Saturday, November 15, 2014

"Get out the smelling salts" hyperbole of the day

It's bad enough that a feminist reporter changed the story of one of the greatest scientific achievements  of the decade into the story of her emotional trauma from seeing a "sexist shirt".

This is sexist? The gal is good looking but fully clothed.I was expecting JessicaRabbit...
from the UKMail:

Dr Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project Scientist (pictured)  is one of the most important members of the team at Esa and made history by helping to land Philae on comet 67P yesterday. However, his sister has claimed that the scientist is not good at making small everyday life decisions or parking - and finding - his car in carparks

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But the hyperbole continues: This one from a writer at the Washington Post:

Scientist apologizes for his sexist shirt, but the Internet still wants women to shut up and die

no, the "internet" is telling women to die: They are only telling the original bullying reporter not have the vapors over a joke.
I missed the original report, but if you are wondering what kind of reporter would write this second headline, the answer is: a feminist whose background is "environmental science" (a degree that  usually requires only a few freshman level courses in hard science or math) .

Which is why her personal web page brags about her articles on complicated  scientific items such as:

Finally, an algorithm for picking the perfect bra June 10, 2014
QUANTIFIED BABY Parents, don’t cover your baby in tracking devices, no matter how paranoid you might be May 28, 2014
BREAKING THE MOLD We thought trees and fungi were socialist, but they’re actually capitalist May 26, 2014
Even white icing has artificial color in it May 22, 2014
AND EVERYTHING ELSE Your fitness tracker could soon control your home’s lights, heat, and music May 16, 2014
FOLLOW THAT CAB A language app is getting Brazil’s taxi drivers in shape for the World Cup May 16, 2014
FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS If you switch from the iPhone, your texts might get lost in Apple’s cloud May 15, 2014

wonder what she and the original complainer would have made of Richard Feynman, who used to use a topless bar as an office away from home?

this is also from the UK Mail and illustrates the actual scientific achievement:

Rosetta has chased comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko through space for more than ten years in what has been described as 'the sexiest, most fantastic mission ever'. After a four billion mile (6.5 billion km) journey, it is now positioned in an orbit 19 miles (30 km) away from 67P

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It's an awesome achievement, and the guy has some really awesome tatoos...I placed a copy on my goth granddaughter's facebook page.

Best comment on the kerfuffle is from Instapundit:

YEAH, WELL, I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT YOU THINK, SINCE YOU’VE NEVER ACTUALLY DONE ANYTHING OF CONSEQUENCE EXCEPT COMPLAIN: I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing.Landing on a comet is a big deal. Complaining about men isn’t... This is just another sad effort on the part of losers to inject themselves into matters that are actually relevant, but in which they are unqualified to take part.

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