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Speaking of rent-seeking diversitarians, from The Guardian:

Riz Ahmed warns lack of diversity on TV will drive young to Isis

Actor says viewers from minority backgrounds are switching off and turning to terrorism propaganda films which make recruits look like James Bond

Actor Riz Ahmed has warned that a lack of diversity on TV is alienating young people.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Thursday 2 March 2017 12.17 EST

Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed has warned that the enduring failure to champion diversity on TV is alienating young people, driving them towards extremism and into the arms of Isis.

Ahmed, known for his roles in Four Lions and the the Star Wars prequel Rogue One,

Personally, I saw both of those movies, along with Nightcrawler in which he plays some kind of pseud0-Chicano, and this guy made zero impression on me. I had forgotten he existed.

said the lack of diverse voices and stories onscreen led people from minority backgrounds to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria”.

Delivering Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture in Parliament, Ahmed said that in the light of the rise in racial and religious hate crimes post-Brexit, TV had a pivotal role to play in ensuring different communities felt heard, and valued, in British society.

“If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism,” he said.

“In the mind of the Isis recruit, he’s the next James Bond right? Have you seen some of those Isis propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies. Where is the counter narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they valued?”

Ahmed’s recent roles include the HBO drama The Night Of and comedy series Girls, both American TV shows.

I, Riz Ahmed, am almost as asymmetrically funny-looking as Adam Driver is, and we were both on Girls.

Yet he gets to play Darth Vader Jr. in Star Wars movies, while I’m stuck playing Bodhi Rook.

I ask you: is that fair?

Like Idris Elba, who delivered the lecture last year, Ahmed used the platform to criticise the fact he still had to go to the US to land major parts.

Trust me, I really wanted to spend my entire life doing Coronation Street and appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and living in a fourth floor walk-up flat. But instead I had to go to Hollywood to be in a Star Wars movie.

Because you are racist and I hate you.

“It takes American remakes of British shows to cast someone like me,” he said. “We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’.”

That bastard Shakespeare.

Ahmed said British television still perceived diversity as a “frill or an added extra” and that if it is not addressed immediately, it would create more divisions across the country.

Immediately!

… He added: “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with Isis in Syria.” …

Ahmed called on the government to act, particularly to overturn the unconscious bias in hiring that was preventing talented people from black, Asian and minority backgrounds rising up the ranks. He said public money should be tied to representation targets for broadcasters to break the cycle of top jobs going mainly to white men.

I hate you

Look how Daniel Day-Lewis gets all the good roles.

He’s always going on about how he was a discriminated-against Irishman.

But his dad was Poet Laureate of England and his mom’s dad owned a big movie studio.

That impudent dog.

He needs a good beheading to teach him submission.

Then I could star in Lincoln 2.

On English TV, of course, not for Spielberg.

I only want to be on English TV. It’s your fault that I’m contracted to do Star Wars movies through 2031.

 
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  1. Hugh says:

    Delivering Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture in Parliament, Ahmed said ……..

    That’s your problem right there, we need daily diversity lectures.

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  2. TheBoom says:

    Three quick questions:
    1. Isn’t the way Muslims easily join ISIS a great reason to not have them in a non-Muslim society?
    2. Why don’t whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?
    3. How about the lack of diversity in Muslim countries? Why don’t their minorities join their own version of ISIS?

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    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @27 year old
    >2. Why don’t whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?

    They do, the current White version of ISIS (twitter combat) is just so lame that nobody notices or cares.
    , @The Alarmist

    "2. Why don’t whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?
     
    Because the KKK is not as hip as ISIS.
    , @Bill B.
    I don't really stay awake at night worrying about Muslims joining ISIS.

    I do have an issue with letting them back into the West...
  3. “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story …

    Ie, if you don’t stop making TV shows about the English and their history and replace them with shows about Muslims and Africans and our fantasy future.

    “Dr. Mohammed Who:
    “A member of an alien race called the Time-Caliphs, Dr. Mohammed travels through time rectifying perversions of the timeline like the battle of Lepanto. His spaceship, the Retardis, is permanently stuck in the form of a dessert tent.”

    “Fawlty Twin Towers:
    The (((bufoonish engineer-proprieter))) of an English hotel repeatedly burns his hotel down through malice towards his Paki guests, who are usually saved by the highly competent Spanish bellhop.”

    “Mohammed Python:
    An ir-irreverent look at Islamic customs. Best known for ‘The Poppy Farmer’ skit… ‘Oh, I’m a poppy farmer, and I’m okay… I want to be a bacha bazi, just like my dear papa.’ ”

    “Middle-Eastenders:
    A sitcom about the residents of London.”

    “Downton Mosque:
    An English lord revives his dying ancestral home by turning it into a mosque and marrying off his daughters to immigrants.”

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    • Replies: @Another Canadian
    Don't forget "Little Mosque on the Prairie"

    https://youtu.be/Ed01j-Z3DyY
    , @Georg E
    And for the cultured viewers: "Merchant of Rotherham", "A Middummer Night's Stab", "Bloodshed Revisted"...
  4. He wants the big (or bigger) BBC and ITV bucks.

    A lot of Asian families in the UK watch their own-language programming on satellite, which is why you find people who’ve lived here 25 years but need an interpreter in court. UK has 2 main satellites, Eutelsat and Astra.

    Not looked at Eutelsat, but Astra has 55 channels available in one of the following – Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi and Urdu. 14 Arabic channels.*

    http://www.onastra.com/16665077/channels?free=yes&pay=yes&mode=tv&language[]=123&sd=yes&hd=yes#!/channels

    * I think the Astra site needs to check its code, one of the “Arabic” channels is “Nick Jr” in Polish!

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    • Replies: @malkovich
    Exactly, they have very little interest in participating in British cultural life. Riz could start by being a bit more honest about how unusual a case he is, as a young British Pakistani male, for taking an interest in performing arts. To the extent that they do it's almost exclusively rap (which he himself has a sideline in). I'm sure the ITV and BBC execs would love to commission programmes by/about the "Asian" communities but anyone who's been to any of those areas can see that they're never going to produce many playwrights / thespians / directors / novelists. Hardly fertile ground for the bohemian spirit. The few high achieving ones are more likely to be pointed toward law, medicine, business by the father. A few come through into the England cricket ranks now. The rest...well:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4024376/It-like-scene-Wild-West-Gang-men-attack-takeaway-outlet-using-HAMMER-broad-daylight.html
  5. “… the unconscious bias in hiring … “: A scourge which many agencies of the Australian Government are trying to eliminate through training programs.

    As someone who was forced to endure one such program, I can assure you that your worst fears are correct: It is nothing but neo-Marxist propaganda that uses “scientific” arguments to “prove” that white people discriminate against other people, even when they are trying not to.

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  6. OT, but think you will find it interesting.

    “‘Racial Self-Interest’ is not Racism”. New report: https://policyexchange.org.uk/publication/racial-self-interest-is-not-racism/

    And accompanying article: https://www.ft.com/content/220090e0-efc1-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    It is an interesting read, but it will ultimately be used to legitimize group interests of groups other than Whites, because otherwise it gives the majority the moral framework to stop immigration and even reverse it.
    , @guest
    Why is that report pretending as if "racism" has a stable definition? If ever science (or "science") should turn against the official dogmas of our overlords, they'll just "sidestep," like the governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    They report may prove useful, as a the ruling class is fine with their minority attack dogs being openly racist. But should any white person ever use it to justify their "racism," goodthinkers will be aghast and truly believe they never defended such an abominable standard, ever.

  7. dcthrowback says: • Website

    I believe you’re underselling Mr. Ahmed. In his “Girls” role, he had to play a popular surfing teacher/DJ in the Hamptons. That was the easy part. The harder part was he also had to feign sexual attraction to the star/writer/director of the show. He also had to utter the words (not joking) “Man, that’s a lot of p***y hair down there.” (Like Lion of the Blogosphere, I watch so you don’t have to.) I say give him his Emmy now.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    dcthrowback, Reading too quickly, I thought you said...."give him his Enema now." Which works too. I actually saw some of this episode of "Girls" and you need the almost impossible to find "Eye Bleach" after viewing any of that show.I saw "Nightcrawler" and I don't remember him at all.
  8. eah says:

    At some point it must (and I hope will) be recognized that ridiculing these people isn’t doing much good — no matter how much fun it is.

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    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    This.

    Cracking jokes to your buddies about the bully in the school yard while safely sitting in your basement has limited efficacy.
    , @Kylie
    "At some point it must (and I hope will) be recognized that ridiculing these people isn’t doing much good — no matter how much fun it is."

    Nothing short of expelling them from Western nations and preventing their reentry by any means necessary is going to do much good.
  9. @Chrisnonymous

    “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story …
     
    Ie, if you don't stop making TV shows about the English and their history and replace them with shows about Muslims and Africans and our fantasy future.

    "Dr. Mohammed Who:
    "A member of an alien race called the Time-Caliphs, Dr. Mohammed travels through time rectifying perversions of the timeline like the battle of Lepanto. His spaceship, the Retardis, is permanently stuck in the form of a dessert tent."

    "Fawlty Twin Towers:
    The (((bufoonish engineer-proprieter))) of an English hotel repeatedly burns his hotel down through malice towards his Paki guests, who are usually saved by the highly competent Spanish bellhop."

    "Mohammed Python:
    An ir-irreverent look at Islamic customs. Best known for 'The Poppy Farmer' skit... 'Oh, I'm a poppy farmer, and I'm okay... I want to be a bacha bazi, just like my dear papa.' "

    "Middle-Eastenders:
    A sitcom about the residents of London."

    "Downton Mosque:
    An English lord revives his dying ancestral home by turning it into a mosque and marrying off his daughters to immigrants."

    Don’t forget “Little Mosque on the Prairie”

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  10. this guy made zero impression on me. I had forgotten he existed.

    Same. I saw Rogue One and thought, this guy’s a little narrow-shouldered to be a swashbuckling space rebel. I suppose he was cast so he wouldn’t physically dominate the petite 63″ tall Felicity Jones in her role as swashbuckling space rebel.

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  11. Arclight says:

    How sad – he clearly is just frustrated that the UK movie industry is too small to make use of only average talent with non-British features, so he doesn’t have the career he feels entitled to. So he has to go full “ISIS” in his explanation – the trouble being, you never go full ISIS if you want people to believe you.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Arc, I am a fan of Guy Ritchie's British gangsta movies, especially "Snatch". Mr. Ahmed could fit nicely in any of these movies, as they always feature minority Brits and average looking actors. Problem is, Ritchie's movies really don't feature "stars" and Mr. Ahmed is a star now, doncha know. And, how do I know he's a star? Because he now feels free and qualified to lecture us deplorables.
    , @Altai

    so he doesn’t have the career he feels entitled to.
     
    Any actor complaining about this for any reason is totally delusional. (Granted it is a vocation that attracts a lot of narcissists) The instability and potentially short period of success is part of the game. It's easy to get into, it's not easy to become successful. It is mired in luck like no other career with so much competition, nepotism and winner-takes-all results.

    The guy is an English speaker prepared to move to another country who got cast in one of the biggest films of all time because of the dissonance for non-UK audiences of his accent and face despite his lack of screen charisma, he lucked out! He just got more attention and more money than 99% of actors will ever receive in their lifetimes.

    Daniel Radcliffe is another one that bugs me, he really thinks he deserves to be a big movie star because he played Harry Potter despite his total lack of any qualifications beside a lack of any dignity. (A good asset in Hollywood to be sure, but not enough) Being 'right' for Harry Potter is exactly why he wouldn't have had a career outside those films!

  12. eah says:

    Mine too.

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  13. @TheBoom
    Three quick questions:
    1. Isn't the way Muslims easily join ISIS a great reason to not have them in a non-Muslim society?
    2. Why don't whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?
    3. How about the lack of diversity in Muslim countries? Why don't their minorities join their own version of ISIS?

    >2. Why don’t whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?

    They do, the current White version of ISIS (twitter combat) is just so lame that nobody notices or cares.

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  14. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I confess to never having watched an ‘ISIS propaganda video’. Are they that good? I thought that sort of thing consisted of a lot of beheading porn, not exactly suitable for bedtime viewing. Hire me or face terrorism he seems to be saying. We should start giving out hutzpah awards.

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  15. @dcthrowback
    I believe you're underselling Mr. Ahmed. In his "Girls" role, he had to play a popular surfing teacher/DJ in the Hamptons. That was the easy part. The harder part was he also had to feign sexual attraction to the star/writer/director of the show. He also had to utter the words (not joking) "Man, that's a lot of p***y hair down there." (Like Lion of the Blogosphere, I watch so you don't have to.) I say give him his Emmy now.

    dcthrowback, Reading too quickly, I thought you said….”give him his Enema now.” Which works too. I actually saw some of this episode of “Girls” and you need the almost impossible to find “Eye Bleach” after viewing any of that show.I saw “Nightcrawler” and I don’t remember him at all.

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  16. @Arclight
    How sad - he clearly is just frustrated that the UK movie industry is too small to make use of only average talent with non-British features, so he doesn't have the career he feels entitled to. So he has to go full "ISIS" in his explanation - the trouble being, you never go full ISIS if you want people to believe you.

    Arc, I am a fan of Guy Ritchie’s British gangsta movies, especially “Snatch”. Mr. Ahmed could fit nicely in any of these movies, as they always feature minority Brits and average looking actors. Problem is, Ritchie’s movies really don’t feature “stars” and Mr. Ahmed is a star now, doncha know. And, how do I know he’s a star? Because he now feels free and qualified to lecture us deplorables.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    +1 on Guy Ritchie’s British gangsta movies, especially Snatch. Brad Pitt is hilarious. Also "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels".

    I like the swearing in these movies. Instead of F this and F that, they call each other c**ts and wankers.
    , @Arclight
    Actually, I enjoyed those movies as well - but again, the role Mr. Ahmed would fill would be of some underworld slightly disreputable character and apparently that's not good enough for him.

    Anyway, the entire point is that his statement about youths radicalizing because there aren't enough people that look like them on TV is just flat out stupid. It's also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let's not think too hard about what that means.
  17. Lurker says:

    I think DDL’s claims of being bullied as a kid for being Irish are utter BS. If he was bullied at all it was for being posh in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    • Replies: @guest
    Eh, bullying is common enough that it could happen anywhere, anytime, for any reason. Of course, like "racism," that term is deliberately kept vague, so as to be under- or overplayed at the convenience of authorized users.* Does it mean being singled out for abuse on a regular basis, day-in-day-out, for a significant period of time? Or does it mean any abuse at all?

    I don't consider myself to have been bullied. But there was one guy who antagonized me on a few separate occasions. Once he poked me in the back of the neck with a paperclip during class. Another time he poured sand over my head. I didn't fight back because he was from the other side of the tracks, and he or his friends might've stabbed me. Still makes me physically angry to think about it.

    However, like I said, it was only a few incidents. It wasn't sustained. I can believe Daniel Day-Lewis was mocked or had sand poured on his head once for being a potato-eater. If that's all bullying has to amount to.

    *For instance, it may be overplayed if the victim is part of a protected class. I assumed all along that the current anti-bullying push in the MSM was about gay kids. On the other hand, you underplay when it's being used as a rationale for homeschooling.

    There's a balancing act, here, whereby you want people to take bullying seriously enough for you to use it for leverage to get more power over people's lives. But you simultaneously have to pretend bullying isn't a big enough problem that you can't conquer it and create a utopian disciplinary environment in the schools. Or wherever people interact with eachother, really.

    Also, you don't want non-homeschooling parents to get too worried about it, either. There's currently a show on HBO about crazy parents feuding over kids supposedly assaulting eachother at an upscale elementary school. Administrators don't want that kind of involvement from parents, nor the lawsuits it leads to. So they better watch themselves on the anti-bullying propaganda.

    Fuzzy definitions to the rescue!

  18. Glossy says: • Website

    This is an HBD blog. Any theories on Adam Driver’s face? Part American Indian?

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "This is an HBD blog. Any theories on Adam Driver’s face? Part American Indian?"

    Wikipedia says Adam Driver is English, Dutch, Irish, German, and Scottish, so he is not a Mestizo. In terms of Non Northern European ancestry I would have guessed Jewish way before Mestizo. Adam Driver looks like he could be Andy Samberg's brother, but not Benjamin Bratt's brother.

  19. Tiny Duck says:

    He is exactly right. Black and minority ethnic people feel alienated because so much of Britain’s “national story” is white – from the way history is taught in schools to the glut of all-white period dramas on television. If we don’t step up and tell a representative story, we’re going to start losing people to other stories.

    white men are way overrepresented in everything and need to taken down a peg

    Pretty much the only people who disagree with me are white males. that tells you something right there

    Oh by the way, Jeff Sessions perjured himself yesterday. He is going to be impeached

    That’s another one down

    How does it feel? Knowing you are losing the breeding and cultural game and that Riz Ahmed is the future

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    TD, Feel free to live in an alternate world, oh wait a minute.
  20. “Delivering Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture in Parliament…”

    Annual? They seem more frequent than that.

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  21. English actor, 1965: “If I don’t get this part, I shall just die.”

    English actor, 2017: “If I don’t get this part, I must keeeel youuuuuuuu!”

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  22. Georg E says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story …
     
    Ie, if you don't stop making TV shows about the English and their history and replace them with shows about Muslims and Africans and our fantasy future.

    "Dr. Mohammed Who:
    "A member of an alien race called the Time-Caliphs, Dr. Mohammed travels through time rectifying perversions of the timeline like the battle of Lepanto. His spaceship, the Retardis, is permanently stuck in the form of a dessert tent."

    "Fawlty Twin Towers:
    The (((bufoonish engineer-proprieter))) of an English hotel repeatedly burns his hotel down through malice towards his Paki guests, who are usually saved by the highly competent Spanish bellhop."

    "Mohammed Python:
    An ir-irreverent look at Islamic customs. Best known for 'The Poppy Farmer' skit... 'Oh, I'm a poppy farmer, and I'm okay... I want to be a bacha bazi, just like my dear papa.' "

    "Middle-Eastenders:
    A sitcom about the residents of London."

    "Downton Mosque:
    An English lord revives his dying ancestral home by turning it into a mosque and marrying off his daughters to immigrants."

    And for the cultured viewers: “Merchant of Rotherham”, “A Middummer Night’s Stab”, “Bloodshed Revisted”…

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  23. Yes, rent-seeking — and extortion. As in, “if you don’t put us in your shows, we’ll blow your legs off and leave your people bloody and screaming in your streets at random intervals.”

    Translated even further, every group of people essentially threatens every other with destruction if they don’t get living space and the chance to impose their will.

    People suck, and we all need our own cell walls and sovereign organs in Earth’s body in which to perform our functions. That’s called nationalism, and its the best.
    i.e. “Good fences make good neighbors, so get the hell off my lawn!”

    My organ is better than any other. It has so far excreted Shakespeare, motion pictures, television, radio, recorded sound…

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  24. Erik L says:

    You make fun but I can believe that (aside from the money) being in a “Star Wars” movie isn’t that much fun for an actor…unless he really likes Star Wars.

    As for diversity in acting, I’d like to see more unattractive but great actors in leading roles

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  25. It is believed, on the best authority, that the favorite TV show of most ISIS members is Dennis the Menace.

    The episode, in which Dennis flays Mr. Wilson alive for not returning his baseball, is probably the one that is most fondly cherished within the highest ranks of ISIS!

    It’s sort of a how-to manual for Muslim maniacs!

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  26. Yak-15 says:

    Does this mean that the hilarious Ali G is now racist and that Sacha Baron Cohen must be beheaded?

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    • Replies: @TelfoedJohn
    Ali G was originally a parody of a Pakistani youth who aped black culture. He would mention "my cousin Jamal" etc. That was a bit too close to the bone, so he became a white youth later.

    This is a recent example of a Pakistani in the UK squaring up to a giant Pole:
    https://youtu.be/GOILjsympfg

    Like Ali G, he has difficulty spitting:
    http://makeagif.com/gif/ali-g-spit-fail-4aMA5r
  27. @TheBoom
    Three quick questions:
    1. Isn't the way Muslims easily join ISIS a great reason to not have them in a non-Muslim society?
    2. Why don't whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?
    3. How about the lack of diversity in Muslim countries? Why don't their minorities join their own version of ISIS?

    “2. Why don’t whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?

    Because the KKK is not as hip as ISIS.

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  28. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with Isis in Syria.”

    Muslims going back to the Middle East? This must not be allowed! One-way traffic rule has to be enforced.

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  29. Kyle a says:

    Don’t all British actors move their tack stateside for the work? We need more of the Jewish guys who play Muslim rappers from Britain though.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Don’t all British actors move their tack stateside for the work? We need more of the Jewish guys who play Muslim rappers from Britain though."

    The Ali G character is not Muslim.
  30. eD says:

    Semi-off topic, but I have had the evil thought that if someone were to put me in charge of a new “Star Trek” series or movie, I would make it clear or at least drop hints that everyone in the Federation were Muslim, and the real mission of the Federation was to spread Islam throughout the galaxy.

    The purpose of this would be no reason other than trolling. It always seemed to me that the Federation was motivated by some sort of utopian egalitarian ideology that most people would oppose if it were explained to them. At the time “Star Trek” was created, Communism would have worked, but its faded somewhat now, and Islam now fits better.

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    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    "Why are there no Muslims on Star Trek, Dad?"

    "Because it's set in the future, son."

  31. Mr. Anon says:

    We often hear this argument. Because of X (travel ban, desecration of the Koran, not being hired to play James Bond, etc.) many muslims will become terrorists. Therefore we ought not to do X.

    It seems to me a more rational argument would be: Anybody who might become a terrorist because of X is not somebody we want in our country.

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  32. @Buffalo Joe
    Arc, I am a fan of Guy Ritchie's British gangsta movies, especially "Snatch". Mr. Ahmed could fit nicely in any of these movies, as they always feature minority Brits and average looking actors. Problem is, Ritchie's movies really don't feature "stars" and Mr. Ahmed is a star now, doncha know. And, how do I know he's a star? Because he now feels free and qualified to lecture us deplorables.

    +1 on Guy Ritchie’s British gangsta movies, especially Snatch. Brad Pitt is hilarious. Also “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”.

    I like the swearing in these movies. Instead of F this and F that, they call each other c**ts and wankers.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jim Bob, Bollocks to you mate, and Dennis Farina in "Snatch" is comedy gold, violence but not blood porn. I just saw Ritchie's "Rocknrolla", good but not "Snatch" or "Lock, Stock" quality. And not to put you down, but I hate the "C" word, 25 years of rough and crude construction and hardly anyone used that word. Otherwise, we're good, you wanker.
  33. Romanian says: • Website
    @Bill Bobby
    OT, but think you will find it interesting.

    "‘Racial Self-Interest’ is not Racism". New report: https://policyexchange.org.uk/publication/racial-self-interest-is-not-racism/

    And accompanying article: https://www.ft.com/content/220090e0-efc1-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6

    It is an interesting read, but it will ultimately be used to legitimize group interests of groups other than Whites, because otherwise it gives the majority the moral framework to stop immigration and even reverse it.

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  34. Altai says:

    You know, if I were a member of an immigrant group that dragged on my host society so much that even though it was still relatively minor in size and hadn’t been present in any serious numbers before man walked on the moon, that being on television in proportion with my groups size and importance would cause me to immediately become a jihadi sympathiser, I’d be, like, apologetic or something. Yet this guy and all the others never are.

    I guess Trump is gunna cause a wave of Mexican and East Asian terrorism. What with his harsh language and relative lack of those groups on US TV. There can’t be any other component to this alleged phenomenon.

    Also I like how Riz Ahmed doesn’t get that all his success is down to being a Pathan in the West. He’d never get much work if he was his white equivalent or trying to work in Pakistan or India. That he doesn’t get it is just too good. Indeed, just like Diego Luna, it is the problems of this group and their drain and subsequent generation of resentment that propels him (The Pakistani underclass doesn’t furnish a lot of talented thespians, there isn’t a lot of good Hispanic talent either, judging from the quality of Hispanic actors on US productions.) in a Hollywood desperate to score diversity points.

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  35. Arclight says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Arc, I am a fan of Guy Ritchie's British gangsta movies, especially "Snatch". Mr. Ahmed could fit nicely in any of these movies, as they always feature minority Brits and average looking actors. Problem is, Ritchie's movies really don't feature "stars" and Mr. Ahmed is a star now, doncha know. And, how do I know he's a star? Because he now feels free and qualified to lecture us deplorables.

    Actually, I enjoyed those movies as well – but again, the role Mr. Ahmed would fill would be of some underworld slightly disreputable character and apparently that’s not good enough for him.

    Anyway, the entire point is that his statement about youths radicalizing because there aren’t enough people that look like them on TV is just flat out stupid. It’s also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let’s not think too hard about what that means.

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    Arc, Very nicely stated and I now change your name to Arc-enlightening.
    , @bomag
    It’s also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let’s not think too hard about what that means.

    Very nicely stated

    Indeed, and it sets his ilk up as perennial lecturers. After every failure of his "people", we must do more; give more away; have more programs; promote more of them into positions of power; etc etc forever until we are gone and only they remain.

  36. Alfa158 says:

    Obviously his real complaint about diversity is that he didn’t get any big roles in British films. We watch pretty much all of the British mystery shows available in the US and non-Whites are grossly OVER overrepresented in the casting. That even applies to shows set in rural England. Many are now shot in picturesque, authentically English locations like the Costwolds and North Counties that are still overwhelmingly White, but the racial mix is unrealistically non-White. We saw one last night set in a bucolic village complete with maypole dancing locals, thatched cottages and incomprehensible local dialects. The local copper was Chinese, his boss, the local vicar, and most of the crime scene technicians were Nigerian. Additionally there were various Blacks and mixed race people in bit roles. Maybe Ahmed saw the same show as we did and was outraged that, oddly, there were no Pakis in the episode.

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  37. Whiskey says: • Website

    This is just part of the ongoing purge of particularly, White men in movies and TV in the West. It will go on till it reaches its natural conclusion –no White man anywhere anytime on filmed entertainment.

    What drives it is the war between the (White) sexes. Contra Steve, the interests of (White) men and women are opposed and indeed irretrievably hostile to each other. In a free for all sexual market, women’s interest is to criminalize all beta male (White) sexual interest, and have no constraint at all on female sexual activity. For men, it is the reverse, to curb female sexual activity (so there is something other than sluts and whores on the mate market who end up Alpha Widows) and decriminalize beta male interest.

    There is no logical stopping point here until low/no talent “diverse” non Whites occupy all the entertainment spaces, leaving White men of course even more alienated than Muslim jihadis who will blow people to bits in Syria and England regardless if some talentless hacks get the lead in a remake of Pride and Prejudice: Muslim style. “Ahmed must honor kill Lizzie for speaking to Mr. Darcy.”

    But the anti-White people (angry White Alpha Widows, non-Whites) figure all White dudes are like Johnny Galecki from Big Bang Theory so they don’t have even a smidgen of fear for this course. Like the Captain of the Titanic increasing speed once icebergs are spotted.

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  38. Altai says:
    @Arclight
    How sad - he clearly is just frustrated that the UK movie industry is too small to make use of only average talent with non-British features, so he doesn't have the career he feels entitled to. So he has to go full "ISIS" in his explanation - the trouble being, you never go full ISIS if you want people to believe you.

    so he doesn’t have the career he feels entitled to.

    Any actor complaining about this for any reason is totally delusional. (Granted it is a vocation that attracts a lot of narcissists) The instability and potentially short period of success is part of the game. It’s easy to get into, it’s not easy to become successful. It is mired in luck like no other career with so much competition, nepotism and winner-takes-all results.

    The guy is an English speaker prepared to move to another country who got cast in one of the biggest films of all time because of the dissonance for non-UK audiences of his accent and face despite his lack of screen charisma, he lucked out! He just got more attention and more money than 99% of actors will ever receive in their lifetimes.

    Daniel Radcliffe is another one that bugs me, he really thinks he deserves to be a big movie star because he played Harry Potter despite his total lack of any qualifications beside a lack of any dignity. (A good asset in Hollywood to be sure, but not enough) Being ‘right’ for Harry Potter is exactly why he wouldn’t have had a career outside those films!

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  39. malkovich says:
    @Anonymous Nephew
    He wants the big (or bigger) BBC and ITV bucks.

    A lot of Asian families in the UK watch their own-language programming on satellite, which is why you find people who've lived here 25 years but need an interpreter in court. UK has 2 main satellites, Eutelsat and Astra.

    Not looked at Eutelsat, but Astra has 55 channels available in one of the following - Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi and Urdu. 14 Arabic channels.*

    http://www.onastra.com/16665077/channels?free=yes&pay=yes&mode=tv&language[]=123&sd=yes&hd=yes#!/channels

    * I think the Astra site needs to check its code, one of the "Arabic" channels is "Nick Jr" in Polish!

    Exactly, they have very little interest in participating in British cultural life. Riz could start by being a bit more honest about how unusual a case he is, as a young British Pakistani male, for taking an interest in performing arts. To the extent that they do it’s almost exclusively rap (which he himself has a sideline in). I’m sure the ITV and BBC execs would love to commission programmes by/about the “Asian” communities but anyone who’s been to any of those areas can see that they’re never going to produce many playwrights / thespians / directors / novelists. Hardly fertile ground for the bohemian spirit. The few high achieving ones are more likely to be pointed toward law, medicine, business by the father. A few come through into the England cricket ranks now. The rest…well:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4024376/It-like-scene-Wild-West-Gang-men-attack-takeaway-outlet-using-HAMMER-broad-daylight.html

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    The UK theatre is very PC and loves loves loves to recruit minority actors - I'm pretty sure the last RSC production I saw had a black Hippolyte and a couple of Asian actors. It's not unusual at the RSC for minorities in the audience to be outnumbered by minorities on the stage.

    Here's the cast of Saturday's Globe Theatre cut-down production of Taming Of The Shrew.

    http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/155346659468/playing-shakespeare-the-taming-of-the-shrew

    Layo-Christina Akinlude, James Backway, Michael Fenner, Alex Gaumond, Richard James-Neale, Samuel Martin, Clive Mendus, Alex Mugnaloni, Gloria Onitiri, Viss Elliot Safavi

    Problem comes when you move from the middle/upper-middle class audience (a lot of whom are wealthy enough to have little diversity in their everyday lives) to mass TV audiences.
  40. @eD
    Semi-off topic, but I have had the evil thought that if someone were to put me in charge of a new "Star Trek" series or movie, I would make it clear or at least drop hints that everyone in the Federation were Muslim, and the real mission of the Federation was to spread Islam throughout the galaxy.

    The purpose of this would be no reason other than trolling. It always seemed to me that the Federation was motivated by some sort of utopian egalitarian ideology that most people would oppose if it were explained to them. At the time "Star Trek" was created, Communism would have worked, but its faded somewhat now, and Islam now fits better.

    “Why are there no Muslims on Star Trek, Dad?”

    “Because it’s set in the future, son.”

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  41. @Arclight
    Actually, I enjoyed those movies as well - but again, the role Mr. Ahmed would fill would be of some underworld slightly disreputable character and apparently that's not good enough for him.

    Anyway, the entire point is that his statement about youths radicalizing because there aren't enough people that look like them on TV is just flat out stupid. It's also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let's not think too hard about what that means.

    Arc, Very nicely stated and I now change your name to Arc-enlightening.

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  42. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Good thing we have lots of Jews on TV and comedy. Otherwise, they might grow angry and foment Wars for Israel all over the Middle East.

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  43. JohnnyD says:

    All together now: “That’s what separate countries are for!”

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  44. @eah
    At some point it must (and I hope will) be recognized that ridiculing these people isn't doing much good -- no matter how much fun it is.

    This.

    Cracking jokes to your buddies about the bully in the school yard while safely sitting in your basement has limited efficacy.

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    Cracking jokes to your buddies... has limited efficacy.
     
    Well, yeah, but I'm unable to bring action against 99.99...% of the World's problems, so that's the only response I have for the most part.
    , @Thea
    So, what can we do better? I'm not being sarcastic, I really don't know how to help fix it.
  45. bomag says:
    @Arclight
    Actually, I enjoyed those movies as well - but again, the role Mr. Ahmed would fill would be of some underworld slightly disreputable character and apparently that's not good enough for him.

    Anyway, the entire point is that his statement about youths radicalizing because there aren't enough people that look like them on TV is just flat out stupid. It's also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let's not think too hard about what that means.

    It’s also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let’s not think too hard about what that means.

    Very nicely stated

    Indeed, and it sets his ilk up as perennial lecturers. After every failure of his “people”, we must do more; give more away; have more programs; promote more of them into positions of power; etc etc forever until we are gone and only they remain.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    bomag, Very nicely stated too, I now christen you Bomagnum.
  46. Corvinus says:

    “Personally, I saw both of those movies, along with Nightcrawler in which he plays some kind of pseud0-Chicano, and this guy made zero impression on me.”

    Exactly. And why those who give him a podium to speak about nonsense that most white people will initially get mad at, then realize there are more important issues in the world to focus on, is bizarre. Such is daily existence for the Coalition of the Fringe groups. Tragically comical.

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  47. Who could have seen this coming? 100 threats against Jewish centres were by a black former Intercept writer (home of leftwing superstar Glenn Grenwald)

    http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/3/14801856/juan-thompson-arrested-jcc-bomb-threats-jewish-center-intercept

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    Thanks for the article. Do you have any more details on this:


    Police do not believe Thompson was the main force behind the recent threats, which have targeted as many as 100 Jewish centers in recent weeks. Prosecutors believe Thompson made only eight of the threats
     
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    They have updated the article (i.e. changed it so the narrative explosion does not look quite so bad). The original is available at the Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20170302231942/https://theintercept.com/2017/02/28/trump-suggests-anti-semitic-acts-might-faked-make-movement-look-bad/
    I had some trouble with the page redirecting to "not found", but was able to get it by saving the page during the initial load. Here's the original headline:

    Trump Can’t Accept That His Allies Are Targeting Jews — So He Blames His Opponents

    Oops.
  49. Mitchell says:

    There’s a weird sort of dynamic to this game Riz Ahmed (and the left in general) is playing with this and similar statements. Put in less politically acceptable terms, the template is as follows:

    LEFT to minorities: “Even tiny imagined slights are a form of colonialist violence intended to keep you down! If you’re left out of movies, that’s white supremacy in action!” Or, more specifically,

    College professor to Abdul Razak Ali Artan: “Look everywhere for the invisible ways whites are working hard to keep you down! Document it for college credit!”

    LEFT to movie industry: “Minorities today are so exquisitely touchy that even making a movie that doesn’t include them will cause them to engage in retaliatory violence against the West. If you guys don’t want terrorism, you gotta be more inclusive.” Or, more generally,

    In other words, the left is creating the disease by marketing anger against whites to minorities, and then selling a cure by marketing affirmative action to whites. The whole exercise is stupid, but (to a degree) it’s worked politically.

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  50. OT, but a white racist deplorable redneck conservative has been arrested for making all those bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/arrest-made-in-bomb-threats-against-us-jewish-centers/

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  51. Cortes says:

    And poor old Sir Sean had to go to America to play the Irish cop. The Japanese/Italian chicken catchphrase applies:

    I”its an injustice!”

    French version:

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  52. Travis says:

    Riz Ahmed just stated reason number 2,372 for why we should ban muslims from the United States…if we fail to give Islamists roles in American films they will wage Jihad against the West, more grounds for keeping Muslims out of western nations.

    Mexicans pose no such threat, even in Mexico Mestizos are prohibited from obtaining good roles in Mexican TV shows and Films and they never rarely complain, nor do they threaten the west with Jihad.

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  53. Mugwump says: • Website

    Am I sensing that they are giving up on Mexicans and going for Muslims now as the future of the electorate?

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  54. Lot says:

    Ryan has his new health care bill now. It features Medicaid cuts (maybe OK), a huge tax cut for the rich, and a tax increase on employer paid health plans above the 90th percentile in cost: ie the type that older unionized auto and steel workers and retirees have. It will overall be a huge benefit to Wall Street billionaires but make manufacturing companies like Ford and GE pay more in taxes unless it cuts worker health care in the next round of contract negotiations.

    It also replaces the exchange subsidy with a tax credit that maxes out at $4000, a big hit to older but pre retirement WWC people who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a private policy. Some of them will see their monthly payments for insurance go from $300 to $900+ as a result.

    It will overall increase costs on the entire system as insurance companies expensively readjust to a whole new set of regulations.

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    What a joke
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Ryan is a tool, and the Republican party is not President Trump's friend. Let's not forget.

    I sense Congress (our new, vaunted, Republican-controlled Congress!) is dragging its feet and do everything it can to impede Trump's initiatives on foreign trade and immigration -- i.e. cheap labor.

    You see, cheap labor is the friend of industries that control Republican congressmen and also of Democrats who want more voters.

    All we hear about from apparatchiks like Ryan is "healh care reform" and "tax reform" and "regulation reform" -- the same old songs of the same old Republicans who sold our country to China.

    How about doing something to cut the prices of medical services and drugs down to size, like what people pay in other countries? Huh, Mr. Ryan??? No, the parasitic medical and pharmaceutical industries have to keep on gouging American patients!

    Notice how "Ryan's" bill screws union people. That's his schtick. That's the reason our industry was shipped to Asia and scab workers are smuggled in from Latin America.

    Let's hope Trump and his core team can find a way around all this and get the real work done.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    This could be a great opportunity for Trump and the Democrats if they worked together, but I suspect neither (but especially the Dems) is willing to take advantage of it.
    , @Autochthon
    Well; now we know what the oleaginous bastards have been hiding from Dr. Rand Paul all this time....
  55. Hiiggs says:

    I try to laugh things like this off, but I think there’s some truth to it. Muslims have been known to react to cartoons depicting Mohammed with global riots (they killed over 200 people in reaction to the Jyllands-Posten cartoons) and government fatwas. They’re really the only religion that acts this way over cartoons. So it’s really not entirely out of bounds that they’ll be driven to join an organization as monstrous as ISIS if they’re barred from entering certain countries, western politicians criticize Islam, and don’t see enough muslims on TV. Still, it makes no sense to endlessly claim Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and violence when they’re this hypersensitive and easily driven to extreme violence, and why we can’t limit them to the middle east.

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  56. Both him and Driver look like they’ve caught way too many hard right hooks to the jaw.

    Keep your guard up, guys!

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  57. neutral says:

    I am curious what examples he can produce to back up his argument, I cannot think of a single tv show that does not have a forced “diversity” cast.

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  58. On topic: this guy didn’t see enough people like him on TV so he called in bomb threats to jewish community centers.

    Man Arrested For JCC Bomb Threats Was Liberal Journalist Fired For Fabrication

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/man-arrested-for-jcc-bomb-threats-appears-to-be-former-journalist-fired-for-fabrication/

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  59. @Lot
    Ryan has his new health care bill now. It features Medicaid cuts (maybe OK), a huge tax cut for the rich, and a tax increase on employer paid health plans above the 90th percentile in cost: ie the type that older unionized auto and steel workers and retirees have. It will overall be a huge benefit to Wall Street billionaires but make manufacturing companies like Ford and GE pay more in taxes unless it cuts worker health care in the next round of contract negotiations.

    It also replaces the exchange subsidy with a tax credit that maxes out at $4000, a big hit to older but pre retirement WWC people who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a private policy. Some of them will see their monthly payments for insurance go from $300 to $900+ as a result.

    It will overall increase costs on the entire system as insurance companies expensively readjust to a whole new set of regulations.

    What a joke

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  60. Keith Vaz says:

    Why do White people listen to this ugly sand-dindu goatherd from Third world desert dumps.

    If we translated it – You’d best give me more cushy acting gigs I’m not qualified for, honky. Otherwise I’ll smash this place up with my low class primitive muzzy gangster pals.

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  61. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I’ve seen a handful of ISIS videos. James Bond isn’t what comes to mind. Some of the videos are just snuff reels, showing the murders of dozens of people, interspersed with Imams gibbering about infidels.

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    Yes. It can not be restated enough that the lovely people who join ISIS join it precisely because they know it is a death cult bathed in the blood of infidels.

    The "youth" of Europe are attracted to it because it is "sexy" i.e. it has sex slaves, public executions, fun enforced conformity etc..

    They know what they are getting into.
  62. Kylie says:
    @eah
    At some point it must (and I hope will) be recognized that ridiculing these people isn't doing much good -- no matter how much fun it is.

    “At some point it must (and I hope will) be recognized that ridiculing these people isn’t doing much good — no matter how much fun it is.”

    Nothing short of expelling them from Western nations and preventing their reentry by any means necessary is going to do much good.

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  63. Losing British teenagers?!?! You mean Gordon and Nigel are joining ISIS??

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    "Losing British teenagers?!?! You mean Gordon and Nigel are joining ISIS??"

    Yeah I didn't know White working class Cockney youths with mohawks who listen to The Clash and The Sex Pistols are joining ISIS.

  64. @Lot
    Ryan has his new health care bill now. It features Medicaid cuts (maybe OK), a huge tax cut for the rich, and a tax increase on employer paid health plans above the 90th percentile in cost: ie the type that older unionized auto and steel workers and retirees have. It will overall be a huge benefit to Wall Street billionaires but make manufacturing companies like Ford and GE pay more in taxes unless it cuts worker health care in the next round of contract negotiations.

    It also replaces the exchange subsidy with a tax credit that maxes out at $4000, a big hit to older but pre retirement WWC people who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a private policy. Some of them will see their monthly payments for insurance go from $300 to $900+ as a result.

    It will overall increase costs on the entire system as insurance companies expensively readjust to a whole new set of regulations.

    Ryan is a tool, and the Republican party is not President Trump’s friend. Let’s not forget.

    I sense Congress (our new, vaunted, Republican-controlled Congress!) is dragging its feet and do everything it can to impede Trump’s initiatives on foreign trade and immigration — i.e. cheap labor.

    You see, cheap labor is the friend of industries that control Republican congressmen and also of Democrats who want more voters.

    All we hear about from apparatchiks like Ryan is “healh care reform” and “tax reform” and “regulation reform” — the same old songs of the same old Republicans who sold our country to China.

    How about doing something to cut the prices of medical services and drugs down to size, like what people pay in other countries? Huh, Mr. Ryan??? No, the parasitic medical and pharmaceutical industries have to keep on gouging American patients!

    Notice how “Ryan’s” bill screws union people. That’s his schtick. That’s the reason our industry was shipped to Asia and scab workers are smuggled in from Latin America.

    Let’s hope Trump and his core team can find a way around all this and get the real work done.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    The other problems with drugs, besides their expense, are that they often just don't work. The low hanging fruit for effective drugs have already been discovered and are no longer under patent. Asprin and morphine are 100+ years old and still as good as any modern pain drugs. Vioxx was more than 100 times more expensive than aspirin and also killed 50,000 Americans.

    Lately a lot of effort has gone into getting existing generics banned and replaced with expensive name brands. Asthma inhalers with the ancient drug albuterol recently went from $3 each to $100+, but only in the USA.
    , @Autochthon
    I had major surgery Saturday and I'm stuck lying around pretty helplessly for a couple months at least. I've hired a housekeeper to come weekly and clean the place, but I really could use someone popping 'round for a half hour once or twice a day just to do little things for me (and, for that matter; discover if something horrible has happened to me – I live alone).

    I've learned such person is called a "home health aide" but not one agency will assist me because my insurance doesn't cover the service. "Fine," I tell them, "I'll pay you in cash." No special skills are required, so I figure even with bloated overhead for regulatory capture, background-checks, etc. I should be paying maybe $100.00 for a daily, half-hour visit, tops. But guess what? These agencies won't provide the service at all. It turns out because neither the government nor an insurer's cabal will pay, they will simply forgo any independent business with persons like me because it will otherwise reveal data about their business-models, pricing, etc. which they will choke and die before making public.

    This is similar to how if you and I both see the same physician for the same procedure, I may pay ten times what you do, and the fellow after me may pay ten times less than you did, because it's all down to the terms of the secret rackets the insurers have hashed out with the suits who pull this physician's strings (mind you, most physicians are as maddened as we are by all this nonsense). In any other industry on the planet this stuff invokes the Sherman Act and price-fixing.

    Anyway, now I'm calling 'round to churches to see if the youth group or the ladies' auxiliary would be willing to send someone 'round to help a crippled fellow now and then in exchangw for perfectly good money. It's quite preposterous.

    The whole system must be razed, with a hojillion parasitic M.P.A.s and the like thrown out on their keisters, before anything will change.

  65. He was pretty good in Nightcrawler. Everyone is pretty good in Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is a pretty good movie.

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    anonitron, Your Movie Class assignment is to write a three sentence review of the movie "Nightcrawler."
  66. Dumbo says:

    It seems to me that, at least in movies, only Blacks count as “real diversity”. Almost no-one is claiming for more Oscars to Mexicans, Arabs, Asians. It’s always Blacks. A neighborhood or city is also not fully diverse unless it has a few Blacks.

    Btw, I watched “Arrival” the other day. It also had the customary token black character in a position of authority. The film was pretty silly, but pretending to be smart, a bit like Interstellar: aliens invade Earth to help someone resolve/understand personal issues with a daughter. Yawn. And why do actors always talk mumbling/whispering in modern movies?

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    "It seems to me that, at least in movies, only Blacks count as “real diversity”. Almost no-one is claiming for more Oscars to Mexicans, Arabs, Asians. It’s always Blacks. A neighborhood or city is also not fully diverse unless it has a few Blacks."

    Nonblack People Of Color are too afraid to stand up to Black people and demand that they stop hogging all of the Vibrantly Diverse spotlight.
    , @Dumbo
    Ok, now I've read the original story by Ted Chiang (The story of your life) that gave origin to "Arrival". So basically the film is a dumbed-down version of it, including an unnecessary explosion and the threat of war. The short story is much better than the movie, of course, but I can see how hard it would be to really "translate" it into a film. I guess the filmmakers did what they could. But I still don't like the movie.
  67. OT:

    http://mashable.com/2017/03/03/yelp-gender-inclusive-restrooms

    Yelp will now show you which businesses have gender inclusive restrooms

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  68. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Uh… there are tens of thousands of talented, trained actors struggling for work. Why are we bringing in immigrants to compete against citizens in a highly competitive, and overstocked field in the first place? Riz Ahmed is hijacking the jobs of US actors. He’s also usurping facetime for citizen black rappers in the US. Do we really need to be importing more ghetto rappers?
    And now he’s delivering political propaganda, while issuing veiled threats to Americans?

    He needs to have his visa revoked. Let him go home, and harass the Brits. He’s their problem, not ours.

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  69. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    I live in England. We’re full with the likes of this little prick. Uniquely among Asoans, Pakis are extremely aggressive and violent. They are even more dangerous than blacks tho, they ally that negro aggresxion with group solidaritu & typical Midfle Eastern cunnin – not so dumb. Reall horrible group who are incrwdibly entitled.&.seek tompose their puritan raghead religion on the rest of us. Such is their hi groyp intimdation level that police are to frightened to stop them gang raping native girls.

    This actor epitomises their uppity senae of entitlement.

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    With Muslims, the rule is simple. They respect power and despise weakness.

    They just find PC-castrated whiteness so weak and wussy.

    If whites get tough and hard, the Pakistanis will respect them.

    Some people come from Nice Cultures. So,if you treat them nice, they reciprocate.
    But some come from Mean Cultures. Treat them nice, and they see it as weakness. They will push you around. This is something I noticed among Muslims.

    Something similar with Jews.
    Some people appreciate good will and earnestness on the part of others. They reciprocate.
    But, Jews see earnest good-will as naive, dumb, and weak-minded. They don't reciprocate. They exploit. Look how Neocons took advantage of good will by Evangelis. Never think someone like William Kristol will return good will with good will.

    https://youtu.be/IjVatNQr-GM?t=2m33s

    So, whenever you deal with a people, KNOW THEIR NATURE AND NURTURE(CULTURE).
    This is why Gypsies are so impossible to deal with. Their Perceptive Character is very different from that of Europeans. EVEN IF Europeans were to try to treat them nice, too many Gypsies will just see it as green light to steal. PC is blind to this cuz it follows the formula of neo-white-man's-burden. Everything bad must be white man's fault, and every problem can only be solved by white agency.

    This is also why so many whites get flustered with blacks. They assume that blacks are operating with the same mindset. Blacks think and feel and see reality differently.

    Black mindset is best summed up in COOLEY HIGH. Hip and slick, very opposite of square and straight.

    https://youtu.be/6bYjuZ3763Q?t=3m34s

    When white folks try to be nice to black folks, they see a lame white boy not unlike PSK in BIG LEBOWSKI.. And Jews see such types as white bread.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmA-WSNhmRQ

    Attitude and angle go a long way to determine human relations.

    Mailer projects some of Jewish Neurosis on the Negro and intellectualizes it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju7Gtu9ORWg

    https://youtu.be/rNjX3tQMygk?t=49s

    THE GODFATHER is interesting because it's a world where no one takes anything on trust, goodwill, or morals. It's where power depends on reading minds/intentions than listening to spoken words and assurances.

    With increasing diversity, the Trust Belt of america is eroding. Trust Belt used to exist mainly in the Northern parts near Canada. Homogeneity, shared values, and moral culture ensured it.
    But with rising diversity and PC, people tell lies. They realize they must say one thing and do another to get ahead. We all have to think more like the Michaels and Roths.
  70. OT–there’s no end to the corrupt madness:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/qa-female-paleontologists-protest-gender-stereotypes-beards

    Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards

    A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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    That is way too many paleontologists in one place. Did Homeland monitor the coven?
    , @Olorin
    Currano is a 2014 AA hire at U-WY.

    http://uwbotany.blogspot.com/2014/10/dr-ellen-currano-joins-as-faculty-in-uw.html

    The fact that she's spending more time gender memeing and headline whoring than doing palaeontology speaks volumes about her real focus.

    I.e., she's grabbing attention through SJW. Not earning it over the long haul with scientific excellence. But these days any chick with a Ph.D. and a faculty job can present herself as a SCIENTIST.

    Even if she doesn't do all that much science, nor at more than a grad school RA level, and then only when she feels like it.

    In other words, wild guess: she's looking for a mate. Or mad because she hasn't yet gotten one.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    theo, and a lot of these ladies spend big bucks and countless hours plucking their Grocho eyebrows, hairy upper lips and stray chin hairs. Let it grow ladies, let it grow.
    , @Autochthon
    I can remember when Science used to be a periodical about science.
  71. Lot says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    Ryan is a tool, and the Republican party is not President Trump's friend. Let's not forget.

    I sense Congress (our new, vaunted, Republican-controlled Congress!) is dragging its feet and do everything it can to impede Trump's initiatives on foreign trade and immigration -- i.e. cheap labor.

    You see, cheap labor is the friend of industries that control Republican congressmen and also of Democrats who want more voters.

    All we hear about from apparatchiks like Ryan is "healh care reform" and "tax reform" and "regulation reform" -- the same old songs of the same old Republicans who sold our country to China.

    How about doing something to cut the prices of medical services and drugs down to size, like what people pay in other countries? Huh, Mr. Ryan??? No, the parasitic medical and pharmaceutical industries have to keep on gouging American patients!

    Notice how "Ryan's" bill screws union people. That's his schtick. That's the reason our industry was shipped to Asia and scab workers are smuggled in from Latin America.

    Let's hope Trump and his core team can find a way around all this and get the real work done.

    The other problems with drugs, besides their expense, are that they often just don’t work. The low hanging fruit for effective drugs have already been discovered and are no longer under patent. Asprin and morphine are 100+ years old and still as good as any modern pain drugs. Vioxx was more than 100 times more expensive than aspirin and also killed 50,000 Americans.

    Lately a lot of effort has gone into getting existing generics banned and replaced with expensive name brands. Asthma inhalers with the ancient drug albuterol recently went from $3 each to $100+, but only in the USA.

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  72. Bill B. says:
    @TheBoom
    Three quick questions:
    1. Isn't the way Muslims easily join ISIS a great reason to not have them in a non-Muslim society?
    2. Why don't whites who lose those roles join a white version of ISIS?
    3. How about the lack of diversity in Muslim countries? Why don't their minorities join their own version of ISIS?

    I don’t really stay awake at night worrying about Muslims joining ISIS.

    I do have an issue with letting them back into the West…

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  73. guest says:
    @Bill Bobby
    OT, but think you will find it interesting.

    "‘Racial Self-Interest’ is not Racism". New report: https://policyexchange.org.uk/publication/racial-self-interest-is-not-racism/

    And accompanying article: https://www.ft.com/content/220090e0-efc1-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6

    Why is that report pretending as if “racism” has a stable definition? If ever science (or “science”) should turn against the official dogmas of our overlords, they’ll just “sidestep,” like the governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    They report may prove useful, as a the ruling class is fine with their minority attack dogs being openly racist. But should any white person ever use it to justify their “racism,” goodthinkers will be aghast and truly believe they never defended such an abominable standard, ever.

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  74. Bill B. says:

    This man is in no way British in any deep cultural sense and feels no empathy or even a modicum of respect for the British as far as I can see.

    If you read the article he claims to have felt lonely and isolated at Oxford yet starts to organize from his deep isolation party nights at local clubs ab initio. Fake news!

    Skin Deep: Do you have fond memories of growing up in Wembley?

    Riz Ahmed: Wembley kind of went through a lot of transitions in the time that I lived there. It went from being quite a lower-middle class white area to recently becoming an Asian immigrant area. And then I remember in the 90s it became very Somali as well. By then a lot of the white people had left. Then you start getting a second wave of Indians — particularly south Indians and Tamils — and Poles. So I guess the interesting thing about that area is every immigrant wave manifests itself there. You get to see the changing face of London but also Britain.

    I have fond memories of it. I guess it’s mixed. There was some kind of sense of community there, amongst some of the Pakistani families and all that kind of stuff. But I always went to school outside of that. I got assisted places and scholarships to go to private schools slightly away from the community. I always felt like an insider-outsider within that. Also, when I was a little kid, I mean I remember we suffered quite a lot of racism in that area as well.

    I feel like my experience of that neighbourhood illustrates the journey of race relations in Britain. You start off in the 80s getting bullied by skinheads, end up today where no one speaks English but kind of just get along.

    SD: How did you find the transition going from a school in London to studying at Oxford?

    RA: Well, the school I went to was a private school but it wasn’t like Eton, or one of these schools that feels like a very neat transition. It was very much an aspirational private school – for the kids of Jewish and Gujarati accountants, that kind of thing, you know? It was not old English money and diplomats’ kids.

    http://www.skindeepmag.com/online-articles/riz-ahmed-oxford-race-identity-islam-acting-music-america-britain/

    N.B. (from his wiki entry)

    One of his relatives was Sir Shah Muhammad Sulaiman, the first Indian judge to be appointed by the British in Uttar Pradesh,[2] who also had interests in Urdu poetry, penned some of the very first critical articles on Einstein’s theory of relativity,[3][4] and himself was the descendant of Mulla Mahmud Jaunpuri (d. 1652), one of the most important philosopher–scientists produced in the region during the Mughal Empire.[5]

    Ahmed attended Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood through a scholarship programme. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University, with a degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), which he has said he found to be a bizarre experience.

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  75. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Not just lack of diversity but even anti-globalist policies can drive someone to ISIS.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/03/terrorist-abandoned-wife-young-child-fight-isis-has-blamed-brexit/

    A terrorist who abandoned his wife and young child to fight with Isil has blamed Brexit for his radicalisation

    A terrorist who abandoned his wife and young child to fight with Isil in the Philippines has blamed Brexit as he was jailed for eight years.

    Muslim convert Ryan Counsell, 28, was seeking an “idyllic life” under sharia law, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

    He was in the advanced stages of planning his trip to fight with terrorist group Abu Sayyaf when he was arrested last J

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  76. Jefferson says:

    “Personally, I saw both of those movies, along with Nightcrawler in which he plays some kind of pseud0-Chicano”

    That’s because the Arab Riz Ahmed doesn’t look White enough to play a White Gringo. The only Non Arab ethnicity he can pass for is Hispanic.

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  77. res says:
    @TelfoedJohn
    Who could have seen this coming? 100 threats against Jewish centres were by a black former Intercept writer (home of leftwing superstar Glenn Grenwald)

    http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/3/14801856/juan-thompson-arrested-jcc-bomb-threats-jewish-center-intercept

    Thanks for the article. Do you have any more details on this:

    Police do not believe Thompson was the main force behind the recent threats, which have targeted as many as 100 Jewish centers in recent weeks. Prosecutors believe Thompson made only eight of the threats

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    I was wrong about the number of threats Juan made. Poor reading skills. It would be interesting to know if he was copycatting other incidents or leading the way.
  78. guest says:
    @Lurker
    I think DDL's claims of being bullied as a kid for being Irish are utter BS. If he was bullied at all it was for being posh in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Eh, bullying is common enough that it could happen anywhere, anytime, for any reason. Of course, like “racism,” that term is deliberately kept vague, so as to be under- or overplayed at the convenience of authorized users.* Does it mean being singled out for abuse on a regular basis, day-in-day-out, for a significant period of time? Or does it mean any abuse at all?

    I don’t consider myself to have been bullied. But there was one guy who antagonized me on a few separate occasions. Once he poked me in the back of the neck with a paperclip during class. Another time he poured sand over my head. I didn’t fight back because he was from the other side of the tracks, and he or his friends might’ve stabbed me. Still makes me physically angry to think about it.

    However, like I said, it was only a few incidents. It wasn’t sustained. I can believe Daniel Day-Lewis was mocked or had sand poured on his head once for being a potato-eater. If that’s all bullying has to amount to.

    *For instance, it may be overplayed if the victim is part of a protected class. I assumed all along that the current anti-bullying push in the MSM was about gay kids. On the other hand, you underplay when it’s being used as a rationale for homeschooling.

    There’s a balancing act, here, whereby you want people to take bullying seriously enough for you to use it for leverage to get more power over people’s lives. But you simultaneously have to pretend bullying isn’t a big enough problem that you can’t conquer it and create a utopian disciplinary environment in the schools. Or wherever people interact with eachother, really.

    Also, you don’t want non-homeschooling parents to get too worried about it, either. There’s currently a show on HBO about crazy parents feuding over kids supposedly assaulting eachother at an upscale elementary school. Administrators don’t want that kind of involvement from parents, nor the lawsuits it leads to. So they better watch themselves on the anti-bullying propaganda.

    Fuzzy definitions to the rescue!

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    This is very insightful!
    , @Lurker
    Quite agree with you.

    But. . .

    My thing about Daniel Day-Lewis was more the utterly bogus nature of his 'Irish' identity. He has claimed in the past that it was the reason for him being bullied at school.

    He claims it due to his father. His father - an Anglo-Protestant, reasonably upper crust Irishman who left Ireland to live in England at the age of two. Who was already 53 when Daniel was born having spent 50 years living in England. A man who could easily be characterised as an English settler by more robust Irish nationalists. A man born in Ireland when Ireland was still British

    Here's a recording of Cecil Day-Lewis reading some of his work. What you and I hear and certainly what any London schoolkid would hear is someone very obviously upper middle class posh and English. I strongly suspect thats what Daniel would have sounded like too as a nipper.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWj0Sby0xwE

    If he was at a regular school in London (and supposedly he was) then there would certainly be some actual bona fide Irish kids in his school or at very least first generation. So why on earth would he be singled out? Pre-internet how many school age kids would be bothered to even find out his obscure and frankly laughable claims to Irish identity and actually bother to bully him over it?

    Just looking at Wiki I find this:

    Living in Greenwich (he attended Invicta and Sherington Primary Schools),[17] Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London children, and, being "Jewish" and "posh", he was often bullied.[18] He mastered the local accent and mannerisms and credits that as being his first convincing performance.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Day-Lewis

    I'm pretty sure that wasn't there last time I looked!

    In effect DDL is a Brit who has adopted an Irish identity and got a passport, his claims of 'Irishness' are tenuous, his 'Irishness' is a retconning of his past.
  79. Stogumber says:

    It is reasonable that the Muslim subculture ought to have its own TV. And we have no reason to protect the BBC:

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    "It is reasonable that the Muslim subculture ought to have its own TV."

    Cultural appropriation.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Stogumber, Here, in WNY, a muslim couple started an all Islam all the time TV channel called "Bridges." Oh, yeah, the husband beheaded his wife at the TV studio in Amherst, NY after she planned to divorce him, if I remember correctly. Don't know how to link but google it.
  80. res says:
    @TelfoedJohn
    Great story from the Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2017/02/28/trump-suggests-anti-semitic-acts-might-faked-make-movement-look-bad/

    They have updated the article (i.e. changed it so the narrative explosion does not look quite so bad). The original is available at the Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20170302231942/https://theintercept.com/2017/02/28/trump-suggests-anti-semitic-acts-might-faked-make-movement-look-bad/
    I had some trouble with the page redirecting to “not found”, but was able to get it by saving the page during the initial load. Here’s the original headline:

    Trump Can’t Accept That His Allies Are Targeting Jews — So He Blames His Opponents

    Oops.

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    That level of hubristic stupidity makes Robert Reich look like a pygmy in comparison. As if he didn't already.
  81. Hubbub says:

    …and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’.

    One British director – Midsomer’s Murders – whose name I can’t recall – let slip in an interview that he preferred doing period dramas because he didn’t have to deal so much with Blacks and Pakis and Muslims who were much more difficult to work with. This revelation raised the hackles of a number of Brit SJWs.

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  82. Ivy says:
    @theo the kraut
    OT--there's no end to the corrupt madness:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/qa-female-paleontologists-protest-gender-stereotypes-beards

    Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards

    A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
     

    That is way too many paleontologists in one place. Did Homeland monitor the coven?

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  83. Olorin says:

    Sooooo…what we have here isn’t Dark Ages religious terrorists with mean population IQs of around 80 who destroy what they cannot create…

    …but a Televised Melanin Deficit?

    OK, got it.

    How about if we just have one or two cable channels that broadcast shades of brown 24/7, would that do it?

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  84. Olorin says:
    @theo the kraut
    OT--there's no end to the corrupt madness:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/qa-female-paleontologists-protest-gender-stereotypes-beards

    Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards

    A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
     

    Currano is a 2014 AA hire at U-WY.

    http://uwbotany.blogspot.com/2014/10/dr-ellen-currano-joins-as-faculty-in-uw.html

    The fact that she’s spending more time gender memeing and headline whoring than doing palaeontology speaks volumes about her real focus.

    I.e., she’s grabbing attention through SJW. Not earning it over the long haul with scientific excellence. But these days any chick with a Ph.D. and a faculty job can present herself as a SCIENTIST.

    Even if she doesn’t do all that much science, nor at more than a grad school RA level, and then only when she feels like it.

    In other words, wild guess: she’s looking for a mate. Or mad because she hasn’t yet gotten one.

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  85. Buddwing says:

    I think that dismissing or ridiculing what Riz Ahmed says is myopic. What he says is a somewhat Cargo Cultish version of something of great importance.

    I say Cargo Cultish, because it is silly to say “Why won’t the gods create parts for me, me, me.” I say of great importance because the stories we tell are crucial to identity formation.

    Stories provide us with answers to the questions “Whom should I care about?” and “Whose opinion of me should I care about?”

    In some interview I saw decades ago, Kurt Vonnegut pointed out that we used to sit around and tell stories. Now we sit around and hear stories told to us. They are much better stories and much better story-tellers, but they are people outside our immediate community. We have high quality entertainment and alienation in one package.

    In the US we are used to the idea that we get to make up and tell stories for the entire world, but we have begun to notice that the stories don’t have the cultural resonance they once had. (Mission Impossible was once about imposing American values on dictatorships. In the latest iteration it seems to be about maintaining loyalty to one’s immediate team, not accepting one death, even if it endangers hundreds or thousands of people in the US or allied nations. Identity formation at work.)

    What is it like to not have your own stories? What is it like for Germans to look at war movies? What concept of heroism can resonate? (Germany has a fertility rate of 1.44.)

    What is it like to grow up Riz Ahmed and watch stories about Cornwall in the 1600s? How does he answer the questions “Who should I care about?” and “Whose opinion of me should I care about?”

    The alternative world of Star Wars attempts to answer these questions one way, ISIS recrutiment films another. Neither attempt provides an adequate basis for society. We should not ridicule the messenger.

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    You mistake one thing for another, I think. A lack of stories for minority interests to enjoy is one thing. Another is the majority culture being compelled to provide it for them.* As you may have noticed, Hollywood stopped producing Christian entertainment on a grand scale, oh, sometime around the rise of the New Left. There's still a large market for it, and outside the occasional failed big-budget try, and the occasional freak accident like Passion of the Christ, what are they left with? Smaller fare, like Fireproof or Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

    Why can't British Muslims make their own Hallmark movies? Where's their Tyler Perry? Get on it, and stop bitching to us about it.

    *Yet another is when minority interests take over mainstream culture. This happened with Broadway, for instance, which was always filled to brim with Jews and gays. But for most of its history they produced shows for normal, white audiences.

    At some point, they started making things for themselves, and Broadway all but disappeared not only as a popular institution but also as a thing, except as a tourist attraction and elite enterprise for signalled with-it-ness. Musicals barely register in popular consciousness anymore.

    Take Hamilton!, which has received all the good press in the world. It still barely cracked John Q.'s notice. Not one in a hundred thousand people, probably, has heard any of the songs, let alone can hum the tunes (if there are any). They only know the character and story, if at all, because they're taken directly from history.

    The history, by the way, of the majority population, which is basically forbidden from telling its own history its own way (or having its history told to it by others without it undercutting their interests). The show is a frontal attack on that population, even if it makes Hamilton the hero. Because he's not Hamilton anymore, really. (Cultural appropriation.)
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Budd, but who wouldn't want to hear Vonnegut telling stories. Sometimes it's good to just listen.
  86. His predictions of doom are a bit overwrought but I can understand his frustrations. He regularly gets nominated for acting awards in the US and UK and would rather like a spell of being able to live and work in his own country. The best non-white British actors like Chiwetel Eifojor, Idris Elba, Marianne Baptiste, Archie Panjabi and Riz are objectively better actors than a lot of white TV regulars here, but it is hard to cast them in the latest Jane Austen adaptation or Agatha Christie whodunit.

    For tjose who have not seen it, I would recommend his breakout role in Four Lions, a comedy about four would-be suicide bombers who are undone by their own incompetence.

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    Is their acting competence the issue? They want to be stars as well. The main issue is that mass audiences want to see period pieces about white societies, especially Agatha Christie mysteries and Jane Austen romances, and these kind of actors don't fit the material. Boo-hoo.

    Muslims, meanwhile, need good material about their people to watch. Fine, but they're a niche market. No reason Muslim billionaires can't start their own production companies and sell to it. Would these actors want to be part of that? Like, Hallmark Hall of Fame or Tyler Perry for ragheads?

    No, they want to be famous. They want their kind of people to take over a bigger part of mainstream Western culture. Maybe the Muslim share of BBC programming should be marginally bigger, I wouldn't know. But these people probably wouldn't be happy until they were Brad Pitt, or something.

  87. Clearly if Islam is a religion whose adherents are prone to slaughter people because they don’t like what’s on TV it needs to be eradicated root and branch.

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  88. Sean says:

    Reduced lower facial height.

    …the odds of having a psychotic disorder seem to be increased in people with smaller lower-facial heights … In addition, patients suffering from psychotic disorders tend to feature a more brachycephalic (i.e. shorter) skull … Brachycephaly is a frequent skull shape found in domesticated dog and cat breeds. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-imprinted-brain/201609/schizophrenics-hyper-domesticated-humans

    I don’t know, maybe ISIS videos make their volunteers “look like James Bond” because they actually do look more like James Bond than Riz does.

    Life isn’t fair to many, white actors like Charles Tyner just got on with it.

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  89. Riz Ahmed and Idris Elba are advocating against a race blind society and advocating how important ethnic tribal groups are to people and how important it is for kids to see members of their own sacred ethnic/tribal groups in prominent positions of power and culture.

    Of course, if it’s important for Arabs, Muslims, and blacks to see individuals from their own tribal groups in prominent positions of fame and authority, then it is important for whites too.

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    Yeah and when minorities whine about unequal outcomes - here from a second generation arrival whose path was greased by the UK to go to Merchant Taylors' and Oxford - we are given permission to start exploring why certain groups don't contribute much to the cultural weight of the nation.

    23 Morocco 84
    23 Nigeria 84
    23 Pakistan 84
    23 Panama 84
    23 Paraguay 84
    23 Saudi Arabia 84
    23 Solomon Islands 84
    23 Uganda 84
     
  90. @Jim Don Bob
    +1 on Guy Ritchie’s British gangsta movies, especially Snatch. Brad Pitt is hilarious. Also "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels".

    I like the swearing in these movies. Instead of F this and F that, they call each other c**ts and wankers.

    Jim Bob, Bollocks to you mate, and Dennis Farina in “Snatch” is comedy gold, violence but not blood porn. I just saw Ritchie’s “Rocknrolla”, good but not “Snatch” or “Lock, Stock” quality. And not to put you down, but I hate the “C” word, 25 years of rough and crude construction and hardly anyone used that word. Otherwise, we’re good, you wanker.

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    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    Agree on the c word.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Spot on, laddie. The Bank Job with Jason Statham is good, and so is Sean Bean in Essex Boys and the TV movie Fool's Gold. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104286/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_93

    I agree that there is way too much swearing in films; it's one reason I never watched Deadwood.
  91. @Tiny Duck
    He is exactly right. Black and minority ethnic people feel alienated because so much of Britain’s “national story” is white - from the way history is taught in schools to the glut of all-white period dramas on television. If we don’t step up and tell a representative story, we’re going to start losing people to other stories.

    white men are way overrepresented in everything and need to taken down a peg

    Pretty much the only people who disagree with me are white males. that tells you something right there

    Oh by the way, Jeff Sessions perjured himself yesterday. He is going to be impeached

    That's another one down

    How does it feel? Knowing you are losing the breeding and cultural game and that Riz Ahmed is the future

    TD, Feel free to live in an alternate world, oh wait a minute.

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  92. What? They don’t have a MET (Muslim Entertainment Television) in England?

    We have heard all of these threats before. We should give Muslims everything they want or they will all join ISIS and come back and chop our heads off.
    By this reasoning we wont need prisons any more, because if we just give the criminals everything they want they wont have to break the law to get it. I wonder why nobody has ever thought of this very simple approach to battling terrorism, just give them what they want and they wont terrorize people any more.

    Wait a minute, I just heard from a friend of mine in Germany and he says they are already doing this in Europe but it isn’t working.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Mr. Mack, How about a Miss Islam contest and all the girls wear burkas.
  93. If he can’t break into British TV, why doesn’t he move to India. Not much acting talent required to be in the average Bollywood movie.

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  94. @bomag
    It’s also revealing in that even someone like him thinks that Muslims are prone to violence unless pacified. Let’s not think too hard about what that means.

    Very nicely stated

    Indeed, and it sets his ilk up as perennial lecturers. After every failure of his "people", we must do more; give more away; have more programs; promote more of them into positions of power; etc etc forever until we are gone and only they remain.

    bomag, Very nicely stated too, I now christen you Bomagnum.

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  95. @anonitron1
    He was pretty good in Nightcrawler. Everyone is pretty good in Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is a pretty good movie.

    anonitron, Your Movie Class assignment is to write a three sentence review of the movie “Nightcrawler.”

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  96. @theo the kraut
    OT--there's no end to the corrupt madness:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/qa-female-paleontologists-protest-gender-stereotypes-beards

    Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards

    A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
     

    theo, and a lot of these ladies spend big bucks and countless hours plucking their Grocho eyebrows, hairy upper lips and stray chin hairs. Let it grow ladies, let it grow.

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  97. @Lot
    Ryan has his new health care bill now. It features Medicaid cuts (maybe OK), a huge tax cut for the rich, and a tax increase on employer paid health plans above the 90th percentile in cost: ie the type that older unionized auto and steel workers and retirees have. It will overall be a huge benefit to Wall Street billionaires but make manufacturing companies like Ford and GE pay more in taxes unless it cuts worker health care in the next round of contract negotiations.

    It also replaces the exchange subsidy with a tax credit that maxes out at $4000, a big hit to older but pre retirement WWC people who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a private policy. Some of them will see their monthly payments for insurance go from $300 to $900+ as a result.

    It will overall increase costs on the entire system as insurance companies expensively readjust to a whole new set of regulations.

    This could be a great opportunity for Trump and the Democrats if they worked together, but I suspect neither (but especially the Dems) is willing to take advantage of it.

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  98. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Every day in every way actions like this and a million others show how right Enoch Powell truly was.

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  99. bomag says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country
    This.

    Cracking jokes to your buddies about the bully in the school yard while safely sitting in your basement has limited efficacy.

    Cracking jokes to your buddies… has limited efficacy.

    Well, yeah, but I’m unable to bring action against 99.99…% of the World’s problems, so that’s the only response I have for the most part.

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  100. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anon
    I live in England. We're full with the likes of this little prick. Uniquely among Asoans, Pakis are extremely aggressive and violent. They are even more dangerous than blacks tho, they ally that negro aggresxion with group solidaritu & typical Midfle Eastern cunnin - not so dumb. Reall horrible group who are incrwdibly entitled.&.seek tompose their puritan raghead religion on the rest of us. Such is their hi groyp intimdation level that police are to frightened to stop them gang raping native girls.

    This actor epitomises their uppity senae of entitlement.

    With Muslims, the rule is simple. They respect power and despise weakness.

    They just find PC-castrated whiteness so weak and wussy.

    If whites get tough and hard, the Pakistanis will respect them.

    Some people come from Nice Cultures. So,if you treat them nice, they reciprocate.
    But some come from Mean Cultures. Treat them nice, and they see it as weakness. They will push you around. This is something I noticed among Muslims.

    Something similar with Jews.
    Some people appreciate good will and earnestness on the part of others. They reciprocate.
    But, Jews see earnest good-will as naive, dumb, and weak-minded. They don’t reciprocate. They exploit. Look how Neocons took advantage of good will by Evangelis. Never think someone like William Kristol will return good will with good will.

    https://youtu.be/IjVatNQr-GM?t=2m33s

    So, whenever you deal with a people, KNOW THEIR NATURE AND NURTURE(CULTURE).
    This is why Gypsies are so impossible to deal with. Their Perceptive Character is very different from that of Europeans. EVEN IF Europeans were to try to treat them nice, too many Gypsies will just see it as green light to steal. PC is blind to this cuz it follows the formula of neo-white-man’s-burden. Everything bad must be white man’s fault, and every problem can only be solved by white agency.

    This is also why so many whites get flustered with blacks. They assume that blacks are operating with the same mindset. Blacks think and feel and see reality differently.

    Black mindset is best summed up in COOLEY HIGH. Hip and slick, very opposite of square and straight.

    https://youtu.be/6bYjuZ3763Q?t=3m34s

    When white folks try to be nice to black folks, they see a lame white boy not unlike PSK in BIG LEBOWSKI.. And Jews see such types as white bread.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmA-WSNhmRQ

    Attitude and angle go a long way to determine human relations.

    Mailer projects some of Jewish Neurosis on the Negro and intellectualizes it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju7Gtu9ORWg

    https://youtu.be/rNjX3tQMygk?t=49s

    THE GODFATHER is interesting because it’s a world where no one takes anything on trust, goodwill, or morals. It’s where power depends on reading minds/intentions than listening to spoken words and assurances.

    With increasing diversity, the Trust Belt of america is eroding. Trust Belt used to exist mainly in the Northern parts near Canada. Homogeneity, shared values, and moral culture ensured it.
    But with rising diversity and PC, people tell lies. They realize they must say one thing and do another to get ahead. We all have to think more like the Michaels and Roths.

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  101. Jefferson says:
    @Glossy
    This is an HBD blog. Any theories on Adam Driver's face? Part American Indian?

    “This is an HBD blog. Any theories on Adam Driver’s face? Part American Indian?”

    Wikipedia says Adam Driver is English, Dutch, Irish, German, and Scottish, so he is not a Mestizo. In terms of Non Northern European ancestry I would have guessed Jewish way before Mestizo. Adam Driver looks like he could be Andy Samberg’s brother, but not Benjamin Bratt’s brother.

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  102. Jefferson says:
    @Dumbo
    It seems to me that, at least in movies, only Blacks count as "real diversity". Almost no-one is claiming for more Oscars to Mexicans, Arabs, Asians. It's always Blacks. A neighborhood or city is also not fully diverse unless it has a few Blacks.

    Btw, I watched "Arrival" the other day. It also had the customary token black character in a position of authority. The film was pretty silly, but pretending to be smart, a bit like Interstellar: aliens invade Earth to help someone resolve/understand personal issues with a daughter. Yawn. And why do actors always talk mumbling/whispering in modern movies?

    “It seems to me that, at least in movies, only Blacks count as “real diversity”. Almost no-one is claiming for more Oscars to Mexicans, Arabs, Asians. It’s always Blacks. A neighborhood or city is also not fully diverse unless it has a few Blacks.”

    Nonblack People Of Color are too afraid to stand up to Black people and demand that they stop hogging all of the Vibrantly Diverse spotlight.

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  103. Jefferson says:
    @BigJimSportCamper
    Losing British teenagers?!?! You mean Gordon and Nigel are joining ISIS??

    “Losing British teenagers?!?! You mean Gordon and Nigel are joining ISIS??”

    Yeah I didn’t know White working class Cockney youths with mohawks who listen to The Clash and The Sex Pistols are joining ISIS.

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  104. @Lot
    Ryan has his new health care bill now. It features Medicaid cuts (maybe OK), a huge tax cut for the rich, and a tax increase on employer paid health plans above the 90th percentile in cost: ie the type that older unionized auto and steel workers and retirees have. It will overall be a huge benefit to Wall Street billionaires but make manufacturing companies like Ford and GE pay more in taxes unless it cuts worker health care in the next round of contract negotiations.

    It also replaces the exchange subsidy with a tax credit that maxes out at $4000, a big hit to older but pre retirement WWC people who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a private policy. Some of them will see their monthly payments for insurance go from $300 to $900+ as a result.

    It will overall increase costs on the entire system as insurance companies expensively readjust to a whole new set of regulations.

    Well; now we know what the oleaginous bastards have been hiding from Dr. Rand Paul all this time….

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  105. Thea says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country
    This.

    Cracking jokes to your buddies about the bully in the school yard while safely sitting in your basement has limited efficacy.

    So, what can we do better? I’m not being sarcastic, I really don’t know how to help fix it.

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  106. Jefferson says:
    @Kyle a
    Don't all British actors move their tack stateside for the work? We need more of the Jewish guys who play Muslim rappers from Britain though.

    “Don’t all British actors move their tack stateside for the work? We need more of the Jewish guys who play Muslim rappers from Britain though.”

    The Ali G character is not Muslim.

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  107. @Buffalo Joe
    Jim Bob, Bollocks to you mate, and Dennis Farina in "Snatch" is comedy gold, violence but not blood porn. I just saw Ritchie's "Rocknrolla", good but not "Snatch" or "Lock, Stock" quality. And not to put you down, but I hate the "C" word, 25 years of rough and crude construction and hardly anyone used that word. Otherwise, we're good, you wanker.

    Agree on the c word.

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  108. @Buzz Mohawk
    Ryan is a tool, and the Republican party is not President Trump's friend. Let's not forget.

    I sense Congress (our new, vaunted, Republican-controlled Congress!) is dragging its feet and do everything it can to impede Trump's initiatives on foreign trade and immigration -- i.e. cheap labor.

    You see, cheap labor is the friend of industries that control Republican congressmen and also of Democrats who want more voters.

    All we hear about from apparatchiks like Ryan is "healh care reform" and "tax reform" and "regulation reform" -- the same old songs of the same old Republicans who sold our country to China.

    How about doing something to cut the prices of medical services and drugs down to size, like what people pay in other countries? Huh, Mr. Ryan??? No, the parasitic medical and pharmaceutical industries have to keep on gouging American patients!

    Notice how "Ryan's" bill screws union people. That's his schtick. That's the reason our industry was shipped to Asia and scab workers are smuggled in from Latin America.

    Let's hope Trump and his core team can find a way around all this and get the real work done.

    I had major surgery Saturday and I’m stuck lying around pretty helplessly for a couple months at least. I’ve hired a housekeeper to come weekly and clean the place, but I really could use someone popping ’round for a half hour once or twice a day just to do little things for me (and, for that matter; discover if something horrible has happened to me – I live alone).

    I’ve learned such person is called a “home health aide” but not one agency will assist me because my insurance doesn’t cover the service. “Fine,” I tell them, “I’ll pay you in cash.” No special skills are required, so I figure even with bloated overhead for regulatory capture, background-checks, etc. I should be paying maybe $100.00 for a daily, half-hour visit, tops. But guess what? These agencies won’t provide the service at all. It turns out because neither the government nor an insurer’s cabal will pay, they will simply forgo any independent business with persons like me because it will otherwise reveal data about their business-models, pricing, etc. which they will choke and die before making public.

    This is similar to how if you and I both see the same physician for the same procedure, I may pay ten times what you do, and the fellow after me may pay ten times less than you did, because it’s all down to the terms of the secret rackets the insurers have hashed out with the suits who pull this physician’s strings (mind you, most physicians are as maddened as we are by all this nonsense). In any other industry on the planet this stuff invokes the Sherman Act and price-fixing.

    Anyway, now I’m calling ’round to churches to see if the youth group or the ladies’ auxiliary would be willing to send someone ’round to help a crippled fellow now and then in exchangw for perfectly good money. It’s quite preposterous.

    The whole system must be razed, with a hojillion parasitic M.P.A.s and the like thrown out on their keisters, before anything will change.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Auto, I take it you don't live in the States because around here we have People Inc. which would provide you with an aide to assist you. We had one for my mother before she moved to an assisted living facility. A very pleasant woman would stop by daily, check on Mom, make her a lunch and tea, do light housekeeping and laundry. My mom needed no medical care, however. The service is free but we tipped the woman weekly. Check around.
  109. @theo the kraut
    OT:
    http://mashable.com/2017/03/03/yelp-gender-inclusive-restrooms

    Yelp will now show you which businesses have gender inclusive restrooms

    Wrong. Yelp will now be deleted from my phone.

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  110. Broski says:

    Maybe he could be Azeem in Robinhood. Or, say, the eponymous Moor of Venice in Othello. Heck, it would be transethnic, but if he re-selfidentifies he could probably do Fagin or Shylock if he really tries hard at the audition.

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  111. @Yak-15
    Does this mean that the hilarious Ali G is now racist and that Sacha Baron Cohen must be beheaded?

    Ali G was originally a parody of a Pakistani youth who aped black culture. He would mention “my cousin Jamal” etc. That was a bit too close to the bone, so he became a white youth later.

    This is a recent example of a Pakistani in the UK squaring up to a giant Pole:

    https://youtu.be/GOILjsympfg

    Like Ali G, he has difficulty spitting:

    http://makeagif.com/gif/ali-g-spit-fail-4aMA5r

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  112. @theo the kraut
    OT--there's no end to the corrupt madness:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/qa-female-paleontologists-protest-gender-stereotypes-beards

    Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards

    A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
     

    I can remember when Science used to be a periodical about science.

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  113. Trust me, I really wanted to spend my entire life doing Coronation Street and appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and living in a fourth floor walk-up flat. But instead I had to go to Hollywood to be in a Star Wars movie.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen British luvvies so thoroughly skewered in a couple of sentences, and I’ve come across a few good ones.

    Bravo, Steve. Bravo.

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  114. This is the one characteristic that all diversity hires share: They’re convinced their ethnicity has somehow held them back.

    Glad to see Riz Ahmed is no exception.

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  115. guest says:
    @Buddwing
    I think that dismissing or ridiculing what Riz Ahmed says is myopic. What he says is a somewhat Cargo Cultish version of something of great importance.

    I say Cargo Cultish, because it is silly to say "Why won't the gods create parts for me, me, me." I say of great importance because the stories we tell are crucial to identity formation.

    Stories provide us with answers to the questions "Whom should I care about?" and "Whose opinion of me should I care about?"

    In some interview I saw decades ago, Kurt Vonnegut pointed out that we used to sit around and tell stories. Now we sit around and hear stories told to us. They are much better stories and much better story-tellers, but they are people outside our immediate community. We have high quality entertainment and alienation in one package.

    In the US we are used to the idea that we get to make up and tell stories for the entire world, but we have begun to notice that the stories don't have the cultural resonance they once had. (Mission Impossible was once about imposing American values on dictatorships. In the latest iteration it seems to be about maintaining loyalty to one's immediate team, not accepting one death, even if it endangers hundreds or thousands of people in the US or allied nations. Identity formation at work.)

    What is it like to not have your own stories? What is it like for Germans to look at war movies? What concept of heroism can resonate? (Germany has a fertility rate of 1.44.)

    What is it like to grow up Riz Ahmed and watch stories about Cornwall in the 1600s? How does he answer the questions "Who should I care about?" and "Whose opinion of me should I care about?"

    The alternative world of Star Wars attempts to answer these questions one way, ISIS recrutiment films another. Neither attempt provides an adequate basis for society. We should not ridicule the messenger.

    You mistake one thing for another, I think. A lack of stories for minority interests to enjoy is one thing. Another is the majority culture being compelled to provide it for them.* As you may have noticed, Hollywood stopped producing Christian entertainment on a grand scale, oh, sometime around the rise of the New Left. There’s still a large market for it, and outside the occasional failed big-budget try, and the occasional freak accident like Passion of the Christ, what are they left with? Smaller fare, like Fireproof or Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

    Why can’t British Muslims make their own Hallmark movies? Where’s their Tyler Perry? Get on it, and stop bitching to us about it.

    *Yet another is when minority interests take over mainstream culture. This happened with Broadway, for instance, which was always filled to brim with Jews and gays. But for most of its history they produced shows for normal, white audiences.

    At some point, they started making things for themselves, and Broadway all but disappeared not only as a popular institution but also as a thing, except as a tourist attraction and elite enterprise for signalled with-it-ness. Musicals barely register in popular consciousness anymore.

    Take Hamilton!, which has received all the good press in the world. It still barely cracked John Q.’s notice. Not one in a hundred thousand people, probably, has heard any of the songs, let alone can hum the tunes (if there are any). They only know the character and story, if at all, because they’re taken directly from history.

    The history, by the way, of the majority population, which is basically forbidden from telling its own history its own way (or having its history told to it by others without it undercutting their interests). The show is a frontal attack on that population, even if it makes Hamilton the hero. Because he’s not Hamilton anymore, really. (Cultural appropriation.)

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  116. guest says:
    @Ali Choudhury
    His predictions of doom are a bit overwrought but I can understand his frustrations. He regularly gets nominated for acting awards in the US and UK and would rather like a spell of being able to live and work in his own country. The best non-white British actors like Chiwetel Eifojor, Idris Elba, Marianne Baptiste, Archie Panjabi and Riz are objectively better actors than a lot of white TV regulars here, but it is hard to cast them in the latest Jane Austen adaptation or Agatha Christie whodunit.

    For tjose who have not seen it, I would recommend his breakout role in Four Lions, a comedy about four would-be suicide bombers who are undone by their own incompetence.

    Is their acting competence the issue? They want to be stars as well. The main issue is that mass audiences want to see period pieces about white societies, especially Agatha Christie mysteries and Jane Austen romances, and these kind of actors don’t fit the material. Boo-hoo.

    Muslims, meanwhile, need good material about their people to watch. Fine, but they’re a niche market. No reason Muslim billionaires can’t start their own production companies and sell to it. Would these actors want to be part of that? Like, Hallmark Hall of Fame or Tyler Perry for ragheads?

    No, they want to be famous. They want their kind of people to take over a bigger part of mainstream Western culture. Maybe the Muslim share of BBC programming should be marginally bigger, I wouldn’t know. But these people probably wouldn’t be happy until they were Brad Pitt, or something.

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  117. @Autochthon
    I had major surgery Saturday and I'm stuck lying around pretty helplessly for a couple months at least. I've hired a housekeeper to come weekly and clean the place, but I really could use someone popping 'round for a half hour once or twice a day just to do little things for me (and, for that matter; discover if something horrible has happened to me – I live alone).

    I've learned such person is called a "home health aide" but not one agency will assist me because my insurance doesn't cover the service. "Fine," I tell them, "I'll pay you in cash." No special skills are required, so I figure even with bloated overhead for regulatory capture, background-checks, etc. I should be paying maybe $100.00 for a daily, half-hour visit, tops. But guess what? These agencies won't provide the service at all. It turns out because neither the government nor an insurer's cabal will pay, they will simply forgo any independent business with persons like me because it will otherwise reveal data about their business-models, pricing, etc. which they will choke and die before making public.

    This is similar to how if you and I both see the same physician for the same procedure, I may pay ten times what you do, and the fellow after me may pay ten times less than you did, because it's all down to the terms of the secret rackets the insurers have hashed out with the suits who pull this physician's strings (mind you, most physicians are as maddened as we are by all this nonsense). In any other industry on the planet this stuff invokes the Sherman Act and price-fixing.

    Anyway, now I'm calling 'round to churches to see if the youth group or the ladies' auxiliary would be willing to send someone 'round to help a crippled fellow now and then in exchangw for perfectly good money. It's quite preposterous.

    The whole system must be razed, with a hojillion parasitic M.P.A.s and the like thrown out on their keisters, before anything will change.

    Auto, I take it you don’t live in the States because around here we have People Inc. which would provide you with an aide to assist you. We had one for my mother before she moved to an assisted living facility. A very pleasant woman would stop by daily, check on Mom, make her a lunch and tea, do light housekeeping and laundry. My mom needed no medical care, however. The service is free but we tipped the woman weekly. Check around.

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    Thank you; I live in California (whether that remains the U.S.A. can be debated...) I'll look into this organisation. I've called about five agencies I've found online and they all refused to help unless an insurer pays them; the governmental outfit told me I am not poor enough to be helped (even though I'm perfectly willing to pay for the service). I've also got correspondence to several churches. I'm confident someone will help, (maybe the outfit you describe), but it's maddening how much like a nutty Third World country it's all become. I keep thinking of Graham Greene's The Comedians.

    The night I was discharged I visited four pharmacies for a much-needed bottle of oxycodone. The first (run by Mexicans, naturally) was obviously just about to close; they'd just shut the light. I pled very politely ("Madame, I've just had major surgery and I am in terrible pain; will you please take just one more moment to help me?" Naturally, she barked "We're closed!" and slammed a grille in my face.) Another place (run by a lady with blue hair) was out of the stuff. (Isn't a pharmacy a stockpile of medicine? It was as though McDonald's were out of burgers....) The people who did finally help me (mean Vietnamese people who barely could understand or speak English) did so only after demanding I go back and forth to my van several times to show them arcane paperwork, and after arguing over the telephone with my surgeon's staff.

    I only tell these extra tales to demonstrate to the blessedly healthy or insulated how the decline is affecting healthcare for those of us in occupied America.

    Again, thanks for the lead!
  118. Dumbo says:
    @Dumbo
    It seems to me that, at least in movies, only Blacks count as "real diversity". Almost no-one is claiming for more Oscars to Mexicans, Arabs, Asians. It's always Blacks. A neighborhood or city is also not fully diverse unless it has a few Blacks.

    Btw, I watched "Arrival" the other day. It also had the customary token black character in a position of authority. The film was pretty silly, but pretending to be smart, a bit like Interstellar: aliens invade Earth to help someone resolve/understand personal issues with a daughter. Yawn. And why do actors always talk mumbling/whispering in modern movies?

    Ok, now I’ve read the original story by Ted Chiang (The story of your life) that gave origin to “Arrival”. So basically the film is a dumbed-down version of it, including an unnecessary explosion and the threat of war. The short story is much better than the movie, of course, but I can see how hard it would be to really “translate” it into a film. I guess the filmmakers did what they could. But I still don’t like the movie.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Most of the reviewers who really liked the movie "Arrival" appear to have read the sci-fi short story it is based on.

    I'm not complaining. The movie was interesting, above average in quality, and quite different from typical fare. I hadn't read the short story, so I'd didn't get as much out of the movies as readers had. I look forward to following director Denis Villenueve's career.

  119. Dumbo says:

    Yet he gets to play Darth Vader Jr. in Star Wars movies, while I’m stuck playing Bodhi Rook.
    I ask you: is that fair?

    Well, I think Ahmed is right on this one. Adam Driver has a really strange/ugly face and he’s not a particularly good actor in my opinion. Kylo Ren sucked. The fact that he gets these roles can only be explained either by nepotism or White Privilege.

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    • Replies: @guest
    Kylo Ren wasn't much of a character, though he was an improvement on the young Darth Vader from the prequels. For the record, Adam Driver's face had nothing much to do with it. Most of the time he wore a mask, and it could've been anyone under there. Except insofar as he vaguely resembled Harrison Ford, Driver was beside the point.

    The point being to sell Darth Vader-y masks in stores without having Darth Vader in the movie. They solved that problem in Rogue One by shoehorning Darth Vader into the movie.
  120. @Dumbo
    Ok, now I've read the original story by Ted Chiang (The story of your life) that gave origin to "Arrival". So basically the film is a dumbed-down version of it, including an unnecessary explosion and the threat of war. The short story is much better than the movie, of course, but I can see how hard it would be to really "translate" it into a film. I guess the filmmakers did what they could. But I still don't like the movie.

    Most of the reviewers who really liked the movie “Arrival” appear to have read the sci-fi short story it is based on.

    I’m not complaining. The movie was interesting, above average in quality, and quite different from typical fare. I hadn’t read the short story, so I’d didn’t get as much out of the movies as readers had. I look forward to following director Denis Villenueve’s career.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    John Ekdahl ranks it up there with Shakespeare. A Dad thing evidentially.
    , @Dumbo
    The story is mostly about linguistics, and there's no save-the-Earth plot, so they had to add a ticking clock situation and some explosions and a Deus Ex-machina or it would be very boring for the average viewer. It's not a bad movie but it's far from being a great one.

    I liked this (long) review by Darren Franich, which also mentions Contact and Interstellar:

    http://ew.com/article/2016/11/17/arrival-ending-contact-2001-sci-fi/
  121. @res
    Thanks for the article. Do you have any more details on this:


    Police do not believe Thompson was the main force behind the recent threats, which have targeted as many as 100 Jewish centers in recent weeks. Prosecutors believe Thompson made only eight of the threats
     

    I was wrong about the number of threats Juan made. Poor reading skills. It would be interesting to know if he was copycatting other incidents or leading the way.

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  122. @res
    They have updated the article (i.e. changed it so the narrative explosion does not look quite so bad). The original is available at the Internet Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20170302231942/https://theintercept.com/2017/02/28/trump-suggests-anti-semitic-acts-might-faked-make-movement-look-bad/
    I had some trouble with the page redirecting to "not found", but was able to get it by saving the page during the initial load. Here's the original headline:

    Trump Can’t Accept That His Allies Are Targeting Jews — So He Blames His Opponents

    Oops.

    That level of hubristic stupidity makes Robert Reich look like a pygmy in comparison. As if he didn’t already.

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  123. Bill B. says:
    @Massimo Heitor
    Riz Ahmed and Idris Elba are advocating against a race blind society and advocating how important ethnic tribal groups are to people and how important it is for kids to see members of their own sacred ethnic/tribal groups in prominent positions of power and culture.

    Of course, if it's important for Arabs, Muslims, and blacks to see individuals from their own tribal groups in prominent positions of fame and authority, then it is important for whites too.

    Yeah and when minorities whine about unequal outcomes – here from a second generation arrival whose path was greased by the UK to go to Merchant Taylors’ and Oxford – we are given permission to start exploring why certain groups don’t contribute much to the cultural weight of the nation.

    23 Morocco 84
    23 Nigeria 84
    23 Pakistan 84
    23 Panama 84
    23 Paraguay 84
    23 Saudi Arabia 84
    23 Solomon Islands 84
    23 Uganda 84

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  124. @Buffalo Joe
    Auto, I take it you don't live in the States because around here we have People Inc. which would provide you with an aide to assist you. We had one for my mother before she moved to an assisted living facility. A very pleasant woman would stop by daily, check on Mom, make her a lunch and tea, do light housekeeping and laundry. My mom needed no medical care, however. The service is free but we tipped the woman weekly. Check around.

    Thank you; I live in California (whether that remains the U.S.A. can be debated…) I’ll look into this organisation. I’ve called about five agencies I’ve found online and they all refused to help unless an insurer pays them; the governmental outfit told me I am not poor enough to be helped (even though I’m perfectly willing to pay for the service). I’ve also got correspondence to several churches. I’m confident someone will help, (maybe the outfit you describe), but it’s maddening how much like a nutty Third World country it’s all become. I keep thinking of Graham Greene’s The Comedians.

    The night I was discharged I visited four pharmacies for a much-needed bottle of oxycodone. The first (run by Mexicans, naturally) was obviously just about to close; they’d just shut the light. I pled very politely (“Madame, I’ve just had major surgery and I am in terrible pain; will you please take just one more moment to help me?” Naturally, she barked “We’re closed!” and slammed a grille in my face.) Another place (run by a lady with blue hair) was out of the stuff. (Isn’t a pharmacy a stockpile of medicine? It was as though McDonald’s were out of burgers….) The people who did finally help me (mean Vietnamese people who barely could understand or speak English) did so only after demanding I go back and forth to my van several times to show them arcane paperwork, and after arguing over the telephone with my surgeon’s staff.

    I only tell these extra tales to demonstrate to the blessedly healthy or insulated how the decline is affecting healthcare for those of us in occupied America.

    Again, thanks for the lead!

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    "Thank you; I live in California (whether that remains the U.S.A. can be debated…)"

    California is only part of The U.S if you make good money and can afford to live in neighborhoods where the majority of households speak English in the home.

  125. Svigor says:

    NPR’s “Invisibilia” had a really boneheaded* piece that today that touched on this. The natural alienation of a Somali living in Denmark was characterized as “Danish racism,” and his rather typical response of “okay, I’ll go be a terrorist then” was brushed off as a natural response to that alienation.

    *Or deliberately deceptive; the piece managed to talk about complementary behavior (people will treat you the way you treat them), and the suprisingly disruptive nature of anti-complementary behavior, without once mentioning Mr. “Turn the Other Cheek/Forgive them oh Lord, they know not what they do” of the last 2k years’ world fame, or the religion he spawned.

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  126. guest says:
    @Dumbo

    Yet he gets to play Darth Vader Jr. in Star Wars movies, while I’m stuck playing Bodhi Rook.
    I ask you: is that fair?
     
    Well, I think Ahmed is right on this one. Adam Driver has a really strange/ugly face and he's not a particularly good actor in my opinion. Kylo Ren sucked. The fact that he gets these roles can only be explained either by nepotism or White Privilege.

    Kylo Ren wasn’t much of a character, though he was an improvement on the young Darth Vader from the prequels. For the record, Adam Driver’s face had nothing much to do with it. Most of the time he wore a mask, and it could’ve been anyone under there. Except insofar as he vaguely resembled Harrison Ford, Driver was beside the point.

    The point being to sell Darth Vader-y masks in stores without having Darth Vader in the movie. They solved that problem in Rogue One by shoehorning Darth Vader into the movie.

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  127. Svigor says:

    Exactly, they have very little interest in participating in British cultural life.

    The Somali they interviewed, who couldn’t even be bothered to refrain from cursing (which was funny, because he was being presented as their poster boy), made a couple of statements that made Muslim insularity obvious. He was floored that a Muslim counselor had a wife, kids, and a home in Denmark, and he was all Alice-Down-the-Rabbit-Hole about entering a Danish coffee shop and finding it full of…Danes.

    The darkie managed to blame his mother’s death and his own failing out of school on a week in which the Danish security apparatus climbed up his butt.

    Same. I saw Rogue One and thought, this guy’s a little narrow-shouldered to be a swashbuckling space rebel. I suppose he was cast so he wouldn’t physically dominate the petite 63″ tall Felicity Jones in her role as swashbuckling space rebel.

    Same thing with the villain Darth Nerd (Driver?) in the previous Star Wars film, I guess. I suppose it never occurs to them that the men in the audience will think, “we’re ‘led’ by feminine mopes,” even if only at a subconscious level.

    You know, if I were a member of an immigrant group that dragged on my host society so much that even though it was still relatively minor in size and hadn’t been present in any serious numbers before man walked on the moon, that being on television in proportion with my groups size and importance would cause me to immediately become a jihadi sympathiser, I’d be, like, apologetic or something. Yet this guy and all the others never are.

    MENAs, subcons, and sub-Saharan Africans are all “at your feet or at your throat” populations. Backhanding them over a table is the way to get them to apologize.

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  128. donut says:

    “start losing British teenagers to ” what ? Paki rape gangs Riz you hubshi . “You would spit more carefully if you were still in the Guides, hubshi.”

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  129. Kylie says:
    @Stogumber
    It is reasonable that the Muslim subculture ought to have its own TV. And we have no reason to protect the BBC:

    “It is reasonable that the Muslim subculture ought to have its own TV.”

    Cultural appropriation.

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  130. @Stogumber
    It is reasonable that the Muslim subculture ought to have its own TV. And we have no reason to protect the BBC:

    Stogumber, Here, in WNY, a muslim couple started an all Islam all the time TV channel called “Bridges.” Oh, yeah, the husband beheaded his wife at the TV studio in Amherst, NY after she planned to divorce him, if I remember correctly. Don’t know how to link but google it.

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  131. @Buddwing
    I think that dismissing or ridiculing what Riz Ahmed says is myopic. What he says is a somewhat Cargo Cultish version of something of great importance.

    I say Cargo Cultish, because it is silly to say "Why won't the gods create parts for me, me, me." I say of great importance because the stories we tell are crucial to identity formation.

    Stories provide us with answers to the questions "Whom should I care about?" and "Whose opinion of me should I care about?"

    In some interview I saw decades ago, Kurt Vonnegut pointed out that we used to sit around and tell stories. Now we sit around and hear stories told to us. They are much better stories and much better story-tellers, but they are people outside our immediate community. We have high quality entertainment and alienation in one package.

    In the US we are used to the idea that we get to make up and tell stories for the entire world, but we have begun to notice that the stories don't have the cultural resonance they once had. (Mission Impossible was once about imposing American values on dictatorships. In the latest iteration it seems to be about maintaining loyalty to one's immediate team, not accepting one death, even if it endangers hundreds or thousands of people in the US or allied nations. Identity formation at work.)

    What is it like to not have your own stories? What is it like for Germans to look at war movies? What concept of heroism can resonate? (Germany has a fertility rate of 1.44.)

    What is it like to grow up Riz Ahmed and watch stories about Cornwall in the 1600s? How does he answer the questions "Who should I care about?" and "Whose opinion of me should I care about?"

    The alternative world of Star Wars attempts to answer these questions one way, ISIS recrutiment films another. Neither attempt provides an adequate basis for society. We should not ridicule the messenger.

    Budd, but who wouldn’t want to hear Vonnegut telling stories. Sometimes it’s good to just listen.

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  132. @Mr Mack Bolan
    What? They don't have a MET (Muslim Entertainment Television) in England?

    We have heard all of these threats before. We should give Muslims everything they want or they will all join ISIS and come back and chop our heads off.
    By this reasoning we wont need prisons any more, because if we just give the criminals everything they want they wont have to break the law to get it. I wonder why nobody has ever thought of this very simple approach to battling terrorism, just give them what they want and they wont terrorize people any more.


    Wait a minute, I just heard from a friend of mine in Germany and he says they are already doing this in Europe but it isn't working.

    Mr. Mack, How about a Miss Islam contest and all the girls wear burkas.

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  133. Hasn’t this been cultMarx’s general modus, i.e. to amplify modest differences or insecurities, into vast societal problems & grievances which require near revolutionary change in the host society for a general atonement.
    Daniel Day-Lewis can see this calculus very well indeed. To play his part in the coalition of the fringes, he may grasp whatever scintilla of disadvantage his forbears had, and then slap that down as a winning card against the WASP establishment

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    His victimological prowess was worth it, because it may have helped him win the role of Legacy American Bill the Butcher, whom we got to watch beat up on "foreign hordes" of Irishmen. Which I think was supposed to make him a villain, but it didn't take with me.

    Bill was based, I think, on the WASP Know Nothing who founded the Bowery Boys. So the supposedly bullied became the pretend bully.

  134. @Steve Sailer
    Most of the reviewers who really liked the movie "Arrival" appear to have read the sci-fi short story it is based on.

    I'm not complaining. The movie was interesting, above average in quality, and quite different from typical fare. I hadn't read the short story, so I'd didn't get as much out of the movies as readers had. I look forward to following director Denis Villenueve's career.

    John Ekdahl ranks it up there with Shakespeare. A Dad thing evidentially.

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  135. Jefferson says:
    @Autochthon
    Thank you; I live in California (whether that remains the U.S.A. can be debated...) I'll look into this organisation. I've called about five agencies I've found online and they all refused to help unless an insurer pays them; the governmental outfit told me I am not poor enough to be helped (even though I'm perfectly willing to pay for the service). I've also got correspondence to several churches. I'm confident someone will help, (maybe the outfit you describe), but it's maddening how much like a nutty Third World country it's all become. I keep thinking of Graham Greene's The Comedians.

    The night I was discharged I visited four pharmacies for a much-needed bottle of oxycodone. The first (run by Mexicans, naturally) was obviously just about to close; they'd just shut the light. I pled very politely ("Madame, I've just had major surgery and I am in terrible pain; will you please take just one more moment to help me?" Naturally, she barked "We're closed!" and slammed a grille in my face.) Another place (run by a lady with blue hair) was out of the stuff. (Isn't a pharmacy a stockpile of medicine? It was as though McDonald's were out of burgers....) The people who did finally help me (mean Vietnamese people who barely could understand or speak English) did so only after demanding I go back and forth to my van several times to show them arcane paperwork, and after arguing over the telephone with my surgeon's staff.

    I only tell these extra tales to demonstrate to the blessedly healthy or insulated how the decline is affecting healthcare for those of us in occupied America.

    Again, thanks for the lead!

    “Thank you; I live in California (whether that remains the U.S.A. can be debated…)”

    California is only part of The U.S if you make good money and can afford to live in neighborhoods where the majority of households speak English in the home.

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  136. guest says:
    @CrunchybutRealistCon
    Hasn't this been cultMarx's general modus, i.e. to amplify modest differences or insecurities, into vast societal problems & grievances which require near revolutionary change in the host society for a general atonement.
    Daniel Day-Lewis can see this calculus very well indeed. To play his part in the coalition of the fringes, he may grasp whatever scintilla of disadvantage his forbears had, and then slap that down as a winning card against the WASP establishment

    His victimological prowess was worth it, because it may have helped him win the role of Legacy American Bill the Butcher, whom we got to watch beat up on “foreign hordes” of Irishmen. Which I think was supposed to make him a villain, but it didn’t take with me.

    Bill was based, I think, on the WASP Know Nothing who founded the Bowery Boys. So the supposedly bullied became the pretend bully.

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  137. Romanian says: • Website
    @guest
    Eh, bullying is common enough that it could happen anywhere, anytime, for any reason. Of course, like "racism," that term is deliberately kept vague, so as to be under- or overplayed at the convenience of authorized users.* Does it mean being singled out for abuse on a regular basis, day-in-day-out, for a significant period of time? Or does it mean any abuse at all?

    I don't consider myself to have been bullied. But there was one guy who antagonized me on a few separate occasions. Once he poked me in the back of the neck with a paperclip during class. Another time he poured sand over my head. I didn't fight back because he was from the other side of the tracks, and he or his friends might've stabbed me. Still makes me physically angry to think about it.

    However, like I said, it was only a few incidents. It wasn't sustained. I can believe Daniel Day-Lewis was mocked or had sand poured on his head once for being a potato-eater. If that's all bullying has to amount to.

    *For instance, it may be overplayed if the victim is part of a protected class. I assumed all along that the current anti-bullying push in the MSM was about gay kids. On the other hand, you underplay when it's being used as a rationale for homeschooling.

    There's a balancing act, here, whereby you want people to take bullying seriously enough for you to use it for leverage to get more power over people's lives. But you simultaneously have to pretend bullying isn't a big enough problem that you can't conquer it and create a utopian disciplinary environment in the schools. Or wherever people interact with eachother, really.

    Also, you don't want non-homeschooling parents to get too worried about it, either. There's currently a show on HBO about crazy parents feuding over kids supposedly assaulting eachother at an upscale elementary school. Administrators don't want that kind of involvement from parents, nor the lawsuits it leads to. So they better watch themselves on the anti-bullying propaganda.

    Fuzzy definitions to the rescue!

    This is very insightful!

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  138. Dumbo says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Most of the reviewers who really liked the movie "Arrival" appear to have read the sci-fi short story it is based on.

    I'm not complaining. The movie was interesting, above average in quality, and quite different from typical fare. I hadn't read the short story, so I'd didn't get as much out of the movies as readers had. I look forward to following director Denis Villenueve's career.

    The story is mostly about linguistics, and there’s no save-the-Earth plot, so they had to add a ticking clock situation and some explosions and a Deus Ex-machina or it would be very boring for the average viewer. It’s not a bad movie but it’s far from being a great one.

    I liked this (long) review by Darren Franich, which also mentions Contact and Interstellar:

    http://ew.com/article/2016/11/17/arrival-ending-contact-2001-sci-fi/

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  139. they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’.”

    Au contraire, Riz dahhling. We’re doing a heartwarming series about corsairs raiding, looting and abducting entire villages of hapless Isles peasants as slaves (those they didn’t kill).
    You’re perfect, just perfect for a rapacious 16th or 17th century Barbary pirate. It’s all about communicating a certain .. attitude. And you’ve got it in spades.

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  140. Bill B. says:
    @Anonymous
    I've seen a handful of ISIS videos. James Bond isn't what comes to mind. Some of the videos are just snuff reels, showing the murders of dozens of people, interspersed with Imams gibbering about infidels.

    Yes. It can not be restated enough that the lovely people who join ISIS join it precisely because they know it is a death cult bathed in the blood of infidels.

    The “youth” of Europe are attracted to it because it is “sexy” i.e. it has sex slaves, public executions, fun enforced conformity etc..

    They know what they are getting into.

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  141. @Buffalo Joe
    Jim Bob, Bollocks to you mate, and Dennis Farina in "Snatch" is comedy gold, violence but not blood porn. I just saw Ritchie's "Rocknrolla", good but not "Snatch" or "Lock, Stock" quality. And not to put you down, but I hate the "C" word, 25 years of rough and crude construction and hardly anyone used that word. Otherwise, we're good, you wanker.

    Spot on, laddie. The Bank Job with Jason Statham is good, and so is Sean Bean in Essex Boys and the TV movie Fool’s Gold. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104286/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_93

    I agree that there is way too much swearing in films; it’s one reason I never watched Deadwood.

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  142. I agree that there is way too much swearing in films; it’s one reason I never watched Deadwood.

    The pointless swearing seemed like a competition between various scriptwriters to see who could insert more cuss words into each scene before test audiences tuned out. On top of that, Deadwood seemed overly talky. The point of a TV or movie production is to show people what’s happening, not have their characters ramble on and on.

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  143. Escher says:

    This guy also played the founder-CEO of a Facebook/Google like tech startup which was hoovering up data of all its subscribers, in the latest Jason Bourne movie.

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  144. @malkovich
    Exactly, they have very little interest in participating in British cultural life. Riz could start by being a bit more honest about how unusual a case he is, as a young British Pakistani male, for taking an interest in performing arts. To the extent that they do it's almost exclusively rap (which he himself has a sideline in). I'm sure the ITV and BBC execs would love to commission programmes by/about the "Asian" communities but anyone who's been to any of those areas can see that they're never going to produce many playwrights / thespians / directors / novelists. Hardly fertile ground for the bohemian spirit. The few high achieving ones are more likely to be pointed toward law, medicine, business by the father. A few come through into the England cricket ranks now. The rest...well:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4024376/It-like-scene-Wild-West-Gang-men-attack-takeaway-outlet-using-HAMMER-broad-daylight.html

    The UK theatre is very PC and loves loves loves to recruit minority actors – I’m pretty sure the last RSC production I saw had a black Hippolyte and a couple of Asian actors. It’s not unusual at the RSC for minorities in the audience to be outnumbered by minorities on the stage.

    Here’s the cast of Saturday’s Globe Theatre cut-down production of Taming Of The Shrew.

    http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/155346659468/playing-shakespeare-the-taming-of-the-shrew

    Layo-Christina Akinlude, James Backway, Michael Fenner, Alex Gaumond, Richard James-Neale, Samuel Martin, Clive Mendus, Alex Mugnaloni, Gloria Onitiri, Viss Elliot Safavi

    Problem comes when you move from the middle/upper-middle class audience (a lot of whom are wealthy enough to have little diversity in their everyday lives) to mass TV audiences.

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  146. Lurker says:
    @guest
    Eh, bullying is common enough that it could happen anywhere, anytime, for any reason. Of course, like "racism," that term is deliberately kept vague, so as to be under- or overplayed at the convenience of authorized users.* Does it mean being singled out for abuse on a regular basis, day-in-day-out, for a significant period of time? Or does it mean any abuse at all?

    I don't consider myself to have been bullied. But there was one guy who antagonized me on a few separate occasions. Once he poked me in the back of the neck with a paperclip during class. Another time he poured sand over my head. I didn't fight back because he was from the other side of the tracks, and he or his friends might've stabbed me. Still makes me physically angry to think about it.

    However, like I said, it was only a few incidents. It wasn't sustained. I can believe Daniel Day-Lewis was mocked or had sand poured on his head once for being a potato-eater. If that's all bullying has to amount to.

    *For instance, it may be overplayed if the victim is part of a protected class. I assumed all along that the current anti-bullying push in the MSM was about gay kids. On the other hand, you underplay when it's being used as a rationale for homeschooling.

    There's a balancing act, here, whereby you want people to take bullying seriously enough for you to use it for leverage to get more power over people's lives. But you simultaneously have to pretend bullying isn't a big enough problem that you can't conquer it and create a utopian disciplinary environment in the schools. Or wherever people interact with eachother, really.

    Also, you don't want non-homeschooling parents to get too worried about it, either. There's currently a show on HBO about crazy parents feuding over kids supposedly assaulting eachother at an upscale elementary school. Administrators don't want that kind of involvement from parents, nor the lawsuits it leads to. So they better watch themselves on the anti-bullying propaganda.

    Fuzzy definitions to the rescue!

    Quite agree with you.

    But. . .

    My thing about Daniel Day-Lewis was more the utterly bogus nature of his ‘Irish’ identity. He has claimed in the past that it was the reason for him being bullied at school.

    He claims it due to his father. His father – an Anglo-Protestant, reasonably upper crust Irishman who left Ireland to live in England at the age of two. Who was already 53 when Daniel was born having spent 50 years living in England. A man who could easily be characterised as an English settler by more robust Irish nationalists. A man born in Ireland when Ireland was still British

    Here’s a recording of Cecil Day-Lewis reading some of his work. What you and I hear and certainly what any London schoolkid would hear is someone very obviously upper middle class posh and English. I strongly suspect thats what Daniel would have sounded like too as a nipper.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWj0Sby0xwE

    If he was at a regular school in London (and supposedly he was) then there would certainly be some actual bona fide Irish kids in his school or at very least first generation. So why on earth would he be singled out? Pre-internet how many school age kids would be bothered to even find out his obscure and frankly laughable claims to Irish identity and actually bother to bully him over it?

    Just looking at Wiki I find this:

    Living in Greenwich (he attended Invicta and Sherington Primary Schools),[17] Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London children, and, being “Jewish” and “posh”, he was often bullied.[18] He mastered the local accent and mannerisms and credits that as being his first convincing performance.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Day-Lewis

    I’m pretty sure that wasn’t there last time I looked!

    In effect DDL is a Brit who has adopted an Irish identity and got a passport, his claims of ‘Irishness’ are tenuous, his ‘Irishness’ is a retconning of his past.

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