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December 17, 2017

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Jonathan

Mr Monbiot wants us to believe that “wealth causes misery.”

I'd rather heed a genuinely poor, working class boy made good:

" I've been rich, I've been poor. Rich is better." Michael Caine.

David
Forget your routine bias. These were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits and analysts, all of whom are feeding frenzied expectations… that have now been internalised by many as indisputable truths. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year. If we are to accept the special pleadings of journalists, we have to believe these were all honest mistakes. They may be. But a person might then ask: Why is it that every one of the dozens of honest mistakes is prejudiced in the very same way?

David Harsanyi on the reputational self-destruction of the mainstream media.

canminuteman

You don't hear the word much any more but in the not too distant past the term "moonbat" was in common use to be crazy or insane. The word was coined as a play on George Monbiot's name.

David

“I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” Michael Caine.

It is, I think, telling that proponents of the ‘noble savage’ fantasy tend to be people whose own upbringings were much more comfortable than my own, and presumably more comfortable than those of most people here, and whose experience of poverty is entirely theoretical.

Lancastrian Oik

Forget about sanitation and drudgery, and the limited options in life.

A few years ago, Mrs. Oik and I travelled to Botswana, where we went walking in the Kalahari with a clan of bushmen. They now live in government-provided housing with sanitation, but are able to demonstrate their centuries-old survival skills to tourists, such as this instance where the lady demonstrated that it was possible to extract half-digested berries from elephant poo which, when mixed with ashes, make a salve for treating insect bites. As our driver dropped us off I was only being semi-serious when I said to the missus sotto voce "Do you think it's wise to go wandering about the desert with a bunch of half-naked savages?".
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David

For some reason, this came to mind.

Because if there’s one thing the destitute and homeless need, it’s a drum workshop.

RR

An old favourite, probably from this blog... Wise Aboriginal Elders perform on QandA with Antony Hegarty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBIubgsfK8E

The other one that annoys me is the deference and official accommodation given to the performance of the Haka by South Pacific rugby teams. There's no tradition worth preserving about a gang of men getting into the faces of a rival gang, puffing up their chests, gurning, and screaming threats. Seen outside the pub on Friday night, stripped of its exoticism, progressives recognize this as toxic masculinity, and in that case they happen to be correct. Sport used to be an alternative to those kinds of ugly displays (aggression was channeled into the space from the starting gun to the finish line, and competitors were gracious to each other outside that space), not a showcase and an endorsement.

Jonathan

On the subject of Hunter-Gatherers:

http://twitter.com/clairlemon/status/942151803528912896

via Obnoxio

Rafi

We must see only how egalitarian and vibrant these exotic creatures are, if you squint and tilt your head, and then carefully turn away while the other stuff takes place.

That.

Rafi

the Utopian ruminations of Guardian columnist George Monbiot, whose urge to romanticise The Other - especially if The Other is brown and poor, and unable to challenge his bizarre worldview - is a thing to behold

That too. :-)

David

That too.

You do have to marvel at George’s readiness to tell other people how happy they really are, what with the terrible alienation caused by double glazing. And I suppose now’s a good time to revisit this revealing episode, in which Mr Monbiot encounters our own indigenous noble savages and things go badly wrong.

MC

Re: Western Civilisation vs aboriginal hunter-gathering - has anyone, ever, voluntarily swapped the former for the latter?

And I don't mean for a night or a week or the time it takes to film a documentary. When Moonbat and his moronic chums voluntarily adopt the lives of the peasants they claim to admire I might find their arguments more convincing. I'm sure there are plenty of Ethiopians who'd be happy to swap with him.

R. Sherman

Re: The Noble Savage

I may have told this story before on these pages, and if so, my apologies. Some years back, my wife and I took in an exhibit of Plains Indian art work at the local museum. Lots of bead work representing horses and such, all decorating various implements, blankets and so forth.

Among the observers was a young mother loudly lecturing her daughter--and presumably the rest of us--about how marvelous the Plains "Horse Culture" was until "destroyed" by the evil White Menace.

I'd had enough. I mentioned that the horse came from the Spanish and the beads and iron implements on display came from the French. Also the Sioux Nations originated in the east and only migrated to the plains because they were forced out by the Algonquin and Iroquois.

She was not happy with me, but I felt very good.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Child-like art would be on display wrapped in copious quantities of mumbo-jumbo.

There is another side to this that the purveyors of the mumbo-jumbo fail to consider.

Back around 1930 somewhere, Robert Benchley, one of America's great humorists (if you haven't read him, you should) wrote the following (trying to find it on line is a fool's errand, I managed to find the right book in my mess wedged between an FM and an Epidemiology text, don't ask why):

On a recent page of colored reproductions of tomb-paintings and assorted excavations from holes in ancient Egypt there appears a picture of a goose with the following rather condescending caption:

"Remarkably Accurate and Artistic Painting of a Goose from Pharaoh Akhenaten's Palace, Drawn 3300 Years Ago."

What I want to know is - why the "remarkable" ? Why is it any more remarkable that someone drew a goose accurately 3300 years ago then someone should do it today...As a matter of fact, the goose in this particular picture looks more like a goose than that of many a modern master.

Benchley's commentary about modern art back in his day would fit well within these pages, regardless, submitted for your approval, art from the tomb of Nebamun. (go to link - way too big to post here)

Note that where as the humans are highly stylized, the birds, cat, and insects are "remarkably accurate and artistic".

The point is that if the artist who made this painting can make realistic representations of animals, he could do the same with people, but it may well be that for religious, cultural, or whatever stylistic reasons, the Egyptians preferred the sort of 2-D style that the art "experts" assumed was "primitive".

Same-same with any aboriginal art - Istanbul was Constantinople, maybe they just liked it better that way.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, speaking of primitive cultures and beliefs...

Pat

If the people studying hunter-gatherers really think the lifestyle so great, why do they come back? I mean other than for the short time necessary to persuade others to join them.

Horace Dunn

Perhaps one of the reasons why people in Ethiopia appear to be happier than we are…

That “appear to be” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in Monbiot’s pronouncement. Anyone who has lived in poverty, or at least experienced a period of being hard-up for money, and has worked long hours (at a thoroughly dispiriting job) to make ends meet will know that adopting a cheery attitude to life is a strategy to get you through the day. Life is bad enough without adopting an attitude that will make you, and those around you, even more miserable.

It is richer societies, such as ours, that enable and encourage the kind of self-absorption and hair-shirtiness displayed by Monbiot, Toynbee, Weir and all the other conceited bores of the patrician class.

It’s also important to note that whenever Monbiot bangs on about increasing wealth, he sees it in purely materialistic terms – people want more things. Well, certainly there are such acquisitive people (and good luck to them), but for the majority of us, we want to be richer so that we can reduce those lying-awake fears about how we’re going to manage in the future if we lose our jobs, or become sick, or if some other disaster befalls. We’d also like to look forward to a comfortable and safe old age, and increased leisure time, and so on. Perfectly respectable aspirations, you might say. If Monbiot were not such a professional spoilt brat, he might be able to see that. But alas, that’s the disdainful attitude that the establishment has for the lower orders (excepting a few discrete groups that they might find, from time to time, picturesque or deserving). And that Monbiot actually wants us all to be poorer, indicates to me at least, that he is not merely an air-headed, haute bourgeoisie show-off, but that he is fundamentally malicious and inhumane.

David

And that Monbiot actually wants us all to be poorer, indicates to me at least, that he is not merely an air-headed, haute bourgeoisie show-off, but that he is fundamentally malicious and inhumane.

I just thought that could stand repeating.

champ

Reminds me of how the progressives in the US romanticize Native Americans, portraying them as living in absolute harmony with nature, and with other tribes, when in fact they exploited nature at every turn, and fought endlessly with other tribes.

Spiny Norman

...people engage more freely, smile more often, express more affection than we do behind our double glazing, surrounded by remote controls.

Projection.

Moonbat is clearly very unhappy, about pretty much everything, and can't imagine anyone else in the modern West could feeling any different.

Spiny Norman

canminuteman,

The word was coined as a play on George Monbiot's name.

Actually, no. Perry DeHavilland, the creator of the term, claims he was not thinking of the Graun's professional frowner when he coined "barking moonbat", but the similarity was a happy accident.

pst314

Projection.

Yes. Conscious lying is also very likely.

champ

This shit has now gone too far...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10278

pst314

And I suppose now’s a good time to revisit this revealing episode, in which Mr Monbiot encounters our own indigenous noble savages and things go badly wrong.

Can anybody confirm or refute the following?
I was told that many years ago (1990's?) there was a BBC documentary about the plight of the poor, misunderstood "Travelers", in which it was claimed that they lived nomadic lives only because the Forces of Oppression prevented them from settling down in a community and getting permanent jobs. Furthermore, the widespread belief that they were thieves had no basis in fact but was only a manifestation of racism. It was suggested that the song "Go, Move, Shift" was written for that documentary.

Daniel Ream

There's no tradition worth preserving about a gang of men getting into the faces of a rival gang, puffing up their chests, gurning, and screaming threats.

So WWE then?

Reminds me of how the progressives in the US romanticize Native Americans[...] when in fact they exploited nature at every turn, and fought endlessly with other tribes.

So this, then.

pst314

Reminds me of how the progressives in the US romanticize Native Americans

You can hear those romantic lies from Native Americans, too.

David

Projection.

Monbiot’s intentional self-descriptions are quite funny too. He refers to himself as both a liberal and an anarchist.

No laughing at the back.

In 2012, our progressive-egalitarian-liberal-anarchist dismissed those who disagree with him as morally and mentally inferior. “The other side,” he told us, is “on average more stupid than our own.” “Conservative ideology,” he added, “is the critical pathway from low intelligence to racism.” And all of this in contrast with noble beings such as himself, who are apparently “self-deprecating” and “too liberal for their own good.” And he says all this despite his nakedly authoritarian temperament, and despite the fact that every other Monbiot article is a demand that other people should be imposed upon gratuitously or treated as if they were particularly dim children.

Spiny Norman

David, from your "revealing episode" post:

Update 2: Oh dear. Mr Monbiot is now being assailed on Twitter for writing such a “racist” article. However, the people doing the chastising – including an indignant, self-described “agitator” - have yet to explain exactly why the article is racist, despite being asked. One of the chastisers is a “Marxist, knitter and student of critical theory.”
Five years later, this still makes me laugh out loud.

champ

You Brits seem to have a corner on the market for strange people...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-eat-mum-christmas-day-11706456

pst314

You Brits seem to have a corner on the market for strange people...

No, far from it. Consider, for instance, the American hippies who, after a woman gives birth, cook and eat the placenta.

Chester Draws

There's no tradition worth preserving about a gang of men getting into the faces of a rival gang, puffing up their chests, gurning, and screaming threats.

Fuck off RR. It's not your tradition, so obviously you see no point in it.

The haka is centuries old, and very much not one of those made up "authentic" traditions. It is way older, for example, than kilts and tartans and all that faux Highland bullshit that Lowlanders go for.

The All Blacks have doing the haka for over 100 years. Flower of Scotland was written in 1974. So when Scotland meet NZ at rugby, should I insist that the Scots get rid of their ridiculously schmaltzy song on the basis that I don't like it?

Sport used to be an alternative to those kinds of ugly displays

So a sport that is about channeling aggression is OK, but a dance before it isn't?

That's some impressive dissonance you have going on there!

Pogonip

I sure hope someone has explained to the mom-eating lady about kuru!

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I sure hope someone has explained to the mom-eating lady about kuru!

Unless her mom was a child or lady tribesman from New Guinea and she ate her mom's brain before the cremation, no danger there.

♫ Oh a spoon full of mummy helps the pudding go down,

In the most appalling way ! ♫

lotocoti

while metropolitan white folk looked on as if they were visiting a zoo

It's the vibe. It's why there's always a part aboriginal kid being dragged in front of a crowd somewhere, to accept self-abasing pieties on behalf of "traditional custodians", with all the enthusiasm of a shot down Naval Aviator admitting to air piracy.

Pogonip

I coulda sworn I read that the kuru prions can develop spontaneously; that’s where the first case in New Guinea seems to have come from, and then once they ate her, the thing snowballed. And I know I read that cremation does not render the brain material non-infectious. So if anybody is thinking “What a nice idea, maybe when Grandma dies...”. Don’t. Not because it’s weird, but because it could be dangerous.

And it IS weird, of course, but not necessarily any weirder than spending 5 figures on a box to bury. When Dad died in 2016, the most expensive coffin offered was $35K. (We didn’t buy it, partly because no one could afford it, partly because he’d made it clear not to waste a lot of money.)

And if you’re thinking what’s really weird is all that reading about kuru 😊, actually, it’s all that reading about autism, during the course of which, you pick up any number of interesting little neurological tidbits.

Daniel Ream

So a sport that is about channeling aggression is OK, but a dance before it isn't?

It looks every bit as silly, put-on, and self-parodying as the WWE pre-match interviews.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I coulda sworn I read that the kuru prions can develop spontaneously...

Kuru is specific to a small area of New Guinea and is basically eradicated after eliminating cannibalism, however with an incubation of up to 50 years, it cannot yet be said to be eliminated for certain.

R. Sherman

So, if nomadic hunter-gatherers are more happy, healthy and in tune with all the best of human existence, perhaps then we should stop worrying about the shopping cart pushing denizens of the camps in L.A. County.

Chester Draws

It looks every bit as silly, put-on, and self-parodying as the WWE pre-match interviews.

So it's "silly" and "threatening"? Nice!

Meanwhile Frenchmen in tears as they sing the Marseillaise (about butchering their enemies) before a football game is perfectly acceptable behaviour for grown men? And Brits crowding the streets to wave joyously at their grossly dysfunctional royal family's birthdays is what any self-respecting country should do?

We all have our foibles, especially around symbols of national pride. I try not to mock others' merely because they look odd to me.

R. Sherman

The Haka is not just a pre-rugby ritual, evidently. I, for one, find it interesting and--gasp--fun to watch. Alas, it seems that everything these days, especially the interesting and fun stuff, absolutely must be deconstructed.

R. Sherman

Kuru is specific to a small area of New Guinea and is basically eradicated after eliminating cannibalism, however with an incubation of up to 50 years, it cannot yet be said to be eliminated for certain.

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Pogonip

I like the haka too.

Richard Cranium
And I know I read that cremation does not render the brain material non-infectious.

Only if you are able to find proteins in the resulting ashes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prion

After serving in USAREUR in the early 1980's (where we were fed British beef), I am considered a possible future victim of Mad Cow disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy). I have been unable to donate blood for almost 20 years now. Needless to say, I have a personal interest in how that disease promulgates and presents itself.

EVL29

Prefer the Fijians team sing-along before a rugby(league) game.

Exact opposite of the haka.

David

Projection.

The dishonesties that underpin these kinds of claims scarcely need pointing out, though some examples can be quite revealing of the mindset and the contortions it requires. The penultimate item here, for instance, regarding a non-existent aboriginal written language, suggests a collective dishonesty. Or at least a voluntary forgetfulness.

And likewise, when Emer O’Toole, a Guardian contributor and “post-colonial theorist” with mad skills in Gender Studies, wanted us to believe that all cultures, past and present, are equally vibrant and noble, except of course the culture in which she currently flourishes, and on which opprobrium must be heaped ostentatiously and often. Again, there’s an air of contrivance, of carefully avoiding the obvious.

Ms O’Toole bemoaned the colonial propagation of Shakespeare, whose works she denounced as “full of classism, sexism, racism and defunct social mores.” And worse, “a powerful tool of empire, transported to foreign climes along with the doctrine of European cultural superiority.” The possibility that at any given time one set of values and insights might be preferable to another, even objectively better and markedly so, is apparently something that a “post-colonial theorist” mustn’t think about.

Her article was accompanied by a photograph of New Zealand’s Ngakau Toa theatre company performing Troilus and Cressida in a distinctively Maori style. To me, it looked fun and worth the price of a ticket. But this cross-cultural fusion offended Ms O’Toole, who dismissed notions of the Bard’s universality as “uncomfortably colonial.” She then presumed to take umbrage on behalf of all past colonial subjects, whose own views on Shakespeare and literature she chose not to relate. She did, however, get quite upset about “our sense of cultural superiority” – a sense of superiority that, she insisted, has long been “disavowed by all but the crazies.”

With that in mind, and at risk of being indelicate, I can’t help wondering how Ms O’Toole might have felt had she been among the 19th century English colonists who encountered a Maori culture that was all but prehistoric, with no discernible literature or science, no enlightened gender politics, an average lifespan of about 30 years, and in which cannibalism was not unknown. Faced with such things - perhaps we could call them “defunct social mores” - I’m sure Ms O’Toole would have resisted the wicked urge to think herself a little more culturally advanced.

When not romanticising cultures in which she would be unlikely to survive for more than a three-day weekend, Ms O’Toole boasts of how her feminist boyfriends have thought her “brave” for retaining armpit hair.

Jen

Ms O’Toole boasts of how her feminist boyfriends have thought her “brave” for retaining armpit hair.

You could have stopped at 'feminist boyfriends'.

David

You could have stopped at ‘feminist boyfriends’.

But it’s strange to watch these rhetorical dances, which suggest bad faith, a careful avoidance of certain, rather obvious implications.

And as Jacob pointed out at the time,

It’s not every day you find a lefty who’s so right-on she doesn’t think brown people should be performing Shakespeare at a World Shakespeare Festival.

And yet Ms O’Toole’s views are not uncommon among her peers.

David

And speaking of those defunct social mores:

Sweden prides itself on being a beacon of feminism… Of all members of Parliament, 44 percent are women… Nearly two-thirds of all university degrees are awarded to women. Its government boasts that it is the “first feminist government” in the world, averring that gender equality is central to its priorities in decision-making and resource allocation… But while Swedish women rank among the most equal in the world, they increasingly fear for their physical safety on the streets… Reported sex crimes increased by 61 percent between 2007 and 2016…

Studies… have shown a large overrepresentation of immigrants, particularly from patriarchal societies in the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden. Overrepresentation of immigrants has been even higher when it comes to group rapes, especially with three or more assailants. According to an official study from 1996, immigrant males were 4.5 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape. Immigrants from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia were particularly overrepresented, being more than 20 times as likely to commit the same crime. In total, 53 percent of rape suspects were either first or second generation immigrants…

During the recent migration crisis, Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. However, the exact link between sex crimes and immigration is not known, since the Swedish government will not update its statistics, and the data, which are still being collected, have not been made available to the public.

But hey, mustn’t judge.

Pogonip

Richard, that’s awful! I hope you stay well.

Pogonip

A possible alternative to eating Mom:

http://drgrumpyinthehouse.blogspot.com/2017/12/holiday-gift-guide-2017_18.html?m=1

David

You Brits seem to have a corner on the market for strange people...

Somewhat related.

Jonathan

For an idea of what happens when an anthropologist goes against the prevailing 'Noble Savage' ideological view of primitive people, using decades worth of first-hand observations, see Napoleon Chagnon.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

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Ms O’Toole bemoaned the colonial propagation of Shakespeare, whose works she denounced as “full of classism, sexism, racism and defunct social mores.”

Related, in South Africa things have gotten so splintered that a group claiming to be the real first inhabitants decided to protest by showing up to an ANC meeting in traditional garb which I guess is supposed to show their purity compared to people wearing western style suits. Note, however, the vertical abdominal scar on the gentleman on the right which shows he has availed himself of the colonial propagation of an exploratory laparotomy, culturally appropriating white medicine.

...feminist boyfriends...

Sort of related, car ad for millennials. (N.B.- this will probably make more sense to those in the US/Canada who have seen the crappy Chevy commercials)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, are your erogenous zones demilitarized ?

Being a BlaQueer—simultaneous, uncompromisingly, and openly Black and Queer—I must be doubly aware of how my body is being desired, feared, and chosen for discipline by all genders, Black or White, straight or otherwise. However, white women are perhaps my most frequent assailants...White women sexually assault Black men every damn day and I’m tired as hell. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired...white women have been my most consistent and unrepentant racial-sexual terrorists; whether at work, in the classroom, or in BlaQueer spaces.

I am still trying to figure out how a self proclaimed gay guy is being "sexually assaulted" by women, straight or otherwise, other than that he has a rather overblown (no pun intended) opinion of himself.

David

I’m tired as hell. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired

Tabias Olajuawon… is currently a PhD student in African & African Diaspora Studies.

It occurs to me that the entrances to every Angry Studies department should bear the warning Happiness Cannot Grow Here.

WTP

Curious regarding the Noble Savage thing as played in the UK and elsewhere in Boy Scout organizations. When I was in the Boy Scouts (now just Scouts) here in the US, Native American culture, especially plains Indians, was venerated. There was even a very NA themed honor group called The Order Of The Arrow. I presume that this was US-based only, and given that the organization originates with Lord Baden-Powell from the UK and in the context of South Africa and the Boer War, is/was there some similar veneration of other aboriginal cultures there?

David

is/was there some similar veneration of other aboriginal cultures there?

I don’t recall any. But then I wasn’t in the Scouts.

Jonathan

...similar veneration of other aboriginal cultures there?

The aboriginal culture of Britain is British so, no. Baden-Powell himself held the Boers in high regard due to their courage, skill-at-arms and field craft but I imagine that these days that would be 'problematic'.

Tom
It occurs to me that the entrances to every Angry Studies department should bear the warning Happiness Cannot Grow Here.

Perhaps Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate*, from Inferno?

*Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the warning Happiness Cannot Grow Here.

Yes, and the motto, Problemata vera non habemus, ergo illis facimus.

...Native American culture, especially plains Indians, was venerated...

Meanwile in America's Hat:

Aadita Chaudhury‏ @ThylacineReport

Factoid: your white tears aren’t sacred, this land is. HT @mak95101

Can we maybe like not celebrate Indigenous genocide today

Unless I am mistaken, "Chaudhury" is a an Indian name, but dot, not feather, so Canada is not exactly "indigenous" for her. I guess she is just being a white knight for the "indigenous" - scratch that, a Non-white, But Not Black Knight.

WTP

The aboriginal culture of Britain is British so, no.

Well, yeah...kinda obviously. Though I have heard objections from Welshmen on the subject. ;). Not my monkeys, not my circus...but the Empire being what it is/was, sun never setting and such, there would have been quite a number of aboriginal cultures to choose from. Though I guess I take that in general as a no.

I distinctly remember being taught by our scoutmaster that the "Indians" were so honorable and honest that all they had to do was place a stick over the entrance to the teepee/wigwam (which of course all Indians lived in) and that symbolized that the door was locked. Made me wonder why they even needed the stick. But as a 13 year old, I wasn't sure such a comment would be appreciated.

R. Sherman

The aboriginal culture of Britain is British so, no.

Specifically...

Or, think Keira Knightley in that 2004 retelling of the Arthurian Legend.

Jonathan

... there would have been quite a number of aboriginal cultures to choose from.

Brits admire the Gurkhas and the Zulus as being worthy opponents, but not so far as to want to emulate their lifestyles. I was, briefly, a Cub Scout forty-five several years ago but I couldn't tell you about the modern Scout organisation. They allow girls now!

Clam

The possibility that at any given time one set of values and insights might be preferable to another, even objectively better and markedly so, is apparently something that a “post-colonial theorist” mustn’t think about.

Clown school churns out clowns.

David

Clown school churns out clowns.

Having left London’s academic Clown Quarter, Ms O’Toole currently lives in Montreal and works at Concordia University, where she lectures the young and foolhardy in “performances of Irishness in a globalised world.” Specifically,

I love critical theory, and my frameworks are Bourdieusian, performative, postcolonial and cultural materialist. My research asks questions about power, privilege, identity and culture, and is always underwritten - in a cultural materialist vein - by a commitment to social equality.

Oddly enough, Ms O’Toole has chosen not to live somewhere less bedevilled by the assumptions of cultural superiority that she claims to find so offensive and inexcusable. Say, Liberia, Eritrea or Somalia, where the prevailing culture is apparently no less glorious than our own, and where opportunities to get paid for peddling “critical theory” are no doubt plentiful.

Hal

And speaking of those defunct social mores:

Meh.

During the recent migration crisis, Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. However, the exact link between sex crimes and immigration is not known, since the Swedish government will not update its statistics, and the data, which are still being collected, have not been made available to the public.

The article is mere handwaving and hoping nobody notices. The rather obvious questions to ask in Sweden---and to ask the writer of that article---are;

What is the total number of immigrants in Sweden?
--Hard numbers, as far as anyone can tell, don't just state some handwaving recitation of There is an increase, therefore, everyone panic!!!!
What percentage of the immigrants are turning out to be criminal?
What is the total number of native Swedes?
By comparison, what percentage of the Swedes are turning out to be criminal?
---Again, stick to the hard numbers.
---And do remember to subtract both of the two populations of populace and criminal from each other when counting separately.

And. . .

If these hard numbers are not being made readily accessible, Why not? . . . . where that might be the most interesting question.

Daniel Ream

Ms O’Toole has chosen not to live somewhere less bedevilled by the assumptions of cultural superiority that she claims to find so offensive and inexcusable. Say, Liberia, Eritrea or Somalia

You clearly haven't been to Montreal lately.

Daniel Ream

We all have our foibles, especially around symbols of national pride. I try not to mock others' merely because they look odd to me.

Would it help if I told you that the ever-more-spastic end zone celebrations in American football strike me as equally clownish?

Bringing a neolithic warrior posturing dance to a modern sporting event is silly and self-parodying. But okay, I'll bite; the next time the All Blacks trot out their dance routine, the opposing team should reach back into their history and respond with a warrior tradition of their own: charging the enemy lines astride a thousand pounds of horseflesh and barding.

Or, you know, both teams could shake hands and just play some football.

David

You clearly haven’t been to Montreal lately.

Heh. And I’m pretty sure that Ms O’Toole and her circle spend plenty of time feeling culturally superior to people who feel culturally superior to illiterate cannibals.

Sporkatus

Meanwhile, at Buzzfeed...

Mme Oakes is the *Science Editor* at Buzzfeed UK, because of course she is. Isn't her scintillating analytical mind in sharp relief?

Jonathan

All I want for Christmas is full communism now

As you wish:

For five months, The New York Times tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...Venezuela...

"Thats not real socialism."™

"They weren't doing it right"™

B: "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my ass"

R: "Oh, Bullwinkle, that trick never works..."

B: "This time for Sure !"

Sporkatus

Perhaps it's redundant to point out that an entire country of Little Match Girls is not what anyone sane would want for Christmas, seasonality aside.

David

All I want for Christmas is full communism now

For Christmas, it would be nice if some people bothered to find out exactly what it is that they’re wishing for.

Richard Cranium
Richard, that’s awful! I hope you stay well.

Shrugs. Well, there are quite a few of us who are categorized at being at risk (~4 million). From https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK221310/:

This chapter has summarized the risks that deployed U.S. forces have of acquiring a TSE as a result of the consumption of a contaminated food product or the receipt of a tainted therapeutic blood product. Both risks are deemed small to nonexistent. Nevertheless, the risk is unknown, so the precaution of deferring individuals who were potentially exposed to BSE-contaminated meat from donating blood is justified. Research that can clarify the infectious potential of blood products as a vehicle for transmitting prions will help immensely.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...it would be nice if some people bothered to find out exactly what it is that they’re wishing for.

Some men, you just can't reach. Read this steaming pile of tweets wherein various idiots blame the kulaks for the Holodomor.

One "Fred X" particularly has an odd view of what happened.

Hal

Shrugs. Well, there are quite a few of us who are categorized at being at risk (~4 million).

Isaac Asimov died of AIDS.

In particular . . .

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...it would be nice if some people bothered to find out exactly what it is that they’re wishing for.

Shadow Home Secretary says what ?

pst314

"...the lady demonstrated that it was possible to extract half-digested berries from elephant poo..."

If that disgusts you, you are raaacist!

Col. Milquetoast

There is a show on Netflix right now called Genius of the Modern World. Episode 1 is Karl Marx and episode 2 is Friedrich Nietzsche. A Marx biographer named Rachel Holmes literally calls Marx a hero while in the Nietzsche episode the host, Bettany Hughes, declares "The sister and the brother must share responsibility for the life that his work took on after his death." Sure Marx saw revolutionary terror as necessary but there was no comparable measuring of responsibility of the consequences of his writings in the Marx episode.

clips at the link.

Col. Milquetoast

While I'm American, I do recall hearing that Diane Abbott isn't very good with numbers. I suspect the response would have had more enthusiastic scorn and scowling if something similar had been said of Hitler as opposed to the smiling and laughing that occurred.

I'm especially impressed by Mao's accomplishment of preceding but not at all participating in or causing an economic boom. I wish someone had asked her for a breakdown : how many deaths is each of Mao's accomplishments worth? How many Britons would you murder in order to leave the UK on the verge of, but not at, an economic success?

Hal

"...the lady demonstrated that it was possible to extract half-digested berries from elephant poo..."

If that disgusts you, you are raaacist!

Kopi Luwak.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

Read this steaming pile of tweets wherein various idiots blame the kulaks for the Holodomor.

It is quite impossible to distinguish parody from genuine dumbfuckery these days.

One "Fred X" particularly has an odd view of what happened.

I recall a great deal of "Fred X" types a couple of years back when the Ukrainians deposed their corrupt Putin puppet president (and installed an allegedly equally-corrupt EU puppet president). Even the "respected" pseudonymous Spengler insisted the Ukrainians had no real claim to independence (there wasn't even a Ukrainian language dictionary until the 20th century!) It was all very odd.

dan

I’m tired as hell

I felt depressed and fatigued too until I got a CPAP machine, I'm energetic and pumped and more right wing than ever!

Greg Allan

other one that annoys me is the deference and official accommodation given to the performance of the Haka by South Pacific rugby teams.

Sometimes they can be very special events. These boys adore their teacher...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFGort3K9W8

Fay

I must be doubly aware of how my body is being desired, feared, and chosen for discipline by all genders, Black or White, straight or otherwise.

In your dreams. Tosser.

David

Sure Marx saw revolutionary terror as necessary but there was no comparable measuring of responsibility of the consequences of his writings in the Marx episode.

Imagine my surprise.

Given how hard it is to miss the class-genocide fantasies of Marx and Engels, or any of the other warning signs that practically scream these are not good people, it’s remarkable how often, and reliably, some people do miss them.

David

It occurs to me that this is inadvertently revealing – though not of men, as claimed, but of feminist vanity:

Men are afraid of the stories that aren’t written by them.

Yes, of course. Men must be afraid of books preferred by feminists. A more prosaic explanation – that many men (and women) simply aren’t that interested in the kinds of books that animate feminists – is apparently unworthy of consideration.

Jonathan

Men are afraid of the stories that aren’t written by them.

No, we just don't find them very interesting ( with a few honourable exceptions).

BTW, why does a literary festival in India have a backdrop of Egyptian hieroglyphics? Cultural appropriation!

David

No, we just don’t find them very interesting

And by extension, the reason that Laurie isn’t a best-selling author is because of all her dark and terrible wisdom, all that searing truth, which we menfolk fear.

Ten

Men are afraid of the stories that aren’t written by them.

Men - who've brushed up against malignant feminism and gotten some on them - generally find it pitiable. If it assaults them directly, they find it annoying.

That tends to be the case upon inevitably realizing that the whole bizarre leftist movement is rooted in impacted dysfunction: Projection and splitting, appropriation and outright theft, abject dishonesty and intentionalism, simple aggression and the collective force behind all of it.

When your shtick is to intentionally see the world in an artificial way that bolsters your rampant selfishness, folks generally see right through you, although if you're typically uncivil about it, some will rise to the occasion and think you an unbridled ninny.

Here's one: As an unbridled ninny you immigrate to some socialized communist paradise and try that same shit. Odds on your next birthday? And there we have it. Your own people won't endure your mental illness.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Sometimes they can be very special events.

Indeed. I am failing to see why I should get exercised over this, for a sportsball team is just another way for a team to get psyched up before a game, and the Maoris don't seem to be bothered by having their culture appropriated.

If you want to see a haka type thing taken to the next level, I give you the India and Pakistan Border Retreat Ceremonies.

pst314

Kopi Luwak.

I've heard of those. I cannot find the words to adequately describe such kooks.

pst314

and the Maoris don't seem to be bothered

In my peripheral vision that first seemed to be "Morris". Now, I don't know much about Morris dancers, but Terry Pratchett did warn us about them.

David

I cannot find the words to adequately describe such kooks.

I have a confession to make. In my defence, it was a gift.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I cannot find the words to adequately describe such kooks.

Speaking of kooks, back in the great North American frozen wasteland, Wilfred Laurier University has decided that Miss Shepherd wasn't out of line.

There was no wrongdoing on the part of Ms. Shepherd in showing the clip from TVO in her tutorial. Showing a TVO clip for the purposes of an academic discussion is a reasonable classroom teaching tool.

The immediate response of her inquisitors is to go full Orwell.

Public debates about freedom of expression, while valuable, can have a silencing effect on the free speech of other members of the public.

Riiiiiight; never go full Orwell.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Arctic, an Antipodal kook join the fray.

Yeah, that will show The Colonel™. You really have to wonder what goes on in these nitwit's minds so that they think that is actually going to accomplish anything, or is any way a Bold Stand™ against Teh Man™.

R. Sherman

Yeah, that will show The Colonel™. You really have to wonder what goes on in these nitwit's minds so that they think that is actually going to accomplish anything, or is any way a Bold Stand™ against Teh Man™.

Reminds of that guy who went through a Chik-Fil-A* drive through for the sole purpose of obtaining a free water and abusing the teenage attendant about corporate's open Christianity. Of course, he filmed the whole thing as a triumph of Progressive-ism, only to demonstrate that the attendant was extraordinarily polite and he was dick. These people really don't understand they're not helping the cause.

*What is it about tasty chicken that drives Leftists insane?

R. Sherman

Riiiiiight; never go full Orwell.

It really is astounding that Ms. Shepherd's detractors cannot/will not bring themselves to accurately describe what she did: show a clip from a publicly televised debate about an issue wherein both sides of the issue were represented. The response is Exhibit "A" in the case for Leftist/Progressive bad faith in argument.

Trevor

... Wilfred Laurier University has decided that Miss Shepherd wasn't out of line.

One of the confusing aspects of this case is why Lindsay, not unintelligent and with many admirable qualities, invested so much time and money in pursuing a higher degree in 'Communications'. It's not like a hungover matelot waking up with tattoo regret: there were surely many missed opportunities for her to have been guided towards something more worthwhile.

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