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From The Atlantic:

Why Public Media Has a Sexual-Harassment Problem
Hollywood was one thing. But inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

GILLIAN B. WHITE 7:00 AM ET BUSINESS

… Within the span of a few weeks, accusations against other high-ranking and well-known figures have surfaced in the public-broadcasting realm, leading to their dismissal or suspension from organizations including NPR, WNYC, and WBUR. There was David Sweeney and Michael Oreskes and Charlie Rose. And John Hockenberry, Tom Ashbrook, Leonard Lopate, and Jonathan Schwartz. There’s something odd about how many of the allegations of sexual misconduct in the media industry have come out of public media—with its reputation for thoughtfulness and civility. Hollywood was one thing, with its legacy of casting couches, hypersexualization of women, and clear gender imbalances—but gentle, egalitarian public radio? …

Still, even with its well-known deficiencies, public media doesn’t quite fit the stereotypes of a male-dominated, hostile work environment. Vivian Schiller, the former CEO of National Public Radio, told me that public broadcasting, particularly NPR, has long been considered a space where women can thrive. “When I was there, most of the leadership was women,” Schiller said. In fact, four women, Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, and Susan Stamberg, are often referred to as the “founding mothers” of NPR. And the organization’s most recent data on newsroom makeup shows that more than half of newsroom employees are women. The fact that a culture of harassment and bullying were allowed to fester for for years, all while women sat in positions of power and control, makes the issue all the more confusing. But if you consider the discord on other issues, such as between public media’s stated commitment to diversity and its predominantly white audiences and newsrooms, it’s clear that the overarching vision of public broadcasting often doesn’t manifest in real and critical ways.

Hiring more black guys would no doubt have solved NPR’s sexual harassment problems.

… For now though, most stations I spoke with are still in the process of conducting investigations to determine just how far issues of discrimination go, and what systems have allowed them to flourish. As public broadcasting attempts to cope with its #MeToo moment, leadership will have make sense of the dissonance of widespread sexual harassment in a space known for nurturing women’s careers. They may find themselves facing other contradictions, as well— such as persistent racial inequality in a space that has a mandate to be thoughtful about diversity. Stations have an opportunity not only to contend with individual harassers or failing policies, but to also think broadly about how to create newsrooms that live up to the values public media purports to uphold.

It’s almost as if supply and demand matters. The more attractive women there are relative to the number of important men, the more the guys can get away with. In Hollywood, for example, there are so many beautiful and ambitious women that the grotesque Harvey Weinstein can be Mr. Eligible Bachelor. In contrast, in fields where women are rare, they are treated better than in more feminine fields.

But nobody wants to understand this because the intended Use of Weinsteingate is more affirmative action hiring and promotion for women. That this will just further imbalance Supply and Demand, leading to more scandals and more demands for more affirmative action.

 
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  1. Or it’s the gender equivalent of the white liberal who thinks he’s “allowed” to say the n-word.

  2. OT it is being claimed that
    ROSENSTEIN THREATENED CONGRESS

    Gregg Jarrett: I can tell you a congressional source tells me that Rod Rosenstein in a meeting three weeks ago threatened Chairman Nunes and members of Congress he was going to subpoena their texts and messages because he was tired of dealing with the intel committee. That’s threats and intimidation.

    This is not spy vs spy, this is the rogue agent reined in by his exhausted boss.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    Apropos to your OT. Someone emailed me this clip, and I don't know the source. Knowing him it may have been ZH:

    "the DOJ is withholding over 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, having submitted just 7,000 of the 50,000 recovered by the department. This does not include emails on personal devices, which the two anti-Trump investigators referred to over their FBI issued mobile phones.

    In a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Congressional investigators, the DOJ said that they would not be providing "purely personal" text messages.

    "The department is not providing text messages that were purely personal in nature," Boyd wrote. "Furthermore, the department has redacted from some work-related text messages portions that were purely personal. The department's aim in withholding purely personal text messages and redacting personal portions of work-related text messages was primarily to facilitate the committee's access to potentially relevant text messages without having to cull through large quantities of material unrelated to either the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server or the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election."

    Furthermore, special counsel Robert Mueller was allowed to review the batch of texts and make redactions as he saw fit. Between the 85% of text messages Congressional Investigators don't get to see, Mueller's redactions, and now - an alleged scramble within the FBI to destroy evidence, one has to marvel at how hard the swamp is resisting being drained. "

    Allowing Mueller to review and redact texts sounds like a way of helping to save the swamp.
  3. OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker.
    http://www.indiewire.com/2018/02/rotten-tomatoes-block-black-panther-fan-score-sabotage-1201924400/
    Rotten Tomatoes has been plagued by what cinephiles might see as a natural and predictable split between critic and audience scores, but decided that it was actually the work of Russian Hackers trying to divide us. Right now Black Panther has no score because it hasn’t been released yet (“critic” blank, “audience” replaced with “want to see” at 98%), but announcing you will be censoring dissent in advance probably will pay off with some record score, and no critic is going to pan this movie (I am delighted to be corrected on this last point).

    • Replies: @Sunbeam
    "OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker."

    I don't know what their whole premise is, but based on the apparent desire to make a political statement, I imagine that movie will flop.

    Thing is you really could make a kick ass Black Panther movie if someone had a good script. Not enough source material for a series of movies, but you could get one very good one out of it.

    Vibranium, Ulysses Klaw, Wakanda. There's stuff you could work with I think. Hmmm a trip to the Savage Land - dinosaurs, in the middle of Antarctica (yeah, yeah)... and the world's only other source of Vibranium.

    Also imagine this Captain Marvel movie is going to blow chunks for the same reason. That is a character with no apparent fans in the comic book movie that Marvel just keeps propping up as a major character.

    The reality is that the print books started pushing her because all their popular female characters were tied up in the X-Men franchise, which Marvel Studios didn't have the rights too. They've been pushing this character for over a decade and she hasn't sold.

    Anyway, Black Panther probably starts out okay, with probably enough SJW and black audience ticket sales to have a good opening people can point at.

    But it will fade fast I think. If it isn't an entertaining story, it just isn't going to get repeate views or word of mouth.

    Captain Marvel won't even have that.
  4. The fact that a culture of harassment and bullying were allowed to fester for for years, all while women sat in positions of power and control, makes the issue all the more confusing.

    Yeah, aging harpies watching pretty young things get attention without complaint does strike me as confused. Unless it never happened because the accusations are either lies or an awkward well-intenioned AFC fumbling his approach.

    But if you consider the discord on other issues, such as between public media’s stated commitment to diversity and its predominantly white audiences and newsrooms, it’s clear that the overarching vision of public broadcasting often doesn’t manifest in real and critical ways.

    There you go. The five-year plan for diversification is not impossible, we just keep uncovering more wreckers, and every wrecker is probably also a Table Smasher.

  5. I think that there’s a lot of so-called “sexual harassment” in left-wing institutions like NPR and Hollywood because the lefties who populate such places regard their jobs — and life in general — and an extension of college, where all the women were “available” and the norm was to smoke weed and get laid with whomever.

    They routinely do stuff at work that a blue-collar assembly-line worker making $13 an hour could never dream of. The money’s easy, nobody punches a time clock, and they’re not constantly monitored for productivity. Success and advancement are defined by your social relationships, not your physical labor.

    (Frankly, the college/sexual revolution “ethic” pretty much explains the Clinton/Monica thing: Clinton simply regarded the presidency as college, where you bullshit your way through it and bang the loosest chick you just met at the frat party as a matter of routine).

    Sooner or later, though, people start to get old, ugly, and — married. Old hags don’t want to drop their pants at a moment’s notice any more, and young women don’t want to get hit on by fifty or sixty year old guys who haven’t realized that they’re not 27 year old studs anymore, but old, bald and fat.

    Add to the mix that the women in places like NPR have taken more than their share of Women’s Studies and Sociology courses, in which they’ve been indoctrinated to weaponize sexual relations, and — Presto! — you’ve got a recipe for lots of sexual harassment claims… often by women who’ve probably been quite willing to sleep around when it suited them to do so.

    • Replies: @Thea
    The old hags are working hard to make college not that way anymore.
    , @Brutusale
    Is it a bug or a feature that the names of said harpies are of the (((Totenberg))), (((Stamberg))), (((Schiller))) and (((Wertheimer))) sort?
  6. ‘…The more attractive women there are relative to the number of important men, the more the guys can get away with…’

    There are attractive women at NPR?

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/face_for_radio

  7. PBS is no hotbed–for that go to any prestige brokerage or law firm

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    ...or ad agency.
  8. OT:

    From the College Fix:

    “Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’”
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41543/

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do.

    I believe this part:

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing …

    But this?:

    … because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience.

    This kind of relates back to the Charles Murray SAT “regata” thing, but what kind of lives and lived experiences do blacks think whites have? Do they think we ride around in chariots with swords?

    … damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn.

    Maybe this is an opportunity. Get some researchers in, give them all I.Q. tests, change the curriculum, and then give them I.Q. tests afterwards.

    I wonder what the new class will study, given that there was no written language in Africa in the periods studied, so there is no literature to study. But whatever they study, it would be hilarious if the professors took it really seriously and made the courses really rigorous. I have a feeling that the “focusing trouble” and “unable to learn” problems will not disappear.

    One wonders why they can’t just have another course, and leave the Western civiliztion course there to focus on Western civilization. The goal is obviously not to create something new, a course on African, uh, “civilization,” but rather to destroy what is already there.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    This boob is complaining about a Western Civ course? What the hell did he think he was taking? Sounds like ordering a roast beef sandwich and then complaining that it has meat in it.
    , @Thea
    They are simply incurious and lacking depth of thought. How many non-Africans enjoy Egyptian history ? My ancestors were illiterate while Greece & Rome thrived and I enjoy to learn about them. The Mayans? Fascinating, but I've not a drop of their blood.

    There is something wrong with the professors that they can't explain why Western Civ is valuable losers.
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Odd, because one of the few things I liked about school was studying a time and culture totally different from my own: Greek and Roman Myths, Ancient Egyptian agriculture, medieval monasteries. Anything more recent, they tried to turn into Social Studies, which blew chunks.

    On the subject of things students can't tolerate:


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5346693/Snowflake-bingo-exposes-fragile-feelings.html
    , @Anonymous

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric ...
     
    The entire complaint with the inevitable buzz words "Eurocentric" and "lived experience" was ghost-written by a white SJW with problem glasses, maybe even a lecturer. Probably the poor black schlub didn't even get to bang her.
  9. There are predators who choose certain careers based on access to prey.

  10. I just picked up a copy of Derb’s amusingly penned “We Are Doomed.” There is a button on the cover that we all might ought to wear. Maybe hand out copies like Gideon’s Bibles just to clear away the cant. https://goo.gl/uftSt9

  11. The more attractive women there are relative to the number of important men, the more the guys can get away with.

    I suspect that this has something to do with the neo-Victorian attitudes about seduction – I mean rape culture – on college campuses as enrollments have trended more and more female.

    If a college is 60% women, there are two guys for every three girls. With that kind of ratio, a lot of coeds will have to forego the steady boyfriend most of them really want and instead settle for noncommittal hookups they later regret.

    Of course, the female student supermajority can still elect the student body president…so there’s that.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    If a college is 60% women, there are two guys for every three girls. With that kind of ratio, a lot of coeds will have to forego the steady boyfriend most of them really want and instead settle for noncommittal hookups they later regret.
     
    And 'morning-after regret' has now been framed as 'I was raped!' although sometimes the girl now gives the guy the benefit of the doubt for a few days. If he still hasn't called, she'll suddenly remember how violent it was. No picnic out there for guys.
  12. It may also be that National Predator Radio is infested with female snowflakes straight out of Oberlin or some other leftist institution and what might seem to a normal person as good natured banter is taken as a sickening exercise in patriarchy.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The next fronts in the Weinstein dénouements:

    (1) Colleges, especially post-grad humanities.

    (2) Major corporations, e.g. pharma, consumer goods, etc. as well as Silicon Valley.

    (3) Courts – Alex Kozinski was only the beginning of the beginning. LOTS more where this came from, but “victims” may be keeping quiet for long-term career advancement, a la Anita Hill.

    (4) Military – Commissioned officers. Expect a goodly share of claims based on same-sex harassment as well as regular fraternization. Also female officers indulging their inner high school teacher.

    (Everyone knows non-coms and ratings do each other with abandon, but this is not news and involves sensitive demographics – blacks and Hispanics.)

  14. @J.Ross
    OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker.
    http://www.indiewire.com/2018/02/rotten-tomatoes-block-black-panther-fan-score-sabotage-1201924400/
    Rotten Tomatoes has been plagued by what cinephiles might see as a natural and predictable split between critic and audience scores, but decided that it was actually the work of Russian Hackers trying to divide us. Right now Black Panther has no score because it hasn't been released yet ("critic" blank, "audience" replaced with "want to see" at 98%), but announcing you will be censoring dissent in advance probably will pay off with some record score, and no critic is going to pan this movie (I am delighted to be corrected on this last point).

    “OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker.”

    I don’t know what their whole premise is, but based on the apparent desire to make a political statement, I imagine that movie will flop.

    Thing is you really could make a kick ass Black Panther movie if someone had a good script. Not enough source material for a series of movies, but you could get one very good one out of it.

    Vibranium, Ulysses Klaw, Wakanda. There’s stuff you could work with I think. Hmmm a trip to the Savage Land – dinosaurs, in the middle of Antarctica (yeah, yeah)… and the world’s only other source of Vibranium.

    Also imagine this Captain Marvel movie is going to blow chunks for the same reason. That is a character with no apparent fans in the comic book movie that Marvel just keeps propping up as a major character.

    The reality is that the print books started pushing her because all their popular female characters were tied up in the X-Men franchise, which Marvel Studios didn’t have the rights too. They’ve been pushing this character for over a decade and she hasn’t sold.

    Anyway, Black Panther probably starts out okay, with probably enough SJW and black audience ticket sales to have a good opening people can point at.

    But it will fade fast I think. If it isn’t an entertaining story, it just isn’t going to get repeate views or word of mouth.

    Captain Marvel won’t even have that.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Blacks do buy movie tickets. I don't see any natural audience for Captain Marvel.
    , @Ali Choudhury
    Ryan Coogler is a good director, Creed was pretty solid. Not sure why they went with Captain Marvel when Black Widow would have been much easier to launch. The Marvel brand is strong enough that people will show up for that in any case.
  15. …inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Inoffensive?! NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in! I mean, the way every male they have on the air culturally appropriates the Gay American Dialect? Come on! They can’t all be gay!! This scandal proves it, amirite? Wow just wow I can’t even…

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    : NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in!

    Yep.

    Don't you just love those self-satisfied, soothing male voices, 50% slower than commercial radio to fill the airtime, sharing PC anecdotes in the first person, making "jokes" about Donald Trump, bewailing "racism" etc. while tiptoeing around more sensitive ethnic topics ...

    And who would want to miss out on all the preening SJW women with lit degrees, usually bewailing the iniquity of the sexual market place ...

    Then therea re all the in-your-face immigrant women from Africa and the subcontient with their in-your-face foreign accents which become stronger with every decade they are forced to live in the evil U.S., glorifying sh-thole "cultures" and criticizing the evil "white" people of the U.S.

    , @Anonymous
    "Thupport for NPaaarrr...."
    , @dr kill
    My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of 'Weakened Condition'. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World's Most Punchable Face. Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why.
    , @Anon
    They sound really gay to me as well...and jewish.
  16. @Sunbeam
    "OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker."

    I don't know what their whole premise is, but based on the apparent desire to make a political statement, I imagine that movie will flop.

    Thing is you really could make a kick ass Black Panther movie if someone had a good script. Not enough source material for a series of movies, but you could get one very good one out of it.

    Vibranium, Ulysses Klaw, Wakanda. There's stuff you could work with I think. Hmmm a trip to the Savage Land - dinosaurs, in the middle of Antarctica (yeah, yeah)... and the world's only other source of Vibranium.

    Also imagine this Captain Marvel movie is going to blow chunks for the same reason. That is a character with no apparent fans in the comic book movie that Marvel just keeps propping up as a major character.

    The reality is that the print books started pushing her because all their popular female characters were tied up in the X-Men franchise, which Marvel Studios didn't have the rights too. They've been pushing this character for over a decade and she hasn't sold.

    Anyway, Black Panther probably starts out okay, with probably enough SJW and black audience ticket sales to have a good opening people can point at.

    But it will fade fast I think. If it isn't an entertaining story, it just isn't going to get repeate views or word of mouth.

    Captain Marvel won't even have that.

    Blacks do buy movie tickets. I don’t see any natural audience for Captain Marvel.

  17. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Sweet
    ...inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Inoffensive?! NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in! I mean, the way every male they have on the air culturally appropriates the Gay American Dialect? Come on! They can’t all be gay!! This scandal proves it, amirite? Wow just wow I can’t even...

    : NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in!

    Yep.

    Don’t you just love those self-satisfied, soothing male voices, 50% slower than commercial radio to fill the airtime, sharing PC anecdotes in the first person, making “jokes” about Donald Trump, bewailing “racism” etc. while tiptoeing around more sensitive ethnic topics …

    And who would want to miss out on all the preening SJW women with lit degrees, usually bewailing the iniquity of the sexual market place …

    Then therea re all the in-your-face immigrant women from Africa and the subcontient with their in-your-face foreign accents which become stronger with every decade they are forced to live in the evil U.S., glorifying sh-thole “cultures” and criticizing the evil “white” people of the U.S.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Yes, NPR is always very soothing... soothing... relax, and no, Nina Totenberg is NOT the hot spinster librarian type you imagined, or at least some of us you did back in the 1990's.

    Let NPR soothe your rage, Joe Sweet. All you have to do is relax, imagine Nina Totenberg has got her hands on your ... shoulders ... and above all, don't listen to the actual words*!

    .
    .

    * Remember, like all listeners like you, it's only turned on to impress your house guests or car riders so they don't think you're some rube who would normally listen to Rush (either of them, the chubby pundit or the best rock band ever out of Canada).

  18. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Because beta males aren’t tough enough to defend women. Add one alpha predator, and he knows no one will stop him. Ultimately, both the women and beta men are too weak to deal with him. His sociopathy knows how to manipulate their, “Can’t we just get along?” mentality to his own advantage.

  19. Mooning Edition

    All Tangs Considered

    Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell My Wife

    ……………..and…………………

    …………………………Fresh Air

  20. I guess your hypothesis explains why this guy is a chick-magnet:

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    If only there was a pic of him standing beside his Prius........
  21. Because where there are a lot of men, they police one another.

  22. “As public broadcasting attempts to cope with its #MeToo moment, leadership will have make sense of the dissonance of widespread sexual harassment in a space known for nurturing women’s careers.”

    I didn’t know there were work places intended for “nurturing” women’s careers? What does that even mean? Affirmative action, safe spaces to cloister women for bigoted and mean comments and sexual harrasment, free tampons, Human Ressources policing of rowdy men?
    I guess it really means sabotaging men’s careers so women can have cosy, comfy, responsability-free careers while being single-moms and wearing mini-skirts and stiletto shoes at work.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Free tampon days, huh, instead of Hawaiian shirt Fridays? You may be on to something, BB. Instead of "casual Fridays" they can have "bitchy-workfree Tuesdays" which may rotate to other days on a 28-day cycle as mandated by the HR lady per her very own cyclic spreadsheet. I cannot believe that it's 2018 and there is STILL no app out to synch women's monthly cycles between her i- (or any other kind of smart) uhh, pad, and her significant other's i-pad to enable complete isolation of the husband in his man-cave with ample warning. It's better than the corner of the roof, per Old Testament Proverbs' advice, is it not?

    How about smart-pads? The internet of things will be ubiquitous, yet out of sight.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    To give an even more serious reply, in addition to all the problems and lost productivity/efficiency in the work envirnoment you bring up, your 3rd paragraph illustrates one of the worst evils of feminism's push for women in the workplace.

    Besides leaving more time for The State to spend with the children in the indoctrination camps government schools, increasing the income-tax receipts (both FEATURES!, depending on who you are), reducing much-needed community volunteerism-activity, lowering quality of home-life for men, and letting the cntrl-left and socialists feel good about themselves, what you wrote is the worst.

    Men have harder times developing family-supporting careers. It's harder on the men and harder on the children. It's not a family-formation booster, that's for sure, but maybe that is just another FEATURE. I mean we can't have all these conservative, especially white, families forming. It's just too many people, what with all the immigrants we've been inviting and all.
  23. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Darwin's Sh-tlist
    The more attractive women there are relative to the number of important men, the more the guys can get away with.

    I suspect that this has something to do with the neo-Victorian attitudes about seduction - I mean rape culture - on college campuses as enrollments have trended more and more female.

    If a college is 60% women, there are two guys for every three girls. With that kind of ratio, a lot of coeds will have to forego the steady boyfriend most of them really want and instead settle for noncommittal hookups they later regret.

    Of course, the female student supermajority can still elect the student body president...so there's that.

    If a college is 60% women, there are two guys for every three girls. With that kind of ratio, a lot of coeds will have to forego the steady boyfriend most of them really want and instead settle for noncommittal hookups they later regret.

    And ‘morning-after regret’ has now been framed as ‘I was raped!’ although sometimes the girl now gives the guy the benefit of the doubt for a few days. If he still hasn’t called, she’ll suddenly remember how violent it was. No picnic out there for guys.

  24. @Joe Sweet
    ...inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Inoffensive?! NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in! I mean, the way every male they have on the air culturally appropriates the Gay American Dialect? Come on! They can’t all be gay!! This scandal proves it, amirite? Wow just wow I can’t even...

    “Thupport for NPaaarrr….”

  25. NPR probably has problems for the same reason that Brown and Reed have the most alleged rape incidents among colleges. It’s because NPR has a lot of women who are hypersensitive.

    Here are highest rape incidents per capita among colleges:

    Reed College: 12.9 (reports per 1,000)
    Wesleyan: 11.5
    Swarthmore College: 11.0
    Knox College: 10.0
    Williams College: 8.9
    Pomona College: 8.5
    Bowdoin College: 8.3
    Gallaudet University: 8.1
    Beloit College: 6.9
    Dartmouth: 6.7

    These are also probably the same schools with highest rate of applying for internships at NPR.

    • Replies: @Truth
    Damm there's 122 kneE-grows at those colleges combined, not including the Ivy-league.

    COLLIN FINNERTY LIVES!
  26. @Sunbeam
    "OT
    Have a less than stellar opinion about Black Panther? Then keep it to yourself, because you must be a Russian Hacker."

    I don't know what their whole premise is, but based on the apparent desire to make a political statement, I imagine that movie will flop.

    Thing is you really could make a kick ass Black Panther movie if someone had a good script. Not enough source material for a series of movies, but you could get one very good one out of it.

    Vibranium, Ulysses Klaw, Wakanda. There's stuff you could work with I think. Hmmm a trip to the Savage Land - dinosaurs, in the middle of Antarctica (yeah, yeah)... and the world's only other source of Vibranium.

    Also imagine this Captain Marvel movie is going to blow chunks for the same reason. That is a character with no apparent fans in the comic book movie that Marvel just keeps propping up as a major character.

    The reality is that the print books started pushing her because all their popular female characters were tied up in the X-Men franchise, which Marvel Studios didn't have the rights too. They've been pushing this character for over a decade and she hasn't sold.

    Anyway, Black Panther probably starts out okay, with probably enough SJW and black audience ticket sales to have a good opening people can point at.

    But it will fade fast I think. If it isn't an entertaining story, it just isn't going to get repeate views or word of mouth.

    Captain Marvel won't even have that.

    Ryan Coogler is a good director, Creed was pretty solid. Not sure why they went with Captain Marvel when Black Widow would have been much easier to launch. The Marvel brand is strong enough that people will show up for that in any case.

  27. But nobody wants to understand this because the intended Use of Weinsteingate is more affirmative action hiring and promotion for women. That this will just further imbalance Supply and Demand, leading to more scandals and more demands for more affirmative action.

    This reminds me of Ludwig Von Mises’ point that one intervention generally furthers the problem or creates a new unintended one which in turn leads to more intervention to solve this new problem. Since the rage is in the culture I suppose we can talk of cultural economics.

    As good economists we first assume egalitarian hegemony of the culture. So will this affirmative action spiral lead to all female leadership in companies? Not necessarily.

    Mises also argued that interventionism would inevitably lead to full socialism. That never happened thankfully because people* were smart enough to not kill the goose that lays the golden egg. We may call it the law of enlightened parasitism. As we speak Google and Co. are figuring how to limit the damage while remaining profitable. The natural line might be when they have had enough AA hires that they can point to the educational pipeline as the real villain. Thereby passing the buck. Of course there is always the even greater and more nebulous villain of blaming “the culture at large”.

    *Generally you don’t gradually approach full socialism. You either start with a revolutionary socialist state or it doesn’t happen at all.

  28. I honestly think this is the first picture I’ve ever seen of a black sitting cross legged

  29. often by women who’ve probably been quite willing to sleep around when it suited them to do so.

    Exactly. Men have all the muscles and women have all the pussy. The interaction of muscles and pussy is called history. It’s also called everyday life.

    • Replies: @Flip
    Well, men have much of the money too.
  30. .. But inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Speak for yourself, Miss White. I am pretty offended by this media, most particularly because it IS taxpayer-funded. What a complete oxymoron – how would you NOT be offended by having the US government forcibly take money from you to hire people to spout out pro-big-government crap at you – until I turn it off, then I’m only half-offended and only when I think about it, like right now.

    The supply/demand laws work in that “market” as anywhere else that is not regulated-to-hell, so I think that’s a great way to explain it, Steve. Women in the engineering world have it very nice. They are the 5% supply, but it helps also that they are with men who are 98% un-pig-like.

  31. @Joe Sweet
    ...inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Inoffensive?! NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in! I mean, the way every male they have on the air culturally appropriates the Gay American Dialect? Come on! They can’t all be gay!! This scandal proves it, amirite? Wow just wow I can’t even...

    My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of ‘Weakened Condition’. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World’s Most Punchable Face. Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why.

    • Replies: @prosa123
    "My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of ‘Weakened Condition’. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World’s Most Punchable Face."

    Fairly average, I'd say, and relatively youthful-looking for age 65.

    https://www.nprpresents.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Scott-Simon-Photo-1-e1495129649588.jpg
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why
     
    Caaaah Tawwk is the closest NPR gets to normal American male voices. Yes, they have strong, easily identifiable regional accents, but doesn't every red-blooded American? Those just differ by latitude and longitude.

    What's weird about the Magliozzi brothers is that one or both got degrees from MIT.
    , @Hank
    Because Car Talk is NPRs most popular show.
  32. Not having to compete and make a profit leaves plenty of time and energy for other pursuits.

  33. @BB753
    "As public broadcasting attempts to cope with its #MeToo moment, leadership will have make sense of the dissonance of widespread sexual harassment in a space known for nurturing women’s careers."

    I didn't know there were work places intended for "nurturing" women's careers? What does that even mean? Affirmative action, safe spaces to cloister women for bigoted and mean comments and sexual harrasment, free tampons, Human Ressources policing of rowdy men?
    I guess it really means sabotaging men's careers so women can have cosy, comfy, responsability-free careers while being single-moms and wearing mini-skirts and stiletto shoes at work.

    Free tampon days, huh, instead of Hawaiian shirt Fridays? You may be on to something, BB. Instead of “casual Fridays” they can have “bitchy-workfree Tuesdays” which may rotate to other days on a 28-day cycle as mandated by the HR lady per her very own cyclic spreadsheet. I cannot believe that it’s 2018 and there is STILL no app out to synch women’s monthly cycles between her i- (or any other kind of smart) uhh, pad, and her significant other’s i-pad to enable complete isolation of the husband in his man-cave with ample warning. It’s better than the corner of the roof, per Old Testament Proverbs’ advice, is it not?

    How about smart-pads? The internet of things will be ubiquitous, yet out of sight.

    • LOL: BB753
  34. @BB753
    "As public broadcasting attempts to cope with its #MeToo moment, leadership will have make sense of the dissonance of widespread sexual harassment in a space known for nurturing women’s careers."

    I didn't know there were work places intended for "nurturing" women's careers? What does that even mean? Affirmative action, safe spaces to cloister women for bigoted and mean comments and sexual harrasment, free tampons, Human Ressources policing of rowdy men?
    I guess it really means sabotaging men's careers so women can have cosy, comfy, responsability-free careers while being single-moms and wearing mini-skirts and stiletto shoes at work.

    To give an even more serious reply, in addition to all the problems and lost productivity/efficiency in the work envirnoment you bring up, your 3rd paragraph illustrates one of the worst evils of feminism’s push for women in the workplace.

    Besides leaving more time for The State to spend with the children in the indoctrination camps government schools, increasing the income-tax receipts (both FEATURES!, depending on who you are), reducing much-needed community volunteerism-activity, lowering quality of home-life for men, and letting the cntrl-left and socialists feel good about themselves, what you wrote is the worst.

    Men have harder times developing family-supporting careers. It’s harder on the men and harder on the children. It’s not a family-formation booster, that’s for sure, but maybe that is just another FEATURE. I mean we can’t have all these conservative, especially white, families forming. It’s just too many people, what with all the immigrants we’ve been inviting and all.

    • Replies: @BB753
    That's the idea, curbing the white birth-rate.
  35. @Anonymous
    : NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in!

    Yep.

    Don't you just love those self-satisfied, soothing male voices, 50% slower than commercial radio to fill the airtime, sharing PC anecdotes in the first person, making "jokes" about Donald Trump, bewailing "racism" etc. while tiptoeing around more sensitive ethnic topics ...

    And who would want to miss out on all the preening SJW women with lit degrees, usually bewailing the iniquity of the sexual market place ...

    Then therea re all the in-your-face immigrant women from Africa and the subcontient with their in-your-face foreign accents which become stronger with every decade they are forced to live in the evil U.S., glorifying sh-thole "cultures" and criticizing the evil "white" people of the U.S.

    Yes, NPR is always very soothing… soothing… relax, and no, Nina Totenberg is NOT the hot spinster librarian type you imagined, or at least some of us you did back in the 1990’s.

    Let NPR soothe your rage, Joe Sweet. All you have to do is relax, imagine Nina Totenberg has got her hands on your … shoulders … and above all, don’t listen to the actual words*!

    .
    .

    * Remember, like all listeners like you, it’s only turned on to impress your house guests or car riders so they don’t think you’re some rube who would normally listen to Rush (either of them, the chubby pundit or the best rock band ever out of Canada).

  36. @Joe Sweet
    ...inoffensive, taxpayer-funded media?

    Inoffensive?! NPR leaves me apoplectic with rage usually within seconds of tuning in! I mean, the way every male they have on the air culturally appropriates the Gay American Dialect? Come on! They can’t all be gay!! This scandal proves it, amirite? Wow just wow I can’t even...

    They sound really gay to me as well…and jewish.

  37. @J.Ross
    OT it is being claimed that
    ROSENSTEIN THREATENED CONGRESS

    Gregg Jarrett: I can tell you a congressional source tells me that Rod Rosenstein in a meeting three weeks ago threatened Chairman Nunes and members of Congress he was going to subpoena their texts and messages because he was tired of dealing with the intel committee. That’s threats and intimidation.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k33Gj28K2YA

    This is not spy vs spy, this is the rogue agent reined in by his exhausted boss.

    Apropos to your OT. Someone emailed me this clip, and I don’t know the source. Knowing him it may have been ZH:

    “the DOJ is withholding over 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, having submitted just 7,000 of the 50,000 recovered by the department. This does not include emails on personal devices, which the two anti-Trump investigators referred to over their FBI issued mobile phones.

    In a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Congressional investigators, the DOJ said that they would not be providing “purely personal” text messages.

    “The department is not providing text messages that were purely personal in nature,” Boyd wrote. “Furthermore, the department has redacted from some work-related text messages portions that were purely personal. The department’s aim in withholding purely personal text messages and redacting personal portions of work-related text messages was primarily to facilitate the committee’s access to potentially relevant text messages without having to cull through large quantities of material unrelated to either the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server or the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”

    Furthermore, special counsel Robert Mueller was allowed to review the batch of texts and make redactions as he saw fit. Between the 85% of text messages Congressional Investigators don’t get to see, Mueller’s redactions, and now – an alleged scramble within the FBI to destroy evidence, one has to marvel at how hard the swamp is resisting being drained. ”

    Allowing Mueller to review and redact texts sounds like a way of helping to save the swamp.

    • Replies: @EdwardM
    Stephen Boyd was communications director to Sen. Sessions prior to his appointment as assistant AG for legislative affairs. I have some measure of confidence that they won't withhold truly relevant texts. Let's presume that one of Sessions' political-appointee staff is reviewing everything and not relying on career Deep State DOJ personnel or anyone in the FBI.

    With these two teenagers (Strzok and Page) having an affair , I can imagine that 85% of the messages probably were personal chatter of no relevance (e.g., "OMG I saw your talk in the employee cafeteria today your so HHHHOT LOL!!!!)". Keep in mind the many texts discussing their hatred of Trump -- personal in a sense, but political enough to add insight to their character, and we got to see them.

    This is not the same as Hillary Clinton and her flunkies deciding on their own which of their e-mails are "personal."

  38. @The Alarmist
    I guess your hypothesis explains why this guy is a chick-magnet:

    http://www.comm.ucsb.edu/sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.comm.d7-3/files/news/event/FlatowStudio2.png

    If only there was a pic of him standing beside his Prius……..

  39. I think the author of this piece makes the assumption that because the male employees at PBS/NPR hold the correct political views they also conduct themselves like the neuters the left wants them to be as well.

    In reality, the more someone loudly virtue signals, the higher the probability that they are a miserable human being who thinks they are exempt from the manners they expect of everyone else.

  40. @Dr. X
    I think that there's a lot of so-called "sexual harassment" in left-wing institutions like NPR and Hollywood because the lefties who populate such places regard their jobs -- and life in general -- and an extension of college, where all the women were "available" and the norm was to smoke weed and get laid with whomever.

    They routinely do stuff at work that a blue-collar assembly-line worker making $13 an hour could never dream of. The money's easy, nobody punches a time clock, and they're not constantly monitored for productivity. Success and advancement are defined by your social relationships, not your physical labor.

    (Frankly, the college/sexual revolution "ethic" pretty much explains the Clinton/Monica thing: Clinton simply regarded the presidency as college, where you bullshit your way through it and bang the loosest chick you just met at the frat party as a matter of routine).

    Sooner or later, though, people start to get old, ugly, and -- married. Old hags don't want to drop their pants at a moment's notice any more, and young women don't want to get hit on by fifty or sixty year old guys who haven't realized that they're not 27 year old studs anymore, but old, bald and fat.

    Add to the mix that the women in places like NPR have taken more than their share of Women's Studies and Sociology courses, in which they've been indoctrinated to weaponize sexual relations, and -- Presto! -- you've got a recipe for lots of sexual harassment claims... often by women who've probably been quite willing to sleep around when it suited them to do so.

    The old hags are working hard to make college not that way anymore.

    • Replies: @Dr. X

    The old hags are working hard to make college not that way anymore.
     
    Except for gays, lesbians, transgenders, and bisexuals, of course.
  41. The NPR harassment scandals have something of a different dynamic:
    – The men were generally accused of comparatively less serious things, at least in contrast with Harvey Weinstein or even Charlie Rose (ie one of the people fired by the NYC public radio show was a geriatric jazz program host and accused of making Rat Pack-esque banter to women a number of years ago). I don’t believe any of them were accused of assault or physical harassment.
    – The men were often the hosts of prominent radio shows that were branded under their names, and occupied prime spots on the schedule. (One of other NYC people who was fired had 10 hours of programming a week, and ran their prestige interview show)

    Clearly there is an incentive for other people in the organization to use this as an excuse to open up some new career opportunities while looking like being supportive of a popular movement . . .

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
  42. It’s almost as if supply and demand matters. The more attractive women there are relative to the number of important men, the more the guys can get away with. In Hollywood, for example, there are so many beautiful and ambitious women that the grotesque Harvey Weinstein can be Mr. Eligible Bachelor. In contrast, in fields where women are rare, they are treated better than in more feminine fields.

    I think that’s mistaken. In a typical metropolitan region, the number of people who work in public broadcasting is in two digits. It’s an occupational microclimate, so it’s not prudent to generalize. My guess would be that public broadcasting attracts the same sort of people who work in higher education, people who have certain expectations of their environment (which their employer encourages them to maintain). A women working outside that climate would just brush certain things off as a nuisance.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  43. Female careerism is our new highest value. Every other standard, rule, tradition, must be destroyed in order to give upper class women more status. At the same time, no level of corruption or societal harm is too great that we can begin to question this highest value.

  44. @dr kill
    often by women who’ve probably been quite willing to sleep around when it suited them to do so.

    Exactly. Men have all the muscles and women have all the pussy. The interaction of muscles and pussy is called history. It's also called everyday life.

    Well, men have much of the money too.

  45. One of the advantages of being an ideological Badperson, is we expect the rules to be applied to us, and so we tend to be in the habit of obeying them. Goodpeople have a tendency to assume (often correctly) that they will be exempted from the rules. And then suddenly there’s a shift, and one of the rules we’ve been following all our lives, suddenly gets applied to them as well, and they get caught with their pants down.
    Sometimes literally….

  46. Leftists might use the supposedly rape-ridden military as a counterpoint to this thesis. Of course, a little critical thought parries that handily, but that’s not something leftists can often be credibly accused of.

  47. There was David Sweeney and Michael Oreskes and Charlie Rose. And John Hockenberry, Tom Ashbrook, Leonard Lopate, and Jonathan Schwartz.

    Only two-and-a-half Jews out of seven examples. Does this imply that NPR is using quotas in their hiring?

    Schwartz’s father Arthur was one of the many Jewish golden-age songwriters who married out. I’m not sure if his mother was Irish, though. Seems to be WASP. But so many hooked up with coleens– Gershwin, Berlin, Loesser, Dubin…

    It’s amazing that Alan Jay Lerner married eight times, but never Irish. But then, “marriage was Alan’s way of saying goodbye”, so Catholic girls wouldn’t have been on his radar.

  48. @Chris Marsk
    OT:

    From the College Fix:

    "Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’"
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41543/

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do.
     
    I believe this part:

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing ...
     
    But this?:

    ... because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience.
     
    This kind of relates back to the Charles Murray SAT "regata" thing, but what kind of lives and lived experiences do blacks think whites have? Do they think we ride around in chariots with swords?

    ... damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn.
     
    Maybe this is an opportunity. Get some researchers in, give them all I.Q. tests, change the curriculum, and then give them I.Q. tests afterwards.

    I wonder what the new class will study, given that there was no written language in Africa in the periods studied, so there is no literature to study. But whatever they study, it would be hilarious if the professors took it really seriously and made the courses really rigorous. I have a feeling that the "focusing trouble" and "unable to learn" problems will not disappear.

    One wonders why they can't just have another course, and leave the Western civiliztion course there to focus on Western civilization. The goal is obviously not to create something new, a course on African, uh, "civilization," but rather to destroy what is already there.

    This boob is complaining about a Western Civ course? What the hell did he think he was taking? Sounds like ordering a roast beef sandwich and then complaining that it has meat in it.

  49. @dr kill
    My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of 'Weakened Condition'. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World's Most Punchable Face. Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why.

    “My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of ‘Weakened Condition’. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World’s Most Punchable Face.”

    Fairly average, I’d say, and relatively youthful-looking for age 65.

  50. What if there is no sexual harassment, and each report is some sort combination of female fantasy and political statement. Then where were you expect a lot of reports?

    NPR.

  51. @Meretricious
    PBS is no hotbed--for that go to any prestige brokerage or law firm

    …or ad agency.

  52. @Thea
    The old hags are working hard to make college not that way anymore.

    The old hags are working hard to make college not that way anymore.

    Except for gays, lesbians, transgenders, and bisexuals, of course.

  53. As I write this, Scott Simon on NPR News Weekend Edition is doing a rant on why he refuses to say “First Lady”. The term is sexist, and not mentioned in the Constitution.
    https://www.npr.org/2018/02/03/582902910/why-i-dont-say-first-lady

    With this mindset at NPR, they probably have a very expansive view of what sexual harassment is.

  54. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The women are, at a sub-concious level, in a rage because the lineup of men they’re forced to share the workplace with are such poor specimens. Guys in wheelchairs, overweight slobs, too old, unattractive wimps. If the women can clear them out then perhaps the next crop of men will be more appealing. It stokes the female ego to have attractive men paying attention to them. The job bit is just the backdrop for what’s really important which is the feelz.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    The men of NPR are disproportionately likely to break the three rules of avoiding sexual harassment complaints.
  55. …such as persistent racial inequality in a space that has a mandate to be thoughtful about diversity.

    It’s important for any African American hosts on NPR to sound black–otherwise, since you can’t see them, you might miss their all-important diversity. Thus, Glynn Washington, the host of “Snap Judgment” speaks in this exaggerated black manner that he probably drops when he’s out of the studio.

    He also puts on the Kanye scowl for his portrait.
    http://snapjudgment.org/about-us

  56. Easy answer, because NPR is overrun by liberals and liberals are hypocrites with no morals.

  57. @Chris Marsk
    OT:

    From the College Fix:

    "Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’"
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41543/

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do.
     
    I believe this part:

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing ...
     
    But this?:

    ... because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience.
     
    This kind of relates back to the Charles Murray SAT "regata" thing, but what kind of lives and lived experiences do blacks think whites have? Do they think we ride around in chariots with swords?

    ... damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn.
     
    Maybe this is an opportunity. Get some researchers in, give them all I.Q. tests, change the curriculum, and then give them I.Q. tests afterwards.

    I wonder what the new class will study, given that there was no written language in Africa in the periods studied, so there is no literature to study. But whatever they study, it would be hilarious if the professors took it really seriously and made the courses really rigorous. I have a feeling that the "focusing trouble" and "unable to learn" problems will not disappear.

    One wonders why they can't just have another course, and leave the Western civiliztion course there to focus on Western civilization. The goal is obviously not to create something new, a course on African, uh, "civilization," but rather to destroy what is already there.

    They are simply incurious and lacking depth of thought. How many non-Africans enjoy Egyptian history ? My ancestors were illiterate while Greece & Rome thrived and I enjoy to learn about them. The Mayans? Fascinating, but I’ve not a drop of their blood.

    There is something wrong with the professors that they can’t explain why Western Civ is valuable losers.

  58. @Achmed E. Newman
    To give an even more serious reply, in addition to all the problems and lost productivity/efficiency in the work envirnoment you bring up, your 3rd paragraph illustrates one of the worst evils of feminism's push for women in the workplace.

    Besides leaving more time for The State to spend with the children in the indoctrination camps government schools, increasing the income-tax receipts (both FEATURES!, depending on who you are), reducing much-needed community volunteerism-activity, lowering quality of home-life for men, and letting the cntrl-left and socialists feel good about themselves, what you wrote is the worst.

    Men have harder times developing family-supporting careers. It's harder on the men and harder on the children. It's not a family-formation booster, that's for sure, but maybe that is just another FEATURE. I mean we can't have all these conservative, especially white, families forming. It's just too many people, what with all the immigrants we've been inviting and all.

    That’s the idea, curbing the white birth-rate.

  59. @dr kill
    My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of 'Weakened Condition'. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World's Most Punchable Face. Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why.

    Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why

    Caaaah Tawwk is the closest NPR gets to normal American male voices. Yes, they have strong, easily identifiable regional accents, but doesn’t every red-blooded American? Those just differ by latitude and longitude.

    What’s weird about the Magliozzi brothers is that one or both got degrees from MIT.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    4chan has NPR hate threads all the time and every single one makes room for protestations of love for Car Talk.
    This actually reminds me of an old thesis which might serve to properly explain it, and answer dr kill's question.
    ----
    Leftism is the belief that you can swap logic for data. Logic exists to sort through data. Leftists think that at a certain point you can just toss the data over your shoulder, or never seek it in the first place. There are situations where that's reasonable -- given a firm grounding in data. But we see leftists insisting that violent crimes captured on video are not happening or do not matter. There is only one way to not care about physical violence: to not think that it's really real, and deny its phronetic power, until one day you encounter it. We have the phenomenon of true leftists then faithfully insisting that Haven Monahan is the reason an Afghan "refugee" raped and murdered their daughter or a crowd of Somalis raped and beat them while on Aid-Vacation. Clinging to something after demonstrated harm: addiction. The denial of reality. The escape from phronesis.

    tldr Leftism is sophomorism, and is defeated by experience (not counter-argument), except when they can suck up into their minds like a leper messiah.
     
    ----
    If this is the case, then the Leftist's kryptonite is phronesis. Phronesis is knowledge that can only come from going and doing, stuff which can not be figured out or read about -- data which remains stubbornly undeniable no matter how you try to explain your way around it.
    ----
    Car Talk is pretty much the only NPR program with any connection to reality. It's all phronesis. If the car don't work, then it don't work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless. The Car Talk hosts are the only people on the public station that talk like people in flyover country and not first year unSTEMmed college layabouts.
    ----
    Partial confirmation: the other not-completely-horrible NPR product is This American Life with Ira Glass. The hosts are idiots and recently have ratcheted up the idiocy (paraphrase: "We calculated that immigrants do cost Americans: they cost you twenty dollars a month. Now, that's real money for people like you."), but they have a lot of good material that gets through because they go out into the field and get raw stuff.
    ----
    So the problem with NPR (assuming you fail to see the brilliance of my idea that Oprichniki can be Constitutional) is the damned desk. If they got out of the office they'd be more loved.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Reg Caesar:

    Car Talk performances ended in 2012 while NPR rebroadcasts (Best of Car Talk) ended in 2017.

    Attesting to the show's popularity was the fact that NPR's listener subscription drives heavily depended on its rebroadcasts well past actual performances.For NPR they were about as close as you could come to American proletariat voices.

    I had wrongly thought that Car Talk taping ended with Tom Magliozzi's death. It had actually ended with the brothers' 2012 retirements.

    Correct. Both brothers were MIT grads.

  60. I’ve yet to hear or read anyone in the soi disant MSM raise the questions, “Why are Jews so disproportionately represented on all these lists of prominent sexual predators? Why do so many of these prominent Jews seem to have perverse sexual tastes? Why do the prominent Jews on these lists seem to disproportionately target non-Jewish victims?”

    Once these questions are raised, one can study whether these patterns might just be due to the preponderance of Jews among those with the abilities and drives that allow them to rise to the levels of power and within industries where they can get away with these shenanigans. But, until these questions are considered, there will be quiet but lingering concerns.

  61. I’m waiting for Stephen Hawking to get busted.

  62. Sort-of relevant, Oxford Professor of Islamic Studies (and, for years, BBC/Guardian go-to Islam guy) faces two rape charges in France.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/02/oxford-professor-of-islamic-studies-charged-with-raping-two-women

    “He continues to head the Islamic Institute for Ethical Training in France.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Any word yet on whether they have found eight witnesses?
  63. @dr kill
    My favorite GAD voice is Scott Simon , host of 'Weakened Condition'. I would Google his image, but I just like to imagine him as the World's Most Punchable Face. Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why.

    Because Car Talk is NPRs most popular show.

  64. @Reg Cæsar

    Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why
     
    Caaaah Tawwk is the closest NPR gets to normal American male voices. Yes, they have strong, easily identifiable regional accents, but doesn't every red-blooded American? Those just differ by latitude and longitude.

    What's weird about the Magliozzi brothers is that one or both got degrees from MIT.

    4chan has NPR hate threads all the time and every single one makes room for protestations of love for Car Talk.
    This actually reminds me of an old thesis which might serve to properly explain it, and answer dr kill’s question.
    —-
    Leftism is the belief that you can swap logic for data. Logic exists to sort through data. Leftists think that at a certain point you can just toss the data over your shoulder, or never seek it in the first place. There are situations where that’s reasonable — given a firm grounding in data. But we see leftists insisting that violent crimes captured on video are not happening or do not matter. There is only one way to not care about physical violence: to not think that it’s really real, and deny its phronetic power, until one day you encounter it. We have the phenomenon of true leftists then faithfully insisting that Haven Monahan is the reason an Afghan “refugee” raped and murdered their daughter or a crowd of Somalis raped and beat them while on Aid-Vacation. Clinging to something after demonstrated harm: addiction. The denial of reality. The escape from phronesis.

    tldr Leftism is sophomorism, and is defeated by experience (not counter-argument), except when they can suck up into their minds like a leper messiah.

    —-
    If this is the case, then the Leftist’s kryptonite is phronesis. Phronesis is knowledge that can only come from going and doing, stuff which can not be figured out or read about — data which remains stubbornly undeniable no matter how you try to explain your way around it.
    —-
    Car Talk is pretty much the only NPR program with any connection to reality. It’s all phronesis. If the car don’t work, then it don’t work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless. The Car Talk hosts are the only people on the public station that talk like people in flyover country and not first year unSTEMmed college layabouts.
    —-
    Partial confirmation: the other not-completely-horrible NPR product is This American Life with Ira Glass. The hosts are idiots and recently have ratcheted up the idiocy (paraphrase: “We calculated that immigrants do cost Americans: they cost you twenty dollars a month. Now, that’s real money for people like you.”), but they have a lot of good material that gets through because they go out into the field and get raw stuff.
    —-
    So the problem with NPR (assuming you fail to see the brilliance of my idea that Oprichniki can be Constitutional) is the damned desk. If they got out of the office they’d be more loved.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    If the car don't work, then it don't work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless.
     
    When Soichiro Honda switched from making rice cookers to vehicles, he started by offering to be a supplier for Toyota. They asked him to leave 50 samples of his first product, carburetors, I think, with them.

    Toyoda, the CEO, calls Honda to his office, where he has the parts arrayed on a table, 47 on one side, three on the other. He points to the three lonely ones.

    "Toyoda-san, I am so sorry these three did not work. I will do better."

    "Honda-san, you do not understand. These are the three that did work."

  65. It’s actually quite simple.
    They’re hypocrites.
    Any questions?

  66. @Chris Marsk
    OT:

    From the College Fix:

    "Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’"
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41543/

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do.
     
    I believe this part:

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing ...
     
    But this?:

    ... because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience.
     
    This kind of relates back to the Charles Murray SAT "regata" thing, but what kind of lives and lived experiences do blacks think whites have? Do they think we ride around in chariots with swords?

    ... damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn.
     
    Maybe this is an opportunity. Get some researchers in, give them all I.Q. tests, change the curriculum, and then give them I.Q. tests afterwards.

    I wonder what the new class will study, given that there was no written language in Africa in the periods studied, so there is no literature to study. But whatever they study, it would be hilarious if the professors took it really seriously and made the courses really rigorous. I have a feeling that the "focusing trouble" and "unable to learn" problems will not disappear.

    One wonders why they can't just have another course, and leave the Western civiliztion course there to focus on Western civilization. The goal is obviously not to create something new, a course on African, uh, "civilization," but rather to destroy what is already there.

    Odd, because one of the few things I liked about school was studying a time and culture totally different from my own: Greek and Roman Myths, Ancient Egyptian agriculture, medieval monasteries. Anything more recent, they tried to turn into Social Studies, which blew chunks.

    On the subject of things students can’t tolerate:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5346693/Snowflake-bingo-exposes-fragile-feelings.html

  67. @YetAnotherAnon
    Sort-of relevant, Oxford Professor of Islamic Studies (and, for years, BBC/Guardian go-to Islam guy) faces two rape charges in France.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/02/oxford-professor-of-islamic-studies-charged-with-raping-two-women

    "He continues to head the Islamic Institute for Ethical Training in France."
     

    Any word yet on whether they have found eight witnesses?

  68. @bjdubbs
    NPR probably has problems for the same reason that Brown and Reed have the most alleged rape incidents among colleges. It's because NPR has a lot of women who are hypersensitive.

    Here are highest rape incidents per capita among colleges:

    Reed College: 12.9 (reports per 1,000)
    Wesleyan: 11.5
    Swarthmore College: 11.0
    Knox College: 10.0
    Williams College: 8.9
    Pomona College: 8.5
    Bowdoin College: 8.3
    Gallaudet University: 8.1
    Beloit College: 6.9
    Dartmouth: 6.7

    These are also probably the same schools with highest rate of applying for internships at NPR.

    Damm there’s 122 kneE-grows at those colleges combined, not including the Ivy-league.

    COLLIN FINNERTY LIVES!

  69. @Reg Cæsar

    Hahaha, I observe that PBS holds a Car Talk marathon during their endless funding drives, but I ask someone smarter than me to explain why
     
    Caaaah Tawwk is the closest NPR gets to normal American male voices. Yes, they have strong, easily identifiable regional accents, but doesn't every red-blooded American? Those just differ by latitude and longitude.

    What's weird about the Magliozzi brothers is that one or both got degrees from MIT.

    Reg Caesar:

    Car Talk performances ended in 2012 while NPR rebroadcasts (Best of Car Talk) ended in 2017.

    Attesting to the show’s popularity was the fact that NPR’s listener subscription drives heavily depended on its rebroadcasts well past actual performances.For NPR they were about as close as you could come to American proletariat voices.

    I had wrongly thought that Car Talk taping ended with Tom Magliozzi’s death. It had actually ended with the brothers’ 2012 retirements.

    Correct. Both brothers were MIT grads.

  70. @Chris Marsk
    OT:

    From the College Fix:

    "Reed College to revise Western Civ class after protests call it too ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’"
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41543/

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do.
     
    I believe this part:

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing ...
     
    But this?:

    ... because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience.
     
    This kind of relates back to the Charles Murray SAT "regata" thing, but what kind of lives and lived experiences do blacks think whites have? Do they think we ride around in chariots with swords?

    ... damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn.
     
    Maybe this is an opportunity. Get some researchers in, give them all I.Q. tests, change the curriculum, and then give them I.Q. tests afterwards.

    I wonder what the new class will study, given that there was no written language in Africa in the periods studied, so there is no literature to study. But whatever they study, it would be hilarious if the professors took it really seriously and made the courses really rigorous. I have a feeling that the "focusing trouble" and "unable to learn" problems will not disappear.

    One wonders why they can't just have another course, and leave the Western civiliztion course there to focus on Western civilization. The goal is obviously not to create something new, a course on African, uh, "civilization," but rather to destroy what is already there.

    I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric …

    The entire complaint with the inevitable buzz words “Eurocentric” and “lived experience” was ghost-written by a white SJW with problem glasses, maybe even a lecturer. Probably the poor black schlub didn’t even get to bang her.

  71. I am in my car most weekdays between 2:30 – 3;00 pm where I cannot escape and will listen to PRI The World with Marco Worman. I can barely stomach it. Half of the programming is pro-immigration booster-ism. And when they are not doing that, it is all about white racism. segment after segment. Whoever controls the network hates white people and wants them diversified.

    NPR has already had a full social convergence to where they have eliminated any right or center view points and now the only thing now is to purge the left.

    If the alt-right were serious about getting into the public airwaves, my suggestion would be to go the route of Pacifica and KPFA. They would be hitting two birds with one stone. Firstly, they will never get on any of the existing public stations, so rather than trying to moderate the left or ask for equal time they should just focus getting their own. Second, by have a not for profit model, it would completely eliminate corporate censorship. This would allow for a freer dialog regarding things like immigration, race, (((semitism))), and men’s issues that are unpopular with advertisers.

    Ironically, by purging the far right from the media, it has hobbled the far left in some important ways. where is the anti-war right, the environmental-right, labor right, or the political reform-right? The answer is they have been blackballed so every time the left engages in these issues, they do it alone.

  72. I agree with the previous posts about college womyn being the problem.

    Back in about ’95, the Labor Department decided to do a nationwide study on workplace sexual harassment. They obviously never got it cleared with Clinton beforehand, just on their own initiative.

    They did 10,000 face to face interviews and got a hundred thousand questionnaires back in the mail.

    They entered all the data in their computer so they could break it down by age, race, blue or white collar jobs, region, and education. When they ran it, they found one group reported the most harassment; college womyn. Twice what the next biggest group reported.

    They were expecting a blue collar job, where the guys grabbed their crotch and yelled; ‘Hey baby, want some of this?’ Not a white collar job where the men are all college grads as well and know how to behave.

    It took a few seconds for somebody to explain it was the womyn’s studies classes and all the other feminazi bullshit…..

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Back when I was a cowardly scumbag s-bird in the military, I actually did very well by certain measures. I was good at trivia and history. I was good at drill manual. I was good at hiding. And I and my whole training group at an undisclosed milquetoast base were good at cleaning Uncle Sam's motel rooms. That is until one day they let a female goldbrick inspect our lairs. She found pubic hairs -- not just hair but always pubic hair -- every single place she deigned to look. Our upset as room-cleaners Number One was short lived because our usurpers were apparently also hirsute. After a couple of weeks of this they listened to Much Neglected Colonel Occam and just got rid of the girl with the pubic hair in her eyes. Our squad was re-established as the best maids outside of the Spanish-speaking world.
  73. @anonymous
    The women are, at a sub-concious level, in a rage because the lineup of men they're forced to share the workplace with are such poor specimens. Guys in wheelchairs, overweight slobs, too old, unattractive wimps. If the women can clear them out then perhaps the next crop of men will be more appealing. It stokes the female ego to have attractive men paying attention to them. The job bit is just the backdrop for what's really important which is the feelz.

    The men of NPR are disproportionately likely to break the three rules of avoiding sexual harassment complaints.

  74. Hmmm. The perps all seem to be jews. What are the odds of that being the case?

  75. @gunner29
    I agree with the previous posts about college womyn being the problem.

    Back in about '95, the Labor Department decided to do a nationwide study on workplace sexual harassment. They obviously never got it cleared with Clinton beforehand, just on their own initiative.

    They did 10,000 face to face interviews and got a hundred thousand questionnaires back in the mail.

    They entered all the data in their computer so they could break it down by age, race, blue or white collar jobs, region, and education. When they ran it, they found one group reported the most harassment; college womyn. Twice what the next biggest group reported.

    They were expecting a blue collar job, where the guys grabbed their crotch and yelled; 'Hey baby, want some of this?' Not a white collar job where the men are all college grads as well and know how to behave.

    It took a few seconds for somebody to explain it was the womyn's studies classes and all the other feminazi bullshit.....

    Back when I was a cowardly scumbag s-bird in the military, I actually did very well by certain measures. I was good at trivia and history. I was good at drill manual. I was good at hiding. And I and my whole training group at an undisclosed milquetoast base were good at cleaning Uncle Sam’s motel rooms. That is until one day they let a female goldbrick inspect our lairs. She found pubic hairs — not just hair but always pubic hair — every single place she deigned to look. Our upset as room-cleaners Number One was short lived because our usurpers were apparently also hirsute. After a couple of weeks of this they listened to Much Neglected Colonel Occam and just got rid of the girl with the pubic hair in her eyes. Our squad was re-established as the best maids outside of the Spanish-speaking world.

  76. @Dr. X
    I think that there's a lot of so-called "sexual harassment" in left-wing institutions like NPR and Hollywood because the lefties who populate such places regard their jobs -- and life in general -- and an extension of college, where all the women were "available" and the norm was to smoke weed and get laid with whomever.

    They routinely do stuff at work that a blue-collar assembly-line worker making $13 an hour could never dream of. The money's easy, nobody punches a time clock, and they're not constantly monitored for productivity. Success and advancement are defined by your social relationships, not your physical labor.

    (Frankly, the college/sexual revolution "ethic" pretty much explains the Clinton/Monica thing: Clinton simply regarded the presidency as college, where you bullshit your way through it and bang the loosest chick you just met at the frat party as a matter of routine).

    Sooner or later, though, people start to get old, ugly, and -- married. Old hags don't want to drop their pants at a moment's notice any more, and young women don't want to get hit on by fifty or sixty year old guys who haven't realized that they're not 27 year old studs anymore, but old, bald and fat.

    Add to the mix that the women in places like NPR have taken more than their share of Women's Studies and Sociology courses, in which they've been indoctrinated to weaponize sexual relations, and -- Presto! -- you've got a recipe for lots of sexual harassment claims... often by women who've probably been quite willing to sleep around when it suited them to do so.

    Is it a bug or a feature that the names of said harpies are of the (((Totenberg))), (((Stamberg))), (((Schiller))) and (((Wertheimer))) sort?

  77. @J.Ross
    4chan has NPR hate threads all the time and every single one makes room for protestations of love for Car Talk.
    This actually reminds me of an old thesis which might serve to properly explain it, and answer dr kill's question.
    ----
    Leftism is the belief that you can swap logic for data. Logic exists to sort through data. Leftists think that at a certain point you can just toss the data over your shoulder, or never seek it in the first place. There are situations where that's reasonable -- given a firm grounding in data. But we see leftists insisting that violent crimes captured on video are not happening or do not matter. There is only one way to not care about physical violence: to not think that it's really real, and deny its phronetic power, until one day you encounter it. We have the phenomenon of true leftists then faithfully insisting that Haven Monahan is the reason an Afghan "refugee" raped and murdered their daughter or a crowd of Somalis raped and beat them while on Aid-Vacation. Clinging to something after demonstrated harm: addiction. The denial of reality. The escape from phronesis.

    tldr Leftism is sophomorism, and is defeated by experience (not counter-argument), except when they can suck up into their minds like a leper messiah.
     
    ----
    If this is the case, then the Leftist's kryptonite is phronesis. Phronesis is knowledge that can only come from going and doing, stuff which can not be figured out or read about -- data which remains stubbornly undeniable no matter how you try to explain your way around it.
    ----
    Car Talk is pretty much the only NPR program with any connection to reality. It's all phronesis. If the car don't work, then it don't work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless. The Car Talk hosts are the only people on the public station that talk like people in flyover country and not first year unSTEMmed college layabouts.
    ----
    Partial confirmation: the other not-completely-horrible NPR product is This American Life with Ira Glass. The hosts are idiots and recently have ratcheted up the idiocy (paraphrase: "We calculated that immigrants do cost Americans: they cost you twenty dollars a month. Now, that's real money for people like you."), but they have a lot of good material that gets through because they go out into the field and get raw stuff.
    ----
    So the problem with NPR (assuming you fail to see the brilliance of my idea that Oprichniki can be Constitutional) is the damned desk. If they got out of the office they'd be more loved.

    If the car don’t work, then it don’t work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless.

    When Soichiro Honda switched from making rice cookers to vehicles, he started by offering to be a supplier for Toyota. They asked him to leave 50 samples of his first product, carburetors, I think, with them.

    Toyoda, the CEO, calls Honda to his office, where he has the parts arrayed on a table, 47 on one side, three on the other. He points to the three lonely ones.

    “Toyoda-san, I am so sorry these three did not work. I will do better.”

    “Honda-san, you do not understand. These are the three that did work.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    That's true but the Japanese priority of sticking with something unrlril it works has a heavy time requirement, and when people prefer Honda products now it's because of their reliability and not primarily because of their nationality (although now the two have become intertangled).
  78. @Reg Cæsar

    If the car don't work, then it don't work. The ethnicity and sincerity of your favorite mechanic or parts brand is meaningless.
     
    When Soichiro Honda switched from making rice cookers to vehicles, he started by offering to be a supplier for Toyota. They asked him to leave 50 samples of his first product, carburetors, I think, with them.

    Toyoda, the CEO, calls Honda to his office, where he has the parts arrayed on a table, 47 on one side, three on the other. He points to the three lonely ones.

    "Toyoda-san, I am so sorry these three did not work. I will do better."

    "Honda-san, you do not understand. These are the three that did work."

    That’s true but the Japanese priority of sticking with something unrlril it works has a heavy time requirement, and when people prefer Honda products now it’s because of their reliability and not primarily because of their nationality (although now the two have become intertangled).

  79. @Twodees Partain
    Apropos to your OT. Someone emailed me this clip, and I don't know the source. Knowing him it may have been ZH:

    "the DOJ is withholding over 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, having submitted just 7,000 of the 50,000 recovered by the department. This does not include emails on personal devices, which the two anti-Trump investigators referred to over their FBI issued mobile phones.

    In a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Congressional investigators, the DOJ said that they would not be providing "purely personal" text messages.

    "The department is not providing text messages that were purely personal in nature," Boyd wrote. "Furthermore, the department has redacted from some work-related text messages portions that were purely personal. The department's aim in withholding purely personal text messages and redacting personal portions of work-related text messages was primarily to facilitate the committee's access to potentially relevant text messages without having to cull through large quantities of material unrelated to either the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server or the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election."

    Furthermore, special counsel Robert Mueller was allowed to review the batch of texts and make redactions as he saw fit. Between the 85% of text messages Congressional Investigators don't get to see, Mueller's redactions, and now - an alleged scramble within the FBI to destroy evidence, one has to marvel at how hard the swamp is resisting being drained. "

    Allowing Mueller to review and redact texts sounds like a way of helping to save the swamp.

    Stephen Boyd was communications director to Sen. Sessions prior to his appointment as assistant AG for legislative affairs. I have some measure of confidence that they won’t withhold truly relevant texts. Let’s presume that one of Sessions’ political-appointee staff is reviewing everything and not relying on career Deep State DOJ personnel or anyone in the FBI.

    With these two teenagers (Strzok and Page) having an affair , I can imagine that 85% of the messages probably were personal chatter of no relevance (e.g., “OMG I saw your talk in the employee cafeteria today your so HHHHOT LOL!!!!)”. Keep in mind the many texts discussing their hatred of Trump — personal in a sense, but political enough to add insight to their character, and we got to see them.

    This is not the same as Hillary Clinton and her flunkies deciding on their own which of their e-mails are “personal.”

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