John Kasich lectures Talmudic scholars. What a likable fellow he is. Not.
[Russian] An Israeli journalist searches for anti-Semites in Ukraine. Very funny.
Why everybody read Sanders’s Daily News interview and nobody read or heard of Clinton’s interview with them. I have to confess, I’m one of the thrill-seekers who skipped the boring, well-informed piece in favor of the shocking one.
“The report also warned that child marriage is common in Lebanon among Syrian communities where families cannot afford to care for their future and see marriage as their only coping strategy. “Child marriage is done as a coping strategy. But not only for financial security; also because they perceive the threat of their daughter getting raped if single.‘” Yes, the girls are getting handed over to rapists in order to save them from rape. Makes total sense. I detest this mealy-mouthed dishonesty that prevents people from stating openly that girls are being sold to parent-approved rapists before their market value is lowered by non-parent-approved rapists.
The post is in Russian but the text doesn’t matter. It’s all about the photos that illustrate how traumatized people recreate their trauma in order to keep reliving it. In the linked post, Israeli Jews recreate the European ghetto because they can’t escape from their trauma. But we all do that, if not in such a striking and visible way. The painful experiences in our lives that keep getting replayed are an equivalent of this manufactured ghetto.
“It is hard to resist the symbolism of the Islamic State establishing a base for its murderous designs in the so-called capital of Europe at a time when the European idea is weaker than at any time since the 1950s. A jihadi loves a vacuum, as Syria demonstrates. Belgium as a state, and Belgium as the heart of the European Union are as close to a vacuum as Europe offers these days.”
“Solutions are proposed as the shockwave of the new industrial revolution becomes visible on the horizon. Naturally, we first get small and comfortable ones — such as a guaranteed minimum income, which guarantee high and growing levels of inequality. We might even implement these, leaving the resulting social turmoil for the next generation.” At least, somebody understands what a disaster GMI will be.
“The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard a case yesterday involving one teen encouraging another teen to go ahead and commit suicide, which he eventually did. She is arguing that she shouldn’t be prosecuted for this criminally, and I agree.” Me, too! Saying things is not and cannot be a crime.
A more nuanced look at NAFTA than what we hear today from politicians who like to pander to the voters who are disturbed by the world’s complexity.
Father who have baby boys are much more likely to take paternity leave than fathers who have baby girls. That’s just weird. Every man I know is more excited about daughters than sons. Which, unsurprisingly, mimics my father’s desire to have daughters and not sons. Seriously, we only encounter whatever we expect to encounter in the world.
And a real treat: this is a post that every academic or aspiring academic should read. And then read again. And possibly memorize. Because it will be invaluable in a scholar’s career.