Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

The clinical notion of triggering dates back far as 1918, when psychologists tried to make sense of “war neurosis” in World War I, and later World War II, veterans. The term “post-traumatic stress disorder” came into use after the Vietnam War, but was not recognized as a diagnosable affliction until 1980. Then, psychologists started to work with clients to identify possible PTSD “triggers,” or a sensory input that somehow resembles the original trauma. But anticipating them is notoriously difficult. They assume disparate and unpredictable forms. An essay, or film, or other piece of media might trigger a person, as could a sound or a smell, a physical space, a specific object, or a person…

While warning for triggers became expected in these specific communities, the advent of Twitter in 2006 and Tumblr in 2007, and the growth of Facebook in 2008, mainstreamed the term in a new way. People who used trigger warnings on their personal blogs began sharing content on Twitter and Facebook with the signifier…

While it’s clear that the phrase itself came to fruition online, the concept of triggering originated offline in psychological studies, trauma support groups, and feminist communities. Now it’s moving back offline in various capacities — most notably onto college campuses. Trigger warnings have even been requested before television programs.

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Trigger warnings in the classroom don’t censor material. Neither are they an excuse to avoid challenging subjects; instead, they offer students with post-traumatic stress disorder control over the situation so that they can interact with difficult material. They don’t protect “fragile personal sensibilities” or remove offensive content. They recognize and validate a real mental issue…

If students are suddenly confronted by material that makes them ill, black out or react violently, they are effectively prevented from learning. If their reaction happens in the classroom, they’ve halted the learning environment. No professor is going to teach over the rape victim who stumbles out in hysterics or the veteran who drops under a chair shouting…

When survivors say trigger warnings give them a sense of control and help them heal, the unaffected population must listen. Professors are expected to accommodate students with physical disabilities. Why then, when PTSD is a recognized disability, do we not do everything we can to help?

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“Any kind of blanket trigger policy is inimical to academic freedom,” said Lisa Hajjar, a sociology professor at the university here, who often uses graphic depictions of torture in her courses about war. “Any student can request some sort of individual accommodation, but to say we need some kind of one-size-fits-all approach is totally wrong. The presumption there is that students should not be forced to deal with something that makes them uncomfortable is absurd or even dangerous.”…

An associate professor of comparative American studies and a co-chairwoman of the task force, Ms. Raimondo said providing students with warnings would simply be “responsible pedagogical practice.”

“I quite object to the argument of ‘Kids today need to toughen up,’ ” she said. “That absolutely misses the reality that we’re dealing with. We have students coming to us with serious issues, and we need to deal with that respectfully and seriously.”…

“If I were a junior faculty member looking at this while putting my syllabus together, I’d be terrified,” Mr. Blecher said. “Any student who felt triggered by something that happened in class could file a complaint with the various procedures and judicial boards, and create a very tortuous process for anyone.”

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Does the phrase “spoilers” ring a bell?

Okay, so spoiler alerts get mocked, and there’s no doubt that some people get carried away, but if we’re being honest, most people comply, just like with Not Safe for Work labels — we agree that there’s a need to protect someone in some way from this content. In the course of an average conversation, you might not say trigger warning but I can bet you’ve asked someone if they’ve seen the finale of Breaking Bad or if they’ve ever watched Lost. Not to mention the years we all had to keep quiet about the fact that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense. Did I spoil that one for you? Sorry…

The fact is, we adhere to these labels — NSFW, spoilers — out of common courtesy, and not because we think someone will genuinely be harmed by our revealing a secret from a plotline. With our consumption of media content changing, they’re our new community rules. And nobody wants to get a friend in trouble at work if they mistakenly open our funny, but slightly inappropriate emails at their desk. If we’re capable of this level of concern for each other, and for Internet strangers, isn’t it acceptable that we might grow that concern into a useful language for being courteous about each other’s possible triggers?…

[F]undamentally the issue at stake with trigger warnings is letting people make choices about their own psychological and emotional wellbeing. We provide a small service — a little warning note — and anyone who feels that right now, exposure to certain stimuli might do more harm than good gets to take a little step back without having to out themselves. They protect their privacy, and reserve the right to confront these issues on their own terms. Overall, this discussion is not about who gets to say what, when. It’s about who has to listen, to what and when. Free speech is hardly at issue here.

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It was almost inevitable, regardless of one’s personal politics, to find oneself—with bowed head, like an undergraduate Rubashov—accused of trespassing some previously unknown frontier of offense. I would soon learn never to object to the charge of privilege: it’s a phantom, something one possesses and abuses without knowing it. And like denying your alcoholism, a denial doubles as an acknowledgement that you’re afflicted with the disease…

I have often argued with conservative friends that the final ledger on political correctness wasn’t all negative. The casual racism once found in polite company, while certainly not eradicated, is almost unthinkable today. But my unilateral declaration of an end to the kulturkampf was depressingly naive. Because language cops are like pornographers: The stuff that was once seen as extreme has become quotidian, demanding that it be replaced with something even more extreme and confusing.

All of this is the unsurprising result of teaching soft-headed but well-intentioned college students that if we can control language, we can control behavior. But these handy phrases-as-argument both skirt and ultimately suffocate real debate, often demanding feelings be valued above reality (This recent Huffington Post headline says it all: “Anti-Vaccine Mom Feels Bullied”).

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The world is a triggering place. As a woman in a world rife with sexism, I am consistently exposed to imagery and behaviour that I find insulting, offensive, or upsetting. But I want to be able to discuss that reality and that imagery within academic and public spaces, not be protected from it. In fact, these are some of the few spaces where such issues can be discussed in a challenging and nuanced way.

During the many months I spent in feminist film theory courses, I watched a number of upsetting rape scenes on film, as well as engaging with pornographic imagery and generally violent or upsetting material. Much of that imagery will stick with me and trouble me forever. Yet I still consider it to have been a valuable part of my learning experience. Taking that material out of the curriculum isn’t going to protect marginalized people from it, nor will it better enable us to critique that material…

Will discussions of vaginas, for example, be removed from the curriculum on account of “cissexism”? What about discussions of eating disorders or war or suicide or racism? If discussions of women’s bodies are deemed offensive, should they be avoided? There are so many conversations that would never have happened in my gender studies seminars had professors avoided discussions of “racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, able-ism, and other issues of privilege and oppression.” Beyond that, students would likely have felt even more afraid to speak up about controversial topics than they already do, lest they inadvertently “trigger” a classmate.

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It’s perfectly reasonable for a survivor of violence to ask a professor for a heads up if the reading list includes a piece with graphic descriptions of rape or violence, for example. But generalized trigger warnings aren’t so much about helping people with PTSD as they are about a certain kind of performative feminism: they’re a low-stakes way to use the right language to identify yourself as conscious of social justice issues. Even better is demanding a trigger warning – that identifies you as even more aware, even more feminist, even more solicitous than the person who failed to adequately provide such a warning…

But the space between comfort and freedom is not actually where universities should seek to situate college students. Students should be pushed to defend their ideas and to see the world from a variety of perspectives. Trigger warnings don’t just warn students of potentially triggering material; they effectively shut down particular lines of discussion with “that’s triggering”. Students should – and do – have the right to walk out of any classroom. But students should also accept the challenge of exploring their own beliefs and responding to disagreement. Trigger warnings, of course, don’t always shut down that kind of interrogation, but if feminist blogs are any example, they quickly become a way to short-circuit uncomfortable, unpopular or offensive arguments.

That should concern those of us who love literature, but it should particularly trouble the feminist and anti-racist bookworms among us. Trigger warnings are largely perceived as protecting young women and, to a lesser extent, other marginalized groups – people of color, LGBT people, people with mental illnesses. That the warnings hinge on topics that are more likely to affect the lives of marginalized groups contributes to the general perception of members of those groups as weak, vulnerable and “other”

And there’s something lost when students are warned before they read Achebe or Diaz or Woolf, and when they read those writers first through the lens of trauma and fear.

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As the list of trigger warning–worthy topics continues to grow, there’s scant research demonstrating how words “trigger” or how warnings might help. Most psychological research on P.T.S.D. suggests that, for those who have experienced trauma, “triggers” can be complex and unpredictable, appearing in many forms, from sounds to smells to weather conditions and times of the year. In this sense, anything can be a trigger—a musky cologne, a ditsy pop song, a footprint in the snow.

As a means of navigating the Internet, or setting the tone for academic discussion, the trigger warning is unhelpful. Once we start imposing alerts on the basis of potential trauma, where do we stop? One of the problems with the concept of triggering—understanding words as devices that activate a mechanism or cause a situation—is it promotes a rigid, overly deterministic approach to language. There is no rational basis for applying warnings because there is no objective measure of words’ potential harm. Of course, words can inspire intense reactions, but they have no intrinsic danger. Two people who have endured similarly painful experiences, from rape to war, can read the same material and respond in wholly different ways…

Trigger warnings are presented as a gesture of empathy, but the irony is they lead only to more solipsism, an over-preoccupation with one’s own feelings—much to the detriment of society as a whole. Structuring public life around the most fragile personal sensitivities will only restrict all of our horizons. Engaging with ideas involves risk, and slapping warnings on them only undermines the principle of intellectual exploration. We cannot anticipate every potential trigger—the world, like the Internet, is too large and unwieldy. But even if we could, why would we want to? Bending the world to accommodate our personal frailties does not help us overcome them.


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melle!

bazil9 on May 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

LOL BAZIL!!!

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

And on topic, we are raising a nation of wimps..

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

brb phone call

bazil9 on May 18, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Are college’s thinking about instituting nap time also? If a student gets “freaked out” by a book, just hand them a pacifier and have them go lay down.

Flange on May 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

And on topic, we are raising a nation of wimps..

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

.
That’s the “agaenda” … : (

listens2glenn on May 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Not much on tv tonight. I pushed the lawn mower around today and breathed in a lot of grass.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

i heart cheezburger cats

coolrepublica on May 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I hat cutting the grass…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

f*ing pussies.
thats all these people are.

dmacleo on May 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Juice. Box.

Kenosha Kid on May 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

f*ing pussies.
thats all these people are.

dmacleo on May 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Duck for cover! Quick!

coolrepublica on May 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

If students are suddenly confronted by material that makes them ill, black out or react violently, they are effectively prevented from learning.

LOL.

We have some really sick birds in this society. The errors of the trial and error of evolution are piling up in a mountain miles high and going to suffocate us all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Apparently my husband who served in Afghanistan and came back with a mild form of actually PTSD came back with less triggers than some of these college kids. Ugh!

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Self-fulfilling prophecy principle applied.

Telling someone repeatedly that they aren’t capable of succeeding leads to failure.

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Evening All.

melle..please thank him for his service. And thanks to you also.

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

so true LH (waving at ya)

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Evening All.

melle..please thank him for his service. And thanks to you also.

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Will do.. He is retired as of last year..

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

One of my bosses at my first job served in Vietnam. If we dropped trays, etc., he’d be under the counter at the crash.

This campus crap is BS.

ladyingray on May 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong but personal responsibility or self-discipline were not words used, yes?

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I watched the 60 Minutes piece tonight on Iran and thought about the Iranian men I went to Military College with (1978-1980). They were great friends, generous, funny, and as kind as anyone I have ever met.

Too bad the people of the world are so often poorly service by poor political leaders – the world could so much easier for us all to live in.

Cum-by-ya !! – I know

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

WTF? I tried to understand what this was about, but couldn’t.

On the flip side of this, there is a program called early college High School. My daughter interviewed for it yesterday. It is an accelerated high school with the junior and senior years actually the first two years of college at a local junior college. The person graduates high school with their first two years of college already under their belt. Paid for by the state of Texas.

I would say that is the opposite of what this whiny topic was about.

Oh, and God Bless Texas.

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

My college experience in the late 70′s was totally different than anything I’m reading about now, but I went to a state school in AZ and graduated with an engineering degree and w mere $7,000 in low interest student loan debt, totally manageable.

Is it really this bad now, or is the media cherry-picking to get our blood up?
I can’t tell.

Tard on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“I quite object to the argument of ‘Kids today need to toughen up,’ ” she said. “That absolutely misses the reality that we’re dealing with. We have students coming to us with serious issues, and we need to deal with that respectfully and seriously.”…

Trigger Warning: Kids need to toughen up.

The reality is that your students have practically no issues that require putting up with this kind of nonsense. You need show it no more respect than you would someone speaking pig Latin…

JohnGalt23 on May 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

kewl cozmo. I’ll say a prayer for your daughter. Sounds like a great program.

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The clinical notion of triggering dates back far as 1918,
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Just great,…my triggers, just triggered themselves,
the moment my eyes were averted, er, alerted to the
trigger thread!!
(snark)

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

More rain coming this week. Ugh….does it never stop?

8 weight on May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Does the phrase “spoilers” ring a bell?

How about having to keep quiet about The Crying Game and it’s “big surprise”…?

sultanp on May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

(waving) at our great northern friend LOL

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

One of my bosses at my first job served in Vietnam. If we dropped trays, etc., he’d be under the counter at the crash.

This campus crap is BS.

ladyingray on May 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Yeah, you couldn’t wake my hubby quickly for about a year after he came home (his base was shelled nightly), and he still won’t sit with his back toward a door in a restaurant or in public. He came back moody which is out of character, but has since gotten over that. He was a medevac pilot, and saw a lot of crap, but you know college campuses– he can’t compete what they see on those//

melle1228 on May 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hey, CL. (waving back)

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Be back in a few

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Sounds like a great program.

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Thanks, I think it is really cool. She was already accepted to the architecture magnet school and this invitation was kind of out of the blue.

Its probably another of those Texas programs the rest of the country will whine about.

I sure would have liked to have had this program around when I was getting ready for high school.

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Game of Thrones – episode 7

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Is it really this bad now, or is the media cherry-picking to get our blood up?
I can’t tell.

Tard on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

It’s that bad. But it shouldn’t be.

8 weight on May 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

So cutting to the chase,


“I wonder what sent her or him off”!!

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

An associate professor of comparative American studies and a co-chairwoman of the task force, Ms. Raimondo said providing students with warnings would simply be “responsible pedagogical practice.”

Associate professor of liberal arts? Jeebus.

And why should I listen to this piker anymore than my junior high gym teacher?

What the hell is comparative America studies? Sounds like one of those classes the sports tards take to keep their average above c-.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Leave it to libs to push an agenda then, when the consequences resulting from said agenda become known, state that the agenda isn’t the problem but the consequences of said agenda indicate the reason the agenda had to be implemented in the first place.

Translation: Everybody’s a victim, whether they know it or not, and we should do everything in our power to ensure said victimhood is perpetuated instead of *horrors!* “dealt with.”

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

(waving) at our great northern friend LOL

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

CoffeeLover: Evening CL,..hey, its warming up a tad, up here in the
boonies, er, sticks!:)

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Who is the chick in the photo?

Jon0815 on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

So would I! I remember having nothing to do most of the day in Senior year. If I remember correctly, I think I had 2 required courses and the rest of the day was spent…in gym or study or at lunch.

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Too bad the people of the world are so often poorly service by poor political leaders – the world could so much easier for us all to live in.

Cum-by-ya !! – I know

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Goes to show we shouldn’t judge people by their government. I hope people in other countries aren’t judging us by ours.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Oooh! A campfire! I’ll bring the marshmallows… :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Yeah, okay, but what if gay marriage is your trigger? You’ll be forced out of your job.

John the Libertarian on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Who is the chick in the photo?

Jon0815 on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

The chick with the nice azz in the MO gun thread photo…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I hope people in other countries aren’t judging us by ours.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I fear they are – you make a good point.

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Commencement Speechy KAOS!!:

Hamden, CT, US
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Hamden, Conn., police say a woman has been arrested in the Quinnipiac University security threat incident before graduation – @JimboShelton
see original on twitter.com

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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 6m

Hamden police are not identifying the woman or giving further details about the nature of the security threat made at QU. #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 8m

Hamden police say a woman has been arrested in the QU security threat incident. #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Borelli: “I’ve spent four years here and I’m upset I can’t graduate outside on the beautiful quad. But it’s not worth the risk.” #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

QU grad Lorie Borelli of Orange: “It’s a bit scary. You don’t know what to do.” #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Paige: “We’re tired of all this B.S. We’re kind of put out by all of this.” #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Jimmy Paige of Windham, NH – his daughter Amy is graduating. Said family is skipping the commencement. #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Families are trying to decide whether to go ahead with attending the ceremony or go on with scheduled dinner plans. #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Wydra said moving the #QU2014 graduation to another site is “the right decision.”
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Wydra said multiple threats were received just before the 6 pm ceremony was to start. #QU2014
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra said #QU2014 security threat is based on “some threats that were made.”
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1h

Families are heading for their graduate and then to their cars. #QU2014

https://twitter.com/JimboShelton

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23QU2014&src=hash

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Beer, carne asada and cigarets… Oh wait you guys don’t live in SoCal…. You don’t know what paradise is… Never mind….

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Results for #triggers

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23triggers&src=hash

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Kids have been taking college classes in high school for a long time. They didn’t, however, have it back in the dark ages when I went to school.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

These college kids are the dumbest bunch of candy azz metrosexual ipod Facebook Twitter morons ever. They are Kardashian stupid.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Okay, so something has come up and I don’t know that I’ll be back tonight.

Two messages I want to leave. First is to oscarwilde. Thanks for backing me up earlier. I appreciate it very much.

Second is to KCB. After logging out last night, I went back over the Friday QOTD thread (that was the night I was pretty much out of it…just wanted to make sure I hadn’t made too big an idiot of myself). Anyway, saw the comment about “making lineholder jealous”. Sorry about that. Might be a good time to just tell everyone that lineholder is KCB’s favorite newbie (a title I wear proudly, BTW) but that’s it.

See y’all when I see y’all.

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

You do realize most of this crap is coming out liberal education Oberlin College.

RickB on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

These college kids are the dumbest bunch of candy azz metrosexual ipod Facebook Twitter morons ever. They are Kardashian stupid.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Pretty broad brush..

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

RE: Commencement KAOS:

Videos
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Jim Shelton ‏@JimboShelton 1m

Graduates and families moving out of #QU2014 quad – security threat http://www.tout.com/m/g5xk75?ref=twjni14y
View media

http://www.tout.com/m/g5xk75?ref=twjni14y

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

CoffeeLover on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Heh, I went half day to regular high school and half day to the Law Magnet High School. By my junior year they were ready to kick me out out and I went to a PAID internship at a law firm. May senior year at regular high school, there were no accelerated courses left. I had art, typing and I don’t remember the third class. All through high school, I never had to take a gym class.

What the Law magnet high school taught me was that I didn’t want to be a lawyer.

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Should the word Trigger even be used for this? Even with the noblest of intentions, if I am the victim of gun-related violence, (or, for that matter, western-movie-hero-horse-trauma,) then I may find the utterance of that very word offensive. We’ll have to come up with a new term.

May I suggest potential resultant alert?

massrighty on May 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

The clinical notion of triggering dates back far as 1918,
=========================================================

Just great,…my triggers, just triggered themselves,
the moment my eyes were averted, er, alerted to the
trigger thread!!
(snark)

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

But but what about the wars BEFORE the Great War? You mean the vets from THOSE wars didn’t suffer “PTSD” as well?

Oh, right…back then, it was called “shell-shocked”…or something…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

First is to oscarwilde. Thanks for backing me up earlier.

lineholder on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I am a weirdo, I believe what is right is right. I saw where you were going and understood. It was my pleasure and honor to say what I did…

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

These college kids are the dumbest bunch of candy azz metrosexual ipod Facebook Twitter morons ever. They are Kardashian stupid.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Pretty broad brush..

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Sometimes a broad brush paints best…

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

bazil9 on May 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Can you do me a favor? Send me an email. I know you and I have exchanged emails in the past but I wasn’t clear in my contact listing and now I’m confused.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Sometimes a broad brush paints best…

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hard to counter a good reply

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Really? Is this what it has come to?

It used to be that when we said “school sucks” it was because it was hard, and involved work. Now, schools sucks because it teaches kids to be weenies. Sheesh.

tutu on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Oooh! A campfire! I’ll bring the marshmallows… :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Newtie and the Beauty: Lol, haha:0

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

cozmo on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Very clever getting out of gym. I wish I had known that trick. I wasn’t that smart though. Still not.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Goodness! Who was the Invited Speaker?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

In the big picture it is probably easier to weed out the good ones. As parents we took the “I’m okay, you’re wonderful” a tad bit too far with this generation. Obviously their are exceptions. Probably nothing that a little bit of life won’t fix.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

These college kids are the dumbest bunch of candy azz metrosexual ipod Facebook Twitter morons ever. They are Kardashian stupid.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

SparkPlug:—————-:0

Social Triggers ‏@social_triggers 11 Aug 2011

Social tip of the day: Comfort zones are for chumps. Push yourself into social situations you’d normally shy away from due to insecurities.

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Goodness! Who was the Invited Speaker?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Bugs Bunny.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

You’re eccentric, just like the rest of us–only in different ways. And you have better hair. Because you use Aqua-Net.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

“Trigger warnings are largely perceived as protecting young women and, to a lesser extent, other marginalized groups – people of color, LGBT people, people with mental illnesses.”

Sounds about right.

Cation on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

OK, while I am taking a mandatory nap, brush up on your basics Quantum Physics, there might be a test later….

Sparkplug has the answers if you get confused and need a cheat sheet…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Eeuqh9QfNI&index=2&list=PLA27CEA1B8B27EB67

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I used to use “cramps” as an excuse o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

But but what about the wars BEFORE the Great War? You mean the vets from THOSE wars didn’t suffer “PTSD” as well?

Oh, right…back then, it was called “shell-shocked”…or something…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Newtie and the Beauty: Baffling it is, er, wait–:0

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I’m triggered by the phrase “social justice”. Or worse “peace and social justice”.

kcewa on May 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

In the big picture it is probably easier to weed out the good ones. As parents we took the “I’m okay, you’re wonderful” a tad bit too far with this generation. Obviously their are exceptions. Probably nothing that a little bit of life won’t fix.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I count myself incredibly blessed – single father raising two teenage girls – both brilliant – both rock solid with their morals –

Wait – did I mention they go to a Catholic High School?

At the same time however – they go to great pains to teach me their generations views and beliefs.

We’re going to be ok is my conclusion – so far

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Goodness! You can’t get any more conservative than Bugs Bunny! I wonder how the faculty allowed him to sneak by?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

You’re eccentric, just like the rest of us–only in different ways. And you have better hair. Because you use Aqua-Net.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I’ve used Aquanet for years. Cheap and nothing blows your hair out of place.

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Eeuqh9QfNI&index=2&list=PLA27CEA1B8B27EB67

oscarwilde on May 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I’m glad I didn’t have a teacher like that. Wait a minute. I did. A lot of them.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

You never experienced Adorn, with the pink label, did you.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Broke all the rules
Played all the fools
Yeah yeah they, they, they blew our minds
And I was shaking at the knees
Could I come again please
Yeah them ladies were too kind
You’ve been
Thunderstruck

I was shaking at the knees
Could I come again please

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I keep Aquanet in the truck. Spray it on the distributor when it’s going to rain so it don’t get wet, LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Have you seen the movie ‘CBGB’ ?

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

You never experienced Adorn, with the pink label, did you.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Sure. My mother used to use it. But I used it in emergencies only. It made me smell like a girl.

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Goodness! Who was the Invited Speaker?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Newtie and the Beauty:)
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QuinnipiacUniversity @QuinnipiacU · 17m

Filmmaker Andrew Jenks: Graduating means you get to be curious and explore the way you want to. #QU2014

https://twitter.com/QuinnipiacU
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World of Jenks › Cast › Andrew Jenks

http://www.mtv.com/shows/world_of_jenks/cast_member.jhtml?personalityId=14401

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I know and I’m happy with my three productive adults and maybe that is the normal and only the idiots are getting the press but don’t forget we got The Won. Twice. There’s a whole lot of stupid out there. Correction to previous comment “their are” is obviously suppose to be “there are”. Catholic school is a huge plus.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

These people are waaaay behind on this topic…

..I “develop” a Trigger when I see an attractive woman…

ToddPA on May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I know and I’m happy with my three productive adults and maybe that is the normal and only the idiots are getting the press but don’t forget we got The Won. Twice. There’s a whole lot of stupid out there. Correction to previous comment “their are” is obviously suppose to be “there are”. Catholic school is a huge plus.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

It’s all about upbringing Cindy. You obviously did a good job.

crankyoldlady on May 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Catholic school is a huge plus.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Kids either conform or rebel – a little of both is safe and healthy – IMO

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Have you seen the movie ‘CBGB’ ?

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No, but I read the book…
/

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

No, but I read the book…
/

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Get the movie – Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal is amazing.

Great sound track is you’re an iTunes customer.

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Judge_Dredd on May 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I never had to worry about anything landing on my hair–no flies, no skeeters, NUTHIN’!

The real pain was trying to get a comb or brush through it the next morning.

Wait…I had helmet hair before helmet hair was COOL?? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on May 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

jake-the-goose on May 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I’ll look for it, brother…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

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