“There is much that should be said about the ways in which the dominant Social Justice ideology has negative impacts upon the university, free expression, academic freedom and, especially, the sciences. Like all rigid ideologies, Social Justice is inimical to science—not because of what it claims or concludes but because of how it goes about reaching its conclusions. Social Justice, like all rigid ideologies, is only interested in science that supports its predetermined theoretical conclusions and holds all other science suspect.

Of course, the accusation that the sciences are susceptible to the forces of Social Justice and its endless politicking may come as some surprise to those in the sciences, because they are duly confident in their own rigor. They are right to realize that, even if the Social Justice educational reformers go too far or have a frightening amount of institutional control, they cannot really influence science directly because they don’t do science. The assumption held by many, which is plausible, is that scientists will keep doing science according to rigorous scientific methodologies and needn’t worry much about the influence of politics from the more ideological sectors of the academy—including the administration.

This attitude is both laudable and quaintly naive. It is likely to underestimate the degree to which the sciences, like all disciplines, are susceptible to the influences and whims of a dominant orthodoxy. We should note that this exact concern is also what we hear from proponents of Social Justice when they attempt to encroach upon science—it’s perhaps the chorus of the siren song of feminist studies of science and technology to insist that the sciences are already biased and that their activism is a necessary corrective. These criticisms of science insist that science is already prejudiced towards the ideological assumptions of white, Western men and therefore needs to be made more inclusive. This argument, however, goes against the core and essential nature of science, which is universality. Whatever is true about the world should be discoverable by the same methods, regardless of who or what does the experiment.

Another core part of the scientific process is skepticism. This means that science, as a process, is already geared to minimize and correct for potential biases and errors, be they ideological or otherwise. Input into ways to do this more efficiently are always welcome, but Social Justice approaches do not seek to further improve the objectivity of science. Instead, they aim to introduce opposing biases, which they see as effectively counteracting existing ones. Far from being a novel or useful insight, however, concerns about the lack of objectivity on the part of any given observer or theoretician aren’t lost on any serious scientist or philosopher of science and haven’t been in decades (and appropriating Thomas Kuhn’s work here doesn’t work on the Social Justice side).”

https://areomagazine.com/2018/12/04/are-academics-cowards-the-grip-of-grievance-studies-and-the-sunk-costs-of-academic-pursuit/

***seen here (Woodpile Report)

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“No one should fear losing their job because they believe that men and women are biological realities that are not interchangeable.

Unfortunately, government coercion as a weapon of the culture wars is now spreading across the professions.

First, there were cases in the wedding industry where the government tried to force people to violate their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman—florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venues, and so forth.

Then those lawsuits spread to even more industries—videography, web design, calligraphy studios, and public service.

Now, the government is beginning to penalize people who hold that there are two biological sexes. For example, a Catholic hospital was sued for refusing to remove a biological female’s healthy uterus to pursue gender transition. Meanwhile, two parents lost custody of their teenage daughter for refusing to allow their child to take testosterone and identify as a boy.”

More @

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/10/this-teacher-was-fired-for-misgendering-a-student-who-could-be-next/

Stuff you should be paying attention to…

https://www.americanpartisan.org/2018/12/russia-deploying-nuclear-capable-bombers-to-venezuela/

“This has been a long and difficult week at the Statehouse. However we’re glad to report that H.B. 228, a bill we’ve been working on for 2 years, is finally headed to Governor Kasich’s desk.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, a substitute bill was adopted by the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee by a 9-1 vote, with the lone dissenter being Kris Jordan. Votes are not always what they seem. Jordan’s vote was in opposition to removing the “duty to retreat” fix in the bill, as well as not including his own amendment to clarify self-defense issues. After some discussion, the amended bill passed on a 7-3 party line vote, with Republicans voting “yes” and Democrats voting “no.”

The measure then passed the Senate by a 19-10 margin, and the House concurred in a 59-21 vote.

The Governor has vowed to veto the Act. If he follows through, both the House and Senate will be asked to override, after which it would become law after 90 days.

We want to thank President Obhof, Chairman Coley, Vice Chairman Uecker and many other for the enormous amount of time and effort they put into keeping this bill moving against an avalanche of opposition.

Opponents pulled out all the stops to kill this bill, resulting in a marathon Senate hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, featuring Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety”

https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/update-hb-228-goes-governors-desk

“The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user.

One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood, remaining there for more than an hour. Another represents a person who travels with the mayor of New York during the day and returns to Long Island at night.

Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her.

An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrin’s identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.

The app tracked her as she went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to her dermatologist’s office for a minor procedure. It followed her hiking with her dog and staying at her ex-boyfriend’s home, information she found disturbing.

“It’s the thought of people finding out those intimate details that you don’t want people to know,” said Ms. Magrin, who allowed The Times to review her location data.

Like many consumers, Ms. Magrin knew that apps could track people’s movements. But as smartphones have become ubiquitous and technology more accurate, an industry of snooping on people’s daily habits has spread and grown more intrusive.”

“At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found. Several of those businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the United States — about half those in use last year. The database reviewed by The Times — a sample of information gathered in 2017 and held by one company — reveals people’s travels in startling detail, accurate to within a few yards and in some cases updated more than 14,000 times a day.

[Learn how to stop apps from tracking your location.]

These companies sell, use or analyze the data to cater to advertisers, retail outlets and even hedge funds seeking insights into consumer behavior. It’s a hot market, with sales of location-targeted advertising reaching an estimated $21 billion this year. IBM has gotten into the industry, with its purchase of the Weather Channel’s apps. The social network Foursquare remade itself as a location marketing company. Prominent investors in location start-ups include Goldman Sachs and Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder.”

***Read the rest- all of it-and pay attention to how you voluntarily allow yourself to be located and tracked – think .gov agencies don’t have access to this data?***

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

***Read. The. Whole. Thing.***

https://zerogov.com/the-guerrilla-gunfighter-a-book-review-and-commentary-by-john-meyers/

When Nonviolence Isn’t Enough – Reason.com

Posted: December 10, 2018 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

h/t Kenny

“In August 2017, Richard Hubbard III stopped at a red light in Euclid, Ohio, but his front bumper went a few feet past the white line. The cops pulled him over. That’s no surprise: Police in Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and the surrounding cash-strapped towns strictly enforce traffic rules. But officers didn’t just give the driver a ticket.

The police demanded Hubbard—a black man—step out of his vehicle. Dashcam footage shows that he calmly complied. Yet one officer immediately spun Hubbard around, bent his arm, and slammed him against his Hyundai. He flipped Hubbard again, punched him in the face, and kicked his groin. Hubbard screamed and put his arms up to protect himself. The other officer joined in.

They threw Hubbard to the ground but continued to punch, hammer, and kick him. When he tried to protect his face, they chanted the informal motto of American police, “Stop resisting!” Even when Hubbard was subdued, prostrate with his hands behind his back and two large officers pinning him down, one officer continued to pummel his skull.

Imagine you witness the whole thing. A thought occurs to you: You’re armed. You could shoot the officers, perhaps saving Hubbard’s life or preventing him from being maimed and disabled. May you do so?

Below, I defend a controversial answer: Yes, you may. Shooting the cops in this case is dangerous—they may send a SWAT team to kill you—and in many places it’s illegal. But it is nevertheless morally permissible, indeed heroic and admirable. You have the right to defend yourself and others from state injustice, even when government agents act ex officio and follow the law.

Normally it’s wrong to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, manipulate, destroy property, or attack people. But commonsense morality as well as the common law hold that such actions are permissible in self-defense or in defense of others. The basic principle is that you may use deception or violence when you are not the initial aggressor and when you reasonably believe such actions are necessary to protect yourself or others from imminent, severe injury from an aggressor. You may lie to the murderer at the door. You may smash the windows of the would-be kidnapper’s car. You may kill a violent attacker when you reasonably fear for your life.

Now ask: Does it make a difference if the murderer at the door or the kidnapper is a lawfully appointed member of the U.S. government, acting in his or her capacity as an agent?”

RTWT

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/07/when-nonviolence-isnt-enough

Washington: Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda

Posted: December 10, 2018 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

” On December 5th, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backed by out-of-state elites, announced it will pursue its most extreme anti-gun legislative agenda to date during the upcoming 2019 Washington Legislative Session.

This comes less than one month after the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Seattle tech-billionaires spent millions to pass Initiative 1639, which made the state’s gun control laws amongst the worst in nation.

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Some of the most egregious restrictions in the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s 2019 agenda includes the following:

  • Standard Capacity Magazine Ban: Targets commonly owned standard capacity ammunition magazines by arbitrarily branding them as “High Capacity Magazines,” and restricts access for self-defense purposes.
  • Government Mandated Training to Obtain CPL: Would require all new applicants and renewing holders of a concealed pistol license show documentation they have completed a firearms safety course
  • Abolish State Preemption: Washington’s state preemption statute, passed in 1983, helps keep firearm and ammunition laws consistent throughout the state by establishing that the State Legislature has full authority to regulate and create laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition. These statutes help prevent a confusing patchwork of gun control laws which make it difficult for gun owners to ensure that they are following the law and also protects the Second Amendment rights of all Washingtonians, regardless of where they reside.
  • Remove Second Amendment Rights without due process: Impose a firearm prohibition for any person who has been released from a 72-hour mental health evaluation. This type of legislation removes a constitutional right without any mental health adjudication or judicial determination, and without any due process of law.
  • Expand “Gun-Free Zones” to child care facilities and early learning centers: This type of policy creates arbitrary boundaries around areas where law-abiding individuals are prohibited from carrying a firearm for self-defense. These arbitrary boundaries do not deter criminals.
  • Firearm Destruction by Washington State Patrol: Allows for the destruction of all firearms confiscated by or forfeited to the Washington State Patrol. Like other seized items, these firearms should be sold by law-enforcement to generate revenue instead of spending money to have them destroyed.
  • Require Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms by setting a timeframe for when they must be reported under penalty of law: Individuals should not be further victimized after experiencing a burglary or other loss.”

Read more @
https://www.ammoland.com/2018/12/washington-anti-gun-group-announces-2019-agenda/

Christian Mercenary: The Truth Remains

Posted: December 10, 2018 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

h/t WRSA

Is there anyone left in the nation who believes that we are still a republic? That your vote has not been tampered with, either through outright switching or disenfranchisement through cramming the ballot box with illegal votes? Is there a sense that this vote manipulation has led to a fraudulent outcome that has destroyed the concept of Congressional representation? Is there any sense that there is an equal justice system complete with due process and limitations on government power, or is that reserved for government employees and the wealthy? Is it still possible to object to the globalization of power without being considered a criminal? Is it possible to speak your mind in any venue without incurring civil or criminal liabilities? Is it possible to speak your mind in any venue without the possibility of being physically attacked? Is there any way to opt-out of the surveillance conducted by government and even software programs? Is there any sense that your rights and opinions will be evaluated on a par with anyone else, or are there special citizens who must be accommodated above your concerns and even at your expense? Do you feel like ultimately the government will abolish Christianity and accommodate Islam? Do you feel as though the taxes you are legally obligated to pay are being used in a responsible and thoughtful manner?

Read more @

http://christianmerc.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-truth-remains.html

“One of the points I’ve stressed for a long time is the value found in using simple equipment to the maximum of its potential. Whatever it might be, optics to weapons to electronics, my own combat experience has fostered an appreciation for Keeping It Simple, Stupid. And that’s the very paradigm I teach my classes from- taking what’s common and simple to understand and learning the techniques of using it to its peak potential. The same is true for building signals intelligence capabilities among preppers and/or potential partisans. Not that long ago the RAND Corporation published a white paper on the very topic; what they found was that not only does the capability exist to monitor most real-world threats in any given environment, anyone can do it.”

During our market scan, we found examples of SIGINT capabilities outside of government that are available to anyone. The capabilities we found have applications in maritime domain awareness; radio frequency (RF) spectrum mapping; eavesdropping, jamming, and hijacking of satellite communications; and cyber surveillance. Most of these capabilities are commercially available, many are free, and some are illegal. In our view, the existence of both legal and illegal markets and capabilities results in an environment where SIGINT has been democratized, or available to anyone.
(Weinbaum, Berner and McClintock, 2017)

Read more @

https://www.americanpartisan.org/2018/12/signals-intelligence-capabilities-for-anyone/