Michael Rectenwald on Postmodernism, Social Justice, and Academic Conformity

Professor Michael Rectenwald of New York University used to describe himself as a “libertarian communist” and spent many years embedded in the leftist milieu of the academy.  He then underwent an awakening to the madness of political correctness, the social justice agenda, and the absurdity of postmodern intersectional critical studies of dozens of genders and began to speak out on Twitter, eventually publishing Springtime for Snowflakes, a book about his experiences and what he learned.

Here is an hour and a half interview of Prof. Rectenwald by Glenn Beck on the latter’s podcast.... [Read More]

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#WontBeErased

Leftists have a new reason for high dudgeon this week.   The New York Times reported on a draft memo allegedly leaked from HHS that Team Trump is working on to make changes to interpretations of sex law.   The NYT headline:  “Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.”

An internet search shows lots of fearmongering editorials about how Team Trump is going to redefine gender to eliminate all 57 (or 72) shades of confusion.... [Read More]

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Two spaces.

Ha.  All you one-spacers can read the latest study in the Journal of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.   The lead researcher was Rebecca L. Johnson of Skidmore College.   Here is the abstract:

The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual states that two spaces should follow the punctuation at the end of a sentence. This is in contrast to the one-space requirement from previous editions. However, to date, there has been no empirical support for either convention. In the current study, participants performed (1) a typing task to assess spacing usage and (2) an eye-tracking experiment to assess the effect that punctuation spacing has on reading performance. Although comprehension was not affected by punctuation spacing, the eye movement record suggested that initial processing of the text was facilitated when periods were followed by two spaces, supporting the change made to the APA Manual. Individuals’ typing usage also influenced these effects such that those who use two spaces following a period showed the greatest overall facilitation from reading with two spaces.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-2-19: Credit and Responsibility

Why is it people run to the front of the line to take credit but duck responsibility? Is it human nature to think all the problems were made by others and all the good came from ME?

Historically, people were proud of the colossal disasters the day before. The day after they didn’t want “Enron” on the resume.... [Read More]

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TOTD:2018/2/6: Sines of the Times

I often wonder if there are gremlins that magically put mistakes in things when you hit print/publish. What is really bad is when a sign is made. Hundreds of dollars are spent to communicate how great your business is but someone forgot to proofread the foot high letters. I feel really bad for my non-English speaking neighbors because they don’t know how bad it looks.

There is a Beauty Salon near my house. But the signs says in big silver letters “Beaty Salon”.  It has been there for years.... [Read More]

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Burnished Fake News

I was listening to “public” radio in the car this morning, as I do keep abreast  (oh, and speaking of sexual politics, in the ‘Burgh, we call it National Pubic Radio) of the enemy. In only a few minutes, I was treated to two example of fakery – propagandistic, inaccurate reporting.

First, there was a discussion of the FBI’s mere “failure to save” text messages on official mobile phones. This was fatuously reported as an innocent “glitch” and the slight skepticism heard was only a product of “a few Republicans” in the House. Rather than counter this “reporting” with abundant emerging facts and context, I will simple suggest a thought experiment: imagine that there was the slightest hint that the FBI might have been used to thwart any Democrat anywhere. We would all likely have been deafened by the outcry and shaken by the stampede of highly skeptical investigative journalists on a crusade (pink ribbons in place of crucifixes).... [Read More]

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