Friday, March 27, 2015

Because the one thing we really need more of is giant, furry, aggressive elephants running about

''Mammuthus columbi'' in the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, Author=WolfmanSF 

A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab at Harvard University successfully copied genes from frozen woolly mammoths and pasted them into the genome of an Asian elephant.

Using a DNA editing tool called CRISPR, the scientists spliced genes for the mammoths’ small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and color into the DNA of elephant skin cells. The tissue cultures represent the first time woolly mammoth genes have been functional since the species went extinct around 4,000 years ago...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Another attack of the 3rd wave, Jazz Hands Feminists: UK students' union passes policy to stop white gay men acting like black women

3rd Wave Feminists are engaging in RuPaulphobia
UK's National Union of Students has passed a policy to stop gay men appropriating black female culture.
Delegates at the Women's Conference today, many of them self-identified feminists, have passed plenty of motions.
Just one of them was ensuring everyone at the conference understood that some behaviors were damaging.
On Twitter, they announced: 'Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping as it's triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!'
A later motion passed was 503: 'Dear White Gay Men: Stop Approprirating [sic] Black Women'.
Put forward by the NUS LGBT Committee, they believe the appropriation of black women by white gay men is prevalent within the LGBTI scene and community.
'This may be manifested in the emulation of the mannerisms, language (particularly AAVE- African American Vernacular English) and phrases that can be attributed to black women. White gay men may often assert that they are “strong black women” or have an “inner black woman”,' they said.
'White gay men are the dominant demographic within the LGBT community, and they benefit from both white privilege and male privilege.'
They claimed the appropriation is 'unacceptable and must be addressed'. Passing the motion, they agreed to eradicate the appropriation of black women by white gay men and to raise awareness of the issue.
A second motion passed was the banning of cross-dressing or drag as it could be offensive to trans women...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This is the world we live in: Now we get sanctimony from Monica Lewinsky

She was not a horrible person. But she was also not, as Monica Lewinsky claims, a victim of a phenomenon now known as cyberbullying. She was a victim of a backstabbing "friend" named Linda Tripp who betrayed confidences of the then 22-year old White House intern. She was the victim of a political vendetta by Republicans and a prosecutor named Ken Starr who made Les Miserables' obsessive, heartless policeman Jabert look like Andy Griffith's portrayal of the kindly sheriff of Mayberry. She was the victim of an older man who threw her to the wolves to try to save his political career and Democrats who were invested in that career. But primarily,  Monica Lewinsky was the victim of her own colossal stupidity.

She was having an affair with a sitting, married President of the United States, and she was saving souvenir semen from him, and bragged about it. We all make mistakes, but even at 22, that was taking naivety to an astounding level.

I don't fault Lewinsky for going on a crusade to rehabilitate her reputation. It's a smart thing to do. But it doesn't mean I have to buy it. And in any case, who really cares anymore?

Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier Obama traded for 5 terrorists, charged with desertion

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday, setting the stage for emotionally charged court proceeding in coming months.

Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s attorney, told The Washington Post that his client was handed a charge sheet on Wednesday. Army officials said in a statement that Bergdahl has been charged with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. His case has been referred to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, which is frequently compared to a grand jury proceeding in civilian court...

This earlier report is quite interesting in retrospect:

Woman in niqab citizenship case moved to Canada because Pakistan wasn't Islamic enough for her

This is yet another example of why Canada needs a complete overhaul of the way it does immigration screening.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not-so-shocking news: CBC breaks its own rules to try to protect Justin Trudeau

Of course, the only way to really protect Justin Trudeau during an election is to sew his lips shut:

University Liberal Arts programs have become self-affirming cocoons for retarded children - Part II

There's nothing I can add that would make this sound any more ridiculous than it does on its own:

and feel free to reply to these idiots - and as much as this seems like an elaborate joke, these morons are for real.

Calgary Police: Loudmouth white Nazi bad, Violent Muslim Arab Nazis good

“Feminist performance art concerned with the female body”

The folks over at conservative are a bit worked up over this video.

I don't see anything wrong with it being shown to college-age drama students because of the nudity, or the puking, or the golden showers, or the expelling of a little plastic toy from a vagina. Actually, those are the only things that make it remotely interesting.

OK, maybe it's idiotic and both figuratively and literally masturbatory, but at least it wasn't as boring as Waiting for Godot, or everything by Eugene Ionesco.

Don't say you weren't warned:

Splat! (Trailer) from The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein on Vimeo.

Monday, March 23, 2015

University Liberal Arts programs have become self-affirming cocoons for retarded children

KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma.
So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder of, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term “rape culture,” Ms. Byron was alarmed. “Bringing in a speaker like that could serve to invalidate people’s experiences,” she told me. It could be “damaging.”
Ms. Byron and some fellow task force members secured a meeting with administrators. Not long after, Brown’s president, Christina H. Paxson, announced that the university would hold a simultaneous, competing talk to provide “research and facts” about “the role of culture in sexual assault.” Meanwhile, student volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.
The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said...
More at The New York Times

h/t Mark Steyn

D'oh! Yemeni mosque victims were in the middle of chanting "Death to America! Death to Israel!" when a Muslim terror attack killed them

Congressional Democrats mutiny against Obama's capitulation to Iran

It's not just Senate and Congressional Republicans who are upset with President Barack Obama's capitulation to Iran on a nuclear deal.

Congressional Democrats are warning the White House that only Congress can repeal the sanctions against Iran. In the event of a bad deal that the Obama administration seems intent on racing towards, it now appears that opponents of lifting sanctions against Iran have enough bipartisan support to override a presidential veto.

...make no mistake: Congress will play an important role in the evaluation of a final deal. Again, I want to say that I will not stand by and allow Congress to be marginalized.  Any permanent repeal of sanctions is, by law, Congress’s discretion.  And before we do that, we must be completely convinced that this deal blocks all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb...
In other news, Obama's peace partner, Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, called for "Death to America" on Saturday, which is no doubt meant to reassure Secretary of State John Kerry of Iran's peaceful intentions regarding its nuclear program.