Friday, January 20, 2017
|This is YUUUUGE!|
This is why I don't pay for cable TV, I don't subscribe to any newspapers or news magazines, and I don't listen to the radio. All is quiet and beautiful here at Chez Phantom. Even the aligators in the mote are content, happily gnawing on the bones of unfortunate postal workers who didn't read the signs.
Just to rub a little more salt in the wound, dear SJWs and fat-headed Libtards, I will observe that if the government were smaller and less all-encompasing, if it didn't take more than half your income every year, if so many able bodied people didn't depend on it for their livelihoods...
...it wouldn't matter a damn who the President is.
Just sayin'. Maybe we should all work on that together, hmmm?
The Helpful, Yet Deplorable Phantom
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the 35-year sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking classified material, and pardoned Marine General James Cartwright.
Manning, who was convicted in 2013, will be released in May 2017. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI in connection with a leak investigation. The retired general will have his crime forgiven, according to a statement from the White House.
Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, criticized the decision.Um, yeah. And maybe the media should ease back on the whole "Chelsea" thing, which BRADLEY started up with -after- he was convicted. Because gee, anybody think he might have been trying to get some attention from the MEDIA and an easier billet?
"When I was leading soldiers in Afghanistan, Private Manning was undermining us by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks," Cotton said in a statement. "I don't understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies. We ought not treat a traitor like a martyr."
Friday, January 13, 2017
Hope you kept backups, dude.
The YouTube channel of influential conservative politics and law website Legal Insurrection has been removed by the video sharing service, citing copyright infringement claims.
"This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted," explains YouTube, in a notice posted to channel's page.
Legal Insurrection founder and publisher and Cornell University Law Professor William Jacobson voiced his anger and astonishment at the channel's removal. "It's very frustrating, it's very scary, to have 8 years of content removed without a chance to defend yourself," he told FoxNews.com.
If the Phantom Soapbox disappears from the web with no warning some day, without an announcement or a final place-holder post saying what happened, assume foul play.
... Helen Russell, in The Year of Living Danishly, calls hygge a "complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming." Hygge is against conflict and discomfort, distrustful of newness or challenging viewpoints. It is a closed system. Or, as Charlotte Abrahams, author of Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures, Living the Danish Way has it: "Hygge is very gentle. There is no discussion of politics or anything controversial that makes you feel uptight."
Hygge's turning inward against the world outside comes with a more sinister edge, however. As Charlotte Higgins pointed out in her deep dive for the Guardian last month, hygge's ties to the far-right in Denmark are remarkably strong. Pia Kjærsgaard, the leader of the right-wing, anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, has publicly extolled the virtues of the lifestyle, insisting that her office remain cozy and hyggelig at all times. Denmark's welfare state and reputation for tolerance may be admired by progressives in the U.K. and U.S., but, as Higgins points out, the country's love of hyggefied thatched cottages with closed doors suggests a conservative undercurrent. "Anything that threatens that safe community, including alien values and ideologies, cannot be tolerated," she writes.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
BYU family life professor Sarah M. Coyne decided to study what it was, exactly, that preschool-aged boys and girls took away from exposure to superhero culture, and it wasn't the many positive traits that shone through.
"So many preschoolers are into superheroes and so many parents think that the superhero culture will help their kids defend others and be nicer to their peers," Coyne said, "but our study shows the exact opposite. Kids pick up on the aggressive themes and not the defending ones."
Coyne found that children who frequently engage with superhero culture are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive one year later. She even found the children were not more likely to be defenders of kids being picked on by bullies and were not more likely to be prosocial.
Last spring, Coyne authored a study on the effects of Disney Princess culture on young children, finding the perpetuation of stereotypes that could have damaging effects.
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