Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Clipfile - February 19, 2015

‘‘Victimhood is insidious.  It gives one permission to fail with minimal effort.’’ - ‘‘Timid1’’

‘‘The chains of defining yourself as a victim are a tourniquet wrapped around the soul.’’ - Sarah Hoyt

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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Clipfile - February 18, 2015

‘‘...The left’s entire mode of interacting with the world can be seen as a series of attempts to find something OTHER THAN competence that can be turned into success.

Union Seniority.

Tenure.

The Welfare State.

They all are a rebellion
[against] the idea that people should gain rewards to the extent that they actually contribute productively to a task.

They like Ivy League credentials better than they like demonstrated competence for the same reason medieval nobles liked blood lines and disdained trade.  Actually DOING things is disreputable, ‘‘rootless,’’ and unkind, and the people who DO things are not to be trusted.’’

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Monday, 16 February 2015

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Clipfile - February 16, 2015

‘‘We live in a time in which it is said about Dresden, ‘never again,’ and about Auschwitz, ‘it’s complicated.’  Among certain Europeans, at least, and those Americans who ape their attitudes.’’

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Monday, 09 February 2015

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Clipfile - February 9, 2015

‘‘Science, like all things human, suffers from its own successes.  [Once] ...its celebrity became a brand, ...that brand was splashed all over lots of con games and outright fabrications in order to sell the masses on one collectivist folly after another.’’ - David Calderwood

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Monday, 02 February 2015

In Passing

‘‘Messaging the yokels’’


139 I hear some of the Super Bowl ads were pretty bad.... Since I didn’t watch, were they?
Posted by: hello, it’s Me Donna ....again at February 02, 2015 11:00 AM (Bn6aD)


Well, Nationwide decided to set its current brand on fire which was a bold strategy, Cotton.
Posted by: alexthechick - I’ll stop attention whoring when you start listening at February 02, 2015 11:02 AM (mf5HN)

60 You are all going to drown in a bathtub.

Have a good day.
Posted by: Nationwide is on your side at February 02, 2015 10:43 AM (wg9gY)

157 Well, Nationwide decided to set its current brand on fire which was a bold strategy, Cotton.
Posted by: alexthechick - I’ll stop attention whoring when you start listening at February 02, 2015 11:02 AM (mf5HN)


Because nothing sells like dead children! -Nationwide marketing department.
Posted by: physics geek at February 02, 2015 11:05 AM (MT22W)

191Because nothing sells like dead children!

Yeah, especially [to the] parents of dead children who got an unexpected sucker-punch during the Super Bowl.

Thought you were going to kick back for a football game and party w/friends?  Hah!  We’re going to remind you you’ll never do that or anything else that’s fun w/your kid.  You’re welcome for ‘‘raising your awareness’’ and ‘‘starting the conversation!!’’
Posted by: Lizzy at February 02, 2015 11:12 AM (ABcz/)

225But just because you can recognize a trend doesn’t mean you need to base an ad campaign on it.

Saw some Nationwide people interviewed on CNN.  They were just like SJWs - they claim they didn’t want to sell insurance, the wanted to raise awareness and start a conversation on safety.  Basically, they wanted to lecture to parents that they should take better care of their kids (so they don’t have to pay out the insurance?).

It was the exact same goal as the ‘‘Run like a girl’’ ad: let me interrupt your super bowl fun to lecture you on what I think you should be talking about.
Posted by: Lizzy at February 02, 2015 11:19 AM (ABcz/)

237 @191 Lizzy, I thought the same thing.  I know 3 families that lost kids to accidental deaths or illness and they live day to freaking day missing them.  I cannot imagine the pain parents who lose children go through.  For some insipid marketing ‘‘social’’ messaging, Nationwide crossed a line.  How come no social messaging about living off the dole your whole life and hating whitey, or blacks that try to lift themselves up?  A social message maybe on paid trouble-makers inciting riots for their own cause at the expense of the fabric of community.

No social message about demonizing false rapey allegations and how it often ruins the life of the accused.  Or the one about poor and downtrodden foreigners being enticed to break our immigration laws and get public assistance at the expense of everyone that plays by the rules.

Thanks Nationwide for showing us what happens when your marketing dept is full of social warriors and probably all under the age of 30.  Plus it shows they secretly harbor disdain for Red-State football fans that want to enjoy a game and the fun of friends... no, no... we must message to the yokels... for their own good.
Posted by: yip at February 02, 2015 11:26 AM (84SRe)
It’s all about scoring points with the politically correct.


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In Passing

Off key


116  Jeep: Nothing says AMERICA! better than showing Chinese scenery and a commie Woodie Guthrie song.
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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Clipfile - January 28, 2015

‘‘Neither party in this country really wants the middle class to wake up and seize control.  Democrats can talk about it because they know they won’t rouse it.  Republicans can’t talk about it for fear that they will.’’

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

In Passing

We can do SJW, too!

Mock them mercilessly  Dept

From the comments here:
• TheLincolnian
This article suggests that Plato and Aristotle were Italian.

As a Greek-American, I am deeply offended.  Italian imperialists conquered and colonized my ancestral homeland for centuries.  I was so triggered I found it difficult to focus on the rest of the article.

— The class read "Plato and Aristotle, … Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault,” i.e., "economically privileged white males from five imperial countries (England, France, Germany, Italy and the United States).”  (Not sure who the American is …)

• ASCB
Excellent post!  I’m Italian and on behalf of the Roman Empire I apologize.  But I, too, am offended: Greece colonized Sicily at some point.  I don’t recall when or for how long but I do know that I’m terribly outraged.

Another good point you made: who’s the American?  I guess they’re confusing the Englishman Locke with an American Founding Father.  I guess Google isn’t available in California.

Finally, they don’t like Foucault?  Really?  His whole argument was that logic and reason were fantasies made up by rich white men to keep them rich.  You’d think they’d recognize their ideas’ progenitor.  Also, I think Foucault may have been gay; if so, this editorial clearly is homophobic.

• Alastor
In that Foucault is arguably best-known as a swinger, I’m astonished that he is not on the Approved List!

• Reynardine
Foucault’s works are at least a half century old by this time, making them sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and speciest.

We’re post-post-modern now.
...
• Alexa
This is awesome, the only thing I’d like to say is, why stop at social sciences and humanities?  White cis men shouldn’t have control over other curricula either!  I’m an engineering student, and too many engineers pretend that structures of oppression have nothing to do with the "hard sciences.”  This is bullshit.  We have to push instructors in all disciplines to open their curricula.
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• mark abrams
Besides cis-gender what about cis-species and trans-species?  Why aren’t there courses on designing for trans reptiles?  Surely climbing stairs can’t be pleasant for those who have snakes’ brains in human bodies.
...
• Self-Abusin’ Pete
"Sometimes, we were so uncomfortable that we had to leave the classroom in the middle of lecture.”

It was horrible.  We were subjected to the presentation of ideas that made us uncomfortable.  At a university!

• Caucasoid88
Berkeley, no less.  Where mental clout is supposedly recruited.
...
• Big Bird
The world and academia does not revolve around Gender and white male guilt.

• Gunnar Thalweg
Easy for you to say.  You’re yellow and eight feet tall.

• Big Bird
I’m white and 6’6 which I guess makes me guilty of something?

• Gunnar Thalweg
Yes, it does.  Stop oppressing others, immediately.
This could get to be fun...

(Via Insty, where the consensus is that, while the original could be a troll, it’s probably not!)

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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Clipfile - January 20, 2015

‘‘...A society in which people can do and say what they want will also tend to be one in which the most efficient solutions win, rather than those sponsored by the most influential people.  Authoritarian countries become corrupt; corrupt countries become poor; and poor countries are weak.’’ - Paul Graham

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Linkage

One thousand feet up and covered with ice


This Shouldn’t Happen


Pretty, though...

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