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Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a conservative student at a small, low-key meeting of College Republicans in a space you’ve booked in advance, in the campus library, when suddenly a crowd of indignant leftists force their way in and... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at davidthompson
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Heather Mac Donald on “diversity” voodoo’s encroachment on science and technology: Columbia’s vice provost for faculty diversity and inclusion regurgitates another classic of diversity boilerplate to justify this enormous waste of funds. “The reality is that you can’t really achieve... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at davidthompson
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This is exactly how I do it. (h/t, Holborn) || A problem you’ll want to have: To span or to stack? (h/t, Elephants Gerald) || Universal Paperclips is a game. Think of it as a test of endurance. (Remember this?)... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidthompson
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Heather Mac Donald on “diversity” pseudoscience: Few academic ideas have been as eagerly absorbed into public discourse in recent years as “implicit bias.” Embraced by a president, a would-be president, and the nation’s top law-enforcement official, the implicit-bias conceit has... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidthompson
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Patrons are reminded that this rickety barge is kept afloat by the kindness of strangers. If you’d like to help it remain buoyant for a while longer, there’s an orange button below with which to monetise any love. Debit and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at davidthompson
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Katherine Kersten on leftist dogma versus educational standards: For years, the Edina Public Schools have been one of the brightest stars of Minnesota public education… But today, test scores are sinking. One in five Edina High School students can’t read... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at davidthompson
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As I was pushed for time this week, you’ll have to throw together your own pile of links and oddities in the comments. However, I’ll set the ball rolling with a demonstration of stealth, how to deal with lawn pimples,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at davidthompson
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For newcomers, more items from the archives: But Why Aren’t People Rushing To Buy My Art? In which we brave the bleeding edge of conceptual performance. For those who may be confounded by the profundity of the piece, a handy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at davidthompson
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Further to this video of the hat-stealing, drunk-driving, threat-making racist and Angry Studies devotee Edith Macias, Jennifer Kabbany has more: Peers of the young Latina woman who swiped the hat, Edith Macias, have rallied to her defence, demanding the university... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at davidthompson
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Jim Goad on rappers, shootings and bullet-hole cred: In late October 2005, a rapper named Cam’ron took three bullets in an attempted DC carjacking. When a reporter asked him for a quote as he was leaving Howard University Hospital, Cam’ron... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at davidthompson
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If you laugh at this, you’re a terrible, terrible person. Via Damian. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at davidthompson
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Twist. (h/t, Holborn) || “Syrian paralysis cheese” and other translation errors. || Scenes from a small planet called Earth, specifically South Tyrol in the Alps. || Today’s word is precocious. Also, turn the bloody phone round. || Ambition. || Berlin,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at davidthompson
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In case you missed it, via Rafi in the comments: “The performative shit is done,” says she, performatively. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at davidthompson
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Richard Bledsoe on high culture: Pity the poor Hirshhorn Museum. They occupy a prime piece of real estate, right on the National Mall in the wretched hive of scum and villainy, Washington, DC. And yet, as a museum dedicated to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at davidthompson
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Or, Hysterical Woman Is Hysterical: Hate speech… makes one wish one was dead or worse had never been born, the ultimate existential black hole. Hate speech is a speech act that can harm the central nervous system, it can result... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at davidthompson
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It’s a good-news-bad-news story: Several Hurricane Irma victims called a 1-800 number for help and were offered phone sex instead of hurricane relief assistance. It’s very kind, I’m sure, but perhaps now isn’t the time. The Miami Herald reported that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at davidthompson
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“This Fall, lightning strikes three times!” || This. (h/t, Julia) || That. || A bit of the other. || At last, a miracle breakthrough in atomised butter consumption. || Always respect the media. || Merging, self-healing ‘bots. || Man’s best... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at davidthompson
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Further to comments in this thread here, regarding Dr Michael Isaacson, an adjunct professor who specialises in “anti-capitalist economic theories,” further details have emerged regarding the loud and relentless buzzing noise inside his head: The Daily Caller was alerted… to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at davidthompson
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First, the bad news: Today’s college students are tomorrow’s attorneys, teachers, professors, policymakers, legislators, and judges. If, for example, a large fraction of college students believe, however incorrectly, that offensive speech is unprotected by the First Amendment, that view will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at davidthompson
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Further to the last item here, and various rumblings in the comments, here’s Nanette Asimov on The Screeching Left versus Ben Shapiro (and anyone who wants to engage him in debating ideas): For many protesters, the specifics of what the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at davidthompson
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In other news, Officials in Manatee County, Florida are under fire after an interpreter for the deaf warned about pizza and monsters during an emergency briefing related to Hurricane Irma… Members of the deaf community said [amateur interpreter, Marshall] Greene... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at davidthompson
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So how was your day at work, darling? (h/t, Damian) || Upgrade. || Her dessert is much fancier than yours. || Nun armed with chainsaw does her bit to help. || Trek nerdology. || A taste of New York. ||... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at davidthompson
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Speaking of sociology and its clown school connotations: I will gladly sow gender confusion in kids. It’s my duty to. So says Colin Cremin, a sociology lecturer who uses the workplace - and his colleagues and students - in order... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at davidthompson
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A Harvard-educated sociology professor named Crystal Fleming - whose areas of expertise include “critical race theory” and “mindfulness and spirituality” – wishes to share her wisdom. Specifically, that we shouldn’t judge people who smash the windows of local stores and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at davidthompson
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Further to this item here, on the academic heresy of affirming bourgeois values, Aryssa Damron has more: The National Lawyers Guild chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Law School condemned Penn professor Amy Wax’s recent op-ed, in which Wax, along... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at davidthompson
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