Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Excruciating 1980s Dating Scene

And a good argument for arranged marriages (or mating by coin flip). Or escaping to a nunnery.

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A Nice Parody of Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay “Strong” Ad

___ Rick Perry’s inane original ad here.

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Resentment Politics: Rick Perry Baits Gays

I think this remix on Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad illustrates rather nicely the ugly way that gays function as “out-group” in contemporary Republican politics:

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Critical Thinking Watch: Sybil Exposed

I haven’t read Debbie Nathan’s Sybil Exposed yet, but it certainly looks promising as an exercise in critical thinking and reflection. Here’s the author talking about her new book:

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What a Dungeon is Saudi Arabia!

This woman’s life seems to me a nightmare. How do women come to comply with living like this, and so casually defend it to outsiders? ___ And, if you don’t have time for the whole second clip, at least check out … Continue reading

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Australian Sentenced to 500 Lashes in Saudi Arabia

Mansor Almaribe, an Australian man visiting Saudi Arabia, didn’t insult the Prophet Muhammad, but one of Muhammad’s companions. It was enough. The Australian reports the result: a sentence of 500 lashes and a year in prison. Isn’t Sharia grand? The … Continue reading

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2000 to 1 Odds: The Higgs Boson Has Probably Been Found

That’s the rumor, anyway. Here’s Peter Woit of Columbia University: This morning’s rumors are a 3.5 sigma 126 GeV excess at ATLAS in the ATLAS-only combination, and 2.5 sigma at 124 GeV for CMS. Heuer’s message to all CERN personnel … Continue reading

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Free Books at AVC: My Quixotic Quest to Give Away Free Books Around My College

In a bit of pushback against the demise of the bookstore, I had the following thought: If it’s generally not a good business model to sell dead tree books out of physical storefronts anymore, why can’t colleges at least recreate … Continue reading

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The Future is Not Us: The New York Times on China’s Rapid Rise

The following quotes from a recent piece in the New York Times (“Power in Numbers: China Aims for High-Tech Primacy”) really jumped out at me. Here’s the first: China’s great weakness may prove to be too much government control. Chinese … Continue reading

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WWJFKD: What Would John F. Kennedy Do (About Iran)?

An Egyptian elementary school teacher and Islamic Brotherhood supporter, Ala al-Din, leaving Friday prayers in Cairo last week, told a reporter for Ynet, Eldad Beck, something I regard as quite chilling: [A]ll Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad … Continue reading

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The 1% Debate: Donald Trump will Host a Debate with Newt Gingrich in Attendance

No, this is not an Onion headline. This curious item was in Politico this week: Gingrich said he accepted an invitation to a debate hosted by NewsMax and to be moderated by Donald Trump, adding that he was the first candidate to … Continue reading

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Dogs Greet Homecoming Soldiers

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Jennifer Burns on Ayn Rand

Jennifer Burns teaches at the University of Virginia.

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Arnaud De Borchgrave on a (Forthcoming) Nuclear Iran and Israel’s (Unpleasant) Options

Arnaud De Borchgrave is a realpolitik conservative who’s 85 years-old, but he’s still in the game. Of Iran he recently wrote the following for the Washington Times: What former CENTCOM commanders and Israeli intelligence chiefs have in common is intimate knowledge of Iran’s formidable … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas Comes to Israel?

This curious ad comes from the Israeli government. Its purpose is to discourage Israelis from marrying American Jews or moving to America (as either of these might lead to such horrors as Christmas-celebrating grandchildren). Andrew Sullivan sees the ad as … Continue reading

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