Category: Politics & economics

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A new definition of engineering

Chuckles sends this:

Toni Airaksinen notes an interesting expansion of the Clown Quarter ethos

The leader of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education recently declared that academic “rigour” reinforces “white male heterosexual privilege.”

“One of rigour’s purposes is, to put it bluntly, a thinly veiled assertion of white male (hetero)sexuality,” she writes, explaining that rigour “has a historical lineage of being about hardness, stiffness, and erectness; its sexual connotations — and links to masculinity in particular — are undeniable.”

“She” writes? Engineering? All right, let’s leave that to one side for now. Let’s accept that a female trailblazer can be an engineer and even become a “Doctor” somehow.

How though? Well, a clue is in this quote:

To fight [excessive masculinity], [Dr.] Riley calls for engineering programmes to “do away with” the notion of academic rigour completely, saying, “This is not about reinventing rigour for everyone, it is about doing away with the concept altogether so we can welcome other ways of knowing.

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The clever programming of society

There’s nothing wrong with putting a viewpoint strongly in a fair forum but it crosses the line when clandestine tactics are used to push it, including dishonest subterfuge and nobbling the other side.

If you attack something quite clearly bad, suddenly you’re cast as an “authoritarian”, not a conservative, as a “hater”. Manipulation of language is a critical ploy, one exploited, for example, by NLP:

http://nourishingobscurity.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/groupthink-gentle-art-of-persuasion.html

NLP relies completely on people’s willingness to blindly accept one side’s language in the argument, the frame of reference put by the more powerful side, plus an unwillingness to accept that our “betters” would ever do anything dastardly, particularly when their guff is couched in feelgood terms and then healthy thickhead heroes are roped in to promote it, e.g. Lineker.

And as mentioned, people objecting are cast as a minority of haters whom the society is constantly warned about.… More here ...

The News

Comments on two pieces of news:

The Last Jedi bash

Confession time – having seen the stills of the film, there was just something offputting about the characters, their look, plus the natural position on modern films that they’re rubbish until proven otherwise.

This was reinforced by the gushing Mail spread on the royal gala opening or whatever it was and this Daisy person’s bin bag dress, plus this hands on hips business.

However, that hardly slams the film, does it?

Ridley has a tattoo of three stars on her left foot that she got when she was 15, a tattoo of the alchemical symbol of air on her right hip, and a peace symbol tattoo behind her right ear.

Yuk. Ugggh! On a girl?

Went looking for reviews and they were divided between the official critics who all, to a man and woman, gushed like the Mail but the peripheral critics all pointed out the bland and “terrible” trailer.… More here ...

Fishermen unshackled now

Fat chance with Traitor May:

Bertie Armstrong, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive, said no more than nine months was required to protect fishing interests.

He called for the nation’s fishermen to be unshackled from the “utterly inequitable and hopelessly inadequate” Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

“The prime minister was clear in her Florence speech that for certain sectors of the economy matters could be settled more quickly than two years and the case for a nine-month ‘bridge’ for the fishing industry is absolutely compelling.”

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