Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

A brilliant deconstruction of arguments against same-sex marriage.

A great post on the war on drugs.

“Who could possibly view the term “breast cancer” as sexually arousing? What self-respecting medical team, seeking to produce an easy-to-understand booklet to promote early detection of breast cancer, can write phrases like: “The cancer in the organ under discussion” so as to avoid using the word “breast”.” Find out who has this completely insane attitude to breast cancer here.

Traditional upbringing in Zimbabwe. Eye-opening!

Will the young voters turn out for Obama in the 2012 election like they did in 2008?

The most vocal critics of my decision to let my kid “decide” for religion has come from my academic atheist friends who are aware of my own (lack of) beliefs.  They seem as eager to inculcate atheism into their kids as the religious are to instill certain beliefs in their.” What we need is more amazing parents like the author of this post.

I wish more people understood this: “Until we learn that people around the world are not necessarily the same as we are, don’t necessarily think in the same way and don’t necessarily appreciate the same things, we will continue to muck up foreign policy terribly.”

I like this blogger because she always has an original take on things and delivers it in a very concise, to-the-point manner. Check out this post on the different styles of feeding the homeless.

Fun Christmas reading: a great long post ridiculing a book of marriage advice from religious fanatics in a truly miserable marriage. I know one should be compassionate towards people who are this brainless but I can’t muster any good feelings towards them. maybe you will prove a better person than I am.

And if there is anything more ridiculous than books of marriage advice from religious fanatics, it’s dating advice from same religious fanatics.

Is teaching “cost efficient”?

It is clear that what most people in pursuit of ‘higher education’ want is not an education, strictly speaking, but a credential that will gain them admittance to a certain social and/or economic status. Education as most people  use it nowadays is a euphemism for a ticket to success, where the latter is defined in terms of money and social position.” I know exactly what this brilliant blogger means. All I wish for in my work is to meet more of those students who are looking for an actual education and not for a set of formal credentials. There are so few of them, though. . .

Copyright insanity keeps growing and spreading.

Iraq is about to disintegrate into a Civil War. Does anybody feel surprised? If so, I have to ask what rock you’ve been sitting under for the past fifteen years.

If you are as obsessed with reading lists as I am, check out this list of books that feature translators or interpreters as characters.

“[Feminism] is also the radical notion that men are people too, complete human beings, with the same range of emotions and the same capacity for empathy and self-control as any woman.” In this brilliant statement Hugo Schwyzer echoes my own profound belief and the subject of the most unpopular post I have written recently. Let’s see if Hugo manages to attract more attention to this idea than I did.

Ron Paul’s “extreme bet on an economic catastrophe.” Note that Ron Paul really needs our economy to collapse completely. Any other scenario will lose him money. If you know anybody clueless enough to vote for this religious fanatic, share this article with them.

For everybody who celebrates Christmas:

Merry Christmas!!!

 

And for those who don’t: 

Have fun perusing this link collection!

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18 comments on “Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

  1. “[Feminism] is also the radical notion that men are people too, complete human beings, with the same range of emotions and the same capacity for empathy and self-control as any woman.” In this brilliant statement Hugo Schwyzer echoes my own profound belief and the subject of the most unpopular post I have written recently. Let’s see if Hugo manages to attract more attention to this idea than I did.

    If by more attention you mean he is able to handle being called on it when he doesn’t meet that radical notion then there might be hope for him.

    • “If by more attention you mean he is able to handle being called on it when he doesn’t meet that radical notion then there might be hope for him.”

      -Yes, you are right. Saying this is one thing, but as important as it is to say it, living up to it is another thing entirely.

      • And that’s the problem because there are times when he not only hasn’t lived up to it but outright defended thing being done to men that he wouldn’t dare stand for if done to women.

        Which makes me almost laugh that people are crying foul now that he has left GMP.

        Defend paternity fraud (and possibly did it himself)? Fine.

        Hold men collectively responsible as a group? Fine

        Hold statutory rapists responsible by gender rather than age? Fine.

        Leave a site when called on that behavior? Oh no hell now now the tanks need to circle.

  2. As for the religious psycho’s book on marriage, I must say I recognize the pathology. My father also had it. He used to get very pent up emotionally and then project some “sin” as having taken place. He would use the pretext of him having “insight” into someone sinning in order to tear them apart emotionally (and sometimes physically). Once his rage was dispersed, he would again return rather more to his senses. He could forgive whatever crime it was he had invented, because it had served its purpose of justifying his exploding rage. Afterwards, he would no longer need the release, so the crime he’d invented could magically disappear. Or, he could simply “forgive” himself for his actions.

  3. “I know exactly what this brilliant blogger means. All I wish for in my work is to meet more of those students who are looking for an actual education and not for a set of formal credentials. There are so few of them, though. . .”
    I’m glad you appreciate poor fools like me who went to university out of a sheer love of learning. :)

    For this week I have some musings on a comparison between translating the bible into patois (Jamaican creole) and the Hawaiian pidgin translation of the New testament called “Da Jesus Book”: http://nominatissima.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/da-jesus-book-the-patois-bible/

    A review of Canadian author Daniel Kalla’s latest effort,The Far Side of the Sky: http://nominatissima.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/book-review-the-far-side-of-the-sky-by-daniel-kalla/

    And two posts which are proving very popular in the autism blogosphere, one on not making the mistake of constructing autism as being something which only happens to white upper-class people, and one offering advice to non-autistic parents on how to give their autistic children independence and room to grow and prosper: http://nominatissima.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/the-colours-of-autism/

    http://nominatissima.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/autistic-people-with-allistic-parents/

    Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, Clarissa!

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