[links] Link salad dances by the laser light

Goodreads First Reads: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

Is This Grade School a ‘Cult’? (And Do Parents Care?)The Atlantic on Waldorf schools. [info]the_child has attended one since she was three and a half. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Crystals… made of timePhysicists: “Ignore the infinities and try this.” Universe: “Not likely.”

Teen bank robber from Nebraska brags about crime on YouTube videoThe self-described ‘Chick bank robber’ flashed her stolen loot on video – now she faces time behind bars. Welcome to crime in the age of social media. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Senate Republicans Block Ratification Of U.N. Treaty On Rights For The Disabled, Citing Impact On Home-Schoolers — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Congressman’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple — More class from Sarah Palin’s “real Americans”.

I think an awful lot of what passes for political discourse in this country these days works off that principle: There’s money in making stupid people mad. — Votes, too. Hence the perennial GOP electoral strategy of generating angry white men. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

FoxNews.com Columnist Attacks Bob Costas For Correctly Drawing Connection Between Guns And Murder — From the “la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you” school of the obvious about the relationship between guns and violence. Why is the Second Amendment’s guarantees of freely available instruments of murder so absolutely sacred to conservatives while the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom gets constantly shredded by the very same people? Compensating much?

Anonymous, Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix? — Did Karl Rove’s hack get hacked? A question I myself have asked. It would explain a lot about the last-minute expectations of the Romney campaign.

GOP’s McCain, Graham, Collins used same language as Rice to describe Benghazi attackBoth Rice and the Senators used the term “mob” to describe those who perpetrated the attack on our consulate and CIA station in Libya. None of them referred to terrorists, or Al Qaeda. Yet the Senators are now faulting Rice for not referring to Al Qaeda when the Senators themselves did not refer to Al Qaeda. More of that justly famed principled intellectual consistency from the American Right, I see.

In Search of a Gatekeeper. It eludes Welch that one of the long-term failings of the conservative movement has been its tendency to condemn former allies that it no longer found useful. As a political movement, it has been increasingly interested in heresy-hunting and not all that interested in persuasion in recent years. Perhaps that is in the nature of any political movement, but it has afflicted the conservative movement very much in the last two decades. Each purge simply makes the conservative movement and the Republican Party increasingly rigid, unimaginative, and oblivious to the world around it.

Republicans not handling election results well49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore. Yep, those finely honed minds on the American right.

?otD: Did I miss ruby Tuesday?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (8.0 hours extremely fitful plus napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 219.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad dances by the laser light

  1. Cora says:

    Waldorf schools do have a hint of cultishness about them and they do attract their fair share of prejudice, particularly in Germany. Those prejudices are mostly unfounded, since the Waldorf students I’ve known were usually bright kids who made their way in the world. As far as I know, the anthroposophic influence varies. Plus, Waldorf schools are positive for children with learning disabilities like your daughter’s dyslexia.

    Though all German Waldorf schools are private and the idea of publicly funded Waldorf schools is quite mindboggling to me. And though I don’t know how things are in the US, but in Germany private schools attract certain kind of people, usually very bourgeois middle and upper middle class parents or those aspiring to that status. They specifically send their children to private school to keep them from mingling with working class and immigrant kids. Those parents are quite open about that, too – bonus points if they’re immigrants themselves. As a public school teacher who teaches the very type of underprivileged kids that those parents want to keep their kids away from, I’m obviously not a big fan of private schools, when used for social segregation. I’m not saying that you do this by the way (and you don’t really strike me like that sort of parent at all), just that it’s a very common pattern here in Germany.

    So prejudices against Waldorf schools are usually prejudices against the sort of parents who send their kids to private schools. And as private schools go, I vastly prefer Waldorf schools to the various Christian private schools that are springing up. At least the Waldorf schools have alternative pedagogic concepts, whereas the Christian schools just do the same curriculum as public schools with added God and values education and keeping “the wrong sort of kid” out. Not that Christian schools are all fundamentalist – I’ve known some very good ones.

  2. Sarah Grey says:

    Jay, you’re satisfied with your daughter’s Waldorf education, right? Just wondering. I’m planning to enroll my daughter in a Waldorf preschool next fall, but that’s because my husband and I are hippies and she’s a happy little forest-dwelling dirt fairy. The potential injection of spirituality into education spooks me, though. When you’ve got the energy to respond, I’d be interested in your thoughts.

    1. Jay says:

      Extremely satisfied, but I’ll note that’s very dependent on the individual school and its makeup. The Child was/is pretty much a happy little forest-dwelling dirt fairy her own self, and the Waldorf school here in Portland has suited her admirably. Feel free to drop me a direct email if you want to discuss more.

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