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Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 22, 2019 at 8:50
Feb 22, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@DOBer-street: I don't mind a challenge. @jcnlv and I see the same injustices as you. We just disagree with the methods and solutions progressive-types want to implement wholesale and unchallenged to address them. When we look at those solutions objectively and we see the harm they can do to the majority we're called out unjustly as mysoginists, racists, transphobes or whatever. Progressives shield themselves with their shrieking claims of "it will help the incapable/ powerless/ defenceless/ oppressed minority" and they ignore evidence of the harm it will do to countless many more people thsn it hopes to protect. It's a f*cked up system.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 22, 2019 at 8:28
Feb 22, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
A) Anita was accepted into the recruitment process for an Astronaut position with the Canadian Space Agency in 2016, where she, along with roughly 3700 other candidates were evaluated for the chance to earn 1 of 2 available positions. B) That process has concluded and the successful applicants were announced in the summer of 2017. So how she is still considered "in training" is beyond me. If she's doing her own thing to prepare for the next recruitment campaign then she can at best be described as an aspiring astronaut. I very much doubt she would be working as an mtb-instructor if she was identified as someone with high potential and was receiving support to help her get further in the next round of applications (which may be as far away as 2025). I could be wrong but to me her play on words is duplicitous and your own misunderstanding of that point (and that of others here) adds weight to my opinion. I suggest you read the biographies of a few astronauts to get an better picture of why promoting oneself as an astronaut candidate is misleading. Mike Massimino and Chris Hadfield are ones I've enjoyed but there are many to choose from. Personally, I have to conclude that Anita has realised she will never be successful in this particular ambition, and so instead has chosen to exploit her tenuous accolade for her own personal gain (I'm not implying any financial incentive, but personal ambitions could be served by this. Maybe she just enjoys the reverence and awe). While she has done and continues to do impressive things, the successful candidates were exceptional individuals (A Test Pilot with 3 Masters and a PhD/ Lecturer in Combustion from Cambridge) who truly seem to embody what it is to be an astronaut. And there's no reason to think the bar will be anything less that higher the next time round. Also, the confusion surrounding her status and performance in that process, as well as any upcoming recruitment activities could lead to further doubt about the credibility of some of her other claims, which isn't what anyone wants.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf sarahmoore's article
Feb 22, 2019 at 3:36
Feb 22, 2019
Interview: Anneke Beerten on Changing Focus, Training & Vlogs
@Doby: Last year wasn't a great year for her results-wise (Outside Top 20 women in the overall, I'm not sure about her individual results as the ews site is undergoing maintenance). The timing of Alchemy informing her they won't be continuing their partnership probably didn't help. Here's hoping her new program and motivation see her achieve more of what she's capable of in the future.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf sarahmoore's article
Feb 22, 2019 at 1:19
Feb 22, 2019
Interview: Anneke Beerten on Changing Focus, Training & Vlogs
I've always loved this piece: https://youtu.be/KKyQ8BKpN8Q Really looking forward to seeing more like it.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 22, 2019 at 1:09
Feb 22, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@JakinM: I disagree. If it were just about '3 crazy cool women' I'd be all for it. No one is objecting to the subjects, and they're especially not objecting on the basis that they're women. But tbe liberal dose of identity politics and the unsubtle message that men are responsible for holding women back (those these ladies seem to be doing just fine) is unacceptable.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 20, 2019 at 12:07
Feb 20, 2019
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 20, 2019 at 9:11
Feb 20, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@dontcoast: All those contributions are worthy of praise on their own merit. So why actively promote the fact she once unsuccessfully applied to be an astronaut. Why word it in such a way that it's not clear whether she was successful or not (but implies that she was). It stinks to me. What is so gruelling about applying anyway. The hard work comes after being selected!
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 20, 2019 at 8:43
Feb 20, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@Sardine: And the worst case is that those with malicious intentions, or someone who is motivated by self-interest can use such loose reporting to manipulate and mis-inform others and achieve their own agenda. This has nothing to do with race, sex or any kind of discrimination: There is simply a genuine need for standards to ensure we're not all being taken for fools.
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 20, 2019 at 8:26
Feb 20, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@TheCorminator: Clarification (of a kind): Astronaut Candidate (ASCAN) has a particular meaning in contemporary circles. Anita was once accepted into the recruitment process for an Astronaut position, where she, along with roughly 3700 other candidates were evaluated for the chance to earn 1 of 2 available positions. They're not the same thing, but the language used, and the prevalence given to the dubious accomplishment in articles regarding Anita does not make that clear and I believe it's to intentionally mislead the reader. Being one of a pool of ~3700 other candidates is hardly worth writing home about. Maybe if she'd made the top 72... http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/recruitment/map.asp
Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf BermsandBras's article
Feb 20, 2019 at 8:20
Feb 20, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'
@HaydukeLives: No, every applicant is considered a candidate. And herein lies my beef; Astronaut Candidate (ASCAN) has a particular meaning in contemporary circles. Anita was once accepted into the recruitment process for an Astronaut position, where she, along with roughly 3700 other candidates were evaluated for the chance to gain 1 of 2 available positions. They're not the same thing, but the language used, and the prevalence given to the dubious accomplishment in articles regarding Anita does not make that clear and I believe it's to intentionally mislead the reader. Being one of a pool of ~3700 other candidates is hardly worth writing home about. Maybe if she'd made the top 72... http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/recruitment/map.asp
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