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January 17, 2020

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BlogDog

That’s the Turkish version of Mary Poppins.

Fred the Fourth

Was perusing the following litany of complaints, from an experienced startup CEO, about bad reviews of his firm written by fired employees:

https://quillette.com/2020/01/16/glassdoor-is-broken/

when I stumbled over this gem:

Today’s leaders are the downstream stevedores of burning rafts launched at the educational headwaters of a new kind of victimization that twists good intentions into malicious exploitation.

Penned by this gent:

Peter L. Levin is a former engineering professor and political appointee.

I don't quite know what to make of that bio, frankly. Anyway, I went to the gym, instead of trying to think about it.

Pooklord

That road rage scene -- it must be awful dusty in here.

Hal

Pizza beyond the pale.

Perhaps a Prince Andrew special?

Hal

Small child containment system.

Paging Dr. Channard

Hal

Unfriending of yore.

The Commissar Vanishes

Fred the Fourth

My father invented a Small Child Containment System when his fifth&last was an infant. It consisted of a sheet of plywood clamped to the top of her crib. Probably get him arrested, today. Later, when she was (even more) mobile, he reversed the doorknob on her bedroom door, allowing her to be locked in when necessary. The man was an engineer, through and through. Oddly enough, she grew up to be the sanest of any of the five sibs.

Mike

Bit gusty.

WTF? Is that real?

David

Morning, all.

Is that real?

It seems so.

Jen

Paranormal activity.

*Looks at cat.*
*Buys lock for bedroom door.*

David

*Looks at cat.*
*Buys lock for bedroom door.*

They harvest the souls of sleeping humans. It’s why they’re so picky about food.

John D

That road rage scene -- it must be awful dusty in here.

That. :-)

David

Heh.

Via Julia.

David

I’m not sure that’s supposed to be like that.

PiperPaul

Now we know this origin of this old wive's tale myth. The cats are actually acting like pussy mouth/neck warmth stealers.

What’s the origin of the myth that cats can suck the breath out of babies?

Clam

That road rage scene -- it must be awful dusty in here.

Faith in humanity gone up two points.

David

Faith in humanity gone up two points.

I do try to offset the usual bedlam and squalor with something more... affirming.

pst314

Paranormal activity

Doctor to patient: It's not sleep apnea, your cat is trying to smother you.

CaptainDan

Secret lives of snails

Look to be Giant African Snails......horrible plant pests. Eat every known plant and fruit. They’ll even rasp the paint off your house. Millions spent to eradicate them in Florida in the 90s.

....like pythons devastating Florida now.. vanity pets

Hope the Ag people find that ahole and kill those snails.

Not amused!

pst314

How long before 'neuro-diversity' will become the go to excuse for every failing pupil...?

Via Julia.

David

*Looks at cat.*
*Buys lock for bedroom door.*

[ Stirs, choking on fur. ]

“Wha— Can’t breathe… What’s happ…?”

[ Low hum ensues. SOUL HARVESTING INTENSIFIES. ]

Bomb Uecker

That kid with the sleeve hat is going to have nightmares and therapy about his brain beging sucked out by Aliens later on in life.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Heh.

I don't know what his complaint is, the link is right there.

Gwasanaethau ar-lein Cyllid a Thollau EM yn y Gymraeg, the extra benefit is it also summons Cthulu if you say it out loud.

David

I don’t know what his complaint is,

I suppose it’s that in order to pay your taxes you first have to master ancient Klingon.

[ Quietly hopes Tim Newman is busy elsewhere. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A Tale of Two Cities, 2020.

London.

San Francisco.

The designers of the San Francisco thing hail from Kansas and I believe they took their inspiration from the many prairie dog holes and warrens in their vast and unpopulated state.

Regardless, the London option is a much better deal, for who among us hasn't, at some time in life, wished there was a can right next to a bed ?

David

who among us hasn’t, at some time in life, wished there was a can right next to a bed?

And while bearing down, inches from the bed, you can wave at passers-by, which is nice. And should a disastrous smell ensue, you can lay there and contemplate it, at length.

It’s those little touches.

David

Oh wait. It looks like there’s an extractor fan. Right above the bed.

pst314

[ Quietly hopes Tim Newman is busy elsewhere. ]

I hope he doesn’t start blogging in Klingon.

David

I hope he doesn’t start blogging in Klingon.

Ssshh. He’ll hear.

[ Looks around furtively. ]

Runcie Balspune

Small child containment system.

Paging Dr. Channard

Or Buffy

Darleen

Someone didn't think through the optics on this.

Darleen

*Looks at cat.*
*Buys lock for bedroom door.*

Got a German Shepherd puppy, Misty, a few months after #2 was born. Misty and the succession of kittens/cats got along like Loony Toons' Mark Anthony and Pussyfoot.

However, when #3 and #4 were born, Misty wouldn't allow any of the cats into the baby's room. Every night after putting the kids to bed, she'd lay down in the hallway just outside the bedroom doors.

David

Misty wouldn’t allow any of the cats into the baby’s room.

In entirely unrelated news, while dogs seem able to approximate guilt, or something like it, cats strike me as quite remorseless.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Someone didn't think through the optics on this.

For some reason, it looks oddly familiar.

WTP

pagh refunds. DeQ note neH.

David

pagh refunds. DeQ note neH.

Nodule.
Indelible.
Faff.
Chinstrap.

Sorry, I thought we were playing the word game again.

WTP

Sorry, I thought we were playing the word game again.

Ask Tim. Maybe he can help. Maybe. Though TBF, reversing the comzatta doesn't reliably reproduce the gazinta.

David

Ask Tim.

Ah. Got it, belatedly. As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m barely paying attention at the best of times.

[+]

Damn those wypipol.

https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2020/01/17/the-roots-world-renowned-wypipologist-writes-piece-trashing-nro-contributor-peter-kirsanow-for-criticizing-the-1619-project-whitely-theres-just-one-problem/

Darleen

Oops.

Henry

Semi-decent example of woke white person lecturing a black person about how she is a victim of racism "every day", whether she knows it or not!

https://twitter.com/tejtheartist/status/1217961376003567618?s=19

Liz

And while bearing down, inches from the bed, you can wave at passers-by, which is nice. And should a disastrous smell ensue, you can lay there and contemplate it, at length.

Ew. LOL.

David

Ew. LOL.

Though perhaps less fun if houseguests stay over and need to use the amenities. “Can you keep it down? I’m trying to kip.”

WTP

you can wave at passers-by

Heh. My mother-in-law's house had a toilet similarly situated on the second floor of a house, while not on top of a hill, sufficiently above the surrounding 'hood. This being the bathroom we would use when we visited. Of course there were blinds such that you could survey the neighborhood like a god whilst you did your thing yet maintain dignity/decorum or whatever the gods call it when they are similarly engaged. It's really quite the ego boost if one is so inclined. Especially if having a bad day. Not crazy about the rest of the arrangement at the location in question but perhaps a tip to the agent if s/he happens by. Well, a suggestion anyway.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...perhaps less fun if houseguests stay over...

Bad enough if they were staying on the solitary piece of furniture that fits in the livingkitchen room, but think of the romance when you or the new date you have finagled into the sack has found that the burritos and beer have transited too quickly.

Hal

. . . you can wave at passers-by, which is nice . .

Wayside Chapel

Farnsworth M Muldoon

2020 is off to a bad start.

The power of Photoshop compels thee...

A new and actual twist on being soy boys.

David

Actor fails to support creaky leftist narrative on TV.

Said actor promptly denounced as a “disgrace” by fellow luvvies.

[ Added: ]

I don’t as a rule watch Question Time - it’s aggravating by default – but I caught several clips of this episode on YouTube. Shami Chakrabarti, our egalitarian baroness, spends quite a lot of time looking sour and exasperated, especially when her identity-hustling reflex fails to achieve her intended goal and indeed backfires.

And it’s quite funny that the Narrative Luvvies resort, inevitably, to accusations of “white privilege,” despite the fact that one of Mr Fox’s best moments – one that resonated with the audience – was his rejection and exposure as opportunist tossery of the very same identitarian tactics. Again, it’s as if they can’t help themselves. The programming cannot be changed.

David

I laughed and I’m not sorry.

Via Instapundit.

pst314

The power of Photoshop compels thee...

I don't understand this comment in that thread:
"It's like they go to Hogwarts for thier fxxxxxg photoshoot."
(I've only seen one of the Harry Potter movies.)

sH2

Actor fails to support creaky leftist narrative on TV.

Laurence Fox is on the Delingpod. https://youtu.be/y82n3Q6xrvU

Hal

I don't understand this comment in that thread:
"It's like they go to Hogwarts for thier fxxxxxg photoshoot."

Welcome to the Quidditch World Cup. . . . only attempted with visual imagery, in that case . . .

David

Laurence Fox is on the Delingpod.

Thanks for that. I wasn’t familiar with him. It’s good to see others being openly sceptical of ostentatious, rather neurotic piety, which is often, very often, a veneer for something unpleasant, a projection, a kind of camouflage. Or as Mr Fox puts it, “The more virtuous someone is, the more woke someone is, the less I trust them.”

Rightly so, I think.

Rick

That's my sister!
Toxic Masculinity at work!
That 10 second clip does more to disprove all the social justice progressive engineering re: xx vs xy/xx = xy than all the comment in the world. I'm sure little brother learned that aggressive protectiveness from years of exposure to the malign patriarchal hierarchy, the gender pay gap fallacy, the inequality of women, the trans movement of shifting biology and fluid gender.

Whaddya mean he's only three years old?

So are you saying his action was instinctive, that he is not old enough to have had the social construct of masculinity, of male privilege, of feeling the women's pain of the inequality of the world drilled into him?

He acted out of some hunter/gatherer protect-the-women/family genetic xy compulsion?

Oh I see.

David

One for fans of The Expanse.

Steve E

It’s good to see others being openly sceptical of ostentatious, rather neurotic piety...

I'm still amazed at how shocked and unprepared the intersectionalists are when they meet someone from outside their echo chamber. I'm thinking specifically of how Rachel Boyle (the dark haired harridan in the Question Time video) was so shocked when Laurence Fox points out her text book racism for dismissing him because of his skin colour and his sex. I suppose this tactic is effective in the halls of academia where adults are free to brow beat students who may still be or are just out of their teens.

I imagine that, because these leftists lost the argument on merit so long ago, the only option is to end the debate before it begins by dismissing your opponent for some entirely unrelated reason.

David

I’m still amazed at how shocked and unprepared the intersectionalists are when they meet someone from outside their echo chamber.

I suppose they tend to flourish in fairly insular environments where realism is at best peripheral, or where others require some kind of validation from them, whether in terms of grades or social approval, and are therefore willing to be cowed and dishonest. In my experience, once it’s clear that you don’t require their approval and that you don’t play their game - and won’t pretend - the hostility tends to become much more visible and direct.

Rick

They harvest the souls of sleeping humans. It’s why they’re so picky about food.

I showed these soul-harvesting baby-killing felines to the wife hoping to freak her out and deter her from getting another kitten as our 2 aged cats have died in the last couple of years and wishing to be free to travel more don't need the responsibility.

Of course she promptly reminded me that our black & white had at least on one occasion, saved her life. She is an insulin dependent diabetic and the cat would wake her up before she went into a hypoglycemic coma. Having dealt with her in this condition and having to call paramedics for glucose injections (when you are comatose there is no other way to get sugar into the body) I would concur that without the cat waking her up she would have slipped into a coma and died. I was away.

The cat became as well versed in monitoring her breathing and body temperature as I was, probably more so.

David

she promptly reminded me that our black & white had at least on one occasion, saved her life.

Wife wins that one, I think.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...insular environments where realism is at best peripheral...

Speaking of which, voting for Trump is probably racist, and therefore unconstitutional, and therefore illegal, and therefore must be prohibited.

"When voters go to the booth, they're not expressing a mere personal preference," Smith told me. According to Smith, voters who pull the levers to harm black people are violating the Constitution. If the Constitution means that overt racist appeals undermine the legality of union elections, it stands to reason that they undermine the legality of other elections, as well.

Smith, you will be surprised to learn, is a professor of law, and a psychic, apparently.

RTWT.

Charlie Suet

Surely Fox is committing career suicide by not toeing the line? The bully left doesn’t tolerate dissent.

Captain Nemo

I don’t as a rule watch Question Time - it’s aggravating by default

I try and catch it if there's a decent panellist like David Starkey or Douglas Murray on to enliven things. Otherwise I know the feeling. I stopped watching it about three years ago, when it became obvious that every week would be some variation of: "Brexit question, Trump question, local issue/NHS question, and 'humorous/silly question' at the end", the results of which (Indecisive, Orange Man bad, NIMBY or YIMBY/NHS good, and instantly forgettable smart-ass wisecrack) were always predictable. Even before then I found myself occasionally despairing of it. One episode which stands out had an audience question about the merits of teaching children to memorise poetry. In the audience was a teacher so dim you could see everyone's collective IQ drop as she was speaking. Thankfully one of the panellists (Peter Hitchens) took her to task so beautifully and eloquently, reciting from memory a poem by Housman, before giving a thundering denunciation of educational philistinism, that everyone's IQ went up again.

Steve E

...the hostility tends to become much more visible and direct.

It's not surprising then that their heads explode so often from the dissonance deep within.

pst314

Welcome to the Quidditch World Cup. . . . only attempted with visual imagery, in that case . . .

Can someone give me an answer in words, so that I don't have to watch some video?

pst314

The cat became as well versed in monitoring her breathing and body temperature as I was, probably more so.

Since cats tend to be partly nocturnal, that's pretty useful. I wonder how many cats pay such attention to their owners.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

The David-links-to-Twitter problem is fixed! Thank you, Henchlesbians!

Warmest January on record here. Around here, spring all winter means winter all spring. I look for February and March to have apocalyptic blizzards—but I don’t have to go to work!

Not that I’m gloating in front of those still laboring in miserable serfdom.

TimT

The audience member Fox fell out with on question time was one Rachel Boyle, who various media outlets, including she herself - on twitter - describe as ‘a woman of colour’, ‘mixed race’, ‘black’. Could anyone explain to me just how this is so? The same media sources are somewhat lacking on detail.... and while I’m loath to play the identity politics game here, it seems to be treated by the left as a winning argument, proof positive of Fox’s ‘racism’.

Trevor

A charming man.

Trevor

I don’t as a rule watch Question Time - it’s aggravating by default.

I haven't watched it this century. I bade farewell to Radio 4 almost as long ago. I can't recall if I ever actually had a tether to reach the end of. I'm beginning to suspect not.

Trevor

...Rachel Boyle, who various media outlets, including she herself - on twitter - describe as ‘a woman of colour’, ‘mixed race’, ‘black’.

She describes herself not just as black, but as capital-B 'Black'. I'm given to understand that this sort of thing is terribly significant. On matters of orthography one must always defer to the opinions of people ultimately descended from a part of the world that developed precisely zero written languages, obviously.

David

it seems to be treated by the left as a winning argument, proof positive of Fox’s ‘racism’.

Sargon trawls the sewer.

And a reminder that leftwing actors are famed for their keen moral instincts.

[ Added: ]

For those who missed it, the gist of Mr Fox’s position is that, (a) maybe we should reserve the term ‘racism’ for actual racism, not self-serving made-up stuff; (b) the concept of “white privilege” is question-begging and itself quite racist; and (c) identity politics is tiresome and divisive, a license for bigotry.

This is deemed scandalous and a basis for “unequivocally” denouncing the holder of such views as a “disgrace.”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A charming man.

TBF, if not for him she wouldn't be$24,000 (before tax) richer...

She describes herself not just as black, but as capital-B 'Black'.

Perhaps that is because she is just capitalizing on being "black".

Meanwhile, Dino notes she has seen fit to delete the fact she works for the BBC from her twit bio. Gee, I wonder why.

David

The Observer’s Barbara Ellen finds it “disturbing” that some people, occasionally, are daring to publicly contradict the intersectionalist narrative.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Drug dealers tend to be seen as evildoers who prey on people’s addictions. That’s not the reality.

They are just misunderstood alternative People's Pharmacists helping the underprivileged without access to conventional drug stores. From the article...

People who sell drugs are popular scapegoats...The current punitive approach toward sellers is not only racist, it has no effect on tamping down the drug trade.

Racist. Of course it is.

“I firmly believe that many sellers have skills and talents that can be put towards more conventional work,” Marton said...Marton says he’d explore ways to help people find work in green energy construction, coding, security, the food industry, and look for other “entrepreneurial opportunities".

Honest, I'm not making this up, this is a guy running for DA, but I guess it does make the job easier if you don't actually have to prosecute anyone, especially when they are already engaged in “entrepreneurial opportunities".

I applaud these forward thinking candidates for Manhattan DA. It is high time someone thought of the plight of the pushers.

Squires

Racist. Of course it is.

Most people I’ve known who sold were working or middle class kids who didn’t deal in anything harder than coke. Most got out of it either because they found something better to do, or because they found themselves selling mostly to support their own habits, or because in the process of expanding they got busted, did some time, and realized they really did not want to do any more.

The latter two sort were the only sort who began to skirt the edges of predatory dealing, i.e having customers who were handing over their paychecks, or finding even younger and more foolish individuals to act as underlings.

Both the outright predatory dealers I’ve personally come across and those who’ve dealt to people of my acquaintance were, universally, of one specific melanin content and from one specific sort of neighborhood.

But then we aren’t supposed to deal in realities, the simple truth being tres gauche.

David

Progressive parenting of note.

Darleen

White supremacy Parasitic Whiteness

David

Parasitic Whiteness

Let’s play a fill-in-the-letters game.

_ E F T I _ S
P R _ J E C T

PiperPaul

And to think that all this time we've been missing the opportunity to use Pee Wee Herman's "I know you are but what am I?" against these morons...

pst314

Parasitic Whiteness

Did Dr. Donald Moss become a psychoanalyst because of his own severe personality problems?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The best thing about leftists is their rationality and eloquence. (language alert)

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Farnsworth: She seems nice and I would like to subscribe to her newsletter.

Squires

Uma Thurmond's Feet: I wonder what she is upset about.

pst314

Uma Thurmond's Feet: I wonder what she is upset about.

Existence itself? The constraints of living in the real physical world that actually exists? To steal a phrase from someone whose name I forget, On Strike Against God?

Jen

Progressive parenting of note.

They're proud of this too.

David

They’re proud of this too.

Involving small children in your own political psychodrama – to the point where they’re shrieking profanities at random passers-by – seems both negligent and pathologically self-absorbed. To say nothing of trashy.

Squires

pst314: Maybe she said to her hairdresser, “Make me like Christina Hendricks.”

Fay

Hold my beer!

Governor Squid

Nobody ever had to make me like Christina Hendricks. I was pretty much smitten from the moment she appeared on that episode of Firefly.

Alex DeWynter
pagh refunds. DeQ note neH.

tlhIngan Hol vIyaj

"No refunds. Credit note only."

WTP

tlhIngan Hol vIyaj

Well, according to the .eu translator that I used (yes, I know...) it translates back as:

No refunds. Note he was telling the truth.
Because as I was saying, reversing the comzatta doesn't reliably reproduce the gazinta. Seems Klingon is a rather weak language. I mean I understand there being no word for 'refund', because what self-respecting Klingon would ever offer one? But surely the should have a word for 'note'. Or are they all like Socrates? I mean they had/have/will have a written script, so...? But I'm not really into Star Wars so I'm kinda out of my pond here.

David

Seems Klingon is a rather weak language.

And their hair is, frankly, terrible.

Alex deWynter
I mean I understand there being no word for 'refund', because what self-respecting Klingon would ever offer one? But surely the should have a word for 'note'.

I'm sure there is one, we tera'nganpu' just don't know what it is. ;)

I would use Huch tatlh (literally 'return money') for 'refund.' And probably DeQ nav (credit paper) for credit.

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