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The Year Reheated

In which we marvel at the mental contortions of our self-imagined betters.

The year began with a display of the Guardian’s famed sense of proportion, with the paper’s Barbara Ellen informing us, emphatically, that, “We’re nearly all vegan now” - we being the general population - before asking with equal confidence, “Who isn’t vegan in some way these days?” The Vegan Society, meanwhile, acknowledged that the demographic in question amounts to barely 1% of the British population. Hungry for more fearless and irrefutable leftwing journalism, we turned to the pages of Salon, where the chronically breathless Mr Chauncey DeVega declared that “The American people” – and not just Salon columnists – “are in a manic state because of Trump’s regime.” 300 million citizens are, we learned, living in fear of Mr Trump’s “fascism,” his allegedly annihilationist tendencies, and of course his “secret police.” 

Meanwhile, Slate readers mulled the moral quandaries of progressive life, before being rewarded with somewhat peculiar and potentially disastrous advice, on subjects including sex tapes and prodigious weight gain. And via which, we learned that the best way for an insecure straight woman to find romantic and sexual satisfaction is for her to start dating polyamorists and gay people, on grounds that this will ease both her trust issues and her frequent panic attacks.

In February, we learned, via the Guardian, of the latest must-have status accessory – namely, dinner parties at which one pays $2,500 to be scolded as a racist, an upholder of “white supremacy,” based on nothing, by someone suitably brown and opportunist. Participants – “mostly Democrats” – are told to “own their racism,” however invisible, and are warned against having “unmonitored thoughts.” Elsewhere in the Guardian, we were assured by leader writer Susanna Rustin that a “reordering of society” is in order, to correct the apparently unendurable problem of some people having a standard of living not yet available to every single human being on the planet. “Lives of luxury” – defined by “weekly shopping sprees” – could be “replaced” – “painlessly” – with “artistic expression and creativity,” specifically, dance lessons.  

While in Salon, Bay Area progressive Nicole Karlis wrote of the “heartache, tears and stress” brought on by the loss of one’s plastic water bottle. A sentiment echoed by fellow progressives and non-specific activists, who shared their wrenching tales of “water-bottle separation anxiety,” a phenomenon that can apparently induce fits of weeping and feelings of “falling into chaos.” 

In March, readers of the Observer were invited to ponder the profound moral question, “Is it ever acceptable for a feminist to hire a cleaner?” Much fretting ensued regarding the acceptable sex and skin colour of the person doing the cleaning, with the paper’s Sally Howard deciding that the most feminist way to empower cleaning ladies - and to avoid the “structural devaluation of women’s work” - is to make said ladies unemployed. The views of Ms Howard’s former cleaners, fired in the name of feminism, were not deemed worthy of inclusion.

Meanwhile, in Salon, Ms Alex Dew, a woman for whom the word overwrought scarcely does justice, needed us to know that “My houseplant garden is a tiny national park that Donald Trump can never destroy.” We also marvelled at the thoughts of Ms Wendy Trevino, a communist poet and Antifa enthusiast, whose solution to “racism, misogyny and ableism” is to encourage shoplifting and the breakdown of social norms. Apparently, the collapse of trust and reciprocity will be of enormous benefit to the disabled. 

As the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip, we learned, via an immensely woke Brooklynite podcaster named Billy, “What it’s like to isolate with your girlfriend and her other boyfriend.” And in the pages of The Atlantic, we were told, by Natan Last, a Brooklynite and graduate of Columbia, that crossword puzzles are one of “the systemic forces that threaten women.” 

The intersectional agonies of household cleaning returned to the fore in April, in Harper’s Bazaar, where Ms Gemma Hartley, a feminist and poet, bemoaned the “emotional labour” and “exhausting” chore of hiring someone else to clean her multiple bathrooms. A visit to the Guardian’s lifestyle section brought us assurances of the “really positive energy” of polyamory, despite an unfolding catalogue of unhappy complications, displays of selfishness and insecurity, and despite recurring use of the words “jealousy,” “resentment” and “anger.” We also met Ms Lynx Vilden, an enthusiast of egalitarianism, off-the-grid primitive living, and “complete self-sufficiency,” and who relieves the monotony of her Stone Age pretensions, in which twigs serve as a toothbrush, by flying between continents, to Sweden, and France’s Dordogne Valley, and back to the mountains of Washington, USA. In a totally prehistoric, self-sufficient fashion

In May, our minds turned to matters artistic, specifically, the talc-hurling powers of Austrian performance artist Ms Doris Uhlich. While BBC-employed historian Dr Louise Raw asserted her leftist moral superiority by airing her racial disdain – namely, by laughing at the thought of white men dying in large numbers, complete with smiley face, and then disdaining those who objected to her comments as by definition “fascists,” “neo-Nazis” and “right-wing crayon-eaters.” We were also brought up to speed, thanks to Michigan State University’s Amy Bonomi, on the problematic nature of video conferencing – say, when a participant’s wedding photo - which is to say, evidence of a happy marriage - is visible in the background and therefore constitutes a “microaggression” against the touchily unwed. You see, resenting someone else’s wedding photo, and then publicly complaining about its presence in that same someone else’s home, is how one establishes one’s woke credentials. 

June revealed the glorious end product of a progressive education, in the form of a Vice article by Ms Rachel Miller, for whom looting, arson and fits of sadistic thuggery - including the torture of animals and the destruction of entire neighbourhoods - are a basis for applause. And for whom, objections to such behaviour constitute “racism” and “white supremacy.” Readers who wish to behold eye-widening contortion and a triumphant contempt for reciprocity will find much to chew on. Ms Miller’s sentiments were of course echoed by several academics at statusful institutions, including NYU professor Arlene Dávila, a mistress of “Latinx Studies,” and an effortless liar, and who inadvertently demonstrated just how often wokeness, not least among leftist educators, is functionally indistinguishable from sociopathy

We also encountered progressive journalist Ms Tahlea Aualiitia, for whom an accidental misspelling of her phonetically unobvious Samoan name amounts to a racist “attack” and a basis for both public weeping and personal career favours. Whether Ms Aualiitia is suitably punctilious in her spelling of strangers’ names, lest she do them permanent emotional harm, remains unclear

We learned in July, via the medium of loud screeching, that when you’re bouncing a friend’s young nephew on your lap, you’re not in fact being affectionate or delighting in babyness, but are actually “exhibiting [your] power over people of colour,” and therefore require immediate “anti-racism training.” Not to be outdone, New York Times contributor David Kaufman demonstrated his own ability to detect racism at the subatomic scale by declaring himself oppressed by pedestrian-crossing traffic lights.

And Ami Horowitz mingled with the bedlamites of Portland Antifa, whose attempts to, and I quote, “create a world filled with love” entailed wrecking the livelihoods of random strangers, shooting people with pellet guns, and deliberately and permanently blinding people with lasers.  

August brought us news of Laurie Penny’s latest ‘coming out’ – I believe this is the fourth such event - this time as a being of indeterminate gender. Living, as she does, in a hamster-wheel world of competitive self-definition, Ms Penny felt it necessary to issue a daunting menu of pronouns and convoluted instructions on their use, seemingly dependent on both whim and weather conditions, and thereby reminding us of just how fascinating and complicated she is. 

A second visit to Portland offered further insights into the recreational sociopathy of Antifa, who expanded their activities into suburban neighbourhoods, and whose sadistic inclinations became even harder to ignore. Though much of the leftist media seemed determined to try.  

We also witnessed the moral wasteland of “critical race theory” and its propagation at Sandia National Laboratories, a nuclear research lab, where, thanks to taxpayer funding, we learned that expectations of probity and competence are “devastating” to lesbians and “people of colour.” And where white male employees found themselves subjected to psychological abuse, before being told to issue hand-written apologies atoning for their maleness and the colour of their skin

In September, Ms Kyl Myers wanted us to know that she has “a gender studies degree” and should therefore be deferred to in matters of parenting. Parenting being conceived as an elaborate look-at-me project, one designed to result in a child fashionably anomalous and somewhat confused. “Knowing the sex of a baby,” we were told, “does not tell us anything about the child’s… attitudes toward climate change.” 

In the pages of Scary Mommy, a publication for leftist parents, and which is all about “empowerment,” we witnessed the self-induced panic attacks of Ms Michaela Brown, a woman for whom the existence of Donald Trump is a suffocating concept, a cause of sleep loss and apparent mental breakdowns. “It’s consuming my mind,” said she.  

Leftist attitudes towards crime were another topic of interest, according to which, the law-abiding should not defend themselves against acts of predation and malevolence, lest this risk harming the person, or indeed the self-esteem, of those bent on our robbery, murder and general degradation. The wellbeing of burglars apparently being paramount

The publication Scary Mommy caught our attention again in October, when Ms Christine Organ, another unhappy leftist woman, wished us to know that she, along with the rest of us, suffers from “internalised capitalism.” Ms Organ, for whom the shunning of capitalism entails the use of Xanax, also shared with us the “horrifying” trauma of discovering that family members may have voted differently. “It’s a complete and total mindfuck,” said she, one that will “mess with your emotional and mental wellbeing.” Differing views being so utterly inconceivable.  

We also visited the schools of San Diego, where progressive “equity” policies require a practised disregard for certain academic and behavioural norms, on grounds that acknowledging tardiness, misbehaviour and a lack of diligence results in “racial imbalance.” Expectations of students “turning work in on time” are, it turns out, horribly oppressive and indeed racist. Expectations of probity are also deemed “not fair,” at least by school administrators, who now plan to “review” policies on cheating. Other “equity” measures, in San Francisco and Ohio, were also noted. In the latter, teachers, and by extension their pupils, were told that insofar as “white people” have any culture at all, it is “the culture of death.” 

In November, Australia’s national science research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, prostrated itself before the wonders of aboriginal “ancient wisdom” and “astronomical knowledge,” while carefully omitting any specifics or any supposed relevance to modern astronomy. That Australia’s aboriginals were still mumbling about sky emus while Galileo Galilei was calculating the heights of lunar mountains and discovering the moons of Jupiter - subjects on which our aboriginal “astronomers” had little to contribute - is, it seems, something we aren’t supposed to think about.

And further visits were paid to the pages of Scary Mommy, a publication seemingly bent on demonstrating the neurotic tendencies of left-leaning ladies. Sa’iyda Shabazz, for instance, bemoaned her inability to monitor her friends around the clock for signs of racist activity, a measure entertained on grounds that, while said friends are not “actively racist,” they may encounter Trump supporters, who, being Trump supporters, must be making racist comments to all and sundry. Ms Shabazz, you see, is certain that her white friends, who are forever under suspicion, are not only hearing these hypothetical racist comments but are also not objecting, or objecting with sufficient vehemence, thereby betraying her, and, we’re told, endangering her life

We also learned that the world of woke parenting is one in which nine-year-olds are not only naturally fascinated by politics but are also animated by the thought of doing violence to people who may dare to differ in their voting preferences. Such is progressive piety.

As the year drew to a close, the Socialism 101 Reddit brought us news that the list of class enemies, oppressors of the proletariat, now includes checkout assistants. While in Seattle, progressive lawmakers dismissed the widespread objection to being robbed, or seeing others being robbed, as merely “anti-poverty bias,” something to overcome; thereby reminding us that pretentious compassion for criminal predators is much more statusful – i.e., beneficial to the leftist – than compassion for the law-abiding victims of those predators.

In the Guardian, we were encouraged to fret about the awful “whiteness” of the British countryside, an oppressive and apparently lamentable phenomenon, along with the relative scarcity of brown-skinned rock-climbing instructors.  

And former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger denounced the word woke as a “meaningless sneer,” one “designed to stand in the way of thought or discussion.” That the word in question is often used to denote a particular kind of contrivance, censoriousness – and above all, self-flattery - was apparently lost on Mr Rusbridger and his Twitter followers, who promptly equated wokeness, and thereby themselves, with “people who are thinking outward and forwards rather than inward and backwards.”

Heavens, a button. I wonder what it does.

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Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Thank you, Gerald, and Happy Briskety New Year! 🥂

a different james

But what about fresh vegetables, properly cooked, and salads? Is there a rural/urban divide such as I postulated? As I said, I got the impression from my reading the rural people ate properly cooked vegetables and salads.

Fresh veg in northern Europe (including Britain/Ireland) means cabbage and root vegetables for about 10 months of the year. In summer, maybe peas. Properly cooked = boiled, and err on the overdone.

Most of the non-brassica or non-root veg which we now expect in the supermarkets year round in northern Europe is imported or grown under glass.

i suspect that anyone eating a wide variety of salads and vegetables 50 years ago was living in southern Europe

I spent a lot of my childhood summers (1970s) with my grandparents in rural west of Ireland. They grew/reared most of their food. It was wholesome, but monotonous: bacon, cabbage and spuds boiled in their jackets (over a turf fire) was eaten several times a week.

Salads tended to be several leaves of lettuce from the garden, with hard boiled eggs, slices of ham and a shop-bought jar of beetroot. With home-baked soda bread.

At this time, (I don't know what made me think of this) olive oil was sold in pharmacies in small bottles. It was regarded as something for cleaning wax out of ears. The idea of cooking with it was considered bizarre. I can still picture our small bottle up beside the bottles of cough-mix and Beechams and Andrews powders.

David

olive oil was sold in pharmacies in small bottles. It was regarded as something for cleaning wax out of ears.

Ireland, you say...?

a different james

Ireland, you say...?

Back at you, Englisher!

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29220046

David

Back at you, Englisher!

My mother used to rub it into her hair before she had it permed.

Well, I, for one, have learned something today.

Steve E

Most of the non-brassica or non-root veg which we now expect in the supermarkets year round in northern Europe is imported or grown under glass.

The same can be said for fruits. In southern Ontario in the 60s we had an abundance of berries, melons, apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, grapes, etc durning the summer months. People would "put them up" or preserve them for eating during the winter months. Supermarkets would import some "exotic" fruits like manadarin oranges at Christmas time and Florida oranges and grapefruits throughout the winter. Bananas were always available and cheap. Otherwise, fruit mostly came from a can.

Olive oil was a rarity unless you were Italian, but it was kept in the kitchen with the other cooking oils.

My grandmother made cherry wine every year. Family lore has it she made whisky or brandy out of it up until the 50s, but I'm too young to have had the experience.

pst314

different james: Thank you for that.

pst314

My grandmother made cherry wine every year.

I have heard that the reason various locally made wines used to be so common in England is that there were painfully high import duties on foreign wine. Thus elderberry, elderflower, dandilion, rhubarb, etc.

pst314

My mother used to rub it into her hair before she had it permed.

A curious perfume. :-)

Steve E

My mother used to rub it into her hair

My father told us stories of grandma rubbing beer in his hair to manage his unruly cowlicks before he headed off to school. The other kids always looked around for the person that smelled like a brewery. My dad always blamed the kid who sat two rows behind him. My father had a twin brother who got the same treatment and sat further away so he could get away with his subterfuge.

David

grandma rubbing beer in his hair to manage his unruly cowlicks before he headed off to school.

I’m half expecting David Attenborough to start narrating.

WTP

I’m half expecting David Attenborough to start narrating.

Funny. When I read that I heard it in my head as being spoken by Ken Burns. My subconscious hates on me like that.

Steve E

When I read that I heard it in my head as being spoken by Ken Burns.

I say it with a kind of Marlon Perkins, Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom vibe.

David

Here’s to a more agreeable 2021.

[ Shiraz-gargling begins. ]

pst314

"David Attenborough...Ken Burns"

Anything but Garrison Keillor!

Steve E

[ Shiraz-gargling begins. ]

Starting on Manhattan number two. Wine is breathing. Steaks are seasoned. Jacket potatoes are oiled and salted. Asparagus is marinating, ready for the grill. The wife has set up outdoor lights and made me get out the old Weber Smokey Joe so we can have an outdoor fire with smores later tonight.

Happy New Year!

Captain Nemo

Here’s to a more agreeable 2021.

Indeed.

[ Shiraz-gargling begins. ]

In the run-up to midnight I polished off the better part of a bottle of port. I drank to the new year with the rest of it. Happy New Year, everyone.

pst314

Happy New Year, David, and everyone else. Now, can someone please push David Attenborough's camera crew out the door?

JuliaM

Happy New Year, all!

Martin

And in the pages of The Atlantic, we were told, by Natan Last, a Brooklynite and graduate of Columbia, that crossword puzzles are one of “the systemic forces that threaten women.”

All the best for 2021, David and thanks for a year of laughs and madness. Have a drink or two on me.

David

Have a drink or two on me.

Bless you, sir. May you enjoy the slightly endearing confusion of older relatives who’ve just sent you the first Christmas card since you got married and are obviously unsure of which surname they should use, as betrayed by subtle adjustments on the envelope.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

New Year's Eve, "Soviets vs. The West", a play in two acts:

Act 1:

New York City (spit).

Act 2:

Minsk

Captain Nemo

Clownworld: the year in review:

https://twitter.com/OrwellNGoode/status/1344740541221711873

Via Orwell on Twitter.

Ted S, Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Here’s to a more agreeable 2021.

[ Shiraz-gargling begins. ]

Sorry, but a more agreeable year would include a better red than Shiraz.

(I'm partial to Garnacha.)

David

Sorry, but a more agreeable year would include a better red than Shiraz.

Strictly speaking, a Cabernet-Shiraz blend. And quite drinkable, I assure you.

WTP

Brunello.

Adam

New Years Cheer!

Lockdown Forever: Vaccine Won’t Mean End to Social Distancing, Says UK Govt Doctor

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/01/01/lockdown-forever-vaccine-wont-mean-end-to-social-distancing-says-uk-govt-doctor/

"...Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said that people could not “behave with wild abandon” after receiving the coronavirus vaccine until it is determined that they cannot spread the virus.

Van-Tam said according to The Times that the public would need to wait at least “two or three months” to regain their freedoms to see whether vaccinations will be effective at slowing transmission of the virus..."

"...it is a pretty grim and depressing picture at the moment...."

Do tell.

What sort of vaccine does not prevent reinfection? Isn't that the purpose of the vaccine in the first place? Or is that my white privilege speaking?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What sort of vaccine does not prevent reinfection? Isn't that the purpose of the vaccine in the first place?

The primary purpose it to prevent infection, secondarily, reinfection.

Some vaccines, as you have probably experienced, need to be administered in more than one dose, the reason being that in some instances immunity is acquired step wise - first dose give some immunity, second more, and so on till whatever number is needed to reach full immunity. The same is true for things like tetanus which require periodic boosters. If, for example, the epizootis vaccine required three doses, but one did not take the second on schedule (as first step immunity can fall) there would be a window of reinfection possibility during the Great Epizootis Pandemic.

How this applies to any corona vaccine remains shrouded in secrecy and obfuscation, but, at least on this side of the pond, studies have shown the secondary attack rate (the rate at which infected people infect others) is only about 18%, and asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is essentially zero, so the doc above appears just to be spouting the TEOWTWAWKI party line.

Defending his decision, Hancock claimed that 53,135 new cases of coronavirus were registered on Tuesday.

That should read "...53,135 positive tests...", which, the astronomical false positive rate aside, does not equal 53, 135 people actually symptomatic, let alone sick enough to need hospitalization.

Meanwhile, taking a corona vaccine Titania is right, you know...

Doats

C.S. Lewis says "clean your room".

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Blow it out your Narnia, C. S. It’s 1 January and I’m taking the day off. The dust will still be there on the 2nd.

pst314

C.S. Lewis says "clean your room".

pst314

[ Shiraz-gargling begins. ]

An oral tradition.

Fay

Happy New Year David. Thanks for this blog. A suitable donation has been made to the Shiraz-gargling fund!

David

A suitable donation has been made to the Shiraz-gargling fund!

Bless you, madam. May you never over-toast your muffin bottoms.

Jacob

muffin bottoms

Band name.

WTP

Nuffin Bottoms

Strip club.

Killer Marmot

I don't understand why Guardian progressives haven't weeded themselves out of the gene pool yet. Perhaps in a generation or two.

David

I don’t understand why Guardian progressives haven’t weeded themselves out of the gene pool yet.

This seems apposite:

Laurie is following the standard trajectory of her type. Her status and career would have been much less likely without the very same bourgeois values she claims to despise and urges others to reject. If instead of a stable, rather comfortable middle-class upbringing she’d been raised in keeping with her own professed values – say, by a welfare-dependent single parent with multiple transient partners and no stability or commitment - I somehow doubt she’d have been able to spend time at Wadham College finding herself politically and playing “riot girl.” And I doubt she’d now be able to flit around the world while tweeting about how oppressed she is.

Think of it as a kind of parasitic affectation.

Adam

“Boneless Pork Rectums”

Is there another type?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

People who say leftists want to set up detention camps are just conspiracy nuts, nothing like this has ever been abused in all of human history.

Is there another type?

Rectified Pork Recta, fish like bones, it is a GMO thing...

Lancastrian Oik

....and we stumble into 2021 with Afua Hirsch telling us all about the distressing side effects of racism.

A belated "Happy New Year" to one and all.

Sonny Wayz

"the traumatic murder of George Floyd in May"

“I have never had any eczema before. My doctor said it’s erupted now because I’ve finally given myself permission to acknowledge the toxic stuff I’ve been putting up with during all these decades of my career.”

So, 2021 isn't going to get any better, then.

pst314

An ominous sight for January 1:


pst314

But not as worrying as this:

Daniel Ream

But not as worrying as this:

Apparently idiot scientists are working on that sun-darkening project again.

Daniel Ream

I don't understand why Guardian progressives haven't weeded themselves out of the gene pool yet

As David so often points out, they don't practice what they preach. Most of them live very recognizable upper middle class lifestyles.

David

As David so often points out, they don’t practice what they preach.

It’s hard to miss just how often leftists will insist that others should tolerate, even welcome, the kinds of violation that they themselves would find outrageous if similarly targeted. From the recreational vandalism of other people’s homes to rioting and mob thuggery, and burglary and armed mugging.

The list of these non-reciprocal postures, of which the above is but a tiny sample, is quite extensive. And telling.

Nikw211

In San Francisco, a man trying to escape police in a stolen car spins out of control and hits two women. One woman dies almost instantly, the other succumbs to her injuries and dies in hospital.

The driver, 45-year old Troy Ramon McAlister, bolted from the car on foot, but was arrested whereupon it was discovered that he "was on parole for robbery" and had only been released from prison in April 2020.

According to CBS Local news:

    Police say they found a handgun with an extended magazine inside the car, along with drugs believed to be methamphetamines.

McAlister was also found to be under the influence.

But there's more (my italics):

    It turns out McAllister had been arrested twice recently — in November and December — after committing crimes in San Francisco [ ... ] But each time, the DA said the state parole officer inexplicably decided not to place McAllister back behind bars for a parole violation.

    So he was let back out on the street.

McAlister's most recent arrest - before killing the two women that is - was on December 20.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reports that (my italics):

    District Attorney Chesa Boudin said his office opted instead to refer each case to state parole agents, who can seek to imprison those who violate the terms of their release.

    “We referred these cases to parole because we believed there was a greater likelihood of him being held accountable and having the kind of intervention that would protect the public and break this cycle of recidivism,” Boudin said.

    He later acknowledged that “clearly, it was a mistake to think parole supervision would be adequate.”

What an absolute fucking disgrace.

David

As David so often points out, they don’t practice what they preach.

And let’s not forget the time when Laurie Penny, a noted advocate of looting and thievery, found herself being robbed. Apparently, wealth and property should be “distributed” according to “self-determined” needs – except when it’s hers.

This, then, is the level at which they operate.

Felicity

recreational vandalism of other people’s homes

I went back and read this and the comments about squatting. Reminded me of this story from Sydney. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-31/man-awarded-sydney-property-under-squatters-rights-laws/10450462

WTP

Felicity,

Much like my comments on David's squatting article, I'm curious as to how the real estate laws apply in Oz. The article does not mention real estate property taxes. Are there such in Sydney and if so, were the previous owners paying them or the guy who took possession of the property? Either way it seems he improved the property, invested in it, did the work, changed it from an eye sore to a revenue producing (thus somewhat taxable) enterprise. The prior owners seem to have done nothing but show up after all the work was done to claim it as their own.

Felicity

WTP, my real estate knowledge is very limited. My understanding is that in this case the family lost track for a few reasons. This guy took it over and paid the council rates. I think if the rates hadn’t been paid, then the local council would have gone looking for an owner to recoup the rates. Then it was a matter of a certain amount of time passing and the house was his. There were some follow up articles at the time that talked about other people who had attempted similar, but were thwarted because the owners realised in time what was happening. He’s a chancer and it paid off - dishonest in my opinion, but hey he has a million dollar property.

WTP

Dishonest in so far as the degree of his attempts to contact the original owners. It seems the reason that he has a million dollar property is because he put in the time, money, and effort. I might argue that it's dishonest of the original owners to allow their property to be an eye sore, to not pay their fees, etc. and then show up after someone else does what they should have been doing for decades and try to make a claim on this guy's work. Now the specific details in reality may not exactly match what we're talking about here but in this context, and the guy may even be an SOB otherwise, I don't see a problem. At the very most he should only owe them what the property was worth when they abandoned it. But even then, he took the risk. I also suspect there's something fishy with the original owners. Who simply abandons a property like that? There's very likely much more to this story.

pst314

Apparently idiot scientists are working on that sun-darkening project again.

I tend to see the idiocy as being in proportion to how soon someone wants to implement it: No idiocy in doing the research to find out how effective it is and what undesirable effects there may be, with the intention of saving the knowledge for use in the event of a true climate warming crisis. Lots of idiocy in planning to use it very soon.

pst314

What an absolute fucking disgrace.

Indeed. The left ruins everything. With feral creatures like McAlister the way to "break the cycle of recidivism" is permanent removal from society. But that is not acceptable to the left, which has more affection for criminals than for decent people.

pst314

It appears that Ireland is not free of the benefits of diversity:

George Nkencho tried to rob a store, brandished a machete, threatened/assaulted the manager, threatened others, and after the Garda's deescalation attempts failed was finally shot dead when he tried to decapitate a police officer. It appears that George was a lunatic. Naturally, local black "activists" are outraged and demand justice. That outrage includes riots and assaults on random Irish people (including elderly women). And his brother calls for the killing of the officer who shot him, because it's racist to shoot a black person who is trying to kill you. Twitter steps in by suspending one of the Irish bloggers who has been covering the BLM violence.

David

With feral creatures like McAlister the way to “break the cycle of recidivism” is permanent removal from society.

Send them out to sea on a flimsy raft. Or compress them into paste. I doubt the numerous victims of these creatures would be overly concerned by the method of their removal. The point, after all, should not be the rehabilitation of savages and sociopaths, a somewhat optimistic and impractical goal, or fretting pretentiously about their wellbeing; but merely bringing an end to the harm they do, and choose to do, repeatedly, until stopped.

pst314

Random machete attack in New York puts woman in hospital. Police kill attacker. How long until leftists riot over this racist killing?

Daniel Ream

I tend to see the idiocy as being in proportion to how soon someone wants to implement it

If you read the article, the research involves releasing (allegedly) trivial amounts of the particulate into the upper atmosphere. A dissenting scientist points out that all the research at this stage can be done in the lab without actually screwing with the atmosphere.

pst314

A dissenting scientist points out that all the research at this stage can be done in the lab without actually screwing with the atmosphere.

I would agree that all initial research can (and should!) be done in the lab, but eventually it must be tested in the real world. And two kilograms of a particulate does seem like a very small amount. I don't follow the scientists making these proposals so I don't know how eager they are to begin such radical geoengineering projects in the very near future. Seeing as how no Pacific islands are as yet being submerged I see no need for urgency.

pst314

Send them out to sea on a flimsy raft.

And let European NGO's rescue them? Are you mad? ;-)

WTP

because it's racist to shoot a black person who is trying to kill you

This fact was established nearly 9 years ago now in regards to George Zimmerman. Please do try to keep up.

David

because it's racist to shoot a black person who is trying to kill you

See also.

pst314

See also.

"One could easily get the impression that as a civilisation we’re suffering the equivalent of kidney failure, in that the toxins that inevitably accumulate are no longer being expelled."

I like that, David. A lot. These people should be thought of (and publicly characterized) not as fellow members of a great civilization but as poisons, parasites, plague rats, etc.

Rich Rostrom

Jay Guevara @ December 29, 2020 at 16:33:
...if voting were limited only to white male property owners, as was also the case at the time.

Actually, when property qualifications were applied, race was not. The small number of "free colored" property owners voted. That fact was cited by Lincoln and other Republicans in refutation of Chief Justice Taney's assertion in the Dred Scott decision that blacks could not be citizens.

Also, New Jersey even extended the vote to property-owning women; the electoral statute refers to a voter casting "his or her" vote. (But only spinsters and widows.)

All this went away as "manhood suffrage" became the norm, but it was there.

pst314

Mr Guevara, perhaps the "you must own property to be allowed to vote " rule is a better metric?

Not only is property ownership a sign that the individual is productive (rather than a parasite) it also motivates the property owner to support politicians and policies which protect the community. Renters, on the other hand, have less incentive because they can easily leave. Of course, a reverse observation can also be made: when a community is decaying due to corrupt and perverse policies, there is an incentive to not own property.

a different james

It appears that Ireland is not free of the benefits of diversity:

Yes. In 30 years we have gone from having a handful of Nigerians to having enough to be lectured about what unspeakable racists we all are.

Most of these are people or children of people who arrived here seeking asylum. We have no direct travel links to Nigeria, so most of these people travelled through one or more countries to get here. Most failed to demonstrate that they were genuine asylum seekers, but no measures were taken to deport them.

Most of them are on social welfare and, by reputation, are even more adept than our own ethnic minority population of travellers at maximising their social welfare take. In fairness, they are also entrepreneurial and usually combine paid work with their social welfare income.

In spite of being less than 1% of the population if measured by the census, it would appear from advertising that they comprise closer to 40% of the population. (unscientific reaction in my part to watching TV ads one evening)

In this case the man in question appears to have had severe mental health issues and to have been a danger to his own family as well as others. (On social media there were stories spread that he had a long criminal record- which appear to be false).

The "black activists" appear to be a mixture of young African thugs (how progressive we are: we have several gangs of criminal African youths) and a few professional race hustlers (a recent growth industry).

What is particularly divisive has been the rush by many left wing politicians here to use the blacklivematters prism through which to react to this incident.

This has gone down badly with many here as the Irish police tend not to be heavy handed in cases such as this- if anything they are too likely to put their own lives in danger in trying to disarm armed persons.

It wont be a turning point however. The media has been very reluctant to cover the matter in any detail that is not sympathetic to the dead man, his family and the "protestors". They have, of course, pointed out the dangers of fascism and racism.

We will pigheadedly make every mistake that every other European country has made in the last generation and end up with a significant cohort of unintegrated Africans with all the usual problems.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Mr Guevara, perhaps the "you must own property to be allowed to vote " rule is a better metric?

Not only is property ownership a sign that the individual is productive (rather than a parasite)...

Depends on how one defines "owning property".

A surgery resident in a program in a New York (spit) hospital is neither a non-productive parasite, nor in a position to afford (assuming not independently wealthy by other means) real property there.

2LT Cranium fresh out of Hudson High facing down Ivan somewhere near the Fulda Gap, likewise.

Billy Bob Thudpucker Jr. working on his dad's farm saving up to get his own spread.

Betty Jo Bialowski and husband Eleazar who, being empty nesters, downsized into an apartment.

There is no end of perfectly cromulent exceptions to the "no property, no vote" argument.

pst314

Farnsworth, you are of course right. There are endless problems with any such simple criterion. Sigh.

pst314

I don’t understand why Guardian progressives haven’t weeded themselves out of the gene pool yet.

Here is some encouraging news from David's archives:

"Vegetarians and vegans had significantly lower sperm counts compared with meat eaters, 50 million sperm per ml compared with 70 million per ml. They also had lower average sperm motility – the number of sperm which are active. Only one third of sperm were active for vegetarians and vegans compared with nearly 60 per cent for meat eaters."

pst314

From that same link:

"The reaction to The Bell Curve exposed a profound corruption of the social sciences that has prevailed since the 1960s."

Most social "scientists" would benefit society by quitting academia and getting jobs as baristas and janitors.

NTSOG

Breitbart: "Portland’s Antifa chapter is looking to fill the time between riots by launching their own soccer league."

The first thought that came to my mind was who would be stupid and brave enough to be referee as referees are a type of sports police.

Sure enough: '... trouble already started for the Antifa soccer league. After the organizers announced that they had a volunteer referee for the games, fans began tweeting back that “all refs are bastards,” a riff on Antifa’s favorite slogan, “all cops are bastards.”

Indeed, the attacks on refs came in, so the league posted a tweet pleading for people to stop saying that all refs are bastards."'

Apparently some people were concerned for their safety during matches hence Antifa FC “[w]ould like to let everyone know we will have people keeping watch around the perimeter to make sure this stays a safe event if that helps calm people.”

But who will keep people safe from Antifa?

Daniel Ream

Farnsworth, you are of course right. There are endless problems with any such simple criterion

Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Daniel Ream

the league posted a tweet pleading for people to stop saying that all refs are bastards

Antifa FC “[w]ould like to let everyone know we will have people keeping watch around the perimeter to make sure this stays a safe event

So they've invented police, then.

I think I've mentioned the "barter dollars" self-own here before.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

Define service, there are plenty of people who would like to be in the military, but are medically unqualified. Even the Peace Corps requires a physical, rozzers ditto, etc., etc. Let's say it is just military, how long ? Does separated at 179 days for failure to adapt or medically for a training injury count ?

There are endless problems with any simple criteria.

pst314

I think I've mentioned the "barter dollars" self-own here before.

Yes, you have, although I had forgotten and had to do an internet search to find it. Liars, thieves, crackpots, and lunatics...but funny to watch, sometimes.

From farther down that comment thread:

"Chair of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA, #BlackLivesMatter organiser, Pan-Africanist, Hip Hop scholar, womanist, truth-teller."

Translating those parenthetical clauses into English yields: "Parasitic racist, thuggish racist, pretentious racist, crass racist, sexist, liar."

Daniel Ream

Define service, there are plenty of people who would like to be in the military

One of the things that nearly everyone misses about Starship Troopers is that when Johnny Rico enlists, the recruiter runs down a massive list of Federal Service positions, most of which aren't military, or combat military. Rico ends up in the Mobile Infantry because he's unqualified for anything else.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...a massive list of Federal Service positions...

...is what got us in this mess to begin with...

pst314

Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

In the comment thread on David's next post I note that there are veterans who should not have the vote.

fnord

We will pigheadedly make every mistake that every other European country has made in the last generation and end up with a significant cohort of unintegrated Africans with all the usual problems.

Demonstrating that whichever side of the pond you're on Whyte Liberal Guilt is the most destructive force on Earth.

Antifa FC

that simplifies the targeting problem. The only question remaining is A-10 strafing, cluster munitions or napalm.

pst314

because it's racist to shoot a black person who is trying to kill you

Related: Asked why the SWAT team shot the suspect 68 times, Sheriff Grady Judd replied "That's all the bullets we had, or we would have shot him more."

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