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From The Objective, a counter letter explaining why people who get canceled deserve it.

A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate

On Tuesday, 153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks, published an open call for civility in Harper’s Magazine. They write, in the pages of a prominent magazine that’s infamous for being anti-union, not paying its interns, and firing editors over editorial disagreements with the publisher: “The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted.”

The signatories, many of them white, wealthy, and endowed with massive platforms, argue that they are afraid of being silenced, that so-called cancel culture is out of control, and that they fear for their jobs and free exchange of ideas, even as they speak from one of the most prestigious magazines in the country.

The letter was spearheaded by Thomas Chatterton Williams, a Black writer who believes “that racism at once persists and is also capable of being transcended—especially at the interpersonal level.” Since the letter was published, some commentators have used Williams’s presence and the presence of other non-white writers to argue that the letter presents a selection of diverse voices. But they miss the point: the irony of the piece is that nowhere in it do the signatories mention how marginalized voices have been silenced for generations in journalism, academia, and publishing.

Also, redlining.

… Rowling, one of the signers, has spouted transphobic and transmisogynist rhetoric, mocking the idea that trans men could exist, and likening transition-related medical care such as hormone replacement therapy to conversion therapy. She directly interacts with fans on Twitter, publishes letters littered with transphobic rhetoric, and gets away with platforming violent anti-trans speakers to her 14 million followers.

Jesse Singal, another signer, is a cis man infamous for advancing his career by writing derogatorily about trans issues. In 2018, Singal had a cover story in The Atlantic expressing skepticism about the benefits of gender-affirming care for trans youth. No trans writer has been afforded the same space. Singal often faces and dismisses criticism from trans people, but he has a much larger platform than any trans journalist. In fact, a 2018 Jezebel report found that Singal was part of a closed Google listserv of more than 400 left-leaning media elites who praised his work, with not a single out trans person in the group. He also has an antagonistic history with trans journalists, academics, and other writers, dedicating many Medium posts to attempting to refute or discredit their claims and reputations.

It’s also clear that the organizers of the letter did not communicate clearly and honestly with all the signatories. One invited professor, who did not sign the Harper’s letter, said that he was asked to sign a letter “arguing for bolder, more meaningful efforts at racial and gender inclusion in journalism, academia, and the arts.” The letter in its final form fails to make this argument at all. Another of the signers, author and professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, who is also a trans woman, said on Twitter that she did not know who else had signed it until it was published. Another signatory, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, said in a Medium post: “When I asked to know who the other signatories were, the names I was shown were those of people of color from all over the political spectrum, and not those of people who have taken gender-critical or trans-exclusionary positions.”

The Force is strong in the Tranissaries. Whatever SJW movement these rightwing ubermensches get into, they take over.

… About this letter
This letter was a group effort, started by journalists of color with contributions from the larger journalism, academic, and publishing community. While a few of us organized the writing process, our role was to facilitate the group’s voice, not set the content or direction. Contributions were seen by all the collaborators and accepted through consensus. There is no particular order to this list of signatories, nor did any one person do the bulk of the work in writing the letter.

Many signatories on our list noted their institutional affiliation but not their name, fearful of professional retaliation. It is a sad fact, and in part why we wrote the letter.

Signed
Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, NBC News; Brooke Binkowski, Journalism; Jonathan Dresner, Ph.D., Academia, Pittsburg State University, Kansas; Aída Chávez, Journalism, The Intercept; Joseph Hernandez, Journalism, Bon Appétit; Ev Crunden, Journalism; Stacia Ryder, Academia; Holly Piepenburg, Journalism; Shannon Clark, Academia, American University; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, NBC News; Alan Henry, Journalism; Michael Waters, Journalism, Freelance; Dawn Rhodes, Journalism, Block Club Chicago; Sydette Harry, Research/Freelance, USC; Arionne Nettles, Academia, Northwestern University; Andrea González-Ramírez, Journalism, GEN; Solomon Gustavo, Journalism, MinnPost; Tommy Christopher, Journalism, Mediaite; Unsigned, Journalism; Alex Zaragoza, Journalism, VICE Media; Adriana Heldiz, Journalism, Voice of San Diego; Wil Williams, Journalism, Podcast Problems LLC; Rosalie Chan, Journalism; Janelle Salanga, Journalism; Gabe Schneider, Journalism, MinnPost; Joseph Hankins, Academia, University of California, San Diego; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, Verizon Media; Jasmine Snow, Journalism, Minnesota Daily; Karen Attiah, Journalism; Shoshana Wodinsky, Journalism, Gizmodo; Joan Summers, Journalism, Jezebel; Marina Fang, Journalism, HuffPost; Tauhid Chappell, Journalism, Free Press; Mel Plaut, Author; Nicholas Trevino, Government Oversight; Naoko Shibusawa, Academia, Brown University; Jack Herrera, Journalism, Freelance Reporter; Carlos Maza, Journalism, Freelance; Azucena Rasilla, Journalism; Malaika Jabali, Journalism; Marzena Zukowska, Nonprofit, Radical Communicators Network / freelance writer; Mutale Nkonde, Journalism; Melissa Martin, Filmmaker/Academic, Freelance/Carnegie Mellon University; Mahsa Alimardani, Academia; Chia-Yi Hou, Journalism, The Hill; Joshua Eaton, Journalism, Freelance Investigative Reporter; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, E.W. Scripps; Sarah Weinman, Author; Jessica Schulberg, Journalism, HuffPost; Sarah J. Jackson, Academia, University of Pennsylvania; Tim Barribeau, Journalism, Wirecutter; Vasuki Nesiah, Academia, NYU; Kimber Streams, Journalism; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, Public Radio; Sarah Jones, Journalism, New York Magazine; Alyza Enriquez, Journalism, VICE; Unsigned, Journalism, The Hill; Siobhán McGuirk, Journalism, Red Pepper magazine (UK); Elon Green, Journalism, Freelance; Razzan Nakhlawi, Journalism; Brandy N. Carie, Theatre & Film, Freelance Writer & Director; Pravin Wilkins, Playwright, City Books Writer-in-Residence; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, Wirecutter; Laura Wagner, Journalism, VICE; Joseph Hefner, Writer/Filmmaker/Stage Director, Freelance; Chelsea Cirruzzo, Journalism; Janet Towle, Author; Jaz Twersky, Podcaster; Cassius Adair, Academia and Journalism, NYU Media Culture and Communication + Freelance; Kimu Elolia, Publishing, Spotify; Princess Ojiaku, Journalism / Civic Tech; Unsigned/NDA, NPR; Nick Guy, Journalism; Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Academia, University of New Hampshire; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, New York Times; Sasha Costanza-Chock, Academia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Wendy Lu, Journalism, HuffPost; Unsigned, Academia, NYU; Ryan Mac, Journalism; Lucy Diavolo, Journalism, Teen Vogue; Lyz Lenz, Author, The Cedar Rapids Gazette; Unsigned/NDA, Colorado Public Radio News; Lisa Nakamura, Academia; Lizz Huerta, Author; Smitha Khorana, Publishing; Miho Watabe, Archivism; Ben Schaefer, Academia, University of Illinois at Chicago; Callie Wright, Journalism; Tris Mamone, Journalism, Freelance Writer; Dawn Ennis, Journalism, Outsports; Akela Lacy, Journalism, The Intercept; Alexander Lee, Publishing, W.W. Norton & Company; Unsigned, Screenwriter; Angela Misri, Journalism; Minnah Zaheer, Journalism; Cordelia Yu, Civic tech, Corgi & Bun; Maya Srikrishnan, Journalism, Voice of San Diego; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, The New York Times; Kameron Burns, Journalism, WIRED; Adrienne Shih, Journalism; Carrie Gillon, Alt-ac, Freelance; Daniel Varghese, Journalism, GQ; Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, Journalism; Shelby Weldon, Journalism, Outsports; Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, Journalism, HuffPost; Gaby Del Valle, Journalism, Freelance Writer; Kristine White, Journalism, Freelance Writer; Marlee Baldridge, Academia, University of Missouri; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, Slate Magazine; Michael Izquierdo, Journalism, Freelancer; Izz LaMagdeleine, Journalism, Freelance; Ella Chen, Journalism , The Triton/UCSD; Talia Lavin, Journalism, Freelancer; Ethan Edward Coston, Journalism; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, POLITICO; Kelsey D. Atherton, Journalism, Freelance writer; Unsigned, Journalism, Public Media; Amal Ahmed, Journalism, Texas Observer; Siri Chilukuri, Journalism, Block Club Chicago; Dylan Miettinen, Journalism, The Minnesota Daily; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, The New York Times; Ashley Feinberg, Journalism; Julia Llinas Goodman, Journalism; Jacob Sutherland, Journalism, Catalyst.cm; Lilly Irani, Academia, UC San Diego; NDA, Journalism, The Hill; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, McClatchy; Paula Chakravartty, Academia, NYU; Robert Mejia, Academia, North Dakota State University; Unassigned/NDA, Journalism, Wirecutter; Thom Dunn, Journalism, BoingBoing; Anna Merlan, Journalism; Hunter Boone, Journalism, Wirecutter/NYT; Tanvi Misra, Journalism; Zachary Clein, Entertainment (Theatre/Film/TV), Freelance writer; Maxwell Strachan, Journalism; Julie Owono, NGO; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, NPR; Marie Cruz Soto, Academia, NYU; Unsigned/NDA, Journalism, NPR; Ariana Wilson, Journalism, Freelance; Myra Washington, Academia, University of Utah; Sameena Mustafa, Journalism, Hand Her the Mic LLC; Edward Ongweso JR, Journalism Motherboard, VICE Media; Nicole Cooke, Academia, University of South Carolina; Kerri Greenidge, Academia; Noah Berlatsky, Journalism, Freelance writer; Peter Odell Campbell, Academia, University of Pittsburgh; Thomas Wilburn, Journalism, NPR; Minh-Ha T. Pham, Academia, Graduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute; Ritty Lukose, Academia, New York University; Unsigned, Journalism, Condé Nast; P. Claire Dodson, Journalism, Teen Vogue; Khemani Gibson, Academia, New York University; Bridget Read, Journalism, New York Magazine; Shamira Ibrahim, Journalism, Freelance Writer; Tiffany Bui, Journalism, The Minnesota Daily; Aria Velasquez, Journalism; Unsigned, Academia, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Naseem Jamnia, Academia/Freelance Writer, University of Nevada; Anjali Vats, Academia, Boston College; Jordan Coley, Journalism; Joshua Lyon, Author; Kerry Jo Green, Academia, Brandeis University

I can remember ever hearing of only 4 of these folks: Karen Attiah, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Noah Berlatsky, and Ashley Feinberg, and only in comic circumstances. This is not a list of talented people.

By the way, shouldn’t signatories of open letters list their Intersectionality Pokemon Points? Then they could add up which letter has the most Diversity credits and determine who wins.

 
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  1. IHTG says:

    The letter was spearheaded by Thomas Chatterton Williams, a Black writer who believes “that racism at once persists and is also capable of being transcended—especially at the interpersonal level.”

    As others have noted, this is meant to be a massive own against TCW.

  2. Tiny Duke says:

    Unlike the anti-“cancel culture” letter this letter is very diverse and vibrant

    That tells you something right there

    • Replies: @Pop Warner
  3. The best Ashley Feinberg is her boo-hooing when Trump won: https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/this-isnt-fun-anymore-1788730118

    “I feel physically ill.”

    • Thanks: Servant of Gla'aki
    • Replies: @theMann
    , @Ragno
  4. “I can remember ever hearing of only 4 of these folks: Karen Attiah, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Noah Berlatsky, and Ashley Feinberg.”

    Ironically in 2020, the year of the Great Awokening, does it come as a surprise that one of the four names is a “Karen”?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Charlotte
  5. The only people I know who are as tranny obsessed as these signers want to sleep with trannies.

    • Replies: @Ray P
    , @James O'Meara
  6. Barnard says:

    The biggest takeaway from these event is that we have more journalists and academics than any healthy society has any use for. I understand where the academic side comes from, but are this many people making a living at what passes for journalism today?

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @James O'Meara
  7. Shoulda used the MORE button, Steve!

    I did enjoy how the authoress of this screed signed off, “Kerry Jo Green, Academia, Brandeis University “. I needed a neologism to adequately describe her. I think “twitette” does the trick.

  8. syonredux says:

    By the way, shouldn’t signatories of open letters list their Intersectionality Pokemon Points? Then they could add up which letter has the most Diversity credits and determine who wins.

    It’s so complicated, though. For example, does a Black Lesbian cis-woman outrank a Black Bisexual cis-woman?I mean, I know that a Black Transwoman outranks a Black Lesbian cis-woman, but some of the other combos are a tad murkier….

    • Agree: James Speaks
    • Replies: @Alan D
    , @Gordo
  9. mousey says:

    OT, maybe…

    Friday night and I started out with this (substitute ‘crazy’ with ‘racist’ or leave it as is. whatever)

    Then I thought, it’s my life and I only have one of these to live.

  10. @Tiny Duke

    It tells me a white guy probably had to spellcheck it

  11. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Chanda Prescot Weinstein. That’s definitely fake. Sound like something spit out of an intersectionality machine.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
  12. Teen Vogue is well represented 😉

    • Replies: @Kronos
  13. So Sarah Jeong, “professional opinion-haver,” wasn’t asked to sign this letter, either?

  14. anon[135] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t understand: what is the point of “signing” an open letter anonymously?

  15. The signatories, many of them white, wealthy, and endowed with massive platforms

    That’s not fair. The fitness centers have been closed for months.

    The letter was spearheaded by Thomas Chatterton Williams, a Black writer…

    Is he self-identified as “Black”? We can compromise on the capitalization issue. They can use upper-case, but only if they use the Spanish term. Just like “of color” can be replaced by the simpler “colored”.

    (What–or who— is in the bag?)

    Jaz Twersky, Podcaster

    Well, that settles it. How can you ignore an appeal by Jaz Twersky, Podcaster?

    Jaz Twersky, podcaster = Dyke jaws Potter’s czar.

    • Replies: @black sea
    , @Jim Don Bob
  16. Kyle says:

    transmisogynist

    Is this an oxymoron?

  17. “From The Objective, a counter letter explaining why people who get canceled deserve it.”

    What is a counter letter? The definition given here seems irrelevant:
    https://thelawdictionary.org/counter-letter/

  18. trelane says:

    Defenestration.

    Also buy Goya foods products at your supermarket.

  19. This is a culture that has clearly lost any semblance of a plot.

    • Thanks: Kyle
  20. J.Ross says:

    –civility
    I made it this far. Civility would be nice too but the letter was not about civility, it was against merciless vendettas eliminating livelihoods. Trump still has done nothing about the stranglehold point comprised of Visa and Mastercard simply refusing to do business with people. Right now the general legal understanding is that discrimination (in the sense of being able to read statistics) is the worst evil possible, but discrimination (in the sense of arbitrarily witholding services or access despite qualifications and ability to pay) is the duty of every good citizen. Right now the Nazi-fighters are the Wilson-era hotel desk clerks politely but smarmily telling the Jewish family that money isn’t an issue.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  21. Anonymous[349] • Disclaimer says:

    Shiite, I grew up being told that ACLU was a courageous defender of all free speech — Jewish Liberals were SO PRINCIPLED that they even defended the right of Neo-Nazis to march in Skokie — and that the darkest period in US history was the McCarthy Era of witchhunts, paranoia, red-baiting, and blacklisting. Indeed, I heard more about McCarthy Era than Jim Crow in my youth.

    But McCarthy was a total amateur. Blacklisting was wussy stuff compared to what’s happening today that might be called Blackholing. The very Jews and Liberals who were pontificating about the evils of ‘guilt by association’, culture of hysteria, the ‘red scare’, and destroying careers based on ideology or creed — how dare communists be fired from government jobs because of their creed?! — are now all for deplatforming, firing people, censoring people, denying them financial services, and even setting antifa thugs to beat up and intimidate people. And it’s about mob rule to defame the past and deface memorials. And what do we get from the ‘right’? “We are for BLM too, remove Confederate statues, but please oh please, spare those of Washington and Jefferson.” Total wussy crap.

    How did we end up in a world where you can lose your job and reputation for saying a man with penis and balls and a wig is not a real woman?

    Did Jewish Power become corrupt with too much power over the years, or was this part of the plan from day one?

    The very people who hounded the US endlessly for having allowed ‘hysteria’ about the Soviet communist threat have been running with ridiculous Russia Collusion Hoax and persecuting people. Are Jews and Liberals really lacking in self-awareness or cretinous to the core? Not that American cuckservatives are any better. Trump is trashed by Jewish Power but goes and murders Soleimani who did so much to save Syria from utter horror.

    From red scare to dead scare, that is scare-mongering about dead white males.

    They are now even targeting words. ‘Master bedroom’ is being ‘canceled’. What would that be? ‘Master-baiting’?

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  22. BB753 says:

    “transmisogynist rhetoric”

    That’s a new one.. Can someone explain?

  23. syonredux says:

    Tucker Carlson’s top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum

    Huh. Let’s take a gander at these shocking comments:

    On June 5, Neff wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.” On June 24, Neff commented, “Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.” On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins are “white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets.”

    Not all that shocking…….And pretty reasonable……

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/media/tucker-carlson-writer-blake-neff/index.html

    • Replies: @res
  24. Kronos says:

    I’m assuming this is already a “hit list” amongst the woke?

    Also, how do the woke keep notch counts on who cancelled whom?

  25. JohnnyD says:

    All I got from that letter is that you can add “trans” to any word to make yourself look smart.

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  26. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:

    This many “Unsigned/NDA, Journalism” signatories can’t be wrong. It’s a central theorem of SJW theory.

    • LOL: Kyle
    • Replies: @Henry's Cat
  27. Alfa158 says:
    @Barnard

    I don’t have the reference at hand but the number of journalists who are making a living from it is in free fall. My recall is that newspaper employment in the whole country is supposed to be down by 50%. It’s kind of like the professional video porn industry which shares the morale fiber and integrity of modern journalism and has also been destroyed by all the amateurs willing to post stuff for free.

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  28. SFG says:

    Relatively fewer chosenites on this one, though there are definitely still a few. The Harper’s letter was like one half kosher.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Dissident
  29. I can remember ever hearing of only 4 of these folks: Karen Attiah, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Noah Berlatsky, and Ashley Feinberg, and only in comic circumstances. This is not a list of talented people.

    Same. In fact, you could tell me every single one of these people is made up and I couldn’t tell you otherwise. Maya Srikrishnan? Jaz Twersky? Marina Fang?

    Also, I’ve never heard of “unsigned” signatories. Seems kind of the whole point.

  30. Anonymous[719] • Disclaimer says:

    So the question, is who is empowering these people? I don’t mean that in a conspiratorial sense. But key decision-makers are obviously surrendering to these creeps.

  31. Also, redlining.

    Which reminds me, obliquely enough: We now have a Nationwide Covid Coin Shortage.

    https://fox8.com/news/coronavirus/another-consequence-of-the-pandemic-a-nationwide-shortage-of-coins/

    But it’s not really Covid. It’s Cancel.

    Just look at them! Washington, Jefferson–slave owners. One might even have diddled one of his slaves. Lincoln? Inveterate racist. Tear it down. Kennedy? Womanizer. World-Class Womanizer. #MeToo!

    So what was that about redlining? Oh yeah, wheelchair guy. They’re coming for you too.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  32. @BB753

    Because the tranny is a woman, and if you don’t believe s/he/it is a woman, you are a transmisogynist.
    Believe All Trannies!

    The fact that you are negating the existence of actual women by telling them that men define what women are and the babes should shut their vag is social justice.

    • LOL: BB753
  33. Charlotte says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Not just any Karen: a Black Karen who denounces white Karens!

  34. ‘Tranissaries’ is a good one, Steve.

    Speaking of the words used to form narratives, this open letter features yet another of the alimentary verbs SJWs love, love, love — i.e. J K Rowling ‘spouted transphobic and transmisogynist rhetoric’.

    Whenever you see verbs such as spouted, belched, regurgitated, etc., used to describe speech or ideas, you can be pretty sure the writer has frothed while penning them.

  35. @Mr McKenna

    I suspect that a good part of the reason for the nationwide coin shortage is that coins have become so worthless that people just toss them in a jar at home and forget about them until they have a couple of hundred dollars worth.

    We shouldn’t have pennies or nickels anymore–you can’t buy anything with either one. Just round up or down any price below ten cents and you’ll end up breaking even.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @donut
    , @JMcG
    , @Kyle
  36. Kronos says:
    @Kibernetika

    It is…

    It’s also just seems really out of place. They’ve done puff pieces for Hillary Clinton and allowed her to write stuff in Teen Vogue before (Steve pointed that out.)

    1) Lucy Diavolo, Journalism, Teen Vogue

    2) P. Claire Dodson, Journalism, Teen Vogue

  37. Mr. Anon says:

    So-called transsexuals are mentally ill. Society is giving in to them – allowing itself to be turned upside down in order to indulge an insane minority.

    • Agree: botazefa
  38. theMann says:
    @Joe, Averaged

    I have seen her pictures and sampled her writings.

    Now I feel physically ill.

  39. @anon

    I don’t understand what’s the point of writing an open letter either. Call it a manifesto, or is that too Unibomberey? How do you write a reply letter to these things? Maybe there should be a REPLY-ALL feature, in which case I’d tell all these tools to go straight to hell, in my, like, open reply.

  40. MBlanc46 says:
    @J.Ross

    “Trump has still done nothing….” Doing nothing is what Trump does. Unless it’s about the “dreamers”.

  41. theMann says:

    “The signatories, many of them white, wealthy, and endowed with massive platforms”

    And there isn’t a single screeching loser on that letter who will ever get to encounter the massive platforms the people calling for civility are endowed with.

  42. @anon

    Well, considering the acceleration of the Kancellation Kraze to near light speed, perhaps some of these modern day Jacobins are realizing that self-doxxing by using your real name is somehow, well, fraught with risk?

    That, or maybe they live in fear of fascist death squads, being the totally self-absorbed little narcissist drama queens that they are, and thinking their spittle-flinging perorations imperil them. How titillating that could be for them, living the purposeless, futile, sad existences that they do.

  43. Whiskey says: • Website

    You would think that JK Rowling vs. Trannies would be a WWE “squash match” where some wrestler just gets totally creamed to get the other wrestler with “heat” over. But its not.

    That’s because ALL JK Rowling has is money. That’s it. She does not have POWER. Trannies, even the weird black ones have REAL POWER. They are the holiest of holies in the PC Religion that has replaced Christianity wholesale. JK Rowling’s female fanbase will desert her rapidly, as trannies beats a comforting fantasy for White women. Rowling and the rest are like the Knights Templar. With money but not power and the target of the King with the Pope’s assent.

    Soon, Rowling won’t even have her money. I’m sure the British government will find a way to take it and give it to … Trannies and such. She will certainly never have another book published and most if not all her books are going to be burned. By her former fans.

    Pretty much of all infotainment from now on will be black trannies, trannies, and more trannies plus various mulattoes, black black blackety black, etc. White women will eagerly consume it. Everyone else, not so much. Don’t see much appetite among Latinos for trannies of color.

    • Agree: Ragno
  44. donut says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I got $350 the last time I rolled them up and took them to the bank .

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  45. Alan D says:
    @syonredux

    I agree that the current system is far too complicated. Why not give each person an official score out of 100?

    Trans-sexuals would automatically get 100. Scores for other people could be calculated as follows:

    Gender: 0 for male, 10 for female;
    Color: from 0 for white to 20 for black, with intermediate scores for Chinese, dot-Indian etc;
    Mother language: from 0 for English to 20 for tribal (such as Australian Aboriginal), with intermediate scores for Spanish, Polish, Chinese etc;
    Disablement: from 0 to 25;
    Sexuality: 0 for hetero, 25 for LGBT.

    One problem is that people would want the scale to be altered in their favor – “Why do I, as an Arabic speaker, only get 8 for language? I should get at least 12!” Who would sort this sort of thing out?

    Unfortunately most people on this blog would probably get low scores, so our signatures on group letters would not be worth much. My score is zero, so there would be no point in getting my signature. On the other hand, a disabled black lesbian who charged a fee for signing letters could get rich!

  46. I recognized almost every name on the first letter. I recognized not a single name on the second letter.

  47. res says:
    @syonredux

    Thanks. Ron is always asking for a pointer to someone suffering consequences for anonymous forum posts. Sounds like this example fits the bill nicely.

    Neff, who posts on the board under the username CharlesXII, is widely revered on the forum, with many posters knowing the person behind the account works on Carlson’s show. He has spent years posting about history, offering his political opinions, and detailing aspects of his personal life.

    After learning of Neff’s posts on the board through an email from an anonymous tipster, CNN Business was able to positively identify CharlesXII as Neff by reviewing messages he has posted throughout the years on the forum and matching them up with publicly available information about him.

    Among the details which make clear that CharlesXII and Neff are the same person…

  48. Mr. Anon says:
    @Alfa158

    It’s kind of like the professional video porn industry which shares the morale fiber and integrity of modern journalism and has also been destroyed by all the amateurs willing to post stuff for free.

    That’s a little unfair, isn’t it? The video porn industry has a lot more moral fiber and integrity than journalism.

    (BTW, I always found the term “porn industry” to be a little odd. Sure, it’s a business. But an “industry”?)

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  49. Alden says:
    @BB753

    It should be something like mistransist or antitransist. Or just miso, Japanese bouillon

    Gyn is Greek for woman. O for obstetrics. Although men, women, bisexuals transsexuals and bizzaros of all varieties can be obstetricians.

    • LOL: BB753
  50. Alden says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    The writer literally frothed when hearing about Rowling. Literally is a currently popular middle school word. It replaced seriously a few years ago.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Known Fact
  51. Leaving aside that the use of anonymous signatories undermines the letter’s claim to speak for a great many people – because how do we know they really signed it?…

    …153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks, published an open call for civility in Harper’s Magazine.

    Why “open”?

    The sentence already tells us the letter was published in Harper’s Magazine, which makes “open” redundant. [Sidebar: the word “magazine” contains the word “MAGA”, and will therefore soon be abolished.] The same sentence tells us these 153 writers signed their names, which makes it doubly redundant.

    “Open” is sputtering, finger-pointing, indignant shrieking. It’s an intensifier: bad enough that they should call for civility, but to do so openly?! Oof, madonn’!

    We can therefore see that the signatories thinks civility is a terrible thing in and of itself, and that it is shameful to call for it. Signatories to the Harper’s letter ought to meditate on this: they are calling for civility from people who consider it a vice, and its opposite a virtue.

  52. Alden says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Those names sound like characters from an old John Belushi SNL sketch.

  53. @anon

    I don’t understand: what is the point of “signing” an open letter anonymously?

    You aren’t supposed to understand. You are supposed to obey.

    • Agree: Muggles
  54. Gordo says:
    @syonredux

    It’s so complicated, though. For example, does a Black Lesbian cis-woman outrank a Black Bisexual cis-woman?I mean, I know that a Black Transwoman outranks a Black Lesbian cis-woman, but some of the other combos are a tad murkier….

    Perhaps just a top to bottom rank list.

    To make it easier for us to understand the obscure titles and how they play together.

    Looking back at history a Sturmscharführer sounds just as important to an outsider as a Gruppenführer but was actually about eight levels down.

  55. NOTA says:

    A lot of people have signed open letters and petitions for cancelling someone. Has anyone collected those names in one place? I think if you were considering hiring someone for an academic or journalism job, you might like to know that they’re inclined to try to get rid of rivals or enemies via cancellation. Maybe these aren’t the people you want to hire, if you’re hoping for a low-drama workplace where everyone can settle down and do their jobs.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
  56. Treufs says:

    What a buncha nobodies but wannabes.

    Of course their best hope is to catch attention by getting a scalp from cancelling and unpersoning a somebody and at the same time freeing up some scarce seats at the table.

  57. black sea says:

    Another of the signers, author and professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, who is also a trans woman, said on Twitter that she did not know who else had signed it until it was published.

    I’m not really familiar with the protocols of this sort of thing, but if everyone insists on knowing who the other signers are before they themselves sign the letter, then wouldn’t this mean that no one would ever sign it?

    Jesse Singal, another signer, is a cis man infamous for advancing his career by writing derogatorily about trans issues. In 2018, Singal had a cover story in The Atlantic expressing skepticism about the benefits of gender-affirming care for trans youth. . . . He also has an antagonistic history with trans journalists, academics, and other writers . . . .

    I bet.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
  58. black sea says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Must be in the Black Hills.

  59. @Anonymous

    NDA? NGE sounds more like it – Not Gainfully Employed. Hiow many of these signatories have their faces pressed up against the window desperately wanting to get in?

  60. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Chandra Prescod-Weinstein is a Barbadian Cosmologist and has concentrated recently decolonizing science and de-Europeanizing The observer in a scientific Sense. In other words the hard science got too hard so shes now trying to combine her vehement anti white racism with cosmology. Total iSteve

    Read her wiki
    Prescod-Weinstein’s research has focused on various topics in cosmology and theoretical physics, including the axion as a dark matter candidate,[8] inflation, and classical and quantum fields in the early universe.[9]

    From 2004 to 2007 Prescod-Weinstein was a named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.[10]

    After Prescod-Weinstein’s Ph.D., she was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center.[10][11] In 2011, she won a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was jointly appointed to the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the Department of Physics.[10][11][12] At MIT, Prescod-Weinstein worked in Alan Guth’s group in the Center for Theoretical Physics.[13]

    In 2016, she became the Principal Investigator on a $100,522 FQXI grant to study “Epistemological Schemata of Astro | Physics: A Reconstruction of Observers” seeking to answer questions regarding how to re-frame who is an “observer”, to acknowledge those existing outside of the European Enlightenment framework, and how that might change knowledge production in science.[14]

    She is working on the NASA STROBE-X experiment.[15]

    Awards Edit

    Prescod-Weinstein earned the Barbados House Canada Inc. Gordon C Bynoe Scholarship in 2007.[10] In 2013 she won the MIT “Infinite Kilometer Award”.[16] In March 2017, Prescod-Weinstein won the LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award “For Years of Dedicated Effort in Changing Physics Culture to be More Inclusive and Understanding Toward All Marginalised Peoples”.[17]

    Prescod-Weinstein was recognized by Essence Magazine as one of 15 Black Women Who are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.[18] Prescod-Weinstein’s personal story and ideas have been featured in several venues, including Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Nylon, and the African-American Intellectual History Society.[19]

    Public engagement Edit

    Prescod-Weinstein is an advocate[20] for increasing the diversity within science by considering intersectionality[21] and proper celebration of the underrepresented groups who contribute to scientific knowledge production.[22] She has been a member of the executive committee of the National Society of Black Physicists.[23] In 2017 she was a plenary speaker at the Women in Physics Canada meeting.[24]

    Prescod-Weinstein has contributed popular science articles for Slate, American Scientist, Nature Astronomy, Bitch media, and Physics World.[25][26][27][28][29] She is on the Book Review Board of Physics Today and was editor-in-chief of The Offing.[30] The American Physical Society described her as a “vocal presence on Twitter”.[31] Prescod-Weinstein maintains a Decolonising Science Reading List.[32] Prescod-Weinstein has given several interviews and public talks.[33][34][35][36]

    In 2018, Prescod-Weinstein was one of 18 authors of “Particles for Justice”, a statement condemning Alessandro Strumia’s controversial comments on women in physics at CERN.[37][38][39]

    Prescod-Weinstein’s book, The Disordered Cosmos: From Dark Matter to Black Lives Matter, is forthcoming from Bold Type Books in Spring 2021, and draws from her experience and knowledge as a Black woman theoretical physicist.[40] She is a monthly contributor to New Scientist, with a column entitled “Field Notes from Space-time.”[41]

    Prescod-Weinstein was a founding member of the American Astronomical Society Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy.[42] Prescod-Weinstein has in the past also been a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory council.[43]

    Personal life Edit

    Prescod-Weinstein is queer and agender.[2] She is married to a lawyer. Her mother Margaret Prescod emigrated from Barbados as a teenager, and in New York was a founder of International Black Women for Wages for housework in 1974.[44] Prescod-Weinstein is the granddaughter of feminist Selma James and the step-granddaughter of Trinidadian writer and historian C.L.R. James.[45] Prescod-Weinstein is a very active advocate for social justice issues on Twitter.

  61. Mercer says:

    I recognize Carlos Maza. He used to work for Vox. He wined about Crowder making fun of him because your not allowed to laugh at gays.

  62. Andy says:

    these are basically academia’s z-list

  63. @The Last Real Calvinist

    “‘Tranissaries’ is a good one, Steve”

    Somebody came up with it on Twitter. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name.

  64. @SFG

    I imagine that was kind of the point of the Harper’s Letter: to rally old-fashioned ACLU-type Jewish liberals.

    • Replies: @SFG
  65. @Franz Liszt Von Raiding

    I read part of a book about cricket by Chandra Prescod-Weinstein’s step-grandfather C.L.R. James. “Beyond a Boundary” or something like that. It was pretty good, but it was about cricket, which is wholly opaque to me so I stopped after about 100 pages.

  66. El Dato says:

    In 2018, Singal had a cover story in The Atlantic expressing skepticism about the benefits of gender-affirming care for trans youth.

    “gender-affirming care” sounds so much better than “genital mutilation on a whim”.

    When Children Say They’re Trans: Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  67. A letter “signed” by 23 unsigneds … how does that work? Is it like men pretending to be a women? Real men would have signed the damned letter.

    • Replies: @anon
  68. Rowling makes valid points but the whole discussion about transsexuals is all about semantics.

    Obviously a castrated man who wears the clothes of a woman is not actually a woman in any sense that would normally be accepted by average people. However if it is a matter of convenience that the law should treat that person as a woman if they choose to be treated as a woman, then so be it.

    It is a bit like a person who is born as a citizen of one country then being naturalized as the citizen of another country. In most cases they do not lose the original citizenship, but they lose the right to consular representation by their original country if they commit a crime in their new country.

    So for example, some posters on this blog have referred to me as a Brit, although I am actually an American, and, since my father was born in Egypt and I was conceived in Nigeria, I could even make claims to be an African American.

    What we really need are terms that clearly differentiate between a natural woman and a naturalized woman In the same way that there is a difference between being legally blind for purposes of driver’s licenses, and actually blind meaning that you can’t see at all.

  69. Ray P says:
    @Redneck farmer

    You know people who want to sleep with trannies? I’m having my stereotype of a ‘Redneck farmer’ challenged.

  70. @Jonathan Mason

    Does anyone have a list of different treatment of men and women under US law?
    Officially I can think of draft registration. Of course there is the check-box on most forms of identification. There are some business preferences. Unofficially, women seem get more lenient treatment from the justice system.

    Outside government, there are some insurance cost differences.

    But I’m taking the claim literally. If you mean “treated as a women” in a social context, that’s a whole different matter.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  71. Anonymous[769] • Disclaimer says:

    Anna Merlan, Journalism

    Was Anna Merlan prominent in pushing/defending Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Night of Broken Glass effort?

  72. @Franz Liszt Von Raiding

    “Prescod-Weinstein is queer and agender.”

    ‘Agender.’ There are a lot of agender, middle-aged black women as far as I can tell.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  73. SFG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Could be! I’m not nearly as sensitive to these things, ironically enough. I’m also old enough (ie GenX) not to assume one’s racial/ethnic identity determines 100% of this sort of behavior, though I’m increasingly revising my estimates upwards.

  74. @donut

    I got $350 the last time I rolled them up and took them to the bank .

    Must have been a while ago, they don’t roll them anymore. You’ll get a dirty look if you do, they’ll just have to unroll them to put them in the counting machine. After they dump your coins in the machine, they give you back your container, returning all the lint and debris. And then you get the stinkeye anyway.

    The bank here is having a promotion all this month, free exchange of coins for currency. You don’t even have to be a customer. Pretty good, considering that the CoinStar machines are up to over 10%. I think anyway. Anybody know?

    • Replies: @Dube
  75. JMcG says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Round down. That’s funny.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  76. @JohnnyD

    Bro, check out the screamin’ chicken on my bud’s sweet ’78 Trans-Am!

    https://www.hagerty.com/media/car-profiles/trans-am-screaming-chicken-history/

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  77. Bumpkin says:

    I’d have never heard of any of them if not for Steve occasionally ridiculing a few of them here.

    I think this is only the beginning of all this, and as always, it’s often driven by new technology. Now that we have information machines that can keep cheaply keep track of everyone’s actions and share them with anyone else around the world, we’re only going to see more and more of something similar going on in the future.

    It’s all very crude and sometimes excessive now, eg a controversial tweet leads to losing your job, but in the future, you’ll be able to tell your computer that you don’t want to buy the products of any Chinese labor and live your life that way if you want, albeit likely paying more.

    Keeping track of all kinds of attributes of products and people- was it made in the US? do they support the tranissaries?- is going to be a giant growth market and people will be able to set up as complex a computerized ethical filter as they want, to avoid the products and people that don’t fit their ethics or sensitivities.

    Overall, this will be good, allowing people to live the ethical lives that they want and support the causes they like, but these are the early messy convulsions as this new tech and way of living is birthed.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  78. Steve, I can’t believe you didn’t recognize Anna Merlan! She’s the Jezebel nutjob (but I repeat myself) who was very unhappy with the idea that the UVA rape case might be a hoax.

    https://jezebel.com/is-the-uva-rape-story-a-gigantic-hoax-asks-idiot-1665233387

  79. Ragno says:

    Good Lord! This post is the LIVING EMBODIMENT of tl;dr!!

  80. @Alden

    “Totally” also, you know, had its brief moment in the sun

  81. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Don’t forget “lashed out.” Trump is never allowed by the media to merely explain, detail or respond, he is always painted as “lashing out”

  82. Having slogged through all the Potter movies, my view is that people who imagine they are of the wrong sex and actually mutilate themselves to rectify this perceived miscarriage are stranger and more unworldly than anything wafting out from Rowling’s fevered literary brow. But it’s now mandatory to humor their delusions

  83. @anon

    I don’t understand: what is the point of “signing” an open letter anonymously?

    They’re too afraid of all the powerful violent white supremacists in high positions to openly sign a letter condemning white supremacist ideas like not being fired for free speech.

  84. Ragno says:
    @Joe, Averaged

    She definitely healed herself with Fridge Therapy:
    (pre-Trump)

    (Trump wins!)

    (Trump about to win AGAIN)

  85. Wilkey says:

    Living in Utah, this name caught my attention:

    Myra Washington, Academia, University of Utah

    And what does Myra Washington do in “Academia”?

    My research is situated in the areas of cultural studies, critical media and digital media studies, comparative ethnic studies (with a focus on African-American and Asian American studies), critical rhetorical studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the emerging field of critical mixed-race studies. The critical focus in my research means that I am always examining the ways power enhances or elides the way we understand meta-narratives of identity like race, gender, class, sexuality, nation, etc. I focus on mediated representations because I am interested in contextualizing the moments that shape representations as they appear and how in turn those representations shape our understandings of each other.

    Just once I’d like to be shown what a researcher in in “critical media and digital media studies” and “the emerging field of critical mixed-race studies” has contributed to the world that is worth our time, money and attention? Something that needs to be done as a paid profession rather that couldn’t be done in someone’s own free time? And of course since she has signed this letter she can hardly make the argument that “academic freedom” has anything to do with it.

    Is her spot in academia, or the spot of any of thousands (or tens of thousands) like her, worth one less virologist?

    We are experiencing a worldwide pandemic, and we are always short of of programmers and truck drivers and migrant farm workers – crops are rotting in the fields! – but your taxes and mine are going to fund shit research like hers.

    • Agree: Bumpkin
  86. jsm says:

    migrant farm workers – crops are rotting in the fields! – but your taxes and mine are going to fund shit research like hers.

    Let’s pay her her “academic” salary to pick crops. One less migrant worker, and at least we’re getting something useful out of her for all the bucks she takes home.

    Think she’ll go for it? or will she scream “slavery”? Cuz everyone knows the definition of slavery is getting paid huge amounts of money to pick er crops.

  87. @Redneck farmer

    Back in the day, such people were known as “tranny chasers” (a la “chubby chasers”). I suggest we repurpose the phrase for such people as these signatories: “A reply from a group of tranny chasers….”

  88. @Barnard

    “are this many people making a living at what passes for journalism today?”

    Not a living. I gather most of these “woke” types working for “woke” publications live in overpriced NYC apts, with 2 or three roommates, due piecemeal work writing up what’s trending on twitter, are basically slaves of wealthy media barons. And you wonder why they support communism?

    • Agree: Kyle
  89. @Anonymous

    Oh for the days of Fern Leibowitz (Animal House reference)

  90. Michael S says:

    I just skimmed the list of signatories, but that’s a whole lotta “journalism”.

    The old refrain used to be, imagine a world without lawyers. Now, it’s imagine a world without journalists.

  91. Anon7 says:

    In related news, a radicalized Stephen Pinker is coming out of the closet – here’s a recent tweet about the letter:

    “It’s not about the signatories. A common email (example from this morning): “I left academia because I didn’t conform to ultraleft views. I was walking on eggshells to avoid being denounced. No one knew I (horror) held moderate views and thought scientific study rather than emotions of the day should decide policies.”

  92. @NOTA

    Those reasons would apply to pretty much everyone they support: blacks, latinxes, trannies, etc.
    Hence, the “need” for “non-discrimination” laws. They say.

  93. @Franz Liszt Von Raiding

    “In other words the hard science got too hard so shes now trying to combine her vehement anti white racism with cosmology. ”

    Wow, so now you STEM-nerds reserve your respect for scientists only if they never get bored and stray off the STEM reservation? How many such papers or books revoke High IQness retroactively?

    “Call no man high IQ until he is dead” — Sophocles

    Seriously, would you make that crack about Einstein, Hawking, Josephson, or Jeans?

    No wonder they think you guys privilege White males.

  94. @Jonathan Mason

    Citizenship isn’t coded in your DNA. Can you tell what country a skeleton was citizen of?

  95. Muggles says:

    ISteve here should draft an “open letter” here about something dramatic or simply a well put and witty observation about the current madness. Worth publicizing a bit.

    Then here he can solicit the commentator crowd to sign on. We can add our anti Wokeman points to that if we want to establish our contrarian bona fides.

    Muggles – a ruthless enemy of cockroaches and Comrades from the Gulf Coast area

    Dare to Care!

  96. Anonymous[700] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    some posters on this blog have referred to me as a Brit, although I am actually an American,

    You are a naturalized citizen of the United States, but you are not an American. There’s a huge difference. You are and always will be a foreigner in my country.
    America is my native soil, the land where my fathers have died for generations upon generations; some died fighting to create; some to preserve it.
    What do you have in common with me, or I with you? You have a piece of paper, a notation in a government file. I have…no, I don’t have, I am America.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  97. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Pretty sure that’s just a fancy way to reframe her complete lack of attractiveness to anyone, man or woman.

  98. @Wilkey

    We are experiencing a worldwide pandemic, and we are always short of of programmers and truck drivers and migrant farm workers – crops are rotting in the fields! – but your taxes and mine are going to fund shit research like hers.

    Well, we’re running out of white guy engineers because the competition package is simply not that attractive compared to going into finance, law, or politics.

    • Replies: @jbwilson24
  99. Jack D says:
    @JMcG

    Exactly. This is why getting rid of pennies and nickels is inflationary and anti-consumer. Merchants will only round up, so the $1.93 item will cost $2.00 (a 3.5% increase). Consumers sense this and are opposed to getting rid of them, even though it now costs the mint more than 1 cent to make a 1 cent coin. They’d lose even more but they switched from copper to copper plated zinc a few years ago.

    With cashless transactions becoming ever more common, there’s even less reason to round.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  100. Kyle says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    What if something comes out to $2.03. You give the cashier $3.03 and they give you a dollar bill as change. That’s if they’re a cool Persian guy who values his customers. Korean women who don’t value their customers won’t do that. I vehemently disagree that pennies and nickels are worthless. I count out exact change for energy drinks in the morning, and beer after work, and have it ready so I don’t hold up the line. I like using cash instead of my debit card so it forces me to stay under 20$ a week for beer and snack money. Counting out pennies isn’t that hard. A dollar is still worth a lot, therefore having 1/100th denominations is useful. How would you split dollars into thirds without pennies? Somebody smart in the government agrees with me because they still mint pennies, and they spend more money on the metal that goes into the penny that what the penny is actually worth. I think that proves that the penny is useful.

  101. @Jonathan Mason

    They don’t just want to be treated as a woman legally (which includes the right to use women’s restrooms, access to women’s business loans, etc) they want to be treated as a woman socially (be allowed to participate in women’s sports and join women’s organizations, win awards meant for women, have everyone refer to them as “she” even if they have stubble, be able to not disclose they are trans on dating apps, etc).

  102. anon[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    A letter “signed” by 23 unsigneds … how does that work?

    They are just jealous of anons.

  103. anon[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    However if it is a matter of convenience that the law should treat that person as a woman if they choose to be treated as a woman, then so be it.

    Lol, you are so predictable. So whose “convenience” are you referring to?

  104. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Did Jewish Power become corrupt with too much power over the years, or was this part of the plan from day one?

    It’s the LGBT crowd who have the power now. Especially the trannies. The power balance has shifted. It’s the trannies you should be worrying about, not the Jews.

    And the trannies are planning social destruction on a scale that no 1950s liberal would have even contemplated.

    The problem is that too many people on the far right are still fighting the political battles of the 1950s.

    BTW, the liberals of the 1950s are dead now. The liberals of today are a whole different phenomenon. And the Communists of the 1950s are dead as well. Those who call themselves Marxists today have zero in common with the actual Marxists of the ’50s.

  105. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Jack D

    Exactly. This is why getting rid of pennies and nickels is inflationary and anti-consumer. Merchants will only round up, so the $1.93 item will cost $2.00 (a 3.5% increase).

    We got rid of one and two cent coins in Australia years ago. Merchants rounded up and rounded down because the government compelled them to do so. A $1.93 item cost $1.95 but a $1.92 item cost $1.90.

    With cashless transaction they don’t round up or down. So a $1.93 item still costs you $1.93 if you pay by credit card for example. Pennies still exist but the coins no longer exist.

    There was no significant inflationary impact.

  106. Dube says:
    @Ozymandias

    The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco had a special coin-washing machine that was retired some years ago. I don’t remember why such a salutary practice was ended, but it was commemorated in the Chronicle. Since then I’ve managed to subdue thoughts about the filth we carry on the coins in our pockets, sometimes too visibly. So a couple of weeks ago I pulled loose change off a dresser shelf, more than I expected, poured it into an improvised coin-washer of my own, a sizable Mason jar, with water, dish soap, and scouring bleach. I screwed the top on and hefted the jar back and forth, with a very pleasing dampened cascading sound, rarely heard I’m sure. I dried the coins on newspaper in the sun, and even the darker pennies looked good. From this mass of coins I drew my day’s allotment of four quarters, two dimes, a nickel and four pennies to cover any likely cashier’s request for perfect change without the delay of further exchange. The rest of the coins I put back on the shelf in the bottle. But somehow I’m again returning home from the day’s business with dirty coins in my pocket, which are thrown loose on the shelf in a growing pile, while the bottle of shiny coins remains for … special occasions?

  107. @The Wild Geese Howard

    “Well, we’re running out of white guy engineers because the competition package is simply not that attractive compared to going into finance, law, or politics.”

    You are running out of white guy engineers partly because you are running out of white guys. The stupid boomers stopped having kids, so we have a demographic catastrophe that is reverberating down the generations.

    Their numbers are also dropping like mad at major law schools. There are more and more Asian law students these days, and more and more females overall.

    Yes, some are undoubtedly scared off by having to compete with waves of H1Bs. Given that Bangladesh probably produces more males each year than all of the whites in the USA, it’s also a numbers game. Mass immigration plus low birthrates equals a wipeout.

  108. @BB753

    It’s easy if you know the mechanism.

    A trans-man is person who has decided that facts are irrelevant and from now on they are a man.

    The mechanism is “a trans-X is a person who has decided that facts are irrelevant and from now on they are an X“.

    Setting X = negress proves it… e.g., Rachel Dolezal is a famous transnegress. QED.

    So a transmysogynist is a person who has decided that facts are irrelevant and from now on they are a mysogynist. Seems a tad harsh: #NotAllWomen deserve calumny. At least anyone with a dick is safe from transmysogyny.

    As an aside: it’s weird that transphobes hate on Dolezal because she is a ‘zero-drop’ white woman – she is living her own truth.

    But wait… a transphobe is a person who has decided that facts are irrelevant and from now on they are a phobe.

    Seems odd to declare that they are transitioning to a suffix, but that’s irrelevant to my lived experience as a trans-GuidedMissileFrigate.

    • LOL: BB753
  109. @Wilkey

    Is her spot in academia, or the spot of any of thousands (or tens of thousands) like her, worth one less virologist?

    Well, the answer to that depends on the output from a function that takes a ‘grievance vector’ as an input.

    The default answer, of course, is “Yes“: STEM is inherently evil, white (same thing) and patricarchal (same thing), so anyone in STEM is inherently worthless compared to a member of the WokeBorg.

    But for a back-of-the-envelope answer, it would help if you could give us some information about the virologist’s hair.

    Also: virology has ‘vir‘ in it, and ‘vir‘ is Latin for ‘man’ and so virology is inherently mysogynist.

  110. @Lockean Proviso

    Weird that a car journalist thought of the chicken as a “redneck’s red-letter regalia” (from the link) – from my memories of the late 70s through the 80s, both Firebirds and the Camaro Z28 were much more strongly associated with dumb urban wop “Guido” types – to be contrasted against a normal white man’s ideal… a C3 ‘Stingray’ Corvette.

    Rednecks in the 70s and 80s: fifth-generation F150.

    Maybe it was just me, but Firebirds and Z28s were just woggy and gay.

    A cherry-red ’73 Stingray convertible: not remotely gay, but nowhere near as manly as a 68 Mini Cooper S in BRG with white hood stripes.

    If the absolute zenith of manly cars is a 2002 Renault Scénic[1], the nadir is a tie between a Firebird and a Canyonero (i.e., a 2020 RAM) with trucknutz and a “support the troops” sticker.

    [1] This is, in fact, the case. KNOWN FACT.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  111. @Bumpkin

    Broadly agree, but 90% of the population has no coherent ethical framework and most of the other 10% wouldn’t know how to set up a filter list if you held a gun at their heads.

    That means that the filtering mechanism has to be built for them, which means that effective control of the company that builds filters becomes a target in a game of ‘capture the flag’. The WokeBorg don’t have to capture – or even contribute to – the codebase, and they don’t have to own all (or even most ) of the stock. All they have to do is get control of HR.

    Recent historical parallels: Google, and to a lesser extent (and much much much further from decent code)… Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Quora and Reddit. I won’t even mention Patreon because they are just ticket-clippers.

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  112. @Kratoklastes

    CORVETTTES WERE about 2x as expensive as camaros and z-28.

  113. @Mr. Anon

    (BTW, I always found the term “porn industry” to be a little odd. Sure, it’s a business. But an “industry”?)

    Some of the equipment is industrial size, IYKWIM.

  114. Bumpkin says:
    @Kratoklastes

    You’re right that most won’t configure a complete ethical filter themselves and will simply mix and modify filters that a minority comes up with, just like cafeteria Catholics today. But building the filters will be an open, decentralized process, just like open source today, so there won’t be many chokeholds that the woke can try to swarm. There will always be a few bottlenecks, say the Linus Torvalds of ethical filters, but given how easy it is to spot, I don’t see it being a problem to recognize and route around such bottlenecks.

  115. @Jonathan Mason

    Obviously a castrated man who wears the clothes of a woman is not actually a woman in any sense that would normally be accepted by average people.

    This is obviously correct.

    However, about 90 percent of the so-called “transwomen” aren’t castrated (an admittedly rough estimate, based on my lack of personal observation, LOL).

  116. Dissident says:
    @SFG

    Relatively fewer chosenites on this one, though there are definitely still a few. The Harper’s letter was like one half kosher.

    The word kosher is decidedly misplaced here. Few, if any of the Jews to whom you refer could legitimately be considered kosher (from any authentic perspective of Judaism. Unfortunately, mistaking Judaism for the heresies and perversions of it that are espoused by the most prominent, conspicuous, vociferous, grandiose and obnoxious Jews would seem to be more the rule than the exception around here.)

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  117. Dissident says:
    @El Dato

    In 2018, Singal had a cover story in The Atlantic expressing skepticism about the benefits of gender-affirming care for trans youth.

    Jesse Singal in 2016: How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired
    (The article originally appeared in New York, which The Cut is closely affiliated with.) It might be interesting to compare the two articles from Singal, looking for any possible Wokeward shifts evidenced in the later one.

    When Children Say They’re Trans: Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.

    Gender Dysphoria in Children (American College of Pediatricians – November 2018)

    “gender-affirming care” sounds so much better than “genital mutilation on a whim”.

    Yes. Not all that different from “reproductive care/services” for abortion.

    “The language of the war lobby and the abortion lobby is from the same glossary of evasions…”

  118. @Dr. DoomNGloom

    They go to different prisons.

    • Replies: @photondancer
  119. MEH 0910 says:

    But there are precious few trans people in positions of power and influence, and treating Rowling’s view as an odious-but-worth-debating view makes it less likely that trans people feel comfortable existing in the public eye. Why should trans people have to treat anti-trans voices as legitimate argumentative partners when no one would, for instance, expect a Jewish writer (like me) to debate a neo-Nazi?

  120. @Jonathan Mason

    Not in the UK they don’t. So now there are documented cases of rapists calling themselves ‘trans’ so they can be transferred to womens’ prisons and embark on a rape spree. THAT is the real danger of allowing trans identification. It means there is literally no space where women can be safe from men.

  121. @Dissident

    Few, if any of the Jews to whom you refer could legitimately be considered kosher (from any authentic perspective of Judaism. Unfortunately, mistaking Judaism for the heresies and perversions of it that are espoused by the most prominent, conspicuous, vociferous, grandiose and obnoxious Jews would seem to be more the rule than the exception around here.)

    What was that about rules and exceptions again? And you even threw in a True Scotsman for good measure.

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