“Klarochka, when we come back from Montreal…”

“No, Mommy! We can’t come back from Montreal! Mimi [her 9-year-old cousin] needs to play with me. A lot!”

“But Klarochka…”
Klara, in a tragic voice of a provincial actress, “No, Mommy! Mimi needs me! She needs me!!!”

She is such a smart kid. Of course, it’s not about her wanting to play with the cousin. No, she’s all about looking out for Mimi’s interests purely out of the goodness of her heart, and mommy is trying to squash her altruistic principles.

She’s going to be a lot of fun once she hits teenage years.

Last Link Encyclopedia of 2018

A beautiful post about Christmas. Why, why can’t I write as beautifully as this blogger?

For contrast, take a look at this incredibly stupid post about Venezuela. I don’t mind ignorance as much as I do the aggressive need to pontificate on things you don’t care about and refuse to learn.

[Spanish] The best 50 books of 2018. The best thing about year’s end are book lists. I love book lists.

[Russian] Russians showed off the new state-of-the-art robot they invented. The robot turned out to be a human person in a robot costume pretending to be a robot in order to conceal the country’s technological backwardness. And these are the people who supposedly rigged our elections with their massive technological expertise.

A great Christmas present for the progressives in your life.

Inducing ADHD.

Oscar Wilde’s #MeToo trial.

A great long article on Solzhenitsyn by the magnificent Stephen Kotkin.

Job Wars

I don’t support the BDS but this is utterly ridiculous:

A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation.

People who squeeze others out of jobs for not supporting their dogmatic beliefs have somehow deluded themselves into thinking that the same method won’t be applied to them to squeeze them out of theirs. They believe that having “the correct ideology” will keep them safe. But it’s not about ideology at all. These are job wars. This is not about Israel, or pronouns, or anything other than creating a fluid workplace for white-collar jobs.