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March 20, 2017

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Sam

behind not only falls and car accidents but insect stings and animal bites.

I denounce these hatefacts.

David

Via Instapundit, Richard Bledsoe on the art world’s corruption by coerced pubic subsidy:

Contemporary art is undergoing a crisis of relevance, with hardly any interest and engagement from the public. I would suggest it’s the top-down direction of arts development encouraged by the NEA and its fellow traveller, grant-giving foundations which have helped cause this great alienation. Far from encouraging a vital, thriving culture in the United States, the handout and non-profit mentality is propping up a sick and decaying model of art as an elitist virtue-signalling endeavour. Make no mistake, the cultural institutions supported by such programmes hold the values and founding principles of America in contempt. It’s key for acceptance.

See also this.

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The idea that you can target an ethnic group with a collective crime, regardless of the specific innocence or guilt of the constituent elements of that group, there is absolutely nothing that’s more racist than that. It’s absolutely abhorrent… and precisely the sort of danger that people who are really looking for trouble would push.

That.

Connor

The idea that you can target an ethnic group with a collective crime, regardless of the specific innocence or guilt of the constituent elements of that group, there is absolutely nothing that’s more racist than that.

Depressing to see it looks like we're going to have to learn this all over again.

R. Sherman

Nothing demonstrates that Leftism in its various incarnations is about the acquisition of raw power and not a coherent set of universal principles better than the Lehmann link above. When there are sinecures and public money to be had (extorted), then by all means, let us focus our scientific attention on problems specific to those blessed with two X chromosomes. See, e.g. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood, ad infinitum. But when the research begins to veer into areas which conflict with the narrative and have the potential to adversely affect the groups power, then it must be denounced and the investigators hounded into obscurity.

David

Jordan Peterson, again, on “cultural appropriation” (and pornography for women).

Tim Newman

Penny: hoisted by her own petard once again.

Give it another year or two of this and she's going to be a fully paid-up member of the alt-right.

David

Penny: hoisted by her own petard once again.

Ah, the crab bucket left. Where, despite all protestations, it ain’t about caring, but about really, really wanting to nip at someone.

Jen

(and pornography for women).

I want to tame a billionaire pirate surgeon. :-)

David

I want to tame a billionaire pirate surgeon.

You ladies are so complicated. It’s a wonder the human race persists.

Jen

It’s a wonder the human race persists.

We make do. :-)

SumDumGuy

Ah, the crab bucket left.

I am reminded of a Heavy Metal comic I read a few decades ago in which an admiral takes over a country and becomes a dictator. One of his many totalitarian edicts is to make all art illegal, even going so far as to have all of his soldiers trained to immediately destroy any picture, portrait, or painting on sight. Said edict blows up in his face, quite literally, much later in his reign when he removes his shirt prior to having grown up time with some new concubines and they see a tattoo he got when he was young, impressionable, and in the navy. Their screaming alerts the guards, who break down the door, see the tattoo, and fill the dictator's tattoo (and chest) full of holes.

It seemed impossibly over the top at the time...

jabrwok

really wanting to nip at someone

Perhaps this will develop into a chink in the armor of her self-righteous lack of self-awareness.

David

I’ll leave this here.

Just in case.

Jonathan

Jordan Peterson on “white privilege” as a rhetorical tactic:

I got into an internet argument about a year ago ( I know!) over 'White Privilege' where someone was saying that White students in the US did better on standardised tests than Black and Latin students and this was evidence of said 'White Privilege'. However, when I pointed out that Jewish and Asian students did better than Whites on the tests, I was informed that this was different because Jews and Asians are both smarter and work harder than White people - nothing to do with privilege at all.

jabrwok

I’ll leave this here.

Is that intended for me? Because I'm pretty sure in included that. Even used the "preview" button and everything...

David

Even used the “preview” button and everything

It’s a message for general consumption, no-one in particular.

Wait a minute.

You seem to be perspiring... suspiciously.

Lisboeta

Laurie Penny is apparently of Irish/Jewish/Maltese descent. In her quest for clothes to fit her petite(?) frame, isn't it blatant cultural appropriation to ask where "small Asian women in the UK buy their clothes"? Can she not read? Most clothing stores have ranges labelled "petite". (Oops, my error: they'll be in the women's section.)

PiperPaul

Isn't Maltese a breed of annoying, yippy, ankle-biting little dog?

Hopp Singg

What if neuroscience confirmed that status anxiety and envy were the Left's primary motivators? That would be so unfair.

Daniel Ream

all assault, domestic or not, ranks eighth among causes of injury to women

When I was in university in the 90's the meme that domestic violence was the #1 killer of women was prevalent. People were quite put out when I kept correcting them that it was unambiguously and uncontroversially heart disease, just like it had always been. Not as stridently, but a sign of things to come.

I want to tame a billionaire pirate surgeon.

Don't make me post the "Oscar Anderson, billionaire dinosaur" link again.

Hal

. . . some of the points that [Charles] Murray made in his book, Coming Apart, . . . the separation of a “new upper class,” raised in rich neighbourhoods, immersed in liberal, cosmopolitan values, and educated at expensive, liberal universities.

I haven't read the book, but that description looks awfully familiar, particularly being the Upper Class Peon:

The Peon: The Lowest Class
Those who pass out in a metaphoric, literal, or reality show gutter, the poser, the classless, the destitute. The individual can and does get out of this gutter, the Actions and Indicators and Behavior do not.

. . .

Lower class peon

Best known as the yobbo, yob, upscale, the underclass, trendy, sapeur, pretentious, plebeian, plebe, pimp, neighborhood based street gang, ned, InsertRelevantSlangOrCodeNameHere, hoi polloi, hipster, fail, chav, fantasizes being a peon with more things.

. . .

Middle class peon

Best known as the yuppy, yobbo, yob, upscale, the underclass, trendy, pretentious, preppy, plebeian, plebe, InsertRelevantSlangOrCodeNameHere, hoi polloi, hipster, gatsby, fraternity/sorority, fail.

Fantasizes getting mistaken for Being Executive, apparently also tends to want one's own "reality show".

One behavior favored in the early twenty-first century is being seen talking on the phone while behind the wheel of a car in motion, instead of driving.

Idealized decade being the nineteen-empties, the decade of the stylized, the superflous, the tacky, the tasteless.

. . .

Upper Class Peon

Totally brainless.

When in its worst form, the trust fund child---who then gravitates towards the lower peons.

A clear and at the time ongoing example being England's King Edward VIII.

At best, the UCP finally learns to just sit in the corner and not say anything: The servants will at least keep the UCP fed, watered, washed and dressed, and the UCP is too stupid to think of trouble to get into---when the UCP does get into trouble it tends to have been some other peon's idea.

Hal

I’ll leave this here.

Heh!!!!!

What can also help while using the preview button is to finish the post with a couple of hard returns and something clearly unrelated, like test.

If "test" comes out more resembling _)*#$&_*()#^$!!!, then go looking for the tag you put in that's rather out of sorts.

Hal

Solnit claims domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women; yet Centres for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show . . .

In parallel, there are all the left wing claims that [immense number] are killed each [minuscule amount of time] by firearms, and then while I haven't looked at the exact sequence and numbers in awhile, the American CDC keeps reporting that, to paraphrase, the actual causes of death are ranked as;

Assorted diseases
---
---
Accidents
---
---
Suicides, including those by firearm . .
---
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Murders, including those by firearm . . .

Hal

. . . or mebbe it was murders and then suicides. As stated, been awhile since I've looked, but a rather telling bit was the number of times I'd see firearms mixed in with everything else instead of being on their own.

Hal

"Oscar Anderson, billionaire dinosaur"

. . . . ?????!!!?

Oh. Got it.

Cured My Crippling Depression!!!!111!!!1! I can't even start on how good this book was, like honestly. I haven't cried to a book since Space Raptor Butt Invasion, and that's a hard one to beat.Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer

I get an impression that someone got bored, but then writing that one could be a cure for boredom . . .

R. Sherman

Solnit is merely continuing the long feminist tradition of making shit up. File the latest along with the "rule of thumb" attributed to Romulus in ancient Rome and spikes of domestic partner violence on Super Bowl Sunday.

Aside: I'm going to start ending all my comments with a prophylactic "close italics" tag. Practice Safe Commenting!

David

Solnit is merely continuing the long feminist tradition of making shit up.

How dare you, a mere man, question the standards of feminist scholarship?

Chester Draws

Are you assigning R Sherman a gender David? Xe might not like that!

David

I denounce myself.

R. Sherman

I have certainly implied, if not directly stated, a male identity, so the universe remains in balance.

dicentra

Just in case.

Is it my fault my stupid eye-hand coordination is so awful that I click Post when I mean to click Preview?

I ask you!

Geezer

... coerced pubic subsidy ...

Tell us more.

David

I ask you!

[ Points to Scold-O-Mat 9000. Loads extra chastising grit. ]

Hey, I don’t make the rules.

Geezer

Hey, I don’t make the rules.

Who do?

Jeff Guinn
Solnit claims domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women; yet Centres for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that all assault, domestic or not, ranks eighth among causes of injury to women

Twenty or so years ago, when anorexia was the patriarchy's horreur de jure, it was widely, and dare I say hysterically, bandied about that eating disorders killed more than 150,000 women in the US per year.

Gender correlated differences in analytical rigor might be one of those things that, mysteriously, doesn't exist even when it sure as heck seems like it does. Naomi Wolf was wrong by a factor of 300.

And since gender differences don't exist, then surely transgender differences are just as illusory.

I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body. Where do I sign up for the women's wrestling team?

BTW, Coming Apart is excellent, and very sobering.

Geezer

I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

There's a lot of us like that.

Hopp Singg

Hmm, what do I do if I want to end my comment with ... an unclosed italic!

R. Sherman

So, I googled "Oscar Anderson, billionaire dinosaur," found the Amazon link and read the following about the author with my emphasis:

Writing use to just be a hobby for the young student but he progressively became more serious about his novels once he became a published author.

That explains his entire oeuvre, obviously.

ftumch

OT, just watched Iron Fist. Don't get the bad reviews, enjoyed it enormously. I am now going to centre my chi, and make some bacon. Awesome stylely.

PiperPaul

In the spirit of all the Italicking going on lately, I wonder what effect this will have. I mean aside from me getting banned.

.
(Sorry)

Daniel Ream

Twenty or so years ago, when anorexia was the patriarchy's horreur de jure, it was widely, and dare I say hysterically, bandied about that eating disorders killed more than 150,000 women in the US per year.

A sage old doctor of my acquaintance has observed that "eating disorders" never exist on their own; they are always co-morbid with other, more serious conditions and that treating the eating disorder is fruitless. Treat the underlying condition, and the eating disorder disappears.

This would imply that the eating disorder is really just a kind of dysfunctional coping mechanism.

just watched Iron Fist. Don't get the bad reviews

It's legitimately a bit anachronistic. It's the Tarzan problem - there have been black people in Africa for millions of years, but one white guy shows up and suddenly he's King of the Jungle? Iron Fist was created in the 1970's for a white audience that was only just becoming aware of Chinese Kung Fu flicks and wouldn't have identified with a Chinese protagonist. But the notion that Shou-Lao only gave up his power to the random white kid and not, say, any of the other billion Chinese people in the vicinity can come across a bit condescending.

In more prosaic terms, there's also the fact that the "rich orphan who learns the secrets of ass-kicking in an exotic foreign enclave returns home to lay claim to his birthright" origin story has been done rather a lot lately.

David

“Is this seriously still happening in 2017,” cried Slate.

New superhero-related outrage discovered.

Hal

Hey, I don’t make the rules.

Who do?

The Authorities.

Hal

(Sorry)

You are not. That's why you did that at two AM London time or so, when David was sound asleep.

And that does look awfully entertaining . . . !

David

And in the laugh-a-minute world of transgender activism:

Predictably, it wasn’t a conference for the squeamish. Throughout the day, we were regaled with stories of penis amputations, breasts being bound or removed, and even someone who removed nipples because those represent either gender... The transgender panellists were often confused themselves in using the wrong gender term or pronoun, frequently correcting each other.

And,

Almost every presenter had a story of a time they got a co-worker, employee, or boss fired. A speaker (pronouns xe, xyr, xemself) passionately told us of a time when xe had an older co-worker who referred to xem as “ma’am.” When xe repeatedly told him xe preferred to be referred to as xem, he responded that he couldn’t, because he had been brought up to be polite and use sir and ma’am. A quick visit to the supervisor resulted in the co-worker being fired. There was standing ovation in the conference hall, with one member of the audience saying how “brave” xe was to enact change.

It seems to me that the embrace of leftist identity politics, and the attitudes that go with it, has, in terms of reputation and mental wellbeing, not exactly helped the transgender world.

Hal

But the notion that Shou-Lao only gave up his power to the random white kid and not, say, any of the other billion Chinese people in the vicinity can come across a bit condescending.

Granting that your argument is quite sound, the story does also rather remind of the introduction and confirmation of the Sixth Patriarch.

David

just watched Iron Fist. Don’t get the bad reviews

I couldn’t get past the trailer. From the little I remember of the comics, Iron Fist is a cheesy, derivative and uninteresting character, and loaded with all of the baggage mentioned above. Even as a child, the ludicrous costume, complete with bare chest and dainty lemon slippers, struck me as a bridge too far. And the casting of Finn Jones, last seen as Game of Thrones’ Loras Tyrell, the gay lover of Renly Baratheon, and an ostentatious admirer of ladies’ gowns, just pushed the burning train wreck over a cliff.

So far as I can see, it was doomed before it even started filming.

Hal

New superhero-related outrage discovered.

Twitter exploded at the revelation . . .

Oh, I missed the sound of that. There must have been a car passing by at that moment, or a fire truck a couple of blocks away, or something . . .

Hal

. . . bare chest and dainty lemon slippers . . .

I thought there already was a movie about Vaslav Nijinsky.

R. Sherman

New superhero-related outrage discovered.

Good thing, feminists have addressed all the other important issues.

David

Meanwhile, in intersectional sporting news:

A Hampshire College student is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a female basketball player from another school for “culturally appropriating” hair braids. Carmen Figueroa ordered members of the Central Maine Community College basketball team to remove braids from their hair, citing cultural appropriation. Figueroa did not clarify what specifically was being appropriated, or from whom it was being appropriated. Figueroa was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Another illustration of how political activism can be difficult to distinguish from a mental health issue.

R. Sherman

Imagine the disturbance to The Force, were Wonder Woman to have armpit hair . . . but braided . . .

I sneeze in threes

Jeff do you mean this wrestling team?

http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/mack-beggs-transgender-boy-wins-womens-wrestling-title-texas/

David

Incidentally, Cordelia Fine, the feminist author who wants neuroscientists to be schooled in intersectionality, gets a bit of a trashing here.

Adiabat

There was standing ovation in the conference hall, with one member of the audience saying how “brave” xe was to enact change

The "standing ovation" is always a clue that the story being told never happened.

I bet they slow-clapped as well, like in the movies.

Jacob

Almost every presenter had a story of a time they got a co-worker, employee, or boss fired.

Someone should explain public relations to them.

David

Someone should explain public relations to them.

It’s not a good look. And so I wonder how many of those triumphal stories were like the quoted example, upthread, in which an older co-worker isn’t comfortable using xem and xe to refer to what (presumably) appeared to be a female colleague, and in which there’s no mention of malicious intent on the part of the older man. To my ear, based on the details given, the person insisting on being identified as some ungendered entity, and demanding that people be fired if they don’t comply, doesn’t sound particularly deserving of applause.

Spiny Norman

...demanding that people be fired if they don’t comply, doesn’t sound particularly deserving of applause.

You mean you don't believe childish, petty vindictiveness is a virtue???

Has dicentra finished her session with the Scold-O-Mat?

David

You mean you don’t believe childish, petty vindictiveness is a virtue???

Well, without knowing the details, it sounds pretty vindictive. Not something you’d want to applaud or have at the forefront of your campaign for public acceptance.

And the whole ‘I-am-an-ungendered-entity’ thing is a particularly hard sell, much more so, I think, than getting along with transgender people who want to arrive at one of the two familiar destinations. As I’ve said before, you can adjust to the company of a trans person at work or whatever – with greater or lesser difficulty depending in part on how well or not they pass as their intended sex. Once you manage to get past the initial and unavoidable surrealism of the situation, you can start to deal with them as a person, an individual. But I don’t think many of us have a mental space for people who insist they have no gender at all and who demand we use Martian pronouns. There’s no existing template.

Lionel Ebb

I dunno, I'm starting to think some feminist academics have unrealistic expectations of we men: http://bit.ly/2nj85Do

Hal

A Hampshire College student is. . . assaulting a female basketball player from another school . . Carmen Figueroa ordered members of the Central Maine Community College basketball team . . .

Sooo, seeing as the story is of a student, not any sort of administrator, and the story tells of the student's reaction to quite unrelated visitors, then apparently "ordered" is a rather incorrect description, given that the person so described has utterly zero capability of giving any order to anyone, especially those not related to her campus . . .

The correct phrasing would seem to be Carmen Figueroa petulantly demanded that members of the Central Maine Community College basketball team remove braids from their hair, . . .

Sporkatus

Over at Ace's (tempting the spam filter again), a "She E O" of an empowered business turns out to be, get this, a bit of a corrosive nutter.
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/368947.php

According to a complaint filed late last week by a former employee (and echoed in interviews with multiple current and former employees), those things have included: the size and shape of her employees' breasts, an employee's nipple piercings, her own sexual exploits, her desire to experiment with polyamory, her interest in entering a sexual relationship with one of her employees, and the exact means by which she was brought to female ejaculation

In what I'm sure will come as a shock to everyone, she is an attendee of Burning Man orgies, has recently raised funds for a bidet business ("Tushy") and described the pads business ("Thinx", her main venture) with "The entire period space has been so tired and so lame... [Now] it's artful, it’s beautiful, and it’s culturally relevant."

We joke about the sort of jobs available to Studies majors, but seldom about what happens when one is an entrepreneur...

SumDumGuy

A Hampshire College student is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a female basketball player from another school for “culturally appropriating” hair braids.

I bet those horrible girls also wear hoops when they aren't on the court...

Lisboeta

intersectional sporting news

Cultural Appropriation, aka adopting ideas from elsewhere, is a time-honoured practice: think of tea, the Brits' preferred cure-all. And braids in various forms exist in almost every culture: Chinese pigtails, French plaits, Dutch plaits, Yulia Tymoshenko's halo, cornrows, etc. As for starting a physical fight over a hairstyle, Carmen Figueroa must be mentally unbalanced (just don't let her use that as a defence when her case comes to court!).

I sneeze in threes

Oh Lordy David, I just re-opened your home page and my eye went straight to this line but with my failing eyesight I didn't see the first hyphen and I thought things are now getting "out of hand"!

"...... account of the Middlebury protest-cum-riot"

Lisboeta

someone who removed nipples because those represent either gender

I am doing my best to adhere to all this correct-speak stuff, but it's so complicated. Are there genuinely ungendered (U) people? If so, where do we insert them in the current LGBTQ (or, if you're a purist, LGBTQQIP2SAA) nomenclature?

Hal

Are there genuinely ungendered (U) people?

While noting immensely variable definitions of genuinely, a definition involving law courts has occurred and states Yes.

If so, where do we insert them in the current LGBTQ . . .

Bugger all if I know, but then I have yet to encounter such a need and am happy to leave that to the theorists to see if anything concrete can be established.

. . . (or, if you're a purist, LGBTQQIP2SAA) nomenclature?

I rather enjoyed the note that popped up awhile back which suggested that soon enough the collective term will simply be the leftover one to three or four letters left unclaimed.

Daniel Ream

If so, where do we insert them in the current LGBTQ (or, if you're a purist, LGBTQQIP2SAA) nomenclature?

At this point, I'm so fed up by the tedious grandstanding of it all that I've got quite a few suggestions about exactly what should be inserted, and where.

Burnsie

Someone should explain public relations to them.

There IS something infuriating about being forced under the threat of termination to use made-up words and, in fact, change lifelong speech patterns at the demand of a coworker. Don't people have enough to worry about at work?

I suspect they have less interest in public relations than in relishing the power to impose their will on colleagues. The more petty the demand, the better.

Spiny Norman

lisboeta,

Are there genuinely ungendered (U) people?

Perhaps you've never heard of a Nullo.

[Warning: Gawker link - although I was first exposed to this phenomenon at Zombie's blog some years ago.]

Jeff Guinn
Jeff do you mean this wrestling team?

Indeed, I do.

And this gender-of-the-moment nonsense will be the end of women's sports.

Or women's sports will put paid to this gender whatever BS.

Both can't exist at the same time.

Charlie Suet

I'm watching Iron Fist out of cussedness, because I hate the whiny little pricks criticising it for not being "woke" so very very much. It's mediocre and cliched at worst. Certainly not an occasion for a load of self-important handwringing.

The idea of "cultural appropriation", like that of "punching down" in comedy, is underpinned in the worldview of the sanctimonious little turds that push it by a rigid racial hierarchy. Whitey being good at Eastern martial arts is problematic. Black people being better at boxing than the English is fine. This is because non-white people are permanently victims and white people permanently oppresssors. You might wonder why the Chinese and the Japanese, with the second and third largest economies in the world, are considered victims. Because of a century and a half of (anomalous) Western dominance, that's why, shitlord.

I'm not sure if anyone else remembers the BBC 3 programme "Last Man Standing", which put an interesting spin on this sort of thing. Essentially a group of British and American amateur sportsmen were invited to take part in various local sporting events. Where a huge amount of skill was involved, they'd generally struggle against the locals. But in the more physical events, you'd quite often find that native experience didn't count for much against (for example) a really big West African.

I remember one episode where they did wrestling in India. They had to get a champion out of retirement to beat one of the competitors, a British-Nigerian fireman.

Trevor

Perhaps you've never heard of a Nullo.

You've delivered me from blissful ignorance. Thanks. Ever so.

WTP

Not buying this transgender story from The Federalist. "Anonymous" writes in a manner that reminds me very much of that (Steven?) Glass character who wrote for The New Republic back in the 90's. Something smells here. Why would an editor allow such vague sourcing and references? "My state"?

Bad News Quillan

The original Nullos:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skoptsy

Things to come:
A future variant of the Skoptsy's appear briefly in The Stars My Destination, a 1956 science fiction novel by Alfred Bester. These Skoptsys have their sensory nerves severed, rendering them deaf and blind and unable to feel their bodies.

Or has this already happened?

--Bad News

R. Sherman

A couple of links regarding the "Hair Warrior" Carmen Figueroa:

Photos. Scroll down to see the elephant photo. Said elephant was presumably in Thailand. Hampshire College costs exceed $62,000 per year.

AusAutarch

Come and experience the new and exciting future of academic development at Wellesley college, where their deep concern and respect for students has lead to the following statement:

There is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley. We are especially concerned with the impact of speakers’ presentations on Wellesley students, who often feel the injury most acutely and invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.

How dare you expect students to invest mental effort in addressing the arguments of others!

Source:
https://www.thefire.org/subject-facstaffdiscuss-statement-cere-faculty-re-laura-kipnis-freedom-project-visit-aftermath/

Sporkatus

There is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty

An exercise of liberty, with no physical contact or control of any kind asserted over another, somehow imposes on the liberty of these to (implicitly) control the liberty of the first party. It's the "freedom from harmful effects" nonsense engineered beyond the usual redefinition of "freedom from ()" to one of "liberty", which reveals the whole thing as being even more Orwellian farce than usually obvious.

Of course, "no doubt" is a preemptive attempt to prohibit scrutiny, as these are (as David might say) not load-bearing arguments. Thus, they intend to limit the liberty of others to question whether their further limits on liberty preserve any liberty whatsoever.

It is a culture of lies and reversal.

R. Sherman

...Wellesley students, who often feel the injury most acutely and invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.

Point of order: I've yet to observe the Clown Quarter denizens actually rebut a conservative argument. (Unless, of course, throwing a tantrum which would embarrass a toddler is considered "rebuttal." In which case, more evidence to support your invocation of Orwell.)

Vince N

Scroll down to see the elephant photo.

Every photo had an elephant in it.

Spiny Norman

More academic-bubble insanity:

A university administrator delivered a speech in which he described “whiteness” as “a way of thinking, a way of acting” that is fundamentally opposed to Christianity.

Paul Dionne, Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness, gave a speech entitled, “Working Against Whiteness” as part of a “Love Made Public” lecture series.

To help define “whiteness,” Dionne instructed the student attendees to chant “imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy,” a phrase originating from feminist and self-avowed socialist bell hooks, who spells her name with all lowercase letters.

“Working against whiteness for me is interrogating myself and who I am and where I come from and all of my privileges,” said the school administrator...

Ohferfuckssake. If Dionne were truly serious, he'd give up his position to a more deserving "person of color".

Somewhere out there, George Orwell is shaking his head and muttering "I told you so".*
.

[*cribbed from DC commenter "Navyvetew1"]

Spiny Norman

Oh, and this:

Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness

A third party (the government, student loan programs) paying for it is only part of the reason why tuition at US colleges and universities has become so outrageously expensive.

Jeff Guinn

This could be, by a long way, the best and most interesting piece I have read on privilege and feminism, well, ever.

It is long, but well worth it.

R. Sherman

@Vince

*Golf clap*

Daniel Ream

Whitey being good at Eastern martial arts is problematic.

But that's not what's going on in Iron Fist. The problem is that whitey is better at martial arts than everybody in Asia, including presumably disciples who have been training for this their entire lives, and has earned a massive supernatural boon that none of the natives have ever pulled off. It's the equivalent of (say) a Chinese comic book about a twenty-something college student from Shenzeng visiting Great Britain on an exchange program, setting foot on Lia Fail as a lark, and having the thing roar and declare him rightful High King of Ireland.

It's not worth getting one's panties in a bunch about, but it is possible to admit it's a little presumptuous.

By contrast, compare Walter Gibson's Shadow, who was simply the only white man to have learned the secrets of hypnotism and mind control; his archenemy was a Chinese student of the same Tibetan monks.

Microbillionaire

'reverse iron fist: a chinese girl's plane goes down over the texas wilderness. she returns years later with the mystical art of gunslinging'

Found in the replies:

David

To help define “whiteness,” Dionne instructed the student attendees to chant “imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy,”

Not so much an argument as an elaborate racial fetish.

Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness

The stated goal of which is,

Challenging dominant understandings of what is considered “academic” as a means to create more equitable institutional opportunities.

As noted before, in the language of “diversity” bureaucrats, “equity” translates as “equality of outcome regardless of inputs.” Or as it’s more generally known, lowering standards.

David

It is long, but well worth it.

Furthermore, the notion of privilege undermines the notion of agency in general, but particularly for those deemed to be lacking privilege. Which is potentially unfortunate for the psychological health of those that buy into it, as the less sense of agency one has, the weaker one’s locus of control, the more unfortunate the likely effect on psychological well-being. But the (selective) undermining of agency is very useful to pushing simplifying narratives. […]

[T]he real noxiousness of the privilege concept is not, however, from its simplifying and flattening effect on social analysis and moral judgement. Where it becomes truly poisonous is in the moral caste system it sets up and the vicious-in-effect discounting of fellow citizens it naturally engenders.

While it is all very well to piously say the concept of privilege is not about blame (particularly not blaming people on the basis of immutable characteristics), the reality is that the term privilege is pejorative, and the “more” of it you are deemed to “have” the more of a pejorative burden one is loaded with. When a candidate for DNC Chair can say, in an open forum, that her job would be to tell white people to know their place, even shut up, we can see the noxious pejorative effect of privilege is well in operation.

That, and much of the rest.

sH2

SJW logic.

https://twitter.com/primalpoly/status/844236425134403584

Henry

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/yvette-cooper-the-witchfinder-general-of-the-web/19573#.WNJI0lWLSDI

Creeping authoritarianism. One of the many people trying to censor the internet is Yvette Cooper. More italics coming up...

In Cooper’s view, all ‘vile’ online content should be blocked or removed, lest it break the sacred bounds of ‘common decency’. This is shocking. What right does an MP have to dictate what can and cannot be said on the web? Cooper seems to think she has every right. She kept asking the directors why posts that she and her committee had flagged up were still online. The sinister and shocking message is that if an MP says it’s wrong, then it’s wrong, and it has to go.

David

More italics coming up...

Or you could use blockquote tags. Indented text is easier to read than a paragraph of italics.

Just sayin’.

Jonathan

Elsewhere in culture war news:

A book store which only sells works by black authors is facing closure because it can no longer attract enough customers to turn a profit.

Minority interest shop finds it's in a minority.

As such, the store says it faces imminent closure unless donors give them £10,000 and free labour.

Slavery, anyone?

Store manager Janice Durham called on black people in particular to visit the store and hold meetings there to defend their culture.

Reverse the races and see what happens.

David

New Beacon has excluded profitable releases by choosing a racial focus… the store says it faces imminent closure

It’s almost as if there’s a moral to the story. A teachable moment, as it were. Though I suppose the owner will regard the lack of public interest in race hustling literature as a bad thing.

R. Sherman

Dionne instructed the student attendees to chant “imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy,”

That's a cheer sure to generate a lot of school spirit during football games.

Henry

Just sayin’

Whinge whinge whinge...

Egad, it works!

David

Egad, it works!

Next week I’ll be showing you all how to change the time on the microwave.

David

Fake “hate crime” #642.

Spiny Norman

R.Sherman,

That's a cheer sure to generate a lot of school spirit during football games.

You mean the New Red Guards' "struggle sessions" won't build camaraderie? Are you some kind of wrecker?

Jonathan

Fake “hate crime” #642.

Somewhat related: " These aren't the White Supremacists you're looking for".

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