Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

An inventive way to diet: “Utah man goes on hunger strike until his state stops allowing gay marriage.” He lost 25 lbs, too, and all thanks to gay people. I’m sensing a big opportunity for a best-selling book titled A Homophobic Diet: Hate Your Way to Weight Loss.

This post is a couple of months old but it is very very VERY important as it describes the most disturbing trend in higher education that I have heard of in a long while. I literally had nightmares after reading this post.

How to respond to reviewers’ comments. A brilliant humorous post.

I can’t decide if this endless guest post about nothing on Professor is In is a joke or if there are really people in existence with zero self-editing skills. Seriously, it’s just bizarre.

 

The scandals brewing around ASA’s boycott of Israel awaken the latent anti-Semitism. My position is that if the majority of the members of ASA voted for the boycott, then that’s their right and it should be respected. The discussion of the boycott, however, is moving into an unhealthy area.

Yes, it’s too easy to make fun of eco-feminism. But how can one resist?

So it’s not true that crime rates in Chicago are exceptionally high? That’s very good news given that Chicago is my favorite city in the US.

My personal feeling is if your religion is so worthy of acceptance then people should be introduced to it after they are in their late teens or early twenties and have some maturity and frame of reference. If they can be convinced at that stage of their life, then the church really has something valuable to offer. If not then it deserves to die out.” I agree completely.

And if the above were put in practice, tragedies like this one could be avoided.

After all of the hype about DeBlasio, some of his activities as a Mayor seem kind of pathetic. Often it seems like Liberals are trying to aggravate the absolute majority of population. Like New York has no grater issues than inoffensive horse-rides?

It is really funny to see people who are so insecure in their gender identity that they feel emasculated by a cute ad.

Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world’s most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.” So how does this work? Americans decide whom the world admires? Wouldn’t it make sense to ask, you know, the rest of the world?

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

  1. The Peer Review article is right on. If I get one more peer review report telling me there was never any racial discrimination in the USSR under Stalin because nastional’nost is not the same word as race…

    Like

  2. Well pajama boy was fairly nauseating not due to his lack of traditional masculine features but to the infantile nature of the whole undertaking.

    It’s like the government talking to dim-witted children: “Oh you pwecious widdu teengs! Aren’t you lucky the goviement cares so much!”

    Like

    1. Really? It seems so benign to me. No matter what ads they came out with there would be naysayers trying to spin out imagined offenses because there is such violent hatred of Obamacare.

      Like

      1. I think we all invest the photo with out own meaning. I see a guy who is having a good time, resting with a cup of chocolate in his pyjamas. Christmas, snow outside (that’s obviously my own projection), good times. That’s all I’m getting from the photo.

        Like

      2. I don’t have strong feelings about O-care. I’m all for universal coverage but it’s almost impossible to implement a good system when insurance companies already control the process.

        I think this is a good take on the ad in question:

        http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2013/12/23/ad-exec-goodby-pajama-boy-obamacare-ad-stinks/

        summary: a supposed adult in a onesie with an oversized mug of hot chocolate isn’t gonna motivate anyone in any positive way

        Like

  3. ““Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world’s most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.” So how does this work? Americans decide whom the world admires? Wouldn’t it make sense to ask, you know, the rest of the world?”

    I think they meant to say “Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as *their* most admired man and woman *in the world.*”

    Like

    1. “I think they meant to say “Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as *their* most admired man and woman *in the world.*””

      – I know, but I find the mistake very telling.

      Like

  4. That spousal hire article is ridiculously self-absorbed. And now some university has to deal with both of them! And I have grown to opposed spousal hires although I am sorry for the spouses who have to separate and so on. They are voting blocs, or dividing blocs, depending; they are complacent since they have the two incomes; if you want one you have to keep the other; etc. It is OK if they are not in the same college, but if they are under the same dean (same chair is even worse) it is all too nepotistic and incestuous.

    But, this is why I ultimately don’t like the Kelsky blog. The underlying message is that if you control things tightly enough you can get a very privileged situation. I mean, I am all for having a good strategy and having all the information about how things work and how to do things that you can. But Kelsky thinks it’s either a chess game you can totally control or a total bust. This is false. Also, she is proud to have made assistant professors cry (she says, those are her words) when she was a department chair, alleges they thanked her for it later, and does not understand why she “lost her soul” at the institution where this takes place … and blames the university and the town, takes no responsibility herself. Officious and immature, this is, although KK is well meaning and often has good tips.

    Like

    1. “They are voting blocs, or dividing blocs, depending; they are complacent since they have the two incomes; if you want one you have to keep the other; etc. It is OK if they are not in the same college, but if they are under the same dean (same chair is even worse) it is all too nepotistic and incestuous.”

      – Yes, exactly. At the department where I am now, there was such a duo, a Chair and his wife, who terrorized everybody else for years. The Chair was the best friend of the Dean, and with that kind of an alliance, they were almost impossible to defeat. Until one brave scholar rallied popular support and got him voted out of the Chair’s role. But that was an enormous struggle.

      Like

    1. Good article, thank you for the link!

      “There’s a Stalin-era film, which I’m dying to see, in which the American heroine gives birth to a black child and finds peace in the Soviet Union. ”

      – In the closing sequence of this film, a representative of every ethnic group in the USSR stood in a circle, held the black baby and sang to him in his or her language. Jews were represented by Shlomo Michoels, a great Jewish actor and director. When Stalin started his anti-Semitic campaign and had Michoels murdered, Michoels was edited out of the movie. The viewers had to watch the poor baby fly across the room in an inexplicable feat of acrobatics.

      Like

      1. I haven’t seen the film. Although I would be impressed if they had representatives of *every* ethnic group in the USSR. I am guessing they only had the major ones. But, maybe there were 176 people there. 😉 In which case Mikhoels would only be representing European Jews. The Tats, Krymchaks, and Bukharan Jews were all considered separate nationalities from Evrei. I knew about Mikhoels being murdered, but I didn’t know about this film.

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.