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January 26, 2018

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Pogonip

First!

http://botnik.org/content/harry-potter.html

Sam Duncan

“Lucas has been captured.”

You and your cute spider videos. You do not want to see what popped up in the recommended thumbnails for me after that. Nor, for that matter, do I. I'm just going to pretend it's a model made out of pipecleaners and pincushions.

(But here's the link anyway for the masochistic (or arachnophile) among us. *shudder*)

“Owl buddies.”

Yeah, right. The birds have quite clearly started breeding attack dogs. The first couple of pictures are just to lull you into a false sense of security. Keep scrolling down. That little guy with the green eyes is obviously the ringleader. We're doomed.

“Bathroom scenes.”

Oh, come on...

Spiny Norman

Lucas has been captured.

I have a 3-year-old nephew named Lucas, and he talks just like that.

He had me in stitches on Christmas Day.

Pogonip

One day I overheard Son of Pogonip saying sternly, “Bob! Stop blowing bubbles and come over here and eat your Betta Bites!”

Son runs a tight ship.😄

Black Ball

Happy Australia Day!

Connor

The mothership wasn’t the first thing to land there.

But the aliens were more organized.

Connor

Best not to, really.

Phone batteries are the new Tide Pods.

JuliaM

"Bathroom scenes."

Oh, my...!

Rafi

Why dogs don’t rule the… Oh bugger.

They'll call him Caesar.

David

Heh.

ftumch

Cue the surf music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Nv2R9Acec

David

Cue the surf music

God knows, they need to do something, though I’m not convinced that Mr Tarantino is the way to go. I’m actually surprised the Star Trek film series is still a thing, given its hit-to-meh ratio is quite dismal.

sH2

"This is CNN"

https://twitter.com/TheSafestSpace/status/956457629189992448

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Chapman and Cleese demonstrate the new L1A1.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

How not to play board games, "I don't know their pronouns !"

SumDumGuy

It tells you quite a lot about who they are.

I would place a substantial bet that most of the people involved with the clean-up were guys so they probably feel quite justified.

SumDumGuy

Apparently brown people and cultures are only superior when they don't interfere with one's preconceived notions of feminine beauty...

Clam

Just chillin'.

https://youtu.be/bpojDpZ4m7Y

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@ SumDumGuy

"My boyfriend and mother-in-law shaved my baby!"

OK; either we are back to that cuckold thing, or someone does not quite grasp the concept of "mother-in-law".

PiperPaul

Hɐddʎ ∀nsʇɹɐlᴉɐ pɐʎ¡

David

Hɐddʎ ∀nsʇɹɐlᴉɐ pɐʎ¡

For a second there I thought it was Hebrew.

jabrwok

Hɐddʎ ∀nsʇɹɐlᴉɐ pɐʎ¡

For a second there I thought it was Hebrew.

It's all Greek to me.

Sam Duncan

“Hɐddʎ ∀nsʇɹɐlᴉɐ pɐʎ¡”

Yad Ailartsua Yppah?

¿ʎləɹns 'ʎɐp ɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ ʎddɐH

Governor Squid

That BBC Archive link may be the end of my productivity for today. Having just watched this little 2-minute gem on a diver defusing an unexploded mine in the West India Docks, I learned two interesting things: the meaning of the phrase nap hand, and the yawning chasm between an English diver in the 50s and an English academic in the 10s.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

That BBC Archive link may be the end of my productivity for today.

How to address a haggis.

Spiny Norman

“I felt like my hands were just too big for this task.”

Well done.

When I was about 10 years old, my mother managed to raise a scrub jay hatchling. I think he liked us too much, because it took almost 2 years for my parents to convince him to fly away with the local flock that came by almost daily (even when they'd get him to fly outside to join them, he'd fly back into the apartment once the other birds went on their way). As one might expect, my brother and I wanted to keep him as a pet, but my father was dead set against it. The bird was quite demanding of attention, and rather noisy - and took a liking to my dad, much to my dad's annoyance.

Darleen

Bond versus Bond

Racist! Sexist! RAPIST!!!

David

Racist! Sexist! RAPIST!!!

The indignant younglings seem to imagine that we’re supposed to admire the sheriff in The Man With The Golden Gun, and empathise with him. Despite him being a caricature, deliberately unappealing, and the obvious butt of the joke.

Darleen

Despite him being a caricature, deliberately unappealing, and the obvious butt of the joke.

I guess they just want books filled with blank pages and movies that are nothing more than series of landscape shots.

Baceseras

It tells you quite a lot about who they are.

Those aren't trashed streets, that's an Art Project.

R. Sherman

For a second, I thought "shave the baby" was a euphemism, I'd not yet heard. As in, "We went back to my place for a post-prandial brandy and a little--finger quotes--'shave the baby.'"

PiperPaul

I was in a WebEx meeting (sort of a video-enabled conference call though the computer) a few hours ago and accidentally shared my screen. Operations Manager of course immediately asked about shaved babies.

Pogonip

Who among us has not been a tired, worried, or sick student, and had a sadistic spinster teacher notice you’re not having a good day, pounce on you to answer a question, then snarl “ I don’t believe I like your tone!” and send you to The Office?

Well, if you didn’t get enough of this wonderful experience in school, you can now buy a device that will recreate it for you whenever you like!

https://pjmedia.com/trending/amazons-alexa-will-no-longer-tolerate-sexist-abuse/

Sam Duncan

“I guess they just want books filled with blank pages and movies that are nothing more than series of landscape shots.”

Behold the future. (Since 1988, believe it or not.)

https://pjmedia.com/trending/amazons-alexa-will-no-longer-tolerate-sexist-abuse/

This is not a societal problem, because, again, Alexa isn't a woman. She's a cylindrical computer that sits on a table and misunderstands you.

It. It is.

bgates

Racist! Sexist! RAPIST!!!

At least the "Daily Mail" has the right attitude towards celebrity:

One unimpressed person said

Here's the imdb page for that unimpressed person. I hope the guy who played the sex slave in "Balls of Fury" wasn't serious about calling Bond a rapist.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In today's episode of Dubious Science, your sammiches are causing global warming climate change...

The study also explored how the information on the carbon footprint could be combined with nutritional data to assist consumers in making more informed food choices...The average impact from the home-made option is around two times lower than the impact from the ready-made equivalent with the same ingredients...The greatest improvement opportunities lie in reducing post-consumer waste; however, these are most difficult to realise as they involve changing consumer behaviour.

...and there you have it, sammiches are wrongfood, and eating them wrongthought.

Spiny Norman
Racist! Sexist! RAPIST!!!
The indignant younglings seem to imagine...

Indignant younglings certainly have the Marxist malevolence part down:

You all let yourselves get wound up by the Mail telling you what to be angry at today, but remember this; we millennials will be the ones running your nursing homes, and we won't forget what your generation did to us in voting to leave the EU. We'll make you pay.
Well, his parent(s), teachers and other leftist mentors should be beaming with pride...

Spiny Norman

My wife found me in the kitchen with a handgun. She asked me "why?" I said, "stealth killer robots." She laughed, I laughed, Alexa laughed. So I shot Alexa. It was a good day.

Tee-hee. That ought to bunch some panties.

Spiny Norman

And for the third part of the hat-trick, we have achieved Peak California:

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/956564388118319104

Darleen

we have achieved Peak California:

SHUSH... you'll only encourage them.

Spiny Norman

NYC: we're banning big sodas, because the commoners don't know what's good for them

CA: Hold my beer non-gmo organic free-trade non-dairy latte.

Spiny Norman

::cough:: Fair-trade.

(>_<)

(Dammit, messed up my carefully-thought-out-but-not-as-funny-as-it-seemed joke.)

Clam

If she didn’t have double standards, she’d have no standards at all.

They're not even standards. They're weapons.

David

They’re not even standards. They’re weapons.

Well, they’re certainly not principles, which, pretty much by definition, would have to be reciprocal, and therefore inconvenient. But among the self-styled woke, apparently what matters is playing Gotcha!, even if this means behaving in a way that’s stilted and neurotic, and, as in the case above, being laughably and predictably inconsistent.

It’s a strange way to go through life - assuming an entitlement to scold strangers, and the world at large, for not automatically knowing the rules of a made-up in-group status game - rules that are forever changing, seemingly at random and with escalating absurdity, and which change almost daily precisely to make following them all but impossible.

David

I sometimes wonder what R.D. Laing would have made of these people and their endless self-positioning.

Joan

Why dogs don’t rule the… Oh bugger.

The knowledge is spreading...

https://twitter.com/smallthunderdog/status/957173930288209921

David

The knowledge is spreading...

If they learn to make fire, we’re screwed.

WTP
Experts don’t recommend using a butcher knife to cut cheesecake. A sharp, thin-bladed slicing knife or a hollow-edged knife dipped in warm water reduces drag and makes a cleaner cut. Unscented dental floss is also recommended to get a clean cut.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20180119/fight-over-cheesecake-portion-leads-to-arrest
WTP

And BTW, we’re screwed.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ATLT/farmers-insurance-hall-of-claims-hot-dog

David

Unscented dental floss is also recommended to get a clean cut.

“Banks said he was asked for his opinion on whether the piece of cake was big enough for a grown (expletive) man,” the paper reported. “He said he thought it was.” According to court records, the older brother, 24, was still holding the butcher knife he used to cut the dessert when they began arguing about the portion size. The victim told police his brother punched him in the face and busted his lip.

I think we need a picture of the portion size to determine whether violence and knife-wielding was justified.

WTP

And this just in from Kalifornia:

Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/25/california-bill-would-criminalize-restau

Spiny Norman

WTP,

Yep, we may have achieved Peak California - although Darleen seems to think saying so will only encourage them to invent some even more outrageous crisis - but they will anyway, because the Democrats in Sacramento are a competitive bunch (even if the object of their current scorn does not have "the shoulder thing that goes up").

WTP

Speaking of "the shoulder thing that goes up"...When a USMC Marine finds himself in the middle a firefight and needs tech support..."The problem had to do with a delicate piece in the receiver that had been bent up. "

http://tribunist.com/military/barrett-50-cal-wont-work-so-these-marines-called-customer-service-during-a-firefight-video/?utm_source=LRD

Squires

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/01/the-guggenheim-joins-theresistance-offers-gold-plated-toilet-to-white-house-instead-of-requested-artwork/

Proper response: "l thank you for your offer, but I already have several that are in working order."

David

Proper response: “l thank you for your offer, but I already have several that are in working order.”

What’s interesting is how readily they reveal themselves as petty little shits.

David

Proper response: “l thank you for your offer, but I already have several that are in working order.”

As I often say, consider the psychology. They’re prepared to publicly insult the First Lady, the office of the President, and more importantly, everyone who voted for him – half of the nation they supposedly serve - in order to signal their own self-imagined edginess. Do they imagine their display of disdain will help the wider cause of arts funding or encourage the kind of broader public interest that such organisations claim to want? Or were they too busy admiring themselves to think of such details?

Spiny Norman

Or were they too busy admiring themselves to think of such details?

Heh.

(A rhetorical question, I assume...)

Darleen

What motivates the hate aimed at Jordan Peterson from 'intellectuals'? Basic human resentment

Once the dozen-plus years of compulsory schooling comes to an end, some young people pursue their success outside of the school framework and do so quite well. People who got poor or mediocre grades in school go on to become successful businessmen and women and accrue wealth. Even more, they accrue influence. They may be intelligent but their intelligence manifests itself better in the business world than in the schoolhouse.

Meanwhile, the intellectuals who spend years in graduate school go on to do well, put together their theses and their presentations, get their professorships (sometimes at prestigious universities!) and still fail to accrue much wealth. Even worse, outside of their small intellectual fiefdoms, they fail to accrue influence. Save the occasional Peter Singer or Jordan Peterson, few academics acquire influence outside of the academy.

When you spend so many years growing up in a system that tells you that you will be at the top of the dominance hierarchy and then you’re not, your expectations are violated. This violation of expectations manifests itself as resentment. You followed the rules, you did things as you were supposed to, and some guy who runs a construction company or built an app gets more influence and respect than you.

Peterson brings an additional level of resentment to the table for these academics and intellectuals who envy his success in their own hierarchies. Not only did he win at their own game with professorships at Harvard and Toronto and more citations than most of his peers get in a lifetime, but he also succeeds in the game of influence outside of the academy. To use his own analogy, he’s the largest lobster in their own circles and a big lobster in society at large.

David

Basic human resentment

Somewhat related, I think. Again, they reveal themselves.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in the Michigan Clown Quarter, we find that yoga practiced by honky cracker mofos, are guilty of ‘power, privilege, and oppression’, because of course they are.

To truly honor yoga, writes Michigan State University professor Shreena Gandhi, white Americans should understand its history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in, and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs.”

One wonders why Indian women need classes...

However, a quick search reveals that Miss Ghandi has been peddling this rhubarb since at least 2012, which goes again to show a Clown Quarter career can be built on nothing.

It appears, though, Miss Ghandi and reality are ships passing in the night.

Upon moving from Uganda to Great Britain, Gandhi’s father was unable to become employed as a surgeon because of the color of his skin...her parents moved the family to Haverford and later to Wisconsin. Gandhi labeled her experience in Wisconsin as “traumatizing,” as she, for the first time, was surrounded almost solely by white peers who ostracized her for the color of her skin.

A) She ain't that old, I know several Indian surgeons who trained in the UK (and later moved to the US) 40+ years ago, so I am thinking a lack of qualifications was probably the real reason; b) the people in Wisconsin are second in politeness only to Minnesotans which qualifies them as honorary Canadians, and if they were in Milwaukee, POCs haven't exactly been unique in the history of the town.

Or were they too busy admiring themselves to think of such details?

Yes, and just like the gold toilet yahoos, so are the "academics" who are so ignorant of the rest of the world outside their spheres, they think everyone will buy their malarkey.

Darleen

Again, they reveal themselves.

Yep. And, I don't think I'm going out on a limb here when I say 'intellectuals' are so public in their basic contempt for the great unwashed, how many people are going to be willing to fork over $25 dollars for a book that sneers at them in dense, academic code-speak?

Meanwhile, I'm a few chapters in on Peterson's 12 Rules and I'm finding he writes like he speaks. Hence, the book was released Monday and is currently #2 on Amazon's Bestseller List.

Pogonip

Hi Darleen,

I ordered the sample, which was mostly the foreword. Are you finding anything in the book that he didn’t already say on Youtube?

Jeff Wood

The Bond item was interesting, which encourages me to post Anonymous Conservative's discovery that Millenial SJWs find Bond problematic:

https://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/old-james-bonds-psychology-triggers-sjws/

Pogonip

Indian women? Indian men aren’t allowed yoga? What about women who aren’t from India but identify as such? 😉. These asshole SJWs always want everything both ways.

Yoga appears to be a huge subject. There are many different kinds. Some of them are dangerous to the uninformed. This being the case, information ought to be more, not less, available to everybody.

Pogonip

Jeff, what DON’T they find problematic?

I suggest that whenever they use that p-word, a normal person jump in to note that “problematic” was one of !racist! H. P. Lovecraft’s favorite words. (It really was, and he really was; they’ll feel funny about the word ever after.)

David

Millenial SJWs find Bond problematic

What?

David

By the way, I’ve just watched the 2017 version of Ghost in the Shell. It’s not very good. Very flat, emotionally, and visuals aside, quite dull.

Darleen

Hi Pogonip,

So far I'm getting a mixture of familiar but also new stuff. It's hard to pin down because I haven't watched all his YouTube lectures. However, I'm enjoying the concise writing and how he's distilling it down, even for himself.

The chapter right after the Foreword is "Overture" ... and I learned that this 12 Rules book sprang from a list of maxims he had quickly posted in Quora about 5 years ago.

Pogonip

Thanks, Darleen!

David Taylor

It’s a strange way to go through life - assuming an entitlement to scold strangers, and the world at large, for not automatically knowing the rules of a made-up in-group status game - rules that are forever changing, seemingly at random and with escalating absurdity, and which change almost daily precisely to make following them all but impossible.

It may not be coincidence you just described teenage behaviour.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Heh.

David Taylor

Do they imagine their display of disdain will help the wider cause of arts funding or encourage the kind of broader public interest that such organisations claim to want?

Broader public interest probably doesn't include the deplorables. You don't want them around upsetting the luvvies.

Not sure about the funding. Maybe they're hoping this will attract some from rich lefties rather than the govt. Or maybe they just didn't think it through as you suggest.

PiperPaul

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

Or maybe they just didn't think it through as you suggest.

As they have shown, it is not thinking it through, but as you suggest, they just don't give a damn about anyone outside their bubble.

David Taylor

I've ordered Perterson's book in the hope my children will read it. That list he posted is pretty self-explanatory so I'm not sure it needs a book to back it up but I have 3 sons and a daughter to get the messages through to.

As I mentioned before I think Peterson's fans are going to be a problem. He's going to get wrapped up in the alt.right, red-pill, anti-feminist righteous reaction to the lunar left and so become easily dismissed and discredited by association regardless of what he's really on about. Even the spate of articles about the infamous interview will be tagged as misogynist. He'll make a lot of money from this book, but he'll never be taken seriously again and his speaking engagements will be targeted by the hate-speech protestors. I'm sure the clown left (I don't want to call them academics) will be pleased about the second half of that. How long before his bosses find a reason to move him on?

That triangle train doesn't make sense. As shown by the driver you could only fit one person down the middle of it... is it photoshopped?

Pogonip

I suspect the triangle train is a rolling ad, like the Weinermobile.

Darleen

so become easily dismissed and discredited

That happened th minute he pushed back against compelled speech. When his research funding was cut due to his WrongThink™, he pivoted and found crowdsourcing

I don't think he cares if anti-reason "intellectuals" dismiss him.

David Taylor

I suspect the triangle train is a rolling ad, like the Weinermobile.

Nah, too expensive to make a real but useless train. I googled it and Jalopnik reckons it's a photoshop. So do I, nothing makes sense about it.

PiperPaul

This non-pointy train...

http://cdn.snsimg.carview.co.jp/minkara/userstorage/000/006/560/465/3f94789add.jpg

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Nah, too expensive to make a real but useless train.

All y'all are overthinking it a bit, I think...

pst314

Nah, too expensive to make a real but useless train.

I take it you have never been to California. :-D

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I take it you have never been to California. :-D

Heh. Moonbeam's next project...

...and no, it is not a photoshop.

Spiny Norman

...and no, it is not a photoshop.

Yep, it's real, and set a train speed record, iirc.

(Saw it on the Travel Channel show "Mysteries at the Museum".)

jabrwok

If they learn to make fire, we’re screwed.

Whatever happens we have got, opposable thumbs, and they have not.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Whatever happens we have got, opposable thumbs, and they have not.

In reality, our days are numbered...

Darleen

If they learn to make fire, we’re screwed.

You were saying?

David Taylor

All y'all are overthinking it a bit, I think...

That's pretty stylish, where did you find that? Looks like someone's backyard railway.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in Florida, students hold a "bleed in" for free menstrual products.

Although it was pointed out they can already get free stuff through something called the "Field and Fork Pantry", this isn't good enough because being able to snag a bag of eight tampons, five pads, and five liners per week is "too limited" (32 tampons/month is limited - maybe for a ruptured aortic aneurysm). However...

“Heteronormativity is rampant on this campus,” complained Sophia Ahmed, one of the organizers of the “bleed-in” protest. “Today I held a little protest for free menstrual protects. If you saw my butt that was evidence. And I say menstrual not feminine because menstruation should not be gendered. Some men get periods.”

You knew that last bit was coming.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

That's pretty stylish, where did you find that? Looks like someone's backyard railway.

Dark Roasted Blend, prepare to kiss your day goodbye poking around there. The thing is the picture is some Russian contraption, probably a prototype internet bot.

Pogonip

I only used tampons when pads weren’t available, because the tampons were so uncomfortable, so I don’t know how reasonable the tampon quota is or isn’t. However, I will say that for the last 18-24 months of my menstruating life, I was changing heavy “overnight” pads at least every 3 hours. At bedtime I would line my underwear with several overnight pads in a row and wear Depends over that, all of which would be soaked in the morning. Heavy periods can involve a shocking several days of gushing. My heart goes out to women who deal with this every month for 30 years.

Black Ball

The young and the restless.

"It was then that I understood how bad the general perception is of teenage mums and unplanned pregnancy. Ten years on, I don’t think much has changed. Most of the criticism is still aimed at girls, whereas boys are almost expected to want to have sex – and certainly aren’t considered to have wrecked their lives if they father a child. As a girl, you’re seen as feckless and out of control, spoken about in the same hushed breath reserved for discussing people with alcohol or drug problems, and certainly seen as running wild, with no sense of responsibility. I was young, but I wasn’t irresponsible."

http://www.msn.com/en-au/lifestyle/lifestylefamilyrelationships/i-will-always-be-amazed-that-i-didn%E2%80%99t-guess-i-was-pregnant-having-a-baby-at-15/ar-BBIihGi?li=AAavLaF&ocid=ientp

Sam Duncan

“If they learn to make fire, we’re screwed.”

Well, at least they might learn to throw off the owl tyrrany.

Unless... what if... the owls are teaching them?

Uh-oh...

“Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.”

Were I a waiter in California, I think that's the point where I'd go Galt. If they're going to outlaw common courtesy, then they can get their own damn drinks.

“When you spend so many years growing up in a system that tells you that you will be at the top of the dominance hierarchy and then you’re not, your expectations are violated.”

Sometimes I'm actually glad I burned out and suffered a nervous breakdown at 17. Sure, it wrecked my life (or, at least, the one I thought I was going to have), but I learned the lesson early: book smarts - although useful - ain't everything, life's a bitch sometimes, and good grades don't mean you can expect to have everything handed to you on a silver platter.

“This non-pointy train...”

Aww. Shame. I was hoping there'd be a really interesting reason for it.

Farnsworth M Muldoon
I was 14...Pregnancy came as a total shock; I still don’t know how my contraception failed...I know I was young to be having sex but I wasn’t alone – most of my crowd of friends were in relationships and having sex, and I’d been with my boyfriend for a year and a half...I was young, but I wasn’t irresponsible...I was doing a nursing course and had started working in a hospital when I met my partner Phillip. He and May are really close and when I got pregnant with our son, Freddie, who’s now 18 months...

Right. First she gets knocked up mysteriously at 14, dumps the kid with "mum" to finish school, then while in school again and unmarried she gets knocked up again. A) I don't think she knows the meaning of the word "irresponsible"; b) she should get a refund from the nursing school for failing to teach basic human biology she didn't get in grade school.

It is one thing to become a single parent through death of a spouse or because of an ugly divorce, but as someone else pointed out, it is high time to stop treating people like this as if they are heroes, and to hold the sperm donors to account as well.

Black Ball

I don't think she knows the meaning of the word "irresponsible"

No it must be all the young man's fault, because patriarchy. I have seen many young fathers do all the hard work to keep the baby and lady cared for and looked after. It seems to me she is a heroine just for having unprotected sex. At no point reading the article, in my opinion, was May ever put in danger or not cared for.

David Taylor

Sometimes I'm actually glad I burned out and suffered a nervous breakdown at 17. Sure, it wrecked my life (or, at least, the one I thought I was going to have), but I learned the lesson early: book smarts - although useful - ain't everything, life's a bitch sometimes, and good grades don't mean you can expect to have everything handed to you on a silver platter.

Happened to me too, a year or two earlier. But I'm still cranky I ain't got the book learnin and never got meself into that academic world. I tried a couple of times later but don't have the patience or discipline to stick it through once you leave black and white science and move into management and ethics subjects.

The programming was easy, the maths was interesting but required effort, then I lost interest when the wishy-washy stuff was all that was left. I figured apart from perhaps finally getting away from the dreams where I'm both working and at high-school trying to finish it off, and the shame of not being able to finish a degree, having the same qualification as kids less than half my age that also cost less to hire probably wouldn't do me much good.

So I'll always be an uneducated bum who can't make it through the HR filters. And I have a stay-at-home wife with a science/law double degree from a pestigious uni, plus 4 kids. Behold my privilege. I still don't get it when my wife disagrees when I say there is no such thing as having too much money.

If you think I sound bitter, you're right. On the other hand even though I'm a long way down the totem pole of the cishet partriarchy life could be a lot worse.

Black Ball

"Universities, once oases of civil, free and wideranging discourse, succumbed easily and early before the ­cohorts of the closed-minded. The proliferation of so-called safe places where student snowflakes can retreat from challenging discussion of ideas makes a mockery of the very tenets of education."

Piers Akerman takes aim at our universities, amongst other things in his column for the Telegraph.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/2017-a-year-aussies-all-took-a-stupid-pill/news-story/828eb0706340d95840f39a49c9bad5a4

David

It may not be coincidence you just described teenage behaviour.

Heh. Quite.

It’s hard enough trying to make teenagers understand that what they know now, or think they know, as teenagers, will be vastly outweighed and perhaps radically revised by what they come to learn over the next twenty, thirty years or more of actual living. It’s a hard sell. There’s not much motivation as a teenager to take that on board, this notion that experience will count for something, that you will change, hopefully grow, and that whatever it is that seems incredibly important now – peer pressure or whatever - may seem laughable or irrelevant as you develop. And for adults who cling to those teenage preoccupations and vanities – say, leftist academics who only thrive in a neotenous environment - it’s all but impossible. Too much would have to be unravelled.

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R. Sherman

...[E]xperience will count for something, that you will change, hopefully grow, and that whatever it is that seems incredibly important now – peer pressure or whatever - may seem laughable or irrelevant as you develop.

Of course, that's true for all of us at all stages of life. The people who seem the most content are the ones who have the ability to distinguish what's truly important in the long term from everything else which competes for their attention and to not be troubled by the latter in the slightest.

Monty James

Teach them capitalism at a young age.

David

Heh.

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