Tuesday, March 24, 2015

dangerous scary-as-phuk thought-crime-space daily since 2007....,

NYTimes |  The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.

Safe spaces are an expression of the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being “bombarded” by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints. Think of the safe space as the live-action version of the better-known trigger warning, a notice put on top of a syllabus or an assigned reading to alert students to the presence of potentially disturbing material.

Some people trace safe spaces back to the feminist consciousness-raising groups of the 1960s and 1970s, others to the gay and lesbian movement of the early 1990s. In most cases, safe spaces are innocuous gatherings of like-minded people who agree to refrain from ridicule, criticism or what they term microaggressions — subtle displays of racial or sexual bias — so that everyone can relax enough to explore the nuances of, say, a fluid gender identity. As long as all parties consent to such restrictions, these little islands of self-restraint seem like a perfectly fine idea.

 But the notion that ticklish conversations must be scrubbed clean of controversy has a way of leaking out and spreading. Once you designate some spaces as safe, you imply that the rest are unsafe. It follows that they should be made safer.
This logic clearly informed a campaign undertaken this fall by a Columbia University student group called Everyone Allied Against Homophobia that consisted of slipping a flier under the door of every dorm room on campus. The headline of the flier stated, “I want this space to be a safer space.” The text below instructed students to tape the fliers to their windows. The group’s vice president then had the flier published in the Columbia Daily Spectator, the student newspaper, along with an editorial asserting that “making spaces safer is about learning how to be kind to each other.”

A junior named Adam Shapiro decided he didn’t want his room to be a safer space. He printed up his own flier calling it a dangerous space and had that, too, published in the Columbia Daily Spectator. “Kindness alone won’t allow us to gain more insight into truth,” he wrote. In an interview, Mr. Shapiro said, “If the point of a safe space is therapy for people who feel victimized by traumatization, that sounds like a great mission.” But a safe-space mentality has begun infiltrating classrooms, he said, making both professors and students loath to say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. “I don’t see how you can have a therapeutic space that’s also an intellectual space,” he said.


BigDonOne said...

...Actually, military-industrial complex-wise, the better stuff coming down the pike is never in the public domain.... http://www.komonews.com/news/boeing/Report-Boeing-patents-sci-fi-style-force-field-technology-297388461.html

CNu said...

Sure it is, it's all in the public domain - you simply have to know how and where to look for it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-sten-odenwald/when-nasa-had-nuclear-roc_b_6872008.html NERVA was discontinued in 1973, notwithstanding the fact that it had tested with flying colors. There were, however, at that time, far too many elements missing from an integrated system capable of getting a useful payload there and back., Now that those elements are all in place, and robotic systems have proven themselves time and time again, it's time for the exploration and conquest of the solar system to begin in earnest.

So also with weapons. Now, this force field business is strictly a distraction for dummies. Hypersonic, thermo-acoustic, spontaneous energy focusing, any one of these would have yielded far more interesting results than this laser/plasma brain fart that's been placed into the news. Nah, if you want to think about something interesting, you should pack your bowl (that's bowl, not bowel BD) with drones, time on target, and deep mind. Now there's a scary mashup for you to spark up and go fap up on....,

makheru bradley said...

So the “substantially more intelligent” president kept this Bush neocon in his administration and allowed her to be promoted into a position to where she could play a game of chicken with Putin and risk WWIII for MID profits. Utterly brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

This dude gets reamed out more often than Iceberg Slim’s bottom ho.

[ In May 2014, Kagan published a lengthy essay in The New Republic entitled “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire,” in which Kagan castigated Obama for failing to sustain American dominance in the world and demanding a more muscular U.S. posture toward adversaries.

According to a New York Times article about how the essay took shape and its aftermath, writer Jason Horowitz reported that Kagan and Nuland shared a common world view as well as professional ambitions, with Nuland editing Kagan’s articles, including the one tearing down her ostensible boss. Though Nuland wouldn’t comment specifically on her husband’s attack on Obama, she indicated that she held similar views. “But suffice to say,” Nuland said, “that nothing goes out of the house that I don’t think is worthy of his talents. Let’s put it that way.”

Horowitz reported that Obama was so concerned about Kagan’s assault that the President revised his commencement speech at West Point to deflect some of the criticism and invited Kagan to lunch at the White House, where one source told me that it was like “a meeting of equals.”] The only time this dude sees a pair is when he’s looking back at whoever is riding him.

CNu said...

So the “substantially more intelligent” president kept this Bush neocon
in his administration and allowed her to be promoted into a position to
where she could play a game of chicken with Putin and risk WWIII for MID

Yes. As you ought to know by now, Double-0 is the Brookings-selected then popularly elected POTUS. Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (which doesn’t disclose details on its funders), used his prized perch
on the Washington Post’s op-ed page on Friday to bait Republicans into
abandoning the sequester caps limiting the Pentagon’s budget, which he
calculated at about $523 billion (apparently not counting extra war
spending). Kagan called on the GOP legislators to add at least $38
billion and preferably more like $54 billion to $117 billion:Oh, and btw - that acronym stands for president of the united states, not president of NBUF. In grown folks world out here, "who brung you to the dance gets to call the tune."

When NBUF selects and then engineers the election of a POTUS, or maybe of a school board member in Gary Indiana, then you'll get to see that "who brung you to the dance" principle in operation. In his capacity as the substantially more intelligent POTUS, he has to preside over an immense and highly diverse portolio of ongoing projects, interests, activities, and power concentrations. The Great Game with the former soviet union has been underway for most of your life and has been the primary arbiter of world history for the past 70 years. Brookings was devising and implementing Great Game strategy before Double-0 was born, and will be doing so long after he leaves office.

All the rest of that gas is disaffected peasant sour grapes. Has the Krusty Kufi Krew organized any kickstarters or gofundme's yet to underwrite the cost of waging legal war against the overseer establishment now that the Hon.Bro.Preznit via the DOJ's Ferguson report has handed you the blueprint for effective engagement? cue crickets.....,

makheru bradley said...

“POTUS, he has to preside over an immense…” LOL This POTUS, similar to Ronald Ray-Gun, is nothing more than a toy soldier. They wind up him to deliver a script, and reel him back in. This dude doesn't have a clue when it comes to foreign policy. He signed up to be manipulated by shot-callers, who've made his decisions look stupid. Case in point: He sat quietly by and allowed Maliki to disband and betray the Sahwa, who played a critical role in defeating AQI/ISI in 2007 in Anbar. Had this dude had the intelligence to force Maliki to honor his commitments to the Sahwa, ISIS would have never regained a foothold in the Sunni Triangle. That was just dumb.

It's absolutely guaranteed that he will support Bibi's pending attacks on Hezbollah near the Golan Heights, which will stave off defeat for Nusra. Fight jihadists here, support them there. He does not have a clue.

“The DOJ's Ferguson report has handed you the blueprint for effective engagement.” The DOJ has not provided a blueprint for anything. A blueprint would have identified a test case to challenge Screws, and actual litigation in Federal court. They did identify numerous constitutional violations which could serve as the basis for a class-action lawsuit by civil rights attorneys.

BigDonOne said...

The MIneShaft Gap--
Safe places in Russia... http://www.infowars.com/russia-has-constructed-massive-underground-shelters-in-anticipation-of-nuclear-war/"Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Russians have never stopped making preparations for nuclear war.........."