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June 12, 2017

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juliaeryn

Welcome back David.

David

Thanks. Did I miss anything?

John D

Dancing Molecules, Dancing Bodies, where you’ll use the art of dance to communicate with your body and understand the chemical processes within.

"No previous experience in dance, biology, or chemistry is required."

It's an in-depth course then.

David

It’s an in-depth course then.

Well, it is generally easier to bullshit people who don’t know anything. The whole thing seems based on an unconvincing metaphor.

David

Tim Newman on the young Corbyn voter, and the rest of us:

Sure, the young Corbyn supporter doesn’t understand economics, but point me towards a demographic that does. Every government in every western country is staring down the barrel of ballooning deficits, a debt which will take millennia to pay off, and not a single major party anywhere wants to even talk about it, let alone do anything about it. A simple reduction in planned expenditure increase is dressed up as a savage cut by damned near everyone: the Tories’ supposed austerity isn’t some fringe issue on the left, it is a widely accepted truth across the whole electorate. The people pointing out that these cuts are anything but are basically a handful of cranks on the internet. Like, erm, me.

If any government program is threatened with a cut taking expenditure levels back to what they were in, say, 2010, half the country screams that medieval times are making a comeback and the other half believe them. The knowledge of economics among electorates is woeful, and almost all of them have signed up fully to the belief that all government expenditure is necessary, good, and wise and any cuts are bad. Nobody wants to even think about the size of the deficit and the national debt, it just keeps racking up.

Oh, there’s more.

David

Apparently, the D.C. ‘gay pride’ parade is “colluding with systems of oppression that further marginalise queer and trans individuals,” and is insufficiently environmentally friendly. Therefore it must be disrupted by people even more pious.

Because “healing and resistance” is where it’s at, cat.

sH2

No, I don’t have to tell you I’m trans before dating you.

False advertising is okay now?

Glad you're back, btw.

David

False advertising is okay now?

According to the author, transgender people are entitled to deceive potential partners on this rather pivotal matter, and possibly inflict a distressing, even traumatic experience on someone else, in order to get laid. And any demurral equals hate. You see, everyone loves unexpected scrotum. And honesty in relationships just isn’t important.

Sam

According to the author, transgender people are entitled to deceive potential partners on this rather pivotal matter,

The cake is a lie.

Joan

You see, everyone loves unexpected scrotum. And honesty in relationships just isn’t important.

You will be SHAMED into finding me attractive!

David

You will be SHAMED into finding me attractive!

Yes, that. Though as a dating strategy, I suspect it’s less than ideal.

David

And in entirely unrelated news.

Microbillionaire
Without a doubt, the most bizarre notion of current politics is the idea that you can make it legally mandatory for others to like you. -Beige Shiba 🐸🐍🚁 (@BeigeShiba)
TomJ

"…socialists have long been very good at distancing themselves from real-world examples of socialism."

Which is a bravura followup, showing examples, to this.

David

Some deep, deep thoughts on feminism and hair.

Via Damian.

Rob

admissions officers refer to Asian-American applicants as all looking the same on paper

I remember the days when the phrase "they all look the same to me" was a definite, 100% identifier that you were a racist.

Lancastrian Oik

Without a doubt, the most bizarre notion of current politics is the idea that you can make it legally mandatory for others to like you.

Indeed:

"You cannot decide to have brotherhood; if you start tryng to enforce it, you will before long find youself enforcing some­thing very different, and much worse than the mere absence of brotherhood".

Kingsley Amis, "Why Lucky Jim Turned Right", 1967.

George

That No, I don’t have to tell you I’m trans before dating you piece has a bit that kicks of with a sentence that might involve an editing error or then again might not ("Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people..."). And as I can't work out which, I'm not sure how to interpret pretty much everything that follows. So it's a crappy argument expressed crappily.

David

The trans piece above calls to mind this item from the archives, in which Caleb Luna, an Everyday Feminism contributor, asks why you aren’t all lusting after “alternative bodies.” By which, he – sorry, they - means ‘non-binary’ beings of enormous girth.

Apparently, if you aren’t aroused by his – sorry, their - camp rotundity, then there’s something wrong with your politics.

David

And from the comment thread below it, this:

It reminded me of an episode of the reality series Cops, in which some horny and inebriated youth was about to hook up with a broad-shouldered prostitute who wasn’t quite what she seemed. It wasn’t at all clear that the youth knew what was going on and that in fact he was about to venture into a motel room with what, to a more sober eye, appeared to be a strapping chap in a trampy frock. Neither was it clear what would have happened if the surprise hadn’t been to his taste.

Not being honest about one’s anomalous gender status does seem a very risky dating strategy.

Patrick Brown

Anyone else remember when feminists, not that long ago, were condemning every "nice guy" who was sad girls didn't fancy him as an evil misogynist who thought he was entitled to other people's bodies?

R. Sherman

Ah, I see David has returned from his mini-holiday with a list of links demonstrating how buggered Western Civilization really is. Welcome back . . . I guess.

David

I see David has returned from his mini-holiday with a list of links demonstrating how buggered Western Civilization really is.

I bring tidings of great joy.

No, wait. Not joy, the other thing.

R. Sherman

I bring tidings of great joy.

We'd settle for T-shirts.

R. Sherman

@Patrick Elliot

Quite true. In fact, that was the driving force behind the outrage directed at Elliot Roger. Evidently, everyone except straight, white males are entitled to sexual gratification on demand.

R. Sherman

Whoops. I meant "Patrick Brown."

jabrwok

None of this worried the young, who had as yet no stake in property

This is why I favor a sales tax (on first-time sales of retail goods, not used good or services). Everyone pays *some* tax, how much depends on one's spending habits, and there's no representation without taxation.

WTP
And in entirely unrelated news.


What else should I be
All apologies
What else could I say
Everyone is gay
What else could I write
I don't have the right
What else should I be
All apologies


Spiny Norman

a few of the beguiled.

Most of the replies to that tweet are a toxic stew of stupid. Small wonder that the Islamists are certain they'll win.

David

Small wonder that the Islamists are certain they’ll win.

That our society is seen as decadent and reluctant to defend itself is no great surprise, and in many respects quite true.

PiperPaul

"We'd settle for T-shirts"

I'll do the graphics and set up the store.

Sam Duncan

“Related, a few of the beguiled.”

Some of the responses to that are terrifying. The total ignorance of history, the oikophobia, and the blind refusal to see Corbyn as anything other than a kindly old gentleman who means well. No, no, he didn't fraternise with terrorists because so did Tony Blair during the “peace process” and shut up.

Christ, if these morons are representative we're all screwed...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

From the Evergreen catalogue: "Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life"

Unless they were from the Viet Cong or Taliban, I am finding it hard to believe there are any real veterans at Evergreen. I do not count separated for failure to adapt as a real veteran.

This course is envisioned to aid active duty, veterans and dependents in adjusting to a college environment and to provide them with an orientation to the tools that are available to help them adjust.

Yeah, that is just the place for it, because it is so normal and calm there.

The original Mr. X

Some of the responses to that are terrifying. The total ignorance of history, the oikophobia, and the blind refusal to see Corbyn as anything other than a kindly old gentleman who means well. No, no, he didn't fraternise with terrorists because so did Tony Blair during the “peace process” and shut up.

It's kind of depressing how many Labour voters I've seen complaining about Theresa May seeking support from "terrorist sympathisers". Either they know precisely FA about their party's leader, or they just don't give a toss for logical consistency. Either option is pretty depressing...

Tim Newman

According to the author, transgender people are entitled to deceive potential partners on this rather pivotal matter, and possibly inflict a distressing, even traumatic experience on someone else, in order to get laid.

One of the reasons why you should never believed the stories of "My mate went to Thailand and pulled this girl who turned out to be a ladyboy" is because the first thing a ladyboy will ask you is "Do you know this is a ladyboy bar?" Okay, they're after making money from paying customers not surprising people for fun, but the other reason is they know that such surprises can result in considerable unpleasantness, including physical violence. The person in the above article therefore appears to lack the morals of a Thai ladyboy, which is saying something.

David
No borders. No nations. Stop deportations.

Your taxpayer-funded cultural betters speak.

David

The person in the above article therefore appears to lack the morals of a Thai ladyboy, which is saying something.

Heh. I’ll have to take your word for that.

Charlie Suet

The false equivalence between the confidence and supply agreement with the DUP and Corbyn's pimping for the IRA is quite staggering.

The Tories have been forced to agree a fairly loose agreement with a legitimate, if unpleasant, political party because it is the only way at present anyone can form a government. Unless everyone has suddenly become an anarchist, this is a necessary thing.

Jeremy Corbyn, as a back-bench MP, provided succour and moral support to an active terrorist organisation. This was of no benefit to his constituents. In the sense that he encouraged the IRA to continue to pretend that their murders were glamorous and justified he actively harmed the interests of the people of this country.

In spite of this obvious difference, the electorate of this formerly great nation is going to vote for the terrorist-supporting prick at the next election, reasoning that the nasty party is consorting with homophobes. If you asked them about the £20,000 Dear Leader received from Press TV (ultimate controller, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) they'd probably accuse you of racism.

These morons are all representative and we are all screwed.

R. Sherman

Your taxpayer-funded cultural betters speak.

Point of order: I thought we Americans had a monopoly on fat asses and old people wearing age-inappropriate clothes. Walmart should sue for cultural appropriation.

Jen

Your taxpayer-funded cultural betters speak.

I'd like a refund.

David

I’d like a refund.

Given the number of public funding bodies keeping the Nottingham Contemporary in the manner to which it’s so obviously accustomed, including the Arts Council, East Midlands Development Agency and Nottingham City Council, I can only assume the roads in Nottingham have no holes in them at all.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Walmart should sue for cultural appropriation.

On the same topic, what is with all those people of pallor playing congas, and the samba background music, they are not allowed to that are they ?

Also, where are there always drumming workshops ?

Pogonip

Re Mr. Luna: with that topknot, he reminds me of a cross between a samurai and pre-weight-loss Chef Paul Prudhomme. I wonder if he cooks?

I just noticed we need a new toilet. With the possible exception of college classes, I can't think of a more boring thing to spend money on.

David

Re Mr. Luna: with that topknot,

It’s the bin bag aesthetic.

Pogonip

Thailand's weird. They're either completely decadent, e.g. ladyboys, or completely proper, e.g. my aunt, who makes Miss Manners look like a slob. Doesn't seem to be any middle ground.

Pogonip

"... the bin bag aesthetic..."

*chortle*

Stuck-Record

I'm sure one of the angry-studies lesbians would be just fine to pick up a butch looking chick in a bar and, after some sweaty petting and kissing, pull down 'her' panties to find a rather over stimulated member towering over her.

That would be fine. Sure. No problem at all.

Pogonip

Hi Stuck-record, the one word I would not use to describe most of the male-to-females is "butch." With the exception of the blonde biker-type at the college that David linked to, they're usually overly, creepily, Stepford-wife feminine.

Isn't it odd that behavior that feminists would hate in real women enraptures them in men pretending to be women?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...I can't think of a more boring thing to spend money on.

Clearly you are not shopping in the right places.

Modern toilets in Japan would look more familiar to Westerners as these toilets are an innovation of the ones coming from the West. What makes Japan’s version so different is the presence of additional options such as seat-heating, adjustable water jets (for cleaning), automatic flushing, blow-drying, and even automated flush sounds on more recent models (to obscure any embarrassing sound). Toilets with these additional features are generally called “Washlet” in Japan, though the term is in fact a registered trademark of TOTO, Japan’s largest manufacturer of bathroom facilities.

The control unit...

Japanese, Engrish, and Braile - all the bases covered.

Mags

blow-drying,

...

David

the other reason is they know that such surprises can result in considerable unpleasantness, including physical violence.

In the Cops episode mentioned upthread, the youth looked very drunk indeed and was seemingly unaware of the supposedly female prostitute’s bonus features, and, I’d guess, unlikely to be thrilled by their belated discovery. The police officer tried to explain to the intoxicated youth that, despite the heels and frock, the lady-for-hire – who was known to the police - could do quite a bit of damage to a displeased customer who changed his mind and decided not to pay.

Pogonip

Hi Farnsworth, don't know about the toulets but we love our Japanese rice cooker! (He even does windows on alternate Thursdays! 😄 )

Sporkatus

I'm guessing that "power deodorizing" affects only what's in the bowl, with a spritz of some perfume or other substance. The phrase sounds quite malevolent, though - could also cover blasts of ozone, UV lights about the nethers, etc.

Pogonip

I think Wonder Woman does power deodorizing.

WTP

This coming fall, for example, you can take a number of classes that count as biology, but actually aren’t biology at all.

Academia is a social construct.

Tim Newman

Thailand's weird. They're either completely decadent, e.g. ladyboys, or completely proper, e.g. my aunt, who makes Miss Manners look like a slob. Doesn't seem to be any middle ground.

Yup. All depends on whether they have anything to do with expats or not.

David
A vivid illustration of the ultimate end of a cultural politics in which victimology is the route to power.

Janice Fiamengo on the student and staff delinquency at Evergreen State University.

[+]

blow-drying,

Does the toilet come with noise cancellation?

Asking for a friend.

Sporkatus

I neglected to notice until just now that "Unexpected Scrotum" is a good band name.

sk60

Tax freedom day.

https://www.adamsmith.org/taxfreedomday/

David

I neglected to notice until just now that “Unexpected Scrotum” is a good band name.

If anyone here forms a band called Unexpected Scrotum and sells five million albums while on a global sell-out tour, the house takes 20%.

This also applies to producers of niche pornography.

Sporkatus
the house takes 20%.
Only fair. The scrotum is unexpected, but the vig isn't.
Trevor

Your taxpayer-funded cultural betters speak.

I wonder if any are graduates of the University of Nottingham's Centre for Advanced Studies.?

Darleen

Modern toilets in Japan

Love those toilets (3 weeks in Japan last November)... I swear when we get to remodeling our bathrooms, I'm going to get them. At the very least, the heating function.

Darleen

Does the toilet come with noise cancellation?

Actually, the sound selection is running water - which a lot of women use in the public restrooms as white noise to drown out any bodily noises.

The public restrooms in the train stations we encountered were modern & exceedingly clean.

Hal

Small wonder that the Islamists are certain they'll win.

Well, according to the latest news, apparently they're not convinced at all . . .

Nikw211

Definitely did not see this one coming - #DumpTheGuardian

Geezer

niche pornography

Niche Pornography is also a good band name.

David

Niche Pornography is also a good band name.

It occurs to me that someone should publish a book of Great Unused Band Names. For those just starting out on the beat combo journey.

David

Oh, how I’ve missed these little chats.

I must go away more often.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

It occurs to me that someone should publish a book of Great Unused Band Names.

Great Unused Band Name would be a good band name.

Jen

Also 'Beat Combo'.

David

We’re spiralling into madness.

Geezer

We’re spiralling into madness.

Spiralling Into Madness is a Cover Band.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

"Spiraling Into Madness" would be a fantastic name.

Chester Draws

Well, according to the latest news, apparently they're not convinced at all . . .

You know that anyway, because they support terrorism.

Terrorism is the actions of a group that are so desperate that they will die in the hope of making transient damage to the people and infrastructure of the enemy. Actual damage to the political structure being beyond them. How many terrorist organisations have ever actually brought down an enemy regime?

For all the terror inflicted on Israel, it has been weakened barely at all, and it is their enemies who are disarray.

Japan ended WWII with kamikazes, which it never used at the start.

ftumch

The Beach Xirs

https://twitter.com/GarethSoye/status/874043873768742912

PiperPaul

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dicentra

Dancing Molecules, Dancing Bodies, where you’ll use the art of dance to communicate with your body and understand the chemical processes within.

*raises hand* I wanna be hexokinase!

dicentra

the morals of a Thai ladyboy

I wonder how many of them were sold as children into the sex trade by their impoverished parents.

What a way to start out your life. I guess the lucky ones OD on heroin sooner rather than later.

dicentra

I'm sure one of the angry-studies lesbians would be just fine to pick up a butch looking chick

Many radfems won't admit MtFs into the sorority BECAUSE they are horrified at just such a scenario. Something about the "cotton barrier"? Something with "cotton" in it.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Something with "cotton" in it.

Mississippi ?

ACTOldFart

PiperPaul at 00:10

"Pre-Poo Toilet Spray" is a great name for a grunge band.

PiperPaul

Hey, you can't spell recrudescence without crud.

Pogonip

Actually, modern ladyboys like their lives, for the most part, and there are families with long traditions of a number of sons becoming ladyboys.

As mentioned, Thailand has some very odd customs.

Pogonip

There are a few other places where someone so inclined can be a 3rd sex, but the change is permanent. Only the modern West is forming a custom where you can change your sex daily or even more often. I don't expect it to last because it's just too confusing.

There was a Thai word for "ladyboy" that sounded something like "kaflooey," but it's old-fashioned and now they are generally called, and think of themselves as " a different kind of woman."

Achillea

On the hopeful side, the comments on the Odyssey article are running about 20 to 1 against the author's premise.

David

On the hopeful side, the comments on the Odyssey article are running about 20 to 1 against the author’s premise.

As we’ve seen many times, leftist activists do tend to give terrible lifestyle advice. In that, if you wanted to make someone neurotic, or ruin their life, perhaps irreparably, or in this case even endanger it, it’s hard to see what you’d do differently.

Microbillionaire
Many radfems won't admit MtFs into the sorority BECAUSE they are horrified at just such a scenario. Something about the "cotton barrier"? Something with "cotton" in it.

Cotton ceiling, I believe, after the glass ceiling.

There was a Thai word for "ladyboy" that sounded something like "kaflooey," but it's old-fashioned and now they are generally called, and think of themselves as " a different kind of woman."

Kathooey (also spelled with single O or 'katooey'.)

--

Starting to think I've been here too long if I know such things.

David

Starting to think I’ve been here too long if I know such things.

I like to think of this place as a nourishing educational resource.

What?

Microbillionaire

I'm tangentially reminded of how kontextmaschine once said that the West used to have a very strong "third sex" tradition of its own: eunuchs and castrati.

Which I found a refreshing perspective.

Jonathan

Which I found a refreshing perspective.

Hmmm. I wonder how the eunuchs and castrati thought about it?

jabrwok

Regarding Thailand: https://www.indexmundi.com/thailand/total_fertility_rate.html

TFR=1.5 children per woman. "Woman" being defined as human entity with two X chromosomes in each cell and a functional, naturally-occurring uterus.

I don't think the "ladyboy/kathooey" phenomenon will be an issue (heh) for much longer.

Tim Newman

I wonder how many of them were sold as children into the sex trade by their impoverished parents.

To an approximate order of magnitude, none. Wifey used to know a lot of them very well (hence sometimes I'd come home and find ladyboys in my apartment), and they have some fucked-up backstories but none like that.

Tim Newman

Oh, and their preferred pronoun is most definitely "she".

WTP

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

David

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster

As so often, I understand barely half of what goes on here.

Sporkatus
As so often, I understand barely half of what goes on here.
Come now, quoting from Murray Head singing an Abba derived song from a musical about chess isn't that odd.

...is it?

jabrwok

As so often, I understand barely half of what goes on here.

For your edification: https://youtu.be/RnagSceaXss?t=40s

David

It turns out that being “woke” is terribly competitive.

Via dicentra.

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