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March 17, 2019

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

So if I have this straight, yte ignores your "literature" you are oppressed, &c. &c., but if yte purports to like your screeds and doggerel, that is likewise oppressing &c., &c. That is some catch, that Catch 22. The good news is that if Miss Whittaker has an “itching discontent” there are many fine products, some over the counter, that will take care of that and maybe some of her angst.

Adam

To show your sincere support of the writer do not buy her books. And whatever may happen, do not praise her. She will resent being shunned by the white patriarchy, which is precisely what she was aiming for.

Franklin

...her point is at times unobvious.

In the way that a black hole has a sizable mass.

Alice

It’s taboo for us to acknowledge this crisis;

I didn't know there was a crisis in woke poetry. Must be those taboos.

No wait. I just don't give a f*ck.

David

No wait. I just don’t give a f*ck.

Heh. But… but… she’s brown, and feminist, and therefore fascinating. Apparently.

David

In the way that a black hole has a sizable mass.

It occurs to me that Ms Whittaker’s circuitous train of thought may be related to the fact that, when stated clearly, her conceits are not entirely suggestive of intellectual talent or a charming personality.

Franklin

...her conceits are not entirely suggestive of intellectual talent or a charming personality.

Which one might put aside if the poems were more inspiring. As you might guess, they have the odor of graduate school on them.

I won't link. You'll find them if you're meant to.

Forse

she’s brown, and feminist,....

Feminist, surely.
Brown, she ain’t.
Google image her. She’s whiter’n a snow storm in the arctic....

David

Brown, she ain’t.

Judging by her article, her poems, and her Twitter feed, I think we can assume that Ms Whittaker is ideologically brown.

Which is apparently the most pious form of brownness there is.

Zionist Overlord #73

So she identifies as "Blak"?

Watcher In The Dark

"our unhappy poet"

But... but... aren't they all? Isn't the point of poetry to wallow in woe? If they wrote happy rhymes they might get work on pop songs, or better still on children's TV. But 'anthologies' and the like tend towards the gloomy and the despairing.

(Offended poets who subscribe to this feed may reply here, preferably in iambic pentameter)

Watcher In The Dark

"Blak"

What the fuk?

Rick

Blakwork Indeed. It takes a bit of brain work for a white person to transition to black.

Pete

I recently struggled through Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. It's a boring, squalid book - lathe shavings, ale-perfumed vomit, the antihero sleeping with his workmate's fat wife, all of it in phonetic dialectical spellings - but it has a historical interest, including that literary luvvies in the late 1950s praised it as breath of fresh air, an authentic outsider voice, a bracing blast of anger from the classes that up to then had been patronized by chirpy stereotypes.

So she's competing for the prizes in the kitchen sink literature market, or whatever the Aboriginal equivalent is - maybe they don't have kitchen sinks (washing stone literature?), or maybe they do have kitchen sinks, and can write about being alienated and deracinated by such wypipo infrastructure. Some authentic-outsider-voice literature (like Saturday Night...) can sell very well if it's marketed properly, but the spoils are mostly in terms of fawning interviews from the BBC, cosy artist-in-residence gigs in universities, and maybe one day a Nobel Prize.

But back to stuff that's worth reading ... I'm currently going through Anthony Powell's 12 book series, A Dance to the Music of Time, which I had thought would be too highfalutin' to be any fun to read, but turns out to be a breath of fresh air. There's something to be said for these upper class white guys, their cool detachment, and their precision of language.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Blak", queer, indigenous, feminist, nothing like a good dose of intersectionality.

Y. Knott

"The term Blak is seemingly steeped in significance and deployed repeatedly, yet pointedly unexplained..."

- Well, if you need it explained to you! Philistine...

David

Ms Whittaker tells us that what she wants is honesty and a “frank reading” of her work. And yet it’s hard to imagine any actual frankness being wholeheartedly welcomed. Say,

Despite your pretensions, you’re in no meaningful sense oppressed. In fact, your literary career is almost certainly premised on special favours and unwarranted indulgence, and your mediocre poems would most likely be ignored entirely if not for your self-serving pantomime of racial otherness.

Or something to that effect.

Y. Knott

- So I thought I'd take the time out from my busy day of surfing teh interwebz and goofing-off, to explain the term "Blak" to you. No - don't thank me - I'll get an incurably swollen head. { - thinks: "It might be a good look for me..." - }

"Blak" means nothing, nothing at all; it's simple, racist exclusivity. If you are of her "set", you of course perfectly KNOW what she means - if you're not of her "set", you're beneath her contempt anyways and she could care less if you profess not to understand something so obvious; give her money and shut up.

- And whatever you do, don't applaud her. 'Specially if you're white. She hates that.

Andy

I just googled a picture of our tormented artist. Why are angry queer feminist poets always so fat? is there so feminist rule against looking after yourself?

DrD

"We’re in the midst of a renaissance in First Nations literature." In order for there to be a renaissance, shouldn't there have be a "naissance"? And as for "endless, patronizing praise" believe me, you're safe from it here!

Steve E

"Blak" means nothing, nothing at all; it's simple, racist exclusivity.

"Blak" means I'm clearly not "Black" and may find myself in an intersectional pickle if I claim to be, so I'll call myself "Blak" and that should keep the dupes quiet.

The last words belong to Dean Wormer, "Fat and 'Blak' is no way to go through life son."

pst314

"Blak"
What the fuk?

An unsuccessful coffee-flavored soft drink. :-D
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola_Bl%C4%81K

David

So if I have this straight, yte ignores your “literature” you are oppressed, &c. &c., but if yte purports to like your screeds and doggerel, that is likewise oppressing &c., &c.

Well, it’s a bit rich for Ms Whittaker to complain at length about being seen as one of the, as it were, Token Ethnics at literary self-congratulation parties, and to complain about how pretentious and insincere such events are, while pointedly cultivating all of the leverage and privileges of the Token Ethnic role and its theatre of victimhood, which presuppose pretension and insincerity, and while demanding indulgence on grounds of some “Blak” authenticity. As if not being white, or not being entirely white, were in and of itself some sort of credential and a basis for applause.

To choose to play the game of woke piety - and to then complain about what that entails, as if it hadn’t been obvious all along, and hadn’t been eagerly cultivated - isn’t so much tragedy as farce.

pst314

Our white audiences, who are majorities in both literary industry and buying power, are deep in an unseen crisis of how to deal with it.

Shorter Whittaker: "White people are shitty people for not buying my books about what shitty people they are." This is an evergreen complaint.

PiperPaul

pst314's comment reminds me that this image has been posted here before.

Pogonip

I duckduck’d “Alison Whittaker” and came up with a lot of perfectly normal folks. Duckduck’d “ Alison Whittaker blak” and there she was.

pst314

PiperPaul: a classic cartoon.

Pogonip

Further reading revealed she is (at least part) Gamilaray, an aboriginal tribe, and one famous member of same is a carrot-topped paleface.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamilaraay

I’m guessing there’s a lot of interbreeding with white Australians, so, depending on tribal membership requirements, she may be what she says she is. Or she may be Gamilaray like I’m Cherokee (one relative somewhere).

People like this who substitute tribal membership for marketable skills ought to be required to produce evidence of tribal membership before the check is handed over. I do not include American Elizabeth Warren (“Fauxcahontas”) in this group as she has written at least one worthwhile book, has a number of good ideas about how to deal with rapacious businesses, and seems to have been born knowing how to work The System. She successfully worked the Fauxcahontas scam when she was quite young. This is exactly the kind of devious mind the peasantry needs on ITS side for a change.

Darleen

Oh geez ... WTH did I just read?

And her alleged poems? As if doing right justified printing is some avant-garde blocking no one ever indulged in? At least Rod McKuen's books were readable and enjoyable.

What a preening, no-talent racist is our little Ali.

and the Stella is some prize.

The Stella Prize seeks to:

*recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature
*bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales
*equip young readers with the skills to question gender disparities and challenge stereotypes, and help girls find their voice
*reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing

IOW, a self-important circle-jerk for writers unable to write marketable works.

I'll pass.

Bill de Haan

I just googled a picture of our tormented artist. Why are angry queer feminist poets always so fat?

It's cause and effect. The real question is which is the cause, and which is the effect.

Do fat, angry women gravitate towards lesbianism? Or does lesbianism make women angry and fat?

I expect that "and" is also an strong possibility.

Darleen

Now, here's some art.

Pogonip

I like it!

dcardno

This is exactly the kind of devious mind the peasantry needs on ITS side for a change.

But the peasantry isn't getting that sort of mind 'on their side.' That sort of devious mind - Elizabeth Warren's, in the instance cited - is and always has been on its own side. Fauxcahontas, like all prominent leftists, gives precisely zero fucks about either the marginalized group they claim to be a member of, or the marginalized group on whose behalf they claim to act. Liz Warren got a successful legal and then political career by claiming to have Cherokee cheekbones* - what did the Cherokee (or any other identitarians) get from Liz Warren?

* band name

pst314

Now, here's some art.

But is it ironic?

Pogonip

Ah, but Fauxcahontas can come out ahead by being on our side, seeing how the field’s wide open. And I think she’s smart and devious enough to figure that out. Trump, or his campaign managers, figured out the same thing, but the Second Estate united against him. They cannot, at least not as effectively, unite against her because she is a female Democrat.

(The Brits are probably lost.)

David

For readers unfamiliar with the pernicious, morally blunting hokum that is “critical race theory,” or “critical race studies,” here’s a brief introduction to it. This, then, is Ms Whittaker’s realm of scholarly expertise.

aelfheld
[...] where we belong.

Really?

Pogonip

Happy St Pat’s Day! Begorra and may the saints add preservatives to ye!☘️

Here in Upper Pogonippia, big, fat, lovely Christmas snowflakes are falling.

No wonder my Xmas cactus is confused.

Y. Knott

"... she has written at least one worthwhile book..."

- That would be the cookbook based-on her Native American heritage, that she named "Pow Wow Chow", and whose recipes she plagiarized from famous chefs everywhere?

www.chicksonright.com/blog/2018/10/16/elizabeth-warrens-pow-wow-chow-cherokee-recipes-are-word-for-word-copies/

Pogonip

Admit nothing, apologize for nothing. Perfect.

Hadn’t heard about the Faux Cookbook. I was referring to “The Two Income Trap,” which was about the unholy alliance between feminism and predatory capitalism.

Our Christmas flakes have turned to more typical March rain. I hope the cactus noticed and adjusted itself accordingly.

Richard Cranium

And I think she’s smart and devious enough to figure that out.

She isn't a good enough actress to pull it off, given the beer drinking fiasco. She would also have to pull another policy 180, which a few people might notice.

jabrwok

Isn't the point of poetry to wallow in woe?

I was going to mention Robert Service as a rebuttal, but then I read some of his poems with which I was previously unfamiliar. "The Twins" and "It is later than you think" do their share of wallowing:-(.

Killer Marmot

If people want to wallow in their psychological pathologies that's their business, but why do we have to subsidize it?

Pogonip

Richard Cranium: I doubt it, no one noticed Obama’s. I think most Americans expect their politicians to be flagrant liars these days.

David: Barbarous, isn’t it? It’s one thing for the 2nd Estate to be corrupt, venal, and brutal. Mankind sort of expects that. But when they all go quite mad... The question, one of crucial importance, becomes How do we keep them from dragging us down with them?

If it gets really bad here, we’ll head for Mexico, where I speak the language and where the 2nd Estate is corrupt, venal, and brutal in a way I understand and can work around.

Speaking of Spanish speakers, one of these days a (Democrat) 2nd Estater will run into the awkward fact that Brown People Who Speak Spanish are not a monolithic group just itching to get Woke. For one thing, Mexicans and black Americans are two groups who do not get along and are just as happy to avoid each other. When one group starts moving into an area, the other one starts moving out.

iggie

And then there's this.
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/racist-critic-failed-to-laugh-at-a-bad-play/news-story/879d75204d5d75eee83552668e3e2454

Nikw211

There ... that should wipe the slate clean - be a good chap, and re-open my tab, would you?

So, what's new around h- ... [ spots date and timeline ] ... my that is somewhat on tart side(!)

Still, a bit of sharpness keeps the senses keen.

David

There ... that should wipe the slate clean - be a good chap, and re-open my tab, would you?

[ Checks tip jar. Thumbs catalogue of furs and diadems. ]

Bless you, sir. May your socks emerge from the dryer evenly dehydrated and not perceptibly damp around the tops, due to someone, whose name will not be mentioned, failing to unroll them before hurling them in the dryer.

Hippogryph

Titania McGrath isn't as silly.

Hippogryph

Re: Coca-Cola Blak.

I actually liked it. I still add a bit of espresso to cola, now and then.

Squires

I suspect that if she were to receive no patronizing praise, she would receive no praise at all. I also suspect that on some level is she is aware of it.

The bitching is shit-test to reassure herself that her flatterers are still willing to flatter. As usual, the left follows the same rules as a dysfunctional relationship. It is what it is.

Pogonip

There are a lot of Princess Bitchwhines in the 2nd Estate.

pst314

Re: Coca-Cola Blak.
I actually liked it

I might have drunk it too, except that by then I was eliminating carbs and sugars.

WTP
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and legal researcher from the floodplains of Gunnedah in NSW. Between 2017-2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law

Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law. Dean’s scholar. What are y’all relative ignoramouses’ credentials for criticizing her?

Darleen

the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law

Not worth the paper it's written on.

As we've just witnesses by the bribery scandal, "elite" university degrees in anything but the hard sciences is not a signifier of mastery of knowledge but one of social standing.

It is noted that not one of the actresses, CEOs or other beautiful, now indicted, people were trying to bribe their darling munchkins into MIT or CalTech.

Fay

It is noted that not one of the actresses, CEOs or other beautiful, now indicted, people were trying to bribe their darling munchkins into MIT or CalTech.

This.

Pogonip

Re the Socktrocity: I do that to myself a lot. Although he’d be willing to, Son does not do my laundry, because, manlike, he can never remember what can go in the dryer and what has to be line-dried.

Maybe you could give the offending party a rolled-sock alarm for his next birthday. Of course that’s a long time to go with wet socks. Maybe give it to him for the equinox, a few days hence.

Or have Jock do the laundry. 🐶

Pogonip

WTP: Our credentials are that she’s an educated fool and such have destroyed America and are working on everywhere else.

I honestly believe that if colleges required tests of native intelligence, which can be administered to the illiterate and to people of every and any background, we could turn this around in a generation.

Pogonip

Don’t schools like MIT or Caltech require that students show they can actually do the work, that they can actually dazzle ‘em with brilliance instead of just baffling ‘em with bullshit?

Mike

Ms Whittaker promptly makes demands regarding which races of humankind would be suited to review said work, as if the ability to tell how bad a play or poem is were dependent on one’s physiognomy and melanin levels.

Would the Groan publish an article by a white woman saying only white critics should review her poetry? Or would *that* be racist?

David

Or would *that* be racist?

Ah, but this is the kind of sweeping and brazen racial animosity that the Guardian is happy to sanction. It’s the right kind of racism, which is a thing that exists, apparently.

Franklin

What are y’all relative ignoramouses’ credentials for criticizing her?

Just in case this was in earnest, I too am a Fulbright scholar. That said, one doesn't need credentials to criticize this sort of claptrap. One just needs a bit of sense.

Anon

"I honestly believe that if colleges required tests of native intelligence, which can be administered to the illiterate and to people of every and any background, we could turn this around in a generation."

A rather naive belief IMHO.

Consider:
Intellectuals tilt left.
Or if you prefer read H's Willing Executioners (I call Godwin so you don't have to).
We are not talking about stupid people but rather clever people who can believe in stupid ideas. To quote Orwell There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them

So sorry a test won't help.

Pogonip

Yes, but these are mostly people who are too stupid to manage their own lives (Tim Newman runs this type of story all the time if you are looking for examples, and David has some too). So I still think my idea’s worth testing.

Burnsie

Two Poems by Alison Whittaker

She has dazzling command of the Tab Key and the Align Text Right feature. I'll give her that.

Now may I fawn over her?

David

Now may I fawn over her?

I suspect that rather depends on what colour your skin is.

David

[...] where we belong.
Really?

At risk of sounding unkind, I suspect that if Ms Whittaker were a better poet, as opposed to the kind of poet she is, she might be less inclined to push the pretence of racial victimhood, according to which any shortcomings of her poetry, and there are quite a few, are by implication someone else’s fault. Or something to overlook because Magic Brownness™.

Put another way, if you have obvious talent, there tends to be less need for Woke Victimhood Marketing, which is typically an attempt to compensate for artistic inadequacy.

pst314

the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law

I vaguely recall a time when a Dean was a person who performed a somewhat useful function. That seems like ancient history now.

Pogonip

Here’s a good example of the damage educated fools can wreak:

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/03/electronic-health-records-death-thousand-clicks.html

At no point, or at least none that I have seen reported, did any of the EF’s who forced EHR upon Americans ask even the most obvious questions: “So, what happens when there are a zillion EHR systems out there that are programmed not to talk to each other? And if a doctor is busy typing, typing, typing, how’s he going to focus on the patient?”

That latter problem has reached such proportions that American doctors are now hiring scribes. Literal scribes. The scribe follows the doctor around and types what he says into the computer. Educated fools have sent the U. S., once the most advanced society in the world, back to the Age of Hammurabi.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And if a doctor is busy typing, typing, typing, how’s he going to focus on the patient?

He's not. The main problem with EHRs is that there isn't one that was written by, with, or beta tested by anyone who actually lays hands on patients, it is all about generating the right IDC codes which in turn has created another generation of generally worthless functionaries, the "coders" whose function is to check codes and raises health care costs to cover their salaries. The worst part is you can't always enter what you actually think, for example, even if you are observing someone, you can't enter "Rule out appendicitis" which used to be a perfectly comulent impression to enter into a medical record as you are evaluating someone, instead, you have to tag the poor sap with "appendicitis" even though he gets to keep it - changing the diagnosis to whatever was actually wrong and getting rid of the "appendicitis" in an EHR is a nigh Augean task.

Meanwhile, enjoy what millenials find stressful.

Anon

"Yes, but these are mostly people who are too stupid to manage their own lives"

Well we agree to a point, but these are the outliers who don't concern me too much. The main problem is that the cancer has spread to ordinary middle classes who now endorse much of the bullshit and act as the enforcers.

What would your test be. Every person on a wimmins study course has passed exams but they don't concern me. The people I am worried about have got into Oxbridge to study PPE, Law, English, History and so on - all competitive subjects where the university can select the higher grades. And all imbued with the latest inter-sectional nonsense. And why are they competitive - because their graduates command the best paid jobs whether in industry, the civil service or wherever. Let's look at one sector - Audit and Consultants - KPMG, PWC, Ernst Young, Accenture - the bulk of their graduate intake does not come from from people who can't pass tests. These people are competent, they do manage their own lives and run successful companies. And pertinently - they buy into Identity Politics wholesale.

That's where the battle lies and that's why tests are irrelevant.

Pogonip

OK, how do we solve this? (No helicopters, somebody already brought that up. 😊)

WTP

That's where the battle lies and that's why tests are irrelevant.

Word. Though I say the battle lies in the culture specifically, and attempt to use laws, rules, etc. will not work. They are downstream from the culture.

Also, consider many of the problems with the millennials’ great hero Nikola Tesla. A brilliant man who many people who met him found fascinating. Yet he couldn’t manage his own finances, claimed that he was already in communication using his own device with Mars (the planet) when Marconi unveiled his wireless, and made claims to having built an earthquake machine that, darn the luck, he had to destroy when the cops showed up. Yet he wasn’t a complete charlatan. And he has a car company named after him owned by...

Darleen

The two supremacists who attacked Chelsea Clinton blaming her for the New Zealand massacre? They've doubled down

Pogonip

Here’s a guy with a highly unfortunate name:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/anders-carlson-wee-book-the-low-passions-shifting-landscape-midwest/

No wonder he looks so sad in his picture.

NURSE: Mr. Carlson-Wee!
VOICE FROM BEHIND CLOSED BATHROOM DOOR: I’m trying, I’m trying!

Pogonip

Wow.

Chelsea Clinton always seemed to me to be the female Bertie Wooster: an amiable dunce, shielded by her wealth, bumbling along bothering no one. Why pick on her?

Pogonip

I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve read here and there that Einstein flunked a lot in school.

Hal

. . . these are mostly people who are too stupid to manage their own lives

A friend's observation is that hipsters are walking proof of the autonomic nervous system. How else does one explain the continuing existence of someone too stupid to remember to breathe?

Hal

the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law

I vaguely recall a time when a Dean was a person who performed a somewhat useful function

Perhaps, in her case, that's Jimmy Dean.

Hal

NURSE: Mr. Carlson-Wee!

Can, can I go wee now?

Steve E

Perhaps, in her case, that's Jimmy Dean.

Well you get what you pay for.

pst314

Perhaps, in her case, that's Jimmy Dean.
Well you get what you pay for.

CMOT Dibbler, in her case.

PiperPaul



Every time I hear the name Carlson I think of this clip from Season 2 Episode 9.

Jeff Mauney

"A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits." - Robert Heinlein

pst314

“Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem "Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning" four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off...
The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge, in the destruction of the planet Earth. Vogon poetry is mild by comparison.”

I'm not sure where in this hierarchy to place Alison Whittaker and her ilk.

Franklin

Yet [Tesla] wasn’t a complete charlatan.

Relevant Slate Star Codex.

WTP

Relevant Slate Star Codex.

Well, exactly. I've been thinking about these sorts of things a lot lately. It's far more obvious in the arts and politics and such but the sciences suffer from personality cultism as well. The good idea, the good song, the solid policy, should stand on its own. Just because Tesla...wtf he do again...oh yeah, AC power and stuff...did the AC power thing didn't mean he had a better radio than Marconi or balance a checkbook. But that latter is what I was really getting at. Smart can be measured any number of ways and some really smart people are useless outside their area of expertise. Which of course doesn't mean that they are useless, but just because Einstein was good at physics is no reason to give greater weight to his opinion of socialism or Joseph Stalin. Don't know if it's apocryphal or not but supposedly the only thing Newton is recorded to have said in the House of Lords is to ask that a window be opened. Seems Newton was smart that way.

I'm not sure where in this hierarchy to place Alison Whittaker and her ilk.

I submit, as I believe I have done so here before, the great Canadian poet James McIntyre:


We have seen the Queen of cheese,
Laying quietly at your ease,
Gently fanned by evening breeze --
Thy fair form no flies dare seize.

All gaily dressed soon you'll go
To the great Provincial Show,
To be admired by many a beau
In the city of Toronto.

Cows numerous as a swarm of bees --
Or as the leaves upon the trees --
It did require to make thee please,
And stand unrivalled Queen of Cheese.

May you not receive a scar as
We have heard that Mr. Harris
Intends to send you off as far as
The great World's show at Paris.

Of the youth -- beware of these --
For some of them might rudely squeeze
And bite your cheek; then songs or glees
We could not sing o' Queen of Cheese.

We'rt thou suspended from baloon,
You'd cast a shade, even at noon;
Folks would think it was the moon
About to fall and crush them soon.

I seriously doubt Alison Whittaker shall ever rise above Mr. McIntyre.

Hal

Perhaps, in her case, that's Jimmy Dean.

Well you get what you pay for.

My favorite proclamation of Dean's: Bert Saxby??!?!!

Hal

I seriously doubt Alison Whittaker shall ever rise above Mr. McIntyre.

Amanda McKittrick Ros

Holy Moses! Have a look!
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer,
Some of whom are turned to dust,
Every one bids lost to lust;
Royal flesh so tinged with ‘blue’
Undergoes the same as you.

---Visiting Westminster Abbey

pst314

This thread requires a mention of the comically bad William McGonagall:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McGonagall

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.
...

Pogonip

I liked his poem about the Queen of Cheese. 🧀

Daniel Ream

No helicopters, somebody already brought that up.

Sooner or later, everyone comes around to the idea of helicopters.

Bob

Hilarious. the problem for Aboriginal people in Australia - they're not indigenous because only rocks, soil and plants are indigenous - we're talking people here - is that in the arts, they receive gushing praise for anything or nothing. The arts luvvies are so terrified to critique anything that 100% of all output gets 100% uncritical praise. And this ends exactly where you expect it to. Aboriginal art, writing, theatre and dance is circling the drain creatively. It's universally awful. Nobody outside "the bubble" goes near any of it. Rich virtue-signallers buy that art for the purposes of being seen as worthy. Governments give arts grants by the tsunami to them and never follow up to see how badly they're spent. Schoolkids are dragooned by their Lefty teachers, pinching their ears and dragging them into watching unimaginably bad dance shows; the same teachers compel the school library to buy books that spell "black" without a "c". The PC crowd has done what the most terrible white supremacist wouldn't have even though of - killed off any chance of Aboriginal creativity from thriving by lavishing praise on it no matter how crap it is. What a topsy-turvy world.

WTP

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if virtue, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if virtue...perhaps...means a little bit more!

Fay

As Bob above noted, it's universally awful. Some "music" for your listening pleasure.

David

Some “music” for your listening pleasure.

Oh dear. That didn’t go well. Still, everyone’s pretending, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Chester Draws

Pogonip.

Einstein went to ETH Zurich. Because it translates as "high school" people think he failed high school.

In fact his school grades were, unsurprisingly, good.

He was a university near failure, because it was out of date and useless to him. Rather like Bill Gates, say.

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