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October 15, 2021

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pst314

DIY policing.

Inspector Gadget! I used to read his fine blog.

From that link: "The public being the police." See the Peelian Principles of Policing:

"7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."

Richard Cranium

The DIY policing link reminded me of https://turtledove.fandom.com/wiki/The_Last_Article

For some reason.

Daniel Ream

DIY policing

Things are rapidly coming to a head and it's not going to be much longer before people skip the ineffectual dragging and go straight to the cricket bats. They can't scoot back in front of your car with a cracked skull.

Steve E

Things are rapidly coming to a head...

I think a cowcatcher mounted on all vehicles might also do the trick.

PiperPaul


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asiaseen

Can pigs jump?

Olympig hurdler.

David

Morning, all.

Or you could, you know, just lose some weight.

Jacob

(or how to undermine a high-trust society)

That.

JuliaM

"And finally, because you’d never, ever tire of it."

This blows my mind. Presumably sewerage, water, electricity etc is all run through the middle?

[+]

And finally, because you’d never, ever tire of it

"the house can make a full circle in 24 hours when it is set on the slowest speed but while at the fastest spinning, it turns around in 22 seconds."

What could go wrong?

David

at the fastest spinning, it turns around in 22 seconds.

It’s like the premise of a game show. Terribly respectable ladies could attempt elaborate baking challenges while trying to stay upright and not be violently ill.

Daniel Ream

It’s like the premise of a game show

It would certainly improve The Great Canadian Baking Show, which seems to be deliberately recruiting exclusively emotionally unstable biker moms and flamboyantly gay people with ridiculous hair in equal measure. Forcing them to compete on a giant carousel wouldn't make it any less tawdry.

David

I still like the game-show idea, discussed in the thread following this, in which a dozen Gender Studies graduates attempt to survive for 30 days in the logging industry.

Horace Dunn

Or you could, you know, just lose some weight.

Well yes. But in truth, she's not an unattractive looking woman. In fact, she has rather a nice face.

My guess is that any problems she has with romantic relationships are more likely to be caused by her gratingly perky manner and her fondness for lecturing the rest of the world on its moral shortcomings.

David

My guess is that any problems she has with romantic relationships are more likely to be caused by her gratingly perky manner and her fondness for lecturing the rest of the world on its moral shortcomings.

Not entirely unrelated.

asiaseen

Presumably sewerage, water, electricity etc is all run through the middle?

Or not at all.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

I don't think I saw it posted here, so:

For the font geeks

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Regarding the spinning house, didn't Buster Keaton do that in One Week?

David

Spot the cat.

John

https://youtu.be/5od8Wuv_AAY

In case anyone has been fortunate enough to avoid the latest John Lewis ad. Words fail me.

David

Words fail me.

Oh dear. It does seem… fundamentally misjudged.

Stephanie Richer

I couldn't finish that John Lewis ad. I know its creators think it is clever but all I get from it is a sort of prequel to A Clockwork Orange. I suppose one could call it "fashionably violent."

Here, have some puppy - my dog from last weekend: https://www.reddit.com/r/weimaraner/comments/q5hmjs/when_your_owner_is_a_photographer_and_needs_to/

John

Puppy 😍

pst314

Things are rapidly coming to a head and it's not going to be much longer before people skip the ineffectual dragging and go straight to the cricket bats.

It has started. Chicago: CTA passengers beat and stab rapist. The beating will make a greater impression on this animal that any prison sentence.

pst314

Or you could, you know, just lose some weight.

Brain transplant also necessary.

Stephanie Richer

It has started. Chicago: CTA passengers beat and stab rapist.

Can we make "they went Richard Ramirez on his ass" a common expression? Having lived through the period of the Night Stalker in Southern California, I think the police should have waited a bit and let the locals finish their "discussion" with Ramirez when they caught him.

pst314

The Boston Pride organization celebrated a half-century-plus of existence by collapsing into social panic and cancelling itself.

Mike

As a person of pallor I am offended by the woman with dreadlocks and her privilege. Also, I wish the the educator would stop calling me white, I'm a person of pallor.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Minor details.

Karl

Spoiler - by the end of the article are you even sure the teen is dead?

pst314

Minor details.

This lie seems to get told quite often--so often that there are jokes of the form "died of COVID...and bullet to the head". It's as if liberal journalists want us to distrust and despise them.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Reuters goes into damage control mode.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...so often that there are jokes of the form "died of COVID...and bullet to the head...

Jokes?

Scroll down a bit...

Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events - 14,715

Also...

For over 5% of these deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned on the death certificate. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 4.0 additional conditions or causes per death.

David

CTA passengers beat and stab rapist.

While police took statements from four witnesses who saw the woman get attacked, nobody seemed to know who inflicted the injuries on [her attacker].

Well played, whumping passengers. Well played.

pst314

You heard it first: "Black women saved the entire space program."

No, black women did not "save" the space program; they were merely a few competent worker bees in a huge organization and if they had not been there some white technicians would have gotten the job done. Nor did they step in and solve problems that mystified all the white male engineers.

No, it is not true that the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to German fighters, nor were they the best fighter squadron in the Army Air Force. Good, but not the best.

Sadly, I know (knew?) white liberals who see nothing wrong with such bullsh*t. Being liberals, they cannot see the moral, cultural, and tactical problems in telling lies.

pst314

While police took statements from four witnesses who saw the woman get attacked, nobody seemed to know who inflicted the injuries on [her attacker].

CTA buses (and at least some trains) have security cameras. I suppose that "he was a good boy" activists and politicians could demand to see the video to properly punish those citizens.

pst314

...activists and politicians could demand to see the video to properly punish those citizens.

Criminals need to know that they are "secure under the watchful eyes".

Lancastrian Oik

Well played, whumping passengers. Well played.

I can't, alas, remember the title of the book or the author's name, but a few years ago I read an excellent oral history of the doings of a British armoured regiment in the run-up to, and the battle of, El Alamein.

They were billeted in Alexandria, where there was a notorious back street, supposedly out-of-bounds to all ranks, which was home to various brothels and shebeens and all kinds of goings-on. Not surprisingly, it was very popular with our lads and was known as "The Street Of A Thousand Arseholes". One night, a young trooper fell for a bait-and-switch and was robbed, stabbed and left for dead by a gang of Egyptian ne'er-do-wells. When the word got round, revenge was swift and remarkably brutal and by the time the "redcaps" (British military police) showed up it was all over bar the shouting, plus some severely injured "Gyppos", lots of smashed windows and firewood that had until very recently been furniture.

A full regimental enquiry was held, with statements taken from all officers on duty on the night in question. They came swiftly to the conclusion that although the original victim was undeniably one of their own, no other soldiers of theirs could possibly have been involved since each and every one had been been formally accounted for as being either at "the pictures", the NAAFI, or watching an ENSA show when the unfortunate events unfolded.

WTP

Leaf-blowing drama

WTF is this Ben Sixsmith guy again? I know he's political and I've seen his name around. Stupid Twitter doesn't let me click through to the bio anymore. This is the new outrage now that California has banned gas powered leaf blowers. This hysteria will spread much further than California. I've seen the great "mind thinker" Scott Adams, with all his millions, complaining about how much "work" he's lost. These little p***sies need to get off their own asses and go rake leaves for a living at $15/hr...or less for the illegals they let into the country. The Eloi and the Morlocks...

WTP

DIY policing.

All well and good until the police show up to arrest those clearing the road for assault. This is where policing..."policing" is going. They have gator-arms when antifa and BLM are burning and looting. But let normal people express their objections and the FBI shows up at your school board meetings and starts cracking heads. And any objection, any attempt to point out the glaring hypocrisy (a word I do not use lightly) and its all "whataboutism". And stupid, stupid conservatives..."conservatives" go right along with the crowd.

pst314

This is the new outrage now that California has banned gas powered leaf blowers.

Not just leaf blowers. Emergency generators, too--an especially nasty thing in the increasingly blackout-prone Democratic People's Republic of California.

WTP

Or you could, you know, just lose some weight.

She could stand to lose some sarcasm as well. Maybe that's close to the source of her real problem. Naaah...

BTW, I notice my avatar keeps changing lately. Even when posting from the same device on the same network...on the same couch. OK, maybe...maaaaybe it switched to my extension router without my noticing but that wouldn't be visible outside my gateway... I don't think. Geez, 18 months out of the business and it's like I forget everything. But I think someone else here recently noticed that their avatar changed as well?

WTP

latest John Lewis ad.

Where can I get this insurance? I've been putting off some bathroom remodeling but maybe with the proper..."proper" funding?

WTP

If I may contribute something here...our Secretary of Transportation, in the midst of a roiling debate of an infrastructure bill in congress and a supply chain crunch worse than anything I can recall in this country, is on "paternity leave"...since mid-August. See, he adopted a child...with his husband. I mean, come on now. How can we expect someone to return to work under such home life circumstances?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/buttigieg-paternity-leave-supply-chain-infrastructure

WTP

Sadly, I know (knew?) white liberals who see nothing wrong with such bullsh*t. Being liberals, they cannot see the moral, cultural, and tactical problems in telling lies.

You've just described my sister-in-law. For these exact same reasons. Right down to the space program story. Even after I show her those exact facts. She gets this condescending look on her face as if I'm the crazy one who doesn't understand reality, even as she sits there acknowledging the words that I've said but denying their meaning. It's creepy as hell. And her husband voted for Trump.

Daniel Ream

Even after I show her those exact facts

It's not about facts. It was never about facts. It's about her showing that she has elevated status in the herd because she's fashionable and you're not. If you want to perturb her, you have to hit her in her vanity.

WTP

Yeah. That's the most disturbing thing. Generally speaking, I would not describe her as an exceptionally vane person. I wouldn't describe her as fashionable nor unfashionable given their income level. Without going into exceptional detail that would itself be exceptionally boring, she's an extremely normal, nominally successful person. They do have a whole lot of stuff but they can afford it. I would guess their combined incomes were around, maybe just under $250K before they retired. And no kids. One of her favorite songs, which kind of surprised me, is Janis Ian's At Seventeen. Her other tastes are extremely MOR 70's-80's radio rock. No eccentricities in art. They like good wine, but always good value stuff. Nothing pretentious. It's like this very normal person who goes into some sort of zombie, NPC, robot mode when discussing certain political oriented topics. And these days damn near everything, even just going outside, has gotten political. This is what really creeps me out and I'm not sure if I'm just seeing this in more people that I (used to) like or if I'm forcing a pattern match. My intellect tells me this problem is far more wide spread than I want to admit. Something that I've actually observed for a couple decades but in order to function have tried to remain in some degree of denial about. But when confronted with this sort of thing, repeatedly, with the one person I trust nearly as much as my wife, and in some context until recently even more so, someone whom we have listed as primary DNR and power of attorney, it is exceptionally disturbing.

On a lighter note, here's some redneck roller coastering.

David

It was never about facts. It's about her showing that she has elevated status in the herd because she’s fashionable and you’re not.

That, as they say.

Darleen

The Boston Pride organization celebrated a half-century-plus of existence by collapsing into social panic and cancelling itself.

The second major bloc is made up of those who seek radicalism for its own sake, and who are desperate to rekindle what they see as the revolutionary origins of Pride. And so if gay rights is no longer radical, they insist, the LGBT movement must pour its energy and resources into causes that offer the possibility of militant politics—such as radical gender movements, the erasure of biological sex, anti-capitalism, demonization of Israel, extreme forms of “anti-racism,” pacifism, and police abolition. Even gays and lesbians, now seen as the “privileged” elite of the LGBT population, are the subject of suspicion, and even animosity.
Live by identity politics, die by it. This isn't surprising. "Pride" was allegedly about gaining *equal rights* with the straights and there was always a faction that never, ever wanted gays to gain access to bourgeois marriage but to destroy marriage and the family structure completely. IOW "Pride" was to be just the cover - like Critical Race Theory is today - for a vehicle that dismantles Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.

Yep, Proverbs 16:18 all the way down.

pst314

On a lighter note, here's some redneck roller coastering.

That was fun!

Hillbilly is Thunderstruck

Sam Duncan

“The propped-up people in Victorian ‘post-mortems’ look alive for a much simpler reason.”

Er. This is news to people?

“Words fail me.”

At least four times in the comments, someone points out that this is clearly wilful damage and therefore a loss adjuster would laugh in your face, and every time JL posts the same stock reply that “you’re covered for a range of home disasters including unintentional breakages caused by children.”

When you're in a hole, keep digging, right?

“She gets this condescending look on her face as if I'm the crazy one who doesn't understand reality”

Oh, if I had a quid for every time I've seen that. In fact, it's probably how the people in charge of John Lewis's YouTube account look right now...

ComputerLabRat

you’re covered for a range of home disasters including unintentional breakages caused by children

The operative term being "unintentional". What was shown in that ad was not "unintentional" - that kid seemed to know very well what he was up to. Even if Mummy Dearest never told him no, when it comes time for JL to pay up, I have a sneaky suspicion that the word "unintentional" is getting a different definition that the homeowners think.

WTP

And here’s another thing about that JL insurance ad…I’ve never heard of this company but if I currently had insurance with them, I would switch to someone else. Not so much due to the woke commercial but I don’t see these people being in business much longer. They cannot possibly remain financially solvent when literally (ABLILML) begging people to rip them off. Someone has to pay for that one way or the other, be it higher premiums for normal customers or by tightening down on payouts for much more reasonable claims. But hey, I’m no expert insurance guy so what do I know…except maybe reality…

WTP

I have a sneaky suspicion that the word "unintentional" is getting a different definition that the homeowners think.

Assuming a rational civil legal system (big assumption, I know…see my previous post) this advert should be plenty of support for their meaning of “unintentional “. As I said, if you have this insurance get out ASAP.

a different james

WTF is this Ben Sixsmith guy again?

Englishman living in Poland.

I enjoy his writing- he has a nice way of dissecting items of popular cultural and skewering irritating Guardian-approved media and entertainment figures.

Leaf-blowing drama

I occasionally walk through a wealthy residential area where nobody appears to do their own gardening.

This time of year landscape gardeners clear the fallen leaves from the paths in front of their clients' houses by blowing them in front of the neighbours' houses. Whose own landscape gardeners do the same in their turn. A lot of money is spent shifting leaves up and down the street

pst314

I think the term she needs is severely educated. Pity she doesn't read your blog, David.

Darleen

A lot of money is spent shifting leaves up and down the street

I guess it depends on the landscaping service. The husband and I are not at all wealthy, but we do have a twice-a-month gardening service come in for basic up-keep. Yes, there is use of a leaf blower, but only to gather leaves and clippings into a pile, then outcomes the rake and bag.

Raking alone is not going to leave the yard as tidy as judicious use of the blower. Then again, CA Gov Newscum has also signed into law the banning of single-family residential zoning, so private yards are not long for the world.

Squires

Then again, CA Gov Newscum has also signed into law the banning of single-family residential zoning, so private yards are not long for the world.

This is the time to do donuts on his lawn - with a motor grader.

John

WTP

The John Lewis brand was for many years a byword for excellent service and quality in their up-market high street stores (clothing, furniture, electrics - you name it they sold it).

Then a few years ago it all started to unravel. Their once famous Christmas adverts (see below, a couple of the good ones) took a decided turn for the worst and became woker and woker. The brand image began to suffer and when Covid struck a disproportionate number of stores shut for good. Far from learning their lesson they got ever more stuck into the KoolAid and this latest monstrosity will be the final straw for many former customers.

https://youtu.be/jGY-T4W-BOc
https://youtu.be/iCmvz8rDYVU

So sad. They used to be really good.

FlynPigRanch

"Needs More dress"
NEEDS more Circus Tent
FIFY

pst314

Sir David Amess was murdered yesterday by Somali "migrant". Would it be too much to ask our ruling elites to reconsider the merits of massive immigration from incompatible cultures? Maybe even (a crazy thought) enforcing the borders?

Sue Sims

Darleen: what's 'single-family residential zoning'? (Bernard Shaw comes to mind: you'll recall that he described Britain and America as 'two nations separated by a common language'.)

pst314: the reports describe the murderer as 'a British man of Somalian origin', which normally means that his parents, rather than he himself, are Somali immigrants. I'd guess that he's one of a rather large class: the first generation born in the UK, and who are frequently more 'radical' - i.e. fanatical - than their parents.

NTSOG

pst314: "Sir David Amess was murdered yesterday by a Somali 'migrant'."

Thanks for filling in details not reported by the local Australian [left-leaning] 'The Age' newspaper which could only report "a 25 year old man has been arrested." As I write the 7:00 AM ABC radio news - also tilted leftwards - only mention a '25 year old man'. I guess the origins of the alleged killer don't fit the PC story-line.

Darleen

Darleen: what's 'single-family residential zoning'?

In California, it's called "R1" zoning, meaning the neighborhood developed is restricted to building freestanding homes on a lot with setbacks for front/back yards and a minimal side yard passage between front/back. Usually garage space of 1 or more parking spaces also required.

That is now gone. Anyone can now buy a home in any neighborhood and immediately divide it up for multi-family dwellings on that single lot up to 4 units. Can be anything from a grannie flat over the garage to a two-story/2-3 apartment building in the backyard. Cities and counties can't stop it.

NYTimes actually just covered this change (of course, THEY like it) in the north San Diego area. Interestingly, my husband grew up in the general area (he attended Clairemont High aka the fictional Ridgemont High).

Karl

John Stossel asks if they shouldn't End Racial Preferences at Colleges?:

Stossel: "I don't think they're discriminating against Asians. But I assume they're discriminating for Blacks and Latinos..."
Tosser: "I wouldn't label it 'discrimination'. I would label it as 'levelling the playing field'."
Stossel: "Isn't that discrimination?"
Tosser: "No - it's 'race conscious assistance'!"

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Sue,

In the US most cities and towns* are divided into zones, areas set aside by usage, e.g., commercial, residential, industrial, and so on.

Single family residential is an area for single family houses only, i.e., no apartments, condos, duplexes, etc. The noise from Gov Nuisance means that a developer could theoretically come in, buy a single family house, tear it down, and put up condos.

You will be surprised to learn that occasionally politicians in charge of zoning are persuaded to change zones, for example, Megalo Corp wants to put in a factory so by magic single family housing is turned into industrial. Amazingly this sort of thing generally happens where land is cheap, i.e., lower income areas.

*(In some smaller towns there is no zoning that you would notice - in my neck of the woods we have a couple houses between the fire station and a car repair shop next to a bar).

Darleen

a developer could theoretically come in, buy a single family house, tear it down, and put up condos.

Nothing much theoretical when you read the NYTimes article I linked above.

Darleen

"No - it's 'race conscious assistance'!"

This is just such infuriating nonsense. To give "preference" to the brown-skinned kid applying today because some OTHER brown skinned kid got a raw deal 50 years ago is like deliberately rationing food to white-skinned families today because some black-skinned families were kept out of grocery stores during Jim Crow.

ARGH.

Karl

This is just such infuriating nonsense.

Believing that there is such a thing as Good Racism is the foundation of Critical Race Theory, and much woke self-delusion.

There isn't. There's just racism.

ccscientist

John Lewis ad: Having a kid that young vamping around is child abuse.
When people take the law into their own hands because the cops are missing or corrupt, things happen that liberals may not like. In the bad old days, lynching was common for this reason, and more white than black were hung. I read an account of a market in Nigeria. A merchant cried "stop thief" as a young man ran away. The crowd closed around the man and beat him to death. Did he really steal something? Did he get the death penalty for stealing a single mango? We don't know.

LW

like deliberately rationing food to white-skinned families today because some black-skinned families were kept out of grocery stores during Jim Crow.

Don't give them ideas.

Yeah I Can't Use My Real Name For Obvious Reasons

The Boston Pride organization celebrated a half-century-plus of existence by collapsing into social panic and cancelling itself.

The same thing is happening to the Romance Writers of America. The organization has been imploding for several years -- more young romance writers are learning they could make far more money self-publishing -- so membership has been going down. Courtney Milan started stirring the shit a few years ago accusing the group of racism, so when the new president came in, he convened the board and decided to ignore the bylaws and institute double secret probation on her. This came out, including the fact that the new president wasn't qualified to run for office. Everybody resigned.

Then, the magazine came out with an illustration in it of a white woman helping a black woman by the hand, and that revived the mob. More writers left the group, or silently let their membership lapse.

The final straw was the last round of novel awards. After renaming the awards from the Ritas to one honoring a woman POC, the best novel prize was given to a very problematic novel, in which the hero participated in the Battle of Wounded Knee, regretted his act, and was redeemed. The book was written by a Christian woman.

The mob howled. The board, instead of backing the prize winner (whose book had passed through several layers of judging), self-immolated and withdrew the prize.

This was the final straw. A slow membership decline accelerated into free-fall. A number of local groups have disbanded. An informal poll of the remaining groups revealed that about half of them will follow.

Which is a pity. For a long time, the RWA was a powerful voice for authors. Recently, it backed the #disneymustpay movement (they'd acquired the Star Wars line of novels and told the authors, including Alan Dean Foster, "Royalties? Never heard of it.). They were probably the only author group that Jeff Bezos would have picked up their phone call.

But they kneeled to the woke mob and they paid the price.

pst314

...'a British man of Somalian origin', which normally means that his parents, rather than he himself, are Somali immigrants...

Could be.

I would not, however, accept that as a legitimate argument against restricting immigration from Somalia, but rather the reverse.

Government policy would already have made immigration from such countries very difficult if those murdered by these "migrants" were primarily leftist politicians and intellectuals, and illegal immigration would be both very difficult and very dangerous. (And the penalties for all who facilitated that law-breaking would be equally harsh.)

pst314

This is just such infuriating nonsense.

But very necessary nonsense: If dark-skinned people still demonstrate inferior ability and achievement then they must be given special privileges so that they may reap rewards that they are not entitled to. The fact that this will harm them and those they will supposedly serve in their new professions matters not at all--not to them and not to leftists. Are you looking forward to ever more unqualified black professors, engineers, technicians, accountants, lawyers, police officers, firemen, pilots, and physicians?

pst314

Darleen: what's 'single-family residential zoning'?

See here for an overview.

pst314

Modest proposal: If we are to have racial quotas for skilled professions, then those who demand quotas should be required to get professional services from affirmative action hires. It would be the height of equity. :-D

pst314

Another modest proposal: It is a violation of international law for members of Oxfam and Amnesty International to defend themselves from violent assault. Not even to save their lives.

WTP

So sad. They used to be really good.

But...not at insurance? From an American perspective that seems like an odd service for a merchandise retailer. Not that similar odd combinations were not once prevalent here (thinking Sears & Roebuck way back) but not recently. The trajectory you describe sounds like something similar our major grocer in Florida and now much of Georgia may fall prey to. Publix was once top of the line and produced heart warming commercials especially around Thanksgiving/Christmas that were much like JL's. But they've been pushing more and more organic stuff and making more woke commercials and wokeness in general while I notice the quality has slipped and they engage in more and more deceptive pricing/advertising. Our local Georgia (Ingles) grocer for whom I once held in low regard actually now has better sea food and produce than Publix. And better pricing. The corporate management can be iffy but if they get a clue and listen to their store managers more about what is selling and what isn't, they could push Publix back.

Thx for those commercial links. I'm pretty sure I saw that first one before, probably because David linked to it.

Daniel Ream

A local bargain supermarket chain, No Frills, has been elevating their advertising game. No Frills is known for having standardized nondescript packaging[1] and no marketing...

https://news.yahoo.com/no-frills-animestyle-ad-takes-twitter-by-storm-231151645.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78feeBgCwkA

Many people have started pointing out that hip, clever advertising campaigns are in fact a Frill that adds to the embedded cost of their merchandise.

[1] Fun fact: the No frills package design was inspired by the product labels in Repo Man, which were themselves comped up quickly by the production crew because the film couldn't afford the product placement contracts.

Fay

I've driven by several "No Frills" stores numerous times. And nothing would entice me to stop at any one of them. Cheap groceries mean crappy produce and meat. With the added attraction of having your car, or your person, attacked, abducted, assaulted, stolen, vandalized or robbed.

As the incomparable Cecil B. Mille famously said: "INCLUDE ME OUT"!

Baceseras

The product labels in Repo Man [were] comped up quickly by the production crew because the film couldn't afford the product placement contracts

???? It's the product makers that pay on those contracts, to have their brand displayed in the film.

Include me out

A famous Goldwynism: attributed to Sam Goldwyn

David

I know its creators think it is clever but all I get from it is a sort of prequel to A Clockwork Orange.

Heh. They do seem to be sending messages that they don’t quite understand.

Presumably, the urge to seem trendy and affirm transgenderism – while coyly hiding behind the fig-leaf excuse that, well, some boys just like to vamp around in their mother’s clothes, so, hey, we’re not really being political – blinded them to other, perhaps more obvious construals. Given the attempt at woke messaging, it does seem odd to associate transgender people with juvenile roleplay, antisocial self-absorption, and gratuitously destructive behaviour. It’s almost funny, in a dark kind of way.

JuliaM

@WTP: it seems that no one can defend anyone from anything in the UK anymore:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-58930747.amp

He had an axe in a public place, refused to drop it, was Tasered four times without effect and finally dropped by an AFO in the act of sprinting towards a group of bystanders.

And the jury? They bring in a verdict of unlawful killing.

I just don’t understand the world any more.

Sue Sims

Thanks to everyone who explained zoning to this clueless Brit. I don't think we have anything quite like it over here, though there's the famous Green Belt, which is meant to keep a ring of open land round large urban areas. If you want to make changes to a house, shop, etc, or build something new, you have to get planning pemission from the local authority, but that's on an indvidual basis.

pst314: your argument re. immigration is sensible; my comment was only for accuracy's sake.

Sue Sims

Given the attempt at woke messaging, it does seem odd to associate transgender people with juvenile narcissism, antisocial self-absorption, and gratuitously destructive behaviour.

Well, reality has a tendency to break through virtue-signalling and woke posturing, albeit unconsciously. I'm just waiting for the Usual Suspects to leap on the advert as transphobic, and for the high-ups at John Lewis to retreat to their bunker beating their breasts in standard fashion ("deeply concerned...profound apologies...educate ourselves...lived reality of trans people...our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion..." etc, rinse and repeat).

Sue Sims

Ah, interesting. I've done a bit of Googling, and apparently it's only transphobic people who dislike the advert: https://www.ok.co.uk/lifestyle/john-lewis-advert-boy-dress-25213890#comments-wrapper.

We'll see how things develop.

Nikw211

Well, reality has a tendency to break through virtue-signalling and woke posturing ...

This, and very much so.

As in so many other cases, the greater part of what passes for feminism has been in the forefront of this for a long time now, leading where others later follow.

Their demands when boiled down to roots pretty much divide into "Lift this heavy thing.", "Get that thing down from the top shelf", and "Buy that other thing over there".

Hard to imagine a more stereotypically gendered set of demands than those.

(Of course, when asked, they would no doubt claim this was the application of some kind of dialectical method, turning the logic of Patriarchal chauvinism against itself in order for feminism to achieve some purer form of female autonomy. To which I can only really respond, "LoL".)

David

Well, reality has a tendency to break through virtue-signalling and woke posturing, albeit unconsciously.

It’s perhaps worth noting that John Lewis recently felt it necessary to make a video on Black History Month, supposedly to enlighten its customers. Though quite why they might require such instruction before buying a new sofa or a pair of shoes escapes me.

John Lewis

https://youtu.be/fNkniZU4VsA

For WTP.

Nikw211

Speaking of feminism, it's been on my radar again recently following the horrific abduction and murder of Sarah Everard.

And then also this, from Police Scotland, That Guy: Better Ways to be a Man.

Naturally, it's gibberish, barely indistinguishable from an overwrought teenager's Tumblr post from 2014.

And while across the site they repeatedly position "ex-cop of 30 years" and "expert in tackling men's violence, Graham Goulden" as the masculine face of That Guy, it is abundantly clear where the gibberish has actually come from - not from 30 years of policing, but from 50 years or more of Angry Studies.

But one section did catch my eye: 10 characters in film and TV who are perfect examples of THAT GUY.

In order, they are:

    (1) James Bond

    (2) Danny Zuko (Grease)

    (3)'Sick Boy'(Trainspotting)

    (4) Tony Soprano

    (5) Biff (Back to the Future)

    (6) Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)

I have to confess that one made me double-take. Venkman? Surely not?

    Dr Peter Venkman is a bit of a sleaze-ball academic who takes advantage of his position.

    Early on in the film, we see Dr Venkman conduct an Extrasensory Perception (ESP) experiment where a young male student is zapped with electricity despite correct answers and a young female student avoids punishment, whilst Venkman lies about her performance.

    It looks like Bill Murray’s character is trying to get her on her own by shocking the young man senseless, which eventually works. Thankfully he’s interrupted by fellow Ghostbuster, Ray.

    Venkman can later be found hitting on the Ghostbusters’ first customer Dana, even when she’s clearly possessed by a demon.

OK then!

    (7) Supervillain Translucent (The Boys)

    (8) Moe (The Simpsons)

    (9) The male cast of Game of Thrones)

    (10) Quagmire (Family Guy).

It's this kind of thing that makes me want to take money away from governments and put it back into my own pocket.

And to think people used to say there were no career opportunities for Angry Studies graduates.

Nikw211

Forgot to put the links in:

That Guy: Better Ways to be a Man

10 characters in film and TV who are perfect examples of THAT GUY.

Karl

I just don’t understand the world any more.

Tell me about it.

WTP

I just don’t understand the world any more.

My wife is having an increasingly harder time processing this idiocy. Between the two recent completely unrelated stories of the 15 yo girl who (it looks like) was raped and the Virginia local school board seems to have both covered it up and called on Biden to sic the FBI on her distraught father and the story that through all this supply crisis our Secretary of Transportation has been on a 2 month paternity leave with his husband, and a few other local oddities even up here in MAGA country, she's starting to question everything.

Well, we're off to the highest point in GA for what will either be Raptor Rendezvous or the Rapture Rendezvous. If I'm not back soon, well it's been fun and it's been real but it hasn't been real fun. I keeeeed, I keeeed...about the real fun part. Though if I do return, which one way or the other seems rather likely, curious to see if y'all or I will be the ones more disappointed.

pst314

pst314: your argument re. immigration is sensible; my comment was only for accuracy's sake.

And accuracy is important!

pst314

And the jury? They bring in a verdict of unlawful killing.
I just don’t understand the world any more.

Maybe I should see witness testimony and CCTV video, but that does seem very screwy.

Compare and contrast:
From the BBC: "reports of a man carrying an axe."
From the Daily Mail: "a man armed with, and waving, an unsheathed axe"

I do, by the way, know many people who seem to think that ever more accommodation should be made for crazy people and criminals. Because anything else would be "unjust". Well, how about justice for us peaceful citizens?

pst314

Between the two recent completely unrelated stories of the 15 yo girl who (it looks like) was raped [by a transsexual kid] and the Virginia local school board seems to have both covered it up...

Don't get me started on the Rocky Horror fans who "explained" to me that it was praiseworthy for Dr Frankenfurter to rape Brad and Janet because they were sexually repressed squares who needed to be liberated from all their inhibitions.

Alice

Given the attempt at woke messaging, it does seem odd to associate transgender people with juvenile roleplay, antisocial self-absorption, and gratuitously destructive behaviour. It’s almost funny, in a dark kind of way.

Hard to tell who should be more offended. :-)

John Lewis

It has just occurred to me that there are similarities between the current Loudoun County Virginia cover-up and the widely reported events at Steubenville several years ago. In each case authority figures, mainly within the political and education systems and allegedly including law enforcement at Steubenville, banded together to protect the guilty parties. It is a sign of societal regression that the Steubenville high school “rape team” jocks have now been superseded by the Virginia dude in a dress.

aelfheld
[...] it does seem odd to associate transgender people with juvenile roleplay, antisocial self-absorption, and gratuitously destructive behaviour.

'Odd' isn't perhaps the correct word.

'Apposite' comes to mind.

Karl

After a number of citizens phone the police to warn of an obvious lunatic waving around an axe in the street should the police:

1) Do nothing. Any jogger is perfectly entitled to wander around public spaces brandishing an axe and screaming about "the end times".

2) Ask him to put down the axe. And shoot him if he doesn't. Then charge the police marksman with murder.

3) Send in the clowns, er, social workers.

4) Wave their hands in the air like they just don't care.

5) I don't know any more 😢

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