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1  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smart People Saying Smart Things on: September 28, 2015, 06:58 am
Okay let's break this down. Here is what the post actually, literally starts off with:

It’s the new evil gripping the millennials of this country, coddling all of our college students so they become unquestioning, reactive drones; social justice warriors who put their icky feelings above everything else, whine over perceived microaggressions, and shout down and sue everyone who disagrees with them. They label anything remotely offensive as trigger warnings to avoid ever having to be challenged and have paralyzed universities into compliance. These social justice warrior millennials, in particular the loud liberal contingents of feminists and racial minorities, are no longer being educated in the right way, which involves learning to synthesize and hold equal a broad range of views, including “traumatizing” and offensive words and ideas.

Except, that’s all bullshit.

There is a very distinct cadre of mostly white, mostly male elites who have advanced the anti-political correctness agenda so far that even President Barack Obama has recently chimed in, coming down in firm opposition to PC in a speech in Iowa. But his remarks, and the larger body of essays and articles lashing out against PC culture on campuses, clash deeply with one of the presidential personality traits that many applaud in Obama: they are simply not evidenced by a broad body of facts.

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure the author isn't stating that trigger warnings aren't being considered at all. Instead, the premise is that complaints of "PC culture" ruining academia are completely unfounded. After all, this is a response to the reporting of The Atlantic and it would be baffling to criticise something they never said.

So, taking that as the original premise of the piece, does it "pivot" away from that on a contradictory tangent? Let's see an excerpt from the author's (admittedly) personal aside that you're possibly referring to:

Take the “trigger warning” as an example. There are still no colleges or universities that mandate trigger warnings as a practice in any field of study. Most cases of them being used have been in teaching sensitive issues of rape, abuse, or assault to classes with young women. The overarching point in “Coddling,” that trigger warnings actually can’t improve mental health, misses the point of the reality of these women. A new study from the Association of American Universities finds that over a fifth of all college women are sexually assaulted at some time in their enrollment. Another 47% have experienced sexual harassment and another 12% have experienced intimate partner violence. This means that any given classroom with any significant amount of women could be composed of up to a third or more of women who are processing rapes, assaults, harassment, or violence. Given the absolutely horrendous state of affairs within colleges (and largely, the country) in handling rape cases and pursuing justice and health for these women, it is likely that most of these survivors have not received or are not receiving the proper therapy and healing in order to be able to process triggering images and words without suffering further damage.

In this case–in likely the most dangerous environment women will ever be subjected to in their lifetimes by the numbers–it is probably a first concern to provide them means of agency to dictate their boundaries and safety in all cases. Trans students and others within the LGBTQ spectrum face similar issues and others at even higher rates, including harassment, physical assault and humiliation, and often suicide. With the monumental failure of the university institution as a whole to fulfill its basic duty to keep these students safe, it smacks of double talk when some agents of those universities constantly bemoan a largely imagined culture of rampant trigger warnings. The two concepts are inextricable.

While the author clearly thinks trigger warnings have value in certain cases, this doesn't contradict the original premise that trigger warnings are far from being widespread or used inappropriately. In fact, the statistics given in the article on misogyny and racism within academia actually serve to disprove the Atlantic's assertion of "PC gone mad" by demonstrating that, in many people's experience, the direct opposite is true. It's a clever, well-rounded bit of reporting that highlights the sad irony of the situation.

But I guess you wouldn't catch that because the blog was only written for an audience that already agrees with it, huh.
2  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smart People Saying Smart Things on: September 28, 2015, 12:05 am
Guys I think JRB may just be professionally offended.
3  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smart People Saying Smart Things on: September 27, 2015, 06:33 pm
4  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smart People Saying Smart Things on: September 27, 2015, 06:04 pm
The blog post I linked is not about the value of trigger warnings, it's about how the current backlash to them is a massive dog whistle since there is no evidence that a trend of trigger warnings in academia actually exists. You might as well ask for data points examining the effectiveness of giving every student a hug.
5  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smart People Saying Smart Things on: September 27, 2015, 06:54 am
Straw Freshmen: Why the War on Campus PC Culture is Bullshit

Even taking these bits of evidence at their strongest and considering every source’s sources, so far the evidence from within The Atlantic’s reporting on PC culture within campuses yields data points from eight known American colleges and universities, one anonymous university, twelve professors, two researchers, three comedians, and one blog. No first hand interviews or viewpoints from actual students. There are over 4,700 degree-granting institutions, almost two million post-secondary professors, and 21 million enrolled students in the United States. These sources hardly form enough to decide to pursue a question, let alone form a broad cultural commentary, and further still show that these things actually impact campus life and policy in a meaningful way.
6  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: bernie sanders on: September 13, 2015, 06:29 pm
"Saving my virginity..."
7  Forum / Food / Re: Pizzas on: August 11, 2015, 10:10 pm
homemade mozzarella

At this point I start involuntarily salivating when I see you've posted in the food subforum without even reading the post.

Congratulations oball on proving your theory of classical conditioning
8  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Aimless Rambling on: August 03, 2015, 12:59 am
Yeah guys stop rating Neon Genesis Evangelion so much in here. It's getting ridiculous, the amount of overrating you're all doing about Neon Genesis Evangelion. Sheesh.
9  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: July 27, 2015, 03:05 pm
4chan is still trying to trick everyone into believing they're feminists, still hilariously inept at it.
10  Forum / Linkies / Re: Our Favorite Tumblrs on: July 24, 2015, 01:15 pm

11  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: Ask your dumb Science questions here, you idiot on: July 07, 2015, 10:48 pm
this belongs in the food forum
12  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Hall of Fame on: June 29, 2015, 04:19 pm
What's the lamest, most embarrassing thing everyone's j/o'd to? You're going to have to work pretty hard to beat my postage stamp from Tanzania
That's an interesting and wordy euphemism for your penis.
13  Forum / General Discussion / Re: I'm thinking of getting a tattoo on: June 12, 2015, 05:26 pm
Get knuckle tattoos that say N I C ol  T I M E
14  Forum / Food / Re: What the hell do I do with all of this ______________? on: June 07, 2015, 01:51 pm
Honestly, I would just experiment with it. Feta has a nice saltiness to it, so try using a little here and there as a substitute for other salted ingredients in your cooking. That's pretty much how it's used in about 75% of the recipes at that link, anyway.
15  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: business_trip.png on: May 27, 2015, 12:28 pm
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZcYPEszN8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZcYPEszN8</a>
16  Forum / Linkies / Re: Long Reads- Journalism, Essays, Fiction on: May 22, 2015, 02:08 pm
A Plea for Culinary Modernism - by Rachel Laudan

The Luddites’ fable of disaster, of a fall from grace, smacks more of wishful thinking than of digging through archives. It gains credence not from scholarship but from evocative dichotomies: fresh and natural versus processed and preserved; local versus global; slow versus fast: artisanal and traditional versus urban and industrial; healthful versus contaminated and fatty. History shows, I believe, that the Luddites have things back to front.

That food should be fresh and natural has become an article of faith. It comes as something of a shock to realize that this is a latter-day creed. For our ancestors, natural was something quite nasty. Natural often tasted bad.

Fresh meat was rank and tough; fresh milk warm and unmistakably a bodily excretion; fresh fruits (dates and grapes being rare exceptions outside the tropics) were inedibly sour, fresh vegetables bitter. Even today, natural can be a shock when we actually encounter it. When Jacques Pepin offered free-­range chickens to friends, they found “the flesh tough and the flavor too strong,” prompting him to wonder whether they would really like things the way they naturally used to be. Natural was unreliable. Fresh fish began to stink. Fresh milk soured, eggs went rotten.

Everywhere seasons of plenty were followed by seasons of hunger when the days were short. The weather turned cold, or the rain did not fall. Hens stopped laying eggs, cows went dry, fruits and vegetables were not to be found, fish could not be caught in the stormy seas.

Natural was usually indigestible. Grains, which supplied from fifty to ninety percent of the calories in most societies have to be threshed, ground, and cooked to make them edible. Other plants, including the roots and fibers that were the life support of the societies that did not eat grains, are often downright poisonous. Without careful processing green potatoes, stinging taro, and cassava bitter with prussic acid are not just indigestible, but toxic.

Nor did our ancestors’ physiological theories dispose them to the natural. Until about two hundred years ago, from China to Europe, and in Mesoamerica, too, everyone believed that the fires in the belly cooked foodstuffs and turned them into nutrients. That was what digestion was. Cooking foods in effect pre-digested them and made them easier to assimilate. Given a choice, no one would burden the stomach with raw, unprocessed foods.

So to make food tasty, safe, digestible and healthy, our forebears bred, ground, soaked, leached, curdled, fermented, and cooked naturally occurring plants and animals until they were literally beaten into submission.

To lower toxin levels, they cooked plants, treated them with clay (the Kaopectate effect), leached them with water, acid fruits and vinegars, and alkaline lye. They intensively bred maize to the point that it could not reproduce without human help. They created sweet oranges and juicy apples and non-bitter legumes, happily abandoning their more natural but less tasty ancestors.

They built granaries for their grain, dried their meat and their fruit, salted and smoked their fish, curdled and fermented their dairy products, and cheerfully used whatever additives and preservatives they could — sugar, salt, oil, vinegar, lye — to make edible foodstuffs.
17  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: DM Pickup Games on: May 19, 2015, 08:58 pm
Guns of Icarus, a team-based steampunky affair about shooting each other out of the sky in zeppelins, is on sale for 3,74€ or your regional equivalent. It looks really fun and 4-packs are 6,99€ (oryerrejonaekwvwllwl), anyone in?

I think this would be a cool pickup game for us to try. Looks to be like a mashup between TF2 and Artemis Bridge Simulator. Plus it's cheap!
18  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: May 18, 2015, 04:15 pm
Sounds good. I'm in.
19  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: General Video Game Videos/Links on: May 10, 2015, 06:24 pm
20  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: May 08, 2015, 03:49 pm
Yeah you could beat him up just like Spiderman would totally beat up Batman
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