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LET’s talk about discrimination.YouTuber LudwingMedia harks back to 1970. Blue-eyed people are smarter than brown-eyed people. Or is it the other way around?
Ms. Jane Elliott’s “brown eyes, blue eyes” experiment in 1970 (the third one after her first in 1968). This “Eye of Storm” documentary was made by William Peters in 1970 for ABC News and later included in the documentary “A Class Divided” (1985), which included a class reunion (of 1984.)
The most telling moment is when Russell used “brown eyes” as a derogatory term to call John name, only a couple of hours through. Though, the experiment was too short to allow it to get to the point when a “brown-eyes” person does so to another fellow “brown-eyes” person.
From her website:
In 1968, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a third grade teacher, Ms. Jane Elliott, in all-white, all-Christian, Riceville, Iowa, involved her students in an exercise in discrimination based on eye color. It was her attempt to help them to understand some of the reasons why Black people were taking to the streets and demanding equitable treatment with whites.
She went on the road:
She took the Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes exercise, and other work, out to colleges, and government, professional and community groups across the world. In these training sessions, she usually puts the brown eyed attendees in the superior position. As these groups are more likely to be mixed race, this ensures that the people feeling the discrimination are more likely to be white, who are less likely to be used to it. She uses choice of language and tone, removal of basic rights (such as being allowed to speak without permission) and a constant shifting of rules to discomfort the blue-eyed participants. At the same time she uses positive language, praise and encouragement to the brown-eyed people. Even assertive, intelligent professionals have expressed their surprise at how quickly they start to mirror the trainer’s behaviour, and how thoroughly they become affected by this technique, even at a two hour seminar. Jane Elliott then hammers home the point: people who are the subject of real discriminations cannot call a halt to the misery and frustration at the end of the afternoon. Jane Elliott started her exercise to point out racial discrimination: now she uses it to highlight sexism, ageism and homophobia too.
She has more to say:
WHO better to play Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean the Musical than
Danny Dyer...Kerry Katona?
Belvedere Pashun’s musical tells the story of Norma’s life. The uppers. The downers. The topless shots. The sex. And the bits the 20th Century’s sexiest actress performed on film. Says Pashun:
“I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience – Kerry was at the top of my list.”
According to Reuters, in New York a grand total of 2000 people showed up Saturday to protest in favor of Trayvon Martin in the George Zimmerman trial. That’s .00024257 of the population of our most populous city …
In our second most populous city, my hometown of Los Angeles, the results were even worse, according to the Los Angeles Times. A measly 400 people demonstrated. The totals in Miami, closest big city to the event, were 300.
In other words, the turnout was somewhere between minuscule and puny — maybe, at best, fifteen thousand people nationwide in a country of 314 million.
Had it gotten violent the media would have really gone to town…
Note: But let’s be clear: if you’re not black and can’t empathise, can’t grasp the thought that a person can be deemed suspect because they are black, you need to think harder about it. Understanding is what’s needed.
TRANSFER Balls: a look at the news that Arsenal have missed out on Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Or have they..?
This from today’s press. And do note that the Sun said Arsenal had signed Higuain for £23m.
Daily Express: “Napoli agree £30m fee with Real Madrid for Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain”
The 25-year-old is thought to prefer a move to the Emirates and is delaying discussing personal terms with the Naples club in the hope of buying time to allow Arsenal to return to the negotiating table.
ITV and Sky are determined to make explosive news, however, neither hold a candle to KIII-TV in Texas.
Live on-air, three KIII-TV news anchors were left pie-eyed and pooing it after an explosion rocked the studio at 5.30am local time on July 12.
PIGEONS. Love them. But could you eat a whole one? This Eastern White pelican ate a pigeon in London’s St James’s Park. in one gulf. The seagulls we watched by the Round Pond, in London’s Kensington Gardens, preferred to peck the pigeon to death, then eat only the choicest cuts.
It’s a jungle out there.
YOU can filter out the word “porn” from google searches. I know this because my search was blocked when I went to check more information on the Sky News story:
“PM: Child Abuse Web Searches ‘Must Be Banned’ - Internet companies could be forced to blacklist certain words if they do not act on their “moral duty”, David Cameron will warn.
I was curious because a couple of days earlier David Cameron had been talking about crime:
“Your streets, houses and businesses are the safest they’ve been in a generation and are proof that our reforms are working.
“We’ve slashed the out-of-control bureaucracy that has seen police officers spending nearly half their shifts doing paperwork.”
TODAY in America, Trayvon Martin protests were held in more than 100 US cities. The protests were over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in a Florida murder trial.
These are the pick of the signs and placards:
Political memories: Hang Nelson Mandela before it’s too late (and Saddam Hussein was a ‘friendly’ guy)
AS the mawkish and ghoulish media hover around Nelson Mandela’s hospital bed, we look back to when the aged ANC leader was not South Africa’s number one tourist attraction.
This poster was distributed by Britain’s Federation of Conservative Students during the early 1980′s.
In the interests of balance, long-serving Labour MP Tony Benn, a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, told us that Saddam Hussein was not a bad guy but “very friendly“….
ONCE upon a time, LSD was the housewife’s trip of choice. British soldiers had tested it and, well, there would be another pill along soon enough to make things better. Or worse. This warning from yesteryear also contains a profound anti-meat message:
SGT Sean Murphy was there when alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured hiding beneath the cover of a boat. He took photos. This one shows the 19-year-old carrying the red dot of a sniper’s rifle laser sight on his forehead.
Sgt Murphy says his pictures show the “real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed”.
Surely, he means to say ‘the alleged bomber’?
HAVE your vegetables been nucleated by fall-out from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster? We feared the nuclear rabbit. America, Oxford and Glasgow were smothered by a “nuclear plume“. Australia was washed by nuclear rain. Journalists appealed to readers to help end Armageddon. Tens of thousands ‘died‘. And then they only went and banned bananas. And now mutant vegetables are coming for us.
Deformed Vegetables, Fruit Reportedly Pop Up Around Japan Nuclear Plant
Images of the bizarrely deformed flora – which range from tomatoes with tumor-like growths to monstrous cabbage and conjoined peaches – turned up on the website Imgur this week, with the title, “Effects from the Fukushima radiation disaster?”
IN the interests of fairness, we balance the Top Ten Sexy Left Wing politicians ever with this picture of Cold Phwoar winner Ronald Regan in his knickers posing at the Fine Arts department of the University of Southern California in 1940.
TWO ladies were having a lovely time in Hebden Bridge. Now, that doesn’t sound remarkable, but these ladies were having some sexy times which involved handcuffs. Again, not remarkable, until you get to the part where the fire brigade get involved.
After a bit of bondage, the couple found that they’d lost the key for their handcuffs and as such, had to be cut free by firefighters.
Sartre: … I ended up having a nervous breakdown.
Gerassi: You mean the crabs?
Satre: Yeah, after I took mescaline, I started seeing crabs around me all the time. They followed me in the streets, into class. I got used to them. I would wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, my little ones, how did you sleep?” I would talk to them all the time. I would say, “O.K., guys, we’re going into class now, so we have to be still and quiet,” and they would be there, around my desk, absolutely still, until the bell rang.
Gerassi: A lot of them?
Sartre: Actually, no, just three or four.
Grassi: But you knew they were imaginary?
Sartre: Oh, yes. But after I finished school, I began to think I was going crazy, so I went to see a shrink, a young guy then with whom I have been good friends ever since, Jacques Lacan. We concluded that it was fear of being alone, fear of losing the camaraderie of the group. You know, my life changed radically from my being one of a group, which included peasants and workers, as well as bourgeois intellectuals, to it being just me and Castor. The crabs really began when my adolescence ended. At first, I avoided them by writing about them — in effect, by defining life as nausea — but then as soon as I tried to objectify it, the crabs appeared. And then they appeared whenever I walked somewhere. Not when I was writing, just when I was going someplace. … The crabs stayed with me until the day I simply decided that they bored me and that I just wouldn’t pay attention to them. And then the war came, the stalag, the Resistance, and the big political battles after the war.
From the book Talking With Sartre: Conversations and Debates.
TWO traffic cops in China decided that directing cars wasn’t for them, as they preferred to direct their fists toward each other in the middle of the street.
Luckily, someone was on-hand to film and laugh.
The incident happened in Tangshan and involved two police assistants who decided to knock seven bells out of each other, for everyone’s amusement but their superiors.
Rolling Stones Boston Bomber Cover inspires NME: ‘Pol Pot – The Sultry Misunderstood Genius Behind Cambodia’s Summer of Love’
YES. Rolling Stone magazine still exists. Sure, it had to go some lengths to remind us that it is alive by featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. You do what you need to get noticed.
The alleged killer looks dreamy, a kind of celebrity and a martyr. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the rock magazine’s moves are cover “out of taste”. The Establishment hate it. Rock on, Rolling Stone.
WE all need someone to blame sometimes. As long as it isn’t ourselves. And one lawyer is suing Apple over his porn addiction, like he couldn’t stop watching bongo films all by himself.
Chris Sevier claims to have become addicted to adult sites after ‘accidentally’ typing ‘fuckbook’ rather than “facebook’ when using Safari.
The dirty bugger has now filed a complaint against the company at the Tennessee Supreme Court, blaming his addiction on the lack of a porn filter on the browser.
TODAY I took part in a debate about the left’s attitude to Israel at the Jewish Free School in London. My opening remarks are published below.
For me, the most striking thing about the left’s attitude to Israel is how much it has changed, how sweepingly it has been transformed over the past couple of generations. I don’t think there’s any other issue on which the left has so dramatically changed its thinking. In a nutshell, the mainstream Western left has gone from loving Israel to loathing it, from singing its praises to blaming it for all the world’s ills and accusing it of being a uniquely barbaric state.
FLASHBACK snapshot: 1980 – “Lady Diana Spencer’s look of astonishment as she stalls her car – a new Mini Metro – outside her Earl’s Court flat when leaving for her job as a teacher at a kindergarten in Pimlico, London. Speculation continues that she may have a romantic involvement with the Prince of Wales.”
SOMETHING darkling that’s been simmering on Facebook for a long time now boiled over last weekend, once news broke that George Zimmerman was deemed legally blameless for killing Trayvon Martin. So I’ll say it if nobody else will: these passive-aggressive like-whoring posts (similar to link-whoring, only with thrice the obnoxiousness) need to stop.
You’ve surely seen the kind of posts I’m talking about. “Hitler and the Nazis were evil racist bastards. ‘Like’ this post if you agree!” Or, even worse: “’Share’ if you agree!” The implication, of course, is: “If you don’t like or share my post you clearly oppose its premise, you goose-stepping Nazi scum you.”
Trayvon Martin: hooded black Howard University School of Medicine students ‘kill’ in Chelsea and Millwall ‘kits’
IN reaction to the news that Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman will not be punished by the US judiciary. (His family are in hiding and his name is mud, however.) The Howard University School of Medicine, makes a point. Which looks the more suspect – the black men in white coats or the black men in hoods?
The question might be: Trayvon Martin or Howard Shipman? The hooded executioner or His Excellency, Generalissimo Dr. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, Honorable Chief of State, Benefactor of the Nation, President and Dictator of the Dominican Republic? Tough choice.
THE job of a journalist is surely to question everything officialdom tells you. Thumbs down, then, to the south London News Shopper which published enough details to ensure that an alleged rape victim could be identified.
The online paper let down the alleged victim by publishing a picture and video of police entering the crime scene, which happened to be the woman’s home. To avoid any doubt, the footage also featured nearby shop fronts.