Memorial Day Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion
Canada, the land of progress: “The Broadbent Institute has released a new set of polling (PDF) as to Canadians’ values. And it’s particularly worth noting that even on the Cons’ signature issues such as tax cuts, austerity and crime – where millions upon millions of public dollars have been spent in a combined effort at branding and persuasion – 60% or more of respondents (including new immigrants) side with a more progressive option.”
I’m very happy about this revival of interest in Hans Fallada. He is a brilliant writer.
“Not long ago, a colleague discussed with me the recently-concluded faculty search in his department. His department decided to hire a male candidate, and my colleague told me he was relieved. In fact, he said to me, “It’s so good to know that men can still get hired. I thought we could only hire women, so it’s nice to know that men can still get hired.” Gosh, how much I hate these stupid melodrama peddlers! Yes, nobody hires men any longer. They all roam the streets, unemployed and miserable. It’s precisely this tendency to see everything in apocalyptic terms that alienates me from my colleagues.
Polanski is being his usual disgusting self. He can’t make movies because he is signally devoid of talent, so he attracts attention by spouting stupidities. I wonder when he will start talking at empty chairs, which is in vogue among Hollywood wash-outs, as I keep hearing.
It is really cute how stupid losers who insist on whining about the mean, horrible feminists always pretend my blog doesn’t exist. When I rebuked the creepazoid who fantasized about her son growing up to be a rapist, nobody felt it necessary to quote me. Of course, my writing destroy the myth of the man-eating evil feminists. People who criticize other for hypocrisy while being deeply hypocritical disgust me.
“The worst of the pick-up artists insist that men and women want such radically different things that only the cynical mastery of manipulation techniques will lead to happiness. The good news is the emergence of a different model for men and women alike, based on mutuality, kindness and willingness to prioritise other’s boundaries as well as one’s own pleasure.” Exactly.
“Is Preparing for Class Before the Semester Begins “Unpaid Labor”??” For me it’s not an issue at all because I spread out my salary across 12 months and always get paid more in summer than during the rest of the year. Other people seem to care about the subject a lot, though. Why not just do the kind of salary deferral I do and never have to worry about not having money in the summer is a mystery to me.
“The ridiculous proliferation and popularity of TV rape scenes — there’s a sexual assault about every 10 seconds on television — is proof enough of that, as if you needed it. When TV rapes women, if there is ever any underlying high moral purpose serving Truth and Beauty, I have never seen it.”
And the post of the week: “Michelle Obama has been reduced to a fashion icon and promoter of vegetable gardens and healthy eating. She had better not act angry, ever. She must show some class, at all times. She sends her girls to a private school, and Obama’s friend Rahm Emanuel destroys public education in Chicago. I admire none of this. Obama has not kept his promises, except the one to kill Bin Laden, and well we did get out of Iraq and well we are all over the Middle East anyway, and we are supposed to stick it? Be grateful that he hasn’t messed things up as badly as Bush? Why?“