Sunday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion
If you don’t like homeschooling, wait till you hear about the new pet obsession of helicoptering parents: home college.
Twitter wars are the weirdest invention of the recent years. Somebody says something, and it obviously comes out sounding reductive and stupid because what else can you do with 140 characters? So then people begin to write miles of explanatory or accusatory tweets, then lengthy articles explaining what the explanations meant appear, then there is more writing about the explanation of the explanation of the original explanation. Here is one example.
The author of this post seems to be more than aware that there have been endless attempts to explain the concept of privilege. But instead of questioning whether the concept that requires so much empty and boring verbiage should be canned altogether, she bravely writes another boring and convoluted explanation of how to “manage privilege responsibly.”
And here is another tortured effort to explain privilege to the privileged with a very interesting Freudian slip: “Whether or not you are guilty of involvement in some kind of oppression (and, I mean, spoiler alert: you probably are), any marginalized person relating their lived experience should be something you take seriously.” A marginalized person is something. Some thing. More specifically, a thing that comes very useful at the time when you need to indulge in some delicious privilege-scratching.
A Texas town spends $60,000,000 on a new high school football stadium. And it can’t even be used. Good job, people of Texas. You totally have your priorities right. Now, create an even more expensive non-functioning baseball court.
“Therefore there is a Coasean deal to be had between America and Russia, where Russia gets to partition part of Ukraine, create a buffer against Europeanization and democratization, keep the larger Ukraine unit weak, and also keep its Black Sea fleet. In turn Russia would do something less than totally sabotage all American plans for Syria and Iran.” Exactly.
But if you are looking for a very silly, childish and reductive analysis of Ukraine, there is always Ian Welsh to accommodate. Well, this is a guy who thinks that until 1991, Ukraine was a part of Russia, so what can you expect?
And here is more silliness from Ian Welsh: “Rational is not a synonym for “good”. It is often rational to be a complete scumbag and to act in ways which will hurt other people (or at least not help them.)” As we say in my culture, some people need to speak less and chew more carefully. Welsh obviously knows all about being a scumbag but rationality is definitely not his forte.
And in related news that touch upon the issue of mental health: “Even an FDA panel thought introducing Yo!Hypno to an already-mass-sleepwalking (to the point of falling over and dying) America was a bad idea; but somehow it got overruled, and soon all of America will be Hillbilly Heroin Heaven.”
And more on the subject of disturbed people: “Man demonstrates gun safety to his girlfriend by putting gun to his head and shooting himself dead.”
And since we are speaking about advertisement, here is a post on the greatest American copy-writer. These ad campaigns are really exceptionally talented. My favorite ones are the ads for the Episcopalian Church. And the whiskey. I like them so much that I want to grab a bottle and run to the nearest church to get converted. And here are more great ads from the same copy-writer. fellow Mad Men fans, you’ll love this stuff.
Karen of the Professor Is In blog used to publish intelligent, insightful posts. And then she hit her head over the kitchen counter (or something of the kind) and now publishes scary preachers and really ignorant, unhinged folks. Here is an example: “A recovering academic herself, Beck is finely attuned to the ways our internalized “social” selves drown out the “essential” inner voices that know what we really want. Second only to our families of origin, perhaps, academic socialization has the loudest voice of all.” And there is more: “Each of us needs to cultivate an interior identity that is less dependent on, or subject to, our external circumstances. Yes, I’m talking about meditation, prayer, nature hikes, interpretive dance, yoga, inspirational reading – whatever takes you out of your tortured academic head to a deeper wellspring of hope and self-knowledge.” Scary shit.
Good news: childhood obesity rates are plummeting. Feel free to share any insights as to what is causing this welcome change.
And the absolute best post I have read in a while: “Parenting is not about policing our kids. It’s not about being “the bad guy,” or proving how tough you are, or that you’re the boss. It’s about raising children to be independent, to be free and critical thinkers, to be competent adults. That won’t happen so long as we treat them like they’re incompetent possessions.” Brava!