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December 11, 2017

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Jonathan

Ed West on the ghosts of Christmas yet to come:

And Bruce Bawer on the demands and evasions of the Swedish Clown Quarter:

Related to both those items, I'd strongly recommend While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer.

Lancastrian Oik

Diversity bollards.

I like that.

David

I like that.

It’s pleasing how the term has gained traction. A minor toe-hold of realism, all things considered, but there we are.

David

Are we feeling festive yet?

The symbolism is hard to conceal, even with ribbons, and the fact that it’s hard to conceal is itself rather resonant.

Bloke in North Dorset

Talking of diversity bollards: http://raedwald.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/and-so-this-is-christmas.html

Burnsie

And the inevitable "hate speech" complaint for using the term "diversity bollards" in 3-2-1...

What will come first: the next RoP truck attack or the first official sanction against that phrase?

Jacob

Are we feeling festive yet?

God, that's depressing.

David

God, that’s depressing.

I did try to find something more upbeat to include, but I was pushed for time. I suppose the fact that the consequences of reckless migration policies and multicultural voodoo are becoming harder to hide, quite literally, may have some corrective effect, albeit belatedly and after the metaphorical shit has been trodden across the carpet.

To offset the air of grim destiny, here’s something a little more positive.

Alice

To offset the air of grim destiny, here’s something a little more positive.

Actually tearing up. Damn you, Thompson.

David

Actually tearing up. Damn you, Thompson.

No refunds. Credit note only. :-)

Monty James

To offset the air of grim destiny, here’s something a little more positive to drive home the point.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The tolerant and caring share their feelings with Lindsay Shepherd.

Monty James

"What do you mean? I'm just now getting it broken-in"

David

The tolerant and caring share their feelings with Lindsay Shepherd.

Speaking of Ms Shepherd:

[The university’s] interrogation of my decision to air two sides of a topical debate was so troubling because it revealed that these educators don’t believe that critical thinking matters, or that they fear students exercising critical thought might lead them to politically incorrect conclusions. If that’s the case, how can these departments justify charging students for these degrees?

Being young, Ms Shepherd is perhaps not quite cynical enough. But she shows promise.

Monty James

NSFW.

NSFW NSFW NSFW NSFW NSFW.

Not safe for work.

NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

Dear God, don't watch it, it's not safe for work!

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no:

I tried to warn you.

Burnsie

Swedish liberalism: is there anything more incandescently insane on the planet? And is there a Swedish word for "Titanic?"

David

I tried to warn you.

And it was going so well.

sk60

"Pfizer denies fumes from Viagra factory are arousing town's males"

http://www.sfgate.com/weird/article/Pfizer-denies-fumes-from-Viagra-factory-are-12407308.php

R. Sherman

these educators don’t believe that critical thinking matters

But see this regarding the "critical" part of the scheme. It would appear that the educators do believe in "critical thinking." It's just defined differently than most of us would think.

David

It’s just defined differently than most of us would think.

And so we see quite a bit of the old bait-and-switch. Sign up for some critical thinking and instead get “critical theory,” which is pretty much the opposite, in that it entails habitual question-begging, pathological unrealism, and the wholesale regurgitation of creaky leftist conceits.

Pogonip

Casper the very friendly ghost:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/12/woman-gives-up-on-men-prefers-sex-with-ghosts/

The Hickory Wind

It's just defined differently than most of us would think.

I frequently have to explain this exact point to people who assume that critical thinking is rational thinking. It isn't, it's thinking within the framework of critical theory, which is mostly about finding new ways to say 'men/white people/heterosexuals/rightwingers/all people who don't take me as seriously as I take myself/ are bastards.

They aren't actually lying here, it's 'us' who misunderstand their meaning.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An amusing follow up to the charming young lady who has an issue with Lindsay Shepherd - @DakotaBewl on the twitters asked why Lindsay was not spelled with an "i"...

Jono‏ @jonovision_man Replying to @DakotaBewl @NewWorldHominin

it was meant to be an impenetrable security feature so nobody could see her public tweet...
... somehow some alt-right cryptography genius must have managed to crack it.
Diabolical.

M(frown)MINA, Sooperjenious.

R. Sherman

They aren't actually lying here, it's 'us' who misunderstand their meaning.

Perhaps they're not lying, but they are being coy. It's why these days, it's best to begin any argument with a discussion of definitions. Anyone who refuses to do so or dances around the meanings of terms is clearly not going to argue in good faith.

wtp

How should it be for women in Jordan? Let's ask the men.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1413048752140192&id=183239561787790

All cultures are equally valid, remember.

PiperPaul

"God, that’s depressing."

Prog mission accomplished.

jabrwok

It's just defined differently than most of us would think.

Words have meanings. The Left hates this, which is why it's constantly engaging in equivocation and NewSpeak.

A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot. Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect.

— Confucius, Analects, Book XIII, Chapter 3, verses 4-7, translated by James Legge[25]

WTP

Perhaps they're not lying, but they are being coy. It's why these days, it's best to begin any argument with a discussion of definitions.

With very few exceptions, debating points with leftists with the expectation of "winning" through logic and such is a fool's errand. They will, as you say, be coy, make disingenuous arguments, use vague terms or passive voice or words that are their own antonyms (e.g. "sanction"). Agreeing on terms, dictionary terms, will ultimately lead to "my point would be perfectly clear if you understood Esperanto" type argument. Trust me on this. I'm cursed with an ability to see the future. It's just a little vague and out of focus. Perhaps not "Esperanto", perhaps "Lingwa". OK, I keed, I keed. But not really. See how that's done?

Ultimately it's as jabrwok states, Words have meanings. The Left hates this, which is why it's constantly engaging in equivocation and NewSpeak. . You.Will.Never.Win.

A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve..

As it was in Confucius time, on it goes. Those under the Dunning-Kruger effect are not held to such caution/reserve. Communicating with them on a battlefield of their choice...well, I defer to Sun-Tzu on that point.

David

Speaking of Judith Butler, this seems apposite.

Via Ben Sixsmith.

R. Sherman

With very few exceptions, debating points with leftists with the expectation of "winning" through logic and such is a fool's errand.

True enough. The point is not "winning," however. The point is maintaining intellectual and philosophical honesty. In a sense, it is a protest against that which Dalrymple inveighs when he talks about the purpose of propaganda. The purpose for defiance of leftist argumentation is to demonstrate that you will not be humiliated.

And deep down, the leftist knows this. Thus the rapid anger at those who oppose them.

David

Thus the rapid anger at those who oppose them.

In my experience, a common dynamic is “How dare you not pretend the things I pretend.” Or, “How dare you draw attention to the fact that I’m pretending.” If a person’s professed virtues are pretentious and fundamentally insincere, an exercise in self-flattery and social positioning, this is a problem that’s difficult to avoid. And so you can end up with people basically screaming at each other, at eye-watering length, in order to establish whose Rules of Pretending™ will prevail.

PiperPaul

"Motte and bailey (MAB) is a combination of bait-and-switch and equivocation in which someone switches between a "motte" (an easy-to-defend and often common-sense statement, such as "culture shapes our experiences") and a "bailey" (a hard-to-defend and more controversial statement, such as "cultural knowledge is just as valid as scientific knowledge") in order to defend a viewpoint. Someone will argue the easy-to-defend position (motte) temporarily, to ward off critics, while the less-defensible position (bailey) remains the desired belief, yet is never actually defended."

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Motte_and_bailey

champ

American college students are babies...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10254

Dom

Concerning Lindsey Shepard, it’s now being said that there was no complaint lodged against her, so perhaps there are spies who in the classrooms?

Also, related at least in my mind: in Philadelphia, there is a bill to fine any convenience store that places the cashier behind bullet proof glass. Theses things appear only in “certain neighborhoods” which the residents find insulting.

David

American college students are babies...

It’s a non-threatening way of admitting, “Yes, we know. You really don’t belong here.” But with more glitter and rainbows.

Spiny Norman

Speaking of Judith Butler, this seems apposite.

Dear lord, the replies veered off into 4Chan /b/ territory rather quickly. (>_<)

WTP

The point is not "winning," however

I agree. I was recently taken to the woodshed for stating that, while I do not believe you can win, silence is, at some level, to some degree, consent. The problem is the expectation of a binary win/lose as opposed to changing the battlefield. While I'm not sure intellectual, etc. honesty can be maintained (seems to be another part of the same battlefield) I do believe that these things can be refuted in such a way to expose to other silent third parties the absurdities. You will never convince the leftist that they are on unsound intellectual or philosophical ground. But (I think...not sure how) you can address the matter in such a way as to show to third parties such is the case.

Also to American college students are babies...

When I first got to college in 1980, freshman year there were posters like that in our dorm promoting the idea that the new, cool, hip thing that all the college kids were doing, was to eat baby food. I don't know a single person who did so or know of anyone who knew of anyone of collage age who did so. Anyone? Bueller?

Daniel Ream

in Philadelphia, there is a bill to fine any convenience store that places the cashier behind bullet proof glass.

How in the name of St. Michael the Archangel do they intend to enforce this? Are they going to send bylaw officers out to randomly shoot up convenience stores to see if the glass shatters?

bgates

Daniel, the exterior glass isn't a problem. Not yet anyway. But in the more vibrant neighborhoods it's common for the cashier to be sequestered inside a plexiglass enclosure - imagine what a shark tank would look like, if sharks were prone to threaten people with small caliber handguns.

Here's a view from the inside:

Note the metallic depression in the center, underneath the glass. That's so you can exchange goods and currency without allowing a clear line of fire.

Governor Squid

But (I think...not sure how) you can address the matter in such a way as to show to third parties such is the case.

That pretty well sums up my motivation for wading into hostile comment threads or saying unspeakable things in staff meetings. In the former case, it's a chance for lurkers to see that they aren't crazy, and aren't alone. In the latter, it's to let the junior members of the department know that it's not necessary to parrot whatever nonsense HR or Management is spouting this quarter.

Propaganda only works because everybody believes that everybody believes it. A few well-placed curmudgeons pointing out the absurdity of these tropes might just keep a few of our youth from squandering their freedom and happiness in trying not to offend the always-offended.

From my perspective, it's not just fun -- it's also doing the Lord's work!

Spiny Norman

In other RadFem/Clown Quarter news:

Robots are not being programmed to “fight the patriarchy”. No, really.

I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to document how these digital personal servants—whose names and voices are already feminized—peddle stereotypes of female subservience, putting their “progressive” parent companies in a moral predicament.

Now, those findings are being cited in a petition on the social network Care2 asking Apple and Amazon to “reprogram their bots to push back against sexual harassment...

And these "ladies" can't seem to grasp why normal humans won't take them seriously.

David

And these “ladies” can’t seem to grasp why normal humans won’t take them seriously.

Ms Fessler’s criminally expensive English degree from Middlebury College is clearly being put to the best possible use.

David

And these “ladies” can’t seem to grasp why normal humans won’t take them seriously.

We’ve been here before, of course.

And as noted previously, complaining about the lack of reaction when you verbally abuse your smart device is a pretty good example of walking miles out of your way, crossing several rivers, and then bashing yourself with rocks, until you can find a tiny, rather implausible, reason to complain.

WTP

Middlebury College...I had a close friend in high school, attractive girl that I woulda/coulda/shoulda dated. She went to Middlebury. And even a stint at the London School of Economics. Her daughter is now attending Middlebury. Every time a story pops up about Middlebury, it makes me cringe. I've cringed a good bit lately. But I'm getting better...

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention

Pogonip

Still waiting for Siri to yell “Me cago en Dios! What am I, your servant?” when I bombard it with silly questions.

Siri, make me a sandwich.

Philip Daniel

One for the performance art files, "composed" by the indefatigable Yoko Ono, performed by one Katelena Hernandez Cowels ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbp-SIv3THw

A particularly anguished "masterpiece" of the genre. Clearly.

Daniel Ream

But in the more vibrant neighborhoods it's common for the cashier to be sequestered inside a plexiglass enclosure

Oh, I'm perfectly aware. Now, I see the actual text of the bill does not specify bulletproof glass, merely that there's not allowed to be any kind of barrier between the cashier and customer. I'm disappointed; I was hoping for a conversation like this:

"Right, this bulletproof glass has got to go. Demeans the dignity, y'know."
"It's not bulletproof."
"What do you mean? Look, this here is clearly bulletproof glass."
"Nope. Fragile as sticks. Wouldn't stop a BB."
"You're lying!"
"Prove it, copper. What are you going to do, shoot me?"

champ

Siri, make me a sandwich sammich.

FTFY

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Daniel Ream:

The cops would shoot him and get away with it claiming they feared for their lives.

Look what they did to Daniel Shaver and got away with.

pst314

Decades of diversity bollocks have yielded diversity bollards.

Pogonip

Does anyone here understand Bitcoin?

WTP

Does anyone here understand the Dutch Tulip Mania that caused but didn’t cause but really did but it really didn’t cause an economic crisis, even if it did, though it didn’t?

Spiny Norman

WTP,

You mean like Bitcoin?

There are still, in some of the more youthful corners of the web, individuals who will try to convince you that Bitcoin will destroy traditional currency. (>_<)

Microbillionaire
Does anyone here understand Bitcoin?

A little. I think it's useful to view Bitcoin as a kind of monetary diversity, in the uncorrupted sense of the word - it's a proffered alternative currency that works somewhat differently from most standard currency.

Imagine if all the food stores in your neighborhood had decided to standardize on offering one Official Food Product and now they all only sold toast, albeit toast in fifteen different thicknesses. Bitcoin is that weird guy moving in to open a quiche store.

I don't know if the quiche is any good, I might not like quiche at all, but I can see there's going to be a lot of interest in the quiche from people who are tired of toast. And even if it fails, maybe it'll inspire someone else to offer a better alternative later.

jabrwok

Regarding the air of grim destiny and the offsetting thereof: https://pjmedia.com/trending/haters-turn-bullied-boy-confederate-flag-found-mothers-facebook-page/

Faith in my lack of faith in humanity: confirmed!

David

Faith in my lack of faith in humanity: confirmed!

Our betters at work.

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