Harper. And it’s all good.”
I’m in Montreal, and I’m running around trying to meet everybody I know and miss here, so my access to the Internet is spotty.
I just caught a glimpse of a website that showed the bandit Khodorkovsky speaking in the Maidan in Kiev in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty. The website I glimpsed seems to have mentioned that Khodorkovsky was practically in tears. The last thing we need is support from bloodthirsty criminals for our cause. Can this animal just go die already? Jeez. Practically the only good thing Putin ever did was placing this cannibal behind bars.
This is not a good development. A cause supported by people of this caliber loses all legitimacy.
Somebody please tell me I imagined this. Pretty please?
At first, Putin’s propagandists were going to invade Ukraine to save it from Ukrainian neo-Nazis. When no neo-Nazis were found in quantities that would make them sound at least vaguely threatening, a search began for a more convincing threat. Now, Putinoids are planning to save Ukraine from the evil Americans and scary Germans who supposedly organized and financed the Ukrainian protests.
Let’s see what fresh threat they will invent tomorrow. I’m hearing that the Uzbeks are plenty threatening. Or the Québécois. I mean, have you seen the Québécois? They are scary as hell. Or they can be once Putinoids do their work.
I keep hearing that toppling the statues of Lenin was a big mistake on the part of Ukrainian protesters.
I am convinced, however, that this was the most hopeful moment of the last 20 years in Ukraine.
Countries that experienced a totalitarian regime have only two possible scenarios ahead of them. They either address their totalitarian past and undergo the process of public reckoning and expiation, or they pretend that the past never happened. The latter are doomed to stagnating in corruption, aimlessness, cynicism, hatred and poverty for decades to come.
If Ukrainians have started to realize that the country’s tragic history needs to be discussed and, most importantly, judged, this means they have a chance of getting out of poverty.
All of the oil and gas in the world will not help Russia get better until the Russian people bury the corpse of Lenin and jail some of the Communist criminals.
On a regular basis, people wander onto this blog and say mysteriously, “Haven’t you read what Flavia had to say about this? Just go and read Flavia!” They always refuse to say more or explain themselves, so I began to suspect there was a hidden source of wisdom with the code name of “Flavia.” Finally, one of these enigmatic creatures left me a link to “Flavia.” I dutifully added the “Flavia” blog to my enormous blogroll, and forgot all about it.
Yesterday I was scrolling through my news feed and I caught a glimpse of the word “Flavia” accompanied by another familiar name, Mark Regnerus. Regnerus is a vile freakazoid of the gay-bashing and the “women’s market value” declines steadily as they age” fame. The poor folks who have the great misfortune of working alongside this hate-monger made a statement distancing himself from his bigotry. And the oft-lauded “Flavia” creature got herself into a veritable tizzy in her rush to defend the vicious homophobe she calls “one dissenting researcher.”
Of course, it is not surprising to me that there are woman-hating homophobes aplenty who rush to defend losers like Regnerus. What baffles me is why people could have thought that I might be interested in reading anybody who sees Regnerus as being “on the cutting edge of research”?
I’m in Montreal, and it still is bitterly cold here. This morning, I was walking to a cafe in Old Port with my sister (to the best brunch place in all of the city, I might add), and tears were streaming down my sister’s face because of how viciously cold it was. She has lived in Quebec for almost half of her entire life, so she’s used to cold but this winter has gotten even to her.
Still, we will not be deterred from inaugurating spring in our SELF-CARE AND HAPPINESS challenge, right? And by the way, people have asked me if it’s OK to join the challenge now, in its 6th week, and the answer is, yes, of course. This whole exercise is about pleasing yourself and having fun. People should do as much or as little as they like.
Having said that, this is bot an easy week in the challenge. This week’s assignment is
Twice a day this week, we will be doing the best thing we can do to preserve our beauty and awaken our senses to the renewal of the spring season. Take a smooth cube of ice from the freezer and slide it over your entire face and neck. Yes, it will be cold. And if you let yourself feel it, it will be intense. But it’s very invigorating. And fun.
If this sounds too scary, then try dragging the ice cube across the inner part of your wrist. And just melt into the sensation for a moment.