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Friday Link Encyclopedia 

And this is the kind of lawmakers we get here in Illinois. Worse than insects they are. 

Harvard is aware that the profession of law needs to change in the face of the approaching robotization.

very good article on Trump’s new executive order on immigration. I find it disgusting how people pretend that Trump is doing something radically new when this all has been going on forever and nobody cared. 

And in the dumbest statements of the week, see this: “Middlebury should not have to hire out to find someone who can speak with them about the white working class or conservative ideals; there are quite a few people who bear one or both of those labels and I imagine that a number of them may even want to go to college.” This kind of shit bugs me because somebody made precisely this criticism of my book: why do we need to read books about the crisis when we can ask the unemployed and the evicted to talk about their experiences? Drives me nuts.

Feminism has truly won if women have nothing better to do than participate in this kind of inane quarrels.

 This is why I didn’t sign the organ donation card.

 Never return calls from these area codes

Nokia for Mr. Trump

The hysteria over the confederate flag has gone way too far. Hey, I show photos of Hitler in class. Let’s fire me immediately. 

The Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram could have been rescued a long time ago

This is how we’ll all live in a couple more decades of global warming. It’s in Russian but see the photos. 

Berkeley is forced to delete publicly available content in the name of.  . . inclusivity. Whenever I hear this nasty word, I know something disgusting is about to happen.

 This only happens to teachers who really care and go the extra mile for their students.

Pharma companies keep up their efforts to poison more people by claiming that opioids are not addictive

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13 thoughts on “Friday Link Encyclopedia 

  1. I studied this short story in Hebrew Lit lessons in junior high. May be, you’ll like it too. It also suits the International Women Day:

    Apples from the Desert
    http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/l/liebrecht-apples.html

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  2. “Feminism has truly won . . . .” Here are some feminists who haven’t won yet and are actually fighting for women and their rights as humans.

    In America, some attention-seeking activists purposely got arrested by blocking traffic outside the Trump International Hotel so they could later become the face of so-called gender oppression.

    Their PR stunt stole attention from the most powerful symbols of feminism: women in the Middle East—Christians, Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis—risking their lives to vanquish Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as a step towards starting a new era for women in the region.

    The Iraqi and Syrian Christians who stare daily into the darkness of genocide have, after a long and bloody period of patience and non-violence, formed self-defense forces, including an all-female force in Syria.

    The Beth Nahrin Women Protection Forces is a branch of the 2,000-strong Syriac Military Council, a Christian militia that says it includes Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. The Christian force is part of a U.S.-backed coalition named the Syrian Democratic Forces that includes Kurds and Sunni Arabs and is marching on Raqqa, the “capitol” of ISIS’ “caliphate.”

    A video of the “feminists” getting ready to fight follows the quote.

    Why aren’t American “feminists” interested?

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    • Yes, I was going to publish a link about a woman who fights against female genital mutilation right after this but I couldn’t find the link in English. Because as you say, nobody cares. 😕

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      • You are probably right that nobody — at least nobody in a position, or willing, to do anything useful — cares.

        In Britain, “Medical staff recorded almost 5,500 cases in 2016 alone, according to shocking new statistics.” FGM has been banned in Britain since 1965 as “child abuse,” but “no-one has been prosecuted over the practice since it was banned.” I assume that girls cease to be “children” when they reach the age of 18. This may at least partially explain the lack of prosecution:

        Doctors also discovered that while 96 per cent of women were aged 17 or younger when FGM was carried out on them, almost all – 98 per cent – were over 18 when their cases were recorded.

        After the practice was banned in the UK, families began taking their daughters abroad for the procedure.

        However, “In 2003, the UK government expanded the law making it a criminal offence for British nationals or permanent residents to take their child abroad for FGM.”

        Again, where are the “feminists?”

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  3. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    Thanks for the link. I can’t wait to go back to school on Monday. Not.

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  4. Shakti on said:

    The Real Perils of Crowdfunding Healthcare
    Like millions of Americans, McFarland struggles in the margin between being “insured” and actually being able to cover her health care costs. And while her story is tragic, when she first posted it, it wasn’t dramatic enough to go viral on crowdfunding sites filled with similar pleas for help. She’s young, but she’s not an adorable child; she’s extremely sick, but not with a disease that most people understand. Which isn’t to suggest that her story, or her life, isn’t worthy. But her situation highlights many of the underlying issues with a new-found reliance on crowdfunding as a social safety net.

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  5. I like this blog and the post about the reasons for “the pervasive U.S. cultural message that it’s a bad idea to be an observably smart person in U.S. society” is well written. However, I am unsure this message truly exists despite reading about it on several feminist blogs.

    http://www.anamardoll.com/2013/08/feminism-anti-intellectualism-fraudery.html

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    • “However, I am unsure this message truly exists despite reading about it on several feminist blogs.”

      • It doesn’t. I’m observably smart and I have never encountered anything but complete respect and veneration for that from people in all walks of life.

      In childhood, everybody looks at you through your parents’ eyes. In adulthood, everybody looks at you through your own eyes. And you look at yourself through your parents’ eyes. Saying “this is how society sees us” is nothing but a way to hide from this hard truth.

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      • Shakti on said:

        So what’s with this epidemic of people who claim that being observably smart is not good is a message they get from society? Why are all these parents giving their kids this particular internalized parental gaze then?

        I didn’t get the “observably smart is bad” message from my parents. But then again, I also went to schools where being “smart” wasn’t considered bad by my peers so — how much of that is “society” and how much of that is due to the fact my parents chose my schools?

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        • I wouldn’t say it’s an epidemic. But yes, there are people who say things to children like “ah, look at this miss smartypants. Aren’t you a little know-it-all?” And the results are obvious when these children grow up.

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  6. Mail on Sunday reports on Palestinian schools operated by British foreign aid: named after terrorists, with photos of terrorists on their walls and children playing at killing IDF soldiers.

    A previous Mail on Sunday investigation found that British taxpayers’ cash supported monthly payments to convicted terrorist killers and the families of suicide bombers.

    After a photo of children pretending to shoot to an IDF soldier to death was posted on the school’s Facebook page, the paper’s investigation reported to have discovered that British aid was funding salaries for thousands of civil servants who had not worked for nine years, despite many admitting they had second jobs. These payments were stopped three months ago.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4934332,00.html

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    • Dreidel on said:

      This is supposed to be news??

      Everybody knows that foreign aid to the Palestinians from gullible Western nations (and from cynical Arab nations who couldn’t care less) always gets diverted into the eternal holy war against Israel.

      That’s why there’s been no peace in the Middle East for the past 70 years — and why the “Palestinians” may well never have an independent state of their own.

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