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Friday links

  • Five things to do to counter the culture wars against boys and men.
  • Nine-year-old girl wants to do mother’s helper work in her neighborhood. Multiple neighbors call the cops, making no effort to check whether the kid is really being marketed as a slave laborer. Jerks. (H/T MtK)
  • Border Patrol agent thought he was improving the world by killing prostitutes. (Never seems to occur to “do-gooders” that they might be the problem.)
  • Maybe this would have happened to Starbucks even if they hadn’t instituted their “every bum can use our bathrooms” policy. Maybe.
  • A F*c*b**k executive gets SWATted. This shouldn’t happen to anybody, ever, anywhere. But if you live in a toney neighborhood, cops are less likely to shoot you on sight.
  • FB is such a wonderful place to work. Or at least you’d better pretend it is if you want to get along there.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stands up for free speech and against “Generation Snowflake.” (Turned out to be fake news; thanks for the heads-up, Joel.)
  • The latest update on Philadelphia’s soda sin tax: Still doesn’t work. Not raising revenue; affecting only those too poor to escape it.
  • What the Catholic hierarchy knew and when they knew it. In the U.S. and Italy, top church officials have been lying through their teeth.
  • Fifty things turning 50 in 2019.
  • Okay, dog people. Get your hankies out for this tiny testimony to love and grief. (H/T MJR)
  • What friends are for.

A dog trying on last year’s outfit:


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 11, 2019 7:05 pm

    The “Fifty years” link really brought back memories. Unfortunately I had to keep remembering that’s the year I graduated from college.
    But it was also the year I married, and we’ll celebrate that the end of May.
    The most depressing one was the first. We set foot on the moon 50 years ago, and we haven’t gone anywhere else.

  2. ellendra
    ellendra January 11, 2019 9:07 pm

    Re: Starbucks bathrooms:

    Maybe it’s a regional thing, but it’s rare that I see a restaurant bathroom that DOESN’T have a sharps disposal box on the wall.

    I usually tell myself that it’s there so that diabetic customers (or staff) can dispose of their insulin needles. Yes, it’s probably a lie. But that’s the way I prefer to look at it.

  3. Joel
    Joel January 12, 2019 7:12 am

    “UPDATE: The Rock: ‘Generation Snowflake’ Interview ‘Never Happened’; Outlet Deletes Story”

    Looks like The Rock decided to keep his phony-baloney job.

  4. Murkan Mike
    Murkan Mike January 12, 2019 12:15 pm

    What kind of person doesn’t have a dog in the house? That dog is saying “OK, you took the picture, do I get the hot dog chunk or not?”

  5. Jim B.
    Jim B. January 12, 2019 6:09 pm

    Regarding the “Culture War” on Men and Boys, one result that came into being is the MGTOW and MRA(Men’s Rights Activists) movements. This war has been going on for a long time now, it’s just that men are finally waking up about it and some are doing something.

    Mike said:

    “What kind of person doesn’t have a dog in the house?”

    Some, who may actually be allergic to having one.

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