Another fish -- and its a big-un with plenty of teeth -- comes over the transom courtesy of Ishmael....
There are a lot of strong feelings about the Brandon administration's recent student loan forgiveness announcement. I'm not going to get into it now, other than disgust that somebody who never went to college, as well as those who paid their loans off, are now paying for someone else’s puppet mastery degree. If money came out of University endowments, I would have cheered this on wholeheartedly. The sheer ire universities received might have snapped them out of their spending sprees.
Every state in America has universities, typically public land-grant, whose primary goal is research. Or should be. We live in clown world, so their current focus is sports ball and DIEversity. And paying a whole bunch of non teaching, non research, paper pushing administrative positions.
But where do they get the money? There are several federal government agencies who give cash to universities via grants.
Grants, student loans, and now student loan forgiveness. There is a running theme here, but I can’t put my finger on it. I really should have graduated from that state school instead of dropping out after a few semesters, perhaps I could recognize the pattern…
Here is a dirty little secret nobody will admit: research funding has become increasingly politicized in the past few years. A prime example is the subject of today’s guest Ticker.
A University of Much Research partnered with a College of Mucher Research and produced a study that TPTB will love if they ever read it. In typical fashion, the study attempts to apply SCIENCE! to something so fundamental a baby knows the answer: Do masks affect social interaction?
Of course, the answer is masks do absolutely nothing to impede social interaction. Because fuck your experience, it’s SCIENCE!
The basic design of this study involved dividing a college psychology class into two groups. One group wore masks, hats, and sunglasses. The other group did not. Each group was instructed to find another person similar to them on the other side of the room and have a conversation based on a few prescribed topics. Masks with masks, free breathers with free breathers. Demographic information, including political attitudes, was collected before the study. Test subjects' impressions were surveyed after the experiment.
We’ve already seen what they were paid to discover, let’s look under the kimono and see how they did it. (All formatting from study quotes was added.)
From the study: “One of the 14 tests was significant; posture and movement were indicated as a reason to choose a partner more for conservatives in the No Mask condition, and this reverses in the Mask condition, F(1,202) = 7.45, p < .01. We are not sure how to interpret this individual coefficient.”
Since these are PhD’s, I’ll use small words they can understand. It’s body language, dumbasses. Conservatives tend to be more reality based than liberals (although both are relative among college students). The point was to pick a similar partner, and to do that someone has to be both honest with themselves and realistic about the world. They size people up as they are, not fanciful projections. It is impossible to read facial expressions with a mask, sunglasses, and a hat!
Speaking of honesty, I have no idea how this dangerous research passed the Institutional Review Board. Afterall, according to SCIENCE! sex, race, and (made up words like) gender are all social constructs, not biological facts. Surely being confronted with honest facts would be dangerous to some snowflake participants.
More study quotes: “The liberal-conservative dimension played almost no role in response to wearing masks and interacting with masked others in 2012. But in 2020, mask-wearing was the most common difficulty for Republicans during the COVID-19 pandemic (van Kessel & Quinn, 2020). Democrats listed it ninth, and even then, a typical complaint was that others refused to wear them. This suggests that there is nothing inherent in wearing a mask that might concern conservatives—it is more likely the political meaning of mask-wearing that is being objected to (Martinelli et al., 2020).”
There are plenty of problems with masks which have been discussed at length. But the worst part is not ignorance of the statement, it’s the arrogance. This is blatant gaslighting.
They defined one group’s reaction as NORMAL and judged others based on it. Who are these ass clowns to dictate what the proper attitude towards a mask is and further explain away the reasons for disagreeing as political? This study was designed and executed by psychologists. They know exactly what gaslighting is. Fuck them and their universities.
Let’s try that again from the reality perspective (where men and women are biological, not social constructs).
Liberals are too busy minding other people’s business to function in society. This suggests wearing masks is not about safety, but control (Ishmael, 2022). There’s some SCIENCE! for you. It’s got a made up citation and everything.
But that wasn’t the worst conclusion. This is:
“Meeting a stranger and having a short, low-stakes conversation is a common task, particularly for college students, but the task is not unusual in urban or industrial societies in general. We can tell, without directly asking, if a stranger shares our attitudes; and these shared attitudes can help form the basis of friendship, romance, allyship, and cooperation (Bahns et al., 2017). For a common task of this sort, regardless of location on the political spectrum, wearing a mask, a hat, and sunglasses does not impede this fundamental skill.”
And there is the money quote. Human relationships are not formed on banal interactions. They are formed by meaningful, deep conversations. And that is the crux of the problem. These people drew conclusions that demonstrate they think banality and depth are the same. Can you imagine trying to raise a child talking about the weather? What about talking to a loved one and not being able to read their expression?
The media can quote this study to gaslight all of us. This pile of bullshit “proves” dehumanizing a person doesn’t impede relationships.
What was the real goal of this, besides a university handout? The more atomized and alone we are, the easier it is to mold us into true believers and create a mass formation.
This study justifies gaslighting people until they believe masks are normal, their objections are a personal failing, and they must do the Current Thing to be accepted. These tortured souls will do anything to belong.
And your tax dollars paid for it. University Delenda Est!