Reading Roundup: 2014-03-13

I’ve finally conceded that Reading Roundups are just going to happen whenever they happen.  Mostly when the pile of links I’ve saved for commentary outstrips my time and ability to write about them all.  Consider these posts as dumps of my notes direct for public consumption.  Yes, many of these posts are from early February.  I’ve been…procrastinating.

Sperm, groceries, and mail: Why bike is best for precious cargo – CNN  I am eagerly awaiting the feminist commentary explaining how the sperm-bike furthers the oppression of women.  Also, please enjoy this photo of the oppression-mobile in action:

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Charges filed against female guard linked to Miramar brig scandal – Marine Corps Times  A huge part of the discussion about sexual assault both in and out of the DoD is the definition of “consent,” and one major issue is the double standard that drunken women are “incapacitated” and drunken men are “criminally culpable.”  Good to see the rule of law being applied in this case:

While Bardes willingly participated in most of their encounters, he and his attorney John Hafemann now argue that his status as a prisoner means his interaction with a female guard was legally nonconsensual and tantamount to sexual assault. Hafemann has filed a request for special clemency for Bardes on the grounds that his mistreatment by staff warrants release.

The GOP’s Savior is French – Foreign Policy  I’m still pretty sure even most politically-aware Americans are completely unaware of the resurgence of the Right Wing in Europe, being fueled by economic crises being compounded by terrible immigration policies…two issues which are hot buttons in America as well.  Author makes good points, especially that European nationalism means detaching from the EU, whereas the US conservatives have little to “rebel” against.

Texas Grand Jury Declines To Indict Pot Grower Who Shot And Killed A Cop During An Early-Morning Raid – Forbes  All the more interesting that this happened in Texas, with its pro-law-and-order leanings and hang’em-high stance on crime.  Seems to me that slowly but surely, the War-On-Drugs statist conservatives are losing out to the individual-rights small-government conservatives.

Transgender student to play on Azusa High School softball team – I look forward to more insanity like this.  The more we are forced to face the logical outcomes of progressivism, the faster we will learn our lesson.

Whispers of Dissent Within the Feminist Echo Chamber – Judgy Bitch  JB routinely takes on and excels at addressing a topic I’m hesitant to touch with a 10 foot pole.  It takes a special kind of person to wade through “rape culture” hysterics.

DARTMOUTH STUDENTS CLAIM RACIAL OPPRESSION, THREATEN ‘PHYSICAL ACTION’ – I don’t know where to begin addressing this insanity.  That’s why this link is posted in a Reading Roundup!

West Hollywood’s increasing diversity inspires mixed emotions – Favorite quote from the kind of person the world needs more of:

Gregg Collins, who called himself a “happy, gay, married West Hollywood homeowner,” said both gay people and straight friends visit for “our huge varieties of gay-themed entertainment,” including drag shows, go-go dancers and dance parties. Collins runs a guide to the city’s social life called Gay West Hollywood and has heard some gay people complain that there are too many straight people in gay venues.

“I tell them, if we are fighting for gay equality,” he said, “how can we be hypocrites and complain about it once it happens?”

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Reading Roundup: 14-02-09

America was built on a belief in God, and there’s just no way to deny that fact – Matt Walsh  Ironically, I’ve never agreed more with this sentiment, but only after reading “How Dawkins Got Pwnt” – Mencius Moldbug

Study Finds the Foul Source of Feminism – Chateau Heartise:

Feminism is not about a war on women; feminism is a war OF women. Womano-a-womano. All that bleating about equality and judgmentalism and slut shaming and the patriarchy is just the squid ink ugly broads expectorate to give them a fighting chance in the all-against-all, zero-sum competition for mates.

Feminists will lose, of course. The sexual market cares nothing for sophistry. In the final analysis, only the boner and the tingle matter.

Time: Chinese Woman Says Calling Amy Chua Racist is Racist – Steve Sailor: Political Correctness is becoming the Mobius Strip it was destined to become; once the “privileged” start fighting back, no one will be allowed to have any opinions whatsoever

Imaginary Women in the Military – Vox:

“Sexual attraction may be innate, but it’s not universal. See asexual, people who identify as.” 

Do you really think the occasional fluke has a whole lot to say about mass armies? If so, why?

How people act on sexual attraction is learned behaviour.

Only in minor details. The love, lust, favoritism, demoralization, and de facto prostitution are fairly universal within any armed force that sees integrated sexes or integrated sexually compatible people unless extraordinary structural provisions are made. Those structural provision include segregation. Here’s an interesting quote from very liberal, very politically correct Canada’s PPCLI battle school: “Male/female attraction will not go away because we tell it to; and soldiers will court considerable risk to pursue the obvious.” – Tom Kratman

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Tom’s response is brilliant because it highlights the essential inhumanity of Pink SF. If great fiction speaks to the human condition, the great flaw of Pink SF is that it specifically and overtly rejects the human elements of the human condition. – Vox

Irate Wellesley Feminists vs Annoying Po-Mo Plop Artist – Steve Sailor A much more thorough version of my Juxtaposition: Public Sexual Imagery

The Feminist Mystique – National Review Online

Feminism is not an idea or a collection of ideas but a collection of appetites wriggling queasily together like a bag of snakes. Feminism has nothing to do with the proposition that women should be considered whole and complete members of the body politic, though it has enjoyed great success marketing itself that way. (Virginia I. Postrel recently denounced me as a “creep” for suggesting that the substance of feminism, if indeed there is any, differs rather radically from its advertising campaigns.) A useful definition is this: “Feminism is the words ‘I Want!’ in the mouths of three or more women, provided they’re the right kind of women.” Feminism must therefore accommodate wildly incompatible propositions — e.g., (1) Women unquestionably belong alongside men in Marine units fighting pitched battles in Tora Bora but (2) really should not be expected to be able to perform three chin-ups. Or: (1) Women at Columbia are empowered by pornography but (2) women at Wellesley are victimized by a statue of a man sleepwalking in his Shenanigans. And then there is Fluke’s Law: (1) Women are responsible moral agents with full sexual and economic autonomy who (2) must be given an allowance, like children, when it comes to contraceptives. 

Feminism began as a simple grievance, mutated into a kind of conspiracy theory (with “patriarchy” filling in for the Jews/Freemasons/Illuminati/Bohemian Grove/reptilian shape-shifters/the fiendish plot of Dr. Fu Manchu/etc.), spent the 1980s in grad school congealing into a ridiculous jargon, and with the booming economy of the 1990s was once again reinvented, this time as a career path.

Kevin Williamson notes contradictions like a champ, and his “collection of appetites,” is pretty much what I was getting at with “a politic of avarice.”

“Revolution Eats Its Own Irony:” Radical Feminists Bully Each Other While The Rest Of Us Look On, Laughing – Downtrend  More Intersectionality fun

Six Ways Crossfitters are Like Entrepreneurs – Forbes  See also: Crossfit and Libertarianism

Transgender Candidate to Challenge Gay Senator in Maryland – CBS Washington  Fortunately no matter who wins and who loses, there can’t be any discrimination lawsuits.  I think.

Reading Roundup: 2014-01-20

Cleaning out my drafts folder.  For some reason, the scheduled post feature, which reads: “Publish on: Jan 20, 2014 @ 0:01” even as I type this note, didn’t trigger and push this post live.  So…here we go!

Why Duck Dynasty is on TV and MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is Not – Fox News – Juan Williams makes a good argument here; in the end it was probably money more than anything else that helped A&E make up their mind.  And I’m interested in reading his book as well to see how far I agree with him there.  I expect I may not go along with all his points, but its hard to argue that having a sincere and meaningful conversation has become all but impossible.  I wonder what he would think of the concept of the Cathedral.

Texas Public Schools are Teaching Creationism – Slate.com – I don’t disagree with very much here.  However, they raise (and then never re-address) one concept integrated into the NR understanding of modern gender roles:

They’ll read in a history textbook that feminism forced women to turn to the government as a “surrogate husband.”

It comes across as an interesting slight-of-hand to discredit reasonable social analysis by lumping it in with Young-Earth creationists.  But isn’t the surrogate husband exactly what the Story of Julia was all about? (WSJ article) (HumanEvents.com article)

Sabbaticals May Help Keep Military Women in Ranks – Navy Times – Military recognizes women prefer to take time off career to raise children and moves to accommodate.  Applies to men in attempt to gender-neutralize the issue.  Much like offering gynecology benefits to men…offering them something they won’t use to create the pretext of equality/sameness.

Politics Should Be Dirtier – Slate.com – Noticed an Orwellian bent to this from the get-go, but it doesn’t drop until the end:

Some political systems, such as the incorruptible and efficient  Scandinavian ones, can thrive without “dirty hands.” But ours can’t. In a country as diverse, unequal, and divided as the United States, citizens disagree about how to build roads, levy taxes, and educate children, and so do the people they elect to represent them. Legalized bribery—a judgeship for my low-IQ college roommate in exchange for a vote for your dumb charter school plan—helps keep it all going (and legalized punishment: Vote for my dumb charter school plan, or we start investigating your roommate’s “business”).

This is a novel and bold way of phrasing the grand scheme of the big-government-left: create as much diversity as possible, then claim such an unruly society can only be maintained by the heavy hand of corrupt government.  Manufacture a crisis and then swoop in to the rescue.  It’s ironic that his case for doing this is the same case as the Dark Enlightenment/Neoreaction case for fragmentation and separation of western nations along socio-cultural lines.

The Truth About Women in STEM – Return of Kings

Hey, Public Schools: It’s Time For a Separation of Sex and State – Matt Walsh – Saw this poster going around, linking to commentary rather than a cut-and-dry article.  I disagree with him and the other conservative outrage here.  I think a lot of the outrage comes from the prude delusion that these acts 1) don’t happen, 2) don’t happen at young ages,  3) don’t involve or affect my children, and 4) I will be the one to tell my children about these things.  The sad fact is though, that none of these things are true, and the parents who shout them the loudest are probably also the most incorrect.  The idea of childhood and adolescence is a very modern invention, and the idea that children should arrive at the age of 18 completely oblivious to sex (and nicotine and alcohol, while we’re at it) is an absurd one when viewed in context of history.  I’m with the schools on this one.

The Fading First Amendment – Vox

Weak Mean, Disorderly Women – Vox  – Americans love to quote de Tocqueville when he says nice things about us and the things we like.  How did this quote vanish?

Feminism is Fascism – M3 – Posted mostly for my own reference.  Just finished a book on sociopathy and I was struck by the realization that the Apex Fallacy and its consequences are related to sociopathy.  Something I hope to write about, eventually.

Reading Roundup: 13-10-21

Clearing a massive backlog.

Housing development intended to accommodate deaf people is being challenged by the feds on the grounds that it discriminates against the able-bodied.  Not sure there is any ulterior motive or grand scheme at work here; this is just the fundamental flaws at the heart of affirmative action policies coming to fruition.

Britain is realizing that the non-integration of Muslim immigrants has resulted in a second legal system and a culture that doesn’t respect British law.  The fracture of multi-culturalists vs feminists (and really, multi-culturalists vs anyone who sees where this is heading) is being openly discuss.  The Revolution is already afoot in Europe.  In related news, France is swinging to the right and the media is pretending not to know why.

The Marine Corps is eliminating the flex-arm hang for women in their PT test and requiring them to do actual pullups.  Of course the standards are calculated off percentile scores relative to women-at-large rather than measures of absolute strength, so this doesn’t really legitimize the arguments put forward in favor of putting women in the combat arms.  There are no age, weight, or gender divisions in life or in combat.  Ever seen heavy furniture scale its weight down on moving day because your friends are small?

The Superintendent of the US Naval Academy is pressing forward with a sexual assault court martial against advice of investigators, his counsel, and the wishes of the alleged victim.  Draw your conclusions about the climate of political pressure and command influence in the military justice system.

I’m surprised this article made it to an official USAF webpage.  It hints at the “unconstitutional mentality of ‘guilty until proven innocent'” that is taking hold.

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term “customer loyalty.”  The ubiquitousness of consumer tech combined with the massive size and influence of the major tech companies is a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

Reading Roundup: 13-10-20

After a few weeks at this, it has become clear that I find more articles worth sharing per week than I can possibly comment on.  In recognition of that, I plan to dump my reading list to a post on a weekly basis with minimal commentary by me.  Read and enjoy!

Boys being kicked off girls’ volleyball team, and boy being kicked off girls’ field hockey team – Justification is that the boys are physically outmatching the girls and that it is unfair.  It’s difficult to believe a community would actually need to try this experiment and learn through experience before accepting and believing the inevitable outcome.  Food for thought:

  • Inherent differences between genders being acknowledged…only when they have begun to disadvantage the females
  • Second wave feminists-turned-soccer-moms are reconsidering long-held beliefs after watching little Susie get run over repeatedly by little Johnnie
  • Our culture continues to push to re-segregate these newly co-ed-ified sports teams for fairness when their outcome is a win/loss, yet remains on-track to co-ed-ify the military’s combat arms where the stakes are significantly higher and the enemy doesn’t care about fairness.  The double-think required is impressive.

Some guy hates on MillennialsSome guy defends themA woman takes older workers/management to task.  – This is an excellent example of a paradigm-shift in progress.  The first author’s points basically boil down to various ways in which the new generation is not living up to the old generation’s rules.  The second and third author acknowledge this, but return fire by pointing out that the old rules are rapidly becoming irrelevant.  Read carefully to see how many of the second author’s points are insightful identifications and condemnations of Catch-22 situations created by the old paradigm.  Gen X likes the concepts of efficiency and speed, but the Millennials grew up living them.  After reading all three articles, the Gen X author sounds a bit like a foreign language major trying to explain a that language to a native speaker…touching key issues but also totally missing the point.

40 Years of Ultimatums – Not a new post, but newly added to my bookmarks and lists of things to expand upon myself eventually.  A good primer on an ideological fault line of The Revolution I haven’t yet discussed.  While few suspect that the divides I see in the Left are going to fragment, even fewer understand that radical feminists and traditional conservatives have an alliance at all.  Peruse this article, especially the further articles it links to.  It’s not the most recent article of its type, but it sure merits a bookmark as a classic.