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August 11, 2016

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R. Sherman

. . .and, obviously, a 3D-printed clitoris.

I just spent five minutes typing and then erasing various comments about the above.

Sigh

Instead, I bid you a good weekend.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I just spent five minutes typing and then erasing various comments about the above.

The porn movie music was an interesting touch, you'll have to admit.

However, the people who made it seem to have some confusion though:

Realization of a 3D model of the female sexual organ to full size and full, ie the corpora cavernosa constitute the clitoris and the spongy body that accompany it ( "bulbs of the vestibule"). The set has the same embryological origin as the penis works exactly the same way...

Seeing as how this is a model apparently designed for anatomical teaching, they might want to review their physiology.

They didn't say, however, whether this was for teaching anatomy classes, or just guys who can't find it.

Hal

puzzle book of note

I've got a really bad feeling about this.

Darleen

ReallyRadFems v Trans-activists...

Pass the popcorn

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is a radical feminist group founded in 2013, and they are furious about the Obama administration’s manipulation of Title IX to conform to demands of transgender activists:

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is suing the U.S. federal government in order to challenge the recent dissolution of Title IX protections for women and girls in education. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects women and girls from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding.) ...

Women’s Liberation Front disagrees with this premise, asserting that the change presents a radical departure from the core of the legislation’s meaning and function, writing on their fundraising campaign page:

“This [redefinition] effectively renders Title IX meaningless, as females can no longer be recognized as distinct from males. Indeed, Title IX, the legislation used to champion the very creation of female sports, is now being used to dismantle them, as male athletes demand access to female teams, dominating the competition.

The reinterpretation of ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identity’ also means that girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms must be opened up to any male who ‘identifies’ as female. Girls’ rights to personal privacy and freedom from male sexual harassment, forced exposure to male nudity, and voyeurism have been eliminated with the stroke of a pen. Schools that do not comply with the demands of any male student to access protected female spaces will now lose federal funding.”

sk60

a game about planets and potatoes,

I'm launching a probetato. Will report back.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Weightlifting injury of note.

Rafi

a game about planets and potatoes,

That's going to eat up the whole day, isn't it?

Time machine.

David

That’s going to eat up the whole day, isn’t it?

No refunds, credit note only.

Nikw211

Apologies for going off the normal Ephemeral track, but I thought this was too good an opportunity to pass up:

    Tom Watson said that members of Momentum, the group that supports Jeremy Corbyn, were copying tactics from the 1980s ..

    In a letter to Mr Corbyn, he included the text of what he claimed was a guide for taking control of local party meetings that he said was being shared by Momentum activists.

    “First, make the meetings boring . . . This turns off the faint-hearted. Those with better things to do — attend to their family, careers or community groups,” the text says.

    “Part two: make the event adversarial . . . This behaviour basically reduces the attendance of the remaining sensible types. Then the meeting [is] ours to control.”

    The text went on to “the pièce de résistance”: a series of policy motions that would only take place once “troublesome moderates” had left the room.

From the Financial Times.

The Grauniad has a report on the same accusations, which includes this highly amusing and unintentional reference to diarrhoea:

    The Socialist party’s leader, Peter Taaffe, a founder member of Militant who has continued to be involved since the 1980s, told the Guardian … “The lava of this revolution is still hot.”
Novus
The Grauniad has a report...

I read the same article last night and was especially tickled by this:

"Corbyn’s allies blame the result on “GMB political officers close to Watson” and claimed the ballot question “Who do you think is best placed to lead the Labour party to a general election victory and serve as prime minister?” was a leading one, because it made reference to electability."

It's just perfect. Never mind that their acquaintanceship with the leading question concept can at best be described as passing or flimsy. HOW VERY DARE they use the criterion of electability to choose the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition?

Lancastrian Oik

"You'll never forget your keys again".

jabrwok

Evolution in Action: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/08/10/17/39/mum-sentenced-after-baby-almost-died-on-a-water-only-diet/?ocid=9newsfb

Ozzy Man's Olympic Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBKXG4LTaEE (believe him when he says "look away now").

Feminist is shocked that compliments (from MEN!) make her feel better about herself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viq77fGUF4g

Tim Newman

Are the Ainu people of Sakhalin conditioned by the patriarchy to wrap presents well? I doubt it.

R. Sherman

Update on Potato Planet: I'm a third of the way to getting the Potato Launcher, which I'm informed is necessary to turn the sun into a black hole. As they say:


Developing

Rafi

Developing

I think I've just wrecked the solar system...

The original Mr. X

One for the classic sentences, methinks:

The truth is we are as much sinew as we are symbol. Our whiteness is our skin color, but it’s also a torn sheet draping the dead, a flag of privilege that will not surrender, a town called separateness. Our whiteness is that poisonous sky right before it rains, the color of shame.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/11/white-people-racism-america

Jay

I'm slightly pink rather than white, the pink of the sky at the first light of dawn. I used to believe that the first light of dawn was beautiful - I now realize that it's so ugly because it heralds another day of privilege for pinkies like myself at the expense of my POC humankindred. By POC I, of course, mean non-pink/cream or that faint orange shade of people who have very freckled faces. Henceforth, I'll consider only shades of indubitable brown to be beautiful because brown represents honesty, truth and the courage to break the pinky-creamy-orangey chains of oppression visited upon POCs. I pray that Sherman's Potato-Solar System Interaction will turn the dawn brown.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Update on Potato Planet: I'm a third of the way to getting the Potato Launcher, which I'm informed is necessary to turn the sun into a black hole. As they say:

The secret is just let the thing run all night, I got it up to about 5 million watts/second - then build everything including about 20 Potato Launchers.

Stay with it, the ending is good.

One for the classic sentences, methinks:

That is one for the Bulwer-Lytton contest.

Sporkatus

@Mr. X: It's not every day, even in the Guardian, that you find a sentence in which every. single. metaphor. rings hollow or even backwards. A set of sentences so bad that each item deserves its own fisking:

we are as much sinew as we are symbol

Firstly, "we are symbol" sounds idiotic. Second, "sinew" is used in metaphor typically not to indicate the *being* of a person, rather their strength or structure. c.f. the Book of Job: "My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest. " Kipling: "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew." This is the worst imagery to mean a "racism in the blood" that can be imagined. This asinine and angry attempt at assonance achieves an "A" - no, sorry, I mean "F".

Our whiteness is our skin color

Well, loosely speaking. We've been meaning to tell you about that - it's more of a light tan to dark tan sort of thing. Which will make use of the color white awkward if you try to use it for anything past this point... oh dear.

also a torn sheet draping the dead
Are we trying to assign the color white to a sheet or describing a metaphorical pressing physical object of "whiteness" here? MAKE UP YOUR MIND. Also, since when have "torn sheets" (remarkably, unsullied white ones) been a thing for alleged excess force incidents? Leaving aside this sort of blase "whiteness kills" imputation and all attendant lies, exactly how is this specter of whiteness (I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do...) guilty recently of covering up *anything*? Last I checked, any fabrications were meet to advance a narrative, one with no restraint of any kind.

a flag of privilege that will not surrender
Okay, now we're getting somewhere. The trouble is, again we Can't Make Up Our Precious Mind as to whether to use a "flag as symbol of an army" metaphor or whether to attempt coyness with the imagery of a white flag. I almost doubt that the irony is intentional simply because it's constructed so very badly. How does one surrender with a white flag? Find a more white-erer flag?

a town called separateness
Okay, if the town is "seperateness", does that mean the white people are inside or out? Is it the White People Pillow Fort or is it the White People Ironically Named Concentration Camp For Others? Which entity is segregating and ghettoizing which or hiding out from whom? I do realize the poors and the genderqueer siblings of color would like their chance to get into Castle Hate from which I ride to oppress them every day, and riding out is so tiring to do every day at a column of veteran Corsican shitlords that... wait, that's a thing I just made up.

Our whiteness is that poisonous sky right before it rains
Saved the worst two metaphors for last, I see. THE CLOUDS ARE POISON HIDE YOUR WOMEN HIDE YOUR CHILDREN. Okay, but if we mean that this omnipresent whiteness is always looming and somehow teeming in poison, what constitutes rain? Horrible white people-ish wetness - oh, like this column then. The folkism of "don't piss down my back and tell me it's raiing" exists precisely because piss and rain are different things. What disfunctional person hates rain this much? Rain as ominous, sure. Rain (other than acid rain) as corrosive evil, on the other hand...

the color of shame
Oh, absolutely. White in weddings? Absolutely indicates how shamed the bride is of her virginity. Use as a symbol of purity in the majority of religion? SHAME. Use in Asian cultures to indicate soberness and somber feelings toward death - HOW DARE YOU DIE SHAME SHAME SHAME. It's why people turn red when they've had a severe shock and blush with a deathly pallor when confronted with something. Actually this is why black people are superior - their darkness indicates that they've never had to be ashamed of anything.

FFS a tenth grader would be flunked for writing this bad.

Sporkatus

Whoops, meant "alliteration". Ruined my own alliteration joke.

wtp

Wikipedia update of note.
https://mobile.twitter.com/JennaFryer/status/763195195177443328/photo/2

Henry

There's a succinct comment under the Guardian white-guilt piece.

Atrocity committed in the name of Islam.
> "not all Muslims"

Black guy killed by white police officer
> "all whites are complicit"

wtp

a town called separateness

Is that anywhere near a town called malice?

Sporkatus

There's a streetcar that runs from Separateness into the suburbs in Malice. It's called "Desire".
Malice is closer to the hub than Thought, and it's from this we get the phrase "Malice aforeThought".
Thought runs through Lust to Desire.

R. Sherman

Stay with it, the ending is good.

That sentence is rife with possibilities for response. (BTW, finished it about an hour ago.)

wtp

Thanks Sporkatus. Beer through the nose takes days to clear...in case you didn't know.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

A new twist in "rape" culture.

Microbillionaire

Putting the "poke" back in Pokemon, I see.

Mike

250 words you can spell with a calculator.

http://blog.presentandcorrect.com/250-words-you-can-spell-with-a-calculator

John D

As I’ll be away for a long weekend,

*starts working on combination to liquor cabinet*

JuliaM

Meanwhile, in campus capers:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/11/historic-paintings-moved-to-controlled-campus-rooms-after-university-finds-them-harmful.html

R. Sherman

I miss the mountains. Ergo, a palate cleanser. Nymph Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado from July 4, 2016.

PiperPaul

"250 words you can spell with a calculator"

That reminded me of the Boob Poop Machine (AKA the answer to the question, "What would a 12 year-old boy do with a 3D printer?"). Trust me, don't do a Google (or any other) image search for 'boob poop'. I had to, because I couldn't recall where the video was.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:306139

Nikw211

At first I thought Miss Dreadful had fallen out of bed and, landing on her keyboard, had haphazardly knocked out another piece of incoherent gibberish for filing to her editor.

And generally, yes, that is exactly what’s happened.

But then I noticed this one line:

    There is so little that makes ethical sense in the lives of young and youngish people today.

She may think she can defy the forces of heteropatriarchal capitalist oppression, but she can’t defy time.

She’s 30 next month.

Hence, the mournful coordination:

    young and youngish people

I did try not to laugh. No, really, I did.

It seems hard to imagine a version of her prose - such as it is - unpunctuated every other paragraph by references to her youth, her age, and her generation.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

And generally, yes, that is exactly what’s happened.

Link for above, from Nik. The whole screed is a laughable justification of not being able to form a stable relationship.

Ten

Penny in 25 years.

Fred the Fourth

The word, and sentiment, missing from Ms. Dreadful's screed is "commitment ".
Little useful gets done IRL without it.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Penny in 25 years.

Well it is certainly apparent that Miss Our Lady Melody really enjoyed the 1960's, IYKWIMAITYD. The Tale of Harley Bumble Bunny; I am not sure there is a point, other than to show us she lets a rabbit poop on her kitchen floor, but she is from The New World, so I guess that makes a difference. Or something. [makes note not to eat any thing with "raisins" made by Miss Our Lady Melody]

Jen

"I can't say I've ever seen a film studio attack its customers the way that Sony did in response to the film's horrendous trailer and stillborn debut. Not to mention the Hillary endorsement by the movie's stars..."

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/241165/

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

First World Problematics - Miss Lubitz, Personess of Pallor, whines because the Kardashians have appropriated black hairstyles.

However, whether or not the family is trolling America with each passing day, one thing is for certain: Some of the people who come from the culture that created cornrows, and grew up with bantu knots, don't feel comfortable.

I am sure Miss Lubitz asked a lot of Bantus to confirm that.

Who run the world? GIRLS.

OK, so what is your chief complaint, then ?

Runcie Balspune

That damn game had me creating a spreadsheet to keep recalculating the best Watt per Power Cost, and how long it would take to get it so I could use my timer and walk away, I think I went mad when I was calculating the upgrades as well. Got to the end though.

R. Sherman

Muldoon, may I quote from your link, totes without irony:

You may or may not agree with the criticisms, but Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner's decision to don hairstyles without reference to where they found them has a long and sordid history.

Sordid, I say! Sordid!

Fred the Fourth

The old slapfight video from SF State (IIRC) over the issue of a white guy's cornrows induced comments to the effect that cornrows have been found on ancient Greek statuary of young men.
So whose culture is it, then?

Fred the Fourth

R Sherman: Thanks for the palate cleanser. The deep sky blue behind the crags is quite evocative.

Though, if I were camping near that lake, I think I'd want to be well up on the windward hillside, to avoid mosquitos etc.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...cornrows have been found on ancient Greek statuary...

It is common knowledge among the SJWs that everything the white-devil has allegedly made, used, or developed has been stolen from the blacks, or the blacks, Esquimaux, and the Islamic types, but from only their wxymyn.

Sordid, I say! Sordid!

You got that right, I remember clearly all the counseling Kanye West and all the other black guys the Kardashians have dated and/or been married to have gone through because of the discomfort they feel - it is so bad, they are never seen with them.

R. Sherman

Thanks, Fred. We were on the trail very early and consequently had the whole lake to ourselves for about an hour. The trailhead is a popular jumping-off point, so we rolled in at 5:30 AM for the solitude.

Fred the Fourth

Potatos. The end. Hmm.
For some reason, this reminds me of the aftermath of draining Earth's oceans onto the surface of Mars, the whole "Netherlands Interplanetary Empire" thing.. (xkcd What If? http://what-if.xkcd.com/ )
Or maybe it's just my brain, spinning out of control in David's absence. Hey, that's the ticket! From now on, I'm gonna blame all my problems on David!
John D: Did you ever get in to the booze? Are you boozing secretly without inviting your friends?

Fred the Fourth

That xkcd link should go to #53. Let's try that in plaintext:
what-if.xkcd.com/53/

Tim Newman

At first I thought Miss Dreadful had fallen out of bed and, landing on her keyboard, had haphazardly knocked out another piece of incoherent gibberish for filing to her editor.

And generally, yes, that is exactly what’s happened.

This article is almost word-for-word the same as the explanation my pal "Angela" gave me when defending her own polyamorous past: if I didn't know better I'd swear blind the two were the same person.

What is interesting is Penny's talking about the non-sexual parts of it: buying birthday presents, text messaging, conversations, etc. I say interesting because Angela was keen to highlight this as well, but her example was about going to concerts and festivals together. However, I pointed out the obvious: "But you can go to a concert with somebody else when in a normal relationship, you don't need polyamory for that." And she replied with: "Yes, but you can have sex with them afterwards." In other words, it is all about sex.

When I told my editor that I wanted to write about polyamory, she adjusted her monocle, puffed on her pipe and said, “In my day, young lady, we just called it shagging around.”

Well, quite.

Unsurprisingly, Angela is 32 and hasn't been in a functioning, loving, monogamous relationship since she was about 20 when she decided to split with her perfectly normal boyfriend and get into polyamory (probably after reading shit like Penny's article). Of course she managed to snag herself a US green card in the process of being passed around between various middle-aged men and a handful of women, but her attempts at finding the serious, monogamous, loving relationship she claims she now wants don't seem to be bearing much fruit. I can't think why.

Tim Newman

The word, and sentiment, missing from Ms. Dreadful's screed is "commitment ".
Little useful gets done IRL without it.

Forget about whose turn it is to do the washing up, I've always wondered who pays the rent or the mortgage. I'd imagine a lot of freeloading goes on in this polyamorous world. Ultimately, relationships are about the sharing of resources, primarily time and money. What would put off a lot of folk is the notion that you've worked your ass off to buy a nice house for your wife and some other bloke gets to come over and spend the weekend nailing her in it. That has to grate a little.

Theophrastus

Some medieval illuminated manuscripts of note:

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/illuminated/manuscript/discover

David

I’d imagine a lot of freeloading goes on in this polyamorous world.

And so a stable, mutually committed relationship (on which lives can be built, and plans for the future, and in which children can flourish) is to be disdained and replaced with arrangements that are likely to be unstable, anxiously competitive, and in which there may be very real fears of being exploited and/or disposable. It’s a high price to pay for appearing radical, and then only to idiots and the terminally immature.

David

[ Checks liquor cabinet for fingerprints. Reviews security camera footage. Summons henchlesbians. ]

R. Sherman

[ Checks liquor cabinet for fingerprints. Reviews security camera footage. Summons henchlesbians. ]

Damn. Someone was supposed to be minding the door to sound "Stand To" when you were spotted.

R. Sherman

...replaced with arrangements that are likely to be ...anxiously competitive...

That's the thing. For the very hip Left, all human interactions are zero-sum. My satisfaction necessarily deprives someone else of same. Consequently, everyone carries around a mental book of accounts keeping a running total of emotional debits and credits trying to stay completely balanced. It never works, because everyone overestimates the value of his contributions and minimizes others' contributions. Any non-business relationship whether marriage or friendship is doomed to failure if it is predicated on that sort of thinking.

Trevor

... the culture that created cornrows ...

Shockingly omitted from Charles Murray's compendium of human accomplishments.

David

That’s the thing.

Laurie really wants us to believe that her ostentatious rejection of monogamy and conventional coupling is “revolutionary” and “threatening” to the “social order.” She tells us this several times (and in every other piece in which she mentions the subject). The idea of shocking or upsetting others seems important to her, as if it were intrinsically a good thing, irrespective of the particulars. And yet the few real life examples I’ve known of, and heard of, merely seemed fraught and sub-optimal. Despite the protestations of radicalism, it strikes me as adolescent, impractical, somewhat squalid, and likely to lead to insecurity and unhappiness, to missed opportunities. If anything, it sounds like a rationalised fall-back position. It isn’t so much shocking as hackneyed and sad.

Tim Newman

I've expanded my comment into a post on my own blog: Penny seems to undermine her own argument in her article. I think the Editor got it right first time.

Tim Newman

Also this line from Penny:

So I consider it my duty to her and the rest of the unenlightened to explain what’s different about how the kids are doing it these days.

For sure there appear to be a few very young women doing it - Angela and Penny both being about 20. But I'm not sure how many young men are. Angela's partners at age 20 were a man of 40, another man of about 35, and a woman in her 30s. I'm about as open-minded as they come, but I couldn't help thinking there is some exploitation going on here which is doing some serious damage.

Tim Newman

to missed opportunities

This is important too. It's not just about the missed opportunities in your 20s, but the fact that if you decide to quit the practice and try to find a normal, monogamous partner most sensible people would be put off by such a history. It wouldn't just be the fact that blokes generally don't want the mother of their kids to have been passed around in such a manner, it's that romantic life is a bit like a career: you need to build a track record. Anyone who enters their mid-30s without having a track record of being able to hold down a functional, normal relationship for a year or two is going to have a big, red flag waving over their head - and it's hard enough to find somebody as it is. If I met a woman in her 30s who told me she'd never been in a normal, long-term, steady relationship I'd run a bloody mile.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ephemeraaaarrgghh.

NSFW unless you work in a psychiatric research center. Man has spent around £46,000 to get his ‘perfect’ face and bum.

I realize "perfect" is subjective, but his name and hat says it all.

Spiny Norman

I've never understood the appeal of the "permanent duckface" (collagen lip injections). Ladies (and apparently some gents), it doesn't make you look like Angelina Jolie, it just looks horrible. It never, ever looks good. STOP IT!

WTP

doesn't make you look like Angelina Jolie

For the life of me, I've never understood the attraction of Angelina Jolie. When she was all the rage I was dumbfounded. Not saying I would kick her out of bed for eating crackers...though not saying I wouldn't either. I think that was the beginning of my Truman Show suspicions.

Theophrastus

Laurie really wants us to believe that her ostentatious rejection of monogamy and conventional coupling is “revolutionary” and “threatening” to the “social order.”

The rejection of monogamy is "threatening" to the social order. Laurie may be striking a radical pose, but the polyamorous rejection of monogamy is a quick route to civilizational collapse, if enough people take it up.

Laurie endlessly peddles the Liberationist Lie - that social institutions - at least in a bourgeois, patriarchal, capitalist society - restrict rather than enhance human life, that human beings can live meaningful lives outside of traditional institutions and that the autonomous individual is in some unspecified way prior to the society that formed him or her.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I've never understood the appeal of the "permanent duckface" (collagen lip injections).

Great, now you are fish-shaming.


R. Sherman

...the Liberationist Lie - that social institutions - restrict rather than enhance human life.

And they refuse to acknowledge that to the extent they are able to live out their "liberationist" dreams, such is possible only because of the safety net provided by those institutions which constitute civilization.

Theophrastus

...they are able to live out their "liberationist" dreams, ...only because of the safety net provided by those institutions which constitute civilization.

Quite so. They are parasitic: they live out their bizarre fantasies while drawing on the accumulated social and ethical capital of the civilisation they wish to destroy.

Darleen

It never, ever looks good. STOP IT!

They won't. It body disphoria is a mental disorder and it appears a lot of unethical cosmetic surgeons are taking advantage of these people.

My sad prediction is that this young man will be another suicide stat by the time he hits his thirties - or when he runs out of money. Which ever comes first.

I'm sure he has, like a lot of trans people engaged in the same destructive fantasies, a group of enablers who call themselves "friends" who ooooo! and aahhh! over each new surgery (or tattoo) so he continues mutilating himself.

KevinB

Who wanted to build a wall first? And why is this not mentioned in the MSM?

http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/opinions/border-battler-hillary-build-u-s-mexico-fence-article-1.594388

Microbillionaire

This tidbit may or may not have been posted before. I didn't see anything in the archives when searching, but it's not exactly clear what I should have been searching for. Still, it's practically evergreen bollocks, and will probably be of interest to newcomers:

http://qix.sagepub.com/content/22/3/201.abstract

In a entangled collective assemblage, we create and invent data, we perform the data, and we become data through our engagement in materialities/charcoals/movements/rhythms/sounds . . . We challenge written language, by bodily surfacing haptic technology that interfaces through vibrations and sensations in with us/them/you. Our experimentation invites to think and do research differently by unfolding the conditions of what is not yet thought of to come in research.
Farnsworth M. Muldoon

#FeministAMovie.

Karen M

It seems hard to imagine a version of her prose - such as it is - unpunctuated every other paragraph by references to her youth, her age, and her generation.

Lol. That.

"why millennials are opting out of monogamy"

*citation needed*

Tim Newman

For the life of me, I've never understood the attraction of Angelina Jolie.

Oh gawd, don't get me started on her. The sole purpose of casting her in anything is so that the audience swoons at her supposed beauty. Only the problem is if you think, as I do, she looks more weird than beautiful you're left wondering how the hell she passed an audition. I avoid stuff she's in because I know she can't act for toffee, and I don't even like looking at her. I always thought Brad Pitt needed his head seeing to when he dumped Jennifer Aniston for her.

Tim Newman

Penny in 25 years.

Oh lord, I swear I'm not making this up.

YouTube avatar from Ten's link.

"Angela's" Facebook pic.

Fred the Fourth

Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.
Hillary proposed a "smart wall" back in 06.
It's totes different, see?

Fred the Fourth

Tim
Search for a side by side comparison pic of Angelina vs Steve Buscemi. Thesis confirmed.

Ten

Tim Newman (and others), you may find that Vaknin resonates with some of what you experienced.

[+]

Modern art insults me. https://youtu.be/sN9iJCZ5Il8

Spiny Norman

Micro,

it's practically evergreen bollocks

Iowahawk has a theory of where it comes from:

I call this "Physics Envy." Humanities look at prestige fields like Physics and see incomprehensible symbols and jargon. Then, like a Cargo cult, they invent their own incomprehensible jargon and expect the prestige to follow.

mike fowle

Angelina did make some good action movies. I hoped she would make a Modesty Blaise film (being a great fan of the late, great Peter O'Donnell) - she is one of the few women actors who could have carried it off. (Only one film was made - with Monica Vitti as Modesty. As O'Donnell said it made his nose bleed to think about it.)

David

I call this “Physics Envy.” Humanities look at prestige fields like Physics and see incomprehensible symbols and jargon. Then, like a Cargo cult, they invent their own incomprehensible jargon and expect the prestige to follow.

From one of my earliest posts, on the ludicrous “cyber-feminist” Dr Carolyn Guertin:

Space crops up quite a bit in Guertin’s dissertation, as do various mathematical, quantum mechanical and geometric terms, the bulk of which are misused in a series of strained and incoherent metaphors. In keeping with many purveyors of postmodern theorising, Guertin has been careful to appropriate fragments of scientific terminology that sound fashionable and exciting, and uses them with no apparent regard for their meaning or relevance. (Entanglement and Hilbert Space are mentioned casually, with no explanation, and for no discernible reason.) Consequently, it’s difficult to fathom the author’s supposed intention, or to determine exactly how far short of that objective her efforts have fallen. Instead, we’re presented with what amounts to a collage of grandiose jargon, habitual non sequitur and unrelated subject matter – including feminism, web browsing and space-time curvature - bolted together by little more than chutzpah.

And from the comments:

I’m picturing Dr Guertin as a metaphorical Bower Bird, pilfering feathers and colourful debris in order to seduce a mate with someone else’s plumage.

The extracts of her work are still quite eye-widening. As is the fact that she’s been employed by at least three supposedly serious institutions.

Shiggz

Been searching fo an hour still can't find the link to this 3d clitoris.

This may or may not go over our great hosts head.

Darleen

You've gotta love millennials.

David

You’ve gotta love millennials.

Heh.

Anna

Feminist wisdom.

David

Feminist wisdom.

She’s such a dear.

Meanwhile, in the pages of Everyday Feminism. I can’t help thinking it may be instructive that a publication for modern feminists runs so many articles on coping with personality disorders.

R. Sherman

...[A]publication for modern feminists runs so many articles on coping with personality disorders.

One is tempted to believe having some sort of psychiatric pathology is necessary to join the club.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You’ve gotta love millennials.

40 is the new 80. That's not funny.

Trailer here.

WTP

From the comments on that love millennials video...

Reiden Lightman

Will power and tenacity only pay off so much. I kept trying and trying to put in resumes, and in the end, the job I am doing but not being paid for yet wasn't earned. I got lucky. If anybody tells me I got my job from hard work, I will look them in the eye and say "that's bullshit, I just got lucky."

Putting aside whatever the actual amount of effort involved was, Mr. Lightman (heh... Lightman) did get off his butt and made some effort to get a job, yet he has been socialized to denegrate his own effort. This to me is much more worrisome than those who are much more easily discouraged. That our society, academics, culture, etc. is undermining success even in the minds of the successful, that's some seriously bad juju right there.

R. Sherman

@WTP

Modern leftist thought equates success with some sort of moral failing. "Hard work" is nothing more than being born into the right set of "privileged" circumstances and "privilege" is moral issue, because it is "unearned." Thus, all success is, by definition, unearned, i.e. "stolen."

Such a world view is a two-edged sword. It gives the lazy and excuse while filling the successful with guilt.

David

Modern leftist thought equates success with some sort of moral failing. “Hard work” is nothing more than being born into the right set of “privileged” circumstances and “privilege” is moral issue, because it is “unearned.” Thus, all success is, by definition, unearned, i.e. “stolen.”

Or if not stolen, then somehow arbitrary - and therefore in need of correction by our self-imagined betters. In 2012, while professing his own “belief in social justice” and thrilling to the prospect of “shutting down private schools,” the Guardian’s George Monbiot disdained strangers that he regards as having “undeserved advantages,” by which he means their earnings. Even a person’s salary, and the choices that salary makes possible, are, we’re to believe, entirely unrelated to effort, skill, foresight and good choices.

Like many of his colleagues, Monbiot seems to assume that parents who can afford, say, private education exist as some discrete, unchanging and homogeneous “privileged” class, as if no sacrifice were ever involved, no effort, and no risk of failure. An assumption aired in - and inadvertently disproved by - a typically spiteful article by fellow Guardianista Zoe Williams. An article in which Ms Williams thought it righteous to gloat at middle-class parents whose means and circumstances had changed, leaving them no longer able to afford their child’s private education. An education not unlike Ms Williams’ own.

Theophrastus

One is tempted to believe having some sort of psychiatric pathology is necessary to join the club.

Indeed. Of course, members of the club will attribute their psychiatric problems and their moral failings to subsisting under patriarchal and/or capitalist oppression. So rather than take responsibility for at least managing their condition(s), they regard themselves as the walking wounded - noble casualties from the front line - in an endless battle against the system.

Theophrastus

WTP and RS

Many achievements are down to hard work and to character; but, equally, many successful people play down the luck and privilege that often helped them to do so well.

When I argue with leftists obsessed with luck and privilege, I argue that hard work and development of character pay off, usually, all other things being equal, but I also explain that any radically egalitarian solution to lack of luck and privilege would be worse than the problem.

Hal

Travel complications

Left wing conference complications

---For relatively recent arrivals, or those otherwise uncertain of the last, apparently at some conference, there were issues.

Fred the Fourth

Words from my ten year old after a golf tournament:
"The more you practice, the more luck you have."

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

apparently at some conference, there were issues....

From the link above:

The appropriation of Black women by white gay men is prevalent within the LGBT scene and community. This may be manifested in the emulation of the mannerisms, language (particularly AAVE- African American Vernacular English) and phrases that can be attributed to Black women. White gay men may often assert that they are “strong black women” or have an “inner black woman.”

I am guessing by "prevalent" whoever wrote that meant, "virtually non-existent". These people take making stuff up to an art form.

I also enjoyed the background on that Aisling tweet: Fuck Grad School I want to start a Revolution, to which I have to wonder, OK, then, since you haven't started a revolution that anyone has noticed, why are you still in grad school ?

Sporkatus

@Farnsworth: The addition of "black woman" finger snaps and the like to a larger "sassiness" ouevre isn't completely imaginary, but inasmuch as it's appropriated by anybody from anything, I think what might be called the Queen Latifah Martial Form is largely a distillation from broader cultural forms... by Hollywood. The notably "sassy" gay drama type-infused Hollywood. Working documentary title: Whose Sassiness Is It Really?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

The addition of "black woman" finger snaps and the like to a larger "sassiness" ouevre isn't completely imaginary...is largely a distillation from broader cultural forms... by Hollywood.

Yeah, the only time I can ever recall anyone anywhere, in real life or elsewhere, doing the like is in a mocking way à la Blaine and Antwoine.

R. Sherman

Theo,

The problem is not luck or privilege, or as I prefer to call it "blessings." The problem is what one does with it. I was blessed to have parents who instilled certain values in me which seem to have paid off over time. I hope my wife and I have instilled the same in our kids along with the various material things which we've been able to provide. Nonetheless, those things must be applied in real life. The only reason to feel guilty about luck or privilege is when those things are squandered. See, e.g. all the various feminist Tumblrinas who've attended posh, expensive liberal arts colleges on someone else's dime only to spend their time (and grievance studies degrees) bitching about crappy their lives are because of "patriarchy" or whatnot.

David

The only reason to feel guilty about luck or privilege is when those things are squandered.

It’s a strange conceit, this notion that you should in effect be ashamed of being raised well by people who made good choices, and ashamed of the fact that you were encouraged to be ambitious or studious, or to defer gratification, etc. And the notion that you should therefore defer to people who made bad choices, or whose parents made bad choices, or to people who simply invoke and appropriate the misfortune of long-dead strangers who had similar melanin levels.

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