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June 20, 2014

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Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The name "String Latéral Flash" is obviously a euphemism.

svh

Comes with lube and “love mask.”

The next obvious step is to put a sex swing on that cliff edge.

Hal

Iceland, baby.

Um . . . Isn't that Mt Doom on the right there?

Sam

roam the Enterprise-D with PixelTrek.

Now we know where the toilets are.

David

Hold tight, it’s the Daily Express good diet guide. Via BenSix.

David

The name “String Latéral Flash” is obviously a euphemism.

I know I probably shouldn’t ask but I’m intrigued by the physics. How does a thing like that, er, well, stay put? Some combination of adhesive and optimism?

Anna

How does a thing like that, er, well, stay put?

It has a "high elastane content".

Steve 2: Steveageddon

Sorry Miss Sausage Queen, we both knew this crazy rollercoaster ride would have to come to an end one day. But we'll always have mash.

Miss Bacon Queen? No, she's just a... friend. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid.

Jacob

Comes with lube and “love mask.” // Miss Sausage Queen, 1955.

I don't think that was an accident.

present & correct

for those who missed it,
Liddle vs Yazzmonster
my, my... she is such a grotesque cartoon of a liberal lefty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSRSypmC3OY&feature=youtube_gdata

David

Rupert Murdoch “destroyed” the white working class? And Thatcher, obviously.

Ms Alibhai-Brown was once described as “an own-brand Polly Toynbee.” I can think of no higher praise. Dear Yasmin is, of course, no stranger to self-congratulation, as when she announced, modestly, “I’m sorry, but I know I have influenced international politics.”

Penseivat

Can I assume that the sausages are not pork? Also, I doubt that the millions who worked, and died, in the salt mines under Stalin's work experience programme would have appreciated the psychadelic beauty of their surroundings. That apart, a wonderful, eclectic, mix - as usual.

Kevin B

Yes Hal, one wonders what Peter Jackson was doing wasting his time in New Zealand.

That eruption with the fiery eyes and flaming muzzle was scary enough, but for me the field of giant brussels sprouts was the killer.

Rafi

Now we know where the toilets are.

There's an Andorian in the end toilet cubicle. Is he crew or a stowaway?

David

There’s an Andorian in the end toilet cubicle.

See, now I’m wondering exactly how many of you are poking about in the toilets of a fictional space vehicle. While presumably at work.

Kevin B

Somehow the OptiSex Romantic Fantasy Swing Kit seems perfectly wholesome when contrasted to Miss Sausage Queen 1955.

Rafi

See, now I’m wondering exactly how many of you are poking about in the toilets of a fictional space vehicle. While presumably at work.

It's a slow day. :-)

R. Sherman

Hypothetically, if one were to purchase that item from Amazon, how much would be our dear host's take?

BTW, the Sausage Queen photo caused me to flashback to a fair I attended in Benkelman, Nebraska ca. 1983. Good times.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

"Somehow the OptiSex Romantic Fantasy Swing Kit seems perfectly wholesome when contrasted to Miss Sausage Queen 1955."

Women really knew how to please their menfolk back in the 1950's, and they didn't need no fancy swings like those sex people. No need to take Miss Sausage Queen out to dinner, just bring condiments.

Plus, she was very popular with dogs.

Patrick Brown

"the field of giant brussels sprouts"

Cabbages?

Hal

. . . one wonders what Peter Jackson was doing wasting his time . . .

Oh, we know that one already . . . I did see An Unfortunate Train Wreck to see how 48 frames per second looked---looked very nice---, and among the titles I've seen for the next fiasco there has been The Desecration of Smaug and The Desolation Of Peter.

---Didn't bother with the second round m'self, merely read the rather scathing observations, and still don't see the point of shoehorning into Train Wreck the entire mine sequence from Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom . . .

WTP

See, now I’m wondering exactly how many of you are poking about in the toilets of a fictional space vehicle. While presumably at work.

I just got back from lunch. I had to pee.

rjmadden

Liddle vs Yazzmonster

I'm not a Rod Liddle fan but YAB's rambling makes him look good.

David

I’m not a Rod Liddle fan but YAB’s rambling makes him look good.

Her mind does seem to wander and I did smile at Liddle’s bewildered reply after her lengthy blathering: “I’m having a great deal of trouble following this particular train of thought.”

Thing is, Alibhai-Brown’s eagerness to accuse others of racism is quite funny, given her own history of blurting out inapt racial comments. Most famously, a few years ago, she was asked by Gavin Essler why she appeared to have a problem with white men (after wishing them away on air). To which, she replied, “I don’t like them. I want them to be the lost species in 100 years.” Though her stock responses to criticism extend beyond accusations of racism. Ms Alibhai-Brown also invokes a fear of “assertive women” or “assertive women of colour” as the most obvious explanation for people disagreeing with her or finding her comical.

And then, more recently, there was an interview with Martin Durkin, during which she said the media has to be “controlled” to prevent Nigel Farage appearing on television more often than she would like. So yes, she blathers a lot and seems to spend more energy on hand waving and looking exasperated than on organising her thoughts. But her authoritarian instincts become apparent nonetheless.

Hal

There’s an Andorian in the end toilet cubicle.

And a century and a half or so later, they still have tribbles spilling out of an overhead storage bin . . .

Hal

Ms Alibhai-Brown also invokes . . . “assertive women” or “assertive women of colour” . . .

Oooh. So, is Pauline Pearce the sort of person she has in mind?

present & correct

seconds out...round 2
Dellingpole vs Yazzmonster
(JD sticks the boot in ,with extreme prejudice)
http://www.channel4.com/news/alibhai-brown-rejects-fabricants-weasely-apology-video

David

seconds out... round 2

Oh lord. I haven’t followed this closely but it seems to me Alibhai-Brown is doing her usual bad faith shtick. She throws around accusations of racism and sexism at anything that moves, and lots of things that don’t, and is mocked for her hyperbole and blatant double standards. Inevitably, someone responds by saying something in poor taste but clearly facetious. This is then seized upon as proof of Alibhai-Brown’s righteousness and martyrdom. And suddenly it’s a thing. And note the prompting and encouragement of the Channel 4 presenter.

Alibhai-Brown evidently feels entitled to blurt out inapt and offensive comments about white men and white working class people with little blowback, apparently on grounds of being browner and more female than her critics. But when someone mocks her for this on Twitter – on Twitter, for God’s sake - then apologises repeatedly and withdraws the comment, apparently this cannot be forgiven. Outrage and victimhood have to be inflated and milked for all they’re worth, with much of the media onside, as our supposedly put-upon heroine rushes from one studio to another. And suddenly there’s real leverage here.

It’s unbecoming and disingenuous, to say the least. But like so many of her peers, that’s what she does.

Rich Rostrom

Switzerland’s timber bridges, all 1055 of them.

Now 1,481 of them, per the website. I like the first one. It was built in 1580, but appears to be named for a Russian general who marched through Switzerland in 1799. Perhaps he crossed it. (There is a description in German which seems to say that the bridge was destroyed by the French, and rebuilt in 1810.)

David

Now 1,481 of them, per the website.

I thought it best to exclude the no-longer-existing ones. But yes, it’s a thorough archive.

Patrick Brown

Re YAB, I've found there's no point apologising to identitarian lefties. Most people recognise an apology as an attempt to reconcile. But as identitarianism is all about moral one-upmanship, identifying yourself as a good person and your opponent as a bad person, they take an apology as proof that you're a bad person, who must therefore be opposed even more fiercely.

David

I've found there’s no point apologising to identitarian lefties.

Well, it’s interesting how readily and how often Alibhai-Brown indulges in the standard self-flattering conceit: That the mockery and disagreement is – can only be – because she’s a woman, or a brown woman, or a brown Muslim woman. I.e., bad people are being unkind for no good reason. That it may actually have something to do with her disagreeable personality and what falls out of her mouth is an indigestible concept.

Sam

Delingpole's timeline is now full of offended lefties telling him to kill himself.

HATE SPEECH!

WTP

Not knowing the background on either Liddle or Alibhai-Brown and just now had the time to watch that first video, what I found far more disturbing than YAB is whoever that BBC presenter (she certainly wasn't a moderator) was. There will always be and have always been extremist characters with no degree of self examination, but to have a ...to tell you the truth, I have no idea what to call that blonde woman...a third thing in the debate which seems to serve no purpose but to express open contempt and ridicule for one of the two other parties, is where the problem lies. MSNBC is more reserved. When I see such absurdities, what bothers me most is not the absurdity itself, but the knowledge that there's an entire institution of people who educated, hired, trained, mentored, supervised, and supported in many other ways the one individual you see on camera. To a lesser extent, YAB exists on her own. And BBC4, I presume by its name, is taxpayer funded?

Nikw211

it’s interesting how readily and how often Alibhai-Brown indulges in the standard self-flattering conceit

The extract below is a verbatim report of what YAB said on a BBC Radio 4 programme last week called Generation Right.

After a fairly lengthy denigration of the generation just entering university in the UK now – for being spoiled, and selfish and for embracing a culture which drives you away from collective thinking into thinking as long as I can get what I want, everything's fine – she then continues:

    Yeah, so unpolitical so many young people! I was in Leeds on May Day and a march, a May Day march, was going through the centre. The entire precinct was full of young people. Did they even look in the direction of the march? No! Too busy with their cappuccinos and their nail polish. I'm sorry – I was really political at the age of 13! They've got to be more political!

I would say that's a fairly good example of her self-flattering conceit.

David

It’s Cathy Newman of Channel 4, not the Beeb. But yes, not exactly impartial.

David

Nik,

Well, presumably Ms Alibhai-Brown equates “being political” with “being leftwing.” No other possibilities existing, obviously.


Sam,

I saw Cristina Odone claiming, perhaps libellously, that Mr Delingpole “condones violence against women.”


Perhaps I should add that Mr Fabricant’s jokey tweet was, given his position, a dumb move and no less unbecoming. While obviously facetious and intended to convey just how aggravating a debate with Ms Alabhai-Brown can be, sufficient to induce brain haemorrhages and/or an urge to violence, it’s no surprise the tweet was seized upon by those inclined to do so. Twitter doesn’t really lend itself to nuance.

Also, what’s up with his hair? It looks insane.

present & correct

Also, what’s up with his hair? It looks insane

desperately trying to find this hair that you're referring to,.. but all i'm seeing is a blond nylon party-hat.

Kevin B

I reckon that most of the people acting outraged on the yazzmonster's behalf are just behaving like Andrew Klavan in this video,(only for real), but YAB herself really is this arrogant, narcissistic and totalitarian. She is not point scoring on behalf of her political team, she is declaring what behavior is permitted - or forbidden - in Yazzworld.

David

but YAB herself really is this arrogant, narcissistic and totalitarian.

Well, she’s an odd character, to be sure. Ms Alibhai-Brown is someone who describes herself as “humble and self-questioning” but whose default attitude is one of hectoring and incoherent sanctimony. She’s someone comfortable with the phrase “disgracefully white,” and comfortable with the idea of “controlling” the media to exclude people she doesn’t like. Someone who makes bizarre and sweeping comments about Israelis and white people, and who famously admitted that, “There have been times when I wanted more chaos, more shocks, more disorder [in Iraq] to teach our side a lesson… I found myself again hoping that this handover proves a failure because it has been orchestrated by the Americans.”

Yes, more chaos, more shocks, more disorder. As the late Norm Geras said in reply, “Just think about some of the human detail lying behind those three nouns.” But that’s who she is.

WTP

For the sake of (internet) argument.

http://youtu.be/3dqj6WbtvpE

Nikw211

Ms Alibhai-Brown is someone who describes herself as “humble and self-questioning”

Holy Christ on a stick - I actually think a little bit of pee came out when I read that - that is literally too funny for words.

Nikw211
    more chaos, more shocks, more disorder. Just think about some of the human detail lying behind those three nouns. But the impulse she's ashamed of admitting to here hasn't been unique to her within the anti-war camp. It has infected wide sections of the Western media and left-liberal opinion. Not a moral trauma, just a moral disgrace.

Nothing more to add; can be added, really.

RickC

Iceland, baby.

Okay, I think I saw Satan in that volcanic cloud; that or really pissed off, evil teddy bear.

Theophrastus

After listening to YAB, those Swiss wooden bridges are balm for the soul...

Darleen

I believe there is a reason I leave the reading of The Guardian to David ... no more proof than Ed Pilkington's public tongue-bathing of Hillary Clingon ...

The narrative arc of Hillary Clinton’s life story remains unresolved – at least in the popular imagination – until the trinity is fulfilled: the president I married, the president I served, the president I became.

Will that fairytale ending ever be reached? That’s the question on everybody’s lips. It’s why the TV networks have been clearing their primetime schedules for lengthy Hillary specials; why Simon & Schuster paid at least $8m for Hard Choices, recouping that (with interest) when the first million copies sold out in pre-orders; and why thousands of devoted supporters across the country have been queuing up for hours to get her to sign the book.

Run.Screaming.

Spiny Norman

After viewing as much of the video links as I could stomach, would I be wildly off-base if I believed the "yazzmonster" was a textbook example of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

David

Run. Screaming.

Blimey. He got his tongue right in there.

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