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April 15, 2016

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R. Sherman

Re: Spinning Tops

It's an exhibition, not a competition. Please, no wagering.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Apropos of nothing above, a Working Glossary of Terms from the University of Washington Q Center where they...

...facilitate and enhance a brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.

Apparently it is important to have this glossary because...

...each person who uses any or all of these terms does so in a unique way...

No doubt that clears things right up.

Hal

This is one of these.

A bit back, Bishop Joey of The First Church Of The Last Laugh made an announcement on facebook of our new chvrch secretary.

Hal

Could you outrun your own fart?

Depends on some circumstances, particularly about the 1:35 mark . . .

Dan

I am a man who identifies as female. However the female whom I identify as happens to identify as a male, and is interested in polyamory with scantily clad bisexual women. Is there an app for people like me? it's problematic and I rewuire

R. Sherman

@Dan

Could you please provide a flow-chart for your comment.

Thanks.

Dan

Yes R Sherman, but with all the male and female connections it looks like a wiring diagram for an A380.

Honestly what I don't understand is that if gender is totally a construct how is it that a man can feel like she is really a woman? Given that someone can be a woman who thinks he is really a man? Gender doesn't exist but I am definitely the other gender??

I'm reminded of the Cartesian logic in Douglas Adams' work where God dissolves due to His own logical inconsistencies.

Spiny Norman

Heather Mac Donald on the anti-rational horseshit that is “critical race theory.”

Somewhat related, I suppose: SJWs want to train whites as monkeys.

Sam

And finally, conscientiously, he’s just checking on the chickens.

Russian children are very hairy.

Joan

They were photographed on arrival and again after three glasses of wine.

Wine is good. More wine is better. :-)

David

SJWs want to train whites as monkeys.

But here’s the thing – the nasty, pernicious, inexcusable thing.

It isn’t just that the race hustlers want their young dupes to believe things that are untrue and which are socially corrosive – especially for minorities – e.g., that Western society is so irretrievably racist and so steeped in “white privilege,” there’s no point trying to develop the aspiration, self-discipline and “white” bourgeois values on which middle-class success is typically built. And that instead of judging people as individuals first, which is the only way out of bigotry, they should instead fixate on race, make it the be-all and end-all of who they are, shrink themselves to fit, and, as Caprice Hollins puts it, “teach [children] to view the world through a racial lens.” All the bloody time.

God knows, that’s bad enough, ruinous enough. But it gets worse. With anti-rational horseshit like “critical race theory” and its variants, the race hustlers actively encourage their student prey to reject and disdain the basic tools of rational thought. To reject even the ideal of dispassionate enquiry, and instead to embrace victimhood and become skilled in tribalism, question-begging and intellectual dishonesty.

It’s a kind of generational vandalism.

Nikw211

Heather Mac Donald on the anti-rational horseshit that is “critical race theory.”

Broadly related: a Libertarian YouTube vlogger by the name of That Guy T gets an unexpectedly calm response in a dialogue with a group of students protesting loudly against Milo Yiannopoulos following one of the latter’s speaking events at a US college.

The protestors' more civil tone here reveals a really quite stark contrast between that of, say, Ms Sarah O’Donnell (she of the “I don’t want to have a civil discussion. I want to call you assholes.” attitude), and this even in spite of the gentle mockery clearly evident in a number of the interviewer’s questions and comments.

Consensus in the comments below the video seems to be that the reason for the lack of trademark histrionics from the protestors is for the simple fact that while all the protesting students are white, That Guy T is black.

As a result, sans the usual amateur dramatics, the irrational nature of their views and the ignorant bloody-mindedness with which they are held comes across with startling clarity.

David

the irrational nature of their views and the ignorant bloody-mindedness with which they are held comes across with startling clarity.

There’s a strange distancing effect when you watch these people mouthing their mannered slogans and lecture note bullet points - things they’ve memorised as terms with which to signal piety, and thus status, and which utterly fail as descriptions of reality. All while projecting their own animosities and assumptions onto others and doing lots of eye-rolling, as if they can barely tolerate the inconvenience of being asked about their views. And I like how the short eye-rolling woman, who was moments earlier chanting “This is what love looks like,” wanders off with the words, “Go fuck yourself.”

Again, it isn’t so much politics as pathology. This is the Long March in action, and gee, isn’t it glorious?

Nikw211

Again, it isn’t so much politics as pathology.

Speaking of pathology, I was grimly amused by this exchange that starts around 4’50”:

    That Guy T: So, obviously many of you assume Milo is misogynist, racist, a coward, any of those …

    Protestor: It’s not assumption! It's not assumption. If you use any kind of reading comprehension or listening comprehension – I'm not saying you don't have that! But you know …

It’s the look of abject horror on her face as she, a white woman, suddenly realises that she may have implied that he, as a black man, might have issues with "reading comprehension or listening comprehension”.

It’s farcical because had That Guy T been white not only would it not have crossed her mind to make that sudden appeal to him as a human being, but it's not altogether unlikely that she would have heaped abuse on him as a privileged white male.

What this so obviously betrays is what ought to be obvious to anyone: that constantly classifying everyone you meet into childishly simplistic ‘four legs good, two legs bad’ categories based on their race, gender or sexuality inevitably results you in being a racist, sexist and homophobic bigot of the worst sort.

You can see clearly the results of how her willingness to embrace “thought reform” has led to what could be called “the systematic breakdown of a person's sense of self” so beloved of cult leaders around the world.

This is the Long March in action, and gee, isn’t it glorious?

Glorious indeed.

David

What this so obviously betrays is what ought to be obvious to anyone…

Well, yes. But I think that’s a big part of the appeal, the chance to become impervious, to feel righteous and assailed (because of how incredibly righteous and important they are) irrespective of facts and reality, and to be given a license to resent, quite passionately, those who disagree or who fail to defer. It may not be a recipe for mental health or charming company, but it does offer some attraction to a certain kind of ego.

I’m also wondering what it is this merry band does after all that chanting and proclaiming and general self-righteousness – after that “social justice” kumbaya session has left them all pumped up and engorged. What happens next? Do they go out for pizza and a beer? Or do they go home alone to seethe in private?

Nikw211

On a similar note to the idea that constantly obsessing over an individual's race, gender or sexuality resulting in one becoming a racist, sexist, homophobe I suddenly remembered this, from your Blog, from March 14 2014:

    And Dr Ben Carson, a retired black neurosurgeon, recently spoke at a conservative conference and received thunderous applause. Much to the annoyance of quite a few people on the Totally Non-Racist Left™, who denounced him as an “uncle Tom,” a “token” and a “house negro.” “He can shine my shoes,” wrote ‘progressive’ comedian Laura Levites.
David

I suddenly remembered this,

The archives are full of treats, even for me. I keep finding links and comments and going, “Bloody hell, that’s good.”

sk60

And I like how the short eye-rolling woman, who was moments earlier chanting “This is what love looks like,” wanders off with the words, “Go fuck yourself.”

Re the eye-rolling safe spacers:

https://twitter.com/JohnRentoul/status/720894895922286592

Rafi

I'm listening to the coffee shop ambience.
On headphones.
In a coffee shop.

David

I’m listening to the coffee shop ambience.
On headphones.
In a coffee shop.

You’re so postmodern.

Rafi

:-)

Andrew Duffin

Hovercraft: hilarious, but Aliscafo is actually a hydrofoil, so should we worry about all the ones in languages we don't know or indeed have never heard of?

Sleepy Toddler: no, I don't think they drugged him; I had a 3-year-old once who could fall asleep on a long walk and keep on walking until he bumped into something or fell in a puddle. Most entertaining. He's now 31 and can walk a whole lot further than I can, especially up mountains...

David

Sleepy Toddler: no, I don’t think they drugged him;

A few years ago I was babysitting for some friends. Their daughter, then aged maybe three or so, was standing next to the sofa arm, listening to the grown-ups burbling. A few moments later I realised she was fast asleep, still standing upright, wobbling only slightly.

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I think that’s a big part of the appeal, the chance to become impervious, to feel righteous and assailed (because of how incredibly righteous and important they are) irrespective of facts and reality,

Totally unrelated:

"A 2010 study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that the percentage of college students exhibiting narcissistic personality traits, based on their scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, a widely used diagnostic test, has increased by more than half since the early 1980s, to 30 percent."

http://www.aei.org/publication/narcissism-is-increasing-so-youre-not-so-special/

h/t Ace of Spades.

John D

Doctor Strange.

Sherlock's getting weird.

Geezer

Russian children are very hairy.

And have tails.

Liz

the short eye-rolling woman, who was moments earlier chanting “This is what love looks like,” wanders off with the words, “Go fuck yourself.”

Snork. Perfect.

David

Snork. Perfect.

It’s interesting just how little it took for that particular mask to slip.

jones

"Russian children are very hairy"

How very dare you. That was his wife.

Jonathan

Mark Steyn has a strong piece on freedom of speech over at his place. The video at the bottom is well worth watching.

Darleen

I feel like that's not my place, ..I, as like, to say another human is wrong or to draw those lines or boundaries

The University as Leftwing seminary

David

The University as Leftwing seminary.

It’s odd to watch students, supposed intellectuals, whose so-called education – more accurately, processing - has apparently left them unmoored from any expectation of realism. Which is to say, an education that in some key respects has left them stupefied.

mojo

"Saudis threaten asset dump" if the US Congress passes a law that would make the Magic Kingdom financially responsible for any involvement in the 9/11 attack.

Yeah, right. Boys be talkin' shit. They would lose their asses, just for starters,

Jonathan

Mmmm, tangy.

mojo

Heh.

"The world’s most renowned banknotes, coins and paper printing house, De La Rue, based in England, demanded that the Central Bank of Venezuela pay up US$262,647,997 in fees for printing money and passports, among other goods."

No new ten trillion dolar bills for you, Nicky.

mojo

Jonathan: I suppose it depends on how hungry you are.

dicentra

Turns out that Scott Sterling's face is equally adept at volleyball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY2nVQNlUB8

dicentra

Jonathan:

KEEP CLAM AND PROOFREAD

dicentra

Jeff Goldstein shoos people off his front porch. http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=58377

VERY glad he's on our side. Make sure you're on his.

Jonathan

dicentra.

KEEP CLAM AND PROOFREAD

Heh.

Spiny Norman

Muphry's Law strikes again.

Spiny Norman

Jeff Goldstein shoos people off his front porch...

Of course, an Instapundit link to that beautiful rant drew in the Trumpsters, who proved Jeff to be absolutely correct.

Jason

Some fun cultural appropriation (I hope the embed code works...guess I'll find out).

Jason

Nope, didn't work. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbfDe7p5cnU

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