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January 29, 2021

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Captain Nemo

This wristband gives its wearer a surprising buzz:

https://twitter.com/AgBioWorld/status/1354667329133678600

pst314

Knick-knack of note.

She should tie it to her pussy hat.

pst314

Seas shanties for hedge fund managers

Daniel Ream

Manly feats

SHAI-HULUDD

NTSOG

'The most dangerous festival in the world'? I presume the participants are those left over from kamikaze training in WW II who didn't pass the initial 'screening tests' at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Anyway what about all those Poms who chase a cheese down a steep hill in Gloucestershire? They're certainly mad.

pst314

Comrade!

pst314

Enemies are everywhere:

pst314

A reminder from Facebook, Twitter, Google, et al:

NTSOG

Professor Jane Ward: "From an LGBT perspective, [being straight] looks actually very tragic."

I think this recent headline 'Elliot Page [ex-lesbian] files for divorce from wife Emma Portner two months after coming out as transgender man' demonstrates the principle of the pot calling the kettle black.

pst314

"From an LGBT perspective, [being straight] looks actually very tragic."

And yet LGBT couples have higher domestic violence rates than heterosexual couples.

Steve E

I presume the participants are those left over from kamikaze training...

Presumably the very best never made it out of the training.

pst314

Anyway what about all those Poms who chase a cheese down a steep hill in Gloucestershire? They're certainly mad.

As if the pronunciation of "Gloucestershire" was not in itself enough evidence of their madness.

Daniel Ream

And yet LGBT couples have higher domestic violence rates than heterosexual couples.

One of the dirty little secrets in the lesbian community is that domestic violence rates are highest among lesbian couples (around 40%) but it's near impossible for abused lesbians to get help or services because the domestic violence industry is predicated on the notion that women cannot be violent.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I’ve read that before, Daniel. There is also a book, What Cops Know by Connie Fletcher, about 50 years old. At the time, the messiest murders the Chicago cops dealt with, the kind spread out over a ten-room apartment, were invariably domestic-violence murders of gay men. I have not seen anything on that topic since, nor did the book provide any info on whether that situation was unique to Chicago or not.

Lester

[being straight] looks actually very tragic

Intriguing. Maybe somebody will write a novel about it, or a play, or an opera, or a country and western song.

1960s Los Angeles.

1950's San Francisco, with an interesting coincidence.

JuliaM

"Cat storage solution."

I bet there were dishes. Shortly before the photo was taken.

Joan

Always read the label.

Stiff upper lip?

David

Morning, all.

I bet there were dishes. Shortly before the photo was taken.

Heh, yes. And it looks like the cats are fully charged.

demonstrates the principle of the pot calling the kettle black.

As noted upthread, the rates of domestic abuse among lesbian couples suggest our woke educator is jumping up and down on very thin ice. And it’s odd how so much “queer studies” content – so-called “queer theory” - suggests glorified name-calling, an attempt at revenge for an unhappy adolescence.

See also.

Mags

And finally, his voice is deeper than yours.

That's incredible.

NTSOG

David: "... an attempt at revenge for an unhappy adolescence."

I suggest that they live in perpetual unhappy adolescence forever looking for the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the alphabet rainbow.

David

perpetual unhappy adolescence

As the archives testify, academia’s Clown Quarter does seem to attract a very high concentration of perverse, unhappy people, some of whom appear to be teetering on the brink of quite serious mental health issues.

Not, I think, an ideal influence on impressionable teenagers.

David

Today’s word is suboptimal.

Rafi

A historical dictionary of science fiction.

Rabbit hole alert!

George

I'm not sure that I'd call that glorified Dymo a typewriter. Still, it's pretty cool.

pst314

A historical dictionary of science fiction.

A cursory glance will show that it is far from complete, and in fact contributions are welcome:
"This site is meant to be a communal effort, and there are many ways in which it is possible to help...."

pst314

One of the dirty little secrets in the lesbian community is that domestic violence rates are highest among lesbian couples (around 40%)...

The continued suppression of such hate facts tells us a great deal about the morals of "progressive" people.

...but it's near impossible for abused lesbians to get help or services because the domestic violence industry is predicated on the notion that women cannot be violent.

Again, the low morals of "progressives", for whom ideology and public posturing are more important than the people they pretend to care about.

David

A cursory glance will show that it is far from complete,

Spotting the omissions is part of the fun. “Aha!”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...an interesting coincidence.

Part 2.

And finally, his voice is deeper than yours.

Another yte culturally appropriating Tuvan throat singing.

David

Part 2.

attracted to authenticity

One might laugh.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...attracted to authenticity...

Indeed:

The deal comes one week after Emhoff went viral for the embellished Miu Miu coat she wore at her stepmother’s inauguration — making her an instant style icon.

For some reason I am thinking of the Zoolander Derelicte Collection, but I probably just need regrooving yet again because I thought we actually had a supermodel as First Lady for a while and am too daft to know “It’s not really about shape, size or gender any more...”.

Meanwhile, in the DC comic universe, Captain Holstein vs. The Flamingo.

David

Meanwhile, in the DC comic universe

Heh.

Daniel Ream

an attempt at revenge for an unhappy adolescence

More hatefacts: the incidence of childhood/adolescent sexual abuse among gay men is ~80%; among lesbians, ~95%; among sexual dysmorphics, 95-99%. As long-time readers of my particular monomania know, this is the etiology for the Cluster B personality disorders.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Scientist" fails to understand the concept of "projection".

Novus

One might laugh.

I never saw that as being part of my timeline

One might cry.

Markos

an attempt at revenge for an unhappy adolescence

"I wrote this book because I love straight people" is a laughably clumsy appropriation of the Mean Girl tactic of pretending to be the concerned friend of the girl you're smearing.

Chords and scales visualised.

A clockface representation of the twelve semitones would have worked very well for me when I was a kid causing my piano teacher mental distress by my inability to plonk through a major scale. My musical friends on the other hand, who can hear intervals in their ears and form them with their fingers, aren't impressed by my concept that going up a fifth is just like adding seven hours to whatever time it is. They find it to be shall we say a tone-deaf analogy.

cayleygraph2015
What’s behind the belly button? || It’s a Toshiba.
Most recent models have Huawei parts behind the belly button anymore.
Nikw211

A historical dictionary of science fiction.

Anything in there about transdimensional portals into alternate realities?

It's just I think we may have passed through one without realising it.

pst314

It's just I think we may have passed through one without realising it.

Was Stalin ever nominated? /sarcasm
[checks Nobel website]
Why yes he was, twice. Also Hitler, Mussolini, and Juan and Eva Peron.

Baceseras

Fun with cardboard 2

Epic.

Dr. Chaotica

Get your grandads teeth and make one of these.

My grand-dad died in 1975. Is it OK if I use my own teeth?

Dr. Chaotica

The most dangerous festival in the world

More dangerous than the running of the bulls in Pamplona? I doubt it.

PiperPaul

going up a fifth is just like adding seven hours

I was told there would be no math.

Karl

alternate realities

I think that BLM nomination is for the Nobel "Mostly Peaceful" prize.

WTP

TBF, the Hitler nomination was a joke...or meant to be anyway. BLM nomination though...I have been rather outspoken, for quite some time, as to the true nature of BLM. That nature being extortionists. I am beginning to think it may get me killed. Nothing immediate mind you. Depends on how the current situation pans out. Just a suspicion about a (former) friend...or two. And many of my (former) friends will say it will have been of my own doing. I know for a fact that I lost at least one sure-thing job opportunity. Likely many others. I have seen the patterns shift.

Sam Duncan

“Papercraft computers.”

I don't have a colour printer any more. And all the print & copy shops are shut because of the pandemic. Dammit.

Definitely bookmarking that, though. It's probably the closest I'll ever come to owning a Sharp X68000.

“1950's San Francisco, with an interesting coincidence.”

I defy anyone who remembers the '70s to see the headline “The Streets of San Fransisco” and not blurt out, “A Quinn Martin production”. Definite contender for best theme tune ever. One of the best TV shows ever, if it comes to that.

“Fun” fact: there used to be a law firm in Glasgow called Quinn-Martin. I always wondered if they chose the name deliberately. I mean, presumably there was a Mr. Quinn and a Mr. Martin (I think my dad actually knew the former) but they could have been “Martin & Quinn”.

“Today’s word is suboptimal.”

Again? There's a lot of it about, to be fair.

pst314

TBF, Hitler and Stalin did kill a lot of communists and fascists. I think I'm joking...I think.

WTP

True dat.

asiaseen

Today’s word is suboptimal

An excellent illustration of the meaning of "tipping point"

pst314

It's just I think we may have passed through one without realising it.

From the link: "Norwegian MP [Petter Eide] cites global impact of BLM in raising awareness and consciousness of racial injustice"

Well, it has raised my awareness of black criminality and just how much the left loves vicious criminals.

Petter Eide is, of course, a radical leftist. (In his book The New Quislings Bruce Bawer writes that Norway's ruling class--politicians, academics, etc--is pretty much entirely left-wing with many Stalinists and Maoists.)

pst314

"I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality"

Well, inequality does breed conflict: inferior people resent those who achieve. Especially when the left constantly tells them that they are not failures but victims and that they should make war upon their "oppressors".

anon a mouse

" is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality"

Of course, nearly equal groups have never experienced conflict...

/heh

Nikw211

BLM nomination though...I have been rather outspoken, for quite some time, as to the true nature of BLM. That nature being extortionists.

That more people cannot seem to see what is an obvious hustle of brazen self-promoting opportunists often leaves me genuinely bewildered.

Its major proponents seem to me to be little different from so-called spiritual mediums. Just as someone like the late Derek Acorah used to claim that he had a direct channel to the dearly departed of members of the audience in whatever run-down seaside town he was in that week, the likes of Sean King and so on seem able to find racism - sorry, systemic racism - in the most unlikely of places.

This is not to deny police brutality continues to this day or that more or less overtly racist policies were carried out in the past. But since 1995 or so at least such claims have become increasingly absurd in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The hue and cry surrounding Darren Wilson's legitimate use of (lethal) force against Mike Brown is still the classic example.

I find it hard to put myself in the shoes of people who support BLM and to see through their eyes. The nearest I think I can get is the genuine anger that I have felt and still feel at the astonishingly long list of mostly Islamist attacks, Vienna 2020 seems to have passed almost completely without notice so many have there been, or responses to them, such as Brenton Tarrant's Christchurch massacre.

But those are actual terrorists and their actual intent in each case is explicitly to commit murder on families out celebrating with their children (Bastille Day, Nice 2016, 87 dead, 434 injured), children and teenagers at a concert, some with their parents (Manchester, 2017, 23 dead, 1,1017 injured), people enjoying an evening out with friends (the first London Bridge attack, 2017, 11 dead, 48 injured), people running (Boston, 2013, 5 dead, 264 injured) or people praying (Christchurch, 2019, 51 dead, 40 injured).

I find it next to impossible, if not actually so, to see those attacks as no different from Mike Brown or Breonna Taylor.

If you are rude and abusive to a police officer who calls out to you, then punch that officer in the face and try to rest his gun away from him, then charge at that same policeman after he has already managed to shoot you once, it is hard to suggest that your untimely end is a consequence of an act of terror.

Similarly, if you hear three knocks on the door of your drug dealer boyfriend's apartment accompanied by voices telling you it is local law enforcement, it's not an act of terror if you lose your life while shooting at self-identified police officers.

Tragic? Of course. Terrorist action by a white supremacist police state? Err ..., no!

Captain Nemo

The iconic Forth Bridge, seen from the train driver's perspective:

https://twitter.com/ScotRail/status/1355114166701404161

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It is only a matter of time before the idiots in San Francisco (BIRM) make this real, a a way to know which houses to avoid.

The blue verified badge on your house lets people outside know that you're an authentic public figure.
Farnsworth M Muldoon

Important news for you Aussies, not at all sure how you got along with out it.

pst314

Important news for you Aussies

So much for my emigration plans. It was bad enough when I learned that I'd have to change my name to Bruce, but now this???

PiperPaul

That more people cannot seem to see what is an obvious hustle...

Since computers became ubiquitous everything is binary. If there is one example of racism in an American city of one million, then that city is racist by definition.

Too much "News" is agenda-driven and therefore mistrusted by most, but also serves to boost confidence of minority opinion crazies and intimidate those not wanting to be attacked by minority opinion crazies.

semi retired conservative

Important news for you Aussies

I thought the Aussie national anthem was "Slip, Slop, Slap"

It's gonna take a lot of "Slop" to cover that.

I pre-emptively un-volunteer.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Since computers became ubiquitous everything is binary.

Except sex, of which there are now innumerable "genders", unless you are "trans", in which case one goes back to binary as either male or female.

It must be fun to be a leftist and be able to say and believe anything no matter how little sense it makes.

David

It’s just I think we may have passed through one without realising it.

A peace prize, you say?

pst314

A peace prize, you say?

Thank you, David, for posting that celebration of Black Culture.

John Lewis

Apropos comments about the worldwide reaction to George Floyd:-

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55866716

And as for Ashli Babbit and her executioner? Reply was there none.

David

Seemed apposite, somehow.

Steve E

Similarly, if you hear three knocks on the door of your drug dealer boyfriend's apartment accompanied by voices telling you it is local law enforcement, it's not an act of terror if you lose your life while shooting at self-identified police officers.

Well that is what is in dispute. A literal midnight raid on an apartment with unproven incidental involvement with a group of drug dealers. The original warrant was a no-knock warrant and was changed very late in the process to a knock and announce warrant. One of the occupants of the apartment claims there was neither a knock or announcement until the door was broken down with a battering ram by plain clothes officers. The other occupant is unable to tell us if she heard a knock because she is dead. The raid continued even though the central characters in the wider round-up had already been taken into custody.

The apartment belonged to Breonna Taylor not her ex-boyfriend. It was the ex-boyfriend who was involved with drugs. Taylor's boyfriend at the time of the raid was not a subject of the warrant and not known to be a drug dealer. He was also licensed to own the gun he used to shoot at the officers breaking into the apartment. He stated that he and Taylor feared it was the ex-boyfriend breaking in.

The police incident reports are littered with errors and omissions. They stated no force had been used to enter the apartment despite breaking down the door with a battering ram. In addition Taylor's injuries were listed as none despite having been shot.

This was a sh!t show from beginning to end. While not an act of terror you can see how it has been argued that a midnight raid on the authority of a questionable warrant after the main actors had been arrested might just be the act of a fascist police state.

Here is a summary of the events. https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html

John Lewis

Returning to the bbc article there is a linked video to Blm protestors complaining of double standards “we would have been murdered”.

The fact that they have the effrontery to run this piece while ignoring the fact that an unarmed very non-black woman was effectively murdered, with far less justification than the Breonna Taylor shitshow (bad as that was), for attempting to slowly crawl through a window confirms their utter depravity and contempt for the truth.

WTP

That more people cannot seem to see what is an obvious hustle of brazen self-promoting opportunists often leaves me genuinely bewildered.

True. But even beyond that is the refusal of people, (formerly) close friends of mine over decades, educated intelligent (or so I thought) people who cannot/will not look beyond nor critically question what NPR or NBC or whatever MSM source tells them. Their minds are steeped in the Narrative not just because of the MSM but nearly every piece of popular fiction, every movie, every TV show over the last couple of decades has at least one, usually more, PC reference/reinforcement.

This is not to deny police brutality continues to this day or that more or less overtly racist policies were carried out in the past. But since 1995 or so at least such claims have become increasingly absurd in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

And blm was founded, not as the result of a police brutality case but the result of the shooting of Travon Martin. A case that I am extremely familiar with partly due to it occurring not far from a couple places of previous employment. A case involving a private citizen who did nothing wrong. Yet the vast majority of people are so brainwashed to such a degree that he did that they will deny the meaning of words and simply ignore evidence presented at trial clearly implicating TM as being far more responsible for the confrontation that led to his death. They will deny that elements of the MSM altered transcripts and even video attempting to undermine George Zimmerman's defense. And let's not forget that this took place in February or March of 2012. Presidential election year and Obama wasn't looking too strong.

The whole "hands up, don't shoot" from the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson situation being icing on the cake. They had their lies rolling and accepted. They were, still are, on a roll. What I find interesting is that there have been a number of clear cut cases of police brutality, mostly police overreaction, in the past 10-20 years where the police were clearly wrong. These cases were addressed without nearly as much noise and media attention. It's almost as if (almost...I kill me) the violent protests and overreactions from the left MUST occur in cases where the police acted as appropriately as possible. They must hard-sell the lie.

pst314

Seemed apposite, somehow.

Am I a bad person for being pleased when criminal-defending Unitarians get their poetic justice?

pst314

The whole "hands up, don't shoot" from the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson situation being icing on the cake.

Also "I can't breathe": I have seen a number of videos--even in Europe--of police arresting violent blacks in which the moment the police touch them they scream "I can't breath!"

Nikw211

Well that is what is in dispute.

Yes, you're right - I should have checked the details more carefully before posting.

Here is a summary of the events.

Unfortunately, I do not seem able to access that New York Times piece, but nonetheless I did get details wrong.

(Not that I think that I'm a journalist or anything, just that it's the right thing to do).

Nikw211
    [T]he school “is currently in the grips of a mania” that has led to an unprecedented amount of “division, paranoia, and hatred” within the institution [ ... ] employees are afraid of being labeled “racist” and getting denounced on social media. According to the student activists, to disagree with any part of their agenda is to admit to racism.

It's precisely because such reports as this now seem so unexceptional that makes them worth reading.

Even more so in this case since the school in question is:

    the school of choice for the world’s elites, teaching the children of diplomats and leading figures in international banking, finance, technology, and business at a cost of up to $44,000 a year

If this is how, as children and adolescents, they are capable of treating people whose names they know, whose faces they recognise, and who they interact with on a regular basis, just imagine the kind of crude, stunted stuff that will have to pass for something like empathy when they inevitably move into the ranks of elite influencers in business and politics.

It'll be like something out of a J. G. Ballard novel.

pst314

but nonetheless I did get details wrong

If this were many other blogs I have visited, nobody would ever admit to error but instead would impugn the honesty, humanity, and patriotism or wokeness of their critics. What Twilight Zone of civility have I fallen into?

pst314

"I can't breathe!"..."I can't breath!"

I can't type! [hangs head in shame]

pst314

''the school of choice for the world’s elites' If this is how, as children and adolescents, they are capable of treating people whose names they know...

This is just the latest, very public, manifestation of the rot that has been underway for decades. It explains in part why our elites are such contemptible creatures.

David

According to the student activists, to disagree with any part of their agenda is to admit to racism.

The pantomime politics of spoiled children.

The school’s political climate was already thoroughly liberal and progressive… The dynamics at this bastion of elite progressivism reveal something important about the American political environment. The children of the most privileged people on the planet have donned the mantle of oppression to satisfy their moral narcissism and to exercise power over their elders.

Readers will be shocked, shocked, I’m sure.

Judging by the various demands and Instagram posts, it seems we’re expected to believe that the wealthy and statusful are paying $44,000 a year to have their own children brutally oppressed, that any kind of “disparity” is proof of bigotry, and that having one’s phonetically unobvious name mispronounced, even once, is “thinly-veiled racism” and a form of “racial trauma.” A trauma inflicted by “the white man’s mouth.”

Steve E

Unfortunately, I do not seem able to access that New York Times piece, but nonetheless I did get details wrong.

I have intermittent issues with connecting to the New York Times as well. I see they're running a promotion in my area which is probably why I didn't encounter the paywall.

It's easy to get the details wrong. I'm guilty of it myself from time-to-time. Too many of these stories get conflated together in the MSM that it's easy to lose the specific details of a single event.

David

It’s easy to get the details wrong.

Everyone’s being very civilised this evening. To mark the occasion, I’m reducing all drinks by 20%.

That’s the size of the beverage, not the price, obviously.

NTSOG

@ FMM: "Important news for you Aussies"

We do have thousands of miles of beaches all around Australia on which the occasional beached human whale can cavort without offending the innocent. There are also quite a few legal nudist beaches, but that leads to images I don't wish to imagine. Of course such bloated bodies generally float well so the risk of drowning - there have been many this summer - is likely reduced. On the other hand shark attacks seem to have become a weekly occurrence and such 'lumps' of fresh meat would be mighty tempting for a great white or any of the others that like fresh human flesh as a change from the odd stinking dead whale floating out at sea.

pst314

That’s the size of the beverage, not the price, obviously.

Considering the rumors about what goes into them...

pst314

I have intermittent issues with connecting to the New York Times as well.

It is sometimes possible to get around their paywall with a bit of very fast Select-All + Copy and then paste into Notepad. Tricky but faster than logging in to the local library.

pst314

A peace prize, you say?

The Dalai Lama advises:

(It must be true; I found it on the internet.)

pst314

(The previous comment was brought to you by the Committee For Unauthorized Fun When David's Gone to Bed)

Sonny Wayz

Re Breonna Taylor.

So you wake up at 2AM to somebody banging on your door shouting "Police!!!!".

Seriously, are you going to open the door?

pst314

Socialist skiffy writer says we must implement worldwide total socialism in order to Save the Planet.

NTSOG

pst314: "When David's Gone to Bed"

David is allowed to sleep? I thought 'he' was some kind of 'humanised' computer like Hal in the film 2001.

Daniel Ream

Personally, I have come to the conclusion that the canonization of miscreants like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and George Floyd by the media and "activists" is not accidental or simple negligence. I think they know these thugs are thugs and they know the narrative they're pushing is mendacious. There are plenty of instances of police misconduct and I'm sure obvious racism plays a part in a non-trivial number of them; it cannot be that hard to find a clear example of racism-motivated police violence. But they don't. They don't even try.

I think they're choosing to canonize these particular people precisely because the narrative can't hold up to scrutiny. The useful idiots, low-information voters, and people whose identity is based on their skin colour will believe and regurgitate the narrative without question. Anyone who looks into it for more than five minutes will realize it's a fraud. That's the point: it divides the populace into two camps that cannot be reconciled because one side can't back down without admitting they were fooled, and the other side won't agree to obvious falsity.

They don't want justice, they want a race war, and this is how they're doing it.

Feminists have been pulling a similar trick for decades. Point out that Ada Lovelace couldn't program or that Amelia Earhart was a mediocre pilot and see what happens (bonus points if you ask them why they aren't celebrating R. Adm. Grace Hopper or Hedy Lamarr).

David

I think they’re choosing to canonize these particular people precisely because the narrative can’t hold up to scrutiny.

The combination of hysteria and dishonesty was surreal, in a Quatermass-episode-people-taken-over-by-malign-alien-influence kind of way. There were ludicrous, elaborate shrines, built around bus stops thousands of miles away. So that idiots could pretentiously mourn the overdue expiration of a meth-and-fentanyl-addled thug, a career thief and burglar, a practitioner of home invasion, who targeted women and beat them at gunpoint.

Not an obvious martyr, or a great loss to human flourishing. But as we’ve seen, many times, wokeness is deranging.

TomJ

Some of you may recall Congresswoman Maxine Waters exhorting all and sundry to mob members of an administration of which she disapproved and "tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."

It would appear many Democrats do not.

John Lewis

For an English equivalent of privileged class syndrome you don’t need to go too far back:-

https://m.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/hither-green-residents-funeral_uk_5aeadfdfe4b022f71a0588f8?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9kdWNrZHVja2dvLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFoqvvelywUwFXtF-LjjOAoKasjXrz6LCXSZY-HuDEdQBdZUmn5tZETaRof8Mu0XiYEwhWAu420T_869pEihhSiiW1thEtXOdiSrCMVCbhJRQwpH25k326jqXsLXN1JI_Hfcidbqf66S16YpBE-iS7_G1x5qJgVI2Zk1uR5yf0Up

And now “here’s the rest of the story”:-

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8764357/Burglar-Henry-Vincents-fraudster-father-makes-1-5m-selling-farm-bought-325-000-OAP.html

David

I’ll just leave this here, I think.

Previously and related.

Nikw211

A historical dictionary of science fiction.

Related

Ivor

I think they're choosing to canonize these particular people precisely because the narrative can't hold up to scrutiny.

Laurence Auster's First Law...

The more troublesome, unassimilable, or dangerous a designated minority or non-Western group actually is, the more favorably it is treated. This undeserved favorable treatment of a troublesome or misbehaving group can take numerous forms, including celebrating the group, giving the group greater rights and privileges, covering up the group’s crimes and dysfunctions, attacking the group’s critics as racists, and blaming the group’s bad behavior on white racism.

The Roissy formulation...

This makes no sense until you consider that a proper virtue signal needs a self-discrediting calamity to signal against. Whites in happy homogeneous nations don’t conspicuously virtue signal until there is Diversity in place to start the sanctimony feedback loop. It isn’t until status-striving Whites have a little misbehaving Diversity to exploit as props that they begin to posture against “racist” Whites who bitterly cling to outmoded concepts like wisdom and common sense.

WTP

Yes, Daniel, that is what I'm saying. Except that it is not just the useful idiots, low-information voters, etc. that fall for it. It's the leaders of our corporations, "conservative" political parties, churches, educators, and for me close friends and neighbors.

WTP

Previously and related.

My and Nikw211's interactions with Minnow on that thread from 2014, the disingenuous reasoning and refusal to acknowledge what words mean...it's that sort of argument I now get from people I previously considered normal or rational. The mental disease has spread to the kinds of people I describe above. They are more aligned with the Minnow's of the world than they are with people like me.

pst314

And now “here’s the rest of the story”:-

Like father, like son? But my Progressive friends have told me many times that I must not "judge" a family by the members who have actually been arrested, no matter how much suspicion falls on them.

David

interactions with Minnow

Someone who seemed unaware of the fact that the imagined merits of his assertions, slippery as they were, were never as apparent as the psychology behind them.

See also, Sandwichman, mentioned here. An educator, you know.

pst314

Except that it is not just the useful idiots, low-information voters, etc. that fall for it. It's the leaders of our corporations, "conservative" political parties, churches, educators, and for me close friends and neighbors.

I believe this is largely explained by the fact that most people's time is almost entirely occupied with work, family, etc., leaving little for independent study of current events. Thus, they only "learn" what the left-dominated news media tell them. That excuse does not work, of course, for political parties and for individuals who do take the time to learn about these things. I have a few other thoughts about them.

pst314

Another explanatory factor:

“Down where I come from, near Mobile, Alabama, there’s an old story. Back in the days when the South was down, way down, there was a lot of trouble, over race, y’know. Somebody from the North, down to help straighten things out, asked a relative of mine if he didn’t have to watch what he said in favor of black people, living down there, and considering the attitude of the police and so on. So my relative thought a minute and said, ‘Why no, we don’t have to watch what we say. We just have to watch what we think.’

The more liberals in your circle of friends, relatives, and coworkers, the more careful you have to be to avoid being treated with disrespect, ostracized, passed over for promotion, etc.

WTP

Yeah...it's not just "liberals". Conservatives..."conservatives" are so afraid of being associated with the msm-demonized right that they are now virtue signaling, often via their Christian religion, how much they support this or that cause that ever so subtly has become racialized. One example, food banks. Because of something blurry called "food insecurity: the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." Note the several qualifiers there. "Sufficient quality", "affordable", "nutritious", that one can make to mean whatever one wants them to mean. Not hunger, but that's the Christian cover for it. Feeding the hungry. Though hunger, the kind Jesus talked about, is very hard to find in America. What we do have is a lot of irresponsible parenting, behavior issues, drug dependencies, and crime that drive supermarkets out of certain communities, that undermine self-sufficiency, and that are creating a dependency culture. To suggest that people should be required to do something, to change their behavior such that they are less likely to be dependent on the productive elements of society, or that society should address the underlying crime and poverty of the soul makes one into a monster who wants children to starve.

That's just one example of how the camel's nose gets into the tent.

pst314

WTP: Yes, agreed. Of course it's not just explicit abuse and threats; it's also all the low-level social friction when someone deviates from accepted dogma. Nearly everyone needs a harmonious social life--relations with people with whom one feels comfortable and at ease. Even the smallest deviation from liberal orthodoxy--or even body language that hints at such deviation--can make for less friendly relations. The result can be a slow, long-term shift in thinking as one subconsciously adapts to the environment.

pst314

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