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July 07, 2017

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Hal

Simpler times.

The dog will be very well behaved, or the dog will be kibble.

Bird kibble.

Hal

Battery University.

Yes, the pattern of an overinflated teachers' workshop that then claimed to be a school has now utterly hit bottom, even if it does keep digging . . .

Hal

Japanese playgrounds.

One of 'em is almost the slide from the back yard of my preschool . . . mind you, that preschool was in Erlin, Taiwan . . .

Hal

This just in.

. . . I do seem to remember costuming like that being a complete failure along with the rest of the Nineteen Empties making equally failed allegations of taste and style . . .

Hal

Your one-stop shop for Chicago murder stats.

A person is murdered every [short increment of time], and oh boy is he really pissed off now!!!

Hal

Oh, and Pogonip, I've noticed your taste for the traditional variety of faith over any of the New Age stuff . . . .

Sam Duncan

“you could imagine it getting stuck in there, or the chocolate mixing with your mucus to create a paste that could block your sinuses.”

The horror! Being prone to sinus trouble myself, frankly I'd rather have some lovely chocolate than the muck that usually gets stuck up there. Who knows, it might even help...

“Uncombable hair syndrome.”

Kid was born too late. Women in the '80s spent a bloody fortune to look like that.

“Almost Eighties.”

Interesting. Didn't know Video Killed the Radio Star was written so early. I've always thought of Kraftwerk's The Model as very '70s, though.

This just in.

So it's the gulag inmate look next, is it? For the love of Pete, somebody give those blokes some bacon sandwiches. I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but I think I preferred the metrosexual lumberjack thing. At least it had the merit of looking healthy.

“Photographing the Moon with a Game Boy camera.”

I'm stunned at how well those turned out. That thing is terrible.

“Chinese rap is a thing that exists.”

I prefer Japanese girl bands myself. Don't you judge me.

jabrwok

His grip is better than yours

Well, well, if it isn't Superfly! That guy was lucky to survive!

Joan

“Mysterious stains everywhere” and other low-rent hotel horrors.

*runs screaming*

Clam

Uncombable hair syndrome. // Almost Eighties.

ISWYDT

David

Morning, all.

Spider-Man: Homecoming reviewed by The Onion.

Hal

’Twas libo, and the vaters moto
Did vape and vorcot in the smits:
All shitbird were the rawhide scruffs,
And the Odo scribed in fits.

“Beware the Hookenskank, my troop!
The BAH it seeks, the clap it sows!
Beware the Dependagash, it’s mate at sea
It fluffs the barrack rows!”

O Corporals! Lance Corporals your fearful week is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the ale you sought is won;
The port is near, the smoke and beer, but soldier loses bearing,
While follow eyes on open thighs, the outcome grim and daring:
But O E-1s, E-2s, E-3s! O the promise of early bed
Where on the deck my troop there lies,
Fallen drunk instead.

Would you like to have some fun?
Did you, did you clean your gun?
Field day quick and then you may
Have libo soon, but first obey!

Do not smoke it in the dark.
Do not sniff it in the park.
Do not shoot up here or there.
Drugs are wrongful everywhere.

sk60

How you get Trump.

https://twitter.com/clairlemon/status/883190221159845888

Pogonip

This darn new-fangled hamster sacrifice will NOT please Cthulhu.

Jonathan

Your one-stop shop for Chicago murder stats.

Stop noticing things.

Tom
Your one-stop shop for Chicago murder stats.

That is an amazingly informative page. I'd love to see it done for other major cities. 32 people shot in the nether regions, ouch.

Burnsie

The most interesting thing about that Chinese rap video is the glimpse into China's devotion to clean air and a pristine environment.

Liberals like Al Gore have been telling us for decades how China is a paragon of environmental awareness. I'll bet 90% of liberals under 30 actually believe it's true.

Behold, you dumb bunnies, this is what China's industrial cities really look like. Toxic wastelands.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I never cease to be amazed by the problems SJWs invent, roads are rayciss.

I should have known this because I have literally never seen a person of color or a womxn drive anywhere, ever.

However, if you are remotely interested in road improvement, you are apparently a Nazi.

Pogonip

Well, I have to say, in my part of the U.S., where there's no vehicle inspection and vehicles can be, and are, held together by rust and duct tape, she's right. Our roads are full of battered, rusty old jalopies, cracked windshields, holes in the muffler, hanging bumpers, and every one of them has a rich white man behind the wheel. Such is the fiendish cleverness of these rich white men that they often disguise themselves as black men, or women of any race--but we know who and what they really are.

David

However, if you are remotely interested in road improvement, you are apparently a Nazi.

And note the same old manoeuvre.

1. Publicly declare something that’s eye-catchingly stupid and/or deliberately insulting to large numbers of people.
2. Receive large number of factual corrections, mocking replies, etc.
3. Feign victimhood (and bewilderment at the attention).

David

Incidentally, Ms Criado-Perez has entertained us before.

David

Poor CNN. All bashed up.

WTP

Since this is ephemera and I got no one else to discuss this with...not that anyone cares, but I find it rather interesting and amusing...Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast but I just got banned by Patterico...and I still like hot butter on my breakfast toast...Just gotta be me....And this was after someone there suggested I go give Milo and college boys bj's.

But more generally, the inability of so many conservatives to come to terms with PDT, after all these months, after much of what he has accomplished pushing back against the media, and especially this latest fight with CNN, that certain NT conservatives cannot grasp winning partially explains why they never win. They have no fight...Anyway, was planning to post this which I'm sure quite a few saw already at Ace of Spades...but damn it's good...

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

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Performance art.

Burnsie

Publicly declare something that’s eye-catchingly stupid...

To give credit where credit's due, she's very good at it.

David

Performance art.

Heh. I once had neighbours whose sexual activities were astoundingly loud. Thing is, if someone is blasting out loud music or whatever, you can pop round and ask them to keep it down. But I wasn’t quite sure how to raise the subject of their seemingly operatic sex lives. Luckily, the lady in question got pregnant and the sex noise came to an end.

Daniel Ream

So it's the gulag inmate look next, is it?

Every single one of those models looks like an anorexic Steve Buscemi.

David

So it’s the gulag inmate look next, is it?

I think they’re going for the “I can quit whenever I want” aesthetic.

David

I use the word aesthetic loosely.

QuintAmpersandJessel

Zinnea Jones, at it again on Young Cons. Stupid me can't figure out how to copy link, but s/he asserts straight men MUST date trans-women or else they are transphobic and sexist and possibly racist....

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Every single one of those models looks like an anorexic Steve Buscemi.

Excuse me while I rummage around the attic to see if any of my grandfather's clothes are still around...

jabrwok

[it] asserts straight men MUST date trans-women or else they are transphobic and sexist and possibly racist....

And this sort of thing is why those attitudes are not only becoming less verboten, but are likely to become actively embraced. If everything and everyone is phobistic, then nothing and no one is. And if there's nothing one can do about it (as a straight, white male I've been assured that I'm irredeemably evil) then why not embrace it? Better to be hanged for a sheep than a lamb.

Plus there are cookies!

WTP

This is cute...

George Clooney, a pro-Islam advocate and proponent of open borders, will reportedly move back to the United States, citing security concerns for his wife and newborn twins in terrorism-ravaged Britain.
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/07/07/pro-refugee-george-clooney-reportedly-moving-family-back-us-feels-unsafe-terrorism-ravaged-britain-511080

Personally, I really only voted for Trump because of all the celebrities who said they'd leave the country if he became POTUS. Now they're coming back???? I've been lied to! I want a do-over!

David

This is cute...

And once again, the Simon Schama Tendency.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

The birth of the ampersand.

The Sage

The assassin's teapot -- http://www.neatorama.com/2016/02/17/The-Assassins-Teapot-How-Does-This-Thing-Work/ -- a device with multiple applications.

Pogonip

Zinnia's lucky I'm not a man. By the time I figured out whether a "girl" with guy bits was supposed to be a trans-man or trans-woman or trans-koala-bear or whatever, it'd be last call and xhe'd get no action from me anyway. It was a lot easier when male "girls" were plain old drag queens. (And don't take my word for it, ask Ray Davies and L-O-L-A Lola.)

David

Meanwhile, in the Guardian’s Howling At The Moon Pages

Hal

Meanwhile, in the Guardian’s Howling At The Moon Pages…

If having a female voice for "Alexa" in unsuitable, then perhaps the voice needs to be that of Malcolm Tucker.

Fred the Fourth

performance art
As in so many situations, xkcd has the answer.
https://xkcd.com/316/

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

“Female digital assistants that do not fight back reinforce the connection between a woman’s voice and submission. In fact, it encourages it.”

Easy fix, change the language to German, and then everything the "female" is a command.

David

If having a female voice for “Alexa” in unsuitable,

Why, it’s almost as if Ms O’Shea was so determined to arrive at a preordained, rather doctrinaire conclusion that she shied away from basic research in case it might get in the way – say, as to the women involved in developing such devices, or types of voices that carry well against background noise, or the numerous surveys as to the voice preferences among male and female customers, etc.

Female digital assistants that do not fight back reinforce the connection between a woman’s voice and submission.

We await the Guardian’s attempt to market a digital assistant that’s suitably surly and uncooperative.

Pogonip

"Siri, where's the world's largest ball of twine at?"

"How should I know, pendejo? Get up off your giant lazy sexist culo and find it yourself! Me cago en Dios! Do you think I'm here to answer your stupid patriarchal questions? Cisshetero blah blah blah blah blah..."

Feminists are baffled by the poor reaction to Feminist Siri...

(And that clicking noise is David looking up words so he can decide whether he should scold me for Feminist Siri's dialogue--and yes, he probably should. 🤒

PiperPaul

I saw Sex Noise as the warm up act for Unexpected Scrotum back in '78. No, it wasn't in Thailand.

Rafi

High school indoctrination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yalZQD4576g

Jonathan

We await the Guardian’s attempt to market a digital assistant that’s suitably surly and uncooperative.

Somebody, definitely not the Guardian, already has. (NSFW)

Jonathan

Fast Food with a twist:

Jonathan

Fear Them:

David

Fear Them

Would it be unkind to wish upon these clowns a small taste of their own ideology’s ultimate destination?

Jonathan

Would it be unkind to wish upon these clowns a small taste of their own ideology’s ultimate destination?

Communism means never having to say you're sorry.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Fear Them

The sad part is that they take themselves seriously, the comical part is that 8 out of 14 don't know how to make a fist even with a picture of one behind zem. I suspect that in a real fight they'd go down like the first rank in any 19th century musketry battle.

Would it be unkind to wish upon these clowns a small taste of their own ideology’s ultimate destination?

No, as it could possibly wake them from their intellectual torpor, it would be a kindness to both them, and normal people.

David

No, as it could possibly wake them from their intellectual torpor,

And given sufficient numbers and sufficient influence, there will presumably come a point at which kindness is no longer a priority.

WTP

Why aren't these people in Cuba?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, back to unfortunate signs.

Pogonip

What we have been discussing is yet another example of female instincts being expressed inappropriately, in this case the instinct to Make The Kids Behave. This crucial instinct has kept the entire human race from winning one big Darwin Award, but Western society has created a huge class of women who have no proper place to use this instinct; they don't have kids, and you just can't make a cat behave. But the instinct will out, as instincts do. Modern feminism, SJW-ism, and Human Resources are all about Making The Kids Behave.

PiperPaul

Interesting thought, Pogonip. Mothers essentially have to be authoritarians for a certain percentage of the time during a large large portion of their children's upbringing, so maybe you're onto something there.

Maybe mention it to a few modern feminists and see what happens.

Pogonip

Give it a try and let us know what happens!

Fred the Fourth

Piper, Pogo:
Can I sell tickets? I already optioned the popcorn rights.
Also, I'm thinking...armored glass? Antivenin? An A-10?
Can't risk damage to the paying customers...

Pogonip

Hi Fred,

Earplugs would probably be the most popular concrssion-stand item.

Jonathan

Another instance of the Simon Schama Tendency.

One of California’s wealthiest counties may continue to get a pass under the state’s affordable housing laws.

Must be too crowded to let more houses be built...

Lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow parts of Marin County to limit growth more tightly than other regions of California.

Marin County is where George Lucas and other Billionaire Democrat voters live. Evidently, the cost of mass immigration and 'Diversity' must be born by non-Billionaies exclusively.

Hal

Another instance of the Simon Schama Tendency.

Ummm??? Are you attempting to cite the L.A. Times by way of Reddit?

If so, dear old Simon does come to mind, but that's about it; really big money and political demographics ain't the issue.

Lesseee . .

Marin County is where George Lucas and other Billionaire Democrat voters live.

Dunno about political demographics for Marin, given that California overall has long been noted as being quite mixed among mere right wing and then conservative and then mere left wing.

For where to find Billionaires, Lucas tends to be in Marin, and then very much off the top of my head, wahtsisface from Facebook is SF and places, Peter Thiel is definitely SF, Ellison is down the SF peninsula and into San JoseIsh, and those are just the handiest ones I'm remembering at the moment . . .

So no, it's not a billionaire or political orientation issue going on . . .

At this point the Reddit commentary looks rather more apt.

[–]abledart 23 points 16 days ago
I'd put forward that this is lip service legislation that isn't really intended to go anywhere, much like Phil Ting's AB915. It dies, and the bill sponsor can go back to the relevant constituency, shrug, and say, "I tried."

. . . .

[–]readonlyred 84 points 16 days ago
Levine said his proposal reflects Marin County’s character: Communities there should have buildings that look like those in Santa Rosa and Petaluma rather than those in the larger cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

No, sorry. "It looks a certain way now so it should look that way forever," is not a valid argument. If the county right next to the geographic center of a metro area with 7 million people is not an appropriate place for dense housing then I don't know what is.

As has been noted here at least a couple of times the big housing issues in California keep being assorted particular locals demanding No, with yea many politicians trying to sort out the issues for everyone . . .

Achillea
Joe Bravo, an attorney who is leading the charge against the project, said the opposition “is not a question of being a NIMBY.

True. I don't think there's any question that NIMBYs are exactly what Joe and his fellow travelers are.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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