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July 02, 2017

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Pogonip

The solution is in the article. She should go to every Steppenwolf performance with a bag of candies, unwrapping them throughout the show, belching loudly as she does so.

Sam

Pretty sure they were trying to keep them from jumping.

I was pretty sure 'Zinnia Jones' had to be a parody account.

I was wrong.

David

I was pretty sure ‘Zinnia Jones’ had to be a parody account. I was wrong.

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage often used the catchphrase, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” I’m not sure whether this was meant to suggest edginess or self-mockery. But embraced as a philosophy, you can, and often do, end up with people like Zinnia Jones.

Mags

I’ll let you find out for yourselves what was deemed to constitute “bigotry” and “inappropriate language.”

Shut up, they explained.

David

Shut up, they explained.

Or, “If you say we rely on cartoonish and misleading arguments we will target you with cartoonish and misleading arguments.”

sH2

inappropriate language

Anything we disagree with.

David

Pretty sure they were trying to keep them from jumping.

From the twitter thread linked above, the stages of “social justice” wokeness:

“It isn’t a sadistic execution of people for being gay. It’s an entirely voluntary bungee-jumping mishap.”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Jim Goad catalogues more examples of leftist high-mindedness:

IOW, the left is reverting to form as it did in Russia, East Germany, North Korea, Cuba, China, Cambodia, and everywhere else they set up shop.

QuintAmpersandJessel

Hey, Zinnia Jones is giving Laurie Penny a real fight for Stupid Twat of the Year, you must admit.

"Gay people being thrown off of buildings? None of my precious concern!"

She'd probably stick her fingers in her ears whilst singing, "lalala," were a living witness try to tell her about the executions.

WTP

Perception is reality. Mental health professionals have been trying to tell you objectivists (had to look that word up as I was afraid its definition may have changed) this for 30-40 years now. You just don't get it.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Calling out Christian homophobia: ultra-courageous.
Calling out Muslim homophobia: ultra-bigoted.

What a morally wicked double standard.

rjmadden

Kyle Smith on what happens when you question the accuracy of a race-activist theatre production

The obvious solution is to not waste your time reviewing race-activist theatre productions.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oh, and trans activist and self-declared “insatiable researcher” Zinnia Jones struggles to apprehend certain aspects of reality:

To revisit a topic previously touched upon, Zinnia has other aspects of reality he refuses to accept.

1. Zinnia Jones‏Verified account @ZJemptv

Being exclusionary of trans women partners should be an outlier and marginal position for straight men, not some commonplace expectation

2. Zinnia Jones‏Verified account @ZJemptv

I also don't believe the blanket claim of "straight men don't want to be with someone who has a dick!"

3. Zinnia Jones‏Verified account @ZJemptv

It's subject to the effect of *incredible* numbers of straight men who want us but refuse to ever admit to it, and cover it with transphobia

4. Zinnia Jones‏Verified account @ZJemptv

It's absolutely possible to work through this. It's a dick? Yes - a woman's. It's part of her body.

"Incredible numbers" attracted to women's Johnsons. OK, sure. Personally I think any number greater than zero should be incredible, but there is always Rule 34.

Darleen

Zinnia Jones, another cosplaying male railing at how hatey hatey straight men are for not wanting to have sex with him.

And is there some sort of dress code for these Victim Olympics participants?

Machete-chopped & dyed hair - check
Prominent tattoos - check
Black frame hipster glasses - check
Posing for photos with "ironic pout" - check

CayleyGraph
I’ll let you find out for yourselves what was deemed to constitute “bigotry” and “inappropriate language.”
otry and Esperanto, respectively.
Anniemouse

Taken in sum, I find that mental illness is widespread. Has it always been this prevalent or is it simply being manifesting itself more due to social media? Is there a cause/effect at work?

champ

I also don't believe the blanket claim of "straight men don't want to be with someone who has a dick!"

If that someone is as ugly as Zinnia Jones is, I can believe it...

David

Being exclusionary of trans women partners should be an outlier and marginal position for straight men, not some commonplace expectation

I wonder if it occurs to activists like Zinnia Jones that acceptance of their trans nature – which I think of as an unfortunate developmental glitch, a copying error – is not necessarily helped by public fantasies about how vast swathes of humanity should, and secretly must, find them erotically magnetic. I mean, given a few moments to adjust and get past the inherent surrealism, I like to think I could interact with a trans person as I would anyone else, with civility and as an individual. But I doubt I could cope with the kind of dogmatic and self-flattering conspiracy theories seen above. That would be a much bigger ask.

Lisboeta

Is there a cause/effect at work?

Social media is but one contributor (clearly, the lives of too many people are devoid of productive, meaningful, activity). Declining educational standards are another factor. Also fashion: being part of the "in crowd" has always had appeal. I'm not sure if this means mental illness is more widespread, or just that brain-dead blabbermouths now have more of a public platform.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Has it always been this prevalent or is it simply being manifesting itself more due to social media? Is there a cause/effect at work?

It appears more prevalent due to a few factors. The incidence appears to have increased, and social media is indeed a large part of that as it allows easy and wide spread self reporting, which in turn leads to the second order effect of band wagoning, which also increases both incidence and prevalence. This then raises the question of what part of both the incidence and prevalence are real, what is not really "gender dysphoria", but merely attention seeking behavior as part of a personality or mood disorder, and what is pure faddishness. Regarding the latter items, the number of these cases are no doubt inflated by the contortions of late turning these people into "heroes", e.g. Bruce Jenner named "Woman of the Year", and both widespread social acceptance (in the West) and "trans" hucksterism.

Darleen

I like to think I could interact with a trans person as I would anyone else, with civility and as an individual

I've actually gotten along nicely with a lot of people who, on certain subjects, I very much disagree with.

I find activists of any belief system who obsess on it to the point of being in my face about it, rude. Not to say I won't discuss things politely, but when I say "no, thank you" and close the door, they should take the hint not attempt to pound the door.

Agree to disagree and MOVE ON.

Lisboeta

Being exclusionary of trans women partners

Despite what the whinging Twitterati say, people are still free to make their own decisions! Choosing a partner is a very personal thing, not something to be done by quota and edict.

Darleen

Choosing a partner is a very personal thing, not something to be done by quota and edict.

Bigot.

Killer Marmot

The far left has become so steeped in postmodernism that they have come to believe that everything -- even reality -- is subservient to political ideology.

WTP

Taken in sum, I find that mental illness is widespread. Has it always been this prevalent or is it simply being manifesting itself more due to social media?

I see it as a function of a society capable of generating such enormous wealth that there exist sufficient resources to indulge counterproductive, resource sucking stupidity. Which is the underpinning of the above explanations of social media, bandwagoning, etc. I fear that this idoicy will continue until we reach some market clearing point of Darwinian truth and a hard rain falls. Perhaps I'm just being optimistic.

Pogonip

Darleen, they do all look alike, don't they?

I'm so old I remember when freak shows were deemed improper (forcing several hundred actual freaks out of circus employment).

David

Some observations about death and dying.

Nate Whilk

Crossposted from my response to that twitter thread: "There will probably be a few people to keep @ZJemptv from jumping off a building in the same way."

PiperPaul

"what part of both the incidence and prevalence are real"

Add to Farnsworth's:

- people ridiculing 'x' , but who are taken seriously (Poe's Law)
- people seeking to scandalize (agent provocateurs of malicious intent or just assholes). Which of course just diminishes public concern for people with non-phony issues

Darleen

Evergreen - Mao's Cultural Revolution among the pines...

In response, he was branded a racist and an obstructionist. A faculty member who sat on the Equity Council explicitly called him a racist in two different faculty meetings. When Professor Weinstein asked for an opportunity to defend himself, he was told that a faculty meeting was not the appropriate venue for such a defense. When he asked what the appropriate venue was, he was told that no such venue existed because he was a racist.

Deborah

Let the count down to calls for the doctor's death begin.

http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become

David

Weinstein asked for an opportunity to defend himself, he was told that a faculty meeting was not the appropriate venue for such a defence. When he asked what the appropriate venue was, he was told that no such venue existed because he was a racist.

It does rather clarify one of the basic dilemmas of dealing with such people. Assuming the good faith of one’s accuser and then trying earnestly to avoid the accusation of racism (or whatever the sin may be), hoping to convince them, is ultimately a mistake, a waste of time and energy. There is no argument one could make, and no history of approved pieties that one could point to, that will alter the predestined outcome. Whatever you do, however many contortions you perform, they will slander you anyway, repeatedly and unfairly, because they wish to do you psychological harm.

Even-handedness and honesty pale in comparison with the thrill of malice.

David

See also Laurie Penny. “Where’s the harm?” says she.

David

Meanwhile, back in the mental wonderland of Zinnia Jones.

Lancastrian Oik

The Secret Teacher, in the Guardian.

This is about more than education. With our politics increasingly polarised, it saddens me to see my students being initiated – deliberately or not – into an essentially Manichaean view of politics, with a checklist of “goodies” (leftists, trade unions, Corbyn) and “baddies” (Tories, Brexiteers, anyone who uses the phrase British values without irony).

Lancastrian Oik

From Deborah's link:

“But gird your loins if you would confront this matter,” warned Dr. McHugh. “Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.”

A mid-season contender for "Quote Of The Year"? Get your hands in your pockets, everyone- I am sure that Dr. McHugh would appreciate a bottle of fine single malt and a box of cigars.

John D

Re: 'Secret Teacher'

"I do not think it is unreasonable for teachers to share their political views,"

There's your problem.

David

There’s your problem.

Again, note the implied vanity. Setting aside the assumed right of leftist educators to “share” their political preferences in class, it seems to me that if pupils can guess your political views with any degree of reliability, you may be falling short of the professional ideal.

Tom
"I do not think it is unreasonable for teachers to share their political views,"

There's your problem.

Quite.

I'm at a loss to understand why the person teaching Maths, English, Geography, or even History should feel the need to 'share' their political views at all. If teachers can't see this, and they obviously can't, then it seems like all is lost - which it probably is but in the words of Alfred E. Neumann, Mad Magazine mascot, "What, me worry?"

Lancastrian Oik

There’s your problem.

Indeed- even though he/she was aiming to be conciliatory (I think), there was still far too much of the usual question-begging throughout. Some of the BTL comments are interesting, however and it seems to me that maybe, just maybe, even Guardianistas have begun to tire of the incessant spouting of bile. Hope springs eternal, and all that.

Wh00ps

Possibly because Guardiansistas are socialists of the sandal-wearing tofu munching variety, surprised that they have spawned socialists of the red book waving car burning variety?

David

From way back in the archives, this seems apposite:

Freberg’s students later admitted they’d known she was a “closet Republican” precisely because she didn’t use the classroom to air her political views.

Nine years later, I doubt anyone could credibly claim that the situation has improved.

Thomas Fuller

Apropos Evergreen and Prof. Weinstein, my initial thought was that he was likely to be a typical left-wing academic, possibly a Marxist, and therefore one of the agents of his own fate.

This was both wrong and unfair. In conversation with Gad Saad (see below) he comes over as not only a very decent fellow but a teacher at whose feet anyone learning biology would be eager to sit (I trained as a biologist myself and understood nearly all the technical stuff in the conversation). Yes, he leans further to the left than I myself deem sensible, but no, he is not interested in indoctrinating young people with communism, and his negative opinion of post-modernism is born of his commitment to science.

The students at Evergreen who have forced him out are not just bullies but idiots, and in a way pitiable for that.

One incidental but salient fact emerging from those videos is that Jordan Peterson has made a ton of money (presumably from YouTube) since taking his stand – which, no doubt, now makes him independent of the University of Toronto.

The Saad/Weinstein talk is in two parts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWwm_xEwn1c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQspXOvcB0

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, back in the mental wonderland of Zinnia Jones.

He finds himself with lots of company in wonderland, it appears. NHS doctors support uterus transplants.

No, not woman to woman, that would almost make sense, woman to transwoman, AKA, a man.

Transgender women who were born male should be given womb transplants so that they can have children, leading NHS doctors have told The Mail on Sunday. And [sic] fertility experts say taxpayers should fund such transplants for those who identify as women, on the basis of ‘equality enshrined in law’.

Yes of course they do.

Dr Alghrani, director of Liverpool University’s Health Law & Regulation Unit and a trained barrister, makes her case in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, saying that once women started being offered womb transplants...

It could lead others to demand transplants, including straight men, ‘allowing for couples to jointly share the reproductive burdens and joys of pregnancy’. And she says: ‘Homosexual couples may also wish to procreate in this fashion, while single men may opt for it to avoid surrogacy.’

Yeah, speaking from personal experience, I am not seeing single men lining up to get pregnant.

Professor Steven Weyers, of Ghent University Hospital, in Belgium, is starting a womb transplant programme involving 20 women later this year. He said he believed transplants for trans-women would happen in ‘maybe a decade’.

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Kidney, liver, lung, heart transplants are all fairly straightforward as you are swapping one part for another. All the necessary vasculature, nerve supply, and support structures already exist. None of that is present sticking a uterus into a man, and even if we get past that issue by rerouting and grafting arteries, veins, and what not, there is still the issue of anti-rejection drugs, none of which are exactly what one would call good for fetal development, nor are feminizing hormone treatments for "transwomen" which would have to be stopped for the duration of the pregnancy (as is the case for "transmen" who have become pregnant).

The whole thing is another solution in search of a problem that diverts resources from real problems. The real question is how and why this whole "trans" thing has spiraled out of control in such a short time frame.

Deborah

Farnsworth,

Let us not forget the child that issues forth from this Mengelesian nightmare. Ol' Josef must be spinning that he didn't think this nightmare up himself.

Spiny Norman

mental

No, they are not. I'm a lesbian. Please stop de-sexing women's penises.

Wha...? 4Chan /b/ Twitter invasion?

wonderland

Ah, the "okay" hand sign thing. 4Chan wins again. The Left are such gullible rubes.

Lancastrian Oik

Freberg’s students later admitted they’d known she was a “closet Republican” precisely because she didn’t use the classroom to air her political views.

Same thing happens with social media- when someone's Facebook profile isn't littered with links to Moonbat or Toynbee articles, shouty-bollocks stuff from "Another Angry Voice", snippets of "wisdom" from Noahm Chomsky with the endorsement"Yes, Noamh", or pictures of Michael Gove looking gormless then chances are they're anything but a Leftie.

David

Incidentally, following an avalanche of derision, Zinnia Jones has attempted to clarify her remarks by conceding that “it could be either,” i.e., the images and videos could be sadistic murder by Islamic zealots, or it could be benign jihadis merely trying to hug suicidal gay people. With stones and rope. This has alternated with the claim that she’s heroically trying to spare All Muslims Everywhere™ by dismissing any unflattering impressions of the Muhammadan religion.

Joan

the claim that she’s heroically trying to spare All Muslims Everywhere™ by dismissing any unflattering impressions of the Muhammadan religion.

There's a job that'll never end.

WTP

It could lead others to demand transplants, including straight men, ‘allowing for couples to jointly share the reproductive burdens and joys of pregnancy’. And she says: ‘Homosexual couples may also wish to procreate in this fashion, while single men may opt for it to avoid surrogacy.’

Again, stupidity like this does not occur in nature. It must be synthesized through a process called "education".

Also...not of the medical persuasion nor biologically inclined but I seem to recall something about people with XX chromosomes having wider hips/skeletal structure to accommodate child birth. People with XY chromosomes would lack the proper framework. Typing this out, I'm guessing what...C-sections all around?

Sam Duncan

“cosplaying male”

*chuckle*

otry and Esperanto, respectively.”

*sniggger*

David's comment threads always cheer me up.

“I see it as a function of a society capable of generating such enormous wealth that there exist sufficient resources to indulge counterproductive, resource sucking stupidity. Which is the underpinning of the above explanations of social media, bandwagoning, etc. I fear that this idoicy will continue until we reach some market clearing point of Darwinian truth and a hard rain falls.”

Or Jeremy Corbyn makes it to No. 10 and the capacity to indulge vanishes as we lug our wheelbarrows of £10,000 notes down to the Co-Op to queue for six hours in the hope of some bogroll. Or bread. Or anything.

H.L. Mencken's definition of democracy springs to mind.

“Even-handedness and honesty pale in comparison with the thrill of malice.”

Yep.

“Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.”

And you certainly shouldn't force people who vehemently disagree to pay for it. That, regardless of what “it” might happen to be, is just - and I don't use the word lightly - downright evil.

Aw, dammit. Now I'm depressed again.

Lancastrian Oik... I'm with Markus “Notch” Persson of Minecraft fame: Facebook creeps me out. But I'm tempted to open an account just to set the cat among the pigeons of my acquaintances. Hayek quotes, pictures of Corbyn looking gormless (shouldn't be too hard; he always looks like that), Reason and Spiked articles, Thomas Sowell videos... could be fun. 'Course, I'd probably end up with even fewer real-life friends than I have now, but it'd be a laugh.

David

David’s comment threads always cheer me up.

[ Slides bowl of suspiciously grey trail mix along bar. ]

I sneeze in threes

DFG.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40480386

"Parent Kori Doty - a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female - aims to allow the child to discover their own gender.....

.......The family's lawyer, barbara findlay, who chooses to spell her name without capital letters, told Global News...."

David

The family’s lawyer, barbara findlay, who chooses to spell her name without capital letters,

And that’s never a warning sign.

The parent says that a visual inspection at birth is not capable of determining a person’s gender.

Except, of course, that it almost always is.

I can’t help feeling it’s a rather selfish way of seeking validation via one’s child.

See also this.

David

DFG

As I said in the thread linked above, I don’t think I’d have been thrilled to grow up being continually referred to as androgynous, or hearing pointed intimations that being thought male was a bad thing, or generally being used as a political project. And yet here we have a transgender person, who presumably wouldn’t appreciate being misgendered, making a point of misgendering their own child – by erasing his maleness – and congratulating themselves while doing it.

I sneeze in threes

I'd dread to see a contract drawn up by a lawyer that can't use capitalisation correctly.

I sneeze in threes

".........⅃ɘonɒɿbo ᗡɒ Vinɔi, ƚʜɘ ʇɒmiliɘƨ ɒɿƚiƨƚ, wʜo ɔʜooƨɘƨ ƚo wɿiƚɘ ʜiƨ nɒmɘ in miɿɿoɿ wɿiƚinǫ."

MC

The best way to deal with questions of gender is to refuse to have any truck with them. French nouns have gender, humans have sex. Any claim that gender can be applied to people is nonsense.

Anyone who claims to have a qualification in gender studies or similar should be derided, ignored or pitied.

Anyone claiming their gender is not the same as their sex may also be derided, ignored or pitied. Or perhaps referred, But not to a doctor who will fill them full of hormones and cut their cock off...

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Typing this out, I'm guessing what...C-sections all around?

Of necessity, yes. Aside from pelvic dimensions, if some gentleman had a vagina created in the usual surgical manner of today and attached to the uterus, which would seem to be a necessity as a functioning uterus would undergo menses, said artificial vagina could not expand as a real one does to allow passage of a child during birth.

Except, of course, that it almost always is.

Incidence of ambiguous genitalia is about 1/5000 at birth, but the actual incidence declines with age as the ambiguity declines with further development and growth. Fun facts for barroom bets.

Facebook creeps me out. But I'm tempted to open an account...

Do not do it. I avoided it like the plague till I was persuaded to join an ostensibly private group that shares knowledge about a mutual interest. Although using a completely fake name, because of the insidious way the "friends" thing works, and though I had not "made any friends", a friend of a friend of a friend unto the 27th iteration of someone in the group, saw a photo I didn't know had been taken, and I was recognized and tracked down by my real name by an ex. Fortunately sufficient time had passed that there was no way I could be implicated if she was trying to claim paternity.

Needless to say I nuked the account immediately thereafter which is not an instantaneous thing as the Farcebook clowns keep trying to change your mind for several months. Farcebook is one of the most evil data and privacy sucking things ever devised.

Darleen

The parent gave birth

That person is a WOMAN called THE MOTHER.

I'm sorry but this crap has jumped a bay full of sharks... the .01 of people with mental issues and their eager enablers will not, to use their own Newspeak, appropriate my lived experience as a woman.

Microbillionaire

I've recently begun to verbalize some of what irks me about the overall trans movement and makes me feel I'm being taken for a ride, so to speak: the multitudinous factions with the conflicting assertions and demands.

On the one hand, statements of deep-seated biological transness in brain structure and "brain sex" not matching "body sex", on the other, statements of transness as a choice and social-construct deconstruction of the notions of sex and gender.
On the one hand, "accept us alongside, we're just like you", on the other hand, "accept us for who we are, stop erasing our identity".
On the one hand, transness as mostly irrelevant incidental characteristic you should learn to stop obsessing about you obsessive transphobe, on the other, transness as core characteristic listed as the first thing in a bio.
On too many hands, to count the various interpretations of the word "queer".
The ones who see transition as a process to be done with to achieve the proper sex, and the ones who see trans as a state and/or quasi-sex in its own right (along with nonbinary and genderfluid and so forth).
Etc.

I recognize that these opinions are held by different people, so I'm not intending to charge any individual with self-contradiction, but from my end this looks rather skeezy. And when I look for commonalities, I experience observing more common demands on me than agreements on doctrine, which looks skeezy as hell. In particular I'm reminded of Dalrymple's words on propaganda and political correctness: (briefly paraphrased) 'the purpose is not to inform or convince or persuade, but to humiliate by demanding acquiescence to nonsense, to control by destroying integrity'.

David

the multitudinous factions with the conflicting assertions and demands.

Well, there’s a big difference between, say, Deirdre McCloskey and self-styled ‘activists’ like Zinnia Jones. I get the impression that Deirdre would be much easier to get along with.

Pogonip

Microbillionaire, just remember it's all a (very) long-winded way of yelling "LOOK AT MEEEEEE!" And you'll never be puzzled again.

Spiny Norman

I sneeze in threes,

Mike Judge was far too optimistic thinking Idiocracy would take centuries; it's here now.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

David's comment threads always cheer me up.

No refunds; credit note only.

David

No refunds; credit note only.

[ Slides bowl of suspiciously grey trail mix along bar. Picks out the more obvious foreign objects. ]

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

It has occurred to me, regarding this whole uterine transplant farrago, that the question has not been addressed as to where the ova are coming from. Are the ovaries and fallopian tubes to be transplanted as well ? If not, someone will have to donate them.

Clearly it wold be feasible for the gentleman in question to have made a trip to a sperm bank prior to his mutilation, but then with a donated ovum, or one from a transplanted ovary, and his sperm, that still makes him the father, and whoever the ovum came from the mother, despite his lend-lease uterus.

If they are transplanting uteri and ovaries, does the gentleman in question get to chose from whom they come ? If the chap is Swedish, and the only histocompatible uterus and ovaries from a Somali woman (or vice versa) can the guy refuse the bits knowing it would produce a mixed race baby ? Does he get no vote and merely take pot luck ?

I don't think they have thought this through.

Squires

I think it more of an imbroglio rather than farrago. This is of course both because that is more in line with the intent (an undisentagleable gaslighting mess), and because Uterine Imbroglio is the better band name.

lotocoti

For some reason, I'm reminded of An Anecdote Illustrating Something of the Australian Character.

Sam Duncan

“Uterine Imbroglio”

Isn't she Natalie's sister?

TimT

Isn't she Natalie's sister?

Ho ho ho, though interestingly in real life Natalia Imbruglia's sister is also a musician. Here.

Darleen

because I get a guilty pleasure poking at the hivemind on twitter (don't worry, I wash my hands thoroughly after a session) re: women have penises, too and rejecting them for sex is bigotry - things I've been lectured about:

*sexual orientation is ok, but straight men or lesbians not considering tran women as possible sex partners is because one suffers from a gynophilia fetish
*that straights and gays "owe" trans people "thinking these things through instead of using culturally"
*A response to my "And a man telling a lesbian "if you've never tried straight sex, how do you know you won't like it" is just as benign a statement right?" is this headscratcher:

You know, in a world without corrective rape and anti LGBT violence, more experimentation world definitely be a good idea, for everybody.

"corrective rape"?

You can't make this **** up!

Pogonip

We just got home from The Fireworks! A good time was had by all.

(Many communities hold fireworks a day after or a day before the nearest large town does, not, as you might suspect, because we Americans have become too dumb to read calendars, but in order that those so inclined can see fireworks twice.)

Pogonip

I just read about a town in Japan populated entirely by the "disappeared," people who've shed their old identity and assumed a new one.

If everyone knows about this town, how can they be disappeared? Wouldn't it be the first place a skip tracer would look?

In other news, little Cthulhu has grown into a proper monster. Yesterday he ate 6 guys and an indeterminate number of fish.

Vince N

Evergreen - Mao's Cultural Revolution among the pines...

The left rarely misses an opportunity to flaunt its hypocrisy, which is its modus operandi.

Surreptitious Evil

corrective rape

Unfortunately, this is a real thing but normally directed at lesbians in our more benighted (or is that diverse?) communities. I've not heard about it with respect to trans people and, as you are well aware, if it was a thing, however rare, they wouldn't shut the f up about it.

Hal

[ Slides bowl of suspiciously grey trail mix along bar. Picks out the more obvious foreign objects. ]

. . . And he was eating a thick slab of bread plastered with pork dripping. A mug of beer was not far from his other hand.

. . . “Pork drippin’ with salt and pepper, and a mug of beer,” . . . Sure you won’t have any dripping? It’s got crunchy bits. That’s what I call style, in dripping.”

---Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

Hal

I just read about a town in Japan populated entirely by the "disappeared," people who've shed their old identity and assumed a new one.

Oh, no, no. There is no such occurrence, absolutely, utterly, such disappearance just doesn't happen.

If everyone knows about this town, how can they be disappeared? Wouldn't it be the first place a skip tracer would look?

The businesses here specifically cater to those who don’t want to be found, with the evaporated finding off-the-books work paid in cash with no questions asked and the streets lined with what are called yonige-ya, or “fly-by-night shops,” which are usually run by the Japanese mafia, called the Yakuza, and which offer anything the vanished may need for cheap and all cash based.

If there was an expression of interest, Mr. Yamaguchi could become concerned. If Mr. Yamaguchi became concerned, that could be really, really, bad. You really don't want Mr. Yamaguchi to become concerned.

Patrick Chester

Whatever you do, however many contortions you perform, they will slander you anyway, repeatedly and unfairly, because they wish to do you psychological harm.

Even-handedness and honesty pale in comparison with the thrill of malice.

Then I guess one should only try once and if you get a response like that professor got, might as well tell them to go to hell.

Trevor

The best way to deal with questions of gender is to refuse to have any truck with them. French nouns have gender, humans have sex.

I'm with you all the way, MC. I try to fight this when an opportunity arises (crossing out 'gender' and writing in 'sex' on forms, etc.) but do recognise that my efforts are in vain. But then I'm someone who still bristles at the mention of 'mobile' phones. (They're portable, not mobile FFS.)

WTP

They're portable, not mobile FFS

Yeah, but if you really want to get picky, calling them 'phones' is akin to calling an automobile a bearing collection.

David

But then I’m someone who still bristles at the mention of ‘mobile’ phones.

Given their ubiquity, and given the disappearance of many domestic landlines, it seems almost quaint to refer to them as mobile phones. As opposed to, well, phones.

Pogonip

We have our landline but, since I have trained everyone we know to text or e-mail, no one calls it except computers. They end up talking to the computerized answering machine.

Hal

(Many communities hold fireworks a day after or a day before the nearest large town does, not, as you might suspect, because we Americans have become too dumb to read calendars, but in order that those so inclined can see fireworks twice.)

Last night I started hearing the opening salvos of the local warfare, the majority should be starting in a few hours. I tend to stay in during instances of amateurs' night, unless I'm actually working some event, but then I find myself to be far more entertaining than whordes of hipsters . . .

Given this location, I'm reminded of the old question of whether or not the British celebrate July the 4th.

The answer being that certainly yes they do, it's the day after July the 3rd, and before July the 5th . . .

David

Further developments in the strange mental landscape of Zinnia Jones:

This of course is the same Zinnia Jones who insists, repeatedly and emphatically, that men should just bite the bullet and learn to enjoy sex with trans women, including trans women with penises, because she “doesn’t believe” that “straight men don’t want to be with someone who has a dick.”

Her own preferences, however, are somehow exempt from any such corrections.

ftumch

https://twitter.com/GarethSoye/status/882732087765323779

ftumch

re: Secret Teacher at Graun...

I was recently asked how I grew up on left, but became a conservative. It's a struggle to define any particular moment as a turning point, there are many... so I alluded to the fact my parents allowed us to think for ourselves. We weren't full-on cult.

Comments like this are normal:
I was told as a child the tories were probably a bit evil.
I must say though, after 40 years of giving it plenty of critical thinking, they have done very little to dispel the notion.

The reply got me:


My family background was firmly Tory and anti-Labour. Not because they were particularly well off, but it appeared to come from taking what the Daily Mail etc, wrote a bit too literally. In other words I was brought up to believe that it was socialists, trade unionists etc, that were evil. But my life experience taught me this was nonsense, and I have struggled to understand what was good about the Tories. The older I get, the more evil the Tories seem. I see Conservativism as a complete sham, a body of contrived values and arguments to sell the agenda of the wealthy few to the many. This viewpoint is certain not because of my upbringing or a penchant for left wing ideology, because I cannot stand ideology of any ilk. It's just from decades of life experience, where I've found those who express so called conservative values to be unempathetic to others, to be selfish, and basically disingenuous. When I've found those who lean more to the left to be more genuine, more empathetic, less bigoted etc.

Again, this is nothing to do with a love of the left and socialism, because politically I think it is based on mistaken analysis, just not as bad as the Tories.

That's so much opposite to my experience, I am left thinking: didn't happen.

But hey, "more genuine, more empathetic, less bigoted etc":

https://twitter.com/DailyMirror/status/881994227022004225

ftumch

oh, and:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/sweden-music-festival-men-female-only-bravalla-rape-sexual-assault-emma-knyckare-a7824366.html

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