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March 10, 2017

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Closet Maoists gonna Mao.

Jen

Looks good but I don't think they'll let me take a two hour lunch break so I'll save that for the weekend.

Microbillionaire

Time for another round of Dissolution of the Monasteries, perhaps.

David

I don’t think they’ll let me take a two hour lunch break

As with many of Dr Peterson’s talks, there’s plenty to chew on. And I suspect that the students will have been hearing quite a few things they hadn’t previously considered, and not all of it comforting.

svh

left-leaning umbrage-takers,

The talk with the BLM woman really shows why identity politics is poison to debate.

David

The talk with the BLM woman really shows why identity politics is poison to debate.

It does rather suggest two very different, and seemingly incompatible, approaches. To her credit, she’s more open-minded than most, in that she at least allows Peterson to speak, but almost everything she says hurriedly circles back to assumptions of unspecified oppression, “white supremacy” and Designated Victim Groups, the self-appointed representatives of which are apparently to be deferred to, just because, and regardless of evidence and coherence, both of which she practically dismisses in favour of muh feels.

So yes, poison.

NielsR

"everything she says hurriedly circles back" well quite. It's an echo-chamber mentality. When someone has spent so long convincing themselves that it's all underpinned by malice and conspiracy, it's rather difficult to make the argument that it's instead a failure of imagination on their part.

I'm wondering what's going through her mind when the noisy narcissists pile back in, and Dr Peterson takes the time to thank her for her contribution to the dialogue - embarrassed at the intrusion? Surprised/creeped out by the compliment? Suspicious that he's patronising her? I can't tell.

David

I’m wondering what’s going through her mind when the noisy narcissists pile back in, and Dr Peterson takes the time to thank her for her contribution to the dialogue - embarrassed at the intrusion?

Hard to say. Based on what she says and its circularity, I assume she’s accustomed to dissonance and has learned not to notice it much. And the woman behind them, the one recording the exchange on her phone, seems imperviously smug.

OJ

Peterson gave a talk at the National Gallery of Canada yesterday.

Predictably, there were protesters:

A former National Gallery employee, artist Pascale Arpin, designed and carried a protest sign outside the gallery that declared, “Ignorance is not creative.”

“I am embarrassed for the gallery today,” Arpin said. “Because in 2017, and given the importance of trans, gender-fluid, non-binary artists in making the gallery what it is, it’s an embarrassment that this is even a question: that someone who is transphobic would even speak here.”

That's right, the National Gallery of Canada wouldn't be the gallery it is without the input of trans, gender-fluid, non binary people. Take for example the famously genderqueer, two-spirit, otherkin Governor General John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, who opened the gallery in 1880.

David

carried a protest sign outside the gallery that declared, “Ignorance is not creative.”

I can’t help thinking there’s an unintended irony.

Lancastrian Oik

Kafkatrapping for profit, again.

And God bless America, again.

Sporkatus

Ignorance is not creative

Au contraire, it's amazing what you can get done if you don't know you can't.

Hal

Let’s say I assess your ‘unconscious bias’ and give you a diagnosis.

Oh, y'mean an E-meter?

David

Oh, y’mean an E-meter?

Heh. Quite. And this also came to mind.

R. Sherman

It’s an absolute misuse of psychology. It’s an assault on freedom.

True. But it gives Human Resources people something to do to justify their existence.

Steve E

Solzhenitzen tells us in the Gulag Archipelago that all it took to punch your ticket to Gulag was for a thing, a thought or an action to be possible. The possibility of its existence made it exist. That's dialectic reasoning and why leftism is still a danger today.

Spiny Norman

Warning to the spam filter: a link to AoSHQ follows.

Spiny Norman

Pertinent to the subject at hand, at Ace's joint, OregonMuse reveals the rules of Woke.

Spiny Norman

Aaaand, it's gone.

What is it about that website that the spam filter hates it so much?

Spiny Norman

There it is!

David, did you fix that just now?

David

Freed.

Hopp Singg

The re-education programmes were never intended to eliminate bias ... but think of them as an obedience exercise and it all makes sense.

I used to do much the same thing with my dog, from time to time, just to keep him in practice. Whether he agreed or not was irrelevant as long as he was conditioned to obey.

Hopp Singg

What is it about that website that the spam filter hates it so much?

Might it be the masthead?

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

Steve E

"The re-education programmes were never intended to eliminate bias..."

True, in a leftist state, the only true criminals are those who don't think right. A thief, a murderer, a rapist, they are redeemable; someone who sees or thinks the emperor wears no clothes is an enemy of the state his whole life.

Hopp Singg

Agreed. As long as the thievery, murder, and rape do not affect the dear leaders, they are treated as inconsequential squabbles amongst the livestock.

Sporkatus

|the rules of Woke

FATHER! THE SLEEPER IS WOKE!!!
-Some wag over at Ace.

Rondo

This is Jordan Peterson at his best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04wyGK6k6HE

David

This is Jordan Peterson at his best.

Discussed here.

Hal

. . . while trying to get Peterson’s talks cancelled or forcibly disrupted.

And in Berkeley, the cops at Cal would like to have a talk with a certain collection of fascists regarding the fascists' hatred of free speech, with many pictures supplied to help with particular identification.

Hal

Agreed. As long as the thievery, murder, and rape do not affect the dear leaders, they are treated as inconsequential squabbles amongst the livestock.

. . . and left wing, right wing, all remain the same for the left wing or right wing extremists.

Those interviewed — most of them raised in the church — say Word of Faith leaders waged a decades-long cover-up to thwart investigations by law enforcement and social services officials, including strong-arming young victims and their parents to lie.

. . . .

Word of Faith Fellowship has been scrutinized on numerous occasions by law enforcement, social services agencies and the news media since the early 1990s— all without significant impact, mostly because followers refused to cooperate.
Some former members offered a more doctrinal explanation for their decades of silence: frequent warnings by Whaley that God would strike them dead if they betrayed her or her church.

Hal

Pertinent to the subject at hand, at Ace's joint, OregonMuse reveals the rules of Woke.

11. These blue-on-blue slap fights will be hilarous to watch.

12. Even better with popcorn

12a. And of course, don't forget the comfy chair.

I sneeze in threes

David from your link, "You, the brown boy. What’s the negro perspective on this engineering problem?”, can you get that on a T-shirt?

Crawford

Re the rules of woke: Wow, you wouldn't believe point 18a "i.e. fartrape" https://i.imgflip.com/18fucl.jpg Hah, by now this barely rates an exasperated sigh. On a bad day maybe half an eyeroll. (Initially I though it was some sort of fart trap with this being the 5th one in the series).

David

can you get that on a T-shirt?

It does, I think, capture something about the assumptions of identity politics. The absurd racial essentialism, the conceit that a person’s ideas are defined by their melanin levels and some racial “authenticity.” Which in turn encourages ethnic role-play and racial caricature. You only have to shift the context an inch or two and suddenly it looks… well, like that.

Nikw211

Dr Jordan Peterson, filmed at Ryerson University, chats about the ideological corruption of social psychology.

Just been listening to this over my morning coffee - fascinating stuff for all kinds of reasons.

Also - somewhat belatedly regarding the 10th anniversary - I've left a token of my appreciation for this blog in an envelope on the mantel, behind the more aesthetically pleasing of your ornaments.

David

I’ve left a token of my appreciation for this blog in an envelope on the mantel,

Bless you, sir. May your towels remain orderly even in times of crisis.

David

Following heavy use, the Shaming Carousel needs new gyroscopes. So I’ve had to dig out the old Scold-O-Mat 9000.

As some of you know, it blasts amplified recordings of “social justice” chastisement directly at the face. Along with a fair amount of grit.

It should tide us over, should any correction be in order.

Mags

When you study sociology at Ryerson...

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/09/ryerson-instructor-tells-student-to-only-rely-on-feminist-journals

"The reality is patriarchy."

David

When you study sociology at Ryerson

A pretty good illustration of leftist ideology leading to incompetence.

Spiny Norman

Delusion: once optional, now mandatory.

David

Theirs is a crab bucket world.

Darleen

Wow, David ... that crab bucket also featured some ... er .. classic ... Penny musings.

Hopp Singg

Insufficient enthusiasm has always been a crime amongst a certain type of people crabs.

David

Wow, David ... that crab bucket also featured some ... er .. classic ... Penny musings.

Laurie’s fretting is typically ostentatious and insincere, but it must still be exhausting to pretend all of the things she pretends.

And by the way, Ms Allen – the lady who assumes that a person not having publicly commented on a subject therefore signifies “bigotry” - has spent good money on a degree in gender studies. Which, we’re told, teaches women how to think critically.

Darleen

Oh, dear, Pitzer Latinas again.

Support QPOC Spring Break Trip!

[A] bunch of us [are trying to] get away from this toxic institution for the break & we were lucky enough to be lent a car. however, gas is expensive. we are hoping [people] are willing to support us in our ventures out to queer [as f–] [O]akland & some national parks to find some spaceeee to breatheee.

[C]alling on white allies especially [for your] support-- remember that everything that [you] are/have [right now] is due to the genocide and enslavement of our [people]... yet all [I'm] asking [for] is a bit of cash to get us [through] the week. [Thanks] <3

Maybe she should sell some of those indigenous hoop earrings.

David

Maybe she should sell some of those indigenous hoop earrings.

It was the “much love” that convinced me.

But if nothing else, it does make explicit the broader psychology of the Angry Studies demographic.

David

Incidentally, how does one queer as fuck a national park?

WTP

https://mobile.twitter.com/sp_ogrady/status/840500940385988608/photo/1

Somebody needs to tell Laura Penny that not all women have a uterus.

WTP

Which, we’re told, teaches women how to think critically.

Thinking "critically" doesn't mean what the words that compose that phrase indicate. Though I'm guessing you know that to some degree. The lamest, weakest "thinker" that I have ever had the occasion to interact with has a PhD and teaches "critical thinking" at a major black college.

Fred the Fourth

QPOC Spring Break Trip...
So I visualize this ending with the car being returned to its owner - the scene from Animal House where Animal(?) lights up his cutting torch, Bluto says "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily" and Otter says "You fucked up! You TRUSTED US!"

PiperPaul

"teaches "critical thinking""

Intentional conflation and confusion with Critical Theory. It's the same thing, right?

Daniel Ream

What is it about [AoSHQ] that the spam filter hates it so much?

I will bet money it's the non-standard domain. Virtually no "real" web site uses them, but spammers frequently gobble them up in batches to use for Google-bombing or SEO traps.

I would imagine there's a whitelist feature somewhere so David could add the URL specifically to keep this from happening.

R. Sherman

I'm curious as to what make our Pitzer student believe that a)insulting and b)guilt-tripping one's associates is a successful fundraising approach for a personal vacation? As for the national parks, I trust she realizes that the Sierra parks, i.e. SEKI and Yosemite are probably snowed under at the moment. Not exactly the place for the casual tourist.

Hopp Singg

The Donner Memorial state park is but a few miles away from where they'll be. Mayhaps we'll see the crab bucket metaphor at last dethroned. What's the weather forecast?

R. Sherman

What's the weather forecast?

Joshua Tree, Death Valley and environs look OK. Redwoods, too, if a bit wet. The rest seem to have multiple weather related closures.

WTP

Intentional conflation and confusion with Critical Theory. It's the same thing, right?

Honestly, I have no idea what "critical theory" is and have zero desire to explore that rabbit hole as whenever the phrase appears, it's stewing in bollocks...Always feel the need to verify if I used that last word appropriately...not sure why...

David

Support QPOC Spring Break Trip!

As a verb, the term queering is hopelessly pretentious and generally means trying to construe a text, usually a historical one, in ways that imply same-sex attraction, or some anachronistic sensibility, regardless of the author’s intent and regardless of any available historical evidence. It’s often used as a way to flatter students who crave identitarian validation and delusions of subversion.

As to queering a national park, a whole one – and queering it as fuck - I’m a bit stumped. Does it mean “visiting a national park in search of things that can be construed, eventually and with squinting, as in some way sexually wayward, and thus a validation of one’s cartoonish ‘queer’ identity”? That seems a bit dull and dogmatic, a waste of a good trip. Or does it mean “acting in a loud and ostentatiously ‘queer’ manner, thereby asserting one’s ‘queerness’, as it were, and feeling smug about it”? That sounds dreadful too.

Except, perhaps, as the basis for a comedy sketch. “Families with small children are reminded to avoid the car park, where an outbreak of full-on lesbianism is in progress.”

Connor

an outbreak of full-on lesbianism

You have my attention.

David

You have my attention.

[ Points to Scold-O-Mat 9000. ]

R. Sherman

Does it mean “visiting a national park in search of things that can be construed, eventually and with squinting, as in some way sexually wayward, and thus a validation of one’s cartoonish ‘queer’ identity”?

I suppose lesbians could try this. Of course, this monument might be problematic for our lesbian friends.

WTP

My take is it's one of those things other people are saying so I say it too. Like "yay" and "yip-yip" and "hoorah". Only stupider and with less context.

Hal

Except, perhaps, as the basis for a comedy sketch.

Oh, right, haven't thought of those in years . .

Farnsworth M Muldoon

[C]alling on white allies especially [for your] support-- remember that everything that [you] are/have [right now] is due to the genocide and enslavement of our [people]...

Wait - the "Latinas" think cracker ass honky mofos owe them gas money because the Spanish conquistadors killed and enslaved "their people" ? If so, who, exactly, are "their" people ? "Latin people" who are "hispanic" and either white or brown depending on their political leanings, or the Central American indigenous people ? If the latter, why are they still clinging to their slave names and culture ? I don't think they have thought this through. Perhaps they should sit down with a mai tai by that nice pool at their dorms in that toxic environment.

Meanwhile, speaking of the Clown Quarter of academia, King Kong is rayciss, though you probably suspected it, now it is confirmed by one Robin Means Coleman who studies such things and has also discovered that the Muppet Elmo is black.

PiperPaul

WTP, my understanding of CT is that it's essentially a voluminous catch-all explanation for everything that's wrong with the world and all the blameroads lead to western society. But of course, what most AngryStudies students think is that it's a justification to righteously and annoyingly criticize anything not approved by the group-thinkers (while getting ego-stroking, attaboys and egging-on from peers and handlers).

When we know, in fact, that it's the Guild if Evil that's really to blame.

David

King Kong is rayciss, though you probably suspected it, now it is confirmed by one Robin Means Coleman

If memory serves, Kong is to a large extent a sympathetic figure, and pointedly so in recent iterations, which isn’t exactly consonant with expectations of racism. And apparently we mustn’t have any depictions of dark-skinned tribespeople with primitive ways, because – obviously - those never, ever existed at any point in history. And had they existed, they would never, ever have been interested in people who looked different to them.

I wonder if it ever occurs to these preening clowns that the only people who watch a Kong film and instantly see “a metaphorical stand-in for black American men” are (a) the busload of Klan members that must still exist somewhere, and (b) race hustling mediocrities employed in the Clown Quarter, who may now outnumber the first group and almost certainly do more damage.

bgates

I'm curious as to what make our Pitzer student believe that a)insulting and b)guilt-tripping one's associates is a successful fundraising approach for a personal vacation?

What is there about Pitzer which would lead one to believe insulting and guilt-tripping the local white people is not the most lucrative endeavor available to a young latinx?

As to queering a national park, a whole one – and queering it as fuck - I’m a bit stumped.

I read that as a description of their destination, rather than what they want to do to it - they shall venture to "[O]akland", which is apparently "queer [as -f]".

WTP

One of my numerous mental disorders is that when I hear a phrase that I consider exceptionally stupid, I can't seem to stop myself from using it. I have to go now as I need to queer as fuck the cilantro.

WTP

Ah...meant to add...because like interpretive dance, it's hell fun.

R. Sherman

What is there about Pitzer which would lead one to believe insulting and guilt-tripping the local white people is not the most lucrative endeavor available to a young latinx?

Ah, point taken. I suppose cohort of the "oppressor classes" who attend Pitzer are probably susceptible to those sorts of demands. One must take one's indulgences where one finds them, I suppose. Plus, contributing a sawbuck for gas money is easier than hand digging potable water wells in Burundi, I guess.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...they shall venture to "[O]akland", which is apparently "queer [as -f]".

I wonder if they have discussed that concept with these chaps.

The original Mr. X

And had they existed, they would never, ever have been interested in people who looked different to them.

I remember when I was going through the townships in South Africa, the local children would all run out to their front gardens to look at me, shouting "Mlungo! Mlungo!" ("White guy! White guy!") for the benefit of any family members who might also want a glimpse of this exotic creature. Of course, not being an SJW I found the whole experience mildly amusing in a slightly surreal kind of way, instead of an occasion for a full-scale nervous breakdown.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Cultural Appropriation ! Russia hacks St. Patrick's Day.


Spiny Norman

Like Russians need another excuse to overindulge... ;-)

Hal

Cultural Appropriation ! Russia hacks St. Patrick's Day.

Yeah, that sort of thing keeps occurring . . .

Then again, the Russian Orthodox senior staff do have a history of reacting to the European Orthodox or so . . .

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