Somewhere a fraternity is organizing a symposium

where Letita Chai will be invited to present her dissertation.  Ms Chai is the Cornell student who presented her thesis in her underwear.  Big temptation for job interviewers, too.


Insufficient Groupthink

The accusation is from former First Lady Michelle Obama.  There is thinking and the correct thinking (my emphasis).

“Former first lady Michelle Obama said Saturday that she was “concerned about us as women and how we think” in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama was the keynote speaker at the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles, where she was joined on stage by “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross.

“When the most qualified person running was a woman, and look what we did instead, I mean that says something about where we are,” said Obama in reference to the election, in which 41 percent of all women — and 52 percent of white women — pulled the lever for Trump.”

Alinsky rule #4

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”  Now in play in the comments at Andrew Gelman’s website where he discusses proposed EPA rules on open data.  Some commenters are upset.  “It also puts many of us in the position of arguing against open data policies in order to support better policy-making. As I said, it is unfortunate that this issue has been set up this way. I’d prefer to support open data AND support EPA research based on the best data they have available, even if it cannot be publicly released.” [my emphasis]

I liked what mockturtle said

The context is a comment justifying, or possibly justifying, aborting Down’s syndrome babies because of expected poor quality of life.  “Female infanticide could be justified by the statistical probability that she might end up in an abusive relationship or be subject to sexual harassment. Black infanticide because he/she could be subject to racism. By all means, let’s apply the ‘compassion’ argument to usher in all kinds of well-meaning measures on behalf of those without a voice.”


Found here

in response to this

NY Times ready for violence

Or at least Wil Haygood, NY Times bestselling author and reporter, is.  “I say to the bad people, the bad actors in this country, to those that support the Nazi movement and the white supremacy movement, I say to them, we are coming … We are coming to stop you because we got Rosa Parks at our back. We are coming to stop you because we have Trayvon Martin at our back. . . . We will meet you at the barricades. We will meet you on the highways.  We will meet you on the roadways.  We will meet you in the alleys. This is a two-party government, a two-party political system.  We win at the ballot box, not by violence.  We’re not like them.” [my emphasis].


Found in the University of Dayton Magazine, Spring 2018, page 12.


They call it a parody.  I call it illustrative.  David Hogg’s speech at the recent rally with Adolf Hitler dubbed in.