Category Archives: professors and intellectuals

Indiana University studies anal licking of Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Do you lick your toilet bowl?

You should know that “rimming” — licking another’s anus — is akin to licking your toilet bowl.

This is what passes as “higher education” in America’s universities. Dinah Holtzman, a faculty member at Indiana University — a public, i.e., taxpayer-funded university — dedicated an entire academic journal article to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s rimming of each other’s anus.

They lick each other’s anus

Jay-Z’s real name is Shawn Carter. Beyoncé’s full name is Beyoncé’s Knowles-Carter.

Holtzman pretentiously accords great significance to the couple’s rimming, which she euphemistically calls “analingus” and “cake eating”. Holtzman calls their rimming a mark of “black” culture and applauds Beyoncé’s licking of her husband’s anus as an act of “feminism”.

Below is the abstract of Dinah Holtzman’s article, “Ass You Lick It: Bey and Jay Eat Cake,” in the journal Black Camera, vol. 9, no. 1 (Fall 2017):

This essay investigates a period from 2010 to 2014 in which Beyoncé covertly celebrates mutual marital analingus with her husband rapper Jay-Z. This is no coy allusion to transgressive sex play but rather an embrace of egalitarian erotic practices. Such a radical position is especially significant since, other than the Obamas, the Carters are the premiere example of a successful black heterosexual marriage. The couple’s subtle promotion of cake eating suggests the key to commensurate male-female coupling is to queer and black(en) heterosex. The Carters’ down-low affirmation of reciprocal analingus is notable because of the larger cultural debates around Beyoncé’s embrace of feminism in late 2013 in the midst of her “Mrs. Carter Tour.” Through a close reading of the Carters’ references to cake eating, I argue that the couple’s coital customs are feminist, queer (heterosexual), and black.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Dinah Holtzman is a visiting lecturer (which means she’s a non-tenured year-to-year hire, thank God) in Gender Studies at the American Studies Department of Indiana University, Bloomington.

Despite her “visiting lecturer” title, she is listed as part of the “core faculty” of the American Studies Department. Her research areas are New Media, Sexuality Studies, U.S. and South Asian popular culture, contemporary art, queer of color critique as well as critical race, feminist, psychoanalytic and queer theory.

Holtzman has an abysmal overall rating of only 2.2 (on a scale of 1 to 5) on Rate My Professors.

H/t Breitbart

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~Eowyn

Student develops wearable technology aimed to prevent sexual assault

bracelet vs conceal carry

From Daily Mail: A University of Alabama master’s student has developed an unusual tool to combat sexual assault: a bracelet.

The device monitors wearers’ vital signs and can pick up on changes that would signal being under attack. The smart bracelet, still in the prototype stage, alerts a predetermined list of contacts and the police if it senses that the wearer is being harmed.

Additionally, it emits a loud alarm and is equipped with red strobe lights meant to scare away the attacker or get the attention of others in the vicinity.

The team behind the bracelet, Associate Professor Dr. Ragib Hasan and master’s student Jayun Patel, are hopeful that the device can prevent sexual assaults, which are extremely common on college campuses such as theirs.

Dr. Hasan explained in a statement that the ability to call the authorities is usually unavailable to assault victims under attack.

He said: ‘A major challenge to assault prevention is that, during an assault, victims often to not have an easily accessible way to call for help. Whether calling 911 or using an emergency alert app or device, each of these tools requires users to press a button in order to call for help. That is often not possible while a violent act is taking place or if a person is unconscious as a result of the assault.

Dr. Hasan directed Patel while she designed the new product, which relies on machine learning and sensors to detect signs of assault.

The bracelet houses an Adafruit Circuit Playground, pressure sensors, GPS capabilities and microphones, among other tools. It can also determine whether a wearer is standing or lying down.

If the device recognizes that a wearer is in danger it connects to their smartphone via Bluetooth and immediately messages emergency personnel and sends them the wearer’s location. Additionally, it alerts friends the wearer has designated by way of an app.

Patel said: ‘The sensors allow the bracelet to collect user activity and vital signs continuously. A machine learning algorithm detects and differentiates the user’s regular movement and unexpected and sudden movements that can be indicative of an assault.’

The bracelet was designed with the intention of creating a device that can detect assault, but it can be applied to other emergency situations.

For example, the engineers said it could potentially be used to alert the authorities if an elderly person falls or to provide a warning if someone with a disability performs a risky movement.

Patel said she wants to expand the technology and create other ‘smart’ items, such as shoes and earrings, that work to keep people safe.

The wearable devices designed in Dr. Hasan’s lab are low-cost; the prototype for the bracelet costs less than $40.00. The researchers are hopeful the price will drop even more if the product is eventually mass produced.

The technology could benefit a large portion of the population: one-third of women and one-sixth of men in the US alone experience sexual violence.

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The Totalitarian Left: CA SB1424 will criminalize the spreading of ‘fake news’

The California state government has gone from radical Left to full-tilt totalitarian.

CA State Senator Richard Pan (D) introduced mandatory vaccines into law via SB 277 in 2015. When questioned, being a coward, Pan fled:

Now Pan has introduced another anti-freedom bill, SB 1424, which will ban web sites, social media and even email that spread “untrue,” “misleading” or “false” information, whatever that means.

In effect, SB 1424 will criminalize anyone who dare question the government’s and MSM’s “official” narratives, our First Amendment right to freedom of speech be damned.

Below is the full text of SB 1424:

An act to amend Section 1103 of the Commercial Code, relating to commercial law. An act to add Title 14.5 (commencing with Section 3085) to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, relating to the Internet.

Existing law prohibits a person, among others, from making or disseminating in any advertising device, or in any manner or means whatever, including over the Internet, any statement concerning real or personal property or services that is untrue or misleading, as specified.

This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

The Uniform Commercial Code generally regulates commercial transactions, and is intended to be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies, which include simplifying, clarifying, and modernizing the law governing commercial transactions.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that law.

Bill Text

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1.

Title 14.5 (commencing with Section 3085) is added to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, to read:

TITLE 14.5. False Information Strategic Plans

3085.
(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.

(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

SECTION 1.Section 1103 of the Commercial Code is amended to read:

1103.(a)This code shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies, which are all of the following:

(1)To simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing commercial transactions.

(2)To permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom, usage, and agreement of the parties.

(3)To make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.

(b)Unless displaced by the particular provisions of this code, the principles of law and equity, including the law merchant and the law relative to capacity to contract, principal and agent, estoppel, fraud, misrepresentation, duress, coercion, mistake, bankruptcy, and other validating or invalidating cause supplement its provisions.

Note that nowhere in SB 1424 are the words “untrue,” “misleading” and “false information” defined.

Richard Pan, 52, represents California’s 6th Senate district, which encompasses parts of Sacramento and Yolo counties in northern California. A pediatrician by trade, which he continues to practice while being state senator, Pan was born in NYC to immigrants parents from Taiwan.

His contact information:

Address: State Capitol, Room 5114, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 651-4906
Email: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/contact/email

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV, Lana and AvaJ

~Eowyn

Parkland students call for greater gun safety measures while in Dubai

florida shooting meme

Here’s a thought kids: If you want to improve school safety you can start by ensuring your school district hires an officer who will actually hunt down a rampant gunman. And you can ask the FBI and other agencies why they failed to limit the accessibility of guns to a KNOWN potential criminal.

But hope you had fun in Dubai!

From Yahoo (originally from Boston Globe): Student survivors of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history took their message abroad for the first time on Saturday, calling for greater gun safety measures and sharing with educational professionals from around the world their frightening experience.

The Feb. 14 attack in Florida killed 17 people, 14 of them students, becoming one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. The attack was carried out by a former student wielding an assault-style rifle who strode into one of the school buildings and opened fire.

‘‘It’s so important to be educated, and to be educated in a productive sense is to feel safe at school,’’ Suzanna Barna, 17, said. ‘‘No child should ever have to go through what we did.’’

Barna and her classmates Kevin Trejos and Lewis Mizen, all seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., each wore a red ribbon representing the color of their school in honor of the victims as they talked about their experience and their push for stricter gun safety measures. They spoke in Dubai at the Global Education and Skills Forum that coincides with the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, awarded to one outstanding teacher from around the world each year.

Trejos, 18, described the ordeal as ‘‘scary’’ and said students were crying and trying to comfort one another as they hid inside a closet in a classroom for nearly two hours. ‘‘We didn’t know where the shooter was. We didn’t know if he was coming to our classroom next,’’ Trejos said.

‘‘We need to improve school safety,’’ he added, saying that the students are not trying to ban guns ‘‘because we understand it’s practically impossible to do,’’ but are working to limit the accessibility of guns to criminals or potential criminals.

Like other school shootings before it, the attack has renewed the national debate on gun control. On Wednesday, tens of thousands of students across the U.S. walked out of their classrooms to demand action from lawmakers on gun violence and school safety.

President Donald Trump and some gun supporters say the solution is to put more guns in the hands of trained school staff — including teachers. The student survivors speaking in Dubai strongly disagree, saying more guns is not the answer.

Mizen, 17, said protocols shouldn’t be preparing schools for when shootings happen, but should be stopping them before they happen. ‘‘Teachers are there to educate their students. They shouldn’t have to serve as the first line of defense between them and a rampant gunman on campus,’’ Mizen said, eliciting applause from the audience packed with educators.

Mizen said that addressing the global forum in Dubai was as a chance to talk to world education leaders and stress the importance of safety in schools.

‘‘If we can get the international body on our side then that will make it so much easier to make change back at home,’’ he told The Associated Press.

Read the rest of the story here.

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When atheist Stephen Hawking died . . .

Yesterday, March 14, 2018, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died at age 76.

Hawking was a longstanding Labour Party supporter. He recorded a tribute for the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, supported stem cell research, universal health care, action to prevent climate change, and opposed Brexit.

Hawking is famous not just as a scientist, but as a celebrated pop culture figure. One of the perks of being a celebrity — a perk shared by Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew — is access to billionaire convicted-pedophile Jeffrey Epstein‘s “pedo” island in the Virgin Islands.

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Stephen Hawking enjoys a barbecue on Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island Little St James while attending a conference on gravity organized for 21 of the world s top physicists by Epstein’s foundation on a nearby island in March 2006.

Hawking is also famous for his atheism.

In his co-authored book, The Grand Design, Hawking wrote (see my Sept. 5, 2010 post, “No Need For God“):

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”

To Hawking, this just happened by accident — the Ring Galaxy, which spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away:

Ring galaxy

I wonder how Hawking could account for the law of gravity existing BEFORE there was the physical Universe, i.e., before there was any object on which gravity could exert its force?

I also wonder if Hawking, wherever his soul is, still thinks there is no God?

Atheism is an empirically untenable belief because the assertion “There is no God” is a categorical or universal negative, which requires that one knows EVERYTHING in the Universe so as to dismiss the existence of God, just as you can’t say “There is no pink elephant,” unless you’ve been to every planet and star in the Universe, seen everything and can verify that no pink elephants exist — anywhere.

Hawking was diagnosed with the incurable motor neurone disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1963 when he was 21 years old. The average survival of ALS from onset to death is two to four years. About 10% survive longer than 10 years.

Hawking is the only known person with ALS to not only live to a ripe old age of 76, but got younger-looking the older he got. It must be a miracle! /sarc

See “Conspiracy Theory: Stephen Hawking died and was replaced a long time ago“.

~Eowyn

Richard Dawkins says we should get over our ‘yuck’ taboo against cannibalism

Add another voice to the growing pop culture “normalization” of cannibalism.

It’s Richard Dawkins, 76, the celebrated British evolutionary biologist and rabid atheist who says there’s nothing wrong about pedophilia and it’s our moral duty to kill the mentally retarded.

On March 3, 2018, referring to a news article in the Independent on lab-grown meat being on restaurant menus by the end of this year, Dawkins asks in a tweet if human meat can be grown, and calls the “taboo” against cannibalism a knee-jerk “yuck reaction” of a rigid moral absolutism:

“Tissue culture ‘clean meat’ already in 2018? I’ve long been looking forward to this. What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism? An interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus ‘yuck reaction’ absolutism.”

Note: Consequentialism is a school of thought that says the morality of an action depends on the consequences it creates. A moral action is one that produces a positive or beneficial outcome; an immoral action is one that produces a negative outcome. Of course, what “positive” and “negative” mean are undefined. In other words, consequentialist morality is the end justifies the means — what is moral is what benefits me, aka moral relativism.

Richard Dawkins decries our taboo against cannibalism as an unthinking, emotional (“yuck reaction”) moral absolutism, as opposed to the end-justifies-the-means consequentialist morality he approves. What escapes me is the positive or beneficial end of cannibalism. Dawkins, in his senile-demented and demon-possessed mind, must think kuru to be the “positive” end that justifies cannibalism.

Note: Kuru — spongiform encephalopathy or human mad cow disease — is an incurable neurodegenerative disease transmitted via cannibalism.

Here’s a thought: Dawkins’ advocacy of cannibalism itself may be a result and symptom of kuru.

In his book, The God Delusion, Dawkins wrote:

“It seems to me to require quite a low self-regard to think that, should belief in God suddenly vanish from the world, we would all become callous and selfish hedonists, with no kindness, no charity, no generosity, nothing that would deserve the name of goodness.”

By his advocacy for pedophilia, killing the mentally retarded, and now pointless cannibalism, Dawkins precisely demonstrates the very “callous and selfish hedonists, with no kindness, no charity, no generosity, nothing that would deserve the name of goodness” of a world banished of the divinity.

Richard Dawkins is an exemplar of what Fyodor Dostoyevsky so presciently observed 138 years ago in The Brothers Karamazov:

“In a world without God, everything is permitted.”

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H/t LifeNews and FOTM reader Big Lug.

~Eowyn

Guess who is speaking about “ethics in public service” at UCLA on Monday?

bradley manning

Manning: A convicted traitor and “ethics” expert…

Manning knows NOT ONE thing about ethics. This is a disgrace.

From the UCLA announcement:

“Join the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for the next Luskin Lecture, featuring Chelsea Manning.

As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence. While in prison, Manning publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her right to medical therapy.

Now an advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights, Manning will speak about ethics in public service; resistance in the age of artificial intelligence; activism and protest; transgender issues; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives.”

We live in bizarro world…

h/t Twitchy

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