Interestingness afoot:

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Nevada officials blast feds over treatment of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy

Looking at the wackyside of the internet, there are a lot of people claiming that they are getting armed and heading out to Nevada to stand against the Feds. I’d bet that most of ‘em are just blowing smoke… but if even a few follow through, the next few days might prove interesting.

In the video, BLM rangers tase a guy *three* *times*… to no apparent effect. Options:

1) The tasers aren’t really up to scratch

2) The guy is some kind of badass

3) The guy is wearing a metal mesh or metal foil undershirt

Beyond simply shrugging off taser shots, what kinda got me was that after tasering the feller, the rangers didn’t follow through. If you go to the bother of pulling a trigger on someone, whether that trigger is attached to a firearm, a taser or pepper spray, shouldn’t you then actually arrest them? Otherwise… why are you pulling a trigger on someone who isn’t doing something worthy of arrest?

It’s April 1st. AKA “April Fools Day,” a day notable for bad jokes and hoaxes (such as “A Necro-Biological Explanation for the Fermi Paradox,” a reasonable facsimile of a dry scientific paper, posted on Arxiv.org, which attributes the silence of the universe to a near universal zombie epidemic). The problem is, “real news” happens on April 1s, just like any other day. and while most news stories are clearly not April 1st gags, some are real hard to tell if they are hoaxes… or signs that some people are really, really messed up. Like this one:

What Can Educators do to End White Supremacy in the Classroom?

This, sadly, appears to be entirely on the up-and-up, just bad timing. It describes the 15th annual “National White Privilege Conference” held in Madison, Wisconsin. What was discussed there is *entirely* insane. Just utter racist rubbish, of the worst self-hating variety.

One of the “educators” featured in the story is gettign her PhD in “Critical whiteness studies,” something I’ve never heard of before. So, I looked it up on wikipedia. And what I learned is this:

“Black studies” are taught by black folk to explain how great black folk are.

“Chicano/hispanic studies” are taught by chicano/hispanic folk to explain how great chicano/hispanic folk are.

“Womens studies” are taught by women to explain how great women are.

“White studies” are taught by black folk to explain how terrible white folk are.

Buh?

Throw in a lot of gibberish about “privilege,” a whole lot of anti-white race-baiting, a heaping helping of psychobabble and a dumptruck full of socialist/Marxist bullcrap, and you have “critical whiteness studies.”

Gah.

I’m starting to come around to the thinking of many of those on the far left, that views that they don’t agree with should be banned or made illegal. In my case, I’m about to call for a petition to the White House demanding a moratorium on “liberal arts” being taught in universities for a generation or two. Higher ed should be restricted to the likes of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, medicine, that sort of thing: STEM. And lay off the BS curricula long enough for the current practitioners to just simply *die.*

From Fark.com:

Reminder: Today is your last day of open enrollment and you must sign up for Obamacare now. The Obamacare web site has been helpfully rendered inoperable for your convenience

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Spokeswoman says engineers “are in control” of structural defects at 420-foot-high dam in seismically-active area. If she’s wrong, Africa could lose 1.3GW of grid power, 3.5 million people and the capital of Zambia

Man chops off his own hand with a homemade guillotine… and is now threatening to amputate his arm

Why would he do such a thing? He was in a motorcycle wreck and suffered substantial nerve pain. Apparently the British National Health System has refused to treat him for 16 years so… he did it himself. Neat!

Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

Wow. The US, for once, actually comes off pretty good compared to just about everybody except Australia. China, though… yeesh.

A fairly disturbing article about how pseudoscientific nonsense is becoming accepted practice in many medical centers:

A disturbing example of quackademic medicine at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center

Can we as a society really point and laugh at people freaking out about “mubobobo” when we have University cancer treatment centers offering newage like reiki and reflexology? We have become so “tolerant of diverse cultures” that we don’t seem to be able to say ” no, sorry, that’s *wrong*” to utter anti-scientific nonsense.

Child hurt by razor blades glued to East Moline playground equipment

Twelve razor blades were glued to playground equipment. Clearly an effort to injure children. Someone needs to have their ass handed to ‘em.

It’s a pity there aren’t penal colonies that criminals such as this could be shipped to. Someone who glues razors to jungle gyms and swings is someone society doesn’t need.

Temple Student Attacked With Brick

The short form: a 19-year -old Temple U student and her 20-year-old boyfriend were out for a walk in Philly when they were surrounded by a group of 8-to-14-year-old children who verbally berated them, assaulted them, and mashed the girl in the face with a brick, doing massive damage. And… that’s pretty much about it. The story gives no description of the high-spirited little scamps. It does not say what they were yelling at the victims. It gives no indication of what the motive of the attack was. You know… the important items that journalists *should* let the public be aware of.

Odd, that.

Passenger takes picture of Delta Airlines jet losing wing part mid-flight

yikes

And the march towards censoring speech continues. I can only imagine this will meet with all the spectacular success that previous efforts have had.

College campaigns against offensive language such as ‘derp,’ ‘wuss,’ and ‘you guys’

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Avoid words such as “crazy” or “derp” and replace them with “person with a mental health condition” or “person with a learning or cognitive disability.”

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“Our culture is heterosexist, it’s racist, it’s patriarchal. It’s transphobic, homophobic, ageist, ableist.” – Visiting Assistant Professor SooJin Pate   

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The campaign’s website lists even more words, such as “lame,” which have an “oppressive impact in our society.” Other posters instruct students not to use the phrase “illegal alien” or “handicapped.”

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Ye gods. Some people have waaaay too much free time and too strong of an urge to be bossy thought-controlling intolerant fascists.

A derpy history lesson: “derp” seems to have been around forever, coming from the world of slapstick comedy. But it doesn;t seem to have hit the popular culture in any meaningful way until the brief arrival of Mr. Derp on “South Park” way, way, WAAAAAAY back in the distant year of Nineteen Ninety Aught Nine.

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How will this effort to control speech work out? I believe that, as in so many things, Eric Cartman shows us the way:

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