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May 07, 2021

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Alex

Salon scenes.

Note the first response tweet. Calling people “sub-human” and demanding forcible medical experimentation on them... now where have I heard of that before?

Lord of the Fleas

The fish transportation solution you’ve always dreamed of.

Eric? Is that you?

Sam Duncan

“Beneath Birmingham.”

Secret supervillain base? Portal to the netherworld?

[click] Oh. Right. Birmingham.

“Bookstore of note.”

A bookshop looking like “an immersive M.C. Escher-style illusion” seems oddly appropriate for Communist China.

“Pit stop.”

For the record. (SWIDT?) The quick ones never look hurried.

Squires

The quick ones never look hurried.

Smooth is fast.

Joan

At last, a TV series binge-viewing commitment calculator.

Hold my calls.

John D

The thrill of car park security footage

Tow truck tinkle timer.

David

Morning, all.

Tow truck tinkle timer.

It’s an oddly moreish series. You have to marvel at the number of people who park directly in front of the large signs warning that unauthorised vehicles will be towed, and who even stare directly at the signs, often for some time, then park anyway, before returning later, seemingly astonished that their cars are no longer there. I also like the audio enhancements. The squeaking of large ladies in implausibly tiny dresses, for instance, or the Jetsons-style electric scooters.

Nikw211

Bookstore of note

Nocturnal sights

Shadows in the sky

There's so much ugliness about these days, but these three, not one, but three, were really quite uplifting ... not a word to often feature in my vocabulary.

David

not a word to often feature in my vocabulary.

I’m softening the blow of modern life.

TimT

And finally, festively, a party project. Do try this at home.

Oh, you actually want to use the toilet? *Shoves punch bowl their way*

David

What’s a party without some toilet gargling?

David

That said, I did once give a party where the bath was full of fluorescein. Quite pretty.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The quick ones never look hurried.

Back in the 1950's, when F1 had real cars and real drivers, only four pit crew were allowed to change tires, add fuel and/or oil, and do whatever mechanical tinkering needed to be done. With 58 people to change four tires, I am slightly underwhelmed. If they wanted to make it interesting, they would make the drivers get out and change at least one tire by himself.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Larvae of note.

aelfheld
What’s a party without some toilet gargling?

The natural order seems to have been reversed here.

David

It’s strangely quiet today. I mean, there’s plenty of people here – they’re just being very quiet and lurking in the bushes.

[ Starts thrashing bushes with stick. ]

Daniel Ream

If they wanted to make it interesting, they would make the drivers get out and change at least one tire by himself.

There's a George Carlin sketch in there somewhere.

anon a mouse

they’re just being very quiet and lurking in the bushes.

Hedgerow.

David

[ Thrashing intensifies. ]

Karl

Ow, Ow. Alright already!

[Coughs]

You would think that someone familiar with aircraft would have known better than to design a house roof so ludicrously high as to guarantee the house would blow away in the first stiff breeze. Especially given that it's been built on top of a pylon.

Looks damn pretty though.

pst314

Ow!

David

Worst attempt at hiding ever, people.

pst314

And I was having a nice hour of after-breakfast laziness.

But you really ought to be careful about what you might stir up in those bushes, David.
[ ponders whether to link to very disturbing post at Women Posting Their L's ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

D.C. - hijack a car, kill the driver, cut a plea deal never to set foot in prison.

Florida - rig a homecoming queen election face 16 years in the slammer.

Seems fair.

Today in Racism: Mid-Century Modern furniture

The first thing a savvy reader of this article will note is that, of the names I listed in the previous paragraph, all but one are male, and all are white.

OK, so ?

Take, for example, the highly successful designs of Eero Saarinen...His Model 72 side chair (1948) makes countless media appearances in the postwar years, including in an advertisement for girdles that appeared in Life throughout 1950.

The bastard, he should have known his chairs would be used in girdle ads.

The protagonists of these advertisements are invariably white women. The modern designs in their clean homes in racially segregated suburbs become props to reinforce their whiteness, and to insist on racial exclusion.

Our author, "Kristina Wilson is a professor of art history at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts." Like you expected something else ?

David

Our author, “Kristina Wilson is a professor of art history at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.”

Imagine being so degraded, so absurd, that the highest goal, the greatest treasure, is saying bad whitey over and over again.

pst314

Our author, “Kristina Wilson is a professor of art history at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.”

Imagine being so degraded, so absurd, that the highest goal, the greatest treasure, is saying bad whitey over and over again.

Do they shout ever louder to drown out the inner voices that tell them they are wasting their lives?

pst314

[ ponders whether to link to very disturbing post at Women Posting Their L's ]

[ Resentfully rubs bruised shoulder. Thinks about posting that disturbing link. Decides to take a walk first. ]

David

[ Thinks about posting that disturbing link. ]

After this build-up, you pretty much have to now.

Nikw211

[ Starts thrashing bushes with stick. ]

Still thought it was last night so was on my way home, but might as well come back in as the sun's past the proverbial yardarm.

Does it make me a bad person that I can't stop gut-laughing at things like this, this, and this not to mention also this?

(I wouldn't mind, but, to put it mildly, I don't even like Boris Johnson - I just think it's absolutely hilarious watching the more pompous and narcissistic Twitterati blame absolutely everyone and everything under the Sun rather than look in the mirror or actually, for once, listen to how they must actually sound to other people.)

PiperPaul

What, do you think we all had advanced training in How Not To Be Seen or something?

David

rather than look in the mirror or actually, for once, listen to how they must actually sound to other people

Early this morning, I saw dozens of tweets by bewildered and peevish middle-class Labour supporters, all basically berating those they clearly regard as their social inferiors. Sort of, “How dare you not vote as we prefer, you filthy, racist animals?”

But then, it’s like this every bloody time.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...bewildered and peevish middle-class Labour supporters, all basically berating those they clearly regard as their social inferiors...

The worst part is they are all registered over here as democrats as well.

[Thinks about posting that disturbing link.]

If it is either 17-27 or the one about the horse, wave off the latter.

ComputerLabRat

What is this "Women Posting Their L's"? Is it a troll on "Men Posting Their W's"? Am I correct in thinking the W stands for Wins, so a Twit thing about winning moments, and the L then would stand for...Losses? Women bragging about their loser moments?

I guess I am too old for all of this.

Nikw211

Early this morning ...

I would have been face down in the bushes at that time. On the bright side, I did stumble across this from Douglas Murray while I was trying to extricate myself from the foliage:

    In the book publishing industry 100% of respondents in the survey identify as being on the left, the sort of echo chamber that even academia can only look at with envy.

bewildered and peevish middle-class Labour supporters, all basically berating those they clearly regard as their social inferiors

Neatly summed up here.

asiaseen

Jets brought in to tackle 300-tonne fatberg

Being of a military aviation background, my first thought was that calls for some clever precision bombing.

Steve E

What’s a party without some toilet gargling?

Just don't be surprised when you wake up to the smell of urine emanating from the dark corners of the house. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

pst314

[ returns from walk feeling invigorated and cheerful ]

Maybe I shouldn't post that disturbing link.

David

Maybe I shouldn’t post that disturbing link.

I guess we’ll just have to get on with our lives somehow.

pst314

If it is either 17-27 or the one about the horse, wave off the latter.

Oh my God, you saw it, too? I'd like to think it's all just trolling, but there really are people like that out there.
But what is 17-27? Surely not a Bible verse.

pst314

What is this "Women Posting Their L's"? Is it a troll on "Men Posting Their W's"? Am I correct in thinking the W stands for Wins, so a Twit thing about winning moments, and the L then would stand for...Losses? Women bragging about their loser moments?

That's about it. Lots of proud displays of dysfunctionality--pretty much every mental disorder mentioned in the DSM III.

Daniel Ream

D.C. - hijack a car, kill the driver, cut a plea deal never to set foot in prison.

Florida - rig a homecoming queen election face 16 years in the slammer

Let's all play our favourite game, Actually Bothering to Read Up on the Issue:

1) She didn't just "rig an election", she and her mother conspired to use her mother's administrative access to the district's computer system to unlawfully access students' accounts and change their votes. That's unlawful use of a two-way communications device and criminal use of personally identifiable information - of minors, no less.

2) Their combined bail is a whopping $8,000, which is a good indication of how not seriously the DA is taking this.

3) "OMG They face a maximum sentence of 16 years!!1!lim{x->0}(x/x)!" is pure clickbait for the purpose of driving outrage and it's the sum of the maximum penalty for all of the grab bag of charges DAs like to load up any defendant with.

4) Under D.C. law, the 13 year old cannot be charged as an adult, period, so that's a non-starter; and DAs rarely charge minors as adults for anything short of severe premeditated violence because they know juries are a lot more likely to acquit if adult prison time is on the table.

5) The plea deal, which took me entire agonizing seconds to Google for, is for 2nd degree murder while armed. The girls won't spend any time in an adult prison, but they are going to max security juvie until they're 21. It's easy to be outraged when you don't bother to learn any details about the case, but this is probably the best result the DA could hope for. The George Floyd case has brought jury nullification back into the spotlight.

What, do you think we all had advanced training in How Not To Be Seen or something?

You stood up, didn't you.

my first thought was that calls for some clever precision bombing

My first thought was " 'fatberg' can't possibly be a real word, can it?"

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Maybe I shouldn't post that disturbing link.

I considered myself able to take anything back before the Internet. I was into underground comix with disturbing themes. I read true crime books. Depravity and I were best buds.

Then I saw Goatse and I realized that some doors should never, ever be opened.

WTP

Then I saw Goatse and I realized that some doors should never, ever be opened.

It was the number and degree of warnings that intrigued me to click it. I mean, how bad could it be? Fortunately it learned me good before hearing about two girls and a cup.

sH2

Sort of, “How dare you not vote as we prefer, you filthy, racist animals?”

https://twitter.com/Holbornlolz/status/1390691641485402112

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Let's all play our favourite game, Actually Bothering to Read Up on the Issue:

Do let's.

...the girls "reached the plea deal with prosecutors that would ensure they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility."

So much for "max security juvie" or any real punishment for murder.

It's easy to be outraged when you don't think anybody should be in prison.

pst314

Remember the horrific Grenfell Tower fire? There was a fire this morning at a building in New Providence Wharf in East London which has the same sort of flammable exterior cladding (ACM). It never ceases to amaze me that flammable cladding could ever have been approved for such buildings.

Runcie Balspune

Sort of, “How dare you not vote as we prefer, you filthy, racist animals?”

There's been some advancement, they've not claimed to have won the argument this time

pst314

"A 10-story, 23-ton piece of a Chinese rocket will crash into Earth sometime over the weekend — but no one knows where."

Anybody want to place bets? Ocean? Desert? A French vaccine plant? I don't know where it will land but I'm hoping for downtown Portland.

Megaera

Dude -- think bigger. I'm voting for DC.

WTP

It would be terrible if it were to hit China someplace special...What?

pst314

I'm hoping for downtown Portland...Dude -- think bigger. I'm voting for DC...It would be terrible if it were to hit China someplace special...What?

Time to re-read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress? (Video by space artist Don Davis.)

Mark

Great stuff. But too much Twitter

Darleen

House of Mouse goes fully woke.

NTSOG

House of Mouse goes fully woke.

I'll have to tear up my childhood photos of Annette Funicello in the Mouseketeers. M.I.C.K.E.Y M.O.U.S.E, etc.

pst314

I'll have to tear up my childhood photos of Annette Funicello in the Mouseketeers. M.I.C.K.E.Y M.O.U.S.E, etc.

Many years ago I saw a drawing of Mickey Mouse as a menacing Big Brother.

pst314

Maybe the Disney Corporatino will end up running Mouschwitz.

John Lewis

https://youtu.be/uq5XdiVZFQg

This sets a standard for Disney which is unlikely to be broken.

Karl

Titania is not happy with the 'Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparagement'.

"While it is crucial that we amplify the opinions of people of colour, can we please ensure in advance that said people of colour hold the opinions we want to be amplified?"

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