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February 01, 2017

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Hopp Singg

"Directors of diversity?"

Nope, can't top that.

David

Christina Nelson, lover of dialogue.

Ms Nelson’s listed skills include “public relations.”

abacab

Well, ideological diversity was never on the cards anyway...

David

Presumably inspired by the great “social justice” maxim of “I don’t like, so you can’t have.”

Hopp Singg

And its corollary, "I don't have, so you can't like."

Fred the Fourth

Hopp Singg,
This is slightly off topic, but speaking of directors...
At Kirtland Air Force Base, the US Air force has a group developing directed-energy weapons, e.g. lasers.
In the conventional USAF way, this group is organized as a "directorate".
( http://www.kirtland.af.mil/Units/AFRL-Directed-Energy-Directorate )
It therefore has a Director.
Thus my personal ultimate job-title-improvement goal:
to become the Director of the Directed Energy Directorate.
I promise never to use that office to, ahem, affect any other random Directors who may be lying around.
(Although, as xkcd points out in https://what-if.xkcd.com/117/ , there is a candidate for a better job title: Planetary Protection Officer.)

Hopp Singg

But soon there'd be a "Director of the Directed Energy Directorate" Studies program that would only criticize your shirt....

Hopp Singg

Btw .., and I'm heading for bed, will see your reply in the morn ... did you write the post title, David, before or after you viewed Chrissy Nelson's "listed skills?"

MC

programme assistant at the Centre for Gender and Sexualities Studies.... one of the directors of diversity on campus

Two jobs and indeed two whole departments that need not exist right there.

David

Not entirely unrelated. The thread may entertain.

Horace Dunn

OT (though by no means entirely), but if anyone needs cheering up after all this spite and madness, this interview with Eastwood pere et fils is very touching. http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a46893/double-trouble-clint-and-scott-eastwood/

David

Esquire: Collecting wives is an expensive hobby.

Clint Eastwood: Yeah, cut out the middleman. Just find somebody you hate and buy ‘em a house.

Jonathan

Christina Nelson, lover of dialogue.

More like lover of doughnuts, amirite?

I'll get my coat.

Craig

Looks like old "Chrissy" might take up several seats, she is built to block chairs.

Anthony

@Craig

Indeed, "colossal" being very apt.

R. Sherman

Chrissy Nelson, the programme assistant at the Centre for Gender and Sexualities Studies...

From her photo, I surmise she's in charge of the involuntary celibacy curriculum.

David

Before devoting her energies to sabotaging other people’s evenings, Ms Nelson majored in “sociology and social justice.”

But of course.

John D

Presumably inspired by the great “social justice” maxim of “I don’t like, so you can’t have.”

Sounds like an admission she'd lose a debate with him.

David

Sounds like an admission she’d lose a debate with him.

Yes, pretty much. At his lectures, Mr Shapiro makes a point of encouraging debate. Roughly half of the available time is devoted to answering questions, often at length, and often from students who disagree. It’s hard to see how much more he could do to accommodate dissent and the testing of assumptions.

But evidently, for some, that simply won’t do.

David

For more on the remarkably vigorous efforts to stop students hearing Shapiro, see here.

Crawford

Ever wanted to know how to become an intersectional feminist? Well, now you can in 11 easy lessons a la https://crossknit.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/so-you-wanna-be-an-intersectional-feminist/

But wait, there's more: https://crossknit.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/so-you-think-you-know-a-thing-feministing-201/

David

Note the unspoken but blatant disdain for any students who might wish to hear Shapiro speak and ask him questions, or who might want to challenge him on some point. Ms Nelson is quite happy to deny all of those students that chance, by overriding their preferences in a spiteful, underhand manner and imposing her own, selfish will. It’s the antithesis of what a university is supposed to be about, and yet it’s an attitude that’s increasingly come to define what that institution now is.

Evergreen.

Jen

Remember, this isn’t the plotting of a moody and vindictive teenager. It’s a supposedly adult member of staff.

They don't want to grow up, do they?

Vonvervengarten

What would happen if she decided you shouldn't have your eclair? Thinking the staff lunchroom has lots of empty chairs too.

David

They don’t want to grow up, do they?

There is an air of delinquency. I suppose it may in part be a result of spending so much time surrounded by teenagers and taking their dramas terribly seriously. And being surrounded by other arrested adolescents, who, like Ms Nelson, went from being a student of a joke subject to an employee of a joke department at the same university. Also, the personalities attracted to spending lots of time and money studying “social justice” may tend to be of a certain type.

Burnsie

It must be nice living in a world where even your most boorish behavior can be justified because, you know, you're all about justice.

And then to be paid handsomely for it, too. No wonder it's a growth industry.

Rafi

“This is what I will be advising students to do,” she adds. “Take a seat away from a student that would be interested in going.”

Setting a great example for the kids there.

William

If the link is her LinkedIn page she has spent her entire academic life at one university not a recipe for good broad based professional development.

David

Setting a great example for the kids there.

Quite.

Stuck-Record

Crawford 12.09.

OMG. I read the article at that link. Everyone should read it to know what you are up against. For those who think it (and the Whack-a-do comments) are TL;DR, I can summarise it thus:

'Shut up and do as you are told'.

There, that's nice and simple. When a person higher on the victimhood totem speaks then just, 'Shut up and do as you are told'.

David

Setting a great example for the kids there.

Note too that Ms Nelson and an unnamed member of “diversity” staff are wary of Shapiro using any physical disruption on their part to illustrate the censoriousness of the left – a common theme of his lectures - and so they decide to resort to covert censoriousness. Which doesn’t count, apparently.

More here.

Joan

and so they decide to resort to covert censoriousness. Which doesn’t count, apparently.

It's not covert now. :-)

Jacob

and so they decide to resort to covert censoriousness. Which doesn’t count, apparently.

They want to shut down free speech without being *seen* to shut down free speech.

#Bravery

Sort-of-Mad Max

She looks like the type that eats Cheez Whiz right out of the can.

Usually Wisconsin beefers like Chrissy are pretty friendly and upbeat, but I guess the shaved side-wall hair-do is nature's way of telling you "Don't reach across the nacho plate if Chrissy's at the table, you'll lose an arm."

brinster

Soooo, I've discovered I'm racist because of my race. To which I say, so what?

Y. Knott

They want to shut down free speech without being *seen* to shut down free speech.

Correction: they WANT to be seen shutting down free speech. Because it's WROOOOONG!!!

Lionel Ebb

I think Chrissy might be behind this feminist conspiracy to geld Doctor Who. Or at least make him wear a sparkly cocktail dress and an unconvincing beehive hairpiece... http://bit.ly/2kQGqJk ...while singing 'I will survive' and a spirited medley from Cabaret.

barn E. rubble

RE: . . . "and received a suggestion to reserve a seat as a student . . ."

And no one suggested the need to reserve 2 seats as a big-boned intellectual?

Yes, keep in mind the children are our future . . . sigh . . .

Barney Rebel

Is stupidity a job requirement for a university administrator?

Sporkatus

who, like Ms Nelson, went from being a student of a joke subject to an employee of a joke department

It is worth noting that, as such jobs are limited, competition is fierce. Also, clearly defined qualifications are difficult to assess. The winner, then, will be either the most unscrupulous and amoral in competing/will to power, the most nepotistically connected, or (by definition) the individual who is the biggest joke.

None of which seem very healthy.

Allan L.

Well, I hope this happens and dozens of seats are empty. When Milo gets word of this, and if seats are empty, I'm pretty sure he will just go outside and ask any of his supporters that if they want to come in and get seated they are welcome.

Daniel Ream

It is worth noting that, as such jobs are limited, competition is fierce.

Not in my experience. The position is usually either created ex nihilo for a specific person, or else granted to a pre-selected protege of an existing administrator or professor. Competition? These snowflakes (literally) don't know the meaning of the word.

Sporkatus

Probably should have said there's a large pool, rather. Which avails to a different sort of competition - the one in class to become teacher's pet, to most perfectly innovate on nonsense while parroting and thus lay the grounds for the nepotism to follow.

Criticas

Director of Diversity? It sounds like "directing" has become a euphemism for "dictating".

Lancastrian Oik

On a similar note:

"My job is to shut other white people down".

Jonathan

@Lancastrian Oik

My job is to shut other white people down.

It's extraordinary just how explicitly anti-white the Democrats have become over the last 20 years. They seem not to realise that 'minorities' are called that for a reason.

Grandma

She'd need to book two seats.

Mags

I come for the titles. :-)

Fun and games

Ideal solution - the organizers (knowing the tactic they are up against) should offer stand-by seats in the event of a "sell-out" and advise any no shows by the start of the event will have their seats immediately re-sold.

TimT

Yes, hopefully there's a commercial way of anticipating this tactic, so if there are no shows the event convenors would make more money than they otherwise would. Lefties loss is capitalism's gain!

Allyn Ford

"Ms Nelson’s listed skills include ''public relations.'"

Also, unhealthy overeating!

champ

"It must be nice living in a world where even your most boorish behavior can be justified because, you know, you're all about justice."

And to think, that this is what the Western world has devolved to....

Dale King

Chrissy Nelson. W O F T A M
As an "intellectual", person, and educator.
Oh. In case no one understands W O F T A M stands for
Waste Of F******g Time, And Money.
Now I most likely will be sued for "bullying" a women, or some other
P C Claptrap.

Tony

Christina needs to switch to lite dialogue.

Squires

Back up a minute here and let us go over this again. These are her listed "skills", and what they really mean:

Research = internet
Social Media = internet
PowerPoint = PC user
Microsoft Excel = PC user
Microsoft Word = PC user
Event Planning = can use a phone
Customer Service = can use a phone
Public Relations = bullshitting
Editing = not illiterate
Social Networking = internet
Facebook = internet bullshitting
Teaching = captive bullshitting
Volunteer Management = mob bullshitting
SPSS = bullshitting with numbers
Program Development = formal bullshitting
Outlook = PC user
Public Speaking = public bullshitting
Microsoft Office = PC user
Community Outreach = door-to-door bullshitting
Time Management = racist (lest we forget)
Leadership = team bullshitting
Fundraising = can count other people's money
Teamwork = mob participation
Critical Thinking = in denial

So she's an adaptive, non-illiterate bullshitter in denial who knows how to use a PC and the internet and a phone, and who can count other people's money and work as part of a mob.

Shaving off the stuff most anyone of a sound mind can do, we're only left with:

Bullshitter in denial willing to work as part of a mob.

For modern academia, she's perfect.

dicentra

In other news, the denizens of Berkeley are burning down their own town to protest Milo, whose event was canceled because of the "antifa" violence.

No, really. As in "people getting beaten to a pulp" violence.

Fred the Fourth

dicentra,
I was vastly amused this evening to hear coverage of the Cal Sproul Plaza riot on one radio channel, all the while the local NPR affiliates (in Berkeley and SF) were blithely fundraising while not mentioning anything disturbing.
Amused, and not surprised at all.

Hal

the denizens of Berkeley . . .

Nah.

A group of masked protesters, not affiliated with UC Berkeley . . . . aka the usual loons, whomever in particular, definitely the Children Of Trump(tm) there . . . . . . The rather telling bit is that all of the location reports are within four blocks west and south of campus---and that's it. I'm a mile away, and don't hear a thing, to my complete lack of surprise . . .

David

No, really. As in “people getting beaten to a pulp” violence.

I suppose it’s time to repeat what was said here.

Since the effect of the vandalism and ‘antifa’ thuggery is to massively enlarge Milo’s profile and audience – from one auditorium on one campus to interviews on national television – and since this effect is obvious and utterly predictable – you have to wonder what the participants’ root motive actually is. On their own ostensible terms, their chosen behaviour is hugely counterproductive. Unless, of course, you assume that those taking part really do enjoy the thrill of violence and mob coercion, of hurting people and scaring them, and of feeling powerful while doing it, to an extent that thwarting their own ostensible goals is neither here nor there. And that the violence and thuggery is not a means but an end, and all else is a fig leaf.

Because that’s who they are.

Hal

. . . . to hear coverage of the Cal Sproul Plaza riot on one radio channel, all the while the local NPR affiliates (in Berkeley and SF) were blithely fundraising while not mentioning anything disturbing.

Bingo.

That alone reminded me of the immediate after effects of the '89 earthquake. I called across the bay to comment that clearly I wasn't going to be home 'till the next day, and the idiot on the phone started immediately screaming to the effect that OH MY GOD SAN FRANCISCO'S ON FIRE YOU'RE DOOMED!!!!!! . . . . . . It took a bit to point out the utterly bloody obvious, had any trace of thought been present, that there was one major fire, what there was of that, where that one fire was in one location, the Marina district---which was a good five, six miles off . . . and of course all the news choppers were targeting that with the telephoto lenses, and not bothering to pull back a bit and show the actual rather benign landscape . . .

David

Despite being evacuated from the building along with Milo’s entourage, Laurie Penny is still coyly referring to the gathering – with its vandalism, mob thuggery and beatings with iron bars - as a “protest.”

[+]

https://twitter.com/hashtag/miloatcal?src=hash

David

No, really. As in “people getting beaten to a pulp” violence.

Ah, but smashing cash dispensers and assaulting women will bring down the system, or something.

Jonathan

Female Trump supporter maced in the face by leftist whilst being interviewed:

https://twitter.com/janeygak/status/826998516144697344

David

Female Trump supporter maced in the face by leftist whilst being interviewed

It’s hard to miss the irony that no sooner has she applauded some of the ‘protestors’ for not being violent, one of them tries to blind her.

And I’m not sure what to call this, but it’s becoming awfully popular. It’s a sort of menacing but inept “social justice” carjacking.

Microbillionaire

I like Sean Davis's take:

"Note to Berkeley rioters: if you're breaking glass at night because a Jew is speaking, you're not protesting fascism. You are fascism."

Jonathan

And I’m not sure what to call this, but it’s becoming awfully popular.

Why not call it was it is - terrorism.

terrorism
NOUN

[mass noun] The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims:
‘the fight against terrorism’
‘international terrorism’

redlonghorn

A group of masked protesters, not affiliated with UC Berkeley . . . . aka the usual loons

"Not affiliated with UC-Berkeley" does NOT mean these people are not students at UCB. It simply means the protests/riots are not officially supported or sponsored by the school, or any student organization at the school. It's entirely possible most of the rioters/protestors are students. It's also entirely possible they're mostly out-of-towners. The fact that the riot wasn't "affiliated" with the school doesn't mean anything either way. It's mostly a cover-your-ass statement by the university to ward off lawsuits.

Liz

no sooner has she applauded some of the ‘protestors’ for not being violent, one of them tries to blind her.

https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/827084460034101248

R. Sherman

These psychopaths are incapable of understanding the inevitable end game. At some point one of the useful idiots--not one of the professional organizers--will kill someone with one of their sucker punches or firebombs. We'll see how heroic they are then when people decide to defend themselves.

wtp

You know, if you take a step back and think about it in the context of Japan as a whole, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were just localized bombings.

Which reminds me of a joke as to why you should be careful before deciding to date a Japanese girl...

David

aka the usual loons

So-called ‘black bloc’ members, like those seen in the clips above, are not unlike communist and anarcho-communist groups generally, in that they’re typically a mix of borderline personalities and student or former-student poseurs. They’re pretty much what you’d expect – vain and needy incompetents who are grandiose and credulous, and who refer to their activities as “militant work,” but really just need an excuse to indulge in the thuggery that they believe will confer in-group status. And despite any proletarian bluster to the contrary, they tend to be very middle-class.

As Sargon of Akkad puts it, they’re “LARPing as revolutionaries.”

Spiny Norman

"Not affiliated with UC-Berkeley" does NOT mean these people are not students at UCB. It simply means the protests/riots are not officially supported or sponsored by the school...

. . . hear coverage of the Cal Sproul Plaza riot on one radio channel, all the while the local NPR affiliates (in Berkeley and SF) were blithely fundraising while not mentioning anything disturbing.

"Fake news", in the words of "Antifa" idiots on Twitter.

and not bothering to pull back a bit and show the actual rather benign landscape . . .

Of course.

Spiny Norman

When (not if) these black-shirt anti-fascists (sic) actually kill someone, will the usual suspects still be excusing and defending them?

Jonathan

<... will the usual suspects still be excusing and defending them?

They'll do what they always do - blame it on Trump/ Alt-Right/ Milo because of their 'hate-speech' and then shove it down the memory hole ASAP.

R. Sherman

@Spiny.

Yes. And driving the more reluctant Trump supporters further to the right.

David

Meanwhile, in the land of witless actresses.

PiperPaul

"witless actresses"

She's trying to keep her head from exploding in that photo. Or maybe preventing further leakage.

David

Re the thuggery at UC Berkeley, Ben Shapiro offers some context:

Why is this happening now? Because the academic left has built up a pseudointellectual bulwark around such fascism. They’ve told students that they deserve “safe spaces” – areas in which their ideas are not challenged in any way. They’ve forwarded the culture of “microaggressions,” which urges students to see any speech they find offensive as a form of “aggression” to be countered by other aggression. Here’s Professor Jonathan Haidt on the phenomenon: “The recent collegiate trend of uncovering allegedly racist, sexist, classist, or otherwise discriminatory microaggressions doesn’t incidentally teach students to focus on small or accidental slights. Its purpose is to get students to focus on them and then relabel the people who have made such remarks as aggressors.”

As a professor at Cal State LA posted on his door before my speech there last year, “The best response to micro-aggression is macro-aggression.” This line of thought encourages student evil. As Professor Roy Baumeister writes in Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty, “Hypersensitive people who often think their pride is being assaulted are potentially dangerous. Even when a neutral observer would conclude that no serious provocation occurred, it is still important to recognise that, in the perpetrator’s own view, he or she was merely responding to an attack.” Colleges churn out these oversensitive people.

And even absurd, pretentious grievance is exploitable.

Hal

. . . Despite being evacuated from the building along with Milo’s entourage, Laurie Penny . . .

'Morning, Berkeley time . . . For a reality check, is there independent proof that Penny is actually in Berkeley/the bay area? One of the noted facets of twit is indeed being able to post anything cobbled from anything else . . .

And, btw, for a further dose of reality the most recent rainstorms arrived during the night and are expected to continue for a couple of days.

I have to run errands downtown in a bit, so I'll have a look at the Center and Shattuck area while I'm there. I'm rather expecting to see slabs of plywood in that spot, that spot, that other spot, and then not a scratch for rather a lot of others, and absolutely no problem with any of the errands---so much for all "protest" all the time . . . . .

One student told CNN that he didn't agree with what happened.

"It's a sad irony in the fact that the Free Speech Movement was founded here and tonight, someone's free speech got shut down. It might have been hateful speech, but it's still his right to speak," said Shivam Patel, a freshmen who stood outside of Sproul Plaza.

The Free Speech Movement started at UC Berkeley in 1964 after students protested en masse when administrators tried to restrict their political activities on campus.

Patel said he supported peaceful protests, but disagreed with the way things turned out on Wednesday.

"It allows people on the right to say, 'Look at all these liberal Berkeley snowflakes. They're intolerant of speech.' I don't think it's productive at all. It does nothing to help this country."
Sporkatus

If your enemy is a Nazi, then everything is excusable, because no matter what happens you're a Good Person doing things to Bad People, which they therefore deserve. Because they are Bad. The spectacular logic failure allowing them to relitigate Bad Acts as Good Acts and vice versa never even occurs - because they're the Heroes in the starring role, you see (c.f. Eric Hoffer). And thus they become progressively more evil, because you can never reverse just one point if you're a zealot...

See also a bit of Isaiah - Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Scott Adams pointed out that the "Nazi" hallucination must in time bleed off for most, as an hallucination must - the only alternative being to double down on the divorce from reality. These are the latter group.

The People's Cube seems timely again, of course.

Sporkatus

For a reality check, is there independent proof that Penny is actually in Berkeley/the bay area? One of the noted facets of twit is indeed being able to post anything cobbled from anything else .

I see no reason to believe she wasn't there. After all, I'm convinced among her powers is the ability to dissolve - like a vampire - into mist. Only the mist isn't vapor but the constituent electrons of a thousand idiotic Tweets.

Sort-of-Mad Max

Although it seems like a long time ago, the same type of black-bloc 'anarchists' got frisky after President Trump's inauguration; there's rumors that some of them are co-operating with the police, and naming the names of who's paying for it all.

It's surprising to find exactly how many of the Washington DC bigs work at the president of the US's pleasure...

Hal

When (not if) these black-shirt anti-fascists (sic) actually kill someone, will the usual suspects still be excusing and defending them?

. . .

Yes. And driving the more reluctant Trump supporters further to the right.

Ehn? Why so?

Remember, there is always that absolute gulf between the right wing liberal loonies and the left wing liberal loonies, with the conservatives in between merely being aware of the tennis match, while continuing on with reality . . .

wtp

So the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech did not exist until the Berkley of 50 years ago? Then how did it get in a document written in the 1780's?

Sporkatus

@wtp: Nothing existed until modern lefties willed it into being, because they are the only chosen beings, and responsible for all betterment of the human condition since yesterday - when the world began.

Also, by naming their little "out with the righties, in with the flighties" long term reshuffling-by-force of the campus Overton window the "Free Speech Movement", they were engaged in an attempt to Iowahawk Process (kill, gut, wear skinsuit, demand respect) an entire idea and not just a temporal instutition.

Hal

So the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech did not exist until the Berkley of 50 years ago? Then how did it get in a document written in the 1780's?

So to speak, easy. First there was the Declaration of Independence, and then the rest of the war to back it up.

A few years later, there is the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States.

Some time after that came that very emphatic enforcement and support of that amendment . . .

Hal

I like Sean Davis's take:

"Note to Berkeley rioters: if you're breaking glass at night because a Jew is speaking, you're not protesting fascism. You are fascism."

Ah, yes, finally noted a telling bit of Googlemancy to contrast the Free Speech movement vs the fascists . . .

Actual, genuine, freedom of speech is bored cops enforcing the First Amendment with any speaker getting peacefully heard, or peacefully ignored, at whim.

Jacob

As Sargon of Akkad puts it, they’re “LARPing as revolutionaries.”

Hal

As Sargon of Akkad puts it, they’re “LARPing as revolutionaries.”

Uh, huh. As below, so above . . . or mebbe even further below.

I sneeze in threes

Included in her list of skills:

PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Outlook
&
Microsoft Office

Here is me thinking the first four in that list were MS Office, so it's the usual padding out the CV

Hopp Singg

Man, when I think of the bullet points I used to leave off my resume just cuz I preferred not to work in them anymore, and any one of them orders of magnitude more complex than MS-Office to learn....

Hal

Included in her list of skills:

PowerPoint

Some guy observes PissPoint.

svh

Still waiting for Penny Dreadful to say something about the rioting, beating, arson, etc.

David

Via dicentra.

Sporkatus

Still waiting for Penny Dreadful

You may be waiting a while. Consensus reality of the left being what it is, these things that she wishes not to have happened, in a deeply metaphysical way, did not happen. Her will for them not to have happened has the force of law over reality.

Deborah

The great crime of our time will no doubt be the intentional dumbing down of our children, for a variety of terrible reasons, so when the last of the reasoned and critical thinkers die off they can begin the process of savaging themselves into another dark age.

pst314

So a conservative tenured professor at Marquette can be punished for expressing an opinion critical of a leftist professor. But a liberal Marquette administrator can, with impunity, take away others' free speech rights. When did Catholic universities become such hotbeds of fascism?

David

Also via dicentra.

Sporkatus

Snowflake sign protestor *has* made one minor mistake. Most of his colleagues are snowflakes, yes. His act of carrying a sign decorated in pink* has promoted him from snowflake to pretty, pretty princess.

*a pink triangle, to allude to Nazi repression of gays. Because Nazis, and what he is doing is not the targeted oppression of *A* gay and "oh, hey, look over there - a squirrel!"

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