Category Archives: rhetoric

The Littlest Victims

Kids banned from field day if they owe lunch money. School says there’s a $55,000 tab (nj.com) Inside the old Walmart where 1,500 undocumented immigrant kids are being held (Vice News) Every class I teach, I make a point of trying to hold class outside at least once during the term. This tends to be easier in some terms that others (it’s almost impossible to hold a summer term class outside, due to the heat), and I’ve had my fair share of outside classes get…

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Respect for Stormy Daniels

Adult Film Workers Call Rudy Giuliani’s Attack on Stormy Daniels’ Credibility ‘Dangerous and Dehumanizing’ (Time) One of the few times I’ve made money as a photographer was when I was helping a friend of mine document her performances at a weekly gathering of artists in Bowling Green, just south of Toledo. The pay was minimal, and under normal circumstances I would’ve happily done the photography for free, but I wasn’t doing any teaching work at that moment and I kind of needed the money. I’ve…

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Monopolizing Happiness (and Everything Else)

How Apple and Other Big Companies Are Really Using Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts (cheatsheet.com) Trump’s ‘tragic’ policies likely to make child poverty much worse, says UN (The Guardian via MSN) In my favourite anime/manga of all time, Oh My Goddess! (or Ah! My Goddess, if you prefer), there is a demon named Senbei whose modus operandi is to cause suffering and misfortune to others. Senbei does this because he believes that there is only a finite amount of happiness in the universe, and so the more pain he…

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Brainwashing with a Smile

Students required to smile at Pennsylvania school — or get sent to the office (New York Daily News) I was not in the target demographic for Bill Nye the Science Guy when it first started airing in 1993, and even if I had been, I still wasn’t in the mood to hear anything about science while I was in the middle of a string of science teachers who could most charitably be described as megalomaniacal assholes. More to the point, having grown up in that era of…

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Being Offended is the First Step

Comic Michelle Wolf Responds To Backlash: ‘I’m Glad I Stuck To My Guns’ (npr.org) The legendary British comedian (and bibliophile with unspeakably good taste in novels) Stephen Fry has a famous quote about people saying they’re offended by other people, which comes from a 2005 interview in The Guardian about his researching of his Jewish ancestry. Anyone who’s spent any significant amount of time on social media has probably seen the quote multiple times, and its popularity when it comes to image treatment has made it…

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