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Jim Miller on Politics

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Pseudo-Random Thoughts

Rebecca West, A Different Kind Of Feminist:  I finished working my way through Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and will have more to say about it in a few weeks, but I did want to pass on a little bit from Christopher Hitchens' introduction to the Kindle version.

Hitchens excuses the book's length, more than 1,100 pages, by saying that it is actually four books in one, and gives this description of the second:
The second volume gives an account of the mentality and philosophy of a superbly intelligent woman, whose feminism was above all concerned with the respect for, and the preservation of, true masculinity.
Sounds paradoxical, doesn't it?  But it is an accurate description of West's feminism, though West might object to that qualifying "true".

If you are wondering what kind of woman might have those views, you can find some clues in her Wikipedia biography.

(Working may be too harsh a word, though I did find parts of the book tedious.   Perhaps that's because she and I have such different intellectual styles; I often found myself stopping to "translate" what she was saying into something more like the way I would say it.  That's a good mental exercise, I suppose, but it does slow down my reading.)
- 8:32 PM, 28 August 2016   [link]


It's A British Cartoon, From More Than A Century Ago:  But I think you'll like it.

You can see more from that era here.

(The copyright has expired, but I thought the details in the drawing are interesting enough so that you should see it at full size, not reduced for my page.)
- 5:25 PM, 28 August 2016   [link]


More On Caster Semenya:  After I wrote my brief post on him, I ran across this confused editorial by Jeré Longman, in the New York Times.  (Technically, it's an article, but anyone who reads it with an open mind will recognize that it is an opinion piece and should have been labeled that way.)
When Semenya, then 18, dominated the 800 at the 2009 world track and field championships, winning by more than two seconds, a fellow competitor called her a man.
. . .
No one serious is calling her a man.
. . .
Dr. Eric Vilain, a medical geneticist from U.C.L.A., told my colleague Juliet Macur last year that “if we push this argument, anyone declaring a female gender can compete as a woman.”

He added, “We’re moving toward one big competition, and the very predictable result of that competition is that there will be no women winners.”
Competitors have called Semenya a man, but "no one serious" has.  Competitors at those levels are almost always quite serious about such matters.

As I said, the editorial is confused.

There is, however, one fascinating detail in it that I had missed, in my searches:   Semenya is married — to a woman.  So my speculation that he might be able to father a child, with some medical help, gets a little support.

(I probably should say why I think that 2009 report in the Australian Telegraph is correct.  If it were not, if Semenya did not have internal testes, but no ovaries, it would be easy for his representatives to get the newspaper to print a retraction, simply by showing them the medical evidence, confidentially.)
- 4:45 PM, 27 August 2016   [link]


This Cartoon Is Dangerous:  So I am just going to describe it, not link to it.

"Pandora's Music Box" shows a woman, screaming after opening a box, and letting those annoying songs out, those songs that you don't particularly like but stick in you head, even after you try hard to banish them.

Songs like . . . well, if I were to name any of them, I might inflict them on you, and I don't want to do that, so I won't name any, for the same reason I am not linking to the cartoon.

(Still curious after that warning?  All right, then this search string should get you there: "Pandora's Music Box + New Yorker cartoon".  But don't blame me, if you are afflicted by an "earworm", after seeing the cartoon.)
- 2:56 PM, 27 August 2016   [link]


The Joke's On Ann Coulter:  She trusted Donald Trump.

Which required her to ignore his long record of dishonesty, his many positions on immigration, and what he had done over the years.

Why did Coulter make that mistake?

Most likely she believed what she wanted to believe, a mistake we all make from time to time.

But it is rare to see that mistake exposed so dramatically, and with such perfect timing.
- 9:01 AM, 26 August 2016   [link]


It Could Get Monotonous, I suppose.
- 7:43 AM, 26 August 2016   [link]


Demolition Permit Delays:   Every once in a while, there comes a story, or set of stories, out of Seattle that seem inexplicable, to me at least.

For instance, it can take inordinate amounts of time for a builder to get a demolition permit to tear down an old building.  Once a building is vacant, squatters often move in, and cause problems for the neighborhood, and sometimes for the police and fire departments. For example:
We have had this exact issue here at The Seattle Times with our old headquarters building, now owned by Canadian developers.  There have been squatters in the building for years now.  But sometimes when we’ve called police they’ve told us they aren’t responding to calls about squatters there.
Though Westneat doesn't mention it, the fire department has had to come to the building many times to put out small fires.

The developer wants to tear down the building, and put up apartments, for which there is a strong demand in Seattle, right now.  But they can't start until they get that demolition permit.

At this point, if you are at all like me, you are wondering why the delay in this permit, and others.  Wouldn't it be to everyone's advantage to act promptly on these requests?

But our local reporters are not interested in that question; they don't ask the department head(s) why there are these delays, and they don't ask the mayor, Ed Murray, why his people can't get their acts together.

So, though I would like to explain these delays, I can't.

(There are cities where you would immediately suspect that these delays were attempts to solicit a bribe or two, but I don't think that's what is causing Seattle's delays.

Murray is a married gay Catholic, a combination that delights most of our local journalists.  I can't help wondering whether that explains why they have been so easy on him.  Incidentally, his "partner" has a job with the city.)
- 3:44 PM, 25 August 2016   [link]


Is Proxima Centauri's Planet "Earthlike"?  Only if you are using a very broad definition of earthlike.
The newly discovered planet "candidate" (a word that gives the astronomers some wiggle room in case it turns out to be a misapprehension), Proxima b, appears to be roughly the size of Earth, and in an orbit around the star that would let the planet possibly have liquid water at the surface.  Which means this planet is potentially habitable.  It could have life on it right this minute!
As Joel Achenbach goes on to point out, Mars and Venus also are small rocky planets in our sun's "habitable zone".  Mars may have bacterial life, but would need some work before people could live there, comfortably, outside of domes.

And Venus, from our point of view, is a real fixer-up.

So, odds are, Proxima Centauri b is not move-in ready.

Moreover, since it is so close to its star, there is a good chance it is tidally locked, and always presents the same face to Proxima Centauri.  If so, water might boil away on the light side, and freeze on the dark side, leaving, at most, a narrow habitable band around the planet.

(As usual, Wikipedia has more details.)
- 9:52 AM, 25 August 2016   [link]


Yesterday's "Pepper & Salt" has an unorthodox evolutionary theory.
- 8:35 AM, 25 August 2016   [link]


What Do Migrants Do After They Find A Job?   Often, they send money home.
The millions of migrant workers who drill for oil, deliver pizza or take care of older adults far from home sent nearly $582 billion back to their countries in 2015, according to the World Bank.
. . .
Even so, remittances have become crucial to relieving some of the world’s poorest people from hunger and want, just as they have become a major revenue source for a number of fragile nations.

Nepal’s remittances equal a whopping 29.4 percent of the country’s entire economic output.  A separate World Bank study found that remittances were the main reason poverty had declined so sharply there in recent years.  Not only do families of migrant workers benefit, the study found; so does everybody else, when the families spend that money locally.
(Links omitted.)

There other poor nations that are just as dependent on remittances, as Nepal.

The New York Times doesn't mention this, but these remittances also pay for the travel of other migrants, legal and illegal.  If you need an example, think of a construction worker in Britain sending money to his brother in Nigeria, who then uses it to pay people smugglers to get him to Britain.
- 10:52 AM, 24 August 2016   [link]


Details In Signs can be important.
- 10:19 AM, 24 August 2016   [link]


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