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By TheophileEscargot (Sun May 01, 2016 at 02:06:52 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Me (all tags)
Reading: "The Paris Wife". Me. Links.

What I'm Reading
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Fictionalised account of the romance, marriage and breakup of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway, told from Richardson's point of view. She married him while she was a struggling unknown, went with him to Paris, Switzerland and Spain, split up with him after he had an affair.

Definitely interesting to have a story told from the other side after reading "A Moveable Feast". Thought it was a touching and realistic account of a whirlwind romance and the slow disintegration of a happy marriage.

The book has to tread some difficult lines. Even Hemingway's biggest fans must admit he was a terrible husband, but to have married him, Hadley Richardson must have liked him. The book does a good job of balancing things so that Hemingway is neither idolized nor monstered. The writing style is slightly less successful, reading as a bit Hemingway-pastiche at times.

Overall though, a good novel.

Took the toddler up for another visit to my parents, just for a weekend, just two weeks after the last time. (Wife away on another business trip). Had another good time, great to see how he settles in straight way after being more familiar with the new place and people. Again the trip out was fine, though he got a bit grumpy on the way back, and didn't at all like having to walk the last stretch with the trains being disrupted. Takes about 4 hours door to door if nothing's disrupted: it's a bit of a burden on a two year old to do two days in a row.

Socioeconomics. TTIP: UK Government found secret courts in trade deal have 'lots of risk and no benefit' in its only assessment, Investors v. states. Women’s co-operatives in Rojava. The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics. The Greek Bailout: Repeating The Mistakes Of The Past. Road safety and Sweden's "Vision Zero". Why not full employment?

Sci/Tech. Installing Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. 6 glitches in Physics. Yet more evidence for questionable research practices in original studies of Reproducibility Project: Psychology Amazon launches 50TB box of hard disks to upload data to AWS. Aleph and pirate libraries. China launches robot guard. Pavement traffic lights for smartphone users.

Politics. Richard Seymour on the Labour anti-Semitism panic. "Squashing terrorism without confronting its Sunni state incubators is like fighting a fire without plugging the gas leak". NHS funding and doctors' strike. The ugly battle to be London mayor. The British economy would be neither destroyed nor unleashed by leaving the EU. The discursive dilemma. Zizek: Trump is a centrist liberal, "dirty jokes and stupidities cover up that he is a pretty ordinary, centrist politician."

Pics. The Toast does their sarcastic summary thing on vintage Playboy pics (NSFW). The black women graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2016. 20th century fashion photos.

Random. How to Pull a Coin from Someone's Ear.

Video. How a vending machine works. US civil war moving pictures. Big lego trainset, accidents.

Articles. Superman v. Capitalism. Alastair Reynolds on getting a Hugo nomination after unwillingly appearing on Puppy slate. Space Marines Can’t Be Female. Neil deGrasse Tyson Is a Black Hole, Sucking the Fun Out of the Universe. The man in the steel cylinder, via. How crap pyramids led to great pyramids.

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Zizek on Trump by lm (4.00 / 3) #1 Sun May 01, 2016 at 01:56:17 PM EST
Zizek's key points:
  1. if you extract his total racist and sexist stupidities, you will see that here and there, where he makes a complete proposal, they’re usually not so bad,
  2. He said he will not totally dismantle universal healthcare, raise the minimum wage, and so on.
  3. Trump is a paradox: he is really a centrist liberal, and maybe even in his economic policies closer to the Democrats
Has Zizek actually paid attention to what Trump is saying?

First of all, you can't divorce his racism (e.g. build a wall to keep out all of those Mexican rapists) from his policy proposal.

Second, where he does make complete proposals, experts in the field almost universally say that his ideas of dumb (e.g. require nations like Korea and Japan that house US military bases to pay for the US to defend them).

Third, ZIzek is wrong on the facts, (a) Trump does not support raising the minimum wage, (b) whileTrump is putatively for universal healthcare but he wants to gut the things that make it possible under the current system: he wants to end the ban on not allowing insurers to reject folks for pre-existing conditions and he wants to do away with the individual mandate.

Fourth, admittedly Trump shares certain policy views with some Democrats (e.g. ending free trade) those views are generally not in line with centrist democrats but with the very fringe liberal democrats.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Good takedown by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun May 01, 2016 at 04:45:46 PM EST
Especially the first point.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Swedish traffic by Herring (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:02:22 PM EST
Very interesting article. I think it does highlight that there is a different mindset over there.

In the UK, you get people moaning about speed cameras, even ludicrously claiming that they are "a tax". The philosophy is more of the libertarian type "why can't I do what I want!" variety. (As a side-note, I can't claim to always drive within the speed limit.)

It is interesting though how the perceived rights of a person vary depending upon their mode of transport. Maybe I'm jaded by reading the cycling websites, but it does seem that if you want to off someone without suffering major legal strife, the way to do it is in a car.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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