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From USA Today:

Virtual reality tested by NFL as tool to confront racism, sexism

Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 12:33 p.m. EDT April 10, 2016

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Virtual reality can bring us to the top of Mount Everest. But Stanford University researchers believe it can conquer an even steeper challenge: racial and sexual discrimination.

“Feeling prejudice by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is what VR was made for,” says Jeremy Bailenson, director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

Its diversity-training scenarios, which aim to engender empathy, have attracted interest from one large organization: the National Football League.

When I think empathy, I think “NFL.”

The NFL is in the early stages of determining how it will use the new technology

[ineffectively]

to train league staffers and players on understanding bias, league executives tell USA TODAY.

The NFL hopes to leverage the immersive power of virtual reality, referred to by experts as “presence.” By putting on goggles that replace the real world with interactive VR scenes, the brain comes close to truly believing what it is seeing.

You know, in football, feeling is believing.

The effect of such realism could be lasting behavioral change. …

The Interaction Lab’s diversity demos are designed to transport users into unfamiliar and unsettling realms. In one scenario, a user is represented by an African-American female avatar who is being angrily harassed by a white avatar. When the user reflexively lifts his or her arms in self-defense, the hands feature black skin.

That’s definitely a major problem for football.

VR remains a new and largely unstudied technology, with some scientists expressing concern over the brain’s reaction to extended VR sessions. But it’s also easy to see why some hope it could create breakthroughs where past efforts at stemming discrimination have come up short.

Harvard studies examining decades’ worth of corporate diversity training sessions conclude that in many cases, the training is ineffective or even counterproductive, as attendees feel singled out for implicit criticism.

New approaches to diversity training are being pioneered, such as Google’s ongoing bias-busting workshops aimed at its entire workforce. And the pressure is on to explore other solutions, as companies address workforce demographics that tend to skew white and male, despite goals to reflect the diversity of their customers, and as cities grapple with repeated instances of police brutality against African-Americans and low recruitment rates for minority police officers.

The NFL is of course the world’s least comic example of a workforce that skews white with helpless African-Americans being brutalized by whites.

NFL officials, who visited the Interaction Lab last summer to learn about VR coaching for athletes, realized they could use the technology for diversity training purposes.

Soon we’ll have Asian women starting at cornerback in the NFL>

“VR can deliver on real social issues that allow people to be better,” says Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, who visited the lab with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. …

Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.

“All lab studies show that you can change people’s attitudes for about 30 minutes after training,” he says. “But three to six months later there’s either no change or a negative reaction because you’ve actually activated their bias.”

A January paper in the Journal of Social Psychology reported on a trio of experiments that showed “high-status groups,” namely white males, were threatened by companies that stressed their pro-diversity message during mock interviews.

Now why would those irrational white males feel their future career prospects threatened by anti-white male messages during job interviews?

… Some are doing just that. In 2014, a group of European researchers conducted a series of tests that revealed that subjects who saw and interacted with VR versions of their own limbs that were a different color than their own skin scored high on tests that measure empathy. …

Judith Williams, the new head of diversity at cloud storage company Dropbox, says she has had internal conversations with colleagues about how VR “might open up the diversity conversation.” In particular, she notes that VR can potentially lead to job interviews being conducted through avatars that mask a subject’s ethnicity or even sex.

Such blind evaluations have been known to eliminate bias. In one particularly well-known shift that took place in the 1980s, the number of women playing in leading orchestras jumped from 5% to nearly 30% after musicians auditioning for jobs were completely screened off from those judging their performances.

That’s why the Diversity Era has seen the elimination of all boxes on applications for race or sex!

“Bias often plays out in tech as a like-me bias,” says Williams, who previously was head of global diversity and talent programs at Google, where she was integral to the development of the company’s hands-on workshops aimed at addressing hidden biases.

In the end, says Williams, “for some people it’s really just a matter of never being exposed to their own privilege.”

… The best proof that VR can help us become more understanding is found in another one of his empathy experiments, says lab director Bailenson.

One group was asked to perform a tasks sorting colored blocks while being effectively rendered colorblind through VR. The other group was asked to perform the task while simply imagining they were colorblind, an echo of the role-playing scenarios familiar to many diversity training sessions.

After the experiment, both groups were asked to search online for colorblind help groups – essentially a way to gauge empathy. The VR group wound up spending twice as much time searching the web for such organizations.

I’m not making this up. And the date on the article is April 10, not April 1.

 
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  1. vinny says:

    This can’t be real.

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    @This can’t be real.

    it so virtually can.
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  2. Look people, it’s the current year. All new Fortune 500 hires should VR submit to getting teabagged by Richie Incognito.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jenner, Ritchie now plays for the Buffalo Bills and is totally reformed to the point of being tendered a lucrative new contract. The object of his affection, Jonathon Martin has faded into obscurity along with Michael Sam. A great pulling guard on a run oriented team is easy to forgive.
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  3. @vinny
    This can't be real.

    @This can’t be real.

    it so virtually can.

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  4. when I first saw this, I thought “oh, they are going to make Ray Rice go thru wife-of-an-NFL-player training? how enlightened…”

    but no, it’s poor cubicle dwellers like me (you know, the ones with the REAL power) that will have to go thru tranny-in-a-bathroom training.

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  5. So mind control by using electronic gizmos to rewrite the subject’s synapses and eliminate his free will is a good thing?

    Can somebody please help me find my passport? I just want to go back to America.

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    • Agree: International Jew
    • Replies: @bomag
    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a VR diversity training session stamping on a human face... forever.
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  6. Can’t wait for the empathy building programs for Breast Cancer Awareness during the pink months.

    Boys, get ready to put on your virtual tutus…
    … and dance!

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    • Replies: @Steve Martin
    "Can’t wait for the empathy building programs for Breast Cancer Awareness"

    "No, no, I could never be a woman. I'd just stay at home and play with my breasts all day."
    Steve Martin, L.A. Story screenplay

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  7. syonredux says:

    Speaking of the NFL:

    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed in a shooting spurred by an apparent road rage incident late Saturday. Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse confirmed Smith’s identity early Sunday morning.

    Smith’s wife Racquel also was shot twice in the right leg, police said, and was treated at University Medical Center.

    The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. after a three-car accident near Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Juan Barnes said.

    New Orleans police booked 28-year-old Cardell Hayes with second-degree murder on Sunday morning. His bond was set at $1 million.

    Hayes pleaded guilty in 2014 as a first-time offender to illegal carrying of a weapon as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to six months probation.

    A Hummer H2 rear-ended Smith’s Mercedes-Benz SUV, Barnes said, causing Smith’s vehicle to rear-end another car driven by one of his friends.

    Smith, 34, and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times, police said.

    Smith died on the scene.

    Police recovered the gun used in the shooting, Barnes said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/saints/2016/04/10/will-smith-killed-shooting-new-orleans/82861242/

    Cardell Hayes:

    https://localtvwiti.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/cardell.jpg?w=400&h=225&crop=1

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    Now that suggests the kind of virtual reality game I'd pay money for: experience getting into different kinds of confrontations with the likes of this Cardell Hayes dude -- without the risk of getting killed.
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  8. Wait, what about ageism? What about fat-phobia? What about TRANSPHOBIA?!?!?!

    OMG they left those out. That means they’re guilty of bigotry!! Evil sinners! They must be punished!!!

    I recommend weeks upon weeks of re-education in virtual reality simulators where they will be ZAPPED with high-voltage shocks every time they think an incorrect thought.

    Winning the fight against all prejudice everywhere all the time isn’t everything….it’s the only thing!

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    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    This is horrible racism!! Where is the proper respect for deaf lesbian midget Eskimoes?? We need DLMEs as linebackers!!
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  9. 8 billion a year…

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    • Replies: @gruff
    Hey it boosts the GDP.
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  10. We could be figuring out ways to build domes on the Moon, to terraform Mars.

    Instead we spend our time dicking around with social science hoodoo that is less repeatable than actual voodoo as far as results go.

    That’s a study I’d like to see, cause I’m pretty sure the effect of drawing a loa, pouring out rum to Baron Samedi, and the results thereof are more repeatable than this VR bullshit.

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  11. My father worked for American Airlines. In the early 1960s he described to me a “diversity ” training program he was subjected to. Of course, in those days they didn’t call it diversity. I guess it wasn’t very effective since they are still working on the problem.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    That makes sense for an airline that has passengers from around the world.
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  12. AndrewR says:

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions

    Oh my god. I’m guessing there must be about 100,000 “diversity” kommissars then in the US. The overhead in the “diversity” industry is presumably mostly payroll.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Consider that to be the bright side. If they were spending more of the budget on hardware, the money would be going to China. Where are those VR headsets made?

    Every week there is another announcement about a car factory or other big facility (HVAC manufacturing, cookie bakery, etc.) moving to Mexico. So the US manufacturing sector continues to fade. And the service sector continues to fade also. This is increasingly going up the food chain - not just call centers, but now most Fortune 500s have their tax accounting done in India. No need to struggle to get H1B visas for your IT staff - just do the work in India. With $15 minimum wage coming in, soon you will punch your McDonald's order into a self-service terminal - you already check out your own groceries and pump your own gas. So diversity training is the last growth sector remaining.
    , @Forbes

    spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions
     
    Which likely doesn't count the cost of employee time consumed attending these indoctrination sessions--so the real cost is 2X or 3X or more.

    Is it any wonder that US productivity growth has flat-lined? All these initiatives aimed at "changing the corporate culture" in order to assure that "everyone is on the same page" leads to the staffing of non-productive functions (diversity, inclusion, etc.), employee time spent on non-productive activities (conferences, seminars, workshops), and non-productive paperwork compliance documentation (lawsuit defense, having introduced diversity training, it must be demonstrated the indoctrination is enforced in the conduct of the company's business).

    It's no mystery, in part, why companies off-shore jobs...less lawsuit risk, less jackpot justice. It's not as if Mexican or Chinese employees are going to file a lawsuit about a hostile workplace...
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  13. Rehmat says:

    Steve Sailer – being an Islamophobe, I bet you’re going to love this story.

    In 2011, the anti-Muslim White supremacist and Zionist-crowd was in shock to learn that the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars team was a Pakistani-born Muslim Shahid Khan. He became the first Muslim and non-White to own a National Footbal League team. So far, the NFL team ownership was considered to be a Judeo-Christian billionaires’ monopoly.

    The NFL owners approved the $760 million deal on December 14, 2011 – transferring ownership from Wayne Weaver to Shahid Khan. However, due to the current Muslim-bashing – the Jacksonville Jaguars press release talking up the sale did not mention the fact that Khan was a Muslim.

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/12/28/nfl-jaguars-muslim-owner-angers-zionists/

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    • Replies: @biz
    Great story from five years ago there bro.

    But why should the team have had a press release to mention that he was a Moslem? First of all, his name is 'Shahid Khan' - not exactly ambiguous there. Second of all, if they had specifically highlighted his religious preference, you would be complaining how terribly Islamophobic that was.

    In any case, next week you'll be claiming his real name is Samuel Cohn and he's a secret Jew.

    , @Big Bill
    Why on earth would a good Pakistani Muslim abandon his race, his people, his nation, his tribe, his country, his ummah, and run off to live with white Christians in white Christian-land?

    And why would he waste his money buying up white Christian businesses instead of investing in his own people?

    Why, after getting a wonderful white degree in engineering, would he refuse to go home and help the people who raised him?

    Honestly, we thought we were doing the Pakistani people a favor by letting them learn from us white folks. We assumed (wrongfully, apparently) that you Pakis would take your white diploma, go back home, and pass on your white education to your fellow peasants in Pakistan. But now it looks like the LAST thing you want to do is help the Pakistani Ummah.

    Perhaps we should return to the old ways and send missionary teachers to Pakistan to run schools there instead of letting you come here.
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  14. NFL needs bankrupt cities and counties to pony up for more and new stadiums. Plus they need juries to favor them in concussion suits.

    So this is what they have to do. Makes sense.

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  15. SPMoore8 says:

    By about 1970, black athletes were about 30% of the NFL, with whites the remainder. For the past 15 years, the roles have been reversed: about 30% of the NFL is white and the remainder are black (small % of Samoans and Hispanics.)

    So I really don’t see the need for diversity training in a racial sense in the NFL.

    On the other hand, I’m sure they need lots of diversity training to accept women, homosexuals, and transgenders in their huddles.

    I’ve been following football for 50 years and I can remember when the object of the game was to score points, get off the field, and let the other team try to score on you. That’s all. No dancing, no prancing, no pink gear, and no social statements during games. I guess the game passed me by.

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    I guess the game passed me by.
     
    Or maybe the NFL just went off the rails in the interim. Sometimes the dead man walking takes quite a few strides before finally collapsing.
    , @SPMoore8
    In reply to my own comment, it has occurred to me that this idea that the NFL will use VR to improve race relations is probably just more marketing. However, I can believe that they will use VR to increase the reaction time of defensive reads and the receiver sequencing of quarterbacks. In fact, they probably are already doing so.

    On the other hand, using VR for various types of sexual, sexual orientation, or gender identity stereotyping is conceivable. But if VR is in fact successful in simulating polymorphous sexual activity, the big takeoff will be in porn, and will immediately cause complaints from women.
    , @Ed
    What's funny though is the most applicable diversity issue for the NFL is class and isn't mentioned . Jonathan Martin was mercilessly taunted because of his upper class background and unfamiliarity with black culture. He was black.
    , @Forbes
    It could've been argued (in the 20th century) that competitive athletics, i.e. games, matches, competitive performances among teams or individuals et al., collectively known as sports, were distinct from other activities in life.

    Today, sports are just another form of entertainment, specifically entertainment media, and like all media, it's a spectacle for attracting eye-balls--viewers. The game or match is merely a secondary effect, an incidental by-product, of entertainment media programing. It fills the time around which mass market advertising is sold.

    The highlight of the Super Bowl is the frenzy about multimillion dollar commercials--with a cottage industry rating, ranking, critiquing them, while the game stars are mostly forgotten. Even some politician (Kasich?) suggested a national holiday for the day after the Super Bowl.

    Like the Norma Desmond/Gloria Swanson quote in Sunset Boulevard, "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." It's the medium that changed, obliterating the star (the game).
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  16. Lenny says:

    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.

    Cry me a river

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    • Replies: @gruff
    Our privilege is not unearned. It was earned by our forefathers and foremothers. They paid in blood, sweat and tears to build a world of prosperity and peace for their descendants. It is ours by right to do with as we see fit.
    , @bomag
    No, we're afraid of everything we've built being destroyed.
    , @The most deplorable one
    So you want some other people to have the unearned privileges then?

    They do seem unable to earn their own privileges.
    , @e
    Sounds like Lenny is one of the millennials, you know, the ones who cried foul when teachers corrected their essays in red ink (oh, the PAIN!), the ones to whom were given meaningless degrees from high school, the ones who have silly degrees in "studies" majors or "communications" from pretend-colleges.

    Start with studying history, Lennie. Come on, YOU CAN DO IT, MAN. Free yourself from the bondage of ignorance.

    , @dumpstersquirrel
    "Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.
    Cry me a river"

    Why oh why are you so heterophobic, so afraid of the pooosy? You know that it doesn't have teeth, right? That was just a movie.

    BWAH!
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Lenny, It gags me to reply to you but I have posted this before. Yes, every white child is given a lifetime clean bill of health, a Letter of Acceptance to the College/University of their choice and a guaranteed career path all stapled to their Birth Certificate on the day they are born. You probably didn't know that, but it's true.
    , @interesting
    gad damn i wish one of you could show me where i left that privilege, all i know is working, i have to work all day everyday since most of the people around me don't have to. And most have a snap card and full medical benefits, all for free.

    many people are shocked at how much i have to pay for health insurance and then are completely floored at how high the deductible is on top of the premiums......but that's my privilege.

    when i mention how much I pay in taxes it's another shocker ....they pay none....i have the privilege of paying $2,000 a month in federal income taxes.

    and another funny story about privilege, when my kids were in line talking about their college classes and how much the classes cost and how much the books cost somebody else in line that doesn't have any privilege struck up a conversation, this person could not be believe how much all that cost but since he had no privilege it didn't cost him a dime and claimed "i'd never be able to afford that" to which my one son replied "neither can we, but we don't have a choice"....to which i will had, due to their white penis all they have is privilege......unearned as i was just informed

    yes i know a lot of losers but i can't say that in public.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Another self-hating, dishonest parasite, living off the earned social and political capital of two millennia of people, whose sacrifice to create the modern world isn't just despised by the insipid Lenny, but must be condemned by Lenny, because it's all about Lenny, and Lenny's failure.

    Lenny, you pathetic excuse for a poster, or even a poster child for imbecility, why do you visit your self-loathing on your betters (both morally and intellectually)? Is it because nobody picked you for the middle school dodgeball team? Janey didn't just reject you, but mocked your awkwardness? Mommy didn't love Lenny?

    For a loser like you Lenny, you should be grateful to even exist where you have access that allows you to post here, but instead you can't escape your sphincter-eyed perspective. When your unhappiness subsides enough for that Lenny singularity, that one lucid thought you have had since birth, maybe you can wake up and crawl out of your sphincter. But only if you exert yourself as never before. Or maybe you will just live out your sorry existence as the witless beast of the manipulators that control you.
    , @Salger
    Tell me who's more privlieged, Hillary Clinton or a black man.

    I'll wait to see how you will weasel your way out of this.
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  17. Anon7 says:

    I don’t think it takes much in the way of analysis to understand why the NFL is bending over backwards for women. Increased viewer audience equals more money for owners.

    Sunday Night Football ranked #1 among women 18-49 for the first time last season and Fox has reported its female viewing audience has hit record highs.

    Super Bowls have logged higher female viewership than the Emmy, Grammys, and Oscars combined.

    Numerous domestic violence incidents that involve women and professional NFL players have caused many women to reconsider their support for this sport.

    61% of women who identify themselves as NFL fans state that something needs to be done about the pattern of concussions that is affecting players. This is compared to 47% of men.

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    Sunday Night Football ranked #1 among women 18-49 for the first time last season and Fox has reported its female viewing audience has hit record highs.
     
    I have not watched a fictional network tv show in decades. Years ago I would watch an occasional Seinfeld, Simpsons or "Shandling".

    Still love non-fiction nerd tv though, science channel, nature shows, NOVA, Mythbusters, "Air Disasters", documentaries...

    But my one other weakness is the NFL including the NFL channel.... Blame it Peyton!!!

    Could it be the relentless Cultural Marxist propaganda and nauseating degenerate crap that passes for 95% of networks shows is beginning to wear lots women down too???
    , @CK
    When they do not have alpha males to interact with in real life, women will ogle the faux alphas of the NFL.
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  18. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Shouldn’t this thing be proportional? The great majority of inter-racial attacks are blacks assaulting whites. Not the reverse.

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  19. @SPMoore8
    By about 1970, black athletes were about 30% of the NFL, with whites the remainder. For the past 15 years, the roles have been reversed: about 30% of the NFL is white and the remainder are black (small % of Samoans and Hispanics.)

    So I really don't see the need for diversity training in a racial sense in the NFL.

    On the other hand, I'm sure they need lots of diversity training to accept women, homosexuals, and transgenders in their huddles.

    I've been following football for 50 years and I can remember when the object of the game was to score points, get off the field, and let the other team try to score on you. That's all. No dancing, no prancing, no pink gear, and no social statements during games. I guess the game passed me by.

    I guess the game passed me by.

    Or maybe the NFL just went off the rails in the interim. Sometimes the dead man walking takes quite a few strides before finally collapsing.

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  20. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “Comedian Andy Richter reveals ex House Speaker Dennis Hastert ‘put a Lazyboy chair in front of the boys’ showers’ when he was his high school’s wrestling coach”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3532021/Andy-Richter-recalls-Lazyboy-chair-Dennis-Hastert-position-boys-showers.html

    “Andy Richter, 49, went to Yorkville High School between 1980 and 1984
    There, Dennis Hastert, 74, is accused of molesting five boys during his time as wrestling coach
    Richter quoted the court filing on Twitter, which mentions ‘a “Lazyboy”-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls’
    According to Richter, the chair’s official role was to ‘keep boys from fighting’”

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    See that's what's great about America. Anyone, including the dirty old high school wrestling coach who likes to sit in a La-Z-Boy and watch boys shower, can go on to become third in line to the presidency.
    , @Threecranes
    "According to Richter, the chair’s official role was to ‘keep boys from fighting’”

    What a joke. And shows a complete lack of understanding of psychology and ethological behavior of males in establishing pecking-order dominance.

    It is almost categorically impossible for wrestlers to fight in the shower after having sparred for 2 hours with one another on the mat. Because, day after day, one has demonstrated (in the most immediate manner possible) just who is superior. There is simply no residual left over with which to fuel a conflict. All has been settled. Not only that but there is no energy left to sustain a conflict. Everything has been left on the mat.

    Some scrimmage sessions last fifteen minutes. They are exhausting in both the above senses. All options and combinations have been repeatedly tried. There is no ambiguity. Things have been settled and if not, then there's always tomorrow or the next day's practice to sort things out. Meanwhile, wash off the stench of guys rancid clothes that have hung in a dank locker for a week and some blessed rest. (Mondays are good because everyone (hopefully) has taken their sweats home over the weekend and had them laundered. By Wednesday, things are getting pretty bad and you know every sparring partner by his characteristic smell. By Friday the stench is overpowering and you punish the guy just for his odor.)
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  21. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    ““Bias often plays out in tech as a like-me bias,””

    There are an amazing number of all-Indian or nearly all Indian groups in Silicon Valley tech firms. You might think that as soon as all the first-level managers are Indian, they are biased to hiring only Indians.

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    ...crickets...
    , @Jack D
    You are misunderstanding what the word "bias" means in the modern world (also, discrimination, racism, etc.) Only white males are capable of bias so when other people do the same thing, it's not bias. I could explain to you the mumbo jumbo about power relationships, blah, blah blah that "prove" this, but why bother. Just take it as a given.
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  22. SPMoore8 says:
    @SPMoore8
    By about 1970, black athletes were about 30% of the NFL, with whites the remainder. For the past 15 years, the roles have been reversed: about 30% of the NFL is white and the remainder are black (small % of Samoans and Hispanics.)

    So I really don't see the need for diversity training in a racial sense in the NFL.

    On the other hand, I'm sure they need lots of diversity training to accept women, homosexuals, and transgenders in their huddles.

    I've been following football for 50 years and I can remember when the object of the game was to score points, get off the field, and let the other team try to score on you. That's all. No dancing, no prancing, no pink gear, and no social statements during games. I guess the game passed me by.

    In reply to my own comment, it has occurred to me that this idea that the NFL will use VR to improve race relations is probably just more marketing. However, I can believe that they will use VR to increase the reaction time of defensive reads and the receiver sequencing of quarterbacks. In fact, they probably are already doing so.

    On the other hand, using VR for various types of sexual, sexual orientation, or gender identity stereotyping is conceivable. But if VR is in fact successful in simulating polymorphous sexual activity, the big takeoff will be in porn, and will immediately cause complaints from women.

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    The VR Experience should allow fanboys to strap on their goggles and pretend that they are QBs, etc, all for a reasonable subscription fee. Imagine directing the Four Horsemen, or the Blocks of Granite, or any era's team through creative visualization. Uniforms may be customized to suit your mood, the weather or anything else you can dream up. Just don't forget to allow extra time for the huddle, where sufficient indoctrination, er, affirmative communication occurs. Hut, hut...
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I was at a conference last year and a guy had a VR headset. I am not easily impressed, but this thing was fantastic even using the demo environment it came with. Try one if you get a chance.
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  23. Why mess around with all this fancy technology? They should just chop people’s balls off like they did in Roman times.

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  24. iSteveFan says:

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.

    Thank you for admitting that diversity training costs so much and is largely ineffective.

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    Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.
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  25. Whiskey says: • Website

    The White male purge continues. Well what could go wring with NFL Commissioner Lawrence Taylor? After he gets out of course. He’s a Hall of Famer! And Diverse.

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  26. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    How about virtual reality Nakba game for Jews?

    Maybe they’ll understand Pallies better and peace with triumph.

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  27. gruff says:
    @iSteveFan

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.
     
    Thank you for admitting that diversity training costs so much and is largely ineffective.

    Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.

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    I had to sit through a diversity course for three(!) days when I worked for the state of CA back in the 90's. It was all bash whitey all the time. Asians, who were a large part of our crew, figured hardly at all in the discussion. Blacks, Hispanics, they are soooo discriminated against, for their whole lives, starting at birth, throughout schooling, even now, it winds through every breath they take, every step they take... wait, that sounds like some awful 80's song. Where was I? Oh, yes, we had to hold hands and make a commitment to be sweetness and love and light forever and ever, Amen.

    Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over. In fact, there was a couple of times that I really wanted to hit the diversity trainer for the anti-white, invidious stereotypes he spewed.

    Counter-productive doesn't begin to capture the harm that crap causes.
    , @Discard
    In the military, we had to watch something a propaganda film. It showed a variety of White people being prejudiced, including telling racist jokes.

    We Whites loved the jokes. But since we actually lived with Blacks, we knew the other stuff was B.S.
    , @dumpstersquirrel
    "Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known."

    Diversity training is exceedingly useful -- in fending off lawsuits. Let's say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she'd like a little cream in her morning coffee. At that point, when she files the inevitable discrimination lawsuit (against the deep-pocketed company, natch), they can defend themselves by producing that particular White man's extensive Diversity training file and then fire him for violating company policy. Simples.

    Diversity training is a protection racket.
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  28. Bettega says:

    VR Expectation: 3D waifus and catgirl porn

    VR Reality: Diversity training and mandatory reeducation

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  29. Ivy says:
    @SPMoore8
    In reply to my own comment, it has occurred to me that this idea that the NFL will use VR to improve race relations is probably just more marketing. However, I can believe that they will use VR to increase the reaction time of defensive reads and the receiver sequencing of quarterbacks. In fact, they probably are already doing so.

    On the other hand, using VR for various types of sexual, sexual orientation, or gender identity stereotyping is conceivable. But if VR is in fact successful in simulating polymorphous sexual activity, the big takeoff will be in porn, and will immediately cause complaints from women.

    The VR Experience should allow fanboys to strap on their goggles and pretend that they are QBs, etc, all for a reasonable subscription fee. Imagine directing the Four Horsemen, or the Blocks of Granite, or any era’s team through creative visualization. Uniforms may be customized to suit your mood, the weather or anything else you can dream up. Just don’t forget to allow extra time for the huddle, where sufficient indoctrination, er, affirmative communication occurs. Hut, hut…

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  30. For roughly the last 6 years or so, I’ve been commenting in various internet fora about what I take to be the decline of the NFL. The subject is a tedious one for me, especially since I no longer have any interest in watching professional sports and therefore find myself lacking in command of the up-to-date details. However, to make a long story short, the following bullet points may serve to summarize my old arguments.

    1. The vast amounts of money now in the game have been ruinous for the quality of the sportsmanship and for what used to be the civic value of football. Football is a gritty game of strength and determination that is supposed to provide a cathartic civic experience for working class men, for guys used to slugging it out in dockyards and blast furnaces. I cannot help but think of Gordon Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald when I think of football. They are each in their own way spiritual paeans to the same sort of people. Football will never really be at home in any other environment. In abandoning its working class, America has also lost touch with the essence of football.

    2. The money in football is brought in by the new football fan of today—the 50-something, SWPL yuppie who has endless money to burn on season tickets, travel, merchandise, and memorabilia. He is most likely a college alum and white collar worker, and has no organic connection with the spiritualized football of yesteryear. His connection to football rests on the fact that he works for one of the corporations that sponsor or broadcast the games, that he handles some peripheral legal or accounting matter related to the league, that he went to the same Big State U from which the current year’s hot new quarterback has just been drafted, and that he cleaned up last week in the office fantasy league. He thinks of football primarily as a business activity and a vehicle for social enhancement, and deems himself to belong more or less to the same social class as the players. The pathos of distance has been lost and along with it any sense of reverence or awe for the game. As a fan he is loud, critical, cynical, and demanding. He does not weep or rejoice at wins or losses; he neither suffers nor exults. He only gloats or scoffs.

    3. Along with his money and cynicism he brings into the sport his progressive values and a certain taste for gaudy luxury. Thus the in-screen graphics overlaid onto an NFL broadcast—the ubiquitous line-to-gain markers, highlights, camera angles, replays, talking player bios, etc.—are designed to take full advantage of the capacities of modern home theater technology (the better to ease one’s transition to full hedonistic stupefaction); meanwhile the players on the field are all wearing pink shoes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a portion of the halftime show is dedicated to showcasing some player’s involvement with the SJWs’ cause du jour. The desired full yoking of the energy of pro football to the creaking cart of progressive politics has been evidenced lately by the intensifying obsession with formerly nonexistent racial hostilities (cf. the manufactured drama between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning before the most recent Superbowl).

    4. The never-ending saga that was Tim Tebow’s pro football career marks a decisive turning point in NFL history. Here we have for the first time a player who was basically unqualified for the quarterback position being catapulted to the major leagues not once, not twice, but three times at that very position, precisely because he was a fan favorite who would bring in the dough. Of course an elaborate pretense of his athleticism and overall value had to be maintained, drawing most heavily upon (in a rather telling turn of phrase indeed) the “intangibles” he brought to the table. His greatest asset was of course the fascination he exercised over Evangelical Protestants, who to this day remain blind to his faults as a player and excuse his lack of success with a host of the most far-fetched, ad hoc theories imaginable. For another example in this vein, we have recently learned that the St. Louis Rams were pressured by the league to draft Michael Sam, who’s principal claim to fame rested on his being the first openly gay player in NFL history. You would think the one place that would be immune from political appointees and symbolically included minorities would be a professional sports roster, where athletic merit is supposedly all that counts, but you would be wrong. With that, however, begins the end of pro football. It is no longer a true test of mettle with civic and spiritual overtones, but another sleazy racket just like all the rest.

    5. Bringing us up to the present moment, I can only imagine that in a saner world the NFL would be interested in using virtual reality—if it must use it at all, which is highly dubious—to enhance players’ abilities on the field, e.g. by allowing them to simulate running plays and whatnot. The fact that they are using the technology only to implement the social justice schemes of the world-improvers is evidence not only that the NFL is cuckolded on the social issues, but that the technology itself has no real-world application and is basically a waste of time and money. The sad fact is that we are already living in a “virtual reality” of politically correct nonsense and we have been for quite some time, as cucking of the NFL clearly shows.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I'm pretty confident that this halcyon era of which you write never actually existed. You seem to be engaging in a form of retrospective wishful thinking. You also strike me as someone who spends little time with men who "slug it out in dockyards and blast furnaces", or whatever else their 21st century counterparts do. However, your comment does contain some good insights into what is wrong with the NFL. And there is oh so much wrong with it...
    , @Stan Adams
    The first (American) football games were played on the athletic fields of Ivy League universities. In the beginning, it was a rich boy's game.

    In England, they say that rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen (i.e., the upper crust), whereas football (soccer) is a game for gentlemen played by thugs (the masses).
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  31. Two soft pads, which felt slightly moist, clamped themselves against Winston’s temples. He quailed. There was pain coming, a new kind of pain. O’Brien laid a hand reassuringly, almost kindly, on his.

    ‘This time it will not hurt,’ he said. ‘Keep your eyes fixed on mine.’

    At this moment there was a devastating explosion, or what seemed like an explosion, though it was not certain whether there was any noise. There was undoubtedly a blinding flash of light. Winston was not hurt, only prostrated. Although he had already been lying on his back when the thing happened, he had a curious feeling that he had been knocked into that position. A terrific painless blow had flattened him out. Also something had happened inside his head. As his eyes regained their focus he remembered who he was, and where he was, and recognized the face that was gazing into his own; but somewhere or other there was a large patch of emptiness, as though a piece had been taken out of his brain.

    ‘It will not last,’ said O’Brien. ……

    O’Brien held up the fingers of his left hand, with the thumb concealed.

    ‘There are five fingers there. Do you see five fingers?’

    ‘Yes.’

    And he did see them, for a fleeting instant, before the scenery of his mind changed. He saw five fingers, and there was no deformity…..

    ‘You see now,’ said O’Brien, ‘that it is at any rate possible.’

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  32. This truly is the Steve Sailer World (SSW) and we are only living in it.

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  33. gruff says:
    @27 year old
    8 billion a year...

    Hey it boosts the GDP.

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  34. gruff says:
    @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    Our privilege is not unearned. It was earned by our forefathers and foremothers. They paid in blood, sweat and tears to build a world of prosperity and peace for their descendants. It is ours by right to do with as we see fit.

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    That's a pretty dishonest response
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  35. Jefferson says:

    In one scenario, a user is represented by an African-American female avatar who is being angrily harassed by a white avatar.”

    Yes Black women are sexually and physically harassed by White men on a daily basis just like Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Robin Givens, and Tina Turner, oh wait!!!.

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  36. Well then, you guys probably don’t want to watch this one.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-09/stunning-video-reveals-why-you-shouldnt-trust-anything-you-see-television

    It shows an actor’s mouth movements and facial expressions super-imposed on another person (GW Bush, Putin) in real time.

    Changing an assailant’s skin color on a CCTV recording to be more politically correct is child’s play.

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    That is something I never would have thought possible. Insane.
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  37. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    "Comedian Andy Richter reveals ex House Speaker Dennis Hastert 'put a Lazyboy chair in front of the boys' showers' when he was his high school's wrestling coach"

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3532021/Andy-Richter-recalls-Lazyboy-chair-Dennis-Hastert-position-boys-showers.html

    "Andy Richter, 49, went to Yorkville High School between 1980 and 1984
    There, Dennis Hastert, 74, is accused of molesting five boys during his time as wrestling coach
    Richter quoted the court filing on Twitter, which mentions 'a "Lazyboy"-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls'
    According to Richter, the chair's official role was to 'keep boys from fighting'"

    See that’s what’s great about America. Anyone, including the dirty old high school wrestling coach who likes to sit in a La-Z-Boy and watch boys shower, can go on to become third in line to the presidency.

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    I think Ron Unz is absolutely right.

    The "donor class" seeks out the most malleable, that is morally compromised, if not downright creepy, prospects for public office and then sees to it that they are promoted through out the political hierarchy.

    Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, .....
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  38. What do you call someone who is an NFL fan?

    A cuck.

    (in case you were wondering, an NBA fan is a SuperCuck).

    If you have to be a sports fan, why not the tried and true: http://mlb.mlb.com/home

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  39. bomag says:
    @SteveRogers42
    So mind control by using electronic gizmos to rewrite the subject's synapses and eliminate his free will is a good thing?

    Can somebody please help me find my passport? I just want to go back to America.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a VR diversity training session stamping on a human face… forever.

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  40. bomag says:
    @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    No, we’re afraid of everything we’ve built being destroyed.

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  41. I don’t know how effective VR technology will be for mind modification, but it has great potential for porn. If tactile and olfactory stimulation are added, its effectiveness will be amplified.

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  42. How about some game ideas for the NFL’s virtual reality initiative??

    Some ideas…

    Fantasy Battle Hounds
    Breed and genetically engineer vicious fighting dogs.
    When it’s time to fight, you’re in the arena as your dog!

    UFC: Domestic Action Edition
    Your’re the petite little exotic dancer. Go head to head with the roid ragin’ meathead boyfriend
    Survive long enough to advance to the elevator-cage-match

    Concussion Simulator
    Get Dizzy, Black out, Forget the point… But survive until age 50 without getting to the trembling and dementia challenge

    Get creative and add your own

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  43. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    So you want some other people to have the unearned privileges then?

    They do seem unable to earn their own privileges.

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  44. @Days of Broken Arrows
    Wait, what about ageism? What about fat-phobia? What about TRANSPHOBIA?!?!?!

    OMG they left those out. That means they're guilty of bigotry!! Evil sinners! They must be punished!!!

    I recommend weeks upon weeks of re-education in virtual reality simulators where they will be ZAPPED with high-voltage shocks every time they think an incorrect thought.

    Winning the fight against all prejudice everywhere all the time isn't everything....it's the only thing!

    This is horrible racism!! Where is the proper respect for deaf lesbian midget Eskimoes?? We need DLMEs as linebackers!!

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  45. 5371 says:

    [Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 12:33 p.m. EDT April 10, 2016

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Virtual reality can bring us to the top of Mount Everest.]

    I’m going to stop you right there, Marco. It can’t.

    In other news, I went to sleep with Spieth moving on to the 10th last night, because he obviously had it in the bag.

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  46. @gruff
    Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.

    I had to sit through a diversity course for three(!) days when I worked for the state of CA back in the 90′s. It was all bash whitey all the time. Asians, who were a large part of our crew, figured hardly at all in the discussion. Blacks, Hispanics, they are soooo discriminated against, for their whole lives, starting at birth, throughout schooling, even now, it winds through every breath they take, every step they take… wait, that sounds like some awful 80′s song. Where was I? Oh, yes, we had to hold hands and make a commitment to be sweetness and love and light forever and ever, Amen.

    Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over. In fact, there was a couple of times that I really wanted to hit the diversity trainer for the anti-white, invidious stereotypes he spewed.

    Counter-productive doesn’t begin to capture the harm that crap causes.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    When the Mafia would collect "protection" money from businessmen, they didn't actually provide any protection, it was just a payment for them not breaking your windows themselves. This is just a modern day protection racket but it has to be dressed up as payment for services so they make you sit thru the struggle sessions so that the otherwise unemployable trainers can get paid. Even in the heydey of the Mafia, I don't think they pulled in $8 billion/year.
    , @dumpstersquirrel
    "Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over."

    Preach on, brother. I also did a full day of anti-White Diversity training for the State of Oregon, then loudly described it afterward to others who were waiting their turn for the same training. I told them the trainer had every White man stand in front of the room as the women, blacks, and mexicans threw water balloons full of urine at us while calling us derogatory names. I made sure my supervisors could hear me say it. I was fired during my probation period. Then my life got much better in every way -- I always fall upwards. The trainer was actually okay, a 50-something mexican guy with a pretty light touch. But it did radicalize me against anti-White Diversity everything.

    In fact, now that I'm thinking about this (this was over 6 years ago), I was asked in a group interview for Oregon in front of eleven other applicants my thoughts on Diversity in the workplace, and I said that I am Diversity because at my prior supervisory job I was the only White person in management and that my fellow supervisors called me "T-Dub", which was short for Token Whiteboy. About a third of the applicants were mexican, there was one black dude, and two Asians. Group interviews are unnerving, but that's how the State of Oregon does it.
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  47. @Anon7
    I don't think it takes much in the way of analysis to understand why the NFL is bending over backwards for women. Increased viewer audience equals more money for owners.


    Sunday Night Football ranked #1 among women 18-49 for the first time last season and Fox has reported its female viewing audience has hit record highs.

    Super Bowls have logged higher female viewership than the Emmy, Grammys, and Oscars combined.

    Numerous domestic violence incidents that involve women and professional NFL players have caused many women to reconsider their support for this sport.

    61% of women who identify themselves as NFL fans state that something needs to be done about the pattern of concussions that is affecting players. This is compared to 47% of men.
     

    Sunday Night Football ranked #1 among women 18-49 for the first time last season and Fox has reported its female viewing audience has hit record highs.

    I have not watched a fictional network tv show in decades. Years ago I would watch an occasional Seinfeld, Simpsons or “Shandling”.

    Still love non-fiction nerd tv though, science channel, nature shows, NOVA, Mythbusters, “Air Disasters”, documentaries…

    But my one other weakness is the NFL including the NFL channel…. Blame it Peyton!!!

    Could it be the relentless Cultural Marxist propaganda and nauseating degenerate crap that passes for 95% of networks shows is beginning to wear lots women down too???

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  48. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    Can't wait for the empathy building programs for Breast Cancer Awareness during the pink months.

    Boys, get ready to put on your virtual tutus...
    ... and dance!

    “Can’t wait for the empathy building programs for Breast Cancer Awareness”

    “No, no, I could never be a woman. I’d just stay at home and play with my breasts all day.”
    Steve Martin, L.A. Story screenplay

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  49. I spent most of Saturday at Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens tournament. It’s a three-day extravaganza in which dozens of teams, mostly from the nations making up the Anglosphere/historical Commonwealth) compete in matches that last just 20 minutes or so. The quality of the matches is high, but since it’s a one-weekend, self-contained event, winning the title is nice, but not make-or-break for the top teams.

    For spectators, there’s plenty of beer, silly costumes (if you like that sort of thing), wandering around to meet up with friends, etc. The atmosphere combines a sports tournament, a pub, and a concert (the Proclaimers performed during a break in the play the day I was there), with a dash of country fair thrown in there somewhere. There are hot cheerleaders, and bagpipe bands. There’s plenty of refreshingly straightforward, but generally good-natured, nationalistic cheering. You can watch every match or pay attention at your pleasure. It’s a semi-chaotic mishmash that’s hugely enjoyable.

    I look at American sports leagues/events these days and see what seems to me a general decline in just sheer fun. I may not admit this to my British friends, but I fear these days they may be better at putting on major sports events . . . I somehow can’t quite see the rugby leagues taking up virtual reality PC training. I hope they don’t . . . .

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  50. @Anonymous
    See that's what's great about America. Anyone, including the dirty old high school wrestling coach who likes to sit in a La-Z-Boy and watch boys shower, can go on to become third in line to the presidency.

    I think Ron Unz is absolutely right.

    The “donor class” seeks out the most malleable, that is morally compromised, if not downright creepy, prospects for public office and then sees to it that they are promoted through out the political hierarchy.

    Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, …..

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  51. @syonredux

    Speaking of the NFL:

    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed in a shooting spurred by an apparent road rage incident late Saturday. Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse confirmed Smith's identity early Sunday morning.

    Smith's wife Racquel also was shot twice in the right leg, police said, and was treated at University Medical Center.

    The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. after a three-car accident near Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Juan Barnes said.

    New Orleans police booked 28-year-old Cardell Hayes with second-degree murder on Sunday morning. His bond was set at $1 million.

    Hayes pleaded guilty in 2014 as a first-time offender to illegal carrying of a weapon as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to six months probation.


    A Hummer H2 rear-ended Smith's Mercedes-Benz SUV, Barnes said, causing Smith's vehicle to rear-end another car driven by one of his friends.

    Smith, 34, and the driver of the Hummer "exchanged words" before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times, police said.

    Smith died on the scene.

    Police recovered the gun used in the shooting, Barnes said.

     

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/saints/2016/04/10/will-smith-killed-shooting-new-orleans/82861242/

    Cardell Hayes:

    https://localtvwiti.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/cardell.jpg?w=400&h=225&crop=1

    Now that suggests the kind of virtual reality game I’d pay money for: experience getting into different kinds of confrontations with the likes of this Cardell Hayes dude — without the risk of getting killed.

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  52. @anonymous
    "“Bias often plays out in tech as a like-me bias,”"

    There are an amazing number of all-Indian or nearly all Indian groups in Silicon Valley tech firms. You might think that as soon as all the first-level managers are Indian, they are biased to hiring only Indians.

    …crickets…

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  53. Jefferson says:

    Even in the world of virtual reality, man is still biting dog.

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  54. Jefferson says:

    It is only a matter of time before the KKK shows up in this NFL virtual reality game.

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    The Alabama Ghosts taking the Field against the Detroit Rocket Scientists.
    , @CK
    The all FBI team?
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  55. @Jefferson
    It is only a matter of time before the KKK shows up in this NFL virtual reality game.

    The Alabama Ghosts taking the Field against the Detroit Rocket Scientists.

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  56. tris says:

    Multiculturalism is a US construct, no doubt imposed by the 0.01%, who of course have different rules for themselves, on the US. Unfortunately the US again enforced it on all western nations, starting with Rhodesia and South Africa, but including formerly homogenous nations such as Germany, mostly with catastrophic or at least very negative results.
    The only way in which the West can get rid of this foreign destruction, is if it ends in the US. The Trump phenomenon seems to indicate that the US is resegregating voluntarily. In Europe similar movements are afoot, and the establishment cannot stop them anymore.
    “Virtual Reality Tested by NFL as Tool to Confront Racism, Sexism” is just another desperate attempt to forestall this natural resegregation process.

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    "Unfortunately the US again enforced it on all western nations, starting with Rhodesia and South Africa,"

    Rhodesia and South Africa are Western nations?
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  57. Discard says:
    @gruff
    Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.

    In the military, we had to watch something a propaganda film. It showed a variety of White people being prejudiced, including telling racist jokes.

    We Whites loved the jokes. But since we actually lived with Blacks, we knew the other stuff was B.S.

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  58. AndrewR says:
    @Foreign Expert
    My father worked for American Airlines. In the early 1960s he described to me a "diversity " training program he was subjected to. Of course, in those days they didn't call it diversity. I guess it wasn't very effective since they are still working on the problem.

    That makes sense for an airline that has passengers from around the world.

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  59. ic1000 says:

    One theme that comes to mind when reading Mr. della Cava’s USA Today article has already been alluded to in the comments — Steve’s contrast of an institution’s ostensible mission with its real-world practices. A series of his posts has looked at “the social sciences” through the lenses of “science” and “market research”; the latter is clearly the more realistic description of what modern academics are actually accomplishing.

    della Cava has written a strangely credulous piece. (e.g. “The NFL hopes to leverage the immersive power of virtual reality, referred to by experts as ‘presence.’”). The idea of Journalism informing a public that’s able to Learn and Engage is obsolete. On the bright side, USA Today is squarely behind the quotas of the latest Five Year Plan, whatever they may be. The Party knows best.

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  60. AndrewR says:
    @gruff
    Our privilege is not unearned. It was earned by our forefathers and foremothers. They paid in blood, sweat and tears to build a world of prosperity and peace for their descendants. It is ours by right to do with as we see fit.

    That’s a pretty dishonest response

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    Please expound.
    , @bomag
    You know what he means.
    , @AndrewR
    If what you say were true then white privilege wouldn't apply to recent immigrants and it would apply to persons deemed as nonwhite whose ancestors helped build the country.
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  61. AndrewR says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    For roughly the last 6 years or so, I've been commenting in various internet fora about what I take to be the decline of the NFL. The subject is a tedious one for me, especially since I no longer have any interest in watching professional sports and therefore find myself lacking in command of the up-to-date details. However, to make a long story short, the following bullet points may serve to summarize my old arguments.

    1. The vast amounts of money now in the game have been ruinous for the quality of the sportsmanship and for what used to be the civic value of football. Football is a gritty game of strength and determination that is supposed to provide a cathartic civic experience for working class men, for guys used to slugging it out in dockyards and blast furnaces. I cannot help but think of Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald when I think of football. They are each in their own way spiritual paeans to the same sort of people. Football will never really be at home in any other environment. In abandoning its working class, America has also lost touch with the essence of football.

    2. The money in football is brought in by the new football fan of today---the 50-something, SWPL yuppie who has endless money to burn on season tickets, travel, merchandise, and memorabilia. He is most likely a college alum and white collar worker, and has no organic connection with the spiritualized football of yesteryear. His connection to football rests on the fact that he works for one of the corporations that sponsor or broadcast the games, that he handles some peripheral legal or accounting matter related to the league, that he went to the same Big State U from which the current year's hot new quarterback has just been drafted, and that he cleaned up last week in the office fantasy league. He thinks of football primarily as a business activity and a vehicle for social enhancement, and deems himself to belong more or less to the same social class as the players. The pathos of distance has been lost and along with it any sense of reverence or awe for the game. As a fan he is loud, critical, cynical, and demanding. He does not weep or rejoice at wins or losses; he neither suffers nor exults. He only gloats or scoffs.

    3. Along with his money and cynicism he brings into the sport his progressive values and a certain taste for gaudy luxury. Thus the in-screen graphics overlaid onto an NFL broadcast---the ubiquitous line-to-gain markers, highlights, camera angles, replays, talking player bios, etc.---are designed to take full advantage of the capacities of modern home theater technology (the better to ease one's transition to full hedonistic stupefaction); meanwhile the players on the field are all wearing pink shoes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a portion of the halftime show is dedicated to showcasing some player's involvement with the SJWs' cause du jour. The desired full yoking of the energy of pro football to the creaking cart of progressive politics has been evidenced lately by the intensifying obsession with formerly nonexistent racial hostilities (cf. the manufactured drama between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning before the most recent Superbowl).

    4. The never-ending saga that was Tim Tebow's pro football career marks a decisive turning point in NFL history. Here we have for the first time a player who was basically unqualified for the quarterback position being catapulted to the major leagues not once, not twice, but three times at that very position, precisely because he was a fan favorite who would bring in the dough. Of course an elaborate pretense of his athleticism and overall value had to be maintained, drawing most heavily upon (in a rather telling turn of phrase indeed) the "intangibles" he brought to the table. His greatest asset was of course the fascination he exercised over Evangelical Protestants, who to this day remain blind to his faults as a player and excuse his lack of success with a host of the most far-fetched, ad hoc theories imaginable. For another example in this vein, we have recently learned that the St. Louis Rams were pressured by the league to draft Michael Sam, who's principal claim to fame rested on his being the first openly gay player in NFL history. You would think the one place that would be immune from political appointees and symbolically included minorities would be a professional sports roster, where athletic merit is supposedly all that counts, but you would be wrong. With that, however, begins the end of pro football. It is no longer a true test of mettle with civic and spiritual overtones, but another sleazy racket just like all the rest.

    5. Bringing us up to the present moment, I can only imagine that in a saner world the NFL would be interested in using virtual reality---if it must use it at all, which is highly dubious---to enhance players' abilities on the field, e.g. by allowing them to simulate running plays and whatnot. The fact that they are using the technology only to implement the social justice schemes of the world-improvers is evidence not only that the NFL is cuckolded on the social issues, but that the technology itself has no real-world application and is basically a waste of time and money. The sad fact is that we are already living in a "virtual reality" of politically correct nonsense and we have been for quite some time, as cucking of the NFL clearly shows.

    I’m pretty confident that this halcyon era of which you write never actually existed. You seem to be engaging in a form of retrospective wishful thinking. You also strike me as someone who spends little time with men who “slug it out in dockyards and blast furnaces”, or whatever else their 21st century counterparts do. However, your comment does contain some good insights into what is wrong with the NFL. And there is oh so much wrong with it…

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    , @CJ
    NFL football was basically semipro until the 1960s. Before that the only truly national sports were baseball and college football. The fanbase was indeed much more blue-collar than it is now. There have been many changes to the game itself, most of them not for the better, but I'll note just one: there is now an enormous industry of professional coaches who have an interest in the game continuing to need lots of coaches.
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  62. CK says:
    @Anon7
    I don't think it takes much in the way of analysis to understand why the NFL is bending over backwards for women. Increased viewer audience equals more money for owners.


    Sunday Night Football ranked #1 among women 18-49 for the first time last season and Fox has reported its female viewing audience has hit record highs.

    Super Bowls have logged higher female viewership than the Emmy, Grammys, and Oscars combined.

    Numerous domestic violence incidents that involve women and professional NFL players have caused many women to reconsider their support for this sport.

    61% of women who identify themselves as NFL fans state that something needs to be done about the pattern of concussions that is affecting players. This is compared to 47% of men.
     

    When they do not have alpha males to interact with in real life, women will ogle the faux alphas of the NFL.

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  63. AndrewR says:
    @Portlander
    Well then, you guys probably don't want to watch this one.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-09/stunning-video-reveals-why-you-shouldnt-trust-anything-you-see-television

    It shows an actor's mouth movements and facial expressions super-imposed on another person (GW Bush, Putin) in real time.

    Changing an assailant's skin color on a CCTV recording to be more politically correct is child's play.

    That is something I never would have thought possible. Insane.

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    Yeah, a few weeks ago I was mighty impressed when I saw this one, largely because it was running real-time:
    http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/17/ninja-theory-hellblade-live-motion-capture-demo-gdc-2016/

    But then that Wag-the-Dog proof-of-concept left me completely gobsmacked.
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  64. CK says:
    @Jefferson
    It is only a matter of time before the KKK shows up in this NFL virtual reality game.

    The all FBI team?

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  65. Jefferson says:
    @tris
    Multiculturalism is a US construct, no doubt imposed by the 0.01%, who of course have different rules for themselves, on the US. Unfortunately the US again enforced it on all western nations, starting with Rhodesia and South Africa, but including formerly homogenous nations such as Germany, mostly with catastrophic or at least very negative results.
    The only way in which the West can get rid of this foreign destruction, is if it ends in the US. The Trump phenomenon seems to indicate that the US is resegregating voluntarily. In Europe similar movements are afoot, and the establishment cannot stop them anymore.
    "Virtual Reality Tested by NFL as Tool to Confront Racism, Sexism" is just another desperate attempt to forestall this natural resegregation process.

    “Unfortunately the US again enforced it on all western nations, starting with Rhodesia and South Africa,”

    Rhodesia and South Africa are Western nations?

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  66. I played a role in developing the online version of this “behavioral scenario” crap back in the 90s.

    I was just trying to make a buck.

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  67. ==QUOTE==
    One group was asked to perform a tasks [sic] sorting colored blocks while being effectively rendered colorblind through VR. The other group was asked to perform the task while simply imagining they were colorblind, an echo of the role-playing scenarios familiar to many diversity training sessions. After the experiment, both groups were asked to search online for colorblind help groups – essentially a way to gauge empathy. The VR group wound up spending twice as much time searching the web for such organizations.
    ==UNQUOTE==

    This is bad science reporting, and the lack of a link in the original _USA Today_ article leave the reader unable to verify whether this study is bad science too.
    What exactly was the sorting task (sort the blocks by weight, number of sides, texture, or what?), and was the addition of color a help in performing the task quickly, or a distraction? Why render the test subjects virtually colorblind through expensive VR, rather than just using blocks all of the same color? Is spending more time online looking for colorblind support groups taken to be evidence of more sympathy for the colorblind, or more hostility? Was the study replicated for sympathy for the left-handed?

    (By the way, thank you, Intelligent Dasein, for your summary in comment #30.)

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  68. Okie says:

    Semi OT
    I was around a tv playing sixty minutes last night and saw the saddest pice of WWT proganda ever. A female 19 yr old all American swimmer who cut off both her breasts and was now competing and finishing last on the Harvard boys swim team. The compete cheer leading tone of the article turned my stomach. I think the inability we have to call crazy behavior crazy is the biggest price of our current politics.

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  69. biz says:
    @Rehmat
    Steve Sailer - being an Islamophobe, I bet you're going to love this story.

    In 2011, the anti-Muslim White supremacist and Zionist-crowd was in shock to learn that the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars team was a Pakistani-born Muslim Shahid Khan. He became the first Muslim and non-White to own a National Footbal League team. So far, the NFL team ownership was considered to be a Judeo-Christian billionaires’ monopoly.

    The NFL owners approved the $760 million deal on December 14, 2011 – transferring ownership from Wayne Weaver to Shahid Khan. However, due to the current Muslim-bashing – the Jacksonville Jaguars press release talking up the sale did not mention the fact that Khan was a Muslim.

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/12/28/nfl-jaguars-muslim-owner-angers-zionists/

    Great story from five years ago there bro.

    But why should the team have had a press release to mention that he was a Moslem? First of all, his name is ‘Shahid Khan’ – not exactly ambiguous there. Second of all, if they had specifically highlighted his religious preference, you would be complaining how terribly Islamophobic that was.

    In any case, next week you’ll be claiming his real name is Samuel Cohn and he’s a secret Jew.

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  70. @Anonymous
    "Comedian Andy Richter reveals ex House Speaker Dennis Hastert 'put a Lazyboy chair in front of the boys' showers' when he was his high school's wrestling coach"

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3532021/Andy-Richter-recalls-Lazyboy-chair-Dennis-Hastert-position-boys-showers.html

    "Andy Richter, 49, went to Yorkville High School between 1980 and 1984
    There, Dennis Hastert, 74, is accused of molesting five boys during his time as wrestling coach
    Richter quoted the court filing on Twitter, which mentions 'a "Lazyboy"-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls'
    According to Richter, the chair's official role was to 'keep boys from fighting'"

    “According to Richter, the chair’s official role was to ‘keep boys from fighting’”

    What a joke. And shows a complete lack of understanding of psychology and ethological behavior of males in establishing pecking-order dominance.

    It is almost categorically impossible for wrestlers to fight in the shower after having sparred for 2 hours with one another on the mat. Because, day after day, one has demonstrated (in the most immediate manner possible) just who is superior. There is simply no residual left over with which to fuel a conflict. All has been settled. Not only that but there is no energy left to sustain a conflict. Everything has been left on the mat.

    Some scrimmage sessions last fifteen minutes. They are exhausting in both the above senses. All options and combinations have been repeatedly tried. There is no ambiguity. Things have been settled and if not, then there’s always tomorrow or the next day’s practice to sort things out. Meanwhile, wash off the stench of guys rancid clothes that have hung in a dank locker for a week and some blessed rest. (Mondays are good because everyone (hopefully) has taken their sweats home over the weekend and had them laundered. By Wednesday, things are getting pretty bad and you know every sparring partner by his characteristic smell. By Friday the stench is overpowering and you punish the guy just for his odor.)

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  71. gruff says:
    @AndrewR
    That's a pretty dishonest response

    Please expound.

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  72. bomag says:
    @AndrewR
    That's a pretty dishonest response

    You know what he means.

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  73. Socrates – GLAUCON

    “And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: –Behold! human beings living in a virtual reality simulator….here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a programmer has created a two dimensional representation of real human interactions which is presented to them….like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

    I see.

    And do you see, I said, men interacting virtually, carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear in the simulation? Some of them are talking, others silent.

    You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.
    Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the virtual reality simulation throws on the goggles they wear?

    True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

    And of the objects which are being simulated in like manner they would only see the ghostly images?

    Yes, he said.
    And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?

    Very true.
    And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing image?

    No question, he replied.
    To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the pixels of the images.

    That is certain.
    And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the world as seen in the light of day, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the three-dimensional realities of which in his former state he had seen the two-dimensional shadows; and then conceive some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the real tangible three-dimensional objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, -will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the pixelated images which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?”

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  74. @SPMoore8
    In reply to my own comment, it has occurred to me that this idea that the NFL will use VR to improve race relations is probably just more marketing. However, I can believe that they will use VR to increase the reaction time of defensive reads and the receiver sequencing of quarterbacks. In fact, they probably are already doing so.

    On the other hand, using VR for various types of sexual, sexual orientation, or gender identity stereotyping is conceivable. But if VR is in fact successful in simulating polymorphous sexual activity, the big takeoff will be in porn, and will immediately cause complaints from women.

    I was at a conference last year and a guy had a VR headset. I am not easily impressed, but this thing was fantastic even using the demo environment it came with. Try one if you get a chance.

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  75. Jack D says:
    @anonymous
    "“Bias often plays out in tech as a like-me bias,”"

    There are an amazing number of all-Indian or nearly all Indian groups in Silicon Valley tech firms. You might think that as soon as all the first-level managers are Indian, they are biased to hiring only Indians.

    You are misunderstanding what the word “bias” means in the modern world (also, discrimination, racism, etc.) Only white males are capable of bias so when other people do the same thing, it’s not bias. I could explain to you the mumbo jumbo about power relationships, blah, blah blah that “prove” this, but why bother. Just take it as a given.

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    "You are misunderstanding what the word “bias” means in the modern world (also, discrimination, racism, etc.) Only white males are capable of bias so when other people do the same thing, it’s not bias. I could explain to you the mumbo jumbo about power relationships, blah, blah blah that “prove” this, but why bother. Just take it as a given."

    So India is a bias free country because everybody in India is a Person Of Color and People Of Color are not capable of being bias.
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  76. e says:
    @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    Sounds like Lenny is one of the millennials, you know, the ones who cried foul when teachers corrected their essays in red ink (oh, the PAIN!), the ones to whom were given meaningless degrees from high school, the ones who have silly degrees in “studies” majors or “communications” from pretend-colleges.

    Start with studying history, Lennie. Come on, YOU CAN DO IT, MAN. Free yourself from the bondage of ignorance.

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  77. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This is all about trying to find ways to keep whites watching the NFL after it reaches NBA levels of blackness.

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  78. Jack D says:
    @Formerly CARealist
    I had to sit through a diversity course for three(!) days when I worked for the state of CA back in the 90's. It was all bash whitey all the time. Asians, who were a large part of our crew, figured hardly at all in the discussion. Blacks, Hispanics, they are soooo discriminated against, for their whole lives, starting at birth, throughout schooling, even now, it winds through every breath they take, every step they take... wait, that sounds like some awful 80's song. Where was I? Oh, yes, we had to hold hands and make a commitment to be sweetness and love and light forever and ever, Amen.

    Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over. In fact, there was a couple of times that I really wanted to hit the diversity trainer for the anti-white, invidious stereotypes he spewed.

    Counter-productive doesn't begin to capture the harm that crap causes.

    When the Mafia would collect “protection” money from businessmen, they didn’t actually provide any protection, it was just a payment for them not breaking your windows themselves. This is just a modern day protection racket but it has to be dressed up as payment for services so they make you sit thru the struggle sessions so that the otherwise unemployable trainers can get paid. Even in the heydey of the Mafia, I don’t think they pulled in $8 billion/year.

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    'Protection money' was protection from the Mafia, i.e. "that's a nice business you got there, terrible that something should happen to it..."
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  79. Dennis Miller said virtual reality’s offer of allowing Mr. American Schlub to mate with Claudia Schiffer would “make crack look like Sanka” as far as commercial appeal is concerned. Evidently, some envision it as brainwashing tool that will make movie screens and classrooms look like wheezy soapbox Marxists running for President.

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  80. Jack D says:
    @AndrewR
    I'm pretty confident that this halcyon era of which you write never actually existed. You seem to be engaging in a form of retrospective wishful thinking. You also strike me as someone who spends little time with men who "slug it out in dockyards and blast furnaces", or whatever else their 21st century counterparts do. However, your comment does contain some good insights into what is wrong with the NFL. And there is oh so much wrong with it...

    Wasn’t American football developed in colleges, not steel mills and dockyards?

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    Yeah... At Ivy League colleges
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  81. Jack D says:
    @AndrewR

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions
     
    Oh my god. I'm guessing there must be about 100,000 "diversity" kommissars then in the US. The overhead in the "diversity" industry is presumably mostly payroll.

    Consider that to be the bright side. If they were spending more of the budget on hardware, the money would be going to China. Where are those VR headsets made?

    Every week there is another announcement about a car factory or other big facility (HVAC manufacturing, cookie bakery, etc.) moving to Mexico. So the US manufacturing sector continues to fade. And the service sector continues to fade also. This is increasingly going up the food chain – not just call centers, but now most Fortune 500s have their tax accounting done in India. No need to struggle to get H1B visas for your IT staff – just do the work in India. With $15 minimum wage coming in, soon you will punch your McDonald’s order into a self-service terminal – you already check out your own groceries and pump your own gas. So diversity training is the last growth sector remaining.

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  82. the world just needs more brave people who stand up and tell some simple truths:
    races exist, races have different distributions for physical strength, male attractiveness, female attractiveness, cognitive capacity, personality. Too many intelligent people shy away from these questions

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  83. Big Bill says:
    @Rehmat
    Steve Sailer - being an Islamophobe, I bet you're going to love this story.

    In 2011, the anti-Muslim White supremacist and Zionist-crowd was in shock to learn that the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars team was a Pakistani-born Muslim Shahid Khan. He became the first Muslim and non-White to own a National Footbal League team. So far, the NFL team ownership was considered to be a Judeo-Christian billionaires’ monopoly.

    The NFL owners approved the $760 million deal on December 14, 2011 – transferring ownership from Wayne Weaver to Shahid Khan. However, due to the current Muslim-bashing – the Jacksonville Jaguars press release talking up the sale did not mention the fact that Khan was a Muslim.

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/12/28/nfl-jaguars-muslim-owner-angers-zionists/

    Why on earth would a good Pakistani Muslim abandon his race, his people, his nation, his tribe, his country, his ummah, and run off to live with white Christians in white Christian-land?

    And why would he waste his money buying up white Christian businesses instead of investing in his own people?

    Why, after getting a wonderful white degree in engineering, would he refuse to go home and help the people who raised him?

    Honestly, we thought we were doing the Pakistani people a favor by letting them learn from us white folks. We assumed (wrongfully, apparently) that you Pakis would take your white diploma, go back home, and pass on your white education to your fellow peasants in Pakistan. But now it looks like the LAST thing you want to do is help the Pakistani Ummah.

    Perhaps we should return to the old ways and send missionary teachers to Pakistan to run schools there instead of letting you come here.

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  84. @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    “Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.
    Cry me a river”

    Why oh why are you so heterophobic, so afraid of the pooosy? You know that it doesn’t have teeth, right? That was just a movie.

    BWAH!

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  85. @gruff
    Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.

    “Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known.”

    Diversity training is exceedingly useful — in fending off lawsuits. Let’s say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she’d like a little cream in her morning coffee. At that point, when she files the inevitable discrimination lawsuit (against the deep-pocketed company, natch), they can defend themselves by producing that particular White man’s extensive Diversity training file and then fire him for violating company policy. Simples.

    Diversity training is a protection racket.

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    "Diversity training is exceedingly useful — in fending off lawsuits. Let’s say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she’d like a little cream in her morning coffee"

    For Black female social justice warriors, being asked by a White man if they want cream in their coffee is a trillion times than getting punched in the face by a Black man or getting beat up by a Black man in an elevator.
    , @Jack D
    This is what the linked USA Today article says:

    LAB STUDIES: 30-MINUTE WINDOW

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.

    “All lab studies show that you can change people’s attitudes for about 30 minutes after training,” he says. “But three to six months later there’s either no change or a negative reaction because you’ve actually activated their bias.”
     
    So the training IS effective but the effect only last for 1/2 hour. The obvious solution is to redo the training every 30 minutes. This would get expensive if you had to have the trainers there all the time, but maybe if you have a set of VR goggles on your desk you could wear them all the time and the hands that you see typing on your keyboard would be black (unless you yourself were black, in which case they would be black anyway - there's no need, and in fact would be racist, to make blacks empathize with whites). Or else they could just skip the goggles and require you to put on black makeup, but that would be blackface and bad, but if you are wearing VIRTUAL blackface, that's good, because it is high tech and has nothing to do with the shameful American history of non-virtual blackface.
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  86. @Formerly CARealist
    I had to sit through a diversity course for three(!) days when I worked for the state of CA back in the 90's. It was all bash whitey all the time. Asians, who were a large part of our crew, figured hardly at all in the discussion. Blacks, Hispanics, they are soooo discriminated against, for their whole lives, starting at birth, throughout schooling, even now, it winds through every breath they take, every step they take... wait, that sounds like some awful 80's song. Where was I? Oh, yes, we had to hold hands and make a commitment to be sweetness and love and light forever and ever, Amen.

    Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over. In fact, there was a couple of times that I really wanted to hit the diversity trainer for the anti-white, invidious stereotypes he spewed.

    Counter-productive doesn't begin to capture the harm that crap causes.

    “Believe me, several of us trashed the whole enterprise in private conversations and became even more cynical after the utter waste of time was over.”

    Preach on, brother. I also did a full day of anti-White Diversity training for the State of Oregon, then loudly described it afterward to others who were waiting their turn for the same training. I told them the trainer had every White man stand in front of the room as the women, blacks, and mexicans threw water balloons full of urine at us while calling us derogatory names. I made sure my supervisors could hear me say it. I was fired during my probation period. Then my life got much better in every way — I always fall upwards. The trainer was actually okay, a 50-something mexican guy with a pretty light touch. But it did radicalize me against anti-White Diversity everything.

    In fact, now that I’m thinking about this (this was over 6 years ago), I was asked in a group interview for Oregon in front of eleven other applicants my thoughts on Diversity in the workplace, and I said that I am Diversity because at my prior supervisory job I was the only White person in management and that my fellow supervisors called me “T-Dub”, which was short for Token Whiteboy. About a third of the applicants were mexican, there was one black dude, and two Asians. Group interviews are unnerving, but that’s how the State of Oregon does it.

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  87. AndrewR says:
    @AndrewR
    That's a pretty dishonest response

    If what you say were true then white privilege wouldn’t apply to recent immigrants and it would apply to persons deemed as nonwhite whose ancestors helped build the country.

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  88. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Look people, it’s the current year. All new Fortune 500 hires should VR submit to getting teabagged by Richie Incognito.

    Jenner, Ritchie now plays for the Buffalo Bills and is totally reformed to the point of being tendered a lucrative new contract. The object of his affection, Jonathon Martin has faded into obscurity along with Michael Sam. A great pulling guard on a run oriented team is easy to forgive.

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    Jonathan Martin was a talented guy, but he was a p***y, and everybody knew it. Ritchie was and is a stud; the black guys on the Dolphins made him an honorary black. Just another racial crucifixion.
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  89. AndrewR says:
    @Jack D
    Wasn't American football developed in colleges, not steel mills and dockyards?

    Yeah… At Ivy League colleges

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  90. Ed says:
    @SPMoore8
    By about 1970, black athletes were about 30% of the NFL, with whites the remainder. For the past 15 years, the roles have been reversed: about 30% of the NFL is white and the remainder are black (small % of Samoans and Hispanics.)

    So I really don't see the need for diversity training in a racial sense in the NFL.

    On the other hand, I'm sure they need lots of diversity training to accept women, homosexuals, and transgenders in their huddles.

    I've been following football for 50 years and I can remember when the object of the game was to score points, get off the field, and let the other team try to score on you. That's all. No dancing, no prancing, no pink gear, and no social statements during games. I guess the game passed me by.

    What’s funny though is the most applicable diversity issue for the NFL is class and isn’t mentioned . Jonathan Martin was mercilessly taunted because of his upper class background and unfamiliarity with black culture. He was black.

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  91. @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    Lenny, It gags me to reply to you but I have posted this before. Yes, every white child is given a lifetime clean bill of health, a Letter of Acceptance to the College/University of their choice and a guaranteed career path all stapled to their Birth Certificate on the day they are born. You probably didn’t know that, but it’s true.

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  92. Now I’m curious about the degree to which different age groups can identify a video game avatar with themselves, to feel like they are that jumping, sword-swinging elf on the screen or black woman raising her arms.

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  93. CJ says:
    @AndrewR
    I'm pretty confident that this halcyon era of which you write never actually existed. You seem to be engaging in a form of retrospective wishful thinking. You also strike me as someone who spends little time with men who "slug it out in dockyards and blast furnaces", or whatever else their 21st century counterparts do. However, your comment does contain some good insights into what is wrong with the NFL. And there is oh so much wrong with it...

    NFL football was basically semipro until the 1960s. Before that the only truly national sports were baseball and college football. The fanbase was indeed much more blue-collar than it is now. There have been many changes to the game itself, most of them not for the better, but I’ll note just one: there is now an enormous industry of professional coaches who have an interest in the game continuing to need lots of coaches.

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    CJ, Quite true. Even when Buffalo had the Bills in the old AFL, my father and his brothers preferred to go to Syracuse , Cornell and University of Buffalo football games. Please note that it used to be U of Buffalo, now U at Buffalo. When I was a boy the college All America football team played the previous year's NFL Champs, so there wasn't that much difference in the quality of play. Even today I think Ohio State , Alabama and Clemson give the NFL cellar dwellers a good game.
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  94. Forbes says:
    @AndrewR

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions
     
    Oh my god. I'm guessing there must be about 100,000 "diversity" kommissars then in the US. The overhead in the "diversity" industry is presumably mostly payroll.

    spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions

    Which likely doesn’t count the cost of employee time consumed attending these indoctrination sessions–so the real cost is 2X or 3X or more.

    Is it any wonder that US productivity growth has flat-lined? All these initiatives aimed at “changing the corporate culture” in order to assure that “everyone is on the same page” leads to the staffing of non-productive functions (diversity, inclusion, etc.), employee time spent on non-productive activities (conferences, seminars, workshops), and non-productive paperwork compliance documentation (lawsuit defense, having introduced diversity training, it must be demonstrated the indoctrination is enforced in the conduct of the company’s business).

    It’s no mystery, in part, why companies off-shore jobs…less lawsuit risk, less jackpot justice. It’s not as if Mexican or Chinese employees are going to file a lawsuit about a hostile workplace…

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  95. I’m actually glad to see this. At this level of absurdity, even academics might feel something is wrong.

    If you think about it, this whole diversity thing is a grand self-criticism in the Cultural Revolution mold, complete with children denouncing their parents.

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  96. Forbes says:
    @SPMoore8
    By about 1970, black athletes were about 30% of the NFL, with whites the remainder. For the past 15 years, the roles have been reversed: about 30% of the NFL is white and the remainder are black (small % of Samoans and Hispanics.)

    So I really don't see the need for diversity training in a racial sense in the NFL.

    On the other hand, I'm sure they need lots of diversity training to accept women, homosexuals, and transgenders in their huddles.

    I've been following football for 50 years and I can remember when the object of the game was to score points, get off the field, and let the other team try to score on you. That's all. No dancing, no prancing, no pink gear, and no social statements during games. I guess the game passed me by.

    It could’ve been argued (in the 20th century) that competitive athletics, i.e. games, matches, competitive performances among teams or individuals et al., collectively known as sports, were distinct from other activities in life.

    Today, sports are just another form of entertainment, specifically entertainment media, and like all media, it’s a spectacle for attracting eye-balls–viewers. The game or match is merely a secondary effect, an incidental by-product, of entertainment media programing. It fills the time around which mass market advertising is sold.

    The highlight of the Super Bowl is the frenzy about multimillion dollar commercials–with a cottage industry rating, ranking, critiquing them, while the game stars are mostly forgotten. Even some politician (Kasich?) suggested a national holiday for the day after the Super Bowl.

    Like the Norma Desmond/Gloria Swanson quote in Sunset Boulevard, “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” It’s the medium that changed, obliterating the star (the game).

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  97. @AndrewR
    That is something I never would have thought possible. Insane.

    Yeah, a few weeks ago I was mighty impressed when I saw this one, largely because it was running real-time:

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/17/ninja-theory-hellblade-live-motion-capture-demo-gdc-2016/

    But then that Wag-the-Dog proof-of-concept left me completely gobsmacked.

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  98. Forbes says:
    @Jack D
    When the Mafia would collect "protection" money from businessmen, they didn't actually provide any protection, it was just a payment for them not breaking your windows themselves. This is just a modern day protection racket but it has to be dressed up as payment for services so they make you sit thru the struggle sessions so that the otherwise unemployable trainers can get paid. Even in the heydey of the Mafia, I don't think they pulled in $8 billion/year.

    ‘Protection money’ was protection from the Mafia, i.e. “that’s a nice business you got there, terrible that something should happen to it…”

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    Forbes, A recent book, "The Last Godfathers" about the Mafia in present day Italy states that the mob controls 30% of Italy's GDP.
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  99. Jefferson says:
    @dumpstersquirrel
    "Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known."

    Diversity training is exceedingly useful -- in fending off lawsuits. Let's say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she'd like a little cream in her morning coffee. At that point, when she files the inevitable discrimination lawsuit (against the deep-pocketed company, natch), they can defend themselves by producing that particular White man's extensive Diversity training file and then fire him for violating company policy. Simples.

    Diversity training is a protection racket.

    “Diversity training is exceedingly useful — in fending off lawsuits. Let’s say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she’d like a little cream in her morning coffee”

    For Black female social justice warriors, being asked by a White man if they want cream in their coffee is a trillion times than getting punched in the face by a Black man or getting beat up by a Black man in an elevator.

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  100. Jack D says:
    @dumpstersquirrel
    "Anyone got a source for the claim that diversity training is either useless or counterproductive? This is information that should be more widely known."

    Diversity training is exceedingly useful -- in fending off lawsuits. Let's say a White man with normal sexuality microaggresses a bitter, resentful, hateful black woman by asking if she'd like a little cream in her morning coffee. At that point, when she files the inevitable discrimination lawsuit (against the deep-pocketed company, natch), they can defend themselves by producing that particular White man's extensive Diversity training file and then fire him for violating company policy. Simples.

    Diversity training is a protection racket.

    This is what the linked USA Today article says:

    LAB STUDIES: 30-MINUTE WINDOW

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.

    “All lab studies show that you can change people’s attitudes for about 30 minutes after training,” he says. “But three to six months later there’s either no change or a negative reaction because you’ve actually activated their bias.”

    So the training IS effective but the effect only last for 1/2 hour. The obvious solution is to redo the training every 30 minutes. This would get expensive if you had to have the trainers there all the time, but maybe if you have a set of VR goggles on your desk you could wear them all the time and the hands that you see typing on your keyboard would be black (unless you yourself were black, in which case they would be black anyway – there’s no need, and in fact would be racist, to make blacks empathize with whites). Or else they could just skip the goggles and require you to put on black makeup, but that would be blackface and bad, but if you are wearing VIRTUAL blackface, that’s good, because it is high tech and has nothing to do with the shameful American history of non-virtual blackface.

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    "So the training IS effective but the effect only last for 1/2 hour. The obvious solution is to redo the training every 30 minutes. This would get expensive if you had to have the trainers there all the time, but maybe if you have a set of VR goggles on your desk you could wear them all the time and the hands that you see typing on your keyboard would be black (unless you yourself were black, in which case they would be black anyway – there’s no need, and in fact would be racist, to make blacks empathize with whites). Or else they could just skip the goggles and require you to put on black makeup, but that would be blackface and bad, but if you are wearing VIRTUAL blackface, that’s good, because it is high tech and has nothing to do with the shameful American history of non-virtual blackface."

    Black people who wear virtual reality goggles are guilty of cultural appropriation, because a Black person did not invent virtual reality.
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  101. @Intelligent Dasein
    For roughly the last 6 years or so, I've been commenting in various internet fora about what I take to be the decline of the NFL. The subject is a tedious one for me, especially since I no longer have any interest in watching professional sports and therefore find myself lacking in command of the up-to-date details. However, to make a long story short, the following bullet points may serve to summarize my old arguments.

    1. The vast amounts of money now in the game have been ruinous for the quality of the sportsmanship and for what used to be the civic value of football. Football is a gritty game of strength and determination that is supposed to provide a cathartic civic experience for working class men, for guys used to slugging it out in dockyards and blast furnaces. I cannot help but think of Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald when I think of football. They are each in their own way spiritual paeans to the same sort of people. Football will never really be at home in any other environment. In abandoning its working class, America has also lost touch with the essence of football.

    2. The money in football is brought in by the new football fan of today---the 50-something, SWPL yuppie who has endless money to burn on season tickets, travel, merchandise, and memorabilia. He is most likely a college alum and white collar worker, and has no organic connection with the spiritualized football of yesteryear. His connection to football rests on the fact that he works for one of the corporations that sponsor or broadcast the games, that he handles some peripheral legal or accounting matter related to the league, that he went to the same Big State U from which the current year's hot new quarterback has just been drafted, and that he cleaned up last week in the office fantasy league. He thinks of football primarily as a business activity and a vehicle for social enhancement, and deems himself to belong more or less to the same social class as the players. The pathos of distance has been lost and along with it any sense of reverence or awe for the game. As a fan he is loud, critical, cynical, and demanding. He does not weep or rejoice at wins or losses; he neither suffers nor exults. He only gloats or scoffs.

    3. Along with his money and cynicism he brings into the sport his progressive values and a certain taste for gaudy luxury. Thus the in-screen graphics overlaid onto an NFL broadcast---the ubiquitous line-to-gain markers, highlights, camera angles, replays, talking player bios, etc.---are designed to take full advantage of the capacities of modern home theater technology (the better to ease one's transition to full hedonistic stupefaction); meanwhile the players on the field are all wearing pink shoes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a portion of the halftime show is dedicated to showcasing some player's involvement with the SJWs' cause du jour. The desired full yoking of the energy of pro football to the creaking cart of progressive politics has been evidenced lately by the intensifying obsession with formerly nonexistent racial hostilities (cf. the manufactured drama between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning before the most recent Superbowl).

    4. The never-ending saga that was Tim Tebow's pro football career marks a decisive turning point in NFL history. Here we have for the first time a player who was basically unqualified for the quarterback position being catapulted to the major leagues not once, not twice, but three times at that very position, precisely because he was a fan favorite who would bring in the dough. Of course an elaborate pretense of his athleticism and overall value had to be maintained, drawing most heavily upon (in a rather telling turn of phrase indeed) the "intangibles" he brought to the table. His greatest asset was of course the fascination he exercised over Evangelical Protestants, who to this day remain blind to his faults as a player and excuse his lack of success with a host of the most far-fetched, ad hoc theories imaginable. For another example in this vein, we have recently learned that the St. Louis Rams were pressured by the league to draft Michael Sam, who's principal claim to fame rested on his being the first openly gay player in NFL history. You would think the one place that would be immune from political appointees and symbolically included minorities would be a professional sports roster, where athletic merit is supposedly all that counts, but you would be wrong. With that, however, begins the end of pro football. It is no longer a true test of mettle with civic and spiritual overtones, but another sleazy racket just like all the rest.

    5. Bringing us up to the present moment, I can only imagine that in a saner world the NFL would be interested in using virtual reality---if it must use it at all, which is highly dubious---to enhance players' abilities on the field, e.g. by allowing them to simulate running plays and whatnot. The fact that they are using the technology only to implement the social justice schemes of the world-improvers is evidence not only that the NFL is cuckolded on the social issues, but that the technology itself has no real-world application and is basically a waste of time and money. The sad fact is that we are already living in a "virtual reality" of politically correct nonsense and we have been for quite some time, as cucking of the NFL clearly shows.

    The first (American) football games were played on the athletic fields of Ivy League universities. In the beginning, it was a rich boy’s game.

    In England, they say that rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen (i.e., the upper crust), whereas football (soccer) is a game for gentlemen played by thugs (the masses).

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  102. Jefferson says:
    @Jack D
    You are misunderstanding what the word "bias" means in the modern world (also, discrimination, racism, etc.) Only white males are capable of bias so when other people do the same thing, it's not bias. I could explain to you the mumbo jumbo about power relationships, blah, blah blah that "prove" this, but why bother. Just take it as a given.

    “You are misunderstanding what the word “bias” means in the modern world (also, discrimination, racism, etc.) Only white males are capable of bias so when other people do the same thing, it’s not bias. I could explain to you the mumbo jumbo about power relationships, blah, blah blah that “prove” this, but why bother. Just take it as a given.”

    So India is a bias free country because everybody in India is a Person Of Color and People Of Color are not capable of being bias.

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  103. @Buffalo Joe
    Jenner, Ritchie now plays for the Buffalo Bills and is totally reformed to the point of being tendered a lucrative new contract. The object of his affection, Jonathon Martin has faded into obscurity along with Michael Sam. A great pulling guard on a run oriented team is easy to forgive.

    Jonathan Martin was a talented guy, but he was a p***y, and everybody knew it. Ritchie was and is a stud; the black guys on the Dolphins made him an honorary black. Just another racial crucifixion.

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  104. Jefferson says:
    @Jack D
    This is what the linked USA Today article says:

    LAB STUDIES: 30-MINUTE WINDOW

    Fortune 500 companies and startups alike spend more than a collective $8 billion a year on in-house diversity training sessions that are largely ineffective and often counterproductive, says Frank Dobbin, a Harvard University sociology professor who has conducted numerous studies on diversity programs that date back decades.

    “All lab studies show that you can change people’s attitudes for about 30 minutes after training,” he says. “But three to six months later there’s either no change or a negative reaction because you’ve actually activated their bias.”
     
    So the training IS effective but the effect only last for 1/2 hour. The obvious solution is to redo the training every 30 minutes. This would get expensive if you had to have the trainers there all the time, but maybe if you have a set of VR goggles on your desk you could wear them all the time and the hands that you see typing on your keyboard would be black (unless you yourself were black, in which case they would be black anyway - there's no need, and in fact would be racist, to make blacks empathize with whites). Or else they could just skip the goggles and require you to put on black makeup, but that would be blackface and bad, but if you are wearing VIRTUAL blackface, that's good, because it is high tech and has nothing to do with the shameful American history of non-virtual blackface.

    “So the training IS effective but the effect only last for 1/2 hour. The obvious solution is to redo the training every 30 minutes. This would get expensive if you had to have the trainers there all the time, but maybe if you have a set of VR goggles on your desk you could wear them all the time and the hands that you see typing on your keyboard would be black (unless you yourself were black, in which case they would be black anyway – there’s no need, and in fact would be racist, to make blacks empathize with whites). Or else they could just skip the goggles and require you to put on black makeup, but that would be blackface and bad, but if you are wearing VIRTUAL blackface, that’s good, because it is high tech and has nothing to do with the shameful American history of non-virtual blackface.”

    Black people who wear virtual reality goggles are guilty of cultural appropriation, because a Black person did not invent virtual reality.

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  105. @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    gad damn i wish one of you could show me where i left that privilege, all i know is working, i have to work all day everyday since most of the people around me don’t have to. And most have a snap card and full medical benefits, all for free.

    many people are shocked at how much i have to pay for health insurance and then are completely floored at how high the deductible is on top of the premiums……but that’s my privilege.

    when i mention how much I pay in taxes it’s another shocker ….they pay none….i have the privilege of paying $2,000 a month in federal income taxes.

    and another funny story about privilege, when my kids were in line talking about their college classes and how much the classes cost and how much the books cost somebody else in line that doesn’t have any privilege struck up a conversation, this person could not be believe how much all that cost but since he had no privilege it didn’t cost him a dime and claimed “i’d never be able to afford that” to which my one son replied “neither can we, but we don’t have a choice”….to which i will had, due to their white penis all they have is privilege……unearned as i was just informed

    yes i know a lot of losers but i can’t say that in public.

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    "gad damn i wish one of you could show me where i left that privilege, all i know is working, i have to work all day everyday since most of the people around me don’t have to. And most have a snap card and full medical benefits, all for free.

    many people are shocked at how much i have to pay for health insurance and then are completely floored at how high the deductible is on top of the premiums……but that’s my privilege.

    when i mention how much I pay in taxes it’s another shocker ….they pay none….i have the privilege of paying $2,000 a month in federal income taxes.

    and another funny story about privilege, when my kids were in line talking about their college classes and how much the classes cost and how much the books cost somebody else in line that doesn’t have any privilege struck up a conversation, this person could not be believe how much all that cost but since he had no privilege it didn’t cost him a dime and claimed “i’d never be able to afford that” to which my one son replied “neither can we, but we don’t have a choice”….to which i will had, due to their white penis all they have is privilege……unearned as i was just informed

    yes i know a lot of losers but i can’t say that in public."

    What really gets on my nerves is Asian social justice warriors who also believe in that White privilege bullshit.

    According to their retarded ass logic, a White homeless man who sleeps in San Francisco's golden gate park every night is more privileged than the Chinese multi-billionaire Jack Ma, who is the chairman of Alibaba. Alibaba is China's version of Amazon.

    The only type of privilege that exists in the world is money privilege.
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  106. Marc says:

    A Clockwork Orange was predictive programming, not dystopic science fiction after all…

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  107. Jefferson says:
    @interesting
    gad damn i wish one of you could show me where i left that privilege, all i know is working, i have to work all day everyday since most of the people around me don't have to. And most have a snap card and full medical benefits, all for free.

    many people are shocked at how much i have to pay for health insurance and then are completely floored at how high the deductible is on top of the premiums......but that's my privilege.

    when i mention how much I pay in taxes it's another shocker ....they pay none....i have the privilege of paying $2,000 a month in federal income taxes.

    and another funny story about privilege, when my kids were in line talking about their college classes and how much the classes cost and how much the books cost somebody else in line that doesn't have any privilege struck up a conversation, this person could not be believe how much all that cost but since he had no privilege it didn't cost him a dime and claimed "i'd never be able to afford that" to which my one son replied "neither can we, but we don't have a choice"....to which i will had, due to their white penis all they have is privilege......unearned as i was just informed

    yes i know a lot of losers but i can't say that in public.

    “gad damn i wish one of you could show me where i left that privilege, all i know is working, i have to work all day everyday since most of the people around me don’t have to. And most have a snap card and full medical benefits, all for free.

    many people are shocked at how much i have to pay for health insurance and then are completely floored at how high the deductible is on top of the premiums……but that’s my privilege.

    when i mention how much I pay in taxes it’s another shocker ….they pay none….i have the privilege of paying $2,000 a month in federal income taxes.

    and another funny story about privilege, when my kids were in line talking about their college classes and how much the classes cost and how much the books cost somebody else in line that doesn’t have any privilege struck up a conversation, this person could not be believe how much all that cost but since he had no privilege it didn’t cost him a dime and claimed “i’d never be able to afford that” to which my one son replied “neither can we, but we don’t have a choice”….to which i will had, due to their white penis all they have is privilege……unearned as i was just informed

    yes i know a lot of losers but i can’t say that in public.”

    What really gets on my nerves is Asian social justice warriors who also believe in that White privilege bullshit.

    According to their retarded ass logic, a White homeless man who sleeps in San Francisco’s golden gate park every night is more privileged than the Chinese multi-billionaire Jack Ma, who is the chairman of Alibaba. Alibaba is China’s version of Amazon.

    The only type of privilege that exists in the world is money privilege.

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  108. donut says:

    What astonishes me is that they think this 1930′s style brainwashing will work .

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  109. Jefferson says:

    If White privilege exists, does that apply to the dating scene as well? Would most women regardless of race prefer to date a White guy who works at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant over a Chinese guy who works for Goldman Sachs?

    I will believe White privilege exists in The U.S when working class White guys have an advantage over upper middle class and wealthy Chinese & Indian guys when it comes to attracting women.

    For now I’ll stick with the only type of privilege that exists is money privilege.

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    > If White privilege exists, does that apply to the dating scene as well?

    On average, yes. The white phenotype is considered desirable around the world. On the other hand, white women get bored with white dudes and sometimes desire other phenotypes. But that's more of a niche thing (much to the dismay of dudes like Truth, who ain't got much else to hang their hat on).

    White privilege in general does exist, especially when you get outside of USA and Europe. But the aggravating part is that other groups, eg white females do not admit their level of privilege, because they always have to play the victim. The average white female is a rock star socially compared to the average white male, yet they walk around with scowls on their face like impending doom. Why is it that women in poor countries come across as much happier than privileged American women? I guess they didn't get the memo yet that they're supposed to act like miserable ungrateful c**ts.
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  110. AndrewR says:
    @gruff
    Please expound.

    If what you say were true then white privilege wouldn’t apply to recent immigrants and it would apply to persons deemed as nonwhite whose ancestors helped build the country.

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    Ethnic identities are not built on logic.
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  111. @CJ
    NFL football was basically semipro until the 1960s. Before that the only truly national sports were baseball and college football. The fanbase was indeed much more blue-collar than it is now. There have been many changes to the game itself, most of them not for the better, but I'll note just one: there is now an enormous industry of professional coaches who have an interest in the game continuing to need lots of coaches.

    CJ, Quite true. Even when Buffalo had the Bills in the old AFL, my father and his brothers preferred to go to Syracuse , Cornell and University of Buffalo football games. Please note that it used to be U of Buffalo, now U at Buffalo. When I was a boy the college All America football team played the previous year’s NFL Champs, so there wasn’t that much difference in the quality of play. Even today I think Ohio State , Alabama and Clemson give the NFL cellar dwellers a good game.

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    C'mon Joe, you're old enough to remember these games.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_College_All-Star_Game
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  112. @Forbes
    'Protection money' was protection from the Mafia, i.e. "that's a nice business you got there, terrible that something should happen to it..."

    Forbes, A recent book, “The Last Godfathers” about the Mafia in present day Italy states that the mob controls 30% of Italy’s GDP.

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    A life-long Italian friend, born and living in Tuscany, would agree--probably for a couple reasons. Tax-evasion is a near-national sport in Italy, and the double-edged sword of the underground (off the books) economy that results from such sport. Italian bureaucracy is so inept that the mafia is probably a form of out-sourced government--providing 'services' and taking their cut.
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  113. gruff says:
    @AndrewR
    If what you say were true then white privilege wouldn’t apply to recent immigrants and it would apply to persons deemed as nonwhite whose ancestors helped build the country.

    Ethnic identities are not built on logic.

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    Maybe not but logic has a big role to play in red-pilling people.
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  114. @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    Another self-hating, dishonest parasite, living off the earned social and political capital of two millennia of people, whose sacrifice to create the modern world isn’t just despised by the insipid Lenny, but must be condemned by Lenny, because it’s all about Lenny, and Lenny’s failure.

    Lenny, you pathetic excuse for a poster, or even a poster child for imbecility, why do you visit your self-loathing on your betters (both morally and intellectually)? Is it because nobody picked you for the middle school dodgeball team? Janey didn’t just reject you, but mocked your awkwardness? Mommy didn’t love Lenny?

    For a loser like you Lenny, you should be grateful to even exist where you have access that allows you to post here, but instead you can’t escape your sphincter-eyed perspective. When your unhappiness subsides enough for that Lenny singularity, that one lucid thought you have had since birth, maybe you can wake up and crawl out of your sphincter. But only if you exert yourself as never before. Or maybe you will just live out your sorry existence as the witless beast of the manipulators that control you.

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  115. Salger says:
    @Lenny
    Awwww, are you guys scared of losing your unearned privilege.


    Cry me a river

    Tell me who’s more privlieged, Hillary Clinton or a black man.

    I’ll wait to see how you will weasel your way out of this.

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  116. grapesoda says:
    @Jefferson
    If White privilege exists, does that apply to the dating scene as well? Would most women regardless of race prefer to date a White guy who works at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant over a Chinese guy who works for Goldman Sachs?

    I will believe White privilege exists in The U.S when working class White guys have an advantage over upper middle class and wealthy Chinese & Indian guys when it comes to attracting women.

    For now I'll stick with the only type of privilege that exists is money privilege.

    > If White privilege exists, does that apply to the dating scene as well?

    On average, yes. The white phenotype is considered desirable around the world. On the other hand, white women get bored with white dudes and sometimes desire other phenotypes. But that’s more of a niche thing (much to the dismay of dudes like Truth, who ain’t got much else to hang their hat on).

    White privilege in general does exist, especially when you get outside of USA and Europe. But the aggravating part is that other groups, eg white females do not admit their level of privilege, because they always have to play the victim. The average white female is a rock star socially compared to the average white male, yet they walk around with scowls on their face like impending doom. Why is it that women in poor countries come across as much happier than privileged American women? I guess they didn’t get the memo yet that they’re supposed to act like miserable ungrateful c**ts.

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    Most females think undesired male attention outweighs the benefits of unearned female privilege
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  117. AndrewR says:
    @gruff
    Ethnic identities are not built on logic.

    Maybe not but logic has a big role to play in red-pilling people.

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    Yes but that's not what was taking place in that exchange.
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  118. AndrewR says:
    @grapesoda
    > If White privilege exists, does that apply to the dating scene as well?

    On average, yes. The white phenotype is considered desirable around the world. On the other hand, white women get bored with white dudes and sometimes desire other phenotypes. But that's more of a niche thing (much to the dismay of dudes like Truth, who ain't got much else to hang their hat on).

    White privilege in general does exist, especially when you get outside of USA and Europe. But the aggravating part is that other groups, eg white females do not admit their level of privilege, because they always have to play the victim. The average white female is a rock star socially compared to the average white male, yet they walk around with scowls on their face like impending doom. Why is it that women in poor countries come across as much happier than privileged American women? I guess they didn't get the memo yet that they're supposed to act like miserable ungrateful c**ts.

    Most females think undesired male attention outweighs the benefits of unearned female privilege

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    Societies with ''traditional'' gender roles by large have a higher level of life satisfaction for women yet lower for men. It's the other way around for a nation like America.
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  119. Forbes says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Forbes, A recent book, "The Last Godfathers" about the Mafia in present day Italy states that the mob controls 30% of Italy's GDP.

    A life-long Italian friend, born and living in Tuscany, would agree–probably for a couple reasons. Tax-evasion is a near-national sport in Italy, and the double-edged sword of the underground (off the books) economy that results from such sport. Italian bureaucracy is so inept that the mafia is probably a form of out-sourced government–providing ‘services’ and taking their cut.

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    Forbes, Thank you for the reply. Find a copy of the book and read it in horror. These are some nasty ass people. They managed to kill the Italian equivalent of Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch. That is some serious juice.
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  120. @Forbes
    A life-long Italian friend, born and living in Tuscany, would agree--probably for a couple reasons. Tax-evasion is a near-national sport in Italy, and the double-edged sword of the underground (off the books) economy that results from such sport. Italian bureaucracy is so inept that the mafia is probably a form of out-sourced government--providing 'services' and taking their cut.

    Forbes, Thank you for the reply. Find a copy of the book and read it in horror. These are some nasty ass people. They managed to kill the Italian equivalent of Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch. That is some serious juice.

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  121. Yngvar says:

    I can only speak for myself of course, but in my experience getting killed in a First Person Shooter while playing as a character or avatar of another race (or the other sex) doesn’t feel any different.

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  122. gruff says:
    @AndrewR
    Maybe not but logic has a big role to play in red-pilling people.

    Yes but that’s not what was taking place in that exchange.

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  123. Salger says:
    @AndrewR
    Most females think undesired male attention outweighs the benefits of unearned female privilege

    Societies with ”traditional” gender roles by large have a higher level of life satisfaction for women yet lower for men. It’s the other way around for a nation like America.

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  124. Brutusale says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    CJ, Quite true. Even when Buffalo had the Bills in the old AFL, my father and his brothers preferred to go to Syracuse , Cornell and University of Buffalo football games. Please note that it used to be U of Buffalo, now U at Buffalo. When I was a boy the college All America football team played the previous year's NFL Champs, so there wasn't that much difference in the quality of play. Even today I think Ohio State , Alabama and Clemson give the NFL cellar dwellers a good game.

    C’mon Joe, you’re old enough to remember these games.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_College_All-Star_Game

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  125. It’s just occurring to me how often the left is at odds with human biology. Yes people differentiate along racial/ethnic and sexual lines, and have since living in extended family clans. But now let’s rework that through virtual reality, really aiming our shock treatment at whites and particularly white men. Sounds in line with reworking societies into classless worker hives, and likely to be as successful. Or insisting that XY’s are in fact women and always have been. Or that all racial groupings are arbitrary and fall into exactly the same mean values for brains, brawn, and the rest.

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