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November 17, 2017

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Spiny Norman

She mingles and hobnobs like you wouldn’t believe.

Zelig-like. Not original, but well done.

PiperPaul


They are good at fetching things that are still suspended in the air. Good boy!

Spiny Norman

An escapee from the Island of Dr Moreau? Yikes!

Richard Cranium
An escapee from the Island of Dr Moreau?

That's what I thought about the Shoreditch link.

[+]

Shoreditch.

Enrichment.

JuliaM

"Shoreditch. (h/t, Holborn)"

I can foresee cauldrons of boiling oil coming back into fashion...

Hal

1939 New York World’s Fair.

Hal

“I travelled across the whole entire world for this.”

Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa

[+]

Deadpool 2.

Reminded me of this one.

https://vimeo.com/211758157

Hal

A model of New York as the "City of Light" in the Consolidated Edison Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The young reporter glanced nervously at his wrist watch as he sat by the window in the waiting room. Nearly four o'clock. He had been waiting half an hour.

He looked out the window and studied the myriad buildings that lay below. Manhattan was an amazing spectacle when viewed from the thirty-eighth floor of the Farworth Building; but his eyes scarcely saw the scene.

---Maxwell Grant, The Red Menace, 1931

David

Morning, all.

In news from the Clown Quarter, it turns out that by having an outdoor activity club that’s open to everyone, you’re somehow excluding “people of colour.” And the term “outdoorsy” is an expression of “whiteness,” and therefore racist.

Please update your files accordingly.

Sam

it turns out that by having an outdoor activity club that’s open to everyone, you’re somehow excluding “people of colour.”

These 'woke' white people always think brown people have no agency. There's a word for that.

David

These ‘woke’ white people always think brown people have no agency.

Well, yes. It’s delusional and patronising. Though I somehow doubt that people like Mr McCann spend much time reflecting on their own modish assumptions. They’re much too busy signalling and doing the in-group dance. But the psychology is interesting. It’s basically, “Yes, I’m wasting years of my life and vast amounts of money just to walk around twitching and sticking pins in my eyes; but at least I can trick some of you into sticking pins in your eyes too.”

It does seem to boil down to that, or something very like it, with remarkable regularity.

David

Somewhat related, let’s not forget this one.

Jonathan

A Boy and someone else's Dog.

(via Lisa)

p.s. might make your eyes feel 'dusty'.

Jonathan

Shoreditch.

One of the joys of Diversity!

Related

Tim Newman

re: the Mona Lisa,

I can get into the Louvre for free and without queuing thanks to my employer coughing up a load of dosh for them. I've not been once, mainly because I don't want to visit a museum only to see a few hundred Chinese taking selfies.

Jonathan

Taylor Swift has some Explaining to do.

R. Sherman

And the term “outdoorsy” is an expression of “whiteness,” and therefore racist.

Plan for the day:

1. Find something prosaic which people enjoy.

2. Take a big dump on it to make people feel guilty.

3. Bask in moral superiority.*

*With apologies to Iowahawk.

David

Taylor Swift has some Explaining to do.

Yes, that’s what we need. More starlets and pop artistes boring us, and insulting us, with their glib leftist politics. Instead of doing what they’re actually paid to do, i.e., jumping about and being pretty.

Cambias

I have one of those fancy chopper axes . . . kind of. I got it used from a family member, and it is missing the little flip-out parts, and I suspect that 99% of those axeheads made are also missing their little flip-out parts. That's because they're almost guaranteed to break off with heavy use.

Pogonip

Put down that sandwich, you hater!

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/11/feminism-food-and-fitness/

I'm not sure why she thinks East Asian women are submissive; maybe she is, but it doesn't seem to be a widespread trait. East Asia's where the tiger mothers come from!😄 Maybe what she means is they aren't loud and masculine, and that's quite true.

Jonathan

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's.... err. Don't look, children!

David

Put down that sandwich, you hater!

Ms Kuo previously entertained us, albeit unwittingly, with her views on how to order takeaway in a suitably woke and intersectional manner.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Somewhat related, let’s not forget this one.

Only last year did anyone think to build a bike for someone who’s heavier than 300 pounds.

Says someone who has never been in a bike shop. Maybe one has never previously been fitted with a tractor seat.

Oh well, so much for that excuse.

David

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s.... err.

Well, I, for one, am impressed. Not everyone can do that.

Liz

This.

https://twitter.com/MetroUK/status/931484150925811713

Pogonip

On the other hand, David, if you'd listened to Ms Kuo and not given the Chinese place your business--I mean, culturally appropriated them--you'd have been a happier man last week. So I suppose we should call this one a draw.

David

This.

Man gets eel stuck up his anus but won’t tell doctors how it got there.

I have a theory.

David

On the other hand, David, if you’d listened to Ms Kuo and not given the Chinese place your business…

[ Nods to henchlesbians, who promptly drag Pogonip’s table even closer to the gents’ toilets. ]

Yelberton

Re:scam type thing: "'Lenny' is a collection of recorded messages, designed to fool telemarketers into thinking they are talking to a real person" - https://www.youtube.com/user/ToaoDotNet/videos

Sam Duncan

“Shoreditch.”

Oh... jeez... I'm eating my lunch here.

“One for the ladies. Note the subtle change of title.”

You see how far western civilization has fallen since the '60s? None of my married friends' wives has ever belly-danced for us. Not one.

Jonathan

Eel smuggling?

Trevor

I have a theory.

Don't forget to clear your browsing history.

PiperPaul

"Eel smuggling"

Was sent in to deal with the gerbil, perhaps.

Spiny Norman

it turns out that by having an outdoor activity club that’s open to everyone, you’re somehow excluding “people of colour.” And the term “outdoorsy” is an expression of “whiteness,” and therefore racist.

Well, all I heard was...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM6EHcPFKCQ

David

Well, all I heard was...

The frog has more reason to be upset.

“Why are you pretending to be aggrieved? Your complaints are absurd and patently contrived. It’s embarrassing.”
“But I like pretending to be aggrieved.”
“Yes, but why?”
“Because pretending to be aggrieved gives me power over idiots.”

Sam

re the Hate Outdoors...

Keep in mind the oped writer is a white, obviously well-heeled college FRESHMAN. He's done precisely what he was taught to do: find racism in a subject where nobody had previously found it and rile up sane people. Mission accomplished! I'm proud of the boy. His parents, teachers and role models, however...

The exercise itself is easy enough: (1) find something you primarily associate with either black or white people, preferably with good reason, then (2) project your own perspective on to everyone else and (3) chide everyone else for presumably agreeing with your perspective, preferably while treating minorities like vulnerable children. The hard parts are finding a large enough microphone and cramming and industrial-sized barrel of smug inside of it.

Spiny Norman

Shoreditch

From the replies:

The left bare handed arse wipe was the most telling of this tale

Yeah, I noticed that, too, but wasn't going to comment on it, because that would be rayciss.

Daniel Ream

“Because pretending to be aggrieved gives me power over idiots.”

Andrew Klavan doesn't get anywhere near the fame Iowahawk does, sadly.

Governor Squid

Regarding the "privilege" of wandering around in the weather, I would defer to the illustrious Dr. Sheldon Cooper: "If outside is so good, why has mankind spent thousands of years trying to perfect inside?"

Governor Squid
“We’re here to help students succeed academically,” Bartheld said. “We hear from them frequently that they want EnergyPods or a napping room or something just to help them make it through long hours of studying.”

To borrow from the editors of Wikipedia: "Citation needed." Any taxpayers from the State of Maryland who'd like to file a FOIA request for every communication the library has received requesting napping pods? I mean, the University Libraries Communications Director says it's a 'frequent' request, so surely he has a stack of feedback cards from the suggestion box to back up his assertion. Wouldn't take more than a few minutes to put everybody's mind at ease about the legitimacy of this need.

Darleen

it turns out that by having an outdoor activity club that’s open to everyone, you’re somehow excluding “people of colour.”

Among all the howlers in the rant, there has to be some prize for this:

Many National Parks are hundreds of miles from large cities.

Like, ohmygod, why does the wilderness have to be, you know, so far away and not, like, you know, along a busline near my apartment highrise?

/valleygirl speak

Spiny Norman

To borrow from the editors of Wikipedia: "Citation needed." Any taxpayers from the State of Maryland who'd like to file a FOIA request for every communication the library has received requesting napping pods?

I vaguely recall reading, possibly even at this fine establishment, were this very thing was tried, with great fanfare, and the "Napping Pods" rapidly become "Fapping Pods", and were soon removed, without so much fanfare...

Spiny Norman

Oops, "where", not "were" - hell "that" would have been better.

Yeah, I know, autocorrect doesn't correct for grammar...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

He's done precisely what he was taught to do: find racism in a subject where nobody had previously found it and rile up sane people.

Meanwhile in Oregon, raycissism found in billboard featuring black boots with red laces.

The Southern Poverty Law Center [AKA The Shame of Alabama] lists Dr. Martens with red or white laces in the "Racist Skinhead Glossary."

Unfortunately the laces in question are plaid, for the holidays, as the billboard indicates, but, hey, let's all get offended over some damn hipster boots, the store is in Portland, after all.

David

Like, ohmygod, why does the wilderness have to be, you know, so far away

It’s interesting that the little Mao-lings may have no ability to string together a coherent argument, and show no sign of ever being told that facts and logic are useful tools, and yet they all know, and know emphatically, which buzzwords to use and which things – usually white people – that they’re expected to disapprove of. And this, it seems, is enough.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“We’re here to help students succeed academically,” Bartheld said. “We hear from them frequently that they want EnergyPods or a napping room or something just to help them make it through long hours of studying.”

a) We are supposed to believe that there are students actually studying.

b) We are supposed to believe that these fictitious students are not just looking stuff up in Wikipaedia for their "studies" and actually using "books".

c) We are supposed to believe that they don't get enough sleep in class, should they deign to go.

d) Learning to nap anywhere is a valuable life skill.

David

And I’ll thank you not to judge me.

Pogonip

Well, David, it took 58 years, but I'm finally one of the beautiful people, with a permanently reserved seat.

David

[ Hands Pogonip can of Oust. ]

Make yourself useful while you’re there.

Spiny Norman

Damnit. Farnsworth beat me to it...

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Dr. Martens with red or white laces in the "Racist Skinhead Glossary."

Per CoB "CDB" at AoSHQ:

You lost me right there buddy. Anyone who cites that notoriously anti-American, racist, classist, communist organization loses all credibility.

Yeah, whatever Morris Dees and his sycophants at SPLC (aka Dees' personal money-laundering scam - ask him about his no-longer-all-that-secret off-shore bank accounts) have to say is most often the polar opposite of the truth.

According to Randy Blazak, chair of Oregon's Coalition Against Hate Crime and a criminologist who specializes in hate groups, Dr. Martens have been connected to racist skinheads since the 1970s.

Nevermind the bollocks '70s punk-rockers, the vast majority of whom were leftist and/or anarchist, or the butch lesbians before them, or the Marxist hippies before them... let alone the legions of leftist hipster douchebags of today - most especially "Antifa" - Doc Martens are a "racist skinhead" thing. The white laces / red laces thing is something they've invented, I suspect, or at least is exceedingly rare among actual skinheads. Of course, the skinheads probably pick it up now as a big middle finger to the SPLC.

pst314

Learning to nap anywhere is a valuable life skill.

A stint in the army will teach that very quickly.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

From the link:

Unfortunately the laces in question are plaid, for the holidays, as the billboard indicates, but, hey, let's all get offended over some damn hipster boots, the store is in Portland, after all.

This is hilarious:

"In Portland, where we're tagged as 'Skinhead City,'" he said, "it's triggering."

Ah, no sweetums, Portland is "Stoner City". The teevee show Portlandia was intended as satire, but most of the ridiculousness portrayed in it has since become reality.

Spiny Norman

What in tarnation?

"From the link" was supposed to go after the first quote.

Tooooo much previewin' an' editin' got me a little befuddled.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Tooooo much previewin' an' editin' got me a little befuddled.

Sounds like maybe you need a NapPod™.

Pogonip

Whom shall I oust with the Oust?

Fred the Fourth

"nap anywhere"
The second most valuable skill I learned while crewing on racing sailboats was to nap with half my body hanging over the side, just one arm wrapped (tightly) around a shroud.
The first most valuable skill was to devote myself to blocking icy seawater splashes from reaching the skipper.

Fred the Fourth

"parks are hundreds of miles away"
I've lived in several heavily urbanized areas. I frequent all sorts of outdoors places, from streamside city walkways, county parks, open-space reserves, state parks, national parks, you name it. I'm often amazed at how fast and easy it is to get away from a city, and to enjoy some real beauty and quiet. I mean "fast", like fifteen minutes by car. I mean "easy", like all you need is a hat and a water bottle.
It's utter BS to claim that difficulty of access is keeping these college kids from doing the same.

champ

from David's link Somewhat related, let's not forget this one

"kayaking in a discernibly gay-affirming manner"

How does one kayak in a discernibly gay-affirming manner? (asking for a friend)

Monty James

We're moving. It's the crab's house now.

TomJ

Hmm, extreme napping: who's napped in the least pod-like place? Does in a Chinook flying low over Kandahar province get me onto the leaderboard?

champ

@Pogonip

From the linked EveryDayFeminism post:

"Things like having dinner with friends was emotionally, physically, and mentally draining."

Maybe she should think about getting new friends...

Darleen

For no other particular reason except I like this very much.

(and found it when I become curious about some of the musicians cited in the Harry Bosch novels)

Squires

who's napped in the least pod-like place?

Cold tile floor, Stevens Institute of Technology, in January. Used my boots as a pillow. I was not a student, for the record.

Runners-up include once in a tree and once on a bench in Penn Station (the Newark one, and again winter).

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Does in a Chinook flying low over Kandahar province get me onto the leaderboard?

Only if it was night, NOE, and you were either on the floor, the ramp, some cargo, or the cockpit jump seat. Other than that, if you are self loading baggage on a Shithook, the only sensible things to do are sleep, or make sure the hydraulic fluid keeps leaking.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Does in a Chinook flying low over Kandahar province get me onto the leaderboard?

Only if it was night, NOE, and you were either on the floor, the ramp, some cargo, or the cockpit jump seat. Other than that, if you are self loading baggage on a Shithook, the only sensible things to do are sleep, or make sure the hydraulic fluid keeps leaking.

Alex deWinter
It's utter BS to claim that difficulty of access is keeping these college kids from doing the same.

My experience has been much the same, though I will say (with the caveat that this is entirely anecdotal), that in all my many years of hiking, the number of black people I've met on the trails is barely out of single digits. Lots of whites hike, as do plenty of asians (though they seem to stick to trails near where they live), and quite a few hispanics. Pretty much every single time I've met a black person off-pavement, though, it's been a young man in the company of white guys his own age -- presumably military or classmates.

With that in mind, if Mr. McCann really wants to 'reclaim outdoor spaces' from the eeeeevil white hegemony*, he would be best advised to lace on a pair of sturdy shoes and invite all of his friends 'of color' on a trip to Greenbelt Park. Of course, that would be rather more strenuous than writing a presumptuous and patronizing whinge in the local college rag, but sacrifices must be made.

*not that I believe for one instant that such is McCann's desire. I doubt the thought of expanding anyone's recreational horizons ever crossed his mind. He's more a limit-everyones-to-the-end-of-the-block kind of guy.

JuliaM

Richard Cranium: "An escapee from the Island of Dr Moreau?
That's what I thought about the Shoreditch link."

I think Moreau's creations were at least housetrained...

"Not to crap in the street, that is the law. Are we not men?"

Richard Cranium

Hmm, extreme napping: who's napped in the least pod-like place?

Commander's hatch of an M60A1 tank (with no working heater) somewhere in Germany during a snowstorm in January 1981. When I woke up in the morning, I had about an inch or so of snow on me.

On top of an M577 command track at Fort Irwin some time in 1987; I was part of the S3 night shift and climbed on top of the track to sleep at around dawn. I managed to position my head such that the early morning sun sunburned the inside of my nose prior to my awakening a few hours later when the command track moved.

In an open-topped HMMV somewhat later when the command post was moving during the day. I wrapped my right arm around the strap used instead of a door so I wouldn't be thrown out without my knowledge. I was awakened later on and told to put my gas mask on, after which I went back to sleep. I was awakened somewhat later when one of the rounds from an E8 launcher (http://library.enlistment.us/field-manuals/series-3/FM3-11/APPB.PDF) hit me in the center of my chest.

On the other hand, nobody was shooting at me when any of this happened. That removes many suck points.

Hal

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's.... err. Don't look, children!

Wait for it . . . Wait For It . . . . Bingo.

Of course, these pilots are in some deep water because the military loves to pretend it isn’t generally an adult daycare center for people with lots of guns and anger problems. I was interviewed earlier today for the Washington Post regarding this story, as I’ve apparently become one of the nation’s leading experts on dick drawing.

Now I’m just waiting for some Marines to up the ante on this, because the Navy is putting us to shame right now.

Hal
I was awakened later on and told to put my gas mask on, after which I went back to sleep. I was awakened somewhat later when one of the rounds from an E8 launcher (http://library.enlistment.us/field-manuals/series-3/FM3-11/APPB.PDF) hit me in the center of my chest.

Ahem. Over Here. And that Preview button down below that comment window is your friend.

On the other hand, nobody was shooting at me when any of this happened. That removes many suck points.

Scuzzi? The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.

Someone was indeed shooting at you at that particular point. I do definitely grant that you may now need to discuss the concept of intrapersonnel military humor to those of us who may have not previously run into such---and yes, I did indeed type intra and then personnel---and see also.

---My educated guess is of your circumstances at the time being some variety of live ammo training, with a specific focus on low impact antipersonnel/crowd control techniques, aka, how to capture a chunk of battlefield or otherwise stop a riot without killing the other participants . . . and that the circumstances did indeed involve a comment at some point of Oh. But I was aiming in some other direction. Oops.

David

This.

Hal

On top of an M577 command track at Fort Irwin some time in 1987;

Do tell.

I'm considering a given that you've read Starship Troopers and The Forever War, and Ender's Game.

See also, A Small Colonial War, Sten, and Bill, The Galactic Hero.

David

Friends don’t let friends do identity politics.

Pogonip

I find her logic irrefutable and her vocabulary impressive.

Master, shall I oust her with the Oust?

Daniel Ream

Only if it was night, NOE, and you were either on the floor, the ramp, some cargo, or the cockpit jump seat.

Somebody wake up Hicks.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, if your physician asks about your weight, he may be violating your human rights.

From the paragon of scholarly research, "Fat Studies"...

The authors critique the weight-centered health paradigm through the lens of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Public health researchers and practitioners may inadvertently breach their human rights obligations by working within the weight-centered health paradigm.

Granted that is just form the abstract, but if you want to shell out 42 frogskins to read it for 24 hours, knock yourself out.

For more high comedy read the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and see where else you might be violated per this august document.

Pogonip

Why was I not surprised to learn the authors are female? I bet they are also fat.

My doctor asked me if I hoped to lose any more weight. Off to the Gulag with him! I hope they let him call in prescription refills from the Gulag. My answer was "Yes," so they might send me off to the Gulag with him.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Why was I not surprised to learn the authors are female?

Can't comment on size, but Miss O'Hara is a "health promotion practioner" which means she calls herself a "practitioner" to make people think she actually has some clinical knowledge.

Captain Nemo

Interrupted house.

It's nice to see my name in neon lights, as it were. Anyway, a headline of note from a regional British newspaper:

https://mobile.twitter.com/alistaircoleman/status/931959055362527232

David

It’s nice to see my name in neon lights, as it were.

It’s like joining the Monte Carlo party set, isn’t it?

Captain Nemo

Better, actually. The Monte Carlo party set will let in any old rabble these days. It's not what it was; the glory days are well and truly over. It's now terribly downmarket. A shame, really. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Hal

The One County In America That Voted In A Landslide For Both Trump And Obama

So why did Rasmussen vote for Obama and Trump? “Just to shake up Washington, to be honest. We’ve been in a rut for so long. People here don’t want to be multi-gajillionaires. They just want to get paid a decent wage,” she said, noting that her 2016 choice “might have been different” had Bernie Sanders won the nomination.

Howard County wasn’t always a train wreck for Clinton. Ironically, in the epic 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Clinton ran as the candidate of labor and small-town America, rallying union halls, downing whiskey and beer for the cameras, and blasting Obama’s speeches as “elitist and out of touch.” She came in third place statewide and only carried 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties in that year’s caucuses. But Howard was one of the 22 she won.

By 2016, however, Howard County morphed into Sanders territory. The Vermont senator struck a nerve with his calls for a working-class revolution and his attacks on Clinton’s Wall Street ties and shifting rhetoric on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“I was shocked. I didn’t think a person would show up for Bernie,” said Murray, who chaired his precinct’s caucus. “But when I showed up, it was full of Bernie people.”

PiperPaul

"Why was I not surprised to learn the authors are female?"

Did you just assume their gender? Prepare the Scold-O-Mat 9000!

WTP

People here don’t want to be multi-gajillionaires. They just want to get paid a decent wage,” she said,

Perhaps they should consider developing some decent skills?

Hal

Perhaps they should consider developing some decent skills?

Also from the article, as noted by reading the article . . .

Contrary to the “Trump Country” stereotype, Howard County isn’t drowning in manufacturing job losses, high unemployment or an opioid crisis. In fact, its unemployment rate the month before the election was just 2.9 percent. The main gripe? Stagnant wages — and a gnawing feeling that people have been working harder and for longer hours while other parts of the country reaped much bigger rewards during the recovery from the Great Recession.

“When Trump said, ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ a lot more people heard it than just African-Americans,” said Pat Murray, a Democrat who worked 29 years as a press brake operator at Donaldson and now serves on the Howard County Board of Supervisors. “Our wages have been stagnant, and our insurance has gone backwards,” he told me, citing the union-sponsored health plan’s surging deductibles. “We work 50, 60 hours a week because there’s no one to hire.”

WTP

I think this may be part of the reason some are overworked.


Holly Rasmussen was one of those who had reached a breaking point. An Obama voter, Rasmussen cited the way that ill-tailored new federal rules applied to her tiny Cresco cosmetology school as a driving factor in her defection to Trump. “Honestly, when we founded the school, I got to teach. But the last few years, I had to spend all day in my office because I’ve had to file campus crime reports,” she said. “And if we had two people who didn’t repay their loans out of the eight students we had, [the Department of Education] made it tougher for us to get financial aid. Because of the regulations, we had to close. Now, we’re just a salon and spa.”

Jonathan

A near miss:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzX6e4yOzqk

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