[links] Link salad saw that she had such a pretty face

Publishers Weekly reviews Kalimpura — A largely positive review, but sadly no star for me this time.

Haldeman’s Marvelous Forever Warriors — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Haldeman’s classic.

Secret Space Plane Set to Launch on Mystery Mission Today

26 Amazing Facts About Finland’s Unorthodox Education System — Almost all the student and classroom oriented assertions in this piece are also true of [info]the_child‘s Waldorf school, and of Waldorf schools in general.

Origin of intelligence, mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident — I want to know more about those mice using touchscreen computers. (Snurched from [info]deborahjross.)

The contract between science and society, plus a possible new RenaissanceGenomics may accomplish a lot, but could it redefine humanity’s view of itself?

Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President — Rawr!

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears — Because people are stupid. This is dumber than believing in the lottery or supply side economics. At the least lottery entertains, and supply side economics is a feel-good fairy tale for low-wattage ideologues. I’m not sure what anyone gets out of faux-Mayan apocalypticism.

When is a religion not a religion?O’Reilly and Staver are both trying to justify Christian privilege. They want the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to apply to Christianity, and exclusively to Christianity (and maybe Jews, too, if they behave). And they want the no establishment clause of the First Amendment to apply to every religion except for Christianity.

‘Like lesser Americans’: Atheists face discrimination, persecution, report saysIn at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars atheists from testifying as witnesses at trials, the report said. It’s much worse elsewhere in the world. But every time I see one of those polls that atheists are the least trusted group, or hear some Christianist conservative talking about how morality cannot exist without religion, I remember that Hitler and Pol Pot were Christians. And yes, I just Godwinned myself. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Scalia Defends Anti-Gay Quotes — In which his arrant conservative bigotry is laid plain. Again. And this man sits on the Supreme Court. Evaluating Justice Scalia on the plain face of his own words on this subject, he doesn’t have the moral character, intellect, compassion or discernment to qualify as a dog catcher. So much for impartial justice. Or any justice at all, really.

Poll: Colbert The Most Popular Choice To Replace Outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) — Do people not get the joke? Colbert in character (and he always seems to be in character) is Poe’s Law on the hoof.

How to Raise a Little Liberal or ConservativeIn short, authoritarian parents are more prone to produce conservatives, while those who gave their kids more latitude are more likely to produce liberals. This strikes me as painfully obvious, but I suppose the news is that there’s evidence for the assertion.

Democrats and Republicans belong to different groups — (I think I got this from Fragano Ledgister, but I lost the source.)

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign[C]ampaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth. Romney and the GOP lied knowingly, constantly, and unapologetically. They bragged about it. And they nearly succeeded with that strategy, displaying unambiguously the miserable public character of both Money Boo Boo his own self and the conservative movement as a whole. But the American Right is so worked up about Kenyan Muslim socialism that they neither noticed nor cared about the utter failure of their own leadership.

?otD: Did God in His mercy lend her grace?


12/11/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 216.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing international law and Kenyan Muslim socialism: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad saw that she had such a pretty face

  1. alexis says:

    My deeply religious, authoritarian (but nevertheless staunch Democrat) parents wound up with one lefty atheist and one Republican voting laid back parent who’s children, at least according to this article, will grow up to be lefties. 🙂 How did I turn out like this? Was it all the violence?

  2. Cora says:

    The sad thing is that though the factors behind the Finnish education miracle are known, most school systems (aside from alternative schools like Waldorf schools) are unwilling to implement measures that will replicate the Finnish miracle, largely because way too many parents demand homework, grading and early separation. Mostly, it’s because those parents believe that their kids are smarter than others (whether they actually are or not) and that those other kids – often immigrant kids or kids from a lower class background – are holding their kids back. It’s demonstrably wrong, but parents keep on believing it and politicians push the school system into the wrong direction to gain votes. As a teacher, this depresses me, but there’s preciously little we can do about it.

    Answer of the Day: I no longer believe in that sort of thing, sorry.

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