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… trend story about the growth of bubble tea emporiums in New York City.

Bubble tea, invented in Taiwan in the 1980s, is Chinese tea with tapioca or other sweet gelatinous blobs in it. Here is a poster I found on the web explaining it:

The NYT recently ran an SWPL (Stuff White People Like) style piece about how bubble tea is becoming trendier in New York:

Bubble Tea Purveyors Continue to Grow Along With Drink’s Popularity
Entrepreneurship
By JOANNE KAUFMAN AUG. 16, 2017

And then all hell broke loose for the Times, SJW (Social Justice Warrior) style.

The Times had to run an apology and Memory Hole the original article (unfortunately, I can’t find the original on Wayback Machine). Here’s the newspaper’s self-criticism apology:

Our Readers Call Us Out Over Bubble Tea. They Are Right.
AUG. 17, 2017

The Reader Center is a newsroom initiative that is helping The Times build deeper ties with our audience.

Ellen Pollock, our Business editor, has responded to readers who voiced criticism over our recent story on bubble tea.

We published a feature article on Thursday about bubble tea becoming “mainstream,” which drew criticism from readers on two fronts. …

Other readers thought we described the drink, which was created in Taiwan, as strange and alien, and especially took us to task for the use of the word “blobs.”

This is how one reader, Bo Hee Kim, very thoughtfully put it:

The language used in this article, from ‘exotic’ to ‘Far East’ and the unappealing nature of the word ‘blob’ to describe a drink well-known to many Asians and Asian-Americans unintentionally alienates this population from reading this article. It highlights otherness rather than uniqueness, defines familiarity through a nondiverse lens, and for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.

You see, Diversity is our greatest strength. The Diverse bring us their vibrant Diverse inventions, such as tea with jello balls in it. But it is Not OK to say that the Diverse aren’t Mainstream. They are totally Mainstream. They built this country. Thomas Jefferson drank Bubble Tea while writing the Declaration of Independence. Uh-oh, that sounds problematic. … Alexander Hamilton drank Bubble Tea while denouncing the little people. (Whew!)

The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all). There may be a story in the expansion of bubble tea businesses in the United States, but there is no denying the drink has been around for quite a while. And we regret the impression left by some of the original language in the article, which we have revised in light of the concerns.

Intrepid SWPLs (Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like who like trying out exotic food and drink) are so 2000s.

Irate SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) are 2010s.

Here’s the Bubble Tea Struggle Session out back of the Times Building on 8th Avenue:

 
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  1. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    It sounds like the NYT writers need a more woke style manual.

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  2. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    How can u “discover” bubble tea!

    – 克里斯托弗·哥伦布

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    Seriously. They've been selling bubble tea in Vietnamese restaurants for the last 20 years or so (except they didn't call it "bubble tea"). I never realized it had become "a thing" in the SWPL vs SJW war. The world is a silly place.
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Nothing exists until writers in New York City discover it.

    That's how the universe works.
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  3. The Times’ headline says it all. SJWs are always right.

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  4. Hubbub says:

    Holy Moley, Billy Batson!! We’re living in a f**king Tower of Babel!

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  5. Semi OT:

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.

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    • Replies: @Achilles

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.
     
    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don't want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they'll be unsealed in 70 years.
    , @snorlax
    Around the same time (same week, IIRC) Twitter banned Milo for being Beyond the Pale, they also banned Spencer—and then immediately reinstated his account, plus gave him the famous blue checkmark.
    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    That guy is such an obvious fame whore. I'll bet dollars to donuts he cashes in with a tell-all memoir of a reformed racist.
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  6. Couldn’t’ve happened to a nicer newspaper.

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    • Replies: @Frau Katze
    I blame NYT — for not dismissing this rubbish. So the phrase "far east" is now verboten?

    Someone needs to stand up to these idiots. NYT is perfectly positioned to say, enough is enough.

    But like college administrators they're cowards. And now doing penance. Are there any adults left anywhere?
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  7. Busby says:

    Welcome to the part of the movie where the monster turns on its creator.

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  8. Achilles says:

    An apology is not enough, Ms. Kaufman. An apology won’t undo the damage done and the demonization of so many bubble tea drinkers.

    We don’t get to do bad things, apologize when caught and go on as if nothing has happened. That would be taking the easy way out.

    Yes, Ms. Kaufman’s resignation is needed, but that would be only a first step.

    There must be action taken against her employer, The New York Times, which allowed an environment of insensitivity to take root and grow which enabled and allowed the expression of this type of inflammatory language.

    The alienating and marginalizing language used by Ms. Kaufman and published by The New York Times constitutes a type of violence.

    They should not be allowed to expect that their infliction of such violence on bubble tea drinkers will be normalized and accepted without resistance.

    There can be no place in modern civil society for those like Ms. Kaufmann and The New York Times.

    #antiNYT

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  9. Where ANTIFA got its start . . .

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    • Replies: @Kyle Searle
    Nah, Antifa's been part of the Communist Revolution since the start mate...
    , @Seneca
    Thanks.

    Amazing great short video on the Cultural Revolution in China.

    Definitely one of the sources of ANTIFA.

    Everyone who visits Unz should watch this video.
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  10. Luke Lea says:

    Multiculturalism really is a totalitarian ideology. I’m reading Richard Bernstein’s Dictatorship of Virtue, which describes the situation in pre-Internet days, c. 1990. Things have changed very little since then.

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  11. inertial says:

    Bubble tea, unless sweetened and flavored to death, does taste strange and alien. Not all foreign drinks do but this one does.

    …And how could they not know that the word blob is verboten? It’s right here in my Dictionary of Hate Words (Current Year edition,) just before burly.

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    Hehehe

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  13. kihowi says:

    Diversity is our strength but being different as a kid traumatized me for life.

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  14. Slightly OT . . .

    Plowing a car into a crowd during a neo-Nazi protest, when the shoe was on the other foot:

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    Illinois Nazis? I've wanted an orange Pinto wagon since that movie came out. Everybody bad mouths a Pinto, but compared to a Vega, it was a nice little car. You could get a 100K out of one with no problem. You'd be on your third engine with the GM crapper with 100K.
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  15. grapesoda says:

    In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).

    Yes, we should all just sit quietly in the corner and do knitting, so we don’t offend anyone. That’s the simplest approach.

    Seriously though, that is what this leads to. I’ve been around Millennials quite a bit, and they are all afraid to say anything “not OK.” It’s actually very easy to be politically correct: just don’t say anything at all. Or only say things you are supposed to say. Never bring up the topic of race or gender or politics or religion or anything else slightly controversial at all.

    The only problem is, those people are incredibly boring. And if you try to bring a little intrigue, liven it up a little, they will immediately castigate you for being “offensive and not OK.” This applies not only to political correctness/incorrectness, but other areas of behavior as well.

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    • Replies: @slouchingtowardsg0morrah
    Yup. This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you're a mansplaining "oppressor," and if you say very little, you're a "basic" Chad or a spergy loser.

    On the bright side, I think this kind of antagonistic social climate is strengthening male homosocial ties. "Locker room talk" has evolved into something a lot more stimulating. Talking to other like-minded males is our only refuge.

    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    'I'm Okay, You're Not Okay.'
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  16. George says:

    Tapioca is derived from the word tipi’óka, its name in the Tupí language spoken by natives when the Portuguese first arrived in the Northeast Region of Brazil around 1707.[1] This Tupí word refers to the process by which the cassava starch is made edible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapioca#Etymology_and_origin

    Thomas Jefferson born 1743 was key to the introduction of tapioca to the young nation, but could only use it in pudding due to the narrow nature of drinking straws of the period.

    They could not actually make bubble tea until 1966 when the Tawainese National Drinking Straw company introduced straws wide enough to slurp up the ‘blobs’ of Tapioca.

    Who’s tea, our tea… a slogan first used in Boston December 16, 1773.

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    Tapioca was native Brazilian? So we have cultural appropriation too?
    , @Alden
    Thanks for the info. This is yet another part of the evil theft by the evil White explorers of the treasures of the non European world.

    Soon there will be a college course discussing the intersectionality of tapioca with the Portuguese slave traffic, colonization, the rape of the Amazon by evil cattle ranchers and global warming.

    Final exam will be an essay proving that tapioca is in and of itself evil because it is White.
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  17. “…for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.”

    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim’s lunch? Probably was something weird alright, but no doubt tasted better than one of Michelle Obama’s school lunches.

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    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim's lunch?
     
    Snoopy?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Thucy, my mother packed me lunches of left over eggplant parm on homemade Italian bread, or pepper and egg sandwiches. Often traded them for cigarettes or PBJ on Wonder Bread, aka "White People Bread."
    , @Je Suis Charlie Martel
    I'm sure when Bo Hee Kim has kids they will live in a very diverse neighborhood and won't play soccer and lacrosse at all... Nor will they have preppy first names...
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  18. Achilles says:
    @Jack Hanson
    Semi OT:

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.

    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don’t want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they’ll be unsealed in 70 years.

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    With leaders like Spencer and Kessler, who needs enemies.

    If they aren't plants, they are true bumbling incompetents.
    , @Moshe
    I don't really know how these things work and both TV and history (but more TV) lead me to believe that one can be sincere in a cause while also giving the government what it says it wants.

    I haven't followed his career much, even though we exchanged emails at one point, but my guess is that he is sincere. And in most cases, the sincere person is not a double agent.

    Not that I particularly care. Whether he is working for David Duke (or if Duke is compromised then whatever impeccable untainted white supremacist you can conjure) or whether he is clandestinely moving the objectives of BLM forward, he's not particularly on the side of angels so far as I'm concerned. So my curiosity with the reasoning behind the belief that he is a false flag raiser or something like that, is not to praise or bury him but simply to wonder what people are talking about if they actually believe that he is working against the interests he claims to be working towards.

    The one in the spirit example of this that I have some reasonable amount of knowledge regarding is the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister gets cock rubbing - that's literally what google dictation gave me! - ahem, Yitzchak Rabin.

    I was in Israel at the time and as close to personal involvement in these matters as a kid can be (which is significantly more than you would assume).

    For about 6 weeks before Rabin's assassination the news media (which at the time was an even more dangerously leftist version of Hillary even were she able to shoot fire out of her eyes) - the media was full of stories about some sick groupn of "right wingers" who were going around torturing random Arabs. (I think the underground group with excellent communication channels with the media was called "Eyal"?)

    Now despite what many here believe, this is not quite how things work.

    This was coupled with right-wing threats against the government and yadda yadda yadda .

    Well, waddaya know. The head of the group was literally, as in not-presently denied or deniable, a shabak (israeli fbi) agent.

    The whole entire thing, down to getting (or almost getting - see below*) The Prime Minister killed was for the purpose of smearing the right.

    Had I not have seen it play out in weeks worth of headlines (including somewhat telling ones the day after the assassination when Raviv is dragged in to custody shouting "it's a conspiracy! It's a conspiracy! I work for the Shabak! They're foing to kill me!) I would not have believed it.

    This was a flase flag plated out before my eyes.

    Then again, Raviv didn't give press conferences every other day. In the cover of night he snuck into peaceful Arab villages and made all the men strip. Sniffing him our as a plant waz hard to do when no one even knew his name. I'm pretty sure that Spencer would be pretty easy to sniff out however which is why I doubt he has any governmental connection and if he does that it is limited to what he considers a quid pro quo.

    Again, not that I care. Whether he's working with Kmac or Coates is pretty much all the same in my book. (Yes, I know not in your book. That's not my point. My point is that it is close to insane to believe that he is working against his cause on the government's payroll.)
    , @Ripple Earthdevil
    I'm not one for the tinfoil but I think you may be onto something. The optics are too good to be true for Team Left.
    , @Anonymous
    I don't suspect that Spencer himself is a plant, but its seems pretty reasonable that there were plants bringing nazi flags and the KKK into a peaceful demonstration against removal of the Lee statute. These sorts of underhanded despicable tricks are right out of the left's playbook. It was proven they hire mentally ill people to attack right wingers at Trump rallies so that the media can harp on Trump rallies (and by association Trump and all on the right) as promoting violence. Likely what happened were leftists involved in getting groups like the KKK into the Charlottesville protest.

    I suspect it was Kessler, not Spencer. Kessler has known ties to multiple leftist groups, which mysteriously were ended right before he started digging his way into right wing leadership. Kind of like how Westboro Baptist was by hell and gone the most malicious "Christian" group and the founder had been a leftwing civil rights crusader and activist. Probably real good money in being a false flag.

    Nowhere near enough real hate among the right, or mainstream white Christians, so they have to drum it up so they have something to attack and unite their supporters. Should have called it Unite the Left.
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  19. The most desired “tea bubbles” are eggs harvested from the back of the Suriname toad. Or so I’ve heard. Okay maybe not.

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  20. Lot says:

    I am pleased to see that my 2nd tier city is ahead of NYC for this trend, bubble tea has been everywhere in San Diego for a good 10 years, usually here called boba tea. Thinking back, I am pretty sure I had some here way back in 2003.

    Neither style approximates jello. The more common tapioca balls are solid and exactly the same as those in pudding, just bigger. The other kind are fully liquid inside with a thin skin around them.

    By contrast, the hipster trends of $5 cupcakes and handlebar mustaches I read about in the NY Times for about 5 years before they started showing up here. And we were spared entirely the fixie bike fad, perhaps because much of the city is hilly. Hipster-run victorian-themed barber shops are also opening up all over the place.

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    We'be had them for 20 years around the Los Angeles colleges because the colleges have lots of young Asians. They come in many pastel colors, the tea, not the beads.
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  21. AM says:

    The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).

    It’s so crazy. The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the “victims of the day who dislike kittens” population.

    In the future, a happy, chatty article about something interesting and different to at least try once will be looked at with a wary eye. What if it offends?? Better write about the steakhouse with the weird stuff on the wall again.

    The chaos of too much public diversity with no strong sense of self creates a natural want to return to order. Unfortunately, given the vacuums in the West, Islam maybe the creator of that order in the long run. But for now it’s no wonder that people are trying to create it, even as an unconscious action.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Jesus, man, pull yourself together.

    Normal people know not to pay those idiots no never mind. It's just snobs looking for social justice (sic) pokemon points they can lord over other whites who pretend to.

    , @The Last Real Calvinist

    The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the “victims of the day who dislike kittens” population.
     

    Prophetic words:

    Spaniards flood Twitter with cute cat images to dilute gruesome videos and pictures of the Barcelona terror attack 'so the killers can't enjoy the blood spilled and pain caused' LINK

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  22. This spiral has to end.

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  23. the unappealing nature of the word ‘blob’

    “Blob” is precisely the correct word.

    I didn’t know boba was a Taiwanese thing. The purveyors in my area were all Vietnamese, and I assumed they’d created it.

    It’s funny how even enthusiasm about a non-white creation isn’t good enough to satisfy the race hustlers. We can’t use the word “exotic” to highlight the “otherness”, but isn’t that the point of diversity? That we aren’t all the same? If it isn’t “exotic” or “other” then is it even diverse anymore? Or is it just more bland white people stuff?

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    Race doesn't matter. Except when it does.

    Stay quiet. The SJWs and POC will tell you when it matters and when it doesn't.

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  24. George says:

    Calvin Trillin’s Poem on Chinese Food Proves Unpalatable for Some

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/world/asia/calvin-trillin-chinese-food-poem.html?mcubz=0

    The by line is likely a non Asian filed under something called Sinosphere. Why are non Asians commenting about bubble tea?

    https://www.nytimes.com/column/sinosphere?mcubz=0

    The offending poem, read by Trillin himself.

    HAVE THEY RUN OUT OF PROVINCES YET?

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/04/have-they-run-out-of-provinces-yet-by-calvin-trillin

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  25. Ivy says:

    North Korea dialed back their craziness after some pushback. SJWs are like Norks in some ways.

    What about pushing back on the hysterical boba tea/whatever SJW bully shriekers? In olden times, bullies would get a punch in the nose and then typically back off. Somebody somewhere is going to tell them to STFU, or laugh at them, or something to start the cracks in their edifice. Peak SJW is tiresome, and the self-syptyled emperors and empresses aren’t wearing any clothes. Does that give enough imagery to choke down some blob tea?

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    • Replies: @kihowi
    Little guy talks shit to big guy. Big guy who usually puts up with it, makes clear that this time he's not playing around. Little guy retreats.

    This is about as fundamental as human behavior gets, which is why in the current year we have no idea what just happened.
    , @Frau Katze
    Agreed. Where are the adults say "no" to SJW tantrums?

    That's all they are, especially over something this trivial.
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  26. newrouter says:

    “This is how one reader, Bo Hee Kim, very thoughtfully put it:”

    You have to go back!

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  27. @Thucydides
    "...for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school."

    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim's lunch? Probably was something weird alright, but no doubt tasted better than one of Michelle Obama's school lunches.

    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim’s lunch?

    Snoopy?

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  28. @grapesoda

    In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).
     
    Yes, we should all just sit quietly in the corner and do knitting, so we don't offend anyone. That's the simplest approach.

    Seriously though, that is what this leads to. I've been around Millennials quite a bit, and they are all afraid to say anything "not OK." It's actually very easy to be politically correct: just don't say anything at all. Or only say things you are supposed to say. Never bring up the topic of race or gender or politics or religion or anything else slightly controversial at all.

    The only problem is, those people are incredibly boring. And if you try to bring a little intrigue, liven it up a little, they will immediately castigate you for being "offensive and not OK." This applies not only to political correctness/incorrectness, but other areas of behavior as well.

    Yup. This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you’re a mansplaining “oppressor,” and if you say very little, you’re a “basic” Chad or a spergy loser.

    On the bright side, I think this kind of antagonistic social climate is strengthening male homosocial ties. “Locker room talk” has evolved into something a lot more stimulating. Talking to other like-minded males is our only refuge.

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    You sound like a pussy

    Just be nice and respectful
    , @Lot

    This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you’re a mansplaining “oppressor,” and if you say very little, you’re a “basic” Chad or a spergy loser.
     
    That's not been my IRL experience. What is fun and I recommend is finding the most snowflakey leftwing white or asian and carefully pushing his buttons in a way that seems reasonable to everyone else. PC oppression is so intense, even those who do not necessarily agree with you will appreciate you defying it.

    PRO-TIPS:

    The following tend to really annoy SJWs while amusing the normies:

    "I don't see race"

    "We are all one race, the human race"

    "What you are saying is decisive"

    Co-opting left-wing buzz words like "emotional labor," bonus points by using them slightly wrong

    "Trump has always shown he values both merit and diversity. Dr. Ben Carson was a brain surgeon at John Hopkins and Omarosa prevailed over very tough competition on the Apprentice"

    Interrupting by saying "That's not right" and "I don't agree" with no further explanation

    Shaking your head no or making a blah blah blah sock puppet hand gesture if the SJW is on a long and emotional stem-winder

    Saying everything in a warm, friendly, slightly condescending tone

    "I can see this topic makes you emotional, maybe we should change the topic."

    **NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR IN A PURELY SJW EVENT**
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  29. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Intrepid SWPLs (Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like who like trying out exotic food and drink) are so 2000s.
    Irate SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) are 2010s.

    On the other hand, the complaint is rather elegantly written:

    …unintentionally alienates this population… It highlights otherness rather than uniqueness, defines familiarity through a nondiverse lens, and for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.

    Well, well, it sounds so erudite and sophisticated, ooh lala.

    Btw, why didn’t the kid just ask his mom to pack peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich?

    And what does he mean by ‘non-diverse’? If white, why not call it ‘white’? Was it ‘non-diverse’ as in too many blacks? “What dat y0u eating? Look like a dog, and I don’t mean no hotdog!!”

    Anyway, since it was written with such elegance, maybe this is SJWPL.

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    "Btw, why didn’t the kid just ask his mom to pack peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich?"

    This is why I packed my kids a turkey sandwich everyday. No I didn't care if their Indian or Chinese classmates got to bring their thermos and ate curry or fried rice everyday, this is 'merica baby, when in Rome, eat like the Romans. Assimilate or go back to where you came from. Indians are the fussiest with their diets.
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  30. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).

    I love that passive parenthetics. It’s like a syntactical way of rendering a sorrowful, trailing whimper, following a pregnant pause of regret. Prediction: emotion diacretics will become more common.

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  31. Njguy73 says:

    This is why I like living in New Jersey. No one expects me to put up any SWPL status sending. I live on Wawa hoagies and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and it’s perfectly all right.

    You want to be free in this country? Be a prole. Stop giving a damn about whether some self-appointed culture critic thinks of your choices. Who the hell is some random Times reporter to tell me what I’m supposed to like or dislike?

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    Dunkin' freakin' Donuts?! Real proles eat Krispy Kremes! What are you, one of those yankee ... oh, "NJ - GUY", handle duly noted, sorry for my microagression. I ... didn't know .. you were from... you know... Still, Dunkin' Donuts? Really?

    I like your attitude. It's not worth trying to fit in with the sophisticated, because, nowadays, they are nothing to look up to. Maybe they've never been.
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  32. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Bob Greene coined the term REVENGE OF THE NERDS and it was made into a movie.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-07-19/features/8702230024_1_nerds-revenge-slide-rules

    I sort of see SWPL as nerds-as-hipsters. Even the nerdy, once they grow up and make some money, get a few tips on style and stuff to come across as cool. In a way, SWPL is especially sub-nerdy because it betrays a certain insecurity. After all, truly confident people don’t need to follow rules. They make up their own. Japan is SJPL because Japanese lack confidence and always sensitive to how others think.

    It’s like the cool guy in A SEPARATE PEACE makes up his own rules, even uses tie for belt.

    But nerds lack confidence. So, once they make it and wanna be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’, they become sticklers about what-to-do and what-not-to-do. The slideruler of status signaling.

    So, nerds and related people became nerdipsters.

    Now, nerds were the unpopular kids but with a difference. They had intelligence and ability. Most unpopular kids are not smart. They are just ‘losers’. Most are not tarded but not special in IQ or skills.

    Anyway, nerds were first to make it, especially with rise of high-tech that was accessible to every kid’s bedroom as technology became ever more micro.

    And they made a lot of money and came to economically dominate. Problem is nerds and geeks, as Steve Jobs said, have no taste. He said that of Bill Gates, and it’s true. Nerds have no artistic taste and not much social consciousness either.

    [MORE]

    Despite their IQ, their lack of taste turns them into fans of stuff like Star Trek and Dr. Who. This is why nerds, later as SWPL, rely so much on cultural advice of others. Homos were more than willing to play this role since they love to go where the money is and dance and prance for it. And proggism entered nerdopia because nerds, for the most part, have no sense of the world or ideas. Zuck and Gates are smart, but they totally rely on OTHERS to tell them what is right and wrong. Nerds, lacking in style and ideology, came to outsource that stuff to homos and progs. At some point, homos and progs ‘intersected’ and then everything, even BLM, was draped with homo flag even though it had nothing to do with buggery. I mean what does blacks vs cops have to with homo bunging or tranny castration?

    In the world of money, there are the big three: Tech, Vice, and Finance. All three require high IQ. You gotta be smart to do computers. You gotta be smart to run a casino, like Scorsese’s movie shows. And finance, though crooked, isn’t a place for slouches. But tech attracts more nerds than Vice Industry and Finance. Vice Industry of gambling and entertainment need more than ‘aspergy’ intelligence. You have to hustle and be alpha all the time. And finance is dog-eat-dog everyday, if we go by WOLF OF WALL STREET. Those guys may be gorky but they aren’t nerds in terms of personality. They are too brazen. Gekko is Wall Street, not Silicon Valley. So, even though proggy stuff permeated EVERYTHING, the vice industry is more likely to control it than be controlled by it. Too many creative social alphas. And Wall Street has a lot of hustlers.
    But Tech has a lot of nerds. Now, some nerds are ferocious and driven. They are not to mess with. But your average high IQ nerd is far less alpha than guys in Vice or Finance.
    And this is why SJW types find Tech area to be green pasture. In a way, the male-dominated aspergy world seems clueless and un-receptive. But it is also less resistant and easier to push around since nerds don’t have the alpha male bravura-ness.

    Anyway, without nerds, there would be no Tech World. SJW are just leeches and parasites of what nerds created. No nerds, no tech wealth. Now, the creatives and homos are not as high-IQ and skilled as nerds, but they do have real talent. It’s like a hair stylist is no brain surgeon but he has special skills. In contrast, prog ideologues have NO talent except self-righteousness. In the past, when academia were more elitist, many radical intellectuals were indeed first-rate thinkers, even if wrong. But today, when colleges are open to so many, when humanities dole out A’s to everyone, when affirmative action recruits even dim-bulbs, what passes for the ideological class has become laughable. Whatever one may say of Frankfurt School or Sontag or such people, they were real intellectuals, like Hannah Arendt. Today’s prog intellectuals are downright pathetic. But their ‘advice’ is their only ticket to Tech Gold.

    But there is another element to this. Many SJW types were also unpopular kids. So, their rise is a kind of revenge too. But it’s not revenge by meritocracy. And that makes their psychology even more neurotic. A nerd may have complexes because he was uncool in school. But hey, there is pride in really having done something and made good money. But SJW’s were not only uncool in school but have no real talent after school. All they have is attitude and resentment. Since they cannot seek revenge for their unpopular school yrs with talent and money, they seek revenge with finger-pointing and Oleanna behavior.

    Worse, they’ve been coddled for such role by teachers since the 80s. Before that, teachers just taught basics of lit and math and stuff. They didn’t see themselves as activists or role models for students. I recall my high school American history AP teacher who was Greatest Gen. Dignified, serious, but not chummy or with one-of-us attitude. And my professors, many of whom were old and near-retirement, when I entered college in mid 80s, were the same way. Just then, boomer profs were entering the scene, and their style was different. They were like our ‘friends’. They had to be chummy or put on Michael-Moore-ish spectacles. One history prof like to wear The Clash t-shirt. A female prof in anthropology and another in film studies made us sit in a circle like we were all in some kind of 60s sit-in. Still, things were still sane in the mid 80s. I was out of school for 3 yr and returned in 1990, and so much had changed so fast. College paper had gone totally PC looney and nutty professors were all over. One English teacher had tattoos, piercings, funny colored hair, and did a photo gallery of herself as fat nude ugly hag.

    And over time, this kind of education-style seeped down to high school level, then middle school level and so on until kindergartens are now being instructed on homomania and having stories read to them by trannies.

    Anyway, in the past, the unpopular kids were not coddled. If they were smart, they just hit the books cuz they weren’t popular. And they just patiently waited for the day of glory. As for unpopular kids without intelligence, tough luck. Teachers just taught them and ignored them. But now, with schools having been ideologicalized, these SJW teachers are huggy-wugging every loser or bitter ugly dog in schools. Everyone is getting the ‘love’, and these unpopular dogulas and hogulas think they too should deserve attention. Lena Dunham is a perfect example of this. And with the normalization of freakery, every fat, ugly, demented, and/or loony loser thinks he must be the center of attention. But how do they get it? They don’t have the looks or style to be the popular kid. They don’t have the brains to one day make in tech or some other field. All they have is self-righteousness addiction that invokes ‘justice’ at every turn, even to the point of some Meso-midget demanding that he be called ‘they’.

    Anyway, the rise of SJW’s has to do with change in teaching styles, not only in college but in high school and middle school and etc. Back when I was a kid, teachers only did their basic jobs. They were teachers, not counselors or ideologues(even though my Irish teacher in middle school slipped in some anti-British stuff in lectures and even though our Jewish teacher assigned us to watch MASADA). But over the yrs, things changed. Class rooms got more oprahlike and 60s sit-in like. And loser kids were approached by teacher and given special attention in Oleanna way. Since most teachers were not the cool kids back in school themselves, many of them favor the ‘losers’ over the ‘winners’. And they arm these ‘losers’ with politics of resentment, and this feeling festers and festers. And since unpopular losers don’t have the guts or vision to be truly curious, they just soak up everything they are taught. And it’s therapeutic to them because the PC World View complements their own ‘unjust’ predicament of being unpopular. Since they are not cool in looks, sports, and talent, they feel as ‘victims’, and as such, they identify with all the ‘victims’ of the world. Why else would some funny-colored SJW degenerate identify with Muslims? Islam has NOTHING to do with SJW freak ideology. It’s because SJW types see everything in terms of ‘cool kids’ and ‘we loser kids’. So, the Powerful are the ‘cool oppressors’ while all the ‘victim groups’ around the world are like the ‘loser kids’.

    If the loser woman in OLEANNA had not been coddled, she would have been just a loser. But having been coddled, she finally feels ‘empowered’. Her dumbness is not her own problem. It’s the world’s fault, it’s men fault, it’s patriarchy, and everything is ‘rape’.

    Now, why would there be an affinity between the elite winners and SJW losers? Because real-world winners tend not to be the popular kids. Popular kids who coast on athletics or looks usually don’t go very far after high school or maybe college. The real big winners are people like Zuck or Gates or Adelson or Bezos. Some of these may have aggressive personalities, but in high school where looks and toughness matter, they don’t get very far.
    So, SJW’s don’t see the gorky winners as the real enemy. Their minds are forever fixated on the ‘a**hole jock’ or the ‘pretty mean girl’. (If the jock is black, he’s spared the hatred cuz blackness washes away all sins. Slavery points.) To SJW types, Trump is the ultimate trigger. Alpha male, unapologetic, swaggering, talking big, a pu**y grabber. Billy Boy Clinton was like that too in real life, but in terms of rhetoric, it was “I feel your pain.” (Great hustler, this Clinton. A good con-man says one thing to get another. A hustler misleads people. And blacks got hustled by Clinton big time. Clinton and fellow globalists gave con-man talk about blacks to make blacks feel that they were being favored, but it was just to throw tons of them in jail and gentrically cleanse them. A con-man never insults the people he intends to con. He compliments them and promises them stuff.)

    I suppose, in a way, SWPL and SJW is like tension between Western European Jews and Eastern European Jews, at least when there was a significant socio-economic gulf between them. Western European Jews have felt some sense of obligation to help Eastern European Jews, but one bunch had gained far more than the other. One had distinguished itself in business while others had been radicalized in socialism in Russia where Jewish opportunities had been limited.
    But over time, the Eastern Europeans caught up and even surpassed Western European Jews.

    But SJW will never surpass the nerdipsters.

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    Did you learn about articles when you studied English in Uttar Pradesh? Do you refuse to use them on some general principle?
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  33. whorefinder says: • Website

    Ironically, the anti-whiters are doing something good here: forcing the NYTimes to apologize for its woefully sloppy “trend” pieces. Hopefully, other publications pay attention.

    For a very long time, “trend” pieces have been a staple piece of newspaper and magazines: they fill space, they talk about something of interest to the audience, and, most importantly, they weren’t than scientific. Any writer in need of a story could “notice” something for the first time being popular and write that it was the latest “fad.”

    notably, much of the proof that something was “trendy” came from (1) the writer noticed it; and (2) some spokesman for a company that made the trend piece talked it up in writing.

    The key line in most of these pieces? “statistics are hard to come by”

    I applaud this blue-on-blue violence here, it might clean up this “trend” nonsense, make them be a bit more scientific in what is popular (should be easier these days with the internet).

    For the record, I’ve known about Bubble Tea for 10-15 years now, and I lived in NYC when a lot of 20-something white, yellow, and Jewish girls were drinking it on a semi-regular basis. Some ice cream shops sold it, or a trip to Chinatown wasn’t complete for a girl unless she got some.

    I haven’t noticed it “trending’ anymore these days, but hey, it’s the NY Times, these folks aren’t too good at noticing, even things going on right in their own city. Then again, I don’t hang out with young 20-something white girls and yellow girls anymore (sadly), so maybe it’s gone from a treat to a necessity.

    P.S. Personally, I think they taste nasty. The tapioca is ugh. But chicks being chicks will follow the herd.

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  34. Rod1963 says:
    @Achilles

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.
     
    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don't want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they'll be unsealed in 70 years.

    With leaders like Spencer and Kessler, who needs enemies.

    If they aren’t plants, they are true bumbling incompetents.

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    With leaders like Spencer and Kessler, who needs enemies.
     
    FBI agent one: Hey, let's recruit this guy Spencer.
    FBI agent two: Why? He's just fine where he is.
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  35. Tiny Duck says:
    @slouchingtowardsg0morrah
    Yup. This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you're a mansplaining "oppressor," and if you say very little, you're a "basic" Chad or a spergy loser.

    On the bright side, I think this kind of antagonistic social climate is strengthening male homosocial ties. "Locker room talk" has evolved into something a lot more stimulating. Talking to other like-minded males is our only refuge.

    You sound like a pussy

    Just be nice and respectful

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    Just be nice and respectful to Tinys pussy


    - Leonard Pitts
     
    , @Pericles
    The real Duck would punctuate properly. Disappointing.
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  36. Alden says:

    The blobs in sweet tea are large size tapioca pearls as they are called. Tapioca grains or pearls or beads come in large and small sizes.

    It’s very popular with California Asians. It’s a fun drink as one sucks the beads through a large straw.

    So why didn’t the ” journalist” ask someone what the beads are? They really are perfectly round beads, not globs.

    I loathe these articles celebrating the fact that things particular to one ethnic group spread to other groups. Breaking news!!! Some White peoples can use chopsticks and Chinese immigrants use forks.

    Glad it backfired. Writer was stupid not to ask what the beads are.

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    How does one not aspirate the perfectly formed pudding nodules that are not blobs when you draw them by sucking on a large bore straw?

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jackie+Chiles+Its+Lewd&&view=detail&mid=AF9091BE70661BC47CDEAF9091BE70661BC47CDE&rvsmid=5B6ABE7C207662891A975B6ABE7C207662891A97&fsscr=0&FORM=VDQVAP

    I think there is a personal injury class-action lawsuit in this somehow.

    , @Kyle McKenna
    Which reminds me, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman had something to say about golf balls and garden hoses..
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  37. Bo Hee Kim sounds awful lot like BOHICA.

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  38. Are there no men at the NY Times with even an ounce of self respect or masculinity anymore?

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    It seem not, Gregory Cochran's assessment is correct.
    , @David Davenport
    Are there no men at the NY Times with even an ounce of self respect or masculinity anymore?

    None.
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  39. Lot says:
    @slouchingtowardsg0morrah
    Yup. This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you're a mansplaining "oppressor," and if you say very little, you're a "basic" Chad or a spergy loser.

    On the bright side, I think this kind of antagonistic social climate is strengthening male homosocial ties. "Locker room talk" has evolved into something a lot more stimulating. Talking to other like-minded males is our only refuge.

    This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you’re a mansplaining “oppressor,” and if you say very little, you’re a “basic” Chad or a spergy loser.

    That’s not been my IRL experience. What is fun and I recommend is finding the most snowflakey leftwing white or asian and carefully pushing his buttons in a way that seems reasonable to everyone else. PC oppression is so intense, even those who do not necessarily agree with you will appreciate you defying it.

    PRO-TIPS:

    The following tend to really annoy SJWs while amusing the normies:

    “I don’t see race”

    “We are all one race, the human race”

    “What you are saying is decisive”

    Co-opting left-wing buzz words like “emotional labor,” bonus points by using them slightly wrong

    “Trump has always shown he values both merit and diversity. Dr. Ben Carson was a brain surgeon at John Hopkins and Omarosa prevailed over very tough competition on the Apprentice”

    Interrupting by saying “That’s not right” and “I don’t agree” with no further explanation

    Shaking your head no or making a blah blah blah sock puppet hand gesture if the SJW is on a long and emotional stem-winder

    Saying everything in a warm, friendly, slightly condescending tone

    “I can see this topic makes you emotional, maybe we should change the topic.”

    **NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR IN A PURELY SJW EVENT**

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    A good testing the waters snark is "this is why Trump won" or "and that's why Trump won Pennsylvania" in response to a particularly-extreme SJW comment. It's a meme among liberals too so you'll be able to recover if it falls flat.

    You're safest deploying it if the SJW remark was slightly "un-PC" itself (calling Trump voters stupid, or wishing their jobs get sent overseas), or at least was on a topic liberals don't care that much about, like guns.
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  40. kihowi says:
    @Ivy
    North Korea dialed back their craziness after some pushback. SJWs are like Norks in some ways.

    What about pushing back on the hysterical boba tea/whatever SJW bully shriekers? In olden times, bullies would get a punch in the nose and then typically back off. Somebody somewhere is going to tell them to STFU, or laugh at them, or something to start the cracks in their edifice. Peak SJW is tiresome, and the self-syptyled emperors and empresses aren't wearing any clothes. Does that give enough imagery to choke down some blob tea?

    Little guy talks shit to big guy. Big guy who usually puts up with it, makes clear that this time he’s not playing around. Little guy retreats.

    This is about as fundamental as human behavior gets, which is why in the current year we have no idea what just happened.

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  41. JW Bell says:
    @William Zane
    Are there no men at the NY Times with even an ounce of self respect or masculinity anymore?

    It seem not, Gregory Cochran’s assessment is correct.

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  42. Alden says:
    @Lot
    I am pleased to see that my 2nd tier city is ahead of NYC for this trend, bubble tea has been everywhere in San Diego for a good 10 years, usually here called boba tea. Thinking back, I am pretty sure I had some here way back in 2003.

    Neither style approximates jello. The more common tapioca balls are solid and exactly the same as those in pudding, just bigger. The other kind are fully liquid inside with a thin skin around them.

    By contrast, the hipster trends of $5 cupcakes and handlebar mustaches I read about in the NY Times for about 5 years before they started showing up here. And we were spared entirely the fixie bike fad, perhaps because much of the city is hilly. Hipster-run victorian-themed barber shops are also opening up all over the place.

    We’be had them for 20 years around the Los Angeles colleges because the colleges have lots of young Asians. They come in many pastel colors, the tea, not the beads.

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  43. @AM

    The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).
     
    It's so crazy. The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the "victims of the day who dislike kittens" population.

    In the future, a happy, chatty article about something interesting and different to at least try once will be looked at with a wary eye. What if it offends?? Better write about the steakhouse with the weird stuff on the wall again.

    The chaos of too much public diversity with no strong sense of self creates a natural want to return to order. Unfortunately, given the vacuums in the West, Islam maybe the creator of that order in the long run. But for now it's no wonder that people are trying to create it, even as an unconscious action.

    Jesus, man, pull yourself together.

    Normal people know not to pay those idiots no never mind. It’s just snobs looking for social justice (sic) pokemon points they can lord over other whites who pretend to.

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    Jesus, man, pull yourself together.
     
    LOL!

    Normal people know not to pay those idiots no never mind.
     
    Thing is, they actually do pay those idiots mind. Normie's instincts are to get rid of the argument, not who is correct within the argument or assume someone is talking out of turn/crazy.

    If you can get rid of the crazy ranter/keyboard spittle warrior by talking about kittens and pretending they had point, most people tend to do that. That's why Mr. Trump is a very unique man. :)
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  44. @Alden
    The blobs in sweet tea are large size tapioca pearls as they are called. Tapioca grains or pearls or beads come in large and small sizes.

    It's very popular with California Asians. It's a fun drink as one sucks the beads through a large straw.

    So why didn't the " journalist" ask someone what the beads are? They really are perfectly round beads, not globs.

    I loathe these articles celebrating the fact that things particular to one ethnic group spread to other groups. Breaking news!!! Some White peoples can use chopsticks and Chinese immigrants use forks.

    Glad it backfired. Writer was stupid not to ask what the beads are.

    How does one not aspirate the perfectly formed pudding nodules that are not blobs when you draw them by sucking on a large bore straw?

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jackie+Chiles+Its+Lewd&&view=detail&mid=AF9091BE70661BC47CDEAF9091BE70661BC47CDE&rvsmid=5B6ABE7C207662891A975B6ABE7C207662891A97&fsscr=0&FORM=VDQVAP

    I think there is a personal injury class-action lawsuit in this somehow.

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    Experienced bubble tea drinkers know how to abort, if there’s a glitch, by sending the blobs blasting out the nostrils and back into the tea. They call it “sneasoning.”
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  45. Twinkie says:
    @Rod1963
    With leaders like Spencer and Kessler, who needs enemies.

    If they aren't plants, they are true bumbling incompetents.

    With leaders like Spencer and Kessler, who needs enemies.

    FBI agent one: Hey, let’s recruit this guy Spencer.
    FBI agent two: Why? He’s just fine where he is.

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  46. @anonymous
    How can u "discover" bubble tea!

    -- 克里斯托弗·哥伦布

    Seriously. They’ve been selling bubble tea in Vietnamese restaurants for the last 20 years or so (except they didn’t call it “bubble tea”). I never realized it had become “a thing” in the SWPL vs SJW war. The world is a silly place.

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    the SWPL vs SJW war
     
    It's not a war.

    The SJWs set one side of the Overton Window nice and wide so the above-it-all SWPL difference-splitters have a big easy target to hit between the SJWs on one side and the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers like Damore and Sailer on the other side.

    It's win-win.
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  47. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    You mean people of color are tired of being the exotic little Brown friends of liberal Whites?

    It’s as if they were never really into those Leftist Whites to start with!

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  48. @Detective Club
    Where ANTIFA got its start . . .
    https://youtu.be/LGpmVs0_Dbc

    Nah, Antifa’s been part of the Communist Revolution since the start mate…

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  49. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    The interesting thing about bubble tea is how the large-gauge straw vibrates when you slurp the tapioca balls through it. It’s an example of East Asian culinary innovation. I’m not surprised it was invented in Taiwan — judging from the sameness of Chinese takeout places in the U.S., it seems like there’s not so much creativity on the mainland (maybe there is but it doesn’t make it here?).

    Christian Lander seems like an SJW himself, judging by his Twitter feed.

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    Chinese takeout is mainly Cantonese with Hunan and Szechuan (and American) influences. It's mostly at greasy-spoon-level, so not much innovation (but certainly some). Actual Chinese cuisine is pretty varied. Peking duck is the signature Beijing dish but there are others, and each province generally has its own specialties. Taiwan and HK are probably more innovative in the modern period, though.

    NB. I'm not Chinese and have never been to China.
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  50. It’s like those gay people who always want everyone else to think they’re gay too, just so they could feel normal, even though they insisted they were normal to begin with.

    I’m Asian, lived here most of my life(almost 4 decades), have never had bubble tea or even heard of it until a few months ago, think it looks wierd, and am already sick of all the hype. Asian SJWs are as pathetic as the rest of them, and deserve equal mocking.

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  51. Moses says:
    @ATX Hipster

    the unappealing nature of the word ‘blob’
     
    "Blob" is precisely the correct word.

    I didn't know boba was a Taiwanese thing. The purveyors in my area were all Vietnamese, and I assumed they'd created it.

    It's funny how even enthusiasm about a non-white creation isn't good enough to satisfy the race hustlers. We can't use the word "exotic" to highlight the "otherness", but isn't that the point of diversity? That we aren't all the same? If it isn't "exotic" or "other" then is it even diverse anymore? Or is it just more bland white people stuff?

    Race doesn’t matter. Except when it does.

    Stay quiet. The SJWs and POC will tell you when it matters and when it doesn’t.

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  52. @Anon
    Intrepid SWPLs (Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like who like trying out exotic food and drink) are so 2000s.
    Irate SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) are 2010s.


    On the other hand, the complaint is rather elegantly written:

    ...unintentionally alienates this population... It highlights otherness rather than uniqueness, defines familiarity through a nondiverse lens, and for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.

    Well, well, it sounds so erudite and sophisticated, ooh lala.

    Btw, why didn't the kid just ask his mom to pack peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich?

    And what does he mean by 'non-diverse'? If white, why not call it 'white'? Was it 'non-diverse' as in too many blacks? "What dat y0u eating? Look like a dog, and I don't mean no hotdog!!"

    Anyway, since it was written with such elegance, maybe this is SJWPL.

    “Btw, why didn’t the kid just ask his mom to pack peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich?”

    This is why I packed my kids a turkey sandwich everyday. No I didn’t care if their Indian or Chinese classmates got to bring their thermos and ate curry or fried rice everyday, this is ‘merica baby, when in Rome, eat like the Romans. Assimilate or go back to where you came from. Indians are the fussiest with their diets.

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  53. Dee says:
    @For what it's worth
    Slightly OT . . .

    Plowing a car into a crowd during a neo-Nazi protest, when the shoe was on the other foot:

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

    Illinois Nazis? I’ve wanted an orange Pinto wagon since that movie came out. Everybody bad mouths a Pinto, but compared to a Vega, it was a nice little car. You could get a 100K out of one with no problem. You’d be on your third engine with the GM crapper with 100K.

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    The Vega may have been the worst American car ever.
    , @Alden
    I had a Pinto. I got it up to 187,000 miles. In an era when most small cars had hatchbacks, they had sizeable trunks. The thing I liked best is that it came with a repair manual so I learned to do minor repairs myself.
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  54. @AM

    The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).
     
    It's so crazy. The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the "victims of the day who dislike kittens" population.

    In the future, a happy, chatty article about something interesting and different to at least try once will be looked at with a wary eye. What if it offends?? Better write about the steakhouse with the weird stuff on the wall again.

    The chaos of too much public diversity with no strong sense of self creates a natural want to return to order. Unfortunately, given the vacuums in the West, Islam maybe the creator of that order in the long run. But for now it's no wonder that people are trying to create it, even as an unconscious action.

    The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the “victims of the day who dislike kittens” population.

    Prophetic words:

    Spaniards flood Twitter with cute cat images to dilute gruesome videos and pictures of the Barcelona terror attack ‘so the killers can’t enjoy the blood spilled and pain caused’ LINK

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    Kittens? Don't you know that domestic house cat is a murderer?

    Stone cold killers

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/stone-cold-serial-killers-domestic-cats-slaughter-billions-upon-billions-of-animals-in-us-every-year-8473643.html
    , @hyperbola
    Now why would anyone read a newspaper as trashy as the Daily Mail to learn anything about Spain? DM is at the level of posting the cat pictures itself to produce a "story". This sounds more like thought-control for gullible Brits than anything else.
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  55. @Thucydides
    "...for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school."

    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim's lunch? Probably was something weird alright, but no doubt tasted better than one of Michelle Obama's school lunches.

    Thucy, my mother packed me lunches of left over eggplant parm on homemade Italian bread, or pepper and egg sandwiches. Often traded them for cigarettes or PBJ on Wonder Bread, aka “White People Bread.”

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  56. Anon7 says:

    I don’t think white people are nearly sorry enough. I suggest Atonement Tourism:

    - San Francisco SWPLs should travel to China and build railroad beds and lay tracks with simple tools.
    - New York SWPL women and their contrite husbands should take trips to Africa, descend to the depths of kimberlite mines and reverently inter their diamond engagement rings.
    - Northern SWPLs who feel especially bad about Confederate memorials should take over extant southern plantations, build themselves slave quarters from scrap wood, plant cotton and then invite underprivileged black families to live in the Greek Revival main house. House whites should be chosen for extreme obsequiousness, but would be required to work their way up as field whites.

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    Excellent! I'd hit the agree button, but I've used it up for now.
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  57. The NYT ought to be terribly ashamed of itself. I Dead drinking bubble tea in the late ’90s, and they’re just catching up NOW?

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    *I had been--(@#$% auto correct and missed the window to edit)
    , @seth largo
    Right? I assumed boba tea was about as "exotic" as Corona beer at this point.
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  58. Does anybody remember Orbitz (the drink)?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbitz_(drink)

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  59. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Seems Paypal is now in the act of telling people what they can think. At the core, though, they’re still a business, and cash is the life blood of businesses.

    You want to fight back, really fight back against this idiocy, the way to do it is to drop their service. Just don’t use Paypal anymore. There are plenty of other ways to carry out financial transactions. If the tens of millions of Trump voters give them the boot, they’ll definitely be feeling it. Let them be the one with the headache about the business relationship ending.

    Most of these businesses support leftism not because of some earnest concern for Guatemalan lesbian poets, but because they feel its what’s best for their bottom line. If you make them rue that decision, things will change.

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    "Most of these businesses support leftism not because of some earnest concern for Guatemalan lesbian poets, but because they feel its what’s best for their bottom line"

    The companies are also aware that the leftys are the ones to organize boycotts, which the lefty media will publicize. If the right does a boycott, nobody knows about it, because the lefty media won't report on it. Or if they do report, it will be ridicule toward the boycotters.

    All the SJWs are hard leftys, so they will tweet about it, some a-hole in the lefty media will see it and write a story about it. The media will do their job to help the leftys and destroy the right.

    Other deal is 'diversity'; Courts on the coasts and big cities have ruled that a company must have the number of managers or best jobs equal the percentage of various groups. So half or more female, 12% negro, 3% Asian, and so on.

    The legal advisers keep track of these precedents and inform their clients they won't win in court unless they get real close to the right numbers. I first saw it 35 years ago, company wrote a check for million and a half because a white broad didn't get a promotion. She and her lawyer went thru the company phone book and found about 80% of management was white males. Never got to court....

    And there was a valid reason for why most of management was white male...
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  60. @Thucydides
    "...for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school."

    Wonder just what was in Bo Hee Kim's lunch? Probably was something weird alright, but no doubt tasted better than one of Michelle Obama's school lunches.

    I’m sure when Bo Hee Kim has kids they will live in a very diverse neighborhood and won’t play soccer and lacrosse at all… Nor will they have preppy first names…

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  61. @Inquiring Mind
    How does one not aspirate the perfectly formed pudding nodules that are not blobs when you draw them by sucking on a large bore straw?

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jackie+Chiles+Its+Lewd&&view=detail&mid=AF9091BE70661BC47CDEAF9091BE70661BC47CDE&rvsmid=5B6ABE7C207662891A975B6ABE7C207662891A97&fsscr=0&FORM=VDQVAP

    I think there is a personal injury class-action lawsuit in this somehow.

    Experienced bubble tea drinkers know how to abort, if there’s a glitch, by sending the blobs blasting out the nostrils and back into the tea. They call it “sneasoning.”

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    ... by sending the blobs blasting out the nostrils and back into the tea.
     
    Shirley, you're not serious.
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  62. Corvinus says:

    “Here’s the newspaper’s self-criticism apology…”

    Which was made by a SJW female editor. Which is other than surprising. Which tens of millions of normies have more important things to be concerned with.

    Like, in other news, Ginsu Products, Inc. has finally issued a long-awaited “expression of regret” for their own cultural misappropriation. The company simply said “We so sorry for Asian stereotype of cutlery. As free gift to you, we offer happy endings coupon. Just pay handling fee”.

    Still no word if Calgon will be next by acknowledging their “mistake”.

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  63. @anonymous
    How can u "discover" bubble tea!

    -- 克里斯托弗·哥伦布

    Nothing exists until writers in New York City discover it.

    That’s how the universe works.

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    This is the thread winner. NYC, Manhattan in particular, is likely the most provincial place in America. I think of it like a giant 1920's quilting bee. You don't dare not attend.
    , @hyperbola
    We are embedded in a giant propaganda bubble of the most boring, provincial, incestuous and abusive sect on the planet.
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  64. “The Diverse bring us their vibrant Diverse inventions, such as tea with jello balls in it”

    At least it isn’t tea mixed with pieces of dog or cat. Thank heaven for small favors.

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  65. Definition of “exotic” on Google: “originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.”

    Taiwan is neither distant nor foreign, nor a country.

    Hence forth “exotic” can only be used when referring to Martian or other extraterrestrial persons or objects.

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  66. snorlax says:
    @Lot

    This is why so many of us white cis male millennials on the coasts have become shut-ins and dread going to social gatherings. You speak passionately and confidently about anything and you’re a mansplaining “oppressor,” and if you say very little, you’re a “basic” Chad or a spergy loser.
     
    That's not been my IRL experience. What is fun and I recommend is finding the most snowflakey leftwing white or asian and carefully pushing his buttons in a way that seems reasonable to everyone else. PC oppression is so intense, even those who do not necessarily agree with you will appreciate you defying it.

    PRO-TIPS:

    The following tend to really annoy SJWs while amusing the normies:

    "I don't see race"

    "We are all one race, the human race"

    "What you are saying is decisive"

    Co-opting left-wing buzz words like "emotional labor," bonus points by using them slightly wrong

    "Trump has always shown he values both merit and diversity. Dr. Ben Carson was a brain surgeon at John Hopkins and Omarosa prevailed over very tough competition on the Apprentice"

    Interrupting by saying "That's not right" and "I don't agree" with no further explanation

    Shaking your head no or making a blah blah blah sock puppet hand gesture if the SJW is on a long and emotional stem-winder

    Saying everything in a warm, friendly, slightly condescending tone

    "I can see this topic makes you emotional, maybe we should change the topic."

    **NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR IN A PURELY SJW EVENT**

    A good testing the waters snark is “this is why Trump won” or “and that’s why Trump won Pennsylvania” in response to a particularly-extreme SJW comment. It’s a meme among liberals too so you’ll be able to recover if it falls flat.

    You’re safest deploying it if the SJW remark was slightly “un-PC” itself (calling Trump voters stupid, or wishing their jobs get sent overseas), or at least was on a topic liberals don’t care that much about, like guns.

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  67. The language used in this article, from ‘exotic’ to ‘Far East’ and the unappealing nature of the word ‘blob’ to describe a drink well-known to many Asians and Asian-Americans unintentionally alienates this population from reading this article. It highlights otherness rather than uniqueness, defines familiarity through a nondiverse lens, and for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.

    “Blob” is the perfect onomatopoeic word for describing a cooked tapioca sphere that is being sucked up through a not-quite-wide-enough straw.

    Also, bubble tea is Taiwanese in origin. This person of seemingly Korean descent is culturally appropriating bubble tea for numerous cultures that are not Taiwan-Chinese. Or is she saying that all Asians are the same—a monolithic bloc?

    “Weird lunches.” Kimchi.

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  68. @Clark Westwood
    Couldn't've happened to a nicer newspaper.

    I blame NYT — for not dismissing this rubbish. So the phrase “far east” is now verboten?

    Someone needs to stand up to these idiots. NYT is perfectly positioned to say, enough is enough.

    But like college administrators they’re cowards. And now doing penance. Are there any adults left anywhere?

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    They are cowards, but this isn't cowardice it's simple snobbery.
    , @Ganderson
    Also: why is 'oriental' on the verboten list? Is using the term 'verboten' cultural appropriation?
    , @RonaldB
    I suspect it has more to do with money than with principle, or the lack thereof.

    The business model of the NYT, as well as all the major news broadcasters and cable channels, depend on advertisers. That means that the bottom line depends on how many readers (viewers) they have. This translates to taking the lowest common denominator point of view, and don't make waves. The news broadcast oligopolies depend to a large part on sympathetic, but costly, government regulatory agencies who serve as gatekeepers to keep out low-budget competition. Getting on the wrong side of these regulatory agencies can result in costly lawsuits concerning discrimination, employee rights, and equal access.

    So, it is not in the least surprising to see the New York Times cave on any controversial issue favored by cultural-Marxist SJWs. Suggesting that bubble tea is exotic implies there is a distinct US culture. A primary tenet of cultural Marxism is that existing culture and the distinct people of a nation must be dissolved to make room for (socialist) change.
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  69. snorlax says:
    @Jack Hanson
    Semi OT:

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.

    Around the same time (same week, IIRC) Twitter banned Milo for being Beyond the Pale, they also banned Spencer—and then immediately reinstated his account, plus gave him the famous blue checkmark.

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  70. @George
    Tapioca is derived from the word tipi'óka, its name in the Tupí language spoken by natives when the Portuguese first arrived in the Northeast Region of Brazil around 1707.[1] This Tupí word refers to the process by which the cassava starch is made edible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapioca#Etymology_and_origin

    Thomas Jefferson born 1743 was key to the introduction of tapioca to the young nation, but could only use it in pudding due to the narrow nature of drinking straws of the period.

    They could not actually make bubble tea until 1966 when the Tawainese National Drinking Straw company introduced straws wide enough to slurp up the 'blobs' of Tapioca.

    Who's tea, our tea... a slogan first used in Boston December 16, 1773.

    Tapioca was native Brazilian? So we have cultural appropriation too?

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  71. @Francis G.
    Seriously. They've been selling bubble tea in Vietnamese restaurants for the last 20 years or so (except they didn't call it "bubble tea"). I never realized it had become "a thing" in the SWPL vs SJW war. The world is a silly place.

    the SWPL vs SJW war

    It’s not a war.

    The SJWs set one side of the Overton Window nice and wide so the above-it-all SWPL difference-splitters have a big easy target to hit between the SJWs on one side and the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers like Damore and Sailer on the other side.

    It’s win-win.

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  72. @Frau Katze
    I blame NYT — for not dismissing this rubbish. So the phrase "far east" is now verboten?

    Someone needs to stand up to these idiots. NYT is perfectly positioned to say, enough is enough.

    But like college administrators they're cowards. And now doing penance. Are there any adults left anywhere?

    They are cowards, but this isn’t cowardice it’s simple snobbery.

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  73. Seneca says:
    @Detective Club
    Where ANTIFA got its start . . .
    https://youtu.be/LGpmVs0_Dbc

    Thanks.

    Amazing great short video on the Cultural Revolution in China.

    Definitely one of the sources of ANTIFA.

    Everyone who visits Unz should watch this video.

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  74. Ivy says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Thucy, my mother packed me lunches of left over eggplant parm on homemade Italian bread, or pepper and egg sandwiches. Often traded them for cigarettes or PBJ on Wonder Bread, aka "White People Bread."

    What did you trade for a PBR?

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  75. @Rosamond Vincy
    The NYT ought to be terribly ashamed of itself. I Dead drinking bubble tea in the late '90s, and they're just catching up NOW?

    *I had been–(@#$% auto correct and missed the window to edit)

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  76. Moshe says:
    @Achilles

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.
     
    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don't want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they'll be unsealed in 70 years.

    I don’t really know how these things work and both TV and history (but more TV) lead me to believe that one can be sincere in a cause while also giving the government what it says it wants.

    I haven’t followed his career much, even though we exchanged emails at one point, but my guess is that he is sincere. And in most cases, the sincere person is not a double agent.

    Not that I particularly care. Whether he is working for David Duke (or if Duke is compromised then whatever impeccable untainted white supremacist you can conjure) or whether he is clandestinely moving the objectives of BLM forward, he’s not particularly on the side of angels so far as I’m concerned. So my curiosity with the reasoning behind the belief that he is a false flag raiser or something like that, is not to praise or bury him but simply to wonder what people are talking about if they actually believe that he is working against the interests he claims to be working towards.

    The one in the spirit example of this that I have some reasonable amount of knowledge regarding is the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister gets cock rubbing – that’s literally what google dictation gave me! – ahem, Yitzchak Rabin.

    I was in Israel at the time and as close to personal involvement in these matters as a kid can be (which is significantly more than you would assume).

    For about 6 weeks before Rabin’s assassination the news media (which at the time was an even more dangerously leftist version of Hillary even were she able to shoot fire out of her eyes) – the media was full of stories about some sick groupn of “right wingers” who were going around torturing random Arabs. (I think the underground group with excellent communication channels with the media was called “Eyal”?)

    Now despite what many here believe, this is not quite how things work.

    This was coupled with right-wing threats against the government and yadda yadda yadda .

    Well, waddaya know. The head of the group was literally, as in not-presently denied or deniable, a shabak (israeli fbi) agent.

    The whole entire thing, down to getting (or almost getting – see below*) The Prime Minister killed was for the purpose of smearing the right.

    Had I not have seen it play out in weeks worth of headlines (including somewhat telling ones the day after the assassination when Raviv is dragged in to custody shouting “it’s a conspiracy! It’s a conspiracy! I work for the Shabak! They’re foing to kill me!) I would not have believed it.

    This was a flase flag plated out before my eyes.

    Then again, Raviv didn’t give press conferences every other day. In the cover of night he snuck into peaceful Arab villages and made all the men strip. Sniffing him our as a plant waz hard to do when no one even knew his name. I’m pretty sure that Spencer would be pretty easy to sniff out however which is why I doubt he has any governmental connection and if he does that it is limited to what he considers a quid pro quo.

    Again, not that I care. Whether he’s working with Kmac or Coates is pretty much all the same in my book. (Yes, I know not in your book. That’s not my point. My point is that it is close to insane to believe that he is working against his cause on the government’s payroll.)

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    * the footnote and clarification I mentioned I would offer above seems unavailable in English. Which may be for the best as the comedic timing might lose something in translation. But if you want to give your Hebrew a go: https://youtu.be/ekMscddnoTM
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  77. Metrosexuals can carry their blob tea around Manhattan in one of these:

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  78. fish says:
    @Tiny Duck
    You sound like a pussy

    Just be nice and respectful

    Just be nice and respectful to Tinys pussy

    - Leonard Pitts

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  79. Moshe says:
    @Moshe
    I don't really know how these things work and both TV and history (but more TV) lead me to believe that one can be sincere in a cause while also giving the government what it says it wants.

    I haven't followed his career much, even though we exchanged emails at one point, but my guess is that he is sincere. And in most cases, the sincere person is not a double agent.

    Not that I particularly care. Whether he is working for David Duke (or if Duke is compromised then whatever impeccable untainted white supremacist you can conjure) or whether he is clandestinely moving the objectives of BLM forward, he's not particularly on the side of angels so far as I'm concerned. So my curiosity with the reasoning behind the belief that he is a false flag raiser or something like that, is not to praise or bury him but simply to wonder what people are talking about if they actually believe that he is working against the interests he claims to be working towards.

    The one in the spirit example of this that I have some reasonable amount of knowledge regarding is the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister gets cock rubbing - that's literally what google dictation gave me! - ahem, Yitzchak Rabin.

    I was in Israel at the time and as close to personal involvement in these matters as a kid can be (which is significantly more than you would assume).

    For about 6 weeks before Rabin's assassination the news media (which at the time was an even more dangerously leftist version of Hillary even were she able to shoot fire out of her eyes) - the media was full of stories about some sick groupn of "right wingers" who were going around torturing random Arabs. (I think the underground group with excellent communication channels with the media was called "Eyal"?)

    Now despite what many here believe, this is not quite how things work.

    This was coupled with right-wing threats against the government and yadda yadda yadda .

    Well, waddaya know. The head of the group was literally, as in not-presently denied or deniable, a shabak (israeli fbi) agent.

    The whole entire thing, down to getting (or almost getting - see below*) The Prime Minister killed was for the purpose of smearing the right.

    Had I not have seen it play out in weeks worth of headlines (including somewhat telling ones the day after the assassination when Raviv is dragged in to custody shouting "it's a conspiracy! It's a conspiracy! I work for the Shabak! They're foing to kill me!) I would not have believed it.

    This was a flase flag plated out before my eyes.

    Then again, Raviv didn't give press conferences every other day. In the cover of night he snuck into peaceful Arab villages and made all the men strip. Sniffing him our as a plant waz hard to do when no one even knew his name. I'm pretty sure that Spencer would be pretty easy to sniff out however which is why I doubt he has any governmental connection and if he does that it is limited to what he considers a quid pro quo.

    Again, not that I care. Whether he's working with Kmac or Coates is pretty much all the same in my book. (Yes, I know not in your book. That's not my point. My point is that it is close to insane to believe that he is working against his cause on the government's payroll.)

    * the footnote and clarification I mentioned I would offer above seems unavailable in English. Which may be for the best as the comedic timing might lose something in translation. But if you want to give your Hebrew a go:

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    Ha! I did laugh when he shot his way through the door.

    Moshe, there is no support of any significance whatsoever in America for German Nazism. None. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

    There are too many American families, including my own, who made great efforts and paid great sacrifices in our armed forces to defeat Nazi Germany for that to find any welcome here beyond the tiniest, insignificant fringe.

    As to the KKK, the running joke here is that half the membership is FBI agents. They simply are of no political significance.

    What you hear in the US or international media about the supposed rise of Nazis or KKK in America is propaganda pushed by our media, which is greatly influenced by lunatic leftwing American Jews.

    So when you see myself and other commenters here who have deep roots in America and who know the country well see someone like Spencer trying to introduce German Nazi ideas and symbols into a political movement with the ostensible agenda of resisting the vicious anti-white racism that has arisen in our universities, media and the Democrat Party, when we conclude that he is either consciously sabotaging that ostensible agenda or is a bumbling fool, our assessment is well-founded.

    And I have to tell you we in America are getting frustrated as Hell with the agenda of our lunatic leftwing American Jews.

    For example, when they use all of their efforts to insist that we open our borders to unlimited Third World immigration and allow mass Islamic colonization of the USA, when at the same time they take the position that it is perfectly appropriate for Israel to restrict Muslim immigration, you can perhaps understand our frustration.

    They are out of control and, ironically, their own radical attempt to transform the USA into a Third World Hell-hole is probably the single biggest factor in the existence of what little Nazi sympathy there is in America.

    Moshe, if you can ever figure out a way to cure the leftwing Jews of Israel from their lunacy, you are most welcome to come to America and do the same for our lunatic leftwing American Jews.
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  80. @William Zane
    Are there no men at the NY Times with even an ounce of self respect or masculinity anymore?

    Are there no men at the NY Times with even an ounce of self respect or masculinity anymore?

    None.

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  81. @Ivy
    North Korea dialed back their craziness after some pushback. SJWs are like Norks in some ways.

    What about pushing back on the hysterical boba tea/whatever SJW bully shriekers? In olden times, bullies would get a punch in the nose and then typically back off. Somebody somewhere is going to tell them to STFU, or laugh at them, or something to start the cracks in their edifice. Peak SJW is tiresome, and the self-syptyled emperors and empresses aren't wearing any clothes. Does that give enough imagery to choke down some blob tea?

    Agreed. Where are the adults say “no” to SJW tantrums?

    That’s all they are, especially over something this trivial.

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  82. @Anon7
    I don't think white people are nearly sorry enough. I suggest Atonement Tourism:

    - San Francisco SWPLs should travel to China and build railroad beds and lay tracks with simple tools.
    - New York SWPL women and their contrite husbands should take trips to Africa, descend to the depths of kimberlite mines and reverently inter their diamond engagement rings.
    - Northern SWPLs who feel especially bad about Confederate memorials should take over extant southern plantations, build themselves slave quarters from scrap wood, plant cotton and then invite underprivileged black families to live in the Greek Revival main house. House whites should be chosen for extreme obsequiousness, but would be required to work their way up as field whites.

    Excellent! I’d hit the agree button, but I’ve used it up for now.

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  83. @The Last Real Calvinist

    The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the “victims of the day who dislike kittens” population.
     

    Prophetic words:

    Spaniards flood Twitter with cute cat images to dilute gruesome videos and pictures of the Barcelona terror attack 'so the killers can't enjoy the blood spilled and pain caused' LINK

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  84. Mister Rubashov, we have receipts, records of your bubble tea purchases.

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    I read Hecht's review of the book but not the book itself.

    Important read post-russia?
    , @Jack D
    It would be Citizen Rubashov. "Mister" reeked of Pre-Revolutionary manners, like calling someone "Your Excellency". "Comrade" was reserved for people who were not reactionary wreckers who referred to tapioca pearls as "blobs". Once you were arrested, you were "Citizen".

    BTW, one consequence of this is that post-Communist Russian has no usable everyday word for "Mister" - they've burned through all of them.
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  85. I left a comment: “If people going to get upset over something like this, diversity is doomed.”

    We’ll see if it accepted. My last one at NYT wasn’t, unless I missed the confirmation email.

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    My comment was accepted.

    Surprisingly, the majority (approx. 90%) of comments were similar.
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  86. @Achilles

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.
     
    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don't want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they'll be unsealed in 70 years.

    I’m not one for the tinfoil but I think you may be onto something. The optics are too good to be true for Team Left.

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  87. Moshe says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Mister Rubashov, we have receipts, records of your bubble tea purchases.

    I read Hecht’s review of the book but not the book itself.

    Important read post-russia?

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    Important for the revolutionaries to see what's in store for them from their comrades.
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  89. Achilles says:
    @Moshe
    * the footnote and clarification I mentioned I would offer above seems unavailable in English. Which may be for the best as the comedic timing might lose something in translation. But if you want to give your Hebrew a go: https://youtu.be/ekMscddnoTM

    Ha! I did laugh when he shot his way through the door.

    Moshe, there is no support of any significance whatsoever in America for German Nazism. None. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

    There are too many American families, including my own, who made great efforts and paid great sacrifices in our armed forces to defeat Nazi Germany for that to find any welcome here beyond the tiniest, insignificant fringe.

    As to the KKK, the running joke here is that half the membership is FBI agents. They simply are of no political significance.

    What you hear in the US or international media about the supposed rise of Nazis or KKK in America is propaganda pushed by our media, which is greatly influenced by lunatic leftwing American Jews.

    So when you see myself and other commenters here who have deep roots in America and who know the country well see someone like Spencer trying to introduce German Nazi ideas and symbols into a political movement with the ostensible agenda of resisting the vicious anti-white racism that has arisen in our universities, media and the Democrat Party, when we conclude that he is either consciously sabotaging that ostensible agenda or is a bumbling fool, our assessment is well-founded.

    And I have to tell you we in America are getting frustrated as Hell with the agenda of our lunatic leftwing American Jews.

    For example, when they use all of their efforts to insist that we open our borders to unlimited Third World immigration and allow mass Islamic colonization of the USA, when at the same time they take the position that it is perfectly appropriate for Israel to restrict Muslim immigration, you can perhaps understand our frustration.

    They are out of control and, ironically, their own radical attempt to transform the USA into a Third World Hell-hole is probably the single biggest factor in the existence of what little Nazi sympathy there is in America.

    Moshe, if you can ever figure out a way to cure the leftwing Jews of Israel from their lunacy, you are most welcome to come to America and do the same for our lunatic leftwing American Jews.

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  90. Warner says:

    To be fair, I find this article offensive too. But just because it called itself news and I heard of bubble tea in 2007 and could tell, then, that it wasn’t even brand new, I was late to the trend. Why is it being covered at all in 2017? What’s offensive is that it must be a promotional item for a local shop or industry group. In that case it could be an Asian marketing firm that tried to get an article on bubble tea in the New York Times but their Asian SJW children messed it all up.

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  91. Pericles says:
    @Tiny Duck
    You sound like a pussy

    Just be nice and respectful

    The real Duck would punctuate properly. Disappointing.

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  92. Jack D says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Mister Rubashov, we have receipts, records of your bubble tea purchases.

    It would be Citizen Rubashov. “Mister” reeked of Pre-Revolutionary manners, like calling someone “Your Excellency”. “Comrade” was reserved for people who were not reactionary wreckers who referred to tapioca pearls as “blobs”. Once you were arrested, you were “Citizen”.

    BTW, one consequence of this is that post-Communist Russian has no usable everyday word for “Mister” – they’ve burned through all of them.

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    Yeah, I was trying to Americanize it, but 'mister' is probably on the list. Too close to 'master.'
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  93. jim jones says:
    @Jack D
    It would be Citizen Rubashov. "Mister" reeked of Pre-Revolutionary manners, like calling someone "Your Excellency". "Comrade" was reserved for people who were not reactionary wreckers who referred to tapioca pearls as "blobs". Once you were arrested, you were "Citizen".

    BTW, one consequence of this is that post-Communist Russian has no usable everyday word for "Mister" - they've burned through all of them.

    We have some students from Azerbaijan staying at my University, they insist on calling me “Sir”

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  94. There is still plenty of traction to attack the NYT for insisting on calling it “bubble tea” instead of the proper “boba tea” (or, sometimes, “bobo tea”).

    As other commenters have said, the Gray Lady really has lost track of cultural trends: this has been all over California for years.

    In fact, last week, we were down at UCLA for frosh orientation, and my kid was pleased to see that they had boba tea at the student cafeteria (this was the fast-food dining hall). Now, admittedly, UCLA has unusually good food for college cafeterias, but, still, boba tea is now available even in college cafeterias and the NYT thinks this is a new cultural trend?

    Next week… the Gray Lady discovers pizza.

    (Just maybe some of the SJWs attacking the NYT are not really SJWs but merely kids with a sense of humor trolling the inmates at the Manhattan Old Folks Home formerly known as the “New York Times.”)

    Dave Miller in Sacramento

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  95. Ganderson says:
    @Dee
    Illinois Nazis? I've wanted an orange Pinto wagon since that movie came out. Everybody bad mouths a Pinto, but compared to a Vega, it was a nice little car. You could get a 100K out of one with no problem. You'd be on your third engine with the GM crapper with 100K.

    The Vega may have been the worst American car ever.

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  96. Ganderson says:
    @Frau Katze
    I blame NYT — for not dismissing this rubbish. So the phrase "far east" is now verboten?

    Someone needs to stand up to these idiots. NYT is perfectly positioned to say, enough is enough.

    But like college administrators they're cowards. And now doing penance. Are there any adults left anywhere?

    Also: why is ‘oriental’ on the verboten list? Is using the term ‘verboten’ cultural appropriation?

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  97. TheJester says:

    As a youth, I had a book series, “Western Civilization”, that described Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, The Age of Faith, The Renaissance, The Age of Exploration, The Enlightenment, etc. The series included text, photos, and diagrams.

    Surely out of print … but if the series was updated I suspect it would call our era The Age of Sensitivity. There would be photos and descriptions of “safe spaces”, BLM and Antifa riots, dead cops, “hostile art”, empty flag polls, microaggressions, monument bases sans their monuments, and photos of the global family in which practically every culture in the world was collected within what used to be called the nation state.

    The Age of Sensitivity would describe the end of the Western experiment in democracy and the constitutional order as it proved impossible to incorporate all of the sensitivities from the diverse cultures and religions into a functioning society.

    There would be a special section that described the emergence of the university system in The Age of Faith through the end of that system in The Age of Sensitivity when individual emotions and cultural sensitivities trumped Western science, reason, and fact in the educational process. Once it became generally accepted that the use of English (or any Western language for that matter) was an act of intersectional violence on the human person, human intercourse became a Tower of Babel as the diverse cultural groups successfully transitioned to being taught only about their histories and cultures using their native languages and alphabets.

    The next book in the series is already in the planning stage. It’s called The New Dark Age that highlights the return to a feudal system after society fractures and the economy collapses.

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    You're reading my mind. I dream of a societal breakup and collapse. Yugoslavia for 200 Alex!
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    That book series is very good - twas there I learned of that Egyptian teacher of 4,000 years ago, lamenting that a boy's ears are on his back, as he only listens after being beaten.

    My mum has a 1975 Reader's Digest book on British history, subtitled "The Story of An Island Race".

    You couldn't do it now.
    , @StillCARealist
    Are you referring to the Durant series? I have that and enjoy reading passages of it for good background on historical events. My kids like it too. I strongly suspect that his writing style was a major influence on Paul Johnson. Durant was the better writer, of course. Too bad he couldn't have kept going through the 19th c.
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  98. About that tea, I first (and only time) had one of something like that with an Oriental friend in NYC also, it turns out, many years back. Damn, people, either have a drink, or eat jello or beans or whatever-the-hell was in there, ONE OR THE OTHER!

    I think it was more like a milkshake, but once I got to the beans, noodles, and who-knows-what-else inside, I’d had just about enough. That stuff sucks!

    Like a stopped clock, the NY Times is right (?) once or twice a day depending if you are on military time.

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  99. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Achilles

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.
     
    Hey, he did his job. He associated German Nazi symbology, haircuts and Nietzschean atheistic Weltanshaung with conservative Southern whites who don't want to see their monuments and heritage wiped out by lunatic leftists and whose grandfathers defeated German Nazis in Europe while praying to the God of the Bible.

    Is it too soon to FOIA the FBI reports? Maybe they'll be unsealed in 70 years.

    I don’t suspect that Spencer himself is a plant, but its seems pretty reasonable that there were plants bringing nazi flags and the KKK into a peaceful demonstration against removal of the Lee statute. These sorts of underhanded despicable tricks are right out of the left’s playbook. It was proven they hire mentally ill people to attack right wingers at Trump rallies so that the media can harp on Trump rallies (and by association Trump and all on the right) as promoting violence. Likely what happened were leftists involved in getting groups like the KKK into the Charlottesville protest.

    I suspect it was Kessler, not Spencer. Kessler has known ties to multiple leftist groups, which mysteriously were ended right before he started digging his way into right wing leadership. Kind of like how Westboro Baptist was by hell and gone the most malicious “Christian” group and the founder had been a leftwing civil rights crusader and activist. Probably real good money in being a false flag.

    Nowhere near enough real hate among the right, or mainstream white Christians, so they have to drum it up so they have something to attack and unite their supporters. Should have called it Unite the Left.

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  100. The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all)

    [My bold]. YES, maybe you should not approach ANY topics, as this kind of thing seems to happen a lot lately. I think y’all should just quit freakin’ writing at all, so there wouldn’t be so many of these brewhahas every damn time I get on the internet. Just stop … I can’t even …

    The NY Times commits verbal violence daily now, and hey, you’re killing the planet too with your 2″ thick Sunday editions!

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  101. @Ganderson
    The Vega may have been the worst American car ever.

    What, the AMC Pacer was chopped liver?

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    What, the AMC Pacer was chopped liver?
     
    .Pretty much, but without quite as much crash resistance. I'll take the Gremlin over a Pacer any day of the week. I got burned out on the Pacer from Wayne's World, so the Gremlin should be the new retro-mobile. Mustang II, anyone?

    "How does it feel, like a Mustang two?
    How does it feel, like you're some kind of hero,
    Mustang II, boredom ZERO*, **


    * Because talking to auto mechanics is never boring.
    ** Apparently, that jingle offends quality-control engineers, as it has been blocked on youtube, or nobody cared.

    , @Ganderson
    I think we're in "who was better, Mantle or Mays?" territory.
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  102. It would be ironic if Whites stopped drinking it for fear of cultural appropriation, thereby hurting shops that sell it.

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  103. Yada yada says:

    It’s so disheartening and frankly disgusting to discover that so many White gentiles have become Jews. What do I mean by that? They are irrational, self absorbed and concerned only with making money and spending it. They have rejected the belief ,Logos , that life means something. Bubble tea. …we’re doomed.

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  104. There may be a story in the expansion of bubble tea businesses in the United States, but there is no denying the drink has been around for quite a while.

    That drink was all the rage in the Chicago Suburbs like 12-15 years ago! Now that it is finally in New York, it is a trend.

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  105. Yada yada says:

    When a society is taken over by Jewish oligarchs, madness and narcissism reign supreme. Executions tend to rear their ugly heads as well. It’s as if the entire White gentile population of the US has fallen in love with a narcissist. Sure, he slaps us around and sometimes throws us down the stairs, but we figure we had it coming. After all, that’s what he tells us every day. Surely it’s true.

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  106. Yada yada says:

    The (((narcissist ))) is always telling you how rotten you are and yet he doesn’t mind raiding your bank account and living off your largesse.

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  107. @Njguy73
    This is why I like living in New Jersey. No one expects me to put up any SWPL status sending. I live on Wawa hoagies and Dunkin' Donuts coffee and it's perfectly all right.

    You want to be free in this country? Be a prole. Stop giving a damn about whether some self-appointed culture critic thinks of your choices. Who the hell is some random Times reporter to tell me what I'm supposed to like or dislike?

    Dunkin’ freakin’ Donuts?! Real proles eat Krispy Kremes! What are you, one of those yankee … oh, “NJ – GUY”, handle duly noted, sorry for my microagression. I … didn’t know .. you were from… you know… Still, Dunkin’ Donuts? Really?

    I like your attitude. It’s not worth trying to fit in with the sophisticated, because, nowadays, they are nothing to look up to. Maybe they’ve never been.

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    There's a Dunkin' pretty much every five miles where i live, hardly any Krispy Kremes. Tim Horton's have been popping up, and they're good, too.

    And yes, I've gotten sick and tired of trying to fix myself into someone else's box. They ain't signin' my paychecks.
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  108. Yada yada says:
    @TheJester
    As a youth, I had a book series, "Western Civilization", that described Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, The Age of Faith, The Renaissance, The Age of Exploration, The Enlightenment, etc. The series included text, photos, and diagrams.

    Surely out of print ... but if the series was updated I suspect it would call our era The Age of Sensitivity. There would be photos and descriptions of "safe spaces", BLM and Antifa riots, dead cops, "hostile art", empty flag polls, microaggressions, monument bases sans their monuments, and photos of the global family in which practically every culture in the world was collected within what used to be called the nation state.

    The Age of Sensitivity would describe the end of the Western experiment in democracy and the constitutional order as it proved impossible to incorporate all of the sensitivities from the diverse cultures and religions into a functioning society.

    There would be a special section that described the emergence of the university system in The Age of Faith through the end of that system in The Age of Sensitivity when individual emotions and cultural sensitivities trumped Western science, reason, and fact in the educational process. Once it became generally accepted that the use of English (or any Western language for that matter) was an act of intersectional violence on the human person, human intercourse became a Tower of Babel as the diverse cultural groups successfully transitioned to being taught only about their histories and cultures using their native languages and alphabets.

    The next book in the series is already in the planning stage. It's called The New Dark Age that highlights the return to a feudal system after society fractures and the economy collapses.

    You’re reading my mind. I dream of a societal breakup and collapse. Yugoslavia for 200 Alex!

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  109. @kaganovitch
    What, the AMC Pacer was chopped liver?

    What, the AMC Pacer was chopped liver?

    .Pretty much, but without quite as much crash resistance. I’ll take the Gremlin over a Pacer any day of the week. I got burned out on the Pacer from Wayne’s World, so the Gremlin should be the new retro-mobile. Mustang II, anyone?

    “How does it feel, like a Mustang two?
    How does it feel, like you’re some kind of hero,
    Mustang II, boredom ZERO*, **

    * Because talking to auto mechanics is never boring.
    ** Apparently, that jingle offends quality-control engineers, as it has been blocked on youtube, or nobody cared.

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  110. Yada yada says:

    Blob tea drinkers won’t make good peasants when we get our wonderful Dark Ages back. I don’t see them walking behind a plow.

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  111. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Bo Hee?

    Bohea?

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    Pope:

    To pass her time, twixt reading and bohea,
    To muse and spill her solitary tea ...
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  112. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Dave Pinsen
    The interesting thing about bubble tea is how the large-gauge straw vibrates when you slurp the tapioca balls through it. It's an example of East Asian culinary innovation. I'm not surprised it was invented in Taiwan -- judging from the sameness of Chinese takeout places in the U.S., it seems like there's not so much creativity on the mainland (maybe there is but it doesn't make it here?).

    Christian Lander seems like an SJW himself, judging by his Twitter feed.

    Chinese takeout is mainly Cantonese with Hunan and Szechuan (and American) influences. It’s mostly at greasy-spoon-level, so not much innovation (but certainly some). Actual Chinese cuisine is pretty varied. Peking duck is the signature Beijing dish but there are others, and each province generally has its own specialties. Taiwan and HK are probably more innovative in the modern period, though.

    NB. I’m not Chinese and have never been to China.

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  113. RonaldB says:
    @Frau Katze
    I blame NYT — for not dismissing this rubbish. So the phrase "far east" is now verboten?

    Someone needs to stand up to these idiots. NYT is perfectly positioned to say, enough is enough.

    But like college administrators they're cowards. And now doing penance. Are there any adults left anywhere?

    I suspect it has more to do with money than with principle, or the lack thereof.

    The business model of the NYT, as well as all the major news broadcasters and cable channels, depend on advertisers. That means that the bottom line depends on how many readers (viewers) they have. This translates to taking the lowest common denominator point of view, and don’t make waves. The news broadcast oligopolies depend to a large part on sympathetic, but costly, government regulatory agencies who serve as gatekeepers to keep out low-budget competition. Getting on the wrong side of these regulatory agencies can result in costly lawsuits concerning discrimination, employee rights, and equal access.

    So, it is not in the least surprising to see the New York Times cave on any controversial issue favored by cultural-Marxist SJWs. Suggesting that bubble tea is exotic implies there is a distinct US culture. A primary tenet of cultural Marxism is that existing culture and the distinct people of a nation must be dissolved to make room for (socialist) change.

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    Your argument is similar to one I read by Nassim Taleb (the "Black Swan" guy).

    He called it: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15#.rj2whl76y
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  114. poolside says:

    In my heavily Chinese community in flyover country, tapioca tea places are on just about every corner — and have been for years.

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  115. @Alden
    The blobs in sweet tea are large size tapioca pearls as they are called. Tapioca grains or pearls or beads come in large and small sizes.

    It's very popular with California Asians. It's a fun drink as one sucks the beads through a large straw.

    So why didn't the " journalist" ask someone what the beads are? They really are perfectly round beads, not globs.

    I loathe these articles celebrating the fact that things particular to one ethnic group spread to other groups. Breaking news!!! Some White peoples can use chopsticks and Chinese immigrants use forks.

    Glad it backfired. Writer was stupid not to ask what the beads are.

    Which reminds me, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman had something to say about golf balls and garden hoses..

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  116. @TheJester
    As a youth, I had a book series, "Western Civilization", that described Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, The Age of Faith, The Renaissance, The Age of Exploration, The Enlightenment, etc. The series included text, photos, and diagrams.

    Surely out of print ... but if the series was updated I suspect it would call our era The Age of Sensitivity. There would be photos and descriptions of "safe spaces", BLM and Antifa riots, dead cops, "hostile art", empty flag polls, microaggressions, monument bases sans their monuments, and photos of the global family in which practically every culture in the world was collected within what used to be called the nation state.

    The Age of Sensitivity would describe the end of the Western experiment in democracy and the constitutional order as it proved impossible to incorporate all of the sensitivities from the diverse cultures and religions into a functioning society.

    There would be a special section that described the emergence of the university system in The Age of Faith through the end of that system in The Age of Sensitivity when individual emotions and cultural sensitivities trumped Western science, reason, and fact in the educational process. Once it became generally accepted that the use of English (or any Western language for that matter) was an act of intersectional violence on the human person, human intercourse became a Tower of Babel as the diverse cultural groups successfully transitioned to being taught only about their histories and cultures using their native languages and alphabets.

    The next book in the series is already in the planning stage. It's called The New Dark Age that highlights the return to a feudal system after society fractures and the economy collapses.

    That book series is very good – twas there I learned of that Egyptian teacher of 4,000 years ago, lamenting that a boy’s ears are on his back, as he only listens after being beaten.

    My mum has a 1975 Reader’s Digest book on British history, subtitled “The Story of An Island Race”.

    You couldn’t do it now.

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  117. @Buzz Mohawk
    Nothing exists until writers in New York City discover it.

    That's how the universe works.

    This is the thread winner. NYC, Manhattan in particular, is likely the most provincial place in America. I think of it like a giant 1920′s quilting bee. You don’t dare not attend.

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  118. @TheJester
    As a youth, I had a book series, "Western Civilization", that described Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, The Age of Faith, The Renaissance, The Age of Exploration, The Enlightenment, etc. The series included text, photos, and diagrams.

    Surely out of print ... but if the series was updated I suspect it would call our era The Age of Sensitivity. There would be photos and descriptions of "safe spaces", BLM and Antifa riots, dead cops, "hostile art", empty flag polls, microaggressions, monument bases sans their monuments, and photos of the global family in which practically every culture in the world was collected within what used to be called the nation state.

    The Age of Sensitivity would describe the end of the Western experiment in democracy and the constitutional order as it proved impossible to incorporate all of the sensitivities from the diverse cultures and religions into a functioning society.

    There would be a special section that described the emergence of the university system in The Age of Faith through the end of that system in The Age of Sensitivity when individual emotions and cultural sensitivities trumped Western science, reason, and fact in the educational process. Once it became generally accepted that the use of English (or any Western language for that matter) was an act of intersectional violence on the human person, human intercourse became a Tower of Babel as the diverse cultural groups successfully transitioned to being taught only about their histories and cultures using their native languages and alphabets.

    The next book in the series is already in the planning stage. It's called The New Dark Age that highlights the return to a feudal system after society fractures and the economy collapses.

    Are you referring to the Durant series? I have that and enjoy reading passages of it for good background on historical events. My kids like it too. I strongly suspect that his writing style was a major influence on Paul Johnson. Durant was the better writer, of course. Too bad he couldn’t have kept going through the 19th c.

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  119. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anon
    Bo Hee?

    Bohea?

    Pope:

    To pass her time, twixt reading and bohea,
    To muse and spill her solitary tea …

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  120. @Rosamond Vincy
    The NYT ought to be terribly ashamed of itself. I Dead drinking bubble tea in the late '90s, and they're just catching up NOW?

    Right? I assumed boba tea was about as “exotic” as Corona beer at this point.

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  121. TheJester says:

    No, the series by Will and Ariel Durant was a much headier read. I was in high school when I received the first few volumes of the series I referenced through a book club. I tracked it down on the Internet. It was a 21-volume series by Time-Life Books called, “Great Ages of Man”. (I guess you couldn’t call it that anymore.) That was enough for me at that age.

    My father inspired my love of reading. He had the full set of Will and Ariel Durant’s series, “The Story of Civilization”, next to his easy chair. He read the entire 11-volume series cover-to-cover. I read glimpses of the Durant tome but I recall it was heavy and textual … serious stuff rather than a broad survey of the time line of history.

    I wonder if any of this is covered in either high school or universities these days. I doubt it, given the negative focus on “white privilege” and “white oppression”; that is, the general proscription on seeing the world through the eyes of the white historical experience. I would think that “The History of the Bantu” would be more popular … whites forced to see the world through the eyes of the Bantu as punishment to cleanse their consciences of the stain of “whiteness”.

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  122. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Experienced bubble tea drinkers know how to abort, if there’s a glitch, by sending the blobs blasting out the nostrils and back into the tea. They call it “sneasoning.”

    … by sending the blobs blasting out the nostrils and back into the tea.

    Shirley, you’re not serious.

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  123. @RonaldB
    I suspect it has more to do with money than with principle, or the lack thereof.

    The business model of the NYT, as well as all the major news broadcasters and cable channels, depend on advertisers. That means that the bottom line depends on how many readers (viewers) they have. This translates to taking the lowest common denominator point of view, and don't make waves. The news broadcast oligopolies depend to a large part on sympathetic, but costly, government regulatory agencies who serve as gatekeepers to keep out low-budget competition. Getting on the wrong side of these regulatory agencies can result in costly lawsuits concerning discrimination, employee rights, and equal access.

    So, it is not in the least surprising to see the New York Times cave on any controversial issue favored by cultural-Marxist SJWs. Suggesting that bubble tea is exotic implies there is a distinct US culture. A primary tenet of cultural Marxism is that existing culture and the distinct people of a nation must be dissolved to make room for (socialist) change.

    Your argument is similar to one I read by Nassim Taleb (the “Black Swan” guy).

    He called it: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15#.rj2whl76y

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    Thanks for nothing.

    The article is telling me that the only way to maintain my tolerance for different points of view is to become totally intolerant of dogmatists.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a good counter-argument. Interesting vignette about Omar Sharif, who converted to Islam to marry a hot Muslim babe, but remained a non-observant Muslim when he got divorced, rather than reverting to non-observant Christian. I guess he didn't want to spend the rest of his life looking under his bed.

    I occasionally argue with Christians who say Europeans need to regain their Christian faith to resist Islam. Unless I can find a way to refute the article, I would have to say "Yes, but only if that Christian faith contains an intolerance for Muslim practices."

    Anyway, it's depressing.
    , @RonaldB
    I had to laugh at the story of Godel arguing the logical inconsistencies of the Constitution in front of the immigration judge who was considering him for citizenship. An ordinary person would just stuff a sock in their mouth and shut up, but Godel was one of the epoch-setting super-geniuses described in The Genius Famine.

    These super-geniuses are the engines of progress, but are massively inept at living everyday life or normal social relationships. Einstein, who apparently interceded for Godel when things got sticky with immigration, had his own problems. He couldn't find his way home when he went walking.,
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  124. @Frau Katze
    I left a comment: "If people going to get upset over something like this, diversity is doomed."

    We'll see if it accepted. My last one at NYT wasn't, unless I missed the confirmation email.

    My comment was accepted.

    Surprisingly, the majority (approx. 90%) of comments were similar.

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  125. AM says:
    @Desiderius
    Jesus, man, pull yourself together.

    Normal people know not to pay those idiots no never mind. It's just snobs looking for social justice (sic) pokemon points they can lord over other whites who pretend to.

    Jesus, man, pull yourself together.

    LOL!

    Normal people know not to pay those idiots no never mind.

    Thing is, they actually do pay those idiots mind. Normie’s instincts are to get rid of the argument, not who is correct within the argument or assume someone is talking out of turn/crazy.

    If you can get rid of the crazy ranter/keyboard spittle warrior by talking about kittens and pretending they had point, most people tend to do that. That’s why Mr. Trump is a very unique man. :)

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  126. hyperbola says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    The net effect of insane SJW temper tantrums is partial to total removal of the supposed beloved diversity from public life.

    Sure, it rips down our history, but it also creates an atmosphere where nobody wants to mention anything different. Maybe post pictures of happy kittens, assuming it does not offend the “victims of the day who dislike kittens” population.
     

    Prophetic words:

    Spaniards flood Twitter with cute cat images to dilute gruesome videos and pictures of the Barcelona terror attack 'so the killers can't enjoy the blood spilled and pain caused' LINK

    Now why would anyone read a newspaper as trashy as the Daily Mail to learn anything about Spain? DM is at the level of posting the cat pictures itself to produce a “story”. This sounds more like thought-control for gullible Brits than anything else.

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  127. hyperbola says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    Nothing exists until writers in New York City discover it.

    That's how the universe works.

    We are embedded in a giant propaganda bubble of the most boring, provincial, incestuous and abusive sect on the planet.

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  128. RonaldB says:
    @Frau Katze
    Your argument is similar to one I read by Nassim Taleb (the "Black Swan" guy).

    He called it: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15#.rj2whl76y

    Thanks for nothing.

    The article is telling me that the only way to maintain my tolerance for different points of view is to become totally intolerant of dogmatists.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a good counter-argument. Interesting vignette about Omar Sharif, who converted to Islam to marry a hot Muslim babe, but remained a non-observant Muslim when he got divorced, rather than reverting to non-observant Christian. I guess he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life looking under his bed.

    I occasionally argue with Christians who say Europeans need to regain their Christian faith to resist Islam. Unless I can find a way to refute the article, I would have to say “Yes, but only if that Christian faith contains an intolerance for Muslim practices.”

    Anyway, it’s depressing.

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    Sorry, I didn't know it would bother you so much. I won't respond to you in the future because you sure are easily offended.

    I thought it was depressing too, but it's what we see happening.

    I didn't want to read anymore by him, not because he was wrong, but because it was depressing. I am aware of it but don't want to dwell on it.

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  129. RonaldB says:
    @Frau Katze
    Your argument is similar to one I read by Nassim Taleb (the "Black Swan" guy).

    He called it: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15#.rj2whl76y

    I had to laugh at the story of Godel arguing the logical inconsistencies of the Constitution in front of the immigration judge who was considering him for citizenship. An ordinary person would just stuff a sock in their mouth and shut up, but Godel was one of the epoch-setting super-geniuses described in The Genius Famine.

    These super-geniuses are the engines of progress, but are massively inept at living everyday life or normal social relationships. Einstein, who apparently interceded for Godel when things got sticky with immigration, had his own problems. He couldn’t find his way home when he went walking.,

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  130. Dee says:
    @Anonymous
    Seems Paypal is now in the act of telling people what they can think. At the core, though, they're still a business, and cash is the life blood of businesses.

    You want to fight back, really fight back against this idiocy, the way to do it is to drop their service. Just don't use Paypal anymore. There are plenty of other ways to carry out financial transactions. If the tens of millions of Trump voters give them the boot, they'll definitely be feeling it. Let them be the one with the headache about the business relationship ending.

    Most of these businesses support leftism not because of some earnest concern for Guatemalan lesbian poets, but because they feel its what's best for their bottom line. If you make them rue that decision, things will change.

    “Most of these businesses support leftism not because of some earnest concern for Guatemalan lesbian poets, but because they feel its what’s best for their bottom line”

    The companies are also aware that the leftys are the ones to organize boycotts, which the lefty media will publicize. If the right does a boycott, nobody knows about it, because the lefty media won’t report on it. Or if they do report, it will be ridicule toward the boycotters.

    All the SJWs are hard leftys, so they will tweet about it, some a-hole in the lefty media will see it and write a story about it. The media will do their job to help the leftys and destroy the right.

    Other deal is ‘diversity’; Courts on the coasts and big cities have ruled that a company must have the number of managers or best jobs equal the percentage of various groups. So half or more female, 12% negro, 3% Asian, and so on.

    The legal advisers keep track of these precedents and inform their clients they won’t win in court unless they get real close to the right numbers. I first saw it 35 years ago, company wrote a check for million and a half because a white broad didn’t get a promotion. She and her lawyer went thru the company phone book and found about 80% of management was white males. Never got to court….

    And there was a valid reason for why most of management was white male…

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  131. @Jack Hanson
    Semi OT:

    So while VDare and others are getting No Platformed, it seems Richard Spencer has survived the purge.

    Huh. Funny that.

    That guy is such an obvious fame whore. I’ll bet dollars to donuts he cashes in with a tell-all memoir of a reformed racist.

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  132. @Jack D
    It would be Citizen Rubashov. "Mister" reeked of Pre-Revolutionary manners, like calling someone "Your Excellency". "Comrade" was reserved for people who were not reactionary wreckers who referred to tapioca pearls as "blobs". Once you were arrested, you were "Citizen".

    BTW, one consequence of this is that post-Communist Russian has no usable everyday word for "Mister" - they've burned through all of them.

    Yeah, I was trying to Americanize it, but ‘mister’ is probably on the list. Too close to ‘master.’

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  133. @grapesoda

    In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all).
     
    Yes, we should all just sit quietly in the corner and do knitting, so we don't offend anyone. That's the simplest approach.

    Seriously though, that is what this leads to. I've been around Millennials quite a bit, and they are all afraid to say anything "not OK." It's actually very easy to be politically correct: just don't say anything at all. Or only say things you are supposed to say. Never bring up the topic of race or gender or politics or religion or anything else slightly controversial at all.

    The only problem is, those people are incredibly boring. And if you try to bring a little intrigue, liven it up a little, they will immediately castigate you for being "offensive and not OK." This applies not only to political correctness/incorrectness, but other areas of behavior as well.

    ‘I’m Okay, You’re Not Okay.’

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  134. @RonaldB
    Thanks for nothing.

    The article is telling me that the only way to maintain my tolerance for different points of view is to become totally intolerant of dogmatists.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a good counter-argument. Interesting vignette about Omar Sharif, who converted to Islam to marry a hot Muslim babe, but remained a non-observant Muslim when he got divorced, rather than reverting to non-observant Christian. I guess he didn't want to spend the rest of his life looking under his bed.

    I occasionally argue with Christians who say Europeans need to regain their Christian faith to resist Islam. Unless I can find a way to refute the article, I would have to say "Yes, but only if that Christian faith contains an intolerance for Muslim practices."

    Anyway, it's depressing.

    Sorry, I didn’t know it would bother you so much. I won’t respond to you in the future because you sure are easily offended.

    I thought it was depressing too, but it’s what we see happening.

    I didn’t want to read anymore by him, not because he was wrong, but because it was depressing. I am aware of it but don’t want to dwell on it.

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    Naw. Keep on replying.

    I'm not that affected. It's better to know the truth than be deluded. It's a whole new world view, but seems to have the right idea.
    , @RonaldB
    And who said anything about being offended?
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  135. @Moshe
    I read Hecht's review of the book but not the book itself.

    Important read post-russia?

    Important for the revolutionaries to see what’s in store for them from their comrades.

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  136. @Anon
    Bob Greene coined the term REVENGE OF THE NERDS and it was made into a movie.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-07-19/features/8702230024_1_nerds-revenge-slide-rules

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx7gp4-wibE

    I sort of see SWPL as nerds-as-hipsters. Even the nerdy, once they grow up and make some money, get a few tips on style and stuff to come across as cool. In a way, SWPL is especially sub-nerdy because it betrays a certain insecurity. After all, truly confident people don't need to follow rules. They make up their own. Japan is SJPL because Japanese lack confidence and always sensitive to how others think.

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

    It's like the cool guy in A SEPARATE PEACE makes up his own rules, even uses tie for belt.

    But nerds lack confidence. So, once they make it and wanna be 'hip' and 'cool', they become sticklers about what-to-do and what-not-to-do. The slideruler of status signaling.

    So, nerds and related people became nerdipsters.

    Now, nerds were the unpopular kids but with a difference. They had intelligence and ability. Most unpopular kids are not smart. They are just 'losers'. Most are not tarded but not special in IQ or skills.

    Anyway, nerds were first to make it, especially with rise of high-tech that was accessible to every kid's bedroom as technology became ever more micro.

    And they made a lot of money and came to economically dominate. Problem is nerds and geeks, as Steve Jobs said, have no taste. He said that of Bill Gates, and it's true. Nerds have no artistic taste and not much social consciousness either.



    Despite their IQ, their lack of taste turns them into fans of stuff like Star Trek and Dr. Who. This is why nerds, later as SWPL, rely so much on cultural advice of others. Homos were more than willing to play this role since they love to go where the money is and dance and prance for it. And proggism entered nerdopia because nerds, for the most part, have no sense of the world or ideas. Zuck and Gates are smart, but they totally rely on OTHERS to tell them what is right and wrong. Nerds, lacking in style and ideology, came to outsource that stuff to homos and progs. At some point, homos and progs 'intersected' and then everything, even BLM, was draped with homo flag even though it had nothing to do with buggery. I mean what does blacks vs cops have to with homo bunging or tranny castration?

    In the world of money, there are the big three: Tech, Vice, and Finance. All three require high IQ. You gotta be smart to do computers. You gotta be smart to run a casino, like Scorsese's movie shows. And finance, though crooked, isn't a place for slouches. But tech attracts more nerds than Vice Industry and Finance. Vice Industry of gambling and entertainment need more than 'aspergy' intelligence. You have to hustle and be alpha all the time. And finance is dog-eat-dog everyday, if we go by WOLF OF WALL STREET. Those guys may be gorky but they aren't nerds in terms of personality. They are too brazen. Gekko is Wall Street, not Silicon Valley. So, even though proggy stuff permeated EVERYTHING, the vice industry is more likely to control it than be controlled by it. Too many creative social alphas. And Wall Street has a lot of hustlers.
    But Tech has a lot of nerds. Now, some nerds are ferocious and driven. They are not to mess with. But your average high IQ nerd is far less alpha than guys in Vice or Finance.
    And this is why SJW types find Tech area to be green pasture. In a way, the male-dominated aspergy world seems clueless and un-receptive. But it is also less resistant and easier to push around since nerds don't have the alpha male bravura-ness.

    Anyway, without nerds, there would be no Tech World. SJW are just leeches and parasites of what nerds created. No nerds, no tech wealth. Now, the creatives and homos are not as high-IQ and skilled as nerds, but they do have real talent. It's like a hair stylist is no brain surgeon but he has special skills. In contrast, prog ideologues have NO talent except self-righteousness. In the past, when academia were more elitist, many radical intellectuals were indeed first-rate thinkers, even if wrong. But today, when colleges are open to so many, when humanities dole out A's to everyone, when affirmative action recruits even dim-bulbs, what passes for the ideological class has become laughable. Whatever one may say of Frankfurt School or Sontag or such people, they were real intellectuals, like Hannah Arendt. Today's prog intellectuals are downright pathetic. But their 'advice' is their only ticket to Tech Gold.

    But there is another element to this. Many SJW types were also unpopular kids. So, their rise is a kind of revenge too. But it's not revenge by meritocracy. And that makes their psychology even more neurotic. A nerd may have complexes because he was uncool in school. But hey, there is pride in really having done something and made good money. But SJW's were not only uncool in school but have no real talent after school. All they have is attitude and resentment. Since they cannot seek revenge for their unpopular school yrs with talent and money, they seek revenge with finger-pointing and Oleanna behavior.

    Worse, they've been coddled for such role by teachers since the 80s. Before that, teachers just taught basics of lit and math and stuff. They didn't see themselves as activists or role models for students. I recall my high school American history AP teacher who was Greatest Gen. Dignified, serious, but not chummy or with one-of-us attitude. And my professors, many of whom were old and near-retirement, when I entered college in mid 80s, were the same way. Just then, boomer profs were entering the scene, and their style was different. They were like our 'friends'. They had to be chummy or put on Michael-Moore-ish spectacles. One history prof like to wear The Clash t-shirt. A female prof in anthropology and another in film studies made us sit in a circle like we were all in some kind of 60s sit-in. Still, things were still sane in the mid 80s. I was out of school for 3 yr and returned in 1990, and so much had changed so fast. College paper had gone totally PC looney and nutty professors were all over. One English teacher had tattoos, piercings, funny colored hair, and did a photo gallery of herself as fat nude ugly hag.

    And over time, this kind of education-style seeped down to high school level, then middle school level and so on until kindergartens are now being instructed on homomania and having stories read to them by trannies.

    Anyway, in the past, the unpopular kids were not coddled. If they were smart, they just hit the books cuz they weren't popular. And they just patiently waited for the day of glory. As for unpopular kids without intelligence, tough luck. Teachers just taught them and ignored them. But now, with schools having been ideologicalized, these SJW teachers are huggy-wugging every loser or bitter ugly dog in schools. Everyone is getting the 'love', and these unpopular dogulas and hogulas think they too should deserve attention. Lena Dunham is a perfect example of this. And with the normalization of freakery, every fat, ugly, demented, and/or loony loser thinks he must be the center of attention. But how do they get it? They don't have the looks or style to be the popular kid. They don't have the brains to one day make in tech or some other field. All they have is self-righteousness addiction that invokes 'justice' at every turn, even to the point of some Meso-midget demanding that he be called 'they'.

    Anyway, the rise of SJW's has to do with change in teaching styles, not only in college but in high school and middle school and etc. Back when I was a kid, teachers only did their basic jobs. They were teachers, not counselors or ideologues(even though my Irish teacher in middle school slipped in some anti-British stuff in lectures and even though our Jewish teacher assigned us to watch MASADA). But over the yrs, things changed. Class rooms got more oprahlike and 60s sit-in like. And loser kids were approached by teacher and given special attention in Oleanna way. Since most teachers were not the cool kids back in school themselves, many of them favor the 'losers' over the 'winners'. And they arm these 'losers' with politics of resentment, and this feeling festers and festers. And since unpopular losers don't have the guts or vision to be truly curious, they just soak up everything they are taught. And it's therapeutic to them because the PC World View complements their own 'unjust' predicament of being unpopular. Since they are not cool in looks, sports, and talent, they feel as 'victims', and as such, they identify with all the 'victims' of the world. Why else would some funny-colored SJW degenerate identify with Muslims? Islam has NOTHING to do with SJW freak ideology. It's because SJW types see everything in terms of 'cool kids' and 'we loser kids'. So, the Powerful are the 'cool oppressors' while all the 'victim groups' around the world are like the 'loser kids'.

    If the loser woman in OLEANNA had not been coddled, she would have been just a loser. But having been coddled, she finally feels 'empowered'. Her dumbness is not her own problem. It's the world's fault, it's men fault, it's patriarchy, and everything is 'rape'.

    Now, why would there be an affinity between the elite winners and SJW losers? Because real-world winners tend not to be the popular kids. Popular kids who coast on athletics or looks usually don't go very far after high school or maybe college. The real big winners are people like Zuck or Gates or Adelson or Bezos. Some of these may have aggressive personalities, but in high school where looks and toughness matter, they don't get very far.
    So, SJW's don't see the gorky winners as the real enemy. Their minds are forever fixated on the 'a**hole jock' or the 'pretty mean girl'. (If the jock is black, he's spared the hatred cuz blackness washes away all sins. Slavery points.) To SJW types, Trump is the ultimate trigger. Alpha male, unapologetic, swaggering, talking big, a pu**y grabber. Billy Boy Clinton was like that too in real life, but in terms of rhetoric, it was "I feel your pain." (Great hustler, this Clinton. A good con-man says one thing to get another. A hustler misleads people. And blacks got hustled by Clinton big time. Clinton and fellow globalists gave con-man talk about blacks to make blacks feel that they were being favored, but it was just to throw tons of them in jail and gentrically cleanse them. A con-man never insults the people he intends to con. He compliments them and promises them stuff.)

    I suppose, in a way, SWPL and SJW is like tension between Western European Jews and Eastern European Jews, at least when there was a significant socio-economic gulf between them. Western European Jews have felt some sense of obligation to help Eastern European Jews, but one bunch had gained far more than the other. One had distinguished itself in business while others had been radicalized in socialism in Russia where Jewish opportunities had been limited.
    But over time, the Eastern Europeans caught up and even surpassed Western European Jews.

    But SJW will never surpass the nerdipsters.

    Did you learn about articles when you studied English in Uttar Pradesh? Do you refuse to use them on some general principle?

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  137. Alden says:
    @George
    Tapioca is derived from the word tipi'óka, its name in the Tupí language spoken by natives when the Portuguese first arrived in the Northeast Region of Brazil around 1707.[1] This Tupí word refers to the process by which the cassava starch is made edible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapioca#Etymology_and_origin

    Thomas Jefferson born 1743 was key to the introduction of tapioca to the young nation, but could only use it in pudding due to the narrow nature of drinking straws of the period.

    They could not actually make bubble tea until 1966 when the Tawainese National Drinking Straw company introduced straws wide enough to slurp up the 'blobs' of Tapioca.

    Who's tea, our tea... a slogan first used in Boston December 16, 1773.

    Thanks for the info. This is yet another part of the evil theft by the evil White explorers of the treasures of the non European world.

    Soon there will be a college course discussing the intersectionality of tapioca with the Portuguese slave traffic, colonization, the rape of the Amazon by evil cattle ranchers and global warming.

    Final exam will be an essay proving that tapioca is in and of itself evil because it is White.

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  138. Njguy73 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Dunkin' freakin' Donuts?! Real proles eat Krispy Kremes! What are you, one of those yankee ... oh, "NJ - GUY", handle duly noted, sorry for my microagression. I ... didn't know .. you were from... you know... Still, Dunkin' Donuts? Really?

    I like your attitude. It's not worth trying to fit in with the sophisticated, because, nowadays, they are nothing to look up to. Maybe they've never been.

    There’s a Dunkin’ pretty much every five miles where i live, hardly any Krispy Kremes. Tim Horton’s have been popping up, and they’re good, too.

    And yes, I’ve gotten sick and tired of trying to fix myself into someone else’s box. They ain’t signin’ my paychecks.

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  139. Alden says:
    @Dee
    Illinois Nazis? I've wanted an orange Pinto wagon since that movie came out. Everybody bad mouths a Pinto, but compared to a Vega, it was a nice little car. You could get a 100K out of one with no problem. You'd be on your third engine with the GM crapper with 100K.

    I had a Pinto. I got it up to 187,000 miles. In an era when most small cars had hatchbacks, they had sizeable trunks. The thing I liked best is that it came with a repair manual so I learned to do minor repairs myself.

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  140. @Ivy
    What did you trade for a PBR?

    Ivy, I am ignorant of PBR, help please.

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    Pabst Blue Ribbon
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  141. The Chinese bubble tea is mostly a lowbrow silly Chinese affair in the New York City… It shows the great increase in Chinese population, illegal and legal.

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  142. RonaldB says:
    @Frau Katze
    Sorry, I didn't know it would bother you so much. I won't respond to you in the future because you sure are easily offended.

    I thought it was depressing too, but it's what we see happening.

    I didn't want to read anymore by him, not because he was wrong, but because it was depressing. I am aware of it but don't want to dwell on it.

    Naw. Keep on replying.

    I’m not that affected. It’s better to know the truth than be deluded. It’s a whole new world view, but seems to have the right idea.

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  143. RonaldB says:
    @Frau Katze
    Sorry, I didn't know it would bother you so much. I won't respond to you in the future because you sure are easily offended.

    I thought it was depressing too, but it's what we see happening.

    I didn't want to read anymore by him, not because he was wrong, but because it was depressing. I am aware of it but don't want to dwell on it.

    And who said anything about being offended?

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    In my neck of the woods the expression "Thanks for nothing" is regarded as a distinct put down and hostile remark.

    I was stunned to see that.

    I meant the link as a compliment. Your observation matched the published author.
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  144. Twinkie says:

    As some of you know, I am ethnically East Asian, but I have not ever had this “tea” nor have I ever been to an establishment that serves it. I am vaguely under the impression that this is mildly popular with (Asian) teeny boppers.

    1. Why is this even news?

    2. Why is this even covered HERE?

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    1. Beats me.

    2. Because of the retraction of sorts after the letter from the hilariously named* Bo Hee Kim.

    *Bo Hee = Bohea, and we're talking about tea-- okay, maybe not hilarious, but at least mildly humorous.
    , @European-American
    Hi Twinkie, this kind of tea-based drink is super popular in Taiwan, and probably other places in Asia. It's kind of interesting because coffee-based drinks are generally trendier, but this is one of the ways in which tea-based drinks can resist. There is an astonishing variety of combinations of teas and flavors that can all be served to go in your basic portable plastic-sheet-sealed cup that can be pierced with a pointed straw... OK, it's not that interesting unless you are a foodie. Who cares what people are slurping? Still, tea and coffee have been pretty consequential in world history, silly as that sounds.

    As for why it's covered here, I find it mildly interesting from a journalism point of view. As background, in the past, I have often been mildly annoyed by a certain kind of smart-alecky article NYT on France, a subject I know well. There's a combination of ignorance and complacency and patronizing that turns almost any French topic into predictable and often erroneous caricatures. Haha those funny French people with their uncertain hygiene and love of stinky cheese and inability to fight wars, etc.

    Previously, you could just object to this kind of writing as hacky journalism. But in the Current Year, it's now possible to attack this kind of writing with much bigger guns: as insensitive, hurtful, othering -- in a word, racist.

    So this inconsequential topic is a perfect example of politics ruining everything. Nowadays an article isn't simply criticized for being embarrassingly bad or wrong: far more importantly it is morally wrong, hurtful, reprehensible, etc.

    It's also an example of diversity and/or the global point of view ruining a lot of previously permissible and valid speech: you can't make a joke, give an opinion, etc. if it does not take into account all possible points of view. This is partly inevitable in our global era. Some things we might laugh at or wonder at due to ignorance, we no longer can. Haha eating with chopsticks what a weird idea -- yeah, but no. Still, there is a way in which this impoverishes our speech and makes things more boring.

    [sorry to write so much about such a silly topic, too much caffeine no doubt]
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  145. @RonaldB
    And who said anything about being offended?

    In my neck of the woods the expression “Thanks for nothing” is regarded as a distinct put down and hostile remark.

    I was stunned to see that.

    I meant the link as a compliment. Your observation matched the published author.

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  146. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Twinkie
    As some of you know, I am ethnically East Asian, but I have not ever had this "tea" nor have I ever been to an establishment that serves it. I am vaguely under the impression that this is mildly popular with (Asian) teeny boppers.


    1. Why is this even news?

    2. Why is this even covered HERE?

    1. Beats me.

    2. Because of the retraction of sorts after the letter from the hilariously named* Bo Hee Kim.

    *Bo Hee = Bohea, and we’re talking about tea– okay, maybe not hilarious, but at least mildly humorous.

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  147. Ganderson says:
    @kaganovitch
    What, the AMC Pacer was chopped liver?

    I think we’re in “who was better, Mantle or Mays?” territory.

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  148. Ivy says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Ivy, I am ignorant of PBR, help please.

    Pabst Blue Ribbon

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  149. The Times had to run an apology and Memory Hole the original article (unfortunately, I can’t find the original on Wayback Machine).

    In case anyone cares, the differences with the original article can be seen at the following link, which is now part of the apology article:

    http://newsdiffs.org/diff/1460419/1460441/https%3A/www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/business/smallbusiness/bubble-tea.html

    Partial list of language below:

    [trigger warning! Bolded language may be particularly offensive. I am literally shaking. But that may due to drinking a lot of this kind of tea (and coffee), which I personally find delicious and innovative and typical of Taiwan and the rest of East Asia's endlessly inventive and experimenting culinary genius]

    The Blobs in Your Tea? They’re Supposed to Be There

    boba tea drinks, which are relatively new to the mass market in the United States and which contain ingredients alien to most coffee addicts.

    A Boba-ista behind the counter patiently guided them

    a baffled customer

    entrepreneurs bring their exotic menus to malls and big American cities

    Introducing bubble tea to people other than Asians and Asian-Americans is a challenge,

    Ms. Lamba said. “In Manhattan, I’ve had to work harder to get Caucasians and African-Americans and Latinos into the store.”

    The concoction

    The curious amalgam became a hit in Taiwan

    But there are those who think the bubbles are a perfectly good cup of tea spoiled. “I don’t really get the point,” someone recently commented on Reddit. “I just don’t really understand what the tapioca pearls actually add to the drink. I’ve never had a beverage and wished it had little globby balls in it.”

    Such skepticism aside, perhaps the biggest hurdle to bubble tea’s success in the United States is coffee. “Cities in the U.S. are dotted with thousands and thousands of coffee cafes — this hasn’t happened at the same level as tea

    Ms. Lamba of Gong Cha says there is a learning curve

    some of the drinks even incorporate coffee (talk about steeping with the enemy).

    CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice has 32 outposts

    As someone who has delighted in these kinds of drinks for over 10 years, I feel my very existence is being denied by the exoticizing tone of the article.

    I do very well remember, the first times trying these, the exact feeling of strangeness of the drink, rather accurately described in the rather well-sourced article. Indeed I still find it a bit strange years later: am I drinking or am I eating through this fat straw? And the variety in the kinds of blobby floating things is wondrous; tapioca of different shape, texture, size, and color, various gelatinous compounds, aloe, beans, fermented rice, …. It’s awesome, and new varieties will no doubt keep coming.

    Still, how dare the NYT literally erase me from its audience by assuming people haven’t heard of this before. The article’s attempts at humor make it even more wounding for me.

    I thought I was a reader like any other, but no, I am the Invisible New York Times Reader and I’m going to go off and cry in my tea bubbles now.

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  150. @Twinkie
    As some of you know, I am ethnically East Asian, but I have not ever had this "tea" nor have I ever been to an establishment that serves it. I am vaguely under the impression that this is mildly popular with (Asian) teeny boppers.


    1. Why is this even news?

    2. Why is this even covered HERE?

    Hi Twinkie, this kind of tea-based drink is super popular in Taiwan, and probably other places in Asia. It’s kind of interesting because coffee-based drinks are generally trendier, but this is one of the ways in which tea-based drinks can resist. There is an astonishing variety of combinations of teas and flavors that can all be served to go in your basic portable plastic-sheet-sealed cup that can be pierced with a pointed straw… OK, it’s not that interesting unless you are a foodie. Who cares what people are slurping? Still, tea and coffee have been pretty consequential in world history, silly as that sounds.

    As for why it’s covered here, I find it mildly interesting from a journalism point of view. As background, in the past, I have often been mildly annoyed by a certain kind of smart-alecky article NYT on France, a subject I know well. There’s a combination of ignorance and complacency and patronizing that turns almost any French topic into predictable and often erroneous caricatures. Haha those funny French people with their uncertain hygiene and love of stinky cheese and inability to fight wars, etc.

    Previously, you could just object to this kind of writing as hacky journalism. But in the Current Year, it’s now possible to attack this kind of writing with much bigger guns: as insensitive, hurtful, othering — in a word, racist.

    So this inconsequential topic is a perfect example of politics ruining everything. Nowadays an article isn’t simply criticized for being embarrassingly bad or wrong: far more importantly it is morally wrong, hurtful, reprehensible, etc.

    It’s also an example of diversity and/or the global point of view ruining a lot of previously permissible and valid speech: you can’t make a joke, give an opinion, etc. if it does not take into account all possible points of view. This is partly inevitable in our global era. Some things we might laugh at or wonder at due to ignorance, we no longer can. Haha eating with chopsticks what a weird idea — yeah, but no. Still, there is a way in which this impoverishes our speech and makes things more boring.

    [sorry to write so much about such a silly topic, too much caffeine no doubt]

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