Monday Link Encyclopedia

People have the weirdest erotic fantasies: “I’d love to see Bradley Cooper and Vladimir Putin duke it out, shirtless, in a ring, in no-holds-barred boxing and wrestling. Now that would be a way to settle our diplomatic differences with Russia!” And then everybody is shocked that 50 Shades is so popular.

Amazing 3D drawings in the sand. The text is in Russian, but who cares. Just look at the drawings.

The result was a flourishing matriarchy, in which a woman’s authority and stature grew with age and in which—thanks to the proximity of employment for the menfolk and the geographically compressed layout of working-class districts—the households of Mum and of her married daughters’ families were, and in fact had to be, nearly always at most a few blocks away and often on the same street.” This bit of brainless idiocy reminded me of why I quit reading Zinn’s otherwise very good People’s History. Neither Zinn nor this male author have the slightest inkling of what an absolute, soul-crushing horror this for of family life is to women. The facile fools actually insist that it’s somehow good for women to exist in this horrifying way.

A really brilliant post on the reasons why Soviet psychiatry was used to persecute dissidents.

If the United States arms Ukraine, Chechnya will send arms to Mexico, the speaker of Chechnya’s parliament announced earlier this week.” Of course, they would anyways, so the point is moot.

A Catholic priest has reportedly told a primary school mass in Melbourne that Jill Meagher would not have been murdered if she had not been out so late at night.”

It’s tiresome how stupid people are: “Meyers argues that something like 30% of the instructional period every day is lost to “interruptions,” or other non-instructional tasks like distributing materials, switching tasks, or taking attendance. Tapping into technology connected to the Internet of Things, he argues, has the potential to eliminate these inefficiencies.” Interruptions are crucial for the absorption of information. Even sleep is better and more restful when it is interrupted. Have these idiots ever been inside a classroom?

[In Russian.] Why the Russian-speaking immigrants so often detest the countries to which they emigrated.

Scott Walker’s tiresome stupidity. I actually had to check the name twice before finishing the previous, very short sentence. All of these fuckers – Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush – are so extraordinarily stupid that it’s hard to keep touch which of the idiots is guilty of the greatest idiocy of the day.

Here is another one of those illiterate presidential candidates making an ass of himself on the subject of Israel.

And here is a great post for those who want to keep track of all these clowns.

What I find really incredible is that after MOOCs failed by every single measure and even their creators publicly called them lousy, there are still weirdos who believe that “MOOCs will save the world” because there is supposedly some huge issue in higher ed caused by evil scholars who do research. Why don’t they take their delusional fixation on “research” to a psychiatrist already?

Of course, there is no addiction to sex.

How I love seeing posts like these.

[In Spanish] Being a <30-year-old Spaniard is a recipe for permanent joblessness.

Yes, it is possible for cops to behave professionally.

The qualifications of AA counselors – or, rather, a terrifying lack thereof.

A fascinating true story of an immigrant who really hated Canada.

History buffs unhappy with resumption of construction on possible downtown Montreal Indian burial site.”

The good things that came out of the Recession: “At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a premier source of young recruits, only 9.9 percent of undergraduates went into finance in 2013, compared with the 31 percent that took jobs on Wall Street in 2006, before the financial crisis.” Yes, it’s just one good thing. The rest is bad.

35 thoughts on “Monday Link Encyclopedia

  1. Surely the link on British housing and class was exaggerating and idealizing the past and how wonderful it was for women (I would certainly hate that kind of life too but I’m not in the mainstream by almost any measure) but there is a point there (that I’ve seen made elsewhere as well).

    Extended family that could be easily reached without much effort was the only kind of social support lots of working class people had and hare-brained government schemes destroyed that and gave them government bureaucracy and urban alienation instead which is arguably no better and arguably worse (considering how it helped create the conditions for gangs of sexual predators to thrive).

    I saw this documentary a long time ago and it’s pretty good, at 36.40 he mentions the decimations of social bonds. I like the woman who complains about going weeks without seeing anyone (that she knew or cared about) and how awful that was.

    One of the weird things about Eastern Europe is how much better that kind of housing worked (at least in Poland, a Brit living in an apartment building built in the 1970s said that government housing that was that well built and maintained was unimaginable in Britain where they mostly built vertical slums…)


    1. My main point here is that nuclear family has been enormously better for women than extended kinship family. It is much, much more easy to negotiate with a single person who is also you sex partner than with an army of relatives.


  2. 1#:
    Rule 34. You do realize there’s actual Putin/Obama fan fiction floating around out there?

    #2 I haven’t seen pictures like those before. People usually glue sand imported from other beaches for the various sand sculpture contests and rope the area off. Consistency with sand drawings and sand sculptures is difficult to maintain without tools.

    5# There is no crime so egregious and no victim so pure that someone somewhere will not blame the victim for it because they have a strong “just-world hypothesis.”

    12# The whole link resembled some nineteenth century shrink counseling the wife to look the other way to her husband’s repeated infidelities without freaking out. The sex addict label functioned as a 21st century version of “he’s a man, he can’t help it, he’s not totally responsible” which served to make both of them feel more comfortable about the arrangement. Blech.


    1. “The whole link resembled some nineteenth century shrink counseling the wife to look the other way to her husband’s repeated infidelities without freaking out. The sex addict label functioned as a 21st century version of “he’s a man, he can’t help it, he’s not totally responsible” which served to make both of them feel more comfortable about the arrangement. Blech.”

      • The responses to the “sex addiction” thing rank as follows:
      1. Create endless drama of the co-dependent kind. (Very stupid).
      2. Attach a diagnosis to the problem and send the sufferer to Sex Addicts Anonymous (Just as stupid.)
      3. Go to a therapist and receive the pablum described in the linked post (Marginally better).
      4. Both partners go to separate psychoanalysts and resolve their separate issues. (The best approach I can think of).


  3. Tomorrow begins Pesah. On holidays, many people are travelling, visiting relatives, etc. And then you read the following and think ‘not again’:

    Suspected kidnapping: Israeli missing in West Bank
    IDF forces searching for Israeli in Hebron region after friend called police claiming missing man was searching for tools to replace flat tire after they were stranded near Kiryat Arba.,7340,L-4643883,00.html

    It’s not very far away from the area, in which the 3 boys were kidnapped and killed before the last operation. Still hope it’s not kidnapping. Will update when the final verdict comes in.


  4. Australian School Under Probe For Keeping 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy In Cage-Like Structure

    Australian authorities have launched an investigation into a primary school in Canberra for allegedly locking up an autistic child inside a cage-like structure, local reports said. The 10-year-old boy was reportedly put inside the two-by-two meter “withdrawal space,” made with pool fencing, in the classroom.

    The structure was reportedly formed as part of a behavior management technique.


  5. Israeli missing in West Bank found in Kiryat Arba
    22-year-old Niv Asraf and his soldier friend staged kidnapping, police says after Asraf is found with canned food and sleeping bag
    “The ‘missing man’ and his friends staged a kidnapping. We’ll investigate the reasons behind this and will handle this to the full extent of the law,” the spokesman said.,7340,L-4643883,00.html

    Those two freaks deserve to get good and long time in jail.


  6. На днях Россия безуспешно попыталась лишить льгот однополых партнеров сотрудников ООН. Бюджетный комитет Генассамблеи ООН отклонил предложенный Россией на голосование проект резолюции. Против было 80 стран, за 43, воздержались 37 и остальные не голосовали. Карта оказалась очень показательной.



    War Nerd eviscerates the turgid writing of Jonathan Franzen.

    His review of ‘GULAG: A History’, by Anne Applebaum

    “Before living in Russia, I used to wonder why none of the sons or grandsons of GULAG prisoners hunted down the thugs who tortured and killed their relatives. It happened in China, where descendants of those persecuted by the Red Guard tracked down and beat or even killed ex-Guards. And there’s an army of well-funded pursuers tracking down the few living ex-Nazis. Why didn’t Russians go after Stalin’s surviving executioners?

    The simple, disturbing answer is that they’re not interested. And that bothers us.
    So we wait for the Russians to start moaning and gnashing their teeth over the GULAG, as we would wait for a bereaved family to start keening over their loss. We’ve been standing nervously outside the Russians’ hut for over a decade now, waiting for those banshee wails to trigger our public tears.
    And there’s been this silence — at first puzzling, then offensive. And at last, realizing that these shameless Russians aren’t going to start their own rites, we decided to do the job ourselves.
    Thus Applebaum’s book was born. And it has the feeling of a belated, awkward funeral oration by one who didn’t know the deceased very well.. “


    1. “The simple, disturbing answer is that they’re not interested. And that bothers us.”

      • Exactly. Stalin is officially “an efficient manager who modernized the country” in Russian textbooks. Nobody thinks he did anything wrong. So why would anybody seek vengeance for Stalin’s good and positive, modernizing and efficient actions?


      1. This is the most disturbing thing about Russia, and one that Putin fans on the left and right both miss.

        AFAICT there was no real widespread dissatisfaction among Russians with the Soviet Union. It didn’t fall because there was a population that wanted better, more representational government and worked and took risks to get it (like Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany etc).
        It was done away with by administrative fiat because an ambitious politician (Elcyn) wanted to be the head of a country and not a Soviet Republic.

        The Baltic states and Ukraine were glad enough to have real, legal independence but it seems that nowhere else was there a sizeable percentage of the population that really cared.


        1. Georgia certainly had a long standing pro-independence movement as well. Also Chechnya under the leadership Dudaev. The pro-Soviet stronghold outside of Russia was really in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.


      2. I wouldn’s say nobody. In Kyrgyzstan I talked to a number of people from repressed nationalities like the Karachais and Germans and some of them although not all still had an undying hatred of Stalin. I suspect such feelings would be greater among those who had not opted to stay in Kyrgyzstan. At least that is what all the primary and secondary literature on the subject I have seen indicates.


  8. Paris supermarket hostages sue media over live coverage
    Survivors file suit against news channels revealed in live broadcast the hiding place of group in kosher supermarket during terror attack, potentially risking their lives.
    “The working methods of media in real time in this type of situation were tantamount to goading someone to commit a crime,” Klugman told AFP Thursday, roundly criticising coverage by other outlets of security forces movements during the standoff.

    The lives of those hiding “could have been at risk if Coulibaly had been aware in real time what BFMTV was broadcasting,” Klugman said, adding that the jihadist was following the coverage of his raid on different channels and had been in contact with BFMTV journalists.,7340,L-4644098,00.html


  9. Found a lj of somebody who immigrated to Israel as a teen, served in IDF, at some point moved to Moscow and writes RE his travels around the world. I was interested in:

    1) Сектор Газа глазами туриста, год 1997-ой, за 13 лет до Mavi Marmara

    Especially in the comments:
    – Что касается уровня жизни в Газе, то смотря с чем сравнивать. Каир ведь тоже разный. Есть золотая молодежь из Гелиополиса, а есть нищие голодранцы на Хан-эль-Халили.
    У жителей Газы есть одно бесспорное преимущество. Они вот уже 40 лет живут на пособия от ООН в размере порядка $400 в месяц. Порядка 70% жителей получает пособия по линии беженства. Уже третье поколения палестинцев выросло в лагерях беженцев и не имеет ни малейшего желания работать. […] Лучшие давно уже оставили Палестину и эмигрировали кто куда, от США до Эмиратов. Остались в массе своей инертные и безвольные.
    – Спасибо. Да, примерно так и говорили. Нищеты такой страшной, как в Египте нет.

    2) Словно из Советского Союза не уезжал…

    After the words “Сегодня ветренно и на набережной почти никого нет. Главный аншлаг здесь летом -” there is photo of stones in the sea, right? And then above the words “Именно в Бат-Яме проживает самая крупная в Израиле грузинская диаспора. ” another 2 photos of the place.

    I can’t swim in a sea “w/o stones” because of waves (even if a sea if quiet), so travel there to swim despite not living in this city.


  10. He also wrote other posts RE Israel and Palestinian territories. If you’re interested, you can check the tags in his lj. For instance,

    Как выглядит самый унылый израильский провинциальный городок, откуда все мечтают cбежать


    Самый большой бедуинский город на свете. Бонусом: гашиш, проститутки и террористы (Израиль)
    Знаете, почему Рахат является крупнейшим бедуинским городом в мире? Да просто потому, что никому еще не удавалось заставить бедуинов вести оседлый образ жизни, уж слишком они своенравные и воинственные. Так что, заедем и посмотрим?


      1. \ I’m still hoping I will find the time to post about my student who traveled to Palestine last month.

        Oi, I forgot and now remembered you talking about the student.

        Please, do post. For obvious reasons, it’s of great interest to me and, I believe, to many other readers of your blog, like SB.


  11. Began thining whether Israel or USA is more religious, if one looks at private people (on governmental level, Israel may be more religious). This week is Pesah, so eating bread is not allowed by religion. Read today:

    A couple from Tel Aviv that arrived at a park in Afula on Sunday was surprised to learn that the security guard at the entrance to the park was searching visitors’ bags not just for weapons – but also for chametz (leavened food).

    Those who had food that was not kosher for Passover were not allowed into the park – even if they were not Jewish.
    The Afula municipality said that a 2008 Interior Ministry memorandum determined that according to the Chametz Law, leavened food cannot be displayed in public places at all, and the city park was defined as a public place. It is therefore forbidden to bring in leavened food.

    The municipality also noted that “this rule also applies to hospitals and other public places. The municipality was acting lawfully.”

    And, indeed, Ynet encountered other such cases of guards looking for chametz at the entrance to universities and hospitals.

    “I just told the security guard that my sandwiches are made of Matzo meal and got in,” a visitor to one of the country’s hospitals told Ynet. “I lied so I could eat what I want and mostly so my husband, who is hospitalized, could eat what he wants.”

    “I don’t eat this in public,” she clarified. “I only bring sandwiches to my sick husband who is strictly secular and eats in his room.”

    What does the law say?,7340,L-4644751,00.html


    1. “And, indeed, Ynet encountered other such cases of guards looking for chametz at the entrance to universities and hospitals.”

      • What can I say? Religious fanatics should be reminded as often as they can that their rights end where another person’s rights begin.


  12. Regarding “guards searching for chametz” article:

    1) Reading about those searches is disgusting. I wish Israel became more secular – both higher % of secular Jews and separation between religion and state on governmental level. However, I don’t see this in the near future (during my life). Not even if more immigrants come. Probably I am pessimistic.

    2) I do want to explain that chametz is the hospital is not a simple issue of “let him eat it in his room” since there are many patients in every room. If some of other patients wish to keep kosher (w/o chametz), they can’t probably eat in the same room, which may have bread crumbs after her husband eats.

    3) Many Christians will say it’s barbaric (and I don’t like it myself, as I said), however, I wonder what would’ve been had Christianity also had food restrictions similar to Judaism. Fundamentalists in USA want to stop gay marriage and abortions, I think they would try to stop Christian equivalents to “chametz” and “pig meat” too, had they existed.


    1. “Many Christians will say it’s barbaric (and I don’t like it myself, as I said), however, I wonder what would’ve been had Christianity also had food restrictions similar to Judaism”

      • Man, like we don’t already have enough drama over Christian pizzas that refuse to visit gay weddings. I’m still straining to imagine a couple that would want to serve pizza at their wedding but, hey, what do I know? I’m not that American.


      1. “I’m still straining to imagine a couple that would want to serve pizza at their wedding but, hey, what do I know? I’m not that American.”

        Or that poor.


        1. The reality is, though, that there hasn’t been any such couple. The owners of the pizzeria just invented it in order to be hateful. Imagine how filled with hatred they have to be to do something like this.


          1. I think the owners may regard articles titled “This Pizza Parlor Is Indiana’s First Business to Deny Service to LGBT Customers” as free ads, which will bring them more business by attracting a special type of customers, wishing to patronize the ‘brave heroes. ‘


  13. Fascinating historical story:

    Борьба с мигрантами при помощи диктанта

    История о том, как Австралия в начале XX века избавлялась от нежелательных мигрантов посредством лингвистического теста, пройти который можно было только с помощью «дикой удачи или бюрократических ошибок».

    I tried to pass this test and failed. 😦 The link is here:


  14. Have you read the 3 recent posts “Что я знаю и помню о крестьянском воспитании”? Loved them, so decided to mention, in case you missed.

    What struck me was the antisemitism angle. I think “we play together, but in case of smallest conflict the — word comes out” is what antisemitism is most often like. In the comments to the linked post, she talked about former friends who at the age of 12-13 told her “to learn history.” You believe knowing Jews on a personal level helps (and I agree it sometimes does to varying extent), but it does not always help. 😦

    Also was interested in the idea:
    “Поэтому когда я читаю о том, что соборность, общинность противоречит индивидуальности и толерантности, я понимаю, что это не так, по крайней мере – не совсем так. И я рада этому.”


    1. The only part I agree with is that children – especially girls – in these villages were persecuted and victimized if they wanted to do anything but smile, be sociable and useful. The girls who liked to read were just demolished. This is precisely why my mother always persecuted me for reading and not being sociable – it’s a village habit.

      There was also an extraordinary degree of violence against women who had sex or might have been suspected of having sex before marriage. After marriage, nobody cared, that’s true. Virginity was a way of “getting rid” of a daughter (and it was also said in these very words very openly) in marriage. After that feat was achieved, nobody cared about anything.

      Younger children were a total responsibility of the older ones, no matter how small the older ones might be. Again, I experienced the vestiges of that approach in my own life where I was practically enslaved by caring for my younger sister since the age of 6.

      The post is weak and filled with unthinking childish mythology. But you know, what can be expected from a person who uses the word “печенюшкa”? The only thing that’s worse is “печенька.” Brrrr.


      1. \ The post is weak and filled with unthinking childish mythology

        Well, to be fair, she spent only summers there, and was raised in a city “in a Jewish way,” w/o experiencing the village habits you have experienced.

        If one spends only summers, it does leave mythological impression.


        1. It would be great of people understood that summers with grandma are not the same as living there full-time.

          Grandparents always leave great impressions in people. Unlike parents. 🙂

          Both my grandmother and great-grandmother were phenomenal in that role, but really horrible as mothers. Go figure.


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