Thursday, June 02, 2016

"I believe the children are our future..."

Reading - Spring 2016.

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn by Ace Atkins
Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
The Getaway God: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey
Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey
The Wild Diet by Abel James
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy by Adam Carolla 
Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good by Kevin Smith
Growing Up Gronk: A Family's Story of Raising Champions by Gordon Gronkowski
The God's Eye by Barry Eisler

Lazarus: The First Collection Hardcover & Lazarus: The Second Collection Hardcover by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
Postal Volume 1 by Bryan Edward Hill, Matt Hawkins and Isaac Goodhart
The Multiversity, Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison and various artists

"Feelings are more important than facts. Sensitivity is more important than truth... And safety is more important than fun."

"For lack of a better term I would say that the the feminine values are the values of America."

The Medium is the Message |: "We get frustrated because women communicate differently than we do. Women communicate covertly, men communicate overtly. Men convey information, women convey feeling. Men prioritize content, women prioritize context. One of the great obfuscations fostered by feminization in the last quarter-century is this expectation that women are every bit as rational and inclined to analytical problem solving as men. It’s result of an equalist mentality that misguides men into believing that women communicate no differently than men. That’s not to discount women as problem solvers in their own right, but it flies in the face how women set about a specifically feminine form of communication. 

Scientific study after study illustrating the natural capacity women have for exceptionally complex forms of communication (to the point of proving their neural pathways are wired differently) are proudly waved in by a feminized media as proof of women’s innate merits, yet as men, we’re expected to accept that she “means what she says, and she says what she means.” While more than a few women like to wear this as a badge of some kind of superiority, it doesn’t necessarily mean that what they communicate is more important, or how they communicate it is more efficient, just that they have a greater capacity to understand nuances of communication better than do men. One of the easiest illustrations of this generational gender switch is to observe the communication methods of the “strong” women the media portray in popular fiction today. How do we know she’s a strong woman? The first cue is she communicates in an overt, information centered, masculine manner. 

...a social order founded on feminine primacy was going to standardize its own way of communicating as the correct way. The ostensible reasoning is that, from a desire for gender parity in society, men must abandon their blunt, artless and simplistic, yet overbearing and egotistic way of communication and adopt women’s more meaningful, emotive and insightful covert way. Of course, it’s men who see this ruse for what it is and either refuse to capitulate or simply don’t realize they’re supposed to talk like women."


6/1- squats, leg press, situps
5/31 - bench, bw row, facepulls, ovh tri-xt, hammer curls
5/30 - stretch, deadlift, press, chins, pushdowns, pulldowns

"...findings showing a link between long hours of non-maternal care for young children and aggressive behaviour." - The Daycare Generation

Daycare generation are now the students throwing tantrums over safe spaces: "Then, it occurred to me that this generation of students were probably the first to be put in heavy-duty long hours in nursery care. And this, dear reader is what we produce. Not robust adults thirsting for challenge and rigour, but tender toddler-adults making obscene demands and throwing tantrums when denied it. We know long hours in nursery care can cause aggression, and we certainly have that from the Social Justice Warriors. 

“Milo Yiannopoulos’s event at DePaul University had to be cut short Tuesday night after protesters stormed the stage, blew whistles, grabbed the microphone out of the interviewer’s hand, and threatened to punch Yiannopoulos in the face.” 

 There is also the infamous case of the shrieking girl bellowing at a Yale University professor because he did not protect her from Halloween costumes. (That is not a joke). The students sought an apology ‘for their hurt’ and told the professor that his job was ‘to create a space of comfort and home’ as opposed to a space of intellectual challenge, curiosity and investigation. This shrieking girl bellows that university was “not about creating an intellectual space but creating a home here,” and that he should step down from his position as master...  Now, I don’t know if these individual students endured serious daycare time, but I do know that in April 2001, in the US the National Institute of Child Health and Development released findings showing a link between long hours of non-maternal care for young children and aggressive behaviour...

Toddlers who do long hours in nursery care are not only more aggressive, but also insecure. If you have doting, devoted mummy replaced by 21-year-old harassed daycare worker, you just do not get the same attention. You have to compete with all the other little hitters for attention... So if they did not have that safe space of mother’s love on hand when little, is it really so surprising the students grow up to be ‘adults’ desperately seeking it now?"

"What are you doing giving change to homeless people?"

  "They can't be trusted.  What you do is you send the money to us.  We'll make sure they get it."

"Not one for the politically correct masses, or the easily offended. Topics discussed. Heavy Metal, War on Terror, Non Conformity, Israel, Palestine, Lady Gaga, Jobs, Homeless, Political Correctness, Jesus, and so much more..."

"A good liar must have a good memory. Kissinger is a stupendous liar with a remarkable memory." - Christopher Hitchens

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) is a documentary film inspired by Christopher Hitchens' 2001 book The Trial of Henry Kissinger, examining war crimes claimed to have been done by Henry Kissinger, the National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford."

"If white people are evil, why are you allowed to write about how evil they are?"

Open Letter to Journalists (How to Save Journalism): "Go draw a picture of Mohammed or say Muslims are evil. See how that works for you. Whites, especially working class whites, don’t have people speaking on their behalf. National Review even wrote multiple articles saying that the white working class deserves to die. While giving a voice to the voiceless is the “right” thing to do, it’s also a way to build your personal brand...

Speaking “truth to power” means taking on powerful individuals, not random white people. You learned in journalism classes that “speaking truth to power” means taking on poor white people because whites have structural privilege. (I know all of your stupid arguments. They aren’t hard to comprehend.) 

...Don’t hunt people based on “structural privilege” you learned about in Social Justice Journalism 101. Take on people who abuse their actual wealth and power to harm the innocent."

#TheStruggle "What’s left when you stop letting people talk about their childhood or how their parents failed them decades ago?"

End of the Road. What to Expect and How to Spot Them: "Nothing to Talk About: Unless you’re out with friends to meet other new people, you’re not going to have much to say in one on one conversations. You’ll come off as eccentric already. Most people have many issues they want to vent about while your entire goal is finding new challenges or sources of entertainment (dopamine rush without the health impacts)..."

What Happens When You Become Successful?: "3) Nothing to Talk About: Unless you’re out with friends to meet other new people, you’re not going to have much to say in one on one conversations...

Most people want to share their frustrations with the world with you. That’s all a “conversation” is. If you eliminate gossip, what is there to talk about? What’s left when you stop letting people talk about their childhood or how their parents failed them decades ago? I have a few people in my life who keep pushing their limits and thus offer legitimate conversation..."

King Tut's Space Dagger.

The movie writes itself.  King Tut Was Buried With a Dagger of "Extraterrestrial Origin" | The Daily Grail: "Iron meteorites are mostly made of Fe and Ni, with minor quantities of Co, P, S, and C, and trace amounts of other siderophile and chalcophile elements...The Ni content in the bulk metal of most iron meteorites ranges from 5 wt% to 35 wt%, whereas it never exceeds 4 wt% in historical iron artifacts from terrestrial ores produced before the 19th century."

Monday, May 30, 2016

"Or work. Work hard. Work will save you."

» A duty to work Early Retirement Extreme: "Occasionally, albeit rarely, I get a comment that one has a duty to work insofar one able-bodied vis-a-vis able-brained. This is a fairly complex comment which suggests either socialist or collectivist beliefs, that is, everybody has a duty to work and a right to eat in the sense that first and foremost people have a right to eat and those who can work therefore have a duty to feed them; or it suggests a protestant work ethic in which work somehow brings salvation; or lately, that I have to perform the sacrifice of working because my ancestors did so — this conceivably has to do with the modernistic myth of linear progression (our culture is the best because it is the most recent?!) and manifest destiny. 

Incidentally, I do not believe in any of those...

I have noticed similar expectations when it comes to being able to work harder or more efficiently. At one point I was working in a storehouse unpacking chain wheels and I noticed that I was about 50% faster than the other two guys. As they were unpacking 3 crates together, I was unpacking two. Yet, we were paid the same. The difference can be rather large. If you are paid by the hour and you are paid the same as the other and much slower guys, you might scale down your effort. Alternatively, if you were paid by the crate, you could go home much sooner. However, if work is a duty, you should work as hard as you can regardless of whether others are slacking. The argument gets even weirder when the only “valuable” work is work that gets compensated with wages. 

I think much of the work in our culture is merely a more sophisticated manifestation of Keynes’s idea of digging holes and filling them up again. This is considered honest work even though it produces nothing aside from entropy which is paid for by government stimulus checks or someone slowly going bankrupt...

Perhaps, the best example I can think of to illustrate the insanity of “work as a good/duty” is tribal people. Yes, they hunt and forage, but they only do so to feed and clothe themselves. Once they have done so, there is no need to hunt more or cut down more plants. In fact doing so would be considered a great evil. Yet, in our society producing and taken more than we can use is considered a virtue. Perhaps it would be if it wasn’t so destructive to our long term well being. In the developed world, we have so far been fairly isolated from all this since we have managed to outsource our worst and most polluting kinds of industries, but elsewhere, in developing countries (that may never develop) and in nature and the climate, they are certainly feeling the effects of our duties. No, a duty to work is not inherently and unequivocally good."

"Freedom is a multifaceted construct which extends beyond political ideology."

Sunday, May 29, 2016

“We have gone way beyond political correctness and are seeing a real decline in critical thinking..."

"If you don't know the difference between quoting a word and hurling an epithet, then you don’t know how to think.”

Solid piece.  Falls apart a bit with its recount of the "Triggering" with Milo & Sommers, which I watched - and it doesn't jibe with the way it's written - but still, the broad strokes are strong.

The Battle Against ‘Hate Speech’ on College Campuses Gives Rise to a Generation That Hates Speech: "During his 18 years as president of Lebanon Valley College during the middle of the past century, Clyde Lynch led the tiny Pennsylvania liberal arts institution through the tribulations of the Great Depression and World War II, then raised $550,000 to build a new gymnasium before he died in 1950. In gratitude, college trustees named that new building after him.Neither Lynch nor those trustees could have predicted there would come a day when students would demand that his name be stripped from the Lynch Memorial Hall because the word lynch has “racial overtones.” But that day did come. Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week When playwright Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues, which premiered in 1996 and has been performed thousands of times by actors, celebrities and college students, she probably did not foresee a day when a performance of her feminist agitprop would be canceled because it was offensive to “women without vaginas.” And yet that day did come—at Mount Holyoke, one of the nation’s premier women’s colleges...

Graduates of the Class of 2016 are leaving behind campuses that have become petri dishes of extreme political correctness and heading out into a world without trigger warnings, safe spaces and free speech zones, with no rules forbidding offensive verbal conduct or microaggressions, and where the names of cruel, rapacious capitalists are embossed in brass and granite on buildings across the land. Baby seals during the Canadian hunting season may have a better chance of survival...

Their degrees look the same as ever, but in recent years the programs of study behind them have been altered to reflect the new sensitivities. Books now come with trigger warnings—a concept that originated on the internet to warn people with post-traumatic stress disorder (veterans, child abuse survivors) of content that might “trigger” a past trauma. Columbia’s English majors were opting out of reading Ovid (trigger: sexual assault), and some of their counterparts at Rutgers declined an assignment to study Virginia Woolf (trigger: suicidal ideation). 

Political science graduates from Modesto Junior College might have shied away from touching a copy of the U.S. Constitution in public, since a security guard stopped one of them from handing it out because he was not inside a 25-square-foot piece of concrete 30 yards away from the nearest walkway designated as the “free speech zone”—a space that needed to be booked 30 days in advance. Graduates of California public universities found it hard to discuss affirmative action policies, as administrators recently added such talk to a list of “microaggressions”—subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or other nondominant group that unintentionally reinforce a stereotype...

Judges have interpreted the First Amendment broadly, giving Americans some of the most expansive rights of speech in the world. But over the past two decades, and especially the past few years, American college administrators and many students have sought to confine speech to special zones and agitated for restrictions on language in classrooms as well. To protect undergrads from the discomfort of having to hear disagreeable ideas and opinions, administrators and students—and the U.S. Department of Education—have been reframing speech as “verbal conduct” that potentially violates the civil rights of minorities and women.American college campuses are starting to resemble George Orwell’s Oceania with its Thought Police, or East Germany under the Stasi. 

College newspapers have been muzzled and trashed, and students are disciplined or suspended for “hate speech,” while exponentially more are being shamed and silenced on social media by their peers. Professors quake at the possibility of accidentally offending any student and are rethinking syllabi and restricting class discussions to only the most anodyne topics. A Brandeis professor endured a secret administrative investigation for racial harassment after using the word wetback in class while explaining its use as a pejorative...

Springtime—the commencement-speech time of year—is now dubbed “disinvitation season.” Students and faculty debate the moral fitness of announced commencement speakers on social media and engage in bitter fights over whether even mildly controversial speakers deserve to be behind a podium. Some disinvite themselves. Christine LaGarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund and one of the most powerful women on the planet, canceled a speech at Smith, one of America’s pre-eminent women’s colleges, after a Facebook protest against her by some students and faculty for her connection to “global capitalists.” Those who turn up can find themselves facing a heckler’s veto, as mild-mannered University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau discovered in 2014 when he had the temerity to show up at tiny Haverford College without first apologizing for how his campus cops had treated Occupy Wall Streeters...

The rape victim services on many campuses, intended to protect young victims from further emotional and psychological damage, have evolved into cults of coddling in which no one dares question a “survivor’s” account. Good intentions have gone so awry that young men are routinely labeled rapists without due process.The presumption of female victimhood inherent in many campus sexual harassment codes prompted Northwestern University feminist film and culture professor Laura Kipnis to pen an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education headlined “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.” She ridiculed campus sexual harassment guidelines as “feminism hijacked by melodrama” and identified an “obsession with helpless victims and powerful predators” behind the new policy. “Students were being encouraged to regard themselves as such exquisitely sensitive creatures that an errant classroom remark could impede their education, as such hothouse flowers that an unfunny joke was likely to impede their education.”

“What we are seeing is not just phobias about language,” Kaminer says. “We have gone way beyond political correctness and are seeing a real decline in critical thinking. If you don't know the difference between quoting a word and hurling an epithet, then you don’t know how to think.”"