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July 19, 2017

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Clam

Thanks for the laughs and insight. Tip jar has been hit.

Jen

You’re all welcome to bear this in mind - my heroic high-mindedness - next time I do a fundraiser.

You're so damn classy, David. :-)

Jen

Pinged.

David

You’re so damn classy, David.

Given the heathen rabble, it’s uphill work.

Dom

I don't know how to paste an image, so you'll need to click the link below. Don't miss it. From zinnia Jones:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFEZra4XsAEk1M2?format=jpg

Connor

K'ching! (It's Klingon money.)

David

All pings, clinks and k’chings much appreciated. But no bottle tops.

Sam

The Small Matter Of The Bar Tab

Take it. Just don't tell my wife.

David

Just don’t tell my wife.

And if she calls, you’re not here. You’re working late. Re-roofing the local orphanage.

Microbillionaire

Dom, you do it like this:
<img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFEZra4XsAEk1M2?format=jpg">
Although in this particular case you probably shouldn't do it outside of the Preview mode, because the Tweet-image in question is very oversized. And people reading this instruction in general should probably be sparing with the images lest they invoke the Wrath of Mod.

--

Consequences approaching at Evergreen.

David
The liberal establishment has ceased to represent the interests of [the traditional working class]. It represents the interests of people who are saying they represent the interests of that class. It’s a self-serving ideology of people who want to appear virtuous without the cost of it. People in the media, the administration and so on, who love the image of themselves as defenders of the people, but who recognise that when in the proximity of the people they feel nothing except repugnance.

Peter Robinson interviews Roger Scruton.

Heather

David, I put a little something in your jar! Sorry for my neglect. I have been busy. I am newly engaged to a wonderful man. I credit the lingerie of course! ;)

David

I credit the lingerie of course!

Yes, the erotically magnetic bra. I remember it well. Congratulations to you both, and thanks very much.

Alice

Ping.

R. Sherman

You should do these like a telethon, where you break occasionally so that the local high school baton twirlers can entertain the audience. Or, perhaps that guy Morty with the electric keyboard who croons for the itinerants at a lounge in the Reno airport.

R. Sherman

I credit the lingerie of course!

Not dramatic readings of David's musings about the gals at Everyday Feminism? Oh well, de gustibus non est disputandum, I suppose.

David

You should do these like a telethon,

I could suspend a basket of puppies above a pit of lava. “The rope was heavily discounted and could fray at any moment,” I’ll say. “Only your credit card can save them!”

I sneeze in threes

David,

Now that my imaginary state pension has been delayed for another year I need something to keep my spirits up, so I have tickled your tip jar to encourage your continued efforts.

R. Sherman

I could suspend a basket of puppies above a pit of lava.

Pogonip

http://www.businessinsider.com/liberals-can-win-if-they-stop-being-so-annoying-2017-7

The American hamburger problem.

Morpork

No, no - better would be to embed that YouTube clip of that guy who goes around singing Imagine after every Islamist terrorist attack in Europe to autostart every time someone lands on your site, and say you won't take it down until the tip jar settles your current bar tab. You could keep doing this as the need arises.

sH2

Tip jar hit. Just don't make us watch any more conceptual 'art' videos.

David

Just don’t make us watch any more conceptual ‘art’ videos.

We both know that’s a promise I can’t possibly keep.

CB

PING

Mies

I've been enjoying your blog for ages, David. Have a drink on me.

P.S. What's 'Ping'?

Rana

You have been pinged.

David

What’s ‘Ping’?

It’s the sound my phone makes whenever someone hits the tip jar.

And thanks to all who’ve chipped in so far, or subscribed, or done shopping via the Amazon links and widget. It’s much appreciated and makes a big difference to how much time I can spend here gassing with you lot.

pst314

"Give me a ping, Vasili."

WTP

Another case of Thunderbird headed your way. Don't drink it all at once. I understand it's also good at getting grease stains out of the driveway. Either way, your call.

Daniel Ream

And if she calls, you’re not here. You’re working late. Re-roofing the local orphanage.

There is a local drinking establishment named, quite helpfully, The Office.

I've settled up, but frankly I was disappointed by the quality of the pickled eggs.

Jacob

Wut?

https://twitter.com/JonahNRO/status/887852333840961536

Also pinged.

David

Wut?

We were talking about that over here. As so often, I’m not sure that Laurie understands the implications of her own pronouncements. She seems to imagine that anger, however pretentious and disproportionate, is a credential of some sort, a mark of radical authenticity. That pretending to be angry - or resentful, or sour - can somehow make a person interesting. And by extension, important. At least in their own minds.

Jonathan

Godfrey Elfwick; transracial, genderqueer, muslim atheist and all-round Warrior for Social Justice, was murdered by Twitter but has risen again as Jodie Elfwick

bilbaoboy

Hmm

Thought about making a run for it in the true Spanish tradition of 'simpa' (leaving the bar without paying). Recently an extended Romanian family did it for the second time to the tune of several thousands euros in a restaurant. This time the police managed to catch them.

However, looking at some of the other patrons that hang out here, I thought better of it and decided to 'ping'

Discretion being the better....

David

However, looking at some of the other patrons that hang out here, I thought better of it

They’re a rough and godless bunch, it’s true. But the one to worry about is Big Mary behind the bar. Those nunchucks aren’t just for show.

Lachlan

David, heads up that you may want to be careful pushing the Amazon affiliate links. I’ve seen two sites get kicked out of the program by Amazon because they told people to use the links to support them. There’s some details on the Sam Harris case here: https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/6bs04z/discussion_sam_harriss_amazon_affiliate_account/

Seems bizarre, I know.

bilbaoboy

Looks like I took another wise decision!

Black Ball

Performance art http://www.gocomics.com/monty/2001/04/20

David

Seems bizarre, I know.

Thanks for that. From what I can make out - and the Reddit headline is, I think, misleading - the problem hinges on whether a site is encouraging customers to bookmark the Amazon links specific to their blogs, podcasts, etc., as opposed to coming, say, here and then clicking the links to Amazon or using the widget above. (As noted here: “A qualifying purchase occurs when customer clicks through a special link on your site to the Amazon site. Purchases resulting from clicks through bookmarked links do not fit this criteria.”)

As I don’t encourage readers to bookmark the links, which would presumably cause some tracking or formatting issue, and as my agreement with Amazon covers general, exploratory shopping – hence the widget, top right – and includes anything bought following entry to Amazon via a link here - I don’t believe there’s a problem. Provided people come here first to use the links.

Unless of course I’m missing something.

Mags

Ping!

Anything to avoid crappy ads.

David

Incidentally, if anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll thrash the spam filter.

John D

"A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/07/20/dont-expletive-shoot-michigan-woman-convicted-murder-parrot-case/494744001/

John D

Tipped. (No crappy ads please.)

David

Anything to avoid crappy ads.

It’s not a path I’m inclined to take, so long as it’s viable not to. The likely income is very limited and the inconvenience quite considerable. At risk of sounding grand, there’s also the issue of tone. The ads on offer tend to be pretty low-rent stuff – online gambling, miracle weight loss, PPI insurance claims, general tat. It’s not like they’re ads for Waitrose or Majestic Wine Warehouse.

And this is, I maintain, a classy joint.

David

Christina Hoff Sommers on gender differences in tennis and the media’s mendacity.

R. Sherman

Glad to know that I can't bookmark the Amazon link, but need to click through from here for you to get your share. I'm afraid I owe you a mea culpa, as I'd previously shopped via a DT bookmark. (That last sentence is the closest I'll get to expressing guilt over shameless consumerism, BTW.)

David

the closest I’ll get to expressing guilt over shameless consumerism,

And think how much your better half deserves that shockingly expensive thing she’s been dropping hints about.

Jonathan

Consequences for our old 'By Any Means Necessary' chum, Yvette Felarca.

Hal

But the one to worry about is Big Mary behind the bar.

So not quite Shotgun Suzie, but does seem rather like Betty and Lucy Coltrane . . .

---Twelve books and some short stories of reading also available through that Amazon link.

Jed

One of my favourite blogs. Tip jar hit.

H

A small contribution to restock the Guild of Evil's wine cellar.

David

May your sock drawer remain organised even in times of crisis.

Lab Rat

Tried shopping via your US Amazon link - I hope it worked the way it's supposed to. Will do that from now on when I need to get something from Amazon - I do enjoy this blog.

I apologize that it wasn't more, but, I don't have a lot, and so don't spend a lot. I know - I'm weird.

David

Will do that from now on when I need to get something from Amazon

Much appreciated.

Pogonip

I will place all my Amazon orders thru you and be glad to do it!

In other news I think this transgender fad is becoming a cult. They're all getting that cookie-cutter look, like Moonies or Hare Krishna or [fill in cult]:

http://theothermccain.com/2017/07/20/crazy-is-a-pre-existing-condition/

Rachel Maddow hair: check
Large ugly glasses: check
Blank stare: check
Stupid pout: check

A fad is by its nature short-lived, but a cult can grab a person for life. I have a relative who was in a cult and still would be except THEY kicked HIM out (he had financial reversals, mainly because they'd drained him dry, and couldn't continue to pay). Once somebody realizes the financial potential of these poor souls and becomes the Church of Transgender, they'll be even worse off than they already are.

silent admirer

Keep up the good work, David.

Pinged.

~##

Token of appreciation from a lurker.

David

Token of appreciation from a lurker.

Some things I still like about this place, ten years on.

Unpredictable comment threads.
The glorious ping of a tip jar notification.
Lurkers de-lurking (even momentarily).

It’s strange to think that the overwhelming majority of people reading this thing, and coming back regularly, don’t stop to chat. Perhaps it would bring shame upon their families.

Pogonip

Courtesy of a link from nakedcapitalism.com--hummingbirds!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/hummingbird-secrets-speed-worlds-smallest-bird/

[+]

'Ping'

jabrwok

Not a hummingbird, but amusing nevertheless: http://anodtothegods.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/floaty-slow.gif

Spiny Norman

Godfrey Elfwick; transracial, genderqueer, muslim atheist and all-round Warrior for Social Justice, was murdered by Twitter but has risen again as Jodie Elfwick

Not anymore, the bastards. JFC, what the hell is wrong with them??? A little clever satire is too much for them to bear?

Spiny Norman

email me and I’ll thrash the spam filter.

I wonder, has the spam filter been made aware of the Scold-O-Mat 9000?

Hal

A little clever satire is too much for them to bear?

Well, there is gab.ai.

Haven't logged in in months, and got my latest follower earlier today . . .

Jon

Thanks David. Ping.

quiet admirer

A little something for the barge and its captain.

Ben

Ping.

David

Thanks again to all who’ve tickled the tip jar. It’s what keeps this place here.

I suppose I should point out, belatedly, that the ping is accompanied by a vibration in my trouser pocket.


What?

Ben
I suppose I should point out, belatedly, that the ping is accompanied by a vibration in my trouser pocket.

Relevant

K

*vibrates trousers*

Pogonip

Is that a ping in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

Stephen Stratford

Done, with gratitude. Paid in New Zealand dollars, not your effete Northern European rubbish.

David

[ Picks pebbles and glass eye out of tip jar. ]

[ Puts them in bowl of trail mix kept on bar. ]

Tom

Amazoned! Thank you for everything you do. This blog is a beacon of quality, and long may it continue.

David

This blog is a beacon of quality, and long may it continue.

Why, thank you.

Spiny Norman

[ Tosses more shiny pebbles in tip jar ]

Ping!

David

[ Flicks through mail-order catalogue in search of much larger, jewel-encrusted tip jar. ]

WTP

[ Flicks through mail-order catalogue in search of much larger, jewel-encrusted tip jar. ]

Dude...Use the Amazon button up a...oh...

Chzl

I have vibrated your trousers, sir.

Pogonip

That sentence sounds so adorably British!

Mike

Just don’t make us watch any more conceptual ‘art’ videos.

We both know that’s a promise I can’t possibly keep.

Great! Pinged.

Darleen

A little something towards the weekend soiree ...

David

A little something towards the weekend soiree...

Bless you, madam. May your towels never lose their fluffiness.

J

Bit late but enjoy. Ping.

Andrew

Something for your wine cellar.

Andrew

P.S. Great blog.

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