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December 28, 2017

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Mandy

Thanks for cataloguing this stuff, David. Have a great new year.

Your tip jar has been hit.

rjmadden

fellow educator Dr A.W. Strouse, whose works include Literary Theories of the Foreskin and deep ruminations on the preputial connotations of aluminium cans, signalled his radicalism by advising students to say “fuck you” to potential employers during job interviews.

I still can't believe you didn't make that up.

David

I still can’t believe you didn’t make that up.

The perversity and ludicrousness of the “social justice” demographic exceeds my limited imagination, and by quite some margin.

David

Your tip jar has been hit.

Bless you, madam. May your tights remain orderly and your woollens never bobble.

Sporkatus
A process that entailed reducing the time available for humdrum things like trigonometry and using it instead to teach children to “subvert power,” while scorning maths itself as a “dehumanising tool.”

There's an "authority figures" pun to be made in here somewhere.

Jake

Dr A.W. Strouse, whose works include Literary Theories of the Foreskin and deep ruminations on the preputial connotations of aluminium cans,

I still can't believe you didn't make that up.

I thought it must be a joke so I followed the links. Holy crap. :-)

Spiny Norman

Some new academic dumbfuckery makes it in just under the year-end deadline:

Apparently, farmers' markets, so beloved of the collectivist left, are racist because they are "insidious" "white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized."

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10306

David

Apparently, farmers’ markets, so beloved of the collectivist left, are racist because they are “insidious” “white spaces”

For some reason, this came to mind.

Via Lancastrian Oik, via here.

Steve E

Surely, Dr. Strouse has missed his calling. Seen in an online jobs section:

Circumcision Ward Technician, Remuneration: 40 skins a week, Prospects: Chance to get ahead

Sorry for that. Prepared to do penance.

David

[ Slides jar of pickled eggs towards Steve E. ]

Do help yourself.

lotocoti

Sorry for that. Prepared to do penance.

Why?
It's not as if you included some reference to calamari.

Darleen

where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized

I would love to ask these "professors" why they consider what habit(s) of food consumption they consider ABnormal when done by people of pallor?

Fay

Thank you, David, for this oasis of sanity in a world that's getting whackier by the minute.

A small token of my appreciation has been sent your way. Happy New Year.

David

A small token of my appreciation has been sent your way.

Bless you, madam. May the grip-strip of your ‘resealable’ cheese wrapper never tear away in your hand the very first time you use it.

Pogonip

Eating the pickled “eggs” IS doing penance.

jones

"Black woman accuses Charlie Rose of racism for not sexually harassing her...."

http://www.vdare.com/posts/black-woman-accuses-charlie-rose-of-racism-for-not-sexually-harassing-her

Snookered.

Jen

May the grip-strip of your ‘resealable’ cheese wrapper never tear away in your hand the very first time you use it.

I feel your pain, David. :-)

David

I feel your pain, David. :-)

It was a harrowing experience. I still can’t talk about it.

Pogonip

This link from The Other McCain—one of the great comedians, Rose Marie, best known for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at 94.

https://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2017/12/rose-marie-rip.html?m=1

Pogonip

“[The resealable package] was a harrowing experience...”

Sounds kinda cheesy to me!

Daniel Ream

Dropping a few quid in the tip jar seems to be the fashionable thing to do in this here salon, and I have ever been a slave to the madding crowd.

Hal

. . . I have general memory that this fellow has to have been noted somewhere around here, but I can't figure out which bar stool he was sitting on . . .

Emotional Support Golem

Indeed, for summarizing it all, a small contribution via PayPal to the pickled egg fund has been made.

David

and I have ever been a slave to the madding crowd.
a small contribution via PayPal… has been made.

May your heels never require the attention of a dampened pumice stone on the eve of the local swimsuit modelling competition.

Black Ball

Meet Charlie. Quite the rugged lad.

'I realised I was queer when I was 17, and I honestly haven’t stopped learning about myself since. For most people, being queer is a series of coming outs, discoveries and learning, it doesn’t ever really end. I discovered and rehashed my identity at 17, at 18, at 19, at 20, and even now I am just about 21 and I’m still learning. I am a non-binary person, who is asexual and a bit confused in the romantic department. It took me a while to get to this point. It’s a process, as is getting involved with the community. Before I came to uni I had a few friends that were queer, but no one I really trusted. But once I hit uni, I made friends, I discovered new and different identities, I learned more about what it is to be queer from other people. This occurred when I was a part of DPQS and from being involved in other queer programs.'

https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/deakinlife/2017/12/19/we-are-your-friends-your-family-your-colleagues-student-charlie-osborne-on-the-importance-of-pride-march/

David

Meet Charlie. Quite the rugged lad.

Oh dear. It sounds like he – sorry, they - is reading from a “diversity” brochure. As a gay chap, I suppose I’m expected to feel some affinity or solidarity with such creatures, with their glib dogma and eerie uniformity. But it’s actually quiet alienating.

Killer Marmot

Frottage: The practice of touching or rubbing against the clothed body of another person in a crowd as a means of obtaining sexual gratification.

I learn so much from this site. Now I have a word for what I do in my commute into work.

Black Ball

As a gay chap, I suppose I’m expected to feel some affinity or solidarity with such creatures, with their glib dogma and eerie uniformity.

I like the part from this excerpt that it was only in uni when he 'made new friends' and 'discovered new identities', where he couldn't do this in Moreland for fear of 'persecution'. And chancellors of these breeding grounds for such absurdities allow this crapola to continue unfettered.

David

Bin collections. A discussion ensues.

Via Damian.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meet Charlie. Quite the rugged lad.

Being queer is normal...But once I hit uni, I made friends, I discovered new and different identities, I learned more about what it is to be queer from other people.

Queer and normal, I believe one of those two concepts has escaped his grasp.

David

I believe one of those two concepts has escaped his grasp.

It’s the assumption that a sexual preference should - must - come with a cartoonish, off-the-peg “identity” of some kind.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It’s the assumption that a sexual preference should - must - come with a cartoonish, off-the-peg “identity” of some kind.

That is part of it, but I am sufficiently antediluvian to recall when "queer" just meant what is now called "gay", and not what young Charles and his ilk have changed "queer" to mean as being anywhere on the BLTZOMG spectrum of made up "genders", thus how being, "...queer from other people..", is "normal" is a bit nonsensical, other than a self deluding salve for his psyche.

Meanwhile, getting back to the Clown Quarter, whatever "queer" means today, and folks like the Brobdingnagian Mr. Luna, one Miss Rachael Fox, a PhD candidate at U Cal San Diego whose, "...doctoral work focuses on the intersection of medicine, science and technology studies, and fat studies...", apparently doesn't like before and after pictures of weight loss because they bend time and space, or something.

Narratives of personal transformation through weight loss, often presented in the form of before-and-after photos, have the power to bend time into a nonlinear structure that glorifies the future at the expense of the past and present...An analysis of this larger temporality through its appearance in the colonial paradigm of progress and the queer studies concept of reproductive futurism provides a critical lens through which to examine its materialization in dieting discourse and internalization by fat dieters.

I am not sure fat people bending time is a critical lens she really wants to use, but she has most of the other SJW Choctaw in there, if she can get racism and islamophobia in there, she'll get her PhD and instant tenure.

sH2

Tim Blair: "The great David Thompson reviews 2017, the year broken woken folk became a global joke."

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/tim-blair/wokens-awake/news-story/d6bae9427df6d10912d8f9c44168cb17

David

Tim Blair

Oh lord, the Australians are coming. Hide your valuables.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, Trooper Ben of the Kansas Highway Patrol, gives us good advice about motoring in the cold of winter.

Governor Squid

Listen -- Rachael Fox has a Master's degree in Narrative Medicine*, so I think we should all just bow to her superior understanding of the Universe and our tiny place within it.

* Please be advised: it is recommended that the reader secure any food or drink at hand before clicking link.

Ryan

the world of performance art, where Shannon Cochrane and Márcio Carvalho unwittingly entertained us with their deep thoughts, shifting paradigms and heads wrapped in meat.

My wife is still laughing at that video. I've been told to hit your tip jar. :-)

David

My wife is still laughing at that video. I’ve been told to hit your tip jar. :-)

The lady is wise, and positively radiant. May your tea towels dry with uncanny rapidity.

Pictured above, “a fundamental shift in paradigm.”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

* Please be advised: it is recommended that the reader secure any food or drink at hand before clicking link.

NMED PS5360. Embodied Borderlands. 4 pts.

Description

Literary and cultural understandings of colonialism, borderlands, diaspora, identity and home deepen health and humanities scholarship. Indeed, theorists such as Arthur Frank have argued that it is the liminal, in-between-ness of the illness experience that make meaningless previously held senses of time and space. Illness, disability, indeed, any host of embodied changes demand a new story, a new destination and map to life’s journey. Illness, disabilities and other identities at the embodied borderlands, then, are akin to a new sort of diaspora, a sort of belonging to nowhere and everywhere that brings with it a unique insight into the human experience. In the words of Marcel Proust, “the real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” This seminar will explore the relationship between embodied borderlands and Narrative Medicine by reading (and viewing) diasporic fictions concerned with health and illness, witnessing and memory, identity and intersubjectivity, the real and the uncanny. In addition, we will examine the intersections between cultural theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, disability theory, and critical race feminist theory to understand how these fields deepen the work of narrative medicine.

Of course you will. That is some fine grade A Ivy League SJW bullcrap.

NMED PS5020. Giving and Receiving Accounts of Self. 4 pts.

Description

...The clinical component of the seminar take place in Dr. Charon's internal medicine practice at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where graduate students will have the opportunity to function as witness, observing and representing what occurs in the office or on rounds as a way to help both patient and doctor to take full measure of what they do together.

Clinical component - there are too many clerks and jerks littering up medicine today, we hardly need these twits anywhere in a medical facility, let alone actually near a patient.

If you really want some comedy, check out the faculty.

Horace Dunn

Something to make you smile: https://vimeo.com/187582753

Happy new year.

Spiny Norman

Oh lord, the Australians are coming. Hide your valuables.

Well, not exactly an "Instalaunch":

Comments (4)

Wow. Tim's sarcastic wit hasn't declined, but I sure miss his old TimBlair.net blog, which was populated by, much like this one, with all sorts of strange and wonderful regular commenters. His corporate Daily Telegraph blog is so heavily moderated that conversation is all but impossible: it can take as long as 24 hours for a comment to appear, after being approved by multiple moderators, it seems.

pst314

"Buddy can you paradigm?"

Pogonip

I am glad I found this site in 2017 and look forward to twelve months of laughing along with David in 2018. I doubt he’ll run out of material.

Hal

. . . one Miss Rachael Fox, a PhD candidate at U Cal San Diego whose, "...doctoral work focuses on the intersection of medicine, science and technology studies, and fat studies..."

Um. She's in San Diego and doing doing an active study of Greater London sewer systems?

pst314

His corporate Daily Telegraph blog is so heavily moderated that conversation is all but impossible: it can take as long as 24 hours for a comment to appear, after being approved by multiple moderators, it seems.

Those moderators being, I suppose, people who could not get a job with the National Health Service. (Theodore Dalrymple, are you reading this thread?)

Governor Squid

Tim's sarcastic wit hasn't declined...

One of these years, I'm going to get invited on a Tim Blair/Dave Burge road trip adventure. In preparation for that day, I'd like to ask you all to fill out your organ donor cards, as I'll likely be in the market for a new (to me) liver.

The Mongrel

Spiny Norman, many of Tim Blair’s regulars have migrated to catallaxyfiles.com, there to enliven the comments.

R. Sherman

Happy New Year! A little something to help keep the coal bin filled at Chez Thompson.

David

A little something to help keep the coal bin filled at Chez Thompson.

[ Detects vibration in trouser pocket. Fumbles for phone. ]

May your furnishings always be spotless, and the gin always plentiful, when the mother-in-law descends.

Pogonip

The central U.S. is supposed to be the coldest place in the world for the next week or so, thanks to (you guessed it) global warming.

Many Americans seem to feel that believing in global warming is unpatriotic. I have no problem with the idea per se, but I’m skeptical of the people pushing it, for two reasons. One, it seems unfalsifiable. It’s hot? Global warming. It’s cold? Global warming. It’s unusually wet? Global warming. It’s unusually dry? Global warming.

Two, I note that conferences about it are always held in fun places like Kyoto and not dismal places like Akron, and that the attendees always fly there. If they really believed in this huge impending disaster, wouldn’t they stay home and Skype or teleconference?

Does anyone know anything about the actual science, if any?

svh

@Pogonip: Try Anthony Watts. https://wattsupwiththat.com/

Pogonip

Thank you! I will.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Does anyone know anything about the actual science, if any?

Dr. Roy Spencer does.

Fay

Pogonip:

I doubt he’ll run out of material.

It's a double edged sword, n'est-ce pas?

Fay

Farnsworth:

If you really want some comedy, check out the faculty.

I did. Exactly NOT the type of people I want to have a "narrative" with about the medical condition that landed me in a hospital bed. A small selection:

-Danielle R. Spencer "She worked as artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director for many years, collaborating on and exhibiting a range of projects..."
-Catherine Rogers " A writer and performer, her plays have been seen at Dixon Place, Manhattan Theatre Source, Salvage Vanguard, and Cleveland Public Theatre."
-Edgar Rivera Colon "He is an expert on Latino gay and bisexual male sexual cultures..."

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

Alice

Tucker Carlson's 100 racist things from 2017.

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/12/22/heres-tucker-carlsons-handy-list-of-100-racist-things-from-2017-is-your-favorite-on-the-list/

Sam

Dr A.W. Strouse, whose works include Literary Theories of the Foreskin and deep ruminations on the preputial connotations of aluminium cans,

Why do San Pellegrino cans come covered in a thin film of aluminium? This superfluous skin is, for me, a preputial stylization. It is the redundant foreskin that ornaments the phallus.

Someone call Pepsi's marketing department.

TomJ

This seems oddly appropriate for a review of the year thread: http://www.playboy.com/articles/male-feminists

David

Someone call Pepsi’s marketing department.

It’s darkly comical to see a personal fetish and ludicrous contrivance being paraded as ‘scholarship’. But it’s not, I think, uncommon.

And regarding Dr Strouse’s political posturing, the following bears repeating:

It’s strange, to say the least, to see so-called educators, self-styled champions of “social justice,” functioning more as saboteurs. In that, if you were spiteful and wanted to undermine the practical life chances of black students, and leave them resentful, unskilled and racially fixated, and heavily in debt, it’s hard to see what you’d do differently.

And as noted before, behind all of this posturing lies a parasitic dynamic. Who benefits from all this “social justice” chest-puffing? The professor may gain some in-group kudos, at least among idiots; but what of the teenagers who take his advice and then collide with the real world? A world in which the attitudes they’ve been encouraged to cultivate actively repel employers? Brown-skinned students are basically just props in some narcissistic drama, and their practical life-chances are to be sacrificed.

For “social justice.”

Smallish Bees

This list is so tragic, I can't help but laugh.

David

This list is so tragic, I can’t help but laugh.

You mustn’t laugh. Apparently, it’s the path to progressive utopia. And all we have to do is surrender to their wisdom.

Jeff Wood

Pogonip, my path to checking out CAGW was a vague knowledge of climate history. A month or so of checking later, I found the man-made global warming catastrophilia laughable.

Later, I found this, which puts the entire hoax in perspective. Click for full screen:

https://snag.gy/BztF1.jpg

A very Happy New Year to all here.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Later, I found this, which puts the entire hoax in perspective.

It is all in the presentation, here is the "change" in Fahrenheit.

Hal

Artistic innovations were at the forefront of May, when performance artist Sarah Hill shook our tiny mental worlds with a “temporal historical rupture” that is “cathartically dialogical, . . . .”

David

Meanwhile, in technology news.

Via Obnoxio.

David

And in media news, meet the sassy feminist editor of the Huffington Post’s Parenting pages.

`er

...meet the sassy feminist editor...

I am not sure that broadcasting that you are a crazy, vindictive, bitchy harridan is a great way to attract a sane mate, but Godspeed to whoever the lad is that set her off and is now shut of her.

Black Ball

Erin Stewart opines that New Year's Day is nothing really special. Maybe, maybe not but I think she will be in a corner pub enjoying the evening with friends and family.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/theres-nothing-inherently-special-about-nye--except-uber-surge-pricing-20171230-h0bkg9.html

Jacob

a truly boggling display of near-total media dishonesty.

'Related'...

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=373188

David

‘Related’...

And somewhat related to that.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, back to the sassy feminist editor, we bring you another episode of "Woke™ 8 Year Old" or "Things That Didn't Happen".

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

And in media news, meet the sassy feminist editor of the Huffington Post’s Parenting pages.

Willardina?

David

we bring you another episode of “Woke™ 8 Year Old” or “Things That Didn’t Happen”.

Who knew the world had so many highly political, oddly outspoken - and uniformly leftwing - eight-year-olds? It’s strange to watch as certain types of dishonesty become fashionable.

WTP

Related

Amazing how the locust swarms of twitter feminists have all gone crickets when someone tries to smash a real patriarchy. Has there been a Red Penny sighting in the last couple of days?

WTP

Re woke 8 year old ... the money tweet:

Lisa
@lisagravesart
·
23h
Replying to @msemilymccombs
The Storm Troopers could be female tbf. Does your son not believe women are capable of firing blast guns and missing every single thing they aim at? Sounds like a bit of a misogynist to me.

Black Ball

Meanwhile, back to the sassy feminist editor, we bring you another episode of "Woke™ 8 Year Old" or "Things That Didn't Happen".

Bit of that getting around.

https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2017/12/28/green-party-leaders-tweet-inspires-even-more-stories-of-amazingly-woke-kids/

Black Ball

Happy New Year also from the land Down Under. Sydney have just put on a show for the ages. No doubt a Fairfax reporter here will bemoan the amount spent on this extravaganza.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Bit of that getting around.

Best response to that one -

Nicholas Sutcliffe @N8Sutcliffe

My 6yr lad old saw the cover of a James Bond book and said he wants to be 007 when he grows up because he's always balls deep in grade A crumpet

R. Sherman

I'm informed my daughter is in London for inter alia rugby and the World Dart Championships. If you see her, tell her to behave. Thanks, and Happy New Year.

David

If you see her, tell her to behave.

[ Peers out of window. Squints. Rummages for binoculars. ]

R. Sherman

Evidently, she was in Twickenham to watch the "Quins." Today and tomorrow are darts. She's will be spectating in costume, because that's what's done allegedly.

Rafi

It’s strange, to say the least, to see so-called educators, self-styled champions of “social justice,” functioning more as saboteurs. In that, if you were spiteful and wanted to undermine the practical life chances of black students, and leave them resentful, unskilled and racially fixated, and heavily in debt, it’s hard to see what you’d do differently.

'Related'...

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/284682/

David

‘Related’…

Something tells me this quote here is going to be relevant for quite some time.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

'Related'...

From the Linkedin of Miss Mohamed (who is shamelessly uncovered in the manner of the white wimmens):

International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global NGO responding to worldwide humanitarian crises. IRC in Boise is a refugee resettlement agency, providing employment skills, housing assistance, case management, and medical navigation for refugees from Iraq, Nepal, Burma, DRC, Somalia, and Syria. IRC promotes self-sufficiency and fosters refugees' ability to rebuild their lives in Boise.

I assisted 60+ newly resettled refugees to find employment, develop vocational skills, and orient to American workplace through trainings and one-on-one interventions. I brokered a partnership with local NGO Boise Bicycle Project to purchase bicycles for our refugees to assist with essential transportation.

It seems to me that Miss Mohamed is a bit conflicted as it appears, with the exception of the idiocy of bicycles in Boise (average temperature 31F), that she is trying to have the "refugees" assimilate some of that good old US "whiteness".

R. Sherman

Assimilation of Whiteness

Lancastrian Oik

Oh lord, the Australians are coming. Hide your valuables.

Here’s a tip- leave them underneath the soap.

Best wishes for the New Year, everybody.

R. Sherman

Off Topic: I'm now reliably informed that if you muff booking tickets to the Tower of London, you get free admission to some sort of wax museum which contains an horrific likeness of Angela Merkel (Right).

David, which ministry is in charge of these things?

wtp

This being something of a substitute for FE, a guy I just discovered this year...JP Sears...anyone, anyone?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8utmmWoBSBY

David

Time for wine, I think.

David

And in fashion news.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And in fashion news.

Screw the wine, that calls for straight Everclear, or shoe polish strained through three day old bread.

Spiny Norman

And in fashion news.

Good gawd, it's the 4Chan "SuperNi@@a" meme made real.

Pogonip

Happy 2018!

I had a bad 2016–I discovered I’m not good at being an orphan—and then I got real sick in 2017, so I figure 2018 has nowhere to go but up. I hope it goes, or stays, up for everyone else.

Fun with Farnsworth: Roy Price’s site explains the global warming puzzle very well.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Roy Price’s site...

Roy Spencer, University of Alabama, Huntsville, Huntsville being where US spaceflight was invented.

Evidently, she was in Twickenham...

Fun fact - Huntsville was originally named Twickenham.

David

I’m assuming it was a magical stick.

champ

immigrants and students of color will ‘begin to see how society works’ and learn to emulate those ‘whose behavior is acceptable and rewarded.

And what, pray tell, is wrong with that?

WTP

I’m assuming it was a magical stick.

I’m assuming he’s not familiar with Timothy Treadwell. Though I suppose I could be wrong. Either way, remind me not to go safariing with that guy. You know, next time I ask.

David

remind me not to go safariing with that guy. You know, next time I ask.

Variation on a theme.

Pogonip

Happy 2018, Brits! 🍸🥂

Pogonip

The dancing will commence!

http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/31030-Old-Movie-Stars-Dance-to-Uptown-Funk.html

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