[links] Link salad knows that ain’t ain’t a word ’cause ain’t ain’t in the dictionary

Oregon passed ballot measure to copy edit state constitution — On copy editors and Constitutions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Andy Serkis: The actor inside a character’s skin

The Keep Calm-O-Matic — For all your icon and avatar generating needs. (Snurched from the Velveteen Rabbi.)

Sworn Virgins: Intimate Photos of Women Living as Men in the Balkans — Interesting gender constructs from an almost vanished era. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Ladies Dressed as Appliances — Because reasons!

Hono­lulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later — (Via my Dad and my brother.)

Can you start the baby on soda too early? — It scares the hell out of me that anybody, ever thought this was a good idea. Also, the ad copy is hilarious is a dark way.

End-of-Year Follies (Again)Scrivener’s Error on, among other things, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to review both the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases. He makes an interesting point that would have completely escaped me as a non-attorney.

Strong opinions on climate change are self-reinforcingDon’t believe it’s real? You won’t see local effects. As George Banks said in Mary Poppins, “Kindly do not attempt to cloud the issue with facts.” Which is pretty much the motto of the conservative movement these days, sadly for both them and the rest of us. Unfortunately, while its point is interesting, this article makes the far too common journalistic mistake of false equivalency, in attempting to appear balanced on a factual issue where there simply is no balance.

‘Barack the Destroyer’: Bryan Fischer’s Grand Unified Theory of Obama — See. This is why the reality-based community thinks conservatives are crazy. Bryan Fischer is a major figure in a major conservative organization saying things that would embarrass a strung-out bus stop mumbler with their batshit, wall-eyed insanity. And millions of his fellow conservatives believe him. There simply is no liberal-progressive equivalent of this kind of widespread conservative paranoid lunacy.

Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo — This how conservative epistemic closure is perpetuated at the policy level. A GOP staffer writers a memo analyzing an internal conflict between Republican positions on free market ideals and copyright law. Instead of responding to the critique or reconsidering conservative positions on the issue, the staffer is fired at the request of upset GOP officials. This is not the response of a political party interested in evidence-based reality. This is the response of denialist ideologues. At least Republican are consistent. Conservatism cannot fail you, only you can fail conservatism. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

GOP’s politics unraveling before our eyesAs it approaches its rendezvous with the fiscal cliff, the Republican Party in Washington shows all the signs of a national nervous breakdown. I must confess that a lot of my schadenfreude in observing Republican disarray is colored by the unbearably smug Republican triumphalism we all had to endure during the heady days of the Permanent Majority. (Or as I like to call it, the Dozen Year Reich.) Which pretty much left me with a permanent bad taste in my mouth for the character of conservatives and their discourse. How’d that work out for you, Karl?

Arithmetic on Taxes Shows Top Rate Is Just a Starting Point — Yep. And budget math has never been the GOP’s strong point. Not with actual, you know, numbers. They got addicted to fantasy math as a result of the supply side economics fairy and Bush era spending sprees. As Paul Ryan said, it’s too complicated. Not only to explain, but to even perform. But then actual arithmetic is much like “facts” and “data”, it almost never favors the conservative view, and therefore can be disregarded.

?otD: Descriptivist or prescriptivist?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 215.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block dissolving traditional marriages and plastering OBAMA bumper stickers on SUVs: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

4 thoughts on “[links] Link salad knows that ain’t ain’t a word ’cause ain’t ain’t in the dictionary

  1. Cora says:

    Answer of the day: Descriptivist all the way.

    BTW, your livejournal page seems to be broken and doesn’t show the newest posts.

    1. Jay says:

      Huh. Must be a server side issue, as I’m seeing everything here. Grr.

      (And this will come as no surprise to you, I’m certain, but I am also a thorough-going descriptivist.)

      1. Cora says:

        I’m not surprised at all. That said, I have to be somewhat prescriptivist when teaching. Though I try to include different varieties of English in my lessons and tell them that native speakers don’t always speak/write like the students have been taught.

        LJ seems to be okay again BTW.

  2. Pat MacEwen says:

    I was fascinated by the photos of the Sworn Virgins of Albania. The history of the region is part of my research on genocide, and there is more to it than the photos show. The most important reason for the practice is inheritance. A woman can’t inherit real estate, but a Sworn Virgin can, and that can keep the family’s land within the family when everything depends on it, because they’re mainly subsistence farmers. The Virgins have also been much involved in actual combat when needed, including the most recent Balkan wars. When I visited Albanian households in Kosovo (zadrugas are family/farm compounds), I was always treated like one – an honorary man, entertained by the male head of the household in the male “living” room, and served plum brandy by that man when I showed up as a UN officer on business (meaning gathering intel on war crimes and where the victim’s remains could be found). When it was a personal visit, I was always entertained in the kitchen, by the lady of the house, with no men in sight. It’s an interesting system, and I’m sure it has also often acted as a safety valve for women who can’t abide an arranged marriage, this in a society where the traditional wedding gift from the bride’s parents to the groom is a bullet, It symbolizes the power of life and death he will hold over her once they’re wed. These days, Albanians in Kosovo and in Albania proper are both more interested in becoming more “European” in outlook and appearance, and so it made me smile to see these women wearing those white wool skull caps. They’re the traditional headgear of an Albanian man, a definitive marker of both ethnic identity (compared to Turks and Serbs and Gypsies), and of the male gender.
    Thanks for posting these!

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