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July 01, 2015

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Ed Snack

That first thread, David, you should add trigger (or is that now "content") warnings such as beware of the Minnow. The thread reminded me of someone trying to nail jelly to the ceiling...

jones

"I’ve hidden free puppies in the greatest hits."

If I know your type they were sired in an evil puppy-factory farm...

C'mon David, admit you've been sussed......

If they weren't I offer a pre-emptive and unreserved apology and promise to remove my own spawn from his private school and have him immediately inducted into the nearest inner city comp...

Can't say fairer than that now can I?

After all, why shouldn't he suffer for offence taken elsewhere? Ooh, I'm sure I've inadvertently made a social observation there....Hmm.


P.S. I'm just asking but can I have a state tax-credit or similar for not costing the state to educate my own in my own way?....

Guess not. Ah well.

Hal

I’ve hidden free puppies in the greatest hits.

Oh, fine, just hand me a straight line.

Bring me kittens. If need be and what I can see as doable once I get back to a larger domicile, I've even had kittens turn up with their own all inclusive operations manual.

David

The thread reminded me of someone trying to nail jelly to the ceiling...

Yes, it’s difficult to have a realistic debate with someone who begs questions at a rate of knots, who conflates things opportunistically, and whose every other statement is made in bad faith. Still, the patterns of that dance are quite revealing. For instance, the insinuation that any employer who regards conspicuous self-inflicted disfigurement as less than ideal in a job candidate would also be unwilling to employ women and gay men, and of course brown people. The rush to insinuate racism, based on bugger all, is always endearing.

Though I do like the bit where commenters start suggesting everyday objects that might fit through Mr Clark’s enormous piercings.

David

Incidentally, if strange rhetorical dances are anyone’s thing, it may be worth revisiting the various exchanges with Sandwichman on the Comedy Economics thread, starting here. While reading them, it’s worth bearing in mind that Sandwichman – who denounced our false consciousness and got quite angry and florid when his numerous errors and conceits were pointed out to him – is actually Dr Tom Walker, an educator in Vancouver who “teaches Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University.” He is, apparently, an expert in “the history of economic thought.”

And so, over the years, this statusful educator will have taught thousands of impressionable teenagers - in an environment where credulity and deference, rather than rebuttal and ridicule, is much more likely.

David

And in the Scenes of Extended Fretting thread, I’d forgotten our discussion about The Good Life and the bizarre interpretations of some leftist commenters. That’s quite interesting too, if the politics of 1970s TV comedies is your bag.

Dr Cromarty

SFU is a great place to learn if you're doing STEM related subject, anything else, not so much. If you're serious about learning humanities then UBC. But like all N American Unis even that's a bit rinky-dink.

wtp

He is, apparently, an expert in “the history of economic thought.”

And so, over the years, this statusful educator will have taught thousands of impressionable teenagers - in an environment where credulity and deference, rather than rebuttal and ridicule, is much more likely.

This is the problem. We need to stop supporting these clowns with our tax dollars or at some point the number of the ill informed will hit critical mass. Sure, some of these teenagers will wise up as they grow up but so long as they have the ability to vote and, as they always will by the very nature of youth, have a disproportionate gravitational pull on the general culture, things will continue to snowball.

David

or at some point the number of the ill informed will hit critical mass.

As I said when I realised who he is, Dr Walker’s contribution wasn’t the greatest advert for Simon Fraser University, or “Labour Studies” departments, or academia in general. Given his evident annoyance at being corrected on points of fact and logic, and given his apparent difficulties with simple reading comprehension, you have to wonder what his classroom environment is like. Just how much browbeating and question-begging takes place there? And what if a student is as sceptical as we were, and us unwilling to tolerate third-rate Marxist flim-flam?

Still, it was quite funny at the time. After flattering himself relentlessly and lying through his teeth, and after calling the rest of us “drones” who should “open their eyes” and “fight the system,” he ended up spitting personal abuse – telling a female commenter to “Grow a brain, sweetheart” - before storming off, having deemed us unworthy. If this blog had a door he’d have slammed it.

wtp

you have to wonder what his classroom environment is like.

In college I had a statistics professor who did not understand the Monty Hall problem. By that point, I'm ashamed to admit, I had been sufficiently cowed by both religious educators and the leftists ones (not to mention a perfect storm of the intersections of "knowledge" from both) to not bother to argue with them or ask too many questions. What I recall at the time were several other students arguing with him about this. It took me a few years to realize that what this professor had beat into my head about luck having no memory was flat out wrong. I discovered this while reading a book by Dr. Marilyn vos Savant where she presented a simple experiment to run. From just reading the experiment, it was obvious where the flaw in my professor's logic lay. To my surprise and moderate horror, on the following pages among the numerous letters she had received on the subject telling her how wrong she was, was my a letter from very own college prof. And he was not being kind. And this was math. Something with an objective, simple, provable experiment to refute it. With more subjective matters, of what use is the education. This is why I firmly believe that no one should be teaching at a university until they have worked in a real job, one with real, objective responsibilities, for at least 20 years.

I often reflect on this memory in a Murray Gell-Mann Effect sort of perspective when I encounter such academics. And such happens thousands of times a day in front of hundreds of thousands of students across western civilization. My math may be off, but not by much.

Spiny Norman

If this blog had a door he’d have slammed it.

Heh. This seems to be a common reaction when the SJW types attempt to "educate" our generous host and us regular commenters.

ac1

I found this handy for a Monty Hall Explanation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u6kFlWZOWg

Rob

Seven unsuccessful job applications, eh? Must be bigotry.

I remember many more than seven as a young foolish graduate, yet without gargantuan holes in my ears. You see, graduates have no experience, are often inarticulate, obviously naive about interviews and unless they have special influence (mother is a Guardian employee, for example) have a similar chance to a spermatoa in many job applications.

But the young have been convinced by their 'betters' that any reverse they suffer, if they are sufficiently qualified to victim status, is always down to a conspiracy of bigots.

Watcher In The Dark

Here's your problem Mr Clark. It is called grabbing. You see, some people wear 'ties' that are purely decorative (such as the police) which aren't really ties. Grab one on an officer of the law and it comes off in your hand, which is shortly followed by being arrested for assault.

Get it my friend? Someone grabs your grotesquely extended earlobes and boy, do your eyes water (unless of course these things come off in their hand too... yuk!). Also, being able to see through parts of your anatomy is distinctly unnerving.

Someone called all those tattooed, pierced and flesh-holed people the 'broken generation' and I am inclined to agree.

Jason

Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to-and-fro, can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow? Can you toss them over your shoulder like a Continental Soldier, do your ears, hang, looooooooow?

mojo

Search on "puppies" returns null set. Liar.

Caroline

Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to-and-fro, can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow? Can you toss them over your shoulder like a Continental Soldier, do your ears, hang, looooooooow?

As well as having a flashback to primary school, I'm going to be humming that for the rest of the day. Damn it.

WTP

Ok, again I gotta be an ass, but I just don't get it. This Lord Nash character, from what I could find on Wkik, is a Conservative. He's rummaging through children's lunch boxes and confiscating their food. And a Labour guy is the one saying this is wrong. I'm so confused...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3145629/Teachers-confiscate-unhealthy-food-Government-issues-rules-carry-lunchbox-inspections.html

Galah23

Sandwichman seemed to think that quantity of verbiage equated to intellectual superiority. But in the end, brevity is the soul of wit.

David

He’s rummaging through children’s lunch boxes and confiscating their food.

Yes, ours is now a nation in which the term “lunchbox searches” is used unironically. And you can imagine the kinds of personalities attracted to such a task, who’ll perform it enthusiastically, and who’ll be willing to excuse it as an act of compassion.

Watcher In The Dark

When I taught, the 'students' didn't have lunch boxes to rummage through. They existed on cans of coca-cola though occasionally you would see, purely for the variety or to rebel against the trend, one would have a Dr Pepper.

Ah, life was so much simpler five years ago.

J

I don't think I've ever spent two hours (happily) reading one blog before. Consider your tip jar hit, sir.

David

Consider your tip jar hit, sir.

Thank you.

Wait. Only two hours?

David

When I taught, the ‘students’ didn't have lunch boxes to rummage through.

What puzzles me is the apparent willingness of many parents to comply with such intrusion. And the apparent acceptance of the notion that it’s somehow the business of school teachers, as agents of the state, to poke through children’s packed lunches, checking that they, the parents, haven’t tried to sneak in some unauthorised snack.

You’d think it would be seen as insulting, which of course it is.

Hal

And then there are trigger warnings, such as . . .

http://www.arcamax.com/newspics/122/12248/1224838.gif

Myself, I've always been opposed to the absolutely unfair and unjustifiable accusations made regarding perfectly innocent people who just happen to be near or even holding firearms when they go off . . .

AC1

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HATE_CRIME_UTAH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-06-30-21-36-15

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/06/30/suspect-arrested-after-racist-message-discovered-outside-church/

AC1

cough spam

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