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February 02, 2018

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Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

What a way to go!

David Taylor

This is no doubt a problem on both sides of the culture war but I guess only the progressives leap out at me because I don't read the conservative press/websites.

At http://www.smh.com.au/comment/cabinet-files-reveal-a-dispiriting-truth-about-how-governments-work-20180201-h0rr4o.html, Waleed Aly explains why cabinet documents should be secret so the cabinet can explore all sorts of good and bad ideas while making policy without having to be embarrassed by the dead-ends and bad ideas, following up with:

"For that reason, I won't dwell on revelations that the Howard government flirted with sacrificing as fundamental a right as the right to silence upon being arrested, or that the Abbott government considered ditching income support payments for anyone under 30, before thinking better of it."

And then listening to ABC radio national yesterday there was an interview with Ross Anderson, The Atlantic's science editor about a big radio telescope being built in China. Ross talked about how China can take on these big projects without all the red tape that can stymie them in the west and the presenter couldn't help himself, making a dig at 'tea party voters who probably don't think SETI is a priority for spending'. He made various other anti-trump comments during the show too. A pretty poor interviewer, frequently pushing his own views into the conversation with much more interesting people who I actually do want to listen to.

But that's the SMH and the ABC down under. They're shocking, and getting worse all the time. It feels like every single story has to get the effect of the topic at hand on aboriginals, women, and LGBTxxx people.

Also, why are male and female homosexuals separated out in that ridiculous alphabet soup? Why are bi and trans people only given one letter each? Talk about privilege and oppression. Or is it a micro-aggression? What are they going to do when they run out of letters?

Col. Milquetoast

I think that speck is a Tie Fighter

Pogonip

Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian” has a lengthy discussion of corsets.

Connor

The feathers are incredible.

Clam

the poorly-made shirts of William Shatner

Okay, that was funny.

David

Okay, that was funny.

I did laugh at the fight scene in which Mr Shatner’s shirt seems to spontaneously explode.

Fred the Fourth

SETI "a priority"? Really?
Of course ABC hires interviewers for its science beat who aren't aware of any other use for a radiotelescope.

David

Today’s word is classroom.

Joan

here we see our betters, including several educators, demonstrating why they’re just more evolved than we are.

So which of them volunteered to repaint the wall afterwards?

David

So which of them volunteered to repaint the wall afterwards?

Heh. Quite.

Pogonip

https://www.youtube.com/embed/V_gOZDWQj3Q?rel=0

pst314

Today’s word is classroom.

That student dindu nuffin!

John Brady

For those interested in academic freedom, https://www.gofundme.com/peter-ridd-legal-action-fund. Peter Ridd is a physicist at James Cook University. JCU are trying to censure him for sharing his heretical opinions on coral reef climate impacts. He has launched a legal fund to support his case.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in the "Things That Are Getting Out Of Control" department, some nitwit tried to claim a peacock was a support animal for an airplane flight.

Pogonip

Happy Groundhog Day!

Do you have Groundhog Day, or groundhogs, in Britain?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, something doesn't quite add up.

Princeton University’s health center will soon host a “Fat Positive Dinner” for students who are “fat identified” to discuss their experiences.

I guess an exercise or nutrition class wouldn't get quite the same draw as a free meal. However, as anorexics essentially "fat identify" will they get to go and not eat ?

WTP

Do you have Groundhog Day, or groundhogs, in Britain?

Spiny? Norman? Not sure which side of the pond you're on...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piranha_Brothers

David

This just in:

Related.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in the "Absurd Windmill Tilting and Virtue Signalling Department", PETA goes further off the rails.

People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Wednesday that they are waging a campaign against Nickelodeon's reboot of the super-popular children's show, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," because the network refuses to assure PETA that the cartoon mutant turtles will eat only vegan pizza.

Perhaps they should ask if the Princeton Health Center will be serving vegan pizza.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Do you have Groundhog Day, or groundhogs, in Britain?

Here is a supplementary bulletin from the Office of Fluctuation Control, Bureau of Edible Condiments, Soluble and Indigestible Fats and Glutinous Derivatives, Washington, D.C.:

Correction of Directive #943456201, issued a while back concerning the fixed price of groundhog meat. In the directive above named, the quotation on groundhog meat should read ‘ground hog meat.’

Bob and Ray

WTP

No one would be made to do anything they don't want to do.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains You never change your socks And the little streams of alcohol Come trickling down the rocks
David

What sorcery is this?

Sam

This.

https://twitter.com/Stan_And_Ollie/status/959093510002626561

Spiny Norman

WTP,

Spiny? Norman? Not sure which side of the pond you're on...

I'm a colonial (Yank, not Canuck). We don't have hedgehogs on this side of the pond, but we do have groundhogs (I believe they're called marmots in Europe).

Spiny Norman

No one would be made to do anything they don't want to do.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The usually unrecorded less-than-happy ending to the hobo anthem:
The punk rolled up his big blue eyes
And said to the jocker, "Sandy,
I've hiked and hiked and wandered too,
But I ain't seen any candy.
I've hiked and hiked till my feet are sore
And I'll be damned if I hike any more
To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains."
Kinda ruins the childhood of kids of a certain generation who grew up listening to their mother's Burl Ives folk song records...

Spiny Norman

...but certainly fits the reality of the Socialist Utopia.

WTP

I believe they're called marmots in Europe

Well, we do have marmots out in the Rockies. Mebbe it's a Buffalo/Bison thing. And as I've often said, Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Now I see according to Wiki (whatevs) they must be good swimmers cause Europe and us both gots em. Also per wiki:


Beginning in 2010, Alaska celebrates February 2 as "Marmot Day", a holiday intended to observe the prevalence of marmots in that state and take the place of Groundhog Day.

And finally,
Burl Ives (spit). FIFY.

Pst314

“...but certainly fits the reality of the Socialist Utopia.”

Burl Ives was a big believer in the Socialist Utopia, Stalin version.

David Taylor

Of course ABC hires interviewers for its science beat who aren't aware of any other use for a radiotelescope.

This guy is filling in for Philip Adams, well known communist, on Late Night Live (or Lenin Live as he Philip often calls the program).

So no surpise of the host or chair warmer's biases. But they still sometimes get interesting people on. Late night live and Counterpoint (the token conservative show) are about the only two shows worth listening too. The science show could be good but because it covers a lot each show it isn't very in-depth. Any other radio national show will just make you want to throw your shoe at the radio.

Horace Dunn

No one would be made to do anything they don't want to do.

Your average working person might occasionally buy a lottery ticket and permit himself five minutes of day-dreaming: suppose he won all that money. He'd sit around all day doing nothing and people would bring him everything he wants. Then he rouses himself and gets back to working as cheerfully as he can, because, alas, that's what grown-ups have to do.

Socialists have adapted the five-minute lottery ticket day-dream into the central plank of their political philosophy.

Sad, really. If you think about it.

Sam Duncan

“No one would be made to do anything they don't want to do.”

Nobody wants to clear out the drains.

So they have to be made to.

And lo, “that's not real socialism”.

Of course it bloody isn't, because “real socialism” is an unfullfillable pipedream of unemployable layabouts. (Believe me, speaking as an unemployable layabout, nobody would be happier than myself if it were possible.)

“Sad, really. If you think about it.”

Childish, in fact. No wonder it's so popular among teenagers.

WTP

Just got word from cousins in Pittsburgh. Penguin saw his shadow today as well. Six more weeks of winning.

Megaera

Here we see our betters...

As someone noted on another site, "Didn't notice any work boots being thrown..."

Ken

Related.

I keep following these links and losing track of time. :-)

David

I keep following these links and losing track of time. :-)

No refunds. Credit note only. Though I think that one gets to the nub of something important. As rjmadden noted, if you replace the word ‘capitalism’ with ‘adulthood’ all becomes clear.

David

Speaking of adulthood, when wokelings attack.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

As rjmadden noted, if you replace the word ‘capitalism’ with ‘adulthood’ all becomes clear.

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the people spouting that socialist nonsense have absolutely no idea of the complexity of modern society, (or even anything more complex than individually hunting in the dirt for grubs), and all the various menial and often disgusting jobs, it takes to make it work.

In my misspent youth, for instance, one of the most coveted summer jobs was shoveling manure in a stockyard because the astounding lack of socialist volunteers meant to get people to do it, it paid so well that if you could stand it for a full summer break, you could rack up near enough (less the cost of a lot of soap and deodorant)to pay a year's worth of tuition, or get a really cool car. Capitalism FTW.

Even the filthy hippies in their "Let's Go Back To The 18th Century" communes (one of which threw out the noted socialist Bernie Sanders for being too lazy) learned that there were jobs people had to be rotationally assigned as they were sufficiently hard or distasteful no one wanted to do them.

How cosseted one would have to have been (or be) not to see this as obvious is astounding.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...when wokelings attack.

"Racist, homophobic, misogynistic, you're not worth debating, I am a proud strong woman but wahhh, someone 'punched' me".

They are so tedious. Imagining themselves to be so smart and clever, you'd think they could come up with something original at least once.

David

Right, I’m heading out of town to a birthday party in the middle of nowhere. Play nicely. And don’t chew on any electrical cables.

fnord

*peeks in the window*

"He's gone. Who has the corkscrew?"

Darleen

The jokes just write themselves.

Sam Duncan

“At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the people spouting that socialist nonsense have absolutely no idea of the complexity of modern society”

I've often marvelled at how the Leftists of the media can wax lyrical about evolutionary emergent order in biology or mathematics, yet utterly reject the concept in the realm of human society... where it was first observed. If I were the type, I'd almost ascribe it to conspiracy: they keep telling us that Darwin more or less “invented evolution”. Yet Smith talks about it at length, as it relates to society and its traditions, in Moral Sentiments (which Darwin is known to have been keen on, by the way).

Socialism is, ultimately, a kind of societal creationism. To the socialist, a good, functioning, well-ordered society can't simply emerge from the myriad small decisions made every second by billions of individuals; that would lead to chaos and disaster. It must be directed by an intelligent higher power. Stands to reason, dunnit?

Pogonip

If anyone needs some new bees—

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/02/mysterious-new-bee-species-found-at-russian-arctic-nuke-site/

I like watching bees from a respectful distance. The Center of Science and Industry in lovely Columbus, Ohio, USA, used to have a glass-walled beehive. I’d take in a folding chair and sit and watch it while Son of Pogonip covered the rest of the joint.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@Pogonip

Russian nuclear bees, what could possibly go wrong ? I, for one, welcome our new Apoidea overlords.

Hal

Play nicely. And don’t chew on any electrical cables.

Pogonip

😄🐱

Hal

😄🐱

Living With Cats

2006/12/04
They Live, and Are All Around . . . . .

This morning I realized that my mornings have become a recreation of an Alien movie; Dark rooms with scuttling shadows, while very clearly being tracked and followed about by several things that are alive and out there in the dark and are actively hunting me.

Of course I also happen to live with three adult cats and two kittens, and at the time that I'm the first one out of bed, the food bowls are empty.

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