monitoring ideological nonsense and relevant contemporary insanity

Reply Fri 15 Sep, 2017 10:03 pm
Blatham started a thread with a similar title to this one and it has had remarkable longevity and widespread participation, but it feels like it's running out of gas...at least for me. Despite the inclusion of "and relevant contemporary events" in the title" there seems to have been a common aversion recently expressed to any post that isn't focused on criticising, mocking or shrieking in horror at President Plump, tRump, The Orange Orangutan or any of the many other sophomoric monikers being used to refer to the president.

I know when I'm not wanted, and so I have decided to start this thread for topics which I find notable. interesting, infuriating and amusing. Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute whatever happens to strike their fancies.

You can even go off on tRump if you think there isn't enough of it going on in blatham's thread...how can I stop you?

I intend to focus on news that supports the notion that our society is going to hell in a handbasket. That's the general theme of the thread, but again post whatever you want. (I suspect that hightor will rush to participate since he so loves criticism of Political Correctness Wink )

First up:


Well that's what Chelsea Manning deduced from the recent development.

From the article

(Dean) Elmendorf decided to withdraw the invitation after realizing that “many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific,” though the school had not intended to “honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”

Of course many people view the Visiting Fellow title that way. It's intended to be an honorific. Manning was still invited to come to the school and speak at the John F Kennedy Jr Forum so despite her all too predictable wailing in her new role as Celebrity Victim, her voice has not been silenced, transgenders haven't been broadly insulted, and if she truly has "something to add to the conversation," she still can. She's just not getting the honorific she wanted and with it a platform to advance her new career, so she's pissed. Plus this is precisely the way Celebrity Victims are supposed to react to such slights: Tweeting one snarky complaint after another about how she's been marginalized and made to feel unwanted.

Obama commuted her sentence, he didn't exonerate her of all charges on which she was convicted. Unfortunately, regardless of what his intent was, in doing so the perception that she was somehow ruled innocent of wrongdoing was the predicatble result. Comparing her to other whistleblowers didn't help of course and makes one think that the then President of the United States didn't really think her crimes were all that bad, if bad at all.

What's going to be interesting now is how liberals square this with their new found love of the CIA. Critics of the move are of, of course, asserting that Harvard bent under pressure from the CIA. Maybe it did or maybe it just listened to reason and the arguments of the former and current agency Directors, but if the Agency is actually stifling free speech through bullying tactics because it has an ax to grind with Manning, why should we believe it's motives have been entirely pristine when it comes to tRump?

Well largely because we want to believe it is on the straight and narrow with Trump and to be able to, at the same time, believe its being underhanded and oppressive in terms of a transgender Victim.

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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2017 10:02 am

When you can't stand your comrade-in-arms because he's white and has racism in his DNA.
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2017 10:14 am

Reality Winner wants out of prison because she can't get good kosher-vegan.

(No she's not the last winner of the Kentucky Derby, she's the traitorous leaker)
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Tue 24 Oct, 2017 09:57 am

Gutierrez argues that subjects like algebra and geometry, which relate to arithmetic, also perpetuate racism and white privilege. She worries that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Gutierrez claims that the importance of math skills in the real world also places what she calls an “unearned privilege” for those who are good at it. Because most math teachers in the United States are white, white people stand to benefit from their grasp of the subject disproportionate to members of other races.

How utterly absurd.

Here's the solution: Forbid whites from teaching math and taking it a step further, forbid white kids from learning math. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes (this one gets a triple eye-roll)
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Reply Tue 24 Oct, 2017 11:47 am
Society is not going to hell or anywhere else. Society is fine.

The 24-hour news cycle and everyone knowing everything abdout everyone around them has led to an appearance of society sliding down an ever increasing slippery slope. The problem is that it is really only 5-10% of society.

Most peoplr could care less about knowing everything about everyone. They don't live on the internet and they don't try to spread their ideology across the aether. Instead, they lead their lives and are for the most part... happy.

These people are the ones mocked in Starbucks on either coast. Degraded on late night TV and ignored in the modern press.

Society is fine.
Finn dAbuzz
Reply Tue 24 Oct, 2017 04:45 pm
I disagree but hey it's open for discussion.

BTW - I gave you the thumbs up...for breaking the pact not to respond to one of my threads. Very Happy
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Mon 30 Oct, 2017 11:05 am

A plaque honoring George Washington makes some congregants feel unsafe.
Reply Mon 30 Oct, 2017 12:24 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
I read about that.

Soon all mention of George will be eliminated and his face will no longer be on any currency. Quite a few of the early leaders of this nation will find their names scrubbed from history books as well.

It may even reach a fever pitch, wherein men named George will have to change their name and anyone who dares attempt to name a new child George will be tried for treason (among other things).
Finn dAbuzz
Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2017 03:51 pm
The absurdity is that in the 18th Century, everyone (throughout the world) was a racist.

Deposit Washington in 2017 and he would very quickly come around.

This sort of temporal PC sh*t is ridiculous.
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