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July 13, 2018

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Captain Nemo

River bottom findings:

Hem, hem:

https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2018/06/friday-ephemerarent.html?cid=6a00d83451675669e2022ad39cef9b200b#comment-6a00d83451675669e2022ad39cef9b200b

sH2

“Queen of nuance.”

"Vast wealth is immoral and capitalism is a cancer on society. Nobody should have things they want while anybody goes without things they need."

Will 'she'/'zie'/'zey' be in charge of who can have what?

I'll pass on the offer to see 'her'/'xer'/'xems' dick pics.

JuliaM

’And finally, his patience tested, Zeus shoots back.’

Can’t stop laughing!

David

Morning, all. It’s suspiciously quiet today.

Hem, hem

Ah. Well, you see the error happened downstream of management. While I was on holiday. Probably some underling in the sorting office. I’ll have them fired, obviously.

David

Will ‘she’/‘zie’/‘zey’ be in charge of who can have what?

The people making these noises generally seem to imagine that they’d be the ones wearing The Bejewelled Marxist Sorting Hat - merrily deciding whose wants are permissible and – the fun bit – who should be denied. Quite how one would construct a morally superior system in which the self-imagined righteous oversaw the rest of us in such detail and made sure that we couldn’t just buy things we deem important with our own earnings, is unclear. Just as it’s unclear how such a nightmarishly overbearing system would avoid the usual results, like economic catastrophe and people eating rats.

Though frankly, I see no evidence that Avery, our smasher of capitalism and remaker of worlds, has thought that far ahead.

Such is woke piety.

Rafi

Though frankly, I see no evidence that Avery, our smasher of capitalism and remaker of worlds, has thought that far ahead.

*Says capitalism is a cancer on society*
*takes away capitalism*
*society collapses*

Chester Draws

Capitalism is primarily that each person is an economic unit, as opposed to organisation via workplaces or other collective groupings. It leads to each person being respected as an individual. Which means it is tolerant of deviance -- historically of religion, now of pretty much everything.

That a Trans person should oppose the very system that allows xim to be openly different is one of life's little mysteries.

At least if we do go corporatist it will be end of such whining.

David

*Says capitalism is a cancer on society*
*takes away capitalism*
*society collapses*

I think we need that on roadside hoardings. And on the t-shirts of busty ladies.

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll give the spam filter a good probing.

Captain Nemo

Probably some underling in the sorting office. I’ll have them fired, obviously.

Heh. To be fair, you were busy that week. And not everybody may have seen it the first time around.

David

[ Sounds of giant cannon launching underling into the Sun. ]

Connor

It’s a surprisingly versatile product.

Researchers, hospitals, and programs designed to train medical professionals routinely order Liquid Ass. The stench so realistically mimics the human colon, it's the perfect training tool to teach medical responders how to maintain focus and professional demeanor in the midst of a truly overwhelming smell.

Capitalism delivers!

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

"Pizarro and others have found that disgust induced by a foul smell can affect how judgmental people are of minority groups, how conservative they are"

Nothing is safe from research into why some people are conservative, not even a prank doo-doo smell.

Joan

Feminist media studies.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/46667/

Pogonip

Feminism: the haunting fear that some white guy, somewhere, somehow, is having a good time and not feeling particularly guilty about anything.

Pogonip

Hi Connor,

We could also say that capitalism stinks!

Yrs,

The Devil’s Advocate 😁😈

Nikw211

“Queen of nuance”

Correction. That’s “Comedian. Queen of nuance.” – where it seems the latter is very much a defensive fall-back position for the former.

See, if you don’t laugh at this , it's your sense of humour that's at fault. She can't be held responsible for your lack of refinement.

Pass us one of them pickled eggs, will you?

David

See, if you don’t laugh at this, it’s your sense of humour that’s at fault. She can’t be held responsible for your lack of refinement.

Ah, woke comedy. You’d think that the inherent surrealism of being trans might provide a rich seam of comedic material. Alas, no.

prm

Re: Liquid Ass

There's a serious point about that. Which is that this evil free market stuff means that a couple of guys can muck about and create a smell for a joke, and enough weirdos want to buy it. And then it turns out it has a practical use in medicine. And then an experimental use in science.

This simply does not happen under the various totalitarian/socialist regimes.

For a start, no humour. Maoist China wouldn't produce this. Nor the Taliban. And if you don't have that foolishness and free play, you stifle creativity. A commissar would say that you are wasting resources with such olfactory frivolity, religious nuts would say you are disrespecting Allah. Even if a 'genuine' need for such a smell was recognised there would be badly organised bureaucratic projects to produce it, at daft expense, resulting in overproduction and something a bit like the smell they were after. And it would take five years.

It's a general point about the failure of central planning. Nobody knew how useful this would be until it was produced. And it was only produced by a couple of guys for a laugh.

David

Ah. Rain at last. I think the lawn is sighing with relief.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Why did the rescuers have to be white people?”

The esteemed Elfwick once again channeled The Amazing Criswell...

Godfrey Elfwick

@RealElfwick Jul 8

2 British white males at the head of this rescue mission. Their privilege is staggering. Ability counts for shit when there's zero diversity. I demand they be replaced with 2 differently-abled transgender people of mixed race to offer those children a more empowering experience.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The Trump balloon:

Right. The impression from all the chest thumping over this stunt was that this thing would be the size of a WWII barrage balloon, not so small you need binoculars to see what the hell it really is from two blocks away.

Pst314

For a start, no humour. Maoist China wouldn't produce this. Nor the Taliban.

Khomenei proclaimed “no humor in Islam”.

Burnsie

Right. The impression from all the chest thumping over this stunt was that this thing would be the size of a WWII barrage balloon, not so small you need binoculars to see what the hell it really is from two blocks away.

It's hilarious. Reminds me of the classic Stonehenge scene in "This is Spinal Tap:"

https://vimeo.com/94459739

David

so small you need binoculars to see what the hell it really is from two blocks away.

For £20,000, I was expecting a second sun.

David

Re: Liquid Ass

Okay, hands up everyone who didn’t foresee that one day we’d be discussing something called Liquid Ass.

dw

*raises hand*

dw

Today's word is baizuo.

Darleen

The stench so realistically mimics the human colon, it's the perfect training tool to teach medical responders how to maintain focus and professional demeanor in the midst of a truly overwhelming smell.

#1 attended a top nursing school for her RN and they used state-of-the-art training mannequins (along with clinicals). I should ask if they used LA. Though she had been a paramedic before going for her RN so I believe her own professional demeanor from exposure to the gross had already been obtains (whoa, the stories!)

David

exposure to the gross

Speaking of bodily horrors. Not for the squeamish.

champ

I wasn't even aware that they existed...

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/46509/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of bodily horrors.

Veteran eyepatch-wearing Spanish bullfighter

Just spitballing here, but I am thinking if you have no depth perception, you might want to find an occupation other than "standing in front of and goading an already enraged bull".

David

I wasn’t even aware that they existed

As Glenn Reynolds says, “When taxpayers tire of funding this sort of thing, we’ll be told it’s because of ‘anti-intellectualism’...”

David

Just spitballing here, but I am thinking if you have no depth perception…

And if you spend your time torturing a large and very powerful animal, sooner or later shit will happen.

R. Sherman

Liquid Ass demonstrates one of the most profound ideas in economics: Supply creates its own demand.

champ

No sh!t, Sherlock...
https://pjmedia.com/trending/new-poll-americans-believe-theyre-better-off-financially-under-trump-than-obama/

Darleen

Speaking of bodily horrors

Strzok summed up in a gif

David

Strzok summed up in a gif

It looks like he’s having some kind of gay seizure. Sort of Hannibal Lecter by way of Kenneth Williams.

Jonathan

The Trump balloon:

DrumpfHitler is finished this time!

Darleen

Strzok had to know he was on national tv, right?

Governor Squid

I think we have our guy for the Pee Wee's Playhouse reboot! Tell the casting director she can take the weekend off.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Goodwood Festival of Speed Live Feed.

Check back often. That is all, carry on.

David

Agenda detected.

Via Damian.

champ

I thought Hillary was not in the best mental shape during the 2016 election, but she continues going downhill...

https://pjmedia.com/video/hillary-clinton-says-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-will-bring-back-slavery/

Sam Duncan

“Are you wearing your anti-motion-sickness spectacles?”

Not at 99 Euromarks, I'm not. They look like something out of a Christmas cracker.

I mean, looking a bit daft is a small price to pay for curing motion sickness. But 90 quid is a very large price to pay for a bit of plastic and some tubing with coloured water in it.

“Nothing is safe from research into why some people are conservative, not even a prank doo-doo smell.”

But it's such a mystery.

PRM: “There's a serious point about that.”

Absolutely. I'm trying to add something to that, and I'm not coming up with much. It's a very important point.

“Goodwood Festival of Speed Live Feed.”

Thanks, Farnsworth. I hadn't realised it was this week. Well, that's my weekend spoken for. Hold my calls.

David

But 90 quid is a very large price to pay for a bit of plastic and some tubing with coloured water in it.

Bung some luminescent chemicals in there and – boom - rave goggles.

Young people still rave, don’t they?

Governor Squid

They most certainly rant.

David

Incidentally, and belatedly, I’ve just discovered Bosch and am halfway through season one. So far, so good.

Pogonip

Bosh, like Hieronymus? That Bosch?

Squires

Not for the squeamish.

Walking, talking monument to toxic masculinity that he is, I am certain that all the toothsome ladies he meets are instantly repelled.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

After apparently attending a struggle session Scarlett Johannson bails from "transgender" gangster flick.

"I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive."

In English I think that means, "I didn't want my career to be ended just now."

Charlie Suet

Oh no, Scarlett. You can’t apologise to people who don’t value contrition and don’t believe in redemption.

Darleen

I’ve just discovered Bosch and am halfway through season one. So far, so good.

I started with the books ... 20 of 'em (I've stopped at 19 because I'm saving the last one a bit ...)

I've now gotten to season 3 of Bosch and I'm so glad the author is the exec producer, even as a few things are changed (e.g. the books start in the 80s with Bosch as a Vietnam "tunnel rat" Vet) ... the series really captures the books.

I usually don't read a lot of mysteries but I got hooked from book one.

Oh, it really captures the rhythms of Los Angeles quite nicely. It's a strange city - and I say that as someone who was born in El-Lay and grew up in The Valley.

Darleen

Pogonip

Yep, Harry "Hieronymus" Bosch

ftumch

For Darleen, the Valley Girl:

https://www.imaginaryforces.com/work/bosch-main-title

Been trying to get people to watch this for the last couple of years, and just tonight talking to my leftard friend about it (he's halfway through season 3)

Ten

Incidentally, and belatedly, I’ve just discovered Bosch and am halfway through season one. So far, so good.

Have you tried Patriot?

ftumch

"Have you tried Patriot?"

This is a type of condom?

ftumch

Incidentally, I've only recently discovered that The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) is originally by Frankie Valli and Four Seasons, and not the Walker Brothers. Smh

jabrwok

Bosch is good, but I'm cheap, so most of my power tools are Ryobi.

What?

ftumch

"What"

*while jabrwok is looking around the room for approval, quietly slips a pickled egg into his beer*

Darleen

For Darleen, the Valley Girl

Love the opening theme.

BTW ... I get a kick that a jazz musician that Harry goes to see in the later books, Grace Kelley, actually appears in Season 2 of the tv show. No clip from the show, but she composed a piece for her appearance and performs it later here, too.

Darleen

oops ... "Kelly"

artwest

“Why did the rescuers have to be white people?”

Don't worry, when the BBC do their dramatisation they won't be.

Surreptitious Evil

On Joan’s link.

But my anecdata shows that “let’s compete by eating something so stupidly hot that the pain in both our throats, and somewhat later, the bottom ends of the digestive tract make us want to kill ourselves”, which is what that Yank program(me) seems to be celebrating, is an almost exclusively male stupidity?

David

Been trying to get people to watch this for the last couple of years,

Thanks to nagging by The Other Half, I’m halfway through season one, where another grim twist is emerging – and so far, the series strikes me as well played, and paced, and shot, if not altogether original in terms of genre tropes. I don’t usually go for police procedurals, but I was drawn into its story threads quite easily. No small feat.

Have you tried Patriot?

I don’t know what that is. Is it a deodorant?

*while jabrwok is looking around the room for approval, quietly slips a pickled egg into his beer*

[ Slides along bar a large, overfilled ashtray. Nods towards Jabrwok’s beer. ]

David

Will ‘she’/‘zie’/‘zey’ be in charge of who can have what?

Avery’s nuanced political philosophy:

Apparently, there’s “nothing moral” about paying your own way and preferring not to be a needless burden on strangers.

artwest

Farnsworth M Muldoon:

Yes the one-eyed, without depth perception, were much more suitably employed in the 1950s.
Andre De Toth for example directed the 1953 film House of Wax... in 3-D.

Clam

Apparently, there’s “nothing moral” about paying your own way and preferring not to be a needless burden on strangers.

Zer/zem's parents must be proud.

David

Zer/zem’s parents must be proud.

Quite.

We’re told, “Remember, babes, there’s nothing moral about work.” What Avery means, of course, is that there’s nothing immoral about habitual, opportunist freeloading. I.e., parasitism. And so, according to our self-imagined moral better, if you choose not to work and support yourself, some other sucker should be made to pay your bills as well as their own, indefinitely. Because hey, you’re just so fabulous, babe.

You’d think that being trans would be enough of a challenge in life without also being quite so obnoxiously narcissistic.

Jonathan

Quick Reflexes.

Jonathan

How they call cows in Sweden.

Simen Thoresen

Today in Real Life or 4chan?;

Are MAPs a new subgroup of the LGBTetc movement?
https://dailycaller.com/2018/07/09/pedophiles-lgbt-community/
https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pedophiles-desperately-join-lgbt-movement-acceptance-flag/

Hugs,
-S

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Andre De Toth for example directed the 1953 film House of Wax... in 3-D.

Strangely, however, the cinematographers, who only required one eye to operate the cameras, had binocular vision...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Zer/zem’s parents must be proud.

a) Yes, but they are the ones who created zit.

b) Bear in mind she is a he. (...and the colored girls go doo doo doo, etc.)

Aldo

But my anecdata shows that “let’s compete by eating something so stupidly hot that the pain in both our throats, and somewhat later, the bottom ends of the digestive tract make us want to kill ourselves”, which is what that Yank program(me) seems to be celebrating, is an almost exclusively male stupidity?

"For the two things that a healthy person hates most between heaven and hell are a woman who is not dignified and a man who is." (G.K. Chesterton)

https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2013/07/two-balls-bad-no-balls-good.html

One of the rituals of the barbecues I’ve attended is the good-natured parodying – one might say acknowledgment – of precisely those conventions. “Man make fire. Man cook meat,” etc. But perhaps we’re to imagine that only the keen social observers who write for the Guardian have ever noticed such things or found them worthy of amused comment. More to the point, it doesn’t seem to have occurred to Mr Power that quite a few people, male and female, actually enjoy the role-play opportunity of the barbecue - the theatre, the ritual, the fun. Even – heresy! – gendered fun. But hey, the point is that some of you heathens are still arranging your leisure time and social gatherings in a way of which our Guardianista disapproves. Your barbecues aren’t being gender balanced in the way he would like. And gosh darn it, people. That really drains the joy from his summer breeze.

Captain Nemo

A small act of kindness:

https://twitter.com/markaizatt/status/1017825170218737670

Darleen

Wow ... as in Holy crap, Salem witch trials couldn't have been much worse.

Burnsie

Ah yes, the five stages of welfare parasitism:

1) Gratitude: "This money is a lifesaver, thanks!"
2) Entitlement: "Where's my damn welfare check?"
3) Blame: "It's not my fault I'm on the dole."
4) Resentment: "You don't give me enough. The system sucks!"
5) Contempt: "There's nothing moral about work, babes."

David

Wow ... as in Holy crap,

Yet another illustration of how flashing one’s woke credentials just happens to coincide with all manner of spiteful and unsavoury motives. Strange, that.

David

Gif as art.

Via Damian.

Darleen

I'm not surprised at Avery's attitude. He obviously has no problem declaring his right to steal the identity of women.

PL

Do I understand correctly from the Galloway story that the graduate student on whose word he blacklisted a job applicant is the same person who in the next paragraph accuses Galloway of sexual assault and is the same person who two thirds of the way into the article he admits to have been sleeping with (which turns the the blacklisting incident from a story about unaccountable institutional policies into a sleazy soap opera). If so, isn't the job applicant the one we should feel sorry for, and isn't Galloway just taking some of what he admits to have dished out?

Captain Nemo

Gif as art.

Damn it. I've just wasted five minutes watching that. Yes, I know - no refunds, credit note only, etc.

Darleen

isn't Galloway just taking some of what he admits to have dished out?

Admittedly, he acted just like SJWs want - take the woman at her word. I feel sorry for the candidate that didn't get the job, but AFAIK Galloway didn't lead a mob full of pitchforks and burning torches against this person. Indeed, that person probably went on unaware of what really happened to their application and has gone on with life.

Galloway was totally exonerated of all charges but he'll never get back any of his life. Ditto anyone who dared to ask for due process for him.

WTP

Do I understand correctly from the Galloway story that the graduate student on whose word he blacklisted a job applicant is the same person who in the next paragraph accuses Galloway of sexual assault and is the same person who two thirds of the way into the article he admits to have been sleeping with (which turns the the blacklisting incident from a story about unaccountable institutional policies into a sleazy soap opera). If so, isn't the job applicant the one we should feel sorry for, and isn't Galloway just taking some of what he admits to have dished out?

Yes, that was my reading of it as well, though my sympathy gave out about two paragraphs before the "sleeping with" part that I just went back to see. The story winds its way around to that in a rather odd manner. Not that I don't believe this guy but as you said he blacklisted another person on even less "evidence" than what was had on himself. And yet he got awarded $167K. As I said, I gave up on it and no desire to read through the rest of the TL;DR but I am curious if he ever expresses contrition for the blacklisting.

I have far more sympathy for a guy no one gives a damn about, one George Zimmerman, whose life has been completely ruined, even down to his personality. Who could stand up to such an onslaught? An entire nation, and beyond FWIU, hates him. And he didn't get a dime from the slanderous news media attacks, the lies, the selectively edited 911 call. And to this day, nobody give a damn about what happened. Nobody cares that even "conservative" media would not support a man using a gun to defend his own life. All of these witch hunt stories are important, especially in the light of the most prominent one that has been going on for two years now, and the exposure of the nature of the mob attacks is very important. Yet I find it very, very hard to have an ounce of sympathy for this Galloway clown.

Darleen

WTP

I have sympathy for all individuals who run afoul of the mob regardless of their flaws. Zimmerman was rightly acquitted -- so even if he's not a sterling character, I believe he should be left alone to live his life. The complete demonization of Darren Wilson is also unfair and I have a lot of sympathy for a man who has to live in a clandestine way just to protect himself. Anyone standing up for him?

One can pick apart anyone's life and find flaws. The perfect person is not in need of due process, it is the flawed person precisely because sympathy counts for nothing when the mob is working to lynch you.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of attitudes and senses of entitlement, Deep Thoughts™ from the loser of the last presidential election:

I believe that the test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable. Right now our country is failing that test. We've never seen such organized cruelty, distain and contempt for our values.

1. I can't help but to have noticed that "the most vulnerable" to whom she refers have been the ones disrupting traffic, setting fires, shouting down speakers, and generally rioting.

2. "Contempt for our values"; if by "our" values she means her values, well, yes there is, if, OTOH, she is pretending to speak for the values of most 'Murkans, again, yes, but the obvious thing is it is her side to blame.

jabrwok

*while jabrwok is looking around the room for approval, quietly slips a pickled egg into his beer*

[ Slides along bar a large, overfilled ashtray. Nods towards Jabrwok’s beer. ]

Pfft. No one appreciates good humor anymore.

[Drinks.]

And another thing...hmmm...piquant, yet bold...and chewy...and...like...have you ever really *looked* at your hand before?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.........................

David

have you ever really *looked* at your hand before?

It should wear off in 8-12 hours.

Adam

"There is nothing moral about work" is merely an assertion, lacking argument and evidence.

Babe, how about you review a dozen or so moral philosophers and put together a cogent exposition of your position... or is it a pose?

Adam

Ten bucks for naked pics of Ms Edison? This is so sweetly naive. Photoshop, babe.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ten bucks for naked pics of Ms Edison?

It is all in the fine print, it is actually Mr. Edison.

Pogonip

I’ll assert there’s nothing moral about my job (bookkeeping) but nothing particularly immoral about it, either. It’s just there, paying the bills.

Chester Draws

It depends Pogonip. Do you do your accounts honestly, without fear or favour? Assuming yes, then it is moral. The system works based on millions of people making moral decisions, albeit small ones.

Because there certainly are immoral bookkeepers!

And countries where bookkeeping is regarded as an inventive occupation don't run so well.

Fay

Incidentally, and belatedly, I’ve just discovered Bosch and am halfway through season one. So far, so good.

The actor (Titus Welliver) who plays the protagonist bears a striking resemblance to a slightly older James Nesbitt.

Daniel Ream

Are MAPs a new subgroup of the LGBTetc movement?

There's a very real problem hidden in there, which is that people with strong paraphiliac urges towards minors have absolutely no avenues for support to prevent them acting on those urges. Just admitting to the urge, even under medical privilege, could be social and career suicide.

Much like gender dysphoria, though, a tiny but real mental illness is getting seized upon and normalized for political purposes.

David

Zer/zem’s parents must be proud.

More of Avery’s deep wisdom. Apparently, wealth causes poverty.

Captain Nemo

Are MAPs a new subgroup of the LGBTetc movement?

I bloody well hope not. One of the most disgusting and offensive tropes used by anti-gay/anti-bisexual bigots 50 years ago, and one still used today to a lesser extent, was that all gays were/are pedophiles. And so, as someone who's bisexual, it would be nice, really nice, if today's activist left stopped trying to prove those bigots right.

David

As a woman, you should know this.

WTP

Apparently, wealth causes poverty.

Look at the replies to that tweet. This is what a large percentage of people, I would even say most people, believe. Break this misconception that most people have and you will go a long way toward solving the problem of creeping leftism and a good number of other social ills.

Zimmerman was rightly acquitted -- so even if he's not a sterling character, I believe he should be left alone to live his life. The complete demonization of Darren Wilson is also unfair and I have a lot of sympathy for a man who has to live in a clandestine way just to protect himself. Anyone standing up for him?

Well neither Zimmerman nor Wilson were active participants in the kind of mentality of which they became victims. I have not heard much about Wilson but I am fairly certain he has support of a good number of police officers and society in general. Zimmerman, not so much. Tell you what, if the day comes where Galloway is simply driving down a road and someone fires a weapon at him simply because he is Galloway, I might reconsider. As for "so even if he's not a sterling character", this in itself is part of the problem. To my knowledge he was a decent guy, no different from the vast majority of people of his socioeconomic background and such. His character has been degraded by the horrible way he has been treated by our society in general. That man is truly a victim of a much bigger, far more threatening, and far more dangerous mob.

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