The Unz Review - Mobile
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 iSteve BlogTeasers
Buzzfeed on the Berkeley Pronoun Crisis: Was Alleged Nonbinary Stabber Pablo "They" Gomez Done a Disservice?

Somebody took me up on my January 23rd suggestion:

I’ve been reading up some more on the career of “They,” the Berkeley Latinx / Chicanx Studies major and campus activist currently in the pokey on charges of murdering one woman, attempting to murder another, and home invading a third.

It seems like a story that a Berkeley journalist like Michael Lewis could use to illustrate How We Live Now.

From Buzzfeed, an article by Jessica Testa about the media coverage of the arrest of Pablo “They” Gomez for (allegedly) murdering that poor hippie chick folksinger in Berkeley.

(I usually give the title of articles, but I worry that if I look at the flashing graphic on Buzzfeed that contains the headline for more than 1.5 seconds I will go into epileptic shock, and then the FBI will have to arrest Buzzfeed. So I don’t know exactly what the title is.)

The Unz Review’s Steve Sailer later raised similar questions about Gomez’s motive (with a dramatic emphasis on pronouns). “How much evidence is there that They’s stabby outburst consisted of hate crimes?” Sailer wrote. “Was They motivated by hatred of whites, the female sex, heterosexuals, or what?” …

Good questions, if I say so myself.

But the partisan drama of both the Yiannopoulos riot and the Gomez case has overshadowed a more subtle truth: … Berkeley was not immune to tensions created by the rise of white nationalism, or to battles over political correctness.

Emilie Raguso [a reporter at Berkeleyside] saw that firsthand. As she continued following the case … she moderated and responded to dozens upon dozens of reader comments. The general idea behind most comments, as laid out by username “xlrq”: “Who the hell cares what pronoun he/she/it prefers to be called by? I’ll bet his victims would have preferred not to be stabbed.” …

“We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues. It just took me aback. This is really where we are?” she said. Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations.

These long days of moderating — and participating in — a gender pronoun debate left Raguso struggling to recognize the community she covered. …

“I was really surprised — this is the Berkeley community,” she said, again emphasizing the name historically synonymous with young progressive radicals who love free speech and open debate. “There was a lot of anger on both sides about how Pablo should be referred to.”

… there’s another reason people aren’t speaking out on Gomez’s behalf.

In addition to identifying as nonbinary (neither male nor female), Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female. Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.

The organization GLAAD tracks these media portrayals of queer people, to show how often bisexual and transgender people in particular end up being depicted as killers, villainous sociopaths, or sexual deviants. According to GLAAD, the television industry has greatly improved in writing LGBT characters; film has taken longer. But portrayals in the news media rarely catch GLAAD’s attention anymore, the media watchdogs said. Most traditional journalists are familiar with the recommended practices.

If the pronoun issue had never come up, would the far-right have latched on?

Fred Fejes, a journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University who has studied gay and lesbian media portrayals, said it’s no longer acceptable for reporters to treat “sexuality as an aberration,” …

After the days-long pronoun crisis, Raguso said she wondered whether she could or should have handled it all differently. Fred Fejes maintained that unless Gomez’s gender identity “was an important element in the story, unless it figured in somehow to what was going on, it shouldn’t have been mentioned.”

GLAAD’s Nick Adams, director of programs for transgender media, said while he agrees that reporters should not “bring up the fact that [people] are LGBTQ unless it is relevant to the case at hand,” he said in a case like Gomez’s, “you don’t really have much choice to bring their gender identity into it …”

But both Fejes and Adams acknowledged this is an uncommon case in uncharted territory. This central question — how to respect a pronoun identity without drawing undue attention to it — hasn’t really come up before. And so Raguso’s question remains: If the pronoun issue had never come up, would the far-right have latched on? Was gender the one thing that tipped Gomez’s story over the precipice from local news to viral political content?

Not long after that tipping point, someone said to Raguso, “‘You’ve really done Pablo a disservice, because if you had just called Pablo ‘he,’ then it wouldn’t have gotten this national attention. Ann Coulter isn’t going to jump on the bandwagon and start firing up people up about it,’” she recalled.

“Well, I guess that is a point,” Raguso said. “Maybe I did do Pablo a disservice.”

Pronoun Crisis would be a good name for a K-pop band.

Read the whole thing there. Just avert your eyes until you can scroll down past the potentially lethal title graphic.

Is this article as serious as it tries to sound? Or is it a big put-on?

 
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
[]
  1. this is the Berkeley community

    To what degree is there really a ‘Berkeley community’?

    This sounds like a common PC gambit – implying that here (wherever events are taking place) is a haven of multikult, progressive thinking while bad thinking, unrepresentative ‘outsiders’ are importing their evil and spoiling thing for the rest of us. Except I think in many case there is no ‘us’, no real progressive community. Just the usual fractious coalition of the fringes.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Thea
    I agree there can't be a Berkeley community. Community requires different generations interacting in a shared culture, which can only be passed from parent to child.

    All college tie a share the same atmosphere. They no longer have distinctive, quirky local flavor.

    When people only live near each other for four or five years tops they really aren't building anything that can last.
    , @kihowi
    How can there even be a community if they pride themselves on their individuality? Community means curtailing your individuality. Otherwise you're just a bunch of people living in the same area by accident.
    , @pyrrhus
    At this point, the mere mention of the word Berkeley causes my brain to shut down and look for sports scores....
    , @Neoconned
    I thought this was interesting:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyotaje#Labor-brokerage_coyotaje:_1917.E2.80.9342

    ==
    The U.S. Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924 required foreign individuals crossing the border to take literacy tests, undergo medical exams, and pay head taxes and visa fees.[6] The new requirements “combined with the creation of the Border Patrol in 1924, prompted thousands of Mexican migrants to cross the Rio Bravo surreptitiously to enter the country.”[1] As a direct result, demand for coyotaje grew exponentially. The U.S. Commissioner of Immigration observed the trend commenting, in a Congressional report, that a “new and thriving industry…having for its object the illegal introduction into the United States of Mexican aliens on a wholesale scale by means of organized efforts” had emerged.[1]

    Ciudad Juarez became a hub for coyotaje during the mid-1920s. In his study on Mexican migration, anthropologist Manuel Gamio details the process. Coyote fees were considerably less than those needed for visitor’s visas; an approximate $100 to $150 difference (based on today’s exchange rate). Working individually, or with others, a coyote would lead his client across the Rio Bravo via automobile, boat, or by swimming. Crossings were widely successful as Gamio notes: “These people know their ground thoroughly…and sometimes even have an arrangement with some district official.”[7] The prevalent use of false documents, or “leased” legitimate documents, contributed to the success.

    Upon arrival in the United States, coyotajes were paid their fees and migrants were delivered to their employers. Competition for Mexican workers grew so high among labor contractors that it inspired a short-lived coyote system in the United States. For a fee, “man-snatchers” would kidnap Mexican workers from one company and deliver them to a competing firm. The threat of losing money, on account of a stolen employee, “led labor contractors to keep workers en route to employers locked up and under armed guard to prevent their theft.”[1]"

    Farmers used to keep Mexican workers under armed guard fearing other white employers would heist them.....ah the things a labor shortage will do.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc.
    AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
    These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are only available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also only be used once per hour.
    Sharing Comment via Twitter
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/buzzfeed-on-the-berkeley-pronoun-crisis-was-alleged-nonbinary-stabber-pablo-they-gomez-done-a-disservice/#comment-1816133
    More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  2. Obviously only an idiot would think that a guy who wanted to be a woman might have some other issues.

    Read More
    • Replies: @AnotherDad

    Obviously only an idiot would think that a guy who wanted to be a woman might have some other issues.
     
    This is the heart of a lot of this modern new-leftism, especially on all issues around sexuality--the war on normal, the very idea of normal.

    Normal is kind of a pain in the ass, because normals, especially normals following the traditional program, tend to be ... kinda normal, take care of themselves and worst of all, not need--or appreciate--a whole lot of meddling nonsense from the super state.

    Expanded out more broadly, this is a subset of the war on noticing ... a whole lot of things. Normality is just a very dangerous concept for the new left. By the post-war period in America, life was reasonably comfortable for people who were and behaved normally. If one more or less accepts traditional ideas of "normality", then most problems people have stem not from "society" but from individuals who are abnormal, who are screw-ups or who have chosen to reject normal mores.
  3. …would the far-right have latched on?

    So if you object to the pronoun nonsense around this murdering piece of shit you’re on the “far-right”(‘not that there’s anything wrong with that’) — and the media wonders why they’re despised.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Old fogey
    Why is everyone who questions unnecessary changes in the government or the economy always referred to as "far right?" One hardly ever hears of an issue or a person referred to as "conservative" - it seems that anyone who believes in continuity over chaos is considered far right.
  4. ”white nationalism” if only there were such a thing . In the meantime :

    Read More
    • Replies: @donut
    The world is a beautiful place but full of predators .
  5. Well, as someone born and raised in Berkeley, and whose family has been in the East Bay Area for generations, I say hang the little freak and piss on his grave. Is that “communal” enough for that jerkoff “journalist”?

    Christ Almighty, I can’t wait to get the hell out of this pathetic town. It’s become a goddamn lunatic asylum.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Njguy73

    Christ Almighty, I can’t wait to get the hell out of this pathetic town. It’s become a goddamn lunatic asylum.
     
    Where do you think you'd fit in best? If you want to remain in your state, not that I've been there, but I hear Fresno and Bakersfield are good places for normal people. Or maybe you'd like to give the Midwest a try? I wouldn't blame you.
  6. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “Pronoun Crisis would be a good name for a K-pop band.”

    NO!!!!!!!

    It belongs to the Bubblegum World.

    Read More
  7. @donut
    ''white nationalism" if only there were such a thing . In the meantime :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gblXJ8j_AU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1VlYTIy_KA

    The world is a beautiful place but full of predators .

    Read More
  8. We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues

    Again with “around” in place of “about”. Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”.

    Read More
    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    I saw that, too. 'Around these issues' has become very common leftie phraseology; I guess it appeals to lefties when they're dealing with people they believe have no agency.

    I tried to read the article -- I even got the title; it's 'The perfect leftist perp' -- but the wooly, enervating leftist writing style (see above) made me feel tired, exhausted, weary, fatigued, worn-out, and possibly even more grumpy (see 'graduated high school'). I can't tell whether it's really serious or not; it takes me too much mental energy to try to focus my simulated-Leftist reading lenses for that many words.

    Anyway, I did make it far enough into the article to notice that Steve, along with Donald Trump and Ann Coulter, is blamed prominently for, ummm, something to do with noticing People Who Use Pronouns. It was very modest of you not to highlight this in your post, Steve.

    , @27 year old
    "Around" has become dominant in corporate office speak. Maybe it even originated from here?
    , @David
    I think place is a common metaphor for topic, as in the even more annoying "don't go there!" Topic itself is derived from the ancient Greek for place. Around and about mean essentially the same thing: the dog ran about/around the yard, the Earth spins around/about its axis. Maybe in her context, around is more general, as in a collection of issues in the vicinity of this one issue. It's also normal to switch up synonyms to convey a meaning more forcefully.

    But if you want to criticize Ilana Mercer's use of the phrase, "was streaks ahead of," I got your back.

    , @Anon
    "Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”."

    I suspect Jewish influence. "Lernen" is Talmudic for knowledge about something. Worked for a Jew law firm back in the 90s where emails would go out asking is anyone had some "lernen" about some topic.
    , @marty
    It all started with 'issue' for 'problem.'. Feminists.
    , @Njguy73

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”.
     
    Or as journalists now use, "takeaways."
  9. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I can’t believe all the effort the media put into presenting these various fringe groups, and the individuals in them, in a positive light.

    Read More
    • Replies: @bomag

    I can’t believe all the effort the media put into presenting these various fringe groups, and the individuals in them, in a positive light.
     
    This has been a hallmark of the Western world in recent years.

    It used to be that if you were English, or French, or German, etc., you thought that being English, French, or German, etc. was pretty cool, and there should be more of your kind around along with their standard practices to make the world a better place.

    Now we have this rabid anxiety to extol the virtue of the "other", and officialdom is anxious to report the gloriousness of non-standard man, be it someone with a tattoo on their face or an unusable pronoun appended to their identity.

  10. Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.

    The more feminist myths about empowered women you believe in, the less likely any particular woman has ever empowered you to kiss them (yes, Anonymous hacking group, I’m looking at you!).

    Corollary: Your probability of ever having had sex with any particular gender must be divided by the number of genders you are interested in having sex with.

    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge “Buffalo Bill” of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn’t he/she the true victim of the book?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Patrick Harris
    Funny you should mention that:

    "In a well known reading of [Silence of the Lambs], Halberstam suggests that Bill is as much 'hero' as villain. For he 'challenges the... misogynist constructions of the humanness, the naturalness, the inferiority of gender.' By removing and wearing women's skin, Bill refutes the idea that maleness and femaleness are carried within us."

    You're welcome (?)

    https://thepointmag.com/2015/criticism/when-nothing-is-cool
    , @NOTA
    I've always mentally translated "pansexual" as "will f-ck anything that moves."
    , @Anonym
    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge “Buffalo Bill” of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn’t he/she the true victim of the book?

    Even Buffalo Bill kept his own fetishes from the public, in the buttoned down Victorian 80s and early 1990s. It seems to me that there is a progression or way of classifying fetishes.

    Turn on < Pornographic focal point < Acting out in private < Acting out in public

    Due to internet pornography, what once were turn ons have become pornographic focal points for many people who historically would not have been able to develop such. Resourceful people have been able to collect pornography for centuries, but today it is in the realm of the common person, even more so than it was from the exponential explosion of smut from the 1950s onwards.

    For most people I would postulate - whacking off to internet pornography is where the fetishes end. I remember a joke on radio once said by a male DJ - "I'm having this sexual fantasy... get this, in this fantasy... I'm having sex... with a woman!" For most males, having sex with a woman is so awesome that whatever kinks they have do not need physical expression beyond the search for a "type", if that. And for a lot of women, it is best even that you hide your appreciation for their attributes, at least, until they have grown to like you back in equal measure.

    A minority act out in private, and that is a lot less socially acceptable. I think most women might find tentacle porn to be somewhat disturbing, if they found it on your computer, but the moment you drag out the alien tentacle suit from the wardrobe is the moment they start making excuses to leave. I guess if you are lucky enough to have a fetish that is symmetrically reciprocated in the opposite sex, or even asymetrically reciprocated in your favor, then maybe you have a good chance of acting out in private and finding a willing participant, or at least looking for a club of some kind. But for many if not most, the search and practice of acting this stuff out in private marks a person as a pervert, and there is or has been the mark of social unacceptability surrounding it.

    Then there is the desire to act out sexual perversions in public, which is a further boundary to be crossed. So that creepy guy with stubble you see in a dress in an elevator that fills you with a sense of revulsion - it wasn't good enough for him just to have a turn on. It wasn't just good enough for him to watch internet pornography to masturbate to that sort of thing. It wasn't enough for him to find a girlfriend/wife and try and get her to facilitate his perversion, or failing that, some sort of sex club, internet dating service or prostitute. Even the lure of that has worn thin, the experience has become stale and samey. No, he must act out his fetish in public.



    This must have been the case for Bruce Jenner. And it is certainly evident in the case of the Wachowskis. The Matrix is evidence that the directors were more than familiar with sex clubs. So by that stage they were already progressed to stage 3 down the road of perversion. As we now know, it would not end there. They would progress to stage 4. But it is important to know that they did not just wake up pre-stage 4. It went through the whole arc, from turn on to pornographic focus to acting out in private, before it finally became necessary for them to act it out in public.

    I think most people have a natural revulsion towards towards the more extreme expression of perversions along the perversion arc. The higher the stage, the higher the revulsion. And this is natural. More advanced stages signify several things. They signify an excessive sex drive, which by itself is not necessarily a problem but it can be. At its most harmless, it represents energy that is directed away from useful work. It may also indicate unfaithfulness and lack of responsibility for raising children.

    Advanced stages may also indicate a lack of self-control, a lack of self-discipline, or the inability or lack of desire to control a compulsion. They certainly indicate that there is a compulsion in the first place. Without a doubt they indicate a perversion. Not everyone has a socially unacceptable perversion (well, at least I think that is the case), and even fewer have compulsions that require acting out in private, let alone in public.

    Often it is the case that with one perversion, there are multiple. It is in the nature of desensitization to pornography that one explores new ground to find other perversions that register a better orgasm than the last one, or at least as good as they have been in the past. Many won't, but some probably will. Some of these perversions may be harmful to others, or self. If you see the guy in the dress in the elevator, you know he has one perversion he feels compelled to act out in public. Where does it end? The idea of rape, of capture, of inflicting pain or of murder may also turn him on. If so, is this guy going to want to act that out? Even acted out in private, it's dangerous. We certainly know he can't contain his compulsions in other areas. That much is evident in that the guy is in a dress in public, and it's not Halloween.

    Further progression down the perversion arc is thus a red flag for weirdos. There is something biological at work, and it has probably been honed for thousands of years. Just like we get a physical reaction from seeing the shape of a spider without any nurture to tell us to beware, we feel revulsion at the expression of advanced stages of perversion. The same-sex kiss or embrace. The wearing of drag in public. Flashing. The peeping tom. Weirdos. And there is a good biological reason for it.

    We have seen a normalization of pornography, which is stage 2. This has emboldened a push to normalize stage 3 and stage 4. Many of the elite have high sex drives, are highly driven people in general and are the sort of resourceful people who might find stage 3 to be necessary for them, if not stage 4. Hence the push for normalization of stage 3 and 4, I think.

    And it is the response to the push for this normalization that has gotten Hippy Chick killed. By being a goodwhite, she has ignored her instinct to be revolted by "they", and it has gotten her killed.
  11. Let me take this opportunity Steve while you are mowing your lawn to slip this by . One of my favorite songs done by so many great artists .

    Let’s take a vote . Who is best ?

    Read More
    • Replies: @donut
    While we are at it , the two best versions of this song :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1EG_4IBzbA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0W1CovT7PA

    Our fore fathers bought this land with their blood and sweat , and now the late arrivals from eastern Europe and Russia have decided to give it to someone else . Even on Steve's site I don't dare say who and who .
    , @Dave Pinsen
    How could you not include Patti LuPone in that poll?
    https://youtu.be/J2HJFFOzU_c?t=1m2s
    , @donut
    She is an artist through and through every bit of her .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjoZrND1wMg
    , @Ben Tzot-Abrit
    Lee Salonga by a mile. Come on, it's a blowout.
  12. The best part is when they drop their voices and say” I kept my promise , don’t keep your distance “

    Read More
  13. @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    I saw that, too. ‘Around these issues’ has become very common leftie phraseology; I guess it appeals to lefties when they’re dealing with people they believe have no agency.

    I tried to read the article — I even got the title; it’s ‘The perfect leftist perp’ — but the wooly, enervating leftist writing style (see above) made me feel tired, exhausted, weary, fatigued, worn-out, and possibly even more grumpy (see ‘graduated high school’). I can’t tell whether it’s really serious or not; it takes me too much mental energy to try to focus my simulated-Leftist reading lenses for that many words.

    Anyway, I did make it far enough into the article to notice that Steve, along with Donald Trump and Ann Coulter, is blamed prominently for, ummm, something to do with noticing People Who Use Pronouns. It was very modest of you not to highlight this in your post, Steve.

    Read More
  14. @donut
    Let me take this opportunity Steve while you are mowing your lawn to slip this by . One of my favorite songs done by so many great artists .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlqC2G5L1Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLOnWWrGSaA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqXgqo_qa4

    Let's take a vote . Who is best ?

    While we are at it , the two best versions of this song :

    Our fore fathers bought this land with their blood and sweat , and now the late arrivals from eastern Europe and Russia have decided to give it to someone else . Even on Steve’s site I don’t dare say who and who .

    Read More
  15. I wonder what the dominant political ideology of trans men is. Gynephilic trans women tend to be eccentric libertarians (once a tech nerd, always a tech nerd). Androgynous “they” types tend to be committed progressives who hate the gender binary, but trans men are ex-lesbians who aspire to be masculine men. As ex-lesbians they should lean left, but given that they are pumped up on androgens, they could also swing right.

    Read More
    • Replies: @anonymous
    "They" (a.k.a Pablita) is simply an intellectualized drag queen/goth gay boy. To paraphrase Wesley Snipes, he's a Latin boy in a dress. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/quotes
    , @2Mintzin1
    "given that they are pumped up on androgens, they could also swing right."


    They got nothing to swing, man, unless they have had the addadicktomy procedure.
  16. ” . . . progressive radicals who love free speech and open debate.”

    Just make sure that while engaging in free speech and open debate you adhere to the terminology dictated to you by your betters, frame your argument in terms acceptable to your oppponent, and avoid any language or behavior likely to trigger an antifa reaction.

    Now, express yourself to your heart’s content.

    Read More
  17. @donut
    Let me take this opportunity Steve while you are mowing your lawn to slip this by . One of my favorite songs done by so many great artists .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlqC2G5L1Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLOnWWrGSaA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqXgqo_qa4

    Let's take a vote . Who is best ?

    How could you not include Patti LuPone in that poll?
    https://youtu.be/J2HJFFOzU_c?t=1m2s

    Read More
    • Replies: @donut
    I didn't know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0
    , @TheBoom
    Leaving out Patti when providing interpretations of this song is like leaving out Elvis in interpretations of his songs.
  18. In the 1950s, the horror movie Them! channeled fears about the nascent atomic age. The diversity age could use a horror movie called They!.

    In the movie “They”, the Pablo character doesn’t get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.

    Read More
    • LOL: Cortes
    • Replies: @Daniel Williams

    In the movie “They”, the Pablo character doesn’t get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.
     
    I want to see "A Fistful of Microaggressions", in which a freewheeling person-without-a-name breezes into town and pits, say, the black half of the local BLM organization against the gay half for personal benefit.
    , @Jack D
    You could have a "Who's on First" type scene where the detective questions witnesses.

    Detective: "Did you see them stab the woman?"

    Witness: "I only saw one of them"

    Detective: "You mean that there was more than one of them?"

    Witness: "You're the one who is saying that there's more than one of them."

    Detective: "Did they have a knife in their hands"

    Witness: " I told you I only saw one."

    Detective : "I know, but was they carrying a knife, that's all I want to know?"

    Witness: "WERE they carrying a knife"

    Detective: "I asked YOU that!"

    Etc.

  19. Pronoun Crisis would be a good name for a K-pop band.

    Back in the late 70s my English boy’s public school had a short lived band called Busta Hymen and the virgins.

    Read More
  20. @Dave Pinsen
    How could you not include Patti LuPone in that poll?
    https://youtu.be/J2HJFFOzU_c?t=1m2s

    I didn’t know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

    Read More
    • Replies: @Kylie
    Patti Lupone played Evita in the original stage production.
    , @PiltdownMan
    I'm with Dave Pinsen and Kylie. Patti LuPone.

    And perhaps Sinéad O'Connor, whose subdued version I like, too.

    It's worth noting that the song was first a hit for Julie Covington in the UK.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgbI79_6iQ

    , @donut
    Everyone knows this Roman copy of a Greek original :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Gaul#/media/File:0_Galata_Morente_-_Musei_Capitolini_(1).jpg

    But this not so much :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovisi_Gaul#/media/File:Ludovisi_Gaul_Altemps_Inv8608_n3.jpg

    So ! Is it possible that our savage barbarian ancestors displayed more nobility and grace than we with all our sophistication can imagine ?
    , @Desiderius
    It's Get Out, Asian version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duJUe_HeDM0
  21. And BOOM! there goes the dynamite-

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/the-singular-gender-neutral-they-added-to-the-associated-press-stylebook/

    The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.

    “We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated Press Stylebook, said a blog post on the American Copy Editors Society’s website. “But we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and we also recognize the need for a pronoun for people who don’t identify as a he or a she.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Geschrei

    The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.
     
    I put the over/under on the Stylebook recommending "double-plus ungood" instead of "wrong" in reference to any negative actions by LGBTQ+ community at about 18 months.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Abe,...." the need for a pronoun for people who don't identify as a he or a she." Can't we use "it"?
  22. The world , the Universe is a place filled with predators . That is the nature of life , no idiot “morality” .

    Read More
  23. This is the downside of “nerd liberation” (and I’m not really sure I’m kidding here). Our world is now run by former adolescent nerds who grew up so terrified of what might happen to them in high school locker rooms and toilets thanks to overly-vivid teen movies that as adults they now vow no one should ever suffer the same horrors, and so anyone goes…

    Read More
    • Replies: @Chase
    Yes. When SHTF whom do you want on your side, Chad national, or the Matrix director freaks?

    Reality always has a way of winning out, and reality has created archetypes for the sexes.
    , @Clyde
    Have you read "Chaos Monkeys"
    Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Hardcover – June 28, 2016
    , @Autochthon
    I take your point, but it's a bit of a false dichotomy. My preferred brother-in-arms is physically strong, courageous under fire, resolute, and otherwise masculine – but still highly intelligent, probably to the point of what many would call "geeky." (Although maybe you mean more "'spergy and anal retentive" than "intellectual" by "geeky").

    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. —Robert Anson Heinlein, Time Enough For Love
     
    I take some pride that I've done all these except to slaughter a hog and to die (gallantly or otherwise). Of course, that last can only be done once.
  24. You asks, “Is this article as serious as it tries to sound? Or is it a big put-on?”

    It’s serious. The cluelessness exhibited in this statement is the giveaway.

    “Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.”

    Read More
    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
    Can I type it again please?

    "Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved."

    Mmmm, delicious...

    I'm trying to find a single example of a homosexual (who wasn't also a priest or GOP pol) portrayed negatively by any national media source. A google search for "gay murderer" brings up the UK's Colin Ireland case, but that appellation was given Ireland by the Red Tops in reference to his victims, prior to his identity becoming known. They should have called him "The Gay Blade" instead, right?

    I guess Doctor Frank-N-Furter could be seen as dangerous or depraved.
  25. @donut
    I didn't know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

    Patti Lupone played Evita in the original stage production.

    Read More
    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    Kylie, Patti Lu Pone played Evita in the original Broadway production of Evita in 1979, which we are more familiar with here. The original stage production of Evita was the London premiere in 1978, in which Elaine Page played the part of Evita.

    But Don't Cry for Me Argentina was already a hit song, because, as with Jesus Christ Superstar before it, Andrew Lloyd Webber released a studio album of it first, in 1977, with Julie Covington's version going to #1 in the UK.

    , @donut
    I don't know fellas . I was never any good with details , right ? but I do know that one does not need an education to recognize that Lea Solonga would have won the prize at the Dionysia . As for Patti Lupone I don't think I have ever heard of her . And this woman Madonna was she some kind of pop star once ? Now I think I've heard of this woman :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPOy7TPjfkE . As I recall she was a clam digger . And who could forget the Negro lover Dick Clark and Chubby Checker , right ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbK0C9AYMd8

    Here is some for sure wisdom : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKzacHbsBJM

    And another clam digger hit :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

    Then of course there are the righteous white boys :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiiyq2xrSI0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aORD1aRz_qI
  26. Berkeley was not immune to tensions created by the rise of white nationalism

    Ah, so it’s our fault!

    Read More
  27. People obsessed with sexual identity (and pronouns) are on the cutting edge of decadence. Keep your children away from “them”.

    Read More
  28. Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.

    I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anon
    "I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it."

    Um, can you say "Jews"? Good goy. Remember, the Greeks are dangerous and depraved. Hail Jerusalem!
  29. @donut
    I didn't know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

    I’m with Dave Pinsen and Kylie. Patti LuPone.

    And perhaps Sinéad O’Connor, whose subdued version I like, too.

    It’s worth noting that the song was first a hit for Julie Covington in the UK.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgbI79_6iQ

    Read More
    • Replies: @donut
    It is a matter of taste , I like blue you like red . When I was a young lad my favorite color was black . Let's see , the sorrow , the longing in our romance is the source of sublime art . That and Meyer's Rum . Art is born from spiritual torment and man's longing for what he has lost . The freedom we traded for a full belly .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gzY-PrwwHk&t=167s
  30. @donut
    I didn't know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

    Everyone knows this Roman copy of a Greek original :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Gaul#/media/File:0_Galata_Morente_-_Musei_Capitolini_(1).jpg

    But this not so much :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovisi_Gaul#/media/File:Ludovisi_Gaul_Altemps_Inv8608_n3.jpg

    So ! Is it possible that our savage barbarian ancestors displayed more nobility and grace than we with all our sophistication can imagine ?

    Read More
  31. @Kylie
    Patti Lupone played Evita in the original stage production.

    Kylie, Patti Lu Pone played Evita in the original Broadway production of Evita in 1979, which we are more familiar with here. The original stage production of Evita was the London premiere in 1978, in which Elaine Page played the part of Evita.

    But Don’t Cry for Me Argentina was already a hit song, because, as with Jesus Christ Superstar before it, Andrew Lloyd Webber released a studio album of it first, in 1977, with Julie Covington’s version going to #1 in the UK.

    Read More
  32. Aren’t they ignoring the law-enforcement / public safety angle here?

    The perpetrator was at large and, by using vague pronoun “they” in official statements warning the public, they put the public at risk and potentially handicapped the search for the stabber.

    Ignoring the obvious seems to be a status-conferring trait among intellectuals. Like the CNN head line “He’s straight, but women won’t date him” that’s been up on their webpage for the last week or so.

    Read More
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Do you live in a cave? Ideology trumps everything for ideologues. Safety? It's nice to have but if it gets in the way of the Ideology then safety's gotta go.
  33. @donut
    Let me take this opportunity Steve while you are mowing your lawn to slip this by . One of my favorite songs done by so many great artists .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlqC2G5L1Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLOnWWrGSaA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqXgqo_qa4

    Let's take a vote . Who is best ?

    She is an artist through and through every bit of her .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjoZrND1wMg

    Read More
  34. So now the press want to paper over “they’s” weird issues and pronoun dictates to spare bad associations between murder, crime, and narcissistic pronouncements about sexuality and gender. I guess everyone wants to be a special snowflake until their names are in the police blotter. Hell, we should start identifying every criminal as straight and white to fix the crime disparities and so “vulnerable” minority communities won’t ever face criticism or bad feels.

    Once all crime is 100% white and straight all problems will disappear. Straight whites won’t be scapegoated by minority communities because that would be a hate crime and I already told you only straight whites commit crime.

    Read More
  35. @Abe
    This is the downside of "nerd liberation" (and I'm not really sure I'm kidding here). Our world is now run by former adolescent nerds who grew up so terrified of what might happen to them in high school locker rooms and toilets thanks to overly-vivid teen movies that as adults they now vow no one should ever suffer the same horrors, and so anyone goes...

    Yes. When SHTF whom do you want on your side, Chad national, or the Matrix director freaks?

    Reality always has a way of winning out, and reality has created archetypes for the sexes.

    Read More
  36. @PiltdownMan
    I'm with Dave Pinsen and Kylie. Patti LuPone.

    And perhaps Sinéad O'Connor, whose subdued version I like, too.

    It's worth noting that the song was first a hit for Julie Covington in the UK.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgbI79_6iQ

    It is a matter of taste , I like blue you like red . When I was a young lad my favorite color was black . Let’s see , the sorrow , the longing in our romance is the source of sublime art . That and Meyer’s Rum . Art is born from spiritual torment and man’s longing for what he has lost . The freedom we traded for a full belly .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gzY-PrwwHk&t=167s

    Read More
  37. I haven’t seen a negative portrayal of a homo man or woman or they in decades. All depictions are grimly positive. As one gay writer pointed out, the gay character in a drama now plays the part formerly played by the wise, fat girl who is a friend of the female lead. Funny thing is, I’ve worked around a lot of gays and lesbians, with very few exceptions, they were not even local news level pretty.

    Read More
    • Replies: @larry lurker
    Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) in Breaking Bad might be gay*, based only on a brief flashback where his "partner" (their word) is killed in front of him. It's certainly an uncharacteristically emotional response from Gus, and both Esposito and the show's creator Vince Gilligan said they intended for the exact nature of the relationship to be left unclear.

    * Or bisexual; earlier in the series he tells Walter he has children.
  38. I’ve been tested for epilepsy (long story), and know I don’t have it. The article is titled The Perfect Leftist Perp, fwiw. Yep, it looks like “Planet X” has another down-low reader …

    Read More
  39. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    (I usually give the title of articles, but I worry that if I look at the flashing graphic on Buzzfeed that contains the headline for more than 1.5 seconds I will go into epileptic shock, and then the FBI will have to arrest Buzzfeed. So I don’t know exactly what the title is.)

    Lol, did you ever think the FBI would become such a joke?? I would like Congressional hearings on why the FBI would make an arrest of someone for sending a seizure-inducing tweet when there is no evidence that it actually caused a seizure. And apparently Eichenwald tweeted after he received said tweet. I should call the FBI when I see aneurysm-causing tweets by illogical liberal snowflakes.

    Read More
  40. George Orwell had a lot of good things to say about this kind of thing in “Politics and the English language”… In his discussion of the use of euphemisms in political writing, such as “pacification” of a population in war, Orwell sez “Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.” See, e.g. “affirmative action”; “pro-choice”, “pro-life” etc.

    In the article about Them, the writer acknowledges that she (it?) cannot tell the story accurately without giving away information that is politically harmful. I think she’s conceding that she is just a propagandist, not a writer, let alone a reporter, at all.

    Read More
  41. @Lurker

    this is the Berkeley community
     
    To what degree is there really a 'Berkeley community'?

    This sounds like a common PC gambit - implying that here (wherever events are taking place) is a haven of multikult, progressive thinking while bad thinking, unrepresentative 'outsiders' are importing their evil and spoiling thing for the rest of us. Except I think in many case there is no 'us', no real progressive community. Just the usual fractious coalition of the fringes.

    I agree there can’t be a Berkeley community. Community requires different generations interacting in a shared culture, which can only be passed from parent to child.

    All college tie a share the same atmosphere. They no longer have distinctive, quirky local flavor.

    When people only live near each other for four or five years tops they really aren’t building anything that can last.

    Read More
  42. @Abe

    Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.
     
    The more feminist myths about empowered women you believe in, the less likely any particular woman has ever empowered you to kiss them (yes, Anonymous hacking group, I'm looking at you!).

    Corollary: Your probability of ever having had sex with any particular gender must be divided by the number of genders you are interested in having sex with.

    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge "Buffalo Bill" of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn't he/she the true victim of the book?

    Funny you should mention that:

    “In a well known reading of [Silence of the Lambs], Halberstam suggests that Bill is as much ‘hero’ as villain. For he ‘challenges the… misogynist constructions of the humanness, the naturalness, the inferiority of gender.’ By removing and wearing women’s skin, Bill refutes the idea that maleness and femaleness are carried within us.”

    You’re welcome (?)

    https://thepointmag.com/2015/criticism/when-nothing-is-cool

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anon
    FWIW, Jodie Foster refutes that on the commentary track. Bill wants a woman suit so as to acquire the power of women, but is defeated by Clarice, "who is a real woman."
    , @Jack D
    What if Bill drank milk instead of Chianti?
  43. @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    “Around” has become dominant in corporate office speak. Maybe it even originated from here?

    Read More
    • Agree: Bleuteaux
    • Replies: @MW
    I don't think it's a coincidence. Corporate-speak is designed to disguise the fact that you spend your days conspiring to rip off customers and exploit employees, among other unpleasant realities of corporate life. Phrases useful for disguising reality are likely to be picked up by anyone in the reality-disguising business.

    The "in the you-name-it community" phraseology, as Lurker complained about above, is also common corporate-speak now. There are "problems in the marketing community," "trends in the engineering community", etc.
  44. Fred Fejes maintained that unless Gomez’s gender identity “was an important element in the story, unless it figured in somehow to what was going on, it shouldn’t have been mentioned.”

    Sure, Gomez’ gender identity was unrelated to the story. Just as Haven Monahan’s alleged rapists’ identity as fraternity members was unrelated to the story. And the Duke lacrosse players’ identity as athletes.

    Transgender-related political correctness requires the complete suspension of disbelief.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack D
    There is less and less you are allowed to notice. In the old days, a paper might report " a black male around age 25, 6'2" and 210 lbs. , wearing a blue hoodie, robbed the Community Bank". This was considered useful because you might see or know someone meeting the description and turn him in. For a while now, you haven't been allowed to notice the race of the criminal (if race even exists) and apparently gender is now on the way out also. It seems to me that age, height, weight and dress are also "isms" and should not be permitted either, by the same token. So in the future it will be "someone robbed the Community Bank".
  45. Uh, OK. Sexuality is central to the continuation of the species. Not sure how “they” was central to continuation of the species.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack D
    Just because you are not a candidate for reproduction does not make you irrelevant as a human. You might be prepubescent, infertile, post-menopausal, or simply not interested in producing a child at that moment. Most married men COULD potentially reproduce but if their spouses are menopausal or if they have decided not to have any more children and they are faithful, it's not going to happen. Most of humanity is not in the game at any moment. I'm actually glad that they was probably not going to reproduce his looney genes but that's not the end of any discussion about them.
  46. @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    I think place is a common metaphor for topic, as in the even more annoying “don’t go there!” Topic itself is derived from the ancient Greek for place. Around and about mean essentially the same thing: the dog ran about/around the yard, the Earth spins around/about its axis. Maybe in her context, around is more general, as in a collection of issues in the vicinity of this one issue. It’s also normal to switch up synonyms to convey a meaning more forcefully.

    But if you want to criticize Ilana Mercer’s use of the phrase, “was streaks ahead of,” I got your back.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    "About" is more precise than "around" for its specific meanings, as your comment suggests. In celestial mechanics, planets are usually said to spin about their axes rather than around them. Maybe the use of "around" is a stance against precision, which is seen as more masculine? Just a guess.

    "Streaks ahead" jumped out at me too, but maybe that's a South African idiom, I don't know.
    , @Michael Collins
    Where I live the phrase is "was streets ahead of".
  47. @Dave Pinsen
    How could you not include Patti LuPone in that poll?
    https://youtu.be/J2HJFFOzU_c?t=1m2s

    Leaving out Patti when providing interpretations of this song is like leaving out Elvis in interpretations of his songs.

    Read More
  48. The article itself is kind of pointless. The URL gives it away – “a-murder-in-berkeley-gave-the-far-right-its-perfect-perp” (the FAR right uses a crime to make political hay – thank Gaia that the left would never do such a thing!) but what was interesting is that no one from either They’s family or the hippie chick’s is willing to talk to reporters, even (especially?) leftist Buzzfeed reporters. Apparently word has gotten out among the public that reporters will distort your words so you are better off not talking to them at all.

    In humorless leftist fashion, she misses the point that the reason the FAR right picked up the story was not so much politics (Hippie Chick Lives Matter! ) as because it was, amid the tragedy, humorous to see so much effort expended on pronouns when someone was dead – you are on the sinking Titanic and you call housekeeping to complain that they forgot to put the mint on your pillow. And they still don’t get “it” – how out of touch the obsession over pronouns makes them look. “Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations.” Apparently even in non FAR right Berkeley, the pronoun obsession pissed people off. Raguso then gets booted from the Berkeley “Free and For Sale” Facebook group and she and the Buzzfeed gal can’t understand that either. Apparently there is a lot of stuff they don’t understand.

    The slogans in Hippie Chick’s windows were a priceless detail.

    The police didn’t find Hippie Chick’s body in the house for 12 hours despite the fact that there was blood everywhere. I wonder where THEY hid the body? HC was probably bigger than THEY so it would not have been easy for him to carry it.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Discordiax
    1. When people won't talk, we can only speculate as to their motives for not talking.

    I'd guess that the friends of the victims (the dead victims) aren't talking for fear of misgendering the perpetrator, or some such offense, and calling down the online and media Furies of the righteous.

    I'd guess that the friends of the perpetrator aren't talking for fear of appearing sympathetic to the perpetrator, and calling down the online and media Furies of the deplorable.

    Either way, it's not the Buzzfeed reporter (or any reporter) you really have to worry about. It's the readers.

    The article doesn't address exactly why Raguso was booted from the Free and For Sale group. So we speculate. For misgendering Gomez in the first place? For being insensitive to the crime victim? For talking about a crime and being, like, a huge buzzkill? We have no idea.
    , @ben tillman

    In humorless leftist fashion, she misses the point that the reason the FAR right picked up the story was not so much politics (Hippie Chick Lives Matter! ) as because it was, amid the tragedy, humorous to see so much effort expended on pronouns when someone was dead – you are on the sinking Titanic and you call housekeeping to complain that they forgot to put the mint on your pillow. And they still don’t get “it” – how out of touch the obsession over pronouns makes them look.
     
    Yeah, what was especially noteworthy was the display of deranged priorities.


    “Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations.” Apparently even in non FAR right Berkeley, the pronoun obsession pissed people off.
     
    Which doesn't surprise me at all.
  49. @Anonymous
    I can't believe all the effort the media put into presenting these various fringe groups, and the individuals in them, in a positive light.

    I can’t believe all the effort the media put into presenting these various fringe groups, and the individuals in them, in a positive light.

    This has been a hallmark of the Western world in recent years.

    It used to be that if you were English, or French, or German, etc., you thought that being English, French, or German, etc. was pretty cool, and there should be more of your kind around along with their standard practices to make the world a better place.

    Now we have this rabid anxiety to extol the virtue of the “other”, and officialdom is anxious to report the gloriousness of non-standard man, be it someone with a tattoo on their face or an unusable pronoun appended to their identity.

    Read More
  50. @TWS
    Obviously only an idiot would think that a guy who wanted to be a woman might have some other issues.

    Obviously only an idiot would think that a guy who wanted to be a woman might have some other issues.

    This is the heart of a lot of this modern new-leftism, especially on all issues around sexuality–the war on normal, the very idea of normal.

    Normal is kind of a pain in the ass, because normals, especially normals following the traditional program, tend to be … kinda normal, take care of themselves and worst of all, not need–or appreciate–a whole lot of meddling nonsense from the super state.

    Expanded out more broadly, this is a subset of the war on noticing … a whole lot of things. Normality is just a very dangerous concept for the new left. By the post-war period in America, life was reasonably comfortable for people who were and behaved normally. If one more or less accepts traditional ideas of “normality”, then most problems people have stem not from “society” but from individuals who are abnormal, who are screw-ups or who have chosen to reject normal mores.

    Read More
    • Replies: @black sea
    "The normal must care for themselves."
    -- Silent Cal
  51. […] This gruesome spectacle (warning: the worst graphic in the world might induce seizures) provides more evidence, as if any was needed, that feminism is dead. Just two sample quotes from reporter who originally reported this case (including reporting the suspect’s desire to be referred to as ‘they’ instead of ‘he’). […]

    Read More
  52. @Abe
    And BOOM! there goes the dynamite-

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/the-singular-gender-neutral-they-added-to-the-associated-press-stylebook/

    The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.

    “We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated Press Stylebook, said a blog post on the American Copy Editors Society’s website. “But we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and we also recognize the need for a pronoun for people who don’t identify as a he or a she.
     

    The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.

    I put the over/under on the Stylebook recommending “double-plus ungood” instead of “wrong” in reference to any negative actions by LGBTQ+ community at about 18 months.

    Read More
  53. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Pansexual sort of covers just about everything and anything (shudder). The letter ‘P’ to be added to the ever lengthening LGBT….. formulation. How many letters are we up to, it’s hard to keep up?

    Read More
    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @Shitposter
    Just use all 26 letters of the alphabet already and get it over with. No need to wait 50 years to get where you're going.
  54. @Jack D
    The article itself is kind of pointless. The URL gives it away - "a-murder-in-berkeley-gave-the-far-right-its-perfect-perp" (the FAR right uses a crime to make political hay - thank Gaia that the left would never do such a thing!) but what was interesting is that no one from either They's family or the hippie chick's is willing to talk to reporters, even (especially?) leftist Buzzfeed reporters. Apparently word has gotten out among the public that reporters will distort your words so you are better off not talking to them at all.

    In humorless leftist fashion, she misses the point that the reason the FAR right picked up the story was not so much politics (Hippie Chick Lives Matter! ) as because it was, amid the tragedy, humorous to see so much effort expended on pronouns when someone was dead - you are on the sinking Titanic and you call housekeeping to complain that they forgot to put the mint on your pillow. And they still don't get "it" - how out of touch the obsession over pronouns makes them look. "Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations." Apparently even in non FAR right Berkeley, the pronoun obsession pissed people off. Raguso then gets booted from the Berkeley "Free and For Sale" Facebook group and she and the Buzzfeed gal can't understand that either. Apparently there is a lot of stuff they don't understand.

    The slogans in Hippie Chick's windows were a priceless detail.

    The police didn't find Hippie Chick's body in the house for 12 hours despite the fact that there was blood everywhere. I wonder where THEY hid the body? HC was probably bigger than THEY so it would not have been easy for him to carry it.

    1. When people won’t talk, we can only speculate as to their motives for not talking.

    I’d guess that the friends of the victims (the dead victims) aren’t talking for fear of misgendering the perpetrator, or some such offense, and calling down the online and media Furies of the righteous.

    I’d guess that the friends of the perpetrator aren’t talking for fear of appearing sympathetic to the perpetrator, and calling down the online and media Furies of the deplorable.

    Either way, it’s not the Buzzfeed reporter (or any reporter) you really have to worry about. It’s the readers.

    The article doesn’t address exactly why Raguso was booted from the Free and For Sale group. So we speculate. For misgendering Gomez in the first place? For being insensitive to the crime victim? For talking about a crime and being, like, a huge buzzkill? We have no idea.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack D
    If we couldn't speculate as to motives here, that would remove maybe 90% of the discussions. It's perfectly fair game, I think, to do so. You yourself offer alternate motives.

    Of course, people who won't speak to reporters are worried about the reaction of the public when the reporter repeats/distorts their words. If the reporter didn't print what you are telling him, then who cares what the reporter thinks? The difference today is that we are more able to learn the reaction of the public thru the commenting system of many sites and from 3rd party internet sites that link to the original story.

    Maybe she was booted from Free and For Sale because (and I'm just guessing here) it's a group about goods and service and an extended discussion of gender pronouns and Pablo is OT. I get the feeling that both Raguso and the author of the piece overestimate the appetite of the average Berkeleyite for dining on PC correctness and SJWism morning noon and night. Because the loudmouths of the community like They get so much attention and set the tone for the place while most other people are apathetic to mildly supportive, if you yourself are some sort of SJW you might get the impression that everyone in Berkeley is as enthusiastic about this stuff as you are.

    The overall impression that I got from the piece was that to the author all goodfolks naturally of course agree with her and Raguso and would defend to the death the pronoun choice of anyone, even a bloody murderer, but somewhere out there in deplorable land far from the coasts there are FAR RIGHT devils like Steve and I am going to introduce you to these snake handlers - since we just lost the election you should be aware that such evil people who do not accept pronoun choice exist.
  55. @Abe

    Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.
     
    The more feminist myths about empowered women you believe in, the less likely any particular woman has ever empowered you to kiss them (yes, Anonymous hacking group, I'm looking at you!).

    Corollary: Your probability of ever having had sex with any particular gender must be divided by the number of genders you are interested in having sex with.

    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge "Buffalo Bill" of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn't he/she the true victim of the book?

    I’ve always mentally translated “pansexual” as “will f-ck anything that moves.”

    Read More
  56. @donut
    I didn't know she did that song , but all the same while she may have done a good job I feel that the three I did offer up as perfection were right and ultimately our taste in music as in all art is personal . For instance I like Journey and fat girls .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

    It’s Get Out, Asian version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duJUe_HeDM0

    Read More
  57. @AnotherDad

    Obviously only an idiot would think that a guy who wanted to be a woman might have some other issues.
     
    This is the heart of a lot of this modern new-leftism, especially on all issues around sexuality--the war on normal, the very idea of normal.

    Normal is kind of a pain in the ass, because normals, especially normals following the traditional program, tend to be ... kinda normal, take care of themselves and worst of all, not need--or appreciate--a whole lot of meddling nonsense from the super state.

    Expanded out more broadly, this is a subset of the war on noticing ... a whole lot of things. Normality is just a very dangerous concept for the new left. By the post-war period in America, life was reasonably comfortable for people who were and behaved normally. If one more or less accepts traditional ideas of "normality", then most problems people have stem not from "society" but from individuals who are abnormal, who are screw-ups or who have chosen to reject normal mores.

    “The normal must care for themselves.”
    – Silent Cal

    Read More
  58. @Kylie
    Patti Lupone played Evita in the original stage production.

    I don’t know fellas . I was never any good with details , right ? but I do know that one does not need an education to recognize that Lea Solonga would have won the prize at the Dionysia . As for Patti Lupone I don’t think I have ever heard of her . And this woman Madonna was she some kind of pop star once ? Now I think I’ve heard of this woman :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPOy7TPjfkE . As I recall she was a clam digger . And who could forget the Negro lover Dick Clark and Chubby Checker , right ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbK0C9AYMd8

    Here is some for sure wisdom : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKzacHbsBJM

    And another clam digger hit :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

    Then of course there are the righteous white boys :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiiyq2xrSI0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aORD1aRz_qI

    Read More
  59. @watson79
    I haven't seen a negative portrayal of a homo man or woman or they in decades. All depictions are grimly positive. As one gay writer pointed out, the gay character in a drama now plays the part formerly played by the wise, fat girl who is a friend of the female lead. Funny thing is, I've worked around a lot of gays and lesbians, with very few exceptions, they were not even local news level pretty.

    Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) in Breaking Bad might be gay*, based only on a brief flashback where his “partner” (their word) is killed in front of him. It’s certainly an uncharacteristically emotional response from Gus, and both Esposito and the show’s creator Vince Gilligan said they intended for the exact nature of the relationship to be left unclear.

    * Or bisexual; earlier in the series he tells Walter he has children.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Honorary thief
    Even if Gus was gay, it's still hardly a negative portrayal. He was portrayed as being masterfully competent and brilliant.
  60. I hope someone will take up your suggestion to write about what THEY reveals about the SJW job and privileges racket.

    Read More
  61. @eah
    ...would the far-right have latched on?

    So if you object to the pronoun nonsense around this murdering piece of shit you're on the "far-right"('not that there's anything wrong with that') -- and the media wonders why they're despised.

    Why is everyone who questions unnecessary changes in the government or the economy always referred to as “far right?” One hardly ever hears of an issue or a person referred to as “conservative” – it seems that anyone who believes in continuity over chaos is considered far right.

    Read More
    • Replies: @anonymous
    Parties in Europe who have enough support to potentially win an election are still referred to as 'far right' in the NYTimes.

    You very rarely come across the term 'far-left' though, so it's obvious that there is some not so subtle editorializing happening in the political coverage.

    I wonder how often the term far-right has been used vs. far-left? There is an implication that there is a natural starting point on the spectrum that is inherently 'far-right' no matter what the citizenry thinks at any given time.

    I'm not sure who determines where exactly 'right' ends and 'far-right' kicks in... they must have a really smart and moral woman at the Times who makes that call.
  62. Is there any word yet on what They’s motive behind his little crime spree might’ve been? I mean, yeah, I’m sure he’s crazy as a box of frogs, but I’m still very curious as to what set him off on such a seemingly peculiar (and horrific!) course.

    Read More
  63. @Discordiax
    1. When people won't talk, we can only speculate as to their motives for not talking.

    I'd guess that the friends of the victims (the dead victims) aren't talking for fear of misgendering the perpetrator, or some such offense, and calling down the online and media Furies of the righteous.

    I'd guess that the friends of the perpetrator aren't talking for fear of appearing sympathetic to the perpetrator, and calling down the online and media Furies of the deplorable.

    Either way, it's not the Buzzfeed reporter (or any reporter) you really have to worry about. It's the readers.

    The article doesn't address exactly why Raguso was booted from the Free and For Sale group. So we speculate. For misgendering Gomez in the first place? For being insensitive to the crime victim? For talking about a crime and being, like, a huge buzzkill? We have no idea.

    If we couldn’t speculate as to motives here, that would remove maybe 90% of the discussions. It’s perfectly fair game, I think, to do so. You yourself offer alternate motives.

    Of course, people who won’t speak to reporters are worried about the reaction of the public when the reporter repeats/distorts their words. If the reporter didn’t print what you are telling him, then who cares what the reporter thinks? The difference today is that we are more able to learn the reaction of the public thru the commenting system of many sites and from 3rd party internet sites that link to the original story.

    Maybe she was booted from Free and For Sale because (and I’m just guessing here) it’s a group about goods and service and an extended discussion of gender pronouns and Pablo is OT. I get the feeling that both Raguso and the author of the piece overestimate the appetite of the average Berkeleyite for dining on PC correctness and SJWism morning noon and night. Because the loudmouths of the community like They get so much attention and set the tone for the place while most other people are apathetic to mildly supportive, if you yourself are some sort of SJW you might get the impression that everyone in Berkeley is as enthusiastic about this stuff as you are.

    The overall impression that I got from the piece was that to the author all goodfolks naturally of course agree with her and Raguso and would defend to the death the pronoun choice of anyone, even a bloody murderer, but somewhere out there in deplorable land far from the coasts there are FAR RIGHT devils like Steve and I am going to introduce you to these snake handlers – since we just lost the election you should be aware that such evil people who do not accept pronoun choice exist.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Discordiax
    I didn't mean to imply that my guesses weren't speculation. I just wanted to challenge your speculations with mine, which I think are more closely related to the particular case.

    It's not just that the reporter might twist your words--it's that, in this day and age, being named and quoted makes you a temporary public figure, and your untwisted words can be taken as a pretext for an internet mob, left or right, to come ruin your life for a while.
  64. @Lurker

    this is the Berkeley community
     
    To what degree is there really a 'Berkeley community'?

    This sounds like a common PC gambit - implying that here (wherever events are taking place) is a haven of multikult, progressive thinking while bad thinking, unrepresentative 'outsiders' are importing their evil and spoiling thing for the rest of us. Except I think in many case there is no 'us', no real progressive community. Just the usual fractious coalition of the fringes.

    How can there even be a community if they pride themselves on their individuality? Community means curtailing your individuality. Otherwise you’re just a bunch of people living in the same area by accident.

    Read More
    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    Things have come full circle. Remember how Margaret Thatcher asserted that there was no such thing as Society? This was a declaration that we were all just billiard balls bashing into each other, an extreme version of libertarianism (or mental disorder), but it got her and those minded like her off the hook for looking out for one another in Society/Culture.

    So now, the extreme left has internalized the Wisdom of Maggie. Another questionable embrace of pernicious belief by the Left like goin' full Cold Warriors/Rooskie Haters as they have of late.
  65. @TheBoom


    Uh, OK. Sexuality is central to the continuation of the species. Not sure how "they" was central to continuation of the species.

    Just because you are not a candidate for reproduction does not make you irrelevant as a human. You might be prepubescent, infertile, post-menopausal, or simply not interested in producing a child at that moment. Most married men COULD potentially reproduce but if their spouses are menopausal or if they have decided not to have any more children and they are faithful, it’s not going to happen. Most of humanity is not in the game at any moment. I’m actually glad that they was probably not going to reproduce his looney genes but that’s not the end of any discussion about them.

    Read More
  66. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    “Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”.”

    I suspect Jewish influence. “Lernen” is Talmudic for knowledge about something. Worked for a Jew law firm back in the 90s where emails would go out asking is anyone had some “lernen” about some topic.

    Read More
  67. @Lurker

    this is the Berkeley community
     
    To what degree is there really a 'Berkeley community'?

    This sounds like a common PC gambit - implying that here (wherever events are taking place) is a haven of multikult, progressive thinking while bad thinking, unrepresentative 'outsiders' are importing their evil and spoiling thing for the rest of us. Except I think in many case there is no 'us', no real progressive community. Just the usual fractious coalition of the fringes.

    At this point, the mere mention of the word Berkeley causes my brain to shut down and look for sports scores….

    Read More
  68. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Pericles

    Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.

     

    I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it.

    “I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it.”

    Um, can you say “Jews”? Good goy. Remember, the Greeks are dangerous and depraved. Hail Jerusalem!

    Read More
    • Replies: @Pericles
    Forsooth, blaming the Jews seems quite homophobic.
    , @Jack D
    I don't get it. Are you saying that "Greek culture" (cough, cough) really isn't bad after all? Aren't the Joos synonymous with modern homos (Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein, etc.)? Which is it? And isn't goy Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner the epitome of the Olympic athlete?
  69. @ex-Banker

    Fred Fejes maintained that unless Gomez’s gender identity “was an important element in the story, unless it figured in somehow to what was going on, it shouldn’t have been mentioned.”
     
    Sure, Gomez' gender identity was unrelated to the story. Just as Haven Monahan's alleged rapists' identity as fraternity members was unrelated to the story. And the Duke lacrosse players' identity as athletes.

    Transgender-related political correctness requires the complete suspension of disbelief.

    There is less and less you are allowed to notice. In the old days, a paper might report ” a black male around age 25, 6’2″ and 210 lbs. , wearing a blue hoodie, robbed the Community Bank”. This was considered useful because you might see or know someone meeting the description and turn him in. For a while now, you haven’t been allowed to notice the race of the criminal (if race even exists) and apparently gender is now on the way out also. It seems to me that age, height, weight and dress are also “isms” and should not be permitted either, by the same token. So in the future it will be “someone robbed the Community Bank”.

    Read More
  70. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Patrick Harris
    Funny you should mention that:

    "In a well known reading of [Silence of the Lambs], Halberstam suggests that Bill is as much 'hero' as villain. For he 'challenges the... misogynist constructions of the humanness, the naturalness, the inferiority of gender.' By removing and wearing women's skin, Bill refutes the idea that maleness and femaleness are carried within us."

    You're welcome (?)

    https://thepointmag.com/2015/criticism/when-nothing-is-cool

    FWIW, Jodie Foster refutes that on the commentary track. Bill wants a woman suit so as to acquire the power of women, but is defeated by Clarice, “who is a real woman.”

    Read More
  71. @Patrick Harris
    Funny you should mention that:

    "In a well known reading of [Silence of the Lambs], Halberstam suggests that Bill is as much 'hero' as villain. For he 'challenges the... misogynist constructions of the humanness, the naturalness, the inferiority of gender.' By removing and wearing women's skin, Bill refutes the idea that maleness and femaleness are carried within us."

    You're welcome (?)

    https://thepointmag.com/2015/criticism/when-nothing-is-cool

    What if Bill drank milk instead of Chianti?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Patrick Harris
    I think that was Hannibal Lecter himself. Still, the point stands: it would make him truly deplorable, rather than merely a psychopathic killer.
  72. If this is truly where political debate is at this point, then this country is fucked.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Steve and others here think that, with a snarky enough blog post, they will breakthrough and can reason with these sorts.
  73. @Jack D
    What if Bill drank milk instead of Chianti?

    I think that was Hannibal Lecter himself. Still, the point stands: it would make him truly deplorable, rather than merely a psychopathic killer.

    Read More
  74. Speaking of pronoun crisis, what might be the reflexive first person They would use for … uh? Thyself? Itself?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Cortes
    Logic says "themselves " but here... quien sabe?

    Incidentally, "Pablo identifies as" smells like a transitive in old money so maybe the author was perhaps eliding the awkward "Pablo self identifies " or worse "Pablo identifies themselves "?
  75. @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    It all started with ‘issue’ for ‘problem.’. Feminists.

    Read More
  76. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @unpc downunder
    I wonder what the dominant political ideology of trans men is. Gynephilic trans women tend to be eccentric libertarians (once a tech nerd, always a tech nerd). Androgynous "they" types tend to be committed progressives who hate the gender binary, but trans men are ex-lesbians who aspire to be masculine men. As ex-lesbians they should lean left, but given that they are pumped up on androgens, they could also swing right.

    “They” (a.k.a Pablita) is simply an intellectualized drag queen/goth gay boy. To paraphrase Wesley Snipes, he’s a Latin boy in a dress. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/quotes

    Read More
  77. “I was looking and I was driving and I was like, ‘Holy shit, I don’t want to be misidentifying Pablo,’” Raguso said. “‘I need to change this right away.’”

    Misidentifying Pablo,” this fall on NBC!

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack D
    At this point, Pablo has stabbed two people and killed one of them and they is still on the loose, and this doesn't faze Raguso at all, but someone texts her that she has used the wrong pronoun and THAT is "Holy, Shit" serious - that tells you everything you need to know about SJW priorities.

    I understand why though - what Pablo has done has nothing to do with her, but what SHE herself has written has implications for her status in the SJW community so if she has crossed some invisible PC red line (perhaps she was blinded by her invisible backpack of privilege?) then she is really worried for herself. One slip can destroy your career. She is the only paid reporter on the site she writes for and journalism jobs are not exactly plentiful. SJW's profess to be concerned with others, especially the downtrodden but what they are REALLY concerned with is signalling their own SJW status as goodwhites. Being put in the same category as FAR right badwhites like Sailer is worse than being stabbed.

  78. Dear alt-right brothers- a name and a face haunts my waking nightmares, haughty, cruel & detached from our sublunar plight, yet with undeniable power and majesty on they’s brow. That name is “Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner”, and the vision is of ol’ Brucey, frozen in all his cover of Vanity Fair-era glamour, only this time in some sort of space barbarian getup (half Conan, half Red Sonja) and at the helm of an orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it.

    Maybe all this gender/sex fissiparia is a necessary step in the ultimate evolution of humanity? In any case here is how it will go down once technology severs the link between “relations” among cishet members of the opposite sex and reproduction of the human species.

    The more primitive, duskier races will overwhelm every white nation sometime around 2070, not having the same crazy cat lady/”they’re all our children”/Merkel’s Boner white girl problems that ruinously sabotage whites despite their organizational and technological superiority

    Lesbians will fall next and be enslaved and pressed into concubinage by the victorious dusky hordes, but ultimately released back into the wild as they are too boring and gross to be used even as sex objects. They will live out their last days on L-word reservations, degenerating slowly both in material culture as well as the expressive arts. Last one dies out in 2153, and the only evidence they ever existed is a long poetic edda carved on 69 stone tablets- whose sole content is describing how sh!tty the author felt when another member of the tribe wrote an edda that was better than her’s

    Then in 2199, a fab homosexual army calling itself The New Spartans bursts from its city-state hiding place deep in the mountains of central Greece (“The Man Cave”) to vie for mastery of the earth. After spectacular early advances (including recapture of the Acropolis, which they soon renovate to better-than-new condition) their offensive bogs down as their generals cannot agree on the uniform designs for next spring.

    At this point a trans-woman colony founded in 2028 on the dark side of the moon (The Real Amazons) sends forth one of its Delta Class space destroyers for a fly-by of Earth, overawing the squabbling humans. The Real Amazons are invincible- combining the aggression, technological know-how, and organizational cohesiveness of straight white men while being utterly Great Mother-solipsistic in terms of their sexual and reproductive needs (they are autophilic and parthenogenic by now). Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner HAL3000-Rothblatt debate the ultimate fate of humanity, with consensus being to spare the survivors, but then someone questions the sequin design on Jenner’s top, and humanity is toast.

    Earth become a nature preserve for giraffes and white tigers. And Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner is still ensconced in their command chair of that orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it….

    Read More
    • Replies: @BB753
    What happened to Caitlyn Jenner? Jenner's nowhere to be seen. Could Jenner be busy transitioning back to man?
    , @Chrisnonymous
    As prime minister of Japan, don't you have better things to do than write gender fiction?
  79. @Anon
    "I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it."

    Um, can you say "Jews"? Good goy. Remember, the Greeks are dangerous and depraved. Hail Jerusalem!

    Forsooth, blaming the Jews seems quite homophobic.

    Read More
  80. OT, but is this to be believed???

    In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/the-trauma-of-facing-deportation

    Snowflakes turn Snow White.

    Because, as we all know, a standard reaction to any traumatic occurrence is catatonia.

    I call BS.

    The New Yorker is a running joke.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Elsewhere
    This is how The Crucible begins.
    , @Jack D
    Short answer: no.

    Georgi was given a diagnosis of uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees
     
    First of all, the Swedish word sound like something from the Onion.

    2nd, real illnesses don't manifest themselves so narrowly, ONLY among Swedish refugees scheduled for deportation.

    Before I read the story, I instantly assumed it is some sort of scam so that the people can stay "for medical reasons". Sure enough:


    The Migration Board finds no reason to question what is stated about Georgi’s health,” she read out loud. “He is therefore considered to be in need of a safe and stable environment and living conditions in order to recuperate.” The family was granted permanent residence in Sweden.
     
    Ka-boom! And soon after, Georgi starts feeling better - a miracle!

    The article mentions that Georgi wonders why his parents haven't learned any Swedish after living in Sweden for 8 years. I kind of wondered myself. I assume the fact that they can't speak Swedish implies that they don't have jobs (no jobs are mentioned either for Georgi's family nor any of the others) and have been supported by the Swedish taxpayers the entire time (and now for the indefinite future).

    These kids do serve as a sort of metaphor but not the one that The New Yorker intends - the refugees are sort of cuckoo chicks that have to be fed, clothed and cared for by their host population even when they are not (faking) in a comatose state.
  81. @Abe

    Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.
     
    The more feminist myths about empowered women you believe in, the less likely any particular woman has ever empowered you to kiss them (yes, Anonymous hacking group, I'm looking at you!).

    Corollary: Your probability of ever having had sex with any particular gender must be divided by the number of genders you are interested in having sex with.

    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge "Buffalo Bill" of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn't he/she the true victim of the book?

    PS: has the moral arc of the universe sufficiently bent to the point we can finally acknowledge “Buffalo Bill” of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame had a gender identity that should have been embraced and celebrated too, and that when you really think about it wasn’t he/she the true victim of the book?

    Even Buffalo Bill kept his own fetishes from the public, in the buttoned down Victorian 80s and early 1990s. It seems to me that there is a progression or way of classifying fetishes.

    Turn on < Pornographic focal point < Acting out in private < Acting out in public

    Due to internet pornography, what once were turn ons have become pornographic focal points for many people who historically would not have been able to develop such. Resourceful people have been able to collect pornography for centuries, but today it is in the realm of the common person, even more so than it was from the exponential explosion of smut from the 1950s onwards.

    For most people I would postulate – whacking off to internet pornography is where the fetishes end. I remember a joke on radio once said by a male DJ – "I'm having this sexual fantasy… get this, in this fantasy… I'm having sex… with a woman!" For most males, having sex with a woman is so awesome that whatever kinks they have do not need physical expression beyond the search for a "type", if that. And for a lot of women, it is best even that you hide your appreciation for their attributes, at least, until they have grown to like you back in equal measure.

    A minority act out in private, and that is a lot less socially acceptable. I think most women might find tentacle porn to be somewhat disturbing, if they found it on your computer, but the moment you drag out the alien tentacle suit from the wardrobe is the moment they start making excuses to leave. I guess if you are lucky enough to have a fetish that is symmetrically reciprocated in the opposite sex, or even asymetrically reciprocated in your favor, then maybe you have a good chance of acting out in private and finding a willing participant, or at least looking for a club of some kind. But for many if not most, the search and practice of acting this stuff out in private marks a person as a pervert, and there is or has been the mark of social unacceptability surrounding it.

    Then there is the desire to act out sexual perversions in public, which is a further boundary to be crossed. So that creepy guy with stubble you see in a dress in an elevator that fills you with a sense of revulsion – it wasn't good enough for him just to have a turn on. It wasn't just good enough for him to watch internet pornography to masturbate to that sort of thing. It wasn't enough for him to find a girlfriend/wife and try and get her to facilitate his perversion, or failing that, some sort of sex club, internet dating service or prostitute. Even the lure of that has worn thin, the experience has become stale and samey. No, he must act out his fetish in public.

    [MORE]

    This must have been the case for Bruce Jenner. And it is certainly evident in the case of the Wachowskis. The Matrix is evidence that the directors were more than familiar with sex clubs. So by that stage they were already progressed to stage 3 down the road of perversion. As we now know, it would not end there. They would progress to stage 4. But it is important to know that they did not just wake up pre-stage 4. It went through the whole arc, from turn on to pornographic focus to acting out in private, before it finally became necessary for them to act it out in public.

    I think most people have a natural revulsion towards towards the more extreme expression of perversions along the perversion arc. The higher the stage, the higher the revulsion. And this is natural. More advanced stages signify several things. They signify an excessive sex drive, which by itself is not necessarily a problem but it can be. At its most harmless, it represents energy that is directed away from useful work. It may also indicate unfaithfulness and lack of responsibility for raising children.

    Advanced stages may also indicate a lack of self-control, a lack of self-discipline, or the inability or lack of desire to control a compulsion. They certainly indicate that there is a compulsion in the first place. Without a doubt they indicate a perversion. Not everyone has a socially unacceptable perversion (well, at least I think that is the case), and even fewer have compulsions that require acting out in private, let alone in public.

    Often it is the case that with one perversion, there are multiple. It is in the nature of desensitization to pornography that one explores new ground to find other perversions that register a better orgasm than the last one, or at least as good as they have been in the past. Many won't, but some probably will. Some of these perversions may be harmful to others, or self. If you see the guy in the dress in the elevator, you know he has one perversion he feels compelled to act out in public. Where does it end? The idea of rape, of capture, of inflicting pain or of murder may also turn him on. If so, is this guy going to want to act that out? Even acted out in private, it's dangerous. We certainly know he can't contain his compulsions in other areas. That much is evident in that the guy is in a dress in public, and it's not Halloween.

    Further progression down the perversion arc is thus a red flag for weirdos. There is something biological at work, and it has probably been honed for thousands of years. Just like we get a physical reaction from seeing the shape of a spider without any nurture to tell us to beware, we feel revulsion at the expression of advanced stages of perversion. The same-sex kiss or embrace. The wearing of drag in public. Flashing. The peeping tom. Weirdos. And there is a good biological reason for it.

    We have seen a normalization of pornography, which is stage 2. This has emboldened a push to normalize stage 3 and stage 4. Many of the elite have high sex drives, are highly driven people in general and are the sort of resourceful people who might find stage 3 to be necessary for them, if not stage 4. Hence the push for normalization of stage 3 and 4, I think.

    And it is the response to the push for this normalization that has gotten Hippy Chick killed. By being a goodwhite, she has ignored her instinct to be revolted by “they”, and it has gotten her killed.

    Read More
  82. @Abe
    Dear alt-right brothers- a name and a face haunts my waking nightmares, haughty, cruel & detached from our sublunar plight, yet with undeniable power and majesty on they's brow. That name is "Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner", and the vision is of ol' Brucey, frozen in all his cover of Vanity Fair-era glamour, only this time in some sort of space barbarian getup (half Conan, half Red Sonja) and at the helm of an orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it.

    Maybe all this gender/sex fissiparia is a necessary step in the ultimate evolution of humanity? In any case here is how it will go down once technology severs the link between "relations" among cishet members of the opposite sex and reproduction of the human species.

    The more primitive, duskier races will overwhelm every white nation sometime around 2070, not having the same crazy cat lady/"they're all our children"/Merkel's Boner white girl problems that ruinously sabotage whites despite their organizational and technological superiority

    Lesbians will fall next and be enslaved and pressed into concubinage by the victorious dusky hordes, but ultimately released back into the wild as they are too boring and gross to be used even as sex objects. They will live out their last days on L-word reservations, degenerating slowly both in material culture as well as the expressive arts. Last one dies out in 2153, and the only evidence they ever existed is a long poetic edda carved on 69 stone tablets- whose sole content is describing how sh!tty the author felt when another member of the tribe wrote an edda that was better than her's

    Then in 2199, a fab homosexual army calling itself The New Spartans bursts from its city-state hiding place deep in the mountains of central Greece ("The Man Cave") to vie for mastery of the earth. After spectacular early advances (including recapture of the Acropolis, which they soon renovate to better-than-new condition) their offensive bogs down as their generals cannot agree on the uniform designs for next spring.

    At this point a trans-woman colony founded in 2028 on the dark side of the moon (The Real Amazons) sends forth one of its Delta Class space destroyers for a fly-by of Earth, overawing the squabbling humans. The Real Amazons are invincible- combining the aggression, technological know-how, and organizational cohesiveness of straight white men while being utterly Great Mother-solipsistic in terms of their sexual and reproductive needs (they are autophilic and parthenogenic by now). Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner HAL3000-Rothblatt debate the ultimate fate of humanity, with consensus being to spare the survivors, but then someone questions the sequin design on Jenner's top, and humanity is toast.

    Earth become a nature preserve for giraffes and white tigers. And Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner is still ensconced in their command chair of that orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it....

    What happened to Caitlyn Jenner? Jenner’s nowhere to be seen. Could Jenner be busy transitioning back to man?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Thea
    People got bored with the decathelete and now they need a stronger dose for their next high. Public bestiality or something else nasty.
    , @CCZ
    "Caitlyn Jenner Will Get Candid With Diane Sawyer Once Again"

    "Two years after their first history-making interview, Caitlyn Jenner will sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer once more.

    Jenner, 67, will chat with Sawyer on April 21 to mark the second anniversary of their 2015 interview, in which the Olympian spoke at length about identifying as transgender for the first time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hour-long “20/20” interview will coincide with the release of Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life."

    Huffington Post
     
  83. @candid_observer
    OT, but is this to be believed???

    In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.
     
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/the-trauma-of-facing-deportation

    Snowflakes turn Snow White.

    Because, as we all know, a standard reaction to any traumatic occurrence is catatonia.

    I call BS.

    The New Yorker is a running joke.

    This is how The Crucible begins.

    Read More
  84. @Dave Pinsen
    In the 1950s, the horror movie Them! channeled fears about the nascent atomic age. The diversity age could use a horror movie called They!.

    In the movie "They", the Pablo character doesn't get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.

    In the movie “They”, the Pablo character doesn’t get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.

    I want to see “A Fistful of Microaggressions”, in which a freewheeling person-without-a-name breezes into town and pits, say, the black half of the local BLM organization against the gay half for personal benefit.

    Read More
  85. @PennTothal
    Aren't they ignoring the law-enforcement / public safety angle here?

    The perpetrator was at large and, by using vague pronoun "they" in official statements warning the public, they put the public at risk and potentially handicapped the search for the stabber.

    Ignoring the obvious seems to be a status-conferring trait among intellectuals. Like the CNN head line "He's straight, but women won't date him" that's been up on their webpage for the last week or so.

    Do you live in a cave? Ideology trumps everything for ideologues. Safety? It’s nice to have but if it gets in the way of the Ideology then safety’s gotta go.

    Read More
  86. @Dave Pinsen

    We’re in Berkeley, so I was not used to seeing all of the anger around these issues
     
    Again with "around" in place of "about". Still wondering who started this. I assume it persists as a form of signaling.

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using "learnings" in place of "lessons".

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”.

    Or as journalists now use, “takeaways.”

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonym
    Or as journalists now use, “takeaways.”

    Some of my teachers used the phrase "take home lessons", and I think the distinction is warranted. These are the sort of "if you remember nothing else from this course but this, I will have succeeded" type points that one must attempt to burn in one's memory, and internalize what they mean and why they are significant.

    For example, conservation of energy in high school physics, this is an immensely useful concept. If I were to teach the class, that would be my "take home lesson". If you know that energy is conserved, then when it is lost somewhere, it must have been converted into something else. If it is gained, then the energy must have come from somewhere. If it takes x amount of energy to do a task but in actual fact a machine takes x+y energy, then we know that if y is large, the device is inefficient and we should search for a more efficient device or atleast a theoretical limit to the efficiency that will stop us wasting time looking for such a device.

    The other material is not filler, it's still a lesson but more serves to flesh out the understanding and build skills.

  87. @Francis G.
    Well, as someone born and raised in Berkeley, and whose family has been in the East Bay Area for generations, I say hang the little freak and piss on his grave. Is that "communal" enough for that jerkoff "journalist"?

    Christ Almighty, I can't wait to get the hell out of this pathetic town. It's become a goddamn lunatic asylum.

    Christ Almighty, I can’t wait to get the hell out of this pathetic town. It’s become a goddamn lunatic asylum.

    Where do you think you’d fit in best? If you want to remain in your state, not that I’ve been there, but I hear Fresno and Bakersfield are good places for normal people. Or maybe you’d like to give the Midwest a try? I wouldn’t blame you.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Francis G.
    Actually, I'm moving to the Midwest in a month, probably never to return to California. The only thing about this place I'll miss is the mild climate. But cold winters are a small price to pay for getting released from this loony bin.
  88. Ms, Raguso says she is ” not use to seeing the anger around these issues.” What a crock. The left is constantly angry. Angry about everything that doesn’t totally conform to their mindset. I truly have never seen so many people express themselves through angry words and deeds. And in their minds those on the right are the dangerous ones.

    Read More
  89. @candid_observer
    OT, but is this to be believed???

    In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.
     
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/the-trauma-of-facing-deportation

    Snowflakes turn Snow White.

    Because, as we all know, a standard reaction to any traumatic occurrence is catatonia.

    I call BS.

    The New Yorker is a running joke.

    Short answer: no.

    Georgi was given a diagnosis of uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees

    First of all, the Swedish word sound like something from the Onion.

    2nd, real illnesses don’t manifest themselves so narrowly, ONLY among Swedish refugees scheduled for deportation.

    Before I read the story, I instantly assumed it is some sort of scam so that the people can stay “for medical reasons”. Sure enough:

    The Migration Board finds no reason to question what is stated about Georgi’s health,” she read out loud. “He is therefore considered to be in need of a safe and stable environment and living conditions in order to recuperate.” The family was granted permanent residence in Sweden.

    Ka-boom! And soon after, Georgi starts feeling better – a miracle!

    The article mentions that Georgi wonders why his parents haven’t learned any Swedish after living in Sweden for 8 years. I kind of wondered myself. I assume the fact that they can’t speak Swedish implies that they don’t have jobs (no jobs are mentioned either for Georgi’s family nor any of the others) and have been supported by the Swedish taxpayers the entire time (and now for the indefinite future).

    These kids do serve as a sort of metaphor but not the one that The New Yorker intends – the refugees are sort of cuckoo chicks that have to be fed, clothed and cared for by their host population even when they are not (faking) in a comatose state.

    Read More
  90. @Kevin O'Keeffe

    “I was looking and I was driving and I was like, ‘Holy shit, I don’t want to be misidentifying Pablo,’” Raguso said. “‘I need to change this right away.’”
     
    "Misidentifying Pablo," this fall on NBC!

    At this point, Pablo has stabbed two people and killed one of them and they is still on the loose, and this doesn’t faze Raguso at all, but someone texts her that she has used the wrong pronoun and THAT is “Holy, Shit” serious – that tells you everything you need to know about SJW priorities.

    I understand why though – what Pablo has done has nothing to do with her, but what SHE herself has written has implications for her status in the SJW community so if she has crossed some invisible PC red line (perhaps she was blinded by her invisible backpack of privilege?) then she is really worried for herself. One slip can destroy your career. She is the only paid reporter on the site she writes for and journalism jobs are not exactly plentiful. SJW’s profess to be concerned with others, especially the downtrodden but what they are REALLY concerned with is signalling their own SJW status as goodwhites. Being put in the same category as FAR right badwhites like Sailer is worse than being stabbed.

    Read More
  91. @27 year old
    "Around" has become dominant in corporate office speak. Maybe it even originated from here?

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Corporate-speak is designed to disguise the fact that you spend your days conspiring to rip off customers and exploit employees, among other unpleasant realities of corporate life. Phrases useful for disguising reality are likely to be picked up by anyone in the reality-disguising business.

    The “in the you-name-it community” phraseology, as Lurker complained about above, is also common corporate-speak now. There are “problems in the marketing community,” “trends in the engineering community”, etc.

    Read More
  92. @Anon
    "I wonder what gave people that impression? It hardly seems fair, does it."

    Um, can you say "Jews"? Good goy. Remember, the Greeks are dangerous and depraved. Hail Jerusalem!

    I don’t get it. Are you saying that “Greek culture” (cough, cough) really isn’t bad after all? Aren’t the Joos synonymous with modern homos (Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein, etc.)? Which is it? And isn’t goy Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner the epitome of the Olympic athlete?

    Read More
  93. @BB753
    What happened to Caitlyn Jenner? Jenner's nowhere to be seen. Could Jenner be busy transitioning back to man?

    People got bored with the decathelete and now they need a stronger dose for their next high. Public bestiality or something else nasty.

    Read More
  94. Most traditional journalists are familiar with the recommended practices.

    There is so much to be read in this sentence. It describes the early 21st century well.

    Read More
  95. @Jack D
    Short answer: no.

    Georgi was given a diagnosis of uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees
     
    First of all, the Swedish word sound like something from the Onion.

    2nd, real illnesses don't manifest themselves so narrowly, ONLY among Swedish refugees scheduled for deportation.

    Before I read the story, I instantly assumed it is some sort of scam so that the people can stay "for medical reasons". Sure enough:


    The Migration Board finds no reason to question what is stated about Georgi’s health,” she read out loud. “He is therefore considered to be in need of a safe and stable environment and living conditions in order to recuperate.” The family was granted permanent residence in Sweden.
     
    Ka-boom! And soon after, Georgi starts feeling better - a miracle!

    The article mentions that Georgi wonders why his parents haven't learned any Swedish after living in Sweden for 8 years. I kind of wondered myself. I assume the fact that they can't speak Swedish implies that they don't have jobs (no jobs are mentioned either for Georgi's family nor any of the others) and have been supported by the Swedish taxpayers the entire time (and now for the indefinite future).

    These kids do serve as a sort of metaphor but not the one that The New Yorker intends - the refugees are sort of cuckoo chicks that have to be fed, clothed and cared for by their host population even when they are not (faking) in a comatose state.

    “Dungivvenuppensyndrom”

    https://youtu.be/sY_Yf4zz-yo

    Read More
    • Replies: @Jack D
    "Döngivadamsyndrom"

    "Fulingadjiladisyndrom" (diagnosis for the Roma kids)

    Etc.
  96. @Dave Pinsen
    In the 1950s, the horror movie Them! channeled fears about the nascent atomic age. The diversity age could use a horror movie called They!.

    In the movie "They", the Pablo character doesn't get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.

    You could have a “Who’s on First” type scene where the detective questions witnesses.

    Detective: “Did you see them stab the woman?”

    Witness: “I only saw one of them”

    Detective: “You mean that there was more than one of them?”

    Witness: “You’re the one who is saying that there’s more than one of them.”

    Detective: “Did they have a knife in their hands”

    Witness: ” I told you I only saw one.”

    Detective : “I know, but was they carrying a knife, that’s all I want to know?”

    Witness: “WERE they carrying a knife”

    Detective: “I asked YOU that!”

    Etc.

    Read More
    • LOL: res, The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Another idea: the search for They is delayed by a search for Haven Monohans.

    Inspector:

    "Round up the usual suspects!"

    Cut to:

    The whole Berkeley Lacrosse team in the pokey.
  97. @BB753
    What happened to Caitlyn Jenner? Jenner's nowhere to be seen. Could Jenner be busy transitioning back to man?

    “Caitlyn Jenner Will Get Candid With Diane Sawyer Once Again”

    “Two years after their first history-making interview, Caitlyn Jenner will sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer once more.

    Jenner, 67, will chat with Sawyer on April 21 to mark the second anniversary of their 2015 interview, in which the Olympian spoke at length about identifying as transgender for the first time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hour-long “20/20” interview will coincide with the release of Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life.”

    Huffington Post

    Read More
  98. @The Anti-Gnostic
    "Dungivvenuppensyndrom"

    https://youtu.be/sY_Yf4zz-yo

    “Döngivadamsyndrom”

    “Fulingadjiladisyndrom” (diagnosis for the Roma kids)

    Etc.

    Read More
  99. @The Alarmist
    Speaking of pronoun crisis, what might be the reflexive first person They would use for ... uh? Thyself? Itself?

    Logic says “themselves ” but here… quien sabe?

    Incidentally, “Pablo identifies as” smells like a transitive in old money so maybe the author was perhaps eliding the awkward “Pablo self identifies ” or worse “Pablo identifies themselves “?

    Read More
  100. But the partisan drama of both the Yiannopoulos riot and the Gomez case has overshadowed a more subtle truth: … Berkeley was not immune to tensions created by the rise of white nationalism, or to battles over political correctness.

    Riiiiight. All that White Nationalist rioting, looting, and interpersonal violence was bound to cause an equal reaction in leftists. It just happened to be Berkeley that stood up.

    In addition to identifying as nonbinary (neither male nor female), Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.

    Good news for it* is, there’s a lot more of that in prison, than on the outside.

    *”It” is the gender-neutral singular pronoun.

    Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.

    Here is the leftist compulsion to control history and The Narrative explained. There’s no principled reason to trash White folks, and champion this Gomez thing. So leftists go with a selective reading of history: the its need help because they’re the underdogs, Whites need trashing because they do well. But Jews and east Asians do better (in America) than White do, so an honest reading of history won’t do.

    Fred Fejes, a journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University who has studied gay and lesbian media portrayals, said it’s no longer acceptable for reporters to treat “sexuality as an aberration,”

    Again, as long as leftists get to define the conversation, and decide what “sexuality” means. E.g., an orientation toward goats obviously isn’t quite “there” yet. And a non-Jewish White person’s orientation toward fellow Whites never will be.

    Read More
    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    "E.g., an orientation toward goats obviously isn’t quite “there” yet. "

    90 % of the college kids I asked (18 out of 20), told me the only problem with bestiality is the inability of the goat to give consent. This was last year at a large east coast school. Verily we are doomed.
  101. @Jack D
    You could have a "Who's on First" type scene where the detective questions witnesses.

    Detective: "Did you see them stab the woman?"

    Witness: "I only saw one of them"

    Detective: "You mean that there was more than one of them?"

    Witness: "You're the one who is saying that there's more than one of them."

    Detective: "Did they have a knife in their hands"

    Witness: " I told you I only saw one."

    Detective : "I know, but was they carrying a knife, that's all I want to know?"

    Witness: "WERE they carrying a knife"

    Detective: "I asked YOU that!"

    Etc.

    Another idea: the search for They is delayed by a search for Haven Monohans.

    Inspector:

    “Round up the usual suspects!”

    Cut to:

    The whole Berkeley Lacrosse team in the pokey.

    Read More
  102. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Fred Fejes, a journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University who has studied gay and lesbian media portrayals, said it’s no longer acceptable for reporters to treat “sexuality as an aberration,”

    This is false. I accept it.

    Read More
  103. OT: Are there any MLB baseball teams that lean left or right, via their owners I guess?

    Read More
  104. @Abe
    This is the downside of "nerd liberation" (and I'm not really sure I'm kidding here). Our world is now run by former adolescent nerds who grew up so terrified of what might happen to them in high school locker rooms and toilets thanks to overly-vivid teen movies that as adults they now vow no one should ever suffer the same horrors, and so anyone goes...

    Have you read “Chaos Monkeys”
    Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Hardcover – June 28, 2016

    Read More
  105. @Njguy73

    Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”.
     
    Or as journalists now use, "takeaways."

    Or as journalists now use, “takeaways.”

    Some of my teachers used the phrase “take home lessons”, and I think the distinction is warranted. These are the sort of “if you remember nothing else from this course but this, I will have succeeded” type points that one must attempt to burn in one’s memory, and internalize what they mean and why they are significant.

    For example, conservation of energy in high school physics, this is an immensely useful concept. If I were to teach the class, that would be my “take home lesson”. If you know that energy is conserved, then when it is lost somewhere, it must have been converted into something else. If it is gained, then the energy must have come from somewhere. If it takes x amount of energy to do a task but in actual fact a machine takes x+y energy, then we know that if y is large, the device is inefficient and we should search for a more efficient device or atleast a theoretical limit to the efficiency that will stop us wasting time looking for such a device.

    The other material is not filler, it’s still a lesson but more serves to flesh out the understanding and build skills.

    Read More
  106. This has been a hallmark of the Western world in recent years.

    [...]

    Now we have this rabid anxiety to extol the virtue of the “other”, and officialdom is anxious to report the gloriousness of non-standard man, be it someone with a tattoo on their face or an unusable pronoun appended to their identity.

    Either Israel isn’t in the west, or it’s only “some of us” who have this anxiety. I don’t see Israelis rolling over for Arabs or Palestinians much. Or much pressure from their BFFs diaspora Jewry to change that state of affairs.

    If one more or less accepts traditional ideas of “normality”, then most problems people have stem not from “society” but from individuals who are abnormal, who are screw-ups or who have chosen to reject normal mores.

    Wow, just wow. Next you’ll be talking about “useless eaters”!

    Pansexual sort of covers just about everything and anything (shudder). The letter ‘P’ to be added to the ever lengthening LGBT….. formulation. How many letters are we up to, it’s hard to keep up?

    How about just get it over with and use the whole alphabet? I don’t know the proper symbol(s) for “all the intervening stuff in the set is here,” so for now, I’ll write it as:

    A[...]Z

    Or maybe: A>Z? A|Z? Alpha to Omega (or the actual Greek)? Alphabet Soup?

    Read More
  107. @Lurker

    this is the Berkeley community
     
    To what degree is there really a 'Berkeley community'?

    This sounds like a common PC gambit - implying that here (wherever events are taking place) is a haven of multikult, progressive thinking while bad thinking, unrepresentative 'outsiders' are importing their evil and spoiling thing for the rest of us. Except I think in many case there is no 'us', no real progressive community. Just the usual fractious coalition of the fringes.

    I thought this was interesting:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyotaje#Labor-brokerage_coyotaje:_1917.E2.80.9342

    ==
    The U.S. Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924 required foreign individuals crossing the border to take literacy tests, undergo medical exams, and pay head taxes and visa fees.[6] The new requirements “combined with the creation of the Border Patrol in 1924, prompted thousands of Mexican migrants to cross the Rio Bravo surreptitiously to enter the country.”[1] As a direct result, demand for coyotaje grew exponentially. The U.S. Commissioner of Immigration observed the trend commenting, in a Congressional report, that a “new and thriving industry…having for its object the illegal introduction into the United States of Mexican aliens on a wholesale scale by means of organized efforts” had emerged.[1]

    Ciudad Juarez became a hub for coyotaje during the mid-1920s. In his study on Mexican migration, anthropologist Manuel Gamio details the process. Coyote fees were considerably less than those needed for visitor’s visas; an approximate $100 to $150 difference (based on today’s exchange rate). Working individually, or with others, a coyote would lead his client across the Rio Bravo via automobile, boat, or by swimming. Crossings were widely successful as Gamio notes: “These people know their ground thoroughly…and sometimes even have an arrangement with some district official.”[7] The prevalent use of false documents, or “leased” legitimate documents, contributed to the success.

    Upon arrival in the United States, coyotajes were paid their fees and migrants were delivered to their employers. Competition for Mexican workers grew so high among labor contractors that it inspired a short-lived coyote system in the United States. For a fee, “man-snatchers” would kidnap Mexican workers from one company and deliver them to a competing firm. The threat of losing money, on account of a stolen employee, “led labor contractors to keep workers en route to employers locked up and under armed guard to prevent their theft.”[1]”

    Farmers used to keep Mexican workers under armed guard fearing other white employers would heist them…..ah the things a labor shortage will do.

    Read More
  108. @kihowi
    How can there even be a community if they pride themselves on their individuality? Community means curtailing your individuality. Otherwise you're just a bunch of people living in the same area by accident.

    Things have come full circle. Remember how Margaret Thatcher asserted that there was no such thing as Society? This was a declaration that we were all just billiard balls bashing into each other, an extreme version of libertarianism (or mental disorder), but it got her and those minded like her off the hook for looking out for one another in Society/Culture.

    So now, the extreme left has internalized the Wisdom of Maggie. Another questionable embrace of pernicious belief by the Left like goin’ full Cold Warriors/Rooskie Haters as they have of late.

    Read More
  109. @unpc downunder
    I wonder what the dominant political ideology of trans men is. Gynephilic trans women tend to be eccentric libertarians (once a tech nerd, always a tech nerd). Androgynous "they" types tend to be committed progressives who hate the gender binary, but trans men are ex-lesbians who aspire to be masculine men. As ex-lesbians they should lean left, but given that they are pumped up on androgens, they could also swing right.

    “given that they are pumped up on androgens, they could also swing right.”

    They got nothing to swing, man, unless they have had the addadicktomy procedure.

    Read More
  110. @Jack D
    If we couldn't speculate as to motives here, that would remove maybe 90% of the discussions. It's perfectly fair game, I think, to do so. You yourself offer alternate motives.

    Of course, people who won't speak to reporters are worried about the reaction of the public when the reporter repeats/distorts their words. If the reporter didn't print what you are telling him, then who cares what the reporter thinks? The difference today is that we are more able to learn the reaction of the public thru the commenting system of many sites and from 3rd party internet sites that link to the original story.

    Maybe she was booted from Free and For Sale because (and I'm just guessing here) it's a group about goods and service and an extended discussion of gender pronouns and Pablo is OT. I get the feeling that both Raguso and the author of the piece overestimate the appetite of the average Berkeleyite for dining on PC correctness and SJWism morning noon and night. Because the loudmouths of the community like They get so much attention and set the tone for the place while most other people are apathetic to mildly supportive, if you yourself are some sort of SJW you might get the impression that everyone in Berkeley is as enthusiastic about this stuff as you are.

    The overall impression that I got from the piece was that to the author all goodfolks naturally of course agree with her and Raguso and would defend to the death the pronoun choice of anyone, even a bloody murderer, but somewhere out there in deplorable land far from the coasts there are FAR RIGHT devils like Steve and I am going to introduce you to these snake handlers - since we just lost the election you should be aware that such evil people who do not accept pronoun choice exist.

    I didn’t mean to imply that my guesses weren’t speculation. I just wanted to challenge your speculations with mine, which I think are more closely related to the particular case.

    It’s not just that the reporter might twist your words–it’s that, in this day and age, being named and quoted makes you a temporary public figure, and your untwisted words can be taken as a pretext for an internet mob, left or right, to come ruin your life for a while.

    Read More
  111. @Abe
    And BOOM! there goes the dynamite-

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/the-singular-gender-neutral-they-added-to-the-associated-press-stylebook/

    The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.

    “We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated Press Stylebook, said a blog post on the American Copy Editors Society’s website. “But we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and we also recognize the need for a pronoun for people who don’t identify as a he or a she.
     

    Abe,….” the need for a pronoun for people who don’t identify as a he or a she.” Can’t we use “it”?

    Read More
  112. @David
    I think place is a common metaphor for topic, as in the even more annoying "don't go there!" Topic itself is derived from the ancient Greek for place. Around and about mean essentially the same thing: the dog ran about/around the yard, the Earth spins around/about its axis. Maybe in her context, around is more general, as in a collection of issues in the vicinity of this one issue. It's also normal to switch up synonyms to convey a meaning more forcefully.

    But if you want to criticize Ilana Mercer's use of the phrase, "was streaks ahead of," I got your back.

    “About” is more precise than “around” for its specific meanings, as your comment suggests. In celestial mechanics, planets are usually said to spin about their axes rather than around them. Maybe the use of “around” is a stance against precision, which is seen as more masculine? Just a guess.

    “Streaks ahead” jumped out at me too, but maybe that’s a South African idiom, I don’t know.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I think anger "around" a topic is actually more precise in the way it is usually used. The anger is not directed at the issue in question specifically, but at a multitude of things, sometimes without clear reason. It is an accurate description of the reaction of minds generally roiled and predisposed to lashing out.
  113. @Daniel Williams

    In the movie “They”, the Pablo character doesn’t get quickly arrested, but goes on a longer spree. The horror of a murderer on the lose is leavened by a comedy of manners as an infallibly polite Berkeley PD detective tip-toes around the pronoun issue while interviewing witnesses.
     
    I want to see "A Fistful of Microaggressions", in which a freewheeling person-without-a-name breezes into town and pits, say, the black half of the local BLM organization against the gay half for personal benefit.

    “A Fistful of Microaggressions” is great.

    Read More
  114. @Jack D
    The article itself is kind of pointless. The URL gives it away - "a-murder-in-berkeley-gave-the-far-right-its-perfect-perp" (the FAR right uses a crime to make political hay - thank Gaia that the left would never do such a thing!) but what was interesting is that no one from either They's family or the hippie chick's is willing to talk to reporters, even (especially?) leftist Buzzfeed reporters. Apparently word has gotten out among the public that reporters will distort your words so you are better off not talking to them at all.

    In humorless leftist fashion, she misses the point that the reason the FAR right picked up the story was not so much politics (Hippie Chick Lives Matter! ) as because it was, amid the tragedy, humorous to see so much effort expended on pronouns when someone was dead - you are on the sinking Titanic and you call housekeeping to complain that they forgot to put the mint on your pillow. And they still don't get "it" - how out of touch the obsession over pronouns makes them look. "Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations." Apparently even in non FAR right Berkeley, the pronoun obsession pissed people off. Raguso then gets booted from the Berkeley "Free and For Sale" Facebook group and she and the Buzzfeed gal can't understand that either. Apparently there is a lot of stuff they don't understand.

    The slogans in Hippie Chick's windows were a priceless detail.

    The police didn't find Hippie Chick's body in the house for 12 hours despite the fact that there was blood everywhere. I wonder where THEY hid the body? HC was probably bigger than THEY so it would not have been easy for him to carry it.

    In humorless leftist fashion, she misses the point that the reason the FAR right picked up the story was not so much politics (Hippie Chick Lives Matter! ) as because it was, amid the tragedy, humorous to see so much effort expended on pronouns when someone was dead – you are on the sinking Titanic and you call housekeeping to complain that they forgot to put the mint on your pillow. And they still don’t get “it” – how out of touch the obsession over pronouns makes them look.

    Yeah, what was especially noteworthy was the display of deranged priorities.

    “Raguso thought the pronoun change was uncontroversial, and that Gomez should be identified by the right pronoun, no matter the allegations.” Apparently even in non FAR right Berkeley, the pronoun obsession pissed people off.

    Which doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Read More
  115. @larry lurker
    Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) in Breaking Bad might be gay*, based only on a brief flashback where his "partner" (their word) is killed in front of him. It's certainly an uncharacteristically emotional response from Gus, and both Esposito and the show's creator Vince Gilligan said they intended for the exact nature of the relationship to be left unclear.

    * Or bisexual; earlier in the series he tells Walter he has children.

    Even if Gus was gay, it’s still hardly a negative portrayal. He was portrayed as being masterfully competent and brilliant.

    Read More
    • Replies: @larry lurker
    True, but it's still refreshing to see a show where the only black (and possibly only gay) character is also the villain - until being overtaken by Walt anyway.
  116. @Abe
    Dear alt-right brothers- a name and a face haunts my waking nightmares, haughty, cruel & detached from our sublunar plight, yet with undeniable power and majesty on they's brow. That name is "Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner", and the vision is of ol' Brucey, frozen in all his cover of Vanity Fair-era glamour, only this time in some sort of space barbarian getup (half Conan, half Red Sonja) and at the helm of an orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it.

    Maybe all this gender/sex fissiparia is a necessary step in the ultimate evolution of humanity? In any case here is how it will go down once technology severs the link between "relations" among cishet members of the opposite sex and reproduction of the human species.

    The more primitive, duskier races will overwhelm every white nation sometime around 2070, not having the same crazy cat lady/"they're all our children"/Merkel's Boner white girl problems that ruinously sabotage whites despite their organizational and technological superiority

    Lesbians will fall next and be enslaved and pressed into concubinage by the victorious dusky hordes, but ultimately released back into the wild as they are too boring and gross to be used even as sex objects. They will live out their last days on L-word reservations, degenerating slowly both in material culture as well as the expressive arts. Last one dies out in 2153, and the only evidence they ever existed is a long poetic edda carved on 69 stone tablets- whose sole content is describing how sh!tty the author felt when another member of the tribe wrote an edda that was better than her's

    Then in 2199, a fab homosexual army calling itself The New Spartans bursts from its city-state hiding place deep in the mountains of central Greece ("The Man Cave") to vie for mastery of the earth. After spectacular early advances (including recapture of the Acropolis, which they soon renovate to better-than-new condition) their offensive bogs down as their generals cannot agree on the uniform designs for next spring.

    At this point a trans-woman colony founded in 2028 on the dark side of the moon (The Real Amazons) sends forth one of its Delta Class space destroyers for a fly-by of Earth, overawing the squabbling humans. The Real Amazons are invincible- combining the aggression, technological know-how, and organizational cohesiveness of straight white men while being utterly Great Mother-solipsistic in terms of their sexual and reproductive needs (they are autophilic and parthenogenic by now). Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner HAL3000-Rothblatt debate the ultimate fate of humanity, with consensus being to spare the survivors, but then someone questions the sequin design on Jenner's top, and humanity is toast.

    Earth become a nature preserve for giraffes and white tigers. And Space Lord Caitlyn Jenner is still ensconced in their command chair of that orbiting battlestation of almost infinite power, contemplating the ultimate course of the universe and their next move in it....

    As prime minister of Japan, don’t you have better things to do than write gender fiction?

    Read More
  117. @Dave Pinsen
    "About" is more precise than "around" for its specific meanings, as your comment suggests. In celestial mechanics, planets are usually said to spin about their axes rather than around them. Maybe the use of "around" is a stance against precision, which is seen as more masculine? Just a guess.

    "Streaks ahead" jumped out at me too, but maybe that's a South African idiom, I don't know.

    I think anger “around” a topic is actually more precise in the way it is usually used. The anger is not directed at the issue in question specifically, but at a multitude of things, sometimes without clear reason. It is an accurate description of the reaction of minds generally roiled and predisposed to lashing out.

    Read More
    • Replies: @keuril
    I agree that we should not assume "around" is replacing "about" based on this example. Even in Berkeley, presumably, one cannot say, "I'm angry around Trump's victory." This suggests again that around is being used in a very specific way and not as a wholesale replacement for about.

    Having said that, there are surely some other examples of linguistic change among leftists that are actually taking place. I would attribute this to natural "linguistic drift" and conformism. Also, perhaps, because leftists specialize in low-rigor disciplines like gender and ethnic studies, which seek to legitimize themselves through deliberately impenetrable writing and vocabulary. This probably has a trickle down effect to the faithful NPR listener.
  118. Ot
    but would there be any benefit in starting a “Muslim women are easy, they wear the scarves to try to deflect people from noticing what tramps they are” meme?

    With the feminist embrace of promiscuity and Muslims it seems a natural conclunsion. Feminists can’t say it is an insult. Muslims can’t claim its islamaphobia since sluts are considered awesomely the west. It’s just assimilation.

    Read More
  119. @donut
    She is an artist through and through every bit of her .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjoZrND1wMg

    Is she not ?

    Read More
  120. @Njguy73

    Christ Almighty, I can’t wait to get the hell out of this pathetic town. It’s become a goddamn lunatic asylum.
     
    Where do you think you'd fit in best? If you want to remain in your state, not that I've been there, but I hear Fresno and Bakersfield are good places for normal people. Or maybe you'd like to give the Midwest a try? I wouldn't blame you.

    Actually, I’m moving to the Midwest in a month, probably never to return to California. The only thing about this place I’ll miss is the mild climate. But cold winters are a small price to pay for getting released from this loony bin.

    Read More
    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Wagons East!

    (Just don't go pulling that nonsense of Californians moving to the Rockies and the prairie, Yankees moving to Dixie, and aliens invading the U.S.A. of promptly turning all your efforts to transforming the livable place you've fled to into the shithole you've fled; whatever love you have for Berkeley, those of us born and raised in sane places have despised it for many decades, so abandon any predilection for even what you may think are the "good" aspects of it, too!)
  121. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Steve, Steve, Steve! This is 2017. What does it matter if some white folks get stabbed to death? The LGBTWXYZMMMMMQ who did it was subjected to a microagression because people thought his Ben and Jerry self-chosen pronoun to identify himself might indicate some things about his identity. Priorities, man!

    Read More
  122. @David
    I think place is a common metaphor for topic, as in the even more annoying "don't go there!" Topic itself is derived from the ancient Greek for place. Around and about mean essentially the same thing: the dog ran about/around the yard, the Earth spins around/about its axis. Maybe in her context, around is more general, as in a collection of issues in the vicinity of this one issue. It's also normal to switch up synonyms to convey a meaning more forcefully.

    But if you want to criticize Ilana Mercer's use of the phrase, "was streaks ahead of," I got your back.

    Where I live the phrase is “was streets ahead of”.

    Read More
  123. Are there any statistics on the rates of criminality/homicide and sociopathy among bisexuals and transsexuals?

    I have no idea what the answer is, but one would think a responsible journalist would have included this info if it exists.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Bisexuals often have worse behavioral statistics then heterosexuals and homosexuals.
  124. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Old fogey
    Why is everyone who questions unnecessary changes in the government or the economy always referred to as "far right?" One hardly ever hears of an issue or a person referred to as "conservative" - it seems that anyone who believes in continuity over chaos is considered far right.

    Parties in Europe who have enough support to potentially win an election are still referred to as ‘far right’ in the NYTimes.

    You very rarely come across the term ‘far-left’ though, so it’s obvious that there is some not so subtle editorializing happening in the political coverage.

    I wonder how often the term far-right has been used vs. far-left? There is an implication that there is a natural starting point on the spectrum that is inherently ‘far-right’ no matter what the citizenry thinks at any given time.

    I’m not sure who determines where exactly ‘right’ ends and ‘far-right’ kicks in… they must have a really smart and moral woman at the Times who makes that call.

    Read More
  125. @anonguy
    Are there any statistics on the rates of criminality/homicide and sociopathy among bisexuals and transsexuals?

    I have no idea what the answer is, but one would think a responsible journalist would have included this info if it exists.

    Bisexuals often have worse behavioral statistics then heterosexuals and homosexuals.

    Read More
  126. @Honorary thief
    Even if Gus was gay, it's still hardly a negative portrayal. He was portrayed as being masterfully competent and brilliant.

    True, but it’s still refreshing to see a show where the only black (and possibly only gay) character is also the villain – until being overtaken by Walt anyway.

    Read More
  127. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Maybe all this gender/sex fissiparia is a necessary step in the ultimate evolution of humanity?

    “You don’t need bones in outer space.”–William S Burroughs (from memory–maybe off by a bit).

    When they start going boneless, we’ll know we are nearing the time to migrate into space.

    Read More
  128. @Svigor

    But the partisan drama of both the Yiannopoulos riot and the Gomez case has overshadowed a more subtle truth: … Berkeley was not immune to tensions created by the rise of white nationalism, or to battles over political correctness.
     
    Riiiiight. All that White Nationalist rioting, looting, and interpersonal violence was bound to cause an equal reaction in leftists. It just happened to be Berkeley that stood up.

    In addition to identifying as nonbinary (neither male nor female), Gomez identifies as pansexual, or pan — a sexuality similar to bisexuality, except that the attraction is to all gender identities, not limited to male or female.
     
    Good news for it* is, there's a lot more of that in prison, than on the outside.

    *"It" is the gender-neutral singular pronoun.

    Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.
     
    Here is the leftist compulsion to control history and The Narrative explained. There's no principled reason to trash White folks, and champion this Gomez thing. So leftists go with a selective reading of history: the its need help because they're the underdogs, Whites need trashing because they do well. But Jews and east Asians do better (in America) than White do, so an honest reading of history won't do.

    Fred Fejes, a journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University who has studied gay and lesbian media portrayals, said it’s no longer acceptable for reporters to treat “sexuality as an aberration,”
     
    Again, as long as leftists get to define the conversation, and decide what "sexuality" means. E.g., an orientation toward goats obviously isn't quite "there" yet. And a non-Jewish White person's orientation toward fellow Whites never will be.

    “E.g., an orientation toward goats obviously isn’t quite “there” yet. ”

    90 % of the college kids I asked (18 out of 20), told me the only problem with bestiality is the inability of the goat to give consent. This was last year at a large east coast school. Verily we are doomed.

    Read More
  129. @Neoconned
    If this is truly where political debate is at this point, then this country is fucked.

    Steve and others here think that, with a snarky enough blog post, they will breakthrough and can reason with these sorts.

    Read More
  130. @Francis G.
    Actually, I'm moving to the Midwest in a month, probably never to return to California. The only thing about this place I'll miss is the mild climate. But cold winters are a small price to pay for getting released from this loony bin.

    Wagons East!

    (Just don’t go pulling that nonsense of Californians moving to the Rockies and the prairie, Yankees moving to Dixie, and aliens invading the U.S.A. of promptly turning all your efforts to transforming the livable place you’ve fled to into the shithole you’ve fled; whatever love you have for Berkeley, those of us born and raised in sane places have despised it for many decades, so abandon any predilection for even what you may think are the “good” aspects of it, too!)

    Read More
    • Replies: @Francis G.
    Don't worry. I only want to bring enough Mexicans to mow my lawn, enough Chinese to staff a good Cantonese restaurant, and maybe a couple of Desi gurus to teach me yoga and provide me with spiritual guidance. I'm also growing a beard and ponytail, but only "ironically".
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Real Yankees don't move to Dixie.

    Waffle House doesn't serve pie for breakfast.
  131. @Abe
    This is the downside of "nerd liberation" (and I'm not really sure I'm kidding here). Our world is now run by former adolescent nerds who grew up so terrified of what might happen to them in high school locker rooms and toilets thanks to overly-vivid teen movies that as adults they now vow no one should ever suffer the same horrors, and so anyone goes...

    I take your point, but it’s a bit of a false dichotomy. My preferred brother-in-arms is physically strong, courageous under fire, resolute, and otherwise masculine – but still highly intelligent, probably to the point of what many would call “geeky.” (Although maybe you mean more “‘spergy and anal retentive” than “intellectual” by “geeky”).

    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. —Robert Anson Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

    I take some pride that I’ve done all these except to slaughter a hog and to die (gallantly or otherwise). Of course, that last can only be done once.

    Read More
  132. @Autochthon
    Wagons East!

    (Just don't go pulling that nonsense of Californians moving to the Rockies and the prairie, Yankees moving to Dixie, and aliens invading the U.S.A. of promptly turning all your efforts to transforming the livable place you've fled to into the shithole you've fled; whatever love you have for Berkeley, those of us born and raised in sane places have despised it for many decades, so abandon any predilection for even what you may think are the "good" aspects of it, too!)

    Don’t worry. I only want to bring enough Mexicans to mow my lawn, enough Chinese to staff a good Cantonese restaurant, and maybe a couple of Desi gurus to teach me yoga and provide me with spiritual guidance. I’m also growing a beard and ponytail, but only “ironically”.

    Read More
  133. @donut
    Let me take this opportunity Steve while you are mowing your lawn to slip this by . One of my favorite songs done by so many great artists .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlqC2G5L1Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLOnWWrGSaA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baqXgqo_qa4

    Let's take a vote . Who is best ?

    Lee Salonga by a mile. Come on, it’s a blowout.

    Read More
  134. I’ve been reading up some more on the career of “They,” the Berkeley Latinx / Chicanx Studies major and campus activist

    By the way, whatever happened to “the Naked Guy”, who paraded the same campus in the ’90s? He was “Latinx” as well.

    Read More
  135. @Autochthon
    Wagons East!

    (Just don't go pulling that nonsense of Californians moving to the Rockies and the prairie, Yankees moving to Dixie, and aliens invading the U.S.A. of promptly turning all your efforts to transforming the livable place you've fled to into the shithole you've fled; whatever love you have for Berkeley, those of us born and raised in sane places have despised it for many decades, so abandon any predilection for even what you may think are the "good" aspects of it, too!)

    Real Yankees don’t move to Dixie.

    Waffle House doesn’t serve pie for breakfast.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Pfft. Every Southern man knows that, come breakfast time, pie is but the poor man's raisin roast!

    I'll tell you what, since we're joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin' Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!). When I lived in Maine, there were four of them among the three tiny towns in my area. Yet everyone knows Krispy Kreme's hot, Southern doughnuts* are superiour.

    Say, don't we have an expert on that particular confection who frequents this forum...?

    *Even as I typed the phrase, I realised Hot Southern Doughnuts seems like the title of a blue movie....
    , @Desiderius
    If you come to Atlanta, you can get a peach pie at the Varsity.
  136. @Reg Cæsar
    Real Yankees don't move to Dixie.

    Waffle House doesn't serve pie for breakfast.

    Pfft. Every Southern man knows that, come breakfast time, pie is but the poor man’s raisin roast!

    I’ll tell you what, since we’re joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin’ Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!). When I lived in Maine, there were four of them among the three tiny towns in my area. Yet everyone knows Krispy Kreme’s hot, Southern doughnuts* are superiour.

    Say, don’t we have an expert on that particular confection who frequents this forum…?

    *Even as I typed the phrase, I realised Hot Southern Doughnuts seems like the title of a blue movie….

    Read More
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    There's recently been a KK sighting up here north of Mason Dixon.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I’ll tell you what, since we’re joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin’ Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!).
     
    Dunkin' just came to Minnesota. Good luck to them: Krispy came about a decade ago, was a fad for a year or two, then disappeared. The Gopher State is a junk food desert. Now, Philadelphia...

    I, too, prefer to keep the ugh in doughnut. However, "superiour" is obsolete:

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/superiour

    Even in Britain:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/spellcheck/english/?q=superiour
  137. @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve been reading up some more on the career of “They,” the Berkeley Latinx / Chicanx Studies major and campus activist
     
    By the way, whatever happened to "the Naked Guy", who paraded the same campus in the '90s? He was "Latinx" as well.

    He committed suicide in jail.

    Read More
  138. @Chrisnonymous
    I think anger "around" a topic is actually more precise in the way it is usually used. The anger is not directed at the issue in question specifically, but at a multitude of things, sometimes without clear reason. It is an accurate description of the reaction of minds generally roiled and predisposed to lashing out.

    I agree that we should not assume “around” is replacing “about” based on this example. Even in Berkeley, presumably, one cannot say, “I’m angry around Trump’s victory.” This suggests again that around is being used in a very specific way and not as a wholesale replacement for about.

    Having said that, there are surely some other examples of linguistic change among leftists that are actually taking place. I would attribute this to natural “linguistic drift” and conformism. Also, perhaps, because leftists specialize in low-rigor disciplines like gender and ethnic studies, which seek to legitimize themselves through deliberately impenetrable writing and vocabulary. This probably has a trickle down effect to the faithful NPR listener.

    Read More
    • Replies: @res
    I do think their is a valid use of "around" in such a sense. For example, they argued around the topic of racial differences in IQ. For around read, "about except not actually addressing the real issue." Unfortunately this usage is all too relevant to the SJW world.
  139. @Autochthon
    Pfft. Every Southern man knows that, come breakfast time, pie is but the poor man's raisin roast!

    I'll tell you what, since we're joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin' Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!). When I lived in Maine, there were four of them among the three tiny towns in my area. Yet everyone knows Krispy Kreme's hot, Southern doughnuts* are superiour.

    Say, don't we have an expert on that particular confection who frequents this forum...?

    *Even as I typed the phrase, I realised Hot Southern Doughnuts seems like the title of a blue movie....

    There’s recently been a KK sighting up here north of Mason Dixon.

    Read More
  140. @Reg Cæsar
    Real Yankees don't move to Dixie.

    Waffle House doesn't serve pie for breakfast.

    If you come to Atlanta, you can get a peach pie at the Varsity.

    Read More
  141. @anonymous
    Pansexual sort of covers just about everything and anything (shudder). The letter 'P' to be added to the ever lengthening LGBT..... formulation. How many letters are we up to, it's hard to keep up?

    Just use all 26 letters of the alphabet already and get it over with. No need to wait 50 years to get where you’re going.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Just use all 26 letters of the alphabet already and get it over with. No need to wait 50 years to get where you’re going.
     
    Don't neglect Greek and Cyrillic. Throw in some Hebrew as well.
  142. @PiltdownMan
    Kylie, Patti Lu Pone played Evita in the original Broadway production of Evita in 1979, which we are more familiar with here. The original stage production of Evita was the London premiere in 1978, in which Elaine Page played the part of Evita.

    But Don't Cry for Me Argentina was already a hit song, because, as with Jesus Christ Superstar before it, Andrew Lloyd Webber released a studio album of it first, in 1977, with Julie Covington's version going to #1 in the UK.

    Thanks for the correction.

    Read More
  143. @Anon
    "Another, less common, but clunkier substitution you see from Silicon Valley types is using “learnings” in place of “lessons”."

    I suspect Jewish influence. "Lernen" is Talmudic for knowledge about something. Worked for a Jew law firm back in the 90s where emails would go out asking is anyone had some "lernen" about some topic.

    Lernen is the German and Yiddish verb ” to learn.”

    Read More
  144. @Kylie
    You asks, "Is this article as serious as it tries to sound? Or is it a big put-on?"

    It's serious. The cluelessness exhibited in this statement is the giveaway.

    "Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved."

    Can I type it again please?

    “Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved.”

    Mmmm, delicious…

    I’m trying to find a single example of a homosexual (who wasn’t also a priest or GOP pol) portrayed negatively by any national media source. A google search for “gay murderer” brings up the UK’s Colin Ireland case, but that appellation was given Ireland by the Red Tops in reference to his victims, prior to his identity becoming known. They should have called him “The Gay Blade” instead, right?

    I guess Doctor Frank-N-Furter could be seen as dangerous or depraved.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    They should have called him “The Gay Blade” instead, right?
     
    That was Pat Buchanan's nickname in college. Boy, was that ever a long time ago!
  145. @Desiderius
    There's recently been a KK sighting up here north of Mason Dixon.

    Probably another racial hoax

    Read More
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    No, I can attest it is very real and very Krispy!
  146. @keuril
    I agree that we should not assume "around" is replacing "about" based on this example. Even in Berkeley, presumably, one cannot say, "I'm angry around Trump's victory." This suggests again that around is being used in a very specific way and not as a wholesale replacement for about.

    Having said that, there are surely some other examples of linguistic change among leftists that are actually taking place. I would attribute this to natural "linguistic drift" and conformism. Also, perhaps, because leftists specialize in low-rigor disciplines like gender and ethnic studies, which seek to legitimize themselves through deliberately impenetrable writing and vocabulary. This probably has a trickle down effect to the faithful NPR listener.

    I do think their is a valid use of “around” in such a sense. For example, they argued around the topic of racial differences in IQ. For around read, “about except not actually addressing the real issue.” Unfortunately this usage is all too relevant to the SJW world.

    Read More
  147. @Shitposter
    Just use all 26 letters of the alphabet already and get it over with. No need to wait 50 years to get where you're going.

    Just use all 26 letters of the alphabet already and get it over with. No need to wait 50 years to get where you’re going.

    Don’t neglect Greek and Cyrillic. Throw in some Hebrew as well.

    Read More
  148. @Roderick Spode
    Can I type it again please?

    "Drawing attention to Gomez’s case could reinforce harmful stereotypes about queer people, who, for decades, have been cast in the media as dangerous or depraved."

    Mmmm, delicious...

    I'm trying to find a single example of a homosexual (who wasn't also a priest or GOP pol) portrayed negatively by any national media source. A google search for "gay murderer" brings up the UK's Colin Ireland case, but that appellation was given Ireland by the Red Tops in reference to his victims, prior to his identity becoming known. They should have called him "The Gay Blade" instead, right?

    I guess Doctor Frank-N-Furter could be seen as dangerous or depraved.

    They should have called him “The Gay Blade” instead, right?

    That was Pat Buchanan’s nickname in college. Boy, was that ever a long time ago!

    Read More
  149. @Autochthon
    Pfft. Every Southern man knows that, come breakfast time, pie is but the poor man's raisin roast!

    I'll tell you what, since we're joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin' Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!). When I lived in Maine, there were four of them among the three tiny towns in my area. Yet everyone knows Krispy Kreme's hot, Southern doughnuts* are superiour.

    Say, don't we have an expert on that particular confection who frequents this forum...?

    *Even as I typed the phrase, I realised Hot Southern Doughnuts seems like the title of a blue movie....

    I’ll tell you what, since we’re joking about regional cuisine: Yankees (New Englanders, anyhow) love them some Dunkin’ Doughnuts (I refuse to misspell doughnuts, on general principle!).

    Dunkin’ just came to Minnesota. Good luck to them: Krispy came about a decade ago, was a fad for a year or two, then disappeared. The Gopher State is a junk food desert. Now, Philadelphia…

    I, too, prefer to keep the ugh in doughnut. However, “superiour” is obsolete:

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/superiour

    Even in Britain:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/spellcheck/english/?q=superiour

    Read More
Current Commenter says:

Leave a Reply - Comments are moderated by iSteve, at whim.


 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
Submitted comments become the property of The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All Steve Sailer Comments via RSS
PastClassics
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
The evidence is clear — but often ignored
Which superpower is more threatened by its “extractive elites”?
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.