Afternoon Links

To avoid letting the terrorists win, make them lose.

This column is exactly what ISIS wants.

Americans aren’t going to get good governance until voters reward candidates for aptitude, not attitude.

A review of the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibit: ‘Splendours & Miseries: Images of Prostitution in France, 1850-1910’

Interesting piece on an alternative to settling Syrian refugees in Europe or America

Democrats: The Party of Freeloaders Unite

That is what it has come down to this election season. Democrats claim that their affinity for “free stuff” makes them the more generous, charitable, and altruistic party. In reality, they are just more willing to take money that does not belong to them, that was earned with the hard work of other people, and give it to voters they want to bribe.

They know they have virtually nothing else to run on, especially not the failed policies of the last 8 years. So they move down their laundry list of the average person’s responsibilities, declaring everything should be free. Then they hope there are enough voters who are complete freeloaders or lack the critical thinking skills necessary to understand you can’t run a country by making everything free except to run it into the ground.

A new partnership with Google allows art aficionados to take virtual strolls through the British Museum’s treasures

Doctors turning to direct pay health care

Michael Rubin on the untold Iraq that is flourishing and experimenting with (relative) liberalism

Good piece by Damon Linker on the moral stupidity of the refugee debate

This MRI captures the beauty of a mother’s love

Per capita, Baltimore reaches its highest ever homicide rate

Why Assad has no interest in defeating ISIS, Part 889.

This holiday season give your elderly loved one a fake cat that is incapable of love

Lol. This fucking fraud. You’re all being had, Trumpkins. How you don’t see it is beyond me.

Trump adviser: “I hate it when they say we should have limited government.”

LOL This is the fourth or fifth big government position he’s taken just in the last 24 hours.

Please tell me this is satire

A quarter of British men believe that they experience a monthly ‘man period’, according to new research.

I refuse to believe this. He has to be trolling.

Of all the characters in “Star Wars,” creator George Lucas says he’d be Jar Jar Binks.


THINX underwear has now included a more gender-neutral version in their line of period underwear after many transgender men had asked for just that, Mashable reports. The period underwear brand, which originally launched two years ago, had come under fire for their initial tagline, “Underwear for women with periods,” since many transgender men also get their periods.

What a dumb time to be alive.

Nursing parents are typically referred to as “nursing mothers” or “women who nurse.”…According to Trevor MacDonald, a transgender father who has nursed his two children, “I think what really surprises people are the numbers” of transgender people who nurse babies. “The general public doesn’t give a second thought to female-gendered language, because it doesn’t cross most people’s minds that anyone other than women could possibly nurse.”…Despite acknowledgment by many in birthing communities that pregnancy is not limited to women, the language used by most people still hasn’t changed…The term “mother” is itself problematic.

When the Trumpkins get me down it sometimes cheers me up to be reminded how utterly batshit the other side is.

A kindergarten teacher in Bainbridge Island, Wash., actively denies her male students the opportunity to play with Lego blocks in order to encourage her female students to play with them. Karen Keller bars the boys in her class from playing with the colorful blocks, even going so far as to lie to them about their opportunity to play.

“I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” Keller told the Bainbridge Island Review. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”

Keller does this because she saw the boys in her class gravitating toward the blocks during their “free choice” play time while the girls flocked to dolls and crayons. Keller’s solution was to deny the blocks to the boys, who wanted to play with them, in order to encourage the girls to play with them. The Review article offers no indications about how Keller gets the girls to play with something of which they have no interest.

Keller had originally tried to entice the girls by providing pink and purple Legos, “But it wasn’t enough.” So she requested a grant from her school to purchase Lego Education Community Starter Kits for three classrooms at the Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary school, where she has taught for seven years. She requested the grant without telling the school she would be denying boys access to the toys.

“I just feel like we are still so far behind in promoting gender equity,” Keller said.


Short story vending machines

The greatness of William Blake

Time for the most important award of the year: Bad Sex in Fiction

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