Google-appointed Nazis

Project Veritas has obtained a newly leaked document from Google that appears to show a Google employee and member of Google “transparency-and-ethics” group calling conservative and libertarian commentators, including Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro, “nazis.”

I don’t know who Prager is but I intensely dislike Ben Shapiro. Nazis, though? Leaving aside the ridiculousness of calling anybody named Shapiro a Nazi, is it now a new normal to attach horrible insults to anybody who deviates, however slightly, from ruling ideology?

This is not about liking Shapiro or Peterson. As I keep saying, this will impact everybody. By the way, during the Stalinist purges, the people who denounced “spies” and “traitors” the most loudly and sincerely were the first in line to get eliminated. Obviously, Google is not going to kill or torture anybody. But the environment of fear it creates will damage all of us.

It Was a Fantasy

The recent Trump rape accuser says “many people think rape is sexy because it’s a fantasy.”

“Many people think,” of course, means “I think.”

I told you, folks, it’s an erotic fantasy of hers. I have no idea why everybody is so in love with Trump. Whether they rant against him or in favor, they are all in love, and it’s creepy.

A Ukrainian Murderer in New Hampshire

The 23-year-old West Springfield truck driver charged with killing seven bikers Friday in New Hampshire had two drunken driving arrests — one just last month — along with a drug conviction on his extensive record and is now facing the prospect of deportation proceedings, court records show. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, a Ukrainian national with a U.S. green card, is due to be arraigned Tuesday in New Hampshire on seven counts of negligent homicide in the weekend motorcycle disaster — a crash his father said occurred on his son’s third day on the job.

Of course, we could conclude that I’m a racist neo-Nazi for wondering why this individual wasn’t deported several convictions and drunken driving incidents ago but he happens to share my ethnicity, so I can ask the question.

Knitters Can Be Dumb

A particularly stupid knitter in my FB feed is overjoyed about this:

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In a bold move today, Ravelry, the social network for yarn enthusiasts, has banned posts that support president Donald Trump and his administration. A public statement posted on the site today reads, in part, “We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.”

She must sincerely believe they won’t come for her one day soon. Because these websites and online platforms are her friend. She thinks they are on her side.

How is it possible for a person to be this stupid?

She has a PhD from a fancy college, by the way.

By the way, you’d think that knitting is a relaxing hobby but this lady is as rabid as they get.

What You Know Now

Here is a question. Is there anything you know now about your profession that would have made you reconsider choosing your career path had you known it at the time of choosing?

I was extremely ignorant about what the life of a North American academic was like when I decided to pursue it. I was a very recent immigrant, and my knowledge was similar to the kind we have about life in other galaxies. Or the kind a toddler has about the structure of the family’s budget.

I think I might have thought twice (and probably still made the same choice) if I knew about the suffering Olympics and the culture of negativity. The positives I didn’t know about, though, outweigh all this by far.

Not a Good Look

A tenured professor of literature at SUNY says it makes him feel happy to see poor people begging for food.

I know it’s not a good look,” he says, “but…” A long, self-pitying and smug explanation ensues.

We keep whining that funding for literature in colleges shrinks, our programs get cut, students don’t enroll, tenure lines get eliminated, and the job market stinks. But seeing how many of us are like this fellow, the question isn’t why this happens but why shouldn’t it happen. The Humanities that teach people to poke fun at the hungry aren’t worth much.

In the post-Soviet space, we have a whole genre of people writing like this. They go on and on about how much they despise the poor and the hungry. But at least, they are not college professors. They are the aspiring nouveau riche. The professors are all poor and hungry and in no position to despise anybody.