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June 02, 2017

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Darleen

Girls Sports is fast becoming irrelevant.

Hal

Yes, but it all seems a bit unnecessary.

Oh, rather. Parachuting into the Olympics only worked 'cause it was QEII doing that . . . .

Hal

If they learn to make fire, we’re totally screwed.

Ahem.

Hal

Assorted French textile samples, 1863.

The scanned copy of the book presented here bears the marks of its years, not just in the notes and revisions left by a previous owner (or creator?),
Hal

Meanwhile, in Japan.

A matter of getting behind in one's reading.

Then again, the divine wind had already been rather well noted.

Hal

5000-piece, 5000-colour jigsaw of note.

That is funny . . .

Hal

Passing Jupiter.

Why is basketball the most agonizing and exhausting sport?

It requires that quite a few people repeatedly pass a basketball.

---In turn, the selection of Flight Into Space for the movie is an amusing touch.

Hal

A 12-year-old ventriloquist.

Not recommended when apparently channeling Groucho Marx.

Am I a real bunny? Are you a real judge?

Hal

Hermes recommends Calvetius as mayor.

TomJ

I am getting vexed at the shifting definition of drone. I always understood it to be an entirely autonomous vehicle, but of recent years the definition has been expanded to any unmanned aircraft, or any remote controlled aircraft. Matey with the football was both on the aircraft and seemingly controlling it; in what sense was that a drone?

John D

No Stick Shooter is a game. Things may get a little fraught.

Well that escalated quickly.

Connor

Interspecies smackdown.

What are the 10,000 chickens actually doing though -pecking?

I demand a rematch.

Hal

I don't make jokes, I just read the headlines:

Hillary Clinton: I was victim of ‘1,000 Russian agents’ & ‘broad assumption’ I would win

Which broad?

David

What are the 10,000 chickens actually doing though -pecking?

Given the limited options, I assume they’re pecking at the Tyrannosaurs’ feet. Unless they’re overcoming their opponents with a disagreeable smell.

David

Tim Newman on the fashionable and expanded redefinition of nerd.

Jen

Intrigue of the day.

The lion, the witch and the chiller cabinet.

MC

That domino thing is brilliant.

Ray

What are the chickens doing?

Pointing out that they are the T.Rex's decendants. The T. Rex then loses the will to live.

David

The T. Rex then loses the will to live.

Heh.

Sam Duncan

“Yes, but it all seems a bit unnecessary ... At last, LED eyelashes”

Now, this is beginning to look more like the 21st Century we were promised.

“Interspecies smackdown.”

Not exactly Clint's usual fare, but I'm glad he did it. Someone had to. Probably.

Gene

The story of the American shark-finner was instructive. The man clearly expected the people nearby to respond the way Americans would, i.e., get the hell out of the water, scream a little and then go find an authority figure to "do something." He did not reckon on the different behaviors of another culture, where the locals take it upon themselves to "do something," and without a moment's hesitation.

Darleen

total OT moment:

It's official ... my twin grandsons are now 9th graders.

Now, back to your regular programming.

R. Sherman

Congrats, Darleen. Time flies. My youngest is now officially a Senior in high school.

Darleen

R. Sherman, I just know I'll wake up on Monday and 4 years of high school will have gone by!!

Oooo... you now get the joy of college shopping.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Ohio State shows how it is done.

The protest began — as such protests often do these days — with a set of demands and the promise to remain firmly ensconced at Bricker Hall, Ohio State’s main administration building, until school officials capitulated to the demands...Eventually, Ohio State senior vice president for administration Jay Kasey appeared to inform the radicals that the time had come to decamp from the taxpayer-funded building.

Protesters asked what Kasey would happen if they chose to stay.

“Our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon, and take you to be arrested,” he explained.

He also added that they would be expelled. Given that students at Ohio or elsewhere are not exactly what one would call irreplaceable, why all administrators aren't doing this is a bit of a mystery.

WTP

why all administrators aren't doing this is a bit of a mystery.

Why? Academia has been moving in this direction for well over 30 years. Frog, pot. Ohio State, my knowing a little about people they've given PhD's to, prolly is a bit concerned academia may have overplayed their had a bit. I have very good faith that PC is and will continue to be the order of the day there. They're just bringing up the rear.

jones

“When I’m relaxed and chillin’ I can go up to ten, twenty minutes without ticcing.”

Umm.....Is it very wrong to laugh?

R. Sherman

Oooo... you now get the joy of college shopping.

Been at it for about nine months already. A true thrill, though I've been through this with the older two already.

Darleen

Holy crap ... now about 1/4 of the Evergreen faculty is now demanding Weinstein be fired

More than 50 professors at the public college – nearly a quarter of faculty – have signed a statement as of Friday afternoon calling themselves “angry and frustrated and concerned” by the backlash against students and the university.

They demanded Weinstein be punished for his response to students who cornered him and called him racist after he refused to leave campus on the anti-white “Day of Absence”:

Demonstrate accountability by pursuing a disciplinary investigation against Bret Weinstein according to guidelines in the Social Contract and Faculty Handbook. Weinstein has endangered faculty, staff, and students, making them targets of white supremacist backlash by promulgating misinformation in public emails, on national television, in news outlets, and on social media.

David

about 1/4 of the Evergreen faculty is now demanding Weinstein be fired.

The mental contortion is extraordinary. Though it does at least illustrate the pathologies of “social justice.” Quite vividly, I’d say.

David

Related to the above:

The new racial demand: White academics must keep their hands down when speaking.

Even the smallest non-threatening gesture is forbidden. Unless you’re black, of course.

Captain Nemo

Lamp-Cat!

https://mobile.twitter.com/AndyCole84/status/870756118493937664

Nikw211

Tim Newman on the fashionable and expanded redefinition of nerd.

From the keyboard of the same non-nerd:

    Let us reiterate: this is arrant, dangerous bollocks. A lot of people desperate to believe in their own goodness can come up with some pretty damn convincing bollocks, and part of what makes it convincing is that they are so eager to convince themselves.

One day, probably in the not too distant future, the writer of those lines is going to be woken up early one morning by a persistent and nagging doubt that something is not quite right.

Then, probably, she's going to look for the source of that doubt in amongst the lines of her old articles and books. And at some point, she is going to be struck forcefully by the revelation that every one of those criticisms she thought she was making about the world around her was, in actual fact, an unerringly precise portrait of herself and her political allies.

I would not like to be around when that particularly Penny drops.

David

I would not like to be around when that particularly Penny drops.

It does seem a bit of a gamble to build so much of one’s public persona on lies and outright projection.

Angus

Nikw211, that photo of Penny reminded me of that actor Ryan Cartwright.

Angus

Bugger, I am too old to learn how to use HTML tags...

Nikw211

lies and outright projection.

That. Of course, that - but I would also add her staggering levels of idleness.

All of us work under pressure of time, and none of us are perfect, but - and most certainly not for the first time - a striking feature of that Baffler piece is its laziness. For instance, this second sentence (my italics):

    On May 26, 2017, white supremacist Jeremy Christian allegedly murdered two men and maimed another as they attempted to defend two women he took to be Muslim from his abuse on Portland public transit.

It's not ungrammatical, sure, but it does seems to be awfully slipshod and poorly constructed for someone who makes their living as a writer.

And then comes this paragraph:

    The free speech debate is the ultimate rhetorical proxy war. What is it, after all, that these new free speech warriors are so anxious to be allowed to say, and why, when the microphones are finally shoved in front of their mouths, when they have the attention they crave, won’t they say it?

What examples does she give the reader to illustrate her claim that "these new free speech warriors" have nothing to say or even refuse to speak "when the microphones are finally shoved in front of their mouths"?

She gives none at all; just leaves it hanging, briefly, before changing the subject.

The idleness, the dishonesty, the projection as well as the ignorance of or contempt for anything resembling professional ethics in that one particular paragraph is made startlingly clear by drawing a contrast between those words and these incidents: this with Bret Weinstein, this with Heather MacDonald, this with Charles Murray, this with Milo Yiannopoulis, this with Janice Fiamengo, this with Christina Hoff-Sommers, this with Ben Shapiro, this with Jordan Peterson, this with Warren Farrell, and, perhaps bizarrely (or maybe not so bizarrely), even this with Bernie Sanders.

It is really quite hard for a speaker to be heard over the wailing of fire alarms, air horns, screaming, foot-stamping, or in the face of mayhem, rioting, petrol-bomb throwing, and even physical assault.

So for Penny to ask "why, when the microphones are finally shoved in front of their mouths, when they have the attention they crave, won’t they say [something]?" reaches some new peak of laziness and lying that are her hallmark signatures.

David

She gives none at all; just leaves it hanging, briefly, before changing the subject.

It strikes me as telling that, so far as I can see, Laurie still hasn’t addressed the leftist thuggery at Berkeley, despite repeated prompting, and despite being one of the people who had to be evacuated as a result, and during which women were punched, kicked and beaten with metal poles. By people Laurie considers righteous and heroic, her comrades-in-arms.

All I could find was a single tweet, now sadly inaccessible, in which she said, almost mockingly, that she didn’t feel threatened.

R. Sherman

It's appropriate to review Darleen's link above regarding the faculty sacrifice of Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College along with Penny's essay on free speech. Nik's critique of Penny could be rewritten regarding those seeking Weinstein's ouster with very few changes.

PiperPaul

"Why, when the microphones are finally shoved in front of their mouths, when they have the attention they crave and are surrounded by an angry mob of tantrum-throwing overgrown children with bike locks, won’t they say [something]?"

David

reaches some new peak of laziness and lying that are her hallmark signatures.

I’m not sure laziness is quite the right word, given her presumed intent, and given her history of dishonesty. I mean, yes, it’s intellectually lazy to somehow omit all of the obvious, quite dramatic examples that would undermine her point, many of which have been tweeted to her prior to her article, along with graphic footage. But I doubt she just forgot these things. Rather than just being lazy or incompetent, and by implication supposedly unaware, I suspect that Laurie is taking care to not acknowledge any realities that would draw attention to the contrivance and dishonesty of her claims, even though she is almost certainly aware of them.

As noted previously, Laurie relies on a kind of faux naiveté.

[ Edited. ]

PiperPaul

"Tim Newman on the fashionable and expanded redefinition of nerd"

I have to ask if Tim has ever played the banjo while wearing bunny ears and an arrow through his head. You know, just to try it out.

Sam Duncan

“Nikw211, that photo of Penny reminded me of that actor Ryan Cartwright.”

Ooh, that's not fair. I've always thought that Laurie would be quite attractive if she wasn't as batshit insane as a box of mad shitty bats.

(Although now that I've clicked the link, you're not wrong.)

David

Sweet dreams, Sam.

champ

From the Baffler:"On May 26, 2017, white supremacist Jeremy Christian allegedly murdered two men and maimed another as they attempted to defend two women he took to be Muslim from his abuse on Portland public transit. Days later, appearing in court, Christian roared out the same refrain that conservatives and far-right agitators alike have been repeating online for years: Racist violence is free speech."

I wonder if Laurie knows that Jeremy Christion backed Bernie Sanders, and then voted for Jill Stein?

WTP

What champ says. Was just about to post this which has the fb screen grabs.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/28/portland-killer-is-an-anti-circumcision-bernie-sanders-supporter/

Darleen

Racist violence is free speech

Well, if this has been repeated online "for years", then where are the screen shots of Coulter or Milo (no doubt they qualify as 'agitators') to substantiate that assertion?

putz

Darleen

PROFESSOR Naima Lowe ... I'd say the taxpayers are sure getting their money's worth at Evergreen, eh?

Sam Duncan

Not her best look, I'll grant you, David.

R. Sherman

@Darleen

Sadly, based on recent event events, this episode will be deemed to be pivotal in The Epic Struggle of the Perpetually Aggrieved.

Hal

Yes, It's The Benny Hill Show!!!

Oops.

Col. Milquetoast

"What is it, after all, that these new free speech warriors are so anxious to be allowed to say, and why, when the microphones are finally shoved in front of their mouths, when they have the attention they crave, won’t they say it?"

Read the whole thing. It's a variation of the old "supporting nazis' right to free speech is about the first two words: supporting nazis". The accusation is that anyone who wants people to have the right to say ugly or racist things therefore it must be because really want to say those ugly or racist things but are too cowardly to speak for themselves. It disparages people she disagrees while allowing her to flatter herself so it must be true.

Col. Milquetoast

why all administrators aren't doing this is a bit of a mystery

competitive radical posturing?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not her best look, I'll grant you, David.

Yet sadly, not her worst...

champ

another one from the go-to site:

"That’s what I want to talk about today: how white supremacy and oppression manifest themselves in mainstream animal rights organizing/ideologies — and what we can all do to challenge that."

http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/03/animal-rights-oppressive/

R. Sherman

Hasn't the author of this bit of outrage made an appearance on these pages before? (H/T Instapuneit) Ah, yes. Here we are.

I read through the litany of her alleged travails at the hands of white women and can't help wondering how much of her personal drama is a) fabricated, or b) embellished significantly if not fabricated or c) results from some sort of paranoid psychosis? And BTW, for all the vitriol against white women, she herself looks like an average Indo-European. That "Indo" part is in there for a reason, I surmise.

WTP

After reading that, R. Sherman, I saw another, to me more likely, explanation. She created the scenario by purposely intruding on another woman's space. This being yoga and women and such, there's much more likely to be a higher concentration of the easily aggrieved and thus much easier opportunities for creating the situations that are grist for such essays. But I suppose that's just my own prejudices showing. Of course.

Darleen

Quick note:

Just saw "Wonder Woman" ... Seriously, it is a very good movie with, surprising for a superhero summer blockbuster, excellent acting. There IS a story, good dialogue, character development and, yes, while the special effects are damned good they are NOT the center of attraction.

(an aside: Chris Pine has really developed as an actor... not just a pretty face).

dan

R Sherman, my wife is white and Jewish and looks darker and more "exotic" (by the writer's standards) than that writer. The whole article is pure paranoia.

dan

Everyday feminism has taken a break from haranguing white people for being racist to encourage them to pay up to learn how to be allies.

They are really selling it too:

You may be finding yourself coming to terms with just how prevalent and harmful white supremacy is – and how your white privilege has kept you ignorant and in denial of this reality in the first place.

I can't wait to hang out with people who will be telling me that.
Interestingly you can get right up to the payment page without them telling you who teaches it, where it is taught, whether it is online or anything else. I find it fascinating that they can see inside my soul but are unable to follow the "what, when, where " basics of event management.
http://compassionateactivism.teachable.com/p/healing-from-toxic-whiteness

Hopp Singg

So Everyday Feminism is really one of those furniture stores in disguise, the ones that are forever going out of business. Buy now!

David

Ah, yes. Here we are.

Based on her writing and social media, Ms Mirza seems to be a profoundly charmless woman. That she claims to work as a counsellor, while telling us she cuts herself, is the icing on a very sour and nasty cake.

David

I can’t wait to hang out with people who will be telling me that.

The ladies’ “Healing from Toxic Whiteness” seminar was poked through here.

WTP

That she claims to work as a counsellor, while telling us she cuts herself,

Heh. Knock me over with a feather.

Hal

Oh, dear, here we go again . . . .

Clueless pollie's TV interview is hard to watch
NEWS.com.au - ‎38 minutes ago‎
A BRITISH politician has humiliated herself on television, appearing to have no idea about the details of a key UK anti-terror report almost 48 hours after the London Bridge terror attacks.

Related

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The Independent

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HuffPost UK

Local Source: Diane Abbott has another embarrassing interview days before the General Election
Metro

Killer Marmot

"Passing Jupiter"

Sounds painful.

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