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November 20, 2017

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ducking microaggressions and hurdling stereotypes!

Great googly moogly, that is a dog's breakfast of an article.

I raced toward my Ph.D. in search of social protection, professional stability and financial freedom.

Upon joining the professoriate, I thought I was joining a group of people committed to a similar end goal.

IOW, Miss Prof wants to be given a paycheck for hiding in a hive so as not to have to deal with the real world, though she is spot on about the goal of today's "academics".

I have found few liberal “havens” in academic spaces...

Either she hasn't looked, or thinks anyone not left of Mao is Alt-Right. As we have seen with the Case of the Communist Lieutenant, they infest even the service academies.

Most of us will be denied tenure...

Bull, in today's environment that would be an instant civil rights suit.

The job of a professor is physical work.

Yeah, no. Roofing is, masonry is, the 12 mile road march in 3 hours in full kit is, the list is nigh endless. "A short critical comment in faculty meeting requires brute force to momentarily pause my shaking hands as I stand to address fellow faculty." - that isn't on the list.

I expected to feel at home, but instead of like-minded peers I found antagonists. Instead of solidarity, I found cynicism. I endure affirmative action jokes from white colleagues and passive digs at my inability to “look like a professor.”

I am beginning to sense from Miss Prof's litany of whining that there might be a chance, not that she should admit it, that she is an insufferable ass and is actually the problem.

I know - crazy talk.

Pst314

I bought a case of Fruity Oaty Bars

(Steps back a pace) They're not going to trigger any violent episodes are they?

Jon Powers

My Alma Mater gets a mention on the David Thompson blog for the second time in a year! Hurray! As I mentioned during the last episode, I graduated in 1997 - back then can you believe that they actually allowed pro-life demonstrations on campus? Once a year, demonstrators would quietly display poster sized pictures of aborted fetuses. We all survived. Much has changed.

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/christine-schuknecht-at-wilfrid-laurier-university-do-as-the-campus-thought-police-dictate-or-else

Geezer

Begging the question.

David

My Alma Mater gets a mention on the David Thompson blog for the second time in a year! Hurray!

I’m spreading the joy.

David

Much has changed.

One more time. Lefties project.

David

one of the half dozen or so people on the internet who knows what that means.

I’m pretty sure there’s more than half a dozen of us, though we do seem to be outnumbered.

My own bugbear is when people use ‘nemesis’ to mean ‘enemy’ or ‘arch-enemy’ – which robs the word of its more precise and poetic meaning. I.e., the agent or means of a deserved downfall or comeuppance - the thing that follows hubris. Often with an implication that the downfall was inevitable, inescapable, caused by one’s own actions or vanity, or some detail overlooked. The now more common usage as a synonym for ‘arch-enemy’ is typically arse-backwards. For instance, you hear Voldemort being described as Harry Potter’s nemesis, or Blofeld described as Bond’s nemesis, when it makes much more sense the other way around. The hero, presumably, is the agent of retribution, the bringer of justice and comeuppance. Though nemesis needn’t be a person at all. It could be, say, humble bacteria, as in The War of the Worlds.

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W Krebs

Perhaps medical help may be available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXtHzUM082g.

W Krebs

Nobody has mentioned this yet, but this case seems to be much like the John McAdams case at Marquette University, only running in reverse. http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2014/12/chewing-the-scenery-for-social-justice.html?cid=6a00d83451675669e201b7c7236be7970b#comment-6a00d83451675669e201b7c7236be7970b

sH2

I can’t quite decide if their stated convictions are hallucinatory or simply dishonest, but the departure from reality is remarkable.

David, you missed one. Rambukkana says that Peterson is "highly involved with the alt-right", which is bullshit.

David

David, you missed one.

They’re quite shameless in their attempts to conjure bogeymen.

David

Seemed a good time to dig out this one.

Pogonip

Today's small appliance report: dustbusted the car! What I could see; it was dark out. At least I think that was the car I dustbusted. Maybe it was the side of the house. Or a UFO. Or a very large, dusty microaggression. Or a jar of pickled eggs.

Pogonip

David, the caption on the kitten picture got cut off--what does it say?

pst314

what does it say?

I will not enact the labor to explain.

David

Meanwhile, at the University of California, Irvine, great minds reveal themselves:

Resistance is saying “fuck this,” you know, “fuck the police,” or whoever the fuck you invited over here and then listen to us, listen to what we’re saying. And we’re not just talking out of our ass, like we’re smart as fuck, you know what I mean? We read books, and we know shit; we know statistics.”

Oh, there’s video and everything.

pst314

what does it say?

Here's an answer that's helpful rather than funny:
http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2016/02/but-work-is-so-hard-and-indignation-is-easy.html?cid=6a00d83451675669e201bb08bccfea970d#comment-6a00d83451675669e201bb08bccfea970d

And this explains my funny answer:
http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2017/10/elsewhere-251.html?cid=6a00d83451675669e201b8d2b89c9f970c#comment-6a00d83451675669e201b8d2b89c9f970c

pst314

like we’re smart as fuck, you know what I mean?

They are following in the footsteps of Mao, who was both abysmally ignorant and stratospherically arrogant.

Mags

we know shit

At least that bit's true.

David

we know shit

Why, it’s almost as if lowering standards until you’re admitting borderline morons and then pandering to their morony, and explaining away the consequences of that morony as always and forever someone else’s fault, and doing it year after year, at enormous expense, until it becomes an established culture of morony… It’s almost as if doing that has sub-optimal consequences.

Pogonip

Oh, David, that's moronic. 😄

Trevor

Oh, there’s video and everything.

"Stop talking like we stupid up in here, man!" Oh, Madam. You're not even stupid.

David

Oh, Madam. You’re not even stupid.

I think that one deserves a thread of its own.

Wh00ps

UK headmistresses advised not to call girls 'girls' or 'ladies' because it's 'patronising:'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5104579/Heads-warned-not-use-gendered-terms-schools.html

At least it isn't because there might be a tranny that might be triggered...

WKrebs

We read books, and we know shit; we know statistics.

That's nice. But let's start by talking about those little brown pellets that rabbits leave all over the garden...

WKrebs

Why, it’s almost as if lowering standards until you’re admitting borderline morons (snip) has sub-optimal consequences.

I hate to say it, but there are two further tiers below this lot.

Brian Snelling

I am an alumnus of UW (B Sc 71) just up the road and we always scorned WLU - now I know why. I hope they fire that pretentious idiot and anyone who put him in his place.

Hal

David, the caption on the kitten picture got cut off--what does it say?

I am creating a non-hierarchal safespace to express my intersections.

And, just in time for the holidays, Persistent disagreement is the height of harassment.

Fen Tiger

At least it isn't because there might be a tranny that might be triggered...

Sadly not.

Another reason to avoid using gendered terms, Ms Devon said, was in case transgender people were present.
Jim Whyte

WLU and Prof. Rambukkana both say they apologized to Lindsay Shepherd. Christie Blatchford at the National Pest differs, eloquently.

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-heres-where-laurier-can-stick-their-apology-to-lindsay-shepherd

Mae

one of the implications of the sinister farce at Wilfrid Laurier University is that conversations like this one, in which Dr Peterson talks with a trans woman named Theryn Meyer, and which I recommend, should not be aired in class either. Presumably for fear that students’ misconceptions might be corrected.

That video's fascinating. Thanks, David.

David

That video’s fascinating.

Yes, it’s frank and probing, but civil, and sometimes surprising, and both parties seem to learn something, as did I, and both appear to enjoy it. But according to professors Pimlott and Rambukkana, any discussion of this kind - any genuine enquiry - is corrupting and indecent, and therefore must be stopped.

And these clowns call themselves woke.

Randy

Wash: I'm confused.
Saffron: You're asking yourself: "if I've got the security codes, why don't I go in and grab it for myself?".
Wash: No, actually, I was wondering... WHAT'S SHE DOING ON THE SHIP?! Didn't she try to kill us?!

Zoey: Whack! "I'm in."

David

This rather captures the mindset of the Mao-lings:

Note the casual and baseless smearing of Ms Shepherd as a “bigoted transphobe” and the smearing of Dr Peterson as “an ignorant hate-monger” who, we’re to believe, “openly incites hatred and violence.” Note too the curious lack of any evidence – any evidence at all - to support these claims, and the lack of any expectation that evidence should be provided.

To be clear, and in case there were any doubt, these supposedly pious beings, the ones who cry ‘shame’, are more than happy to lie.

Leigh

Note the casual and baseless smearing of Ms Shepherd as a “bigoted transphobe” and the smearing of Dr Peterson as “an ignorant hate-monger” who, we’re to believe, “openly incites hatred and violence.”

SJWs *always* lie.

David

SJWs *always* lie.

It does seem to be a common default.

It’s quite strange to watch these people in action on social media: Some hyperbolical and defamatory accusation is made, one that bears no relation to reality and, as in this case, is simply perverse. Other people respond by asking for evidence to support the claim – a link, a video clip, even a single quote. None is forthcoming, and instead the accusation grows in scope, such that those defending the accused, or who simply ask for evidence of any wrongdoing, are themselves denounced as complicit in the oppression of whichever Designated Victim Group is notionally involved. And so the boundary of imagined purity, and of permissible thought, shrinks ever tighter.

ftumch

"... instead the accusation grows in scope, such that those defending the accused, or who simply ask for evidence of any wrongdoing, are themselves denounced as complicit in the oppression..."

SJWs *always* double down.

splotchy

Note also that the person making the unevidenced allegations of hatred, bigotry and ignorance endorses himself with the rather hateful, bigoted and ignorant epithet: 'Fuck you'

...a rather inarticulate substitute for the reasoned debate he protests about.

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