I can take or leave this review of I Hate My Teenage Daughter, but I found this intro to be awesome: “Parenting” is one of those words, like “veggie,” that worm their way into common parlance on the back of infectious social preoccupations. We are a nation obsessed with how to raise children and how to eat, perhaps because we’ve become so bad at both.

Jeff Toole, Texas A&M’s senior associate athletics director, in an online forum, called the university’s president a ‘putz‘ and a ‘hopelessly underqualified puppet.’ He had forgotten that he had told board members his identity in earlier conversations. The school’s athletics director is allegedly about to be fired. Something tells me Toole is not going to get his boss’ job.

5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation. I was wondering what such a generational broadside was doing on Cracked. But it’s actually a lot more than “Oh, how we’ve spoiled them…”

McDonald’s is brilliant. That is all.

The idiots at Microsoft have decided to do away with the one thing that would have had me purchasing a Windows 8 tablet. Seriously, I was looking at an Android tablet just the other day and saying to myself “No, no, wait for Microsoft’s because it will…” But no, it won’t.

I have only seen two episodes of the revamp of Two and a Half Men, but it doesn’t sound like I am missing much. In fact, it’s become a case-study in why revamps are so hard.

If there is one thing that will make people like Occupy Wall Street More, it’s bringing in a United Nations envoy to lecture America for being so mean to its people. Because Americans love our government(s) being told what to do by the UN.

A teen in Jacksonville missed a flight because of a gun design on her purse. I knew a guy in Deseret who claimed that his parole was revoked for a week because he wore a shirt with a gun design on it. Oddly enough, I believed him (if he were looking to lie, he could have said he failed a drug test because we both knew he continued to smoke pot).

You can now get paid for donating bone marrow. I understand all of the ideological arguments against paying for donors, but I’m just not sold on them.

Save our salt! The FDA lacks a solid scientific foundation to reduce salt intake, but they don’t seem to care. Canada, as ever, is more sensible on the subject.


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7 Responses to Linkluster: Bones in the Axial Skeleton

  1. Samson J. says:

    Jeff Toole, Texas A&M’s senior associate athletics director, in an online forum, called the university’s president a ‘putz‘ and a ‘hopelessly underqualified puppet.’ He had forgotten that he had told board members his identity in earlier conversations.

    Needless to say, this will keep happening to people who aren’t careful.

    5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation. I was wondering what such a generational broadside was doing on Cracked. But it’s actually a lot more than “Oh, how we’ve spoiled them…”

    Yeah, that was a really good article!

    Canada, as ever, is more sensible on the subject.

    “As ever”? We don’t pay bone marrow donors (or plasma donors). We do a lot of things right, but don’t over-idealize us.

  2. trumwill says:

    Needless to say, this will keep happening to people who aren’t careful.

    It’s a rather tough line to walk, sometimes. There are times when I want to use biographical aspects to make a point or provide an example, and it’s extremely tempting to reveal biographical tidbits that would allow people to discover this site (a former boss did!). This is actually one of those areas where creating a fictitious persona has helped. It creates a brighter dividing line between my real biography and my biography on here, however similar they are.

    Yeah, that was a really good article!

    I was pleasantly surprised. I think of all the countercounterarguments the OWS types are making about student loans, “we were only doing what we were told to do” is by far the strongest. “Therefore the government should nullify all our debts” being the weakest.

    “As ever”? We don’t pay bone marrow donors (or plasma donors). We do a lot of things right, but don’t over-idealize us.

    I think this might get its own post. It was partly tongue and cheek. And more a reference to temperament than actual policy. The sorts of things that have us crying FASCISM! or ENEMY OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH! seem to get passed, or not passed, up there according to the perception of the people’s needs. So even something I find outrageous (such as free speech laws) has a certain sensibility to it.

  3. Samson J. says:

    seem to get passed, or not passed, up there according to the perception of the people’s needs.

    Well, it sounds like you mean this in a positive way, but just bear in mind that it isn’t always. Sometimes I would rather have an absolute, inviolable principle enshrined in law (see: the Bill of Rights).

  4. trumwill says:

    Oh, I understand that it’s not all positive. I think the… excitable (ornery?)… nature of Americans has its own benefits. It probably is in the case that since America is going through a particularly ornery phase that I look upon the Canadians more favorably. But it’s like comparing personality traits between people. How these things manifest themselves is more important than than the underlying traits themselves. And it’s a mixed bag, in both cases.

  5. Samson J. says:

    I will say that Canadian politics is far more complex, interesting and hard-to-explain-to-outsiders than it seems.

  6. Scarlet Knight says:

    Because Americans love our government(s) being told what to do by the UN.

    Let’s be fair. The UN is on the money in this regard. But, dag nabbit, real ‘Merkins won’t let some dirty foreigners tell us what to do…

  7. trumwill says:

    But, dag nabbit, real ‘Merkins won’t let some dirty foreigners tell us what to do…

    That generally doesn’t go over well, no, regardless of the merits of the criticism. And, I think, particularly as it relates to the United Nations as an organization.

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