May 302017
 

Thanks to a blog reader for pointing this out. Once again, someone apparently incapable of doing actual science, technology, engineering or math is using the jargon of science in order to further the goals of anti-science rubbish. The possibility exists that this is another Sokal hoax at the expense of leftist nonsense, but if so they seem to be going to a lot of bother.

Feminist researcher invents ‘intersectional quantum physics’ to fight ‘oppression’ of Newton

Let’s read from this Masterpiece Of Science For The Ages, shall we:

Assembled Bodies
Reconfiguring Quantum Identities
Introduction

I invest in Donna Haraway’s claim that “what counts as an object is precisely what world history turns out to be about” (quoted in Barad 2007, 42); that is, politics are about the hierarchies of what connections, or closenesses, are prioritized as bodily. All bodies are political gatherings, as what is understood as closely related, kin, the measured, congealing intersections of phenomena (social identity, histories, water, particles) considered legible/intelligible/singularized is always a political configuration, with systems and apparatuses (e.g., colonial sciences or clarity fetishism) set up to recognize these prioritized configurations/ separations (a “cut together/apart” in Barad’s words [2010, 240]), naturalizing insidious assumptions and hierarchies of value. And so “connect[ing] what’s been dangerously disconnected” (Rich 1987, 214) is directly political. Re/cognizing the connective/constellatory bodies typically not understood as connected (e.g., across disciplines) allows for embellishing alliances not following rules of typically understood closeness or kinship (space, time, social category, eugenic lineage) while also not discounting differing mattering realities (steeped categorizations). And, possibly, deprioritizing particularly naturalized, fetishizing borders has potentials for destabilizing structures that enable hierarchical othering (which justifies sociopolitical oppression and material-discursive violence).

Quantum physics disrupts the stagnancies of typically humanly recognized bodies. In quantum understandings, particles (classically understood as stagnant objects) also have wavelike properties, diffract, leap, and are quantumly entangled.

And. So. On.

Ummm. To me, this *sure* reads a whole lot like someone who’s just slapping together word salad in the hopes of creating another Sokal Affair. But these days, who knows… this could just as easily, perhaps even more easily, be another “Gender Studies” hack Deepak-Chopra-ing some quantum nonsense together in the hopes of sounding smart. I mean, come on… does this sound like GenderBlather, or someone parodying GenderBlather?

I specifically utilize feminist new materialist discussions of quantum physics and cyborgian posthumanism (Haraway 1985), along with seemingly separated discussions of noncentralized leadership practices and anti-oppression organizing, subaltern studies, intersectional identity politics, and safer space.

I just can’t tell anymore.

Now, I haven’t read the whole thing. Because, preponderance of evidence perhaps to the contrary, I do have some semblance of a life. But what I’ve read just keeps going in this fashion. And I just can’t tell if this is serious or satire anymore. In an age when people dress up in black, hide thier identities and go out into the streets in mobs in order to commit acts of bloody violence against people who simply disagree with them politically, and they have the astonishing chutzpah to call themselves “anti-fascist…” well, irony seems to be not just dead, but shot through the head with a deer slug, chopped up with a saws-all, soaked in a plastic tub full of nitric acid until it’s just a stew, fed through an incinerator and the ashes mixed in with the solid propellants of a Space Launch System booster rocket and then test fired out in the desert.

 Posted by at 2:52 am
May 282017
 

Take a wild guess.

The Coat of Arms Said ‘Integrity.’ Now It Says ‘Trump.’

In short, the Brits issues a “coat of arms” to a family decades ago, then Trumps company Culturally Appropriated it.

Lame.

Especially lame: that Trump, an American, felt the need for a “coat of arms” or gave a damn about heraldry. Such things are not only anachronisms, they are about as non-American as you can get, ranking up there with reverence for (rather than a sneering disdain for) royalty or a fascination with ones distant ancestry.

Bah.

 Posted by at 8:08 pm
May 252017
 

There seem to be two primary ways to tell if a forthcoming movie or TV series is going to be bad:

  1. The released materials – photos, descriptions, clips, trailers, etc. – just look or read as “bad”
  2. The people promoting the show start putting plans in place to downplay how awful it is, or to explain away a forthcoming disaster.

With Star Trek: Discovery, we’ve had a whole lot of #1. The disregard for established continuity, the jarring design elements, the apparent lack of any actual familiarity with Star Trek on the part of the people behind the show have led a *lot* or people to conclude that this STD is gonna burn.

But now they’re entering into Phase 2. Specifically… the “Ghostbusters 2016” playbook of “let’s blame the fans:”

Racist Star Trek Fans Decry Discovery‘s Diversity, Revealing They Know Nothing About Star Trek

Yeah, that’ll certainly help fix the problem. Someone doesn’t like your show? Call them a racist or a sexist. It worked *so* well for Ghostbusters 2016.

 

 

 Posted by at 11:15 am
May 212017
 

Humans have been successfully minting coins for around 3,000 years. It’s not exactly a mystifying dark art.

Scores of defective Rio Olympic medals fall apart

The article is a little lean on details, but it seems that a bunch of Rio medals (6 or 7 percent, mainly silver medals) are having trouble with their “coverings” and are “flaking apart.”  This is pretty vague, but what it sounds like to me is that the medals were actually made out of some base metal and then plated in silver. Lame.

I honestly don’t have a good explanation why for something like the Friggen’ Olympics the silver medals would be made out of anything but pure silver. It’s not like silver is *that* expensive.

 Posted by at 11:57 am
May 162017
 

We all know – because some people just won’t shut the hell up about it – that there is a “wage gap” between men and women. Those who are honest about the topic know that a large fraction of the gap comes down to the fact that there are a lot more men in the STEM fields, which tend to pay better. So, how to close the gap? Hire more womenfolk, obviously. But how does a woman get hired as, say, an engineer, a technician, a mechanic, a scientist? Forget all that “schooling and hard work” crap, there’s a better solution! Coming soon to a university curriculum near you, no doubt…

Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Queer, Polyamorous Kink Witch

Meet a woman who ties herself up and casts spells to find empowerment.

Well, hell, and here I thought “empowerment” came from learning all you could, making yourself invaluable and doing a good job. Apparently, though, it actually involves ropes.

Guh.

Hey, weird chick, you be you. If this sort of thing is fun and entertaining for you, then, whoopee, I guess. Fine, great, whatever. But when this sort of thing is touted as real and anything remotely resembling rational or aspirational, as opposed to being a cautionary tale of “this is what happens when someone is unsullied by reason or skepticism,” it’s hardly a wonder that far too many people avoid good and useful paths in life – the kind that aid society and pay well, but require that you work hard and honestly – in favor of buying into magic.

Behold:

When I say “magic” I don’t mean I’m turning something into something else — magic is working with energy. You can’t create something that isn’t there. You’re using energy and you’re manipulating energy with intention, so I’m working with the energy of my own self-love and manipulating that and working with that in a positive way and setting intentions for myself.

Urk.

There’s a new use of words like “energy” and “intention” that I really don’t think apply to anything in the real world.

Or as Fark called it:

“Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Queer, Polyamorous Kink Witch.” Translation: PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEEEE

 Posted by at 11:42 pm
May 152017
 

Oy.

Ex-intelligence leaders: ‘Nightmare’ if Trump leaked to Russia

Reportedly, Trump just handed over secret info to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak about how the US found out about ISIS threats. Supposedly, this throws some allies and their intelligence gathering under the bus.

Sheesh, Don. Not very good business practices. Hillary, at least, would have known to *sell* that information.

 Posted by at 8:41 pm
May 152017
 

The video title says “autistic,” but it’s really just “social justice warrior.” The two should not be confused like this, as there are substantial differences. For example:

  • It’s not unethical to be autistic.
  • If you happen to be autistic you can’t choose to not be.
  • Autism does often convey other benefits… many times autistic people provide valuable contributions to society.
  • Autistic people are often worthy of love and respect.

So… behold the modern campus (Western Washington University, apparently) leftist when they see an opinion they disagree with. If you are in an office setting… hell, crank it up. Let everyone enjoy this.

 Posted by at 9:04 am
May 052017
 

Goose that lays golden eggs? KILL IT!!!!

California seeks to tax rocket launches, which are already taxed

Take a read through the proposed legislation. I’m not a law-talkin’-guy, so it reads like so much gibberish to me.

 

1.
Mileage ratio numerator. The numerator of the mileage ratio for each launch contract shall be
the total projected mileage that all launch vehicles launched or planned to be launched pursuant to that
launch contract will travel within this state. If a launch occurs or is planned to occur in this state, the
contribution of that launch to the numerator of the mileage ratio shall be 62 statutory miles. If a launch
occurs or is planned to occur outside of this state, the contribution of that launch to the numerator of
the mileage ratio shall be zero.
2.
Mileage ratio denominator. The denominator of the mileage ratio for each launch contract shall
be the total mileage that all launch vehicles launched pursuant to that contract are projected at the time
of the execution of the contract to travel from launch to separation.
3.
If the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board is prevented by reasons of secrecy or
confidentiality imposed by governmental authorities from determining the projected mileage of any
launch contract, the mileage ratio denominator of such contracts shall be conclusively presumed to be
310 statutory miles multiplied by the number of launches pursuant to that contract.
4.
Mileage factor numerator. For each launch contract under which revenue is recognized in a
taxable year, the mileage ratio for that contract shall be multiplied by the revenue recognized from that
contract in the taxable year. The product shall be added to the products for each launch contract for
which the taxpayer recognizes revenue in the taxable year the sum of which shall be the numerator of
the mileage factor.
5.
Mileage factor denominator. The total revenue recognized from all launch contracts during the
taxable year shall be the denominator of the mileage factor.

Not sure what all that blather says, but I’m sure it can’t be good.

 Posted by at 2:25 pm
May 022017
 

American Gods Examines the Hidden Cost of Immigrating to the United States

And what, praytell, is the “hidden cost of immigrating to the US?”

“We are a country of cultural appropriation,” says executive producer Bryan Fuller.

What Fuller is talking about is a country where the dominant culture is made up of watered-down bits of other cultures that have been deemed “acceptable.”

You say this like it’s a bad thing. When it is, in fact, one of the great things about the US (and, let’s face it, any other nation that accepts immigrants).

So your home country had some bit of fashion or folklore that you take terribly seriously, and when you dragged it to the US, the people already here decided that it was worthy of being turned into a T-shirt. And for some reason you’re upset about that?

Let’s be honest: ain’t nuthin’ special about nobody. Those cultural knickknacks that you think are so important and vital? They mean precisely *squat* to everyone else. So getting turned into kitschy tchochkies is better than pretty much *everything* deserves. When you decide to pull up stakes and move to a whole new country with a different culture, you had *better* be prepared to have your old culture replaced by the new one. What civilization has *ever* survived if it has openly accepted immigrants, but denied them assimilation into the larger, central culture?

I’m sure there are holidays other than Chinese New Year, but that’s the one America’s decided represents all our Chinese immigrants. Same with St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish. And Cinco de Mayo for the Mexicans. Everyone gets a parade, or a day, or a month. But these capsulized celebrations cordon off cultures, flatten what it means to be from somewhere else, and drive home the idea that, every other day, you’re supposed to be American.

Guess what: if you are American… YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AMERICAN. If you want Cinco de Mayo to be something more than a transitory reason to party, then stay where that’s a thing. Because no culture can possibly exist for long if every holiday celebrated earnestly by every culture is celebrate equally earnestly all at once.

If your culture had something that American culture as a whole thinks worthy of acceptance, even if it’s changed in important ways (Scandinavian elves, for example, are entirely unlike the Keebler or Santas Workshop elves), then congratulations. Your original culture had something of at least some use or value. And now it’s a part of American culture. Upset that it’s been “watered down?” Fine. Don’t come here. Stay where worshiping weeds or whatever dumbass practice you’re so fond of is still terribly, terribly important.

 Posted by at 7:24 pm