When a driver maims or kills a pedestrian, nobody in this country will take the side of the pedestrian. This is why I took my first driving lesson yesterday and will take the second in an hour.
A notorious prude turns into a defender of pedophilia. Extreme prudishness does conceal serious sexual disorders, so I’m not surprised that the prudish freak who horrified me in the first months of my life in North America turned out to be a fan of pedophiles.
An interesting discussion of whether childhood reading shapes your opinion of what is good. The books I loved more than anything in childhood were saccharine stories about little Lenin who, according to these books, was the most judicious, virtuous and perfect child in the world. I can’t say that these books (which I loved so much that I even stole two of them from an exhibition) shaped my literary preferences all that much. We didn’t have access to a whole lot of good reading matter when I was growing up. Things were especially dire when I was a teenager for all we could find in terms of books were horribly written potboilers.
“The Medieval Emperor Charlemagne famously said that “to have another language is to possess a second soul” but the idea that we express different personality traits when we speak another language has usually been left as anecdote.” By whom? Anybody who speaks more than one language knows that Charlemagne was right. It really bugs me when people waste time and resources on “studies” that prove something trivial and painfully obvious.
I have no idea what sense it makes to discuss the opinions of a Russian priest whose religion is practiced by exactly 2% of his country’s population and debate them through the use of a study of poverty in Britain. I really wish people realized that it is important to know something about a country before blabbing about it.
I’m really shocked by this post in defense of reproductive rights. I don’t know if the author was trying to be funny or is simply an idiot but the language of the post is extremely offensive. Here are some examples: “Everyday women close their eyes and let it happen”, “women sigh and spread their legs”, “women have accepted that too; accepted every last indignity, like an abused woman who thinks there is nothing she can do to end the beatings but try not to make her abuser angry”, “instead of objecting, women take time off work, find someone to watch their kids, and stay alone in cheap motels, or sleep in their cars.” The part about staying alone in motels is very mysterious. Do women need to be defended from assaults on their reproductive rights or from spending time without a chaperon?
The reason why fundamentalists condemn their children to this idiocy instead of a normal education is that they want the kids never to get educated, find good jobs and make good money. They want them perennially stupid and terrified.
I really dig this “sex educator” whose expertise on sex is limited to the obsessive insistence that women don’t need to have orgasms. Of course, as long as men climax, women should be happy to be used for that purpose and shut up about their own pleasure. This is the caliber of sex experts in this country.
I will never understand people who feel entitled to the property of a relative after his or her death. What is meaner and more pathetic than trying to subvert the last will of a person to feed your own greed?