Thu, 26/01/2023 - 02:30
Remember when dandruff was the kiss of death? Robin DiAngelo’s 2018 “White Fragility” has plenty of critics. Here and here, for example. John McWhorter writes that her diversity training approach is not only misguided but “deeply condescending to all proud Black people.” But while academics debate sociological theory, aren’t ad men selling millions in products designed around the notion that men’s sense of self is deeply fragile? Seeing another of those ubiquitous Nugenix Total T ads brings home just how deep (strong? powerful? vigorous? potent?) the insecurity market is. Weapons makers sell guns based on it. Nazis sell white supremacy based on it. Mass shooters base their manifestos on it. Fox News built its business model around it. Without “great replacement theory,” drag queens, and sexy M&Ms to get mens’ fee-fees in a knot, what has Tucker Carlson to talk about? In more innocent, mid-century times, it was fears about bad breath, BO, and dandruff that sold mouthwash, deoderant, and shampoo to men worried about not getting laid.
Thu, 26/01/2023 - 01:22
Latest links… How much time does it take you, typically, to referee a paper (not how long it takes between agreeing to referee and submitting the report; just the actual time spent refereeing)? — share your responses at the Cocoon “A path to get college credit that begins on a YouTube video” — does this new collaboration with Arizona State University represent the future of universities, or portend their demise? “His most significant contribution is his argument that everything is ultimately made of water.
Thu, 26/01/2023 - 01:00
Trade masks for body armor? First news out of California this morning was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake rumbling off the coast about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach: The fire department “completed a strategic 470 square-mile survey of the City of Los Angeles following the 4.2M earthquake near Malibu. No damage or injuries were reported and normal operational mode has resumed,” it said. Relax, Southern California. Just another earthquake. Not another mass shooting. The latter will be along presently. You know, “normal operational mode.” CNN reported on the epidemic mass shootings already this year: The scenes of agony and horror are increasingly all too familiar in America. In fact, 39 mass shootings have taken place across the country in just the first three weeks of 2023, per the Gun Violence Archive. Communities from Goshen, California, to Baltimore, Maryland, are reeling while others brace for the possibility of such violence in their own backyards.
Thu, 26/01/2023 - 00:00

1. Angel Cake
2. Just Like Heaven
3. Genoise Sponge
4. A Japanese Dream
5. Charlotte Sometimes
6. Charlotte Royale
7. Icing Sugar
8. Mirror Glaze
9. Piggy in the Mirror
10. Cornish Pasties
11. Baked Alaska
12. Fire in Cairo
13. Black Forest Gateau
14. A Forest
15. The Hanging Garden
16. Small Edible Flowers
17. The Caterpillar
18. Clootie Dumpling
19. The Baby Screams
20. Syllabub

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Foods from The Great British Bake Off: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
Songs by The Cure: 2, 4, 5, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19
Both: 7

Wed, 25/01/2023 - 23:10
Welcome to my Wednesday Blog, back after a short haitus of nothing much going on. But now… The Wild Cards: Drawing of Cards Trade Paperback is Out Now! The collected volume of #1-#4 of Wild Cards: Drawing of Cards by myself and artists Mike Hawthorne and Enid Balam is in your comic and book stores now.  I’m ... Read More
Wed, 25/01/2023 - 23:00

Former CIA analyst Fulton Armstrong told The Guardian that, in Cuba, “a lot of the so-called independent journalists are indirectly funded by the US”. They spread anti-government disinformation with the support of the NED.

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 22:10

The West’s recent approval of more military assistance for Kiev risks nuclear nightmare, fails Ukrainian expectations and rebukes the World War II history enshrined in a prominent Soviet war memorial in Berlin.

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 22:01

By Jim Mamer / Original to ScheerPost It took almost 10 years of teaching before I finally grasped the extent to which secondary American history textbooks fostered misunderstanding and confusion.  The depth of the problem became apparent following class discussions of a 12-page reading assignment on the “Origins of the Cold War.” When I made […]

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