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December 20, 2019

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Fred the Fourth

About 20 years ago in PRC, looking at all the "new" construction of basic city commercial / apartment buildings in Kunming, Xian, and some other places (all same, enormous quantities) 3-d gridwork of steel reinforced concrete, ten stories high. Street level was all garage-size retail shops. Above that, every "grid" (roughly 10'x10') on the facade was filled in with unreinforced brick-and-mortar, some with windows.

So this Californian is looking up ten floors at expanses of bricks, just waiting to fall. And of course the steel was (visibly) inadequate in quantity, and probably lousy as reinforcement, too. This in Kunming, not too far from the N. Vietnam border. FAMOUS for its mountainous cliffs rising sheer from farm fields. That is to say, tectonically active. Scared the crap out of me.

lotocoti

“They mostly come at night, mostly.”

Ring Tail joeys can be Baby Yoda cute, but Brush Tails will have your face off.

Darleen

Every parent will relate.

TimT

It’s hot as buggery in Australia today, 44 degrees in Melbourne and we’ve been lucky - we’ve had cool days alternating with the hot; in Adelaide they’ve had a week of 40 degree weather. It’s Christmas season, Australian style. Please send all your snow memes.

Hal

Important developments with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In one issue that unfolded during the Nixon administration, then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with the villainous Dr. Doom to discuss a non-aggression agreement with Doom's Latveria, an eastern European nation. Kissinger would later intercede, ordering the Fantastic Four to back off during an invasion of Latveria territory.
Hal

Apparently particular problems are being detected.

"Glad to report that Cats is everything you’d hoped for and more: a mesmerisingly ugly fiasco that makes you feel like your brain is being eaten by a parasite. A viewing experience so stressful that it honestly brought on a migraine,"
Joan

Children are not nunchucks.

What the hell?

David

Morning, all.

What the hell?

I question the parenting.

In other news, step aside, ladies.

You wish you had them’s glamorous life.

David

This.

Via Darleen.

Clam

And finally, festively, you want one and you know it.

That can't be real...

David

That can’t be real...

Apparently, it was. In Russia, unsurprisingly.

pst314

In other news, step aside, ladies.

The ugliest people are the ones who wear t-shirts loudly proclaiming how beautiful and sexy they are.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It’s Christmas season, Australian style. Please send all your snow memes.

If you guys didn't deliberately go out of your way to have your seasons backwards, this wouldn't be an issue now, would it ?

Meanwhile in London, once again virtue signalers don't quite think things through as they make a road "emissions free".

Petrol and diesel cars are set to be completely banned from a busy London street under plans for Britain’s first 24-hour zero-emissions road...This would allow air quality and traffic to be monitored as the plans to help “eliminate toxic air” get under way, it said.

I am not a London expert, but looking at a map this Beech Street is about 1000ft between where it is Long Lane to the west, and Chiswell Street to the east, and mostly under some sort of plaza that connects the north and south parts of this Barbican Estates complex. Again looking at a map, anyone who wants to use a real car, or even a Robin Reliant, to get where they would have gotten on Beech, now has to divert about a mile on a circuitous route either north or south.

Unless I miss my mark, that will create more emissions, and they have a force field they haven't told us about, how that is going to "eliminate toxic air" for the rich folks who live in the Barbican Estates seems a bit of a mystery.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

These idiots are allowed to vote.

Mike

For fitness enthusiasts, a lower back workout.

I'm studying the video closely. For fitness.

David

Every parent will relate.

Every child remembers the trauma of itchy Christmas knitwear. It stays with you.

Joan

For fitness enthusiasts, a lower back workout.

My back doesn't go down that far, David.

David

My back doesn’t go down that far, David.

Well, no. But I hesitate to get too detailed. Not below the, er, waterline.

David

Someone nudge Mike. He’s getting a distant look in his eyes.

Henry

Not for the faint-hearted, but in case you ever need to "scratch an itch", it turns out that this is a hazardous way of doing it.

https://twitter.com/KurlyKrissy/status/1207968484371705857?s=19

David

Not for the faint-hearted,

“Gobbled up.”

Sam

Children are not nunchucks.

A helpful visualization of the evils of conscription. Be sure to call the kid a draft-dodging loser coward when he complains to complete the performance.

Sam

Jingle Bells.

Further proof that in [current year] you can entertain millions and possibly become rich by simply filming yourself while bored. A truly great time to be alive!

pst314

Unless I miss my mark, that will create more emissions

It's all about harassing us...and virtue-signalling.

David

Prophesy of note.

Darleen

These idiots are allowed to vote.

This comes from decades of the Left taking over education and refusing to teach civics/government or actual American history.

And since Pelosi is refusing to send over the articles to the Senate, a trial may never take place.

Think of it as an grand jury indictment where the jurors refuse to send said indictment to prosecutor to initiate court proceedings.

I want to slap people on this.

Darleen

Prophesy of note.

Dick Tracy has that beat by seven years. ;)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Good news, everyone ! the phrases, "pillow fight", "over the top", and "dramatic" are now officially homophobic. Please update your Newspeak manuals accordingly.

Sam

This comes from decades of the Left taking over education

While I wholeheartedly agree that we need to root out the Left from education root and stem, it does beg the question of how our mighty republic thrived when most of the population could not read, much less were educated in civics. I think the answer will have something to do "personal responsibility", as in fully responsible for one's healthcare, welfare, children, children's education, etc.

David

“pillow fight”, “over the top”, and “dramatic” are now officially homophobic.

Ah, pretentious victimhood. Any crumb will do.

Sam

Does anyone here read reason online or print? It's been sad to see it go from a refreshing, tastefully snarky but level-headed libertarian publication to a barely concealed soft-leftist cheer squad with occasional libertarian outbursts.

Case in point: a video titled "Impeaching Bad Presidents Should Be No Big Deal"

Damnit reason, every bit of that title is silly so you've lost me already. Of course impeachment is a big deal. Something like half of voters will oppose it and half will be gleeful, but everyone will consider it a "big deal". But more importantly, the notion that a president is "bad" is the very damn thing under debate you overgrown children. Unless of course we live in the North Virgina/DC bubble and take it as writ that ORANGE MAN BAD lest our cocktail intake diminish.

Oh well, at least the Remy videos are funny.

Darleen

It's been sad to see it go from a refreshing, tastefully snarky but level-headed libertarian publication to a barely concealed soft-leftist cheer squad with occasional libertarian outbursts.

I've been following it for years and yeah it really has gone over the edge with leftism. I noticed it starting with the whole open borders/illegal alien debate. They really no longer believe in the nation-state or sovereignty over borders.

Sam Duncan

“"pillow fight" ... now officially homophobic.”

What the actual fuck? I'm going to guess that there may be some overlap between the people who declared this and the ones with votes in Farnsworth's link.

“reason”

Ironically, the British Spiked, which can trace its lineage back to Living Marxism, is now a much more level-headed and - ahem - reasonable advocate of libertarian thought.

David

I’m not convinced there was a plan.

WTP

It's been sad to see it go from a refreshing, tastefully snarky but level-headed libertarian publication to a barely concealed soft-leftist cheer squad with occasional libertarian outbursts.

Show of hands, who saw that coming? Mememememememememe. Anyone else? Bueller?

Libertarianism, for all it's potential use, is a joke. It mostly consists of people who only object to government because government requires non-professional electricians and plumbers to work to code, makes them pay taxes, and/or gets between them and the next pot shipment. I have yet to meet a Libertarian with any sense or grasp of social responsibility. Freedom only works amongst people who are willing to put in some extra effort, stick their necks out just a litte for others. Like toddlers, libertarians won't really stand for anything that isn't about them getting what they want. So if society (whomever they see as the grownups) applies a little pressure, a little ridicule, a little serious intimidation, so long as they hold out that 'but we'll legalize pot' thing, plays the 'be good and Mommy will give you a cookie', Libertarians will fold like wet cardboard.

Darleen

Libertarians will fold like wet cardboard

There's a reason I was only a registered Libertarian from about age 18-22.

Sam

WTP - I consider myself a libertarian and your understanding of the philosophy is the boilerplate misrepresentation coming from both conservative and liberal statists alike. Like a toddler, you believe social responsibility is doing whatever mommy government compels you to do, and have no grasp of personal agency and the massive responsibility it entails*.

Though you and Darleen's point about wet libertarians (or the far, far more common libertarians-of-convenience seen on both right and left) is spot on, though I'd remind both of you that folding under pressure from the Left is par for the course for any and all political stripes it seems. Any institution not explicitly right wing etc etc etc.

*I don't think you actually believe that but figured I'd join in on the disingenuous reductive turd flinging.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...there may be some overlap between the people who declared this and the ones with votes...

Venn diagram of the two groups enclosed.

Darleen

Like a toddler, you believe social responsibility is doing whatever mommy government compels you to do,

I've never seen WTP advocate government impose "social responsibility". Between libertine and Big Gov exists what the Founding Fathers wanted - a small, limited Fed government and allowances for experimentation on local/state levels.

AND they expected a robust, religious population that would cover the "social responsibility" part. But I've also notice a fair number of libertarians mock religion as much as the Leftcult does.

We can either control ourselves as individuals or the government will do it. As religion has lost its influence within society, do we have more or less authoritarian rules (statutes, business codes, college codes of conduct, etc) covering personal behavior -- "sex harassment" in the workplace? speech codes? pro-noun use? etc?

David

Heated Star Wars screening scenes.

Some context here.

Though I think Shouty Guy does have a point.

WTP

your understanding of the philosophy

I'm not talking so much about the philosophy, the simple aspects that are easily understood, as I am the implementation. My sense is that the implementation fails because without religion society falls back to a government imposed "social responsibility". Which is the worst kind.

Agree in practice. Again because of the lack of religious backbone involved. And I say this as someone only marginally religious because...religion itself has failed. First it failed to adapt to science when science had answers that religion didn't want to hear, then it failed a second time (today) by going all wet-noodle out of a fear of becoming totally irrelevant due to its prior failure. Well that and, as much as I hate to say it, it becoming a safe haven for thieves and child molesters. Though it seems our schools (government) have yet again stepped up to fill that role. Sigh...A circle in a spiral of an ever spinning wheel.

Just for background on where I'm coming from, if you hold a gun to my head and MAKE me say some words that describe some sort of political philosophy, it would be "Classical Liberal". I'm not one for personality cults and reserve my right to disagree with anyone about anything, no matter how highly I might otherwise think of them but Thomas Sowell and, lately somewhat, Jordan Peterson do a good job. Though of course I'm in pretty good company here saying that.

...hopefully that's flushed out. Gotta go.

WTP

Shit. screwed the pooch on the italics.

WTP

Not sure what happened there but italics start where I thought I had quoted
" I'd remind both of you that folding under pressure from the Left is par for the course for any and all political stripes it seems. Any institution not explicitly right wing etc etc etc."

..now I'm really late...

Steve E

I’m not convinced there was a plan.

Perhaps more appropriately captioned: "No, you go first!"

PiperPaul

"Every parent will relate."

Heh. My son (now 27) used to freak out over the tag attached to the neck area of shirts. He's mostly normal now.

Adam

To Farnsworth on closing Beech St to save the world: Shut up! You were not invited to offer an opinion, much less facts and reasoning to a conclusion.

You will agree that 2+2=5 because it is true, not because you want to save your skin, or to please Big Brother.

Darleen

My son (now 27) used to freak out over the tag attached to the neck area of shirts.

I spent more time than I care to recall carefully snipping out labels on from the neckline of blouses and sweaters for my girls. When looking for clothing for the grandkids I've noticed a lot more tops with info actually printed on the fabric instead of a label.

Blessed be the person who started that practice.

Pooklord

I'm not convinced there was a plan

That video couldn't be more Dog if it tried.

David

That video couldn’t be more Dog if it tried.

It is a bit like Dog Concentrate.

Nikw211

So there was this ...

“FUCK THE GOVERNMENT FUCK BORIS”
Harry and Stormzy on stage tonight. via lovedangel pic.twitter.com/B8OPLd5Fwm

— Harry Styles Updates. (@TheHSUpdate) December 19, 2019

To which within less than 24 hours Diane Abbott MP commented this (my italics):

Yes comrades! No more politeness from us, let’s call out Toryism everywhere we find it https://t.co/WUpX43YcG5

— Abbott4Labour (@Abbott4Labour) December 20, 2019

But then upon seeing #OwenJonesIsAWankerDay trending on Twitter in the same 24-hour period, she has commented this (my italics):

Awful bullying of a wonderful, intelligent and principled man. I’m so happy that we on the left don’t engage in unacceptable behaviour like this#OwenJonesIsAWankerDay https://t.co/1ADfBnYILA

— Abbott4Labour (@Abbott4Labour) December 21, 2019

The mind boggles ...

Lancastrian Oik

Leo Kearse talks about the Extinction Rebellion white guy with dreadlocks, child cages and "single-use" plastic.

David

Harry and Stormzy on stage tonight.

Mr Stormzy’s contributions to human flourishing have been noted here before.

Captain Nemo

@Nikw211

I think that that @Abbott4Labour account is a parody/satire. The problem is it's so hard to tell these days.

David

Goose with force field.

That is all. Carry on.

Joe

Goose with force field.

LOL They're mean f*ckers anyway.

David

They’re mean f*ckers anyway.

One of my early childhood memories is of being taken to a nature park and running around after some geese. Apparently, four-year-old me chased them around the corner of a building and – with what I’m told was comical timing – emerged seconds later, running at full tilt, with the aforementioned birds in hot pursuit and in a quarrelsome mood.

Darleen

Uh oh ... how long until this study is denounced, the researchers fired, and the SJWs burn it like they want to do to Harry Potter and all the rest of the books Nazis support?

pst314

Uh oh ... how long until this study is denounced...?

Approximately seven femtoseconds.

Darleen

I'm SOOOO glad I'm not a supervisor anymore. There are employees that make you yearn for a button on your desk with a pit of alligators in the basement.

David

Uh oh ... how long until this study is denounced...?

From the comments:

Why is this controversial?

Because it offers a likely explanation for differences in outcomes that are not a result of oppression.

And the game must never end.

Darleen

And the game must never end.

"The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the Revolution."

David

Today’s word is suspense.

Fred the Fourth

"... Lyles, who was told they could ask for..."
Stoopid CBS. Should have wrote "who were told".
Lyles should sue CBS for misnumbering them.
Never heard of that microaggression? Where you bin?
That's been the hot button issue since,like, noon!
Nazi.

(I pollute David's blog like this because I'd rather Eisenhower myself with a rusty spoon than have a Twitter account. Sorry.)

Darleen

Today’s word is suspense.

............................. [primal scream].......

Fred the Fourth

"Eisenhower"
Ha, ha.
Autocorrected from "disembowel".
I fu**ing Love Technology!

Felicity

Article of interest this morning concerns young Isolde (Izzy) Raj-Seppings. Her name pretty well tells you everything you need to know, but I'll go on anyway. The article describes Izzy's actions as "an emotional yet brave display". Something tells me that even if Izzy and her dad had not complied with the very politely put request from the policeman to move on, she is in no danger. The article is nestled amongst many that describe the terrible bushfires confronting large parts of NSW. There are many professional and volunteer firefighters fighting to save lives and properties in appalling conditions - these people are truly brave and courageous.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/the-13yearold-activist-from-kirribilli-house-has-a-message-for-scott-morrison/news-story/904702e0f35544ed69245639c87c77aa

Steve E

"Eisenhower"
Ha, ha.
Autocorrected from "disembowel".

I thought it was UK English slang like "roger" only nastier, especially when you brought the rusty spoon into it.

Nikw211

@Captain Nemo

I think that that @Abbott4Labour account is a parody/satire.

    < Goes back and looks more carefully >

Oh, bollocks.

The problem is it's so hard to tell these days.

True, but no excuse really.

"Put him in the cone of shame"

Joan

Today’s word is suspense.

Plan B: flamethrower.
Plan C: moving house.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

When leftists play Sim City, oddly enough, you get the projects on steroids.

It’s time to think differently about solving this crisis. Instead of taking hundreds of years to build thousands of shelters; the clear solution is to build 1 city for up to 150,000 people.

Because the likes of Cabrini Green were the clear solution and worked so well, but this time it will be different, because mentally ill and drug addled "homeless" are known for being extremely responsible.

"Say", you ask, "what will this shining city on a hill look like ?" Glad you asked, please check out #34 "CITIZEN PROCESSING: Intake, rehab, detention, and departures". With a train station. I don't know who thought that up, but it has never been tried before. Also note Items 22, factories for the "citizens", I again can't think of where that has been tried before.

Check out the whole thing, admire the rooms, the mess hall, the pipe dream low cost to run.

Finally I couldn't help to notice that the galaxy brains who thought this up are based in Folsom, CA, not that there is anything there that could be an inspiration for this mess.

David

Four legs good, two legs bad.

David

And speaking of Mr Stormzy.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Four legs good, two legs bad.

Read the whole thing here, some snips to whet your appetites.

While evolutionary biological accounts challenge the position of humans as central, and the way that particular abilities appear as self-evidently useful, the idea of evolution enables humans to feel that they belong to the animal world.

WTF ? Being able to walk and use hand tools at the same time does not "appear" to be useful, it built the damn world as we know it, and last I looked, the "idea" of evolution was to theorize how we came to be from lesser animals, not some touchy-feely crap.

The methodological approach of the article draws on cultural studies and feminist science studies.

Oh, well, as rigorous as astrophysics, then.

An anonymous writer in the New York Times (Aug 1, 1979) once reflected on how swimming makes one realize how one is part of the animal world: “Swimming in a summer pond, we notice how natural it is to use all four limbs to travel along. We are a quadruped again; even a stroke is called ‘the crawl’.” Here, swimming makes one realize that one is ‘a quadruped again.’

I'll admit I have no idea why the swim stroke is called the crawl, but on land I have yet to see neither man nor beast "crawl" by kicking its legs and rotating its front limbs, so how that makes us realize we are quadrupeds when actually what is happening is equivalent to running on legs (or goosestepping) whilst using our hands to pull escapes me, but then I am not versed in either cultural or feminist science studies.

Feminists studying scientific practices have pointed out that animals are often used as ‘mirrors,’ and that animal behavior appears to indicate what is natural for people.

Just shoot me. No wait, that is what is what is done in those places that use humans instead of animals for experiments.

According to Oikkonen (2015, 766) the notion of genetic kinship understands all human beings as ‘a global human family.’ Even though the cultural texts put forward this form of belonging, one that appears to include all human beings, she explains how the texts assume the subject who belongs to ‘the global human family’ to be a white, heterosexual European.

Come on, you all knew that would be in there somewhere, admit it.

RTWT, if you dare.

Supply your own emesis basins.

WTP

University of Helsinki. Well, consider the source.

David

Come on, you all knew that would be in there somewhere, admit it.

As so often with these things, there’s an air of wearying predetermination, of supposed conclusions arrived at well in advance of any actual thinking, or facsimile of thinking, and regardless of reality.

David

And in overseas news.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And in overseas news.

The good news is cultural and feminist science studies experts will never want for statisticians as qualified as they are.

jones

Serious note on the nanchuk scene.

This represents a deeply ingrained adversely developed culture.

All cultures are equal though of course.

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