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February 23, 2021

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Clam

"Look to the sky" :-D

Karl

The GraunDiad reports:

Facebook has said it will start labelling misinformation about the climate crisis in a small trial limited to the UK. A new section ... debunks common myths such as ... the widespread belief that excess carbon emissions help plant life.

Finally!
Every Fule know that electrolytes is what plants crave.

SCIENCE Y'ALL!

David

Finally!

I’m not sure I’d want Facebook as the arbiter of reality.

Karl

I’m not sure I’d want Facebook as the arbiter of reality.

What are you, some kind of commie?

David

It’s a bit quiet today. Is everyone pretending to work?

Karl

This is what I do when I'm pretending to work.

David

This is what I do when I'm pretending to work.

Heh. Well, the peaks of this blog’s incoming traffic are usually during office hours. I suspect I’m some very tiny, but not-quite-zero, drain on global productivity.

Karl

some very tiny, but not-quite-zero, drain on global productivity

Well, it's good to have goals ;)

Facebook as the arbiter of reality

Speaking of hating on Facebook, and God knows I do, I'm still bemused by the Lame Stream Media's performative horror that Facebook is standing up to the Australian government's demanding they pay to post news links. By stopping posting news links.

How dare these corrupt, degenerate "journalists" make me side with Facebook?

David

Well, it’s good to have goals ;)

Not quite the kind of super-villainy I had in mind.

Karl

It’s a bit quiet today.

It is a bit quiet. I know that Boris, our Clown Minister made some kind of announcement yesterday. Did I miss the requirement that everyone should hide in a cupboard until they got vaccinated?
That wasn't on my list of ludicrous COVID demands, so I'll be irritated if so.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"I'm hip, I'm with it", don't click this if you have recently eaten.

WTP

It’s a bit quiet today.

Oh, you really don't want to get me started...

pst314

It’s a bit quiet today. Is everyone pretending to work?

I haven't gotten beyond pretending to be awake.

David

I know that Boris, our Clown Minister made some kind of announcement yesterday.

I gather I’ll be able to get a haircut sometime before summer, possibly. Which is thrilling.

David

[ Strokes voluminous mane. ]

pst314

Update to yesterday's comment about the dindu who murdered two people at a New Orleans area gun shop:

The police have released edited security camera videos which show the rampage. Also here and here. Presumably unedited video will be released later. I wonder if his grieving mama will now switch from "he was murdered" to "he was disrespected".

anon a mouse

"he was murdered" to "he was disrespected".

You left out "colledge studant" and "asspiring Rap Staaaah" and used a sex specific pronoun.

Your sins have been noted, tvarish...

pst314

A happy ending: Shop worker slashes knife wielding thug with huge machete:

"A knife wielding thug who terrorised a newsagents was slashed by a shop worker with a large machete. Convicted robber Jason Franey demanded £20,000...threatened to burn down his shop, to 'get' his son after school, and to knife both him and worker Abdullah Hussein. But when Franey returned and attacked Mr Hussein, he defended himself with a large blade hidden under a counter... the crook...has been left unable to sleep at night in jail because of his 'trauma'."

pst314

anon a mouse: I confess. I confess. I proudly confess.

Daniel Ream

How dare these corrupt, degenerate "journalists" make me side with Facebook?

I know, right?

Watching soi-disant conservatives act exactly like business-hating liberals now that it's their ox being gored has been enlightening.

Daniel Ream

Speaking of Big Tech, if you're using the Brave browser let David know; there's a program run by Brave where if you let them pester you with ads for obscure cryptocurrencies you can earn credit that can be donated to your favorite site. Like David.

David

the crook... has been left unable to sleep at night in jail because of his ‘trauma’.

Franey… has 28 previous convictions for 70 offences.

There’s something profoundly wrong about the fact that a knife-wielding sociopath can have 28 previous convictions for 70 offences and still not be dead.

Squires

...don't click this if you have recently eaten.

If it actually happened then I hope they both die in a goddamn fire.

pst314

There’s something profoundly wrong about the fact that a knife-wielding sociopath can have 28 previous convictions for 70 offences and still not be dead.

Or at least have been sentenced much earlier in his "career" to natural life. Blogger PC David Copperfield was writing about leniency back in the early 2000's.

ComputerLabRat

There’s something profoundly wrong about the fact that a knife-wielding sociopath can have 28 previous convictions for 70 offences and still not be dead.

It happens all the time here, in the inner cities, although usually the perp is an aspiring rap star or basketball player, and on his way to college. I'm shocked this guy is white and his target was BAME and there was no mention (in the excerpt anyways) of Hate Crime(TM). I would have thought they'd have thrown the book at him, called him a White Supremacist and hanged him already. Or maybe his previous 70 offenses were against white people. Or maybe the cops were too busy policing twit threads and driving around in the Diversity Van to care about actual violent crime.

pst314

It happens all the time here, in the inner cities, although usually the perp is an aspiring rap star or basketball player, and on his way to college. I'm shocked this guy is white and his target was BAME...

Theodore Dalrymple has written about the UK criminal classes, noting that there is no shortage of white criminals and white lowlifes. (This does not contradict the fact that half of knife crimes are committed by blacks--or is it more? I forget.)

Sam

28 previous convictions for 70 offences and still not be dead

Don't buy firearms for personal protection Brits, that would be soooooo ugly American. I mean, you might as well drive pick ups and forget to put U's in all your words, amiright?

Sam

If it actually happened then I hope they both die in a goddamn fire.

What Squires said.

Exdemocrat

I believe Dalrymple also sees that criminality as essentially pathological - and that perceiving (and treating) it’s perps as Jean Valjeans as equally so.

David

and that perceiving (and treating) its perps as Jean Valjeans as equally so.

As noted here, at some point one has to ask exactly how many degraded innocent lives, and how much social degradation in general, the continued existence of an aggressive and incorrigible sociopath is worth.

Not a big number, I would say.

WTP

at some point one has to ask exactly how many degraded innocent lives, and how much social degradation in general, the continued existence of an aggressive and incorrigible sociopath is worth.

Once they defund the police, or more likely discourage every policeman willing to do the job of containing these sociopaths out of the force, they will need these sociopaths to enforce the new rules. Same with our military. The sociopaths and our 'betters' are on the same team.

Daniel Ream

I'm shocked this guy is white and his target was BAME and there was no mention (in the excerpt anyways) of Hate Crime(TM).

The linked news article, surprisingly, gives just enough information to understand what was actually going on. Either it was a protection racket or loan sharking. Since there's no outrage about yte mob bosses shaking down innocent immigrants heroically trying to make a living in a new land, it's loan sharking, and delving too deeply into why a BAME immigrant might have needed £20,000 untraceably and with no collateral is something we're not allowed to do.

Sam

If logic and consistency can be found in our current rulers' actions (and I'm far from convinced it can) then an explanation that fits what facts we see is this: to keep us divided they need constant infighting. To facilitate the infighting they promote the worst people and aspects of our society in order to

(1) purposefully humiliate good people who'd otherwise voice and support obvious and sane solutions and
(2) ensure the target of good peoples' wrath is fuckwits like McStabby upthread or Saint George and not the rulers themselves.

The the whole motley crew of useful idiot enforcers differ in exactly why they've converted to the rulers' religion but they all think they'll have a piece of that power. The result is the denigration of everything and everyone who could pose a threat to this order, and intentional promotion of the ugly, vapid, and stupid parts of our culture that already existed.

Not unlike tactics in a prison camp.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

As noted here

I used to be amazed at the speed with which David could find and link relevant old posts, until I found this photo of a henchlesbian in the main control room of the Compile-O-Mat 9000. I understand it is two levels below the correction booths in the Cultural Enlightenment Centre.

Modern machinery then distributes the links to the appropriate new posts.

David

I used to be amazed at the speed with which David could find and link relevant old posts…

Used to be? I was hoping to coast on the illusion of brilliance.

WTP

the Compile-O-Mat 9000

I worked in a retail store warehouse that had that exact vacuum tube system. Except with the latest 1980's technological upgrade where, when a tube came down the chute, the tube would break a light beam and a bell would go off. If a second tube backed up on top of the first tube, the bell would continue to ring. Good times, good times...well, relative to life in general right now.

Squires

If logic and consistency can be found in our current rulers' actions...

As is the case with much of the subject matter David brings to our attention, a certain old line comes to mind:

“War against the unbeliever until they submit in willing humiliation.”

I was hoping to coast on the illusion of brilliance.

I have long been convinced that you have your own Mycroft Holmes.

ComputerLabRat

Don't buy firearms for personal protection Brits, that would be soooooo ugly American.

I don't think they're allowed to, tbf. I thought they had laws against gun ownership like Chicago and Washington DC. Britain and European countries get held over our ugly American heads as models of low gun crime, which may be true, but Britain has enough of a knife crime problem that they're banning knives now (or trying to). So banning guns didn't stop the crimes or the killings, the criminals just used a different weapon. And I think in some places in the UK or Europe, you the citizen get in trouble if you defend yourself and hurt the criminal.

at some point one has to ask exactly how many degraded innocent lives, and how much social degradation in general, the continued existence of an aggressive and incorrigible sociopath is worth.

As many as it takes. Our respective countries have taken to glorifying and protecting the criminals that serve their purposes and the Narrative, our lives be damned. I'm pretty sure the UK has its equivalent of Saint George Floyd. Floyd wasn't the first, and he won't be the last. You and I and all the other innocent lives out there - we're just collateral damage.

Sam

And I think in some places in the UK or Europe, you the citizen get in trouble if you defend yourself and hurt the criminal.

In what is supposedly the Wild West of Texas you WILL be arrested for shooting someone in self-defense, and though many jurisdictions will likely find a "good shooter" innocent many will not, and in any case the process is quite punishing. And you will most certainly be sued in civil court by Johnny Dirtbag's family. Luckily there's insurance for such things.

Having said all that, I'll take bankruptcy and prison over harm to my children if those are my only choices.

exdemocrat

at some point one has to ask exactly how many degraded innocent lives, and how much social degradation in general, the continued existence of an aggressive and incorrigible sociopath is worth.

This. One of the many ironies that currently abound is how predictably our lefty friends - who otherwise seem to have never met a collectivist 'solution' they didn't reflexively promote - get all archly individualist when it comes to defending the herd from cancers like this guy.

David

I have long been convinced that you have your own Mycroft Holmes.

Heh.

[ Exudes air of intrigue. A pipe is lit. ]

David

As noted here,

This, from the comments, bears some repeating.

David

And via that, this, by Theodore Dalrymple:

It is easier to forgive the evil done to others than to forgive the evil done to oneself, especially if in the first place we don’t really like those others to whom the evil is done. Then conspicuous forgiveness becomes a kind of sadism, an additional burden to bear for those to whom the evil was done: for as I know from clinical experience with my patients, the lack of proper punishment of the perpetrators of evil is itself a punishment of the victims of it, a punishment that is often long-lasting… This is because it removes from the victims all confidence that there is justice in the world or that anybody cares what happens to them.

Bugger. Fallen down one of my own rabbit holes.

David

And via that, this seems apposite too.

Someone lower down a rope.

exdemocrat

Blaming a predator's actions on 'poverty' is also a convenient way to distract from the muc more pertinent contributions of family breakdown and cultural degeneracy.

WTP

this seems apposite too.

Well that sent me down a rabbit hole. Some hal-on-minnow action.

NTSOG

"Don't buy firearms for personal protection ..." in Australia too.

Some years ago a farmer in NSW displayed [not aimed at] an unloaded .22 rifle to a thug carrying a weapon who was at his front door making threats. The thug scarpered. Later the Police, having dealt with the thug, who had also threatened other neighbours, confiscated the rifle and banned the farmer from keeping and using firearms. Eventually their decision was over-turned, but not until there had been much legal discussion and action at the highest ministerial level. I have a large number of rifles, but they will not be taken from their locked safes in the event of a home intrusion, if only because it would take too long in a crisis. Instead there is a range of old axe handles and similar club-like items carefully placed around my farm that might be used if needed.

pst314

Later the Police, having dealt with the thug, who had also threatened other neighbours, confiscated the rifle and banned the farmer from keeping and using firearms.

Would it be wrong of me to wish the politicians and senior police commanders who make policy to be the victims of vicious crimes? And for this to keep happening until they figure out that citizens have a moral right to defend themselves?

pst314

Well that sent me down a rabbit hole. Some hal-on-minnow action.

From 2014. Just think, I'd been fruitlessly attempting to argue with Hal for at least 6 years. Glad they're both gone.

David

[ Emerges from rabbit hole, slightly dishevelled, torch in hand. ]

Quite peckish now.

pst314

Quite peckish now.

Here, I never did eat the bar snacks you set out.

David

Here, I never did eat the bar snacks you set out.

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

WTP

Americans only buy firearms for personal protection in their vivid imaginations. That has effectively been the rule since most of them failed to stand up for George Zimmerman.

NTSOG

pst314: "Would it be wrong of me to wish the politicians and senior police commanders who make policy to be the victims of vicious crimes?"

I'm sure it would be morally wrong, but if things are to change in favour of safer lives for the law-abiding majority it might be useful to see bureaucrats and politicians on the receiving end so they actually felt some discomfort, even fear. As for social work/SJWs types being robbed/assaulted I suspect that they would come up with a million reasons explaining how [insert groups to blame starting with Caucasian men] caused the criminals to become so dysfunctional as to rob those trying to 'save' them and society. [Also see social workers and changing lightbulbs.]

pst314

NTSOG, yeah, but I gloomily suspect that nothing less could shock these people our of their delusions and corrupt indifference.

WTP

So again in the interest of Let us share links and bicker, as this is about the only place I find information I can mostly trust...

Do any of you have some educated thoughts/experience, second hand even, regarding CBD oils? I've been trying to do my own research but I'm having difficulty discerning what is real from what is hippy-dippy BS and what is reactionary anti-hippy-dippy BS. I have a dear 90 year old lady friend who tried it for leg pains she was having. Didn't work for that but she also didn't have any odd reactions to it. She's a very stable, conservative woman originally from York. The old-style sturdy British type.

pst314

Sorry, I know nothing at all about CBD.

NTSOG

"CBD"

Central Business District?

asiaseen

I have a dear 90 year old lady friend who tried it for leg pains

Internally or externally?

asiaseen

Trying it I mean, not the leg pains...

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I thought Brits had been cutting each other’s hair all this time? Am I to understand the Isles are now populated by Cousin It lookalikes?

WTP

AIUI, it's only taken orally. The kind of nerve pain she was having I doubt she was using it extremely but I didn't think to ask.

Steve E

Do any of you have some educated thoughts/experience, second hand even, regarding CBD oils?

My experience has been hit and miss. I suffer knee pains and have tried it for that. I've tried CBD oil and some edibles. If it has had any effect at all it has been for a very short duration. Over-the-counter pain pills do a better job and are cheaper in the long run. There are several different types of oil. I had the best result with the more complete oil that also contains trace amounts of THC.

I had a similar experience with accupuncture. I had some shoulder issues that were causing a lot of pain. I would get a treatment in the afternoon and feel great until around bed time when the pain would come back. I stopped the treatments after the sixth one.

Darleen

WTP

I don't have a clue about CBD oils. However, for nerve and skeletal paid, search out a reputable cryo-therapy place. My husband has sciatica and sometimes flareups are bad. It really helps. A co-worker with degenerative shoulder joints and carpal tunnel goes regularly and it's the only thing that allows her to function until she can retire.

Darleen

"pain" ... argh

WTP

Looking for anxiety relief. The nightmares start around 3 or 4 AM and are really starting to get to me. Having trouble at times putting a proper sentence together. As perhaps you can tell by some of my recent posts...or maybe not. Anyway, I've found that alcohol helps a good bit but I don't want to fall into that trap. At least from an all-day perspective. Was thinking CBD might be the ticket. But I definitely don't want any THC.

Darleen

WTP

Have you tried melatonin supplements? Helped #2 daughter through high stress situations where she suffered insomnia.

Steve E

Looking for anxiety relief.

My friend's mother suffers with parkinson's. In addition to the shaking and other outward symptoms she is struggling with anxiety which makes all her other symptoms worse. They give her CBD gummies. I'm not sure of the dosage. My friend claims that it helps, though her mother's symptoms are so severe I'm not sure how you'd tell. Personally, I didn't notice any calming or relaxing effects when I used the oil. YMMV.

I have friends who tell me that mild THC works wonders with calming and relaxing. I haven't tried it personally. It's all legal here in Canada and the CBD and THC concentrations are disclosed on the label. We have pot shops on every other street corner where I live.

Daniel Ream

Looking for anxiety relief. The nightmares start around 3 or 4 AM and are really starting to get to me.

It's going to sound facile, I know, but unless you have an actual neurochemical imbalance that requires medication the following will help:
* Get an hour of cardio exercise every day. You should be breathing hard and sweating by the end of it.
* Start lifting weights. If you can't get weights or to a gym, try a jailhouse workout.
* Get as much natural sunlight as you can. If you don't live in the south, try a tanning salon. If you're locked down, see if you can get a SAD therapy lamp, but do a bunch of research as there's a lot of quackery.
* Talk to your doctor about testosterone replacement therapy.

The endorphins, the increased muscle mass/metabolism, testosterone and the vitamin D production will all help.

Squires

Strength training.

Diet of the keto/caveman/whatever-they’ll-call-it-next-week variety.

Get outside.

If a black dog is seriously on your back for a long stretch, consider micro-dosing with one or two magic mushrooms.

David

Blaming a predator’s actions on ‘poverty’ is also a convenient way to distract from the much more pertinent contributions of family breakdown and cultural degeneracy.

It’s also rather insulting to anyone who is, or has been, short of cash, yet has somehow managed not to mug other people, or car-jack them, or break into their homes. Again, as mentioned in the studio anecdote linked above, the people trying to rob us weren’t discernibly inflamed by a concern for social fairness or some other lofty principle. They were, quite clearly, practised predators. They were organised and seemingly fearless. Contrary to any number of Guardian columns, theirs was not some one-off act of desperation, engaged in reluctantly or under duress. And it’s entirely conceivable that the thugs – the ones armed with knives and crowbars - had more access to ready cash than many of the people they were trying to rob.

David

I believe Dalrymple also sees that criminality as essentially pathological - and that perceiving (and treating) its perps as Jean Valjeans as equally so.

It can be an interesting exercise to think back to any personal experience you might have as a victim of crime, or a witness to crime - and then mentally contrast it with the excuses for such behaviour that appear routinely in the pages of the Guardian. If you juxtapose a first-hand experience of criminal predation with the arch blathering of China Miéville or Nina Power or Laurie Penny, or any of the other identikit clowns, it reveals a mismatch, a ludicrous unrealism. A perversity that’s almost funny, in a twisted sort of way.

For instance, if your home, or the home of an elderly relative, has ever been broken into and robbed, picture the grinning face of Guardian favourite Clive Stafford Smith, who tells us, confidently, that crimes like burglary are undeserving of prison sentences and are “really quite inconsequential,” such things having “zero” emotional impact on the victim, even if it happens, as it often does, repeatedly. And even if the victim has no means of replacing whatever has been stolen or destroyed.

Dear Clive, you’ll recall, doesn’t have much time for the victims of burglary, however distressed and fearful they may be as a result, and whose expectations of lawfulness and justice he dismisses as “idiotic attitudes.” The victim’s sense of violation – and their attachment to their possessions - is merely plebeian, unsophisticated, something to be sneered at. He is, however, terribly concerned for the wellbeing of the burglar, especially if said burglar is “a young black person.”

Angus

It would be an awful shame if Clive was a victim of said “inconsequential” crime.

[Looks pointedly at barman who moonlights as super villain]

David

It would be an awful shame if Clive was a victim of said “inconsequential” crime.

Well, I don’t wish to seem unkind, but the ideological contortions on display are so contrived, so perverse, it would be interesting to see how well their pretensions hold up when the home being ransacked and violated, and stripped of anything of value, again, is their own. Note too the glib conceit that whatever may be stolen is merely a matter of insurance. No biggie. As if every victim of burglary can afford insurance, and as if everything that might be stolen or destroyed could have no other kind of value.

They really are quite contemptible. And remember, theirs is the position they regard as morally sophisticated.

randian

Doesn't the UK prosecute people for defending themselves with cricket bats? Why is the guy with an effing machete not in jail (not that he should be)?

svh

About that BBC license fee...

https://order-order.com/2021/02/23/30-staff-attend-bbcs-lesson-in-how-to-drink-water-properly/

pst314

"It's going to sound facile, I know, but... Get an hour of cardio exercise every day...lifting weights...natural sunlight"

Yes.
Best wishes.

pst314

"Clive Stafford Smith, who tells us, confidently, that crimes like burglary are undeserving of prison sentences and are 'really quite inconsequential,' such things having 'zero' emotional impact on the victim..."

Has he ever been burglarized, his home ransacked, possessions stolen or smashed, family mementos destroyed, and a large turd left on the living room carpet?

David

It would be an awful shame if Clive was a victim of said “inconsequential” crime.

It’s worth noting that these contortions are hardly uncommon. Readers may recall the middle-class Marxist China Miéville, a man whose professed sympathy for thugs and sociopaths is equally remarkable.

In 2011, following the London riots, Miéville claimed to be “horrified” that members of the press and public had used the word feral when describing the career predators and assorted thugs who, seeking excitement and a sense of power, had beaten pensioners unconscious and burned random women out of their homes. And who, on the arrival of firefighters, had dragged them from their vehicles and punched them insensible too. According to Mr Miéville, the people doing these things, often while laughing, they were the real victims. The ones deserving of our sympathy and indulgence.

But if your moral calculus is driven by a kind of narcissism, in which status is accrued by identifying the most exciting and improbable victim group and pretending to care about them, then perversity will follow.

tolkein

Like when a local druggie broke into my parents' home when my Mum was out shopping and my Dad was in a wheelchair following a stroke. My Dad ended up on the floor and My Mum's jewellery was stolen. My Dad had been in the RAF and some of the jewels were brought back by him from trips to Nepal and other interesting places. So, no, real people know that burglaries are awful and burglars are scum.

JuliaM

’ The lawyer and founder of Reprieve on defending clients on death row, why the whole justice system is flawed – and his fear of appearing sanctimonious’

It’s not appearing sanctimonious you should fear, Clive.

pst314

real people know that burglaries are awful and burglars are scum.

As are those who defend them.

WTP

Thanks for the tips but I already do most of those things and some more. Walk three times a day so get plenty of sunshine, swim hard three times a week, rehabbing rotator cuff (thus the only 3 times a week swim) with stretch bands, isometrics, etc. Then some physical work around the house if I can get myself motivated. Thus I sleep pretty well...exhausted at night...until about 4 AM...not so much 3 AM anymore but sometimes. But the CBD...thinking I will give it a try anyway. Thanks for the input.

David

As are those who defend them.

Again, it’s moral exhibitionism. It’s all about display and in-group positioning. Mr Miéville and his peers - including Nina Power, Priyamvada Gopal, and, inevitably, Laurie Penny - aren’t motivated by a concern for the poor, and certainly not for the victims of the violence and predation that they tied themselves in knots trying to excuse. As seen during the riots, when push came to shove, these elevated leftists took the side of the thugs, thieves, and predators. The ones who burned down small businesses, exulting in the thrill, and who punched fire-fighters, while people cowered in their homes.

Despite the alarming scenes, broadcast round the clock, our self-imagined betters seemed to find it titillating, and the attempts to gaslight the rest of us, to invert reality, were almost immediate.

WTP

As for defending burglars, as I pointed out on one of the past posts that David linked back to, burglary does far greater psychological damage to women victims than men. Thus defending such creatures is rather misogynist. But I suppose since men and women now are exactly the same in all manner of physical and psychological temperament, perhaps the misogynists are right.

Governor Squid

...thinking I will give it a try anyway.

The Lovely Bride started taking CBD drops several months ago to address some low-level anxiety she was feeling (mostly lockdown-related, though I'm sure the stress of being cooped up with me for months on end didn't help). We haven't really talked much about its effects and effectiveness, but she's repurchased the drops a couple of times since then, so it must be worthwhile to her.

As she said at the beginning: "Even if it's just psychosomatic, at least I'll feel better!"

Best of luck with your experiment; I hope they provide some relief. And if you don't like what they do to you, it's a simple enough matter to throw them away. (Or find some middle-school kid who thinks they're real drugs and make him mow your lawn in exchange.)

JuliaM

For your delectation :

http://twitter.com/fred035schultz/status/1364514072419532801

WTP

"Even if it's just psychosomatic, at least I'll feel better!"

Thanks. That was kind of why I was asking in general...though for opposite reason. Being a rather highly skeptical person, marginally effective drugs have very little effect on me. Rarely do I get much relief from aspirins or such.

pst314

For your delectation

I can't decide whether that is real or fake: would any woman stop her car and get out and confront the men she thought were following her? Well, it's a big country so anything is possible.

WTP

Gotta be fake. No way one of those gas hoses comes loose easily. I've even seen someone pull away from a pump with the hose still in. It stayed attached to the pump.

pst314

I wouldn't say it has to be fake, as people do sometimes drive away with the gas hose. There is a safety device that is supposed to cause the hose to break away and shut off the flow of gasoline. So for me the more dubious matter is the woman getting out of her car to confront the dangerous man who is following her. However, I wouldn't rule out fake, since people do make goofy videos just to get attention or money making traffic.

NTSOG

David: "As are those who defend them."

And also those who urge early release for criminals sentenced to long terms in gaol for major crimes. Consider an "Oklahoma man who had been released early from prison in January as part of a mass commutation effort is now accused of three killings, including the death of a neighbour whose heart he cut out, ..."

"Paul Anderson is accused of killing Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, and cutting out her heart. Authorities say Anderson brought the heart to his aunt and uncle’s house, cooked it with potatoes and tried to serve it to them before killing Leon Pye, 67, wounding the aunt and killing Kaeos Yates, the pair’s four-year-old granddaughter."

"Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks criticised the criminal justice reform that led to the commutations of hundreds of Oklahoma inmates. It is time that we do better,” Hicks said. “If we have the highest incarceration rate in the world, OK. We can look at our citizens and be honest with them and tell them that you’re safe. I can’t tell the people in my district today that they’re safe.”

I for one do not think society is safer when social justice wonkers continue to pretend they have the ability to turn sinners into saints just by singing Kumbaya or whatever chants they utter to perform their 'magic'.

exdemocrat

David: "As are those who defend them."

I agree, but most intensely experienced this in the period of my career when i defended such scumbags in their criminal appeals. I saw my job as an important and decent one in assuring the prosecutorial system remained clean and that constitutional rights were appropriately observed. Living as I do in a very liberal city, however, I was frequently 'thanked' by fellow dinner guests & others for 'doing god's work' in 'defending the marginalized' (from The Man, or some version thereof).
I used to amuse myself by telling them proudly that I had an almost 100% failure rate and was extremely happy about that. Lol

TimT

In Japan, even the babies are hardcore!

“Research by Jun Kohyama, CEO at the Tokyo Bay Urayasu Ichikawa Medical Center, and colleagues has found that babies in Japan tend to nap less than those in other Asian countries once they reach three months of age, possibly, he says, because "sleep is considered a lazy attitude in Japan".”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210222-the-unusual-ways-western-parents-raise-children

David

I agree,

To be clear, that was pst314, not me, and I’m assuming he was referring to apologist contortions in the media, rather than customary legal defence.

pst314

That is correct, David.

exdemocrat

Never doubted that, guys ;-) Btw, fwiw, that experience only confirmed my belief (shared, i think, by Dalrymple and others) that my clients (mostly murderers, btw) were more likely poor because they were criminals than the other way round. Or, more precisely, that their criminality and their poverty each stemmed from a common set of other causes rather than from the other.

ComputerLabRat

Or, more precisely, that their criminality and their poverty each stemmed from a common set of other causes rather than from the other.

This.

And that common set of causes are mostly known or strongly guessed at, but it is veroboten to say out loud for fear of being called some kind of -ist, or -phobe and being cancelled and having one's livelihood taken away.

Steve E

I'll take things that never happened for 100 please Alex.

pst314

I'll take things that never happened for 100 please Alex.

Corn Pop again? :-D

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