The Wrong Kind Of Radicals

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There are good radicals and bad radicals. Saul Alinsky wrote a handbook for the “good” radicals titled “Rules for Radicals.” Unfortunately, sometimes the wrong kind of radicals use Alinsky’s methods. Something should be done about those bad radicals. Maybe we should round them up and put them in camps where they can concentrate on becoming good radicals.

But first, we need to identify them.

The Verge:


Ruberg, a UC Irvine assistant professor in the department of informatics, was teaching “Games & Society.” It was November 2017, and the course was a required class taught to 260 students, the majority of which are typically male freshmen. Ruberg kept a strict no-screens policy in their classes — an easy enough ask to keep students from texting or scrolling through Instagram when they should be paying attention. But this was different: a dozen or so people holding up their phones, recording their lecture on gender without even the effort of hiding it. The class felt strangely fuller. Ruberg paused, reminded students of the policy, and assumed they would put them away. They kept their cameras trained on Ruberg.

On a hunch, Ruberg asked their TAs for a head count. The final number? Eleven extra bodies. The intruders had made that part easy, at least. They took the day’s pop quiz under fake names along with everyone else. Ruberg’s experience was unnerving for many reasons, but above all, one thing was clear: this was a coordinated effort.

In the five years following Gamergate, sites like YouTube, Reddit, and Twitter shifted the power dynamics between student and teacher. The harassment-campaign-turned-online-culture-war paved the way for how abusers coordinate and systematically target victims. Online harassment has moved from the web and into real life. Marginalized figures have always known harassment existed in digital spaces, but Gamergate honed these tactics and pushed them into mainstream awareness. New York Times writer Charlie Warzel sums it up succinctly: “Gamergate’s DNA is everywhere on the internet … its most powerful legacy is as proof of concept of how to wage a post-truth information war.”

If you never heard of GamerGate or if you heard of it but don’t know what it is, here is an excellent article by Ian Miles Cheong, who was on one side (SJWs) when it started but is now on the side of the gamers:

The Real History of GamerGate.

Back to The Verge:

Now educators face new challenges: teaching responsibly, while also safeguarding themselves from the very kids they hope to help. “You develop this self-preservation intuition,” Ruberg tells The Verge. “You have to know what’s happening so that you know how to protect yourself.” As misinformation and hate continues to radicalize young people online, teachers are also grappling with helping their students unlearn incorrect, dangerous information. “It has made a lot of us teachers more cautious,” they say. “We want to challenge our students to explore new ways of thinking, to see the cultural meaning and power of video games, but we’re understandably anxious and even scared about the possible results.”

Ruberg’s teaching focuses largely on the intersection of technology and society with an eye on games. Part of the pushback, Ruberg believes, is because game dev students are resistant to the idea that cultural issues should have an impact on what some consider a very technical job. For some of the most problematic kids, however, the root cause is far worse. “These students have been radicalized,” they say.

After the gender lecture, Ruberg and their three TAs spent the next few days patrolling local campus Reddit communities for the material. To Ruberg and their TAs’ collective relief, nothing ever appeared — in their opinion, because there was nothing salacious: women in games have a hard time, and masculinity is constructed through gaming. But the experience left a mark on Ruberg, who says they’ve become more hesitant to include material about gender, sexuality, and race on their syllabuses. They’ve become wary, in some ways, of their students.

“I’m watching out for potential problems,” Ruberg says. “It makes me sad to say that, because I truly love teaching undergraduates, but it’s [hard] to tell when you’re teaching a student who is open to new perspectives and when you’re teaching someone who has the potential to do harm.”

The internet as a whole opens up impressionable kids to toxic beliefs, whether it’s forum culture or online multiplayer. Radicalization is an ongoing problem on platforms like YouTube, where viewers can easily tumble down rabbit holes of far-right content thanks to the platform’s algorithm. If there were any lessons to be learned from Gamergate — from how to recognize bad faith actors or steps on how to protect yourself, to failings in law enforcement or therapy focused on the internet — the education system doesn’t seem to have fully grasped these concepts.

Are there no far-left rabbit holes? I’m pretty sure there are far-left radicals. I guess only far-right beliefs are toxic, and no far-left radical has ever done any harm.

Deradicalization is the common question on educators’ minds, but some say steps need to be taken preemptively. It’s easier to circumvent poisonous thinking rather than scramble to find an antidote after the fact. “The issue is that they have a preconceived way of interpreting information, which then shapes how they interpret that data,” says Wilcox. You can’t just combat bigotry with stats or hard facts; you have to address the larger social and cultural factors that make them an issue in the first place. “If we started teaching students the basics of feminism at a very young age,” Wilcox says, “they would have a far better appreciation for how different perspectives will lead to different outcomes, and how the distribution of power and privilege in society can influence who gets to speak in the first place.”

So we need to start the ideological programming of children before they get exposed to bad ideas. What sounds better, preschool or preborn? Should we require pregnant women who have chosen to forego their right to an abortion to read The Communist Manifesto to their preborn children? Do we dare wait until the kids are toilet trained?

Or maybe we need to crack down on “gateway” ideologies that lead to bad thoughts and ideas.

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106 Responses to The Wrong Kind Of Radicals

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Mom likes to DVR everything. I often catch her watching the news from 2-3 weeks ago. Today she is watching The Shrieking Harridans from the day after Mueller testified.

    I need to go in at night and start erasing stuff off the DVR.

  2. Myiq2xu™ says:

    This is sooo good.

    Dave Chappelle must be part honey badger.

    • lyn says:

      Do you think the Trump hate zombies were laughing at themselves?

    • DandyTIger says:

      A few yelled out Trump first. Seriously? But his reply was the best. Not holding breath for any self reflection and understanding among the audience though. Good on Dave.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Long before PC ruined Comedy, Chappelle had a brilliant sketch show on tv and was still lambasted for his “humor”. They’re classic now, still on YouTube. Same for MadTv and pre-Obama SNL. Classic Comedy is still better than anything on late night since 2008. Ahem.

        Roseanne and Andrew Dice Clay are on a comedy tour now. Selling out even though they’re getting zero publicity 😀

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

    This is from Canada. The woman is a teacher and a liberal.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lateblum says:

      She reminds me of my craycray next door neighbor. Seriously. Fortunately since she goes South every winter, I don’t have any contact with her for 6 months a year. But it is painful while she is here.
      Here’s how crazy she is . . . We had new outdoor lights installed on our rear stairway this summer. She didn’t like them and instead of talking to the management company or the condo board, she turned off the entire lighting system. Not knowing this, I went out the back way that night and there was nothing but blackness. Since I am of “a certain age” and would break bones if I tripped on those stairs, I grabbed a flashlight so I could use the stairway. I saw what she had done and re-connected the lights. I then notified the board and the mgt company. I did not know who had disconnected the lights, but I had my suspicions. The next morning she came to my back door and told me what she had done and was angered that I had reconnected the lights. She told me I had “no business being outside after dark”. Swear to G-d she said that.
      So yes. I can see her behaving exactly as that woman in the video. Oh, and before she retired, she was a teacher. A special ed teacher no less.
      There is so much more, but you get the idea.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Good grief. But I know neighbors are a crap shoot wherever we live. We stay here because our neighbors are so well trained (no mowing between 3-5pm for dh’s naptime, you know, priorities) and they’re sweet and sensible. Geesh, how bad were those back stair lights? Those were probably to meet city code? Your neighbor should have been fined or evicted. Had you fallen down those stairs in the dark, LAWSUIT ! 🙂

      • lyn says:

        Thank God she’s only around for six months. What a nasty bitch.

      • taw46 says:

        I’ve had my share of strange neighbors over the years, mostly being nosey. We are lucky where we live now. The house across the street, the one across the canal, and one of the houses next door to us all belong to people who live elsewhere in Florida. And they do not come down here that often. The neighbors who do live here all year are nice.

      • Anthony says:

        Watch out for her. Thats some serious Serial Mom shit lol. Maybe a tranquilizer dart could help?

    • Angie says:

      Seriously I think she may have early onset Alzheimers.

      • lateblum says:

        She’s been like this for 20+ years. It IS a bit worse now. But I chalk it up to her being an only child and getting everything she wanted her entire life – even if she had to break rules to get it. She’s stolen electricity by using others’ electrical outlets in the basement, she’s allowed ppl to remain locked out of the building when she has a bug up her butt. She locks doors that are supposed to be unlocked and unlocks doors that should be locked if she’s pissed off. In 25 years she has shown bad behavior repeatedly. So this is almost to be expected. She’s the one who criticized every person in the building – by name – a cpl years ago when I was driving her to a MD appt (she wasn’t allowed to drive until after said appt). She also slammed both Catholics and Jews knowing full well that my parents were both. She’s a special kind of unhappy person.

        • Angie says:

          Sorry, lateblum, my post must have nested wrong. I meant the woman in the video, not your neighbor.

          Your neighbor’s just a crazy asshole. 🙂

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          I can emphathize 1000%. Some people just have no ability to function within society – yet we are often the ones told we are just not being understanding enough.

          My craziest neighbors finally moved.

          Stole my phone lines (copper wire) so they could hook up an unsupported multi line calling system because he tried to run his law office out of the condo which is not permitted by condo association rules (liability of clients on common area property) or even the larger community HOA (no reason given). left my 90+ year old mother with no working landline. good thing I bought her a cell phone when she came at 86 and was still able to learn how to use a new device without getting anxious/confused.

          They would leave notes on my door saying my mother had to move because the owned the building. My poor mother thought we would lose out home because of her. And on and on.

          Stole people mail and packages. USPS had to take them to court as well as she would try to steal mail directly form the poor delivery guys hands as he was filling the mail boxes.

          The wife was mean and nasty and had been in and out of mental institutions and hubby would not admit she has problems and would make things worse trying to cover for her. Even their own children stopped seeing them as they were afraid for the grand kids their behaviors was that horrid.

          They switched out my electric meter for theirs to get my lower usage (and much lower $$$$) and it took a several engineers and other specialist to trace everything they had done and months to finally get the bills straightened out (the Power Company ended up having their lawyers talk to Mr I am a Lawyer and Can Do what I Want and after that no one saw them until they left) . Tried to do the same with the natural gas but it set off alarms and someone came out to check because it read as a leak.

          Finally were forced to sell both the condo and their other properties as they had fines out the behinds and were facing jail time for non payment and needed cash.

          • lateblum says:

            OMG. What a nightmare. I’m shocked it took such a long time or them to be found liable for all those criminal acts. I cannot imagine doing those things to other people. They were absolutely sociopathic. How awful to have had them anywhere near you and especially your mother.
            Did you ever call police or was it all handled through your condo board?

            I don’t know if the board fined my neighbor for any of her actions because I’m not on the board and it’s a confidential issue I ultimately had to report her to the board because she threatened to disconnect the back stairway lights and put us all at risk after dark. She also threatened to report me for violating the rules (that I helped to draft, btw) about doing laundry after 10:00pm. Even though I wasn’t. And the day after I reported her – and I copied her on the email – she was doing her laundry after 10. She refused to speak with the board or the mgt company and said I’d have to negotiate with them. F*cking crazy.
            They now have a lock on the lights and she hasn’t spoken to anyone in the building since then. But the tension runs high here. Oh, before the board locked the new back stair lights, she threatened to sue them for stealing her money. Smh.
            There’s so much more. Fortunately it isn’t nearly as bad as what you went through with those “very special people” in your building. Im going to keep you in mind when I lose my patience with her. Maybe I’ll stay sane until she leaves.
            I hope things in your building have improved since those horrid people left. You deserve so much better. 💕

    • Island Girl says:

      Just eww Nasty Witch, embarrassing for my Canadian roots family.

  4. Dora says:

    Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Ran CIA Child Trafficking Ring

    Alleged Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, ran a drug running and child trafficking company – making millions of dollars in the process – according to explosive new evidence that threatens to disrupt the official narrative and prove law enforcement and mainstream media are colluding to misinform the public about the Las Vegas attack.

  5. swanspirit says:

    Omar the homewrecker.

    Ilhan Omar stole my husband, DC mom claims in divorce papers
    By Julia MarshAugust 27, 2019 | 12:46pm | Updated

    A Washington, DC, mom says her political-consultant husband left her for Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to a bombshell divorce filing obtained by The Post.

    Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative and that he even made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Minnesota congresswoman before he ditched his wife, alleges the filing, submitted in DC Superior Court on Tuesday.

    The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for left-wing Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.

    “The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.

    Beth Mynett told her husband that she still loved him and was “willing to fight for the marriage” even after his admission, according to the court papers. The pair had been living together for six years before marrying in 2012, the filing said.

    But Tim Mynett told her he was through, the suit says.

    Omar — a member of “the Squad,” a group of far left-leaning female freshman House members including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and two others — recently separated from her husband, according to reports.

    The 37-year-old congresswoman and mom of three paid Tim Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.

    • Constance says:

      What’s the deal with Democrat women Congress people screwing their office help. I’m sure AOC we boinking that guy that resigned from her campaign recently. If this were Congress men doing the same thing it would be considered predatory and scandalous.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Don’t forget Debbie Downerman-Shultz and her Paki boy toy IT guy.

        • Constance says:

          Right! We thought if we elected more women it would cure us of idiot Democrat men who can’t keep their pants zipped and are stupid enough to get caught but all we wound up with is a bunch of idiot Democrat women who act like they are in heat and are stupid enough to get caught.

  6. lyn says:

    Bwahaha …

  7. Dora says:

    OUCH! New York Times Ridiculed On Twitter After Report of Bedbugs In Newsroom

    The New York Times, the bible of progressivism, is facing intense ridicule after an internal memo noted that the newsroom is infested with bedbugs. One Times writer, Bret Stephens really lost it after being called a bedbug.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Whenever you have hotels that international guests use, bedbugs usually travel with them. I know NYC’s hotels have had this problem for decades. I was always fortunate not to have the problem.

  8. Dora says:

    So, how soon can we just start sending diapers to “woke” college students?

    File this under Good Freaking Grief!

  9. Mothy67 says:

    Nasty thang walking around making sure she’s seen looking addled.

  10. taw46 says:

  11. Dora says:

    Can you think of anything more boring?

  12. lyn says:

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  14. elliesmom says:

    Just as it was easy for some folks in the media to make fun of the brouhaha over Ravelry as just some little old ladies who liked to make afghans getting their panties all twisted, it was easy for people not involved in gaming to write Gamergate off as a hissy fit from some kids who live in Mom’s basement and play video games all night. But both have larger implications for people beyond the groups affected. Are some video games racist and/or misogynistic? I’m sure they are, but so are some movies, TV shows, graphic novels, and even a book or two. While the vast majority of Ravelry users didn’t use the site to make political statements, did some people confuse a crafting group for a political forum? Yes, they did. The problem was not in the forums, but with the immature way both the people affected and the people observing reacted to them.

  15. Myiq2xu™ says:

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  17. Dora says:

    Can’t we ever get rid of these Obamas?


    Obama Launches New Initiative To Take Down Trump And GOP

  18. Dora says:

    Whoppee! Boris is really shaking things up over there. 🙂


    Boris Johnson opts for the nuclear option: PM asks the Queen to SUSPEND Parliament just weeks before Brexit deadline to halt Corbyn plot to block No Deal as furious Speaker John Bercow accuses him of ‘constitutional outrage’

    • Underwhelmed says:

      I’m betting the hysteria over Brexit is going to be a repeat of the hysteria over the millennium turnover. Months of disaster predictions, the calendar turned over to Jan 1 2000 and nothing else changed. This is just political bastardry, as per usual. Go Boris!

  19. DandyTIger says:

  20. Dora says:

    Goodness. What will he say next?


    Biden: Racism is a ‘white man’s problem’
    The former vice president also said, ‘white folks are the reason we have institutional racism’

  21. Catarina says:

    How are y’all doing?

  22. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Fauxcahontas has man hands?

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