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November 23, 2021

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Today's word is 'madhouse'.

David

Today’s word is ‘madhouse’.

It does, I think, offer a glimpse into the strange, unhappy world of woke psychology. And as I hope is by now clear, it does rather matter who gets to educate your children.

WTP

I remember 40-50 years ago or so when the Klan (you know, the real ones with the white hoods and everything) and the neo-Nazis (you know, the real ones with the brown shirts, swasticas and everything) insisted that there could never be racial equality, that those calling for racial equality were really racists themselves who desired to do things exactly like this....and worse. Thank God my teachers and preachers and conservative..."conservative" thought leaders all insisted that I understand that even so much as entertaining the thought that such possibilities were even remotely worthy of consideration was itself terrible, terrible wrong-think that I best not let my thinking self think. 'Unthinkable' I believe is the term.

Is it any wonder we don't have flying cars and moon bases by now...not that I'm a fan of either one but it seemed quite clear back then that by this point we would be far, far more likely to have those and not this racist crap.

asiaseen

I wonder just how many African-Canadians are Hindu. In the Twat example of a vote on recognition of an Indian-Indian festival, HTF does it justify up-weighting the votes of black non-Indians?

A rhetorical question, naturally.

David

Today’s word is ‘madhouse’.

Readers are invited to imagine working in a supposedly highbrow environment, among supposedly clever people, in which politely pointing out a basic and rather obvious logical and moral error – one resulting in actual institutional racism, as opposed to the imaginary kind - results in gasps of indignation, accusations of “harassment,” and many of your peers reporting you for “privilege” and “harmful language,” with a view to getting you punished in some way. And then being told that your intent, however clear and carefully articulated, has absolutely no bearing on whether you’ll be found guilty.

It’s positively surreal.

Daniel Ream

The OSSTF has been outright Marxist for decades. The political ecosystem in Ontario is absolutely controlled by the public sector unions, of which the largest and most powerful is the teacher's union(s).

Ontario is ~68% white - down from 82% twenty years ago but the Great Replacement totally isn't a thing, guys - and more rank and file teachers than you might think don't actually support the unions but they don't actively dissent, either. It's career suicide to do so. This might finally be the thing that pushes them over the edge.

Daniel Ream

It’s positively surreal.

No, it's not. It's entirely typical and predictable. Remember Dalrymple:

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

These people aren't crazy. They know exactly what they're doing.

David

These people aren’t crazy. They know exactly what they’re doing.

In which case, you could swap the word surreal with… well, evil.

semi retired conservative

There are more and more Canajuns on the interwebs and twatter advocating for the American solution of "charter" schools to get their children away from the lunatics and the Racism Guilds.

Seems only fair to import solutions from the US since we seem to import most of their problems.

Oh, and for the edification of you furriners:

black population of Canaduh: 3.5%
"indigineous" population of Canaduh: 4.9%

Population of crazy leftists ? Lots. Bloody lots.

David

And again, note the reliance on non-reciprocal ‘principles’.

Is anyone seeing a theme?

WTP

Seen recently...

David

Curious how these egalitarians really do seem to like their identitarian hierarchies and doctrinaire pecking orders.

By which I mean, they do seem to like telling people to know their place.

Just sayin’.

Steve E

And again, note the reliance on non-reciprocal ‘principles’.

Best part: "This allows for further conversation and growth together."

David

Best part: “This allows for further conversation and growth together.”

The capacity for self-contradiction – and the wider failures of self-awareness – are a thing to behold.

Hopp Singg

White liberal teachers are only counted as 3/5 of a person now.

Well, they earned it.

aelfheld
The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race. — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Too simplistic by half for the obfuscating gauleiters.

Steve E

The way to defeat racism and discrimination is with racism and discrimination. Who knew?

In Canada, at the provincial level, we have these unelected quasi-judicial boards called Human Rights Commissions. It seems like this would be a good test for them. Although, I suspect they'd never agree to hear a case despite their demonstrated propensity for hearing all kinds of crazy (think Jessica Yaniv serial abuser of the system).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the strange, unhappy world of woke psychology.

David

...the strange, unhappy world of woke psychology.

A bra wouldn’t hurt.

Nikw211

A bra wouldn’t hurt.

Not entirely convinced it would help either.

David

Not entirely convinced it would help either.

The lady needs just two things. A good bra, and the Wizard of Oz.

Darleen

We are on our way to see Ghostbusters. Will report later. (geez, it's been almost 2 years since last in an actual movie theater)

David

Will report later.

We expect nothing less.

Nikw211

There are instructional slides and everything.

From those slides, I can only conclude that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is to education what CNN is to news.

Zozu

This allows for further conversation and growth together.

This being the end of the example where the minority's timid petition to be accommodated in their Diwali celebrations is shouted down by a stadium full of hockey fans, so the only way for them to be "heard" is to weigh their votes to create a deadlock, upon which the real "conversation" and "growth" can begin.

It's backwards, isn't it? In the normal process, there was a conversation, this conversation preceded the vote, the minority view was heard, and then ... well, if you're in a minority you should be accustomed to losing votes, and if you don't like it you can live in a country where you are the majority.

"Being heard", translated from Oprah-speak, means a minority imposing its will, thwarting the majority from running its own institutions as it sees fit. It's a bit like the Non-Violent De-escalation lady from yesterday.

And it's not going to be about Diwali, which I'm sure is already generously accommodated in Canadian schools as a pleasant convivial facet of diversity. It'll be about bare ethnic group interests and about introducing a curriculum that demeans white children, that degrades Canada as a historically meaningful country, and opens it up further for minority incursion.

But if the white majority in Canada is (at best) a numerical anomaly, and (at worst) a historical injustice to be righted, and Canada isn't willing to say that its British European Christian character is non-negotiable and not to be abandoned to "demographic change", then whites will become a minority there, for ever, and these weighted votes might as well be treated as a rehearsal.

Sam

The Western decline continues to be indistinguishable from a civilization wide female shit test.

Darleen

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Grade: B+

Definitely an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours in a movie theater. There's plenty of genuine nostalgia - and respect -- for the original 1984 film. Difference in overall tone as 1984 was more like an extended (and good) SNL skit. Afterlife keeps a good amount of humor and funny moments, but also surprises with some good scary bits and some heartstring pulling without forcing it.

What I appreciated -- the young actors don't chew the scenery and come off as, well, real kids. There is NO "wokeness" in the film -- and I mean none, nada, zip. There are some plot holes, questions never answered, and it could have been a bit tighter in a few places ... but that's why I didn't give it an "A".

I really have missed the whole movie experience after close to two years away. This was a nice movie to start up again.

Dan C

Proof that arithmetic is oppressive:

https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2021/11/23/womens-marchs-profound-apology-for-accepting-this-offensive-and-hurtful-average-donation-amount-so-close-to-thanksgiving-belongs-in-the-louvre/

pst314

Proof that arithmetic is oppressive

They don't need to wear their pussy hats for us to know they are twats.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...“eliminating racism”...

Speaking of which, a new player has entered the field.

Daniel Ream

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

I downloaded a camrip. I punched out after ten minutes.

1984 was more like an extended (and good) SNL skit

True. Ghostbusters II was like an episode of thirtysomething.

Afterlife appears to be an episode of Stranger Things, and all that that entails.

David

When you’re super-progressive, there’s so much blocking to do.

As so often, these things are presented as some obvious and unassailable moral imperative, a wisdom with which one couldn’t possibly argue. But when the wider public gets wind of it, is suitably bewildered and/or dismayed, and pushes back even a little, then the feverish blocking starts and the shutters come down with a clang.

David

These people aren’t crazy. They know exactly what they’re doing.

It’s common to assume that those who devise and propagate these things, and who wish to indoctrinate children with a kind of racial neurosis, are somehow well-meaning people who just happen to have terrible ideas, and who just happen to have them over and over again. It seems more likely that in fact they’re awful people who are attracted to, and fixated by, terrible ideas.

Watcher In The Dark

Here is the modern world encapsulated: we have fought, or rather our predecessors did, to make sure everyone had an equal vote, but the swing of the pendulum dictates now that some should be more equal than others. However it is propped up by a "Your vote counts more than mine" gesture to show how generous these people are.

Also slides being prepared shows how this is very serious indeed!

I really do accept the swing of pendulums in life but when it starts banging against one side of the clock case and scaring the mice and spiders then surely an adjustment is needed.

Watcher In The Dark

One minor observation of the title "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Will there be a sequel, with the title being "Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2" suggesting the afterlife has another level? I think philosophers would have a field day discussing that concept.

However maybe the producers see it like the game 'Final Fantasy' which I believe has reached at least 'Final Fantasy 15'. In other words, and to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, I don't think final means what you think it means.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...those who devise and propagate...and who wish to indoctrinate children with a kind of racial neurosis...

"...in fact they’re awful people who are attracted to, and fixated by, terrible ideas."

WTP

Re Farnsworth’s link:

“There are many students, faculty, and staff who are concerned about this, but there is nothing we can do,” added the student, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal from the university administration. “And if we sound the alarm, we will be labeled racists.”
There you go! That’s the spirit! By God if we only had more people like that, this world would turn around in a heartbeat!

anon a mouse

It seems more likely that in fact they’re awful people

*faints. With assorted vapors*

You mean all of us aren't exactly the same, all loving of puppies and kittens and...

"I'd like to teach the world to sing,
in perfect harmony..."

Oh look - Academy Sports has 100 bucks off the Kimber Night Patrol in .45. Dear Santa, I want

ccscientist

Are they bringing back the 3/5 rule from slavery days in the US? Where slaves counted for 3/5 of a person for allocating congressional representation (not for voting of course)?

ccscientist

The shaved head lady is an example of being "revolutionary" by making yourself as ugly as possible, and then demanding everyone respect you/love you. Oh, and give us the finger too. Sure. That will work.
The bullying by the school that if you even question their new policy you are racist will only work as long as people are afraid of that label. In Virginia it stopped working and parents were calling out the school for CRT and other teaching. They didn't care anymore what you called them. It determined the gov race. So these things can flip if you push it too far. Pray flipping continues.

Daniel Ream

The bullying by the school that if you even question their new policy you are racist will only work as long as people are afraid of that label

Eight Mile Rule.

Darleen

I punched out after ten minutes.

Well, I guess watching ten minutes of a 2 hour movie is a fair way to judge it.

If it isn't to your taste in movies, fine. I certainly avoid movies or books or music that I know I'm not going to enjoy.

I definitely enjoyed this movie for the reasons I stated. Is it like Stranger Things? Only in the set up of making having kids, especially Phoebe, the main focus in fantasy/horror/scifi film. But that's nothing new. Afterlife is as much Stranger Things as it is Goonies or Explorers.

Will there be a sequel, with the title being "Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2" suggesting the afterlife has another level?

I'd never like to say "never" when it comes to the suits in Hollyweird. However, Afterlife does take a moment to explain why there have been no mass spook events since 1984 and then winds up with taking that to completion at the end of the movie. It really doesn't leave much room for any kind of sequel. Spinoff? Who knows?

all in all, it's de gustibus and YMMV.

Darleen

Oh, btw, I'm sure you all will be happy to know that Fairfax County Public Schools has decided to return those sexually graphic juvie-porn books to the school library. They are "scientifically based" after all. How dare parents be opposed to SCIENCE!!

pst314

Eight Mile Rule.

What's that?

David

Fairfax County Public Schools has decided to return those sexually graphic juvie-porn books to the school library.

I suspect the authors’ hard drives would be quite revealing. You do rather have to marvel at the kinds of people who can select such, er, reading matter, and flick through it, then present it to children, and not, it seems, hear the mental alarm bell ringing.

anon a mouse

Eight Mile Rule. What's that?

Well, in olden days it required a helmet, drive shaft loop, roll cage and safety switch...

Oh, thought it was 1/8th mile rule

Steve E

What's that?

It's taking away your opponents argument by stating his case before he does leaving him with nothing to say. It's from the Eminem movie 8 Mile.

ccscientist

The graphic books in school libraries is that slippery slope that we kept being told doesn't exist. First it is gay rights, then gay marriage, then all genders are equal and valid, and then of course if all this is "normal" you can (must) teach about it in school. The book DOES in fact depict pedophilia and sex between juveniles. They don't have books depicting hetero sex I would bet. They also want books depicting trans life. It is sick indoctrination.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It is sick indoctrination.

No it isn't, y'all just ignorant h8rs trying to impose yte supremacist Eurocentrism.

WTP

So which would be healthier, 1/4 mg of xanax twice a day or a shot of vodka twice a day? I'd ask my doctor this but I doubt I would get a straight answer. Of course I would be asking him for a friend. Of course, of course.

David

1/4 mg of xanax twice a day or a shot of vodka twice a day?

There’s always golf. Or watercolours. I can’t vouch personally, but I’m told they’re very relaxing.

Daniel Ream

Well, I guess watching ten minutes of a 2 hour movie is a fair way to judge it

I don't have to eat an entire bowl of dog shit to be certain I won't enjoy it.

Movies are manufactured according to formulae and have been for a long time. Once you know how films are made, you don't need to see very much footage to spot the tells that will indicate the formula the rest of the movie is following. I called Justice League from a half-second of the first trailer.

Afterlife is as much Stranger Things as it is Goonies or Explorers

You make my point for me, although you don't realize it. Stranger Things is just Family Guy without the raunchy humour. It's an exercise in seeing how many 80's movies they can homage and/or cram references to into 47 minutes, complete with stunt casting. It spends so much time copy-pasting from other movies that it has no time to do anything original or interesting with the material. The first ten minutes of Afterlife were filled with so many gratuitous easter eggs I saw where they were going.

Only in the set up of making having kids, especially Phoebe, the main focus in fantasy/horror/scifi film. But that's nothing new

It's also not Ghostbusters. GB succeeded because in addition to being a pretty well-written SNL sketch, it was a story about three plucky schlubs who start their own messy, grungy blue-collar business and make a go of it while fighting off officious bureaucrats and cash flow problems. Everyone loves an underdog story.

GBII flopped, among other reasons, because it turned the cast into broody sad sacks who had been universally rejected and focused on the baby drama between Venkman and Barrett. That's because by 1989 Ghostbusters was a kids franchise with a popular toy line and supporting TV show and the producers knew a large chunk of the audience was going to be moms taking their kids, and broody family drama is what moms like.

As I've mentioned before, the target audience for 1970s-1980s SNL and SNL movies Is Not Women, and it especially isn't mothers with young children. The audience that enjoyed the first movie was resoundingly nonplussed by the second.

Just as Stranger Things is aimed at women d'un certain age, so is Afterlife. When presented with the prospective script for Ghostbusters III, Murray sent the script back, shredded, with a note reading "No one wants to watch three old white guys chasing ghosts". I doubt anyone wants to watch the cast of a W network movie about a heroic single mom raising a trendily autistic daughter chasing ghosts either. Let's see how the box office shakes out.

Karl

1/4 mg of xanax twice a day or a shot of vodka twice a day?

or??

WTP

There’s always golf. Or watercolours.

Heh. You're not familiar with my friend's relationship with the little white ball. While once enjoyable solely for the comradery, copious amounts of vodka or most likely its cousins...along with a cigar or two...were required and enjoyed. And now the comradery is pretty much shot. Not to mention the rotator cuff...but I digress. In general though, other things need to get done and generally speaking these other things lack the intensity of concentration and thinking that used to keep my friend somewhat otherwise juiced throughout the day. Jigsaw puzzles and old movies on TCM do work. As does Hades Star. But it's the day. Getting through the damn day...

Burnsie

Not entirely convinced it would help either.

I'm trying to picture this ray of sunshine at her family Thanksgiving dinner. What a treat that must be. Be sure to hide the knives.

Darleen

three plucky schlubs who start their own messy, grungy blue-collar business

3 phd-holding university professors ...

Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*. ~~ Dr. Ray Stanz

The target audience for 1970s-1980s SNL and SNL movies Is Not Women, and it especially isn't mothers with young children.

Hmmmm... In 1984 I was a married woman with 3 girls under the age of 6. I watched SNL and also loved seeing GB in the theater several times.

a heroic single mom raising a trendily autistic daughter chasing ghosts either.

Heroic? The mom in this was/is particularly pathetic and dysfunctional and certainly NOT a lead. Phoebe is not "trendily autistic", she's a semi-mini-Egon - classic nerd but she does want friends and does exhibit emotions.

But then, you didn't actually watch the movie so I guess you feel your assumptions must be correct.

It's a B+ movie, very much like the original GB was. It's a good hot-fudge sundae, not a 5-course meal from a chef-owned, Michelin-starred restaurant.

Even us not-to-formula moms-with-kids enjoy a good hot-fudge sundae.

Steve E

But then, you didn't actually watch the movie so I guess you feel your assumptions must be correct.

You go girlfriend! Two Snaps, a twist and a kiss.

David

The Western decline continues to be indistinguishable from a civilization wide female shit test.

As I’m sure I’ve said before, you could think of wokeness as a reminder of just how psychologically and morally deformable human beings are. A kind of cultivated neurosis. Such that, people will perform bizarre contortions and become absurd, while pretending everything is fine and twitching intermittently.

pst314

Even us not-to-formula moms-with-kids enjoy a good hot-fudge sundae.

So do I, unless it falls on a Tuesday.

pst314

Even us not-to-formula moms-with-kids enjoy a good hot-fudge sundae.

I come this classy joint for the snacks, but I stay for the absolute uniformity of opinion.

Daniel Ream

3 phd-holding university professors

"The purpose of science is to serve mankind. You seem to regard science as some kind of dodge, or hustle. Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable. You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman."
"The fillings in my mouth are starting to heat up."
"That'll stop when you kick in your own accelerator."

In 1984 I was a married woman with 3 girls under the age of 6. I watched SNL and also loved seeing GB in the theater several times.

I've been trying really, really hard not to quote the various red pill pundits who claim all women are solipsistic but you're not making it easy.

Let me put this more bluntly; the fact that you happened to enjoy Ghostbusters and SNL doesn't mean squat. You are not the entirety of the the SNL demographic; you aren't even remotely representative of the SNL demographic. The target audience for SNL and SNL movies has always been 18-34 year old men. Lorne Michaels acknowledges it, NBC acknowledges it, every TV critic acknowledges it, the regulars on this blog acknowledge it. You are an exception.

Heroic? The mom in this was/is particularly pathetic and dysfunctional

Because the protagonists in W network movies are always calm, collected professionals who handle challenges with grace and aplomb.

Do I really have to explain this?

"That woman's a mess! Just like me! Oh, look, she's overcoming a moderately stressful situation! That means I can overcome moderately stressful situations!"

Phoebe is not "trendily autistic", she's a semi-mini-Egon

That is trendily autistic - which is to say, not actually autistic but socially awkward in a way that lets heroic single moms wring their hands and fret and get sympathy via Munchausens-by-proxy. You're clearly not aware of the large contingent of retro-millenials who have adopted Egon as "autistic-coded".

I'm starting to think the problem here is that you've never actually seen any media that's actually targeted at your demographic. Well, except for Afterlife.

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