Out and About on Tuesday

Ever wonder what goes on in colleges? Here’s a sample:

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

This is what is known in polite society as “bullsh**”. But it is BS with a purpose – to pretend that people who don’t know anything must be listened to. Oh, and you paid for that with your tax dollars. Human-ice interactions? For normal people, that is when you pour the bourbon…

Did George Bush lie us into Iraq? Short answer: no. But check this video out.

The hacker Guccifer has been extradited to the United States – he’s the guy who, among other things, hacked Hillary Clinton…but you can bet your last dollar that the Justice Department won’t bring up that little detail.

A chance to turn New York red in 2016? There’s been a surge of Democrats re-registering Independent and Republican this year…and Democrat primary turn out is not just a bit low, it is disastrously bad. Things could get interesting.

Why we Catholics have to keep “Popesplaining” things to you:

1. Pope says that Europe is facing an “Arab invasion” and notes that Europe has been able to deal with such invasions in the past.

2. MSM reports it as “Pope says Europe is being invaded and it is a good thing”.

The other day I saw a bit of a joke on Facebook – three pictures. First picture is of a smiling Pope Francis with the caption, “we must love all men”. Second picture is of an MSM talking head saying, “Pope Francis has made homosexuality mandatory for all men”. Third picture is of Pope Francis with a WTF look on his face. Seriously guys and gals, the Pope is not a Commie and he’s not an agent of the Global Jihadist Conspiracy. He’s Catholic – he’s going to say Catholic things and he will try to give as little offense as possible because if you’re insulting people, it is rather difficult to convert them.

Related: mass baptisms of refugees in Germany.

Related, Related: number of Catholics continues to increase faster than global population growth. Still down in the Americas and Europe, but growing by leaps and bounds in Africa and Asia. Main thing, we’re eventually going to take over. Muhahahaha! You’ll all be doing Rosaries!

Reports that plenty of DC Republicans might vote Hillary is that is what it takes to stop Trump. Sorry, folks – but that is just another indicator if its Trump Vs Hillary, Trump wins. Maybe 10 or 20 thousand upper echelon GOPers might vote Hillary…but millions of Democrats will vote Trump. If we want to stop Trump, November ain’t the place to do it…he’ll have to be stopped in the primaries.

27 thoughts on “Out and About on Tuesday

  1. Retired Spook March 8, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

    No wonder many other-than-STEM college graduates can’t get a job. Can you imagine paying $20,000 a year to learn this kind of crap?

    • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 10:03 am

      “gendered science”? Well, given the quality of the “science” of AGW, I guess this is a logical direction to go next. As if “logic” or “science” are words that should even be used in the context of such pretentious gobbeldygook.

      • Bob Eisenhower March 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

        I gotta give that kid a break. Every college student writes some pretentious bs. It is part of the college experience. Whether it is bs for a feminist ecology paper or a bs poem of how you will, literally, like die if this girl doesn’t love you, it is just par for being that age in an environment where people act like they give a crap about your thoughts.

      • M. Noonan March 8, 2016 / 12:42 pm

        From what I understand, it was written by several Professors…not students. This is alleged educated adults talking…

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 11:05 am

        Why do you think that was written by a student? Yes, spouting pretentious melodramatic twaddle is part of being young and overly impressed by your own brilliance, or passion, or whatever. But this sounds to me like something passed off TO students, in lieu of actual knowledge or reason.

        I took it as an example of padding a very thin and unsustainable brain fart with a lot of pretentious verbiage to try to make it sound like it not only actually means something, it is profound. The fact that no one can make sense of it just supports the author’s theory that he is smarter than everyone else.

        And just look at the pseudo-intellectual pseudo-political buzzwords. “Postcolonial”. Gag me.

      • Bob Eisenhower March 8, 2016 / 3:05 pm

        OK, if this was written by anyone over the age of 28 I am going to have to find them and feed them their own entrails.

        Are you just f’ing with me? Was that really by a professor (obviously I refuse to follow the link). Holy cow, America is doomed.

    • M. Noonan March 8, 2016 / 12:49 pm

      You’re just not paying close enough attention…its got feminist political ecology!

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 2:08 pm

        And when I read “..its got feminist political ecology” my first question, before I went to your link, was “Yeah, but does it have electrolytes?”

        You have corrupted me, my friend. Thank you.

        Oh, while my own guilty pleasure, Trailer Park Boys, is not as crude as Idiocracy, it does have its moments—such as when two of the characters, Cory and Trevor, opened up a “convenients store”. Which is not really that funny when I stop to think that I once saw a classified ad trying to sell a “chester drawers”. Another was selling a “blue healer”—I was tempted on that one, because I had a headache. In articles recently, which are supposedly written by relatively intelligent people, I have seen comments about protecting our “boarders” because of the “hoards” of people crossing them. (I think dolf used “hoards” recently, which got him a (sic with a grin).

      • M. Noonan March 8, 2016 / 5:10 pm

        Had to take a break to watch my new favorite television show


        I’m getting of the opinion that average folks in the 13th century had more genuine knowledge than a lot of people here in the 21st. Think about it – what are we teaching the kids? We’re certainly not teaching them reading, writing or math. History doesn’t seem to be a big thing. Appreciation of art and music? Hardly. Meanwhile, the most illiterate clod of a peasant could see carved and painted on his local Church the whole story in the Bible. And what wasn’t covered in the art was covered by the priest in the weekly Mass. Also, rather than playing mindless video games or watching television, he listened to his family and neighbors sing songs and tell tales…perhaps vulgar songs and almost certainly tall tales, but the songs and the tales were designed to impart a love of truth, bravery and beauty. He probably believed literally in the existence of unicorns, but at least he didn’t believe in the unicorn flatulence which is going to power the Free Stuff Machine…

      • Bob Eisenhower March 8, 2016 / 3:15 pm

        OK, so I got thrown by that phrase “feminist political ecology.”

        This is an instance where I completely understand what each word means and yet I cannot understand the phrase. So I went about researching it. I still have no idea what it means despite a Wikipedia article dedicated to the subject, plus dozens of Google links.

        The base phrase “political ecology” totally makes sense, studying how political decisions impact the environment. And I read that “feminist political ecology” views political ecology through the lens of gender, but I have no idea what that means. I mean, Angela Merkel is a woman who makes political decisions on Germany’s environment but I don’t think her gender plays into those decisions.

        Can anyone come up with an example of feminist political ecology that I can understand?

      • M. Noonan March 8, 2016 / 5:26 pm

        You might recall that a couple years back a large number of peer-reviewed, scientific papers had to be withdrawn from publication when it was discovered that they were nothing but gibberish. I do believe that all education levels are dropping off – some years back I wrote on the Blogs for Bush website an article called “The Death of Science”…naturally, our Progressives entirely misunderstood what I was saying. I wasn’t saying that the scientific method was wrong, but that people were ceasing to use the scientific method because the results of science were constantly contradicting ideology (and, meanwhile, nothing science ever does contradicts Christian theology – never has, never will..after all, it was Christian monks who developed the scientific method which grew out of the Thomistic view that the world is a rational place with laws that can be understood by human observation and experiment). If the scientific method is continuing to demonstrate that there are differences between men and women, for instance (and so women might be better at Task A while men are better at Task B), then people don’t want to hear it…they just want it to be so that a 160 lb woman is just as fit to be an Army infantryman as a 220 lb man; and if we have to ignore observed and demonstrable facts, so be it.

        It is plain as a pikestaff to you, me and all rational people that human gender has zero to do with glaciers. Whether global warming is happening, or not, is entirely unrelated to our human social arrangements. But if that is the case then feminists have nothing to say on the subject…and feminists just can’t stand the thought of their feminist ideology being non-applicable to any conceivable subject…so they will just torture language until they can pretend that gender does play a role, and thus we all have to listen to them about it…and if anyone dares to point out the truth (ie, their feminist views are meaningless), we’ll be accused of patriarchy.

      • Bob Eisenhower March 8, 2016 / 3:16 pm

        OK, so I gotta stop beginning sentences with “OK”

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 6:35 pm

        Mark, if you like an occasional foray into bad taste and really funny stuff, you might like Trailer Park Boys. There is a character named Ricky who mangles the language–sometimes it goes by so fast you barely even catch it. In one episode when a cop pointed out that he had given her two different names, he said the first one was his mother’s mating name. “You mean maiden name?” “Yeah, mating name.” Some others, of oh so many, are..

        What comes around is all around
        Indianapolis Jones
        Get two birds stoned at once
        If it’s broke, don’t fix it

        And many can’t be printed here, such as “why don’t you make like a tree and f**k off”

      • M. Noonan March 8, 2016 / 8:11 pm

        Sounds like I’ll have to check it out.

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 6:44 pm

        OK, Bob, that is fine with me.

        Is “ecology” being used in the traditional sense, relating to, well, ecology, or is it being used in a broader sense to describe the gestalt of feminism. You know, like the ecology of the earth is dirt and weather and grass and stuff, and the ecology of feminism is T shirts saying a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. If used in the traditional sense, does that mean that subscribing to the political movement of feminism colors one’s approach to ecology, or directly affects the ecology itself?

        And what is feminist glaciology? I thought it was a sexist insult to say a woman is frigid, and now we have a whole category of academically acceptable applications of mountains of ice described as feminist?

        What is feminist postcolonial science and how is it even desirable much less possible to make true science “more just and equitable”.

        This mishmash looks like someone put currently popular Leftist buzzwords on pieces of paper and drew them at random, with the goal of linking them in something vaguely approximating English sentences. It’s got pretty much everything but “income inequality”.

      • Bob Eisenhower March 8, 2016 / 7:01 pm

        Wait a minute. Are you telling me, Amazona, that these guys can get two birds stoned at once? I can’t even catch two birds, much less get the stoned AT THE SAME FREAKING TIME.

        These guys ought to be Navy Seals.

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 9:27 pm

        Bob, I am not sure if they can get two birds stoned at once, but they did get a cougar stoned. And the house trailer they set up as a grow house for pot got raided by a bunch of raccoons, which no doubt got pretty high. Ricky didn’t know what they were till he saw a picture of the “beaky nosed little bastards” in a Mammals of North America book and realized the bandits were raycons. We still refer to raccoons as raycons. (Ricky’s goal in life is to get his 10th grade.)

        This is the most bizarre TV series ever. It is out of eastern Canada, and was quite a cult favorite. It is about a bunch of losers who live in a trailer park (!) and have various adventures while growing pot and drinking and shooting guns. It is low class and crude and you will like it because it has moments of—-wait for it—-sheer GENIUS. When I lived in Wyoming my brother lived with me for most of the irrigation/hay season and he got hooked on it, and I finally heard a couple of lines that got me curious. I ended up buying him the whole seven season set of DVDs. Not every episode was great, but the average was pretty good.

        Another line from an episode that has become part of our family vernacular is “Looks like another liquor and cheeseburger party gone bad”. You kinda had to be there.

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 9:41 pm

        OK, since I have admitted to not only watching but knowing quite a bit about Trailer Park Boys, I guess I can admit to watching the UFC championships while in Las Vegas last weekend. We went to “O” by Cirque de Soleil and after an evening of nancy-boys tiptoeing around in long blonde wigs and tights it provided a kind of balance. My brothers wanted to go, and got us tickets that included all you could drink, to watch the fights on pay-per-view.

        Suffice it to say I had never had an evening quite like it. It was a rowdy kind of wings-and-beer bar (when I asked what kind of gin they had in the well the waitress wasn’t quite sure but said “it isn’t that bad—I’ve had worse.”) full to the rafters with, well, people who like to watch other peoples’ faces turned into hamburger. I had to be discreet in telling my companions that I didn’t think it was sport as much as gutter brawling because I most definitely did NOT want to be overheard. When the right guy (I guess) won the final event the rooms literally exploded, with big men riding around on other mens’ shoulders, more yelling than I have EVER heard (and I have gone to Broncos games) and in general it was a riot. It turned out to be a happy non violent riot, but it was not quite what I am used to. It very much took me by surprise.

        And I STILL think Donald Trump is low-class, and would have been even in that bar.

      • M. Noonan March 9, 2016 / 12:14 am

        Just mildly hurt you came out this way and didn’t have dinner with the Mrs and Myself…but, I’ll forgive you!

      • Amazona March 9, 2016 / 10:47 am

        Mark, I thought about it, I really did, but I was with a family group and figured I would do it another day. I have a membership at Front Sight over in Pahrump and when I go out to take some firearms training I’ll get in touch.

        I did wait in line for a long time back in 2010 (I think) at CPAC to meet you at the book signing, but you didn’t show up!

      • M. Noonan March 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

        Sorry about that – but the books never showed up, either! Matt and I were rather disappointed in that. And I kid – coming to Vegas is a thing people do only some times. Not for me to butt in…but one of these days if you are rolling thru and have some time.

        Main thing, you can always ask me where to go…and I would have suggested the sublime food at Viva Zapatas or Don Michaels….waaaaaay the heck off Strip, but good and inexpensive.

        As for the Casinos – the local political/economic culture keeps touting how much better things are, and they have improved since the depths of the Depression we had out here 2009-2010, but I note with great care that airline arrivals still haven’t matched the 2007 peak and houses for sale in my area can often sit unsold for months (or years, in a couple cases). We locals don’t play on the Strip, of course, because it is “known” that Strip machines are tighter than off Strip (yep, that can be done – same machine in the Bellagio as in the Fiesta…but the Fiesta machine is programmed for a 95% payback, the Bellagio for a 85% payback).

      • Amazona March 9, 2016 / 11:01 am

        BTW,, our impression of Vegas was that the town is not doing so well. We stayed at the Bellagio (got an amazing price, otherwise that is well out of our price range) but noticed a few things. One was that not a lot of people seemed to be gambling. We walked (and walked and walked, more than 7 miles one day) so we went through a lot of casinos, and the slot machine banks were vacant while the tables had few gamblers. We also noticed that the slots were not paying off at all, so people would lose some money and then leave, instead of the old days when they would win enough to keep them interested. I am not a gambler but I always liked the energy in the casinos, the celebrations when someone won, the chortling of the slot machines, the sound of coins dropping when someone won (even if it was just a couple of dollars) and so on. The atmosphere we saw was flat, and depressing. It wasn’t a fun place to be.

        About half of the public escalators were broken down, and no matter where you went the prices were astronomical. $8 for a Coke? I don’t think so.

        Usually when business drops off, there are incentives to come back, lowered prices with the goal of making that up on volume. It looked to us as if Vegas went the other way—business is off so they raised prices, resulting in less business, resulting in higher prices to try to make up for it. They have a mandatory $30.00+ “resort fee” which they call a fee so they can tax it. Which they do. It used to be fun to go out for two or three days in the winter, because of the general energy of the place, just for something different. We all agreed we are not likely to go back. If you’re not a beach person there aren’t a lot of places to go for a winter getaway, but I’m going to be looking. If I enjoy the firearms training I might go back for that.

      • Amazona March 9, 2016 / 3:32 pm

        At least in Las Vegas they have real bartenders. Now that going out for a drink with friends means slamming shots, it is hard to find someone who actually knows how to mix a real drink. My brother had a Rusty Nail and I had a Negroni. Last year at one of Denver’s “finest” restaurants I got an Old Fashioned that looked and tasted like KoolAid. When I asked, the waiter got the recipe from the bartender. It was bourbon and sugar with the glass filled up with the juice from the cherries. eeeuuwww.

  2. Amazona March 8, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    A headline from Town Hall: Oh, Great: IAEA Says Iran Nuclear Deal Prevents Them From Reporting On Violations

    I’m sure it is unintentional. Just a sheepish “oops” from the Oval Office.

  3. Mark Moser March 9, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    I’d just like to gloat that my home state (Kansas) did it’s part to derail the Trump candidacy. We can now take solace in the fact that we did not further his political ambitions.

    • Amazona March 10, 2016 / 10:24 am

      Yes, Kansas showed more intelligence than did several other states. But even in those other states, without the three way division of votes among Cruz, Rubio and Kasich Trump would not have won any of them.

      As I have pointed out, all three of the Republicans opposing Trump had high ratings as second choice candidates—that is, a lot of people said if their favorite did not win, they could easily accept the other. Trump had very low numbers as a second choice candidate, meaning if you were not already in the Trump camp you were not likely to move over there if your favorite dropped out.

      BTW, I noticed that Jon Voight has come out for Trump. Why? Well, aside from the fact that Voight just LIKES the guy, he said it is because Trump is so “honest”. But here Voight made a point I doubt he knew he was making. He said that when Trump talks about his goals for the country, he really means what he says.

      And I do not doubt that. I think he really does think he can “make this country great again”. I absolutely do not argue that when he says this he is lying.

      It is just that he is convinced only HE can do this, and that is based on his narcissistic personality. Also, to do what he says he can do would require a suspension of the division of powers among the three branches of government even more blatant and massive than those already exhibited by the current Narcissist-in-Chief. And to get into office so he can do what he quite seriously and sincerely wants to do, he has to lie. So much for this much-vaunted “honesty” meme.

      Voight is talking about honesty only in the context of meaning what he says about what he wants to do to/for/with the country. I, and others, are talking about the blatant and ongoing dishonesty he is using to try to get into office. Two very different things.

      Also, a characteristic of the narcissistic personality disorder is that often the person actually believes what he is saying, AS HE SAYS IT. That is his reality, at that moment in time. The problem is that the same thing will happen at another moment in time, when a completely contradictory statement is made with the same sincerity, because at THAT moment in time THAT is what he believes. Call him on his inconsistency and he either denies that he ever held a different view than that just expressed, or he dismisses it as inconsequential and then attacks whoever brought it up.

  4. Amazona March 10, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I have recently discovered a web site called “Public Discourse” and I find its articles, at least those I have read, to be very interesting. Today there is an article about assimilation and the roles played by culture and religion, written by a woman from the Middle East, and discussing how the basic and essential character of Islam makes it harder, if not impossible, to assimilate into other cultures.

    Some excerpts:

    “Built on the triad of Jerusalem, Greece, and Rome, Western civilization became greater than the sum. This synthesis of civilizations was particularly fertile in harmonizing faith and reason, a mentality that is unique to Western Civilization. The marriage of faith and reason became the union out of which ideals of goodness, truth, and beauty grew in noncompetitive harmony.


    Something altogether different, however, happened in the Arab world. As Islam conquered the Middle East, it flourished as a civilization for a time…


    But this thriving Arabian civilization—commerce, art, language, the preservation and translation of Greek philosophy—did not last. Eventually the competition between faith and reason within it reached a critical point.


    The key to understanding immigrant assimilation is to ask about the role that reason plays in their religion. We see a clear distinction in the assimilation of these groups as they emigrated to the West. While there are exceptions, most people whose religion does not subvert reason to faith but rather unites the two are better equipped to assimilate.


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