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March 10, 2020

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John D

You're a terrible, terrible person. :-D

Governor Squid

Whenever we have a blizzard, everybody runs to the market ahead of the storm to stock up on eggs, milk, and bread. I have no idea why they do this, but they do, and as a result, every time we see a snowstorm in the forecast, my wife and I have a craving for french toast.

David

The Other Half does a very good bacon French toast.

Hey, I’m just sharing.

Xas7wcrg9e

Sadiq expounds on his feminist credentials:

https://twitter.com/SadiqKhan/status/1235966155665309702

Sadly no word on whether he wants misandry being a hate crime, or what he's doing about actual, proper, crime. Like knife crime...

Fred the Fourth

Wut? A mammalian virus reproduces on dry, bleached, cellulose at room temperature? Uh huh. What "news" program is that?

Also, because I'm just that kind of helpful: COVID-19 is the disease syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. If the woke crowd can expect me to keep abreast (oops. I said a bad word.) of their vocab then they can damn well keep up with science's. Cuz they luv them some science, don't they?

I need a drink even though it's 0800 here. Don't judge me.

David

A mammalian virus reproduces on dry, bleached, cellulose at room temperature?

In case it isn’t quite clear, the screengrab isn’t real.

Governor Squid

Cut the man some slack. It's already 0800 and he hasn't had a drink yet.

David

Heh. That would explain it.

BrassG

Look at all those muslims buying toilet paper. Cultural appropriation, that is.

Darleen

It's time for every Londoner to call out sexist and misogynistic attitudes wherever we encounter them – in the workplace, at school, on the streets or public transport.

IOW Khan is deputizing the London populace to be the UK version of Iran's Morality Police.

That should go well.

Fred the Fourth

Ok, it's now 0940, and I've had that drink. Two, actually. Sumatra with a drop of cream. Yup.

So now I'm wondering how viral (heh) that image is going to be. But why couldn't we propagate something more useful? To drop demand and hence prices on, say, ski trips, or Laphroig, or top quality beef? Come on, if we put our collective brains together, we can make bank on this panic season. Why let CNN get all the benefit?

David

IOW Khan is deputizing the London populace to be the UK version of Iran’s Morality Police.

And it’s not unreasonable to suppose that some targets, however trivial, will be seized upon much more readily than others.

Fred the Fourth

Also, I'm deeply ashamed that I got fooled by our never-devious host. How could I have been so ... Oh, yeah. Low blood serum caffeine level. Won't happen again.

ComputerLabRat

Why is everyone buying toilet paper for a virus whose symptoms are listed as fever, cough, shortness of breath?

David

Also, I’m deeply ashamed that I got fooled by our never-devious host.

This is my innocent face.

aelfheld
Cuz they luv them some science, don't they?

Much as a glutton loves his lunch.

Governor Squid

Why is everyone buying toilet paper for a virus whose symptoms are listed as fever, cough, shortness of breath?

Where the bellwether goes, the flock will follow.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Why is everyone buying toilet paper...

The theory is the supply chain is going to collapse, which doesn't explain why they are not stocking up on non-perishable or long shelf life food when they are raiding the supermarkets. After all, if there is no food, that whole bum wad thing becomes a bit of a moot point unless they are eating their lawns which, I guess, would be high fibre.

On the topic, some trivia if you are confronted by some asshat claiming "Wuhan Virus" is rayciss:

St. Louis (MO) Encephalitis
Marburg virus, named after all those German PoCs
Tchoupitoulas virus (former wharf street in New Orleans)
Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
Whitewater Arroyo virus (US southwest - even has "white" in the name)
Spanish flu (for those who forget Spain is part of Europe)
Crimea-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (only half rayciss)

There is also Q Fever, which was doped out in Australia, but you can claim it was named after the Bond character, not like anyone who thinks "Wuhan" is rayciss would know any better.

John Tee

Why is everyone buying toilet paper for a virus whose symptoms are listed as fever, cough, shortness of breath?

Because every time one person sneezes a hundred people sh*t themselves.

Darleen

Rift Valley Fever (Kenya)
Valley Fever aka California Fever aka San Joaquin Valley Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Lyme Disease (Lyme, Connecticut, USA)
West Nile Virus
German Measles
Ebola (River in Zaire)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@Darleen- Rift Valley and Ebola are rayciss, like Japanese Encephalitis or Hantaan Virus, or anything not named after someplace in Europe of North America above the Rio Grande.

Fun fact - Ebola is actually a river not really near where the first identified outbreak occurred. It has been claimed Ebola was picked so as not to tag a specific village, but seeing as how the guys who identified Ebola also identified and named Marburg, I'm not buying the story.

WTP

Ebola

Band name.

Franklin

Whenever we have a blizzard, everybody runs to the market ahead of the storm to stock up on eggs, milk, and bread.

Greetings, fellow New Englander.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Band name.

Already taken, "Chikungunya" might be available.

WTP

Already taken,

Well, just proves my point dunninit?

I used to be kinda, sorta hip. No, really.

Sam

RE Saddiq Khan criminalizing the hatred of women...this is what happens when you accept hatred - merely a normal and universal human emotion - to be a criminal act in the first place. You guys got a democratic referendum passed in the face of unbelievable institutional headwinds, why not try for a 1st Amendment type protection?

But the concept of hate speech is a slippery slope to authoritarianism. BTW, I've often wondered why a slippery slope argument is considered a logical fallacy. Isn't it a prediction theoretically supported by evidence that can be countered by equally or better supported predictions? As in, "If you make an emotion illegal, even a potentially dangerous emotion, all sorts of other emotions can be made illegal under the same rubric."

Uma Thurmond's Feet

I've often wondered why a slippery slope argument is considered a logical fallacy.

"Because man is doomed to forget."
--- Merlin, "Excalibre"

Considering that American history cycles through repressive periods, starting with the Alien and Sedition Act on up to the Hayes Office. Kinda surprising this last round of free speech lasted as long as it did, but it takes awhile to move the Overton Window.

I remember a mystery novel by Lev Raphael back in the 1990s in which "Whiteness Studies" played a role. He was understandably horrified by it. It took awhile to turn it from an scholarly inquiry into a club.

Squires

On the topic, some trivia if you are confronted by some asshat claiming "Wuhan Virus" is rayciss:

You are confused. You suffer from the oldbelief that the purpose of language is to communicate ideas and facts with clarity, rather than to cause the confusion and humiliation so essential to keeping society ordered.

TimT

Speaking of Wuhan/Coronavirus, there’s a new moral agony in the august pages of Slate:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/03/open-relationship-coronavirus-advice.html

“ Should I Pause My Open Marriage Because of the Coronavirus?” asks someone, adding helpfully, “My mother is immunocompromised.“

One is tempted to answer, “Why? You started out being selfish, why stop now?”

David

In other toilet-paper apocalypse news.

Via Perry de Havilland.

Trevor

Worried about Wuhan flu? Try Prophylactic Poo. It's obvious, really.

pst314

Legionnaire's Disease

pst314

Prophylactic Poo

This Sacred Cow stuff is getting out of hand. And how many of those cranks work in restaurants I might visit while in India?

WTP

I've often wondered why a slippery slope argument is considered a logical fallacy.

It's only a fallacy based on whichever side of the argument you are on. Concerned that movies and such with gratuitous sex will lead to moral decay in society? Well, that's just a slippery slope fallacy. You want to put up a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants? I suppose you'll be putting them in gas chambers next, you Hitler.

NateWhilk

So much for coronavirus talk. And now for something completely different:

"Campus Christi" (1968) (short film) (NSFW due to partial nudity.)

Funny satirical "underground" film of a student at Stanford who is transformed into a reincarnation of Jesus as a Marxist hippie.

Partial nudity. Vicky Drake appears as a dancer in a topless bar and in one other scene. She was also a student at Stanford, where he money she made dancing helped pay for her tuition. She ran for president of the Stanford "student body", and she appeared in a pictorial in Playboy magazine.

This 18-minute film was made as a graduate student project in the Department of Communications at Stanford in 1968. It won awards at Foothill, Monterey, and Ann Arbor film festivals.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=WIOG_1583888642

Jeff Guinn

Bog roll is for savages.

Jeff Guinn

Oh. Wait. That must be rayciss.

I guess I need to take a number for the punishment booth.

Steve E

Worried about Wuhan flu? Try Prophylactic Poo.

Well after a bath in that stuff, you're not lilkely able to get too close to anyone. So rule out getting the virus from human contact.

NateWhilk

Re: "Campus Christi" - never mind. It was deleted.

David
Ever since Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, I’ve been mad at my husband.

In the pages of The Atlantic, the difficulties of a leftist marriage.

David

Not entirely unrelated.

Anon a mouse

Ever since Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, I’ve been mad at my husband.

Perusing said linkage and find out they were gaga 'bout voting for Warren after 2012?

Yeah, sure. Okey dokey...

fnord

It's time for every Londoner to call out sexist and misogynistic attitudes wherever we encounter them – in the workplace, at school, on the streets or public transport

Hmmm...... perhaps Sadiq should creat an agency to coordinate all these snitches public spirited individuals. What to call it? What's the English for Stasi?

Anon a mouse

What's the English for Stasi?

"Miniluv"

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Miniluv

I had to look that up. Well played, Anon a mouse.

Governor Squid

Ever since Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, I’ve been mad at my husband.

Thoughtless bastard might as well have brought home a Malibu Barbie for her birthday.

Lancastrian Oik

What to call it?.........

JASL

Lancastrian Oik

Dammit, that mouse beat me to the punch.

*Plays one-armed bandit, and mutters to himself*

David

perhaps Sadiq should create an agency to coordinate all these snitches public spirited individuals.

You have to wonder what kind of person aspires to being an insufferable, hypersensitive prodnose and thinks of it as an ideal.

[ Added: ]

I mean, I don’t particularly like it when people cough or belch without covering their mouths, and it strikes me as at least as irksome as overhearing a stranger making a sexist comment (however defined). But I don’t spend my days on high alert for unmuffled coughing and belching. And the idea of “calling out” unmuffled coughs and belches “wherever we encounter them” – “on the streets or public transport” – sounds ever so slightly deranged. And quite possibly a recipe for a kicking.

Fred the Fourth

Hey! If we're gonna have a Junior Anti-Sex League I want one of those cool sashes that Julia wore. (For my wife, not me. Duh.)
Does it matter that we're both over, uh, 30? Maybe a bit more?
Maybe we should start an "Old Farts Anti-Sex League".

Daniel Ream

You have to wonder what kind of person aspires to being an insufferable, hypersensitive prodnose and thinks of it as an ideal.

Short Man Syndrome.

Steve E

You have to wonder what kind of person aspires to being an insufferable...

Komrade Kaprugina perhaps.

Anon a mouse

*bows*

MC

Bog roll is for savages.

Ever since I discovered the miracle of the washlet on my first trip to Japan nearly 20 years ago, I have wondered why it has not been adopted more widely. Spray clean & blow dry is the way forward.

Don't get me started on the pulsating massage function available on higher-end models.

MC

The Atlantic article mentioned above has a link to an earlier article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/03/america-punished-elizabeth-warren-her-competence/607531/

I'm struck firstly by the implication that the whole of America is at fault. Again the left makes free with 'we'.

Secondly that anyone thinks a woman who climbed the greasy pole by lying wildly about her ethnicity is good for anything.

David

Short Man Syndrome.

Well, as instructions go, it seems farcical, rather poisonous and likely to attract the kind of personalities that are best avoided. As so often, these woke exhortations strike me as psychologically weird, in that, in order to comply and be pious, you’d have to become irritating, intrusive, fixated and neurotic. And then there’s the obvious but unacknowledged consideration that people by and large don’t appreciate interruptions by eavesdroppers. It seems to me the idea of “calling out” the perceived “sexist attitudes” of random passers-by or random commuters is a bit like presuming to correct the grammar of complete strangers, and likely to meet with a similar response.

pulsating massage function

Band name.

Hal

pulsating massage function

Band name.

Well, for that matter . . .

Short Man Syndrome

Band name.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The Atlantic article...

Headline is about her alleged competence but it is not till nine paragraphs (of twelve) in before her champion actually gets to anything purporting to be "competence", specifically being 1/2,400 professors at Harvard (as pointed out a position gotten by lying) and being behind the creation of yet another mini-politburo bit of bureaucracy that is a soup sandwich. Of course our brave author fails to mention that Warren came in third in her state's primary which is, of course misogyny, (especially from the women voters), which doesn't speak well of how her own constituents view her "competence".

Kate Manne, a philosopher at Cornell University, describes misogyny as an ideology that serves, ultimately, to reinforce a patriarchal status quo. “Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy,” Manne argues.

Of course. These clods are so unoriginal they might as well just use a mimeograph machine, at least we could enjoy the smell.

Steve E

Secondly that anyone thinks a woman who climbed the greasy pole by lying wildly about her ethnicity is good for anything.

This must cause considerable dissonance for a group of people so disturbed by the orange man's mendaciousness. Lying is in her DNA. She lies about things that can be easily checked like, where her children went to school and why she stopped teaching. And you can tell when she's lying too. It's mostly when her lips are moving.

I imagine the purity of her sex is powerful enough to cleanse her of her perfidious habits.

Sam
Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy

To paraphrase the great Dr. Randomercam: people devoted to fighting the devil aren't harmless because the devil does not exist, but are rather dangerous precisely because anything can be the devil.

Now these religious fanatics are imagining an emotion (misogyny) can serve as an institutional branch (law-enforcement) of a massive, all-encompassing yet completely invisible entity for which no proof is ever offered (patriarchy). These twats believe in nothing but their own power and righteous lack of accountability and will fall for whatever preserves that status quo.

Governor Squid

Lying is in her DNA.

I see what you did there.

Governor Squid

Well, as instructions go, it seems farcical, rather poisonous and likely to attract the kind of personalities that are best avoided.

True, but if you're looking to mobilize an army of unpaid foot soldiers to harass your constituents into helpless complacency, the bossy busybodies are a good place to start. And as a bonus, after you give them leave to harass their neighbors, you earn a bit of goodwill from them and make it less likely that they'll harass you and your people.

Honestly, we need to find a way to harness this group for our own purposes. Anyone fancy starting up a chapter of Occupy Her Majesty's Government?

Anon a mouse

mimeograph machine, at least we could enjoy the smell

Ah, continuing to crank out the memories, are we?

David

True, but if you’re looking to mobilize an army of unpaid foot soldiers…

And after a week or so of starting needless and petty arguments with random people - on tubes, at bus stops, in taxis, in shops, wherever one can eavesdrop – devotees may well be feeling a little fraught, a little uptight. Perhaps a little irrational. It’s not an obvious recipe for contentment, or mental health.

WTP
Lying is in her DNA.

I see what you did there.

I'm confused. Is this racist against 1/1024 of all Native Americans or racist against 1023/1024 of all white peoples?

David

[ Proudly positions sticker behind bar. ]

In other news, I may start offering hot meals. Depending on demand.

Steve E

[ Proudly positions sticker behind bar. ]

No where to go but up!

David

I’ve got a booklet and everything.

What?

Steve E

What?

I don't know why, but this came to mind.

David

Right tomorrow’s ephemera is compiled and scheduled to materialise just after midnight. Time for a glass of something, I think.

Fred the Fourth

Is CMOT Dibbler your sausage supplier?

pst314

Just imagine CMOT Dibbler selling corona virus protection nostrums.

Herp McDerp

But when we had the chance to choose, I saw him vote for strategy over idealism, a decision I suspect many felt forced to make after Warren went from front-runner to underdog.

I have a solution that will save their marriage and reinforce their ideological purity:

In the general election, they can both vote for Elizabeth Warren as a write-in candidate!

That'll show The Patriarchy!

Hal

Just imagine CMOT Dibbler selling corona virus protection nostrums.

Vimes looked into the grinning, cadaverous face of Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler, purveyor of absolutely anything that could be sold hurriedly from an open suitcase in a busy street and was guaranteed to have fallen off the back of an oxcart.

"Morning, Throat," said Vimes absently. "What're you selling?"

"Genuine article, Captain." Throat leaned closer. He was the sort of person who could make "Good morning" sound like a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated offer. His eyes swivelled back and forth in their sockets, like two rodents trying to find a way out. "Can't afford to be without it," he hissed. "Anti-dragon cream. Personal guarantee: if you're incinerated you get your money back, no quibble."

---Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Anon a mouse

Hmmm.
The Friday mix is up, yet it's still 8 PM here.
Is it unseemly to click on assorted linkages until Friday here?

Conflicted, I am.

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