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February 09, 2021

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Alice

She wins ALL THE LABELS.

Alice

Happy blog birthday!

David

She wins ALL THE LABELS.

Well, in terms of the narcissistic self-definition that teenagers are often prone to, it’s a strong hand. Assuming, of course, that narcissistic self-definition is where you want to be. And where you want to stay.

Though what tipped things over the edge for me was the line, “I come from the world of Instagram.”

Squires

Oh, and you may want a moment to process this.

“I would prefer not to.”

David

“I would prefer not to.”

But she – sorry, xe or e (but definitely not ze) – is trying so hard to be interesting. What with her neo-pronouns, which are apparently much better than the old-hat ordinary pronouns that boring people use.

It’s all a bit, “But I want to be an alien.”

David

Lots of drama at the New York Times this week:
- Veteran reporter Don McNeil is forced out after having dared not to use the 'N-word' euphemism when referring to said word. A letter signed by 150 New York Times staffers asking their publisher to continue the inquisition of McNeil contains the remarkable declaration that 'intent is irrelevant'. John McWhorter has a good essay on Substack about how this ends up being yet another example of the soft bigotry of low expectations.
- Taylor Lorenz falsely accused Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen of saying 'retard', when in fact (a) it wasn't him and (b) there was no reason for censure, even if he had said it. Felicia Horowitz - blessedly, a Woman of Colour - was explaining that WallStreetBets users describe themselves as the 'retard revolution'. More from Glenn Greenwald here.

David

‘intent is irrelevant’

Which one might translate as, “We like power more than probity.”

David

Given that the New York times '[does] not tolerate racist language regardless of intent', the Washington Free Beacon asked Nicole Hannah-Jones whether it was appropriate for her to have used that dreaded word in the past. Rather than reply to the journalist, she posted his email to Twitter, including his phone number (ultimately deleting it a day later).

David

Rather than reply to the journalist, she posted his email to Twitter, including his phone number

Again, power trumps probity. It’s the way of the woke.

ALP

Here's to 14 more.

*hits tip jar*

David

Here’s to 14 more.

Lord, what a thought.

*hits tip jar*

Bless you, sir. May you never know the bowel-pounding horror of having your glass topped-up with an unremarkable Merlot when you were actually drinking a rather tasty Shiraz-Cabernet blend.

Stephanie Richer

Happy birthday! Although I am mostly a lurker - and part of my Sunday morning oasis of predawn calm is to click on your Friday ephemera links - one must acknowledge a birthday, so ... ping!

David

one must acknowledge a birthday, so ... ping!

Bless you, madam. When you fling your detergent liquitab into the washing machine, may it never rebound and roll across the floor.

Burnsie

Let me brighten everyone's day with this good news from CityLab:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/there-s-no-such-thing-as-a-dangerous-neighborhood

Thank God for academics to set us straight on this--although this fellow does seem to have a bit of trouble staying on message:

"The knowledge that we’ve gained since 1982 unequivocally tells us something else: Serious violence is extremely concentrated in very particular places and, most importantly, among very particular people. Dispelling the notion of “dangerous neighborhoods,” extensive research on geographic concentration has consistently found that around half of all crime complaints or incidents of gun violence concentrated at about 5 percent of street segments or blocks in a given city."

Many more facts getting bludgeoned into lifeless non-sequiturs at the link.

PiperPaul



Possible addition to the punishment cave. Please confirm that an electrical shock is in fact applied via the hands at the same time impact occurs.

Penseivat

I think Cody has been listening to Titania McGrath, but didn't understand the irony.

Lancastrian Oik

...process this

Sorry, but I quite long before "monumental pain in the arse" appeared on screen.

In the meantime, happy birthday. Long time lurker/occasional contributor, and subscriber. Long may the rickety barge sail ever onwards, and thanks for the company.

It's good to know that there are other sane people out there.

Lancastrian Oik

"quit".... bloody spellcheck. Doh.

Yes, yes, "preview is..." and all that.

Karl

"...I decided that I was going to microvlog my gender transition - which might be the most pretentious thing I have ever said..."

Sir, I beg to differ.

David

Possible addition to the punishment cave

I prefer the term moral realignment lounge. It’s softer, more inviting. Puts people at ease.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

First world problem. Anyone want to make book on whether she gripes about her student loans being unaffordable ?

David

Anyone want to make book on whether she gripes about her student loans being unaffordable?

How dare you mock our fearless, thrusting journalists? Ms Lorenz is a “young influential,” which is apparently a noun now, and is “shaping media, marketing and tech.” Also “memes and social media.”

See their fearlessness. Feel them thrust.

Em

14 years? Congratulations and *ping*!

Captain Nemo

Today is this blog’s birthday. Fourteen bloody years.

Felicitations, David. Here's to many more to come. And since this is an open thread, today's words are dishonesty and gaslighting:

https://twitter.com/PolitiFact/status/1358810121183330304

David

Congratulations and *ping*!

Bless you, madam. May you never be informed, in hushed and fearful tones, that your sister-in-law has scorched the bottom of your favourite chili pan.

pst314

"Fourteen bloody years."

Only four more and we can buy it a drink.

anon a mouse

I do feel sorry for the cat, tho...

and a "chile pan"? Quelle horreur. One prepares chili in a pot (Dutch oven thingy). Next you'll be posting on the addition of beans n'such. (sigh)

anon a mouse

Only four more and we can buy it a drink.

15 will get you 20...

pst314

"I come from the world of Instagram."

B movie?

David

Only four more and we can buy it a drink.

Like I’d let this virginal young thing go drinking with the likes of you.

pst314

Congratulations and *ping*!

It's been 20 years, but I've got to re-learn how to use Paypal...

aelfheld
I come from the world of Instagram.

I doubt it comes in peace.

anon a mouse

"I come from the world of Instagram."
I doubt it comes in peace.

*looks at Instagram website*

"To Serve Man"

*insert dramatic musik here*

Joan

When you fling your detergent liquitab into the washing machine, may it never rebound and roll across the floor.

LOL. Husband does that all the time. Must be a man thing.

Joan

P.S. Ping.

aelfheld

Isn't "To Serve Man" a bit, oh, gender-specific?

Oh, BTW, *ping*.

David

P.S. Ping.

Bless you, madam. Should your sister-in-law scorch the bottom of your favourite chili pan, may said sister-in-law be skilled in the dark arts of pan restoration. Such that you could use the newly gleaming pan bottom to harness the Sun’s rays and start fires at a distance.

WTP

Congrats from a longtime fan.

Here's an interesting app/website. Has anyone heard of this Radio Garden thing? Click on a dot on the globe and hear a radio station from (supposedly) anywhere in the world.

http://radio.garden/live/toulouse/radiopresence

ComputerLabRat

Wow - 14 years - here's to many more! Your blog is an oasis of sanity these days. It's about the only one I visit any more - everything else is too depressing (well, US ones anyways. I visit the Worstall and Samizdat still).

Time to do some Amazon shopping via the link above - I've a small list of things I've been meaning to get.

David

Oh, BTW, *ping*.

Bless you, sir. May your enemies know the aggravation of trying to find a simple, elegant men’s watch, without the usual encrustations of bulk and visual clutter.

David

I’ve a small list of things I’ve been meaning to get.

Be sure to underline anything really expensive.

WTP

That radio station link appears to be limited to stations that simulcast on the web. Still interesting.

APL

Today is this blog’s birthday. Fourteen bloody years.

Small donation. Not enough for Seamless avocado toast though.

David

Small donation. Not enough for Seamless avocado toast though.

Not sure I’m ready for that kind of, er, fine dining. And bless you, sir. May you know the combination of fresh snowfall and oddly pink late-afternoon light.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

15 will get you 20...

AKA Romeo and Joliet...

anon a mouse

AKA Romeo and Joliet...

A joke that will undoubtedly require some explanation for our overseas... brethren. And sisteren.

Alex

First world problem

Why, it's the same Taylor Lorenz as upthread. Expect next for her to Photoshop a slur of some kind onto the picture of the avocado toast, and - presto! - a groveling apology from Seamless and free food for life.

Daniel Ream

Like I’d let this virginal young thing go drinking with the likes of you.

The parents are always the last to know.

Karl

I ran out of gas!
I got a flat tire!
I didn’t have change for cab fare!
I lost my tux at the cleaners!
I locked my keys in the car!
An old friend came in from out of town!
Someone stole my car!
There was an earthquake!
A terrible flood!
Locusts!
IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

David

The parents are always the last to know.

Heh.


Meanwhile, in the Guardian:

“It remains one of the enduring symbols of white male supremacy.”

It also adds a little colour, if inclined, and hides the buttons.

CavScoutCoastie

Happy birthday to the blog. This place reminds me that there are still sane people around. Lately I’ve been checking in more frequently. Ping!

David

Ping!

Bless you, sir. May you never be bedeviled by recently expired condiments and subsequent fretting about exactly how far past a best-by date is within human tolerance.

ComputerLabRat

Meanwhile, in the Guardian:

Couple questions:
How is the necktie descended from the codpiece? One goes around the neck, and the other goes around the dangly bits. Or is that assertion descended from the Guardianista's fever dreams?

Why is a necktie phallic, and therefore Evil (and White Supremacist to boot!), but the Traditional Maori Greenstone (which is rather scrotally reminiscent) not evil?

Why is the Maori MP with Traditional Facial Tattooing and Traditional Maori Greenstone wearing a Stetson-style cowboy hat typically associated with the American Cowboy, and that's ok? I mean - talk about your Symbols of Toxic Masculinity, and we could tack on White Supremacy and Colonialist too to the American Cowboy (even though they were pretty diverse in skin color and ethnicity).

What isn't White Supremacist Colonialist Phallic clothing? Are we all supposed to wear loincloths now? What about penis tubes? Or are those Not Phallic because they are worn by primitive Black and Brown people in Africa (I may have the continent wrong)?

Smallish Bees

I quickly searched the origin of the modern necktie, and came upon this website: https://www.tie-a-tie.net/the-evolution-of-the-necktie/ . I did not attempt a deep dive into the origins of the necktie.

Nowhere does this article (chosen, admittedly, from the top of the search) mention the phallic nature of the thing, nor does it mention its relationship with the codpiece.

In addition, the author fails to note that the codpiece itself came into existence because at the time, pants (note the plural) were two hose that covered the legs, unattached in the middle. The codpiece was to ensure the man was not hanging out all over the place, or displaying his dirty underwear.

The distaste for all things masculine is clearly a bit of a fetish here. An antifetish?

Sam

Happy Birthday, er, blog. Been loving this rickety barge held together by humpfat and gusto for near on a decade. Thanks David, your efforts are appreciated more than any other time!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“It remains one of the enduring symbols of white male supremacy.”

For those unfamiliar, the necktie is derived from the codpiece...

One sentence later...

The modern tie’s origins lie in the cravat...

One wonders if these idiots actually read what they write.

Today, the necktie retains its connection with the codpiece through its arrow shaped design and length that directs the eye of an onlooker down towards a man’s groin.

Oh.

A connection in much the same way apples and lug wrenches are connected. I think someone strained herself with that logic leap, but I guess now she'll claim a square end knit tie is a symbol that the wearer has been circumcised.

Burnsie

Thank you for your forum, David. It's always a fun place to visit.

I've sent a modest donation your way for the occasion. It won't be enough to upgrade your snacks, but it might be enough to buy a cleaner set of coasters.

David

Thanks David, your efforts are appreciated more than any other time!

I don’t like to throw around the word hero, or gorgeous, but I’m the only thing stopping the world from shattering into atoms.

What?

David

but it might be enough to buy a cleaner set of coasters.

[ Looks indignant. ]

[ Fondles tip jar. ]

[ Stops looking indignant. ]

Bless you, sir. May your enemies be unsure of what day of the week it is.

Sam

One wonders if these idiots actually read what they write.

Given the current trajectories of clickbait journalism, political purity spirals, and overall declining IQs how long will it be until the bots writing these "articles" just have a template reading:

Men Are Poopy Heads and [Use/Like] [random_word] So [repeat_word] Is Bad

Would be far more efficient. Wait, don't men value efficiency or something?...ah nevermind.

David

One wonders if these idiots actually read what they write.

Note that madam is an educator, a shaper of young minds.

tolkein

Gosh! Finally successfully hit the tip jar! May your henchlesbians never be cancelled for transphobic behaviour.

David

Finally successfully hit the tip jar!

Bless you, sir. In warm weather, may your vitamin D capsules never congeal into a single, faintly adhesive, mass.

Ronan

BRAVO !
GREAT BLOG...
MERCI !!

stu

It might not be a bad time to make sure you've backed up the blog, just in case.
https://help.typepad.com/import_export.html

Uma Thurmond's Feet

AKA Romeo and Joliet...

A joke that will undoubtedly require some explanation for our overseas... brethren. And sisteren.

In the Jimmy Buffett song, the chorus goes:

15 will get you 20, but that's all right
Cause we'll be rockin' and a rollin' on a Livingston Saturday Night

I'm embarrassed to admit how many years passed before I caught the reference*

* In the U.S., bedding a 15-year-old girl could get you a 20-year term in pokey.**

** Girl= "San Quentin Quail" which not coincidentally was a character name W.C. Fields tried to insert into a script. The studio was not amused.

pst314

Need to get this thread moving again.

pst314

Is this provocative enough?

pst314

Now they're just making stuff up:

John Lewis

https://mobile.twitter.com/mikaelthalen/status/1359209202292428800?fbclid=iwar3ubgvehecdx9rshg1hrbjpcvbrhhzzuytwkedpkatig3fsrrdvltkcbnm

I’m not a cat.

pst314

On the internet nobody knows you're not a cat. (But they may know you're not tech savvy.)

ComputerLabRat

The cracker barrel held soda crackers for sale - dry, white, unsweetened...biscuits? Before the days of plastic and cardboard, stuff in large quantities was shipped in wooden barrels. Way before the Whole Foods bulk section was trendy, people bought foodstuffs in bulk, from wooden barrels and crates, cloth sacks. Once better packaging materials were invented, and better ways to preserve baked foods, we got the boxes and wrapped sleeves familiar today.

Whips may have been manufactured on large scale, and may have been shipped in barrels, but I'm guessing crates. Anyone who drove a horse and buggy/cart/wagon used a whip - they weren't used only by slavers. Ye gods these people make my head hurt.

[makes reservation for an extended session in the moral realignment lounge]

Something I read in the comments to one of these insane twit threads: If it wasn't for the slave trade, the US would be a lot less Diverse today. A lot of these same assholes who are demanding reparations and screaming Racism today would still be in Africa murdering each other in bloody tribal wars. Although I suspect some of the loudest screamers are soda cracker white and just stirring shit up.

[goes off for regrooving after expressing SuperDoublePlusUngoodWrongthink]

pst314

stuff in large quantities was shipped in wooden barrels

Crackers, biscuits, salt beef, salt pork, pickles, etc.

Yes, these people make my head hurt too. Ignorant, stupid, uneducated, ineducable, insufferable.

ComputerLabRat

Yes, these people make my head hurt too. Ignorant, stupid, uneducated, ineducable, insufferable.

And in charge.

pst314

And in charge.

The unspeakable in furious pursuit of the unachievable.

pst314

And in charge.

Well, sometimes. There are also a lot of urban welfare-moochers and baristas spouting this sort of nonsense.

pst314

[locks door to regrooving room]

No, let's reserve it for the idiots that give us a headache. How about advertising a "wokeness enhancement" service? David, can you adjust the gain on the regroover? Say, a ten-fold increase?

WTP

Via Ace...if this doesn't put a nail in the coffin of the concept of critical thinking...sorry, lost my train of thought...

https://mobile.twitter.com/keenanpeachy/status/1359240907011149828?s=21

Adam

Odd that you’ve never heard the expression “a barrel of bullwhips.” You might know the somewhat more common expression “more fun than a barrel of monkeys” which has the same origin. Zoos used to ship monkeys in wooden barrels. Each monkey was given a bullwhip as compensation for being shipped in a barrel. Opening the barrels was quite an event in19th Century small-town America. The song “Roll out the barrel” comes from that era. The discarded barrels were eventually bought by a restaurant franchiser.

pst314

David! Would you please unlock the Correction Booth?

pst314

Oh, and what sort of cretin would use Gorilla Glue on their hair? And then sue the manufacturer?
It has been noted that there are virtually no jobs which can be done by someone with an IQ of 80 or below. As a matter of fact, there are virtually no lives that can be lived at that level of stupidity.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"A lot of these same assholes who are demanding reparations and screaming Racism today would still be in Africa murdering each other in bloody tribal wars."

My wife heard this from an Air Force sergeant who came back from a tour in Africa: "I'm so glad my ancestors were dumb enough to be captured by slavers."

anon a mouse

are virtually no jobs which can be done by someone with an IQ of 80 or below.

I see you've not been to your local DMV lately...

pst314

Maybe I should have written "done competently". :-D

Although that was a sobering thought, when Jordan Peterson pointed out in one of his lectures that about 15% of the population has an IQ of about 80 or less, and he asked 'what are we going to do about these people in an increasingly technological society?'

Daniel Ream

what sort of cretin would use Gorilla Glue on their hair?

I'm more than half convinced the whole thing is a windup for clicks. Always follow the money.

I'm so glad my ancestors were dumb enough to be captured by slavers.

Muhammad Ali expressed the same sentiment.

Is this provocative enough?

Am I the only one who noticed the practical impossibility of "Shot 5 times by 12 police officers"? Did they double up on the revolver, or something?

how long will it be until the bots writing these "articles"

Disturbingly prescient: http://www.broom.org/epic/ (that site is over fifteen years old, as evidenced by the fact that it requires Flash)

I’m the only thing stopping the world from shattering into atoms

Do not underestimate the value of your island of sanity in an increasingly woke-flooded world. Which is, I think worthy of a bit of something to help keep the boat docks in order. ping

pst314

I'm more than half convinced the whole thing is a windup for clicks.

I didn't think of that possibility. But I see that she is crowdfunding and has raised at least $12,000, so "follow the money" makes sense. But I would not rule out that she is so stupid that she really thinks she has been wronged: The internet does make it easy for idiots to solicit donations from other idiots.

Am I the only one who noticed the practical impossibility of "Shot 5 times by 12 police officers"?

No absurdity is too absurd for the BLM crowd. (Although you could speculate that 12 officers fired dozens of times and only hit the perp 5 times.) That was the incident in Ireland where a black thug threatened restaurant staff, assaulted the manager with machete, went on a spree, and was finally shot dead when he tried to decapitate a police officer with that machete. Most of the 12 police officers were unarmed and were trying to "deescalate" the situation. Eventually a few armed officers arrived and did what needed to be done. Goodbye to animal--sorry, good boy.

Sam

RE Twelve cops hitting 5 times, I’ll paraphrase Unforgiven: it’s not so easy shootin a man, especially if the sumbitch is shootin back.

WTP

what are we going to do about these people in an increasingly technological society?'

A good number of people whom I have known whom I would not describe as being all that bright (maybe not 80 IQ but somewhat below average) have done well for themselves. Meanwhile many high IQ people that I have known are failures. As I believe Thomas Sowell has pointed out, stupid people are (usually) limited in the damage that they can do due to their stupidity holding them back. If you want something really screwed up, the hubris of smart people is far more dangerous.

NTSOG

@ ComputerLabRat: "What isn't White Supremacist Colonialist Phallic clothing?"

If a tie, originally designed to cover buttons on a man's shirt front so as to avoid upsetting prim and proper ladies who might develop a case of the vapours at the merest suggestion that a naked male body might lie underneath a shirt, is a 'phallic' symbol, then what are a high hem line and low cut bodice [showing lots of cleavage] on a woman's clothing meant to indicate? Are they carnal symbols indicating a woman's lust?

What goes around, comes around!

[I have wonderful memories of an elderly Lady music teacher of great professional renown at the highest level who taught me clarinet. She was the Principal Clarinetist of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at one stage and performed with people such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, e.g. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, usw. This very gracious lady one day avoided using the word 'leg' in reference to a chair. When I queried her reluctance to use the word 'leg' she explained that legs of chairs at one time in history were 'dressed' or covered so as to avoid distressing refined ladies.]

pst314

Meanwhile many high IQ people that I have known are failures.

See Mensa. :-(

ACTOldFart

This very gracious lady one day avoided using the word 'leg' in reference to a chair. When I queried her reluctance to use the word 'leg' she explained that legs of chairs at one time in history were 'dressed' or covered so as to avoid distressing refined ladies

In Victorian times a man's legs were referred to in polite society as his "understandings"

pst314

In Victorian times a man's legs were referred to in polite society as his "understandings"

Are you sure? The Sherlock Holmes stories mention the legs of men and women and tables.

NTSOG

pst314: "Meanwhile many high IQ people that I have known are failures."

When I was a student teacher at IU [Bloomington] many years ago I enrolled in a class called 'Exceptional Children in the Schoolroom'. The course covered children presenting with sensory, physical, psychological and intellectual impairments and also included those children who were exceptionally intelligent as they too have significant problems adapting to 'average' or mainstream society and their age peers. This is not a popular notion as many people reckon that gifted children shouldn't need any special help because Nature has dealt them an exceptional intellectual 'hand' to play.

Trilby

Are you sure? The Sherlock Holmes stories mention the legs of men and women and tables.

Victorian porn.

Richard Cranium

"I'm so glad my ancestors were dumb enough to be captured by slavers."

It's not even that. African diseases were deadly to Europeans for quite a long time. As far as I know, most of the slaves were delivered by Africans from the winning tribes of their internal wars or raids to the slavers who sold those people to work in the New World.

If anyone here can point to information that indicates the above isn't true, please do so. I don't like to be shown that I'm wrong, but I'd prefer that to happen by people who don't absolutely hate my guts.

NTSOG

I have always understood that the Vikings all around Europe and the Mediterranean and the 'winning' African tribes kept slavers and were major suppliers of slaves through history. The Romans and Greeks also took and kept slaves as did other 'nations' or empires.

David

This is not a popular notion as many people reckon that gifted children shouldn’t need any special help because Nature has dealt them an exceptional intellectual ‘hand’ to play.

Very bright children can easily be alienated and demoralised by an educational system in which those kinds of assumptions are common - which is to say, most state schooling. I recall, quite vividly, a couple of leftist teachers at my old comprehensive who would positively delight in frustrating any pupils smarter than themselves. Teachers as a group are typically portrayed, by teachers, as altruistic beings. This is by no means the only kind of motivation in play.

Educators in general, and in the state sector in particular, tend to wildly overestimate their positive influence on the development and intelligence of pupils, especially precocious ones, as this is flattering to imagine. But regarding bright kids, the credit that can be taken by educators is generally very limited. Educators can, however, do quite a lot to frustrate bright children, thwarting the use and development of their abilities, and some are very much inclined to do so.

And the likely political leanings of those who indulge in such pleasures are not hard to guess.

David

a bit of something to help keep the boat docks in order. Ping

Bless you, sir. When venturing outside in several inches of snow, may you know the quiet confidence of wearing thermal long johns.

Pooklord

The business about ties above is nonsense

NTSOG

David - in a previous post: "Some clever kids... learn to give up, leaving school with grades well out of step with their intelligence, or dropping out altogether… "

That describes my younger brother who saw me being bullied without mercy - we are both autistic - so he hid in plain site by joining in with the 'deros' and simply mucking up so they, in his year, did not turn on him. Toward the end of year 10 the school suggested an academic curriculum was not for him. He left school and took up an apprenticeship in electronics with the national Telecom organisation. He thrived and, when computers came along, taught himself programming and shifted into IT. Eventually he rewrote the computer billing program for Telecom nation-wide, saving the organisation $Amillions per year. God knows what his IQ is - I'm sure it's probably well above the 95th. percentile. When at school, being 'different' means you're marked.

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