Begone, White Devils
Friday Ephemera

Service With A Snarl

Another candidate for our not-entirely-suited-to-the-job file:

The elderly couple ordered a “carefully budgeted” $50 of groceries to be delivered to their home last Sunday… Nothing was amiss until they went outside to meet the driver, Tara, for fear that she might struggle with her vehicle in their snow-covered driveway. When they opened the front door, Tara yelled at them… while rocking her vehicle back and forth in the driveway.

It turned out the issue wasn’t snow

The ostensible cause of Tara’s mental crisis can be viewed here.

Update, via the comments:

The individual in question, the one swollen with righteousness, is no longer employed.

Via I, Hypocrite, via Darleen. Also, open thread.

Comments

Sam

If the point of the Clarkson metaphor was to iterate that he is a rich prick that does rich prick things...well that's pretty unassailable. An often entertaining rich prick, Clarkson, but alas.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not at all a cult...

pst314

"...he is a rich prick that does rich prick things..."

Presumably he was a prick before he got rich.

David

Power game.

Steve E

Not at all a cult...

Brings to mind when Obama/Kerry sent James Taylor to France as a diplomatic gesture.

Presumably he was a prick before he got rich.

I saw a great t-shirt the other day. It said:

I'm not always a dick.
Just kidding.
Go F*** yourself.
PiperPaul

Doesn't the word "prize" when referring to a ship mean a captured enemy vessel?

Directrix Gazer

Doesn't the word "prize" when referring to a ship mean a captured enemy vessel?

Yes.

Darleen

Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.

David

Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.

“This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area…”

Darleen

“This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area…”

Grumble.

Try this.

WTP

“This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area…”

B-b-but…Brexit? K…don’t tell anyone that I told you but…the People’s’ Republic of California has decided that chilluns shouldn’t has to get no grades no worse than C’s. Because fair or some shit.

David

Try this.

Thanks.

Darleen

Because fair or some shit.

It's all part of the mentality that *if we don't report X, did X really happen?*

They do this for crime stats, why not school graduation stats or even teacher-student sex crimes?

Darleen

Yep, about right.

Peachy rex

The Directrix is correct. Very broadly, French warships were bigger - especially longer - shallower draft and more lightly built than British equivalents, which made them faster in favourable winds. British ships, conversely, were sturdier, more capable in unfavourable winds, and had greater endurance. Neither approach was wrong - both navies were usually successful in building ships that suited their strategy and circumstances. Because straight-line speed is something that any sea officer could easily quantify, French ships often had a good reputation, which is reflected in modern opinion; for an Admiralty tracking fleet serviceability rates and lifetime costs, the picture was more complicated. As a rule-of-thumb, though, the official Navy liked French frigates and disliked French battleships - the bigger the ship, the more fragile.

Spanish ships tended to be large for their rates and very well built, as well as being under-armed by British and French standards, which lessened wear-and-tear prior to capture. Thus the rule-of-thumb was reversed - Spanish battleships were more appreciated by the Admiralty than Spanish frigates, which were often too well built, and thus inferior sailors. No-one liked Dutch ships, which for both political and geographical reasons had fallen behind the times - small, indifferent construction quality, shallow draft. Danish ships, on the other hand, were considered excellent, with only their shallow draft being an issue. (The Brits made off with most of the Danish navy in 1807, so more examples of Danish ship-building to assess than one might guess.)

TomJ
Didn't the good old Soviet Union supply Egypt with tanks for their wars against Israel, which the Egyptians found hard to play in as they were vehicles designed not for deserts, but insulated for Siberian winters?

See also the much maligned SA80 family. Originally designed for the Cold War turning hot across central Europe, but actually used in anger in various deserts... The various mods down the years delt with many of the problems.

pst314

Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.

"Bad report cards could soon be a thing of the past in California as some of the state’s largest school districts are dropping “D” and “F” grades...High schoolers who fail a test or homework assignment can get a do-over or more time to complete the work.

Students who don’t ever finish the assignments or who fail the final exam would earn an “incomplete,” according to EdSource.

The move is called competency-based learning. Advocates argue that assessment should be based on mastery of learning — what students have learned instead of how they test."

Competency-based learning? Just more Orwellian bullshit from the left.

The real reason for such policies is the embarrassing failure of so many black kids to even demonstrate minimal competency. Instead of demanding that kids behave (and expel those who will not) and study hard, the left prefers to cover up failure. Everyone gets a prize.

pst314

Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.

pst314

And to reinforce that point, blacks spend only about one third as much time reading as do whites:
Avg hrs per day - Reading for personal interest, 2019:
White: 0.30
Black: 0.12

Pooklord

Regarding the soviet equipment supplied to the egyptians; their lack of battlefield success was more likely due to lack of, or inferior training in comparison to their opponents. Soviet export T-72's /62s were roughly equivalent in firepower, fire control systems, mobility, protection, etc to the American made M60/M48 series of tanks.
In the ME wars, there was actually quite a mix of equipment on both sides, some of it dating back to WWII. The deciding factors in the various conflicts were not usually found in the equipment.

pst314

Regarding the soviet equipment supplied to the egyptians; their lack of battlefield success was more likely due to lack of, or inferior training in comparison to their opponents.

Why Arabs Lose Wars

Directrix Gazer

@Pooklord

The Soviets also tended to strip a lot of the more interesting bits off the export versions of their vehicles. Electronics especially, but the policy extended to stuff like downgrading the contents of composite armor packages.

Soviet MBTs in particular were pretty optimized to work only within the larger apparatus of the Red Army supply and maintenance apparatus, and for a pretty specific concept of employment, which I think has caused a lot of confusion over the years.

That said, most Middle Eastern armies would fail even if provided with Platonically ideal equipment. As you say, people, training, doctrine, and institutional culture are far greater influences on effectiveness than hardware.

Steve E

"Students who don’t ever finish the assignments or who fail the final exam would earn an “incomplete,” according to EdSource.

The move is called competency-based learning."

Using their own logic, shouldn't the little darlings get an "incompetent" rather than an "incomplete?"

Steve E

Why Arabs Lose Wars

I get an "error 404" for that link.

sonny wayz

"Why Arabs Lose Wars"

404

Well, that didn't take long.

sonny wayz

I think this is it:

https://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars

Farnsworth M Muldoon

404

New link via UNC.

Geezer
aluminium
The Brits seem to have a penchant for adding superfluous letters and syllables to words.
pst314

404

Sorry. I just copied and pasted the link from my archives without verifying that it still worked.

New link via UNC.

I hate it when people reorganize their websites with no provision for redirecting old links to the new locations.

pst314

LA public schools takes a dim view of requiring black students to stand still in line or raise their hands in class because these are not black norms. Also not black norms: refraining from assaulting people. Treating others with respect. Shunning gangster culture. Not being a racist POS.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

LA public schools takes a dim view of requiring black students...

Apparently also any students from being, well, students.

Also recently: The district's antiracist initiative resulted in changing the minimum GPA for high school graduation to 1.0.

What could possibly go wrong?

pst314

What could possibly go wrong?

They will count it a win if we are all equal but all starving to death. Except for them and other members of the Inner Party.

pst314

Real estate website Redfin abandons publishing neighborhood crime data because it "reinforces racial bias against blacks".
Found via "VDare because the corporate news media will not report this.

pst314

Crime data also removed from real estate websites Realtor.com and Zillow. We must allow ourselves to be mugged or murdered in the name of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. To refuse to do so would be racist.

Daniel Ream

Soviet MBTs in particular were pretty optimized to work only within the larger apparatus of the Red Army supply and maintenance apparatus

Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.

pst314

Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.

Indeed. But "Why Arabs Lose Wars" is a reminder that one must also study cultures.

pst314

Fortnite cited in five percent of divorce cases. I admit that this is from 2018, and has more sensationalism value than anything else, but it gets us close to breaking 200 comments--and that's what really matters.

pst314

Cultural Enrichment in New York City: "3 out of every 5 subway trips I’ve taken in the last year have featured some kind of disconcerting disorder."

Steve E

"3 out of every 5 subway trips I’ve taken in the last year have featured some kind of disconcerting disorder."

The NYC subway system has always been ever thus. A subway cop in New York has a higher chance of being assaulted than a New York cop. My wife and I took our kids (6 and 10 at the time) to NYC in 2008 to see the final subway series between the Mets and the Yankees (it was the final season in Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium) and we saw this kind of stuff on the subway going to and coming from the games and it wasn't caused by people who were going to or coming from the games. Not to mention that the subway was almost unrideable in the late seventies and early eighties.

pst314

The NYC subway system has always been ever thus

But there have been periods that were better and periods that were worse. We are currently in a particularly bad period.

However, there is a simple, straightforward solution: lock up the criminals until they are too old and feeble to harm anyone. Pity that liberals are so wedding to being nice to criminals.

Daniel Ream

We are currently in a particularly bad period

Come back, Bernhard Goetz, all is forgiven.

Indeed. But "Why Arabs Lose Wars" is a reminder that one must also study cultures.

The moral is to the physical as three to one.

Steve E

However, there is a simple, straightforward solution: lock up the criminals until they are too old and feeble to harm anyone.

I think it would help in the case you provided, but too many of the cases you encounter are caused by mental illness and/or drug/alcohol dependency. These are things we also need to come to terms with since we opened up the institutions that used to deal with these issues starting in the late sixties/early seventies.

Daniel Ream

These are things we also need to come to terms with

This is an issue that has no good solution, only less bad ones. Incarcerating people against their will without due process of law is anathema to any free society, and as we've seen can be easily perverted to serve the power of the state. I know two separate people who were committed against their will while in crisis and it took their family weeks to months to get them released. In the one case the husband showed up at the hospital with a lawyer and two private security contractors and made it clear he was taking his wife home now and f*ck the consequences.

On the other hand, these people can be dangerous to the community around them and waiting for them to commit a crime so they can be incarcerated with due process of law doesn't seem like a very good option either.

pst314

I think it would help in the case you provided, but too many of the cases you encounter are caused by mental illness and/or drug/alcohol dependency.

No reason that "lock them up" cannot be applied to the mentally ill, albeit with pleasant facilities and kinder staff.

And I have heard (without corroboration) that some Asian countries have achieved some success reforming addicts with "go clean or get dead" policies. Certainly it is true that much of our trouble is due to brain-dead squishy liberal policies of infinite mercy for the incorrigible.

pst314

This is an issue that has no good solution, only less bad ones. Incarcerating people against their will without due process of law is anathema to any free society

I would never advocate throwing out due process of law.

The case you cite seems to be one where there was no prior evidence to justify institutionalizing the killer. On the other hand, I can cite a man who was was known to be very strange and who was institutionalized only after stalking my mother and colleagues. I have no idea if he spent a few years or the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital, but he was never seen again in the neighborhood. Stalking is not murder, but the investigation of his behavior and mental state determined that he was dangerous enough to lock up.

Steve E

waiting for them to commit a crime so they can be incarcerated with due process of law doesn't seem like a very good option either.

A good summary of the challenges dealing with these problems. My brother-in-law's brother was schizophrenic, a condition that was "controllable" with medication. He stopped taking his meds and beat his father nearly to death. Unfortunately, much of the violence done by the mentally ill is done to family. The brother was never locked up and I'm not suggesting he should have been, but the family would have fought it. Sadly, the brother who was a gentle soul when on medication stopped taking his medication again, left his supervised home and died in the streets.

There is no easy answer to these problems.

pst314

He stopped taking his meds and beat his father nearly to death.

That seems to be a very frequent problem. It seems reasonable that taking the meds should be a strictly enforced condition of freedom. And perhaps more people should be assigned by courts to facilities where this can be enforced and behavior supervised.

Certainly there are no easy answers: In the real world there are rarely nice solutions, only trade-offs.

But given the current situation, it is clearly time to force the pendulum to swing back toward restriction of liberty.

And as for gang-bangers, I continue to marvel at cases where the criminal's vicious and depraved nature is clearly demonstrated and yet he gets a minimal sentence because he didn't actually kill his victim.

Steve E

And perhaps more people should be assigned by courts to facilities where this can be enforced and behavior supervised.

Good luck with that. These are the same sort of facilities that were going to protect the elderly from CoVid only worse. Institutions tend to meet violence with violence and I'm not sure that has ever worked. Having said that, I believe that institutions have a role to play with the mentally ill.

Daniel Ream

it is clearly time to force the pendulum to swing back toward restriction of liberty.

Oh yeah, nothing could possibly go wrong with that plan.

Have you been paying attention at all the last 18 months?

David

Real estate website Redfin abandons publishing neighbourhood crime data

[P]eople reporting crimes were more likely to describe their offender as young, male, and Black than would be expected given the representation of those groups in the population.

This, we’re told, is a “troubling sign” of “racial bias.” No other possibilities exist, apparently. Say, regarding one’s expectations. And then there’s an obvious question - why would so many victims of crime lie about the race of their attacker, thereby making it much less likely that said attacker will be apprehended and face any kind of consequences?

As so often, wokeness is gaslighting.

Daniel Ream

wokeness is gaslighting

I forget who coined the phrase "political correctness is a war on noticing".

Pooklord

No reason that "lock them up" cannot be applied to the mentally ill, albeit with pleasant facilities and kinder staff.

I'm sorry to say there are no such facilities, none at least that I've ever seen or heard of.
The facilities are often understaffed, with those employed having to work extra long hours

See "Western State" for an unfortunate but not atypical example.

David

I forget who coined the phrase “political correctness is a war on noticing”.

For instance.

If it weren’t actually happening, and rapidly metastasizing, it might be darkly funny. And so, progress, so defined, entails an ever-growing list of realities to which one must never refer, and an ever-growing list of lies one must remember to mouth, or at least not challenge, in order to avoid gasps of indignation and possible unemployment.

pst314

Have you been paying attention at all the last 18 months?

Have you been paying attention to the frightening rise in violence?

pst314

..

pst314

I forget who coined the phrase "political correctness is a war on noticing".

That was Steve Sailer, well-known thought criminal.

pst314

Yet another "anti-violence outreach worker" has been charged with murder. Maybe their earlier felonies should have been taken more seriously.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Have you been paying attention to the frightening rise in violence?

Apparently someone just notified the mayor of San Francisco.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Good news, everyone! Researchers say anyone can be a neurosurgeon or rocket scientist!

But a new study suggests aerospace engineers and brain surgeons are not necessarily brighter than the general population - and that a career in either field is within anyone's reach if they apply themselves.

I see. Just apply themselves.

"Our results highlight the further efforts required to widen access to these specialities to mitigate impending staff shortages and ensure a diverse workforce to drive future innovation," they said.

Of course. Note to self - avoid rocket flights and neurosurgery in the future.

I think you can get your neurosurgery and aerospace engineering degrees here. If you apply yourselves.

pst314

Of course. Note to self - avoid rocket flights and neurosurgery in the future.

Already thinking that way, thanks to the continuing dumbing-down of professions via racial quotas.

There is a small kernel of truth, in that many highly accomplished people in the STEM fields have no more wisdom than any random street sample, and many tech geeks are unable to discern, much less appreciate, subtleties of human behavior. However, that does not erase the fact that your average person in the STEM fields is far more able to understand and appreciate literature than your average English major is able to get a passing grade in a STEM field class.

WTP

Heh. What I should have said.

Also notice the very large and very absent elephant in the room in that article.

Maybe because it's a dead horse that I will not stop beating until there's some significant recognition that it's dead...The elephant IN the room is, again, the insanity rife in the psychiatric profession and its fellow travelers. The elephant that many MDs of all stripes will acknowledge, when pushed, but are afraid to speak up about. And now it's bled into pediatrics as well. Pathetic.

pst314

Apparently someone just notified the mayor of San Francisco.

She will make whatever noises might get her reelected, but will never stop seeking to liberate criminals from the "oppression" of police and courts and prisons. She will continue to do as much evil as she thinks she can get away with.

WTP

The NYC subway system has always been ever thus

After Giulianni and up until my last visit in 2014, I have always felt safe, relatively speaking of course it is NYC, in the subway there. No worse than on the street. Now I never travell the odd hours to the odd places but most places any tourist or business person would/should need to go has felt as "normal" as the rest of NYC. Not that I haven't seen interesting things. Like a big, intimidating looking white supremecist with nazi tattos and such getting off at a stop in Haarlem. Never made the news, though.

pst314

The elephant IN the room is, again, the insanity rife in the psychiatric profession and its fellow travelers.

The first thing I noticed was that my fellow students who were majoring in psychology tended to be, well, more than a little strange.

Later I learned that most "sex researchers" had an axe to grind, and their research was usually designed to find the results they wanted (usually that every unusual sexual practice, up to and including child molestation and sex with animals) was entirely normal.

Similarly, all those professors studying crime who (surprise!) conclude that crime is caused by "social injustice" and that prisons are useless.

ComputerLabRat

But a new study suggests aerospace engineers and brain surgeons are not necessarily brighter than the general population - and that a career in either field is within anyone's reach if they apply themselves.

I agree with pst in that there is a small kernel of truth in this statement. The operative term is "apply themselves", and all that entails. I don't think it takes a supergenius to become proficient in higher mathematics, especially at the undergrad level, which lays the foundation for the graduate level courses. Those classes are all about working hundreds of homework problems until your brain develops muscle memory like someone learning to kick goals or shoot baskets. Speaking as a data point of one, I don't think I have a super high IQ, but I sure as heck had the drive and desire to "apply myself" by doing all those damned homework problems in calculus and differential equations. And I guess my IQ was high enough that eventually, something clicked and hey! I understood. And it was an awesome feeling. But applying myself meant hours of work when I could have been playing, or socializing (shudder), or doing any number of other things, because I am not a savant when it comes to numbers. Looking at the graphic pst posted above, of the hours spent on homework, gives a glimpse as to who is more likely to "apply themselves". Not all Asians are supergeniuses, but culturally they sure as hell are encouraged to act like it, and have the two parent families to care about and enforce it.

And there's where I agree with Muldoon and WTP - studies like that one will be used to continue to water down STEM fields to the point where you have doctors and engineers who have no clue about what they are doing - they just tick a DIE (Diversity, Inclusion, Equity) box and make the employer look good. But the more DIE administrators and consultants these places hire, the more likely they will never look good, no matter how many DIE boxes their employees tick. And eventually, they will run out of the people who actually know what they are doing. This whole Woke edifice is built on the assumption that the people who know how to make things work will always be there shoring things up and covering for the incompetents and the useless.

ccscientist

Anyone can be a neurosurgeon: hahahaha. This is the end-game of woke policies--no criteria for jobs at all. Just quotas. What could go wrong? Oh, sorry, the woke say consequences are just a patriarchal white supremacist conspiracy. I am pretty smart. I have met people who are much much much smarter than me. I am just smart enough to grasp genius when I meet one. There is no way you can replace such a person with random. Even if not "smart" per se, a neurosurgeon has years and years of training and high discipline. Lacking discipline disqualifies you for the job.
I saw someone claim that locking people up doesn't prevent crime. huh. It helps in 2 ways. The really bad guys need to be put away where they can't kill again. The low level criminals need to get the message that it is not worth the risk and that means certainty of getting caught. Letting them out the next day sends the opposite message. The cash bail system by the way empowers bail bondsmen to go looking for you if you don't show up for trial. Of course spending months in jail for shoplifting while awaiting trial is not good but elim cash bail is not the solution.

pst314

Anyone can be a neurosurgeon: hahahaha.

The cult of liberalism insists that cognitive differences have no biological basis: Everyone is equal and differences can only be attributable to a lack of "social justice".

Darleen

But a new study suggests aerospace engineers and brain surgeons are not necessarily brighter than the general population - and that a career in either field is within anyone's reach if they apply themselves.

Wait, what? I thought making an individual's own efforts central to their success or failure was the epitome of White Supremacy.

pst314

Wait, what? I thought making an individual's own efforts central to their success or failure was the epitome of White Supremacy.

Did George Orwell get it right or not?

pst314

The really bad guys need to be put away where they can't kill again...

And attempted murder should be treated almost as harshly as actual murder. It's amazing how many cases of attempted murder get downgraded to a lesser charge.

...The low level criminals need to get the message that it is not worth the risk and that means certainty of getting caught.

Yes. Maximizing the likelihood of being caught and punished is at least as important as the severity of the punishment.

ccscientist

Wait, what? I thought making an individual's own efforts central to their success or failure was the epitome of White Supremacy.

It is the classic bait-and-switch of the left. Crime is just the result of oppression but they have no proof of or cure for oppression--nevertheless we are going to let criminals go BEFORE we cure oppression. Switch to electric cars! But we are shutting down all the reliable electricity sources. Housing is not affordable! But not giving permits for new housing. etc.

Steve E

Researchers say anyone can be a neurosurgeon or rocket scientist!

Interesting that said researchers conflate "applying oneself" with "ensuring access." Progressive solutions are designed to fail.

WTP

Interesting that said researchers conflate "applying oneself" with "ensuring access." Progressive solutions are designed to fail.

Again, socialism is a cargo cult. They think if you just "qualify"...and by "qualify" they mean sit in some previous classroom...or simply be enrolled to sit there, you don't actually have to sit there...that would be silly...to sit in a classroom and be present while things are spoken, it is the same as learning those things. That it's only racism...raaaaaycism...that throws off the sum total melanin in every profession and or socioeconomic strata. This is obvious to those who have done the analysis*. Other people understand this, right?

*Happyfeet, 2008(?)-2020(?).

pst314

*Happyfeet, 2008(?)-2020(?).

I recall seeing that name on blog comments, but do not immediately recall anything about that commenter.

pst314

Happyfeet = a dancing penguin? Known to his friends as "herring breath"? :-)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The 21st Century, they said we'd have flying cars, instead we get a very crappy version of The Flying Cloud.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I recall seeing that name on blog comments, but do not immediately recall anything about that commenter.

Think of Hal, but using a kind of obnoxious baby talk.

pst314

Think of Hal, but using a kind of obnoxious baby talk.

Not even sure where I used to see that commenter. Maybe Althouse?

David

Not even sure where I used to see that commenter.

Protein Wisdom.

pst314

It's a metaphor. You may have heard of them.
You mean like this? :-D

Darn. I was hoping to get a reaction. I was surprised and delighted when, many years ago, I learned the linguistic roots of "metaphor" and that even today Greeks use that word in connection with transportation. Supposedly you can find airport luggage carts labeled as such. I'd love to be photographed hauling a huge pile of books on such a cart.

ccscientist

The idea that anyone can do any job is not even consistent with how the Left views things. They do not presume that any random person can become a star basketball player (even if black), a great singer, or top guitar player. They assume that natural talent and hard work are required in those domains.

I saw a twitter post extolling the wonderful life of the Inca. He said they were so great they didn't even need money--they just bartered for things. OMG does he not realize how impossible it would be to find someone who could barter your ability to do accounting for a couch? Or your nursing skills for a car? Every civilization ever has come up with money of some sort.

pst314

I saw a twitter post extolling the wonderful life of the Inca.

The Western left's tendency to kneel in worshipful adoration before every culture other than our own is a very strange thing.

Steve E

I saw a twitter post extolling the wonderful life of the Inca. He said they were so great they didn't even need money...

If only we practiced child sacrifice, we could be great too.

pst314

The wages of wokeness: They have cards at my doctor’s office now to tell them if you’d prefer not to be weighed.
Because some fat people get upset if you do not participate in their delusion that corpulence is perfectly healthy.
Via: "One of the most sinister aspects of Wokeness is how it systematically makes people unashamed of what they should be ashamed of and ashamed of what they shouldn’t be ashamed of."

pst314

If only we practiced child sacrifice, we could be great too.

From what I've heard the Inca had a somewhat totalitarian theocracy, which you would think would horrify the left. Until you realize that a chief motivation of the left is not so much sincere attraction to other cultures as hatred of their own.

ComputerLabRat

If only we practiced child sacrifice, we could be great too.

We do, we just don't call them children. Maybe that's what we're doing wrong - do like the Inca and wait until after they're born.

The Left does love them some Islamic theocracy though, acknowledging the greatness of their prophet, joining in their subjugation of their women (calling it freedom!), pretending not to know about what their holy book says about teh gays, or even what they think of subSaharan Africans. I don't hear many calling Allah a sky fairy, either. This is probably more out of fear of beheading, or being called racist, since this particular religion has branded itself a race, than mere hatred of their own culture, although that's a big part, no doubt.

WTP

Not even sure where I used to see that commenter.

Protein Wisdom, and Patterico, and Insty, and maybe Althouse. Not sure on the latter.

Think of Hal, but using a kind of obnoxious baby talk.

Yeah, that's a bit harsh. And a stretch. Far more amusing gadfly. Gadflies, for all their faults, have their place and usefulness. YMMV I suppose. Mere mention of his name can cause Patterico to bust an aneurism. Especially in concert with the name "Trump".

Io

Gadflies, for all their faults, have their place and usefulness.

I disagree.

Hera

I disagree.

Wrong.

pst314

Protein Wisdom, and Patterico, and Insty, and maybe Althouse. Not sure on the latter.

I used to read all of them frequently. I think Instapundit was better when it didn't have a comment thread. Still read Insty and Althouse regularly, Protein Wisdom rarely. Patterico not at all.

Mere mention of his name can cause Patterico to bust an aneurism. Especially in concert with the name "Trump".

Haven't read Patterico in years. Somehow he ceased to be fun and enlightening to read.

pst314

I used to read all of them frequently.

Time to lament the passing of many fine blogs. Including PC David Copperfield and Inspector Gadget. (The latter does still have a Twitter account, although that's not the same.) Also various Continental blogs.

Squires

Until you realize that a chief motivation of the left is not so much sincere attraction to other cultures as hatred of their own.

It is a shit test by bitches we should have dumped long ago, metastasized into a full-on program of 24/7 Nurse Ratched grade ballcutting.

pst314

What have we come to? Soldier who injured face after falling on her rifle during night exercises awarded €36,000 damages

anon a mouse

So, who's up for some Hawkstone Lager?

*yeah, I'm stirring s*** again. Sorry 'bout that*

It's on Amazon UK, and is "Hewn from the mineral-rich bedrock of the Cotswold Hills, The Hawkstone, a Neolithic standing stone which gives our lager its name has stood for generations. The Cotswold Brash soil in which it rests is hard and unforgiving. But for those who persist (like Jeremy Clarkson)"

Sadly, not on Jeff's US website...

WTP

Hawkstone Lager

I rate this story true . But...I know how I know but how did they know?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yeah, that's a bit harsh.

Harsh? I was being kind given that his/her/its sole purpose was/is to throw turds into the punch bowl.

sonny wayz

@pst314

"However, that does not erase the fact that your average person in the STEM fields is far more able to understand and appreciate literature than your average English major is able to get a passing grade in a STEM field class."

An alternative way of saying this, from a commenter on Althouse(?), is that there are numerous STEM types in bands and amateur theatrics, but few BAs doing matrix math as a recreation.

pst314

An alternative way of saying this, from a commenter on Althouse(?), is that there are numerous STEM types in bands and amateur theatrics, but few BAs doing matrix math as a recreation.

Well said. Right off the top of my head, I can think of numerous STEM people who got their degrees and launched their careers, and then later also became successful authors of fiction. But none of the reverse. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Benford, Wolfe, Pournelle...

asiaseen

What have we come to?

Private Aoife Burke - real-she or he-she?

TomJ

To be fair, Brian May went from massive musical success to a PhD in astrophysics...

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