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Oh, boy, what a list of speakers that the University of Virginia School of Engineering is paying for … Where’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely?

How much is Angela Davis getting paid to lecture UVa engineers? She asks for $15k-$25k, but I think she’ll take $12k. Remember, she hasn’t been bought any guns used in a murder in, what, 47 years now.

Seriously, it’s part of the problem in this country that some views are noncontroversial (e.g., Angela Davis’s) while other views are so controversial (e.g., Charles Murray’s) that they can barely be hosted outside a Bilderberg conclave. The Paid Public Speaker filter is not well understood, but it plays a big role in determining what is considered acceptable public discourse.

 
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  1. Engineering?

    Is it social engineering?

    The only engineering some of those speakers know about is Demolition.

    Why is Michael Sam there? If he’s so excellent, why didn’t he make the team?

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @Anon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M0L1pgP_Lw


    Don't count on me, I engineer
    On every move we make from here
    I'll take the lead
    You take the pain
    You see, I engineer this game
     
    , @Forbes
    @Anon

    Michael Sam is famously not a former NFL player, as advertised. He is, though, a former CFL (Canadian) player.

  2. • Replies: @El Dato
    @Anon


    A collection of students from 115 colleges planned a national walkout on Thursday to promote “free” college education as a right, WND reported.
     
    Is this becoming a Meme Of My Oppression?

    Full disclosure: I have had my free college education but it was preceded by some free hardcore testing too (as in "solve this ODE in 15 minutes or you are out") and one could only fail the yearly exams twice. Which makes sense, the exponential dieoff of the student body as years went on was telling.
    , @fish
    @Anon


    Afrikan Black Coalition member “Brother B” (Photo: Twitter, Brother B)

     

    Yeah......the article is from 2015.......and it looks like they're cadging outtake photos from "Undercover Brother"!

    Put this one down in the "maybe not" column!
    , @Forbes
    @Anon

    BTW--That article is dated November 12, 2015. Past its sell-by date.

  3. I’d rather pay good cash to stand in the middle of a herd of wild warthog rolling in mud and emitting the most vile flatulence.
    Damn more common sense and pleasantry in warthog flatulence than the guff produced by the highly lucrative diversity industry.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    @Anonymous

    Warthogs know more about engineering than any of these Bolsheviks....

  4. What aspiring engineer would want to waste time on this?

    Is this just a “must attend because reasons” event for the faculty members? Something internal to the social sciences department?

  5. Our Angela Davis? I sometimes ask myself how can anyone tell he’s living in a country that’s gone completely off the rails? Are there huge LED signs warning ordinary people, “Hey, the country you’re living in is so messed up it’ll one day end up on the Discovery channel right next to updates on Adolf and Joe.” Maybe a voiceover done in a plummy but intense BBC voice saying stuff like: “The warning signs were there, but few took notice. Those who did were marginalized and ignored.”

    Back when Angela was being Angela, there was a mess of young Black folks just trying to get decent-paying jobs in our local factories. Maybe they ought to be invited to speak at some, ahem, distinguished learning series.

  6. But there’s a white man on the program! And he’s in the upper-RIGHT-hand corner!

    Also, he has a wife, and he may be a Christian: (LINK).

    There’s no way this is going to be a safe space. I’m so triggered.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    They should have invited Slavoj Žižek, Jordan Peterson or Julian Assange (via satellite) to fill their lone White man slot. Žižek could have warned them about the perils of vegetarianism:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maex3jW0Yw8

    Or help could help them wrap their minds around Central and Eastern European gender roles:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwDrHqNZ9lo

    Interestingly, Melania Trump comes from precisely that liminal zone Žižek is pointing at.

  7. Actually, I wonder if there was any attempt to ‘de-platform’ Francis Collins. Does anybody know?

    If not, it’s a (small, admittedly) point in UVA’s favor.

    The Paid Public Speaker filter is not well understood, but it plays a big role in determining what is considered acceptable public discourse.

    This is an excellent point, BTW: it’s a function universities perform that may be just as important as what goes on in their classrooms.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @The Last Real Calvinist


    Actually, I wonder if there was any attempt to ‘de-platform’ Francis Collins. Does anybody know?

     

    When I saw his face in that rogue's gallery I thought "hmmm ... is he the gay guy?"
  8. Does that vile Navarro sow still call herself a Republican?

    It looks like UVA is nonupling down on the poz after the tiki torch brigade triggered them.

  9. A few quick factoids from the poster:

    1. Not just diversity, but “excellence through diversity” means, out of 9 speakers, 1 is white, 6 are black, 1 is Indian, and 1 is Hispanic. This really perfectly captures the mainstream media’s view of what “diversity” means. And that’s what America should be, in their minds.

    2. What is that one white male doing there, you might ask? He is there to apologize for white supremacy, listen, and take the notes back to the rest of the white people.*

    3. East Asians? What East Asians? Oh, you mean, fancy Asians? Well, they are complicit in white supremacy, what with their domination of laundromats, grocery stores in black neighborhoods, and wig trafficking that victimizes and oppresses black women, so they better listen to the one jungle Asian there about all this.

    4. For more information, “visit engineering.virginia.edu,” so presumably the engineering school plays some part in this event. A casual perusal of the faculty – the people who do the actual teaching of building actual things – at the engineering school reveals that the vast majority is made up of white males with some East Asians. This is intolerable! The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel! Who do you think built the pyramids!

    *And when the sole white male leaves to take the message back to the rest of the whites to be “woke,” the speaking slot should be filled by a woman since there are 6 whopping males and only 3 females.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Twinkie

    There shouldn't be an engineering school at UVA anyway. Virginia has Va Tech for that.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Twinkie

    "jungle Asian"--filed for future use, thanks.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    , @bomag
    @Twinkie

    LOL and agree.


    The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel!
     
    In their minds, the panel is providing the excellence.

    The current faculty just does the simple work.

  10. Why are there no Chinese people shown, they make great bartenders:

  11. Steve,

    Even at a bare-bones fee of $10 K per speaker, the series expends some $90 K. How much greater good this sum would accomplish if expended on such truly worthy recipients as vdare, Occidental Observer, Culture Wars, Roman Forum, etc, etc, etc! (I surmise that Ron has enough capital to support his most worthy enterprise, The Unz Review.)

    On the other side of the coin how much greater good would arise if T Boone Pickens supported such worthy causes as opposed to his football largess.

  12. Almost every professor of African-American Studies I ever see in the papers is a person of color. This suggests a strong tilt right off the bat in what emerges from this discipline, doesn’t it?

  13. OT
    Most Puerto Ricans have fled their homeland to take advantage of opportunities and government benefits in the mainland USA. About 5.4 million Puerto Ricans live in the US while just 3.5 million live in Puerto Rico. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, Puerto Ricans are “pouring into the US mainland”:

    The mainland had already been absorbing record numbers of Puerto Ricans fleeing economic decline and a mounting debt crisis, with more than 700,000 migrating between 2006 and 2015. Some people also moved back over that time, but after decades of population growth, the island saw the total number of residents drop from about 3.8 million to 3.4 million — or more than 10%.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Clyde

    I feel the solution would be re-locate everyone from PR. Then repopulate it with Europeans. That way the future supply of PRs would be cut off.

    , @anon
    @Clyde

    Yeah, the working theory is Dems are hoping/hyping a Trump failure in Puerto Rico-- so the locals move en masse to the mainland and tilt the next presidential election. It's especially relevant electorally with Florida. Orlando has already become Little San Juan.

    Replies: @Clyde

  14. @Anon
    Engineering?

    Is it social engineering?

    The only engineering some of those speakers know about is Demolition.

    Why is Michael Sam there? If he's so excellent, why didn't he make the team?

    Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Forbes

    Don’t count on me, I engineer
    On every move we make from here
    I’ll take the lead
    You take the pain
    You see, I engineer this game

  15. The Paid Public Speaker filter is not well understood…….

    Very easy to understand. This is how useless leftists get to live very nicely. I just look at the thousands of dollars they haul in. What they have to say on the lecture circuit is 100% irrelevant. Michael Sam is in on the action? Unbelievable, his only claim to fame was being a gay football prospect who could not get to play even one NFL game.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @Clyde

    Is this like has-been entertainers headlining at Potawatomi Casino?

    Replies: @Clyde

  16. Back in Russia – somewhat popular song by Garik Sukachev – Freedom to Angela Davis. For your enjoyment:

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    @Iron Curtain

    I had a quick look at a clunky translation of this song's lyrics. It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.

    http://2songs.ru/garik_sukachev/daite_svobodu_anjele_devis_daite_svobodu_suki/

    The real Angela Davis probably came to be known by Russians via some old textbooks explaining the Black Panthers to Soviet high school students.

    Replies: @Thirdeye, @Anonymous

  17. Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they’ve held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, ‘cept they didn’t hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of “lecturers”. The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say “Hey, how bout this guy – high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who’d be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don’t want to hear about this crap.” 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn’t some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? “This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn’t sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!” They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I’ll get out of here … someday … and I’ll just start making payments then of …. something or other. Drink up!”

    • Replies: @Thea
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I went to engineering graduate school in the 1990s. The head of our dept (white gentile male born in the USA) was a precursor to the SJWs. It only takes one or two and then for everyone else to keep their nose buried in a book for them to take hold.

    It may be Jews spread the degeneracy of homomania & anti white animus but the real problem is our own co-ethnics not stopping it:

    , @anonymous
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of “lecturers”. The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say “Hey, how bout this guy – high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who’d be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses?
     
    Speaking of engineers, why isn’t CLOCK BOY on the program?
    , @Forbes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Since none of the speakers have been selected for reasons of engineering expertise or background, there is/was little reason for any engineering faculty to stick their neck out. Assuredly, the initial reaction that the program has absolutely nothing to do with engineering was met with the token compromise of the white dude from NIH.

    The other 8 characters are part of the indoctrination and re-education.

    There's no need to check which way the wind is blowing when you feel the cool breeze on your neck--that the ax headed (so to speak) your way...

    , @Bill Jones
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Under what circumstances would anybody with profit center responsibility in any private center organization waste their time interviewing someone with a degree in "African-American studies"?

    , @Dube
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Engineering schools typically are anxious about their curriculum excluding much of Humanities, and this may be part of the motive.

  18. @Anon
    Uh oh, Russians are up to no good again.

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/black-student-group-vows-bloodshed-over-constitution/

    Replies: @El Dato, @fish, @Forbes

    A collection of students from 115 colleges planned a national walkout on Thursday to promote “free” college education as a right, WND reported.

    Is this becoming a Meme Of My Oppression?

    Full disclosure: I have had my free college education but it was preceded by some free hardcore testing too (as in “solve this ODE in 15 minutes or you are out”) and one could only fail the yearly exams twice. Which makes sense, the exponential dieoff of the student body as years went on was telling.

  19. Is Polly Toynbee dog-whistling to the Guardianistas?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/quentin-letts-radio-4

    ” I remember as a gauche and inadequate 22-year-old reporter, that interview with the author Saul Bellow. Bored, bullying, he ordered me to walk ahead of him in the park so he could look at my legs as they were better than my questions. And shamingly, I did. Mordecai Richler, the Canadian novelist, assumed a fixer had set me up for the night with him on his publicity tour in exchange for an interview. He was outraged when I ran off.”

  20. This whole “Excellence” thing is getting really old too. It was corporate-speak first, and it goes back at least 25 years, maybe more, and about to the same time as “diversity is our strength”, come to think of it. That’s from my experience.

    How the hell did things get done before we do before we had all the EXCELLENCE around? “Yeah, we used to do cutting-edge research on composite materials, but it wasn’t with excellence. We just muddled along I guess, I dunno. Now that we have all the excellence, uhhm, we are doing cutting-edge research on composite materials with excellence, see? We’re a center of excellence, in fact … just look at the sign in front of the building. Everything is way, way different, cause we’re absolutely, positively excellent now. We’re the wiz – nobody beats us:”

    BTW, how’d we send 12 men to the surface of the moon without excellence? There was none back then, so those Apollo missions were even MORE amazing, or just lucky? or faked, yeah that’s it.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Excellence" as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller "In Search of Excellence."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Excellence

    It's not the worst concept to overuse.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @AM

    , @Anonymous
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Sounds like someone's been skipping his Diversity Training classes.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now you don't just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That's the only way you're going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Bill, @Logan

    , @wiseguy
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KrxPpjBASPA

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  21. Probably put together by people who assume “The Bridges of Madison County” is an civil engineering doco.
    The sooner Universities collapse under their own craptacularity the better. If only more people would point out that University is the opposite of Diversity we’d probably get it done sooner.

  22. @Achmed E. Newman
    This whole "Excellence" thing is getting really old too. It was corporate-speak first, and it goes back at least 25 years, maybe more, and about to the same time as "diversity is our strength", come to think of it. That's from my experience.

    How the hell did things get done before we do before we had all the EXCELLENCE around? "Yeah, we used to do cutting-edge research on composite materials, but it wasn't with excellence. We just muddled along I guess, I dunno. Now that we have all the excellence, uhhm, we are doing cutting-edge research on composite materials with excellence, see? We're a center of excellence, in fact ... just look at the sign in front of the building. Everything is way, way different, cause we're absolutely, positively excellent now. We're the wiz - nobody beats us:"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRf_A07Elyw

    BTW, how'd we send 12 men to the surface of the moon without excellence? There was none back then, so those Apollo missions were even MORE amazing, or just lucky? or faked, yeah that's it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @wiseguy

    “Excellence” as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller “In Search of Excellence.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Excellence

    It’s not the worst concept to overuse.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    No, probably not. I think it might be "yank my chain". That was before it turned into "ping me", as ping didn't mean much except to hard-core geeks back then, but "yank my chain" may have had some gay connotations.* No not that there's anything wrong with that, just sayin'.

    * At least just saying that rumor to each other would get the managers to stop using it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AnotherDad

    , @AM
    @Steve Sailer


    “Excellence” as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller “In Search of Excellence.”
     
    Dave Barry made fun of the use of "excellence" as a corporate buzzword in one of his columns from the era. I think he might have actually titled it "In Search of Excellence" or use the phrase.
  23. @Clyde
    OT
    Most Puerto Ricans have fled their homeland to take advantage of opportunities and government benefits in the mainland USA. About 5.4 million Puerto Ricans live in the US while just 3.5 million live in Puerto Rico. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, Puerto Ricans are “pouring into the US mainland”:

    The mainland had already been absorbing record numbers of Puerto Ricans fleeing economic decline and a mounting debt crisis, with more than 700,000 migrating between 2006 and 2015. Some people also moved back over that time, but after decades of population growth, the island saw the total number of residents drop from about 3.8 million to 3.4 million — or more than 10%.

    Replies: @Lurker, @anon

    I feel the solution would be re-locate everyone from PR. Then repopulate it with Europeans. That way the future supply of PRs would be cut off.

  24. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Excellence" as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller "In Search of Excellence."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Excellence

    It's not the worst concept to overuse.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @AM

    No, probably not. I think it might be “yank my chain”. That was before it turned into “ping me”, as ping didn’t mean much except to hard-core geeks back then, but “yank my chain” may have had some gay connotations.* No not that there’s anything wrong with that, just sayin’.

    * At least just saying that rumor to each other would get the managers to stop using it.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Yank my chain"

    De Niro used it in Midnight Run (1989). It was new to me then.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Steve from Detroit

    , @AnotherDad
    @Achmed E. Newman


    No, probably not. I think it might be “yank my chain”. That was before it turned into “ping me”,
     
    Two very different things. "Yanking my chain" is more at "pulling my leg", only--i'd say--somewhat more aggressive in connotation. It would be weird to hear it more than occasionally in the business context. Someone might tell someone else--"he's just yanking your chain"--to get them to realize their antagonist is just messing with them and they shouldn't take whatever the heck it is so seriously.

    I don't remember "yank my chain" getting much traction as an idiom for just "get my attention". (At least not where I worked.) It would be odd to use something aggressive, with the pre-existing association of being teased/made a fool of, as the idiom of choice for simply telling someone to get back in touch with you when they need to. (Do you really want to think of yourself as a dog?)

    "Ping me", on the other hand, is pretty much just an Internet aware version of the old "give me a buzz", without the old connotation of a telephone call.

    Replies: @CCZ, @Achmed E. Newman

  25. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    No, probably not. I think it might be "yank my chain". That was before it turned into "ping me", as ping didn't mean much except to hard-core geeks back then, but "yank my chain" may have had some gay connotations.* No not that there's anything wrong with that, just sayin'.

    * At least just saying that rumor to each other would get the managers to stop using it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AnotherDad

    “Yank my chain”

    De Niro used it in Midnight Run (1989). It was new to me then.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    Hmmm... I can't remember what scene that was, and that is one of my all-time favorite movies. Corporate guys just meant "get back to me" or "remind me". I couldn't tell from your comment whether you know this or no.

    , @Steve from Detroit
    @Steve Sailer

    I have to believe this is the Engineering School's penance for not admitting enough NAMs. Was there some sort of lawsuit or protest in the last few years? I cannot conceive of this being a voluntary act.

    Also, I know an absurd amount of the dialogue of Midnight Run verbatim, but I can't remember exactly when De Niro used that phrase. Was it in the first part of the train ride?

    That entire cast was exceptional, but I think the true genius was Joe Pantoliano:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouxkn8f0Jr8&list=RDouxkn8f0Jr8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcbXE8cFLak

    Replies: @Steve from Detroit

  26. @Anonymous
    I'd rather pay good cash to stand in the middle of a herd of wild warthog rolling in mud and emitting the most vile flatulence.
    Damn more common sense and pleasantry in warthog flatulence than the guff produced by the highly lucrative diversity industry.

    Replies: @pyrrhus

    Warthogs know more about engineering than any of these Bolsheviks….

  27. Remember, she hasn’t been bought any guns used in a murder in, what, 47 years now.

    You can always count on UVa to be on the cutting edge of fifty years ago.

  28. My guess is that this sort of thing functions as a sort of sociological vaccination. You get this relatively benign (if only because now doddering) version of the progtard bacillus to ward off the more virulent strain.

    That or a virtue-signaling peacock’s tail, and as harmless and useless.

    If you wanted actually useful speakers you’d have gone to MIT or started your own business at 17.

    • Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat
    @Desiderius


    If you wanted actually useful speakers you’d have gone to MIT or started your own business at 17.
     
    Hate to burst your bubble, but I was at MIT last fall and they had posters advertising the "community" summer reading choice. It was a book about transsexuals.
    , @anon
    @Desiderius

    Engineering is vulnerable.

    Student population is way too male. And devoid of NAMs. The only defense for this sort of outcome is that the process is inclusive. They welcome diversity, sent out engraved invitations, but no one showed up. Not their fault.

    Claremont/Harvy Mudd is the object lesson of allowing the subject to drift from process to outcomes.

    Meanwhile, the students are actually studying and probably haven't noticed. It's not a large program on a fairly large campus and there have to be lots of free lectures.

  29. It would be interesting if some currently enrolled UVa engineering students could say what they think of this initiative. Their perspective would be most illuminating. Any out there reading unz.com willing to comment? Just choose a handle, do not give your real name.

  30. @The Last Real Calvinist
    Actually, I wonder if there was any attempt to 'de-platform' Francis Collins. Does anybody know?

    If not, it's a (small, admittedly) point in UVA's favor.


    The Paid Public Speaker filter is not well understood, but it plays a big role in determining what is considered acceptable public discourse.
     
    This is an excellent point, BTW: it's a function universities perform that may be just as important as what goes on in their classrooms.

    Replies: @Pericles

    Actually, I wonder if there was any attempt to ‘de-platform’ Francis Collins. Does anybody know?

    When I saw his face in that rogue’s gallery I thought “hmmm … is he the gay guy?”

  31. @Twinkie
    A few quick factoids from the poster:

    1. Not just diversity, but "excellence through diversity" means, out of 9 speakers, 1 is white, 6 are black, 1 is Indian, and 1 is Hispanic. This really perfectly captures the mainstream media's view of what "diversity" means. And that's what America should be, in their minds.

    2. What is that one white male doing there, you might ask? He is there to apologize for white supremacy, listen, and take the notes back to the rest of the white people.*

    3. East Asians? What East Asians? Oh, you mean, fancy Asians? Well, they are complicit in white supremacy, what with their domination of laundromats, grocery stores in black neighborhoods, and wig trafficking that victimizes and oppresses black women, so they better listen to the one jungle Asian there about all this.

    4. For more information, "visit engineering.virginia.edu," so presumably the engineering school plays some part in this event. A casual perusal of the faculty - the people who do the actual teaching of building actual things - at the engineering school reveals that the vast majority is made up of white males with some East Asians. This is intolerable! The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel! Who do you think built the pyramids!

    *And when the sole white male leaves to take the message back to the rest of the whites to be "woke," the speaking slot should be filled by a woman since there are 6 whopping males and only 3 females.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Chrisnonymous, @bomag

    There shouldn’t be an engineering school at UVA anyway. Virginia has Va Tech for that.

  32. @Achmed E. Newman
    This whole "Excellence" thing is getting really old too. It was corporate-speak first, and it goes back at least 25 years, maybe more, and about to the same time as "diversity is our strength", come to think of it. That's from my experience.

    How the hell did things get done before we do before we had all the EXCELLENCE around? "Yeah, we used to do cutting-edge research on composite materials, but it wasn't with excellence. We just muddled along I guess, I dunno. Now that we have all the excellence, uhhm, we are doing cutting-edge research on composite materials with excellence, see? We're a center of excellence, in fact ... just look at the sign in front of the building. Everything is way, way different, cause we're absolutely, positively excellent now. We're the wiz - nobody beats us:"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRf_A07Elyw

    BTW, how'd we send 12 men to the surface of the moon without excellence? There was none back then, so those Apollo missions were even MORE amazing, or just lucky? or faked, yeah that's it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @wiseguy

    Sounds like someone’s been skipping his Diversity Training classes.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous


    Sounds like someone’s been skipping his Diversity Training classes.
     
    Yes, especially in a dream once in a while when I wake up (in the dream) and go "Oh crap, I've been enrolled in this one class and forgot about it for weeks now. It's gonna be so hard to catch up. What to do?" Except for when I realize it's my MWF DT-session, and I go right out of REM and snooze soundly until 10 A, at which point I realize I'm late for work. Then I get to work so late, and am chewed out for acting like a lazy-assed ______. Then we all up in dieverity training for real.

    Dunder Mifflen dieversity correction session, Scranton, Penn:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N-lix79zuk
  33. Excellence Through Diversity

    Such slogans always remind me of things like this:

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Excellence Through Diversity
     
    Strength Through Joy

    Actually, the slogan "Excellence Through Diversity" makes about as much sense as "Sobriety Through Binging"

  34. Makes sense, future engineers need to learn that the distinction between the building qualities of steel and wood are an “engineering construct” and that wood and steel really are equal. Once the future engineers shed their learned prejudices against wood we’ll have glorious wood sky scrappers in every city.

  35. @Achmed E. Newman
    This whole "Excellence" thing is getting really old too. It was corporate-speak first, and it goes back at least 25 years, maybe more, and about to the same time as "diversity is our strength", come to think of it. That's from my experience.

    How the hell did things get done before we do before we had all the EXCELLENCE around? "Yeah, we used to do cutting-edge research on composite materials, but it wasn't with excellence. We just muddled along I guess, I dunno. Now that we have all the excellence, uhhm, we are doing cutting-edge research on composite materials with excellence, see? We're a center of excellence, in fact ... just look at the sign in front of the building. Everything is way, way different, cause we're absolutely, positively excellent now. We're the wiz - nobody beats us:"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRf_A07Elyw

    BTW, how'd we send 12 men to the surface of the moon without excellence? There was none back then, so those Apollo missions were even MORE amazing, or just lucky? or faked, yeah that's it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @wiseguy

    Now you don’t just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That’s the only way you’re going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Oh, this should be a whole post again! "Corporate Silos"?? Hahaha.. that's new to me.
    Yeah, not everyone can use these corporate Buzz Mohalk words. It's only proper if you are best-in-class in your comment-space, as we are. I feel a synergies wellin-up from deep inside, like my heart's sprung a big break:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2-i0MfpFXs

    From the acoustic set on Dead Reckoning (circa 1981 recorded at the Warfield theater in San Francisco). That's Brent Mydland playing the honky-tonk piano. This is an old George Jones song written by Don Rollins.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Buzz Mohawk

    utilizing.................God, don't get me started.

    An excellent summation of institutional twaddle, BTW. You've drilled down to find out what lies beneath excellence. This will no doubt prove to be disruptive,..............going forward.

    , @Bill
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Is synergize still a buzzword? That's a blast from the past.

    , @Logan
    @Buzz Mohawk

    You forgot to work all that into your Mission Statement.

  36. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Excellence" as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller "In Search of Excellence."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Excellence

    It's not the worst concept to overuse.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @AM

    “Excellence” as a corporate buzzword goes back to the 1982 bestseller “In Search of Excellence.”

    Dave Barry made fun of the use of “excellence” as a corporate buzzword in one of his columns from the era. I think he might have actually titled it “In Search of Excellence” or use the phrase.

  37. @Iron Curtain
    Back in Russia - somewhat popular song by Garik Sukachev - Freedom to Angela Davis. For your enjoyment:
    https://youtu.be/bap8ALfv1ZE

    Replies: @Cagey Beast

    I had a quick look at a clunky translation of this song’s lyrics. It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.

    http://2songs.ru/garik_sukachev/daite_svobodu_anjele_devis_daite_svobodu_suki/

    The real Angela Davis probably came to be known by Russians via some old textbooks explaining the Black Panthers to Soviet high school students.

    • Replies: @Thirdeye
    @Cagey Beast

    Angie used to be a member of CPUSA and when she was in prison she was a pretty good recruiting tool. When she got out in 1973 and started making stupid utterances on the lecture circuit she stopped being such a good recruiting tool.

    , @Anonymous
    @Cagey Beast


    It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.
     
    Correct. In the USSR afro was called "Angela Davis hairdo".
  38. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Yank my chain"

    De Niro used it in Midnight Run (1989). It was new to me then.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Steve from Detroit

    Hmmm… I can’t remember what scene that was, and that is one of my all-time favorite movies. Corporate guys just meant “get back to me” or “remind me”. I couldn’t tell from your comment whether you know this or no.

  39. @The Last Real Calvinist
    But there's a white man on the program! And he's in the upper-RIGHT-hand corner!

    Also, he has a wife, and he may be a Christian: (LINK).

    There's no way this is going to be a safe space. I'm so triggered.

    Replies: @Cagey Beast

    They should have invited Slavoj Žižek, Jordan Peterson or Julian Assange (via satellite) to fill their lone White man slot. Žižek could have warned them about the perils of vegetarianism:

    Or help could help them wrap their minds around Central and Eastern European gender roles:

    Interestingly, Melania Trump comes from precisely that liminal zone Žižek is pointing at.

  40. @Clyde

    The Paid Public Speaker filter is not well understood.......
     
    Very easy to understand. This is how useless leftists get to live very nicely. I just look at the thousands of dollars they haul in. What they have to say on the lecture circuit is 100% irrelevant. Michael Sam is in on the action? Unbelievable, his only claim to fame was being a gay football prospect who could not get to play even one NFL game.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind

    Is this like has-been entertainers headlining at Potawatomi Casino?

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Inquiring Mind


    Is this like has-been entertainers headlining at Potawatomi Casino?
     
    Has been commies like Angela Davis getting a big wet kiss of taxpayer dollars from your local state university? For giving an alleged speech? Yes and its all about wealth transfer from normie taxpayer Americans to the left.
  41. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now you don't just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That's the only way you're going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Bill, @Logan

    Oh, this should be a whole post again! “Corporate Silos”?? Hahaha.. that’s new to me.
    Yeah, not everyone can use these corporate Buzz Mohalk words. It’s only proper if you are best-in-class in your comment-space, as we are. I feel a synergies wellin-up from deep inside, like my heart’s sprung a big break:

    From the acoustic set on Dead Reckoning (circa 1981 recorded at the Warfield theater in San Francisco). That’s Brent Mydland playing the honky-tonk piano. This is an old George Jones song written by Don Rollins.

  42. @Clyde
    OT
    Most Puerto Ricans have fled their homeland to take advantage of opportunities and government benefits in the mainland USA. About 5.4 million Puerto Ricans live in the US while just 3.5 million live in Puerto Rico. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, Puerto Ricans are “pouring into the US mainland”:

    The mainland had already been absorbing record numbers of Puerto Ricans fleeing economic decline and a mounting debt crisis, with more than 700,000 migrating between 2006 and 2015. Some people also moved back over that time, but after decades of population growth, the island saw the total number of residents drop from about 3.8 million to 3.4 million — or more than 10%.

    Replies: @Lurker, @anon

    Yeah, the working theory is Dems are hoping/hyping a Trump failure in Puerto Rico– so the locals move en masse to the mainland and tilt the next presidential election. It’s especially relevant electorally with Florida. Orlando has already become Little San Juan.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @anon

    Back in Steve's era of Westside Story/Jets vs Sharks these were Puerto Ricans in New York City. This musical was 1958 with lyrics by the gay from the start Steven Sondheim. That stuff is dated. When this years Puerto Ricans scramble from their scalped Islands they are headed to the greater Orlando area where it is warm and cost of living is low compared to NYC-NJ.

  43. Some people like diversity, maybe just not (((diversity))) so much.

    • Replies: @eah
    @eah

    Which is unfortunate really.

    https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/918840489662730240

  44. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "Yank my chain"

    De Niro used it in Midnight Run (1989). It was new to me then.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Steve from Detroit

    I have to believe this is the Engineering School’s penance for not admitting enough NAMs. Was there some sort of lawsuit or protest in the last few years? I cannot conceive of this being a voluntary act.

    Also, I know an absurd amount of the dialogue of Midnight Run verbatim, but I can’t remember exactly when De Niro used that phrase. Was it in the first part of the train ride?

    That entire cast was exceptional, but I think the true genius was Joe Pantoliano:

    • Replies: @Steve from Detroit
    @Steve from Detroit

    Just remembered: it has to be the Red's Corner Bar scene. "You want some of that sh*t you like? Uncuff me."

  45. @Twinkie
    A few quick factoids from the poster:

    1. Not just diversity, but "excellence through diversity" means, out of 9 speakers, 1 is white, 6 are black, 1 is Indian, and 1 is Hispanic. This really perfectly captures the mainstream media's view of what "diversity" means. And that's what America should be, in their minds.

    2. What is that one white male doing there, you might ask? He is there to apologize for white supremacy, listen, and take the notes back to the rest of the white people.*

    3. East Asians? What East Asians? Oh, you mean, fancy Asians? Well, they are complicit in white supremacy, what with their domination of laundromats, grocery stores in black neighborhoods, and wig trafficking that victimizes and oppresses black women, so they better listen to the one jungle Asian there about all this.

    4. For more information, "visit engineering.virginia.edu," so presumably the engineering school plays some part in this event. A casual perusal of the faculty - the people who do the actual teaching of building actual things - at the engineering school reveals that the vast majority is made up of white males with some East Asians. This is intolerable! The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel! Who do you think built the pyramids!

    *And when the sole white male leaves to take the message back to the rest of the whites to be "woke," the speaking slot should be filled by a woman since there are 6 whopping males and only 3 females.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Chrisnonymous, @bomag

    “jungle Asian”–filed for future use, thanks.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Chrisnonymous

    From comedienne Ally Wong...

  46. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now you don't just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That's the only way you're going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Bill, @Logan

    utilizing……………..God, don’t get me started.

    An excellent summation of institutional twaddle, BTW. You’ve drilled down to find out what lies beneath excellence. This will no doubt prove to be disruptive,…………..going forward.

  47. @Buzz Mohawk
    Excellence Through Diversity

    Such slogans always remind me of things like this:

    http://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/default/poster/8.000/5.875/break/images/artworkimages/medium/1/arbeit-macht-frei-daniel-hagerman.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Excellence Through Diversity

    Strength Through Joy

    Actually, the slogan “Excellence Through Diversity” makes about as much sense as “Sobriety Through Binging”

  48. @Achmed E. Newman
    Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they've held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, 'cept they didn't hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of "lecturers". The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say "Hey, how bout this guy - high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who'd be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don't want to hear about this crap." 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn't some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? "This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn't sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!" They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I'll get out of here ... someday ... and I'll just start making payments then of .... something or other. Drink up!"

    Replies: @Thea, @anonymous, @Forbes, @Bill Jones, @Dube

    I went to engineering graduate school in the 1990s. The head of our dept (white gentile male born in the USA) was a precursor to the SJWs. It only takes one or two and then for everyone else to keep their nose buried in a book for them to take hold.

    It may be Jews spread the degeneracy of homomania & anti white animus but the real problem is our own co-ethnics not stopping it:

  49. DIVERSITY MEANS LESS WHITE PEOPLE

    WHITE ELIMINATION IS THE AIM OF DIVERSITY

    When a politician uses the word “diversity” and they imply that “diversity” is a good thing, it is important to remove that politician from power.

  50. do these people know everything they believe in is not real.
    all this nonsense is scholastic hair-splitting coupled with crass ethnoracial advocacy.
    There’s not too much Enlightenment, there’s too little.

  51. @Steve from Detroit
    @Steve Sailer

    I have to believe this is the Engineering School's penance for not admitting enough NAMs. Was there some sort of lawsuit or protest in the last few years? I cannot conceive of this being a voluntary act.

    Also, I know an absurd amount of the dialogue of Midnight Run verbatim, but I can't remember exactly when De Niro used that phrase. Was it in the first part of the train ride?

    That entire cast was exceptional, but I think the true genius was Joe Pantoliano:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouxkn8f0Jr8&list=RDouxkn8f0Jr8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcbXE8cFLak

    Replies: @Steve from Detroit

    Just remembered: it has to be the Red’s Corner Bar scene. “You want some of that sh*t you like? Uncuff me.”

  52. There’s a fan theory about The Matrix that the supposed real world, the one you take the red pill to enter, is just another part of the matrix created to siphon off those who for whatever reason can’t be content in the reality simulation. That theory actually makes a lot of sense. Left-wing radicalism is similar. It lets people feel radical and in opposition to the system while advocating things that the Powers that Be obviously regard either as harmless or–often–useful for their purposes.

    I recently attended a large show at LA’s Hammer Museum titled “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.” Things I remember: a grainy film of a naked woman rolling down a sand dune, B&W photos of unflushed turds in dirty toilet bowls, paintings of women symbolically tied up, abstract representations of the vagina, grafitti denouncing white supremacism. The museum shop sold t-shirts emblazoned with “I Am a Radical Woman” and child-sized ones with “Future Radical Woman.”

    That’s radicalism curated, promoted, and merchandized by the Powers that Be for the socially acceptable self-styled radical. Not like those unacceptable reactionaries with their white polo shirts and tiki torches.

    Matrix fan theory:

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    @Harry Baldwin

    I hadn't heard that theory about the "real world" of The Matrix but it immediately sounded plausible, or at least intriguing, as soon as I read it. They even wear grungy clothes the way Antifa does.

    You're right too about the institutionalized radicals. "The personal is political" is a great credo to promote if one wants troublemakers to keep themselves safely in their own little playpens.

  53. anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they've held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, 'cept they didn't hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of "lecturers". The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say "Hey, how bout this guy - high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who'd be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don't want to hear about this crap." 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn't some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? "This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn't sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!" They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I'll get out of here ... someday ... and I'll just start making payments then of .... something or other. Drink up!"

    Replies: @Thea, @anonymous, @Forbes, @Bill Jones, @Dube

    Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of “lecturers”. The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say “Hey, how bout this guy – high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who’d be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses?

    Speaking of engineers, why isn’t CLOCK BOY on the program?

  54. @Anon
    Uh oh, Russians are up to no good again.

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/black-student-group-vows-bloodshed-over-constitution/

    Replies: @El Dato, @fish, @Forbes

    Afrikan Black Coalition member “Brother B” (Photo: Twitter, Brother B)

    Yeah……the article is from 2015…….and it looks like they’re cadging outtake photos from “Undercover Brother”!

    Put this one down in the “maybe not” column!

  55. Hate Speech – A slave-owning Southerner is the Father of his country (America); another slave-owning Southerner wrote the Declaration of Independence; another slave-owning Southerner is known as the Father of the Constitution; and 2 slave-owning Southern patriots were the most prescient opponents of replacing the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution; another slave-owning Southerner wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Therefore, culture war on Southerners and Southern culture is national suicide.

    Politically Correct Speech that leads to peace and equality – All whites are racists, and everybody who was part of the Confederate government or army should have been executed as a racist traitor, and blacks must be given reparations for slavery or else, and Harriett Tubman must replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 or else, and Affirmative Action must be declared eternal with at least double the spending or else, and did we say that all whites are racists and must pay for that original sin forever?

    If you not only can’t honor Robert E. Lee but you actually condemn him, then you will make Angela Davis and even worse savages into sacred cows.

  56. @Harry Baldwin
    There's a fan theory about The Matrix that the supposed real world, the one you take the red pill to enter, is just another part of the matrix created to siphon off those who for whatever reason can't be content in the reality simulation. That theory actually makes a lot of sense. Left-wing radicalism is similar. It lets people feel radical and in opposition to the system while advocating things that the Powers that Be obviously regard either as harmless or--often--useful for their purposes.

    I recently attended a large show at LA's Hammer Museum titled "Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985." Things I remember: a grainy film of a naked woman rolling down a sand dune, B&W photos of unflushed turds in dirty toilet bowls, paintings of women symbolically tied up, abstract representations of the vagina, grafitti denouncing white supremacism. The museum shop sold t-shirts emblazoned with "I Am a Radical Woman" and child-sized ones with "Future Radical Woman."

    That's radicalism curated, promoted, and merchandized by the Powers that Be for the socially acceptable self-styled radical. Not like those unacceptable reactionaries with their white polo shirts and tiki torches.

    Matrix fan theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSVlOAocn8E

    Replies: @Cagey Beast

    I hadn’t heard that theory about the “real world” of The Matrix but it immediately sounded plausible, or at least intriguing, as soon as I read it. They even wear grungy clothes the way Antifa does.

    You’re right too about the institutionalized radicals. “The personal is political” is a great credo to promote if one wants troublemakers to keep themselves safely in their own little playpens.

  57. @eah
    Some people like diversity, maybe just not (((diversity))) so much.

    https://twitter.com/rosemcgowan/status/798272806253428736

    Replies: @eah

    Which is unfortunate really.

  58. @Anon
    Engineering?

    Is it social engineering?

    The only engineering some of those speakers know about is Demolition.

    Why is Michael Sam there? If he's so excellent, why didn't he make the team?

    Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Forbes

    Michael Sam is famously not a former NFL player, as advertised. He is, though, a former CFL (Canadian) player.

  59. @Anon
    Uh oh, Russians are up to no good again.

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/black-student-group-vows-bloodshed-over-constitution/

    Replies: @El Dato, @fish, @Forbes

    BTW–That article is dated November 12, 2015. Past its sell-by date.

  60. @Achmed E. Newman
    This whole "Excellence" thing is getting really old too. It was corporate-speak first, and it goes back at least 25 years, maybe more, and about to the same time as "diversity is our strength", come to think of it. That's from my experience.

    How the hell did things get done before we do before we had all the EXCELLENCE around? "Yeah, we used to do cutting-edge research on composite materials, but it wasn't with excellence. We just muddled along I guess, I dunno. Now that we have all the excellence, uhhm, we are doing cutting-edge research on composite materials with excellence, see? We're a center of excellence, in fact ... just look at the sign in front of the building. Everything is way, way different, cause we're absolutely, positively excellent now. We're the wiz - nobody beats us:"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRf_A07Elyw

    BTW, how'd we send 12 men to the surface of the moon without excellence? There was none back then, so those Apollo missions were even MORE amazing, or just lucky? or faked, yeah that's it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @wiseguy

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @wiseguy

    Seen it, but somewhat forgot it. Thanks, Wiseguy!

  61. @Achmed E. Newman
    Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they've held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, 'cept they didn't hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of "lecturers". The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say "Hey, how bout this guy - high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who'd be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don't want to hear about this crap." 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn't some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? "This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn't sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!" They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I'll get out of here ... someday ... and I'll just start making payments then of .... something or other. Drink up!"

    Replies: @Thea, @anonymous, @Forbes, @Bill Jones, @Dube

    Since none of the speakers have been selected for reasons of engineering expertise or background, there is/was little reason for any engineering faculty to stick their neck out. Assuredly, the initial reaction that the program has absolutely nothing to do with engineering was met with the token compromise of the white dude from NIH.

    The other 8 characters are part of the indoctrination and re-education.

    There’s no need to check which way the wind is blowing when you feel the cool breeze on your neck–that the ax headed (so to speak) your way…

  62. Angela David has been doing the university speaking circuit for years. Recently she was at Marquette University — lots of irony, the alma mater of Joe McCarthy.

    See:

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2017/04/isit-possible-to-shame-whoever-is.html

  63. When this like this happen I always find slight catharsis blowing up their social media and threatening to cease my donations.

    I refuse to engage the cesspool that is Twitter, though.

  64. In the 50s C’ville had the Massive Resistance. Now they have the Complete Capitulation.

  65. Kathy Boudin apparently gives speeches, too. She’ll even bring her son along to tell you what a wonderful incarcerated mom she was. He says she “invented parenting at a distance [from prison].”

  66. Cornell West: Scholar and Public Philosopher

  67. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now you don't just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That's the only way you're going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Bill, @Logan

    Is synergize still a buzzword? That’s a blast from the past.

  68. @Twinkie
    A few quick factoids from the poster:

    1. Not just diversity, but "excellence through diversity" means, out of 9 speakers, 1 is white, 6 are black, 1 is Indian, and 1 is Hispanic. This really perfectly captures the mainstream media's view of what "diversity" means. And that's what America should be, in their minds.

    2. What is that one white male doing there, you might ask? He is there to apologize for white supremacy, listen, and take the notes back to the rest of the white people.*

    3. East Asians? What East Asians? Oh, you mean, fancy Asians? Well, they are complicit in white supremacy, what with their domination of laundromats, grocery stores in black neighborhoods, and wig trafficking that victimizes and oppresses black women, so they better listen to the one jungle Asian there about all this.

    4. For more information, "visit engineering.virginia.edu," so presumably the engineering school plays some part in this event. A casual perusal of the faculty - the people who do the actual teaching of building actual things - at the engineering school reveals that the vast majority is made up of white males with some East Asians. This is intolerable! The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel! Who do you think built the pyramids!

    *And when the sole white male leaves to take the message back to the rest of the whites to be "woke," the speaking slot should be filled by a woman since there are 6 whopping males and only 3 females.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Chrisnonymous, @bomag

    LOL and agree.

    The faculty ethnic diversity MUST resemble that of this panel!

    In their minds, the panel is providing the excellence.

    The current faculty just does the simple work.

  69. @anon
    @Clyde

    Yeah, the working theory is Dems are hoping/hyping a Trump failure in Puerto Rico-- so the locals move en masse to the mainland and tilt the next presidential election. It's especially relevant electorally with Florida. Orlando has already become Little San Juan.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Back in Steve’s era of Westside Story/Jets vs Sharks these were Puerto Ricans in New York City. This musical was 1958 with lyrics by the gay from the start Steven Sondheim. That stuff is dated. When this years Puerto Ricans scramble from their scalped Islands they are headed to the greater Orlando area where it is warm and cost of living is low compared to NYC-NJ.

  70. @Inquiring Mind
    @Clyde

    Is this like has-been entertainers headlining at Potawatomi Casino?

    Replies: @Clyde

    Is this like has-been entertainers headlining at Potawatomi Casino?

    Has been commies like Angela Davis getting a big wet kiss of taxpayer dollars from your local state university? For giving an alleged speech? Yes and its all about wealth transfer from normie taxpayer Americans to the left.

  71. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    No, probably not. I think it might be "yank my chain". That was before it turned into "ping me", as ping didn't mean much except to hard-core geeks back then, but "yank my chain" may have had some gay connotations.* No not that there's anything wrong with that, just sayin'.

    * At least just saying that rumor to each other would get the managers to stop using it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AnotherDad

    No, probably not. I think it might be “yank my chain”. That was before it turned into “ping me”,

    Two very different things. “Yanking my chain” is more at “pulling my leg”, only–i’d say–somewhat more aggressive in connotation. It would be weird to hear it more than occasionally in the business context. Someone might tell someone else–“he’s just yanking your chain”–to get them to realize their antagonist is just messing with them and they shouldn’t take whatever the heck it is so seriously.

    I don’t remember “yank my chain” getting much traction as an idiom for just “get my attention”. (At least not where I worked.) It would be odd to use something aggressive, with the pre-existing association of being teased/made a fool of, as the idiom of choice for simply telling someone to get back in touch with you when they need to. (Do you really want to think of yourself as a dog?)

    “Ping me”, on the other hand, is pretty much just an Internet aware version of the old “give me a buzz”, without the old connotation of a telephone call.

    • Replies: @CCZ
    @AnotherDad

    "One Ping Only"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr0JaXfKj68

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @AnotherDad

    AD, corporatese has different dialects, I guess. It definitely meant just "get in touch" back then and there. I completely understand and have heard it the other way. If you hear anymore about this, "keep me in the loop". What loop? I don't know.

  72. @Chrisnonymous
    @Twinkie

    "jungle Asian"--filed for future use, thanks.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    From comedienne Ally Wong…

  73. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now you don't just need Excellence, you also need Best Practices.

    That's the only way you're going to Synergize the work of all those people in their various Corporate Silos who are Utilizing something that used to be called doing your job.

    It is essential for your Stakeholders, you see.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Bill, @Logan

    You forgot to work all that into your Mission Statement.

  74. The NCAA just ruled that the non-existent African-American Studies classes that students passed and no one taught for two decades at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill were not solely for the benefit of athletes so no rules were broken.

    But after a three-and-half-year investigation, and despite the institution even agreeing that it had engaged in academic fraud, the NCAA said it couldn’t definitively conclude that the “paper courses” in the department of African and Afro-American studies had been designed and offered as an effort to benefit athletes alone. Thus, according to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which adjudicates allegations of wrongdoing, they did not violate the group’s rules.

    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/13/breaking-ncaa-finds-no-academic-fraud-unc?utm_source=ihe&utm_medium=editorial-site&utm_content=breakingnews

  75. @Cagey Beast
    @Iron Curtain

    I had a quick look at a clunky translation of this song's lyrics. It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.

    http://2songs.ru/garik_sukachev/daite_svobodu_anjele_devis_daite_svobodu_suki/

    The real Angela Davis probably came to be known by Russians via some old textbooks explaining the Black Panthers to Soviet high school students.

    Replies: @Thirdeye, @Anonymous

    Angie used to be a member of CPUSA and when she was in prison she was a pretty good recruiting tool. When she got out in 1973 and started making stupid utterances on the lecture circuit she stopped being such a good recruiting tool.

  76. @Achmed E. Newman
    Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they've held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, 'cept they didn't hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of "lecturers". The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say "Hey, how bout this guy - high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who'd be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don't want to hear about this crap." 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn't some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? "This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn't sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!" They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I'll get out of here ... someday ... and I'll just start making payments then of .... something or other. Drink up!"

    Replies: @Thea, @anonymous, @Forbes, @Bill Jones, @Dube

    Under what circumstances would anybody with profit center responsibility in any private center organization waste their time interviewing someone with a degree in “African-American studies”?

  77. @Cagey Beast
    @Iron Curtain

    I had a quick look at a clunky translation of this song's lyrics. It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.

    http://2songs.ru/garik_sukachev/daite_svobodu_anjele_devis_daite_svobodu_suki/

    The real Angela Davis probably came to be known by Russians via some old textbooks explaining the Black Panthers to Soviet high school students.

    Replies: @Thirdeye, @Anonymous

    It seems to be about a man (or woman?) who wore brown bell-bottoms and had an Angela Davis afro.

    Correct. In the USSR afro was called “Angela Davis hairdo”.

  78. @Achmed E. Newman
    Engineering was the last holdout of the sane people. This means that the cntrl-left has captured the Universities lock, stock, and barrel. Yeah, they've held most of the terrain for 25 years already, but this is like the Gates of Vienna or something, 'cept they didn't hold this time.

    You know the engineering college faculty has still got to be mostly white guys with a number of Chinese and .-Indians. These professors have wussed out to the administration. Imagine the committee meeting in which they decided on this slate of "lecturers". The few instigators would bring up the names of these worthless, non-educational (least as far as engineering) scum, and even those with tenure were too cowed, the way the toxic environment is nowadays, to say "Hey, how bout this guy - high-level engineer or CEO of ___ who'd be glad to give a talk about ___, for way less money, maybe just travel expenses? These people are not engineers, and the students don't want to hear about this crap." 20 years back some would have said that.

    As for the students, a contributing factor above the general high stupidity level is the way education is paid for now. Wouldn't some get pretty pissed off back in the day, when tuition money was mostly paid via summer, part-time school year, and intern work? "This is our tuition money, dammit, and I didn't sweat my butt of last summer to pay for this!" They had skin in the game. Now, the tuition/fees numbers are just so high as to not matter, kind of like the US national debt. Just put it on the card loan. I'll get out of here ... someday ... and I'll just start making payments then of .... something or other. Drink up!"

    Replies: @Thea, @anonymous, @Forbes, @Bill Jones, @Dube

    Engineering schools typically are anxious about their curriculum excluding much of Humanities, and this may be part of the motive.

  79. @Desiderius
    My guess is that this sort of thing functions as a sort of sociological vaccination. You get this relatively benign (if only because now doddering) version of the progtard bacillus to ward off the more virulent strain.

    That or a virtue-signaling peacock's tail, and as harmless and useless.

    If you wanted actually useful speakers you'd have gone to MIT or started your own business at 17.

    Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat, @anon

    If you wanted actually useful speakers you’d have gone to MIT or started your own business at 17.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but I was at MIT last fall and they had posters advertising the “community” summer reading choice. It was a book about transsexuals.

  80. @AnotherDad
    @Achmed E. Newman


    No, probably not. I think it might be “yank my chain”. That was before it turned into “ping me”,
     
    Two very different things. "Yanking my chain" is more at "pulling my leg", only--i'd say--somewhat more aggressive in connotation. It would be weird to hear it more than occasionally in the business context. Someone might tell someone else--"he's just yanking your chain"--to get them to realize their antagonist is just messing with them and they shouldn't take whatever the heck it is so seriously.

    I don't remember "yank my chain" getting much traction as an idiom for just "get my attention". (At least not where I worked.) It would be odd to use something aggressive, with the pre-existing association of being teased/made a fool of, as the idiom of choice for simply telling someone to get back in touch with you when they need to. (Do you really want to think of yourself as a dog?)

    "Ping me", on the other hand, is pretty much just an Internet aware version of the old "give me a buzz", without the old connotation of a telephone call.

    Replies: @CCZ, @Achmed E. Newman

    “One Ping Only”

  81. This is the fluster cluck to end all fluster clucks.

    Is there a better argument to insist that the State of Virginia not only stops using tax dollars to subsidize this roster of imbeciles, but that the State of Virginia demands, and receives, royalties for the use of the State’s name.

    I think Virginia ought to demand 50% of the tuition paid at the University of Virginia as a royalty. And if not, the current administrators and faculty ought to decamp from the U of Virginia. And let them start another university with their own reputations, and resources.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Fwiw, the Commonwealth of Virginia funds from 6 to 8% of the University's budget, depending on the year. I believe this is the lowest proportion at any publicly-funded school in the nation. Yet it remains in the Charter that the Governor names the entire Board of Visitors, and the General Assembly can still dictate policy to some extent.

  82. @Anonymous
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Sounds like someone's been skipping his Diversity Training classes.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Sounds like someone’s been skipping his Diversity Training classes.

    Yes, especially in a dream once in a while when I wake up (in the dream) and go “Oh crap, I’ve been enrolled in this one class and forgot about it for weeks now. It’s gonna be so hard to catch up. What to do?” Except for when I realize it’s my MWF DT-session, and I go right out of REM and snooze soundly until 10 A, at which point I realize I’m late for work. Then I get to work so late, and am chewed out for acting like a lazy-assed ______. Then we all up in dieverity training for real.

    Dunder Mifflen dieversity correction session, Scranton, Penn:

  83. @AnotherDad
    @Achmed E. Newman


    No, probably not. I think it might be “yank my chain”. That was before it turned into “ping me”,
     
    Two very different things. "Yanking my chain" is more at "pulling my leg", only--i'd say--somewhat more aggressive in connotation. It would be weird to hear it more than occasionally in the business context. Someone might tell someone else--"he's just yanking your chain"--to get them to realize their antagonist is just messing with them and they shouldn't take whatever the heck it is so seriously.

    I don't remember "yank my chain" getting much traction as an idiom for just "get my attention". (At least not where I worked.) It would be odd to use something aggressive, with the pre-existing association of being teased/made a fool of, as the idiom of choice for simply telling someone to get back in touch with you when they need to. (Do you really want to think of yourself as a dog?)

    "Ping me", on the other hand, is pretty much just an Internet aware version of the old "give me a buzz", without the old connotation of a telephone call.

    Replies: @CCZ, @Achmed E. Newman

    AD, corporatese has different dialects, I guess. It definitely meant just “get in touch” back then and there. I completely understand and have heard it the other way. If you hear anymore about this, “keep me in the loop”. What loop? I don’t know.

  84. @wiseguy
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KrxPpjBASPA

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Seen it, but somewhat forgot it. Thanks, Wiseguy!

  85. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson
    This is the fluster cluck to end all fluster clucks.

    Is there a better argument to insist that the State of Virginia not only stops using tax dollars to subsidize this roster of imbeciles, but that the State of Virginia demands, and receives, royalties for the use of the State's name.

    I think Virginia ought to demand 50% of the tuition paid at the University of Virginia as a royalty. And if not, the current administrators and faculty ought to decamp from the U of Virginia. And let them start another university with their own reputations, and resources.

    Replies: @Anon

    Fwiw, the Commonwealth of Virginia funds from 6 to 8% of the University’s budget, depending on the year. I believe this is the lowest proportion at any publicly-funded school in the nation. Yet it remains in the Charter that the Governor names the entire Board of Visitors, and the General Assembly can still dictate policy to some extent.

  86. Steve,

    This is a really bad thing for people of the USA, I was reading about ‘professors’ of ‘diversity training’ supposedly being ‘professors of engineering’, in one case, even the head of school!

    The terrible factor here, is that if USA students are having to suffer this ‘training’ as a major part of their courses, it is only making graduates who don’t have to endure that bullshit (say, from China, Vietnam, India) the even better case for H1-Bs, which is sad.

    Sure, some US-born will still be good,

    I can’t remember the name of the place where the head of school of engineering has a background in nothing but ‘diversity training’, but most of the grads from there won’t be engineers.

    AFAIK, I am first to seeing that point.

    The USA of now is insane.

  87. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius
    My guess is that this sort of thing functions as a sort of sociological vaccination. You get this relatively benign (if only because now doddering) version of the progtard bacillus to ward off the more virulent strain.

    That or a virtue-signaling peacock's tail, and as harmless and useless.

    If you wanted actually useful speakers you'd have gone to MIT or started your own business at 17.

    Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat, @anon

    Engineering is vulnerable.

    Student population is way too male. And devoid of NAMs. The only defense for this sort of outcome is that the process is inclusive. They welcome diversity, sent out engraved invitations, but no one showed up. Not their fault.

    Claremont/Harvy Mudd is the object lesson of allowing the subject to drift from process to outcomes.

    Meanwhile, the students are actually studying and probably haven’t noticed. It’s not a large program on a fairly large campus and there have to be lots of free lectures.

  88. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Excellence was part of the larger Quality fad. The list of early adopter manufacturers is a who’s who of corporate failure. The Baldridge Award is a good example. Motorola (first winner of the award) was an earlier adopter and its ‘Six Sigma’ copywrited program was Jack Welsh’s last big idea at GE before its decade and a half decline. It’s still around, but manufacturers seem to have lost interest in the paperwork. Public sector and non profits are still lapping it up.

    The core idea was to extract the secret sauce of Japan’s success vs Detroit. Of course, devaluing their currency, subsidizing cost of capital, and massively subsidizing exports in every imaginable way provides the sort of tailwinds that produce favorable financial outcomes from quality programs. Absent Neo mercantilism, not so much.

    The now abandoned Border Adjustment Tax — Ryan’s fantasy — was doomed when importers (Walmart) and exporters (Boeing) immediately developed huge lobbying programs to fight it out.

    Emotionally, I gotta root for the Walmart consumer. But maybe a light thumb on the scale for exports would have helped flyover country more. It never had a chance anyway.

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