‘Greek’ death to die

‘Greek’ death

At Swarthmore College, so-called “Greek Life,” the extension of high school level demands for conformity and misogyny,[1] celebrated with drunkenness and violence, including manslaughter and rape, will come to an end.[2] Good riddance.

Zipporah Osei, “After Protests, Swarthmore Will End All Greek Life on Campus,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Protests-Swarthmore/246279


China

Yet again, the self-proclaimed master negotiator (“trade wars are easy to win”) demonstrates his incompetence. But the Chinese haven’t been doing much better.[3]

Thomas Heath, “U.S. stocks suffer big across-the-board losses as trade war escalates,” Washington Post, May 13, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/05/13/dow-plunges-points-market-open-investors-fear-escalating-trade-war-threatens-economy/

Joe McDonald, “China announces tariff hikes on $60 billion in US goods in retaliation for Trump penalties,” Boston Globe, May 13, 2019, https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2019/05/13/companies-bracing-for-china-retaliation-tariffs-dispute/uNsoHVoEHyqa2FHtNpVxHI/story.html

Akane Otani, “Stocks Post Their Worst Day in Months on Trade Anxiety,” Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-stocks-stumble-on-renewed-trade-anxiety-11557734434

Lingling Wei et al., “Frustration, Miscalculation: Inside the U.S.-China Trade Impasse,” Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/frustration-miscalculation-inside-the-u-s-china-trade-impasse-11557692301


Russia

James Marson and Thomas Grove, “Moscow’s reputation for subterfuge surfaces in waters off Norway,” Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-that-whale-a-russian-agent-the-beluga-wont-tell-11557576036


Julian Assange

Dominic Chopping and Jason Douglas, “Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Rape Investigation,” Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sweden-reopens-julian-assange-rape-investigation-11557739279


Ritual

Terry Bookman, “Reveal Parties: What Do They Really Reveal?” Tikkun, May 10, 2019, https://www.tikkun.org/reveal-parties-what-do-they-really-reveal


Pittsburgh

Clairton turns out not to be very far from where I live—I drove through it a couple times yesterday. It was a rainy day, so the smell of sulfur dioxide wasn’t strong, but it was present.

Jessi Quinn Alperin, “Clairton, PA, wants to be clear: Residents demand accountability from U.S. Steel,” Environmental Health News, May 13, 2019, https://www.ehn.org/clairton-coke-works-air-pollution-2636784943.html


Binyamin Netanyahu

Donald Trump is surely jealous.

Raoul Wootliff, “Netanyahu said to plan bill to override High Court, safeguard his immunity,” Times of Israel, May 13, 2019, https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-said-to-plan-bill-to-override-high-court-safeguard-his-immunity/


  1. [1]C. J. Pascoe, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (Berkeley: University of California, 2007).
  2. [2]Zipporah Osei, “After Protests, Swarthmore Will End All Greek Life on Campus,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/article/After-Protests-Swarthmore/246279
  3. [3]Lingling Wei et al., “Frustration, Miscalculation: Inside the U.S.-China Trade Impasse,” Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/frustration-miscalculation-inside-the-u-s-china-trade-impasse-11557692301

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