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Friday Ephemera

Bubbling detected. || An abundance of ladybirds. || Singled out. || Monkey see, monkey do. || Mahi-mahi. || “It’s mango, don’t you like it?”  (h/t, Ben) || The shadow of the Moon. || Magic show of note. (h/t, Desert Rat) || Signage. (h/t, Perry) || Summon the worms. || Today’s word is uncrossable. || Kiss of life. || I foresee accessibility issues. || Steals car, kidnaps child, when caught invokes victimhood. || As cabin views go, it’s pretty decent, actually. || Treasuring the good times. || Hardcore teacher. || Two types of home security, exchanging looks. || Stealth tech in action. || He was sent to buy curtains. || That’s exactly how I would’ve done it. || How to enhance your viewing of vampire-romance movies. || And finally, via Paul Johnson, when the Space Age met the Stone Age, in 1964.

Oh, and a reminder that I now have a Twitter account.  

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

Fist shaking and galleon launching ensues.

Sam Duncan

“An abundance of ladybirds.”

I remember seeing something like that about 30 years ago in St. Andrews, of all places, down by the first tee of the Old Course. All the fences around the practice green and along the edge of the fairway were encrusted with the things. Very weird. They stayed for a few days, as I recall.

“Fist shaking and galleon launching ensues.”

It's the other way round, surely?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It's the other way round, surely?

Was poorly worded...

"Meanwhile in Blighty, Fist shaking and galleon launching ensues.

pst314

Singled out.

Owner is Joe Btfsplk.

pst314

Prosciutto in it’s natural habitat

asiaseen

Owner is Joe Btfsplk.

Or Rincewind

pst314

Here comes the Doctor.

pst314

This is true.
I have known a lot of liberals who badly needed to experience what happened to those pedestrians.

Steve E

An abundance of ladybirds.

I don't think I've seen a real ladybird in years where I live. They've mostly been pushed out by look-alike asian lady beetles. They are quite nasty. They bite. They try to infiltrate your house and they give off a smell similar to a stinkbug. I like to think of them as Trans Ladybugs.

Owner is Joe Btfsplk.

I think you've misspelled Biden.

Steve E

Someone in an earlier thread brought up the Frantics Boot to the Head. Here's boot to the head in the frog world.

Daniel Ream

Summon the worms

If you rub without rhythm, you won't attract the worm.

How to enhance your viewing of vampire-romance movies

Entirely unnecessary. I saw Twilight for $7 in Barrie on New Year's Eve Day because everything was closed and it was so cold that waiting outside for the festivities would have been actually dangerous. Best $7 I've ever spent. I've never laughed so hard, and Rachelle Lefebvre-spotting is always fun.

Baceseras

Today's word is uncrossable - Comments are priceless

JuliaM

"Mahi-mahi."

Can confirm they are as delicious as they are beautiful.

Karen M

Steals car, kidnaps child, when caught invokes victimhood.

Landfill, as our host would say.

Connor

when the Space Age met the Stone Age, in 1964.

I learned something today.

David

Morning, all.

I learned something today.

Given the subject matter, it’s surprisingly even-handed.

David

This is true.
Landfill, as our host would say.

It’s worth noting the car thief’s utter lack of concern for the 9-year-old he abducted along with the car. The only concern is for himself and how he has supposedly been wronged – by being stopped from escaping while committing a serious crime. Everyone else is mere furniture, it seems - a backdrop to his own self-absorption. As anyone who’s seen the reality series Cops will know, this is far from uncommon, practically a staple.

I’ve long since lost count of the ‘progressive’ apologists who insist that habitual criminals, including violent and predatory criminals, deserve our indulgence and compassion, usually more compassion than their numerous law-abiding victims. But this Designated Victim Group is all but defined by pathological selfishness, which suggests that the favour is unlikely to be reciprocated.

Jen

How to enhance your viewing of vampire-romance movies.

I like the 'Titanic' one.

https://twitter.com/SirKatelyn/status/1557224990520406016

David

I like the ‘Titanic’ one.

It’s a thing of wonder.

PiperPaul

‘progressive’ apologists who insist that habitual criminals, including violent and predatory criminals, deserve our indulgence and compassion

It's as if prog apologists are actually terrified of these people but think that they can avoid being harmed by them by publicly (and sometimes professionally, while earning taxpayer money) taking their side.

But of course this requires one to pretend oneself into a situation that is nearly impossible to back out of, as we see with so many leftist "causes".

David

But of course this requires one to pretend oneself into a situation that is nearly impossible to back out of,

If you poke through the links above, which themselves have links to more examples, the mental contortions on show are quite extraordinary. It is, as you say, pretentious, and contemptible. With enough of that attitude, you can ruin a civilisation.

asiaseen

when the Space Age met the Stone Age, in 1964.

I reckon the men left an abundance of their seed behind before buggering off going by the number of children.

John D

when the Space Age met the Stone Age, in 1964.

Thanks for sharing that. Hadn't heard of it.

pst314

Summon the worms

I have heard claims that the worms come to the surface because it sounds like heavy rain that will drown them otherwise. No idea if that is true.

pst314

I’ve long since lost count of the ‘progressive’ apologists who insist that habitual criminals, including violent and predatory criminals, deserve our indulgence and compassion, usually more compassion than their numerous law-abiding victims.

There should be consequences for peddling such harmful views and policies.

David

Hadn’t heard of it.

No, I hadn’t either. Again, for an ABC broadcast, circa 2009, it’s remarkably free of the condescension and pretension that you’d expect if made now. The aboriginal people tell their story, warts and all. The “devil men” tell theirs. And it does capture something of the surrealism of the encounter, as when the aboriginals first see a truck: “The rock has come alive.”

David

And in theatre news. Because modern pretensions must prevail.

Note the pushback in the comments.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And in theatre news.

Joan of Arc, eh?

We must always be culturally sensitive, so what with being French and all, does she prefer ils/les or elles/les?

PiperPaul

does she prefer ils/les or elles/les?

What about the fact that the French language genders objects - is that "problematic"?

David

Joan of Arc, eh?

And while being so predictable and neurotically conformist, they imagine themselves as daring.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Officer Pat Smoth (she/her) enjoys her sabbatical.

You can see how happy she is.

Steve E

You can see how happy she is.

Anita Dickenme. [ snort ]

Lancastrian Oik

Lionel Trilling, the literary critic, elucidated this facet of our nature with characteristic eloquence. ‘When once we have made our fellow men the objects of our enlightened interest,’ he put it, something within us causes us to then ‘go on and make them the objects of our pity, then of our wisdom, ultimately of our coercion.’ It is this chain of causation – from knowledge to compassion, from compassion to the application of expertise, and from expertise to the imposition of control – that is most important in understanding lockdown and associated measures. We see in it the basic pattern for everything that happened in that crazy spring of 2020.

You can read more here.

Lancastrian Oik

Property of note.

Would suit motoring enthusiast with a side interest in renegade Nazis, or vice versa.*

*What the blurb doesn't tell you is that after the war the gaff was owned by Archie Frazer-Nash, who had a private test track built within the grounds. You get that, and the staircase where Rudolf Hess tried to commit suicide but succeeded only in breaking his leg. What's not to like?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Another suggestion for a Globe Theatre production.

Rafi

And while being so predictable and neurotically conformist, they imagine themselves as daring.

That.

Rafi

it does capture something of the surrealism of the encounter, as when the aboriginals first see a truck: “The rock has come alive.”

And that. :-)

David

That.

It is, as they say, all so tiresome.

WTP

It's as if prog apologists are actually terrified of these people but think that they can avoid being harmed by them by publicly (and sometimes professionally, while earning taxpayer money) taking their side.

As if? I thought it was mighty obvious by now. In dealing with even minor problems in my community it has become extremely clear to me that the vast majority of people whom I know, even a couple cops with whom I have spoken, are worthless cowards. Some will give you big talk but basically, when the chips are down, when push comes to shove...hell they give up at even the threat of a push. Not that I didn't see it years ago, especially with all the kneeling more recently, but now I am dealing with these issues directly myself. People get what they deserve. I hate to say it but I'm willing to bet the lady pushing her baby who got run over, odds are good IMNSHO that she would not stand up against any of this. The thing that gets me is that these cowards are dragging me down with them.

ComputerLabRat

Officer Pat Smoth (she/her) enjoys her sabbatical.

FFS they aren't even trying anymore. Just like that Thomas swimmer person - slap on a ladies bathing suit and viola you're a woman! At least Thomas attempted a tuck - this guy isn't even trying that. It's so in-your-face that it has to be a shit test. They are trying to find out how blatantly ridiculous they have to be before people push back. But they have the bully pulpit and the force of the Law, or at least Plod, behind them, so I guess the answer is pretty damned far, judging by the reaction to that Qualitative "Research" paper.

aelfheld
viola you're a woman!

Likely not many men with that name.

--- ducks ---

Lancastrian Oik

I am delighted to be able to announce that an anagram of "Officer Pat Smoth" is "tipstaff moocher".

Thankyouverymuchindeed.

David

Joan of Arc, eh?

Somewhat related.

Because if you’re a dysmorphic woman, or someone who pretends to be, everything has to be about you. Everything must validate. And note the writer’s reluctance to refer to Joan of Arc as having actually been female. Instead, we get contrivance - “this person,” etc.

Daniel Ream

Joan of Arc, eh?

I miss the days where they just insisted that she totally fought on the front lines with her troops, just like a man.

In a group dedicated to laughing at ancient aliens and other BS archaeology theories, there's a fellow insisting that Emperor Septimius Severus was black because all of the public busts clearly depict a black man.

Clearly.

It's so in-your-face that it has to be a shit test

The devil you say.

PiperPaul

viola you're a woman!

There's too much fiddling with reality these days.

svh

And note the writer’s reluctance to refer to Joan of Arc as having actually been female. Instead, we get contrivance - “this person,” etc.

So it's okay to misgender people now?

David

So it’s okay to misgender people now?

Heh. Well, quite. Apparently, you can “queer” and “trans” historical figures and erase their sex and such - and then wait to be applauded. But I’m guessing that the people doing this wouldn’t appreciate reciprocation.

ccscientist

worms: when they feel vibrations, they think it is rain, and come to the surface. The woodcock uses a rocking walk to simulate vibrations and get worms to come up so they are prey.
Love the sign the kid is holding.

ccscientist

Stonehenge: compare the photo to today. They just as-you-please "restored" the stones decades ago. So if you wonder how they remained standing for 5000 years (or whatever), they didn't.

Liz

it does capture something of the surrealism of the encounter, as when the aboriginals first see a truck: “The rock has come alive.”

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" Arthur C. Clarke.

Nico

Apparently, you can “queer” and “trans” historical figures and erase their sex and such - and then wait to be applauded.

When a man of Voltaire's school has to explode a saint or a great religious hero, he says that such a person is a common human fool, or a common human fraud. But when a man like Anatole France has to explode a saint, he explains a saint as somebody belonging to his particular fussy little literary set... Joan of Arc is a wild and wonderful thing enough, but she is much saner than most of her critics and biographers.
GKC
John

You are correct. As wiki details between 1958 and 1963 either 6 or 7 Sarsen stones were re-erected with the benefit of concrete bases to keep them upright.

In either 1966 or 1967 I visited Stonehenge on a school field trip. I still have the photos of myself and my classmates clambering over and balancing on the fallen stones. They are pretty dammed big and our determined efforts to push one of the uprights over were completely ineffective.

ccscientist

Theatre: a theatre (in US?) put on Shakespear's Richard II (a hunchback IRL and that crucial to the play) with Richard played by a black woman, no attempt at a hunchback. It made no sense at all. But I guess "making sense" is just so patriarchal and racist.

Steve E

Another suggestion for a Globe Theatre production.

Poe's law. You've obviously never been to the Stratford Festival.

Theatre: a theatre (in US?) put on Shakespear[e]'s Richard II[I] (a hunchback IRL and that crucial to the play) with Richard played by a black woman, no attempt at a hunchback.

Stratford Festival says hold my beer.

Darleen

Summon the worms

If you rub without rhythm, you won't attract the worm.

Heh, first thing I thought, too.

ccscientist

Joan of Arc: The true story is pretty interesting, inspiring, and tragic, but to the Left history is not real and is merely a vehicle for propaganda. Propaganda is not art, is not fun, is not interesting. It has no humor and cannot encompass the true human condition, including tragedy.

Bodacious: meaning bold and brave. The actual queen Bodacia (sp?) led a successful rebellion against Rome in England but eventually the Roman's trapped and slaughtered her and her army. History is not conducive to one word summaries.

gmmay70

*De-lurks*

This is about the only place I can think of where the denizens might know what I'm looking for. There was a quote, a "law" (sort of a sociological theory) that went something like this:

"The more comfortable societies become, the more humans amplify trivial concerns to maintain a sense of belonging."

I'm sure that's a hack job, but that's the gist of it. All of my searches for ______'s Law have yielded nothing. Help?

Squires

There was a quote, a "law" (sort of a sociological theory) that went something like this:

https://youtu.be/p7hE2Aa9lGY

Sam Duncan

“Somewhat related.”

“Why do you think the producers chose to do this?”

He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases
.

epicur

The beauty of a mahi can only be truly seen in the water when it is lit up in pursuit mode and is really almost fluorescent (and then only briefly). Simulations only give an approximation, but here is one.

https://i.etsystatic.com/6309849/r/il/d38050/1646616860/il_fullxfull.1646616860_hb4o.jpg

ccscientist

I don't think people complain to enhance belonging. I think it is simply from lack of context in their lives. For example, if you have never slept on the ground (camping) or on the floor (where you passed out or from lack of a bed) then you can easily find fault with the bed you have. Our urban lives are so comfy that we have lost all tolerance for delay, lack of gratification, discomfort, and hardship. In college I rode my bike in all weather, slept on the floor (well, a couple of blankets under me), and could not afford movies or a car. This has been very good for me over the years, because I have a baseline that is not instant gratification and ease.

gmmay70

As I said, I'm sure I butchered the quote.

Ah well.

*re-lurk*

asiaseen

Summon the worms

A crowbar stuck in the ground and connected to the mains works exceedingly well.

It must be the hertz...

WTP

In college I rode my bike in all weather, slept on the floor (well, a couple of blankets under me), and could not afford movies or a car. This has been very good for me over the years, because I have a baseline that is not instant gratification and ease.

Every day...ok, I lie...not EVERY day...I thank the Lord above that I no longer need to shove all my laundry into a not-enough-ply bag to be delicately balanced on the back of my bike for a ride to the laundromat. Though my senior year there was a Cue-and-Brew next to the laundromat that made it somewhat more rewarding. Except for the ride home.

Pooklord

uncrossable

The consternation, ongoing intense discussion plus obvious fretting about dipping one's feet in a 1/2 inch of water is . . . too funny? Too sad? I can't decide. I feel sorry for those kids/adults (I can't tell).

Pooklord

Stratford Festival says hold my beer.

Really? A black woman. Wow. Daring. Is she a lesbian? Trans? Disabled? Polyamorous?
They checked like, two boxes out of a possible twenty.
This is 2022, my friend, you've got a put a lot more effort into it than that.

Fred the Fourth

Joan...
I strongly recommend Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" if you want to get a feeling for who this girl was.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc"...

At Archive.org for anyone interested.

Pooklord

Farnsworth, Fred -- nice find, reading it now.

Richard Cranium
For example, if you have never slept on the ground (camping) or on the floor (where you passed out or from lack of a bed) then you can easily find fault with the bed you have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue7wM0QC5LE comes to mind.

Even though I do have stories of sucking it down a bit while in the military, I am loath to trot them out since I've never been shot at to my knowledge. I just imagine the sucky bits that I went though with the added layer of people trying very hard to kill me in ways that I couldn't ignore to realize, once again, that the ocean of suck has no bottom.

LadyTheo

Mr Smoth, the female-wannabe...I am not sure this is a shit test. I think these creatures really embrace themselves--they are so profoundly deluded that they see themselves differently than we see them. The opposite of the anorexic who looks in the mirror and sees a fat girl. This man looks at his selfie and sees the woman he has to see himself as in order to achieve sexual gratification.

A shit test would mean that he KNOWS he isn't a credible female. But the whole impetus behind these men is their absolute need to see themselves--and be seen by others--as women. They can't get their rocks off otherwise.

Mockery is the best antidote. But only if one is armed. These men are truly dangerous.

Alan

And note the writer’s reluctance to refer to Joan of Arc as having actually been female. Instead, we get contrivance - “this person,” etc.

So it's okay to misgender people now?

That.

David

That.

Perhaps we’re supposed to pretend that Joan of Arc, a woman who referred to herself as “Joan the maiden,” wasn’t a woman at all, and is somehow interchangeable with, say, Eddie Izzard, who is also not a woman. It’s a little confusing. Though the idea of Eddie Izzard playing Joan of Arc is not entirely without comedic potential.

John

I wonder if Eddie ever reflects on the high political offices held by the likes of Rear Admiral Rachel Levine and “drag queen and LGBTQ+ activist Sam Brinton - hired to a top level position at the DOE” and considers crossing the pond before he loses his good looks.

After all if labour took him seriously he’d be on an all-woman shortlist for a safe seat quicker than you could say Jack Dromey.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Bodacious: meaning bold and brave. The actual queen Bodacia (sp?) led a successful rebellion against Rome in England

ccscientist: I think the word "bodacious", being an Americanism, came from a portmanteau of "bold" and "audacious", not the rebel leader Boudica.

WTP

considers crossing the pond

Yeah...don't be pushing crazy over here. We're full up.

I am not sure this is a shit test. I think these creatures really embrace themselves--they are so profoundly deluded that they see themselves differently than we see them.

This. There is, and has been for quite some time, a real danger in not taking these people seriously. Not that they ARE serious people, that they are a very serious threat. Most of the people in western civilization these days are stupid enough to go along with this crap. You or I on an individual basis may not be threatened by these people individually, but we are most certainly in danger, our children are in danger, our wives and female relatives are in danger by what the stupid people in large groups are willing to submit to. Calling this stuff a shit test is whistling past the graveyard.

David

In other news, I’m just going to leave this here.

Sam Duncan

“So it's okay to misgender people now?”

It seems to be actively required if they're historically significant and no longer around to tell you not to be so f****n' stupid. It's the 21st Century version of saying that Shakespeare was too dumb to write his plays and sonnets. It attracts attention and annoys people, which appears to be all that some folk live for.

CJ Nerd

@gmmay70: try asking that question as an OT at Tim Worstall's blog.

I have a feeling it's likely that someone there will know.

David

It’s the 21st Century version of saying that Shakespeare was too dumb to write his plays and sonnets.

It seems to me that the grafting on of modish transgender ideology – effectively, a de-sexing - is rather at odds with the common resonance of the story, i.e., of a young woman who defied the gender norms of her time, at a pivotal moment, and was punished for it, quite dramatically. Framing her actions as a product of not actually being a woman at all seems a little opportunistic. Tin-eared. One might say perverse.

pst314

George Takei on non-consensual sex.

pst314

Salman Rushdie stabbing: I'm seeing lots of false-equivalence rhetoric on the internet: We mustn't judge "all Muslims". There are bad Christians too. Muslims share a lot of our values. Watch out or "we'll become like them". And so on.

WTP

Salman Rushdie stabbing

The West surrendered back in 1989. When Islam announced openly that they were projecting their rule of law into western civilization and the West effectively accepted it. The intervening years have just been procrastination.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Trans " hot take.

IOW, the only difference between an ersatz woman and a real one is all the sexual characteristics that make men and women different, but other than that and the whole chromosome thing...

pst314

Good Lord. What is the average IQ of the residents of this Bedford-Stuyvesant welfare housing complex?

pst314

The West surrendered back in 1989.

Muslims learned that it was very easy to manipulate Western liberals and leftists: Just complain about "Islamophobia".

Daniel Ream

the common resonance of the story, i.e., of a young woman who defied the gender norms of her time, at a pivotal moment, and was punished for it, quite dramatically

Framing it that way already cedes the narrative: that Joan's story is about gender norms. It isn't. It's about the clash of faith with politics, and how as long as she was politically useful as a way to get the peasantry behind le Dauphin she was indulged, and as soon as she became a political liability she had to be destroyed. The "burned at the stake for wearing pants" thing was just an excuse; they needed a religious charge to destroy her popularity as a prophet. If they could have got her on picking her nose in church, they would have.

pst314

A decolonized transport system.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What if it is a queer, trans, disabled yte?

Steve E

"Trans " hot take.

This link goes back to David's main page.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This link goes back to David's main page.

WTF - OK, Take 2 "Trans" hot take.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Elizabeth I, we hardly knew ye, the "academics" at the Globe theatre are at it again.

David

The “burned at the stake for wearing pants” thing was just an excuse; they needed a religious charge to destroy her popularity as a prophet.

Yes.

David

Elizabeth I, we hardly knew ye, the “academics” at the Globe theatre are at it again.

A few years ago, I saw a documentary based on this conceit. It had a lot of padding due to the lack of evidence. And again, the titillating idea – the one that some would very much like to believe - seems to be that if a female historical figure was in some way bold or at odds with custom and authority, then she can’t have been a woman at all.

I don’t often find myself in alignment with feminists, but with this kind of thing, the irritation is easy to grasp.

John

Good Lord. What is the average IQ of the residents of this Bedford-Stuyvesant welfare housing complex?

Listening to the audio they weren’t speaking in a dialect I immediately associate with born and bred New Yorkers. There may be an “origin story” factor at work here.

John

I subsequently recalled the lyrics of the rather likeable 1970’s disco ballad by Odyssey:-

“You should know the score by now.
You’re a native New Yorker”

Nikw211

I’m just going to leave this here.

What is the average IQ of ...?

Not entirely unrelated: Homicide Suspect Ends Up Arrested After Calling Cops About Cold McDonald’s French Fries.

It's not that long and definitely worth watching to the end.

David

likeable 1970’s disco ballad

Words not often uttered round these parts.

David

Homicide Suspect Ends Up Arrested After Calling Cops About Cold McDonald’s French Fries.

I think it may be the fact that he taps his head and announces his own smartness, all evidence to the contrary. Or maybe it’s the squealing at the end.

And again, as mentioned upthread, the narcissistic audacity.

Daniel Ream

It had a lot of padding due to the lack of evidence

One of the reasons I stopped at a history minor was the realization that the vast majority of 20th century scholarship was just plain making sh*t up. The race and gender nonsense is particularly pernicious, but back in the 1990s I read multiple academic texts that supposed - in the "hey, what if..." sense - something, and then proceeded to fill hundreds of pages with conclusions based on a complete ass-pull of a hypothesis. It's the consequence of "publish or perish" and the fact that adding to the corpus of pre-late modern history is extremely expensive and time-consuming. So silly papers about Queen Elizabob with no actual documentary support are sadly par for the course.

the "academics" at the Globe theatre are at it again

The sad thing is that they used to do great work. In 2013 or so they decided to perform some Shakespeare in Elizabethan English for historical authenticity and discovered that even the serious historical plays are absolutely riddled with filthy puns. Like, every stanza.

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