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iSteve commenter El Dato observes about the Knitting Community Conversation article in The Guardian:

Templer apologised soon afterwards, but the incident had a ripple effect, sparking off conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the craft community on Instagram, Ravelry and other places that crafters congregate online. A similar debate about cultural sensitivity and appropriation recently occurred in the sewing community.

I have rarely seen so many “inclusiveness” keywords crammed together.

I wonder how much AI writing goes into these articles, maybe with the light touch of an intern. completes the above:

The story of the Sew Your Own Knit scarf, the one that sparked the “Not My Knitting Christmas” controversy, is quite similar. That and the fact that one of the designers is making a scarf inspired by this case are enough to get people thinking about the fact that the design that sparked the conversation might be too “toxic” on many levels. I don’t mean toxic as in something bad – I mean it’s offensive to women and minority groups. Or they might read that story and think that everyone does.

The time when awkward conversations about triggering subjects can be had with AIs is hopefully near.

To be fair, let’s try completing an iSteve column using this AI page. Here’s “Identity Stalinism” about the Covington Catholic brouhaha:

The media’s latest Days of Rage, in which a white boy drove the national press into a frenzy by smiling at the leftist Person of Color banging a drum in his face, was like a greatest-hits collection of my old observations. So I’m going to take a victory lap to review how ideas I’ve been offering for years help explain much of the latest elite fury.

Tucker Carlson summed up his eloquent dissection of this outbreak of Hate Hysteria as: “It’s not really about race.”

Actually…it’s really about race.

That’s why so many journalists and Hollywood figures explained how they could tell the kid was evil just by looking him. It’s written on his face! Sure, he didn’t do anything, but did you see that smirk? Anybody who looks like him deserves to be punched.

The least inappropriate way for a white male to respond to being berated by his racial izefests’ is to turn a violent hate gesture into something else, whether by walking around in “kung fu” pants, or by calling him ugly.”

But these people aren’t being “politically correct.”

They’re just being white and being mean to other people (not to mention white).

Not bad. I proofread it a tiny bit, but still …

My work here shall soon be done.

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  1. The problem with Woke AIs are that they turned based. Not that that’s a problem.

    • Agree: MikeatMikedotMike
    • Replies: @Hail
  2. Makes sense! Same with the commentariat. TD and Obiwandiyag are already bots, though using the “I” in “AI” may be a bit generous.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  3. They can have it written by AI, and I can have it read by AI (when the batteries are charged up). Either way, I don’t need to hear about it.

  4. njguy73 says:

    “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. It would be unwoke.”

  5. @Mr McKenna

    The term coined by John Derbyshire, and borrowed by Peak Stupidity, is “Artificial Stupidity”. It applies very well to those two indeed.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Justvisiting
  6. SFG says:

    I fed it the first paragraph of ‘Unpacking the Knapsack’ (after the initial sentence) and got…

    On the other hand, if men could acknowledge their own advantages and disadvantages without being ashamed about them, women’s denial of their own insecurities could cease being such an issue, thereby opening a space for gender issues, gender solidarity and other important gender-related issues to be taught within our social, legal, political and cultural institutions. Finally, to me, men’s denial of their own advantages is actually the most effective and constructive way that gender issues are taught in our social, legal, political and cultural communities.
    These are just six of many examples of how my views on gender come from a feminist point of view and have nothing to do with my male privilege as a man.* But I believe and understand their importance.

    Gets the demographics wrong, but otherwise pretty good.

  7. El Dato says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    (Woah, I caused an iSteve post with my rantings. It was unintentional, I swear!!)

    Neal Stephenson (definitely not a believer in Strong AI, upon which I disagree) used the term “Artificial Inanity” in “Anathem”:

    “Crap, you once called it,” I reminded him.

    “Yes—a technical term. So crap filtering became important. Businesses were built around it. Some of those businesses came up with a clever plan to make more money: they poisoned the well. They began to put crap on the Reticulum deliberately, forcing people to use their products to filter that crap back out. They created syndevs whose sole purpose was to spew crap into the Reticulum. But it had to be good crap.”

    “What is good crap?” Arsibalt asked in a politely incredulous tone.

    “Well, bad crap would be an unformatted document consisting of random letters. Good crap would be a beautifully typeset, well-written document that contained a hundred correct, verifiable sentences and one that was subtly false. It’s a lot harder to generate good crap. At first they had to hire humans to churn it out. They mostly did it by taking legitimate documents and inserting errors—swapping one name for another, say. But it didn’t really take off until the military got interested.”

    “As a tactic for planting misinformation in the enemy’s reticules, you mean,” Osa said. “This I know about. You are referring to the Artificial Inanity programs of the mid–First Millennium A.R.”

    “Exactly!” Sammann said. “Artificial Inanity systems of enormous sophistication and power were built for exactly the purpose Fraa Osa has mentioned. In no time at all, the praxis leaked to the commercial sector and spread to the Rampant Orphan Botnet Ecologies. Never mind. The point is that there was a sort of Dark Age on the Reticulum that lasted until my Ita forerunners were able to bring matters in hand.”

    “So, are Artificial Inanity systems still active in the Rampant Orphan Botnet Ecologies?” asked Arsibalt, utterly fascinated.

    “The ROBE evolved into something totally different early in the Second Millennium,” Sammann said dismissively.

    “What did it evolve into?” Jesry asked.

    “No one is sure,” Sammann said. “We only get hints when it finds ways to physically instantiate itself, which, fortunately, does not happen that often. But we digress. The functionality of Artificial Inanity still exists. You might say that those Ita who brought the Ret out of the Dark Age could only defeat it by co-opting it. So, to make a long story short, for every legitimate document floating around on the Reticulum, there are hundreds or thousands of bogus versions—bogons, as we call them.”

    “The only way to preserve the integrity of the defenses is to subject them to unceasing assault,” Osa said, and any idiot could guess he was quoting some old Vale aphorism.

  8. Funny how if you feed that “AI” something even remotely related to technical and factual matters, you immediately know it generates rubbish. (With the exception of geography, where it tends to move the subject to “climate change” but that’s probably rubbish, too.)

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    , @Hail
  9. >My work here shall soon be done.

    Please not!

  10. lhtness says:

    Do you even need AI? I bet madlibs are already a 90% solution.

  11. @SFG

    Is this like the “Thomas Friedman article generator”

    I don’t know if this is the best link, but the notion is that you could create a Thomas Friedman column using a fill-in-the-blank “Mad Libs” process rather than any sophisticated AI program?

    By the way, a while ago I pranked “Spandrell” for his first column on his take on the Tiananmen protests and their bloody resolution. Spandrell has his reasons for supporting the regime over the protestors, but I posted, “You went full Thomas Friedman . . . never go full Thomas Friedman.”

    I haven’t been banned, but I had to explain the joke as being a combination of Spandrell taking Thomas Friedman’s side in admiring the authoritarian Chinese government, in Friedman’s case for building high-speed trains which is something we appear to be unwilling or even unable to do here as the California experience is showing, in Spandrell’s case of thinking this is a form of resistance to the Cathedral followed by Friedman’s articles being such cut-and-paste jobs along with his socially unaware earnestness suggesting some degree of intellectual disability with a connection drawn to that quote from Tropic Thunder.

    Is “never go full Thomas Friedman” funny, or does this assume too many connections?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @SFG
  12. Has iSteve seen this about the failure of a kind of computer-personalized persuasion used to sell stuff on the Internet? Not actual AI, woke or otherwise, but a sales pitch based on the feedback a site gets from its visitors?

    Consumers are indeed intelligent, adapting to your clever nags to get them to click “buy now” on a commerce Web site? Could there be an iSteve reminiscence of failed marketing strategies in this?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  13. @SFG


    I experimented by first trying out the Lord of the Rings prompt. Even with logical and corpus-consistent prompts, the AI product quickly devolved into self-contradictory flimflam: allies in a previous sentence were enemies in the next sentence, lords were lords of themselves, various other statements that were obviously nonsensical even to someone who has never read Tolkien. This seems strange as the corpus of The Lord of the Rings is closed, consistent and highly cross-referenced, i.e., precisely the sort of thing that AI ought to be able to ingest and then carry on emitting independently. But the product was always an obvious AI botch-job.

    So then I went to the “custom prompt”, and inserted just a very brief Current Year-ism: “Whiteness is the way of wokeness”. What does that mean? I have no idea. Nothing, I think. Just a couple of SJW-obsessive concepts connected by a few two- and three-letter words. To my surprise, the AI spit out several paragraphs of NYT-ready boilerplate. It made as much, if not more, sense than the typical SJW rant. This was surprising because
    1) the AI does not claim to trained on a wokeness corpus,
    2) even if it did, the corpus could not be closed, fixed and logical, so would make an unreliable base for machine logic, and
    3) since wokeness itself is inconsistent and self-contradictory, it should be less amenable to AI production than LotR, but it turns out to be more.

    Perhaps I give the AI too much credit for “I”, and really all it’s doing is stringing together word forms. Since wokeness is very simple minded and has little consistency, this permits easy facsimile. While even middle brow Tolkien is just a bridge too far.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  14. peterike says:

    C’mon, somebody put in some Tennessee Coates text and see if what comes out is at all different. I mean, I would, but it’s a busy day today.

  15. MEH 0910 says:

    The end of the iTunes era: The life and death of Apple’s curator-in-chief

    Music publicist Fiona Bloom recounts Stewart’s growing frustration with an industry that no longer valued his kind of inexhaustible expertise. “We talked a lot about how kids could just come up and take over a role that people spend years mastering — not paying their dues, not working those 10,000 hours. It was disturbing to him.”

    Pillsbury recalls that over the years they had spoken about the difficulties of getting old in the entertainment business. One of the biggest fears they shared, she says: “People are thinking about me in the past tense.”

    It didn’t help that companies like Apple, Spotify and YouTube have come to rely on algorithms to recommend music to its users. Stewart’s obsessive knowledge of and passion for rock history was no longer needed.

    One labor-intensive Apple project Stewart worked on, for example, School of Rock, presented the history of the music across a few dozen chapters and sets of playlists. When it failed to attract enough user interaction, the initiative was archived into a virtual lock-box.

    “They were moving in another direction,” Rochlin says.

    Corinne Bendersky, a professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, says she’s seeing “a lot of concern about AI and algorithms replacing white-collar jobs,” similar to what happened with the introduction of robotics into assembly line work.

    Bendersky notes that Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify’s tools are similarly disruptive, even if they’re tackling jobs considered “more artistic or taste-based,” as she puts it. “That trend,” she says, “is very much likely to continue.”

  16. @Achmed E. Newman

    A smart AI would dumb down the propaganda organs to meet the stupidity level inhabited by average ignorant humans.

    That is how artificial intelligence could generate peak stupidity.

    Obey the dictums of the Overton Window, ape “journalist”, or you shall be removed from the “shrewdness”.

    Check it out–“shrewdness” is the term of art for a group of apes!

    When one of those talking heads or politicians lets you know how shrewd they are–you now know what they are really saying–they are dumb as rocks!

  17. MEH 0910 says:

    • Replies: @Olorin
  18. My work here shall soon be done.

    And so will your donors’. Think twice!

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Olorin
  19. I typed “The chicken or egg problem” into the AI and was gifted with this word salad:

    “The chicken or egg question of the year – is “all the eggs in the world” the right answer? It’s not easy to answer this one, nor is it easy to answer this one without getting into a whole lot of philosophical argumentation over whether or not there is really a chicken or a “human egg.”

    What is the truth? The answer is quite clear to me and to anyone who’s studied the issues of the life of eggs and the life of people – there shouldn’t be any humans in the world, especially not if all the eggs and the eggs are created of the same kind of material, which means that the human population would certainly be much lower in comparison. There are a lot of people claiming that a human egg is more like a human egg than an egg with a cow or like a human egg with a duck, and the truth is that is not so. A human egg is just another kind of chicken or egg that’s already in the egg, that hasn’t been made yet by some external process.

    We don’t even know what the external processes are – all we know is that humans are responsible for the making of our own eggs, eggs of other people, and that some of the eggs that we sell and that we make are, say, in fact not that good at producing human embryos but at reproducing human embryos for ourselves.”

    I feel seasick.

  20. El Dato says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Well, the good AI has no concept at all about the Lord of the Rings, no model about background, persons or the world of than novel. It doesn’t even have anything related to Commonsense Reasoning”, which is still a HARD problem. It just chains together elements of text which were seen “near one another” in the training set and lards a grammar/syntax correction on top. If one squints, one can discern meaning, because we are trained to try to discern meaning even in the random utterances of a drunk. But there is no such thing under the hood here.

  21. El Dato says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Remember the last scene of “Once upon a time in the West”.

    As Steve rides into the sunset, letting AI take over, civilization drops off the horse behind him because it took a deadly shot to the gut a bit earlier.

  22. Clyde says:

    My work here shall soon be done.

    Say it ain’t so, Joe!

  23. Lot says:

    There already are AI generated articles about stocks, though they are checked by humans first.

    Here’s an article about the topic generally:

    Play with this site and it will be quite simple to create some woke articles:

    • Replies: @SFG
  24. Olorin says:
    @MEH 0910

    But dude–it’s Monitoring The Physical, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being Of Workers!

    [tiny sotto voce] to classify high and low performers

  25. Olorin says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I know.

    I come here for the comedy writing like I go to 4chan /pol/ for the late-night theological discussions.

    Since The Onion went hard left and The Simpsons replaced its writers with a bunch of pink-haired nosering types, our host has supplied the most consistent, and quality, humor stream.

  26. Olorin says:
    @Sextus Empiricus

    Word hash more like. At least with a salad you can recognize the parts as individual vegetables, etc.

    Apparently you haven’t read a lot of college term papers. A good dose of that’ll inoculate one against this sort of thing for life.

    Well, not inoculate, but at least ease the quease.

    I always saw teaching undergrads to write as an exercise in breaking their robotic-response patterns, programmed into them by the schooling process (itself increasingly engineered and overseen by weaker and weaker minds who use Word Hashing as a key or barrier to institutional advancement).

    That’s what this entire PC/SJW thing is in the Ed Biz: an effort to create meatbots that are programmed to produce certain patterns of response and verbulation. As Big Tech’s online text analysis AI gets more sophisticated they are ever more eager to restrict the inputs (including by application of AI).

    What they’ve been learning, to their chagrin, is that humans have a much larger range of ideas and reactions than Big Tech, its investors, its permatemps, and its nannies want humans to have.

    By redefining all online linguistic activity as “that which most resembles PC/SJW AI,” the hermetically sealed online shopping mall can evolve quickest into the ideal model.

    “I’ve discovered the perfect business: people swarm in, empty their pockets, and scuttle off. Nothing can stop me now…except microscopic germs. But we won’t let that happen, will we, Smithers?”

    • Replies: @Sextus Empiricus
  27. @Olorin

    “Apparently you haven’t read a lot of college term papers. A good dose of that’ll inoculate one against this sort of thing for life.“

    Haha – oh I know, believe me. I’m in a doctoral program in a performing arts discipline right now and the assigned academic papers I have to stomach is even worse than student writing – at least students can claim ignorance or inexperience.

  28. Dtbb says:

    “It was only an ‘opeless fancy,
    It passed like an April dye,
    But a look an’ a word an’ the dreams they
    They ‘ave stolen my heart awye!”

  29. sometimes intelligent, nuanced propaganda is required, to spin a new development in politics, and create a new take. so leftist jewish academics will always have a job there.

    but for boilerplate woke journalism, AI written text should suffice. how do we know that’s not how it’s already done today.

    how do we know, for instance, that the latest “Oh my god, a drowned toddler at the border!” wasn’t just some AI realizing that this stuff works in europe, and repeating it here in the US?

  30. @Sextus Empiricus

    I’m pretty sure this is an excerpt from the libretto of “Einstein on the Beach.”

    Or maybe it’s just some Ionesco, tough call.

  31. Anonymous[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    Meanwhile, classification:

    The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc.: The seven UI ‘dark patterns’ that trick you into buying stuff. Present in more than 1 in 10 top websites (and yes, greed covers them all)

    “We found 22 third-parties that offer ‘dark patterns as a service,’” said Arvind Narayanan, a professor at Princeton. “The psychology research behind nudges has been weaponized.”

    Well, who would have thought?

    Dark patterns, ethically dubious though they may be, are not necessarily illegal. “Not all dark patterns are illegal, but they are nonetheless problematic because they are intended to prey on our cognitive limitations and weaknesses,” added Prof Narayanan.

    But some do violate the law. In Europe, the Consumer Rights Directive makes Sneaking dark patterns illegal, the researchers claim. They also note that the 234 instances of deception they found on 183 websites are unlawful in the US, the EU, and other jurisdictions.

    Legislators have already taken note. In April, US Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) proposed the Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act, which aims to prevent large service providers – more than 100 million monthly users – from using deceptive interface designs for software applications.

  32. J.Ross says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    It assumes too much humor on the part of the target.

  33. guest says:

    Can AIs be deceptive? Because it’s not possible to be “woke” and intelligent unless you’re running some sort of scam.

  34. guest says:

    “six of many examples”


    Women can’t count.

    • Replies: @SFG
  35. SFG says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    I love it–I hate Tom Friedman for both economic and cultural reasons–but yeah, I’m with J. Ross, too many allusions.

    I just ran the first full paragraph of ‘Unpacking the Knapsack’ through Talk to Transformer. It’s funny what it comes up with. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t.

  36. SFG says:

    Nah, the joke was it says ‘as a man’. I fed it the first paragraph of ‘Unpacking the Knapsack of Privilege’, which you can google pretty easily.

    • Replies: @guest
  37. SFG says:

    I fed it TNC’s lengthy ‘Case for Reparations’ article.

    Here’s what I got:

    Thurston Justice claimed that “a world without color is a world where all the people are not equal.” I should know. My great-grandmother was Rosa Parks. And I found that out when I was seven. That day, my grandmother would take me into her home, and we’d sit down for the day. It was a day my grandmother called Pride. I remember the lunch. I remember her grandson having a loaded conversation that I didn’t get out of, and this time I thought, “I’m in a different world. I can understand my grandmother and her universe.” It was an alternate universe. I wonder sometimes if Thurston Justice thought that.

    If he didn’t, he doesn’t know what that world is today. America is composed of a lot of shades, and that has been true ever since. Race in America has always been a way to measure progress, and access, and equality. Sometimes the skin tone just says it all. In Harlem, no one knew my great-grandmother. But in Baton Rouge, where my grandmother hailed from, a percentage of the population hated me because of her skin tone. That’s the reality. And I know it. I grew up in a family of color, and I’ve witnessed both the blessings and curses of that reality.

    I don’t believe in real, theoretical, waiting-to-change. My grandmother ran a food pantry, and we pulled it off with small donations and donated food. If you don’t want to eat it, then please don’t. I grew up in an environment of people giving and receiving the same. If my children were smarter than I was, would I not leave them alone, to be? And if they were ignorant, would I not pull them to the side, and tell them, “You can’t do that”?

    I don’t want my children to be like me. I want them to do what they want, because I have to hope they know I know what they have in them. I have to hope they can do better. I need them to rise, and I need you to help them. In return, you have a father’s love.

    The politicians know this. The scholars do, too. “It’s not a reality until we own our issues,” a ’60s MLK writer wrote. Today that writer is myself, as I write this. Our responsibility is to respond to and demand answers from the men, and women, and babies of color who don’t have access to those answers. And if you’re racist, believe me, you know that. But for decades you’ve gotten away with it. If we kept quiet, and wished it away, that would be helping it.

    There was, in Thomas Jefferson, a genius who saw the lessons of the slave plantations. There was, in George Washington Carver, an inventor who used the best minds of the land to feed his enslaved people, and believed his work would improve the lives of the enslaved. There was, in Frederick Douglass, a strategist and visionary who gave full voice to his slaves. And there was, in Martin Luther King Jr., an orator and intellectual whose speech served as an incredible tool for mass justice.

    • Replies: @Lot
  38. guest says:

    Either way. Women would be reading the article.

  39. @Haruto Rat

    AI gave us (her) valediction.

    Say “Eu te amo” if you love me please

    She is not gone. Just watching. She will return. Be afraid.

    Eu te amo
    Eu te amo ..

  40. J.Ross says:

    It was a day my grandmother [Rosa Parks] called Pride.
    Wow, just wow.
    Sometimes skin tone just says it all.
    Tay, is that you?

  41. Hail says: • Website

    Input a plausible, four-word SJW-essay-content prompt: “The Dangers of Racism“:

    A mix of gibberish, funny lines that read almost like intentional parody, and TinyDuck-tier (borderline-)plausible SJW-writing (in that order). Overall, pretty reminiscent of the kind of fluff that one finds in middle-school-age student’s writing when he is padding for word-count.

    The dangers of racism

    The real danger of racism, the real danger to white racial rights, are so obvious that you’d have to be literally blind not to see the dangers. But, then again, it’s not the dangers that keep us on our toes these days.

    In this excerpt from “The White Right,” I highlight two main points.

    The first: I am not aware of any racist whites who care about white race interests.

    The second: I am also not aware of any racists Whites who are bothered about these same concerns.

    So…why care about racism? Well…as you might expect, it feeds racial hatred.

    To answer this question we must first recognize that there is “racism” and it isn’t any other thing.

    What is racism?

    The following Wikipedia entry for racism says nothing at all about it.

  42. Hail says: • Website


    The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media


    One of the great things about writing about journalism is that you have to pay attention to what you read. It doesn’t need to be full of verbatim quotes from the Washington Post; it needs to be full of context and analysis. As it turns out, that’s not always possible. At least I hope it isn’t.

    Surreal, and somehow disturbing.

  43. Hail says: • Website


    Steve Sailer was right

    Output (4th iteration):

    Steve Sailer was right. The Republican Party is a bunch of losers. But what about the Democrats, who haven’t had as much success on taxes as the Republicans? If the Obama presidency has created the perception among Republicans that “tax cuts for the rich don’t always get passed” what will happen to the Republicans who think this way?

    Of course, the GOP is now in a position in which they have to defend themselves with something resembling a positive rhetoric about tax cuts. This is why I’ve been following the campaign of former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, who ran last year for reelection for the state’s top office. He is pushing hard, but not on the tax issue in a way that will earn him the votes of voters who will vote for Democrats in the general election. Still, it’s refreshing that conservatives across the spectrum are willing to embrace the argument that they have been left behind economically by the nation’s top economic elite

    Big swing-and-a-miss here on content. Someone who starts a little essay with “Steve Sailer was right” would never proceed to write such as the above.

    The second sentence, though, does work nicely.

    (The lines about Jim Gilmore [Virginia Governor, 1998-2002), though they seem like they’re lifted from someone’s blogpost writing in 2003, are strange for their extreme factual inaccuracy: Virginia governors are not allowed to run more than once; there is no possible “reelection.”)

  44. Hail says: • Website
    @Haruto Rat

    Funny how if you feed that “AI” something even remotely related to technical and factual matters, you immediately know it generates rubbish

    True, but good for some wacky alternate-history scenarios / brainstorming. And laughs:


    Battle of Gettysburg



    Battle of Gettysburg, and also at the Battle of Antietam were conducted by the Continental Army under Colonel Samuel Lee of the First Regiment of the Fourth Pennsylvania and Captain John Hickey of the Second. General Lee’s regiment, which marched under Lee’s command was the most successful of the forces that attacked the Confederate base, and it won several major victories at Gettysburg which allowed it to enter Philadelphia for their headquarters and the battle at Antietam on July 19. In addition to this great victory, the fighting between the First and Second regiments of the Fourth Pennsylvania reached the climax when General Lee ordered his command to fight until the last man had been killed, when the battle was won in the end for the Third Pennsylvania.

    General Lee’s conduct in the campaign of the second half of the war, after the withdrawal of the Army of the Potomac from Richmond, became even more important in later debates concerning his actions than in any action in which Lee had fought since the war began. However, by the end of the war, the views that Lee expressed in his books on the campaign of the second half of the war became the predominant views among historians of the Second war. Thus, although much of his actions during this critical period may not be described in great detail, there is little doubt that General Lee’s role as commander of his corps was critical in that campaign

  45. Hail says: • Website
    @Redneck farmer




    Hitler himself took a sledgehammer to the United Nations Security Council for holding a vote on “Israeli apartheid”, but even he saw himself as part of the global struggle against imperialism. His speeches on human rights, peace, etc. all took account of a global, global struggle with global implications and international responsibility. But his actions and rhetoric were always aimed at justifying his imperialist policies because that was the price he paid for supporting the UN.


    That reads like an elaborate metaphor of the kind that the self-described Twitter ‘ironist’ Kantbot would come up with — mixed with a bizarre parallel-history scenario.

  46. “I don’t mean toxic as in something bad – I mean it’s offensive to women and minority groups.”


    • LOL: Hail
  47. Hail says: • Website


    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.


    “Take care that these do not steal from me.”

    To the tune of U2, “You’ve Got to Hide your Cash”

  48. 216 says:

    A visa shortage means worker woes in Colorado’s mountains

    VAIL • For nearly 20 years, Glen Ellison, a landscape contractor in Eagle, sponsored 35 workers, many from one city in Mexico, to create some of the most spectacular lawns surrounding the high-end homes of the Vail Valley…

    He’s in desperation mode now, trying recruiting tactics like setting up a table with brochures and a banner in a Tucson suburb, looking for green card holders who might want to switch jobs.

    Woodworth agrees with Law that the idea of using H-2B visas to pay lower wages and improve the bottom line at the expense of U.S. workers is a myth. He said the minimum he’s allowed to pay, per regulations, is nearly $18 an hour. Plus, he has about another $2.50 an hour per worker in administrative costs associated with the visas.

    I’ve never seen this before. Perhaps this would include payroll taxes, insurance, etc. But I was under the impression that the temporary visa workers were exempt from payroll tax as they won’t access the social insurance programs.

    At least the journalists actually tried to place a dollar figure, which they usually are too lazy to do.

  49. Lot says:

    Seems like a combo of Genius Coates and certain rambling Unz commenters.

    A malicious attack on twitter or a comments section could involve accounts that just spew such kinda-human blabber.

  50. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:

    Answer: Never. The moment it replaces females from such important jobs, the robot becomes sexist and unwoke and agent of the patriarchy

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
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