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April 20, 2020

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Liz

an unenticing offer

"The white male is the biggest risk in spreading the virus"

But black and Pakistani neighbourhoods hardest hit?

Xas7wcrg9e

Peanut putter?

sH2

"I'm involved with a married man. Will our affair survive the lockdown?"

https://youtu.be/BN4LM_mQIjk

Guess which paper.

David

Peanut putter?

Ah. Yes, well. I did that on purpose, obviously, just to check you were paying attention.

[ Hastily corrects mortifying typo, feigns nonchalance. ]

David

Guess which paper.

You can imagine my surprise. It was that or Salon, or Slate. And I can’t help noticing just how often ‘progressive’ publications devote pages to dysfunctional, probably doomed relationships, with articles by people whose choices and behaviour are destructive, but who seem quite proud of their actions, or at least expecting of sympathy.

And I did chortle at the author’s disingenuous tip-toeing around alternative words for what she is, and what she’s doing.

Clam

a notable absence of handrails

Where is that?

Xas7wcrg9e
"Where is that?"

高椅岭风景区

David

Where is that?

Gaoyi Ridge, China.

Clam

Thanks.

[+]

But black and Pakistani neighbourhoods hardest hit?

'Related'...

https://twitter.com/MarcherLord1/status/1252178484681719810

David

‘Related’…

As someone tweets in reply, “I get the distinct impression they don’t actually want that question answered and they’d rather just throw the accusation around for race-baiting purposes.”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...disingenuous tip-toeing around alternative words for what she is, and what she’s doing.

Related non-tiptoeing first world quarantine problem. (NSFW unless you work from home, then NSFW on a work computer...)

TimT

Charming music for the lockdown. You’re welcome.

https://mobile.twitter.com/TreyCallaway/status/1251273373922897920?s=09

David

Related non-tiptoeing first world quarantine problem.

I sniggered at the mention of “a healthy work-life balance.”

I denounce myself, of course.

David

Being, as you know, a shallow and needy type, I’m not above sharing flattering things about myself:

There is one small problem, though, with reading Thompson’s stuff, and that is that it exposes one to lunacy of all sorts: Left-wing, feministical, academic and eco-freak, to name but some, and all with massive overlap between them. Because I don’t read Slate or New Yorker, for example, I’m never exposed to such nonsense — but reading Thompson does do that, in the same way that playing with dogs, while wonderfully pleasurable, does expose one to their bad breath and fleas.

And I’ll thank you not to judge me, you peasants.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... I’m not above sharing flattering things about myself...

I love reading Davis Thompson’s blog...

Neither are we, Davis...

David

Neither are we, Davis...

Bugger. And I’ve just had an enormous enlargement framed above the bed.

svh

an unenticing offer

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/367004/

Ray

"I can't just spend the whole month dildo-ing myself."

OK, that's going to stay with me.

Jonathan

'Related'...

Also: Shot ... Chaser

Hal

Peanut putter?

It's for miniature golf. Quite miniature golf.

Steve E

...while wonderfully pleasurable, does expose one to their bad breath and fleas.

Helps explain that annoying itch.

Steve E

Helps explain that annoying itch.

The bad breath is probably my own. Don't judge me.

David

OK, that’s going to stay with me.

If anyone’s getting aroused by this thread, I’m upping the price of the drinks.

Alex

Jonathan, that "chaser" occurred in one particular Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, even the other ones, where they are much more careful - one of them being my neighborhood - have been badly hit.

Hopp Singg

But black and Pakistani neighbourhoods hardest hit?

I'd been assured that witchcraft allows Africans to throw lightning at the virus:

https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2016/10/dont-oppress-my-people-with-your-white-devil-science.html

The offended speaker, the one claiming that Africans can in fact throw lightning at each other - and who disdains “Western knowledge” as “very pathetic” - then uses the apparently scandalous reference to reality as the sole explanation for why she is “not in the science faculty.”

Yet for some reason everyone expects pathetic western science to solve the problem. Why is that?

sk60

"The white male is the biggest risk in spreading the virus"

https://twitter.com/Independent/status/1252249268678725632

Fred the Fourth

Insty: WELL YES. IF THEY HAD CONSCIENCES, THEY WOULDN’T BE CRIMINALS: Inmates committing crimes after coronavirus release ‘unconscionable:’ De Blasio.

Wow. Who could have guessed that would happen, huh? Boggles the mind.
In related news, apparently burglaries of businesses are up 130% in the Fremont area (south east section of the San Francisco bay area, heavily business, warehouse, and manufacturing).

Captain Nemo

And I’ve just had an enormous enlargement framed above the bed.

Oooh, matron...

David

Oooh, matron...

This is my innocent face.

Fred the Fourth

Reading this
https://quillette.com/2020/04/15/rethinking-human-ecology-in-the-age-of-covid-19-lessons-from-a-fish-market/
I encountered this fascinating fragment:

this is the first time in human history that such an enormous chunk of the planet has been rich enough to live comfortably for months on end without working, through a combination of stored wealth and government largesse, all the while being served daily by semi-automated retail supply chains that can deliver every imaginable product to our isolated coral crags and sandy holes.

Another writer with, apparently, no understanding of 1) just how little of the world falls into that category, and 2) just how much fantasy he is indulging in by imagining that the category even exists.

I mean, right this second I am looking out my window at the county garbage collection truck. Sure, it has enough semi-automation that it only has a driver, no crew, but...

It has to be fueled. It has to be maintained. Including hydraulic fluids, pumps, electronics, bearings, greases, tires, etc. It has to be dispatched. It operates on public roads which require maintenance. The guy is wearing work clothes consisting of fabrics woven from various types of threads derived from various plants and plastics, all of which have to be produced, shipped, assembled, and delivered.

Since I'm such an inclusive guy, lets say the driver is a single mother. So her kids need looking after during the workday. Which involves personal contacts, transportation, cooking, maybe schooling.

And anyone paying attention can make endless lists like this.
"semi-automated" my ass.
"months on end" nope.
"enormous chunk" right. Maybe 1-5 %?

When I am emperor, every teen will be forced to spend two years in a manual labor job of some kind. Involving dirt, heavy objects, dirt, weather, and dangerous machinery. Oh, and dirt.

Daniel Ream

When I am emperor, every teen will be forced to spend two years in a manual labor job

Sooner or later, everyone comes around to the idea of helicopters Two Years Federal Service.

Squires

an unenticing offer

The word of the day is biocontrol.

Hopp Singg

Fred,

Yes, if the Quillette writer were correct, then all the socialists could form their own country somewhere, where no one ever has to work and no one else has to support them.

Utopia.

Fred the Fourth

Daniel,

My Imperium will be merely a slight extension of the current Prog trend requiring various indoctrinations and granting e.g. class credit for "activist" activities. I mean, Pol Pot showed us the Way, didn't he? I'd be going with the Flow of History. You aren't some kind of Reactionary Kulak, are you?

Fred the Fourth

Also, Daniel, how'd you get the idea that there would be anything "federal" about my Empire? See, that's what doomed the Romans. All those Proconsuls, far enough from the Capitol to get the idea they could do their own thing. NO, Sir. None of that nonsense in MY empire!

Fred the Fourth

All I need now is for all y'all to make your choice known. "Ave, Imperator". Come on, it'll be painless, I promise.

Oops. Time to walk the puppy...

Chester Draws

The Quilette writer was correct though that lockdown are only a solution in rich societies. It shows that despite all the cries about how many poor there are in our societies that our poor are, by most historical standards, quite well off.

We have "poor" people who have multiple room houses, which are dry, plumbed and with electricity. They have mobile phones and a car. They get free schooling, health care and either have jobs or get welfare. They are obese and live to eighty.

That is so far from the lives of the historical poor to be laughable.

And hence we can have a lockdown without martial law. Because in the past the poor would be dying of starvation by now.

Daniel Ream

how'd you get the idea that there would be anything "federal" about my Empire?

No one reads the classics any more.

Steve E

In related news, apparently burglaries of businesses are up 130%...

Yes, you'd think that the cops would have all kinds of time to patrol business areas since everybody is safely locked down at home. But no, it's far more important to regulate the lines at Costco and ticket people for walking their dogs in the park. If we don't come down on our politicians and our police after this is all over, then there's no hope for us as a species.

David

Remember, readers, Antifa are just like normal people - sharing fantasies of vandalising infrastructure, making death threats, and ambushing and beating people on their way home.

It’s “decentralised direct action.”

Fred the Fourth

Hell, Daniel, I've got that sitting in a box on my dining room table, right now. Along with most of the rest of RAH. Because a year or so ago I mentioned to an old friend of mine that I was looking for a copy of Podkayne, and he said (as I knew he would) "here they all are, give them back when you're done." (This guy's idea of how to get started in the Aubrey-Maturin series was to go buy them. All 21 of them. In hardcover. He also owns some tools. And some guitars. And some wines. Useful bloke to know.)

Squires

decentralised direct action

I vaguely recall a time when we just called it “random violence”.

David

I vaguely recall a time when we just called it “random violence”.

Antifa isn’t politics; it’s sociopathy.

pst314

Antifa isn’t politics; it’s sociopathy.

It's both. Sociopathic politics and political sociopathy.
"Does mental illness lead to leftism, or does leftism lead to mental illness?"
"Yes."

Rick Henwood

"If anyone’s getting aroused by this thread, I’m upping the price of the drinks."

How would you know?

WTF, why are you charging me nine bucks for a beer?

Rick Henwood

ok, change that to five quid.

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