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April 19, 2022

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S Lloyd

telling us that teachers should “dispense almost completely with judgements of quality when producing course grades,” on grounds that a student’s ability to convey their thoughts in writing - and to formulate thoughts by writing – is merely a manifestation of “white language supremacy,” an allegedly lethal phenomenon.

Who the hell is hiring these mentalists?

Jack Klompus

Anyone who uses that nauseating term "black bodies" should be pushed head first into a slow grinding woodchipper with dull blades. Right in line behind those pseudo-intellectual dullards are the ones who repeatedly use "unpack", "reimagine", and "at the intersection of."

Joan

Authenticity being defined, it seems, as inarticulate ghetto knucklehead.

Remind me again who the racists are...

David

Remind me again who the racists are...

Well, quite. But apparently, an “authentic” black student is one who struggles to be understood beyond his immediate peer group, and to whom punctuation and basic grammar are alien concepts, something to resent, along with so much else.

As noted previously,

Students are encouraged to be hyper-critical, indeed delusional, regarding the motives of all white people, even to the point of dismissing the correction of spelling and grammar as some egregious, racially motivated act of oppression. And yet the motives of their educators, the ones who tell them these things, and whose status and careers depend on cultivating tribalism and paranoid resentment, and a kind of pernicious flattery, are spared any similar questioning - or, so far as I can see, any questioning at all.

So much for “critical thinking.”

And so, students who leave university saddled with debt and a worthless Angry Studies pseudo-qualification, and who subsequently repel employers with their chippy attitude, inept spelling, and grammatical incompetence, will presumably rationalise any rejection, any hardship, as proof of the evils of “whiteness” and the “racist society” that their lecturers banged on about. Because the more obvious explanation – that they were dupes, taken for a ride by race-hustling parasites - would be much too bruising to their egos.

But hey, this is wokeness.

Jack Klompus

The "academics" who push these twisted notions of "authenticity" always seem to abide by these rules and standards in their professional lives.

The woke white teachers at the costly private school where I once taught always took offense when it was suggested they quit their jobs, give their jobs to teachers "of color" and go work in the large urban public school system in the same city.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Anyone who uses that nauseating term "black bodies" should be pushed head first into a slow grinding woodchipper with dull blades.

Physicists and astronomers excluded, of course.

Who the hell is hiring these mentalists?

Other mentalists. If you look at his CV one sees that since graduating from college he has never had a real job, only academic gigs* where at present, aside from his grueling class load of two courses, he is also "Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Integrative Science and Arts" whatever the hell a "College of Integrative Science and Arts" is.

IOW, like so many others, racism is his rice bowl so he has to perpetuate it even though according to this only 3% of adult blacks call racism a big issue. The other 97% are, of course, suffering from internalized yteness.

*(Not counting the time he was apparently a test proctor, excuse me "Testing Supervisor", and the four months he was a technical writer for HP which might explain why the manual for my printer is incomprehensible)

WTP

It seems to me that the mindless expectation that everyone must go to college and burden themselves with needless debt wasting four, five, six, ten of the best years of a person's life is itself a surrender to “white supremacy” and “capitalist-inflicted bullshit.”

asiaseen

look at his CV

44 pages of it, too. Some curious gaps between gigs early on.

aelfheld

I recall Thomas Sowell noting that what is called 'Black English' or 'Ebonics' is nothing more than rural English dialects brought to North America by early settlers.

Daniel Ream

I recall Thomas Sowell noting

"Black Rednecks". He convincingly argues that ghetto black culture is just white southern redneck culture.

I once did some mentoring for a college-level engineering program (for Americans: Canadian colleges are roughly the equivalent of your trade schools or junior colleges - they're vocation focused rather than academic) and one young black woman got quite upset with me and began flinging racism accusations when I suggested, diplomatically, that the engineering technologist program probably wasn't for her and that given her approach to first year she was unlikely to complete the program.

When I was asked to defend my comments to the Dean I pointed out that by her own admission she had cozened her lab partner into doing all of the assignments and labs for the first year engineering math course, struggled with finding the slope of a line after he dropped out of school, and didn't consider any of this a problem because "this was the last math course in her program" - math being the sort of thing that's never likely to come up in, say, the third year truss design course.

Oh, and she was there on a Black Woman scholarship.

pst314

Black Rednecks and White Liberals.

pst314

When I was asked to defend my comments to the Dean I pointed out that by her own admission she had cozened her lab partner into doing all of the assignments and labs for the first year engineering math course, struggled with finding the slope of a line after he dropped out of school, and didn't consider any of this a problem

It seems as if utterly unprincipled and even morally depraved Deans are a dime a dozen.

...Oh, and she was there on a Black Woman scholarship.

Figures.

Joe Ego

math being the sort of thing that's never likely to come up in, say, the third year truss design course.

Don't worry, everyone. Smooth roads and indoor plumbing will always exist, no matter who is put in charge of designing, engineering, and maintaining them.

PiperPaul

math being the sort of thing that's never likely to come up in, say, the third year truss design course

We have point and click computers for that math stuff now!

“If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow enobled and no-one dares criticize it.”
— Pierre Marie Gallois

ccscientist

There is a certain logic here. People like this prof believe that white people are just handed plum jobs like candy, with no regard for ability or performance. Looking around his department, this would probably not be contradicted. One of the huge problems with communism has always been the handing out of jobs based on favoritism, which leads to dismal performance in everything. The only thing, by this logic, preventing brown people from getting handed a nice job is racism. The fact that they don't show up to work, don't dress appropriately, get in fights with customers, steal from the office, and can't write, couldn't have anything to do with it. So it is all only oppression.

ccscientist

"Don't worry, everyone. Smooth roads and indoor plumbing will always exist, no matter who is put in charge of designing, engineering, and maintaining them." that is exactly the disconnect. We should be constantly amazed that things work, but we easily get used to it. Stuff just appears like magic and does amazing things. Just appears. That sloppiness could cause planes to fall out of the air...

pst314

One of the huge problems with communism has always been the handing out of jobs based on favoritism...

Likewise fascism: One of the reasons that fascist Italy did so badly in WWII was that so many generals and officials were hacks appointed for loyalty to the Party.

Steve E

Looking around his department, this would probably not be contradicted. One of the huge problems with communism has always been the handing out of jobs based on favoritism, which leads to dismal performance in everything.

Top down authoritarian systems really. Privilege has always been envious and suspicious of talent and ability. Contrary to popular opinion, it's how the corporate world functions for the most part. The amazing thing is more stuff doesn't fall from the skies, so to speak.

pst314

One of the reasons for the proliferation of administrators in academia and health care is the making of lucrative employment for people of little or no ability.

ccscientist

This problem of deadweight is also one of the flaws in unions. Make-work. Rules so the truck driver is not allowed to touch a broom or empty a truck. In NYC unions double the cost of doing many construction jobs and make the subways expensive.
Had to go to the social security office and the people I talked to were unable to help me. Simply not competent. All the talk against capitalism leads to this: giving jobs to everyone whether they can do it or not. Mail truck drivers who dump the mail.

pst314

Had to go to the social security office and the people I talked to were unable to help me. Simply not competent.

During the pandemic I had a very frustrating series of written communications with Social Security. None of the responses I received directly and clearly responded to my questions. None.

pst314

This problem of deadweight is also one of the flaws in unions. Make-work. Rules so the truck driver is not allowed to touch a broom or empty a truck.

I started to learn about this from my father when I was a pre-teen: Example: An urgently needed order was ready for shipping but there were no idle hands to wheel the boxes to the loading dock. Dad would get a hand truck and move them himself. Then the union would file a grievance. The union felt that the company should employ another menial laborer full time, just so he would be available on those few days when something like this happened--they had zero interest in the long-term viability of the company, even as new competitors in Japan and Europe took market share. Eventually Dad's employer moved the entire operation down south where the unions had little power. Damned union pukes.

Joe Ego

The amazing thing is more stuff doesn't fall from the skies, so to speak.

But plenty of it does. Three years ago, a glimpse into our gloriously diverse future:
https://admiralcloudberg.medium.com/legacy-of-a-lie-the-crash-of-atlas-air-flight-3591-519a3a7bd6ec

pst314

But plenty of it does. Three years ago, a glimpse into our gloriously diverse future

Yes indeed.

asiaseen

One of the huge problems with communism has always been the handing out of jobs based on favoritism...

Likewise fascism

Isn't that true of any system where politicians get involved?

pst314

Isn't that true of any system where politicians get involved?

Well yes, but it's worst in totalitarian systems.

Steve E

Rules so the truck driver is not allowed to touch a broom or empty a truck.

Learned this lesson as a teen. I worked for an independently owned tire shop. The boss trusted me to drive more than some of his DUI employees. I would be sent to the Firestone warehouse to pick up an order. It was an hour and a bit drive and I would inevitably arrive during a break or during lunch. The warehouse was very organized from an order perspective. Mine would always be ready at one of the loading doors, but I couldn't just pick it up and throw it on the truck. I would have to wait for whatever union sacred moment was going on to end. Really, the only thing missing was the prayer mats.

Daniel Ream

Contrary to popular opinion, it's how the corporate world functions for the most part4

This is one of the reasons I wish people would stop using the "if women only make 79 cents on the dollar, why doesn't some company hire all women and out-compete everyone on salary" argument, because it presumes that people are hired and promoted entirely on merit and not because they're related to the boss or went to college with the VP or or are sleeping with someone in a corner office. Like, have these people ever had a job?

pst314

Decline of Western civilization, Chicago edition.

Nothing will be done until a disaster kills people. Any "infrastructure" bill will be spent on political cronies, commissars, and other useless things.

pst314

I would have to wait for whatever union sacred moment was going on to end.

I believe loading docks are controlled by the Teamsters union. So, especially corrupt and vile.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

OT - good news for a change, The Babylon Bee is giving Libs of Tik Toc a job.

Epicur

Decline of Western civilization, Chicago edition.

I have some working familiarity with that sort of condition. There is an amazing amount of it out there.

WTP

This is one of the reasons I wish people would stop using the "if women only make 79 cents on the dollar, why doesn't some company hire all women and out-compete everyone on salary" argument,

Not seeing why both cannot apply. Nepotism exists independently of women not being underpaid.

pst314

I have some working familiarity with that sort of condition. There is an amazing amount of it out there.

I have read that the Romans required that the designer/builder of a bridge had to stand underneath it when the construction scaffolding/supports were removed, so that he would be crushed to death if it collapsed. It's kind of a pity we can't do that today with politicians and deteriorating bridges and other infrastructure. [ Laughs while twirling mustache ]

Steve E

Like, have these people ever had a job?

I worked for most of my career at a company that was large enough to be part of the Toronto Stock Index. It had a .b share class structure that allowed the founding family to control the stock since they owned 80% of the voting shares and their buddies owned the other 20%. This class structure allowed them to keep their idiot, untalented children in the senior executive positions until just a few years ago. This is where I learned to drive a car from the backseat.

pst314

Arab "refugee" gets a small part of what he deserves.

pst314

Disgusted and horrified? Thank a liberal.

Richard Cranium
This is one of the reasons I wish people would stop using the "if women only make 79 cents on the dollar, why doesn't some company hire all women and out-compete everyone on salary" argument, because it presumes that people are hired and promoted entirely on merit and not because they're related to the boss or went to college with the VP or or are sleeping with someone in a corner office. Like, have these people ever had a job?

Well, most of the people spewing the line that "it's horrible that women (on average) get only 79% of the pay that men get (on average)" think that corporations are run by absolutely greedy bastards that would sell their grandmothers to become cat food if the price was remotely right. Oh, except the "(on average)" bit is left out from the whine; weird.

And I guess you haven't seen the outsourcing of various jobs to India from North America (not to mention moving manufacturing jobs to China) since the mid-to-late 1990s. I guess the initial profit margin was greater than the ~21% implied by the initial 79% number given by the folks pushing the "79 cents on the dollar" meme.

I've been in the workforce since July 1976, so, yeah, I've had a job or two. Nortel paid me almost as long as the US Army did (14 years versus 16 years, respectively), but you could very well argue that the US Army wasn't really impacted by market forces, so my experience there isn't applicable.

I like the company I work for now, but if they could replace my ass with equal talent at 20% less, I have no bloody doubt that I'd be looking for another job. One might search on how Disney IT workers were treated to get an idea.

WTP

This class structure allowed them to keep their idiot, untalented children in the senior executive positions until just a few years ago.

Not that this surprises me, especially not for a large corporation, but was there limited competition with this company or had it morphed into a conglomerate of businesses of businesses?

But plenty of it does.

This is the sort of thing that infuriates me. We've discussed similar here before but in this case life and death were obviously on the line. Several people spoke up about this guy being dangerous. Many others appeared to notice but said nothing. Surely the few flights he had with this company before the fatal one, possibly/probably even with this same captain, no one put their foot down? We're talking about dozens of people who should have noticed that this guy was incompetent to fly a plane. Why were they more afraid to speak up than they were afraid he would kill people someday? Innocent lives on the ground would/should also have been a concern.

Richard Cranium
Not seeing why both cannot apply. Nepotism exists independently of women not being underpaid.

I didn't catch that the first time I read it. Very well done.

pst314

This is the sort of thing that infuriates me. We've discussed similar here before but in this case life and death were obviously on the line.

That reminds me of an exchange from a year or two after 9/11: A junior manager type told me that if someone told him that a Muslim coworker was saying anti-Christian things to him, that manager would fire both of them. Most Muslim bigots never kill anyone, but it did get me wondering about that manager's judgement and about what life in most corporations is like.

Steve E

but was there limited competition with this company or had it morphed into a conglomerate of businesses of businesses?

Competitive market but rapidly expanding. Efficiencies didn't exist and didn't need to at the time. Money was raining from the sky and he who had the biggest bushel basket to catch it won while everyone else still did well. I left just as the industry was looking to efficiencies and consolidating. I brought them two buyout deals that would have maximized the .b shareholder's value. They wanted to hang on. The company today is worth 20% of the deals I brought them 15 years ago and all the big buyouts have happened so there is no extra value in the company.

pst314

I don't want to hear one more word about how smart and wise and noble librarians are: Marxist elected president of American Library Association.

randian

Contrary to popular opinion, it's how the corporate world functions for the most part. The amazing thing is more stuff doesn't fall from the skies, so to speak

I think it depends strongly on where you are. I don't see much of that in the software engineering domain. Every time I get interviewed it's multiple rounds of interviews, with code writing tests at every step, some of them live (so real bad if stage fright is your thing). Frank incompetence is weeded out real fast, though I'm sure extroversion and good looks are a huge leg up. In today's legal and political environment being female is too.

I'm surprised they still do it, because testing has been forbidden by judicial fiat in most employment realms. Seems only a matter of time before somebody starts suing software engineering departments for racism in their hiring practices. I know there are black software engineers, but I've never personally met one. The only blacks in our engineering department work for IT, not one of the coding teams.

WTP

I know there are black software engineers, but I've never personally met one.

I've worked with a few. One was on the cover of Black Engineering magazine (or some such title) back in the 90's. At one point I was given two younger engineers to train, a white kid and a black guy. Going into it, I knew the black guy fairly well, or so I thought. He was a guy from the mail room/secretarial group who would tag along on Friday lunches and also used to play after-work basketball with us. Had white man's disease in that he could not jump for nothing. Bit of a short guy as well. He could shoot ok. I knew he was a bit of a stoner and was kinda surprised they picked him before another Jamaican guy. They were obviously trying to cut labor costs (people were leaving in droves for higher pay once Oracle came to town) and get diversity credits. This was early/mid 1990's. Again I wasn't expecting much. But to my surprise, when I would teach him a thing or two and turn him loose on a task, he figured things out better than the white kid. TO BE CLEAR I say 'surprise' based on my previous knowledge of his personality, not his race. But unfortunately, due to his personality and hangups and poor work habits, and that he was certain of the prejudice against him (in which he did have some justification but not such as to justify giving up) he eventually quit and AIUI failed elsewhere. This according to his Jamaican friend who still does some software work while running his own barber shop.

ccscientist

corruption: The reason the levies failed in New Orleans hurricane was because the money sent to upgrade the levies was diverted by local gov to do other things. And yes, people died.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Via Ace:

Professor at University of Jerusalem asks a question that probably sounded better in the original German.

Peachy rex

The Roman Republic also had senior officials pay for public works out of their own pockets... certainly incentivised cost efficiency.

Richard Cranium
I know there are black software engineers, but I've never personally met one.

I've worked with 2. One was a junior engineer at Nortel Networks. The other was an engineer at my current company.

The first was OK as a junior engineer; neither horrible nor spectacular. Like, well, most junior employees. I didn't keep track of where he ended up.

The second was senior to me in terms of years in the company. I absolutely hate UI work and I detest javascript with the heat of a thousand suns. He was my go to guy for javascript/UI questions; he'd ask me stuff about what the hell the backend services were doing. He was (and probably still is) an interesting guy. He had learned both Japanese and Chinese; unfortunately for him, he had married a Taiwanese Chinese woman who divorced not that long after she had the anchor baby. She, of course, took the kid and high tailed it back to Taiwan. He's too nice of a guy to abandon his kid, so the last I knew, he's been trying to do the right thing for his child at a rather severe cost to his personal future. All hail him.

For that matter, I've dealt with more than one African-Americans while in the US Army. Since I was in that organization while there was an existential threat to the US, I didn't closely work with those who were obviously incapable at their assignments. One might rephrase that as "not more incapable than I", which might be a fair cop.

Richard Cranium

Yeah, the stuff above around the 2nd guy isn't exactly correct.

However, he was the first person hired at our location and he was able to communicate in multiple human languages (Japanese and Chinese) as well as multiple computer languages.

(If you think that Chinese and Japanese are similar, you are pretty much wrong on almost any axis of contemplation.)

Carol
As a display of the pernicious and perverse, it’s quite a thing. Achieving proficiency and wishing to be taken seriously as someone capable of thought are framed by Dr Inoue as some kind of internalised oppression. And being able to express yourself precisely, and getting a job you want, is somehow a failure, a betrayal of authentic blackness. And by implication, getting on in life - being able to provide for yourself and your family - is, according to Dr Inoue, “a really shitty choice.”

Today's word is 'sabotage'.

David

Today’s word is ‘sabotage’.

And then of course there’s Dr A. W. Strouse, an educator quite eager to show us how fluent and therefore statusful he is, but who nonetheless insists that minority students needn’t bother. And who tells his students that saying “Fuck you” to employers and potential employers is, like, totally cool, man:

You see, Dr Strouse is - in his mind, at least - “dismantling linguistic racism.” And he’s doing this using minority students as his little foot soldiers. How very brave of him. And that ungrammatical job application, the one enlivened with incomprehensible sentences and lots of inventive spelling, will do just fine. Because by the time any sufficiently credulous students have pinned their hopes upon it, it won’t be his problem.

Same dance, different narcissistic tosser.

asiaseen

OT
Name of the Century - and it is not a joke

Mr Kim Bum Suk, former relevant individual of BNP Paribas Wealth Management and BNP Paribas in Hong Kong

NJH

...the Teamsters union. So, especially corrupt and vile.

Tony Soprano's lads had a good lurk going. Some construction company would sign them on under duress, and this addition to the workforce sat around playing cards for most of the day.

Burnsie

I don't want to hear one more word about how smart and wise and noble librarians are:

The ALA has been radically leftist for decades. They once voted down a resolution condemning Fidel Castro for imprisoning Cuban librarians.

Garbage people.

Lurks in Shadows

*presses button, goes back to lurking*

David

*presses button, goes back to lurking*

Bless you, sir. Should you be obliged to thread a needle or perform some other fine-motor-skill task, may it be effortless and witnessed by many people.

ccscientist

I took a look at Dr Inou's cv. It is the same essay on not grading minority students and how english is racist over and over. It has not a whit of scholarship anywhere. From his pic, it is hilarious that he calls himself "brown" and discriminated against. My (actually) black 68 yr old friend told me about when he was a kid in chicago there was a street they could not cross because the other side was white--now that is discrimination. He says nothing he has experienced the past 20 yrs is discrimination. His wife when 18 was told to go around to the back to enter a concert and she refused. She held up her money and said "what color is this?" and they let her in. Alabama. Again, she says this is all in the past. Lovely couple. It is like the obese claiming that they are "erased" when in fact no one cares, no one looks. If they are self-conscious it is all internal.

Librarians are busy getting rid of the classics because they are by dead white males. It was by preserving the classics in Medieval Europe that the Renaissance was possible. The roman orators were pretty insightful but of course we are in year zero so they go right out.

Burnsie

In unrelated "Feeding on Failure" news:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/an-alarming-trend-armed-thieves-are-targeting-mountain-bikers-in-the-oakland-hills/ar-AAWmw9N?

I can't vouch for their educational status or prowess with grammar, but the perps do seem to be fast learners when it comes to exploiting a culture that no longer has the resolve to arrest, convict, and imprison them.

David

dead white males

Somewhat related:

Readers may wish to ponder how synthesising insights from around the world, and from cultures long gone, and preserving those insights, in libraries, is somehow a bad thing. Readers may also wish to ponder the implications of a librarian and self-styled educator, schooled at the University of Washington and Barnard College, New York, and who is offended, something close to enraged, by the existence of “white ideas” and the “so-called ‘knowledge’” of “white dudes.”

It's eye-widening stuff.

pst314

Somewhat related:
Readers may wish to ponder how synthesising insights from around the world, and from cultures long gone, and preserving those insights, in libraries, is somehow a bad thing...

I've said it before: A wise society actively discriminates against leftists, and all other natural enemies of civilization.

ccscientist

Librarians: the Left firmly believes in the "year zero" idea, that in this moment we (the left) have finally discovered all the wisdom that is needed and all other books can be burned. The Left vanguard of profs would be wise to look at what happened in Red China and Cambodia--the professors were the first to be sent to camps and killed. That is what year zero means. Of course they won't examine this.
If one reads the great roman orators and historians, it is amazing how relevant their insights are for today. When latin was taught in school, it was not just grammar but they read the classics. We are poorer for dumping that.

sharon

the perps do seem to be fast learners

Not what was intended by the PSAs encouraging minorities to feel at home on America's hiking trails ("Nature - it's like a living room under the sky"). Put your fire out, don't throw the remains of your picnic away like Don Draper, don't steal bicycles even if it's easy.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today in Everything Is Racist™ axing (not a question) the mask mandate.

It’s reckless as a general matter, and it has real-world impacts, racial impacts that are preventable and avoidable.”

It is a tad tiresome, all these people of no ability who would be living in refrigerator boxes if they couldn't keep the racism-industrial complex going.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Totally unrelated, can we please send this guy back to you, or maybe exile him to the Falklands?

Harry has since said the move was necessary for his own mental health...

Yes, California is just the place to go for sanity.

Instead of all the previous “fuss and bother” of British Royal duties, Harry and his family embrace the simple life.

Yes the pure hell of being a prince traded for the simple life of jet-setting, TV appearances, and celebrity appearances on a "mission to end global inequality", limping by on a $60 million inheritance.

Won't you help? For just pennies a day you can help a poor prince, give generously and you too can be a member of Prince's Unequality Termination Association.

David

can we please send this guy back to you…?

[ Draws curtains, dims lights, takes phone off hook. ]

Steve E

For just pennies a day you can help a poor prince

He could always try running a modified Nigerian Prince scam.

ccscientist

Did it ever occur to Harry and Meghan that the royal family doesn't like her because 1) she isn't close to royalty and that is still a thing with royal families 2) she is a screechy narcissist and 3) when you marry into a family check if they like you before you marry.
Oh, no, it could only be racism. Never mind the billion families out there where the new bride is not 100% loved and accepted and the billion more dysfunctional families in general.
There is a movie about their situation, Anna Kirenena I believe, there the princess runs away with a military man. They both lose their income and in one scene try to eat grass and vomit. They didn't get the $60million "go away" money.

Steve E

Did it ever occur to Harry and Meghan...

Those are great reasons, but doesn't it just come down to the fact that Meagain Sparkle is just unlikeable? She really thought she was going to change a thousand years of tradition because she was a B-list television actress. Talk about narcissism. She's like one of those evil characters from period fiction who has gotten herself placed close to the throne and plots to have her spawn made King.

Jen

can we please send this guy back to you…?

No refunds. Credit note only.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

[ Draws curtains, dims lights, takes phone off hook. ]

Well, I didn't mean you personally, but there must be someplace in that green and pleasant land, maybe one of your little islands, where he can be stashed and babble on without harming anyone else.

pst314

there must be someplace in that green and pleasant land...where he can be stashed....

Here?

Killer Marmot

One of the greatest American racial injustices was the refusal to allow Blacks to be well educated, or during slavery educated at all. This lasted into modern times, when for example the National Guard was called out so that Black students could enroll in the University of Alabama, and where predominantly Black schools were often underfunded compared to White schools in the same state. Many argue that underfunding remains a problem today.

So this is just a variation on an old theme. We'll pretend to educate you, but for your own good we won't truly educate you.

ccscientist

Killer marmot: an interesting note on education and slavery: white women began to teach slaves to read so they could read the bible. Of course it wasn't enough, but interesting...

Daniel Ream

I don't see much of that in the software engineering domain. Every time I get interviewed it's multiple rounds of interviews, with code writing tests at every step, some of them live

I've just taken a new job in software engineering after six weeks of interviewing. In the dozen+ plus interviews I had, exactly two required me to demonstrate that I could write a lick of code. All the others, including my current job, performed no technical tests at all.

Daniel Ream

Not seeing why both cannot apply

It's not a difficult syllogism and I'm not going to rewrite it for you.

pst314

Rap musician.

WTP

It's not a difficult syllogism

Look, so long as you wash your hands when you're done, we really don't care what you're up to in there. Though I suppose I cannot speak for the ladies...

pst314

Look, so long as you wash your hands when you're done, we really don't care what you're up to in there.

It frightened my horses.

Darleen

Rap musician.

What? Not an obo player or even an accordionist?

Yeah, this is my shocked face.

Pooklord

Daniel Ream

I have been interviewed for a number of IT related jobs over the last 25 years and they were 90% knowledge questions and technical problems -- if most of your interviews did not verify you could actually code, what were they asking about?

Seriously curious here . . it's been a while since I was interviewed.

Steve E

What? Not an obo player or even an accordionist?

Hey, my sister-in-law was an oboe player with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and she got up to some pretty dodgy stuff, albeit no drive-bys or street shootings. You can't trust anybody who plays a double reed instrument. Just sayin'.

Steve E

You can't trust anybody who plays a double reed instrument

And don't get me started about bassoonists

asiaseen

I’m just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her

The total fucking arrogance of the runaway Prodigal Grandson (if, indeed he is actually blood-related) assuming he has any relevant input to the wellbeing of the Queen.

Directrix Gazer

I suppose I've lived a charmed life with regards to female colleagues. Back in school (2000s), three of my friends who were fellow physics majors were women and were some of the smartest people in our class. One went on to make neural-net based control systems for particle accelerators, the second has had a successful career at a naval weapons laboratory, including work on railguns, and the third ended up as a software developer. On the other hand, a few others I knew didn't stick around and transferred out after an uninspiring freshman-year performance.

In my career, I've known a few mediocre-performing woman analysts and managers, but one of my best project leads was a woman, and two of the finest developers I've worked with were women. One of the latter was just very good, while the other was absolutely brilliant and has since moved on to a very high-powered job designing analytical software.

Directrix Gazer

I should mention that my friends were only "some of" the smartest people in our class because the undisputed smartest was the guy who made a successful semester project of attempting to re-derive much of General Relativity under the tutelage of one of our professors. Miles was an absolute madman. He was also black, incidentally.

David

like so many others, racism is his rice bowl so he has to perpetuate it

Yes, absolutely. And Dr Inoue does this while corroding even basic standards. As noted in a previous post, our “anti-racist” educator is an enthusiast of grading based on “equity” and “labour” - not quality, or aptitude, or any customary demonstration of proficiency. Standard measures of competence are to be abandoned in favour of “inclusive excellence” – i.e., doing away with those troublesome and supposedly unfair “judgements of quality.” This is called, rather grandly, “critical information literacy,” and entails not being critical or indeed literate.

The obvious - and fundamental - problems with this approach - the consequences of its perversity - are touched on here.

David

So far, I’ve spent the morning compiling tomorrow’s Ephemera. I made myself laugh.

I’m not even sorry.

asiaseen

I’m not even sorry.

And it's not even time for elevenses

pst314

Rap musician. Again.

The Sun sets aside Page 3 for photos of topless women. If I were a billionaire newspaper owner, I would dedicate page 3 to reporting the felony arrests in the previous 24 hours of these role models. It would never be necessary to print "no rap musicians were arrested today".

pst314

I’m not even sorry.

[ Obnoxiously smarmy smile ] It's never too late to repent, brother.

pst314

[ Hopes nobody points out how I wallow in the pleasures of this blog. ]

ccscientist

Educ standards: When my furnace installers do their thing, it has to work. I can forgive the screws they left on the floor if they do that. But it must work. I know people in local manufacturing. These companies must produce to high precision, on time, and without killing anyone. They have to keep written records of the QA/QC and environ. (e.g., MSDS docs) compliance or they get in trouble. They have to keep docs of instructions for maintaining equipment and for their manufacturing processes to keep their ISO certifications. One of these companies had 2 diversity hires, M and F. They were in R&D dept and went and hid in the warehouse and flirted. The company was terrified of disciplining them for months. Finally, they thought to move them to sit on lab bench next to their supervisor--no disciplinary talk, no paper trail. This worked brilliantly--the 2 just stopped coming in. Didn't even bother to quit. The idea that standards don't matter is so insane that only a prof could believe it.

asiaseen

Dr Inoue - to flog a horse that should be dead

Having looked at his photo I wondered just which bit of his Japanese American self-identity is Japanese and if he is masquerading under his mother's maiden name. I didn't solve the problem but I did come across this gem. (Should you chose to read it please have a vomitorial* receptacle close to hand.)

https://ccccaaac.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/asao-b-inoue/

* Trivial aside: When I was stationed in Germany in the RAF we aircrew believed that Luftwaffe officers' messes had installed in the mess toilets vomitoria for the convenience of over-indulged aircrew. OLater when I visited a mess that had been a pre-war German officers' mess but now British occupied, I found the story was true.

ccscientist

For Dr. Inoue, note that Japanese-american immigrants in spite of past prejudice now make more on average than whites (as do Nigerian immigrants, and from India, etc). In other words, our white supremacists are doing a lousy job. Where he gets off calling himself oppressed...boggles (a word my grandkids think is hilarious) the mind.

David

Dr Inoue - to flog a horse that should be dead

But setting aside the attempts to sabotage minority students’ life chances, rhetorical horse-flogging is basically all he does, every working day. It’s racial monomania, which is rarely attractive, or indicative of someone to whom one should entrust car keys.

WTP

It’s racial monomania, which is rarely attractive, or indicative of someone to whom one should entrust car keys.

And yet, much like the 1st officer (?) mentioned earlier who flew his cargo jet into the ground, dozens and dozens of students, professors, administrators, and others know this is true. Sure, many/most are similarly corrupted but not all of them. This problem arose and will continue until people stop pretending and demand a return to reality. Most specifically those who are paying for this idiocy.

On the corporate side, a glimmer of hope...
https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/former-mcdonalds-ceo-fight-woke-politics

Darleen

Having looked at his photo I wondered just which bit of his Japanese American self-identity is Japanese and if he is masquerading under his mother's maiden name.

I looked at the pic too and yes he looks very much like the Japanese/White mixed people I know ... he can easily be mistaken for Hispanic.

He admits never having met his bio-dad (Japanese-American). His mom is white and he's married to a white woman yet has two sons he has given Japanese names.

I'm almost curious at what motivates his "racial monomania" ... was he bullied by the black kids in the neighborhood he grew up in and this is his payback? Because there is no love lost between the Japanese and black communities.

PiperPaul

They were in R&D dept and went and hid in the warehouse and flirted

That immediately reminded me of this, sorry...

I Saw One Of The Babies And The Baby Looked At Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE63y7ctAwA&ab_channel=MostlySimpsons

WTP

He admits never having met his bio-dad (Japanese-American). His mom is white and he's married to a white woman yet has two sons he has given Japanese names.

Very different situation but something I found, well hard to believe but it came from a fairly straight-shooting guy that I worked with. His last name was Seijo, he looked like George Clooney. Like almost exactly. Such that whenever he stopped by my cube, my Puerto Rican (female) coworker nearly fainted after he left. Anyway, one day several of us were discussing our heritage (another coworker was of Cambodian lineage but his last name had people wondering...until I just asked) and the discussion turned to Seijo. Again, looked like Clooney but was obviously of hispanic heritage as family was from NYC via PR plus he spoke Spanish. Turned out, according to him anyway, his very Japanese sounding last name had come via lineage of a 16th (?) century Japanese ambassador to Portugal who settled in Portugal, along with his progeny, and never returned to Japan. It's not a terribly uncommon name in the hispanic world based on surname searches.

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