Terror in Manchester 

God, people, did you see what happened in Manchester? 

It seems to be a suicide bomber with a bomb filled with shrapnel and nails to hurt as many people as possible, like those subway bombers in Moscow. I’m obviously not saying there’s a connection beyond the cruelty of these fuckers.

Make up Your Mind

OK, let’s choose one narrative and stick to it. Either gender is a social construct or it’s a physiological reality that can be confirmed with surgery. Of course, if it’s a fact of human biology, you can’t militate against it or denounce it.

Blog Trajectory

I started blogging in 2009, and the blog became very popular within a month. In 2011, I moved to a better platform, and around that time blogging became eclipsed by a succession of social media. I also stopped doing any blog promotion at all at about that time. 

The blog readership stabilized at approximately 1,700 hits a day. And it’s been that way for a while. 

The good news about the migration of most online readers to social media is that I no longer have to do any moderation at all. The blog never gets idiot visitors any more. And the blogs that remain in existence are overwhelmingly intelligent. 

So thank you, my friends, for reading and not defecting to the social media completely. 

P.S. to Finland’s Wheel 

Of course, the method described in the previous post also fits in perfectly with the neoliberal idea of replacing 15 highly qualified teachers with 1 unqualified cheap one. 

I’m stunned to see how many of my colleagues are celebrating this horrible idea. Folks, stop forwarding the link to me. There’s nothing here to feel giddy about. 

Finland Invents a Broken Wheel 


Actually, this teaching method is gazillion years old. It was ridiculed by Chekhov and others back in the 19th century. The method was popular with the newly emerging middle classes whose members wanted to give their kids an imitation of aristocratic education. They couldn’t afford it, though, and had to settle for this method of teaching. The results were ridiculous.

The method was revived in the 1920s and the 1930s when developed countries tried to make secondary ed truly comprehensive and thought this was a good way to help the children of illiterate peasants and factory workers to catch up with middle-class peers. It failed just as badly as in the 19th century. 

Today, wannabeism happens on the planetary scale, and this old teaching method is being disinterred yet again.

My experience with the Finnish students and colleagues, by the way, is that only the Japanese are more ignorant in terms of any but the most ultra-specialized, technical knowledge.