First I’ve heard of this: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dead Jews Is No News

Categories: War and Peace

Chinese Mothers

I went to bed way late reading this in my precious Sunday Times iPad app, giggling and laughing all the way through: Sunday Times (£) – Dragon mother Do your children have play dates, watch TV or ever get less than an A grade? If so, you’re failing them as a parent, says Amy Chua […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Say You’re At Stanford…

I finally got around to reading in full a column by Teddy Dalrymple on the Pope that RC2 linked to the other day. Since I do love a point-proving hypothetical: It is universally accepted that step-fathers, for example, are many times more likely to commit both physical and sexual abuse against children than biological fathers; […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Wang Yuja, Age 10

Toccata Poulenc She’s playing a Bösendorfer, the same piano Tori Amos plays.

Categories: Art and Literature

Thank You, Mister President

NRO – Child-Only Left Behind How Obamacare destroyed the child-only health-insurance market. Because parents can buy child-only insurance at the last minute, child-only policies will be purchased disproportionately by already-sick clients. The disproportionately sick clientele will be expensive to care for, which will force insurers to raise premiums. The high premiums will give the healthy […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Art Installation as Provocative, Political

Compare Ai Weiwei (designer of the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing) to, I dunno (Wikies at random), this glorified theme park for pretentious adults: The Times – Ai Weiwei: the artist risking his safety for art, by Janice Turner Ai has always been a cussed, provocative figure. He took a series of photographs, Study in […]

Categories: Art and Literature

It’s Cuz They Respect Their Women More, See

See: SF Chronicle – Afghanistan’s dirty little secret For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means “boy […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Sussing Out Possible Omens

A Chinese boy is born with 6 normally-growing digits on each hand and foot, giving him 24 total. Strangely, three months before the birth of Guangchun, his family’s sow also labored a weird shaped piglet, which had eight legs, two mouths and four ears. His mother says: “The pig died two days later. It possibly […]

Categories: Science and Nature

India’s Indian Problem

I wish they had a higher res picture available. You can’t see enough of their eyes. The Times – ‘Take their children and civilise them’: tribe faces threat of modernity For as many as 65 millennia, the Jarawa tribe are believed to have lived as hunter-gatherers on what are now known as the Andaman and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

May 17th in Norway, Later In the Day

Awwww. A house around the corner (not a pun) had a big Norwegian Flag in their yard last week. This is The House in the neighborhood that does itself up for all the big holidays, but I’m thinking Norwegian Constitution Day isn’t one of them.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Childhood Obesity Is All The Sun’s Fault

Telegraph – Parents wrongly believe that abduction is a greater threat to children than inactivity and obesity Parents wrongly believe that abduction is a greater threat to children than inactvity and obesity according to a survey published on Tuesday. RC2 once had a line about only tackling crime will solve the childhood obesity issue, but […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Have We Ever Heard of the Aberfan Disaster (Besides Red)?

I ran into this song at the Corner, “Close the coalhouse door, lad,” The third verse is a reference to the Aberfan tragedy of 1966, when a Welsh elementary school was engulfed by a sliding slag heap, killing 116 children. And I thought, “Huh?” So, off to Wiki: For approximately 50 years up to 1966, […]

Categories: History

Judicial Vicar Not Sought For Comment

Quoted by Damian Thompson in “The Pope, the judge, the paedophile priest and The New York Times“: However, since my name and comments in the matter of the Father Murphy case have been liberally and often inaccurately quoted in the New York Times and in more than 100 other newspapers and on-line periodicals, I feel […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CXXIII

This is such a sweet essay: Greg Knauss – Preadolescent Panopticon George Orwell was right, of course, but he was twenty-five years too early. And twenty-five years too old. As much as any civil libertarian feels put upon by the encroaching, omnipresent surveillance of the state, far worse off are their kids. Children — free […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Remember the Yellow River Dolphin?

This is how they tried to save the Yellow River Dolphin: “Jiangsu province Changshu City Fluorine Chemical industry land sewage treatment plant (江苏省常熟市氟化学工业园污水处理厂) was responsible for collection and processing of the industrial sewage. However they did not, the sewage pipe was extended 1500 meters under the Yangtze River and releasing the sewage there. 2009 June […]

Categories: Science and Nature