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I’m familiar with the names of more social science professors than most people, but I’d never heard of “male feminist” sociologist Michael Kimmel. But apparently he’s a tireless self-promoter and big deal in Gender Studies, about as big a deal as a straight white man can get. But now he’s been Me Tooed by a former grad student of indeterminate gender (pronoun: “they”) named Bethany M. Coston. They says, at vast length, that Kimmel is just awful:

Reclaiming my fear: I will no longer stay silent about Michael Kimmel

Bethany M. Coston
Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies @VCU. Dog lover and mental health advocate.
Aug 9

Image: #MeTooSociology in white lettering on black background.

… I am struck by the urgency of sharing this story. What follows is a detailed and intimate account of my six or so years working for and in the presence of Michael Kimmel — noted Sociologist and famous “male feminist” — who was recently named as a sexual harasser. While all accounts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, and exploitation are horrific, what makes this case particularly toxic is that Michael has spent the better part of the last three decades becoming famous for telling other men how to be better, including contributing to field-specific knowledge on intimate partner violence and community-wide conversations on #MeToo outside of and even in the workplace.

I sat in silence for all these years for many reasons. …

But now, it’s time for me to break this silence….

I stand with all survivors today and I hope you will stand with me.

But they’s essay seems to be mostly the usual grad student resentment of getting treated like an underling worker by a professor combined with Kimmel getting blindsided by World War T.

My eyes started to glaze over reading their’s essay, but I do recall that they seems upset that Professor Kimmel had been associated with putting quotation marks around the word men “men” in the phrase “pregnant ‘men'”. Yes, here’s the passage:

More than that, in a fairly recent call for papers for a book project with Dana Berkowitz on “Male Femininities” … the co-editors thought that the following topics were at all relevant to “male femininities” and to each other in a volume of pieces: “We seek to provide analyses of a panorama of male femininities. Thus, possible topics include, but are not limited to: Gender nonconforming and gender creative boys, transgender children, drag queens, gender fluidity in Non-Western cultures, gay fathers, men as full time caregivers, men as recipients of beauty culture and cosmetic surgery, feminine fashion for men, men in feminized workplaces such as fashion modeling, cosmetic industries, and nursing, among others, men as domestic laborers, transgender women in prison, male menopause and the couvade syndrome, pregnant “men”, effeminacy and gay men, Asian (gay) men, veganism and masculinity, feminist men, men in the WGS classroom, and sub-men in BDSM sexualities” [emphasis added]. I hope that most everyone reading this understands why I’ve italicized what I have

Of course. It goes without saying. The differences between the italicized problematic items and the non-problematic non-italicized items are self-evident.

and how deeply, deeply problematic this list is …. But, it doesn’t stop there

Oh no it doesn’t …

Anyway, in other World War T news, a fairly popular medical information website known as Healthline, based in, where else, San Francisco, has announced that the word “vagina” is increasingly considered transphobic and they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”

I figured this was another Godfrey Elfwick hoax, but, no, it appears to be legit, or about as legit as this kind of thing can get.

 
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  1. Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Anon87


    what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized??
     
    Well it’ll have to be a non-binary gender fluid trans man dwarf with cognitive impairment, a hunch back, trans humanist implants, who’s half Mexican, half negro, and 100% Jewish for starters. Being furrykin would help along with a “Trump=PutiNazi Hitler” facial tattoo.
    , @Alec Leamas
    @Anon87


    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps
     
    I think we're making a big mistake if we presume that the purpose of the left's nuttiness is to explain some heretofore undiscovered realities (in which case they're merely severely mistaken) rather than for its vanguard to create "revolutionary truths" which are patently absurd but which they can impose upon the minds of the public as a form of humiliation and corruption. It's important for them to colonize your mind and to consistently demonstrate their immense power to force conformity - the more absurd the proposition they can force the ordinary man to repeat, the more demonstrable their power. You're mistaking these things as political positions rather than tools. As tools they're indispensable.

    All of which is to say that there may be some strategic retreat if the Democrats experience another embarrassing and unforeseen electoral defeat (i.e. GOP makes gains in the House in 2018 and does significantly better than expected in the Senate), but in such a case it'll be an insincere cross-dressing operation. The Democrats lost in 2004, sought to appeal to "values voters" in 2006 by running "blue dogs," the "blue dogs" got elected in 2006 and 2008, and by 2010 passed a law requiring that nuns dispense contraception. They're only ever going to pretend to hold their left flank in check - they fundamentally don't disagree with the ends, only the pace of acceleration.

    Replies: @Dumbo, @Mr. Rational, @RonaldB

    , @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Anon87

    Do we want them to "put a stop to this insanity"? The sane right is forbidden to influence, so the only correction can come from the left devouring its own until no one remains, or enough Kimmel-types getting mugged by their own lunatic counter-reality that they repent and change their ways.

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Forward!

    Replies: @Anon87, @CJ

    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    @Anon87

    But remember if you were against Homosexual "marriage" and said they would never stop there the Goldberg's of the world called you a bigot and said HM was conservative.

  2. I am struck by the urgency of sharing this story.

    What a wierdly indulgent aside, and not the kind of reaction management cover sheet that a person with an urgent message would say. A person given to spy novels and mystery stories might take it as a big hint regarding the advisability of pairing the following message with salt.

    OT Don’t wanna jinx it but I’m beginning to get the impression that the Democrats are fumbling.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/democrats-message-trump/567541/

    “Democrats: The Trump-Stopping, Job-Creating, Gun-Violence-Reducing, Climate-Protecting Choice.”

    How’s that for a neat little bumper sticker?

    Budging voters from their perches takes work. The hardest part of that work isn’t writing slogans—it’s reading minds. It’s discerning voters’ hopes, but also their anxieties and fears. Democrats weaken our connection with voters when we’re presumptuous enough to speak for every voter from Trump World Tower in Manhattan to a Trump-won congressional district in Kansas.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @J.Ross


    “Democrats: The Trump-Stopping, Job-Creating, Gun-Violence-Reducing, Climate-Protecting Choice.”

    How’s that for a neat little bumper sticker?
     
    Would it fit on anything getting more than fifteen miles a gallon?
  3. Anon[269] • Disclaimer says:

    Because what guy in San Francisco would have use for a front hole? And honestly, the word “hole” is a bit threatening. People fall down those things all the time. We shouldn’t be associating females with negative things that hurt people dumb enough to not look where they are going. Sounds exactly like something a heteronormative cis-gendered “man” infused with the patriarchy would come up with. Why not “rainbow factory” or “rosebud” instead?

    “They seems upset that Professor Kimmel had been associated with putting quotation marks around the word “men” in the phrase “pregnant ‘men’”

    Where’s the guy who says we can’t laugh at that because of Donald Trump? You don’t think that excuse isn’t some kind of deflection away from the idiocy of the modern left, do you? Remember back when these (now) pearl clutchers were defending Bill’s exploits? “So what that Mr. Feminist was doing a 22-year old intern in the Oval Office? Ms. Tammy Wynette herself defended him, so it’s all good. Besides, she’s going to one day run against a really bad guy who did all the same things he did, but by then no one will remember it, and only then will it be bad.”

    • Replies: @Bernie
    @Anon

    100% chance that anyone who uses the word “front hole” has no use for or interest in the front hole.

  4. So, I hate to beat a dead horse around here, but just how many of these #metoo dudes are nebbishes who acquired power and used it to coerce shiksas?

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    @Uilleam Yr Alban

    Kimmel is Jewish.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

  5. A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is “married” to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Daniel H


    a tatted up, male to female tranny who is “married” to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.
     
    Now why’d you have to go and plant that thought in my head right before my bedtime?

    Bad doggie! Gives new meaning to the term “Dog Breath.”

    Replies: @Ganderson

    , @Anon
    @Daniel H

    Where do you get that she's a tranny? Don't most trannies go for longer Becky hair?

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Daniel H


    Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.
     
    Are those dogs pibbles?

    We need to know. If they are ill-tempered rescue mutts this may be the most Current Year story of 2018!
    , @pyrrhus
    @Daniel H

    And Bethany, whose IQ and writing skills are minimal, is an Assistant Professor....

    , @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

  6. This entire essay can be distilled into the following direct quote from it: “ I also really believed he’d get me a good job.”

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    @Ibound1

    Ah, clarity. Not that I wish this "male feminist" well, but it would be amusing were this to be pointed out to those in the institution who are charged with investigating this episode. If they chose to ignore this in favor of the unhinged tranny's feelz being hurt (or whatever), I see a lawsuit, or even better, multiple lawsuits.

  7. Dog lover and mental health advocate.

    “Dog lover” is listed first. I assume, since “mental health advocate” is listed second, that she is not a volunteer mental health worker or some such, but rather, someone who frequently recommends her shrink to other people.

  8. Male feminist =

    LIFETIME‘s man.

    I mint females.

    It inflames ’em.

    It films enema.

  9. The “dog lover” description scared me now. “They” may mean it in the literal sense.

    • LOL: Dtbb
    • Replies: @John Mansfield
    @Dumbo

    I'd say the ambiguity is intentional on the part of someone who is really into sexual confoundment. "Dog lover? Oh yes, lots of people really like dogs." "Not the way I do." "What do you mean?" "As if someone as boringly ordinary as you could understand."

    A car we saw had a bumper sticker "I like my dog more than I like you," which many a misanthrope would be on board with, but in this case paired with another proclaiming "I kiss my dog on the mouth." I asked my family what they thought the driver was trying to communicate. My son suggested, "I have a dogfriend."

  10. @Anon87
    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Alec Leamas, @Mr. Blank, @Almost Missouri, @The preferred nomenclature is...

    what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized??

    Well it’ll have to be a non-binary gender fluid trans man dwarf with cognitive impairment, a hunch back, trans humanist implants, who’s half Mexican, half negro, and 100% Jewish for starters. Being furrykin would help along with a “Trump=PutiNazi Hitler” facial tattoo.

  11. Anyway, in other World War T news, a fairly popular medical information website known as Healthline, based in, where else, San Francisco, has announced that the word “vagina” is increasingly considered transphobic and they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”

    How about “ventral chute” and “dorsal chute”?

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @njguy73

    The ventral chute--is that the one where you're in danger of encountering a Dianoga?

  12. @Daniel H
    A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is "married" to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Anon, @The Wild Geese Howard, @pyrrhus, @Brutusale

    a tatted up, male to female tranny who is “married” to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Now why’d you have to go and plant that thought in my head right before my bedtime?

    Bad doggie! Gives new meaning to the term “Dog Breath.”

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Stan d Mute

    https://youtu.be/151Rl_oqBxc

  13. I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I’m going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I’m imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Cloudbuster


    I searched for Bethany Coston
     
    They has/have short teeth.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Cloudbuster

    Here's another picture of Bethany Coston:

    https://stmed.net/sites/default/files/mars-attacks-wallpapers-27636-8777078.jpg

    When asked to comment, she/they said:

    "Aaaack Aaaack!"

    , @Anonymous
    @Cloudbuster

    Are those dentures?

    Replies: @Anon

    , @black sea
    @Cloudbuster


    Honestly, it’s bewildering to me that Michael seems only worried about rumors of sexual harassment. . . . While I was lucky enough to never be targeted by Michael for that kind of academic grooming . . . .

     

    It was more than luck, baby!
    , @Anonymous
    @Cloudbuster

    I'm beginning to agree with you guys that the entire 'educational' edifice needs pulling down.

    , @clyde
    @Cloudbuster

    This brave new world mutant with the winning shit eating grin, would be a great choice to star in Pee Wee's Playhouse if this show ever gets revived. Just put a bow tie on he/she/it and you are good to go.

    , @songbird
    @Cloudbuster

    Well, at the very least, they is guilty.

    , @L Woods
    @Cloudbuster

    Holy shit. Thanks for the warning

    , @Charles Pewitt
    @Cloudbuster


    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I’m going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I’m imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

     

    Harry Dean Stanton Meets Bethany Coston:

    https://youtu.be/NFiLVrux4V8?t=3m19s
    , @Anon
    @Cloudbuster

    Most people show a bit of lower tooth and nowhere near that much gum when they smile. The teeth also look a bit too neat and 'fixed.' I'm pretty certain that is a denture, and from the amount of body modification/appearance obsession (in another photo, this person is covered with tattoos), the teeth were likely very decayed, and the owner decided it was cheaper to just have them all pulled and went in for dentures.

    In the few photos I've seen of Coston with her mouth closed, she has a slightly bulging look to her mouth that seems like her denture is too big for her mouth and is poorly fitted, and she a significant crease in the sides of her mouth which is characteristic of someone using their face muscles to keep a set of dentures in place.

    Note: I saw a photo of the person who seems to be Coston's partner, and the individual also has the same weird teeth with much gum. They both have dentures? Bizarre. But maybe this is how some young people choose to deal with meth mouth.

    https://www.bethanycoston.com/about/

  14. @Anon87
    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Alec Leamas, @Mr. Blank, @Almost Missouri, @The preferred nomenclature is...

    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    I think we’re making a big mistake if we presume that the purpose of the left’s nuttiness is to explain some heretofore undiscovered realities (in which case they’re merely severely mistaken) rather than for its vanguard to create “revolutionary truths” which are patently absurd but which they can impose upon the minds of the public as a form of humiliation and corruption. It’s important for them to colonize your mind and to consistently demonstrate their immense power to force conformity – the more absurd the proposition they can force the ordinary man to repeat, the more demonstrable their power. You’re mistaking these things as political positions rather than tools. As tools they’re indispensable.

    All of which is to say that there may be some strategic retreat if the Democrats experience another embarrassing and unforeseen electoral defeat (i.e. GOP makes gains in the House in 2018 and does significantly better than expected in the Senate), but in such a case it’ll be an insincere cross-dressing operation. The Democrats lost in 2004, sought to appeal to “values voters” in 2006 by running “blue dogs,” the “blue dogs” got elected in 2006 and 2008, and by 2010 passed a law requiring that nuns dispense contraception. They’re only ever going to pretend to hold their left flank in check – they fundamentally don’t disagree with the ends, only the pace of acceleration.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    @Alec Leamas

    Orwell said it already years ago in "1984". They want to make you believe that "2+2=5", that is all.

    , @Mr. Rational, @RonaldB
    @Alec Leamas

    I'm not about to read 192 comments (and still counting) although they are intelligent, insightful and on the point. But, I wanted to add to yours that the systematic destruction of our cultural icons and the gender roles as traditionally thought of, is a vital feature of cultural Marxism. Cultural Marxism takes it as a given that Western culture is bad, and that it is a basic duty to undermine and destroy traditional Western values whenever possible.

    The cultural-Marxist capture of our educational institutions has guaranteed emphasis on the marginal, dysfunctional specimens of humanity as a rationale for denigrating and punishing traditional gender and social roles. Many or most of the specimen cited in the "studies" department are quite obviously genetically damaged. You can just look at them or more emphatically, listen to them, and it's quite obvious. They're damaged individuals, like those with spina bifida or autism, and ought to be treated with kindness and respect, but not lionized as role models or exhibits as to why traditional sex typing is evil.

  15. Anon[423] • Disclaimer says:

    And now Quillette has a commentary on this:

    https://quillette.com/2018/08/19/kimmel-and-conflict-theory-sociology-turns-its-lens-onto-one-of-its-own/

    The author is a sociology professor who critiques this woman’s crazy postmodern accusations using some crazy postmodern sociology theory. Are you allowed to do that?

    But there are some comments in the piece that many of the accusations may involve a rest-of-the-story or an alternative view. For instance, if mostly male grad students were sent to conferences, given that the professor had a finite, small number of grad students (and one of the female ones was batshit crazy), perhaps, just perhaps the male students were the stronger scholars in this one particular case.

  16. Accuser :

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    @Thomm

    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures. No prominent adam's apple, and the skin appears not to have been thickened by testosterone in puberty.

    If I had to guess though I'd say awkward woman with some masculine features and mental health problems, making Theirself up with sufficient accoutrements to appear soft butch.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Thomm

    I recognize a couple of those birds from the Wisconsin license plate.

    https://www.thelicenseplatesite.com/1images/4ed07daa69c771126201164826.jpg

    , @Half Canadian
    @Thomm

    She looks like a young Willem Defoe.
    But he pulled it off better.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

  17. In my experience (and a quick look at their/they’s syllabi online confirms this), academics who ply this sludge attempt to make up for the utter bankruptcy of whatever it is they’re doing by making their courses impossibly difficult— not by dint of the content, but by making the course requirements ridiculously arcane and arbitrary. ‘You need three assignments from group A, of which only two can come from groups C andD, four from group D of which exactly three must come from..,’.

    This allows them to say with a straight face that they’re doing something rigorous and important. Oy

    • Agree: Daniel H
    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
    @Deckin

    Does the typical American parent about to send their kid off to compile a massive debt for the privilege of attending, now, a typical university have the slightest idea that what awaits is an insane asylum with the lunatics in charge? When you try to talk to most people who haven't any recent experience with a college or university, they just don't believe you.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  18. @njguy73

    Anyway, in other World War T news, a fairly popular medical information website known as Healthline, based in, where else, San Francisco, has announced that the word “vagina” is increasingly considered transphobic and they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”
     
    How about "ventral chute" and "dorsal chute"?

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    The ventral chute–is that the one where you’re in danger of encountering a Dianoga?

  19. Anon[585] • Disclaimer says:

    Hmm, mental health advocate:

    “Gender identity disorder (GID), recently renamed gender dysphoria (GD), is a rare condition characterized by an incongruity between gender identity and biological sex. Clinical evidence suggests that schizophrenia occurs in patients with GID at rates higher than in the general population and that patients with GID may have schizophrenia-like personality traits.”

    “Various mechanisms, such as Toxoplasma infection, reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), early childhood adversity, and links with autism spectrum disorders, may account for some of this overlap.”

    https://www.hindawi.com/journals/schizort/2014/463757/

    And s/he’s a pet lover:

    “Crazy cat-lady syndrome” is a term coined by news organizations to describe scientific findings that link the parasite Toxoplasma gondii to several mental disorders and behavioral problems.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis

  20. @Alec Leamas
    @Anon87


    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps
     
    I think we're making a big mistake if we presume that the purpose of the left's nuttiness is to explain some heretofore undiscovered realities (in which case they're merely severely mistaken) rather than for its vanguard to create "revolutionary truths" which are patently absurd but which they can impose upon the minds of the public as a form of humiliation and corruption. It's important for them to colonize your mind and to consistently demonstrate their immense power to force conformity - the more absurd the proposition they can force the ordinary man to repeat, the more demonstrable their power. You're mistaking these things as political positions rather than tools. As tools they're indispensable.

    All of which is to say that there may be some strategic retreat if the Democrats experience another embarrassing and unforeseen electoral defeat (i.e. GOP makes gains in the House in 2018 and does significantly better than expected in the Senate), but in such a case it'll be an insincere cross-dressing operation. The Democrats lost in 2004, sought to appeal to "values voters" in 2006 by running "blue dogs," the "blue dogs" got elected in 2006 and 2008, and by 2010 passed a law requiring that nuns dispense contraception. They're only ever going to pretend to hold their left flank in check - they fundamentally don't disagree with the ends, only the pace of acceleration.

    Replies: @Dumbo, @Mr. Rational, @RonaldB

    Orwell said it already years ago in “1984”. They want to make you believe that “2+2=5”, that is all.

  21. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    I searched for Bethany Coston

    They has/have short teeth.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    @Anon



    I searched for Bethany Coston

     

    They has/have short teeth.

     

    The better to harangue you with PoMo CultMarx jargon, my dear!
  22. We need to dust off, restaff and reopen our state mental hospitals

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it's in a really calming location. I can't say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    Replies: @trelane, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Eagle Eye

  23. Re: the paragraph Steve quoted. Trying to make sense out of those micro identities is like looking at Fraunhofer lines without magnification. For the rest of us they blend together in one rainbow coalition. Only disciples can discern the distinctions.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @ThreeCranes


    Re: the paragraph Steve quoted. Trying to make sense out of those micro identities is like looking at Fraunhofer lines without magnification.
     
    The Stark-Raving-Mad Effect
  24. Two other cases from the margins of #MeToo that caught my eye recently, were the accusations against Avital Ronell and Asia Argento. I find Argento interesting partly because she’s from European cinema and so not a lifetime inhabitant of the Hollywood scene, it should make the nuances different.

    And as for Ronell, that’s more personal. If critical theory runs a spectrum from turgid intellectualism to situationist pranks, she’s definitely closer to the second pole, as befits a Derrida acolyte. I learned of her from early-90s counterculture like Mondo 2000 and Re/Search publications, and have always had a soft spot for her peculiar productions.

    She likes topics like psychoanalysis and Nietzsche that aren’t very friendly to the dour collectivist form of leftism, so it should be no surprise that she has been running her own version of the traditional academic-humanist cult-of-personality, complete with crypto-erotic apprenticeships, only now with a queer flavor, and as a result has run afoul of Title IX and the new generation who want their departments to be a safe space for woke scholarship. She’s like the Camille Paglia of deconstruction, now.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can remember reading about the Argento family long ago and thinking, "Wow, these people sound pretty sick."

    Replies: @jim jones, @Hapalong Cassidy, @backup

  25. I’m familiar with the names of more social science professors than most people, but I’d never heard of “male feminist” sociologist Michael Kimmel. But apparently he’s a tireless self-promoter and big deal in Gender Studies, about as big a deal as a straight white man can get.

    …………………

    Anyway, in other World War T news, a fairly popular medical information website known as Healthline, based in, where else, San Francisco, has announced that the word “vagina” is increasingly considered transphobic and they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”

    Some advice for Michael Kimmel: When you find yourself in a front hole, stop digging.

  26. @trelane
    We need to dust off, restaff and reopen our state mental hospitals

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it’s in a really calming location. I can’t say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    • Replies: @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar, @Anon

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Steve Sailer

    In northern Michigan, one community has repurposed its former state hospital as mixed-use residential/retail:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traverse_City_State_Hospital#Current_Status

    , @Eagle Eye
    @Steve Sailer


    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it’s in a really calming location. I can’t say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.
     
    So the inmates are running the asylum. In saner times, "Gender Studies" fanatics were looked after and kept safe in the State Hospital.
  27. @Mitchell Porter
    Two other cases from the margins of #MeToo that caught my eye recently, were the accusations against Avital Ronell and Asia Argento. I find Argento interesting partly because she's from European cinema and so not a lifetime inhabitant of the Hollywood scene, it should make the nuances different.

    And as for Ronell, that's more personal. If critical theory runs a spectrum from turgid intellectualism to situationist pranks, she's definitely closer to the second pole, as befits a Derrida acolyte. I learned of her from early-90s counterculture like Mondo 2000 and Re/Search publications, and have always had a soft spot for her peculiar productions.

    She likes topics like psychoanalysis and Nietzsche that aren't very friendly to the dour collectivist form of leftism, so it should be no surprise that she has been running her own version of the traditional academic-humanist cult-of-personality, complete with crypto-erotic apprenticeships, only now with a queer flavor, and as a result has run afoul of Title IX and the new generation who want their departments to be a safe space for woke scholarship. She's like the Camille Paglia of deconstruction, now.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I can remember reading about the Argento family long ago and thinking, “Wow, these people sound pretty sick.”

    • Replies: @jim jones
    @Steve Sailer

    It is one law for men and another for women:

    https://i.redd.it/ipp7i0pe3dh11.jpg

    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    @Steve Sailer

    Her father, legendary horror film director Dario Argento, once cast her in a film where her character is brutally raped. I’d consider that kind of messed up.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    Still, these allegations popping up just now reek like involvement of Weinsteins lawyer team. Or whatever team he bought. Remember that is exactly what the original Ronan Farrow story more or less predicted.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories


    Multiple sources said that Weinstein frequently bragged about planting items in media outlets about those who spoke against him; these sources feared similar retribution. Several pointed to Gutierrez’s case: after she went to the police, negative items discussing her sexual history and impugning her credibility began rapidly appearing in New York gossip pages. (In the taped conversation, part of which The New Yorker posted online, Weinstein asks Gutierrez to join him for “five minutes,” and warns, “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”)
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  28. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Here’s another picture of Bethany Coston:

    When asked to comment, she/they said:

    “Aaaack Aaaack!”

  29. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Are those dentures?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Anonymous

    Are those dentures?


    Don't be toothlessophobic.

    Those are front chew-chews.

  30. anon[543] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don’t know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry. I am from Arkansas and several of my ancestors were in the Confederate army. Being from the South isn’t the be all and end all of my identity, but it ain’t nothin’ either. It’s the people I came from and the stories I have to tell and I like it.
    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people. When the stelae at Athens were vandalized the people of Athens were angry enough to want to kill the perpetrators.
    The message of this vandalism and its meek acceptance by the authorities is clear. The message is that people like me are garbage, have no rights, must keep our mouths shut, and are subject to physical attack if we open our mouths. When you threaten my right to think and speak, when you threaten my right to talk out loud about my family and history, you threaten my life.

    I know their are millions of people in the South who must be feeling quiet outrage about this insolent and cowardly desruction of our right to have pride in our history.
    The worst outrage is that in a free and democratic country we have absolutely no right to speak, be heard, and have our majority vote determine public policy. Does anyone think that a majority of people in North Carolina want these monuments vandalized by a skulking mob of cowards?
    The longer this goes on with NO VOICE for people who don’t like it, the more violent will be the response when it comes.

    • Replies: @Mr. Blank
    @anon

    Same here. I’m willing to make concessions in my display of Southern pride in deference to other people’s sensitivities, but I refuse to curse my ancestors and am utterly boggled by fellow Southerners who will.

    I try to take comfort in the fact that most of these people will look like craven fools in the later judgment of history; people who guard their heritage will, in the fullness of time, have a hand in shaping perceptions of it. People who sell their birthright to win approval today will be forgotten. Proud cultures have very, very long memories. Statues that are torn down today can be put back up long after the vandals and their grievances have ceased to be of interest to anyone but dull academic researchers.

    There are no poems, songs, or romantic histories celebrating people who meekly collaborated in their own culture’s destruction.

    , @Daniel H
    @anon

    >>OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don’t know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry.<<

    For several reasons, not important to your plaint, many southern universities, especially the "flagship" universities, have become very popular with north easterners. The "flagship" universities have always been popular but over the past decade the circumstance of northeast interest has been really heightened. Most assuredly, most of the malcontents are not good, local boys and gals, but outsiders. Fix: do what North Carolina has done (irony) and grant much weighted preference to in-state and affinity high school applicants. My nephews graduated from high school 2018 (New York and Chicago) and word in the hallway was that North Carolina, Chapel Hill was as difficult as the Ivies for out of states. Well, that is good. I say, make it more difficult for out-of-staters.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    , @ben tillman
    @anon


    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people.
     
    Erasing our past is part and parcel of their project to erase our future.
  31. @Thomm
    Accuser :

    https://gsws.vcu.edu/media/gsws/images/faculty-and-staff/COSTON_2017headshot.jpg

    Replies: @Alec Leamas, @Reg Cæsar, @Half Canadian

    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures. No prominent adam’s apple, and the skin appears not to have been thickened by testosterone in puberty.

    If I had to guess though I’d say awkward woman with some masculine features and mental health problems, making Theirself up with sufficient accoutrements to appear soft butch.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Alec Leamas


    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures.
     
    '

    Um, it's a horse. Look at its gums. Only difference is, real horses are amiable.

    https://www.paulickreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/teeth_2.jpg

    Replies: @Anonym

  32. @Anon
    @Cloudbuster


    I searched for Bethany Coston
     
    They has/have short teeth.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas

    I searched for Bethany Coston

    They has/have short teeth.

    The better to harangue you with PoMo CultMarx jargon, my dear!

  33. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it's in a really calming location. I can't say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    Replies: @trelane, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Eagle Eye

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff.

    , @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here's Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Relaxin' at Camarillo" named after his 1946 stay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F22y1pHsCdo

    Replies: @trelane, @Daniel H, @Captain Willard, @Ganderson

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @trelane


    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.
     
    Sounds like the Channel is still binary. That can't last for long.
    , @Anon
    @trelane

    "Average SAT Score: 1335–1665"

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @trelane

  34. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Honestly, it’s bewildering to me that Michael seems only worried about rumors of sexual harassment. . . . While I was lucky enough to never be targeted by Michael for that kind of academic grooming . . . .

    It was more than luck, baby!

  35. @ThreeCranes
    Re: the paragraph Steve quoted. Trying to make sense out of those micro identities is like looking at Fraunhofer lines without magnification. For the rest of us they blend together in one rainbow coalition. Only disciples can discern the distinctions.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Re: the paragraph Steve quoted. Trying to make sense out of those micro identities is like looking at Fraunhofer lines without magnification.

    The Stark-Raving-Mad Effect

  36. World War T has pretty much been and gone. This is World War Q. It’s difficult to tell if Qs are simply butch women and feminine men who have a chip on their shoulder about traditional gender categories, or whether they actually do have some sort of androgynous brain sex. However, unlike transsexuals and homosexuals, who hold various political and social view points, they all seem to be cultural leftists. This suggests they are simply individuals with atypical gender expression who are assuming an ambiguous sex identity for post-modern ideological reasons.

  37. @Thomm
    Accuser :

    https://gsws.vcu.edu/media/gsws/images/faculty-and-staff/COSTON_2017headshot.jpg

    Replies: @Alec Leamas, @Reg Cæsar, @Half Canadian

    I recognize a couple of those birds from the Wisconsin license plate.

  38. @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar, @Anon

    It’s hard for California to build anything big anymore — e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn’t very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn’t have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff.

  39. @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar, @Anon

    It’s hard for California to build anything big anymore — e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn’t very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn’t have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here’s Charlie Parker’s bebop classic “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” named after his 1946 stay.

    • Replies: @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Thanks for the tune. Whenever I think of men in milk trucks with white coats with butterfly nets, images of Blake Edward's Pink Panther films come to mind:

    https://youtu.be/v30HUOx6SYk?t=13

    , @Daniel H
    @Steve Sailer

    I googled Cal State Channel Islands. Beautiful setting, looks to be a beautiful campus, but here is the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry:

    >>California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI, CSU Channel Islands, known informally as CI) is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving Institution <<

    Hispanic serving institution. Good grief.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Benjaminl

    , @Captain Willard
    @Steve Sailer

    Damn! I was hoping for Frank Zappa's "Camarillo Brillo". I thought it would be more appropriate for this thread.

    Replies: @backup

    , @Ganderson
    @Steve Sailer

    https://youtu.be/nllWDc8_9lw

  40. @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar, @Anon

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    Sounds like the Channel is still binary. That can’t last for long.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  41. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    I’m beginning to agree with you guys that the entire ‘educational’ edifice needs pulling down.

  42. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alec Leamas
    @Thomm

    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures. No prominent adam's apple, and the skin appears not to have been thickened by testosterone in puberty.

    If I had to guess though I'd say awkward woman with some masculine features and mental health problems, making Theirself up with sufficient accoutrements to appear soft butch.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures.

    Um, it’s a horse. Look at its gums. Only difference is, real horses are amiable.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    @Anonymous

    https://youtu.be/X2PP7et-DHg

    If this hasn't been posted...

  43. @Daniel H
    A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is "married" to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Anon, @The Wild Geese Howard, @pyrrhus, @Brutusale

    Where do you get that she’s a tranny? Don’t most trannies go for longer Becky hair?

  44. @trelane
    @Steve Sailer

    Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female, while the remaining 36% percent is male.

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American

    Average SAT Score: 1335–1665

    Where do I sign up?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar, @Anon

    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665”

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Anon


    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665″

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.
     
    Yes, I've been running into this as Daughter C has starting looking at colleges.

    What they mean to convey is the range of SAT scores from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile of those admitted to the college, i.e. the range of scores of the middle 50% of those admitted. This is actually a very useful bit of information to have, but it's hard to name it in a catchy, concise way, so it gets shortened to something that doesn't sound quite right.

    BTW, CSCI's info is out of date, because they're obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It's been back to 1600 for a while now.

    Replies: @keuril, @Anon, @Mr. Rational

    , @trelane
    @Anon

    I know, right? What an insult to the intelligence to give an average as a range.

    Nobody insults the intelligence more than teh academe.

  45. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here's Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Relaxin' at Camarillo" named after his 1946 stay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F22y1pHsCdo

    Replies: @trelane, @Daniel H, @Captain Willard, @Ganderson

    Thanks for the tune. Whenever I think of men in milk trucks with white coats with butterfly nets, images of Blake Edward’s Pink Panther films come to mind:

  46. @Anon
    @trelane

    "Average SAT Score: 1335–1665"

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @trelane

    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665″

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.

    Yes, I’ve been running into this as Daughter C has starting looking at colleges.

    What they mean to convey is the range of SAT scores from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile of those admitted to the college, i.e. the range of scores of the middle 50% of those admitted. This is actually a very useful bit of information to have, but it’s hard to name it in a catchy, concise way, so it gets shortened to something that doesn’t sound quite right.

    BTW, CSCI’s info is out of date, because they’re obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It’s been back to 1600 for a while now.

    • Replies: @keuril
    @The Last Real Calvinist


    BTW, CSCI’s info is out of date, because they’re obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It’s been back to 1600 for a while now.
     
    Yes, but at a glance the scores look really good because they are close to what a good school would have on the 1600 scale (minus the extra 65 points).
    , @Anon
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    This page for the University of Texas at Austin School of Law does that:

    https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/quick-facts/


    Grades and Scores for Fall 2017 Incoming Class

    LSAT Median: 167
    LSAT Middle 50%: 161–168
    GPA Median: 3.71
    GPA Middle 50%: 3.49–3.84
     
    The median (and I think that they mean arithmetic mean or average here, not median) is 167, but the middle 50 percent is between 161 to 168.

    That can only mean that law schools admit a really tight range of LSAT scorers for their standard admissions, maybe middle 50 of 166 to 168 and middle 80 of, oh, 162 to 172.

    But because that 161–168 produces such a lopsided curve, there must be a second Bell curve of holistic admittees. Who knows where they peak. Minorities are 28 percent, so with a few La Griffe du Lion style assumptions and a standard distribution calculator or some Gaussian alagebra skills you could probably figure it out.

    Replies: @D. K.

    , @Mr. Rational
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    When the 75th %ile is only 555 points per section, you're talking a very un-elite group.  1365 would be ~910 on the current scale.  Such "students" should be in klownmunity kollige or adult ed.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  47. Professor Grollman (they/them/theirs) has been all over this issue. Always funny
    https://mobile.twitter.com/grollman/status/1030165528105701381

  48. @Anon
    @trelane

    "Average SAT Score: 1335–1665"

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @trelane

    I know, right? What an insult to the intelligence to give an average as a range.

    Nobody insults the intelligence more than teh academe.

  49. Any man who calls himself a “male feminist” or allows himself to be labeled a “male feminist” without vigorously objecting deserves whatever he gets.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, Forbes
  50. @Uilleam Yr Alban
    So, I hate to beat a dead horse around here, but just how many of these #metoo dudes are nebbishes who acquired power and used it to coerce shiksas?

    Replies: @Father O'Hara

    Kimmel is Jewish.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    @Father O'Hara

    My overall impression of Kimmel's hard core anti-MRA attitude comes more from the potential threat to the left posed by men organizing rather than any well thought out position on equal rights and he seems more like an opportunist than a feminist ideologue. Kimmel probably does not believe half of the garbage he says or advocates for but has realized that if men ever began advocating for their interests it would cause a political realignment jeopardizing (((other groups))) more dear to his heart. This is also what occurred when the SPCL did their quick drive through attacking the manosphere. He likes to position himself as someone who speaks as a man and for men (hardly) but is really just an operative for the Democratic party.

  51. @Steve Sailer
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can remember reading about the Argento family long ago and thinking, "Wow, these people sound pretty sick."

    Replies: @jim jones, @Hapalong Cassidy, @backup

    It is one law for men and another for women:

  52. word “vagina” is increasingly considered transphobic and they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”

    So, what’s a dick? Front pole?

    • LOL: JMcG
  53. @Anonymous
    @Cloudbuster

    Are those dentures?

    Replies: @Anon

    Are those dentures?

    Don’t be toothlessophobic.

    Those are front chew-chews.

  54. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Thus, possible topics include, but are not limited to: Gender nonconforming and gender creative boys, transgender children, drag queens, gender fluidity in Non-Western cultures, gay fathers, men as full time caregivers, men as recipients of beauty culture and cosmetic surgery, feminine fashion for men, men in feminized workplaces such as fashion modeling, cosmetic industries, and nursing, among others, men as domestic laborers, transgender women in prison, male menopause and the couvade syndrome, pregnant “men”, effeminacy and gay men, Asian (gay) men, veganism and masculinity, feminist men, men in the WGS classroom, and sub-men in BDSM sexualities” [emphasis added].

    Zzzzzzzzz. I thought homos were supposed to be creative and have a sense of humor. Their idea of homo-ness sounds like bureaucratic jargon.

    Ironically, the ‘homophobes’ have much more fun and colorful terms for homos.

    http://onlineslangdictionary.com/thesaurus/words+meaning+homosexual,+homosexual+person.html

    Well, maybe non-academic homos do have a sense of humor:

    https://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-lang/2013/09/51-gay-slang-phrases-youve-never-heard-before/

    LOL

    49. Yestergay (n.) – former homosexual who now identifies as straight, also referred to as “ex-gays.”

  55. @Anonymous
    @Alec Leamas


    A somewhat rare case in that They is not particularly feminine or masculine appearing and has a fairly neutral amalgam of qualities of both. Is this a soft butch woman, or an effeminate man? Hard to tell from the available pictures.
     
    '

    Um, it's a horse. Look at its gums. Only difference is, real horses are amiable.

    https://www.paulickreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/teeth_2.jpg

    Replies: @Anonym

    If this hasn’t been posted…

  56. @Anon87
    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Alec Leamas, @Mr. Blank, @Almost Missouri, @The preferred nomenclature is...

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    • Replies: @Mitchell Porter
    @Mr. Blank

    @Mr. Blank Please try to say something specific (even better, comprehensive) about what the craziness of the 1970s was. Distill what you read in those Playboys, into a description of that vanished time. What was on their minds, what did they think life was about, etc.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Mr. Blank


    "a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981"
     
    Whatever else you think about about that era's Playboys, those were the peak Playmate years. They had gotten past the overly-ample models of the 1950s and 1960s but had not yet succumbed to the overly-athletic, tatted and sullen models of later years. Normal feminine curves and normal feminine demeanors: what wasn't to like? And yeah, I read the articles too. I learned something, if not always what was intended.

    Replies: @ChrisZ

    , @JMcG
    @Mr. Blank

    It’s famously hard to see when an era is coming to an end, and congenital pessimism doesn’t help here, but I sure do hope you are right. I feel like Orwell in Homage to Catalonia; the important exception being that the bullets aren’t flying.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Mr. Blank

    The 70s weren't that strange. They fit on a continuum with the surrounding decades. They were the decade in which some of the counter-culture ideas and mores of the 60s became the mainstream culture and mores of the 80s.

    , @BB753
    @Mr. Blank

    No, those were saner times. For starters, nude Playboy models didn't shave their private parts in that era. Is there anything more off-putting than a bald female pubis?

    Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings, @Forbes

    , @Corvinus
    @Mr. Blank

    "Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with."

    Here's what the vast numbers of normies/the mushy middle do with such articles and suggestions--laugh and take NO heed to their "advice".

    , @bro3886
    @Mr. Blank

    Nope, you're wrong, it ain't ever gonna end, unless it's in war. This is all driven by immigration, by race, biology. Racial hatred of whites and the desire to exploit them is the only thing holding the left together, they CAN'T give it up. Blacks and Central Americans are biologically incapable of building an advance nation, they admit that when they vote with their feet. They'll always need a scapegoat, and, for as long as it lasts, a crutch. In South Africa, where farm confiscation has begun, blacks still have to cling to the myth that the small percentage of the population who are white are somehow cheating them out of accomplishment because the alternative is to frankly acknowledge their limitations. Ain't gonna happen. They'll go the Zimbabwe route to destruction before they give up their ego bubble.

    , @Anon87
    @Mr. Blank

    I didn't grow up in the 70s, but my sense is that yeah that was some pessimism, but in general a lot of goofy fun too. Lots of it looks really dumb in hindsight, but pretty harmless. No riots, no tearing down of statues, no hatred for history.

    , @Forbes
    @Mr. Blank


    “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”
     
    The prog-left would never describe it as such (head up their ass), nor admit to a failure (not do it again). That takes modesty and self-awareness which the prog-left lacks. What they possess in spades is hubris.

    As well, the '70s were a lot of fun--if only because everything wasn't political. Vietnam and the draft were over, Nixon was out, and Jimmy Carter was the malaise mistake. Disco dance music was cheesy, but uptempo, and chicks loved it. Try getting with a girl on the dance floor with Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.

    Inflation sucked, unemployment was high, gas lines were no fun--but everyone was in the same boat. And no one was shoving preferred pronouns down your throat at risk of a capital offense for refusing, and you weren't accused of racism, sexism, or some other ism at every turn. In a sense, we had real diversity because conformity wasn't demanded--as it is today.

    Some of your indicators are completely unserious. Sarah Jeong is a joke. The NYT is increasingly irrelevant to most people. Hardly anyone reads a newspaper anymore. The real media game is what goes on with Google and FB--where most on-line ad dollars are spent. Most of these elite coastal fads are imperceptible to people with jobs and families--and therefore little time for social media. A social media built for women and teens.

    Every time is characterized as the most important, most crucial, most dangerous, most volatile, most whatever... This too shall pass.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @dfordoom
    @Mr. Blank


    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.
     
    I hate to say this but you're being way too optimistic. We're nowhere near Peak Decadence yet. We're just getting started.

    The entire media is still 100% behind this stuff. The people who own social media are 100% behind this stuff. The education system, both the school system and higher education, is 100% behind this stuff. The bureaucracy is 100% behind this stuff.

    There is absolutely no sign whatsoever that Christians and cucks are going to take a stand against the madness. Their policy is 100% surrender.

    Whether the normies like it or not is irrelevant. Normies don't do anything unless they're led. And the people normies look to for leadership are 100% behind this lunacy.
  57. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    Please try to say something specific (even better, comprehensive) about what the craziness of the 1970s was. Distill what you read in those Playboys, into a description of that vanished time. What was on their minds, what did they think life was about, etc.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can't claim to have lived through it or had access to those particular Playboys, but in my understanding some of the more ridiculous antics from the 70s include:

    - How people wore their hair being the political statement of the utmost importance

    - Radical leftist and/or cult and/or embezzlement groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army, M.O.V.E., and Peoples' Temple being taken somewhat seriously, at least by some people, at least for a while. In fact, this is probably the most direct parallel to the Sarah Jeong phenomenon of today - the most shallow, self-promoting, grifting climbers could achieve a high level of success or fame, temporarily, just by being the right shade and mouthing the right nonsense. If the original commenter's prediction is true, then we'll look back on Sarah Jeong and Bethany Coston in the same way that people look back on Sin-Q and Jim Jones - how could people have been so dumb to fall for that?

    - Cultural fads came and went in the blink of an eye. Fondue. Have a Nice Day stickers. Pet Rocks (or was that the 80s? Even if it was, it was in the spirit of the 70s). Even Disco only lasted for a few years but had radio stations changing their entire format in a desperate attempt to stay hot. Say what you will about the shallow fads of today, but at least they hang around for the better part of a decade or more. If Facebook came about in the 70s everyone would have gotten on it one summer then forgotten about it the next.

    A counterpoint would be that as much as there was all of this ridiculous stuff, at least the 70s also produced all of the great Classic Rock, and Funk, and the beginning of Rap, and ground breaking movies like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and many of the Woody Allen flicks.

    Replies: @dfordoom

  58. You’d have to be a real back hole to replace “vagina” with “front hole”.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Fluesterwitz
    @Dave Pinsen

    Indeed. Especially as "front hole" introduces the ambiguity which "front hole" is referenced.
    This is almost beyond parody.

  59. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    When society promotes freaks, carnies, degenerates, hustlers, and lunatics as moral arbiters.

    We live in a world where the kind of people who pass judgment on us are madonna, Ashley ‘nasty woman’ Judd(what did Hollywood do to her?), Emma Sulkowicz, Lena Dunham, Perez Hilton, George Takei, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Sabrina Erderly, Eminem, Quentin Tarantino, Asia Argento, Sarah Jeong, Antifa lunatics, and etc.

    And the Deep State? How did it end up with people like Brennan, Comey, Pompeo, Bolton, Strozek, and the rest of the gang?

    Lunatics have taken over the asylum, and we are supposed to nod along and pretend to agree.
    What is to be said about a nation where millions of women wear pussy hats or dress up as vaginas?

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Neoconned
    @Anon

    I hate when "molested" teen boys make a big deal out of scoring got older women.

    I dated a women when I was in my early 20s who was in her late 30s and I fellnin love w her.

    Asia's hot.....whay a waste

    Replies: @27 year old, @Anon

    , @Logan
    @Anon

    You mean front holes.

    Transphobe!

    Replies: @tyrone

  60. @anon
    OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don't know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry. I am from Arkansas and several of my ancestors were in the Confederate army. Being from the South isn't the be all and end all of my identity, but it ain't nothin' either. It's the people I came from and the stories I have to tell and I like it.
    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people. When the stelae at Athens were vandalized the people of Athens were angry enough to want to kill the perpetrators.
    The message of this vandalism and its meek acceptance by the authorities is clear. The message is that people like me are garbage, have no rights, must keep our mouths shut, and are subject to physical attack if we open our mouths. When you threaten my right to think and speak, when you threaten my right to talk out loud about my family and history, you threaten my life.

    I know their are millions of people in the South who must be feeling quiet outrage about this insolent and cowardly desruction of our right to have pride in our history.
    The worst outrage is that in a free and democratic country we have absolutely no right to speak, be heard, and have our majority vote determine public policy. Does anyone think that a majority of people in North Carolina want these monuments vandalized by a skulking mob of cowards?
    The longer this goes on with NO VOICE for people who don't like it, the more violent will be the response when it comes.

    Replies: @Mr. Blank, @Daniel H, @ben tillman

    Same here. I’m willing to make concessions in my display of Southern pride in deference to other people’s sensitivities, but I refuse to curse my ancestors and am utterly boggled by fellow Southerners who will.

    I try to take comfort in the fact that most of these people will look like craven fools in the later judgment of history; people who guard their heritage will, in the fullness of time, have a hand in shaping perceptions of it. People who sell their birthright to win approval today will be forgotten. Proud cultures have very, very long memories. Statues that are torn down today can be put back up long after the vandals and their grievances have ceased to be of interest to anyone but dull academic researchers.

    There are no poems, songs, or romantic histories celebrating people who meekly collaborated in their own culture’s destruction.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  61. @Steve Sailer
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can remember reading about the Argento family long ago and thinking, "Wow, these people sound pretty sick."

    Replies: @jim jones, @Hapalong Cassidy, @backup

    Her father, legendary horror film director Dario Argento, once cast her in a film where her character is brutally raped. I’d consider that kind of messed up.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    This whole Argento story over a couple of generations is evidence for my reform of replacing child actors with CGI.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  62. @Anon
    When society promotes freaks, carnies, degenerates, hustlers, and lunatics as moral arbiters.

    https://twitter.com/robbystarbuck/status/1031403813461082113

    We live in a world where the kind of people who pass judgment on us are madonna, Ashley 'nasty woman' Judd(what did Hollywood do to her?), Emma Sulkowicz, Lena Dunham, Perez Hilton, George Takei, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Sabrina Erderly, Eminem, Quentin Tarantino, Asia Argento, Sarah Jeong, Antifa lunatics, and etc.

    And the Deep State? How did it end up with people like Brennan, Comey, Pompeo, Bolton, Strozek, and the rest of the gang?

    Lunatics have taken over the asylum, and we are supposed to nod along and pretend to agree.
    What is to be said about a nation where millions of women wear pussy hats or dress up as vaginas?

    Replies: @Neoconned, @Logan

    I hate when “molested” teen boys make a big deal out of scoring got older women.

    I dated a women when I was in my early 20s who was in her late 30s and I fellnin love w her.

    Asia’s hot…..whay a waste

    • Replies: @27 year old
    @Neoconned

    Yeah but if you can bang a hot older woman and walk away with 350k why not do it?

    Alpha move

    , @Anon
    @Neoconned

    17 was my last year of high school and first year of college. I honestly do not think I would have been traumatized by sex with an attractive, aggressive woman. And I had enough agency to say no and walk away. I might have asked about a condom.

    I think that, for young men and young women, this trauma stuff is culturally constructed, and the culture has radically changed. So people a couple decades apart in age are like creatures from another planet to each other.

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    Replies: @D. K., @Harry Baldwin

  63. @Hapalong Cassidy
    @Steve Sailer

    Her father, legendary horror film director Dario Argento, once cast her in a film where her character is brutally raped. I’d consider that kind of messed up.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    This whole Argento story over a couple of generations is evidence for my reform of replacing child actors with CGI.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Steve Sailer


    This whole Argento story over a couple of generations is evidence for my reform of replacing child actors with CGI.
     
    Or maybe just not making the kind of movies that Dario Argento makes.
  64. In other World War T news:

    Frontier airlines pilot is suspended indefinitely for making comments on a parents online chat about a child with male genitalia persistently using the girls bathroom at his children’s school:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/frontier-airlines-pilot-transgender-student-suspended-threat/

    Ponder the depth of american corporate degeneracy. A private online comment, not made while on-the-job, espousing a very reasonable view concerning the safety of 12-year-old girls at his child’s school. This, in today’s America, brings down corporate wrath and makes him unemployable as a pilot.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @PennTothal

    While I am the first to condemn corporate PC censorship, the linked article says that the pilot made threats to harm against the kid, so this -might- go beyond mere badthink into something that is actually troubling behavior in a pilot. Note I said might, because we clearly don't have the full story.

    , @Forbes
    @PennTothal

    No such thing as a private online comment. Once posted, it becomes very much public, and can be copied, forwarded, and taken out of context.

    Participating in online discussions means what you say can be used against you.

    If a parent is concerned about their child at school, then go to the school and make your concerns known to the teacher and principal. Online chats are where people let off steam--not for addressing concerns to those responsible.

    It may be corporate degeneracy--it's also the airline does not want to get brought into a debate about a topic it has no control over. World War G, World War T, World War whatever has a tendency to turn into boycotts and negative publicity as Sauron's Eye turns on a target.

    Life isn't fair. Who told you it was?

  65. @Steve Sailer
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can remember reading about the Argento family long ago and thinking, "Wow, these people sound pretty sick."

    Replies: @jim jones, @Hapalong Cassidy, @backup

    Still, these allegations popping up just now reek like involvement of Weinsteins lawyer team. Or whatever team he bought. Remember that is exactly what the original Ronan Farrow story more or less predicted.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories

    Multiple sources said that Weinstein frequently bragged about planting items in media outlets about those who spoke against him; these sources feared similar retribution. Several pointed to Gutierrez’s case: after she went to the police, negative items discussing her sexual history and impugning her credibility began rapidly appearing in New York gossip pages. (In the taped conversation, part of which The New Yorker posted online, Weinstein asks Gutierrez to join him for “five minutes,” and warns, “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    You think Harvey Weinstein collects secrets about people who might cross him?

    Replies: @backup, @MEH 0910, @Prester John

  66. @Anon
    When society promotes freaks, carnies, degenerates, hustlers, and lunatics as moral arbiters.

    https://twitter.com/robbystarbuck/status/1031403813461082113

    We live in a world where the kind of people who pass judgment on us are madonna, Ashley 'nasty woman' Judd(what did Hollywood do to her?), Emma Sulkowicz, Lena Dunham, Perez Hilton, George Takei, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Sabrina Erderly, Eminem, Quentin Tarantino, Asia Argento, Sarah Jeong, Antifa lunatics, and etc.

    And the Deep State? How did it end up with people like Brennan, Comey, Pompeo, Bolton, Strozek, and the rest of the gang?

    Lunatics have taken over the asylum, and we are supposed to nod along and pretend to agree.
    What is to be said about a nation where millions of women wear pussy hats or dress up as vaginas?

    Replies: @Neoconned, @Logan

    You mean front holes.

    Transphobe!

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Logan

    Funny that, black dudes have been calling their girlfriends "holes " for years……life support systems for sex organs I suppose.

    Replies: @black sea

  67. By the way Steve I have no idea why but your phrase “World War T”….& WWG make me bust out laughing. I really can’t explain it.

  68. Ok, you know how sometimes you find something funny, but your friend doesn’t, and they’re annoyed, and then you find their annoyance even funnier, and then they’re offended and angry, but you find this completely hilarious, and you’re trapped, splitting your sides but also aware that you’re destroying the relationship, but you Just. Can’t. Stop. Laughing?
    So, years ago, I was with this leftish radical writer guy who told me that he had recently had this embarrassing episode: he was wearing a T shirt from some Women’s Health Collective, which had some East Asian character/symbol that he, and the WHC, believed said “female”. He wandered into a pickup basketball game with some guys who spoke this language, and who kept smiling at him like, a lot. Finally one of them took him aside and said, “Your shirt, man!”
    “What about it?”
    “It says ‘hole between a women’s legs’.”
    He told me this solemnly, and the harder I laughed, the more he insisted it wasn’t funny.
    I really hope none of you are laughing at “front hole”.
    Signed,
    Incontinentia Buttocks

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Puremania

    Yeah, well, two can play at that game. From Little Joke in Big China:


    We were walking on a bridge across the river in a suburb of Canton in old Cathay ("Guangzhou in China", for you 'tards out there living kick-ass lives) one sunny hot-as-blazes afternoon. Oh, crap, now another aside is necessary [see, the Chinese have learned English in school since the early 1980's from personal accounts. That, however, is like our few years of French or Spanish - it just gets you through school, but secondly, languages are a real use-it-or-lose-it type of knowledge. So, the average Chinaman, especially over 40 y/o or so will not actually know a lick of English.].

    There are THOUSANDS of people around in any public space in China, and that's how it was on the sidewalk of this bridge. Here came a 40-50 year-old (who knows, right?) Chinaman alongside his middle-aged wife, wearing a t-shirt in English that said "What I really need right now is a beer, some coke, and a fucking blow job". "Hey! Did you seen that guy's shirt?", I asked the young lady I was with. Her English was good, but not good enough, and it was just too crowded to go back there for a picture. Rats! I'd have put it all over the net, in the hopes that the perpetrators of this cruel, funny-as-all-hell joke could feel some real pride in accomplishment. Kudos, guys!
     
  69. @anon
    OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don't know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry. I am from Arkansas and several of my ancestors were in the Confederate army. Being from the South isn't the be all and end all of my identity, but it ain't nothin' either. It's the people I came from and the stories I have to tell and I like it.
    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people. When the stelae at Athens were vandalized the people of Athens were angry enough to want to kill the perpetrators.
    The message of this vandalism and its meek acceptance by the authorities is clear. The message is that people like me are garbage, have no rights, must keep our mouths shut, and are subject to physical attack if we open our mouths. When you threaten my right to think and speak, when you threaten my right to talk out loud about my family and history, you threaten my life.

    I know their are millions of people in the South who must be feeling quiet outrage about this insolent and cowardly desruction of our right to have pride in our history.
    The worst outrage is that in a free and democratic country we have absolutely no right to speak, be heard, and have our majority vote determine public policy. Does anyone think that a majority of people in North Carolina want these monuments vandalized by a skulking mob of cowards?
    The longer this goes on with NO VOICE for people who don't like it, the more violent will be the response when it comes.

    Replies: @Mr. Blank, @Daniel H, @ben tillman

    >>OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don’t know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry.<<

    For several reasons, not important to your plaint, many southern universities, especially the "flagship" universities, have become very popular with north easterners. The "flagship" universities have always been popular but over the past decade the circumstance of northeast interest has been really heightened. Most assuredly, most of the malcontents are not good, local boys and gals, but outsiders. Fix: do what North Carolina has done (irony) and grant much weighted preference to in-state and affinity high school applicants. My nephews graduated from high school 2018 (New York and Chicago) and word in the hallway was that North Carolina, Chapel Hill was as difficult as the Ivies for out of states. Well, that is good. I say, make it more difficult for out-of-staters.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @Daniel H


    make it more difficult for out-of-staters.
     
    Better yet, make respect for the heritage and culture of the founders a requirement of attendance, no refunds.  It would be great to turn the tables on these CultMarx devotees and simply bounce them off campus and keep their money.  A few cases of that and they'd learn that the sword of conformity cuts both ways.

    Problem is, the administration and most of the faculty probably have the CultMarx infection.
  70. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here's Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Relaxin' at Camarillo" named after his 1946 stay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F22y1pHsCdo

    Replies: @trelane, @Daniel H, @Captain Willard, @Ganderson

    I googled Cal State Channel Islands. Beautiful setting, looks to be a beautiful campus, but here is the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry:

    >>California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI, CSU Channel Islands, known informally as CI) is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving Institution <<

    Hispanic serving institution. Good grief.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Daniel H

    "Hispanic serving institution. Good grief."

    Don't knock it until you've tried em. Some of my best meals have been Hispanics. Baked, boiled or fried, I like em all.

    , @Benjaminl
    @Daniel H

    I know this won't be in any way surprising or shocking in the Current Year, but to be a "Hispanic serving institution" is an official designation in federal law that entitles the institution to a special pot of taxpayer money just for that purpose.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic-serving_institution

  71. @Anon87
    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Alec Leamas, @Mr. Blank, @Almost Missouri, @The preferred nomenclature is...

    Do we want them to “put a stop to this insanity”? The sane right is forbidden to influence, so the only correction can come from the left devouring its own until no one remains, or enough Kimmel-types getting mugged by their own lunatic counter-reality that they repent and change their ways.

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Forward!

    • Replies: @Anon87
    @Almost Missouri

    Good point. Maybe a leftist to call it out as a bunch of nonsense, which kicks off the cannibalism. It would be pretty funny if it was a hard core Establishment Dem that does it. Hillary would be a hoot if she re-asseses the landscape and swings more centrist for one last grasp at glory. What she has said in the past never matters (for example, on illegal immigration), just the current quest for power. The Dems in power rally around her in fear of the party spiraling apart, which just makes it spin out of control even faster, and big chunks of the party fly apart.

    , @CJ
    @Almost Missouri

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Ditto. For a normal person, there is just no downside to these things.

  72. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it's in a really calming location. I can't say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    Replies: @trelane, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Eagle Eye

    In northern Michigan, one community has repurposed its former state hospital as mixed-use residential/retail:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traverse_City_State_Hospital#Current_Status

  73. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    “a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981”

    Whatever else you think about about that era’s Playboys, those were the peak Playmate years. They had gotten past the overly-ample models of the 1950s and 1960s but had not yet succumbed to the overly-athletic, tatted and sullen models of later years. Normal feminine curves and normal feminine demeanors: what wasn’t to like? And yeah, I read the articles too. I learned something, if not always what was intended.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    @Almost Missouri

    A.M., I was going to limit my reply to a hearty “Yeah, baby!”

    But your observation about the “peak Playmate” period of the 1970s prompted the following thought. (Well, it prompted *several* thoughts, of which this is the least delightful.)

    I was a kid back then, too, and there’s something about the girls of that era that I associate with Nature. Partly it’s because they were sometimes photographed in natural settings; partly it’s because my friends’ stash of mags was hidden in a tree trunk in a park. But in the main, it’s because the feminine ideal of the day stressed natural, God-given beauty in its youthful prime.

    You mention the later trend towards hyper-fitness and body “art,” but later models (and women generally) also manipulated their bodies through plastic surgery and augmentation. Again, substituting artifice for Nature.

    This leads me back to Mr. Blank’s point, about whether the madness of our time will exhaust itself and cease to dominate public discourse, the way the madnesses of the 1960s-70s, which appeared so urgent at the time, seem quaint in retrospect. I do think there’s something to that: namely that in the normal course of events you’ll see enthusiasms arise—sometimes violently; but eventually something like the “natural order” will reassert itself.

    One difference between our own time and the 70s, however, is that the enthusiasms of today are not only contrary to Nature, but they’re supported by the technical power to severely, maybe permanently, alter Nature. Just look at the photos in this thread of the wretched soul who lodged the complaint. In the 70s that would be just a confused, unhappy person, who would waste time and money in fruitless but “harmless” psychotherapy.

    But today this is a person with a permanently altered body, no less confused, but committed to a chimera of the “happiness” s/he craves. There’s no walking back from that; and in a society with enough of those people, can Nature still reassert itself when the madness of the moment subsides? I think we may be stuck with these people and their insanities in a way earlier societies were not.

  74. @Deckin
    In my experience (and a quick look at their/they’s syllabi online confirms this), academics who ply this sludge attempt to make up for the utter bankruptcy of whatever it is they’re doing by making their courses impossibly difficult— not by dint of the content, but by making the course requirements ridiculously arcane and arbitrary. ‘You need three assignments from group A, of which only two can come from groups C andD, four from group D of which exactly three must come from..,’.

    This allows them to say with a straight face that they’re doing something rigorous and important. Oy

    Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster

    Does the typical American parent about to send their kid off to compile a massive debt for the privilege of attending, now, a typical university have the slightest idea that what awaits is an insane asylum with the lunatics in charge? When you try to talk to most people who haven’t any recent experience with a college or university, they just don’t believe you.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Stephen Paul Foster

    Universities do an amazing job of hiding a lot of this from parents and even students. Especially from the parents and students who wouldn't like it. And from alumni.

    One way is by having engineering and business schools with minimal liberal arts requirements, or even their own liberal arts courses (e.g. writing for engineers) so that many of the students don't even have the chance to encounter these sorts of classes. Then there are all of the slick promotional magazines sent to families and alumni which have endless photos of the campus, the sports teams, the gym, some science-y looking labs, and glowing profiles of successful professors in science, engineering, economics, law, medicine, etc, and all of the bijilions of grants and patents they have. Bethany Bee just never seems to get that full page photo spread.

    Yes, it is just under the surface for anyone who is looking, but most families and students are not looking. They are there to follow some sports teams, party it up inside or outside of Greek life, and make it through their major to get out and get a job.

  75. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    This brave new world mutant with the winning shit eating grin, would be a great choice to star in Pee Wee’s Playhouse if this show ever gets revived. Just put a bow tie on he/she/it and you are good to go.

  76. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    It’s famously hard to see when an era is coming to an end, and congenital pessimism doesn’t help here, but I sure do hope you are right. I feel like Orwell in Homage to Catalonia; the important exception being that the bullets aren’t flying.

  77. @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    Still, these allegations popping up just now reek like involvement of Weinsteins lawyer team. Or whatever team he bought. Remember that is exactly what the original Ronan Farrow story more or less predicted.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories


    Multiple sources said that Weinstein frequently bragged about planting items in media outlets about those who spoke against him; these sources feared similar retribution. Several pointed to Gutierrez’s case: after she went to the police, negative items discussing her sexual history and impugning her credibility began rapidly appearing in New York gossip pages. (In the taped conversation, part of which The New Yorker posted online, Weinstein asks Gutierrez to join him for “five minutes,” and warns, “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”)
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    You think Harvey Weinstein collects secrets about people who might cross him?

    • Replies: @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    A rhetorical question, off course. I think it's telling that the NYT was informed via an encrypted email from an unknown source. Couldn't that point to an anonymous remailer?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/us/asia-argento-assault-jimmy-bennett.html


    The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @MEH 0910
    @Steve Sailer

    ASIA ARGENTO, JIMMY BENNETT Smoking Gun Photo ... SHOWS POST-SEX BLISS


    A 37-year-old Asia Argento snuggled with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett on a bed, shirtless, their foreheads pressed together, her arm over his as they lay with satisfied smiles ... that is the photo that Asia paid $380,000 for -- a photo TMZ has now seen.

    The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Our sources say the selfie was shot by Jimmy after the 2 had sex. Jimmy claimed Asia liquored him up, began kissing him, pushed him onto the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse ... this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

    The photo is not overtly sexual, however a casual observer would clearly conclude it looks like a post-sex pic as the 2 faintly smiled while they lay on a shared pillow.

    Asia -- who is one of the first alleged victims to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her -- has not been reachable since the recent story broke. What's interesting ... she still has up the Instagram pictures of her at the Ritz-Carlton that day ... saying in one photo, "Waiting for my long lost son my love."

    We also have information as to why Asia did not have Jimmy sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in return for paying $380k. Fact is, she couldn't, because in California confidentiality agreements are not enforceable when they involve allegations of child sex acts ... even if the victim is now an adult.

    Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out at Argento, saying it was the height of hypocrisy for her to secretly cut a deal involving her own alleged sexual misconduct at the same time she was going after his client. She settled her case with Jimmy in April.

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is now investigating and will be reaching out to Jimmy.
     
    https://images.tmz.com/2018/08/20/0820-asia-argento-jimmy-bennet-insta-3.jpg

    Replies: @D. K., @Bill Jones, @passive-aggressivist

    , @Prester John
    @Steve Sailer

    Wonder what Harvey has on his friends, former POTUS Slick and Madame.

  78. @Logan
    @Anon

    You mean front holes.

    Transphobe!

    Replies: @tyrone

    Funny that, black dudes have been calling their girlfriends “holes ” for years……life support systems for sex organs I suppose.

    • Replies: @black sea
    @tyrone


    Funny that, black dudes have been calling their girlfriends “holes ” for years
     
    Courtney Love was way ahead of the curve on this one as well.
  79. @Daniel H
    @Steve Sailer

    I googled Cal State Channel Islands. Beautiful setting, looks to be a beautiful campus, but here is the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry:

    >>California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI, CSU Channel Islands, known informally as CI) is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving Institution <<

    Hispanic serving institution. Good grief.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Benjaminl

    “Hispanic serving institution. Good grief.”

    Don’t knock it until you’ve tried em. Some of my best meals have been Hispanics. Baked, boiled or fried, I like em all.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  80. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    You think Harvey Weinstein collects secrets about people who might cross him?

    Replies: @backup, @MEH 0910, @Prester John

    A rhetorical question, off course. I think it’s telling that the NYT was informed via an encrypted email from an unknown source. Couldn’t that point to an anonymous remailer?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/us/asia-argento-assault-jimmy-bennett.html

    The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they've dug up on John Podhoretz?

    Replies: @backup, @backup, @Anon, @Lot

  81. @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    A rhetorical question, off course. I think it's telling that the NYT was informed via an encrypted email from an unknown source. Couldn't that point to an anonymous remailer?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/us/asia-argento-assault-jimmy-bennett.html


    The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they’ve dug up on John Podhoretz?

    • Replies: @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    Somehow I think actresses are far more likely to yield some "surprises" than John Podhoretz. Which is by no means based on my knowing anything about John Podhoretz.

    , @backup
    @Steve Sailer

    Another point to consider: How much would the actual case Jimmy Bennet, or rather Jimmy Bennet's lawyer team, made against Asia Argentino be caused by persuasion of such a team? If I read it correctly the case came about after the whole Weinstein thing became public.

    She must have been extra commited to pay this off, with the #Metoo movement getting such air play. Bennet's lawyers must have known this.

    , @Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide. All the major publications put those up around the same time during the Wikipedia leaks boom.

    I'm not sure if that is what the Argento leaker used, but if so it would not take any technical skills to use it. Otherwise, anonymous email is hard. You used to be able to open online email accounts at places like Yandex via Tor Browser Bundle, but I don't think any email providers allow that these days.

    Replies: @jim jones, @MEH 0910

    , @Lot
    @Steve Sailer

    After the 80th teary-eyed interview with pizza/sub deliverymen, the ex-Mossad private dick, I mean "Corporate Intelligence Specialist," asked to be taken off the JPod assignment.

  82. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here's Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Relaxin' at Camarillo" named after his 1946 stay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F22y1pHsCdo

    Replies: @trelane, @Daniel H, @Captain Willard, @Ganderson

    Damn! I was hoping for Frank Zappa’s “Camarillo Brillo”. I thought it would be more appropriate for this thread.

    • Replies: @backup
    @Captain Willard

    I was born to have adventure
    so I followed her up the steps

  83. Cal State Channel Islands:

    64% percent of the student population is female

    50% of students identify as Hispanic/Latina/o American

    Mis carmelitas!

  84. @Daniel H
    A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is "married" to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Anon, @The Wild Geese Howard, @pyrrhus, @Brutusale

    Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Are those dogs pibbles?

    We need to know. If they are ill-tempered rescue mutts this may be the most Current Year story of 2018!

  85. “they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.””

    The whole world is going bukkake.

  86. • LOL: Andrei Martyanov
  87. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    The 70s weren’t that strange. They fit on a continuum with the surrounding decades. They were the decade in which some of the counter-culture ideas and mores of the 60s became the mainstream culture and mores of the 80s.

  88. Beowulf was on TV the other night. Have they improved CGI that much since then?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anon

    Zemeckis got into motion capture CGI too early for his own good.

    Replies: @Anon

  89. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they've dug up on John Podhoretz?

    Replies: @backup, @backup, @Anon, @Lot

    Somehow I think actresses are far more likely to yield some “surprises” than John Podhoretz. Which is by no means based on my knowing anything about John Podhoretz.

  90. @Steve Sailer
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    This whole Argento story over a couple of generations is evidence for my reform of replacing child actors with CGI.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    This whole Argento story over a couple of generations is evidence for my reform of replacing child actors with CGI.

    Or maybe just not making the kind of movies that Dario Argento makes.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  91. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they've dug up on John Podhoretz?

    Replies: @backup, @backup, @Anon, @Lot

    Another point to consider: How much would the actual case Jimmy Bennet, or rather Jimmy Bennet’s lawyer team, made against Asia Argentino be caused by persuasion of such a team? If I read it correctly the case came about after the whole Weinstein thing became public.

    She must have been extra commited to pay this off, with the #Metoo movement getting such air play. Bennet’s lawyers must have known this.

  92. keuril says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Anon


    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665″

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.
     
    Yes, I've been running into this as Daughter C has starting looking at colleges.

    What they mean to convey is the range of SAT scores from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile of those admitted to the college, i.e. the range of scores of the middle 50% of those admitted. This is actually a very useful bit of information to have, but it's hard to name it in a catchy, concise way, so it gets shortened to something that doesn't sound quite right.

    BTW, CSCI's info is out of date, because they're obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It's been back to 1600 for a while now.

    Replies: @keuril, @Anon, @Mr. Rational

    BTW, CSCI’s info is out of date, because they’re obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It’s been back to 1600 for a while now.

    Yes, but at a glance the scores look really good because they are close to what a good school would have on the 1600 scale (minus the extra 65 points).

  93. @Dumbo
    The "dog lover" description scared me now. "They" may mean it in the literal sense.

    Replies: @John Mansfield

    I’d say the ambiguity is intentional on the part of someone who is really into sexual confoundment. “Dog lover? Oh yes, lots of people really like dogs.” “Not the way I do.” “What do you mean?” “As if someone as boringly ordinary as you could understand.”

    A car we saw had a bumper sticker “I like my dog more than I like you,” which many a misanthrope would be on board with, but in this case paired with another proclaiming “I kiss my dog on the mouth.” I asked my family what they thought the driver was trying to communicate. My son suggested, “I have a dogfriend.”

  94. @Alec Leamas
    @Anon87


    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps
     
    I think we're making a big mistake if we presume that the purpose of the left's nuttiness is to explain some heretofore undiscovered realities (in which case they're merely severely mistaken) rather than for its vanguard to create "revolutionary truths" which are patently absurd but which they can impose upon the minds of the public as a form of humiliation and corruption. It's important for them to colonize your mind and to consistently demonstrate their immense power to force conformity - the more absurd the proposition they can force the ordinary man to repeat, the more demonstrable their power. You're mistaking these things as political positions rather than tools. As tools they're indispensable.

    All of which is to say that there may be some strategic retreat if the Democrats experience another embarrassing and unforeseen electoral defeat (i.e. GOP makes gains in the House in 2018 and does significantly better than expected in the Senate), but in such a case it'll be an insincere cross-dressing operation. The Democrats lost in 2004, sought to appeal to "values voters" in 2006 by running "blue dogs," the "blue dogs" got elected in 2006 and 2008, and by 2010 passed a law requiring that nuns dispense contraception. They're only ever going to pretend to hold their left flank in check - they fundamentally don't disagree with the ends, only the pace of acceleration.

    Replies: @Dumbo, @Mr. Rational, @RonaldB

  95. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    No, those were saner times. For starters, nude Playboy models didn’t shave their private parts in that era. Is there anything more off-putting than a bald female pubis?

    • Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings
    @BB753

    1000% agree. Manicured bush is weird. It's peodo-like. 70s-mid80s was the golden age of playmates. No fake tits either.

    , @Forbes
    @BB753

    A bald female pubis is indicative of a pre-pubescent female, which shouldn't be stimulative of desire--it should be, shall we say, deflating--a warning even, not to venture. Secondary sex characteristics, such as pubic hair, are indicative of maturity, and stimulative of natural and normal desire.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @backup

  96. @Anon
    Beowulf was on TV the other night. Have they improved CGI that much since then?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Zemeckis got into motion capture CGI too early for his own good.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    The genius of James Cameron was to use it with non-human characters to avoid the uncanny valley problem. Humans have a hundred thousand years worth of brain evolution just for facial recognition. Recognizing oh-so-subtle changes in faces and intuiting thoughts and feelings therefrom is what finally allowed humans to split off from their common ancestor with the chimpanzees. So CGI of humans that crosses that last 0.01 percent of convincability may not come for quite a while. It may have to wait for some sort of self-learning AI system.

  97. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Well, at the very least, they is guilty.

  98. Anon[394] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Anon


    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665″

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.
     
    Yes, I've been running into this as Daughter C has starting looking at colleges.

    What they mean to convey is the range of SAT scores from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile of those admitted to the college, i.e. the range of scores of the middle 50% of those admitted. This is actually a very useful bit of information to have, but it's hard to name it in a catchy, concise way, so it gets shortened to something that doesn't sound quite right.

    BTW, CSCI's info is out of date, because they're obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It's been back to 1600 for a while now.

    Replies: @keuril, @Anon, @Mr. Rational

    This page for the University of Texas at Austin School of Law does that:

    https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/quick-facts/

    Grades and Scores for Fall 2017 Incoming Class

    LSAT Median: 167
    LSAT Middle 50%: 161–168
    GPA Median: 3.71
    GPA Middle 50%: 3.49–3.84

    The median (and I think that they mean arithmetic mean or average here, not median) is 167, but the middle 50 percent is between 161 to 168.

    That can only mean that law schools admit a really tight range of LSAT scorers for their standard admissions, maybe middle 50 of 166 to 168 and middle 80 of, oh, 162 to 172.

    But because that 161–168 produces such a lopsided curve, there must be a second Bell curve of holistic admittees. Who knows where they peak. Minorities are 28 percent, so with a few La Griffe du Lion style assumptions and a standard distribution calculator or some Gaussian alagebra skills you could probably figure it out.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Anon

    I was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, in early 1982, for its two-year (c. 26-27 months) J.D. program. (A few days before I was to leave for Austin, my former Major Professor from Purdue called me and told me that he had arranged for me to return to Purdue, that summer, to complete my M.S. by merely taking two more classes, rather than trying to do a thesis, after he and three other members of my master's committee all had bolted for other institutions. Not wanting to waste my previous graduate work, I foolishly took him up on his and Purdue's offer for a non-thesis master's degree, and headed back to West Lafayette, that weekend, instead of off to Austin, as I had previously planned.)

    At that time, UT's School of Law was about the tenth best law school in the country, private or public, according to the Barron's Guide. As I recall, however, about 90% of its first-year admissions spots were reserved for legal residents of the Lone Star State. The competition for the remaining ten percent of spots was quite stiff for us out-of-staters. One had to apply either for the regular three-year J.D. program, or instead for the two-year J.D. program, with an admissions offer only being good for the program for which you had applied. The out-of-state candidates chosen for such an highly rated, as well as exceptionally cheap, law school would have made the average LSAT scores and GPAs for that ten percent of UT's entering law-school students much higher than for the 90% of its in-staters.

    Texas was the best law school to which I was admitted, although I was wait-listed at Northwestern and Cornell, inter alia. (My biggest disappointment was being rejected by Michigan, despite having an LSAT score and GPAs, as both an undergraduate and graduate student, that gave me about an 80% chance of admission, according to the up-to-date Barron's Guide that I used to pick law schools to apply for entry. My eldest brother, who was a GM trial lawyer, back then, said that UM was under pressure to accept more in-state students, and thus fewer out-of-state students, for its law school.) So, I ended up at Washington, in Seattle, which started in late September, as I waited futilely to see if I got off of anyone else's wait list, by late August. At the time, UW was rated somewhere between 20-25, according to the Barron's Guide. My aforementioned Major Professor had left Purdue, the previous summer, for the Battelle Memorial Institute, located near UW, and had raved about Seattle as a place to live, which is why I had added it to my list as a relatively safe school.

    At the end of the day, I greatly regret having gone to law school or graduate business school-- let alone both! So, I really have little reason to whine about going to UW rather than to either UT or UM.

    Replies: @Anon

  99. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    “Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.”

    Here’s what the vast numbers of normies/the mushy middle do with such articles and suggestions–laugh and take NO heed to their “advice”.

  100. @Daniel H
    A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is "married" to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Anon, @The Wild Geese Howard, @pyrrhus, @Brutusale

    And Bethany, whose IQ and writing skills are minimal, is an Assistant Professor….

  101. Anon[394] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they've dug up on John Podhoretz?

    Replies: @backup, @backup, @Anon, @Lot

    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide. All the major publications put those up around the same time during the Wikipedia leaks boom.

    I’m not sure if that is what the Argento leaker used, but if so it would not take any technical skills to use it. Otherwise, anonymous email is hard. You used to be able to open online email accounts at places like Yandex via Tor Browser Bundle, but I don’t think any email providers allow that these days.

    • Replies: @jim jones
    @Anon

    ProtonMail is pretty good:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProtonMail

    Replies: @Anon

    , @MEH 0910
    @Anon


    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide.
     
    Aaron Swartz's ex-girlfriend was Quinn Norton, who later was hired and fired as a tech writer by the New York Times.

    Nothing is Pure. Everything is Complicated.

    People have a strange vision of me. I’m going to set a few things straight real quick.

    I was an anarchist pacifist two years ago, I was an anarchist pacifist two months ago, I’m an anarchist pacifist right now, and I probably will be one until I go to my grave. I didn’t get fired for what I believe or what I’ve done, because none of that ever really came up. I got fired because of the language I used when I was working with Anonymous in 2011-12, and because I believe in engaging with racists instead of shunning them. On a personal level, my friends can tell you, it’s not just racism. I’m not an easy friend. I confront a lot of difficult topics head on, and I can be in turns comforting and challenging. If I am worried you are going to far with drugs or alcohol, I will tell you. If I think your relationship is fucked up, you’ll understand why I think that. If I think the road you are going down leads to dark ruin, a wasted life, and only makes the people who ruined you more powerful, well, weev, you know that’s what I think.

    I don’t give up on people. I have in the past. I told my dad he was a failure as a father in a mall in Northern California, and the next time I saw him, I was identifying his body. I told Aaron we needed to be apart, and when I could have warned people that he would try to kill himself I was 6000 miles away. I have lost so many people, and I will lose more, but it will never again be because I didn’t try. And that’s true of this whole damn world. We may lose it, but not because I didn’t try.
     

    Quinn Norton by her own description sounds like a messed-up person, physically and mentally:

    A Few Things That Are True About Me

    I was born in 1973, to a pair of messed up kids. My mom and dad were both addicts, my mom having been abused from a young age, and my dad getting hooked during Vietnam.

    I was raised between LA and Phoenix, and the backside of racetracks when I was very young.

    I was put in Special Education in the third grade. After that, I was thrown out of or conveniently transferred from several schools, including my high school, where I’d been raped and wouldn’t shut up about it. I was never admitted to a university, though I attended Orange Coast Community College for two and a half years — a real turning point in my life, and my first several jobs in tech. I also worked on safer sex/AIDS prevention awareness. I devoted my free time to PRIDE, the LGBTetc. club at my school and educating people about the internet, and devoted most of my work and class time to the Marine Science department and the library. But I had to leave, because I badly needed health insurance. I was chronically ill, with an early-onset digestive disease, a joint disease, migraines, and mental illness.

    I didn’t manage to get insurance.

    After floating around for a few years, I started doing stand-up comedy in Oregon, and then teaching at a charter school middle and high school-aged children. I left both of those to become a system administrator, and got my first insurance. That lasted a year. I got a lot of treatment, and learned what I could about controlling my conditions. (I am diagnosed with MDD and PTSD, both cognitively managed, after failing to get help from pharmaceuticals. I manage fairly well these days.)

    I went to Europe the first time after that, and became involved with a Londoner, who introduced me to the man who became my first husband. Back in the US I’d gone to the Bay Area, and met another man, a sysadmin at Netscape, and moved in with him. Eventually the three of us moved together as a MFM triad, and lived together for 6 years. I became a blogger, burned out of tech a second time, and then two years later, became a mother.

    I began writing again when my daughter was two, and transitioned into journalism. When she was three, my relationships ended. I started a new relationship, which was on an off for 3-4 years, but ended tragically. There’s been plenty of ink spilled about that already. During this time I still struggled with my health, and was diagnosed with a progressive and painful spinal condition that curtailed my ability to work and move easily, but I worked when I could. I have remained a freelance writer for twelve years, most of that time working for Wired and then Medium. I transitioned to Patreon in the last few years. In 2016, I moved to Luxembourg to be with my partner of five years as of 2018.

    In 2018 so far, the New York Times hired and fired me, and I’ve been scheduled for extensive spinal surgery in three days with good odds of fixing the disabling condition I’ve lived with for more then 12 years. It’s been a complicated few weeks.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Forbes

  102. Anon[394] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @Anon

    Zemeckis got into motion capture CGI too early for his own good.

    Replies: @Anon

    The genius of James Cameron was to use it with non-human characters to avoid the uncanny valley problem. Humans have a hundred thousand years worth of brain evolution just for facial recognition. Recognizing oh-so-subtle changes in faces and intuiting thoughts and feelings therefrom is what finally allowed humans to split off from their common ancestor with the chimpanzees. So CGI of humans that crosses that last 0.01 percent of convincability may not come for quite a while. It may have to wait for some sort of self-learning AI system.

  103. Anonymous[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mitchell Porter
    @Mr. Blank

    @Mr. Blank Please try to say something specific (even better, comprehensive) about what the craziness of the 1970s was. Distill what you read in those Playboys, into a description of that vanished time. What was on their minds, what did they think life was about, etc.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I can’t claim to have lived through it or had access to those particular Playboys, but in my understanding some of the more ridiculous antics from the 70s include:

    – How people wore their hair being the political statement of the utmost importance

    – Radical leftist and/or cult and/or embezzlement groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army, M.O.V.E., and Peoples’ Temple being taken somewhat seriously, at least by some people, at least for a while. In fact, this is probably the most direct parallel to the Sarah Jeong phenomenon of today – the most shallow, self-promoting, grifting climbers could achieve a high level of success or fame, temporarily, just by being the right shade and mouthing the right nonsense. If the original commenter’s prediction is true, then we’ll look back on Sarah Jeong and Bethany Coston in the same way that people look back on Sin-Q and Jim Jones – how could people have been so dumb to fall for that?

    – Cultural fads came and went in the blink of an eye. Fondue. Have a Nice Day stickers. Pet Rocks (or was that the 80s? Even if it was, it was in the spirit of the 70s). Even Disco only lasted for a few years but had radio stations changing their entire format in a desperate attempt to stay hot. Say what you will about the shallow fads of today, but at least they hang around for the better part of a decade or more. If Facebook came about in the 70s everyone would have gotten on it one summer then forgotten about it the next.

    A counterpoint would be that as much as there was all of this ridiculous stuff, at least the 70s also produced all of the great Classic Rock, and Funk, and the beginning of Rap, and ground breaking movies like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and many of the Woody Allen flicks.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
    @Anonymous


    the 70s also produced all of the great Classic Rock, and Funk, and the beginning of Rap, and ground breaking movies like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and many of the Woody Allen flicks.
     
    We must differ there. The 70s was pretty much a cinematic wasteland. Lots of pretentious nonsense from self-important self-indulgent talentless movie-makers like Coppola, Scorcese, Altman, Lumet, Penn. The decline of American cinema began in a major way in 1967 with BONNIE AND CLYDE and became precipitous in the 70s. This was the era of the New American Cinema and it was ghastly.

    It was also the beginning of airhead actors and movie people taking themselves seriously and being taken seriously.
  104. they’ll also be using the more inclusive term “front hole.”

    The worship of Baal Peor is becoming more and more obvious and public: Baal Peor translates to “lord of the open hole.” For those of you who read their bibles, this is how Baalam and Moab seduced the Israelites in the wilderness to turn away from Jehovah; who promptly sent a plague upon the Israelites.

  105. I actually scanned this article because I’m a masochist. The most striking feature is how the writer is assigning guilt to Kimmel along with all the other MeToo perps, but it appears there was absolutely no sexual relationship between them (for obvious reasons). They are expanding the window…

    I also like how this writer and the subject of one of Steve’s other recent posts are both sociologists. I can’t help but recall Joe Sobran’s definition of a bigot: someone who practices sociology without a license.

    Bigot seems like too strong of a word. Maybe, instead, we should use the word “noticer.”

  106. @tyrone
    @Logan

    Funny that, black dudes have been calling their girlfriends "holes " for years……life support systems for sex organs I suppose.

    Replies: @black sea

    Funny that, black dudes have been calling their girlfriends “holes ” for years

    Courtney Love was way ahead of the curve on this one as well.

  107. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    You think Harvey Weinstein collects secrets about people who might cross him?

    Replies: @backup, @MEH 0910, @Prester John

    ASIA ARGENTO, JIMMY BENNETT Smoking Gun Photo … SHOWS POST-SEX BLISS

    A 37-year-old Asia Argento snuggled with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett on a bed, shirtless, their foreheads pressed together, her arm over his as they lay with satisfied smiles … that is the photo that Asia paid $380,000 for — a photo TMZ has now seen.

    The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Our sources say the selfie was shot by Jimmy after the 2 had sex. Jimmy claimed Asia liquored him up, began kissing him, pushed him onto the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse … this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

    The photo is not overtly sexual, however a casual observer would clearly conclude it looks like a post-sex pic as the 2 faintly smiled while they lay on a shared pillow.

    Asia — who is one of the first alleged victims to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her — has not been reachable since the recent story broke. What’s interesting … she still has up the Instagram pictures of her at the Ritz-Carlton that day … saying in one photo, “Waiting for my long lost son my love.”

    We also have information as to why Asia did not have Jimmy sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in return for paying $380k. Fact is, she couldn’t, because in California confidentiality agreements are not enforceable when they involve allegations of child sex acts … even if the victim is now an adult.

    Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out at Argento, saying it was the height of hypocrisy for her to secretly cut a deal involving her own alleged sexual misconduct at the same time she was going after his client. She settled her case with Jimmy in April.

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is now investigating and will be reaching out to Jimmy.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @MEH 0910

    Pardon me, if I am neither shocked nor enraged at the possibility that a 37-year-old actress and a 17-year-old actor might have engaged in otherwise-consensual sex, in our most populous state, which maintains an age of sexual consent of 18, which could thereby render her a statutory rapist (unlike, say, Academy Award-winning film director Roman Polanski, who forcibly raped an adolescent girl, in California, in the 1970s, after his illicitly plying her with illicit, mind-altering drugs failed to elicit the "consent" he had been seeking from her adolescent brain).

    What percentage of California's adult population who had celebrated their 18th birthdays there had yet to have otherwise-consensual sexual relations there, prior to their reaching that legal age of sexual consent? What percentage of 18-year-olds from, say, California's Hispanic plurality had yet to have otherwise-consensual sexual relations, there in their state of residence, before hitting that legal age of sexual consent?

    If Asia Argento had otherwise-consensual sex with a 17-year-old actor, in a state with a dubiously high age of sexual consent, that is nothing like the activity allegedly engaged in by Harvey Weinstein, with her and countless other accusers. The fact that she might have found it prudent, under her recent circumstances, to give into the legally dubious request for a vast sum of hush money from her former film-industry colleague does not change the fact that what she now is accused of is nothing like the sexual-misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein, to date.

    , @Bill Jones
    @MEH 0910

    The age of consent in the UK is 16. Half a century and more ago when I was 16 my then 15 year old girlfriend (and possessor of the biggest tits this side of the Urals) suddenly announced one evening
    " Let's get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it" and jumped all over me, so I guess I'm a child rapist.

    Don't most States have, if not a law, at least an understanding that foregoes prosecution if the two involved are within two or three years of age?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @passive-aggressivist
    @MEH 0910

    I did NOT expect to see a Dio Holy Diver shirt make an appearance on this blog, especially in this context. haha

    By the way, absolutely picking up some of teh gay face. Could explain why this is somehow being called "sexual assault" (lol) all of a sudden, or maybe all boy actors just skew that way.

  108. @Dave Pinsen
    You’d have to be a real back hole to replace “vagina” with “front hole”.

    Replies: @Fluesterwitz

    Indeed. Especially as “front hole” introduces the ambiguity which “front hole” is referenced.
    This is almost beyond parody.

  109. @Puremania
    Ok, you know how sometimes you find something funny, but your friend doesn't, and they're annoyed, and then you find their annoyance even funnier, and then they're offended and angry, but you find this completely hilarious, and you're trapped, splitting your sides but also aware that you're destroying the relationship, but you Just. Can't. Stop. Laughing?
    So, years ago, I was with this leftish radical writer guy who told me that he had recently had this embarrassing episode: he was wearing a T shirt from some Women's Health Collective, which had some East Asian character/symbol that he, and the WHC, believed said "female". He wandered into a pickup basketball game with some guys who spoke this language, and who kept smiling at him like, a lot. Finally one of them took him aside and said, "Your shirt, man!"
    "What about it?"
    "It says 'hole between a women's legs'."
    He told me this solemnly, and the harder I laughed, the more he insisted it wasn't funny.
    I really hope none of you are laughing at "front hole".
    Signed,
    Incontinentia Buttocks

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Yeah, well, two can play at that game. From Little Joke in Big China:

    We were walking on a bridge across the river in a suburb of Canton in old Cathay (“Guangzhou in China”, for you ‘tards out there living kick-ass lives) one sunny hot-as-blazes afternoon. Oh, crap, now another aside is necessary [see, the Chinese have learned English in school since the early 1980’s from personal accounts. That, however, is like our few years of French or Spanish – it just gets you through school, but secondly, languages are a real use-it-or-lose-it type of knowledge. So, the average Chinaman, especially over 40 y/o or so will not actually know a lick of English.].

    There are THOUSANDS of people around in any public space in China, and that’s how it was on the sidewalk of this bridge. Here came a 40-50 year-old (who knows, right?) Chinaman alongside his middle-aged wife, wearing a t-shirt in English that said “What I really need right now is a beer, some coke, and a fucking blow job”. “Hey! Did you seen that guy’s shirt?”, I asked the young lady I was with. Her English was good, but not good enough, and it was just too crowded to go back there for a picture. Rats! I’d have put it all over the net, in the hopes that the perpetrators of this cruel, funny-as-all-hell joke could feel some real pride in accomplishment. Kudos, guys!

  110. I read one of Kimmel’s books in high school (Angry White Men) and came away with the impression that the author was once severely bullied by jocks and is now getting back at them using passive aggressive academic language

  111. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    Nope, you’re wrong, it ain’t ever gonna end, unless it’s in war. This is all driven by immigration, by race, biology. Racial hatred of whites and the desire to exploit them is the only thing holding the left together, they CAN’T give it up. Blacks and Central Americans are biologically incapable of building an advance nation, they admit that when they vote with their feet. They’ll always need a scapegoat, and, for as long as it lasts, a crutch. In South Africa, where farm confiscation has begun, blacks still have to cling to the myth that the small percentage of the population who are white are somehow cheating them out of accomplishment because the alternative is to frankly acknowledge their limitations. Ain’t gonna happen. They’ll go the Zimbabwe route to destruction before they give up their ego bubble.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  112. @Anon
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    This page for the University of Texas at Austin School of Law does that:

    https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/quick-facts/


    Grades and Scores for Fall 2017 Incoming Class

    LSAT Median: 167
    LSAT Middle 50%: 161–168
    GPA Median: 3.71
    GPA Middle 50%: 3.49–3.84
     
    The median (and I think that they mean arithmetic mean or average here, not median) is 167, but the middle 50 percent is between 161 to 168.

    That can only mean that law schools admit a really tight range of LSAT scorers for their standard admissions, maybe middle 50 of 166 to 168 and middle 80 of, oh, 162 to 172.

    But because that 161–168 produces such a lopsided curve, there must be a second Bell curve of holistic admittees. Who knows where they peak. Minorities are 28 percent, so with a few La Griffe du Lion style assumptions and a standard distribution calculator or some Gaussian alagebra skills you could probably figure it out.

    Replies: @D. K.

    I was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, in early 1982, for its two-year (c. 26-27 months) J.D. program. (A few days before I was to leave for Austin, my former Major Professor from Purdue called me and told me that he had arranged for me to return to Purdue, that summer, to complete my M.S. by merely taking two more classes, rather than trying to do a thesis, after he and three other members of my master’s committee all had bolted for other institutions. Not wanting to waste my previous graduate work, I foolishly took him up on his and Purdue’s offer for a non-thesis master’s degree, and headed back to West Lafayette, that weekend, instead of off to Austin, as I had previously planned.)

    At that time, UT’s School of Law was about the tenth best law school in the country, private or public, according to the Barron’s Guide. As I recall, however, about 90% of its first-year admissions spots were reserved for legal residents of the Lone Star State. The competition for the remaining ten percent of spots was quite stiff for us out-of-staters. One had to apply either for the regular three-year J.D. program, or instead for the two-year J.D. program, with an admissions offer only being good for the program for which you had applied. The out-of-state candidates chosen for such an highly rated, as well as exceptionally cheap, law school would have made the average LSAT scores and GPAs for that ten percent of UT’s entering law-school students much higher than for the 90% of its in-staters.

    Texas was the best law school to which I was admitted, although I was wait-listed at Northwestern and Cornell, inter alia. (My biggest disappointment was being rejected by Michigan, despite having an LSAT score and GPAs, as both an undergraduate and graduate student, that gave me about an 80% chance of admission, according to the up-to-date Barron’s Guide that I used to pick law schools to apply for entry. My eldest brother, who was a GM trial lawyer, back then, said that UM was under pressure to accept more in-state students, and thus fewer out-of-state students, for its law school.) So, I ended up at Washington, in Seattle, which started in late September, as I waited futilely to see if I got off of anyone else’s wait list, by late August. At the time, UW was rated somewhere between 20-25, according to the Barron’s Guide. My aforementioned Major Professor had left Purdue, the previous summer, for the Battelle Memorial Institute, located near UW, and had raved about Seattle as a place to live, which is why I had added it to my list as a relatively safe school.

    At the end of the day, I greatly regret having gone to law school or graduate business school– let alone both! So, I really have little reason to whine about going to UW rather than to either UT or UM.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @D. K.

    I'm Boalt Hall '82. I only applied there and UCLA, where I was an undergraduate. I wanted a change of scenery and a chance to see punk concerts at the Cow Palace, so I went up north. I lived in Oakland, and boy, what a shithole city. My apartment building almost burned down. I had a gun pulled on me riding BART. I asked an undergrad out, and she accepted and we saw Elephant Man, and then I took her somewhere and all she could talk about was how she wasn't sure if she was bi or lesbian. I consoled myself playing Battlezone, which the law school had just added to the pinball room.

    Replies: @D. K.

  113. @Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide. All the major publications put those up around the same time during the Wikipedia leaks boom.

    I'm not sure if that is what the Argento leaker used, but if so it would not take any technical skills to use it. Otherwise, anonymous email is hard. You used to be able to open online email accounts at places like Yandex via Tor Browser Bundle, but I don't think any email providers allow that these days.

    Replies: @jim jones, @MEH 0910

    ProtonMail is pretty good:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProtonMail

    • Replies: @Anon
    @jim jones

    Using the Tor browser and a webmail service that doesn't block Tor exits doesn't require that you trust anybody.

    If understand it correctly, Proton Mail, requires that you trust a couple of guys in Switzerland, and hope that there is no such thing as a national security letter equivalent there.

  114. @eah
    OT

    https://twitter.com/LauritzVonG/status/1031486709337341952

    Replies: @27 year old

    Whites hardest hit

    • Replies: @eah
    @27 year old

    https://twitter.com/westland_will/status/1028395246483206144

  115. @anon
    OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don't know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry. I am from Arkansas and several of my ancestors were in the Confederate army. Being from the South isn't the be all and end all of my identity, but it ain't nothin' either. It's the people I came from and the stories I have to tell and I like it.
    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people. When the stelae at Athens were vandalized the people of Athens were angry enough to want to kill the perpetrators.
    The message of this vandalism and its meek acceptance by the authorities is clear. The message is that people like me are garbage, have no rights, must keep our mouths shut, and are subject to physical attack if we open our mouths. When you threaten my right to think and speak, when you threaten my right to talk out loud about my family and history, you threaten my life.

    I know their are millions of people in the South who must be feeling quiet outrage about this insolent and cowardly desruction of our right to have pride in our history.
    The worst outrage is that in a free and democratic country we have absolutely no right to speak, be heard, and have our majority vote determine public policy. Does anyone think that a majority of people in North Carolina want these monuments vandalized by a skulking mob of cowards?
    The longer this goes on with NO VOICE for people who don't like it, the more violent will be the response when it comes.

    Replies: @Mr. Blank, @Daniel H, @ben tillman

    There is a point at which symbolic gestures such as vandalizing and destroying graves and monuments are as serious as acts of violence against people.

    Erasing our past is part and parcel of their project to erase our future.

  116. @Neoconned
    @Anon

    I hate when "molested" teen boys make a big deal out of scoring got older women.

    I dated a women when I was in my early 20s who was in her late 30s and I fellnin love w her.

    Asia's hot.....whay a waste

    Replies: @27 year old, @Anon

    Yeah but if you can bang a hot older woman and walk away with 350k why not do it?

    Alpha move

  117. “Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies”

    To think that they actually pay people to do this stuff!

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  118. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    You think Harvey Weinstein collects secrets about people who might cross him?

    Replies: @backup, @MEH 0910, @Prester John

    Wonder what Harvey has on his friends, former POTUS Slick and Madame.

  119. Anonymous[410] • Disclaimer says:
    @PennTothal
    In other World War T news:

    Frontier airlines pilot is suspended indefinitely for making comments on a parents online chat about a child with male genitalia persistently using the girls bathroom at his children's school:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/frontier-airlines-pilot-transgender-student-suspended-threat/

    Ponder the depth of american corporate degeneracy. A private online comment, not made while on-the-job, espousing a very reasonable view concerning the safety of 12-year-old girls at his child's school. This, in today's America, brings down corporate wrath and makes him unemployable as a pilot.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Forbes

    While I am the first to condemn corporate PC censorship, the linked article says that the pilot made threats to harm against the kid, so this -might- go beyond mere badthink into something that is actually troubling behavior in a pilot. Note I said might, because we clearly don’t have the full story.

  120. @Anon87
    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Alec Leamas, @Mr. Blank, @Almost Missouri, @The preferred nomenclature is...

    But remember if you were against Homosexual “marriage” and said they would never stop there the Goldberg’s of the world called you a bigot and said HM was conservative.

  121. @Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide. All the major publications put those up around the same time during the Wikipedia leaks boom.

    I'm not sure if that is what the Argento leaker used, but if so it would not take any technical skills to use it. Otherwise, anonymous email is hard. You used to be able to open online email accounts at places like Yandex via Tor Browser Bundle, but I don't think any email providers allow that these days.

    Replies: @jim jones, @MEH 0910

    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide.

    Aaron Swartz’s ex-girlfriend was Quinn Norton, who later was hired and fired as a tech writer by the New York Times.

    Nothing is Pure. Everything is Complicated.

    People have a strange vision of me. I’m going to set a few things straight real quick.

    I was an anarchist pacifist two years ago, I was an anarchist pacifist two months ago, I’m an anarchist pacifist right now, and I probably will be one until I go to my grave. I didn’t get fired for what I believe or what I’ve done, because none of that ever really came up. I got fired because of the language I used when I was working with Anonymous in 2011-12, and because I believe in engaging with racists instead of shunning them. On a personal level, my friends can tell you, it’s not just racism. I’m not an easy friend. I confront a lot of difficult topics head on, and I can be in turns comforting and challenging. If I am worried you are going to far with drugs or alcohol, I will tell you. If I think your relationship is fucked up, you’ll understand why I think that. If I think the road you are going down leads to dark ruin, a wasted life, and only makes the people who ruined you more powerful, well, weev, you know that’s what I think.

    I don’t give up on people. I have in the past. I told my dad he was a failure as a father in a mall in Northern California, and the next time I saw him, I was identifying his body. I told Aaron we needed to be apart, and when I could have warned people that he would try to kill himself I was 6000 miles away. I have lost so many people, and I will lose more, but it will never again be because I didn’t try. And that’s true of this whole damn world. We may lose it, but not because I didn’t try.

    Quinn Norton by her own description sounds like a messed-up person, physically and mentally:

    [MORE]

    A Few Things That Are True About Me

    I was born in 1973, to a pair of messed up kids. My mom and dad were both addicts, my mom having been abused from a young age, and my dad getting hooked during Vietnam.

    I was raised between LA and Phoenix, and the backside of racetracks when I was very young.

    I was put in Special Education in the third grade. After that, I was thrown out of or conveniently transferred from several schools, including my high school, where I’d been raped and wouldn’t shut up about it. I was never admitted to a university, though I attended Orange Coast Community College for two and a half years — a real turning point in my life, and my first several jobs in tech. I also worked on safer sex/AIDS prevention awareness. I devoted my free time to PRIDE, the LGBTetc. club at my school and educating people about the internet, and devoted most of my work and class time to the Marine Science department and the library. But I had to leave, because I badly needed health insurance. I was chronically ill, with an early-onset digestive disease, a joint disease, migraines, and mental illness.

    I didn’t manage to get insurance.

    After floating around for a few years, I started doing stand-up comedy in Oregon, and then teaching at a charter school middle and high school-aged children. I left both of those to become a system administrator, and got my first insurance. That lasted a year. I got a lot of treatment, and learned what I could about controlling my conditions. (I am diagnosed with MDD and PTSD, both cognitively managed, after failing to get help from pharmaceuticals. I manage fairly well these days.)

    I went to Europe the first time after that, and became involved with a Londoner, who introduced me to the man who became my first husband. Back in the US I’d gone to the Bay Area, and met another man, a sysadmin at Netscape, and moved in with him. Eventually the three of us moved together as a MFM triad, and lived together for 6 years. I became a blogger, burned out of tech a second time, and then two years later, became a mother.

    I began writing again when my daughter was two, and transitioned into journalism. When she was three, my relationships ended. I started a new relationship, which was on an off for 3-4 years, but ended tragically. There’s been plenty of ink spilled about that already. During this time I still struggled with my health, and was diagnosed with a progressive and painful spinal condition that curtailed my ability to work and move easily, but I worked when I could. I have remained a freelance writer for twelve years, most of that time working for Wired and then Medium. I transitioned to Patreon in the last few years. In 2016, I moved to Luxembourg to be with my partner of five years as of 2018.

    In 2018 so far, the New York Times hired and fired me, and I’ve been scheduled for extensive spinal surgery in three days with good odds of fixing the disabling condition I’ve lived with for more then 12 years. It’s been a complicated few weeks.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @MEH 0910

    Quinn Norton appears to have had enough problems to be a Current Year writer, but she doesn't seem to have the proper attitude toward them: that they are all the fault of cishet white male patriarchy! Instead, she just keeps plugging along, having more problems but not subscribing to appropriate theories of Who Is to Blame.

    , @Forbes
    @MEH 0910

    Quinn Norton's favorite topic appears to be Quinn Norton. Which is not as interesting as she imagines. Boring.

  122. Anon[384] • Disclaimer says:
    @D. K.
    @Anon

    I was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, in early 1982, for its two-year (c. 26-27 months) J.D. program. (A few days before I was to leave for Austin, my former Major Professor from Purdue called me and told me that he had arranged for me to return to Purdue, that summer, to complete my M.S. by merely taking two more classes, rather than trying to do a thesis, after he and three other members of my master's committee all had bolted for other institutions. Not wanting to waste my previous graduate work, I foolishly took him up on his and Purdue's offer for a non-thesis master's degree, and headed back to West Lafayette, that weekend, instead of off to Austin, as I had previously planned.)

    At that time, UT's School of Law was about the tenth best law school in the country, private or public, according to the Barron's Guide. As I recall, however, about 90% of its first-year admissions spots were reserved for legal residents of the Lone Star State. The competition for the remaining ten percent of spots was quite stiff for us out-of-staters. One had to apply either for the regular three-year J.D. program, or instead for the two-year J.D. program, with an admissions offer only being good for the program for which you had applied. The out-of-state candidates chosen for such an highly rated, as well as exceptionally cheap, law school would have made the average LSAT scores and GPAs for that ten percent of UT's entering law-school students much higher than for the 90% of its in-staters.

    Texas was the best law school to which I was admitted, although I was wait-listed at Northwestern and Cornell, inter alia. (My biggest disappointment was being rejected by Michigan, despite having an LSAT score and GPAs, as both an undergraduate and graduate student, that gave me about an 80% chance of admission, according to the up-to-date Barron's Guide that I used to pick law schools to apply for entry. My eldest brother, who was a GM trial lawyer, back then, said that UM was under pressure to accept more in-state students, and thus fewer out-of-state students, for its law school.) So, I ended up at Washington, in Seattle, which started in late September, as I waited futilely to see if I got off of anyone else's wait list, by late August. At the time, UW was rated somewhere between 20-25, according to the Barron's Guide. My aforementioned Major Professor had left Purdue, the previous summer, for the Battelle Memorial Institute, located near UW, and had raved about Seattle as a place to live, which is why I had added it to my list as a relatively safe school.

    At the end of the day, I greatly regret having gone to law school or graduate business school-- let alone both! So, I really have little reason to whine about going to UW rather than to either UT or UM.

    Replies: @Anon

    I’m Boalt Hall ’82. I only applied there and UCLA, where I was an undergraduate. I wanted a change of scenery and a chance to see punk concerts at the Cow Palace, so I went up north. I lived in Oakland, and boy, what a shithole city. My apartment building almost burned down. I had a gun pulled on me riding BART. I asked an undergrad out, and she accepted and we saw Elephant Man, and then I took her somewhere and all she could talk about was how she wasn’t sure if she was bi or lesbian. I consoled myself playing Battlezone, which the law school had just added to the pinball room.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Anon

    If I recall correctly, after all of these years, I was rejected by Boalt Hall, and wait-listed by UCLA and Georgetown. The latter was the decision that really pissed me off, since my credentials should have gotten me in at Georgetown fairly easily, certainly more so than at Michigan, which was rated in the top five, as I recall, whereas Georgetown was a second-tier law school. As it so happened, I received the Georgetown wait-list decision in the mail just minutes before leaving for the NCAA Final in the Super Dome, where Georgetown was playing North Carolina. I still was for Georgetown, but when freshman Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot, I was not nearly as upset as I otherwise would have been, if, say, the game had taken place on Sunday, the night before I received Georgetown's letter.

  123. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Anon


    “Average SAT Score: 1335–1665″

    Pet peeve: An average is a single number, not a range.
     
    Yes, I've been running into this as Daughter C has starting looking at colleges.

    What they mean to convey is the range of SAT scores from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile of those admitted to the college, i.e. the range of scores of the middle 50% of those admitted. This is actually a very useful bit of information to have, but it's hard to name it in a catchy, concise way, so it gets shortened to something that doesn't sound quite right.

    BTW, CSCI's info is out of date, because they're obviously reporting scores from back when the SAT had three sections that added up to 2400. It's been back to 1600 for a while now.

    Replies: @keuril, @Anon, @Mr. Rational

    When the 75th %ile is only 555 points per section, you’re talking a very un-elite group.  1365 would be ~910 on the current scale.  Such “students” should be in klownmunity kollige or adult ed.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mr. Rational

    California has a vast mass of not very bright young people. When Cal State Channel Islands opened in 2002, I don't recall anybody saying: Should we make this into another Cal Poly San Luis Obispo serving good students? It was an interesting test case of a nice campus opening with almost a full physical plant already built and in a desirable region. But it was devoted to serving the not too bright masses, almost without debate.

    I don't recall any California public colleges opened for better students since UC Irvine in the late 1960s and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's transformation around 1970. Private colleges have gone upscale to serve smarter kids, like USC, Chapman, Pepperdine, Pitzer, USD, etc. Affluent white parents who went to California public colleges themselves are now convinced that their children must go to private colleges.

  124. Anonymous[410] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stephen Paul Foster
    @Deckin

    Does the typical American parent about to send their kid off to compile a massive debt for the privilege of attending, now, a typical university have the slightest idea that what awaits is an insane asylum with the lunatics in charge? When you try to talk to most people who haven't any recent experience with a college or university, they just don't believe you.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Universities do an amazing job of hiding a lot of this from parents and even students. Especially from the parents and students who wouldn’t like it. And from alumni.

    One way is by having engineering and business schools with minimal liberal arts requirements, or even their own liberal arts courses (e.g. writing for engineers) so that many of the students don’t even have the chance to encounter these sorts of classes. Then there are all of the slick promotional magazines sent to families and alumni which have endless photos of the campus, the sports teams, the gym, some science-y looking labs, and glowing profiles of successful professors in science, engineering, economics, law, medicine, etc, and all of the bijilions of grants and patents they have. Bethany Bee just never seems to get that full page photo spread.

    Yes, it is just under the surface for anyone who is looking, but most families and students are not looking. They are there to follow some sports teams, party it up inside or outside of Greek life, and make it through their major to get out and get a job.

  125. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Holy shit. Thanks for the warning

  126. @Almost Missouri
    @Anon87

    Do we want them to "put a stop to this insanity"? The sane right is forbidden to influence, so the only correction can come from the left devouring its own until no one remains, or enough Kimmel-types getting mugged by their own lunatic counter-reality that they repent and change their ways.

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Forward!

    Replies: @Anon87, @CJ

    Good point. Maybe a leftist to call it out as a bunch of nonsense, which kicks off the cannibalism. It would be pretty funny if it was a hard core Establishment Dem that does it. Hillary would be a hoot if she re-asseses the landscape and swings more centrist for one last grasp at glory. What she has said in the past never matters (for example, on illegal immigration), just the current quest for power. The Dems in power rally around her in fear of the party spiraling apart, which just makes it spin out of control even faster, and big chunks of the party fly apart.

  127. @Daniel H
    A little googling. Bethany (familiarly known as Bee) appears to be a tatted up, male to female tranny who is "married" to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.

    Yawn. No more surprises, what else can they pull out of the hat?

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Anon, @The Wild Geese Howard, @pyrrhus, @Brutusale

    At least post the photo:

    Note the .jpeg is titled “Family”. Poor dogs indeed.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @CJ
    @Brutusale

    Good God they've both got the exposed gums thing. Physiognomy experts, time to step up.

    Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike, @Harry Baldwin

    , @Anon
    @Brutusale

    Poor dogs indeed.


    Which ones? There are four of them.

    , @L Woods
    @Brutusale

    The one on the right could play one of the scarier imaginings of the Joker.

    , @It's All Ball Bearings
    @Brutusale

    I am going to project this photo for my health class when discussing birth control.

    , @Lot
    @Brutusale

    Is that tat a subway map or circuit board diagram?

    , @DFH
    @Brutusale

    Who knew that the soy grimace had extended to women(?)

    , @Alden
    @Brutusale

    Gorgeous legs doncha think? I bet the dogs are barely house broken and beg at the dining table, jump on the counter when their food’s being fixed and poop and pee in the house at least once a week.

    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Brutusale

    I'm okay with these two. Everybody needs somebody to love.

    The one on the right always has to remind the one on the left to shower. The one on the left threw out her back carrying the other one across the threshold. Theys both follow a strict, raw-food diet and agreeably blame each other's dire flatulence on the dogs. Once a year theys get naked and watch a Diane Lane movie together under a flannel blanket covered in fur.

    Theys good people.

  128. @Daniel H
    @anon

    >>OT: Protesters have torn down another Confederate monument, this time of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina. I don’t know how much the rest of America cares about this, but the destruction of Confederate monuments is making me very angry.<<

    For several reasons, not important to your plaint, many southern universities, especially the "flagship" universities, have become very popular with north easterners. The "flagship" universities have always been popular but over the past decade the circumstance of northeast interest has been really heightened. Most assuredly, most of the malcontents are not good, local boys and gals, but outsiders. Fix: do what North Carolina has done (irony) and grant much weighted preference to in-state and affinity high school applicants. My nephews graduated from high school 2018 (New York and Chicago) and word in the hallway was that North Carolina, Chapel Hill was as difficult as the Ivies for out of states. Well, that is good. I say, make it more difficult for out-of-staters.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    make it more difficult for out-of-staters.

    Better yet, make respect for the heritage and culture of the founders a requirement of attendance, no refunds.  It would be great to turn the tables on these CultMarx devotees and simply bounce them off campus and keep their money.  A few cases of that and they’d learn that the sword of conformity cuts both ways.

    Problem is, the administration and most of the faculty probably have the CultMarx infection.

  129. Anon[384] • Disclaimer says:
    @jim jones
    @Anon

    ProtonMail is pretty good:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProtonMail

    Replies: @Anon

    Using the Tor browser and a webmail service that doesn’t block Tor exits doesn’t require that you trust anybody.

    If understand it correctly, Proton Mail, requires that you trust a couple of guys in Switzerland, and hope that there is no such thing as a national security letter equivalent there.

  130. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    I didn’t grow up in the 70s, but my sense is that yeah that was some pessimism, but in general a lot of goofy fun too. Lots of it looks really dumb in hindsight, but pretty harmless. No riots, no tearing down of statues, no hatred for history.

  131. Anon[589] • Disclaimer says:
    @Neoconned
    @Anon

    I hate when "molested" teen boys make a big deal out of scoring got older women.

    I dated a women when I was in my early 20s who was in her late 30s and I fellnin love w her.

    Asia's hot.....whay a waste

    Replies: @27 year old, @Anon

    17 was my last year of high school and first year of college. I honestly do not think I would have been traumatized by sex with an attractive, aggressive woman. And I had enough agency to say no and walk away. I might have asked about a condom.

    I think that, for young men and young women, this trauma stuff is culturally constructed, and the culture has radically changed. So people a couple decades apart in age are like creatures from another planet to each other.

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Anon

    "BINGO!"

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Anon

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    I also think a tort lawyer could talk you into thinking you are traumatized when he explains it could be worth $350,000 to you.

  132. @Captain Willard
    @Steve Sailer

    Damn! I was hoping for Frank Zappa's "Camarillo Brillo". I thought it would be more appropriate for this thread.

    Replies: @backup

    I was born to have adventure
    so I followed her up the steps

  133. It beggars belief that State legislators aren’t besieged by phone calls from constituents demanding that State funding be halted to schools that produce this sort of bullshit.

  134. Anon[312] • Disclaimer says:

    TMZ relates verbatim the contents of several texts between Argento and Bourdain discussing the payoff matter. What likely happened is that a third party, perhaps a family member, came into possession of Bourdain’s phone upon his death, discovering her secret. As executors of his estate, they then obtained the necessary legal documents, perhaps from physical copies he kept around the house, and offered them to Weinstein’s attorney for a hefty pay day. The attorney probably then forwarded them to the Times. Argento may also be lying about the incident. TMZ notes that her public defense contradicts her another statement suggesting the two had a sexual relationship. I expect lots more dirt to come out about Weinstein’s accusers and critics in the run up to his criminal trial. Get the popcorn ready folks. Lots more bombshells incoming. #resettheclock

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Anon

    http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/21/asia-argento-anthony-bourdain-broke-sexual-assault-rape-settlement/

    , @MEH 0910
    @Anon


    Get the popcorn ready folks.

     

    http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/22/asia-argento-17-year-old-boy-in-bed-photo-sex-texts/
  135. @Ibound1
    This entire essay can be distilled into the following direct quote from it: “ I also really believed he’d get me a good job.”

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian

    Ah, clarity. Not that I wish this “male feminist” well, but it would be amusing were this to be pointed out to those in the institution who are charged with investigating this episode. If they chose to ignore this in favor of the unhinged tranny’s feelz being hurt (or whatever), I see a lawsuit, or even better, multiple lawsuits.

  136. @MEH 0910
    @Steve Sailer

    ASIA ARGENTO, JIMMY BENNETT Smoking Gun Photo ... SHOWS POST-SEX BLISS


    A 37-year-old Asia Argento snuggled with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett on a bed, shirtless, their foreheads pressed together, her arm over his as they lay with satisfied smiles ... that is the photo that Asia paid $380,000 for -- a photo TMZ has now seen.

    The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Our sources say the selfie was shot by Jimmy after the 2 had sex. Jimmy claimed Asia liquored him up, began kissing him, pushed him onto the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse ... this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

    The photo is not overtly sexual, however a casual observer would clearly conclude it looks like a post-sex pic as the 2 faintly smiled while they lay on a shared pillow.

    Asia -- who is one of the first alleged victims to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her -- has not been reachable since the recent story broke. What's interesting ... she still has up the Instagram pictures of her at the Ritz-Carlton that day ... saying in one photo, "Waiting for my long lost son my love."

    We also have information as to why Asia did not have Jimmy sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in return for paying $380k. Fact is, she couldn't, because in California confidentiality agreements are not enforceable when they involve allegations of child sex acts ... even if the victim is now an adult.

    Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out at Argento, saying it was the height of hypocrisy for her to secretly cut a deal involving her own alleged sexual misconduct at the same time she was going after his client. She settled her case with Jimmy in April.

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is now investigating and will be reaching out to Jimmy.
     
    https://images.tmz.com/2018/08/20/0820-asia-argento-jimmy-bennet-insta-3.jpg

    Replies: @D. K., @Bill Jones, @passive-aggressivist

    Pardon me, if I am neither shocked nor enraged at the possibility that a 37-year-old actress and a 17-year-old actor might have engaged in otherwise-consensual sex, in our most populous state, which maintains an age of sexual consent of 18, which could thereby render her a statutory rapist (unlike, say, Academy Award-winning film director Roman Polanski, who forcibly raped an adolescent girl, in California, in the 1970s, after his illicitly plying her with illicit, mind-altering drugs failed to elicit the “consent” he had been seeking from her adolescent brain).

    What percentage of California’s adult population who had celebrated their 18th birthdays there had yet to have otherwise-consensual sexual relations there, prior to their reaching that legal age of sexual consent? What percentage of 18-year-olds from, say, California’s Hispanic plurality had yet to have otherwise-consensual sexual relations, there in their state of residence, before hitting that legal age of sexual consent?

    If Asia Argento had otherwise-consensual sex with a 17-year-old actor, in a state with a dubiously high age of sexual consent, that is nothing like the activity allegedly engaged in by Harvey Weinstein, with her and countless other accusers. The fact that she might have found it prudent, under her recent circumstances, to give into the legally dubious request for a vast sum of hush money from her former film-industry colleague does not change the fact that what she now is accused of is nothing like the sexual-misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein, to date.

  137. @Daniel H
    @Steve Sailer

    I googled Cal State Channel Islands. Beautiful setting, looks to be a beautiful campus, but here is the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry:

    >>California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI, CSU Channel Islands, known informally as CI) is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving Institution <<

    Hispanic serving institution. Good grief.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Benjaminl

    I know this won’t be in any way surprising or shocking in the Current Year, but to be a “Hispanic serving institution” is an official designation in federal law that entitles the institution to a special pot of taxpayer money just for that purpose.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic-serving_institution

  138. @Almost Missouri
    @Anon87

    Do we want them to "put a stop to this insanity"? The sane right is forbidden to influence, so the only correction can come from the left devouring its own until no one remains, or enough Kimmel-types getting mugged by their own lunatic counter-reality that they repent and change their ways.

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Forward!

    Replies: @Anon87, @CJ

    I cheer every one of these stories and hope for more.

    Ditto. For a normal person, there is just no downside to these things.

  139. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Good God they’ve both got the exposed gums thing. Physiognomy experts, time to step up.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    @CJ

    It looks like they're wearing dentures over a full set of teeth.

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @CJ

    Thank god they can't reproduce.

  140. Egads. Could you imagine having worked your whole adult life to become a college professor and find yourself looking up from your desk to see them sitting before you each and every day? And to contemplate living that nightmare for the next thirty years?

    • Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings
    @ThreeCranes

    " And to contemplate living that nightmare for the next thirty years?" Teach at Hillsdale or Grove City, or the dozens of authentic Catholic colleges, then. But I get your point. My sister is an administrator at U of Michigan. The whole pronoun preference thing is big over there. I once was quoted by my liberal arts college newspaper (in 1993) as describing a campus "coming out" event as "a Barnum and Bailey freak show" I pissed off some people, but no one confronted me. I can't imagine making the same comment 25 yrs later.

  141. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    The prog-left would never describe it as such (head up their ass), nor admit to a failure (not do it again). That takes modesty and self-awareness which the prog-left lacks. What they possess in spades is hubris.

    As well, the ’70s were a lot of fun–if only because everything wasn’t political. Vietnam and the draft were over, Nixon was out, and Jimmy Carter was the malaise mistake. Disco dance music was cheesy, but uptempo, and chicks loved it. Try getting with a girl on the dance floor with Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.

    Inflation sucked, unemployment was high, gas lines were no fun–but everyone was in the same boat. And no one was shoving preferred pronouns down your throat at risk of a capital offense for refusing, and you weren’t accused of racism, sexism, or some other ism at every turn. In a sense, we had real diversity because conformity wasn’t demanded–as it is today.

    Some of your indicators are completely unserious. Sarah Jeong is a joke. The NYT is increasingly irrelevant to most people. Hardly anyone reads a newspaper anymore. The real media game is what goes on with Google and FB–where most on-line ad dollars are spent. Most of these elite coastal fads are imperceptible to people with jobs and families–and therefore little time for social media. A social media built for women and teens.

    Every time is characterized as the most important, most crucial, most dangerous, most volatile, most whatever… This too shall pass.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Forbes

    Agree. I occasionally send iSteve or Insty stuff to friends in flyover country and they have No Idea what I am talking about. I find this stuff interesting but many people don't or they never hear of it.

  142. @PennTothal
    In other World War T news:

    Frontier airlines pilot is suspended indefinitely for making comments on a parents online chat about a child with male genitalia persistently using the girls bathroom at his children's school:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/frontier-airlines-pilot-transgender-student-suspended-threat/

    Ponder the depth of american corporate degeneracy. A private online comment, not made while on-the-job, espousing a very reasonable view concerning the safety of 12-year-old girls at his child's school. This, in today's America, brings down corporate wrath and makes him unemployable as a pilot.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Forbes

    No such thing as a private online comment. Once posted, it becomes very much public, and can be copied, forwarded, and taken out of context.

    Participating in online discussions means what you say can be used against you.

    If a parent is concerned about their child at school, then go to the school and make your concerns known to the teacher and principal. Online chats are where people let off steam–not for addressing concerns to those responsible.

    It may be corporate degeneracy–it’s also the airline does not want to get brought into a debate about a topic it has no control over. World War G, World War T, World War whatever has a tendency to turn into boycotts and negative publicity as Sauron’s Eye turns on a target.

    Life isn’t fair. Who told you it was?

  143. I’ve always suspected that male feminists are really beta males, who pretend to take feminism seriously so they can impress the ladies.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @JohnnyD


    I’ve always suspected that male feminists are really beta males, who pretend to take feminism seriously so they can impress the ladies.
     
    Apologizing for being a brute implies that one actually was a brute.

    It's somewhat similar to those voluntary false confessions the police get every now and then.
  144. @Father O'Hara
    @Uilleam Yr Alban

    Kimmel is Jewish.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

    My overall impression of Kimmel’s hard core anti-MRA attitude comes more from the potential threat to the left posed by men organizing rather than any well thought out position on equal rights and he seems more like an opportunist than a feminist ideologue. Kimmel probably does not believe half of the garbage he says or advocates for but has realized that if men ever began advocating for their interests it would cause a political realignment jeopardizing (((other groups))) more dear to his heart. This is also what occurred when the SPCL did their quick drive through attacking the manosphere. He likes to position himself as someone who speaks as a man and for men (hardly) but is really just an operative for the Democratic party.

  145. I tried to read the entire article but somebody clearly has their upper digits too far in their front holes.

  146. • LOL: Daniel H
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Anon

    Are those armpits shaven? Jeez, has feminism gone soft.

    (I originally wrote "Jeepers", but Chrome underlined it. No so with "Jeez". Jeepers...

    , @Forbes
    @Anon

    This has to be the re-birth of Godfrey Elfwick--except as a female, or a transitioning female, or whatever is the latest fad in sexual identity--it has the same tone and feel.

  147. @MEH 0910
    @Steve Sailer

    ASIA ARGENTO, JIMMY BENNETT Smoking Gun Photo ... SHOWS POST-SEX BLISS


    A 37-year-old Asia Argento snuggled with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett on a bed, shirtless, their foreheads pressed together, her arm over his as they lay with satisfied smiles ... that is the photo that Asia paid $380,000 for -- a photo TMZ has now seen.

    The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Our sources say the selfie was shot by Jimmy after the 2 had sex. Jimmy claimed Asia liquored him up, began kissing him, pushed him onto the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse ... this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

    The photo is not overtly sexual, however a casual observer would clearly conclude it looks like a post-sex pic as the 2 faintly smiled while they lay on a shared pillow.

    Asia -- who is one of the first alleged victims to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her -- has not been reachable since the recent story broke. What's interesting ... she still has up the Instagram pictures of her at the Ritz-Carlton that day ... saying in one photo, "Waiting for my long lost son my love."

    We also have information as to why Asia did not have Jimmy sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in return for paying $380k. Fact is, she couldn't, because in California confidentiality agreements are not enforceable when they involve allegations of child sex acts ... even if the victim is now an adult.

    Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out at Argento, saying it was the height of hypocrisy for her to secretly cut a deal involving her own alleged sexual misconduct at the same time she was going after his client. She settled her case with Jimmy in April.

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is now investigating and will be reaching out to Jimmy.
     
    https://images.tmz.com/2018/08/20/0820-asia-argento-jimmy-bennet-insta-3.jpg

    Replies: @D. K., @Bill Jones, @passive-aggressivist

    The age of consent in the UK is 16. Half a century and more ago when I was 16 my then 15 year old girlfriend (and possessor of the biggest tits this side of the Urals) suddenly announced one evening
    ” Let’s get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it” and jumped all over me, so I guess I’m a child rapist.

    Don’t most States have, if not a law, at least an understanding that foregoes prosecution if the two involved are within two or three years of age?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Bill Jones


    ” Let’s get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it”
     
    That's surprisingly mature (or at least superannuated) for a 15-year-old. Did she have a big sister to advise her, as Ted had Jack?

    Otherwise, I suspect it was just her first time with you.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

  148. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Poor dogs indeed.

    Which ones? There are four of them.

  149. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The one on the right could play one of the scarier imaginings of the Joker.

  150. @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I’m going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I’m imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    Harry Dean Stanton Meets Bethany Coston:

  151. To Hell With Male Feminist Fop Michael Kimmel

    The Trump Administration Failed To Defend Darren Beattie

    Trump has to start defending the people who are defending him.

    The corporate media must be ignored or attacked, never attempt to appease them.

  152. @MEH 0910
    @Steve Sailer

    ASIA ARGENTO, JIMMY BENNETT Smoking Gun Photo ... SHOWS POST-SEX BLISS


    A 37-year-old Asia Argento snuggled with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett on a bed, shirtless, their foreheads pressed together, her arm over his as they lay with satisfied smiles ... that is the photo that Asia paid $380,000 for -- a photo TMZ has now seen.

    The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Our sources say the selfie was shot by Jimmy after the 2 had sex. Jimmy claimed Asia liquored him up, began kissing him, pushed him onto the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse ... this according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

    The photo is not overtly sexual, however a casual observer would clearly conclude it looks like a post-sex pic as the 2 faintly smiled while they lay on a shared pillow.

    Asia -- who is one of the first alleged victims to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her -- has not been reachable since the recent story broke. What's interesting ... she still has up the Instagram pictures of her at the Ritz-Carlton that day ... saying in one photo, "Waiting for my long lost son my love."

    We also have information as to why Asia did not have Jimmy sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in return for paying $380k. Fact is, she couldn't, because in California confidentiality agreements are not enforceable when they involve allegations of child sex acts ... even if the victim is now an adult.

    Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out at Argento, saying it was the height of hypocrisy for her to secretly cut a deal involving her own alleged sexual misconduct at the same time she was going after his client. She settled her case with Jimmy in April.

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is now investigating and will be reaching out to Jimmy.
     
    https://images.tmz.com/2018/08/20/0820-asia-argento-jimmy-bennet-insta-3.jpg

    Replies: @D. K., @Bill Jones, @passive-aggressivist

    I did NOT expect to see a Dio Holy Diver shirt make an appearance on this blog, especially in this context. haha

    By the way, absolutely picking up some of teh gay face. Could explain why this is somehow being called “sexual assault” (lol) all of a sudden, or maybe all boy actors just skew that way.

  153. @Stan d Mute
    @Daniel H


    a tatted up, male to female tranny who is “married” to another tatted up male to female tranny. Oh, and they do have two dogs. Poor dogs.
     
    Now why’d you have to go and plant that thought in my head right before my bedtime?

    Bad doggie! Gives new meaning to the term “Dog Breath.”

    Replies: @Ganderson

  154. @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    It's hard for California to build anything big anymore -- e.g., the only UC campus built in 50 years is UC Merced, and that was an ordeal and still isn't very successful.

    But the Cal State system just inherited this very pleasant old campus that is now Cal State Channel Islands from the Bad Old Days when the state arranged for lunatics to have a calming asylum in the country instead of them sleeping on the sidewalk downtown like in our liberated modern times.

    The campus used to be the Camarillo State Mental Hospital built by the New Deal in the 1930s. They didn't have any money back then but they still seemed to know how to build nice stuff when they did scrape some money together.

    Here's Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Relaxin' at Camarillo" named after his 1946 stay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F22y1pHsCdo

    Replies: @trelane, @Daniel H, @Captain Willard, @Ganderson

  155. @CJ
    @Brutusale

    Good God they've both got the exposed gums thing. Physiognomy experts, time to step up.

    Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike, @Harry Baldwin

    It looks like they’re wearing dentures over a full set of teeth.

  156. @Bill Jones
    @MEH 0910

    The age of consent in the UK is 16. Half a century and more ago when I was 16 my then 15 year old girlfriend (and possessor of the biggest tits this side of the Urals) suddenly announced one evening
    " Let's get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it" and jumped all over me, so I guess I'm a child rapist.

    Don't most States have, if not a law, at least an understanding that foregoes prosecution if the two involved are within two or three years of age?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    ” Let’s get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it”

    That’s surprisingly mature (or at least superannuated) for a 15-year-old. Did she have a big sister to advise her, as Ted had Jack?

    Otherwise, I suspect it was just her first time with you.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Reg Cæsar

    Jesus Christ man, let the poor bugger have his 5o year old memory of deflowering Chesty Morgan.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  157. @J.Ross
    I am struck by the urgency of sharing this story.

    What a wierdly indulgent aside, and not the kind of reaction management cover sheet that a person with an urgent message would say. A person given to spy novels and mystery stories might take it as a big hint regarding the advisability of pairing the following message with salt.
    ---
    OT Don't wanna jinx it but I'm beginning to get the impression that the Democrats are fumbling.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/democrats-message-trump/567541/

    “Democrats: The Trump-Stopping, Job-Creating, Gun-Violence-Reducing, Climate-Protecting Choice.”

    How’s that for a neat little bumper sticker?

    Budging voters from their perches takes work. The hardest part of that work isn’t writing slogans—it’s reading minds. It’s discerning voters’ hopes, but also their anxieties and fears. Democrats weaken our connection with voters when we’re presumptuous enough to speak for every voter from Trump World Tower in Manhattan to a Trump-won congressional district in Kansas.
     

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    “Democrats: The Trump-Stopping, Job-Creating, Gun-Violence-Reducing, Climate-Protecting Choice.”

    How’s that for a neat little bumper sticker?

    Would it fit on anything getting more than fifteen miles a gallon?

  158. @JohnnyD
    I've always suspected that male feminists are really beta males, who pretend to take feminism seriously so they can impress the ladies.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve always suspected that male feminists are really beta males, who pretend to take feminism seriously so they can impress the ladies.

    Apologizing for being a brute implies that one actually was a brute.

    It’s somewhat similar to those voluntary false confessions the police get every now and then.

  159. Eagle Eye says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @trelane

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it's in a really calming location. I can't say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    Replies: @trelane, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Eagle Eye

    In SoCal, they turned the big public mental asylum in Oxnard into a college, Cal State Channel Islands. I must say it’s in a really calming location. I can’t say whether that has helped the Gender Studies professors feel better or not.

    So the inmates are running the asylum. In saner times, “Gender Studies” fanatics were looked after and kept safe in the State Hospital.

  160. @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1031977002746695684

    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1031887957458923520

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Forbes

    Are those armpits shaven? Jeez, has feminism gone soft.

    (I originally wrote “Jeepers”, but Chrome underlined it. No so with “Jeez”. Jeepers…

  161. @Anon
    Because what guy in San Francisco would have use for a front hole? And honestly, the word "hole" is a bit threatening. People fall down those things all the time. We shouldn't be associating females with negative things that hurt people dumb enough to not look where they are going. Sounds exactly like something a heteronormative cis-gendered "man" infused with the patriarchy would come up with. Why not "rainbow factory" or "rosebud" instead?

    "They seems upset that Professor Kimmel had been associated with putting quotation marks around the word “men” in the phrase “pregnant ‘men’"

    Where's the guy who says we can't laugh at that because of Donald Trump? You don't think that excuse isn't some kind of deflection away from the idiocy of the modern left, do you? Remember back when these (now) pearl clutchers were defending Bill's exploits? "So what that Mr. Feminist was doing a 22-year old intern in the Oval Office? Ms. Tammy Wynette herself defended him, so it's all good. Besides, she's going to one day run against a really bad guy who did all the same things he did, but by then no one will remember it, and only then will it be bad."

    Replies: @Bernie

    100% chance that anyone who uses the word “front hole” has no use for or interest in the front hole.

  162. Anyone remember this song from 1990 “Sensitive New Aged Guy”

    I’m thinking than 27 year old Michael Kimmel got laid “once” on his new aged sensitive guy persona thinking he discovered the way, turned it into the male feminist.

  163. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    I am going to project this photo for my health class when discussing birth control.

  164. @Almost Missouri
    @Mr. Blank


    "a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981"
     
    Whatever else you think about about that era's Playboys, those were the peak Playmate years. They had gotten past the overly-ample models of the 1950s and 1960s but had not yet succumbed to the overly-athletic, tatted and sullen models of later years. Normal feminine curves and normal feminine demeanors: what wasn't to like? And yeah, I read the articles too. I learned something, if not always what was intended.

    Replies: @ChrisZ

    A.M., I was going to limit my reply to a hearty “Yeah, baby!”

    But your observation about the “peak Playmate” period of the 1970s prompted the following thought. (Well, it prompted *several* thoughts, of which this is the least delightful.)

    I was a kid back then, too, and there’s something about the girls of that era that I associate with Nature. Partly it’s because they were sometimes photographed in natural settings; partly it’s because my friends’ stash of mags was hidden in a tree trunk in a park. But in the main, it’s because the feminine ideal of the day stressed natural, God-given beauty in its youthful prime.

    You mention the later trend towards hyper-fitness and body “art,” but later models (and women generally) also manipulated their bodies through plastic surgery and augmentation. Again, substituting artifice for Nature.

    This leads me back to Mr. Blank’s point, about whether the madness of our time will exhaust itself and cease to dominate public discourse, the way the madnesses of the 1960s-70s, which appeared so urgent at the time, seem quaint in retrospect. I do think there’s something to that: namely that in the normal course of events you’ll see enthusiasms arise—sometimes violently; but eventually something like the “natural order” will reassert itself.

    One difference between our own time and the 70s, however, is that the enthusiasms of today are not only contrary to Nature, but they’re supported by the technical power to severely, maybe permanently, alter Nature. Just look at the photos in this thread of the wretched soul who lodged the complaint. In the 70s that would be just a confused, unhappy person, who would waste time and money in fruitless but “harmless” psychotherapy.

    But today this is a person with a permanently altered body, no less confused, but committed to a chimera of the “happiness” s/he craves. There’s no walking back from that; and in a society with enough of those people, can Nature still reassert itself when the madness of the moment subsides? I think we may be stuck with these people and their insanities in a way earlier societies were not.

  165. @ThreeCranes
    Egads. Could you imagine having worked your whole adult life to become a college professor and find yourself looking up from your desk to see them sitting before you each and every day? And to contemplate living that nightmare for the next thirty years?

    Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings

    ” And to contemplate living that nightmare for the next thirty years?” Teach at Hillsdale or Grove City, or the dozens of authentic Catholic colleges, then. But I get your point. My sister is an administrator at U of Michigan. The whole pronoun preference thing is big over there. I once was quoted by my liberal arts college newspaper (in 1993) as describing a campus “coming out” event as “a Barnum and Bailey freak show” I pissed off some people, but no one confronted me. I can’t imagine making the same comment 25 yrs later.

  166. @Thomm
    Accuser :

    https://gsws.vcu.edu/media/gsws/images/faculty-and-staff/COSTON_2017headshot.jpg

    Replies: @Alec Leamas, @Reg Cæsar, @Half Canadian

    She looks like a young Willem Defoe.
    But he pulled it off better.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Half Canadian

    "Wild at Heart" Willem Dafoe.

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNGEzMmQ4Njg[email protected]@._V1_.jpg

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  167. @Steve Sailer
    @backup

    The Mossad Squad earns its retainer!

    I wonder what they've dug up on John Podhoretz?

    Replies: @backup, @backup, @Anon, @Lot

    After the 80th teary-eyed interview with pizza/sub deliverymen, the ex-Mossad private dick, I mean “Corporate Intelligence Specialist,” asked to be taken off the JPod assignment.

  168. @BB753
    @Mr. Blank

    No, those were saner times. For starters, nude Playboy models didn't shave their private parts in that era. Is there anything more off-putting than a bald female pubis?

    Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings, @Forbes

    1000% agree. Manicured bush is weird. It’s peodo-like. 70s-mid80s was the golden age of playmates. No fake tits either.

    • Agree: BB753
  169. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Is that tat a subway map or circuit board diagram?

  170. @Mr. Rational
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    When the 75th %ile is only 555 points per section, you're talking a very un-elite group.  1365 would be ~910 on the current scale.  Such "students" should be in klownmunity kollige or adult ed.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    California has a vast mass of not very bright young people. When Cal State Channel Islands opened in 2002, I don’t recall anybody saying: Should we make this into another Cal Poly San Luis Obispo serving good students? It was an interesting test case of a nice campus opening with almost a full physical plant already built and in a desirable region. But it was devoted to serving the not too bright masses, almost without debate.

    I don’t recall any California public colleges opened for better students since UC Irvine in the late 1960s and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s transformation around 1970. Private colleges have gone upscale to serve smarter kids, like USC, Chapman, Pepperdine, Pitzer, USD, etc. Affluent white parents who went to California public colleges themselves are now convinced that their children must go to private colleges.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  171. @Anon
    TMZ relates verbatim the contents of several texts between Argento and Bourdain discussing the payoff matter. What likely happened is that a third party, perhaps a family member, came into possession of Bourdain's phone upon his death, discovering her secret. As executors of his estate, they then obtained the necessary legal documents, perhaps from physical copies he kept around the house, and offered them to Weinstein's attorney for a hefty pay day. The attorney probably then forwarded them to the Times. Argento may also be lying about the incident. TMZ notes that her public defense contradicts her another statement suggesting the two had a sexual relationship. I expect lots more dirt to come out about Weinstein's accusers and critics in the run up to his criminal trial. Get the popcorn ready folks. Lots more bombshells incoming. #resettheclock

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

  172. @BB753
    @Mr. Blank

    No, those were saner times. For starters, nude Playboy models didn't shave their private parts in that era. Is there anything more off-putting than a bald female pubis?

    Replies: @It's All Ball Bearings, @Forbes

    A bald female pubis is indicative of a pre-pubescent female, which shouldn’t be stimulative of desire–it should be, shall we say, deflating–a warning even, not to venture. Secondary sex characteristics, such as pubic hair, are indicative of maturity, and stimulative of natural and normal desire.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Forbes

    If women want men to...uh....tend to them orally....they need to leave nothing more than a neatly groomed racing stripe/landing strip.

    Literally licking carpet is a terrible experience for several reasons.

    , @backup
    @Forbes

    I'll inform Rubens immediately.

    Replies: @BB753

  173. @MEH 0910
    @Anon


    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide.
     
    Aaron Swartz's ex-girlfriend was Quinn Norton, who later was hired and fired as a tech writer by the New York Times.

    Nothing is Pure. Everything is Complicated.

    People have a strange vision of me. I’m going to set a few things straight real quick.

    I was an anarchist pacifist two years ago, I was an anarchist pacifist two months ago, I’m an anarchist pacifist right now, and I probably will be one until I go to my grave. I didn’t get fired for what I believe or what I’ve done, because none of that ever really came up. I got fired because of the language I used when I was working with Anonymous in 2011-12, and because I believe in engaging with racists instead of shunning them. On a personal level, my friends can tell you, it’s not just racism. I’m not an easy friend. I confront a lot of difficult topics head on, and I can be in turns comforting and challenging. If I am worried you are going to far with drugs or alcohol, I will tell you. If I think your relationship is fucked up, you’ll understand why I think that. If I think the road you are going down leads to dark ruin, a wasted life, and only makes the people who ruined you more powerful, well, weev, you know that’s what I think.

    I don’t give up on people. I have in the past. I told my dad he was a failure as a father in a mall in Northern California, and the next time I saw him, I was identifying his body. I told Aaron we needed to be apart, and when I could have warned people that he would try to kill himself I was 6000 miles away. I have lost so many people, and I will lose more, but it will never again be because I didn’t try. And that’s true of this whole damn world. We may lose it, but not because I didn’t try.
     

    Quinn Norton by her own description sounds like a messed-up person, physically and mentally:

    A Few Things That Are True About Me

    I was born in 1973, to a pair of messed up kids. My mom and dad were both addicts, my mom having been abused from a young age, and my dad getting hooked during Vietnam.

    I was raised between LA and Phoenix, and the backside of racetracks when I was very young.

    I was put in Special Education in the third grade. After that, I was thrown out of or conveniently transferred from several schools, including my high school, where I’d been raped and wouldn’t shut up about it. I was never admitted to a university, though I attended Orange Coast Community College for two and a half years — a real turning point in my life, and my first several jobs in tech. I also worked on safer sex/AIDS prevention awareness. I devoted my free time to PRIDE, the LGBTetc. club at my school and educating people about the internet, and devoted most of my work and class time to the Marine Science department and the library. But I had to leave, because I badly needed health insurance. I was chronically ill, with an early-onset digestive disease, a joint disease, migraines, and mental illness.

    I didn’t manage to get insurance.

    After floating around for a few years, I started doing stand-up comedy in Oregon, and then teaching at a charter school middle and high school-aged children. I left both of those to become a system administrator, and got my first insurance. That lasted a year. I got a lot of treatment, and learned what I could about controlling my conditions. (I am diagnosed with MDD and PTSD, both cognitively managed, after failing to get help from pharmaceuticals. I manage fairly well these days.)

    I went to Europe the first time after that, and became involved with a Londoner, who introduced me to the man who became my first husband. Back in the US I’d gone to the Bay Area, and met another man, a sysadmin at Netscape, and moved in with him. Eventually the three of us moved together as a MFM triad, and lived together for 6 years. I became a blogger, burned out of tech a second time, and then two years later, became a mother.

    I began writing again when my daughter was two, and transitioned into journalism. When she was three, my relationships ended. I started a new relationship, which was on an off for 3-4 years, but ended tragically. There’s been plenty of ink spilled about that already. During this time I still struggled with my health, and was diagnosed with a progressive and painful spinal condition that curtailed my ability to work and move easily, but I worked when I could. I have remained a freelance writer for twelve years, most of that time working for Wired and then Medium. I transitioned to Patreon in the last few years. In 2016, I moved to Luxembourg to be with my partner of five years as of 2018.

    In 2018 so far, the New York Times hired and fired me, and I’ve been scheduled for extensive spinal surgery in three days with good odds of fixing the disabling condition I’ve lived with for more then 12 years. It’s been a complicated few weeks.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Forbes

    Quinn Norton appears to have had enough problems to be a Current Year writer, but she doesn’t seem to have the proper attitude toward them: that they are all the fault of cishet white male patriarchy! Instead, she just keeps plugging along, having more problems but not subscribing to appropriate theories of Who Is to Blame.

  174. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Who knew that the soy grimace had extended to women(?)

  175. @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1031977002746695684

    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1031887957458923520

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Forbes

    This has to be the re-birth of Godfrey Elfwick–except as a female, or a transitioning female, or whatever is the latest fad in sexual identity–it has the same tone and feel.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  176. @MEH 0910
    @Anon


    I think the Times has its own anonymous submission system, the thing that Aaron Swartz was working on with his collaborators shortly before his suicide.
     
    Aaron Swartz's ex-girlfriend was Quinn Norton, who later was hired and fired as a tech writer by the New York Times.

    Nothing is Pure. Everything is Complicated.

    People have a strange vision of me. I’m going to set a few things straight real quick.

    I was an anarchist pacifist two years ago, I was an anarchist pacifist two months ago, I’m an anarchist pacifist right now, and I probably will be one until I go to my grave. I didn’t get fired for what I believe or what I’ve done, because none of that ever really came up. I got fired because of the language I used when I was working with Anonymous in 2011-12, and because I believe in engaging with racists instead of shunning them. On a personal level, my friends can tell you, it’s not just racism. I’m not an easy friend. I confront a lot of difficult topics head on, and I can be in turns comforting and challenging. If I am worried you are going to far with drugs or alcohol, I will tell you. If I think your relationship is fucked up, you’ll understand why I think that. If I think the road you are going down leads to dark ruin, a wasted life, and only makes the people who ruined you more powerful, well, weev, you know that’s what I think.

    I don’t give up on people. I have in the past. I told my dad he was a failure as a father in a mall in Northern California, and the next time I saw him, I was identifying his body. I told Aaron we needed to be apart, and when I could have warned people that he would try to kill himself I was 6000 miles away. I have lost so many people, and I will lose more, but it will never again be because I didn’t try. And that’s true of this whole damn world. We may lose it, but not because I didn’t try.
     

    Quinn Norton by her own description sounds like a messed-up person, physically and mentally:

    A Few Things That Are True About Me

    I was born in 1973, to a pair of messed up kids. My mom and dad were both addicts, my mom having been abused from a young age, and my dad getting hooked during Vietnam.

    I was raised between LA and Phoenix, and the backside of racetracks when I was very young.

    I was put in Special Education in the third grade. After that, I was thrown out of or conveniently transferred from several schools, including my high school, where I’d been raped and wouldn’t shut up about it. I was never admitted to a university, though I attended Orange Coast Community College for two and a half years — a real turning point in my life, and my first several jobs in tech. I also worked on safer sex/AIDS prevention awareness. I devoted my free time to PRIDE, the LGBTetc. club at my school and educating people about the internet, and devoted most of my work and class time to the Marine Science department and the library. But I had to leave, because I badly needed health insurance. I was chronically ill, with an early-onset digestive disease, a joint disease, migraines, and mental illness.

    I didn’t manage to get insurance.

    After floating around for a few years, I started doing stand-up comedy in Oregon, and then teaching at a charter school middle and high school-aged children. I left both of those to become a system administrator, and got my first insurance. That lasted a year. I got a lot of treatment, and learned what I could about controlling my conditions. (I am diagnosed with MDD and PTSD, both cognitively managed, after failing to get help from pharmaceuticals. I manage fairly well these days.)

    I went to Europe the first time after that, and became involved with a Londoner, who introduced me to the man who became my first husband. Back in the US I’d gone to the Bay Area, and met another man, a sysadmin at Netscape, and moved in with him. Eventually the three of us moved together as a MFM triad, and lived together for 6 years. I became a blogger, burned out of tech a second time, and then two years later, became a mother.

    I began writing again when my daughter was two, and transitioned into journalism. When she was three, my relationships ended. I started a new relationship, which was on an off for 3-4 years, but ended tragically. There’s been plenty of ink spilled about that already. During this time I still struggled with my health, and was diagnosed with a progressive and painful spinal condition that curtailed my ability to work and move easily, but I worked when I could. I have remained a freelance writer for twelve years, most of that time working for Wired and then Medium. I transitioned to Patreon in the last few years. In 2016, I moved to Luxembourg to be with my partner of five years as of 2018.

    In 2018 so far, the New York Times hired and fired me, and I’ve been scheduled for extensive spinal surgery in three days with good odds of fixing the disabling condition I’ve lived with for more then 12 years. It’s been a complicated few weeks.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Forbes

    Quinn Norton’s favorite topic appears to be Quinn Norton. Which is not as interesting as she imagines. Boring.

  177. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Gorgeous legs doncha think? I bet the dogs are barely house broken and beg at the dining table, jump on the counter when their food’s being fixed and poop and pee in the house at least once a week.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  178. Anon[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @Cloudbuster
    I searched for Bethany Coston and I nearly jumped out of my skin when this photo seared itself into my brain. Holy crap! I'm going to be having nightmares about that upper lip and those gums for a long time. I'm imagining that her jaws extend like the creature from alien.

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web-headshot-coston.jpg

    Context:

    http://rwjf-newconnections.org/funded-scholars/bethany-m-coston/

    Replies: @Anon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @black sea, @Anonymous, @clyde, @songbird, @L Woods, @Charles Pewitt, @Anon

    Most people show a bit of lower tooth and nowhere near that much gum when they smile. The teeth also look a bit too neat and ‘fixed.’ I’m pretty certain that is a denture, and from the amount of body modification/appearance obsession (in another photo, this person is covered with tattoos), the teeth were likely very decayed, and the owner decided it was cheaper to just have them all pulled and went in for dentures.

    In the few photos I’ve seen of Coston with her mouth closed, she has a slightly bulging look to her mouth that seems like her denture is too big for her mouth and is poorly fitted, and she a significant crease in the sides of her mouth which is characteristic of someone using their face muscles to keep a set of dentures in place.

    Note: I saw a photo of the person who seems to be Coston’s partner, and the individual also has the same weird teeth with much gum. They both have dentures? Bizarre. But maybe this is how some young people choose to deal with meth mouth.

    https://www.bethanycoston.com/about/

  179. @Forbes
    @Mr. Blank


    “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”
     
    The prog-left would never describe it as such (head up their ass), nor admit to a failure (not do it again). That takes modesty and self-awareness which the prog-left lacks. What they possess in spades is hubris.

    As well, the '70s were a lot of fun--if only because everything wasn't political. Vietnam and the draft were over, Nixon was out, and Jimmy Carter was the malaise mistake. Disco dance music was cheesy, but uptempo, and chicks loved it. Try getting with a girl on the dance floor with Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.

    Inflation sucked, unemployment was high, gas lines were no fun--but everyone was in the same boat. And no one was shoving preferred pronouns down your throat at risk of a capital offense for refusing, and you weren't accused of racism, sexism, or some other ism at every turn. In a sense, we had real diversity because conformity wasn't demanded--as it is today.

    Some of your indicators are completely unserious. Sarah Jeong is a joke. The NYT is increasingly irrelevant to most people. Hardly anyone reads a newspaper anymore. The real media game is what goes on with Google and FB--where most on-line ad dollars are spent. Most of these elite coastal fads are imperceptible to people with jobs and families--and therefore little time for social media. A social media built for women and teens.

    Every time is characterized as the most important, most crucial, most dangerous, most volatile, most whatever... This too shall pass.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Agree. I occasionally send iSteve or Insty stuff to friends in flyover country and they have No Idea what I am talking about. I find this stuff interesting but many people don’t or they never hear of it.

  180. @Forbes
    @BB753

    A bald female pubis is indicative of a pre-pubescent female, which shouldn't be stimulative of desire--it should be, shall we say, deflating--a warning even, not to venture. Secondary sex characteristics, such as pubic hair, are indicative of maturity, and stimulative of natural and normal desire.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @backup

    If women want men to…uh….tend to them orally….they need to leave nothing more than a neatly groomed racing stripe/landing strip.

    Literally licking carpet is a terrible experience for several reasons.

  181. @Anon
    @D. K.

    I'm Boalt Hall '82. I only applied there and UCLA, where I was an undergraduate. I wanted a change of scenery and a chance to see punk concerts at the Cow Palace, so I went up north. I lived in Oakland, and boy, what a shithole city. My apartment building almost burned down. I had a gun pulled on me riding BART. I asked an undergrad out, and she accepted and we saw Elephant Man, and then I took her somewhere and all she could talk about was how she wasn't sure if she was bi or lesbian. I consoled myself playing Battlezone, which the law school had just added to the pinball room.

    Replies: @D. K.

    If I recall correctly, after all of these years, I was rejected by Boalt Hall, and wait-listed by UCLA and Georgetown. The latter was the decision that really pissed me off, since my credentials should have gotten me in at Georgetown fairly easily, certainly more so than at Michigan, which was rated in the top five, as I recall, whereas Georgetown was a second-tier law school. As it so happened, I received the Georgetown wait-list decision in the mail just minutes before leaving for the NCAA Final in the Super Dome, where Georgetown was playing North Carolina. I still was for Georgetown, but when freshman Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot, I was not nearly as upset as I otherwise would have been, if, say, the game had taken place on Sunday, the night before I received Georgetown’s letter.

  182. @Half Canadian
    @Thomm

    She looks like a young Willem Defoe.
    But he pulled it off better.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    “Wild at Heart” Willem Dafoe.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @MEH 0910

    Yasir Arafat!

  183. I figured this was another Godfrey Elfwick hoax, but, no, it appears to be legit

    You and me both. I could not countenance a world in which “front hole” appeared with a perfectly straight face on a medical website. Then I forgot what sort of a world this has become.

    Was it really only a scant few years ago when Dr Paul McHugh, one of the last psychiatrists to take public health, and the Hippocratic oath, seriously, was still able to enforce a long-standing ban on sex-reassignment surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital?

    But then they quietly burned him at the stake in 2017, before gleefully lopping off wangs anew and installing plastic front-holes in human beings. And why not, given that his crime was to remind the public that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people?

    Perhaps his most unforgivable offense was to caution parents that gender-dysphoric youth was “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and to be wary of “diversity counselors who, like cult leaders, may encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

    Thankfully, American families need no longer be terrorized by Trump-loving religious madmen poisoning their kids with messages like “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa; rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

    Amazing to think people really believed that okeydoke way back in 2014, huh? Okay, now let’s get you prepped for that front-hole!

  184. @Anon
    @Neoconned

    17 was my last year of high school and first year of college. I honestly do not think I would have been traumatized by sex with an attractive, aggressive woman. And I had enough agency to say no and walk away. I might have asked about a condom.

    I think that, for young men and young women, this trauma stuff is culturally constructed, and the culture has radically changed. So people a couple decades apart in age are like creatures from another planet to each other.

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    Replies: @D. K., @Harry Baldwin

    “BINGO!”

  185. Anon[126] • Disclaimer says:

    One thing about the Argento settlement: it didn’t stay secret for long. And also with the Weinstein (and Trump) settlements. So the message conveyed is that there’s no point in paying off blackmailers. The information gets out anyway, plus it is more salacious because there are docments involved, and the fact of a settlement makes it harder to deny. And it’s not like you can sue the people who revealed the settlement, or collect on a judgment if you did.

    At the very least, if I were dealing with a #metoo blackmailer, I would ask the law firm which of their staff would know what was going on? With TMZ dangling money I don’t think you can trust office staff and paralegals, and if you remember the leak of JK Rowling’s “Robert Galbraith” pseudonym, it was an uninvolved attorney at the same firm who couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

  186. @Anon
    @Neoconned

    17 was my last year of high school and first year of college. I honestly do not think I would have been traumatized by sex with an attractive, aggressive woman. And I had enough agency to say no and walk away. I might have asked about a condom.

    I think that, for young men and young women, this trauma stuff is culturally constructed, and the culture has radically changed. So people a couple decades apart in age are like creatures from another planet to each other.

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    Replies: @D. K., @Harry Baldwin

    I also think that you can be talked into thinking you are traumatized, just like you can be talked into false memories.

    I also think a tort lawyer could talk you into thinking you are traumatized when he explains it could be worth $350,000 to you.

  187. @CJ
    @Brutusale

    Good God they've both got the exposed gums thing. Physiognomy experts, time to step up.

    Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike, @Harry Baldwin

    Thank god they can’t reproduce.

  188. @Mr. Blank
    @Anon87

    When I was young, I used to surreptitiously sneak looks at my stepdad’s old Playboys. After (ahem) enjoying the charms of the pictures, I would flip through the articles.

    Now key to understanding this is that my stepdad’s collection was essentially a ten-year span from around 1971 to around 1981. And I vividly recall how these magazines revealed this weird, amazing time known as “the 1970s,” when everybody in America apparently lost their friggin’ minds.

    I was actually alive for part of the 70s, but was too young to remember any of it. But the pages of these old Playboys made it all look absolutely insane. The disco years were especially wacky. It was, and still is, difficult for me to wrap my head around how the country that landed men on the moon had gone completely bonkers less than a decade later, and then had turned around and more or less regained its sanity by the time I was reading this stuff. I’ll allow that Playboy probably wasn’t the most neutral authority, but still.

    Anyway. This is a long-winded way of saying that I sometimes look at the SJW insanity that has gripped the country the past few years — Obama’s re-election in 2012 seems like a reasonable starting point — and I wonder if people a decade or so hence are going to look back on it and point and laugh, like we do about the wackier parts of the 70s. Yeah, I’m aware the leftist SJW madness long predated 2012, and will still be around many years from now, but the same thing could be said about the 70s — most of the crazy stuff we associate with that era had been around for awhile and much of it is still around today, but there was this brief period of maybe six or seven years back then when everybody in the world suddenly took it seriously.

    Some of the most recent SJW outrages, like the NYT hiring out-and-proud bigot Sarah Jeong, are starting to have a “last days of disco” vibe. I don’t know that it’s going to end with some big shot leftist calling shenanigans on the whole mess — I tend to think it will end when leftists suddenly find a new woobie to play with and go off and completely forget those four or five years when preferred pronouns were the most important thing ever. Eventually they’ll just treat the whole thing as an embarrassment, never to be spoken of except as a cautionary tale: “Remember that time we jammed our heads so far up our asses that the voters went and elected Trump? Let’s not do that again.”

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    Replies: @Mitchell Porter, @Almost Missouri, @JMcG, @Mr. Anon, @BB753, @Corvinus, @bro3886, @Anon87, @Forbes, @dfordoom

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it just seems we’re starting to bump up against the limits of what normies will put up with.

    I hate to say this but you’re being way too optimistic. We’re nowhere near Peak Decadence yet. We’re just getting started.

    The entire media is still 100% behind this stuff. The people who own social media are 100% behind this stuff. The education system, both the school system and higher education, is 100% behind this stuff. The bureaucracy is 100% behind this stuff.

    There is absolutely no sign whatsoever that Christians and cucks are going to take a stand against the madness. Their policy is 100% surrender.

    Whether the normies like it or not is irrelevant. Normies don’t do anything unless they’re led. And the people normies look to for leadership are 100% behind this lunacy.

  189. @Forbes
    @BB753

    A bald female pubis is indicative of a pre-pubescent female, which shouldn't be stimulative of desire--it should be, shall we say, deflating--a warning even, not to venture. Secondary sex characteristics, such as pubic hair, are indicative of maturity, and stimulative of natural and normal desire.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @backup

    I’ll inform Rubens immediately.

    • Replies: @BB753
    @backup

    Now that you mention it, Rubens had a weird taste in women. Chubby, cherubic and shaved. Makes you wonder.

  190. @Anonymous
    @Mitchell Porter

    I can't claim to have lived through it or had access to those particular Playboys, but in my understanding some of the more ridiculous antics from the 70s include:

    - How people wore their hair being the political statement of the utmost importance

    - Radical leftist and/or cult and/or embezzlement groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army, M.O.V.E., and Peoples' Temple being taken somewhat seriously, at least by some people, at least for a while. In fact, this is probably the most direct parallel to the Sarah Jeong phenomenon of today - the most shallow, self-promoting, grifting climbers could achieve a high level of success or fame, temporarily, just by being the right shade and mouthing the right nonsense. If the original commenter's prediction is true, then we'll look back on Sarah Jeong and Bethany Coston in the same way that people look back on Sin-Q and Jim Jones - how could people have been so dumb to fall for that?

    - Cultural fads came and went in the blink of an eye. Fondue. Have a Nice Day stickers. Pet Rocks (or was that the 80s? Even if it was, it was in the spirit of the 70s). Even Disco only lasted for a few years but had radio stations changing their entire format in a desperate attempt to stay hot. Say what you will about the shallow fads of today, but at least they hang around for the better part of a decade or more. If Facebook came about in the 70s everyone would have gotten on it one summer then forgotten about it the next.

    A counterpoint would be that as much as there was all of this ridiculous stuff, at least the 70s also produced all of the great Classic Rock, and Funk, and the beginning of Rap, and ground breaking movies like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and many of the Woody Allen flicks.

    Replies: @dfordoom

    the 70s also produced all of the great Classic Rock, and Funk, and the beginning of Rap, and ground breaking movies like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and many of the Woody Allen flicks.

    We must differ there. The 70s was pretty much a cinematic wasteland. Lots of pretentious nonsense from self-important self-indulgent talentless movie-makers like Coppola, Scorcese, Altman, Lumet, Penn. The decline of American cinema began in a major way in 1967 with BONNIE AND CLYDE and became precipitous in the 70s. This was the era of the New American Cinema and it was ghastly.

    It was also the beginning of airhead actors and movie people taking themselves seriously and being taken seriously.

  191. @Reg Cæsar
    @Bill Jones


    ” Let’s get the first time out of the way, then we can start enjoying it”
     
    That's surprisingly mature (or at least superannuated) for a 15-year-old. Did she have a big sister to advise her, as Ted had Jack?

    Otherwise, I suspect it was just her first time with you.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Jesus Christ man, let the poor bugger have his 5o year old memory of deflowering Chesty Morgan.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The real Bull Moose wrote in his diary the night before his wedding (at age 22), "Thank God I'm perfectly pure."

  192. @Brutusale
    @Daniel H

    At least post the photo:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a5a1ad88dd041d047e65708/t/5a5ba0ede2c48307ed592b74/1515954419074/family.jpg

    Note the .jpeg is titled "Family". Poor dogs indeed.

    Replies: @CJ, @Anon, @L Woods, @It's All Ball Bearings, @Lot, @DFH, @Alden, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    I’m okay with these two. Everybody needs somebody to love.

    The one on the right always has to remind the one on the left to shower. The one on the left threw out her back carrying the other one across the threshold. Theys both follow a strict, raw-food diet and agreeably blame each other’s dire flatulence on the dogs. Once a year theys get naked and watch a Diane Lane movie together under a flannel blanket covered in fur.

    Theys good people.

  193. @Anon
    TMZ relates verbatim the contents of several texts between Argento and Bourdain discussing the payoff matter. What likely happened is that a third party, perhaps a family member, came into possession of Bourdain's phone upon his death, discovering her secret. As executors of his estate, they then obtained the necessary legal documents, perhaps from physical copies he kept around the house, and offered them to Weinstein's attorney for a hefty pay day. The attorney probably then forwarded them to the Times. Argento may also be lying about the incident. TMZ notes that her public defense contradicts her another statement suggesting the two had a sexual relationship. I expect lots more dirt to come out about Weinstein's accusers and critics in the run up to his criminal trial. Get the popcorn ready folks. Lots more bombshells incoming. #resettheclock

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

  194. @Alec Leamas
    @Anon87


    Ok, what leftist has enough pull to say the emperor has no clothes and puts a stop to this insanity, and not get ostracized?? After 2020 perhaps
     
    I think we're making a big mistake if we presume that the purpose of the left's nuttiness is to explain some heretofore undiscovered realities (in which case they're merely severely mistaken) rather than for its vanguard to create "revolutionary truths" which are patently absurd but which they can impose upon the minds of the public as a form of humiliation and corruption. It's important for them to colonize your mind and to consistently demonstrate their immense power to force conformity - the more absurd the proposition they can force the ordinary man to repeat, the more demonstrable their power. You're mistaking these things as political positions rather than tools. As tools they're indispensable.

    All of which is to say that there may be some strategic retreat if the Democrats experience another embarrassing and unforeseen electoral defeat (i.e. GOP makes gains in the House in 2018 and does significantly better than expected in the Senate), but in such a case it'll be an insincere cross-dressing operation. The Democrats lost in 2004, sought to appeal to "values voters" in 2006 by running "blue dogs," the "blue dogs" got elected in 2006 and 2008, and by 2010 passed a law requiring that nuns dispense contraception. They're only ever going to pretend to hold their left flank in check - they fundamentally don't disagree with the ends, only the pace of acceleration.

    Replies: @Dumbo, @Mr. Rational, @RonaldB

    I’m not about to read 192 comments (and still counting) although they are intelligent, insightful and on the point. But, I wanted to add to yours that the systematic destruction of our cultural icons and the gender roles as traditionally thought of, is a vital feature of cultural Marxism. Cultural Marxism takes it as a given that Western culture is bad, and that it is a basic duty to undermine and destroy traditional Western values whenever possible.

    The cultural-Marxist capture of our educational institutions has guaranteed emphasis on the marginal, dysfunctional specimens of humanity as a rationale for denigrating and punishing traditional gender and social roles. Many or most of the specimen cited in the “studies” department are quite obviously genetically damaged. You can just look at them or more emphatically, listen to them, and it’s quite obvious. They’re damaged individuals, like those with spina bifida or autism, and ought to be treated with kindness and respect, but not lionized as role models or exhibits as to why traditional sex typing is evil.

  195. @MEH 0910
    @Half Canadian

    "Wild at Heart" Willem Dafoe.

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNGEzMmQ4Njg[email protected]@._V1_.jpg

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Yasir Arafat!

  196. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Reg Cæsar

    Jesus Christ man, let the poor bugger have his 5o year old memory of deflowering Chesty Morgan.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The real Bull Moose wrote in his diary the night before his wedding (at age 22), “Thank God I’m perfectly pure.”

  197. @backup
    @Forbes

    I'll inform Rubens immediately.

    Replies: @BB753

    Now that you mention it, Rubens had a weird taste in women. Chubby, cherubic and shaved. Makes you wonder.

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