Poo Jokes

(Subbed) Nuclear Boy うんち・おならで例える原発解説 I think this is beautiful. Note the emphasis on the efforts of and impact on other.

Categories: Science and Nature

Disgusting

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

Great Story, Crap Ending

The story of Michelle Rhee, schools chancellor, and Adrian Fenty, mayor, and their overhaul of the DC school system. It’s a real pom-pom waver. And then Fenty loses his primary and Rhee’s last day is tomorrow. And let that be a …lesson* for other reformers. * That was no place for a bad pun but [...]

Categories: Politics

Child Benefit = Prime Ministerial Salary

Janice Turner, who I already know from Twitter is a little irritated with the whole Child Benefit thing, manages as usual to be fair: On that bellwether of maternal displeasure, Mumsnet, the language got ugly. One indignant mother remarked that her benefit “pays for shoes, music lessons, pocket money and our sponsored Malawian child”. Which [...]

Categories: Politics

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

Obamacare and Effect

The National Review editorial on the objective (hah!) wisdom of repealing Obamacare: Health-insurance giants Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, CoventryOne, Humana, and UnitedHealthCare have stopped writing child-only policies in those jurisdictions where they are able to do so. The reason for this is obvious: Because Obamacare forces insurance companies to accept children [...]

Categories: Politics

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