Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion
The badminton scandal at the Olympics. Why don’t more people care about this beautiful sport?
A brilliant post why the anti-gay movement is doomed to failure. I can’t recommend the post highly enough.
“Mitticulous“: a blogger proposes we add this new word to the vocabulary of the English language.
Why care what people think? Very insightful.
“If you hang around evangelicals long enough, you’ll hear over and over again that we’re NOT saved by our works, but rather by our FAITH – and that if you even start to think your works might matter in gaining salvation, well, then you’re not saved.” I always thought that this was what Catholics believed. Now it turns out that Protestant Evangelicals have the same approach. Is there Christian denomination where works matter more? Or, at least, matter somewhat? I might consider joining up. Maybe the Orthodox Christians can clear this up for us?
“I’m not going to stop yelling at feminism when it goes wrong. But I kind of want to take the moment to say… yeah. This is my movement. My stupid, faily, horrible excuse for a movement filled with stupid, faily, horrible people that has made life better for literally billions of people. It fucking changed the world in ways we’re still dealing with the fallout of. Once, men and women weren’t equal; now they mostly are, and getting more and more so every day.” Let’s have a contest as to who can count the greatest number of egregious falsehoods in this very childish outburst. And then we can have another contest counting all the ways in which this blogger has violated the English language.
“The study has shown a 9.6% rate of infection for ALL caesareans, the vast majority of which were emergencies and/or medically indicated. Of these, 88% were minor infections; which leaves us with a 1% total caesarean risk for serious infections. Compare this with the risk of pelvic floor trauma in women who deliver vaginally: 15% of women have an episiotomy, 36.6% of women tear (including very serious injuries with 3rd and 4th degree tears). The repercussions of these (i.e. a significantly increased risk of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse) will “seriously affect a woman’s quality of life” too, and yet this does not receive the same level of media attention.”
I agree that this is the best reason to vote for Obama in 2012, no matter how you feel about him.
Another heartbreaking story from a victim of homeschooling. What is really sad is that such people only get a chance to speak about what was done to them by irresponsible homeschooling parents after they grow up. When they are still at the mercy of their parents, they don’t get to have a voice. Which is, of course, the entire point of homeschooling.
A brilliant putdown of a condescending jerk of a colleague. I love these stories where people don’t crawl into a corner and cry when they are being insulted but, instead, fight back.
Is there anything wrong with being a loner? The post suggests that we should stop feeling ashamed for being loners. I couldn’t agree more! Our way of being is as valid as that of the ultra-sociable people. And let’s not allow anybody to convince us otherwise.
A very insightful post on unhealthy marriages: “Chronic complaining becomes the bond above bonds. Not with your significant other, of course, but with your close friends. Significant Other talks to their friends all the time about what’s bothering them, decisions they’re trying to make, how frustrated they are with you… and you do the same with your close friends. Your bond with your close friends is much stronger than your bond to Significant Other—and the same is true for them. A lot of what makes those bonds to friends so strong is the complaining: you complain to them about your significant other, they complain about their significant others, and everyone feels that at least they’re not alone in the world. No problems ever get solved, of course, but people get a chance to temporarily vent their frustrations.” The blogger attributes this to religious or conservative marriages, but they can be found among people of all political and religious persuasions. I know a few ultra-progressive atheists who live this way.
A brilliant takedown of a miserable creature who spewed garbage about Sally Ride. The post is very well-written and funny. Do read!
“Slavoj Žižek: ‘Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots.‘” I thought that, too, for a long time. And then I started a blog and changed my mind. Maybe Zizek should start blogging, too. The article is hilarious, though. At least, look at the first paragraph. I was in stitches for 5 minutes because that’s exactly the kind of thing I might say.
A list of every blogger participating in the Classics Club. I so admire the person (people?) who came up with the idea and organized the club.
And the post of the week: Lazy arguments. I’m guilty of making such arguments in my own writing, which is why I find this post invaluable.