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Further to the recent, eye-widening exchange between Jordan Peterson and Cathy Newman, Conor Friedersdorf on scandalous paraphrasing: 

In the interview, Newman relies on this technique [of perverse rephrasing] to a remarkable extent, making it a useful illustration of a much broader pernicious trend. Peterson was not evasive or unwilling to be clear about his meaning. And Newman’s exaggerated restatements of his views mostly led viewers astray, not closer to the truth… One of the most important things this interview illustrates — one reason it is worth noting at length — is how Newman repeatedly poses as if she is holding a controversialist accountable, when in fact, for the duration of the interview, it is she that is “stirring things up” and “whipping people into a state of anger.”

Fabian Tassano on “critical thinking”: 

It is interesting that the scholars feel able to announce in advance, on behalf of their own students, and the students of other history tutors at Oxford, a decision on whether students will engage with the [Ethics and Empire] project. One might think that the ability to “think critically” would include openness to ideas from heterodox perspectives, as well as the capacity to decide for oneself, independently of one’s tutors, whether a source of information is worthy of consideration. One has to remember, however, that the word “critical” may have a special technical meaning in the context of the humanities.

Via Claire Lehmann, Kerryn Pholi on Aboriginal taboos: 

Those who mourn the demise of Aboriginal culture almost always regard things from the viewpoint of the men, who were indeed dispossessed of their land, and subsequently their traditions and status. Land wasn’t the only item of property they lost, however. They also lost or traded their women to the settlers, and this absorption – along with frontier warfare and disease – rapidly eroded tribal structures and doomed Aboriginal traditions to obsolescence. The settlers arrived with a wealth of goods and a shortage of females, and they were generally less enthusiastic about beating women than was customary in Aboriginal culture… The men lost a lot in the invasion, while the women had little to lose and plenty to gain.

And Joe Katzman on leftism as a never-ending status game: 

Do you have any doubt about the left’s hatred for those who will not stay in their assigned status? Have you noticed their quickness to turn on their own allies? Fail to follow the latest fad, and your status is demoted. Perhaps you’ve noticed that endlessly callous virtue signalling is the identifying badge of our modern try-hard Striver Class. Maybe that’s because American public education is now a 20-year Milgram Experiment, where the meta-message inside political correctness is to override your own judgement, in favour of deliberately-shifting judgements from people with higher status. These aren’t accidents. They’re clues.

Very much related, the second item here

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Comments

David

How believing in socialism can make you miserable.

Figure 1.

pst314

Whaddayamean shameless…?

The blogging thong proved that.

pst314

Figure 1.

He looks like someone who needs to be drafted into a Labor Battalion tasked with digging a canal in Saskatchewan.

Ten

Figure 1.

Judged by that look, whatever just gobsmacked him really gobsmacked him. The echoing, hollering contradiction of the tee shirt adds bonus points.

He's a caption-this-photo if I ever seen one.

David

He’s a caption-this-photo if I ever seen one.

If memory serves, it was taken in Oakland in 2011, during the Occupy gap-year-cum-stabbing-and-squalor-party.

fnord

At the beginning of WW I the communists in Germany were shocked that the 'workers' of the various belligerents refused to unite.

Communism: Denying the reality of actual human beings since 1848.

champ

I guess all American college students are snowflakes...

https://pjmedia.com/trending/uconn-offers-counseling-ben-shapiros-speech-shapiro-responds/

Splotchy

Re the VERY IMPORTANT WOMENS’ MARCH PLACARD featured above: ”Make them pay for razors if we pay for tampons”

Overlooking for now that men do pay for razors as opposed to robbing them from shops ....that poster’s no good for laydeez like me who, ahem, use razors AND tampons. Unless the sisterhood now requires we all commit to the ultimate feminist identifier: the unstrimmed armpit?

Governor Squid

The Lovely Bride pilfers my razor regularly, for whatever personal gardening tasks I care not to ask. I figure I'm in the clear as far as feminine hygiene purchases and the funding thereof.

R. Sherman

He’s a caption-this-photo if I ever seen one.

Dyslexics of the World, Untie!!

David

A shocking, truly shocking, turn of events.

Related, this.

TomJ

On the hopeful self cannibalisation of the Revolution:
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/women-come-last-in-labours-deranged-victim-hierarchy/

David Taylor

interrogating questions such as: Who benefits? Who is harmed? Who is most vulnerable? … And ultimately, who do we do science for, and why?

Isn't that all covered by ethics and standards that should already be part of the process? What are the current concepts of ethics and morals missing that these people want to add in. Can you imagine the answer? I'm trying not to.

Heh...that should of course read 23/30ths. But then I am an idjit.

Should have stayed quiet... I thought you were making a joke.

WTP

Should have stayed quiet... I thought you were making a joke.

Well, yeah. But then on top of that, I'd be lying. And as we all know from watching The Simpsons, lies make baby Jesus cry. Everyone watches The Simpsons, right?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Everyone watches The Simpsons, right?

No, and that is not baby Jesus, it is baby Jeebus...

Spiny Norman

From TomJ's Spectator link:

Dig a little deeper and a pit of hell opens up before you, and now the police are involved. Beside themselves with rage at the petition from feminists to exclude their kind, the transgender army set up a ‘secret’ Facebook page to compile dossiers of evidence and hound out of the party anybody who disagreed with their views, especially people they refer to as ‘Terfs’ (trans-exclusionary radical feminists).
A pit of hell opens up indeed. Those of us who've followed the agonies of RadFem here at David's pub fine establishment over the years are not at all surprised.

champ

Those of us who've followed the agonies of RadFem here at David's pub fine establishment over the years are not at all surprised

What is it with all of the sucking up to our host here?

Hal

What is it with all of the sucking up to our host here?

Bar tab.

David

What is it with all of the sucking up to our host here?

Sshh. Don’t interrupt.

Lancastrian Oik

...and ladies- if the outrage bus is full, you'll always be able to find a seat in the clown car.

pst314

What is it with all of the sucking up to our host here?

Sound of screams as henchlesbians drag champ out the door while bar patrons look uneasily at anything but the commotion.

Boatswain's Mate

How does a MAN trick his WIFE into cuckolding him?

One way is called "grooming," -- "to prepare or train someone for a particular purpose."

In the above context, if the wife isn't willing, it may well have to take place over a long period, telling the wife how hot she is, how much he loves her, showering her with affection and gifts, telling her gently but persistently how she's much too sexual for just him, that he wants her to be satisfied the way she needs to be satisfied, etc. The unwilling wife will, of course, resist, even strenuously, at first, but any lack of self-esteem or other weakness on the wife's part can be successfully exploited by a skilled manipulator. It may take time and careful and persistent coaxing and salesmanship (the plying of copious amounts of alcohol or other inhibition-lowering substances doesn't hurt), but that's how a wife, who doesn't want to do it, knows it's wrong, can be TRICKED into it.

WTP

In the above context, if the wife isn't willing, it may well have to take place over a long period, telling the wife how hot she is, how much he loves her, showering her with affection and gifts, telling her gently but persistently how she's much too sexual for just him, that he wants her to be satisfied the way she needs to be satisfied, etc. The unwilling wife will, of course, resist, even strenuously, at first, but any lack of self-esteem or other weakness on the wife's part can be successfully exploited by a skilled manipulator. It may take time and careful and persistent coaxing and salesmanship (the plying of copious amounts of alcohol or other inhibition-lowering substances doesn't hurt), but that's how ...

Ah. Very similar to how I get mine to iron my shirt and make me a sammich. Granted I could do such myself but where’s the satisfaction in that?

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