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September 13, 2019

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Charlie Suet

God I hate the word “progressive”. It doesn’t mean anything other than “reflects the leftist grundyism currently in vogue”.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This has a little something that touches on many things here.

A) Hal was worried that in Tuscaloosa 'Bama students will lose bonus loyalty points because an app they signed up for will rat them out if they leave Bryant-Denny Stadium early. In Seattle, your whole spy apartment can rat you out after you get signed up whether you want it or not. OK, you can "opt out" by moving, but like any other overpriced place along I-5, good luck finding it.

Tenants control all of these devices through an app available on Apple’s App Store and on Google Play*...SmartRent “does not share data on tenants” with advertisers and “the data is wiped every 30 days.” [true, not "shared", the data is "sold" every 15 days...]

B) Videos - watch the one at the link to see the alleged benefits of having your landlord control your life. My favorite bit is the bimbo at the pool whose washer leak detector, conveniently parked in the middle of the floor, goes off, so rather than getting up and going to shut off the water, she just parks there and assumes Ludovico the super has nothing else to do and will instantly spring into action and attend her leak (in reality, several hours later, her washer is one floor down along with her floor as her neighbor below enjoys a new waterfall feature because no one has shut off the damn water).

C) The kindness of strangers - we'll just let random people have temporary access codes to wander into your place, because no one would ever pilfer anything, because everything is wired with cameras (that could never be turned on when you didn't know it).

D) Things that may not be what they seem - I am not at all sure what the hell is going on in that rather disturbing graphic (logo, masthead, WTF ?) at the top, but it is Seattle, so I am not at all sure I want to know.


*(Permissions include, but not limited to, accessing all data on your phone, phone records, camera, microphone, mother's maiden name, full SSN, name of first pet, encrypted passwords, all wifi passwords, location. Any attempt to deny any permissions will result in app being inoperable)

David

God I hate the word “progressive”

“Nation states… should not exist.”

Progressive education.

pst314

the girls arguing about who can pick up Thor’s hammer...what?"

One day, looking down from Valhalla, Thor saw a particularly beautiful young woman and decided to use his godly powers to cast a glamour upon her and have his way with her. The next morning when she awakes he says, "Know, mortal woman, that you have been favored by a god for I am Thor." "Well thuffering thuccotash, you think you're thore."

David

Every girl’s dream.

pst314

Every girl’s dream.

So somebody did a satire of the Thor comic strip and of how some girls see men?

David

So somebody did a satire of the Thor comic strip and of how some girls see men?

From an early issue, back in the Sixties. A dream sequence - hence Ms Foster being able to lift Thor’s hammer and give it a loving and vigorous rubbing.

Darleen

Progressive education

The F. U. director responded by first declaring that we’re living on “stolen land” taken from the Native Americans, before saying that she “partially” recognizes the legal legitimacy of borders but prefers the “natural” variety formed by “mountain ranges” and “rivers.”

Oh, the irony that a little more than half of the Mexico-United States border follows the Rio Grande river.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...before saying that she “partially” recognizes the legal legitimacy of borders...

I, for one, am glad that whole "Fifty Four Fourty of Fight" thing didn't go our way or else we would be stuck with Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver BC, way too much concentrated nutcases.

WTP

I, for one, am glad that whole "Fifty Four Fourty of Fight" thing didn't go our way...

Yes, in spite of James Polk's efforts to sew up support in the coveted quilting demographic

https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/54-40-or-fight-quilt-block.html

Darleen

I, for one, am glad that whole "Fifty Four Fourty of Fight" thing didn't go our way...

Heh... first thing that came to mind was my girls playing Oregon Trail in the 1990s.

Darleen

He keeps using the word "meritocracy" to describe trying to get his child into NYC's tony pre-schools, but I don't think that it means what he thinks it means.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...but I don't think that it means what he thinks it means.

Marone. What a mess.

Not even close, but the good money is on this nitwit having voted for DeBlasio and is fine with him closing charter schools so those duskier denizens of NYC who benefit from them have less of a chance of bumping J. Biff Spudly IV from a slot at Overrated U.

That pragmatic genius for which Americans used to be known and admired, which included a talent for educating our young—how did it desert us?

I'll go with idiot "progressive" policies that have, "...third or fourth grade, students...form groups that met to discuss issues based on identity—race, sexuality, disability...", instead of mundane stuff like English, math, and so on, and idiot parents who are stupid enough to drop 30 large on preschool, and didn't say GFY when told they would have to interview a 17 month old for a nursery school.

David - that steaming pile Darleen linked might be worth a post of its own, long and painful read though it is.

Darleen

From further down in the article I linked is this "duh" moment when discussing "Progressives" and identity-based politics.

Liberals are always slow to realize that there can be friendly, idealistic people who have little use for liberal values.
Farnsworth M Muldoon

From further down in the article I linked is this "duh" moment...

That mess is full of gems, this was a favorite:

I suppressed disapproval of the partisan display (what if the face hanging from the teachers’ necks were Sarah Palin’s?) and reassured myself that the school had artistic and progressive values.

I may be wrong, but I think the fish has gone off. Getting back to, " - how did it desert us?"

The school’s pedagogy emphasized learning through doing. Reading instruction didn’t start until the end of first grade; in math, kids were taught various strategies for multiplication and division, but the times tables were their parents’ problem. Instead of worksheets and tests, there were field trips to the shoreline and the Noguchi sculpture museum.

Is our children learning ?

They might a been what all y'all call a clue in that there whatchmacallit fancy pants pedagogy thingmagumbob, Dr. Oppenheimer.

Bigland

A dream sequence - hence Ms Foster being able to lift Thor’s hammer and give it a loving and vigorous rubbing.

Does she polish his helmet too?

Darleen

That mess is full of gems

Oh, I know. I can dine on this for weeks. There was this about their kids being obsessed with the musical Hamilton

When our daughter saw pictures of the actual Founding Fathers, she was shocked and a little disappointed that they were white.
Then this
The morning after the election [of Trump], the kids cried. They cried for people close to us, Muslims and immigrants who might be in danger, and perhaps they also cried for the lost illusion that their parents could make things right. Our son lay on the couch and sobbed inconsolably until we made him go to the bus stop.
If author George Packer wants spread the blame on who allowed the Progressives to get such a stranglehold of indoctrination of kids, he needs go look in the mirror.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

They cried for people close to us, Muslims and immigrants who might be in danger, and perhaps they also cried for the lost illusion that their parents could make things right.

These yahoos need to learn to make up better stories.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oh, I know. I can dine on this for weeks.

Unfortunately, the thorough fisking it deserves would take longer than it took to break the Enigma code, I fear.

When my wife came in one day to help out in class, she was enlisted as a recess monitor and asked to change the underwear of a boy she didn’t know from another class who’d soiled himself. (Volunteerism had a limit, and that was it.)

One always has to admire the selflessness of the "progressives", as long as they don't have to get dirty or anything.

Darleen

Damn white males and their

[shuffles cards]

vegan diets.

Darleen

Oh, and if anyone is interested in the NYSlimes digging up the dead horse of sex allegations against SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh for another round of beatings, here's an excellent summary to answer "why now?"

Steve E

Damn white males and their

[shuffles cards]

vegan diets.

It must be true. After all, Mari Kate Mycek did a whole 20 in-depth interviews with self-identified vegan and vegetarian men. Now that's science!

Oh, and she has a badge on a lanyard.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oh, and she has a badge on a lanyard.

Also yuge important and deeply intellectual glasses which, from the left side of her face, appear not to be refracting light any more than a plain slightly curved piece of glass or plastic would. Not that I am implying that anyone would ever wear phony glasses to appear to have a ten pound brain or as an intellectual fashion statement, nosireebob, especially a sociologist, known as some of the most unpretentious people on the planet.

Daniel Ream

So somebody did a satire of the Thor comic strip and of how some girls see men?

Prior to starting Marvel Comics and doing superhero stories, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby worked primarily in the teen romance genre. Early Marvel is chock full of this stuff.

TimT

Shocking news from the world of science. I know how disappointed you'll all be.

Darleen

I know how disappointed you'll all be.

I'm disappointed that anyone would take that shit seriously.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'm disappointed that anyone would take that shit seriously.

OTOH, unlike this guy, maybe they were just shit at making frozen knives.

Darleen

maybe they were just shit at making frozen knives.

I'd agree. Solid ice is going to hold it's own. Frozen matter (shit, hamburger, etc) is going to start thawing the minute you stick your hand on it.

Dayum, if I can't remember the sci-fi book I read 30+ years ago where very pure ice was used in the construction of a mega-bridge on Jupiter (the only material that would actually get stronger in the heavy gravity).

Darleen

I grow tired of the legions of woke Mrs. Grundy

Fred the Fourth

Darleen, I believe that was From the opening section of Blish's Cities in Flight

Darleen

Fred

OOooo!!! YES!! (just looked it up). I've read so much sci-fi over the years (since junior high back in the Jurassic era) that I tend to remember particular concepts without immediately recall the book.

Thank you!

Ted S, Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

When my wife came in one day to help out in class, she was enlisted as a recess monitor and asked to change the underwear of a boy she didn’t know from another class who’d soiled himself. (Volunteerism had a limit, and that was it.)

I wouldn't do it either. Somebody who didn't like me for whatever reason would eventually bring up allegations of sex abuse. It's how the 80s cases like the McMartins and Amiraults began.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Solid ice is going to hold it's own.

Indeed, let us not forget the mighty ice aircraft carrier proposal.

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