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Friday Ephemera

It’s a lot to take in. || A miscalculation occurred. || Not ideal, really. || A light snack, owl style. || Little white lie brings many tips. || First gurgle. || “Children realise early on that the fit between forefinger and nostril is pretty good.” || She helpfully has her pronouns tattooed on her face. || Or perhaps you’d prefer dining option C…? || The progressive retail experience, parts 438 and 439. || The progressive retail experience, interrupted version. || Topple “white supremacy” with lettuce, only $58. || Go on, take one for the team. || Attitude detected. || Why spiders don’t rule the Earth. || Typo of note. || Parenting. || Little helper. || A project for the weekend. || And finally, he does this better than you do.

Comments

pst314

A question for David's readers:
Can anybody decipher the calls of the newspaper sellers in Terry Pratchett's novel The Truth?
It is clear that "Squidaped-oyt!" is "Read about it!" and "Mrpikeerah-Tis!" is "Morpork Times".
But I can't find meanings in the others: "Hoinarylup!", "Sheearna-plp!", "Eyinnngg…GUT!", "Harglegarlyurp?", and "LayarrrBnip!".
Maybe they are gibberish from the deranged canting crew, or maybe I am insufficiently perceptive.

pst314

And finally, he does this better than you do.

[ Jaw drops. ]

pst314

Little helper.

Dad of the month.

Fred the Fourth

Miscalculation: he ain't gettin his Teslamobile to Barsoom doin it like that. No siree.

Fred the Fourth

And the "young woman" never been kissed?

Just sayin, I mighta been leanin her way 'til she mentioned liking "Twilight".

Gotta have SOME standards, ya ken?

pst314

Was Twilight the one with sparkly vampires?

pst314

I vaguely remember hearing about a TV show that was popular with teen girls and involved sparkly vampires, but that exhausts everything I know.

Squires

Go on, take one for the team.

As the kids say, "Same energy."

Directrix Gazer

Was Twilight the one with sparkly vampires?

Yes.

Richard Cranium

I'm not sure any kids are reading Achewood.

(I did for a while but stopped in the mid 2000s.)

Pooklord

More mentally ill young people putting their (one would hope) temporary condition on permanent display. It would be less depressing if they weren't so young, and these mutilations weren't so permanent. It's like nobody will tell them "No!".

Jen

Typo of note.

Just... wow. :-D

Pooklord

And finally, he does this better than you do.

Never underestimate the amazing dynamic range of the accordion.

Pooklord

I also loved Achewood. No other comic, heck no other person had that strange sensibility.Don't know what happened to it . . . perhaps he burned out? Happens to some of the best comics.

David

Morning, all.

I know, what if we made it harder to read and easier to lose?

Plot twist.

JuliaM

"I know, what if we made it harder to read and easier to lose?"

What?! Why? Just....why?

Mags

Plot twist.

But people keep telling me it almost never happens. /s

Will

Plot twist.

But you can't say 'groomer' on twitter.

David

But people keep telling me it almost never happens. /s

And yet it almost-never-happens quite a lot.

Nikw211

Plot twist

Related.

Feminist podcasting duo take feminist talking points in a new and wholly unexpected direction.

    Helena: I wasn't sure it fitted Media Storm's mission, at first, because we report on and elevate the voices of marginalised groups. And, when you think marginalised, you don't really think about pedophiles.

    Mathilde: But I thought the non-offending pedophile, the person that lives with this clinical condition, and doesn't act on it, this is a person that is so unreported on, most of us don't even know they exist. And in reality, they may be far more common than we realise.

I should point out that I've only listened to the introduction, but it might be worth my listening to the rest of it just to see how they manage to square this with VAWG in general and the decades long 'Grooming Gang' scandal in particular.

David

And, when you think marginalised, you don’t really think about pedophiles.

I’ll just leave this here, in case anyone missed it.

And, of course, this.

Peter J

First gurgle.

Ew. Ahhh.

David

Ew. Ahhh.

As I think I’ve said before, I once saw a birth on TV, filmed in disquieting detail, and found the scene a mix of disgusting and quite moving. It all looked rather unpleasant until, eventually, a little person emerged into the world.

I may have waved.

John

We had to slog all the way through to retail experience #439 before seeing a representative of the majority ethnicity.

Next thing you know they’ll be jumping the counter and trashing fast food joints.

Joan

Parenting.

*tries not to laugh*

Nikw211

eventually, a little person emerged into the world

Birthday; Cake.

David

We had to slog all the way through to retail experience #439 before seeing a representative of the majority ethnicity.

Over the months, there have been one or two, but rare enough to stand out. And if a society keeps telling a particular demographic that almost any disappointment, any personal shortcoming, is actually a result of being oppressed by others, including people who are even modestly successful, and does this in schools and universities, and in news reports and entertainment and throughout the mainstream media, and does it for decades, with little if any pushback… well, the results will not be attractive.

And the overpriced lettuce thing, laughable as it is, is very much part of this phenomenon.

[ Added: ]

Somewhat related.

pst314

"I know, what if we made it harder to read and easier to lose?"

Link has been deleted. Entire Twitter account has disappeared.

pst314

And yet it almost-never-happens quite a lot.

And so I now wonder about various famous or semi-famous people whose writings have contained even a hint of such attitudes.

David

Link has been deleted.

Replaced with a copy.

pst314

Replaced with a copy.

Thanks, David! One of the things that constantly annoys me is how most of what appears on Twitter does not contain a link to the original source. Not just videos, but snippets of headlines that (carefully?) omit the name of the original publication.

Captain Nemo

Deformed church candle of note:

https://twitter.com/HannahG1980/status/1550077367636328451

pst314

"I know, what if we made it harder to read and easier to lose?"

The first thing that came to my mind was privacy with regard to user ID's and passwords, followed by any other sort of sensitive information (financial, medical, family) followed by the general observation that privacy in general is a social good which too many geeks and marketing "influencers" fail to understand or respect.

asiaseen

Deformed church candle of note

Vicar's droop

David

One of the things that constantly annoys me…

One of my own regular irritations is - having compiled a week’s Ephemera, usually Thursday morning, then checking the links last thing in the evening - to discover that some of my favourite items have been deleted by zealous moderators. Which results in a last-minute scramble to find duplicates or replacements.

asiaseen

Vicar's droop

Rise Up, Rise Up
All the little angel's sang
Rise UP

H/t Sir TPratchett

asiaseen

Apologies for the Greengroce'rs Apo'strophe

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Once again, men show they are better "historical pioneers" than women.

David

Once again, men show they are better “historical pioneers” than women.

Somewhat related, a lively exchange between Kyle Kulinski and Jordan Peterson.

Princess Cutekitten

Does “Rachel” Levine remind anyone else of the Quaker Oats guy, except the Quaker doesn’t wear glasses?

Last year I predicted that the trans fad would collapse of its own absurdity. Not one of my better predictions. Now I just assume it’ll be around forever.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Disneyworld Magic Kingdom, "The Happiest Place on Earth™".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

pst314

Does “Rachel” Levine remind anyone else of the Quaker Oats guy?

"Nothing is worse for thee than me."

pst314

This kind of smart, walkable, mixed-use urbanism is illegal to build in many American cities.

pst314

"Hello, I am a journalist."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get worse.

Steve E

Vicar's droop

Isn't that a village in Midsomer Murders?

Sam Duncan

“She helpfully has her pronouns tattooed on her face.”

The face tattoo: nature's way of signalling madness.

“Topple “white supremacy” with lettuce, only $58.”

Er. They do know that carrots are only orange because the most popular strains were developed by Dutch supporters of the House of Orange? They're the most Eurocentric, monarchist, and protestant of all the vegetables.

aelfheld

It's hard to pay attention to someone's pronouns when distracted by their ear-lobes brushing their shoulders.

David

It’s hard to pay attention to someone’s pronouns when distracted by their ear-lobes brushing their shoulders.

There ain’t no coming back from that party.

pst314

It's hard to pay attention to someone's pronouns when distracted by their ear-lobes brushing their shoulders.

"Do your ears hang low,
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them over your shoulder
Like a Continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?"
--the expurgated lyrics sung at summer camp.

David

Photoshop fixes of note.

David

A solution comes to mind.

ccscientist

"if you are told you are oppressed"...in college, I was having too much fun and my grades were...below standard. I really searched for some excuse, but being white could not find any so I had to suck it up and work harder. That is the problem with excuses.
Pronouns: we are being forced to publicly acknowledge how someone does sex. This is very disruptive to the functioning of society. I do not want to know the sex lives of the thousands of people I interact with every year. ewww. In addition, it is impossible. Of even coworkers, I may vaguely know that they are married or not, but that is it. I often can't even remember names. But I should know their pronouns or get called to HR? urgh

Darleen

a lively exchange between Kyle Kulinski and Jordan Peterson.

Thanks for that. I notice the annoyingly glib Kyle ducking the hard questions (didn't even want to address the issue of minors) while Peterson was honest in his wrestling on the question of what to do about adult activities.

This is why I find Peterson so fearless ... you can actually watch him as he works through complicated issues and is not afraid to state when he is at a loss for hard answers.

pst314

Fearless and admirable.

pst314

you can actually watch him as he works through complicated issues and is not afraid to state when he is at a loss for hard answers.

Peterson stands in stark contrast to many public figures who never say "I don't know". I've lost track of the number of people I have more or less written off because of their (dare I say pathological?) certainty about everything. Not just politicians where you expect that, but journalists, academics, novelists, poets, artists, and so on.

pst314

Also a predilection for stating matters in absurdly absolute terms, all one thing or its opposite. I was just listening to Victor Davis Hanson talking about working on his farm and about the family members and neighbors who were better farmers then him--strikingly good at various important skills: It was as absurd for Governor Cuomo to say that anybody can become a good farmer as it was for various journalists to say that any laid-off factory worker can switch to computer programming.

pst314

"if you are told you are oppressed"

"Beware!" jeered Render.
"Yes! Yes!" cried Caesar. "'Beware!' That is good! Beware what?"
'The ides—"
"Yes? The ides—?"
"— of Octember."
"What is that you say? What is Octember?"
"A month."
"You lie! There is no month of Octember!"
"And that is the date noble Caesar need fear the non-existent time, the never-to-be-calendared occasion. " Render vanished around another sudden corner.
"Wait! Come back! ... You mock me," Caesar wept. "I want to be assassinated too!" he sobbed. "It isn't fair."
--The Ides of Octember, by Roger Zelazny

Darleen

I had to look twice to see this was not Babylon Bee. [facepalm]

pst314

She was invited to experience Pakistani culture".

pst314

It's Friday evening. Why aren't David's deplorable denizens all drunkenly commenting while throwing packets of stale crisps at each other?

Adam

Menopause conversation-

Whew! I’m having a hot flash!

- You going thru the change, eh?

Not really. They made me wear this stupid hot vest today.

- Bummer.

You got that right.

- Cool.

pst314

In a spirit of "turnabout is fair play", what might feminists be made to undergo?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Canine CPR, not recommended.

pst314

How to resuscitate a lizard.

pst314

Captain, the shields are weakening. I dinna ken ha much longer I can hold em!

Steve E

In a spirit of "turnabout is fair play", what might feminists be made to undergo?

A loop of Trump's inauguration?

How to resuscitate a lizard.

Sounds like a euphemism for urinating. e.g. Siphon the python, drain the vein, etc.

I've got to resuscitate the lizard.

Squires

...what might feminists be made to undergo?

Kick to the ovaries.

She was invited...

To paraphrase Robert Jordan, too many young women will climb a fucking tree to get a better look at the fucking lightning.

Pooklord

Was Twilight the one with sparkly vampires?

No, that's the one with the little wizard boy who goes to a special magic school to become a jedi, but eventually embraces the "Dark Side" to get back his a magic ring, which had been thrown into a volcano named "Frodo".
Kind of goofy, but "Live Long and Prosper" is my personal motto.

pst314

[ Reaches for spray bottle. ]

WTP

Once again, men show they are better "historical pioneers" than women.

Meh. I'm pretty much over women. They are, for the most part, idiots. What I look forward to at this point, which surely will never happen...but I can dream, is an honest swap out of female for male characters in literature, movies, plays, etc. Seeing the obviously stupid words coming out of the mouths of characters who are clearly men would be fabulous. Maybe theater where all the characters are, or by circumstance appear to be, gay men. But they don't have any gay aspect, per say. Aspects which of course don't exist...but I digress...Just to see female obtuseness played out for what it is yet for politeness we pretend otherwise. Women have had plenty of decades to speak up and stand up against the current ongoing idiocy. They simply do not respect themselves, why should we as men bother? Similar to how I've recently come to feel about cops as well. They stand for nothing, they fell for anything. I've pretty much stopped caring.

WTP

Photoshop fixes of note.

Missing Missy did it much, much better. Or nearly anything from Thorne.

WTP

Men who have tried the vest on the job are sometimes so distracted they cannot work through the hot flashes. "We've had reporters who have had to write 1700 words for a newspaper article, and they've cheated and taken the vest off," Salem describes.

Reporters/journalists? Men? How about in the turnabout is fairplay scenario that such women who come up with these stupid ideas take jobs roofing in the Florida sun every day for 30 years? Or construction, or asphalt road work or cleaning sewers or airline ramp rats or electrical linemen or or or or or. For God's sake ladies, STFU. Play with the little children and teach them their ABC's in the air conditioned comfort.

Now do some women do these jobs? Yes. For a few years maybe. Some for a bit longer. But not the women who want to lord over men simply because they get hot flashes. How are these people going to survive when the politicians that they overwhelmingly vote for take away their precious air conditioning?

WTP

She was invited to experience Pakistani culture".

A case in point.

asiaseen

Missing Missy

@WTP Thanks for the reminder of that site. A very funny rabbit hole.

Connor

Plot twist.

Now he's been outed as a pedo, that speech sounds a bit creepy.

David

Now he’s been outed as a pedo, that speech sounds a bit creepy.

Just a little, yes. The air of taunting and triumphalism does take on a rather different hue.

But people with paedophilic inclinations will, unsurprisingly, often gravitate to jobs that place them in regular and intimate contact with potential prey, and where they will be titillated as a matter of routine.

On top of which, to complicate matters, schools, including primary schools, now seem to employ a remarkable number of autogynephile and gender-dysphoric teaching staff, some of whom have been mentioned here over the last year or two, and to actively encourage their psychodrama and overstepping of boundaries. As one of the most common causes of gender dysphoria is childhood sexual abuse, and as people who’ve been abused as children are, as a group, more likely to abuse children themselves, this doesn’t strike me as an entirely happy development.

And yet here we are.

Mags

people with paedophilic inclinations

Minor-attracted persons. Bigot!

Princess Cutekitten

I was lucky. I only had one hot flash—from my toes up to my knees, oddly enough. It was very unpleasant. I thought, “So THAT’S what everyone is complaining about!”

I did have intermittent sweaty spells, not nearly as bad as the poor soul I worked with who carried 3 towels to get her through the day.

All in all, I got off easy.

pst314

She was invited to experience Pakistani culture".
and
To paraphrase Robert Jordan, too many young women will climb a fucking tree to get a better look at the fucking lightning.

I think the problem has gotten worse in recent decades, due to the suppression of politically incorrect facts. When I was in college students had no fear of talking about how the few students from Saudi and other Arab countries were viciously nasty male chauvinists who would treat women with courtesy and respect only long enough to take advantage of them and thereafter treat them with outright cruelty (they presumably knew that violence would get them arrested, though.) Now such "inconvenient facts" about other cultures are taboo topics whose mention can get one shunned or even formally disciplined.

WTP

very funny rabbit hole.

Yes. In one of his stories an analogy to life was made by referencing an eco-subsystem consisting of a parasite, and ant, a blade of grass, a cow, said cow's gut, and said cow's shit that I found very useful for determining where I, or anybody for that matter, fit in the greater scheme of things. Worked pretty well for me up until about March of 2020. Sigh. Nothing lasts forever I suppose.

asiaseen

Swimming inadvisable
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-62274464

pst314

Young "man" knocks down woman and toddler in random attack. Can this be blamed on "white supremacy"?

WTP

Young "man" knocks down woman and toddler in random attack. Can this be blamed on "white supremacy"?

They had him in custody but let him go without even taking his picture? All they have is the video of his back, running down the street? This from the police department? Are they really that bloody stupid?

David

Swimming inadvisable

Swimming inadvisable.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Remember the New Jersey women's prison that had the Miraculous Pregnancies™? The NJ authorities seem to want to have a do-over.

...the New Jersey ACLU praised the decision, with staff attorney Tess Bordan saying: “The settlement of this lawsuit puts in place systemic, far-reaching policy changes to recognize and respect the gender identity of people in prison – with housing based on gender identity, use of appropriate pronouns...

I can't imagine for someone like this the sheer violence of wrong pronouns being used by guards.

asiaseen

Young "man" knocks down woman and toddler in random attack

The woman and toddler look to be Asian

pst314

The woman and toddler look to be Asian

Funny how often that happens. I'm sure it's a coincidence, though. /bitter sarcasm

WTP

OTOH, here are some cops I do have some respect for. Though I guess they're now former cops, so...

ccscientist

Hot flashes: whatever happens to women is the worst thing ever. "end of the world, women hit hardest". There is no "stoic" movement among women. It is ok, I don't mind coddling the women around me, but rolling the eyes is necessary when they complain about hardships.

uist
One version of the vest can be used at work to simulate hot flashes on the job, and another version can be used at home while sleeping to mimic night sweats and promote empathy for the lack of sleep that often accompanies menopause.

Men attached to simulators for the pain of childbirth/menstruation/menopause. Men walking in high heels to "end men's sexualized violence". "Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns".

The men who participate are degraded: they look like clowns, they're physically weakened, they've proven that they can't say no to women, when they complain about the discomfort they look like bitches. The news stories emphasize the clownishness of the males and the glee of the women looking on (bearing in mind that the women are the license-holders of the virtue of empathy and the men are the ones who need to learn empathy under female guidance), under the ideological cover story that it's an exercise in empathy, that if you think the men are degraded it's "because secretly you believe that being a girl is degrading", that the men who participate are truly strong for rejecting macho norms, and that the lesson we've all learned is about women being noble and coping, putting up with that pain their whole lives WITHOUT EVER COMPLAINING.

Most men don't want to notice or talk about the female issues of female co-workers. It's embarrassing, it's an intrusion of a personal medical issue into a workplace. During the push to get women into boardrooms and fighter pilot cockpits, the propaganda line has been that female issues don't affect work performance, but what does affect work performance and needs to be shut down by HR is when men say or imply that a female colleague is underperforming or disagreeable because of female issues.

Now that the pioneering has been done, the line now is that of course female issues affect performance at work, that men have been forcing women to work by the norms of a male workplace, that women are sick of nobly coping with it, that now we need to change what's meant by performance and what's meant by work.

pst314

of course female issues affect performance at work

That is, of course, incompatible with the demand for "equal pay".

pst314

Seems reasonable: "We've hired this Samurai to liberate most of you in a single stroke."

WTP

What uist said. Decades of this crap has gotten mighty old. Especially the "baby showers" the women hold at work for men whose wives are expecting. Ah, but if the men refuse to stick up for themselves, what can you do?

ComputerLabRat

Ah, but if the men refuse to stick up for themselves, what can you do?

Oh but they are - they're claiming they're women and lording it over everyone else, including the stupid feminazis who have been lording it over them for decades. The feminists rolled over mostly without a whimper, much of the non-T Alphabet crowd did too. The only holdouts are the BLM types, because black is still Sacred. You aren't allowed to trans your race, for which there is no separate chromosomal configuration, just different levels of expression, but we're forced to believe you can trans your sex, for which there are separate chromosomal configurations and different internal organs. Because Teh Science, or something.

I wonder if the autogynophiles will be as obsessed with and enamored of hot flashes as they are of menstruation.

David

Jordan Peterson talks with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage.

Somewhat related.

Darleen

uist

by and large, regular female physical differences do NOT affect work performance. But there is a segment of the population that find all their social validation in the workplace. It is also an arena in which they think they can manipulate others for grins, giggles and a get-out-of-consequences-for-free card.

Whether it is the woman who is always having "female" troubles to skip work on Mondays (or when a particular report is due that they've ignored) or the man who does the same claiming a 'weekend warrior' injury, it is less about the physical reality than a convenient excuse.

Not to say that many men and women never suffer ill effects from X, but that this emphasis on "empathy" is hollow. It's little more than office politics with the Moaning Myrtles and Groaning Georges trying to use stuff you're not allowed to question to gain an upper hand through a martyr complex.

I spent way too many years in a supervisory position and can spot this stuff right away ... but HR never misses an opportunity to enable these malingerers.

Darleen

PS ... the last thing I want from men who are NOT members of my family is "empathy" for female issues. My husband's understanding and care when I'm not feeling well is enough. Unsolicited advice or tales from others about X is teeth-grinding annoyance.

pst314

but HR never misses an opportunity to enable these malingerers.

Birds of a feather, etc. And while a malingerer needing discipline is only one opportunity for HR to justify its existence, a malingerer as victim is an opportunity to treat all the malingerer's coworkers and superiors as victimizers needing discipline. Which course would you choose if you were an amoral bureaucrat? If you were educated in university by evil leftists?

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