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June 29, 2018

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Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Our betters at work.

Could any regular person get away with double parking?

TimT

Magic trick used on dogs.

Sam Duncan

Going to the bathroom on Apollo missions was one of the least pleasant things you could possibly imagine”.

And on the subject of space, this has to be the coolest school science project ever.

Alex

Sam, both your links go to the same video.

RobAnzac

Yep Sam, sort your shit out.

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"F*ck civility"

https://twitter.com/OrwellNGoode/status/1012423681958703104

"The left is tired of being nice"

https://www.facebook.com/VICE/posts/2213267605373152

David

Sam, both your links go to the same video.

I think we can all agree that Sam’s duplicated link has ruined the internet for everyone, forever.

David

“The left is tired of being nice”

Inadvertent humour is often the best kind.

David
“What universities have done is beyond forgiveness.”

Bari Weiss interviews Jordan Peterson.

TomJ

I do hope this is true; it cheers me up no end.

TomJ

Meanwhile, a theft of note.

TomJ

Why does the bad blog eat my links? 8-(

Alice

"Infinite genders"
https://quillette.com/2018/06/28/jordan-peterson-rallies-portlandias-dissidents/

David

Why does the bad blog eat my links? 8-(

Dicky quotation mark. Fixed.

David

“Infinite genders”

Heh. As one of the Quillette commenters says, “Many of the protesters appear to be living in an orthogonal reality to ours, and to have no interest in having their misunderstandings corrected.” I think that’s pretty much the nuts of it. Their self-flattering psychodrama demands monsters, and so they see monsters.

PiperPaul

Sam is worse than Hitler.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Sam is worse than Hitler.

Not to worry, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is literally Hitler, and not "diverse" enough.

We have the 19th-century ideal of strength in unity — expressed in the “Ode to Joy” — scraping up uneasily against a 21st-century ideal of strength in diversity.

Someone in The Great White North has his toque on too tight.

Jon Powers

Meanwhile in Canada, our self proclaimed "feminist Prime Minister" has a bit of explaining to do. https://goo.gl/viSYTs

JS

The sea pictures are great in and of themselves but isn't the photographer rather undermining his message that "We are brutally overfishing in our oceans", by showing them absolutely teeming with fish?

David

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is literally Hitler, and not “diverse” enough.

It’s strange how often “diversity” translates as purity.

WTP

Leprechauns! Leprechauns in Alabama!

Though could be a crack head. Don't be afraid though, bro. Check out the artist's sketch.

Alex

Oh, silliness or worse about the Ninth Symphony is hardly new. Who can forget this 1987 outpouring of the “New Musicology” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_McClary”>by one Susan McClary)?

“The point of recapitulation in the first movement of the Ninth is one of the most horrifying moments in music, as the carefully prepared cadence is frustrated, damming up energy which finally explodes in the throttling murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release.”

Alex

Sigh... karma; comment on someone else’s link, and yours goes bad...

David

Sigh

Your HTML appears to be on fire. I don’t think I can save that one.

[ Reaches for damp towel. ]

WTP

I take it Sam is now too embarrassed to come back and fix his second link. Either that or he's off at some white supremacist rally goose stepping around to Beethoven's Ninth. Probably the latter.

David

I take it Sam is now too embarrassed to come back and fix his second link.

The suspense is unbearable.

WTP

"Sam" spelled backwards is MAS. MAS is an Italian torpedo boat. Italy was where modern Fascism started under Mussolini. Hitler admired Mussolini. More proof that Sam is literally Hitler. Or maybe just an Italian torpedo boat, but still. Also,I heard he likes vanilla ice cream.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Leprechauns! Leprechauns in Alabama!

As a Muldoon, I can't believe imma have to micksplain this, and I don't care how many pieces of modern metal plumbing pipe you have that you claim to be thousands of years old, but that whole leprechaun business is egregious cultural appropriation, and that sketch is pure stereotyping.

Meanwhile, I have no clue who this guy is, but apparently he didn't have a sex change operation, he had "gender confimation" surgery. Let us change all the language to accommodate various groups feelz and delusions.

David
In an email to Northeastern University, [economics professor, Mark] Perry argues that [sociology professor, Suzanna] Walters violated the school’s own “Policy on Equal Opportunity” which “prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, genetic information, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran or disability status.”

“She has not only publicly demonized and belittled all males at Northeastern University, she called out publicly for the universal hatred of all men, including all men at your university,” he wrote. “That makes Ms. Walters a confirmed sexist and bigot in violation of Title IX and your university’s own stated policies that prohibit such discrimination.”

Perry suggested that Northeastern should prevent Walters from teaching male students, or have sway on decisions relating to male colleagues in her department, and be forced to partake in diversity training/anger management courses to address her sexism.

Heh.

Darleen

Perry suggested that Northeastern should prevent Walters from teaching male students

Alinsky Rule #4

Captain Nemo

It's amazing what you can find in a Dutch canal:

https://belowthesurface.amsterdam/en/vondsten

Via:

https://twitter.com/sarahdal/status/1012446606048800768

Darleen

Reason #411 why I and my family are planning our exit from California.

Darleen

The Association for Library Science for Children doesn't literally burn books ... they don't have to.

Sam Duncan

Heil... er, I mean, hello folks. Sorry 'bout that. I seem to have inadvertantly become a shitposter. Stupid copy-and-paste. The second one was supposed to be this. (Which, I think you'll agree, I was absolutely right about.)

jabrwok

Reason #411

Come to Texas! If we're going to get Californians anyway, it would be nice if they were the (ever diminishing) sane ones.

Sam Duncan

Wait... a whole piece about the political connotations of Beethoven's 9th, and no mention of the Ode to Joy being the national anthem of the EU? I mean, that's why Macron used it at his victory speech.

jabrwok

The Association for Library Science for Children doesn't literally burn books...

I'm a librarian at a junior college, and I had an amusing moment just this past week. One of the Humanities faculty (a Sociology instructor) accosted me and asked why we had a particular book available as it was, in his words "garbage". The book was The Big Lie by Dinesh D'Souza.

Now I think I need to put together a display that includes TBL along with _Liberal Fascism_, _The True Believer_, _America Alone_, _The Bell Curve_, and any other non-PC books I can find in the collection. Maybe during National Brotherhood Week.

Darleen

jabrwok

Don't forget 12 Rules

Also, any fiction from Mark Twain, Robert Heinlein, Larry Correia or John Ringo. #triggered

Governor Squid

It’s strange how often “diversity” translates as "purity."

A number of years ago, I had reason to do some business with a brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. At the time, the town had been featured on a silly list of "least diverse towns in America," and so I gave them a bit of ribbing over the honor.

To his credit, the brewery rep didn't miss a beat. He replied, "Actually, we prefer the terminology 'most pure.' "

Prolly goes without saying that he shot to the top of my list of favorite sales reps, and I was happy to buy a lot of his beer. Drank a fair bit of it, too.

Pogonip

Straightdope.com is retiring. 😢

Pst314

“ "Sam" spelled backwards is MAS. MAS is an Italian torpedo boat. Italy was where modern Fascism started under Mussolini. Hitler admired Mussolini. More proof that Sam is literally Hitler. Or maybe just an Italian torpedo boat, but still. Also,I heard he likes vanilla ice cream.“

David, I’m paying for WTP’s drinks tonight.

champ

Now, everything is "white supremacy"

https://spectator-usa.com/2018/06/the-club-sandwich-three-slices-of-white-supremacy/

champ

Leprechauns! Leprechauns in Alabama!

"This flute was passed down from my great-great-grandfather who was Irish" (must have been black Irish...)

ftumch

Now, everything is "white supremacy"

My pen is white supremacy, let's see those bastards come take it off me.

Darleen

Only open borders, anti-law enforcement people should be allowed to eat at Mexican restaurants.

Pst314

“Only open borders, anti-law enforcement people should be allowed to eat at Mexican restaurants.“

The New Yorker used to be a highbrow magazine.
It has become a lowbrow magazine that thinks it is highbrow.

lotocoti

Speaking of Sam's Hugo Boss wardrobe, some are now deep into full retard territory.

WTP

David, I’m paying for WTP’s drinks tonight.

Thank you. I’ll have a double of the...mmm...Mogen-David 20/20

(must have been black Irish...)

Similarly, several years ago I worked in a software engineering department with a very nice young black woman whom I got to know because she had organized a school mentoring effort that I had participated in. We got to talking and she related her recent trip to Germany to visit relatives. Turns out her grandfather was stationed in Germany shortly after the war and had married a German woman. After inquiring as to what her gram’s maiden name was I realized weez cousins...OK, maybe not close cousins because Schmidt...but hey.

Hal

The New Yorker used to be a highbrow magazine.

Used to be? When did the promotion ever occur?

It's not in the Google view, but a bit later Fussell comments on. . .

A young woman lawyer in a large New York firm who likes to watch Shakespeare on Educational Television and to frequent restaurants said to serve gourmet food. "The New Yorker is practically my Bible," she says.

She is hopelessly middle-class, and probably consumed with secret bitterness that she's not made upper-middle.

David

Only open borders, anti-law enforcement people should be allowed to eat at Mexican restaurants.

“The Absurdity of Trump Officials Eating at Mexican Restaurants During an Immigration Crisis,” says Ms Rosner’s headline. Gosh, how very dare they. I stopped counting the misleading statements and glaring factual errors after half a dozen. Then of course there’s the absurdity of an article about lawbreaking - illegal immigration – not once using the word illegal or criminal or making any reference whatsoever to the violation of the law, which is the root of the entire issue.

Journalism, baby.

David

David, I’m paying for WTP’s drinks tonight.

[ Drags enormous ledger down into cellar. Activates supercomputer. A low humming ensues. The lights flicker and dim. ]

Chester Draws

Are closed border people allowed to eat Mexican if they visit Mexico?

I'm betting I know ten times more about Mexico than the rabble rousers who call me racist, since I have a long-standing interest in its history and have taken the expense to visit it (not cheap from NZ).

It's intriguing being racist about a country you really like!

David

Are closed border people allowed to eat Mexican if they visit Mexico?

In her tweets, Ms Rosner deems it “hypocritical” for a member of the Trump administration, and by extension any Republican, to eat Mexican food while, elsewhere, the law is being enforced, albeit belatedly and inadequately. Only she carefully avoids mentioning that any laws are being broken, as that might cast doubt on her own self-satisfied assumptions. It’s quite a mental tangle, but judging by the number of approving retweets, terribly fashionable.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In her tweets, Ms Rosner deems it “hypocritical” for a member of the Trump administration, and by extension any Republican, to eat Mexican food...

She also is implying that all Mexican restaurants are owned and staffed by illegal aliens and not by a) legal immigrants who often resent the illegals, b) genuine American born Americans of Mexican descent who often resent the illegals, c) people of any other ethnic background who have culturally appropriated Mexican food because they like it, and like to prepare it, and finally, d) all people of any background other than vaguely pasty European are democrats or other assorted leftist ilk and therefore hate anyone to the right of Nikolai Bukharin as much as she does.

David

She also is implying that all Mexican restaurants are owned and staffed by illegal aliens and not by a) legal immigrants who often resent the illegals…

Heh. Quite.

It’s an odd thing, to realise that not only is it possible to write an article about illegal immigration without even once acknowledging the issue of legality and lawbreaking, on which everything else depends, but also that in many circles, including much of the media, this is how one is expected to write or talk about it.

Like them, we’re expected to forget and pretend.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...elsewhere, the law is being enforced...

Indeed. This lady crossed the wrong border. She should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque and spoken Spanish...

Pogonip

Still stinking hot here in Upper Pogonippia, USA, and predicted to stay that way all week. Any improvement in England?

Weather in Mexico, chili today, hot tamale! 😁

David

Any improvement in England?

Today, in brief respite, we’re down to 25°. Then back upwards tomorrow.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today, in brief respite, we’re down to 25°.

That was our low at about 0300 yesterday, and it is so humid the dogs and cats are growing gills.

25C should be nothing, remember, you are of the stock that ruled steamy places like India, Burma, Australia, Iraq, the Palestine Mandate, Borneo, and parts of Africa where it gets so hot even Tarzan couldn't stand it...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today, in brief respite, we’re down to 25°.

That was our low at about 0300 yesterday, and it is so humid the dogs and cats are growing gills.

25C should be nothing, remember, you are of the stock that ruled steamy places like India, Burma, Australia, Iraq, the Palestine Mandate, Borneo, and parts of Africa where it gets so hot even Tarzan couldn't stand it...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Don't ask me how that got posted twice, and don't tell me it is because the server hamsters are fainting in the heat.

David

Don’t ask me how that got posted twice,

I’m a couple of degrees away from brain fever myself.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I’m a couple of degrees away from brain fever myself.

Snap out of it man, you lot invented gin and tonic for just this sort of thing.

Jonathan

...25C should be nothing, remember, you are of the stock that ruled steamy places like India...

Orders another Chota Peg, and a beating for the Punkah Wallah....

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in the cellar, henchlesbian offstage left operating the punkah...

Sam Duncan

I thought cameras weren't allowed in here.

Pogonip

What movie is that “handy” clip from? I don’t recognize it.

David

What movie is that “handy” clip from?

Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

PiperPaul

Ash's solution (scene here) to a similar problem as that clip would be much more difficult.

champ

I see that the UK has as many crazies as we do here in the USA...

https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/06/30/labour-mp-asks-what-british-government-is-doing-for-women-suffering-from-period-poverty/

Pogonip

Menstrual products ARE expensive, although I know pads are much cheaper than tampons, or they were when I was using them. They are also much safer. Are pads still available in the UK?

A VAT is a sales tax, right? Some U. S. states exempt food from sales tax. I’’d like to see medical supplies exempted from sales taxes. Whether menstrual products are “medical supplies” would be a contentious question, but lawyers gotta eat too!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...period poverty...

OK, she claims it costs on average £500/year, divide by 12 = £41.66/month. 72 count box of Tampax from Amazon UK is £11.36. As that comes out £30.30 less, and given any woman using 72 in one month needs a gynecologist (and a transfusion) instead of menstrual products, I think the Labor MP needs a laxative as much, or more, as the aforementioned products.

champ

I think the Labor MP needs a laxative as much, or more, as the aforementioned products.

So, you're saying she's full of shiite, correct?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Champ, that is a diagnosis even a first year med student could make, as one commenter said, she is the UK's Sandra Fluke.

champ

See, I told you we've got crazies in the USA...

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/06/30/congressman-goes-dramatic-rejection-tampons-expense/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of crazies, noted white man, Talcum X, AKA Martin Luther Cream, has discovered a new angle on white supremacy, or privilege, or something.


jabrwok

A VAT is a sales tax, right? Some U. S. states exempt food from sales tax. I’d like to see medical supplies exempted from sales taxes. Whether menstrual products are “medical supplies” would be a contentious question, but lawyers gotta eat too!

The VAT, as I understand it, is a tax that gets added at each stage of production. Me, I'd much rather a simple sales tax on the retail sale of all new goods, including food and medicine. Don't want to pay the tax? Buy used when you can, buy in bulk when used isn't an option, and don't buy what you don't need. Abolish all other domestic taxes (I'd be ok with a tariff on top of the sales tax as long as it wasn't exorbitant...maybe 5%).

Jonathan

Antifa gets KTFO in Portland:

https://twitter.com/WiredSources/status/1013247854859649024

WTP

Don't want to pay the tax? Buy used when you can,

Technically, at least in FL, sales taxes are supposed to be applied to used goods as well. Individuals don’t get hassled about it, generally speaking, but commercial entities are required to collect sales taxes.

WTP

Meant to add that I agree on the tax thing. In general tax in one place in one grand fashion such that you minimize the opportunities to cheat, including legal “exceptions”, etc. It’s a huge misconception that a tax applied in one place does not get passed on to the rest of the economy. For example real estate taxes are not taxes on those who OWN property. Those taxes get passed on to renters as higher rent, or if a commercial establishment, that higher rent gets distributed to the consumers of those businesses in the form of higher prices.

WTP

Bah! My 12:49 post, “commercial entities are required to collect sales taxes on sales of used goods

[+]

It’s an odd thing, to realise that not only is it possible to write an article about illegal immigration without even once acknowledging the issue of legality and lawbreaking, on which everything else depends, but also that in many circles, including much of the media, this is how one is expected to write or talk about it.

Exhibit A.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/mexican-protester-shouts-down-black-trump-supporter-put-on-some-rap-music

"Put on some rap music"

David

Exhibit A.

It must be quite odd for them, to go through life trying so hard, and failing so often, to conceal how unearned their pieties are.

Chester Draws

Jabrwok: the tax is only added *on top* at each stage.

Producer A buys the raw material and "pays" vat. But when they sell to distributor B they claim it back. B "pays" it on the purchase, but claims it back when they sell to retailer C. Likewise C pays, but recalls. The buyer pays the whole amount.

If done properly it is a simple tax with few overheads and very simple for businesses to account for. Every sale is taxed, every purchase you claim it back on.

The trick, like any tax is to have NO exceptions on a flat rate. Every exception and different rate makes work for all concerned.

British VAT is a Byzantine system that is a pain to manage. NZ VAT is a simple and easy to manage system, with property (rent, mortgages etc) being the only exception.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A happy Canada Day to any hosers who might be about here !

champ

Funny, I think he is only enforcing existing federal law...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11079

W Krebs

Not something you see every day....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5902857/UCLA-Professor-47-suffers-sudden-death-recreational-mummication-bondage-LA-home.html

W Krebs

"... discovered a new angle on white supremacy, or privilege, or something."

So, non-white people are indifferent to fecal matter in the streets? How, exactly, is this not glaringly racist?

W Krebs

Antifa gets KTFO in Portland

Well, KTFO has an awesome drive-time program....

Wtp

A happy Canada Day to any hosers who might be about here !

Yes, so I've heard. Seen several references about this anniversary such that I can't get that flippen song out of my head. On top of that is a pavlovian expectation for a hockey game to start. On the plus side it is taking and edge off of the heat. So there's that.

PiperPaul

Wtp, do you mean this song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jm4LoOaAWI

Hal

Wtp, do you mean this song?

Might be this one.

WTP

Nooo! Nonononono. You know the one. The one...”la-da-da-deee, la-da-da-da-da-deee... True patriot love, unto our sons command”...I think the fourth verse has something about ho-ho-ho and mistletoe, but nobody really ever sings that part.

jabrwok

at least in FL, sales taxes are supposed to be applied to used goods as well.

Hence my "all new goods" caveat. I figure if you're selling something used, that sales tax has already been paid on it, and used-goods retailers tend to be small businesses which can ill afford more bureaucratic red tape.

Re: VAT. Not sure what you (Chester) mean by "claim[s] it back". Does that mean "passes the cost of the already paid tax along to the consumer while adding a new layer of VAT to the item"? If so, that sounds like it would incentivize minimizing the number of transactions between initial materials supplier and final retail sale. The longer the production chain, the higher the price. Or I could be misunderstanding it all:-).

As for taxes on rents, that seems silly. The rent is a *service*, not a good. I realize that there's nothing that can't be taxed, but in my perfect world only goods would be taxed. The important services are already expensive enough without adding to their costs.

But I'm not yet God Emperor, so my opinion is worth exactly what you're paying for it. Tax free though!

WTP

Ah, yes you were speaking your conceptual context. My mistake.

champ

Shades of Cathy Newman at the BBC...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11078

Ed Snack

Jabrwok, no, the first manufacturer charges the next person $100 say, plus GST of 15% so price is $115.that buyer marked it up to, say, $200 and sells to buyer C for $200 plus 15% so 230. The original seller pays $15 but has of course charged the buyer the same so no net tax. The first buyer pays $30 - $15 = $15, but has passed this and the $15 already contributed by the first seller onto C.

And so on to the final consumer. As there are no exemptions other than rent, interest charges and on exports, the process isn’t too tricky. All transactions have GST added and one forwards the net position monthly (usually). Under a certain turnover level one does not have to charge or pay GST, but you can’t then deduct GST inputs.

It raises price levels, but is quite resistant to avoidance. Cash jobs can avoid it, but once purchased goods are involved it becomes less of an issue because your input GST not being deducted becomes a counterweight.

Not perfect, but usually a lot better than a sales tax. Note the important point though, make it universal on a single rate with very limited exemptions.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Bad Susie, fashion tips from the Mideast.

Pogonip

Happy Canada Day, eh?

Are you also having a heat wave? We’re still simmering away all across the U. S.

JuliaM

@Pogonip: unusually hot in the UK too.

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