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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Friday Link Encyclopedia 

Parents following their adult children to the workplace is now a trend

I hope this kid’s parents go to jail for bringing a lethal weapon into the house and not teaching the teenager some basic safety rules. I detest such people. And I 100% support the police officers here because I’ve seen a pitbull attack and it’s horrifying. 

It’s true that midwifery is a field where people are often trained to be as dogmatic and insensitive as humanly possible. It’s an article of faith in many midwife training programs that the delivery methods of primitive tribes are vastly superior and need to be followed at any cost. 

Finally, a story about a conservative snowflake. It’s good to see that it’s not always progressives who are deranged hysterics. 

Two thirds of student debt is carried by women. This explains a lot. 

Finally, somebody brave enough to recognize that breastfeeding is physically enjoyable

Are American child-rearing practices creating an authoritarian society? I place this link here because I’m amazed how insanely stupid it is. It’s like the author is the dumbest person on earth. Incredible. The part about the USSR is especially priceless. 

The reading habits of book critics

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24 thoughts on “Friday Link Encyclopedia 

  1. Re midwifery, I do think Lisa Barrett-likes are horrible, but I put the most responsibility and blame on women who chose to employ them without checking references and, most importantly, who chose trying to give birth in high risk conditions as opposed to a hospital. I don’t think it’s a money problem forcing those women to avoid hospitals. Btw, in Israel, a woman can have a natural birth in a hospital, if she pays for it. Why isn’t it possible in Australia? (Doing it the usual way in an Israeli hospital is free.)

    Re student debt, I am unsure what you mean by “explains a lot.” That no politician is super interested to solve this problem? I don’t believe they would solve it for male students either. For instance, health care isn’t a gender issue, yet its rising costs aren’t dealt with.

    Re a pitbull, I hope you don’t think all dog breeds are that dangerous. I like reading about animals, and have read about pits too. They were bred for dog fighting in America – to fight and not let go till the opponent’s death. Their mental and physical traits make pits extremely dangerous and not only to other animals. For instance, John P. Colby, who bred prized fighting dogs, had one of his pits kill his 2-year old nephew in 1909, yet continued his breeding activities. Today pits continue mauling and killing more American people than all other types of dogs combined, when rottweilers are in the second place in that competition.

    Btw, if you ever decide to buy a dog, be careful since American rescues and shelters often mislabel pits as other mixes to encourage their adoption and to let owners bring dogs to places forbidding pits. Also, home insurance skyrockets if one has a dangerous breed, so mislabeling shields owners from this consequence too.

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    • If there’s such a gender difference in college debt rates, that means much of it is avoidable.

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      • \ If there’s such a gender difference in college debt rates, that means much of it is avoidable.

        I don’t think why one logically follows from the other.

        The article says the gender difference stems from:
        1 – more female students
        2 – women earning less after graduation

        One can deal with the first cause by limiting the number of female students till there is a gender parity, but I don’t think you would support that. Increasing the number of male students takes time and doesn’t make “female debt” go away.

        As for the second, earning depends on one’s major. At least in Israel, there are many women in literature and teaching, but fewer in computers and almost zero in engeneering. I am not against working to attract women to “not female” fields, but women and men in “female” fields would still earn less.

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        • Women don’t earn 2/3rds less than men. Nor do they constitute anything like 2/3 Of all students.

          Forget about the idiotic explanations the article comes up with. All that matters are the numbers and the numbers make it clear much of the debt is elective.

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          • Besides, the source says “women take on larger loans.” This has nothing to do with salaries and repayment.

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          • \ much of the debt is elective.

            Besides, the source says “women take on larger loans.” This has nothing to do with salaries and repayment.

            What is your explanation? Do parents tend to help their male children more, so they don’t need such large loans?

            OK, I had a theory that the gender gap is especially significant for poorer families, whose children tend to take more loans, googled and … Pay attention at “2/3rds” :

            \ Black women currently earn about two thirds of all African-American bachelor’s degree awards
            http://www.jbhe.com/news_views/51_gendergap_universities.html

            AND

            \ The gender pay gap persists across educational levels and is worse for African American and Hispanic women, even among college graduates.
            http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

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            • My explanation is what I said: a huge chunk of these loans is not necessary to pay for actual education.

              80% of consumer goods are bought by women.

              As a result, we get these ridiculous situations where people get a BA in English and end up with a $100,000 debt.

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              • \ 80% of consumer goods are bought by women.

                If female students tend to overspend for unnecessary consumer goods, what can be done about it?

                Would giving a lecture about the debt gender gap because of female consumerism help?

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              • This is a culture of debt. People feel super comfortable to go into debt to buy consumer goods and to have zero savings. If everybody is happy, then I don’t know who’ll be motivated to change it in any way.

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  2. Wow, is it true?

    \ remember Birobidzhan — Stalin’s planned region for the Jews — an autonomous zone for Jews where they were told they could live within the Socialist umbrella, within a Jewish community. People actually sold up and emigrated their from the US! In his book “Israel and the European Left” Schindler said that long after Stalin’s death, researchers have come across some records in the Soviet archives someone forgot to shred, that say the plan was to gather enough Jews to that place with bait and then build walls around it and kill them.

    http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/01/30/book-review-eichmann-in-jerusalem/#comments

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    • I don’t know who this Schindler is but he’s clearly crazy. You can’t “build walls” around such a huge region.

      And “records in the Soviet archives someone forgot to shred”? Clearly, this fellow knows nothing about the nature of the Soviet record keeping.

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  3. Shakti on said:

    “Finally, a story about a conservative snowflake. It’s good to see that it’s not always progressives who are deranged hysterics.
    “Build A Wall?” If you’re the type of person who gets embarrassed by “Build A Wall” maybe you shouldn’t have voted for Donald Trump, let alone walked in with a Donald Trump tee. You can’t vote with people who wear “Fuck your Feelings” tee shirts and then get all huffy when someone throws a chant from his rallies at you. I just can’t read that as hostile, sorry. “But they should get my name right!” Welcome to Starbucks, they fuck up everyone’s names! Karla would be Karzylance. Oh wait, her name is Kayla?

    A side effect of corporate policies like this is for customer service people to be extremely literal.

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    • Exactly. If she is against the wall, then why did she vote for him? I, for instance, wouldn’t have minded if somebody noticed my Obama sticker and addressed me as “Hey, hope and change!”

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  4. \ Would giving a lecture about the debt gender gap because of female consumerism help?

    I already hear the liberal and feminist objections accusing one of stereotyping women and condescending to them, talking how only poverty and … (?) are the reason, not personal bad choices after being raised in a specific culture.

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  5. The irony:

    A spokesman for the Israeli left-wing NGO Breaking the Silence Dean Issacharoff was questioned under caution on Thursday on suspicion that he assaulted a Palestinian while serving in the IDF.

    The investigation got underway at the behest of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) who asked Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to look into Issacharoff’s testimony he provided for the group in which he admitted to assaulting a Palestinian during his military service in Hebron.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4979958,00.html

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  6. Uri’s column:

    IN THE tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the “unification” of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that “even peace-activist Uri Avnery” voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1496947948/

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  7. Trump is a right-wing SJW-snowflake.

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  8. Stringer Bell on said:

    Article embedded in tweet.

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  9. An interesting column (I copied the first 3 paragraphs, but it’s all worth reading):

    \ Muslim Germans took to the streets of Cologne several weeks ago to protest terrorism. The march was held under the banner “Not with Us,” and its goal was to condemn terrorism and the terror cells that have developed in the Muslim communities in Europe in the past two years.

    The newspapers were pretty excited about the event. They may not have said it explicitly, but mass public activity by Muslim Europeans against Islamic radicalization is a rare thing. The headlines stated that “tens of thousands of protestors are expected.” That’s quite a modest number considering the fact that, in the past two years alone, Germany has taken in some 900,000 refugees from the Middle East. But when the day of the protest arrived, and a bitter truth was revealed: Only several hundred people arrived. “Maybe 1,000,” one of the organizers said dryly.

    Where were the rest? They likely obeyed orders issued by one of the most important Muslim organizations in Germany, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), which decided to boycott the event. DITIB is a highly significant organization, which is responsible for some 900 Muslim German communities. It was followed by the Islamic Council, another Cologne-based umbrella group, which stated that it would be “unreasonable” to expect Muslims to march “in a heat of 25 degrees Celsius” while fasting in honor of the month of Ramadan.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4979440,00.html


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    • I don’t go to public protests either. And now j know why: DITIB told me not to. 😁

      By the way, I was in the Turkish quarter in Berlin either with one or two (depending on the occasion) attractive young women and was treated completely normally. No harassment, no ogling, no discomfort.

      To me, it’s all about whether one is a good neighbor. If people living around me are respectful, polite, make no loud noise after dark and don’t throw garbage around, I couldn’t care less what they worship and where they come from.

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  10. Why is my previous comment “awaiting moderation”? Because of a single link?

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  11. Second attempt:

    \ Muslim Germans took to the streets of Cologne several weeks ago to protest terrorism. The march was held under the banner “Not with Us,” and its goal was to condemn terrorism and the terror cells that have developed in the Muslim communities in Europe in the past two years.

    The newspapers were pretty excited about the event. […] But when the day of the protest arrived, and a bitter truth was revealed: Only several hundred people arrived. “Maybe 1,000,” one of the organizers said dryly.

    Where were the rest? They likely obeyed orders issued by one of the most important Muslim organizations in Germany, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), which decided to boycott the event.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4979440,00.html

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  12. The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens With Autism

    Many autistic soldiers who would otherwise be exempt from military service have found a place in Unit 9900, a selective intelligence squad where their heightened perceptual skills are an asset.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/01/israeli-army-autism/422850/

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  13. In case you missed it, I think you’ll be interested:

    \ Slate Star Codex’s recent review of “Chronicles of Wasted Time,” the memoirs of a liberal journalist who got his wish to visit Stalin’s utopia, witnessed Holodomor first-hand, and then couldn’t get anyone back home to publish his articles about it or pretty much anything that wasn’t uplifting lies about the awesomeness of the USSR

    http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/08/11/book-review-chronicles-of-wasted-time/

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