Failed Parenting at CUNY

It’s great to see my university mentioned as an example of great schools where intellectual inquiry flourishes but, gosh, what a cesspit CUNY is.

I hope the parents of these dumb little creepazoids are lucid enough to feel the shame of having raised such loser kids. Maybe somebody should pay them to write a parenting book where they’d describe exactly what they did to produce these freaks of nature, and then everybody would just do the exact opposite. I’m sure the book would sell.


Klara grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and started scribbling.

“I’m writing a book,” she explained. “My mommy is a big author. And I’m a baby author. I’m writing a book.”

The best part is that, to her, “writing a book” means putting pen to paper.


The difference between

an underachieving academic who wanders uselessly around, has nothing positive to contribute to the lives of people around her, believes she’s been cursed with the worst working conditions known to humanity, and feels that carrying a cup all the way to the kitchen sink is extremely onerous


an overachieving academic and supermom who, since this morning, has written 568 words on a new article, answered a buttload of emails, and crafted a new proposal while engaging in feats of parenting and spousal devotion


two and a half extra hours of sleep.

You are welcome.

Unprofessional Reporting

It’s incredible how unprofessional and lazy the NYTimes Magazine reporting is. Here is today’s example:

The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 has often been described as the worst nuclear disaster in history. But there are records of several larger and more destructive catastrophes. In “The Age of Radiance,” a history of the nuclear era, Craig Nelson cites a 1957 plutonium-plant accident in the Ural Mountains that irradiated an area 14 times as large as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. There are other examples, too, but these accidents weren’t publicized, because they took place in the U.S.S.R. during the secretive era before glasnost. So what makes Chernobyl history’s worst? It’s the fact that we all know about it.

Five minutes with Google would have informed the idiot who wrote this piece that the Kyshtym contamination ranks as Level 6 at the International Nuclear Event Scale while Chernobyl and Fukushima rank as Level 7 for the reason that Chernobyl and Fukushima occurred in much more densely populated areas. Chelyabinsk-40 had been purposefully built in the middle of nowhere (which in Russia means to the East of the Urals Mountains) and didn’t even have a name of its own because it’s not a real city. It’s a plant with an artificially created settlement that serviced  people who worked there. A real, living city was not wiped out of existence at Chelyabinsk-40.

Fukushima is not mentioned here at all as if it were completely non-existent. Chernobyl had, indeed, been “described as the worst nuclear disaster in history” in the past but then Fukushima happened and changed that. Gosh, it’s like, go do a simple search of nuclear catastrophes, and you will be enlightened.

Breastfeeding in the Senate

And Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who on Monday became the first senator to give birth while in office, has been pressing to change a Senate prohibition on bringing children onto the floor, which could impede a breast-feeding mother’s voting.

I think only a brain-dead idiot would bring her infant onto the Senate floor for the purposes of breastfeeding during a vote. An infant gains absolutely nothing whatsoever from being dragged into a chaotic, high-charged, noisy environment full of adults with who knows what bacteriological profiles. If it’s such an important vote, then use a pump, go vote, and come back.

The nice feelings I had towards Duckworth for giving birth at an advanced age have evaporated. Any measure involving children should proceed, first and foremost, from asking how it will benefit children. And this effort of hers is clearly not about that.