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May 21, 2021

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Steve E

skillset of sorts

This immediately came to mind.

Jen

So cool to see Lovelock!

Alex

a thing that's good to know

Predictably, there are a zillion comments there along the lines of "of course, Alabama." Doesn't seem to occur to a single one of them to say, "of course, a university."

pst314

an impressive pecker

OCD?

pst314

Doesn't seem to occur to a single one of them to say, "of course, a university."

Down through the centuries the eternal complaint rings out: "Damned swinish students!"

pst314

Harlan Ellison's Lost Aztec Temple of Mars.

pst314

"The Swedes have a word, 'fredsskadade', meaning 'injured by peace', where a society has been prosperous & peaceful for so long that it somehow hurts them. Handicaps them. Debilitates their thinking. Those immigrants are behaving badly? Or simply behaving according to their cultural norms? It’s not that those cultural norms are wrong/illiberal/oppressive. It’s that WE are oppressive. We must have done something to cause them to behave this way..."

John D

a man in a rush;

That's great.

JuliaM

"a thing that’s good to know"

I want to know the exact placing of those buttons now!

David

Morning, all.

How to pick up a drunk friend.

Cats are not like dogs.

He does this better than you.

Joan

a thing that’s good to know; an impressive pecker;

I see what you did there.

David

I see what you did there.

Madam, I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.

Shy Ted

I just hope Annyka is an expert troll
https://mobile.twitter.com/stillgray/status/1395563821322752000

Nikw211

What mobile phones dream about when they're on charge.

Mike D

Oh, and a tale about microwave ovens and reanimated hamsters.

I thought it was an urban myth. LOL

David

I thought it was an urban myth. LOL

Seems not. And as stories about microwaves and hamsters go, it’s quite a good one.

Felicity

Andrea (he/she/they) has been waiting a long time for her moment in the sun and he/she/they has finally made it! Is all he/she/they wanted was a manicure, but she was rejected because the manicurist is Muslim and doesn’t touch ‘men’. How very dare the salon advertise as ‘unisex’.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, as unlike our old friend Jessica, Andrea has been victimised and outraged by someone from another high status victim group. The grievance committees always seem to go to ground in victim v victim clashes.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9601197/Nail-salon-refuse-manicure-gender-fluid-singer-beautician-Muslim.html

Felicity

Apropos to my last comment, does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns? If the pronouns are he/she/they, do you need to use all of them when talking about him/her/them? Or do you have to guess which one they are relating to at any given moment, giving him/her/them multiple opportunities a day to be outraged?

Runcie Balspune

do you have to guess which one they are relating to at any given moment

I've often considered being an apronounist, which is the pronoun equivalent of an atheist, whereby I don't want to be referred to using a pronoun at all.

Of course many would ask how I would like to be referred, and my reply, as with all pronounazis, is "that's not my f*cking problem, mate".

Xas7wcrg9e
thing that’s good to know

But.. which buttons have genitalia - how can you tell? Or do you just have to mindread which ones have identified as having them?

asiaseen

does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns

I find "it" serves me well.

brinster

Man in a rush looks as if he's late for a very important appointment or got hit with a sudden attack of severe diarrhea.

pst314

Harlan Ellison's Lost Aztec Temple of Mars.

Three things I noticed in that Google Street View:
First, the exterior of Harlan's house is artistically interesting albeit very strange. (But that could describe Harlan, too.)
Second, the other houses are almost entirely lacking in character and beauty, little more than generic California boxes. The only beauty in the neighborhood are the flowers and the view across the valley.
Third, no sidewalks. Los Angeles has long been criticized as a pathologically car-oriented, anti-pedestrian city. Keep this photo in mind when you read Ray Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian".

anon a mouse

does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns?

Y'all.

pst314

does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns?

Y'all.

Heh. My preferred protocol is not talking to them.

pst314

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9601197/Nail-salon-refuse-manicure-gender-fluid-singer-beautician-Muslim.html

Those political trannies are high maintenance: Gotta change the gender fluid every 1000 miles.

pst314

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, as unlike our old friend Jessica, Andrea has been victimised and outraged by someone from another high status victim group.

Trying to bully Muslims into participating in such delusions is a dangerous game, especially in Europe where Muslim-on-everyone-else violence is a daily occurrence.

anon a mouse

tale about microwave ovens and reanimated hamsters.

Meh. Met Percy Spencer at a Raytheon event onceduponatime. Quite the engineering type, but I still can't forget the most "coke bottled" glasses ever. Yikes.

Governor Squid

'This queerphobic bulls**t in 2021 is unacceptable. I’m speechless.' (Ten-minute Twitter rant follows.)

I guess we can add "speechless" to the list of terms deliberately misunderstood by those whose sexual characteristics are always in question, but never their righteousness.

WTP

Tell me again that this world is real. If I didn't know who Morning Joe was, I would think this was a MAGA rant until the very end...and even then, like...wtf? It's almost as if Trump is living not just in his head but it's as if Joe's been completely possessed by him.

Michelle

all he/she/they wanted was a manicure

'It just felt very suspicious. Were they going through their bookings looking for people to call out?

Like trawling through the salon listings making enquiries that are just weird enough to cause business owners a second thought.

The Mail, the pantomime baddy right wing newspaper, taking the ladyman's claims as worthy of amplification. And taking it as given that a small business has no discretion to bar troublemakers, and that a female space has no right to close its doors to obvious creeps.

UNLESS you're Muslim, in which case you do have freedom of association, and your women are entitled to their own spaces and their assertions of modesty are respected.

pst314

whose sexual characteristics are always in question, but never their righteousness.

Well said. Have a drink on me.

Governor Squid

...a tale about microwave ovens and reanimated hamsters.

That video was on my recommendations list earlier this week, and I skipped right over it figuring it was just another clickbaity waste of time. Boy howdy, was I ever wrong!

And may I say that Dr. Lovelock doesn't seem a day over 80?

Governor Squid

...taking the ladyman's claims as worthy of amplification.

I assumed they were putting Andi on blast just to highlight the ridiculousness. And the clash of religions is a perfect setup for tying their usual critics in knots trying to untangle the Privilege Pyramid. I'm not saying they're diabolically clever or anything, but sometimes you fall into a story that just ticks all the boxes.

pst314

That video was on my recommendations list earlier this week, and I skipped right over it figuring it was just another clickbaity waste of time. Boy howdy, was I ever wrong!

Interesting, as I'd never heard about the hamsters, but still somewhat clickbaity. It implies that we have home microwave ovens because of those hamsters, which is not a credible claim. But I suppose it's "sexier" than admitting that home microwaves were just an inevitable result of the technology becoming cheaper and more compact.

pst314

Via Charles Murray, some satirical charts about national attitudes towards IQ distribution.

John Lewis

This queerphobic bulls**t in 2021 is unacceptable. I’m speechless.

Cue Inigo Montoya.

LW
Harlan Ellison's Lost Aztec Temple of Mars.

Three things I noticed in that Google Street View:
First, the exterior of Harlan's house is artistically interesting albeit very strange. (But that could describe Harlan, too.)
Second, the other houses are almost entirely lacking in character and beauty, little more than generic California boxes. The only beauty in the neighborhood are the flowers and the view across the valley.

The house next door has gargoyles over the garage door. Also what appears to be coils of barbed wire, perhaps to keep the gargoyles from being ripped off.

John Lewis

Re Joe Scarborough non-US readers should google Joe’s intern, Lori Klausitis, who was found dead in his office. The fact that President Trump once indirectly referred to this event probably unhinged Joe even more than was already the case.

pst314

The house next door has gargoyles over the garage door. Also what appears to be coils of barbed wire, perhaps to keep the gargoyles from being ripped off.

That is part of Harlan's house. I was not surprised at the razor wire, considering the unwelcome visitors Harlan has reportedly had.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns?

Hard to go wrong with "Yo, Zippy".

WTP

IEEE suggests you take a pledge to believe in #Science. The new religion. The comments are more informative than the article. This isn't itself very scientific to say, but there was always something about the IEEE that made me uneasy. I think I might have been a member for a year or two many years back...

https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-institute/ieee-member-news/do-you-believe-in-science-then-take-this-pledge

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The jokes, they write themselves.

pst314

The jokes, they write themselves.

"Goop's website tells users not to burn the candle for more than two hours..."

What sort of candle has that sort of safety limitation? [ shakes head ]

semi retired conservative

Admittedly old but still funny... I'd put a description but that might spoil it.
A bit of a dark comedy skit from the antipodeans...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yr-Akpte4w

pst314

Reality was even worse than this.

TimT

does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns

Speaking of, the news that Demi Lovato - whoever she is - has decided to come out as non-binary - whatever that is - caused a rather baffling German news snippet to pass under my purview yesterday. It noted the difficulty of translating these pronouns to German and concluded cheerily and non-offensively that German news media could now simply avoid offending Lovato by avoiding pronouns whatsoever and simply using his/her/their name.

I mean, German has a perfectly good set of pronouns for non-male/non-female items. Das/Ein/Es. The neuter pronoun. And they will happily refer to all manner of things with it, including people. 'Das Mädchen': 'the little girl'. 'Das Männlein'. 'The little man'.

Sam Duncan

“Demi Lovato - whoever she is”

Wasn't he the lead singer of Disaster Area, the loudest band in the universe?

“It noted the difficulty of translating these pronouns to German and concluded cheerily and non-offensively that German news media could now simply avoid offending Lovato by avoiding pronouns whatsoever and simply using his/her/their name.”

Seems sensible. There's always been an odd Americo-centric parochialism about the woke thing.

TimT

Sam - ah, you mean whassisname. Hotblack Desiato? From 'Restaurant at the End of the Universe'.

There's always been an odd Americo-centric parochialism about the woke thing.

Very much so. The odd thing was that the German news media, from my reading, seemed to be so eager to be deferential to Lovato's choice, that they seemed to imply that she is so unique/individual that no proper pronoun exists for her in German. (The headline was mostly in German but used 'they/them' for the pronouns).

It's just all so very weird.

David

Wokeness summarised.

PiperPaul

by avoiding pronouns whatsoever and simply using his/her/their name

I'm sure that attention-seeking narcissists would love this option, hearing their name repeated instead of s/he/it/their.

David

Heh.

WTP

Now apply this situation to nearly everything taught in our education system, not just in the dirty corners of STEM, but in the non-STEM moderately (maybe) objective subjects such as history then beyond into the most BS of fields...

In March 2020 you could read explainer articles pathologising the superstitions of mask wearers, and in April 2021 you can read studies investigating the psychological drivers behind the worrying trend of mask refusal, but in all cases the assumption is that anyone disagreeing with the official line must have something slightly wrong with them, even if the official line changes (who will speak up for the “premature pro-maskers”?).
https://lessonsfromthecrisis.substack.com/p/the-noble-lie-on-masks-probably-wasnt

Alex DeWynter
Apropos to my last comment, does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns?

My own protocol is to use whatever I damn well please.

WTP

Apropos to my last comment, does anyone know the protocol for people with multiple pronouns?

As was pointed out on a previous thread, either by Farnsworth or Squid or ...?, how often does such a thing even come up? These are third person pronouns. You would only be using them in virtually all cases when the person whose offense would be taken is not around. It's just more theater of nothingness.

Suzanne

...the difficulty of translating these pronouns to German...

One article says "Nun erklärt der Popstar, dass er sich als nicht-binär identifiziert" (now declares the Popstar, that he self as non-binary identifies), and another article says "Die Sängerin möchte künftig genderneutral mit «they» und «them» angesprochen werden" (the Singeress wants in future gender-neutrally with "they" and "them" addressed to be). The trouble with German is that everything declares its pronouns, leaving less room to use pronouns for persona-curation or transgression.

...an odd Americo-centric parochialism...

In the past decades French and German media have become very Americanized, far more in sync with the globalist monoagenda. The journalists, belonging to the class for whom an exchange year in an American high school and postgraduate study in Metropolis are rites of passage, speak up-to-date English with very little "satellite delay" in comprehension. The global agenda from the New York Times is delivered instantly into their electronic devices, so it's more synchronized and immersive than the old days when you had to go to some effort to get your hands on a 36 hour old copy of a US paper.

One of the satisfactions of learning foreign languages used to be to access the diversity of viewpoints that were protected by language barriers. Nowadays there's less viewpoint diversity, and French and German journalists strive to make sure that language barriers doesn't get in the way of culture-rotting trends.

ComputerLabRat

how often does such a thing even come up?

In normal spoken conversation, probably not much, and generally not noticed by anyone unless you happen to be chatting with some trigger-happy woke Mao-ling.

I bet it does come up quite often in social media, where the woke footsoldiers can comb through videos, tweets, and posts looking for offense. And also in regular media seeking relevance by talking about these individuals.

Daniel Ream

What sort of candle has that sort of safety limitation?

Any candle in a jar, which is what this was.

The longer you burn a candle in a jar, the larger the hot liquid wax layer at the top gets. The temperature differential between the hot wax layer and the colder bottom of the candle can cause the glass to crack, spilling hot, flammable wax and burning wick around the candle. Or, the burning wick can drift around in the liquid wax until it comes into contact with the glass jar, with much the same result.

PiperPaul

But I thought those were vagina candles and now I don't know what's going on anymore. Again.

pst314

But I thought those were vagina candles and now I don't know what's going on anymore. Again.

Vagina candle =/= ear candle.

I'll let myself out now.

pst314

The longer you burn a candle in a jar, the larger the hot liquid wax layer at the top gets.

Ah, that makes sense. I suppose heavy stoneware ought to be safer...but not as upscale for Fashion Forward women who crave candles that smell like vaginas.

pst314

I bet it does come up quite often in social media...

And elsewhere? One interest group I joined many years ago has now embarked on a woke project to remove "gender bias" from all documents. I fully expect to eventually be corrected on the proper pronouns to use when talking about certain members.

PiperPaul

woke project to remove "gender bias" from all documents

Make work for leftists since they're incompetent at so many other, meaningful tasks.

Squires

Make work for leftists since they're incompetent at so many other, meaningful tasks.

Or more of the usual manipulative mindset:
Create problems, offer yourself as the solution.

Daniel Ream

When I was in university, candles and paraffin lamps were all the rage amongst the hippy-wicca set. That stopped after a couple of them burned down their apartments due to not understanding basic fire safety.

But I thought those were vagina candles and now I don't know what's going on anymore.

Hot wax and vaginas is a totally different topic.

What?

Sam Duncan

“In the past decades French and German media have become very Americanized, far more in sync with the globalist monoagenda.”

No doubt. But there's still a certain... shall we say bigotry (yes, let's, if only because it'll annoy them) about the automatic assumption that America's internal problems matter and, more to the point, are even translatable to the rest of the world.

Felicity

Update of note:

https://twitter.com/lporiginalg/status/1396346374938001412?s=20

Doubting Rich

You missed a trick. This was in the replies to one of those tweets:

https://twitter.com/buitengebieden_/status/1395802982768422912

pst314

Make work for leftists since they're incompetent at so many other, meaningful tasks.

Except that in this case it is an organization in which all work is unpaid and done by volunteers. The current, increasing interest in politics is strangely at odds with the organization's original, anarchic nature.

Doubting Rich

"This queerphobic bulls**t in 2021 is unacceptable. I’m speechless.'"

There are so many completely false claims of oppression of Muslims, yet here is a genuine one where a person (not going to argue with that person's own narcissistic "gender fluidity" here) demands a Muslim does not follow her sincerely held beliefs for no sound reason and is not being condemned because that person pretends to be special.

Surely there are other salons? Probably even speciality ones. Yet you have to bully a devout beautician and her employer.

pst314

Ever since the "bake my cake or else" rainbow fascists started bullying Christians, people have been asking rhetorically why those bullies don't harass Muslim bakers and others. I look forward to reading about the next chapter in this artificially created drama.

pst314

While searching the archives for something else, I ran across this post about radical feminist "performance art".

Commenter Mike asked, "Do they actually think the bollocks they say relates to anything they're doing?"

Was it a macro-aggression to describe radical feminist antics as "bollocks"? I wouldn't want to be contacted by the British police for my comments here. ;-)

PiperPaul

artificially created drama

I think you just described 95% of the past 10 years.

pst314

I think you just described 95% of the past 10 years.

Remember the appearance in the 1990's of the term astroturf to describe fake grass roots activism?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Remember those "Black Hammer" ninnyhammers who were going to make New Wakanda ?

Oopsie.

pst314

Breaking: KGB assists Belarus air force to hijack airliner carrying dissident journalist. According to some reports, KGB operatives on board the plane started a fight with the crew, claiming they had an IED.

WTP

You both missed a trick...sound on for this one...

https://mobile.twitter.com/DudespostingWs/status/1396522682154356737

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You both missed a trick...

Now this a a trick...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It was only a matter of time...

pst314

It was only a matter of time...

"A critical race studies and ethnic studies professor"

In other words, a professional liar.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In other words, a professional liar.

That or just a loon:

White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it.

White supremacy has more uses than duct tape !

WTP

Black supremacy, or more moderately, superiority, does not require a black person to perpetuate it. Many, many white women whom I know and (previously) had some degree of respect for are proof of that. Not to mention a few white men whom I have known under similar situations. And a few of the latter being the (supposedly) alpha-male type. At least as they were/ are perceived by the greater so. By myself, not so much.

WTP

"By the greater society.." Not sure how that got cut off.

PiperPaul

That or just a loon

Or someone who has been convinced that The Cause is just and urgent and who is also unable to extrapolate or project as to the implications and inevitable abuses that would result from "fixing the problem".

(From https://lessonsfromthecrisis.substack.com/p/the-noble-lie-on-masks-probably-wasnt - "...it also illustrates a key weakness of groupthink among expert views- once something becomes the “institutional opinion” it automatically gets endorsement from every other major institution similar to the way an AAA rating was rebroadcast through the financial system in 2008. You think you’re getting a diversity of viewpoints which are coalescing around the truth, but in reality many institutions are just repeater stations who accept the incoming opinion unquestioningly and then derive all their other positions from there.")

pst314

"...it also illustrates a key weakness of groupthink among expert views- once something becomes the “institutional opinion” it automatically gets endorsement from every other major institution..."

Every now and then I see an article about someone attempting with great difficulty to trace the origin of some some bit of universally accepted but erroneous scientific or medical knowledge: Every paper and textbook repeats the number or fact, but either does not cite a source or only cites another secondary source.

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