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March 04, 2016

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Captain Nemo

2,000 ball bearings and one of these.

I want one.

R. Sherman

Hearing British people say the word "wanker" never gets old. Query, how many ways can one pronounce the f-bomb in the UK?

Sam Duncan

“First world problem.”

No. Bizzarro-world problem.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Why, would ya look at this? A "racial incident" that was the reverse of what (dumb) people would expect lately (and catch the defense lawyer's claim about "social media"). http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/nyregion/racism-charges-in-bus-incident-and-their-unraveling-upset-u-of-albany.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Dammit, David covered this like, 3 posts ago! Where the hell have I been?

Spiny Norman

2,000 ball bearings and one of these.

That is "mad scientist" cool. :^)

Hal

When patience is tested on British roads.

    Many phenomena.. wars, plagues, sudden audits. have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contenders for Exhibit A.

    Where they go wrong, of course, is in assuming that the wretched road is evil simply because of the incredible carnage and frustration it engenders every day.

    In fact, very few people on the face of the planet know that the very shape of the M25 forms the sigh odegra in the language of the Black Priesthood of Ancient Mu, and means "Hail the Great Beast, Devourer of Worlds." The thousands of motorists who daily fume their way around its serpentine lengths have the same effect as water on a prayer wheel, grinding out an endless fog of low.. grade evil to pollute the metaphysical atmosphere for scores of miles around.

    It was one of Crowley's better achievements. It had taken years to achieve, and had involved three computer hacks, two break.. ins, one minor bribery and, on one wet night when all else had failed, two hours in a squelchy field shifting the marker pegs a few but occultly incredibly significant meters. When Crowley had watched the first thirty.. mile.. long tailback he'd experienced the lovely warm feeling of a bad job well done.

    It had earned him a commendation.

---Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Hal

I question the geography.

Among the commentary . . . .

Ben Stanley ‏@BDStanley Mar 1
@TheMichaelMoran @chrisdeerin Only CNN could make a geography mistake in a headline about Slovenia and the mistake not be Slovenia.

There is a story of someone calling up the event HQ for the upcoming Grand Festival of the Sons Of Poland---or something like that---and requesting ticket reservations. She was asked what name the tickets should be held for, and replied Barbara Spoadjffcoa;ofjwiueyhpajfijd.

There was a moment of silence. "How do you spell that?"

"Ess Pee Oh Ae---"

"Oh, I can spell Spoadjffcoa;ofjwiueyhpajfijd just fine, how do you spell Barbara??"

R. Sherman

. . . how do you spell Barbara??"

Keyboard sprayed; comment achievement unlocked.

Hal

Vienna.

Vienna waits for you . . .

sH2

I'm on a Janice Fiamengo binge. She's a brave woman.

David

I’m on a Janice Fiamengo binge. She’s a brave woman.

Yes, she has a habit of saying things that are obviously, demonstrably true but unmentionable on a modern campus.

Incidentally, the unhinged Norwegian Marxist, Johan Galtung, mentioned in the video, was discussed here some time ago. When your feminism regurgitates the claptrap of an anti-Semite conspiracy theorist who never met a totalitarianism he didn’t like, it’s probably time to rethink your life choices.

David

Dammit, David covered this like, 3 posts ago! Where the hell have I been?

[ Tilts head, peers over spectacles. ]

Joan

First world problem.

"A man who did not claim to be a trans-woman just walked into the women's locker room at a Seattle public pool and started changing and watching the women change. A woman reported him. Staff asked him to leave. He resisted, asserting he was allowed to be there. He went for his swim and then returned to the women's locker room when he was finished. A girls' swim team was using the facility. Mothers complained, and he eventually left. The police were not called because if he identified as a woman, then he was within his rights, and if he did not, then the staff preferred to settle the issue without involving the police."

https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2016/03/01/moms-ask-man-to-leave-seattle-locker-room-while-their-swim-team-daughters-are-changing/?singlepage=true

Weren't we told this was never going to happen?

R. Sherman

[ Tilts head, peers over spectacles.]

At a certain age, reading glasses, over which one can peer, are a fine affectation. As we all know, they're part of the Patriarchy Kit(TM) issued to males upon attaining middle age.

Hal

Keyboard sprayed; comment achievement unlocked.

Thank yew, thenk yew, yer a wunnerful audience.

Hal

How cats and dogs differ.

Oh, I still prefer the classics . . . .

rjmadden

When patience is tested on British roads.

Couldn't look away.

David

Couldn’t look away.

It’s strangely compelling. Not just for the alarming near misses (and the occasional collision), but the dreary in-car radio and explosions of salty language.

“Shitting Peugeot!”

dan

. . . how do you spell Barbara??"

Sorry but I have to follow up with my granddad's favourite joke:

A not-too bright aspiring actor calls up his agent,
"Hey, it's Moish, Moish Goldstein - great news - I'm changing my name!"
"Great news, what are you going with?"
"Shmuel!"

Karen

OT, but my other half insists this is right up your street:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/03/pittsburgh-students-in-tears-and-feeling-unsafe-after-milo-yiannopoulos-event/

David

Karen, your other half is right. :-)

See also this.

mojo

Dispatches from the front:

Donald Trump. Repudiated the Jeff Sessions Immigration Plan -- which was the only reason to support him -- by declaring he was "changing" and "softening" it because we need all these highly-skilled people to take our jobs. Then said he would be "flexible" on the wall and deporting illegals and pretty much admitted he'd said as much to the New York Times editorial board, and then, in case you were unsure if you'd heard him right, praised Marco Rubio's Amnesty plan as "fine" and a good opening bargaining position.

Kept talking about his hand-size and then, just when you thought this was getting weird, brought it back into a more sensible area by assuring the world that his penis size was sufficient for most.

He then added some substance to his foreign policy platform by declaring that he would force American soldiers to break the law and murder children.

On other issues, he was less reassuring.

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=361934

mojo

PS: another view, and an interesting one:

http://conservativeminnesotans.blogspot.ca/

David

Kept talking about his hand-size and then, just when you thought this was getting weird, brought it back into a more sensible area by assuring the world that his penis size was sufficient for most.

The twenty-first century isn’t panning out quite as I expected.

PiperPaul

they're part of the Patriarchy Kit issued to males upon attaining middle age

But my wife does this to me all the time, usually when I've said something dumb, drank all the beer or eaten all the sprinkles. Sometimes I do all three, but not necessarily in that order.

mojo

The twenty-first century isn’t panning out quite as I expected.

Life is a long parade of surprises, the last of which kills you.

David

Someone on Twitter described the US of 2016 as like a long-running soap that has reached its final season and so the writers are just throwing anything on screen, resulting in increasingly berserk storylines.

mojo

The US is so huge that there's room for pretty much anything. Different regions have different flavors and levels of weirdness/scariness/incomprehensibility, or used to. The joint's a lot smaller now, thanks to technology. All swirling together like one of those old "flashback" movie sequences.

Microbillionaire

Trump has issued a(n) (umpty-)second opinion repudiating his repudiation, apparently: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-position-on-visas

(If the last period in that link breaks it, try here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j%2E-trump-position-on-visas)

Here's my view of Trump more generally - regardless of what happens, he has moderated the debate on immigration. Yes, moderated. There used to be a preposterous agreement between the White Guilt wing of the reds and the Cheap Labor wing of the blues (I hold that "reds" properly denotes the party of fellow travelers) that more immigration shall be the order of the day; and the will of the people be damned. Trump is moving the Overton window back to the point where it includes a lot of popular opinion that used to be unmentionable in public. The giant wall against Mexico is very unlikely to happen, but just enforcing American immigration law would lead to a lot of deportation and border security. And now that seems like it might be on the table once again, rather than the half a dozen amnesties and executive orders that have been the order of the day so far.

I don't expect Trump to be a principled upholder of principles. But I do notice that he's made the case, if not exactly in those terms, that the 1920s position on immigration to America is a reasonable and broadly-supported alternative to the 1960s position on immigration to America.

mojo

And why isn't the State Dept. berating the Mexican govt about their horrendous abuse of the Guatemalans, etc. crowding over their southern border?

David

Trump is moving the Overton window back to the point where it includes a lot of popular opinion that used to be unmentionable in public. The giant wall against Mexico is very unlikely to happen, but just enforcing American immigration law would lead to a lot of deportation and border security.

Yes, I think that’s a big part of his appeal.

mojo

For non-Daily Mail readers out there"
"Hillary Clinton promises to 'get to the bottom of UFO mystery' if elected"

Hal

Someone on Twitter described the US of 2016 . . .

My read of the 2016 presidential election so far is of a nationwide madlibs tournament with two extra rules; A) Every contestant uses the same words---such as "conservative" or "liberal"---in every single madlib round, while not bothering to define what said contestant thinks the word actually means, and B) Every contestant insists that each round is always the same madlib, instead of the reality of a different one each time . . .

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Since this seems to have become the "Make fun of the US" thread:

Second daycare worker convicted in "baby fight club" case

Farnsworth M Muldoon

When male feminists attempt STEM studies:

This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

That is just from the abstract, the whole paper is loaded with gems:

But the ‘ice is just ice’ conceptualization contrasts sharply with conclusions by researchers such as Cruikshank (2005), who asks if glaciers listen, Orlove et al. (2008b), who analyze the cultural framing of glaciers, Carey (2007), who sees an endangered species narrative applied to glaciers...
Feminist glaciology asks how knowledge related to glaciers is produced, circulated, and gains credibility and authority across time and space...The feminist lens is crucial given the historical marginalization of women, the importance of gender in glacier-related knowledges, and the ways in which systems of colonialism, imperialism, and patriarchy co-constituted gendered science.
Other literature tackles emotional, psychological, and sexual interactions with glaciers

Explain that frostbite to the doctor.

In Sheryl St. Germain’s (2001) ‘To Drink a Glacier’, the author interprets her experiences with Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier as sexual and intimate.

Did the glacier consent ? If not it was glacier rape !

Read the whole thing, as the kids say, and then wonder how this guy takes himself seriously.

Darleen

it's moonshine

Holy Mary, mother of God, I need to get some of those.

Oh, not for me. I'm thinking of spiking the water cooler at work next week.

YOU try supervising 32 women after going into our third week of IT failure in the court ... cattiness and pettiness is beyond 11.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Those British drivers...facking, fooking, fecking....wow.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

But the ‘ice is just ice’ conceptualization contrasts sharply with conclusions

reached over a century ago: ice can have over a dozen crystalline structures

R. Sherman

In Sheryl St. Germain’s (2001) ‘To Drink a Glacier’, the author interprets her experiences with Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier as sexual and intimate.

Gives me a whole new perspective on my poking the damn things with an ice ax to avoid disappearing into a crevasse. And, no, I didn't seek consent.

R. Sherman

And, via The Guardian, "heroism" on display.

David

In Sheryl St. Germain’s (2001) ‘To Drink a Glacier’, the author interprets her experiences with Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier as sexual and intimate.

It reminds me of Sandra Harding’s “feminist empiricism,” and her claim that Einstein’s theories of relativity are “gender-biased” and therefore disreputable. Dr Harding also insisted, based on nothing, that Newton’s Principia can be regarded as a “rape manual” and that rape and torture metaphors could be used to usefully describe its contents. She also claimed that “science is a male rape of female nature.”

David

And, via The Guardian, “heroism” on display.

Jones is, as usual, disingenuous and fairly obnoxious with it. But he’s right, in a way. The migrant situation does reveal the gulf between a realistic appraisal on the one side, and on the other, the pretensions of the Guardianista class, what might be called The Simon Schama Tendency.

Jonathan

When patience is tested on British roads.

Nice to see the language of Chaucer on display.

2,000 ball bearings and one of these.

What's the betting he's a bass player?

David

This made me laugh.

Col. Milquetoast

"Dr Harding also insisted, based on nothing, that Newton’s Principia can be regarded as a “rape manual” "

When I first heard that I tracked down the book because I thought it must be a satire mistaken for reality. As I recall, she took the approach that inferences and metaphorical interpretation in literary criticism can be applied to everything. I don't think there were any specific examples from Newton but if patriarchal science is generally described as unveiling mysteries of how the world works and seminal ideas penetrating the unknown to expose knowledge then these words have an additional, more sinister meaning when applied to the metaphorical Mother Nature. It isn't based on nothing; it is based on nothing plus tedious bullshitting.

Jonathan

The Cat, The Bad and the Ugly...

David

Oh, well played, sir.

Timbo

Well I flipped off my cat with exactly the same result. They seem to have a hair trigger.

David Taylor

When male feminists attempt STEM studies

I'm going to assume that is satire. Any other explanation is too upsetting.

It reminds me of ABC Radio National where every segment, no matter the topic, has to include a discussion of how it affects women and indigenous people. I can't listen to it any more. The only show worth staying with is Counterpoint, so called I guess because the host is sane and rational. And despite being a woman the host doesn't focus on how the current topic affects women and indigenous people if it does not have an obvious link to them.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'm going to assume that is satire.

Alas, it is not, the whole paper is linked above, here is the lead author, and why people in Oregon can't have nice things.

You can look through some of the other nonsense this guy has cranked out, (BTW, please note he is a warmist), in particular the Research Website, Glaciers and Society Website, and Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Initiative links.

For your amusement, another abstract from "The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species":

In recent decades, glaciers have become both a key icon for global warming and a type of endangered species. But [sic] to understand why glaciers are so inexorably tied to global warming and why people lament the loss of ice, it is necessary to look beyond climate science and glacier melting—to turn additionally to culture, history, and power relations. Probing historical views of glaciers demonstrates that the recent emergence of an “endangered glacier” narrative stemmed from various glacier perspectives dating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: glaciers as menace, scientific laboratories, sublime scenery, recreation sites, places to explore and conquer, and symbols of wilderness. By encompassing so many diverse meanings, glacier and global warming discourse can thus offer a platform to implement historical ideologies about nature, science, imperialism, race, recreation, wilderness, and global power dynamics.
MD

"a feminist study of glaciers"
https://twitter.com/briandavidearp/status/706232808591790080

http://m.phg.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/01/08/0309132515623368.long (https://archive.is/ESVET)


And, apparently:
Um, even if the subject had nothing to do with feminism, there are grounds for investigating...
...the human-ice relationships. Glaciology as a field developed alongside colonialism.
...even without feminist approach, there is much to deconstruct about the way glaciology is studied
(https://twitter.com/ThylacineReport/status/706444481541890048)

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