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  1. Nov 2021
    1. It’s true that some of the university sexual-harassment cases have been shaped by Department of Education Title IX regulations that are shockingly vague, and that can be interpreted in draconian ways.

      Anne Applebaum indicates that the adjudication of university sexual-harassment cases have been shaped by the Department of Education Title IX regulations which can be "shockingly vague, and that can be interpreted in draconian ways."

      This is worth delving into. How has this evolved? How can it be "fixed".

    2. In The Whisperers, his book on Stalinist culture, the historian Orlando Figes cites many such cases, among them Nikolai Sakharov, who wound up in prison because somebody fancied his wife; Ivan Malygin, who was denounced by somebody jealous of his success; and Lipa Kaplan, sent to a labor camp for 10 years after she refused the sexual advances of her boss. The sociologist Andrew Walder has revealed how the Cultural Revolution in Beijing was shaped by power competitions between rival student leaders.

      Note the power here of Applebaum providing very specific and citable examples.

      The specificity is more powerful than the generality of these sorts of ills which we know exist in these regimes.

    3. In both instances, people used these unregulated forms of “justice” to pursue personal grudges or gain professional advantage.

      Rather than provide actual justice, unregulated extrajudicial bodies can be (and are often) used to pursue personal grudges or gain profession advantages.

    4. Secretive procedures that take place outside the law and leave the accused feeling helpless and isolated have been an element of control in authoritarian regimes across the centuries,

      Anne Applebaum indicates that the secretive procedures being practiced at American colleges and universities to prosecute their community members is very similar to authoritarian governments like the Argentine junta, Franco's Spain, and Stalin's troikas.

  2. May 2021
    1. 'I'm thirty-nine years old. I've got a wife that I can't get rid of. I've got varicose veins. I've got five false teeth.'

      shame over his own body. reveals himself to her.

    2. n enormous prole and an almost equally enormous woman, presumably his wife, who seemed to form an impenetrable wall of flesh.
  3. Mar 2021
  4. Jan 2019
    1. teaching docile bodies

      Cf. Foucault's Discipline and Punish

    2. However, while US post-cybernetic media studies are tied to thinking about bodies and organisms,German media theory is linked to a shift in the history of meaning arisingfrom a revolt against the hermeneutical tradition of textual interpretationand the sociological tradition of communication

      So in Siegert's assessment, US posthumanism is focused on the body whereas German posthumanism is focused on meaning and signification.

      To grasp the distinction, I think I need better understanding of where meaning was and where it shifted to (and how that becomes posthuman).

  5. Mar 2018
    1. Mention has been made of the new environmental body. Strictly speaking, under this clause as it currently stands, the Government would be able to establish, under secondary legislation, the kind of body that the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, who is no longer in his place, was arguing for earlier—a body so powerful it could sanction other public bodies, including the Government, if it was able to reproduce the powers that presently rest with the European Commission. That is an enormous power, which this House would not allow the Executive arm of government on its own without primary legislation conducted through the two Houses.

      interesting point

  6. Feb 2018
    1. Indeed, perhaps the most obvious thing to send (though it’s a bit macabre) would just be whole cryonically preserved humans (and, yes, they should keep well at the temperature of interstellar space!). Of course, it’s ironic how similar this is to the Egyptian idea of making mummies—though our technology is better (even if we still haven’t yet solved the problem of cryonics).

      Interesting idea. This would tell aliens a lot about us.

  7. Feb 2017
    1. right hand broken

      This is an important moment for my own understanding of Douglass and his significance for rhetoric.

    2. "with my diploma wri11e11 m, my lwck!"

      What an phrase. To think of this of writing ought to inform our thinking on composition and its rhetoric.

    3. I trembled in every limb. I am not sure that my embarrassment was not the most effective part of my speech, if speech it could be called.

      Again, the body is always crucial here in ways even beyond the elocutionists we read earlier.

    4. Douglass's complex rhetorical stance opened new possibilities for rhetoric in the Western cultural tradition.

      This is even more true now. As our readings late in the semester will perform, rhetoric is increasingly renewing its interest in the material alongside its longstanding interest in the body. Douglass speaks to these.

    5. By his very presence at the podium, Douglass increased the possibilities for rhetoric,

      This is a fantastic revelation: his physical presence changes rhetoric.

  8. Jan 2017
    1. man in a fever would not ""-~3 insist on his palate as able to decide concerning -.+,. fl~vours

      A very crucial point here: judgment and discernment are themselves relational and contextual.

      That said, we would be wise to keep in mind the Lemos piece on norms and normalcy (as it bears upon bodies) as we read the rest of this paragraph.

  9. Aug 2015
  10. Oct 2013
    1. rather one of those images of Epicurus, which he says are perpetually flying off from the surfaces of bodies