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November 07, 2017

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Jen

That was tense. :-D

Connor

*Good mood achievement unlocked*

David

*Good mood achievement unlocked*

Heh. Spending so much time blogging about… well, the usual, it’s nice to be reminded of other possibilities.

Black Ball

Will be reminiscent of when Australia regain the Ashes. Mitchell Starc in fine form.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Somewhat related, guy helps girlfriend sell her car.

R. Sherman

Despite what many politicians and assorted SJWs would have us believe, people are pretty decent to each other. That is, when we're left to our own devices and not compelled to politicize every aspect of our lives.

Richard Cranium

At least she did not slop her dripper.

https://youtu.be/1FcUc2Tk0GQ

Tim Newman

Somewhat related, guy helps girlfriend sell her car.

That's a perfect illustration of how the costs of video production have fallen through the floor. Even the aerial footage can be shot in HD by an amateur nowadays. It's incredible.

Lab Rat

Thanks David. It's good to see humanity being decent to itself.

And normal people, left to their own devices, often are. You'd just never know it from the news media or politicians.

David

At least she did not slop her dripper.

I really did fear the worst.

Lab Rat

I really did fear the worst.

But - Spoonerisms are awesome! I heard that skit for the first time on the Dr. Demento Show decades ago, late at night, when the planets were aligned such that a far away radio station that carried the show could be heard. Ah those were the days.

...actually it's kind of nice to find all this stuff on YouTube now :)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Even the aerial footage can be shot in HD by an amateur nowadays.

Not to take anything away from the ad, but the guy who made it is a pro.

Pogonip

The worry du jour: what to do if your language gives you no way to distinguish between he, she, and ze?

https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/10/genderqueer-gendered-language/

Governor Squid

Not to take anything away from the ad, but the guy who made it is a pro.

That doesn't mean he blew through $150,000 on helicopter crews and special effects teams. His talents as a professional show through in the quality of his production, but the tools are available for any of us.

PiperPaul

Saw on internet someone concerned that one of the hat catchers might fall while reaching out too far.

"Well that would be OK, because someone below would catch the faller and toss him/her back up to where they started."

jabrwok

he, she, and ze?

"It".

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...but the tools are available for any of us.

Sure, depending on your budget, but that wasn't shot on a cell phone and a WalMart quadcopter with a camera, and not many of us have a dolly track lying around.

Pogonip

If you can't find your dolly track, it's time to clean the basement.

Watcher

What about the good old inclusive pronoun form: 's/h/it'? Delete the slashes if you don't have space.

KG

For your delectation:
http://falfn.com/CrusaderRabbit/?p=32476

Farnsworth M Muldoon

For your delectation:

That is some fine SJW gibberish, but my sneakers are gray, do I get an eco-prize ?

As an alternative: Look for chrome-free leather, vegetable tanned leather or leather alternatives like Piñatex, which is made from pineapple leaves.

Ah, pineapple leaves, because growing pineapples requires no stoop labor, takes up no land, and has no "environmental impact" as anyone who has seen a pineapple plantation can attest.

A couple of the author's favored brands:

Veja

The ethical sneaker preferred by fashionistas. They're made with completely sustainable materials including a range of vegetable tanned leathers, organic and Fairtrade cotton, recycled plastic, wild rubber, jute and hemp. They are also ethically produced in their Brazilian factory.

Wild rubber, because tapping a random tree is so much better than one grown for that sole purpose. Hemp - of course. "Ethically produced", I suppose that means paying the standard low skill manufacturing rate of about #2.75 US/hr.

Indosole

The soles of these vegan sneakers are made from recycled tires. The shoes' uppers are made of organic cotton canvas, banana leaves and grass. All shoes are handmade, avoiding manufacturing emissions

Recycled tyres ? Ho Chi Minh got there first...

R. Sherman

@Farnsworth

Let's not forget that jute is also grown for the purpose on plantations in the utopias of West Bengal, though the bottom fell out of the jute market after WWI, when it was used to make sand bags for the Western Front. I guess the jute market needs a little propping up. At one time the country of Bangladesh had an entire ministry devoted to jute production. I cannot imagine it's use in shoes. The stuff absorbs water like a sponge and rots away at the speed of light. I guess buying ten pairs of shoes as opposed to one pair made of durable, though environmentally problematic materials is somehow better for Mother Gaia.

Pogonip

Babbling idiot indeed. White sneakers are only white for the first day you wear them.

David

I just thought we needed to see those babies again.

Tim Newman

At one time the country of Bangladesh had an entire ministry devoted to jute production.

PJ O'Rourke wrote about this hilariously.

R. Sherman

@Tim Newman

P.J. was the person who learned me somethin' about jute.

Sporkatus

Bother. Posted me comment in the wrong thread by mistake.

Indosole

I suddenly feel inspired to begin selling sunglasses made of broken brown bottle, recut, with frames of nice splintery bamboo and assembled with pins of rusty recycled wire and organic casein glue. The name? Indolense.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I just thought we needed to see those babies again.

See them ? Get yours here !

Hand made, sustainable, free range and gluten free !

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...jute is also grown for the purpose on plantations in the utopias of West Bengal...

Jutes were also grown on the Jutland peninsula...

David

Get yours here !

And the season of giving is only weeks away.

[ Opens enormous, well-thumbed tome marked Those Who Have Crossed Me And Will Pay Dearly. ]

Pogonip

Goodness! I thought that was the Oxford English Dictionary.

neal

Jute indoor area rugs are like legos with splinters.

That is why sandals are required.

Hay and old tires. Just like home after the monsoons.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

The most woke four year old - and appropriate response...

David

The most woke four year old - and appropriate response...

I’m confused. Are we not supposed to notice the lie?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I don't care if you like firearms or not, this is comedy gold:

Yes, it is a real thing posted by USA Today, you can check before they disappear the tweet in abject humiliation.

WTP

Another response worth repeating...

My 8 yo was sitting alone in the kitchen at 3 am. I asked her what was wrong. She took a drag on her cigarette and said, 'taxation is theft'.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

I don't care if you like firearms or not, this is comedy gold

I saw that posted at Ace of Spades, and amazingly, such a thing actually exists.

(O_O)

/you might be a redneck if...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I saw that posted at Ace of Spades, and amazingly, such a thing actually exists.

Yeah, for $800 clams, which is more than a lot of M-4 pattern rifles, but from the website it is touted more of a novelty than anything else, let alone a standard accessory as USA Today would like people to believe.

Of course, my Chainsaw Bayonets seem to be an extremely horrid and terrible weapon. Yet when people see it, they react with humor and smile and laugh, as I had intended it! A Chainsaw bayonet is so over the top and absurd, that it is humorous! That is my intention for this device to bring in humor, and fantasy to people, it is intended to be just for fun.

Of course to have found this would have required some millennial twit to have seen a firearm outside of a video game, or done a minimum of research.

Sporkatus

Meanwhile, Salon flirts with the identification of a genuine problem before "dumping the bitch" and taking up with the thought process equivalent of a $15 hooker.
https://www.salon.com/2017/11/08/american-hyper-capitalism-breeds-the-lonely-alienated-men-who-become-mass-killers_partner/

Pull quotes of near-sanity:

There are fewer Americans active in any group than there were in bowling leagues alone in 1970. The many millions of loners accumulating in the U.S. since the ’70s tend to experience and define their disconnection as personal.

And:

The stability of a daily job and the people to whom that job connects you are bulwarks against loneliness and mental instability.

Chief quote of utter inanity:

American white men once received two wage supplements in what was a sexist and racist labor market. One wage supplement was for whiteness and the other for maleness. With the resulting “family wage” generally paid to white men, they could support a woman working full time at home, providing full maid service, sexual labor, child care, and the emotional labor of making social connections to engage the whole family with friends and relatives.

See, all that bit about a man being able to support a household was just a privilege thing, and not feasible now things are *fair* and all. It isn't that society can have become more crushing in all respects, oh heavens no. Just a bit of bookkeeping, taking away an unfair disadvantage and whatnot. No having of a dream (to which all could then aspire), no having that dream beaten down and trees being made equal with hatchet, axe, and saw.

Forget your dreams, white man - those things are infectious and you might accidentally give those uppity sorts ideas. The bit where society is now blaming you for everything? Goodness, you've got to tolerate that and rekindle all those social connections you've become dissociated from which now serve as political conduits to poisoning everything you do and eliminating any kind of escapism or release. What are you, a bigot? Go endure your rightful due, your punishment - the social contact will but make you healthier...

Malignant societal poisoning. Parasitic. Coercive, manipulative, guilt-loading, self-righteous, lying, and unbalanced: the Modern Left's golden utopia.

jabrwok

the Modern Left's golden utopia

Stuff like this makes me glad I have no children, and hence no emotional or biological investment in the future of civilization beyond my own lifetime. I can just sit back and enjoy the decline.

Governor Squid

On the bright side, now that those women have been freed from their nightmarish world of homemaking, childrearing, lovemaking, and social connections, they are able to enjoy the opportunity of writing endless handwringing articles for Cosmo moaning that there are no good men to be had, and no way to balance life and work commitments even if they were able to find a man and start a family.

Did any of these writers ever take a moment to ask their grandmothers how awful it was to be a housewife? Or is that tantamount to asking if they've ever spoken to a Tea Partier, or a business owner, or a pro-lifer, or a firearm enthusiast? Some bubbles are just too comfortable to risk popping, I suppose.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...women have been freed from their nightmarish world of homemaking, childrearing, lovemaking...

Not "lovemaking", you UnWoke barbarian, that implies some degree of mutuality in the act. It is "sexual labor" because before feminism no woman ever enjoyed sex, it was just another menial chore imposed by the white supremacist patriarchy.

PiperPaul

I guess Teh Patriarchy was just a multi-thousand year standard accounting practices oversight. Thank God it's fixed now! We can do better!

R. Sherman

Let's not forget, many of the "woke" women of Greenwich Village and Bel Air when given the opportunity, flee the hyper-competitive job market in order to rear children and stay at home in order host teas for Hillary! Clinton or other progressive causes, all of which is financed by their husband's job. Those that don't make sure they can hire a nanny for the kids and a long-suffering assistant to do all of that stuff, while they write vapid think pieces for Salon.

Sporkatus
a multi-thousand year standard accounting practices oversight
For, as you note, quite some time it was considered sensible for one parent only to be *the provider*, and with the advance of technology offset by advance in material appetites, that medium remained, and was nearly perfected to the ideal. The Virtuous Woman of Proverbs practiced an at-home trade to enrich her family, not because she was at risk of plummeting out of the middle class into a nearly forced parasitedom otherwise.

Larger houses and advanced technology count for something, but I posit that appetites for excess have not outgrown technology's ability to deliver it, so much as technology has made it possible or even necessary to stomach greater and greater waste. Some of that waste with its own appetites...

Sorry, may need to increase me Ayn management prescription.

Hal

For, as you note, quite some time it was considered sensible for one parent only to be *the provider*, . . . The [other parent] practiced an at-home trade . . .

A bit back was swapping background stories with someone. In her case, As I Recall, Chinese, where her parents came to the US and settled in Texas, and she was born here in the US. Both parents came to the US having been trained and accredited as MDs, where after their arrival in the US, at least one of them did get accredited to practice medicine here in the US.

The mother got the paperwork and worked at a hospital somewhere, the father stayed at home and raised the kids . . .

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