Millennials

"Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal"

WTF is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them?

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Back in my day (1981-1985), you couldn't swing a dead cat on a college campus without hitting a demonstration for or against a midnight showing of the anti-abortion documentary Silent Scream, watching Jews for Jesus slug it out with Campus Crusade for Christ, and catching hecklers giving hell to members of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). It was a time for choosing, all right, and just about every possible issue under the sun was debated loudly and fiercely.

Then there's today's campuses, I note in my latest Daily Beast column, which discusses Georgetown administrators' attempt to redact a video of a protested lecture by Christina Hoff Sommers.

Every time we seem to have reached peak insanity when it comes to the intellectually constipated and socially stultifying atmosphere on today's college campuses, some new story manages to reveal vast new and untapped reservoirs of ridiculousness. In a world of trigger warnings, microaggressions, and official apologies featuring misgendered pronouns that start a whole new round of accusations, wonders never cease….

What the fuck is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them? They act as if they are raising human veal that cannot even stand on their own legs or face the sunlight without having their eyeballs burned out and their hearts broken by a single deep breath or uncomfortable moment. I'm just waiting for stories of college deans carrying students from class to class on their backs.

I graduated college way, way back in 1985, with a double major in English and psychology. Perhaps not surprisingly, my first job out of school was pumping gas and doing oil changes at a Sunoco gas station (for which I'll always be grateful).

I'm confident that today's millennials are actually going to be just fine. Like all of us did, they hide what they really think from adults, especially in school settings. They will take over the world and leave it better than they found it. But in them meantime:

Today's students are even less prepared to deal with anything approaching the real world than those of us who graduated into a world that didn't even pretend to care what our senior thesis was about. Take it from me, kiddos: The whole world is a microaggression when it isn't openly kicking you up and down the street. And if your vast clone army of administrative busybodies can't fully protect you from disappointment on campus, they're even more useless once you've graduated and start paying off your student loans.

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  1. Intellectually constipated. Damn.

    1. they just cant seem to get their thoughts out

      1. A natural butt plug, one might say.

  2. “Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal”

    Fun fact: The only white meat on the human body is the calf muscle. Everything else is dark meat.

    1. Are you trying to tell us something?

      1. Q) Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?

        A) They taste funny.

    2. I did not know this, and would not have expected the calf – of all things – to be “white”.

    3. I did not know this, and would not have expected the calf – of all things – to be “white”.

    4. I can jump really high. Does that mean my calves are dark meat?

    5. Thug meat

      1. good album name

    6. Time will tell about how this generation turns out as grown-ups, but ye gods, are they whiny as a rule. Human veal? At least they have air conditioning. I actually had a class at UF in a building without A/C. In the summer. In Gainesville. And I don’t recall any whining about being human cornbread.

      1. “Time will tell about how this generation turns out as grown-ups, but ye gods, are they whiny as a rule.”

        I’m not whiny and I’m offended that you said that and now I’m off to write about your mean-spirited ageism in my campus newspaper.

      2. yeah but to be fair you went to school during “global cooling”

        1. Or possibly even the ice age.

      3. I almost gleefully look forward to these little snowflakes getting out into the real world and having it beat into them.

        Brutally. Repeatedly. Until they either grow the fuck up or withdraw completely and leave the rest of us alone.

        1. No, they carry this shit into the business world and cause all sorts of problems.

          1. Yeah, I realize that, but it only carries so far. Eventually, they get their comeuppance, usually after leaving a trail of destruction.

            1. All I have seen is these types get promoted upwards based on their incompetence and/or ending up in HR where they wreak havoc on people actually trying to do work.

            2. My wife has been reprimanded for being insensitive and mean to the 20-somethings in the office.

      4. Time will tell about how this generation turns out as grown-ups,

        Well, since they are grownups while they are in college, I think we have a pretty good idea.

      5. human cornbread.

        RACIST!

  3. They will take over the world and leave it better than they found it.

    I’m not at all convinced of this. I wish them luck, and I know “every generation says the next one is fucked” etc. etc. etc. But given where we actually are right now, not at all convinced kids graduating school now will be ABLE to “leave it better”.

    We’ll see. I do wish them all the luck, and am glad I’ll be dead soon enough and loosed of this mortal coil.

    1. They will take over the world

      Whiny little bitches aren’t taking anything over.

  4. Nobody wants to return to the days when campus was segregated by race, gender, and lest we forget, class.

    NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRDS!

    I welcome the trigger warnings and microaggression rebuffs. These will all be contributing factors to the inevitable and very necessary bursting of the higher education bubble.

    1. I thought colleges went from segregating according to race, gender, and class to now segregating according to grievance groups based on race, gender and class. The fight now is which grievance group will rule over the others.

      1. You just recently watched P.C.U., haven’t you?

  5. Mmmm, veal

    1. My girlfriend booked us a six course meal at a swanky steak place in town. We had, among other things, veal and foie gras. First time for both of us. Veal is delicious, foie gras belches were horrendous.

      1. Veal, foie gras, and 4 courses of steak?

        1. I wish. I like a salad and sprinkling of vinaigrette as well as anyone else, but two ounces of carefully arranged greens seems like an excuse to add an extra course to the menu. The wine pairing was fantastic, though.

  6. Speaking of trigger warnings. I think a lot of posters here will enjoy this story:

    http://www.marketingmagazine.c…..-integrity

    So far so ‘PR disaster’, right? Not the way Protein World has handled it. Seemingly having swallowed whole the axiom that doing the opposite of what everyone else does is good marketing, it has chosen not only to avoid apologising, but also to go on the counter attack with an acerbic wit that is nothing short of shocking to anyone familiar with branded social content.

    1. They banked on more people than not enjoying seeing social justice dweebs mocked. They chose wisely.

      1. They also banked on the people inclined to buy their product being pushed off the fence by all the faux-outrage from the people who would not buy their product.

    2. That’s fucking awesome. Oh, feminists. Is there nothing your vapid and tortured posturing can’t destroy, including yourselves? #Streisandeffect

      FINALLY. A business with some balls and that knows how to use them.

    3. If you sit at the pole of a vaguely polarising issue, identify your ‘anti-market’ and attack it.

      If possible, harness the trend of ‘cyber shaming’ and use it to your advantage. This approach will work particularly well for brands whose position hovers around the libertarian/conservative side of politics, as their ‘anti-markets’ are much better mobilised socially and capable of feeding those precious flames of scandal.

      QFT.

    4. That’s fucking awesome. Nice to see someone actually standing up to the SJW hordes. Hopefully this will inspire others to do the same.

  7. “They act as if they are raising human veal that cannot even stand on their own legs or face the sunlight without having their eyeballs burned out and their hearts broken by a single deep breath or uncomfortable moment.”
    They in fact are raising Eloi.

    1. The Scandinavian story earlier made me think eloi.

  8. all-you-can-eat buffet of exotic new ideas

    I graduated in ’88 – I felt the same, but the Administration was already starting to preach PC nonsense and all the younger Professors were clearly liberals.

    Back then most students could say as they pleased and roll their eyes at the leftist nonsense. We didn’t really care about their politics, we cared about getting that degree and back out into the real world.

    1. I also graduated in the late 80’s (the actual year is kinda fuzzy), and I constantly argued with all of my professors, whether I was right or not.

      Some of them enjoyed it, others took it and the rest avoided it, but I wasn’t afraid of frequently looking like an idiot to debate a point. My Constitutional Law and moot court prof loved it.

      My favorite experience was when a PIRG drone came into a 200 person class to recruit for a Clean Air Act event. I challenged him on everything he was spouting and after about a minute of meek protestations, he slunk out of the room.

  9. I can tell you working in a large corporation is becoming increasingly just like this, as well. Saying the “right thing” is far more important than having vigorous discussion that leads to fact-based decisions.

    1. That’s because so many of these indoctrinated idiots now hold positions of authority when they actually should have been sent out to the pasture…

      1. No, it is because corporations are scared shitless of sexual/racial/age/sexual preference/anything else you can name harassment suits. The silliness that is infecting college campuses today started infecting workplaces in the late 1980s and intensified in the 1990s.

        When professional human resources managers exchange correspondence warning about the “legal hazards” of celebrating Halloween and Valentine’s Day at work, you know we have hit a new level of insanity.

  10. Kids are pussies.

    Now:

    GET OFF MY LAWN!

    1. You call that thing a lawn?

      1. When I was a kid, we had a neighbor who kept his lawn like a golf course. We would joke that he loved his lawn more than his wife. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized it was no joke.

          1. Divorce….she got the kids, he got the lawn.

  11. WTF is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them?

    That right there is part of the problem. If they’re 18 or over (there are some college student under 18), they’re adults not kids.

  12. Nick, all the typos give a special flavor to your college ramblings.

    +1 macro-aggresion.

  13. “I’m confident that today’s millennials are actually going to be just fine. Like all of us did, they hide what they really think from adults, especially in school settings. They will take over the world and leave it better than they found it.”

    What evidence do you have of this?

  14. In my college’s 1980 womyn studies class, we watched radical feminist porn and broke down into groups to dissect cartoons in Playboy magazine!

  15. I would question your claim of veal status for these over-aged quarrelsome bipeds.

  16. Why anyone would think a group marinating in entitlement, collectivism, and grievance politics is going to leave the world better than they found it is a complete mystery to me.

    1. We just hear about the ones making waves or making the news. The hippies of the sixties were on the news every night. They weren’t the ones in the board rooms making decisions or in their garages inventing stuff. The SJWs will still be blogging 20 years from now while the doers will be making the world a better place.

  17. I graduated college way, way back in 1985, with a double major in English and psychology.

    No, you graduated *from* college in 1985 (but you might want to talk to the English department about giving you a refund on tuition for classes taken there).

    1. You must be a lot of fun at parties.

  18. Gillespie’s article is a clear microagression against trans-species vegans.

  19. sounds like a perfect time for someone to open another college that is truly about the free flowing of ideas and free speech. I’m sure there are thousands of students that would gladly leave their “free speech zones” for a whole free speech campus. And for that matter I think it be easy to recruit professors who believe the same thing

  20. My only comment on Nick’s article is this: can we please stop pretending that this has anything to do with “protecting” people’s feelings? Simply put, these are efforts to suppress and punish any ideology or political point of view that deviates from the orthodoxy that the left wing wants to impose, aided and abetted by Obama’s Department of Education.

    If you want to attack an illness, you must diagnosed it correctly

  21. I graduated college way, way back in 1985, with a double major in English and psychology. Perhaps not surprisingly, my first job out of school was pumping gas and doing oil changes at a Sunoco gas station (for which I’ll always be grateful).

    Geez Nick, you’ve really gone downhill. Do you ever look back and think what might have been had you stayed at the Sunoco?

  22. they’re even more useless once you’ve graduated and start paying off your student loans.

    Yeah, slow down… they’re gonna fix that for ’em too.

  23. the way students and especially administrators talk about college today, you’d think parents are paying ever-higher tuition so their children can attend a reeducation camp straight out of China’s Cultural Revolution

    It only seems that way because they are.

  24. The whole world is a microaggression when it isn’t openly kicking you up and down the street. And if your vast clone army of administrative busybodies can’t fully protect you from disappointment on campus, they’re even more useless once you’ve graduated and start paying off your student loans.

    I like the “whole world is a micro aggression” line. I might have to steal that. My only question is does Nick really believe that these speshul snoflakes have any intention of paying off their student loans? Especially if they manage to elect Liz Warren president in 2024 (if not sooner).

  25. Kids Are Human Veal

    So, eating my excess orphans…not cool?

    1. So, eating my excess orphans…not cool?

      As long as you haven’t let them run around too much it should be fine. If they get too much exercise then the meat doesn’t have that nice marbled quality and can be a little tough. Also, make sure when you kill them it’s quick and sudden. You don’t want them to have too much adrenaline in their system at time of death or the meat tastes funny.

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