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Sshh. Art is happening. Today it’s the art of Ms Nika López, seen below as she “establishes an intimate relationship” between herself and nature. Specifically, an indoor pile of dirt. Thereby, of course, permitting us to behold, “The connection with... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at davidthompson
Mark Bauerlein on Jordan Peterson and the hive-mind media: These cases typify what we might call the Peterson Effect. Peterson brings social science findings to bear on thorny matters of men and women. Those findings run against the progressive goal... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidthompson
On second thoughts, maybe not. || Mosquitoes say hello. (h/t, Damian) || Are you wearing your anti-motion-sickness spectacles? || Something overhead. || Teeny, tiny tentacles. || Two phenomena, possibly related. || Ah, those simpler times, before white people arrived. ||... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at davidthompson
Acting is about pretending. It’s also a business in which investors want to know ahead of time that they have a bankable star in the leading role. There may be other actors or actresses who would suit this part better,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidthompson
Narcissism versus reality: Update: In the comments, Rafi notes that “The difference between leftwing ‘activism’ and the zombie apocalypse gets smaller by the day.” While Randian adds, “If your cause requires bullying to get the message across perhaps it, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at davidthompson
Via Darleen, Terry Newman on life among the Mao-lings at Concordia University: For readers, Alice’s journey in Wonderland is amusing. But to be Alice is something altogether different. The experience is hard to pin down with words. With few exceptions,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at davidthompson
A stolen credit card, a convenience store and a getaway that doesn’t go quite to plan. (h/t, Gary) || The sizes of penises. Avert your eyes, ladies. || Look at these lovely kitchens instead. || Disney’s robot stunt doubles. ||... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at davidthompson
When questioned, some Hispanic students took responsibility for their own shortcomings and successes, citing the importance of hard work, rather than blaming “white privilege.” A sociology professor is not happy about this: Maria Isabel Ayala interviewed 50 Latino(a) students at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at davidthompson
Zareer Masani on artefacts, treasures and preservation: Before the British came [to India], there was no indigenous tradition of exploring or conserving antiquity. The wonderful Buddhist stupas of the Mauryan empire (circa 2nd century BC) were destroyed, abandoned and forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at davidthompson
Thanks to various chores and social obligations, I haven’t had time to compile the usual batch of findings for the weekend. But by all means throw together your own pile of links and oddities in the comments. I’ll set the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at davidthompson
Via Tim Newman and lifted from the comments, a tale of metropolitan woe: A common enough occurrence, especially in London. But Laurie has assured us, repeatedly and emphatically, that opportunist theft – of trainers, phones, laptops and such - is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at davidthompson
And I can’t think when it’s hot. Hence, yay, open thread. Feel free to share links of possible interest and then bicker about them. I’m assuming, by the way, that we’ve all checked this week’s pyramid of white supremacy, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at davidthompson
Apparently, black men are the new white men and should be scorned and silenced accordingly: It’s strange just how often this “intersectionality” business looks an awful lot like a caste system, a hierarchy, in which a person’s standing and moral... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at davidthompson
Tardis take-off caught on camera. || Cat love. (h/t, Damian) || When vortex rings collide. || Levitation. || When lava puts its foot down. || Alice and her pig. || The unexplained dancing plague and other epidemics. || In praise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at davidthompson
Further to the first item here, on the academic taboo of affirming bourgeois values, Ben Weingarten interviews the woman at the heart of that particular storm, law professor Amy Wax: Ben Weingarten: There was controversy over your first piece and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at davidthompson
Meet the academic left, part 3,047. In which a Cambridge lecturer in “postcolonial studies” complains, publicly and at length, about being addressed by a college porter as “madam,” as is the custom. It’s racist, apparently. And yes, the madam in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at davidthompson
Time, I think, for a visit to the pages of Everyday Feminism, where Ms Ixty Quintanilla is turning her mind to matters ectoplasmic: I spoke with several individuals who each channel their ancestral spirituality in different ways and asked them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at davidthompson
Heather Mac Donald on leftist contradictions: The same left-wing establishment that in the morning rails against American oppression of an ever-expanding number of victim groups in the afternoon denounces the U.S. for not giving unlimited access to foreign members of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at davidthompson
Everything is racist. Just confess, for God’s sake. [ Added, via the comments: ] So, to summarise. If you dismiss people based solely on their skin colour, that’s racist. But if you don’t dismiss people based solely on their skin... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at davidthompson
Meme history. Do scroll down. || Mapping hell. || Where Canadians live. || On the relativistic addition of velocity. And yes, there will be a test. || Oh dear, bad luck. || Barbed wire telephony. || Today’s word is inadvisable.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at davidthompson
An open thread, that is - our second in 11 years. Feel free to share links of possible interest and then bicker about them. Our first attempt, a moment of great daring and historic import, included testicle-based snacks, toilet paper... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at davidthompson
So anyway, there’s a large, lavish room in which wealthy and statusful people are giving each other prizes. Then, rather incongruously, a particularly wealthy and statusful person steps onto the stage and shouts “Fuck Trump!” At which point, the other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at davidthompson
Do try this at home and let us know how it goes. || Giants among us. || Made of chocolate. || Kitchen contentment. || Cosplay of note. || I can’t be entirely sure, but I think he’s looking at you.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at davidthompson
Andy Ngo on paying the price for other people’s intersectional piety: [Portland bakery owner, John] Blomgren’s chronology matches and corroborates [his employees’] version of events. However, having established that his staff had done nothing wrong did not alter Blomgren’s decision... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at davidthompson
“On your interest in young men, particularly on the young male in Western societies… I think that’s your focus – I think it’s fair to say that your focus is on how men feel in society…” “No, I don’t think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at davidthompson