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Toni Airaksinen notes an interesting expansion of the Clown Quarter ethos: The leader of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education recently declared that academic “rigour” reinforces “white male heterosexual privilege.” “One of rigour’s purposes is, to put it bluntly, a... Continue reading
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Ed West on the ghosts of Christmas yet to come: I’ve noticed these ‘diversity bollards’ popping up everywhere, without a word spoken about it… Does anyone in a position of power believe this is going to get better and these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidthompson
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Seduction is afoot. Via Holborn. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at davidthompson
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Heavy metal weather. || Murmuration. || The molecular mechanics of cell division. || A world of data. || In search of hidden dimensions. || The man who created Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. (h/t, Obnoxio) || The first man-made... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at davidthompson
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Heather Mac Donald on a certain newspaper of record: The day after the New York Times informed its readers about the “professional” world of astrology, it ran a front-page story about ICE agents’ alleged reign of terror in Atlanta, Ga.,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at davidthompson
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Christmas music is emotionally damaging and a hazard to our health. Yes, the Guardian’s signature inversion of the festive spirit has once again started to blossom: ‘Tis the season when you can recite every single word of It’s the Most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at davidthompson
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Yet again, we find that the victim group du jour’s distress is not predicated on any overt act of exclusion or discrimination, but upon the group’s own internal emotional hang-ups. So writes R Sherman in the comments, regarding this latest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at davidthompson
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Some Nth-level virtue-signalling: Via Farnsworth M Muldoon in the comments. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at davidthompson
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Yes, I know, you’re getting another glorious opportunity to throw together your own pile of links and oddities in the comments. Oh, don’t pull that face. Besides, you’re getting pretty good at it. I’ll set the ball rolling with an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at davidthompson
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With the season of bonhomie fast approaching, patrons are reminded that any festive shopping done via the following Amazon links – here for the UK and here for the US – results in a small fee for your host at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at davidthompson
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At Ballou High School, Washington, DC, it would appear that miracles happen: Teachers... say they often had students on their rosters they barely knew because the students almost never attended class. And yet, this year, every student of suitable age,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at davidthompson
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More lifting from the comments, where, following this post, we were discussing how to spot good intentions, however dire their actual consequences: If we set aside the explicitly sadistic and murderous fantasies of Marx and Engels, and Lenin and Trotsky... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at davidthompson
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Lifted from the comments because… well, see for yourself: It may take a second. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at davidthompson
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Further to this Kafkaesque episode, Lindsay Shepherd explains the difficulties of dealing with the Mao-ling mentality: I know absolutely nothing [about my accuser or the accusation]. I don’t know how many people complained; I don’t know if it’s something specific... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at davidthompson
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Code brown and hairy. || Tricky conditions. || A delicate touch. (h/t, Obnoxio) || Today’s word is segue. (h/t, Ben) || In defiance of gravity. || An ongoing index of every physical record shop. || Pastries of note. || It’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at davidthompson
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Lifted from the comments, some scenes from the University of California, Irvine, where great minds reveal themselves: Resistance is saying “fuck this,” you know, “fuck the police,” or whoever the fuck you invited over here and then listen to us,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at davidthompson
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I understand your positionality… but the reality is it has created a toxic climate… an unsafe learning environment for students… It’s like neutrally playing a speech by Hitler. That feeling when you’re a teaching assistant and in your communications class... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at davidthompson
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Tariq Khan is a PhD candidate at the University [of Illinois] and has taught courses such as “Constructing Race in America” and “U.S. Gender History since 1877.” He is also involved with various anarchist and communist organisations including Black Rose... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at davidthompson
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モッツァレラ の 歌 Via Elephants Gerald. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at davidthompson
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Interrupted house. (h/t, Captain Nemo) || Continue the research. (h/t, Damian) || Re:scam is a service to irritate scammers. || She mingles and hobnobs like you wouldn’t believe. (h/t, Simen) || On H Tracy Hall and the invention of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at davidthompson
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Law professor Adam MacLeod on undoing the ‘progressive’ miseducation of his students: Slapping a label on the box without first opening the box and examining its contents is a form of cheating. Worse, it prevents you from discovering the treasures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at davidthompson
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Lifted from the comments, an intriguing choice of adjective: This discovery of general preference, some 71%, is not only deemed “alarming,” but also “startling,” and what’s more, it apparently constitutes a “masculinity crisis within the LGBTQ community.” Says a website... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at davidthompson
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Cat kneads bread. || His garbage chute says no. || Action figure of note. || The future is now. || Beneath that old yellow varnish. || Assorted, temporary snow globes. || Samorost 3 is a game. || Why toenails and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at davidthompson
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And then this happened. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at davidthompson
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Toby Young on things you mustn’t acknowledge, even politely, at least among educators: Unfortunately, [education charity] Teach First decided my blog was unacceptable. In spite of the fact that it was billed as part of a ‘debate’, and appeared alongside... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at davidthompson
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