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November 12, 2015

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Nikw211

Related.

Anna

What about drinking fountains? They're still mixed, right?

David

I’m just glad the Age of Obama™ is bringing everyone together.

sk60

So Detroit is a safe space now?

David

Remember, this is who they are:

Following the forced resignation of its president and an attack on student journalists attempting to cover protests, events at the University of Missouri (MU) have escalated even further in absurdity after hysterical students created a bogus rumour that the Ku Klux Klan was roaming campus. Late Tuesday night, Twitter began to explode with students and others claiming that KKK members had been spotted walking around MU’s flagship Columbia campus. The rumours appear to have been given major life after MU’s student body president, Payton Head, made a Facebook post declaring that the KKK sighting had been confirmed and that he was actively working with police and even the National Guard on the matter.

Head’s comments added to the tumult, and soon dozens both on and off-campus were tweeting about the supposed KKK presence, with some claiming the Klansmen were throwing bricks through dorm windows and others wildly claiming the KKK were enjoying police protection. But it turns out the entire affair was an incident of mass hysteria. Barely an hour after the mania began, local police clarified that there was no evidence of any KKK activity on campus. “We have found no evidence of anything related to the KKK on campus,” police spokesman Brian Weimar said in a statement. Not only that, but despite Head’s claim to be working with the National Guard, Weimar said the Guard was not present at MU at all.

That word, psychodrama.

Via Joan.

svh

Does everything the left touches turn to shit?

Joan

It turns to shit unexpectedly.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

So Detroit is a safe space now?

I was thinking they could turn the rear half of city busses into safe spaces.

rjmadden

"Be the change you want to see."

Jeff Guinn
So Detroit is a safe space now?

(Wipes coffee spew off monitor and keyboard, muttering about lack of any jokewarning whatsoever.)

David

No refunds. Credit note only.

Karen M

Free from any contaminating pallor, the students claimed they would be able to “share, decompress, be vulnerable and real.”

I don't think 'real' people talk about 'being real'.

David

I don’t think ‘real’ people talk about ‘being real’.

No, quite. In my experience the term usually denotes habitual phoniness. And I’m still processing the implication that exposure to white people causes insincerity among black people. Or at least among excruciatingly pretentious black students.

billdehaan

exposure to white people causes insincerity among black people

Expressed throughout history by a certain class of people as "look what you made me do".

Said class of people: two and three year olds.

Sam

My white privilege prevents me from speaking on this matter. I'll just despair quietly.

R. Sherman

It would be fascinating to see how many of those very earnest young "scholars of color" could be enticed to advocate for "separate but equal accommodations" in public services for various groups. Certainly, it's been done before in Missouri. (Note: Lincoln University the "separate but equal" provision for non-Caucasians in Missouri did not integrate until 1954, four years after Mizzou did in 1950, which BTW was 12 years before Ole Miss integrated in 1962. So there's that.

R. Sherman

Bugger. HTML fail. I need another cup of coffee.

David

Fixed.

David

My white privilege prevents me from speaking on this matter. I’ll just despair quietly.

As I was saying to Franklin earlier, what we’re seeing is a kind of localised, socially statusful intellectual dark age. In which self-possession is anathema, indeed counter-revolutionary, and reality is, at best, irrelevant.

Burnsie

We laugh, but these students all have promising careers ahead of them in the Racial Grievance industry, one of the few growth industries here in the U.S.

R. Sherman

Fixed

Thanks. I shall now repair to your Amazon link to buy something in your honor.

David

I shall now repair to your Amazon link to buy something in your honor.

If that’s not a path to Godliness, I don’t know what is.

David Hadley

On a very related note. Have you seen this:

https://youtu.be/iKcWu0tsiZM

David

Yes. Captures the basic dynamic, I think.

R. Sherman

If that’s not a path to Godliness, I don’t know what is.

I do my part to support capitalism and unnecessary consumption if for no other reason than to inspire hand-wringing Guardian columns upon which you can comment.

It is the Circle of Life.

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what we’re seeing is a kind of localised, socially statusful intellectual dark age. In which self-possession is anathema, indeed counter-revolutionary, and reality is, at best, irrelevant.

One for the collection of classic Thompson sentences.

Spiny Norman

I Hear the Future Calling

And it's sniveling.

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This could be worth following.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/12/live-updates-campus-crazies-on-million-student-march/

David

This could be worth following.

So despite very generous credit, the students don’t believe that their own degrees are worth paying for. Therefore - therefore - other people, people who aren’t the direct beneficiaries of said degrees, should be forced to pay for them instead.

As Instapundit says, it’s time to raise the voting age to 25.

wtp

Much more so than elections, indifference and whistling past the graveyard in regard to the extreme idiocy and nonsense that has been taught in the Clown Quarter of universities over the last several decades has consequences. Those who spoke up about the movement of a larger and larger percentage of academia in this direction 20-30 years ago were roundly dismissed as ignorant and often ridiculed, if not "politely" ignored. Politicians wouldn't fight it because it would put them at odds with the media and the "wisdom" has been that it is "foolish" to go to war with people who buy ink by the barrel. That's called pragmatism. To paraphrase Obama's pastor, Western Civilizations chickens have come home to roost.

dw

As Instapundit says, it’s time to raise the voting age to 25.

At least.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/12/student-activist-demands-free-college-has-literally-no-idea-how-to-pay-for-it-video/

rxc

I heard a brief report on the radio that they have arrested a STEM student for sending a threatening email. I wonder whether this will trigger a Kristalnacht reaction against STEM students...

BeckoningChasm

I assume by "being real" they were making comments that would get most folks banned--at best. Probably arrested in reality.

newrouter

"Vanity manifests itself in overseriousness. To the vain, the
the trivialities of this world are of momentous importance. Everything
that happens to a vain person is terribly important. Seen thus,
vanity is the chief ingredient in the makeup of the true believer.
It is equally clear how vital it is not to take oneself seriously"

Eric Hoffer

newrouter

an oldie

Joy Division - Disorder

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

Spiny Norman

I heard a brief report on the radio that they have arrested a STEM student for sending a threatening email.

What would be funny would be if it were in engineering jargon and they had to find some tech guy to translate.

Man_With_Three_Buttocks

If only there was a Dutch word for this..........

Tim Newman

When the lefty bollocks was going on at Manchester Uni in the mid/late '90s, the Engineering Faculty mainly ignored it and sometimes laughed at it. I have a feeling, though, that had anyone tried a physical confrontation or attempted to stop a lecture proceeding or blocked us from a classroom the protestors would have had the shit kicked out of them in short order. I suspect the reason why none of these modern protestors have been battered yet is because they choose their targets quite carefully. They might not want to take on an engineering school, they're not half as soft as they're made out to be.

wtp

I suspect the reason why none of these modern protestors have been battered yet is because they choose their targets quite carefully.

But of course they do. Such is how their idea of progress is made. Drip by drip. Calve off sociology, philosophy, psychology, political science, history, etc. Once you have them into a solid 80% majority or so, you can whip them up into a frenzy. Sure, you may mock or scoff at a mob of pussies. But the thing about human psychology is once the feeling of power seeps into their heads, the sense of an overwhelming power that a large majority can bring, then they find their strength. Then they start in on the engineering students. And that won't be as hard as you imagine. Just look at how the leaders of many tech companies kowtow not just to the leftist power structure, but to the snowflake crowd as well.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I heard a brief report on the radio that they have arrested a STEM student for sending a threatening email.

Yes, but a little reported fact, because it doesn't fit Teh Narrative™, is that he is at the School of Mines (or whateverthehell they call it these days) about 100 miles down the road in Rolla, MO, so no threats from the MU-Columbia campus.

PiperPaul

"...they choose their targets quite carefully."

Pour encourager les autres, of course.

PiperPaul

"look at how the leaders of many tech companies kowtow not just to the leftist power structure, but to the snowflake crowd as well."

"Tech" and engineering are not necessarily the same thing. "Tech" people often have never been to a real industrial/manufacturing facility, usually wear safety gear due to rules (as opposed to necessity) and would avoid a surly pipefitter.

Spiny Norman

More "Mizzou" sniveling: the special snowflakes are a bit upset that the horrific events in Paris have stolen their spotlight.

A finer example of malicious narcissism you'll never find.

wtp

"Tech" and engineering are not necessarily the same thing. "Tech" people often have never been to a real industrial/manufacturing facility, usually wear safety gear due to rules (as opposed to necessity) and would avoid a surly pipefitter.

A valid point. Yet pre-"Tech" engineers in mid 20th century Germany, Italy, Japan, and USSR fell right in line with the majorities. It's all about probabilities, yes? And what is the most important probability to be concerned about?

David

the special snowflakes are a bit upset that the horrific events in Paris have stolen their spotlight.

Isn’t it just lovely?

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