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August 04, 2018

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Sam

the Clown Quarter’s approximation of scholarship

Felting as a posthuman proposition demands that we stop thinking broadly about … education. Instead we need to consider intimate transmaterial touching relations that do not intensify settler colonial mastery over human and nonhuman life

*backs away slowly*
*fetches medication*

Adam

Evidently Prof Springgay (really?) had to pick a new dissertation topic at the last minute when someone else beat her to the punch (or was it pulp?) with a breakthrough dissertation on the intersectionality of cheesecloth. Five minutes of panic ensued before Springgay's dissertation chair suggested simply replacing "cheesecloth" with "felt" in the manuscript, thereby opening up new horizons of scholarship, and founding a new academic discipline. A team of writers is at work on a screenplay telling the harrowing story of Springgay's research and discoveries. Working title: Felt Up!

David

*backs away slowly*
*fetches medication*

The ripened pretension is quite a thing. And when the mangled blather about quantum mechanics kicks in, she’s veering into Carolyn Guertin territory, where logic goes to die, and where words can be piled randomly, in no particular order, and with no regard whatsoever for what they actually mean.

David

Tim Newman shares some thoughts on the Sarah Jeong saga.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

For some background on Ms Jeong and her history of dementedly racist outpourings...

Yet another thing she does not cotton to...

The NY Times believes this too was caused by wypipo.

BM

"American society is fast approaching a tipping point where arguing about racism is simply no longer credible. The arguments have become trite and all of them are used disingenuously—as cudgels—to simply extract concessions from other tribes."

Her comments, while vicious in the context of ordinary decency, are standard fare in the world of Vox-tier liberal snark. Like technical mastery of the violin or a diploma from Columbia, edgy tweets about whitey just look good on a resumé.

... Now the cry is that white complaints about ethnic hostility are made in bad faith. Well, maybe they are. But I don't see people like Yglesias running out every time someone finds a backward swastika painted on an old tool shed to put the purported victim's tears under a microscope. "Just how genuine is your pain, whitey" is itself not a good faith argument, not from the left anyway, which has made a cottage industry out of performative grief.

When members of the elite Asian professional class are hiding behind black liberation narratives about “structural power,” and Jews are publicly musing whether whites are “actually” upset about jokes celebrating white extinction, you’d have to be hunkered down in some sort of Centrist bomb shelter not to realize the temperature is rising outside.

... If you can effectively argue that “tribalism is bad except when we do it,” you will kick everybody’s ass very quickly. This is not a winning strategy, it’s the winning strategy in a multicultural system. This is why the NRO response to the Jeong affair is so repulsive. While being shredded by ethnocentric tactics, it’s maddeningly cruel and self-defeating to beg your followers to cling to humanitarianism.

As America becomes more multicultural, the system of “in-group favoritism for me, but not for thee” is only going to become more brazen. It is already critically important for right-wing people to learn to hold the line the way the New York Times did yesterday. When the mob gets upset, just give your enemies the middle finger, and issue a typo-ridden, perfunctory justification for your behavior if you absolutely have to. This mercenary state of affairs would not be my first choice, but it’s the world the left has worked tirelessly to build for the last 50 years, so they at least deserve to get it good and hard.

JuliaM

"Felting as a posthuman proposition demands that we stop thinking broadly about … education. Instead we need to consider intimate transmaterial touching relations that do not intensify settler colonial mastery over human and nonhuman life."

And now, for some inexplicable reason, I have Blur's 'Parklife' as an earworm...

David

for some inexplicable reason, I have Blur’s ‘Parklife’ as an earworm...

Heh.

WTP

The programme, titled “MasculinUT” and devised in 2015, had been originally marketed as a means of reducing campus sexual assault and domestic violence. Instead, as even UT administrators ultimately conceded, it mainly consisted of promoting “gender fluidity” and the treatment of traditional masculine roles and goals — such as focusing on career “success,” becoming the family “breadwinner,” and being told to “act like a man” — as inherently pathological.

Curious. Any Texans ‘round these parts? Do Longhorns still rip on Aggies? I vaguely recall Baylor as being ridiculed for being sissified as well.

David

traditional masculine roles and goals — such as focusing on career “success,” becoming the family “breadwinner,” and being told to “act like a man” — as inherently pathological.

Yes, those well-known pathologies of hoping to be successful and well-rewarded, and wanting to support your family, and trying to be stoical in the face of petty torments.

kirby

"Furiously Felting", in public no less. She's going to go blind.

Darleen

that would have been a touch too harsh as a parody on South Park.

Chairman Mao Say: Buy My Doll

I hope she keeps talking.

David

Thanks, Darleen. We’ll sleep well tonight.

David in Michigan

"Any Texans ‘round these parts? Do Longhorns still rip on Aggies?"

I lived in the Dallas area from 1980 to 1990 and heard numerous Aggie jokes. As it was long ago, I only recall one now however.

Aggie research: Do crickets hear? (abbreviated version)

Aggies researchers tested their hearing theory by ripping off a crickets legs one by one. After each leg was removed, they yelled "Jump" at the cricket. And each time the cricket jumped until there was only one leg left. After removing the last leg and yelling "Jump", the cricket did not move. They concluded that "If you remove a cricket's legs it can not hear you."

Such was the nature of Aggie jokes.

Burnsie

Love weaves its own tapestry, spins its own golden thread, with its own sweet breath breathes into being its mysteries--bucolic, lusty, gentle as the eyes of daisies or thick with pain. And out of its own music creates the flesh of our lives. If the birds sing, the nudes are not far off. Even the dialogue of the frogs is rapturous.

As for me, since late boyhood and early manhood, and throughout the more than eighteen years of my nearly perfect marriage, I always allowed myself to assume whatever shape was destined to be my own in the silken weave of Love’s pink panorama. I always went where the thread wound…

A lovely metaphor and passage, is it not? It's John Hawkes in "The Blood Oranges."

Now take it and shove it through the feminist/deconstructionist meat-grinder, and that's how you wind up with the leaden, incomprehensible "How to Write As Felt:"

“In felting, wool fibres co-mingle and enmesh and evoke what Barad (2012) refers to as a queer self-touching. When we touch ourselves, she writes, we encounter an uncanny sense of the stranger or otherness within the self. Using quantum theory to shape a theory of self-touching, Barad explains how a particle touches itself, and then that touching subsequently touches itself, releasing an infinite chain of touching touches.”

We've come so far!

Darleen

Sarah at Harvard

Everything is organized, implicitly organized, around how men see the world... and not just men, but white men ... see the world. And this is a problem. This is why so many things suck.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...and not just men, but white men ... see the world.

For an Asian, I am guessing she is unfamiliar with the geographical concept of Asia (SE & SW), not to mention Africa, and South America (no to bring up the point of tendency towards genuine suckiness in those places for the average Joe and Jane).

Spiny Norman

"American society is fast approaching a tipping point where arguing about racism is simply no longer credible. The arguments have become trite and all of them are used disingenuously—as cudgels—to simply extract concessions from other tribes."

On a (slight) tangent, Stormfront's mouth-breathing readership has completely annexed Breitbart's comment section, and are now waging a full-frontal assault on Instapundit. Did you know I'm a "SJW jackboot", and have "a reading comprehension disability that is quite typical among the NeoNazis that comprise the left" (both replies in the same thread by a couple of the resident "white nationalists" (don't you dare call them neo-nazis or you be denounced as a "cultural Marxist") for having the temerity of jokingly commenting that a post about Sarah Jeong was bait for the white nationalists (which did indeed attract scores of them - and comments claiming the Jews are "enemies of the white race" seemed to appear at random).

It's always nice when they strive to live up to the stereotype, just like our RadFem friends.

David

Did you know I’m a “SJW jackboot”,

It started with a bit of henna, just as an experiment, and then came the piercings…

Spiny Norman

The tat was probably just the confirmation... (o_O)

WTP

There’s a song from the early 80’s that keeps popping up in my head more and more frequently. It’s manifesting itself about once a week now...

https://youtu.be/IasCZL072fQ

Ah,yes. Missing Persons. Wonder whatever happened to them.

Steve E

Such was the nature of Aggie jokes.

Two Aggie Forestry Grads go to a job fair looking for employment. The first Aggie enters a small interview room and comes back to his friend within five minutes. "How did it go," his friend asked. "Great! He asked me what I did. I told him and he hired me on the spot." The second Aggie, fortified with confidence from his friend's story, enters the interview room. The interviewer asks him what he does. The Aggie says, "I'm a wood cutter." The interviewer tells him, "I'm sorry but we don't have any need for wood cutters." The Aggie replies, "But you hired my friend." The interviewer tells him, "That's true, but your friend is a Pilot." The second Aggie is incredulous and says, "Just how do think he's going to be able to pile it if I don't cut it first?"

Such is the nature of Aggie jokes.

WTP

Such is the nature of Aggie jokes.

Heh. Please tell me this is a commonly stated thing. There are sooo many lame jokes that I think of but are too embarrassed by their lameness to say out loud that could be very useful around a couple Texans I know if I finished them with “such is the nature of Aggie jokes”. Might take some work to lure them in for the kill though.

Darleen

Christina's response of note.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Such is the nature of Aggie jokes.

On the other hand, the only way an Aggie can get a tea-sip off his porch is to pay for the pizza.

An Aggie and a tea-sip are walking down the road, the Aggie stops, picks up a rock, and hands it to the tea-sip, "Here", he says, "you dropped your ID."

How many freshman tea-sips does it take to screw in a light bulb ? None, that is a course for seniors.

Such is the nature of Longhorn jokes...

R. Sherman

As I've said on two other threads, this business of Asians jumping on the "POC Bandwagon" is hilarious to me. East Asian societies are the most insular, jingoistic and racist societies on the planet. They all hate each other and hate non-Asians worse. Trying to scream about systemic White Supremacist oppression with a CV that has lines for UC-Berkeley, Harvard Law and The New York Times smacks of adolescent desperation to be accepted by the "cool kids."

Further, I noted a tweet where she announces unironically that she is a member of the "Left Wing Elite." I read that and immediately thought of Fredo in Godfather II.

David

Christina’s response of note.

I seem to have spent quite a bit of time over the past few months deleting publications from my news feeds on Google and Flipboard, etc. Entirely unrelated, I’m sure.

David

Trying to scream about systemic White Supremacist oppression with a CV that has lines for UC-Berkeley, Harvard Law and The New York Times...

It’s odd how this mannered and ostentatious language of victimhood has been embraced largely by upper-middle-class students at expensive and statusful universities, chiefly upper-middle-class women, many of whom have been beneficiaries of overt and institutional racial favouritism. A favouritism denied to those they deem privileged. For such creatures to feign downtrodden status, and expect to be applauded for it, and deferred to, suggests a learned unrealism and a pathological vanity.

One that results in a kind of triumphant obnoxiousness.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in the wold of cultural appropriation, skinny eyebrows are "problematic".

“When I saw Rihanna on the cover of British Vogue this week with a set of ultra-skinny brows, my immediate reaction was, ‘Wait, WTF?’” Chávez writes in a piece titled “I’m Latina, and I Find Rihanna’s Skinny Brows Problematic.” “Why is Rihanna wearing chola brows?”

Famed chola Myrna Loy was unavailable for comment.

Neither were Marlene Dietrich (real name Maria Elena de Tricio), nor Fay Wray (Faibrica Raimundo).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Apropos of absolutely nothing, bird vs. fastball.

David

bird vs. fastball.

It’s tricky to do, but it saves a lot of plucking.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...but it saves a lot of plucking.

That, and tenderizing.

Randy

The programme, titled “MasculinUT”

Sounds like it should be titled "MescalineUT."

ftumch

"Ah,yes. Missing Persons. Wonder whatever happened to them."

The clue is in the name, shurely?

David

And in celebrity news.

Via Obnoxio.

WTP

The clue is in the name, shurely?

Yeah...ummm..Shirley had to leave town unexpectedly. Roger?

Sam Duncan

“Christina's response of note.”

So, er... when do they start?

Captain Nemo

Warning sign of note: https://twitter.com/_youhadonejob1/status/1026134924057870336

Captain Nemo

Damn it, meant to put that in the Ephemera thread. Sorry.

David

Damn it, meant to put that in the Ephemera thread. Sorry.

Distracted by the tentacles, obviously.

Sam Duncan

Wiki-war of note.

Captain Nemo

Possibly. It was either the tentacles or the weird and highly disturbing Diane Abbott/Ed Miliband mash-up thing Darleen posted above.

David

Wiki-war of note.

Now there’s a rabbit hole. But there are foxes in the garden, so bugger that.

Sonny Wayze

*fetches medication*

Methinks you mispelled 'tranquilizer gun'

jabrwok

Curious. Any Texans ‘round these parts? Do Longhorns still rip on Aggies? I vaguely recall Baylor as being ridiculed for being sissified as well.

I graduated from UT first in '93 (BS Geology) and again in '00 (MS Library "Science"). Aggie jokes were fairly common, but I haven't lived there in over ten years now, so I can't comment on the current state of Aggie-related humor in Berkeley-on-the-Colorado. Whenever I go visit (less and less often for some reason) the place is busier, more crowded, and more stultifying than the last time.

R. Sherman

"...a string of words..."

David

Re Ms Jeong and her dementedly racist outpourings, a Guardian contributor engages excuse-making mode:

“Voicy and brash,” says she. Via sk60.

David

Seth Barron on the same:

Jeong calls herself “a woman of colour on the internet” — surely a novel formulation of identity — and assumes a veil of protection from criticism based on this status. It’s hard to understand how a highly rewarded immigrant, whose family was embraced by the same country whose majority population she now denigrates, sees herself as a victim. Yet she does, and in fact, a supportive media narrative casts her as a double victim… Jeong is not racist, her defenders say — on the spurious but now broadly held view that only whites can be — and even to pose the question, or refer critically to her tweets, or doubt the probity of the New York Times, suggests hatefulness.

As any parent of small children ought to know, if you repeatedly indulge an assumption of impunity, of unearned exemptions and non-reciprocal standards, what follows is rarely edifying. And yet here we are.

David

Also, this.

R. Sherman

Combine the attitude demonstrated in my "string of words" link above, that all human activities must be regulated by a self-selected (and undoubtedly progressive) elite with the attitude that Caucasians cannot be the victims of racism and you have a recipe for civil war. Or Trump in 2020 in the best, non-violent case.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

a Guardian contributor engages excuse-making mode:

Not to be outdone, a "feminist author and journalist" weighs in with Deep Thoughts™...

I am embarrassed I hadn't seen that, it is as clear as a mud lake.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, love her or hate her, Ann Coulter has a point about Miss Jeong's view of male wypipo.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Over in Greater Germania, following the lead of kids in the US&A and their deep insights into issues about shooting irons, the kids have found the solution for anti-"migrant" sentiment.

jabrwok

Everything is organized, implicitly organized, around how men see the world... and not just men, but white men ... see the world. And this is a problem. This is why so many things suck.

Well, we tried organizing the world around women for a good, long time. But the Old Stone Age *really* sucked, so we tried Rule by Fathers instead, and that's worked out pretty well. Pity we seem to be giving up on it:-/.

David

Everything is organized, implicitly organized, around how men see the world... and not just men, but white men ... see the world. And this is a problem. This is why so many things suck.

So a patently false and childish statement, with several begged questions packed in there, followed by a series of unearned conclusions.

She’s an intellectual, you know.

Sam Duncan

“Also, this.”

Oh, definitely that.

“Not to be outdone, a "feminist author and journalist" weighs in with Deep Thoughts™...”

As I wrote in a comment elsewhere, on another subject, the other day:

This is the flipside of identity politics. Not only does who you are - your background, your sexual preferences, etc. - become political, but your politics become part of your identity, your own self-image. What those who identify as the “Left”, with “social justice”, who consider themselves saviours of the poor and oppressed, actually do when given power is irrelevant, even if it causes pain and suffering to those whom they claim to champion. These things are who they are. In their own minds, they can literally do no wrong.

Little did I know I'd actually hear it from the horse's mouth within the week. It's the “logic” of the Saturday morning cartoon: they can't do anything bad because they're the goodies.

David

It’s the “logic” of the Saturday morning cartoon

As noted before, their pronouncements often sound like esoteric incantations. “Radical intersectional social justice.” “Cis-heteronormative White supremacist settler colonial logics,” and so forth. By mouthing the arcane words, they somehow become virtuous, unlike thee and me.

Ten

...if you repeatedly indulge an assumption of impunity, of unearned exemptions and non-reciprocal standards, what follows is rarely edifying. And yet here we are.

Learning is fundamental, goes the adage. But drilling down hasn't proved to be remedial.

Also, this.

In which Lehmann writes,

The defence of Jeong is interesting because for once the social justice left actually have to defend their bailey position (racism=power+prejudice) rather than simply retreating to their motte position (dictionary definition of racism)

The social justice left's entire modus operandi is to implement extreme positions using the language of moderate positions. But when this facade drops, it's game over.

Not exactly game over. As the term implies, progressive leftism is an overt action against tradition ... in which traditional moralities are de facto outmoded. This is the standard observation, much like Peterson on education (@ PragerU). These are observations on the action of progressive leftism.

But what is progressivism philosophically if not the instinctive intolerance of that tradition and its moralities and the force of power, law, society, or culture against them. The implication? There is no intellectual engine there. There ends justify means.

It's at this point we realize what's happening. The progressive left doesn't fear the irrationality incumbent in its positions. It doesn't care that it's exposed or that it can't name a principle, position, or destination. Progressivism is a malignant instinct. It does not care. It cannot even reconcile itself.

The right engages this psychosis endlessly, as if reasoning with it on its terms, without identifying it. It's a psychosis. And if it is aggressive, malignant, pointless, and overt, what has ever even once reasoned it out of even one component of something it was never reasoned into?

Sam Duncan
“The protesters, who appear to be mostly young, white women, chant 'F**k white supremacy.'”

... to a black woman.

David

...to a black woman.

It’s worth considering the possibility that, for the Mao-lings in the video, any politics they profess is merely a contrivance, an excuse for what they actually want – i.e., to gang up on people and then harass them, even assault them. Which may explain the disregard for incoherence and the bizarre optics – screaming “Fuck white supremacy!” in the face of a black woman, for instance. If what you really enjoy is gratuitously imposing yourself on others, alarming them and trying to make them afraid, while feeling powerful yourself, then the pretext is beside the point. Almost anything will do.

jabrwok

an excuse for what they actually want

"Pay attention to me daddy!"

Harrison Wintergreen

had been originally marketed as a means of reducing campus sexual assault and domestic violence.

well, actual reputable research shows that being diagnosed with a personality disorder is the most reliable predictor of committing interpersonal violence.

if UT-Austin has found a way to treat Anti-Social Personality Disorder with dress-up games they should be applauded. but I have my doubts.

see D. Dutton, Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy. Violence and Victims, 1994, 9, 2, pp. 125 – 140

ftumch

"Pay attention to me daddy!"

From wiki: "The 2018 film A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a biography of co-founder Douglas Kenney".... this was pretty much my impression

Harrison Wintergreen

Their pronouncements often sound like esoteric incantations. “Radical intersectional social justice.” “Cis-heteronormative White supremacist settler colonial logics,” and so forth. By mouthing the arcane words, they somehow become virtuous, unlike thee and me.

postmodernist gibberish on the far-left, sovereign citizen gibberish on the far right. both use baffling language to distinguish themselves from outsiders and communicate with the in-group.

ftumch

Harrison, I can't make sense of your comments, I am too drunk. FIGHT ME IRL

Darleen

Oh, the good news on Sarah Jeong just keeps coming in.

Darleen

Harrison,

A quibble - the sovereign citizen nonsense is majority an effort to excuse engaging in criminal acts, really the "True Believers" are tiny to non-existent.

The far-left is populated by True Believers. They are a ton more problematic.

Hopp Singg

see D. Dutton, Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy. Violence and Victims, 1994, 9, 2, pp. 125 – 140

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7696196

From the abstract:

A critical review is made of feminist analyses of wife assault postulating that patriarchy is a direct cause of wife assault. Data are reviewed from a variety of studies indicating that (a) lesbian battering is more frequent than heterosexual battering, (b) no direct relationship exists between power and violence within couples, and (c) no direct relationship exists between structural patriarchy and wife assault. It is concluded that patriarchy must interact with psychological variables in order to account for the great variation in power-violence data. It is suggested that some forms of psychopathology may lead to some men adopting patriarchal ideology to justify and rationalize their own pathology.

I think that pretty much sums up much of this site, too. Pithily!

David

Oh, the good news on Sarah Jeong just keeps coming in.

I’m trying to imagine what it’s like when the theatre of woke righteousness, loudly professed, can’t quite hide the fact that you’re actually an appalling person. You have to wonder what Ms Jeong’s parents make of her recent fame. Are they proud that she’s been mentioned so widely, and of the reasons for it?

David

I think that pretty much sums up much of this site, too. Pithily!

As I hope I’ve illustrated over the last decade or so, leftism, especially the far left, attracts a high concentration of narcissists and borderline personalities – more than chance alone would seem to allow. And if leftist politics is often pretentious and incoherent, that may not matter too much to those who participate, provided said politics enables the acting out of certain urges. Whether that’s social preening or a spot of sociopathy.

It’s not unlike the number of far-left feminists who, taken at their own words, seem to inhabit a world in which male partners are frequently dysfunctional, often cruel and abusive, and who then extrapolate from their own, rather terrible, taste in men. As Tim Newman and others have noted, given how rarely the world they depict corresponds with ours, perhaps the problem is that far-left feminists tend to interact intimately with far-left men.

Ten

As I hope I’ve illustrated over the last decade or so, leftism, especially the far left, attracts a high concentration of narcissists and borderline personalities – more than chance alone would seem to allow. And if leftist politics is often pretentious and incoherent, that may not matter too much to those who participate, provided said politics enables the acting out of certain urges.

Very true.

If we adopt the view that The Lie and its attendant disguises - what Peck observed was cloaking everything in deceptive appearances - describe clinical disorder, then progressivism, along with its puritanical churchiness, collective thefts, and generally intolerant force, is simply dysfunctional.

There's no prohibition either about disorder infecting hordes or hordes organizing in order to deploy disorder.

Moving to our current random obsession with Jeong, in They Hate You the Zman observes:

Another aspect of this is that it undercuts the argument made by conventional conservatives about their vaunted principles. The other side has no rules and they have no intention of limiting themselves with rules. All the breast-beating about racism was a lie and it always was a lie. Since the Left controls the moral framework, they have just taken the first step toward normalizing tribalism.

Whites have a habit of internalizing each Progressive outrage. It’s important to remind the normie white person in your life that the other side never quits, They can never be shamed into giving up on their goals. https://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=14666

Now that the right has proved the adage about becoming the left in 20 years by adopting the left's racialist ruse and actually becoming the party of tolerance, equality, outrage, moral posturing, psychological projection, moral splitting, public shaming, mob action, and the rest, it'd be wise for it to remember what's really going on.

What's really going on is the lie and deception. The normie, boomer right has been completely juked. Did it somehow expect less?

The progressive left is collective, public disorder. It never cared about its many purported principles. Why must the right care about its many purported principles - except to actually claim them itself - unless if to prove it has none worth enumerating anymore either.

Darleen

From Ten's link:

This story also offers a chance to point out to white people that there is no bargaining with these people. A bargain requires a degree of good faith on both sides and some way to hold the both sides to the deal. The Left thinks it has a moral duty to do whatever is necessary to destroy the rest of us, so they are not just allowed to break the rules and lie about it. They are morally obligated to use any means necessary to win, which is why they named one of the activist groups By Any Means Necessary.
I would only point out this isn't about just 'white' people -- the Left has deemed any dissent from their ideology as "white supremacy" -- IOW some pale SJW feels no irony in screaming "white supremacist!" into the face of a black woman.

Or Jeong, as I linked above, literally putting the life of a Chinese woman in danger.

Don't get with the program? We will destroy you.

Governor Squid

Don't get with the program? We will destroy you.

Hell, in Wu's case, they hung her out to dry for no reason apart from getting a few extra clicks. If that's the treatment they give to innocent bystanders, just imagine what they'll do if you stand between them and the power they desire.

Daniel Ream

Helicopters. I keep telling you people.

And my tongue is only partway in cheek here. More and more people keep talking about the impending civil war, but no one seems to quite get that that means Pinochet's methods or losing.

WTP

Helicopters. I keep telling you people.

Yeah....that's a lotta fuel and maintenance costs. How about we just stop paying/"loaning" the money for their "education"? And no more alumni support either.

R. Sherman

More and more people keep talking about the impending civil war, but no one seems to quite get that that means Pinochet's methods or losing.

I would only point out this isn't about just 'white' people -- the Left has deemed any dissent from their ideology as "white supremacy" -- IOW some pale SJW feels no irony in screaming "white supremacist!" into the face of a black woman.

I perhaps should reverse the order of the above quotes, but both observations are pertinent to our present times. "White Supremacy" is simply the buzz word du jour. Tomorrow, there will be something else. As others have noted, we kid ourselves attempting to tease some philosophical consistency from the barbarians' madness, and it's a fool's errand trying to use logic and reason to reach some sort of accommodation with the other side or synthesis of the opposing positions. The end game is the destruction of our civilization, and there will be no end in the Left's mind, until that is accomplished. (And BTW, this is not a struggle between "Left" and "Right," whatever those words mean. It's a struggle between the individual with his liberty/personal autonomy and the collective. And the collective will enforce its will "by any means necessary" as history has so vividly demonstrated.)

St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, said, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18, KJV) It's becoming increasingly clear to me that my desire to live peaceably with all men may be in vain, simply because it no longer lies with me.

jabrwok

Helicopters. I keep telling you people.

Waste of fuel. Trebuchets. Much simpler and just as effective. Plus you can sell tickets, provide skeet-shooting oppoortunities, and teach ballistics to the kiddies!

Darleen

Hahahaha... White Thoughts are a disease! I mean, those are some golden comedy moments there!

Hopp Singg

As I hope I’ve illustrated over the last decade or so, leftism, especially the far left, attracts a high concentration of narcissists and borderline personalities – more than chance alone would seem to allow.

It was the first thing I spotted when I first happened on this site and it's why I stay. You're not the only island of sanity around, but there really are too damn few.

Governor Squid

Trebuchets.

Can we make "Backyard Trebuchets" the next big social media trend, like the Tide Pods and Ice Bucket Challenges of yore? If enough people decide to launch themselves across their neighbo(u)rhoods, our problems with know-nothing youth might solve themselves. At the very least, we could manage the size of the herds a bit.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

More white male privilege is revealed.

Sam Duncan

“St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, said, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18, KJV) It's becoming increasingly clear to me that my desire to live peaceably with all men may be in vain, simply because it no longer lies with me.”

As Jefferson put it a few centuries later, “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. But the temper and folly of our enemies may not leave this in our choice”.

Hopp Singg

In the good old days our feminist prof could have simply ordered her carriage driver to run right over those icky homeless men.

David

More white male privilege is revealed.

Even setting aside the issue of informed consent, I’m not sure there’s any way to regard that dynamic in a positive light. And whatever Professor Dej’s claims about the “hypermasculinity” of homeless men - whose homelessness is supposedly to the detriment of women, and especially feminists – she does tell us quite a bit about the vanities and neuroticism of academic feminism.

David

Ilya Feoktistov on educational probity and its enemies

The guidelines asked teachers to remain objective while teaching about historical and current events; and to treat all students, regardless of political opinion, with respect. Teachers were told: “For current controversial issues (health care, immigration, environmental policies, gun laws), teach students that there are different perspectives and present the reasoning of those who hold those different perspectives.” [History teacher Isongesit] Ibokette was having none of it. He typed this reply: “I am concerned that the call for ‘objectivity’ may just inadvertently become the most effective destructive weapon against social justice,” and sent it to the members of Newton North’s history department.

Our woke history teacher objected to the appeal not to use the classroom as a personal pulpit, and not to “present facts or logic that support only one side of a current controversial issue.” Another history teacher, David Bedar, who also took umbrage at notions of objectivity and impartiality, insisted that instead he had “an obligation… to teach kids… social justice.”

Governor Squid

From the linked article: “to think there are universal truths perpetuates a particular kind of able bodied white cisgender male logic.”

The Gods of the Copybook Headings cannot return soon enough.

jabrwok

The Gods of the Copybook Headings cannot return soon enough.

The fire and slaughter tend to be a little too indiscriminate for my tastes:-(.

I'm still holding out for giant space habitats (~100km diameter). Every identity group gets its own world and can interact, or not, with others however it wishes. Won't happen until we have sufficiently cheap access to orbit, and rockets aren't going to cut the mustard on that one. Mass drivers are probably the best bet in the medium term.

Governor Squid

I'm pretty sure that these mass drivers would be the more likely investment.

Daniel Ream

“St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, said, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18, KJV) It's becoming increasingly clear to me that my desire to live peaceably with all men may be in vain, simply because it no longer lies with me.”

As Jefferson put it a few centuries later, “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. But the temper and folly of our enemies may not leave this in our choice”.

"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I'll kill you all." ~ Col. James Mattis, USMC

How about we just stop paying/"loaning" the money for their "education"? And no more alumni support either.

It's far too late for that. The Gramscian Long March is complete; it is pointless to shut the barn door now that the horses have infested every educational and government institution. Here in the Deranged Dominion we've passed the point of no return; slightly more than 50% of the population is employed by the government or receives significant financial largesse from it. The takers outnumber the makers and we're headed for the down side of the Tytler Curve.

I joke about Pinochet but absent a coup by an ideological strongman enjoying the confidence of the military, nothing is going to solve this. It's Venezuela or Chile.

David

Heather Mac Donald takes a hairbrush to the buttocks of Sarah Jeong:

Jeong deploys a warmed-over postmodernism to buttress her refusal to accept facts. “They own the words [‘they’ are presumably white males]. They own the law. They own reality or at least what everyone acknowledges as reality. They own the Truth™, the Truth that makes up how we understand our society.” Another of those anti-feminist “Truths™” that Jeong, in her Foucauldian mode, dismisses is “what happened with the Duke Lacrosse players” (falsely accused of raping a black stripper). To Jeong, the fact that the prosecutor in the Duke case was disbarred for ignoring clearly exculpatory evidence is of no import. The post-modernist belief that truth is always an ideological construct allows her to ignore whatever facts contradict her favored story about the world.

Ever the good student, Jeong also absorbed a bastardized version of critical legal studies and critical race studies, both prevalent at Harvard Law. Those by now hoary theories portray the great traditions of Anglo-American jurisprudence as just a mystifying cover for illegitimate power. “In law school,” Jeong writes in her Rolling Stone post, “we learned that due process is what we get in lieu of justice. And what’s due process besides a series of rules that are meant to keep things as predictable as [f***ing] possible?” It would be salutary for Jeong to live for a while in a society without due process and where the workings of justice are not “as predictable as [f***ing] possible.”

Needless to say, there’s more.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“we learned that due process is what we get in lieu of justice. And what’s due process besides a series of rules that are meant to keep things as predictable as [f***ing] possible?”

I am going to go out an a limb here and speculate that this strange outlook on things is the reason why Miss Sarah is working as an SJW editor, and not as a lawyer.

Well, that and because being a lawyer generally requires real work.

David

I am going to go out on a limb here and speculate that this strange outlook on things is the reason why Miss Sarah is working as an SJW editor, and not as a lawyer.

And her hiring, and continued employment, tells us quite a lot about the kinds of attitudes that much of our expensively educated elite – say, professors at Berkeley and Harvard, and the editorial board at the New York Times - find congenial, or titillating.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the editorial board at the New York Times - find congenial, or titillating.

Never use or when and will do.

Governor Squid

Heather Mac Donald takes a hairbrush to the buttocks of Sarah Jeong:

Is it wrong that I, just for a moment, assumed this was some sort of assistance with her personal grooming before a day at the beach? I mean, a lot of people might go for a depilatory under the circumstances, but I'm way beyond trying to keep up with current fashions, so what would I know?

David

Is it wrong that I, just for a moment…?

Yes. Almost anything that could follow those words is damning evidence of deviance. So keep those hands where we can see them - and well away from your pockets.

“I was just counting my change.”
“I was just checking the integrity of the lining.”
“I’m sure my inhaler’s in here somewhere.”

The excuses, I’ve heard them all.

Fred the Fourth

a series of rules that are meant to keep things as predictable as [f***ing] possible?

Those mean, bad 'ol rules...
Like the ones about how the bank accepts the paycheck from her employer.
...the ones about how drivers go through intersections (ooh. There's that magic word. Do I win a prize?)
...the ones about how sterility is maintained in a surgical operating room
...TCP/IP, so she can buy stuff from Amazon
...the ones about how Air Traffic Control works
...the ones about...
Her entire life is only possible because of rules and predictability.
Water. Don't bother asking a fish to explain it to you.

Sam Duncan

“Heather Mac Donald takes a hairbrush to the buttocks of Sarah Jeong:”

The credo of the campus rape movement is: “Believe unconditionally,” as New York University’s Wellness Exchange puts it. Jeong takes that credo to heart.

They call themselves “progressive”. But they're the opposite. They stand, often explicitly now, against rational inquiry in favour of mysticism. Of course they claim, in an act of herculean doublethink, not to - oh, how they Love Science!™ - but no rational being could countenance the slogan “Believe unconditionally” for a moment. That is the credo of the High Priest that kept humanity in chains for millennia before reason and individualism freed us.

ComputerLabRat

That headache-inducing How to Write as Felt: Touching Transmaterialities and More-Than-Human Intimacies keeps assaulting my brain cells every time I come to this site. Somewhere, either in our host's commentary, or in the article about that thing, mention was made of quantum physics being tossed into that word salad, for legitimacy I guess. I find this irksome in the extreme.

Can I get the author on cultural appropriation? I mean - quantum physics clearly belongs in STEM culture, not in some blather about queerly feeling up felt.

Governor Squid

Quantum physics is gobbledygook which nobody can understand, and physicists are well respected professionals. Therefore, if we write gobbledygook which nobody can understand, we shall also be well respected professionals.

Q.E.D.

jabrwok

"Math(s) is hard" - Barbie

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/08/02/maths-textbooks-should-banned-intimidate-pupils-headteacher/

Dr Cromarty

The exhibitionist Dr Victoria Bateman is at it again. Her academic career is basically soft porn with a PhD

https://twitter.com/vnbateman/status/1027496310944006144?s=21

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