In Space No-One Can Hear You Scream
Impermissible Notions

Friday Ephemera

A good nose. || Dinner and a show. || The spread of dumplings. || He does this better than you do. || And she does this better than you do. || Meme density. || Discussing TV. || Temporal anomaly detected. (h/t, Tim) || Speaking, as we were, of Scientific American. || A point is made. || What CPR does. || Paedophile Pride, you say. || And of course we mustn’t forget the terribly put-upon animal-shaggers. || Incoming. (h/t, Perry) || Inevitable, I suppose. || The thrill of houseplants. || Hiring decision of note. || “Gender-affirming surgery,” you say? || In our brave, progressive tomorrow, white devils will be laid off first. || Not commissioned, just a fan. || From charcoal and water. || And finally, for adventurous motorists, another what-if scenario

Also, I now have a Twitter account.  

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David

“When was the Golden Age of science fiction? The 1940’s? 50’s?”
“Age 12.”

That. If only Marvel could bottle the thrill of six-year-old me hurrying back from the newsagent with the latest adventures of The Fantastic Four, instead of whatever the hell they’re doing at the moment, all would be well.

Set in the ‘60s, obviously.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Well, I didn't see any twerking.

Y'all so literal.

OK, "Researchers investigate sudden outbreak of St. Vitus Dance". Happy now?

You must become unrealistic.

0 for 5.

asiaseen

"Researchers investigate sudden outbreak of St. Vitus Dance"

Curious. In my pre-teen years (1940s) St Vitus Dance was regarded, like lockjaw*, as a real threat by us kids. Nowadays I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who knows what it is, even in its updated name, Sydenham's Chorea.

Childhood fear - a cut in the web between thumb and forefinger was a sure threat of getting lockjaw.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...a cut in the web between thumb and forefinger was a sure threat of getting lockjaw.

Must be regional, had to step on a rusty nail to get tetanus where I was. Of course the thumb and forefinger thing was a moot point because we were always blowing those off with firecrackers which did help prevent us from shooting our eyes out with BB guns.

pst314

Regarding which, this seems apposite.

Whatever it was, it's gone now, replaced by a "violated Twitter rules" message.

pst314

If only Marvel could bottle the thrill of six-year-old me...

Sigh. The impossibility of recapturing the thrills of childhood. And as I may have mentioned, I have nearly always been disappointed when rereading books that thrilled me as a young child. The few occasions when I was not disappointed were with exceptional books that can also be enjoyed by adults and my adult enjoyment was very different from what I had experienced so many years ago.

David

Whatever it was, it’s gone now, replaced by a “violated Twitter rules” message.

This, it seems, is what’s verboten on Twitter. Note that no scandalous commentary was added to the image.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Headline of note.

'Several members have been criticized for being white/white passing, aligning themselves with whiteness, or allowing white violence in the house,' Baatar wrote, 'Thus, many members (and their guests) have both explicitly and implicitly uplifted white supremacy, misogyny, queer/transphobia, anti-Blackness, classism, and colorism in the space.'

Time for the Peter Griffin color chart I guess.

Baatar said instead of the house being a haven for its lofty ideals, many students moved there simply for the cheap rent. The result was neglect of the property, and conflict between people who believed in the house's goals and residents who never cared for them in the first place.

Surprising no one.

They said house members called them slurs and they were even not allowed to let their dad enter the house 'because he's white.'

Segregation is the best anti-racism.

pst314

Curious. In my pre-teen years (1940s) St Vitus Dance was regarded, like lockjaw*, as a real threat by us kids.

And no wonder, since that was before nearly all modern antibiotics. And nearly all vaccines post-date WWII. I was born in the mid-1950's, so I got all the usual vaccinations*, but in spite of my vaccinated status my parents must have worried because they did talk about tetanus and other diseases and I know that some members of the extended family suffered lifelong consequences of childhood diseases. I still have vague memories of standing in line at the public health clinic for vaccinations--and at least one of those was done with a high-pressure injector "gun", so Dr McCoy's hypospray did not surprise me later.

pst314

This, it seems, is what’s verboten on Twitter.

And my liberal "friends" persisted in seeing nothing wrong with such silencing of dissent from leftist dogma. Stalinists under their fake "niceness" facades.

pst314

Surprising no one.

That seems to be a near-universal feature of "communal" living arrangements--unless slackers and parasites are rigorously disciplined and excluded: I still recall visiting some off-campus "houses" which were not only dirty but had dog feces on one stair. And the one slan-shack I visited now and then always smelled of un-emptied litter box.

David

Stalinists under their fake “niceness” facades.

Again, I want to stress that nothing was added to the image above. But apparently, you’re not allowed to suggest that strident activists often do harm to the cause they ostensibly champion. A phenomenon seen all but daily, and on many fronts.

pst314

They said house members called them slurs

Entirely to be expected, since the stated purpose of the house was to escape "white presence".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This, it seems, is what’s verboten on Twitter.

Twitter, and anything run by "progressives.

A lecturer at a prominent music academy says she has been forced out of her job after she suggested drag acts could be viewed as sexist. Cathy Boardman, a lecturer in cultural studies, had asked her class to reflect on 'womanface' – a critical term for female impersonation – and whether or not it was demeaning. But bosses at the BIMM Institute , which has outposts around the country and links with Sussex University, told her this was a 'deeply sensitive' subject and that transgender students had been left upset.

But wait...

'They even said I was homophobic – even though I'm a lesbian.'

Somewhere Orwell weeps and Beria smiles.

Steve E

Diversity!

https://twitter.com/WeaponizedRage/status/1561050505232764930

In Living Color did it first and did it better. Remember Handi Man?

Captain Nemo

This is the sort of investigative journalism I'd like to see more often. Narcissistic poverty fetishist and serial flirter with untruth Jack Monroe is taken to task over her - shall we say - inconsistencies:

https://medium.com/@AwfullyMolly/jack-monroe-saint-or-scammer-80ec92f37bb6

WTP

No idea who that Jack woman is, being on the other side of the pond, but noticed that this person was playing this game back in 2012 and it was obvious s/he/it was lying in 2014, yet here we are 8-10 years later, about 1/5 of an adult lifetime has passed and only now is there even beginning to be a little bit of traction on the pushback. Why do you suppose that is?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Jack Monroe is taken to task over her - shall we say - inconsistencies:

She seems not to be held in much regard in this thread mocking her "recipes and tips".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

More "transgender" ideology explained.

ccscientist

"Baatar said the house's ideals of racial 'intersectionality' have caused trouble instead of creating harmony"--who would have thought that calling people racist would fail to create harmony? Because that is what intersectionality means: ranking people by their oppression points.
It also appears that they think that only whites can be misogynists (black women beaten by boyfriends would disagree if they were allowed to do so).

pst314

Fine model citizen has been convicted of two counts of first degree murder. Previous offenses (2015 and later) include robbery, multiple rapes, attempted murder, and aggravated kidnapping. In spite of his history he was on "diversion probation" for kidnapping at the time of the double-murder.

pst314

Physicalized Pong.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Thought Leader" has thoughts.

Also a professor and former state senator which explains a lot.

Fred the Fourth

Farnsworth,
"Power is not a means, it is an end....The object of power is power" O'Brien, 1984

I felt compelled to quote this, though certain everyone here knows this line. Sorry.

Fred the Fourth

Regarding UC Berkeley, I am recently reluctant to claim that affiliation in my professional work. I wonder why?

pst314

"You want the gratuitous undies scene, fine. But we're doing it my way, you sleazeball"

pst314

This clarifies why we have a homeless problem.

NateWhilk

"Baatar said the house's ideals of racial 'intersectionality' have caused trouble instead of creating harmony"

You mean they're...divisive???? Gasp!!!!

Daniel Ream

Didn’t Marvel have a series called ‘Damage Control’

Yes. They had a handful of comedy series in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly based on self-parody. None of them survived for long.

Steve E may be the only person to appreciate this but one of the Damage Control agents in Spider-Man: No Way Home was played by Fred Ewaniuck, from Corner Gas (uncredited).

It always amuses me to see random Canadian actors pop up in major US films. I like to joke that there are only twelve actors in Canada.

When Stan died, it was all downhill for the franchise

Lee had very little to do with Marvel comics from about 1972 onwards. He had a fraught legal relationship with Marvel and only wrote occasional stories after that. By 1990 he was essentially a mascot and nothing more.

When people say things like "oh, why don't they create new superheroes/characters instead of race- or sex-swapping existing ones"....the thing is, they have. Rather a lot, over the years. The problem is that they don't sell and don't get traction and no one cares. Off hand, I think Static (created by Dwayne McDuffie at Milestone Comics) is the only post 1989 hero to still be around and used in stories. Even Red Hood is a hark back to Jason Todd and the Joker rather than a new character.

Steve E

It always amuses me to see random Canadian actors pop up in major US films.

If I see more than one I immediately check the credits for production involvement from the usual government funded film agencies and/or the use of Canadian production facilities and locations. Fred was great in Corner Gas--a highly underrated show. The kind of comedic actor we seem to grow by the bushel.

pst314

Lee had very little to do with Marvel comics from about 1972 onwards. He had a fraught legal relationship with Marvel and only wrote occasional stories after that. By 1990 he was essentially a mascot and nothing more.

Then was he more or less retired? He would have been about 70 years old, after all. Beyond such simple questions I will, in my ignorance, keep quiet and read what other more knowledgeable commenters say.

Daniel Ream

If I see more than one I immediately check the credits

There's a handful of such actors that don't work outside of Canada, so when I see them I instantly know that scene was shot here (usually in B.C.).

Then was he more or less retired?

It's complex, and most public sources whitewash it. Short version: Lee sued Marvel over compensation (and more than once). After the first such suit, in 1972, he was distanced from creative work (as that was the source of the lawsuit). He wrote one-off stories here and there. He then went on to work producing and developing Other Media properties - TV, film, etc. By 1990 he was "Chairman Emeritus" of Marvel which was part of the settlement of yet another lawsuit over compensation. Post 1990 he was essentially a mascot for Marvel, as he was running his own independent production company at that point.

Much like George Lucas, Stan lee gets the credit for a lot of things that were really collaborative works. Ditko and Kirby deserve a lot more recognition than they ever got.

pst314

It's complex, and most public sources whitewash it...

Thank you for filling me in.

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