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March 14, 2016

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Liz

The STEM fields in which women outnumber men are, oddly enough, not deemed biased or bothersome.

"Today’s Feminism, the movement that claims to be about equality, is actually just a gynocentric lobby group preoccupied with the first-world concerns of a very small number of women."

That.

David Taylor

I have no links or snippets, but plenty of outrage after reading the three summaries :(

David

That.

Well, the professed concern for gender parity - as some natural default from which any deviation must be caused by egregious sexism and therefore corrected - does seem rather selective and self-serving. As Mr Beard notes, the fact that a majority of British primary schools now have no male presence in the classroom – at all – apparently isn’t regarded as an issue of any kind. Likewise, the large female majorities in other areas – say, psychology and mental health services – doesn’t seem to concern those who insist on the importance of gender parity. When male psychologists are hard to find, this couldn’t possibly present any problems for men seeking counselling because apparently women know everything there is to know about male psychology.

Joan

When male psychologists are hard to find, this couldn’t possibly present any problems for men seeking counselling because apparently women know everything there is to know about male psychology.

You mean men and women sometimes think differently? #Outrage #ThoughtCrime

David

#Outrage #ThoughtCrime

Quite. The idea that there are statistical differences in how men and women think and what they prioritise is in some quarters deemed heretical. Even though it’s a feature of almost every married couple in the history of married coupledom.

lovegoats

The graph in the second link is familiar to me - architecture and planning 3rd (worst?) after computing science and engineering? How? It's an 'arts'- based profession!

I work for a (biggish) firm of London Architects. Unusually, it's over 50% female professionals. I asked some of them (women in their 20s and 30s) 'is there really a macho culture here?'

They said:
1/ Length of time to qualify as architect in UK is minimum 7 years; by the time they qualify, most intend to leave to start a family. Only two women here returned after having children. The two female directors, coincidentally, are childless.
2/ Building sites are male dominated - not surprisingly, since they involve much physical effort and are often dangerous. This isn't going to change.

So architecture is not seen as an attractive profession by women.

David

Sam Bowman on the medical profession’s authoritarian tendency:

The British Medical Association is extraordinarily powerful. It is possibly the UK’s strongest union, strong in part because many people do not realise it is a union. Like most unions, its job is to protect the interests of its members, even at a cost to everyone else. But unlike most unions, it is not just self-serving – it is also obsessed with clamping down on personal freedoms like the right to drink and eat unhealthy foods, in the name of “public health.” It’s one thing for a union to try to make some money out of you; doctors seem to think they have the right to tell other adults what to do. I’ve debated doctors who’ve laughed at the idea that adults should be able to drink even if it harms them. But a cost-benefit analysis that ignores the benefits is worthless.

I’ve known a number of doctors and pharmacists whose attitude was something close to that of a priestly caste, rather than someone providing a service to a customer.

Dr Cromarty

I despise the BMA. Their 'ethics committee' is treated like Moses coming down the mountain with The Law, when it truth it's comprised of politicos with a medical degree and a Calvinist desire to tell others what to do. Many BMA folk can't hack it in clinical practice to gravitate to committee work and general bossiness. They're the type of shits who spent time in student union politics. Narcissicistic killjoys.

Most doctors who treat patients regard their prodnose antics with contempt. Doctors nights out tend to be awash with booze and the medical Royal Colleges have vast wine cellars. Thankfully.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

When male psychologists are hard to find...because apparently women know everything there is to know about male psychology.

You can't spell psychotherapist without psycho the rapist, which is all they need to know.

The University of Oregon historian who wrote a study claiming glaciers are sexist said in an interview on Friday that the general public isn’t educated enough about feminism to understand his research.

Of course.

Pst314

"diversity officers"
More traditionally known as Political Officers.

Dr Cromarty

More traditionally known as Political Officers.

Or commissars

mojo

In my experience, admittedly limited, most women don't think - they emote.

Dr Cromarty

In my experience, admittedly limited, most women don't think - they emote.

Shots fired

David

[ Retreats to a safe distance from mojo. ]

R. Sherman

Perhaps the male-female disparity in STEM exists because in those fields, autoethnography is not a favored research methodology.

David

[ Gathers sandbags, canned goods, toilet paper. ]

David Hadley

I’ve known a number of doctors and pharmacists whose attitude was something close to that of a priestly caste, rather than someone providing a service to a customer.

Doctors are more like car mechanics. It is their job to fix your body when it goes wrong and - perhaps - offer occasional advice on how to get the best out of it.

It is not their job to tell you where you can drive to, or to criticise how you decide to go from A to B.

R. Sherman

At my son's STEM university, the number of diversity initiatives, recruitment efforts and scholarship opportunities for women is astounding. These programs have existed for over ten years and more are added all the time. Still, sixty-five percent of the students are male. How then, is discrimination responsible when the university bends over backwards to admit female candidates?

(BTW, in such hotbed of testosterone, one would expect "rape culture" to be on full display. Yet, according to the campus police, the worst crime on campus in the last five years was a stolen laptop. Do you think feminists are pulling our legs?)

Dr Cromarty

What David Hadley said, pretty much.

If you choose to drive at 80mph in 2nd gear, take corners at 100mph or put diesel in a petrol engine, your call.

mojo

[ Retreats to a safe distance from mojo. ]

Fear is for wimps.

Steve

Someone needs to go full Henry VIII on these guys: perhaps the Universities, like the monasteries back then, still have some positive attributes, but surely we'd be better off without them

sk60

1. Oregon students demand hike in minimum wage ('social justice', yadda yadda).
2. State hikes minimum wage.
3. Oregon State University now cutting 700 student jobs.

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/26598/

David

Oregon State University now cutting 700 student jobs.

I can’t help thinking that a lot of disappointment and wasted time and effort could be avoided if students learned some basic economics before shouting their demands.

Microbillionaire

I think "economics" is selling it a little short. "Consequences" seems to me to be the more general problem, that the Progressive Left makes its demands while rarely thinking through how people might react if those demands are passed. There seems to be a wide assumption of a static world where taxes and subsidies have no effect, shouting at people won't encourage them to leave, and being a ruddy ingrate will have no effect on one's support.

Daniel Ream

At my son's STEM university, the number of diversity initiatives, recruitment efforts and scholarship opportunities for women is astounding. These programs have existed for over ten years

Luxury. In my day, we had it tough.

The Canadian STEM university where I earned my engineering degree 25 years ago was well in the throes of Women in Engineering pandering 25 years ago. After 25 years of this, female enrollment in engineering is down 5 percentage points. At this point, if the women aren't there it's because they don't want to be.

Theophrastus

Feminism is not about sexual justice but about revenge.

Lisboeta

I know a couple of female civil engineers. One (recently retired) forged a successful career in town planning; the other (much younger) is working at the hard-hat end. Both of them needed a lot of bloody-minded determination to get recognition in a male-dominated profession. Kudos to them for that. However, they were fighting a different, adult, kind of prejudice.

At the other end of the scale, it's no surprise that there are so few male teachers at primary/junior level, given that physical contact with a schoolchild is now proscribed. For any teacher, it's hard to rein one's natural instincts and conform to the current hands-off policy. If a child is crying, or has fallen in the playground, or needs comfort for whatever reason, a reassuring hug is beyond the bounds. For male teachers, it's even worse: dare to comfort a distressed child and you've laid yourself open to charges of paedophilia.

dicentra ن

I can't repeat this enough:

Developing software is something that only certain people can do: people whose brains fall somewhere on the Asperger/Autism scale.

Period.

It's not that "men are better at software development," it's that ASPIES are.

And the Asperger/Autism phenomenon occurs more often in boys than in girls.

Full stop.

Men who are not Aspies cannot develop software. Women who are Aspies can.

The only way to achieve gender parity in software development is to induce Asperger's Syndrome in female fetuses, or to kill off Aspie boys so that their numbers equal those of female Aspies.

I wish I could say that either option is too absurd to be considered, but readers of this blog know otherwise.

GOD, I hate third-wave feminists.

R. Sherman

I know a couple of female civil engineers. . .

There are many women in STEM. I'm sure there are exceptions, but the ones who are there deserve to be there and have the portfolios of success to back it up. A competent woman in a STEM field can write her own ticket. The reason there are not more of them is because of lack of opportunity or encouragement or as the result of some nefarious plot to keep vaginas away from suspension bridges. It's because more don't want to be there. Where's the role of choice in all this?

David

I think you’re missing a ‘not’.

WTP

Regarding AS, while I agree there is a correlation, I disagree that non-AS men cannot develop software. Unless we take a very, very loose definition of AS as applying to all such. Just for one contrary perspective (and forgive me for taking this from Wiki but it is sourced from some research I'm sure can easily be looked up) consider:

Individuals with AS experience difficulties in basic elements of social interaction, which may include a failure to develop friendships or to seek shared enjoyments or achievements with others (for example, showing others objects of interest), a lack of social or emotional reciprocity (social "games" give-and-take mechanic), and impaired nonverbal behaviors in areas such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, and gesture.

One rather annoying (well to non-engineers anyway...and to some engineers as well) aspect of the SW geek is the joy they get sharing some obscure idea or a solution to a problem. The intricate detail that others are not interested in they can go on and on about with considerable "this is sooo cooooool" excitement. Now granted, this does indicate a degree of social awkwardness but I don't see it as being much different than wtf my wife blathers on and on about while I nod my head after a long day at work. However, I digress from what I originally meant to state here which was...hmmmm.....

Observation that I noticed over many years but kept my mouth shut about until it came up at lunch with the boys one Friday was how, at least in our company but found this to approximately apply elsewhere, the software development staff consisted mostly of men. When women were good at it though, they tended to be very good at conceptualizing and also were the better coders with GUI design. Men more on the server/middleware sort of things. In the requirements gathering area it tended to be fairly evenly split with maybe a slight edge to the women. But when it came to the testing group, women predominated along with gay men. Not saying the majority of men who were in testing were gay but I would guess 90% of the men who were gay (granted, some of this was based on the rather weak gaydar of some of my lunch buddies). Which fit the sexist pattern of men doing, women both setting expectations and complaining. And of course I have now demonstrated my own social obtuseness. But you gotta give me credit for shutting up about what I've been seeing for 20-30 years. A guy can only hold it in so long.

WTP

damn...post fail again...that should read:

I would guess 90% of the men who were gay were in testing, possibly one or two gay guys in development. And that latter was heavy on speculation.

Chester Draws

Can we please move on from equating being very careful and thorough with Asperger's. There are lots of pedantic men out there that can write software well. They struggle in social situations because of their pedantry, and not being much fun, not some imaginary Asperger's.

Most of the Asperger's kids I've met love computers, sure. But they can't write code because they are sloppy.

R. Sherman

I, too, find the "men who are not Aspies cannot develop software" assertion suspect. There seems to be a rush to turn everything into "pathology" these days. It's that inclination which leads to the inevitable "Thunder Dome Victim Derby" which we regularly mock.

David

Meanwhile, on campus, their failure to know stuff is entirely due to your racism:

Protesters interrupted the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents meeting for a third time last week, demanding the end of “blatantly oppressive” standardised testing.

Apparently, the student protestors are ethereal beings of exquisite sensitivity, such that they are emotionally crushed by any hint of mockery – say, when laughed at for gathering in a “healing circle” - and are rendered tearful and distraught by any testing of their abilities. Unless, of course, they’re just opportunist, whiny and dim.

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Rafi

rendered tearful and distraught by any testing of their abilities.

The race card is also an excuse for being thick card.

John D

Protesters interrupted the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents meeting for a third time last week, demanding the end of “blatantly oppressive” standardised testing.

Do any of these losers *ever* get punished or expelled?

juliaeryn

Mojo - Methinks your contact with the opposite sex is limited, perhaps only to screeching harpies. Go get more experience, dude.
I would add more but I am crying inconsolably and bleeding, just absolutely everywhere, out my lady cloaca. I need to go eat yoghurt and nag someone to calm down.

David

Do any of these losers *ever* get punished or expelled?

I can’t offhand recall an example.

But I suppose this is what happens when an institution extends special license to people whose skin is deemed sufficiently brown. Whether in terms of favouritism in admissions or fawning indulgence whenever the word ‘race’ is invoked, however improbably or dishonestly. Arrogance and a sense of impunity are likely to follow, especially among people for whom such things offer a perfect excuse. And so we get the beneficiaries of this special treatment walking out of class to disrupt someone else’s private meetings – again and again and again – with no consequences whatsoever, except to further their narcissism and pretensions of victimhood.

And note that some of the weeping incompetents, the ones who gather in “healing circles” and who refuse to listen to any reply to their ludicrous demands, see themselves as “future educators.”

David

I am crying inconsolably and bleeding, just absolutely everywhere, out my lady cloaca

Well played, madam.

Jen

You see, the student protestors... are rendered tearful and distraught by any testing of their abilities. Such as they might be.

Snork.

David

Snork.

And as we’ve seen, there are leftist academics, schooled in “social justice theory” and “pedagogies of dissent,” who claim that because being expected to keep up with the pace of lessons and deliver course work on time can induce feelings of discomfort in those less able and conscientious, this is an “exclusionary effect” and therefore unjust. And so tardiness and incompetence are to be excused, even encouraged, at least among those deemed sufficiently brown and exotic. Because… er, “social justice.”

As I hope I’ve shown over the last nine years or so, egalitarian dogma is corrosive to realism, like piss on a snowball.

Theophrastus

Unless, of course, they’re just opportunist, whiny and dim.

Unsurprisingly, the six students in the photograph on the Campus Reform website don't look like the sharpest knives in the drawer.

sH2

like piss on a snowball.

Peeing on snowballs is a sign of male privilege.

David

Peeing on snowballs is a sign of male privilege.

I denounce myself.

sk60

"Administrators have ordered the removal of swastikas from a high school production of The Producers, the famous Mel Brooks film that makes fun of Nazism. The New York school district that oversees Tappan Zee High School considers the inclusion of a swastika to be offensive and, possibly, a hate crime—regardless of the context."

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/13/high-school-censors-swastikas-missing-en

jones

Dr Cromarty,

"Most doctors who treat patients regard their prodnose antics with contempt. Doctors nights out tend to be awash with booze and the medical Royal Colleges have vast wine cellars. Thankfully."

You know you have a drink problem when you can drink half as much as your GP and the reason doctors drink so much is it gives them something to do when they're not smoking.

Dr Cromarty

@jones

Genuinely don't know any docs who smoke.

RY

Re doctors and pharmacists:

I was in a pharmacy this morning when a woman, about seventy years old, was trying to buy a small packet of aspirin. The pharmacist, who was obviously having to follow guidelines, asked her if she was on any medications. She laughed and said she was on so many that she couldn't list them. He then said he couldn't sell her the aspirin if she didn't give him the information. She said it was ridiculous and that she refused. Her husband was standing nearby. These were two sane, lucid people in their early seventies. Her husband came over and said he would purchase the aspirin as he was on no medication at all. The pharmacist, poor guy, still had to say there was a problem and that it could be dangerous for him to sell the aspirin as it could interact with some medications. Her husband started to get a bit wound up and pointed out that he was actually a chemist and that he knew perfectly well what was and wasn't dangerous.
And so it went on.
Aspirin was eventually purchased.

Theophrastus

Meanwhile, we have another call for feminist quotas, this time in the judiciary. Charlotte Proudman doesn't want wait 50 years to be a judge:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/15/british-women-50-years-justice-quotas-senior-judiciary

David

The pharmacist, who was obviously having to follow guidelines...

Visiting a pharmacy is now likely to result in being patronised, apparently on grounds that every single customer must be treated as if they were befuddled and incapable of reading.

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In fairness, I should add that the friendly, knowledgeable staff at my local pharmacy – a small independent one – know me well enough to keep the boilerplate to a bare minimum. But a visit to a large chain pharmacy generally entails being treated as if you had learning difficulties and looked determined to self-harm.

Rob

"hiring more colored mental health professionals"

Well, that seems reasonable as they clearly need them.

ac1

When in a pharmacy just lie.
This is of course more dangerous, but H&S boxticking is never about health or Safety.

Captain Nemo

Sometimes that patronising attitude of pharmacists can result in rather delicious schadenfreude. I had to pick up a prescription for an anti-inflammatory, and while waiting, this chap was being given a lecture about the side effects of his medication. In the most supercilious manner, the pharmacist said; "You do know you can't drink alcohol while on these tablets, don't you, Sir". His reply, "I don't drink alcohol, as I'm a Muslim", left the pharmacist with such a horrified "rabbit-in-the-headlights" expression on her face that I had to stifle a laugh.

Dr Cromarty

Can't drink on anti-inflammatories? What utter bullshit! Nothing better than french beer for washing down ibuprofen after a day's skiing.

Captain Nemo

Dr Cromarty, I think you have misunderstood. To clarify, I was the one waiting for an anti-inflammatory, it was the other chap, (the Muslim) who was being given the medication (I don't know what, I didn't catch it) which one couldn't drink alcohol while taking, and he was the one whose reply made the pharmacist go red as a beetroot.

Captain Nemo

AARGH. It should have been "ON which one couldn't drink alcohol while taking."

Dr Cromarty

Ah ha! My apologies.

Charlie Suet

Re punishment, it's perfectly consistent to observe that BME student protestors can be immune from consequences on campus and yet more likely to face harassment from the police in other situations.

One of the more bizarre conceits of identity politics is that such people are permanently, intrinsically and essentially 'victims' though. As a result, anyone pointing out the freedom from consequences they appear to enjoy at the University of Wisconsin would doubtless be greeted by a sneer about "how tough white men have it".

Which is rather missing the point...

David

I think you’re missing a ‘not’.

damn...post fail again

AARGH.

If this sloppiness continues, I’m going to start deducting points.

RY

When in a pharmacy just lie.

Sadly, this might become necessary.
A couple of months ago I had two very severe headaches within about a fortnight. It's very unusual for me. And hasn't happened for a long time. The only thing that helps is something with codeine in it. I don't usually take painkillers for anything else. The next time I was in my local pharmacy I asked to buy a box of paracetamol and codeine so that I had some in the cupboard in case there were any more terrible headaches. The pharmacist was called over to inquire what, if any, medications I might be taking. I take a long-term prescription for something and told her what it was. I was then refused the preparation with codeine in it. I was told I could buy ordinary paracetamol, but ordinary paracetamol does nothing for that kind of headache. I left.
I live in a small town and don't happen to have a car otherwise I could nip about ten miles up the road and go to another pharmacy.
The next day I asked a friend if they would mind buying me some paracetamol and codeine the next time they were in the pharmacy.
It's bonkers.
It's like when fourteen year-olds used to stand outside off-licences asking adults if they'd buy them some beer or cigarettes.

R. Sherman

If this sloppiness continues, I’m going to start deducting points.

Perhaps if you turned off the "drinking lamp" every so often, we could learn to type properly and proofread.

WTP

It's like when fourteen year-olds used to stand outside off-licences asking adults if they'd buy them some beer or cigarettes.

Went to a spring training game (baseball or what youz guyz on da udder side a da pond likes to call "rounderz"). Several years ago they essentially banned cigar smoking in the stadiums (something they for some reason banned even before banning cigarettes). Every year since, I go to a game and sit there thinking, "this used to be the perfect moment when I would light up a fine cigar" and get po'd at our own nanny state BS. Then it occurred to me, thanks to The Great Obama, I understand there is a place not too far away where I can now go to watch baseball, have a beer, and smoke a cigar. They call this fantastic place "Cuba".

mojo

Go get more experience, dude.

Alas, even misogynist curmudgeons are mortal. And prone to hyperbole.

I am crying inconsolably and bleeding, just absolutely everywhere, out my lady cloaca.

This word... I do not think it means what you think it means. Barring close reptilian ancestry, of course.

mojo

"...this is an “exclusionary effect” and therefore unjust."

And so the system must adapt to equalize outcome, of course.

Interesting black box - takes in wide-band input, outputs flat DC. Not very useful practically speaking, though, I would think.

Kevin B

A couple of weeks ago I was using the self-service check-out at my local Sainsburys and as I swiped various items over the scanner the snotty robot lady announced "APPROVAL NEEDED", "APPROVAL NEEDED".

When the real lady assistant turned up, she looked at my bottle of wine*, checked that I was over sixty-five and cleared the purchase.

I mentioned to her that I'd scanned some pills, (I had a cold and the remedy contained paracetemol).

"Oooh!" she said, "Pills and wine. Sounds like a fun evening."

Incidentally, at Tescos the machines don't nag you during the transaction and at the end, when you pay, a calm male voice says, "We just need to approve this." Much less aggravating.

*(A very nice bottle of Aglianico del Vulture for six quid if I recall correctly.)

WTP

When the real lady assistant turned up, she looked at my bottle of wine*, checked that I was over sixty-five and cleared the purchase.

I've had that problem at the hardware store over here buying...hell, don't recall what but I think it was WD-40 or something similar. I honestly could make no connection between the product and the need for ID until it was explained to me. At which point, it having made no logical sense in being much different from damn near anything in the store, I immediately must have forgotten what it was.

David

Further to the students who find standardised testing “blatantly oppressive,” this seems somewhat relevant:

In the past 25 years, the number of non-academic administrative employees has doubled nationwide, growing at more than double the rate of increase in the number of students. The vast sum of money being spent on administration isn’t just bloat. It’s a direct result of policies… that aim to foster more diverse campuses through the strategic recruitment of underrepresented, low-income minorities. This is done by lowering admissions standards... The predictable consequence is that most of these special-admits struggle in their classes, and many drop out of college outright. Universities compensate by instituting expensive administrative programs to keep these students from dropping out…

It’s downright unethical to get students to take on crippling student loans to pay for their education when almost half of them are going to drop out after the first year. The best thing we can do is to make college affordable for every academically qualified student — and the best way to do that would be to fire all the superfluous administrators who spend their days trying to retain students who shouldn’t be in college in the first place.

Quite.

R. Sherman

It’s downright unethical to get students to take on crippling student loans to pay for their education when almost half of them are going to drop out after the first year.

Further to the above, see this article from The Atlantic from a few years ago. The experience of "Professor X" in the Atlantic article is sadly the rule. My lovely spouse used to teach English comp at a community college and can provide a witness.

Bernie Sanders "free college for everyone" gambit is not going to solve that problem. It will only increase the number of unqualified students and the waste of public (and private) resources. The only solution is to institute an examination at the end of high school similar to the German Abitur to determine who is qualified for post-secondary education, and then concentrate the resources there. Alas, that won't happen, because the SJWs won't allow it.

R. Sherman

Something I copied years ago from an article somewhere, which article I've forgotten:

Americans now believe that every young person can benefit from going to college, said Marty Nemko. It’s just not so. For students who graduate high school in the bottom 40 percent of their class, college is usually a waste of money: More than two-thirds of such students who enroll as freshmen, research shows, fail to earn a college degree. Colleges, which are businesses first and foremost, gladly admit these ill-prepared students, cashing their tuition payments but doing little to prepare them for the real world. When they wind up dropping out, these failed students leave campus “with a mountain of debt and devastated self-esteem from their unsuccessful struggles.” When high school students show no aptitude for or interest in academics, their parents do them no favors by insisting on college. Such young people are far better off earning a career-oriented associate degree at a community college, joining the military, or enrolling in job-training programs in a thriving small business. They may not get an expensive diploma to hang on the wall—but they will get the skills they need to hold good jobs and lead happy, productive lives.

Pertinent to the NAS article you mention.

dicentra ن

There seems to be a rush to turn everything into "pathology" these days.

1) Asperger's isn't a pathology; it's specific type of brain organization. Learn about it before you get all dismissive.

2) Asperger's runs on a continuum: you don't have to be a full-on Aspie to be on the spectrum. I have a few of the Aspie characteristics but not enough to have the superpowers. The ability to develop software requires a brain that has certain key Aspie characteristics BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.

Cripes. I love it when people refute something when they have only spotty or stereotypical information.

3) The vast majority of the guys in my company have managed to find mates and reproduce. They also have the Aspie characteristic of being: fascinated by software development, having a lively interest in systems, an insistence on details, perfectionism, and delight in comic-book heroes.

The Aspie tendency to ramble on about things other people find boring is not analogous to female bonding chatter. Aspies are communicating specific facts and information that they find so fascinating they can't help but share. Women chatter on about nothing and everything as a way of (a) relieving stress as they complain and (b) bonding by sharing common experiences.

I am wholly unable to participate in female bonding chatter. Once I went to a baby shower for a receptionist at an IT company where I was newly hired. The other women chatted and gabbed and interacted for an hour or more while I sat there quietly, nothing to contribute. Then they opened the gift: a video baby monitor. As they passed the box around something caught my eye: "2400 Mhz FHSS." I brightened right up.

"OMG YOU GUYS THAT'S FREQUENCY-HOPPING SPREAD SPECTRUM, WHICH WAS INVENTED BY ACTRESS HEDY LAMARR. I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE STILL USING THAT."

Said the tech writer who'd developed a course on wireless technology for Intel.

Did that impress the ladies at the shower?

No. No, it did not.

But the guys I work with? They get it. They can totally relate.

As someone who straddles the line between Asperger's and neurotypicals, I kinda know where the lines are, OK?

Hedgehog

"hiring more colored mental health professionals"

This may be a stupid question. What's colored mental health?

Hedgehog

Developing software is something that only certain people can do: people whose brains fall somewhere on the Asperger/Autism scale.

Can totally relate to that. I once took a two-hour walk through Paris at night to think over a problem with a software program I had written and that didn't do what it was supposed to do. Fixed it, too, but it's a wonder that I didn't get run over.

But then...

There are lots of pedantic men out there that can write software well.

Ok, yes, I'm a pedantic jackass, too. I think I have acknowledged that fact in these comments a little while ago.

So I'm not taking sides. And I don't have an official diagnosis, either. But I don't find it hard to believe there is a link between coding and Asperger's.

I should note that I no longer write software. I seem to have moved beyond that, but sometimes I look back nostalgically at the pleasure of getting a dumb machine to do exactly what I want it to do. As opposed to getting a human (dumb or otherwise) to come up with an approximation.

Lisboeta

Last year, when I was in UK, I went into a pharmacy with a friend I've known for 30-odd years. He had a bad headache and wanted a pack of 500mg Paracetamol. The pharmacist's interrogation was so embarrassing that I felt obliged to intervene. I can buy packs of 500mg or 1000mg Paracetamol anywhere in Europe, without questions or problems. Aforesaid friend is a UK citizen and he speaks English. However, he's brown and I am white. That incident taught me that there can be times when one's colour may elicit a different response...

David

One more from academia:

Another student, Phil Jones, was shocked at ASUCD’s insensitivity towards overweight students on campus, even demanding financial reimbursement for the emotional distress. “To be honest, I was shocked… and some of my Japanese friends were heavily traumatised by seeing their culture mocked in such a clearly racist fashion,” Jones wrote in a Facebook post on the event’s page. “Not to mention, as a heavy-American, I don’t appreciate the blatant Fat-Shaming involved with caricaturing one of the few sports traditionally enjoyed by Heavy individuals.” Jones went on to demand “reparations payments” for “affected individuals” and asked for the resignation of all senators responsible for hosting the event.

Yes, heavily traumatised. Because that padded fun-time sumo suit is so problematic.

Hedgehog

The vast sum of money being spent on administration isn’t just bloat. It’s a direct result of policies… that aim to foster more diverse campuses through the strategic recruitment of underrepresented, low-income minorities.

I tend to be a bit more cynical about this. I think universities have mainly become jobs programs for leftists. It's a nice scam, really. Create a bunch of useless programs such as Hyphenated-American Studies or Gender Studies (anything, really, that ends in Studies) and enroll a bunch of people who really shouldn't be in a university to begin with to matriculate in these programs. Fund the salaries of the "professors" in these useless programs by providing taxpayer-backed loans to students who would be better off acquiring a real skill in a vocational institution. Hire a bunch of administrators to help the newly-enrolled students to cope with their foreseeable inability to make it through their studies. And then, when it all goes pear-shaped for the students, come up with a debt forgiveness program so that the poor dears don't have to suffer the consequences of their decisions.

Follow the money, as they say. Productive members of society pay taxes that go toward useless jobs provided to leftists who then give money to leftist political parties that promise to make sure that the gravy train keeps rolling along. The students are incidental to the process. They are as useless to the university staffs as the K-10 students are to the teachers' unions.

R. Sherman

@Dicentra

I was replying to WTP, not you. Specifically, I agreed with his comment, "Regarding AS, while I agree there is a correlation, I disagree that non-AS men cannot develop software. Unless we take a very, very loose definition of AS as applying to all such." To express reservations about your absolutist assertion made without citation to authority other than your own is not a personal attack.

As for the balance of your remarks regarding my use of the word "pathology" and your injunction to "learn something," I should think my almost three decades of dealing and working with mental health professionals and their patients in various contexts sufficient for these purposes.

jones

@ Dr Cromarty

"Genuinely don't know any docs who smoke."

They all go around the back of the bike-shed for furtive puffs.

Dr Cromarty

They all go around the back of the bike-shed for furtive puffs

Wouldn't put it past them, sneaky bastards

jones

"sneaky bastards"

Yeah, taught them everything I know.

ACTOldFart

And so the system must adapt to equalize outcome, of course.

Interesting black box - takes in wide-band input, outputs flat DC. Not very useful practically speaking, though, I would think.

It's a long time since I did any electronics, but isn't such a device called a "rectifier"? I hope so, because it is a perfect label for so many of the SJWs whose antics are rightly parodied here.

David

This.

Feck

A "heavy-American"... FFS.

A "pisstaking chancer," more like.

Wildgoose

@dicentra Absolutely!

I speak as a software developer with 3 children, the eldest of whom has mild Asperger's Syndrome (and is studying engineering). My wife works with special needs kids, many of whom are autistic, and is adamant that I have Aspie traits as well. (I'm not convinced, I just think I'm "male").

Hedy Lamarr was a star in more ways than the obvious - she was also involved in the invention of proximity fuses. I love the comment she made about being "glamourous" - just "stand still and look stupid". She really did combine brains and beauty. :-)

mojo

isn't such a device called a "rectifier"?

Well, except a rectifier takes in AC and outputs half-wave DC, which is why they use 2 or more.

mojo

Diode, rather.

Dan

Hedy Lamarr- that's what I call a nice Jewish girl!

Chester Draws

My wife works with special needs kids, many of whom are autistic, and is adamant that I have Aspie traits as well.

I have many of the traits of a successful business person. Focus, a desire to succeed in what I do, a head for numbers, intelligence and testicles*. That doesn't make me a successful business person though. And I never will be, because I lack the key trait of valuing money.

I also have some traits of Asperger's. Except the key one -- having Asperger's.

*testicles, because the key business traits are not associated with being male by the consequences of testosterone, but are kept that way by teh Patriarchy(TM). Just ask any SJW.

ACTOldFart

My wife works with special needs kids, many of whom are autistic, and is adamant that I have Aspie traits as well.

Wives always say that sort of stuff, just like husbands say that their wives have only he dimmest grasp of facts, reality and logic. It's called "being married".

Hedgehog

Wives always say that sort of stuff

My wife doesn't say that. She says I'm the smartest person she knows. Which means she's the perfect wife, but she should get out more.

I think I've mentioned before she has a weird sense of humor, though. So maybe...?

Johnnydub69

"I tend to be a bit more cynical about this. I think universities have mainly become jobs programs for leftists. It's a nice scam, really. Create a bunch of useless programs such as Hyphenated-American Studies or Gender Studies (anything, really, that ends in Studies) and enroll a bunch of people who really shouldn't be in a university to begin with to matriculate in these programs. Fund the salaries of the "professors" in these useless programs by providing taxpayer-backed loans to students who would be better off acquiring a real skill in a vocational institution. Hire a bunch of administrators to help the newly-enrolled students to cope with their foreseeable inability to make it through their studies. And then, when it all goes pear-shaped for the students, come up with a debt forgiveness program so that the poor dears don't have to suffer the consequences of their decisions.

Follow the money, as they say. Productive members of society pay taxes that go toward useless jobs provided to leftists who then give money to leftist political parties that promise to make sure that the gravy train keeps rolling along. The students are incidental to the process. They are as useless to the university staffs as the K-10 students are to the teachers' unions."

You have in fact just described pretty much the entirety of the public sector.

David

There is a side of my work that wants to crush the whole [capitalist] system, leaving a trail of the blue and lifeless corpses of judges and coppers in my wake, dragging the city to its knees as it screams my name. Then there is the other darker side.

If you’ve ever suspected that Banksy, aka Robin Gunningham, is a bit of a prick, it turns out you were right.

Hedgehog

...Banksy, aka Robin Gunningham, is a bit of a prick...

And this: A year-long investigation by the Mail on Sunday in 2008 had also concluded that Gunningham, a private-school boy from a comfortable home....

Why am I not surprised?

As G.K.Chesterton has one of his characters put it,

You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn’t; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

David

Why am I not surprised?

In retrospect, Theodore Dalrymple’s piece on Banksy seems quite accurate.

Hedgehog

Gotta love that, too:

One thing that upset all of the British lads [in Chiapas in Mexico] (...) was the presence of Coca-Cola for sale in every village but no access to clean drinking water.

Which leads the man to want to tear down the whole capitalist system.

Of course. The fact that the people of Chiapas's only readily available beverage is provided by a capitalist enterprise, while access to clean drinking water, which is generally recognized to be something that the government should provide, is non-existent, of course means that it is the capitalist system that is failing these people. Not the government, oh no.

Greg Allan

"The STEM fields in which women outnumber men are, oddly enough, not deemed biased or bothersome. "

Understand feminism...nothing less than equality for women and nothing more than equality for men.

Hedgehog

Understand feminism...nothing less than equality for women and nothing more than equality for men.

That seems to be the outcome, but I think the underlying motivation is much more basic than that. As for all leftist movements, it is always about exerting power. What Nietzsche calls der Wille zur Macht. So in areas where women are underrepresented they need to get more women in order to achieve power. In areas where women are overrepresented they already have achieved power, so there's nothing that needs doing.

Hal

Um, speaking of notes elsewhere, so far, had anyone else spotted this one?

From the initial article I got pointed at;

China’s effort to flush out threats to stability is expanding into an area that used to exist only in dystopian sci-fi: pre-crime. The Communist Party has directed one of the country’s largest state-run defense contractors, China Electronics Technology Group, to develop software to collate data on jobs, hobbies, consumption habits, and other behavior of ordinary citizens to predict terrorist acts before they occur. “It’s very crucial to examine the cause after an act of terror,” Wu Manqing, the chief engineer for the military contractor, told reporters at a conference in December. “But what is more important is to predict the upcoming activities.”

The program is unprecedented because there are no safeguards from privacy protection laws and minimal pushback from civil liberty advocates and companies, says Lokman Tsui, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who has advised Google on freedom of expression and the Internet. The project also takes advantage of an existing vast network of neighborhood informants assigned by the Communist Party to monitor everything from family planning violations to unorthodox behavior. A draft cybersecurity law unveiled in July grants the government almost unbridled access to user data in the name of national security.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

"Hedy Lamarr- that's what I call a nice Jewish girl!"

That's HEDLEY.

David

How he gonna get his money?

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