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Grooming is important. || Dignity intact. || Drain blockage detected. || Dog bed for humans. || He does this better than you would. || It’s a good-news-bad-news thing. || Hobby of note. || Rapid upwardsness. || You will watch the empowering sassiness. || The progressive retail experience, part 435. || Party snack experiment not entirely successful. (h/t, Julia) || A suggestion for crime reporters. || Prepare for robots with living skin. || Robot plays cello. || She really hopes it helps. || Correct answer in physics class “ascribed value by whiteness.” || Traffic noise generator, to obscure actual traffic noise. (h/t, Dr Westerhaus) || Vibrant scenes. || The thrill of cricket. || And in pre-school news, it seems he doesn’t know.

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pst314

American beer, not English beer.

pst314

Prepare for robots with living skin.

Who will join me in declaring the Butlerian Jihad?

pst314

Another example of rapid upwardness.

pst314

Drain blockage detected.

I have gotten the impression that lots of women do not know there are easy ways to prevent such problems. But then, our plumber tells us that some of the apartment buildings he services need to have their kitchen drain lines cleaned out every three months! (In comparison our condo can go years without such service.)

pst314

Skills.

Steve E

The thrill of cricket.

Never had much time for cricket. This changes everything. Brilliant!

Though, I imagine that level of service is restricted to certain levels of seating.

Steve E

Grooming is important.

I just did a brake job on my son's ten-year-old Kia and I wasn't able to clean the calipers with as much precision as this guy.

Steve E

Drain blockage detected.

I wish I could say that's the first time I've seen something like that.

Now I've put a tea strainer in the drain to stop it from happening.

pst314

No antisocial tendencies on display here.

Steve E

oh, oh italics on the loose I hope that fixed it.

Steve E

Apparently not. I'm putting my coat in the car.

Steve E

I think that got it, I hope.

pst314

Returns to post funny cats. Hangs head in shame.

pst314

What ARE they talking about?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

American beer, not English beer.

Article says Coors and Keystone, not beer.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I don't think the mayor knows the meaning of "literacy"

penismightier

I am sure she would be a delightful colleague.

Liz

Hobby of note.

I need to know how it ends. 😆

David

Morning, all.

Never had much time for cricket. This changes everything.

You can practically hear the panic of the director as he cuts away from the, er, unfolding events.

I just did a brake job on my son’s ten-year-old Kia and I wasn’t able to clean the calipers with as much precision as this guy.

It’s the charming clouds of feet dust.

Darleen

Hobby of note.

I'm of that certain age that this immediately came to mind.

David

I am sure she would be a delightful colleague.

Just another racist grifter who wants to bully white people and psychologically abuse them. At which point, one might note Ms Chantasirivisal’s fondness for green and purple hair dye, and its possible significance.

David

Mr Worstall has a question.

Again, as so often, wokeness seems antithetical to reciprocation.

Connor

Again, as so often, wokeness seems antithetical to reciprocation.

That.

JuliaM

It could work…

https://mobile.twitter.com/sauron_one/status/1537394073065050117

David

That.

It is, I think, telling just how often that happens. The reliance on double standards, on ignoring or opposing expectations of reciprocation – i.e., the Golden Rule - is practically a signature. It’s one of the reasons wokeness is quite literally stupefying, in that certain, fairly obvious considerations – basic questions one might ask – cannot be asked and indeed become unthinkable.

See, for instance, here, where the self-satisfied idiocy, carefully cultivated, is a thing to behold:

You see, “respectability politics” – i.e., a wariness of nonreciprocal standards and a general aversion to inflicting on others, arbitrarily, the kind of violation one would not care to receive – is, for Ms Miller, a bad thing, a “bad idea,” albeit for reasons that, again, are not entirely clear.

And this is the standard pattern. Once seen, spotted often.

David

Meanwhile, in suburbia, where nothing ever happens.

John D

Grooming is important.

Offered to do the wife's. She's not amused.

David

Offered to do the wife’s. She’s not amused.

Was she not won over by the sound of the, er, procedure?

That, and the clouds of feet dust, I mean.

David

And yes, feet dust can be added to our list of band names.

John

I am sure she would be a delightful colleague

A not altogether surprising example of Ms Chantasirivisal’s “human centric insights” and general grifting :-

https://www.lastweekinaws.com/podcast/screaming-in-the-cloud/managing-to-balance-the-unicycle-with-amy-chantasirivisal/

pst314

Why?

Stephanie Richer

PSA of the Day from the CDC

https://imgur.com/a/hOPtWxs

pst314

I dunno. It looks like she's reading the flyleaf.

pst314

Article says Coors and Keystone, not beer.

The Oxford Style Manual says that I can omit the scare quotes if I prefix "beer" with "American".

asiaseen

delightful colleague

An Engineering Leader with ADHD? Promises well for quality and safety standards.

David

A not altogether surprising example of Ms Chantasirivisal’s “human centric insights” and general grifting

I think we can assume that someone who uses the term “white supremacy” unironically – say, regarding a modern IT-related workplace – needn’t be taken seriously, about pretty much anything.

“I’m looking for my next leadership opportunity,” says she.

I can’t say I’d be rushing to hire someone who expects employers to somehow, based on nothing whatsoever, prove that they aren’t racist – a term that appears to include any demographic variation of practically any kind – and to prove themselves “an ally” of her own niche racial ideology. Thereby ensuring her “psychological safety.” And who does all this while herself being a racist who uses the term “white” as a pejorative and enjoys browbeating others based on their skin colour. And who says, rather triumphantly, “I don’t suffer white tears.”

[ Added: ]

It’s very likely that Ms Chantasirivisal is accustomed to being surrounded by other woke-lings, i.e., racially neurotic middle-class lefties - among whom, pretentious collective guilt is a marker of in-group status - and whose mental pathologies she can exploit. Whether for reasons of personal advancement or just sadistic entertainment.

But again, not the kind of creature that a sane person would want on the payroll.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Mr Worstall has a question.

The thing is with this nonsense about who plays what is that it is only ever about sex and race. From now on I expect Hanks only to take roles where he is an actor, but the only roles he can take as an actor playing an actor are an old white guy.

I dunno. It looks like she's reading the flyleaf.

Is where Lebron James got the idea, the difference is Monroe stopped at the back of the book.

The Oxford Style Manual says that I can omit the scare quotes if I prefix "beer" with "American".

Plenty of good 'Merkan beer, just not that sort of weasel piss, but, seriously, you are going to take style tips from an outfit that can't spell aluminum properly?

David

can’t spell aluminum properly?

[ Sound of a priceless vase shattering into pieces. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

[ Sound of a priceless vase shattering into pieces. ]

Sorry about that, but it is a known fact that all dictionary writers in the UK are paid for and, and the books priced, by the letter which is why you ended up with all those superfluous letters in various wourds.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of spelling, a spelling bee of note.

pst314

Plenty of good 'Merkan beer, just not that sort of weasel piss...

[ Whines. ] Farnsworth is interfering with my gratuitous insults!

but, seriously, you are going to take style tips from an outfit that can't spell aluminum properly?

Worse, they think beans on toast is a delicacy. Barbarians.

pst314

Like I said, barbarians.

WTP

The thing is with this nonsense about who plays what is that it is only ever about sex and race. From now on I expect Hanks only to take roles where he is an actor, but the only roles he can take as an actor playing an actor are an old white guy.

This kinda is the thing. This level of desired "authenticity" rarely follows through to the script. I mean, if they really, really want authenticity movies like Hidden Figures and...well pretty much all movies will need to be remade. And especially no more explosions going BOOM in a vacuum.

David

barbarians.

Heh.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Billboard of note is explicit, but family friendly

pst314

[ Sound of a priceless vase shattering into pieces. ]

It is rumored that on July 4, 2024 Elon Musk will paint a giant message on the Moon saying "It's spelled 'aluminum'".

pst314

Billboard of note is explicit, but family friendly.

Look at the nice kitty.

pst314

barbarians.

[ Uneasy doubts about meaning of 'dwarf tossing'. ]

David

If you laugh, you’re a terrible, terrible person.

Jen

If you laugh, you’re a terrible, terrible person.

Woke economics. :-D

pst314

I laughed. I am not ashamed.

pst314

It's an ascension but not the ascension.

David

Woke economics.

Does the money you paid on the mortgage essentially pay off the house faster? Are you owed money?

I believe the term is not quite grasping the fundamentals.

Darleen

I believe the term is not quite grasping the fundamentals.

Oh dear. Was this person born after 2008?

WTP

Oh dear. Was this person born after 2008?

This is the level of thinking of a majority of the population. This is why, while I do believe there was significant fraud in the 2020 election, I do not doubt that the total number of votes that SpongeBrain PoopyPants received likely did exceed those for Trump. Maybe on the electoral side, maybe a state or two or five was swung, but conservatives..."conservatives" have been whistling past the graveyard on how bloody stupid most people are. The only reason they've won any elections since about 1960 or so is because the masses of stupid people are also mighty lazy.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Arts Therapist for adults with eating disorders, Decarbonization and climate change Programme Lead, Advanced Lived Experience Lead, and other exciting, vital, and necessary jobs in the NHS, sorry, grandma, we're a bit short for that hip.

Not to slag only on the NHS, it is not like we are without problems here, but I've yet to jobs like the ones above, the bloat has a lot to do with federal compliance.

David

She really enjoys confusing people.

ccscientist

"white supremacy"--since immigrants from a dozen countries make more than the white average, as well as Jews, and this country has bent over backwards since the 60s (ie for 60 years) to fix historic wrongs, we must have the worst white supremacists ever. Oh, and fought a war over it with 1 live lost for every 6 slaves freed. Can we get reparations from blacks for that?
wheelchair guy: and how did you end up in a wheelchair, sir?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

She really enjoys confusing people.

Might be, but I think she is the confused one - if you chose a noun (like bun instead of some made up horsecrap like "fae") as a first person "pronoun", all you really did was rename yourself.

pst314

it is not like we are without problems here

I would like to see the same data expressed in absolute numbers and in number-per-thousand of population.

Sam Duncan

“Rapid upwardsness.“

I have pretty good general knowledge. Friends and family are constantly expressing amazement at the stuff I know about. I'm constantly amazed at the stuff I didn't know about. This is a thing?

Climbing always seemed a bit pointless to me. If there aren't any stairs, it's probably not worth the effort anyway. But speed climbing... I like it. It's like vertical sprinti... oh, wait. Gone off it again.

“Correct answer in physics class 'ascribed value by whiteness.'”

Totally not like anything the Nazis or Soviets did, and how dare you even think so.

“"conservatives" have been whistling past the graveyard on how bloody stupid most people are.“

The real trouble with stupid people is that there's never any shortage of relatively smart people ready to prey on them to gain power, whether that manifests itself as scams, confidence tricks, or politics (but I repeat myself).

Steve E

But again, not the kind of creature that a sane person would want on the payroll.

Tbf companies deserve everything they get. They started this whole ball rolling years ago when they started insisting on employees sharing their goals and promoting self-improvement. Should they really be surprised that employees now believe it's all about them?

Alice
It’s very likely that Ms Chantasirivisal is accustomed to being surrounded by other woke-lings, i.e., racially neurotic middle-class lefties - among whom, pretentious collective guilt is a marker of in-group status - and whose mental pathologies she can exploit. Whether for reasons of personal advancement or just sadistic entertainment.

That.

WTP

The real trouble with stupid people is that there's never any shortage of relatively smart people ready to prey on them to gain power

But then there are those who already have all the power that they are ever likely to use who side with those same stupid people...wait...never mind. Those are other stupid people. Though they are doctors and software developers and bankers and etc. But still stupid. Just not Does the money you paid on the mortgage essentially pay off the house faster-stupid.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I would like to see the same data expressed in absolute numbers and in number-per-thousand of population.

In the time period of the chart the number of physicians has gone from around 15/10,000 to about 30/10,000, roughly commensurate with the population growth.

Today, for every doctor, only 6 of the 16 non-doctor workers have clinical roles, including registered nurses, allied health professionals, aides, care coordinators, and medical assistants. Surprisingly, 10 of the 16 non-doctor workers are purely administrative and management staff, receptionists and information clerks, and office clerks.

The above from here in the reliably red Harvard Business review.

ccscientist

Reciprocity and fairness and equal opportunity and accountability: all white attributes and to be discarded, because this isn't about building a better society but is a pure power grab. They want the "oppressed" to be above the law and not to be questioned.

Prog retail experience: creating racists out of fair minded nice people one incident at a time. Televised looting in 2020-2021 did it for some people I know who couldn't help noticing the race of the looters.

Kurt Linton

Used to do the shower drains at a hotel as part of my maintenance job. They're all pretty much like that. You get used to it.

pst314

Used to do the shower drains at a hotel as part of my maintenance job. They're all pretty much like that.

There is a direct correlation between behavior and amount of skin in the game: owners are the most careful and responsible, renters less so, and welfare recipients much less. (Setting aside hostile immigrants, drunks, and other special categories.)

pst314

Tweeter bio: "PhD Musicology"
Originator: Turkish engineering firm trolling for publicity.

WTP

IIRC there are a couple of Yinzers here. Anyone recall more about Tex Gill and the Gemini bombing? I vaguely remember hearing about this but we moved away in '68. Seems the radical trannies missed a great opportunity to present a very interesting story that could well have helped their cause because they objected to a cis playing a trans. Personally I object to Scarlet Johansen specifically playing a trans. But that's just me. Pity.

Steve E

There is a direct correlation between behavior and amount of skin in the game: owners are the most careful and responsible,

I think in general that's true, but so many people today have no idea how or have any inclination to do the most basic maintenance around the house whether they own it or not. Just watch HGTV (a favorite of my wife) where everything is a competition or about the decorating. It's not like This Old House where you actually learned how to do something.

I think of my Ukrainian grandmother who only every hired a tradesman once. She'd watch him do the job and then do it herself for the rest of her life (she lived to be 100). With the advent of YouTube, I think my grandmother today could have probably built a whole subdivision or high rise by herself. ;p

pst314

I think in general that's true, but so many people today have no idea how or have any inclination to do the most basic maintenance around the house whether they own it or not.

Sadly true. Our schools do not teach these skills, or do anything to encourage them. People get lazy. And perhaps we should also blame intellectuals who make a fetish of specialization, saying that it's a "waste of time" for people to learn how to do things which tradesmen can do for them.

Steve E

saying that it's a "waste of time" for people to learn how to do things which tradesmen can do for them.

All the more reason to encourage kids to get into the trades. Alas, I tried to get my son to be an electrician, but no luck. He yearned to take broadcast journalism and is now working in a grocery store after getting his journalism credentials. The journalism work he does do, he doesn't get paid for.

pst314

He yearned to take broadcast journalism and is now working in a grocery store after getting his journalism credentials.

I wonder what fraction of kids with journalism degrees fail to get jobs in that field. Kids rarely ask that question. Schools never offer answers. A suggestion that is making the rounds: Schools should be on the hook for student loan debt when graduates cannot find jobs in their fields. :-D
Also: a lot of these fields are more like trades than intellectual professions. It might help if the educational process worked so that kids began to get workplace exposure and experience early on, to help see if they have the aptitude and attitude for their field.

pst314

Other athletes say: "You can tell he's mentally ill."

pst314

How nature says "stay away".

pst314

Audubon Society tells bird lovers to stop donating because they now have enough money to waste it on irrelevant foolishness.

WTP

I wonder what fraction of kids with journalism degrees fail to get jobs in that field. Kids rarely ask that question. Schools never offer answers.

At this point, I'm sure those jobs go overwhelmingly to people with connections, legacies, etc. I doubt one could find an honest answer but I would be curious to know what percentage of successful journalists got there on talent alone.

pst314

I disagree: it could make a fun movie.

pst314

I disagree: it could make a fun movie.

Would that comment get me a visit from the police if I lived in the UK? For that matter, what fraction of my comments are on a British police Enemy of the State list?

pst314

Finnish weirdness: http://assistantvillageidiot.blogspot.com/2022/06/more-finnish-weirdness.html

Steve E

It might help if the educational process worked so that kids began to get workplace exposure and experience early on, to help see if they have the aptitude and attitude for their field.

That's a great point. My son had shown no interest in journalism through high school. He took a computer networking program in community college but didn't really have the apptitude for it; same with an electrical technician progam. When he said he wanted to take journalism, I challenged him to attend a city council meeting in our city. I told him he had to stay for the whole meeting and when he came home he had two hours to write at least one "news story" based on what he observed.

To his credit he went through with it without any more pushing from me. He wrote his story, which wasn't great but was passable, the nub of a news item was there. I suggested he do this one more time, but this time attend the provincial court house and pick one case that was being heard and write about it. He did this on his own time and of his own volition. So I gave him my blessing to take journalism.

My concern about the field was that it was dying. My concern with him was he didn't have the hustle to get and do the job. Again, to his credit, he graduated from the program something he wasn't able to do in the other fields. Now I'm not seeing the hustle to get a job in the field despite creating several networking opportunities with people working in print, radio and television. To be clear these weren't hire my son opportunities. These were chances for him to meet with people who had at least 10 years experience, tell his story and get advice about what he needed to do to succeed.

Daniel Ream

Another example of rapid upwardness

I'm continually disappointed that no one has managed to produce a new edition of Liftoff.

Prepare for robots with living skin

The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy.

The thrill of cricket

No.

An Engineering Leader with ADHD? Promises well for quality and safety standards

Mostly due to Node.js idiots, it is now not all that uncommon for an "Engineering Leader" to have no actual technical skills at all.

Arts Therapist for adults with eating disorders

That one's probably legit, although perhaps overspecialized. Eating disorders are dysfunctional coping mechanisms for some other, underlying disorder. Art therapy is useful for breaking the anxiety or self-harm spiral common in such cases. It's not an accident that adult colouring books have exploded in popularity.

Tbf companies deserve everything they get

I suppose, although having lived through this bollocks it's not hard to see how we got here. HR departments started out as hiring, firing and benefits administration. Boring, clerical pink-collar work, but with just enough additional thinking involved to allow the HR skirts to look down on the merely secretarial. As women joined the workplace and voted for politicians who agreed to pass laws against anything that hurt their feelings, HR slowly but surely morphed into a compliance commissariat. The HR skirts know they have no useful skills, but they have power and they're going to use it to show all those "executives" and "engineers" who's boss.

Just watch HGTV (a favorite of my wife) where everything is a competition or about the decorating. It's not like This Old House where you actually learned how to do something.

I've noted before that Home Depot around here no longer has classes on how to do common home repair. Perhaps that's YouTube, but there are some things you can only learn by doing and you might not want to mess up your own house learning. I do wonder if a lot of this isn't home ownership being out of reach of any but the professional office class anyway.

Other athletes say: "You can tell he's mentally ill."

I LOL'ed, the interviewee is practically stamping her foot and pouting because she's not the center of attention. Protip, honey: Will ain't the only narcissist in the room. Will Thomas isn't mentally ill, for heaven's sake. He knows exactly what he's doing. He's figured out that all he has to do is grow his hair out and adopt a stupid nickname and he can pump up his mediocre athletic record. I'd bet money this started out as a bar bet and now he's just riding it to see how far he can push it. He's clearly enjoying the extent to which he can make people go along with this.

Finnish weirdness

Look, when you're snowed in eight months of the year you come up with some weird sh*t to pass the time. Although to be honest this also looks like it started as a bar bet.

Now I'm not seeing the hustle to get a job in the field

You have my sympathies. It sounds like you did everything that could be reasonably expected. I've had to walk away from a few friends or relatives who just could not be helped, but it's different when it's your own. About the only solace I can offer is the story of my sister, who decided she wanted to be a forensic pathologist in high school because she watched too much Quincy (I am not making that up). Once she realized that real forensic pathologists do very little actual investigative fieldwork and even less social ill-solving, she decided to be a neonatal pediatrician instead. After eight years of schooling, she practiced for about seven years before getting married and pumping out the kids. She's now pregnant with the third and plans to be a SAHM for at least the next twelve years. Hubby owns an auto shop and a significant chunk of her student debt.

So doctor, lawyer, journalist, grocery bagger, doesn't seem to much matter. "I have no idea what I want to do with my life" is a pretty common ill.

John

Finnish weirdness

Pure coincidence that 99%* of those jumping around with a horses head on a stick jammed into their crotch were female, as was pretty much everyone else in the video.

* There may have been one Lia Thomas type, who probably came first.

Richard Cranium

I believe that renaming the Personnel Department to the Human Resources Department was (assuming the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectification_of_names has any real meaning to human interaction) a very big tell.

A personnel department deals with persons. A human resources department deals with human resources. Resources are things to be used until depleted, then you find more.

David

Other athletes say: “You can tell he’s mentally ill.”

“When asked about the question of fairness, Lia said, ‘Well, I’m happy.’ Lia completely ignored the question, dodged the question,” the Penn swimmer said… “And to say, ‘Oh, well, I am happy,’ it is just so narcissistic. And to not even acknowledge how other girls might feel, it’s selfish and disgusting,” she said.

I’m mildly surprised that someone’s published the obvious. I was under the impression that pathological narcissism and being an awful, manipulative, spiteful person are things to be rewarded and relentlessly indulged.

David

We’re gonna heal some trauma today. Let’s go!

David

See it, want it, take it.

John

If anyone managed to watch that through to the end can they tell me if he’s a teacher?

Penseivat

drain blockage detected.

Perhaps she should trim her pubes more often?

Mags

See it, want it, take it.

F*cking hyenas.

asiaseen

Perhaps she should trim her pubes more often?

Maybe that was the problem

pst314

No.

I am naturally disposed to liberty-for-all, but am increasingly attracted to the idea of forcing these fake do-gooders to spend their lives living in pods, eating bugs, and owning nothing. (Not to mention being knockout game targets.) Give 'em what they clamor for, and give it good and hard.

pst314

Just watch HGTV (a favorite of my wife) where everything is a competition or about the decorating.

All the cooking shows I have noticed on cable TV seem to be about competition, and sometimes competition with saboteurs. I guess cooking itself is just too boring.

pst314

Look, when you're snowed in eight months of the year you come up with some weird sh*t to pass the time.

I wanted to make a smartass comment about Finnish binge-drinking, but it seems they drink less per capita than France and England, and only a little more than America.

pst314

Perhaps she should trim her pubes more often?

There was a female standup comic (years ago) who would talk about her "tarantula". Based on her routines, I don't think she was a very happy person. But then, most aren't, right?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Finnish weirdness

TBF, that at least involves exertion and athleticism and is a hell of a lot better than idiots dressing up and pretending to be horses (or other animals).

David

F*cking hyenas.

Happily, the perpetrators, who have a history of carjacking, were apprehended, albeit after a lengthy chase, and after wrecking the victim’s car, and after wrecking someone else’s property with it.

Unhappily, they were not subsequently compressed into paste or sold for parts.

PiperPaul

He's clearly enjoying the extent to which he can make people go along with this.

This probably explains a large percentage of the idiocy we see these days. It also can serve to demoralize the normies.

If you can get government(s) involved on your side, so much the better.

David

This probably explains a large percentage of the idiocy we see these days

You don’t say.

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