A member of student council in a Maine college is being sanctioned and possibly expelled from the council for passing by a tequila party were some people wore little sombreros. That ghastly grizzly gross insensitivity of the most unforgivable nature...will likely lead to his disgrace on campus.

The Atlantic has an essay on free speech on campus including the broader phenomenon of "safe space" coddling of students to emotionally unstable even the possibility of debate that challenges their preconceived ideas...is shut down quickly and unapologeticaly. It is well worth the read after Sunday School of course.

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Comment by SteveInCO on March 6, 2016 at 10:58am

The first phrase that is a link is ambiguous due to a typo or grammatical error.  (I can't tell which one because it's ambiguous)

Should it read "passing by a tequila party WHERE some people wore little sombreros."  Or should it be "Some people wearing little sombreros WERE passing by a tequila party?"

Comment by Unseen on March 6, 2016 at 12:20pm

And then there's the trend someone of my nearly 70 years has noticed, that somehow we've lost the concept of "none of our business."

Comment by Davis Goodman on March 6, 2016 at 4:55pm
Yes...were should be where. I couldn't find out if he wore a sombrero or not. But then I though to myself what bloody difference would it make? Postmodern political correctness on crack. Professors totally afraid to speak up about it.
Comment by Unseen on March 6, 2016 at 5:12pm

More white people who undertake to defend other cultures objected to this Katy Perry performance with a Japanese Geisha theme as "cultural appropriation. Katy viewed it as a tribute. I think by almost any reasonble standard it's gorgeous and dazzling.

Ironically, when reporters went out and asked young Asian students about it, they all loved it.

(BTW, I'm no rabid KP fan. She's not the best singer out there at all, but she does know how to put on a show. Witness her mind-blowing Super Bowl halftime show where she entered the field/stage on the back of a giant robotic lion.)

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on March 7, 2016 at 6:42am

I recently saw a Puerto Rican woman in New York pretending to be a young Japanese girl but she only spoke in Italian. It is just not proper conduct!!!

Comment by Davis Goodman on March 7, 2016 at 10:24pm

Thanks for that article Reg. Postmodernists would never attack a high art form...because many put out the pretense that they understand it all...even though experts are lucky to understand more than two...and also because the high art forms play the role of what postmodernists call multitude of narratives. There are a dozen films/shows about Capote and thousands of interpretations of Mme Butterfly...many being completely divorced of anything Puccini would recognise of his own work (an incomprehensible version of Nazis and teddybears for example). So yeah....opera is safe...no matter what they do.

Comment by Unseen on March 7, 2016 at 10:45pm

Related: The College That Wants to Ban 'History'

The most substantial of the activists’ demands is a call for a new college that would essentially train students to become social justice warriors (a term often applied derogatorily by critics of leftism that nevertheless seems appropriate here). WWU must meet the needs of this new “College of Power and Liberation” by immediately hiring 10 faculty members—subject to the approval of student-activists. Finding the money to do all this is solely the responsibility of WWU’s administration, “whose accountability to students should be expressed through their fervent advocacy for students’ needs at both the local and state levels,” according to the activists, who want an extra $50,000 to throw a kick-off party for the new college. Another $45,000 will go toward paying students to do “de-colonial work on campus,” whatever that means.

Activists have also demanded the creation of an Office for Social Transformation, which would employ 15 students—young Robespierres in training—for the purposes of monitoring “racist, anti-black, transphobic, cissexist, misogynistic, ableist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and otherwise oppressive behavior on campus.” (Anti-Semitism, one notes, is curiously omitted.) These students will be granted terrifying powers to discipline faculty members who commit microaggressions. Professors—even tenured professors—can and will be placed under investigation if they are accused of maintaining insufficiently safe spaces within their classrooms.

Comment by Davis Goodman on March 7, 2016 at 11:20pm


Comment by SteveInCO on March 8, 2016 at 12:15am

If enough colleges go that route, then an alternate education system will develop, as this one won't be teaching anything of any use whatsoever.

Comment by Unseen on March 8, 2016 at 1:54pm

Gender-based glaciology: 

“Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change,” the paper by Mark Carey, a professor at the University of Oregon, explained. “However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers–particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied.”

“Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said. (source)


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