Category: russian anti-gay laws

Is Perfect English Discriminatory? Bob Costas & Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Is Perfect English Discriminatory?

I often argue with Tony about how I prefer common usage, as language evolves, as opposed to what’s considered “perfect” grammar. And if someone says “I feel badly,” instead of “I feel bad,” I don’t mind at all but he often cringes. That’s just a very basic example of how language evolves and it goes much deeper than this. The fact is that certain things that would not have been acceptable fifty years ago are now things we don’t think twice about…pardon that pun…and many of us don’t even know it. At one time it would have been blasphemous to end a sentence with a preposition and I doubt most people these days even know that…and rightly so.

In any event, this article is one of the best I’ve read so far on the topic of how to speak English. It even gets into whether or not we’re discriminating at times with regard to common usage.

That few people have heard of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, or know about language evolution, children’s language acquisition or the current process of language extinction, seems to me to be a crying shame. But the insights of linguistics are of social and political as well as intellectual importance.

The modern study of language has shown that all native speakers are experts in their language. Almost all judgments about someone’s language – the laziness of a glottal stop, the slowness of rural speech, the supposed ugliness of a particular urban accent – have no linguistic justification and reflect only the prejudice of the judger. However, very few people are aware of these basic findings.

You can read more here. It’s absolutely fascinating. The next time I hear something that doesn’t sound perfect I won’t be so quick to judge.

Bob Costas & Russian Anti-Gay Laws

When I post and link to articles this way I’m always trying to condense things for readers who don’t have the time to follow everything that’s happening, and also talk about things the mainstream media often ignores. In this particular case, with regard to Gays, Anti-Gay Russian Laws, and the Winter Olympics I have yet to hear anything on local or national news on television. I don’t expect it either. This evening a local newscaster reported a story about a new hospice center opening in the Philadelphia area and she smiled so much and spoke with such a jovial tone you would have thought she was talking about a new exhibit at Disney World. Evidently, she’s never had to deal with hospice, or what happens in hospice centers. And with this small blog I try to put “things” out there people normally wouldn’t hear from the buffoons who work in broadcast TV, and get paid millions of dollar to blow smoke up everyone’s butt.

In any event, this article talks about Bob Costas and how he stated he’s not going to comment on Russia’s anti-gay laws, but would rather interview Vladimir Putin instead. I think he has about as much a chance of doing this as E.L. James has of winning the Pulitzer Prize. But what do I know?

The sportscaster’s comment did not go unnoticed. Many felt that in saying this Costas wanted to avoid the topic altogether.

But he’s claiming that’s not so:

“If Putin doesn’t drag his butt into the studio, then we’ll talk about it without him,” Costas said during an Olympics press preview. “But if he shows up, we’d rather talk to him. Wouldn’t you rather hear it from the horse’s mouth? I would. That’s what I was trying to say.”

Personally, even if he does get the interview with Putin I’ll never know. I’m still for a full boycott based on the anti-gay laws in Russia and I won’t be watching or supporting anything Olympic oriented this year. If this had been any other minority in the US and Russia had laws against them we wouldn’t even consider going there this year.

My prediction is that Costas and NBC and everyone else pushing for the Olympics will get by unscathed and after the Olympics are over Putin will do whatever he wants with gays. And so will other Russian figures who hate gays. I just hope six million people don’t have to die again at the hands of a maniac before someone starts taking this seriously.

Testical-eating Fish; Gay Russian Flees to Canada: Win FREE Stuff At AllRomance

Testicle-eating Fish

You can’t make these things up, not even if you try.

A fish called the pacu has been making headlines recently because of warnings to fishermen from Danish fish experts that the toothy swimmer is known for biting off testicles, causing men everywhere to cringe in horror and vow never to go swimming ever again.

I can think of a few publishing/romance blogs that would make this fish their mascot.

However, it’s all a hype after looking into it more museum experts claim the piece was meant to be tongue-in-cheek…pardon the cliche.

Gay Russian Flees to Canada

Here’s a compelling story, that I think might be a sign of the times and will portend the future of many LGBT Russians if something isn’t done with the new anti-gay laws they’ve passed.

A gay man from Russia is now living in Vancouver in a homeless shelter, seeking safety from the things that have been happening to gays in Russia. And from the way this article reads, I don’t think we’re getting the entire story of how the hetero community in Russia is reacting to the anti-gay laws.

“I feel that I’m protected. I feel that I can be myself. I don’t have be worried about violence,” Zhuravlev told CBC News.

“It is considered an honour for a Russian to harm or even kill a gay person. They will be honoured by society and tell everyone, ‘I killed a gay person.’ Everyone basically will be proud of that.”

This part surprises me a little about the upcoming Olympics:

In recent weeks, questions have been raised about how best to keep athletes and fans who support gay rights safe at the Sochi Olympics this winter. Some have called for a boycott of the Games to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws, while others have suggested the Olympics be moved to Vancouver.

The thing I don’t get is why anyone would go to, or support, a country that treats any group of people this way. And I think if you’re willing to actually go to Russia under these circumstances, you’re on your own.

As a side note, a friend from posted a note on facebook earlier today supporting Russian LGBT authors. And asking us to treat these authors with respect. I completely agree with that. The last thing the LGBT people in Russia need is criticism from others.

Win FREE Stuff at Allromance

They are having an event over at ARe this month, that’s a “Shifter Challenge.” I’m not actually sure if this is for readers or authors, because the prizes are listed as “Author Prize.” But maybe that means the author is giving the prize? In any event, it’s worth checking if you’re into that sort of thing.

Here is a list of excellent prizes. They look very appealing, and I wish I were a bigger shifter fan:

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  • One random voter will receive a $25.00 gift certificate at the end of each of the 5 Rounds.
  • We talk a lot about supporting brick and mortar bookstores, even though many think they are doomed. But we rarely ever talk about excellent web sites and online businesses like that are competing with giants like Amazon all the time. It’s nice to support the little guys, too. I’ve always had an excellent shopping experience at ARe.