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October 15, 2019

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Jen

That's strong glue. :-)

David

Apparently, the lady is being evacuated from flooding, which somehow heightens the absurdity. A detail she seems to appreciate and hence, presumably, her sharing of the video. Happily, she remains fabulous even in trying circumstances.

Captain Nemo

You must no longer use the term "blind spot". It's now "dead angle". Please update your thinking accordingly and, if you can, do endeavour to shame others into adopting it too:

https://twitter.com/crippledscholar/status/1183799255741423618

David

Please update your thinking accordingly and, if you can, do endeavour to shame others into adopting it too

Her use of the word conform was particularly touching. Though I suppose we shouldn’t expect more from someone who’s chosen to piss away time and money on a degree in “Critical Disability Studies.” A pseudo-intellectual dumpster fire we’ve touched on before. And I marvel at the number of people who will nod and preen and deploy the word “ableist,” based on the assumption - or rather, the pretence - that having functional vision isn’t preferable to being blind.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Dead angle, use it til other people conform"

Yeah, were I not a gentleman I would suggest anatomical improbabilities.

Every human eye has a spot (the puntum cæcum) where the nerve fibers from the rods and cones gather to form the optic nerve that is, having neither rods nor cones, blind, so technically we are all transabled and she is erasing our lived experiences. Nazi.

Besides, other definitions of blind include...

4.

a: having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction

b: lacking a directing or controlling consciousness

...both of which seem pretty appropriate in her case.

David

both of which seem pretty appropriate in her case.

Well, “Critical Disability Studies,” a division of Angry Studies, exploits the resentments one might have as a result of disability and redirects them towards non-disabled people, who are defined as The Problem, the inevitable oppressor, and then scolded for microscopic or entirely imagined insults. Which is some kind of compensation, I suppose.

WTP

This is a joke, right? Her handle (or WTF you call it on Twitter) is @crippledscholar.

Yip

Her handle (or WTF you call it on Twitter) is @crippledscholar.

Like what Bart Simpson said about "Naked Lunch" - there are two things wrong with that name.

My guess, since I don't want to go down that rabbit hole, was that she has some sort of disability and she's making a play for her identity group being allowed to reappropriate the word.

I sneeze in threes

OT and I know its not Friday yet but,

https://twitter.com/berniespofforth/status/1184044079728025601?s=21

David

I know it’s not Friday yet but,

It’s always Friday here.

[ Hangs grubby-looking bunting above bar. ]

WTP

I know it’s not Friday yet but,

But it is Anterior Hump Day for us Bactrians.

Bill de Haan

“Critical Disability Studies,” a division of Angry Studies, exploits the resentments one might have as a result of disability

I'm blind in one eye (childhood trauma), so I meet the legal definition of disabled, although I don't really think of such. When asked how I do think of myself, I channel Callahan, and say "maimed".

I am not offended in the slightest by terms like blind spot, blind sided, or any like terms.

I am offended my emotional cripples who have full vision trying to use my disability for their soapbox.

So if anyone here wants confirmation from a partially blind person that "blind spot" isn't offensive to us, you've got it.

There's a fully blind person in my condo who I see in the gym all the time. When people talk to him and use words like "see" or the like, and then apologize, he's likewise unconcerned about the use of terms like that, and tells people not to worry about it.

richard

I used to work with a guy who was completely blind. If someone said, "see you later" he might say "no I won't". The other person might stop and start to mumble perhaps thinking that he was offended. Then he would laugh - he was just jerking their chain. He knew every blind guy joke in the universe. This guy was the opposite of a victim and he was genuinely pissed off if someone acted or suggested that he was a victim. And he was fun at parties :)

WTP

There's a fully blind person in my condo who I see in the gym all the time. When people talk to him and use words like "see" or the like, and then apologize, he's likewise unconcerned about the use of terms like that, and tells people not to worry about it.

A good friend of mine is fully blind from a car accident when he was a kid and when stories like this come up he, jokingly of course, goes into a rant about being oppressed by "sighty". I then egg him on until he rips on an old SNL skit Garrett Morris was in and starts singing, "I'm gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the sighties I see". We laugh and laugh and I buy another round.

Burnsie

There's enough lift in those eyelashes for take-off.

David

There’s enough lift in those eyelashes for take-off.

“Er, excuse me, madam. Is this your first time flirting?”

Bill de Haan

Another just as accurate take from the ever-outraged Titania McGrath:

POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE.

Can we please not use the phrase “dead angle”? I consider it hugely problematic ever since my aunt Maureen was beaten to death with a theodolite.

https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1184048709698539520

Recommendations for her book "Woke", by the way. What's disheartening is laughing at her absolute bat-guano ravings in print, only to end up hearing some rendition of the same point from some university Maoling a week later in the news...

TomJ

On the subject of unintentionally revealing final sentences

Fred the Fourth

Blind spot...
IIRC there was a French monarch who, when bored with the ramblings of some courtier, would make a game of adjusting his point of gaze so as to make his blind spot cover the offending person.
I've tried this - it is easy to do.

Fred the Fourth

TomJ,
The sentence that came to my mind was "Nice church you got here. Be a shame if anything ...happened to it."
It's extortion, even if no cash is directly involved.
Probably also conspiracy to deprive civil rights, since I doubt a solo individual decided to send that note.

David

On the subject of unintentionally revealing final sentences…

Again, it’s the wife-beater’s lament: “Don’t make me hurt you, baby. You know I hate hurting you.”

NTSOG

@ Farnsworth M Muldoon: ''Besides, other definitions of blind include ...''

Also in relation to autistics: Mind-blindness meaning the inability to understand that other people have Minds and thus their own perspective on life and then for autistics to be able to 'read' and understand the minds of said others.

I once taught at a school for children with degrees of [legal] blindness and we all used the various terms relating to sight and vision in a normal manner, e.g. "John look for your ball on your left!" The current precious and pretentious 'sensitivity' was not a feature of life then.

Jim

NTSOG

Further to the use of words pertaining to vision, I forgot to add that when teaching young children who were totally blind the use of "Look at me [or face me...] when speaking to me!" was a necessary correction as such children did not initially understand the social courtesy of orienting one's head and thus face to the intended recipient in a conversation. They would speak to the general space. We understood that, but the general public was not always forgiving of such odd behaviour. Teachers also gave extra auditory cues to children so they knew where we were such as coughing or making some other noise.

Jim

Daniel Ream

both of which seem pretty appropriate in her case.

She's now protected her account, and yet left this description in her bio:

I had to rewrite this because I dissociated & ended up on the psych ward:

So, that.

NTSOG

@ Bill de Haan: "I am offended [b]y emotional cripples who have full vision trying to use my disability for their soapbox."

That's brilliant!

It's also true about such people being emotionally needy and thus E-cripples. A 'nice' lady once told me [an autistic] that "You must so much miss having the [interpersonal] feelings and emotions like the rest of us." I stared at her until the penny dropped and she corrected herself: "You can't miss what you've never known."

Jim

pst314

Please update your thinking accordingly and, if you can, do endeavour to shame others into adopting it too

If I recall correctly, there were deaf activists who militantly opposed surgery to allow children to hear for the first time as this would "destroy" the deaf community. They insisted that deafness was not a disability in any way. (I think I heard about this around 1980, but am very unsure.)

Bill de Haan

as this would "destroy" the deaf community

While I've no doubt that there are some who oppose the surgery on such grounds (every foolishness has its' champion, as they say), for many deaf people, the cochlear implant can be as much a burden as being deaf is, possibly more so (link).

I've met two deaf people who've had the implant and rejected it after several months. Medical issues, cultural issues, and other factors were much more significant than ideology.

I lost sight in one eye when I was about 6. When I was in my 30s, they came up a super-duper contact lens and glasses paired setup that would restore "significant" sight to that eye. And it did. My vision loss is due to a damaged lens; I still have the optic nerve and etc., so this actually did give me about 60%-70% vision in my damaged eye.

At first, I was ecstatic. But I gave it up after two weeks.

The sensory overload was overwhelming. Going from monocular vision to binocular was something my brain couldn't process properly, after almost 30 years of monocular sight. It screwed up my sense of balance, it gave me killer headaches, and I couldn't focus to read.

If I patched over my good eye, a lot of those symptoms went away, although my sense of spatial awareness was messed up, and some other issues. But in the end, I was trading my existing vision in the good eye for not as good vision in the other, so we discontinued the testing.

If, god forbid, I lose vision in my good eye, I'd be back on that program in an instant, but in my case, the potential cure was worse for me than the disease.

So I can sympathize with deaf people turning down cures. I'm not saying that they should, by any means. But I'm aware that the decision isn't as obvious as it sounds at first glance.

pst314

Bill de Haan: Thank you, that was *very* interesting.
The people I was referring to said nothing about difficulties with treatments that restored hearing, only that deafness was somehow a good thing in itself--not that this detracts from the value of your observations. What the political situation is today with regard to restoration of hearing or any other sense I have no idea.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

You can’t read Crippled Scholars tweets but she has a blog

https://crippledscholar.com/

On which every entry includes helpful info on all the ways you can give her money.

Her family has my sympathy (“8 Days On A Psych Ward”).

WTP

Apparently the psychotherapist who was treating her uses astrology in her practice. More to unpack there than a shipload of Russian nesting dolls.

David

I had to rewrite this because I dissociated & ended up on the psych ward

And again, it’s worth noting just how often woke posturing is difficult to distinguish from a serious mental health problem.

David
The sharp rise in the use of anti-depressants among the same demographic is probably just a coincidence.

Tim Newman is reading the Guardian.

As you may have guessed, it’s an article about feminist empowerment.

John Square

Her family has my sympathy (“8 Days On A Psych Ward”)

The blog is jaw dropping. From the captions to the photographs "photo of me a white woman stood next to....", to the stories contained within, it's a absolutely astonishing.

I suspect that the psychotic break she suffered was a case of mental exhaustion caused by all the dramatics

David

mental exhaustion caused by all the dramatics

Well, if you believe that the sky is falling, that everyone but you is a fascist, with “white supremacy” everywhere, and all the rest of it – or if you have to continually pretend to believe these things in order to fit in with your peer group – if you feel obliged to live in a state of near-continual indignation - then it must be quite exhausting. And a little deranging. And even if it’s just a pretence, a fashionable dishonesty, as so much leftism is, it’s still hugely corrosive to one’s sense of realism and probity.

Jonathan

You know how feminists tell us that married women are miserable and that marriage=slavery for women?

This from the left wing Vox:

A new book says married women are miserable. Don’t believe it.

Seems it's not true. What a shock.

Jonathan

Oh, via Battle Beagle

David

Seems it’s not true. What a shock.

Somewhat related, this and this.

WTP

Heh. From the Vox sub-headline...

Many books aren’t fact-checked, and we’re increasingly realizing they’re full of errors.
As Billy Jeu de Vine used to say, no shit Sherlock. While I don't recall actually being taught this in school (probably because educators like to pretend otherwise) it seemed rather obvious to me as I read more and more books. Especially history books. It seems bizarre to me that there are adults in this world, many in very prominent positions, who do not understand this.

Pst314

Tim Newman is reading the Guardian.

“there is a shortage of men with stable incomes and lives, making it tough for women to do so.”

Replace “stable” with “higher” for the honesty that the feminist writer lacks.

Fred the Fourth

“there is a shortage of men with stable incomes and lives, making it tough for women to do so.”

“there is a shortage of men with stable incomes and lives", Women and Children Hardest Hit

At least in the portions Tim quotes, there is zero concern for the men. What a f'ing surprise.

Liz

There can't be much crime in Cheshire.

https://twitter.com/DCCJulieCooke/status/1184397495423655936

Uma Thurmond's Feet

It seems bizarre to me that there are adults in this world, many in very prominent positions, who do not understand this.

It is very difficult to accept a premise that will cost you money.

Jonathan

There can't be much crime in Cheshire.

I just misgendered someone, so there's that.....

Steve E

On the subject of misgendered, another story in the ongoing "terf" wars. The trans community in Toronto tries to de-platform feminist Meghan Murphy at the public library of all places. Ms. Murphy is the founder of Feminist Current."

Daniel Ream

“Libraries have always been committed to supporting vulnerable communities by welcoming and creating space for different perspectives rather than through censorship.”

That's funny, I thought they were about having a handy place to keep all your books.

David

Ms. Murphy is the founder of Feminist Current.

Not entirely sure who to root for.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Libraries have always been committed to supporting vulnerable communities by welcoming and creating space for different perspectives rather than through censorship.”

"Yeah, I was looking for some Mark Twain"

       "Oh no, we have removed all of them, he was so problematic - used the [stage whisper] n-word [/stage whisper], don't you know"

Steve E

Not entirely sure who to root for.

I know. Isn't it delicious.

Daniel Ream

Not entirely sure who to root for.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Upon rereading, I think Crippled Scholar may be a parody, like Titania.

WTP

Hey, could y'all send a boat to pick up your wretched refuse? Understand shit happens and stuff but we already got a Conner family doing convoluted boring stuff on the TV.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/british-tourists-who-accidentally-crossed-canadian-border-previously-denied-entry-into-u-s/

pst314

Hey, could y'all send a boat to pick up your wretched refuse?

I wonder if they were paid by an NGO to get caught and become martyrs for the open-borders lobby.

pst314

A different sort of wretched refuse:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmdRyoYcDjU

I wish there were a translation of the Arabic lyrics.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Check out Lord Banana of GQ.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/345521/

Whatever they paid that guy to pose, I bet his school-age kids, if he has any, wish he’d said No.

David
Being narcissistically obsessed with fashion and status naturally led the owners and staff of GQ to adopt a fashionable, high-status ideology. Like Rolex watches, ‘woke’ opinions are positional goods, too arcane, counter-intuitive and amorphous for anyone except an ideological elite. As with clothes, ‘woke’ fashions offer endless content as different social phenomena are humourlessly deconstructed. It is, in other words, a perfect fit.

Ben Sixsmith, here.

David

[ Slurps coffee, reads previous comments. ]

Ah, bugger.

David

There can’t be much crime in Cheshire.

Given that the effectiveness of the Cheshire police force is less than exemplary, with increases in robbery and violent crime, it’s an odd indulgence. Though I’m sure that chiding people about their failure to adopt modish pronouns is much safer and less stressful than apprehending meth-addled burglars. And despite the moral preening, lectures about pronouns merely alert the public, and the taxpayer, to the distinct possibility that basic functions are being neglected.

fnord

There can't be much crime in Cheshire

How'd you like to turn a corner and suddenly come upon that? Yikes!

David

There can’t be much crime in Cheshire.

Somewhat related. It’s as if they’re determined to lose all public credibility.

David

When the public have to do what the police apparently won’t.

David

Our betters.

Imagine being so self-absorbed, so relentlessly self-flattering, that you don’t anticipate how such behaviour will be viewed by the wider public - the people on whom it’s being inflicted. A wider public that for the most part can’t afford to spend days indulging in Student Union theatrics.

David

We’ll give those a post of their own, I think.

pst314

Check out Lord Banana of GQ. [at Instapundit]

The link may not work because Instapundit has been under a DDOS attack since yesterday evening.

pst314

Somewhat related. It’s as if they’re determined to lose all public credibility.

From the comment thread at that link: "We am an airline pilot."

How about "I identify as a Boeing 707"? (Cue closing scene of "What's Up Tiger Lily?")

Boatswain's Mate

Speaking, upthread, of Meghan Murphy, apparently today, October 17, is her birthday, based on the article our gracious host linked to nearly four years ago about ten things every woman should know by the time she is 36.

Today, Ms. Murphy has turned 40. I wonder if she has learnt anything new. Like maybe how there is no over-arching "sisterhood," and that not all feminists are, just by virtue of their feminism, simpatica?

I just wonder.

Captain Nemo

Today's words are entitled cow. Or, alternatively, how to be obnoxious to some poor sap on minimum wage politely doing their job:

https://twitter.com/DracuLesbian/status/1184183079511814144

Captain Nemo

Her use of the word conform was particularly touching.

And quite revealing, I think, with the implied threat. You will be MADE to go along with this bollocks, whether you want to or not. And you will, if you know what's good for you, because if you don't, then there will be (yet-to-be-determined, but no doubt unpleasant) consequences. Stalin with a PhD and PMS. What a combination.

Fred the Fourth

Cap Nemo,
I must call that person and have the same convo, excerpt finish by saying "too bad. The bequest states that if [deadname] can't be found, than the $100,000 goes to the RNC. Good-bye"

Captain Nemo

Heh. Although that rather supposes the person in question doesn't hang up on you before you get to the fun part.

Governor Squid

Honestly, if the Trans Army goes to war against the telemarketers, I'll be happy to sit back and watch them all burn.

Y. Knott

They insisted that deafness was not a disability in any way. (I think I heard about this around 1980, but am very unsure.)

Oh, I get it - "heard about this"... - funny, but check your privilege!

- Why's everybody looking at me like that?

Fred the Fourth

Cap,
Of course, in my fantasy life, as in comedy, timing is everything.

Pst314

“funny, but check your privilege!”

The check room is locked and I cannot find the concierge.

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