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November 13, 2018

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

My apologies, I was distracted and hit post instead of preview.

I blame Angela Merkel and the EU regulations.

R. Sherman

@Farnsworth

David has now employed someone who'd like to have a word.

Daniel Ream

Reality corrects, and harshly, when it’s time approaches.

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return

Farnsworth M Muldoon

David has now employed someone who'd like to have a word.

I'm not skeered, I have Arcturian poontang for protection.

David

Redeemed solely by the cape, I think.

pst314

David has now employed someone who'd like to have a word.

Not the "wingless trans dragon" that works at Google. So there is more than one of these oddballs walking around.

WTP

So there is more than one of these oddballs walking around.

You better sit down. I’m afraid that I have some very bad news for you...

Hopp Singg

Dear Dragon Thing,

Nope, still not shocked; you'll have to do better. Frankly, you're kinda ordinary these days.

Pogonip

“Arcturian porn and their Bootes...”

Groan. 20 lashes with the wet noodle for Farnsworth!

Pogonip

The surgeons who agree to mutilate these poor disturbed people ought to have their licenses revoked.

Monty James

I liked National Geographic better when it had pictures of topless black chicks.

Pogonip

More space stuff:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/ancient-super-earth-exoplanet-discovered-orbiting-nearby-star-ncna936396

David

Last time I checked there’s no native culture on the moon.

Several people have replied to the ladies via Twitter, pointing out that, for instance, when someone uses the words “unmanned mission,” they don’t mean – and aren’t understood as meaning – “a mission with no white males on board.” People by and large understand the term as “an automated mission with no human beings on board.” And that to feign outrage about such language as somehow oppressing women and minorities is rather silly, and indeed patronising. But the ladies’ only response to criticism that I’ve seen, from Ms Drake, is a casually patronising GIF. Perhaps they imagine themselves above mere correction.

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It’s possibly worth noting that an earlier article along these lines resulted in an avalanche of correction, all of which was dismissed by the author, another “social justice” enthusiast named Marcie Bianco, who chose to view the pointing out of her errors as proof of her own feminist righteousness. She did this by denouncing her critics wholesale as “the menz,” and therefore wrong by default, on account of being male, while simply ignoring numerous replies from women, including women who actually work in the industries in question, and who appeared to be rather more knowledgeable, and more realistic, than Ms Bianco.

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Again, ostentatious wokeness is almost always status-driven. (See the second item here.) It’s an attempt to signal that one belongs to the enlightened caste - our self-imagined betters. A statement being proportional or realistic carries no in-group kudos, unlike fretful contrivance. And so, engaging with genuine criticism from those deemed less statusful – and being shown to be wrong, publicly - would only jeopardise that status. Hence the lofty silence that generally prevails. Does anyone here imagine that the ladies above are overly concerned with whether their quoted assertions correspond with reality? Or that, should an error be revealed, a comical mismatch, they would conscientiously rethink their pronouncements?

PiperPaul

Why are Type I errors so common with leftists?

Pogonip

What’s a Type I error?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Pogonip, it is from stats. If you reject the null hypothesis (no relationship between whatever you are comparing), but the null hypothesis is actually correct, that is a Type I error, also called a false positive. The opposite is a Type II (false negative).

Hypothesis: Wypipo science oppresses POCs. Null hypothesis: Wypipo science does not actually oppress POCs. Type I error is believing the hypothesis, not the null hypothesis, and a Type I error.

Hypothesis: Neon hair, nose rings, and bad tattoos are highly associated with one being a barking moonbat. Null Hypothesis: Neon hair, nose rings, and bad tattoos are a marker of profound wisdom and level personality. Type II error is believing the latter.

Daniel Ream

Why are Type I errors so common with leftists?

Human beings are pattern-seeking animals, and we're so good at it we'll find them even where they don't exist. It takes training in logical thinking and consistent intellectual self-discipline to avoid making Type I errors.

Which, I believe, answers the question at hand.

Hopp Singg

Which, I believe, answers the question at hand.

It does. Plus the added incentive that their egotism demands it, else they'd have to admit the truth: "oh dear, my philosophy does make my ass look fat."

LukeT

These “narratives” – a term used no fewer than 14 times – are actually the words colonise, settlement, (un)manned and frontier. These, then, are the spells with which Old Whitey can inflict devastating harm on the apparently tissue-like minds of women and minorities.

And they call the rest of us sexists and racists.

pst314

Numerous conversations are taking place about the importance of using inclusive language

Curiously, being "inclusive" means excluding white people, men, heterosexuals, and anyone who is not far-left.

Hopp Singg

The circle jerk is inclusive to all who are willing to participate.

In a subordinate role, of course.

David

Plus the added incentive that their egotism demands it

Vanity is a powerful drug. And as noted before,

It helps if you think of woke piety as a kind of positional good, a marker of in-group status, jealously defended and forever in peril. And so the goal posts have to move, and keep moving, leading to ever greater contrivance and ever more absurd definitions of oppression. There’s an in-built neediness that leads to escalation and all manner of bizarre phenomena. From “social justice” activists fabricating ‘hate’ crimes for lack of any real ones, to agonised Guardian articles about the menace posed by heteronormative cupcakes and spellcheck software, and about how men discussing barbecues is not only “oppressively penetrating,” but about as “oppressively penetrating” as a thing can be.

And this insatiable, theatrical woe has little to do with how the world actually is. It does, however, have a great deal to do with how the woke wish to seem. In order to maintain a pretence of heroic radicalism and intellectual heft - and in order to justify funding and status - new and rarer forms of exploitation and injustice have to be discovered or conjured into being. Which leads to extremism, intolerance and absurdity, not because the mainstream of society is becoming more racist, prejudiced, patriarchal or oppressive – but precisely because it isn’t.

Links aplenty in the original.

Boatswain's Mate

Vanity is a powerful drug.

Y'know, "woke piety," "levels of wokeness," "I'm so 'woke,' I won't even lower myself to claim to be 'woke,'" and all the rest of it wouldn't bother me -- in fact, it would only serve as a form of amusement -- if those types weren't also seeking raw, abject power over me and others to bend the knee and conform to their ever-shifting rules and self-asserted mores.

Meaning, if "political correctness" were only a positional good, I could ignore it, wave it off, and certainly be just as unimpressed with it as I am with the man wearing the $14,000 wristwatch (that I wouldn't know was a $14,000 wristwatch unless you told me) or the woman driving the $100,000 automobile.

Mere status-seekers, just like celebrities, simply do not impress me. I DON'T CARE. What I do care about are these self-anointed, moralizing, social-justice cretins who believe themselves entitled (because of "muh oppreshun" or just because reasons) to force me to care about them and their first-world problems and to force me to just "shut up and comply, you wretched vermin!"

So, go ahead, signal your virtue to your heart's content. Try to out-do each other in the SocJus Olympics. Write your sophomoric blog posts about how I talk about space travel or how my enjoying a hamburger or some rot reminds your fevered, delusional imagination about some historical injustice you can't precisely define or draw a direct line to. I'll just sit back and laugh at you, if I even notice you at all.

But don't you dare try to impose, by law or mob, your twisted, immoral, shape-shifting virtues on me. Bugger off!

OK, I feel better. I think.

R. Sherman

But don't you dare try to impose, by law or mob, your twisted, immoral, shape-shifting virtues on me. Bugger off!

You identify the problem precisely. "Social Justice" is a means to an end, specifically control over the rest of us. One only needs to look at the shifting narratives of the #MeToo movement to see how it works, where it winds up as "Social Justice for me but not for thee."

pst314

Vanity is a powerful drug.

Apropos of which, the Left has worked hard to persuade us that the Seven Deadly Sins are outmoded and those who regard them as important are hopelessly behind the times.

jabrwok

Seven Deadly Sins are outmoded

You mean the Seven Woke Virtues? They certainly seem to base their entire lifestyle (can't really call it a "philosophy") on exercising the Big Seven as much as possible. Wrath (mobs), Pride (woker-than-thou posturing), Gluttony (fat acceptance), Sloth (Free Shit for Everyone!), Lust (too many examples), Envy (Occupy Wall Street), Greed (Socialism, or what's mine is mine and what's yours is "ours"). Etc.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

And woe unto the rest of us who have to endure it all.

Michael Stone

The Long March Through the Institutions, explained, point by point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB8dxgFI0vg&t=0s

pst314

It's snowing, so this Ephemera item from last winter seems appropriate:

snow lumps with glow stick eyes

Boatswain's Mate

"Social Justice" is a means to an end, specifically control over the rest of us. One only needs to look at the shifting narratives of the #MeToo movement to see how it works, where it winds up as "Social Justice for me but not for thee."

SocJus politburo member wannabe: "My life is so completely out of control. If I could only control someone else's life...."

pst314

Seven Deadly Sins are outmoded

You mean the Seven Woke Virtues?

Saul Alinsky tellingly dedicated "Rules for Radicals" to Satan (well, "Lucifer") as the original radical.

Baceseras

A statement being proportional or realistic carries no in-group kudos, unlike fretful contrivance. And so, engaging with genuine criticism from those deemed less statusful – and being shown to be wrong, publicly - would only jeopardise that status.

That that-a that that that.

Baceseras

“Deemed,” by the way, is one of the key words here. The amount of unacknowledged sheer contrivance that goes into keeping up these “controversies” and “problematics.”

Jonathan

But don't you dare try to impose, by law or mob, your twisted, immoral, shape-shifting virtues on me. Bugger off!

To paraphrase Trotsky:

" You may not be interested in Social Justice*, but Social Justice* is interested in you."

* Social Justice

Governor Squid
Numerous conversations are taking place about the importance of using inclusive language
Curiously, being "inclusive" means excluding white people, men, heterosexuals, and anyone who is not far-left.

It also means excluding anyone who could actually get them to another planet, and keep them alive after arrival.

If there are any movie producers reading this, here's my pitch: a sequel to "The Martian," except instead of a lonely botanist trying to survive an unforgiving environment, it's a half-dozen wokelings having an "inclusive conversation" about the dilemma presented when the only one of them with the technical knowledge to fix the oxygen generator is also a member of the least-privileged caste, who sees no reason why she should be obligated to shoulder the burden for the rest.

Set it in real time, and allow the audience to watch them bloviate until there's literally no hot air left for them to blow. I can only imagine the silence at the end of the picture, as the most annoying alpha-wokeling tries in vain to collect enough air to finish his argument, will be most gratifying.

Spiny Norman

as the most annoying alpha-wokeling tries in vain to collect enough air to finish his argument

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Watchman

“It occurs to me that perhaps we should designate some off-world locale as a preserve for Nadia Drake and Lucianne Walkowicz and those of like mind.”

Ark-B from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Oh, wait I forgot - Earth is populated by the Ark-B passengers from another planet. This makes a lot of things now understandable.

Adam

Thank goodness for white males! Without them everyone would be at each other’s throats throwing out blame for every real and imagined wrong.

dw

But the ladies’ only response to criticism that I’ve seen, from Ms Drake, is a casually patronising GIF. Perhaps they imagine themselves above mere correction.

Still nothing. :-)

David

Still nothing. :-)

It’s now been 8 days since the article - which doesn’t permit comments or corrections - was published. Again, I see no evidence that the ladies are overly concerned with whether or not their assertions correspond with reality. Presumably, they will continue to ignore anyone pointing out the various begged questions and ludicrous assumptions, and will then, after a time, repeat the same conceits.

It’s what pious people do, apparently.

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