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October 02, 2017

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R. Sherman

It's telling that Ms. Putman is the one who views things like "hard work" as "white." Does she think that non-Caucasians are genetically incapable of possessing them?

Alice

"Why do they make it so easy to loathe them?"

That.

David

That.

Well, you have to wonder what the mental process was. Seizing an opportunity to be churlish and to publicly berate the First Lady as ignorant, for not knowing how terribly racist the Cat In The Hat books are, allegedly, while simultaneously knowing that you’ve dressed as said cat, at work, while encouraging children to read the very books that you’re now claiming are obviously racist and corrupting. Did she not think the photos would come to light, or was she too busy displaying her pieties to even think that far?

Jonathan

This.

Lab Rat

Seizing an opportunity to be churlish and to publicly berate the First Lady as ignorant, for not knowing how terribly racist the Cat In The Hat books are, allegedly, while simultaneously knowing that you’ve dressed as said cat, at work, while encouraging children to read the very books that you’re now claiming are obviously racist and corrupting.

Further to that would have to be the sudden onset of amnesia, since the previous First Lady, and her hubby Dear Leader! - had been photographed several times reading said evil racist propaganda book to children wearing Cat in the Hat hats. I think Mrs Obama even wore a Cat in the Hat hat while reading.

Whether or not it is racist and evil all depends on *who* is doing the reading or promoting of the book.

It's enough to drive a sane person to drink...or eat one of those pickled eggs from that jar of murky liquid sitting there on the bar.

David

one of those pickled eggs from that jar of murky liquid sitting there on the bar.

Er, that’s quality brine, that is. And flavoursome.

Sam Duncan

I often wonder how hard the likes of Puntam work on their seminars and theses.

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"Music teacher suspected of contaminating flutes with semen"

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-flute-investigation-20171001-story.html

Andy

David, thanks for the links (yesterday) to Star Trek Discovery. Shame it's not very good.

tolkein

Pickled eggs, eh? That's not what I've heard.

Geezer

Pickled eggs, eh? That's not what I've heard.

What have you heard? Does it involve hippos?

David

David, thanks for the links (yesterday) to Star Trek Discovery. Shame it’s not very good.

I tried to look past the political posturing of the writers and actors and watch the thing as objectively as I could. I did want it to be better than it is.

It’s very pretty to look at, in that some money has been spent on the effects and production, and it’s visually slicker than previous iterations. Though I think the ship exteriors are quite ugly. What struck me is that it’s a fairly cold and joyless affair. I assume they’re going for a Battlestar Galactica tone, or Westworld or something, sort of dark and gritty, but as yet I’m not sure that sits well with the usual Star Trek trappings.

Pilot episodes are often shaky, especially in Trek, but setting aside the clunky dialogue, the interminable stretches of subtitled Klingon, which grate on the ear and cripple the pacing, and the erratic structure - with flashbacks that repeatedly undercut the drama… setting aside all that, the biggest problem is that the main character is jarringly inconsistent and devoid of charisma, bordering on obnoxious. I’d have been much happier with Michelle Yeoh as the lead. Sadly, her character is killed off in episode two.

The third episode is the more interesting of the three, I think, with a Section 31 kind of theme, so maybe there’s hope. But I’m by no means sufficiently wooed to stick with it, even via YouTube copies, let alone enough to take out a subscription to CBS All Access.

For those who missed them, the links to the first three episodes are here.

Hopp Singg

Putnam's argument has a bitter truth at its core: A meritocracy is only good for people with merit, therefore she is against it.

dicentra

In the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, Twitter is a dumpster fire. (Who saw that coming?) The CBS executive who mentioned that it was a good thing that gun-toting Trumpistas were likely to be attending the country music festival -- he was just fired.

I mentioned merely that when schizos kill they don't have political motives, and no fewer than three people immediately jumped down my throat because THE MENTALLY ILL ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS THAN PERPS.

As if that weren't true of every single demographic group on the planet.

(For the record, I think that the puke was a garden-variety psychopath who decided to go out in a blaze of glory, no politics intended.)

Nevertheless, it's sobering to wake up to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The worst mass killing still goes to Timothy McVeigh, but this guy comes in second with body count.

kirby

http://brandywine.psu.edu/person/angela-putman

Putman- white, overweight, 40's, teenager red dyed hair, malicious.

R. Sherman

@Dicentra,

Twitter is the medium of the Id. Whether at 140 or 280 characters, tweets are impossible to phrase in a way which adequately conveys tone or depth of thought. It's just raw cogitations spewed into the ether in real time, without any any reflection. The fact that there are hordes of amateur though police prowling around ready to pounce on anything "problematic" and you have the makings of a nightmare. It's one of the reasons, I never had an interest in it.

(BTW, your point about the mentally ill killers is correct. Why the denunciation is not clear.)

R. Sherman

Re: "Dr." Putnam

From her bio posted by Kirby above, we learn, "She is passionate about engaging students and encouraging them to become lifelong critical thinkers, contributing to the field of communication studies, promoting and practicing social justice, and the Detroit Lions."

For a communications scholar, she doesn't seem to recognize problems with parallel grammatical construction.

Monty James

If believing that sexual fidelity in marriage, the value of the Work Ethic, or gracious good manners expressed in a simple "thank you" for gifts offered in good faith make me guilty of White Privilege, then I stand convicted of White Privilege.

This is for the good and simple reason that attacks on those things are an indictment of me, and my kind.

But I would prefer the term Western Supremacist. One doesn't have to be white to reap the bounty of sound moral values, the ones which saw the West rise to the heights it has achieved.

So now that these values, and the people that hold them, are under assault, the hard questions for people of the West;

Do me and my kind deserve to continue? To prevail?
What is likely to be necessary to preserve me and my kind?
Am I willing to suffer, perhaps die, as my forebears did to provide me with the comfortable world I have been blessed with?

There are no battles when only one side makes war, only surrenders and occupations, pogroms and purges at the whim of those who win bloodless victories.

Horatio Hufnagel

Here's one for the ages: "Learning to love myself enough to f*ck raw while Black and HIV positive"

Spiny Norman

In other bad news from the USA, Tom Petty has apparently suffered a catastrophic heart attack and is not expected to survive (taken off life support at last report - some outlets have reported he's died, but it's not official).

The Wilburys are down to two. :-(

dicentra

Why the denunciation is not clear.

Because I mentioned something negative and schizophrenics in the same Tweet. That's seriously how they roll: if two things are temporally or spatially proximate, they're being equated.

That's the amount of depth they're working with.

Cripes.

dicentra

Twitter Tom Petty = Schrodinger's Tom

tolkein

How is it possible for (a) someone to take the courses Dr Putman did and be awarded degrees
(b) get a paid position on the strength of said degrees
(c) look forward to teaching a course on White Privilege?

Why would any student paying a ton of money want to take such a course?

R. Sherman

Why would any student paying a ton of money want to take such a course?

Most wouldn't. That's why universities make such courses mandatory. It's a works program for the SJW types and keeps all those diversity administrators happy in their cushy sinecures.

Hal

But I would prefer the term Western Supremacist. One doesn't have to be white to reap the bounty of sound moral values, the ones which saw the West rise to the heights it has achieved.

As already noted, and see also, Sapeur.

One guy says he completely hides being a Sapeur from his extended family, because if they found out he’s spending almost $4000 on one pair of shoes while they’re on the daily grind to live, he’s in big shit. No shit. He says, “I go to the bank, get credit and buy, buy, buy. I take out credit for the clothes, four times in all. $8, 600, then $6, 500, then $8, 000… just to buy clothes.” Another guy says, “If I didn’t buy this pair of shoes, I’d have bought a plot of land.”
pst314

I do not like red fascists, damn,
I do not like them Sam I Am.
I do not like them in our schools.
I do not like their commie rules.
I do not like red fascists, and
I will not tolerate Sam I Am.

Richard Cranium

Hal, you don't need to prove in every post that Berkeley is full of insane people.

David

Thank goodness for celebrity insight.

David

The academic feminist is the brightest star of all.

Daniel Ream

I’d have been much happier with Michelle Yeoh as the lead. Sadly, her character is killed off in episode two.

Huh. Well, there goes my pandering-to-the-Chinese-market theory.

I think it says something that my reaction to that "dude, spoilers!" tidbit was a resounding "meh".

David

I think it says something that my reaction to that “dude, spoilers!” tidbit was a resounding “meh”.

Ah, um, that wasn’t clumsiness on my part. No, no. I’m sparing you any needless investment in the character.

David

Speaking as we were of John Jay College and its quality employees, here’s an insight into the college’s aesthetic sensibilities:

An art exhibit in downtown Manhattan began displaying artwork by 9/11 conspirators and Guantanamo Bay inmates Monday, with the hope of making the American public more sympathetic toward Guantanamo detainees.

How nice of them.

JS

Once upon a time, one might have hoped that a librarian would have understood the value of research. Minstrel shows might have commonly featured bow ties but that was because bow ties were common wear for men and especially when dressing smartly and/or flamboyantly... such as for the stage. Of course, once upon a time one might have hoped that a librarian was more interested in facts than distorting them in favour of activism.

Rafi

The academic feminist is the brightest star of all.

Grammar is hard.

David

Whether or not it is racist and evil all depends on *who* is doing the reading or promoting of the book.

Apparently.

There is, I think, a story about running a zoo which has, or had, some passing reference to distant people whose eyes are ‘worn at a slant’, or something to that effect. Which is the nearest thing I can think of as being umbrage-worthy. But the idea that children today would read The Cat In The Hat and assume that the cat is actually a black man, and a mocking caricature of a black man, is faintly bizarre.

Daniel Ream

I’m sparing you any needless investment in the character.

You're a prince, sir. A veritable prince.

David

Via Julia, some ‘splaining is done.

Hal

Hal, you don't need to prove in every post that Berkeley is full of insane people.

. . . . . . ???????????

Perhaps you are doing a contribution of the surreal? If there was any context to your post, it wasn't detailed . . .

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Dicentra:

Third, actually. The Happy Land fire killed 87.

Obviously, we need common-sense gasoline control.

Monty James

Lost in all this is that Dr. Seuss books might be held in fond esteem by generations of parents and children, but they're not all that good.

I mean, anybody can rhyme if you get to make up your own words.

Jonathan

Angela Putman, who teaches public speaking at Penn State-Brandywine, designed a comprehensive three-day seminar on “white privilege”

There seems to be a whole group of white people who hate white people. I wonder if there's something in their childhood that makes them feel that way?

David

Meanwhile, at Berkeley, being expected to sit a scheduled midterm exam is much too stressful and unfair for the brave little Mao-lings, who chose instead to disrupt the exam, thereby disdaining other students who’d prepared, and then berated their professor for being “privileged” and white.

Video of the Mao-ling clown show can be viewed here.

Sam

brave little Mao-lings, who chose instead to disrupt the exam, thereby disdaining other students who’d prepared,

The parents of the other students should sue Berkeley and every one of the protestors.

Triumphant Ape

"We are making ourselves a society too stupid to survive"

That's the plan, far easier to control and manipulate the stupid... as we have seen day after day with your blogs examples.

David

The parents of the other students should sue Berkeley and every one of the protestors.

Gratuitously disrupting an exam should have severe consequences, i.e., expulsion. And as you say, whatever additional compensation the affected students and their parents, who are paying for this farce, deem appropriate.

Mouthing slogans and randomly accusing people of being racists and “white supremacists” is of course much easier than studying for, and passing, a midterm exam. It’s therefore not unfair to entertain the possibility that the ‘protestors’ may not be the sharpest or most diligent of students, and may have opted for fatuous grandstanding rather than taking the exam and receiving more graded confirmation of their own academic inadequacies.

R. Sherman

Re: Berkeley. My generation of college students would have simply detailed a freshman to pull a fire alarm while we slept in.

R. Sherman

Of course, if the students had spent the time they used orchestrating the disruption of the class and writing their scripts actually preparing for the test, maybe they would not be so stressed out. It will be interesting to see whether the university rewards their SJW kibuki in some fashion or allows the professor to run his class as he sees fit.

MC

I am always struck by how parochial US race hustlers like Puttnam are. She seems entirely ignorant of the literally billions of non-white people who believe in the virtues of hard work, education and pretty much everything that she and her ilk denounce as white privilege.

However, to cheer us all up:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/adjunct-professors-homeless-sex-work-academia-poverty

In a better and brighter world, all clown quarter academics would have to live in their cars and fellate sailors to make ends meet.

Trevor

In a better and brighter world, all clown quarter academics would have to live in their cars and fellate sailors to make ends meet.

It's the only way any of their 'work' could ever be described accurately as seminal.

Tom
In a better and brighter world, all clown quarter academics would have to live in their cars and fellate sailors to make ends meet.

Sailors are, in general, hardworking. Why would you wish to punish them so?

"Hi Sailor, me love you for an indeterminate amount of time based upon your ability to provide financial recompense and in an entirely non-binary fashion."

It's enough to make a man look forward to the lash.

Spiny Norman

...read The Cat In The Hat and assume that the cat is actually a black man, and a mocking caricature of a black man, is faintly bizarre.

There's been a recurring claim that the Looney Tunes cartoon character Daffy Duck is a racist caricature of a black man, when in fact he's a caricature of the animation studio founder Leon Schlesinger - right down to the lisp.

Spiny Norman
...being expected to sit a scheduled midterm exam is much too stressful and unfair for the brave little Mao-lings, who chose instead to disrupt the exam, thereby disdaining other students who’d prepared, and then berated their professor for being “privileged” and white.
First reader comment at Campus Reform:
Later they sat down to snacks of cookies (gluten free) and 100% organic Apple juice. Nap time was scheduled 45 minutes later.
Universities are indeed becoming Day Care for over-indulged, overgrown infants.
Sort-Of-Mad Max

I don't know if I've ever witnessed such a divine example of Providence as the near-immediate release of librarian Pippi Bluestocking's photos dressed as the quondam acceptable Cat in the Hat, promoting the reading of the now-'racist' books.

I guess it just comes down to cooties. Melania Trump put Trump cooties on all the books! Ewwwwww! Trump cooties! Now they're ICKY!

We're dealing with children. Spoiled, snotty, self-absorbed, no-redeeming-qualities-visible children.

Spiny Norman

Oh, and this:

“This is our mental health. This is our physical health. This is...um,” another demonstrator remarked as she scratched her head, turning to another protester.
She forgot her fucking lines in that pantomime. YOU HAD ONE JOB!

David

Jordan Peterson on the problem for men when faced with crazy women.

champ

@kirby

Her Ph.D. is in Intercultural Communication

What the heck is "Intercultural Communication?"

Jonathan

What the heck is "Intercultural Communication?"

It's where Captain Kirk boinks the Green Space Alien lady.

tolkein

Followed the link to the Mao-lings at Berkeley, but found Vivaldi instead., Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxofEmo3HA

Hal

It’s therefore not unfair to entertain the possibility that the ‘protestors’ may not be the sharpest or most diligent of students, and may have opted for fatuous grandstanding rather than taking the exam and receiving more graded confirmation of their own academic inadequacies.

Hal

It will be interesting to see whether the university rewards their SJW kibuki in some fashion or allows the professor to run his class as he sees fit.

Granting picking at nits, but; Kabuki.

Hopp Singg

In a better and brighter world, all clown quarter academics would have to live in their cars and fellate sailors to make ends meet.

Thus unifying the training between the navy and the air force into a cross-service whole:

"Don't look down."

Pogonip

Has anyone noticed that the new improved Klingons would not be able to drive because they could not use their side mirrors?

Not to mention the unlikelihood of a warrior culture developing among people who are physically unable to check all 8 directions.

Hopp Singg

BTW, if I understand Putnam's complaint, it's that white people are genetically different from her and others like her, in major ways ... but "her" people should still get precisely as many jobs and awards in every field (indeed, in every job in every company in every locale in every field) as white people do. Because they're not different at all. Or something.

David

Victor Davis Hanson on “white privilege”:

We are a half-century out from the Civil Rights era, and an entire generation of middle-class Americans has grown up in the era of affirmative action, not Jim Crow. Most young people on campuses and applying for state and federal jobs naturally assume it is an advantage to have a minority cachet, and a clear disadvantage to be a white male. If that perception was not true, we would not see those of mixed heritages using accent marks or compound names to accentuate, for example, their Latino ethnicity, in fear that it was not immediately apparent or not sufficiently emphasised to resonate ethnic bona fides (for example, California State Senate leader Kevin de León, born Kevin Alexander Leon), etc.

From this piece on the conceits and evasions of the NFL protests.

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Jordan Peterson on the problem for men when faced with crazy women.

Toxic femininity.

David

Toxic femininity.

I shared the clip because it’s often struck me how prominent and numerous women are - crazy women, I mean - in “social justice” psychodramas on campus. Faced with determined obnoxiousness and attempts to bully, many of the usual responses that might occur if the aggressor were male aren’t so readily available when the aggressor is female. Even though the degree of malice involved may be the same, or higher, and the physical threat not entirely trivial. And so, as we’ve seen, you can find demented young women exulting in physical provocation, mob coercion and attempts to dominate, while simultaneously invoking victimhood, and while obviously exploiting the customary inhibitions regarding physical payback.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

As if ripped from the very pages of Everyday Personality Disorder Do I make you uncomfortable?

This video is an unveiling. Shedding the old skins of my past and just living in my truths. Living in the NOW.

It's scary. Raw. Cinematic. Bad-ass. Feminist af.

Yeah, I'm fat, Black, and very Muslim.

So many clichés, so little time.

"Scary. Raw. Bad-ass." If you say so, I guess.

David

It’s scary. Raw. Cinematic. Bad-ass. Feminist af.

I see Ms Vernon tells us that she’s also a hashtag and a “fashion movement.” Though for someone who says she’s “no longer bound by the scale,” she still seems awfully preoccupied with her fatness and telling us how fat she is, and how she’s, like, totally okay with it, honest.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...she’s also a hashtag and a “fashion movement"...

Judging from the photo on the right side of her blog, I am guessing Boy George got there first.

Monty James

No, she doesn't make me uncomfortable. Unless an inability to get an erection for a week after viewing is the same as "uncomfortable."

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