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Sunday, March 08, 2015

No male space goes unmolested

However, I suspect this is less about a commitment to women in technology than a cynical, Sarkeesian-style opportunistic grab for cash:
Talk about a cool dude: he once stopped a sulfuric acid leak with a piece of chocolate, and dismantled a missile using a paper clip. The 1980s US television character, secret agent Angus MacGyver, could do it all. And in 2016 his successor will be a woman, if a US engineering association has its way.

Late last month, the National Academy of Engineering launched what it called "The Next MacGyver Project," aimed at coming up with ideas for a scripted TV series featuring a female engineer as the leading character.

Thirty years after that cult series riveted TV viewers, "the objective here is not a MacGyver reboot, but to inspire a new generation of young women interested in science and technology by creating a strong female role model," said Lee Zlotoff, creator of MacGyver.

The project is joint initiative by Adam Smith, an engineering professor at the University of Southern California, and Randy Atkins, head of communications at the National Academy of Engineering.

"After an interview with Lee Zlotoff, Adam called me and proposed that we develop a TV show, and I immediately said yes," said Atkins.

The name -- "The Next MacGyver Project" -- was suggested by Zlotoff, who has supported the project from the outset.

"I cannot say how many people told me they got interested in engineering after watching MacGyver," said Atkins. "The idea to make a female lead character comes from Hollywood producers we met during the initial phase of the project," Atkins said.
Yes, I imagine the idea for branding it "MacGyver" would have come from Mr. Zlotoff. I'm certain his commitment to inspire a new generation of women interested in science and technology - all six of them - by creating a strong female role model has nothing to do with the fact that he hasn't had a hit television show since MacGyver.

It's not enough for The Next MacGyver to be a woman. She should be a black Jewish bisexual with Down's Syndrome in a wheelchair. Actually, that would probably be a hell of a lot more entertaining than the usual grrrl power nonsense. Done right, it would be downright hilarious. Especially if she couldn't really talk, but sort of made these moaning Chewbacca sounds that everyone could understand perfectly.

That, I would watch. And as long as she saved the day by turning her wheelchair into a nuclear reactor or whatever, it would be perfectly inspirational and millions of young girls would be inspired to continue avoiding science and technology like the plague.

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Blogger kurt9 March 08, 2015 2:09 PM  

PC-ism just never quits, does it?

It looks like I will be passing on this new "MacGyver" TV show.

Blogger kurt9 March 08, 2015 2:10 PM  

They'll probably get someone like Lena Heady to play the role. No thanks, I'll pass.

Anonymous bub March 08, 2015 2:11 PM  

Doesn't Mac connotate "son of"?

How long till we're treated to MacGayver?

Anonymous ugh March 08, 2015 2:11 PM  

The obvious choice.... an obese lesbian negress!

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 2:13 PM  

Late last month, the National Academy of Engineering launched what it called "The Next MacGyver Project," aimed at coming up with ideas for a scripted TV series featuring a female engineer as the leading character.

No doubt she will use her vagina to get males to do the real work.

Blogger IM2L844 March 08, 2015 2:13 PM  

That they need a think tank style initiative to come up with ideas is telling.

Anonymous mike March 08, 2015 2:22 PM  

"....bisexual with Down's Syndrome in a wheelchair."

Your stalker Andrew M. will be The Next MacGyver?

Blogger Vox March 08, 2015 2:23 PM  

That they need a think tank style initiative to come up with ideas is telling.

That they need a think tank-style initiative to come up with the idea of remaking a cheesy 80s show with a female lead instead of a male is downright damning.

Anonymous sawtooth March 08, 2015 2:28 PM  

The world of the SJWs just gets more surreal by the day.

Like an amateurish knock-off of a Salvador Dali painting.

Blogger maniacprovost March 08, 2015 2:28 PM  

Give it a chance. It could be hilarious.

Wait, it's going to take itself extremely seriously and champion a different liberal cause every week?.. I see.

Anonymous Jerome March 08, 2015 2:28 PM  

Alright, I'm going to throw this out there: Octavia Spencer. Hands down the best choice for the new McGyver. I mean, she's pretty busy trailer, but I'm sure she can fit it in.

Anonymous A Visitor March 08, 2015 2:31 PM  

Feminist crap aside, I can't stand this! What is with these reboots? Why do they feel it necessary to remake and, often, butcher great shows/movies?

Anonymous Luke March 08, 2015 2:34 PM  

I think the OTH 4.0 Asian chick in the series "Scorpion" already has this niche filled.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 2:37 PM  

That they need a think tank-style initiative to come up with the idea of remaking a cheesy 80s show with a female lead instead of a male is downright damning.

But that is the only way they think. Rizzoli and Illes, and then there is the Mentalist where the guy is called Jane.

Anonymous H2 March 08, 2015 2:37 PM  

Feminist crap aside, I can't stand this! What is with these reboots? Why do they feel it necessary to remake and, often, butcher great shows/movies?

It's hard for them to come up with original, good ideas. Rebooting something with an established fan base is easier, and if they screw it up, they can say it's a "different interpretation." Off the top of my head Invasion of the Body Snatchers and John Carpenter's The Thing were successful reboots, but AFAIK most reboots flop.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 2:40 PM  

Wait, it's going to take itself extremely seriously and champion a different liberal cause every week?.. I see.

Yup. The first episode will be how Ms MacGayver has to foil a Putinista who is pretending to be a transsexual to steal info from the White House about when the next shipment of gold from Ukraine will occur so Putinhitler can steal it and build gas chambers.

Blogger Sister Benedict March 08, 2015 2:42 PM  

Five bucks says that the science consultant -- to make sure the show appears accurate -- will be a man.

Blogger Thordaddy March 08, 2015 2:46 PM  

Isn't this really just a case of devilishly high IQ "white" males fomenting the pressure to force young, nubile females into their "science" labs?

Anonymous NateM March 08, 2015 2:47 PM  

Let's see, a face simply there for the look, repeating poorly written pseudo scientific explanations in a situation to make them seem intelligent and capable. Sounds exactly like the ORIGINAL MacGyver

Blogger Ghost March 08, 2015 2:51 PM  

I recently watched an old episode. The show was always about agenda. The whole reason he always has to come up with some chemical reaction explosion is because, "I don't like guns." I'd be more offended if they were going to women-up the A-Team.

Anonymous NateM March 08, 2015 2:56 PM  

Ghost-

Exactly. in the first season (believe it's still on netflix) he is climbing a mountain to rescue a hostage and has to set up a Rube Goldberg like series of events rather than just shoot the guys, because using a gun is worse than risking the hostages life.

Anonymous Krul March 08, 2015 2:56 PM  

Macgyver is a great, unique action hero with a cool gimmick, but let's not go overboard. I watched it as a kid, and amidst all the explosions and technical wizardry, there was plenty of '80s era Social Justice. Very Special Messages about racism and the like. Also, despite all the audience pleasing fights and gunfire, Macgyver himself was a squishy peacenik.

Still, who doesn't love the classic Macgyver opening?

Blogger Vincent Castrillo March 08, 2015 2:57 PM  

Here's an idea....

There is a physically imposing 6' 2" guy of around 35 that has a heart of gold, but an intelligence off the charts. Far from the expected spergy omega his IQ would usually dictate, he is a fairly suave, good looking man, with a bit of bemused charm around women.

On top of his IQ, he can actually apply his smarts in a myriad of ways to stopping crime, preventing terrorism, or bringing peace and tranquility to two former enemies. Failing this he can both throw and take a punch and despite his weird aversion to guns in even the most necessary situations, always manages to come out on top.

He has a crew of friends and confidants that assist him and care for him. He has a bit of a Mr. Wizard vibe. Oh and he has a glorious mullet.

Now imagine this show has a built in following of millions in age brackets rife for advertisers as well as a ton of appeal for the young and impressionable to learn, to be good in school, and to be charitable and honorable to others. Heck, even the name is catchy.

Nah, lets get some black chick with attitude to use !SCIENCE! to stop evil racists from overthrowing besieged universities. EVERY EPISODE.

Of course it is racism that will see the show quietly leave the airwaves after 3 episodes.....

Anonymous cecilhenry March 08, 2015 2:57 PM  

Diversity means chasing down the last white person.

In this case, chasing DOWN the last free male.

Nobody makes these guys answer a basic question:

What is the opportunity cost of artificially progandizing and promoting women to involvement in areas that they would otherwise NOT be involved in.

Males come in and achieve my their own motivation and abilities, why should they subsidize this??? IT costs something- just NOT for SJW's and status seekers.

Blogger maniacprovost March 08, 2015 2:57 PM  

They could call it the B-Team.

Anonymous Difster March 08, 2015 2:57 PM  

They should reboot Cagney & Lacey with two butch lesbians. Oh... wait...

Anonymous Rabbi B March 08, 2015 2:59 PM  

"Thirty years after that cult series riveted TV viewers . . ."

Riveted?

MacGyver is just one of the tools in Chuck Norris' swiss knife.

Blogger Vincent Castrillo March 08, 2015 3:00 PM  

Oh also, where's my million for this brilliant idea?

Anonymous Krul March 08, 2015 3:05 PM  

Ghost - I'd be more offended if they were going to women-up the A-Team.

Not the A-Team, but have you heard of the upcoming action blockbuster The ExpendaBelles?

When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it.

(No, this isn't a joke)

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 08, 2015 3:06 PM  

The twist? She gets pregnant in episode 1.

But disarms a nuclear missile with the aborted fetus.

Get it? Ripe with symbolism.

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 3:11 PM  

Not the A-Team, but have you heard of the upcoming action blockbuster The ExpendaBelles?

And amazingly, it doesn't seem to be porn.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 3:21 PM  

Hey Noah B, RTV Silicon Rubber has passed one of my tests.

Negligible shrinkage and good adhesion when cast in PVC fittings, although I still have to test 2" fittings.

Blogger Robert What? March 08, 2015 3:25 PM  

How many young women will waste precious years of their lives by buying into the nonsense?

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 3:35 PM  

The mechanical properties of the silicon aren't what I was concerned with. I'm also skeptical of the use of PVC for this particular use, as its mechanical properties degrade rapidly with increasing temperature. Safety first, always.

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 3:39 PM  

Just FYI, here's some basic info on mechanical derating of PVC used for hot water piping.

Anonymous Steve March 08, 2015 3:39 PM  

I can't wait for the feminist reboot of Manimal.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 08, 2015 3:42 PM  

Noah B.

Kalrez. Good up to 327 C. Corrosion resistant as well.

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 3:54 PM  

Particularly when you are new to a specific area of engineering design, a good rule of thumb is not to reinvent the wheel. Find out what previous designers have done, why they did things the way they did, and copy their designs. Shortcuts are seldom worth it and often can be dangerous.

Anonymous Featherstone March 08, 2015 3:59 PM  

How do you square "leave us alone to write blue scifi and don't buy it if you don't like it" with "EVERYTHING is an affront to mandom and I will never buy your crap"?

Blogger dw March 08, 2015 4:01 PM  

"How many young women will waste precious years of their lives by buying into the nonsense?"

That's the important part. As long as millions more women live lonely, miserable lives, and as long as millions of men are denied decent wives as a result, then the plan is proceeding as it should. Feminisery loves company.

Anonymous Fuzzy Navel March 08, 2015 4:05 PM  

Looking forward to She-Man cartoon reboot!

Blogger Salt March 08, 2015 4:09 PM  

Imagine a reboot of "Leave it to Beaver." June Cleavage, housewife during the day, camel-toed spandex-clad Superhero at night; armed, of course, with The Beaver. Ward as her faithful sidekick (a/k/a "Betaman"). Watch as every week she defeats the Evil Eddie Haskell while dispensing Social Justice.

Blogger Corvinus March 08, 2015 4:10 PM  

Especially if she couldn't really talk, but sort of made these moaning Chewbacca sounds that everyone could understand perfectly.

Time for some Helen Keller jokes, methinks.

Blogger Jassi March 08, 2015 4:18 PM  

Why is it not obvious to these people that the historical archetypes from which we've based our characters on in classic storytelling are self existent, and not just a social engineering project? The characters in these original shows are informed by historical observations, such as men being awesome and doing awesome things more than women, and women being amazed by men's awesomeness.

Simply making a character that nobody has ever seen in real life isn't going to rewrite the innate codes that make us who we are.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 4:19 PM  

The mechanical properties of the silicon aren't what I was concerned with. I'm also skeptical of the use of PVC for this particular use, as its mechanical properties degrade rapidly with increasing temperature.

Yeah. However, I have a motor that had 7-8 1.5" cartridges in it and burned for about 6 seconds, but that was with the other type of binder. It almost burned through, but that was because the technique used for creating the cartridges did not center the chamber well, so one side was subjected to more heat than the other.

Only tested in a static test. It was awesome. Was about 6 feet downrange and about four feet off axis when it fired. A guy in Wyoming runs courses.

Blogger Pirran March 08, 2015 4:21 PM  

"Not the A-Team, but have you heard of the upcoming action blockbuster The ExpendaBelles?"

"The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day."

"On October 28, 2013, Lerner was negotiating with actresses Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to appear in the film and was looking for a female director to direct it."

Yup, 'cos nothing says high-class call-grrlls than a bunch of 40 something actresses (please God, not 60 something Streep).

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 4:21 PM  

Thirty years after that cult series riveted TV viewers, "the objective here is not a MacGyver reboot, but to inspire a new generation of young women interested in science and technology by creating a strong female role model," said Lee Zlotoff, creator of MacGyver.

Role models are a myth.

Blogger maniacprovost March 08, 2015 4:24 PM  

How do you square "leave us alone to write blue scifi and don't buy it if you don't like it" with "EVERYTHING is an affront to mandom and I will never buy your crap"?

Featherstone, do you even think about what you're saying? Those two things are perfectly complementary. Your feeble attempt at a rhetorical point lacks any semblance of a rational basis.

Anonymous Jeigh Di March 08, 2015 4:28 PM  

But he can't be named MacGyver. That's racist and partriarchal. Give her a Spanish surname instead.

Anonymous Jeigh Di March 08, 2015 4:29 PM  

That should be she, not he.

Anonymous Daniel March 08, 2015 4:29 PM  

Jewish? That's stacking the deck toward the science-privileged. Better to make her a devout Muslim who has faithfully committed her life to submission, including a lifelong devotion toward making no contribution to science in any discernable way. Oh the internal conflict you could have at the end of every episode where utilizing her knowledge of science would save lives, but her faith forbids it!

Of course, they already do this with the Muslim Ms. Marvel: she craves bacon all the time.

It is a wrenching interior dialog.

Anonymous Salt March 08, 2015 4:38 PM  

But she can't be named MacGyver

McTaint.

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 4:43 PM  

"McTaint."

Lucy McTaint.

Anonymous Mike M. March 08, 2015 4:45 PM  

As an engineer with 35 years professional experience, I abjure and disavow these twits. Where's an Engineering Inquisition when you need one?

You MIGHT be able to make this work...but the trick would be to have a female lead who openly embraces the feminine. Suggest that she use Disney Princess Kung Fu on the guard and she laughs in your face, then explains that going hand-to-hand with someone who outweighs you by 60 lbs isn't good headwork. On the other hand, nobody noticed her picking the lock...

Anonymous Jack Amok March 08, 2015 4:46 PM  

How many young women will waste precious years of their lives by buying into the nonsense?

For the most part, women don't waste much time on real science and engineering. The handfull who are good at it have productive, valuable careers. The rest figure out real quick - usually before college - that it's too damn hard.

"Humanities" are a much bigger source of waste. But then, they're equal-opportunity destroyers of lives, as men who go into them are in trouble too.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 08, 2015 4:49 PM  

WTF does this site have against women.

Now why don't you try reading the title of the post (women are, I hear, good with language, so you should be up to the task), and see if you can puzzle out what the complaint might be.

Anonymous jml1911a1 March 08, 2015 4:50 PM  

I am completely in favor of the MsGyver project, as long as it's written by the same folks that wrote the Barbie "Computer Engineer" book.

Anonymous Koanic March 08, 2015 4:51 PM  

In episode #473, Vagyver saves the Inclusiveness Bake Sale with an innovative clamshell design and her extra-yeasty personal recipe.

The secret to her excess? Years of internalizing diversity!

Anonymous jml1911a1 March 08, 2015 4:56 PM  

> Lucy McTaint.

Perfect.

Blogger ajw308 March 08, 2015 4:57 PM  

They could call it the B-Team.
I think the DD-Team would get more viewers.

Anonymous Too-Soon-ami March 08, 2015 5:02 PM  

Talk about a cool dude: he once stopped a sulfuric acid leak with a piece of chocolate, and dismantled a missile using a paper clip.


And the next MacGyver one will stop a radiator leak with a tampon, and dismantle a fetus with a coat hanger.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 5:16 PM  

Is it anything like this page on Cassandra's architecture internals where they point to some stuff by the execrable Valerie Henson that does not provide anything more than the original authors did.

Seems very much like SJWs worked on that page.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera March 08, 2015 5:21 PM  

I hope it's really good, and they turn around and find that their fans are all male aspies. like with My Little Pony.

Anonymous Koanic March 08, 2015 5:26 PM  

During the ensuing celebration, inspiration strikes from an unexpected quarter. The blinding epiphany prompts Vagyver to invent a portable Battered Women's Shelter - by brilliantly repurposing nothing more than a pair of swim goggles and some wrestling kneepads!

I am really getting the hang* of this gyndurr** stuff.

*As in pendulous grandma titty - which becomes increasingly attractive right up until the moment of decomposition.

**gyn without the (m)en; durr without the masculo-Germanic "Der". Pull out patriarchy by the roots!

Too soon - too funny. Aeoli - too true.

Anonymous Mike M. March 08, 2015 5:31 PM  

Thinking about it more, this would be a magnificent opportunity for a superversive show.

We've got our suitably attractive heroine. And she uses Science to solve problems. Except that the character is unabashedly feminine. Feminine in the old sense of being refined, cultured, and kind. A character who understands her capabilities AND limitations. Maybe give her a diary...in which she writes scathing commentary about modern women and their femi-fascist fantasies.

You could do a lot with this, given decent writing.

Anonymous Jill March 08, 2015 5:50 PM  

While I know many women (my sister included), who has a miracle bag of stuff to fix anything anywhere, women generally aren't interested in engineering. The local Tech school has tried for over 30 yrs to lure women to the campus (more money, you know), and they had to add degrees like psychology, biology, and business management to do so, and even then, the campus still sits at about 65% male (that's because most colleges don't have the same math requirements for biology, etc.--and why take Calc III if you don't have to?) Why push women to be in careers they don't want to be in? But, whatever. We're already down the rabbit hole. Might as well continue burrowing.

Blogger ScuzzaMan March 08, 2015 6:09 PM  

It's the reversal of cause and effect I find amusing. Even a 10 year old would have to have been an idiot to think that MacGyver had anything to do with what engineers do. So I don't buy the line that the show inspired lots of boys to become engineers, at all, and if it is true then I dont want to ride in a plane those idiots designed.

No, the show was popular with boys because boys are inherently interested in how shit works, and the producers threw in plenty of blowing shit up, too, another boyish interest.

The lead was a man because engineering is demonstrably a masculine field of human endeavour. Not that women cannot be good engineers, just that most of them dont want to do what it takes to be one.

Thinking that changing the sex of the lead is going to change the sex balance in the field is classic cargo cult thinking. Totally backwards.

You can only laugh.

Anonymous map March 08, 2015 6:11 PM  

These engineering associations should really be more concerned about how scientists and engineers are portrayed on existing shows instead of trying to get more women interested in science and engineering. Every male scientists is portrayed as an aspie, nerdy, omega with weird ticks and interests who is basically a tool for the rest of the lead characters.

I mean, this is for every show: All the NCIS's, all the CSI's, Forever, Castle, anything where there is some interfacing between main characters and technical people. The techs and science types are universally written as weak, nervous and unattractive characters.

Anonymous Mike M. March 08, 2015 6:31 PM  

Good point, Map.

I think part of the problem arises from the fact that few of these screenwriters have much contact with anyone in the STEM fields, and what little they do is with the IT people. Who are by far the most likely to fit the popular cliches.

Real World Engineers? Very different. Get a few dozen engineers together, and you've got a fair cross-section of the Tree of Knowledge. We DO tend toward exotic hobbies and esoteric knowledge. One guy I know plays sax in jazz band. Another is a concert-grade pianist. A third is a near-Olympic grade pistol shot - with muzzle-loading arms. You could come up with some interesting material for characters with this sort of raw materials.

Blogger ray March 08, 2015 6:38 PM  

Zlotoff is an enemy of God, and of the nation. Stuffing his pockets with money while little boys across America go without fathers (and worse -- much worse).

But it's all good because I Got Mine and the females around me think I'm The Big Man. Filthy skank Holly Rood.

None of this has anything to do with 'commitment to women in technology'. It has everything to do with rebelling against God by crushing the sons of the nation, meanwhile preening about one's moral and political superiority, and advancing one's 'career'.

Anonymous DT March 08, 2015 6:42 PM  

It's not enough for The Next MacGyver to be a woman. She should be a black Jewish bisexual with Down's Syndrome in a wheelchair. Actually, that would probably be a hell of a lot more entertaining than the usual grrrl power nonsense. Done right, it would be downright hilarious. Especially if she couldn't really talk, but sort of made these moaning Chewbacca sounds that everyone could understand perfectly.

So...you would watch a TV show based on Adria Richards?

Blogger WATYF March 08, 2015 7:01 PM  

Apparently it isn't just TV shows where men need to be replaced by women. According to this genius, when women rule the world, war will end.

No..... really. :Op

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-better-world-run-by-women-1425657910?ref=%2Fhome-page

WATYF

Blogger hank.jim March 08, 2015 7:01 PM  

"Every male scientists is portrayed as an aspie, nerdy, omega with weird ticks and interests who is basically a tool for the rest of the lead characters."

But so are the women, but hot and nerdy like the show "Flash".

Scientists and engineers are nerdy. They are not the brawn. Military, CIA, FBI can be both.

Anonymous Anubis March 08, 2015 7:36 PM  

Here is a guide to the first 10 episodes of MacUnty http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1332306_10_survival_uses_for_a_tampon.html

You know that think tank must have just got back from Tijuana "How about a MacGyver with tits, in fact lets give her a cool power like hypnotizing men using titty tassels that spin in opposite directions like Elvira. Each episode she will use her womanhood to set off a rube Goldberg device with a ping pong ball she shoots out. We could make her a latina & give her a pet male donkey. Hey would it be racist if a latina knows how to hotwire a car? "

"Yup, 'cos nothing says high-class call-grrlls than a bunch of 40 something actresses"

You knew as soon as the 3rd world somoli muslim claimed the IMF chief raped her it was a lie because he could afford $5k a night call girls every night.

"SHE-MAN" - Have you not heard of Serena Williams or Marian Jones?

"Yup. The first episode will be ... a Putinista who is pretending to be a transsexual ... so Putinhitler can steal it and build gas chambers"

I am pretty sure every episode will feature an evil racist straight white church going man with lots of crosses as the enemy. For the gas chamber she will use a bra as a gas mask with some neutralizing agent put on it. The people she saves will all be non-Asian minority STEM graduates.

Anonymous Toby Temple March 08, 2015 7:46 PM  

OT: Gay Marriage: Gateway to polygamy legalization?

Blogger bob k. mando March 08, 2015 8:27 PM  

now, why, oh why, would a jewish graduate of Harvard be advocating to gentiles about female supremacy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Konner

remember a ~week ago when i asserted that Harvard was an intellectual shit hole? there ya go.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 8:37 PM  

I have begun to doubt things like this in Wikipedia:

At the end of the 1920s, most German Jews were loyal to Germany, assimilated and relatively prosperous. They served in the German army and contributed to every field of German science, business and culture.

Anonymous commander427 March 08, 2015 9:13 PM  

"I have begun to doubt things like this in Wikipedia:"

I'm in the same boat. If you read about the Frankfurt school or cultural Marxism they just say that anybody that opposes the leftist narrative is instantly some "polemicist" or "conspiracy theorist". The disproportionate Jewish influence in destructive far left movements was no mere theory, but if you bring it up in any fashion they refuse any sort of discourse or acknowledgement of objective fact and just say you're an evil anti-Semite racist Nazi KKK member. They do themselves a grave disservice by going to such great measures to quash any dissent from their narrative.

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 9:18 PM  

Believing stereotypes about ethnic Jews in pre-WW2 Germany is racist and bigoted and stupid, but believing stereotypes about ethnic Germans in Germany is enlightened, tolerant, and historically accurate.

Anonymous daddynichol March 08, 2015 9:47 PM  

Remember when "CSI" was the hot show? Lots of impressionable kids wanted to be super cool, geeky forensic investigators, especially the girls, until they found out you had to deal with routine, mundane lab work using dated equipment in government owned labs in some corner of a concrete cube building.

My daughter is an electrical engineer for an biz jet aircraft company. Her biggest headaches come from unqualified female talent picked from tech schools to fill the diversity slots. She was recently asked to speak at several schools to help get girls interested in STEM classes, but she refused unless she could address both male and female.

Anonymous MontyDraxel March 08, 2015 9:57 PM  

Lol nobody is going to watch this fucking bullshit. This must be some crazy tax write off. Or a major troll job.

Anonymous MontyDraxel March 08, 2015 9:59 PM  

It'd be as entertaining as a Knight Rider reboot featuring a Prius with a lisp and Lena Dunham's fupa.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 08, 2015 9:59 PM  

She was recently asked to speak at several schools to help get girls interested in STEM classes, but she refused unless she could address both male and female.

I know a female teacher who missed out on a summer internship at Google because she said that she didn't believe in just focusing on girls.

Blogger MATT March 08, 2015 10:29 PM  

WATYF your warning was unsufficient. That was the dumbest article ive read in a long time.

It seems anyone can make money writing for top publications. What am i doing with my life??

Blogger Jim March 08, 2015 10:34 PM  

We just had a good MacGuyver remake conclude two years ago.

Blogger Jim March 08, 2015 10:36 PM  

Hmm... as hyperlinks seem to be subtle things in the comment section, I'll have to be more overt: Burn Notice.

Anonymous Poli_Mis March 08, 2015 10:57 PM  

I laughed until I coughed.

Anonymous FP March 08, 2015 11:09 PM  

Burn Notice was more A-team and went to crud the last two seasons or so. I can't even go back and watch the good episodes anymore.

"And the next MacGyver one will stop a radiator leak with a tampon, and dismantle a fetus with a coat hanger."

This episode sponsored by Planned Parenthood and Sanger Hangers!

Anonymous WaterBoy March 08, 2015 11:56 PM  

Ghost: "The whole reason he always has to come up with some chemical reaction explosion is because, "I don't like guns." "

Of course. Because it's far better to utilize an uncontrolled explosion in the open, spreading multiple pieces of shrapnel willy-nilly far and wide, possibly striking friend and foe alike, than it is to use a controlled, contained explosion in a small caliber barrel to direct a single projectile at a hostile target...right?

The cognitive dissonance of the writers who thought up that shtick is simply mind-boggling.

Female MacGyver = MacGyna

Blogger bob k. mando March 08, 2015 11:57 PM  

speaking of male spaces getting molested, the White Feather campaign was another instance of that.

those most opposed to the WF girls were actual soldiers. why?

because, if they were back from the front, wandering around without uniform due to sickness or injury or leave, these psycho bitches were coming up to them and tagging them with feathers.

think about this:
you've experienced the horrors of trench warfare, you've been bombed, gassed, shelled, maybe even 'went over the top'.

while back home on leave or maybe even honorable discharge, you get presented with a feather by a bitch who has never and WILL NEVER see combat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_feather
"One such was Private Ernest Atkins who was on leave from the Western Front. He was riding a tram when he was presented with a white feather by a girl sitting behind him. He smacked her across the face with his pay book saying: "Certainly I'll take your feather back to the boys at Passchendaele. I'm in civvies because people think my uniform might be lousy, but if I had it on I wouldn't be half as lousy as you." [7]"

do you recognize the similarities to what the SJWs are doing?

this is femme Social Dominance game. this is what they always do. they find a rhetorical bludgeon, identify someone that vaguely fits their rhetorical definition of 'bad' and attack, attack, attack.

facts be damned.

also, look closely at the origin of the White Feather.

it comes from cockfighting. fighting cocks didn't have any white plumage, a white feather was an indication of poor breeding for fighting.

for a woman to present a man with a WF is to accuse him of being a "genetically defective cock".

hoooo boy. you think that pun was accidental?

Anonymous Jack Amok March 09, 2015 12:40 AM  

those most opposed to the WF girls were actual soldiers. why?

because, if they were back from the front, wandering around without uniform due to sickness or injury or leave, these psycho bitches were coming up to them and tagging them with feathers.


Bob, can't you just imagine the sort of woman who would be drawn in by that? The fragile-SMV type most prone to the nuclear rejection as a way to prove her social status.

Good on Private Atkins. Slapped her with his pay book. He'd have been in his rights to slap her once for every man in his platoon and twice for every dead man who's name he knew.

Anonymous map March 09, 2015 12:44 AM  

hank.jim,

""Every male scientists is portrayed as an aspie, nerdy, omega with weird ticks and interests who is basically a tool for the rest of the lead characters."

But so are the women, but hot and nerdy like the show "Flash".

Except women scientists are never portrayed as nerdy. They are portrayed as competent for the task at hand, often admonishing their male scientist counterparts in some way. Look carefully at the dynamic between the scientists in "The Flash".

Blogger Jack Hanson March 09, 2015 1:34 AM  

"The obvious choice.... an obese lesbian negress!"

K Tempest Bradford might find work after all.

Blogger Outlaw X March 09, 2015 1:35 AM  

At least they are publicly admitting that the tv is for social conditioning. Like 24 got the Americans to accept torture. When you talk about torture being wrong and doesn't work they tell you to watch episode x, while arguing tv doesn't brainwash them.

Anonymous Thales March 09, 2015 2:02 AM  

"I want to be an engineer when I grow up because MacGyver!" said no one ever.

Anonymous Discard March 09, 2015 3:12 AM  

If Private Atkins had slapped her as much as she deserved, he would not have been sent back to the front.

Anonymous scoobius dubious March 09, 2015 3:27 AM  

@Vox: Well you know, your sociological arguments in this zone I think are pretty astute, and I wouldn't argue with them very much, except on the outskirts.

But as I said earlier, I think your artistic arguments against this sort of thing are largely due to the fact that they're usually done badly, by people who have an annoying agenda but no real artistic skill. It's a different matter when true, deep artistry is involved. (I know what the hell I'm talking about in this affair.)

Riddle me this, Batman: what do you think of the two most compelling characters on TV: from Adventure Time, the best thing on TV in years --- Princess Bubblegum, and the tragic, profound, haunted Marceline the Vampire Queen? What do you think of her songs "I'm Just Your Problem" and "Maybe I'm the One Who's Nuts," sung to a man who sacrificed his sanity in order to save her?

What do you think of the most famous movie character extant right now, Queen Elsa of Arrendale, who has magic powers but who suppressed them and hid herself in exile to save her sister?

These I think are examples of how to make female characters strong using artistry instead of idiotic butt-kicking nonsense. It can be done; it just needs to be done by people who aren't ideologues or idiots.

Anonymous Toby Temple March 09, 2015 4:11 AM  

And they are also going to change McGayver's arch-nemesis to a woman?

Anonymous George of the Jungle March 09, 2015 7:21 AM  

The idea here is to push the narrative so far past reality past, present, and future, that nobody watching it can do anything other than shake their head and keel over in apoplectic disbelief. The only kind of people so affected are of course, white Christian males, so this must be a form of hard-core warfare to kill them off just by watching the damn show.

Anonymous Thales March 09, 2015 9:15 AM  

And they are also going to change McGayver's arch-nemesis to a woman?

Pffft! Of course not -- Ms. MacGyver will no doubt be giving an anti-patriarchal Girl Power speech right before kicking her nemesis in the nuts by at least episode 12. I mean, this is teevee, after all...

Blogger bob k. mando March 09, 2015 10:41 AM  

Jack Amok March 09, 2015 12:40 AM
Good on Private Atkins.



that's not even the most egregious case listed.

"Perhaps the most ironic use of a white feather was when one was presented to Seaman George Samson who was on his way in civilian clothes to a public reception in his honour. Samson had been awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Gallipoli campaign.[9]"


note well that this mechanism has *nothing* to do with political or gender dynamics stance of the woman involved.

because this is exactly the same kind of shit that Taylor ( among others on THIS board ) was pulling all the time.

Anonymous Athor Pel March 09, 2015 11:20 AM  

"scoobius dubious March 09, 2015 3:27 AM
...
Riddle me this, Batman: what do you think of the two most compelling characters on TV: from Adventure Time, the best thing on TV in years --- Princess Bubblegum, ...."





WTF?

Princess Bubblegum?

You on the rag?
Are you in need of medical attention?
Forget to take your lithium?

Besides, everyone knows the best thing on television was Invader Zim and the best character was Gir.

Blogger bob k. mando March 09, 2015 12:56 PM  

Athor Pel March 09, 2015 11:20 AM
Besides, everyone knows the best thing on television was Invader Zim



Zim is weak sauce.

you want the heafty thing, we need to get 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac' on Adult Swim.

Blogger Marissa March 09, 2015 1:45 PM  

I am pretty sure every episode will feature an evil racist straight white church going man with lots of crosses as the enemy.

You also saw Chappie?

Blogger ChicagoRefugee March 09, 2015 2:00 PM  

you want the heafty thing, we need to get 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac' on Adult Swim.

Ah, but does 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac' have a spritely Christmas tune that can compare with "Jolly Boots of Doom?"

Anonymous thread winner March 09, 2015 2:21 PM  

"....bisexual with Down's Syndrome in a wheelchair."

Your stalker Andrew M. will be The Next MacGyver?

Blogger bob k. mando March 09, 2015 4:59 PM  

ChicagoRefugee March 09, 2015 2:00 PM
Ah, but does 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac' have a spritely Christmas tune that can compare with "Jolly Boots of Doom?"




you don't seem to understand. JtHM was the first major professional work by the guy who created Zim and it's only available as a comic book / graphic novel.

imagine Zim ... only NOT Disnified for children's viewing.

yeah.

Nailbunny beckons.

http://old.bpsd.org/ims/Tech_Ed/8th%20Grade/Webpages_06-07/3rd-9wks/3rd-9wks_files/pd5/smith.sarah/images/nail-bunny-likes-sane-conve.jpg

Anonymous scooby's been workin' for the drug squad March 09, 2015 11:15 PM  

"Princess Bubblegum? You on the rag?
Are you in need of medical attention?"

Hee hee. You're in the same sort of tone-deaf mode as VD is when he says stupid illiterate things like, James Joyce is a lousy writer. You have to learn to pay closer attention, and you have to learn how to LISTEN to things.

It helps if you used to play Schumann, and learned how to sprinkle tasty honky-tonk piano lines over "Basin Street Blues." Shit like that taught me how to LISTEN.

Kinderscenen, Basin Street Blues, The Magic Mountain, Malone Dies. I did it. Did you?

Anonymous scooby's in the drug squad March 09, 2015 11:32 PM  

Who was funnier: Bud Abbott, or Lou Costello?

Careful, it's a trick question

Anonymous Thales March 10, 2015 11:05 AM  

Scooby, did you eat a lot of acid back in the hippy days?

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