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October 23, 2020

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Hal

|| Assorted BBC sound effects. || “The masses will rally behind us.” Behind meaning beneath, of course. || Rebuttals of note. || Place your bets. (h/t, Perry) ||

Heh.

Hal

“Plastic hottie… professional thot.”

Eh, been done.

Hal

Know The Good News, Or Else.

Where that and this is one of these . . . .

Col. Milquetoast

“Acting in trying circumstances.”
Related : Mr Bean on a rollercoaster
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkAvyxZNOvo

Hal

Several kinds of watching the media.

A play in three acts.

The White Donkey.

Hal

The Gremlin-Troll truce of 1992.

Hal

The hazards of working in sports media . . . .

NTSOG

Plastic hottie… professional thot.

To quote a famous man: "Not a pretty sight!"

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hopkins: it smells like fava beans, with undertones of a nice Chianti.

Jen

Scenes.

The little boats made it even more fabulous. :-)

David

Morning, all.

The little boats made it even more fabulous. :-)

I’m not entirely sure that the overall effect is quite the one intended.

David
In the name of pursuing non-existent fascists, these activists laid waste to their city, dragged passing motorists from their cars, hospitalised journalists whose reporting was disobliging and otherwise turned the city into a first-world slum.

Douglas Murray spends a couple of evenings with Antifa.

Joan

Acting in trying circumstances.

I thought he was going to pass out.

Daniel Ream

A map of the internet, circa 1973.

And every machine connected had to be rebooted whenever a new system joined.

David

I thought he was going to pass out.

It did look touch-and-go for a moment. But points for effort, definitely.

Karl

The thrill of kidney stones

That made my cock hurt :(

David

That made my cock hurt :(

OVERSHARING ALERT! OVERSHARING ALERT! OVERSHARING ALER

[ Rummages for keys to deactivate oversharing klaxon. ]

Mags

LOL

David

[ Restores normal, non-emergency lighting. Wafts away clouds of choking refrigerant. ]

I managed to turn the cooling unit back on.

Hal

That made my cock hurt :(

Did the hens report any objections?

[+]

'Always respect the media'

https://twitter.com/lporiginalg/status/1319314180462161920

Bob

Douglas Murray spends a couple of evenings with Antifa.

It's time to stop pussyfooting around and simply terminate these animals. That may sound harsh but there's no redemption for them, they need to go. If you've a mad dog, you shoot it, put it out of its misery. Let us pray that Trump prevails and brings on the day of reckoning.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You thrilled at Sharknado!, no be prepared for more excitement as Samuel L. Bronkowitz productions brings you Dolphicane!.

The thrill of kidney stones.

The jaggedness of a calcium oxalate stone (as typical of the one in the picture) contribute to hematuria (haematuria metric) but not pain. Urate stones are smooth, but cause as much pain, the pain comes from distension of the ureter either because of the size of the stone, back pressure as urine builds up between the renal pelvis and where a stone is causing obstruction, or both. A stone 5mm or less generally will pass spontaneously but can cause intermittent distension. There is rarely johnsonalgia from a stone making its way into the world as a stone too large to pass generally won't make it past the internal urethral sphincter. /pedant

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Our betters.

The person kicking off that mess is a lawyer and member of the Georgia (US) legislature.

Karl

...the pain comes from distension of the ureter...

Yeah, you're not helping.

David

Our betters.

And being our betters, not one of them thought to look up the secondary definition of the word.

Alex

And being our betters, not one of them thought to look up the secondary definition of the word.

They have no need to worry. Their buddies at the Ministry of TruthMerriam-Webster will "correct" things by removing that secondary definition.

RNB

Hank Johnson (U.S. Congressman, Atlanta area): "Guam might tip over!" There! Can't get dumber than that!

Dar'shun Kendrick: Hold my beer...

Jerryskids

Our betters.

I was going to post that as "Today's word is".

BTW, you know they're feigning ignorance - they all know how to spell coyote correctly when they're pretending they've never heard the word before.

Eagle

What she said.

Who is she? That was awesome!

Felicity

Let’s focus our minds on the most important issues of the day. Today I was told by someone who works in day care that they were having trouble learning the new ‘ABC’ song tune. I did not know what the hell she was referring to, so she showed me this you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I7v0HqejXE. Apparently the little flowers struggle with the ‘lmnop’ bit. Thank God someone has addressed this.

The other pressing issue is the racism and transphobia of The Wiggles, an Australian children’s band https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/the-wiggles-have-responded-to-backlash-over-their-pappadum-song/news-story/88ed23ce324e1f6d7188995d20e5e4d9

Just btb they were a favourite of my children when they were little and we saw them play live 3 times, the most I have ever seen one band play. Of course back then they were sexist as well, coz there were no girls in the band.

John

The comment “wait until they hear about the drug mules” made me smile (and wish I’d thought of it first).

John

I believe the Wiggles hold the enviable distinction of being the first overseas musical act to perform in New York post 9/11. A hearty Good on yer Mates was and still is due for what at the time was a pretty brave step to take.

Killer Marmot

Every country has to have its gay pride parade, I guess.

Jonathan

When you've got too much time on your hands under lockdown:

via Paul Newman

Captain Nemo

Woke segregation:

https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1319638865620160512/photo/1

via @TitaniaMcgrath on Twitter.

sH2

Your taxes at work.

https://order-order.com/2020/10/22/arts-council-defends-handing-215305-to-one-drag-performer/

David

Who is she? That was awesome!

The lady is Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Kemi Badenoch. Needless to say, the Guardian and Independent aren’t big fans.

Captain Nemo

Needless to say, the Guardian and Independent aren’t big fans.

Look who else isn't: https://twitter.com/PriyamvadaGopal/status/1318843003503546368

WTP

Apparently the little flowers struggle with the ‘lmnop’ bit

Heh. That stuck with me. I have a fairly good memory of my younger years and I do recall at first thinking 'elemeno' was one letter. Like 'double u'. But some how, some way, I figured it out. So here's another dangerous thing that I have been thinking...WTF do we spend so much money and waste so much time on the education of children when 95% of what we try to cram into their heads is either useless or something they would/could/should figure out anyway? I have worked with, and also am friends with, a great number of people who either 1) slagged their way through high school and/or 2) never went to college. These people somehow figured out life and got jobs (eventually) paying very good wages. One is a multimillionaire who builds luxury homes and has raise five kids (his choices of spouses however...well, TMI). I myself was (am?) not exactly a stellar student, though I do tend to test well, and I certainly am not hurting. Additionally, my professional successes improved tremendously once I realized most of the crap I was taught was basically crap. Once I jettisoned most of what I had been taught, the world made much, much more sense and my career took off. Think of the wasted potential, the wasted years we put young people through when most of what they need to know could be (and used to be) taught in just 10 years. Hell, I have an aunt who never even went to high school. Granted, she didn't become tremendously wealthy but she and her hubs raised six kids who all do fairly well. Bah. I'm the ignorant one.

Governor Squid

I'm disappointed that they didn't use the extra beats at the end to reintroduce "and per se and".

exdemocrat

if "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten", then why bother with education after that?

Daniel Ream

WTF do we spend so much money and waste so much time on the education of children when 95% of what we try to cram into their heads is either useless or something they would/could/should figure out anyway?

Well, I don't think it's the concept as much as the content. I used to math tutor adults who wanted to finish their interrupted high school education, and I assure you many of them needed math skills that they absolutely had not been able to figure out on their own. On the other end of the spectrum, I used to know an elementary school teacher with two degrees who could not do sixth grade math - she used to text me from the store asking how to calculate 60% off of $24.99 because she couldn't find the calculator on her phone.

You won't get an argument from me that a one-size-fits-all education isn't optimal, but I think there does exist a basic corpus of knowledge everyone should be provided through at least elementary school. And we're not.

Sam

I think there does exist a basic corpus of knowledge everyone should be provided through at least elementary school. And we're not.

WRONG: wypipo bad (except the person saying wypipo bad) and stop killing the planet with your happiness. Everyone knows that, see? Good, now give the kid a degree so zher can burn a black neighborhood down.

Darleen

And being our betters, not one of them thought to look up the secondary definition of the word.

I know this has been a huge laugh and I, too, contributed a few guffaws and snickers.

But it also pisses me off. It reveals how these "open border" people have paid absolutely NO attention to what has been going on at our southern border. Indeed, they are militantly incurious to the human trafficking, murders of American ranchers, cartel murders, and the crimes that are committed by illegals - most of those criminal illegals having been deported numerous times.

Why let actual facts on the ground harsh their "we are all global citizens" mellow?

David

[ Writes down militantly incurious. ]

WTP

but I think there does exist a basic corpus of knowledge everyone should be provided through at least elementary school. And we're not.

Definitely agree...per my Aunt who done been educated through the eighth grade. The kicker is the history/civics. That does require some maturity in thinking. But ultimately, you cannot force people to learn such things. Yet most people today don't know what they need to know about such anyway and, as near as I can tell, have been ill educated anyway. But one thing I do believe we really, really need to cut down on is the fiction. A good chunk that I had constantly shoved in my face/down my throat was worthless BS. Most of the great works that I got much out of were works I read/discovered on my own. On the Road, Moby Dick, Anna Karenina, 1984, Animal Farm, The Iliad, Kafka, Kipling, Konrad, Camus, most of Twain, etc.

Sam Duncan

“Scenes.”

It looks like the Action Man collection I dreamed of when I was six. (That's GI Joe to our colonial friends.)

“What she said.”

There was a time when hearing that in our sovereign Parliament would have been a weight off my mind. However the schools round here now come under the purview of a crowd of Leftist chancers in Edinburgh in whom I have no confidence whatsoever to run a whelk stall, let alone the education of an entire generation.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yes, there are, and you just proved it.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Say, if any of all y'all over in Blighty want some breathing room, real estate in the US&A is real cheap, there are only about 100 million of us left.

Sam Duncan

“Say, if any of all y'all over in Blighty want some breathing room, real estate in the US&A is real cheap, there are only about 100 million of us left.”

Yet another statement by a Democrat candidate that, were she a Republican, would make her a laughing-stock all over the world.

I'm serious. Yes, the news media are biased. But most people don't really watch the news. Especially not about stuff that doesn't directly concern them. So what people outside the US see about American politics is comedy shows... “Ho, ho, Dan Quayle can't spell 'potato'. What a dope!” “Sara Palin thinks she can see Russia from her house! What an idiot!” “Donald Trump grabs women by the p***y. What a sleazeball!”

And what they never hear is, “Ha, ha, Barack Obama says there are 57 states! What a doofus!”, “Joe Biden gropes young girls. What a creep!”, or “Kamala Harris thinks two thirds of the American population have died from the Chinese plague! What a fool!”

That's the bias that's the problem.

Rick Henwood

How to make a zig-zag pattern.

Hey that is

Poor Jenn !

WTP

That's the bias that's the problem.

I'll take "Things I've been saying for 40 years" for $100, Alex.

Jerryskids

Re: "a basic corpus of knowledge everyone should be provided".

I believe that is what is referred to as "a culture". There are things that you just take for granted that everyone knows, even if only in a passing reference sort of way. You may not know much about Hamlet or Beethoven or Sir Isaac Newton, but you know they're not the outfield for the Boston Red Sox, right? You know that's the subject of a Shakespeare play, a famous composer, and a famous scientist and if somebody makes a passing reference to them in conversation, you know what they're talking about.

And yet, if I were a little more cynical, I might think this push to teach the "diversity" of our history is secretly a plot to keep us from developing a sense of a shared culture, a way to keep us divided. If I were a little more cynical.

Hal

I believe that is what is referred to as "a culture".

'Ere you are: The Big Fat Northern Opera Company sings Nest In't Dormer and other well known classics.

Hal

Oh, yes, also speaking of culture and the elite, a mathematician has made an announcement . . . .

I, Tom Lehrer, and the Tom Lehrer Trust 2000, hereby grant the following permission:

All the lyrics on this website, whether published or unpublished, copyrighted or uncopyrighted, may be downloaded and used in any manner whatsoever, without requiring any further permission from me or any payment to me or to anyone else.

Some lyrics written by Tom Lehrer to copyrighted music by others are included herein, but of course such music may not be used without permission of the copyright owners. (The translated songs may be found in their original languages on YouTube.)

In other words, all the lyrics herein should be treated as though they were in the public domain.
In particular, permission is hereby granted to anyone to set any of these lyrics to their own music and publish or perform their versions without fear of legal action.

This permission applies only to the lyrics on this website. Most of the music written by Tom Lehrer will be added gradually later with further disclaimers.

Note: This website will be shut down on December 31, 2024, so if you want to download anything, don’t wait too long.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

We haven't had interpretive dance around here for a bit, an actress no one has ever heard of corrects this oversight for us.

David

We haven’t had interpretive dance around here for a bit

An inexcusable oversight on my part.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An inexcusable oversight on my part.

Now, now, none of that, completely understandable what with all the lockdowns and rozzers chasing mean tweets and random interweb posts that your access to high quality cringe and WokeWTF might be limited, and indeed, it is incumbent upon all of us here to strive constantly to cover down and help maintain the standards that make this the go-to Site of Excellence for this sort of thing.

WTP

Ah, yes. Interpretive dance is hell fun

David

Interpretive dance is hell fun

Ah, good times. Mr Devine really shot down any suspicions of him being at all entitled or obnoxiously self-flattering.

Nikw211

A friend passed on this article from the linguist John McWhorter on what the likes of Rachel Dolezal and Jessica "La Bombalera" Krug might mean for the rest of us.

    To adopt blackness can confer a sense of importance more generally. No person in academia or the media can miss that the educated class finds almost anything more interesting/dynamic/challenging/worth-a-look when a black person does it. We are taught lately that academia is shot through with bigotry, yet no scholarly work is dismissed because someone black wrote it. Indeed, scholarship by a black person is more likely to be elevated over scholarship by a white person on the same topic. Krug’s book would likely have gotten much less attention if a white person had written it. Certainly, she felt more interesting as an Afro-Latina fighting for “her” people than she would have as a white professor toiling in obscurity.
Hal

A friend passed on this article from the linguist John McWhorter on what the likes of Rachel Dolezal and Jessica "La Bombalera" Krug might mean for the rest of us.

Ah, but given the buzzword of the moment, the operational mindset covers just about anything.

To adopt preppyness can confer a sense of importance more generally. No person in academia or the media can miss that the educated class finds almost anything more interesting/dynamic/challenging/worth-a-look when a preppy person does it. We are taught lately that academia is shot through with taste, style, and a clue, yet no scholarly work is dismissed because someone preppy wrote it. Indeed, scholarship by a preppy person is more likely to be elevated over scholarship by an adult person on the same topic. Krug’s book would likely have gotten much less attention if an adult person had written it. Certainly, she felt more interesting as a badly costumed, pretentious git fighting for “her” people than she would have as a adult professor toiling in obscurity.

The success of the label being marketed is going to depend on the audience, but from there, the label is irrelevant.

Nikw211

Ah, but given the buzzword ...

Your response neither makes sense nor says anything of relevance to the content of McWhorter's article.

Still, it takes all sorts I suppose.

Hal

Your response neither makes sense nor says anything of relevance to the content of McWhorter's article.

Well, you do have to read the response---and yes, it does tie into the article.

Darleen

Oh look, enjoying autumn is racist.

David

Oh look, enjoying autumn is racist.

Because the joyless, pretentious bitching must never, ever end.

Sam Duncan

Dangit, I've been saving this one all week, and forgot about it:

You want one, and you know it.

Darleen

Because the joyless, pretentious bitching must never, ever end.

Honest to God, I've never met a Happy Leftist. They nurture and cultivate their resentment like a hothouse orchid.

And the enemy of resentment is gratitude. Leftists sneer at Christmas, they loathe Thanksgiving.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hi Sam,

I do indeed want one. Wheeee!

Lady Cutekitten

Enjoying spring, summer, or winter is also racist. As is disliking spring, summer, fall, or winter.

David

They nurture and cultivate their resentment like a hothouse orchid.

Well, it isn’t hard to find adult leftists, people well into their thirties and forties, whose general attitude, as expressed in their articles, tweets, etc., resembles that of a sour and surly teenager. The adolescent tone, and the psychology it implies, conjures images of eyerolls, sighs and theatrical door-slamming.

WTP

people well into their thirties and forties,

Or fifties, sixties, seventies, and though I cannot claim firsthand knowledge, see many of the well known leftists in their eighties.

Captain Nemo

Oh look, enjoying autumn is racist.

This is a good short thread on the subject. Point three is well-made: https://twitter.com/niall_gooch/status/1318879305280196609

Daniel Ream

The adolescent tone, and the psychology it implies

Like I keep saying, from extreme Complex PTSD to the mere emotional dysregulation common to anyone who spends too much time on social media, the defining characteristic of our society in 2020 is a failure to grow the hell up.

How we've reached this state of affairs is left as an exercise for the reader.

Darleen

Point three is well-made

from the woman's lament

I’d like to play a part in dismantling those old views. This drove me to write a children’s book,
Said book offered on her own newly created website "wokekidzbooks" dot com because she couldn't get any publisher interested in said book

heh

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Oh look, enjoying autumn is racist.

I loved this response from Richard O'Callighan in the referenced Twitter thread:

Dare I say there's an air of colonialism about her attitude - she's moved into the countryside, is appalled by the natives, and has resolved to "civilise" them.

Steve E

This is a good short thread on the subject.

Her closing whine:

I should not have to feel like an outsider. It should feel like I have a right to live here, rather than a privilege.

Then don't. The only person responsible for the way you "feel" is you. I'm amazed that people who are so intent on changing the way others think and feel are so quick to abdicate responsibility for their own feelings.

David

so quick to abdicate responsibility for their own feelings.

As I like to think this blog has shown, the left does seem to attract a very high concentration of neurotic narcissists.

Sam Duncan

“Dare I say there's an air of colonialism about her attitude - she's moved into the countryside, is appalled by the natives, and has resolved to 'civilise' them.”

There's an element of the White Man's Burden to the entire woke mentality.

“It should feel like I have a right to live here, rather than a privilege.”

Cecil Rhodes felt the same way about Africa.

Nico

The very concept of Britishness is wrapped up in images of the fields of England – and I do not represent that concept

She intends to destroy the village to save it, and to have fun and settle scores while she's doing the destroying. She doesn't want a rural English community, she wants a lower-density version of Notting Hill, or something like the "quintessential British private school in the countryside" she went to (all that horse riding and nature rambling gives her the credentials to speak on rural affairs) whose progressive authorities can scold the children for not including a newcomer in their friendship circles.

If your ancestors didn't come from a rural community, if you can't be placed in the giant interlocking family tree that people carry around in their heads, then you have to accept being a blow-in. If you're a non-white blow-in a white rural community, the intense interest in who you are and who your people are will take a broad-grained form - these yokels might even assume from your race what your ancestry isn't, so they'll skip asking you if you're so-and-so's cousin from the city or if you're any relation to the Smiths from up the hill, they'll just ask you where you're really from.

This makes outsiders feel like outsiders, it makes them feel they can't just walk into some place and overturn its cultural norms to suit themselves. It's heresy in a world where the Uninvited Guest is at the top of the moral hierarchy and anyone who feels that their hospitality is abused by the Uninvited Guest is at the bottom of the moral hierarchy.

... a cultural exodus from the cities ... new cultural heritage ... fastest-growing demographic ... new identity for country living that is not associated with old stereotypes.

Rural communities in historically white nations are places for white people to reconnect with their cultural heritage, and reminders that nation states too used to be based on common ancestry and cultural inheritance, that it was the exception not the norm to have even a grandparent of a different nationality. So yes, the agenda requires those communities to be overwhelmed and erased.

TimT

There's an element of the White Man's Burden to the entire woke mentality.

Take up the Wokeling's burden -
Send forth the best ye spawn -
Go bind your sons/daughters/otherkin to exile
To serve your captive's scorn -
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild -
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

etc.

Hal

Oh, look.

Done with no tags, that.

Let there be button pushing for that sign behind the bar.

Hal

We haven’t had interpretive dance around here for a bit

An inexcusable oversight on my part.

Perhaps there can be musical accompaniment.

Hal

Oh look, enjoying autumn is racist.

This is a good short thread on the subject.

One of the classic forms is the one about Ooooh, I need to become enlightened, so I'm going to give away everything I own and move to Nepal!!!

Uh huh.

And then there you are, with no resources, dealing with a complete change of culture and language, and anyway, the first thing you're going to get told about becoming enlightened is that the basic practice is to simply begin where one already is in the first place, using what one already has . . .

And then bloody well yes, for any form of I'm going to do something that I have not done before, well, If your ancestors didn't come from a . . . .

Darleen

no no no NO NO NO

Squires

A Marxist is only a Marxist with other people’s money, just like Marx himself, volume 957:

https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/10/trained-marxist-and-blm-co-founder-patrisse-cullors-signs-warner-bros-tv-deal/

Hal

Important cultural commemoration.

Jonathan

This is a good short thread on the subject.

I'll translate for the ignorant whypipo present:

Only 2% of black people in Britain live in the countryside, according to a 2017 study. I am part of that 2%. I live in a small village just outside Milton Keynes

" My time amongst the Natives of Keynes Magna."

Leaving London didn’t intimidate me much; I was used to adapting. I had grown up in Northamptonshire, and travelled around the world as a musician. I understood country life. Yet I did have small apprehensions. Where would I find a quality black hair salon, and would I miss the rich multiculturalism I’d had on my doorstep?

Our explorer suffers privations on a daily basis. Isn't she Stunning and Brave!

The daily micro-aggressions of country life are constant, and the anticipation of negative reactions to my presence has become tiresome.

" My Tangerine and Kumquat preserve didn't win first prize at the May fair! This is Racism at its most blatant!"

VV Brown is a musician, entrepreneur, model and author

" VV Brown is a pathological narcissist."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I live in a small village just outside Milton Keynes...Where would I find a quality black hair salon...

I'll go with "In Milton Keynes*".

If I can find one close to her from 4500 miles away, she can find one from a couple miles, the whole town is barely 5 miles across, so "just outside" doesn't exactly require Sir Henry Stanley and a team of Sherpas to find it.

Of course that would require she know how, and be arsed, to use a search engine or a map.

*Milton Keynes, 19+% non-wipipo, that ought to cover the "multiculturalism"**

**Wipipo need not apply

Squires

...would I miss the rich multiculturalism...

Since she’s the sort to conspicuously miss the rapes, assaults, murders, and child molestations... yes. Yes, I guess she would be one to miss “multiculturalism”.

pst314

" My time amongst the Natives of Keynes Magna."

"My time amongst the aborigines" would have been wittier.

pst314

Where would I find a quality black hair salon...?

A person with similarly contemptible expectations made it into the news recently, but the Grauniad will not be bemoaning his situation because he has pale skin and demanded a traditional Southern breakfast in a yuppie neighborhood of Chicago: Biscuits and gravy tirade ends with gun charge against man at River North diner...

Simon Williams

"VV Brown is a musician, entrepreneur, model and author"

VV Brown is a failed popstar who, despite saturation coverage in various Vacuous Celebrity Weeklies, middle-market tabloid rags and turning up for any event from the opening of an envelope onwards, never managed to have anything as prosaic as a hit record. Still, it's nice to see she's got her face in the media again...

pst314

"VV Brown is a failed popstar...

...who will now blame that failure on racism.

Hal

James Randi, 1928-2020.

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