Monday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

All I ever wanted to say about Facebook activists but somebody has already said it for me.

A Dutch wedding versus an American wedding.

Together, my partner and I have a median household income in the top 8% of US earners. Yet, like many people, even now we could not truly afford to buy a decent place in most major North American (or global) cities.” Hear, hear! The real estate in this country is unbelievably overpriced, and things won’t change until there are folks willing to saddle themselves with ridiculous 30-year mortgages.

A lot of words just to say that people who send unsolicited naked photos of themselves should be avoided. I once had a colleague who regaled everybody in the office with photos of his penis. I kid you not, he sent out an email to everybody who had the misfortune of sharing an office with him. On the next day, he pestered everybody to share our impressions of the penis with him. The guy turned out to be a sociopath and a criminal who had to flee the country.

Jeb Bush confirms that immigration policies exist to relieve the tension of “we are not breeding fast enough” panic. We have already seen Western Europe succumb to it. Now, it seems, it’s the turn of the US.

If you’re talking about Snowden — whether he’s a hero or a traitor, why he did it, what should happen to him, etc. — then you’re not talking about the NSA, what it’s doing, and what should be done to corral it. The NSA loves that.” Exactly.

A very good post to read for Father’s Day. It reminded me of this old joke where a little boy says, “Mommy, if Santa brings gifts and the Tooth Fairy brings money, then why do we need Daddy?”

I will never understand the bizarre brain processes of people who see Great Gatsby as “a movie about men.” This person probably thinks Anna Karenina is a “book about women.” Not even my students are capable of such pseudo-insights.

On how Rupert Murdoch valiantly upholds family values.

Greg Mankiw is being criticized for saying “I was raised in a middle-class family; neither of my parents were college graduates. My own children are being raised by parents with both more money and more education. Yet I do not see my children as having significantly better opportunities than I had at their age.” He is absolutely right, though. His children’s success or lack thereof in every area of life is in no way dependent on their parents’ money or education. It is dependent on how psychologically healthy their upbringing was. Please only argue about this with me if you’ve had an opportunity to observe the same number of children of very rich people as I have.

I need to show this to my students who persecute me with the endless (and endlessly stupid) “Historically, men always worked while women stayed home and waited on them.” (I’m not sure if my students know the difference between “on” and “for.” Their understanding of English prepositions is horrendously poor. They also love to stick “off of” between random clusters of words.)

6 thoughts on “Monday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

  1. “He is absolutely right, though. His children’s success or lack thereof in every area of life is in no way dependent on their parents’ money or education. It is dependent on how psychologically healthy their upbringing was. ”

    Upbringing it huge. The best thing my parents did for me was to give me adequate resources (food, room to explore, schooling) and leave me alone. To the degree they didn’t leave me alone, the outcomes were poor.

    I did manage to achieve a lot of changes on my own, though. As I said to a recent ape, “You can see by the outcome that my efforts toward personal transformation were excellent.” Some people, though, embrace an ideology whereby they see any change as a betrayal of one’s ontological structure. Even if you explain to them that the opposite is the case — that survival necessitated change — they will keep on insisting that personal transformation is immoral indeed, and driven by criminal motives.

    So there are a lot of people, I have figured out, who would have preferred to see me not survive. They’re ontological purists who want everything in life to stay that same. If not, they will simply kill it.


    1. Actually, in terms of maintaining ontological purity…..the reasoning seems to go: “You must be very angry if we’ve treated you that way, so we need to terminate you.”

      This is something I get from Christians and conservatives.


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