All children have a right to autonomy.

Happiness is Here discusses what it means to grant children autonomy- in clothing, body modification, food, sleep, hygiene, affection, time, property, trust, language, support, and modeling.

I think the main reason people are so vehemently opposed to extending the right of autonomy to children is that they just cannot imagine how it would work, or what it would look like. Very few people have seen examples of this and were themselves strictly controlled as children. Not to mention the warnings about ‘kids these days’ not being controlled enough and turning into terrible monsters who eat chocolate all day, cut up all the furniture, and are probably plotting to take over the world.

Let’s all calm down a minute.

In our house and the houses of many of the other families I know, children have freedom and autonomy. They choose what to do and when, as long as it doesn’t infringe on another person’s rights, and our homes have not descended into chaos. In fact, the children are kind, respectful, helpful, generous, capable, motivated, and awesome company…

This is our normal, and it’s actually really simple. It just means treating children like human beings, with as many rights as everyone else in the house. I’d love to shed some light on what autonomy looks like in everyday life, in the hopes that people will see that it’s not actually complicated, it’s not risky, and it is achievable.

Wondermark on: hypotheticals, disagreement, personal responsibility

From Wondermark (1, 2, 3)


Review of Stephan Molyneux’s “The Art of the Argument.”

Alexander Douglas posted a review of The Art of the Argument, by Stephan Molyneux. It’s not pretty, but neither is Molyneux’s bombastic rhetoric.

The Argument won’t, of course, convince anyone to come around to Molyneux’s repulsive views. But I think its purpose is therapeutic rather than persuasive. The strategy is:

1. Give the reader incredibly basic bits of informal logic, maximally dumbed-down, but presented as though they’re some kind of advanced science. If the reader is inclined towards egotism, he (yes, he) will conclude that he is having an easy time understanding them because he is so brilliant. This will feed his already blossoming suspicion that he has some astonishing power of intellectual intuition. 90% of people can’t get this right!!

2. Next, present him with political opinions that accord with his own biases. He will ‘see’ that these are true and rational and supported by The Argument.

3. As to why everyone else doesn’t agree with these views, now the reader has an explanation. He is blessed with extraordinary intellectual powers of which others are deprived. He sees further than others, because he is a giant. The disagreement has nothing to do with the fact that his views are, in fact, born out of mere arrogant resentment and have no empirical or rational support at all. Perish the thought that he is the one who bases his views on ‘emotion’ rather than reason — namely the frustration he feels towards a world that ranks him from average to below-average on every relevant scale, when deep down he knows — he knows—that he is a prodigy of nature and we’re all hiding behind PC culture to avoid recognising this.

The newsletter by cops for cops

From Something Awful: THE BEAT SHEET – The ONLY Newsletter FOR COPS BY COPS

Once again we must tell our fellow boys in blue to be wary of SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. Officer STEVE STAPLETON was found to be posting several HILARIOUS CHIMP IMAGES to Black Lives Matter Face Book “groups.” While we certainly had fun printing these out and pinning them up around the office, the general public does not understand “COP HUMOR” and instead chooses to become offended. Please keep in mind you represent our entire police force with your ONLINE BRAND, so remember to add a “minion” character to any potentially offense statement before posting. And please look forward to Officer STEVE STAPLETON’S account of touring the apple farms of the midwest during his PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

Andrea Dworkin speaks in Montreal after incel/ MRA Marc Lepine kills 14 women | Polytechnique

Existential Comics on: causality, mad ma(r)x, anti-intellectual scientism.

From Existential Comics (1, 2, 3)

Half of all US food produce is thrown away

From The Guardian.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection.

“It’s all about blemish-free produce,” says Jay Johnson, who ships fresh fruit and vegetables from North Carolina and central Florida. “What happens in our business today is that it is either perfect, or it gets rejected. It is perfect to them, or they turn it down. And then you are stuck.”…

“I would say at times there is 25% of the crop that is just thrown away or fed to cattle,” said Wayde Kirschenman, whose family has been growing potatoes and other vegetables near Bakersfield, California, since the 1930s. “Sometimes it can be worse.”