ANOTHER EDUCATION RANT: THE LATEST BUFFOONERY IN AMAIRIKUN ...

Well, the wackiness and somersaulting idiocy of Amairikun edgykayshun continues to rocket the country into fourth world status(that's below third world, folks), as the latest trendy fad coming out of quackademia is "micro-aggression." Yes, you read that correctly: micro-aggression. Here's the article, shared by Mr. C.S:

The Coddling of the American Mind

I don't even know where to begin on this one, I'm so purple with outrage at what is happening. The article seems to want to blame this on Republithugs and Dummycrooks, and the increasing polarization of the country. And it seeks - in my opinion somewhat meretriciiously - to detach the current trend of "microaggression" from the previous "political correctness" movement of the 1970s and 1980s, as if the latter had somehow gone away.

It’s difficult to know exactly why vindictive protectiveness has burst forth so powerfully in the past few years. The phenomenon may be related to recent changes in the interpretation of federal antidiscrimination statutes (about which more later). But the answer probably involves generational shifts as well. Childhood itself has changed greatly during the past generation. Many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers can remember riding their bicycles around their hometowns, unchaperoned by adults, by the time they were 8 or 9 years old. In the hours after school, kids were expected to occupy themselves, getting into minor scrapes and learning from their experiences. But “free range” childhood became less common in the 1980s. The surge in crime from the ’60s through the early ’90s made Baby Boomer parents more protective than their own parents had been. Stories of abducted children appeared more frequently in the news, and in 1984, images of them began showing up on milk cartons. In response, many parents pulled in the reins and worked harder to keep their children safe.
...These same children grew up in a culture that was (and still is) becoming more politically polarized. Republicans and Democrats have never particularly liked each other, but survey data going back to the 1970s show that on average, their mutual dislike used to be surprisingly mild. Negative feelings have grown steadily stronger, however, particularly since the early 2000s. Political scientists call this process “affective partisan polarization,” and it is a very serious problem for any democracy. As each side increasingly demonizes the other, compromise becomes more difficult. A recent study shows that implicit or unconscious biases are now at least as strong across political parties as they are across races.
The article seems to imply that we need more psycholigization of education, with a healthy dollop - a big shiny amorphous glob - of more "behavioral therapy" to sort out our "issues":

It’s difficult to know exactly why vindictive protectiveness has burst forth so powerfully in the past few years. The phenomenon may be related to recent changes in the interpretation of federal antidiscrimination statutes (about which more later). But the answer probably involves generational shifts as well. Childhood itself has changed greatly during the past generation. Many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers can remember riding their bicycles around their hometowns, unchaperoned by adults, by the time they were 8 or 9 years old. In the hours after school, kids were expected to occupy themselves, getting into minor scrapes and learning from their experiences. But “free range” childhood became less common in the 1980s. The surge in crime from the ’60s through the early ’90s made Baby Boomer parents more protective than their own parents had been. Stories of abducted children appeared more frequently in the news, and in 1984, images of them began showing up on milk cartons. In response, many parents pulled in the reins and worked harder to keep their children safe.
The flight to safety also happened at school. Dangerous play structures were removed from playgrounds; peanut butter was banned from student lunches. After the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado, many schools cracked down on bullying, implementing “zero tolerance” policies. In a variety of ways, children born after 1980—the Millennials—got a consistent message from adults: life is dangerous, but adults will do everything in their power to protect you from harm, not just from strangers but from one another as well.These same children grew up in a culture that was (and still is) becoming more politically polarized. Republicans and Democrats have never particularly liked each other, but survey data going back to the 1970s show that on average, their mutual dislike used to be surprisingly mild. Negative feelings have grown steadily stronger, however, particularly since the early 2000s. Political scientists call this process “affective partisan polarization,” and it is a very serious problem for any democracy. As each side increasingly demonizes the other, compromise becomes more difficult. A recent study shows that implicit or unconscious biases are now at least as strong across political parties as they are across races.
I don't know about you, but I'm not buying. IN fact, I rather strongly suspect that this type of psychologization of "education" in the USA shares a major part of the responsibility for the disaster.The real problem is very simple: by and large, Americans - including the so-called American power elite - are stupid. Don't believe me? Just look at the idiots running for President in both political parties. With but a few exceptions, these are not terribly well-educated people. Clever, yes. Educated, no. To be sure, some of them have degrees, but one must ask, what, really, is a degree from an American insitution really worth(besides a lot of debt to obtain a lisence to pratice a job that probably won't be there anyway upon graduation)?We have been deliberately dumbed down by an education profession focused more upon "method and pedagogy" and all the psychologization that goes with it, than we have been on content of a discipline and the ability to argue positions. The shift from content profession to method-oriented instruction has resulted in a similar shift in what "argumentation" means in the American academic context, for content must be replaced with something, and in this case, it's emotions, i.e., the focus on the self and its emotional needs, desires, and psychology. In such a quackademic culture, it is easy to become offended, because there is no other content or preoccupation in focus. Indeed, in a real academic culture, "microaggressions" would diminish simply because people would be far too busy trying to learn literature, or calculus, or biology, and wouldn't have time for such nonsense, including the nonsense of "being offended" - when no offense was intended or implied - at every little remark.  It is a measure of how coddled the American "mind" is that, throughout the entire article, there is almost no mention of content, but a great deal of focus on psychology.  It's a world of make-believe in which the "cloud" and "ebooks" are tailor-made for "adjustment" to everyone's "sensistivities," and the danger, of course, is that history and human memory itself can be adjusted.

Increasingly I come to the sad realization that the system is irretrievably broken, and not fixable. More computers, more technology, more homework, more standardized tests, more teacher hours, more stringent "credentialing" requirements, more studies, more money, more classroom time, more method, are not going to fix it. They created the mess.

And this means, if you're a parent, that you have to teach your children, and hence educate yourself, on your own. And if you're a student at one of America's university indoctrination centers, this means that you will have to educate yourself.

See you on the flip side...

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  1. Recently, at CSU, Chico, ( known affectionately as CSUC(K) by the student body ), an hypothesis was introduced: That the decline of the British empire was inversely proportional to the rise in popularity of Stilton cheese. Could it be that the smell of that gawdawful cheese got to be so offensive to the much maligned peasantry, that they had no choice but to throw the imperialist bastards out? Or, could this strange hypothesis simply be the result of daily chemtrail bombardment upon the heads of the poor, beleaguered students? No one really knows

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5ApYxkU-U

  2. Robert Barricklow

    Would a country founded by poor white immigrants who stole land from proud natives and then plowed it with kidnapped African labor subject their so-called fellow citizens to unnecessary debt-peonage?
    http://ellenbrown.com/
    “Dr. Tom Conova on ‘It’s Our Money’ Aug 28, 2015”
    [follow the prompts and tune-in…]

    1. Robert Barricklow

      This is what happens when the education is purposed to obfuscate the truth.
      When you look at Greece, Puerto Rico, and Detroit you see recent examples of what happens when you don’t have a sovereign source of central credit. Thins & People Stop Working. It’s not rocket science. It’s real simple. Tune-in.

        1. Phrases like “a new mankind of biological castes with master races in control and slave races serving them” (Davenport) certainly provide food for thought. Going on to current German policy (though the oligarchs are entertaining the same ideas in the US), we find that “the German business community views the recent influx of refugees as an opportunity to help companies grow and ensure long-term prosperity. Many are calling for bureaucratic red tape to be lifted so that new arrivals can enter the labor market faster”. The message is, German exports are to be increased WHATEVER the cost…
          http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/refugees-are-an-opportunity-for-the-german-economy-a-1050102.html

          1. Robert Barricklow

            No doubt the “market” needs labor to fulfill its many needs. Yet the DNA of the corporation does nit condone the word labor; instead the “culture” desires an alchemy of language, where “labor” becomes the appropriate spoken/written word for slavery.
            More than the increasing shortage of skilled labor is the increasing global slave market, from the selling sex market, to the other “labor markets”.
            The so-called “internship”:is a pre-slavery entry level & he/she will climb their way up to “purchase” citizenship.

          2. Robert Barricklow

            This is no accident, of course; but a purposed economic warfare, engineered by those who are enslaving the world. The very dna of the privatized monopoly on the issuance of credit[a least “accepted” credit] means an ever expanding “market” is necessary to feed the beast. An economy of waste, exploitation, & plunder w/no environmental external costs in the deadly equation for the Beast’s very survival/existence.[John McMurtry, The Cancer State of Capitalism].
            The solution is for an interest free public issuance of credit by a sovereign nation/people to update their infrastructure, their social services: free healthcare, free education, public utilities of electric/gas & the transformation to “free” energies around the globe…
            There are solutions. And there are those in power whose power exists as long as those solutions remain locked away & forgotten to mankind him or herself/down the proverbial memory hole.

          1. Robert Barricklow

            He’s writing a book on that very subject. Glad you found it informative & enlightening.

  3. Psychologization = conditioning of the thinking process
    Polarization = limiting and narrowing of perception

  4. “So briefly, it’s the minorities fault.”

    Reductio ad absurdum. Typical.

    Lost, I see you have been all over this thread like a busy bee, why is that? And why don’t you pause a minute from your frantic ankle-biting and explain to us just who you think is behind this, if you will?

    1. Frankie Calcutta

      “Lost, I see you have been all over this thread like a busy bee, why is that?”

      End of the month quota. He won’t get his bonus, if he isn’t a busy bee.

    2. b:

      But remember I quoted you blaming minorities broadly.

      You wrote it:

      “And, I would also argue, it serves a valuable purpose in that it gives extra cover to certain powerful minority groups to wreck their havoc upon the social fabric of the US without fear of being called out.”

      1. What the Western world calls “Democracy” is nothing but one of those rich, Fabian Society code words for Collectivization. Anyone who still possesses half a brain cell of critical thinking can see this when the “democratic” method must necessarily artificially empower certain minority groups in disproportion to the majority in order to function which is contradictory to the idea of democracy.

        But I would say to anyone who is dissatisfied with the “minority advantage” status quo you need only wait until actual Collectivization is completely unleashed. As Basta mentioned below, Lenin was cunningly aware that useful idiots make the best servants, but they are the first to be shot as “counter revolutionaries” when they see the utopian mirage they so ardently fought for melting away the closer they get to it.

        Yuri Bezmenov (another one of those Soviet “defectors” who was difficult to accept sincerely, and who I believe was one of the first of a series of such agents sent specifically to provide intelligence and analysis of those segments of society that were resistant to the cultural erosion being carried out at that time) spoke of this 30 years ago. Socialization of cultural values has already occurred half a century ago, what we are seeing now are party struggles for who will wear the crown, and continuing efforts to provoke confrontations with the largest elements of resistance while maintaining moral prerogative. After all, the Soviets were by no means strangers to internal wetwork and power struggle, indeed that is the definitive functioning contradiction of all collectivist systems.

        1. Button:

          Claiming it’s all a Soviet plot is one of the recurring weaknesses in Tom Bearden.

          There are Glenn Beck+John Birch Society versions of it.

          1. Lost,

            I will give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that perhaps I was unclear. I did not say, and will never say that the Soviet Union is alive and well and behind everything.

            The Soviet Union is dead, Stalinism is dead, that system is dead and has accomplished everything it was intended to do and the snake has shed its skin. Assimilation with the American system has already taken place, and Western culture today is nearer in vision and the practical application of Collectivization than it ever has been at any point previously. How can one conclude this? By noting that it is the only point in history where an entire people willingly embrace it and offer nothing but brutal intolerance to anyone who refuses to assimilate with the herd.

            To discuss this issue in all its complexity would require more space than a blog comment. I merely reduced one of the principle lies down to its fundamental contradiction. Which isn’t difficult to do.

          2. Button:

            Not an especially different point than the original.

            But I guess, no, you don’t think the Soviet Union is on the rise, though is sure is one of the claims floating around.

      2. The true import of that quote sails miles over your head. As you never once answered a direct question, but simply harp on your nonsense, I deem you a troll, and as we all know, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Have a nice life. Ciao.

  5. A university education begins with teaching the student to teach themselves,getting to know the dewy decimal system at the local library. This self teaching approach helps you learn what ever it is you need to know through out your life without anyone’s guidance(interpretation) and perhaps this is now a problem. Unregulated learning may allow an individual to learn things the system doesn’t want you to know ,obtaining skills they don’t want you to have.

  6. so many dots to connect.example. radon gas/lead paint/black mold/asbestos/
    etc.regulating these is quite profitable for the bureaucracy’s ability to replicate and expand.more deaths and serious injury come from badly built stairs that are grand fathered in. than all the above combined .who ever said life was safe? a massive campaign has been run on fear.fear makes people stupid .now utilize it.just one contradiction after another make for confusion.doing time to survive? or. doing time to live?

    1. Most of the new laws made usually involves more control and tracking in some database.
      Colorado has lots more marijuana laws than when it was illegal. It’s also a new way to get DNA samples. Obamacare brought many millions into the system who weren’t on the radar before.
      Yes, fear makes people stupid, Fearporn and healthporn are very successful weapons.

  7. Robert Barricklow

    More and from the early schooling to the so-called high education realms; the kingdom of learning is seldom about thinking, or for that matter learning any more.
    As the cartoon character Snaggle Puss used to say/Exit Stage Left. And on that same stage; entering stage right was Reaganism/Thatcherism, economic or market fundamentalism. A neoliberalism ideology that reduces all values to money values. The worth of the thing is the price of the thing. In neoliberalism your valued exclusively in terms of your activity in the market place
    What’s this have to do with education?
    Everything!
    Only commercial purpose now survives as a recognized value Even the cognitive purpose, which one would think would be at the center of education, is tolerated only insofar as it contributes to the commercial.[Dickens in writing of the ragged school/With no strength in it but its purpose…]
    And if one looks at whats left on the humanites education field, one sees almost total destruction.. But it is not the humanities that are in the cross hairs, per se; it’s learning – learning for its own sake, curiosity for its own sake, ideas for its own sake.
    The students are having to run the education treadmill faster and faster and faster. So that by the time they finish college, they can leap into the rat race.
    The important problems in education are all over the map, at every level-small & regional colleges, state universities, prep schools, grade schools, public high schools, community colleges-in Britain, Australia, Canada, the U.S., etc., etc. They are everywhere because neoliberalism is everywhere.
    Take that neoliberal heroic governor Scot Walker, for example, whose attempt to rewrite the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin; striking language about public service and improving the human condition and deleting the phrase: “Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth”.
    No sense in ranting on, as Walker pretty sums up the value of a neoliberal education system:
    Truth?
    Forget About IT!

  8. (Joseph, the second lengthy-quote in your article is 3/4 duplicate of the first quote. Only the ‘center’ is non-duplicate.)

    I love the “free range” childhood quote. That is exactly how it was for me, as I grew up. (Mid-60s now.) I went places and got into things that would horrify parents now. I had a great time. One time, I even went to an on-base Army practice range (long defunct) and brought home (long-dead) ‘practice’ rocket-propelled grenades. What passed for a bomb-squad visit and major lecturing resulted. But so cool to have that ‘freedom’.

    On the ‘psychologization’ of professions, I have mixed feelings. I have a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, so I can clearly speak as to the necessity to keep ‘content’ in a profession. A ‘dumbed down’ aero engineer would be horrific, not to mention dangerous. On the other hand, I have a Masters in Psychology (old school, before drug-peddling took over). So, I know exactly-how-much even ‘facts’ can be overridden by emotionally-backed dogma. I mention Alfred Wegener and his Continental Drift theory/evidence, and his subsequent ridicule and career suicide-ation (to coin a word) at the hands of fellow ‘scholars’, as an example. So, ‘education’ in what is really emotional abuse is needed for all professions…

    I view the ‘dumbing down’ via “The shift from content profession to method-oriented instruction” from a SF perspective. There are numerous SF books/movies out there that describe the separation of humankind into Übermensch and service/production workers. I believe we are seeing that. It may even be that this is the ‘design’ of the Breakaway Civilization, where the bulk of mankind is to become the ‘provision station’ of the in-group. (Throw-in Enlil, if you like.)

    All of the above is so ‘orchestrated’ that it has to be formally ‘by design’…

    1. I wonder what it does to young minds, your guilty and we need to pat you down or to the X-Ray machine at airports, preschools and many events. Also to see their parents go through. It’s ok sweetie, we’re part of the hive group.

      Charlotte Eserbyt found top secret papers while working with President Nixon and she blew the whistle. Unfortunately the “Skinnerian” method to create robot servants is well under way in the u.s.

    1. Sowell of the oh so free thinking Hoover Institution, sometime employer of Donald Rumsfeld.

      And why did Sutton get himself thrown out.

      Sowell’s a hack.

  9. an extremely viable but lengthy explanation for America’s failing “edumacashun”:

    Charlotte Iserbyt’s “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America”; if one on this website is not yet aware of (read?) this monumental book one should be- it explains multitudes-

    Larry in Germany

  10. Frankie Calcutta

    This is nothing that WWIII couldn’t straighten out. These college students are being well groomed for a violent, Chinese style cultural revolution. Too bad they are such sissies, except for the lesbians, but the lesbians have their own problems with such a high rate of obesity. 75% of lesbians in America are overweight. When I heard this news I was shocked.. and angry. Angry at a culture that forces lesbians to eat so much, the pretty heterosexual girls who judge them and rebuff their sexual advances, the boys and men who made them feel they weren’t good enough, and especially their fathers– who wouldn’t buy them ice cream when they wanted it, or would buy them ice cream when they didn’t need it. I think the lesbian obesity issue is one of the biggest problems facing America today and it tears my heart apart. Often times when I see overweight lesbians stuffing their faces with food, I want to say to them: stopping eating so much you fat lesbian! We love you no matter who or what you are!” But I don’t say this because I am so physiically terrified of these giant, angry women.

    1. Frankie Calcutta

      When I was in school, I suffered tremendously from micro and macro-agression. Being diminutive in size, hunched over, a club foot and a cleft palate, and with an unusually elongated skull, I was victimized to no end by my classmates. In those days there were no meds my parents could put me on to ride out the pain of this torment other than my mother’s valiums, but these only made me wet my pants, which only exacerbated the schoolyard taunting. I thought I could rectify my lowly postion in high school if only the captain of the cheerleading squad would agree to go the prom with me. Although she was the most beautiful person in the school, and maybe on the face of the earth, oddly no one had asked her to the prom. I seized this opportunity and with great courage I asked her to be my date. With a smirk and then a bob of her hair, she accepted my offer. Now I know what you are thinking: I was about to be the recipient of a horrible practical joke by the school’s beautiful people. My parents suspected this as well and vehemently informed me that no girl would go to the prom with a born loser like me, not even one as ugly as myself. Of course, this chiding hurt my feelings, or what little feelings I had left but I put on my tuxedo shirt, my rubber rain boots, and my corsage anyway and headed across town on my three wheeled handicap bicycle to where my prom date lived.

      When I arrived, she was alone and drunk as a skunk. She professed slurringly her happiness to see me as she attempted to throw her arms around me. Unfortunately, I was unprepared for her rapid advances and I backpedaled, causing her to fall flat on her face on the pavement in front of her house. As I helped her up, I noticed she was bleeding badly from her nose and mouth. She stammered it was alright, feigning a smile as tears welled up in her eyes. I dragged her back in the house and asked where her parents were. She told me her parents said they were going bowling, but more than likely they were going to a Klu Klux Klan meeting. The terrifying thought immediately popped into my head: didn’t she tell them I was African-American? I shuddered with fear at the thought of being thrown into a pit and danced around by torch bearing racists. My paranoia was cut short though when my prom date vomited on my shirt. It looks like we weren’t going to the prom after all. I continued to drag her to the bathroom and once there she immediately removed her dress. To my utter surprise and shock, I discovered this beautiful captain of the cheerleading squad, this most sought after flower of our species, was really a boy…

      I spent the next several years as his slave, working numerous jobs to pay for his future gender changing operation. I was being manipulated to no end of course, but I got to play the role of her boyfriend for the rest of high school and beyond. How could I give up the envious stares as we walked hand in hand through the corridors of the school. You see, his transgenderism remained a secret to everyone except me, his parents, and his gender change doctor. And the satisfaction I felt when she joined my family for dinner, the disbelief of my parents. It was heaven sent. Sure, we suffered much scorn as well. Most people felt that a fundamental law of nature was being violated with such a beautiful woman spending time with such a grotesque creature such as myself. But we didn’t care. We had our little secret.

      Later, when he/she went to college, I worked as a male prostitute and occasional go-go dancer, catering to the perverts with extremely unusual tastes. I changed my name to Rentboy, and took an apartment nearby her college dorm– working day and night to pay for his gender alteration.

      I won’t tell you exactly how the story ends, but to ensure this comment doesn’t get too far off topic, I will just say that my lover moved to the Philippines without me, where these kind of operations are much cheaper. I didn’t see her for several years until one day she showed up at my doorstep and tried to sell me some billion dollar bearer bonds. Whether she had the operation or not, I could not tell. I bought some of the bearer bonds with the money I was saving to get my own cosmetic surgery, and wistfully hung the bonds on my wall as a momento to happier times.

      1. Frankie Calcutta

        I was at a town meeting the other day and I made I mild joke about carnival workers, or carnies as we call them here in the US, and I was met with the most condemning stares. Even carnival workers have become off limits in this stifling PC environment.

        1. I’ll assume your response is satire. Hope I’m not wrong. Anyway, having lived from time to time in gay culture in SF, my own take on the corpulent condition of many lesbians is that they do it because they think that this is the way to be a man. I think this idea is questionable at best because most overweight men I know are unhappy with their condition. They’re a slave to certain hormones and if they knew how to set themselves free, they would do it in a second. This tells me that most overweight lesbians are not trying to be men, but simply living up to the image of what it is to be a man dumped on them by their society, i.e., this humongous, angry, irritating, obnoxious, insenstive, two-legged tank of flesh, designed to get what it wants by bullying its way through life. If you want to know what it is to be yourself, find a skinny lesbian. You won’t be disappointed.

          1. Frankie, you’ve just topped the dead zionist impersonating, bearer bond claiming story. Bravo

          2. ” Ernest was right…the lesbians will yet inherit the Earth.”

            From, “Under the Roofs of Paris” by Henry Miller

            Copyright, 1941. Published posthumously (for good reason) 1983

          3. Frankie Calcutta

            Rich,

            And if I may quote my mother:

            “Never underestimate a man’s desire to watch two women make love.”

            If Hillary becomes President, lesbians just might inherit the Earth.

            My dream is that one day NASA will find the perfect planet where willing lesbians can go live free of those images dumped on them by society. In fact, free of those humongous, angry, irritating, obnoxious, insenstive, two-legged tanks of flesh, designed to get what they wants by bullying their way through life. Yes, I am talking about men. On this planet, lesbians would no longer have to be concerned with body image and appearance. And every where they turned there would always be a shoulder to cry on, a pillow to punch, and a hot fudge sunday to devour. Who knows, maybe those wizards at Monsanto could even terraform the planet to include marshmallows that grow on trees and licorice that grows out of the ground like grass. It would be a virtual paradise (I guess anyplace without men would be paradise so long as reproduction wasn’t impaired). Abbot and Costello give us a glimpse of this manless paradise and the horrible consequences when men arrive in their seminal film “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars.” Here is a clip. Unfortunately it is dubbed into Spanish but I think you get the picture:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk7CEfocnfk

            But until we can find lesbians a safe planet which they can truly call home, I will do my part to bring awareness of the lesbian obesity epidemic by wearing a chocolate covered ribbon and starting a program which will teach lesbians how to safely vomit after they eat. Something I learned as a male runway model some years ago.

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    3. I was under the impression that 75% of all Americans are overweight, not just the GLBT community. Not to worry though, us skippys are catching up fast.

  11. I have an Aunt that worked for a US Senator. She said he was the stupidest person she had ever met. Now, this was 30 years ago.. So, long standing qualifications for holding major offices have been stupidity, being corrupt or both. On the education front, try and find a debate team at the high school level, find a class on Robert’s Rules of Order, etc. Here’s the kicker, try and find a kid that can write in script legibly. That includes reading script too.

  12. Hi Doc! I appreciate the website.
    Aaanyways, the “american” power elite are certainly not stupid; They are feckless cowards of average inteligence. All of them are approached by certain millenia-old groups and bribed/threatened/blackmailed into toeing the line of a specific agenda as soon as they enter the political forum. Of course, all of their decisions and policies seem absurd and stupid to any educated person.
    Most educated people won’t step outside the parameters of what they think is possible… parameters created by those ancient groups!

    Reality is always going to seem stupid, confusing, and senseless if people continue to avoid/refuse accepting what is real. Plenty of evidence out there to see the big picture.

  13. And The Powers That Be have full control today books, comicbooks, magazines digitalize no hard copy. Or prices for hard copies through the roof. On a fix budget try putting together your own private library and pray you have access to a good public library and can patronize it. As Samuel Clemens suppose to have said I never let my schooling interfere with my education.

  14. Given that this reporting is in the Atlantic, it’s a safe bet that there are many gross simplifications and outright misrepresentations.

    Then there are indeed students, professors and bloggers who don’t want their world view challenged. But this is not new. Just look at how annoyed so many of the academic establishment (Sagen) became at say Velikovsky, and his many defenders.

  15. I’ve been on this planet for over six decades. What passes for a high school education today would have maybe gotten me through elementary school, with the exception of some of the higher mathematics. I don’t even recognize the history being taught today. Problem solving and critical thinking are not taught at all.
    The teachers I had took the time to make sure each and every student understood the material being taught. Now the answers are all given in multiple choice format and you just have to guess which answer is correct, or use it to back engineer the problem. The only test I remember taking in this type format was the SAT when it first came out and most of my classmates, and myself, scored quite high on it; and we attended “country” schools in small communities. My graduating class was 70 strong for the entire county.
    I am fortunate to live in an area of the country where we can still allow our children “free range” and there is very little crime; mainly because every one here is armed and intolerant of criminals. You don’t have much crime if you’re shot and the sheriff shows up to remove the body and compliments you on your aim. No one here cowers in their homes hoping someone else will provide their “security” and that includes our children which we provide after school and summer jobs for to teach them responsibility; allowing them to earn their own money.
    Incidents like the Ferguson riots are difficult to comprehend because anyone rioting and destroying property here would be an endangered/ extinct species. You can call us what you like, but we don’t live in fear and our law enforcement still serves and protects and are a low impact part of the community. We actually know our neighbors and look out for them; and we spend time with our children.

    1. You can claim anything after you shoot the “criminal” dead, cops do it all the time. University of Cincinnati mean something?

      1. When a person enters my home, uninvited, intending to do me harm or take what is not his, he will receive what he deserves. Enough said.

        1. Walking:

          That’s a different point than you originally made.

          You made no claim of forced entry into ones home.

          You just wrote “criminal”, as if you get to decide who meets that definition.

          Yes, someone who forces his way into your home would like meet that definition.

          1. My bad, will be more clear with my comments in the future. Your comment was accepted in the spirit in which it was intended.

          2. It’s the non presentation of evidence guilt that was the problem.

            Plenty of people try the line “I shot him because he was trying to kill me”, but don’t present a shred of evidence for the claim.

            I’m sure you can think of examples.

            Breaking into your house would count as a threat of course. So would the armed highjacking of a bus, I happen to know of a driver to whom that happened.

    2. WalkingDead, may I ask what area you live in? If I had to guess, it sounds like interior American west…

      1. Southeast coastal, virtually in a swamp.
        While I am not originally from here, my wife is and it seemed like a good place to retire. Everyone knows each other; everyone is friendly and quick to help when/as needed; and it is listed as one of the top 50 places in the nation to raise children.
        By everyone, I mean “everyone” regardless of race. It is a rather unique niche in the country. It also means everyone knows what everyone else is about, which is another reason crime here is so low. We pretty much know who the neer-do-wells are and they typically don’t stick around long either migrating to the cities or very rarely the cemetery. There has only been one actual murder in the last 20 years in the area. So we are not the bloodthirsty, uneducated, degenerates my original post seemed to indicate and I apologize for that.

        1. Thanks, WalkingDead. Boy, was I off! (grin) I went to school at Va Tech, so have a good idea of ‘Southern Hospitality’ and manners. Could be much worse…

  16. Switching gears, but don’t know where else to post–Why are sending Susan Rice, our NSA Adviser to the Prez to China “in response to recent events…” to include Cyber attacks and Currency Deval and Stock Market “Planned-crashes?” And, oh yes, that little crater at the Chinese Chem Whse, where gold ore cleaning chems were stored..Doesn’t this say much? Isn’t this the role of the Sec State or perhaps the SecTreas, normally?
    –Yes, “We Do Live In Interesting Times…”

  17. Funny, I read the Carlin quote earlier this Am elsewhere and posted in on my FB account…he was prescient, wasn’t he..

  18. It’s full-blown cultural Marxism in all its intolerant spendour. Leftists anchored themselves in the educational system and have wrecked it. And, I would also argue, it serves a valuable purpose in that it gives extra cover to certain powerful minority groups to wreck their havoc upon the social fabric of the US without fear of being called out. Inoculation, if you will.

    And as George Carlin observed so acerbically years ago, they don’t want adults with the ability to think critically and realize just how badly they are (insert explicative) every day by the system, they just want obediant workers able to operate the machines and push paper.

    “And nobody seems to notice; nobody seems to care… They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

    RIP, the late great George Carlin.

        1. JPF:

          Irony seems to be lost on you here.

          Sadly, “it’s the minorities fault” summarizes basta’s point real well.

          1. Lost,

            Don’t put words in my mouth, thank you very much. The passive-aggressive subtleties of micro-aggression seem lost on you, and so you’ve opted for the old-school internet fallback of false outrage and mockery with a broad brush, but I stand firm in my observation.

            Micro-aggression didn’t just fall from the sky; certain groups are pushing this for their own agenda, and those who fall for it are the classic patsies and Lenin’s “useful idiots,” just as they are with any other psyop. The question is, who?

            I’ve provided a reasonable answer. Frankly, I don’t care if you don’t like it, but I’d certainly like to hear you provide a plausible one, instead of dismissive snark.

            And I will also point out that another George also had something to say on this subject:
            “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm. Orwell pretty much foresaw the whole shut-down of criticism based on race to guard a position of power and influence that the PC movement is using, no? And just who are the pigs Orwell is referring to, pray tell?

          2. b:

            No need to put words in your mouth, and sans irony quoting you from above:

            “And, I would also argue, it serves a valuable purpose in that it gives extra cover to certain powerful minority groups to wreck their havoc upon the social fabric of the US without fear of being called out.”

            So briefly, it’s the minorities fault.

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