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September 09, 2017

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sk60

The members of Penn’s National Lawyers Guild wrote that Wax’s comments are a “textbook example of white supremacy and cultural elitism” and alleged she is a “segregationist” with “bigoted views.”

Law students lying.

#Progress

David

Ben Sixsmith on Western history and its enemies:

Donna Zuckerberg (yes, she is Mark’s sister) edits the Classical Studies journal Eidolon. In a recent essay she announced her desire to “model a Classics that is ethical, diverse, intersectional, and especially feminist.” “Classics as a discipline,” she wrote, “has deep roots in fascism and reactionary politics and white supremacy, and those ideologies exert a powerful gravitational pull on the discipline’s practitioners. If we want to fight those forces, we need to actively work against them.” How Classical Studies has “deep roots” in fascism when the field predates the dogma is a mystery.

There’s more, of course.

David

Law students lying.

Well, dishonesty is a prerequisite of almost all adult leftism.

Darleen

UC Berkeley is playing all sorts of games with Shapiro's visit during "Free Speech Week" ... they've cut in half the number of tickets allowed for the event, they will only allow tickets to be picked up in person "maybe" two days before the event (no will-call on the event day) and people have to have proper id to pick them up. No group is allowed to purchase tickets.

All for a rather mild-mannered Orthodox Jew who speaks on mainstream, traditional values.

David

All for a rather mild-mannered Orthodox Jew who speaks on mainstream, traditional values.

Quite. Shapiro may be sharper than most but he rarely indulges in gratuitous provocation, or scandal for its own sake, and he actively invites questions from critics in the audience, often with lengthy and generous responses. As you say, he articulates the values of a great many people, few of whom would regard themselves as controversialists. As a measure of how insular and perverse the Clown Quarter has become, the reactions to his appearances are a pretty good yardstick.

R. Sherman

Nowhere in Wax's essay does she mention race. Yet that's the first thing the Progressive Left invokes to criticize her. N.B. most of the critics are white Leftists, who I guess do not believe it's possible for brown people to do the things which Professor Wax applauds.

Who are the racists again?

R. Sherman

If modern academia continues on its current trajectory, I fail to see how the Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social (Justice) "Sciences" can remain a part of a university which includes the rigorous STEM courses of study. They either have to separate into STEM concerns versus quasi-religious "seminaries" for the Left or the Liberal Arts and Humanities will destroy the rest of the university. Those are the only two conceivable outcomes where SJW's prohibit certain areas or inquiry and the resultant answers from public consumption.

And, who are the religious fanatics again?

pst314

The National Lawyer's Guild is and always was a Communist front organization:
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6162

Whether they support or oppose free speech rights (or any other civil rights) depends on the person doing the speaking and which position will advance the cause of totalitarian leftism.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

White people preventing blacks from preparing for a hurricane

Or something. I'm not quite sure how to make heads or tales of it.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

"Tails", not "tales", of course. I need another cup of coffee....

David

All for a rather mild-mannered Orthodox Jew who speaks on mainstream, traditional values.

Readers who agree with much, or some, of Shapiro’s views, or who have family members who do, might try picturing those family members also being screeched at hysterically and physically intimidated, simply for daring to articulate insufficiently leftist views.

Daniel Ream

How Classical Studies has “deep roots” in fascism when the field predates the dogma is a mystery.

Somebody doesn't know what a fasces is.

Rome was the original fascist state, inasmuch as they had legal provision for turning themselves into one in the event of crisis.

Steve E

Somebody doesn't know what a fasces is.

I'm not sure they know what "feces" is.

Sam Duncan

“Ideally, universities would be far more tolerant, open, and intellectually diverse than the “real world.” Ideally, they would host genuine and untrammelled free inquiry, and in a manner that is hard, if not impossible, to replicate elsewhere…”

No, more than “ideally”. That's what they're for. It's completely antithetical to the whole idea of a university - from the same Latin root as “universal”, let's not forget* - to silence opinion.

The institutions which are allowing this sort of censorship to occur aren't just “bad” universities; they've forfeited the right to the name altogether.

*Boo! Classics! Fascist! (I wonder if that's one reason they don't like it. No, on second thoughts, I don't. I know it is.)

Hilton Wroonbatt

"If our colleges continue down this road, they are going to create a host of extremely weird, hyper-sensitive people who have no earthly idea how to converse and interact with the sane…"

That's the genius of it. The products of this indoctrination are fanatics. They're willing to suffer for the cause. They *can't* any longer be sane citizens.

Daniel Ream

It's completely antithetical to the whole idea of a university

The original idea of the university was to act as a guild system for students of theology and related canonical subjects. The students had all the power and the teachers had to do what the students demanded.

So not too different from today, really.

pst314

"Rome was the original fascist state...
Do you mean a provision for tyrannical rule in times of crisis?

jabrwok

Somebody doesn't know what a fasces is.

It's the Latin embodiment of the phrase "Stronger Together".

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

"Tails", not "tales", of course.

Actually, "tales" rather fits in this context as Mr. Wiki says 61% of Cubans are Persons of Pallor which is only about 15% less than the Joint forces at Gitmo.

Robert of Ottawa

fascist intellectual thuggery must be intered into the archives of Amazingly Stupid Slogans or ASS for short, serendipidly :-)

Andy

"Rome was the original fascist state..."

The laws and political systems of the Roman Republic were created deliberately to oppose the creation of tyrants after a succession of tyrannical kings who thought they could circumvent or ignore the law, the symbol of the fasces was a sign that the bearer, who would have been an elected official with a fixed term of office had the power under the law to dispense justice.(not to mention that many Roman magistrates who had overstepped their authority while in office were prosecuted for their misdeeds after their term of office was over)
Also the common people had powerful allies in the Tribunes of the Plebs who although being separate from the political class and not drawn from the ranks of the Senate had significant powers to ensure the common people were not subjected to unfair laws.
When you look at how satirists,poets and playwrights and the mob mocked and insulted the Republics leaders throughout its history without being locked up would suggest that the Roman people had a pretty high level of liberty and freedom of speech ,its only after the republic fell and was replaced by the rule of the Caesars that insulting the big nobs suddenly became a crime again.

Spiny Norman

As John McWhorter has pointed out, “certain questions are not to be asked.”

I prefer questions I can't answer to answers I can't question.

(I'm not sure who said that. It was a "quote" I saw the other day that is spot-on perfect.)

Spiny Norman

How Classical Studies has “deep roots” in fascism when the field predates the dogma is a mystery.

To the leftist True Believer, it is always Year Zero, so nothing predates the dogma.

Robert of Ottawa

They probably think of Classics as Class-ics, AKA the study of class techniques to oppress the benighted.

Pogonip

I'd like to submit a problem for public suggestion. I fall asleep, wake up 2-3 hours later, and can't get back to sleep. Ambien adds maybe an extra hour. I can't take melatonin because it clashes with a prescription I have to take. Any ideas?

Spiny Norman

Pogonip,

Have you ever been tested for sleep apnea? Or have you discussed with your doctor if any side effects of your prescription meds may cause sleep problems?

Pogonip

Yes and yes. No luck.

Daniel Ream

Do you mean a provision for tyrannical rule in times of crisis?

Yes. The terms of a Roman dictatorship were the inspiration for Italy's Fascist Party.

And Andy....Sulla, dude. Sulla.

Vince N

fascist intellectual thuggery

The only intellectual thuggery involved is that of Herbert Marcuse, who was responsible for of the left-wing protesters' worldview.

Burnsie

Pogonip—shame about the melatonin. I've taken it nightly for years, really helps me drop off.

Try herbal lavender. When you wake up, daub a drop or two on your shoulders or head. That's what I do, seems to work to get me get sleeping again.

David

The terms of a Roman dictatorship were the inspiration for Italy’s Fascist Party.

I’d assumed that Ms Zuckerberg’s accusation of fascism was aimed at “Classics as a discipline,” i.e., the scholarly investigation of antiquity, not antiquity itself. I suppose it’s possible that the department of Classical and Byzantine Studies at Oxford is teeming with the fascistically inclined – I wouldn’t know – but it seems unlikely. Either way, Ms Zuckerberg, a former contributor to Jezebel, seems to favour a rather sweeping definition of fascism, and of “reactionary politics,” to the extent that she openly derides the notion that her own publication might benefit from being a little more “ideologically diverse,” i.e., not overwhelmingly leftwing:

But we’ve been accused of not being “ideologically diverse.” This charge is a common one, but I think it is misguided, in addition to being morally bankrupt. Making ideological diversity a primary objective is fundamentally incompatible with fighting against racism, sexism, and other forms of structural oppression, and we choose to prioritize the latter.”

Seen in context, this suggests that if a scholar doubts the value of, say, identity politics or intersectional feminism, or some other modish conceit, and indeed fails to affirm such things, he or she will not be published in any journal edited by Ms Zuckerberg, who seems to equate being even vaguely conservative with “racism, sexism and structural oppression.”

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he articulates the values of a great many people, few of whom would regard themselves as controversialists. As a measure of how insular and perverse the Clown Quarter has become, the reactions to his appearances are a pretty good yardstick.

That.

Jonathan

As David, and others have noted before, it's a mistake to send people to University who really shouldn't be there. Evidently, spending hundreds of billions of dollars and demonising White people as racist has done nothing to close the gap between White and non-White students:

From the Washington Post

"We didn’t know it was this bad": New ACT scores show huge achievement gaps...

You could argue that those investments should have made a clearer difference,” he said, “and that’s not what we’re seeing.”

What are the odds on the Educational Establishment:

A) Realising they've wasted enormous amounts of time and money for ideological reasons.

or

B) Doubling down on their failed policies.

Via Steve Sailer

David

That.

When even Christina Hoff Sommers requires a large, armed security detail to ensure her physical safety on campus, something is malfunctioning.

Jonathan

...something is malfunctioning.

Actually, it seems to be going precisely to plan.

Hopp Singg

Pogonip,

An easy first try is to get lots of bright light, preferably sunlight, first thing the morning. This resets your circadian rhythm so that your body knows that day is day and night is night.

Also, melatonin essentially reduces somatostatin, iirc, which blocks the release of growth hormone. But there are other supplements that can do the same thing, such as glutamine or citrulline.

I have also heard, though never tried, that tryptophan at night will convert to serotonin and from that to endogenous melatonin.

Note that with the amino acids you probably want to pick just one. If they have to compete with each other, or with a late night meal, to cross the blood/brain barrier, they probably won't work. You can poke around a bit on your own to learn more. Finish your eating and drinking a few hours before bed if you can. Booze only in moderation, of course

Lastly, some people swear that late night light, especially blue light cuz it mimics midday sun, can throw off your internal clock. Blue blocking glasses, like a cheap pair of Amber safety goggles, might help. Here's a link/pic that can help confirm if a particular pair of goggles are suitable or not:

https://www.paleohacks.com/sleep/will-plain-red-or-orange-lenses-block-blue-light-for-sleep-17104

Best of luck.

David

Via Darleen, this.

Adam

I teach for a prominent university. Much of the curriculum for lower level classes is standardized. I just received an email from College admin that a course I teach will be further lightened by eliminating APA writing standards and changing all assignments to worksheets, in the name of "student success".

To promote "success" in this way smacks of desperation on the part of the administration.

Kevin B

pogonip: Try a Magnesium supplement. It certainly helps me get to sleep and get back to sleep if I wake in the night. It also keeps me regular and reduces my foot and leg cramps. I definitely notice the difference if I don't take it.

Pogonip

Thanks, everybody!

Andy

Daniel Reams;
would that be the same Sulla who having been granted the dictatorship then voluntarily gave it up and would wander the forum without bodyguards and explain his actions and reasons for doing so to any citizen who asked him? Sulla was a monster when he was running the show but considering the Republic lasted for some 700 odd years there was a distinct lack of tyrants and lunatics in charge, The Republic was far from perfect but ask yourself, would you rather have been a Roman citizen or a medieval peasant?

David

In slightly more encouraging news:

The whole evening had the feeling that the adults were in charge, that they knew they were in charge, and that — crucially — the students knew the adults were in charge, too… At many universities, the problem is simply that adults aren’t in charge. The adults are scared of their students, the students know it, and they correctly conclude that they can get away with almost anything without consequences.

Charles Murray on a (surprisingly civilised) visit to Harvard.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oregon woman takes the vapors and gets UK conductor Matthew Halls fired over "racist" joke.

We'll ignore that the the conductor was bantering with his black American friend, singer Reginald Mobley, but the joke:

The singer, who was born and raised in the southern state of Florida, said the concert had an “antebellum” feel to it, of the sort associated with Gone With the Wind and other rose-tinted representations of the pre-Civil War south.

In response Mobley says that Halls “apologised on behalf of England”, before putting on an exaggerated southern accent and joking: “Do you want some grits?

Passing over the fact that there is not one damn thing "racist" about a Southerner of any race having an accent or eating grits as both are pretty universal, nonetheless:

But the singer suspects that a white woman who overheard their conversation and spoke to him moments later went on to report it to the university, alleging Halls had made a racist joke.

Yeah, nothing provincial about our self proclaimed left coast academic betters.

David

Oregon woman takes the vapors and gets UK conductor Matthew Halls fired over “racist” joke.

This detail stands out:

However, Mobley was not invited to give evidence and he says there is a deep irony in the fact the authorities appear to have assumed on his behalf that he would have objected to the joke. “I’m the subject of a falsified story, without having the chance to have my say,” he said.

But aren’t we being told, repeatedly, that whether or not a thing is racist can only be determined by the sufficiently brown party?

David

And if anyone is worried that of late I’ve failed to give Laurie Penny the attention she so evidently craves, Tim Newman has some thoughts on her self-imagined magnificence.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

But aren’t we being told, repeatedly, that whether or not a thing is racist can only be determined by the sufficiently brown party?

David

Heh.

sH2

Relevant.

https://twitter.com/RoundSqrCupola/status/906682223822336000

Tim Newman

However, Mobley was not invited to give evidence and he says there is a deep irony in the fact the authorities appear to have assumed on his behalf that he would have objected to the joke.

See also this from an excellent article by Emily Yoffe in The Atlantic

Its report for the latter half of 2015 included a new category: third-party reports in which the alleged victim, after being contacted by the Title IX office, refused to cooperate. These cases made up more than 30 percent of all undergraduate-assault allegations.

Mark Hathaway, a California attorney who has dealt with several no-complainant complaints, says that the zeal with which these complaints are sometimes handled can be wounding psychologically to both the accused and his partner. Hathaway represented a young man who was in bed with his girlfriend in her dorm room. They were fooling around but not having intercourse. In the next bed was the girlfriend’s roommate and a male student. They thought that the girlfriend had had too much to drink to be able to consent to sexual activity. They mentioned their concern to a resident adviser, who was obligated to report it to the Title IX office, which then opened an investigation. “The girl says nothing happened; it was all consensual,” Hathaway told me. “But the school still goes forward.”

It must be so empowering being a woman or black man being told by a person in a position of power that you're a victim and incapable of assessing what has transpired. And these are the ones who are supposed to be on their side!

Tim Newman

And if anyone is worried that of late I’ve failed to give Laurie Penny the attention she so evidently craves, Tim Newman has some thoughts on her self-imagined magnificence.

To be honest, it's absolutely tragic. As most of your readers (and mine) would know, I got involved with someone very much like Penny last year (albeit she didn't go in for nose-picking, in private or on TV) and once the dust had settled and the anger worn off, I could see it was a really sad situation. Shit parenting, ental issues, and a lack of people around her when young to pull her aside and point her in the right direction. Then she falls in with a group of poisonous individuals who encourage her, and before long it's too late for her to back down. I write about it partly because I am forever grateful that I had a couple of friends around me between 20-25 who made sure if I started acting the twat (as we all do) they'd pull me back in line, and I'd do the same for them.

David

To be honest, it’s absolutely tragic.

I’m not that generous with my sympathies, I suspect; but insofar as it’s tragic, I tend to think of those sufficiently credulous to act on Laurie’s advice. On almost any subject.

ental issues

I see I’m going to have to use my red pen.

Spiny Norman

I see I’m going to have to use my red pen.

When I worked at a small-town newspaper, we had a (retired school teacher) proofreader and her dreaded blue pencil.

Tim Newman

I’m not that generous with my sympathies

Oh, we know.

I see I’m going to have to use my red pen.

I recently bought a cocktail making kit and today I bought a hundred quid's worth of ingredients. I might not be quite myself this evening. Hic!

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I see I’m going to have to use my red pen.

"Ental" is a perfectly cromulent word, in medicine it is an adjective meaning towards or related to the inside of something, internal. Compare to distal, caudal, dorsal, etc.

From Tim's descriptions, it is impossible to deny the lady in question had inner problems.

David

I recently bought a cocktail making kit and today I bought a hundred quid’s worth of ingredients.

I’ll book some cabs. We’re all piling round to Tim’s.

Ooh. Bring the pickled eggs.

Tim Newman

We’re all piling round to Tim’s.

You're all more than welcome. Just don't go too ental with one another. Ahem.

Pogonip

I read Tim's Laurie Penny article. (I'd never heard of Laurie till I came upon this site.). I would like to know on what planet she encountered teenagers who don't care what everyone else thinks. Teenagers care about little else. Popularity is all. The ones who have it hang on to it with grim determination and the ones who don't aren't fooling anyone when they say they didn't like the popular kids anyway. Most of us hang on and leave high school with a sigh of relief. Laurie is still searching for popularity--and getting paid for it! So I'm assuming her constant anger is a role played for her readers, and in real life she's happily skipping all the way to the bank.

David

I would like to know on what planet she encountered teenagers who don’t care what everyone else thinks.

Heh. Laurie was never a reliable narrator.

jabrwok

@Adam: To promote "success" in this way smacks of desperation on the part of the administration.

Reynold's Law rears its ugly head once again. The administration confuses the markers of success, good grades, with the drivers of success, actual knowledge and skill. Your students will not be well served by this change, but the consequences will not fall on the heads of the administration, so it's Somebody Else's Problem as far as they need be concerned:-(.

Pogonip

So I read his other Laurie article while I was in there. Those teenagers who don't care must live on the same planet with all those guys who never do housework. I have difficulty believing all those feminists grew up in households where Dad never washed a dish or picked up a mop. I know too many old guys who clean house right along with their wives. (Mine was a neat freak but somehow managed to spend 68 years with my mom who was a casual housekeeper at best.)

Did anyone see the news story about the couple who've been married 75 years? Their names are Harvey and Irma. (I said 40 years ago that adding himicanes to hurricanes was a bad idea! Poor Harvey and Irma will NEVER stop being kidded about this.)

R. Sherman

The administration confuses the markers of success...with the drivers of success...

It seems its more than confusion between the two. Rather it's a complete denial that there is a process at all which leads to a certain result. For the Leftist, all results whether good or bad are random occurrences. (Of course, the really bad results are caused by nefarious oppression by those random beneficiaries of the Universe's bounty.) This is the Leftist reality, and so we see the reaction to Professor Wax. She threatens their worldview with her "old veraties."

WTP

Not normally one for long posts, so I’ll blame Irma and cabin fever for this if I must, but in regard to Laura Penny and our youth culture (including us boomers and basically anyone post-WWII) I’ve been thinking about this lately….

Consider for the majority of human history, people only had their own real-life experiences to go on. Broad literacy rates are only a 200 year or so phenomenon. Most people in human history lived their entire lives within the communities in which they were born. Some did migrate maybe to the nearest large city or such but then they would settle down and their children would remain. Very few read books by/from other cultures, etc….Bear with me, this isn’t the usual diversity rant per se and yes this is a bit of a ramble….For the most part their lives were as Hobbes’ description of solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. When they did have time for stories, the stories were legends or perhaps from a play or travelling carnival, but these things did not occupy a large percentage of their time or consume so many brain cycles. For the most part, when they experienced something new they would only have the context of their own lives, those of close friends and relatives, etc. with which to contrast their experiences. Up until the 20th century, no radio, no TV, no movies. Limited access to books, especially for those people on the frontiers or scattered small towns and villages.

Now consider the lives of ourselves and pretty much anybody with memory of WWII. Constant barrage of uncountable stories of fiction, all stories competing with each other for the attention of generations with more and more leisure time and more and more disposable income for everyone from the average joe, even the poor, putting them somewhat on par with what was formerly referred to as the leisure classes. Fiction’s greatest hook/appeal being drama. Even non-fiction has much drama inserted into it, though that does go back to Shakespeare and beyond. My point I’m trying to get to is that people today have far more brain cycles to devote to the lives and experiences of people other than themselves. Mostly consisting of people who never really existed and events that in reality could never really occur in the way they are portrayed in the alternate universes of fiction. The cycles/time people have for processing their own experiences or others’ more reality based ones pale in comparison to the cycles/time devoted to the fiction that they have been exposed to. Thus when people have new experiences, is it any wonder that they put them in the far more dramatic context of the fiction that they have encountered rather than their more reality-based personal experiences? The drama, the obtuseness in regards to reality, the starry-eyed idealism. Jerimiah Furtrapper, Rowan Potatodigger, Olag Fishmonger, Gerhart Pigfarmer didn’t have time or energy for “such foolishness”. I find it so odd when I discuss economics with people of today, how so many of them put things in the context of factory workers/bosses, yet so very few people, in the west anyway, still work in a factory. After 9/11 when arming airline pilots was being considered, so many “educated” people were convinced that a stray bullet would totally compromise an airframe. About that time I read a convincing article that this irrational fear was traced back to the James Bond film Goldfinger. Much of the hysteria I am currently dealing with here in Florida the past week over certain aspects of this hurricane seems to be driven, not just by Andrew in 1992 (which is reasonable) but by the hysteria of disaster movies, with a little catalyst from the news media. Panic buying of gasoline and water (as if it’s not piped directly into everyone’s home) has created unnecessary shortages.

Not sure that is totally flushed out. Certainly holes and such to pick. But it’s been bugging me all week. Hopefully getting it out, I can f’n sleep tonight.

Spiny Norman
After 9/11 when arming airline pilots was being considered, so many “educated” people were convinced that a stray bullet would totally compromise an airframe. About that time I read a convincing article that this irrational fear was traced back to the James Bond film Goldfinger.
This.

Mythbusters thoroughly debunked that notion. Twice, because the disaster-movie-myth-lovers were still defiantly unconvinced the first time.

Pogonip

WTP, if grumbling made you sleep, I wouldn't be asking for pointers! 😄😴

Pogonip

I'm new, so I missed the stuff about Tim and his (ex?)-girlfriend. Can someone fill me in? At least on the juicy parts.

pst314

"Ooh. Bring the pickled eggs."

Are they mandatory? If so, I'm staying on my side of the Atlantic.

PiperPaul

Didn't we learn that those are not actually eggs?

Hal

I'm new, so I missed the stuff about Tim and his (ex?)-girlfriend.

Um.

As I recall, Some assorted discussions, and so forth . . .

Pogonip

Thanks, Hal.

Having read this, and having been involved with an "artistic" loon myself, I have 2 comments:

1). Never, ever, ever enter into an affair with someone who's "creative" but can't point to what they've created. Or are creating; Stephen King doesn't write those doorstops in a day, you know. They take him at least 2 weeks. The point is , "creative," like " spiritual-but-not-religious", is a dead giveaway for "not emotionally capable of sustaining a marriage.

2). If there isn't a band called the Farting Cartoon Birds, someone should form it ASAP.

Daniel Ream

I write about it partly because I am forever grateful that I had a couple of friends around me between 20-25 who made sure if I started acting the twat (as we all do) they'd pull me back in line, and I'd do the same for them.

Around here we uncouth provincials have a pithy aphorism for that: "don't stick your d*ck in crazy". It's a good rule.

Pogonip

I believe the Uncouth Provincials are playing on adouble bill with the Farting Cartoon Birds.

Pogonip

What a hurricane sounds like (much like a tornado):

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/enter-the-dragon/

One time we were at the zoo, and something caught the attention of a tiger, and she made a sort of ch-ch-ch-chuff sound. To the tigers it probably meant something innocuous like "Hey! I think I hear the guy who brings the food is coming " or "Look, a red-bellied sapsucker, we haven't seen one of those since last year" or even "Whose turn is it to lift his head and prove we aren't stuffed specimens?" But at that casual (to a tiger) remark, my thousands upon thousands of ancestors who'd managed to outrun the other guy shouted "It's a TIGER!" at my soul, and I immediately stepped between my kd and the (perfectly safe, idiot-proofed) exhibit, and all the other parents did the same thing and then a moment later we all smiled sheepishly at each other.

The sound of Irma caused the exact same reaction. If I heard that in real life I'd flee, even if I had to do so in a wheelchair. I salute the courage, if not the intelligence, of those who've decided to ride it out, and pray for them.

Hal

Stephen King doesn't write those doorstops in a day, you know. They take him at least 2 weeks.

Isaac Asimov had writers block once. It was the worst ten minutes of his life. ---Harlan Ellison
Farnsworth M. Muldoon

It's a good rule.

Indeed, buy alas, one occasionally finds out after the fact the the rule has been broken inadvertently.

...something caught the attention of a tiger, and she made a sort of ch-ch-ch-chuff sound...

So was the tiger chuffed, or chuffing chuffed off ?

Pogonip

Chuffed if I know! 😄

Daniel Ream

one occasionally finds out after the fact the the rule has been broken inadvertently.

I speak from painful experience when I say that there are none so blind as those who will not see. The signs are inevitably there for those who choose to see them.

David

I’ve just noticed that the posters by the ‘Refuse Fascism’ group at Berkeley, the group hoping to disrupt Ben Shapiro’s talk with authoritarian tactics, invite support for their efforts from “a diversity of perspectives.” So they can unite in shutting down a diversity of perspectives.

svh

invite support for their efforts from “a diversity of perspectives.” So they can unite in shutting down a diversity of perspectives.

LEARN TO DOUBLETHINK, YOU HATER!

David

“Do you even doublethink, bro?”

David
Portland police will no longer maintain a database of suspected gang members, due to concerns that the vast majority of people with the gang label are racial minorities.

More here, via Darleen.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, Portland police capture the Wicked Witch of the Northwest

What a world, what a world...

R. Sherman

Query whether the Portland police are more discomfited by the thought that all those pasty, rich white kids dressed in black pajamas and assaulting random people with bike locks and pepper spray might find themselves on the "gang list?" Is it a coincidence that Portland is a hotbed of organized ANTIFA violence, which violence is tacitly supported by the political worthies of Trotskyville on the Columbia River?

David

Today’s word is parenting.

David

The institutions which are allowing this sort of censorship to occur aren’t just “bad” universities; they’ve forfeited the right to the name altogether.

Somewhat related, here’s Jonathan Haidt on free enquiry and the testing of ideas versus “social justice” and the “axis of outrage,” in a talk given last year to an audience of trustees and alumni.

PiperPaul


I made a small adjustment to Farnsworth's image.

Tim Newman

I'm new, so I missed the stuff about Tim and his (ex?)-girlfriend. Can someone fill me in? At least on the juicy parts.

See here, too. Was a bit raw, that one.

David

Can someone fill me in? At least on the juicy parts.

We’re veering towards squalor and gossip. Excellent.

R. Sherman

We’re veering towards squalor and gossip. Excellent.

Another decent bar blown to hell. . .

David

Another decent bar blown to hell. . .

It’s terrible how standards have slipped.

By the way, here’s that plus-size lingerie catalogue you were asking about.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

By the way, here’s that plus-size lingerie catalogue you were asking about.

Speaking of which, "body positive activist" not so positive, at least not without a large portion of Photoshop. View at your own risk, credit note only.

David

From earlier this year, two words of note: “She explained.

Hal

Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook

At this moment, getting slaughtered on Amazon . . .

Jonathan

View at your own risk, credit note only.

Now I need a new pair of eyes. Thanks.

Sporkatus - appearing for this comment as Henry Bemis, Twilight Zone
Now I need a new pair of eyes. Thanks.
That's not fair! That's not fair at all! There was time now - there was all the time I needed...
Farnsworth M Muldoon

Now I need a new pair of eyes. Thanks.

a) You were warned.

b) Credit note only.

PiperPaul

Seen somewhere: AntiFA = Anti First Amendment

dicentra

Other possible sleep aids:

GEnote Lab https://www.genotelab.com/ I think they offer a free 2-week trial if you want to try their brain-manipulative sets.

Enable the read-aloud feature of your device (if it exists) and then have it read aloud some deadly dull prose, such as an RFC. Whether the machine reads it to you or you read it yourself, you'll be out in a trice.

Hal

Seen somewhere: AntiFA = Anti First Amendment

I like it.

Pushed for a round of grocery shopping and other errands downtown today, regardless of the relative heat, given that Thursday---the next reasonable day for that lot---is promising to host a large noisy party on campus.

---Funniest headline noted very much in passing: LA Times Freaks Out About Ben Shapiro Event At UC Berkeley

pst314

Daniel Ream: "Rome was the original fascist state, inasmuch as they had legal provision for turning themselves into one in the event of crisis."
and:
"Yes. The terms of a Roman dictatorship were the inspiration for Italy's Fascist Party."

The Roman dictatorship may have inspired the Italian fascists (I assume it did) and the fascists consciously adopted the Roman fasces as their symbol, but that is a far cry from showing that the Roman dictatorship was itself fascistic--and in fact it was not fascistic because it did not involve the totalitarian control of all aspects of life which actual fascism entails--not did it articulate an ideology for such control.
By reducing "fascist" to a mere synonym for "dictatorship" you are stripping "fascist" of its particular meaning and the reasons why it is so much more evil than generic despotism.

pst314

From Wikipedia:
The fasces lictoriae ("bundles of the lictors") symbolised power and authority (imperium) in ancient Rome, beginning with the early Roman Kingdom and continuing through the republican and imperial periods. By republican times, use of the fasces was surrounded with tradition and protocol. A corps of apparitores (subordinate officials) called lictors each carried fasces before a magistrate, in a number corresponding to his rank. Lictors preceded consuls (and proconsuls), praetors (and propraetors), dictators, curule aediles, quaestors, and the Flamen Dialis during Roman triumphs (public celebrations held in Rome after a military conquest).

According to Livy, it is likely that the lictors were an Etruscan tradition, adopted by Rome.[6] The highest magistrate, the dictator, was entitled to twenty-four lictors and fasces, the consul to twelve, the proconsul eleven, the praetor six (two within the pomerium), the propraetor five, and the curule aediles two.

Another part of the symbolism developed in Republican Rome was the inclusion of just a single-headed axe in the fasces, with the blade projecting from the bundle. The axe indicated that the magistrate's judicial powers (imperium) included capital punishment. Fasces carried within the Pomerium—the boundary of the sacred inner city of Rome—had their axe blades removed; within the city, the power of life and death rested with the people through their assemblies. During times of emergency, however, the Roman Republic might choose a dictator to lead for a limited time period, who was the only magistrate to be granted capital punishment authority within the Pomerium. Lictors attending the dictator kept the axes in their fasces even inside the Pomerium—a sign that the dictator had the ultimate power in his own hands. There were exceptions to this rule: in 48 BC, guards holding bladed fasces guided Vatia Isauricus to the tribunal of Marcus Caelius, and Vatia Isauricus used one to destroy Caelius's magisterial chair (sella curulis).

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