Unfortunately, these links have been hanging around on my desktop long enough that I know longer remember the source for most of them. My apologies to everyone I fail to credit…
- Good article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which begins…
I went to a local megastore to buy a computer hutch for my oldest daughter, and, while I was there, I ran into one of the most talented students I have ever known. She graduated a year ago with a major in English and a minor in information systems. Now she works as a cashier. She wore a red smock and a little plastic nametag with the word “Target” on the bottom.
- I’ve been having a debate over same-sex parenting with David at Sed Contra. (If you make any comments, please be ultra-polite.)
- Good Arianna Huffington article on Teresa Heinz Kerry – “In Praise of Unruly Women.”
- Jonathan Dresner lists some things Bradbury correctly foresaw in Fahrenheit 451. Scary.
- I’m kind of fond of the whole Kerry and Edwards are secret gay lovers meme, which (oddly enough) is happening among pro-Kerry folks as well as among Republicans.
- It’s too early to say for sure, but Kerry is looking pretty damn strong.
- Mark Kleiman tells us What I Learned at the Executive Session on Gang Violence. Really interesting stuff. (However, Mark needs to proofread his titles a bit more carefully.)
- MaxSpeak discusses the need for a third party, and – more broadly – the need for a genuine left in American politics.
- Gay conservative Stephen Miller thinks that lesbians and gays should be pissed at the Democrats, and I think he’s right.
- Media Matters is a reasonably entertaining and well-done left-wing site focusing on examples of right-wing bias in the media.
- RHETORIC MATTERS: A typically excellent post at Body and Soul discusses how Bill Clinton could have done more to fight poverty. (Jeannie is responding to this post from Jack O’Toole, which I’m planning to respond to myself, sometime in the coming week.)
- Via Body & Soul, Slacktivist has an excellent post on why some Christians condemn homosexuality but eat pork.
- For everyone who has been watching the “panic in the skies” story (short version: 14 middle-eastern musicians + one racist right-winger + a plane ride = panic all over the right half of the blogoverse), be sure to read this coda to the story, via Political Animal. Funniest bit: Apparently the right-winger, Annie Jacobsen, was so obviously panicked on the plane that undercover air marshals suspected she was a terrorist plant: “… air marshals on the flight were partially concerned Jacobsen’s actions could have been an effort by terrorists or attackers to create a disturbance on the plane to force the agents to identify themselves.”
Also, Respectful of Otters debunks the myth that the overly PC FAA has a rule against questioning more than two arab passengers on one flight.
- Speaking of Respectful of Otters, Rivka also has an excellent post discussing the abortion of disabled fetuses. If you’re interested in this topic, I highly recommend you read Bean’s comments on this “Alas” post, as well.
- Kip should write a book of essays about comics; there is no better or more interesting critic of the industry, in my opinion. Meanwhile, read this post on comics, fandom, and sex; and this post on the Image rise-and-fall.
- Amanda at Mousewords is kicking every ass in sight this week. I really don’t know which post to recommend, because there are so many great ones. So just go there and scroll, or if you’re looking for particular recommendations, read Amanda’s critique of ” the proper feminine reaction towards an abortion,” ; or Amanda on how today’s press would have covered the 1968 Democratic convention; Amanda on why Catholics in Politics are not like Evangelicals; Amanda on the mail order bride industry; Amanda on why men can never have an equal voice in the abortion decision; and Amanda on acceptable and unacceptable abortions. Here’s a quote I liked:
Our need to have public displays of approved emotions from women doesn’t create anything but deceitful women. It always boggles my mind how we demand these displays and then turn around and cough up stereotypes about lying, deceitful women. We need to make up our minds.
(One tiny criticism, Amanda: Have you thought about using bigger paragraph breaks, or at least indenting the first lines of paragraphs? It would make your blog much easier on the eye.)
- Larry Lessig does a good job documenting how Bill O’Reilly has been using his media megaphone to slander an ordinary private citizen, again and again and again, with an impressive disregard for truth.
- Congrats to Jay Allen for winning Six Apart’s “MT Plug In” contest. Jay deserved it; “Alas” is one of hundreds of blogs that couldn’t have comments if not for Jay’s MT Blacklist plug-in.
- Are parasites eating your royals? Don’t blame the pirates:
So don’t talk to me about piracy. It’s not the pirates that have ripped us off of hundreds of thousands in lost royalties. It’s been “Real businesses” doing that thank you very much. The position of royalty eating parasite has already been taken.
It’s the demographic of people who allegedly do all this pirating that’s been paying our bills. People with Internet connections who download games. They pay my salary. They are my overlord now. So I hope you can excuse me if I don’t lose sleep at night that some 15 year old might have downloaded my game while some executive at a company (or former company) is sailing on their boat paid for by my hard work. The software pirate can go to jail on a felony, the business executive who doesn’t pay royalties gets off the hook.
(The last few links are via Boing Boing.)