Insane journalism, asinine politics, good laughs, and a few wise words from 2019 June 16-22.
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- Campus Reform (feat. Grace Gottschling): EXCLUSIVE: PSU poised to punish prof who proved point with hoax ‘dog rape’ article, despite receiving global praise for prof (2019 June 21)
“In 2018, three academics decided to challenge esteemed “peer-reviewed” academic journals by producing and submitting false articles with what they thought were ridiculous theses.
Articles on rape culture being perpetuated in dog parks, fat bodybuilding, and the presence of toxic masculinity in “breastaurants” such as Hooters were all submitted, reviewed, and published by esteemed journals without a shred of fact or verifiable support.
Of the 20 “intentionally broken academic papers” written by the trio, seven were accepted and published in academic journals — the same journals that students are encouraged to consult when writing papers of their own. Another seven of the 20 were rejected, with the rest pending review before the ruse was uncovered.
Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay, and Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian documented and announced their hoax project in an interview with The New York Times in October 2018.
Since then, their work uncovering the errs of academic research has garnered praise and support from thousands of students, academics, and other individuals across the world.”
“These [hoax] results raise serious questions about the methods of several seemingly legitimate academic journals.”
But Drs. Pluckrose, Lindsay, and Boghossian were not the first to publish fake science for the purpose of trolling the scientific publishing industry. Dr. Alan Sokal pulled this stunt way back in 1996!
“Most notably, PSU administrators received an email from Alan Sokal, a physicist who currently teaches at New York University. In 1996, Sokal, much like Boghossian and Co., challenged what he believed to be a flawed process within academic journals by submitting an article, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“ in the cultural studies journal Social Text.
Sokal’s article, although tongue-in-cheek and intentionally poorly sourced, was published after being peer-reviewed by the journal editors. Months later, Sokal published a letter outing himself for what happened and criticizing not just the journal, but the loose standards emerging across academia.
“Throughout the article, I employ scientific and mathematical concepts in ways that few scientists or mathematicians could possibly take seriously.” Sokal states, referring to multiple instances where he mentions concepts made of “pure invention” on his part.
“In sum, I intentionally wrote the article so that any competent physicist or mathematician (or undergraduate physics or math major) would realize that it is a spoof. Evidently, the editors of Social Text felt comfortable publishing an article on quantum physics without bothering to consult anyone knowledgeable in the subject.”
After the 2018 hoax articles were exposed, many began referring to the project as Sokal Squared, or Sokal 2.0, given that the authors in both cases claim to have written the articles as a parody to challenge and ultimately improve the methods being used in academic publishing.
“It seems to me that it would be a grave injustice to punish Professor Boghossian for a violation of the letter of the [Research Misconduct Policy] that did not constitute in any way a violation of that policy’s purpose and which moreover was undertaken with the goal of serving, and which did, in fact, serve the public interest…” Sokal wrote to PSU administrators.
“If anything, Professor Boghossian and his collaborators should be congratulated for raising important issues in a forceful and unconventional manner; and Portland State University should take pride in having such a distinguished public intellectual on its faculty.”
And while fake science continues being published, real news is being papered over with entertaining stories about our favorite female comedian…
Campus Reform (feat. Cabot Phillips): Even students say AOC’s ‘concentration camps’ comment too ‘extreme’ (2019 June 20)
“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border,” she said, before doubling down in an Instagram live video.
The comments immediately sparked outrage from many, including the World Center For Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem.
The group responded to Ocasio-Cortez by saying, “Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.”
“Wanting to know what college students thought of the comments, Campus Reform‘s Cabot Phillips went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a copy of Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet.
It soon became clear that students on both sides of the aisle found the congresswoman’s comparison appalling.”
Phillip’s video shows students shaking their heads and snickering.
“I think it’s a bit extreme.”
Even naïve, liberalized students of Propaganda Indoctrination University™ (PIU) are becoming aware that the joke is up.
But, wait, there’s more! As the ‘logical leaps of faith’ from congress wimmin AOC continue to make us laugh, one hard core Polish bad-@$$ makes it all that much easier.
The National Sentinel: Member of Polish parliament invites Left-wing mouth Ocasio-Cortez to see some REAL ‘concentration camps’ (2019 June 20)
“A member of Poland’s parliament has invited ‘Democratic Socialist’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to fly to their country to see what real “concentration camps” look like after she accused our Department of Homeland Security of running some along the U.S.-Mexico border.
As noted by The Conservative Brief, Ocasio-Cortez has been under fire from conservatives after claiming on her Instagram account earlier this week that DHS and Border Patrol were rounding up illegal aliens and stuffing them in concentration camps, comparing it to the Nazi Holocaust against Jews, in which more than six million were exterminated.”
That’s right! Old man Trump put his good ol’ boy Kushner in charge of the camp, just to make sure the ICE coffin patrol was packing those pill boxes just like Himmler did in ’45!
“She doubled down, though, after being criticized for her remarks (she even used “never again” in her Instagram video, a phrase widely known to be associated with the Holocaust), proving she is completely clueless (and outrageous)…”
How could AOC do more good for the world? By continuing her career as a stand-up comedian, or by returning to hell’s kitchen and dicing up those delicious, kosher beef enchiladas for the (((men)))?
On a more serious note, here’s a relevant story that’s been kept under the thug.
RT News: Assange lawyer reveals Pentagon behind pursuit of WikiLeaks publisher (2019 June 21)
“A lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has confirmed that the Pentagon – not the White House or any other government agency whose secrets he leaked – was driving the nearly decade-long campaign to destroy the publisher.”
Greg Palast (feat. Nicole Powers): Mexico City: Palast Wins Journalism Award (2019 June 17)*
“The Association of Mexican Journalists has awarded Greg Palast their 2019 prize for International Reporter for his exposés on the theft of elections from Georgia to Mexico and his reporting from Venezuela.”
Palast’s acceptance speech (in the same link above) is worth a read.
“If my fellow Americans seem as ignorant and crazy as chihuahuas, foolishly electing people like George Bush and Donald Trump, forgive them, because my countrymen don’t get the truth through their news, only exposure to a torrent of cheap propaganda.
But let me defend my countrymen.
Americans never elected George Bush. In 2000, I discovered how Bush stole the election in Florida. My story for BBC, The British Broadcasting Corporation, was published all over the world — except in my own nation.
And later, in 2006, they stole another election. Here, in Mexico.
I directed an investigation for The Guardian of England that proved, without any doubt, that AMLO [now President Lopez Obrador] had won. That story was completely disappeared from the media in my country.”
“Today, as I accept this honor, I am sadly aware of the absence of my fellow journalist, Julian Assange.
Assange is in prison today for the sole crime of letting Americans know the truth about their own government and the deadly crimes of our leaders.
I am honored to accept this award — from a courageous nation of journalists far more courageous than me, who have given their lives to report the news. All I can do is commit to honor your award by continuing to fight to uncover the truth, whether in Caracas or Mexico or Washington.”
* H/T: Rise Up Times
Matthew Cochran: Disgusting Things Ought to Disgust Us (2019 June 20)
In this diatribe against the mentoring of children by Fairy Queens, Cochran lays it bare.
“None of this is accidental. It’s precisely how “grooming” works for pedophiles. They try to get their targets used to small actions they would ordinarily find disgusting so that when they finally act, the child’s revulsion doesn’t reflexively kick in and interfere until it’s too late. Right now, the Spirit of the Age is grooming both children and parents at the same time. It wants the kids growing up thinking disgusting things are normal. It also wants the parents to back off from our God-given responsibility to train and attune our children’s innate sense of disgust towards disgusting things. It makes sure our kids are exposed to a constant diet of perversion while making parents so scared of being seen as pearl-clutching bigots that we fail to do anything about it.”
I could really wax medieval on this point. The Spirit of the Age should not be regarded lightly.
“Parents, you cannot afford to step aside. This will not pass you or your family by. Whether you stand alone or with others, you need to know what is going on and refuse to submit to it no matter how loudly people scream “bigot” at you. Do not let it pile up so deeply in your children’s lives that you all become used to it.”
I remember when I was a kid, I could feel a sense of guilt and apprehension whenever one of my peers told a lie, or talked about sex in an inappropriate way. This discernment is a healthy part of the innocence of youth. But as young’uns grow older, continual exposure to the dark side will sear the conscience and pave the way for a lifetime of sin.
Cochran offers an important point. Do what you can to protect children’s minds and hearts from perversion.
Now here’s something truly disgusting…
Snapper TRX: “Ethics Departments”, or, How to Kill Your Game 101. (2019 June 20)
Square Enix’s ethics department pressured the game’s creator, Tetsuya Nomura, to greatly reduce the breast size of Tifa, one of the main characters in the remake of Final Fantasy 7. We’ve yet to see whether this decision will sink FF7 faster than Disney sank Star Wars.
“So are big busted women unethical?”
Women with a nice butt and curvy legs can rev up the temper of a man’s libido, but a woman with beautiful breasts inspires confidence and satisfaction in a man. The Bible even says so, in Proverbs 5:19 (NKJV). Seeing how male confidence is now “toxic”, that would render wowzerly busted women “unethical”, according to the Feminist Power-Fear ethical system. We can’t have anything that might inspire a man to feel confident!
Yeeeaaahhh… Feeling more confident now?
Last of all, this read is surely worth a good chuckle.
Insanity Bytes: A Rare Cougar Sighting… (2019 June 19)
It’s hard to find real news, but unfortunately, cougars are not all that rare. However, it’s not every day that you see one climbing the trees to scope out hawt male targets!
“Cougars as you know, tend to prowl around chasing younger men. I do not think of giant cats when I hear that term but rather of older women. Here is a photo of one in her natural habitat, probably watching a softball game…”
And so… I’ll leave you laughing.