Doofus Of The Day #1,018

Yet another example of the blithering idiocy that has overtaken so much of academe in this country is provided by an organization calling itself “the BABEL working group”, which earns our Doofus award today. A prominent association of medieval studies scholars has pledged to boycott the discipline’s largest annual conference over a lack of social justice programming. On July 11, the BABEL Working Group published an open letter to the organizers of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) … outlining two “concerns” about the conference. “Decisions that seem in favor of ‘academic freedom’ or ‘fairness’ to the current small group of

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Firearms, lethality, and politically correct surveys

I’m annoyed by the silliness of a recent JAMA article titled “The Association of Firearm Caliber With Likelihood of Death From Gunshot Injury in Criminal Assaults“.  Its statement of “meaning” reads: The findings are foundational to the debate over whether deadly weapons should be better regulated and provide evidence againstthe common view that whether the victim lives or dies is determined largely by the assailant’s intent and not the type of weapon. Words in italics are my emphasis. Frankly, I’d never heard of the “common view” that the article reports.  As far as I’m concerned, the “assailant’s intent” is demonstrated

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Risk, auto insurance, and political correctness

I had to laugh at this report from Canada. It started when an insurance company gave David a quote — roughly $4,500 a year, if he bought the Chevy. He had a collision and a ticket or two on his record, which helped boost the premium. Then, he had an idea. He asked the insurer what his costs would be if he were a woman. He was told his annual bill would sink to roughly $3,400 — a $1,100 difference. “I was pretty angry about that. And I didn’t feel like getting screwed over any more,” he said. “So I asked them

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Another nail in the coffin of politically correct comics

We’ve discussed the plague of political correctness in the comic industry in these pages before.  Fortunately, enraged fans are voting with their pocketbooks and wallets in unprecedented numbers, bankrolling independent comics that are emerging as a real force in the market, and strong challengers to the established publishers. Jon del Arroz, a fellow author and friend whom we’ve met in these pages before, is trying to join their number.  He’s launched a fundraiser to publish his first independent comic – and he’s looking for a lot less money than some of his competitors, which I think is a good sign.  He’s starting small, and looking

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A penetrating analysis by William S. Lind

William S. Lind is a well-known conservative commenter on US military affairs and geopolitics.  Many consider him rather “kooky”, and way off base, but even so, he often makes me think with some of his perspectives.  I don’t agree with all his positions, but I’m more than willing to tip my hat in his direction from time to time.In a recent article titled “Paradigm Shift“, he analyzes the almost hysterical reaction to President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Putin, and offers a thoughtful analysis of what’s behind it.  Here’s an excerpt, with its layout (but not its content) slightly

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Forest fires and bureaucratic mismanagement

An experienced forester and an environmental scientist have some harsh words for politically correct “experts” and the authorities over the current spate of wildfires in US forests. “Global warming may contribute slightly, but the key factors are mismanaged forests, years of fire suppression, increased population, people living where they should not, invasive flammable species, and the fact that California has always had fire,” University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass told TheDCNF. Mass also noted there hasn’t been much warming in the Pacific Northwest, adding that natural weather patterns in California prime the state for wildfires every year no matter what. .

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But what gives them the right to decide ON OUR BEHALF?

The New York Times looks at Twitter’s internal debate over whether, when, why and how to “censor” users’ speech on its social media platform. While Apple, Facebook and Google’s YouTube earlier this week purged videos and podcasts from Mr. Jones and Infowars — which have regularly spread falsehoods, including that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax — Twitter let the content remain on its site. In a string of tweets on Tuesday, Mr. Dorsey said Twitter would not ban Mr. Jones or Infowars, because they had not violated the company’s rules. In the aftermath, many of Twitter’s users and own employees

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Occupations, ideology, and politics

A couple of readers sent me a link to an article titled ‘Occupations and Their Ideologies‘.  It includes this interesting graphic, showing several occupations and how their occupants align politically.  (Clickit to biggit.) The author offers this explanation: Just speculating, the left-wing occupations seem to be mostly about social performance and they garner high status. The right-wing occupations are mostly about mundane things and garner zero or negative status. And the divided occupations are those that call for ambiguous combinations of these things (person-facing but socially unimpressive). There’s more at the link. It’s certainly food for thought.  Consider the current censorship of

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