Creative Destruction

July 5, 2006

Link Farm & Open Thread #29

Filed under: Link Farms — Ampersand @ 3:13 pm

I have lost my watch. It’s somewhere within a foot or so of my desk, or perhaps on my desk. I can tell because it beeps once an hour. But I can’t find it. I’m torn between being annoyed and amused by the situation.

Anyway, some links:

Ink and Incapability: 18th Carnival of the Feminists!

Written World: The 1st Carnival of Feminist Fantasy & Science Fiction Fans!

Obsidian Wings: Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Policy Could Throw Over A Million Americans Off Medicaid
A strong example of why – bad as Democrats are – Republicans are either thoughtless or malicious when it comes to writing policy. And see also Respectful of Otters.

Education Sector: “Boy Crisis” in Schools Debunked

There’s no doubt that some groups of boys—particularly Hispanic and black boys and boys from low-income homes—are in real trouble. But the predominant issues for them are race and class, not gender. Closing racial and economic gaps would help poor and minority boys more than closing gender gaps, and focusing on gender gaps may distract attention from the bigger problems facing these youngsters.

BallastExiztance: Being autistic is not a disease and requires no cure
An impressive collection of quotes from a wide variety of autistic people.

Blac(k)ademic: Why Are We All So Hostile?

why, then, do we continue to blog? obviously, no one is really engaing in any valuable exchange. we are waist-deep in valid arguments, experiences, ideas and perspectives, but we don’t see that because we are to quick to point out how “stupid” that other woman was when she said (insert anything that you disagree with right here).

Women’s Space/The Margins: Female Soldiers Die of Dehydration Trying To Avoid Rape

Capitalism Bad, Tree Pretty: Raising Children Should Not Be Treated As A Hobby

Official Maybe your time could be spent better elsewhere, but you do not speak for me.
Good rebuttal to the “why are you wasting your time on activism that isn’t my area of interest?” line of criticism.

LA Times: Our Brains Are Hard-Wired To Ignore Global Warming

The fact is that if climate change were caused by gay sex, or by the practice of eating kittens, millions of protesters would be massing in the streets. [Curtsy: Feministe.]

Real Men Are Not: On Black Male Compensation and White Over-Compensation
I’d particularly recommend reading the exchange between Lindsey and Luke in comments.

Reappropriate: The Voting Rights Act and English as The Official Language

…When the government tells its people that those who do not speak English are “less American”, they not only challenge our access to basic constitutional rights and civil liberties, but send us the message that despite their best efforts, they — us, our sisters, our brothers, our mothers, our fathers, our aunts and uncles and grandmothers and grandfathers — non-English speaking immigrant populations — are not welcome here.

Feminist Law Professors: The Real Toy Story (photos from factories abroad)

Nathan Newman: Ulysses Grant: Best. President. Ever.

If Grant is not more respected, it is because the fight for racial justice and Reconstruction that he oversaw has been so rawly defamed over our history to the point of almost being forgotten. (Curtsy: Mahablog).

Big Fat Blog: Town To Fat People: We Don’t Want Your Kind Shopping Here

The Colorblind Society: Chris Matthews Defends Segregation

Granny Gets A Vibrator: Black Immersion Month

This is an experiment for me. I’m not trying to be black, or become black or pretend like I’m black or any of that stuff. I’m just very curious to learn how looking at the world through this lens will affect me, my white thinking, and my white perspective.

Red State Feminist: Some Men’s Rights Activist Sickos Defend Murder and Attempted Murder

Girl Wonder: The Sexist Treatment DC Comics Gave the Death of the Female Robin
Lots of activists demand monuments, but this is the only one I’ve ever seen demand a monument be erected in a fictional space. But I found the essay quite persuasive, and I hope DC gives in to their demands.

Feminist Allies: Alpha Male Feminism

Photo Essay: Our Weight-Obsessed Culture
Curtsy: Big Fat Blog

True Confessions of an Hourly Bookseller: Feminist Critique of Y, The Last Man
Pretty much gets at all the reasons I stopped buying this comic book. Curtsy: Melinda Casino

BlackProf: Still Struggling For Our Inalienable Rights

Today, another class of political elites–incumbent politicians and various partisan officials–seek to govern without the people’s consent. They do so by manipulating an ever-changing matrix of election practices, such as district boundaries, antiquated voting machines, and barriers to voting. These practices determine who votes and how votes get counted.

Egotistical Whining: Racism FAQ

Vigilance: Cross Burned At Gay Man’s House In Tennessee

Paging Art Spiegelman!Spiegelman was right! Cats Who Look Like Hitler
Curtsy: Punk Ass Blog.



  1. Maybe I should post this at the Margins, but I’m not sure if it’s a women-only comment environment there.

    Why are lefty people taking Karpinski seriously as a source?

    Comment by Robert — July 5, 2006 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  2. Um, why are people taking Rumsfeld seriously as a source?

    Comment by ginmar — July 6, 2006 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  3. Because he knows things.

    What I mean regarding Karpinsky is that she was the CO of a place where the left-wing’s great scandal of the decade took place. It’d be like Ken Lay coming out and (skirting his responsibility for Enron) taking a stand against corporate pollution, and being hailed by the left as a hero. OK, maybe he’s right on the particular question, but don’t you guys hate this guy?

    In other words, why the free ride for Karpinsky? Sure, she’s carrying some blame that probably doesn’t really fall to her…but that’s true of most any CO who gets nailed for something bad happening on their watch. Responsibility flows up.

    Comment by Robert — July 6, 2006 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  4. Sure, she’s carrying some blame that probably doesn’t really fall to her…but that’s true of most any CO who gets nailed for something bad happening on their watch. Responsibility flows up.

    So … why again are people taking Rumsfeld seriously? 🙂

    Comment by nobody.really — July 7, 2006 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  5. The “Women in Refrigerators” list I ran across following links from the “Girl Wonder” link sums up exactly why I no longer seriously collect comics. They’ve raped and/or killed nearly all my favorite female characters. Got to the point where, as soon as I really connected with a character, she’d be offed or lose her powers and disappear for a while, only to resurface a traumatized rape victim. One they didn’t rape or kill they declared profoundly delusional (Scarlet Witch), which was perhaps even more annoying – not only did she lose loving hubby and kids; she was sneered at for even wanting them!

    The only ones they didn’t wreck were the Invisible Woman and She-Hulk (and there’s an iffy, “Wait, did I choose that or was he using his powers on me?” possible non-con incident in She-Hulk’s past *sigh*). Bless John Byrne for what he did with both of them.

    Comment by shiloh — July 7, 2006 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  6. Hey, Amp, there’s another entry for your male privilege checklist; “the comic book characters I view as personal role models are much less likely to be raped and/or killed for dramatic effect by lazy writers”.

    Comment by Robert — July 9, 2006 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

  7. So why again is Rumsfeld being taken seriously as a source? He’s Ken Lay touting Enron stock. He’s OJ talking about domestic violence. Your point?

    Comment by ginmar — July 14, 2006 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  8. I’ll answer your question after you answer mine.

    Comment by Robert — July 14, 2006 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

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