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November 02, 2021

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David

There are words for this kind of thing. One of them is gaslighting.

Dr. Chaotica

After nearly two decades as an AT&T Wireless customer, I ditched them in favor of an MVNO a few months ago. I did it to save money (it cut my phone bill by 80%), but this recent news makes me glad that I've cut my ties with them, and they won't see another dime from me in the future.

pst314

It would be hilarious if some dissident engineers at AT&T were to hack AT&T's online "equity" training materials, inserting documents showing American blacks' high rate of criminality and low rate of intellectual accomplishment. It would be even more hilarious if they were to scatter copies of such documents across all of AT&T's servers, so that anyone might accidentally run across them while looking for, say, photos of the last office picnic.

Mike D

Doesn't that count as a 'hostile work environment'?

pst314

Commissars at Old Vic cancel Terry Gilliam for personal opinions expressed elsewhere.

Weasel-worded public statement: "senior management had later met Gilliam and his co-director Leah Hausman 'as a matter of course to discuss our culture and values'. The theatre said it had 'mutually agreed' with Scenario Two 'that the production of Into the Woods will not take place at the Old Vic'."

And:

"Gilliam also raised hackles in an interview with The Independent last year. After being questioned about the privileges of 'white men' he replied: 'When I announce that I’m a black lesbian in transition people take offence at that. Why?' "

pst314

Speaking about sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, Terry Gilliam said: "There are many victims in Harvey’s life and I feel sympathy for them but then Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices...We all make choices and I could tell you who did make the choice and who didn’t. I hate Harvey. I had to work with him and I know the abuse."

Sooner or later we have to talk about those "choices": There are women who are so ambitious or unprincipled that they will have sex with anyone who might advance their career. In fact, there are women who will trade sex for even the most trivial benefits. I may have previously mentioned female science fiction fans who would spread their legs in exchange for crash space and breakfast at a convention. I heard of women who, after graduating from high school or college, never rented their own apartments, but instead made a practice of shacking up with whoever would give them free room and board.

ccscientist

I think "America is a uniquely racist country" is the big lie of the day. Every society ever has had racist attitudes about some other group and exploited them if they could. To the ancient chinese all non-chinese were barbarians (and they weren't exactly wrong). The Japanese look down on Koreans. There has been tribal warfare and even genocide in Africa the past few decades. Everywhere. And slavery too. It is either the big lie or reflects massive ignorance of history and the world outside the woke bubble. That such talk can flourish in a university reflects very badly on their standards.

WTP

The Hollywood Casting Couch. Been going on for decades, a century or more I believe. Everyone knew. Surely that makes it acceptable, doesn't it? Why are all these people objecting now? Is it because women have sooo many other choices today than they had 100 years ago yet are still willing to "give it up" even after making millions in their last picture? Wait, that doesn't make sense...or does it?

Disclaimer: no matter what one wishes to deduce from the above, HW is scum.

WTP

That such talk can flourish in a university reflects very badly on their standards.

That such talk can flourish in a university reflects badly on those who attend it as well. Short of medical degrees and the more STEMmiest of STEM, I find it increasingly hard to take seriously any college degree issued in the last 20 years. With all the other options available today, I could not understand why so many of the software developers in the gen-x and early millennials wasted time and money on Masters degrees.

Sam Duncan

“You Must Lie To Belong“

A slogan for our times in general, I think.

And if that's the bargain, then (not without regret) I'll take not belonging, thanks.

pst314

The Hollywood Casting Couch...

We need to make a distinction between men who demand sex in exchange for favors, and women who willingly offer sex in exchange for benefits.

To return to my sf example, I cannot recall any men who made a practice of approaching women with an offer of crash space in exchange for sex, but I knew of many women who went to conventions with the plan that they would offer sex in exchange for a room and meals.

pst314

You Must Lie To Belong

And so we can return, once again, to a famous essay by Theodore Dalrymple about the true purpose of political correctness.

Daniel Ream

We need to make a distinction between men who demand sex in exchange for favors, and women who willingly offer sex in exchange for benefits.

The problem with this entire issue is that people don't like nuance; they want clear, unambiguous Good Guys and Bad Guys.

There's at least a third category: men who demand sex in exchange for favors and women who agree of their own free will. I have long been of the opinion that Weinstein fell into that third category. No one's ever presented any accusations that Weinstein forced himself on anyone. It's beyond unbelievable that Weinstein on his own could completely blacklist an actress who didn't tumble, so the extortion angle doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

I have always suspected that Weinstein was a sacrificial lamb thrown out to appease the #MeToo movement and deflect attention from worse offenders. Given the accusations from Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman there are far, far worse rapists running rampant in Hollywood who have never been named (beyond Bryan Singer and Dan Schneider, who have largely avoided any consequences).

Darleen

In fact, there are women who will trade sex for even the most trivial benefits. I may have previously mentioned female science fiction fans who would spread their legs in exchange for crash space and breakfast at a convention.

Hubby was a roady and in charge of all the keyboards and synthesizers for Dio's 1986 Sacred Heart Tour. You should hear some of his stories!

pst314

Hubby was a roady and in charge of all the keyboards and synthesizers for Dio's 1986 Sacred Heart Tour. You should hear some of his stories!

If he writes a book I will read it.

There is a jazz number on a Jeff Beck album titled "Head for Backstage Pass".

Wasn't there something in "The Right Stuff" about astronaut groupies who wanted to have sex with every astronaut in the Mercury program?

pst314

I have long been of the opinion that Weinstein fell into that third category...

But wasn't Weinstein the one who would lock his office door and then demand sex? Or am I confusing him with another Hollywood producer?

ccscientist

the one who would lock his office door and then demand sex was the TV news producer Matt Lauer.

WTP

Yes. HW was the one who ran a batch in a bush, in public, in front of an actress. Or so the story went. Scumbag either way.

PaulF

"Head for Backstage Pass"

Ha! I was in my mid-teens when I first heard that title, and I thought it was something to do with a route through a mountain range. Completely forgotten about it until now. How naive I was!

aelfheld

Explains the contentious 'customer service' at AT&T.

anon a mouse

"Head for Backstage Pass"

"It looks just like a Telefunken U-47"...

*obscure reference number 3,873*

Paul Felton

"It looks just like a Telefunken U-47"...

Even though I was many years older when I bought Joe's Garage (as in, 19 rather than 15), I'm not sure I quite got that one at the time either. Sigh...

P.S. hopefully any Zappa fan with access to the BBC noticed the documentary that was shown on BBC4 on Friday 24 October.

Sam Duncan

“It looks just like a Telefunken U-47”

Okay, I had to look that up. “According to Telefunken USA, the U 47V is big and warm, with a velvety upper mid-range and top end...”

To which, I can only say...

Dr Evil

If the US just forcibly ships out the entire black and brown population to Liberia, but keeps the smart ones (Orientals......yes I can still say that), then racism will disappear overnight. I'm thinking of a kinder, nicer final solution here.

pst314

the one who would lock his office door and then demand sex was the TV news producer Matt Lauer.

Thank you. Much appreciated.

pst314

Ha! I was in my mid-teens when I first heard that title, and I thought it was something to do with a route through a mountain range.

The title confused me too. As did some of the jokes in Bored of the Rings. I was a very naive teen.

ccscientist

haha bored of the rings! Tim Benzedrino! Stoned hobbits! ahahaha loved it.

pst314

"Gandalf carried an ancient weapon, known to the elves as a Browning semi-automatic."
"This is a mighty queer river, said Spam, as the water lapped as his thighs."
"'Dost thou like what thou doth see?', said the voluptuous elf maiden..."
And beware the dread thesaurus.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Loved "Bored of the Rings." From memory:

Tim! Tim! Benzedrine!
Hash! Poo! Valvoline!
Clean! Clean! Clean for Gene!
First! Second! Neutral! Park!
Hie thee hence, thou leafy narc!

"Oooo, toes! I love furry toes!"

"dry gulch a lone farmer"

Boggies. Twodor and Fourdor. Moxie and Pepsi Dingleberry. Galadriel shoving her finger down her throat in an ancient elf farewell.

Yeah, quality literature there.

As for Matt Laurer, he was also the one with the office door he could lock with a button on his desk. And as for Harvey Weinstein, he damaged Mira Sorvino's career when she said no. From wikipedia: "According to Peter Jackson, Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino and Ashley Judd, another alleged victim of Weinstein, from being considered for casting in The Lord of the Rings films."

Watcher In The Dark

I know a chap whose family has a relative who is of, let us say, a darker skin colour than most of the rest of the family she married into. So it goes, and let me state that all reports from him are she is fun to be with. However according to my chum it is she who attends 'events' where the flaws of white people are discussed openly and eagerly, while the white parts of his family would have no truck with any such event where the flaws or traits of other races, either real or imagined, were aired.

Needless to say her behaviour somewhat puzzles his family.

Funny old world, as I am wont to say.

Buck Fiden

"Doesn't that count as a 'hostile work environment'?"

- Not if you deserve it for being white.

WTP

Explains the contentious 'customer service' at AT&T.

Those bastards keep pinging me to upgrade my internet. They just spent the summer, several months, installing new high-speed lines. It was a pain-in-the-ass for our neighborhood's (mostly Hispanic) lawn maintenance people. They had to stop their mowers, pick up the stupid flags, and put them back down again. This in the hot Florida summer. A drag on their productivity and, as HOA president, I had to put up with all the complaining about it from both home owners (who for some stupid reason thought the HOA was doing it) and our maintenance crew. The latter didn't complain very much but we like them a lot. Went through several other companies to get this good of quality service. I spent considerable time contacting AT&T, then some flunky survey/ditch digging company (whose contact was some young woman whom I doubt knew which end of a screwdriver was up) that they pawned much of the work onto, then Spectrum trying to contact SOMEONE in a position of responsibility. Finally got the city to give me ONE direct contact for AT&T. That guy was moderately helpful but when I pointed out that it was our lawn crew that was bearing most of the pain for their sloooooow progress and asked that maybe they could at least buy those guys a lunch or something, ooooh....no, no, no, Mr. W. We can't do that. That would be wroooong.

Needless to say I will be seeking a new internet and phone provider. Which won't be easy as AT&T and Verizon are the only truly viable options up here in the mountains for the summer. And I seem to recall considering Verizon once before for some reason but something in their "woke" playbook made me decide not to bother.

Sam Duncan

“Not if you deserve it for being white.”

That's the attitude. It's different when they do it, because they're good people. As if that wasn't always the excuse.

WTP

Doesn't that count as a 'hostile work environment'?

And this. Years ago, after sitting through, and being singled out in Jane Elliott style PC BS, then David posted about Jane Elliott here about 10 years ago (which was about 15 years after my first bad experience), I warned people that this sort of thing was coming. Even showed one of them the Jane Elliott videos (which I found recently have been disappeared). No. No way something like that will happen. That's just some one-off. You spend too much time on the internet. Don't worry about these things. It's a phase we're going through. It will pass. "But doctor, I don't think you understand..." "Oh, now come on. Get a grip. We just laugh at these things. They will go away." Well at least he went away. I suppose it's possible he's in one of these very classes right now on the other side. Not that I would wish it on him. Well, maybe...

Daniel Ream

According to Peter Jackson, Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino and Ashley Judd [...] from being considered for casting in The Lord of the Rings films

Yes, Sean Astin, Karl Urban and Liv Tyler's careers all certainly took off like Saturn V rockets after the Lord of the Rings films.

Both Judd and Sorvino have worked consistently since 2001, and at the time Lord of the Rings was released were in their mid-thirties. Weinstein only controlled what Weinstein controlled. Methinks there's a different reason they aren't getting the kind of roles they used to.

ComputerLabRat

However according to my chum it is she who attends 'events' where the flaws of white people are discussed openly and eagerly, while the white parts of his family would have no truck with any such event where the flaws or traits of other races, either real or imagined, were aired.

This.

It's Original Skin, although unlike Original Sin, there's no baptism in the Woke religion that will wash away the stain.

AT&T unfortunately is the only option around here for internet outside the cable company, and I can't afford nor want to deal with the cable company. The two AT&T techs that have been out to my place to install or fix the modem were pleasant, knowledgeable young men with good senses of humor, and took care of things in a timely fashion. I didn't care that they were black, and it didn't seem that they cared that I wasn't. Maybe they were putting on a show for the middle-aged white lady - I don't know anymore. I was raised to take people as they come - angels and assholes come in all shades.

John Lewis

Here’s me thinking I was the only person who had read Bored of the Rings. I’ve tried dropping a few quotes and references on the Babylon Bee where they are doing a pretty good read-through series of podcasts. Trouble is they’re all too young to have a clue what I’m referring to.

Even so to find so many of us in a single place is not in itself cause for alarm (or alarum as Professor T might aptly put it).

Uma Thurmond's Feet

AT&T unfortunately is the only option around here for internet outside the cable company

*cough* Starlink *cough*

(I don't know for sure, but Professor R. over at Insty has written nice things about it.)

pst314

Call me crazy, but if your name is Lucifer Devil Divinitas then I'm surprised you even lived to age 52.

Darleen

Mother of the Year

Richard Cranium

Joe's Garage

I used to play the bit where he sings "do not stain the sofa" in German while driving through Erlangen with my windows open in the early 1980s.

Richard Cranium

Here’s me thinking I was the only person who had read "Bored of the Rings".

In his hand he carried an ancient and trusty weapon, called by the elves a Browning semi-automatic.

Nope, never read it. coughs

John Lewis

Mother of the year

Maybe she is acquainted with the British legal system?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/millionaire-ehsan-abdulaziz-who-said-he-accidentally-tripped-and-penetrated-teen-cleared-rape-a6774946.html

JuliaM

Continuing the post heading theme:

“Maybe in the fact that I’m trying so hard to pull pieces together, maybe I’ve forgotten certain things. It’s hard sometimes when you’re so anxious to find some of the gaps you know are there.”

David

Continuing the post heading theme

Carrie Bourassa, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, has described herself as having Métis, Anishinaabe and Tlingit heritage. In 2019 she appeared at a TEDx talk wearing a blue embroidered shawl and holding a feather, where she identified herself as “Morning Star Bear.”

Perhaps a bigger feather would have helped.

David

Doesn’t that count as a ‘hostile work environment’?

Still, could be worse.

Daniel Ream

Perhaps a bigger feather would have helped

These types have been around for a century in the Canadian academic and activist scene. They're our equivalent of Rachel Dolezal and Shaun King, and for the same reason; there's a lot of money and prestige to be had by claiming to be a native, and until very recently no real way to confirm or deny such claims.

pst314

Perhaps a bigger feather would have helped.

Eventually she will use the whole chicken.

pst314

Maybe she is acquainted with the British legal system?

I do wonder how a jury came to that verdict. Low quality jurors? Instructions to the jury that the law required them to give credence to even the most absurd assertions of the defense? Something else?

Karl

A cunning plan

Pay one set of politicians, prosecutors and Attorney Admirals (or whatevers) to reduce arrests, prevent prosecutions, limit incarceration, free criminals, and then pay another load of them to do the exact opposite.

Works for them!

pst314

A cunning plan

Better and cheaper plan: Ship all Democrats to Afghanistan. Or North Korea.

asiaseen

Perhaps a bigger feather would have helped

And identify as Morning Star Bare.

The lady has an impressive set of teeth

anon a mouse

where she identified herself as “Morning Star Bear.”

"... So the first thing we saw in the morning is how we named your brothers and sisters. Why do you ask, Two Dogs F*cking?"

*da dum dum. Ducks and heads for door*

aelfheld
[...] then racism will disappear overnight.

In my admittedly limited experience, Orientals are as racist as any other race / ethnicity.

But the obsession over racism will lessen considerably.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of identifying, can't argue with Rita.

David

there’s a lot of money and prestige to be had by claiming to be a native,

Ah, but let’s not forget that being indulged and applauded, and having one’s career advanced, by default and seemingly regardless of talent, is itself a terrible burden, a cause of oppression, and a basis for self-involved whining.

pst314

Speaking of identifying, can't argue with Rita.

That particular creature seems to be making a special effort to be obnoxious.

pst314

...and that reminds me of the more stupid and socially retarded science fiction fans who took a special delight in "freaking the mundanes". There was a lot of dysfunctionality packed into that slogan.

David

Not if you deserve it for being white.

See also, the New York Times. According to which, “Every white person should be ashamed.”

ccscientist

David pointed out the woman (native amer writer) who was unhappy both with getting attention and with not getting recognition. What such people fail to acknowledge is that most writers (as an example) are not so good and do not become successful. It ends up as a hobby. Same with musicians, artists. It is not automatic that white people all get music awards or write a best-seller. In academia, not every grad student gets a tenure track position or even finishes school. So she ends up with imposter syndrome, which is well-deserved probably.

asiaseen

Educational Rita.

A chest shave could be a plus.

ComputerLabRat

See also, the New York Times. According to which, “Every white person should be ashamed.”

When these people finally reach their end goal of the end of western civilization and white people who aren't not them, just who do they expect to be around to keep the lights on, the plumbing working, the sewage processed, the garbage collected, the food in the stores, their diseases treated?

The elites are not going to want to live in the Stone Age, and they certainly aren't going to want DIE-promoted doctors treating them. Without any math standards, DIE-promoted engineers aren't going to be able to maintain any of the tech infrastructure, once they get rid of all the existing know-how, of any color. They've mass-imported the Third World, thrown out standards for learning and achievement, and right now are coasting along on what was built up for them by those who they would condemn. So how do these elites envision maintaining their status quo after they've demolished everything that was holding it up?

pst314

Without any math standards, DIE-promoted engineers aren't going to be able to maintain any of the tech infrastructure

Perhaps they assume that, as members of the ruling elite, they will get the competent engineers and physicians while the proles will get the incompetents. Or maybe they haven't thought this through.

So how do these elites envision maintaining their status quo after they've demolished everything that was holding it up?

Some years ago I read an article whose thesis was that various technologies require certain minimum population levels. For instance, a society must have a certain minimum amount of wealth and industrial capacity and engineering talent (not to mention all the non-tech worker bees) in order to be able to have an airline industry, or even to have jet airplanes at all. Similarly for computers and all sorts of things. A world in which the vast majority of the population is uneducated seems likely to be a world which will steadily lose its rich technological/industrial inheritance and which will decline much as post-colonial Africa did.

pst314

A chest shave could be a plus.

First priority, though, is a gag.

anon a mouse

So how do these elites envision maintaining their status quo after they've demolished everything that was holding it up?"

Hey, as long as we're in the top 1 percent it's all good. Now go clean out my outhouse, peasant!

Sam Duncan

“That particular creature seems to be making a special effort to be obnoxious.”

They seem to think they can change what people think by changing what they're allowed to say. Did the 20th Century never happen?

Also, “The official anthem of the 21st century clown world we've created for ourselves.” Can't say I know much of Khachaturian, but I rather like it.

Sam Duncan

PS: That's “they”, plural, by the way. In case anyone thinks I've come down with the pronoun madness.

ComputerLabRat

A world in which the vast majority of the population is uneducated seems likely to be a world which will steadily lose its rich technological/industrial inheritance and which will decline much as post-colonial Africa did.

Exactly! And I don't think any of these cossetted race grifters and elite wipipo would want to live in that world, having grown accustomed to the modern conveniences and entertainments afforded them by our rich technological, industrial, and engineering inheritance. Even if they manage to enslave all the non-elite wipipo and force them to cook, clean, and maintain what's left of tech and industry for the elites and BAME/BIPOC people, that which will be able to be cooked, cleaned, and maintained diminishes and deteriorates over time without any technological/industrial/engineering advancements.

ccscientist

Remember oh so long ago during Occupy Wall Street when all the protesters had Iphones and laptops and didn't seem to need to work? That is what they assume the future can be like, with no effort on their part. The destruction they call for is an abstraction to them.

a different james

A world in which the vast majority of the population is uneducated seems likely to be a world which will steadily lose its rich technological/industrial inheritance and which will decline much as post-colonial Africa did.

It will affect countries and societies differently and the effects will take a long time to be apparent. It takes time to run down infrastructure and expertise will remain for some time. However, in the long run it will be much the same as any other economic and social policies pursued by different countries.

In 1900, Argentina had the same GDP per capital as Canada. By 2020, it had a GDP per capital roughly 1/3 of Canada's.

What countries will diverge to the same extent in the next century? Based on current information, any country that hasn't signed up to the dismantling of education and which pays only lip service to the carbon net-zero targets will be the next century's Canada.

So- where can I buy shares in China and India?

pst314

In 1900, Argentina had the same GDP per capital as Canada. By 2020, it had a GDP per capital roughly 1/3 of Canada's.

I think the deterioration would be much more rapid today, because our societies are so much more dependent on complex technology.

pst314

Exactly! And I don't think any of these cossetted race grifters and elite wipipo would want to live in that world

Remember when Boris Yeltsin visited a small town supermarket while Reagan was president? He said something to the effect of "Even the Politburo doesn't have this amount of quality and choice."

Sam Duncan

“In 1900, Argentina had the same GDP per capital as Canada.”

The only overseas branch Harrods ever opened wasn't in Paris or New York. It was in Buenos Aires.

anon a mouse

"Remember when Boris Yeltsin visited a small town supermarket"

Randall's in Suburban Houston, but OK...

:)

pst314

Randall's in Suburban Houston, but OK...

Everything's bigger in Texas...

:-D

Uma Thurmond's Feet

“In 1900, Argentina had the same GDP per capital as Canada.”

"As rich as an Argentine," was a common phrase during that time.

World War I put the kibosh on their expansion, when money had to be diverted to the war effort. The Depression didn't help, either.

I've been working on a theory that certain actors have figured out they could pump up the economy, profit from the rise, then help it to crash and pick up the choice bits at rock-bottom prices. It especially helps if you have access to the levers of government monetary policy.

pst314

I've been working on a theory that certain actors have figured out they could pump up the economy, profit from the rise, then help it to crash and pick up the choice bits at rock-bottom prices.

Does George Soros plan to buy up property in downtown Portland Oregon, and then call of his Antifa goon squads?

Daniel Ream

I've been working on a theory that certain actors have figured out they could pump up the economy, profit from the rise, then help it to crash and pick up the choice bits at rock-bottom prices.

anon a mouse

Dibs on Otisburg...

Steve E

What countries will diverge to the same extent in the next century?

At our current rate of self-destruction, Canada will be the next Argentina. Not sure who the next Canada will be.

Steve E

A world in which the vast majority of the population is uneducated seems likely to be a world which will steadily lose its rich technological/industrial inheritance and which will decline much as post-colonial Africa did.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the population believes that the general level of education has never been higher--helped along by the education system which has convinced the majority of the population that a degree in blank-studies is an education.

The West is officially an Irony Free Zone. Oh and stupid is as stupid does.

Daniel Ream

Canada will be the next Argentina

I've been saying for some time that Canada is so far down the hole that the only way out now is Chile or Venezuela, and there's no one who could even remotely be considered a Pinochet. Get used to the taste of pigeon.

Dibs on Otisburg

Otisburg?

Otisburg??

OTISBURG???

David

OTISBURG???

[ Your host remembers himself as a wee seedling, having a hoot at the cinema. ]

David

Teacher-training for Jefferson County public schools.

Note the presumption.

Nikw211

Note the presumption.

That's extraordinary.

The Denial and Accomplice categories are particularly eye-catching.

David

Fear not. It is done.

Jen

Fear not. It is done.

*sighs with relief*

David

*sighs with relief*

Thursdays mornings, when I throw these things together, are actually one of the more stressful parts of my week. Blog-wise, anyway.

#AboveAndBeyond
#HisEndlessHeroism

Jim Whyte

Steve E, Daniel...Evita's already in charge.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Teacher-training for Jefferson County public schools.

Education Professionals™, is there anything they don't know?

ac·com·plice /əˈkämpləs/ noun

1.
a person who helps another commit a crime:
"an accomplice in the murder"

In a way, though, I suppose that is accurate, but I don't see where "Shove this BS up your fourth point of contact" is on the scale.

pst314

Evita's already in charge.

Did you notice how popular Evita was, the musical and then the film? The enthusiasm of my liberal friends, and their utter lack of interest in the reality of Argentinian fascism, were a shock.

Lancastrian Oik

"... So the first thing we saw in the morning is how we named your brothers and sisters. Why do you ask, Two Dogs F*cking?"

"... and here is my wife, Four Horses".

"That's a beautiful name. How did she come to be called that?"

"Nag, nag, nag, nag..."

I denounce myself.

Lancastrian Oik

...the reality of Argentinian fascism

Mrs. Oik and I have travelled around South America quite a bit over the last few years, including three visits to various parts of Argentina.

The Falklands War between ourselves and the Gualtieri regime was forty years ago, and it's only ever manifested itself twice; once in Ushuaia where there is a mural on a wall adjacent to the harbour which proclaims that the city is the "capital" of "Las Malivinas", albeit said mural is a bit decrepit and in need of a bit of a refurbishment. It thus acts as some kind of metaphor for Argentina itself.

The second occasion was when we were in a taxi in Buenos Aires, crossing the Plaza de Mayo where there were two permanent demonstrations going on. One is staged by the veterans of the conflict, most of whom were conscripts and were never compensated for the wounds they received during the various battles. The second took the form of a silent vigil by the mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of the "disappeared", many of whom were tortured to death in the ghastly "School of Naval Engineering" ("ESMA")in B.A., commanded by Alfredo Astiz (who later commanded the garrison on South Georgia which subsequently surrendered with barely a shot fired).

Mrs. Oik is pretty much fluent in Spanish, so she was chatting away to the driver who, as we drove past the demonstrations, said "You lot did us a favour there. You helped get rid of that bastard Gualtieri".

anon a mouse

I denounce myself.

Well, keeps me from having to do it at our morning meeting...

:)

LW

Teacher-training for Jefferson County public schools.

"Remove as much subjectivity as possible in discipline and teaching."

Isn't objectivity one of those wicked whiteness traits?

pst314

Isn't objectivity one of those wicked whiteness traits?

It would appear that honesty and benevolence are also "whiteness" traits.

ccscientist

So honesty, benevolence, timeliness, hard work, courtesy, diligence, lawfulness, all whiteness traits? Wow, the woke really have a low opinion of POC.
My black neighbor worked hard, dressed nice, and was able to retire at 57. Guess he wasn't really black but he sure had me convinced that he was. Oh and his wife ended up principal at a school before they retired.

David

Don’t forget that expectations of probity and competence are “devastating” to lesbians and “people of colour.”

Apparently.

WTP

Very OT and self-serving, but as this is the most cosmopolitan and erudite group of people with whom I have any reasonable amount of contact (no, really)...

Anyone familiar with Chinese culture such that would explain the need for someone of that culture (and maybe it's just this specific family that does this) to splash themselves with water before entering a swimming pool? Why possibly the need to do this from a bathroom sink rather than perhaps an outdoor shower that (they may or may not know) is readily available? As a former competitive swimmer I've known people, especially myself, especially in cold weather, to do this before a race but not casually. Asking for a friend of course...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in the Clown Quarter an Ass. Prof of Sociology has thoughts.

Not good ones, but thoughts.

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