Monday, July 25, 2011

Bruce Bawer notes that his work ("While Europe Slept") is mentioned many times in Brevik's "manifesto"

Author:  Bruce Bawer.
Title: "While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within".
Publication: New York: Doubleday, 2006. ISBN 0-385-51472-7.  244 pages, hardcover, indexed, Amazon link

I reviewed this book on my “” book section back in 2006. Mr. Bawer is well known as a “gay conservative” and for his book “A Place at the Table”.

In this book, as I noted, Mr. Bawer discussed Western naivete about the social values of much of the Islamic world, especially as it impacts Europe.  This is particularly focused on concern over increasing Muslim population in much of Europe with its higher birthrates, with lack of fertility and replacement among European “Christian” (and Jewish) populations, a development which could eventually undermine democratic  values in Europe. Philip Longman and others have written about this.

It is also focused on the ability of westerners to understand Islamic psychological values, which seem more collectivist or tribalist, and which view allowing dissent as an assault on honor.  In some ways, though, radical Islam is not so different from some forms of extremist or White-supremacist “Christian fundamentalism” in the U.S.

Bawer, in fact, noted that he happened to be in Norway on 9/11, and has lived in Amsterdam and watched dangerous trends in Dutch society.

Today, Bawer wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and noted, with dismay, that Anders Breivik (whose now notorious 1500-page “manifesto” is called “2083: A European Declaration of Independence”) had studied and “admired” Bawer’s “While Europe Slept” and noted that Bawer could not be a “cultural conservative”.  Bawer notes that his name is mentioned many times (at least 20) in the “manifesto”.
Bawer makes many other observations today about Europe’s troubles, noticing that “Muslim gay-bashing is driving gays out of Amsterdam.”

The link for the Bawer piece is here. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Georgia State University involved in copyright litigation as it builds an e-library for students

Here is a curious story about litigation between the  Association of Academic Publishers and its litigation against Georgia State University for setting up an “e-reserve” for students, a piece by Tom Allen, link here

He does make some interesting points about Fair Use and the apparent ease and low expense of a university’s obtaining permissions from Academic publications through normal channels. 

Katie Keane of Trylon Strategic Media Relations (link) brought this paper to my attention. 

The GSU e-reserve may have been part of a strategy to deal with escalating textbook costs for students.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

"Rainbow Rumpus" offers 3 children's downloads; families headed by LGBT people

A site called “Rainbow Rumpus” offers a few children’s books about the dynamics of families headed by same-sex couples and other general kids' issues.

Baby Maria” by Mark Huber, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic.  A child anticipates his mother’s going to Guatemala to pick up a baby sister. Even in this short piece, the idea that parents shape their kids’ own interpersonal loyalties through family comes through clearly.

In “Same, Same” by Amy E. Brandt, the idea of peer rivalry comes into play. What happens when one kid can’t do what his friend can? I have seen criticisms of my own “performance” as a kid in the area of independence from others in my own grade school report cards.  They are a bit of a personal mystery.

The Boy Who Captured the Moon”, by Pratt Ligman, same illustrator, presents a challenge to imagination. A boy imagines he can bring the Moon down to Earth with a lariat, or rope (vocabulary lesson).  You could say the story is a bit of a metaphor to how we learn modern physics.

Each booklet is 32 pages and downloadable now as a separate PDF.

The link is here.