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September 16, 2016

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Sam Duncan

“What sort of man reads Playboy?”

Yeah, that's the guy I wanted to be when I grew up. Turns out a couple of torn copies (plus a Razzle) found in a hedge aren't enough...

R. Sherman

This guy?

Run, Logan!

Hal

Run, Logan!

Eeeehhhnnn . . . Run, runner mebbe more likely . . .

Logan would be in black and . . .

. . . firing one of those . . .

Hal

Marvel’s film music is insufficiently humworthy.

Oh, right, come to think of it, There once was a man named Oedipux Rex . . .

Joan

A more common usage has been discovered.

You can also use it as a soap dish.

David

You can also use it as a soap dish.

Does madam speak from experience?

[+]

Treat the dear wife to a toilet chandelier.

Please don't be a euphemism.

Tman

My favorite quote of the week:

The presence of the polar bears has made carrying out meteorological observations difficult.

Wildgoose

Just to break the levity for a moment, this essay on Trump and Conservative values is erudite, apposite and generally well worth reading.

https://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/restatement-on-flight-93/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Why anyone who lives south of the Line of Mason and Dixon will attest, the only thing that should be done with fire ants is killing them wholesale. Once, trying to get rid of the damn things and not having had much luck with the poisons of the day, I figured that if they are fire ants they might like fire, but only succeeded in messing up my lawn.

This gentleman, however, has raised the process of getting rid of them to an art form.

Video of the process.

Alice

One for our host.

https://twitter.com/RealPeerReview/status/776718289355628544

David

One for our host.

Heh. As this is published in the Women’s Studies International Forum, I’m assuming it’s meant to be a complaint. Not a basis for hope.

David

One for our host.

Somewhat related, on gender differences in various traits. Note that the Guardian is once again misinforming its readers.

R. Sherman

Note that the Guardian is once again misinforming its readers.

Release Claude Rains!

jon powers

Testing defences

Guild of evil? I didn't get the memo.

Theophrastus

Laurie Penny might have been happy at the anarchist Home commune. That said, the thought of Laurie, the anarcho-nudist nose-picker, makes me turn to the mind-bleach.

(And put that photograph back in your digital drawer, David. Yes, that one of Laurie 'excavating'.)

David

This one?

What? I just wanted to be sure.

AnotherFred

In case you feel the need to detox your whiteness: https://www.facebook.com/events/1807684066117731/permalink/1812042135681924/

They also offer a 10 week class in self-hatred social justice consciousness raising—complete with a 67% discount if you sign up soon: https://compassionateactivism.leadpages.co/healing-whiteness-program/

R. Sherman

This one?...I just wanted to be sure.

Why do you hate us, so much?

R. Sherman

BTW, that photo is on the walls of any number of Japanese sex-bot manufactures emblazoned with the word "No" in fifty different languages.

AnotherFred

What? I just wanted to be sure.

Oh dear.

Didn't she recently complain about the burdens imposed by The Patriarchy ™ after she became conventionally attractive?

Spiny Norman

Testing defences.

The conspiracy theorists in the comment thread are hilarious.

Guild of evil? I didn't get the memo.

Neither did I. Does the Guild have a rival?

David

Does the Guild have a rival?

[ Reaches under desk, pushes hidden button. ]

Theophrastus

"This one?...I just wanted to be sure."

Yes; but a little restraint from you, even self-censorship, would not have gone amiss in the circumstances. Anyway, let's be grateful that she's not 'excavating' in full anarcho-nudity.

Fred the Fourth

Alice: Sadly the publisher wants $36 for a Pdf copy of that 11 year old paper so I shall not be analysing it this time.
"The author argues that a regime of rationality still operates in the academy and is made evident when feminist course content is met with continual dismissal or disavowal."
This is apparently a Bad Thing.
My favorite word in that sentence is "still". God help us.

David

This is apparently a Bad Thing.

Why, it’s almost as if modern feminism were little more than a conspiracy theory.

Wildgoose

Feminism a conspiracy theory? Surely not! The evidence of a glass ceiling is perfectly clear.

I mean, just look at who heads the political sections of the Patriarchy.

The Tory, UKIP, Green, Plaid, DUP, SNP and Scottish Tory leaders are all female.

But Labour and the Lib Dems are still led by men which just goes to show how far Feminism still has to go!

Henry

Oh dear I'm going to add to the feminism in this thread (you can never have too much of the stuff, after all)

"Oh boy,” my son said, rolling his eyes. “Not rape culture again.”

Henry

Sorry sorry sorry. this link works

Spiny Norman

a regime of rationality still operates in the academy

Heaven forfend! The very idea that clear thinking, theories based on practical evidence, and concise communication of ideas might befoul their safe spaces is quite simply too horrible to contemplate.

David

Great typos of our time.

Jonathan

Has The Grauniad reached yet another peak of race baiting drivel excellence in journalism?

Hal

Marc Jacobs' show features white models in faux dreadlocks, causes uproar . . . and related news . . .

Hal

Great typos of our time.

O.M. Ken ‏@elevate67 16h16 hours ago @jvgraz @Mihero @jimmy_dore omg is "angry white me" the opening band for "dicking bimbos"?

With bandnames even!!!

Spiny Norman

Great typos of our time.

Utterly Freudian, that one.

Morpork

Great reading about Baghwan Shree Ranjneesh ('Bagwash' in Privateyese if I remember rightly) in your last link, David. I'd forgotten about him. Wasn't the Blessed Bernard Levin a fan at one stage?

David

Has The Grauniad reached yet another peak of race baiting drivel excellence in journalism?

I notice that the headline - the “welcome rebuke to dead white men” bit – isn’t, as it implies, the quoted view of someone – anyone - involved in the project. Those are the sentiments of the (white) Guardian columnist. Because ostentatiously disdaining “dead white men” is how you let people know you’re better than them.

It’s the egalitarian way.

Jonathan

@ Fred the Fourth -

Here you go

Jonathan

And it seems much of the actual work was not done by David Adjaye but by Davis Brody Bond who are about as lilywhite as it's possible to get:

Smashing the barriers indeed!

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

a regime of rationality...

Speaking of which, on Amazon, Clarkston, Hammond and May are back 18 November...

David

Speaking of which, on Amazon, Clarkston, Hammond and May are back 18 November...

Yay.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Regarding the Smithsonian African-American building (to be renamed as soon as "African-American" falls out of favor):

A century in the making, and now completed by Britain’s David Adjaye, the Smithsonian’s gleeful, gleaming upturned pagoda...

A pagoda ? What a minute - an African-American black Brit designs a pagoda - isn't that cultural appropriation and, given he is a Brit, neo-colonial ?

jabrwok

On a completely different note, the Ben Hur Chariot Race, to the tune of Yakety Sax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JiIXUtpfjwQ

Nikw211

Yet more words of wisdom emanating from the LSE's favourite Nottingham-born sociologist, Dr Lisa Mckenzie here.

The first image to appear in the video (around the 18-second mark), the one accompanied by the line below, seems to be especially rich in untended irony.

    "If there's no resistance, if there's no pushing back, then we have totalitarian states; we have fascism."
Hal

The first image to appear in the video . . .

Err, d'ye mean the pair of Kims?

The original for the picture you've got is among the murals painted on the first two levels and connecting stairs of Coit Tower.

Hal

Here's Why You Shouldn't Let a 19-Year-Old Dropout Run a Medical Company

She thinks she's Steve Jobs
"At Theranos, Holmes preferred that the temperature be maintained in the mid-60s, which facilitated her preferred daily uniform of a black turtleneck with a puffy black vest -- a homogeneity that she had borrowed from her idol, the late Steve Jobs."

. . .

She employed a government-level security detail
"She left the war room for her car -- she is often surrounded by her security detail, which sometimes numbers as many as four men, who (for safety reasons) refer to the young C.E.O. as 'Eagle 1' -- and headed to the airport."

. . .

Her dad worked for a little family company called Enron
"She talked about how she didn't play with Barbies as a child, and how her father, Christian Holmes IV, who worked in environmental technology for Enron before going on to work in a number of senior government jobs in Washington, was one of her idols."


Forbes said on Wednesday that it has lowered its estimate of Holmes' net worth to "nothing."

Darleen

ONOES!! She had to walk out of a speech because a fiction writer defending the act of writing fiction was just too triggering.

On and on it went. Rather than focus on the ultimate question around how we can know an experience we have not had, the argument became a tirade. It became about the fact that a white man should be able to write the experience of a young Nigerian woman and if he sells millions and does a “decent” job — in the eyes of a white woman — he should not be questioned or pilloried in any way. It became about mocking those who ask people to seek permission to use their stories. It became a celebration of the unfettered exploitation of the experiences of others, under the guise of fiction. (For more, Yen-Rong, a volunteer at the festival, wrote a summary on her personal blog about it.)

It was a poisoned package wrapped up in arrogance and delivered with condescension.

Be brave, gird your loins, and see for yourself the horror of the original speech ...
In the latest ethos, which has spun well beyond college campuses in short order, any tradition, any experience, any costume, any way of doing and saying things, that is associated with a minority or disadvantaged group is ring-fenced: look-but-don’t-touch. Those who embrace a vast range of “identities” – ethnicities, nationalities, races, sexual and gender categories, classes of economic under-privilege and disability – are now encouraged to be possessive of their experience and to regard other peoples’ attempts to participate in their lives and traditions, either actively or imaginatively, as a form of theft.

Yet were their authors honouring the new rules against helping yourself to what doesn’t belong to you, we would not have Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano. We wouldn’t have most of Graham Greene’s novels, many of which are set in what for the author were foreign countries, and which therefore have Real Foreigners in them, who speak and act like foreigners, too. [snip]

However are we fiction writers to seek “permission” to use a character from another race or culture, or to employ the vernacular of a group to which we don’t belong? Do we set up a stand on the corner and approach passers-by with a clipboard, getting signatures that grant limited rights to employ an Indonesian character in Chapter Twelve, the way political volunteers get a candidate on the ballot?

I am hopeful that the concept of “cultural appropriation” is a passing fad: people with different backgrounds rubbing up against each other and exchanging ideas and practices is self-evidently one of the most productive, fascinating aspects of modern urban life.

R. Sherman

@Darleen

Regarding Ms. Abdel-Magied's remarks, I'm reminded of the comments made by one Horace Engdahl, the secretary of the Nobel jury on why American authors haven't won the Nobel Literature Cookie in awhile:

"There is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the centre of the literary world ... not the United States," he [Engdahl]told the Associated Press. "The US is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature ...That ignorance is restraining."*

So, one cannot participate in the "big dialogue" of literature if one is "isolated" and "insular." But, trying to broaden one's horizons to remedy these faults constitutes "appropriation" and "unfettered exploitation."

Right, then.

I think I'll go off and watch clips of Mickey Rooney's performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

*Said comment made one year before the Nobel committee awarded the literature prize to Herta Müller for writing novels about her life as a Banat German in postwar Romania, a truly universal, non-insular theme if there ever was one.

Fred the Fourth

Jonathan: That's just mean. I had PLANS for tonight. Plans, I tell you!
Sigh. See y'all later. And David: This time I'm gonna expect better than that pseudo-Lagavulin your minion fobbed me off with.
(Checks magazine full. Racks slide, holsters weapon (yeah, I know, but needs must...). Checks spare magazines. Switches EMP from STANDBY to ENABLE. Dons hazmat suit, maille gloves. Opens new PDF reader window. Deep calming breath...)

Fred the Fourth

So this is long and probably boring, so if y'all want to split early and go to the bar by the upstairs hot tub (the one where the henchlesbians take their breaks), feel free.

We begin with a not-too-awful opening intro:

"This paper explores how faculty utilize feminist perspectives in social science courses that are crosslisted with women’s studies in one Canadian university and the phenomenon of student resistance to such content."

"Included in the discussion of student resistance is an analysis of anonymous student course evaluations that the faculty participants shared with me for this project."

But we are immediately disappointed.

Method section:

One notes that this is an unbiased, in-depth and broad study:

"This paper draws on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with twenty-two participants (twenty-one women and one man): eight faculty, five teaching assistants and nine students. [at a single university]"

I just have to include the following for its sheer "Thank you Captain Obvious" ness:

"Interviewing the participants allowed for a dialogue to take place between myself and each interviewee."

Regarding the 9 students, the selection scheme leaves so much to be desired that even the
author notices:

"I used a snowball method of recruiting student participants, beginning with a student with whom I was acquainted. While this proved a reliable method of recruitment, I failed to secure the participation of non-feminist friendly students. The feminist friendly student with whom I started the snowball process provided the name of another feminist friendly student and the process continued from there. The snowball method did not yield any students who were non-feminist friends. Thus, this article lacks an important standpoint."

Actually, the most frightening thing about the above is the implication that there is more than one "snowball method".

"Also notable about this research site is the preexisting acquaintances of several participants with the researcher."

So, yeah, no chance of bias there, I guess, though kudos for being open about it.
Also missing, of course, is any mention of blinding, controls, statistical analysis, error analysis, reproducability, or any of the other impedimenta of boring old conventional science.

There are 11 pages of content. Out of this roughly 1.5 pages are selected quotes and paraphrases from participants, plus author comments. She received 533 evaluations of 12 courses, and the 1.5 pages include roughly 21 short quotations from these. 21 is an awfully small sample, since there must have been at least, say, 2000 student comments in those 533 evaluation forms. (The evaluations were submitted by the participating professors to the author. It just occurred to me to wonder if the student evaluators were aware that their evaluations might be used in this way. Ethics? What's that?)

The author's "analysis" consists of author commentary on each quote. Before and after the quotations section the paper consists entirely of references to previous works in the field, and commentary on them.

This is my favorite sentence in the whole paper:
"Veronica recalls there being rumblings in her classrooms."

Rumblings. Huh. Comment would be superfluous.

The following indicates that perhaps the professors are too tender to be out in the world, even the cloistered academic world:
"All the faculty note the body language of their students who resist their feminist content. Rolling eyes, huffing, crossing arms, and snickering are all indicators of resistance..."

Rolling eyes and crossed arms. Call out the Mounties!

Perhaps I should note that the majority of students in all of these courses are women. There are so few men that the paper addresses the professors' various tactics to acknowledge their rare presence.

There is no attempt to be quantitative beyond noting the total of 533 student evaluations of 12 courses received. That and the breakdown of the interviewees is literally all there is.

Conclusion:

"Feminists have taken the position that there is no ultimate authority and that professors need to not represent themselves as all-knowing and need to acknowledge and negotiate the relations of power that exist between themselves and their students. At the same time one could argue that this practice might contribute to the construction of feminist knowledge as somehow less real or accurate. Feminists then are undermined to a certain extent by their own philosophy and practices."

Amusing implication there, that perhaps the solution to the problem is for the faculty to speak only ex cathedra. (Actually, not a bad idea, since "When asked how they feel when feminist perspectives are introduced in their courses, the overwhelming sentiment is best illustrated by Alicia’s response of "Praise be". ")

But then, sadly, the author fails to note and conclude that she is advocating for a religion. some things are just too obvious, I guess.

Fred the Fourth

(Switches EMP to SAFE. Safes weapon. Removes gloves and hazmat suit. Reaches for a glass and the bottle of Macallan 18, previously liberated from its hiding place behind the second bust of Churchill in the library. Relaxes.)

Fred the Fourth

(Oh crap.
Grabs weapon, ejects mag, ejects chambered round.
Returns to libation.)

Trevor

"Veronica recalls there being rumblings in her classrooms."

Is inter-species cultural appropriation a thing now? As if adopting a bovine aesthetic is not enough, have they taken up chewing the cud too?

David

this practice might contribute to the construction of feminist knowledge as somehow less real or accurate.

And remember, at Brock University and of course elsewhere, these are the lofty standards expected of feminist intellectuals. I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental that among graduates of such courses – say, the ladies at Everyday Feminism - the subject of “imposter syndrome” crops up, quite a lot.

Jonathan

"All the faculty note the body language of their students who resist their feminist content. Rolling eyes, huffing, crossing arms, and snickering are all indicators of resistance..."

But, but.. didn't a feminist perfesser just tell us that resistance is crucial?

David

For readers unfamiliar with Dr Lisa Mckenzie and her immense brainularities, she and they have been mentioned here before.

Jonathan

immense brainularities

LoL:

" 'Cor blimey, look at the immense brainularities on 'er."

David

She’s a total clown show. And her video, this one, the one that’s hard to parody, was used by the University of Nottingham to advertise its sociology department and “centre for advanced studies.” Those are the standards of academic excellence currently expected.

Jonathan

Heh. That video is so lulzy it really need an Inimitable Steve fisking.

...the murial (LoL) really represents the young people of the estate, but also it's really nice and colourful and it gives us a focus apart from all the grey concrete...

Yes, it really makes that piss-filled underpass feel homely.

Trevor

I wonder if Dr McKenzie has a 'murial' at home?

David

Yes, it really makes that piss-filled underpass feel homely.

During the 90s I lived near that part of Nottingham and its reputation was deserved. (If you start Googling “St Ann’s, Nottingham,” one of the first auto-filled search options is “crime”.) Some of the locals were armed with crowbars and of an evening were very keen to break into the recording studio where I worked, just up the road, which was thrilling. So far as I know, they didn’t achieve their goal, though they did try very hard, many times. But Dr Mckenzie would have us believe that a tacky mural inspired by local gang members, car thieves and social blight is somehow an affirmation of the area, a sign of how jolly and uplifting the neighbourhood really is. Rather than further evidence that you might want to think about living somewhere else. (Unless of course you’re one of the thugs and thieves in question, in which case, for God’s sake stay where you are.)

Jonathan

... social blight is somehow an affirmation of the area..

The tragedy is that it doesn't take many scumbags to ruin a previously pleasant community.

Theophrastus

Natalie Jeffers, co-founder of BLM UK and a freeloading revolutionary, recently flew to Brazil at the expense of UK taxpayers to speak at the ‘black feminisms forum’ of the annual congress of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. The civil servants who approved this expenditure must have been impressed by the content of her website:
https://mattersoftheearth.com

Matters of the Earth is an organisation that specialises in knowledge dissemination, engagement and impact. Matters of the Earth are bridging the gap between the academic and creative worlds by unarchiving, re-imagining and visualising knowledge for engagement and mobilisation. They creatively collaborate with activists, academics, communities and organisations and place innovative tools into hands to educate and empower people in organising, strengthening and building movements.

Spiny Norman

co-founder of BLM UK and a freeloading revolutionary...

Aren't they all? Karl Marx himself set the precedent, the modern-day pretenders are only following the example of the founder of their religion.

...recently flew to Brazil at the expense of UK taxpayers to speak at the ‘black feminisms forum’

Of course she did, and the taxpayers should be grateful, damnit.

Jonathan

The civil servants who approved this expenditure must have been impressed by the content of her website:

Let's ask actor Jeff Goldblum what he thinks.........

David

In other news:

An 18-year-old girl from Austria is taking her parents to court after repeatedly asking them to remove hundreds of embarrassing photos of her from their Facebook accounts.

Via Kristian Niemietz.

David

Time, I think, to revisit this.

What?

Jonathan

Time, I think, to revisit this.

I'm scared....

Spiny Norman

Time, I think, to revisit this.

Somebody posted that on 4Chan's anarchic /b/ board yesterday. Some of the "/b/-tards" were amused and one wrote that it was "wonderfully creepy".

Spiny Norman

Speaking of which, on Amazon, Clarkston, Hammond and May are back 18 November...

A teaser.

I'm giddy. :-)

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

On a completely different note, the Ben Hur Chariot Race, to the tune of Yakety Sax

Ben-Hur, condensed

dicentra

I just found today's Winner of the Internet:

People in the media have long viewed themselves as the fourth estate, part of the ruling class, but policing the ruling class. This was always nonsense. The press has always been staffed by obsequious rumpswabs and toadies.
I want to write that wonderful insult, obsequious rumpswab, on the fleshy tables of my heart, to remember it evermore and to recall it when needed.

And definitely add it to my browser's spell-check dictionary.

David

Dicentra,

Swiping that for the ‘elsewhere’ I’m about to post. :-)

David

Posted.

dicentra

h/t Ed Driscoll at Insty's

RobAnzac

That Only in Russia twitter feed from the I didn’t see that coming link.
More entertaining than anything on my TV.

Sam Duncan

“This guy?”

That one most of all. (Although I did always fancy being a pilot. But I get vertigo standing on a chair.) I mean, space babes in jumpsuits driving futuristic supercars? Yes please. Instead we have SJWs picking their noses... to quote Glenn Reynolds, this isn't the 21st Century I was promised.

“I'll be right with you, honey. Just finishing this fascinating Playboy article on the new ion jump drives. Warm 'er up for me...” [Raises eyebrow suggestively.]

Hal

Fun with domains and email

Google for david@guild-of-evil.com and the first response that comes up is Zionism - The Occult Guild Of Antichrist - Rense

Chester Draws

Imposter Syndrome is real enough -- I doubt any teacher hasn't had it creep up on them, especially when first starting. Even a decade in it's liable to catch me from time to time.

What it isn't is specific to women.

WTP

From Hal's Google search, there's a FB page for a group calling itself "The Guild of Calametous Intent". Allies or enemies? Admit I admire their motto, "Hate you can trust!" Does the GoE have a motto?

https://www.facebook.com/The-Guild-of-Calamitous-Intent-18220489799/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info

Guild Of Calamitous Intent, your nemesis is our business. Since 1910 the Guild has provided first rate professional mennace to all who qualify. The Guild is the worlds recognized leader in organized havoc. Having a membership dwarfing rival groups such as "The Fraternity of Torment", and "The Peril Partnership", as well as other "freelance" villains. The Guild credits our large numbers to the fact that we offer protection from authorities and benefits such as free health and dental insurance to all members, as well as access to henchmen and other technology to help our top notch villains commit crimes. In exchange, Guild members are required to follow a code of honor with regards to how they carry out their criminal schemes. The Guild approves heroes, or teams of theme appropriate colleagues, to be assigned their very own certified super-villians. A "villain screening" may be scheduled to allow the hero to select a proper nemesis. Having a member of The Guild as your own "arch-enemy" is a highly sought after status symbol throughout the universe. Because of our policy (referred to as "controlled costumed aggression"), the Guild of Calamitous Intent enjoys a level of popularity and acceptance in society and amongst law enforcement. The Guild has even turned its popularity and "trustworthiness" into an official motto: 'Hate You Can Trust!'"
WTP

This definitely could use some work but it's a start, just a suggestion, and I have to walk the dog now.

"The GoE is a non-profit for-profit organization whose mission is to scout profitable and nefarious growth opportunities in, but not limited to, finance, faux-feminism, and phrenology, both overtly and covertly, in legacy and emerging, mission inclusive markets, and explore new paradigms of villainy and then filter and communicate and evangelize the findings."

David

Does the GoE have a motto?

I’m open to suggestions.

Hal

Does the GoE have a motto?

I’m open to suggestions.

Why, Yes, that is indeed an excellent motto . . . !!

Captain Nemo

The Guild of Evil - no refunds, credit note only.

Jonathan

.. but not limited to, finance, faux-feminism, and phrenology...

But not physiognomy? A serious miscalculation IMO.

Darleen

:::snort:::

https://twitter.com/TarheelKrystle/status/777677495927644160

Fred the Fourth

Hal (h/t David) and Captain Nemo are tied for first, but the race is not over, folks!
How 'bout "Moderation is for monks." ? Ya gotta admit it's at least on-topic, neh?

Spiny Norman

Sam,

Although I did always fancy being a pilot. But I get vertigo standing on a chair.

I have an almost debilitating fear of heights (due to a really bad fall I had as a child), but put me behind the controls of a light aircraft and I'm in heaven.

:-D

FWIW, I never completed flight school (it was expensive even in 1980-81), but I had a friend (the editor at the small-town newspaper where I worked) who took me up for air-to-air photo shoots. He let me do the flying when we weren't shooting, then took the controls on final approach. Thanks, John, you may never know how much I appreciated that.

Fred the Fourth

Spiny: Interesting. I get vertigo near cliff edges, but have no problems flying aerobatics. I know a lot of pilots - perhaps I should poll them.

WTP

A little off topic but...Captain Obvious was over at my place last night and we were partying pretty hard and trying to come up with a list of uses for homemade bombs that are NOT terrorism related. All we could think of were removing paint and lacquer from antique furniture and opening pickle jars. Curious if GoE members have thoughts on the matter. Apropos of nothing.

Hal

. . . uses for homemade bombs that are NOT terrorism related.

Noting a matter of define homemade, and noting different geographical areas, features, and immediate resources; removing stumps, removing small spare buildings---or at least reducing a large object into more easily removable chunks, art work of various sorts . . .

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