Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Putinoid Greece

So how does everybody feel about the Putinoid freak show Syriza winning in Greece?

As Russians would say, Greeks have degenerated to the point of enjoying sexual intercourse with mice.

Tree Change Dolls

Have you heard of Sonia Singh from Tasmania and her project Tree Change Dolls?

She takes the butt-ugly and scary Bratz dolls and makes them beautiful:

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Check it out, it’s a great project and the artist is very talented.

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Internship Rules

My sister is offering an internship at her company. The internship is not going to be one of those unpaid ones for two reasons:

1. Exploiting labor is wrong  (she’s my sister, eh?)

2. She doesn’t need workers who are so easy in their circumstances that they can afford unpaid internships. Spoiled people don’t make for good employees.

Moral of the story: running a successful business is not predicated on being a jerk.

Monday Link Encyclopedia

Sheriffs against a Google app. I won’t repeat my bit about the erosion of governmental services because of new technologies because everything is crystal clear as it is.

Here is a really great, hilarious article making fun of some idiot called Jonah Goldberg.

Here is an article whose author is actually trying to be sympathetic towards Ukraine: “With Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists on the offensive ever since Ukrainian security forces gave up the symbolically important Donetsk airport late last week. . .” As you can see, every word here is a Putinoid lie. The author, however, is entirely unaware of serving as a Putinbot.

A very weird map of how the US population is spread.

“Clarissa Repaired”: a post whose title made me feel very weird.

[In Russian.] Chechens are dancing on the ruins of the Donetsk airport.

[In Russian.] Russian news agencies are announcing that Putin managed to prevent World War III.

A public reconciliation between VS Naipaul and Paul Theroux.

The only democracy in the Middle East is looking a bit peakéd.

A GOP lawmaker wants to put an end to marriage.

In Illinois, school districts are informing parents that a new law may mean that school officials can demand social media passwords of students. . . And if a student refuses to cooperate, the district could press criminal charges.” Yeah, let’s put a bunch of 10-year-olds in jail. That will definitely be a huge help.

France has a curious bestseller list: “Zemmour’s “French Suicide” was just toppled as the top best-seller in France by Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, “Submission,” whose central theme is also the suicide of France.”

And here is an article on the new controversial book by Houellebecq.

It is beyond bizarre what some people see as “good parenting practices.” And then these same people dedicate a lifetime to busily gulping down anti-depressants.

A really good article on the sexual causes of men’s angry outbursts.

Horrible things perpetrated by ISIS. Read and and look at the photos before chirping about how “this is not our problem.”

A new policy has come down (and whether or not all of it is the federal government or the college remains somewhat unclear).  Any instance of sexual violence regarding a Del Mar faculty, staff or student, must be reported–whether it happened on campus or not.” This is completely ridiculous and just wrong.

Five-year-old misses friend’s birthday party and gets invoice for £15.95 The parents of Alex Nash have been sent an invoice for failing to attend the birthday party and threatened with legal action if they do not pay.”

The dating auction.

The folks who are into apocalyptic thinking will love this infographic.

I’m very disappointed with Amazon: “Today, the massively successful (struggling and unfocused) ecommerce giant Amazon announced that legendary filmmaker (alleged pedophile) Woody Allen will write and direct a television series for the company’s wildly popular (only if included within free trials) streaming service Prime Instant Video.” Vomit, vomit, vomit.

Beautiful glowing mushrooms!

He kept talking about what “women” want and what “women” are looking for, and treating romance as some sort of code he needed to crack and solve.” And the loser will keep doing it, in complete loneliness, for decades to come.

Professional depressives are learning to make money from their depression.

After this great review, I’m interested in reading a sci-fi book.

In the meanwhile, Feministing keeps drowning in triviality.

Pope Francis is such a weirdo. For Catholics who are about to blow a fuse: the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is a disgusting piece of criminal slime.

France’s irreligious tradition.

The “tubularization” of society – cigarettes, tin cans, soda bottles, lipstick – marked a radical shift in human experience.”

Schools around the country are giving students tablets, laptops, and other devices in an effort to take education beyond the textbook. Obama’s Student Data Privacy Act is meant to ensure that the companies selling new technologies to schools aren’t using them to collect information about those students.” Maybe all of this crap should be kept out of the classroom in the first place.

The EU governments got together on January 11th to condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo.  However, they concluded that the best response is to curtail freespeech, ramp up propaganda, increase surveillance on citizens, and place a ban on the types of things Charlie Hebdo published.” Of course, this will all be done in the name of sensitivity, so yay!

[Russian.] Putin announced that he will start releasing the Ukrainian hostages and POWs in return for sanctions against Russia being removed.

And the title of the most stupid post of the month goes to this idiotic excretion by my favorite facile fool of the moment.

More on Mobility

mobility

I rest my case.

Weirdness

It’s been so warm that we actually did a barbecue yesterday.

And today it started to snow.

Weirdness.

Commotion

So our Black Lives Matter campaign organized a silent march last week. Black students walked silently through campus. The only sound they made was shuffling of feet because the march was silent. Nothing else happened. A small group of students silently walked across campus. Some onlookers stopped and took photos. This was the extent of the event.

On the next day, the local newspaper came out with the photos of the black students during the march under the title, “Student march creates commotion.” Of course, there was no “commotion” or anything that could pass for one but we are very thankful that words like “thug” and “riot” didn’t make an appearance.

The thing that gives me pause is that if I hadn’t been there and witnessed an absolute lack of anything resembling a commotion (defined in the dictionary as “violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance”), I might have believed the newspaper headline. This is how negative images are created and propagated.

I would have never believed it if I hadn’t seen it. 

Globalization

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A coat hanging next to mine at the gym

Speaking Out

During the departmental meeting on Friday, I made a very loud and clear statement to the effect that nobody should approach me with requests to teach 1, 2, 3, etc extra courses for no extra pay. Actually, I wouldn’t teach them for extra pay either but that’s not the point.

Nobody has been asking me to take on extra work for no pay, mind you. I made my statement preemptively. And aggressively.

The sky didn’t fall down and the apocalypse did not begin after I said this. Now a question: why do tenured people with Full Professorships meekly accept teaching extra courses for free when I’m not afraid to “just say no”?

I just met an instructor who didn’t get to teach this semester at all because a tenured professor agreed to teach his courses for free.

Why are people doing this?

Yes, I asked them in person but the answers don’t convince me.

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