Wednesday Forum: May 16, 2018

This entry was posted in Open Forum. Bookmark the permalink.

1,786 Responses to Wednesday Forum: May 16, 2018

  1. DrBeauGan

    <blockquoteNo, no, the concept number isn’t a ‘description’ of what can be sensed at all, and since I said a concept or abstraction, by implication to the example of the soul, first begins in the senses there is no sophistry involved at all. We abstract the concept number first from the senses, but to say that we sense the concept number when we see four or five crows is just daft.

    Face it, DB. You don’t know what a number is. Hardly anyone does. You’ve just been trained to do sums like everyone else. All this crap about corncepts is just you ttrying to force everything into your metaphysical framework.

  2. egg_

    number is just a description of what can be sensed

    Sight is a complex graphical information processing system – Mitch M gave a good run down recently.
    Arky was opining earlier on that much of what is processed by the brain is simply counting (even wrt to colour, but they are simply tuned frequency receptors, viz tetrachromatics) but some form of quantifying would logically be part of any vision system – artificial systems would likely replicate this – they are now better than humans at facial recognition, I believe.

  3. thefrolickingmole

    Richardson has some hide.

    It really isnt too much bother for the people that make the laws which inflict all manner of costs and penalties to have to comply with the law.

    Pollies and their families should be monitored 24/7 and charged for every single breach of any regulation with automatic top penalties.
    After all if Billy Bongsmoke has to follow all the laws that must apply tenfold to those who write them.

  4. Myrddin Seren

    It occurs to me that a possiblity here is that that Halper was hired by Jeb Bush, given that he used to run political spying ops for George Bush, Sr.

    Notwithstanding Halper’s long intel actions for Repubs, strangely enough – as so many connections in the Wussiagate do – he is linked to the Clintons:

  5. Leigh Lowe

    dopey

    #2713495, posted on May 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Leishman 10 under at the Byron Nelson

    Finished the round?

  6. cohenite

    Breitbart London is carrying a report that the new muslim mayor of Sheffield (rumoured to have a problem rivalling that of Rotherham) will not propose any toasts to the queen, and thinks the monarchy is “out of date”.
    There’s a good follow-up question that this guy could be asked.
    “How about the caliphate, and sharia?”

    From the comments:

    The West has been feminized and is being drowned in feminist Cultural Marxism. Females have a very different mental psyche to men and act in general to increase genetic diversity and increase the pool of competing males. Even if they are not consciously aware of it, they are still slaves to their sexual instincts.
    Men are very different and promote racial and cultural homogeneity both in sexual preferences and in politics.

    Nowadays it is taken as given that women should be equal to men. This is arrant nonsense. No two humans are ever equal. The move in the West to replace men with women is an evolutionary aberration that that will fail because it represents a denial of basic biological reality. Unless the women are banned from politics and driven out of any business that belongs in the hands of men, the West will die. The Muslims actually have a better way of managing women than the West and they will, as a consequence, destroy the West. The West’s great power was always Christian marriage, which is the ideal way for men and women to live, but that it has lost.

  7. stackja

    Stefan Halper is a foreign policy scholar. He served as a White House official in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations and is currently the Director of American Studies at the Department of Politics, University of Cambridge. Wikipedia

    ‘Cambridge Analysis’?

  8. Senile Old Guy

    Richardson, from above:

    Williams pointed out that there were 1600 candidates at the 2016 federal election. How many of them would have the resources to assess whether they might have trouble under section 44 of the Constitution? Very, very few, would be the ­answer. Even the major parties will baulk at spending huge sums of scarce cash to ensure their candidates are bulletproof from ­section 44.

    What a load of nonsense. Why are “huge sums” required?

    While I have no qualms about Israel taking an aggressive stance against the mad mullahs of Iran who, armed with nuclear weapons, could threaten Israel’s existence, what I can’t handle about this situation is that it is simply not reasonable to shoot 60 people who, from all the footage I have seen, were armed with fairly crude slingshots.

    More BS. If someone is trying to kill you, it does not matter what weapons they have.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mueller flips another Trumpkin.

    Ah so because Mueller can’t monster Manafort because he has money to fight the fake charges he now goes for Manafort’s family. Or in this case a SIL who has just divorced Manafort’s daughter. Yeah sure he’ll obviously be a fine witness.

    Mueller’s modus operandi seems to be to financially ruin his targets, like Flynn and Papadopoulos until they promise to provide “evidence” which on complete lack of any leaks is so insubstantial as to be useless. Which doesn’t help the poor victims Mueller has bankrupted.

    What a charming rogue he is. I hope he enjoys the treatment when the DoJ comes for him.

    Meanwhile don’t miss the Horowitz latest:

    IG Horowitz Finds FBI, DOJ Broke Law In Clinton Probe, Refers To Prosecutor For Criminal Charges

    And this is on the back of the news that NYT inadvertently confirmed that Obama illegally spied on the Trump Campaign.

  10. egg_

    “perception of quantity” for the semantics

  11. egg_

    Arky was opining earlier on that much of what is processed by the brain is simply counting

    Presumably, at a subconscious level.

  12. RobK

    number is just a description of what can be sensed
    I agree, senses seem to be analogue measures which we have digitized. Many animals can tell large from small opponents. Cats whiskers measure the size of an opening and guage if they will fit through a hole. I discovered this as a youngster, when I trimmed my cats whiskers short it became stuck in a hole in the fence not long after. The whiskers eventually grew back.

  13. Slayer of Memes

    Citizenship debacle requires a referendum, or it’s chaos – Graham ‘Whatever it takes’ Richardson

    A high-schooler who wants to join the military must obtain proof of citizenship prior to being accepted.

    Our pollies have to do the same before preselection, but can’t (won’t?)

    Why do we need a referendum to fix an issue a school kid can handle, but a polly can’t? Aren’t they supposed to be the ADULTS?

  14. the only difference between a living thing and its remains is a rearrangement of its atoms and molecules such that it is no longer functioning.

    Gee, it is as if you have never read anything about substantial forms and thus never noticed that by this is meant an arrangement or structure, but not only this, of some sort.

    Its like saying a computer that is broken has lost its soul. nothing in the computer went away. it’s simply not a pattern that works.

    Again, if you read anything on this you would have noticed that a difference is recognized between crows and computers such that the latter do not have souls because they are not substantial forms. Setting this aside, haven’t you simply redescribed whatever ‘lost’ could have meant above by saying that it “simply isn’t [any longer] a pattern that works”?

  15. H B Bear

    Did she get a bonus last year?

    We’ll never know. Of course.

  16. Tom

    BREAKING: the former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova on Tucker Carlson today says DOJ Inspector-General Michael Horowitz has recommended criminal charges be laid against former CIA director John Brennan.

  17. DrBeauGan

    Counting numbers, 0,1,2,3, et cetera are descriptors of pretty much arbitrary finite sets, usually having elements which are related by similarities. Eg apples, sheep, stars.

    If you look up a definition of a number, you usually don’t get told what a number is, you get told what you do with them. Hardly anyone knows what the number 2 actually is. Mainly because we don’t care. We just need to know how to use it like any other bit of language.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    BREAKING: the former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova on Tucker Carlson today says DOJ Inspector-General Michael Horowitz has recommended criminal charges be laid against former CIA director John Brennan.

    Is he a Trumpkin?

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    Question: should Trump pardon Obama if it comes to that?

    No.

    That is because as soon as a Dem gets the Presidency he/she/it will pardon anyone and everyone lefty that were convicted of the Wussia! sedition conspiracy. They have to do that or the Democrat Party is toast.

    Therefore Trump should leave it for the Dem to do, thereby owning the raw partisanship and illegality – like Obama did with Bradley Manning.

  20. EvilElvis

    I get a severe case of the irks when someone entirely supported by taxpayers complains that they are not getting enough.

    You’re not an orphan. Striking similarities with the female Adelaide Albino in the guardian story posted. Seriously, aboriginal industries, NDIS, NBN, energy, how oppressive do these costs become before us normal folk really lash out at these clowns? And I don’t mean lash out like the faux embarrassment of not getting complete respect from your pharmacist. FMD.

  21. DrBeauGan

    Gee, it is as if you have never read anything about substantial forms and thus never noticed that by this is meant an arrangement or structure, but not only this, of some sort.

    I have read a little about forms in Plato’s sense. It’s obsolete garbage.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab

    Be glad the poor things only live a year or so. Otherwise they’d be enjoying us sautéd with garlic, shallots and a little salt.

  23. EvilElvis

    Why do we need a referendum to fix an issue a school kid can handle, but a polly can’t? Aren’t they supposed to be the ADULTS?

    We don’t. All this saga proves is that the constitution framers were intellectual giants compared to today’s progressive in all but brainpower idiots who can’t play by a defined rulebook.

  24. Rae

    you lying liar

    Who said Larvatus Prodeo was dead?

  25. egg_

    Counting numbers, 0,1,2,3, et cetera are descriptors of pretty much arbitrary finite sets, usually having elements which are related by similarities. Eg apples, sheep, stars.

    Even in counting/discerning the bits (binary digits) that made the message above traverse the intarweb would involve discerning noise margins of “0” or “1” for “digital natives”.
    Presumably, animals could discern fractions of a whole, also.

  26. max

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2713463, posted on May 18, 2018 at 9:40 am
    I did find the “Duff” Cooper diaries most interesting, as well.

    Agreed. But still waiting patiently for the unexpurgated publication of Chips Channon’s diaries.

    The more I read, the more I came to dislike him.

    There was no substance to him. He had a great career, may have been brave, loved many women (a major point of interest for most readers), but he was deadly dull and conventional in a way that some English men on the make are. He was married to one of the most interesting women of his time, so there’s that to be said for him.

    Harold Nicolson had more hinterland.

  27. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why do we need a referendum to fix an issue a school kid can handle, but a polly can’t? Aren’t they supposed to be the ADULTS?

    If Richo is advocating a referendum it shows how out of touch the political class is.
    If the pollies try this the result will be a cluebat the size of an Oregon sequoia.

  28. I dunno what a corncept is. I know what a number is. It’s a bit of language, useful for counting things. Or maybe measuring things, depending on the type of number. I deal with representations of them which I can see. Like 4,3,7 and so on. Mostly, what people do is write down the representations and learn how to do the sums with the representations. They don’t need to know what numbers are, only how to use them, and they do that with representations. Which they can see.

    Oh dear, we have a mathematician confusing number with a numeral, and some stuff about numbers being representations without being told what they are representations of, or how representation here differs from abstraction.

    If you are of a philosophical disposition and want to know what the number zero really is, you can find out in a second year Maths class. It’s another name for the empty set. Most people don’t know this, and wouldn’t much care. As long as they can count the money in their wallets or purses, they figure they’ve got numbers under control.

    This is all a smokescreen, the number zero cannot be sensed either (which is why it was absent from mathematics for so long), just like the concept number.

  29. Fat Tony

    Discussion regarding Trump pardoning the various high level players.

    However, how will this play out if there are murders tied in? Would/should Trump pardon any of these high level shits if they had/murdered various people?

    My own opinion is no. To do so would really demonstrate one law for us and one law for them, and in the long run, this would be very damaging to the USA.

  30. egg_

    the number zero cannot be sensed either

    All prey eaten?

  31. Geriatric Mayfly

    Poor ol’ Googles is having a rough trot of late. I see another ABC diversidee push on the horizon. That hysterical North Korean news reader should be head hunted forthwith.

  32. duncanm

    McGregor has some
    serious issues.

    What a messed up individual. The I ultimately returned to my original faith after a long battle with drugs and alcohol. gives the game away.

    What sort of ‘believer in God’ prays for someone else to go to hell ?

    Israel Folau will undoubtedly burn in hell. Or at the very least that is my fervent hope. I have prayed for such divine retribution every day since he last played for Queensland at rugby league in 2009. No one rats on Queensland. No one. Especially for mere money.
    Loading
    Next time you quote scripture Israel, why not cite that bit about rendering unto Caesar, champ. You are a pampered, overpaid celebrity whose form does not warrant the money you earn. Moreover, you are contracted by an organisation that at least pays lip service to inclusion and sexual diversity. If you take the quid, champion, you toe the company line. Just like the workers Sally McManus represents. I cannot wait for Nick Cater and Judith Sloan, so horrified about the threat of union militancy and erosion of the power of bosses, to defend a News Limited colleague who suggests the ABC should expand its online business or secure cricket television rights.
    Israel Folau scores a try for the NSW Waratahs against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
    Israel Folau scores a try for the NSW Waratahs against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Photo: AAP
    While not a theologian, I am an unabashed believer in God. I pray. My formal religious affiliation is tenuous. Though raised a Catholic, I abandoned my faith within two years of leaving school to become an angry atheist. I ultimately returned to my original faith after a long battle with drugs and alcohol.
    Suffice to say, I experienced a miraculous event in my own life on June 2 1990, in answer to a prayer that not even I believed as I uttered it. I have never seriously doubted the power of the numinous ever since. I went from a daily drunkard and substance abuser to an abstinent recovering addict in 24 hours. I do not know if prayer changes God, but it seems to change me.
    Frankly, this is a topic I am loath to discuss. It arouses rabid atheists and sanctimonious Pharisees in equal measure. It generates much heat and little light. My gender-variant and Christian friends are bemused that I do not see the choice between being transgendered and Christian as binary. Inevitably, it presents dilemmas. But I just try to navigate them as best I can. Despite the vile abuse of the very devout, I have actually experienced more tolerance among Christians than among LGBTIQ activists.
    But I have no explanation for my survival that June morning other than divine intervention. Laugh and sneer about “invisible friends” or “sky fairies” to your heart’s content. But I know that I was delivered from my alcoholic Gethsemane by a power beyond myself.
    For what it is worth, I pray daily. I meditate. I grapple with my manifold defects of character, with varying degrees of success. I spend quiet time each day seeking to discern God’s will for me to try to live an authentic life. Does that make me a smorgasbord Catholic? Probably. Do I choose the bits of faith that suit me and spend every waking hour having sex? No. I have only been married, once. I have not had sex since I left my marriage, which is not to say I have not been sorely tempted, but I have never gotten over that wonderful woman.
    A rally at Sydney University against same-sex marriage draws hundreds of counter-protesters.
    A rally at Sydney University against same-sex marriage draws hundreds of counter-protesters.

    Photo: Twitter/@therockrit
    Frankly, the obsession of contemporary Christian activists with sex says much more about them than it says about Christ. The teaching of Jesus embraced much more than sins of the flesh. As I recall, he bequeathed humanity an 11th commandment, in addition to those handed down to Moses.
    It is simple but not easy: “Love one another”. I do not see much of that in those desiccated, loveless Pharisees George Pell and Lyle Shelton, with their constant gay bashing. Considering they insist we are such a tiny minority, why do they devote so much valuable time ranting about us as opposed to divorcees? Or those who slander others? Or the usurers of the banking system?
    I am a simple believer with many more questions than answers. I have failed very publicly and very often. I also deeply believe God made me transsexual just as he made every gay and gender-variant person exactly as they are meant to be. Beautiful. Complete. In God’s image and never beyond redemption because some overpaid rugby back too soft to play Origin preaches thus.
    Here is some Old Testament, Israel. For years after Queensland last won an interstate series in 1962, we patiently waited for the coming of our saviour. In 1980 he came home like the Prodigal son. His name was Arthur Beetson. You walked away from God’s chosen people after our exile in the desert to play for NSW? And their rugby union team at that. Fair dinkum champ, I have seen some low things. But that just about takes the cake. People who rat on their state and their teammates for lucrative deals in other codes should burn in hell.
    Israel Folau makes a break for Queensland in the 2009 State of Origin.
    Israel Folau makes a break for Queensland in the 2009 State of Origin.

    Photo: Wayne Taylor
    You turned your back on the greatest rugby league history to turn out for a bunch of overpaid impostors who could not beat time with a stick. You are already in hell, champ. Big Arty would be rolling in his grave.
    In closing, let me be really clear. I totally support your right to damn me and people like me. In my heart I am confident you deeply believe I am sinful and must repent. Fair enough. I also know there are scriptural passages that support your belief. As an aside, one of my dear friends is a man with whom I exchange prayers by text every day. His views are almost identical to yours. I count him as a mate and he is man of incredible integrity.
    But no one is beyond redemption. Judge not lest you yourself be judged. But you should never be silenced for saying what you believe. Nor should the legitimate teachings of any Abrahamic faith be justiciable in any Australian court, nor banned from the public discourse merely because they offend.
    Were that to happen, we would no longer be the Australia that descended from a long heritage of belief in the sacred, dating back to our indigenous forebears and those who later brought their beliefs with them. We would forfeit something sacred. It must not happen.
    But let us accept our common humanity as children of one creator and actually love one another. As I write this, it is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. We are here as part of the mystery of creation, get used to it.
    And for God’s sake’s Israel do not be bullied into silence. Just go back to Queensland and don that Maroon strip one last time. I will be cheering you on.
    Catherine McGregor is a Fairfax Media columnist.

  33. Chris

    If Richo is advocating a referendum it shows how out of touch the political class is.
    If the pollies try this the result will be a cluebat the size of an Oregon sequoia.

    Yeah, BABY!
    The pointlessness of all this is obvious. But it’s so much fun dealing with the political class this way, that we should claim carbon credits for it.

  34. Geriatric Mayfly

    the number zero cannot be sensed either
    All prey eaten?

    I have seen the results. A pride of lions all lolling on their backs, paws akimbo (except for the one of guard duty) stomachs at bursting point.

  35. OldOzzie

    Was Trump’s Campaign ‘Set Up’?
    At some point, the Russia investigation became political. How early was it?

    By Kimberley A. Strassel
    May 17, 2018

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what’s driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Trump-Russia probe. “If the campaign was somehow set up,” he told the hosts, “I think that would be a problem.”

    Or an understatement. Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign. This came in the form of a Thursday New York Times apologia in which government “officials” acknowledged that the bureau had used “at least one” human “informant” to spy on both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. The Times slipped this mind-bending fact into the middle of an otherwise glowing profile of the noble bureau—and dismissed it as no big deal.

    But there’s more to be revealed here, and Mr. Nunes’s “set up” comment points in a certain direction. Getting to the conclusion requires thinking more broadly about events beyond the FBI’s actions.

    Think of the 2016 Trump-Russia narrative as two parallel strands—one politics, one law enforcement. The political side involves the actions of Fusion GPS, the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama officials—all of whom were focused on destroying Donald Trump. The law-enforcement strand involves the FBI—and what methods and evidence it used in its Trump investigation. At some point these strands intersected—and one crucial question is how early that happened.

    What may well have kicked off both, however, is a key if overlooked moment detailed in the House Intelligence Committee’s recent Russia report. In “late spring” of 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed White House “National Security Council Principals” that the FBI had counterintelligence concerns about the Trump campaign. Carter Page was announced as a campaign adviser on March 21, and Paul Manafort joined the campaign March 29. The briefing likely referenced both men, since both had previously been on the radar of law enforcement. But here’s what matters: With this briefing, Mr. Comey officially notified senior political operators on Team Obama that the bureau had eyes on Donald Trump and Russia. Imagine what might be done in these partisan times with such explosive information.

    And what do you know? Sometime in April, the law firm Perkins Coie (on behalf the Clinton campaign) hired Fusion GPS, and Fusion turned its attention to Trump-Russia connections. The job of any good swamp operator is to gin up a fatal October surprise for the opposition candidate. And what could be more devastating than to paint a picture of Trump-Russia collusion that would provoke a full-fledged FBI investigation?

    We already know of at least one way Fusion went about that project, with wild success. It hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile that infamous dossier. In July, Mr. Steele wrote a memo that leveled spectacular conspiracy theories against two particular Trump campaign members—Messrs. Manafort and Page. For an FBI that already had suspicions about the duo, those allegations might prove huge—right? That is, if the FBI were to ever see them. Though, lucky for Mrs. Clinton, July is when the Fusion team decided it was a matter of urgent national security for Mr. Steele to play off his credentials and to take this political opposition research to the FBI.

    The question Mr. Nunes’s committee seems to be investigating is what other moments—if any—were engineered in the spring, summer or fall of 2016 to cast suspicion on Team Trump. The conservative press has produced some intriguing stories about a handful of odd invitations and meetings that were arranged for Messrs. Page and Papadopoulos starting in the spring—all emanating from the United Kingdom. On one hand, that country is home to the well-connected Mr. Steele, which could mean the political actors with whom he was working were involved. On the other hand, the Justice Department has admitted it was spying on both men, which could mean government was involved. Or maybe . . . both.

    Which brings us to timing. It’s long been known that Mr. Steele went to the FBI in early July to talk about the dossier, and that’s the first known intersection of the strands. But given the oddity and timing of those U.K. interactions concerning Messrs. Page and Papadopoulos, and given the history of some of the people involved in arranging them, some wonder if the two strands were converging earlier than anyone has admitted. The Intelligence Committee subpoena is designed to sort all this out: Who was pulling the strings, and what was the goal? Information? Or entrapment?

    Whatever the answer—whether it is straightforward, or whether it involves political chicanery—Congress and the public have a right to know. And a Justice Department willing to leak details of its “top secret” source to friendly media can have no excuse for not sharing with the duly elected members of Congress.

  36. Chris

    the number zero cannot be sensed either

    All prey eaten?

    Nothing to eat.

  37. Chris

    Isn’t it sweet that Cate McGregor writes for a publication that doesn’t do comments.

  38. Geriatric Mayfly

    Nothing to eat

    Nothing comes of nothing.

  39. DrBeauGan

    Oh dear, we have a mathematician confusing number with a numeral, and some stuff about numbers being representations without being told what they are representations of, or how representation here differs from abstraction.

    It’s the numeral which is the representation. One of several possibilities. You are the one who is confused.

    Try to define the number represented by the numeral 2. Just for laughs.

  40. OldOzzieThe Bullshitization Of Academic Life For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employm

    The Bullshitization Of Academic Life

    For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employment seen as utterly pointless by those who perform them. The proportion of these jobs is startlingly high.

    And then there’s higher education.

    In most universities nowadays — and this seems to be true almost everywhere — academic staff find themselves spending less and less time studying, teaching, and writing about things, and more and more time measuring, assessing, discussing, and quantifying the way in which they study, teach, and write about things (or the way in which they propose to do so in the future). …

    In American universities from 1985 to 2005, the number of both students and faculty members went up by about half, the number of full-fledged administrative positions by 85 percent — and the number of administrative staff by 240 percent.

  41. H B Bear

    Malcolm better wind back the hormones. He is beginning to look and sound like Barking Betty.

  42. jupes

    From Zippy’s link at 7.26:

    Spotify’s ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy Drags The Music Industry Into The #MeToo Moment

    Well there goes half the ‘Stones playlist.

  43. Slayer of Memes

    “Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda.” – Thomas Sowell

  44. OldOzzieThe Bullshitization Of Academic Life For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employm

    The Bullsh**ization Of Academic Life

    For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employment seen as utterly pointless by those who perform them. The proportion of these jobs is startlingly high.

    And then there’s higher education.

    In most universities nowadays — and this seems to be true almost everywhere — academic staff find themselves spending less and less time studying, teaching, and writing about things, and more and more time measuring, assessing, discussing, and quantifying the way in which they study, teach, and write about things (or the way in which they propose to do so in the future). …

    In American universities from 1985 to 2005, the number of both students and faculty members went up by about half, the number of full-fledged administrative positions by 85 percent — and the number of administrative staff by 240 percent.

  45. OldOzzie

    The Bullsh**ization Of Academic Life

    For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employment seen as utterly pointless by those who perform them. The proportion of these jobs is startlingly high.

    And then there’s higher education.

    In most universities nowadays — and this seems to be true almost everywhere — academic staff find themselves spending less and less time studying, teaching, and writing about things, and more and more time measuring, assessing, discussing, and quantifying the way in which they study, teach, and write about things (or the way in which they propose to do so in the future). …

    In American universities from 1985 to 2005, the number of both students and faculty members went up by about half, the number of full-fledged administrative positions by 85 percent — and the number of administrative staff by 240 percent.

  46. Stimpson J. Cat

    I am a simple believer with many more questions than answers. I have failed very publicly and very often. I also deeply believe God made me transsexual just as he made every gay and gender-variant person exactly as they are meant to be. Beautiful. Complete. In God’s image and never beyond redemption

    “Beautiful and complete” is a touch different to a sh$tload of medication and surgery, sweetheart.

    OK well, this lady clearly has some serious issues, the main one being that she of course is no lady.

    But looking on the bright side I really like that descriptor “gender-variant” and will using GV as an acronym in conversation to annoy random people from now on.

    So that is one positive thing to come from all this.

  47. Snoopy

    “Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda.” – Thomas Sowell

    Oh they know the difference, alright.

  48. egg_

    Mitch M.
    #2675611, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:25 am
    IIRC sight takes up 80% of the brain’s activity, so we’re likely processing spatial information a lot of the tim

    30% is the typical figure for humans. It depends on the visual stimuli and also represents an example of poor design. The information is subject to partial regulation by the retina, then goes to the LGN, which can provide a crude shape form for the image, then to the way to the back of the skull to the striate cortex, very primitive, literally reptilian in structure, then to V1 to V3 and counting(might be others), still at the back of the skull, then the dorsal stream which identifies location in space(parietal, across the top middle of the head), the ventral stream (around the ear region but given the IFN and angular gyrus may well extend from the visual cortices to the frontal lobes), which gives a name to the object. Sensory activity arises primarily at the back of the head, perception involves primarily the dorsal and ventral streams. Then there is the superior collicus issue, still mysterious, and the cerebellum plays a cardinal roll in eye tracking(back of and underneath the brain, often referred to as the “little brain” even though it contains more neurons than the rest of the brain combined), and the frontal eye fields.

    BTW it is very easy to generate visual illusions. There are studies which show that under certain conditions the colours we report seeing do not always correspond to the photon frequencies hitting the retina.

    jupes
    #2675621, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:32 am
    Fuck. Me. Dead.

  49. duncanm

    Stimpy,

    “gender-viral” might be another one worth pursuing.

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Agreed. But still waiting patiently for the unexpurgated publication of Chips Channon’s diaries.

    The historian, Robert Rhodes James, remarked that “many well connected people went very white indeed, when they found that Channon kept a journal.”

  51. cohenite

    Tom

    #2713516, posted on May 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

    BREAKING: the former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova on Tucker Carlson today says DOJ Inspector-General Michael Horowitz has recommended criminal charges be laid against former CIA director John Brennan.

    Link? That would be great because up until now the Trump side has not responded legally at all. It’s time!

  52. Slayer of Memes

    So…. Little bit of a dust-up on the border between the country-that-cannot-be-named-due-to-birdstrike and Gaza the other day…

    News is out that, yes indeedy, some of those killed (50 out of 52) were indeed Hamas terrorists – acknowledged by Hamas themselves

    How did the Left react to this news that their ‘peaceful protestors’ were anything but?

    “It doesn’t matter whether the victims were members of Hamas or not. Israeli snipers, entrenched behind two substantial fences, had no right to use lethal force (killing 58) against anyone unless as a last resort to stop an imminent lethal threat.” – Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

    This is how the Left works. They come out and make outrageous claims, then shift the goalposts when their claims are debunked…

    Initially HRW claimed: “Israel has no right to kill unarmed protesters!”

    Quickly thereafter, when Hamas confirmed the protestors had indeed been armed: “Okay, they were not protesters and they were not unarmed… BUT… Disproportionate force!”

    Now, after Hamas confirmed those armed ‘protestors’ were indeed terrorists: “Israel has no right to kill terrorists!”

    …and then they wonder why people are believing their bullsh*t less and less…

  53. Chris

    The Bullsh**ization Of Academic Life

    For a number of years now, I have been conducting research on forms of employment seen as utterly pointless by those who perform them. The proportion of these jobs is startlingly high.

    A big article on bullshit jobs in The Australian magazine section too. Extract of a book on the subject. Quite enjoyable. Categorised: Flunkies, goons, box-tickers…

  54. Tintarella di Luna

    What sort of ‘believer in God’ prays for someone else to go to hell ?

    Malcolm McGregor is a very troubled individual – Israel Folau repented of his sins – Thank God McGregor’s not God.

  55. egg_

    nothing
    ˈnʌθɪŋ/Submit
    pronoun
    1.
    not anything; no single thing.
    “I said nothing”
    synonyms: not a thing, not a single thing, not anything, nothing at all, nil, zero;

  56. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    What a messed up individual. The I ultimately returned to my original faith after a long battle with drugs and alcohol. gives the game away.

    What sort of ‘believer in God’ prays for someone else to go to hell ?

    How in hell did that get published?

    McGregor must be smoking his hormone treatment.

  57. mh

    The liberal media wants Trump to clarify his remarks on MS-13 !

    What next? Mr President, do you really think ISIS are bad?

  58. Slayer of Memes

    The pussification of the US military continues:

    U.S. Air Force
    ‏@usairforce

    We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed.

    3:28 am – 18 May 2018

    OMG!! Like, wow, what kind of gross sexist, racist, homophonic bigoted tweet could they have made that would necessitate such an apology??

    This, apparently:

    U.S. Air Force
    ‏@usairforce

    The Taliban forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10

    8:44 am – 17 May 2018

    Yep.

    Leftist twitter trolls were upset over the deaths of more terrorists…. and so forced the US Air Force to apologise

    What does Infidel Tiger always advocate in these kinds of situations?

    Never Apologise.
    Always Escalate.

    Pity the US Air Force has been pussified…

  59. Stimpson J. Cat

    BTW it is very easy to generate visual illusions. There are studies which show that under certain conditions the colours we report seeing do not always correspond to the photon frequencies hitting the retina.

    And why are the majority of the helicopters I hallucinate black?
    #notaracist

  60. Stimpson J. Cat

    What sort of ‘believer in God’ prays for someone else to go to hell ?

    An honest one.

  61. stackja

    Israel F is still upsetting all the right people.

  62. jupes

    I am a simple believer with many more questions than answers. I have failed very publicly and very often. I also deeply believe God made me transsexual just as he made every gay and gender-variant person exactly as they are meant to be. Beautiful. Complete. In God’s image and never beyond redemption

    I’m not a psychiatrist, but it would seem to me that Malcolm is experience a bit of regret about cutting his dick off. He’s trying too hard to justify it.

  63. DrBeauGan

    Thing is, DB, you rattle on about concepts and forms because you hate the idea that a number is just a piece of language. You want it to be something that lives in your mind, like a frog in a swamp. That gives you a tie in to your theology.

    We can get along quite nicely with the idea that your mind is to your brain as a program is to the computer it runs on. Which doesn’t give the mind much to look forward to when the brain decays, or the program when the computer gets trashed.

    Tough.

  64. Geriatric Mayfly

    Every picture I have seen of an MS-13 member, makes it quite clear, that if it was in a zoo you would not even bother to raise your camera, unless of course, animal freaks and mutants are your speciality.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Question: should Trump pardon Obama if it comes to that?

    Come on.
    Settle down.
    No-one wants to see Obama go to jail.
    But 90 days in an orange jumpsuit picking up rubbish beside the I-45 would be nice.
    Reconnectin’ with the bro’s from the ‘hood and being honked at by truckers wearing MAGA caps.

  66. stackja

    LeMay USSAF believed in air power.

  67. egg_

    Nun Study

    Researchers have also accessed the convent archive to review documents amassed throughout the lives of the nuns in the study. Among the documents reviewed were autobiographical essays that had been written by the nuns upon joining the sisterhood; upon review, it was found that an essay