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April 13, 2018

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Pogonip

“Never go to eat in the Cafe Dump.” Words to live by.

Franklin

...some high-quality cinema.

That was... confusing. Was the comedy music at the end supposed to be darkly ironic or are they playing this for laughs?

Also, Jason Statham is really better than this.

pst314

Holborn

I see the old account is dead. Did Twitter terminate it for humor contrary to leftist dogma?

Pogonip

I checked my union contract (I’m one of the thirteen Americans who still has one) and found there is NOTHING to keep the boss from farting at us, other than fear for his life. And that’s why we need the 2nd Amendment. 😃

I think the guy in Australia got greedy. Asking 900K a pop does seem excessive.

I was fascinated that Australia is apparently a land where there’s a whole lot of fartin’ goin’ on. This is not in my book about Australian customs. That book is “Culture Shock Australia” and it’s pretty funny because about every other page the author apologizes because Australia is not very feminist—what makes it funny is it never occurs to her that that might induce people to move TO Australia.

Spiny Norman

Was the comedy music at the end supposed to be darkly ironic or are they playing this for laughs?

Darkly ironic, I'm sure.

Jason Statham is really better than this.

Really? I'm sure I've seen him in some really adolescent action flicks.

Spiny Norman

Oh, this comment for the trailer was funny:

Family Guy presents, "Bigger JAWS"

Daniel Ream

about every other page the author apologizes because Australia is not very feminist

Wait, what?

JuliaM

"......some high-quality cinema."

The Rock: "Hey, go see my dumb monster movie, it's the daftest thing you'll see this year!"

The Stath: "Hold my warm beer, and watch this!"

[+]

"CUNY Law Students Say 'F*ck the Law' as they Protest Conservative Law Professor on Campus"

https://theralphretort.com/cuny-law-students-say-fck-the-law-as-they-protest-conservative-law-professor-on-campus-4012018/

Rafi

Robot bat.

David

Morning, all. Ah, seven hours of uninterrupted sleep is a wonderful thing.

David

Also, Jason Statham is really better than this.

My only knowledge of Mr Statham comes from exposure to the Fast and Furious films, for which The Other Half has an inexplicable fondness.

David

“CUNY Law Students Say ‘F*ck the Law’ as they Protest Conservative Law Professor on Campus”

Josh Blackman’s account of the CUNY protest can be found here. Apparently, if you’ve ever aired legal concerns regarding the ongoing indulgence of illegal immigrants, this makes you an “oppressor,” a “racist” and a “white supremacist.” And so if your position is anything other than a full-throated endorsement of endless and unchallenged illegal immigration, and endless accommodation thereafter – in effect, a borderless world - you’ll be slandered and harassed by overindulged twats. Also, you’ll be lectured on the use of woke pronouns.

These are the scholars and experts of tomorrow.

Previously at CUNY.

John D

The evolutionary advantage of eyebrows.

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-evolutionary-advantage-eyebrows.html

David

Thread of note.

Via Tim.

jones

The guy who fired the Death Star super laser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN26SDo1Dgo

This would make for after-dinner conversation.

"So Bill, what did you do in the war?"

R. Sherman

The CUNY madness exemplifies the Left completely. Blackman supports the philosophy underlying DACA. He merely believes it was accomplished in an extra-legal manner and thus, needs to be reworked. For that, he was told to "Fuck the Law." Is there any question, then, that if given the chance, the Left would ignore any and all laws standing between it and absolute power over the rest of us?

Pogonip

David, your Josh Blackman link doesn’t seem to be working.

David

David, your Josh Blackman link doesn’t seem to be working.

Just tried it. It works fine.

David

The CUNY madness exemplifies the Left completely.

It’s a total clown show. Just vain, dumb malevolence. The irony being that while these preening little shitstains invoke “social justice,” it would never occur to them that their own behaviour is an affront to notions of justice, and that their places at university might be more justly occupied by students who were smarter and more conscientious.

pst314

Blackman supports the philosophy underlying DACA. He merely believes it was accomplished in an extra-legal manner and thus, needs to be reworked. For that, he was told to "Fuck the Law." Is there any question, then, that if given the chance, the Left would ignore any and all laws standing between it and absolute power over the rest of us?

This reminds me of the Old Left-New Left interactions of the sixties, in which young leftists, the children of old leftists, used tactics that the old leftists sometimes deplored but in the service of goals which the old leftists supported.

David

Our beloved BBC.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ophthalmologist's delight, modern adult paint by number.

Hit the link above for what the final product is alleged to look like - YMMV, I suspect, but apparently this sort of thing is a booming business.

Franklin

My only knowledge of Mr Statham comes from exposure to the Fast and Furious films, for which The Other Half has an inexplicable fondness.

It's not completely inexplicable. The upcoming F&F spinoff has him going up against Dwayne Johnson and it looks like a great time. Also, Statham's character's mother is played by no less than Helen Mirren.

To Norman's point, yes, he has starred in utter trash. But when called upon to do so he can act convincingly. He just needs a script that's worth more than Kleenex, which he doesn't often get.

Get your man-crush on here.

David

Also, Statham’s character’s mother is played by no less than Helen Mirren.

I did enjoy her in R.E.D.

tomaig

Trump and Brian Kilmeade taking a lunchtime stroll through the streets of Manhattan. Look at how the tourists and locals alike react to the man.
What a change from the vitriol and hatred that we see today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5KWqaNorNE

David

The upcoming F&F spinoff has him going up against Dwayne Johnson and it looks like a great time.

I’m sure I’ve endured most of them, and even chuckled at bits, though I couldn’t recall the plots or say which one was which. It’s a bit like classic westerns. In my memory, they all blur into one enormous mega-western starring about 58 famous actors.

Sam Duncan

“Our beloved BBC.”

Bloody hell. Sports teams, food, and TV shows? This is what the BBC thinks it is to be British? No wonder they've never understood Brexit.

And note the question-begging. Sixty years ago, everyone spoke English, now they don't. Are these people any less British?

Well, hold on there. Language has always been central to national identity. The political nationalism that arose in the 19th Century can be - and has been - defined as the idea that language groups deserve their own states. One the principal arguments that, for example, the Basques, Catalans, and Québecois have for being separate nations to their present compatriots is that they speak different languages. The Irish promoted their language despite it being used by a minority, to emphasize their difference, as do the Scottish nationalists today with Gaelic and their spurious “Scots”. There's a good reason that bilingual countries are rare, and multilingual ones even rarer. It has been argued that the only thing that holds India together is English. The aspiration to eliminate it as the principal language of administration has been in the constitution since 1947, and they still can't do it.

So yes, granting citizenship to people who can't speak our language is a dilution of our national identity, as well as a practical problem. Now, not being a nationalist myself, I can accept that it's not an existential one in small doses. However, when it's presented the way it is there, demonstrating that it's not small doses any more, and approvingly at that, I have to stop and wonder.

JSquare

Ref: Statham-

A friend of mine provided a diving scooter and training for him in a recent film.

Says he's very nice, but a bit of a ponce. Lot's of "Can we stop for a bit, I'm a bit chilly" and "Cor, my wrists hurt, can you take over".

Also- he's quite old.

David

Says he’s very nice, but a bit of a ponce. Lots of “Can we stop for a bit, I’m a bit chilly”

It’s easy to forget that most of the burly and strapping action heroes now hurling themselves off buildings and punching through concrete were formerly drama students.

Franklin

"... were formerly drama students."

Not our Mr. Statham, no.

David

Not our Mr. Statham, no.

Ah, a natural talent. I’d forgotten you run the Jason Statham Appreciation Society.

Franklin

I’d forgotten you run the Jason Statham Appreciation Society.

Join now and get a bonus month of the Statham Fancier Journal.

David

Heh.

Pogonip

I tried the link again, it worked.

Geezer

We're Not the Thought Police.

Heather

Jason Statham is downright yummy!

David

[ Sprays Heather with cold water. ]

David

Wow. Actual steam.

Heather

Ha! But seriously it’s true! On the short side, balding and yet...

David

Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

[ Judging intensifies. ]

pst314

Answered my own question:

https://twitter.com/Holborn_Radio/status/982666110263877633

Damned Twitter fascists.

champ

From the old standby, EverydayFeminism...

Sometimes becoming a parent feels out of my reach. My wife and I both have uteruses, and sperm costs too damn much.

https://everydayfeminism.com/2018/01/queer-and-trans-parenting/

pst314

Ha! But seriously it’s true! On the short side, balding and yet...

So, like a middle-aged hobbit?

Heather

A sexy hobbit!

Bill Peschel

Check Jason out in "Spy". He plays a parody version of himself (yes, it's possible) and it's hilarious. One of my favorite movies.

pst314

"Hairy toes, I love hairy toes", crooned the Elf maiden...
--Bored of the Rings

pst314

He plays a parody version of himself

As did Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Action Hero?

WTP

May be more of interest to Yanks here...Interviews with people born in the early-mid 1800’s. Civil war vets, Whig voters, former slave owner, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FE30a4J38Q&feature=share

R. Sherman

Jason Statham is downright yummy!

Equal time

David

[ Sprays R. Sherman with cold water. ]

WTP

Damn you, Sherman!

Glad I'm not Catholic. God only knows what one should be expected to say in a confessional following such surprises.

jabrwok

On the short side, balding and yet...

So who wins, Statham or Bruce Willis?

Chester Draws

Says he's very nice, but a bit of a ponce. Lot's of "Can we stop for a bit, I'm a bit chilly" and "Cor, my wrists hurt, can you take over".

Also- he's quite old.

Given that he's 50, I wonder if the "ponciness" isn't mere age.

I walk for an hour and my hip starts to hurt. I can't take part in active rugby coaching any more or I get finger issues. I have had plantar fasciitis for years, so I can't stand still for very long.

And I'm a reasonably active man in my early 50s, and can still play some football. I know others that are far more broken than me.

Pogonip

New York city is infested with fast-food places that will give you Jesus cooties!

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/yankee-bigot-scared-of-chick-fil-a/

Darleen

But it's not racism when POC do it, right?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Given that he's 50, I wonder if the "ponciness" isn't mere age.

Unless one is a distilled adult beverage, 50 isn't exactly old, so my money is on ponciness, given its endemicity among the acting class.

R. Sherman

Damn you, Sherman!

It's research for a new paper I'm submitting to Everyday Feminism. The working title is, "Perky Nipples . . .something, something . . . Ingrained Misogyny . . . something, something . . . Trump."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@R.Sherman

Don't forget wypipo and cultural appropriation of brown body nipples from cultures that traditionally wear neither tops nor bras.

Luana Anders

This is what the BBC thinks it is to be British?
The Immigrant People

That’s who founded America. The immigrants. The Immigrant people. United not by blood, culture, language, or religion, but by a commonality that binds men much more deeply yet: having moved from one place to another. Which is odd, since the so-called “Indians” were only earlier immigrants and so not displaced by the nominal Immigrants at all–merely joined by more of their fellow Immigrants. The constructed social conflict that was alleged to have occured between these “white men” and “Indians” was in reality a joyous reunion of Immigrants–and scalps.

And who defeated the Mexicans? Immigrants and settlers–though I don’t see the need for the superfluous second term. Immigrants defeated the Mexicans. Which is another egregious historical fallacy, since we now know that Mexicans are immigrants and so were not defeated at all since there were no distinct peoples in conflict.

And this is why globalism is so morally just. Because if you or your ancestors ever moved from one location to another, then you too are of The Immigrant People and thus of the same tribe as Wi Xiang who, it is rumored, recently relocated from Shandong to Gwangju. He is of your nation. The Immigrant People…and The Consumer People (the Technology CEO council would like to remind).

See it’s one very natural thing to attack the WASP segment of the Immigrant People, but…but now they’re attacking the IMMIGRANT Immigrant People. And that is obviously foul bigoted hate. I mean I know I just said three seconds ago that we are all of the same Immigrant People. But well, there’s some of us more migranty than others. And the more migranty a person is, the more ungood it is criticize them.

Sam Duncan

“Answered my own question:”

Blimey. Suspended for that? They're really touchy unless you're calling for the slaughter of the infidel and/or kulaks, aren't they?

Sam Duncan

“On the short side, balding and yet...”

...has a movie career and a pile of cash.

Be honest. Mr. always-buys-his-milk-in-pints-'cos-those-litre-bottles-are-a-ripoff* Duncan here never gets the “and yet...”, does he?

Fascists.

*And that's sound household management, right there. I'm a keeper. I mean, what's a little designer stubble and a winning smile when he's pissed all his money away on overpriced groceries, eh?

Pogonip

https://theothermccain.com/2018/04/13/sperm-costs-too-damn-much/

If you are, as the saying goes, “not conventionally attractive,” why would you want to wear—in this instance— a topknot, purple lipstick, and a sour expression? I see a lot of this among the Woke. It’s like they enjoy being eyesores, as if the citizenry were not already bombarded with more than enough inanimate ugliness. I wonder what they get out of it? They have to look at each other too.

I remember one memorable photo where the Wokette stared into the camera with a fiercely disapproving expression—while holding an adorable puppy. How the heck does anyone manage to scowl while holding an adorable puppy? I wonder if the Woke are on their way to becoming a separate species. While standards of What Looks Good differ from time to time and place to place, nowhere, until very recently, have people devoted effort to being What Looks Bad. This is not normal human behavior.

Pogonip

Farnsworth, my dad was on Okinawa in the summer of 1946; the Americans had not yet trained Okinawan women to stay fully dressed in the miserable heat. Dad said he not only got a heat rash, he darn near got whiplash from whipping his head back and forth as the ladies passed.

Adam

With every passing day "Idiocracy" looks more like a documentary than a satire.

Pogonip

Chester, have you tried rolling a tennis ball around under your bare foot while sitting around? That’ll help loosen up the plantar fasciae. It worked for me.

Daniel Ream

It’s easy to forget that most of the burly and strapping action heroes now hurling themselves off buildings and punching through concrete were formerly drama students.

I have played Dungeons & Dragons with Vin Diesel (no, really). He has a high-pitched voice, he's about 5'9", and he giggles.

Daniel Ream

It’s like they enjoy being eyesores, as if the citizenry were not already bombarded with more than enough inanimate ugliness. I wonder what they get out of it?

Oh, that's easy. People who are deeply, self-destructively insecure will ugly themselves up because then they have a built-in excuse for why no one finds them attractive.

Pogonip

Well, we all ugly up sooner or later, if we’re lucky; it’s called getting old. Daniel may have hit on the reason the young ugly up. I sure wish they’d quit.

R. Sherman

People who are deeply, self-destructively insecure will ugly themselves up because then they have a built-in excuse for why no one finds them attractive.

True. Though to be fair, the woman highlighted in McCain's piece--at least from the shoulders up--has a sort of "James T. Kirk, your date is here" vibe. So, she's got that going for her at least. Which is nice.

TimT

Eric loves broccoli.

Chester Draws

Farnsworth -- I didn't say he was old. I said there are effects of aging that mean 50 year olds can't do what 30 year olds can.

There's a reason why professional contact sports have almost no players in their 40s, let alone 50s. Age slows you down, lowers your stamina and makes you more brittle.

Pogonip -- I have all the management techniques sorted. Stretching is the most useful -- the ball rolling only treats the symptoms, not the cause. Though it does help.

The thing is that standing brings it on, and as a school teacher I am on my feet 4 hours a day.

The cause is micro-cramping in my calves. I need to figure out how to get rid of them for it to go away. However leg cramping is a known feature of age and my reading has found that many find it incurable.

Daniel Ream

apparently this sort of thing is a booming business.

Amazing how you can make an entire business model out of finding the posterize filter in Photoshop.

ACTOldFart

Look, don't knock Jason Statham. As Bill Peschel above points out, his self-parody in "Spy" is just brilliant. And in "The Transporter", there is an evocative scene where his character and the police inspector, who is trying to bring him to justice in an ever so civilised French way, chat about memory while eating madelaines. When did Arnie or Bruce Willis (or Asterix the Gaul for that matter) ever make such subtle reference to modernist cultural iconography?

David

Okay, who put a life-size cardboard cut-out of Jason Statham in the gents?

Captain Nemo

My new favourite photographic genre:

https://twitter.com/silkspectres/status/984585212007997440

David

My new favourite photographic genre

We don’t get a lot of that over here.

Captain Nemo

True, in this country we don't. Doesn't mean we can't like it when we see stoned bears fall out of trees onto trampolines in the States or Canada.

Pogonip

Hi Chester, try tonic water. It stopped my cramping.

“Captain Kirk, your date is here—and does she look pissed!”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I said there are effects of aging that mean 50 year olds can't do what 30 year olds can.

Yeah - in WWII the myth was that 25 was over the hill for a pilot, meanwhile, Robin Olds, who flew in WWII, was shooting down Migs in Vietnam at the ripe old age of 45.

However, speaking as one for whom 50 is becoming a speck in the rear view mirror, that all depends on the 50 year old. I am guessing you have never seen a division four mile run with the 50+ year old commander leading the 18+ year olds, and, when I was a mere stripling of 55, I was required to do everything my 30 year old counterparts did with the exception of running as fast for two miles twice a year. Given that I have always been a crappy runner I was good with that, but I had an equally antediluvian pal who was a marathon runner and could smoke the average 30 year old (and for that matter, younger) cohort.

There's a reason why professional contact sports have almost no players in their 40s, let alone 50s.

In American football during a one hour game that lasts four, there are, on average, about 11 minutes of actual running around, which translates to even less for an individual player given that one is usually just on offense or defense, so I'll go with the reason is that (barring injury) they are pampered and overpaid and just quit. George Blanda was unavailable for comment.

However leg cramping is a known feature of age...

No, leg cramping is generally a feature of overuse, electrolyte imbalance, or vascular insufficiency, all of which are age independent though there is a higher age related incidence of the latter related to usually preventable lower extremity arterial disease. Studies have indicated the incidence to be fairly equally distributed across all age groups, with women having a higher incidence than men, which will come as a shock to the writers of Everyday Feminism.

Other causes include some medications (e.g., statins, diuretics), some endocrine disorders, peripheral neuropathies, and the highest prevalence is among those with liver cirrhosis. Regardless, identifying the actual cause is what drives the cure - if it is overuse, exercising to build up the affected muscles; if it is medication related, a trial of a different medication; if it is vasular, fixing the plumbing,and so on.

Franklin

Ahoy Chester - I'm just a touch younger than you, and I was able to fix my plantar fasciitis with seated calf raises. Take off the plates, throw a five-pound weight on there, and do a hundred of them. You'll want to die at thirty or forty, just break it into sets.

If you're not a gym-goer like me and Jason Statham, likely any calf lift will do, including one on a step. It seems to have more to do with muscle tone than flexibility, but I defer to Farnsworth on the mechanisms.

Darleen

Fat-studies scholarship.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Fat-studies scholarship.

Lord love a duck, I've been to a rodeo, a world's fair, and a picnic, and that is the stupidest thing I've heard come over a set of headphones. Today, anyway, though the whole thread is in competition for the title.

David

Finally got around to watching Alien: Covenant.

Oh dear.

Hal

Finally got around to watching Alien: Covenant.

Oh dear.

Right. It's not Prometheus 2, it's Prometheus ^2.

R. Sherman

Lord love a duck, . . . that is the stupidest thing I've heard come over a set of headphones.

Now, now. The paper has citations and footnotes! Those tell us it is the product of a serious mind.

WTP

Sherman,
Here you go...

Blogger Says She Was Stopped from Taking Photos in a Bikini Despite Getting Permission - People

A blogger says she was stopped from taking photos in a bikini at a Las Vegas hotel, despite previously getting permission from the staff. Anna O’Brien, who runs the blog Glitter + Lazers, says that she contacted the hotel where she was staying ahead of time to set up a photo shoot for her website. The New York-based blogger says that the hotel, which she declines to name, approved her request and said that she could shoot anywhere except the casino floor. Read the full story...

https://people.com/health/blogger-stopped-bikini-photos-despite-getting-permission/

Pogonip

Why is this lady posing in Donald Trump’s apartment?

Hal

A blogger says she was stopped from taking photos in a bikini at a Las Vegas hotel, despite previously getting permission from the staff.

Siiiigggggghhhhhhh.

Dear hotel staff. When cheerfully announcing Yeah, no problem. Perhaps, just perhaps, you should also consider what you might later find to be a problem.

Before the possibility of involving the lawyers.

jones

As has been noted in the comments of this article, this is a piece of terminal, virtue-signalling performance art...

I'm sure we are all wracked with eco-guilt as a result.....

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/14/green-activist-lawyer-burns-himself-to-death-to-protest-global-warming/comment-page-1/#comment-2790499

MC

apparently this sort of thing is a booming business.

A couple of years ago, I was on a flight from the UK to Greece. Sitting across the aisle from me were two women in their late teens/early 20s. They spent the whole flight working avidly on colouring-in books.

Sonny Wayze

"It’s easy to forget that most of the burly and strapping action heroes now hurling themselves off buildings and punching through concrete were formerly drama students."

NOW, yes. But look at the CVs of the leading men in the 50s and 60s. These guys had been there and done that. Steve McQueen actually did most of the motorcycle riding (not 'the jump', I know) in The Great Escape. No cutaways so the stunt double can sub in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zwW7iWinrk

Just try to imagine Leopold DiCarpaccio (or whatever his name is) riding a Triumph twin on grass.

TomJ

To stop a little further back in time, look at Audie Murphy. It is said when he was making a film of his own wartime experience he asked them to tone it tone a bit as he didn't think audiences with would believe the reality.

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