Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Sorry seems to be the hardest word | Dr. Malcolm Kendrick: "Organisations... have been haranguing the entire population of the world about the dangers of cholesterol, saturated fat, and salt for the last thirty years. Foodstuffs which they now seem happy to admit, cause no harm, indeed they are almost certainly good for you.
At the same time, they have bombarded us with messages to consume sugar(s). They usually call them carbohydrates, which is disingenuous in the extreme. Carbohydrates are all just sugars in disguise. A disguise that the digestive system can strip off in a few minutes. Yes, all those healthy fruit and vegetables are simply extended chains of simple sugar(s). And once they enter your digestive system, your body cares not whether or not you ate a carrot or a sugar cube. It delivers them into your bloodstream as sugar [primarily glucose and fructose].
Now there have been a number of people, including me, who have been saying for years that cholesterol and saturated fat are perfectly healthy, salt is good for you and sugar (in large amounts) is bad. We have all been dismissed as cranks and idiots who would have caused the deaths of thousands of people, if they had ever dared to listen to what we had to say. It turns out the cranks and the mavericks were right. The experts were wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. Damagingly wrong. Whilst the words ‘I told you so’ are temptingly easy to say; and saying them should be resisted. There is another, single word, that appears impossible to say. Sorry."
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Diversity Officer Who Tweeted ‘Kill All White Men’ Deserves Ridicule, Not Arrest - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "Some students at Goldsmiths, University of London have created a petition demanding the resignation and arrest of Bahar Mustafa, the campus’s diversity officer, because, well, she said a lot of hateful, racist things. And she should be mocked for them—relentlessly. She should not, however, face charges.
Her statements include some pretty troubling stuff. Mustafa unapologetically defended her use of the hashtag “kill all white men,” according to The Independent: “It's a way of reclaiming the power from the trauma many of us experience as queers, women, people of colour, who are on the receiving end of racism, misogyny and homophobia daily," she added.
She recently instructed men and white people to steer clear of a diversity event she helped organize: "Also, if you've been invited and you're a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only."
Amidst charges that she is racist and sexist toward white men, Mustafa explained in a recorded message that this was literally impossible: I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.
She also made a bunch of ridiculous claims about the need for “liberation movements” on college campuses and flatly denied that her job was to represent all students, since “all people… by virtue of their gender, race, and class, have opposing interests.” To deny the legitimacy of any of this nonsense “is to commit an act of violence,” she said. “Resistance to our resistance is futile.”"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
"...the notion that art and creative expression can somehow be de-linked from commercial pressures and expectations is bullshit cooked up in the Romantic era, mostly by artists with trust funds or deep-pocketed patrons."
Yes, Mad Men's Don Draper Created the "I'd Like to Give the World a Coke" Ad [Updated with grim reminder of M*A*S*H's terrible finale] - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "Like the Pop Art era that it partly chronicles, one of its most interesting ideas is precisely the notion that art and creative expression can somehow be de-linked from commercial pressures and expectations is bullshit cooked up in the Romantic era, mostly by artists with trust funds or deep-pocketed patrons. Rather, art and commerce are inextricably linked, especially in popular forms that seek an audience in a marketplace."
5/19 - deadlift, situps, back xt, walk, steam
Why Having to Start Over – AGAIN – Is Great | Nerd Fitness: "Every time we try to get fit and fail, we learn a little bit more about how the controls work. Maybe we lost a few pounds with strategy A, but failed with strategy B. If we go to the gym for a few weeks and give up, when we come back next time we are familiar with the inner workings, and don’t need to get over the fear of exercising in a public place like the first time. Each time you start over, you’re getting closer to that point of making things stick."
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
IN. DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Trailer Is Exhilarating And Incredible: "Rip Hunter is the guy putting everything together, as he revealed he’s a member of the Time Masters, a futuristic organization whose duty to the world is protecting history... He tells this motley group of heroes and villains that they eventually work together to take on a bigger threat than any of them have ever faced, the immortal and brilliant Vandal Savage..."
Thursday, May 14, 2015
LIFT-RUN-BANG: 8 truths to live (and lift) by: " Be willing to hurt people you care about with honesty. If they care about you, they will forgive you for not bullshitting them. If you care about them, you won't enable their shit behavior by lying to them. There's nothing worse than enablers. These are the friends that never make you reexamine how you behave, how you treat people, and what your "weak points" are. In lifting it's the guy that lets you squat high all the while telling you what a "beast" you are. In life, it's the same friend that knows you're fucking someone over, yet agrees with all of your fucked up rationalizations as to why you're doing it. Don't surround yourself with enablers, and don't be one. If someone values your friendship they will also value your constructive criticism. If you lose a "friendship" because of it, then it wasn't much of a friendship to begin with."
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Because Men Are Evil®, of course. I blame the patriarchy. A Man Took a Selfie in the Toy Aisle of Target. Obviously, He Must Be a Predator. - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "In an Australian Target store last week, a man stopped to take a selfie with a cardboard Star Wars cut-out. He thought it would be fun to show his kids. Another woman saw him with his camera in the toy department and immediately assumed the he was photographing her children. She snapped his photo, pasted it on Facebook along with what she thought he’d done, and it went viral...
Every day we are groomed by the media to believe the worst of the worst about men anywhere near kids. The Joey Salads video did not create that fear. It just repeated it, like a tired sermon. Salads believes he is warning parents about something they don't know, when in reality all too many parents already believe it with every fiber of their beings. And the media repeats this lie it every day, despite the fact that kids have never been safer.
Here’s a totally unrelated-yet-related story of a 5-year-old boy who left school without anyone realizing it and walked a mile home on his own. Big deal. This is news? Yes. Because the media figured out how to bend it to tell the same old story: When they boy walked home, even though he wasn’t abducted, he could have been. The reporter tells us there are sex offenders in town. The implication is obvious: It’s just incredible luck that they didn’t spot him out their window, run outside, and lure him to his doom. Over. And over. And over."
"...the writers are merely engaging in the malapropism du jour, wherein words can be "violence" and challenging or uncomfortable thoughts make people "unsafe.""
Oh, FFS. Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "During the week spent on Ovid’s "Metamorphoses," the class was instructed to read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, both of which include vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual assault, the student described being triggered while reading such detailed accounts of rape throughout the work. However, the student said her professor focused on the beauty of the language and the splendor of the imagery when lecturing on the text. As a result, the student completely disengaged from the class discussion as a means of self-preservation. She did not feel safe in the class.
Ovid’s "Metamorphoses" is a fixture of Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom. These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.
Apparently this discussion of Ovid was so threatening it was a matter of self-preservation to ignore it. If that's really true—if the mere discussion of rape causes this student to feel panicked and physically unsafe—than she needs help treating severe post-traumatic stress disorder, not a fucking trigger warning. I say that with no judgment; being raped can obviously be traumatic enough to produce lingering psychological trauma. But that's what that level of reaction represents: psychological trauma. Which, while something professors should be sensitive to, shouldn't dictate the parameters of acceptable education for all students.
That the student physically stayed in the classroom for the discussion and talked to the professor immediately afterward, however, suggests she wasn't as struck with crippling post-traumatic terror as the op-ed makes it seem. Rather, the writers are merely engaging in the malapropism du jour, wherein words can be "violence" and challenging or uncomfortable thoughts make people "unsafe.""