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It’s long past time for social science research into what percentage of nationally reported hate incidents can be confirmed as hate crimes. A first step is creating a taxonomy of hate incidents, which I began in an earlier post.

One odd category that needs to added are hate hoaxes that are not carried out by human beings.

Kansas State U. was recently home to a hate hoax where a black wrote anti-black graffiti on his own car in washable paint.

But earlier in the semester, there were reports of anti-Semitic vandalism. From US News & World Report:

Jewish Structure on Kansas State Campus Vandalized, Rebuilt

Oct. 9, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a temporary dwelling erected outside a Kansas State University residential complex for the Jewish harvest festival Sukkot.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the sukkah was found late Friday wrapped around the car of graduate student Glen Buickerood, damaging the vehicle. Buickerood, who doesn’t identify as Jewish, had collaborated with the Jewish student group Hillel to put up the sukkah to promote diversity. …

Hillel adviser Greg Newmark says what happened was “certainly anti-Semitic in effect.” …

This story was popular in the Jewish press, but didn’t get a lot of national coverage. If I was putting together a database of “nationally-publicized” hate incidents to study the percentage that are hoaxes, I’d probably rank this one as not quite reaching the standard of “nationally publicized.”

But it’s worth recounting because it’s indicative of how the Hunger for Hate can turn even Acts of God into purported hate crimes.

Amusingly, a few days later from 13WIBW in Topeka:

Possible hate crime at K-State now blamed on inclement weather

By AJ Dome | Posted: Fri 8:09 AM, Oct 13, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan (WIBW)- Authorities at K-State have determined that a possible hate crime directed toward a Jewish holiday structure was actually caused by thunderstorms. …

They say they contacted eyewitnesses who saw the Sukkah tumbling in the wind during a thunderstorm that night, with no people around it. …

At the time, the damage was considered to be vandalism and an anti-Semitic hate crime. It led to the president of the university, Richard Myers, to issue a statement saying in part, “there is no place in our community for hateful, criminal reactions to religious expression.”

Similarly, there was a lot of coverage since Trump’s election of supposedly anti-Semitic vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. But some of it turned out just to be due to regular subsidence and gravity. The New York Daily News reported:

Vandals not responsible for dozens of tipped graves at Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, management says

BY EDGAR SANDOVAL, LAURA DIMON, REUVEN BLAU

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:01 PM

Police and the general manager of a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn said that 42 fallen headstones were not caused by vandals, saying Sunday that the memorials had naturally tipped over due to age — though some elected officials were calling for an investigation, anyway.

“It definitely was not vandalism,” Marisa Tarantino, general manager of the Washington Cemetery on Bay Parkway in Midwood, told reporters. …

But later Sunday, a trio of officials stood outside the 100-acre property, demanding an investigation.

“Nobody wants to jump to conclusions,” said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “In light of everything going on in the country, we wanted to see what this was all about.

A related category are incidents that happen all the time but nobody pays attention until somebody claims there is a wave of hate crimes going on. For instance, I wouldn’t be surprised if bored youths commit vandalism in some cemetery somewhere in the U.S. on average once per night or more. After Trump’s election, news hounds and politicians were all over stories of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries.

Some of the stories turned out to be as amusing as the one above. But others might have been real vandalism, but that doesn’t mean they were motivated by anti-Semitism. There was probably more vandalism at Catholic cemeteries than at Jewish cemeteries, but nobody was looking for evidence of the Trump-caused wave of anti-Catholicism.

Similarly, back in the 1990s, President Bill Clinton promoted a a scare story that there was a national wave of burnings of black churches by shadowy white racists. But, it turned out that about ten churches a week of all types catch fire. America has a lot of churches. So there was no shortage of black churches catching fire for Bill Clinton to exploit to stoke racial hatred.

 
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  1. I shall call these Hate Hallucinations.

    By the way, Clinton got his shadowy white menace in the form of Branch Davidians (though they weren’t all white), the Weaver family, and Tim McVeigh. None of which went after blacks in particular, which is just bad luck for Clinton.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    A lot worse luck for them. Clinton seems to have thrived despite his administration having assassinated a bunch of American citizens in cold blood , but it's Donald Trump who threatens the rule of Law.
  2. Inclemant weather, subsidence and gravity are all possible ways in which hate crimes against disadvantaged minorities may occur. There are many other ways.

    There must be 50 ways.

  3. • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
    Ray and Dave must have been on the outs when this video was shot.
  4. “Reds Under The Bed” was the popular leftist taunt that post-WWII anti-communist politicians saw a communist under every bed. Sophisticated leftists know that only racists, white “supremacists,” anti-Semites, and Nazis hide under every bed and behind every door.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    “Reds Under The Bed” was the popular leftist taunt that post-WWII anti-communist politicians saw a communist under every bed.
     
    The difference is that there really were "Reds"crawling around inside the American government, as Ron Unz describes here in his Our American Pravda.

    The Left often accuses its opponents of doing the very things the Left itself is doing. This is perhaps both a conscious tactic of distraction and a subconscious act of projection.

    One might also speculate that it is a form of gaslighting that creates a sense of doubt in the minds of citizens about their own ability to notice real patterns. This is similar to the way the CIA has spread silly "conspiracy theories" in order to condition the public to denounce and ignore rational hypotheses about conspiracies that might actually be real. Unz describes this process here: How the CIA Invented Conspiracy Theories
  5. This is just marketplace forces at work.

    It turns out that Whites don’t commit hate crimes at anywhere near the rates demanded by anti-Whites and their media. Demand for racist incidents far outstrips supply.

    So…enterprising SJWs manufacture racist incidents to meet demand (hoaxes or misinterpreted acts of God). The market will clear.

  6. @CCZ
    “Reds Under The Bed” was the popular leftist taunt that post-WWII anti-communist politicians saw a communist under every bed. Sophisticated leftists know that only racists, white “supremacists,” anti-Semites, and Nazis hide under every bed and behind every door.

    “Reds Under The Bed” was the popular leftist taunt that post-WWII anti-communist politicians saw a communist under every bed.

    The difference is that there really were “Reds”crawling around inside the American government, as Ron Unz describes here in his Our American Pravda.

    The Left often accuses its opponents of doing the very things the Left itself is doing. This is perhaps both a conscious tactic of distraction and a subconscious act of projection.

    One might also speculate that it is a form of gaslighting that creates a sense of doubt in the minds of citizens about their own ability to notice real patterns. This is similar to the way the CIA has spread silly “conspiracy theories” in order to condition the public to denounce and ignore rational hypotheses about conspiracies that might actually be real. Unz describes this process here: How the CIA Invented Conspiracy Theories

  7. Authorities at K-State have determined that a possible hate crime directed toward a Jewish holiday structure was actually caused by thunderstorms. …

    A literal act of God.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    The whole thing is a joke. Anyone who lives in an observant Jewish neighborhood sees the identical "hate crime" a dozen times every Sukkot holiday. My own late lamented sukkah blew away in a storm this year. What you have in Kansas is a bunch of non observant kids who never built a sukkah before and have no idea how easily it can blow away.
  8. This Sukkah’s Going Down!

  9. Well said. The communists in our government during the cold war laid the groundwork for the present neo-communist power structure that has made peace with plutocracy.

  10. Probably a solid majority of people working as sociologists in US academic institutions would get inconsolably triggered at the mere thought of investigating the percentage of “hate crimes” that turn out to be false-flags or acts-of-Allah. The vast majority of the rest would be terrified of the professional ramifications of performing such a study.

  11. It’s not just the Left. America has been getting trolled on race since the days of Samuel Johnson. Over time our best and brightest, and, eventually a lot of our not so best and bright, came to the belief that if we could just get rid of all the nasty racisists, everything would be peaches and cream.

    We more or less achieved the former some time in the seventies, but the promised paradise is still nowhere to be found.

  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    There really is no way to come back from where the U.S. and West is at this point. Things are just too far gone. Unless most of the people taking part in the Russia fiction and anti-white propaganda don’t really believe it and are engaged in some preemptive offensive war to control the narrative. In which case, things will go as smoothly as other preemptive wars based on fraud.

    The U.S. is done. It had a good run. Che sara, sara. As JPod father’s told Robert Bork back in the 80’s, “Of course Western civilization is coming to an end, but it won’t happen tomorrow and in the meantime you can live pretty well.”

    • Replies: @Olorin
    I found you more interesting and amusing when you were simply telling our host he was reprllent.
    , @Anonymous
    "There really is no way to come back from where the U.S. and West is at this point. Things are just too far gone."

    This sort of thinking misses the point entirely. Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case, it is what it is, and that is what you have to deal with. Try to improve the situation the best you can. That's all you can do. We can bemoan the loss of the library of Alexandria, but it won't bring it back. Being proactive in helping to build a new library, and striving to keep it from happening again are all you can do.
  13. I did a couple of blog posts analysing the SPLC’s hate crime data, which may be of interest:

    http://posnetres.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/more-on-splcs-hate-crime-data.html

    • Replies: @International Jew
    I see your sample size is 49. Which state did you leave out? Was Washington DC in your sample?
  14. Thinking again about the Air Force Academy active shooter panic from a few months ago (I would google and include a link, but I presume your google works as well as mine).

    Am I the only one who, in retrospect, wonders if this is a Russian (or some other hostile) intelligence operation? Cadets and AFA-prep-schoolers are on social media, they presumably have the usual quota of youthful idiocy, Millenial vintage. If I’m the well-funded Russian intelligence bureaucracy, I’d have some low-level peons cyber-stalking these guys. How hard would it be to fake a “future ring-knocker” social media profile?

    And if this one *was* simply an organic product of the stupid times we live in, how long until the Red Team *does* start engineering their own panics, for fun and profit?

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye

    If I’m the well-funded Russian intelligence bureaucracy, I’d have some low-level peons cyber-stalking these guys.
     
    Even the best Russian agents would be stumped by the sublime idiocy of these Air Force Academy cadets.
  15. It’s racist to investigate a hate crime. You simply declare that it happened.

    • Replies: @International Jew

    It’s racist to investigate a hate crime. You simply declare that it happened.
     
    What you're joking about is actually one of the newest additions to the leftist pantheon. It's called "lived experience":

    https://thegerasites.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/discussing-identity-politics-how-lived-experiences-disrupt-debate/
  16. (((SJWs))) always project.

  17. Who ever heard of strong winds in Kansas?

  18. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRpAANsoG8I

    Ray and Dave must have been on the outs when this video was shot.

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
    As an off-topic aside, for anyone who's interested in Kinks history, a story about the band's 4-year ban from touring the US from 1965-1969. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-in-america/
  19. @Malcolm X-Lax
    Ray and Dave must have been on the outs when this video was shot.

    As an off-topic aside, for anyone who’s interested in Kinks history, a story about the band’s 4-year ban from touring the US from 1965-1969. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-in-america/

  20. Steve,

    Should there also be a category for ‘hate crimes’ that are just cases of mistaken identity? For example, remember that Dominican priest that was mistaken for a KKK member on some campus?

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Not to mention the piece of lab equipment wearing the Klan hood.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/college-student-confuses-covered-lab-equipment-with-klan-rally/
  21. Glen Buickerood, damaging the vehicle.

    What kind of car?

  22. @Noah Carl
    I did a couple of blog posts analysing the SPLC's hate crime data, which may be of interest:

    http://posnetres.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/more-on-splcs-hate-crime-data.html

    I see your sample size is 49. Which state did you leave out? Was Washington DC in your sample?

  23. @Faraday's Bobcat
    It's racist to investigate a hate crime. You simply declare that it happened.

    It’s racist to investigate a hate crime. You simply declare that it happened.

    What you’re joking about is actually one of the newest additions to the leftist pantheon. It’s called “lived experience”:

    https://thegerasites.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/discussing-identity-politics-how-lived-experiences-disrupt-debate/

  24. “…….wrapped around the car of graduate student Glen Buickerood.”

    BUICKerood.

    Poor grad student. If he had been in his car he might have been able to dodge the sukkot booth. Now with his car totaled, he may not be able to afford another.

  25. I worked in an office. Management brought in a new employee and his sponsor/friend told me the new guy, a black STEM guy, had been racially discriminated at his last job. Turned out black guy had zero manners, zero people skills. He came across as incredibly rude and insensitive. I doubt if he experienced discrimination because of the color of his skin; there were other reasons no one liked him.

  26. Never forget the act-o’-God rain that turned those paper party lanterns into lynchin’ nooses.

    http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/23/ud-investigates-makeshift-nooses-near-mitchell-hall/72662954/

    Though I’ve seen mixed reports on that one: were the nooses just leftover strings that weren’t taken down? Or the guts of rained-on/melted paper lanterns?

    If it was just the strings that weren’t cleaned up after the party, then we need to add a new category of hate hoax:

    Blacks terrorized by litter (two subcategories: their own and others’).

  27. @Anonymous
    There really is no way to come back from where the U.S. and West is at this point. Things are just too far gone. Unless most of the people taking part in the Russia fiction and anti-white propaganda don’t really believe it and are engaged in some preemptive offensive war to control the narrative. In which case, things will go as smoothly as other preemptive wars based on fraud.

    The U.S. is done. It had a good run. Che sara, sara. As JPod father’s told Robert Bork back in the 80’s, “Of course Western civilization is coming to an end, but it won’t happen tomorrow and in the meantime you can live pretty well.”

    I found you more interesting and amusing when you were simply telling our host he was reprllent.

  28. I wonder if God is on the SPLC’s hatewatch list.

  29. The culprit was likely that Christian God who created the damaging storm.
    But, maybe they can sue a nearby church for their emotional suffering.

  30. @guest
    I shall call these Hate Hallucinations.

    By the way, Clinton got his shadowy white menace in the form of Branch Davidians (though they weren't all white), the Weaver family, and Tim McVeigh. None of which went after blacks in particular, which is just bad luck for Clinton.

    A lot worse luck for them. Clinton seems to have thrived despite his administration having assassinated a bunch of American citizens in cold blood , but it’s Donald Trump who threatens the rule of Law.

  31. @Discordiax
    Thinking again about the Air Force Academy active shooter panic from a few months ago (I would google and include a link, but I presume your google works as well as mine).

    Am I the only one who, in retrospect, wonders if this is a Russian (or some other hostile) intelligence operation? Cadets and AFA-prep-schoolers are on social media, they presumably have the usual quota of youthful idiocy, Millenial vintage. If I'm the well-funded Russian intelligence bureaucracy, I'd have some low-level peons cyber-stalking these guys. How hard would it be to fake a "future ring-knocker" social media profile?

    And if this one *was* simply an organic product of the stupid times we live in, how long until the Red Team *does* start engineering their own panics, for fun and profit?

    If I’m the well-funded Russian intelligence bureaucracy, I’d have some low-level peons cyber-stalking these guys.

    Even the best Russian agents would be stumped by the sublime idiocy of these Air Force Academy cadets.

  32. A related category are incidents that happen all the time but nobody pays attention until somebody claims there is a wave of hate crimes going on. For instance, I wouldn’t be surprised if bored youths commit vandalism in some cemetery somewhere in the U.S. on average once per night or more. After Trump’s election, news hounds and politicians were all over stories of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries.

    I grew up very near a block abutting the alleged Trump-inspired vandalized Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia. There have always been acts of vandalism there, dating back to the 1980s which is the first of these events that I can recall. The Cemetery also happens to be one of the Cemeteries forming an intersection at which all four corners are Cemeteries (Frankford Ave and E. Cheltenham Ave). Neighborhood kids played in the Cemeteries where there were expanses of unoccupied lots which were used as ball fields. As the neighborhood kids got older, they’d retreat into the Cemeteries at night to drink beer and whatnot. While this is disrespectful of the dead and of the privately owned property of others, it’s not really what it was made out to be. The headstones were probably just jerky, drunken teens being jerky, drunken teens.

    The thing that wasn’t reported is that the non-Jewish Cemeteries in the same general area (i.e., Cedar Hill) had similar vandalism during that time.

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    I visited a church graveyard in a suburb of Manchester hoping to see my g-g-g-g'pa's stone and family lair. The local authority had flattened the stones due to Elf'n'Safety concerns, face up. The local yoof (the place was enlivened by their shrieks and cavorting as I blundered through the undergrowth at dusk) had taken to carefully excreting on them. At first baffled (what possible animus could some petty, basically anonymous Georgian-era mill-owner have engendered in their hearts?), I realised in the car home that in high summer the place was rank with vicious nettles. I suppose their mainly cider, vodka and opioid diet may have disordered their internals to the point that when nature called, accessing the nearest non-stingy squatting venue became imperative. The hopeless, doomed wretches.
    Nor a hate-crime, just a left-it-too-late crime.
    Right, that's cremation definitely on my bucket-list, after "just being chucked into the woods somewhere really remote".
  33. @Pericles

    Authorities at K-State have determined that a possible hate crime directed toward a Jewish holiday structure was actually caused by thunderstorms. …

     

    A literal act of God.

    The whole thing is a joke. Anyone who lives in an observant Jewish neighborhood sees the identical “hate crime” a dozen times every Sukkot holiday. My own late lamented sukkah blew away in a storm this year. What you have in Kansas is a bunch of non observant kids who never built a sukkah before and have no idea how easily it can blow away.

  34. Similarly, back in the 1990s, President Bill Clinton promoted a a scare story that there was a national wave of burnings of black churches by shadowy white racists. But, it turned out…

    …it was really gay activists outraged at black pastors supporting the Defense of the Marital Act, or whatever it was that Sen. Wellstone voted for and Clinton signed.

  35. Acts of God? So much for the notion of a Chosen People. The truth is that God does not play favorites, but inflicts suffering according to a randomized algorithm that He has created Himself.

    The weather is His favorite tool, and that is the reason that the weather forecast is such a universal staple of TV and other media is that one never be sure what will happen next, but would sure love to know. A great deal of religious activity is also aimed at praying for favorable weather, especially by farmers and vacationers, but the results are dubious, not cost effective and do not stand up to randomized controlled studies. Creating artificial climates by building greenhouses is more productive than prayer alone.

    The movie Frozen demonstrates that climate change may occur for supernatural reasons such as cryokinetic magic, and is not necessarily caused by Man. Some people also believe that global warming is is not necessarily caused by Man and may be the result of thermokinetic magic

    God also makes his Will known through seismic shifts in the surface of the earth and when he is really angry at the folly of man, he simply erupts and may blow away entire mountains if things have gotten really out of hand.

    At other times he may use epidemics of illness to make His will known, or plagues of insects or vermin.

    How do you determine whether something is an Act of God? This can be tricky at times, so always call your insurance company rather than your religious leader, as they usually have the scoop. If in doubt, remember that God usually likes to operate on a global scale and is less likely to intervene in interpersonal issues. Formerly He was very interested in human sexual behavior and royal successions and stuff like that, but in recent centuries He has tended to step back, sigh condescendingly, and let it all hang out.

    • Replies: @Olorin

    in recent centuries He has tended to step back, sigh condescendingly, and let it all hang out.
     
    You raise a theologically fascinating point.

    Could it be that He, and He Himself, inspired The Evergreen State College in 1967 with their motto

    Omnia extares

    ????????

    And that R2Dindu and Hot Pants Jamil are His Chosen People, destined to teach us all the ways of the motorized wheelchair, Equity Canoe, and presidential walk to the bathroom?

    But back to your other points. If (((The Chosen People))) cannot accept the will of God when it is expressed with such benignity as etrogging some non-Jew's chariot, nay, even interpret that as hatred, the old guy's got a helluva row to hoe, wrangling his kingdom on earth for the benefit of his favorites.

    I get the impression that these days if he parted a sea or nuked a degenerate city it wouldn't be received with awe but blamed on, I dunno, the state's executive or an angel (both white of course).

    Though locally speaking it's hard to avoid observing how he's never not messing with the Cascades volcanoes and actually seems to enjoy playing with them. Tinkering maybe. When I'm up there in the tremor or fumarole zone, I can't say it seems like much of a poll of "his Will" so much as intrinsic thermodynamics.

    https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/

    https://pnsn.org/

    I mean, wouldn't the Most High be more inclined to express His Will in math rather than minerals on some out of the way little flying rock?

    (There's a lot of math in weather forecasting and climate modeling, so I think you're on to something there.)

  36. Here is another hate hoax.

    A black man confessed to spraying a racist graffiti on his own car as a Halloween prank, Kansas police said on Monday.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/07/man-admits-spraying-racist-graffiti-on-his-own-car-police-said.html

  37. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    There really is no way to come back from where the U.S. and West is at this point. Things are just too far gone. Unless most of the people taking part in the Russia fiction and anti-white propaganda don’t really believe it and are engaged in some preemptive offensive war to control the narrative. In which case, things will go as smoothly as other preemptive wars based on fraud.

    The U.S. is done. It had a good run. Che sara, sara. As JPod father’s told Robert Bork back in the 80’s, “Of course Western civilization is coming to an end, but it won’t happen tomorrow and in the meantime you can live pretty well.”

    “There really is no way to come back from where the U.S. and West is at this point. Things are just too far gone.”

    This sort of thinking misses the point entirely. Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case, it is what it is, and that is what you have to deal with. Try to improve the situation the best you can. That’s all you can do. We can bemoan the loss of the library of Alexandria, but it won’t bring it back. Being proactive in helping to build a new library, and striving to keep it from happening again are all you can do.

  38. @Ian M.
    Steve,

    Should there also be a category for 'hate crimes' that are just cases of mistaken identity? For example, remember that Dominican priest that was mistaken for a KKK member on some campus?

    Not to mention the piece of lab equipment wearing the Klan hood.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/college-student-confuses-covered-lab-equipment-with-klan-rally/

  39. @Jonathan Mason
    Acts of God? So much for the notion of a Chosen People. The truth is that God does not play favorites, but inflicts suffering according to a randomized algorithm that He has created Himself.

    The weather is His favorite tool, and that is the reason that the weather forecast is such a universal staple of TV and other media is that one never be sure what will happen next, but would sure love to know. A great deal of religious activity is also aimed at praying for favorable weather, especially by farmers and vacationers, but the results are dubious, not cost effective and do not stand up to randomized controlled studies. Creating artificial climates by building greenhouses is more productive than prayer alone.

    The movie Frozen demonstrates that climate change may occur for supernatural reasons such as cryokinetic magic, and is not necessarily caused by Man. Some people also believe that global warming is is not necessarily caused by Man and may be the result of thermokinetic magic

    God also makes his Will known through seismic shifts in the surface of the earth and when he is really angry at the folly of man, he simply erupts and may blow away entire mountains if things have gotten really out of hand.

    At other times he may use epidemics of illness to make His will known, or plagues of insects or vermin.

    How do you determine whether something is an Act of God? This can be tricky at times, so always call your insurance company rather than your religious leader, as they usually have the scoop. If in doubt, remember that God usually likes to operate on a global scale and is less likely to intervene in interpersonal issues. Formerly He was very interested in human sexual behavior and royal successions and stuff like that, but in recent centuries He has tended to step back, sigh condescendingly, and let it all hang out.

    in recent centuries He has tended to step back, sigh condescendingly, and let it all hang out.

    You raise a theologically fascinating point.

    Could it be that He, and He Himself, inspired The Evergreen State College in 1967 with their motto

    Omnia extares

    ????????

    And that R2Dindu and Hot Pants Jamil are His Chosen People, destined to teach us all the ways of the motorized wheelchair, Equity Canoe, and presidential walk to the bathroom?

    But back to your other points. If (((The Chosen People))) cannot accept the will of God when it is expressed with such benignity as etrogging some non-Jew’s chariot, nay, even interpret that as hatred, the old guy’s got a helluva row to hoe, wrangling his kingdom on earth for the benefit of his favorites.

    I get the impression that these days if he parted a sea or nuked a degenerate city it wouldn’t be received with awe but blamed on, I dunno, the state’s executive or an angel (both white of course).

    Though locally speaking it’s hard to avoid observing how he’s never not messing with the Cascades volcanoes and actually seems to enjoy playing with them. Tinkering maybe. When I’m up there in the tremor or fumarole zone, I can’t say it seems like much of a poll of “his Will” so much as intrinsic thermodynamics.

    https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/

    https://pnsn.org/

    I mean, wouldn’t the Most High be more inclined to express His Will in math rather than minerals on some out of the way little flying rock?

    (There’s a lot of math in weather forecasting and climate modeling, so I think you’re on to something there.)

  40. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    A related category are incidents that happen all the time but nobody pays attention until somebody claims there is a wave of hate crimes going on. For instance, I wouldn’t be surprised if bored youths commit vandalism in some cemetery somewhere in the U.S. on average once per night or more. After Trump’s election, news hounds and politicians were all over stories of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries.
     
    I grew up very near a block abutting the alleged Trump-inspired vandalized Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia. There have always been acts of vandalism there, dating back to the 1980s which is the first of these events that I can recall. The Cemetery also happens to be one of the Cemeteries forming an intersection at which all four corners are Cemeteries (Frankford Ave and E. Cheltenham Ave). Neighborhood kids played in the Cemeteries where there were expanses of unoccupied lots which were used as ball fields. As the neighborhood kids got older, they'd retreat into the Cemeteries at night to drink beer and whatnot. While this is disrespectful of the dead and of the privately owned property of others, it's not really what it was made out to be. The headstones were probably just jerky, drunken teens being jerky, drunken teens.

    The thing that wasn't reported is that the non-Jewish Cemeteries in the same general area (i.e., Cedar Hill) had similar vandalism during that time.

    I visited a church graveyard in a suburb of Manchester hoping to see my g-g-g-g’pa’s stone and family lair. The local authority had flattened the stones due to Elf’n’Safety concerns, face up. The local yoof (the place was enlivened by their shrieks and cavorting as I blundered through the undergrowth at dusk) had taken to carefully excreting on them. At first baffled (what possible animus could some petty, basically anonymous Georgian-era mill-owner have engendered in their hearts?), I realised in the car home that in high summer the place was rank with vicious nettles. I suppose their mainly cider, vodka and opioid diet may have disordered their internals to the point that when nature called, accessing the nearest non-stingy squatting venue became imperative. The hopeless, doomed wretches.
    Nor a hate-crime, just a left-it-too-late crime.
    Right, that’s cremation definitely on my bucket-list, after “just being chucked into the woods somewhere really remote”.

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