“It’s just one of those paradoxes: the same people who can’t be trusted to act on their own judgment of what mortgage to take out are competent to elect the right leaders, who will then stop them from getting the wrong mortgage.” Yes, what a crazy thing. It’s just like when people who can’t be trusted to perform their own root canals are competent to choose their own dentists who will then perform root canals on them. That’s totally bizarre.
The post is in Russian but the photos show a big crowd of people marching in Moscow under Ukrainian flags and a tiny group of Putinoids marching under Soviet flags. By the way, the linked blog has been banned by Putin and can only be accessed outside of Russia.
If you are into gardening, then you need to read this post about organic seeds.
I really detest this form of coercing people out of money in the workplace.
A blogger is disgusted with St. Patrick’s Day: “The reference to Irish culture — consisting of excessive drinking and the color green — is not so much a parody of Ireland as a parody of the very idea of a cultural heritage as such.” Do you agree?
It is tragic that this sort of pablum is being sold to people as education.
Just to start the week off right, here is a funny photo of an almost naked guy. I just find the photo heart-warming for some reason.
“But what if I go out for dinner with some of my hosts afterwards? What if a student newspaper reporter happens to be along? Can they record our conversation without my knowledge? Can they quote what I say without asking, without even identifying themselves? My gut tells me no. Not, again, as a matter of law. Just as a matter of basic decency.” I blog about what I see and hear all the time, but it never occurred to me that some people might consider it basically indecent.
“I feel myself withdrawing from department life, not because I don’t care, but because I do care, a lot, and I feel frustrated and helpless by all the things that could and should be done differently.” I feel exactly, but exactly the same. Withdrawing and then just doing my own thing quietly seems like the only option.
I really didn’t expect to hear the world Herbalife after I left Ukraine. It’s shocking that people are still discussing whether Herbalife if a scam. Of course, it is, and a disgusting one, too.
“Right before the class started, and I give the exams, a student raised his hand and asked me: “Profesora, would you lead a prayer for us?”. I was suddenly puzzled, not knowing how to react.” Oh God, this sounds excruciating. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to respond to this without using extreme profanity? I need to be prepared in case this happens to me.
“Forgiveness is for you, to set things right in your own heart. Sometimes, folks can get caught up, thinking that by forgiving someone who harmed them, they are saying that what happened is okay. In reality, when we forgive someone who has hurt us, we are saying that we are okay, now.” If anybody ever says this to you, please know: you are being abused and manipulated by a vicious, nasty character. Whether to forgive or not is entirely up to you, and there is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with not forgiving. Absolutely nothing wrong. If you need to feel angry, upset and hurt for the rest of your life, then that’s fine. It’s definitely a lot better than mandatory forgiveness forced upon oneself to service a stupid cultural norm.
A brilliant post: “Our public school system is under deliberate and diversified attack by the religious right and the middle class poor who see danger and threats to society in public schools, and so they flock to homeschooling and charter schools where the message can be controlled and the outcomes secured by herd learning and a mandated mentality — and they expect the rest of us to pay for their religious and private learning by forgiving their tax obligations, or giving them tax vouchers to use in a religious agenda.”
“No Russian occupants allowed” posters have started to appear across the globe. Good job defending the Russian culture, Mr. Putin.
What happens when your porn is not Canadian enough. Let’s make sure nationalism is brought into every sphere of our lives!
“Emotional abuse in the guise of advice is one thing I have suffered from, and I have always found it useful to identify what is happening.” It is very, very important to talk about this because this form of abuse very often goes unrecognized. But it’s something that plagues many people’s lives.
“So if Crimea belongs to any one national group it is certainly not the Russians. It is the Crimean Tatars and they have expressed an overwhelming desire to keep their homeland as part of the Ukrainian state.” Exactly. It would be great if people listened more to scholars than to brainless “Ukraine is just like Iran which is just like Texas” pundits.
And the post of the week is a really great analysis of why advertisement aimed at women sucks so badly.