Re: And The Hacks Shall Inherit The Earth

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Say what you will about Amy Chua, but her father invented the flux capacitor.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 1:23 PM
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It's odd to think of people feeling simultaneously superior and insecure, if you are a robot who has never met humans.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 1:34 PM
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Even I am willing to say that she's challenged by use of the hyphen.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 1:36 PM
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if you are a robot who has never met humans

They go out of their way to make what they're saying sound counterintuitive and "fresh," when in fact it's just "If you believe in yourself, but feel the need to prove yourself to others, and you're willing to work hard to do it, you have a better chance than if you don't believe in yourself, or don't care what others think, or aren't willing to work hard." Let's buy that book!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 1:54 PM
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This is what comes of reading the NYT overly much.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 2:19 PM
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This kind of shit is why both everybody hates new money. The self-help books could all be called "How to be an asshole."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 2:25 PM
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The shear dedication of the NYT to trolling the entire non ultra-wealthy population is impressive.

I'm not sure how they've managed to resist the urge to just go ahead and print "HA HA WE'RE RICH AND YOU'RE NOT GO AHEAD AND DIE ALREADY YOU STUPID PROLES!" in huge letters taking up the entire editorial page for as long as they have.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 2:35 PM
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"sheer"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 3:36 PM
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Get your own dedication.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 3:40 PM
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Shear


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 4:26 PM
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10: I'm on board with the anti-sheep movement, although describing it as "re-wilding" is pretty silly in the context of a place like Britain.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:09 PM
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Torn on this one. Would like to eat a rewilded European bison, but also really like to eat lamb. Hmm. Probably these don't have to be mutually exclusive goals. Our end mission should be to maximize the quantity of all tasty grass-fed animals and then eat them.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:17 PM
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More bison meat versus more lamb will be the great cultural debate of our Halfordismo future.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:24 PM
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I read the "lamb" in 13 as "larb" and was suddenly about to go to war, because who would want bison? But duh we need lambs because yarn. Does no one knit under Halfordismo? I thought Smearcase and LB and I could get jobs at the palace churning out loincloths or whatever.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:29 PM
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Not to worry, Thorn, scientists are hard at work on non-lame lab lamb larb logs. No pasturing necessary.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:32 PM
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I mean, on-topic I could say some shit about how I think black parents imparting black history do make it about the struggle but also the success, but whatever, Amy Chua.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:33 PM
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Presumably wool will become increasingly important under Halfordismo due to the elimination of cotton.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:36 PM
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How many coded racial stereotypes can fit into one NYT column? The answer will amaze you!


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:38 PM
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You can wear grains, just not eat them. I think? That might be a matter for the court theologians.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:41 PM
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Thank god for Sean Combs. I mean, without him, who would speak about African-American entrepreneurial success? I mean, there's Jay-Z, but I'm sure he's harder to reach. And that's it! Surely they could have gotten more quotes from neurotically insecure Jewish Nobel Laureates for balance.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:44 PM
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18 wins!

Sorry, I'm super cranky tonight and may keep commenting. Tomorrow the judge will terminate Nia's and Selah's parents' rights and even though I think it's the right decision, it's always super depressing and Nia is melting down over it. What I need to be doing is uploading a bunch of photos to get printed and give their moms (if they show) with my phone number on the back so they can stay/get in touch, but I'm being sad and petulant and haven't yet. Ugh.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 5:44 PM
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How many coded racial stereotypes can fit into one NYT column? The answer will amaze you!

Tiger Mother discovers one weird old trick to keep your kids in line!


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 6:14 PM
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Speaking of 'one weird trick' bullshit, this was a depressing read. I wonder what the size of the 'pure scam' economy is?


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 6:26 PM
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What especially pisses me off about Chua/Rubenfeld is that they actually mention a number of the obvious rebuttals to their point in their NYT piece. Instead of addressing them, they just mention them and somehow move on.

I didn't think the "Tiger Mom" book was much like its portrayal in the media; it was basically a funny memoir by a somewhat self-aware crazy/successful person. But they've definitely hit on a formula for generating BS controversy.


Posted by: Disingenuous Bastard | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 6:42 PM
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a 2005 study of over 20,000 adolescents found that third-generation Asian-American students performed no better academically than white students

So all we have to do is wait thirty years and the "problem" goes away.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 7:22 PM
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21: Best wishes for you and the girls. I'm sorry their families of origin weren't what they should have been, but I'm sure the family you're building is a great place for them to grow up. I hope Nia calms down soon. Poor kid.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 7:56 PM
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Even I think that involves marrying too young.


Posted by: Woody Allen | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 7:57 PM
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27 to 25.


Posted by: Woody Allen | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 7:58 PM
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26: Thanks. She was really happy when I showed her that I was getting photos printed for her mom, and then actually went to bed. I think she'll do well in the long run. I'm just so upset to have learned that the no-contact order between her mom and her the judge issues will extend even after the termination. I figured since they became legal strangers then it would be moot, but apparently it holds until adoption. I pushed like crazy to make her caseworker promise to ask for permission for her mom to have a goodbye visit (which is supposed to be best practices in the state but the judge will probably overrule because he loves his no-contact orders) supervised and facilitated by Nia's therapist. I still believe that the vast majority of the problems Nia's had lately would be solved if she were just allowed to see that her mom is okay like she's wanted to for a year, but I guess that's why I'm a lowly foster parent and not a family court judge.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:02 PM
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Without knowing much about the particulars of Nia's case and nothing at all about the broader points of law, the petty authoritarianism recounted in 29 is making me want to burn shit down.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:15 PM
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Tiger Judge.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:16 PM
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Without giving anything away about either particular case, I'll say that I've heard through the official grapevine that he's now loosened up enough to allow parents who test positive for pot to have supervised visits with their children if they can show at least two consecutive tests with lowering THC rates that show usage has stopped or slowed, rather than sticking by his old rule that would make it two or three months before enough clean tests would allow visitation to restart. Fucking micromanaging asshole.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:17 PM
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Welcome to family law. It tries to replicate, in a sort of faded, half-assed way, the authoritarianism of the nuclear family.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:17 PM
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33 to 30.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:17 PM
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Speaking of courts, I have jury duty tomorrow. Hopefully the judge won't be as much of a petty authoritarian as the one in 29.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:18 PM
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I think when I was a kid my dad used to watch some show about a family law judge, who was played by a pretty woman with hair that was very likely inappropriately long or bouncy or both. Anyway, I remember watching a couple of episodes with him, and the judge seemed very wise and always acted in sorrow but never in anger, so I'm not sure what thorn is complaining about or what bave is talking about.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:21 PM
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It tries to replicate, in a sort of faded, half-assed way, the authoritarianism of the nuclear family.

This really is as evocative a sentence as I've read in some time.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:22 PM
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36: I'm having my womanly difficulties. It's my obligation to complain!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 8:25 PM
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I think Comcast sent me a mailer offering the Triple Package. But I don't watch much TV so we stayed with just phone and internet.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 01-26-14 11:12 PM
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27: I was thinking that since this is the tiger mother author, it's given that it's the second generation that gets the Tri-Force. The Threefer. The Tripartite Parcel. The thing with three things.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 01-27-14 4:46 AM
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And...my dad just sent me this article. "I think you'll enjoy it," he said.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-28-14 8:48 PM
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