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September 24, 2021

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pst314

Burly chap plus one.

Awwww.

pst314

Baby chameleons.

pst314

Chia Pet of note.

pst314

Political axes.

pst314

An aptly named tool. After all, it's not straight.

It's amazing the stuff you find if you spend enough time following links.

pst314

David, did you cover this when it happened in real life?

pst314

And finally, because you clearly need to know, a “fun fact about me.”

Funnier than when pagans tried to explain to me why astrology was real...and tarot...and auras...and crystals...

pst314

Peak irony: Marxist historian worries that many people believe things that are demonstrably false.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I fear this isn't a piss take.

pst314

The Aztecs were pioneers of gender equality.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It was only a matter of time.

Richard Cranium

The guy at the weird elbow link did not appear to consider the possibility of our ancestor hominid females carrying an infant that is too weak/unable to cling to her.

Liz

Burly chap plus one.

Is he married? Asking for a friend.

David

Morning, all.

Is he married? Asking for a friend.

Heh. I hear ten thousand women buying wedding dresses.

In other news...

The word “fatphobia” is deployed, but you could just call these things reasons to lose weight.

Well-adjusted.

You’re offensive.” Do note the use of the word consideration.

Rafi

A miracle breakthrough in child relocation technology.

It needs some fine-tuning.

Joan

Burly chap plus one.

*watches video*
*looks at husband*
*buys wedding dress*

David

It needs some fine-tuning.

Pah, mere details. “Off to school, Billy…”

Baceseras

I fear this isn't a piss take

Llareggub

Karl

Gentlepeople, I give you the ACLU:

"The [privilege] whether or not to [house small citizens] is central to [the state's] well-being and dignity...
When the [duly appointed party committee] controls that decision for [citizens], [they are] being treated [fairly]."

Reprising a powerful and timely quote about the need for abortion by famous Orwellian jurist Ruth Beta Ginsburg.
Unfortunately the ACLU couldn't reprint the actual quote, seeing as how RBG was such a notable hate-spewing transphobe.

pst314

Deep Thinker consults another Deep Thinker.

asiaseen

“You’re offensive.”

The aggressive young lady should spend more time in class learning that "multi-" as in multi-cultural does NOT mean "mono-" as she seems to think it does.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, at "Scientific American", the acronym JEDI and phallic light sabers are problematic.

David

Meanwhile, at “Scientific American”, the acronym JEDI and phallic light sabers are problematic.

What caught my eye was the fact the piece apparently required five authors. Such is its heft.

Felicity

I hear ten thousand women buying wedding dresses

Some competition....

https://twitter.com/Brink_Thinker/status/1440821460428230659?s=20

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The most violent technology ever invented.

From the linked article an example of violence is given.

So often it’s the language that’s certain of itself. When I say banana I mean this long, yellow fruit. The word unit banana is so certain of itself because it means exactly and only this thing.

I am fairly certain that "certain" isn't certain of itself then, the concept itself is bananas, and our interviewee probably is not a top banana among masters of English.

David

Some competition....

[ Picks up bar towel, fans Felicity. ]

Felicity

[Picks up bar towel, fans Felicity.]

Wanna come dress shopping?

David

Actual LOL.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Heh. I hear ten thousand women buying wedding dresses.

[Earworm of Alanis Morissette singing "It's like ten thousand brides, when all you need is a groom"]

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Also relevant

pst314

The most violent technology ever invented.

Also from the linked article: “There’s the Sufi prayer that goes, ‘Lord, increase my bewilderment.’ That is the entirety of the prayer. That’s what I’m after.”

He has achieved it. Time to commit him to the Indiana State Home for the Bewildered.

Remember all those dopers you knew when you were young? Who would utter the most amazing imbecilities as if they were profound insights?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

SaO2=12

Shaka kaSenzangakhona and Gengis Khan were unavailable for comment. Probably too busy sailing between continents.

pst314

Also relevant

I thought that looked like Buster Keaton. "Seven Chances", 1925. If I ever saw it I've completely forgotten. So thank you, Ted.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I am sure this is misogynistic.

pst314

No comment.

pst314

Parrot goes for a ride

pst314

You’re offensive.” Do note the use of the word consideration.

Perhaps it is time for some reciprocity--to treat leftists the way they treat us.

pst314

Discarded Chilean ID's found on the Mexican side of the border. I wonder what they might signify.

Daniel Ream

to treat leftists the way they treat us.

Sooner or later, everyone comes around to the idea of helicopters.

pst314

It's Polly Toynbee behind the wall.

Penseivat

My device will prevent the flapping of the breasts.

Wasn't there an American structural engineer who, some years ago, devised a bra which prevented even the most voluptuous breasts from jiggling, bouncing, or swaying, no matter the conditions or actions, and also was of a material which prevented the showing of erect nipples exposed to cold? I understand that he more or less disappeared on leaving hospital aftr he had demonstrated the garment to a large crowd of men.

pst314

I understand that he more or less disappeared on leaving hospital after he had demonstrated the garment to a large crowd of men.

Sounds fair.

pst314

An appealing school lunch menu

Sam Duncan

“Steepness detected. || Related, you may wish to tread carefully.”

And we're supposed to pretend that foreigners aren't crazy.

“Marxist historian worries that many people believe things that are demonstrably false.”

That's the second time in as many days I've seen the word “demonstrably” used without any accompanying demonstration.

Killer Marmot

Modern dashboards are models of poor design.

I need two main things from the display behind the steering wheel -- my current speed indicated by a single number, and the amount of gas remaining, again given by a single number. A distant third is the outside air temperature. Everything else is mostly or entirely ignored.

Further, one of those numbers is already on the heads-up display, reflected off of the windshield.

Why, then, all the clutter and complication? I'm not driving an Maserati MC20 here.

Squires

The thrill of 1980s dashboards.

No first-gen Lincoln Town Car? Those VFTs were, as the kids say, lit.

...a “fun fact about me.”

These people do not know what fun is.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Chris Pratt was announced to be the voice of Mario in the new animated movie, and the memes are writing themselves.

pst314

I need two main things from the display behind the steering wheel...

Various warning lights, too. (Remember when all cars displayed tach, engine temp, battery charge?) And all should be clearly visible regardless of the driver's height.

pst314

Old and new French ships: L'Hermione and la Provence, AKA Beauty and the Beast.

pst314

Strong moral guidance from hookup site OkCupid.

pst314

Double-talk from Harvard: "not qualified" = "too white, male, and heterosexual"

Captain Nemo

Strong moral guidance from hookup site OkCupid.

Yet more strong moral guidance from the same place:

https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1441405601851060225

Captain Nemo

The thrill of 1980s dashboards.

I'm genuinely surprised the dashboard of the Aston Martin Lagonda wasn't mentioned in that. Behold the magnificence:

https://bestcarmagz.net/sites/default/files/351962900683_orig.jpg

Baceseras

I fear this really isn't a piss take.

the genius musical mind of Gal Gadot

(CAUTION: "polytonal music" and "odd meters")

Farnsworth M Muldoon

(CAUTION: "polytonal music" and "odd meters")

As bad as that was, at least it wasn't Yoko.

Sam Duncan

“I'm genuinely surprised the dashboard of the Aston Martin Lagonda wasn't mentioned”

Probably because it's from 1976. It certainly survived well into the '80s, to be fair. In fact, that LED-and-“touch-sensitive”-buttons version, which never worked, was replaced by one which used CRTs – yes, really; little TV screens – in 1980. That gave way to a vacuum-fluorescent display, like your old VCR, in the 1986 Series 3. I don't know for sure, but I think they finally admitted defeat by 1987 and put normal gauges in the Series 4.

I bet it never had the most important device in the universe, though.

“CAUTION: "polytonal music" and "odd meters"”

You might have warned us that it was that damn song.

Karl

the most important device in the universe

Oh My God I've seen all those shows!

Squires

That gave way to a vacuum-fluorescent display...

I goofed. VFDs, not VFTs, in the older Lincolns.

Various warning lights, too.

One thing I don’t like about about the first-gen Town Cars is that the idiot cluster is in the perfect position to be obscured by the steering wheel and/or my left arm if my left hand is on the wheel. I’ve gotten into the habit of leaning over to the left periodically just to check that nothing unfortunate has become illuminated.

NTSOG

PETA, the organisation that recommended mice 'captured' during the mice plague in Australia last summer be released safely back into the wild has come out with a new advertisement promoting what I don't know?

https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/09/more-tea-vicar-a-message-from-the-good-taste-people-at-peta.html

It may be that they like sex with vegetables and fruit - as long as they are consenting?

I do think it's is way past time to re-open the old residential institutions.

asiaseen

Some accident...
The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner said in a statement that the cause of Williams' death was "acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine". The death was an accident, according to officials.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Re the fat guy with the chair gripe: I was impressed with his realistically feminine accent. I wonder how long he had to practice that before he was ready to take it public?

JuliaM

Killer Marmot: "I need two main things from the display behind the steering wheel..."

I need one: 'Call AA'

O/T, but what the hell happened to Arizona?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10025743/Activists-Arizona-State-University-scream-two-white-students-Police-Lives-Matter-stickers.html

"The footage begins with the white students sitting at a table studying before they are approached by two activists who state: 'You're offensive. Police Lives Matter? This is our space. You're making this space uncomfortable.'"

I guess they aren't studying English, or they'd know what the word 'communal' meant.

"The two black activists, tell the white students they must leave, saying: 'You're white. Do you understand what a multicultural space means? It means you're not being centered.' "

Do they know what ANY words mean?

svh

'You're white. Do you understand what a multicultural space means? It means you're not being centered.'"

Lefties project, as our host would say.

David

Lefties project, as our host would say.

Related.

Again, this is psychodrama. The participants find gratification in scolding and bullying and generally being obnoxious, and then not only getting away with it, but being applauded for their supposed heroism. It’s how these creatures feel important and powerful, by pretending to be the victims of diabolical conspiracies – even the “violence” of fashionable headphones or innocuous laptop stickers - and therefore entitled to indulge any obnoxious impulse.

Psychologically, it’s revolting. It’s the mind of a spoiled child writ large. And it’s actively encouraged, idealised.

Nikw211

Do they know what ANY words mean?

It's the intoxicating, addictive power of act as if.

    Act as if Jews have concocted a conspiracy to infiltrate all the most powerful parts of media, education, and government to subvert and overthrow society.

    Act as if moving to live on a pre-modern agrarian commune without access to modern medicine is progress.

    Act as if women have been consigned to a dark, Capitalistic parody of Auschwitz where consumerism forces women to emaciate themselves and too weak to resist and where men are the camp guards using rape and domestic violence to keep the others in line.

    Act as if a former special forces sergeant choking a woman unconscious in a televised fight is a Civil Rights victory.

    Act as if a doctor advising an obese black woman to lose weight for health is not only medically unsound fatphobia, but hard evidence of the slavery's enduring legacy.

    Act as if the election of Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton was a sign that White Supremacists had illegally taken control over the US in war against women and minorities.

    Act as if the police in the US are committing genocide against its black citizens while acting as if black-on-black homicides and mass shootings never happen (or if and when they are acknowledged acting as if this in proof that the US is run according to a White Supremacist vision of the world).

Even a single lunatic can unsettle the calmest minds if they can say any of these things with enough conviction.

But when you have schools, universities, mainstream media outlets, NGOs, foundations, art galleries, public libraries, politicians, governments, and international agencies all responding positively to these act as if?

Then even by openly opposing it you can get drawn into giving unwitting credibility to all these act as if.

Psychologically, it’s revolting.

That, as they say, and then some.

Nikw211

[ Quickly reads through post after posting ]

[ Immediately spots half a dozen typos and missing words ]

Barkeep! Pass me the cone of shame!

[ Slinks into corner ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The death was an accident, according to officials.

That is just legalese. An autopsy determines both cause and manner of death.

Cause is the medical reason, disease, injury, and so on.

Manner is how the cause happened, and the choices are only natural, accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined.

A whopping OD is obviously not natural, and if there is nothing to indicate the guy deliberately ODed, or someone else deliberately shot him up, the only option is accidental.

asiaseen

@ FMM
the only option is accidental

No. The option is to say nothing save that the death was by apparent overdose.
If the coroner says it was accidental - OK, that is a judicial decision. If "officials say" that is opinion and not even legalise.

Nikw211

Live action Tetris.

pst314

Re the fat guy with the chair gripe: I was impressed with his realistically feminine accent...

Eats lots of soy?

Most of the fat people I have known did not make obnoxious demands, but I did discover something that might justify discrimination: If they are too fat to use the seat belts in your car, will you be legally liable for their injuries in the event of an accident? Once, when giving a ride to several people, I happened to ask "everybody buckled up?" as I started the engine and was disconcerted to hear the obese one say "no".

pst314

I need one: 'Call AA'

I hope you mean this, not this.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

No. The option is to say nothing save that the death was by apparent overdose..

Again, cause and manner are two different medico-legal things. Cause is OD, manner is accidental.

In the US there are coroners and medical examiners. In general coroners are elected and may or may not be physicians. Medical examiners are physicians, generally pathologists, who perform autopsies in a given jurisdiction. In some cases a coroner may also be a medical examiner and depending on the jurisdiction may be the individual making the final determination of cause and manner of death.

For example, a body is brought into the morgue with a syringe stuck into his medial cubital vein. Appropriate radiographs are taken, various fluids taken for toxicology, and the autopsy performed. Every medical finding is entered into the record regardless of apparent relevance to the apparent cause (e.g., 30% occlusion of the left main coronary artery, fatty liver, etc.) along with the apparent cause. Evidence from other investigators in considered.

Toxicology off the charts, no evidence to suggest foul play or suicide. Cause is drug overdose. The medico-legal choices for manner are the ones listed above, though "pending" may be a qualifier (e.g., tox may not be back).

Manner is accidental, a self administered accidental OD, as opposed to a deliberate OD (e.g., an OD of an opiate to commit suicide), or homicide (somebody else was shooting him up). To make it more exciting, the latter can then be either manslaughter (no intent to cause the OD), or murder (intended to give the guy an OD) which in either case will be determined by the rozzers and not the coroner and/or ME.

If "officials say"...

The coroner and/or medical examiner, or a spokesman for them, are the "officials" who say.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

He's right, it used to be an adolescent joke, but why medical journals are pandering to such a tiny minority remains a mystery.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oopsie, this did not go to plan.

pst314

More funny trolling.

Sam Duncan

“Oopsie, this did not go to plan.”

I'm calling shenanigans. Assuming it's not a livestream, why would anyone trying to demonstrate a point publish a video in which they signally fail? I guess it's possible she has a sense of humour about it, but... well, that's not exactly common, is it?

Still funny, though.

Daniel Ream

Assuming it's not a livestream

A lot of these videos are exactly that, but the lack of visible facial piercings, tattoos and clown hair colouring leads me to believe you're right.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'm calling shenanigans.

Yeah, if you go to her twitter, it is a send up, but a good one.

pst314

Do not attempt to perform rituals here, or the peasants will come after you with scythes and pitchforks.

pst314

Rituals were performed here.

pst314

Is Superdry a chosen emblem of urban douchebags?

pst314

For David, because there is still time for one last glass before bed:

‘Shall we finish the wine?’
‘Gule, or gluttony, is a beastish sin,’ said Stephen. ‘But without sin there can be no forgiveness. Would there be any of the Gibraltar walnuts left, at all?’
--The Ionian Mission, O'Brian, Patrick

Daniel Ream

Do not attempt to perform rituals here

Suspected witch's grave. There were a number of such protections bruited about in the 17th century, including burying the body face down or burying it vertically head down. The idea was that when the witch came back to life, she'd be confused and dig in the wrong direction.

Sam Duncan

“Do not attempt to perform rituals here,“

In case anyone's wondering, body snatchers. It's called a mortsafe. They're not uncommon round these parts.

pst314

My grandmother's grade school had a fire escape like this, except that it was steel. The first child to go sat on a blanket which wiped away any accumulated dust and dirt.

pst314

The motive, though, is impossible to guess.

Daniel Ream

It's called a mortsafe

Ah, well, I've learned something new. I should have figured, I've been watching The Frankenstein Chronicles. Which threw me for quite the loop until I realized none of the characters played by black actors are actually supposed to be black, it's just BBC stunt casting.

PiperPaul

I am liking Midnight Mass quite a bit.

Nikw211

It’s the mind of a spoiled child writ large. And it’s actively encouraged, idealised.

Apparently...

    My first reaction upon seeing the ASU video was to shrug it off — another immature, overzealous, brainwashed, 18 year-old freshman who is parroting woke buzzword gumbo. Yawn, just a kid [ ... ] I was shocked and horrified to learn that she was, in fact, already grown up! Judging by her LinkedIn profile she is pushing 30
PiperPaul

"The Most Terrifying Toilets in the World"

David

Judging by her LinkedIn profile she is pushing 30

As should be clear, the initiators of these dramas don’t do these things because they’re actually oppressed – hence the inversions and rhetorical contrivance. Quite the opposite. The participants are generally cossetted and indulged, often to a degree not available to others, including many of their targets. They do these things because they enjoy doing them. Opportunities, however small, are actively sought out and seized upon. The rest is a convenient pretext – often mouthed, but wholly bogus.

Karl

I have some sympathy with the ASU racist shit-heels filming themselves attacking white interlopers in their "Multicultural Centre". They correctly understood, even if the the white students didn't, that the space is actually "No Whites Allowed". The ASU hierarchy understood this too when they gifted the room to grifting racist agitators, it's just that they daren't explicitly say so or put up appropriate signs.

The only problem here is that the white kids aren't in on the dirty secret.

The reason the ASU students were happy to post video of themselves racially harassing strangers is because they have been taught by the "University" that there are good kinds of racism. What they don't realise is that to most of the rest of the world there is no "good" racism and they just come across as fucking evil bigots.

WTP

What they don't realise is that to most of the rest of the world there is no "good" racism and they just come across as fucking evil bigots.

And much like those white kids who "aren't in on the dirty little secret", what you don't understand (though maybe do but accidentally overstated) is that to most of the rest of the world racism is good, so long as it works in favor of their race. It is western civilization and its desire to rise above racism that is the oddball anomaly. It's just that such an anomaly, and the other anomalies that WC is also infused with, is/are what makes it so successful and productive. What has raised mankind in general out of the shithole of lives that were nasty, brutish, and short. And we're set to piss all that away. But such are the consequences of paying no mind, until it is much too late that is, to your "education" system being taken over by such people.

pst314

to most of the rest of the world racism is good, so long as it works in favor of their race.

Sadly, this seems to be largely true: America and Western Europe are exceptions.

Karl

to most of the rest of the world racism is good

Yeah, I don't really think so. Racism is natural, yes. Racism is automatic, yes. Racism is universal, yes. But good?

It is western civilization and its desire to rise above racism that is the oddball anomaly.

Yes indeed - and the oddball anomaly being regarding racism as actively bad.

Only woke culture, well and the Germans, imbues discrimination with an actual virtuous ideological foundation.

pst314

Racism is automatic, yes. Racism is universal, yes. But good?

Yes, good. Because they are not ashamed of their racism. They think it is natural, reasonable, right and proper.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

They correctly understood, even if the the white students didn't, that the space is actually "No Whites Allowed".

"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever". Who knew George Wallace was such a progressive ?

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