Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

Finally, somebody is as outraged about the China-related apologism I see everywhere as I am.

Shopping as research and cooking as writing.

If your parents subjected you to physical violence, if, like most parents, they subjected you to emotional coercion, manipulation and blackmail when you were a child, to that extent they committed evil. I must add, and as I have already indicated, that I emphatically do not mean that you must accuse your parent(s) in person. There are many situations in which such confrontations are entirely futile and pointless; often, confrontations of that kind serve only to make a bad situation still worse. But at a minimum, in the sanctity of your own mind and soul, you must have the courage to make the accusation when it is true.” A long and brilliant post.

Among all the posts I read around the Remembrance Day, this one was absolutely the best.

Show me an American who developed a greater respect for his country as a result of its coercive measures that prevent him from burning a flag. You can’t force people to feel the same way you do, and making them put on a show while hiding their true feelings serves no purpose except to help you live in a fantasy world, at the expense of others’ autonomy.”

A journalist from Kentucky explains why Senator McConnell needs to go and I agree with her.

Does Quebec have short-man syndrome?” It’s an interesting post, although I have no idea why it singles out men. Everybody in Quebec is shorter and skinnier, irrespective of gender. With my 5’6”, I always felt like a giraffe, towering over everybody on Montreal buses.

Anti-choicers murder a woman. This is how “pro-life” these vile freakazoids are. Tell me once again how I’m too cruel when these anti-choice freaks come by my blog. They promote murder of women, and I get criticized for telling them they are vicious animals.

There is a lot of stupid dating advice out there but this article is too stupid for words. For those who don;t want to waste their time on it, I can summarize: “Ladies, sit there like stupid idiots and expect to be courted, pursued, begged, etc. God forbid you show any initiative in a relationship because then you will not be ladies any longer.” Barf.

Plagiarism as cross-contamination.

An interesting prognosis for China: “The next five years will evidence tight central political control, high levels of repression, increasing military threats to China’s neighbors, and slowing economic growth. The consequence may be coup d’etat or revolution come 2017.”

An amazing post on the value of being a loner: “So before you decide to enter a career as a good “corporate man” you have to ask yourself the question NOT if your mind can handle it.  But is it worth the price you have to pay knowing your brain will never fully develop and reach it’s intellectual and philosophical peak.  Because I don’t know about you, but life is too short to have boring thoughts or be that person who thinks “boycotting oil on that ONE day” is somehow deep economic or political thinking.”

And the title of the post of the week goes to: “I adore writing!  I want to marry writing, have wild sex with it, make it have my babies, wrap myself in that zone only writing can offer for hours and hours.  It’s a chronic disease, that writing desire.”


12 thoughts on “Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion”

  1. Hm, the post on Alice Miller: I love Alice Miller and all, but I object to the idea of deciding that everything you think is wrong. It is what my parents always used on me, and my psychotherapist too. It is really destructive. I really think people should also allow themselves to consider where they might be right.

    The post on dating: if you are dating Republicans and so on, or Southerners, I would endorse this post. I do not see it as recommending passivity. It is just saying to watch for poor behavior and not get manipulated by it.


  2. From the Alice Miller article: “As far as I know, not a single ideology has “appropriated” the truth of the overriding importance of our early conditioning to be obedient and dependent and to suppress our feelings, along with the consequences of this conditioning. ”

    The issue being addressed is authoritarianism and how this is instilled in a child from an early age.

    Actually, in my view, one is an authoritarian by virtue of one’s human nature, and one’s parents can either exacerbate this, or channel it through beneficial paths. The issue of human authoritarianism can also be tackled via intellectual shamanizing. We are all naturally driven to climb a summit in order to prove ourselves to both ourselves and others. Bataille says, the summit is not the only path for experience. In fact, there is nothing on top of the summit. Nothing. God is an illusion. So we may choose to go elsewhere, apart from ascending the summit.


  3. The most insane part of the dating post was the idea that favours like picking someone up from the airport should be reserved for partners. I can’t count the number of times my family has picked up friends (not family or partners) from the airport (I don’t have a driving licence or else I would too) or done similar favours. Should I limit all my niceness to partners? Better hope they don’t break up with me or else I’ll be left friendless.
    Passivity only hurts your chances at dating someone good for you, this just sounds like it would fuck up your entire life.
    (Though I agree with Z re. that it also contains some useful/sensible points.)


  4. Do you think it’s true?

    “Германия: сегодня: школьников преследуют за светлые волосы и хороший немецкий

    Германский министр по делам семьи Кристина Шредер выступила по
    государственному телеканалу с предупреждением о том, что многие дети
    из семей <> немцев подвергаются унижениям и дискриминации
    со стороны детей иммигрантов. Ей пришлось признать, что <>

    Глава правительства земли Бавария Хорст Зеехофер не удовлетворился
    констатацией печального факта дискриминации коренного населения, и
    добавил, выступая в тот же день, что Германии следует закрыть двери
    перед мусульманскими и арабскими иммигрантами.

    Чем вызваны столь откровенные и резкие высказывания немецких политиков?
    В конце прошлой недели немецкая газета BILD и телеканал Das Erste
    опубликовали скандальные материалы об издевательствах и избиениях
    немецких детей в некоторых школах Германии, в которых <>
    немцы оказались в меньшинстве.. “


    1. In my very recent visit to Germany, I could observe that fair-haired German-speaking kids outnumber the dark-haired kids by far. 🙂

      Germans do have a historic tendency to feel persecuted by dark-haired folks, as I’m sure you are well-aware.


  5. You’ve said many times that each person has 100% rights on his body (abortion, suicide, etc), so I wondered what you would think of the new law in Ukraine:

    “Дескать, в Украине приняли закон о презумпции согласия покойника на пересадку органов.
    Что я могу сказать – давно пора. Это единственное умное, что сделала Рада за последних пять лет.”


    1. Gosh, compared to other nasty things that the Rada does, this one is not the worst. What they could have done if they actually respected their citizens would be to get everybody to mark a yes or no box when one gets one’s passport renewed, for example. That would take all of 5 seconds. But you need to respect the citizens for that, of course.


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