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November 03, 2017

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Spiny Norman

First on the pile (reposted from the last thread, 'cause it's absurd enough for two):

The chronic masturbators at 4Chan /pol/ are up to no good again...

Of course it's okay to be white, so say the Progressive(sic) Left, so long as you are sufficiently deferential and subservient.

"Epic victory" I believe is what the dweebs at 4Chan call successful trolling of this magnitude.

WTP

The charm of HRC. The real cringy stuff starts about half way through.

https://youtu.be/hTfmuLm56yQ

jones

"Bisexual student criticized radical Islam. Guess what happened next …"

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/38392/

I wonder if he'll undergo a paradigm shift though?. Assuming he's a "progressive" that is.

David

Bisexual student criticized radical Islam. Guess what happened next

You have to wonder whether the academics and bureaucrats involved ever register just how dishonest – and creepy – they are.

To borrow a phrase, toxic academia.

David

Headline of note.

bilbaoboy

Well, the creepy trousers et al have wasted enough time this morning.

Nose back to the grindstone or whatever the saying is!

Charlie Suet

Bisexual student criticized radical Islam. Guess what happened next

Millennials everywhere realised that the new left is intellectually repulsive and incoherent in equal measure? They abandoned their unquestioning allegiance to left-wing parties, rejected the misological dogma inculcated into them in their madrassas and became genuinely open-minded and accepting of new ideas?

Haha, no - just kidding. The left can do whatever it likes, but it will always have the young in its pocket.

Jen

Real jobs.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/73575/strange-well-paid-jobs-really-exist

Tim Newman

Boo!

David

Everybody needs good neighbours.

What?

David

Boo!

The sofa was pretty scary too.

svh

The Tom Baker video is gold.

Lancastrian Oik

Street racing in Colombia.

Tim Newman

"Epic victory" I believe is what the dweebs at 4Chan call successful trolling of this magnitude.

Some of the 4CHan stuff is lame, but by damn their ongoing campaign of locating Shia LeBeouf's flag is absolute genius.

David

The Tom Baker video is gold.

He gives good interview. There’s another video somewhere in which he recounts some upmarket pub crawls with the painter Francis Bacon, whose own stories are, um, rather salty.

Daniel Ream

The chronic masturbators at 4Chan /pol/ are up to no good again...

“A lot of these groups that are saying that Black Lives Matters should be classified as a hate group, for example, are the same ones that maybe don’t have the historical understanding around the significance of what has led us to this situation,” he said.

If you want prima facie evidence that Canada is too far down the leftist ****hole to be saved, it's the fact that BLM wasn't laughed out of the country the moment they showed their faces. Canada has no history of institutionalized slavery; we were the endpoint of he underground railroad. The only widespread slavery we had here was practiced by the indigenous tribes until the British Empire showed up and made them knock it off.

David

it’s the fact that BLM wasn’t laughed out of the country the moment they showed their faces.

Youngsters who can contemplate spending north of $100,000 on a degree in Angry Studies, and then spend their study time pissing about playing activist, aren’t on the firmest footing to invoke personal victimhood or “the legacy of slavery.” You’d think that supposedly clever people might register this detail. But apparently not.

Tim Newman

The only widespread slavery we had here was practiced by the indigenous tribes until the British Empire showed up and made them knock it off.

That sounds like a plea to come and do it again! :D

(Only we're not far behind your idiocy ourselves, and catching up fast.)

Microbillionaire

NYT:

"Allahu akbar" has somehow become inextricably intertwined with terrorism. Its real meaning is far more innocent.

Somehow.
🤔

Spiny Norman

Somehow.

It's like the NYT in 1944 had published a missive about how "the real meaning of Banzai!!! is far more innocent"...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

NYT:

Related from our self proclaimed intellectual betters.

Unrelated, anti-black capitalism is the root of fatphobia,, and also in antiblackness, because there are no Persons of Avoirdupoisity and Pallor, or something.

David

The Arabic phrase, which means simply “God is great,”

The thought-correctors at the NYT can’t even get the translation right. Nor does the Times see fit to mention that Muhammad himself is supposed to have used the term in exactly the same way, for exactly the same purpose, as modern jihadis – i.e., to proclaim supremacy and instill fear.

But hey, newspaper of record.

Spiny Norman

Unrelated

Isn't "Ashley Shackleford" the same hambeast with the whiteboard scrawled "All white people are racist. PayPal me."

Governor Squid
It's like the NYT in 1944 had published a missive about how "the real meaning of Banzai!!! is far more innocent"...

When I was a lad, my grandfather would chuckle and say "Kamikaze!" any time he let go a really ripe fart. You can imagine my confusion when I sat in history class learning about the war in the Pacific.

WTP

You can imagine my confusion when I sat in history class learning about the war in the Pacific.

You can imagine my confusion when I sat in history class learning about the war in the Pacific, then coming home to tell my father, who was actually there at the time, what I learned only to go back to school with questions and then hear from my baby-boomer teacher, who was most certainly NOT there, that people like my father were too busy off in the jungles fighting to get the REAL story of what was going on. Also, the US Civil War was not about slavery. Another thing I learned in AP history class (you know, the one for the "smart" kids). It was all about states' rights. Which I understand The Narrative now states that the US Civil War being about states' rights is something only ignorant people (i.e. white southerners) believe and thus THIS is another indication how we need a common core public education to properly educate people how such a perception is wrong.

MC

The Tom Baker video is gold.

There are some great youtube video interviews available. Dick Cavett from the 60s and 70s, with Richard Burton and Orson Welles are great, as well as old Parkinsons. Apologies, but I am an HTML spaz and can't post clever mini-links... It doesn't matter, no-one is reading this in the spam filter anyway.

Bisexual student criticized radical Islam. Guess what happened next

Professor Browning sounds like a right nasty piece of work. Not just stupid and narrow-minded, but the sort of person who finished 1984 and thought: "That was good, we ought to do that..."

Squires

Abu Afak had it right fourteen centuries ago.

But what do old people know?

David

no-one is reading this in the spam filter anyway.

Shockingly, and for reasons I can’t fathom, she left you unmolested. As it were.

MC

Wow! I have had a bad day, maybe there is some compassion in there.

David

Wow! I have had a bad day, maybe there is some compassion in there.

If it’s any comfort, there was a time, for a couple of days, when the spam filter started eating my comments.

Imagine the indignity.

Pogonip

The worry du jour from Everyday Feminism:

https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/10/southeast-asian-mental-health

I cannot reconcile Melissa Fabello's bubbly-cheerleader demeanor with her unrelentingly dark web site, where EVERYTHING is a problem. After all, you could, at least theoretically, have a feminist site with stories like "How Having My Antennae Always Up For Sexism At Work Garnered Me A Huge Settlement," "Feminism Made My Kids Happy And Secure," "The Joy Of Feminism," "The Guy Who Dumped Me Now Has A Campus Show Trial Verdict Against Him That'll Follow Him The Rest Of His Life," "Feminism Saves Me Time, Money, and Aggravation," and so forth. And as happy as Melissa seems to be, you'd think she could write some of these herself.

Pogonip

David, the reason the spam filter ate your comments because it was tired of pickled "eggs."

Suggest you read "Better Spam Filtering With Feminism" and follow the recommendations.

David

Feminism Made My Kids Happy And Secure,

Heh. And yet I’m the one who’s often accused of having a dark sense of humour.

PiperPaul

MC, there are also some good YouTubery on Eric Hoffer.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=eric+hoffer

WTP

There are some great youtube video interviews available. Dick Cavett from the

This is my all-time favorite DC, the one where Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer show their artistic refinement...ok, 2nd only to Groucho's last appearance. What it lacks in Groucho-level humor and sentimentality it makes up for in popcorn ready entertainment..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8m9vDRe8fw

Sporkatus
You can imagine my confusion when I sat in history class learning about the war in the Pacific.

Sounds like a rather other-than-divine wind, frankly.

Pogonip

David, how in the world do you keep track of all your entries?

David

[ Peers over specs in a manner both alluring and mysterious. ]

champ

but the sort of person who finished 1984 and thought: "That was good, we ought to do that..."

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hillary-clinton-doesnt-get-george-orwells-nineteen-eighty-four/article/2634245

R. Sherman

"Unsolicited emotional theater.”

Via Instapundit.

David

Unsolicited emotional theatre.

What’s amazing is how long it takes some people to catch on, albeit dimly.

R. Sherman

What’s amazing is how long it takes some people to catch on, albeit dimly.

What's distressing about the article and those who nominally object to the antics of the protesters is that those objecting still feel compelled to give the protesters the benefit of the doubt, i.e. qualifying their objections with comments about the "valid points" or whatever.

Oh for someone to just say, "You're at Reed College! You're full of shit! Go back to your dorm and study harder!"

Governor Squid

Sounds like a rather other-than-divine wind, frankly.

In hindsight, it seems a perfect fit for Grampa (mad genius that he was), in that it was something of a suicide move. As the man at the epicenter, nobody stood a lower chance of surviving the gas attack.

R. Sherman

And BTW, my youngest--thanks to his college boards--got a fulsome solicitation from Reed this effing week, telling us what a great place it is. I'm going to print off the article and send it back with a two word rejoinder about his interest. (And mine, given that my cooperation is necessary to pay the fucking tuition, were he interested in attending.)

David

those objecting still feel compelled to give the protesters the benefit of the doubt,

As a general rule, and as a basis for a functional civilisation, it helps to recognise malice when it stares you in the face.

Trevor

[ Peers over specs in a manner both alluring and mysterious. ]

Yes, I think we get the picture.

David

Have you tried the pickled eggs...?

Daniel Ream

"You're at Reed College! You're full of shit! Go back to your dorm and study harder!"

When I was studying engineering at my alma mater, the coursework started at 40 hours a week in first year and went north from there rapidly. Had anyone tried this sort of thing, they'd have been introduced to the contents of a CO2 fire extinguisher in short order.

(As an amusing aside, although they're normally reserved for special environments I found out that the reason the university used them was that recharging a CO2 extinguisher was faster and cheaper than cleaning up after a dry chemical extinguisher given that the undergrads were going to be irresponsible with them)

Alex deWinter
Yes, I think we get the picture.

I was thinking more this, myself.

Pogonip

David: Benny Hill or Tommy Lee Jones? Vote early and vote often!

Hal

Jedi Knight broke his ankle after being attacked by Jesus at Halloween party

Oh, I hate it when that happens.

At least that was just one deity---go with the Greeks, Egyptians, Norse, others, and an entire gang shows up, where they're often always feuding already anyway . . .

Pogonip

Lothian (is it near Lothlorien?) sounds like a lively place!

Our town's already gone back to sleep (doesn't take long).

Spiny Norman

via WeirdDave at AoSHQ

This is amazing. Seriously, watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI3UfxyIdgs

Spiny Norman

[ Waiting for some spoilsport to ruin my fun by pointing out that it's been posted before... ]

jones

"Waiting for some spoilsport"

Indeed. Does YouTube count?

Spiny Norman

No, I meant posted here, by David, most likely.

Nikw211

Not quite ephemeral, perhaps, but bizarre goings on at The Guardian which sees a junior reporter interviewing the venerable Polly Toynbee .

As if to underscore the difference in age and experience, the young interviewer appears to be wearing what for all the world looks like a nightdress – as if to suggest this is some kind of pyjama party for political activists.

Better yet, it makes Toynbee seem like a grandmother telling bedtime stories to a child – a rather apt metaphor though one that brings out connotations I can only assume were not the ones intended i.e. that 90% of what Toynbee is about to say is a fairy tale designed to scare children.

Or in other words, complete horseshit.

And there is plenty of that in this interview, such as this sage piece of advice:

    Also though, call out the women traitors

Yes, those are her actual words; no, I am not making that up.

    I mean the Sarah Vines, the Alison Pearsons, the Julia Hartley-Brewers, the Ann Robinsons. They do unbelievable damage ... You know they are the real enemy.

I’m only vaguely aware of who Sarah Vine is and have no feeling one way or the other about the other two mentioned, but the idea that women disagreeing with Toynbee should be denounced as “traitors” and “the real enemy” is crystal clear in what it says about Toynbee’s character.

Toynbee also comes out with this gem of wisdom for the neophyte journalist:

    I think there is confusion between the workplace and life outside ... I think a world in which Spearmint Rhino is fine; and all the lads from the office go out together for a night out.

    And then they’re supposed to go back into the office and regard the women in the office as some sort of utterly different species. It’s about the whole attitude ... I think it’s all on one continuum.

What she says there is so astonishingly dim-witted that it actually took me a few moments adjusting to the depth of her ignorance before I could see just how fucking moronic it is.

Quite apart from the fact that visits to Spearmint Rhino might not be quite so frequent as Toynbee seems to think they are for “all the lads from the office”, if what she says is true – that after having seen a pole-dancing show they are unable to think of women colleagues as anything other than strippers that missed their true vocation – what on Earth does she make of the sales over a 125,000,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey? Because it ain’t men buying that book.

Or the fact that the movie version of the book has reaped in over $502,000,000 in global box office receipts? Or that some women just couldn’t contain their excitement when watching it?

And how is it that women on a Hen Night are somehow able to control themselves in the presence of their male co-workers when returning to the office after a visit to Butlers in the Buff?

Or that shows by the Chippendales – seen by over 2,000,000 women annually – always sell out when they come to the UK despite prices starting at £28 a head?

Perhaps Toynbee’s answer might be that those are just more examples of women being “traitors” and showing themselves to be “the real enemy”?

And Toynbee wants people to take her advice seriously?

David

I’m only vaguely aware of who Sarah Vine is… but the idea that women disagreeing with Toynbee should be denounced as “traitors” and “the real enemy” is crystal clear in what it says about Toynbee’s character.

Sarah Vine is married to Michael Gove, I believe, and currently writes for the Daily Mail. She used to be arts features editor at the Times, where she commissioned several pieces from your host. She always seemed very friendly, even to lowly freelancers.

[ Added: ]

Actually, the lingering impression from my freelancing years is that, for the most part, the supposedly wicked conservative papers treated freelancers, or at least me, noticeably better and more professionally than the leftist publications that I submitted things to. And the more left-leaning a publication was, the greater were the odds of being reminded of one’s lowly status. Likewise, the odds of being paid late, or paid less than had been agreed, or – at least twice – having cheques bounce. After some particularly shabby treatment at the hands of Rosie Millard, then arts editor at the New Statesman, I remember informing her, at length, that she was, among other things, an erratic bitch.

Ah, happy days.

David

Right, I’m being dragged taken to see Murder On The Orient Express. Wish me luck.

Pogonip

Is Polly Toynbee Ask Polly, by any chance? There's a blogger who LIVES to fisk Ask Polly.

Pogonip

David, is this the original Murder or a remake?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Waiting for some spoilsport"

Here you go.

David

David, is this the original Murder or a remake?

The Kenneth Branagh remake, just out. It’s handsome, rather melancholy, but not exactly gripping. Still, it was less aggravating than Thor: Ragnarok.

Pogonip

My carpool mates were eager to see Ragnarok yesterday.

R. Sherman

I like Branagh, and I like Agatha Christie, but my question is what is reason for another Murder remake? It seems as though Hollywood's golf bag of ideas is limited to superheroes and remakes/reboots of past hits. It's become a very sterile landscape.

David

but my question is what is reason for another Murder remake?

Hard to say. Though, given the small gag at the end, I suspect they were hoping for a franchise. The new version is easy on the eye, with some neat overhead shots, and for the most part it’s nicely played. It’s a departure from the somewhat camp 70s version, enormous moustache aside. But it doesn’t feel particularly compelling.

R. Sherman

And now I see, Bezos and Amazon are negotiating to turn Lord of the Rings into a series a la Game of Thrones. Wonderful. < /sarc >

Darleen

It's become a very sterile landscape.

Which is why people stay home and binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

David

Which is why people stay home and binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

And some of us stay home to tend bar for you heathens.

I’m heroic that way.

Hal

It seems as though Hollywood's golf bag of ideas is limited to superheroes and remakes/reboots of past hits. It's become a very sterile landscape.

Yes, considerably.

---Casino through Skyfall worked, "Spectre" has four good minutes---the opening---and then goes to utter failure.

Lisboeta

Headline of note

Bring back the sub-editors! Or, even better, teach people how the English language works. (Actually, I prefer the "first hand-job experience" reading of that headline.)

David

Actually, I prefer the “first hand-job experience” reading of that headline.

[ Sprays Lisboeta with cold water. ]

David

Being twelfth-level woke, Daniela finds it so offensive.

David

It’s not okay.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

It’s not okay.

The Clown Quarter in New Orleans appears to agree.

PiperPaul


Did someone mention "offensive" costumes?

Spiny Norman

It’s not okay.

Epic trolling is epic.

I have to wonder how far this latest 4Chan prank will go before the targets realize they've been had and exposed themselves as complete idiots.

David

Epic trolling is epic.

The wording - or rather, what opposition to it reveals - is quite something.

Spiny Norman

The odd thing is, most of the raging SJWs claim to know it's the "alt-right" trying to "provoke" them, yet they react in hysterics just as the pranksters hoped.

David

yet they react in hysterics just as the pranksters hoped.

I think what’s pleasing is the economy of it. Take a small and unobjectionable statement, one that if applied to any other, comparable group would be utterly innocuous, and watch how even that is denounced, and denounced immediately, as if it were scandalous. Which suggests that there’s no position you could take, short of continual deference and self-abasement, that would keep these people happy.

And which in turns suggests a kind of madness.

pst314

"The Clown Quarter in New Orleans appears to agree."

Good Lord.
Scroll down through the replies to that tweet, and you will see a hunting permit, photoshopped to read "Antifa hunting permit". I haven't seen altered hunting permits since the "terrorist hunting permits" that appeared after 9/11. This may be a useful gauge of just how much hatred of the left has increased recently. (Another would be the appearance of Pinochet references.)

Triumphant Ape

After reading the comments I've decided I'm not intellectual enough to post here.

jones

Ape,

"After reading the comments I've decided I'm not intellectual enough to post here."

Please do so however, the host will guide accordingly. Trust me.

You might even get a bowl of nuts.

champ

You might even get a bowl of nuts.

Or, a pickled egg...

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I haven't seen altered hunting permits since the "terrorist hunting permits" that appeared after 9/11. This may be a useful gauge of just how much hatred of the left has increased recently.

When you have the left making statements like this, neither the "permits" not the hate come as much of a surprise.

bgates

Take a small and unobjectionable statement, one that if applied to any other, comparable group would be utterly innocuous

How dare you, sir. How dare you. I am confident that if your kind were to suggest that "it's ok to be black" - that to be blessed with the brotherhood and sisterhood of such luminous beings as Ta-Nehesi Coates, Barack Obama, Assata Shakur, and many others - were merely ok, merely adequate, nothing more than unexceptional, that you would see a wave of outrage, strongly worded statements, days off of school, vandalism, and arson that would redefine the term "social justice".

Or at least preserve the definition of the term "social justice" with especially emphatic examples.

Also the phrase "your kind" was not at all meant homophobically but as a slur against you because you're white. Apologies if I mistakenly gave offense.

Trevor

Daniela finds it so offensive.

Whomst the fuck taught Daniela English?

WTP

Whomst...heh...I fixated on that as well...may I propose a needs-more-cowbell “whomgst”?

Trevor

Or, a pickled egg.

If you are offered one of those, safest to pretend you didn't hear. I'm not convinced it's meant as a sign of approbation.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I'm not convinced it's meant as a sign of approbation.

Captain, I don't know how you feel about this shrimp, but if you'll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.

The horror, the horror.

pst314

If you are offered one of those, safest to pretend you didn't hear.

CMOT Dibbler Enterprises, purveyors of fine pub food since the Glorious Twenty Fifth of May.

Daniel Ream

what on Earth does she make of the sales over a 125,000,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey?

"Remember, kids, hitting women is only okay if you have abs and a helicopter." ~ Stefan Molyneaux

David

Whomst the fuck taught Daniela English?

Heh. Though that was the lovely Jess.

Anomalous
Whomst...heh...I fixated on that as well...may I propose a needs-more-cowbell “whomgst”?

I've seen the next elaboration as "Whomst've", myself. As in: Whomst've taught Daniela English?

David

Whomst’ve taught Daniela English?

I fear we’re teetering on the edge of a meme.

sk60

Unbeknownsttowhomst.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Right, I’m being dragged taken to see Murder On The Orient Express. Wish me luck.

What I find funny is how the commercials in the US say "Everyone's a suspect".

R Sherman: Ricardo Cortez was the ultimate Sam Spade. (Hollywood has been remaking stuff since the dawn of time.)

David

What I find funny is how the commercials in the US say “Everyone’s a suspect”.

It’s the problem of remaking a famous whodunnit when just about everyone in the cinema already knows whomstdiddit. Still, it was a change of pace, a palate cleanser. No nachos in sight. And the lady whose bag was resting on my as-yet-unclaimed seat was terribly apologetic.

PiperPaul

I was unaware of this meme before, probably because I'm not as brainified as Daniela.


The date on this seems to be February onest.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

You mean February 1th.

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