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April 24, 2018

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sH2

'Finland to end basic income trial after two years'

"Europe's first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash will end next year after Finland decided not to extend its widely publicised basic income trial... It has also introduced legislation making some benefits for unemployed people contingent on taking training or working at least 18 hours in three months."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/finland-to-end-basic-income-trial-after-two-years

David
In Intellectuals and Society, a book which eviscerates the habitual and embarrassing blind spots of the intelligentsia, Thomas Sowell points out that academics and journalists – unlike army generals, judges or investment portfolio managers – have faced “little to no consequential feedback when they are wrong, no matter how wrong or for how long.” Indeed, they are “insulated from material consequences,” and enjoy “immunity from even a loss of reputation from having been demonstrably wrong.”

It is seldom pointed out that Michel Foucault and many others in the Western radical left supported the Iranian Revolution of 1979. I do not expect the women of Iran will be receiving apologies from those in the academy who openly championed the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1978 any time soon. In fact, from the USSR to Fidel Castro’s Cuba to Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, it is difficult to find a despotic regime that did not attract the widespread support of supposed ‘intellectuals’ at the time…

As people in Venezuela pay for the consequences of economic and social policies championed by people like Owen Jones of the Guardian, Jones himself is not punished for the extent of his error, or fired, or even widely lampooned. Instead, he is rewarded by further exposure and column inches, and given the opportunity to write articles championing politicians who’d like to build their own version of Venezuela in the United Kingdom. He feels no embarrassment or even shame; if anything it has strengthened his resolve to say ever more incorrect things in an ever-louder voice. Unlike the people of Venezuela, he pays no price.

Neema Parvini on groupthink.

David

Related to the above.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...unlike army generals, judges or investment portfolio managers – have faced “little to no consequential feedback when they are wrong...

I don't know about the UK, but in the US, any consequence for an incompetent judge (or judges) is a rare thing, even if they are too Brobdingnagian or too drunk even to show up to "work".

R. Sherman

...readers share links of possible interest and then bicker about them.

Why bother with links? Let's just go straight to the "airing of grievances." I mean, I've got a lot of problems with you people.

David

Why bother with links? Let’s just go straight to the “airing of grievances.” I mean, I’ve got a lot of problems with you people.

It was only a matter of time.

[ Quietly hides breakables. ]

John D

Europe's first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash

There's your problem.

Hal

The Green Papers---A website apparently named strictly from the color of the website pages, instead of variety of politics . . .

Been poking at this one for a few minutes, and my continuing reaction is a general thought of Oh, My it's a very encompassing US political almanac . . . It's even got an international section.

---Only ran across the site nearly at random while reading a randomly noted---Google News sidebar, at the time---article on splitting California into three parts.

The Green Papers mission statement:

Welcome! This site is dedicated to the dissemination of facts, figures, tidbits and commentary- in fact, information of many different kinds- related (primarily) to the American political process. We sincerely hope you very easily find the kind of information you are looking for here, perhaps even information- all gathered here in one place- you might not so easily find anywhere else.

David, and whomever . . . . Does anyone know of a comparable website that covers the UK is such detail?

Andy

I send this to David directly, but will post this here for everyone's perusal:

https://twitter.com/NotRightRuth/status/988397006300344320

peter H

Try this: "From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship" by Paul Hollander for a magnificent take down of intellectuals and their worship of power.

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

Where's the feckin' whiskey? Where you hidin' the feckin' whisky, baztard? You're all baztards.

David

I send this to David directly, but will post this here for everyone’s perusal

Our trans activist Ms Pearce says, mockingly,

“It’s a boy” cry the news headlines and Twitter notifications.

Presumably, she would rather the headlines read something along the lines of,

It appears to be a boy, and almost certainly is, and as yet there are no signs of gender dysphoria or other mental health issues, or physical anomalies. But hey, you never know.

Which is asking a bit much of headline writers, I think.

[ Added: ]

Another trans activist insists on using the genderless pronoun “they” about someone else’s son, which seems a little rude, and does so seemingly on grounds that we must up-end all proprieties, statistics and expectations of normality in order to ease the author’s own personal dissonances. Because her presumption of the child developing gender dysphoria, which is statistically unlikely, should trump the parents’ presumption or preference, even though the odds are very much in their favour, not hers.

[ Added: ]

As noted here before, it’s remarkable how readily some people forget, or choose to ignore, that being treated as genderless, an undifferentiated being, is not generally regarded as a compliment.

Ben David

For those who are worried about robots replacing humans – the following article is an example of why that’s not so easy:

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/04/experts-say-tesla-has-repeated-car-industry-mistakes-from-the-1980s/

jabrwok

Because her

Are we sure that that's a "her"? Names are no longer enough insofar as providing sexual clues are concerned. Absent more conclusive evidence I think we should stick with "it".

R. Sherman

Another trans activist insists on using the genderless pronoun “they” about someone else’s son

And from Andy's link:

Authority seizes upon specific material qualities of the flesh, particularly the genitals, as outward indication of future reproductive potential

To which I respond, "Go fuck yourself then."

Zionist Overlord #73

There's always Paul Johnson's "Intellectuals". After finishing it I realized the title was chosen with a deep, bitter irony.

David

There’s always Paul Johnson’s “Intellectuals”.

Yes, the chapter on Marx is a must-read.

pst314

"From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship" by Paul Hollander

Yes, excellent as usual--although Hollander does seem to have a bit of a blind spot regarding Obama: He makes some critical comments in passing about Trump but never even mentions Obama's disgraceful record.

Sporkatus
“It’s a boy” cry the news headlines and Twitter notifications.

It's a boy, Mrs. Walker - it's a boy! A son, a son, a son...

How dare society make any guesses on a new infant's role in it, largely based on expected physical qualities. Every stone age tribe had this figured out; "gender roles" descend from these aggregate qualities, and the training in one's expected sexed place in society is not any more intrinsically oppressive than expectation when to eat and where to excrete.

That we now have the luxury that an 11 year old male no longer needs to learn to hunt does not mean it was always oppressive to recognize a new hunter.

Joan

Peaceful, tolerant lefties:

"Gun control advocates preach about non-violence," Bennett commented, "but it is far too common to see them either making threats verbally, or actually physically harming someone and their property. What will Kent State come to when dialogue can't happen on campus because people are being assaulted?"

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10808

aelfheld
[...] the very cadre of people which has inflicted such terrible damage and which combines ideological malevolence with practical incompetence in everything except the acquisition of power.

Reading the State of Britain with Roger Scruton

David

Peaceful, tolerant lefties

Poor impulse control does seem to be a common theme.

Daniel Ream

"gender roles" descend from these aggregate qualities

Something these lunatics refuse to compass, is the fact that "gender roles" are determined by biology, not society.

Daniel Ream

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10808

"...the officer told Heil that he could either press charges against Marcinkiewicz or handle it through Kent State’s Student Code of Conduct. Heil told the officer he didn’t have the time or money to drag this through court, and he needed his camera replaced ASAP since he is a film student."

While I sympathize with Heil's position, this was the wrong choice. This is where conservative organizations like FIRE need to step up: providing the resources to have these thugs charged, convicted, publicly excoriated and expelled pour descourager les autres. This is one of those "being stupid has to hurt" moments.

David

To which I respond, “Go fuck yourself then.”

It’s also worth noting Ms Riedel’s inevitable sneery quip about the baby’s penis, as if a baby’s sex organs were some random irrelevance and in no way signified the maleness or femaleness that almost always follows. And as if the thought of a baby boy doesn’t – and mustn’t ever - conjure associations that differ in any way from those conjured by the arrival of a baby girl.

It’s a common evasion, one we’ve seen before.

Sam Duncan

“However, it occurs to me that in eleven years we’ve never had an open thread”

It occurs to me that practically every thread I've ever read here has turned into one. And that's why we keep coming back.

But hey, why not make it official?

“Thomas Sowell points out that academics and journalists – unlike army generals, judges or investment portfolio managers – have faced 'little to no consequential feedback when they are wrong, no matter how wrong or for how long.'”

Stanley Baldwin was slightly wrong: it never was actual power without responsibility which has been “the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages”, it's influence.

“Authority seizes upon specific material qualities of the flesh, particularly the genitals, as outward indication of future reproductive potential.”

It's an interesting sentence, that. Assuming one meaning of the word “authority”, it's actually a completely unobjectionable statement of fact. Yes, people who know what the hell they're talking about do exactly that.

And, since I got nuttin' either, here's Kelly Brook blowing a raspberry on Nigel Farage's belly (via Guido).

Sam Duncan

“Poor impulse control does seem to be a common theme.”

Another, more relevant, Guido link, then.

David

Something these lunatics refuse to compass, is the fact that “gender roles” are determined by biology, not society.

I’ve known left-leaning parents who were discernibly irritated by the fact that, despite their best efforts, their own sons and daughters still played and behaved as one might expect boys and girls to do, i.e., somewhat differently, much of the time, and more so as they got older. But acknowledging the biological determinants is apparently taboo among many trans activists, including those linked above. And so instead we get a dogmatic insistence on ‘blank slate’ assumptions. Assumptions that countless parents would, following first-hand experience, find comically unrealistic.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Our trans activist Ms Pearce says, mockingly...

Related...

Johns Hopkins performs complete penis and scrotum transplant on a service member injured in Afghanistan - an unprecedented surgical accomplishment.

Of course, to this one blue checkmark Sarah Sahim replies "...can’t wait for this guy’s new dick to fall off..." Why, you ask - because it was blown off fighting in Afghanistan, of course.

David

It occurs to me that practically every thread I’ve ever read here has turned into one. And that’s why we keep coming back.

Heh. I was hoping to palm this one off as a thrilling innovation. I see that my hands-off approach to steering comment threads has finally come back to bite me on the arse.

Tim Newman

So let’s try one of those and see what happens.

Alternatively, you could get off your arse and do some blogging. :-/

David

Alternatively, you could get off your arse and do some blogging. :-/

[ Faints with indignation. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, and even that is too much for some SJWs:

Catherine Deveny ✔ @CatherineDeveny

You didn't 'serve your country' you chose a job in the violence industry.

8:29 PM - Apr 23, 2018 · Melbourne, Victoria

"Violence Industry"; you have to wonder why these asshats chose to be asshats. You can see a summation of the whole mess here.

Jonathan

Learning a foreign language is 'Cultural Appropriation' now:

https://twitter.com/phl43

David

You didn’t ‘serve your country’ you chose a job in the violence industry.

Ms Deveny, our self-described “highly regarded consultant in… cultural trending,” has shared her deep wisdom before.

champ

How can Democrats claim they support women and vote for something like this?

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/04/maine-house-democrats-vote-to-allow-female-genital-mutilation

Troy

Last week House Democrats passed a toothless bill that wouldn’t actually ban FGM.

Why feminism is AWOL on Islam

Rep. Karen Gerrish of Lebanon called the show-vote a sad state of affair for young, female Mainers.

"Young female Mainers" calls to mind Sandra Dee types dressed for sailing. The FGM-Mainers/FG-maimers are in Maine but are they of Maine?

https://www.city-journal.org/html/isis-happens-11643.html

Sometimes the employment of a single word in common use gives away an entire worldview. There was just such a usage in the headline of a story in the Guardian newspaper late last month: “How the ‘Pompey Lads’ fell into the hands of Isis.”

Pompey is the colloquial name for Portsmouth, the naval town on the south coast of England, and the “lads” of the headline were five young men of Bangladeshi origin who grew up there and later joined Isis in Syria. The article describes how the last of the five has now been killed, three others having been killed before him and one, who returned to Britain, having been sentenced to a four-year prison sentence (in effect two years, with remission for good behavior). The use of the word “lads” is intended to imply to the newspaper’s readers that there was nothing special or different about these five young men, nothing that distinguished them from the other young men of Portsmouth. Its use was a manifestation of wishful or even magical thinking, as if reality itself could be altered in a desired way by the mere employment of language.

Foreigners are only granted this kind of regional status as long as they're foreign enough - if your grandparents moved from New Hampshire, you're still a blow-in.

Sam Duncan

“Learning a foreign language is 'Cultural Appropriation' now”

But of course. I wondered how long it would take before someone got around to that.

Some white anime fans love to appropriate Japanese hair styles, musical tastes, and even the Japanese language itself.

Oh noes! Has this person never seen a Japanese blonde or redhead? Or the Japanese obsession with the Austin Mini (designed, of course, by a Greek bloke who loved to pretend he was an English gentleman)? Or, perhaps more pertinently since the beef seems to be with anime fans, how every other anime you care to name seems to be set in the Park Güell in Barcelona? The Japanese can't get enough of that place.

Why is “cultural appropriation” only bad when we do it?

David

Why is “cultural appropriation” only bad when we do it?

To ask the question is to answer it, no?

champ

UK is setting the pace for stupidity...

http://reason.com/archives/2018/04/24/londoners-embrace-knife-control

champ

Who says golf is boring...?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/the-story-behind-that-amazing-goose-vs-golfer-photo/ar-AAwgQEe?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP#image=AAwgQEe_1|3

WTP

David,
If you hit another I got nothing/open topic opportunity...I did Amazon myself that book on IQ/Intelligence that you recommended, thanks. I was certain a rainy Sunday would give me the chance to get through the 160 pages undisturbed. 60 pages in, my life being what it is, The One Who Must Be Obeyed decided that after 5 years we suddenly needed to vacuum under the couch and behind the recliner...which led to this, that, the other thing, and then the Penguins/Flyers game was on...and...alcohol...and...anyway, I hope to get through it soon, but thought it would make a good separate thread discussion at some point....if you got nothin' again sometime.

David

The One Who Must Be Obeyed decided that after 5 years we suddenly needed to vacuum under the couch

It’s a diabolical myth spread by the house-proud. No-one need ever know what’s under the couch, or how long it’s been there, or how it got there in the first place.

What? I’m not the one on trial here.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...Londoners embrace knife control...

When they outlaw toilet paper, only outlaws will have toilet paper...

Alert: Toilet paper shank found.

These are two photos of a weapon seized from an inmate at the Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility. The weapon is made out of toilet paper and it only took the inmate 4 hours to devise a way to make this weapon...The hardness is very similar to hard plastic...The tip, shaft, handle and prongs are hard and will penetrate through material...

Also, once used (according to the inmate), it can be placed in the toilet to soften and can be flushed out of sight right away.

Personally, I think it would have been easier to make a more traditional sharpened tooth brush, but then, you can't flush it as easily.

The politicians and busybodies who think up these bans really aren't very bright if they think villians just won't use something else.

lotocoti

The politicians and busybodies who think up these bans really aren't very bright ...

It's almost as if these worthies have forgotten that our success as a species is because we are tool makers.

Black Ball

Farnsworth you did indeed touch on Anzac Day which we are remembering here in Australia. I present you this item which is quite astonishing.

'So no, I won’t be marching, although I do respect old soldiers who choose so to do. It’s just that I feel no need to "remember" war, let alone legitimise the politically-inspired industry that’s being built around such "commemorations" by leaders and business. These are always ready to jump on the back of genuine emotion and hi-jack real concerns for their own purposes or needs.'

Seems an anti capitalist screed and a genuine insult to those who served and continue to serve their countries so that clowns like this can write their rubbish. Lest We Forget

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-i-won-t-be-marching-on-anzac-day-this-year-20180424-p4zbco.html

PiperPaul

No mention of stuff under couches would be complete without this scene from The Simpsons.


.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpz1yOp_Lzw

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Seems an anti capitalist screed and a genuine insult to those who served...

Insult, yep, anti-capitalist - more like just more boilerplate lefty claptrap;

Nobody who saw that horror would want to commemorate war.

Way to miss the point Sparky, remembering the fallen is hardly "commemorating war".

One quarter of us weren’t born here and the majority have no link to Anzacs in the 1914-18 war. None.

What a profoundly stupid statement. First, that is like saying no one alive today has a link to their grandfather (or great grandfather) unless that progenitor is still alive, and the Anzacs had bugger all to do with the shaping of Australia (and New Zealand) as it exists today. Second, as it was explained to me by an Aussie, today Anzac day is in remembrance of the fallen of all wars, just as is Memorial Day in the US, though it started as a Civil War remembrance.

It is so typical, he doesn't get it, he doesn't like it, so neither should you, you rube.

pst314

The politicians and busybodies who think up these bans really aren't very bright if they think villians just won't use something else.
Many of these politicians understand perfectly well. But they don't care, because their intentions are far from noble and selfless.

pst314

Arrgh, I forgot again to insert a blank line!
I'll just back out the door and see if I can run faster than the henchlesbians.

Squires

For those who are worried about robots replacing humans

The Musk's career since becoming a celebrity, thus far:

Hyperloop- A hundred year old bad (and dangerous) idea, put to use hoovering up vast amounts of capital to produce, so far, a few rusty pipes.

SpaceX- Another hundred year old bad idea, wherein his employees have succeeded greatly in overcoming the engineering challenges of creating a more expensive and less efficient (and more dangerous) means of reaching and returning from orbit.

Tessa- The latter-day misadventures of John Delorean recreated at a grander economic scale, frosted with electricity, and without the relevant industry experience Delorean had.

Hopp Singg

Do the henchlesbians ever swing into cathedrals on a rope crying "sanctuary!" ...?

Philip Daniel

My friend Evan's senior lecture, recently given, focused on microtonality as a tool for enriched musical expression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbBekBzz21Y Followed by a recital of his musical compositions.

jones

A dirty rat Fawlty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOI8bA3xEJU

jones

Sam,

"It occurs to me that practically every thread I've ever read here has turned into one. And that's why we keep coming back.

But hey, why not make it official?"

Even cats need herding. Occasionally.

JuliaM

"No-one need ever know what’s under the couch, or how long it’s been there, or how it got there in the first place."

Screwed up little balls of paper thrown for the cats to chase. Dust. And Lego. Even if you don't have children, there's always Lego!

David

Screwed up little balls of paper thrown for the cats to chase. Dust. And Lego.

Cleaning under the couch indeed. That’s a thread you don’t want to pull on. Next it’ll be “Why do the cushions make that crunching sound when you sit on them? Have you been hiding half-eaten biscuits again?”

What? I’m not the one on trial here. Is that my phone ringing?

David
It’s a biological fact that men are bigger, stronger, and faster than women… I don’t like watching women’s sports because women aren’t nearly as good as men are at them. I love watching sports, but I only have so much leisure time to do so. Why should I spend that time watching an inferior product?

John Ellis on modern fictions.

MC

From John Ellis's article: Braasch would smoke cigarettes and sip beer during the changeovers

I love that story! https://www.theguardian.com/observer/osm/story/0,,543962,00.html

Someone ought to make a movie..

I can actually see the argument for women's tennis being a game with a different aesthetic and indeed I would rather watch a couple of leggy blondes run around groaning than two male heavy servers go at it. But then I am not much of a tennis fan...

David

I can actually see the argument for women’s tennis being a game with a different aesthetic and indeed I would rather watch a couple of leggy blondes run around groaning than two male heavy servers go at it. But then I am not much of a tennis fan...

Maybe, though tennis doesn’t differ along aesthetic and gender lines to the extent that, say, men’s and women’s gymnastics does. (My knowledge of sports is limited so the longer I talk the more likely I am to fall off a rhetorical cliff.)

What struck me was that the Ellis quote above seems more scandalous, to some, than it should be. And yet while my sisters-in-law will occasionally watch women’s tennis, for instance, the big attraction for them is always the men’s competitions, which, even to my eye, are faster and more demanding. One of my sisters will sometimes watch rugby, quite enthusiastically, but to my knowledge she’s no interest in women’s rugby at all. Though I’ve yet to ask her whether it’s the level of performance that holds her interest or just the sight of burly chaps in shorts.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

It’s a diabolical myth spread by the house-proud.

Nothing ever bothers them, and a mess is not allowed?

(And I thought the Friday Ephemeraren't were the open threads.)

David

And I thought the Friday Ephemeraren’t were the open threads.

And my hopes of pitching Our First Ever Open Thread™ as a bold and newsworthy innovation continue to burn up in the atmosphere.

Black Ball

Liverpool 5-2 Roma. Bit edgy after Liverpool do what they do, concede late goals to give the opposition a sniff.

WTP

I used to find women’s basketball interesting because the game was played differently. More passing, not so much fly-thru-the-air stuff. Not more interesting, just differently interesting. Then it became this Thing To Watch and effort was made to play the game just as men do, with the dunking and such. It looks so lame. I can watch women’s soccer sometimes, if I have to. But I get angsty waiting for them to get to the ball. Women’s gymnastics and figure skating I like better than men’s for reasons stated above. But there are a few sports with women that I like where men do better such as swimming, skiing, volleyball, and pool. May be a few others. Don’t necessarily like them better than men, just about the same.

Irina Privalova

"One quarter of us weren’t born here and the majority have no link to Anzacs in the 1914-18 war. None." - What a profoundly stupid statement. First, that is like saying no one alive today has a link to their grandfather (or great grandfather) unless that progenitor is still alive, and the Anzacs had bugger all to do with the shaping of Australia (and New Zealand) as it exists today.

In theory, newcomers to a country should show more gratitude and respect than the descendants of the Anzacs, for enjoying an inheritance that their grandfathers didn't have to sacrifice for.

In practice, newcomers prefer their own heroic myths about granddad's struggle against the racist white Australians.

And he's taking something that has a collective meaning if it has any meaning at all, and pretending that it's a matter of personal preferences and quirks - as if a bunch of Aussie backpackers died in a tragic jetski accident in the Suvla Bay Club Med resort in 1915, and their relations who still can't get over it a century later insist that everybody join in their mourning.

Mass immigration really does call into question commemorations of the heroic past and acts of heroism in the service of a hoped-for collective future. People are heroic and make sacrifices for their family home, not for a house that strangers are going to move into.

The only test I know by which to judge one argument or inspiration from another is ultimately this: that all the noble necessities of man talk the language of eternity. When man is doing the three or four things that he was sent on this earth to do, then he speaks like one who shall live for ever. A man dying for his country does not talk as if local preferences could change. Leonidas does not say, "In my present mood, I prefer Sparta to Persia." William Tell does not remark, "The Swiss civilization, so far as I can yet see, is superior to the Austrian." When men are making commonwealths, they talk in terms of the absolute, and so they do when they are making (however unconsciously) those smaller commonwealths which are called families.
G.K. Chesterton
TomJ
Though I’ve yet to ask her whether it’s the level of performance that holds her interest or just the sight of burly chaps in shorts.

This is the difference between watching and looking at rugby…

R. Sherman

I used to find women’s basketball interesting because the game was played differently.

Spot-on. My daughter played through-out middle and high school and now plays club ball in Europe. She also coaches a U15 team. The style of play is more deliberate, with emphasis on set-pieces, screens etc. You have to appreciate it for what it is, but it will never be played the same way as the men's game.

Sam Duncan

“The Musk's career since becoming a celebrity, thus far:”

Harsh, but fair. I'm a big fan of SpaceX because it's vastly preferable to the “traditional” players in that market, but I don't think there's much reason to believe that Musk is any better, in absolute terms, at building spacecraft than he is cars or trains. There's just very little competition right now.

“Even if you don't have children, there's always Lego!”

It's probably mine. I had bucketloads of the stuff when I was a kid, and I've no idea what happened to it all.

Dorothy Ford

I used to find women’s basketball interesting because the game was played differently.

http://www.unz.com/isteve/gay-shocker-basketball-star-comes-out/

Sports, by its very nature, is politically incorrect because it all about inequality, determining who is superior to whom. So, sportswriters feel the need to lie about the big, obvious patterns we all notice in sports: e.g., that blacks tend to be faster runners; or that team sports appeal a lot to masculine men and masculine women, but not much to feminine women and feminine men. If they ever mentioned such horrible but true facts in their columns, the Earth would crash into the Sun.

The WNBA is a small-time league, with the maximum salary set at $89,000. The essential problem is that it appeals mostly to fans who are either lesbians (about 1% of the population) or the kind of guy fan who will watch anything. John Wooden, the 95-year-old former UCLA coach, likes watching women’s basketball more than men’s basketball these days because it reminds him of the (whiter) game of his early days. And considering the deterioration in the quality of the NBA over the last dozen years, he has a point. But the WNBA would benefit from using a smaller ball. (Their current ball is 1″ less in the circumference than the NBA’s ball, but the women need a significantly smaller ball, more like a volleyball, if they wanted to look less lame on the court.)

Jonathan

Some top-level trolling:

Diversity On-Demand

Rent-A-Minority is a revolutionary new service designed for those oh-shit moments where you've realized your award show, corporate brochure, conference panel is entirely composed of white men.

http://rentaminority.com/

David

Further to this sorry episode from academia’s Clown Quarter, another sorry episode from academia’s Clown Quarter:

University administrators recently announced they will not punish the students for storming the event and shouting down the visiting scholar, calling the demonstrators’ disruption free speech.

Apparently, the university’s own policy on student behaviour, which explicitly forbids mob disruption and the shouting down of invited speakers, can be violated without consequence. But only if the mob in question is suitably leftwing.

Previously at CUNY.

Fred the Fourth

My wife has specific sports she prefers to watch. Notably for this thread, men's tennis. But not all men's tennis, oh no. Rafa Nadal tennis. That's the best men's tennis. Because shorts and ass, in what apparently is the Platonic ideal form.

Jeff Guinn

You'd think that after all these years of lurking I'd have something.

Nope. I got nuffin.

WTP

Nope. I got nuffin.

Check under your couch. You may be surprised.

Fred the Fourthf

An entire generation of under-couch mystery was ruthlessly wiped out by the advent of Danish Modern furniture. One more thing to blame the Boomers and those Scandinavian Socialists for.

Governor Squid

...another sorry episode from academia’s Clown Quarter...

Half of them think they're above any punishment at all, and the other half have already written their screeds about how the "anti-intellectual" conservatives in the Legislature have no right to replace the administration or to cut the flow of taxpayer dollars that subsidizes the Clown Show.

jabrwok

Lloyd "Lindybeige" is answering the Book of Questions.

Squires

An entire generation of under-couch mystery was ruthlessly wiped out by the advent of Danish Modern furniture.

On the other hand, my parents' old Lane coffee table still bears many of my childhood scrawlings across its underside.

Pogonip

Here’s something!

http://theothermccain.com/2018/04/25/colorado-couple-arrested-for-dog-sex/

I bet they moved to Colorado from Florida. (“Florida” is American for “crazy.”)

pst314

Did he think he would get away with it? Not a criminal mastermind:
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/chicago-man-investigated-for-diverting-ups-mail-to-his-address

Darleen

A medically kidnapped child is being slowly executed, but the current Stasi issue warnings about dissenting social media posts.

PiperPaul

"I bet they moved to Colorado from Florida"

Possibly. There are lots of Quebecois snowbirds in the sunshine state.

The phrase is not meant to be taken literally.

Spiny Norman

Pogonip,

I thought South Florida is American for crazy.

Miami Herald humorist Dave Barry has long claimed that there is a giant "weirdness magnet" underneath South Florida.

Spiny Norman

Darleen,

Earlier today I posted at Twitchy:

"If I logged into my Twitter account and replied to that with some "1984" quote, would I be "acted upon"?

Question for David and his UK readers: Is it just an NHS thing that if they provide treatment (read: spend money) for a seriously ill child, then determine that the child's condition is terminal, do they then literally own that child?

If someone else is willing to pay for treatment elsewhere, why does it concern them so?

Hopp Singg

It concerns them because, if the child were treated elsewhere and recovered, it would be both embarrassing to them and instructive to the proles.

If this strikes you as a hopelessly insufficient reason to condemn the child to certain death, well, now you know just how much bureaucrats and their boot lickers truly care. These ones, at least.

Hopp Singg

P.S. I'm not a UK reader, as you requested. I'm Canadian, though, so maybe kinda sorta.

Chester Draws

I vastly prefer women's volleyball to men's. The males get too much height and smash it so much harder that rallies are almost non-existent.

Not beach volleyball though. Supposedly it's better because the women are worth perving at. However, I have discovered a well hidden thing that gives you any amount of perv power, called "the internet". I actually watch women's volleyball for the volleyball.

That and wondering where countries can assemble whole teams of women taller than me. Often quite a lot taller.

Chester Draws

I respect ANZAC day, as a time to remember all soldiers.

It does bug me though when people go on about "our ancestors" and forming our nation.

Firstly Australia pulled away from Britain at least partly as a result of WWI. NZ did not. It's importance has been confected from the Aussies.

Secondly, the vast bulk of non-Maori in NZ have majority ancestors that arrived after WWI. The Maori weren't permitted to serve at the front at that time, even though they volunteered in big numbers.

I looked around my workplace last time someone went off about how "special" Gallipoli was. Half the people were immigrants. Some were races that weren't allowed to serve - Fijian, Samoan. The Taiwanese and Chinese blokes had no idea what he was rambling about. One lady is German, so her ancestors fought on with the Turks!

The bizarre thing is that NZ fought to save the Empire. This bloke is descended from Irish Catholics. His ancestors would have been unlikely to be fully in support of the British Empire.

So, while I pay my respects at war memorials, I really do not like the whole Gallipoli thing. It's fake history.

John Brumble

I’ve coached basketball, both girls and boys at a reasonably high level and I find that womens basketball is about equivalent to 14 and 15 year old boys of the same level (so a club level women’s team is on about the same level as a club 14 and 15 year-old-boys team, and so on). Except not quite.

You see, for the first 5 minutes, the game is fairly equal. Indeed the women generally have a slight but clear advantage on the scoreboard. But if you watch you notice that the boys are always back on defence early while the women are just getting there. To compensate, the women start defending closer and closer to the basket, while at the same time, the boys push further and further up the court.

And then the fast breaks start.

David
Last week Dave Rubin (of The Rubin Report) sat down for a rare interview with Thomas Sowell. For three quarters of an hour they roamed over an amazing array of issues – social, political and economic. YouTube (where The Rubin Report is posted) demonetised the video immediately. This is a favourite trick of the platform – to signal YouTube’s disapproval of the content, making sure that the no one (other than YouTube, of course) and certainly not the content’s creator can make any money out of it. For YouTube it would seem that nothing is scarier than a black economist talking brilliantly about the issues of the age.

Douglas Murray on the fear of black conservatives.

David

Also this:

Via Dicentra.

PiperPaul

"it would be both embarrassing to them and instructive to the proles"

But they'll claim it's because: "If we allow this everyone else will want and expect 'special treatment' also."

We're not all UKians, many are in America's Hat/Attic.

Liz

Also this

That! :-)

David

That! :-)

I’ve long since become accustomed to celebrities whose work I appreciate – whether actors, directors, comedians, musicians, or whatever – signalling politics that I find fatuous, hypocritical or obnoxious, but which are very much expected of their caste. And more than that, signalling these things incongruously and in the most vehement terms, such that they openly disdain vast swathes of their own audience on account of them being insufficiently leftwing. It’s the norm for me, and presumably for countless others.

David

Tim Newman on history and character.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

And my hopes of pitching Our First Ever Open Thread™ as a bold and newsworthy innovation continue to burn up in the atmosphere.

No refunds; credit note only.

[slides jar of pickled eggs over to David]

Am I doing this right? :-)

David

Am I doing this right? :-)

Make yourself useful. Put these gloves on and drag those bodies out to the back door. They collect on Thursdays.

[ Takes down dusty “Help Wanted” sign. ]

WTP

While we're on the subject of nothin', here's something that should be somethin'

I think I got this from over at Ace. Not positive. This woman's a lawyer and she went to Brandeis and has a JD from Georgetown Law. She oversaw the ethics panel at the Port Authority. And boy, if you wanna study you some ethics, there's prolly no better place than the Port Authority of NY/NJ. The kids are Yale and MIT students. PhD even.

I think the root of this problem is that for all their (presumed) brains, her parents didn’t know how to spell Karen.

It started out as a routine traffic stop for an obscured out-of-state license plate. The driver had a valid license, but couldn't find the vehicle's insurance card or registration — and so the car was impounded.

But one of the passengers was the daughter of Caren Z. Turner, a commissioner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she oversaw its ethics panel (until her firing, that is, on Monday).

After Turner's daughter called mom for a ride home, things took a major turn for the crazy. And when the Tenafly police released a dashcam video of the traffic stop on Tuesday, well, the world united in shared outrage over the alternately appalling, obnoxious and plainly inexplicable behavior of now ex-Commissioner Caren Turner.

Call it the ultimate "Do you know who I am" PR disaster. Call it privilege run amok. Call it high comedy and/or low tragedy.

But whatever you call it, you can't look away. Herewith, our Zapruder-style, frame-by-dashcam-frame analysis of how things went so wrong, so fast.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/04/the_top_20_moments_of_port_authority_commissioners.html

Now this Karen has better ethics, I'm sure. Of course her husband, friends, colleagues are all like...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voDqfVthTpA

David

now ex-Commissioner Caren Turner.

The highlight for me was when she mentioned “decency.”

R. Sherman

Mark your calendars now! Also, you'd better get your hotel reservations made quickly

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