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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Better learn to plumb

Forget space. Forget science. At this point, indoor plumbing is rapidly on the way out.

President Joe Biden has now taken the push for “diversity” in STEM to a new level. His candidate to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest funder of the physical sciences in the U.S., is a soil geologist at the University of California, Merced. She has no background in physics, the science of energy, or the energy sector. She has never held a position as a scientific administrator. The typical head of DOE’s Office of Science in the past has had managerial authority in the nation’s major physics labs and has been a physicist himself, Science reports. The new nominee’s only managerial experience consists of serving since 2020 as an interim associate dean of UC Merced’s graduate division.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is, however, a black female who has won “accolades for her work to promote diversity in science,” as Science puts it. Berhe would be the first black woman to head the $7 billion office, and that is reason enough, according to the diversity mantra, why she should oversee X-ray synchrotrons, the development of nuclear weapons, and ongoing research on nuclear fusion.

One guess what type of "science" is going to be the only kind getting funding going forward. You'll have a better chance of getting a major grant if you're an astrologist or a witch doctor who claims to be able to heal herpes than if you're a physicist or a geneticist. Of course, the latter will still be funded by the military. The US may not have working toilets in ten years, but at least there is a reasonable chance at functional bioweaponry.

I thought Diversity was just ridiculous back when I first heard it being bandied about my 99-percent white university campus in the late 1980s. Now it appears to be the most aggressively dyscivilizational concept since feminism.

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69 Comments:

Blogger Unknown May 08, 2021 7:21 PM  

Enough of WHITE science !
Time for BLACK magic !

We *clap* will *clap* do *clap* as *clap* we *clap* will *clap*

Blogger Padre Geo May 08, 2021 7:32 PM  

I'm out of work in November, so I just sent away for information for online school to become a plumber apprentice. Not joking, this is a great idea.

Blogger Felis Concolor May 08, 2021 7:36 PM  

Don't forget your Pocket REF and Desk REF books for a handy guide on performing basic civilizational maintenance duties.

https://www.sequoiapublishing.com/shop/pocket-ref/

Blogger jijijeac May 08, 2021 7:37 PM  

She is also not an American.

Berhe was born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea in northeast Africa bordering the Red Sea. She received her Bachelors of Science in Soil and Water Conservation at the University of Asmara in Eritrea. There, she was one of three women in a 55-person class in the soil science department.[3] She later attended Michigan State University for her Masters in Political Ecology with an emphasis on the effects of land degradation, working to understand how landmines cause land degradation.[4].

But I guess fundamentally it doesn't matter since she is as american as Obama and Oprah so why not

Blogger M In The 517 May 08, 2021 7:41 PM  

Astrology and witch doctoring are still more efficacious disciplines than transgenderism. Or communism.

Blogger Noah B. May 08, 2021 7:59 PM  

"soil geologist at the University of California"

The plan is clear. No need for manmade energy when we're all living in mud huts again.

Blogger Geir Balderson May 08, 2021 8:01 PM  

I am sure that Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (Did someone just lean an elbow on the keyboard for that name?) being a geologist, knows all about Magic Dirt!! Magic Dirt allows someone with the correct color of skin and absolutely no experience, oversee a huge department. Government produces nothing and knows nothing.

If Old Joe would just get out of the way and go into he corner and sniff hair then America could turn this covid layoff right around.

Blogger weka May 08, 2021 8:06 PM  

Diversity is infecting every profession as our woke governments appoint the woke not the skilled to every registration in creation.

They will want everyone to be culturally safe. Knowing your job will count for much less.

And with affirmative action, go for an Asian or White Sox. Locally, the approved castes have marks 1-2 SD below the unapproved who have to compete like hell.

Blogger Vlad Z. May 08, 2021 8:08 PM  

One of her principle areas of study (I'm not making this up):

Political Ecology of Land Degradation and Ownership, Particularly the Contribution of Armed Conflicts to Land Degradation and Ways People Relate to Their Environment

Blogger johndoe03526 May 08, 2021 8:09 PM  

Diversity is cancer.

Blogger repent or perish May 08, 2021 8:19 PM  

At this pace, it's only a matter of time before the cult of Scientism will be in complete ruin.

Blogger M. ANTHONY May 08, 2021 8:25 PM  

That lady - born, raised and educated in Eritrea - has all the hallmarks of an academic grifter. Identify a field of study (no matter how obscure), become an 'expert' in that field. Link that field to climate change and watch the funding roll in. In her case it's soil biogeochemistry. Her husband is also a soil scientist and an Eritrean citizen. Oh and her father was allegedly a member of the Marxist-Leninist Eritrean People's Liberation Front, go figure.

In a decade or two, Indians really might be mocking Americans as "street shitters".

Blogger dienw May 08, 2021 8:27 PM  

Unknown wrote:Enough of WHITE science !

Time for BLACK magic !

We *clap* will *clap* do *clap* as *clap* we *clap* will *clap*


Science will be 'decolonized.'
How “Decolonizing” Science Can Make It Better
Now, instead of English, Latin,German,or even Russian, Zulu will become the lingua Franca of Science in our time.

Blogger Damelon Brinn May 08, 2021 8:28 PM  

Medical and genetic research and manufacturing has already been moved to China, and Chinese run those university departments in the US so they can educate their own people on US scholarship money. No need to train Americans in the field; the Chinese will make sure we have new cures for the ills they ship us.

Blogger Canadian Warlord May 08, 2021 8:28 PM  

The line between voodoo and theoretical physics just got fuzzier. Have to wonder if one the greatest swindles of all time, "dark matter," was coined for this eventuality.

Blogger Elder Son May 08, 2021 8:37 PM  

Magic Dirt. Just add water.

Blogger George Phillies May 08, 2021 9:01 PM  

Readers may recall that the Department of Energy administratively owns and maintains our country's nuclear weapons stockpile.

Blogger tdcommenter May 08, 2021 9:04 PM  

The Party of Science parties on!

Blogger Br'er Shaygetz May 08, 2021 9:15 PM  

I'm so glad I installed a hand pump on my well...

Blogger SciVo May 08, 2021 9:17 PM  

@Canadian Warlord:

Dark matter is magic dirt for astronomers.

Blogger Beto May 08, 2021 9:30 PM  

Lol

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 May 08, 2021 9:30 PM  

I've never been so glad Musk is #OurGuy.

Blogger dds May 08, 2021 9:32 PM  

Queen's university (like most universities in Canada now) has a 30 by 2030 goal...


30% of engineering students, graduates and faculty will be female.


Meanwhile, pure racial activism in the Health sciences department-- but not for Whites who built the institution-- and nation:

https://i.imgur.com/0g4PTZB.png

The 'Senior Advisor on Equity' in Health Sciences...

https://i.imgur.com/UVbRLQZ.png


https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/sites/default/files/assets/alumnireview/issues/QAR-Spring2021.pdf

Blogger Fozzy Bear May 08, 2021 9:42 PM  

“Better learn to plumb.” That’s the best lesson I ever learned from this website. Last year I re-plumbed the entire water supply system in my house, this year I’m tackling the sewerage system. I may make my living in IT, but when I have sons I will teach them plumbing.

Blogger Teleport me off this rock May 08, 2021 9:43 PM  

@13 - “I did not realize that science is different in different languages,” said Biyela. “My mother language seemed inadequate as a language of science—at least, that is what I was told as a child in South Africa.”

Zulu is inadequate for describing anything invented after the Neolithic.


In case anyone was wondering, UC Merced is bottom tier even by current UC standards, except their facilities are somewhat newer.

Blogger pyrrhus May 08, 2021 9:47 PM  

Astrology is far superior to most of the science coming out of affirmative action, it actually works a majority of the time...not sure about witchcraft

Blogger Jack Ward May 08, 2021 9:49 PM  

@15 CW
I can recommend you to the blog site of Miles Mathis. There, you will find a huge amount of published papers including what I see as sound theories of dark matter, or rather the lack thereof.

http://www.mileswmathis.com/

Blogger Black Bird May 08, 2021 9:57 PM  

Is she the lady at Christmas that sells those pet plants 🪴
In those cute pots. The name of those plants just won’t come to me. Ca CE what????

Blogger Teleport me off this rock May 08, 2021 10:00 PM  

"Do you see this here, these ruins wondered at by tribes of savages, do you not think this will be again? Aye. And again. With other people, with other sons."

Blogger Stilicho May 08, 2021 10:11 PM  

Good lord, she isn't even a geologist. She got a "degree" in erosion and well-digging before getting a grad degree in political grifting.

I look forward to seeing what Zjoh Bai-Den puts in charge of spying on and suppressing Americans. What is the over/under on it actually having a bone in its nose?

Eventually, the gods of the copybook headings will return with a vengeance, but for the moment, they are too busy laughing to do much else.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 08, 2021 10:31 PM  

Give you an idea of how fooked things are. In the last year, there were a lot of people out of work and getting checks.
Now, employers are looking for people to come back to work, but they don't want to come back because they would rather get checks.

What was missed in all this? A huge opportunity to actually "learn to plumb" so to speak, and generally. I would even say this was something the Trump administration overlooked as well. If we were going to have people just sitting around and getting paid, it would have been a perfect chance to fund up learning courses, online college courses, and even chances at a system similar to the DANTES system the military had where basically you just take a 3 hour test and get college credits without actually going to a class. I have roughly 12 credits of extraneous stuff through that program. It should have been adults going to school online, not just the kids.

But no. People just watched netflix and played vidya. Also drug and alcohol abuse went up. I have two car projects, a large garden at 1/4th potential, and 9 electronics projects all groaning against 50-60 hour work weeks. Give me a "year off" and I could build an empire.

File it under "collapse". I think if this thing happened in the 1950s, and it would have taken a real virus not a flu strain to do it, the society to emerge would have been better. Now? Forget it.

Just remember there is a certain amount of drop that a sewer pipe needs over distance. Too steep and the water goes too fast and leaves the poop behind. Too shallow and the water does not move fast enough to move the poop.

Blogger RonG May 08, 2021 10:33 PM  

@2 Wish I had done the same. No end of work, and you can work out of your van - you don't need an office.

Blogger Skyler the Weird May 08, 2021 10:36 PM  

It's the New Physics like Lysenko's New Biology. Can't let anything like the Scientific Method interfere with Party Ideology or CLass Struggle. We'll soon rediscover how those ancient black Muslims in Africa were able to fly without machines.

Blogger Doom May 08, 2021 10:37 PM  

Noah B. wrote:"soil geologist at the University of California"

The plan is clear. No need for manmade energy when we're all living in mud huts again.


Only seemingly, and if the population is small enough. Look to India for how seriously polluted the nation is, with much of the population living in mud huts or the city equivalent.

Damelon Brinn wrote:Medical and genetic research and manufacturing has already been moved to China, and Chinese run those university departments in the US so they can educate their own people on US scholarship money. No need to train Americans in the field; the Chinese will make sure we have new cures for the ills they ship us.

They can abort babies for tests, heck they can choose babies to abort for the tests. More, they don't need to abort them to experiment with them in China. That is why academia pushed it over there. So they can do what Nazis, the USSR, and early American and European researchers were allowed to do... whatever they want.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 May 08, 2021 10:40 PM  

The West was at its best before indoor plumbing.

Luxury is a double-edged sword.

Blogger Skyler the Weird May 08, 2021 10:41 PM  

Decolonizing space? SJW Welfare states will never make it to the moon. Can you imagine the Soviets even having Sputnik without those German V2 scientists they captured?

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 May 08, 2021 10:50 PM  

Have to admit modern earthen homes (adobe, rammed earth, etc) are pretty awesome with wood prices and the fact they are nearly immune to small arms fire may be the better option.

As for plumbers. They can basically set their own hours and still make 100k in the midwest. Companies all have waiting lists for service. I honestly have contemplatdd moving into plumbing 8nstead of Cloud administration and architecture

Blogger Sapper May 08, 2021 11:09 PM  

Adding more water to Magic Dirt only gives you more mud...

Blogger Punkindrublik May 08, 2021 11:12 PM  

The perfect candidate to usher in the bug eating, meatless era.

Long cured meats, freezers, power generation, rope, wood, nails.

Blogger Boaty Bear May 08, 2021 11:16 PM  

Can you do that in CA?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/06/california-is-on-the-brink-of-drought-again-is-it-ready

I suppose so, when you have voodoo.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville May 08, 2021 11:27 PM  

Speaking of African geologists, some believe that bald men have nuggets of gold hidden in their skulls.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40185359

Blogger SCBen May 08, 2021 11:28 PM  

Didn't it USED to be called AFFIRMATIVE ACTION?? Amazing how all the UNQUALIFIED people are being put in charge of IMPORTANT STUFF!! It's almost like a PLAN!!

Blogger Peter B May 09, 2021 12:00 AM  

So basically a political commissar is running the DOE.

Blogger RadixMalorum May 09, 2021 12:15 AM  

There’s a good chance the fictional future of Idiocracy is more preferable than the actual future.

Blogger Darren May 09, 2021 12:45 AM  

"Asmeret Asefaw Berhe" = did a cat walk across SDL's keyboard?

Blogger Darren May 09, 2021 12:50 AM  

@dienw "Zulu"?

We *click* will *click* do *click* as *click* we *click* will *click*

The God Must Be Crazy [like a fox -- all part of His plan, but boy is it getting weird]

Blogger Cappuccinobear May 09, 2021 1:33 AM  

I know it all looks incredibly bad, but with the right skills and friends, the new opportunities will be endless.

Detroit has practically been street shitter for decades. They won't leave the city because of the storefront pattern of weave shop, barber, pot shop, liquor store, gas station, strip club, pawn shop, and bail bonds that give them all they seem to want or need.

Blogger Wazdakka May 09, 2021 2:27 AM  

I am forming the opinion that the diversity drive is either an attack on western civilisation by foreign powers, or a very powerful elite with a sense of humour

Blogger Amethyst Dominica May 09, 2021 3:07 AM  

I imagine this is what it must have been for Romans in the 5th Century AD to look at the ruins of a public water fountain and realize that once upon a time, engineers were capable to getting water from the mountains all the way to people's houses. What magic it must've seemed to them. For people living at the height of Roman Civilization, it must've seemed unthinkable that one day, the splendid infrastructure that trumpeted their superiority to the world would one day just crumble into nothingness. I would have thought it unthinkable that we'd throw our own civilization away ten years ago. But here we are. Our culture already produces nothing of value- just more propaganda, and soon the Church of Social Justice will swallow up our scientific achievements and replace them all with long essays on how many microaggressions you can fit on the head of a pin.

Blogger Dark glasses Woody May 09, 2021 3:28 AM  

Accelerationst utopia.

Blogger The Observer May 09, 2021 3:55 AM  

But no. People just watched netflix and played vidya. Also drug and alcohol abuse went up. I have two car projects, a large garden at 1/4th potential, and 9 electronics projects all groaning against 50-60 hour work weeks. Give me a "year off" and I could build an empire.

File it under "collapse". I think if this thing happened in the 1950s, and it would have taken a real virus not a flu strain to do it, the society to emerge would have been better. Now? Forget it.


Doubt it. The French Revolutionaries believed that if only the masses were allowed access to knowledge and education, they would take to it like ducks to water. They were wrong.

Fact of the matter is that most people don't want to learn more than they have to in order to get by, and that's not going to change. Nothing new under the sun.

Blogger Boaty Bear May 09, 2021 5:14 AM  

"Dark Energy Matters"

Or
"DEMs"

They'll change their tune when the encounter the SDL!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 09, 2021 6:43 AM  

If Disney is your thing you better go soon, reference to Dark Herald's piece at Arkhaven. FTR I think it hilarious, I hope the conservatives have a meltdown and start quoting Martin Luther King even harder, that will do the trick. Then Disney will double down in a positive feed back loop and I will be entertained to an even greater extent.

Blogger dienw May 09, 2021 7:16 AM  

Darren wrote:@dienw "Zulu"?

We *click* will *click* do *click* as *click* we *click* will *click*

The God Must Be Crazy [like a fox -- all part of His plan, but boy is it getting weird]



I was thinking of that movie when I wrote my comment; but I could not think of the name of that language. The movie even starts with a coke bottle dropped from a plane.

Blogger Canadian Warlord May 09, 2021 7:32 AM  

Jack Ward,
Bookmarked. "Unified Fields in Disguise" is interesting and looks easy to check, say with the 9 (oops 8) planets.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart May 09, 2021 8:59 AM  

President Joe Biden has now taken the push for “diversity” in STEM to a new level.

The M in STEM stands for mathematics. Already as part of Obama's "common core", mathematical impossibilities had been propagandised, and this will only get worse under VP Biden.

2+2=4. well ... , that's just the norm, for those people. Depending on someone's freels, racial heritage, or sexual perversions, it is just as subjectively valid to obtain 2+2=3, or 2+2=5; or 2+2=17. For otherwise, it wouldn't be a diverse "M", and the colonial oppressive 2+2=4 would always win.

Presumably they're so stupid that they don't even understand the etymology of the 2+2=4 metaphor. But almost equally likely, "some of) them are so evil (wicked) that they understand it very well; and do it anyway, and in spite of it. "It" being the truth, with or without capital T.

Blogger megapotamus May 09, 2021 9:34 AM  

Chris Lanahan, highest IQ man extant is optimistic for the future because, as he put it, two plus two makes four and THAT'S universal. So quaint.

Blogger Akulkis May 09, 2021 11:29 AM  

>> I've never been so glad Musk is #OurGuy.


Oh please, I hope you don't sincerely believe that.

When Musk isn't copying 1950's technology more expensively (even when accounting for inflation), he's reimplementing.100 year old technology, and failing at it even 2orse than the London and the New York City subway systems did.

And let's not forget his heavily tax-payer subsidized glorified golf carts, made so that rich people can virtue signal while gallivanting around town, while they still take SUVs and private jets for longer distance travel, rather than the most energy efficient form of human travel -- railroads, because they don't have to put energy into lift, and they don't have to expend energy deforming rubber tire sidewalls around the contact patch at the road surface.

Blogger Daniel May 09, 2021 11:42 AM  

I read of an argentinian l8ving in usa that makes millions a year servicing sewages at home.
So it can be done.
In argentina the story run the papers months ago.

Blogger Daniel May 09, 2021 11:51 AM  

LolWhen jobs need to compete with free money given by the goverment it is all way down from there. We have that bs in argentina since many years ago, so i know

Blogger Magnifico May 09, 2021 12:02 PM  

2+2=4
equals
colonial oppression.

Blogger Kordl May 09, 2021 12:38 PM  

Apparently my plumbing code book might be more valuable in the future than I originally thought

Blogger Moonman's Ray-Ban Sunglasses May 09, 2021 12:48 PM  

All this technology and we're still slipping into what is looking to be a protracted Dark Age.

Blogger Sean May 09, 2021 2:19 PM  

Doesn't look like this part of their plan will succeed, but they can fix the fail as easy as an election. After all, the plan is complete and utter destruction of everything status quo, and rebuild it in the glorious Communist vision. Only this time, the death toll will be 2/3rds of the population.

Blogger Amethyst Dominica May 09, 2021 3:21 PM  

@63. It's BECAUSE of the technology that we're going to be slipping into a protracted Dark Age. Destroy Nature's Feedback Loops and you'll destroy people's ability to think soon enough.

Blogger Doom May 09, 2021 3:43 PM  

megapotamus wrote:Chris Lanahan, highest IQ man extant is optimistic for the future because, as he put it, two plus two makes four and THAT'S universal. So quaint.

He is just reiterating what Christ said. Only Jesus was willing to suffer and die for it. Though... I think we aren't really supposed to follow, unless there is no option. And I don't think we have to, yet. Probably. Either way, He already won the thing. Just a matter of playing it through. Ugh, but this game drags on. A good thing, more souls for heaven, I suspect. As long as we are still here, still churning, talking, pushing back? It's when it goes totally sideways. If it looks like it could be starting.

Blogger Kevin Pilsner May 09, 2021 8:31 PM  

Ok. I have stopped waiting for that flying car.

Blogger kurt9 May 09, 2021 10:27 PM  

All this means is that government funded science will turn into a joke. But, in fact, it already has. Most government-funded science papers cannot be replicated.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel May 10, 2021 1:04 AM  

@57

"Chris Lanahan, highest IQ man extant is optimistic for the future because, as he put it, two plus two makes four and THAT'S universal. So quaint."

There's a difference between intelligence and wisdom.

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