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For newcomers and the nostalgic, more items from the archives:

Our Betters In Distress.  

At the University of York, scenes of theatrical fretting.

Readers may note that the agonising – in which any depiction of a monkey immediately conjures thoughts of black people - does rather speak to the weirdly dogmatic assumptions of the agonised, rather than the object being agonised about, or how said object is generally understood. It must be those intersectional lenses we hear so much about. 

Our Betters Victorious, But Still Unhappy.  

Los Angeles Times columnist has considerate neighbours and is therefore, naturally, outraged.

As readers may be a little confused by the air of displeasure, I should point out that no history of neighbourly rancour is offered as an excuse – no disputes over hedges or noisy pets. Nothing of that sort is mentioned at all. Ms Heffernan’s neighbours are, it seems, to be frowned upon, indeed despised, in print, in a newspaper they may well read, simply for failing to vote for Mr Biden.

Modern Love

If it wasn’t complicated and unsatisfying, everyone would do it.

To illustrate this terribly progressive lifestyle arrangement, we’re introduced to a Brooklynite comedian and podcaster named Billy, his girlfriend Megan, and his girlfriend Megan’s other boyfriend Kyle.

Land Of The Before Times

An attempt is made to glamorise a fashionably radical hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

Primitive living, it turns out, is so much easier with an inheritance. If you’re into Stone Age role-play, then spare cash and pre-built property, complete with solar panels, power outlets and rudimentary plumbing, does seem rather handy, perhaps a prerequisite. Such that our fearless disdainer of modernity can “divide her time” flying between continents as mood suits, from Sweden to France’s Dordogne Valley and back to the mountains of Washington, USA. It’s the prehistoric way.

Should you want more, by all means click here.

Also, open thread. I expect to be busy for the next few days, so play nicely. Use coasters.

Comments

sH2

An attempt is made to glamorise a fashionably radical hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

"a time before the world was scarred by borders, before politics, before race, before even the concept of identity carved out its demarcations of who belongs and where."

🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡

David

🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡

It is, I think, a rather bizarre and heavily sanitised construal of history. A triumph of fashionable, self-flattering narrative over anything remotely related to actual events. As I said in the original thread, practically every other sentence could be filed under not entirely convincing, and the whole thing is a bit of a two-legged stool.

David

Lifted from the previous thread, in case anyone missed it:

The crowd on opening day was huge. One woman said that the line for entry on opening night was “wrapped around the block” with “literally 200 lesbians” waiting to get in.

But the excitement about a new progressive hangout dissipated quickly. Within days, Doc Marie’s found itself on the receiving end of accusations of not being inclusive enough for trans people and people of colour. Despite mask mandates being lifted in Portland, patrons accused the bar of not implementing enough COVID safety measures. Patrons also claimed that Doc Marie’s had “culturally appropriative art” on the walls.

Eventually, the employees demanded the owners relinquish ownership of the bar and hand the business to them. The owners were given a “24-hour deadline.”

The particulars aren’t entirely clear, or entirely sane, but it seems that much of the umbrage centred on the idea that a bar for gay women would exclude, and somehow harm, people who aren’t gay women, or indeed women.

Captain Nemo

I note the Humungo-Text has gone. And just as I was getting used to it, too.

David

I note the Humungo-Text has gone. And just as I was getting used to it, too.

Working on it.

pst314

Working on it.

My browser's zoom-in/zoom-out option has always been enough for comfortable reading here.

pst314

much of the umbrage centred on the idea that a bar for gay women would exclude, and somehow harm, people who aren’t gay women, or indeed women.

and, from the previous thread:

"It's just about being polite..."

To paraphrase Terry Pratchett, expel them politely. Whether that should be "from the bar" or "from society" can be left for further consideration.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Open thread, eh?

Not completely unrelated to "Land of the Before Times" as anything other than wind and sun frightens and confuses "progressives", in today's installment of "Stupidity Of The Day™" we find that nuclear power is racist, sexist, and ageist. Probably also "trans"phobic.

Apparently our author thinks nuclear plants are as dangerous as Legos made from Chernobyl graphite, but, as she does hold the prestigious degree of BA in English and Italian literature her expertise is beyond question.

anon a mouse

scenes of theatrical fretting

Eagerly anticipated some Peter Townshend (fret = gitfiddle, you know)

Ah well...

Mr Wild

Los Angeles Times columnist has considerate neighbours and is therefore, naturally, outraged.

Tell me you're a horrible person without actually telling me you're a horrible person.

David

Tell me you’re a horrible person without actually telling me you’re a horrible person.

Well, quite. And remember, those are things that Ms Heffernan thinks will make her look good. Things that will impress her equally ‘progressive’ peers. And which did impress them, judging by her Twitter replies.

It’s quite extraordinary just how many well-heeled woke journalists appear wholly oblivious to how their own outpourings – quoted verbatim - make them sound, and how those outpourings – of ingratitude, churlishness, narcissism, and spite – say quite a lot about who they are. And likewise, Ms Heffernan’s peers, all expressing approval of her sentiments on Twitter, and her editor, doing the same. A constituency of bitches, one might say.

Princess Cutekitten

David, are you busy buying and installing window air conditioners? Do they even sell those in England? Up till last week, I wouldn’t think there’d have been much demand for them.

David

David, are you busy buying and installing window air conditioners?

If The Other Half were here, he’d be laughing quite a lot.

Up till last week, I wouldn’t think there’d have been much demand for them.

Well, no. Maybe three or four days a year, it seems that forking out for air conditioning would have been a good idea, but for the rest of the year, it’s not really an issue.

pst314

Maybe three or four days a year...

So what do you do on those days, fill the bathtub with ice cubes?

David

So what do you do on those days, fill the bathtub with ice cubes?

I keep very still.

Deevs

From "Our Betters Victorious, But Still Unhappy", there's this quote from our intrepid Los Angeles Times columnist:

"Only when we work shoulder to shoulder to repair the damage of the last four years will we even begin to dig out of this storm."

Considering the state of things in the US at the moment, I think I could go for more of that Trump damage. Of course, that damage always seemed to be of the self-imposed mental trauma sort that was exclusive to my leftist brethren here in the states. So, I might be the wrong person to ask.

Steve E

At the University of York, scenes of theatrical fretting.

One monkey said he hadn't seen the article, another said he hadn't heard anything about it, while the third had nothing to say.

pst314

I keep very still.

Also useful when tourists are near.

anon a mouse

Maybe three or four days a year,..

Chattering w/folks near Maidstone, they say that the forecast low is in the 50's later this week...

Adam

I always thought of the monkey metaphor in Buddhism pointing to humans as essentially monkeys but able to transcend their earthly nature and escape the cycle of suffering through birth and rebirth.

I am now educated that monkeys always depict black people in a negative way and reenact the pain of slavery and systemic oppression. I never think that perhaps those taken out of Africa against their wills and subjected to a collective 400 years in slavery in America nevertheless emerged somewhat better off than their cousins and brethren who remained in the mother continent.

I will endeavor to do better and be better going forward.

NateWhilk

The particulars aren’t entirely clear, or entirely sane

They call themselves "Marie Equi Worker's Collective (hereafter MEWC)".

New slogan: "MEWC: Us!"

pst314

Chattering w/folks near Maidstone, they say that the forecast low is in the 50's later this week...

😧 Take good care of yourselves!!

anon a mouse

50s F. You know, the measurements used by those who've been to the moon. And back.

David

[ Quietly relocates breakables. ]

David
George only made £100 in his first month on OnlyFans, but after being inundated with thousands of comments on his TikTok account, he said it is only a matter of time before he starts making serious cash.

Entrepreneur detected.

Alice

Entrepreneur detected.

*peers over spectacles*

Captain Nemo

Entrepreneur detected.

Hush, sceptics. Money-making's afoot.

David

[ Peers over spectacles. ]

pst314

I keep very still.

Relevant.

pst314

Heh. (Via here.)

WTP

50s F. You know, the measurements used by those who've been to the moon. And back.

aka Freedom degrees. Speaking of those who've been to the moon...

asiaseen

A constituency of bitches, one might say.

Alternatively A Whine of Bitches

Squires

...the whole thing is a bit of a two-legged stool.

Were I a television producer I would give such people their own really-real reality show, Nature Twit.
Whenever they were speaking in close-up the Chyron display first their name, and then underneath, "Future animal shit".

You know, the measurements used by those who've been to the moon. And back.

As a young man I was surprised to discover how often those from the distaff side of the Atlantic adopted the easy out of, "Well those were faked!"

I believe this may be the metric conversion of "We wuz kingz!"

Squires

I believe the correct collective noun for bitches is a sabotage.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...and now another exciting installment of "All The Things Are Racist™", in today's chapter, Anti-plagiarism Policies.

Then on the issue of zero-tolerance, Tichavakunda writes that policies against plagiarism and standards of academic integrity “disproportionately harm Black and Latinx students.”

Seems kind of racist to assume that blacks and Hispanic students cheat more, but then I am not an Ass. Prof. in a teaching college. However, his rationale, if one can call it that, appears to be:

...the Cincinnati professor said that white students “take exams and do homework with unfair advantages” and claims that white students cheat regularly.

The unfair advantages are fraternities and sororities, apparently.

A walking contradiction, he [the author] identifies with Sith ideology in Star Wars but would probably be a member of the Hufflepuff house in Harry Potter.

Clearly a thought leader of Deep Thoughts™

Darleen

Superglue wasn't good enough.

anon a mouse

So prince is feeling "battered "

There's a fried joke there somewhere.

pst314

policies against plagiarism and standards of academic integrity “disproportionately harm Black and Latinx students.”

For the same reason that policies against murder also disproportionately harm them. 😐

pst314

50s F. You know, the measurements used by those who've been to the moon. And back.

I'm surprised that nobody has replied "And yet Americans still don't know how to make a decent cup of tea". But cross-ocean jokes aside, I do get the impression that Brits do believe this. Do they mean Americans in general, or just the sad example of tea served in restaurants, or what?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

There's a fried joke there somewhere.

It is all pretentious performative histrionic wankery, unless there is something fishy like he has been hanging out with some sleazy chippies.

pst314

Not-exactly-self-aware boy asks a question which is answered in his own Twitter avatar.

pst314

More joys of urban life.

Steve E

Do they mean Americans in general, or just the sad example of tea served in restaurants, or what?

I'm not a Brit, but it's hard to understand why the average US fast food place will serve coffee hot enough to give you first degree burns but the average restaurant will bring you a cup of tepid water and a shitty brand of tea bag to dunk in it. That's if they offer hot tea at all. Surely good cold tea starts with properly steeped hot tea?

pst314

My understanding is that restaurants "hate" serving tea, because it is far more labor: For tea, they have to fill a tiny pot with boiling water, and then bring it out with a cup and a selection of teabags. For coffee, they only have to pour a cup from an urn. I am only speculating, but I think the problem of insufficiently hot water could be solved with insulated carafes, but that would increase their costs. As for Lipton tea, the less said the better.

pst314

The outpatients are out.

pst314

Two counts of attempted murder. Appears to be pleased with himself.

pst314

$58 for some lettuce.

pst314

Sooner or later they become careless and let it slip out.

pst314

David, did you shrink the font some time in the last two or three hours? I now need to zoom my browser to 130%.

Princess Cutekitten

“The outpatients are out.” Look at me. Look At Me! LOOOOK AAAAT MEEEEEE!!!!!

Then again, he’s not trashing a store while yelling “It’s Ma’am!” in a deep baritone, he’s just sitting there quietly praying you’ll look at him. So he ought to get courtesy points for that

Good heavens, David, ain’t it hot enough over there without you reheating? We’re also having a heat wave in Kittenville, but we’re used to it.

anon a mouse

"restaurants "hate" serving tea"

S'ok. I won't order tea anyway...

asiaseen

As for Lipton tea, the less said the better

The Wills Woodbine of the tea world (for those whose memory goes back that far)

NateWhilk

Surely good cold tea starts with properly steeped hot tea?

In McDonalds the cold tea is probably made from a powdered tea mix. As for good cold tea, I make a pitcher by steeping tea bags in cold water in the fridge. Takes a few hours, but it works for me and it saves a little of energy.

Liam

To illustrate this terribly progressive lifestyle arrangement, we’re introduced to a Brooklynite comedian and podcaster named Billy, his girlfriend Megan, and his girlfriend Megan’s other boyfriend Kyle.

I don't think he's having a good time.

Why do they always live in Brooklyn?

Steve E

In McDonalds the cold tea is probably made from a powdered tea mix.

Here in the Great White North, if MickeyDs has iced tea, it's Nestea from the fountain machine and made from a syrup like Coke. But you can get a drinkable cup of hot tea too. Some Burger King locations had separate cold tea machines, but they were mostly taken out during CoVid.

Baceseras

The outpatients are out

Who's operating the camera, and why pan right?

David

I don’t think he’s having a good time.

It seems to me that one of the problems with polyamorous entanglements is that they tend to attract the kinds of people who like polyamorous entanglements, or who will pretend to like them in order to seem fashionable and interesting. The kinds of people who want random strangers to hear about how complicated and fascinating their intimate relationships are. And who, for instance, will share the details of their intimate relationships, including their jealousies and resentments, with the readers of New York magazine. Such that, despite the pretence of progressive sophistication, a certain sadness and inadequacy becomes all too apparent.

Which is to say, the kinds of people who are probably best avoided. See also the second item here.

David

Re the above, Tim Newman has more.

pst314

As for Lipton tea, the less said the better

Anybody remember the A&P supermarket chain? Their tea was pretty good, but then A&P originally meant Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company.

pst314

The local supermarkets actually carry Twinings and Tetley, and there are specialty shops around town plus what's in Chinatown.

sonny wayz

I make a pitcher by steeping tea bags in cold water in the fridge.

Seems to be the way it's done in the South, except on a larger scale. Far, far better than the powdered stuff, and I had no idea 'iced tea syrup' even existed. I will now try to forget that 'iced tea syrup' exists.

pst314

I will now try to forget that 'iced tea syrup' exists.

That's what they do with Coke and Pepsi and 7-Up. It does sound like a practical solution to various fast food problems: Centralize production for the sake of quality control and distribute a product which requires only dilution and refrigeration. My only question is, how does the tea taste?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Why do they always live in Brooklyn?

It is a bit cheaper than Manhattan, and they can LARP as real New Yorkers (not unlike their counterparts in Austin LARPing as Texans) even though they are concentrated in Williamsburg and Bushwick and would never set foot in Bed-Stuy, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Gravesend, or any of the predominantly ethnic areas where their idiocy wouldn't be "celebrated" as the kids say.

WTP

Seems to be the way it's done in the South

Well we've been doing it the opposite way for decades. Using a big clear glass jar, filled up with water and tea bags and set in the sun for 3-4 hours...or 2 hours in Florida. Jars made explicitly for that purpose used to be available but are now hard to find. I do seem to recall some sort of health scare about that many years ago which seemed like BS. Much like most health information.

pst314

Jars made explicitly for that purpose used to be available but are now hard to find.

Restaurants used to get a lot of their food in institutional size glass jars. Workers would take empty ones home to use for storing food. All our cereals, grains, flour, etc went in those jars to keep them fresh and keep out pests. Occasionally used them to make iced tea. Similarly, five-gallon water cooler bottles used to be glass and winemakers loved them. Now, unfortunately, everything is plastic. However, companies like Bormioli do make glass storage jars in various sizes and they can be found at places like Meijer and the Container Store.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Upstream Harry's speech at the UN was mentioned, here is his rapt audience - at least a quarter of whom in the center seats are playing on their phones.

anon a mouse

and they can LARP as real New Yorkers

Which, to the amaze of us in flyover country, is a thing going back years - the wailing over the 212 Area Code was epic!

*212 was the original NYC Area Code...if you didn't have that, you weren't NYC*

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Alas, the doctor is not a parody.

pst314

I just got this error five times when refreshing this page:

Error 503 Service Unavailable
Service Unavailable
Odnamrod Meditation:
XID: 1262411913

David

I just got this error five times when refreshing this page:

It’s working fine for me. If it persists, let me know.

pst314

"I'm a normal guy" who can't get a job and can't understand why people cross the street to avoid him.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You can’t judge someone, no one knows what’s inside someone’s head...

You can’t judge someone, no one knows what’s inside someone’s head...

Yes, Tony, sometimes yes you can.

David

no one knows what’s inside someone’s head...

In this case, I’d imagine it’s a loud and unrelenting buzzing noise.

pst314

no one knows what’s inside someone’s head...

I do wonder how he spiraled down into this madness: When did he start to go wrong? And did nobody notice? Or fail to try to help him? Or was he so broken from the start that nothing could be done?

APL

"Anthony has had two fingers on his left hand amputated"

I think there is the type of person who enjoys "shocking" ordinary folk. The French term was 'pour epater les bourgeois". Given that tatooing is now pretty common - it needs to be ramped up to have the desired effect. Pathological attention seeking which I suspects was present since late childhood.

Captain Nemo

I bring you the very latest developments in the field of bovine dildos:

https://www.dezeen.com/2022/07/15/ece-tan-happy-cow-sex-toys-design/

AWM

Re: the $58.00 box of lettuce. Although billed as the Dismantling White Supremacy box, the majority of the items (in the listing for July 20-July 23, 2002) can probably be found in any large grocery store in Metro US/Canada. The fine print informs that not all the produce listed may necessarily be included https://goodfoodbox.foodshare.net/collections/dismantling-white-supremacy-box/products/dismantling-white-supremacy-box
The extra cost (over Foodshare's "regular" boxes) appears to be for the plastic-covered frames, etc. needed to grow food in Toronto that is typically grown numerous zones away. But there is no guarantee that you will get any of it.

asiaseen

I'm a normal guy

One has to question the ethics and even sanity of the surgeons involved in the body modifications.

pst314

The Hippocratic Oath ain't what it used to be.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the surgeons involved in the body modifications.

Although there are no doubt sleazy plastic surgeons, there are "body modification practitioners" who do this sort of crap and no end of foreign places who will do nigh anything.

pst314

There are parts of the world that have never heard of Hippocrates. Of course.

Daniel Ream

I do seem to recall some sort of health scare about that many years ago

Can't have people using any of that sterilizing UV radiation to prepare their food or anything. It might kill the bacteria before it has a chance to grow, and then where would the FDA be.

Pooklord

My only question is, how does the tea taste?

Something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea.

pst314

I do seem to recall some sort of health scare about that many years ago

I recall that, too, but only vaguely.

pst314

Something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea.

Share and enjoy!

Dan C

“I'm a normal guy" who can't get a job and can't understand why people cross the street to avoid him.

An engineer once told me that the design reveals the intent of the designer.

NateWhilk

Using a big clear glass jar, filled up with water and tea bags and set in the sun for 3-4 hours...or 2 hours in Florida.

By coincidence, in the fridge I make do with 4 hours if I don't have more time. The tea is noticeably cloudy by then.

Jars made explicitly for that purpose used to be available but are now hard to find. I do seem to recall some sort of health scare about that many years ago which seemed like BS.

ISTR the problem was some people not cleaning the jars thoroughly (or not at all) and letting stuff grow in them. That could cause a problem? Who knew?

Pooklord

I think it's shameful there are medical professionals, or perhaps "professionals", who would take that man's money to further his self mutilation.

TomJ

On one of the subjects above: https://youtu.be/rQOjNeA4Be0

Jim Whyte

And on another:
https://youtu.be/_eT40eV7OiI

In re tea, Lipton might be a last resort. Red Rose has vanished from the shelves but my local sells Barry's. Occasionally the better half surprises me with an online order of 1894 Blend from Murchie's.

I have advanced - to no fanfare or acclaim - the theory that geologists and drillers favour coffee because they sit comfortably in a drill shack with a Bradley stove. Geophysicists and linecutters are out in the bush and prefer something portable and invigorating, something you can make just by starting a fire.

If you need some $58 lettuce, lemme know. I'm several degrees (C or F, whatevs) north of TO and it is choking the planter box.

pst314

$58 lettuce

"Lettuce" is obsolete slang for paper money.

WTP

"Lettuce" is obsolete slang for paper money.

I thought it was "bread".

pst314

The fact that I knew about "lettuce" might be a clue to my age. Or my reading habits.
The linked list is very incomplete. Among the missing expressions is "long green". When entering a wealthy suburb you may see this warning sign at an intersection: "Oncoming Traffic Has Longer Green".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I thought it was "bread".

Dough, cabbage, clams, cheddar, frogskins, bacon, bones...

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