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November 22, 2016

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svh

I've been triggered by the post-it note of death.

David

You do have to wonder what it would take for such people to register the disproportion and absurdity of their own behaviour. I mean, when you’re calling the police to report a pink Post-It note - one that mocks overreaction and self-inflated drama - you’d think there might be some dim flickering of awareness.

MC

I've been committing similar hate crimes on the Guardian comment pages since June. I highly recommend it.

David

I’ve been committing similar hate crimes on the Guardian comment pages since June.

Apparently, it’s “an act of cowardly hatred” and a “targeted act of intimidation.”

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Whoever gets arrested ought to show up to court dressed like Mrs. Slocombe. Not that the American courts would get the reference.

Mags

These people are insane.

David

These people are insane.

It doesn’t suggest a particularly healthy environment. Or one that’s worth close to $40,000 a year.

I suppose what grates isn’t just the waste of police time, or the attempt by administrators and “diversity” clowns to justify their own positions and salaries. It’s the fact that they’re cultivating an atmosphere of neurotic hypersensitivity. One premised on the conceit that hair-trigger outrage and lunatic self-involvement are both socially acceptable and a badge of piety, and of status. They’re exploiting credulous teenagers in a way that’s somewhere between a con and psychological abuse.

R. Sherman

So, if this is the reaction to a post-it note with no express personal threats, where do they go emotionally when something really bad happens?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

How do they know it was a "hateful message" ? Perhaps some of the ladies of the college are feeling, shall we say, neglected; it could be more of a suggestion like, "Drink Coke™", of "Got Milk".

David

Why, it’s practically a lynching.

billdehaan

you’d think there might be some dim flickering of awareness.

And you'd be wrong.

Remember, the difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to be consistent and believable.

billdehaan

Whoever gets arrested ought to show up to court dressed like Mrs. Slocombe

Quite all right. We Canadians, at least those of us of a certain age, have been served, too.

David in Michigan

It is quite subtle but clear that it was a "hate crime" BECAUSE it "..was placed on the inside window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion."

It would be hilarious if it was discovered to be an "inside" job.

Justthinkin

They are just proving what life-sucking,pussified leeches they are. I pray that reality slaps them upside the head with a 2x4,and hard. This is what we call academic teaching? More like leftie indoctrination. Stalin et.al would be so proud.

Hedgehog

Somewhat related:

http://www.timworstall.com/2016/11/21/introducung-the-american-press/

The insularity and groupthink of the people who consider themselves the elite is absolutely mind-boggling. As one commenter there points out, if Hillary Clinton had been elected, you would not have seen any articles about how high-school students are trying to grapple with the fact that they will live in a country run by a corrupt and incompetent kleptocrat - as indeed we also did not see when Obama was elected and then re-elected, even though there must have been some people who were dissatisfied since almost half of the country voted for the other guy. What the Washington Post is doing is projecting (as lefties do), and, as usual, enrolling the children in their specious crusade.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Why, it’s practically a lynching.

If that is the actual note, it was clearly written by a woman, and I am sticking to my theory.

David

it was clearly written by a woman,

We must BURN THE WITCH!

David

Meanwhile, the “hate crime” hoaxes continue to pile up.

Hedgehog

Mr. Muldoon: it was clearly written by a woman

On what basis do you say that? the color of the post-it note? the cutesy emoticon? the calligraphy?

How very sexist of you. Denounce yourself, you patriarchal oppressor.

Lisboeta

It was the colour of the post-it. No-one would've paid any attention if it was the common-or-garden yellow.

dicentra

First we must place her in the scales with a duck.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Mr. Muldoon: it was clearly written by a woman

That is Dr. Muldoon, I didn't go to 8 years of Shitlord Medical School to be called Mr., thank you very much.

aelfheld

'Hate crime' has become 'anything we don't like' to the left/liberal/progressive hysterics.

Jon Powers

I agree with Dr. Muldoon: the offender is a woman. No man would draw a winkie smiley face. The tongue sticking out negates any possibility of it being a false flag operation carried out by a Guild of Evil Shitlord. This witch walks among us.

Sporkatus

If this were truly the work of a patriarchal shitlord, it would be white and not pink. No such man worth his salt would stoop to a post-it of color. Also, only the best gothic calligraphy.

No, harassing smiley faces will be henceforth on notes as white as our grand cispatriarchohetpremacy. Also, smileys are to have a mustache, because we're literally Hitler. I mean, there was a memo about this. On a white post-it.

Sporkatus

Also informative, the lack of a comma. We are grammar Nazis as well.

PiperPaul

"Suck it up, pussies."

I once know this stripper, who had an act in which...oh nevermind.

Jonathan

The frequency, boldness, and severity with which hateful acts have been occurring has, for many, signaled a new era of intolerance, fear, and mistrust in higher education.

It's worse than the holodomor and the holocaust combined!

Seriously though, these f**kers need to read some history to get an idea of what real oppression is.

Geezer

The Mission statement, according to Wikipedia:

Edgewood College, rooted in the Dominican tradition, engages students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world. The College educates students for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth.
Need more be said?

wtp

The College educates students for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership...

I know a guy who teaches ethics at a university. Biggest sophist/weasel I've ever known. Worse than most teenagers. We need to stop subsidizing this nonsense. If people need to borrow money to go to college, let them borrow it on the free market from people who have a vested interest in at least getting their principle back.

Chester Draws

I know a guy who teaches ethics at a university. Biggest sophist/weasel I've ever known.

Not unheard of -- Anna Stubblefield is only the beginning. At my university the Ethics Professor was well known for trying to seduce all his female students.

My guess is that Ethics must be the softest option to get into Academic Philosophy, because it does seem to attract an extra large number of people who are completely unethical.

PiperPaul

"...vested interest in at least getting their principle back."

Sportacus, that's your cue. Or is it?

NEoCOn_1

maybe, just maybe if the advice offerred was actually taken, jut imagine the consequences.. meaningful lives, adult conversations, et al.Dicentra, she won't fit on the scale with that carrot nose-

Sporkatus

that's your cue. Or is it?
I don't know - there is also a principle worth getting back alongside the principal. That principle being, "stop sponging on the public and get to work, you useless collages of hair, discolored skin, piercings, and leftist failure".

Lovernios X

So, someone surreptitiously places said post-it note on a window in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. Some staffer comes in and notices the note. Reads it. And instead of chuckling to herself, crumpling it up and tossing it, proceeds to take the note to her boss. Instead of making a wry face, crumpling it up and tossing it, the boss calls a staff meeting, it is discussed for some length of time. Instead of walking out of the conference room smirking and making light-hearted banter about what an idiot the boss is, they file a police report. Then, instead of chewing the reporters out for wasting their time, the Madison Police Department actually initiates an investigation.

I'm at a loss to describe these people.

wtp

principle: 2. a fundamental source or basis of something.

principal: 1. the person with the highest authority or most important position in an organization, institution, or group.

2.a sum of money lent or invested on which interest is paid.

So the principle source of the principal of the loan should come from the free market. My humblest Yank apologies for damage done to The Queen's English. You know how we is so ignernt...

wtp

I'm at a loss to describe these people.

The word "sheep" comes to mind...Or is it spelled differently in this context? ;)

Lovernios X

I would have said they were silly, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of the absurdity of it all.

Hopp Singg

and a lifelong search for truth.

It'll take a lot longer than that, given where they're looking.

Question: is rap music banned on their campus?

Fred the Fourth

The Sr. VP of Engineering at a former employer used to have a very short set of of questions he'd ask regarding proposals from staff. In particular,
"What's the business case for that?"
So the reaction of the students is one thing, but the reaction of the various paid staffs is largely explainable by their business case: They get paid more, and get more power in their organizations, by being quick on the draw and maximally noisy about these trivial matters.
After all, it's a lot easier and safer to do that, than to learn how to make effective changes aligned with their published, official goals.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

For some reason, I was reminded of this old 7-Up commercial.

David

And then of course there’s this:

The post-election Thanksgiving “survival guide” also advises students not to “sit close to those who might challenge your opinions.”

Because being disagreed with makes fearlessly ‘progressive’ students “feel vulnerable and distressed.”

Henry

'Hate crime' has become 'anything we don't like' to the left/liberal/progressive hysterics

There's this extraordinary fuzzy logic on the Left - things that are 'ambiently true' as we discovered on these pages a while back.

A US TV personality opined on Twitter today that Farage couldn't be the UK Ambassador to the US (an unusual idea, I grant you) because he was had of UKIP "the UK version of the KKK"

I think she's working on the principle that enough of her friends will support her so it doesn't matter if what she says is er.. not precisely correct.

Hal

Another election review . . .

Hal

. . . and an answer has surfaced as to how that horrible demon Trump could have possibly managed to collect the election.

Granted, after awhile I only skimmed my way through the explanation, but apparently it's all the fault of Doctor Strange.

Hopp Singg

Doctor Strange? So it was about Obamacare!

David

but apparently it’s all the fault of Doctor Strange.

Something tells me that the “cultural moment” that Mr Higgins refers to – and which, rather tellingly, he assumes must be shared by every single person reading his article - may differ from the experience of quite a few readers here. Untroubled as they are, so far as I can tell, by “a post-apocalyptic moment of shock” and “inconceivable trauma.”

Still, I do like his descriptions of the film. Which, incidentally, was great fun.

Hal

Oh and speaking of actual students and faculty doing actual working studies, Stephen Wolfram discusses Ramanujan.

Elrond Hubbard

Once the police investigation is complete what will happen to the offending Post-It note? Will it be returned to the college for purification or will it remain in a police unsolved crime file folder?

WTP

Dr. Strange? You're sh*tting me. Seriously? FFS I explicitly asked...which retroactively...never mind...yes, credit note only. The Truman Show yet again...

Fred the Fourth

It's bad enough these aging children react like this ot the election but when it's affecting little kids I get really annoyed.
NPR this afternoon had an article about a heavily Mexican / Mexican-American elementary school in Windsor, California, about 1.5 hours driving north of San Francisco. Several 8-year-olds were interviewed, along with their teacher.
The kids, all US citizens, but some with non-citizen parents (i.e illegal aliens) were sobbing openly in fear that they or their parents or friends would be rounded up and deported back to Mexico. One crying kid said he'd been taunted by some neighbor kids. The teacher, who had been illegal up to age 14 when she became legal (probably through one of the periodic amnesties) was soothing, but not much more emotionally stable.
(There had been two instances of graffiti at the school around the election: "Build the wall higher" and "trump 2016". there had been a counter to this in the form of parents and staff with banners welcoming all to the school.)
So, OK, the kids might have a reason to be upset. But the stark terror they expressed could NOT have come from inside these 8 year old children. It HAD to be in sympathy with what the adults around them were telling them or emoting about.
The whole thing made me sick.

Fred the Fourth

Oh, and I was also treated to an extended interview with an ex-head of the ACLU about how they have a long and successful history of fighting university campus "speech codes". Great, if true, but gee, isn't it interesting that I have heard not one peep from these folks on the radio over the last 8 years? Is the subject suddenly interesting JUST NOW for some reason?
It's clown shoes all the way down...

Killer Marmot

This is literally genocide.

ac1

I just hope when this is over the post it is put in the recycling!

Fred the Fourth

Wut?

Fred the Fourth

Ah, ac1, I misread you. In future please remember that Post-it is a trademark and should be written that way, lest the 3M legal sharks bite your butt.
(see I was wondering just what was going to be over the post, and then... (Oh, who am I kidding. It's hopeless, innit? My reputation for sagacity and perspicacity, irreparably mangled. Sigh.))

Spiny Norman

Several 8-year-olds were interviewed, along with their teacher.

It's always "8-year-olds". ALWAYS. Not "7-year-olds" or "9-year-olds", but 8 and only 8.

What the hell are they up to?

fnord

These are people unburdened by an excess of mental health.

I'm working on my British understatement. How'm I doing?

Chester Draws

I'm working on my British understatement. How'm I doing?

Not half bad.

fnord

I'm at a loss to describe these people.

========
If I may offer a suggestion:

Wankers

Hal

It's always "8-year-olds". ALWAYS. Not "7-year-olds" or "9-year-olds", but 8 and only 8.

What the hell are they up to?

????

Siiiiiiiigggggghhhhh.

Spiny, kindly go have a review of the rules of operation for the Eight Year Olds Declarative Union, just go track down your local Union hall. Along with choice commentary regarding your preference in video games and bubble gum, the representatives at the hall will be more than happy to equally suggestively also point out the lack of those below and above eight years of age in the union . . . .

Hopp Singg

Fred the fourth,

Your reputation is as solid with me as is mine with you....

/Introduction to fiat currency.

David

And don’t call them smug and presumptuous either:

Dear white working class… I hope your racism, or your attempt to ignore it, keeps you warm at night.

The author of the piece, Mr D Watkins, also writes for the Guardian. Naturally.

Spiny Norman

Speaking of hysterical...

The over-all impression of the meeting from the attendees I spoke with was that Trump showed no signs of having been sobered or changed by his elevation to the country’s highest office. Rather, said one, “He is the same kind of blustering, bluffing blowhard as he was during the campaign.

As a reader at AoSHQ put it:

*points at scoreboard*

I have to tell you, I am emotionally fucking pissed,” another participant said.

Does some poor dear need a safe space? A binky, perhaps?

This is "journalism" as we've come to expect it, sadly. This is why we have Trump.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/donald-trump-personally-blasts-the-press

Hal

Dear white working class…

Um. Could we get a bit of clarity here? Is he referring to the three quarters of the possible electorate who chose other than Trump, or is he referring to the three quarters of the possible electorate who chose other than Clinton.?

Hal

I have to tell you, I am emotionally fucking pissed,”

I wanna see unemotionally pissed---in means other than drunk off one's gourd.

Fred the Fourth

Spiny,
7 year olds are too young to be reliably coherent,
And 9 year olds may show a dismaying tendency toward independent thought.
Hence the 8 year olds.
I've had two of my own plus nieces and nephews to learn from.

Geezer

Once the police investigation is complete what will happen to the offending Post-It note?

I think high-quality reproductions (suitable for framing) of the Post-it® note should be framed and hung next to the crucifixes in the classrooms and other buildings on campus.

Lionel Ebb

If only this were restricted to mad Americans. But the mad British are at it too: http://bit.ly/2g1hdd5 Pussies...

RonF

I hope that they find the person, that they arrest him or her and put them on trial, and that some law firm picks up the defense pro bono and blows them all up.

Spiny Norman

Lionel,

Is anything at the Dalston Mercury real? Or is it all satire?

The Dalston Mercury: local, national and global news written the way you want it - without fear, without favour, without bothering too much about the facts.

Hopp Singg

I think high-quality reproductions (suitable for framing) of the Post-it® note should be framed and hung next to the crucifixes in the classrooms and other buildings on campus.

I presume the t-shirt is already available?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...without bothering too much about the facts.

Who brought the New York Times and The Guardian into this ?

Burnsie

The psychologically sound response to "Suck it up, pussies" is "Fuck you, asshole."

Followed, in this case, by the crumpling of the note and getting on with your day.

Case closed in under five seconds, the healthy and normal way.

It is a crime how universities are indeed turning these kids into mentally ill hypersensitives. It's getting insane.

David

Followed, in this case, by the crumpling of the note and getting on with your day.

Burnsie

Dear white working class… I hope your racism, or your attempt to ignore it, keeps you warm at night.

As a white, self-employed Trump voter myself, allow me to respond to Mr Douchebag Watson (BTW I'm just guessing at that "D"):

Suck it up, pussy.

Penseivat

As I'm colour blind, if I receive a pink post-it(TM) note, is it still a hate crime?

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