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June 29, 2015

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Joan

Because, says he, economic growth is “a political sedative,” a tool of false consciousness, “snuffing out protest” in our dulled, befuddled minds.

Misery loves company.

sH2

Peak leftism?

"Everyday Feminism definitely believes in giving people a heads up about material that might provoke our reader's trauma. However, we use the phrase "content warning" instead of "trigger warning," as the word "trigger" relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery. This could be re-traumatizing for folks who have suffered military, police, and other forms of violence. So, while warnings are so necessary and the points in this article are right on, we strongly encourage the term "content warning" instead of "trigger warning."

http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/06/guide-to-triggering/

David

we use the phrase “content warning” instead of “trigger warning,” as the word “trigger” relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery.

Yes, it is rather precious. But for the kinds of people entranced by such things, the signalling of piety and theatrical compassion - and therefore superiority - is what’s most important. An awareness of the absurd is one of the first things to go.

Atempdog

“riot for austerity. Riot for less.

Well, you'll certainly have less after your done rioting, if your stupid enough to riot in your own city and your own neighborhood. Less job, less places to shop, less areas that look like pleasant to be in. Looks like Georgie boy actually came up with a strategy that works.

“a campaign not for more freedom but for less… a campaign not just against other people, but against ourselves.”

I'd say something about self loathing here, but when a leftest says "ourselves", he often means "yourselves".

Atempdog

c /your done/you're done/

Tedunderhill2

Shorter Monbiot, 'filthy kulaks!'

Steve 2 - Stevement Day

sH2 - I love Everyday Feminism!

On Twitter, there is a man. Nay - a *legend* - called Godfrey Elfwick. Xe is a genderqueer transblack Muslim atheist and darling of the BBC.

But Everyday Feminism spends every day trying to make Godfrey obsolete, by expanding the parody horizon as if politically correct spacetime itself is inflating at the speed of light.

Some recent highlights:

Proof That Racism Is a Booming Business with Ridiculously Successful Advertising – And How You Can Help Destroy It - too true, I've made a pretty penny investing in race hate, and my pension is managed by the BNP.

How to Support Your Young, Indigenous Daughter in Fighting Hypersexualization - it's a fight for the ages.

We Don’t Need a Cure for Autism – And Pushing One Is Really Messed Up - trying to cure a brain disorder is totes triggering, you guys!

4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught) - getting a speeding fine is literally the same thing as being lynched.

Help – I’m a Feminist and I Have All These Sexist Thoughts! - the cilice and hair shirt should help.

Want to Be an Effective Ally in the Fat Acceptance Movement? Fight Your Internalized Fatphobia First - I have long wanted to be an Effective Ally to fatties, but the anti-blubbermonster indoctrination I received during my sexist, racist childhood spent watching a saggy old cloth cat being fat-shamed and lazy-shamed by singing mice has rendered me incapable of empathy. Just as the Patriarchy intended.

sk60

Through the politics of environmentalism and the use of questionable mental-health arguments — with desire for more material goods refashioned as a mental malaise: ‘affluenza’

Affluenza: If you want a house as nice as Oliver James's there's something wrong with you.

jabrwok

For an entertaining rant that, IMHO, exemplifies the frustration developing amongst the insufficiently guilty People of Pallor, the readership might click the following link: http://fredoneverything.org/are-white-men-gods-ii-getting-the-facts-straight/

David

Affluenza: If you want a house as nice as Oliver James’s there’s something wrong with you.

Heh. Absolutely. That’s the nub of his “theory.” But Mr James is another anhedonic hypocrite who projects his own disposition onto the world at large, claiming repeatedly – with no credible evidence – that wealth and its associated freedoms are very bad for “us,” by which he means bad for you. According to Mr James, half the population is being made mentally ill, or driven to the verge of such, by capitalism, which is the cause of all modern ills. And if we say otherwise, well, we don’t know our own minds. False consciousness, anyone?

Though it’s possible that material comfort may occasionally induce dissonance in the joyless Mr James, at least when he’s writing articles for the Guardian, due to his inability to resolve the contradictions of being a well-heeled middle-class lefty.

David

Affluenza: If you want a house as nice as Oliver James’s there’s something wrong with you.

And remember, among patrician leftists it’s a very common theme.

Lancastrian Oik

Before they developed their new-found emotional attachment to describing everything they don’t like as ‘austerity’, [leftist critics] were openly calling for austerity.

A Leftie of my acquaintance has just posted some incoherent anti-Western guff from Chomsky on FB and said (I paraphrase to preserve his privacy) that one of his major concerns is that economic growth remains a priority for any society, since the natural consequences of the pursuit of growth in the West are that other people's children suffer in order that his thrive.

Leaving aside the crass error of assuming that wealth creation and trade constitute a zero-sum game, last week he was championing the cause of the anti-austerity marchers and vilifying the current government's programme of "savage cuts".

But if you point out the flaws in their thinking or the lack of consistency in their views to them, no matter how gently, they get awfully shouty.

Ofay Cat

Why not cut to the chase .... "Humanity needs to die off to save the planet". Even though the planet really doesn't give a shit one way or the other ... it's a spinning ball in space with no agenda whatsoever. I know that is a hard grasp for the Gaia freaks.

brilton

I found myself laughing out loud upon reading this latest Elsewhere (169). That's more than any satirical TV show on my ABC has caused me to do in the last ten years, and I pay for that through my taxes. So, on principle, I must give you money. And do not acknowledge me with your whimsical entreaties about drinks at the bar or even cake trollies.

David

[ Shoos away cake trolley. Rubs self with cash. ]

Johnnydub69

re: jabrwok

That's a magnificent rant. I love the idea of Charging race hustlers like Cornell West and Al Sharpton licensing fees on the outputs of "white privilege"

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught) - getting a speeding fine is literally the same thing as being lynched.

Steve:

There is a double standard, but it's cop vs. non-cop, not racially based. Consider this story from New Jersey two weeks ago:

Neptune cop charged with shooting, killing ex-wife in front of daughter

[...]

LeMieux said officers were able to talk Phillip Seidle into handing over the couple's daughter. Once the daughter was in police custody, Phillip Seidle then fired more shots at Tamara Seidle through her front windshield, he said.

[...]

The standoff came to an end after police officers, on one side of Sewall Avenue, slid a small black box about the size of an individual cupcake box to Seidle, who was standing on the other side of the street, the witness said.

After looking at the object, he raised his arms over his head and walked out into the street to surrender, the witness said. The witness said police officers surrounded Seidle, who was "bawling his eyes out." While taking him into custody, some of the officers hugged him and patted him comfortingly on the back, the witness said.

They'd never let a non-cop resume shooting; they'd shoot him dead. They also wouldn't console a non-cop like that.

It's enraging that the media only wants us to discuss police abuses through the lens of race.

David

Guardianista humour: it’s not for everyone.

neal

I was a person of color, before sanity was the new edgy.

Really crazy people are interesting. Before and after popularity.

bgates

content warning

Content warning. Content warning.

I'm not going near the anti-feminist implications of "cont"....

rabbit

Why are brown or female conservatives so loathed by the left?

White guys are expected to be conservative (defined loosely here as "not outright socialist"). We are the enemy by virtue of birth. We can't help ourselves, so if caught we are just thrown into POW camps until the war's over.

But brown or female conservatives are not enemies but traitors, and traitors are shot as an example to other would-be traitors.

Jeff Wood

Quite, Rabbit: vide Thomas Sowell and Sarah Palin.

Jake

"Paradigm shifting" modern art. Brace yourselves...

http://sea.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1188192/marina-abramovics-paradigm-shifting-australian-power-play#

mojo

I can just see Moonbat's solar-powered micro-housing unit, cabinets stuffed full of white boxes with black printing that say only "Fud" and "Drink".

ACTOldFart

Why are brown or female conservatives so loathed by the left?

The bigotry of the left is pretty blatant on this issue. Why, it's almost as though they judge someone by the colour of his skin, not the content of his character.

Hanzo

Hmm .... Monbiot, moonbat, whatever.

dicentra

Here's Greece in a nutshell:

“How can something like this happen without prior warning?” asked Angeliki Psarianou, a 67-year-old retired public servant, who stood in the drizzle after arriving too late at one empty ATM in the Greek capital. “I want Tsipras to tell me how I am going to make it through the week with €10 in my bag with rent coming up. It has never been as bad as this.”
And the NYC in the other half of the nutshell:
Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist

Vince N

"How can something like this happen without prior warning?" asked Angeliki Psarianou, a 67-year-old retired public servant

The warning came when you retired at 55 on full pension.

Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece's Persist

To end the crises, you need to save the trillions.

David

As Iowahawk puts it, “Hangovers persist, despite chugging ouzo.”

Speaking of Greece’s retreat deeper into socialism, here’s George Will:

In January, Greek voters gave power to the left-wing Syriza party, one third of which, The Economist reports, consists of “Maoists, Marxists and supporters of Che Guevara.” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 40, a retired student radical, immediately denounced a European Union declaration criticising Russia’s dismemberment of Ukraine. He chose only one Cabinet member with prior government experience — a leader of Greece’s Stalinist Communist party. Tsipras’s minister for culture and education says Greek education “should not be governed by the principle of excellence… it is a warped ambition.” Practising what he preaches, he proposes abolishing university entrance exams.

Needless to say, and along with many Guardian contributors, Laurie Penny thinks the rise of Syriza is way cool.

Jimmy

"Paradigm shifting" modern art. Brace yourselves...

From the article:

"At one time or another throughout my own two-week Marina Abramovic experience I am screamed at, watch the artist eat an onion, stand on a plinth with my eyes closed while holding the hand of an Abramovic Method “facilitator,” get tucked into a camp bed, sit opposite a complete stranger and stare into their eyes, wear noise cancelling headphones while sitting on beach chairs in a “chamber of silence,” stand under a giant crystal geode to experience “crystal energy transference,” sit in front of a wall and stare at a rectangle of color, participate in a series of breathing exercises, and separate and counted grains of rice and lentils from a large pile, twice, all in the name of artistic enlightenment. But not just any form or artistic enlightenment, Abramovic’s unique and singular vision of artistic enlightenment"

Crystal energy transference? That's so interesting. I am inspired and thus will try my hand at some creative writing...

In a barren white room Modern Art squats gollum-like before the public crowd, grinning mischievously and crooning art-theory garbage while tickling its prostrate with its gnarled fist. A giant black crystal floats ominously above the crowd, thrumming audibly with malevolent energy. Soon enough Modern Art reaches its climax and screams with ecstasy, "ENLIGHTENMENT!". The crowd is momentarily stunned into silence before breaking into an applause of trembling jazz hands and loud-mouth clicks.

ACTOldFart

You forgot the bit about government (ie taxpayer-provided) funding.

Lancastrian Oik

George Will: "(R)eality does not respect a democracy's delusions"

That.

Horace Dunn

"To end the crises, you need to save the trillions".

Ah, but you have surely noticed than whenever a politician - and not just in Greece - talks of "investing", he means "borrowing money and spending it". It's become the standard usage.

Tim Newman

I've made a pretty penny investing in race hate, and my pension is managed by the BNP.

To be fair, my mortgage is with BNP. :)

David

Blimey, it’s warm out.

Jonathan

Blimey, it’s warm out.

Make the most of it David. If evil Eurosceptics take us out of the EU, there'll be no more 'Euro-style' warm weather, it'll be back to cold and rain all year round.

AC1

Euroscepticism causes climate change.

Ten

Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist

Still misspelling so, I see.

Captain Nemo

Ah, so as a Eurosceptic, I'm a more successful, more evil version of King Canute. I don't know why the Imperial March doesn't just follow me around as I walk.

David

We need nicotine gum, stat!

David

I don’t know why the Imperial March doesn’t just follow me around as I walk.

I’m sure it can be arranged.

wtp

OK, I really don't like being an American jackass but can someone please explain to me who won this election y'all have been flagellating about?


The BBC is reviewing its use of the phrase ‘Islamic State’ after more than 100 MPs backed David Cameron’s call for it to change the way it describes the terror group.

http://www.jammiewf.com/2015/bbc-may-stop-using-islamic-state-since-it-offends-muslims-or-something/

Cameron's the guy what won, right? I mean...what's the point...

Please feel free to mock US conservative stupidity. I admit, I've asked for it. And we have it in spades as well. But...damn.

jaed

one week claims that austerity is crushing the poor and is “an assault on public life,” and then another week calls for his readers to “riot for austerity. Riot for less.”

David, David, David. You simply need to break the code. There is bad austerity. This is any limitation on the ability of the government to provide itself with all it desires. Government is the font of all good things: thus, cuts in government spending prevent good things from happening, so such cuts are bad.

Then there is good austerity. This is any limitation on the ability of people to provide for themselves. People, you see, will make all the wrong decisions. They will spend money on things their betters have determined are bad for them, or bad for society. The less money people have, the better off they are! So taking money away from people keeps bad things from happening, so it's good. (If taking that money away in taxes, it also provides more money to government, so it's extra good [see above]. But simply destroying the wealth of ordinary people is good too.)

Looked at in this light, the views of George the Moonbat are utterly consistent.

Hedgehog

White guys are expected to be conservative

Well, yes. Not everybody can be on welfare. See also (h/t jabrwok)
http://fredoneverything.org/are-white-men-gods-ii-getting-the-facts-straight/

Hal

OK, I really don't like being an American jackass but can someone please explain to me who won this election y'all have been flagellating about?

The BBC is reviewing its use of the phrase ‘Islamic State’ after more than 100 MPs backed David Cameron’s call for it to change the way it describes the terror group.

Actually, that does make sense---And I, for one will be cheering 'em on.

Consider that some random collection of hipsters takes up burning random paperback books. Being hipsters, they also insist that they are to be admired, absolutely, by everyone, and that there is no capability of objection by anyone. Next the collection of useless book burners then announce that their name is the New England Patriots---and remember, they are hipsters, therefore they are to be admired, absolutely, by everyone, and that there is no capability of objection by anyone. Furthermore, everyone and anyone else claiming to call themselves the New England Patriots is to be executed, because that is heresy---remember, being hipsters, they are to be admired, absolutely, by everyone, and that there is no capability of objection by anyone. Furthermore, they are to be recognized---by everyone--as being the entirety of the NFL---National Football League, for those many of us with basically zero interest in sports---and of course, any one who questions any of this is to be executed, because that is heresy---remember, being hipsters, they are to be admired, absolutely, by everyone, and that there is no capability of objection by anyone. . . . .

Now, as for the actual collections of idiots using the same reasoning . . .

The extremists are variously known as Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Daesh, based the Arabic acronym for the group.

Islamic State is out. They’re not Islamic, they’re not a State. At best, they manage to be a large scale version of the assorted American and Italian Mafia.

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are out. For the latter, as already noted above. For the former, absolutely more so, because Isis is extremely previously and quite preemptively noted as being the name of a classical Egyptian goddess and a lot of women and girls

For longtime readers here, a claimed name of Icess doesn't count as Isis under any circumstances.

Sooo, that really does leave Daesh, based the Arabic acronym for the group. . . . . .

jones

:George Monbiot is one of the Guardian’s chief complainers about Tory austerity — the same George Monbiot who in 2006 proudly described environmentalism as a “campaign not for abundance but for austerity” and who inspired the radical group Riot 4 Austerity."


David, this is a DIFFERENT kind of austerity.

OK?

Just accept what has to be.

HIS flying around the globe is NOT child abuse......

Just ours....

Ten

On the false god of liberty and individualism, and its victim, communism, which is wrongly judged for competing against same. Or something,

wtp

They’re not Islamic, they’re not a State., etc.

So...as a person of German ethnicity, can I now insist that the entity that ruled the Germanic peoples of central Europe (do we include Austria, not sure) between 1933 and April of 1945 be called, everywhere and all the time, the Nazi state. Not "Germany". They didn't represent true Germans like Beethoven or Gunter Grass (heh). Same for the Holy Roman Empire. They were, like all of us, mighty far from holy and starting sometime in the 17th century, they didn't control Rome...so perhaps Maria Theresa Land. Romania should be referred to as possibly Dacia, forthwith for similar reasons. There are others, I'm sure you can imagine.

You can do what you wish with the New England Patriots for all I care. Never cared for the either of the logos. Though I would note that no Bengal Tigers ever roamed Cincinnati. Nor, come to think of it, did Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus ever lay eyes on the place. But now I'm just being silly.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Why the TSA is evil

Hal

They’re not Islamic, they’re not a State., etc.

So...as a person of German ethnicity, can I now insist that the entity that . . . . .

Well, having a general look online regarding the rather deluded thieves and despoilers of imagery, I'm reminded that a, if not the, correct term wasn't Germany as much as The Third Reich . . . which has always led to the easy and amused observation of oh, oops, so sorry, the thousand year reich only managed to come up nine hundred eighty-eight years short of that . . .

I grabbed the Patriots as the first random reference that came to mind to play with.

The problem with your example of the HRE is that they did actually have quite a good run, under whatever the name---Functioning government and care of people did occur. A better large example is the Chinese communists, where when one looks at [font size=200 pt, bold] China [/font], whatever the piddling little [font size=3 pt] maoist dynasty [/font] finally gets called by history, it will remain one of the truly pissant little eras of Chinese history that will be best remembered for its utter and absolute dedication to the complete despoiling and degrading of all Chinese at a scale that's absolutely trumped the minor efforts of the even the European and Japanese colonialists.

Sooo, getting back to Daesh, calling the Third Reich the Third Reich is perfectly fine, 'cause all one gets there is the Third Reich. In turn, calling Daesh anything other than Daesh is the problem. Consider that Daesh is indeed merely a large but ultimately useless assembly of mere murderers, thieves, and assorted sycophantic eunuchs that may not even last as long as the Third Reich. Consider that where the Third Reich was indeed not Germany, then in exactly the same manner, the best practice will indeed be to call Daesh by its name, rather than to abuse and harass innocent children, and adults.

WTP

the Prophet Muhammad and the four rightful caliphs, undertook to murder infidels as one of their primary activities, and that the Prophet waged jihad operations 77 times in the first 10 years as head of the Muslim community in Medina...

This differs from ISIL to what degree?

Stole that from somewhere on this site. Five bucks to whoever finds the right link. No cheating.

Hal

Well, I'm trying to arrange a remote fix, but so far the preview projects to expect more italics.

David, do go ahead and delete or amend this when you fix the dribbling italics . . . .

Hal

"Paradigm shifting" modern art. Brace yourselves...

From the article

Ooooohhhhh, Dear . . . . Menotes that the author of the article doth protest too much.

She cites Aboriginal culture as a major influence on her practice, having spent a year in the central Australia desert in the 1980’s living with the local Aborigines who she credits with showing her the importance of the “here and now” and teaching her that “the present is the only reality that we can deal with” and that “there is no other reality other than the present.” She says that the idea that this culture is nomadic, that this culture is constantly dealing with ceremonies as a way of life, that they are completely connected with nature and the land, and that they focus on the here and now, was mind blowing.

'k, that bit about focusing on The Now only happens to go back who knows
how long, with a fellow named Gautama credited with a rather major example of Such, with rather a few others here and there following suit with the same message . . .

From there,

“My theory, which is something that was clear to me, is that full blooded Aboriginal men and women are fully realized human beings who use much more of their brain than we do because of their extra sensory perceptions,” she says. “They have so many other abilities that I was witnessing, but that it is not possible for me to explain. And they have the techniques to get there, and they are getting there.”

Really? If indeed so---that bit about aboriginal capabilities, as would have been practiced by aboriginals doing the actual practices---, then while that's not something I'd read about before as being done by Australian aborigines, those details wouldn't really surprise me . . . only because that sort of practice and results have already turned up way elsewhere way many times.

Oh, and regarding;

The basis of her plan of is a four-pronged strategy: to promote and facilitate what she calls “immaterial” art, that is art with no object; to encourage the slowing down of art with long-durational performance; to encourage people to experience and value the present, the “here and now”; and to cement and establish her legacy through the Abramovic Method and the Marina Abramovic Institute.

Yeah, see also;

Among adherents of Zen, the origin of Zen Buddhism is ascribed to a story, known in English as the Flower Sermon, in which Śākyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) transmits direct prajñā (wisdom) to the disciple Mahākāśyapa. In the original Sino-Japanese, the story is called nengemishō (拈花微笑, literally "pick up flower, subtle smile"). In the story, Śākyamuni gives a wordless sermon to his disciples (sangha) by holding up a white flower. No one in the audience understands the Flower Sermon except Mahākāśyapa, who smiles. Within Zen, the Flower Sermon communicates the ineffable nature of tathātā (suchness) and Mahākāśyapa's smile signifies the direct transmission of wisdom without words. Śākyamuni affirmed this by saying:

I possess the true Dharma eye, the marvelous mind of Nirvana, the true form of the formless, the subtle [D]harma [G]ate that does not rest on words or letters but is a special transmission outside of the scriptures. This I entrust to Mahākāśyapa.[1]

In short, sometimes . . . or sometimes all the time . . . a flower is just a flower.

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