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July 23, 2021

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Sam Duncan

“It's art!”

Why is it wearing a leather flight helmet?

(I notice it's in Riga. Did they just chuck some Hammerite on an old Soviet monument to the pilots of the Great Patriotic War, or what?)

Sam Duncan

“Homo Sovieticus”.

According to Leszek Kolakowski, the Short course history of the CPSU played a crucial role in forming the key social and mental features of the Homo Sovieticus as a "textbook of false memory and double thinking". Over the years, Soviet people were forced to continuously repeat and accept constantly changing editions of the Short course, each containing a slightly different version of the past events.

That seems... oddly familiar, somehow. Can't think why.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile back in Cleveland, we learn that the wimpy name "Guardians" for their baseball team was chosen because of the eight "Guardians of Traffic" art deco statues on a bridge near the stadium.

We also learn that all eight are male wypipo and six are holding Gaia raping cars and trucks. Some improvement over Indians.

I am literally shaking.

Karl

oddly familiar, somehow. Can't think why.

Telling people what you think they might be persuaded to believe for naked geo-political purposes.

It's science y'all!

pst314

According to Leszek Kolakowski, the Short course history of the CPSU played a crucial role...

Quoted from his mammoth Main Currents of Marxism, which is a valuable resource. He was exiled from Poland in the 1960's for his criticisms of socialism and Marxism, eventually settling at the University of Chicago. His wittily titled My Correct Views on Everything is in print and well worth reading and includes a long essay eviscerating a Communist who tried to discredit his writings.

pst314

oddly familiar, somehow. Can't think why.

I f*cking love science! I do! I do! Now, may I have my chocolate ration, please?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile over in the UK, will you have to pay a license fee* for your physical jerks telescreens ?

Boris Johnson is to launch a government-backed rewards programme for families switching to healthier food and exercising under radical plans to tackle Britain's obesity crisis.

The scheme will monitor family supermarket spending, rewarding those who reduce their calorie intake and buy more fruit and vegetables. People increasing their exercise by taking part in organised events or walking to school will also accumulate extra "points" in a new app...

Officials are considering going still further, with rewards linked to compliance with NHS checks, such as undergoing a smear, mammogram or health MOT.

Work camps for non compliant, that's the ticket.


*(Serious question for youse over there - what happens if you watch TV on a computer, tablet, or phone ? Do the TV SWAT rozzers come after you, or is that viewing just jake ?)

pst314

*(Serious question for youse over there - what happens if you watch TV on a computer, tablet, or phone ? Do the TV SWAT rozzers come after you, or is that viewing just jake ?)

I have heard that the BBC uses apps to control online viewing. Since the rationale for the TV tax is to make all BBC viewers pay, I suppose that online viewing of other, commercial channels and services would not matter. Am I right? Or does the BBC take the position that one may not watch Netflix without first paying the BBC?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Humo(u)rless scolds explains comedy.

All the black comedians making black jokes and Jews making Jewish jokes are all displaying internalized whiteness, no doubt.

asiaseen

Or does the BBC take the position that one may not watch Netflix without first paying the BBC?

I suspect that indeed is the BBC's position. Else why do you have to pay the tax even if you only watch the commercial stations. The Beeb would dearly love it if everyone who owned a computer or other device were liable to the tax.

Karl

At the moment you theoretically require a TV licence in the UK for watching any "live" TV transmission. Whether over the internet, or cable, or radio waves. You also theoretically require a licence to watch any time-shifted or on-demand BBC content. But not for any other time-shifted TV or on-demand service. Though you aren't allowed to time-shift your own TV programmes to avoid the licence. Go figure.

The BBC takes the position that they should be paid generously for producing their dire Goebbels-esque propaganda. Whether their audience likes it or not. And they aren't fussy about how that should be brought about. I've even heard them suggest raising a tax on internet provision or computer sales to fund their expensive bloodsucking.

Our political representatives are generally prepared to trade any amount of other people's money, however raised, in exchange for BBC favours. So reports of the imminent death of the TV Licence are greatly exaggerated.

The rest of us wish they'd all just fuck off and die.

pst314

At the moment you theoretically require a TV licence in the UK for watching any "live" TV transmission. Whether over the internet, or cable, or radio waves.

Verified here and here. Demanding that we pay a fee to the BBC gangsters to be allowed to watch TV produced and delivered by their competitors is full justification for wanting them all to just f*ck off and die.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

OK - the Wolffian duct turns into parts of male reproductive bits, and the Mullerian duct into female, so if you are "wolffian" you are already male so how the hell can you be "transmasc", same-same concept for "mullerian" and "transfem".

Does anyone know what the hell this random collection of words is actually supposed to mean ?

(Spasiba for Beeb license info, so much for my theory of just using a DVR...)

Steve E

OK - the Wolffian duct

I read that as Wolfman when I first saw it. And immediately thought of this guy:


Darleen

Can someone from California explain how they know that what is being taken is less than $950? Also, is it $950 per day, per visit, per store? Asking for a friend.

Late to the party -- 4 days unplugged from social media to travel for family wedding and other activities.

It is $950 per incident. It doesn't matter how many incidents in a day, as long as each is at a different store, it can never be more than a misdemeanor. You can be at a mall and just walk from store to store and end up with thousands of dollars of merchandise and ... yep... misdemeanor. (two DDAs in my office tried to find some way around the law be hoping since a mall itself is one business ... but alas, each leasee is one business so that rules)

And what prop 47 did besides just the $950/incident is that it got rid of PC666 - petty theft with priors - a felony aimed directly at career/repeat criminals that included state prison time. As you can see, the career criminals have now free license to steal.

And yes, a lot of these kind of thieves use the calculator on their cell phones to make sure each person is walking out with under $950 in loot.

pst314

Does anyone know what the hell this random collection of words is actually supposed to mean ?

The terminology is taken from embryology, but is then perverted for their lunatic purposes.

WTP

At the moment you theoretically require a TV licence in the UK for watching any "live" TV transmission.

May be hard to believe given some of my posts but I generally don't care for the across-the-pond superiority game we tend to play twixt US and UK (and by extension with other Anglo countries) unless done so explicitly for edgy humor. Never seriously. So still, forgive me if this hurts....This is one thing (though recent Canada and NZ much more rapidly caving to commie style authority aside) that really shocked me and still continues to amuse me about the UK. Generally in the US, you only need a license to do complex jobs or operate things that may very well caused harm to other human beings should you do or operate those things without knowing how/what the right, safe way of doing so is. The idea that a person needs a license simply to look at something is absolutely absurd to me. Creepy. When I first learned of it in college I was incredulous. When I heard it again from a Brit ex-pat I was certain he was pulling my leg. I mean, come on. You're civilized people not prisoners in East Berlin. I don't think I believed it until I heard it directly from a friend who had just spent a semester at the London School of Economics. Maybe there is something similar in the US but off the top of my head I can't think of an example. I mean come on. A license. Just so you can look at something. And as I understood it at the time, this technically applied to you even if you didn't own a TV but were watching at a friend's house or (hypothetically) watched one in a store window or pub. I remember even after having accepted this, running across a picture of one of those vans that BBC nazis would drive around to listen for evidence of people watching TV's without a license. While I knew it was true and had heard about such vans, actually seeing one felt similar to seeing a stuff jackalope. Absurd.....Well that and the fact that you even spell the word 'license' all funny like.

WTP

Does anyone know what the hell this random collection of words is actually supposed to mean ?

Basically, like how all white people are all racists, it's in their DNA and there's nothing they can do to purify themselves of it so they just gotta pay and prostrate themselves until they die...and in the afterlife as well, this is also the case with monosexuals. Unless you are bi or trans or wooly/fuzzy or whatever, you are an inferior being whose sins are intrinsic to everything you do. These are simply the facts. Any attempt to deny them is proof of your inferiority and/or ignorance. You're not going to object now are you? I didn't think so.

pst314

A license. Just so you can look at something.

I believe the reason for the license derives directly from the history of TV in England: From its introduction in the early 1930's until the mid 1950's the BBC was the only broadcast TV service. It could have been funded from general tax revenues, but I suspect that some felt it would be more fair to require payment only from those who wished to pay for this luxury.

Why there would have been a government monopoly in the first place is a separate question, which relates to the disastrous socialist policies of that era in which various industries were nationalized.

David and other Brits: Please correct me as needed.

pst314

Does anyone know what the hell this random collection of words is actually supposed to mean ?

Remember Booked on Phonics?

Simo

Generally in the US, you only need a license to do complex jobs ... The idea that a person needs a license simply to look at something is absolutely absurd to me.

Just to look at something, you can get a learners permit. For the full license you need to log 10000 hours of viewing and pass a test in Kardashian recognition.

It's a terminological quirk - maybe it should have been called a TV toll or a TV excise duty or something. Actually, a more apt term is a TV tithe - something which has to be paid to the state church even if you're Catholic or non-conformist.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in sporting news, not that I care, but the United States "Kneelers" lost to the French "Singes de Rachat" in basketball.

Here is the French team roster:

Andrew Albicy
Nicolas Batum (Los Angeles Clippers)
Nando De Colo
Moustapha Fall
Evan Fournier (Boston Celtics)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Thomas Heurtel
Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot (Brooklyn Nets)
Amath M’Baye
Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks)
Vincent Poirier
Guerschon Yabusele
Coach: Vincent Collet

IOW, the Olympic NBA game. The Olympics have reached peak stupidity.

pst314

The insidious menace of CERN. Wake up sheeple!

Lancastrian Oik

The TV licence in Britain was originally a radio licence, introduced in the 1920s. The requirement to have a telly licence dates back to 1946, and the radio licence wasn't actually abolished until 1971.

I'm a mine of information, me.

pst314

I'm a mine of information, me.

Albeit a mine that the Labour Party would like to close.

asiaseen

a radio licence, introduced in the 1920s

And in those days radio was more properly called the wireless (which, incidentally, is why the military had wireless operators

pst314

I don't know why "wireless" would be more proper than "radio", but the terminology was ubiquitous. "I heard it on wireless" etc. Rural areas benefited from numerous educational programs disseminating information useful to farmers.

WTP

Ah, yes. Wireless. Picked up the signals on my crystal set. 23 skidoo, Al Jolson, yowza-yowza-yowza and all that.

Alex DeWynter
The insidious menace of CERN. Wake up sheeple!

MK Ultra is in there twice. Coincidence? I think not.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

MK Ultra is in there twice.

Georgia Guidestones twice also. If that doesn't prove it, nothing does.

pst314

Georgia Guidestones twice also

I'd never heard of them. Checking Wikipedia, I suppose that #3, "Unite humanity with a living new language" would fit the several Esperanto kooks that I have known. Amazingly, I have only ever knwon one person who believed in the "fake Moon landings" theory. But what would still bother conspiracy theorists about CERN? After all, it hasn't caused the end of the universe like some claimed it would...

WTP

I said it 30-40 years ago...conspiracy theories are perpetuated by the government to distract and if necessary, discredit anyone who catches on to the REAL conspiracy. At the time I thought that I was joking. Now, not so much...not at all, actually.

I have a colleague/former coworker who has run a fairly successful consulting business in software. I was considering going to work for him teaching/training in new tech. He helped Bruce Eckles (SW geeks here know the name) write the iterator chapter in his Thinking In C++ book. Last I had interaction with him on FB, it was more with one of his other friends/colleagues, it was in regard to the "Nazi symbol stage" kerfluffle at the CPAC conference last year (?). I just now, checking FB, he posts a link to Jordan Peterson's recent interview with that North Korean refugee woman who was in the news recently criticizing Columbia and its commie faculty. My friend presented it asking "Is it real or is it propaganda". And he asks this as a person who previously posted relatively positive things about JP.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

After all, it hasn't caused the end of the universe like some claimed it would...

Yet...

If we are lucky we will all die of global warming climate discombobulation or the Rho Rho Rho covid variant before we are all turned inside out blasted into ether by CERN.

Sam Duncan

“The TV licence in Britain was originally a radio licence, introduced in the 1920s.”

It actually dates back to 1904 (thus pre-dating the BBC by a good twenty years). And I believe - although I can't find where I read it - that the GPO continued to “donate” the proceeds “voluntarily” to the BBC until the 1970s. I think it still kept some back for its own purposes as late as the '50s.

pst314

It actually dates back to 1904...

As late as the 1970's the GPO (British Post Office) controlled all telecommunications, which meant that it took a very long time simply to get an additional phone line and modem for data exchange between computers in different cities. And we Americans complained about AT&T which was near perfect in comparison.

pst314

it took a very long time simply to get an additional phone line and modem

I was not directly involved in that process, all those years ago, but worked with those who were and who commented on how the British PO was the bottleneck which could not be relaxed or bypassed.

Sam Duncan

“As late as the 1970's the GPO (British Post Office) controlled all telecommunications, which meant that it took a very long time simply to get an additional phone line and modem for data exchange between computers in different cities.”

Oh, yes. I remember my gran being on a six-month waiting list for a replacement phone back in the late '70s. It was considered perfectly normal, just what happens when you're dealing with highly complicated things like a telephone system.

pst314

Oh, yes. I remember my gran being on a six-month waiting list for a replacement phone back in the late '70s.

Remember those Monty Python sketches having to do with absurd bureaucracy? No matter why you call Customer Service, be sure to know your shoe size.

pst314

Remember those Monty Python sketches having to do with absurd bureaucracy?

? What did the Monty Python crew think of Margaret Thatcher back then? She deserves a lot of credit for reversing the UK's decline, but it as I recall most Smart People opposed her and hated her at the time. So what do you remember, David?

WTP

What did the Monty Python crew think of Margaret Thatcher back then?

I don't recall what the joke was and didn't understand it the first time I saw it because St. Maggie was an unknown to this US high school student. But when I saw the brief reference to her on that episode again a couple years later when I was in college (1980?) it was obviously disdainful. Not extremely, TDR style but there none the less. Something about her handbag IIRC. Or not. Either way, as much as I enjoy MP any time any one of them gets near politics, I get irritated. Though for the most part, they are much more reasonable than most of the left. Recently saw an interview by Jordan Peterson with Stephen Frye ( yes, not MP but similar to my point and more recent in my memory). These comedians, the good ones that is, have been absolutely blindsided by the woke culture that they had a hand in ushering in. Which is ironic-funny in itself. I only we didn't have to live through it with them.

pst314

I don't recall what the joke was and didn't understand it the first time I saw it because St. Maggie was an unknown to this US high school student...

I, too, was too young to understand British politics at that time.

...But when I saw the brief reference to her on that episode again a couple years later when I was in college (1980?) it was obviously disdainful.

Which episode? Surely you're not thinking of a Python episode, since it ran late 1969 through 1974, whereas Thatcher became PM in 1980? And the New Gas Cooker sketch was, I think, from 1970.

TDR style

?

WTP

Can’t recall the episode. It was a very brief reference, maybe 5-10 seconds. Mostly the context made the point. I only saw MPFC in reruns on PBS over here starting about 1978 or so.

TDS=Trump Derangement Syndrome

pst314

Thanks, WTP.

These comedians, the good ones that is, have been absolutely blindsided by the woke culture that they had a hand in ushering in.

Indeed. They are living evidence that there is no correlation between cleverness and education on the one hand and wisdom on the other.

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