We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
He thought he was being cute and ironic. There is no cute and ironic anymore, dude. Thank God, one more witch (on the right) brought to justice. The other person in the photo might be a collaborator requiring similar justice.
Why would we want to hear his side of these matters? It would only complicate the basic narrative.
And the narrative must rule.
Assistant Village Idiot
Removing a Nobel laureate from the faculty exacts a very heavy price in prestige. I can't imagine his institution so willingly and so quickly paying it for off-the-cuff remarks, albeit stupid and inaccurate remarks. Color me puzzled.
I’ll bet he had a hundred offers in his inbox the next day.
The comments on that story are making me sad. Somehow we are supposed to fire people who make one silly statement? Really? Should we now dig into the past statements by all the commenters, out them to their friends/family/employers and make sure they are fired for whatever dumb things they might have said that might offend x, y or z group?
How ridiculous this whole thing is. The man had the right to say what he believed about his experiences in science...if that is his perception, even if it seems sexist, so what??? Doesn't he have the right to perceive the world as he experiences it?
I would hire this guy in a heartbeat. Nobel prize winner? Yeah, come on over to my lab. I don't care what you think. Just do a good job and that's all I need.
This is another occasion that sorting the responses by age would be illuminating.
To my parents generation his remarks, quip really, would pass by without raising any notice. Perhaps a polite smile.
To some of my contemporaries, and I'm aged 65, those who still haven't shaken the toxins acquired in the 60's would agree that some of those women who were present required that he should apologize (which he did). The poor delicate flowers.
As you descend lower on the age scale, the more viscous the attitudes and the louder the demands for additional punishment. The additional decades of training in the extra-judicial covenants of Social Justice hold his offense higher than actual bodily assault (Which in CA is true since they are reclassifying theft by assault a misdemeanor and releasing those previously incarcerated.)
In the comments of that story (well, it is The Guardian) there are even calls for his death. And all approve that he has been sacked.
Reminds me of the old joke: If a man goes into the woods and says something is he still wrong even if no woman (or any man that considers themselves a woman) hears him?
Since Brendan Eich, the left has seen fit to silence all dissent by viciously attacking and going for a person's job and livelihood. This will not end well. The only way I can see to stop it is to start parsing the twits of the twit storm and seeing who form the attacking side can be made unemployed and unemployable. Until this gets turned around on the attackers, they pay no price for their evil. Evil must be made to pay or we will get more and more of it.