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February 16, 2021

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Karl

Again, Douglas Murray's article for those of us not sad enough to pay the Telegraph money to view their (other) propagandist garbage.

randian

What is "consuming black culture without the burden of blackness"? Listening to The Supremes? What burden is being referred to here?

Karl

Is it this burden?

David
None of these claims suggest criminal behaviour. They add up to being an asshole rather than being a monster. But that is not nothing. It is especially ironic when Joss Whedon has spent years insisting that he is a ‘woke bae’, building his brand around ‘strong female characters’ and emphasizing, ‘we need equality. Kinda now.’ […] Whedon, more than anyone, contributed to the popular conception of a ‘male feminist’ as someone who self-consciously defends women in public while mistreating them in private.

Ben Sixsmith on the difference between having ‘good’ opinions and being a good person.

Andrew

Imagine being an educator, the principal of a school, and proudly issuing parents with a paranoid racist pamphlet titled The Eight Types of Negro, dense with conspiracy theory, and with almost every option somewhat unflattering

"The white regime"? These people are f*cking insane.

Karl

Gosh, a parade of narcissistic limelight-huggers and fame-hunters accuse one of their number of "calling her fat ... and mocking her religious beliefs".

How can the rest of us go on living, allowing such evil to go unchallenged?

David

“The white regime”? These people are f*cking insane.

“The corner shop was out of Thorazine, so I got you some woke identity politics…”

Karl

The 8 White Identities

What I find most curious about the people who peddle such hateful, divisive guff is the mental contortions they go through to pretend to themselves that they aren't personally simply out-and-out racists. That they can't be the racists because they are the right colour. Or read the right newspapers. Or watch the right cable news channel. Despite the implications of simply reversing the racial descriptors in their screeds.

What's quite apparent behind all of this denial is that such people don't oppose racism at all, they just believe in the concept of good and bad racism. Though they know they can't come out and say so, because they recognise there is stigma attached to any support of the "r-word". But they think they are good racists. And they also think that if they oppose bad racism with their good racism it will all cancel out.

You know, like if you put a Ku Klux Kanner in a sealed room with a Black Panther their mutual racist hatred will just cancel and peace and love will break out.

Dishonesty and stupidity are the foundation of all successful utopias, don't cha know.

David

the mental contortions they go through to pretend to themselves that they aren’t personally simply out-and-out racists.

As Lionel Shriver put it, “Progressives seem especially prone to disguise one feeling as another.”

And as Instapundit often quips, “I’m beginning to think that the past 50 years or so of letting our children be educated by the enemies of our civilisation may have been a mistake.”

pst314

Is it this burden?

Source?

Mike

As usual I find myself at the top of the list! Damn I'm good!

Karl

Source?

Sorry, it's by Leslie G. Illingworth. From Punch, December 1956 marking the union of British Togoland and the Gold Coast to form the newly independent Ghana.

[+]

Which kind of monster are you?

Child abuse.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

White privilege:

Shot.

Chaser.

Hangover.

Meanwhile, “I’m beginning to think that the past 50 years or so of letting our children be educated by the enemies of our civilisation may have been a mistake.”

David

Child abuse.

Yes, it is a kind of psychological abuse - the work of nasty, broken people who wish to do damage to others. And as we’ve seen many times, the propagators of this noxious dogma are quite shameless and impervious to correction. Appeals to logic or realism, or reciprocity, are unlikely to have an effect. A positive one, that is. The ideological poisoning will only stop when the creatures responsible are chased from the village, as it were.

With nail guns, if necessary.

WTP

Shot.

Chaser.

Maybe that's the wrong Dyjuan Tatro? Seems like the most logical explanation.

Daniel Ream

How can the rest of us go on living, allowing such evil to go unchallenged?

Context: it's an open secret in Hollywood that Whedon fathered Charisma Carpenter's child. So it's a bit more than just a director being an asshole to a starlet.

While I can understand the skepticism over every new crop of #MeToo allegations, there is a spectrum, and Whedon's alleged behaviour leans more towards the original "quid pro quo" style of harassment. Which, I should note, is illegal.

Also Michelle Trachtenberg, who has made the claim that there was an informal rule on set that Whedon was not allowed to be in the same room alone with her, was fifteen at the time.

These things aren't black and white. Quid pro quo harassment would be illegal in the office of a midwestern paper company, but we all know the casting couch exists and is used by many starlets to advance their careers. On the other hand, directors have the power not just to not give you a job, but completely destroy your career if you don't give in.

There's a spectrum, with Mira Sorvino at one end and Corey Haim/Feldman at the other. I suppose reasonable people can disagree on whether the spectrum even ought to exist, but the more you get to the rightmost side of it, the more indefensible it becomes.

Robin

There's a cynical cruelty to the unconscious bias accusation. It targets people who have already been bullied into accepting impossible (and immoral) standards of race blindness and xenophilia, standards that force them to be hypocrites and liars, and then this trained hypocrisy is "discovered" and used as evidence against the target, and justification of past, present and future moral retraining.

David

There’s a cynical cruelty to the unconscious bias accusation.

As we’ve seen, finding no evidence of prejudice, repeatedly, does not appear to stop them from wishing to inflict discomfort, as if those over whom they have power were somehow guilty anyway. It’s a license for sadism and petty vindictiveness, and attracts precisely the kind of people you’d imagine it would attract.

pst314

From Punch, December 1956

Thank you, Karl. I'll take this as still another reminder that it might be loads of fun to locate and browse the complete Punch archives.

Karl

skepticism over every new crop of #MeToo allegations

I thought the whole conceit of feminism was that women were fully functional grown-ups perfectly capable of engaging with an adult world? My attitude, I'm afraid, is "Take it to court, or Fuck Off".

Daniel Ream

I thought the whole conceit of feminism was that women were fully functional grown-ups perfectly capable of engaging with an adult world?

I've lost jobs because I refused to cover up illegal behaviour by my superiors and the company executive. I didn't sue those employers because the long-term fallout to my career would have been devastating. That doesn't stop me from warning people away from those people or those companies.

Jerryskids

I believe that these people are suffering from unconscious retardation. The sad thing about unconscious retardation is that the sufferer is totally unaware that he is retarded. So you must ask yourself, "Am I retarded?" and if the answer is "No", well, there you have the bad news.

Steve E

So you must ask yourself, "Am I retarded?" and if the answer is "No", well, there you have the bad news.

There's actually something to that. Woke-ism is one big Kafka trap deploying loaded questions and gaslighting answers. It's a feature not a bug.

James Lindsay breaks down the "academic" origins of much of this in his New Discourses podcast series. There's a particularly good 4 part fisking of Marcuse's 1965 essay Repressive Tolerance. There are also several episodes that deal with critical race theory.

Here.

Darleen

Here we go again.

Joe Ego

The spread on that Identities spectrum is amusing and terrifying to observe when juxtaposed with the concept (that I cannot currently find the reference for) of progressing people along the enemy <--> friend axis.

They don't hate white supremacists any more than the rest. They just use Stage 1 as the stick to keep you moving down the list. Until you get to the point of actively destroying white people & culture you are at risk of being labeled a supremacist. The steps aren't there to identify people. They are a tool to further radicalize whites. You are either progressing or you are an enemy.

It won't even be enough to express pleasure at white kids being beaten at school or keeping black students from being punished. The groupthink won't stop pushing until you are actively involved in the implementation of school curricula that tell white kids they're guilty and policies that ensure black kids cannot be punished by the school or local government.

Jack Klompus

The William D. Kelley school here in Philadelphia is par for the course for most public schools in this district in 100% black communities: putrid facilities, incompetent administrators, and teachers who are either phoning it in, think they are activist saviors, or are just waiting to get the hell out and change careers so they no longer have to deal with feral children who are taught virtually nothing at home.

Jay Guevara

So, dear reader. Which kind of monster are you?

By this standard, definitely #1. It's not unconscious bias; it's simply a matter of observation as to what works, and what doesn't.
_______________

I actually know Angela Davis (well to some extent; have spoken with her on a number of occasions).

A nastier piece of work would be difficult to find. She makes Irma Grese look like Mother Teresa.

exdemocrat

Steve E - a better link for accessing James Lindsay: https://newdiscourses.com/author/jameslindsay/

Darleen

The William D. Kelley school here in Philadelphia is par for the course for most public schools in this district in 100% black communities:

It doesn't have to be that way. Which points to those who fetishize black folk for political power and the black folk who collude with them.

Jack Klompus

It doesn't have to be that way. Which points to those who fetishize black folk for political power and the black folk who collude with them.

I know way too many public school teachers more interested in taking fist-raising selfies and calling themselves "activists" than they are in becoming subject matter experts who know how to manage and educate kids.

The local Archdiocese has been working tirelessly with non-profit and corporate partnerships to keep the Catholic schools open in poor neighborhoods. Those schools have waiting lists.

pst314

Here we go again.

These people make Immanuel Velikovsky seem like a paragon of science.

exdemocrat

Given the introductory paragraph's demonstration of both abject stupidity and basic illiteracy, it's not worth reading the puerile enumerations part.

Darleen

Sorry we killed your grandparents, but we are going to bring back culture.

exdemocrat

Darleen: De Blasio's sprockets: https://youtu.be/QHZR9SA5pOg

Steve E

Steve E - a better link for accessing James Lindsay

Thanks for that exdemocrat. :-)

Steve E

De Blasio's sprockets:

Hilarious. One of my favourites.

My sons and I are sporting our sprockets gear right now--thermal base layer to keep us warm while shoveling the driveway. We just did the sprockets dance for my wife while she was on a zoom call.

Steve E

It doesn't have to be that way.

Sowell is a realist and a pragmatist. He realizes progess occurs one person at a time. Leftists think in class terms. Everyone must be equally miserable except for the elite dictatorship which they believe they will belong to.

pst314

Sowell is a realist and a pragmatist. He realizes progess occurs one person at a time.

Learning math or history is hard work, and teaching it to kids is more work. Much easier to teach fake "woke" math and history which, being made-up garbage, any moron can learn and repeat.

pst314

I actually know Angela Davis... A nastier piece of work would be difficult to find.

You should write up an account of your interactions.

ccoffer

I can't fathom putting a child in a government school.

Jay Guevara

You should write up an account of your interactions.

Too lazy, and too reluctant to come out of the closet that much, but here's a vignette.

One time there was a (ginned-up) controversy regarding political speech on campus, with attendant protests, etc. Angela Davis wanted to shut down some speaker to the right of Lenin, and I asked her if that didn't run contrary to the issue of academic freedom.

She transfixed me with a look of utter contempt (as in "you idiot"), and disdainfully replied, "The Party doesn't care about the issue. The issue is merely a vehicle for agitation, to build a mass movement."

"But doesn't that run counter to free speech?" I replied.

"You're free to speak the truth. You're just not free to speak lies."

As a young, right-on leftist (i.e., nitwit), I was shocked by her cynicism, which really opened my eyes. Shortly thereafter I had my "road to Damascus" conversion to the conservative curmudgeon I've been ever since.

From other conversations with her, I personally have no doubt that she would stick at nothing - and I mean, nothing whatsoever - to advance communism.

Squires

I believe that these people are suffering from unconscious retardation.

As I once asked someone then dear to me, regarding their choice of a toxic relationship as the pillar of their life:

Are you mentally retarded?

Then why do you have to pretend to be, for this other person’s benefit?

She transfixed me with a look of utter contempt...

Evergreen Frank Herbert:

“When I am weaker than you, I ask you for Freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your Freedom because that is according to my principles.”

Karen M

As Lionel Shriver put it, “Progressives seem especially prone to disguise one feeling as another.”

That.

David

That.

It’s something to bear in mind. And it’s a reason I keep mentioning the psychology of leftism. If you don’t entertain the possibility of dishonesty, self-flattery and projection, for instance, leftist posturing, and its dissonance with reality, can be rather confusing.

David

Child abuse.

And this pernicious, stupefying, nakedly racist horseshit once again has an advocate in the White House.

David
“Is vision really necessary for sitting in a windowless cannister in orbit?”

Question asked, apparently unironically, following this news.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Is vision really necessary for sitting in a windowless cannister in orbit?”

No, much better when weightless not to have the primary source of orientation and information and instead randomly float and bump around grabbing handles, levers, and switches till you find the right one.

-- Persons who have a lower limb deficiency (e.g. due to amputation or congenital limb deficiency) as follows:

-- single or double foot deficiency through ankle (lisfranc amputation)

-- single or double leg deficiency below the knee

It is all fun and games till something goes wrong*.

- Persons of short stature (<130 cm)

Been there, done that.

*(OK, not having legs allowed Douglas Bader to pull more Gs than his bipedal comrades, but when the Germans took away his artificial legs - including the one they allowed to be dropped to him, having lost one bailing out - it did make that whole escape thing a bit more of a problem)

WTP

Question asked, apparently unironically, following this news.

Regarding the disabilities in general, it's one thing to consider a candidate who may be well qualified, perhaps over qualified (if such is possible) in so many areas that a certain otherwise disqualifying disability could be overlooked in favor of those other qualities, but quite another to go searching out people with disabilities and then shoe-horning them into a job where other people's lives and billions (trillions?) of dollars of other people's money are being invested. But then, that's how government is done today, and not specific to space travel.

The other question I have is, if sitting in a windowless canister in orbit describes the job to a significant degree, why do we need to be sending humans at all? Seems like a tremendous waste of a valuable human's time. Sometimes I wonder if the driver for a space program isn't so much humanity's desire to explore but a subconscious desire to implement Golgafrincham Ark B.

David

Apparently, maths students shouldn’t have to show how they arrived at an answer. Because that would be “white supremacy.”

Instead, they should make TikTok videos.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...a windowless cannister in orbit...

Windowless - if I had some eggs, I could have ham and eggs if only I had some ham.

Mike

Apparently, maths students shouldn’t have to show how they arrived at an answer. Because that would be “white supremacy.”

"Paternalism" LOL

Karl

Instead, they should make TikTok videos

I believe illustrating their mathematical understanding through interpretive dance would also be acceptable.
Sprockets!

David

“Paternalism” LOL

It’s all a tad contrived. So many of these allegedly “anti-racist” or “social justice” proposals seem likely to have the effect of making it harder to determine how well a pupil has grasped the subject matter, and harder to determine if cheating has occurred. Which, in turn, would make it harder to notice variations in ability, whether between individuals or, in aggregate, between groups.

In fact, if you entertain these difficulties as possible goals, as hoped-for effects, then it often starts to make a kind of sense.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I believe illustrating their mathematical understanding through interpretive dance would also be acceptable.

Can't hurt, whatever they are doing now isn't working.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Paternalism”

Minorities and hicks in the sticks are too stoopid to use the innarwebz.

asiaseen

isn't working

3x3=27 is a bit of a stretch and definitely counter-intuitive

Burnsie

"You're free to speak the truth. You're just not free to speak lies."

So the rhetoric of a radical Marxist revolutionary a few decade ago is now the official policy of every major media company today, including social media, and they get to decide what's a "lie."

Jeez, that happened fast.

P.S. Thanks for the story, Jay.

WTP

3x3=27 is a bit of a stretch and definitely counter-intuitive

I took that as a typo that was meant to be exponential (3**3 for you software geeks). But then again, who knows.

Jeez, that happened fast

Well for some of us it was a slow train coming. It's just that not enough people cared enough to take it seriously. Everything is going to be just fine...

WTP

Minorities and hicks in the sticks are too stoopid to use the innarwebz.

That's not the problem. Joe Biden is not the problem. Just like the "fine people " hoax, the drinking bleach, hoax, the Zimmerman/Martin confrontation, "hands up, don't shoot" and on and on and on...if you read through the responses to that original tweet, there is a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that is based on a misrepresentation of reality of the tweet itself being a misrepresentation of reality. We are a society constructed around gaslighting.

David

Regarding the disabilities in general…

I’m not usually enthused by the prospect of excluding people for reasons other than their behaviour, but one has to bow to practicality. The alternative to such concessions to reality can soon become farcical. Readers may recall Ms Prescod-Weinstein, a self-styled “thought leader,” insisting that we must have deaf and disabled astronauts, supposedly in the name of fairness. Because space exploration just isn’t difficult enough and dangerous enough as it is. And presumably on grounds that choosing astronauts with hearing problems, poor eyesight and motor-control issues will make things much more exciting.

It’s not unlike saying, “We must have more blind and paraplegic people in our armed forces.” Or, “We need more frontline police officers with bizarre and catastrophic mental health issues.”

Oh wait.

pst314

Too lazy, and too reluctant to come out of the closet that much...

How about writing them up now, while the memory is more fresh, in case you later change your mind? To keep private for the time being, but maybe eventually contribute to the accumulated personal accounts of what those caring, humane communists really are? Maybe write up individual incidents as they occur to you and you feel the impulse. Even the most personal events with little or no explicit politics can give insights into an evil mind.

...but here's a vignette.

Thank you! It is entirely congruent with things that David Horowitz has related.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

If your Equalities Minister gets sacked for wrongthought, can we borrow her ?

pst314

3x3=27 is a bit of a stretch and definitely counter-intuitive

The correct answer to "What is 3x3?" is "White devils stole Wakanda."

Steve E

So, dear reader. Which kind of monster are you?

According to Barnor Hesse and those who use 8 White Identities as a tool, it is not up to the white devil to self-identify. Rather, the purpose of the list is to help POC folk label white devils who claim to be allies.

In this case, I say have at it. If you're white and want to put on the hair shirt by claiming to be a post-modern intersectionalist, critical race theory worshipper then you deserve everything you get.

The rest of us can just say fμckoff.

Daniel Ream

White devils stole Wakanda

If white privilege and muskets can overcome Vibranium forcefields and ray guns, maybe we are just superior.

fμckoff

A literal microaggression.

Steve E

A literal microaggression.

[ Whistles. Looks at shoes. Pretends it was intentional. ]

David

There’s a cynical cruelty to the unconscious bias accusation.

As noted here,

Professor Rowe admits that no evidence of “overt prejudice” against women and minorities has been found, but nonetheless hopes to inflict discomfort on those deemed sufficiently pale. As if, in itself, this would be some kind of triumph. “We are mindful that previous attempts at addressing such imbalances have not been successful,” says the professor. And so, rather than revisiting his own egalitarian assumptions regarding the distribution of interest, aptitude and talent, he and his team will be searching for witches and racial ectoplasm.

It’s not unreasonable to assume that the role of “reverse mentor” will attract people already sympathetic to the hokum being peddled, and intrigued by the personal leverage it affords, and who may feel an ideological obligation to unearth some damning but invisible sin, fairly or otherwise, if only to validate their own conceits. Which is to say, the so-called mentors – who’ve agreed to participate in a project that by definition assumes white guilt - seem more likely to be racially bigoted than any random member of staff.

And if you poke through the archives, you’ll see that this pernicious dynamic is by no means uncommon. And yet we’re apparently supposed to assume that the people drawn to such woo – intersectional witch-hunters, searching for bigotry in particles of dust - could only have the purest of motives.

[ Added: ]

It’s a fundamental idiocy of “unconscious bias” woo and its implementation in academia and other workplaces: The assumption that if you give some people enormous and intimate leverage over others – the power to browbeat and bully, and to destroy reputations and careers, based on bugger all – then this can only attract people whose motives and probity are somehow beyond reproach. Despite all of the temptations, all of the dishonesty, and all of the opportunities to indulge in petty spite. To not question the motives of people drawn to a clearly rigged game - in which guilt is predetermined, based on skin colour - would be foolish.

Aiden
It’s not unreasonable to assume that the role of “reverse mentor” will attract people… intrigued by the personal leverage it affords, and who may feel an ideological obligation to unearth some damning but invisible sin, fairly or otherwise, if only to validate their own conceits. Which is to say, the so-called mentors – who’ve agreed to participate in a project that by definition assumes white guilt - seem more likely to be racially bigoted than any random member of staff.

So. Much. This.

Karl

the so-called mentors ... seem more likely to be racially bigoted than any random member of staff

Progressivism mostly functions as a sieve of Eratosthenes for spite and mental illness.

Zionist Overlord #73

@Steve E.
fμckoff.

Is that a Greek Mu instead of a Latin U?

Not sure I've ever seen that before.

Karl

Ever wondered why our "educators" oppose independent or charter schools?

This may go some way in answering that question:

Despite not actually teaching for much of 2020...
"The most highly compensated Chicago Public Schools (CPU) employee was the CEO, Janice K. Jackson, who made $322,839 ... $61,000 higher than that of the U.S. Secretary of Education"

"Chicago’s 522 school principals averaged $194,000 in pay and benefits last year"

"The 1,823 employees in six departments with names containing some usage of the word “diverse” ... cost Chicago taxpayers $221.8 million last year, with the top 1,193 employees taking home six-figure salaries."

Read it and weep.

Captain Nemo

At this point, I'm not sure if these are gender identities or triple word scores in Scrabble:

https://twitter.com/LabelFreeBrands/status/1362385816631136261/photo/1

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Science !™ via Orwell & Goode.

Reparations for Black Americans would have decreased their COVID-19 risk.
APL

Re: "Snience!" https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621000733#

I kind of agree that many differences in economic and social outcomes between South Korea and Louisiana are driven by "structural racism", just not quite the way the authors imagine.

Karl

Science!™

Hilariously, this extremely scholarly article makes the assumption that reparations to the black community in Louisiana would remove all those factors causing differential rates of COVID infection between the white and black population ... and deduces that reparations would have equalised the differential rates of COVID infection between the white and black population.

SCIENCE Y'ALL! 🤡

Karl

the very cold temperatures were too much for the electric buses’ batteries because so much power was needed for heating

City Planning in the 21ˢᵗ Century people!

Steve E

Is that a Greek Mu instead of a Latin U?

Yes. It gets through any bad language filters there may be. But I like Daniel Ream's microaggression take.

Reparations for Black Americans ...

Payments made by people who never owned slaves to people who were never enslaved. The state of justice today.

Steve E

City Planning in the 21ˢᵗ Century people!

Ottawa (a city with an average seasonal snowfall of 225 cm) says hold my beer.

Karl

hold my beer, eh

Hmmm SNC-Lavalin. Now where have I heard of them before?

sH2

"Williams says that he was targeted because of his history of activism,"

https://www.dailywire.com/news/blm-activist-working-at-library-fired-after-allegedly-burning-library-books-by-trump-coulter-now-hes-claiming-racial-discrimination

Also "racism" (obviously).

Lancastrian Oik

If white privilege and muskets can overcome Vibranium forcefields and ray guns, maybe we are just superior.

It sounds as though maybe both did, and also didn't, chalk up a win in the multiverse.

Mr. Newland would have us believe that the protagonist, along with the other inhabitants of the suburbs of "Dinium" (see what he did there?) lives "...among squalor, disease and violence", so perhaps the author is after injecting some kind of 21st century hyper-realist schtick into his fantasy. Again, maybe not; because whilst in this version of reality "magical African abilities (squashed in our timeline, the implication is, by the horrors of colonialism) have flourished*, becoming a kind of world religion" the South nevertheless won the Civil War and Hitler prevailed.

Confused, am I. And I don't think I will be reading this anytime soon.

Could somebody please hand me the Gold-Plated China Miéville Memorial SF/Fantasy Remote Handling Garbage Tongs with the 'Wormhole Dump' facility turned up to 'maximum'?

Thanks.

*Sic.

David

“Williams says that he was targeted because of his history of activism,”

Narcissism, entitlement, a disregard for boundaries and reciprocation. Same old, same old. Why, it’s almost as if there were a type attracted to such things.

Darleen

Payments made by people who never owned slaves to people who were never enslaved. The state of justice today.

As someone of obvious pallor I would point out that my family was sold out of debtors prison in England and brought to the colonies in 1697 against their will, then sold to work on a plantation in VA. They didn't gain their freedom for approx 60 years.

I'm sure I'm not on the list for "reparations" regardless of the contemporaneous slavery of my ancestors to someone more melanin enriched.

David

my family was sold out of debtors prison in England and brought to the colonies in 1697 against their will,

You’ve always had that shifty, criminal look about you.

Burnsie

More exciting news from the field of criminal justice:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9274451/Baltimore-convict-says-city-pay-killers-stop-shooting-people-lower-crime-rate.html

Would you have to murder someone first to qualify for payments, or could you just nick someone with a non-fatal wound?

Asking for a friend.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Williams says that he was targeted because of his history of activism

A rapper, according to the Post, he “helped organize demonstrations against police brutality last year.” The Post added, “he and other activists were arrested for allegedly blocking an emergency vehicle, among other charges.”

A rapper. Never an aspiring classical pianist or jazz saxophonist, but I suppose it would be racist to note that.

"Cameron “C-Grimey” Williams, 35", complains, "...they essentially tried to assassinate my character.”

Police said the protesters blocked an emergency vehicle attempting to get to an active call for a vehicle crash with injuries.

So an ambulance, then ?

David

“...they essentially tried to assassinate my character.”

When someone is gratuitously obstructing ambulances and other emergency vehicles, character isn’t a word that person ought to use.

Steve E

character isn’t a word that person ought to use.

When you live in Bizarro World, character assassination would be saying he did something we would consider nice, which in itself would be unlikely.

Darleen

You’ve always had that shifty, criminal look about you.

Who, me? [lowers lashes, dabs corner of eye with embroidered hanky, small sob escapes]

David

Who, me? [lowers lashes, dabs corner of eye with embroidered hanky, small sob escapes]

Yes, just a sweet little girlie. With a thigh holster.

Squires

City Planning in the 21ˢᵗ Century people!

Though it was nearly twenty years ago, I clearly remember the day when an engineer decided to take the secondary, electric forklift down the road to a rented warehouse where we were building a new mobile production unit - in the middle of an especially cold NJ winter. We all knew what was going to happen. We waited. It happened.

Then one of us went out with the ancient, but still primary, propane-fueled forklift to drag the dead electric one several hundred yards back to its charging station.

...I would point out that my family was sold out of debtors prison in England and brought to the colonies...

Are we related?

David

Are we related?

I see the makings of a mini-series.

Karl

the makings of a mini-series

You could call it "Rooters". Cobber.

David

I don’t wish to overexcite anyone, but this week’s Ephemera has been compiled and should materialise in about two hours. By which time, I intend to be unconscious. So play nicely.

Use coasters.

Daniel Ream

And I don't think I will be reading this anytime soon.

The story is readable and absorbing. There’s a fair amount of astral gubbins (“this is uraeus, a weapon that uses your sixth and seventh naardim to harness psychic force”; “anger lit his fifth major chakra”, and so on)

The second sentence does rather belie the first, doesn't it.

WTP

Via Scott Adams from someone else...

Not that I'm a big fan of sociological studies, but if that's the world we must live in...

We investigate the consequences and predictors of emitting signals of victimhood and virtue. In our first three studies, we show that the virtuous victim signal can facilitate nonreciprocal resource transfer from others to the signaler. Next, we develop and validate a victim signaling scale that we combine with an established measure of virtue signaling to operationalize the virtuous victim construct. We show that individuals with Dark Triad traits—Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy—more frequently signal virtuous victimhood, controlling for demographic and socioeconomic variables that are commonly associated with victimization in Western societies. In Study 5, we show that a specific dimension of Machiavellianism—amoral manipulation—and a form of narcissism that reflects a person’s belief in their superior prosociality predict more frequent virtuous victim signaling. Studies 3, 4, and 6 test our hypothesis that the frequency of emitting virtuous victim signal predicts a person’s willingness to engage in and endorse ethically questionable behaviors, such as lying to earn a bonus, intention to purchase counterfeit products and moral judgments of counterfeiters, and making exaggerated claims about being harmed in an organizational context.
https://www.gwern.net/docs/psychology/2020-ok.pdf

WTP

I may have a comment stuck in the filter. Though for me, such would be a highly unusual occurrence...

Squires

The second sentence does rather belie the first, doesn't it.

A great, groaning parade of literary greebles does not impress you?

Pooklord

Burnsie. Would you have to murder someone first to qualify for payments, or could you just nick someone with a non-fatal wound?

Asking for a friend.

I'm sure you'd have to be a convicted murderer, otherwise you're just opening the door to widespread fraud--fake Murderers would be all over the place. Plus imagine all the Newbie Killers who start killing people just for the money, to stop killing people.

Wait, what?

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