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July 23, 2021

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Fred the Fourth

engine failure...

I had this hammered in to my flight brain: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. In that order.

This kid did it almost perfectly - he's too chatty with the tower, and does not declare an emergency (not that it would have made any difference since he had no air traffic issues). Squawking the wrong code was amusing but harmless. Most important, he rapidly picked a great place to aim, preserving a couple of options on the way.

I used to fly a Cherokee out of Palo Alto CA. In that same plane, my instructor had the main engine oil seal blow out right over San Francisco International. Landed there safely among the big jets. Some weeks prior I had rejected that plane during preflight checks because of a suspicious drop of fresh oil on an engine head bolt. I suspect the maintenance effed up when they "fixed" that problem.

pst314

Fiddlesome filing.

[ Opens notebook. Writes "Do not hire David when my bookshop reopens." ]

And finally, the lamp you’ve been itching to get your hands on.

[ Opens notebook. Writes "Suspected deviant." Orders crate of notebooks from Amazon. ]

pst314

Assorted vintage ray-guns.

Those old ray guns had a certain style.

pst314

Salvage operation.

From that same twitter feed: Elephant paints elephant. I had only previously seen Elephants do abstract paintings, not representational ones!

Steve E

And finally, the lamp you’ve been itching to get your hands on.

Cross it with a lava lamp and you might have something.

Richard Cranium

I am starting to think that we shouldn't worry about making educators feel bad.

asiaseen

An educator speaks

Maybe she could learn to speak in unbroken sentences

WTP

The California retail experience.

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.

Richard Cranium

I suspect it is $950 per robbery incident. A relatively careful robber would only hit a given place once a day at the most.

Of course, it would be quite funny if the bystanders robbed the robbers and returned the loot to the store.

Richard Cranium

I'm not from California, but I can certainly think of a secondary robbery market once the original thieves leave what the surveillance cameras that watch the parking lot can see.

David

Morning, all.

I am starting to think that we shouldn’t worry about making educators feel bad.

The speaker – the one having trouble finishing sentences or linking them together – is Dr Jennifer Harvey. She’s a professor of religion at Drake University. Her preoccupations include “race, gender, activism, politics, spirituality, justice.”

Apparently, she has a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics.

And so, her “goal” is to make white children feel “guilt.” For being white.

Mags

I am starting to think that we shouldn’t worry about making educators feel bad unemployed.

FTFY

David

FTFY

As noted here more than once, the proponents of these policies – essentially, psychological abuse - do not acknowledge any error on their part, even when the consequences of their ambitions are predictably dire, and obviously and vividly disastrous in practice, and disastrous in practice over and over again. Instead, they double down and lie, and denounce those who dare object as “racists” and “white supremacists.” Even if those objecting happen to have brown skin.

One should therefore not assume that these are people who mean well.

Jen

the lamp you’ve been itching to get your hands on. Only £3,500.

👀

JuliaM

I can’t seem to open the ‘ | I wonder why no-one wants to read woke Iron Man comics.’ link..? It appears to link back to the main page here…

David

👀

I see you’re interested, madam. I’ll put you down for two.

David

I can’t seem to open the ‘ | I wonder why no-one wants to read woke Iron Man comics.’ link..? It appears to link back to the main page here…

It works fine for me. How many margueritas did you have for breakfast?

svh

The painted knees of flapper girls.

I learned something today.

Karl

Only £3,500

I understand that in order to prevent the lamp unexpectedly going off, you can purchase an optional "retaining" ring to hold down the, er, casing.
£500.

Nikw211

An educator speaks

Bet this required some creative graphic design solutions to squeeze onto her business cards:

    In 2003 and 2004 I served as an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender violence prevention educator in New York City public schools.

I found that in the introduction to a 2007 book Harvey wrote. Also this:

    This book ... takes as its subject the relationship of white people to white supremacy and seeks to scrutinize them (us). For, indeed, in a society in which the machinations of racism are everywhere, white people are the problem. Said differently, racism is a white problem. People who were white created white supremacy and people who are white sustain it. Our actions, attitudes, and ways of being subvert justice, cross-racial solidarity, and reconciliation. More insidiously, we benefit profusely from the prevalence of racial injustice, even as we are spiritually, psychologically, and morally malformed by it.

I can certainly think of someone who is "spiritually, psychologically, and morally malformed" though her use of "we" there is just a tad presumptuous.

This isn't racism as some kind of rhetorical ironic gesture.

It's just racism.

David

I can certainly think of someone who is “spiritually, psychologically, and morally malformed” though her use of “we” there is just a tad presumptuous.

In case it needs saying, it’s rather important that these damaged people, who evidently wish to damage others, should have no influence whatsoever over children, or over those employed to educate them.

And yet, here we are.

Karl

An educator speaks.

As I've opined before - the primary conceit of un-Critically Racist Theory is that there is such a thing as "good" racism.

There isn't.

PiperPaul

Elephant paints elephant

Phffft, that elephant isn't a very good drawer, even *I* can do better than that.

Stupid elephant.

David

This kid did it almost perfectly

It’s strange how small, unspoken details convey the drama unfolding – for instance, when his hand shakes a little. As well it might, of course. What with the ground approaching rapidly.

David

Your new neighbours.

Horace Dunn

Jennifer Harvey PhD:

We don't wanna induce shame...

That's big of you, Jennifer. What a total bitch.

David

That’s big of you, Jennifer. What a total bitch.

If you think of ostentatious wokeness as a kind of camouflage, an attempt to mask unsavoury, even sociopathic, motives, while gleefully indulging them, you won’t go far wrong.

Karl

Glass Octopus

Is it just me wanting to see it do a poo?

Horace Dunn

unsavoury, even sociopathic, motives...

The most disturbing thing is the reaction to her pronouncements (or lack of it) from her audience.

Harvey is saying that she wants to hurt children's feelings, but only those whose feelings have not already been hurt enough. How will she know which children deserve such treatment? She'll identify them by skin colour (because such practices have always gone so well). But she adds, generously, that she won't be too cruel.

Any group of normal, decent people hearing someone speak in this way would respond with jeers and mockery. Are we to assume that those assembled silently in the room with Harvey are as creepy and malevolent as she is?

David

Any group of normal, decent people hearing someone speak in this way...

Clue.

pst314

How many margueritas did you have for breakfast?

I knew there was something missing. [ Adds to shopping list ]

pst314

Apparently, she has a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics.

And so, her “goal” is to make white children feel “guilt.” For being white.

Nominally Christian. Solidly Marxist. More than slightly Satanic.

pst314

If you think of ostentatious wokeness as a kind of camouflage, an attempt to mask unsavoury, even sociopathic, motives, while gleefully indulging them, you won’t go far wrong.

Just a glance at her face is disturbing.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Today in Racism™: cake.

The gingerbread cake was flagged in a Labour council document as part of a white guilt audit performed to satiate the Black Lives Matter mob and uncover “examples of how racism continues to be prevalent in everyday life.”

“Historically, some of the ingredients used to make these ‘local’ products were gained through the triangular slave trade (for example, sugar),” states the document.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Also Today in Racism™: Math and science, because an Echo doesn't understand an accent.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Your new neighbours.

I rather enjoyed meeting the natives and witnessing their quaint folkways.

I wouldn't call the police if they offered me a bevvy.

asiaseen

This kid did it almost perfectly

What made it for me (as a former military fighter aviator) and made me giggle hysterically for about 5 minutes were his two restrained but heartfelt words as the aircraft came to a stop "Holy Shit"

WTP

Yeah...the elephant drawing thing...umm...deep fake anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?...

WTP

because an Echo doesn't understand an accent.

Because NOBODY should have ANYTHING ANYWHERE in the WORLD until absolutely EVERYONE EVERYWHERE can have that EXACT SAME THING working PERFECTLY for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Anything less is infintyisms. Just so you understand. This rule has been bloody obvious for decades, generations even. It's about damn time you evil fascists understood this.

Sandra
None of the Google devices in my house understand my mom's Nigerian accent.

But please, keep lecturing me about how math, science, and tech are "neutral" and "have no bias"

Archimedes: didn't have a Nigerian in the lab.

Isaac Newton: didn't have a Nigerian in the lab.

Thomas Edison: didn't have a Nigerian in the lab.

And evidently Google and Apple managed to get as far as they've got without many Nigerians in the lab.

Evidence of your people's failure to make much of a contribution to the modern civilized world? No, it's evidence of a moral taint on the entire history of science.

WTP

The joke's on you. Archimedes, Newton, and Edison were all Nigerians. Any proof otherwise is just further example of the systemic racism of our society. Prove me wrong. Go ahead. I dare you.

WTP

And patriarchy. I forgot to mention patriarchy. You people banging on and on about this gender crap. It's all a right wing conspiracy to discredit LGBTI.

https://qz.com/807743/conservatives-have-created-a-fake-ideology-to-combat-the-global-movement-for-lgbti-rights/

Lies. All lies that you are spreading to discredit the LGBTI community. Whatever the 'I' stands for....

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Quis custodiet loots ipsos custodes looters ?

Sam

Is it just me wanting to see it do a poo?

Karl made me laugh today. Cheers

RE the elephant - absolutely amazing if true. Though it won't stop me from eating them thankyouverymuch.

What?

David

Is it just me wanting to see it do a poo?

Don’t make me flick the lights on and off.

David

The resemblance is uncanny.

[+]

The resemblance is uncanny.

The first comment...

pst314

Don’t make me flick the lights on and off.

Remember, folks: After the light-flicking comes the hamster urine. Be warned.

pst314

Do you have an extra £15,000 lying around? Prefab root cellar for today's sustainable companies and cosmopolitans (Via Comrade Arthur)

anon a mouse

Don’t make me flick the lights on and off.

Come again?

*ducks*

Steve E

We can joke, but the woke keep winning.

Starting next season the Cleveland Indians become the Cleveland Guardians. One can only hope the team uses the news organization's copy editors when the uniforms are made. I might buy a jersey that says Grauniads.

David

[ Quietly fixes link, resumes nonchalant, half-arsed wiping of bar. ]

JuliaM

’ It works fine for me. How many margueritas did you have for breakfast?’

Not enough! :D I’ll blame the iPhone.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Don’t make me flick the lights on and off.

I hear tell it is the official lamp of Ace and Gary's rocket the New Shepard.

Prefab root cellar...

Around here we call them there contraptions tornado shelters and will set you back 5K frogskins installed.

The colour of the fridge's door is green 'so it will merge in the landscape', while the body of the fridge is white to help reflect light.

It's underground, who the hell cares what colo(u)r it is.

Starting next season the Cleveland Indians become the Cleveland Guardians.

Wait a tick, named after the Irish 5-0, I think that is a bit problematic.

Sam

Wait a tick, named after the Irish 5-0, I think that is a bit problematic.

Incorrect. For some reason the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (a literal angry white male!) has escaped the progressive stack altogether. Maybe people recognize the brutal historical treatment of the Irish in the New and Old Worlds alike. Or maybe you're allowed to name a team after a demographic group so long as it has an acceptable verb included.

How long until a woman's athletic team is named The Stunning Braves? How about an NBA team named the STEM-POCs? Or a football team named the Rainbow Warriors? =)

More suggestions please.

aelfheld
Evidence of your people's failure to make much of a contribution to the modern civilized world?

Now, now, you're forgetting the Nigerian contribution to the art of redistributing wealth.

Richard Cranium

I think all sports teams should be named Dilligaf.

Daniel Ream

We can joke, but the woke keep winning

This is why I don't pay much attention to GamerGate, ComicsGate, parents getting obstreperous at school board meetings, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul; when I see these sociopaths in handcuffs or begging in the street for bread, then I'll believe we're getting somewhere.

anon a mouse

"margueritas"

Que? We're having margaritas on the back deck in a few. And some cigars. Lovely day and all that...

Sam

I don't know Daniel. Your point is taken and the frustration is palpable, but letting the perfect be the enemy of the good can result in inaction and apathy. I've seen too many decent people throw up their hands and not take even the tiniest of actions in opposition because the problem seems to intractable, the enemy too powerful.

Daniel Ream

not take even the tiniest of actions

That's my point, though. No one is taking the tiniest of actions, including those who shout the loudest about it. It's all recreational outrage.

The closest thing to actual action anyone's taken in recent years is parents sweeping their school board elections and ejecting CRT, but it still misses the main point: the public education system is rotten from the head down. Getting rid of CRT only causes a change in tactics in the enemy; what's required is getting rid of the teachers (and unions, and administrators, etc.). CRT was climate change was the Gaia hypothesis was Reviving Ophelia was UNICEF boxes was Pennies to Bali[1].

The problem at this point is that we've allowed things to get so bad that nothing short of mass organized political action focused on very specific results is going to do it.

Because the alternative is either gulags or helicopters.


[1] A program instituted when I was in kindergarten that encouraged children to donate their spare change to Bali, Indonesia for some reason.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

For some reason the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (a literal angry white male!) has escaped the progressive stack altogether.

That is just because he is a drunk because of white fragility.

OTOH, a team that has a high percentage of Players of Color (PlOCs) named after cops who wantonly and randomly shoot POCs is indeed an issue because it forces the PlOCs to internalize whiteness and enact white supremacy especially if they are winning over a team with other PlOCs because they have to use bats which are just enlarged police batons which are symbols of Jim Crow laws.

Police are notoriously homo and transphobic too. You have to broaden your intersectional horizons.

pst314

OTOH, a team that has a high percentage of Players of Color (PlOCs) named after cops who wantonly and randomly shoot POCs is indeed an issue

Waiting for an NFL team to change its name to the Hood Rats or the Gangstas.

WTP

No one is taking the tiniest of actions, including those who shout the loudest about it. It's all recreational outrage.

This. This right here. Some of us have been taking action only to be dismissed for reasons very similar to Sam's comment. I don't like letting the perfect be the enemy of the good either, but when sticking one's neck out is met either by silence by one's allies or downright opposition by people one has know and trusted, one's closest friends, and seen such people now, still at this point, mouth the platitudes, watched the police kneel, watching STEM cave to wokeness, where TF is the good? Some of us are mighty f'n tired. We need to see some sign of life, some fight. For God's sakes something.

Because the alternative is either gulags or helicopters.

Embrace the greater reality of 'and'. I can see gulags without helicopters from here. Helicopters alone seems highly unlikely.

WTP

BTW, rereading that after posting perhaps is not clear. I am in agreement with Daniel.

Sam

[1] A program instituted when I was in kindergarten that encouraged children to donate their spare change to Bali, Indonesia for some reason

Such a program today would confuse Kindergarteners. Not the wealth distribution part, but rather the concept of "spare change".

ComputerLabRat

OTOH, a team that has a high percentage of Players of Color (PlOCs) named after cops who wantonly and randomly shoot POCs is indeed an issue

So you're saying a team of PlOC is going to be named after Irish Plod?

Don't mind me - I'ma order another drink and go sit in the corner.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

So you're saying a team of PlOC is going to be named after Irish Plod?

A team with, not entirely of, but that still makes it problematic that the Indians are now the Guardians, which is Garda in English.

It is fitting, in a perverse way, that they play at Progressive Field.

I think they should have gone the way of AA teams and gone with names like the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Huntsville, AL), the Montgomery Biscuits, the Amarillo Sod Poodles, or the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.

Cleveland could have been the Blazin' Cuyahogas

Baceseras

I'm waiting for a team to call themselves the Positive Role Models

Steve E

I think they should have gone the way of AA teams and gone with names like the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Huntsville, AL), the Montgomery Biscuits, the Amarillo Sod Poodles, or the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.

Let's not forget the Lansing Lugnuts and the fear inspiring El Paso Chihuahuas who happen to have one on the coolest jersey's in baseball:

pst314

Thugs who are trained boxers dress up as superheros to beat up random strangers. They need to meet armed citizens willing to end the threat by any means necessary. Oh, wait, England has no Second Amendment. And even if the police arrest them they will be back on the street in months.

WTP

Waiting for an NFL team to change its name to the Hood Rats or the Gangstas.

To Daniel Ream's comment and in response to Sam, I'm waiting on conservatives..."conservatives" to tell MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS (if I have that right), and the NCAA and all their various colleges and universities to go f themselves. My "Oh, I hate communism with every fiber of my being...I'm a Christian Christian of Christian Christianity...God Bless America every public holiday and twice on Flag Day uber more patriot than you...and oooh, do I oppose abortion right done to the moment of conception" friends and relatives and such still gotta have their Braves and Falcon and Steelers and Doplhins and Buccaneers and WTF Auburn calls themselves today and Hurricanes tickets and TV else'n they just gonna die.

pst314

I'm waiting on conservatives..."conservatives" to tell MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS (if I have that right), and the NCAA and all their various colleges and universities to go f themselves.

I'm boycotting them entirely, but I take your point: I know "conservatives" who won't even boycott communists who boast of their efforts to help Antifa.

Daniel Ream

still gotta have their Braves and Falcon and Steelers and Doplhins and Buccaneers and WTF Auburn calls themselves today and Hurricanes tickets and TV else'n they just gonna die

Panem et circenses.

I won't spend money on any entertainment that preaches woke garbage at me. Fortunately I've been a swarthy pirate for decades.

Fred the Fourth

Nigerian accent...

They probably also don't understand Geordie, or Manx, or Tex-mex, or Cajun, or Southie, or Hillbilly, or French or Mandarin or Ruskie or Scandie or...

So TF what?

This is another type of ultrarich-world-only problem. Like just today I was walking through the parking lot at my grocery store, and noticed the (numerous) curb-cuts for wheelchair access have been completely redone. As in removal and replacement of a 3 meter x 3 meter square of new concrete, and addition of a plastic bump mat. Because the design code was recently changed, so the previous, adequate, unworn, version had to be ripped out. Plus, the new version's plastic will require replacement every few years. The same is being done everywhere.

The contrast between that kind of waste, and the growing tent and RV encampments all over Silicon Valley, ought to be a clue, but won't be. California thinks it is rich enough to burn money, but is rapidly heading in Venezuela's direction.

John Lewis

My favourite collegiate sports team remains the University of Northern Colorado Fightin’ Whities.

Team apparel with the name and slogan “Every thangs gonna be all white” were in great demand at one time.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The contrast between that kind of waste, and the growing tent and RV encampments all over Silicon Valley...

♫If you're going to San Francisco,
You can sell them a twenty thousand dollar trash can there...

No doubt WiFi and Bluetooth enabled...the new SFDPW iTrash.

John Lewis

I wonder how many tenders were received before Newsom-Pelosi Inc were awarded the contract?

Karl

he didn’t want to further delay replacing old trash cans since Public Works worked for three years on a new prototype.

!!!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Thugs who are trained boxers dress up as superheros to beat up random strangers.

Seeing as how this was at an Asda, had to look up just what an Asda store is.

Walmart retains "an equity investment" in Asda, a seat on the board...

Oh. Well that certainly goes a long way to explain the video.

Sorry about that...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times believes in Science™.

In her research, Prather has found that the ocean churns up all kinds of particulate and microscopic pathogens, and every time the ocean sneezes with a big wave or two, it sprays these particles into the air.

Prather is a "leading scientist", you see. Gesundheit.

pst314

he didn’t want to further delay replacing old trash cans since Public Works worked for three years on a new prototype.

There's money to be made in dragging out the decision-making process.

asiaseen

replacing old trash cans

Unacceptable solution: employ a big chunk of the street-sleepers to clean up the trash and so enable them to stop living on the streets. Or is that too revolutionary an idea?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In other science news, your cloth masks stops it, but not your skivvies and trousers.

Right. Science™.

Healthy people tend to break wind between five to 25 times a day, and testing has found that SARS-CoV-2 can be present in faecal material.

Yeah, but go on eating your beans on toast, you granny killers.

pst314

Unacceptable solution: employ a big chunk of the street-sleepers to clean up the trash and so enable them to stop living on the streets. Or is that too revolutionary an idea?

Not so much revolutionary as unworkable: Nearly all of them are unemployable.

A better solution would start with recalling that very simple trash containers used to work well because there were very few bums and those bums knew that they would be arrested if they dumped the contents of trash cans out on the street. Not to mention that they would be dealt with very strictly if they tried to camp on the streets etc.

pst314

Don’t make me flick the lights on and off.

Service bulletin: Rapidly flicking the lights on and off may cause a dangerous current surge.

WTP

Nearly all of them are unemployable.

A better solution would start with recalling that very simple trash containers used to work well because there were very few bums and those bums knew that they would be arrested if they dumped the contents of trash cans out on the street. Not to mention that they would be dealt with very strictly if they tried to camp on the streets etc.

This. Revolutionary ideas all around, barkeep.

sH2

Richards then asked Brian: “Who have you oppressed today?”

“I haven’t oppressed anyone today,” said Brian.

“You’re breathing. Have you left your house today?,” replied Richards.

“Yes,” Brian said.

“Okay, so you may have oppressed somebody,” Richards finished.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=17832

WTP

You conservatives and your conspiracy theories. Just because a little cray-cray is going on at some backwater school like Penn State doesn't justify your defensiveness. White fragility is what it is. Buck up buttercups.

pst314

This. Revolutionary ideas all around, barkeep.

Without changing my opinions much at all I gradually evolved from "peace loving, individual-freedom-advocating, live-and-let-live, anti-racist, limited-government, Enlightenment liberal" to "dangerous revolutionary fascist". At least in the eyes of what today passes for "liberals".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH !

Heh.

Steve E

“Okay, so you may have oppressed somebody,” Richards finished.

Aside from the absolute absurdity of what he says is the complete lack of intellectual rigor. No one challenges the "Prof", even the kid he has singled out for embarrassment. His entire argument is nothing more than bald-faced assertion. He offers no evidence, provides no argument, cites no examples and yet everyone in that lecture pretends that they've witnessed some deep debate where truth has been revealed.

Jesus wept.

Steve E

His entire argument is nothing more than bald-faced assertion.

I should note that even if he did offer "proof", the literature in this field is all based on assertion any way. It's why post-modernism has done away with objective truth. That's what you do when your arguments are baseless.

pst314

I should note that even if he did offer "proof", the literature in this field is all based on assertion any way.

Assertions footnoted with references to other papers which themselves are mere assertions.

...It's why post-modernism has done away with objective truth. That's what you do when your arguments are baseless.

This. The left embraced post-modernism precisely because of the failures of leftist theories.

John D

His entire argument is nothing more than bald-faced assertion. He offers no evidence, provides no argument, cites no examples and yet everyone in that lecture pretends that they've witnessed some deep debate where truth has been revealed

That.

Steve E

everyone in that lecture pretends that they've witnessed some deep debate where truth has been revealed

I give you Homo Sovieticus.

The left embraced post-modernism precisely because of the failures of leftist theories.

Dystopian attempts to enact dystopian ideologies based on the fantasy that human nature is malleable. The closest they get is Homo Sovieticus. A creature so docile it will stand by while it's family is murdered by power hungry ideologues who can't see their failure.

Squires

...employ [...] to clean up the trash [...] stop living on the streets.

Oh how all very white of you. Report to re-grooving, counter-revolutionary!

pst314

That's me, proudly pale. Apt to fly off and quote Dead White Males™ at the drop of a hat--even when nobody has a hat to drop.

lotocoti

It's art!
No, it's going to Shapeways and entering YES in the scale selection box.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It's art!

I am offended, it is not a POC, has no obvious handicaps, and no Alphabet People flag so we can know either "gender" or pronouns.

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