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November 19, 2021

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pst314

Zen garden cat

pst314

“We have to find a way to re-regulate white people.”

Perhaps instead we need to find a way to re-regulate leftists.

pst314

I know that other blue sock is in here somewhere.

pst314

At the bar: He: 'Hi there.' She: '...'

pst314

Needle free injections. Well maybe. Wait and see. There have been various such inventions in the past 70 years, but as best I recall they all carried a small chance of contamination from the patient into the injector.

pst314

Mutants!

Brandon

Presumably they were Russian bears reasserting their historical hegemony to defend the Motherland.

pst314

Spam that's making the rounds: "A powerful new healing modality...Our sun is a conscious being that’s been with us for billions of years...a divine healer...The 12 Solar Rays are transmitted by the sun...Activate EACH one of these 12 Solar Rays in your magnetic field...Each Solar Ray is powerful to cleanse the 7 chakras and the subtle bodies...Because of the current situation in the world right now, this is what the world needs...if you want Early Bird Prices and the mega fast acting bonus that expire in 48 hours, you need to jump in quickly..."

I sometimes regret not maintaining any contact with the New Age idiots I used to know, just so I could know what forms of amusing idiocy they're up to now.

Daniel Ream

I sometimes regret not maintaining any contact with the New Age idiots I used to know

I used to absolutely delight in pointing out to Wiccans that all of their practices were not historical folkways but just tarted up O.T.O and Golden Dawn ceremonies.

TimT

That’s exactly how I would’ve done it.

Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle!

Mark

And it was ready for another wiener

Why are you looking at me like that?

Mark

The walking dead.

Just too sad for words. It is not compassion to let people live like that.

Mags

Stalker, thwarted.

The last few frames got me.

David

Morning, all.

Holiday cheer.

David

The last few frames got me.

Ostensibly, nothing much happens, but it’s quite a drama.

Pooklord

Holiday cheer.

I saw "Le tits Now", also. But shouldn't it really be, "Les tits now" ?

Joan

“I’ve decided to dissolve my wiener in acid.”

For a minute there I was worried...

David

For a minute there I was worried...

By the chap who brought us this wondrous feat.

As noted in the earlier thread, if you’re interested in chemistry, his videos can be quite entertaining. Though I can’t help wondering if he’s one lab mishap away from becoming a super-villain.

John D

Holiday cheer.

I'm cheered. Thanks for that. :-)

Ray

Walking dead

People used to have jobs and families but then the government sent the jobs abroad and ended marriage. Thanks, government!

svh

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I want to see the 'after' photo.

Captain Nemo

Holiday cheer.

Reminds me of the Take That song about French boob polish. Le tit shine...

sH2

“We have to find a way to re-regulate white people.”

“I’m working on a children’s book…”

Cultists.

David

Cultists.

It does suggest a degree of what Jordan Peterson refers to as ideological possession.

Burnsie

And finally, enticingly, “I’m working on a children’s book…”

There will be a bidding war for this and I'm not kidding. Children's/YA publishing is wokeness on steroids these days. This could earn YA book award nominations before it's even published.

asiaseen

And it was ready for another wiener

Remember - that's what goes on in your stomach...

Burnsie

The progressive retail experience, Parts 405 and 406:

https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/chicago-louis-vitton-picked-clean-in-seconds-sale-100-percent-off/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10217037/Prolific-thief-41-stole-40k-items-Target-involving-120-incidents-one-year.html

David

There will be a bidding war for this and I’m not kidding.

It’s the assumption that six-year-olds – presumably, the age-group the book will be aimed at – are somehow deeply fascinated by gentrification, transgenderism, chronic illness, colonialism, “enacting change,” and all the rest of the lengthy, rather laughable menu of super-woke talking points*. Not pirates or astronauts, or football, or magical dogs or whatever. But gentrification and transgenderism.

*I say talking points. I should say begged questions regurgitated wholesale and ideally without much thought. As seems to be the custom among such creatures.

Burnsie

and all the rest of the lengthy, rather laughable menu of super-woke talking points*.

Like Soviet art, children's books exist today to instruct, not entertain.

The only thing missing is climate change, but no doubt a dutiful NYC editor would have suggestions: "Could we have the evicted godfather suffer in the street from the extreme heat of climate change? Children need to see this."

David

Like Soviet art, children's books exist today to instruct, not entertain.

Well, indeed. I suspect it’s going to be one of those books that children won’t generally be enthralled by or have high on their Christmas lists, but which a certain kind of adult will want to put on the shelf prominently, where their equally pretentious peers can see it. Likewise, I imagine the tale won’t bear much relation to the world as it is, but will reveal quite a lot about the author’s own rather niche preoccupations. And by extension, what they think children are for.

Governor Squid

It is not compassion to let people live like that.

Indeed. When we noticed our cat's quality of life falling to that level, we took steps...

Min

And by extension, what they think children are for.

That.

Jerryskids

The progressive retail experience

When you believe the law no longer applies to you but trust that everybody else still believes the law applies to them.

BTW - I normally link to you via Small Dead Animals, but SDA is messed up for me right now, any idea what's going on there?

David

any idea what's going on there?

[ Visits SDA. ]

Can’t see a problem. Seems fine to me.

Jerryskids

SDA is only loading the frames for me.

Darleen

The progressive retail experience, Parts 405 and 406:

Pretty decent review of what Frisco is up to with Boudin. My quibble is the idea the limit between misdemeanor and felony theft now at $950 is exclusive to the city. It was a state-wide change under Proposition 47 in 2014 and a complete disaster. Good thing the perp was greedy enough to exceed the limit on 8 of her liberation of goods or we would still be looking at only misdemeanor citations - no jail time.

This, too ...

The DA has reportedly dismissed the cases against 113 out of 131 people busted for felony domestic violence in the last three months of 2020, according to the Chronicle.
... at least one of those released went on to murder a child.

M Piper

I, too, can only see frames at SDA.

semi retired conservative

SDA.. she has posted she seems to have been having problems on and off for the last month.

It's ok for me right now too.

Try switching browsers and reloading.

Captain Nemo

SDA is working fine for me. It's loading a few seconds slower than usual, but other than that, I'm having no problems with the site.

Darleen

More white supremacy on display.

Sam Duncan

“The walking dead.”

I can't help thinking this is deliberate. America is the exemplar. When the poor downtrodden masses of Eastern Europe threw off the yoke of Communism, they looked to the shining cities of America. When Britain struggled through its post-WWII austerity, the people looked to the bright, go-getting, confidence of America.

Well. We can't have that, can we?

“That’s exactly how I would’ve done it.”

Back in the dark days of the 1970s, before they invented Safety™, our local kids' playground had something like that on a much smaller scale. As in, the highest pole was maybe 3' or something, if that. It used to scare me witless.

“... if you want Early Bird Prices and the mega fast acting bonus that expire in 48 hours, you need to jump in quickly...”

I have to admit, I cracked up at that bit. One born every minute.

“Well, indeed. I suspect it’s going to be one of those books that children won’t generally be enthralled by or have high on their Christmas lists, but which a certain kind of adult will want to put on the shelf prominently, where their equally pretentious peers can see it.”

Woke books weren't a thing yet, but I do remember one from my early childhood with typically late-'60s/early-'70s psychedelic artwork that someone obviously thought was very clever and Progressive (I expect they probably said “with-it” or “groovy” or something at the time) and, frankly, creeped me the hell out. There was one picture of a grinning orange sun in particular that haunted my nightmares for years.

I strongly suspect that all this attempted indoctrination will have precisely the opposite effect to that intended. Kids rebel against their parents' generation's orthodoxies. It's what they do. Mark my words: the 2040s are going to make the '80s look like the '60s.

Steve E

SDA is only loading the frames for me.

They've been having issues on and off for several days. Just keep trying. They seem to eventually get it fixed.

Nikw211

Holiday cheer.

Variation on a theme.

Fred the Fourth

"Dysregulated white people..."

Sigh. dysregulation is a neuropsychological term. It means that a person's brain has been modified under severe or repeated stress so that certain sensory inputs and situations are processed only in the primitive, emotional, pre-conscious portions of the brain, causing prompt reactions. Think of the shell shocked veteran who drops to the floor upon hearing a firecracker.

It's an explanation for behavior problems among children raised in abusive families, etc. There are therapeutic techniques helpful to restore the brain to normal (re-regulation). Brain "plasticity" is important in all this.

I first ran into this in a book which suggested in passing that such dysregulation might be inheritable, and that the stresses from black slavery in the US might have been inherited by current generations. The author (a research neuropsych) was clearly sympathetic to this possibility. The "educator" has clearly latched onto the term for its pr value. "Regulated" thinking and behaving, in this schema, is essentially synonymous with all those lists of "whiteness thinking" we've been seeing all year, i.e. rational over emotional.

The educator is confused. Or stupid. Or evil.

David

The educator is confused. Or stupid. Or evil.

I think we can assume they do not mean well.

David

Back in the dark days of the 1970s, before they invented Safety™, our local kids’ playground had something like that on a much smaller scale…

So they did. I’d forgotten about those.

[ Drifts into reverie. ]

Darleen

A sliver of sanity -- a rather brave jury affirms the right to self-defense.

ComputerLabRat

More white supremacy on display.

Yep - the fact that the entire news story only mentioned "teen girls" attacking, but described "Asian students" being attacked tells you all you need to know.

People of no description keeping the world vibrant, and of course, wipipo are to blame.

I wonder if the reason the Rittenhouse jury showed a sliver of sanity is because on all counts, only wipipo were involved. I am surprised that after that little fact came out the very rabid left still were crying for a murder charge.

[+]

As our host would say 'always respect the media'...

https://twitter.com/DamCou/status/1461785810148204546

Darleen

I am surprised that after that little fact came out the very rabid left still were crying for a murder charge.

Because for the rabid left it isn't really about Rittenhouse at all. I can't put it any better than Larry Correia

This trial isn't about this trial. It's about how the left simply can't abide the idea of regular people not putting up with their shit. (snip)

Crazy violent temper tantrums (fueled by a helpful lying ass media) are useful to the left. Without their gang of useful idiots being able to destroy shit with impunity, who else would scare the shit out of juries? Who else would ensure everyone trapped in cities always toes the line?

Mob based political violence has been a tool of dirtbags since mankind invented politics. Quit pretending that the left doesn't do it now.

It's the same reason when after a summer of their continual fiery rampages with billions of dollars in damage and many lives lost, when the right got a little uppity on January 6th, the left absolutely lost their shit. That's their game. That's their tool. The left don't share. So their rioters are heroic champions (even when they are arsonist child rapists who got out of the loony bin that morning) while ours are insurrectionists who need to get immediately shot by the cops (the one time they don't want to defund the police, go figure)

(whole beautiful rant at link)

pst314

A sliver of sanity -- a rather brave jury affirms the right to self-defense.

The BBC is very unhappy.

pst314

So their rioters are heroic champions

"Our violence is speech. Your speech is violence."

David

By the way, tips for late-evening viewing, dramas or documentaries, are still welcome. I wish to binge.

anon a mouse

"The BBC is very unhappy."

Heh.

"I wish to binge."

Well, we're watching the verdict. Again and again. With bourbon.

WTP

Why do people feel they need to wait until dark to protest riot protest whatever? Does it have anything to do with Halloween?

ComputerLabRat

I wish to binge.

The only shows I can stomach watching anymore are old, so my recommendations may not suit. My last bingeing included the original Hercule Poirot shows before they got all dark and woke (when Hugh Fraser and Miss Lemon left), Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett by Granada TV, Jeeves and Wooster with Fry and Laurie, and for American fare, Magnum P.I. (go ahead and laugh).

For non-fiction I've found myself glued to YouTube videos that I think I originally found in one of the Ephemera (or Ephemer-arne't) awhile back: some guy (in N Europe somewhere?) who restores old metal tools (I think a big vise was the first I saw) and objects in his workshop. There's not a lot of chatter, or even a musical soundtrack, just captions and the sound of the various tools. I don't know why I am captivated by those videos, but they're satisfying to watch.

Karl

tips for late-evening viewing, dramas or documentaries, are still welcome.

I recently watched the two live-action The Tick serieses (2016 and 2001), which are both quite good.
There's Endeavour, if you like nostalgic crime dramas.
I might have mentioned Love, Death and Robots before too?

Well, we're watching the verdict. Again and again.

Well, the verdict was correct, which is a great relief. But the prosecution was a fucking travesty.

Darleen

But the prosecution was a fucking travesty.

I think they should be treated like Nifong.

I only worry now if Merrick Garland is now bored with siccing the FBI on uppity parents and will now move on Rittenhouse.

Captain Nemo

By the way, tips for late-evening viewing, dramas or documentaries, are still welcome. I wish to binge.

I caught a trailer a few days ago for a heist film on Netflix called Red Notice, starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, and the delectable Gal Gadot. From the trailer, it feels like one of those fun, forgettable, old-fashioned popcorn films that Hollywood used to do very well before defaulting to seemingly endless superhero schlock and woke remakes. It's probably not great art, but it does look like great entertainment. I looked up the RT score out of curiosity, and 92% of viewers liked it, versus 35% of critics. It might keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

Geezer

SDA is only loading the frames for me.

Governor Squid

I'm approaching my Friday night dinner at the pub with a mixture of dread and anticipation, since I'm absolutely certain that The Verdict is going to be a centerpiece of the evening's conversation.

I'm hoping that the usual suspects can explain to me how it is that they've come to lionize a child molester, a wife-beater and a burglar who never gave any indication of caring about Black Lives Mattering but rather looked to take advantage of the protests in order to get their rocks off by burning down buildings and breaking things. I mean, if I were a community organizer, I'd be pretty pissed off about three violent white felons piggybacking off my efforts in order to gratify their own barbaric urges for violence. Not saying I'd wish them dead, but I sure wouldn't be putting them on a pedestal or shedding a lot of tears over their fates.

I'll let you know if they shed any light on the apparent contradictions!

Governor Squid

Oh, and I'd absolutely love to volunteer as Rittenhouse' libel lawyer right about now. Given the number of times the facts have been presented, there's no reason why the usual lefty blowhards should still be shouting falsehoods at this late hour, except if they're deliberately trying to ruin the young man's reputation and stir up trouble.

Hopefully he and Nick Sandmann will have fun playing with all the really nice toys CNN is forced to pay for.

Karl

I think they should be treated like Nifong.

:)
Speaking of travesties - have you checked out the case of Lucas Gerhard?

Governor Squid

For non-fiction I've found myself glued to YouTube videos...

I've fallen down that rabbit hole in a big way myself.

My latest distraction is a tugboat driver moving barges around New York Harbo(u)r. I was complaining about how stressful it is to get a 40-foot sailboat into a marina slip when the breeze is up, and one of my sailing buddies pointed me to TimB and told me to count my blessings that I'm not trying to land a 300-foot barge alongside a pier with wind and tide both conspiring against me.

Karl

Now we've got this absolute piece of inhuman shit chiming in.

Never mind Nifong - I think we may need the Nguyễn Văn Lém solution.

Darleen

I'll let you know if they shed any light on the apparent contradictions!

"He shouldn't have been there ... muh!"

I'd absolutely love to volunteer as Rittenhouse' libel lawyer

Not just media, but every leftwing politician is screaming ... from Gavin Newsom to Deblasio ... and saying the same things shown to be false at trial.

And media personalities are melting down right before our eyes.

pst314

Now we've got this absolute piece of inhuman shit chiming in.

Don't forget all the New Yorkers who elected him.

Captain Nemo

Now we've got this absolute piece of inhuman shit chiming in.

This is one of the replies. Serious or satire? It's so damned difficult to tell:

https://twitter.com/myhunt1972/status/1461779601139679237

Squires

this absolute piece of inhuman shit

I prefer “most engorged of ticks on the American backside”.

I mean, if I were a community organizer, I'd be pretty pissed off about three violent white felons piggybacking off my efforts...

Efforts to what? Burn, loot, and terrorize while lionizing some other dirtbag who got himself killed through his own poor decisions?

WTP

The only shows I can stomach watching anymore are old, so my recommendations may not suit.

Same here. We mostly watch classic movies on TCM. Someone here recommended that Russian 2015 remake/series about WWII women AA gunners. We watched the first episode last night. It was good but hard to follow. Most foreign films that we have watched move kinda slow. Maybe it's age but we found it a bit hard to keep up with the subtitles while trying to follow war action. I wish movies like this would be dubbed. I get that it's hard/expensive to get right, and I generally don't mind reading the subtitles (and a few Irish and UK films could be helped in this regard...looking at you Kes) but I fear it's the snob factor that drives such a decision. I remember 20-some years ago staying in Prague, got back to the hotel room as wife was turned, so I turned on the TV and some good American film was on...forget which...and I was surprised (based on said snob factor) that the film was dubbed in Czech, which made it too bothersome to watch. I found the irony rather thick.

Fred the Fourth

Lab Rat,
If you like Magnum PI, try The Rockford Files.

Fred Foo

LOL, always a reliable anti-woke circle-jerk here.

Steve E

LOL, always a reliable anti-woke circle-jerk here.

And look who's shown up for a little bukkake.

Pooklord

Somewhat off-topic, but a living example of why "wokeness" needs to be in the next revision of the DSM (DSM-6 ?) : https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1461808173447266309

asiaseen

Now we've got this absolute piece of inhuman shit chiming in.

This is one of the replies. Serious or satire? It's so damned difficult to tell: https://twitter.com/myhunt1972/status/1461779601139679237

I'd hate to see inside this guy's mind - talk about contradictory.
(PS he can't count - claims 8ish children but shows pic of 10)

Father of 8ish. Left wing conservative. pro vaccine MANDATE. Pro liberty. NRA advocate. Avid hunter. Vegan. Allergist. full time doc, part time drummer

asiaseen

Bingeing
How about Thames TV's World at War?

26 episodes, enough to keep you binged for 24 hours, allowing for 90 minutes of popcorn-bucket recharging and the occasional pee.

Directrix Gazer

I just finished "Unknown Soldier," a Finnish film about the men of a machine-gun company in the Continuation War. It was excellent. Intense. Finnish. Maybe the best depiction of WWII-era small-unit combat I've seen.

pst314

I'd hate to see inside this guy's mind - talk about contradictory.

Another lunatic comment.

pst314

Please. My rabbit. He very sick.

Stephanie Richer

Something I am mulling over in my mind - are we seeing the decline of the 5th Amendment? I noticed that with Kyle Rittenhouse, the Ahmaud Arbery case, and the Theranos trial, defendants are taking the stand. In Kyle's case, his defense team used mock jurors beforehand and concluded that he plays well and the Midwest zeitgeist is that folks want to hear his side of the story. My thought is will that become a norm? Frankly, I don't see how Travis McMichael is a sympathetic character but then, I am not privy to seeing the jurors' faces.

pst314

Efforts to what? Burn, loot, and terrorize while lionizing some other dirtbag who got himself killed through his own poor decisions?

That's not fair: Some "community organizers" only engage in more peaceful forms of harassment and extortion. /sarcasm

David

How about Thames TV’s World at War?

Having seen the entire series, and having recommended it here some years ago, while noting the sometimes harrowing content, I’m not sure I’d want to watch it again shortly before going to sleep.

David

My last bingeing included…

I’ve seen all of the Jeremy Brett Holmes episodes, most more than once, though I could never quite get into Poirot. I found Marple much more entertaining.

What?

Nikw211

tips for late-evening viewing

This may not be your cup of tea, but I've just this morning finished Episode 3 of Amazon's latest, Wheel of Time.

Almost in spite of myself and a little to my surprise, I've actually found it quite enjoyable and it's almost worth it just for the many panoramic shots of the world its set in, some of which are very striking indeed.

However, and it must be said, there are several occasions when you get to experience what it must have been like to be television-viewer in the former Soviet Union.

In other words, there are a number of very irksome interjections of what the Critical Drinker refers to as "the message".

These are so ubiquitous now that I find myself, probably like many of those Soviet Union viewers, simply screening them out while they gibber on about the power of strong women and the evils of weak men or when they show petite five-foot nothing actresses improbably working the bellows in a blacksmith or easily defeating eight-foot tall raging orc-beasts that whole groups of armed warriors have trouble taking down.

But if you can screen those out, along with some clunky direction*, it's actually not too shabby.

Not a ringing endorsement, no, but then it's not by any means a superior production.

* One scene during a battle scene in the first episode is literally laugh-out-loud ludicrous.

David

This may not be your cup of tea,

[ Spits out tea, throws cup on fire. Burns down house in which tea was drunk. ]

I kid. I’ve never heard of the thing. Though, it has to be said, you’re not really selling it.

Richard Cranium

In theory, if someone in California steals >$950 of stuff without particular worry, then why can't there be some waiting outside the door to steal what was just stolen from the original thieves?

JuliaM

@Nikw211: if the ‘Daily Mail’ is to be believed (yeah, I know…) the, ummm, male scenery is pretty remarkable too.

*fans self*

Nikw211

I’ve never heard of the thing.

It was released on Prime only yesterday.

Though, it has to be said, you’re not really selling it.

Well, what can I say?

It's one thing to screen out "the message" as a viewer, but as any kind of review, you feel obliged to mention it.

It's really a question of how intrusive it is, not whether or not it will be there - that's a given.

Richard Cranium

sigh

OF COURSE I used > instead of <. In natural language, "steals less than $950 of stuff" would have been unambiguous.

David

*fans self*

[ Turns up air conditioning. Puts newspaper under Julia. ]

Karl

I could never quite get into Poirot. I found Marple much more entertaining.

Ludicrous.

Particularly as although there is only one Poirot, there are a million Marples. From the sublime Joan Hickson to Americans.

Nikw211

*fans self*

Heh.

Well, yes, to the extent that I'm in a position to judge such things on behalf of others, I would say Marcus Rutherford has 'giant puppy' appeal and Josh Stradowski will strike a blow for gingers everywhere as a taller, younger version of Ryan Phillipe.

* Masculine throat clearing growl *

'Course the birds are fabulous, too. That Rosumand Pike's a top bit of posh tottie, ain't she just? etc.

Karl

It's one thing to screen out "the message" as a viewer...

Perhaps the reason I cannot abide much modern entertainment propaganda is my inability to do precisely that?

David

although there is only one Poirot, there are a million Marples. From the sublime Joan Hickson to Americans.

I’ve seen the Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie runs twice. I think of Marple as comfort TV. Yes, there’s quite a lot of poisoning and questionable will-altering, and bodies piling up everywhere, but it’s oddly comforting.

Karl

bodies piling up everywhere, but it’s oddly comforting.

I think it's the knitting. Probably those French aristocrats being led to the guillotine felt the same.

David

I think it’s the knitting.

I’m not quite sure what it is, but my two attempts to get into Poirot have failed. I don’t dislike it as such, and I remember being entertained by The ABC Murders. But as an ongoing series, I just didn’t find it as charming.

Maybe it’s the fact there are more homicidal lesbians in Marple.

WTP

Poirot

Not a fan but iirc, he's Belgian, correct? The boredom is baked in. Probably the only country on the planet that I have no fear of visiting yet never even discussed a reason to go. Even their beer is boring. Especially in a European context. Coming from someone who grew up on American beer of the 1970's, that says something.

pst314

there are a number of very irksome interjections of what the Critical Drinker refers to as "the message".

How does it compare to the original novels?

pst314

he's Belgian, correct? The boredom is baked in. Probably the only country on the planet that I have no fear of visiting

I assume that "migrants" have made Belgium much more exciting in recent years, yes?

pst314

It's one thing to screen out "the message" as a viewer, but as any kind of review, you feel obliged to mention it.

Which is one of the things that distinguishes you from all too many professional reviewers.

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