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3176  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Dartmouth Students Storm President's Offices, Seriousness of Demands Unclear on: April 06, 2014, 05:43:54 pm
This happened on Tuesday, and the demands of the students come off as a particularly bad caricature, not merely of liberal activists, but of what a caracture of what conservatives think liberal activists sound like:

The demonstrators had a 72-point manifesto instructing the college to establish pre-set racial admission quotas and a mandatory ethnic studies curriculum for all students. Their other inspirations are for more "womyn or people of color" faculty; covering sex change operations on the college health plan ("we demand body and gender self-determination"); censoring the library catalog for offensive terms; and installing "gender-neutral bathrooms" in every campus facility, specifically including sports locker rooms.


If you doubt the accuracy of this because of it's place in the Wall Street Journal opinion pages (I wouldn't blame you), take a look at the actual manifesto:


Here are some selected gems:

Dartmouth epitomizes power being isolated to rich, white males. As such, there is no better place than this campus to campaign for a Freedom Budget that will address the consequences of white male patriarchy today.

Thus, we concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students hereby demand that Dartmouth College create its own Freedom Budget to transform itself into a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for us all.

(I see they didn't forget the wheelchair kid.)

Increase enrollment of Black, Latin@, and Native students to at least 10 percent each.

The acceptance rate for Black and Latin@ students has stayed the same for the last 5 years even though the applicants have doubled and tripled, respectively

(Excellent usage of mathematics, there)

Enact curricular changes that require all students to interrogate issues of social justice, marginalization and exploitation in depth. Each student should have to take classes that will challenge their understanding of institutionalized injustice around issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. This learning objective could be embedded in all first year seminars.

(I once wrote in a column in the school paper that some person's idea would effectively "entail replacing the curriculum with a series of cultural sensitivity and privilege-comprehension courses".  It seems they actually want to do this.)

All departments will outline and make public how their hiring and tenure processes work. Because professors of color are often called upon for mentorship and service work, tenure  processes should recognize these forms of labor.

(As a person familiar with many, many "professors of color"- my parents amongst them- I don't know what this is supposed to mean)

All professors will be required to be trained in not only cultural competency but also the importance of social justice in their day-to-day work.

(All right, let's talk about the social justice applications of chemistry....)

Departments that do not have womyn or people of color will be considered in crisis and must take urgent and immediate action to right the injustice.

(Did they say "womyn"? Also, why isn't there a red squiggly line under "womyn", Chome?)

Expand the pool of professionals of color and womyn in Student Accessibility Services, Dick’s House, and Safety and Security.

(They said "womyn"....)

Change the name of ‘Cutter-Shabazz Hall’ to ‘Shabazz Hall.’ The building should celebrate Blackness and human dignity, not the legacy of Victor Cutter, who was a corporate dictator for United Fruit Company in Latin America and the Caribbean.

(Since when did Snowstalker attend Dartmouth?)

Both gender-specific and gender-neutral bathrooms need to be available in every residential  building on campus.

Generally, "gender neutral bathrooms" mean individual bathrooms. Do they have any idea how much this costs...?

Organize continuous external reviews of the College’s structural racism, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism

(Jesus, Dartmouth must be the worst place on earth...)

Mandate training for all staff and faculty (across all departments) that adequately prepares them to aid undocumented students in regards to future professional and academic plans.

(Are illegal immigrants better people than the rest of us?)

Every Dartmouth student should be taught and made aware that the land they reside on is Abenaki homeland. This should take place during all major Dartmouth ceremonies, especially during orientation and commencement

(And this will do... what exactly?)

The library search catalog system shall use undocumented instead of “illegal” in reference to immigrants.

(Literal censorship?)

Some people on this campus have more power. President Hanlon has more power than me. Not just as an authority figure ... but also as a male, also as a white person.


The University President, a mild-mannered mathematician who was heckled, jeered, and accused of committing "micro-aggressions" by the protestors, was held a de facto hostage for some hours. Also, the dean (?) was brilliant when she took them down at the 7min mark when she asked "can you tell me how many millions of dollars of budget requests you have in here?".


Later, someone came to defend the president, but he was a chisel-jawed white man in a bow tie and an embroidered blazer and perhaps not particularly suited to take up the role. Indeed, he seems more of a caricature than the protestors themselves do.


I'm not sure if this is all real or some elaborate hoax. The catch... this happened on April 1st.
3177  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mozilla CEO forced out because of Prop 8 Donation on: April 05, 2014, 06:55:50 pm
Mozilla has an Indonesian branch large enough to create an "internal split"?
3178  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mozilla CEO forced out because of Prop 8 Donation on: April 05, 2014, 06:20:31 pm
Oakvale is just totally right- I really cannot add anything he hasn't said. The intolerance of some for dissenting opinions is alarning.
3179  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who was the better lyricist? on: April 05, 2014, 04:40:56 pm
Who is Guy Piccoto?

He's basically the guy who started (real) emo with his band Rites of Spring.

That was Stravinsky.
3180  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Plane with 239 people on board crashes in Southern Indian Ocean on: April 05, 2014, 07:59:56 am
Just wanted to remind us all of how wrong all the theories were. Internet experts lose yet again.
3181  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: New York outstripped by Florida on: April 05, 2014, 12:47:05 am
Ridiculous and improper. New York is probably underpopulated in the area of 8-10 million people.
3182  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: People dressing formally at church is correlated to...what exactly? on: April 05, 2014, 12:05:15 am
Here's proof it's not quite a high/low church thing either: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BOFYmcHEIc

Although if you draw a political compass style high/low axis and liberal/conservative axis it's safe to say the liberal/low corner will be overwhelmingly casual and the high/conservative corner overwhelmingly formal, so maybe a combo of the two.

What the hell is this?

I still want to know... what is this heresy?
3183  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: UT-Sen 2016: Establishment targeting Lee on: April 04, 2014, 11:06:41 pm

3184  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Artists who should be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but aren't on: April 04, 2014, 10:49:38 pm
So then do I have a misconception that Williamsburg is the same as central southwest Minneapolis despite the reputation?

I haven't a clue what central southwest Minneapolis but I can assure you that no, it's not the same as Williamsburg.
3185  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: MSWASP on: April 04, 2014, 10:39:36 pm
3186  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - GLORY RESTORED on: April 04, 2014, 10:30:46 pm
Adam Griffin, thinking he could recycle classic quotes just because I wasn't there...

What this thread needs is some stern homonormativity.

What this thread needs is some stern heteronormativity.

3187  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who was the better lyricist? on: April 04, 2014, 04:30:47 pm
Who is Guy Piccoto?
3188  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: April 04, 2014, 04:23:08 pm
Alberto of course, as it is the source of over 90% of the world supply of VO5.
3189  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Why does Mathematics have no originality anymore? on: April 04, 2014, 04:11:57 pm
I mean, Calculus is 300 years old. The only "new" thing is common core "subtraction".
3190  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Petition to ban BRTD from using the following words on: April 03, 2014, 11:04:59 am
True Leftist
Sneakers O'Toole

more to come...

3191  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Is this proper behavior for a mod? on: April 03, 2014, 11:02:41 am
Sigh. Stop whining.
I don't really think people should call others morons, and especially in all caps.

I don't really think people should be morons, regardless of font size.
Yeah, but that was just mean spirited and rude.

I think it's rude by NYE to post here. Tongue

I think a good life rule if you don't want to be called a moron is to not be one. Rather than complaining about others pointing out your flaws.

You tend to consider a lot of behaviour moronic that other people wouldn't, so you are not the best judge of this.

Like what?
3192  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NPR bipartisan poll: Obamacare now more popular than Obama himself on: April 03, 2014, 08:33:19 am
...clever wording there.
3193  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Marijuana linked to death of Colorado student on: April 03, 2014, 03:13:47 am
Marijuana linked to death of Colorado exchange student

Levy Thamba, 19, plummeted from the balcony of a Denver hotel on 11 March after eating a cannabis-laced cookie.

A post-mortem examination found marijuana intoxication was a factor in the Wyoming student's death.

Colorado became the first US state to legalise recreational use of the drug in January.

Mr Thamba, a native of the Republic of Congo, had reportedly begun taking classes at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, the same month.

Aha! There goes that claim!
3194  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The 900,000th "When will Bushie reopen the Update thread?" thread. on: April 02, 2014, 11:15:52 pm
The good news is Bushie is on track to receive his certificate, I know this for a fact.

How's that?

I have been bathed in prayer.
3195  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The 900,000th "When will Bushie reopen the Update thread?" thread. on: April 02, 2014, 11:03:47 pm
The good news is Bushie is on track to receive his certificate, I know this for a fact.
3196  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: April 02, 2014, 10:44:16 pm
What is this madness...
3197  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Left Front on: April 02, 2014, 10:43:31 pm
Well, I'm flattered, but I don't think Bill Clinton is a psychopath so...
3198  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Afghan election, 2014 on: April 02, 2014, 10:11:53 pm
So this is a few days away...

What if the Afghan elections actually work?

Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to elect their second president since the overthrow of the Taliban in the winter of 2001.

You might be wondering: Why bother? After all, doom and gloom are supposedly the order of the day in Afghanistan. A Pew/USA Today poll in January found that slightly more than half of Americans believe the United States has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan.

A month earlier, a CNN poll found that the Afghan War might well be the most unpopular war in American history. An overwhelming 82% of Americans are now opposed to the war. (At the start of 2014, the United States had 38,000 troops in Afghanistan.)

Dire predictions of a civil war breaking out after the withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 have been a staple in the American media for years, including in quite sensible publications such as the New Yorker.

But a surprisingly under-reported set of developments has been taking place over the past several weeks in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's presidential election. It shows that Afghans are not preparing for another civil war and instead a large majority of Afghans are planning to participate in the first democratic transition of power in Afghan history, while the presidential candidates are engaged in the kind of campaigning and deal-making that would gladden the heart of Bill Clinton.

Despite the entirely predictable efforts of the Taliban to disrupt the run up to the election, there is still likely to be a big turn out on Election Day. A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform, for instance, killed six police officers on Wednesday inside the Interior Ministry, which is both well protected and in the heart of downtown Kabul.

Even with the Taliban violence, recent polling by the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan found that 75% of Afghans said they wanted to vote. That is essentially the same finding of a separate poll taken almost a year ago that found that 76% of Afghans planned to vote.

Even allowing for some drop-off on Election Day, most Afghan experts I have talked to believe the turnout will likely be in the 60% to 70% range. Turnout in the previous presidential election in 2009 was only around 30%.
3199  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should NASA's budget be increased? on: April 02, 2014, 09:43:56 pm
3200  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Park Chung-Hee on: April 02, 2014, 08:53:05 pm
SMH @ the "democracy" fetishists here. Democracy is a pleasure of the wealthy. Look at India after sixty years of "democracy"... and look at states run by leaders like Park and Chiang or Lee. Would anyone claim Indian civil society is stronger than South Korean, Taiwanese, or Singaporean civil society? Yet we are expected to condemn the latter nations for their "undemocratic periods".
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