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Thursday Link Encyclopedia 

When religious people get married, they get sick a lot. Find out why from this fascinating article.

Oklahoma Republicans try to fill thrir budget hole: “Tops on the list, the group said, is to eliminate all non-essential, non-instructional employees in higher education. They said that would save $328 million.” This sounds like paradise. 

The most important six words to use when feeding a child. 
And the pearl-clutching over what Bernie said about someone who said something about abortion

Will the 2020 census flop

This is not the way to fight racism

In case shaking salt is too onerous, there’s an app for that. 

The free-range kids movement sounds like an ok idea until you actually read their statements and realize it’s not about the kids as much as it’s about parents trying to use the kids to relive their own childhoods. Creepy. 

Finally somebody tries to put one of the weird faddy people in their place

George Mason U does great on graduating black students at the same rate as white

[Russian] Yes, there were acts of terror in the USSR, and they were all about loooove.

A great post on why there’s such a taboo in the US on revealing your salary. Which is why I always reveal mine.

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7 thoughts on “Thursday Link Encyclopedia 

  1. Anon on said:

    I am always at a loss why so many parents struggle so hard to force their kids to eat things they do not wish to eat! I have always followed the approach recommended by the article — put a plateful of food in front of my daughter, and she can eat whatever she wants. There’s usually something she eats, and if not, she can drink a glass of milk and go to bed.

    The result of this drama-free approach is that she has actually grown to be a healthy and adventurous eater. She doesn’t really eat what is traditionally considered “kid food” in the US, she asks to eat we are eating when we visit other people for dinner, and she loves eating salad!

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    • I do the same thing. My Klara is still discovering what she likes, do I give her whatever I made, and if she doesn’t want it, that’s ok, she can have her milk. Why would I want to create drama around it?

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    • adrianaurelien on said:

      Oh boy, how much better my childhood would have gone if my parents had taken this approach! And I still hate most things that they forced me to eat.

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      • “And I still hate most things that they forced me to eat.”

        • All my childhood people around me were distraught about how little I ate, fretting and trying to make me eat. And now I’m overweight and wondering if they really thought I would starve without all the drama about eating.

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        • adrianaurelien on said:

          I think I ended up with a fairly healthy attitude about eating all things considered. I’m even far more adventurous with my food choices than I used to be.

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  2. Shakti on said:

    The free-range kids movement sounds like an ok idea until you actually read their statements and realize it’s not about the kids as much as it’s about parents trying to use the kids to relive their own childhoods. Creepy.
    What isn’t about using kids to relive their own childhood or react to it, one way or the other? What stuff are current parents replicating from their own childhood with helicopter parenting?

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    • “What stuff are current parents replicating from their own childhood with helicopter parenting?”

      • They are incapable of going through all the necessary stages of separation successfully. It’s up to a parent to learn about separation and facilitate it but many people have abandonment issues and feed children to their unhealthy reactions.

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