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Buchenwald and Yale

Mr. Dubost, the prosecutor from France, interviewed the witness Bachalowsky during the Nuremberg Trials.

  • Mr. Dubost (French prosecutor): Could you please tell us about the tattooed skin?
  • Witness Bachalowsky: Yes.
  • Mr. Dubost: Please tell us what you know.
  • Witness Bachalowsky: In Buchenwald, human tattooed skin was placed in Block 2. This block was called the “pathological block”.
  • Mr. Dubost: Could you tell us if there was much tattooed skin in this block?
  • Witness Bachalowsky: There was always human skin there. I can’t tell you exactly how much there was because there was a lot of traffic in this block. There was not only tattooed skin but also tanned human skin without tattoos.
  • Mr. Dubost: Does this mean that they skinned prisoners?
  • Witness Bachalowsky: They skinned prisoners, then they tanned the skin.
  • Mr. Dubost: Could you give us more details about that?
  • Witness Bachalowsky: I saw the SS leaving Block 2 with human skin in their arms. Some comrades who worked in this block told me the SS received orders for human skin, and that tanned skin were given to the guards and visitors. Human skin was also used to make book covers.
  • Mr. Dubost: We have been told here that the former commandant, Koch, was punished for that.
  • Witness Bachalowsky: I don’t know about that case, I was not in the camp at this time.
  • Mr. Dubost: So, were there human tattooed and tanned skin in the camp after Koch left?
  • Witness Bachalowsky: There was always skin. When the Americans liberated the camp, they still found tattooed and tanned skin…

Horror happened at Buchenwald. Some of it was photographed by the American soldiers who liberated the camp. And in the days since, Holocaust deniers such as AhmediNajad, President of Iran, have claimed they didn’t happen, and have even denied the reality of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington DC that happened 56 years later.

Compare this to an extended description of a horror that maybe didn’t happen, but was publicized as if it did. Or maybe it did happen. At the moment the jury is still out.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process. […]

Shvarts insists her concept was not designed for “shock value.” […]

The “fabricators,” or donors, of the sperm were not paid for their services, but Shvarts required them to periodically take tests for sexually transmitted diseases. She said she was not concerned about any medical effects the forced miscarriages may have had on her body. The abortifacient drugs she took were legal and herbal, she said, and she did not feel the need to consult a doctor about her repeated miscarriages.

Aliza Schvarts rants about heteronormative male-normative enslavement of women instead of making a sandwich for a nice guy who deserves one. Shvarts declined to specify the number of sperm donors she used, as well as the number of times she inseminated herself. […]

“I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity,” Shvarts said. “I think that I’m creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be.”

The display of Schvarts’ project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts’ self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.

Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

It’s important to realize that Schvartz believes that this “art project” makes a political statement. It isso hard to figure out what political statement her “art project” is making because it is so repellent and degenerate.

Huffpo revealed a disappearing story from the NY Sun that claimed the story was a “creative fiction.” Now the NY Sun story is gone. In its place, a story straight from Google.

The purpose of doubt in Buchenwald is to demonize and re-victimize the victims of the horror. The purpose of doubt at Yale is something altogether different.

Schvarts said, once again, that “her goal was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body. [link]”

She thereby put herself in a position where people suspected that she was either a sociopathic auto-abortionist or a hoax artiste and joker. Today and tomorrow her identity will be that of a monster, alternating between killer and joker. So it will continue in the future, her identity and reputation ping-ponging between killer and joker. Nobody likes a joker. Nobody likes a killer. Nobody wants to be around either. For what is a joker but a liar who tells spectacular and embarrassing lies? And what is a killer but a liar who arbitrarily claims the ultimate knowledge of whether someone else deserves to die and the right to kill?

In the future, there will always be whispers behind her back, “Is she a killer?”

And the answer will come back, “I don’t know.”

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Also on it: Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Vanderleun.

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When is Tag Not Tag? Updated

When it is a game called “Jailbreak.”

“This is not the old-fashioned tag, where you could use two fingers and you would be it and move on to someone else,” Hooker said. The game, she said, has become much more aggressive. “I call it the nouveau tag.”

This tag involves grabbing people who do not necessarily know they are playing and possibly bumping them to the ground. “Then the kids do ‘pyramiding’ or ‘towering.’ They pile on each other. [Sometimes] they call it ‘jailhouse’ or ‘jailbreak,’ ” because the child has to break out, she said.[Michael Alison Chandler at the WaPo]

This doesn’t sound like tag at all. It sounds like assault and battery on the playground.

Michelle Malkin responded a few days ago to an abbreviated version of this story, her emphasis being on the wussification of the American child. While I agree that American children are being wussified by feminism and legalism, in this case the issue is the barbarity of some American children.

The principal of the school banned these violent variations of tag during recess and convinced the PE teacher(s) to teach the kids how to play basic touch tag without adding assault and battery into the mix. And yet this article presents it as if the principal was in the wrong, and out of his her mind for banning an innocent child’s game such as tag.

More references at Sphere.

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Zenster: The Toxic Nihilism of the Academy

Over at The Belmont Club, Zenster contributes a brilliant comment on Wretchard’s post about the year the Clintons spent in Berkeley. I have reprinted it in total for ease of reference.

Boomers were one of the first generations to grow up completely immersed in liberal academia’s toxic brew of uncertainty and nebulous definitions.

It is impossible to overstate how damaging to young minds modern academia’s school of nihilist “thought” truly is. Let’s examine its “tenets”: (Try to recall how many times you told the following.)

1. You can never know anything for sure.

2. There’s no right or wrong, just shades of grey.

3. Truth is subjective.

4. Logic is conditional.

5. There are no absolutes.

6. Life is without meaning.

All of the above—now commonly held—”tenets” engender belief in a malevolent universe. They spawn pessimism, insecurity, cynicism and the ready dismissal of established norms. All of these behaviors are prerequisites for the subordination of less capable minds by those who seek to control them. Loosing an individual from the moorings of rational philosophy makes those cut adrift extremely vulnerable to programming of any sort. Cults and brainwashers are notorious for using such methods in recruiting new members or inducing political defections.

Let’s examine these modern “tenets” one by one:

You can never know anything for sure.

I’ve had people actually try to argue with me about how I can be so sure that the sun will rise tomorrow. My simple reply is that such debate is irrelevant because if the sun does not rise, all life will end and further dispute serves no valid purpose. Ayn Rand addresses this in her law of identity: A=A. Certain laws do hold with a degree of immutability whereby they can be accepted as absolute. The lack of surety bred up by this one supposition is amongst the most damaging of all to young minds.

There’s no right or wrong, just shades of grey.

Whenever confronted with this utter nonsense simply ask, “When is rape permissible?” There are certain things in this world that are wrong and to think otherwise is indicates an unwholesome degree of moral flexibility. It fosters an ability to tolerate the intolerable. This particular “tenet” serves as a cornerstone of moral relativism and represents a core driver of Multiculturalism’s refusal to condemn even the most hideous of traditions.

Truth is subjective.

There can be no better way of undermining an individual’s personal convictions than by making truth circumstantial. Welcome to the brave new world of “truthiness”. When a person’s moral compass is demagnetized its poles become interchangeable and from thereon it’s all a downhill slide. Once you leave the mountaintop of moral clarity all perspective is lost and certainty perishes swiftly thereafter.

Logic is conditional.

This is how you strip the mind’s gearbox and destroy any transmission of meaningful reality. Critical analysis is impossible without the guideposts of logic. Once this guardian of intellect is slain any barbarian can crash the gates of reason. Constructive criticism and the assassination of ideas suddenly become indistinguishable. Deform this vital toolset and there is no way to repair the damage done by the preceding “tenets”.

There are no absolutes.

Tear out the moorings of mental discrimination and personal judgment becomes impossible. Witness the recent pejorative cast given to the word “discrimination”. Although wholly different in meaning, it is now demonized with the same negative connotations attributed to the word “prejudice”. Little value is held in the ability to discern between right and wrong. Especially so when the difference between right and wrong has already been denied. When people cannot make up their own minds the time is ripe for someone else to do it for them.

Life is without meaning.

Here is the grand finale for those who seek to subvert humanity and civilization. Eliminate a sense of individual purpose in life and blind obedience becomes—not just a welcome relief from crippling disorientation—but an easy descent into conformity and total lack of free thought. Communism sought to do this by alienating workers from their labor, product and compensation. Make a person’s work irrelevant to their daily living and life rapidly becomes meaningless. Have the result of human labor bear no direct relation to personal survival and existence loses its importance. Reward individuals in ways that have little connection to their efforts and soon they lose all contact with reality.

Authoritarian religions do this as well. They attempt to channel all human spirituality into a more narrow definition that serves only their own ends. True liberation of the mind represents a least desirable outcome. Life’s meaning can only be perceived within the limited confines of hidebound doctrine and not via an individual quest for uplift.

Now, combine all of these “tenets” together and you brew up an intellectual poison so toxic that there is little chance of escaping its fatal effects. The antidotes of reason, logic and morality have all been diluted into impotence and little more remains than being led to the slaughterhouse. Welcome to Htrae, the Bizarro World of Politically Correct thinking and Multiculturalism.

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The Picture of Antioch College: A Tragedy of Manners

The Picture of Dorian Gray

It was his beauty that had ruined him, his beauty and the youth that he had prayed for. But for those two things, his life might have been free from stain. His beauty had been to him but a mask, his youth but a mockery. What was youth at best? A green, an unripe time, a time of shallow moods, and sickly thoughts. Why had he worn its livery? Youth had spoiled him. [link]

Of a morning in Yellow Springs, Ohio:

It is 9:30 on a sunny Monday morning in October, a time, day, and month when most college campuses bustle with activity: students hurrying to class or relaxing between classes on library steps or tree-covered lawns. Here, on the 200-acre campus of Antioch College, a 155-year-old liberal-arts institution best known nowadays for a campus culture that long ago drifted from the progressively liberal to the alarmingly radical (people still talk about the anti-date-rape policy that required a separate verbal consent for each step of an amorous encounter, famously parodied on Saturday Night Live in 1993), the phrase “bustling with activity” is not what comes to mind. […]

There are plenty of trees on Antioch’s historic campus in Yellow Springs, a town of 4,600 about 20 miles east of Dayton in rural southwestern Ohio–soaring oaks, walnuts, maples, and firs, many likely more than a century old. And there are plenty of buildings–dozens of residence halls and classroom facilities, along with a library that has seen better days and a turreted Victorian-era main building designed by James Renwick Jr., architect of the Smithsonian Institution’s landmark castle in Washington, D.C., and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. As for Antioch students, however, there are none to be seen this morning, except for an occasional shadowy figure moving silently among distant trees like one of Ohio’s long-vanished Miami Indians on a solitary hunt.

The beautiful campus and stately trees of Antioch College are the face of Dorian Gray, while the managerial, financial and educational disaster detailed in Charlotte Allen’s Death by Political Correctness, are the horrifying portrait hidden under a sheet in the attic.

On June 9, 2007, the trustees of Antioch University, an adult-education offshoot of Antioch College that now dominates the college administratively, financially, and in terms of overall student population, announced that Antioch College would suspend operations on July 1, 2008, with a possibility of reopening in much-altered form in 2012, and that its entire faculty, including tenured professors, would be laid off. The reasons for the shutdown given by the trustees and by Tulisse Murdock, Antioch University’s chancellor since 2005, were many: years and years of incurable deficits, this year totaling $2.6 million on an annual college budget of $18 million; an extraordinarily low endowment of just $36 million (neighboring Ohio liberal arts colleges Oberlin and Kenyon boast endowments of $700 million and $167 million respectively); and a chronically low student enrollment that topped 600 only once during the preceding 25 years (compare that with Oberlin’s enrollment of nearly 2,900) and has declined precipitously since 2003. During the 2006-07 academic year, for example, only 330 full-time students were enrolled in Antioch’s bachelor-of-arts and bachelor-of-science programs–once so highly regarded that Antioch could boast that it had more graduates who went on to obtain Ph.D.’s than any other college in the country. This fall, after news of the pending shutdown decimated the incoming freshman class, there are just 220 Antioch College undergraduates left. That represents a decline of almost 90 percent from the 2,000 or so young people who attended Antioch during its peak enrollment years of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Read the whole tragic tale of the long, slow suicide of Antioch College here.

Inside, in the servants’ part of the house, the half-clad domestics were talking in low whispers to each other. Old Mrs. Leaf was crying and wringing her hands. Francis was as pale as death.

After about a quarter of an hour, he got the coachman and one of the footmen and crept upstairs. They knocked, but there was no reply. They called out. Everything was still. Finally, after vainly trying to force the door, they got on the roof and dropped down on to the balcony. The windows yielded easily–their bolts were old.

When they entered, they found hanging upon the wall a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was. [Ch. 20]

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Swallowing Swords

Hans Rosling gave a brilliant statistical talk in 2006 and another in 2007 that both exploded a lot of myths about the first and third world. Conclusion: The first and third world that were very distinct in 1950 have converged in 2007 with the exception of Africa and a few other exceptionally poorly managed countries. The 2007 talk also features visual proof that the impossible really isn’t, when an academic statistician swallows a bayonet.

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Should teachers be able to carry Guns?

Mr. Christian excerpts Rob at Say Anything.

Rob over at Say Anything has an interesting question posted:

That’s the rather interesting question from The Christian Science Monitor which has an article up about a teacher in Medford, Oregon, who wants to bring her Glock 9mm to school with her and is filing a lawsuit so she can do just that.

This is an issue that usually comes up after school shootings (Virginia Tech, etc.), and I am generally in favor of teachers bringing guns to school. That being said, I’ve got something of a nuanced position on this one in that I don’t think people have a right to bring their guns to work.

I think that teachers do have a right to bring their guns to school. It is not a matter of private property right, as Rob asserts, because the school is a government facility. As such, we the people are the owners. I believe her right to self defense trumps the rights of the administration to keep things “neat and tidy”

What say you?

We know what happens when nobody in a school is armed except for a single madman or a pair or a gang of evil men. That has been demonstrated to my satisfaction. It’s time to give responsible adults of good character and clear vision the chance to defend themselves and others not only in elementary and high schools, but also in colleges and universities.

Are teachers trustworthy enough to be allowed to carry guns?

Do we trust them with our children?

How could you answer yes to one and not to the other?

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Crazy Ideas: Fairness doctrine for Universities

Ward Connerly writes:

Personally, I oppose the “Fairness Doctrine” for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it presumes the ignorance of the public and our inability to discern facts from horse manure. But, most significantly, broadcast stations are not owned by the government and should not be considered as government activity. With so many different sources of information – newspapers, major television networks, cable television and talk radio, for example – it is difficult for any one source to give us a “snow job.” But, there is one area of American life where I believe something equivalent to a “Fairness Doctrine” ought to be applied: the college classroom.

Despite the clamor for “diversity” on college campuses, one of the most homogenous facets of American life is the college faculty and the perspectives that they teach in the classroom with regard to controversial subjects such as “affirmative action.” In fact, college professors have one of the most protected monopolies in our nation. They are protected by tenure, “academic freedom,” and our respect for their right to impart their knowledge without infringement by the trustees, the university president or anyone else responsible for university governance.

I am not proposing to abridge the freedom that these classroom dictators enjoy. This would be an instance in which the cure would be worse than the disease. But, unlike someone sitting on the couch with a remote control in hand, a student has little choice but to sit and listen when his or her professor spews forth about the inherent evils of “American imperialism” and how our nation is responsible for many of the things that are wrong on our planet, or why “equity” and “social justice” are being denied to women and “minorities.” In short, it is widely acknowledged that there is little intellectual diversity among university faculties.

In other words a Fairness Doctrine for universities. Perhaps an easy way to make sure it reflects the balance of the country would be to force the professoriate of universities that accept federal funds to have roughly the same ideological balance as the Senate or House of Representatives. When nine out of ten professors at almost every university and college (other than b-schools) is to the left of Cynthia McKinney there is a problem. And since the academy is the home of the intellectual life of the nation, it must be diverse in order to survive and in order for the nation to thrive.

While considering one crazy idea, why not consider another?

Who are the most (self) important persons in the United States government? The House and Senate, of course. And how do we ensure that all the most “important” professions and jobs in America, like bridge building and ditch digging and bus driving and working in a government bureaucracy, are performed by persons whose minds are unclouded by illegal intoxicants? Mandatory drug testing. Mandatory drug testing for the Senate and House is another crazy good idea.

In the words of Pooh Bear, “Think, think, think…”

H/T: RealClearPolitics

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