Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rutgers Students Smear Themselves With Fake Blood To Protest Milo's "Most Dangerous Faggot" Tour

Or: Milo Strikes A Nerve
   Needless to say, I didn't want to see it come to this...
   I would have preferred that we had all sat down like adults and had a rational discussion about why liberals are right and you whiny little ressentiment-addled trembling totalitarians are wrong...
   But nooooooooooooo...
   You had to go straight for the shrieking and fake blood.'s the thing... Smearing yourself with corn syrup and red food coloring is only a vaguely plausible form of protest if you're protesting some kind of actual violence. It just highlights your idiocy if you think that civil disagreement and reasoned dissent is violence.
  Go git 'em, Milo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Big Tweeter Is Watching You

   Twitter goes the full SJW.
   The tweetification of public discourse has made it even stupider and shallower than it used to be...something that, a priori, I would have thought it really is a perfect platform for the PCs / SJWs. After all, "that's racist" is way less than 140 characters... You can whip that out and still have room for several "that's problematic"s and a "you microaggress against me, sir" or two...
   I don't tweet, of course, what with my every idea being far too complex and sophisticated and stuff to make the limit... But if I did, I quit it you can betcha. Call me an MRA or whatever, but I don't relish the thought of having Anita Sarkeesian & co. telling me what I can--and mostly can't--say. Er...write.  Er...tweet. Whatever.
   But, y'know...PC isn't a problem and doesn't exist and doesn't have much power and is just being nice anyway so there's no reason to worry and if you're against it it's because you are a straightwhitemale who wants to be able to be racist in peace. #poisoningthewell #freedomisslavery #disagreementisviolence #allyourtweetarebelongtous

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Edinburgh's "Creation of Reality Group" (CRAG)

   Unless that website is incredibly misleading, that's just embarrassing.
   Edinburgh is already notoriously the epicenter of some Very Bad Ideas, to wit "science studies" and the "strong program" in the sociology of belief (mistakenly typically called the "sociology of knowledge"). So I guess this is, in some sense, par for the course there... I mean...somebody actually wrote this:
In the last decades, we can observe a strong increase in the belief that our reality is or can be created, whether it is phenomenological, subjective or collectively shared. It is visible in popular culture, often via New Age formulations; it is present in the sciences, for example in the discourse of brain studies. It is also active in the humanities, within the diverse offspring of social constructivism, but also in politics, as a variation on democratic empowerment and community activism.
Not to mention this:
The Crag is a think-plateau on the diverse modalities of reality creation. We will try to entwine all the research disciplines around the constitution of a ‘crealist’ science, a human science of the creation of realities. The group is also conceived as a laboratory for a multidisciplinary and public ongoing seminar and an annual conference.
That, my friend, is the kind of bullshit that gives bullshit a bad name...
   And, er....that that in any way interesting? It seems like it's meant to provide evidence for the claim that believe in "reality creation" is on the increase...but that seems to be, at best, information about how many times such a thing is mentioned, whether favorably or not. It does seem to indicate percentages of some kind, so at least that bit seems reasonable...
   I'm also hesitant to take anything seriously that has such slick "production values"...but maybe that's just me...
   I'm fairly worried about academia outside the natural sciences...and this doesn't help any.

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Far Left / PC Bias In The Academy: UCLA Diversity Indoctrination Edition

Imagine an expression so incredulous that it bores right through the customary facepalm

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Duke Dirty Foul Archives: Episode MCXVIII: Grayson Allen Trips Ray Spalding

A rather extensive file...
There's a pattern here. I'm not exactly sure how it gets swept under the rug.

UNC-G Grad Student Requires Undergrads To Write "8-Page 'Commitment to Social Justice' "

There is absolutely no chance that a conservative would get away with something analogous.

Drum: Just How "Cozy" Is HRC With Wall Street?

Obama, the GOP, and Executive Orders

   The GOP has really come to love double standards. E.g. they shriek endlessly about Obama's vacations, never asking how many vacation days are normal for a President. When confronted with the fact that Bush '43 took more--a lot more--vacation days than Obama, they fumble for new arguments to defend the conclusion they want, instead of admitting error. The point is to keep their conclusion in place, not to see the facts for what they are. 
   Another thing they've made an issue of is the number of Obama's Executive Orders. However, this chart shows that Obama has issued fewer executive orders per term than Bush '43, Bush '41, and St. Ronnie of the Teleprompter. Of course the content matters as well, as one President might issue rather innocuous orders and another very ambitious ones. But the number has been an issue, and content is more difficult to compare. So it's the quantitative issue that I address here.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Northwestern Students Say Burlesque Show Insufficiently "Diverse," Violates Their "Safe Space"

If PC bullshit catches on this time, we will all live in a hellish post-post-modern distopia in ten or twenty years. If we beat it back again, people who didn't live through it will look back on this stuff in absolute astonishment.

AAUP Asks Mizzou To Lift Melissa "I Need Some Muscle" Click's Suspension

Perhaps the AAUP is just sticking to policy here. But it's hard not to worry that there's a lot of support for her and her actions after a large number of Mizzou faculty-members came to her defense.
I'm skeptical of the AAUP's actions here.

CDC's New Alcohol Recommendations Are "Slut Shaming"

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Carolina Drops Another Road Game

On the bright--or, rather, no longer horrifically lightless--side, Paige seems to be back.
But the really depressing thing is that, with the possible exception of merely covering the spread against a terrible BC team, the Heels have looked pretty mediocre for about the last six games. For awhile it looked like we were really good but slumping badly... I'm really not sure that I can honestly say that that's what it looks like anymore...

Women Fighting ISIS

B. A. M. F.s
I love these pix. Somebody find out how to contribute directly to these people. 
Damn. These are my new heroes.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Neuroscience and Free Will are Rethinking Their Divorce

Good idea, IMO...

PC Denialism: Political Correctness Is Just Niceness!

And I guess Fascism is just making the trains run on time...

The Strange (Test) Case Of Anna Stubblefield: The "Social Justice" World-View in Practice?

So there's this...
Does this tell us anything about the (misnomer alert) "social justice" crowd? Stubblefield is an outlier, of course...and such cases can't be relied upon to tell us much about the fat part of the curve... But what about the reaction to her case from the PC / SJW crowd and its penumbra of sympathizers in e.g. the arts? That is...what about this?:
A crowd of friends — mostly fellow travelers in the field of disability studies — watched the hearing from the gallery. A three-person documentary film crew gathered tape from the jury box. “I’m interested in this as a love story,” the director told me later. (Since publishing my article, I have also heard from playwrights, poets and producers. The other day, I met for tea with a composer, who described his plan to render Anna’s story as an opera, with the court transcript as his libretto.)
One uber-crackpot doesn't tell us anything, really. But the fact that that uber-crackpot apparently has a gaggle of sympathizers/supporters... What about that? Here's one of their own, using utterly discredited pseudoscience...oh...sorry...rather, a method "rejected by the mainstream scientific community" commit the ultimate crime in their eyes: rape. Rejecting science is fairly commonplace on the far left... Defending accused rapists, however, is not.
   Obviously I'm in no position to make such impressionistic judgments. My plausibility metric is all skewed to hell when it comes to the nutty left. But I'll just throw it out as food for thought. I rant and rave, you decide...

Mizzou Protesters Support Melissa "I Need Some Muscle" Click

Not good.

The New Religion of Anti-Racism Can Turn Disagreement into Heresy

   Can I get an 'amen'?
   God Bless HeterodoxAcademy.
   The link above is a kind of summary of John McWhorter's piece here.
McWhorter and HA are interested in the same kind of phenomenon I've been griping about (most recently here). It'd also gesture at the generalized point: the academic/cultural/intellectual/internet left has begun to react to dissent with respect to purely factual, non-moral issues as if such dissent constituted obviously outright and uncontroversial immorality/evil. Like others, I think that PC is basically a cult--or at least it's extremely cult-like. And calling it quasi-religious is also illuminating and near the truth.
   Of course McWhorter's words will only have any impact with the left--if they do--because he's black. If he were white, he'd be Chaitified: oh look another something something white guy something something privilege something something. (Of course that's a facet of the choice everyone faces when wondering whether they ought to join the PC cult: which side do you trust? The side that gives fairly clear arguments and thinks that race and sex are irrelevant to the evaluation of reasoning? Or the side that obfuscates with a truckload of post-post-modern gobbledygook at ever turn and thinks that the value of your reasoning is determined by the color of your skin and configuration of your genitals? Having thus clearly and dispassionately articulated the options...I leave it up to you...cough...cough...)

Mizzou Suspends Melissa "I Need Some Muscle Over Here" Click

Seems like the only sensible course of action to me.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

PC Denialism: Hellerstein, "The Phoney Debate About Political Correctness"

   This is pretty bad, and many of the standard sophistries are here, plus at least one new on in the form of a laughable study alleging to show benefits of thinking about PC. If you weren't worried about it before, you should be worried about it after discovering that anyone, anywhere, would take such a patently dopey experiment seriously...
   At least Hellerstein does admit--grudgingly, I'd say, and only briefly, before rushing back to the the denialism project--that there are some problems originating on the PC left. That's progress, I suppose, and she deserves props for that.
   No time to go through this all now, but I'll just gesture at some stuff. She notes one important anecdote about paleo-PC that was apparently made up. That's important information because the case was's not all that important...  The more important question is: what about all the non-made-up cases, of which there are many, many examples. Then there's her trip to American University. She asks students whether they're worried about PC, and they say no! So there! Then they proceed to show that they're PCs themselves by promptly talking about the need for suppression of "hate speech," the allegedly oppressive campus environment, etc.  This is like asking a bunch of people whether they're worried about American conservatives going nuts, reporting that none of them were...and then noting that what they're really concerned about is BENGHAZIBENGHAZIBENGHAZI!!!111. Only an author very deeply committed to defending the view in question would fail to notice this very obvious point.
   The left--leftier liberals and illiberal leftists--really, really, really want to convince people that there is no problem here. They're wrong about that, and, IMO, each new sophistical effort to pretend there's no problem shows just how unobjective and untrustworthy the left is about this topic.

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