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Tuesday, December 20. 2016
Tech Upgrades Just Aren't That Great Anymore
Mick Jagger—A New Dad at 73—Isn’t a Fertility Role Model
The “Snowflake” Generation: Real or Imagined?
Beach Boys Song Too Sexually Offensive for 2016 College Campus
Shocking that boys sing about girls
The persistence of “locker room talk”
Shocking that boys still talk about girls
Sorry, Millennials. Monogamy is Not a “Spectrum”
Is Yoga an Example of Cultural Appropriation?
Scientist gets involved with politics, is shocked to find that politics is not a nice game
How Milo Yiannopoulos built an empire off violent harassment
Sheesh. I think he's just a modern-day Abbie Hoffman
The media is still fighting the war on toy guns
NY Times Has Great News: Our Republic Is Ending, Becoming Either Nazi Germany Or The Roman Empire!
In Washington, Hillary only got 8 of the 12 electors Putin permitted her to "win."
‘Students of color’ conference at University of California reportedly dissolves into a fight over who is most oppressed
Conservatives are getting everything they want from Trump. They may regret it.
That's not from The Onion
Mike Pence Is No Ordinary Wingman
He is the grown-up
Probably not. You can't fire gummint employees
The Anti-Trump Curriculum - Anti-Trumpers have taken the acrimony to another level.
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The “Snowflake” Generation: Real or Imagined?
According to a survey by the American College Health Association, 17 percent of students nationwide were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and 13.9 percent were diagnosed with or treated for depression.
This is understated. Our struggles against sexism, gender bias, slavery and everything take a toll. Social Justice Warriors like myself (I am not a snowflake) have had a very difficult time in coping with the terrible injustice of this election, which was stolen by the Russian college and now we'll never fix global warming, ever. There are triggers "everywhere". No generation in history ever has had to face the hardships we are fighting. Without what I like to call "time outs" like coloring books and theraby dogs, we would be much worse off and it is your fault. All you angry old people should just get out of the way and let us fix things.
I am not a snow flake satirist! on 2016-12-20 08:34
Fixed your handle for you.
BD: Sheesh. I think he's just a modern-day Abbie Hoffman
But he's our Abbie Hoffman!
Milo's great sin is that he speaks a most uncomfortable truth to power. He isn't backed down by the PC crowd or loud mindless chanting and he laughs at their whining protestations. He doesn't play by the left's rules and isn't even willing to acknowledge that he is bound by their fascist rules. Therefore he must be destroyed.
Someone said about Trump that he had the best enemies, the left, the illegals, the terrorists, China and Russia and you needed little else to know he was the best person for the job. There is a similarity with Milo. The left wing protestors, activists and SJWs all universally hate him. What better evidence would you need that he is not only right but necessary.
IMHO when everyone desperately wants to shut you up you must be too close to the truth. If Milo were simply wrong the left could easily refute him with facts and logic. But they cannot so they must use anger, violence and bile.
GoneWithTheWind: Milo's great sin is that he speaks a most uncomfortable truth to power.
Milo uses an army of flying monkeys to harass people without power.
Milo is NOT the Wicked Witch Of The West.
He Is the Wicked Wit Of The West.
More claims w/ no support. Just like your claims about Russia. Just like your claims about HRC. Just like your claims about CAGW.
You just lie a lot.
DrTorch: When? Where?
Didn't you read the linked article?
If you want to know the truth about anything, read Salon and the opposite of what they write is true. They are like a defective compass always pointing the wrong way.
SweetPea: If you want to know the truth about anything, read Salon and the opposite of what they write is true.
Handwaving. If you object to the specifics in the article linked in the original post, you might want to address them.
I did! The left in general and Salon in particular are congenital liars. They cannot help themselves. If you want to know the truth about anything in the news read the left wing sources and identify their position and the truth is the exact opposite. Ditto for Zach!
The fact that he is gay also drives them crazy, after all, he's supposed to be on their side. As for facts and logic, they wouldn't know a fact if they tripped over it, and logic has somehow escaped the lefties minds. Just look at the MSM, "No fake news here we just make it up as we go"! Nuff said.
I've read Milo.
I've read Abbie Hoffman (but that was 35 years ago).
No obvious similarity comes to mind, so I'm curious what connection BD sees.
Over at the snowflake article, I asked why these issues should be addressed by the college. If you went into an apartment and a job, or into the military, or onto the mission field, or became a ski bum or just wandered around the country, your mental health issues would be considered your own responsibility. You would have to develop what we call a natural support system. It is all part of selling the idea of college as a "community," because there is more control and better access to alumni dollars that way.
As for who is more oppressed: The seriously mentally ill. Maybe some who are severely physically disabled rival that.
Yeah. Thinking back to my undergrad school (Butler U. '49-'53) I don't recall there even being a student clinic. If there was, I didn't know about it. They did finish a student union in '51 where you could get a hot meal. Before that it was strictly brown bagging - not a place to eat within two miles of the campus. Of course, it was a streetcar college. Not a dorm on the place. Probably a lot different now, I haven't been back since the mid-50's, and it's in my home town.
My undergrad days (mid-60's) Michigan Technological University. My freshman roommate got a D on his first Calculus exam and asked me "What am I going to do?" I told him maybe try studying...he did and eventually passed. No safe spaces, no coloring books, no playdoh, no SJW...no nothing.
Beach Boys' song too sexually offensive...
Persistence of locker room talk...
These people have too much time on their hands. They need to have harder lives, more physical labor, something.
Yoga--I've thought that myself--if the people doing Yoga would admit that it is cultural appropriation. Of course, it is OK to do yoga if you are part of the politically correct elite.
Morning Joe: Now Obama’s Failure Is Complete…
And the most important stat:
# of demoncraps in the White House in 2009 = 1
# of demoncraps in the White House in 2017 = 0 [-1]
We can't fire gov employees because they're Union.
However, they're only unionized because jfk a allowed for collective bargaining of federal employees....via executive order! (It's one reason he was labeled as soft on communism)
Trump could fire everyone by rescinding that eo with one of his own.
But he won't.
I was going to say the same thing - it's the first thing he needs to fix before he sets his Cabinet free to dismantle bloated government agencies.
Dan K: We can't fire gov employees because they're Union.
No, it's because of civil service protections dating from the Pinkerton Act of 1893. The previous system had issues.
Still, he could rent closed K-Mart/Sears/Macy's/whatever stores in the great Flyoverlandia and send many of them there to sit, and twiddle their thumbs in empty offices.
The civil service acts were put in place to protect the administrative portions of the executive branch from interference by the political portions. I accept that reasoning, but it is predicated on the idea that the administrative side of the house would not interfere on the political side. It seems to me that since unionization, especially in the past 10-12 years, that the administrative and bureaucratic staff has largely chosen a side and is unafraid to play politics.
As such, I wonder if some of those protections should be reconsidered.
If you can't fire union members, just make them work until they get tired of it and go away.
Michael Mann is a thief and an agitator. In some societies those are capital crimes.
Maybe not ours, but since he's trying to change our society, maybe he deserves to be punished by the standards of another society.
DrTorch: Michael Mann is a thief and an agitator.
What has Mann stolen?
Scientist gets involved with politics, is shocked to find that politics is not a nice game
"I had been opening mail at my desk that afternoon in August 2010 when a dusting of white powder fell from the folds of a letter" is not an appropriate expression of political disagreement.
The options are risky because the White House knows the hacking story was made up to pacify the lunatics.
The DNC was hacked, and their information leaked. Those leaks were timed for maximum political damage. The U.S. Intelligence Community says it is confident that Russia was the source of the hacks.
John Podesta was not hacked. He had a childishly simple password and he left it lying around for people to see.
Podesta was spoofed. Password quality is not an issue with spoofing. Fancy Bear, a cyber-organization with close ties to the Kremlin, were the source of the hack.
"The U.S. Intelligence Community says it is confident that Russia was the source of the hacks. "
This same community was confident of the Soviet economy and political stability in the late 1980s.
So some non-US Government email was hacked, possibly by Russians, but they were so good to get all the goods, but so bad as to not be able to avoid being tracked back? In any case, all that happened was the true thoughts, opinions and "feelings" of Democrats were revealed. How horrifying.
JK Brown: This same community was confident of the Soviet economy and political stability in the late 1980s.
The hacks have been verified by independent cyber-organizations.
JK Brown: In any case, all that happened was the true thoughts, opinions and "feelings" of Democrats were revealed.
There was very little there other than pablum for the gossip network. The hacks also revealed strategic planning. Do you really think the U.S. should tolerate Russian interference in their elections?
Keep trying to spin something that did not happen. Political snipping by the losers. Period.
"There was very little there other than pablum for the gossip network." - Zach Borg 2
"Those leaks were timed for maximum political damage." - Zach Borg 1
Conflicting circuits. Reboot maybe necessary. Get Soros to pony up some more cash for memory chips.
B Hammer: Conflicting circuits
There's no inconsistency. Pablum for gossip and innuendo can be very effective politically.
Especially when mangled and misrepresented in the echochamber.
We stole your election.
If it weren't for us, Madam Presidentress would have won by hundreds of electoral votes.
Whatcha gonna do about it, Bitch?
We mean, besides bitch about it.
Who are those "independent" cyber organizations and please do put a persons name along with the organization. Trust but verify.
indyjonesouthere: Who are those "independent" cyber organizations and please do put a persons name along with the organization.
CrowdStrike, FireEye, SecureWorks, Symantec.
Have you actually read the Symantec piece that you listed? They can't even show that the US and Israel were behind Stuxnet and they can not exclude false flag setups by outsiders on the current crop of leaks, phishes or hacks. Now would any of those 17 intelligence agencies have a history of false flag operations? Your evidence is not evidence that would ever stand up in a court. It may be nothing more than innuendo.
indyjonesouthere: they can not exclude false flag setups
You can always say it's a false flag no matter how strong the evidence. The actual evidence supports Russian involvement, and there's nothing to indicate that it was a false flag operation. SecureWorks had been tracking the hackers for a year before the Podesta breach. Seventeen separate U.S. intelligence agencies point to Russia.
There is also nothing to indicate it wasn't a false flag incident and as your posted source noted, they have no idea if it was a false flag incident and as you should know, such incidents are common in the intelligence business. The CIA was caught hacking into the Senate intelligence committees site not two years ago and the DHS has been found to have tried hacking into the Georgia state website only recently. And you want to portray them as poor innocent babes even as they were outed for hacking the German government. Say it ain't so Zach.
indyjonesouthere: There is also nothing to indicate it wasn't a false flag incident
One can rarely prove a universal negative. Most conspiracy theories revolve around unevidenced false flags. One works with the evidence we have, which includes not just U.S. intelligence agencies, but independent cybersecurity organizations.
for reasons that should be blindingly obvious even to tools like you, analysts do not discuss operational details.
this is bullshit.
Fancy Bear in action:
Fancy Bear Caught Attacking, Hacking Computers:
"leaks were timed for maximum political damage"--the devil you say! What kind of corrupt opponent would do that?
Texan99: What kind of corrupt opponent would do that?
That would be Putin and the Russian oligarchy.
Will Trump’s Cabinet picks be able to beat the bureaucracy?
"Probably not. You can't fire gummint employees "
Nope. But you can move them to an cube in the basement and put them in charge of inventorying paper clips and pencils and give someone you just hired their job. Their right to walk through the front door and collect their salary is protected. Their responsibilities are not.
There is a big, big difference between attending a university with basically open admissions and getting into a school with an 85% rejection rate.
Cal State/East Bay and Appalachian State are not the same as places like Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton. Those are the schools that, like it or not, produce most of the media people, technocrats, writers, policy-setters, etc.
It is the Ivies and related schools that are filled with hysterical snowflakes who for example have never had a job scooping ice cream or doing yard work because their full-time job was "getting into a good school". Their social skills have not been developed because getting good grades and padding their resumes with extracurricular activities were the top priority, not being able to function in the world.
As far as I can tell, most of the parents creating snowflake children are completely indifferent to the potential long-term consequences. "If Snowflake Jr. gets into Yale, then everything I did as a parent is justified."
Understand that the selective schools also select for snowflakes. One of the big components of the application is the "how I saved the world in a politically correct manner" social responsibility project. I know at least one Yale graduate who hired a professional public relations firm to help junior come up with and implement his "save the world" project, including helping him get appropriate media exposure. And yes, junior did get into Yale.
"That's not from The Onion" The Onion publishes far more believable fake news than the WaPo...
Yes, Trump can achieve downsizing of gov't through attrition & hiring freeze. One-third of current fed employees are retirement age. It will be EASY. Just have to have the guts to really do it, and Trump is a guy with guts.
He will not listen to the whining from these departments about how they can't get their work done. He will just look for work to eliminate. Easy.
It will happen. Just watch.
I suggest he rent a few of those empty factories in fly-over country and transfer the Depts of Ed, Energy, IRS, HUD, etc. to those stellar facilities with no access to five-star restaurants and cocktail lounges where the in-crowd goes to schmooze.
Many, if not most, will retire instead of moving. D.C. is its own LaLaLand.
Yep, I'd love to see that. Richest counties in America? Many of them surround DC. Sickening. That's OUR money they are spending. Cheaper to move these departments to places with cheaper cost-of-living and lower wages for same work.
Those that can not be fired can also be redeployed to the southern border with hoes, picks, and shovels to prepare the ground for a wall. There are plenty of surplus wall tents to add free housing benefits for the redeployed as well.
Long after the switch to natural gas heat my Dad insisted on cutting and stacking a few cords of wood in the back yard...just in case (Upper Peninsula Michigan). Those Depression lessons stuck.
RE The persistence of “locker room talk”
I played and coached amateur ice hockey for years and locker room talk was, with vanishingly few exceptions, focused on the game. I suppose that is because were were all adults.
As I recall, the law school students at the University of Minnesota conducted an annual election — the Plonsker-Baine Poll — to determine the women at the law school whom the men would most like to sleep with. The voting was conducted on the law school premises and the results were posted in the law school’s administrative offices. The posted results noted the top 10 women as democratically determined.
That's pretty crude, and not something I'd publically admit: being in professional school acting like a 15 year old hi skool douchetard. so I wonder why this asshat is making a joke about it.
Times have changed, but the nature of men and women hasn’t.
He knows himself best. Q.E.D.
Linked by Instpundit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4042194/Facebook-fact-checker-arbitrate-fake-news-accused-defrauding-website-pay-prostitutes-staff-includes-escort-porn-star-Vice-Vixen-domme.html
Snopes is who they write about.