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August 19, 2017

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Lisboeta

Not a lot of people know that the Moon actively discriminates against black people. Or would it be more 'correct' to blame the Sun/patriarchy for it? And the eclipse thingy is totally excluding all the women in Europe! (Still tittering at the article.)

Geoffrey

Someone please edit the "Old Man Yells at Cloud" meme to read "Old Woman Yells at Moon".

Dr Evil

When did celestial objects become racist? When did the author of this original piece become an idiot? Ye Gods preserve us!

jabrwok

Well, the Moon *is* white, so what should we expect?

sigh...

Nemo

Lisboeta,

It all makes sense now: we refer to the phases of the Moon by its lit area, excluding - to the point of near-invisibility - the dark area. And that's why the Moon's shadow passing across the Earth is, er, racist?

Meanwhile, when did 'Alaskan' become a race?

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Tell me again why Harvard is considered an "elite" educational institution?

That story, by the way, came from "Democracy Journal," which has more amusing fodder such as this one: http://democracyjournal.org/

How Should We Think About Inequality?
Research on Seattle's new minimum wage has cast doubt over whether $15 an hour really gave a raise to low-wage workers. An article in Boston Review offers unconventional advice for progressives arguing over that finding: Change the subject.

Destroys small businesses and impoverish minorities? But what about inequality!

tim

Maybe she's auditioning for a job at ESPN? That would explain it.

John D

the path of totality seems to mark the legacy of slavery and the persistence of segregation more than any form of inclusion.

Are any of these people *now* being *forced* to live where they live because of their skin colour? Because if they're not, what's her point?

Jamie MacMaster

And Eskimos....and Quebecers, and the Sami, and .....
I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she's trying to point out how silly most racism accusations are?

bob sykes

If the eclipse covered many black communities, it would represent a conspiracy of Whites to deny blacks sunlight.

David

Are any of these people *now* being *forced* to live where they live because of their skin colour? Because if they’re not, what’s her point?

And likewise, of the tens of thousands of people who’ll be travelling across the country to experience the eclipse, are black people – unlike those “Latinos, American Indians, Alaskans, and Asians” – being singled out for exclusion? And so the point, it seems, is for Alice Ristroph to let us know how woke she is, and therefore superior.

R. Sherman

With respect to Oregon, Ristroph's diatribe should be read in conjunction with this from The Atlantic.

As far as the St. Louis metro area is concerned, the county immediately south of St. Louis which will be completely immersed in totality is roughly 95% white and named for notorious slave holder Thomas Jefferson. Coincidence? I think not.

Burnsie

Blacks constitute about 14% of the total American population. So yeah, a random straight path across the country is likely to give you that kind of result.

But hey, why be sensible when there's an opportunity to blame whitey for something?

I didn't read the essay. Does she call this the "cracker eclipse?"

R. Sherman

Whoops, I meant to say The Christian Science Monitor for the Oregon article.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Having more than a passing acquaintance with Ft. Leavenworth, this caught my eye.

Census.gov tells us that Leavenworth has a much greater population density than the state average, and its black population is almost double the percentage of black residents statewide.Census.gov doesn’t mention it, but Leavenworth is a prison town, hosting a few federal facilities as well as the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility. Until her release earlier this year, Chelsea Manning was held in the U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth.

Actually, the black population is 10% less than Kansas City, Kansas (as opposed to the real Kansas City on the east side of State Line Road), and about the same as the other two largish cities, Topeka, and Wichita. Yes, it is more than the state average, but seeing as how 90% of Kansas counties have more cows than people, this is hardly surprising.

Regarding young Bradley Manning, he was not in the U.S. Penetentiary at Leavenworth the city, that is strictly a civilian slammer. He was in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (being the Army specific prison and after pre-trial confinement in the Joint hoosegow) on Ft. Leavenworth, the fort.

One would expect that a lawyer would know the difference, but then the whole article demonstrates that Harvard educated coastal self-proclaimed "elites", are both provincial, and ignorant.

stan

Tear down the moon.

NickM

I got a degree in astrophysics from QMC, London. That is all.

Trevor

Bad enough that someone not suffering brain damage can conceive of an article like this; far worse that it should appear in a purportedly serious publication.

Dom

Did you notice that the tag on the Ristrophe article is "science"?

David

I got a degree in astrophysics from QMC, London.

Reading that tale of woe must have been particularly painful.

[ Slides jar of pickled eggs along bar. ]

Jen

I am a terrible, terrible person. :-)

David

I am a terrible, terrible person. :-)

The coat made of puppy fur is a big giveaway.

Spiny Norman

The virtue-signalling has gotten so ridiculously competitive, the Progs are politicizing a lunar eclipse. Great merciful Zeus, what a great time to be alive!

Spiny Norman

It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.

The Great Racist Eclipse, then? >_<

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.

I failed to note earlier that this is a blinding flash of the obvious as along the entire path once past Portland there live almost no people of any hue till you get to Kansas City and St. Louis, and not a hell of a lot of people of any hue after till it skims Chattanooga and hits Charleston.

Our self-proclaimed coastal betters truly have no idea how vast Flyoverlandia is.

Jonathan

Obviously, the sun will be the next victim of White supremacy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyjJbhuwGkU

David Davis

Actually, what we know of the Moon from rock samples returned here, it that it's black - or nearly so. A sort of very dark grey comes to mind... It only looks "white" in the massive sense when illuminated strongly, owing to the crystal structure of basaltic minerals haveing some reflectivity.

Would that make her any happier? I doubt it. She'd find some excuse for racist white people having banished the "black" Moon from the Earth.

Killer Marmot

This article is fourth months and 17 days late.

Killer Marmot

It seems to me that the eclipse passing mostly over white people is a good thing. We are, after all, physiologically suited to low-sunlight environs.

TLH

Allowing idiots to self-identify is one of the many benefits of free speech.

Sam Duncan

“Meanwhile, when did 'Alaskan' become a race?”

Probably about the same time “Muslim” did.

“Blacks constitute about 14% of the total American population. So yeah, a random straight path across the country is likely to give you that kind of result.”

That's what I'm getting from it. Prof. Ristroph has inadvertantly made the point, at some length, that there aren't very many black people in America. I'm sure the neo-Nazis will be very grateful for her “research”.

Michael

Stand down folks. I declare Poe's Law. The author (and xer editor) forgot the smiley faces at the end. Xer's just funnin' with us.

Geezer

[ Slides jar of pickled eggs along bar. ]

Don't trust the pickled eggs. Other stuff goes in that jar.

the Progs are politicizing a lunar eclipse

It's a Solar eclipse. The Lunars are commonplace.

Pogonip

Well, if it makes her feel any better, in my area the weather's supposed to be clear Monday and, as a suburb of a huge military base, we have more black people in the area than you can shake a stick at.

Somebody mentioned Eskimos, or whatever you are supposed to call that ethnic group this week; I believe they're classified as Asian.

This week.

I think the article should have addressed the scandal that black people, in general, have to travel to see the Northern Lights.

dcardno

I didn't think the article was unreasonable. It was a look through US history, focussing on the experience of blacks. The path of the eclipse was a contrivance to hold it together. Naturally it feels slightly artificial - if the author had used the device of "let's pass along the 42nd parallel" it would be equally artificial. David's excerpts are out of context, and I didn't get nearly the tone of righteous snowflake indignation that he presented when I actually read the article. Professor Ristroph explicitly states that of course heavenly bodies are not racist, and never implies that the path of totality disadvantages or discriminates - it is just a narrative device. I would give Professor Ristroph a pass on this one.

WTP

When did the author of this original piece become an idiot?

I'm guessing the process started earlier but was certainly completed upon graduation from college.

Whenever I read such idiocy, the idiocy itself really doesn't concern me much. Oh sure, in the time the author spent drafting it, writing it, and proofreading it, you would think that their idiocy would occur to them. But then, such is life. No, what really impresses me, with published pieces anyway, is that at least one editor, quite possibly a staff of editors read it and decided it was worthy of being published in their esteemed journal, paper, what have you.

As time goes by, I am developing a deep appreciation and even admiration for bad ideas. It seems that people are always trying to stomp them out. Editors are hired, committees are formed, boards of directors are appointed, centers of knowledge are created, entire departments and bureaucracies consuming millions, nay, billions of dollars all in the concerted effort to wipe them out. Yet they've persisted. You gotta admire the pluck.

David

The path of the eclipse was a contrivance to hold it together.

Yes, obviously. But the word contrivance doesn’t fully convey the author’s labouring of a slim and loaded pretext - that people aren’t arranged geographically as Professor Ristroph would wish - or her apparent determination to elicit some pretentious collective guilt, or collective resentment, and to associate that ill-feeling with a phenomenon that most will regard as positive. It takes a certain chutzpah, one might say shamelessness, to exploit a rare and often moving astronomical phenomenon as a pretext to race hustle and thereby signal one’s own personal elevation. Just as saying, earnestly, that the eclipse is “mostly bypassing black people,” as if it were symbolic, takes a certain obliviousness.

[ Edited. ]

Dom

It's less than a contrivance. I too thought that she should have written something like: "When I throw a dart at a map of the US, X times out of 100 I hit a spot that has fewer than 14% black people", with a real value for "X". The whole eclipse thing is wrong on so many levels, not least that she appears to give a gloss of profundity over a dirt-simple matter. There are many reasons why the various races are distributed unevenly across the country, many of which come to mind when you consider that she included the Inuits.

"Blacks constitute about 14% of the total American population. So yeah, a random straight path across the country is likely to give you that kind of result." This won't satisfy the author. Every state, city, township, block, must be 14% black. If not, the only explanation is racism.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Naturally it feels slightly artificial...

I think what you mean is utterly asinine, devoid of anything vaguely factual to back it up.

It is a matter of population density, and more specifically geographic variations in population density by race...The Great American Eclipse may or may not tell us anything about our future, but its peculiar path could remind us of something about our past—what it was we meant to be doing, and what we actually did along the way.

Let us ignore for a moment that there is nothing peculiar about the path of the eclipse, or any eclipse, unless for some cosmic reason it went retrograde, or took a left at Albuquerque. From Portland to Kansas City the path is about 1,700 miles and completely crosses four states that have a grand total of around a whopping 8 million people, or about 2.5% of the total population. Despite her tidbits from history, there is nothing to prevent the entire black population of St. Louis from moving to Casper, Wyoming, so, no, the path wouldn't remind anyone normal of any damn thing except maybe the last eclipse.

From there she rambles into a barely cloaked diatribe against the Electoral College, non sequiturs like the link between Cassius Clay the elder and Mohammed Ali, and an incoherent rant about the just war theory:

The basic premise of just war, learned by schoolchildren on playgrounds and remembered far better than anyone remembers American history, is this: Always say, and steadfastly believe, that the other guy started it.

Of course, that was taught by no one, except maybe the leftist clowns at Harvard law, and among other things, ignores, or more likely displays ignorance of, preemptive war doctrine.

Regardless, what it all boils down to is this:

America is a nation with debts that no honest man can pay. It is too much to ask that these debts simply be forgiven. But perhaps the strange path of the eclipse suggests a need for reorganization. We have figured out, more or less, how to count every person. We have not yet found a political system in which every person counts equally.

IOW, typical boilerplate America sucks lefty boilerplate.

fnord

Are any of these people *now* being *forced* to live where they live because of their skin colour? Because if they're not, what's her point?

That she's better than you because she cares so damn much. It's always the point.

aelfheld

Does this mean the fault is in our stars?

madconductor

"I didn't think the article was unreasonable."

Perhaps not, in your mind. But you have been one-upped:

"Allowing idiots to self-identify is one of the many benefits of free speech."

TLH wins the interwebs this week.

Hopp Singg

I still think it's ego addiction. This guy just has a stronger habit than even his fellow proggies.

Well, that and he saw the words "Great" and "American" together and began salivating.

Hal

It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse . . .

. . . . and will be remembered as the total solar eclipse of 2017.

Following this, we will have a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 visible from Texas to Maine.

Yes, now is indeed the most important moment, but now still occurs in the context of everything and everywhen else.

Jeff Guinn

Good Lord, David, are you losing it? How did did you miss this?

Still, an eclipse chaser is always tempted to believe that the skies are relaying a message. At a moment of deep disagreement about the nation’s best path forward, here comes a giant round shadow, drawing a line either to cut the country in two or to unite it as one.

Yes, the skies are relaying the exact message that An Eclipse Chaser wanted to receive. Jeez, self-centered much?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Following this, we will have a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 visible from Texas to Maine.

That means the two paths will cross as if in an elongated X, just like in a Confederate battle flag - if that isn't rayciss, then nothing is.

Pogonip

I just checked Everyday Feminism and am disturbed that they found no way to scold us about this problematic eclipse.

Maybe EF should have a conversation.

sH2

The solar eclipse draws a path of total darkness in an area of near-total whiteness,

WE MUST MAKE PEOPLE LIVE WHERE I SAY!

David

How did you miss this?

I was probably too chafed by the assumption that the total solar eclipse – which for many will be a moment of wonderment – will be improved and made more relevant by grafting on lots of incongruous racial politics.

And possibly the fact that I was supposed to be going shopping and was in a hurry.

nuthinmuffin

"Oregon, where this begins, is almost entirely white."and one of the most blue voting states in the country...fascinating.

George Turner

Meanwhile, on some alternate forum, I'll write:

For the two minutes of totality while all the white people, especially the ones in law enforcement, are looking up at the eclipse, black people will be stealing anything that isn't nailed down. Here are tips that you can use to protect your property from the usual suspects.

David in Michigan

Absolutely horrible, lunar eclipse nonsense aside. Random thoughts put on paper. Terrible writing. I am deeply disturbed that this is the product of a Harvard education.

David, you must have a special talent for finding this kind of crap.

svh

Instalanche!

David

Instalanche!

We need more coasters, stat.

Pogonip

George, I think your joke is a little unfair to black people. They can't help it that SJWs use them as a weapon.

No eclipse for you!

Dferg

Is Alice Ristroph a pen name for Neil Tyson Degrasse?

Monty James

Sweet effing hell. More oppression by white devils. Alright, let's find some Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton statues. This shall not stand.

Is this fodder for another 500 comment debauch, or are we going to cool it for awhile, and not talk about the Bunched Panties Club?

Mike

Must. Racialize. Everything.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

The People's Cube for the win.

McG

Hundreds of years ago, seeing a total eclipse was a cause for terror and panic.

In the 21st century, not having a total eclipse pass over your neighborhood is proof that white people hate black people.

I can only imagine how people will interpret a total eclipse in the 26th century.

David

Must. Racialize. Everything.

Next week: a tenuous, arbitrary and laboured connection between race and the field strength of magnetars.

And remember, people - never look directly at the wokeness. It’s gloriousness can blind.

Ralph F

A little while ago, I read the story about USC's horse named Traveler. Evidently, because Robert E. Lee had a horse named Traveller, it's no longer acceptable to have a horse with that name. Basically, the horse is racist. Who knew?

I thought that was peak stupidity, but alas, I was wrong. Now the coming eclipse is racist.

Once again, I think this is peak stupidity, but I will not doubt find out shortly that I am wrong.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...USC's horse named Traveler...

Well, it is a white horse, but as it is USC (California USC, not U of South Carolina), it is also a Trojan horse, so obviously it is hiding rayciss white supremacy.

Daniel

Is everyone certain that this wasn't a parody?
It sure looks like one to me.

Pogonip

Daniel, these days it's hard to tell! I'm still not sure whether Everyday Feminism is run by a Swiftian genius or a lunatic.

I wonder if it's still OK to name your pet rabbits Hazel and Bigwig?

Trevor

I thought that was peak stupidity, but alas, I was wrong.

I thought that was possibly reached last week when it was decreed that people called 'Lynch' must never have buildings named after them.

Ed Vidal

Schools and departments of education contain the dumbest people on every campus. Real scholars study substantive subjects.

Elfaygo

The next total eclipse will happen April 8, 2024. It's not to late to start a petition to make the eclipse start over South Central L.A., skip the white wastelands, then reappear over St. Louis, pass over Memphis, bop up to Chicago's south side, glide over Gary, shimmy to Detroit, then make a grand tour over Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, Newark and Harlem.

The people demand it!

wtp

Hundreds of years ago, seeing a total eclipse was a cause for terror and panic.

Trust me, in the 21st century it still is. See my post on Friday Eph. Additionally note that this second US eclipse in 7 years will cross the path of Monday's one somewhere in southern Illinois. FWIU, 7 being a biblical type of number, there are predictions on apocalyptic proportions being anticipated.

Ken Mitchell

No worries; there is another eclipse coming, on April 8, 2024. The path of totality will start in the Pacific south of Baja, cross Mexico into Texas, then through Pennsylvania and into Canada. The time of totality will be greater, too; about 6 minutes.

Eclipses are never "omens" or "messages"; they are precisely and mathematically certain. I'll believe that an eclipse is a sign from God when it does NOT happen within a few seconds of the time calculated.

WTP

they are precisely and mathematically certain.

Ok, I am definitely picking a nit here but something I found interesting when after finding some conflicting numbers on the totality in my location, I poked around on the web and learned that the precision, while good, is not what 21st centuray folk might expect. There is a significant amount of unpredictable wobble by the parties involved such that exact times for exact locations are really just fairly good estimates. Of course, seek and ye shall find. But perhaps NickM can tell me if my source was full of beans on this.

R. Sherman

There is a significant amount of unpredictable wobble by the parties involved. . .

That depends on when the margarita consumption on the front porch begins relative to totality.

Vito

I always knew the moon had a dark side. I did not know it was racist, though.

mark Abrams

The professor implies that the sun and moon favor WHITE people, what a racist he must be. String him up.

J.M. Heinrichs

“… will race across the country faster than the speed of sound.”
So you won’t be able to hear it coming; pity the deaf.

Cheers

Vince N

It was all a trick! They freed the slaves in 1865 but they didn't give blacks the equal right to see the 2017 eclipse, so it was all for naught!

Either that or the cosmos is racist. What time does the next spaceship for the centre of the universe depart, so we can put all the anti-racists on it to go speak to the real Powers That Be and get this travesty sorted out?

Connor

So… America is mostly white and people don't live spread out evenly by colour? And this took 5000 words?

Twisted Root

I wonder if it's still OK to name your pet rabbits Hazel and Bigwig?

I have no idea. But will someone keep this man away from Dambusters re-runs.

Mags

Yes, guilty, forever.

Lefties love guilt porn.

David

Lefties love guilt porn.

Tonally, and in terms of incongruity, it’s not unlike turning up to a wedding party and banging on about factory farming.

Burnsie

Oh NOW I get it.

Her knickers are in a twist because it's been dubbed "The Great American Eclipse," and to a grievance professional "The Great American Anything" is instant cause to roll out the rage and victimhood.

Don't you dare enjoy anything without acknowledging your white guilt first, America.

Triggered: the standard default position.

Burnsie

Short version:

"There are two Americas: people who can watch the eclipse while white, and everybody else. Don't you see the injustice?"

David

Don’t you dare enjoy anything without acknowledging your white guilt first, America.

Yes, pretty much.

To be clear, and contrary to some comments upthread, the professor isn’t saying that the eclipse is racist, but rather that it reveals how “segregated,” and therefore presumably racist, we are. We meaning white devils in America. The ones who should feel guilty forever, regardless of any individual behaviour, and even when the heavens align in a fairly spectacular fashion.

Jonathan

I've just watched This documentary, and it would seem that Ms.Ristroph's fear of the moon is well founded.

Adam

The eclipse, like Trump, divides the nation and excludes People of Color. 12 words. Save the Planet. Write less:Say more.

Trevor

There is a significant amount of unpredictable wobble by the parties involved.

Has 'Unpredictable Wobble' been claimed as a band name yet?

Clam

the legacy of slavery

Whenever I see the phrase "the legacy of slavery" there's usually bullshit coming.

David

Whenever I see the phrase “the legacy of slavery” there’s usually bullshit coming.

It is very often a signal, analogous to name-dropping, and is used to excuse all manner of behaviour.

Suburbanbanshee

Jubilee years, commanded by God in the Bible, were a big part of anti-slavery thought before the Civil War.

In Jubilee years, land was to go back to the original tribal and family distributions, slaves were to be freed, and all debts were to be forgiven. The idea was to start fresh. Later prophets built on this idea by pointing out that sins and offenses were also debts that must also be forgiven. We see this line of thought culminate in the Lord's Prayer.

Ex-slaves clearly identified the Emancipation Proclamation as a sort of Jubilee, American style. Forgiveness was what helped them move on. Professor Ristroph dishonors this.

Don Rowan

Well, why stop with America with the slavery BS? If we go far enough back into history,we can more than likely find an ancestor in any race/clan/tribe that practiced slavery. The whole premise of being owed for something their ancestors also practiced is totally ignorant. If memory serves me right the Jewish were slaves in Egypt for 400 hundred years and we don't hear them whining about it and old King George made slaves of the Irish for many years also and we don't hear them whining to England (soon to be Britanistan) about it, although once the muslims have complete control, they will be again...the same as the rest of Europe...the same as when the hordes ruled in Europe. They will have come full circle.

Surreptitious Evil

The Irish don't whine about England? Where do you live?

McG

I thought that was peak stupidity, but alas, I was wrong.

Let that be a lesson: never declare "Peak" anything. Peak Oil wasn't. Peak Trump wasn't. Peak Stupidity never will be.

Joshua

I thought that was possibly reached last week when it was decreed that people called 'Lynch' must never have buildings named after them.

At least this means that Barack Obama's second attorney general is less likely to receive public honors.

Sourhtern Gal

Alice has obviously never been to Columbia, SC, LOL

Rafi

Though it occurs to me that trying to propagate pretentious, collective guilt - an act of psychological malice - and thereby exalting oneself as tearfully compassionate and high-minded, at least among fellow pretenders, isn’t a particularly noble activity either.

That.

Spiny Norman

Monty,

More oppression by white devils. Alright, let's find some Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton statues. This shall not stand.
Well, since Newton's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica was declared a "rape manual" some years ago, yeah, it has to go.

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll make an offering to the spam filter.

Spiny Norman

An offering? Human sacrifice, perhaps?

(Is that what happens to the more annoying and persistent trolls? I have often wondered.)

Microbillionaire
Well, why stop with America with the slavery BS? If we go far enough back into history,we can more than likely find an ancestor in any race/clan/tribe that practiced slavery.

The Barbary Pirates and the Ottoman Empire in particular come to mind.

David

An offering? Human sacrifice, perhaps?

Puppies. Always puppies.

Is that what happens to the more annoying and persistent trolls? I have often wondered.

Actually, I’m surprised by how few we get here. Maybe this place is too out-of-the-way to attract them. In a decade of doing this, I’ve blocked only a handful of trolls, along with a racist loon who assumed that deploying BLOCK CAPS and lots of exclamation points made his tirades more credible.

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