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August 13, 2021

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NTSOG

"11 black opera singers you should know about"

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/periods-genres/opera/greatest-black-opera-singers/

'Princess' Battle is a beautiful singer, but redefines the term prima donna to an entirely new level. How Wynton Marsalis coped with her when they cooperated on an album I have no idea.

Darleen

On the neurotic farce of woke classical music.

I wonder if Ray Bradbury ever realized that Fahrenheit 451 would be used as a How-to manual?

Connor

A pathologically self-involved nightmare on legs.

"Unless I say otherwise..."

BlokeInAShed

1 litre of petrol contains about 9.2 kilowatt hours of energy. (based on 44MJ/kg and density 750kg^m3)
Therefore the 0.5 KWh toilet mentioned is equivalent to 0.054 litres of petrol = 54mils = .012 imperial gallons.
(I have done this in a bit of a rush because I need to get to the pub before the meat raffles finish, so there may be errors, but probably not by an order of magnitude)

David

Morning, all.

I need to get to the pub before the meat raffles finish,

Er, meat raffles…?

David

Fabulous news.

Darleen

Not parody.

JuliaM

"Er, meat raffles…?"

To paraphrase that annoying Aussie child in the climate ads, 'It's a thing now'.

Colin Indge

David @ 06.49. Many pubs and clubs in England run a 'raffle' for a selection of meat - chicken, beef etc.

£1 a ticket, win £20 of sausages.....

David

£1 a ticket, win £20 of sausages.....

It’s like some beautiful dream.

David

As you can probably tell from my ignorance of meat raffles, I don’t spend much time loitering in ale houses.

John D

Leftist parenting.

What a tool.

Nikw211

On the neurotic farce of woke classical music. (h/t, Sue Sims)

    The classical music profession deemed itself implicated in Floyd’s death.

Heh.

David

What a tool.

Yes, quite. He’s “teaching” his kids “to be anti-racist” by assuming that his white Trump-supporting neighbours, about whom he seems to know very little, must somehow hate people who aren’t white. An assumption that, on reflection, sounds pretty racist. And hey, trying to loudly aggravate your neighbours is not only recreation, and practically heroic, but also the kind of thing to encourage in children.

Again, as so often, perpetual adolescence.

asiaseen

"human milk-feeding individuals."

Surely that is the 4th-term foetus? The birthing parent is a human milk-providing individual.

Horace Dunn

Racial narcissism...

...Do not be surprised when and if your black and indigenous friends pull away from you... even when you haven't done anything wrong

Hmmm. Is it wrong of me to suspect that this sanctimonious woman doesn't have very many white friends? Or any friends at all?

PiperPaul

Not parody

"Marxist language games" needs to become a famous meme.

Alice

Again, as so often, perpetual adolescence.

That.

David

That.

As I often say, if you approach ‘progressive’ posturing as an intellectual project, a reasoned set of ideas, it’s often obnoxious, bewildering, self-contradictory, and not infrequently absurd. Such that being loudly and proudly bigoted about your white neighbours constitutes “anti-racism,” for instance. Or the conceit that malign intent – say, the urge to gratuitously aggravate people who live nearby - is actually piety, something to boast of while expecting applause. But if you consider the emotional and psychological dynamics, it starts to make a kind of sense. Dysfunctional sense, but still.

Karl

Not parody

Did they just assume my species?
Fucking bigots!

Stephanie Richer

We don't deserve dogs.

I am watching a lot of dog videos because next month I get my new puppy. I lost my Sam, a beautiful blue Weimaraner, to cancer last fall. I found a breeder in Georgia who represents the breed well and a little blue boy is coming home with me.

The cat is not pleased, however . . .

[I]t's the mileage.

Antonín Kovář is still looking fine. It's neither the years or the mileage, it's the attitude.

Sam Duncan

“Again, as so often, perpetual adolescence.”

You see it in that classical music article, with the fallacies and rhetorical charlatanism so confidently put forth by the woke. They're barely a step above the level of teenagers wailing, “It's not faaaaiiiir!”, yet these people have been led to believe they're serious and thoughtful adults who deserve to be listened to.

Karl

I need to get to the pub before the "meat" raffles finish

FTFY!

David

next month I get my new puppy.

Somewhat envious.

David

Fashion statement.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"11 black opera singers you should know about"

I am enjoying my ignorance of opera caterwaulers of any hue and will keep it that way, thank you very many.

Leftist parenting.

The instant you see someone, especially an "adult" wearing a hat that way you know they have nothing worthwhile to say.

...meat raffles...

Meet Raffles ? Maybe they are showing Niven films at the pub.

Rafi

meat raffle

Band name.

Nikw211

Leftist parenting.

Conservative city councilling.

Lo and behold.

I must say you have excelled yourself in the Ephemering department this week.

I've always said curating was an art form in itself.

David

I must say you have excelled yourself in the Ephemering department this week.

Thank you. I do try. Though it’s mostly happenstance.

The Scala choir version is the first time I’d actually listened to the song.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Having lived there for a bit, I am going to guess these IDs will have pictures of Andrew Jackson on them.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Probably NSFW, even though it is a class.

Today In Racism™...

John Lewis

Highly racist.

The pink one appears to have been castrated.

Karl

The pink one appears to have been castrated.

Nah. That's just the tip.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

We've been found out, the interstellar galleons sail at dawn.

Karl

Conservative city councilling

There are SOOOO many things wrong with that. Not least the obvious question of in what way dumping a large pile of dirt "was intended to attract visitors back to the heart of London." It's not as if people who spend time outside the capital are unfamiliar with piles of dirt, novel though it may be for a Londoner. You might be inclined to think that locking up some of those stabby joggers and dingers might be more of an inducement to visit.

But firstly I'd like to know why it isn't possible for public servants to have things built for the contracted price? The problem seems endemic. I mean, if I contract someone to build me a house I'm not likely to fork over an extra £3 million because the builder neglected to include the cost of the roof.

No to worry though - they're now going to hold A review to "understand what went wrong and ensure it never happens again". So that's alright then. I just hope the cost of the review doesn't overrun...

David

Nah. That’s just the tip.

[ Fetches hamster urine, bag of weasels. ]

Karl

[ unrolls Adventure Sheet ]

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

60 years ago today

Relevant, considering the covid lockdowns and the Papiere, bitte attitude.

Felicity

Musical interlude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu8CMdwBkl8&t=191s

Karl

Something for the weekend

PiperPaul

I am now picturing Star Lord singing into an alien lizard.

Daniel Ream

But firstly I'd like to know why it isn't possible for public servants to have things built for the contracted price?

Where's the opportunity for graft in that?

APL

So with respect to Conservative city councilling the idea was that people would pay (up to 8 pounds sterling) to climb up a mound?
Even if their predictions came true you would still be investing a minimum of 3 million to make back at best 1.6 million before any additional expenses.
Is this like (what we call on the other side of the pond) "infrastructure investment"?.

Karl

"infrastructure investment"

Infrastructure? It's a pile of dirt!

It's difficult to understand how anyone, at any stage of this idiot project, thought it might be a good idea. Or that it might even barely seem like a good idea to anyone who wasn't fucking mad. Or, as Daniel points out, corrupt.

Still, you know, they're going to have a Review. So we can rest assured "it never happens again".

asiaseen

The pink one appears to have been castrated.

Perhaps it is a transdildo?

pst314

No to worry though - they're now going to hold A review to "understand what went wrong and ensure it never happens again".

Remember blogger PC David Copperfield, who wrote about the dysfunctions of modern British policing? He frequently noted how, after a major screw-up came to the attention of the public, an "investigation" was promised but would never actually result in the fixing of the problems that led to the screw-up.

David

[ unrolls Adventure Sheet ]

Heh. Well played, sir.

pst314

David, I have a question about your lunch menu.

Lady o

“Let’s talk about my pronouns.”

Let’s not.

I am ever more strongly suspecting that this stuff is a giant leg-pull and, that after a kid like this finishes her video, she falls into the nearest chair, laughing like crazy.

Governor Squid

This is the first I've heard of the Temporary London Hill, and I'm struggling to understand any part of it. Was the idea that you could enjoy some green space? Because if I'm remembering correctly, there's quite a large open park immediately behind the Arch. Is the idea that you can get up high and survey the landscape? Because I'm led to believe that there are several tall buildings with observation decks, as well as a honking great ferris wheel down by the river, each of which offer up some fantastic views.

Is it so that some elected officials can pay off a bunch of designers and builders after their original schemes were disrupted by the pandemic? Ohhhh...

lunch menu

They're not even inverted, for Heaven's sake! What kind of establishment is this?

Nikw211

It's difficult to understand how anyone, at any stage of this idiot project, thought it might be a good idea.

What's worse to me is that - and if you've not been there yourself, no photos or videos seem to quite capture it - the ambience of the original (i.e. 19th century) triumphal arch is already somewhat spoiled by the incessant traffic flowing behind and to either side of it from the many long-distance coaches coming from all over the north and Scotland that pass that way.

To build anything aimed at tourists on that particular spot already strikes me as moronic.

To dump that piece of shit there is so moronic that it's no surprise whatsoever to see that they got rinsed for £6,000,000 quid.

No to worry though - they're now going to hold A review to "understand what went wrong and ensure it never happens again".

That report ends with this quote from council leader Rachael Robathan:

    "The mound may delight or divide views and that's OK, but we're confident that in the end it will fulfil its original brief - to get people back into the West End and remind them of why this is a world-class city."

Honk! as they say!

Dennis

I was really hoping the then and now pictures were going to turn into a Keith Richards gag.

Nikw211

A tragedy occurs.

Comment from Paul Mason.

Comment from whoever this is.

Comment from Ben Sixsmith.

Daniel Ream

after a kid like this finishes her video, she falls into the nearest chair, laughing like crazy

Never underestimate the ability of teenage girls (or those possessing the mentality of same) to take themselves deadly seriously.

Karl

whoever this is

Translations for the non-deluded:

"I've spent a lot of time on incel forums" - I've spent a lot of time on Twitter.
"... and what I found is a community invested in white male supremacy" - Some men were talking.
"... fascistic notions of nature" - about how biology is real,
"... far-right conspiracy" - about voting for Trump,
"... and men being radicalised to hate and normalise violence" - and football.

You're welcome.

Karl

Heh. Well played, sir.

That's what the urine-covered weasel said!
😊

Em

Lo and behold.

Lovely.

Darleen

Government priorities.

Daniel Ream

The federal transportation minister has just announced that all federal employees and all commercial air and train passengers will have to be vaccinated.

I suppose if I start hiking now I might make it to the border before they start coming door to door.

Karl

all commercial air and train passengers will have to be vaccinated

I actually thought that was a joke. But then I remember when the West used to sneer at the authoritarian Chinese government. Not emulate them.

Patrick Brown

But firstly I'd like to know why it isn't possible for public servants to have things built for the contracted price?

There are, I think, two factors.

The first is, when public sector organisations put contracts out to tender, they normally announce ahead of time that they will accept the lowest bid. All the bidders massively underbid, and because the winning contractor can't make a profit on what they bid, they then massively overcharge to compensate.

The other is the fact that, if everything goes to shit, the public will blame the government, not the contractor, so the contractor has the government over a barrel.

Steve E

The first is, when public sector organisations put contracts out to tender,

Also, what gets delivered in the end seldom matches the RFP. What the government agency asks for seldom matches what they really want or need. So, almost from day one, the change orders start and the cost goes up with each change. The people working on the bureaucracy side face no real consequences. They don't have to make a profit and usually get every increase they ask for.

Literally, the tallest womxn in the world

"All the bidders massively underbid"

Perhaps.

Hereabouts our country road connecting two state highways has been shut down for several years pending reconstruction of a bridge. Every time the Supervisors put out a RFP, the bids come back higher than ever. What started out at an unacceptably unaffordable $3.2 million most recently reached $6.4 million.

In the interim, the old bridge has been creatively repurposed as a fishing platform during the day, and a brothel at night.

And the traffic barriers constructed have been cut down by locals to allow for two-way crossings by ATVs.

People gonna peep while government sleep.

Karl

the contractor has the government over a barrel

I think we both know that's bollocks. Though I'm sure you're correct about the underbidding process.

Despite what I implied earlier I have a pretty good idea why Government contracts with private companies are so ineptly written that the company can charge extra for any absurd cost it can dream up. And that's without even considering the very real likelihood of simple fraud.

1) The people negotiating the contract on the Government's behalf used to work for the bidding company, are currently working for that company, or hope to work for the company in the future.

2) The people negotiating the contract on the Government's behalf don't give a shit how much money it loses because it's not their money.

Rich Rostrom

One comment on the Czech centenarians: of the early pictures, over half were taken when the country was under Nazi occupation (just before or during World War II). Yet those pictures don't reflect that condition.

JML

It's difficult to understand how anyone, at any stage of this idiot project, thought it might be a good idea.

A few years ago, Sydney's fabulous Lord Mayor announced a proposal to erect a giant milk crate (designed by a Japanese artist) in a city park, at a cost of a mere $1M.

It subsequently turned out that Melbourne already had a giant milk crate. So, with any copyright issue off the table, a local builder did some calculations and offered to build said crate for $60,000. Asked about the builder's proposal, a Mayoral spokesperson exclaimed "But he's not an artist!"

Unfortunately the giant crate has not yet materialised.

LW

Re Czech centenarians: I am struck by the fact that in many cases the ears in the later pictures are quite different from the ears in the early pictures. Do ears keep growing during adulthood?

NateWhilk

Official Disney Junior YouTube channel presents the Muppet Babies, with Gonzo who wants to go to the ball as Gonzorella. NOT a parody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkyaenLCZ8k&list=PL2m1vjiMH_hM9g0g5HBXcVl-BoJ293vkv&index=3

Richard Cranium
Do ears keep growing during adulthood?

A glorious future awaits for you.

BlokeInAShed

£1 a ticket, win £20 of sausages.....

Yep. Amazing that the economics and exchange rates transfers across the world. $2 here (NZ) a ticket - and maybe win $30 of meat. Won a tray of chops last night... and of course it is a given that we all win a lot more than we lose.

David

Endless, convoluted self-definition.

JuliaM

@Nikw211: for a supposedly misogyistic gunman he seems to have... not targeted only women.

Perhaps he didn't want to assume anyone's gender?

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hi LW,

Yes, they do. So does your nose.

Nikw211

@JuliaM: Not unlike the fallout from the Isla Vista shootings, there's a certain type of activist absolutely determined to exploit this awful happening for political capital.

While I suppose that's to be expected of any crisis or tragedy, I am nevertheless alarmed by what this type of activist seems to be concerned to assert:

That we live in a Patriarchy; that Patriarchy is ideological; that since Patriarchy is ideological, any and all acts of violence against women and girls (VAWG) are ideologically-informed; that any act of VAWG is therefore an act of political terrorism.

Hence the need to present "InCels" as a movement and to classify acts such as this as terrorism.

Nikw211

I know the BBC comes in for a lot of stick, and often this is deserved, but in episode 3 of history documentary Berlin 1945, the diary entry of 18 year-old Berliner, Brigitte Eicke, is read out by an actress.

Eicke's diary entry reads:

    In the new AntiFa office, work is fun. It feels like they want the same thing as the Nazis - just under a different name.

    There are the same expectations, the same manners of speaking. The young people, they say, are working best.

    The ones that are most suited to become team leaders are usually the Hitler Youth leaders

For reasons I assume will be clear, I thought this might be of interest to others.

Karl

Endless, convoluted self-definition.

You know I actually found that video a refreshing change from the usual horror show freak instructing me on how to behave so as to conform to their delusions.

Here we have a child simply explaining how having never really felt happy in herself, she went to watch The Lord of the Rings (or something) and suddenly realised that she's actually an elf.

Anyway, refreshing.
At least until she starts aggressively demanding that people address her as "Queen of the Nibelungs".
It's probably a good thing that she hadn't gone to see Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Nikw211: The wife and I recently watched the BBC Victorian Slum reality series, in which a number of families were made to live in slum-like conditions for what appeared to be several weeks. The producers simulated the experiences of each decade, from 1860 to 1900.

On the whole, it was surprisingly balanced, although still leaning left. They talked about how the slum conditions were created, and how it was difficult to find jobs, and how many refugees flooded Britain that created the crowded conditions and low wages, but never explicitly made the connection.

They also described the attempts to mitigate the worst of the conditions and explicitly pointed out how it made things worst for the inhabitants. For example, they built housing for the poor, without consulting with them, so they threw up these beautiful structures but forbid them to operate a business out of them. Considering that the majority of them were making matchboxes, gluing flowers, sewing clothes to make money from their home, this was a scheme designed to fail.

The one thing they deliberately omitted was that the concept of the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor actually exists, as any minister who has dealt with them will tell you. I remember a good reverend at our church tell us the first thing a person of the cloth learns is you always give vouchers for aid to someone knocking on the parish door. Never, ever cash.

David

The one thing they deliberately omitted was that the concept of the “deserving” and “undeserving” poor actually exists, as any minister who has dealt with them will tell you.

Somewhat related.

As is this.

pst314

The one thing they deliberately omitted was that the concept of the “deserving” and “undeserving” poor actually exists

Alfred Doolittle agrees.

aelfheld
Why do we have to work within those boundaries?

Reality is indifferent to your obsessions.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Wow. I remember reading Shaw back in college, but seeing this now, after a bit of life experience, and it's quite amusing.

Pity Shaw was such a cold-hearted bastard.

Darleen

Wokeness in therapy -- now even the most intimate of personal is political.

pst314

Pity Shaw was such a cold-hearted bastard.

And yet he saw himself as virtually the apotheosis of benevolence. 😏

pst314

Wokeness in therapy -- now even the most intimate of personal is political.

What could go wrong? /sarcasm
Patient: I and my husband of 50 years were waylaid by a gang of thugs who shouted anti-Asian slurs as they beat us. He died. I spent 3 weeks in hospital. Now I have nightmares and cannot leave the house without shaking in fear.
Therapist: Were the assailants black?
Patient: Yes.
Therapist: You need to work on your racism, you Nazi.

pst314

Wokeness in therapy -- now even the most intimate of personal is political.

The Soviet Union was notorious for weaponizing psychotherapy against political enemies. Once again the American left emulates the worst possible models.

Note the author of the linked column, Sally Satel. She has written a number of worthwhile books, including P.C. M.D. and One Nation Under Therapy.

John Lewis

At the mention of Alfred Doolittle I automatically assumed it would be the Rex Harrison/Audrey Hepburn/Stanley Holloway musical. I’m very tempted to try and watch this earlier incarnation.

pst314

I’m very tempted to try and watch this earlier incarnation.

It's much more faithful to the original play...and Leslie Howard (who plays Henry Higgins) was a fine actor.

John Lewis

Agreed. I am particularly fond of watching him in Pimpernel Smith.

Richard Cranium
Wokeness in therapy -- now even the most intimate of personal is political.

Good thing that I've viewed such therapy as bullshit; I suspect that Mr. Ream will ream me over that comment.

pst314

As is this.

David, you keep writing "Answers on a postcard, please" but where does one buy postcards nowadays?

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

In the U.S. you can get them at any post office.

pst314

In the U.S. you can get them at any post office.

What's a post office?

Captain Nemo

What's a post office?

It's a government building of variable size filled with letters and parcels, but that's not important right now.

TomJ
Wokeness in therapy -- now even the most intimate of personal is political.

Even with people at their most vulnerable. Or perhaps especially when...

David

Even with people at their most vulnerable.

We’ll give that one a post of its own, I think.

Comments that-a-way.

Daniel Ream

Good thing that I've viewed such therapy as bullshit; I suspect that Mr. Ream will ream me over that comment

Most therapy is bullshit, in that it either doesn't work or can't be determined to work or not. I opine here at great length about the root causes of many personality disorders, but I've always been candid about the fact that precisely due to the underlying etiology they're effectively untreatable. Symptom management is about the best one can hope for.

It's a government building of variable size filled with letters and parcels, but that's not important right now.

And don't call me Shirley.

Richard Cranium
I opine here at great length about the root causes of many personality disorders, but I've always been candid about the fact that precisely due to the underlying etiology they're effectively untreatable. Symptom management is about the best one can hope for.

I apologize for misrepresenting your stance on the subject.

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