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November 22, 2021

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David

If you read the post about Mr Gothman and his peers, linked above, it’s hard to miss the fundamental arrogance, and the casual, indeed prideful, dismissal of other people’s commitments and their need to get somewhere. Random drivers and their passengers, about whom Mr Gothman and the protestors know nothing at all, will, we’re told, be “impacted” and taught to care – by which he means made to agree with the assumptions and priorities of their self-anointed betters. He seems rather pleased about this.

In his mind, random motorists going about their business are somehow collectively guilty and inadequate, and in need of moral correction – by the enlightened and compassionate. People so enlightened and compassionate that they openly delight in frustrating others, arbitrarily, while feeling full of themselves and chanting about their own righteousness. People so enlightened and compassionate that their response to trapping thousands of people about whom they know nothing is to exult in triumph.

Our betters, then.

Stephanie Richer

This could make me appreciate the Two Minute Hate as described in Orwell's "1984," Utterly pathological, sure, but efficient.Just gather everyone in the conference room, project an image on the monitor, and let them scream and foam at the mouth. Then get back to business.

sH2

"So, let’s see if I’ve got this straight: a man pretending to be a woman objects to another man playing the part of a man pretending to be a woman. Is that right?"

https://www.timworstall.com/2021/11/twat-is-indeed-twat/

David

Is that right?

It does seem to be the gist of it.

But as we’ve seen, only some men are allowed to dress up as women.

Karl

Is that right?

I fear we will never again be allowed to enjoy the innocent pleasure of "a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude".

Felicity

Is this scene here, I wonder, what’s meant by “class war”?

I noted the lady in the cream jacket - ‘Non-violence and Deescalation’, what’s with that? And what does she have under that jacket?

David

I noted the lady in the cream jacket – ‘Non-violence and Deescalation’, what’s with that?

Having gone out of their way to create a stressful and provocative situation that will needlessly aggravate hundreds, even thousands of people, probably resulting in scuffles, they want us to know how conscientious they are about de-escalating the aggression that they themselves have caused, and have delighted in causing, and will doubtless cause again, in order to feel important.

Karl

I don't know if it's been mentioned here before, but I particularly enjoy the irony of the recently jailed Insulate Britain activist Emma Smart having taken up protesting as a break from her 2-year holiday touring the world in a combustion-engined 4x4 pickup truck.

It really is all just a performance.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Is that right?

The following is a list of Oscar winning "transgender" actors* (or is it actresses) talented enough to play the part:

1.

*(Also good at spouting the Woke™ party line: “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid," he said.)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The general topic has been seen here before, but now 1.2 million Moose Dollars into the outhouse.

A Lakehead University professor and her research team in partnership with traditional knowledge holders and Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig Health Access Centre (WNHAC) are receiving $1.2 million in CIHR funding to explore the efficacy of using traditional healing to prevent cancer.

"Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig", who knew these guys were Welsh?

“We need to stop framing prevalent risk factors of cancer as such and start thinking about them as symptoms of colonialism,” Dr. Ray said.

Of course, also racism and yte supremacy. You will no doubt be surprised to learn "Dr." Ray is an "Assistant Professor in Indigenous Learning", and that the entire crew of this "cancer research" project doesn't actually include an actual physician or anyone with vaguely clinical or research medicine background.

I am sure it will do wonders for the cancer rates among the "indigenous" communities".

David

“We need to stop framing prevalent risk factors of cancer as such and start thinking about them as symptoms of colonialism,” Dr. Ray said.

Not entirely unrelated.

Jack Klompus

You will no doubt be surprised to learn "Dr." Ray is an "Assistant Professor in Indigenous Learning"

Oh not just ANY professor, you unwashed uncredentialed rube, but the "Indigenous Research Chair in Decolonial Futures"! I mean we're talking an extremely important, knowledgeable thought leader and intellectual here.

David

Those stunning and brave transgender stalkers activists.

pst314

Psychology student condemns the "rampant" "saneism and ableism" that causes universities to favor the "neurotypical" over the loonies. Via Joanne Jacobs via Instapundit.

Psychology student, to noone's surprise.

Mike D

Those stunning and brave transgender stalkers activists.

They don't like actual women much, do they?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oh not just ANY professor, you unwashed uncredentialed rube...

You left out "seething with yte rage and fragility".

Hello, my name is Lana Ray. My spirit name is “the light that shines”.

Of course, so does this this one, but only a colonialist would think there is any coorelation.

This quote inspires me to do my work:

“In the future, our descendants will be sitting around a fire in their lodges telling this story of when the two legged tried to destroy the earth...

In the future, sitting around a fire, apparently when our descendants have multiple legs. Must be the Chernobyl branch of the Muskellunge, but what a swell future.

These are indeed Serious Thought Leaders and Intellectuals™. It is good the money is going to this project and not something frivolous like improved health care access to remote communities.

David

They don’t like actual women much, do they?

The individuals in question only seem able to tolerate people who immediately defer to them and their fits of hysteria.

The original tweets, and the activists’ accounts, have since disappeared, which is probably a good thing, but the tone of them was every bit as deranged and spitefully self-involved as you’d imagine. One self-styled ‘activist’ complained that the photos had been removed under protest and only because of “transphobic” comments that made them, the stalkers, feel unsafe – i.e., comments about how it’s a bad idea to post someone’s home address on a social media platform for an audience of psychologically marginal people.

It seems that if you’re trans and a creepy stalker with mental health issues, and if you amuse yourself by doxxing people with whom you disagree, thereby endangering their families, then your own behaviour should never be questioned. Lest it make you feel bad.

Richard Cranium
I noted the lady in the cream jacket – ‘Non-violence and Deescalation’, what’s with that?

I would accuse the protestors with kidnapping and/or unlawful detention. (Assuming that English law has the latter category.)

WTP

Those stunning and brave transgender stalkers activists.

Meh. When they came for the conservatives, she did not speak up because she was not a white supremacist.

Daniel Ream

I would accuse the protestors with kidnapping and/or unlawful detention.

There's a number of US states that have done exactly that in response to these kinds of protests; I forget which one explicitly wrote the law that allows driving over someone trying to block your legal egress if you're in a car.

Also, Lakehead U is one of many universities in Canada that exists solely as a sop to the Indians in remote areas. They're a joke, nobody takes them seriously. They started out as a program to provide post-secondary education to remote communities but they've been completely taken over by the Indian grievance industry. While it's true that this particular program is a $1.2M grift, it's more relevant that the entire university is an even bigger grift.

ccscientist

When highways are blocked, there are children who may be left standing in the cold at school, people in an ambulance who could die, fire trucks trying to get to a fire. All hilarious of course, and not important.

The phrase "indigenous ways of knowing" is just so hilarious. Sure, go ahead and treat your cancer with herbs. My 2 friends who tried that died in a year from breast cancer, a type of cancer that is 95% curable with "western" medicine. They "didn't like doctors". The whole premise that modern medicine is simply a colonial construct is not even true. Any breakthrough anywhere in the world is incorporated. The first heart transplant was in South Africa. But it isn't just medicine: in Australia they can't teach about when humans first came to australia because they must instead teach about the "dream time" and that aboriginies have been there forever. Sure. Many medical breakthroughs have resulted from genetic testing (Tay Sachs, sickle cell) but most North American native tribes will not give blood for such tests because it is "exploitation".

Darleen

I fear we will never again be allowed to enjoy the innocent pleasure of "a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude".

...or the fun of a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman.

Joe B

Sanism doesn't seem too rampant these days. Quite the contrary.

pst314

World Economic Forum says "you should only wash your jeans once a month".

They want us proles to smell as bad as their policies.

Penseivat

Every single one of these insulate morons can be arrested under the Public Order Act (action likely to cause harrassment, alarm, or distress), rather than the Highways Act, which allows instant bail, but someone, somewhere, is telling the Police not to use this legislation. Who is it, and why are they doing it?

pst314

Every single one of these insulate morons can be arrested under the Public Order Act

Side question: I'm curious how well British homes are insulated.

Alex

pst314: Extremely well. Britannia has been an insula for several thousand years now.

David

I’m curious how well British homes are insulated.

In general, not terribly well, if what the BBC reports is true. Though I seem to remember any number of government grants were made available to residents who wanted ‘free’ insulation.

LW

Wait, why do you need to insulate 25 million British houses by 2050, given that snowfall is a thing of the past and the world will turn into Venus long before 2050?

lotocoti

I'd like to know more about taxpayers paying for improvements to my property.

Squires

...activist Emma Smart having taken up protesting as a break from her 2-year holiday touring the world in a combustion-engined 4x4 pickup truck.

It isn’t about what they do. It is about what they can make you do.

You will no doubt be surprised to learn "Dr." Ray is an "Assistant Professor in Indigenous Learning", and that the entire crew of this "cancer research" project doesn't actually include an actual physician or anyone with vaguely clinical or research medicine background.

Ditto.

Dan C

“In the future, our descendants will be sitting around a fire in their lodges telling this story of when the two legged tried to destroy the earth...”

Even walking upright offends these SOBs. They really, really hate the responsibilities of adult living.

pst314

In general, not terribly well, if what the BBC reports is true.

I'll take that with a grain of salt, since, sadly, I no longer trust the BBC as much as I used to.

"Local authorities have limited cash to insulate council homes..."

Should I take Grenfell Tower as representative of Council spending wisdom?

"...and landlords and owner-occupiers have proved reluctant to invest large sums in disruptive improvements that will save on bills, but take many years to pay off."

I don't see that same widespread reluctance here in America.

pst314

Speaking of insulating homes, I heard from a relative in Germany that the German experiment with ultra-insulated homes went terribly wrong: condensation leading to mold, indoor retention of pollutants, etc. Never bothered to investigate myself, but the disappearance of enthusiastic mainstream news articles leads me to suspect my relative was right.

pst314

pst314: Extremely well. Britannia has been an insula for several thousand years now.

"When I hear a pun, I reach for my hamster urine spray bottle."
--said no infamous historical figure ever

ccscientist

Lefties want you to spend money to "save the planet" without bothering to check if it really pays off. Most people who insulate or put up solar never pay it off with savings.

pst314

Speaking of my distrust of the BBC...

pst314

Most people who insulate or put up solar never pay it off with savings.

I certainly agree about solar, but I think you're wrong about insulation: As normally practiced it does pay off. The chief exception would be owners who do not keep their homes a long time.

Princess Cutekitten

David, are you and Mr. Half recovering?

asiaseen

I'm surprised that there are any houses left to insulate in UK (except the ones that can't be). The campaign has been going on for at least 50 years to my knowledge.

Bill Peschel

Most people who insulate or put up solar never pay it off with savings.

Insulation is important to us. We've lived in our 2,000 sq. foot house in Hershey for 21 years. When we moved in, the insulation in the attic consisted of 3 inches of rock wool. The room above the bonus room (built on top of the first floor) had a layer of pink fiberglass.

Over the next few years, I added two layers of insulation over the first floor and another layer of insulation on the smaller bonus room. We also bought a thermostat with a timer so the house can cool down overnight and heat up just before we wake up.

We kept track of our oil usage and the price per gallon. The first year, we used 416 gallons. The second and third it was 382 and 392 gallons.

After that, once all the insulation was in, it ranged between 183 and 346 gallons, with a 14 year average of 285 gallons (the wife hadn't added the figures for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020). Up until 2017, we never hit 346 (well, 345 one time).

It's hard to figure out the savings over time -- I'm a moron about this -- but over the first three years we average using 396 gallons a winter. Over the next 14 years, it averaged 285 gallons. That's 1,554 gallons of oil (about 5.4 years). At an average of 3.02/gallon (ranging from 1.45 in 2003/2004 to 9.953 in 2013/2014, that comes to $335 we did not spend.

That doesn't sound like much. How much would we have spent had I not insulated? Hard to tell.

One hidden source of savings is that the furnace didn't have to work as hard over the past 20 years, and that should extend its life. It's been in the house since 1986, and the furnace guy said when it goes, it'll be replaced with one that won't last as long.

Karl

That doesn't sound like much.

Well, your savings will be dramatically improved by the sky-rocketing fuel taxes required to fund the production of unreliable energy.
That and utterly incompetent management of the energy system. Basic cognitive capacity seeming to no longer to be a requirement for public service.

David

David, are you and Mr. Half recovering?

Yes, almost restored, thanks.

ccscientist

Lots of news here in the US about huge gangs of 50 or 80 stripping high-end retail of goods. It is so curious that "defund Police" and refusing to prosecute as well as 2 yrs of riots with no one going to jail so obviously lead directly to a spike in crime and these brazen robberies, and yet the Left denies any connection. They are so wedded to their narrative that it is police that cause crime (ie criminals are victims) that true cause-effect are invisible to them.
In the same way, killing pipelines and banning new drilling are not seen as related to higher gas prices, and instead it is oil company greed. Living in fantasy land is deadly--for the rest of us.

WTP

Living in fantasy land is deadly--for the rest of us.

We must like it. We tolerate it so well. Death wish?

pst314

They are so wedded to their narrative that it is police that cause crime (ie criminals are victims) that true cause-effect are invisible to them.

I think they not blind but liars: The effects (chaos, fear, terror, economic devastation) are what they want.

Think of Marxists as sub-human--not by birth but by choice.

pst314

We must like it. We tolerate it so well.

Intolerance--even militant intolerance--of Marxists is a virtue.

a different james

That doesn't sound like much. How much would we have spent had I not insulated? Hard to tell.

That's cost effective spending which gave you payback in a small number of years.

It is not the level of insulation required to achieve zero-carbon targets.

That level of insulation, which also requires that you get rid of your oil or gas boilers etc generally gives payback in anything from 20 to 50 years, depending on your assumptions of fuel price etc.

Spending money for that return is illogical for most people and should be regarded as illogical by any sane government. It is wealth destruction on a massive scale.

If Governments were serious about zero-carbon* and not in thrall to a doomsday Green ideology, they would prioritise nuclear power. People would move away from oil and other fossil fuels but at least the replacement, electricity, would not be ruinously expensive and society could continue to enjoy the benefits of abundant and reasonably cheap energy.

* I am not saying that Governments are right to pursue zero-carbon

ccscientist

the Left has hated all sources of energy since before the climate change crisis. they like "renewable" but not hydro or wood just the ones that don't work (solar, wind). It seems like a death wish to me, a desire to return to the primitive as if that were possible.

pst314

It is not the level of insulation required to achieve zero-carbon targets.

How much insulation is that?

pst314

It seems like a death wish to me, a desire to return to the primitive as if that were possible.

Many of the eco fanatics of the sixties and seventies openly longed for a return to a pre-industrial civilization. Some of them admitted that this meant universal poverty and a greatly shortened lifespan. Others clung to the delusion that it would be possible to keep modern medicines, sanitation, and so on.

Come to think of it, there's nothing wrong with helping those fanatics to live zero-carbon lives: Round them up and march them into the countryside to spend their lives doing agricultural labor. Put them in tiny huts, heated by wood fires in winter, and feed/clothe them the way the poorest peasants were so long ago. It's what they want, right?

WTP

Round them up and march them into the countryside to spend their lives doing agricultural labor.

I suggested this here years ago. Either a wilderness preserve or preferably an island. People objected. Some did math and said there amount of land that I proposed was clearly insufficient to support such for even a relatively small population. Personally I didn't see that as my problem. It was about that time that the helicopter theme presented itself. Admittedly for different reasons. Though I still think we could combine the two solutions and be able to work something out. Think of the TV revenues. Might even squeak out a profit if properly marketed.

pst314

People objected.

Call it "reeducation" and no liberal could object.

a different james

How much insulation is that?

Wall insulation, treble-glazed windows, complete air-tightness with heat-exchange ventilation, ground-source heating, solar panels . . .

Most, or all, of the above.

All of this, of course, being introduced to Building Regs for new houses at a time when affordable new housing is beyond the reach of young people on or about average income.

pst314

Wall insulation, treble-glazed windows, complete air-tightness with heat-exchange ventilation, ground-source heating, solar panels . . .

Interesting. I was not clear on Insulate Britain's demands, whether they were complaining about un-insulated homes or were demanding some bizarrely impossible degree of insulation. Didn't care much; it was enough to recognize that they were assholes.

All of this, of course...at a time when affordable new housing is beyond the reach of young people on or about average income.

They want us to live in pods. And eat bugs.

Better to force them to live in pods (or huts) and eat bugs.

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