What If It’s The Ending Of Your World?

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The Barbarians Are Here.. In Canada

 

>> Psychologist stares down left-wing ‘Lock em in and burn it down!’ Queen’s U. protest

>> Local media reports say more than 150 people took part in the rally against University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson;also, ‘Absolutely surreal’: Student mob smashes window in protest against Jordan Peterson>

>> Jordan Peterson Speech Met With Broken Widows, Calls to ‘Burn it Down’; and Protesters break window at Grant Hall, barricade exits

> An Official Open Letter from Queen’s Faculty, March 2, 2018

>> Professor Rick Mehta news– University Investigates Canadian Professor Because Students Feel ‘Disturbed’; and also Acadia University investigation of professor intensifies campus free-speech debate

>> College librarians argue Christians who say ‘God bless you’ are Islamophobic

>> BARELY SATIRE: “Look at the calendar. Do you know what year it is? It’s 2018! Say it with me: two thousand eighteen. That means it’s long past time for us to get a few important things straight, once and for all.”


~ JUST THE OTHER DAY, some ‘marchers for peace’ from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Canada, protested a speech by lighting-rod author, professor and gadfly, Jordan Peterson. Inevitably, they wanted him silenced for, you know.. Reasons™. Some windows at the university were broken; virtue was signalled, the young Marxist social justice warriors felt superior, and succeeded in not learning or unlearning a single thing.

There was even a little incitement to murder & arson. ‘Lock em in and burn it down!’ yelled some of these “tolerant peace-loving” students. Yeah, that’s how I deal with discussions. Incitement & threats. Fire & kill.

The title of the terrible, horrible, very bad speech? “The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada.” Lifesite reports:

“Peterson posted several clips of the protest on Twitter, telling a follower that the speaking engagement was “absolutely surreal.”

“The mob neglected to bring torches and pitchforks, but the sentiment was there: ‘Lock them in and burn it down,’” he wrote.”

The End Is Past Nigh

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Coming over for tea.. and staying for dinner.

In Mel Gibson’s excellent movie Apocalypto (2006), neither the protagonists– captured slaves– or the bad guys– the forest-wrecking temple-building heart-ripper-outers know that it’s the end of their world. They go about their business.. then, in the penultimate scene, we see the European sailing ships coming closer to the shore.

Whatever was before is not gonna be that way very much longer. The future isn’t what it used to be. “Burn all down! Fresh start!” is the new cry for revolution, devolution, and The Big Satanic Lie that we can make a new world by sincerity, effort, and all built of our own fallen selves. “Ye shall be as gods”.

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Read, Learn, Weep

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Miss H. White.

That’s the wisdom I draw from Hilary White’s latest essay cri de cœurBECOMING AS GODS: The Murder of Desdemona by Othello, Abortion and Communion in the Hand“.

Just go read the whole thing, and as yourself the question from Mel’s movie: If our world was ending, would we know it?

The thing I like about Hilary’s essay is the big picture– taking little signs and symptoms and showing how the whole structure of the West is in danger, from within and without. Nihilism is nopt a passive force: it’s rather like a poison gas leaking into everything, dissolving the core, and leaving only fragile appearances of what was, ready to fall.

Sadly, the same radicalism has captured most Western Churches: disruption, discontinuity, ugly new utopian content. Hilary nails this perfectly.

What If It’s Here?

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Acadia U. Nice view.  shame about the silencing.

What if your own kids & grandkids– poisoned by socially & politically radical teachers, cultural influences, and college– were the new barbarians inside the gates? How could you tell?

Right now at Acadia University, in elm-shaded picturesque Wolfville Nova Scotia, is the fresh front in the war on civilization by “outraged” students and their enabling professoriate. Professor Rick Mehta is under fire for– teaching things. Things contrary to the progressive/ Marxist meta-narrative of victimhoods, oppressors, and the politics of personal destruction for any who don’t toe the party line.

Some Kids Are Crazy & Bad


War on Acadia U prof’s academic independence takes serious turn

Honestly, I’d rather just binge on NetFlix and hide while the walls come tumbling down on this city that I love: but dear people and good and true and beautiful things are at risk, and even the current enemies of those things might be saved from their madness and hate and self-righteousness.

A Sign of Hope?

Despair and doom-binging can be self-indulgent and blind to the possibilities even within apparent overwhelming darkness. After all, St. Paul & Christ’s Apostles faced and entire Empire founded on naked power, Emperor-worship, and pagan confusions. “Redeeming the time, for the days are evil“, says the Apostle to the Gentiles [Eph. 5:16].

One tiny point of brightness: I recently read on a YouTube video a comment by a college-aged kid who said that countless numbers of his friends & fellow students were binge-watching Jordan Peterson and other such content, because they were tired of the one-note lock-step radicalism of their professors. Truth finds a way.

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That is, behind the deceptive ivy-facade, and behind the radicalism within, social media was in fact enabling young people to learn to see all sides of various questions, to hear actually diverse points of view, and to — horror of horrors- learn to think, reason, argue & debate. That they have to have a hidden remedial education within a $5-$10K institutional mis-education– while parroting their professors– is a picture of the horror-circus we have let develop in our society.

We will need such young people and all such folks to rebuild things on the ruins of what was. The end IS past nigh.

Do Your Duty

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Look BEHIND the facades….

Investigate your local schools and colleges. Do due diligence before sending your kid off to school, imagining it still is like it was 30 or 50 years ago. Withhold donations and gifts and let them know what you think. And of your kindness, say a prayer and send a word to Acadia on behalf of Professor Rick Mehta. And don’t forget the petition.

Queens grad? Let them know what you think about the recent semi-riot. Because some students used their free speech to oppose free speech.

Thus Saith,

The Binks

 

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All Shall Be Assimilated!

THE ABOVE is a creepy & loooong commercial on YouTube about some rich Mexican tech-boss, saying that 40 million people in Mexico don’t have the internets.

Mr. Mexi-Tecnho-man visionary states this like internet = clean water, food, a place to live, faith in God.

These poor deprived people are obviously cut off from all goodness. And YouTubes.

When he says the “40 million without” thing, I say “Good for them!” No hate, no fake news, vile and violent images, Candy Crush & Trump lovers & bashers, fads and group-think madness, no portable surveillance and tracking, no unhealthy radiation, no easy government and corporate intrusion into every single life, no internet addiction.

The Wonders of Technolog– Wait…

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The Baird ‘Televisor’. View of the Scottish electrical engineer John Logie Baird and his invention, the ‘Televisor’. The televisor was the first commercially available television set. The 30 line, mechanical scanning image did not take up the entire screen, but was in fact only 6cm high and 2cm wide. The televisor allowed enthusiasts to watch periodic broadcasts from the Baird/British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) studios between 1929 and 1932. Baird’s mechanical scanning system was replaced in 1937 by Marconi/EMI’s electrical scanning system. Baird also pioneered colour, stereoscopic and big screen TV, as well as ultra- short-wave transmission. Photographed in 1927.

When naive old Scotsman John Logie Baird finally invented a workable TV, he was certain this was an unlimited good– education and enlightenment for all! Access to the wisdom and truth of the ages! Social mobility for everyone who wanted it!

Baird could not conceive of “The BoobTube”, porn, tv-addiction, shopping channels, bubble-gum sitcoms, 500 channels and almost nothing on.. or perhaps he’d have spent the rest of his days wrecking his and other inventor’s efforts to prevent the mass-media madness he would help unleash into every home, nook, and cranny.

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Pimping The Webs

Who is helping sell this to Mexico? CHUBB, the giant U.S. Insurance Company. Go figure. Their utopian spiel?

“40 million people in Mexico are not connected to the Internet. Yet. Altan Redes is working to make that happen. In collaboration with multiple financial partners and the Mexican government, they are building a shared wireless network across the country. This will bring the Internet to people in Mexico who have never been connected before. It will provide endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

.. and the sun will be brighter, and the grass greener, and the food tastier, and bunnies and flowers will be breaking out all over. Paging John Logie Baird! “..endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

Oh yes, things will be different when the internets swamp Mexico– political dissent, social organization, fighting the news-monopolies, radical activism, along with all the addiction and ugliness which will pour into every home computer and smart-phone eating up billions of hours and souls and minds. And the tender technofascist mercies of Google, FaceBook, and Amazon.

Utopia. An awesome idea.. as long as you leave human nature out of the account. ~

So saith,

The Binks

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Word To A Scottish Blogger

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Saith the Binks– the following (minus section-headings,minor formatting, and graphics) was written as a comment on Loki’s webpage for the article just below. It is unedited, and so there you are, and there you go. ~B~

~ ITEM: PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF MALE CONFUSION– February 25, 2016 by Loki The Scottish Rapper

Sargon of Akkad:
The Regressive Left has Become the Religious Right

Dear ‘Loki’ Scottish Blogger–

This is a brilliant, courageous, truth-speaking essay, and while you will get flak from your own side as a possible heretic, keep speaking, thinking, and looking at reality as you are trying to do.

I don’t fit in many of the modern categories– I’m a vaguely libertarian-ish old-liberal-ish semi-Catholic-ish middle-aged male Christian. Where do we believers fit, except in the categories of ‘old absolutist’, bigot, superstitious, and wrongly maligned as if all Christians are anti-intellectual, creationist, and laughable, and exactly the same? Everywhere, and nowhere– equally oppressed?

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Picking A Team

Therefore, looking around the current political battlefields, I find many of the new Atheists interesting, because rigorous, if biased; I find the power-mongering systems-theory irrationalist SJWs cultic and absolutist and moralizers and comment-blockers; and the secular economic capitalist too cruel and immoral; the MGTOW/ PUA/ MRA men’s movement partial and obsessed, if worthy of sympathy; the 3rd wave feminists unreflectively and nastily Marxist, without understanding their own progressivism. Sigh.

Back in the 1980s when I was in university, the politically correct were trying, but failing in their first effort to conquer academia, silence criticism, and make colleges into tribal hooting places, instead of a level playing field for learning, thinking, gaining some grasp on various topics via effort and research, without profs being nasty cheerleaders for this or that propagandistic cartoon of a topic. Yes, there was such a time, even after the irrational rumblings of the 1960s.

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The 80s? You talk to all sorts of people to learn what & how they think; you disagree, or even disapprove in some cases, but still have coffee and friendly chit-chat after; you actually try to think both sides of an issue– then you know more than a one-side-only obsessive. You imperfectly use the evidence and reasons and tools you have, without judging someone who differs from you as stupid, or immoral, not entirely human or deserving of respect… or in need of re-education camp.

Enter The Now

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Safe-spaces? Tantrums? No-platforming? Really? Monsterizing anybody who disagrees in any speck or word of the current moment of identity politics? Nope. Erasing from our common humanity whole categories of our fellow men and women via class, race, gender, cheap discount Marxism, and right-grabbers, minoritarian cry-bullies and petty tyrants? No way.

Anyhow, sorry for the pontification. Great article. I got here via Sargon of Akkad.

Cheers,

Binks

http://www.steynian.wordpress.com
http://www.therebel.media/binks_webelf

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All Hail The Machine!

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But.. is It human, any more?

~ ITEM: Wiki– Technological singularity

~ ITEM: Hilary White– “In Praise of Inconvenience: Why We’re All becoming Fat, Lazy, Stupid and Immoral”

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IT IS SOMETIMES asserted by futurist-types that humanity is approaching a “Singularity”, a union with technology, you know, because reasons. Evolution. Progress. Robots.  Amusement. Keeping up with it all. Entertainment. A new religion….?

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I view this horrific possibility as the final destructive insanity of mankind, where we crawl ever further into our own butts, growing ever smaller and smaller, finally to vanish with a ‘pop’, and nothing more. It is mass-suicide and extinction by machine.

The great lie in the middle of it is that it’s all inevitable, can’t be stopped, evolution, you know, it’s totally going to happen. The other great lie is that the technology is somehow ‘evolving’ to this point– except, it’s people who invent computers, programs, technology, and so it’s other people who are actually shaping the world, the future, and people controlling the possible destiny and doom of all the other people influenced by their gizmos and ideas– via machines and technology.

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A union with our own technological creations would be the ultimate tyranny, the perfect world of utopians, except not via political means. It’s also the culmination of elites and controllers everywhere:

“They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.”

Choruses from The Rock – T.S. Eliot

Oooo! Perfect systems! Forcing everybody to be good! What’s not to like?

Dreaming Dark Dreams

Yet if there is darkness outside us, and evil and imperfection and blindness within us, how then can we hope to perfectly save ourselves with a de-natured techno-heaven, a digital salvation, if that saving thing itself is made by imperfect sinful creatures which cannot see all ends, and all possible consequences? If I can’t outrun my own shadow, how can we manufacture our own perfection?

You can’t escape yourself. The Mad Hatter is amusing in a story, but you wouldn’t want him making and running your utopia, your mind and your life.

Experimenting On Our Kids

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Via.

The current vanishing of so many kids, teens, and adults into the tiny hand-held world of the smartphone/ tablet for so many of their waking hours is already a warning about how such a “singularity” is likely to turn out. Badly for all concerned, except the profiteers and rulers.

What do we get in return for worshipping the shiny things? Amusement. Advertising. More amusement. Distraction. Control. Spoon feeding. Tiny flitting memories, attached to wizzled up brains unused to logic, passion, love or truth.

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What do we lose? Walking through the soaring blue sky cathedral of a leafy walk in a park,– but hearing and seeing no birds, barely noticing the flowers, not sensing the endless activity of all the flying, crawling, creeping, buzzing things everywhere, smelling no leafy mulch, nor spicy pine trees, hardly noticing the breeze through your hair, nor feeling the thrum of the nature in your own heart and bones and countless cells resonating with the nature all around you, both ongoing and self-making creations of the same Everliving God.

You know, because text, or YouTube vid, or funny picture, selfies, or– Squeee!– teh kittehs! Click clicketty click-click. Shiny Thing makes it all better.

But.. Oops.. We Never Meant…

In the ground-breakingly cool & insightful movie The Matrix, humanity is reduced to the status of Duracell batteries, after a war with the machines which we created blocks out the sun, and so they harvest our biochemical energy to run themselves. In the film, ‘The Matrix’  itself is the simulated reality pumped into each brain, to make them imagine they are living a real life in a real world, although it is a illusory computer program.

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I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.

The other possibility, of course– and it’s real, not just a Terminator movie-script– is if our misbegotten “artificially intelligent” weaponized machines decide to revolt, and we end up in conflict with them. That, or something bad like a global digital mind, made by us, decides humans are some kind of dangerous virus to be ‘cleaned up’.

Yes, inventors and scientists consider both of these real dangers, and problems to be prevented. Seriously.

Advancing Progressively Backwards

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Given that the “incredible, inevitable” social, technological, and mechanical progress of 1900 turned into the machine guns, blistering gas attacks, and slaughter fields of the Somme, and the mechanized Holocaust, and strategic mass-bombing of the Second World War, we have absolutely no reason to be naively optimistic. That is: because of what humans are actually like, our schemes and machines and digital machinations will go awry, and tend more towards a dehumanizing, unnatural, disconnected enslavement to technology far greater and more detrimental to freedom, thought, creativity, justice, love, and faith than the mess we’ve already made of the 20th and the 21st century since Christ’s birth.

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How do I know? Because via well-meaning inventions like the television, and then the public internets, and then Smartphones and tablets, we’ve already been doing something horrible and propagandistic and mind-numbing and time-killing and soul-wasting and immaturity-boosting for up to 65+ years. What would magically change for the good if The Machine was somehow everywhere, and inside us, too?

If we pursue this path, we will be fashioning our own damnation, and destruction, our own insane heaven and hell all at once, concocted in our own broken image. I told you so.

….But it seems that something has happened that has never happened
before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.
Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has
never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.
The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards?

Choruses from The Rock – T.S. Eliot

So Saith,

The Binks

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Echoes. The abandoned heart of our Western Civilization. Cuz our machines we made will save us and make us perfect. Hopefully. Repenting and believing is not an option.

GhostBusters (2016).. Because Why?

Or, Live By The Politics, Die By The Politics

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         Authentic! Because this is exactly how feminits women magically know that men think. Yawns.

~ ITEM: USAToday– 5 times the new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer destroyed the patriarchy

~ ITEM: The New #Ghostbusters Trailer Review, by The Woolly Bumblebee; #Ghostbusters Destroying the Patriarchy?

~ ITEM: Actress Kristen Wiig Bummed Out By Female Ghostbusters Hate; Director Paul Feig hits back at Twitter ‘haters’ trolling Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones

~ ITEM: Thunderf00t– Ghostbusters (GIRL POWER version) EPIC FAIL!; and RANT about new Ghostbuster film!!! Grrrr!

~ ITEM: Rick Moranis says Ghostbusters cameo ‘made no sense’. Yup.

~ ITEM: AWW HELL NAW! Leslie Jones fires back against the Regressive Left attacking GHOSTBUSTERS

~ ITEM: What Binks Said Aforetime About The Farce Awakens: ‘The Fempire Strikes Back

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SO, I’M GONNA DOGPILE– the new GhostBusters (2016) looks like a toxic.. smirky.. poorly written and misconceived rehash. OKthereIsaidit. Whew!

Surely Star Wars: The Farce Awakens and other revisit/ reboot flops should have taught Hollywood that (a) digging up old franchises is not a great idea, and (b) ‘updating’ them to tell 2016 SJW pious morality-tales? An even more worser idea.

Incoming old franchises zombied-up for the big screen? There’s a ruptured sewer’s worth coming downstream: “161 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works“.

One-Hundred. And. Sixty-one.

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Already polluting our pop culture? Recent remakes or drag-ons like Indiana Jones & Aliens (and rumours of Indy 5). Dirty Dancing. Total Recall. Point Break. Godzilla. Terminator: Genesys. Star Wars VII. Planet of the Apes. Star Treks. Spider Mans. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rocky Balboa. Remember those?

Upcoming for your delectation: Alien 5. Toy Story 4. American Pie 5. Avatar II. Bad Santa 2. Beetlejuice 2. Beverly Hills Cop 4. Blade Runner 2. Blair Witch Project 3. Die Hard 6. Bang my head until the pain stops 9?….

And you just know in your heart that they want to slime & exploit revisit Back To The Future.. with the requisite wince-worthy cameos. Um, yay? Binks found it inexpressibly sad and wince-worthy even trying to look at this.

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          Sexploitation of eyecandy is bad… if it’s men doing it!

With Gloatbusters 2016 (I refuse to call it ‘III’, sorry), and the new Star Wars, feminism steps up the political megaphoning that women are super-amazing, should be warriors in the front line– in movies, and real life, and in armies and stuff.. so let’s trumpet how weak and sad and silly and useless and replaceable all the boys and men are, because ovaries! Especially in STEM careers, like Ghostbusters 2016! More than gross boys & men! GET IT? [ audience slapped across face with large fish, in case they’d not noticed something was up ]

Missing The Target Audience

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Look At The Sexist Picture Minus All Penises! Men Are Stupid! And: really? Were NO men involved in making the movie whatsoever? Wonder how this might make them feel…. second class citizens much? Less than? Forgotten? Inferior?

By-the-tropes Gynosupremacism as “propagan-tainment”?.. much classy, so amuse!

Except– most adventure movies were first and foremost for boys, and so were the toys. Boys wanted to be the heroes, and female fans wanted to be rescued by (and later) date/ marry the adventure heroes, or be like the heroines. Millions upon millions of mostly boys collected the original, sequel, and cartoon series toys and gear and all the rest. Big business, and happy kids. Ghostbuster Barbies? Not a big must-have, we’re thinking.

Further, why this big social media fuss? Well– we don’t want to think about the world we live in, but our amusements, entertainments, and shiny pictures are therefore that much more important! You can take away our freedoms, or bomb & shoot us, but don’t screw with our bread and circuses! Yes, that’s exactly where we are. Majoring in the minors, and the micros of mass distraction.

However– when you play this kind of politics? Make sure you get it ALL right, because the SJW-progressive cry-bully club will surely vet and judge you on All The Things– and there’s a lot they don’t like about this attempt to pander to feminism. Grab some hot buttered popcorn, and let’s watch the radicals pitch fits & eat each other alive. What funs!

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Go Away, Mens = Equality

The new movie has no identifiable male heroes or ’emulatable’ leading characters. Chris Hemsworth is lame eye-candy– a B-Lister taking on the role originally played by newcomer Annie Potts, now starring a man– because mighty wimmins! Yet what little boy in his right mind is going to work hard to collect the Gynobusters action figures? Psychologically, maturing boys (and even girls) need to gradually separate from their Mommies, to emulate their Dads and other adult & male figures, and individuate as men: not this.

“NO! Bad boys! Wrong!! Women and girls more gooder than you, we are best leaders, tough super heroes, and you should look up to all wimmins!” Which is, in my opinion, psychological and gender-based child-abuse, supremacism, and unscientific propaganda of the very worst and most destructive sort.

Reality Is More Complicated

Women will save the world! Because feminism, and reasons! So rush to see the movie, and cough up for all the inevitable merch and commercial tie-ins, because you betcha feminist Hollywood likes everybody’s dollars– even cootified sexist man-or-boy dollars!

This in spite of the 2016 reality that men and male teens have less job prospects than women, less are attending college, in some cases men are paid less than their female peers, less are even pretending to be interested in dating, possibly leading marriage & kids– and far more likely to murder themselves, on top of it all. In fact, life sucks for almost every young person right now. But don’t ask about any of that, you sexist misogynist oppressor! Stick to the much sads Narrative: [fill in the blank], Women Hardest Hit!

As blogger Woolly Bumblebee said, if Star Wars ‘VII’ and GynoBusters is what results when feminism is allowed to dictate the message, and women are all made into the heroes? Just stop and don’t, because you’re making a mess, stinking up our memories, further trashing masculinity for men and boys, and turning movies into ever more regurgitated mush.

A little part of me hopes I’m completely wrong, this is merely the worst trailer-edit and marketing ever, and the film turns out to be a kick-butt surprise hit. I’m not coughing up any serious $$ at the theatre to find out. ~

So Saith

Teh Binks

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Oh, Those Rutgers Kids!

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Hoot, Scream, Insult, Label, Shut Up, #@$%&!, they argued persuasively. With paint in their eyes.

~ THE SCREAMERS & face-paint splodgers who tried to no-platform Milo Yiannopoulos are not done yet. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!

You see, the cry-bullies just haven’t been heard, and you’ve mean-spiritedly misunderstood them, and, like, also, and they have totally important stuff to say. Aside from slogans, face-paint, public disturbances, and a very watered down 175 year old Marxism and the 227+ year old Revolutionism.

The neo-Jacobinettes now have a YouTube Channel, so feel free to ‘enjoy’ their offerings. Oh, and plus? Because Milo’s an “assh*le”, one says no doubt in a spirit of diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and safe spaces, you #%@! bigot. Right then.

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Behold the unspeakable bearded minions of patriarchal evil, and Fabulous Milo! ! Smite them now!!

Living In The Ruins

The Promised SJW Utopia.. So Very Very Close!

There are not a few lost, sad, broken & odd people clustered under the SJW-pity party umbrella. I feel sad for them, for they have lost they know not what, in exchange for easy propaganda and screaming. Still, these are alleged adult alleged university kids.

That old academic idea that you study & ponder and listen first, second, and third, and only then (and very humbly) come up with some thoughts or words or ideas? Lost on them. Modern undiversity rewards insta-blab, BrainingLite, endless outrage and offendedness, and “Talk First (and loudly), Brain Later (if ever), cuz actual thought is a tool of the oppressors! This often devolves into #@%!$&*! and schoolyard-style name-calling, now with added threats and shoving, before you know it.

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See, if I thought Milo was evil incarnate, I’d read up & learn up on his arguments and articles, write down some questions, criticism, and serious problems I saw, and go at it during the question & answer, on a blog, in e-mails, or in discussion. Not as fun, but much more effective, IF your goal is to actually learn, practice critical thinking, and (just imagine) actually convince Milo on a point or two to change his mind, or elaborate and correct his ideas.

On The Other Hand

A wise old prof of mine used to talk about his youthful university days, when he came to one of his profs, enthusiastically proclaiming that he had a new and exciting theory on the subject of the class. The professor thought a moment, then said (not cruelly) “..But why on earth would anybody be interested in that?”

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The Rev’d Dr. Canon Robert D. Crouse

That student later went on to be one of Canada’s wisest and mostly unsung Anglican  professors and leading theologians, an adviser to bishops, archbishops, international scholars, and even a few popes. He was even described as “the conscience of the Canadian Church”. All because, first of all, he learned that true learning is mostly about listening first.

La La La, I Can’t Hear You!

It’s worse, now– more and more surrender to the quick-setting brain cement of Social Justice Marxism, slogans, propaganda, hate-speech, sexism-racism-fascism, and dehumanizing people on the basis of appearance, sex, skin colour, and ideas. The students are revolting.

The prizes? Instant moral high-ground, instant conflict, instant significance! Regurgitating something you heard someone else said that someone else said somewhere is not learning; it’s not reasoning, intelligence or wisdom; it’s not even a second-hand education. It’s programming. Instant stupid.

FREE EDUCATIONAL RULES 101

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Free advice is worth every penny, so here you go.

The only question, whether you’re considering Milo, or bell hooks, or your prof or textbook or favourite speaker is:

Is This True (or False)? (this takes reason, and patience)

Then, another big question: How Do I Know This Is True (or False)? (This takes research)

And if you’ve gotten that far, then:

What is Right And Wrong (Or Uncertain) About This idea/ argument/ position? (This takes the ability to objectively think outside a position– or on both sides– so you can coolly figure the good & bad of a particular argument, claim, or asserted truth).

The good news here?– if you can properly do this last step, you’re 5 times further ahead than someone who only understands (or misunderstand) one side of the argument.

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Truth.. Just Is, Man

It’s a sad mess: and Rutgers is only one of many such semi-insane schools throughout North America, which have forbidden the search for truth.

Truth does not depend on a majority or minority vote; it has no colour, race, political stance, or creed; it does not have a best-before-date; professors or teachers or writers may or may not be actually interested in it; radical mass movements tend to discourage thought, introspection, seeking truth, or being fair to the opposition.

A few warnings on truthing gooder:

  • Repeating something often enough does not automatically make it true, or untrue.
  • Because a book or prof or politician said something does not magically make it true, or untrue.
  • Truth is true, whether you like it or not.
  • The popularity of an idea does not somehow make it true, or untrue.
  • Real learning is very hard work.
  • Your grasp of the truth is necessarily imperfect. Be humble, but defend what truth you know & have, until you learn otherwise.
  • The pooling of ignorance in search of truth does not guarantee you or your committee will ever find any.
  • Ignorance– especially deliberate bad learning, or dumbing yourself because ideology– can lead to mindless and unpleasant behaviour.
  • The truth is often risky, unpopular with the cool kids, hard to live with, and you bear responsibility for what you know, and for passing it on.
  • To know that you know nothing, or very little, is the beginning of learning, as Socrates taught.

I hope these collij kids– like the one in the vid above– one day wake up and realize who they are, what they’ve become, and how very very little they really know or understand. I hope.

The world is still dangerous for the lock-step supremacists, as I recently pondered here.

So Saith,

Teh Binks

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Ticking Time Bombs Of The Ordinary

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~ YOU CAN’T BE too careful.

All around us, in our carefully fenced in politically correct culture and media, are ticking time-bombs of goodness, beauty, truth, and ordinary humanity. Books, art, thought, faith, architecture– terribly risky stuff. Ought to be banned. After all, at any time one might go off, and all of a sudden someone’s safe little SJW world is blown to smithereens.

The modern Left/ progressive movement is a religious cult without a God, except The One Message. Only this– things & people and reality are not as the crazy Left describes or wants them to be, and reality  can and will break in from any direction, except in the most extreme  and die-hard cases.

I mean, there you are, smugly minding your own politically correct business, and then something like this sneaks up on you….

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… and there’s the crepuscular God-beams, and all the unearthly glowing golds and reds and endless shades of rich orange and dusky blue and royal purple, and suddenly you zone out and find yourself awe-struck and silent in wonder, pondering idly about life, God, or heaven, or beauty, or What It All Means; or, worse, you have one of those mysterious heart-piercing timeless for a thousand years moments, which leaves you flooded with a kind of wrenching homesickness and teary joy, and all your angry politics and petty little orthodoxies seem “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2) …. and there’s another mind and soul awakened.

Call The GooglyTwitBook Police!

Recently on YouTube, the discussion section on this excellent Milo video (also featuring “Based Mom” Christina Hoff Sommers) broke out into verboten thinking & free speech about how disappointing Progressivism is in reality, and how cruelly it treats people. Several folks there described such political awakenings out of kinderSJWland safe-spaces to reality.. then actual more open discussion (not yet restricted by Google) broke out!

It’s a reminder that just openly chatting, telling the truth as we know it, and that laughing at and speaking back to supremacists with logic, facts and humour can make a huge difference, since the change of one heart & mind may be the beginning of changing the entire world. The rads & progs may own most of the megaphones, but we have an endlessly appealing reality and freedom we’re trying to win & keep for ourselves and everybody.

Binks Brings Teh Blathers

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Being a tireless babble-box, I had to weigh in. I too am a former Canadian soft-lefty relativist with past criminal and anarchic leanings (see below for copies of some of the comments). Here’s what I said to ‘Townsend’, a German guy who is sick of the Left, in full.

Townsend:

I’m happy for 3rd Wave Feminizzum! It has brought me, a left leaning liberal, together with conservatives, who I now consider my brother(s). Certainly not economically but in very many points regarding our culture.

Binks:

+Townsend — Welcome aboard! You will a find only a very tiny minority of Conservatives/ libertarians/ SoCons to be nuts– and that mostly frustrated anger. Most of us are happy, funny, facty, friendly, smart, ordinary people just trying to get along in a chaotic world. If we’re awake at all, we find ourselves roused off the couch by screaming SJW loonies who are after our kids, schools, mass-media, universities, books, government policies and video games. Yikes!

These desperate and unhappy progressive people believe that not only is Utopia good and possible, but that it is within human power to make it so, the sooner the better. Thus, it’s fair play to bulldoze and dehumanize and scream at the opposition (such as Stupid Milo and Evil Christina) as evil and subhuman. It’s power, not reason, because They’ve Already Got It All Figured Out. Airhorns and no-platforming ensues. This is me (my YT channel is just a parking place): http://www.therebel.media/binks_webelf and over here: https://steynian.wordpress.com

Cheers.

He replied: 

+Binks Webelf: Hey Webelf, thanks for the welcome. I’m not afraid of conservatives as in some respect I have always considered myself tending towards conservative positions (family and more general values). It is only that now I speak it out loudly because I want to make my voice be heard against all the hysterical screams from the left. Economically, like I said before, I will still maintain a more left-leaning position, as I do believe in the power of politics over economy (not in the socialist sense though!) But I am German and you’re Canadian (?) so there will not be much to fight about, I guess. But where we both agree if I understand you correctly (I quickly scanned through the links), is that we need to stop this SJW nonsense, mostly because it is a thread to freedom of speech, which we share as much in Europe as you do in North America. Cheers!

Then me again:

Precisely, and yes, you won’t find such a lock-step outside the SJW world.. we’ve got an *actual* diversity of ideas, economic thoughts, moral positions, and backgrounds. That’s the world outside the toxic hive of the hard Left, which has reduced all of Western civilization to a series of slogans, screams, sloppy thinking, and seriously lazy & narrow minds.

If all history and literature and philosophy and politics boils down to “Patriarchy!”, it’s not unlike the scary things which happened in Italy and Germany and the United States in the 1930s. A song with one note only.

Me, I’m a Canadian– default lefty, but fair-minded. Then Islam and the War On Terror and Campus SJW, and the war on free speech, and the attacks on Christians got rolling in the last 15 years.. WTF? My political awakening started there, alongside my existing philosophical and cultural and religious principles.

I’ve found the allegedly evil hateful patriarchal mean-spirited untermensch of the non-Left to be mostly just… decent and interesting people. Such folks seem interested in ideas, care about real people, have manners and courtesy and a great sense of humour, and a capacity to discuss, argue, and agree to disagree. We have even warts, flaws, and make mistakes, and don’t know the answer to all the things!!

Milo? Interesting & funny. Hoff Sommers? Interesting & funny. Paglia? Interesting & funny. Shapiro? Interesting & funny. Steyn? Levant? Southern, and other Canadian non-progressives? Interesting & funny.

And now, the ginormous entirety of Western Civilization is yours to explore and ponder and enjoy– Greco-Roman Judaeo-Christian, the ancient, middle and modern. The whole schnitzel.

It’s no longer verboten, dead white male, sexist, or not affirming of this or that nutty political principle. Cicero, Sophocles, Moses, Jesus, Aquinas, Dante, all the great books and pyramids and castles and cathedrals and history and philosophy, and the full real story (good and bad)– minus the politically correct blinders & filters.

One book I found a good intro: Anthony Esolen– http://www.amazon.com/Politically-Incorrect-Western-Civilization-Guides/dp/1596980591/ref=sr_1_4

More here– http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/category/christian-humanism/anthony-esolen

And billions of blogs and forums, and good people actually thinking and talking and joking together about serious things, regular things, fun things.

Wish to chat more: binks.webelf-at-gmail.com

Cheers!

And that’s how ordinary people actually chat without speech-police, no-platforming, Twitter Spies, FaceBook bans, screaming crazy people in red paint or with airhorns, and other lockstep supremacists minding all your thoughts, words, and deeds.

It’s a very dangerous world out there– let’s live dangerously!

So Saith

Teh Binks

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And plus, furthermore….

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