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    Today, 09:00 PM
    Oh, gasp! Someone wrote an editorial.
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    Today, 08:58 PM
    I don't get it because the article is so incoherently written. Sounds like it was composed by No Child Left Behind.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 PM
    This is not hyperbole. They are flat-out saying so ... ("Truth and Reconciliation Commissions" = "witch trials" ...) 1313291524629770242 1317614803704115200
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    Today, 05:40 PM
    They're still $5.00 in the Ozarks.... We prefer homemade.
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    Today, 04:21 PM
    Austrian economics is taken seriously. That's why they ignore it.
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    They can indeed be applied to pretty much everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING - see this post in this thread for details. The deconstructive element of Critical Theory is an acid bath that can be used to corrode and destroy absolutely anything. Critical Theorists exempt themselves from deconstruction by claiming immunity from deconstruction. They do this on the basis that they are not offering a narrative.
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    Today, 03:41 PM
    @wokal_distance on "EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATIC" Twitter thread: Thread compiled @ 1/ EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATIC! Paw Patrol, Barbie, Dr. Seuss, and Christmas are all problematic, but why?
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    In both her fiction and non-fiction, Ayn Rand made more than a few trenchant observations about the kind of "concrete-bound" mentality that seeks to reduce everything to gross physicality (such as mere "bodies" that are "black or brown" - or "meat from the grocery store"). She called such people the "mystics of muscle." Quite apropos, no? Also relevant to all this is the following article at New Discourses: To Boldly Go: Critical Animal Studies, the Final Frontier Timon Cline (15 October 2020)
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    Today, 02:39 PM
    I was struck by exactly the same sense when I watched the documentary videos about the events at Evergreen State College (see post #25 in this thread). When the context would call for reference to "people" (either in the abstract, or with respect to particular individuals), the student "activists" would sometimes speak of "black and brown bodies" ... not "people" ... "bodies" ... I found it extremely off-putting and creepy. But I guess that's just my "white privilege" coming through ...
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 AM
    Yes, in the letter they suggest making sure the home owners insurance is up to date. Those sending the letter should make sure their life insurance is up to date.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 AM
    Actually "the streets" are exactly where this battle belongs. Only problem is that these lefties have managed to get most of the right to coalesce around the kops. Whether this is by design or sheer dumb luck the only way the police state will grow is with the backing and encouragement of the WASP population. Kop worship was waning what with beating and killing WASP's and their dogs, maiming babies etc....Then this BLM bullshit took off sending the WASPs scampering back to their suburban enclaves whimpering for the kops to protect 'em from the hoodrats and their army... This "fight" needs to be between the hoodrats and the WASP's and it needs to be bloody and barbaric, kops need to be forced to take sides or stand down, both sides need to test each others mettle and resolve without relying on the government to back their play. It will come to that and I'd rather settle the issues than leave them for my progeny.
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    Today, 02:39 AM
    Cities..... Meh.
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Stealing the Motte: Critical Social Justice and the Principle of Charity Subscribe to this podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, or by RSS. There is a rhetorical strategy called the “motte and bailey” that is getting increasingly famous lately. This is because it is one of the central tools of the Critical Social Justice movement. In that strategy, named after a kind of castle, a highly defensible “motte” position, like “we just want to treat people more fairly,” is maintained while also pushing a more radical “bailey” position, like “we need to radically remake our school systems so that no one can fail.” Activists advance the bailey and, when pressed on it, retreat to the motte until scrutiny and pressure go away, at which point they return to the bailey. In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, your host James Lindsay explores the principle of charity in debate and dialogue in the context of the motte-and-bailey rhetorical strategy. His goal is to explain how the game of critical theories is not the same game the rest of us play in broadly liberal societies. In fact, the critical game seeks to disrupt and dismantle the liberal game and replace it with its own. Exploiting the principle of charity is one of the most common ways it can achieve this.
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Olbermann playing the spittle-spewing loony again ... (projection is a helluva drug ...) 1318679953458622465
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:22 PM
    Also reported for White Supremacy ("Perfectionism", "Only One Right Way", "Either/Or Thinking").
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    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    Reported for whiteness.
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    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    All of which can be encompassed in a simple, two-word phrase favored by the "woke" - and that phrase is "lived experience." "Lived experience" is the distilled essence of "woke" arbitrariness. In fact, I'm going to make this the subject of my next post in the Critical Theory thread. And here it is: The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" A sample:
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM 1302755699424931840 The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" I. Karamozov (04 October 2020) Political dissidents who get into arguments with Woke Folk over the exact nature of “systems of oppression” will inevitably find themselves confronted by rhetoric of a sort that often catches them off guard. This rhetoric is, by design, meant to paint political dissidents as myopic stooges who are unwilling to “listen to the Lived Experiences of marginalized people,” thus making them unwittingly complicit in systems of oppression. In this essay, we will explore the concept of “Lived Experiences” (capitalized and scare-quoted) as understood by Woke Folk, and why this conceptualization is fundamentally deficient. Political dissidents would be well advised to consider the arguments of this essay with care, as “Lived Experiences” are foundational to Woke Ideology; indeed, dismantling Woke notions of “Lived Experiences” may be the single most effective means of preserving the integrity of liberal democratic institutions from Woke encroachment. Consequently, a firm understanding of the topic and of how to address it when engaging with Woke ideology will be the focus of this essay. Before we can address what the concept of “Lived Experiences” entails, however, we must address its function. As was mentioned in an earlier essay, the empirical claims that are made by Woke Folk seldom survive evidential and analytical scrutiny. This is a problem for ideas in a culture which values such things as evidence and reasoned argument (as opposed to arguments from authority and moral blackmail.) Evidence and reasoned argument are the currency with which ideas earn their right to be taken seriously in liberal democracies. The tenets of Woke ideology, which are in frequent conflict with both, must therefore somehow be made adaptable to an environment which is hostile to dogmatic proclamations of unsubstantiated certainty, and the concept of “Lived Experiences” is the mechanism intended to achieve this.
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    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Ways of Knowing" Twitter thread: Thread compiled @ 1/ "Ways of knowing" If you want to know why the Woke ignore statistics, science, facts, and reason, and instead use feelings, emotions, intuition, and "lived experience" then you need to know what the woke mean by "ways of knowing."
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    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    Garrison didn't make an "argument," he made a cartoon - a cartoon contrasting Biden's statement about Antifa with the shooting in Denver. The tattoo wasn't being presented as "evidence" of anything. Garrison's implication of Antifa was made via the label on the gun, not via the tattoo. Except for the tattoo, there is nothing in the cartoon that indicates what (if any) actual person or event is being represented. The purpose of the tattoo is to ground the representation in the Denver shooting by Dolloff. The point of the cartoon is that Dolloff (as identified by the tattoo) is Antifa (as alleged by the big red "ANTIFA" label on the gun) - and that Antifa is thus not "just an idea."
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    And she would be correct. What makes this virus so special, people need to hide from it?
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    Lebron James versus Manu Ginobli Lebron
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    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Not only would it be a bad precedent, but it would also be unconstitutional. Any POTUS who tried this would be violating the Constitution. Which means he would have to have himself thrown into Gitmo. Which, of course, no POTUS would actually do. So it wouldn't even work in theory, let alone in reality ...
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