You see political scientists. Why not mess with them?
This is startlingly accurate. My favorite is #3:
Say, “Today’s Tom Friedman column was really interesting. You should read it. He makes some good points.” My parents do this to me. All. The. Time. I suspect other political scientists have the same reaction I do. Bonus tip: Same statement, but replace “Tom Friedman” with “Maureen Dowd.”
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.
“It is the spring of 1941 and I appear exceedingly pleased with myself, as though after much nagging I had finally persuaded her [my mother] to buy me a toy, although, unknown to either one of us, Hitler and Stalin and their armies had already made plans to turn me into an American poet.”—
Charles Simic, describing a photo of himself in Belgrade in 1941 while betraying a remarkable historical imagination. What an image!
“He [Mike Ditka] thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.”—Sarah Palin, offering her take on the Washington NFL team name issue. So keep the racially insulting part but dump the part named for George Washington. Ah, patriotism.
Politicalprof: we don’t know enough about why it is that so many white people feel compelled to kill other white people. Is it culture? Bad parenting? Too much country music and Lawrence Welk? Is it a matter of genetics?
Whatever the reason, we need to get to the root of this scourge.
This is an excellent discussion of the absurdity behind the hiring/firing of a professor in Native American studies at the University of Illinois, apparently because his tweets during the Gaza war might have offended some people.
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“A professor at Miami Dade College and co-author of the textbook The Freedom to Communicate is accusing a colleague and fellow author of plagiarizing portions of the book, the Miami Herald reports. What makes this plagiarism spat distinctive amid the recent spate of high-profile cases is the allegation that Adam Vellone, a communications professor, plagiarized the definition of plagiarism in the textbook, lifting it nearly word for word from Turnitin, a plagiarism-detection website.”—
Well, if you’re going to plagiarize something, the definition of plagiarize is a good place to start.
For that matter, if you want to teach people how NOT to plagiarize something, the definition of plagiarism is a good place to start.
re: poor choices And not a word about any “poor choices” made by citizens? It’s all on the cops, right? Well, at least one cop in particular, yeah. But let’s get real here, prof. Riots are the result of multiple variables - on both sides of the fracas.
So there are root causes AND proximate causes for social and political events. Huh. Including the shooting of an unarmed for no good reason? Which then inflamed deeply formed root causes that were latent until the shooting?
I've been following the situation in Ferguson as closely as possible. It is shocking. I've been wondering: where are all the anti-government pro-gun-rights people? For years, they've been predicting oppression of citizens through police militarization, and now that it's actually happening, they seem silent. Is this straight-up racism? Is this because it's not the federal government (e.g. Obama) being oppressive? Is this because the police aren't coming after them personally?
I’ve been thinking about what I want to say on this topic all day; it’s been discussed to comedic effect on Facebook and Twitter, amongst the people with whom I share similar feelings about the gun rights insurrectionists.
Clearly I don’t want to suggest that the insurrectionists or the open-carry activists are right, that the amassing of private handgun arsenals in order to scare off the police or walking around with guns to show everyone you’ve got ‘em are things that make any kind of sense. It’s not hard to imagine that the situation in Ferguson this week would have been about a million times worse if the protesters had been armed. Considering that this whole thing began with the shooting of an unarmed black kid, a whole bunch of armed black people facing the militarized St. Louis area police would have been a disaster of epic proportions.
A whole bunch of armed white people? Well, my friend Kim Yi Dionne happens to have a piece up at the Monkey Cage that addresses precisely this question using political science research:
… when compared with other groups, African American protesters are more likely to draw police presence and that once police are present they are more likely to make arrests, use force and violence, and use force and violence in combination with arrests at African American protest events.
So maybe those armed insurrectionists would have been just fine if they’d turned up in Ferguson this week. The police might have spoken with them and attempted to calm the whole situation down rather than escalating things by attempting to intimidate and silence them. And that would have thrown a whole wrench in their theory about government tyranny.
He didn't "steal" he committed strong armed robbery. The clerk looks scared for his life. Cut the bullshit and quit sugar coating things. You don't know what happened. You guys got the name of the shooter wrong yesterday which puts innocent peoples lives at risk. Just shut up.
A few thoughts, dear brave anonymous:
—If I don’t know what happened, neither do you — unless you were there. But let’s say you’re right, and it was armed robbery. Guess what?
We don’t execute people in the United States for armed robbery.
And we don’t let the police summarily execute ANYONE for ANYTHING.
—I did not release the alleged name of the shooter yesterday. In fact, it seems more likely YOU did, since the group “Anonymous” claimed to have discovered it, apparently wrongly.
My name is available. Why isn’t yours since you’re so sure you’re right?
This is America. Or at least it’s supposed to be. We have rights. They can be violated, even legally sometimes, but they exist nonetheless.
The heart of the Bill of Rights is a series of amendments describing the rights of accused persons and/or suspects. The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th (defunct), and 8th amendments ALL deal with the rights of citizens in criminal matters. So of the 10 amendments hailed as the “Bill of Rights,” HALF were about the rights of citizens when they are suspected of a crime or other nefarious activity.
It’s not hard to understand why. The government, after all, runs the prisons. And the prosecutors. And the police. It has vast resources to turn against you if it decides it wants to prosecute you — or persecute you (something the Framers definitely feared). You meanwhile, will have … whatever resources you have when proceedings against you start: personal wealth (if you have any, and assuming it hasn’t been seized by the State as well). An attorney (of varying quality). Umm … ? Anything else?
So the Bill of Rights is intended to partially rebalance the scales in favor of citizens and against the State.
So what the effing eff are you doing, Ferguson? You have taken the Framers’ fears and multiplied them beyond imagination. In place of muskets you have SWAT. In place of horses you have armored vehicles. Arrayed against citizens exercising their rights, which you seem hell bent onviolating.
As regular readers of this blog will know, I am sympathetic to police. I did research with police. I have spent over 100 nights of my life riding with police officers. I have been to riots, had beer bottles chunked at me at 2 am, have been left in a housing project in the middle of the night, and watched a 17 year old die after a car accident. (Seatbelts save lives, people.) I can tell you what a burned body smells like. (You don’t want to know.) And much, much more. I recognize many of the contradictions and struggles of the job from a “been there done that” perspective.
All of which leads me to ask: Ferguson … what the eff?
Part of the conservative critique of higher education is that liberal professors indoctrinate students, turning middle-of-the-road students into Young Democrats (or Young Socialists).
But a new study suggests that it’s time to stop blaming professors (of any political leaning) for any leftward tilt that college students may show (and the study acknowledges that many do lean that way over the course of their college years).
The influence is coming from students themselves. In fact, the study says, the more engaged students are with faculty members and academics, the more their views moderate toward the center. But the more students become engaged in student activities, the more the liberals become more committed as liberals and conservatives become more committed as conservatives.
Politicalprof: damn. And here I thought I had their absolute, rapt attention as I worked my mojo on them. Now it looks there’s cross-mojination and whatnot and … (Head explodes).
The brilliance of the slogan, "Don't shoot! My hands are up!"
The shooting of unarmed black man Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has set off a storm of protests and anger at the apparently unjustified shooting.
While some of these protests appear to have turned violent, unfortunately, one dimension of the protests is brilliant: the phenomenon of people confronting the police with their arms raised, shouting “don’t shoot.”
See, what’s going on here is the delegitimization of the police department. Private citizens, who, after all, police departments are supposed to “protect and serve,” are effectively declaring themselves alienated from “their” police. The police, the implication, are occupiers, not facilitators of security and freedom.
What makes this tactic particularly brilliant derives from the self-images of police officers themselves. While I know it is popular to mock police among progressives here on Tumblr, this is a mistake. Police officers themselves see themselves as doing a tough job (it is) under tough conditions (they are) for the good of the community (this, of course, is the dispute). When citizens address cops not with nods but with arms raised and pleas to “don’t shoot,” they are undermining this sense of duty on the police officer’s part. Most police do not see themselves as occupiers of hostile territory. They do not want to see themselves as randomly shooting civilians.
The brilliance of “Don’t shoot my hands are up” is that it forces the Ferguson police to ask just why the citizens they are sworn to protect are afraid of them.
Keep it up, people of Ferguson. You’re onto something.
Like most people my age, my first experiences with Robin Williams were on Happy Days, and then Mork — his turn as the manic, human-loving alien interpreting earth culture for his home people. I then watched all that energy explode on screen — sometimes amazingly, sometimes baffle-ingly, sometimes uncomfortably — across the length of his amazing career. It’s really hard to imagine we won’t ever see a new version of his talent again.
I don’t know what demons lived inside Robin Williams’ head: one hears lots of things, but one always does.
As a person who was in an intimate relationship with someone who suffered from bipolar disorder, I did have some experiences with demons, however. Here’s what I learned:
—to those who are struggling with the demons: no, I don’t understand. No, I can’t understand. Just try to know that doesn’t mean I don’t care, or can’t try. May the fact that I want to try shine a light in places you didn’t think there could be light offer some help to you in your struggles. That is my hope.
—to those dealing with those with demons: trust me. It’s not your fault. It’s nothing you did, and there’s nothing you can do. Don’t get lost in their pain. You have to care for you, too.
Why guns? Yes, because freedom. That you don’t value that above mere survival is a moral failing of yours, but correct analysis. Because crime and death rates aren’t the issue. Because bearing the weighty power of life and death yourself rather than alienating it to public “servants”, and going down fighting rather than cowering in fear, are more befitting the honor of a free man. Because freedom.
“I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?
"All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is the ape to man? A laughingstock or a painful embarrassment. And man shall be just that for the overman: a laughingstock or a painful embarrassment. You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape.
"Whoever is the wisest among you is also a mere conflict and cross between plant and ghost. But do I bid you become ghosts or plants?
"Behold, I teach you the overman! The overman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth! I beseech you, my brothers, remain faithful to the earth, and do not believe those who speak to you of otherworldly hopes! Poison-mixers are they, whether they know it or not. Despisers of life are they, decaying and poisoned themselves, of whom the earth is weary: so let them go!”
In response to my posts about the shooting of John Crawford in an Ohio Wal*Mart a few days ago, a couple of people have commented about the themes of racism, open carry, and the police. So I offer this brief clarification:
If you see someone carrying a rifle in a store, call the police by…