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February 28, 2019

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile among the Antipodeans, language courses become "diverse", or culturally appropriated, it is unclear which.

School students will soon be taught 'Aboriginal English' under new state regulation slammed as 'absolutely ridiculous' by Indigenous leaders. The controversial curriculum change will see students who are learning foreign languages be taught phrases such as 'sista, brutha, bro and cuz'...Children learning languages such as Chinese, Spanish and French will need to be able to compare speech sounds, slang and 'loan words' from from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ­languages.

I am curious what the Chinese for "homie" is.

Clam

an activity for the weekend, the rules of which are somewhat unclear to me;

WTF?

Watcher In The Dark

The highly-enjoyable posts on here about 'performance art' show human beings trying to be automatic and unfeeling, though often without grace, strength or even purpose.

Thus, to show people how performance with grace, strength and purpose is done, I offer you this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buQsRdt1Ajg&feature=youtu.be

Man can be ingenious in such little but vital ways.

Joan

Decisions...

https://twitter.com/OnlineAlison/status/1100816143026028544

Steve E

Why is it always mentrual blood?

"A 26-year-old California woman's Instagram account is going viral — because it features photos of the woman, Demetra Nyx, smearing menstrual blood all over her face because it's "magical" and "powerful.""
Mullion

When somebody goes to a lot of effort to contort common sense, like the common sense on sexual differences, into ideological compliance, we say that they're engaging in mental or rhetorical gymnastics.

But there's another sense in which gymnastics is a good metaphor for the game of narrative conformity. Every year, the scoring rulebook is amended. A move that would have been rare and attempted with trepidation ten years ago, might now be compulsory, with the judges deducting marks if they detect any wavering, hesitation, or lack of smoothness in the transitions.

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trans-athletes-make-great-gains-yet-resentment-still-flares-n975646

Most of the high-profile stories about trans athletes have involved transgender women; fewer transgender men have reached levels of achievement in men’s sports events that generated news coverage.

An impeccable piece of narrative gymnastics, defying gravity and making you catch your breath - how could she not have fallen off the beam? - yet made to look effortless.

Sam

Man can be ingenious in such little but vital ways.

I don't know why you're glorifying the loss of good paying chainmaker jobs. Once was a man could feed his family and maybe even take a vacation if he worked hard on the chain floor. The American Dream is dead and we need socialism to deal with the suffering a post-chain world will inevitably inflict.

Sam

Why is it always mentrual blood?

Why, indeed? I suppose one reason is that nobody close to these people ever informed them that discussing their menstrual happenings is as interesting and desirable as analyzing the consistency of their latest fecal offering.

Governor Squid

Careful, mate -- these creatures will interpret that sentiment as an invitation to smear their faeces across any surface within reach, and then demand that we offer our enthusiastic plaudits for their inspirational, deeply meaningful work.

Sam

Damn, you're right Gov.

"The Health Department? How many divisions have they got?"

pst314

Decisions...

From the link:
"Addicted to Psychics / Addicted to Body Casting"
What the heck is that???

pst314

I suppose one reason is that nobody close to these people ever informed them that discussing their menstrual happenings is as interesting and desirable as analyzing the consistency of their latest fecal offering.

A positive feedback loop in a closed social group?
I once ran across an account of hippies in a rural commune who, after a child was born, would celebrate by cooking and eating the placenta.

Sam

a rural commune...would celebrate by cooking and eating the placenta

Considering the famine inherent in communism I'd say that's perfectly rational behavior.

Pogonip

David, you’re a slacker.

pst314

I'd say that's perfectly rational behavior.

I've long wondered how much use those hippies made of government welfare programs--and even private charities.

pst314

The reheated series and greatest hits are there to be poked at.

When you poke the abyss, does the abyss poke back?

Pogonip

No, it just giggles.

jabrwok

Decisions...

I wonder which tastes better. You'd probably get more calories per dollar going with the psychics.

Trevor

...how to spot a classy diner...

'unsanitary.

[ shudders ] Those colonies will never amount to anything.

lotocoti

Now I need some Jo blocks.

Hal

an activity for the weekend, the rules of which are somewhat unclear to me;

WTF?

Well, as the page states, In case you ever wondered what tag + parkour + and fight club would look like. . . .

Certainly rules keepers do need to establish a set framework, to be certain that no one gets killed during all the running and jumping . . .

I notice that skiing is done at the Olympics, as is target shooting. What if someone decided to do target shooting during a bit of skiing?

Hal

From the link:
"Addicted to Psychics / Addicted to Body Casting"
What the heck is that???

The latter? Making an educated guess . . . . Just hold still for a moment, just a moment, 'k, mebbe several moments . . . !

WTP

Those colonies will never amount to anything.

Well it is Palatka. East Palatka is where the upper crust lives. They have a Sonny’s BBQ.

Hal

When you poke the abyss, does the abyss poke back?

Could be worse, after all.

There's No Abyssness Like Show Abyssness.
---Mason Williams

TimT

Meanwhile among the Antipodeans, language courses become "diverse", or culturally appropriated, it is unclear which.

Coming from the Daily Mail I'm not sure how much I trust the story. It's referring to state education in NSW (one of six states). I know here in Victoria there are a few efforts to revive teaching Aboriginal languages in schools, too.

I'd support some of those efforts - languages are *worth* preserving - but not a crappy official course in teaching modern Aboriginal English, essentially English with a few jazz words thrown in. Any kid worth his or her salt would pick that up on the street anyway.

TimT

Footage from the natural world.

Pogonip

Cute!

MC

an activity for the weekend, the rules of which are somewhat unclear to me

This sport is played, to a slightly less formal degree, in sink estates all over the UK. In London, they use knives, which purists consider a little excessive...

Darleen

Some things never change ... indeed.

Rafi

'Our betters'

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/380007.php

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Being "transgender" not at all a mental issue for this gal guy person being from another world.

If it was half as expensive, it would be twice as cheap, stunning ceramics for your home decorating needs (possible work caution, there is feminism involved).

Jacob

Being "transgender" not at all a mental issue for this gal guy person being from another world.

Jareth has a huge circuit board tattooed on their face, does not have nipples following top surgery, shaves off their eyebrows, and has 78 stars tattooed all over their body. They hope to get 333 star tattoos eventually, as three is their lucky number.

Yeah, he/she/it totally won life's lottery.

Jacob

'Our betters'

http://www.desertsun.co.uk/blog/9181/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Science !

Repesct for science ! It's super cereal.

Pst314

Farnsworth, where did you find that goofy photo? I never saw ant coverage of that protest.

Niels R

https://twitter.com/Bertieschip/status/1101148254157373441?s=19

They don't make them like that anymore...

pst314

Farnsworth, never mind. The right half was cut off when I viewed it on my phone.

pst314

Science !

I could be wrong, but I think I saw some explorations of "vedic science" in one of Levitt and Gross's books on the anti-science left.

Steve E

Being "transgender" not at all a mental issue...

The money quote from Jareth:

‘I thought being a trans man would solve all of my issues and inner battles with finding out who I was, but I wasn’t as happy as I expected to be,’ says Jareth.

This is a common post surgery outcome for many transpeople. Transpeople finding out that perhaps their problems can't be traced back to being assigned the wrong sex at birth.

Steve E

... stunning ceramics for your home decorating needs ...

Like my grandfather used to say, "Don't get lippy with me."

Tom

Transpeople finding out that perhaps their problems can't be traced back to being assigned the wrong sex at birth.

I like the way the word assign(ed) has been hammered into the discussion of trans-anything. Every time I see it an imagine pops into my head of a long line of babies being inducted into humanity and a tired buck private chucking their gear out at them. Occasionally some poor bastard gets the last misbegotten genitalia in the bin and has to make do.

I'll get me coat...

PiperPaul

Yeah, it's just like Ellis Island in the 1800s where illiterate/uncaring immigration officials would just rename people who had difficult-to-pronounce or write surnames.

Jonathan

Warning sign of Note.

via Geoffrey Miller

Jonathan

Respect for science !

I wonder if he 'respects' This science?

Tom

Warning sign of Note.

It's true from what I understand.

Decades ago (geez I'm old) I knew a guy who worked for the local power company in the New York City area - Con Edison. He'd survived a hefty jolt of electricity that left his arm and the side of his face scarred. I recall him saying that it not only hurt after the fact, as you might expect, but it hurt like a bastard while it was happening.

Don't play with electricity kids, it's invisible and it'll kill you dead.

Darleen

where illiterate/uncaring immigration officials would just rename people who had difficult-to-pronounce or write surnames.

That’s how the German branch of my family, emigrating in 1850s, of Rüppel became Rippel

Sonny Wayze

"I notice that skiing is done at the Olympics, as is target shooting. What if someone decided to do target shooting during a bit of skiing?"

Pfft. Google 'skeet surfing'. Now, *that's* a sport!

Sam

Is it so surprising that collectivists view people as ants, where the Queen assigns very strict gender roles (in, er..."utero") based on the perceived need of the colony?

At a recent wedding I had some Yankee ask me what "Mexicans in Texas thought of Mr. Trump". He was a very pleasant fellow genuinely wanting to gain knowledge, but couldn't see how fundamentally wrong his worldview was. I grow more convinced that ultimately the battle isn't left v right, tradionalist v progressive, or even libertarian v authoritarian, but rather individualist v collectivist.

Steve E

Don't play with electricity kids, it's invisible and it'll kill you dead.

The guy was lucky. When I was 16 one of the kids in the neighbourhood decided to climb a hydro tower (the power generated where I live was, at one time, largely generated by hydro-electric dams so we refer to electicity as hydro). He didn't survive the experience. My first experience with a Darwin Award winner.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the battle isn't left v right, tradionalist v progressive, or even libertarian v authoritarian, but rather individualist v collectivist.

Collectivist=left/progressive/authoritarian
Individualist=classical liberal/traditionalist (at least in the US)
The less said about the current crop of alleged libertarians (RINOs with bongs), the better.

Sam

The less said about the current crop of alleged libertarians (RINOs with bongs), the better.

Shouldn't have mentioned them, then, huh? =)

I'm curious how you characterize that sort of person though. I interpret as someone who largely supports foreign intervention, fiat money, public schools, gun rights, free speech, and liberalized prostitution and drug policy.

Hopp Singg

Being "transgender" not at all a mental issue

I took one look at his pics and I thought "Klinefelter's?"

Anyone else?

Hopp Singg

Further re the Klinefelter's, this pic in particular got me thinking:

Note the hips.

Jen

'This'

https://twitter.com/OrwellNGoode/status/1101571413025132544

Pogonip

David, come home! All is forgiven!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I took one look at his pics and I thought "Klinefelter's?"

If you mean does she look like a Kleinfelter's syndrome case after her surgery, yes, but if you meant she was a case prior, no, as there is no indication she had the requisite male naughty bits or she would have "been assigned" male at birth.

Meanwhile in the world of science, California wants to ban biology class dissections, because taking apart dead things to learn about living things is cruel, or something. However in a moment of brilliance that could only come from a politician the bill excludes "histological samples of any species.”

That one cannot get histological slides without dissection at some point appears a point lost to the rocket surgeons of the California legislature.

Jonathan

Apparently, the 'Slippery Slope' doesn't exist:

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ordered that a 14-year-old girl receive testosterone injections without parental consent. The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence.

" It's just about our right to exist, bigot".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence.

That is not a slope, that is a cliff.

Jonathan

When you wanted to swim with Whales, but someone Else turns up instead.

Jonathan

Men Women are better at sports than women.

via Lisa

Darleen

Why tax collectors have been historically despised.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Why tax collectors have been historically despised.

At first, media reports said, they considered seizing the wheelchair belonging to her disabled husband. But it was not their property, belonging instead to an employee insurance association.

Considered taking the wheelchair. Well, alrighty then, mighty big of them to leave that, meanwhile, the IRS is furiously taking notes.

WTP

When you wanted to swim with Whales

Timothy Treadwell was unavailable for comment. Yet again.

Baceseras

It's a slope (slap) . . . it's a cliff (slap) . . . slope (slap) . . . cliff and a slope . . . it's a slope, and it's a cliff . . .

https://twitter.com/briandavidearp/status/1100774565435920385

Judy

Jane and her too-cool-for-chairs friends

Hopp Singg

Farnsworth,

If you mean does she look like a Kleinfelter's syndrome case after her surgery, yes, but if you meant she was a case prior, no, as there is no indication she had the requisite male naughty bits or she would have "been assigned" male at birth.

Ah, right you are. I lost track in the pronoun salad of which sex she really was and somehow took her as a male. My mistake, thanks for catching it.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

My mistake, thanks for catching it.

No worries, as you said, the word salad does make it a conundrum at times...

Meanwhile, there is never a meteor around when you need one.

Pogonip

https://metro.co.uk/2018/01/05/woman-plans-marry-tetris-breakdown-relationship-calculator-called-pierre-7206091/

I can never decide if these folks are actually crazy or are just having fun with gullible girl
reporters. I hope it’s the latter.

Juan

I can never decide if these folks are actually crazy...

Based on her Twitter and blog, she's not crazy, but she's a nerd with nerd affectations that she's escalated in a (successful) bid for attention. Part of "nerd culture" is to be "obsessed" with things that nobody else thought it was appropriate to be obsessed about. This feeds into the nerd's self-image as a quirky underdog surrounded, like Harry Potter among the Muggles, by people who don't appreciate his or her brilliance and future greatness.

TimT

Kitty saved once again.

Watchman

Sonny Wayze: 'skeet surfing'.

A fortnight ago the RedLetterMedia did a review of the movie that introduced us to Skeet Surfing: "Top Secret - re:View" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVC5n6hYTFY

As they said most of the jokes are still funny and didn't date as badly as you'd expect - but maybe it's because it itself is a parody of two different eras mixed together.

pst314

Kitty saved once again.

Source? There is no signature or other identification in the cartoon.

pst314

Part of "nerd culture" is to be "obsessed" with things that nobody else thought it was appropriate to be obsessed about. This feeds into the nerd's self-image as a quirky underdog surrounded, like Harry Potter among the Muggles, by people who don't appreciate his or her brilliance and future greatness.

Quirky yes, but I wonder how often ability (or lack of) plays a role: How many nerds get into Bat’leth fighting because they are not any good at normal sports? How many get into the Klingon language because it's much simpler than any real language? There is obviously lots more going on than that (I have seen some very skillful broadsword fighters, fast and dexterous, who presumably could have done well in other sports.)

TimT

Source?

I'm not sure, I'm sorry. It appeared on my Facebook and I liked it. Perhaps one of the other astute readers here...

Baceseras

Baguette a clue?

David

Source?

It’s from here, I think. The artist is Pascal Jousselin.

pst314

I'm not sure, I'm sorry.

I have that problem a lot.

Baguette a clue?

Not in 2019 America. Maybe if it were still 1969.

It’s from here, I think.

Thank you. Looks like a lot of fun.

TimT

Great find, David! I was wondering why he was carrying one of those French baguettes around...

Dr Cromarty

In the light of David Lammy’s ham-fisted attempt to white-shame Stacey Dooley, this is a glorious piss-take from some years ago.
Radi-Aid -Africa for Norway

https://youtu.be/oJLqyuxm96k

https://youtu.be/pkOUCvzqb9o

https://youtu.be/xbqA6o8_WC0

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