So, sitting back enjoying my Sunday morning, getting ready to root for whichever team was playing the Patriots, and enjoying a cup of good coffee.
I have to wait for MNF to see if my Steelers figure out what type of team they want to be, so without much else to do I was chatting with a “womans rights” person. Smart guy, lawyer, believes in and fights for ethics. Just wanted to see if and where I could move his opinion or if I could learn something new…
And he had to go and write this:
“The comet mission was cool…I’m not all that sure that it impacts me or the future as much as getting the culture to treat women with respect.”
Just wow… you are kidding right? Science is not as important as getting culture right? So by that argument we should go back to the stone age style of living, and all be peace loving people worshiping a deity called the Great Mother? As long as we’re all equal… right?NOTE: Yes. I understand this was not his point, and it’s a straw man argument. Just work with me… I’m on a roll.As he put it: “I am quite certain that building an equal, respectful, productive and ethical culture is more important than measuring the temperature, speed and god know what else on a frozen chunk of ice…”
I still don’t agree. Just trying to make a point about overreaction… Read on…
Separate But Equal
I’m all for equal rights. And in our society woman have made huge strides. Woman are now the majority in colleges, rising to top levels in business, and are generally viewed is being the chief decision maker in most households. Woman control the budget. Is there still work to be done, yes. Always. Of course.
At the same time men and boys are being diminished throughout popular culture. It’s now not just acceptable to view men is “idiots” on many TV shows and commercials but it’s approved and pushed by popular culture. It’s also become normal to squash any “competitive” or “manly” traits of boys in school. Draw a picture of combat, get thrown out of school. Hold up a Pop-Tart nibbled into a rough pistol shape, suspended. Boys are being forced to act unnaturally and we’re starting to pay the price in culture. More and more young men are incapable of being productive in society.
But the “approved” new open culture is still pushing the fringe as the new norm. It’s now acceptable to watch the cast of Kinky-Boots march down Broadway in the Macy Day parade, on national TV. And to be shunned if you question it. So it’s ok to have my small children turn around and ask me “why are those guys wearing those funny boots in womans clothes?” A conversation I would love to have, only when they’re a bit older.
Is that okay feel that way? After all, I loved the play, thought the movie was awesome, the message one of tolerance and understanding. I get it. But did I want to see it on national TV early Thanksgiving morning? Nope. Equal rights, sure. But what about culture? Is it okay be concerned and ask the question?
I’m as open-minded as anyone you can meet. I believe in individuals, their right to make whatever decision in their own lives. I’ve been to drag parties, and my gay friends laugh as I get hit on (I always say thank you, but no, for it really is a complement. Or they’re too drunk. Still not sure…). I’ve fired or demoted half of an executive board for not having enough woman (among other reasons). And within a year, we promoted a new executive team, over half who were well deserving women that helped transform the business. I grew up with many sisters and a strong mother, and my grandmother, RIP, was a true southern lady but with more guts and more strength than anyone I knew. Hell, I love woman! And I always treat everyone with with respect. But is it okay if I also find I want a bit of decorum in society?
Won this Battle, Losing the War
About 20 percent of the population self identify as feminists (almost everyone favors of gender equality – I don’t understand that small group who are against it, but from what I see online it’s a few feminist woman who want to remove my balls and subjugate me). So when a feminist takes the spotlight for her own selfish narcissist needs she is not helping equality, and in fact may be driving anyone who supports her views to question that view. Big branding problem… blowing up minor issues can’t be helping the numbers.
The overreaction to the “sexist, oppressive women hating” shirt verses the lack of reaction to, oh, I don’t know, stoning of women in the Middle East? Too big? How about the lack of reaction to double standards? Feminist are all in when fighting for the last Victorian taboo – the freedom for women going topless. This is good, empowering, must be supported at all cost! But in the very next moment getting all worked up over a fun shirt with dressed women flying spaceships and shooting ray guns. Not helpful.
The feminist and their supporters in media won the battle. They successfully brought lots of attention to the shirt, and forced a weeping humiliating apology from a brilliant scientist. Victory. Yay. The “man” was shown his proper place in society.
But the war on equality? A giant leap back. How many of those undecideds in the middle, when exposed to this sort of selective feminist overreaction, decided that it’s not worth supporting a group like that. How many young girls, who like strong women, cool outfits, space ships and ray guns, decided they had better stick to Barbie as they may get too much attention to do otherwise. And how many young boys thought “hey, I like that shirt, but I will never go study rocket science as I’ll get my ass torn for trying to be cool!” So they drop out, stick to the video games, and live in their mothers basement?
I happen to believe that advancing science is more important than trying to make a political statement. Can’t we have some equality AND advance science? I want cancer cured, I want us to be able to travel to other planets, and I want guys like Matt (the guy with the shirt) out there, in that shirt or topless if he wants, pushing the boundary of science. The reaction was not equal… and harmful to womens rights.
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The little Rosetta probe was launched over 10 years ago, and to achieve the required velocity to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko it had to fly through most of the Solar System.
It’s well known that landing a jet fighter on a moving flight deck is tough. Landing at night, in rough weather, with no lights, that is the most stressful aspect of naval aviation. The challenge of landing a plane on a carrier at night is as daunting as the task is difficult: Working in darkness, the pilot has to bring in a jet at speeds over 150 knots, snag a cable 4 inches off the deck in a space that is roughly 20 feet wide and 100 feet long. Close air support, air-to-air combat, nothing gets the pilot’s heart rate up like landing at night. On a moving, pitching deck.
Landing on a carrier at night is like running across your living room, leaping into the air, and trying to lick a stamp on the floor with your tongue. With the lights out.
Now, think about how hard it is to get a small spacecraft, thats traveled 4 billion miles to hit a dark, dusty comet, which is only 2.5 miles wide. That’s like someone standing in San Francisco shooting a thrown snowball in New York City with a 30.30 rifle.
Hard is an understatement.
And, to top it all off, you’re able to get a tiny probe out, land it on the damn thing, and do it all when the time it takes for a signal to get from here to there takes 28 minutes, 20 seconds. That almost 30 minutes. And the signal is traveling at the speed of light. That’s 186,000 miles per second. Per second. Let that sink in for a second. Now picture being 186,000 miles further away.
Difficult is an understatement.
This comet landing is an amazing scientific achievement by many dedicated scientists, and something to celebrate. So if your takeaway from historic occasion is that one scientist is an misogynist asshole, I think you’ve missed the big picture.
It seems a good friend, a woman, of one of the scientist made an outstandingly cool shirt. And Matt Taylor, the scientist in question, loves crazy shirts. And he had her cool shirt on. What a great way to celebrate. And the news cameras and media and the world went wild celebrating this amazing scientific accomplishment.
Until someone noticed what was on the shirt. Art. Art with beautiful women.
The reaction was, just to quote one example out of many, swift and terrible:
Good work, Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project Scientist at the European Space Agency, snatching the spotlight away from the technical accomplishment of your team and making it all about about your clothing choices, and for also doing it with such elan that you simultaneously denigrated all the enthusiastic young women watching the webcast. They may have been cheering at first, but then it sank in that their designated prop role is to be half-naked and posed poutingly on your shirt.
The news has been wall-to-wall coverage not about the amazing scientific accomplishment, but about a shirt.
It seems the female mind is so weak she must be protected from “art!”
Those aren’t photos of women but drawings. There also happens to be nothing particularly wrong with the female (or male) body, clothed, unclothed or partly clothed, and if some scientist wants to make recognize his good friends art, no better way than appearing on a newscast wearing that shirt. What’s perverse is getting all bent out of shape by someone’s (non-obscene) clothing choices instead of focusing on his scientific accomplishments.
There are many that are saying this is “terrible” and must not stand. After all, we must think of the young women and girls who watched that and flinched when exposed to the female form, and their dreams of being a rocket scientist were destroyed. This guy’s shirt choice could have been the LAST STRAW for who knows how many young women who were thinking of pursuing a career in science or engineering. That last little push that made them say “You know what? Fuck that. I don’t need that bullshit in my daily workaday life.”
The poor little things… they must be protected.
Just so we’re all clear, must we now destroy this, for it shows a female form?
And this, think of all the little girls!
OMG! The world is not safe!
NASA, ESA, all of society could clean house of every person who enjoys the human form and it still wouldn’t satisfy its the feminist inquisitors. The feminist’s point is not to just shame this one man, but to drive home the message that the media spotlight is the sole playground for the politically correct, asexual, lefty approved view and that anything or anyone who doesn’t toe that line will find no regular place in public.
To quote the awesome Instapundit:
YEAH, WELL, I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT YOU THINK, SINCE YOU’VE NEVER ACTUALLY DONE ANYTHING OF CONSEQUENCE EXCEPT COMPLAIN: I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing.
Landing on a comet is a big deal. Complaining about men isn’t. Also, we’ve been told that it’s always sexist and inappropriate for men to comment on women’s choice of attire, so why should women be allowed to criticize what men wear? This is just another sad effort on the part of losers to inject themselves into matters that are actually relevant, but in which they are unqualified to take part.
And to follow up from the editor of ricochet.com, Jon Gabriel:
Mr. Taylor then made the bad situation worse. Instead of telling these progressive puritans to go pound silicon dioxide, he issued a sobbing public confession straight out of a Maoist show trial. This guy just dropped a dishwasher on an ice cube 300 million miles from home and he’s groveling to a coven of D-list bloggers?
As long as people keep caving to the progressive puritans, the cruelty will only get worse.
Yep. Push back. Hard.
One final update 9:15 PM. Cedar Sanderson, who wrote an outstanding post here: Who will stand with me for individuality, and freedom of expression? informed me about this little tidbit of information that seems… I don’t know… important? Cedar writes, “you know what doesn’t even get mentioned? The team leader is a woman.”
Ok… another great point from this beautiful (I have no idea what she looks like but I love the way her brain works), smart, pointed woman:
It’s not women objectifying themselves that concerns me at the moment, but the cruelty and viciousness behind some of these attacks. You just made a guy who landed on a comet feel like an epic failure as a human being.
Matt Taylor, your shirt was cute and I’m so sorry you had to meet the Social Justice Warriors. They’re an ugly bunch.
For those who ever wonder why I don’t get all warm and fuzzy about the idea of living in a matriarchy, this is why. Women can sometimes have a careless kind of cruelty about them that really has no boundaries, no limitations, and no remorse.
So can men… but we’re all human. A bit different, and that’s a great thing, but human.
I’m not a gamer.
Oh, I’ve played a few, even enjoy some of them. My taste tend to run towards more strategic operational games. Think Avalon Hill, SSI, Game Designers’ Workshop. Board games.
But I’ve seen this story before. A group of misguided but “hearts-in-the-right-place-do-gooders” spurred on by a few that are only in it for narcissist reasons, have decided that something is very wrong and MUST BE CORRECTED NOW!
As just one example, I’m reminded of the story behind DDT. An extremely effective insecticide developed during World War II, the usage of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) began in 1943 and became the most widely used pesticide on American farms until it was banned in 1972. Despite the fact it was safe-to-use, had a broad range of applications and was a proven savior for many crops.
In 1962 a few narcissists, with the lead “do-gooder” being one Rachel Carson, started a vicious, hysterical and unscientific attack on DDT. The few grew to many, almost all uninformed but trying to do the right thing, and that resulted in the banning of DDT.
When U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief William Ruckelshaus was about to announce his decision to ban DDT, he confided to a friend, “There is no scientific basis for banning this chemical — this is a political decision.”
There are many examples; Three Mile Island and the movie The China Syndrome leads to unwarranted fear about the effects of radiation, the actions of a few “we must act now” types and we’re stuck with the Patriot Act. It’s for the children! And we up the drinking age to 21 – perhaps stunting an entire generation in the process by treating them as mindless childlike creatures who can’t think for themselves. And on and on…
Sometimes They’re Right.
We can never forget that sometimes the “do gooders” amongst us are on a right path. I would suggest tightening up on the drunk driving laws was probably a good thing. I can remember back in my youth being drunk out of my mind and getting pulled over, beer cans falling out of the car, and the kind policeman just let me go with a warning as I was almost home.
With so many of these cases, however, the drunk driving problem has been mostly solved. Social sigma, awareness about the perils of drunk driving, harsh penalties, and today only a fool would head out drunk. Many still do, but the rate of people who die in alcohol-related traffic accidents has declined by 50 percent over the last three decades. Problem solved, right? Wrong.
The “do gooders” can’t stop. Tougher drunk driving laws have reached the point of diminishing returns. Now they’re starting to encroach on personal freedoms and rights. New rules, more laws, stronger regulations have been proposed that will take away the rights of people to make their own “bad” decisions – or any decision for that matter. Soon your car may not even move if you’ve had a drink.
This Brings Us to #GamerGate.
As someone called Connolly points out;
“Gamergate is essentially a valid argument, at the core it criticises videogames journalists for lack of integrity and in some cases being on the payroll of the companies that they write about. This is a valid critique as arguably there is a large amount of such behaviour going around.
The secondary issue raised by a number of feminists, is the inclusion of more female characters particularly in a believable leading role in order to encourage more women into computer gaming and end the allegedly endemic ‘misogyny and sexism’ in video games.”
The narcissist few, mostly man hating feminists, have decided that games, a billion+ dollar male dominated arena, are sexist (evil) and must be changed. Forget about the right to live free, make our own decisions, or enjoy a game – along with some eye candy. Forget about the entire advertising and Hollywood industry and how they portray women. Forget about much of the Middle East where they subjugate women and mutilate girls. Games are sexist; therefore they must be forced to conform to THEIR world-view. Feminist want everything so women will be able and willing to participate in anything. See Title IX and its impact on sports – some good, some bad, some unintended. They want to equalize everything, and they can’t accept that men and women are different with different interests.
Don’t forget about the money. Once feminist organizations got so called “equal rights” on everything do you expect them to close their doors and get real jobs? Heck no, they’ll just try to figure out what else they can create a “cause” over to keep getting donations.
This time feminist attacked the wrong group. Gamers were already used to being portrayed as basement dwelling nerds, geeks, and worst. Tech savvy, with not much to lose, they rejected the normal reaction of most groups when confronted with a “do-gooder” fight. Most groups don’t have the guts to fight back. After all, it’s a PR disaster. The “do-gooders” are doing this for the weak, the underprivileged, those that need the help! It’s difficult to face down a “do-gooder” even if they’re wrong. But the gamers are not backing down.
I’m reminded of another failure in planning that happened over 80 years ago, known as the great Emu War.
During the 1930’s depression a group of Australian farmers settled in the migration path of emus. If you don’t know, emus are big, mean birds with a vicious kick and aren’t afraid of much. Soon enough, the farmers were besieged by over 20,000 Emus and their crops were being destroyed. Able jump over or knock down most fences the farmers could not halt the emu invasion. After all, from the emus perspective, this was easy living! Field after field of great food, and plentiful water, home sweet home.
The farmers where not happy as they watched all their hard work get transformed into bird poop. Being good citizens, they appealed to the government. After a bit of wrangling a solution was found: Combine some sound military training with a valuable public service. Troops equipped with the latest in military hardware – machine guns – would be sent out to kill these dumb birds. The government would be the hero, and save the day. After all, they’re just birds. What could possibly go wrong?
With all the precision of 20th century military planning the troops moved in. It was a classic ambush, good fields of fire and a proper killing zone. The farmers, excited at the prospect of ridding themselves of this problem, were recruited to drive the birds into the field-of-fire.
Everything was going according to plan until the gunners, waiting until the birds were at point-blank range, opened fire. Thousands of rounds, broken guns, frustrated troops, and only twelve birds killed. The remaining emus had all scattered.
It seems the great-great-great grandchild of T-Rex doesn’t like getting shot. And it seems it’s damn hard to kill one of these birds. The soldiers found that shooting an emu didn’t necessarily slow it down. In fact, anything short of hitting a vital organ just made them mad.
An ornithologist later wrote that “The machine-gunners’ dreams of point blank fire into masses of emus were soon dissipated. The emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of military equipment uneconomic.” In other words, the birds quickly scattered, and were damn near impossible to hit.
The troops tried everything. More ambushes. Mount the guns on trucks (perhaps the first technical) to provide mobility, anything and everything. Everything the military threw at the lowly emu failed.
The commander of the troops compared the emus to Zulus, and commented on the striking maneuverability even while badly wounded, “If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world…They can face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks.”
One soldier later gave this assessment of the enemy’s strategy: “The emus have proved that they are not so stupid as they are usually considered to be. Each mob has its leader, always an enormous black-plumed bird standing fully six-feet high, who keeps watch while his fellows busy themselves with the wheat. At the first suspicious sign, he gives the signal, and dozens of heads stretch up out of the crop. A few birds will take fright, starting a headlong stampede for the scrub, the leader always remaining until his followers have reached safety.”
What does this have to do with #Gamergate?
Everything. Small groups, hard to hit, harder still to kill, the gamers are proving to be much like the emu to the Australian military. Perhaps the feminist dreams of an easy victory and bringing another group to heel has met their emu.
And to the gamers, keep up the fight. Out last them. Just keep it civil, and don’t do stupid stuff. You don’t have to fight back and destroy the feminist. All you need to do is keep highlighting their ineffectiveness and stupidity and watch as they fade away to find an easier target. Perhaps they’ll try to take on the radical Islamic treatment of women.
Today, along with the kangaroo, the emu is one of Australia’s national symbols, showing just which side came out ahead in that brief conflict. I know where I’m putting my money on this new conflict.
Emu Photo by Skia
I think that most Americans are experiencing a generalized depression about the nation these days.
It’s a sense of weariness because our paychecks don’t stretch enough in the supermarket where the cost of food, particularly meat and fish, is soaring.
Anyone can state some positive numbers about our economy, and I can just as easily post a counter list, all true, that show the opposite. But why, the true believers won’t believe them.
Here is the one that is most important; whether people actually feel any improvement. And even Obama concedes this point.
“They don’t feel it,” Obama said. “And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up.”
The Democrats outspent the GOP this election cycle, tried every trick in the book, but people vote with their wallet. And the simple fact is the US economy is still struggling with too many under employed. And almost every program the government has pushed though has done nothing but make it worst. What fundamentally hurt the Democrats was their inability to deliver prosperity as they used to. In national exit polls, 45% of respondents cited the economy as their chief concern. Ahead of health care, 25%, not to mention foreign policy, 13%.
We’ve learned Obama’s skills are mostly about campaigning and not governing. It’s painful to watch a man who is so obviously in over his head. The president, it seems, is a better salesman than he is an executive. And more and more are suffering because of it.
I’d like to think that he went into office with as genuine ambitions as anyone could and a deep respect for the government, being a constitutional law professor and senator. And I wish he had delivered on his promises – I agreed with many of his points (overreaching executive power, right to privacy, soaring nation debt, etc.) I just never believed he would deliver and would become another Chicago machine operator. And he has. Sadly.
Whew… been a long time. I was as off, taking care of business. And I was tired of giving a voice to truth, fighting against the stupidity of so many, only to watch as more and more people bought into the lie. So I stopped blogging, stopped fighting in comments, stopped trying to swim upstream.
But enough of that, enough about me. I’m dusting my old blog off as there are too many stupid people out there. Starting with the perpetually aggrieved SJW.
Social Justice Warrior. A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will “get SJ points” and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are “correct” in their social circle.
The SJW’s favorite activity of all is to dogpile. Their favorite websites to frequent are Livejournal and Tumblr. They do not have relevant favorite real-world places, because SJWs are primarily civil rights activists only online.
After watching the SJW drop crap on um… well, almost everyone, including my beloved Marine Corps, some great authors, and now gamers I started to get angry. Again.
GamerGate refers to the online backlash against perceived breaches of journalistic integrity on video game news sites that occurred as a result of the Quinnspiracy, an online controversy surrounding indie game developer Zoe Quinn’s alleged affairs with a number of men working in the video game industry, including Kotaku staff writer Nathan Grayson.
So when Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, pointed out the forces of good can do something to help stop the side into chaos… well. Okay. Count me in.
Now… I’ll just have to start seeing what trouble I can get into.
Splash out. Bigol.
Congratulations to the OUTSTANDING men and women in our military that allowed this to happen! From the pogues ;) all down the logistics line to the REMF Gamers in a hut driving a drone, to the SHOOTERS at the pointy end – well done all. Also a “job well done sir” to President Obama. Tough call and high risk, but you made it. Well done indeed…
HOWEVER: You all know IF it were Bush we would be hearing about Wag the Dog and seeing headlines like this today:
WORLD News: Osama bin Laden Is Dead. US forces shot and killed the al-Qaida leader in Pakistan. Did Obama launch attack to lift his sagging polls?
Obama Passed Up Earlier Opportunity To Get Bin Laden
American forces launched one of the biggest incursions into US ally Pakistan as President Obama reaffirmed his belief in the doctrine of pre-emptive action. The offensive came as Obama takes pre-emptive action against al-Qaida.
Helicopters and special forces were sent into the family compound after members of Al Qaeda, which has recently moved into the area. The focus of the attack was northeast of…
as the New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh revealed last week, not only will U.S.-directed agents infiltrate existing terrorist groups and provoke them into action; the Pentagon itself will create its own terrorist groups and “death squads.” After establishing their terrorist “credentials” through various atrocities and crimes, these American-run groups will then be able to ally with – and ultimately undermine – existing terrorist groups.
Top-level officials in the Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence services and the Obama administration confirmed to Hersh that the plan is going forward…
Truth is stranger then fiction:
A reluctant American president who was ultimately overridden by senior military and intelligence officials to finally take out terrorist Osama Bin Laden…
And even more:
US News: Weeks after White House officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Obama’s records, independent examiners found more previously unreleased documents.
The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the files the latest in a series of embarrassments for White House officials who have repeatedly said they found and released all of Obama’s birth documents and school transcripts, only to belatedly discover more records. Those discoveries – nearly 100 pages, including Obama’s class work – have been the result of freedom of information lawsuits filed in federal courts by AP.
The unraveling has begun. Today there are big changes in the White House, Pentagon and Intelligence community. New players and the musical chairs appointments have created confusion, backlogged inquiries, and shaken long time Obama supporters.
The significance of this latest discovery is initially unclear. The federal grand jury looking into the fake Certificate of Live Birth is moving to collect the information. Mr. Obama remains at a undisclosed location with no official reaction. Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states unequivocally that “No person, except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
TRUTH is stranger then fiction…