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January 21, 2022

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pst314

Being “anti-racist,” she doesn’t depict them.

"Anti-racism" also requires that the public never know when a vicious criminal is black--and especially when the motive for murder is hatred of whites and Asians and Jews and etc.

Daniel Ream

Anything you can do, I can do better.

I will admit I did not expect the R2-D2 F/X.

Steve E

At last, lab-grown hair.

Not all hair growth is good hair growth.

pst314

Not all hair growth is good hair growth.

"Let's go out dancing. You put on your black dress, and I'll go shave my tongue."
--Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

pst314

Facebook, protecting the public from dangerous speech: Man banned from Facebook for post about hatred of peas

Darleen

Indeed, the barbarians are inside the gates.

PiperPaul

post about hatred of peas

Why won't he give peas a chance?

Darleen

The progressive retail experience, parts 408, 409 and 410.

411

Marina

I’ve eaten peas with honey,
I’ve done it all my life.
They do taste kind of funny,
But it keeps them on the knife.

Daniel Ream

Facebook, protecting the public from dangerous speech

I guarantee you by this point 4chan has already normalized the word "peas" to mean...other things.

Daniel Ream

Indeed, the barbarians are inside the gates

What was so ironic about that essay was this gem at the end:

Science is under attack from ideologues on the far right, with their climate change denialism, creationism, and other quackery

I can't remember who it was that observed that Kuhn was wrong: scientific paradigms don't shift because the weight of evidence reaches a tipping point. Scientists never actually change their minds about anything. What happens is the older scientists die off and are replaced by younger scientists with a different paradigm.

JuliaM

Wow, libraries have changed a lot.

...

...

Absolutely no-one said 'Shush!'

John D

A project for the weekend.

Wife says no.

Jen

Fondling scenes.

I want to do it. :-)

David

Morning, all.

I want to do it. :-)

It looks like it would be pleasing.

David

Indeed, the barbarians are inside the gates

Again, wokeness is corrupting. It eats away at realism and honesty, and also competence.

In other news, actual racism, not the made-up kind.

David

Just going to leave this here, I think.

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

Mike

Is the progressive retail experience exclusively for the black community or does it just seem like it to me because I'm a racist?

pst314

Got all the way through college and med school. Still an imbecile.

pst314

Indeed, the barbarians are inside the gates.

Remember the Science Wars of the 1990's? The left's fact-free, dishonest attacks on science, evidence, and logic were thoroughly debunked. But that made no difference to the outcome of the war, because the left did not care about truth, and just kept telling the same lies over and over, year after year.

pst314

Motorcycle thief flees police at over 130mph (that's 209 kph), dies in crash.

The police have not yet announced the condition of the 2 innocent people in the car that he hit. I will save my sympathy for them. But I am sure that it is wrong for me to do so before I have seen the thief's Privilege Wheel.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Still an imbecile.

"DataDrivenMD, come for facts". Right.

The amazing thing, besides this nitwit thinking a volcano was caused by "global warming", is his ilk watching something like this that can be heard hundreds of miles away, move water and cause measurable shock waves thousands of miles away, and think 40PPM of a trace gas is going to cause TEOTWAWKI.

To tie this in with Darleen's post, SciAm goes off the rails again.

“I think we can predict we’re probably going to see a lot more volcanic activity in areas of the world where glaciers and volcanoes interact,”

You know, places like the South Pacific.

svh

Insert finger, please.

*Looks over shoulder. Wonders whether to click*

David

This.

anon a mouse

parts 408, 409 and 410.

needs part 20 or 12...

and a "snow house" used to be called an igloo. So cultural somethingorother there...

ccscientist

Starlings: I rescued a baby starling and gave it to my friend who has 30 birds. He kept as a pet and taught it part of the star wars theme song. He said what if I let it go and it teaches this to a whole flock? Would be awesome.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

We Wuz Sikorsky*

Also on the right My Favorite Martian and The Jetsons. Damn wypipo.

*(Yes, you pedants, I know the AH-64 was Hughes before it was MD before it was Boeing)

ComputerLabRat

It’s a consolation, I suppose.

Isn't that the definition of autogynephilia?

And no amount of surgery is gonna fix those man hands he's got. That episode of Seinfeld could never be made today.

Again, wokeness is corrupting. It eats away at realism and honesty, and also competence.

Exactly! They yammer on about the right and their "science denial" and then in the same breath "It's MAAM" on some guy's say-so, biology and genetics be damned.

anon a mouse

I know the AH-64 was Hughes before it was MD before it was Boeing)"

IIRC, it was "Summa". Or something like that.

Heh.

Directrix Gazer

What happens is the older scientists die off and are replaced by younger scientists with a different paradigm.

Max Planck is responsible for "Science advances one funeral at a time."

The truth is somewhere in between. Often the champions of a particular theory or concept are as you say, inflexible devotees, but they are usually a minority. How the rest of the researchers in that field behave depends on the incentives. If there's not too much incentive distortion, balance of evidence does have a pretty big impact. As often as not, the zealous champions get walled off to spend their waning days talking to themselves, ignored by the mainstream. Of course that process involves hurt feelings and endogenous politics, so if the marginalized champions turn out to be right after some new evidence comes in, there can be quite some fireworks.

asiaseen

Light relief and eye candy for some - Learn Suntan (moderately unsafe for work)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_TEVbs2Sk

and Ring-a-ring bumsies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbuUf1rVcG8

Sam

I only wish for whirled peas.

Sam

Got all the way through college and med school. Still an imbecile.

Ah, I see we're back to "Global Warming" again. It's comforting to dust off old bromides in the wake of the Great Covid Pivot currently underway. Instead of being accused of wanting people dead by exercising my liberties I'll be accused of wanting people dead by exercising my liberties.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I only wish for whirled peas.

I'm new in US&A for only a short distance, go to restaurant. So I got my order, but there were no peas, I called the waiter over, "I want peas"

      "You want peas, you go to bathroom"

"No, no I wanna peas on my plate"

      He say, "You no peas on you plate, you son like a beach"

Is crazy place, this country.

David

As so often, I understand barely half of what goes on here.

Steve E

Well if you're going to self-identify as other then you shouldn't be surprised when people other you.

Daniel Ream

If there's not too much incentive distortion, balance of evidence does have a pretty big impact

That wasn't true for Dr. Barry Marshall and Dr. Robert T. Bakker, at least.

Canadian Friend

How do we know those sounds are really made by the bird?

With today's technology anyone can make such a video using any sounds they want and match them to the movement of the beak.

Yes some birds can reproduce some of what they hear, even part of the human voice, but fake videos also exist.

ccscientist

barbarians: the woke person claimed that Einstein proved that the laws of the universe are the same for all observers--this was in reference to if you were moving or stationary, not what color you are. OMG.
The objection to EO Wilson is because he postulated that genes influence us at all. The normal distribution is hit because it says some people can be below average. Pinker wrote a whole book The Blank Slate to show that the Left (including Stalinists back in the day) insists that humanity is a blank slate with no inherent nature, and that we can be molded like clay to become the perfect new humanity they desire.

Directrix Gazer

That wasn't true for Dr. Barry Marshall and Dr. Robert T. Bakker, at least.

No, it's certainly not universal. But the best test case I can think of is the impact of Archeogenetics and Genetic Anthropology more generally. In a very short time they've upended a large proportion of the most sacred verities of a very politicized field. If science could only proceed slowly by population turnover, that shouldn't have been possible. There are also quite a few examples from physics, which was my field of study.

Ray

Fondling scenes.

I want a duck now.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

What happens is the older scientists die off and are replaced by younger scientists with a different paradigm.

The phrase I heard is "science advances one heart attack at a time."

Sam

I want a duck now

All the bad things you've heard about water fowl's propensity to sh!t are true. You've been warned.

To be fair though, it's nice having pets that double as delicious meals if need be.

fja

We Wuz Sikorsky*

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130625-africas-diy-aircraft-builders

He is, of course, not the first person to build a helicopter. We can’t even be sure his machine actually flies. The engine works and he claims it has flown a few feet, although this cannot be confirmed. Regardless, his raw talent and determination have attracted local, national and even international recognition.
ccscientist

Ancient glyphs helicopters: It is easy to misinterpret stone carvings. In addition, people deface them. Someone carved Darth Vader onto a hindu temple as if it was 500 yrs old.

If Africans invented everything they sure covered it up.

Directrix Gazer

All the bad things you've heard about water fowl's propensity to sh!t are true.

Tragically true. We had fowl of various sorts when I was growing up. The ducks were pretty personable, though. Not like chickens, my experience with which has left me with a lasting loathing of the evil little dolts.

To be fair though, it's nice having pets that double as delicious meals if need be.

Our dog agreed, unfortunately.

PiperPaul

I want a duck now.

Fondling a duck is better than choking a chicken.

ccscientist

Scientific paradigms. Scientists can indeed by ostracized for their theories or reviewers and funders can not allow them to publish/get $. Since people can be mean and narrow-minded, this is a problem. The actions of review panels has become increasingly conservative such that it can be hard to get $ for something novel (which is the purpose of research after all).
The current demand that all faculty pledge fealty to DIE means that particularly in the social sciences many approaches are not used and questions not asked. For example, one cannot get money to study regrets of trans transitioners or how many "transition" but never get surgery (looking at you Bruce Jenner). The CDC has declined to collect data on co-morbidities for covid--in the UK only 2.6% of fatalities have been in those under 65 without comorbidities. Why don't we know that in the US?

Steve E

Oh noes!

Steve E

Not sure why that didn't work?

PiperPaul

Oh, no, I ducked it all up! What punishment awaits?

Sam Duncan

Just dropped in an </i> and an </em> Steve, and it's got me stumped too. Anyway...

“Public-information billboards of note.”

I've never understood the North American obsession with criminalising “jaywalking”. Crossing the street is one of the essential skills of urban life. It's what separates us from the hicks and bumpkins.

Er. No offence meant to any rural types. You're doing great work there with all the cows and potatoes and stuff. Keep it up.

“Man banned from Facebook for post about hatred of peas.

Indeed, the barbarians are inside the gates.”

Well, according to the subject of the latter story, hatred of peas is racist now. Good job, Facebots!

“Just going to leave this here, I think.”

It's clearly No.4, although No.3 is pretty bad. (Just edited the #s to “No.”, 'cos that's another one...)

This cat does not exist. Although how you'd tell is anyone's guess.

Steve E

I've never understood the North American obsession with criminalising “jaywalking”.

I don't get it either. A few years back we traveled to Montreal with a group of people to celebrate my wife's birthday. One of the men in our group was lagging behind and had to rush to cross the street as the pedestrian light was about to change. A cop chased him down and ticketed him. If you've ever been to Montreal and seen the way the natives cross streets and drive, you'd be as gobsmacked as I was.

pst314

Is crazy place, this country.

Yakov Smirnoff?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The CDC has declined to collect data on co-morbidities for covid--in the UK only 2.6% of fatalities have been in those under 65 without comorbidities. Why don't we know that in the US?

We do know.

For over 5% of these deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned on the death certificate. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 4.0 additional conditions or causes per death.

Interestingly enough, that used to say "almost 6%", so "over 5%" probably means 5.001%. Not that I am cynical.

Anyway, cross reference the above with sex and age, and you can get an accurate picture of the lack of carnage in the young compare to what the doomsayers claim.

Also note among the comorbidities:

Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events

IOW, shot, defenestrated, took the gas pipe, etc.

pst314

All the bad things you've heard about water fowl's propensity to sh!t are true.

True of pretty much all birds, I've heard. So if your friend has an uncaged pet parrot you'd better watch where you sit.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yakov Smirnoff?

No, is part of an old joke that also involves the hapless individual wanting a fork on the table, and a sheet on his bed.

David

Not like chickens, my experience with which has left me with a lasting loathing of the evil little dolts.

Dealt with in person – say, when Beloved Sister-In-Law asks you to keep an eye on them for a week - they’re not the most endearing creatures.

Sam

they’re not the most endearing creatures

Well, imagine how you would feel if you descended from the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, only to end up a walking vector for hot sauce for hairless apes...

They wuz kangz, for real real!

David

Oh noes!

[ Pulls on previously unnoticed bathroom-style light switch, enormous neon sign flares into life. ]

[ Resumes nonchalant wiping of bar. ]

Joan

[ Resumes nonchalant wiping of bar. ]

Whew. He must be in a good mood.

David

He must be in a good mood.

Heh.

Wait a minute. When am I not?

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This cat does not exist. Although how you'd tell is anyone's guess.

Hit refresh a few times, unless you like Chernobylesque cats.

asiaseen

I've never understood the North American obsession with criminalising “jaywalking”

Germany has a similar problem. In Hanover one evening a group of us (Brits) were soundly reprimanded by a street sweeper for crossing against a red light on a street totally empty of traffic.

pst314

Too stupid to to live.

pst314

Wait a minute. When am I not?

May I call your attention to the hamster urine, jackets on fire, and the Correction Booth?

David

May I call your attention to the hamster urine, jackets on fire, and the Correction Booth?

I think you’ll find that’s exuberance and jollity.

sonny wayz

We Wuz Sikorsky

"Kenyan Gabriel Nderitu Muturi spent...running on a 40-litre Toyota engine"

40 litres is something north of 2400 cubic inches. I wonder where he got that.

Layers and layers of fact checkers couldn't be wrong.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Layers and layers of fact checkers couldn't be wrong.

A Napier Sabre out of a Hawker Tempest was 36.6L so I am guessing the "journalist" might be a tad confused, or, if a 40L engine couldn't get a barn off the ground, it is a pretty pathetic engine.

ComputerLabRat

Just going to leave this here, I think.

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

Ok, I'll bite. I have heard the British pronunciation of advertisement, the metal whose chemical symbol on the periodic table is Al, and the name Anthony, but for the life of me I can't recall hearing aristocrat or Adolf. How are those words supposed to sound, according to the Queen's English?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

How are those words supposed to sound, according to the Queen's English?

The main trick is to remember to stick in lots of excess letters, like colour, programme, or oesophagus, and not pronounce them, then, the letters that are supposed to be pronounced like the letter "H", or "T", don't pronounce them either.

Watch some BBC or ITV with the English subtitles on and you'll get the hang of it.

Squires

What was so ironic about that essay was this gem at the end...

It is all rather like listening to a woman who is in a long-running abusive relationship acknowledging the mind-fuckery and faithlessness she's subjected to, still followed by the inevitable, stupid, stubborn insistence that her partner is "good for me".

...this nitwit thinking a volcano was caused by "global warming"...

My car gives off heat in the process that produces its forward or rearward motion. The sun warms us all. My car is moved by the sun.

This.

It has been observed that even among the "mostly peaceful" bonobos related females will cooperate to capture and kill the young offspring of unrelated females, even within the same troop.

Steve E

How are those words supposed to sound, according to the Queen's English?

Aristocrat

Britsh Adolph vs American Adolph.

ComputerLabRat

Aha! Thanks, Steve. I suspected that might be the case for Adolph, but had no guesses for aristocrat. I always learn something when I visit here.

Daniel Ream

I LOLed at "Canadian levels of gender BS disaster".

We're famous for being the worst in the world at something. That's an accomplishment. [ toasts Steve E ]

a different james

I've never understood the North American obsession with criminalising “jaywalking”

Tangentially, much as I love Italy, I still say a prayer every time I approach a pedestrian crossing there.

A game of chicken, every single time.

pst314

I think you’ll find that’s exuberance and jollity.

[ Glances at scars. ]

Daniel Ream

[ Glances at scars. ]

They're jolly scars.

Sam Duncan

“Britsh Adolph”

Well, that reminds me, although it's a month late, that Adolphus Spriggs (“the North Korean Johnnie Ray”), was the musical genius responsible for this festive masterpiece.

(Really Spike Milligan, although curiously Spriggs is credited as a writer on one episode of Murphy Brown. Obviously a pseudonym, but whose? Incidentally, for any of our colonial chums unfamiliar with the Goons, the “child” at the end of I'm Walking Backwards - Bluebottle - is Peter Sellers.)

Steve E

[ toasts Steve E ]

Cheers! It took a lot of hard work to arrive where we are today. Congratulations to everyone involved. To quote John Lennon, "On behalf of the group and myself, I hope we passed the audition."

Baceseras

RIP Meat Loaf

Time to rewatch Roadie. Starts like a hillbilly Beckett play, then gets weird. "Everything works if you let it."

pst314

“British Adolph”

I have heard both pronunciations in America.

And in England "Hitler" is pronounced "Hilter".

pst314

"Following a lawsuit from parents, the State of California has permanently removed the 'In Lak Ech Affirmation' from the state curriculum, which would have forced students to chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice in order to become 'warriors' for 'social justice.' "

I have heard rumors that some public school teachers and administrators are not evil. Only rumors, though.

pst314

Schroedinger's ACLU: You cannot know if government transparency is good or bad until you know what serves the Left.

Steve E

which would have forced students to chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice in order to become 'warriors' for 'social justice.'

If social justice truly existed those who supported and still support this action would make the ultimate sacrifice and put themselves forward for human sacrifice. Crickets...I thought so.

I have heard both pronunciations in America.

When I've heard the short "a" pronunciation in the US it still drops the "l" sound as it does with the long "a" pronunciation, whereas the British sound out the "l". So the US is "ăd ŏf" and the British is "ăd ŏlf". Of course, there are probably many varied pronunciations across the regions.

asiaseen

And in England "Hitler" is pronounced "Hilter"

Or, rather more commonly, "Itluh" (with regional variations on the pronunciation of "I")

ccscientist

That's funny, I thought in America the left pronounced Hitler "Trump".

Darleen

The erasure of women and girls continues apace.

Darleen

Holy frijoles, what the hell has happened to Canada?

asiaseen

Caution: probably SFW (maybe) but keep the mind bleach handy.
https://twitter.com/dadd638/status/1463215705059434506

Steve E

Holy frijoles, what the hell has happened to Canada?

Our institutions here have long been infiltrated by the left. Our judges are appointed so can act with impunity. Our Charter of Rights was written on swiss cheese--it has so many holes in it. As a result, our courts have started acting like the appointed Provincial Human Rights Commissions (which are jokes). The media received a $500-million dollar payout from the leftie liberals and just prior to last year's election received another $50-million so there is no negative coverage in the main stream media.

Because of the way electoral districts are distributed center-left parties (far left by American standards) can form a majority government with slightly more than a third of the popular vote and rule as if they have a majority mandate. Our current government holds a minority position with 160 of 338 seats with 32.6% of the popular vote while the conservative official opposition took 119 of 338 seats with 33.7% of the vote. Adding insult to injury, the Bloc Quebecois (a party dedicated to separating from Canada) holds 32 seats with 7.6% of the vote while the loony left NDP have 25 seats with 17.8% of the vote.

What happened to Canada you ask? It's SNAFU--Situation Normal All F**ked Up.

WTP

Something we just learned about from experience this evening. This has apparently been going on for years and not just in South Florida.

WTP

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

[ Feels nonplussed ]

Because I had to.

Daniel Ream

Our institutions here have long been infiltrated by the left

Mark Steyn started referring to Canada as a banana republic some time ago; it's neither a joke nor hyperbole. Our farthest-right party would be considered moderate Democrat in the US, true, but there's as much kleptocracy as political ideology driving Canadian government.

If you want to argue that kleptocracy is also characteristic of leftism, I wouldn't disagree.

can form a majority government with slightly more than a third of the popular vote

When Canadians get smug about US politics I like to point out that the Founding Fathers were not exactly unfamiliar with the concept of a Westminster parliamentary system, and explicitly rejected it as an option.

JuliaM

A psychology student? How surprising.

Not.

pst314

And in England "Hitler" is pronounced "Hilter"

Source here.

I never knew that a by-election in North Minehead could be so interesting.

pst314

A psychology student? How surprising.

But remember that English and Education departments are also full of deranged and evil leftists. From the link:

"A petition on Change.org identified Darling as a St. Francis College student, where she is listed as studying psychology as well as education and English."

pst314

The World Economic Forum ponders the inexplicable mystery of why we don't want to eat bugs, live in a pod, and own nothing:

"At Davos, a few years ago, the Edelman [Trust] Survey showed us that the good news is that the elite across the world trust each other more and more. So we can come together and design and do beautiful things together. The bad news is that in every single country they were polling the majority of people trusted that elite less. So, we can lead but..."

I'd love to see a link to the full talk, even better with a transcript and the name of the speaker.

pst314

There will never be a shortage of stoned, stupid leftists.

You can find that imbecile poster, without the added capitalist commentary, all over the internet.

South Park covered this:
Man 2: Right now we're proving we don't need corporations. We don't need money. This can become a commune where everyone just helps each other.
Man 1: Yeah, we'll have one guy who like, who like, makes bread. A-and one guy who like, l-looks out for other people's safety.
Stan: You mean like a baker and a cop?
Man 2: No no, can't you imagine a place where people live together and like, provide services for each other in exchange for their services?
Kyle: Yeah, it's called a town.
Driver: You kids just haven't been to college yet. But just you wait, this thing is about to get HUGE.

Stephanie Richer

Holy frijoles, what the hell has happened to Canada?

I used to litigate divorces in California and I can imagine that also occurring there. I recall when I started seeing some judges coming down hard on parents in custody cases because they were - heavens! - smokers. Then the check boxes started appearing on judicial forms. By that, I mean state approved forms where a judge could just tick off boxes to rule what parents could and could not do in the presence of children and the use of tobacco became one of them. I suspect those forms have gotten longer since I left Cali and the check boxes more numerous.

Maybe the California judiciary could simply have one box: "Parent shall not engage in wrongthink in the presence of the child nor allow the child to remain in the presence of any third people similarly engaged in wrongthink." More efficient and allows for shifting definitions of wrongthink.

I am so much happier photographing weddings now. I mean, there's cake, I never got cake when I went to court.

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