Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

As you will see, many of the links this week turned into mini-posts. Once again, if you find that annoying and just want no-frills links, let me know. This is something I’m very willing to change if it bothers.

A brilliant post on homeschooling. I’d say this is the best post I have read all week long. Highly recommended.

In defense of publishing your stuff in a free access format. What this writer says makes a lot of sense to me.

The typical PhD program is a great place to develop bad work habits.” I know mine was, that’s for sure.

Another disgusting instance of homophobia in Russia.

There are very weird people in this world. This blogger, for example, doesn’t distinguish between not wanting to see your parents naked and being a prude who cringes at the sight of a nude body. This must mean that if I like pornography, I should be totally fine with watching a porn flick with my parents starring.

A blogger responds to my recent and very popular post and solves a curious politico-linguistic mystery for me.

This blogger continues to churn out the best academic advice I have ever read in my entire life. Reading this blog and following this advice has transformed my scholarly existence in the best way possible and I will never tire of sharing this joy with everybody.

Did you know that Facebook closes down accounts that writers start under their nom de plume? This is all shades of crazy. I can just imagine what would have happened if Mark Twain and George Eliot lived in the times of Facebook. The blogger I refer to is no George Eliot or even Jack London (just like I’m not either) but since when can’t authors use writing pseudonyms? Just this week I was told by two different people I know in RL that they have trouble thinking about me as anybody other than “Clarissa.” One more reason to hate Facebook, I guess.

If you need any more proof that some pageant parents are a public menace, read this article. And then please share what makes you think you need any more proof. Does Toddlers and Tiaras ring a bell? If you ever eat something bad and need to induce vomiting, two minutes of this show do the job. (I want to reiterate that not all pageants are horrible and not all pageant parents are creepy. There are perfectly good, fun pageants where kids really enjoy themselves and parents do all they can to let their children have fun in a healthy way.)

“An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if: c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents.” Want to know which barbaric country introduced this regulation? Read the details here.

I hate pickup trucks, never want to know anything about military insignia of any country, don’t want to have friends who are Evangelical Fundamentalists, hate any kind of beer, and have no way of knowing if my neighbors have college degrees. If this makes me a “disconnected” snob, then I’m happy to be one. I’d rather be a snob than the stupid person who came up with this ridiculous, meaningless questionnaire.

If you enjoyed the quiz referenced in the preceding link, take note that it was created by the jerk who “has argued that a) blacks, b) Latinos and c) all women are intellectually inferior creatures. The man who has argued that poverty cannot be helped by anything the government could do, because that breeds indolence and poor work habits and in any case poverty is caused by the innate stupidity and bad work ethics of the poor.” Still feeling good about yourself?

A friend zone is a myth.” And I agree completely. This is a very insightful and talented young journalist writing. What does it say about me that whenever I read a post by a brilliant young person, I immediately think, “I wish this were a student of mine”?

The winners of “The Best of Russian Photography” competition. The captions are in Russian but who cares? The photography is beautiful.

Are there really people who ask their partners not to masturbate outside of their presence? And, more importantly, are there people who tolerate such controlling partners? What’s next, “If you dare have an erotic dream that doesn’t involve me, I’ll divorce you”?

Another stupid, essentializing and offensive piece about Asperger’s that attempts to be funny and fails miserably.

On the history of the expression “I’m just sayin‘”. What a beautiful expression it is, too. I love it.

A rational person humiliates a fanatic in a debate on abortion. It’s a very short video but it rocks, people.

In the wake of the Komen people being defeated by the blogosphere and punished for their bigotry, a stupid fool is shocked that those vile Liberals actually consider the right of a human being to decide what happens in that human being’s own body to be a sacred right. Yes, how totally vile of them! The jerkwad who wrote this stupid post got so flustered by commenters challenging him on his hatred of women that he closed down the comments after just 23. Yes, it must suck to be called out on being a woman-hater.

Are the young becoming excessively cautious? (I blame this phenomenon on helicoptering parenting more than on the economy. What do you think?)

An instant test that reveals a lot about the person taking it. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling it. But it just takes a second. All I can say, I’m proud of how I did.

Saraba Magazine is accepting short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and excerpts that reflect the diversity of sex and sexuality. Note that the publishers and editors have a bias for experimental writing.” Maybe there are people reading this who are looking to publish their work.

King of the Kovbasa! (Ukrainian sausage.)

Academic journals that decide which research discoveries count as important are practising widespread “coercion” to gain influence, at the expense of their own credibility.

Honor killings in Canada. The last sentence of the post will speak to all people trying to escape their abusive families: “If you do manage to leave, don’t look back.”

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56 comments on “Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

  1. Re: homeschooling. It could be that the children already had social difficulties, and that is why they were homeschooled, or that the parents had social difficulties and that is why they chose to homeschool their children. So the homeschooling did not create social difficulties, they were already there. My own daughter is “home-educated”, but not by me. She is autistic, and when she went to public school, she was assigned an educational assistant, who was a nice woman, but completely untrained, and completely useless, probably worse than nothing. When I complained to the school, they insisted that the EA take a 4 hour training course. Four hours! So after a couple of years, seeing no progress, I put her in a private school, where the teachers worked very hard to see that she was included in social activities. But by the end of Grade 3, she still couldn’t read.So I pulled her out of school, and found an organization that provided trained teachers privately, in your home. Extremely expensive, but they have made an enormous difference, and she learned to read that first year. It is not perfect. I looked at putting her back in public school recently, but the attitude of the public school is to push the special ed. students through with no real attempt to teach them anything. In music class, for instance, the kids stand around in a circle and sing Brittany Spears songs. I have taken my daughter to piano lessons for years, and she is perfectly well able to play, but they are not given the chance in the public school here. Sorry to run on like this, it has been a major source of frustration in my life.

    • This is not the kind of homeschooling we are discussing, of course. You did what was necessary and had specialists educate your daughter. What we are discussing is completely different.

  2. An instant test that reveals a lot about the person taking it. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling it. But it just takes a second. All I can say, I’m proud of how I did.
    Actually my first thought was, “Is that a hurricane near the center?”

  3. I used to be a stupid controlling terrible jealous girlfriend who got upset if my boyfriend masturbated when I wasn’t around. I felt I was failing to fulfill his sexual needs and that the next step was him cheating on me or leaving me. Of course I had no reason to believe that, but I was psycho crazy with low self esteem when I was younger.

    We’re still together after 11 years, and I’m much more sane now.

    Thank fuck.

    I have a blog, updated 3 times weekly if anyone is interested in reading about media and sociology and writing. http://www.jmkeep.com/blog

    I should totally do a blog round up soon. I read too many awesome blogs to really talk about all the topics in depth.

    • Thank you so much for the link!

      Re: the masturbation issue, I’m honestly bewildered by this. Although I used to be a fairly jealous person (I’ve worked that out partially and am still working on it), never in my life have I had any problem with a partner masturbating, whether it’s outside of my presence or in it. I just can’t understand why so many women have such an issue with this. Just as I enjoy going to restaurants and I enjoy making food myself, it’s entirely possible to enjoy being sexual with another person and with yourself, too… *shrug*

      • I think it takes a special type of psycho. Not to mention I had pretty intense depression at the time.

        And not to delve too deeply, but I never got any affection at home, and he was my first real boyfriend (we started dating right after I hit 17). I had no idea what to expect in a relationship and felt like a failure if I couldn’t satisfy all his sexual needs. It didn’t matter if I couldn’t do it because I was working, or because I was sick – all I knew was that I was a failure.

        It was a miserable point in my life and a particularly low point in the relationship because of it.

        Want to know the saddest part? I used to get jealous if he looked at pictures of /me/ and masturbated to it.

        WTF is with THAT?

        This was, like, 10 years ago now when I was young. And crazy.

      • Anjasa–I can relate to that. I also have depression and, although it didn’t manifest itself in the same way, it definitely alters the way I perceive and approach interpersonal relationships of all kinds.

      • “Anjasa–I can relate to that. I also have depression and, although it didn’t manifest itself in the same way, it definitely alters the way I perceive and approach interpersonal relationships of all kinds.”

        – Miriam: off topic: I will be interviewed about you. This is very cool. :-)

  4. Julie Riber Pitt: “Ever heard the claim that horizontal workplaces aren’t efficient? Unlike most naysayers, this video provides statistics and historical evidence. Watch it, even if mutualism isn’t your cup of tea.”

    Mutualism isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but since I have been hearing the claim a lot lately that horizontal workplaces aren’t efficient…

  5. Thank you for the link to my post on Homeschooling and the wonderful compliment! Your readers are all thoughtful and insightful as well so I appreciate that!

      • I used to hang out with some crazy ass artsy nudists. Maybe it was that particular bunch of crazy ass artsy nudists but they were creepy people. There was lots of pressure to get naked even if you weren’t really comfortable with it, because “come on guys it’s just the human body it’s toooootally natural and not sexual at all unless you make it sexual.”

        Guess what? People made it sexual.

      • “I used to hang out with some crazy ass artsy nudists. Maybe it was that particular bunch of crazy ass artsy nudists but they were creepy people. There was lots of pressure to get naked even if you weren’t really comfortable with it, because “come on guys it’s just the human body it’s toooootally natural and not sexual at all unless you make it sexual.””

        – This “it’s totally natural” argument really bugs me. The best things about human civilization are totally unnatural. (The Internet, the Kindle, enough said.) While there is a whole number of totally natural things we don’t do in public. There is no nee to confuse “natural” with “public.”

    • Not to say that nudity = pornography always. Just that it’s been my experience that you’re much more likely to find people automatically sexualizing nudity than not.

  6. Thanks for calling me weird, and also, thanks for the pingback. I’m going to mention you in an upcoming post. Just to clarify, the post isn’t making a statement about nudity of parents vs. porn stars or parental nudity vs. nudity–or even types or degrees of nudity (although that’s a good idea). It’s making a statement about the ludicrous aspect of nudity in the media in relation to featuring acceptable levels of violence. By juxtaposing American’s inability to accept most kinds of nudity (be it sexual or non) with our ability to watch brains splattered across a wall, I’m hopefully getting some people to be a little less uptight about nudity in general. I live in SF. People eat lunch naked in public.
    Again, thanks, and my apologies if my sarcasm is sometimes misconstrued.

    • ” I live in SF. People eat lunch naked in public.”

      – Completely naked? That sounds very hygienic.

      And as for weird, note how many times I refer to myself as weird. :-) If anything, this is a compliment. :-)

  7. “What are those vertical stripes on the Earth photo? It looks more like an orange than a marble.”

    I don’t think well of Charles Murray, the author of the quiz and book “Coming Apart”. He is famous for “The Bell Curve”, in which he goes to great lengths to show that whites are inherently smarter than blacks. However, he does have a point about the existence and inheritance in this country, and how ignorant the urban upper class is about the average person’s life. Murray grew up as a Maytag executive’s child in a small town in Iowa, and seems to make a big deal about moving from DC to a small town 50 miles away in Maryland, in the “weekend getaway” creeping suburbia. More house for your money, and if you don’t actually need to commute to work, why not? If you want to read about what it is like to grow up and live in a poor rural community (western Virginia, back in the hills), read books by Joe Bageant, eg, Deer Hunting with Jesus.

    BTW, you should know something about Branson, MO, it is a popular tourist destination a few hours from here. I avoid it, but then I want the hiking and canoeing to be had in the area, and stay away from Branson due to its major traffic jams. I avoid NASCAR, don’t watch all that many movies, eat at cheap Chinese or Vietnamese or Thai diners because we are lucky to have them, eat at IHOP when I want a plate of pancakes, and don’t watch popular TV programs because I like to read, do puzzles, craft.

    • ” I avoid NASCAR, don’t watch all that many movies, eat at cheap Chinese or Vietnamese or Thai diners because we are lucky to have them, eat at IHOP when I want a plate of pancakes, and don’t watch popular TV programs because I like to read, do puzzles, craft.”

      – Except for Vietnamese and Thai food, you are me! :-) I love IHOP, too, and I’m somewhat addicted to puzzles. :-) Even thinking about NASCAR gives me a headache because I can’t stand loud obnoxious noises.

  8. From another woman hater:

    “These are things that break peace, but I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing – direct murder by the mother herself. And we read in the Scripture, for God says very clearly: Even if a mother could forget her child – I will not forget you – I have carved you in the palm of my hand. We are carved in the palm of His hand, so close to Him that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God. And that is what strikes me most, the beginning of that sentence, that even if a mother could forget something impossible – but even if she could forget – I will not forget you. And today the greatest means – the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.” — Mother Teresa

    Peace.

    • Mother Teresa renounced her womanhood by placing herself outside of practicing her female sexuality. This rejection of her body worked out well for her, but trying to judge the actions of those who haven’t chosen a celibate and asexual existence is profoundly condescending and, indeed, woman-hating.

      As I said many times, the greatest anti-abortionists are all extremely sexually repressed and they hate any idea that there are people who might be deriving pleasure from sex. We need to pity such people, not quote them as moral examples.

      • Also, it’s very cute to meet people who collect anti-abortion quotes. I wonder, does Stalin, who punished abortion with death, make those lists? Or do such vile woman-haters cherry-pick their woman-hating sources?

      • You know, I also strongly objected to Americans killing Iraqis over the last eight years. I must be an American hater as well.

        You might ask yourself why you need to de-humanize anyone who has reached a conclusion on a moral issue that is different from yours, Clarissa.

        “As I said many times, the greatest anti-abortionists are all extremely sexually repressed and they hate any idea that there are people who might be deriving pleasure from sex.”

        Saying something extremely stupid many times does not make it true, you know.

      • “You know, I also strongly objected to Americans killing Iraqis over the last eight years. I must be an American hater as well.”

        – Gosh, were those Iraqis actual people or just body parts of the American soldiers? If latter, then you have a serious problem.

        “You might ask yourself why you need to de-humanize anyone who has reached a conclusion on a moral issue that is different from yours, Clarissa.”

        – If your morality includes violating other people’s bodies, then I reserve the right to judge you in any ways I see fit.

        “Saying something extremely stupid many times does not make it true, you know.”

        – I have no doubt you are very knowledgeable on the subject of saying extremely stupid things.

      • The quote makes no sense on any level. How about a woman who uses contraceptives and sleeps with many men? How about if she takes no money from any of them?

        Woman-hating anti-choicers are too funny. In their rush to express hatred of women they abandon all logic and reason. It is especially cute when men have an opinion on a physiological process they can never experience.

  9. P. rhoeas :

    Also, it’s very cute to meet people who collect anti-abortion quotes. I wonder, does Stalin, who punished abortion with death, make those lists? Or do such vile woman-haters cherry-pick their woman-hating sources?

    Have you heard about the Gandhi one that made the rounds on Notre Dame’s law school’s official listserv?

    Orwell was right about Gandhi. “Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent,” That could apply to MT as well.
    Thanks for linking me, Clarissa! Sorry it’s a late thank-you!

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  11. “If your morality includes violating other people’s bodies, then I reserve the right to judge you in any ways I see fit.”

    That’s funny, because “violating other people’s bodies” is exactly how I see chopping little babies in multiple pieces.

    There is hope here: The fact that you are so angry and abusive on this topic is a pretty certain sign that on some level you know you are wrong.

    • “That’s funny, because “violating other people’s bodies” is exactly how I see chopping little babies in multiple pieces.”

      – What babies? People have abortions precisely to avoid having babies. Or have you lost the thread of the conversation already?

      “There is hope here: The fact that you are so angry and abusive on this topic is a pretty certain sign that on some level you know you are wrong.”

      – Relax, my ignorant friend, I’m always like this on every topic. You should read my posts on students who plagiarize.

      • “People have abortions precisely to avoid having babies.”

        To avoid GIVING BIRTH to babies. The ones that are already inside them.

        In any case, all of your spewing of hatred has been based upon the idea I favor making abortion illegal. And that’s not even true.

      • “To avoid GIVING BIRTH to babies. The ones that are already inside them.”

        – You see, you are very ignorant. What women have inside them are fetuses. Only a very unhinged person sees a tiny collection of cells as a “baby.”

        “In any case, all of your spewing of hatred has been based upon the idea I favor making abortion illegal. And that’s not even true.”

        – My spewing of hatred is based on you daring to have an opinion on a physiological process that you cannot even hope to experience.

    • You know, I certainly agree that “chopping little babies in multiple pieces” is wrong. But — speaking as someone who’s had a fertilized ovum in her uterus — I disagree that this is what abortion does.

  12. chopping little babies in multiple pieces

    Boy that sounds awful. It sure is a good thing then that only crazy people who avoid all news and medical information not blasted around their crazy person echo chamber of ridiculous ideas actually think that that’s what’s happening when women terminate a pregnancy.

    • It’s kind of sad when people who haven’t even tried to find out what an abortion entails start polluting the world with their uninformed opinion about “chopping babies.” The “multiple pieces” part is especially hilarious. I mean, where are they getting this from even? And do they have the exact number of “pieces” in mind?

      • It’s kind of sad when people who haven’t even tried to find out what an abortion entails start babbling about how the fact the baby winds up in pieces is hilarious.

      • “It’s kind of sad when people who haven’t even tried to find out what an abortion entails start babbling about how the fact the baby winds up in pieces is hilarious.”

        – What baby, Gene? Even you own quote makes no reference to any “baby.” Tissue. Fetus. Try repeating these words while breathing very deep.

    • “The second step is to remove the fetus. Either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia is given to the woman. A cannula is passed into the uterus. The cannula is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump that provides a vacuum to remove tissue from the uterus. Forceps are inserted into the uterus through the vagina and used to extract any remaining tissue. This is more likely in pregnancies of 16 weeks or more. A curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus and remove tissue in the uterus. Lastly, the vacuum is used to ensure no fetal tissue remains in the uterus (such tissue can cause serious infections in the woman). The pieces are also examined to ensure that the entire fetus was removed.”

      “Feticide may be performed prior to the surgical procedure. The tissues of the dead fetus will soften, making dismemberment easier.” — Wikipedia

      Pieces. Dismemberment.

      I guess Wikipedia is written by crazy people.

      • Try to concentrate, Gene. In your own quote that nobody forced you to provide, try to find the words “chopping babies into pieces.” If you can’t do that, I will have to conclude that you are incapable of processing a very simple text.

        It has to be some sort of a severe intellectual impairment that forces one to translate “remove tissue” as “chop babies.”

      • “Clarissa, don’t you see “dismemberment” in the quote? How feticide makes the dismemberment easier? Do you know what dismemberment means?”

        – Who is the eminent authority that created the text you are quoting?

        It seems I knew what I was talking about when I mentioned plagiarists. Quote your sources, Gene. Always quote your sources.

      • Allow me to shed my student identity for a brief moment, put on a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches, and emulate nearly every single professor I’ve ever had, in my best academic voice: *ahem*
        Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information. If you must search for information, try scouring journals, studies, and peer-reviewed papers. Using Wikipedia as a primary source is the internet equivalent of pretending that reading the Cliffe Notes of The Canterbury Tales puts you in the same field as someone with a PhD in British Literature.
        *takes off the coat, re-enters student mode*
        To drive home the point, here’s an example of a proper citation:
        “Let us look at the details. A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly…If you are concerned about suffering in the universe, killing a fly should present you with greater moral difficulties than killing a human blastocyst.” (Harris, Sam: Letter to a Christian Nation, Toronto, Random House, 2006)

      • “Allow me to shed my student identity for a brief moment, put on a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches, and emulate nearly every single professor I’ve ever had, in my best academic voice: *ahem*”

        – Good job, dear colleague! :-)

        This is why one needs to learn how to choose reliable sources and quote them.

        Saying, I heard: “xxxxxx” so it must be true makes no sense. Instead, you need to choose a reliable source, specify how it fits into the terms of the discussion and quote correctly, like Nominatissima did.

    • “second-trimester D&E – [is] an abortion procedure in which a physician inserts a long, toothed clamp into the uterus of the mother, grasping at random to secure and dismember the arms and legs of the child and withdraw them from the mother’s body, subsequently grasping and removing the child’s torso in pieces, then crushing the infant’s head in order to extract it through the vaginal canal, finally scraping the lining of the uterus and vacuuming any remaining fetal parts and placenta by suction”

      Congress is also filled with nutjobs, apparently.

      • “Congress is also filled with nutjobs, apparently.”

        – And finally you have made an intelligent observation.

        I wonder, how come you forgot to tell us where you found this quote created by unhinged maniacs with severe mommy issues?

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